Former president Bill Clinton was in Kansas City to receive the 2013 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, which is presented every year on President Truman's birthday.
Clinton told the 1,000 persons attending the luncheon that the award was a fitting reminder of a president who was an active force in creating the United Nations and the Marshall Plan.
“In a world where we can't escape one another – we're so interdependent – and where all our challenges cross national lines, we've got to be able to work together around the corner and around the world,” said Clinton. “Harry Truman got that.”
Previous winners of the Truman Good Neighbor award include former president Gerald Ford, former senator Bob Dole, historian David McCullough, and news anchor Walter Cronkite.