US Military Families Swarm To See Mrs. Clinton With AM-Clinton-Korea, Bjt
Jul. 11, 1993
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ For 7-year-old Elizabeth Butler, the president of the United States is a pretty woman named Hillary Rodham Clinton who has a cat named Socks.
''She's the president 3/8'' said the excited Buffalo, N.Y., youngster who was invited to dine with Mrs. Clinton on Sunday. ''I think she's pretty.''
Elizabeth swiveled in her chair to compare her pink miniskirt with Mrs. Clinton's blue-and-white suit and confided that ''the president (Mrs. Clinton) has a cat named Socks.''
Elizabeth was one of about 20 guests invited to brunch with Mrs. Clinton at the compound of the 8th U.S. Army in central Seoul while the president was touring the heavily armed Korean border.
The restaurant was jammed with more than 150 men, women and children hoping to see the first lady.
Soldiers and their families hung over the balcony in the hotel lobby near the restaurant and cheered as she entered. More stood outside in the rain trying to catch a glimpse of Mrs. Clinton as she left. She waved brightly as she departed in a bright yellow raincoat.
''Hopefully, she'll become the next president,'' said Maria Braun, from Puerto Rico, who sat across the table from Mrs. Clinton.
Her husband, Lt. Col. Werner Braun, said he supported the president's stand on allowing gay soldiers in the military and was glad Mrs. Clinton supported it.
''I'm glad somebody's pushing it,'' he said. ''Let it be her and her husband,'' he said.
Before Mrs. Clinton departed, she surprised a 10-year-old fourth grader by awarding him the Red Cross' highest award for lifesaving, the Certificate of Merit.
David Lee saved the life of his father, Paul Lee, a civilian military contractor from San Jose, Calif., by performing the Heimlich maneuver and preventing him from choking, the Red Cross said.
''I just think we ought to give David a big round of applause,'' said Mrs. Clinton as she pinned the award to his shirt. David smiled and confessed he was more nervous than when he saved his father's life.