‘This is not a time for despair,’ Bill Clinton tells Seattle audience

The United States is divided. But in the age of “fake news” and voters only wanting to talk with those who share their views, former President Bill Clinton says Americans shouldn’t lose hope.

In fact, he said Saturday evening, Americans should feel optimistic about the nation’s future.

“This is not a time for despair,” he said at Seattle’s McCaw Hall. “This is a time for citizen activism.”

Clinton was in Seattle as part of an international tour to speak about his new novel, “The President is Missing,” which he wrote with author James Patterson.

In a discussion with former aide and current Starbucks executive Kris Engskov that lasted about an hour, Clinton talked about the thriller, his love of storytelling and how the book’s themes relate to the current political climate.

The visit to

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