Hillary and Bill Clinton were seen walking around Oxford earlier today. It is believed that the Clintons were in the city for the graduation of their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, with a DPhil tomorrow.
Chelsea Clinton is thought to have previously studied a postgraduate degree at Oxford in 2001, completing an MPhil in International Relations in 2003.
The Clintons were photographed leaving the Macdonald Randolph Hotel, after a couple of hours, by which point a small crowd had assembled outside. The Clintons were seen leaving the hotel one by one. Students who wanted to take selfies with the Clintons were prevented from doing so by their security detail.
Sightings of the couple were also reported on social media at University Parks and on Merton Street.
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Bill Clinton won a Rhodes Scholarship to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College between 1968 and 1970. While at Oxford, Clinton frequented pubs, such as the Turf Tavern where Bill Clinton famously claimed that he “didn’t inhale”.
Bill Clinton is also on the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government which is part of Oxford Univesity. The school was founded in 2010, with a donation of £75m from Russian-born businessman Leonard Blavatnik. Other public figures on the board of the Blavatnik School of Government include Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, and Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google.
OUSU President Tom Rutland, upon hearing the Clintons were in the city, tweeted: “Hillary Clinton is in Oxford whilst I’m at an NUS event?! Considering joining the ‘no’ campaign now…”
Hillary Clinton has been widely touted in the media as a potential presidential candidate in 2016. Clinton previously sought the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, but eventually conceded the nomination to Barack Obama.