Clay Aiken is Heading to the White House

Published: 2006-09-11
Pop-singer and American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken is in line to be named to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, the White House revealed this week.

According to the Associated Press, a White House press release said, "President George W. Bush intends to make the appointment."

Since his second place finish on American Idol, Aiken has released two albums, 2003's Measure of a Man and 2004's Merry Christmas with Love. But before finding fame on American Idol, Aiken studied special education at college and worked as a YMCA counselor.

Despite his success in the music industry, Aiken hasn't strayed far from his roots. He created the Bubel/Aiken Foundation in 2003, an organization that according to the singer's official MySpace, "Promotes and funds educational and recreational programs for children with special needs." He is also a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

Aiken's next release, A Thousand Different Ways, is due to hit stores Sept. 19. The album is a collection of cover songs from the '70s, '80s and '90s and features four new songs.

Writer: Meghan Wubs



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I cannot think of a better person to deserve this honor than Clay Aiken.He is an amazing person and has a huge talent.Congratulations Clay!!
Posted by: Anonymous on September 11, 2006
Thank you so much, finally we get some press coverage on OMC. Proud to be a Claynadian.
Keep it coming, we love it.
Posted by: claynadian1 on September 11, 2006
Thanks a bunch for actually including some facts in your writeup on Clay Aiken Heading to the White House. I believe Mr. Aiken is qualified for this appointment. Mr. Aiken appears to have, in 3 years (a relatively short timespan) used his celebrity status to serve as a "teacher" in many different arenas around the world. The world sure could use a few dozen more of the likes of him.
Good on him- and you for a great article.
Posted by: Anonymous on September 11, 2006
The President has made the perfect choice in Clay Aiken to be a member in this committee. Clay is passionate about helping people and bettering the lives of those in need. God bless this remarkable young man..
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