Thursday, January 19, 2006
Clinton Redux (click on the pics)
Way back in June of '05 former President Bill Clinton came to the bookstore I work in and signed his book. It was a crazy day, I mean just nuts: he signed over 700 books in two hours (his secret is this: he is left handed so, he is able to sign a book and shake a hand at the same time) I'll be the first to admit that even though I didn't agree with many (if any) of his policies, it was still quite an amazing thing to be in the same room as a former president. I can still remember the feeling I had when I first saw him... it bordered on shock. There was the man that I saw on television and in the newspaper for eight years of my life. I shook his hand and then, like everyone else in the picture, listened intently as he talked about the books he liked after he got done signing his book-- I have a signed copy on my shelf.) He likes non-fiction and spy-like novels.
It was a hot day, I mean really hot. Much too hot to be wearing a suit and tie. I learned that the Secret Service doesn't mess around. I found myself going in and out of the store a couple times and everytime I came back in I had to get frisked. I wanted to tell them "Look, fellas, I didn't like the man, but I'm not going to off him." I figured using the words "off" and "President" in the same sentence would not be a good thing...
I totally understood how Bill Clinton won two terms after seeing him and listening to him and being in the same room with him won two terms, whether you like it or not he is charsmatic and without realizing it, you fall for him. Weird.
In case you're wondering, I am in the back row, third from the right, next to the black guy.