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BILL CLINTON’S ORAL HISTORY: So many puns so little time

oralhistorycllinton President Clinton is starting to tell some of the more colourful tales from his Presidency. At least the ones not involving cigars, interns and dresses in need of dry-cleaning. USA Today reports that a participant in his personal ‘oral history’ (so to speak) project has written a book that has the former President extremely nervous. One amusing anecdote:

He also relayed how Boris Yeltsin’s late-night drinking during a visit to Washington in 1995 nearly created an international incident. The Russian president was staying at Blair House, the government guest quarters. Late at night, Clinton told Branch, Secret Service agents found Yeltsin clad only in his underwear, standing alone on Pennsylvania Avenue and trying to hail a cab. He wanted a pizza, he told them, his words slurring.

The next night, Yeltsin eluded security forces again when he climbed down back stairs to the Blair House basement. A building guard took Yeltsin for a drunken intruder until Russian and U.S. agents arrived on the scene and rescued him.

Just like Boris Yeltsin rescued the enslaved people of the former Soviet Union, we suppose. While a big drinker, he achieved big things.


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  1. Ahhhh good times….

    Posted by Close to the storm | September 22, 2009, 17:05