Bill Clinton was in top form last night at the Democratic National Convention as he made the case for why Hillary should be elected president.
Regardless of what you think of him as a person or president, you have to give him credit for his ability to engage with people–the “slick meister” as Rush Limbaugh has called him. As a friend of mine learned when Clinton was president, he can work any size crowd.
Annie–no fan of either Clinton–was working in the PR department of a major corporation headquartered in San Francisco when one of her colleagues announced she was leaving for another job. The department reserved a private dining room at Stars restaurant, then a popular place in the city, for a going away lunch.
They arrived on time the day of the luncheon to be informed they couldn’t have the room they reserved, that they would have to take the large round table in the middle of the dining room. The maitre de wouldn’t give them an explanation for why their reservation was canceled.
Annie’s group took the big table and was half way through the meal when she noticed a commotion at the entrance. A large group of men entered, with Bill Clinton in the middle, and walked to the area where the private rooms were located. Now she knew why their reservation was canceled.
Clinton entered the room about 10 minutes later with two men–probably Secret Service agents–and the maitre de, who pointed toward Annie’s group. Clinton walked over, apologized for taking their room, congratulated the honoree, and circled the table, shaking hands, signing autographs, and posing for pictures.
“I don’t know how many people were Clinton supporters, but I’ll bet he picked up a couple of new ones by the time he left,” she said.