Bill Clinton and the Water Closet

Was it ironic that the last place his hand had been was an unmentionable spot?

In 1993, I was a congressional page for then-Speaker of the House Tom Foley.

Following one visit to the Capitol, then-President Bill Clinton stopped by the Speaker's office for a visit. Those of us staffers lucky enough were allowed to line up to greet him.

Of course, the call of nature came right before he arrived, and he used the water closet.

So he comes out of the restroom and is walking down the corridor lined with people. No one is shaking his hand--it was really bizarre.

Not to miss my brush with fame (as the youngest staffer, I was toward the end of the line), I stuck out my hand right before he passed me; he shook it.

Was it ironic that the last place his hand had been was an unmentionable spot? Not sure. But it creeps me out to this day.

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