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September 21, 2009

And Now For A Little Late Afternoon Levity . . .
Posted by Michael Cohen

This nugget from Taylor Branch's new book the Clinton Tapes is a gem:

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.

Reminds me of my probably favorite video from the Clinton years when a tanked Boris Yeltsin berates the press. There are days when I really miss Boris Yeltsin!

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