Bill Clinton on Meeting Hillary Rodham: I Kept "Ogling Her" Until She Introduced Herself, "I Better Be Careful"


At a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Thursday afternoon Bill Clinton touted Hillary Clinton's leadership by telling how she was the one who approached him after he "ogled" her for days. Clinton said when first saw Hillary Rodham he thought, "boy, that's an interesting woman."

"I'll give you an idea of this early leadership," Clinton prepared the crowd. "I saw Hillary in a class that I am embarrassed to tell you I attended infrequently in law school. And I saw her, and I thought, boy, that's an interesting woman."

Clinton said he was hesitant to talk to her at first, explaining he thought he "better be careful" tapping her on the shoulder.

"I got as close as I am to this microphone at the end of class. And I didn't tap her on the shoulder. I thought I better be careful. This may not be a temporary deal. And I just kept ogling her," the former president said.

After several instances of him staring at her in the library, Clinton said it was Hillary who approached him.

"I'm staring at her," Clinton began. "And all of a sudden she closed her law book, walked the entire length of the library, walked to me up and she said, 'Look, if you're going to keep staring at me and I'm going to keep staring back, we at least ought to know each other's name.'

"'I'm Hillary Rodham. What's your name?'" Clinton recalled her asking.

"I couldn't even -- at the moment I'm not sure I could remember my name," Clinton joked. "But anyway, that's how this started."

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