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My Brother's Breakfast with the President
Date: January 19, 2000
Well, as many of you have already heard, Big Bill came to Boston yesterday for a speech about guns. And on his way out of Roxbury, he stopped into the diner where I work! (Mikes' City Diner) I'll briefly describe the details.
Approximately 2:50 p.m. (10 minutes before closing) myself and Patty (the other wait-person) were busily sweeping and mopping when two young professionals came in for lunch. They stood around until Yours Truly demanded they take a seat or risk missing out on lunch. At that time, a smartly dressed woman (who had sneaked in) pulled me aside and, after showing me her badge, informed me that the President might be coming in about 20 minutes for some coffee... but that I was not to say anything. Wrong person to say that to!
Approximately 3:20 p.m. Patty and I notice State and local police outside the diner busily setting up live barricades and pushing people back for about four blocks. Several secret service men enter and scour the place, looking in every cupboard, freezer, etc. They stood humorless for the duration of the visit, about 10 feet from Clinton. About two-dozen press, camera people, and staff also entered.
Approximately 3:30 p.m. A long black limo pulls up in front and out pops the Big Man himself... with Mayor Menino and Senator Ted Kennedy in tow! After shaking everyone's hand and posing for dozens of photo ops, he settled on a large cup o'joe (decaf) and was about to leave when Patty yelled out "You can't leave without eating something!" He was very amused that we serve grits in the North. He kept saying "You got grits? Really? Grits?"
Approximately 3:40 p.m. Yours Truly gets to ask "Mr. President, what kind of toast would you like? White, Wheat, Rye, Raisin, English, or Bagel?" To which he replied, "Well, seeing as though it's so late in the day, I think I'll have Raaah!" (Rye)
The Tedster had an Omelet with ham and cheese, home fries, toast, and two Diet Pepsis; Mayor Menino had the same, minus the potat!
Approximately 4:10 p.m. After we gave them all a Mike's City Diner t-shirt and sweatshirt (in exchange for Presidential M&M's and a mug with the seal) they departed as quickly as they came.
And so ended my breakfast with Big Bill! I did tell him that I saw his wife on Letterman, to which he replied "I thought she did fahn jahb, didn't you?" And after speaking to a couple of reporters and being filmed, I ended up on the cutting room floor. Oh well, so much for being discovered!
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