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Bill Clinton’s Secret Service Detail’s Details

Since when does the Secret Service concern itself with reporters’ notetaking? Apparently they do when they’re with the 42nd president. From today’s New York Times:

The revelation in the historian ROBERT DALLEK’S new book, “An Unfinished Life” that President JOHN F. KENNEDY apparently had an affair with a teenage intern got us wondering if former President BILL CLINTON, who has had his own problems in this department, had read the book.

We found him at the Asia Society Spring Gala at Cipriani at 42nd Street on Monday night. Mr. Clinton received a standing ovation when he arrived. When we introduced ourselves, he praised the work of our colleague, ELISABETH ROSENTHAL, who received an award from the group for her reportage from China. Then a well-wisher interrupted us. A Secret Service agent noticed that we were taking notes.

“Ms.,” the agent said. “You cannot report on Mr. Clinton’s conversation.”

“It’s O.K.,” Mr. Clinton said.

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