Bill Clinton tells Rush Limbaugh: 'You're tan, fit, look good'
Published: Thursday May 17, 2007
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Hell didn't freeze over and pigs weren't spotted flying over the Manhattan skyline when two former arch-enemies ran into each other at a restaurant Wednesday night and opted to shake hands and exchange pleasantries rather than engage in mano a mano combat.

This afternoon, conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that he had an encounter with former President Bill Clinton at the Kobe Club steakhouse in New York City.

"This looming presence, I look up, and, golly, if it isn't former President Bill Clinton," Limbaugh said. "He's got a big smile on his face, and I look up, and I imagine I was somewhat startled. I looked up, and I couldn't hear what he was saying because of the noise in there."

Limbaugh added, "So I'm turning my head, my left ear to him so I could hear a little bit more, and he said, 'You're looking great. You're tan, fit, you look very good out there.' I reached out my hand, 'Mr. President, it's a pleasure to meet you.' We shook hands and so forth, and he hung around for I guess two or three minutes, maybe five."

Afterwards, Limbaugh and Clinton, who have both had fluctuating waistlines throughout the years, discussed what they had for dinner.

Limbaugh said, "Now, the former president is probably about ten feet up the sidewalk, and I decided I'm going to go up, shake his hand and say good night. Because I'm a gentleman, I'm not just going to walk out there and ignore him. So I did. I walked up. I asked him what he had to eat. He said, (Clinton impression) 'I had chicken. I had fish. That's what we had.'"

"Well, you were good," Limbaugh said. "You were good."

"You gotta be good, man, gotta be good," Clinton responded.

Limbaugh continued, "So I said, 'Nice to meet you,' got back in a car, and drove off."

Limbaugh spoke about how the conservative Drudge Report first reported the meeting, "There was no tension about any of this. It was a good time, and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it -- especially when I looked over and I saw the former president intently chatting up the woman that I was with. (Laughing.) It was cool. So, anyway, somehow Matt Drudge heard about this today. So he's had it blurbed on the Drudge Report for I guess an hour or two. He said that he's been talking to 'sources close Clinton' who said, 'No, the former president didn't approach Rush. That would never happen. Rush approached the former president.' I predicted this. Somewhere in Clinton, Inc., that's the story. I did approach him outside the restaurant when I was leaving to say good-bye. I'm not just going to ignore him on the sidewalk there. They had photographers taking pictures of that, I'm sure, but I was minding my business. I didn't even know he was going to be there. I was minding my own business like always, bothering nobody, sitting in the restaurant. When he stopped at the table, that starts this whole story. Then he brought the mayor over, and then Burkle came over, and it was amazing."

Limbaugh closed the segment with a flashback to something he said during the Clinton presidency.

"I remember telling you this in the early to mid-nineties, 'Bill Clinton is the kind of guy that you probably would love to go to a ball game with, chase women afterwards and have a great time," Limbaugh related. "I'm already getting e-mails, 'You're falling in with the enemy. I knew it! It happens to every one of our conservatives. They get famous, and fall in with the enemy, even you.'"

Limbaugh asked, "What am I supposed to do, folks, when he comes to my table? Am I supposed to stand up and leave? Am I supposed to turn my back? What am I supposed to do?"

"I'm not that kind of person," Limbaugh claimed. "You people need to relax out there, some of you. Not all of you are uptight about this. Some of you need to just lighten up out there. I can't help it if I go someplace and this kind of stuff happens."

Full transcript and audio clip can be heard at Rush Limbaugh's website.