Clinton Gets Warm Greeting in Hamptons
Since arriving on the South Fork Sunday for a two-week vacation and several presidential campaign fund-raisers for Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton has been seen at local spots, chatting, shaking hands, and posing for photos.
Tuesday, he played golf at Montauk Downs where about 100 people waited to photograph him or say hello. He wore neon pink sneakers and a matching hat. Later, he played miniature golf at Puff 'n' Putt in Montauk with his niece and nephew.
That night, he celebrated his 69th birthday a day early at the Blue Parrot in East Hampton with guests that included the musician Jon Bon Jovi, who is a rumored investor in the restaurant.
Yesterday evening, Mr. Clinton ate at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett with a party of 14 that included friends, family, and staff. The Secret Service was seated at the next table.
Mr. Clinton ordered corn, spinach, and chips and guacamole and washed his vegetarian meal down with iced tea, according to the restaurant. His birthday was Wednesday and the group sang "Happy Birthday" as dessert was brought out. He later took photos with the staff, including the dishwasher and the owner.
People have said Mr. Clinton has been gracious and willing to pose for pictures.
Gary Brady of Commack and his family were eating dinner last night at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett when they heard a commotion outside and realized Mr. Clinton had just finished his 18th hole there. About 25 people had congregated to get a glimpse of him. Mr. Brady and his two sons, ages 9 and 11, joined the crowd.
"Nice to meet you, Mr. President," said Mr. Brady as he shook Mr. Clinton's hand.
Mr. Clinton responded to him, "Nice to meet you, too," and asked if any of the boys surrounding him were his sons. Mr. Brady pointed to them and Mr. Clinton said, "Good looking boys."
"He was very friendly and chatted around," Mr. Brady said Friday, laughing as he talked about how cool it was to meet a former president.
One of his sons later turned to him and said, "Oh, I've heard of Bill Clinton, the guy who's married to Hillary."