Saturday, September 27, 2008
In conversations with Clinton
President Bill Clinton found time to share his thoughts on various issues despite a hectic day on Friday evening. The 42nd US president is still addressed as Mr President, as with all former chiefs in America. He invited this blogger to his suite at the Hotel Sheraton, where the Clinton Global Initiatives meeting was held, at around 9.30pm for a chat. Asia, particularly China, has caught his attention. The Olympics opening in Beijing floored him, he admitted, and the speed which China has moved would have a major impact. The CGI will for the first time meet outside the US in December and Hong Kong has been chosen for the meeting. But that's not all - he has received a personal invitation to visit Kuala Lumpur after the HK trip and he hope to make his first visit to Malaysia. "I would have to ask Hillary about this as she would want to say which countries should we go. I don't know if she is even available with the crisis."
I recommended Pulau Redang to Clinton and his aides, saying they should see the extraordinary marine life there.
In a chatty mood, he talked about a wide range of issues from his 89-year-old mother-in-law to the US financial crisis to celebrities. Oh yes, I also got the chance to meet up with the Rev Jesse Jackson. Details of interview to come.