Rick Cleveland - Bill's Library

Rick Cleveland's My Buddy Bill Season 1, Ep 0101 02/07/2008 Views: 183

Rick Cleveland describes the harsh transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush and the groundbreaking for Clinton's presidential library. (2:30)

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MY FRIEND BILL AGAIN.IN THE INTERIM,

BILL TURNED OVER THE KEYS TO THEWHITE HOUSE TO GEORGE W.,

AND THAT WAS A SERIOUS BUMMERTO MOST OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW.

SUDDENLY, MY FRIEND BILLISN'T EVEN ON TV ANYMORE.

AND THEN, ONE DAY I GET A CALLFROM SOME WOMAN NAMED LYDIA

IN BILL'S OFFICEAND SHE TELLS ME

HE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE METO THE GROUNDBREAKING

FOR HIS PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARYDOWN IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

AND COULD I COME.EVEN THOUGH IT'S ONLY

A COUPLE OF DAYS NOTICE,I GO, "YES, I THINK I CAN."

AT WORK THE NEXT DAY,I HAVE TO ASK MY BOSS

AT SIX FEET UNDERIF I CAN HAVE OFF

TO GO TO THE GROUNDBREAKINGFOR MY FRIEND BILL'S

- PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.- [LAUGHTER]

A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER,BILL MAKES A SPEECHAT A CONSTRUCTION SITE

ON THE OUTSKIRTS OFDOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK.

AND I'M JUSTSTANDING THERE CHECKING OUTWHO ELSE IS IN THE CROWD.

HILLARY ISN'T THERE.BUT AGENT POGUE IS.

AND THEN I SEEBILL'S HALF BROTHER, ROGER,IN THE BACK OF THE CROWD.

HE'S WEARINGA BROWN SUEDE JACKETWITH FRINGE.

LIKE HE'S INTHE ALLMAN BROTHERS.

[LAUGHTER]

AND THE GUY NEXT TO HIM ISWEARING A BLACK LEATHER JACKET

AND SMOKING A CIGARETTEAND WEARING A BASEBALL CAP.

AND THEN I REALIZETHAT GUY IS BILLY BOB THORNTON.

BILL FINISHES TELLING USABOUT HIS LIBRARY

AND THEN EVERYBODY HANGS AROUNDFOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES

AND THEN IT'S OVER.I HAVE NO IDEAWHAT I'M DOING HERE

AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO IS HERE,EXCEPT AGENT POGUE,

HAS NO IDEA WHO I AMOR WHAT I'M DOING HERE EITHER.

I KNOW THIS IS TRUE BECAUSEANOTHER SECRET SERVICE AGENT,

A GUY I DON'T KNOW,COMES OVER TO ME AND GOES,

"CAN I ASK WHATYOU'RE DOING HERE?"

[LAUGHTER]

AND THAT'S WHEN AGENT POGUECOMES OVER AND SAYS,

"IT'S OKAY, HE'S AN F.O.B."F.O.B., FRIEND OF BILL'S.

[LAUGHTER, CHEERS & APPLAUSE]

BILL FINALLY SEES MEAND COMES OVER

AND SHAKES MY HAND AND SAYS,"I'M GLAD YOU COULD MAKE IT."

AND THEN ROGERAND BILLY BOB COME OVER

AND BILL INTRODUCESME TO THEM AND SAYS,

"RICK USED TO WRITE FOR THE WEST WING."

AND ROGER SAYS,"THEY WANTED ME TO BEON THAT SHOW,

"YOU KNOW, AS ASENATOR OR SOMETHING.

BUT BILL WOULDN'T LET ME."AND THEN BILL GIVES ROGER A LOOK

AND ROGER SHUTS THE HELL UPON THAT SUBJECT.