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The Magic Is Back!

The Bill Clinton we all know finally arrives on the stump.

11:00 PM, Jan 24, 2008 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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At another point, Clinton told a beautiful story about playing golf with some friends on a fancy course owned by Donald Trump outside New York. It was after 9/11 and at some point, Clinton was the last one off the green when his caddy accosted him. It turns out that the fellow was actually a captain in the New York City Fire Department who caddied to make a little extra money on the side. And he shared some extraordinary thoughts with the former president, right there on the green:

"'Your wife, my senator,' he said, 'was the first person to understand that a lot of us would get sick and some of us would die [from the air near Ground Zero]' . . . 'She knew, Hillary knew, and she fought for us and she stood up for us and she never stopped."

Here Clinton paused and admitted to the audience that at the time, he stood there on the green, "crying like a baby." His eyes welled up--just a touch--right there on stage. But Clinton continued, explaining that the fireman/caddy said to him, "'I don't know so much about politics anymore. But I know this--that is the kind of person who should be president.'"

The people in the audience ate it up, clapping and cheering loudly. All 150 of them.

Jonathan V. Last is a staff writer at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.