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Don’t You Wish You Were Friends With Bill Clinton, Like Me?
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Nationally syndicated columnist and author Tracy Beckerman is \x34Lost in Suburbia\x34 managing the chaos with a healthy dose of humor. Her next book, a \x34momoir,\x34 will be published in spring 2013. She contributes to many online mom sites, ...
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Nationally syndicated columnist and author Tracy Beckerman is Lost in Suburbia managing the chaos with a healthy dose of humor. Her next book, a momoir, will be published in spring 2013. She contributes to many online mom sites, including www.todaysmama.com, www.rolemommy.com and www.newjerseymomsblog.com and is an official blogger for Lifetime Television's hit show, The Balancing Act. She also does stand-up comedy and has appeared at venues including The Comic Strip Live in NYC and The Erma Bombeck Workshop in Dayton, Ohio. Before she became a columnist, Beckerman was a writer and producer in the television industry for 10 years, managing the advertising & promotion department at WCBS-TV New York. Tracy is married to a very understanding guy. They have two children and live in New Jersey where she writes, does battle with woodchucks and avoids, at all costs, driving a minivan.
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Four years ago, former President Clinton called me to suggest that I vote for his friend, Barack Obama. Naturally, I was pretty impressed with myself that Bill would take time out from his busy, um, former-presidenting, to call me and chat about the upcoming election. Well, I guess it wasnt really so much a chat as it was a monologue since Bill wouldnt let me get a word in edgewise and wouldnt even answer me when I asked him if he was still bitter at all about Barack beating out Hillary in the primaries.
I thought we had the beginning of a great relationship. But then I didnt hear from him again for four years.
Then, out of the blue, he called again.
Hi, this is President Bill Clinton said Bill Clinton
OMG Bill, I cant believe you are finally calling me back! I shrieked. I covered the phone and yelled to my kids, BILL IS ON THE PHONE!
Bill who? They wondered.
Pfft. Clinton. Of course, I said. What other Bills are there?
I want to apologize for disturbing you but there is an important choice you need to make this coming Tuesday, he said.
Not a problem, I said. I was just folding socks and making some Chicken Enchiladas. I made plenty do you want to join us? I figured if the guy felt friendly enough to give me a call, I could certainly invite him over for a bite to eat.
I guess he wasnt hungry though because he didnt respond. Must have had other things on his mind.
Four years ago we started the movement for change. Now we need to keep it going, he said. Thats why Im asking you to vote for Barack Obama.
I rolled my eyes. Why do these presidential types always call me about politics? They must have me confused with Maureen Dowd.
Whos on the phone? asked my husband.
I covered the phone with my hand. Its former President Clinton, I whispered. Hes calling to ask me to vote for Barack Obama.
My husband stared at me.
You know that is an automated phone call, he said.
Nah-ah, I said, waving him away. I turned back to the phone.
So, Bill, are you an Eagles fan or are you rooting for the Giants? I asked him, winking at my husband. I figured all guys like to talk about the sports. But he just wouldnt get off the subject. Obama this and Obama that. Get out and vote, yada yada, thanks, bye.
And then he hung up.
So, how was your conversation with Clinton, asked my husband snidely.
Brief, I said. But Im sure he will be calling me back.
Really? Responded my husband. When will that be.
In about four years when Hillary runs.
2012, Beckerman. All rights reserved.
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