Bill Clinton spotted on Lincoln Road
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- The Comeback Kid stepped out Monday to sit down for a power lunch on Lincoln Road, an occasion marked by cell phone pictures, dozens of handshakes and a sizable tip.
A large crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of President Bill Clinton, who made a brief South Florida stop at the cosmopolitan destination. "There was a crowd here, people taking pictures," said Armando Lemus, who had an opportunity to meet the 42nd Commander-in-Chief. "Behind the building, there were people ... screaming, 'Hey Bill!'"
Dressed in a suit and tie and flashing those trademark steely blues eyes, Clinton shook hands and worked his legendary charm on the holiday crowd. "I talked to him, I told him he was a great president," said Kevin Graham. "I told him it was nice of him to stop and talk to people that were there."
"Next thing you know, you see a large crowd of people by [Hofbräu] München, and there he is," said Lemus, who was wearing a Mario Bros. Luigi costume. "He said, 'What's up, Luigi?' I said, 'What's up, Bill? How are you doing?'"
Before he even set foot on Lincoln Road, Clinton's Secret Service staff quietly cleared the way for the man they call "The Eagle."
"Two gentlemen dressed in suits came up and told me that they had a VIP coming and could we set up two tables, one for the VIP and one for his entourage," said Rachael Aroneff, the manager of the Café at Books & Books, who had no idea it was the former leader of the free world stopping by to grab lunch. "Lo and behold, President Clinton arrived."
Clinton held court with a few men for about an hour. "I had no idea what they were talking about," said Aroneff.
As for what was on Clinton's plate, Aroneff declined to give details. "No, I won't [say]; I don't know what's top secret," she said. "I don't want the Secret Service at my door tonight asking why I'm divulging the secrets of President Clinton's diet. I will tell you that his entire entourage of Secret Service [agents], they all got cheeseburgers."
The cafe manager said that before Clinton got up to take a brief stroll down Lincoln Road, he picked up the tab and left a sizable tip. "[He's] a very generous tipper," she said. "I think that might be his input for the next presidential campaign: Tip your servers well."
Clinton had a busy Columbus Day schedule in the Sunshine State. He also spoke at a pharmacy convention in Central Florida.
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