March 6, 2005


Clinton sleeps on floor so elder Bush can have bed (AP, 3/06/05)

On their tour of tsunami damage in Southeast Asia, former President Bill Clinton once allowed his predecessor, former President George H.W. Bush, to sleep on the plane's only bed while he stretched out on the floor.

The government plane in which the presidents toured the disaster area had one large bedroom and another room with tables and seats, according to an interview with Bush in this week's Newsweek.

Bush, 80, said Clinton offered ahead of time to give the older former president the bedroom so he could lie flat and avoid paining his body. Clinton, 58, decided to play cards in the other room that night.

The next morning, Bush said he peeked in and saw Clinton sound asleep on the plane's floor.

"We could have switched places, each getting half a night on the bed, but he deferred to me. That was a very courteous thing, very thoughtful, and that meant a great deal to me," Bush said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2005 3:58 PM

Bill's used to not sleeping in the bedroom anyway.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 7, 2005 12:02 AM

They could have shared the bed. But then 150 years from now someone could make a case that they were gay.

Posted by: Vea Vicits at March 7, 2005 1:00 AM

It would not surprise me if Old Bush, a graduate of a then all-male New England prep school and a member of Skull and Bones, pitched for the other team as often as not. As for Clinton, when his libido gets going no animate object and precious few inanimate ones are safe.

Such are the moral zeros we elevate to high office in the world's greatest democracy.

Posted by: Bart at March 7, 2005 6:55 AM


Take it from a fraternity brother, that's just a phase.

Posted by: oj at March 7, 2005 8:01 AM


Now that's funny.

Posted by: oj at March 7, 2005 8:39 AM


At our frat, ZBT, the weirdest thing that happened was when one of the guys, who was trading commodities, forgot to sell one of his holdings, and we had to take delivery.

Posted by: Bart at March 7, 2005 4:28 PM


Sure it was.

Posted by: oj at March 7, 2005 7:45 PM