PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSIN — The two Presidents come out of Franklin Roosevelt’s Hyde Park estate to meet the press following a summit meeting on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, October 23, 1995. “This is when I’m howling. Yeltsin says to the press, ‘You think I’m ridiculous. You think we’re ridiculous. But you’re ridiculous!’ I was laughing so hard because Yeltsin loved a good laugh. And he was one of those politicians that could get away with saying something the rest of us could never say. Telling the American press and the world press they were ridiculous—he made them laugh about it, too. We were all laughing. That was Yeltsin’s special quality. He could do that.” —Bill Clinton, 2002.
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