Bill Clinton in the Senate Press Gallery. Visiting the Senate for HRC swearing in.
I was trotting over to another section of the Senate Press Galley from the Chicago Sun-Times desk and stopped short when I saw former President Bill Clinton, who was stepping out of the men's room in the gallery.
The 110th Congress will be sworn in at noon eastern time. Separate ceremonies in the House and Senate chambers. The Capitol is full of visitors, including the 42nd president and husband of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Sen. Clinton is being sworn into her second term today. She is poised to run for president.
President Clinton, with a small security detail with him, faced a flock of reporters as he left the men's room. Seems fair enough, since this is our territory. "Closest rest room," he said. "I figured at this age I could handle this," referring to press.
Asked to comment on the significance of this day, where power is shifting to the Democrats from the Republicans, Clinton said:
"All I know is this is a happy day. Great Day. Largest number of women we've ever had in Congress and a lot of new people coming in and I think it iwill be good. I'll be surprised if we don't see a lot of kind of interesting bipartisan positive things happening over the next six months."
How do you like being first spouse?
"I like it. I like being here in the gallery," he said.