Imagine our excitement to see this story getting advanced in the Washington Post:
… when Hillary Clinton was considering her presidential run in late 2006, [Bob] Johnson got a call from her staff, asking if she and her husband could use Johnson’s vacation home in Anguilla. Johnson said he was staying there at the time but left to make room for the Clintons.
Famed former United States President, Bill Clinton, stepped down on Anguillian soil from a gleaming Global Express Executive on December 21, accompanied by his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Clinton was surrounded by his own security personnel and aids, some of whom were already in Anguilla to arrange his private visit. A number of top rank and other officers of the Royal Anguilla Police Service were also on hand for added security and as a courtesy to the Clintons.
Members of the local media and other photographers were kept away from the immediate area and only those persons with long lenses were able to get some close-up shots of Mr. Clinton as he disembarked from the aircraft and joined Mrs. Clinton in greeting and shaking hands with the small party of security people and aids.
The former President waved to members of the public who peered through the tinted glass windows in the visiting area of the terminal building and those who milled around along the gate area through which Clinton was whisked away to his hotel.
The couple who stayed at Covecastles Resort, on the western coast of the island, were seen at a number of other properties including the Temenos/St. Regis Golf Course where Mr. Clinton played with a number of local persons; at Cap Juluca Resort and Mangoes Restaurant. They left Anguilla on New Year’s Day as low-key as they came. They were seen on television at the funeral of former President Gerald Ford on Wednesday.
The Washington Post carried a photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton strolling down the beachfront at Covecastles.
Mrs Sylvene Petty, Manager of the hotel, said the management and staff were very happy to have the Clintons at the resort. She was of the view that the couple enjoyed themselves wherever they went and were impressed with Anguilla, its facilities and people.
If only Anguilla had a winner-take-all primary … this tarmac strategy would’ve really paid off.
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