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A talk with Bill

From NBC's Luke Russert
Another busy day today but the night was capped with an unbelievable story. I rush to the Pepsi Center and get in the doors just before Senator Clinton's speech. After the speech, the press scopes out the second floor to see President Clinton and try to get a comment from him.

After about 15 minutes of waiting, I see the trademark white hair and President Clinton walking down the hallway flanked by at least a dozen Secret Service guards. I quickly jockey for position on the left side of the hallway and avoid the Secret Service's attempt to move me out of the way. I catch Clinton's eye and promptly put out my hand. Not only does he shake it, he gives me a big bear hug.

He stops in his tracks while a blitzkrieg of flash bulbs go off and asks me, "How'd my girl do?" I respond, "Well, Mr. President. Judging from the crowd's reaction, pretty good." He then says, "She did great, I'm so proud of her. She hit a home run. Home run. Home run."

I walk with the president and long-time Clinton friend and trusted advisor, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee Terry McAuliffe. We board the elevator with a dozen Secret Service agents and proceed to exit the building. On the ride down I mention to McAuliffe that Senator Clinton seemed sad at the end speech and ask if her speech would give her closure. He responds, "She was over this a month ago."

A little while later, President Clinton's communications director Matt McKenna says the rest of the ride is "off the record." We exit the elevator and President Clinton enters his SUV, after taking a picture with some admirers. He then gets out of the car and goes to another part of the Pepsi Center.

It was an incredible experience and one that I will not soon forget. All eyes will be on the 42nd president of the United States tomorrow night when he addresses the convention and one can only imagine what type of speech he will give, supportive of Obama or supportive of his Democratic Party. If you're 18, REGISTER TO VOTE.

You can see  more of Luke's reporting on the iCue Web site.