Bill Clinton Arrives at White House for Obama Meeting
By Anne E. Kornblut
Former president Bill Clinton arrived at the White House late Tuesday afternoon for a meeting with President Obama -- potentially one of their most extensive meetings ever and one that could touch on a range of topics besides North Korea.
Clinton pulled into a White House driveway in a caravan of Chevy Suburbans shortly before 4 p.m., and ducked out of the backseat of one of the cars. Avoiding reporters, he went in a side entrance to the White House, where he is meeting with Obama for an hour in the Situation Room.
Clinton missed by several hours his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had a separate meeting with the president earlier in the day. Instead, the State Department sent Cheryl Mills, a current adviser and longtime friend of the former president's.
State Department officials said the Secretary of State could not attend the meeting because of a conflict, a previously scheduled meeting with the foreign minister of Colombia.
"It's simply a matter of trying to juggle schedules," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.
Posted at 4:26 PM ET on Aug 18, 2009
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