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When Hillary and Donald Were Still Friendly
Bo Dietl went to Donald Trumps third wedding in January 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida, he said the other day, because hes good friends with Trump and the wedding was the wedding of weddings and anybody who got an invitation and didnt go had to have been on crack. So there was the ex-New York City homicide detective and Fox News contributor, in the gardenias-scented Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, when up walked Hillary Clinton.
Hillary came running over, Dietl said. She was very nice. Bo, how ya doin'? Bo, I love you.
This, he thought, was strange, seeing as how theyre politically so at odds, a fact he has made public and plain. Voters now may feel a similar sense of befuddlement at the notion that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were once friendly enough that she attended his joyful nuptials.
The wonkish Clinton is the front-runner for the Democrats. The bombastic Trump is the front-runner for the Republicans. What exactly was she doing at his wedding? Why did Trump invite Clinton, who at the time was the junior senator from New York, and why was she there, along with her plus-one, former President Bill Clinton, who didnt attend the actual ceremony but did arrive for later portions of the opulent soiree?
As a contributor, Trump told POLITICO in a statement on Thursday, referring to checks hes written to her campaigns as well as the Clintons foundation, I demanded that they be therethey had no choice and thats whats wrong with our country. Our country is run by and for donors, special interests and lobbyists, and that is not a good formula for our countrys success. With me, there are no lobbyists and special interests. My only special interest is the United States of America.
The Clinton campaign didnt respond to multiple requests for comment.
Her presence at the event, though, could bolster a cynics suspicions that todays politics is a pay-to-play spectacleless public service, more private richesand that the Trumps and the Clintons have more in common with each other than they do with, say, Jim Webb or John Kasich.
On January 22, 2005, a year after the debut of Trumps The Apprentice reality TV series, which made Youre fired a thing people say, and at the approximate apex of Floridas last Ponzi-scheme housing boom, camera crews from celebrity gossip shows and news helicopters gawked as scores of limos pulled up under a setting sun.
The common denominator of the A-list guest list: people who had become personalities.
The coin of the realm: time on a screen.
Oprah Winfrey. Katie Couric. Derek Jeter. Barbara Walters. Russell Simmons. Star Jones. Anna Wintour. Simon Cowell. Don King. Kelly Ripa. Chris Matthews. Sylvester Stallone. Stone Phillips. Shaquille ONeal. Four hundred some-odd somebodies in a church to see Trump.
Clinton sat in the front row of the pews.
I think it was a respect thing, Dietl said. If I was a U.S. senator, I wouldve been seated in the front. Instead, he was seated in the third row, he said, behind ONeal, the basketball behemoth. I couldnt see much, he said.
Trump, then 58, wed Slovenian model Melania Knauss, then 34, in a ceremony that lasted about half an hour. He wore a black Brioni tuxedo. She wore a $200,000 Christian Dior dress, replete with 300 feet of satin, 1,500 crystals and pearls and a 13-foot, 50-pound train. The strapless gown reportedly took 1,000 hours to make.
Joyce McLendon, the wife of a Palm Beach town councilman, recently called the wedding lovely and simple. After the ceremony, McLendon took an opportunity, she said, to talk to Clinton. Her daughter had been a student at Wellesley College at the same time as Clinton, nee Rodham, and she was still sitting there, alone, McLendon said. She was obviously waiting until the press went away. We chatted awhile.
Clinton wasnt the only politician on hand. Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, was there. Al DAmato, the former New York senator, was there. Through an aide, DAmato, whos 77 now, recently said the wedding was great but doesnt remember much other than that. Clinton wasnt even the only future 2016 presidential candidate there. George Pataki, at the time the governor of New York, happily accepted the invitation to the Trump nuptials on account of Trumps previous financial support and their generally amicable relationship.
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