On the eve of former president Bill Clinton’s 64th birthday, Bill and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton rocked-it-baby-all-night long under the tent at the annual “Summer” party hosted by Brooke and Dan Neidich at their estate in East Hampton’s private Georgica Association. The community was once the summer retreat of New England ministers, academics, and their families — and is still the last, best (albeit unaffordable) relic of the small township that once was East Hampton.
Before dancing with his wife, the former president, still as passionate about saving the world as a Yale undergrad, engaged in a spirited conversation about the need for focus on “micro-economics — not macro economics. Rahm is great on micro,” he said, referring to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, “But he’s tied up on politics.”
“Forgive me for saying so,” one styleite-ish party-goer interjected, “but in spite of your reputation, I notice there are more men waiting to talk to you than women.”
“That’s what happens when you turn 64,” the former president chuckled without missing a beat.
Clinton wore a blue and white-checked cotton shirt with chinos. Hillary was doing her own style thing in a bright African print tunic and slacks. [Not even going to go there, guys. Hill has earned the right to wear whatever she damn well pleases without further comment from anyone, not even The Fashion Professor.]
New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, author Annette Tappert, businessman Joe Allen, Central Park Conservancy boosters Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Attorney Michael and Eleanora Kennedy with daughter Anna and husband Michael Saphire, architect Richard Meier, actor Charlie Moss and wife Susan Calhoun, Susan and Alan Patricof watched the slenderized and beaming couple kick it up to “You’re Still the One” as former New Jersey Senator John Corzine looked on wistfully. “I just wish,” Corzine said shaking his head, “I mean I knew — she would have been able to handle this Congress… but it was just Obama’s time.”
No regrets from the Clintons. The party blazed on until 6 a.m. which was hell on the Georgica Association’s Saturday morning tennis matches.
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