Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bill Clinton Makes Impromptu Stop at St. Louis Bookshop, Buys Cards with Cat at STL Landmarks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bill Clinton Makes Impromptu Stop at St. Louis Bookshop, Buys Cards with Cat at STL Landmarks

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ST. LOUIS * It was a seemingly normal afternoon for bookstore manager Debra Boussum.

She was unpacking a shipment of knickknacks while working at the American Institute of Architects St. Louis bookshop downtown when a young man in a nice trench coat stepped into the store.

"I'm with the Secret Service. Are you alone?" the man asked Boussum. She stopped cutting bubble wrap in surprise and told him she was the only one there.

"You're about to have a visitor," he said.

"I didn't know what was happening, I thought: 'Is Donald Trump about to walk through the door?'" Boussum said.

Instead, it was former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton was in St. Louis Nov. 1 to visit three health and science programs connected to the Clinton Foundation and decided to make an impromptu stop of his motorcade when he spotted the bookshop's window at 911 Washington Avenue.

Clinton walked in the store flanked by four Secret Service members and two body guards, Boussum said.

"He immediately went right to the St. Louis section," she said. "He really took his time. I think he was loving it."

Clinton picked out a deck of cards that feature St. Louis Cardinals legends along with a set of note cards that feature a cat posed at a variety of St. Louis landmarks.

"I kept my distance," Boussum said. "I just kept unpacking boxes. I didn't want to bother him or disturb him. I wanted him to be able to shop like a normal person."

Next, Clinton moved to the children's section where he picked out two books for his grandchildren: "The Book of Bones," a collection of animal skeleton world records, and "The Most Awesome Arch," a story of a squirrel that visits the Gateway Arch.

Clinton was also enamored with a selection of Kikkerland wind-up toys that look like little robots.

"He had seen them before, so he told the secret service members: 'Now watch this, I don't want you to miss it,'" Boussum said. "He was like a little kid."

Clinton was captivated when Boussum told him that the toys were big sellers every year when St. Louis hosts a youth robotics championship. …

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