Jimmy Buffett, accompanied by Allen Toussaint on piano, had just finished singing “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?” at the memorial service for his friend Ed Bradley yesterday when a tall, white-haired figure ascended the pulpit for a eulogy unbilled in the program. It was Bill Clinton.
“I knew I had arrived in national politics when Ed Bradley wanted to interview me,” Mr. Clinton told the more than 2,000 people who had assembled at Riverside Church in Manhattan to pay tribute to Mr. Bradley, who died on Nov. 9. “I always preferred watching him interview others.”
Then, recalling the brief period he spent after his presidency as a colleague of Mr. Bradley’s on “60 Minutes” appearing in miniaturized debates with Bob Dole Mr. Clinton said, “It was the only time in my entire public life I felt protected from Ed Bradley.”