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room to greet me, so help me. It was funny. Says he: “Mr.
Congressman” -- that's how they always refer to you -- “I'm so
pleased you're here.” I said, “I'm so pleased you invited me.
I'm happy to be here.” He said, “Let me get you a drink.” We
go over and get a drink. And then he says, “You know, Mr.
Congressman, since we were last together, you'll be pleased to
know that I have gone and visited Israel.” And I smile. I
had heard that from others. And then he says very quickly: “But
of course I also visited Egypt.” So I said, “But of course, Mr.
Rockefeller, one should always see both sides.” And then I said,
“Since we were last together, Mr. Rockefeller, you'll be pleased
to know I'm now on the Banking and Currency Committee.”
Isn't that a nice story? Isn't that a terrific story?
I have to also give you one little addendum, which takes
us to 1973. In 1973 when I ran for mayor I used as my symbol
the flag of the city of New York, and I had them made up in
little replicas, and I handed out about 70,000 of them. But
they're expensive, and I decided that I couldn't afford it anymore,
and it would be nice to get some group ... It didn't have
my name on it. It was done in a very smart way. It became my
symbol simply because I became identified with it. Nobody had
ever heard of a flag of the city of New York; nobody had ever seen
it; and here I'm handing it out at the subways wherever I went,
and it didn't have my name on it. So then I decided -- as you
get closer into the election you need something with your name
on it -- it would be nice to have somebody else pick up this
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