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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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