Meeting President Clinton

By Perry Russom

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) When former President Bill Clinton flew into the area in 2000, it was Margaret Coffey's job to introduce the commander in chief.

"It was an honor to be able to shake hands with the president of the United States," Coffey said.

Thirteen years ago, she was the Broome County Democratic chairwoman.

Clinton's visit was the most recent visit from a sitting president.

It also fell on an election year. He delivered a speech at the old Fountain's Pavilion in Johnson City campaigning for his wife Hillary's successful run for U.S. Senate.

"He charmed everybody in the entire place," said Coffey. "It was amazing."

Thirteen years later, Coffey remembers that day with a photograph of her and the former president.

Michael Fauci has a similar picture in his office in Endicott.

In 2000, He was running for town of Union judge and paid a few hundred dollars to meet the president.

"It was the highlight of my life," said Fauci. "It was electric, and when I met him, he truly has something about him."

Clinton's visit to Johnson City lasted two hours, but Coffey said those two hours will be hard to forget -- especially with that picture.

"My grandchildren will have it and I will pass it to their children and their children because their grandmother met a president," said Coffey.

President Barack Obama is set on Friday to visit Binghamton University.