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Best-selling author jokes he knows ‘what Pence must feel like’ on book tour with Bill Clinton

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Best-selling author James Patterson joked this week that he knows what Vice President Pence feels like because he’s been on “the sidelines” of a book tour with former President Clinton.

“I know what Pence must feel like,” he told WABC Radio’s “Bernie and Sid in the Morning” on Friday. “It’s interesting to be on the sidelines and watch this stuff.”

Patterson co-wrote “The President is Missing” with the former president. The two are currently touring the country on a book tour for the best-seller, which sold more copies in its first week than any other fiction book in two years.


Patterson said Clinton brought “authenticity” to the book. “When I write thrillers, I’m kind of making up a lot of stuff, but when I’m writing with Bill Clinton it’s a different thing,” he said.

He added, “the idea of spending a year basically with Bill Clinton was irresistible.”

Clinton has courted controversy on the book tour, facing questions about his affair as president with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky and criticizing President Trump’s policies.

“That wasn’t the finest moment, absolutely. It happens. Whatever,” Patterson said of an NBC interview where Clinton said he has not privately apologized to Lewinsky over the affair. The interview prompted headlines calling the book tour a “disaster.”

“As the president has said, it wasn’t his finest moment,” Patterson said.

“I think a little bit of it was a misunderstanding. … He apologized to her and her family,” Patterson added.

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