Clinton Threw Back Vodka Shots After One Of His First Meetings With Putin

May 6, 2014 3:34 p.m.

After one of his first meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Bill Clinton drank vodka shots with his chief of staff, John Podesta.

“We saw Putin and then we had the evening free. We went to the Cafe Pushkin in Moscow, and as is habit in Moscow, we started drinking vodka shots. I’m not much of a drinker, but I had plenty to drink that night,” Podesta said in an interview with Runner’s World published on May 1, recounting his trip to Moscow with Clinton in 2000.

Podesta, who now serves as a White House counselor for President Obama, was a mess after a night on the town.

“I don’t know how I managed to get out of bed. I wouldn’t even describe myself as hungover; alcohol was still pouring out of my pores,” he said. “Yeltsin and Clinton went off for a private meeting. Mrs. Yeltsin had made a Linzer torte. She doesn’t speak a word of English, and (former national security advisor) Sandy Berger and I sat there and ate Linzer torte, just hoping she didn’t notice the bloodshot nature of my eyes.”

[H/t Business Insider]

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