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3:17 pm on Dec 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Last week, former President Bill Clinton visited the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., insiders say, causing employees to clamor for a chance to meet the infamous and well-loved glad-hander.

Clinton may have been invited to the company's headquarters, which is being relocated across Highway 101 to the site of Silicon Graphic's former campus, after he met with Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page in Moscow in October.

...[others] to visit Google include Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young. Former Vice President Al Gore, recently named to the board of Apple Computer...

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I wonder if it was just a friendy schmoozy visit, or if there was a larger purpose to his visit ... I would imagine he has a larger purpose for just about everything he does.

Like him or hate him (and let's not get in that here), Clinton is a smart guy and I'd love to be a fly on the wall just about anywhere he goes. Especially places like the Googleplex.

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I saw the title in the actives, didn't notice the forum name, and immediately thought 'IPO Visits Googleplex Next'.

"Larry and Sergey are definitely on the who's who power list these days," said one source close to the company.

That must drive the other Bill nuts; he only gets visits from Ashcroft. ;)

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Tried to confirm with g, but evidently the press office at the plex is still in bed (7am pacific time...). Seems like the 2nd such meeting between the two it would be more than shakes and back slappers.

Nothing mixes better than money & politics.

> other bill

oh, as in Gates? Looks like to me, they just don't advertise the fact. When you look at who bank rolled who in the last election, it is clear that redmond took a highly proactive roll.

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Welcome to Generation Google.
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I would imagine he has a larger purpose for just about everything he does.

Yeah, I'm thinking he was trying to find out the details of the new algo after Florida...

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Did he show up to google after typing in miserable failure'?
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http://www.theonion.com/3948/top_story.html

from last week...

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> Seems like the 2nd such meeting between the two it would be more than shakes and back slappers.

He's gotta be itching to get into something challenging again. I can't imagine the book-and-speech circuit is all that entertaining over the long term. I'm sure he keeps his eye out for new business opportunities ...

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I think the story is all the big names that have actually VISITed the plex. Not too many companies get the 'mountain comes to moses' treatment. The only other big ones to do so, would be Netscape and Sun. Rarely does anyone of merit visit Redmond (hmmm).
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> Rarely does anyone of merit visit Redmond (hmmm).

That we hear about ... :)

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mMmmm private invitation to some stock? ;)
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Different people get pumped up about different things. Guido van Rossum (inventor of Python) stopped by to talk to folks a while ago, but I couldn't work up the nerve to get him to autograph my "Python: Essential Reference" book. That would make it like a charmed book, with a +5 saving throw against simple bugs. ;)
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> other bill

And just think, I've never been invited to visit the Googleplex.

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I'd love to be a fly on the wall just about anywhere he goes. Especially places like the Googleplex.

Wow, I'd have great fun sitting at the wall in the Googleplex overhearing GoogleGuy's talks with Larry :)

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I suspect the SEO specialists working on campaign web sites will work in visits to all the big PR 9 and 10 web sites.

Come to think of it, this might be good for the nation...as Google's algorithm seems to be based more on positive than on negative feedback. The web might accidently end up focusing on the candidate's position rather than attacks on their opponents. (Network TV tends to focus on attack ads.)