Bill Clinton Takes Book Tour to England
While promoting his new book My Life, the former chief executive was approached by four female fans who asked for a group photograph with him. With two women on each side for the souvenir snap, Clinton smiled and couldn't help quipping, "It's a terrible job but someone has to do it."
For this latest trip to London, Clinton was chaperoned by daughter Chelsea, 24, and her boyfriend of 2 1/2 years, Ian Klaus, 25. The couple, who met in late 2001 while studying at Oxford, were glad to be on the trip.
"I love being back here in Britain," the younger Clinton tells PEOPLE. "I have so many friends here."
During a champagne reception in the vaulted stone and wood ceiling Guildhall, Clinton, 57, pressed the flesh with hundreds of guests, including Kevin Spacey and Bob Geldof – who cornered Clinton and chatted about AIDS and Third World debt relief.
When asked what was on his mind when the beguiling cover photo of his book was taken, Clinton told PEOPLE: "I can't remember what I was thinking. It was taken in 1992 on a really cold day. I wanted to use it because it was loved by both my mother and mother-in-law."
In a speech to guests, Clinton then implored anyone over the age of 50 to write their life story – even if only for the benefit of their own family members.