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Obama Visit Unique, But Clinton Presence Is Recurring In Westchester

Staffers at Lange's pose for a photo.
Staffers at Lange's pose for a photo. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
The exterior of Lange's in Chappaqua.
The exterior of Lange's in Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- While President Barack Obama's visit to Tarrytown on Wednesday for a speech near the Tappan Zee Bridge has served as a major news story, the local presence of one of his predecessors remains a point of interest near by in Chappaqua.

Richard Lange, owner of Lange's Little Store & Delicatessen, mentioned how often former President Bill Clinton visits, which can be as often as twice a week or once a month. He agreed when asked if it's a big deal on a typical basis.

Lange is supportive of the former president, saying he is the “best guy we ever had in office.” He also says that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the next president.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has been reported in the press as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, although she has not made an announcement as to whether she will run.

Daniel Lopez, a Lange's staffer, gave his anecdote for Bill Clinton's visits as being once a month or every two months, although Hillary Clinton is not in as often. Lopez is supportive of her running for office.

Jen Cook, who owns Chappaqua Wellness Center, talked about how a lot people locally who have not met them get excited.

She later added, "I think very highly of them, as I do a few other wonderful people from town."

Alissa Harvey, owner of stationery store The King's Scribe, recalled the Clintons visiting her store, with Bill Clinton being the more frequent of the two. She admits that she gets star struck when there is a visit. She also feels that they have been accommodating to people who want to see them.