Gary reported that there were roughly 30 people at the book party, including its hosts, James Carville and Paul Begala. Gary commented that, as he was waiting for Clinton to show up, what he first believed to be a wall at the back of the room turned into a door, from which the former president "materialized" from it. Gary noted that Clinton moved through the room and had a brief conversation with everyone. He said that, at first, he wasn't nervous about meeting him because he works with celebrities all the time. However, Gary admitted that as Clinton moved closer to him, he got caught up in his "vortex," noting that he was as charismatic as people claim. Because he wasn't sure what to say, Gary commented that he simply told Clinton, who had one hand on Gary's shoulder while shaking the other, that it was nice to meet him. Gary pointed out, though, that the person standing next to him informed Clinton about his tie to Howard, and that the former president turned to Gary again and responded, "Tell that rascal I said hello." After Clinton made his speech, Gary said he let the attendees walk around his office, which Gary described as "enormous." Gary also mentioned that Clinton's office is filled with presidential memorabilia, awards and some miscellaneous items that regular people sent into him.