NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Byron Trauger remembers meeting a woman named Hillary Rodham for the first time in the fall of 1971 when he and her future husband Bill were in law school together at Yale University.
“She was a third year student and I was in my first year, but we worked on a project together,” Trauger told News 2 just hours before his longtime friend makes history as the first woman to accept a major party nomination for president.
He added, “She treated me like I was somebody and she treated everyone like they were somebody. She brought people together.”
During Bill Clinton’s presidency, he was often one of those called an “F.O.B” which was an acronym for “friend of Bill.”
Now it’s the other Clinton he’s taking phone calls about from reporters wanting to know about his friendship
“It’s a friendship like a lot of friends that you don’t really lose,” added the Nashville lawyer about those Yale years. “She had those big glasses, and was very serious, very committed to what she was doing, very committed to social action.”
Fast forwarding over 44 years, Trauger was asked about the unprecedented unfavorable ratings for presidential nominees that plague both Hilary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
“She has been consistently fighting for the causes she believes in for people less fortunate for 40 years” said Trauger. “And when you do that you are not going to be perfect and you make mistakes.”
In the last year, he took his daughter to a Nashville fundraiser for Mrs. Clinton to meet the presidential candidate.
”And what really touched me was how she spoke to my daughter about our friendship,” said Trauger in an emotional voice. “[Hillary] just hugged her and said, ‘I have known your daddy for a long, long time’ and it was really a wonderful moment for my daughter.”
And for the Nashville lawyer who has known Hillary Clinton for nearly 45 years.