Twenty-four minutes after he began speaking in a small restaurant the other day, Fred D. Thompson brought his remarks to a close with a nod of his head and an expression of thanks to Iowans for allowing him to "give my thoughts about some things."
Then he stood face to face with a silent audience.
"Can I have a round of applause?" Mr. Thompson said, drawing a rustle of clapping and some laughter.
"Well, I had to drag that out of you," he said.
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After all, we were separated at birth, the former congressman said. Now do I get to hang with Jessica Biel, too?