If you missed Bill Clinton’s appearance at UC yesterday — and chances are you did as the free tickets were limited to UC students and staff — a couple of reviews of the event are already out.

The Daily Clog reports that Clinton was charismatic and a little red in the face, although otherwise in “the bloom of health” (which is how I remember him when I shook his hand a decade ago — plus ca change).

The thrust of his speech focused on the power of the individual citizen to change things (sound familiar President Obama?). Read the full story here.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the former president arrived and left to standing ovations from the 2000-strong crowd. He told students they could help the United States by advocating for health care reforms — “We need to get it done,” he said — “and by improving the higher-education system”. He said  student fees are rising too quickly in California. Read the Merc’s coverage here.

Update: Two kind readers point out that UC staff had to pay $45 each for tickets. It was only students who went free. Thanks for the correction. [2.15.10]

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Only students could obtain free tickets. Staff (I’m one of them) and faculty, who are currently in the throes of furloughs/paycuts, had to pay $45. Thus, I stayed in the confines of my office.

  2. “a little red in the face”

    Hasn’t anyone ever heard of roseacea? I bet anyone a stout beer that Bill has roseacea, and as I drink my beer you can watch my face flush from roseacea, as my face does when I eat spicy food, run, expose to the wind, have a hot flash or any number of other biological explanation for increased oxygen to the capillaries which feeds the bacteria.

    Bill’s hertitage and skin provide clues that he has roseacea, yet people have constructed the angry red faced descriptor.

    I really appreciated Bill’s comments on the “rigidity” which works against problem solving in wealthy countries. Reminds me of my own city.