Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001 12:14 p.m. EDT

Clinton Showboating Irks Giuliani

Ex-President Clinton's spotlight-hogging antics in the wake of the Twin Tower terrorist disaster is starting to get on the nerves of some folks.

Last week he inserted himself into the entourage of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who had called a press conference to deliver more grim news of ever increasing numbers of missing and presumed dead from the Twin Tower collapse.

After Giuliani was finished, Clinton continued kibbitzing with reporters for a full 10 minutes, leaving the man who most New Yorkers now regard as a hero cooling his heels.

"Twice, a Giuliani spokeswoman shouted at reporters to end the questioning, but Clinton continued answering," the Los Angeles Times reported.

"At one point, Giuliani's spokeswoman told [Clinton aide Julia] Payne: 'My boss is waiting.'"