Boris Yeltsin was found outside White House in underpants trying to hail cab because he wanted some pizza
Former Russian president Boris Yeltsin got so drunk during a visit to Washington that he was found standing outside the White House in his underpants trying to hail a cab to go and buy a pizza.
The following night he was mistaken for a drunken intruder when he was discovered stumbling around the basement of his guest house by secret service agents.
The drunken behaviour of Yeltsin, who was known for his fondness for vodka and died two years ago aged 76, were revealed by former US president Bill Clinton.
Clinton, who is no stranger to indiscretions of his own, sat down with historian Taylor Branch to give an “oral history” of his presidency.
The results of 70 taped interviews between Clinton and Branch, who were former flatmates from the 1970s, is a new book “The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President.”
The book reveals that Yeltsin’s drinking binge while staying at Blair House, the guest accommodation used by visiting dignitaries in 1995, almost ended in an international incident.
Mr Clinton told how he was briefed by secret service after they found Yeltsin standing outside the building dressed in his underwear trying to hail a taxi. In a slurred speech he told the agents he wanted a pizza.
The following night he eluded his Russian bodyguards to climb out of Blair House into the basement where he was initially mistaken for an intruder.