Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton met at a private event at the Byham Theater on Thursday night -- leaving behind a trail of rumors while Pittsburgh residents mused about what the two men were up to.
Allegheny County Republican Committee chairman Jim Roddey said Mr. Bush played golf at the Oakmont Country Club on Thursday before eventually heading to the Byham Theater, where he met Mr. Clinton, who spoke at the One Young World summit Downtown.
Attendees said the gathering that drew hundreds of guests to the Byham was sponsored by financial services firm UBS. They added to the bustle already created on Sixth Street by One Young World delegates who, in a light drizzle, streamed past the theater toward a party on the Clemente Bridge.
UBS representatives outside the Byham were mum about the closed event, but word quickly spread to everyone from passers-by to city police working the youth summit nearby that George W. Bush, Bill Clinton or both were inside the theater.
Some attendees leaving the theater said the event was part of a series of conversations sponsored by UBS. There was no sign of either former president outside the theater's front entrance, but shortly after the event let out, two groups of unmarked cars escorted by a state police cruiser were seen heading down Fort Duquesne Boulevard toward the Fort Pitt Bridge.
Representatives for the UBS corporate offices in New York did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment Thursday night.
Trade publication AdvisorOne reported that the two former presidents appeared in Dallas together last year as part of a UBS-sponsored forum discussing ways to revitalize small business.