I am SO gonna miss this guy

From the Politico last week:

I caught [Fred] Thompson on Thursday at a restaurant in a strip shopping mall in West Columbia [South Carolina], where he did a live radio show with about 150 people watching.

His aides handed out “Fredzels,” which, as near as I could determine, are pretzels. Thompson maintained his folksy style.

“It’s good to be back in home territory where they know how to cook green beans!” he said.

Everybody cheered.

“And they are not crunchy!” he continued.

Everybody cheered again.

A television with the sound turned off was mounted on a wall and the radio interviewer pointed out that Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, was testifying on Capitol Hill.

“You would probably say that the economy, perhaps, is the most important issue facing us?” the interviewer asked Thompson.

“Yeah, that’s right,” Thompson said, “but you know, you could probably get a ‘Law & Order’ rerun on TNT there if you wanted to switch that around a little bit.”

The audience applauded and cheered.