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PORTRAIT OF A FIRST LADY

Joni DiPirro and Hillary have a November date.

Sometime after Election Day, the first lady will sit for a portrait by the Buffalo artist.

The arrangement was made as the first lady greeted guests Wednesday in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum.

DiPirro gave Clinton the artist's official painting for the 1998 Seneca Falls festival, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the women's rights convention. She intended to present the work to the first lady at the festival but never got the chance.

As Hillary paused to admire the painting last week, DiPirro popped the question: "Can I do your portrait?"

"I'd be delighted," the first lady replied -- but only after her Senate campaign.

Does she think Clinton will pose if she loses?

"Oh, sure," DiPirro said.

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