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Clinton Joins Last-Minute Shoppers

December 24, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton joined millions of other Americans on Thursday, finishing last-minute shopping on a Christmas Eve that otherwise was quiet.

The president headed out shortly after 1 p.m. to pick up gifts for those remaining on his list. He did the bulk of his shopping on Wednesday at a store in the Peace Corps headquarters.

Clinton spent much of Thursday afternoon at Washington’s Union Station _ a train station filled with shops, restaurants and hundreds of holiday shoppers who met the president warmly, a few of them screaming, ``We love you, Mr. President.″

The White House kept mum on what his three shopping bags contained.

Outside of that, Clinton kept a light schedule. He recorded his weekly radio address and nominated an ambassador to Brazil before hitting the stores.

Clinton, his wife and daughter were spending the holiday at the White House with other relatives and friends.

They planned a huge Christmas feast _ the menu goes as follows:

Turkey with giblet gravy; country ham; two types of stuffing _ traditional and cornbread-sausage; butternut squash soup; vegetables; asparagus and artichoke salad; corn and green bean salad; field green salad; mashed potatoes; sweet potato casserole; biscuits, cornbread and rolls; cranberry orange relish; a tray of fruit and cheese; chocolate cake and three types of pies _ pecan, pumpkin and lemon meringue.

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