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Buddy, President Sleep Together

May 8, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton isn’t completely alone at night when first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton sleeps at their home in New York. Buddy, the president’s playful chocolate Labrador, sometimes curls up next to him.

``He sleeps with me when Hillary’s not here,″ Clinton told reporters who had gathered on the South Lawn of the White House when he returned Monday from attending Cardinal John O’Connor’s funeral in New York.

Buddy, his ears flopping, bounded out to meet his master at the presidential helicopter. While watching Clinton and Buddy play fetch with a yellow tennis ball, a reporter asked the president if he knew the old saying: If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.

``I got a friend,″ the president said, grinning widely. ``He sleeps with me when Hillary’s not here. He’s my true friend. We have a great time.″

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