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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Clinton Golf, Gore Weather, Hillary Photogs, Ford Reception.

September 1, 1996

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Neither rain, nor throat pain, nor lack of sleep can keep President Clinton from a round of golf.

Clinton shot 18 holes at Rebsamen Park municipal golf course after church Sunday despite the threat of rain and his own fatigue from more than a week of frenetic campaigning.

While on the road, Clinton has gotten only a few hours of sleep and has experienced another bout of hoarseness. Aides cancelled his planned trip to Pittsburgh on Tuesday so he could rest.

But Sunday, Clinton was peppy as he putted along with Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arnold and Lisa Cornwall, Clinton’s cousin.

No one, though, would reveal how well _ or badly _ he played.

``The president always wins,″ Arnold said.


President Clinton’s campaign bus ride isn’t the only 1992 tactic to be revived for this year’s re-election drive. Vice President Al Gore also is giving his post-Election Day weather forecasts another try.

With a growling voice, the Gore is fond of asking those at rallies to imagine waking to stormy skies, stumbling across the bedroom ``to stub your toe on the chair,″ only to peel back the pages of a sopping wet newspaper ``and it says, ``Dole Wins.″

``You could wake up the morning of November sixth with a headache,″ Gore told a rally Saturday night in Memphis.

Or, Gore says, voters could wake to bright sunshine, ``little birds chirping in the window″ and ``fresh-cut flowers beside the bed, mingling with the scent of fresh-brewed coffee″ as they throw open the front door to see the newspaper’s front page proclaim ``Clinton-Gore Wins.″


After more than a week of being watched by the media as she performed her duties, Hillary Rodham Clinton decided to return the favor.

The first lady stepped behind a riser to watch the White House press corps file stories and pictures from the closing rally of the Clinton-Gore bus tour late Saturday in Memphis.

She was particularly fascinated with the photographers’ technology. Rather than develop film in darkrooms, they now transmit photographs via laptop computer.

``Look at that! That just happened! That’s incredible!″ she exclaimed, pointing to a screen that displayed four pictures from the rally taken minutes earlier by Associated Press photographer Greg Gibson.

``I knew you were making progress, but I had no idea,″ she said.


Harold Ford Jr., a twenty-something Democratic candidate for Congress, had a quick explanation of how he got Clinton and Gore to stop by his campaign fundraiser.

``I saw them on the road. I picked them up,″ he quipped. Clinton and Gore _ who’d just finished a two-day bus tour with their wives _ rocked back and forth in laughter.

The Saturday night reception raised $200,000 for Ford, the son of Rep. Harold Ford Sr., D-Tenn. The elder Ford is retiring from office.

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