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President, Chelsea Go to Camp David

January 31, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ After a rough week for Dad, Chelsea Clinton flew home from California Thursday night. Arm in arm, she and President Clinton escaped to the seclusion of Camp David.

The college freshman made the cross-country flight just for the weekend, as there is no holiday from classes at Stanford University. A spokeswoman pooh-poohed any suggestion that the daughter’s homecoming had anything to do with this week’s sensational headlines.

``For some weeks, they’ve known that her mom is going to be out of town and this would be a chance to spend some time with Dad,″ said Marsha Berry, a spokeswoman for first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was traveling to Switzerland for an economic conference.

``It’s just a chance to come home, spend some time at home,″ Berry said.

Leaving the White House Friday, Chelsea wrapped an arm around her father; he clapped a hand on her shoulder. They were spending the weekend at the president’s secluded mountaintop retreat with one of Chelsea’s high school friends and other family members _ Roger Clinton, Tony Rodham and his wife, Nicole Boxer Rodham, and their son, Zachary.

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