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Wrong Song Played for Mrs. Rodham

March 22, 2000

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ While President Clinton attended the business of state, his daughter Chelsea kept everyone guessing about her own program.

Shopkeepers at the upscale Santushti, a complex of boutiques, prepared an elaborate welcome Tuesday for Chelsea, even inviting the Air Force band to play while she shopped.

Chelsea never came. Instead, her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, slipped unrecognized into the complex’s restaurant for a quiet lunch.

But word spread that Chelsea was there. When Mrs. Rodham stepped out of the restaurant, the band struck up, ``Come on Barbie, let’s go party.″


Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, has been sprucing up for weeks for the president’s visit Wednesday. But the city fathers were most concerned about the reeking odor of the Yamuna River, which runs sluggishly behind the 17th century monument.

The Times of India recalled a similar problem when the pop musician Yanni gave a concert at the Taj three years ago. Officials opened the sluice gates to pump more water into the river and dumped bottles of scent into it.


President Clinton came to India to help boost trade and business, but his first deal went on his personal Visa card.

Shortly after arriving Sunday night, Clinton strolled into a shop in his hotel selling Kashmir-made silk carpets. He walk out 45 minutes later with three purchases, the Hindustan Times reported Wednesday.

Shortly afterward, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright _ apparently acting on Clinton’s tip _ went to the same store and left with an armload.

Asked how much the president spent, shopowner Manzoor Wangnoo said, ``That’s a trade secret.″

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