WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton found a silver lining in the political upheaval in Moscow: It upstaged Dick Gephardt.

The House majority leader from Missouri announced his opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement on Tuesday, the same day Russian President Boris Yeltsin disbanded parliament.

After congressional leaders met with Clinton on Wednesday, Gephardt said the president ''wasn't thrilled with what I had to say, but reasonable people can disagree on very complicated and tough issues.''

The president surmised that Russian news pushed the signing of Clinton's national service bill off most front pages.

''He said that he was sorry that ... what happened in Russia knocked the national service off,'' Gephardt said. ''Then he got happy when he remembered that it also knocked my thing off.''