Dec. 18 1998 3:30 AM


A libretto in search of a composer

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When the president crosses the line.


[After months of denials and futile delays, Clinton finally testifies before the Starr grand jury and argues that, technically, he didn't lie.]

"Testimony" (snappy)

CLINTON: Depends what the definition of "is" is,

Depends on the meaning of sex,

"Alone together" is literal nonsense,

Before you reach conclusions, read your text.

[Afterward, he speaks to the nation, admits doing wrong, and apologizes, though grudgingly.]

CLINTON: Inappropriate was the nature of our actions,

And believe me I regret the whole damn thing,

But inappropriate are all these personal questions,

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