Dec. 18 1998 3:30 AM


A libretto in search of a composer

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PANETTA[speaking]: But even here at the White House, some adjustments will be required.


CLINTON: OK, tell the ushers

To take a few days off.

Tell the maids and cooks and butlers

To go play themselves some golf.

We have to do without the clerks

Let them all go home.

CURRIE: What about the secretaries?

Who will get the phones?

CLINTON[speaking]: We've got to make sure the Oval Office functions with efficiency. We can't afford the tiniest error.

PANETTA: Aha! I have it!

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