December 15, 1997 in Nation/World

Chelsea Back Home For The Holidays

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Chelsea Clinton is home for the holidays, and so is America’s new First Pooch.

Stanford University’s most famous freshman arrived back at the White House on Saturday evening, a day after the end of her first quarter.

Her return was followed by the arrival of the Clintons’ new 3-month-old chocolate Labrador.

After attending Sunday church services at Foundry United Methodist Church, the family welcomed the as-yet-unnamed pet, which got the OK to move into the White House after successfully completing an obedience training course.

The Clintons left the pup behind for a few hours as they attended “Christmas in Washington,” a benefit for the Children’s National Medical Center held at the National Building Museum. Actress and host Glenn Close, opera singer Thomas Hampson and sibling musical trio Hanson were among the performers who serenaded the audience with Christmas carols.

“More than any other holiday, Christmas is for our children. We revel in their excitement; we rejoice in their growth; we do our best to help them make the most of their God-given gifts,” Clinton said as Chelsea stood beside him.

The president and first lady placed two teddy bears and a book, to be donated to the medical center, under one of the museum’s Christmas trees.

Children who served as Santa’s helpers during this year’s event included the 4-year-old daughters of Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater and White House press secretary Mike McCurry.


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