Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Vacation over, Clinton Faces a Blizzard of Work

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Vacation over, Clinton Faces a Blizzard of Work

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LIKE many Americans, President-elect Clinton returns home today from a Thanksgiving holiday to find a blizzard of work piled up on his desk.

Key Cabinet positions have to be filled and preparations for a two-day economic conference have to be completed. Important policy decisions on complex economic and health-care proposals also must be made before he takes office Jan. 20 so Mr. Clinton can keep his campaign promise of an aggressive first 100 days in office.

At times the work load has been described by aides as "crushing."

"I think when you first come out of the election, it seems like you have to take a deep breath because all of a sudden you have all of an entire government to staff, policy positions to formulate, all within 10 weeks," Clinton Communications Director George Stephanopoulos told reporters last week. Move over, Bebe Rebozo

During his Thanksgiving vacation, Clinton stayed at an $8 million beachfront estate near Santa Barbara, Calif. The house was leased by Hollywood producers Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who apparently play the same role for Clinton that Bebe Rebozo performed for Richard Nixon and Walter Annenberg for Ronald Reagan: old friends who allow the leader of the Free World to spend a few restful days in relative isolation.

Clinton got in some heavy-duty partying during his four-day vacation. Late on Saturday night, the president-elect traveled to Pasadena, Calif., to take part in a surprise birthday party for Mr. Thomason. Clinton stayed until 3 a.m., even ordering room-service pizza at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.

"I think he was the last to leave," said Clinton's mother, Virginia Kelley, who was in southern California for part of her son's weekend vacation.

Clinton then took off in a motorcade for the 90-mile drive to the oceanfront resort, located in the town of Summerland, Calif. …

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