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"Please--no one should tell them Clinton stopped for pizza on the way over."
PRESIDENTIAL PRESS POOL MEMO, asking reporters not to tell the Kennedys that their visitor had a snack before dinner with the family

The Scoop

The White House: That Invisible Mack Sure Can Leave His Mark

By Michael Weisskopf/Washington

(TIME, September 1) -- For a man who had supposedly vanished from the corridors of power, MACK MCLARTY was the man to see in 1996. BILL CLINTON's former chief of staff, now a White House counselor tucked away in the basement, provided assistance to businessmen who ponied up $1.5 million for the Democrats in the last election. On Nov. 22, 1995, for example, Clinton scrawled an FYI note to McLarty, enclosing a newspaper article on Enron Corp. and the vicissitudes of its $3 billion power-plant project in India. McLarty then reached out to Enron's chairman, KEN LAY, and over the next nine months closely monitored the project with the U.S. ambassador to New Delhi, keeping Lay informed of the Administration's efforts, according to White House documents reviewed by TIME. In June 1996, four days before India granted final approval to Enron's project, Lay's company gave $100,000 to the President's party. Enron denies that its gift was repayment for Clinton's attention, and White House special counsel LANNY DAVIS says McLarty acted out of concern for a major U.S. investment overseas.

Nevertheless, there does seem to be a McLarty pattern. At Clinton's request, he met with international oil consultant ROGER TAMRAZ and asked the Energy Department if the Administration could not be more supportive of his Caspian Sea pipeline proposal (Tamraz' contribution: $200,000). It was McLarty who directed a White House lawyer to query the Justice Department about a case protested by VANCE OPPERMAN, head of a legal publishing house (contribution: $350,000). The counselor arranged a White House meeting for Miami computer executive MARK JIMENEZ to discuss political unrest in an important Latin American market (contribution: $325,000). And last week the Washington Post reported that McLarty helped get a Clinton audience for Federal Express chairman FRED SMITH and his concerns about Japanese trade practices. Contribution: $525,000. Davis says McLarty acted "appropriately" in every case.

Diplomacy: Madeleine plans to tell them where to get off

By Douglas Waller/Washington

Call her a scold, but if Israeli Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU and P.L.O. leader YASSER ARAFAT are still refusing to get off the dime on peace talks by the time she arrives in the Middle East next month, Secretary of State MADELEINE ALBRIGHT plans to give them the not-so-diplomatic treatment she's becoming famous for: a blunt talking-to and a rap on the knuckles. Washington is frustrated with the game of diplomatic chicken that both sides have been playing. In several major speeches, Albright plans to lay out "what road they're headed down" if the talks remain deadlocked, says an official, and "why if they don't change we can't be expected to change things for them."

TIME Capsule

Do-nothing vacations are nothing new for Presidents. Neither is the holiday celebrity drop-by. So lie back and read TIME's first presidential vacation report, Sept. 1, 1924, on CALVIN COOLIDGE

Thomas A. Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and the latter's son Russell motored into Plymouth [Vt.] and stopped at the Coolidge farmhouse. The President took them through the local cheese factory, of which his father is part owner, and gave Mr. Ford a sap bucket of pine with ash hoops, capacity 16 quarts, which had been made for and used by John Coolidge, a great-great-grandfather of the President, who died in 1822. Everybody's picture was taken... In a thunderstorm, lightning struck near the Coolidge farmhouse. It got into the headlines ... The President at one time, his son John at another, pitched horseshoes... Mr. and Mrs. Coolidge walked out and stood under the shade of maple trees, while a long line of neighbors formed, had their hands shaken and received a few words each, depending on the degree of their acquaintanceship... [At his cousin's home, the President] put on a pair of overalls, removed his collar and tie, loaded a hay wagon. Pictures were then taken.

A Free Golf Lesson (Well, $2.95) For The Prez

By Joel Stein

After scoring a near best 79 (Vernon Jordan swears it) at the Vineyard's Farm Neck Golf Club on Monday (O.K., he did take three swings on the first hole, but they were practice drives, really), President Clinton doesn't seem to need much help. But as Americans, we want a President who plays the best darn game of golf possible, so TIME called in some experts for their advice. Claude ("Butch") Harmon Jr.--famed swing doctor to Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Davis Love III--gives his detailed suggestions for the presidential stroke. "The President has a decent swing. If he had more time to practice, it would be better," says Harmon. "I'm sure his swing is going to be better in four years." CBS golf commentator Gary McCord offers a similar critique to the First Golfer: strengthen your grip, swing more outside and keep your left heel down in the backswing. "Nureyev didn't get on his toes this much," says McCord. Sometimes, you see, a golf coach has to give tough love. If Clinton could just keep that heel down, McCord adds, "it would stop his Big Bubba turn."

The Backswing The first thing I noticed about his swing is how much rotation there is in his left arm on the backswing, taking the club head too far inside. It also appears he has raised his upper body on the take-away.

The Hip Turn A good full-shoulder turn shows good flexibility. I'd like to see his left heel flatter on the ground, a more restricted hip turn and his weight staying more inside his right foot.

Top Of The Swing Because of the backswing, the right arm gets too far behind him, which puts his arms too close to the top of his body. A shorter arm swing coupled with his great shoulder turn will give the President more power and control.

The Downswing I like the way the club is lagging behind the hands and shoulder rotation. However, the left heel is still off the ground. This means the weight transfer did not start the downswing.

The Contact Point I like the way the right foot is staying down through impact, but the lower body (knees and hips) does not rotate to the left enough. This means his arms and hands are outracing his body.

The Follow-Through The weight is nicely onto the left foot. The belt buckle is completely facing the target. The shoulders are facing well left of the target.

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