THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
EXCERPT FROM JANUARY 21, 1999 INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT BY THE NEW YORK TIMES The Oval Office
Q We're about to go. Did you have a chance to watch any of Senator Bumpers's presentation today?
THE PRESIDENT: I did. It's the only thing I've watched. I watched that.
Q He said -- he criticized the House managers for lacking compassion for your family. He described your family as a family that has been "about as decimated as a family can get. The relationship between husband and wife, father and child, has been incredibly strained if not destroyed." Is that an accurate representation?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, it's been -- I would say it has been a strain for my family. But we have worked very hard and I think we have come through the worst. We love each other very much, and we've worked on it very hard. But I think he was showing -- you know, he knows me and Hillary and Chelsea, and we've all been friends, as he said, for 25 years. I think he was just trying to inject a human element into what he was saying.
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