After that, staffers are pushing the president to interrupt his vacation for a couple of public appearances - an effort to change the subject. The president is refusing to do so, at least until next week.
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There was even less information about the president's state of mind.
Had he heard the calls for his resignation? "..the president is confident he enjoys the trust of the American people who elected him," said McCurry.
When Mr. Clinton does reappear, the White House spin will be that he's suffered enough and should be allowed to get on with the nation's business.
Asked how the president's "repair work" is going, his spokesman called that "a private matter." Meanwhile, everyone around the president is waiting for the public's verdict.
Reported by Bill Plante
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