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Inside Politics

President and First Lady Spend First Night in New York Home

Aired January 6, 2000 - 5:55 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BERNARD SHAW, CNN ANCHOR: The first couple returned to Washington today after spending the first night in their New York home. While much unpacking remains, Mrs. Clinton can now tell the voters of the Empire State she is indeed a New York resident.

Kelly Wallace reports.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

HILLARY CLINTON, FIRST LADY: Welcome to our house.

KELLY WALLACE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The president and the first lady beamed as they strolled down their driveway to tell reporters about their first night in their new home.

H. CLINTON: We loved it. Well, it was a little overwhelming because there is so much to be done, and we stayed up very late.

WALLACE: Until after 1:00 a.m., in fact, unpacking boxes and moving furniture inside their $1.7 million colonial in the upscale New York City suburb of Chappaqua, their first home after years in the Arkansas governor's mansion and the White House.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is the first home we have had since January of 1983, 17 years ago, when we moved back into the governor's mansion in Little Rock.

WALLACE: A family friend brought over a home-cooked dinner, and neighbors dropped off a bottle of champagne.

W. CLINTON: We also want to thank our neighbors who have been long-suffering with all the attention.

WALLACE: But not everyone is so understanding of all the security and all the media tracking the new occupants of Old House Lane.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They are causing a big furor.

H. CLINTON: I'm really going to work on that, I'm going to talk about it a lot. In fact...

WALLACE: Of course, this is also a political move, and so the likely Senate candidate took the opportunity to shake a few hands in downtown Chappaqua.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mrs. Clinton, how does it feel to officially be a New Yorker?

H. CLINTON: It feels great.

WALLACE: The first lady needed to establish residency in New York in order to run, and is now a registered voter in the Empire State. Her husband plans to follow her lead.

W. CLINTON: I've got a particular interest in the election up here next year, so I want to make sure my vote counts.

WALLACE: The Clintons stayed in Chappaqua less than 24 hours before heading back to Washington.

(on camera): The first lady refused to answer questions about the financing of her campaign. Instead, she wanted to focus on the new home, and clearly try and get the message out to New Yorkers that she is now one of them.

Kelly Wallace, CNN, Chappaqua, New York.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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