SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- President Clinton spent the first day of a two-day vacation swing through northwest Arkansas the way he says he likes to vacation: with relaxation, reading, and a heavy dose of old friends.
The day culminated with a surprise birthday party that drew 34 Clinton friends to a well-known family restaurant in Springdale.
The president, Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea arrived Monday to spend the two-day sojourn at the summer home of friends Jim and Linda Blair on Beaver Lake, northeast of Fayetteville. The president and first lady lived in the city in the mid-1970s when they taught at the University of Arkansas Law School.