. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Relaxed Clinton Hits Links, Inks Book

JACKSON, Wyoming -- Bailing out of whitewater rafting for the second day in a row, President Bill Clinton got in a round of vacation golf and continued to studiously ignore the Republican National Convention.


As Bob Dole delivered his acceptance address before the San Diego convention, Clinton was sitting down to dinner in the luxury home here of James Wolfensohn, president of World Bank.


Aides said the president had no plans to watch the Republican nominee.


The dinner, a short distance from the 5,000-square-foot log home Clinton is using as a vacation retreat, was billed as a "pre-birthday'' event.


The president turns 50 on Monday and plans to celebrate at a star-spangled birthday gala at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.


Although no major storms developed, the weather looked threatening enough for Clinton to cancel a whitewater rafting trip for the second time.


On Wednesday, during his first visit to the greens during his summer vacation in Jackson Hole, Clinton confessed that a grueling 13 kilometer, four-hour hike in Yellowstone National Park had left his muscles "very sore'' and thrown off his game.


"My rhythm wasn't quite there anymore,'' he said. "Oooh, that was bad.''


But on Thursday, at Teton Pines golf club near here, Clinton bounced back to near normal, scoring an 84.


The surprise of the week was the announcement that Clinton had used the first few days of his vacation putting the final touches on a book whose very existence was one of the best-kept secrets of the president's administration.


Clinton told reporters he kept the project private so he could exercise his option not to publish if he didn't like the final result. The book, "Between Hope and History: Meeting America's Challenges for the 21st Century,'' will hit bookstores next week, just in time for the Democratic National Convention in Chicago at the end of the month.


Four hundred thousand copies will soon be available. Clinton will accept no money for the book, which aides said would detail his personal vision for America's future.