Clinton: Procedure Is No Big Deal

WHITE HOUSE (AP) - Former president Clinton says he feels ''fine,'' two days before he undergoes a procedure in a New York hospital to remove fluid and scar tissue from his chest.

During a visit to the White House, where he and former president Bush reported to the current president on their visit to the region hit by the December tsunami, Clinton said the procedure is ''no big deal.'' He said he'll be ''out of commission'' for a week or two. But he says, "As soon as I get it done, I'm going to go back to work."

He pointed out that he felt well enough to tour the tsunami region, and that he's well enough to play golf tomorrow to raise money for tsunami relief.

And former president Bush described Clinton as the ''Energizer Bunny'' as the two ex-presidents went from country to country on their Asian tour. He said whatever Clinton has, if it's supposed to knock him out, it hasn't done so yet.

The chief of cardiology at the New York hospital where Clinton will be treated is also downplaying the surgery, saying, "This is not an emergency."


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