Picks and Pans Review: Bill Clinton: Rock & Roll President

updated 06/02/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/02/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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One of the best things personally about being President has been the music," Bill Clinton says in this puffball special. He's not talking about "Hail to the Chief." The Prez happily admits using his position to befriend pop stars such as James Taylor and Aretha Franklin, as well as world leaders like Barbra Streisand.

The hour-long program, hosted by Carly Simon, is built around a White House interview taped in March. Despite his reputation as a waffler, Clinton comes out foursquare in favor of music education, recalling the high school years when he dreamed of playing the sax professionally. (The grown-up Clinton settled for enthusiastic amateurism, as displayed in clips from The Arsenio Hall Show and The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.) His old Arkansas friends testify, without subpoenas, to the rockin' good times they shared. It's all harmless, though fogies will carp that baby boomer Bill should think less about Elvis and more about entitlement reform.

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