President Bush, suffering from a cold and sore throat, felt better Saturday and took a stroll on the south grounds of the White House with his spaniel, Millie, before heading to a private all-male club for lunch, aides said.
Bush, who has made it clear he does not intend to be a prisoner in the White House, had lunch at the Alibi Club, a private club in Washington.The club is made up of about 50 businessmen who meet weekly for lunch. The president was accompanied by Ray Siller, a former joke writer for comedian Johnny Carson; Don Burke of Capital Cities, ABC; and Don Hall of Hallmark Cards. The three men were also to accompany Bush later in the evening to the annual gathering of another all-male club, the Alfalfa.
White House aides said the president, who noted at a news conference Friday that he was suffering from "a slight cold," "was feeling better."
First lady Barbara Bush, who also vowed not to be a prisoner in the White House, took a private tour early Saturday of The National Gallery of Art's Cezanne exhibit, museum spokeswoman Ruth Kaplan said.
Mrs. Bush, accompanied by a few friends, arrived well before opening time to view the exhibit of impressionist painter Paul Cezanne's early works, Kaplan said, noting that the first lady did not want to disrupt the museum by touring the gallery during public hours.