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By Annie Groer and Ann Gerhart
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 26, 1998

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The Shipping News on Martha's Vineyard
    First Family and Cronkite Chelsea Clinton waves to onlookers from Walter Cronkite's boat. With her: the president, the first lady and Cronkite. (Reuters)

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The man who reigned for decades as "the most trusted man in America" played host yesterday afternoon to the man who will not be vying for that title anytime soon. The setting was the Wyntje, a sailboat that is the pride and joy of Walter Cronkite. The retired news anchor took President Clinton for a ride in the blustery waters off Martha's Vineyard.

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton joined the president, and everyone was looking chipper as they waved at the press upon leaving Cronkite's dock at Edgartown harbor. It was the first time the president and first lady had been seen together in public since they began what has been described as a decidedly chilly summer vacation a week ago -- one day after Clinton went on national television to acknowledge an inappropriate relationship with former intern Monica Lewinsky.

Also on board the Wyntje, a ketch with two big masts, was Cronkite's wife of nearly 60 years, Betsy Cronkite, and their young grandson Walter Cronkite IV.

Strong winds had the boat really cooking for the hour-long ride, reports The Post's John Harris. When it was over, the group stayed talking in the boat, tied up at the dock, for another hour.

Word of the outing quickly swirled around Edgartown. By the time the Clintons left the Cronkites, a crowd of people lined the road to wave at the presidential motorcade. After returning to their borrowed estate, the Clintons stayed shut in for the evening.

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