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There are already long lines for White House tours.

Will the public now queue up for a turn in the White House hot tub?

Clinton administration officials Friday confirmed that the soothing waters have been installed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

"It's a gift to the people of the United States because the people of the United States own this," White House spokesman Mike McCurry said.

The $8,000 seven-seater was selected by President Clinton and installed near the White House swimming pool on the West Lawn in March.

It was a gift, via the National Park Service, from Watkins Manufacturing, a California company.

Why the party-sized tub?

The president, his wife and daughter don't need all seven seats, McCurry admitted.

"But we don't rule out the prospect that sometime in the near future, there will be larger families that occupy the White House," he said.

He then wryly noted that Vice President Gore and his wife have four children.

Word is that Clinton's quick recovery from his bum knee was the result of his using the new hot tub.

The seven-seater special also comes with two "Moto-Massagers."

Those are the jets that go up and down your back and make one very mellow, an occupational hazard, perhaps, when budget talks loom and Republicans are screaming for gutting the capital-gains tax.

Clinton, though, is undaunted.

"The president reports that it's nice," McCurry said.

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