Former President Clinton Close to Weight Loss Goal for Chelsea's Wedding

ABC News' Ann Compton and Karen Travers report:

Former President Bill Clinton said today that he is close to reaching his weight loss goal before his daughter Chelsea's upcoming wedding. Last month, Clinton said that his daughter told him to drop 15 lbs. before her summer wedding and that he was already halfway there. When it was suggested to him today that perhaps he already beat his own deadline, a dramatically-thinner Clinton pointed to his waist and said, “Two pounds to go.”

Asked how much longer he has to shed the last pounds, Clinton started to answer and then seemed to realize he should not reveal the secret wedding date.

“More than a month,” he said.

The details about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to fiancé Marc Mezvinsky are being kept under wraps, but based on her father’s weight loss timeline, it looks like the big day could be in July. Clinton said last month that his daughter suggested he shed some weight before her wedding.

"She doesn't think I'm in shape," Clinton said on April 28, referring to his daughter, Chelsea. "You know she told me the other day she said, ‘Dad the only thing you gotta do is walk me down the aisle and you gotta look good.’ So I said, ‘Well, what's your definition?’ And she said, ‘Oh, about 15 pounds.’ So I'm about halfway home."

Clinton's comments came at a Washington conference and were prompted by a question from CBS's Bob Schieffer, who asked the former president if he was ready to handle the task of giving away his daughter this summer. Clinton seemed genuinely surprised by the question which came at the end of a series of queries on economic issues.

Chelsea and Mezvinsky sent out an e-mail on Nov. 27, saying: "We're sorry for the mass e-mail but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn't get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us. Happy Holidays! Chelsea & Marc." -Ann Compton and Karen Travers

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