By George Stephanopoulos
All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the clean point of view of 1 who obtained his palms at the levers of notable energy at an early age. At thirty, the writer was once at invoice Clinton's aspect through the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the subsequent 5 years he was once hardly greater than a step clear of the president & his different advisers at each very important second of the 1st time period. What Liar's Poker did to Wall highway, this publication will do to politics. it truly is an irreverent & intimate portrait of the way the nation's weighty company is carried out by means of humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies are not any sturdier than a person else's. together with sharp photographs of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & rankings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory debts of the recognized debacles & triumphs of an management that always went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, an excellent blend of pragmatic perception & idealism. it's destined to be crucial & enduring e-book to come back out of the Clinton management.
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That sounds about right,” Clinton said. For the next half hour, I joined him on the first of countless stream-of-consciousness tours across the political landscape of his mind. He seemed to know something about everything — from the party rules for picking superdelegates to turnout in black precincts on Super Tuesday, from how the credit crunch was bankrupting small businesses in New Hampshire to how microenterprise loans could help farmers in the Mississippi Delta — and he swooped from issue to issue without losing his thread, punctuating his soliloquy with questions for me.
You're well known, and you've run before. ) “Even though Bush is popular,” I continued, “someone has to take on this fight. ” Nice little speech. Sincere too — as far as it went. But I was also motivated by something I couldn't say: I hope you'll run, if only for my sake. I've always wanted to be at the heart of a campaign, right by the candidate's side. You could win the nomination, and if you do, who knows? Bush stumbles, and I'm working for a president of the United States. But Gephardt had voted for Bush's unpopular tax increase and against his popular war, and he was coming from a Congress that had raised its own pay and been bogged down in a check-cashing scandal.
By day we'd make charts out of the Republican proposals, showing how they would benefit the wealthy and burden ordinary workers. Then we'd feed them to the press to build public support for our side. Our efforts strengthened the budget and weakened Bush politically, but as when I first came to Washington, ten summers earlier, a Republican president was still running the show and setting the agenda. All we Democrats could do was play defense, defining ourselves more by what we could prevent than by anything we hoped to create.
All too human: a political education by George Stephanopoulos