All too human: a political education by George Stephanopoulos

By George Stephanopoulos

All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the clean standpoint of 1 who received his palms at the levers of notable strength at an early age. At thirty, the writer used to be at invoice Clinton's facet through the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the following 5 years he was once not often greater than a step clear of the president & his different advisers at each vital second of the 1st time period. What Liar's Poker did to Wall road, this publication will do to politics. it really is an irreverent & intimate portrait of ways the nation's weighty company is performed through humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies aren't any sturdier than somebody else's. together with sharp images of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & ratings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory debts of the well-known debacles & triumphs of an management that always went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, an excellent mixture of pragmatic perception & idealism. it's destined to be crucial & enduring publication to come back out of the Clinton management.

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Besides, Harkin's sucking up all of the labor money anyway. You're not giving up as much as you'd gain with the editorial boards. ” “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.

With Feighan, I couldn't get my phone call returned by the majority leader's floor man. With Gephardt, I would be that guy. Although I had never met the man, I knew Gephardt was a good Democrat, and there was a bonus: In 1992, he was planning to run again for president. So much for getting out of politics. My new job was as exciting as I expected, even though I couldn't explain exactly what it was. Someone once compared it to being an air traffic controller at a busy airport on a foggy night; and as I stood near the Speaker's chair on late nights at the end of session and tried to explain to frustrated legislators why they had to stay for the last vote even though they had nonrefundable tickets for Florida with their families, I knew exactly what he meant.

But you have to be careful. Your first deal is like your first scotch. It burns, might make you feel nauseous. If you're like Izzy, once is enough. If you're like me, you get to like it. Then to need it. In October 1983, two days after a terrorist attack on American marines in Beirut, President Reagan ordered an invasion of Grenada. To me it seemed like a transparent diversion: Invade a tiny country in the Caribbean in order to keep people's minds off a terrible tragedy in the Middle East. I rushed into work that morning to write a speech for Feighan lambasting the president.

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