By George Stephanopoulos
All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the clean viewpoint of 1 who acquired his fingers at the levers of striking strength at an early age. At thirty, the writer was once at invoice Clinton's part through the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the following 5 years he used to be infrequently 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 booklet will do to politics. it truly is an irreverent & intimate portrait of the way the nation's weighty enterprise is performed by means of 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, & rankings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory money owed of the recognized debacles & triumphs of an management that always went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, a super mix of pragmatic perception & idealism. it really is destined to be an important & enduring publication to return out of the Clinton management.
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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.
They would line up behind Tsongas just as they had for Dukakis — and expect me to do the same. Bill Clinton wasn't my type. He was a Southern conservative; I was a Northern liberal. He was a governor; I was a creature of Congress. I hadn't met him, and I had heard him speak only once: at the 1988 Democratic convention, where his droning nomination of Dukakis drew sustained applause only for the words “In conclusion …” But friends of mine who knew him well insisted I would like him. Mark Gearan, the Dukakis spokesman who was then heading the Democratic Governors' Association, said Clinton was more liberal and less boring than I thought.
In the end, however, this is neither a biography of Clinton nor a comprehensive history of his first term. It's a more personal narrative, the story of what happened to me in the White House — what I saw and did, how I felt and reacted to the pressures and pleasures of public life. ” I now know that's not always true. I know how often I let my own ambition, insecurity, and immaturity get the best of me, and I have tried to be honest about that as well. But I also know that even having the chance to make the mistakes I made was a tremendous privilege.