By George Stephanopoulos
All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the fresh point of view of 1 who bought his palms at the levers of extraordinary energy at an early age. At thirty, the writer used to be at invoice Clinton's aspect in the course of the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the subsequent 5 years he used to be hardly ever 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 booklet will do to politics. it really is an irreverent & intimate portrait of the way the nation's weighty enterprise is carried out by way of humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies aren't any sturdier than somebody else's. together with sharp pix 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 mix of pragmatic perception & idealism. it truly is destined to be crucial & enduring ebook to come back out of the Clinton management.
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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.
For every reckless and expedient act, there are others of leadership and vision. I don't know how President Clinton will react to the portrait presented here, but I have tried to provide a fair representation of his many-faceted personality. I have also tried to show the modern White House at work. For most of my tenure, I held a relatively amorphous job that was an amalgam of political troubleshooter, public-relations adviser, policy expert, and crisis manager. Having vaguely defined responsibilities was often frustrating, but it allowed me to participate in a wide range of White House decisions: from preparing a budget to writing presidential jokes, from helping to choose a Supreme Court nominee to smothering another “bimbo eruption,” from passing legislation to preparing for press conferences, from organizing a peace ceremony to advising on military action.
TV bookers who fill the airwaves with talking heads work the phones to find anyone with even the most tangential connection to the event. That day, that someone was me: I was the guy who knew the guy who was holding Washington hostage. Nightline sent a limo. I actually said, “Well, Ted …” on national TV, before telling what little I knew about Norman. My parents made a video, and calls came in from friends all over the country. To top it all off, a newly elected congressman from Cleveland named Ed Feighan was watching — one day after I had applied for an entry-level position in his office.