By George Stephanopoulos
All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the clean standpoint 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 facet in the course of the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the following 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 ebook will do to politics. it's an irreverent & intimate portrait of ways the nation's weighty enterprise is performed via humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies aren't any sturdier than a person else's. together with sharp pix of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & ratings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory bills of the recognized debacles & triumphs of an management that consistently went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, a super mix of pragmatic perception & idealism. it really is destined to be crucial & enduring ebook to come back out of the Clinton management.
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I want Mixner might have been within the Roosevelt Room at the afternoon of January 25, while all 4 carrier commanders — military, army, air strength, marines — entered in complete uniform with their chairman, Colin Powell. On our first postelection stopover at to Washington, Clinton and Powell had met for a pleasant late-afternoon discuss this and different concerns in a Hay-Adams resort suite overlooking the White apartment. yet this present day used to be varied — excessive midday, now not excessive tea; a summit, no longer a trip. The president stepped round the rectangular oak convention desk and welcomed the chiefs one after the other. Then the delegations took their seats — the army on one facet, the president's workforce at the different, Powell and Clinton dealing with one another around the heart of the desk. Multicolored army provider flags stood at one finish of the room; Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Prize sat on a mantel on the different. Oil images of either Roosevelts seemed down at the scene. I sat lower than them, in the back of Clinton, in a chair opposed to the wall — noticeable yet now not heard. It began pleasantly adequate. The president's army stewards poured espresso and handed round plates of Pepperidge Farm cookies. The chiefs congratulated Clinton on his victory. yet whereas Clinton used to be their host and their boss, he did not carry the stability of strength within the room. sure, he used to be commander in leader, yet Clinton's formal powers have been certain through the truth that he used to be a brand new president, elected with in basic terms forty three percentage of the vote, who had by no means served within the army and stood accused of dodging the draft. Presidential energy, in Neustadt's vintage formula, is the “power to persuade,” however the chiefs were not there to be persuaded, and so they had the congressional troops they had to toughen their place. Their message used to be transparent: retaining this promise will rate you the army. struggle us, and you can lose — and it will not be lovely. Our preliminary skirmish with the army used to be a battle that could not be received. one after the other, the chiefs made that time to Clinton in measured yet uncompromising tones. The crew-cut marine commander, Carl Mundy, used to be such a lot vehement; he observed it as a subject matter of correct as opposed to flawed, army self-discipline as opposed to ethical depravity. yet Colin Powell was once the simplest. He leaned his thick forearms into the desk, his clasped palms pointing immediately on the president, and laid down a marker: The defense force lower than Clinton's command have been in “exquisite” form, he stated. We should not do whatever to place that in danger. we would by no means had complete civil rights within the army, and it'd be most unlikely to take care of morale if homosexual and directly squaddies have been built-in. The president stood his floor, yet his voice used to be nonetheless delicate and scratchy from the inaugural all-nighters. He acknowledged he meant to maintain his dedication, making the irrefutable element that gays and lesbians had served — and have been serving — within the army either honorably and good. the single query, he stated, is whether or not they need to need to dwell a lie. “I are looking to paintings with you on this,” he advised the chiefs. i used to be pleased with his argument, yet I additionally knew that we had no playing cards to play.