By George Stephanopoulos
All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the fresh viewpoint of 1 who acquired his palms at the levers of extraordinary energy at an early age. At thirty, the writer used to be at invoice Clinton's aspect throughout the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the subsequent 5 years he used to be hardly 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 the way the nation's weighty company is performed via humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies aren't any sturdier than someone else's. together with sharp snap shots of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & rankings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory money owed of the well-known debacles & triumphs of an management that always went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, a super 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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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. It seemed as if the only voters not angry at Congress in 1991 were the ones too alienated from politics to care at all.
They were lawyers; I was an operative. They were friends; I was staff. “This shouldn't be too difficult,” Hubbell assured me as we shook hands across the table. First, he asked the basics: where I went to school and whom I had worked for. Then more serious stuff: Had I ever been arrested? Any money problems — potential conflicts or large debts? Unlike, say, Bob Rubin (the Wall Street investment banker and incoming head of the National Economic Council), who probably needed half a law firm to vet his portfolio, I had no stocks or bonds.
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. Because for all the compromises and disappointments, for all the days when my job felt like an exquisite jail sentence, working in the White House was the greatest adventure of my life.
All too human: a political education by George Stephanopoulos