By George Stephanopoulos
All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the fresh viewpoint of 1 who acquired his fingers at the levers of notable strength at an early age. At thirty, the writer was once at invoice Clinton's part through the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the subsequent 5 years he used to be not often 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 e-book will do to politics. it really is an irreverent & intimate portrait of ways the nation's weighty company is carried out by means of humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies aren't any sturdier than someone else's. together with sharp graphics of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & rankings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory bills of the well-known debacles & triumphs of an management that continually went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, an excellent blend of pragmatic perception & idealism. it's destined to be an important & enduring ebook to come back out of the Clinton management.
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As executive floor assistant to Gephardt, I would be his shadow, his surrogate, his eyes and ears. In my old job with Feighan, our successes had been satisfying but small, like successfully petitioning for the release of a political prisoner or sneaking an amendment onto the foreign-aid bill to create microloans for third-world farmers. With Gephardt, I would get the chance to help set a national agenda for the Democratic Party, to figure out how to blunt Bush initiatives and force Bush vetoes.
How could I not work for him? After volunteering in the primaries, I moved to Boston for what I thought would be a short, happy hiatus before returning to Washington with a new president. When I arrived, we had a seventeen-point lead. Then came the summer assault. The Bush campaign, led by Lee Atwater, opened up a disciplined, ruthless, and sustained series of attacks on Governor Dukakis's record and character. Flags, furloughs, the Pledge of Allegiance. ” This “joke” was a calculated effort to ignite the false rumor spread around Washington by Republican operatives that Dukakis had been treated for depression — and, politically, it worked.
At home, I would preside at play liturgies with a towel draped over my shoulders, or sneak through piles of books in my dad's office to suck on the sweet metallic stem of his pipe while tapping out a pretend sermon on his typewriter. When my father was finishing his doctorate in theology, I added a twist, telling dinner guests I would be “a priest and a theologian,” relishing the weight of the big word as it rolled off my seven-year-old tongue. Everyone smiled at my use of a word I didn't really understand, while I basked in the attention that was my reward for carrying on a family tradition.
All too human: a political education by George Stephanopoulos