By Clinton, Bill; Stephanopoulos, George; Clinton, Bill

ISBN-10: 0316041920

ISBN-13: 9780316041928

A detailed examine what it used to be like being the president's correct hand guy in the course of a really tough time.

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He was circling in on the one big question. I had been summoned here so that this man, who, symbolized probity and proximity to the next president, could lean over the table, look me in the eye, and say, “Now George, I want you to think hard about this. ” From now on, everything I said or did would reflect on Clinton and affect our mission, even if it happened long ago. The president's welfare had to be my first concern; everything else came second. In return, I would get to be part of something bigger than I ever imagined.

I lost my first match 19–2 and never caught up. I guess I never developed the killer instinct. Before a bout I would look up at the clock from the side of the mat and remind myself that win or lose, the ordeal would soon be over. You could pretty much sum up my high school wrestling career with an item from our local paper my sophomore year: “The agony of defeat is etched in the face of Orange High School's George Stephanopoulos,” read the caption beneath a picture of me getting pinned. Wrestling, in short, was more about what the sport did to me than what I did to my opponents.

The budget fight of 1990 was the best. We Democrats saw ourselves as fighting to reverse the Reagan-era priorities by pushing for tax increases for the wealthy and protecting programs for the working class, and we forced Bush to eat his words on “Read my lips,” sweet revenge for what he'd done to Dukakis two years earlier. We spent weeks at Andrews Air Force Base, wrestling with the numbers and the Republicans. Late at night, Ways and Means chairman Dan Rostenkowski broke out a bottle of gin and told stories of all the presidents he'd known up close.

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