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My Life An Exhaustive, Soul Searching Memoir, Bill Clinton S My Life Is A Refreshingly Candid Look At The Former President As A Son, Brother, Teacher, Father, Husband, And Public Figure Clinton Painstakingly Outlines The History Behind His Greatest Successes And Failures, Including His Dedication To Educational And Economic Reform, His War Against A Vast Right Wing Operation Determined To Destroy Him, And The Morally Indefensible Acts For Which He Was Nearly Impeached My Life Is Autobiography As Therapy A Personal History Written By A Man Trying To Face And Banish His Private Demons Clinton Approaches The Story Of His Youth With Gusto, Sharing Tales Of Giant Watermelons, Nine Pound Tumors, A Charging Ram, Famous Mobsters And Jazz Musicians, And A BB Gun Standoff He Offers An Equally Energetic Portrait Of American History, Pop Culture, And The Evolving Political Landscape, Covering The Historical Events That Shaped His Early Years Namely The Deaths Of Martin Luther King Jr And JFK And The Events That Shaped His Presidency Waco, Bosnia, Somalia What Makes My Life Remarkable As A Political Memoir Is How Thoroughly It Is Infused With Clinton S Unassuming, Charmingly Pithy Voice I Learned A Lot From The Stories My Uncle, Aunts, And Grandparents Told Me That No One Is Perfect But Most People Are Good That People Can T Be Judged Only By Their Worst Or Weakest Moments That Harsh Judgments Can Make Hypocrites Of Us All That A Lot Of Life Is Just Showing Up And Hanging On That Laughter Is Often The Best, And Sometimes The Only, Response To Pain However, That Same Voice Might Tire Readers As Clinton Applies His Penchant For Minute Details To A Distractible Laundry List Of Events, From His Youth Through The Years Of His Presidency Not Wanting To Forget A Single Detail That Might Help Account For His Actions, Clinton Overdoes It Do We Really Need To Know The Name Of His Childhood Barber But When Clinton Sticks To The Meat Of His Story Recollections About Mother, His Abusive Stepfather, Hillary, The Campaign Trail, And Kenneth Starr The Veracity Of Emotion And Kitchen Confidential Type Revelations About What It Is Like To Be President Make My Life Impossible To Put Down To Clinton, Politics Is A Contact Sport, And While He Claims That My Life Is Not Intended To Make Excuses Or Assign Blame, It Does Portray Him As A Fighter Whose Strategy Is To Take The First Hit, Then Counterpunch As Hard As I Could While My Life Is Primarily A Stroll Through Clinton S Memories, It Is Also A Scathing Rebuke A Retaliation Against His Detractors, Including Kenneth Starr, Whose Mindless Search For Scandal Protected The Guilty While Persecuting The Innocent And Distracted His Administration From Pressing International Matters Including Strikes On Al Qaeda Counterpunch Indeed At Its Core, My Life Is A Charming And Intriguing If Flawed Book By An Equally Intriguing And Flawed Man Who Had His Worst Failures And Humiliations Made Public Ultimately, The Man Who Left Office In The Shadow Of Scandal Offers An Honest And Open Account Of His Life, Allowing Readers To Witness His Struggle To Drain The Most Out Of Every Moment While Maintaining The Character With Which He Was Raised It Is A Remarkably Intimate, Persuasive Look At The Boy He Was, The President He Became, And Man He Is TodayDaphne Durham


10 thoughts on “My Life

  1. says:

    There is much that is good about the book There is much that is annoying I most enjoyed his descriptions of dealings with foreign leaders We get the skinny on who was really in favor of what, who was willing to make serious concessions, who was not Good stuff The part of the book about his early life was interesting as well, showing family background and how he got the connections that helped him move up Interesting I found it annoying that every person he mentions he seems to feel it nec There is much that is good about the book There is much that is annoying I most enjoyed his descriptions of dealings with foreign leaders We get the skinny on who was really in favor of what, who was willing to make serious concessions, who was not Good stuff The part of the book about his early life was interesting as well, showing family background and how he got the connections that helped him move up Interesting I found it annoying that every person he mentions he seems to feel it necessary to burden with the weight of somehow changing his life, or of having had some lasting positive influence on him I do wish he d beenwilling to describethan only one or two evil doers in negative terms The persistent sunniness gets grating One might think that he never had an affair prior to Monica Of course it would be expecting too much to have him detail all his personal crimes Even though the conservatives lied relentlessly about his personal failings, I find it difficult to believe that Monica was the first Still this is an important historical perspective from the man who was in the center of a cyclone


  2. says:

    Make sure you are interested in politics if you re going to read this Don t just read it for the Lewinsky scandal because it s barely mentioned Clinton is a brilliant political mind and it shows in this book I learned a lot about the events of his administration, which was interesting for me as I was only ages 9 17 while he was in office Gave a good perspective to things though, admittedly, one sided.


  3. says:

    Whatever opinions people may have of current or past American Presidents, it struck me quite forcibly in reading Bill Clinton s My Life how important are the qualities of sanity and of being grounded in compatible complementary sane friendships, and having associations with smart mainstream geniuses and educated experts, and in hiring experienced managers.Just saying My Life is the autobiography of President Bill Clinton, who was the 42nd President of the United States He tells readers at l Whatever opinions people may have of current or past American Presidents, it struck me quite forcibly in reading Bill Clinton s My Life how important are the qualities of sanity and of being grounded in compatible complementary sane friendships, and having associations with smart mainstream geniuses and educated experts, and in hiring experienced managers.Just saying My Life is the autobiography of President Bill Clinton, who was the 42nd President of the United States He tells readers at length many intricate details about his childhood, education, family and friends, as well as how he became obsessed with politics I think he was a natural and how he became determined to work towards being a professional politician since childhood He fully airs out and describes his known mistaken judgements and his character flaws I think with reluctance, but he knows it is all out there and a part of the public record Those errors he feels he can defend, he does For better or worse, Clinton gives us his insider viewpoint on why he is who he is, how his life played out, and what being President of the United States is like and what a President does every day Most of the book is so detailed I felt he must have used personal diaries, published interviews and other public records, recorded minutes of meetings and personal notes, and his own appointment diaries I was alive and an adult throughout his Presidency, so I am familiar with many of the events he describes The book fills in a lotinformation beyond what was in newspaper stories, of course, and Clinton gives us his emotional and mental thoughts as well I am not naive about autobiographies, especially political ones, but I was very fascinated It seemed as truthful as Clinton could be, but it also was careful, especially when referencing other politicians The sentence I liked him was used most frequently everywhere Humor was used if Clinton revealed any personal faults of others which could be derogatory, with the exception of discussions about people who were seriously defaming Clinton maliciously But I must say Clinton also tried to honestly describe his opponents views and ideas from where they stood ideologically or because of the constituents who supported them He also included the variety of beliefs and conclusions advisors gave him when presented with the same set of facts about an issue The vastly different recommendations of advisors would have had me in a fetal position under the bed, frankly, especially when issues of military force were concerned Wow.I found the book to be also a remarkable work record of what decisions, appointments, responsibilities, meetings and travels a President, any President, must handle.Within a working day, American Presidents may decide to invade and destroy with a huge military force a foreign country or not, to shut down the funding and stop providing experts for a health program and or begin a new health program affecting millions of people, attend a baseball game and then a medal award ceremony, dig a shovelful of groundbreaking dirt for photos in opening a new factory, select a federal judge, fire a staff member suspected of media leaks, open up a new finance auditing office, meet and greet rich business people to ask for campaign money, discuss and sign thirty bills passed by Congress, meet Congressional staffers and or cabinet members and world leaders in an economic summit to discuss cellphones and iron imports and toilet paper exports, attend the opening of a musical play, check out an interior designer s suggestions for White House curtains and consult with a historian for moving in historical White House furniture, give ten speeches, and close out the day with a televised ceremonial dinner for a Hollywood singer Mix in the trading of jokes and answering rude questions with angry and cynical journalists everywhere you are, as well as the constant threat of death from a stalker, terrorist or madman, requiring the never ending surveillance and presence of law enforcement personnel and the Secret Service, all the while being ready for unexpected close ups from cameras and recording equipment, and trying to remember anything you say or do can be leaked to everyone in the world to see Not to mention the books, magazine articles and Internet parodies that will circulate and follow you beyond your death, in fact the stories about you will be told for centuries whether true or not.Also, a President who is traveling for his own or his party s members campaigns, or to foreign countries, and who can end up visiting five different cities in a day while continuing to competently handle all of the above in between moments of rushing about while being camera ready at all times however, no taxpayer paid haircuts costing 500 allowed , needs to be physically and mentally fit, or at least appear to be.Personally, I would find it surreal to pardon a turkey or roll an Easter egg with jokes for ten minutes with children, and then go in to meet disabled combat veterans for an emotional award ceremony for an hour, then attend a difficult finance meeting with agricultural industrialists to discuss farming policy for two hours, then next hurry out for a newspaper photo op lunch at a local diner to honor lower class aspirations and diversity for a half hour, then rush back to meet with Russian President Putin or Yeltsin, in Clinton s case to sign agreements about military unit placements for an hour, after which attend an arts entertainment show with Hollywood stars who have or will donate campaign money, all of whom want a selfie, for three hours, and then meet with feuding cabinet members who are arguing where they should sit around the table before discussing the latest CIA reports of who has weapons of mass destruction for three hours Not to mention the spouse complaining about not having talked to me for days or the kids or relatives or aides or associates fighting over being scheduled to go to yet another benefit photo op representing the administration while I am reading secret security files about activities around the world which could topple governments and start WWIII while brushing my teeth and getting ready to sleep in Abraham Lincoln s bed.At least, if I was like the 44 Presidents who have taken the job seriously, I definitely would have many moments of exhausted unreality, worry and considerable consternation Being human, I would hope people would have a little charity and have forgiveness for my mistakes or foolishness, and that perhaps history might laud me in the weighing of my accomplishments against my stupid failures I think I can safely conclude Bill Clinton did his best based on what other biographers of his life have written, as have all the Presidents of the United States before him, and this autobiography supports my thinking.But what if a President comes along who is not like any of the previous 44 Presidents What if I, for argument s sake, was a slightly demented, uneducated rich person who couldn t care less about the higher calling aspirations of being the President of the United States and I believed the average person was lazy ignorant trailer trash by nature and not nurture What if I was delighted instead at the chance to prove my negative ideas about the values of the American public and my opinion of the utter inconsequential utility of the existence of the government of the United States to ordinary people and the world I might jump at the chance to prove that Americans are all ignorant lowlifes, and that that lifestyle isenticing to people than trying to be the best they can be I would demonstrate how promises of making vulgar culture and predatory business practices and identity politics the conversation will seduce and divert people from being their better selves I would wall out all of thenoble yearnings, endeavors and passions of a country by an avalanche of vulgar twitterings I might believe people should be left to indulge their vices and live fast die young in ignorance, rather than have the support of a government that gives society tools and leadership to help people become empowered to build communities that work together and to build a productive future for themselves and have happy healthy children.If such a short sighted, morally depraved, narcissistic, secretly self hating insecure man became President, he might feel he needed revenge on elite Yale and Harvard educated political science graduates full of workable governance theories and hopes of doing public good because they are better, smarter people than he ever will be He might also want revenge on the self important conservative political establishment pretending publicly to a dedication to democratic values and religious faith while lining their pockets and sneering secretly at scammed voters and vulgar lascivious people such as himself Such a limited small minded self centered intelligence, twisted by personal demons and public slights, might feel the Presidency should be an opportunity to destroy enemies, wipe out past accomplishments and hose conventional morality down into the sewers He would give people permission to act out their worst instincts, especially himself, instead of working for the common good Such a person sees only the darkness in people, not the light.Gee whiz, wouldn t such man be horrible as President of the United States Good thing the men who made it to the Oval Office, whatever their faults and ideological party, have always wanted to make the world a better place, not worse, and have always worked hard to allow a space for people to be the person their pet dogs and children believe them to be, right The book was fact checked by the publisher Clinton also had a professional editor An assistant researched and examined historical documents, diaries, memoirs and notebooks by Clinton and hundreds of others An index and pictures are included


  4. says:

    I put this book under the fiction bookshelf for a reason I read this book for a class on Bill Clinton s foreign policy ok, most of the book I skipped over all the personal stuff because frankly, I don t care about Monica Lewinsky Anyway, due to the class and the fact that I lived through his presidency, I was fully aware of what his foreign policy actually was during his time in office for a better, andaccurate understanding of his foreign policy read David Halberstam s War in a Time I put this book under the fiction bookshelf for a reason I read this book for a class on Bill Clinton s foreign policy ok, most of the book I skipped over all the personal stuff because frankly, I don t care about Monica Lewinsky Anyway, due to the class and the fact that I lived through his presidency, I was fully aware of what his foreign policy actually was during his time in office for a better, andaccurate understanding of his foreign policy read David Halberstam s War in a Time of Peace I m sure Clinton was fully aware of it too, but you d never get that from reading the book Yes, Clinton admits to his foreign policy mishaps, but at the same time that he accepts the blame for his mistakes, he also blames other people Usually this happens WITHIN THE SAME SENTENCE Honestly, it gets really annoying after a little while It doesn t matter if you think Clinton was a good president or a horrible one It doesn t matter if you recognize that his foreign policy was a disaster or if you re not informed about it Anyone who can comprehendthan one thought at a time should be able to see the ridiculous amounts of double talk that goes on in this book I don t know if there is a written equivalent to talking out of both sides of your mouth, but Bill Clinton somehow manages to do it The fact that neither him nor his own editors realized these blatant errors is astonishing Anyway, there have been plenty of other books written about the Clinton Presidency Almost all of them are better than this excuse to grow a bigger ego


  5. says:

    I don t particularly like Bill Clinton.I don t particularly like Bill Clinton on many levels I have read many Presidential biographies and autobiographies and so I felt I should read this one, and suspend judgement.I m glad I did.Whether you like Bill Clinton politically or personally is beside the point He was President of the United States for 8 years He has left a mark on History and what he has to say about it and the information he provides is worth the time to digest.Unfortunately, I don t particularly like Bill Clinton.I don t particularly like Bill Clinton on many levels I have read many Presidential biographies and autobiographies and so I felt I should read this one, and suspend judgement.I m glad I did.Whether you like Bill Clinton politically or personally is beside the point He was President of the United States for 8 years He has left a mark on History and what he has to say about it and the information he provides is worth the time to digest.Unfortunately, today s commercial market demands instant gratification and so, in responding to that demand the most obvious criticism I can offer is that this book was written too soon It takes time to digest the events and thinking of a presidency, and if anything, I believe this book would have benefited from some time passing and Clinton himself being able to digest and think through the events and policy of his presidency.As it is, not suprisingly, Clinton spends a great deal of time and effort in this work defending himself and attacking his detractors In that regard it reads like a current political campaign work, rather than a Statesman reflecting on his time in power There could have been a lotaccomplished in this work had he avoided the temptation to use this platform to form a response to his contemporary political foes I don t doubt that 50 years from now as people removed from the events read this work, they will be less concerned with Clinton s major investment of time and space to paint Ken Starr s investigation of himself as a witch hunt and will want to know a littleabout his actual thoughts and actions while working with policy and foreign relations.Regardless of what you think about Bill Clinton, if you are able to set aside the need to attack him or extol him, you have to objectively admit that he is a remarkably intelligent and politically savvy person While it is probably too soon to write a final assessment on the impact of his Presidency and policies upon History, he presided over a time of tremendous economic growth, technological change and a change in political climate and tactics Whether his leadership was causitive or reactive to these factors, he will no doubt command attention in the years ahead as all that happened to and around him is digested and no doubt, over time additional information, yet unknown will come to light and factor in as well.The book is long It is thorough It uses a consistent formula of presentation that seeks to take the issue or event addressed and put a human face In that regard it reads like a summary of a State of the Union address and not a deeply reflective biography.There is a ton of factual information, but it becomes somewhat shallow in tying that information together into a cohesive explanation as to the rationale for actions taken, positions espoused.Nevertheless, regardless of what passions you may hold or not hold with regard to Clinton himself, the book is a reasonably well written work that the committed reader can work their way through it and hopefully come out with a better understanding of the life and times of this important contemporary and soon to be historical figure I hope time is kind enough to President Clinton that he will take the time to suppliment this work and preserve someof his thinking as times passes and he is able to better assimilate much of which remains to be addressed within his presidency


  6. says:

    Okay, first, I have to confess I listened to the abridged audio edition of this book, and that s what I m basing my review on I listened to the whole thing on the drive from my home to seminary 6 hours.That having been said, I am coming to understand that wayof The West Wing was based on actual events than I realized I feel like I just experienced the entire series the book even ends with the same word on which the series concluded Tomorrow Not having been politically aware unti Okay, first, I have to confess I listened to the abridged audio edition of this book, and that s what I m basing my review on I listened to the whole thing on the drive from my home to seminary 6 hours.That having been said, I am coming to understand that wayof The West Wing was based on actual events than I realized I feel like I just experienced the entire series the book even ends with the same word on which the series concluded Tomorrow Not having been politically aware until the 2000 election cycle, I pretty much had no idea what went on during the Clinton years, except for a few BJs But hearing Bill Clinton he reads the audiobook talk about the accomplishments of his two terms was at once inspiring and devastating Inspiring, because it seems like his administration was the kind I ve wanted to see these past eight years Devastating, because we re living through almost the complete opposite conditions.I m not saying I took every word as the gospel truth I m sure Clinton remembers things differently than they actually occurred who among us doesn t But the results of his time in office 20 million new jobs, a projected 4 trillion dollar surplus are not things that rely on shaky memories.I also appreciated his ostensibly honest treatment of the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal, and hearing his side of the Whitewater nonsense which I really believe it was Almost everyone laughed at the vast, right wing conspiracy , but it s hard not to lend the idea some credence, in light of the conflicts of interest and savagely hurtful political game being played.More than any of that, the book was a fascinating view of the inner workings of the Clinton White House biased as it may have been and the triumphs and failures that came during the eight years he spent there Anyone who enjoys The West Wing will appreciate the excitement, intrigue and emotion of Clinton s tale


  7. says:

    I listened to this abridged audio but I liked it so much, I m thinking of reading the much longer unabridged book Bill Clinton was awesome, despite his brushing over his welfare reform, which was the worst thing he did while in office Also, I m all about Hilary now, I d totally vote for her People who just hate Bill Clinton for some reason or other should really read this book I think it really humanizes him and shows just how many powerful people were working against him, going to any lengt I listened to this abridged audio but I liked it so much, I m thinking of reading the much longer unabridged book Bill Clinton was awesome, despite his brushing over his welfare reform, which was the worst thing he did while in office Also, I m all about Hilary now, I d totally vote for her People who just hate Bill Clinton for some reason or other should really read this book I think it really humanizes him and shows just how many powerful people were working against him, going to any lengths to vilify and destroy him I really liked the part at the end when he talks about how close he came to brokering a two state solution to the problem of Palestine and Israel, but how Arafat who was getting older and, we later found out, very close to death turned it down despite everyone encouraging him to take the deal Arafat tells Clinton that he is a great man and Clinton responds, No, I m a failure, and you have made me one That gives me chills, for some reason Oh, if only things had turned out differently And if only George Bush hadn t stolen that election, Al Gore was so rad It fills me with longing and regret to hear about the Clinton years It s really important to vote Democrat They re really good at running government but not very good at politics and electioneering just the opposite of the Republicans Sure, they ve got their faults, but they d be able to accomplish a lotif progressive people would support them instead of falling victim to the aggressive propagandizing by people who would do anything to destroy them


  8. says:

    At nearly 1000 pages, this book is not for the faint of heart The beginning is slow, as it seems that Clinton is mentioning every single person that passed through his childhood and adolescence The book finally gets interesting when Clinton enters politics As someone who lived through the Clinton years, I enjoyed reading Clinton s perspective on events during that time His views on the Middle East talks were particularly interesting and enlightening His insider s view of politics during tha At nearly 1000 pages, this book is not for the faint of heart The beginning is slow, as it seems that Clinton is mentioning every single person that passed through his childhood and adolescence The book finally gets interesting when Clinton enters politics As someone who lived through the Clinton years, I enjoyed reading Clinton s perspective on events during that time His views on the Middle East talks were particularly interesting and enlightening His insider s view of politics during that time is also very fascinating, especially as we head into an election year I would highly recommend this book to all it is a fascinating book about a fascinating man


  9. says:

    I was already a Bill Clinton fan, but his memoir just solidified my reasons Very moving account of his life, especially his childhood young adulthood He is such an intelligent, self made man His detractors would do well to read this, too Granted it is looooong I initially purchased the book for my husband who enjoyed reading it, but I had trouble getting through all 900 plus pages and bought the audio CD instead Listened to it on a long vacation drive Made my then 12 year old son listen I was already a Bill Clinton fan, but his memoir just solidified my reasons Very moving account of his life, especially his childhood young adulthood He is such an intelligent, self made man His detractors would do well to read this, too Granted it is looooong I initially purchased the book for my husband who enjoyed reading it, but I had trouble getting through all 900 plus pages and bought the audio CD instead Listened to it on a long vacation drive Made my then 12 year old son listen to it as well He s also a fan


  10. says:

    William Jefferson Clinton is my first president Well, not really, I was born on July 3, 1981 so my first president was actually Ronald Reagan The first presidential election that I remember is the 1988 election of George H.W Bush However, in many ways, Clinton is my first president The presidential election of 1992 was the first national election I ever cared about Coming from a family of Democrats excited for the first chance in sixteen years to capture the White House, Clinton was very m William Jefferson Clinton is my first president Well, not really, I was born on July 3, 1981 so my first president was actually Ronald Reagan The first presidential election that I remember is the 1988 election of George H.W Bush However, in many ways, Clinton is my first president The presidential election of 1992 was the first national election I ever cared about Coming from a family of Democrats excited for the first chance in sixteen years to capture the White House, Clinton was very much a favorite that year I was one of only two kids in 5th grade class the wanted to see Clinton elected I was excited because on our state reports for class that year, I was the student who randomly picked Arkansas much to the shock of my friend President Clinton was president when I first became interested in the history of our nation and the presidency itself It was interesting to have someone in the White House who was also a major presidential history buff Born William Jefferson Blythe III, his father William Jefferson Blythe, Jr was a con artist who had multiple families at the same time However, the elder William would not know the son who shared his name, because he died in a car accident before Clinton was born His mother, Virginia, would later remarry this time to a man named Roger Clinton The Clintons would have another son together, Roger C Clinton, and the future president would legally change his name to match the rest of his family Nevertheless, his family life was terrible, the elder Roger Clinton was a drunk and abuser Clinton often would have to defend his mother and little brother Despite or maybe, because of his horrible family life, Clinton excelled both academically in school and socially with peers Clinton would ultimately become a Rhodes scholar and with that travel abroad He would during this point of his life have his famous I didn t inhale episode, and he would, although legally, dodge the draft When he was a student at Yale, he would meet and later marry a young law student named Hillary Rodham Ultimately, he would end up becoming a lawyer and end up as a professor at the University of Arkansas The most fascinating elements of the book are the way he discusses the ups and downs of his own political career His frustrating loss at a run for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1974, when it seemed like every other Democrat won big in the wake of Watergate Later, he becomes Arkansas Attorney General, which would act as a stepping stone for the Governor s seat in 1978 At the age of thirty two, he was the youngest governor in the nation Unfortunately, for him, the same year his daughter Chelsea was born, 1980, he was turned out of office He would joke that he became as he called it the youngest ex governor in the nation s history These problems were aggravated by my own lack of experience and my youth I looked even younger then my thirty two years When I became attorney general, George Fisher, the talented cartoonist for the Arkansas Gazette, drew me in a baby carriage When I became governor he promoted my to a tricycle It wasn t until I became President that he took me off the tricycle and put me in pick up truck And he was a supporter It should have set off an alarm bell, but it didn t p.267 His biggest mistake as governor had been to increase the people of Arkansas car tags Alternatively, as we call them in Maine excise tax It made him many enemies but after awhile he was able to rebuild his popularity and mount a comeback In time, his political career recovered and skyrocketed all the way the top He regained the governorship in 1982 and would hold it for the next ten years From that platform in 19998, he would mount his campaign for the presidency As I walked back to my car, I ran into an elderly man in overalls He said, Aren t you Bill Clinton When I said I was and shook his hand, he couldn t wait to tell me he had voted against me I m one of those who helped beat you I cost you eleven votes me, my wife, my two boys, and their wives, and my five friends We just leveled you I asked him why and I got the predictable reply I had to You raised my car tags I pointed to a spot on the highway not far from where we were standing and said, Remember that ice storm we had when I took office That piece of road over there buckled and cars were stuck in a ditch I had to get the National Guard to pull them out There were pictures of it in all the papers Those roads had to be fixed He replied, I don t care I still didn t want to pay it For some reason, after all he said, I blurted out, Let me ask you something If I ran for governor again, would you consider voting for me He smiled and said, Sure I would We re even now I went right to the payphone, called Hillary, told her the story, and said I thought we could win p.291 One most interesting things about Clinton s book is how he discusses how all the political and historical events that had occurred in his own life Meeting President John F Kennedy when he was 17, and commenting on that famous photo He talks about his feeling on President Johnson and how shocked he was when Johnson decided not to run for president in 1968 The president comments on the disastrous 1972 Democratic Convention that left the party weakened and crushed in that year s election He often compares what goes on to his own life and career In the summer, I led the Arkansas delegation to the Democratic convention in San Francisco to see Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro nominated and to give a five minute tribute to Harry Truman We were in trouble to start with, and it was all over when Mondale said he would purpose a hefty tax increase to reduce the budget deficit It was a remarkable act of candor, but he might as well have purposed a federal car tag fee p.316 When discussing his presidency, he mentions that his brutal upbringing allowed him to compartmentalize As president, he was able to focus on doing his job despite the immense assault on him and the very institution of the presidency As one can imagine he tires to gloss over his martial indiscretions He calls his affair with Monica Lewinsky disgusting and that he did it for the worst possible of reasons and that is he could However, one cannot fail to be impressed with the way he tries to keep working for the American people both on the domestic and foreign fronts despite being assailed from all sides However his political enemies keep trying to bring him down, not simple by the legitimate methods of congressional gridlock and elections but by tearing down some of the basic institutions of government in order to get him It did not matter how hypocritical their methods were, they were going full stop Starr admitted he had talked to the press, on background, a violation of the grand jury secrecy rules Finally, he dined under oath that his office had tried to get Monica Lewinsky to wear a wire to record our conversations with Vernon Jordan, me, or other people When confronted with the FBI form proving that he had, he was evasive The Washington Post reported that Starr s denialswere shattered by his own FBI reports The fact that Starr admitted violating the law on grand jury secrecy and had given false testimony under oath didn t slow him or the committee down a bit They thought different rules applied to the home team p.829 Although, far from a perfect human being I feel he was probably the best president we had since Dwight D Eisenhower left office in 1961 His writing, although a long book over nine hundred pages , follows smoothly and is an easy read Anyone interested in modern American politics would enjoy this book


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