It was the biggest suppression of voting rights in our country's history since Jim Crow. And the thread of race runs from the beginning to the end of my book.
Bill Clinton was in the line of great progressive presidents who faced the realities in his own time and applied innovative solutions to problems.
As I said, if you don't stand up for yourself, people aren't going to think that you can stand up for them.
Clinton was a president who used his office, in creative ways, to try to reinvigorate the federal government to benefit the majority.
Even on education, his one accomplishment, the Leave No Child Behind Act, and he has left it unfunded.
Every decision that they take has enormous consequences, and ripple out from the White House.
The conservative argument is that the economy is like the weather, that it just operates automatically.
Dick Clarke, who was head of counter-terrorism in the National Security Council, pushed constantly for the Principals Committee, which is the key national security group of top officials to take up the issue of terrorism.
It was an absurd theory that by cutting taxes you would increase government revenues, because the growth of the economy would create an overflow of taxes that would fall into the government coffers.
On the contrary, it might even be a projection of what the truth is of the Bush Administration's complacency and ineptitude on the terrorism in its first 9 months in office.
22 million new jobs under President Clinton. 3 million lost under Bush.
And Louis Freeh was a completely dysfunctional FBI Director, who was actually waging his own private war against the Clinton Administration.
The biggest mistakes, early on, involved foreign policy and involved the strategy for health care.
At the same time, Clinton was doing a lot things right, like the economy.
But presidents matter. That's one of the biggest lessons I learned being in the White House.
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