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The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House Paperback – Bargain Price, November 1, 2005
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Shortly after winning the presidency in November of 1992 over incumbent President George Bush Clinton soon had to both come to grips and realize that his work was cut out a lot more for him, than he, or his campaign staff could've ever realized. Ultimately, he had to accept the fact that he would have to do some drastic compromising from his campaign promises. Clinton of course campaigned to be a "New Democrat" who would restore the economy to the forgotten middle-class and overturn the Reagan-Era greed of the 1980s, by investing in jobs, education, and health insurance reform. After meeting with Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, he soon realized that it wouldn't be so easy. As it would turn out, taking bold action to reduce the overwhelming national deficit would become the top-notch priority of his economic recovery plan, and would hog up most of his budget. Therefore his beloved domestic investment agenda would have to be sacrificed. Including his promised tax-cut for the middle-class.
So even before, let alone after Clinton took the oath of office, Clinton had his work cut out for him. He had to realize
early that his approval ratings would sink miserably and there would be disenchantment among his strongest supporters, let alone the American people. In many ways, two camps developed in his White House. There were the fiscal conservatives such as Robert Rubin, Leon Panetta, David Gergan.Read more ›
I have read the book All Too Human that George Stephanopoulos wrote and in the book he describes the interviewing technique of Woodward, he stated that Woodward has a great style of getting you comfortable with him and then before you know it you are spilling all the secrets. What was also interesting is that Stephanopoulos wrote that Woodward audio tapes all of his interviews so that leads me to believe that the information in his books has not gone through a reporter taking notes loss of detail. One last bit of info is the Stephanopoulos said that once this book came out the Clinton's got so mad at George for all of the info he told Woodward that they basically shut him out for a year. That must mean Woodward got it right.
A great follow up to this book is the Elizabeth Drew book "Showdown: The Struggle between the Gingrich Congress and the Clinton White House", it picks up where The Agenda leaves off. This is an interesting book that I really enjoyed. IF you like Woodward you will like this book, if you are interested in the first two years of the Clinton presidency then this is also a good source of information.
Maybe Woodward wanted to give us some of the numbing sensation President Clinton experienced when he and his wife Hillary woke up in the White House, only to realize it wasn't Disneyland and they couldn't change the world overnight. Even with firm Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, there would be those who, whether out of caprice, malice, or simply not seeing issues the same way, wouldn't play ball.
Complicating matters was a national economy that Clinton had made the central concern of his campaign ("It's the economy, Stupid" became such a mantra Clinton insiders shortened it to ITES) and now threatened to bury him after years of profligate spending by his Republican predecessors. Before any meaningful change could occur, Clinton had to work on such capitalist esoterica as interest rates and deficit reduction.
The liberal side of Clinton balked: "I hope you're all aware we're all Eisenhower Republicans," Woodward recounts Clinton yelling at his cabinet. "We stand for lower deficits and free trade and the bond market. Isn't that great?"
It is at this point, more than a third of the way in, that "The Agenda" zooms right up there with "The Brethren" and "The Final Days" in terms of Woodward tomes.Read more ›
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i already read this, bought this one for a friend...the book helps explain the economic expansion of the '90'sPublished 13 months ago by Will
I recently read "The Agenda" and I am sorry to say that i was pretty dissatisfied with the book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Book Lover
It's fairly evenhanded and even critical in spots. It was written in 1994 before Clinton needed a whitewash. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Gderf
If you like how Bob Woodward reports, then this is a book that won't disappoint. He thoroughly captures the first year of Bill Clinton's administration and the decisions the new... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by J. Smallridge
I own all of the books Bob Woodward has written and I am (slowly) working my way through them.
The Agenda was released in 1994 during Bill Clinton's Presidency and... Read more
Love the Clinton era or bristle at the sight of bubba's face, you can't deny the Agenda being a fantastic book. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ