- Paperback: 107 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Pub (March 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0836210913
- ISBN-13: 978-0836210910
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
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Running in Place: How Bill Clinton Disappointed America Paperback – March 1, 1996
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Many of the people who supported Bill Clinton in 1992 expected better of him. Perhaps it was candidate Bill Clinton's lofty orations, but many saw in Clinton a 1990s version of John F. Kennedy and a return to that time. Richard Reeves, journalist and author of books on Presidents Kennedy, Ford, Carter, and Reagan, is in that camp, and "disappointment" seems to be the best word for its view of Clinton. Reeves, whose wide-angle book doesn't fall into the same trap as a recent spate of books that offer instant analysis in the guise of history, explains how his disappointment has resulted from Clinton's inability to inspire.
Longtime political correspondent and columnist Reeves wants to like a president who has halved deficit spending as a percentage of GNP and started his term of office with the most successful legislative record since Lyndon Johnson, but . . . Clinton is too attentive to polls, too talkative about his personal process of decision making, too much a self-made man (like too many other politicians these days, Reeves says), too casual and collegial in his administrative style (the insolent "kids in the White House" drive Reeves nuts), too dependent on his wife (who has "the political instincts of a stone," Reeves says). On the other hand, Clinton has suffered from a ruthless, self-aggrandizing, conscienceless press corps that spills a leak first and asks questions later, if ever; and from opponents who indulge even the most scurrilous, baseless calumny against him and, of course, exaggerate the real dirt until it is virtually a pornographic fantasy. Although just the thing to read before November 5, Reeves' analysis is perspicacious enough to last beyond election day. Ray Olson