From One Amateurish President to Another

In his bestseller, The Amateur, Edward Klein reports Bill Clinton saying, "Obama doesn't know how to be president. He doesn't know how the world works. He's incompetent. He's an amateur!" Today's quick history remembers Bill Clinton as a successful president whose tenure was marred only by his sexual peccadilloes.  Not so fast.  In reality, the hallmark of the Clinton White House was its utter disorganization. In his memoirs, aide George Stephanopoulos called its atmosphere "dysfunctional." In his book, The Choice, Robert Woodward described a White House that "teetered on the edge of management chaos." Labor Secretary Robert Reich talked about a "chronically undisciplined president" and a "wildly disorganized White House." In fact, there may be no more damning account of Clinton's presidency than Reich's memoir Locked in the Cabinet. He documented in painful detail Clinton's ongoing slouch to compromise. "To the extent B [Bill Clinton] relies on [Dick Morris]," observed...(Read Full Post)

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