President Bill Clinton led one of the most influential and consequential White House tenures in recent memory. However, because of the office's traditional climate of confidentiality, many details of his behind-the-scenes activities have remained absent from the written record. How did the administration manage the horrific conflicts in Haiti, Somalia, and the Balkans that came to a head shortly after the President took the oath? What motivated the President to place First Lady Hillary Clinton at the helm of the ill-fated Health Security Act of 1993? And how did the President's closest confidantes and aides respond to the outbreak of the devastating scandal that nearly ended his presidency?Inside the Clinton White House offers an intimate perspective on these questions and many more, granting readers unprecedented access to the sensitive Oval Office banter that changed the course of history. Bringing together material from 400 hours of candid conversations with over sixty individuals, respected oral historian Russell L. Riley weaves this illuminating testimony with important contextual information to form an irresistible narrative, taking the reader from Clinton's first potential White House bid in 1988 to the final days of his remarkable and controversial career. Extended sections of the book are devoted to important domestic and foreign policy campaigns, the complicated politics of the President's two terms and impeachment, and portraits of important personalities in the administration, including Vice President Al Gore and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. These forthright and often surprising accounts add a layer of nuance to an iconic figure in America's recent history, as told in the words of the people who knew him best.
Table of Contents
PrefacePart I: Beginnings1. The Man Who Would be President: Prelude to the White House2. The Decision3. The Announcement & Three Georgetown Speeches4. Staffing the Campaign5. The New Hampshire Primary: Vertigo6. Competitors, Issues & Style7. Getting Ready for the General Election: The Manhattan Project and Choosing Gore8. The Democratic National Convention and the Bus Tour9. The General Election Campaign-Clinton vs. George H. W. Bush10. The View from the Other Side11. The Transition to GoverningPart II: Domestic and Economic Policy12. Out of the Gate: Deciding on What to Do First13. The 1993 Budget and the Stimulus Package14. NAFTA15. Healthcare16. Welfare Reform17. On Other Domestic and Economic IssuesPart III: Foreign Policy18. A New Foreign Policy for a New World Order19. Haiti20. Africa21. The Balkans22. Northern Ireland23. Other Foreign Policy Issues24. Clinton with Foreign LeadersPart IV: Politics and the Clinton White House25. Inside the Washington Community26. Republican Revolution and Recovery27. The Reelection and Productive Middle Years, 1996-9728. Scandals-and ImpeachmentPart V: People29. Clinton's Intellect30. Clinton's Political Talents and Operating Style31. The Man Who Was President32. Gore33. Hillary34. Staff35. StoriesPart VI: Conclusion36. Observations on the Clinton Legacy: "A Tale of Two Presidencies"