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My Life–or How Every Wrong Decision of My Presidency Was Foisted On Me by Others

Clinton, by his own account, has nearly flawless judgment. Lots of the mistakes he made, from approving the Waco raid, to asking for an independent counsel in Whitewater, to appointing Louis Freeh, to campaigning for Democratic candidates in 1994 instead of staying above the fray (that’s up to page 64O in his book), were the product of bum advice that he knew was wrong, but for various reasons felt compelled to go along with. I’m reminded of that great scene in the movie version of Primary Colors when the Clinton character slams his fist against a paper-towel dispenser–if I remember correctly–in the men’s room: “I just can’t catch a break!”

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