The Man with the President's Ear

After a rocky start, Clark takes charge in the White House

Charting the balance of power in the Administration requires sensitivity to the slightest tremor and the subtlest nuance. So when two chairs in the waiting room of Bill Clark's basement White House office were removed, Administration watchers seized upon this seemingly unimportant event as another sign of the National Security Adviser's growing influence. "The place was becoming the Grand Central Station of the West Wing," an aide explains. "Everybody was realizing that it's worth your time to drop by and see Uncle Bill."...

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