ROBERT STRAUSS: Making Things Happen

You can call ROBERT STRAUSS a power broker or a troubleshooter or a consummate political trader, but if you call him a "fixer," don't expect him to call you back

Shortly after the Iran-contra scandal broke in late 1986, Nancy Reagan became concerned that her husband was not sufficiently alert to the political danger and arranged to have a few people brought in to explain things. To avoid publicity, the White House instructed the guests to report to the Treasury building. From there they were led through an underground tunnel to the adjacent White House. Robert S. Strauss, a former Democratic national chairman and also a frequent luncheon companion of the First Lady, was one of the group. He reports that he pulled no punches with the President. The result? Well,...

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