The New Chief Loyal but Not So Arrogant

Sam Skinner's resume as a crisis manager should serve him well wrestling the White House into shape

When George Bush gathered 36 political advisers around a Camp David conference table last August to discuss the 1992 campaign, most of his guests jockeyed for choice seats near Bush or chief of staff John Sununu. Avoiding the fray, however, was Sam Skinner, who entered the room last and quietly took a seat along the back wall. While others injected unsolicited opinions and tried to score points with the boss, Skinner spoke only when Bush requested his opinion, which, according to one participant, happened frequently. "It was clear to everybody in the room that John Sununu was still Bush's right hand,...

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