Comfortable In His Own Ample Skin: LAWRENCE EAGLEBURGER

The perfect deputy, Lawrence Eagleburger is now on top, for the moment

The common image of a U.S. Secretary of State is that of Dean Acheson, Cyrus Vance, James Baker -- a suave Wasp lawyer, slender and urbane, who probably rowed at Yale or Princeton. But Lawrence Eagleburger, the new Acting Secretary, looks like the Michelin man with a cane. He once had an exercise bike fitted with a special rack so he could read diplomatic cables; it stood unused so long it was finally removed, and now he's ballooned to more than 250 lbs. He's had a knee-replacement operation, takes steroids for a muscle disorder, and has been spotted with a cigarette...

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