Bill's Dream Team Of Supersalesmen

Clinton reassures the markets by naming Establishment figures to top economic jobs. But the President-elect still plans policies to prime the pump.

A FEW DAYS AFTER THE ELECTION, Bill Clinton sought advice from an unlikely quarter: the Bush White House. The President-elect wanted to talk process, not personalities, so he phoned Roger Porter, a senior Bush aide who had served on President Ford's economic policy council. Clinton quizzed Porter on his 1980 book, Presidential Decision Making, which recommends, among other things, that policy be deliberated on by a group similar to the National Economic Council that Clinton created last week.

The council will be chaired by the President and run from the White House by Robert Rubin, 54, now co-chairman of the Goldman,...

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