Thomas McLarty: They Call Him Mack the Nice

Everyone loves presidential pal THOMAS MCLARTY now, but wait till he's been chief of staff for a day

Is Thomas McLarty, Bill Clinton's kindergarten classmate, just too nice a guy to be White House chief of staff? At first that appears to be the case: the mild-mannered McLarty greets a visitor with an open, guileless smile, an almost whispered hello and a courtly bow more suited to a maitre d' than to the CEO of a FORTUNE 500 company. He doesn't hold "meetings" or give "interviews" but instead likes to "visit" with friends and colleagues. Such humility might seem a hazard in the job that got the better of John Sununu and Sam Skinner.

But Bill Clinton is no...

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