The Kids Down the Hall

For the young, diverse Clinton staff, the tools of governing are R.E.M. tapes, PowerBooks and 100-page briefing papers

Annie Leibovitz likes to shoot to music. So when the photographer began setting up in the Oval Office for a Vanity Fair portrait of the new President just after his swearing-in, she pulled out her boom box and plugged it into an outlet not far from the portrait of George Washington. Instantly a stern White House functionary informed her, "We've never had music in the Oval Office." Only the President, it was decided, could approve such a breach in decorum. "Sure," said Clinton, and Eric Clapton's album Unplugged began to fill the room. A Secret Service agent remarked to a colleague,...

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