Leon's Lament

Panetta, reading from his own scripture, may have spoken truth

AS IF BOSNIA AND BOB DOLE WEREN'T ENOUGH, NOW Bill Clinton had to contend with a depression. Leon Panetta's depression, that is. On the 97th day of the Administration's first 100, as Cabinet colleagues burnished their leader's record, the Office of Management and Budget head volunteered that Clinton's North American Free Trade Agreement was "dead" in Congress, his Russian-aid request endangered, and even parts of his huge budget proposal threatened unless he "defines his priorities." Panetta's suggested definition: Postpone introducing Hillary's health plan until after a June budget vote.

Clinton was at first reported to be "extremely upset," then avuncularly forgiving...

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