Shear Dismay

For Bill Clinton, little things like a fancy haircut and a tempest in his travel office loom large

President can do just about anything he wants, which is why he is under constraints to behave so well. As much as the bills he introduces, the speeches he gives and the Executive Orders he signs, a President is defined by the small acts at the margin that burn themselves into the national consciousness: Jimmy Carter with his killer rabbit and lust in his heart, Lyndon Johnson displaying his surgical scar, Richard Nixon strolling on the beach in his wing tips. In years to come, the biggest small thing of the Clinton presidency may turn out to be The $5,500 Haircut.


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