Open and Unflappable

In a historic briefing on the Clintons' finances, the First Lady discloses little but wins warm reviews

White lilies perfumed the air outside the State Dining Room last Friday afternoon as Hillary Rodham Clinton walked in, sat down in a shiny wooden armchair under a portrait of a pensive Abraham Lincoln and asked, "Are we ready?"

Ready? By the time it was suddenly announced at noon that she would hold a genuine press conference later in the day, most reporters had been waiting 3 1/2 months to fire questions at the First Lady about Whitewater. What happened was a riveting hour and 12 minutes in which the First Lady appeared to be open, candid, but above all unflappable....

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