The White House Shuffle

Clinton persuades his budget chief to become his chief of staff, but has gridlock become this presidency's most intractable crisis?

Being fired has become almost as routine a fate for White House chiefs of staff as for major-league baseball managers. But for a chief of staff to fire himself -- well, it happened for the first time only last week. Thomas ("Mack") McLarty had become increasingly convinced he was miscast as the man trying to impose some order on the chaotic White House operation. Despite McLarty's success as a business executive -- head of the giant Arkla gas company -- his affable nature and background as a chum of Bill Clinton's since kindergarten days really fitted him to be a kind...

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