Mission: Not Impossible, But No Cakewalk Either

The Clinton presidency has seen the appointment of a number of figures who, it was hoped, would bring focus and discipline to an Administration that has often been criticized for lacking both. A midterm report card:

SAVIOR

ABNER MIKVA

HIRED AS

White House counsel; took over for Cutler (8/94)

OPTIMISTIC EARLY LINE

"He has always been able to motivate and lead people. His position is always thoughtful."

-- Representative Henry Hyde (R-Illinois)

CURRENT STATUS

Still on the job

ASSESSMENT

Almost invisible, which may be a good sign

SAVIOR

DAVID GERGEN

HIRED AS

White House counsel; responsible for improving Administration's communications skills...

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