It was a strangely serene and businesslike display of exultation. Shortly after midnight in Little Rock, Arkansas, having achieved what seemed the inevitable, William Jefferson Clinton stood in the glow of his happy hometown crowd as only the seventh Democratic President to be elected to a second term, and began, "My fellow Americans, we have work to do, and that's what this election is all about." He must have used the word work two dozen times in his short speech, which concluded with, "Tomorrow we greet the dawn and begin our work anew"--as if six long months of a nation's listening...

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