INAUGURATION 1997: THE SECOND TIME AROUND, SIMPLE IS BEAUTIFUL

An Inaugural, like any good overture, prefigures the rest of the show. Which is why the Clintons are being very careful this time. Four years ago, new to town and a little stagestruck, they sprawled fireworks and Warren Beatty over four days, a coronation paid for by the FORTUNE 500 and capped by 30-year-old White House aides standing in line to pose in their evening wear for Vanity Fair. When the Clintons' populist presumptions outpaced their skill at scheduling, they left out in the cold hundreds of well-wishers who had been promised a chance to shake the new President's hand. The...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!