Clinton's Crisis: The Master Fixer in a Fix

Power broker Vernon Jordan loves to come to Clinton's rescue. Now he may need help himself

Beneath the practiced politesse of his delivery, Vernon Jordan's eyes were blazing. His sonorous voice was edged with contempt for the very idea that a roomful of reporters could question his honor. Standing under the hot lights last Thursday, Bill Clinton's close friend and unofficial adviser made it clear that this media circus meant little to him. "Never apologize, never explain"--that had been his motto for 17 years, ever since he left the presidency of the National Urban League after a racist gunman nearly took his life, going on to become Washington's most powerful back-room fixer. Now he had to violate...

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