The Clinton Voice Index

THROAT CLEARING Bill Clinton's doctors gave him a clean bill of health Saturday, except for swollen vocal cords. A history of his troubled larynx:

1992 Vocal cords shut down three times during election campaign, including eve of polling. Doc's note says this is due to "nasal allergies, mild esophageal reflux and overuse of voice"

1993 In February, coughs and wheezes through weekly radio address. Treats throat with hot tea and lemon

1994 Voice cracks during record 63-min. State of the Union, which is followed by a two-week bout of laryngitis

1995 During the year of Newt, Clinton takes a backseat--and his...

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