First, We Have to Roll Up Our Sleeves Bill Clinton Explains

How He Will Make the Hard Choices That Lie Ahead. And, with his wife HILLARY, he describes a political partnership without precedent in the history of the Republic.

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A. Three things, I guess. One is that this is a very troubled world we live in. We are seeing the flip side of the wonder of the end of the cold war. The bipolar world gave the U.S. and the Soviet Union a limited capacity to contain some of what we are now witnessing in Bosnia. I'm worried about what is happening in Russia. I think it's all eminently predictable that there would be some setbacks.

The second thing I worry about is just getting bogged down. The voters have so much hope now for us to do things. They want us to get out there and get things done and show some movement.

My third concern is purely personal. I want this to be a good move for our daughter. Hillary and I have talked about that a lot. ((Chelsea)) has had a good life here. It's exciting for her now. She's smart and pretty grownup for her age and interested in it. But I want her life to unfold without being destructively impacted by this.

Q. How much of that is within your control?

A. We're about to find out.

Q. Mrs. Clinton, do you share those concerns?

Mrs. Clinton: Yes, the only other thing I would add is whether, given the high expectations and the need for change, you can work out the right balance between moving forward and not getting caught up in politicizing everything you do, so that you have a chance substantively to try to make some things work before people get distracted and thrown into a frame of mind of skepticism or loss of will. I think that is an endemic problem now in our society, this whole short-term fixation that we've got and the incapacity to plan for the long run and to have a vision of where you're going and to try to stay the course to get there. I just hope there can be enough momentum and that people individually feel committed enough so that they take some responsibility.

Clinton: I think that was our enduring legacy here. People here kept voting for me because they knew there was a real long-term vision. There's a lot of difference between passing a law and galvanizing people's energies. We've got to seize the opportunities and really confront these problems. There is a sense that we have to do it together. Like Hillary, I don't know how long it will persist. We have to show ways to manifest this progress.

Q. One way to keep this feeling going is to stay in touch with the people. Can you do that the way you did in Arkansas, with the press and the Secret Service?

A. But there's a flip side to the press. Everything you do is magnified. So that if you have an encounter on Georgia Avenue ((in a working-class neighborhood of Washington)), it reverberates across the country in a way it never did when I was Governor. When I was Governor and went to Crittenden County, it was not on the front page of the Little Rock newspapers -- "Oh, Bill's up in the country. That's where he belongs."

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