His State of the Union speech reveals a hugely ambitious man with a bold, if sometimes messy, political style

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But if Clinton's political strategy is changing, his insatiable personality is not. He will always pore over the Agriculture Department's "acreage planted" reports, which hit his desk on Friday evenings. He will always resist trips to Camp David, because it is even more isolated than the White House. And he will always stay up late, even if he has to take an afternoon nap to do so. Last Tuesday, as Clinton came downstairs from the private residence, dressed and ready for his speech, aides noticed that the final draft was wrapped inside a crossword puzzle from the morning paper. Clutching both, he stepped into the waiting limousine. One official turned to another and remarked, "He's going to work on the puzzle during the applause."

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