By George Stephanopoulos
All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the fresh standpoint of 1 who acquired his palms at the levers of impressive strength at an early age. At thirty, the writer was once at invoice Clinton's aspect throughout the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the following 5 years he was once not often greater than a step clear of the president & his different advisers at each very important second of the 1st time period. What Liar's Poker did to Wall highway, this publication will do to politics. it really is an irreverent & intimate portrait of ways the nation's weighty company is carried out by means of humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies are not any sturdier than a person else's. together with sharp graphics of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & ratings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory money owed of the recognized debacles & triumphs of an management that continuously went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, an excellent mixture of pragmatic perception & idealism. it truly is destined to be an important & enduring booklet to come back out of the Clinton management.
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I got in and announced I was quitting. Then came a surprise. Usually my mom let me do what I wanted so long as I stayed out of trouble. This time she just said, “No. ” I'm still grateful. Not that I became a champion, far from it. I lost my first match 19–2 and never caught up. I guess I never developed the killer instinct. Before a bout I would look up at the clock from the side of the mat and remind myself that win or lose, the ordeal would soon be over. You could pretty much sum up my high school wrestling career with an item from our local paper my sophomore year: “The agony of defeat is etched in the face of Orange High School's George Stephanopoulos,” read the caption beneath a picture of me getting pinned.
I knew a lot about the “how” and “what” of politics. ” So I read Augustine and Aquinas, Martin Luther and Reinhold Niebuhr, analyzing the fundamental questions of politics — war and peace, life and liberty — from the perspective of what was right rather than what would work. This would offer me a guide to which questions to ask and a reminder of where I was going wrong when I got too caught up in the game. And I still loved the game. After my Rhodes I went back to Washington, where Congressman Feighan made me his chief of staff.
I would watch him whisper prayers as he vested himself in satin robes. Then I would hold out my own robe for him to bless, and the service would begin. My first job was carrying a candle, making sure to hold it straight without staring at the flame. Once a year an altar boy forgot, hypnotizing himself and fainting to the floor. Responsibilities increased with age and size: Bigger boys took lanterns, and the biggest carried the cross. My favorite job was tending the censer. After placing a pebble of incense on the charcoal in its gold bowl, I got to walk backward, waving the perfumed smoke in my father's path as he carried the bread and wine around the altar.
All too human: a political education by George Stephanopoulos