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Slick Willie the half-truthThe Naturalby Joe KleinCoronet 799 pp230Joe Kleins dedication to a book subtitled the misunderstood presidency of Bill Clinton - an apology to his children for the years he was not there - tells you all you need to know about the relationship of author to subject Where was he Following Bill Clinton of courseKlein is a longstanding and distinguished US political commentator who has written for both Newsweek and the New Yorker In the early 1990s he had the luck or possibly misfortune to encounter the then governor of Arkansas the great white hope of the ailing Democrats as he began his assault on the balsa-wood presidency of Bush the First Like many others in the press corps Klein fell under Clintons spellFor a year and more Klein followed Clintons rollercoaster candidacy and watched an awesome campaigner on the primary trail Even now after all the disappointments and betrayals he is still just a little bit in love There was he writes a touching uncynical transparency to the campaign the candidate Clinton actually seemed moved by the stories he heard along the wayKlein who understands better than most the spookily intuitive psychological skills of his subject is also revealingly good on the physical almost carnal quality of Clintons public appearancesOn the road with the boys on the bus Klein became a good deal closer to the man his staff called Elvis or the Natural than is usual for political commentators There is a scene where in a bowling alley together one midnight in New Hampshire an exhausted six-foot Clinton actually leans against the diminutive reporter a strange feline sensation from a political animal who needed physical contactLove affairs alas must end Prince Hal became king Once Clinton was in the White House and the Clintonistas were launched on the four-year public-affairs seminar that was Clintons first term Klein was just another New Democrat commentator And as the Pepsi- and pizza-fuelled shambles in
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