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Dad & Jr

Christian Lorentzen: Bushes Jr & Sr, 4 December 2014

... an old friend whose conspiracy theories caused him to turn on Bush and tilted the 1992 election to Clinton; Saddam Hussein; and Nancy Reagan, who never in eight years invited Mother for a proper tour of the White House. ‘Beyond his father’s well-known résumé,’ Baker writes in his review, ‘the book offers a sense of the toll a public life takes on a ...

Obama’s Delusion

David Bromwich: The Presidential Letdown, 22 October 2009

... a tendency to promise things easily and compromise often. He broke a campaign vow to filibuster a bill that immunised telecom outfits against prosecution for the assistance they gave to domestic spying. He kept his promise from October 2007 until July 2008, then voted for the compromise that spared the telecoms. As president, he has continued to support their ...

Driving through a Postcard

Christian Lorentzen: In New Hampshire, 3 March 2016

... big ones right here,’ he said, pointing with both hands to his crotch. He said he’d voted for Bill Clinton but felt differently about Hillary. ‘I just can’t take her. Her voice is like sandpaper.’ A few yards away a dozen Hasidic Jews were holding a pro-Palestinian banner and another that read: ‘Israel Does Not Represent World ...


David Runciman: Blair Hawks His Wares, 31 March 2016

Broken Vows: Tony Blair – The Tragedy of Power 
by Tom Bower.
Faber, 688 pp., £20, March 2016, 978 0 571 31420 1
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... long inhabited the same netherworld in which he now operates. Blair hooked up with Branson via Bill Clinton, whose foundation has its finger in many of the same pies that Blair has been trying to access on the speechmaking/fundraising/deal-brokering circuit. More than once, as I read Bower on Blair the international deliverologist, I found myself ...


Christian Lorentzen: The Democratic Convention, 11 August 2016

... lives in Massachusetts his vote is unlikely to put Trump in the White House. He thinks of Hillary Clinton as a corporate shill, a politician ‘who’s never had a job in her life’, part of a dynasty that shouldn’t exist in America. He’s suspicious of the Clinton Global Initiative, but he doesn’t go in for ...

Act One, Scene One

David Bromwich: Don’t Resist, Oppose, 16 February 2017

... his confidence in the future of Iraqi democracy was now equalled by his confidence in a Hillary Clinton victory. Afterwards, he wrote, we should ‘treat Trump voters as though the whole sorry episode of his candidacy never occurred’. Aglow with triumphal assurance and magnanimity, he added this reservation: ‘Patronising Trump voters would also be a ...

What’s next, locusts?

Pooja Bhatia: What Happened to Haiti, 23 May 2013

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster 
by Jonathan Katz.
Palgrave Macmillan, 320 pp., £16.99, January 2013, 978 0 230 34187 6
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Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti 
by Amy Wilentz.
Simon and Schuster, 329 pp., £18, January 2013, 978 1 4516 4397 8
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... and outsiders would determine spending priorities. It would be co-chaired by a real grandee: Bill Clinton, who the year before had been appointed UN special envoy to Haiti. ‘He had a particular fondness for places he mucked up as president,’ Katz writes. Amid the flashbulbs and self-congratulation at the conference, Katz noticed other ...

At the V&A 1

Nick Richardson: Disobedient Objects, 9 October 2014

... distribution, but it rose again in June 1999 for the Carnival against Capital, with a picture of Bill Clinton as Darth Maul on its cover. There’s also an ersatz edition of the Sun produced by Wapping printers in 1984 in solidarity with the striking miners, with the S of Sun replaced by a swastika. Protest art is an art of exaggeration, as the awesome ...

Success and James Maxton

Inigo Thomas, 3 January 2008

... Way’ is now a term associated with Tony Blair’s New Labour and the Democratic Party of Bill Clinton; it represented their attempt to make their parties more attractive to those who didn’t usually vote for them – Conservatives and Republicans. There is something MacDonaldish about Third Way politics: it has nothing in common with the ...

Olmert and Friends

Uri Avnery: Sleaze in Israeli Politics, 19 June 2008

... a lot. Olmert craves haverim. Haver is a Hebrew word meaning comrade, friend, pal, army buddy. (Bill Clinton famously ended his eulogy for Rabin ‘Shalom, Haver!’) The haverim he wants most are intellectuals and/or rich people, people who admire and love him. He loved to pamper his friends, to take them with him whenever he went away. He showered ...

Woken up in Seattle

Michael Byers: WTO woes, 6 January 2000

... They pointed to the WTO’s close co-operation with transnational corporations, to the fact that Bill Gates was co-chair of the summit, to the problems with the organisation’s underlying assumption of the benefits of free trade, and to the lack of transparency in its procedures. The US-based activists, for their part, leaned heavily on the ...

Farewell to the Log Cabin

Colin Kidd: America’s Royalist Revolution, 18 December 2014

The Royalist Revolution 
by Eric Nelson.
Harvard, 390 pp., £22.95, October 2014, 978 0 674 73534 7
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... term expired in 1989. Bush was a one-term president, defeated in the election of 1992 by Bill Clinton, who, though coming from humble origins himself, has founded a third dynasty. Clinton served two terms, but his own vice-president, Al Gore, lost the 2000 election in very controversial circumstances to ...

Short Cuts

Andrew O’Hagan: Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book, 15 August 2019

... of a Nazi commandant’s breeches. Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City, is there near Bill Clinton (Epstein had 20 different numbers for Clinton, who travelled on his plane on 12 occasions). Governors, heiresses, models and bankers, lawyers and actors, scientists and Prince Andrew’s ex, Sarah Ferguson ...

The Enforcer

Stephen Sackur, 20 August 1992

Deterring Democracy 
by Noam Chomsky.
Vintage, 453 pp., £7.99, April 1992, 0 09 913501 9
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Illusions of Triumph: An Arab View of the Gulf War 
by Mohamed Heikal.
HarperCollins, 350 pp., £16.99, April 1992, 0 00 255014 8
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The Imperial Temptation 
by Robert Tucker and David Hendrickson.
Council on Foreign Relations Press, 240 pp., $22.50, June 1992, 0 87609 118 4
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... Party transatlantic popular appeal – but for the Democratic challenger, and current frontrunner, Bill Clinton. Had he been hired by the Democratic campaign President Saddam could scarcely have done more to tarnish George Bush’s reputation for foreign policy know-how. Almost every day, it seems, new evidence emerges of Iraq’s continued defiance of ...

Ready for a Rematch

Michael Byers: The Bushes and Saddam Hussein, 8 February 2001

... second term in office, but the American voters were easily distracted by the youthful charisma of Bill Clinton, who soon outshone the staid establishment figure and his increasingly ridiculous running mate. Bush suffered a humiliating defeat in 1992, retreating to Texas to lick his wounds. Saddam, in contrast, remained firmly ensconced in ...

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