Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Says CNN's Jeff Greenfield in Slate

In the late summer of 1994, I found myself in the Rose Garden with the president of the United States and two other reporters—part of a Clinton schmoozefest offensive. As the gathering ended, I abandoned my journalistic purity to offer a suggestion about the just-launched Major League Baseball strike. "You know, you might want to look at the Taft-Hartley Act," I said, referring to the 1947 law that gives the president the power to halt some strikes for up to 80 days. "Doesn't this strike affect the national health and safety?" Failing to notice the tongue in my cheek—my own tongue, to be sure—Clinton looked at me as if I had taken complete leave of my senses. Coincidence or not, that was the last time I was invited to any private, semiprivate, or public event with the president.

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