[Not single-page] Bill Clinton's relationship with Obama has thawed, and he and Hillary have become two of his biggest assets. A look at their relationship and the Clintons' political future:
"The Barack-and-Bill double act on display this fall marks a new and intriguing phase in a psychological entanglement so rich that if Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung were alive, they would surely be squabbling over it instead of Sabina Spielrein’s hysteria. No one close to Obama or Clinton even bothers with the pretense that there is any real affection between them. But most concur with the assessment of a Democratic operative with tentacles deep in both worlds: that 'the relationship today is totally transactional—and highly functional.'
"What Obama stands to gain from the transaction is plain enough to see. The support of the political figure with the highest approval rating, 69 percent, of any in America. The suasive services of a surrogate who can talk the owls down from the trees. The imprimatur of a former president associated with a period of broad and deep prosperity, imbued with unparalleled credibility on matters economic, and possessing special traction with the white working- and middle-class voters whom Obama has always had a hard time reaching. What Obama stands to gain, in other words, is a healthy boost in his quest for reelection—one all the more invaluable in the wake of his dismal performance in the first debate."
PUBLISHED: Oct. 15, 2012
LENGTH: 28 minutes (7015 words)
How the 2012 GOP primary became such a mess—and what it means for the future of the party:
"That Mitt Romney finds himself so imperiled by Rick Santorum—Rick Santorum!—is just the latest in a series of jaw-dropping developments in what has been the most volatile, unpredictable, and just plain wackadoodle Republican-nomination contest ever. Part of the explanation lies in Romney’s lameness as a candidate, in Santorum’s strength, and in the sudden efflorescence of social issues in what was supposed to be an all-economy-all-the-time affair. But even more important have been the seismic changes within the Republican Party. 'Compared to 2008, all the candidates are way to the right of John McCain,' says longtime conservative activist Jeff Bell. 'The fact that Romney is running with basically the same views as then but is seen as too moderate tells you that the base has moved rightward and doesn’t simply want a conservative candidate—it wants a very conservative one.'"
PUBLISHED: Feb. 25, 2012
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6192 words)
For Obama, retooling on this scale does not come naturally or happily. Among the hallmarks of his political career has been constancy: a tight and basically static cadre of close advisers and a stubborn resistance to calls for midcourse corrections. Yet in a series of interviews in early January with senior White House officials and many of Obama’s closest confidants outside the building, a picture emerged of a president engaged in a searching, clear-eyed, and sometimes painful process of self-scrutiny, and now determined to implement a plan to fix what has ailed his enterprise—and himself.
PUBLISHED: Jan. 24, 2011
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6696 words)
[Not single-page] Psychoanalyzing one of America’s most dysfunctional relationships.
PUBLISHED: May 22, 2010
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6437 words)
Excerpt from "Game Change": A candidate whose aides were prepared to block him from becoming president. A wife whose virtuous image was a mirage. A mistress with a video camera. Inside the John Edwards triangle, nothing was too crazy to be true. By John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
PUBLISHED: Jan. 9, 2010
LENGTH: 33 minutes (8260 words)
How the president finds his way out of the woods.
PUBLISHED: Nov. 29, 2009
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4285 words)
“Everything at Apple is as much about perception as about reality,” the company’s former C.E.O. John Sculley said to me a few days after his old partner and rival, Steve Jobs, unveiled the alliance he had engineered with Microsoft. Since Sculley was deposed, in 1993, after running Apple for ten years, he has rarely spoken about the firm or about Jobs, and his tone was one of cynicism tinged with grudging respect. “The deal is good for Apple,” he said. “But it has nothing to do with technology or business and everything to do with what Steve is a master of—perception.
PUBLISHED: Sept. 8, 1997
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5075 words)