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By New York Times News Service | June 29, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher said in a statement last night that he "enthusiastically" welcomed it. National Security Adviser Anthony Lake insisted in an interview yesterday that he supported it from the moment the president told him about it.But in the corridors of the State Department, and even parts of the White House, there is anxiety about the appointment of David R. Gergen as a "special adviser" to both Mr. Christopher and...
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | April 14, 2004
For 17 minutes last night, President George W. Bush spoke to the American public about the progress being made in Iraq, and then faced a White House press corps that was uniformly polite but unusually pointed in its questioning about just two topics: the increasingly bloody occupation of Iraq and the Sept. 2001 attacks. Did he share responsibility for the intelligence failures that allowed the terror strikes to occur and for mistaken statements that served to justify the invasion of Iraq?
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | January 17, 1993
President-elect Bill Clinton must fulfill his campaign promises "for the country's sake," but avoid running his presidency the way he ran his transition to power, David R. Gergen, the nationally known commentator, said yesterday."
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 30, 2004
WASHINGTON - Presidential and constitutional scholars took issue yesterday with Condoleezza Rice's reasons for refusing to testify under oath, saying she has undercut her argument by speaking extensively in private and on television and is resting on a narrow legal point. The refusal by President Bush's national security adviser marks the latest struggle between the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks and the White House, which at first resisted the creation of the panel and has tried to restrict its access to the president and key documents.
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By Robert Kuttner | June 8, 1993
WELL, at least we found out what a "New Democrat" is. It's a Republican.Democrats can find many reasons to be depressed about Bill Clinton's appointment of David Gergen to the epicenter of White House politics, policy and communications. Among them is the perception (and evidently the reality) that it took a Republican to bail out a sinking Democratic administration. The subtext is that Republican equals political grown-up and Democrat equals amateur hour.It recalls backing Lyndon Johnson in 1964 to vote against an escalation of the war -- and then getting Johnson and the escalation.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | June 3, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Having Republican public-relations man David Gergen take a job in the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton is like having the geography teacher job applicant reply, when asked his views on the shape of the world, that he could "teach it round or flat."Having participated in the selling of the Ronald Reagan policies of tax cuts and runaway deficits in that Republican administration, Gergen is now signed on with the gang that is pledged to roll back those policies, presumably in the role of public explainer as well as private adviser.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | June 2, 1993
WASHINGTON -- When presidents get into political trouble, the inevitable result is a consensus in the White House that "we have to get our story out" -- meaning that the problem is communications rather than policy or, heaven forbid, the president himself.This, of course, is precisely the thinking that has led President Clinton to appoint David Gergen, last seen in the Reagan administration, as a principal adviser. The message is that if the "communications" operation in the White House had been better, Clinton's approval rating with the electorate would not be at a record low level.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau | July 31, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Earlier this month David R. Gergen, counselor to the president, emerged from his basement office in the White House to go to the South Lawn, where President Clinton was making remarks about high technology.Mr. Gergen wasn't exactly inconspicuous -- at 6 feet 5 inches that's difficult -- but he stood on the fringes of the crowd, little-noticed, chatting with old friends in the press corps while the president expounded on the marvels of futuristic technology.This is not a subject Mr. Gergen knows anything about.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Karen Hosler and Carl M. Cannon and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau | June 8, 1993
WASHINGTON -- For what seems like the umpteenth time, President Clinton started off another work week yesterday determined to "turn the page," in the words of brand new White House adviser David R. Gergen.Speaking to representatives of the League of Women Voters, Mr. Clinton pledged to meet with Senate leaders and work out a budget agreement "the American people will accept and that the Congress will pass."The president also signaled his willingness to deal with the nation's rampant budget-cutting mood in his remarks at the White House Rose Garden, saying, "As we complete work on this growth plan, I intend to do everything I can to say I welcome additional cuts."
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By DAN BERGER | March 11, 1994
The NFL is joining the flight to the suburbs. Washington is just too violent for its game.Howard and Carroll County school boards decided to lengthen the day and leave the year alone.Gergen is out of the loop so soon?
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By Cal Thomas | March 26, 2003
ARLINGTON, Va. - If the war to liberate Iraq continues to go well; if there are relatively few coalition and civilian casualties; if an "environmental disaster" does not occur with the mass torching of oil wells; if chemical and biological weapons are not used either because American threats of severe consequences have been heard or coalition forces have pre-emptively taken them out; if Israel is not hit with Scud missiles; if, in short, we achieve every...
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2000
If he's a familiar face, you may know him from semi-regular appearances on such TV programs as ABC's "Nightline" and PBS' "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," but David Gergen's career has been anything but run-of-the-mill. An editor-at-large with U.S. News and World Report, a professor of public service at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a regular on the Washington speaker's circuit, he has served as adviser to three Republican presidents: Nixon, Ford and Reagan. His most controversial move, though, was accepting a job offer from Democrat Bill Clinton in 1993.
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By Los Angeles Times | December 21, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Departing presidential adviser David R. Gergen, who has filled the awkward role of house Republican in the Clinton administration, yesterday urged President Clinton to focus more, speak less and hire some experienced aides.Mr. Gergen, who leaves at the end of the month to become a visiting professor at Duke University, finished his sometimes-rocky 18-month tenure in the Clinton inner circle with counsel for the young president:* Mr. Clinton should resist the notion that "more communication is better communication" and limit his public appearances to those in which he has something meaningful to say.* Mr. Clinton should concentrate on two or three domestic policy initiatives and two or three foreign policy problems, and not so get distracted by the daily static of public life.
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By New York Times News Service | June 29, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher said in a statement last night that he "enthusiastically" welcomed it. National Security Adviser Anthony Lake insisted in an interview yesterday that he supported it from the moment the president told him about it.But in the corridors of the State Department, and even parts of the White House, there is anxiety about the appointment of David R. Gergen as a "special adviser" to both Mr. Christopher and...
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By Los Angeles Times | March 31, 1994
WASHINGTON -- White House officials, concerned that Whitewater will remain a vexing issue, have launched a public relations blitz to defend President Clinton and the first lady and to keep the controversy from interfering with the president's congressional agenda.The Clintons feel an obligation to continue responding to questions about Whitewater and plan to take a leading role in the campaign after returning to Washington from vacation this weekend, senior White House aides said yesterday.
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By DAN BERGER | March 11, 1994
The NFL is joining the flight to the suburbs. Washington is just too violent for its game.Howard and Carroll County school boards decided to lengthen the day and leave the year alone.Gergen is out of the loop so soon?
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By Los Angeles Times | December 21, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Departing presidential adviser David R. Gergen, who has filled the awkward role of house Republican in the Clinton administration, yesterday urged President Clinton to focus more, speak less and hire some experienced aides.Mr. Gergen, who leaves at the end of the month to become a visiting professor at Duke University, finished his sometimes-rocky 18-month tenure in the Clinton inner circle with counsel for the young president:* Mr. Clinton should resist the notion that "more communication is better communication" and limit his public appearances to those in which he has something meaningful to say.* Mr. Clinton should concentrate on two or three domestic policy initiatives and two or three foreign policy problems, and not so get distracted by the daily static of public life.
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By Jonathan Schell | June 11, 1993
BEHOLD David Gergen! He is all things to all men. If our age, like the ancient Greeks, believed in gods, he would have to be one. He is a Republican. He has worked for three of the last four Republican presidents: Nixon, Ford and Reagan. Yet he is a Democrat.Now he will work for President Clinton. Yet, at the same time, he is an independent. ("I've always been a registered independent," he says.) He is a newsman ( he covers the news and comments on it). Yet he is the news (he is that which is covered)
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By ROGER SIMON | January 9, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Bill Clinton has done the best thing he possibly could do at this point in his presidency:He has left town.He has jetted off to Europe for a series of picture-postcard meetings that will force -- he hopes -- all mentions of his Whitewater land development deal off the front pages and out of the nightly news.But, deep down, I think he suspects that Whitewater is going to be more than a blip on the radar screen and more than a story that can be suppressed by White House "damage control."
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | November 17, 1993
WASHINGTON -- It caused hardly a ripple hereabout when it was disclosed the other day that White House counselor and former Republican political publicist David Gergen had John Ehrlichman, who served time for his role in the Watergate cover-up, to lunch at the White House mess. Gergen explained that "I believe in redemption," which is understandable, what with Gergen himself having been forgiven by President Clinton for his ardent prior service to Republican Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and to the Reaganomics that Clinton has so strenuously deplored.
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