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By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Obama seemed poised to realign American politics after his stunning 2008 victory. But the economy remains worse than even the administration's worst-case scenarios, and the long legislative battles over health care reform, financial services reform and the national debt and deficit have taken their toll. Obama no longer looks invincible.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

As women have played an increasingly important role in politics, there is no question that they've brought a different perspective, focusing attention on a broader set of issues and building alliances with other women.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

One thing I think is least realistic is that there were five people that made decisions in the fictional 'West Wing.' In real life, there are about five million people that weigh in.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

I am encouraged to see women are being elected in Chile, Argentina, Liberia, Ireland. More is more.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

A lot of people over time have had this kind of pattern in their relationship with Bill Clinton. You first meet him and you're overwhelmed by his talent. He's so energetic and articulate and full of ideas and he calls himself a congenital optimist and that optimism is contagious.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Clinton had absolutely zero honeymoon, none whatsoever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Barack Obama is the most famous living person in the history of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Every press secretary faces an enormous amount of information. Events move really fast. You're responsible for a tremendous amount of information, and again, a tremendous amount on competing agendas. Not everybody grease in the White House.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

In the run-up to the 1992 Democratic convention, Clinton's campaign realized that voters thought the young governor had a privileged upbringing. They didn't buy his alleged concern for the middle class.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Campaigns often make standing on principle the highest of virtues - and listening to your opponents a sure sign of weakness. It's the virtual opposite of what it takes to succeed in office. Squaring the circle takes a powerful combination of skills. But presidents who can campaign and compromise are generally the most successful.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Trying to negotiate getting a couple of kids to watch the same TV show requires serious diplomacy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn't.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

'Not again!' I thought to myself this morning, as news trickled out that John McCain was set to pick Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Not again, because too often women are promoted for the wrong reasons, and then blamed when things don't go right.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Part of Obama's persona is self-reliance. He's calm; he's cool; he's self-possessed. In many ways, he has tried to define himself in opposition to Clinton's sometimes needy, often undisciplined, emotionalism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

To compare Whitewater to Watergate is a travesty.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

On the day I started college in 1979, no woman had ever been on the United States Supreme Court or served as the Speaker of the House. None had been an astronaut or the solo anchor of a network evening news broadcast. Not one had been president of an Ivy League college or run a serious campaign for president.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Throughout his presidency, Clinton made a point of getting close - physically and emotionally - to the people whose problems his administration was working to solve.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Many differences are rooted in biology and reinforced through culture, so it's important to acknowledge that. Because if you say men and women are the same and if male behaviour is the norm, and women are always expected to act like men, we will never be as good at being men as men are.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

That's not to say that women's priorities are better than men's. Rather, when women are empowered, when they can speak from the experience of their own lives, they often address different, previously neglected issues. And families and whole communities benefit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

During my years as a press secretary, I developed a powerful internal filter, which worked to strip all things 'off message' from my thoughts before they came out of my mouth. It didn't always work, of course, and I said more than a few things I regretted.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Women communicate differently and process information differently, which leads them to resolve conflicts differently.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

No doubt, the White House thinks the American people know Obama's story. But since the Inauguration, we've seen only the president's present: his perfect family, his Ivy League elegance, his effortless mastery of complex issues. We never see him sweat. And we forget that he ever had to struggle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Almost all first ladies have had tremendous power on personnel issues, whether the public realized it or not, whether it was Barbara Bush or Nancy Reagan or whoever.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Study after study confirms that even when you control for variables like profession, education, hours worked, age, marital status, and children, men still are compensated substantially more - even in professions, like nursing, dominated by women. No wonder there's a gender gap.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Women have a lot of power in private life. There are many men who would say, 'Hey, women already rule my life.' But with women, more is more. The more there are, the more the world gets used to seeing them. We change the culture. We begin to expand options and lead and manage.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

The dirty little secret is that the pool man, who's making $30,000 a year, is subsidizing the million-dollar mortgage for the family whose pool he cleans. No wonder people want to get rid of tax breaks for corporate jets.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

I know I made plenty of mistakes in my tenure. But one of the things that you learn is to be very careful and to protect yourself down the road a little bit, which is to say you've got to think ahead and think where is the story going to go? What are all the possible outcomes? And how do I protect the president from unexpected twists and turns in the road?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

While eschewing emotion - and its companion, vulnerability - Obama should be careful not to sacrifice empathy, the 'I feel your pain' connection that sustained Clinton. This connection is the shorthand people use to measure their leaders' intentions. If people believe you're on their side, they will trust your decisions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Democrats single out glaring examples of tax preferences or spending priorities that favor the wealthy and Republicans cry 'class warfare!'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

I don't think women hold all the answers, but with their skills, their strengths, we can get to a better place.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

When I first started working in politics, as a junior aide on Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign, it never occurred to me that I would one day work in the White House. There were plenty of women among the volunteers who stuffed envelopes and walked precincts. But there were fewer and fewer on each successive level of influence and access.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

There's no question almost press secretaries talk about the sense of serving two masters. On the one hand you want to protect the president's interests, and you represent his interests to the press. And the press is a proxy for the American people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

There are people in the public sector with a range of experiences that have no equivalent in business, but are essential to governing, like keeping a kid in school or helping someone get and hold a job. The value of those skills can't easily be measured against a bottom line.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Obama has made America cool again - and more than that, he's made his own brand arguably the most powerful the world has ever known.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Yes, Bill Clinton is a big flirt.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

As women slowly gain power, their values and priorities are reshaping the agenda. A multitude of studies show that when women control the family funds, they generally spend more on health, nutrition, and education - and less on alcohol and cigarettes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

After I left the White House, I kept a foothold in the business of American politics; as a talk-show host, analyst, commentator, speechmaker, and occasional writer. I was no longer a practitioner, but I was still a partisan, a Democrat, a blue-stater through and through.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

1992 became known as the 'Year of the Woman' because so many of us were elected to public office that November, including a record six to the United States Senate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Exponential growth in access to the Internet, satellite television and radio, cell phones, and P.D.A.'s means that breaking news now reaches virtually every corner of the globe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

I worked for a lot of candidates, in tough campaigns that lost. Most of my candidates lost until Bill Clinton. There was always a point where you look in their eyes and they knew it was over. And there was never that point with Clinton. He never quit. He never gave up.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

No reporter is flying around in borrowed twin-engine airplanes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Washington is still very much a male-oriented culture. Being from Los Angeles, I think it is less so there - there is less attachment to tradition, perhaps, there is more flexibility, more acceptance of change generally. That is partly because of Hollywood.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Bill Clinton sitting on Air Force One getting his hair cut while people around the country cooled their heels and waited for him, became a metaphor for a populist president who had gotten drunk with the perks of his own power and was sort of, you know, not sensitive to what people wanted.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

The press never accepts at face value that the President is taking a certain action because he wants to create jobs or because he believes that it is in the best interests of the American people or that he is genuinely committed to making life better for people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

There is an institutional cynicism that causes reporters to question everything the President says, and the motives of everything the President and his Administration try to accomplish.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

The exposed nature of life in the public square affects leaders' attitudes toward risk - and failure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

I'm a baseball freak.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

It isn't fate but fecklessness that has shoved Sarah Palin to the sidelines of national politics. The real tragedy is that she's taken a lot of other serious Republican women with her.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

I think how pay gets determined is pretty broad - experience, how people look, what they bring to the job. But there's no question women are paid less. Women don't ask.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dee Dee Myers

Having a sense of humor has served me more than it has hurt me - just in the sense that it has allowed me to keep my sanity.