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Joe Klein Biography

Author and Political Columnist for TIME magazine
Pro to the question "Was Bill Clinton a Good President?"

“Amid the dashed hopes and the scandals and the bitterness, a great deal of real work was done. Bill Clinton conducted a serious, substantive presidency; his domestic policy achievements were not inconsiderable and were accomplished against great odds. He had rescued the Democratic party from irrelevance and pursued a new philosophy of governance that made public-sector activism plausible once more…

Moreover, he performed the most important service that a leader can provide: He saw the world clearly and reacted prudently to the challenges he faced; he explained a complicated economic transformation to the American people and brought them to the edge of a new era.”

The Natural: Bill Clinton’s Misunderstood Presidency, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Political Columnist, TIME magazine, 2003-present
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Contributor, The New Yorker
  • Former Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker, 1996-2003
  • Commentator, CBS News, 1992-1996
  • Political Columnist New York magazine, 1987-1992
  • Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone, 1975-1980
  • Washington bureau chief, Rolling Stone, 1975-1977
  • News Editor, The Real Paper, 1972-1974
  • Reporter, WGBH-TV Boston, 1972
  • Former columnist, “Public Lives,” Newsweek
  • BA, American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
  • The book Primary Colors was published with the author credited as “Anonymous.” Klein initially denied being the author, but on July 17, 1996, he admitted that he had written the book.
  • Twitter handle is @JoeKleinTIME
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Pro & Con Quotes: Was Bill Clinton a Good President?