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The Clinton Years (#1907)

"The Clinton Years" looks behind the headlines, beginning with the president's first steps on the campaign trail. Almost immediately rocked by scandal, Clinton refused to give up his fight for the highest office in the land. His ability to connect with voters, coupled with his resiliency, earned him the nickname The Comeback Kid. It was a title he would earn several times over in the course of the next eight years. Introduced by "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel and narrated by "Nightline" correspondent Chris Bury, the FRONTLINE documentary reports the inside story behind the major news and political events that have defined Clinton's presidency and will ultimately shape his legacy. "This unique and valuable broadcast experiment with 'Nightline' allows PBS viewers to relive the key moments of the Clinton presidency as seen through the eyes of his closest advisors," says Michael Sullivan, executive producer for FRONTLINE. "ABC's terrific access and its coverage of the Clinton administration over the last eight years provides FRONTLINE a rare opportunity to capture and analyze the experiences of the aides and advisors who invested their hopes_and their careers_in Bill Clinton." "Nightline" correspondent Bury has conducted more than 30 hours of on-camera interviews with current and former White House officials for "The Clinton Years," and their stories offer a candid look at the controversies and substantive achievements of the Clinton era. Interview subjects include: - Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State - Samuel Berger, National Security Advisor - Paul Begala, senior White House advisor and Clinton political strategist - James Carville, Clinton political strategist - Gregory Craig, White House special counsel - Rahm Emmanuel, senior White House advisor - David Gergen, Advisor - Anthony Lake, National Security advisor - Joe Lockhart, Press Secretary - Michael McCurry, Press Secretary - Dick Morris, Chief Political Strategist - Dee Dee Myers, Press Secretary - Leon Panetta, White House Chief of Staff - John Podesta, White House Chief of Staff - Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor - Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury - Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Jane Sherburne, White House special counsel - George Stephanopoulos, senior White House advisor and currently an ABC News analyst - Michael Waldman, Chief Speechwriter [116 minutes] Closed Captioning

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