When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two. And I didn’t like it. And I didn’t inhale and never tried it again.” – Bill Clinton, March 29, 1992.
Recently I interviewed Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck, a senior policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore in the Clinton Administration, for the latest Brookings Cafeteria Podcast. Her new book, How Change Happens—Or Doesn’t: The Politics of U.S. Public Policy, is a valuable source for understanding how politics and legislating interact. During our sound check we were sharing anecdotes about Christmas trees, and Elaine explained why Bill Clinton didn’t inhale. We thought you’d enjoy hearing it, too.