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Find Out Why Bill Clinton Didn’t Inhale

Fred Dews

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. 

Be sure to download and listen to the podcast, and also listen to podcasts with other Brookings scholars on topics ranging from liberty and freedom in an age of government surveillance, to immigrants and immigration, social mobility and global education.








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