PRINT February 1993

American Myths

Bill Clinton

FAIRYTALES CAN COME TRUE, it can happen to you. . . . But maybe not exactly the way you’d wish. Ever since 1972, if not before, a substantial chunk of the American population has been waiting for the ’60s revival. Now, as presaged by Madonna’s “hippie look” emblazoned on Vogue’s October cover, and by Spike Lee’s simultaneous placement of Malcolm’s X on half the baseball caps in America, that moment is finally upon us—albeit in the affable, overweight person of President Bill Clinton, the Baby Boomer voted most likely to succeed.

Talkin’ ’bout his generation: “It’s awesome to see somebody who looks like me, and who has been given this tremendous burden. I feel it all the more, because I could be in those shoes,” gushed Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner to a New York Times reporter at the magazine’s 25th-anniversary party, held within two weeks of the Clinton victory. Not only had candidate

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