The subject of this book, President Bill Clinton, has been more than generous in providing fodder for an examination of image restoration in politics. His accusers have also done their part in making the public aware of Mr. Clinton’s real and perceived shortcomings. Indeed, as will be discussed later, Bill Clinton has been the subject of a tremendous amount of scrutiny by his personal and political enemies.
I am very grateful to many people for their professional and personal support throughout this exhausting project. Beginning at the professional level, I owe more thanks than could be expressed in this space to my advisor and coauthor William L. Benoit. His scholarly encouragement has been exemplary. It is no exaggeration to say that he would return drafts of my dissertation chapters (with suggested revisions) within hours of my submitting them. His enthusiasm for this project was the driving force behind its timely completion. His contribution to the original dissertation was so profound that he rightly is my coauthor for this book.
I am also thankful that Bill has included me in his program of political communication research, which has led to several books, articles and presentations. Because of his mentoring, I am entering the communication discipline with a solid foundation. He is a friend and family-oriented man whom I admire very much.