In 1996, we had the pleasure of editing a volume covering the images, issues, and communication strategies of just the first two years of the Clinton presidency. We noted then that President Clinton was off to a rocky start, “the comeback kid may be down, but is far from out.” The volume offered some insight into the Clinton presidency, its promise and its failures, from primarily a communication perspective. Several of our colleagues from that volume join us once again to review some of the issues, strategies, and tactics of the Clinton presidency. We are pleased that Praeger wanted another collection focusing on the role of communication during the Clinton years.
As with the first volume, it was a pleasure to work with such outstanding scholars. Throughout the years, we have learned from their insights and analyses. Best of all, we are pleased to call them friends. We appreciate our colleagues’ willingness to participate in this volume and their insightful contributions.
We also wish to thank our colleagues in the Department of Communication Studies at Virginia Tech. A faculty committed to scholarship provides encouragement as we juggle our many responsibilities within an ever-changing academic environment.
Robert wishes to thank Richard Sorensen, Dean of the Pamplin College of Business, and Major General (retired) Jerrold Allen, Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, for their continued support of administrative, professional, and scholarly activities. They understand the importance of the