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UALR Symposium Gives Insider View of the White House

Four key figures in the West Wing of former President Bill Clinton's White House provided an inside glimpse of how they managed and allocated the most valuable commodity they possessed— the President's time —in an afternoon symposium November 12, conducted by UALR in conjunction with the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation.

Thomas "Mack" McLarty & former director of presidential scheduling Stephanie Streett at the symposium "Decision Making in the White House: The President's Time"Dr. Margaret Scranton, of UALR's Department of Political Science, moderated what she called a collective oral history interview with former White House chief of staff Thomas "Mack" McLarty, former director of presidential scheduling Stephanie Streett, former first lady chief of staff Maggie Williams, and former counsel to the president Bruce R. Lindsey. The "interview" unfolded before a packed audience at the Herschel H. Friday Courtroom at UALR's William H. Bowen School of Law.

The event is expected to be the first of several collaborations between the Clinton Foundation and UALR in advance of the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library.

Scranton, who in the spring will teach Arkansas' first scholastic class examining the Clinton presidency, said the symposium— "Decision Making in the White House: The President's Time" —offered a taste of the enormous gold mine of scholarly material the Clinton library will offer to UALR faculty and students.

Lindsey, who until now has been virtually silent about his White House experiences that included investigations by Congressional panels and Whitewater prosecutors, joked about the uniqueness of Tuesday's panel.

"Normally, when we are all on a panel together we begin by raising our right hands," said Lindsey.

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