One of these was the fact that Clinton understood the importance of cultural icons. He hob-knobbed with rock bands like U2, played his saxophone on late night TV, featured Fleetwood Mac and other cultural icons at his inauguration celebration, and knew such icon status would earn him favor with fellow baby-boomers and others. As Shapiro and Painton (1992) asserts, ˘A President, if artful, can transcend mere policy and become an avatar of an era÷ (57). ClintonĂs use of cultural icons helped transform him into an enormously popular politician who the public felt had their interests at heart, giving him clout over his opposition.
Another factor that demonstrates why President Clinton was a smart politician was his worldview toward women. Former Presidents and many politicians bowed to feminism or assigned roles to women in order to provide a token appearance of equality. Clinton was able to go much further than this in two ways. The first of these was his charisma and sex appeal on women. As Shapiro (et al., 1992) suggests, ˘Women screamed when Clinton reached for their handsÓEvery woman I know is having sex dreams about Bill Clinton÷ (57). ClintonĂs sex-appeal alone did not make him a smart politician. This sex appeal was combined with another quality, his respect for female intelligence. Clinton did more than use women to illustrate he supported equality; he used them as equal partners to show he valued their intelligence and worth in their own right. As Shapiro (et al., 1992) explains, ˘Clinton feels comfortable around intelligent womenÓin the Clinton campaign, the role of women transcended tokenism and approached equal power÷ (57). Having enormous support among men and women helped Clinton have extra power over those who opposed him.
Another significant reason why Clinton was a smart politician was because of his significant capacity for intellect. Clinton was not like former presidents who dele