Business Boards The Clinton Express

For die-hard Republicans, many of whom are still in the public-mourning phase of post-election trauma, the event was particularly painful. On Feb. 25, chieftains of some of the nation's largest corporations trekked to the White House to praise Bill Clinton's economic plan. Seizing on Clinton's proposed deficit cuts--and tactfully ignoring his soak-the-rich tax plans--GOP stalwart Lodwrick M. Cook, chief executive officer of Arco, declared: "We believe that the President has faced up to the economic problems of our nation." As fellow CEOs nodded, Cook added that the new President has "taken a gutsy step and deserves our support."

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