By People Staff
August 01, 1999 12:00 PM

On his father

He used to give us chewing gum because my mother didn’t like us to chew gum, so we used to go over to the Oval Office at night, and he’d feed us gum under the desk.

Prime Time Live

May 21, 1992

On his state of mind

I’m very happy. I feel very lucky. And you know, you take it a day at a time.

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Sept. 3, 1996

On the “Kennedy curse”

It’s sort of like walking around wondering if you are going to be struck by lightning. It’s just not something that you really keep in the forefront of your mind.

Larry King Live

Sept. 28, 1995

On what his mother instilled in him

Just sort of living your life and doing what you feel and where your interests take you.

Larry King Live

Sept. 28, 1995

On his relationship with his sister

We’re obviously very close. And as a younger brother you look up to your sister. And…I was the “man” of the family, as it were, and…It was sort of…the three of us and now the two of us. So I…feel so lucky that I have such a close relationship with her.

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Sept. 3, 1996

On his different career path

If your father was a doctor and your uncles are doctors and all your cousins are doctors and all the family ever talks about is medicine, there’s a good chance maybe you’re going to be a doctor too. But maybe you want to be a baker.

Quoted in PEOPLE

Aug. 16, 1993

On running for political office

I don’t have any immediate desire to…. However, do I feel a frustration about being an observer, not a participant, sometimes? Yeah, because that’s my background, that’s what I have in my blood. But yet, would I want to go in, with the hell that would envelop my life? Not at this juncture of my life. I just got married. I like my privacy.

Brill’s Content

March 1999

On the paparazzi

I’m not a big moralizer about the paparazzi. I may not like it, and it may be a difficult aspect of my life, but it’s my problem.

Brill’s Content

March 1999

On wearing an ink-stained white shirt as a 20-year-old intern in Washington, D.C., in 1981

Yeah, it’s pretty wrinkled. Shows I’m doing my own laundry. I would wear one of those plastic pocket protectors, but they make you look like a Republican.

The New York Times

Aug. 16, 1981

On failing the bar exam

Certainly some of the scrutiny I could do without. When I failed the bar exam…the New York Post had the headline, “The Hunk Flunks.” So some of that I could actually do without.

Prime Time Live

May 21, 1992

On his speech at the 1988 Democratic convention

There have been many memorable speeches made at national political conventions. Mine wasn’t one of them.

George

August 1996

On George

I thought if I could parachute behind enemy lines in a way and join the journalistic profession, that I could begin to let my perspective about politics seep in and maybe influence the presentation of politics.

Speech to the American Society of Magazine Editors

April 27, 1999

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