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WASHINGTON — In the darkest days of Bill Clinton’s presidency, just after voters repudiated him by handing control of Congress to Republicans in the 1994 midterm elections, the politically wounded chief executive and his team prepared a speech in hopes of getting him back on his feet and salvaging his administration. His aides were not impressed.
The series of angst-ridden memos released Friday provided another glimpse into a presidency in crisis, one that 20 years later has echoes in another Democratic president’s struggles with low poll numbers and opposition lawmakers. The Clinton-era memos were among about 4,000 pages of documents made public by the National Archives as part of a broader release of as many as 33,000 pages over the course of several weeks.