At a Labor Day event in Naperville, Ill. George W. Bush made a crude offhand remark about a reporter that those in the campaign of his rival, Vice President Al Gore, hope will take some of the shine off Bush's warm and sunny veneer. Waving and smiling to the crowds, Bush and his running mate, former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, seemed to be enjoying the generous reception offered by the Republican enclave in the Chicago suburbs. Then Bush spotted New York Times reporter Adam Clymer, who has been with the paper since , serving as national political correspondent during the presidential race, as polling editor from to and as political editor during the successful presidential campaign of Bush's father in
George W. Photos of everyone from Hillary Clinton to Michelle Obama embracing Bush have gone viral, while the former president recently yukked it up with Ellen Degeneres on her talk show. Bush and his supporters have often said that history would vindicate his presidency.
Adam Clymer, who covered congressional intrigue, eight presidential campaigns and the downfall of both Nikita S. Khrushchev and Richard M. Nixon as a reporter and editor for The New York Times and other newspapers, died early Monday at his home in Washington.