Jewish World Review May 10, 2004 / 19 Iyar, 5764

Neil Cavuto

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Bill and me: The story of the former president who took on the current business anchor! | This is going to seem self-serving, but so be it. Right about now, I'm not liking Bill Clinton.

This has nothing to do with politics or his presidency. I'm talking about his book, "My Life." It's due out in June.

Wait a minute. "My" book is due out in June.

They're already planning to print 1.5 million copies of his book. I don't think they're planning that kind of advance run for mine.

He's going for the Father's Day gift-buying crowd. I guess I'm going for the Father's Day gift-buying crowd.

He's dishing the political dirt. I have no dirt.

He says his book will be about more than his life. My book is called "More Than Money." (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)

He dishes dirt. I dish out inspiration.

I kind of see where this is going. Hot political tidbits beat life-changing heroes any day.

He's a president talking about big global things. I'm host of a business news program talking about people who triumphed over big and little things. The memoirs of a former president probably will draw more people than the musings of a current business anchor. I guess I should just accept that. But I'm a little bummed about that.

I knew all along as I was writing my book that Bill Clinton was busy writing his book. Both were slated for about the same release date. But I also knew he had a habit of running late. And given my Italian-Irish Catholic guilt, I would never even think of being late. So I figured I had the edge. Furthermore, I figured I had a book that would stand out. Not an angry, partisan book, but an inspirational book that aims at slapping down old notions that all rich people must be greedy or all CEOs must be crooks or all priests must be pedophiles. I wanted a book about more than the obvious, hence the title "More Than Money."

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I decided to take a look at truly inspiring characters — CEOs and politicians, Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, who stood out by looking out . . . for others. It's a book about the triumph of the inner spirit over our worldly fears. So I figured it'd be different enough and compelling enough to draw a crowd. Maybe people are eager for an alternative, enlightening look at our often-blighted world.

Again, on paper it looked promising. Until that guy Bubba came along.

Leave it to a man who sucks up publicity like I do napoleons at a bakeshop to take the proverbial wind out of my sails. I'm not here to besmirch a guy who clearly has a bigger global reach than I could ever hope to have. But I am here to beg . . . please, please, please, will someone, anyone, pay attention to me?

I'm trying to keep a stiff upper lip here, but it's hard. After all, like I said, how do you compete with Bill Clinton on the publicity front? I've resigned myself to two words — you don't.

So now, I'm refocusing. Clearly, I've got to wow the world on the sex appeal front.

I take solace in knowing Bill Clinton always runs late and his book isn't even finished. Mine is. I'm out June 1 — he's out closer to July 1. That's a month before the storm.

I just hope my sex appeal can last that long.

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Neil Cavuto is managing editor of Business News at FOX News Channel. He is also the host of "Your World with Neil Cavuto" and "Cavuto on Business." He's the author of the forthcoming "More Than Money : True Stories of People Who Learned Life's Ultimate Lesson". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.) Comment by clicking here.


05/03/04: Cleaning up in life
04/26/04: Ignore that man behind the curtain!
04/19/04: Sorry for not being sorry
04/11/04: Dying . . . to live
04/02/04: The rude CEO
03/30/04: Shut up, move on, watch out!
03/22/04: LET HIM LOOSE!
03/15/04: FREE MARTHA! (Kinda)
03/08/04: Al, how do we love thee?
03/01/04: ISN'T THAT RICH?!
02/23/04: The real issue on tax cuts
02/17/04: Let Atkins rest in peace!
02/15/04: The smallest slight, the biggest headache
02/09/04: Sign it, send it, be done with it!
02/02/04: What a pain in the class!
01/26/04: Pundits punt it
01/19/04: What's wrong with having a temper?
01/12/04: When the applause stops
01/05/04: 2003 — The year of the optimist
12/22/03: Nothing succeeds . . . like success
12/15/03: When the boss takes your call
12/08/03: The day I realized my daughter had grown up
12/01/03: Let's give thank$
11/24/03: Camelot . . . not
11/17/03: Cordially speaking, I hate you!
11/03/03: I can't "wait" to get back at you!
10/27/03: What would we die to know?
10/20/03: Smile while you work
10/13/03: Dull man walking: Why Gray was too gray
10/05/03: Who says we're so depressed?
09/29/03: Thanks, but no thanks
09/22/03: Big Companies vs. Big Government
09/15/03: Terrorists and idiots: Financial lessons learned
09/08/03: Watch out, Mr. President
09/03/03: Tips for Empty Nesters
08/25/03: Friends and hypocrites
08/18/03: When good news goes bad
08/04/03: PHONY BALONEY!
07/28/03: The meaning of a pin
07/21/03: We are what we eat
07/14/03: Don't like it, don't keep it!
07/07/03: The check, and the recovery, is in the mail!
06/29/03: Who says Al's our pal?
06/23/03: The big pitch for the "big get," no big deal!

© 2003, Neil Cavuto