IN a larger sense - and maybe this was what it all meant - she [Hillary] and Bill were transitional figures. She was a transitional First Lady, taking on a new, bolder role as woman, mother, and policy maker. Bill was a transitional president for a new generation. They were paying the price of being transitional figures. She tried to convince herself that she didn't resent that, and that she understood that was what happened when you stood on a historical cusp. But it made their jobs so much harder. It was almost as if they didn't yet have the language to communicate effectively with people. Everyone was playing catch-up.