The Open Mind
February 5, 2011
I’m Richard Heffner, your host on The Open Mind.
And in introducing my guest today, I really must express my regret that I hadn’t invited him here long since so that we could discuss his quite impressive writings about America – mostly its politics – since he left Bill Clinton’s White House in 1999.
Michael Waldman, who had been Director of Speechwriting for President Clinton from 1995 to 1999 – after serving as his special assistant for policy coordination – in 2000 published his impressive “POTUS Speaks”, using the usual shorthand for “President Of The United States”. And now my guest is Executive Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice.
To be sure, ever since his White House days my guest has been writing and speaking up a storm of commentary in print and on the air. And his impressive new book is My Fellow Americans a massive print and audio compendium of Presidential speeches from George Washington to Barack Obama – accompanied by CDs, narrated by George Stephanopoulos and an impressive Foreword by David Gergen, two more old White House hands.