Dan Glickman served as the 26th United States Secretary of Agriculture, a post he held from 1995 until 2001. Previously he was a Democratic representative for Kansas in Congress for 18 years. Currently he is the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, which is comprised of the "big six" Hollywood studios. Glickman was born in Kansas in 1944 and began his career as a lawyer. He was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1986 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Harry E. Claiborne, a Nevada judge. Glickman has more recently served as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
Question: What is your question?
Dan Glickman: I think that as citizens, we probably need to ask, “What sacrifices are we willing to make in order to make the country a better place?” We have a lifestyle that many generations to come will be able to have as good or better life than we do right now. And I think some Americans are asking that question, but not as much as we should. And I think the other question is, “What role do we want to be in the world of the future?” The world is changing, and I’d like to say that America is gonna dominate the world in the next 100 years; but I don’t think so. I think that we’ll have many competitors; but we still have a special obligation to be a unique force in the rest of the world. And I think we have to ask ourselves a question: “What do we want to do to achieve that kind of leadership status?” That’s where I want to go back to the American entertainment industry. There are really very few places where America can put its stamp on the world. So we do have a kind of special obligation there.
Recorded on: 7/6/07