The Future of Bill and Hillary Clinton
Michael Waldman is a nationally prominent public interest lawyer, government official, teacher and writer. He became director of the Brennan Center in October 2005.
Mr. Waldman was Director of Speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995-1999, serving as Assistant to the President. He was responsible for writing or editing nearly 2,000 speeches, including four State of the Union speeches and two Inaugural Addresses. Previously, he was Special Assistant to the President for Policy Coordination (1993-1995). Mr. Waldman was the top administration policy aide working on campaign finance reform, one of the Center's signature issues, and drafted the administration's public financing proposal.
He is the author of several books, including My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of American Presidents (Sourcebooks, 2003); POTUS Speaks: Finding the Words that Defined the Clinton Presidency (Simon & Schuster, 2000); and Who Robbed America? A Citizens' Guide to the Savings and Loan Scandal (Random House, 1990).
Prior to his government service, Mr. Waldman was the director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, then the capital's largest consumer lobbying office. After leaving the White House, he was a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (2001-2003), teaching courses on political reform, public leadership and communications. Most recently he has been a litigator in private practice in New York. Mr. Waldman appears frequently on television and radio to discuss public policy, the presidency and the law. Michael Waldman is a graduate of Columbia College (B.A., 1982) and New York University School of Law (J.D., 1987), where he was a member of the Law Review.
Topic: The Future of Bill and Hillary Clinton
Michael Waldman: Well she’s my Senator, so I’m pretty sure she’s going to be busy doing that. It’s quite interesting. I mean she really created a role for herself in the country and in the country’s politics that surpassed anything she had been able to do before. I mean she ran a very strong race, and a lot of people commented that her personal strength as a candidate surpassed her campaign. And so I think she’s got a major voice in the country, most likely in the senate going forward, but she has now made herself one of the giants in American politics. Bill Clinton has a great deal of residual affection for him. I think that there was a strong feeling that he was a very, very effective president. I’m sure there are some bruised feelings from the primary fight, but I bet those will heal pretty quickly, would be my guess.
Hilary still has a full plate as Senator, and Bill will always be a hero, Michael Waldman says.