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Richard Armitage was the 13th United States Deputy Secretary of State, serving from 2001 to 2005. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and then after the fall of Saigon moved to Washington D.C. to work as a consultant for the United States Department of Defense, which sent him to Tehran and Bangkok.
Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, Armitage worked as an aide and foreign policy advisor to politicians including Senator Bob Dole and President-elect Ronald Reagan. When Reagan was elected, Armitage was appointed to the Department of Defense. In the 1990s, Armitage worked in the private sector before being confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State with the election of George W. Bush in 2001. He left the post in 2005.
Armitage was educated at the United States Naval Academy. He is an avid bodybuilder, and speaks many languages, including Vietnamese.
Question: Whom would you interview and what would you ask?
Armitage: I would have interviewed, I think, the previous Pontiff. I met him on two occasions. I was in awe. I never met a man who had a more kindly face or more piercing eyes. He would be one. Mother Teresa would be another. And I personally would have loved to meet Teddy Roosevelt. I think I would ask them about their spirituality first of all. And Mr. Roosevelt particularly, I would ask about his ability after he left office to risk life and limb in exploring the Amazon, which is little known about him. But just a fabulous saga in the story of one of the great American presidents.
Question: What should we be asking ourselves?
Armitage: You know I don’t know. These are all personal matters. I think if you’re a father and a husband, are you as good as you could possibly be? I know one day my daughter . . . my second daughter said to me, “Dad, no one ever wished that their tombstone said ‘I wish I had spent another day at the office.’” So I think that really struck me. I’ve never forgotten it, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t regret her having said that to me, or the truth of her comments. So I think we all need to try to put a little balance in our life, and ask ourselves have we got that balance.
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