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JN: What was the hardest thing for
you in the White House?
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day attacks that took place. I was
becoming a lightning rod because I
was standing next to the president.
You had to learn the personal attacks
on you had nothing to do with you.
As Hillary told me, "It's not about
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JN: What were your most important
contributions to President Clinton
and his administration?
SB: Through my close relationships
with Hillary and President Clinton, I
hope I was able to give them good
advice on a whole range of issues. I was
involved every single day in the White
House, and I was one of the principal
writers of three State of the Union
addresses. One of the special responsi-
bilities I had was to develop the politi-
cal relationship between the president
and [British Prime Minister] Tony
Blair into an international process of
extending progressive governance.
I had known Blair as a friend and
introduced him to President Clinton
before he became prime minister. Out
of that special relationship, I organized
what was called the Third Way.
(The Third Way conferences con-
cerned a new internationalism and
explored every level of government
from domestic social policies to leader-
ship. One such conference Blumenthal
describes in his book was
"Strengthening Democracy in the
Global Economy" and involved 14
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Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave
Labor, and the Unfinished Business of
World War IL Author Stuart
Eizenstat, the Clinton administration's
ambassador to the European Union
and special envoy for Holocaust-relat-
ed issues, writes an expose of the
investigations and negotiations lead-
ing to the Holocaust reparations, in
Europe during the 1990s, and the
details of the settlements brokered in
large part by Eisenstat himself.
Eizenstat speaks 8:15 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 13, at the JCC in West
JN: Your book has been criticized for
not criticizing President Clinton.
How do you reply to these com-
SB: The reviews of my book range
from historians, all of whom
acclaimed it as having important con-
tributions to history, and journalists.
Some, who were invested in one side
of the events described in the book,
have attacked the book and me. Other
journalists have been critical of them.
Richard Cohen of the Washington Post
wrote that I accurately described
Washington in this period as a kind of
mental hospital where the inmates
were given the book to review.
(When the JNcontacted President
Clinton to give his opinion of the book,
he responded by e-mail: "His book is a
roaring good read. It is extremely educa-
tional and should have a lasting effect
on people's understanding of many of
the events of the 1990s.")
JN: What's your relationship to the
Clintons now, and what is the presi-
dent involved in?
SB: I'm still very friendly with the
Clintons. The former president is
engaged in important philanthropic
work around the world and particular-
ly in Africa, where he's the chairman
of the World AIDS Trust with Nelson
I saw him last week in Kosovo,
where he participated in a memorial
service for those massacred in
Srebrenica, a place where he is known
as the American leader who stopped
genocide. And then he went on to
Israel to participate in the 80th birth-
day celebration for [former Prime
Minister] Shimon Peres.
JN: What were some of the influ-
ences on you growing up?