Rob Riemen: It’s publicly known that you and Hillary Clinton are friends already for decades. Friendships in the political world are rare. What makes it that your friendship has survived?
Sidney Blumenthal: Well, I have known Hillary for almost thirty years. And I hope that when this conference takes place, she’s been elected president. We share common values, political values. But also I think that these are deeply rooted in our own personal experiences. And these values we’ve defended against all sorts of people who have used whatever means that they could, many of them underhanded, in order to try and destroy reputations, attack people personally, to engage in what we’ve called the politics of personal destruction, but for political advantage and gain.
It’s not only that that is a bond of friendship but rooted, I think, in our common devotion to advancing democracy in the country. It sounds like a cliché, but there it is.
We’re a year apart in age. We grew up five miles from each other. We know very much who we are. So, I think that there’s a rootedness as well in our commitments and engagement.
Riemen: Does she realize the enormity of the responsibility she will get when she’s elected as president?
Blumenthal: I think…
Riemen: Given the state of the world.
Blumenthal: I think if anybody understands the responsibility of the presidency it would be Hillary Clinton, having served in the White House with her husband, and having been Secretary of State with another president, Barack Obama. There are very few people in American history who’ve had that sort of background who’ve risen to the presidency. And she would be a rare person, not only as the first woman but simply as a person, to assume that office.
Riemen: Good. Thank you, Sidney. I’m much looking forward to seeing you on November 12th in Amsterdam.
What Will Save the World?, the 2016 Nexus Conference