Life and Career of Robert Strauss
Mr. Strauss was recently appointed U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. He was selected despite his allegiance to the Democratic… read more
Mr. Strauss was recently appointed U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. He was selected despite his allegiance to the Democratic Party, for which he served as national party chairman during the 1970s. Mr. Strauss also served as a special trade representative of the United States for two years under President Jimmy Carter. He explained his connections with national and world leaders and his belief in the importance of communications and negotiations with people. He defined what it meant to have power in modern politics and how power had changed over the decades. According to Mr. Strauss, to become a “bad guy” in politics, ethics are compromised and allegiances are broken. A Texas politician, Mr. Strauss described the aura of John Connally and Lyndon B. Johnson and the importance of Texas politics. As a young adult he became involved with Connally’s gubernatorial campaign and stated that this experience became his link to the Democratic National Committee. He described himself as a “Yellow dog” Democrat implying that he always voted Democratic based on his belief in the two-party system. Many of Mr. Strauss’s comments were directed at the past two presidential administrations and his honesty and straightforwardness in his handling of business with Presidents Reagan and Bush. "The trick is not to change government but to get good people in government, and then we’ll have good government." he responded when asked about the nature of modern American politics. He concluded his remarks by commenting on his experiences as a trade representative and as an ambassador to the Middle East during the Carter administration. close
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