Robert Rubin Visits SAIS to Discuss New Memoir and the
Citigroup director Robert Rubin,
Clinton's treasury secretary, fields questions about the
from Al Hunt of The Wall Street Journal.
Robert Rubin, U.S. treasury secretary in the Clinton
administration, spoke at
SAIS on Dec. 1 at
the start of a book tour for his new memoir and to discuss
the past, current and future state of the nation's economy.
Al Hunt, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street
Journal, moderated the discussion, which covered such
topics as NAFTA, globalization, the 1990s financial crisis
in Mexico and Asia, tax cuts, job outsourcing and the
Rubin's memoir, In an Uncertain World: Tough
Choices from Wall Street to Washington (Random House,
$35), was released on Nov. 18 and currently ranks 20th on
The New York Times' best-seller list and 65th on
The predominantly serious, but oftentimes playful,
discussion between Rubin and Hunt, who spoke at the 2001
undergraduate commencement for the Krieger and Whiting
schools, led to several eruptions of laughter from the
roughly 350 in attendance at SAIS' Nitze Building in
Washington, D.C. One such moment came when Hunt asked
Rubin, who is currently director and executive committee
chairman of financial conglomerate Citigroup, whom he would
endorse among the field of Democratic Party candidates for
the Oval Office. "I can tell you with a strong level of
certainty," Rubin said wryly, "that you won't leave here
with an answer to that particular question."
— Greg Rienzi
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