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One’s day does not expand to ac-
commodate schoolwork, of course.
Students have to find time to read and
write while fulfilling the regular obli-
gations of work and family. Depart-
ment of State participants, however,
can take heart. Many of the other stu-
dents are Army Reserve or Army Na-
tional Guard who juggle their
commitment to the military with their
day jobs (one of my seminar-mates is a
senior manager for Lexmark; another
is the chief financial officer of a large
university) and their home lives.
The AWC distance learning pro-
gram has benefited me in several
ways. First, it was excellent mental
training; my cognitive faculties haven’t
received such a workout since college.
Second, I acquired new tools that will
benefit me as a strategic planner and
leader for the department. And, per-
haps most gratifying of all, I took on a
challenge and succeeded.
Robert Hilton
Washington, D.C.
Heeding Jefferson’s Words
I enjoyed the article by Greg Naar-
den about our first Secretary of State
in the April edition of
“This Month in Diplomatic History:
Thomas Jefferson.” Mr. Naarden
rightly describes Jefferson’s affinity for
the French. Indeed, the Secretary
was very perplexed when France
started attacking our ships in 1798.
In a letter to Elbridge Gerry, dated
Jan. 26, 1799, Jefferson wrote: “The
first object of my heart is my own
country. In that is embraced my fam-
ily, my fortune and my own existence.
I have neither one fiber of attachment
out of it, nor a single motive of prefer-
ence of any one nation to another, but
in proportion as they are more or less
friendly to us.”
That sentiment might well be ti-
tled, “The American Interest.” Along
with a portrait of Jefferson, I had the
quote hanging in my office during my
long tenure in the regional office of
the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs,
where we dealt regularly with the
competing interests of Greeks and
Turks; Arabs and Israelis, and Indians
and Pakistanis. I commend Jefferson’s
words to all members of the Foreign
Edward A. Padelford
FSO, retired
Bethesda, Md.
New President,
Former Grantee
Germany’s new president, Joachim
Gauck, is a former International Visi-
tor program grantee, once again
demonstrating the great value of this
State Department program in select-
ing individuals with future leadership
potential in their respective countries.
In 1992, I accompanied Herr
Gauck on a 30-day tour of the U.S. as
his escort interpreter. Tremendously
impressed by my traveling companion,
I told him as he left New York to re-
turn to Berlin that I was sure I was
looking at a future president of Ger-
When I reminded him of this in
congratulating him on his overwhelm-
ing election by a special assembly on
March 18, he replied that he indeed
remembered my prophecy. But, he
added, “Try as I might at the time to
believe it, I simply could not. Rather,
I found it highly amusing.”
Dean Claussen
Senior FSO (USIA), retired
Bellevue, Wash.
In the obituary for Kevin Morgan,
on p. 61 of the May issue of the
, Mr. Morgan’s wife, Tatiana, a Civil
Service employee of the Department of
State who lives with the couple’s two
daughters in Virginia, was not listed
among the survivors. We sincerely re-
gret this error.
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