David Kusnet

Safire: The wordsmith passed away on September 27.

Safire: Corned Beef And Counsel With A Stooped But Street-Smart Mentor

“I hope you have a notebook where you take down anecdotes,” William Safire told me the first time we met. I muttered something about how, on Bill Clinton’s speechwriting team, we had several researchers who compiled loose-leaf binders with stories about people who’d met the president, told him about their problems, or thanked him for proposing policies that would improve their lives.