The New York Times has a piece on people who encouraged Chris Christie to run for president before the last election:
Sixty people, including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and prominent business executives, sat facing a small table with a phone on it. The phone allowed David Koch, the industrialist and conservative billionaire, and John J. Mack, the former chairman of Morgan Stanley, to call in and encourage his candidacy.
After Mr. Langone announced that the group would raise as much money as Mr. Christie would need, Mr. Kissinger picked up his cane and made his way to the front of the room. (In a previous conversation, Mr. Christie recounts, Mr. Kissinger had told him that he hadn’t “seen a politician connect with someone in a long time” the way Mr. Christie did with people.)
“Your country needs you,” Mr. Kissinger declared, and the room erupted in applause. (Mr. Kissinger declined the author’s request for an interview.)
As Dan Robinson notes (and he also gets the hat tip):
Henry Kissinger intoning,"Your country needs you" should be all the reason needed to run from Christie. http://t.co/kSmI0AbKrF
— Daniel Robinson (@daguro) July 24, 2013
Yes, quite. I know Kissinger is thought of more as village elder these days than as the terrible person he is. It’s also probably a reminder, as if any were necessary, for those of us who are frustrated by the slow pace of change in foreign policy in the Obama administration. If people like Kissinger think there are real differences between him and Obama, then whatever Kissinger wants will be less likely to bomb Cambodia, or whatever the 2013 equivalent of that is.