Paul Berenson


This gallery started as a tribute to some of my favorite Presidents. With all of the great men and women that the US has produced three men stand head and shoulders above the rest, and two of them are here. One, President Kennedy was a real man of peace. At the time of his death Kennedy had ordered the end of the Vietnam War with NSAM 263, Detente with the Soviets, and normalization of relations with Cuba and China. The Soviets also had agreed to the nuclear inspections that the US was demanding, in what would have ended the Cold War, but that didn't reach Kennedy's desk until the day after he died. Two, Thomas Jefferson of whom President Kennedy said at his April 29, 1962 dinner honoring 49 Nobel Laureates, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. Someone once said that Thomas Jefferson was a gentleman of 32 who could calculate an eclipse, survey an estate, tie an artery, plan an edifice, try a cause, break a horse, and dance the minuet." The third, Mark Twain was the soul and conscience of the American Republic. President Bill Clinton is also featured here. I worked hard on both of Clinton's campaigns and had a friend who was Clinton's cousin and a top fundraiser. I wrote to my friend during the entire 8 years Bill was President and some were passed along. Bill fell short of my hopes and expectations, but he tried and had his moments, many of which are represented here. He was also good enough so that Republicans impeached him to try destroying his Presidency. Each thumbnail here clicks through to pictures. You can email me at

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