The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 25
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 25

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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 A25 Kissinger Can't Define His Place in Future Keeps Plans to Himself in Characteristic Style Henry Kissinger If he lists what he regards as the achievements of his term he fears his critics will accuse him of self-serving comments. As to listing his mistakes, this is not a subject he finds much to talk about. Wednesday summed it up: "If you look back on your term in office, can you tell me what you consider to be your greatest success and your greatest failure." Kissinger: "I don't understand your second point (laughter), I have never answered this question in America. I believe now at the end of my term that the record is there, and each one has to draw his own conclusions." Put in simpler terms, Kissinger had a pragmatic and again humorous analysis of his inability to define his place in the future. Asked if he had selected an artist to paint his official portrait to hang with other secretaries on the seventh floor of the State Department, he said "I pick the artist, but Vance picks the corridor to hang the picture that he says that one reason he will leave Washington is to avoid being seen at embassy dinners and upstaging Vance. Money is probably a factor in Kissinger's future because he has no independent income and reportedly owes his brother Walter a considerable sum that he wants to repay as soon as possible. For the moment, he privately rejects various proposals that he act as a special envoy for President Carter and he says that he will not join any committees or do-good commissions. Kissinger has been bombarded with requests frrom the press for "reflective" interviews. His spokesman said that he has turned down more than 40. Obviously, as an historian, Kissinger is interested in explaining in his terms what happened over the last eight years, but not now. In serious moments, he claims that whatever he says about himself now will undoubtedly be misconstrued. If he lists what he regards as the achievements of his term, he fears his critics will accuse him of self-serving comments. As to listing his mistakes, this is not a subject he finds much to talk about. A question by a German reporter J 10 J pursuit of the expected quote about "useful discussions." "I think we had a review of the whole world situation in the friendship and cooperation that has characterized our entire relationship, "Kissinger said deadpan, as reporters took down his comments routinely. But Kissinger could not resist the parting joke: "We also discussed a possible political future for me in the Federal Republic." The German newsmen did not know, and their American colleagues did not tell them that Kissinger had used the same joke in Mexico City last week when he suggested there might be a job for himself in the new Mexican government. For a man who enjoyed power as Kissinger did, who once said that power was the ultimate aphrodisiac, these cannot be easy times. He says that he has already begun a "decompression" period, but that a second one will begin on Jan. 20 and he is not sure how it will go. He may harbor some doubts about the abilities of the Carter team, but he is careful not to say anything nasty about either Vance or Carter. Kissinger, however, has always resented the criticism that he was a "Lone Ranger," or that he traveled too much. He joked the other day to reporters that "the only shuttle you'll be making is the Washington-New York ones," his way of saying that compared with the future, his diplomatic shuttles will be seen as worthwhile. For his own future, he has hired Peter Rodman, his long-time personal assistant, to work for him in private life and help assemble the mass of documentation needed for the memoirs he intends to write over the next two to three years and for which he hopes to receive upward of $3 million. Kissinger plans to spend the month of February on a small Caribbean island and the next few months in Washington. He says he probably will move to New York and try to stay out of the limelight. It probably is a feature of Kissinger's vanity tA3 tigs (;im?ni& cnran m flJfll 3&gBE (Steffi TO nLi fii5iV HiH tfsnfc hsg Greyhound & Jai-Alm Results IN THE POST Mr-t.'.TM com) i WHERE THE GOOD M CHRISTMAS BUYS ARE By BERNARD GWERTZMAN (c) New Yor Times BRUSSELS - As photographers hovered around them, Henry A. Kissinger said to Sir Christopher Soames "you see they take pictures of me like I'm a corpse." It was the kind of bittersweet joke that Kissinger has been making ever since he began his final mission overseas as secretary of state, for nobody is more aware of Kissinger's loss of political potency than Kissinger himself. Outwardly, Kissinger appears relaxed. He tells officials and reporters that for the first time in eight years the burden of office is being lifted. He talks about his plans to take a month off in the Caribbean in February and he jokes and he jokes, but like most Kissingerian humor there is a double-edged quality that sometimes seems to hide his real feelings, such as his joke about being a "corpse" when he bantered with Sir Christopher, the outgoing Common Market commissioner. But at other times, Kissinger has simply seemed to enjoy teasing the press that has accompanied him to Europe on a trip which they and he realize will probably produce little news. On his Air Force plane flying to Brussels the other day, Kissinger walked to the rear where the dozen reporters were sitting. He said in mock amazement: "Why so many press? I told you there'd be no story." Bernard Kalb of CBS quipped, "We're all here because we thought Cyrus Vance would be along." "Look, I'll go with CBS and replace both Kalbs," Kissinger shot back, referring to Marvin Kalb who shares the diplomatic beat with brother Bernard. His remark also fed the cotinuing speculation about his future plans, which like most of his secret diplomacy, Kissinger keeps only to himself. After a routine farewell meeting with Hans-Dietrich Genscher, West Germany's foreign minister, Kissinger again faced the reporters and photographers, robot-like in their Women Plan To Lobby For Money (c) New York Times NEW YORK - "We bombed out in court, so we'll have to go to Congress," said Kathleen Peratis of the American Civil Liberties Union. Angered and somewhat baffled by the Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday that private employers may refuse to compensate women for work absences caused by pregnancy, the American Civil Liberties Union and various women's groups and union representatives will meet in Philadelphia next Tuesday to plan a major lobbying effort for a national law that would require such compensation. "There has been a sudden flash of recognition among people who had not expected this decision that a law is the only way to guarantee these benefits," Miss Peratis said. "I think the prospects are good now that the court has ruled, because the ruling is simply not fair and it's bad public policy." The court's 6-3 decision rejected the finding of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that exclusion of pregnancy from worker's compensation plans violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. the decision, which involved the General Electric Co., shocked women's organizations that had been basing their fight for benefits on the opportunity commission's interpretation of the rights act. "We had not pushed hard enough for state or national legislation," said Noreen Connell of Women Office Workers. "We were waiting to' see what the Supreme Court would do. And since we had won in six appeals cases, we thought sure the decision would not exclude pregnancy from the list of disabilities." "I think this is what you would expect from an all-male Supreme Court," Miss Connell said. "I think the court has simply narrowed the definition of sex discrimination and brought it down to pregnant women." "Sex discrimination is money," Miss Connell said. "The companies are concerned mainly about what they think it will cost to continue to pay women who are on leave to have babies. I don't think they trust women workers; they say that women will go on disability and then quit. But their biggest claim is that pregnancy is voluntary and thus shouldn't be covered. But that's a false issue." That pregnancy often is voluntary is a central argument of those who do not want to see benefits extended to pregnant women, according to Marilyn Brook, a licensed workmen's compensation representative who argues cases before the New York State Compensation Board. "I've heard it said that we live in a time of the pill, of birth control and that pregnancy is more than ever a voluntary condition," Miss Brook said. "But I think the more important issue is what this will mean to women wanting to enter the work force," Miss Brook said. 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