Ted Widmer was a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2000, and continued to work for President Clinton as an adviser to the end of his presidency. He also conducted extensive interviews with President Clinton as he was preparing to write his autobiography, My Life. From 2000-2006 he was the director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. Since 2006 he has been the Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. He is an occasional contributor to the New York Times,Washington Post and Boston Globe, and edited the Library of America’s two-volume compilation of speeches.