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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 1, 1997

Statement by the Press Secretary

President Clinton today named Sidney Blumenthal an Assistant to the President as part of the Communications Team, which he will join in August. He will be working on communications strategy, special projects, developing themes and major presentations. This will be a newly created position.

Blumenthal was most recently a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. He was a reporter at the Washington Post and Senior Editor at the New Republic. He was Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, and was a commentator on the Today Show. He is the author of four books on American politics, including Pledging Allegiance: The Last Campaign of the Cold War, published in 1990, and a play This Town: A Play of Manners, which has been performed by LA Theater Works and at the National Press Club.

Blumenthal is married to Jacqueline Jordan Blumenthal, the Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellows. They have two children, Max, 19 and Paul, 16.