WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton, speaking to the Creativity Conference (sponsored by Time, the Motion Picture Assn. of America and Microsoft) told a high profile audience at the Corcoran Gallery of Art today about the importance of art and technology when he suddenly brought up the . . . super-conducting super collider.
"It would be helpful if we had an explicit innovation budget for the federal government," said Clinton, the event's headliner. "The future has a weaker lobby than the present." And then he brought up the SSC.
""It made me physically ill to let it go," said Clinton. The Texas-based underground atom-smasher in Ellis County was killed in a budget battle in 1993.
Afterwards, Clinton, who attracted a crowd like a rock-star, talked to reporters and told the Star-Telegram that then-Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, a former Texas U.S. senator, warned him that the SSC could not survive a budget fight. "I hated to give it up," said Clinton. Photo/Maria Recio/McClatchy
And the former president kept up with the particle-smashing project, now based in Switzerland, which he is happy has U.S. participation.
-- Maria Recio