ANSWER: Lane Kirkland - President of the AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995
EXPLANATION: On November 7, 1993, President William Jefferson Clinton was interviewed by Tim Russert in a Meet the Press exclusive, live from the Oval Office. The President was at the time campaigning for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which had not yet won Congressional support. When Tim Russert and Tom Brokaw questioned Clinton about his shortage of votes, the President blamed the “vociferous, organized opposition” of the nation’s unions, saying that they used “real roughshod, muscle-bound tactics” to persuade members of Congress to oppose the bill. Clinton’s quotes made news even before Meet the Press was over; his adviser David Gergen told him in the final minutes of the program that the headlines were now focusing on the President’s attack on labor. After the show, Clinton wrote a note to AFL-CIO leader Lane Kirkland saying “I hope my remarks didn't ruin your Sunday.”
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