Judging by the title of her latest book, Memo to the President Elect, Madeleine Albright, who's in town for an appearance tonight, is under no illusions that George W. Bush will listen to a single thing she says. Instead, she's pinning her hopes for the future of United States foreign policy on the next person to occupy the Oval Office.
The ex-Secretary of State and onetime Denver resident has a favorite among the candidates, having endorsed Hillary Clinton last November. But she steers clear of name-checking Mrs. C. in Memo, which finds her offering general guidelines about how to deal with rising powers in Asia, the sputtering Mideast peace process, the Iraq quagmire and more. She delivers her advice and council in the cool, measured tone of a veteran diplomat, but she's clearly confident about her message. If the next president follows her recommendations about how to deal with al-Qaeda, for instance, she believes that he or she will soon be "headed for reelection by a landslide."
Sounds like a pitch for a new cabinet position.
Albright takes the podium at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street; admission is free. Get more information at 303-436-1070 or www.tatteredcover.com.
Mon., Jan. 21, 2008