KENT — Dr. Henry Kissinger visited to the Kent Memorial Library on Nov. 9, giving residents a chance to meet the former Secretary of State and hear more about his latest book, “Kissinger on Kissinger.”
Resident Robert Carley was one of many who showed up to meet the famous diplomat and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Carley, who draws caricatures as a hobby, presented Kissinger with of his drawings, portraying him as a foreign policy chess “grandmaster.”
“My caricature hobby has led me through the years to also present to other Secretaries of State including James Baker, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Hilary Clinton and John Kerry,” Carley said in an email. “Kissinger is my favorite, with the most interesting face to draw. He also has a great sense of humor and shows appreciation.”
Carley also showed Kissinger photos of his grandfather, who was French Minister to Bavaria in 1933, where Kissinger lived as a child, he said.
“I showed him pictures of my grandfather, Ame-Leroy, at a political rally where he had to meet and greet the German leaders of the time,” Carley wrote. “My grandfather was also chief-of-staff for French Prime Minister Aristide Briand who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1927. My grandfather worked closely with him in the cause of international peace trying to strengthen the effectiveness of the League of Nations.
“I complemented Kissinger for being a peacemaker of his generation in the 1970s under Nixon and Ford,” Carley said.
The cartoonist said he shared a joke with Kissinger’s wife, Nancy. “I proposed that her husband’s next book deal with the subject of marriage,” he said. “After all, husbands could learn from his negotiation skills and learn how to keep the peace ... she had a big laugh from my suggestion. She told me (they have) been married for over 40 years.”