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One of the few Kennedy holdovers, Feldman went on to serve as President Lyndon Johnsonís special counsel for about 18 months. In his view, the two presidents were as different as, say, Texas and Massachusetts. Kennedy was an avid reader; Johnson did not stack his nightstand with books. Kennedy pored over details; Johnson wanted snap answers, not drawn-out discussions. "He (Johnson) had good instincts, but he didnít delve into the issues the way Kennedy did," Feldman points out.
Feldman had an illustrious career after working in the White House Ė he started a Washington law firm that at its peak had 130 lawyers; produced six Broadway plays including Caesar & Cleopatra with Rex Harrison; wrote, with Phillip Amram, the six volume edition of Pennsylvania Practice; was a book review editor for the Saturday Review of Books; contributed to several law reviews; and served, respectively, as president and publisher of radio stations and newspapers.
Moreover, he now serves as vice chairman, chairman of the executive committee and lead director of the Special Olympics, which was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, whom Feldman assisted from the very beginning. He is also vice chairman and a director of Neogenix, which is conducting research to find a cure for lung and colorectal cancer.
But he admits that nothing can compare to the years he spent in the real-life Camelot, next to the most powerful man on the planet.
"To serve in the White House under President Kennedy was the greatest privilege that an American citizen can have," says Feldman. "Itís kind of humbling. Youíre constantly aware of the fact that youíre not only responsible for the fate of the nation but of the whole world."