The top-level jobs Leon Panetta has held in government comprise a ridiculously long list. Most recently, from 2011 to early 2013, he was secretary of defense. That followed two years as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the mid-90s he was President Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff, following a stint as director of Clinton’s Office of Management and Budget, which was logical, because Panetta, who had represented Monterey, California in Congress for 8 terms, chaired the House Budget committee for four years.
Rather than guessing what part of all that experience will show through when Leon Panetta kicks off the Baltimore Speaker Series tomorrow night, Sheilah asks him. Leon Panetta is joined Sheilah on the phone last week.