Assistant Special Counselor on Inflation Exchange of Letters on the Resignation of S. Lee Kling.
To Lee Kling
I have your letter advising me of your need to devote more time to your interests in the private sector.
I want to take this opportunity to personally express my gratitude and appreciation for the contributions you have made to my Administration, especially your tireless dedication to our fight against inflation. I know I can count on your continued support in this effort, as well as your willingness to serve on the Board of Directors of AMTRAK.
I trust that in the days and months ahead I may continue to seek your advice and counsel. You have my warmest wishes for continued success.
December 4, 1978
Dear Mr. President:
My experience over the last eight months as your Assistant Special Counselor on Inflation and Deputy to Ambassador Strauss has been extremely rewarding and enjoyable. I want you to know how much I appreciate your making this opportunity possible.
As you have pointed out, inflation is our nation's most crucial economic concern. During the past several months, the groundwork has been laid for a comprehensive and sustained attack on this critical problem. With the guidance of Bob Strauss and your other economic policy advisers, and now with the addition of Alfred Kahn, I know that your program is developing the broad support necessary to insure success.
With this in mind, I am anxious to return now to my work in the private sector. You may rest assured, however, that I will continue to support vigorously and speak on behalf of the anti-inflation program, as well as your other programs which I endorse so enthusiastically.
The experience of working with you and your fine staff has been a privilege I will remember and treasure. Needless to say, I will always be available to assist you in any way possible.
With my deepest devotion and respect,
S. LEE KLING
[The President, The White House, Washington, D.C. 20500]
Note: On the same day, the White House announced that the President will nominate Mr. Kling to be a member of the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK).
Jimmy Carter, Assistant Special Counselor on Inflation Exchange of Letters on the Resignation of S. Lee Kling. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/244041