Gov. Daniels participates in mysterious Bilderberg Meeting

By Tim Grimes
The Statehouse File

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels was to come home Friday from an appearance at the little-known and somewhat mysterious Bilderberg Meeting.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels talked Thursday with reporters about the upcoming legislative session, his thoughts about his first seven years in office, and his plans for the Super Bowl that will be played in February in Indianapolis. Photo by Lesley Weidenbener,

Daniels spoke on a panel at the event in Chantilly, Va., but neither the governor’s office nor Bilderberg would say what the panel was about. The conference started Thursday and will continue though Sunday.

The Bilderberg Meetings have a long history. The first meeting was put together by many European and American leaders who expressed concerns about relations between the U.S. and western Europe. The Bilderberg Meetings are so called because the first one took place at the Bilderberg Hotel in the Netherlands in May of 1954.

The goal of the meeting is to encourage dialog among U.S. and European leaders in an informal, off-the-record environment. The meeting this year will cover topics as diverse as energy, cyber security and the future of democracy.

The crowd for the Bilderberg Meeting is as diverse as the issues covered. Among the roughly 145 guests are:

  • Josef Ackerman, chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank
  • Lilli Gruber, an Italian journalist who also served on the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008
  • Former U.S. National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, who now chairs Kissinger Associates

 Tim Grimes is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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  1. It is a mysterious event; however, previous attendees from the US and UK were mostly moderates:

    Prime Ministers
    Tony Blair (1993),[65][84] Prime Minister 1997-2007
    Gordon Brown (1991),[85] Prime Minister 2007- 2010
    Edward Heath,[9] Prime Minister 1970-1974 (deceased)
    Alec Douglas-Home (1977–1980),[86] Chairman of the Bilderberg Group, Prime Minister 1963-1964 (deceased)
    Margaret Thatcher (1975),[87] Prime Minister 1979-1990
    [edit]United States
    Thomas E. Donilon (2012),[27] Executive Vice President for Law and Policy at Fannie Mae (1999-2005), Current National Security Advisor for The White House.
    Roger Altman (2009),[88] Deputy Treasury Secretary from 1993–1994, Founder and Chairman of Evercore Partners
    George W. Ball (1954, 1993),[89] Under Secretary of State 1961-1968, Ambassador to U.N. 1968 (deceased)
    Sandy Berger (1999),[90] National Security Advisor, 1997–2001
    Timothy Geithner (2009),[88] Treasury Secretary
    Lee H. Hamilton (1997),[6][better source needed] former US Congressman
    Christian Herter,[91] (1961, 1963, 1964, 1966), 53rd United States Secretary of State (deceased)
    Charles Douglas Jackson (1957, 1958, 1960),[92] Special Assistant to the President (deceased)
    Joseph E. Johnson[93] (1954), President Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (deceased)
    Henry Kissinger (1957, 1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 2008, 2009, 2011),[59][94] 56th United States Secretary of State
    Richard Perle (2011), Chairman of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee 2001–2003, United States Assistant Secretary of Defense 1981–1987 [60]
    Colin Powell (1997),[6][better source needed] 65th United States Secretary of State
    Lawrence Summers,[88] Director of the National Economic Council
    Paul Volcker[when?],[88] Chair of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1979–1987
    Bill Clinton (1991),[84][85] President 1993-2001
    Gerald Ford (1964, 1966),[9][95] President 1974-1977 (deceased)
    John Edwards (2004),[96][97] Senator from North Carolina 1999-2005
    Chuck Hagel (1999, 2000),[98] Senator from Nebraska 1997-2009
    Sam Nunn (1996, 1997),[6][better source needed] Senator from Georgia 1972-1997
    Rick Perry (2007),[99] Governor of Texas 2000-current
    Mark Sanford (2008),[100] Governor of South Carolina

    from Wikipedia (and yes, I know, Wikipedia, but annotated if you want to check.