Saturday, December 6, 2008


The last time Harvard graduates had this much influence on an administration, we ended up mired in Vietnam

- As Barack Obama puts together his administration, more than 20 Harvard Law School classmates dot the ranks of his transition team - solidifying the Crimson connection as his most enduring, yet least-known, personal network. . .

The Harvard chapter of his life wasn't the one highlighted on the campaign trail, where Republicans attempted to cast Obama as an elitist. In the gauzy details of biography, he was the son of a single mother who gave up cushy corporate jobs to work the Chicago streets as a community organizer - not the product of Harvard and Columbia University, where he attended college.

Yet now, as Obama stitches together a government, the Harvard crew is taking a prime role. They get up early and go to bed late at night, spending the hours in between sifting through resumes, providing legal advice, and receiving briefings on the inner workings of a vast federal bureaucracy.


At December 7, 2008 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be well worth the time and effort to locate a copy of The Best And The Brightest, David Halberstam's chronicle of that previous Harvard dominated era. The parallels are already striking.


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