Marketing ObamaCare

“While expanding coverage was a strong driver of demand for reform, this campaign promise was juxtaposed against another promise: to not raise taxes on the middle class.” President Obama’s plans to reform Health Care have not gone as smoothly as he had hoped. Did Americans wake up one day and decide they didn’t want the… Continue reading Marketing ObamaCare

Where in the World did you Spend your Summer?

With constant reminders of the ongoing global economic recession, 2009 was a year when it was easy to lose the sense of buoyant optimism that accompanied us when we arrived in Boston last fall. With unemployment skyrocketing and job opportunities drying up, early on many students anticipated and subsequently encountered an extremely challenging job search… Continue reading Where in the World did you Spend your Summer?

Where in the World did you Spend your Summer–Adam Chepenik (OI)

As I sat down, I instantly realized the grass was damp.ÿNo matter.ÿ For a Southerner passionate about government and service to the American public, it was a surreal moment.ÿ There I was, sitting on the South Lawn of the White House, with the President, his senior advisors, and various other distinguished guests watching a fireworks… Continue reading Where in the World did you Spend your Summer–Adam Chepenik (OI)

Regional Profiles – Northeast – Washington DC: Suddenly Hip Again

According to the New York Times, Washington DC is “suddenly hip again.” Generally, few HBS-ers move to DC, which is a shame. Compared to other HBS post-graduation hotspots like New York, San Francisco, or London, the cost of living is lower and a fabulous life is available for much less. (For what it’s worth, when… Continue reading Regional Profiles – Northeast – Washington DC: Suddenly Hip Again

2008 – Retrospectives – HBS & The US Presidency

As Harvard MBAs, with President Bush leaving office in just under two months, this may be a time to turn more introspective – what (if anything) would you have done differently? At Harvard Business School, “we educate leaders who make a difference in the world.” Yet, our campus presents no tangible reminder of the graduate… Continue reading 2008 – Retrospectives – HBS & The US Presidency

Carlyle Group Founder Visits HBS: Reflects on Career that Began in White House

While the Carlyle Group’s rapid ascent to the upper echelons of the private equity world implies a recent track record of successful acquisitions, founding partner David Rubenstein is no stranger to effectively spending money. By his own admission, Rubenstein was so “good at it” during his days as a tireless 27-year old domestic policy aide… Continue reading Carlyle Group Founder Visits HBS: Reflects on Career that Began in White House

Musings From Columbus

I stepped off a cramped regional jet onto the tarmac – it seemed like the hundredth such time – and quickly transformed into my Ohio persona. Ah, Columbus. Jokingly known in my family as Cowtown, the city again greeted Buckeye football season with a euphoria indescribable to those indifferent to Big Ten football. Don’t get… Continue reading Musings From Columbus

White House Chief of Staff Describes Role, Principles, Concerns

White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card visited a packed Aldrich classroom on March 25th as part of the HBS Leadership & Values Initiative’s Distinguished Speaker Series. In his remarks and responses to audience questions, Secretary Card explained many of the key duties of his office, elaborated on principles that underlie his relationship with the… Continue reading White House Chief of Staff Describes Role, Principles, Concerns

State of the Union: Perspectives

“The President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” – Article II, Sec. 3, U.S. Constitution o On Tuesday, Jan 20th, President George W. Bush (OC) was welcomed in Congress with a round… Continue reading State of the Union: Perspectives

Live from KSG – Joseph Lieberman Closes Hardball Series

The captivating Hardball series at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG), hosted by MSNBC political analyst Chris Matthews, came to a close on December 15th with Democratic candidate Joe Lieberman (D-CT). Harvard students, local community members, and political personalities have energized the John F. Kennedy Forum each Monday for the last two months, piling in… Continue reading Live from KSG – Joseph Lieberman Closes Hardball Series

Live From KSG – Presidential Candidate Howard Dean Draws Crowds to MSNBC's Hardball

The Kennedy School of Government (KSG) was buzzing with excitement on Monday December 1, as the largest crowd yet gathered to view the live taping of the next installment of Hardball: Battle for the White House, with Vermont Governor Howard Dean and host Chris Matthews. The series, shown live on MSNBC Monday nights, gives students… Continue reading Live From KSG – Presidential Candidate Howard Dean Draws Crowds to MSNBC's Hardball

Leadership Lessons from the White House:

Disproving the notion that HBS is indifferent to politics, a crowd of over 170 students recently gathered to hear Kenneth Mehlman, manager of the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign, share his thoughts on presidential leadership and the 2004 election. Mr. Mehlman, a graduate of the Harvard Law School, served as the National Field Director for the Bush-Cheney… Continue reading Leadership Lessons from the White House:

Live from KSG

On Monday, November 19, Chris Matthews hosted Democratic Presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun on the fifth edition of ‘Hardball: Battle for the White House.’ The series, co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG), airs live on MSNBC and gives members of the Harvard community an opportunity to ask… Continue reading Live from KSG

Live From KSG – Presidential Candidate Dick Gephardt Impresses Harvard Students on MSNBC's Hardball

On Monday November 3, the fourth installment of Hardball: Battle for the White House took place live from the Kennedy School of Government (KSG) with Representative Dick Gephardt and host Chris Matthews. The series, shown live on MSNBC every Monday night, gives students from the Harvard community the opportunity to ask questions of the Democratic… Continue reading Live From KSG – Presidential Candidate Dick Gephardt Impresses Harvard Students on MSNBC's Hardball

Live from KSG

Last Monday evening October 20th, Chris Matthews hosted the second in a series of shows titled Hardball: Battle for the White House, Live from Harvard, hosted by MSNBC and the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG), to a sold-out crowd. The weekly program allows students from the Harvard community to… Continue reading Live from KSG

Live From KSG-

On Monday October 13, MSNBC and the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (KSG) kicked off the series Hardball: Battle for the White House, Live from Harvard with host Chris Matthews and Democratic Presidential candidate Senator John Edwards of North Carolina. The series, shown live on MSNBC, gives students from the… Continue reading Live From KSG-

AFL-CIO Targets Non-Union Working Class with New Organization

Last week I ventured over the John Weeks Bridge to see what was happening on the Cambridge side of the river. Among the various events, such as a West African music show and an exhibit that features rare botanical models, made entirely of glass, were several political and educational seminars. The one I picked to… Continue reading AFL-CIO Targets Non-Union Working Class with New Organization