Barack Obama: America’s ‘Professor in Chief’

November 17, 2008 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.
Richard Monastersky, a senior writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, has an article in a recent edition of the publication pointing out a number of things about the election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden with regard to higher education.
  • Obama is a former professor. He taught at the University of Chicago Law School for 12 years.

  • Michelle Obama worked in the administration of the University of Chicago.

  • Joe Biden has been an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law for 17 years.

  • Jill Biden is an English instructor at Delaware Technical and Community College’s Stanton-Wilmington campus.

The article then quotes a number of academicians about Obama’s professorial and deliberative style. One drew the comparison between him and Bill Clinton, another ex-law prof:

But Mr. Obama must avoid the temptation to overdose on deliberation, says Ms. Hoff. (Joan Hoff, a research professor of history at Montana State University at Bozeman.) The nation witnessed the hazards of that tendency during the presidency of Bill Clinton, another former law professor. “Clinton would talk everything to death and not come to a decision,” she says, particularly with regard to delayed decisions about Kosovo, Bosnia, and Rwanda.

And then there was the ultimate academician, Woodrow Wilson.

The article is titled “America Elects a Professor in Chief.”

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