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.
Eyeing the presidency as a freshman senator, Obama turned to his classmates first for their high-level contacts, and then to help raise campaign cash. Now, they’re putting their day jobs on the backburner to help their friend build a government.
So control of the White House goes from Yale Law (Clinton) to Harvard MBA (Bush) to Harvard Law (Obama). Oh, beware this ugly resurgence of populism David Brooks keeps warning us about!