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Dean of Law School to Obama: Meh, You Can Do Better

Posted By Ruby Elizabeth Lee On Feb 4, 2010 @ 4:48 pm In News | Comments Disabled

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Back before Barack Obama became synonymous with the words “Yes We Can” he was just a regular ol’ college kid at Harvard who knew how to play the charm card. In fact, he was probably the know-it-all guy you would’ve hated in section.

Now one of his most respected mentors—Chris Edley [1]—his former professor at Harvard Law School and advisor during the 2008 Primaries (now Dean of the Law School here in Berkeley), has basically come forward to say that the Obama Administration is all charm and no substance [2].

He warns that the President is becoming complacent in office—burnt out from rigorous campaigning perhaps—and is “ill served” by his senior staff. He says:

What I fear is that having made history, having won a Nobel prize, having been celebrated around the world, a measure of complacency may have set in. I don’t mean that the effort is not there, but that the discipline of self-criticism has perhaps faded.

And as a final zing: “I wouldn’t give [Obama] as high a grade as President as I gave him when he was my student. I know he can do better.” But Edley admits it’s not all Barack’s fault—he’s always been a softie—instead he blames his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, who as far as Edley is concerned has done nothing for the Administration and should just quit.

Edley has also suggested that Obama change his campaign slogan to “Maybe We Can’t.” Alright, we made that last part up.

Image Source: kaysha [3] under Creative Commons
Barack Obama’s former mentor criticises ‘complacent Administration’ [Times Online [2]]

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[1] Chris Edley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Edley,_Jr.

[2] all charm and no substance: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7010392.ece

[3] kaysha: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaysha/3055362489/

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