Category Archives: Obama

“Just give me the ball”

In his article entitled “Battle Plans: How Obama Won,” the New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza records the following exchange between Obama and a staffer over Obama’s strong performance in his first debate with John McCain: After Obama’s first debate with … Continue reading

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One of Our Own

Last week our School, the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, lost one of our Ph D students in Afghanistan. Born in Egypt, Ragaei Abdelfattah was a naturalized American, devout Muslim and former master planner for Prince … Continue reading

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Powerless in DC

Washington DC has been through an eventful few weeks, and the action is not all at the White House, Supreme Court and in Congress. A ‘microburst’ weather storm left many residents without power on the 21st of June (including our … Continue reading

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Obama’s Freudian Slip: Georgia (Not) On My Mind

The Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili is in Washington DC these days, meeting with President Obama at the White House on Monday, talking yesterday at the World Bank, and tomorrow at Georgetown which I plan to attend. A funny thing happened … Continue reading

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