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Alumnus Has Fighting Words for Stewart

Ben Wattenberg ’55 appeared on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart on Wednesday, July 30. He was there to promote his new book, “Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism,” which he called his first narrative. Wattenberg is the author of a number of books. On “The Daily Show,” he told host Jon Stewart that the word neo-conservatism “has gotten a bum rap,” and credits that reputation with why it isn’t more popular. He asserts that, if the word were “chocolate,” it would be. Wattenberg and Stewart engaged in the show’s usual entertaining banter while discussing the war on terror, the origin of neo-conservatism and chaos in Iraq before and after the start of the war. He is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C. and is the moderator of the weekly PBS television program “Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg.” He was an aide and speech writer to President Lyndon B. Johnson, served as an adviser to both Sen. Hubert Humphrey’s race for the Senate in 1970 and Sen. Henry Jackson’s contest for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972 and 1976. Both of those years, Wattenberg helped write the Democratic National Platform. Wattenberg has received numerous presidential appointments, including by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the Presidential Advisory Board for Ambassadorial Appointments, and as a public member of the American delegation to the Madrid Conference on Human Rights; by President Ronald Reagan to the Board of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty and, in 1991, by President Bush to the Task Force on U.S. Government International Broadcasting. Additionally, he was appointed by Speaker Thomas Foley to the Commission on Broadcasting to the People’s Republic of China in 1992. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hobart in 1975. The full clip is available on The Daily Show Web site.