For any U.S. president, the first 100 days in office are crucial, setting the tone of a presidency and predicting how his or her four years in office will play out. This is especially true for President-elect Barack Obama, who comes into office with astonishingly high expectations and approval ratings in this time of international and economic uncertainty. The President’s Forum Series will explore his first 100 days this spring. The first guest is Political Expert, Stephen Hess, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Emeritus of Governance Studies.
Hess has recently published on topics that Obama will face in his first 100 days, such as Middle East conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the complex politics of the current U.S. economic situation, and the process of determining presidential appointments. His lecture, titled “President Obama: Hitting the Ground Running,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. All are invited to attend.
“Stephen Hess is an expert on the intersection of elections, the media and the political culture of Washington,” said series host President Mark D. Gearan. “He will offer his perspective as a former White House staff member and staff adviser to outline the the challenges and opportunities President Obama will face in the critical days ahead.”
Hess’ lecture will reflect his scholarly writing on politics from his work with the Brookings Institution as well as insights from his latest book, titled “What Do We Do Now?: A Workbook for the President-elect.”
In addition to his position at the Brookings Institution, Hess is a Distinguished Research Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is a veteran staffer of the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations and an adviser to Presidents Ford and Carter. He served as Consultant to President on Executive Office Reorganization; U.S. Representative to the U.N. General Assembly; Editor-in-Chief of “Republican Party Platform;” Chairman, White House Committee on Children and Youth; Presidential Adviser on Urban Affairs; and Presidential Speechwriter.
“As we inaugurate a new U.S. president and a new era in U.S. history, this semester’s President’ Forum will give the campus an opportunity to discuss progress and implications,” explained Gearan. “We have an exciting lineup planned that will expand our notions of the presidency and politics.”
The next speaker in the series is TIME International Editor Michael Elliott who will offer an address at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 in the Geneva Room.
The President’s Forum Series was established in the winter of 2000 by President Gearan as a means to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members.