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Tara Wall Coming April 7

[This is the rescheduled date.]

As President Obama begins his administration and the world watches his first 100 days from an entire range of political perspectives, the conservative’s take on Obama’s first days in office will be the subject of the next President’s Forum.  Tara Wall, The Washington Times‘ deputy Editorial Page editor and columnist, will give the semester’s third President’s Forum Series lecture on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

During her talk titled “Obama’s First 100 Days:  A Conservative’s View”, Wall will analyze Obama’s approach from a conservative viewpoint as well as address inclusiveness and how the new Republican Party will rebuild given the current political environment. In a Washington Times op-ed written one week after Obama’s inauguration, titled “What’s Next for Republicans?”, Wall analyzed Obama’s victory among voters then contextualized that win in terms of the Republican Party. “Not to take anything away from Mr. Obama’s charismatic and keen leadership abilities, but what this election revealed is what happens when Republicans are drunk with power and lose their focus,” Wall wrote. “They pay the price at the polls.”

In the same article, Wall suggests solutions for a Republican Party recovery including a renewed commitment to the Party ideals of “Faith, freedom, security, fiscal responsibility…,” as well as a confidence-boosting commitment to fighting for these ideals.  “Too much passivity in a Democratic-controlled Congress has encouraged Republicans to ‘go along, to get along,'” she wrote.

Exploring points like these, Wall’s President’s Forum Series lecture will be anchored in her expertise as a journalist who has reported extensively on timely topics involving faith, race, politics and national policy in her columns, commentary and blogs. Recently, Wall has reported on a number of topics related to Obama’s first 100 days of presidency. During Obama’s initial months in office, Wall wrote about the many national issues that he has faced, including the economic crisis, gay marriage laws, the Iraq War and the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

In addition to her role at The Washington Times, Wall also serves as a political contributor for CNN and CNN.com. An award-winning journalist and former newscaster, Wall has spent 17 years in the fields of communications, politics and journalism. She served as communications director and spokesperson at the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to that, Wall was appointed by President George W. Bush as director of the Office of Public Affairs  at the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in February of 2007.

To read recent articles in the Washington Times written by Wall, click here.

The President’s Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, is designed 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.