Category: Tom Whalen

If Not Hillary, Who? O’Malley in spotlight as Clinton fights media barrage

April 24th, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, College of General Studies,, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments
Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Hillary Clinton’s political problems over foreign contributions to her family’s foundation and other issues appear to be fueling an appetite on the left for an insurgent primary challenge…

Expert quote:

“He’s the litmus test of Hillary’s liberal politics – or alleged liberal politics – because he is going to hold her feet to the fire. So he will fight with her, at least to Iowa and New Hampshire if he is so inclined, and he can make her very uncomfortable.”

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Can someone explain how Robert E. Lee became an American icon?

April 24th, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Tom Whalen, WBUR 0 comments

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By Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

As we mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s passing this month, someone needs to explain why so many people in this country still celebrate, dare I say, even venerate the memory of his greatest enemy…

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Hillary against all the way to the White House

April 21st, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

[She] has gone further than any woman in the fierce competition in Washington…

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“The Democrats put all their eggs in one basket and electoral future is linked to the former first lady. The thing is to decide between Hillary, Hillary and Hillary. “

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Foreign Donations Unlikely to Affect Clinton’s Campaign – Experts

April 18th, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

On Wednesday, The Clinton Foundation announced it would continue to receive funds from six foreign states — Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom — while limiting donations from other countries…

Expert quote:

“The Clintons operate on a whole new political level. This could be devastating for most campaigns, but the Clintons, they get out of more traps than Harry Houdini.”

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Clinton to Take More Hawkish Stance on Russia Than Obama, Experts Say

April 14th, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will likely pursue a more assertive foreign policy against Russia if elected President in 2016 than US President Barack Obama, experts told Sputnik…

Expert quote:

“Her husband’s attitude was pretty hawkish on Russia too. Vladimir Putin is responding to what happened in the 1990s. You can blame that on the Clintons.”

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Cuba, U.S. diplomacy offers economic payoff

April 12th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

The American economy could get a boost after President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro pushed forward yesterday with plans for new diplomatic relations in the first formal meeting between leaders of the two nations in more than half a century…

Expert quote:

“In politics and diplomacy, money calls the shots and there’s a lot of money to be made here. It makes sense for both sides. Havana has some of the best beaches in the Western Hemisphere and they have casinos. The money is just going to flock to this location after the regime is opened. On the U.S. side, they’re going to have this hunger for American products and goods in Cuba. It’s a huge untapped market.”

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The Conversation US – Tom Whalen

April 10th, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US, Tom Whalen 0 comments

When the Lion of the Senate roared like a mouse

Thomas J Whalen, Boston University

On March 30, a host of Washington DC political glitterati gathered on Dorchester’s windswept Columbia Point in Boston to celebrate the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

Dignitaries ranging from President Barack Obama to former Republican presidential nominee John McCain came to pay homage to the institute’s namesake and “Lion of the Senate,” the late Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. A now legendary figure, Kennedy has long been credited with keeping liberalism alive as a viable political force in an era of unquestioned conservative ascendancy. Even McCain, his longtime friend and Senate rival, seemed to concede this. “We all listened to him,” the Arizonan said. “He was hard to ignore.”


Abortion debate stalls 2 popular bipartisan bills before Congress

March 28th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Bipartisan bills to assist sex trafficking victims and improve the health care system for America’s senior citizens seemed innocuous enough…

Expert quote:

“This is a dog and pony show. It shows just how 2016 is going to warp our contemporary politics more than it already has.”

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America’s political royalty

March 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Christian Science Monitor, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

In a nation of 319 million people, America’s 2016 presidential election could well come down to a rematch between two of its greatest modern political families: the Bushes and the Clintons…

Expert quote:

“In terms of Franklin Roosevelt’s career, putting him in a position to run for president, Teddy absolutely was essential.”

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Experts Media Alert – Boston 2024 Olympics

March 18th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Experts Media Alert, Frank Shorr, James O'Connell, Japonica Brown-Saracino, News Releases, Terrance Regan, Tom Whalen, Virginia Greiman 0 comments

Earlier this year, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected Boston as their choice to be considered as host of the 2024 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city in September 2017.

The city of Boston and the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee will hold a series of public meetings to give residents from around the city an opportunity to “discuss the benefits of hosting the Games and impact on the City.”

The following Boston University experts are available to comment on a Boston Olympics:


Terrance Regan, an adjunct professor of city planning and urban affairs in BU’s Metropolitan College, is an expert in transportation policy, finance, and intelligent transportation systems. He recently spoke with NECN on how to fix the MBTA following disruption of service following recent Boston blizzards. He went into greater detail on this subject in a Q&A with BU Today.
Regan can be reached at 617-353-2000 or

James O’Connell, a professor of city planning in Metropolitan College, is an expert in city planning, economic development, and urban affairs. In a recent article in BostInno on Boston’s selection, O’Connell said, “Other cities and regions are twisting themselves into contortions to develop the innovation economy and quality of life that Boston has. Boston needs expanded transportation and housing. And the Olympics may be the best way to obtain that.”
O’Connell can be reached at 617-353-6000 or

Virginia Greiman, an assistant professor in BU’s Metropolitan College, is an expert in infrastructure development, mega-project management, privatization and project finance. She served as deputy chief legal counsel and risk manager on Boston’s “Big Dig” road project.
Greiman can be reached at 617-353-3000 or

Hosting an Olympics

Adam Naylor, a clinical psychology professor in BU’s School of Education, is an expert on sports psychology. He recently spoke about the psychological effects of hosting the Olympic Games. “There’s no doubt sports can bring communities together, add excitement and add good feelings. There’s a lot of science to say that when people cheer together, they come together and there’s positive emotions, and some studies have shown that there’s some positive mental health benefits.”
Naylor can be reached at 617-358-6010 or

Frank Shorr, a senior lecturer in the College of Communication, is an expert in sports broadcasting. He is also the Director of The Sports Institute at Boston University. He recently commented on a major issue facing Boston in hosting the Olympics: “People forget that the city of Boston has a population of about 750,000, and as much as it is a really cosmopolitan city and a city that people flock towards, it’s very small. Getting around and trying to move from place to place is the major hurdle in getting the bid.”
Shorr can be reached at 617-353-5163 or

Japonica Brown-Saracino, an associate professor of sociology, is an expert in community, urban, and cultural sociology. Her research includes the exploration of social preservation and gentrification.
Brown-Saracino can be reached at 617-358-6675 or

Political issues

Tom Whalen is a political and presidential historian. His most recent book is JFK and His Enemies.
Whalen can be reached at 617-353-4785 or

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