Tagged: White House

White House after Rahm

October 1st, 2010 in Politics 0 comments

President Obama announced that Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, is leaving the office to run for mayor of Chicago. Political Science department chair Graham Wilson comments on the move.

“This may be unkind, but it is tempting to link Emanuel to two crucial strategic errors – the belief that compromise and cooperation with the Republicans was possible, and a concentration on an ‘inside the Beltway’ strategy rather than working to maintain the enthusiasm and mobilzation of 2008.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617,353,2540, gkwilson@bu.edu

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General summoned to White House

June 22nd, 2010 in Military 0 comments

Gen. Stanley McChrystalThe commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal (r.), has been summoned to the White House to explain in person some controversial public remarks he made which were critical of the Obama administration.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,” says presidential power is cumulative and so is its loss – so looking feeble in one policy area makes a president lose authority in completely unrelated areas, too.

“More generally, this turmoil at the top of the Allied effort in Afghanistan further destroys public confidence in that war.  Divided leadership plus continuing casualties equals loss of public support.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617-353-2540, gkwilson@bu.edu

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