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To: Barack Obama From: Us Re.: Your Presidency

Advice from nine BU professors on war, science, commerce, and justice


Click on the links below to read the full memos. Stayed tuned for more memos on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.


Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history, College of Arts and Sciences


“Once your honeymoon ends — and it will, sooner than you think — the Afghan war will be your war. Don’t let it become your Iraq.” Full text


Charles Merzbacher, associate professor and chairman of film and television, College of Communication

“Force us to conserve and to find alternative sources of energy. For that, we will thank you someday.” Full text


Tamar Frankel, professor, School of Law

“Follow your ideals. Let us follow ours. Avoid ideology. Lead, but do not rule. Full text


Farouk El-Baz, research professor and director, Center for Remote Sensing

“Don’t send anyone anywhere; ask them to follow you as you lead.” Full text


Mitchell Zuckoff, professor of journalism, College of Communication

“I respectfully urge you to engage fully with the media you don’t control.” Full text


Louis E. Lataif (SMG’61, Hon.’90), Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, School of Management

“Do not destroy workers’ rights to a secret ballot.” Full text


Thomas Fiedler (COM’71), dean, College of Communication

“Open up the White House to press coverage and inquiry. Let your staff speak freely and on the record.” Full text


William Keylor, professor of international relations and history, College of Arts and Sciences

“Resist the pressure to erect barriers to foreign competition.” Full text


Nathan Schwadron, associate professor of astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

“We must become greater physical innovators to overcome major societal problems.”
Full text


6 Comments on To: Barack Obama From: Us Re.: Your Presidency

  • Anonymous on 01.16.2009 at 11:14 am

    Eight men and one woman? Really? Really, BU?

  • Anonymous on 01.16.2009 at 1:04 pm

    How about more comments from people with real skills and knowledge, rather than a bunch of people from COM who teach “advertising”

  • Anonymous on 01.16.2009 at 2:34 pm

    I agree with both previous comments. Who and how picked these people and why 3 of them from COM and 2 from IR?

  • Anonymous on 01.16.2009 at 3:38 pm

    Yes, why is there only one female professor?

    And also, why are all of these comments so broad? I was hoping for some hard-hitting truths compactly wrapped in one neat little sentence. BOO BU

  • Anonymous on 01.18.2009 at 1:43 pm

    Eight WHITE men and one WHITE woman?

    By and large, white men have gotten this country into the trouble it is in now. How about hearing from non-white men and a whole bunch of women for a change? That would be real change we could believe in!

  • Anonymous on 01.22.2009 at 10:05 am

    Be fair

    It’s about what they say…not who says it.

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