YouSpeak: Grading the President
Students weigh in on Obama’s performance
Three years ago, Barack Obama captured the White House with much help from college-age students, who came out to the polls in record numbers.
But with unemployment for 18-to-29-year-olds stuck at about 13 percent and young voters facing record-high student loan debt, youthful enthusiasm for the president is significantly softer this time around. In November 2008, more than 80 percent of 18-to-29-year-old voters said Obama made them feel hopeful. Today, according to a recent survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, that number is 48 percent.
On November 29, BU Today presented Hope and Change? A Conversation on the Obama Presidency, a town hall–style discussion moderated by Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore (SED’87), joined by Thomas Fiedler (COM’71), dean of the College of Communication, former ABC News journalist Robert Zelnick, a COM journalism professor, and students Anthony Priestas (GRS’12) and Tabitha Watson (COM’12, CAS’12).
So with just under a year to go until the election, this week’s “YouSpeak” asks: “What grade would you give President Obama?”
“YouSpeak” typically appears each Monday.
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John Fichera (COM’12) contributed to this video.
Hope and Change? A Conversation on the Obama Presidency was held last night, November 29, in the George Sherman Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Ave.29 Comments