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Too Soon to Judge President Obama's Effectiveness, Says Lee Hamilton '52

August 26, 2009

Lee Hamilton DD2008-2.jpgAugust 26, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Judging the effectiveness of President Barack Obama after seven months in office is "kind of like judging a major surgical operation in the middle of the operation," according to veteran statesman and 1952 DePauw University graduate Lee H. Hamilton. A story by Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei notes, "With Obama reaching the defining season of his freshman year, Hamilton said the current agenda reminds him of the scale of the Great Society programs Congress was tackling when he came to Congress in 1965."

Hamilton, a Democrat who served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and co-chaired the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group, declares, "This president thinks big but I also think he acts pragmatically. So many things in a congressional session come together lee hamilton mtp dec 2005.jpgat the last few hours, the last few weeks."

Read the full story at the Web site of St. Paul, Minnesota's Pioneer Press.

Lee Hamilton is now president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and is co-chairing the new National Security Preparedness Group. Details can be found in this recent story.