The alternate is what? He hire stupid people? This is something I will never understand about American culture – the notion that intelligence is not valued at all. There is no arguing this point. As a society there is no value placed on intelligent, capable people. As evidence by Alec MacGillis’s WP report.
“All told, of Obama’s top 35 appointments so far, 22 have degrees from an Ivy League school, MIT, Stanford, the University of Chicago or one of the top British universities. For the other slots, the president-elect made do with graduates of Georgetown and the Universities of Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina.
“While Obama’s picks have been lauded for their ethnic and ideological mix, they lack diversity in one regard: They are almost exclusively products of the nation’s elite institutions and generally share a more intellectual outlook than is often the norm in government.”
The problem with this is the tone is somehow negative. It’s seething with disgust that President-elect Obama would dare hire intelligent, smart, erudite, capable people. I fail to see what the downside is, except there are critics.
“The Ivy-laced network taking hold in Washington is drawing scorn from many conservatives, who have in recent decades decried the leftward drift of academia and cast themselves as defenders of regular Americans against highbrow snobbery,” the article goes on to say. And that would be all fine and good, except we just had eight years of loyalist driven, regular Americans running the country into the ground – six feet under the ground.
I’m sorry but it’s time for Joe Six Pack to take a freaking hike and let the adults who know what they’re doing roll up their sleeves and get America back on track.
“Obama, who wrote a literary memoir at age 33, represents the opposite approach. In a country where politicians often wrap their learning in folksy charm to avoid seeming elitist, his candidacy represented a forthright assertion of intellectual prowess, as he turned his oratory and cerebral demeanor into campaign assets.”
And this is why Obama gives me hope. Not for a brighter future immediately, but for a subtle shift that education, intelligence and learning will become important in this country. That teachers will be valued and paid accordingly, that the intelligensia will not be a source of derision but will be looked upon to lead the way.