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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, March 23, 2012

Good Choice

President Obama just named the president of my alma mater as president of the World Bank.

Jim Yong Kim is a pretty impressive dude.  He started Partners In Health with Paul Farmer and has spent the last few years doing good work as the president of Dartmouth, which is not an easy job.  Most of his constituents - students, alums and so on - are kind of nuts about Dartmouth.  So he clearly has diplomatic chops.

It's also a great opportunity to take someone who has real experience dealing with developing world problems (in Haiti and Peru) and put them in charge of the World Bank.

These are the sort of small everyday things that Obama does that make a real difference but largely go unnoticed by the public at large.




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