Obama on Harvard

Transcript of CNBC’s Barack Obama interview - CNBC TV

John Harwood - CNBC : We learned during the 1960s that the best and the brightest don't always have it figured out right.

President-elect Barack Obama: You've got to watch out for those Harvard guys. They'll get you every time.


  1. Be fair, that was sarcasm on Obama's part.

  2. Obviously Obama used a sarcastic response to avoid answering a valid question that echos Frank Rich's column from last month (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/opinion/07rich.html).

    Anyway, just because something is sarcastic doesn't mean its not true. And I do think it is funny that he chose that answer to the question.

  3. Anonymous9:53 PM

    Dear Harry, don't let up on these monders. And sorry to go slightly OT, but here is another good podcast for you, from our old friend Christopher Lydon, in conversation with an architect from Havana. The relevant section for you:


    The wise mean, he suggests, might be “a little of everything” — many thousands of investors and planned development — with a sense of history.

  4. You're reading way too much into it, especially considering he has surrounded himself with Harvard people, but whatever floats your boat I suppose.

  5. Rob,

    We are just trying to have a bit of fun with this one.