Obama's first 100 days as historic as any others says Fairfield University professor


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John M. Orman, Ph.D.,  chair of the Department of Politics at Fairfield University who specializes in the U.S. Presidency, says, "President Obama's first 100 days have been as historic as any of the earlier great 100 days of Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson or Ronald Reagan. Obama has changed the direction and tone of the United States government and that is about all you can ask for in anyone's first 100 days."

Dr. Orman just returned from Ukraine where under a grant from the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) he gave a series of lectures on President Obama and the 2008 election.

He is the author of five books, including the well-received "Celebrity Politics," (Prentice Hall, 2003), which he co-authored with Darrell West, Brown University. His other books include "Presidential Accountability," "Comparing Presidential Behavior," "Presidential Secrecy and Deception," and "The Politics of Rock Music."

He has taught courses on the American Presidency; Politics and Mass Popular Culture; the United States Congress; The Intelligence Community and Policy Making; and Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Public Opinion.

Dr. Orman's comments on politics in the United States have been carried by CNN, BBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, NPR and MSNBC, as well as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News, among others.

A graduate of Indiana State University, he holds a master’s degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 27, 2009

Vol. 41, No. 321