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Bush Chief of Staff to reflect on Obama's first 100 days



Andrew Card

Andrew Card, who served as chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, will visit Lehigh on April 13 to discuss “The Financial Crisis: President Obama’s First 100 Days.”

Card comes to Lehigh as the inaugural speaker of the College of Business and Economics’ new Speaker Series. The annual event features individuals who have helped steer the national dialogue on issues ranging from the economy to international affairs.

The speech, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at Zoellner Arts Center’s Baker Hall.

Card played a prominent role in the Bush Administration during his tenure as chief of staff, a position he held from 2001 through 2006. He is the longest-serving chief of staff in the past 50 years, and was widely recognized as one of Bush’s senior political and policy advisors.

“The events that transpired during the Bush Administration may profoundly influence our political and economic discourse for generations to come,” says Paul Brown, dean of Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics. “Few people can navigate the political corridors of our nation’s capital—and the past eight years of the Bush Administration—better than Andrew Card, one of Washington’s leading political voices.”

In addition to the Bush administration, Card has served as Secretary of Transportation under former President George H. W. Bush, and as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and then as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under former President Ronald Reagan.

He has held a number of leadership roles in the private sector as well, including president and chief executive officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association and vice president of government affairs for General Motors.

During his Lehigh visit, Card will specifically address the policy decisions and ambitions of the Obama Administration as it looks to address the United States’ economic downturn and America’s role in international affairs.

Tickets are not required for the event. A question-and-answer session with Card will follow his lecture.

--Tom Yencho

Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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