Thursday, November 17, 2011

On the Importance of Good Parent Selection - II

President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official.
 And if your family connections aren't enough, it helps to have friends in high places:
The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle.

Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. When Obama won the White House, Wagle was installed at the Department of Energy (DOE), advising on energy grants.
And in another example, Chelsea Clinton, the shrinking violet who hated the media, and was off limits to comment, unlike say the Bush girls, recently landed a job at NBC nightly news.  Her resume?
B.A. in history with honors, Stanford University

Master of Philosophy in International Relations, Oxford

Master of Public Health, Columbia University

Currently pursuing a doctorate in public administration at NYU

...So what are we seeing? Simply put, NBC is helping groom Chelsea to run for office. They may teach her to write for television a bit, but she'll have a whole production crew all to herself, and that includes writers. Combine that with the fact that she has a history of being very media-hostile, and there’s very little indication thus far that she’s inherited her father’s charisma. If she doesn’t improve her dealings with the media, it won’t matter how good she looks in the public eye- she won’t be able to get much higher than the low rungs of national office.

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