President Barack Obama has completed his national security team, naming his choices for secretaries of state and defense and the director of the CIA. But he forgot to announce one official who, by his own words, will be key to setting America’s global security priorities.
Namely, his secretary of education.
It is a proposition the president signed on to two years ago. But it hasn’t been discussed much since then. Not nearly enough, in fact.
It was on Oct. 12, 2010, in an arena not usually associated with policy-setting that Obama was asked to consider a new way of looking at U.S. education policy priorities. The president was performing like the ringmaster in a one-ring circus at a town hall webcast at George Washington University, just weeks before the midterm election.