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The First 100 Days: The Challenges Facing the Obama Administration


President Barack Obama has taken office in a time of historic challenges. As Obama reaches his fourth month in office, hear two esteemed Berkeley faculty members — moderated by Liz Claman ’85, Fox Business Network Anchor — discuss how the current financial crisis has impacted his ambitious agenda for the economy, public policy, and reform.


David H. Romer

Romer, who occasionally advised Obama’s campaign on economic issues, is the Herman Royer Professor of Political Economy at Berkeley. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1988 and was promoted to full professor in 1993. Romer is director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is a member of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee.

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Christopher Edley, Jr.

Edley is Distinguished Chair and dean of the Berkeley Law School. He joined Berkeley as dean and professor of law in 2004 after 23 years as a professor at Harvard Law School. Throughout the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign, he advised Barack Obama, who was his student at Harvard Law School; Edley was later named to the Advisory Board of the Obama-Biden Transition Team. He previously served as assistant director of President Carter’s domestic policy staff, and as associate director in the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton administration.

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