Wednesday, December 4, 2013

President Obama to Join Think Tank?

Last week it was reported by the Washington Post that President Barack Obama and his family may stay in Washington, DC once his tenure ends in January 2017.  The main reason, according to the article, would be to allow their younger daughter to graduate from Sidwell Friends School.

The article speculates that he could work at one of the local law schools, but there is no mention of Mr. Obama tying up with a think tank.  So what are the chances that President Obama will affiliate himself with one (or more) of the 394 think tanks in Washington, DC?  Which one could he join?

As Think Tank Watch reported earlier this week, President Obama is giving a speech today at the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP), a pro-Obama think tank.  Center for New American Security (CNAS) also has close ties to the Obama Administration, and so does the Brookings Institution.  In fact, President Obama is speaking at Brookings' Saban Forum this weekend.

But the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) might be a likelier bet, considering the fact that more US presidents have been or currently are affiliated with CFR than any other think tank in the world.  Here is a previous Think Tank Watch post on President Obama possibly joining CFR.  [An interesting fact is that Chelsea Clinton is a member of CFR.]

Of course, President Obama could also go his own entrepreneurial route and open up his own think tank just like Richard Nixon and many recent Members of Congress.