July 22, 2004
Short-term impact: Obama, a former U. of C. law professor, has included the university's experts in his brain trust. Will any of them move to Washington? And will the U. of C. steal the Ivy League's reputation as launching pad for presidents? Since universities love earmarks as much as paving contractors do, the U. of C. grant writers must be salivating. The university gets $330 million annually in federal funds. If it can't up the loot--with a former professor as president and with First Lady-elect Michelle still in the U. of C. Medical Center's employ--then surely dumbing down has come to the Midway.