From Africa to Baltimore: The long path to education for a Hopkins star

Barbara Mikulski

Politicians to be proud of

Politicians to be proud of

One night shortly before the presidential inauguration, when I couldn't fall asleep, instead of counting sheep, I decided to think through the list of presidents in my lifetime and consider their strengths and weaknesses. There were 13, to be exact, since I was born shortly before FDR died.

As it turned out, President Barack Obama was the only president whose immediate family and whose cabinet had absolutely no scandals in office. No Iran Contra, no Watergate, no mistresses or other sex scandals, no one resigning in disgrace, and no president using his influence to get his daughter major singing engagements.

Indeed, in 1950, when the Washington Post music critic panned...