What Makes for Greatness in a President?

An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom

October 21, 2008
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Alvin S. FelzenbergUniversity of Pennsylvania and George Washington University

Author of The Leaders We Deserved (And a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game

Alvin S. Felzenberg teaches at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.  He was the principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission.  He has been an adviser to the U.S. Departments of Defense and State and held several senior staff positions at the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in two presidential administrations. In the 1980’s, he was New Jersey's Assistant Secretary of State. Recently, he was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

He has appeared as a commentator on major public affairs television shows, including CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” and has contributed to the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and National Review Online. His most recent books include The Leaders We Deserved and a Few We Didn’t: Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game (Basic Books, 2008) and Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9-11 Commission (Rutgers University Press, 2006).

He obtained his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.


What Makes for Greatness in a President?


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