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Prof. H.W. Brands, along with eight other historians, invited to dine with President Obama

President Obama frequently refers to the "White House Bubble" that he seeks to continually burst with various unscheduled outings.

Posted: July 28, 2009
Prof. H.W. Brands invited to White House

Prof. H.W. Brands invited to White House

And also by invitations to a myriad of people from all walks of life to meet with him at the White House. Besides politicians from the Hill, ex-Presidents and nurses have been invited to meet with him. And now that growing list includes historians.

On June 30, he invited nine presidential historians to dine with him at the White House. History Dept. Professor H.W. Brands, the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and Government, "was honored to be included," he said.

He is a prodigious author of more than 20 books. Brands's most recent book, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt," was among this year's Pulitzer Prize finalists in the category of biography or autobiography. Obama's presidency has already been compared to FDR's presidency by the news media.

The eight other historians included were Michael Beschloss, Douglas Brinkley, Robert Caro, Robert Dallek, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Kennedy, Kenneth Mack, and Garry Wills.

U.S. News and World Report's writer Kenneth T. Walsh posted a story on Obama's dinner with historians, titled,"Obama's Secret Dinner With Presidential Historians," on July 15, 2009.


Related Links:
H.W. Brands web page on History Dept. website
H.W. Brands personal website
Pulitzer Prizes website

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