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Talent at the White House


In April 1962, President John F. Kennedy entertained 49 American Nobel laureates at the White House, making the after-dinner remark: "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of human talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

Think of who would be at the table if President Obama invited all the Secretaries of Education. What would you call that?

What's the opposite of talent?

It's a ghastly image.

— Susan Ohanian


2009-07-30


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