Panelists at the post-presidential election symposium (from left): Rob Portman '78, former Ohio congressman, former U.S. Cabinet member and attorney for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey; Leah Daughtry '84, chief of staff of the Democratic National Committee; David Shribman '76, executive editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; President James Wright; Annette Gordon-Reed '81, professor of law at NYU law school and professor of history at Rutgers University; Jacques Steinberg '88, media reporter at The New York Times; James Kloppenerg '73, the Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard and the 2008-2009 Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University of Cambridge in England. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
Rob Portman '78: "It was historic to have either of the major parties nominate an African American, and then to have that candidate win the presidency is something that is truly historic. As a Republican, I would love to see that happen in the Party."
Annette Gordon-Reed '81: "A lot of people are character voters and there's a sense that people were responding to the perceived steadiness of Obama, as opposed to the more erratic nature of the new McCain who came out to do this campaigning."
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By SARAH GOMEZ
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Last Updated: 12/8/08