- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
What does Barack Obama’s just-named Education Secretary Arne Duncan have in common with National Security Advisor Jim Jones, Attorney General Eric Holder, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner?
Professional accomplishment? Certainly.
Sound judgement? Possibly.
Most importantly, they’re all great basketball players. Even 81-year-old economic advisor Paul Volcker used to play at Princeton.
Duncan has a good shot at being the team’s MVP. He was co-captain of the Harvard basketball team and played professionally in Australia:
“I did not select Arne because he’s one of the best basketball players I know,” Mr Obama said yesterday. “Although I will say that I think we are putting together the best basketball-playing cabinet in American history.”
Forget engagement. Obama should just bet Iran’s right to a nuclear program on a game of half-court with Ahmadinejad’s cabinet.
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