- Obama appoints Nobel laureate physicist Steven Chu as Energy Secretary.
- He surrounds himself with eggheads on his economic team.
- He plans to appoint the first national Chief Technology Officer—i.e., the most powerful computer geek in the world.
If we can get young people focused on education, if we can change our culture so we are once again valuing intellectual achievement, if we pull together in making our schools better, that is going to be the single biggest determinant in how our economy does long-term. [emphasis mine; President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama, press conference, Chicago, 2008.12.16]
Anti-intellectuals, sit down. Kids, hit the books! It's time to value brain power!