Harvard upset a lot of people when it decided to reward the former Trump apologist and fellow snake oil salesman with a fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics.
That decision was compounded back in September when the Kennedy School’s dean announced that he was withdrawing the school’s invitation to Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow at the same prestigious institute.
In announcing that decision, dean Doug Elmendorf wrote, “In particular, I think we should weigh, for each potential visitor, what members of the Kennedy School community could learn from that person’s visit against the extent to which that person’s conduct fulfills the values of public service to which we aspire.”
By every measure of those words, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer doesn’t meet those standards, unless Harvard defines its values as blindly serving a pathologically lying president at all costs to the public trust.
So, it’s not surprising that some students who attended one of these Q&A sessions weren’t very impressed by Spicer’s intellectual depth or his contributions to expanding their knowledge.
After the discussion, one student told HuffPost, “He’s incredibly inarticulate, so it was really difficult to take any sort of notes.”
Another said, “I was kind of expecting him to be better than how he was portrayed through the press, but he was pretty much just as slimy and weaselly as I’d thought he was.”
Equally disappointing was the content of those discussions, the students said.
According to HuffPost, Spicer spoke of how great it was when the New England Patriots were in his office; how White House press briefings are a “waste of time”; how he was always in his office when journalists needed him (except, apparently, his door was always closed); and how he will continue to support his former boss, who made him go in front of the public every day to defend the most prolific liar in presidential history.
Way to go, Harvard!