Jonathan Alter, David Maraniss and Ron Suskind discuss President Barack Obama and his legacy with Walter Isaacson at the Washington Ideas Forum 2012.
Jonathan Alter is a senior editor at Newsweek, where since 1991 he has written an acclaimed column on politics, history, media, and society at large.
He is also an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and three children.
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
David Maraniss is an associate editor at the Washington Post and the author of "Barack Obama: The Story," which came out in June. His many previous books include "First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton," "Rome 1960: The Summer Olympics That Stirred the World," and biographies of Vince Lombardi and Roberto Clemente. His work at the Post has earned two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1993 and 2008.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America's most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience.
Mr. Suskind's latest book, "Confidence Men" (September, 2011), is a multi-layered narrative about the fall of the U.S. economy, the rise of Barack Obama, and the President's harrowing battle to take control of his White House and earn the confidence of the American people.
His previous works include the New York Times bestseller, "The Way of the World"(August, 2008), about the forces fighting the global "hearts and minds" struggle at a time when awesomely destructive weapons are available to the common man; "The One Percent Doctrine" (June, 2006), a signature work on how the U.S. government frantically improvised to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; "The Price of Loyalty, George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill"(Jan 2004), a sweeping tour of the inner workings of the American government in the modern era; and "A Hope in the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League" (Doubleday/Broadway, 1998) a critically-acclaimed bestseller that has redefined national debates on race, class and achievement.
In addition to his books, he often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Mr. Suskind was the Wall Street Journal's senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and is a distinguished visiting scholar at Dartmouth College.
Journalist and author Jonathan Alter explains how President Obama's strategic mindset can be compared to the changing faces of a Rubik's Cube. Like the Rubik's Cube, it's constantly turning to find the right combination.