Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift to Rate Obama Administration in Talk at Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, Pa. – Eleanor Clift, national political commentator for Newsweek magazine and “The McLaughlin Group,” will assess President Obama’s performance to date in a lecture March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Campus Theater. The presentation, “An Early Report Card for the New Administration,” is part of the 32nd annual Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow program, which gives world leaders and small liberal arts college communities the opportunity to interact and gain a better understanding of the world.

Formerly Newsweek’sWhite House correspondent, Clift also served as congressional and political correspondent for six years, including time as deputy Washington bureau chief. She became a contributing editor in September 1994. She writes on the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues, and is currently assigned to follow the policies and political maneuverings in the new age of Obama. Her column, “Capitol Letter,” is posted Fridays on

In addition to serving as a regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group,” Clift has appeared as herself in several movies, including “Dave,” “Independence Day,” “Murder at 1600” and “Rising Sun,” and in the CBS television series “Murphy Brown.” With her late husband Tom Brazaitis, a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Clift authored “War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics” and “Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling.” Her most recent book, “Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics,”discusses the loss of her husband while examining how we deal with death in America.

Clift lives in Washington, D.C., where she is on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Center for Politics and Journalism, and the National Hospice Foundation.

The Woodrow Wilson lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow immediately afterward in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center’s Mellon Lounge.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a private liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study and service learning abroad, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit

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