Frank Bruni, columnist with The New York Times and author of the book Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, cited the University of Delaware in a discussion on the program CBS This Morning on Tuesday, March 17.
The program concerned students and parents who can put too much stock
in acceptance to the nation’s elite universities, the Princetons and
Stanfords, when those might not be the right institutions for them.
Bruni noted that Vice President Joe Biden is a University of Delaware
graduate, as is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. And he added that David
Plouffe, a key Obama adviser, is a UD alumnus, as is Steve Schmidt, who
was a senior adviser in the presidential campaign of John McCain.
“So why aren’t we talking about this maker of political kings, the
University of Delaware?” Bruni said, adding the reason is “because we
prefer the other narrative, which is not an accurate one.”
Biden, a longtime U.S. senator from Delaware, received his bachelor's degree, with a double major in history and political science, from UD in 1965 and an honorary doctorate in 2004. As vice president, he has remained involved with the University, visiting campus for various events and speaking at last year's Commencement ceremonies in May.
His professors, he told the Commencement audience, "not only taught me, they challenged me and helped me understand the change that was happening" during the politically tumultuous 1960s.