Barack Obama and Me–Reflections on the First 18 Months By: José A. Cárdenas

ASU Law Online
It would be presumptuous to compare my first 18 months as General Counsel of ASU with Barack Obama’s presidency to date. But there have been some interesting intersections, not the least among them being the Forrest Gump looking picture of my big head set in between ASU President Michael Crow and President Obama at last year’s commencement ceremonies. And our paths have crossed directly and indirectly in other ways as well. In November 2008, the Arizona Board of Regents confirmed my appointment as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. On a percentage basis, my vote tally (unanimous) was better than Senator Obama’s margin of victory, but, to be fair, I was unopposed. Those votes behind us, in January 2009 the President and I both began our new jobs. I had…
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