Education: Cambridge-on-the-Potomac

In the "100 Days" of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the complaint was that "when a Harvardman gets into the White House, he doesn't act like one." These days, when a Harvardman is about to get into the White House, all of Washington looks like Harvard.

Time was when Harvard's presidential jokes concerned majestic Abbott Lawrence Lowell, whose secretary once told a caller: "I'm sorry, sir. President Lowell has gone to Washington today, to call on Mr. Taft." With President Kennedy (Harvard '40) taking office this week, Washington has a whole new Harvard joke book—not boffo...

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