Top of the agenda this past week: Gen. David Petraeus *85 *87 is tapped to replace Gen. McChrystal as the Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. Which got us to thinking – what other Tigers found themselves on the rise this week? And, since we believe in a strictly zero-sum world, which Princetonians have seen their stock tumble faster than BP’s? Here’s our run down of who had the best and worst weeks.
Gen. David Petraeus ’85 ’87
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Granted, most people wouldn’t consider being put in charge of a complex, costly, and potentially unwinnable war a “good week.” But David Petraeus is not most people. And from a political standpoint, the pick of Petraeus is furthering talks that there might be a presidential run in his future.
Of course, if a year from now Afghanistan is worse than ever and the General’s press office starts giving freelance reporters from Rolling Stone unfettered access, then we may look back on this week as somewhat inglorious. But for now, Good Week!
Heidi Miller ’74
“Who?” you ask. Well, all you aspiring Wall Street types, listen up:
JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon announced last week that Miller would head up the new Global Corporate Bank. Miller is described as Dimon’s confidant and a possible pick to someday run the giant bank.
So, yeah, Good Week.
Ellie Kemper ’02
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Arguments in favor of Kemper (known to the uninformed as merely Erin on The Office) being every literary nerd’s dream girl:
1. She writes for McSweeney’s.
2. And The Onion.
3. And she announced this week that she has a contract for a new book she’s writing with her sister.
Sounds like a Good Week to us.
And the unfortunate?