besserA Williams staffer notes that Richard Besser ’81, acting director of the Center for Disease Control, is in the news, and not necessarily in a good way. Regular readers are probably looking forward to a thousand word screed on why Swine Flu is the faulty of Anchor Housing or the lack of Ideological Diversity or Lectures. Alas, no time today! Background on Besser here and here. Not sure why President Obama named Besser acting head rather than giving him the job permanently. Is there something about his politics that makes him unacceptable to Democrats? Is the CDC job usually awarded to a dilettante, sort of like Ambassador to France?

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