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Kenneth Baer was director of communications for the Obama White House's Office of Management and Budget. He is the founder and co-editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.[1]

Baer is a former White House speechwriter, author, and analyst.[2]

Early life and educationEdit

Baer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was editorial page editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. Afterward, Baer obtained a doctorate in Politics from Oxford University as a Thouron Scholar.[3]


Baer was Deputy Director of Speechwriting for 2000 Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign and Senior Speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore; he also wrote on technology and telecommunications issues for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman William E. Kennard.

During the 2004 presidential election, he was a senior advisor to the Joe Lieberman for President campaign and later advised the Kerry-Edwards campaign on a variety of policy issues. During the election, Baer was an online columnist for The American Prospect. He was also a contributor to the blog TPMCafe.

Following the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, he was named director of communications for Peter Orszag, then director of the Office of Management and Budget. Baer remained in the position when Orszag resigned.

In addition to running his own consultancy firm, Baer Communications, he has taught at Georgetown University and at Johns Hopkins University.

He is the author of Reinventing Democrats: The Politics of Liberalism from Reagan to Clinton (University Press of Kansas, 2000), has published commentaries in publications such as Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, and has been a political analyst on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, NPR, BBC, and CBC.


  1. ^ Broder, David S. (22 June 2006). "Thinking Outside The Blog". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  2. ^ Arena Profile: Kenneth Baer
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)