Douglas Brinkley currently is a professor of history at Rice University. His most recent book is Cronkite, a New York Times best seller, in which he brings the American icon into focus as never before by drawing on his unprecedented access to Cronkite's private papers as well as interviews with the anchorman's family and friends. He is a sought-after commentator on U.S. presidential history and has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
Robert Gibbs is a trusted advisor and strategist to President Obama, having been with him from the early days of Obama's 2004 Senate race to his sweep to the White House, to his recent role as a Senior Advisor for the President’s reelection campaign. On November 22, 2008, Robert Gibbs was announced as the Press Secretary of the Obama administration, and assumed the role on January 20, 2009.
Robert Gibbs has traveled a long road with President Barack Obama, and his rapport and access to the President provides intimate and insightful commentaries. Gibbs continues to be one of President Obama's trusted strategists and he speaks with great authority and accuracy from a White House insider's perspective on the Obama Administration.
Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming. From 1996-2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. Ms. Roberts also serves as Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.
Karl Rove, an iconic political strategist and one of the most sought-after political pundits of our time, is best known for his provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day. Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.
After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country’s highest-profile cases and received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst for CNN in 2002 where he now serves as senior analyst. Also a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993, he has written articles on such subjects as the Bernie Madoff scandal, the case of Roman Polanski, and profiles of Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens and Chief Justice John Roberts. His article “An Incendiary Defense” for the magazine broke the news that the O.J. Simpson defense team planned to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play “the race card.”
Toobin received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Mr. Baran, named by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Campaigns & Elections Lawyer” and one of the “Top 50 Lawyers” in Washington, DC, advises clients on all aspects of political law including federal, state and local campaign finance laws, government ethics requirements and lobbying laws. He has argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and often provides legal commentary to the media. Mr. Baran served as a legal analyst for ABC News during the 2000 Florida recount. He is the author of the book, The Election Law Primer for Corporations, published by the American Bar Association (ABA) and he co-chairs the Practising Law Institute’s annual Corporate Political Activities conference.