Thursday's intriguing people
May 5th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Vice Adm. William McRaven

The former Navy SEAL oversaw the operation that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to the Washington Post. McRaven is described as a square-jawed Texan and one of the most experienced terrorism hunters in the U.S. government.

He has spent years tracking bin Laden, and much of the past two months were devoted to extensive preparations involving the Navy SEALs' elite Team 6. McRaven apparently oversaw the operation from the Joint Operations Center in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Cami Anderson

The former executive director of Teach for America was named superintendent of Newark City Schools on Wednesday. The school district came to national attention last year when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $200 million to rehabilitate the troubled district.

Analysts say Anderson, 39, faces extraordinary obstacles. Newark is highly insular and extraordinarily distrustful of outsiders, Derrell Bradford, with Excellent Education for Everyone, said in the New York Times.

Newark Teachers Union President Joseph del Grosso said the district's problems require immediate fixes.

“She walking into a hornet’s nest,” he said.

Mitch Daniels

As he decides whether to enter the Republican presidential nomination battle, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels visited Washington on Wednesday touting his education reform and fiscal records but giving no further hints on which way he may be leaning.

In his second term as governor, Daniels is emphasizing how the nation must confront its rising debt and how dangerous it is.

Some suggest a test of how he may do may lie just as much in his personality differences with other contenders as in his political ideology.

He sat down with the New Yorker for an interview, and was compared to the other potential GOP candidates.

"Daniels is unobtrusively friendly. He doesn’t get defensive or suspicious. He is relaxed, and being around him is relaxing," it says in the New Yorker. He doesn’t throw off the crackles of craziness—or weirdness or megalomania or suppressed something (rage, fear, insecurity, resentment)—that, to a greater (Palin, Bachmann, Gingrich, Trump, Paul) or lesser (Huckabee, Romney) degree, you get from all the rest. (Huntsman is probably unweird, too, but I haven’t seen enough of him to judge.)"

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Weitko

    @Cesar -> Seriously? After reading the above comentary, is that the most intelligent remark that u are able to construct? Yikes!! No wonder America is trailing other countries acedemically.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    I bet that this jerk is going to become more popular than Jesus Christ himself! It's quite disgusting the way most Americans consider the murder of the purported Usama bin Laden the greatest miracle in all the annals of mankind!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Beautifully put Frank. I couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you.

      May 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Hahaha, CNN took out the troll's disgusting post. Hahahah fake Cesar.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Fake Joey: hi lonely boy. Thanks for not stealing my name here, but Joey won't be happy with you.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Riff*Raff

    Weitko, all comments other than mine & yours are The Troll-he clones screennames. Joey is being cloned right now. He has many names. You'll catch on.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Riff*Raff

    Well, so much for anonymity. 24/7 News cycles have to dig up every detail to feed the machine. We'll have the full roster of Team 6 within the week.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |