Obama taps Dartmouth chief to head World Bank
March 23rd, 2012
10:33 AM ET
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Obama taps Dartmouth chief to head World Bank

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - President Obama will nominate Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College, to be the next president of the World Bank, an administration source told CNN on Friday.

Kim's background is in medicine, not economics or business as has been the case with previous World Bank presidents. He has worked with international organizations as a senior official at the World Health Organization.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Critics will criticize about not picking someone with a business background. President Obama nominated someone with a different agenda from a businesman. Change. Instead of nominating someone motivated by profit, Pres. Obama nominated someone who has taken an oath to "do no harm."

    March 23, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Foster

    Gee, no surprise here that Obama would appoint someone for this position with no experience. After all, Obama became President with no experience and even got the Nobel Peace Prize when it wasn't even earned. And what experience does Dr. Jim Yong Kim have for this position....none, other than being a left wing progressive liberal. Interesting how fast they scrubbed his Wikipage regarding how the good doctor over spent at Dartmouth including purchasing a $30,000.00 coffee machine for his personal office.

    March 23, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Great... another ivy league "big thinker" with no real world experience. It's worked out soooooooo well so far.

    March 23, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. concerned citizen

    This has been a big problem of Obama - he seems to like a "bland" attached to academia and so on and to love name dropping (I am tired of keeping hearing he call "my friend, Buffett"). He also appointed those who were big donors for his campaign as cabinets, ambassadors, despite that they didn't have any appropriate experience. It was worse than what Bush did actually. So Obama really hasn't brought any change in terms of governance.

    While Obama is from a very humble background, he seems to like those "elites" and I assume that's why he didn't recline Nobel Peace prize and believes he "deserves" another term. I was a big supporter for Obama, but the more I have seen how Obama has done as president, the less I like him.

    March 23, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Foster wrote:

    ...After all, Obama became President with no experience and even got the Nobel Peace Prize when it wasn't even earned. ...
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    Ha. The Nobel Peace Prize was a well deserved honor that Pres. Obama accepted. The world was so relieved that the American voters elected a Democrat, and not another war mongering Republican, that they gave The American People a Nobel Prize, and Pres. Obama accepted it for us. And if Republicans and conservatives keep up the crazy talk, he'll be accepting another one.

    March 23, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "The world was so relieved that the American voters elected a Democrat, and not another war mongering Republican, that they gave The American People a Nobel Prize, and Pres. Obama accepted it for us."
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    Hmmmmm... where did you get the facts to back up that assertation, Rudy?

    March 23, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. w l jones

    Our economy as well as the world economies is a little sick so we need a doctor to get it back in good healthy. Good choice. Bless.

    March 23, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    All you dimwits hear criticizing President Obama's pick should do a little research on what the World Bank's mission is (to help countries) and Dr. Kim's background. Here's a brief bio:

    "Kim, a Korean-born physician and anthropologist who taught at Harvard Medical School, is a pioneering figure in building public-health delivery systems for developing countries. He was a co-founder of Partners in Health, a Boston-based non-profit organization that provides free health care to people in countries such as Haiti and Rwanda. Later, he held a senior post at the World Health Organization, helping scale up its efforts to deal with the H.I.V./AIDS crisis in Africa."

    Why is it a good thing to have someone with Dr. Kim's background at the World Bank? Because "in the past twenty years, the biggest change in the field of economic development and poverty reduction has been the integration of public-health initiatives with traditional lending programs."

    My quotes are from the March 23, 2012 "New Yorker" magazine. Do yourself a favor, and read the article!

    March 24, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |