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Public Program: "Is America Great Again Yet?"

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Megan McArdle, a Washington-based writer for Bloomberg View, reflects on President Trump's First 100 Days. (Photo by May Nguyen).

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Is America great again yet? We are approaching the conclusion of Trump’s first 100 days—the conspicuous yardstick for which pundits, the media, and politicians alike measure the direction and achievements of an administration. It has been an eventful 2017. Have Trump’s actions been congruent with his campaign promises? Are his accomplishments thus far befitting of his campaign philosophy? Are his supporters content? What do these days forecast for the rest of his term?

On Wednesday, April 12, Megan McArdle, a Washington-based writer for Bloomberg View, endeavored to answer some of these questions during her invigorating lecture and discussion: “Is America Great Again Yet,” which took place at the Rockefeller Center. McArdle specializes in the intersection between business, economics, and public policy. Her work has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and more. Her book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success, investigates how to harness the power of failure. The book draws on the wisdom of turnaround experts—emergency room doctors, venture capitalists, bankruptcy judges, mountaineers, and more—while also arguing that it is America’s unique philosophy that emboldens entrepreneurs to reinvent themselves until they find success. Have Trump’s policies strengthened the American Dream?

Submitted by Taylor Morrell ’19, Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant for Public Programs

The views and opinions expressed and any materials presented during a public program are the speaker’s own and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Rockefeller Center or constitute an endorsement by the Center.

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