A Note from University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer to U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama

The Hon. Barack Obama
President-Elect of the United States of America
P.O. Box 8102
Chicago, IL 60680

Dear President-Elect Obama,

On behalf of the University of Chicago community, I congratulate you and your family on yesterday's extraordinary victory. It is with honor and pride that we, like our City of Chicago, watch one of our own ascend to the nation's highest office.

The campus was electric on Tuesday night. From the Library to the Law School, hundreds of people came together to watch—and celebrate—the election of a "University of Chicago Democrat," as described in Cass Sunstein's much-quoted New York Times Magazine portrayal. Prof. Sunstein characterizes our mutual dedication to pragmatism and independence, a reliance on data, not dogma, that will be required to address the challenges—economic development, education reform, healthcare access, international relations—that we face.

We value the contributions that you and Michelle have made to the University and to the community. We share your commitment to “our better history” and to ensuring that the University's efforts—research, teaching, medical care, and community outreach—provide vision and leadership for our city, our nation, and the world. To that end, we hope we can assist you as you craft your policy agenda.

We are all heartened by your achievement.

Yours sincerely,
Robert J. Zimmer