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Paula Broadwell fell short of aims at Harvard
Boston Globe ^ | 15 November 2012 | Callum Borchers, Tracy Jan and Bryan Bender

Posted on 11/15/2012 11:07:29 AM PST by Fractal Trader

Paula Broadwell, the biographer with whom former CIA ­director David Petraeus had an extramarital affair, abandoned her bid for a doctorate from Harvard in 2007, failing to advance to PhD candidacy after four semesters at the Kennedy School of Government, and now faces the prospect of an ethical review at King’s College London, where she has resumed pursuit of a doctorate.

The revelations about her mixed academic record add to the portrait of a principal figure in the Petraeus scandal who has refused to respond to multiple Globe requests for comment and hasn’t spoken publicly since disclosure of her relationship with Petraeus and his resignation as CIA chief.

Broadwell left Harvard with a lesser diploma in 2008, a master of public administration, after one additional semester.

She enrolled later that year as a PhD student in the war studies department of King’s College London, where her military leadership research focused largely on Petraeus, according to Broadwell’s profile on the school website. But four years on, Broadwell remains far from earning her degree, according to the department chairman, and her relationship with the subject of her research could jeopardize her progress toward a doctorate.

“We have a very stringent ethical review process,” said Mervyn Frost, head of the war studies department. “We found nothing wrong with her original proposal, but in light of what’s happened now, I suspect we’ll revisit that process.”

One of Broadwell’s former professors at Harvard described her as a self-promoter who would routinely show up at office hours.

“It was very much, ‘I’m here and you’re going to know I’m here,’ ” said the professor, who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of ongoing investigations.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonglobe.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: broadwell; harvard
Interesting quote:

"She was not someone you would think of as a critical thinker. I don’t remember anything about her as a student. I remember her as a personality."

1 posted on 11/15/2012 11:07:32 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: MestaMachine

ping


2 posted on 11/15/2012 11:07:59 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader

Did she claim to be Cherokee?


3 posted on 11/15/2012 11:15:58 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Fractal Trader

So after one week we know more about Paula Broadwell than we know about President Obama after four years. Something ain’t right here. (I know, just pointin’ out the obvious...)


4 posted on 11/15/2012 11:16:32 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Fractal Trader

I wonder if Obama fell short...


5 posted on 11/15/2012 11:16:37 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Fractal Trader
“It was very much, ‘I’m here and you’re going to know I’m here,’ ”

Oh, I'm sure they're all VERRRRRY shocked at that, those academics, you know? I mean....NO ONE does THAT..!!!

Hahhahahahhahahahah..!

Just wow..!

6 posted on 11/15/2012 11:16:51 AM PST by gaijin
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To: Fractal Trader

She should have used the Fauxcahantas Warren dodge and said that she was an Indian. That ploy seemed to work well for at least one white woman with an over inflated opinion of herself.


7 posted on 11/15/2012 11:18:16 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Fractal Trader

Joe Plumberization machine now passing the Millenium Falcon, it seems...?

HOW MANY days did it take the FBI to get to Bengazi..? TWENTY THREE DAYS...?

Wow...


8 posted on 11/15/2012 11:20:08 AM PST by gaijin
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To: Fractal Trader

“She was not someone you would think of as a critical thinker.”

“She basically had no appreciation or understanding of Marxist-Leninist economic or social theory, and as for her comprehension of American and Western neo-colonialist opression of emerging and indigenous peoples, well...”


9 posted on 11/15/2012 11:21:14 AM PST by procrustes (You make Free Republic look bad!)
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To: Fractal Trader
Sounds like Obama. The appearance of accomplishment, but nothing there. She was probably hired by Chicago some time ago.
10 posted on 11/15/2012 11:22:50 AM PST by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Fractal Trader

She’s doesn’t spend much time at home.


11 posted on 11/15/2012 11:28:23 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Fractal Trader

It’s interesting that it’s all ways the woman’s fault when a man strays. So because she is clearly attractive and telegenic, she must be characterized as a pushy sl^t, not bright, academically challenged. Some how it’s her fault that the General couldn’t keep the little general in the barracks!


12 posted on 11/15/2012 11:31:21 AM PST by qman (The communist usurper must go!)
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To: Fractal Trader

Is P.B.’s harvard grades public information???


13 posted on 11/15/2012 11:45:54 AM PST by Leep (Are you smarter than a 7th grade math student and or Barack 0bama?)
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To: massgopguy

Well, she does have high cheekbones.

What about Benghazi? Move along. Nothing to see here.


14 posted on 11/15/2012 11:48:10 AM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: gaijin; Fractal Trader; procrustes

Actually, she does sound like she might have been somewhat conservative or at least patriotic, so I guess that would definitely not qualify her as a “deep thinker.”

But she’s going to be trashed in a big way now and will probably end up in jail, because I think she, rather than Petraeus, is going to be picked as the one to be blamed for everything. That is, not only the affair, but the entire state of Afghanistan, the Middle East, etc.

Her father said that it was not about the affair but about something else, and I think he probably knew what he was talking about.

Also, I wonder if in the course of her research and interviews, she came across things that might make the regime feel uncomfortable and possibly even exposed.


15 posted on 11/15/2012 12:01:31 PM PST by livius
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To: Fractal Trader

You know, I don’t think I’ve seen the question asked that, if she’s a biographer, why did she need another writer’s help, enough so that the other writer got credit on the book’s cover.

Maybe she WAS a plant.
I have no idea, but it’s worth asking.

Cheers,
Jim


16 posted on 11/15/2012 12:06:35 PM PST by gymbeau (Free USA!)
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To: Fractal Trader

“One of Broadwell’s former professors at Harvard described her as a self-promoter who would routinely show up at office hours.”

And I bet that fed the ego of the professor very well. I have never seen one of them that didn’t appreciate their students’ attention or adulation.

Pretty common in the academic world...


17 posted on 11/15/2012 12:19:20 PM PST by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: Fractal Trader

This is a joke of an article. Apart from adultery, she has a great resume. The fact that a couple of Harvard professors did not like her is, if anything, a plus.


18 posted on 11/15/2012 12:36:24 PM PST by Stingray51
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To: Moonman62

“She’s doesn’t spend much time at home.”

Was thinking that after learning about her accomplishments and endeavors vis-a-vis her home in Charlotte, NC. Even with modern telecommuting that’s a lot of ground to cover and still manage to raise two young boys.


19 posted on 11/15/2012 12:42:52 PM PST by mkboyce
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To: Fractal Trader
Broadwell left Harvard with a lesser diploma in 2008, a master of public administration

If she applied herself more she could have gotten that much desired degree in Public Misadministration.

20 posted on 11/15/2012 12:52:54 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: gymbeau

In her speech at the University of Denver a few weeks ago, she said that she was a terrible writer and speaker when she enrolled there and that she had to learn quickly because it was a year long program. She probably had help with writing while she was there.

I read somewhere that Broadwell says she has ADD. Writing a dissertation or a book requires focus until the thing is done. Combine a lack of a gift for writing with ADD, and I can see how she would not have her dissertation completed yet. Also, she is writing about Petraeus’ leadership or some such. It is hard to write about something that is still happening. She has no ending. She wants to have all the information possible about him. And she is in obsession with him. Recipe for disaster!

My husband reminds me every time I mention this woman’s name: diaper woman.


21 posted on 11/15/2012 1:01:29 PM PST by petitfour
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To: mkboyce

The article is a hit piece.

She was not away from home when she was at Harvard. Her husband was doing a fellowship at Mass General. They were living in Cambridge.

The Boston Glob conveniently left out a lot of information. Paula graduated valedictorian, was president of all-state student government presidents, all-state basketball team member, school orchestra concert master and...and...Homecoming Queen!! While at West Point she excelled and graduated top in her class for physical fitness.

Our president and the administration want to paint her as an evil disaster. Not sure she is. Why are they afraid of her? Are they afraid she will tell the truth?


22 posted on 11/15/2012 1:10:51 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: Fractal Trader

She might not be a critical thinker, but it looks like she usually gets what she wants. I keep thinking about the woman in Presumed Innocent. Broadwell reminds me of that character.


23 posted on 11/15/2012 1:29:08 PM PST by cdcdawg
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To: qman
"It’s interesting that it’s all ways the woman’s fault when a man strays. So because she is clearly attractive and telegenic, she must be characterized as a pushy sl^t, not bright, academically challenged."

Granted, but it's more interesting when the stereotype is true...

24 posted on 11/15/2012 1:34:09 PM PST by StAnDeliver (Own It.)
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To: JoeDetweiler
Something ain’t right here. (I know, just pointin’ out the obvious...)

It's still a damn good point!

25 posted on 11/15/2012 1:42:26 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: Fractal Trader

So, West Point Grad, Harvard MPA degree, grad studies in London.

This is a hit piece. I remember they used to denigrate GW Bush’s intellect and forget his MBA from Harvard.


26 posted on 11/15/2012 1:52:26 PM PST by marron
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To: procrustes

LOL, beautiful. Can you shorten that some so it fits on her epitaph?


27 posted on 11/15/2012 1:55:03 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Fractal Trader

One thing about Harvard: they’ll admit the usual run of politically correct idiots and preference quota morons, but, once in, the faculty actually expects you to work - work like a dog - to manage and successfully complete your studies.

Evidently, that didn’t sit too well with this character.


28 posted on 11/15/2012 2:00:20 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Fractal Trader

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2959833/posts


29 posted on 11/15/2012 2:48:30 PM PST by outpostinmass2
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To: Jack Hammer
The second hardest thing in the world is to be accepted to Harvard. The hardest thing is to flunk out of Havard.
30 posted on 11/15/2012 3:06:40 PM PST by outpostinmass2
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To: petitfour
My husband reminds me every time I mention this woman’s name: diaper woman.

Captain Astronut? She was busted back to Commander and kicked out of the Navy with an other than honorable discharge.

31 posted on 11/15/2012 3:30:41 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: petitfour

Yeah, we’ll I’ve had one book published, though it was fiction, and no one bailed me out (maybe it would have sold better if someone had, LOL!). Just seems strange that a so called writer needs another writer. I smell a Rat.

Cheers,
Jim


32 posted on 11/15/2012 3:39:05 PM PST by gymbeau (Free USA!)
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To: livius
Actually, she does sound like she might have been somewhat conservative or at least patriotic, so I guess that would definitely not qualify her as a “deep thinker.”

She spoke at a Republican fundraiser at one point. And the Florida woman in the scandal is a registered Republican according to politicalstrategies.com which tracks registrations in PA, OH and FL.

33 posted on 11/15/2012 3:47:25 PM PST by JediJones (Newt Gingrich warned us that the "King of Bain" was unelectable. Did you listen?)
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

Many professors schedule office hours at times they know most students won’t drop by. Many have their own agendas and resent “personality” students who “sit” on them.


34 posted on 11/15/2012 4:57:30 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, they must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Theodore R.

“Many have their own agendas and resent “personality” students who “sit” on them.”

Interesting choice of words. LOL


35 posted on 11/15/2012 5:29:56 PM PST by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: qman
Some how it’s her fault that the General couldn’t keep the little general in the barracks!

Him?


36 posted on 11/15/2012 5:34:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Fractal Trader

Petraeus and Broadwell’s last meeting together. Check out Broadwell’s dress.

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/14/15174356-as-their-secret-dissolved-petraeus-broadwell-chatted-at-awards-dinner?lite


37 posted on 11/15/2012 5:38:35 PM PST by Atlantan
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To: Fractal Trader
One of Broadwell’s former professors at Harvard described her as a self-promoter who would routinely show up at office hours.

As opposed to showing up when?

38 posted on 11/15/2012 6:07:00 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend)
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To: gymbeau

In her case, she chose a subject of great interest and had unbelievable access. That made the project worth hiring a real writer to finish the job. Reminds me of Barry’s fictional autobiography. Lol


39 posted on 11/15/2012 6:08:39 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Fractal Trader

She should have told them she was an Indian and threatened to sue them for discrimination.


40 posted on 11/15/2012 7:14:23 PM PST by Tzimisce (Will there be anything to fight for in 2016?)
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To: outpostinmass2

Most of the kids at Harvard are pretty brainy; it’s not surprising that so few flunk out.


41 posted on 11/15/2012 8:40:42 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: gymbeau; Fractal Trader

I have been thinking that same thing: plant.


42 posted on 11/15/2012 9:26:36 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl
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To: ladyjane

She lied about being top of the class in fitness.


43 posted on 11/15/2012 9:41:07 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Interesting. I’ve never seen that reported. Do you have a source?


44 posted on 11/16/2012 6:29:16 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Fractal Trader

Sex tape in 3....2....1....


45 posted on 11/16/2012 8:50:16 AM PST by montag813
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To: ladyjane

Girl, Google is your friend.


46 posted on 11/16/2012 6:54:36 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl
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To: Fractal Trader
A buddy of mine wondered what the General was thinking.

I told him to look up the Keywords “chrome” and “trailer hitch” on Google.

47 posted on 11/16/2012 7:10:16 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Win or lose, Impeach Obama Ben Ghazi...)
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