If you work for the President of the United States and decide to leave your job, you can't ask for a better send-off on your last day than Ken Baer '94 received on July 12.
Baer has been Senior Advisor and Associate Director for Communications and Strategic Planning at the Office of Management and Budget since the start of the Obama administration.
Baer's wife and two children were invited to the Oval Office for a farewell from President Obama. A picture of the president blowing a kiss to Baer's son, Oren, with his wife Caren and daughter Avital watching, was the official White House Picture of the Day.
Baer told CNN that he plans to return to the private sector, though did not specify where he will work, after taking a family vacation.
As President Obama's top budget spokesman, Baer played a key role in messaging during the big fiscal showdowns with Congress during this administration.
He has been Deputy Director of Speechwriting for Gore-Lieberman 2000 and Senior Speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. During the 2004 election, Baer was a senior advisor to Joe Lieberman's presidential campaign for President campaign, then served as a policy advisor to the Kerry-Edwards campaign. He has run his own consultancy firm, Baer Communications, has taught at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities, as well as appearing as a political analyst on networks including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, and NPR.