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Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Bill Clinton receives American University award for wonkiness

Two decades after his administration popularized the word “wonk,” former president Bill Clinton has been selected to receive an American
Bill Clinton, Wonk of the Year. (Mark Lennihan - AP)
University award for his political policies and humanitarian objectives.

The “Wonk of the Year” award is the first of its kind for the D.C. school, which recently launched a branding campaign focused on re-defining “wonks.” The university’s student-run Kennedy Political Union chose Clinton as the first recipient, the school’s student newspaper reported.

Clinton is expected to give a speech on embracing humanity when he accepts the award Friday. He will also answer pre-submitted questions from American University students.

The award ceremony will be at American University on Friday at 7 p.m. The event is sold-out, but we’ll be live-tweeting from Bender Arena.

In the meantime, you can read The Post’s Wonkblog by Ezra Klein.

By Sylvia Carignan  |  07:18 PM ET, 01/27/2012

 
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