At a Glance
- Career History:
White House counsel
(January 2009 to December 2009) Adviser,
presidential campaign (2006 to 2008); Attorney, Williams & Connolly LLC (1972 to 2009); White House special counsel (1998 to 1999)
- Birthday: March 4, 1945
- Hometown: Norfolk, Va.
- Alma Mater: Harvard, B.A., 1967; Cambridge University, MA, 1968; Yale Law School, JD, 1972
- Spouse: Margaret "Derry" Craig
Path to Power
Craig was born in Norfolk, Va. but grew up in California, where his father was dean of students at Stanford University.
Craig attended Philips Exeter Academy, where he earned a reputation of being genuine. In a letter of recommendation, one teacher described him as "Adam before the fall."
In "Changing America," a Center for American Progress publication, Craig laid out foreign policy priorities for the new administration. The main goals, he wrote, should be to improve the country's standing in the world, refresh diplomatic relationships with allies and build a global network to confront 21st century problems.
In the first 100 days of the new administration, Craig said the president should begin ending the war with Iraq, increase troop presence in Afghanistan, continue talks with North Korea and end the genocide in Darfur. In the first year of the administration, Craig would like to see a reduction in nuclear proliferation, a plan to address climate change and peace talks with Iran and the Israel. Many of these goals have become central to the Obama administration's mission.
As a member of Obama's foreign policy inner circle during the 2008 campaign , Craig worked closely with Denis McDonough, Susan E. Rice, Anthony Lake and Samantha Power.
He worked closely with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and was friendly with Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, though their relationship cooled when he endorsed Obama for president.