What are the great debates of your times? On which side of these do you come down? And are you ready to fight alongside others to see that your side prevails? That’s what politics is all about, being part of a cause bigger than yourself, a cause in which you believe deeply, to which you are firmly committed, and one which will define who you are. As young people it is not so important that you have answers to all these questions. What is important is, first, that you learn how to find these answers, and second, that you begin that process now. That is what you will learn in this class: what politics is all about, why it is important, and how you can become involved. And you will learn how you can become a strong, bold, outspoken leader who is able to influence and inspire others.
Angela “Bay” Buchanan began her political career as the National Treasurer of Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns in 1980. This position catapulted her into a distinguished career beginning in 1981, when President Reagan appointed her to be Treasurer of the United States. At the age of 32, she was the youngest person to hold that position since it was established in 1775. In the thirty years since, Buchanan has remained in the forefront of American politics. In addition, she is an author, a public speaker, and a businesswomen. In 2012 Buchanan served as Senior Adviser to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. Prior to that she served as the campaign chairman her brother Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaigns. In the spring of 2012 her second book, Bay and Her Boys, the Unexpected Lessons I Learned as a Single Mom. was published. This personal account of her experience raising her three boys alone received high acclaim. After a career analyzing politics for CNBC, MCNBC, CNN, FOX, and Good Morning America, Buchanan now enjoys a new challenge in real estate, thriving as a recognizable native of Washington, DC.