43 Facts About George Will


George Frederick Will was born on May 4,1941 and is an American libertarian-conservative writer and political commentator.


George Will writes regular columns for The Washington Post and provides commentary for NBC News and MSNBC.


George Will won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1977.


George Will then went to England and attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics and received a bachelor's degree.


George Will then taught political philosophy at the James Madison College of Michigan State University, and at the University of Toronto.


George Will taught at Harvard University in 1995 and again in 1998.


George Will originally had left wing political views, but his views shifted toward conservatism during his studies at Oxford, especially after visiting Communist-controlled East Berlin in the mid-1960s.


George Will served as an editor for National Review from 1972 to 1978.


George Will joined The Washington Post Writers Group in 1974, writing a syndicated biweekly column, which became widely circulated among newspapers across the country and continues today.


George Will won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "distinguished commentary on a variety of topics" in 1977.


George Will has written two bestselling books on the game of baseball, three books on political philosophy, and has published eleven compilations of his columns for The Washington Post and Newsweek and of various book reviews and lectures.


From 2013 to 2017, George Will was a contributor for Fox News.


George Will was a panelist on This Week until his departure from ABC News.


On May 8,2017, George Will was announced as an MSNBC and NBC News political contributor, a paid position in which he is expected to provide regular political input on shows such as Today, Morning Joe, and The 11th Hour.


On December 3,2020, George Will received the National Society for Newspaper Columnists 2020 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award, in partnership with the Society of Professional Journalists.


George Will once proposed that the United States withdraw all troops from Afghanistan and defended Barack Obama's response to the uprisings after the 2009 elections in Iran.


George Will criticized the Bush administration for engaging in warrantless surveillance, and supported trials for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.


George Will thinks that higher incarceration rates make the populace safer.


George Will is a libertarian-style conservative who supports deregulation and low taxes as he thinks these stimulate economic growth and are more morally fair.


George Will was opposed to both George W Bush and Barack Obama's stimulus plans.


George Will supports abolishing the minimum wage and creating voluntary personal retirement accounts in order to reduce the federal cost of Social Security.


In February 2013, George Will wrote in support of a proposal by "relentlessly liberal" Sherrod Brown to break up consolidated banks and finance industry conglomerates, ending "too big to fail" by restoring the Glass-Steagall Act.


George Will opposes attempts to regulate campaign funding, arguing that any such legislation is unconstitutional and would unfairly favor incumbent politicians.


George Will was among the first to oppose President George W Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the United States Supreme Court.


George Will was hawkish in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and he expressed reservations about Bush administration Iraq policies.


George Will eventually criticized what he said was an unrealistically optimistic set of political scenarios.


George Will was a harsh and early critic of both Sarah Palin and John McCain's 2008 election campaign.


George Will criticized Palin's understanding of the role of the Vice President and her qualifications for that role.


In late 2011, as the 2012 Republican Party presidential primaries approached, George Will said that frontrunner Newt Gingrich "embodies almost everything disagreeable about modern Washington", and described him as "the classic rental politician".


George Will criticized Trump again, saying Trump was a bigger threat than Hillary Clinton.


In June 2016, citing his disapproval of Trump, George Will told journalist Nicholas Ballasy in an interview that he had left the Republican Party and was registered as an unaffiliated voter.


In June 2019, George Will asserted that the Republican Party had become a cult.


In July 2020, George Will announced he would vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election.


George Will helped Ronald Reagan prepare for his 1980 debate against Jimmy Carter.


George Will was introduced by host Ted Koppel, who said: "It's my understanding that you met for some time yesterday with Governor Reagan", and that Will "never made any secret of his affection" for the Republican candidate.


George Will did not explicitly disclose that he had assisted Reagan's debate preparation, or been present during it.


In 2004 and again in 2005, Carter accused George Will of giving the Reagan campaign a top-secret briefing book stolen from Carter's office before the 1980 debate.


George Will earlier worked on Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign, and offered her services to the Mitt Romney 2012 campaign.


George Will previously worked for Ronald Reagan as a presidential speechwriter, deputy director of transportation, and Assistant to the President for Public Liaison.


George Will was a former communications director for Senator Bob Dole.


George Will was one of the interview subjects for Ken Burns's PBS documentary series Baseball.


George Will was occasionally lampooned in the comic Doonesbury, particularly in a December 1980 sequence of strips in which several characters attend a party hosted by George Will for the Reagans.


George Will was lampooned in a skit on an April 1990 episode of the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.