"We do big things," President Obama declared in a State of the Union address filled with star-spangled bon mots and sounding at times like a patriotic pep-talk.
"We need to outinnovate, outeducate and outbuild the rest of the world," Obama said, spurring his first standing ovation of the night. Read More
The weakest part of our political system, by a considerable margin, is the presidential nominating process. It tends to exclude from consideration those with the greatest experience in what is uniquely the president's responsibility, foreign policy and military strategy. Read More
In an article published in USA Today, President Obama praises President Ronald Reagan as a man with a "unique ability to inspire others to greatness." Obama also says of Reagan that "there is no denying his leadership in the world, or his gift for communicating his vision for America." The late president, Obama continues, "understood that it is always 'Morning in America.' That was Read More
Last Thursday was the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech and, while the anniversary did not go unmentioned, it got less attention than I expected. I suspect that those of us who can remember that snowy day -- why do we schedule our great national outdoor ceremony for a day that is as likely as any to be the coldest of the year? -- are inclined to overestimate the hold that Kennedy has on Americans five decades after he took the oath of office. Read More
On Boxing Day, it's worth noting that Barack Obama is down but not out. You could tell as much from the contrast between his petulant postelection press conference and his peppy pre-Christmas press conference. In the former he was crabby about accepting Republicans' demands that income tax rates on all taxpayers not be raised. Read More
Two years ago, two superstars lit up a dazzled political universe — young, stunning, lissome and bursting with talent — and were propelled ahead of their time into prominence after a minimal time on the national scene. Two years later, it seems as if this has done them no favors — President Barack Obama is widely seen as “overwhelmed” by his office, and Sarah Palin is meeting resistance establishing her credentials as a possible candidate against rivals with more seasoning. Read More
A new ad put out by Citizens for the Republic plays on an old theme from a 1984 ad by President Ronald Reagan’s campaign for reelection. By highlighting the sluggish economy, rising unemployment, and increasing national debt, the ad succeeds in conveying the burden faced by younger generations. Have a watch: Read More
"Obama struggling to show he's in control," reads the headline on the Washington Post's story on Barack Obama's Thursday press conference, where most of the questions were about the Gulf oil spill.
"Defensive, un-authoritative and equivocal," wrote Congressional Quarterly's Craig Crawford of Obama's performance. "He came across as a beleaguered bureaucrat in damage control." Read More
Here's a passage that is likely to be the talk of the Right for a good while. It's from Norman Podhoretz's delightfully pointed oped in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal, shockingly entitled "In defense of Sarah Palin:" Read More
The recent news release announcing the appointment of Don Neubacher as the new Yosemite Park director left a lot to be desired, including little things like the facts. Read More