For a man who has compared himself to Theodore Roosevelt and the nation’s challenges to those of the Gilded Age Obama put forward a tepid agenda.
Don’t underestimate questions from the crowd technology has made voters more informed than ever.
At the start of his second term one wonders less about Obama’s fitness than his willingness: Why doesn’t he do more to build and maintain the relationships required to govern in era of polarization?
AP promoted me to the White House beat because I knew Clinton his family friends and staff better than anybody in the national press corps. Those contacts helped me break a few stories and get my career in Washington jump-started.
Although we were never pals and occasionally butted heads my relationship with Clinton and his wife Hillary made me a better journalist.
With gridlock the norm Congress’s approval rating is below 10 percent and the public has lost faith in its national leadership.
You can almost see voters nodding their heads at home: The public’s faith in politicians and political institutions has been on a steep and dangerous decline for decades because elected leaders fail to deliver.
Hollywood has a history of raising expectations beyond Washington’s reach of appealing to the very American desire to mythologize political leaders particularly the president.
If history is a guide a victory for Obama means he faces the prospect of a second term dogged by scandal or inertia.
Part of the problem is voters know relatively little about Romney. And some of what they know about him complicates his task: Romney has a history of flip-flopping on issues he’s extraordinarily wealthy and he can be tone-deaf about what moves voters. He just doesn’t seem comfortable in his skin.
Got good news and bad news for you Mr. President. The good news is that Chief Justice John Roberts just saved your legacy and perhaps your presidency by writing for the Supreme Court majority to rule health care reform constitutional.
Obama is capable – as evidenced by his first-term success with health care reform. But mandate-building requires humility a trait not easily associated with him.
Republicans would have preferred the court overturn the health care bill an act that would have underscored Obama’s biggest liability – the perception among voters including those who like and trust him that he has been ineffective.
Don’t kid yourself. President Obama’s decision to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan before he stands for reelection is not driven by the United States’ ‘position of strength’ in the war zone as much as it is by grim economic and political realities at home.
White House operatives went to great lengths to show Obama shifting focus from wars abroad to domestic issues at home.
Climate change was a point of division between Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney. The president declared climate change a global threat acknowledged that the actions of humanity were deepening the crisis and pledged to do something about it if elected.
Close elections tend to break toward the challenger because undecided voters – having held out so long against the incumbent – are by nature looking for change.
Obama won the presidency on the strength of his message and the skills of the messenger. Now the talk of hope and change feels out of tune when so many Americans are out of work over-mortgaged and worried that life will be even tougher for their children.
We the people. Manifest Destiny. Conceived in liberty. Fear itself. Ask not. Morning in America. United we stand. Yes we can. In times of great change and tumult presidents seek to inspire beleaguered Americans by reminding them of their national identity.
We’re living in an era of unprecedented change and I want to be a part of documenting it.