Thursday, January 29, 2009
Next Year's Model: Tennessee through Vermont from Daily Kos
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
ANOTHER image for the "What the @#$%" file! It's called "snake therapy". Having your little buddies crawl all over you is supposed to be a uniquely relaxing type of therapy. Strikes me as a more useful test for mental illness -- but TO EACH HIS OWN!
"President Barack Obama presented a humble and conciliatory face of America to the Islamic world Monday in the first formal interview since he assumed office, stressing his own Muslim ties and hopes for a Palestinian state, and avoiding a belligerent tone — even when asked if America could "live with" an Iranian nuclear weapon."
Also CHECK OUT this amazing photo of the inauguration -- and then start zooming in!
The Same Old Song (Bob Herbert) from the New York Times
"What’s up with the Republicans? Have they no sense that their policies have sent the country hurtling down the road to ruin? Are they so divorced from reality that in their delusionary state they honestly believe we need more of their tax cuts for the rich and their other forms of plutocratic irresponsibility, the very things that got us to this deplorable state?"
The New Black Manhood from The Root
"The daily presence of President Barack Obama is setting a new standard for black manhood. For black boys, he is providing a new script from which they can borrow to rewrite their futures."
America's Best PR: the Vitality of its Democracy from Le Mond [of France in English]
"Retribution for the country's racist past, testimony to its inimitable capacity to renew itself, Obama’s assumption of the presidency is a proof of the vitality of American democracy. … This election will change the image of America abroad even more than the image Americans have of themselves."
The President is Presidential, Not Your Average Guy from the Boston Globe
"Obama's stately rectitude was in contrast to almost every other member of the nation's political aristocracy on the dais that day, and a reminder of why people on the campaign trail found him to be both very presidential and often quite aloof."
For Thousands of Americans, There was Only One Place to Be from the Christian Science Monitor
"For some, the day marked a lifetime of protest and hope, a celebration of values they hold dear. For the youngest among them, it was a chance to see something great."
No More Mr. Nice Guy from the Guardian [of London]
"George Mitchell's appointment as Middle East envoy should put Israel on notice that Obama expects to get results."
The One Person Who Hasn't Bought into All the 'Messiah' Hype is Obama Himself from the Daily Mail [of London]
"What is apparent is that the one person who hasn’t bought into the ‘Messiah’ schtick is Obama himself. He’s not going to promise what he can’t deliver. "
Why Barack Obama is His Father's Son from the Daily Nation [of Kenya]
A fascinating perspective showcasing cultural differences and a certain kind of global identity politics that seem to swirl around Obama.
"A man is the son of his father, so we say out here in Africa. But how much of Barack Obama Senior is in his son, the Democratic nominee for US president? Or just how Kenyan is Sen Obama?"
The Day the World Thought Would Never Happen from the Daily Mail [of London]
"There's a fascinating picture here of the office arrangement in the West Wing now that Obama has moved in.
"History was being made up there on the hill and the atmosphere was so electrifying that it took your breath away."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This is one of the first conservative commentators I've seen who is even getting close to diagnosing some of the numerous ills of the GOP.
"Our party has been crippled by an all-pervading assumption at the center that if you just don’t talk about bad news, it will go away: whether it’s an extravagant wardrobe decision - or a bad job creation record. Our leaders cocoon themselves, refuse to hear unwelcome news, and reward yesmanship."
Teacher on a World Stage (Jim Hoagland) from the Washington Post
"The world's leadership club has welcomed President Barack Obama with a mixture of hope and wariness. It's been a while since members of this club have had to deal with an American leader who may be more popular with their publics than they are."
A Presidential Spring in my Son's Step from the Washington Post
"For my son, the issue is fatherlessness. Not having a father has been an impediment to "fitting in.""
'Soirees' Across Paris Celebrate Inauguration from Liberation, [of France in English]
"In Paris, too, we celebrated the inauguration of American President Obama. Several soirees were held in all four corners of the capital, in very different styles."
One President, Two Americas (Charlie Cook) from the National Journal
"There is an America that watched with hope and excitement as Barack Obama took the oath of office to become the 44th president of the United States. And there is an America that watched with dread and skepticism."
The Making of a First Lady from Chicago Magazine
"She’s conﬁdent and levelheaded, and she carries the nurturing legacy of a close-knit South Shore family, an experience she wanted to re-create in her own home. After years of resenting her husband’s political career, Michelle Obama found her voice and ﬂashed her style on the road to the White House."
A correspondent from the Guardian of London shows his trip to the inauguration. Very interesting and inspiring!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
See Hillary's reception today at the State Department!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Obama's one-hour meeting with the Washington Post Editorial Board -- very interesting!
ANOTHER AUDIO NUGGET!
On NPR's All Things Considered, David Brooks and E.J.Dionne discussed their special meetings with Obama earlier in the week. Well worth hearing their general impressions! Very inspiring!
Gwen Ifill's 'The Breakthrough' from The Root
A look at Gwen Ifill’s ‘The Breakthrough’, the much-anticipated book on black political leaders in the Obama generation.
Best of All Possible Presidencies (David Ignatius) from the Washington Post
"With the inauguration of Barack Obama, the moment has arrived for what I want to call the "progressive pessimists." This new worldview would marry the liberal desire to make life better with a realist's appreciation of the limits of political and military power."
Forgive and Forget? (Paul Krugman) from the New York Times
"I’m sorry, but if we don’t have an inquest into what happened during the Bush years — and nearly everyone has taken Mr. Obama’s remarks to mean that we won’t — this means that those who hold power are indeed above the law because they don’t face any consequences if they abuse their power."
Pragmatist in Chief from the Editorial Board of the Washington Post
"PRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama came to The Post editorial board yesterday with two messages sketchy on details yet reassuring in approach: a commitment to fiscal discipline, and a determination not to be bound by liberal, or indeed any, orthodoxy."
It's Over: Bush Staffers Make Exits from Politico
"The president will be the president until 12 noon Tuesday, but most of his employees will be gone by the close of business Friday. They’ll turn in their BlackBerrys, laptops, building passes and gym keys. "
Americans Believe Obamas will Deliver Despite Down Times from USA Today
"Americans are as down as they've been in decades about the state of the country and its polarized politics, even as they express soaring confidence that Barack Obama will be able to turn things around."
The Frat Boy Ships Out from the Economist
"Few people will mourn the departure of the 43rd president. HE LEAVES the White House as one of the least popular and most divisive presidents in American history."
Credit Markets Showing Some Signs of Revival from the New York Times
"There are limited signs that the credit markets in the United States are starting to function, at least for better-qualified borrowers."
First Thoughts: First and 10 for Obama (Chuck Todd et al.) from MSNBC
See "First and 10" and "You don't see this every day" entries.
"Every Kid Gets a Trophy" (Joan Walsh) from Salon
"Bush's goodbye address is a festival of self-pity and delusion."
Obama Tries to Seduce Republicans from Politico
"It's no secret Barack Obama is trying to seduce Republicans these days. But his conservative courting runs much deeper and wider than is publicly known."
The Edge of the Mystery (Matt Bai) from the New York Times Sunday Magazine
"No Democrat since Kennedy has rekindled the hipster flame like Barack Obama. ... The advance sentry for the post-’60s generation, Obama is the first Northern Democrat to win the presidency since 1960, the first whose very election seems to mark the opening of a new chapter in the culture."
End of an Era: Bush's farewell address was the president at his worst (Eleanor Clift) from Newsweek
"Such widespread rejection should provoke introspection, but Bush remains unrepentant. He interprets his dismal standing with the American people as evidence of his willingness to defy public opinion and do what is right, or rather, what he thinks is right, regardless of evidence to the contrary. The lower his polls go, the more correct he thinks he is."
The Enigma In Chief from Newsweek
"Did Bush's own innocence and incompetence drive his missteps? Or was he manipulated into his bad choices?"
The US and Europe Standing Shoulder to Shoulder' from Der Spiegel [from Germany in English]
"In a letter to Barack Obama, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier offers the US president-elect a "new dimension of cooperation" in trans-Atlantic relations. He foresees the US and Europe standing shoulder to shoulder and says Germany will "step up its contribution" to help create a stable Iraq."
Bush Wasn't Evil. Just the Epitome of Ineptitude from the Times [of London]
"Having stood closely by George Bush's America these last few years as a trusted member of Tony Blair's inner circle, and then as Foreign Secretary, David Miliband yesterday chose the last 120 hours of Mr Bush's presidency to say what a disaster his foreign policy had been."
A Narrative of Racism and Hope from the Los Angeles Times
"Bob Dunn's stories of poverty, taunts, war and elections weave through 80 years of American history. The climax, for him, was Obama's historic rise. 'It is almost as though I am on air.'"
Slumdog President from the Nation
"Many Indians believe Obama's victory makes all things possible for people of color--but for all the good will, there is little mention of India's ever-present racism."
What Obama Means to the World from the Nation
"America had a black leader, and suddenly everybody else wanted one. Or at least they wondered how they could get hold of one."
Self-Destructive Conservatism (Charlie Cook) from the National Journal
"At a time when Republicans should be starting to think about how they can expand their party to reclaim those who abandoned it, the party is instead lurching ever more to the right."
Two Visions of Leadership from the National Journal
"Obama promises inclusive governance, while Bush remains definat to the end."
'This is Our Moment' from the New York Times Sunday Book Review
"In four new books, hopeful progressives interpret the 2008 election and Barack Obama’s coming presidency."
Obama Targets a 'Grand Bargain' to Fix Budget (Gerald Seib) from the Wall Street Journal
"The harder part will be trying to follow that up by creating what is coming to be known in Obama circles as a Grand Bargain: getting everyone to agree to clean up the nation's budget mess in a really big way, one that doesn't just fix the problems being created now, but also addresses the frightening long-term problems America was going to face anyway to pay for Social Security and Medicare in coming decades."
Suspend Your Disbelief: How to Enjoy Your Inauguration Fully (Peggy Noonan) from the Wall Street Journal
"Barack Obama isn't president yet, but already is he is omnipresent."
A Kenyan Transition to Power from the Washington Post
"While the president-elect prepares to manage the high expectations of many Americans, members of his extended Kenyan family are also busy managing a kind of international stardom conferred upon them by their famous, if distant, relative."
At Long Last, Ready for the Real Deal (Maya Angelou) from the Washington Post
"I telephoned Oprah Winfrey, aware that she knew the Obamas, and asked, "What is your take on Michelle Obama?" Oprah answered promptly and with conviction, "She is the real deal.""
Farewell to this Flawed and Unpopular President from the Independent [of London]
"George Bush's failures opened the way for a very different successor."