Topic: Obama

Nate Silver: Time’s Person of the Year

Are you surprised that Republicans are surprised they lost? If you were following the polls guru Nate Silver’s blog fivethirtyeight.com you would be. It’s not that I was certain Obama would win. But reading Nate Silver’s estimates before the elections gave me odds to be cautiosly optimistic. The day before the election I estimated the chance of Obama winning (based on Nate’s 91%), in poker terms, like being all in with pocket kings pre flop. In other words, you’re in … Read More

Barack Obama: the smart bet

The below piece will run in next Monday’s edition of the Wharton Journal, hopefully reaching hundreds of registered Pennsylvania voters just before the election. It’s part of a set of “dueling” opinion pieces, one pro-Romney and one pro-Obama. I thought I’d share it with you. *** President Obama has done an extraordinary job in the face of a global financial catastrophe and shocking levels of Republican obstruction. Over the next four years, he offers a balanced agenda to support growth … Read More

Thank God for Wednesday’s Debate

Friends, we need to have a heart-to-heart, just among progressives.  Close the door.  I want say something. I’m glad that Obama lost the debate.  Yes, I just said that.  It was painful, and it was maddening.  For those of us who have stood with Barack Obama since 2007, it was even a bit humiliating.  And it was just what we needed. It had to happen, the proverbial slap in the face.

Politics and Beyond: What do I love when I love my enemies?

Reading John Caputo’s On Religion while the media muse over whether this year’s presidential election campaign is the most divisive in American history has me thinking. In the book, Caputo takes up the Augustinian question “what do I love when I love my God?” and points to the statement ‘God is love,’ for illumination. Some simple substitution might hint at an answer to the question: when you love God, you love love.  I think that, semantically, this makes the question a lot more … Read More

We’re All in This Together

Were you as wowed by the President’s speech as we were? Yes, it was eloquent and entertaining. But, more importantly, it was correct. For all of the overblown rhetoric on all sides, Barack Obama correctly defined this election: it is about two radically different visions of who we are. It’s simple and it’s true. If you believe that we’re all in this together, then we know you want to do more than watch a speech. You want to participate. So … Read More

A Healthy Reaction

Knowing that Supreme Court was going to hand down its decision about Obamacare yesterday morning, I did what any self-protecting progressive might be tempted to do: I took a walk. I try to do this every day, but yesterday it seemed essential to my sanity, and I lingered along my favorite spots. And rather than turn on the television where I might be flagellated when I came inside, I consulted my laptop. And that’s where I learned the astonishing news … Read More

The Problem with “American Jobs”

As the opening to his re-election campaign, President Obama’s rousing State of the Union address laid out a vision for a renewed American social compact, one in which hard work and responsibility offer everyone a decent life. It was a stirring message, aptly crystallizing the central theme of the 2012 campaign: Does our economy work for everyone?  Or does it just work for the lucky, wealthy, or unusually talented few? One of the reliable applause lines in the speech – and in … Read More

Grading Obama on Foreign Affairs

If you had to give President Obama a grade in International Affairs for these past three years, what would it be?  A plus?  B minus?  “Incomplete”?  For my part, I give him (and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, key architect of his foreign policy) an A minus, for a job well done, with room for improvement. It’s been interesting to watch Republicans try to find fault in every foreign policy decision Obama has made, without much of a coherent theme or a credible … Read More

From the Office of Presidential Spam

I’m in a giving mood these days. But I can’t say that I’m ready to give to Obama 2012 yet. Certainly, the most recent email that I got “from” the President can’t help. What in the world are they thinking at Obama HQ? from: Barack Obama to: Andrew Solomon date: Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 9:41 AM subject: Hey Friend — About the deadline tonight: It matters. If you can, please give $375: https://donate.barackobama.com/Midnight To 2012, Barack

Republicans – A Party without Judgment

Capt. Willard: “They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound.” Col. Kurtz: “…Because it’s judgment that defeats us.” – John Milius & Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now. In the run up to a debt ceiling debate last summer, I wrote this on my wall: In the battle between the Tea Party and Wall Street I’m betting on Wall Street. How naïve I was back then. How much faith I put, wishfully, into Republicans’ … Read More