July 28, 2012 |
For American fans watching on television, the Olympic Games mark an escape from workaday cares and annoyances - like political advertising. That isn't stopping President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney from trying to score a few friendly political points with pitches during the games - Obama during the opening ceremonies with a nonpartisan ode to the American work ethic and a pro-Romney "super PAC" launching spots about his winning tenure as head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.
May 28, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Mitt Romney commemorated Memorial Day by honoring the nation's veterans in this military-heavy city on Monday while arguing that the times are perilous and ensuring the United States' military might was vital for global peace. "I wish I could tell you that the world is a safe place today. It's not,” he said, listing threats such as Iran seeking a nuclear weapon, China trying to become a military superpower, Mexico grappling with drug cartels, and other international threats.
May 8, 2012 |
You saw the headline: “42% of American adults will be obese by 2030, study says.” But hey, why be a glass-half-full nation? Why not a headline that says “58% of American adults won't be obese by 2030, study says”? If we can't be realistic, why not be optimistic? If we're going to be fat, can't we also be happy? That way, when you read this -- “a new report estimated that the cost of treating those additional obese people for diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions would add up to nearly $550 billion over the next two decades” -- you won't despair.
April 13, 2012 |
This year's presidential campaign has had its share of arguments over issues long thought settled - contraception, for one. But another wrangle between Republicans and President Obama dates far earlier than that 1960s throwback and centers on the very origins of the nation. Republicans have argued that the president fails to understand that the country was divinely inspired, based on the Declaration of Independence's assertion that citizens were “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” The "American exceptionalism" argument, as it is known, is meant to curry favor with tea party adherents who revere the founding documents, inspire a religiously tinged sense of optimism and -- not least -- portray the president as out of the American mainstream.
April 2, 2012 |
President Obama used a Rose Garden news conference with the president of Mexico and prime minister of Canada to reject the political argument of his likely Republican opponent that he's insufficiently committed to the notion of American exceptionalism. GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, in a speech to conservatives in a suburb of Wisconsin on Saturday, continued a line of attack that has been made by other Republicans during the primary battle, saying Obama "doesn't have the same feelings about American exceptionalism that we do. " "And I think over the last three or four years, some people around the world have begun to question that," the former Massachusetts governor said, according to the Washington Post.
January 22, 2012 |
Newt Gingrich surged to victory in the South Carolina presidential primary, batting back questions about his personal life and riding a pair of strong debate performances to overtake Mitt Romney and slow his seeming march to the GOP nomination. Romney finished more than 10 percentage points behind the former House speaker Saturday, with Rick Santorum and Ron Paul a distant third and fourth, respectively. Gingrich, flashing just an occasional smile, marked his victory with a sober address to supporters in Columbia, praising each of his opponents and returning to a favorite tack -- bashing the media and "the elites in Washington and New York [who]