August 23, 2012 |
AKRON, Ohio - Margaret McConnell chokes up a little when she thinks about the last few years in politics. When she helped to elect Barack Obama in 2008, she says, "it felt like we were on the cusp of change. " Four years later, her heart is heavy and her expectations are more pragmatic. "For me," the 68-year-old retiree says, "it's now about making little drops in the bucket. " The volunteer class of 2008 has seen a lot since that night in Chicago's Grant Park when the nation greeted its new president-elect - a man who supporters hoped would bring about an era of change that politics had never seen before.
August 23, 2012 |
Country music veteran Hank Williams Jr. is doing his best to become the official troubadour of the we-hate-Barack-Obama crowd. During a performance at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 17, Williams told the audience, “We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S., and we hate him!” The throng of heartland Americans cheered enthusiastically. Last fall, ESPN stopped using a Williams tune as the theme song for “Monday Night Football” after the singer made an analogy between Obama and Hitler during an interview on Fox News.
August 22, 2012 |
Exactly 76 days remain before the 2012 presidential election, and there are many questions still to be answered. Will the economy improve, or will the United States face another recession? Will substantive issues come out of the respective campaigns, or will they persist with negative attacks? And finally, will Barack Obama win a second term or will Republican nominee Mitt Romney unseat the Democratic incumbent? The Times' extensive political coverage will best answer those questions, but I can offer at least one morsel of information: It's pretty safe to say one prominent Laker will vote for Obama regardless of what happens in the ensuing two-plus months.
August 21, 2012 |
Just one more thing to add to the eternal divide between Dodgers and Angels fans: Angels owner Arte Moreno has contributed money to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, while the Dodgers ownership group has contributed to Barack Obama. The website WNYC.org has put together a great map that shows to whom and how much money sports team owners around the country have contributed. From the Dodgers, Magic Johnson, Todd Boehly, Robert Patton and Mark Walter have each contributed $5,000 to Obama.
August 5, 2012 |
President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney extended their condolences to the victims of the Milwaukee Sikh shooting on Sunday. At least seven people were killed and more wounded when a gunman invaded a temple in suburban Oak Creek, Wis. One of the dead was the shooter, police said, and one of the wounded was the officer who exchanged gunfire with him. Obama said his heart went out to the victims and added that his administration would...
August 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - To mark his birthday Saturday, President Obama stepped off the campaign trail and onto the golf course. Obama celebrated turning 51 with a round of golf under a hot sun at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He was joined by a group of friends and aides. The president wore tan pants, a white shirt and sunglasses, while his companions, described by a White House aide as personal friends, wore golf shirts and shorts on a sunny, sultry, mid-90s day. Later in the day, the president was to fly to Camp David for a quiet weekend in the pine forests of the Catoctin Mountains.
July 31, 2012 |
Back in 2004, when James Mann wrote "Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet," he took full advantage of the sarcastic nickname that President George W. Bush's foreign policy advisors gave themselves. It not only captured their ideological zeal and outsized egos, but was an inside joke: the neo-cons liked the allusion to "Star Trek's" über - rational humanoids, and future Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had grown up near a statue of another Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
July 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has a simple wish for his upcoming birthday: some cash. At least that is what First Lady Michelle Obama is asking for in an email to supporters Monday, in which she reveals she and her husband plan to celebrate his 51st birthday next month with "a little celebration" at their Chicago home. Obama's birthday is Aug. 4, and his reelection campaign is using the occasion for another contest in which supporters can enter to win a chance to meet the president.
July 15, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 15 - 21 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Christian Bale. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Sunny Anderson. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly Kristin Davis; Josh Groban. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Morgan Freeman; Lorraine Bracco.
June 17, 2012 |
Barack Obama The Story David Maraniss Simon & Schuster: 643 pp., $32.50 Abnormal men become presidents of the United States. The overweening self-confidence required to reach for the office, the preternatural discipline and effort of will needed to grasp it - in another setting, these traits might be called pathological. Tracing the roots of abnormality becomes a recurring motif in presidential biographies: polio's impact on Franklin D. Roosevelt, the death of John F. Kennedy's eldest brother, the absent or dysfunctional fathers of Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton.