August 28, 2008 |
For inspiration, Barack Obama looked to John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as he wrote -- and rewrote -- the speech he will deliver tonight at the Democratic National Convention. But the historical weight of Obama's address to party loyalists packed into a football stadium exceeds anything faced by those soon-to-be presidents when they accepted their parties' nominations in 1960, 1980 and 1992. In a nation defined by racial divisions since its founding, Obama is the first African American to win a major party's White House nomination.
September 14, 2008 |
Even as he mounts unceasing attacks on his Republican rival, Barack Obama is ignoring the person on the ticket who is the center of attention: Sarah Palin. A few syllables are all Obama expends on the Republican vice presidential nominee. He'll mention "McCain-Palin" when he's on the trail; beyond that, her name is practically taboo. Last week, Obama rolled out what his campaign billed as a more aggressive persona. And he is indeed denigrating John McCain at every turn. Given his new eagerness to slash at McCain's record, his silence on Palin's is even more conspicuous.
September 17, 2008 |
It was clear why Barack Obama's campaign barred television crews from a Beverly Hills mansion at twilight Tuesday as the Democratic presidential nominee mingled with movie stars on a giant terrace overlooking Los Angeles. The cocktail reception was part of Obama's biggest night of Hollywood fundraising so far, an evening capped with a live performance by Barbra Streisand at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. But it came fraught with risk. As if on cue, John McCain used the Illinois senator's lucrative detour from battleground states to Beverly Hills to mock Obama's professed solidarity with working people "just before he flew off to Hollywood for a fundraiser with Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends."
August 20, 2012 |
Today's word is contrast. As in vote for me, not that bum over there. Of course, neither President Obama nor his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, will put it quite that crudely. But as the party faithful gather for their national conventions, starting with the Republicans next week in Tampa, Fla., the strategies of the two sides amount to the same thing: staking their candidate against the alternative. Here's Obama's chief political strategist, David Axelrod: “Any convention, ultimately, is a platform to talk about your candidate, in this case the president.
August 13, 2012 |
Press reports on the choice of moderators for this fall's presidential debates center on the selection of CNN's Candy Crowley, the first woman to host one of the top-of-the-ticket showdowns in 20 years. With ABC's Martha Raddatz moderating the lone vice-presidential debate, in mid-October, that represents a righteous breakthrough for women. But what's also even more heartening about both selections is that it puts two veteran journalists, best known for their work in the field, rather than an anchor's chair, into the moderator's seat.
January 4, 2012 |
One day after Mitt Romney narrowly won the Iowa Republican caucuses, President Obama's chief campaign strategist unleashed a withering attack on the candidate, casting him as a soulless flip-flopper whose main interest is personal “advancement. " “Taking two positions on every issue, one on the left and one on the far right, doesn't make you a centrist," David Axelrod, who was also the architect of Obama's 2008 victory, told reporters in a conference call Wednesday. “It makes you a charlatan.” Axelrod rejected any notion that Romney is now the presumptive Republican nominee, saying that Romney has failed to demonstrate broad support among GOP voters.