January 28, 2010
Barack Obama's first State of the Union address satisfied the Constitution's requirement that the president recommend to Congress "such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." It also lived up (or down) to the modern expectation that such speeches will be extravagant exercises in high rhetoric and political theater. What it seems unlikely to do, however, is galvanize support in Congress and the country for what until very recently was the president's most prized priority. Obama's speech was an amalgam of genuinely inspirational language, empathy (especially, and rightly, for the unemployed)
December 2, 2009
Though generally welcoming the promised buildup of American troops to Afghanistan, Europe is likely to present President Obama with a mixed bag of responses to his request that allies step up their own deployments. Some European leaders say that their countries are already stretched to the limit militarily and that growing public opposition to the war severely restricts their options. In France, headlines trumpeted President Nicolas Sarkozy's "flat refusal" to meet a reported request for 1,500 more soldiers.
September 13, 2009
Re "Bipartisan praise for school speech," Sept. 9 Some parents didn't want their children to hear President Obama's back-to-school talk to students last week? Apparently they must believe that parental influence is very weak. Otherwise, why would they think that a single talk could "indoctrinate" their children to believe what is contrary to the parents' beliefs? Jim Goodenough Canoga Park -- The Hysteria Alert has been raised to Code Silly. Lock up your sons and daughters, dangle those tea bags from your earlobes and keep your sets tuned to Fox News for emergency instructions: Unbelievable as it sounds, the president of the United States is telling schoolchildren to play fair, work hard and stay in school.
September 11, 2009
Re "Obama says healthcare status quo not an option," Sept. 10, and "Dollars and sense," Editorial, Sept. 10 President Obama cut through the blizzard of lies that have swirled around healthcare reform this summer. His detailed speech laid out the clear economic and moral reasons why we must reform our healthcare system, and he offered a comprehensive, middle-of-the-road plan for how to do it. Judging from the Republican response, which agreed with nearly everything the president proposed -- except, remarkably, the need to pass these reforms now -- Congress has a clear road map to the finish line.
September 10, 2009 |
Aiming to move the healthcare debate beyond its current state of acrimony, President Obama on Wednesday stood before Congress and outlined a plan that he said would improve medical insurance for Americans who have it and make it affordable for those who don't. The president put a specific price tag on his ideas for the first time, saying the bill would cost $900 billion over 10 years. That is tens of billions of dollars less than legislation now moving through the House. Obama's speech before the House and Senate, carried on most broadcast and cable news stations, particularly sought to convince Americans who have health coverage that they hold as big a stake in the revamping of the system as do the poor and uninsured.
September 10, 2009 |
When President Obama addressed Congress on Wednesday night, he got an unusual greeting: "You lie!" The comment from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) could be heard throughout the House chamber in response to Obama's remark that his health insurance plan would not extend benefits to illegal immigrants. "I've never seen anything like that before," said Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) "We do not invite the president of the United States into the House of Representatives and hurl insults." Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.