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)
September 6, 2008 |
After lackluster viewership at the beginning of the week, the Republican National Convention bounced back on Wednesday and Thursday, making it the most-watched political convention in American history (or at least since Nielsen began recording convention viewership in 1960). John McCain's acceptance of the Republican nomination Thursday night drew 38.9 million viewers -- a television audience that was 41% larger than the audience for Day 4 of the 2004 GOP convention, which drew 27.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
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.
July 8, 2010
Immigration-speak Re "Right words on immigration," Editorial, July 3 The Times stretches credulity in asserting that President Obama offered a solution for the immigration system when he suggested that the U.S. "reaffirm its identity as a nation of immigrants." Interpreting that statement as a solution to any problem is incomprehensible. It would also be impossible to defend, today, the statement that we are currently a "nation of immigrants." With all due respect to our historical origins, we are no longer a nation of immigrants but a nation of hardworking Americans.
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.