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September 9, 2009 | Peter Nicholas
Amid a summer of setbacks, President Obama's speech tonight before a joint session of Congress is a crucial moment that could determine whether he will be able to reestablish his presidency as what John F. Kennedy called the "vital center of action" in the government. Apart from reviving his healthcare plan, the president needs to reassert his grip on a political apparatus that soon will determine whether his agenda succeeds or fails. The summer left Obama in a weakened position.
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OPINION
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.
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WORLD
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.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
In his first major speech on the issue since taking office, President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. immigration system "offends our most basic American values" and blamed Republican opposition for thwarting crucially needed change. It was the third time in as many days that Obama singled out Republicans as an obstructionist force, blaming them in his earlier appearances for defending oil giant BP in the aftermath of the Gulf Coast oil spill and for opposing stronger financial regulatory legislation.
OPINION
January 23, 2009
Re "Obama calls for hope in face of cold reality," Jan. 21 Inauguration Day is over and so, hopefully, are the hangovers from the partying afterward. And when I ask the question, "What did President Obama tell us in his inaugural address?" I find myself at a loss. Certainly there was none of the fiery rhetoric of his campaign speeches; and though an inaugural address should be inspirational, no inspiration was to be had. One pundit said that although Obama's inaugural address may not have sounded strong, reading it is much more inspiring.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2007 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Barack Obama formally launched his bid for president Saturday, his eyes on history and feet rooted in the frigid Midwest as he pledged a new generation of leadership to end the war in Iraq and banish "the smallness of our politics."
NATIONAL
September 10, 2009 | Christi Parsons, James Oliphant and Peter Nicholas
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.
OPINION
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)
NATIONAL
September 6, 2008 | Kate Linthicum
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.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2009 | Richard Simon
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.
OPINION
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)
WORLD
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2009 | Christi Parsons, James Oliphant and Peter Nicholas
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.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2009 | Richard Simon
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
NATIONAL
September 9, 2009 | Peter Nicholas
Amid a summer of setbacks, President Obama's speech tonight before a joint session of Congress is a crucial moment that could determine whether he will be able to reestablish his presidency as what John F. Kennedy called the "vital center of action" in the government. Apart from reviving his healthcare plan, the president needs to reassert his grip on a political apparatus that soon will determine whether his agenda succeeds or fails. The summer left Obama in a weakened position.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2009 | Mitchell Landsberg and Jason Song
President Obama's speech to students next week may be a "teachable moment," as some educators see it, but it will not be a command performance. A combination of scheduling, academic priorities and sheer bandwidth will keep the president out of many Southern California classrooms when he goes on the air Tuesday. "We're an academic institution, and our responsibility is to cover specific content standards," said James Stratton, superintendent of schools for La Cañada Unified School District, where the school year got off to a late and rocky start because of the nearby wildfires.
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