September 5, 2012 |
There's something delicious about Bill Clinton being asked to serve as the chief character witness for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton, let's recall, was a very messy president. His meetings didn't start on time; his speeches didn't end on time. His biggest legislative project, healthcare reform, never passed (unlike Obama's). He made compromises with Republicans; he made Democratic liberals furious. He even got impeached (and ultimately acquitted) over sexual peccadilloes, though nobody seems to remember the details now. But Obama isn't asking Clinton to testify about his personal character.
June 18, 2012 |
CAIRO - With his hands chained and raised toward the sky, Ahmed Elsayed Attia stood chanting in the heart of Tahrir Square with dozens of fellow Muslim Brotherhood supporters against Egypt's military rulers. Referring to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or SCAF, as "thieves" bringing Egypt to its knees, Attia, a state employee earning no more than $150 a month, lifted his metal chains as a symbol of despair for him and his nation. On the other side of the vast square, a sparse crowd of about 100 Islamists celebrated and chanted, "Here is the president.
August 2, 2009 |
It's been a bad month for Barack Obama. His popularity has fallen from once-dazzling highs to a merely respectable 53%, about where George W. Bush was at this point in his presidency. The causes aren't hard to find. People are impatient for economic recovery and frustrated that Obama's stimulus hasn't done the trick. And now, bombarded by Republican warnings about big government, they're losing their appetite for Obama's top domestic priority: healthcare reform.
July 25, 2012 |
The best thing you can say about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is that it's impossible to imagine it ever being investigated for campaign finance violations. While our two political parties are expected to each spend nearly a billion dollars in negative advertising to elect a president this November, the academy's upcoming presidential election proceeds with polite, almost quaint, rules. Next Tuesday, someone will be named as the academy's new president, succeeding Tom Sherak, who is termed out after three productive years as chief.
April 18, 1989
Larry Baboid has been promoted to vice president of marketing for Bluebird Systems.
May 23, 1989
Marvin Freedland has been named vice president/counsel in the legal division at Great American Bank.
October 11, 1988
Thomas D. Di Noto has been named president and CEO of Metrocast.
July 13, 2012 |
"Political Animals,"which begins Sunday on USA Network, is a "limited-series television event" - what on my planet we call "a miniseries" - an unusually ambitious production from the home of "Monk," "Psych" and "Royal Pains. " Sigourney Weaver, who is still a movie star, plays a woman who is supposed to make you think of Hillary Rodham Clinton and will, if you have not been encased in carbonite these past two decades. With "The Newsroom"and "Veep"having recently preceded it onto the air, it's tempting to take this new series as social commentary or political satire, but it is neither.