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.
August 20, 2013 |
Not counting rumors that Anthony Weiner's marriage has hit a rocky patch, it may be the worst-kept secret in politics: Joe Biden wants to be president. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the vice president's inner circle is swabbing the decks, battening down the hatches and hoisting the mainsails for USS Bidenpalooza 2016. "Everyone involved in his world," a Democratic official told the Journal, "is engaged in taking all the steps that make sense to prepare for a run, if he does run. " Biden's people are apparently willing to go for it even if the allegedly inevitable nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton, decides to run. Why is this happening?
June 11, 2013 |
The contradictions at the heart of the Obama presidency are finally out in the open. As a result, a man who came into office hellbent on restoring faith in government is on the verge of inspiring a libertarian revival. There have always been (at least) two Barack Obamas. There is the man who claims to be a nonideological problem-solver, keen on working with anybody to fix things. And there is The One: the partisan, left-leaning progressive-redeemer. As E.J. Dionne, a columnist who can usually be counted on to make the case for Obama better than Obama can, recently wrote, the president "has been a master, as good politicians are, at presenting different sides of himself to different constituencies.
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.
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.
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.
September 13, 1987
Keith Kishiyama has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Los Angeles-based Merit Savings Bank. At the same time, Stanley D. Schectman was appointed executive vice president-association administrator.