Category Archive: Barack Obama

The Two Cultures

One of the things I was hoping for yesterday was a breakdown of the walls we have been building up in this country. Sure, one did fall—or crumble a bit, at least—the wall… Continue reading

The “O”s Have It?

We’ve been through the “e” craze (ecommerce, etexts) and the “i” craze (ipod). Now look for the “o” craze—if Obama wins this election. Looking back at the debates, and we will hear of… Continue reading

It’s a Joke?

If there is irony in the cover to this week’s The New Yorker, it’s not in the drawing itself. The incongruity lies in seeing the cartoon on the cover of that particular magazine.… Continue reading

Hillary "Remembers" and We Forget

On Christmas Day, 1985, I happened into a war. It wasn’t much of one, really, but it included kids trying to sell us (I was traveling with a friend) what they claimed were… Continue reading

Answering the Obama Challenge

My reaction, on reading Barack Obama’s Philadelphia speech yesterday, was that he has offered us and our presidential candidates the chance to raise the level of debate in America to a level not… Continue reading

Democrats: "Now Is the Time to Come to the Aid of the Party"

Let me start with this: I am no fan of Hillary Clinton. Her husband does look a little better in retrospect and by comparison to his successor, but I never really liked him… Continue reading

How Many Times Do We Have to Tell You?

Wasn’t it Tolstoy who believed that “leaders” simply follow from in front? For the second time, we have a victory in a Democratic primary where a candidate won by a margin well beyond… Continue reading

Again, with the Narrative

Once more, the American commercial news media have created a story and then reported it as “news.” How long, just how long can this go on? Polls, the day before the New Hampshire… Continue reading

The New Hampshire Debates

Last night, for the first time, I watched the debates on television. Aside from the Facebook fooforall and something irrelevant called the “Spin Room,” I even found the presentation reasonable—though the guy from… Continue reading