Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America proclaims, “He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;”
Since the beginning of the…
“Better the devil I know than the devil I don’t” has been the mantra for US policy in the Middle East. Now it seems we may be getting a devil we don’t know, and as we stand in support for protesters in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen, we have come to realize that we’ve been standing on the wrong…
I try to teach interviewing skills to Bill O’Reilly.
Yesterday, right before the Super Bowl, Bill O’Reilly from Fox News had the honor and privilege to conduct a live on-the-air interview with President Barack Obama. This was a big deal, considering the fact that President Obama does not make many Fox News appearances. Halfway through the interview,…
In order to fully understand the impact of our decisions today, we have to wait for them to be interpreted by the history books of tomorrow. We’re all still struggling to fully understand the legacy President George W. Bush’s administration left behind. And while President Obama’s win in 2008 will inevitably go down in the books as a significant political victory, his presidency and the entire public perspective of American politics hinges on his reelection.
On November 4, 2008, 69 and a half million Americans sent a message to the rest of the nation and the world. By sending a presidential candidate who ran entirely on a message of change and hope to the White House, America bought into the dream that politics could be different, that change was possible.
By not reelecting him, history books will recall his election in 2008 as a fluke. An experiment in a new kind of politics, a politics of hope, that failed.
If Obama fails to get reelected, “He meant to show the unity of America but only underscored its division,” says The Atlantic’s James Fallows.
Historical perspective matters, and one-term Presidents largely look like failures in the eyes of the present looking back. In a country that desperately needs to unite rather than split further apart, President Obama’s reelection holds much more meaning than just the next 4 years.
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