Early this year President Obama spoke before the Cleveland Club. After the speech 7th grader Alura Winfrey inquired, "If you could go back to the first day of your first term what advice would you give yourself?" Obama reflected for a moment and then blithely explained he would have worked harder to sell his economic policies.
Robin Cook has written thirty-four novels which have sold over one hundred million copies worldwide. There have been a dozen films, television movies and mini-series made from his work. In each of his novels, he elucidates various medical/biotech ethical issues, while entertaining his readers with thriller-style stories.
Barack Obama and Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to the presidency from very different worlds and with very different temperaments, but they shared one defining trait: When the country was at risk and the Congress failed to act, the very cerebral Obama and the politically intuitive FDR both reached for and employed the executive powers inherent in the office to deal forcefully with the threats.
There were only a few things wrong with the massive parade today in Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, Victory over Japan Day. The folks doing the celebrating only tangentially represent the Chinese who most actively resisted the Japanese invaders. And the celebration itself, meant to signify China's emerging superpower status, fell a little flat.
Hillary Clinton's decision to hold the first major public rally of her campaign at Four Freedoms Park in New York City reminds us not only of the many challenges the United States has faced in the past, but also the many challenges we face today as we seek to build a better future for ourselves and for our children.
I was born behind barbed wire 70 years ago in a maximum-security prison camp for Japanese-Americans in Northern California. My visit with mothers and children at the euphemistically named Karnes County "Residential Center" a few weeks ago triggered distressing associations of my own experience as a child. We too lived in a constant state of fear and anxiety, never knowing what our fate would be.