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The Image That's Burned In My Mind Forever

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

Should the day come when I am forced to stop traffic as I cross the road with my walker, please do not feel sorry for me. My bones will be tired, my skin will no longer be taut and my body may be contorted, but my heart will be smiling broadly, for I will be deeply ensconced in the memories of my astounding life; a life void of regrets for what I should have done. I will have done it all.

Fireside Chats: Leading a Nation in Crisis

William J. vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
William J. vanden Heuvel

Twenty-eight times during his presidency Franklin Roosevelt used the Fireside Chat to discuss problems of our economy, national security, constitutional crises, and the war. Americans repaid his confidence in them by electing him four times as President of the United States.

Can Obama Channel His Inner FDR?

Jane White | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics
Jane White

We've got a malfunctioning economy, gigantic deficits, madness in the Middle East, and political communication is now defined by attack ads instead of conversations. We desperately need leadership.

Answers to Questions Rarely Asked

Frank A. Weil | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

One of President Obama's (POTUS) clear frustrations today, as Drew Westen pointed out in his August 6th prominent New York Times article, is the diffi...

Happy Birthday, Barack! Now, We'd Like Your Oratorical Gifts

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian F. Keane

It seems as though the president has forgotten one of the key reasons we voted for him -- and he's deprived us of one of his greatest gifts. We need him to talk to us, to reassure us and to challenge us.

Our National Journey? Get Out A Map

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

While media attention in Iraq and Afghanistan focuses on car bombings and combat casualties, other disturbing events in the region are slipping through the news cycle almost unnoticed.

Command and Control?

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Malanowski

At a time when the country is virtually pleading with him to exert command and control, he has yielded that role to congressional partisans that the public doesn't quite know and almost certainly doesn't trust.

Obama on my Lap(top)

Kate Southwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kate Southwood

Obama's use of the Internet indicates not only political savvy and an understanding of the Internet's vast power, it suggests a crucial understanding of how Roosevelt succeeded.

We Need Action

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louise Mirrer

Make no mistake: those famous black-and-white photographs of breadlines and Dust Bowl migrants have been vividly brought back to life by CNN and Fox.

Obama's Updated Fireside Chats, Sports Analogies, and Change in Washington

Rip Empson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rip Empson

By encouraging an intersection of government and technology, the U.S. might be able to re-claim what was once a venerable tradition of innovation and ingenuity.

Detroit's Rebirth as the "Arsenal for America's Future"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What a boon it would be to have a renaissance of our historic "Detroit Arsenal," with our government and the automobile industry working together once again on a program critical to the nation's well-being.