President Barack Hussein Obama's second inauguration pretty much dominated the political news this week. Oh, wait, I meant to say "a lip-synching scandal" was what dominated the airwaves in what passes for "journalism" in America these days. Sigh.
President Obama's second inaugural may well be most remembered for the words he said rather than the policies he promoted. To friend and foe alike, the President has announced the new terms of the 21st century political discourse.
While thousands of people watched President Obama's speech from the steps of the capitol, I listened to it from inside the newsroom. It wasn't until I heard loud cannons outside the window, and then two seconds later on television, that I truly realized how close I was to the action.
Why not exchange the GOP (The Grand "Old" Party) from the 20th century and instead build one for the 21st? That is a question that only the Republican Party can answer: To cheat or not to cheat?
The beauty of our democracy is that through all the ugliness of the presidential campaign and the election, the people persisted and they prevailed. The same is true of the president. He and all those who defied the obstacles in support of him are memorably intertwined.
Anyone who wants to try and give a clear, uncomplicated picture of President Obama and his party this week has to end it a little befuddled.
Folks turned up to be a part of the second inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama with hope in their hearts and a dream in their eyes. America was alive that day in Washington.
In his inaugural address this week, President Obama committed us to get back to work on the challenge of a sustainable energy future. But will this reignite the debate on climate change or have three widely publicized stories already done that for us?
Turmoil? Recession? Crisis? Catastrophe? Actually... no. At least for at least the next two years, small businesses like mine can expect... certainty!
As you well know, your first priority needs to be growing our economy and finding innovative ways to solve our current economic crisis. Here's hoping for bipartisan proposals that succeed and a resolution to the looming sequestration threat.
The progressive vision that animates Obama's agenda ("collective action") is the same progressive vision that animated Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt.
Efforts to encourage innovation should stretch well beyond science and technology. Graduates in the fine arts, humanities and social sciences have roles to play. We need their creativity, ability to express important ideas, and understanding of societal needs.
The president has weathered a good deal of criticism for a lack of women in high-level appointments. The administration has defended its mostly white-guy picks, and told the girls to wait -- more female appointments are coming. Here are a few entries to get them started.
This was Obama's last inauguration and it was a doozy for this GOPer. I was thrilled to find some fellow conservatives though.
As valid as the many critiques of President Obama are (his support of NDAA, counter-productive, illegal drone assassinations, the TPP, a general allegiance to Wall Street), I was still very impressed by his speech, his use of language, and the construction of his arguments.
Innovation is born out of both individual and collective design and requires both public and private sector attention. The country that best harnesses innovation, at home or abroad, wins more than leadership status -- it earns its return on investment.