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.
Several have noted the president's unapologetic tone in his second inaugural address. With the whole world watching, it was a call to action to end discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans. For that we can be proud. I know I am.
I can't think of a midterm election that has mattered more. Next year's congressional races will determine President Barack Obama's legacy. And that's what his Inaugural speech was all about.
I know I'm a bit late but I never got a chance to write about this and I would very much like to write about this. I AM BLACK and I LOVED DJANGO. And so did a lot of my friends for that matter.
Phil, repairing our deteriorating infrastructure, educating our kids and preparing for a future of good jobs in new competitive industries and services will cost trillions, and if our richest and most accomplished citizens do not lead the way and help pay for it, who will?
Obama's speech cleared up any lingering doubts about his commitment to LGBT equality. He signaled that he views this topic as more than a political issue to give lip service to. What we heard was a man who considers LGBT equality an important legacy issue.
This past Monday, Inauguration Day, I arrived at the White House for a breakfast with President Obama and twelve Silicon Valley leaders.
In his only Inaugural Address, President Kennedy issued his famous challenge: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." In his second Inaugural, Barack Obama told anyone who accepted Kennedy's challenge exactly what they could "do."
To get to the mountaintop so stirringly glimpsed by Dr. King in his last days, he had to speak plainly about divisions, not shy away from pointing out disparities and not be afraid to disturb the status quo.
My daughter doesn't remember Rabbi Heschel or Dr. King, but she knows the story of liberation that we tell every year, And some day she will tell the story of being a small part of the second inauguration of President Obama to her children.
America gave its citizens the hope of opportunity through democracy, human rights and liberties. Muslims around the world want the same opportunities for themselves and their children that have benefitted President Obama.