This week the president proved again that he is a star, every bit Clinton's media equal. But neither he nor Clinton have reliably acted in the nation's best interests without pressure from a truly independent, galvanized progressive movement. That means it's our turn.
We can shrink in fear and wallow in our worries, just close down. Or we can use this time to work toward the expansion, openness, and love that we all know in our heart of hearts is possible.
Four years ago, I stood in the cold listening to President Obama's first inaugural address. I remember it leaving me cold. This year, in the warmth of my den, the president's clear projection of progressive values as core American values warmed my heart.
If rhetorical flourishes are an indication of future action -- and that is a substantial "if" -- then President Barack Obama's comments on climate change suggest that the next four years may provide much of what climate activists have been hankering for. Just how much the president might do against the larger forces assembled before him, however, remains to be seen.
Christian faith has never had much to do with following the opinions of the popular crowd, and a best selling book has never granted the author the power to discern the legitimacy of another's faith.
After all the fuss about who would be invited to do them, apparently nobody thought to suggest how long the inaugural invocation and benediction should be. There is such a thing as "too much of a good thing."
Walking through the crowds of people made me smile, because we were all there for one reason: to serve others. I was surrounded by passionate change-makers and the positive energy was truly undeniable.
The president understands that for us freedom and fairness and our belief in the promise of the future are all intertwined in the great moral cause of our time: overcoming global warming.
That budget needs to expand, to take on the challenges that the President has powerfully outlined. Yet that budget has been shrinking for thirty years, on a declining trajectory started by Reagan and continued by every president since then -- including Obama in his first term!
What America needs now is not a new guest worker program but genuine immigration reform. Most Americans who aren't wealthy don't ask "guests" into their homes to do work on an almost permanent basis. Likewise, let's be honest about the term "temporary" worker.
One sun rose on us today thanks to the efforts of the job creators among us who didn't wait around for the government to raise the sun, Not like some...
Seven times he said "together"; five times he said "we, the people." Does he really think his opponents are capable of collaborating, or is he just laying down a marker to collect when they behave badly?
So There Was An Inauguration... As you might have heard, this weekend, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term. And at the inauguration, he gave a speech. The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss teased out O's references to education. (Hint: There weren't many. For the most part, Obama lumped in education with other domestic policy issues in need of reform). More here from Politics K-12.
While the national agenda has many pieces, its mission must be to allow America to succeed in the emerging global economy. The center of that mission should be a single great national project: the development and implementation of low-cost, renewable energy.
After gay rights organizations criticized Obama for having invited a pastor to pray at his inauguration who thought gay people were sinners who could change through Jesus, it turns out the ceremony was the most pro-gay in history. While Obama spoke of religion to justify his gay rights stance, Louie Giglio tweeted his views.
It was that kind of weekend -- for the permanent residents of the capital a combination of celebration and hassle. Flocks of circling helicopters thwack, thwack, thwacked overhead like noisy mechanical geese. The inaugural parties were no less gridlocked than the streets.