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Obama Presidency

Obama Unleashed

Politico | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

If President Barack Obama’s year ended in November, it would have been one of the worst of his presidency. ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama's Message To GOP After Elections: I'm Still The President | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's party may have taken a beating at the polls last week, but that hasn't stopped him from taking an aggressive se...

Howard Fineman

Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy? | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While traveling recently, I’ve been asked the same question in Beijing, Auckland and Rome: “What happened to Barack Obama?” Thi...

Sorry Professor Krugman: Obama Came to Office Holding a Royal Flush, and Then He Declared His Hand "Ace High"

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Our system of governance - which has steered this nation into greatness over our two-plus centuries - is in shambles. The destructive force America needed Obama to subdue has grown stronger. The future of American democracy is in serious doubt. Can we call such a legacy the mark of a "successful" presidency?

Chuck Todd's Incredibly Harsh Words For Obama

Posted 06.18.2014 | Media

"This poll is a disaster for the president...essentially the public is saying, 'your presidency is over.'" — Chuck Todd, speaking on Wednesday's...

President Obama Is No Bush

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama has accomplished far too much in the face of far too much adversity. To spin his plunging popularity numbers as if he's a complete failure is to horribly mangle the comparison with the president who clearly was a failure.

Obama's Top Advisers Set To Spill Insider Details

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the next month, two of President Barack Obama's closest first-term advisers will spill insider details on the administration'...

A Presidency of Decline

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The president's inability to get much of significance done, no matter the topic, has become legendary. In this, he may be the perfect symbol of our age.

The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him

David Bromwich | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics
David Bromwich

For some time now, observers -- a surprisingly wide range of them -- have been saying that Barack Obama seems more like a king than a president.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Every Crisis Is The 'Biggest Test' Of Obama's Presidency | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Russia heightens its military activity in Ukraine, President Barack Obama's handling of the crisis is arguably "the biggest test of h...

20 Ways Obama and Democrats Have Betrayed the World

Chris Ernesto | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Ernesto

Conservative, reactionary politics are expected from those Republican presidents who came before him but Obama branded himself as being different, something for which Americans were ready.

The Obama Conundrum

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Who ever heard of a presidency already into its second term that, according to just about all observers, has only one significant achievement, and clearly hasn't a hope in hell of getting a second one?

The Second Term: Can Obama Mature Into a Great President?

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

A second term of office for a president should be one that defines and seals an historical legacy, one in which a certain level of maturity and vision is achieved in the absence of the need to get reelected to office. Obama's second term is shaping up to be nothing more than a repeat of his lackluster, or half-assed, first four years in office.

Can President Obama Become a Statesman?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

Several of Barack Obama's most recent interventions cast a cloud over his ability to act as a true statesman.

Obama: 'I'll Worry About My Legacy Later'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

As he winds through his second term in Washington, President Barack Obama does not appear to be overly concerned with how history will judge him. I...

Our Economy Sorely Needs a Boost. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Anyone?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The price of oil, and in turn gasoline, continues on its clearly speculation-driven trajectory. A significant break in the price of oil would be an enormous boost to the economy.

Obama Going Bulworth?

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama has spoken privately of "going Bulworth," a reference to the 1998 Warren Beatty movie about a ...

Progress For Black Politicians Remains Elusive In Obama Era

Politico | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

More than five years after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses and demolished the notion that white voters wouldn’t support a black presidential cand...

The US-Israeli Defense Treaty?

Barry Lando | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Barry Lando

Mr. President, could you explain why America's security is dependent on a treaty between Egypt and Israel?

What Obama Can Learn From Bush

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

What you need to remember about Bush is that whether you agreed with him or not, you always knew where he stood on things. Obama, for good or bad, needs to do the same.

Sam Stein

Tampa Recipients Have No Clue They Got Stimulus Funds | Sam Stein | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- With the full docket of Republican convention speakers hammering him over the stimulus package he passed early in his presidency, Barac...

A Fighter for the Ages

Al Madison | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Al Madison

Like Truman, in order to win, Obama must take head-on not only the powerful forces of privilege and greed in this country but also Republicans in Congress that are at least as unpopular as Truman's foil.

Giving New Meaning to the Bully Pulpit

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

We've hated presidents. Screamed challenging questions to them. Protested them virulently. But people in positions of responsibility have always treated the President of the United States with respect. Because they understand that the office represents our country before the world.

Friday Talking Points -- Most Impressive, Mr. President

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're throwing our usual format away today, because this was a momentous and historic week in American politics, and we thought it needed the entire column to address.

Imagining the Fighting Obama

Gary Dorrien | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Gary Dorrien

Obama is still a figure of singular promise in American politics. To fulfill that promise he has to overcome his own cautious, accommodating temperament, and progressives have to believe it is still possible.