iOS app Android app

Obama Presidency

On Obama, Race and the End of the Southern Strategy

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Following the Iowa caucuses, I came away believing then, as I do now, that Obama's powerful voice that emerged that night had the potential to have a profound impact on America.

How About Those White People?

Susan Madrak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Madrak

Elections aren't about intellect. They're about emotion. That's why people so often vote against their own interests.

How to Come Down From Euphoria

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

President-Elect Obama is clearly a very smart guy and a very good politician. Unlike the last Dem with those credentials, he's also exceedingly disciplined. Those qualities will come up against a couple of very major problems.

The Other Side of Paradise

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Eastern Afghanistan--In the early hours of the morning, an Army Captain watched as the election results were being reported. He shook his head in disgust. "This is proof that the media can elect a President."

The World Breaths a Sigh of Relief as America's Light Goes Back On

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Looking at the faces of the people in the crowd, as Obama gives his first speech as president-elect, I see a hope that beams bright, a hope that does not stop at red or blue state borders.

Yes We Did! But There Is a Lot More to Do

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Obama has not hit a home run; he has merely earned the right to step into the batter's box.

When Joe Scarborough Predicted Obama's Quick Demise

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Scarborough: "Barack Hussein Obama is more Johnny Bravo than John Kennedy. The vest fits and the fans scream while DC's star-maker machinery shifts into overdrive."

A Change is Gonna Come

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

My son will be growing up in a world my father didn't, a world with more possibilities open to him than existed before; closer, at least, to the world as it should be than the world as it was. Or is.

A Note of Caution

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

History will show that Palin's nomination was an abomination, an affront to reason, and an insult to the American people.

Renewed Hope for Peace

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Crandell

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation President David Krieger is drafting a special First 100 Days program. Dr. Krieger has already completed a briefing for the new president.

Why Rahm Is Right

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Schmeltzer

Though I don't know Rahm Emanuel personally, I know those who deal with him. He's a ball-buster, to put it bluntly and, as Chief of Staff, can keep Democrats thinking long-term.

What Palin and Obama Share (And So Do the Other Two)

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lenore Skenazy

John McCain had just given his concession speech and everyone from the anchors to the pundits agreed there was only one word for what the man showed: grace.

Wall Street Journal: Racism is a Myth

Mark Winston Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Winston Griffith

Perhaps the biggest threat to the social progress of this country is to blind oneself to how much further we have to go before racism as a barrier to achievement is a thing of the past.

The Time-Bombs Ticking Under Obama's Presidency

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

Mr President-Elect, there is a pile of ticking time-bombs waiting in your in-tray and you have to defuse each one of them, fast. Welcome to the next four years of your life.

America Grows Up

Bruce Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Tenenbaum

I don't own rose-colored glasses. Obama's victory doesn't mean all is once again right with the world. But for now we become one nation again. Today we reject race as a deciding factor.

A Winning Night for Women

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

It is hard to overstate the landslide victory for women last night. For too long, our health and rights have been used as a political battering ram.

Now We Start the Fight for a People's Economy!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Nowwe start the fight to create a country and an an economy that works for us, for We, the People.

History on Cuba - Hidden in Plain View - In Florida's Election Returns

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

In the election returns, hidden in plain view, is license for President-elect Obama to fundamentally rethink U.S. policy toward Cuba and expand on his incremental approach.

A New Deal for America? Yes We Can!

Matthew Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matthew Stein

It has been estimated that we could fund the changes necessary to turn our world around by shifting just 1/6th of the world's military budget into programs that support energy efficiency.

Hoping I Can Change: Why I Was Wrong About Barack Obama

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Sachs

I've been consistently wrong about our President-Elect since way back in January. I think I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Defeat-ocrat -- someone who looks for the cloud in every electoral silver lining.

African Americans vs Gay Americans?

Judy Wieder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Wieder

It looks like I still have a lot of work left to do, a lot of marching and protesting--even though I did that already for others and they're not doing the same for me.

Tears For Country

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

On Monday afternoon a day before the election, after placing Obama-Biden signs on doors in Northeast Philadelphia for nine hours, I sat down on a stranger's stoop, by myself, and cried.

China: Mixture of Hope, Skepticism Greet Obama Victory

Michael Standaert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Standaert

The official reaction here has been congratulatory toward president-elect Obama, though notes of worry that the new administration could usher in protectionist trade measures are being voiced.

A Victory For Progressive Change

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

I look forward to working with the entire progressive community in the months to come as we turn our focus away from elections and toward governing so we can quickly get our nation back on track.

Obama Proves Equality of Opportunity

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

No matter what your name or race is you can make it here. America is for real. The hope is real.