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Obama Rhetoric

Will President Obama Learn From His Mistake?

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

If President Obama is serious about not letting the biggest mistake of his first term become the biggest mistake of his presidency, then he should consider the possibility that the communication strategy that got him into office doesn't work very well for him in office.


Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

For most people, civility translates to quieter, measured and (one hopes) thoughtful discussion (vs. the raised voices and uncomfortable feelings we associated with what we've come to think of as uncivil behavior).

The Principle of Charity

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Even if this election ends in a victory for the president, it's worth examining whether embracing our biases (and re-enforcing them by surrounding ourselves with people and media that confirm them) is ultimately good for us as individuals, party loyalists or citizens of the nation.

The Word Obama Needs To STOP Using So Much

Zoë Triska | Posted 12.22.2012 | Home
Zoë Triska

But you know what else I noticed? President Obama uses the word "folks" extremely often, maybe too often. He used the word "folks" 17 times in total. Romney used it three times; moderator Candy Crawley used it five.

Dear President Obama: Here's Your Hope and Change 2012

Dan Beckmann | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Dan Beckmann

Mitt Romney can't say we're all in this together because all of his policy prescriptions are about doing it alone. This is what turns on the liberal base, but it's also a positive message to swing voters looking for hope again.

Hunter Stuart

WATCH: The Obama Flip-Flop Mashup | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama's campaign has decided to fight fire with fire -- a decision that may just burn a hole in our democracy. Ask the president hims...

Dear Mr. President: Get Out of Your Funk

Jimmy Soni | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Jimmy Soni

President Obama sounds glum, but he's right on schedule. It was at this point in Carter and Clinton's presidencies, late in their third year, that both presidents began singing the blues.

"A Good Way To Get Rid Of Dems"

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- A friend of an old friend on Facebook this weekend characterized Saturday's shooting as, "a good way to get rid of Democrats." How...

Humble or Bumble? Obama's New Diplomacy

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rick Horowitz

Next thing you know, Obama will be apologizing for us speaking English. Bad enough he keeps sticking foreign words into his foreign speeches just to show them he "gets it" or something.

Obama's Rhetorical Inspirations: Presidents, Poets, and Hobbits

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Here are the ten sources behind the most memorable lines of Obama's address.

A Promissory Note For the American Promise

Kit Gallant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kit Gallant

King argued that it was the distorted state of the most fundamental conception of American political and social economy that was, in and of itself, responsible for social and economic injustice.

A New Beginning and the Wisdom of the Past: Why the Greek Classics are Still Relevant

Amb. Alexandros P. Mallias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Alexandros P. Mallias

The Greek classics are no longer simply food for ivory tower intellectuals, but are entering the mainstream of society and politics, as food for thought, as the tools for living "an examined life."

Why Smart Talkers Lose Debates and How Obama Can Beat McCain Anyway

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Romm

Debates are won by the candidate who presents the most compelling and persuasive character. If I can convince you I'm an honest, straight talker, you'll believe what else I say. If I can't, you won't.

Obama's Self-Defeating Rhetoric

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Romm

You can't debunk a myth by verbally repeating it. This is actually very basic stuff, so it is surprising that neither Obama nor his team understand it.

Barack Obama: "You" Versus "I"

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Everyone now is focused sharply on Obama's rhetoric, specifically having to do with verbal focus: Self- or other-directed, exclusive or inclusive, "I" or "you"?

Obama Should Re-Think His Faith-Based Agenda

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

There's one wall that Barack wants to pull down that I think needs to be affirmatively left in place, or, to be more precise, reconstructed: the one between church and state.

Obama in Berlin: Walking the Walk

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stefan Sirucek

The speech is a brisk, affecting affair. There are big cheers when Obama talks about nuclear disarmament and dealing with climate change, but the crowd's response to "defeating terror" is noticeably muted.

Echoing Hillary in Blasting Barack

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

Is the McCain campaign borrowing from Hillary Clinton? Consider the similarity between her remark from last March and a McCain spokesman's response to Obama's speech in Berlin.

What Will Barack Obama Say in Berlin?

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

The association of Obama with Kennedy was due, in large part, to their shared oratorical talents. This week's Berlin speech makes that association even more pertinent.

Obama's Mile High Moment

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

We're seven weeks from the biggest speech in a generation by any figure in American politics. If you can be there in person, go. Take your children. It's an event you'll remember the rest of your lives.

White Voters Deserve More Credit

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Dreier

The Clinton campaign message was transparent: they are trying to pigeonhole Obama as the "black" candidate -- not simply as a matter of pigmentation but as a matter of voter appeal.

Just Words? Obama Speeches "Discuss Policy As Much As Opponents"

Chicago Tribune | Christi Parsons and John McCormick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Barack Obama's town hall meeting stretched into its second hour, it was clear the candidate wasn't anywhere close to finishing. Obama had given an...