It hit me as I rounded the bend of a running race here in the nation's capital on the eve of Martin Luther King Day--in a country painfully divided by...
As I listened to the President deliver a vintage Obama speech, I realized I was holding an article from the New York Times about Obama's plan to build/modernize (you choose the word) smaller, sleeker nuclear weapons.
I have this unsettling feeling of my being occupied. Life continues, seemingly with familiar fixings, but at the core, near the heart, not the esse...
This week was a study in contrasting visions for the country. On Tuesday, President Obama gave his last State of the Union address, inviting us to end the "rancor and suspicion" that have enveloped us. That invitation was soundly rejected two nights later in the Republican presidential debate, which featured little but rancor and suspicion: sniping about birtherism (Canadian style), "New York values," our military as "a disaster" and President Obama as "a petulant child." At one point, discussing Donald Trump's idea to ban Muslim immigrants, an incredulous Jeb Bush, sounding like an uncool dad failing to get through to a room of adolescents, pleaded, "we're running for the presidency of the United States here!" Indeed. A good time to remember the words Pope Francis spoke to Congress, which President Obama repeated on Tuesday: "To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place."
A Tea Party star's State of the Union response ticks off the far right. More than once.
As the president noted in his State of the Union, the fact that the tone of politics hasn't changed is one of his lasting regrets. But "it takes two to tango" and from the performance of Trump and company, the other side doesn't appear ready to end the state of our dis-union.
President Obama's valedictory State of the Union last week brimmed with optimism. Refraining from a traditional laundry list of policy proposals, he stayed rooted in big themes about America, our future and the challenges ahead. He spoke eloquently about how our democracy is built upon "voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love."
A key word for the Institute is "participatory" democracy; it is even in their Mission Statement. And, the same can be said for the President's observations that democracy does not just happen; it requires people to participate by speaking up and out, by engaging in discourse with others, in voting, among other avenues.
It appears that it is not so much the policies, but the man (and party) supporting them, that earns universal condemnation from Republicans. Consider another policy that Rubin indignantly lists: Obama's recent executive actions on gun control.
President Obama gave his final State of the Union this week and in the seven years he's been president, much has changed. But, before he leaves office, there is more that can and should be done to address climate change.
Photo Credit: Syrian refugees at Killis Refugee camp in Turkey. Photo Human Rights First In his final State of the Union address President Obama fo...
Lost in all of the discussion about these new graduation numbers is recognition that graduation rates for students with disabilities remain abysmal.
Obama sure can deliver one helluva speech. And in his final State of the Union address, President Obama was nothing less than sensational.
President Obama's final State of the Union Address. What he said about climate and energy. What he didn't say. And the Republican (lack of) response.
I truly believe that the American people deserve better media that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also requires it.
The world according to Barack Obama, as laid out in the State of the Union speech, is a place where things are perfect, when led by the United States, or tied up in unresolvable conflicts, so let's just move on and hopefully in a couple of generations everything will be okay.