The media are having no problem decoding the not-so-secret message from last night. Obama wants us to know that Mitt Romney is what the president's new role model, Theodore Roosevelt, would have called a "malefactor of great wealth."
Mitt Romney has it all twisted. Should I be pro-choice or pro-life? Consult the polls. Am I a moderate or conservative? Whet my finger to the wind. Winning is the cause; convictions are the means, so change the means by all means. He bows to the great God of this age, "Me."
The men and women who saved the nation from economic destruction and political tyranny, and went on to create the middle class and turn the United States into the strongest and most prosperous nation on earth, didn't do so simply by having the right values and working hard to achieve them.
President Obama's "Renewed Nationalism" speech sets important themes for his 2012 campaign. The irony is that those who praised Obama's speech among the base of the Democratic Party missed how Clintonian it was.
Yesterday, Barack Obama sounded a little like Theodore Roosevelt: scourge of wealthy special interests, champion of a middle class society, defender of government's necessary role in the economy. But there were big differences as well.
Angry with the power of special interests, Theodore Roosevelt would go on to form the Progressive Party. Though he would fail in his bid for the presidency in 1912, the party's platform sounds like a catalog of legislation we now take for granted.
Attending the Nexus Summit were progeny of first generation entrepreneurs whose parents have created and sold firms to large conglomerates and their family has become instantly wealthy by a single event.
John Kerry should re-read his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, eloquently urging a withdrawal of United States forces from Vietnam, as he contemplates his duty towards Afghanistan.