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Obama: Our Plumber-in-Chief

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Obama ran for the office on inspiration, but he may wind up being remembered as the fix-it president.

Obama's Challenge

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

Above all, Obama's inherited a government badly broken by eight years of abuse -- but that government is the only instrument he has to get the job done.

Obamavision in Need of an Eye Exam -- Part 1: Education*

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

How can becoming more competent and capable compete with having or doing things just for the sake of a distraction?

How to Make a Climate Deal

Michael Levi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Levi

We called on the President to leverage ambitious action at home to advance a broad foreign policy agenda, including a five-point strategy for UN climate negotiations.

Transition Topic VI: Nixon to China, Reagan to Russia, Obama to...

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With his liberal credentials unquestioned, Obama can do something that no Republican could accomplish without being accused of social treason.

Keep Education a Priority!

Marc Lampkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Lampkin

The need for improving our education system has never been greater. The rest of the world is catching up with us competitively, threatening our economic and national security.

Progressive Patriotism: How the 44th President Can Change Washington and America

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

It was a "change" election all right, but will it actually change Washington and America? November 2008 wasn't so much a culmination as it was the beginning of a new chapter in our national story.

Yes It Was... A Mandate for "Progressive Patriotism"

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

As president, Obama is historically situated to reframe the American conversation around democracy, diplomacy, opportunity and a greener world. What's more patriotic than the story of progress?

Dont You Get It? We Need a President of All the People!

Stephen H. Baum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen H. Baum

The pressure on Obama from self-centered, single-Issue constituencies has started. Don't you get it? We have an opportunity unlike any other for dec...

Bush Meets Obama

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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After the (Grand Old) Party: Don't Go Home Just Yet

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

If the crowds celebrating Obama's victory go home in 2009, his Administration will achieve disappointing results. The President-Elect will confront a variety of national and global crises.

An Appeal to Insanity

Sean Hartofilis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Hartofilis

Obama is not a terrorist. But you can call him whatever you'd like -- as long as you call him the President of the United States of America.

Desmond Tutu Compares Obama to Nelson Mandela; Calls Him "Post-Racial" President

Sean Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Jacobs

Tutu counsels that Obama "could squander the goodwill that his election has generated if he does not move quickly and decisively on the international front."

Media 'In the Tank' for Obama? Studies Don't Prove It (So Far) -- And Here's Why

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Can the media be faulted if one candidate is committing the major share of gaffes or making the most inaccurate statements in speeches and in ads? Is it "bias" to recognize that?

Sarah Palin Will Never Be President -- Trust Me

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Republican Party is only a step away from becoming the fringe of the fringe -- and I speak as a former lifelong Republican who, up through the 2000 primary campaign supported McCain.

Looking Back with Pride, Looking Forward with Hope

Madeleine Albright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine Albright

There is a promise in Obama's election that goes beyond any explicit pledge made during the campaign. That potential may be found in the reaffirmation of America's identity as a true land of opportunity.

Not Everyone in Europe Happy America Has Black President

Sean Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Jacobs

Though Europeans generally rejoiced in Barack Obama's election as 44th President of the US, a number of leading European lawmakers and journalists have made "foot-in-mouth comments."

The President-Elect

Bob Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edwards

I grew up in segregationist Louisville, Kentucky. Jim Crow is not a page in a history book to me -- I was there and I lived it.

Undoing the Bush Presidency: Why Stop There?

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Levine

Now comes word that President Obama plans on going back and correcting some of the boneheaded decisions Mr. Bush made while running the Texas Rangers (into the ground).

Does Obama's Win Extend to Business?

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tim Berry

They talk about coattails in terms of a popular candidate pulling other candidates with him. I hope Obama's victory has coattails in business too. Change is good.

Cry Baby

Matt Budd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Budd

Barack has a lot to live up to. There's a ton of weight on that man's shoulders, but I feel confident and hopeful that things will work out. I promise to try and keep a stiff upper lip at least until January 20.

Let's See That Audacity In Action

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

Obama should push for measures to deal with a variety of urban issues in exchange for the financial assistance sought by auto makers, Wall Street investors, middle class homeowners and the rest of America.

Rep. Jay Inslee Would Make a Fine Pick for Energy Secretary

Jeremy Jacquot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeremy Jacquot

If the president-elect wants to highlight the national security or business dimensions of energy, he could select from a list of lesser-known candidates.

Elite Media Voices Begin Making Our Arguments

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Sirota

It seems the demands for accepting the progressive mandate of the election, Going Big and emulating FDR -- are starting to be echoed even in the elite media stratosphere.

The Middle East Presents Obama with a Host of Problems, and Few Palatable Solutions

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

But most of my Middle Eastern friends also understand that Obama's election will not automatically lead to substantive changes in American foreign policy.