Whether filtered by an archivist, historian, editor, screenwriter, actor or director, perspective on the life of another person is ultimately subjective - and there's no group of people more highly susceptible to the subjective than the presidents.
Many thousands of Egyptians, fed up with thirty years of oppressive rule, successfully called for Mubarak's resignation. But if their focus remains on Mubarak, they're unlikely to end up with anything resembling real democracy.
We have lost our way and the Egyptian people in the streets of Cairo are shining a light for the world to see. If our President will not say it, then we must go to our proverbial rooftops and scream that freedom lives eternally.
We have a moral obligation to remember that truth, to prevent it from being twisted, disfigured or simply dropped as an unpleasant and insignificant part of our history. It is in our remembrance that freedom will continue to flourish.
The Republican lawmakers who read the Constitution out loud as their very first act in the new Congress better bask in their Tea Party glow -- because they're not going to feel the love from Constitutional scholars.
If you are ending the year with anything less than a "Wow, what a year," then the change you really need to make this year is to enlist help and support to achieve your goals. Shared goals are more likely to happen.
The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.
It is outrageous for any journalist, or respecter of what every American president has claimed is our inalienable, God-given right to a free press, not to join in Assange's defense on the WikiLeaks issue.
Americans revere business as a pillar of the country's individualistic democracy. But in a world requiring a decent if not dominant public sector, that means they'll get the government they deserve -- not the one they need.