It's a clear sign Putin is doing everything within his power to prevent a massive social controversy from occurring. In the end, it will be a surprise if all the political maneuvering and rhetoric has any effect on the Olympics.
To me, Obama's address to the UN General Assembly was one of his better speeches, ranking alongside his momentous and historic address at the University of Cairo, in the early months of his presidency.
In 1995, then-professor Barack Obama went on a very modest tour with his just published memoir, Dreams From My Father. During the tour, he underwent his first national interview on the PBS show Connie Martinson Talks Books.
It's a fine line between politics as fun, and politics as farce. Sarah Palin crossed it the first time she spoke, but at least if you're laughing, or scowling, or even if you're wincing, you're probably still awake.
Our frustration with Obama's leadership has not just been disappointment with specific policies that haven't worked. The frustration and the anger seem also to come from a feeling of betrayal -- feeling that we trusted the wrong guy.