Presidential Innovation Fellows are becoming known, and appreciated, for bringing the culture of civic innovation to Washington. No doubt the government needs it.
Daschle is a little guy, but he’s tough, shrewd, and as a former majority leader, he understood power. He knew how to negotiate, and that meant sometimes negotiating with Republicans.
OPINION | Staff is overloaded, insular, short on gravitas and hostile to outside advice.
President Obama's proposed policy "fix" may ultimately fix little in the mess the Affordable Care Act has created, but his concessions Thursday nonetheless made history.
In my column "Obama, JFK, Reagan" I suggested that President Obama's policy toward Syria is in line with the national security strategies of President Kennedy and President Reagan: the threat of force combined with diplomacy.
What is the alternative policy of politicians, columnists and cable commentators who casually criticize Obama? In most cases they have none. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher would be appalled by the weakness, confusion, and partisanship of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Those who say Obama has no policy are transparently wrong. Obama has a clear policy. First, Congress should grant him the authority to use force if necessary while he negotiates for the removal of chemical weapons through diplomacy. Second, if diplomacy fails, employ targeted military strikes aimed at reducing Syrian President Bashar Assad's capacity to use chemical weapons. Third, provide military aid to factions resisting Assad within Syria that are pro-democracy.
Obama can be fairly criticized for taking long to arrive at this policy and appearing tentative at times in pursuing it. But he has a policy. It is the right policy. Most of his opponents, by contrast, offer no policy, only platitudes offered from the sidelines.
President Obama doesn't enjoy politics or governing, but he sure likes to give a speech. In the last few years he has tried to use speeches to sell policies or address crises, and he has been criticized for this habit time after time.
But facing the strong opposition to a military strike in Syria, Obama is now being told by Republicans and Democrats alike that he needs to address the nation. With days left before Congress votes on a resolution to authorize military force in Syria, short of another chemical attack there, a speech may be the only way Obama can change enough minds.
The American people don't support strikes, so a majority of their representatives in Congress don't either. But if Obama has a case to make, he is running out of time to make it. Making the case won't be easy for Obama, who wouldn't have trapped himself if he wasn't so conflicted.
The next weeks and months could determine President Obama's legacy.