I have been blessed to have spent quality time in Israel on eight different occasions. It is without a doubt my favorite place in the world, besides my beloved USA. So many of my colleagues have called, Skyped, texted, emailed, or whatever to express their impressions of our president's recent visit.
Anthony Lewis, the greatest legal journalist of our times, has left us. My guess is, as he ascends to heaven, Lewis is putting in a word in upstairs: Would you please inspire President Obama to offer nominees to fill vacant judgeships, inspire Senate Democrats to stand up to filibusters and inspire the Supreme Court to provide equal rights to gays who marry and straights who marry?
It is interesting that the White house has decided to cancel public tours due to budgetary constraints. The cost to the taxpayer would only be about $18,000 monthly, and many individuals have volunteered to shoulder the cost themselves.
The scene at the White House on Tuesday was befitting a national emergency. President Obama held a press event with a backdrop of first responders, aiming to pressure Republicans to accept a compromise to avoid the sequester. The fearmongering was at DEFCON 4.
What, according to Obama, would the sequester mean?
President Obama wants more spending — 29 programs, in fact — but he says it won’t cost a dime. That must mean he wants to raise taxes.
The 2013 State of the Union address was President Obama’s most significant State of the Union speech and his last significant State of the Union Speech. The moment presented to him, free from facing the voters ever again, newly confident with the support of a majority of American voters, was short.
One week from today President Obama will give his fifth State of the Union address, the first of his second term and the most important one of his presidency. Sure, he has four years ahead of him as president, but this year is his last year to secure a legacy, and make progress on critical issues including an economic recovery before the political campaigns begins - for the midterm elections of 2014 and the open presidential election of 2016.
Following his second inaugural address, which surprised members of both parties, the focus on Obama's upcoming SOTU address is more intense than usual. Given a fiscal crisis and several crises overseas, the president's landmark speech on equality, historic as it was, left so much unsaid.
The Republican Party spent much of the ’60s opposing the Democrats on civil rights legislation, affirmative action legislation and race-based quotas. This gives the Democrats the benefit of the doubt on race-related issues. The Republican Party continues to suffer from the credibility gap to go toe to toe with the Democrats on the race issue. They continue to lose this dramatic battle every time.
Speaker John Boehner is spot-on in concluding that President's Obama ultimate goal is to annihilate the Republican Party. Obama has no intentions of reaching across the aisle and incorrectly assumes that the American people are so misinformed regarding the critical issues that they will gladly support his warped and diabolical agenda. When will the American people stop listening to Obama and his mainstream-media public-relations machine and finally weigh the consequences of his extreme liberal position? This president at every opportunity tries his best to dismantle the idea of American exceptionalism.
President Obama's inaugural address was a fine speech that ignored the most important political issue that will define the next four years of his presidency, which is how to govern in a town of divided government in which the other party is mostly hostile to his presidency and overly influenced by factions that detest the very notion of his presidency. The inaugural address was a hybrid combination of the remnants of a campaign speech, with a bow to the liberal base, and the rhetorical portions of a State of the Union address, minus the policy specifics. Totally ignored was the subject of how this Democratic president will govern with the current Republicans in Congress, a subject that will hopefully be addressed in the State of the Union.