October 24, 2008
PEOPLE KEEP SAYING this is an historic election, the most important in half a century. And it is. In concrete terms, the United States is faced with a range of crises - economic, military, diplomatic - that are increasingly complex, that defy ideology and demand an uncommon, united effort. Failure to address them in the past has put the well-being of our children and our planet in doubt. Failure to address them now will, we fear, seal their doom. But history also includes things that are less prosaic, more poetic: We could be on the verge of picking a president who symbolizes what our country stands for. Opportunity.
April 17, 2008
THE CHOICE in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary is not only the one between a white woman and a black man. It's a choice between the past and the future. More specifically, the nation must decide how to face the future racing toward us in the form of slumping home sales, unstable financial markets and increased joblessness - and staring at us from the Green Zone in Iraq and the beds at veterans hospitals. Should Democrats choose someone who will employ hard-won - even bitter - experiences gained in a past Democratic administration, or reach beyond political truisms toward a new (and untried)
March 1, 2010
RE THE letter from Lawanda Horton (Feb. 15, "Obama Held to Higher Standard"): Of course it's the white person who makes more money than his black counterparts, but I do have a question. I'm not Jewish, but how were the Jewish people, after being persecuted by just about everybody, able to be successful in the tough world we live in? And what about the Koreans who came with nothing, but arise at 4 a.m. to load up their food stands by 6 a.m., and most don't go home until 7 p.m.? Lenny Serlen, Audubon, N.J. Lawanda Horton, I'm in total agreement with you concerning this country being so racist and bigoted toward President Obama.
June 4, 2012 |
A very strange story, a 6,000-word front-page New York Times piece on how, every Tuesday, Barack Obama shuffles "baseball cards" with the pictures and bios of suspected terrorists from around the world and chooses who shall die by drone strike. He even reserves for himself the decision of whether to proceed when the probability of killing family members or bystanders is significant. The article could have been titled "Barack Obama: Drone Warrior. " Great detail on how Obama personally runs the assassination campaign.
April 20, 2008
The Democratic presidential primary Tuesday presents Pennsylvania voters with a choice that is more about style than substance. On the issues, there's scant difference between Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. The biggest difference comes down to their styles of leadership. Obama wants to bring about change by inspiring people to accept his vision of social justice. Clinton bills herself as the more competent leader, who knows how to effect change incrementally, due largely to her extensive government experience.
June 10, 2008
SORE LOSER"; " . . . lead rather than pout"; "Any other candidate would have faced reality with grace and pragmatism"; " . . . a campaign that became even more divisive and dishonest. " You call Hillary Clinton every name in the book, and she's supposed to endorse Barack Obama, because if she doesn't she'll "jeopardize the team's chances . . . "? What is this - everybody in the world owes Obama, and if you don't support him, you're either a racist or stupid or worse? Here's one lifelong Democrat who's sick of this Obama worship from the press, and the misogyny from the Daily News toward Hillary.
November 27, 2011
Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency By Randall Kennedy Pantheon Books. 336 pp. $25.95 What It Means to Be Black Now By Touré Free Press. 288 pp. $25 Reviewed by Gerald B. Jordan Herman Cain started it. He blustered that "I was po' before Barack Obama was poor," then he segued into more schoolyard signifying about who's really the "black" candidate. Ann Coulter couldn't stay out of it. Her broadside about "our blacks are so much better than their blacks" fixed African American Republicans with the uncomfortable grimace of having overindulged in five-alarm chili.
November 5, 2008
WE HAVE HOPE. Of course, that word was the cornerstone of Barack Obama's campaign, but it took his historic victory yesterday to make us realize how much of it we have been missing. Steadily, over the years, we have felt the erosion of hope for a country united on the principles of democracy and fairness, a country that could once again lead the world based, not on military might, but on a steadfast defense of human rights. For so long, we have missed the hope that ordinary people could join together to bring about change.
July 2, 2012 |
David Maraniss reminds us that there is no substitute for primary-source reporting in his new book, Barack Obama: The Story. Last week, Maraniss told me that he spent nearly four years researching and writing the book, during which time he logged 50,000 miles, conducted close to 400 interviews, and searched libraries on three continents. The result is a biography of more than 600 pages that ends with Obama's acceptance to Harvard Law School. While Maraniss told me that his goal was not to vet the president's own memoir, many readers will be tempted to focus on the contradictions between The Story and Dreams From My Father.