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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.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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.
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June 4, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | Michael Smerconish
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.
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September 15, 2016
What he did was, he fired up the crazies. - John McCain Hillary Clinton isn't the first person to use too broad a brush to paint supporters of Donald Trump. There's a long list of former contenders for the Republican presidential nomination who failed to undertand that Trump's support includes a large swath of America that simply believes it is being ignored. It's hard to ignore Trump. He's a master of goading foes into bouts of name-calling - "Lying Ted," "Little Marco.
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September 13, 2016 | By Charles Krauthammer
The president of the United States lands with all the majesty of Air Force One, waiting to exit the front door and stride down the rolling staircase to the red-carpeted tarmac. Except that there is no rolling staircase. He is forced to exit - as one China expert put it rather undiplomatically - through "the ass" of the plane. This happened Sept. 3 at Hangzhou airport. Yes, in China. If the Chinese didn't invent diplomatic protocol, they surely are its most venerable and experienced practitioners.
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August 26, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Hollywood hasn't exactly been shy when it comes to churning out presidential biopics, from well-researched and ponderous entries such as Steven Spielberg's Lincoln to speculative potboilers like Oliver Stone's JFK to fanciful numbers like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter . But a film about the love life of a sitting president? No need to cringe: Southside With You , which opens Friday, isn't a lurid exposé, but a charming romantic drama that recounts Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson's first date, in 1989.
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August 22, 2016 | By Harold Jackson, Editor of the Editorial Page
Eight years ago, Hillary Clinton criticized Barack Obama, her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, for his response when asked why he was having a hard time gaining traction with Rust Belt and rural voters. Obama said: "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate, and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter.
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August 15, 2016 | John R. Lott Jr
Was Donald Trump calling for Hillary Clinton's assassination when he spoke on Tuesday in North Carolina? The New York Times sure seems to think so. This was Trump's apparently offensive quote: "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know. " Suppose the phrase Second Amendment people had been replaced with any other special-interest group.
NEWS
July 29, 2016
I WAS THINKING of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama a few weekends ago, when my husband and I spent an afternoon biking around Washington. "Y'know," I said as we pedaled along the Potomac, "if Hillary wins, I really want us to come back here for the inauguration, the way we did for Obama. " We had taken our then-young daughter and her friend to Obama's first inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009. We practically lost our fingers and toes on that frigid day as we jammed onto the National Mall with more than a million others to witness America's first African American president taking the oath of office.
NEWS
July 29, 2016
HILLARY RODHAM Clinton (or, if you're a Donald Trump fan, Hillary "Rotten" Clinton) is busing across Pennsylvania on Friday and Saturday, evidence that she sees the Keystone State as key to winning the White House. She's not alone. For months, and especially during the last two weeks, pundits, pols, and pollsters have been touting Pennsylvania as THE state to win. In Cleveland last week, state Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason said, "If you win Pennsylvania, you will be president of the United States.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
'When you become famous," the famous political consultant James Carville once said, "being famous becomes your profession. " It's a sign of the stunning success of Donald Trump's crossover act that we no longer even think about this campaign's most revolutionary effect on our politics: the demolition of the line between celebrity and political achievement. Of course, success in politics can itself breed celebrity. Carville earned his by combining his eccentric sense of humor with actual skill in helping Bill Clinton become president in 1992.
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April 28, 2016 | By Julia Terruso and Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITERS
They were with her - the fervent crowd of familiar Philadelphians and unknown fans standing in the Convention Center on Tuesday night as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared victory in the Keystone State. "Thank you, Pennsylvania! I want to thank everyone," Clinton told the crowd just after 9:10 p.m. - only to be drowned out again and again by chants of "Hillary! Hillary!" from hundreds of supporters waving blue "I'm With Her" signs. Clinton recounted stories of people she had met in the so-called Acela states over the last month, including the mothers of victims of gun violence she sat with last week.
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