January 23, 2013 |
One criticism permeating the nonstop socializing of the inauguration was that a lack of socializing by President Obama is to blame for the rancor crippling Washington. If the president would have more parties with members of Congress, the argument goes, the appetite for going over a fiscal cliff would be replaced by a lofty spirit of cooperation. It isn't going to happen, and maybe it shouldn't. We exaggerate the value of such social events. And watching the Obamas during the inaugural parade showed why he has chosen evenings with his wife and daughters over evenings with Congress.
January 23, 2013 |
When Tattle is looking for reasoned opinion on the issue of gun laws, the person we like to turn to is Arnold Schwarzenegger . Schwarzenegger, a former governor, who has blown away a gazillion people with a variety of heavy-duty firearms during a lengthy career as a Hollywood action star, has called for American leaders to think beyond gun laws in seeking ways to stop shooting tragedies. Arnold was in London on Tuesday for the U.K. premiere of "The Last Stand," about a small-town sheriff fighting drug mercenaries with a phallic-shaped gun the size of a goalpost.
January 23, 2013
"IF BEYONCE'S weave thinks she can upstage me, she is sorely mistaken" - @FirstLadysBangs That's right, folks. First lady Michelle Obama's new hairstyle has its own Twitter account. It makes sense, since the hairdo, unveiled on FLOTUS' 49th birthday last week, was one of the most talked-about things on Inauguration Day. Even President Obama affixed his presidential seal of approval. Way to mix it up, Michelle. She did us proud. I was hoping FLOTUS would turn it out for the inauguration.
January 20, 2013 |
ATLANTA - President Obama plans to use a Bible that belonged to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he takes his oath of office on the holiday honoring the slain icon, marking what some say is an inextricable tie between the nation's first black president and the civil rights movement. It's only the second time Inauguration Day has coincided with the King holiday. Some say it's fitting that the celebrations are intertwined. "It's almost like fate and history coming together," said Rep. John Lewis, who worked alongside King in the fight for civil rights during the 1950s and '60s and plans to attend the inauguration.
September 19, 2011
FOR A TIME, Carl Lewis was the fastest human on earth - but not fast enough to live simultaneously on opposite coasts. As an Olympian with nine gold medals, he rivaled Fort Knox. But his past triumphs - track-and-field gold in the 1984, '88, '92, and '96 Olympics - should not allow Lewis to hurdle the laws of New Jersey, where he now lives. (Texas and California are where he spent most of his adult life.) That's what I think, but two out of three judges on a U.S. district court disagree.
April 5, 2009 |
For two days, Margaret Jones lay at the top of a dank SEPTA stairwell near Eighth and Filbert Streets. Subway commuters by the scores passed the 61-year-old woman, covered with three dirty blankets, her head propped on a plastic bag, a concern to no one but the other homeless regulars who hung out there. They worried about Margaret, schizophrenic and diabetic. She wheezed heavily and, in her hot-pink cropped pants, was not dressed for the 25-degree January night. "Miss Margaret, let me take you to the hospital," implored Tom Papineau, a middle-age homeless man. "No, no," Margaret insisted.
February 25, 2009
TO MAYOR Nutter: As someone who enjoys reading, I'd like to propose that members of the Free Library age 20 and older be assessed a charge of 50 cents a book when checking books out. I don't think it would be much of a hardship for those of us who enjoy good literature. I'd exclude children of school age as not to impede their quest for knowledge. Glenn Smiley Robinson, Philadelphia Audit all pols! I loved Stu Bykofsky's column about "Betty's" experience with the Internal Revenue Service.
January 23, 2009 |
AT THE risk of sounding like I've been sucking on sour grapes for the past few days, let me say something that, for me at least, needs to be said: We non-Obama voters shouldn't be bullied into supporting our new president. Now that I've gotten your attention, allow me to explain. It's become common since the election to hear people say "even if you didn't vote for him, even if you don't agree with his policies, we as Americans should all support Barack Obama. " The implication: If we love this country, we want its leader to succeed.
January 22, 2009 |
A new and reliable computation indicates that 1.2 million to 1.6 million people - and possibly more - jammed the capital to see Barack Obama sworn in as president. Those figures would make the inauguration the largest event ever held on the National Mall or in the District of Columbia. Analysts at IHS Jane's, a leading provider of defense information, created the estimate using two key tools: The first was a set of precise measurements, taken before Inauguration Day, of 71 sectors around the Capitol.
January 20, 2009 |
One day before Barack Obama's inauguration as the nation's first African American president, a record 65,000 volunteers across the region wielded hammers, grocery bags, sewing needles and paint brushes in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of opportunity and world peace. As they have in ever-growing numbers since the Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service began 14 years ago, volunteers visited shut-ins, cleaned homeless shelters, painted murals and collected food for the hungry.