September 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney declared a fleeting truce for partisan digs Tuesday as the nation remembered the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but campaign politics crackled through even their somber observances. The campaigns pulled their negative ads and scheduled no rallies. But both candidates stayed in the public eye as the nation marked the 11th anniversary of the jetliner crashes that killed nearly 3,000. Obama observed a White House moment of silence, attended a memorial service at the Pentagon, visited Arlington National Cemetery, and then met privately with wounded soldiers and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
September 12, 2012
By Tobias Peter Watching the national conventions over the past two weeks, I was moved. I even felt like crying. And then I became angry. This had a lot to do with the speeches of the lovely wives of the two presidential candidates. Ann Romney, smiling as if her life depended on it, told the Republican delegates and the nation that she was not planning to talk about politics. "Tonight, I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts," she said. "Tonight, I want to talk to you about love.
September 7, 2012 |
THE POLITICAL party of "Forward" looked backward Wednesday night. Bill Clinton, the 66-year-old 42nd president who left office when November's youngest voters were just 6 years old, was handed a key prime-time slot to use his legendary powers of political persuasion to make the case that the last four years have been much better with President Obama than without him. "In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president's re-election was...
September 7, 2012
FIRST LADY Michelle Obama, whose approval rating is higher than her husband's, has hit her stride. I knew she would. Reaction to Tuesday night's speech was uniformly glowing, proving that she's a political rock star - and one of her husband's biggest political assets. She's come a long way from four years ago, when critics complained about everything from her supposed angry-black-woman attitude to her alleged lack of patriotism. It probably didn't hurt that she looked great, resplendent in a sleeveless Tracy Reese dress and pink J.Crew pumps.
September 6, 2012
FOR MANY disillusioned progressives, Elizabeth Warren, the consumer champion who is running for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts, represents the kind of change they thought they were getting when they helped elect Barack Obama. So no matter what Warren said Wednesday night in her prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention, it was bound to result in a mixed message. It's encouraging that, after months of fixation on the deficit and a "grand bargain" with Republicans to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, President Obama and the Democrats are no longer running away from the progressive - and pugnacious - approach that Warren personifies.
September 6, 2012 |
PRESIDENTIAL campaigns aspire to be about the future but usually get dragged through the past. The incumbent wants to talk about his vision going forward, while the challenger focuses on the record of the past four years. And so the messaging for the 2012 election breaks this way: Republican challenger Mitt Romney asks: Are you better off than you were four years ago? President Obama asks: Do you want to return to the Republican policies that helped create this economic mess four years ago?
September 6, 2012 |
This summer my family joined first lady Michelle Obama in battling obesity by eating homegrown food from pots on our deck: 47 cherry tomatoes, 13 jalapeños, 8 cucumbers, and various herbs. We accomplished this without hiring a gardening staff. But now the 2012-13 academic year is upon us, bringing with it a different culinary challenge: wedging nutritious dinners into the tempo of life containing homework, afternoon sports, and parental work schedules. Add to that a renewed focus on moving children toward healthier meal choices by involving them in the cooking or growing process.
September 5, 2012 |
IS THE next president going to be a ladies' choice? During their presidential convention this week, Democrats will make a massive appeal for female voters, with a female-centric speaker schedule and a focus on issues that traditionally appeal to women, like abortion, health care, equal pay and education. Pennsylvania's lone female congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, will play a prominent role in that effort, appearing on stage this week with other congresswomen on behalf of President Obama.
August 11, 2012 |
Michelle Obama pushed supporters in eastern Pennsylvania to lobby just one neighbor, relative, or friend for their votes Thursday, amid concern over waning enthusiasm in the Democratic coalition that propelled her husband into office. "That one new voter you registered in your precinct, that one voter you get to the polls, that could be the one that makes the difference in this election," she told a fired-up crowd of 3,000 grassroots organizers and spectators at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia.