August 15, 2016 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kiefer Sutherland is used to playing a man who gets things done, by any means necessary. So why, after more than 200 episodes as 24 action hero Jack Bauer, would the British-born Canadian want any part of the restrictions of even a fictional U.S. presidency? Maybe because after years of legislative gridlock, and in an election cycle no TV writer could top for twists, turns, and sheer insanity, ABC's Designated Survivor is hitting the reset button on the federal government this fall, big time.
July 28, 2016 |
The White House photograph has become an icon: President Obama bending low in front of his desk in the Oval Office so a 5-year-old African American boy could touch his hair. "I want to know if my hair is just like yours," Jacob Philadelphia asked in 2009, as he and his family gathered for a picture with the president. "Why don't you touch it and see for yourself?" Obama said, lowering his head. "Touch it, dude!" As Obama arrives in Philadelphia on Wednesday to speak to the Democratic National Convention, the debate on his legacy is well underway.
December 14, 2015 |
One reason Donald Trump can profit from his rabid fearmongering is because there's no one out there to calm the nation down. According to a new New York Times/CBS News poll, Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any time since right after 9/11. A plurality of the public views the terrorist threat as the top issue facing the nation. Americans need a leader they trust who can assure them that everything possible is being done to secure the country.
February 26, 2015 |
Growing up in East Camden, Virginia Matias wasn't allowed to ride her new bike around the block, or walk to the corner store. Her mother was robbed at gunpoint when Matias was in kindergarten, and when Matias was 17, her uncle was shot dead as he manned the cash register in his bodega. Matias, now a 28-year-old Camden County police officer, doesn't think about any of that when she walks the streets of North Camden. She thinks about the children she sees coming out to play and the business owners who know her name and face, or how she can gain the trust of the city's most cynical residents.
December 2, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Ryan Costello had no idea how fast his life would change. A Chester County commissioner whose first baby was born last December, Costello didn't know that less than 12 months later, he would have launched and won a campaign for Congress, and that he'd be walking the same halls as national leaders and attending a meeting in the Oval Office. "My little boy can take eight steps," Costello, 38, said last week. "When the campaign first started, he couldn't even roll over.
October 26, 2012
By Jonathan Schell After the second presidential debate, President Obama's supporters chorused, "He's back!" The languid, disengaged, and lackluster Obama of the first debate had disappeared, they said, and the impressive, beloved figure of the victorious 2008 campaign had reappeared. As commentator Andrew Sullivan put it, "I saw the president I thought I knew. " To my eye, however, the old Obama was not back. Rather, a new Obama had appeared. The old Obama was youthful, charming, graceful, and full of hope.
October 19, 2012 |
Mitt Romney bulled his way through the first debate, verbally trampling his opponent and the moderator, while Barack Obama offered the nation the sulky, downcast persona of President Sourpuss. In the second match Obama got up off the mat and counterpunched, while Romney played the tight-lipped Gov. Snippy. With a third and final debate set for Monday, some political thinkers ask: Where the heck is President Jordan Lyman when we need him? Perhaps retired to the beaches of a cinematic San Clemente.
February 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The man destined to be China's next leader won an extraordinary welcome across Washington on Tuesday, a finely scripted opening to one of the world's most important relationships. Trading kind words of cooperation, President Obama and Xi Jinping also spoke directly about human rights and worsening foreign crises. Everything about the day reflected just how much China and the United States need each other, no matter what their differences, given their economic and military might and global influence.
September 1, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - While President Obama was on vacation, his West Wing office got a bit of a facelift, complete with a new rug, fresh wallpaper and paint, and new furniture - all done at no taxpayer expense, the White House said. The Oval Office renovation came 19 months after Obama first set foot inside as president, and represents his putting "his stamp" on the room, the White House said. The White House took pains to ensure that new additions were American-made. The striped wallpaper was produced in Amagansett, N.Y. The rug's maker is based in Grand Rapids, Mich.
August 24, 2010 |
Fifty years ago this summer, with Americans riveted by a presidential contest pitting John F. Kennedy against Richard M. Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower contemplated his departure from the White House. As he prepared to retire from public life, Ike sketched out the ideas that would inform his celebrated farewell address, presciently warning against the dangers of a military-industrial complex. Simultaneously, he was plotting ways to overthrow the Cuban government. Eisenhower did not remain in office long enough to implement the plan his minions hatched.