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.
July 8, 2010 |
Rangers at Valley Forge National Park like to think George Washington's headquarters - a small, stone cabin - was the first Pentagon. And now, archaeologists have found what could have been the first Oval Office. A team of four archaeologists - Joe Blondino, Carin Boone, Jesse West and Katie Cavallo - have spent the past five weeks excavating the yard behind Washington's headquarters in Valley Forge. Last year, the group of Temple University graduate students worked to uncover a well near Washington's house.
December 24, 2008
Newspaper editorial pages are embarking on a campaign of bashing President Bush. On Saturday, you had to go all the way to the Mideast to find an insulting cartoon. Why so much hate? Sure Bush has made mistakes. We all do. He is a man who tried to do his best for this country, and failed in many ways. He is not a man whose only interests are money and power. He had no girlfriends in the Oval Office. Why don't you let up? He has only one more month in office. Even with the president-elect's shady background, Barack Obama is being handled with kid gloves.
August 8, 2008
SEN. McCain is tired. He's over 70. John, you served your time, you're a hero - now just go get your dentures and chill! Life is too short! When we say it is time for change we don't mean diapers in the Oval Office! Laurence Barberra Philadelphia