In honor of the just-begun new Chinese Year of the Monkey, and in keeping with the Chinese fondness for numbering…
Below you see the YouTube version of the official White House feed from earlier today. I’ve set it to begin…
Through the past ten days in this space, I’ve had several items on the style and logic of President Obama’s…
After President Obama’s anti-ISIS speech, I said that I agreed with his strategy and its underlying logic, but could understand…
After President Obama’s speech on ISIS last night, I argued that he was making a least-bad, sane, shrewd case about…
In his speech about ISIS, the president shows the strength and the weakness of his logic-driven approach.
Cruz does well, Bush does poorly, and others (including journalists) are in between.
In a nation built on the separation of church and state, the line a Christian president walked at a ceremony for a murdered Christian preacher
Did the speech in Charleston demonstrate President Obama’s lasting achievements? Or the limits of what he has done? Ten views.
The president delivers his single most accomplished rhetorical performance, and it’s one you should watch rather than read.
"America is not some fragile thing." Words to live by.
A powerful speech, received in very different ways by different audiences
Mrs. Bartlet: "You are an oratorical snob." President Bartlet: "Yes, I am. And God loves me for it."
"But the spoken phrasing? The timing? The timbre and oratorical glory???"
"I can offer you no final truths, complete and unchallengeable. But it's possible this one effort will provoke other efforts—both in support and contradiction of my position—that will help all of us understand our differences and perhaps even discover some basic agreement."
When people say "we must act now!" they are usually wrong. When people say "we can't look weak!" it's usually time to discount whatever else they say.
"Why was he deployed 10 times? Who the hell cares! What matters is that he was brave, and he volunteered his service, and his sacrifice was noble." Or so the Congress seemed to be thinking.
Taking The Long View of events one day in the past
The first seven are in different ways encouraging; number eight, less so.