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.
What a year-six State of the Union address sounds like
A message I have been waiting to hear.
Every now and then we see how hard his balancing act is.
The view from an abbey window.
If the politics business hadn't worked out for Obama, the path he might have chosen
The day when Barack Obama was furious at John Kerry
"The State of the Union is ... "
Blood drawn by the lash and drawn by the sword