Category Archives: Barack Obama

President Obama on how he discusses policy with Republicans

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14Jonathan Chait’s entire interview with the president is fascinating. It offers Obama’s perspective on his own presidency, which is not the objective reality, but it is full of insights. For instance, Chait asks, “So it’s January 27, 2009, and you hear … Continue reading

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Krugman evolves

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20In today’s column, Paul Krugman defends president Obama as “an extremely consequential president, doing more to advance the progressive agenda than anyone since L.B.J.” Krugman challenges “the persistent delusion that a hidden majority of American voters either supports … Continue reading

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the State of the Union’s peroration on citizenship

Facebook21 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 21The President concluded his final State of the Union address with a rousing statement about citizenship. That was appropriate, because he has done the same thing in almost all of his most important speeches, including the 2004 Democratic Convention speech … Continue reading

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missing the civic empowerment messages of a Pope and a President

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8Michelle Boorstein compares the enthusiastic responses to Pope Francis in 2015 and Barack Obama in 2008 and collects several explanations for both: People have “an undeniable, sweeping affinity, a gut reaction to a new leader to whom we … Continue reading

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Obama faces the new organizers

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8 Peter Dreier has a great piece on President Obama’s background as a community organizer. The priceless photograph above comes from Dreier’s article. I also explore this aspect of the president’s past in We are the Ones We … Continue reading

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the Left between Obama and Hillary Clinton

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5Let’s define “the Left” as thinkers and organizational leaders who are open to voting for Democratic candidates but generally critical of the party, holding more radical policy objectives than elected Democrats do. The Left has had plenty … Continue reading

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my Fox News piece on ObamaCare

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4In lieu of a substantive post here today, I’ll link to my own op-ed (on the somewhat unlikely venue of FoxNews.com), entitled “ObamaCare and America’s youth — why lessons of 2014 will last a lifetime.” I argue … Continue reading

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the president and the humanities

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15At a General Electric plant in Milwaukee last month, President Obama seemed to disparage one of the disciplines of the humanities: “I promise you, folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades … Continue reading

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the president on citizenship: all rhetoric?

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16In all of his high-profile official speeches, President Obama makes sure to speak strongly and explicitly about active citizenship as the solution to our national problems. I like to highlight and analyze these passages because reporters always … Continue reading

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the new manipulative politics: behavioral economics, microtargeting, and the choice confronting Organizing for Action

Facebook22 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 22In the era of digital networks, you can enable waves of innovation and creativity by inviting people to form their own groups and contribute their own tools and culture. In the era of digital networks, you can … Continue reading

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