February 22, 2008
The Feb. 20 Reliable Source reported on Susan Sarandon announcing her support for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy by saying, "I can't wait to see what he stands for. " Right there is exactly the problem that I have with Mr. Obama. Even people with easy access to him, such as Ms. Sarandon presumably has, don't know what he "stands for. " If I can't tell from his speeches, or from whoever's speeches he is uttering, why should I vote for him? Is he supposed to be about change?
May 31, 2012 |
A very strange story, that 6,000-word front-page New York Times piece on how, every Tuesday, Barack Obama shuffles "baseball cards" with the pictures and bios of suspected terrorists from around the world and chooses who shall die by drone strike. He even reserves for himself the decision of whether to proceed when the probability of killing family members or bystanders is significant. The article could have been titled "Barack Obama: Drone Warrior. " Great detail on how Obama personally runs the assassination campaign.
February 25, 2008
David Ignatius astutely noted that Sen. Barack Obama "should use the rest of this campaign to give voters a clear picture of how he would govern -- not in style but in substance" ["The Obama Mystery," op-ed, Feb. 17]. Having been steeped in politics for more than 70 years (even running for state Senate in Florida in the 1980s), I have seen successful campaigners make terrible officeholders. Mr. Obama's idealism in thinking he can revolutionize government does not take Congress into account.
February 4, 2008
I am a Latina with a graduate degree and an executive-level position. Of the two leading Democratic presidential candidates, I can appreciate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's intelligence, strength and ability to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the political sector. However, Sen. Barack Obama has all those qualities and one other major factor for me: He is comfortable in his own skin. Mr. Obama represents a true diversity concept: We can do more together, appreciating our differences, than we can do apart, staying with what we know in our comfort zone.
January 23, 2013 |
In his essay " Politics as a Vocation ," the German sociologist Max Weber famously wrote that "politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards. " In this sense, it seems possible that Barack Obama has finally come to embrace the vocation of politics as he begins his second term as president. I'm saddened by some of what Obama has learned on the way to becoming the politician who can drill those hard boards. I like his voice better when he tries to speak to all Americans , including those who didn't vote for him, than when he offers a...
February 21, 2010 |
CORRECTION: A photograph with the essay showing President Obama talking to Justices John Paul Stevens and Anthony Kennedy, was credited incorrectly. Steve Petteway is a staff photographer for the Supreme Court, not the Associated Press. He's too detached and cerebral . Too deferential to Congress. Too willing to compromise . And he's too much of a law professor and not enough of a commander in chief, as Sarah Palin recently admonished . These are some of the qualities for which the president, rightly or wrongly,...