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Links 1 through 10 of 82 by Joe Germuska tagged barack_obama

"You often heard the refrain about how can Obama possibly deliver when expectations are so high? But rarely if ever was there a major Obama speech that was panned by the critics. How to explain this paradox? Human beings love having their expectations fulfilled; it makes us feel smart. And the thing about a great brand is that, although it necessarily entails high expectations, it also leads one to evaluate performance in the most favorable possible light. Each Obama speech reminded us enough of the Platonic ideal of the Great Obama Speech that we substituted the Platonic ideal for the reality. Thus the "glow" around Obama (like the glow around Apple) was somewhat self-perpetuating."

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"It took just 48 hours to definitively expose Taitz's find as a forgery, and for the document that it was apparently based off of to surface. It's a certified copy of a birth certificate for one David Jeffrey Bomford, born in South Australia in April 1959."

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"As I look around the room at the players assembled here -- including this scribe -- I'm thinking that with a few twists of fate, this all-Chicago gang could be huddling in Mayor Daley's City Hall."

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"A calendar by Alex Nicholson, food writer for brightestyoungthings.com, showing all the places the Obama family have been spotted eating."

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"Watch President Obama backstage as he records his cameo appearance on "The Colbert Report." In this pre-taped segment, he orders Colbert's head shaved, which was promptly executed by General Odierno during the show's special broadcasts from Camp Victory in Baghdad."

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'It’s typical of this dereliction of responsibility that when the Department of Homeland Security released a plausible (and, tragically, prescient) report about far-right domestic terrorism two months ago, the conservative response was to trash it as “the height of insult,” in the words of the G.O.P. chairman Michael Steele. But as Smith also said last week, Homeland Security was “warning us for a reason.”'

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"On Monday, Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor fractured her ankle from a stumble she took in a New York airport. Despite the injury, she attended a meeting at the White House and met with senators on Capitol Hill. She didn't skip a beat.

"You can show your support by leaving her a note below. We’re compiling all the well wishes she receives and displaying them on her virtual cast for everyone to see."

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"Obama has set out to synthesize the New Democratic faith in the utility of markets with the Old Democratic emphasis on reducing inequality. In Obama's state, government never supplants the market or stifles its inner workings--the old forms of statism that didn't wash economically, and certainly not politically. But government does aggressively prod markets--by planting incentives, by stirring new competition--to achieve the results he prefers."

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"President Obama himself led one of the first online townhalls in which Americans submitted and voted on over 100,000 questions, which Obama then responded to in more traditional setting. Gene Koo, a Berkman Fellow, posted some advice on his blog for the Obama administration on how they could improve this process in the future, and potentially build a more web-savvy democracy. We caught up with him last week to get his thoughts on this fascinating topic."

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"Ann Compton, Chuck Todd, Ed Henry--the ineptitude of the corp at last night's presser was maddening and Obama's deft and intelligent handling of the event made participating journalists look even more deficient in comparison. Sweet fancy Moses! Having a smartypants president sure highlights the failures of the modern Fourth Estate."

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