Abraham Lincoln

For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

Sixteen presidents before Barack Obama got a second chance at giving an inaugural address for the ages. Most didn’t make much of it. George Washington’s remarks the second time around were admirably succinct — only 135 words — but hardly qualify as an address. Thomas Jefferson, who laid out a masterful brief on democracy at […]

Smaller crowd expected at Obama’s second inauguration

Smaller crowd expected at Obama’s second inauguration

Visitors coming to the nation’s capital for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration can’t stay in the one place President Ronald Reagan‘s family once called an eight-star hotel. That spot is the White House, and it’s booked for the next four years. Still, inauguration-goers have a range of lodging options — from crashing on a friend’s […]

Support our view of freedom or we’ll throw your lying, anti-patriotic ass in jail

Support our view of freedom or we’ll throw your lying, anti-patriotic ass in jail

You hear a lot of talk about patriotism and freedom in an election year.  Each side of a political contest claims a monopoly on both buzzwords. But do those who bandy about claims of freedom and patriotism really understand either concept? One would hope they do but based on the way too many use both […]

Black tea party members: Racism? What racism?

Black tea party members: Racism? What racism?

Black members of the tea party movement on Wednesday rejected charges that the group’s activists are racist, saying they oppose President Barack Obama because of his policies not his skin color. The members gathered at a Washington news conference in the wake of allegations about its rank and file, heightened by the recent split with […]

Obama’s Memorial Day washout

Obama’s Memorial Day washout

Normally, on this Memorial Day weekend, I would have packed up the saddlebags and tour pack of my Harley and headed to Washington for the annual Rolling Thunder ride to the wall. But my mother’s deteriorating health eliminates overnight trips for the near term so I rode over to Bedford Monday to visit the National […]

Obama snubs vets: Skips Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery

Obama snubs vets: Skips Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery

President Barack Obama would rather vacation in Chicago on this Memorial Day and insults veterans by skipping the traditional ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Vice President Joe Biden will stand in for the President at the wreath-laying ceremony while Obama will put in an appearance at Illinois’s Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The snub is not […]

Obama to Americans: Remember real reason for Memorial Day

Obama to Americans: Remember real reason for Memorial Day

President Barack Obama is asking Americans to observe Memorial Day not just with barbecues and family time but by remembering and honoring the U.S. troops who have lost their lives in service. Obama, who has sent thousands of troops into war in Afghanistan, used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to reflect on what […]