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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 […]

Obama hits Gulf Coast for oil spill photo op

Obama hits Gulf Coast for oil spill photo op

Kneeling to pick up tar balls on an oil-fouled beach and listening to “heartbreaking stories” of loss, President Barack Obama personally confronted the spreading damage wrought by the crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico — and the bitter anger that’s rising onshore. “What can he really do?” said Billy Ward, a developer who comes […]

Chris Matthews: Obama ‘scares me’

Chris Matthews: Obama ‘scares me’

Chris Matthews, the bombastic MSNBC talk show host who used to say President Barack Obama sent a thrill up his leg now says the nation’s first African-American President “scares me.” Matthews, appearing on the “Tonight Show” says Obama’s lack of leadership in the the Gulf Oil spill crisis is frightening. Matthews asked: “When is he […]

Rhodent upstages Obama

Rhodent upstages Obama

In the midst of his battle with the titans of Wall Street, President Barack Obama was nearly upstaged by a rodent. Obama had just begun a Rose Garden statement lauding the end of a Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul when some kind of rodent dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside […]

The Obama spin-machine: Lots of propaganda, very little fact

The Obama spin-machine: Lots of propaganda, very little fact

The propaganda machine of President Barack Obama’s White House spews out a constant barrage of daily political spin in a round-the-clock effort to control the message, subvert both the media and political image, and shade the truth in the eyes of voters. Using email, Twitter, an on-line “news” program produced by White House staffers and […]

Obama’s Presidency: A failure in affirmative action

Obama’s Presidency: A failure in affirmative action

Since Arizona has made racial profiling fashionable again, let’s do our part and admit that the faltering Presidency of Barack Obama is a failure in affirmative action. When you go back to the heady days of the 2008 Presidential campaign and take a hard look at the hoopla, you start to realize that race did […]

Obama sings his old “blame Republicans” song

Obama sings his old “blame Republicans” song

With his administration and policies in disarray and his party’s fortunes falling, President Barack Obama returned Thursday to his familiar theme of blaming Republicans for his problems. Obama claimed any failures to jumpstart the economy is all the fault of his predecessor and the current GOP minority in the House and Senate and claimed his […]

Addicted to politics

Addicted to politics

Ever so often, I think seriously about walking away from writing or caring about politics. I wrote my first political story in high school 47 years ago  while working for the weekly newspaper in my home town. I’ve written about every President from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. When I took a break from […]

Second thoughts on the Presidency of George W. Bush

Second thoughts on the Presidency of George W. Bush

Once considered by some as the worst President of modern times, former President George W. Bush’s legacy may be ready for rehab. While the current administration of Barack Obama seldom misses an opportunity to trash Bush and blame the former President for problems that persist, history may be ready to re-judge some of Bush’s actions […]

Obama and the press: The battling Bickersons

Barack Obama surfed into the White House on a giant wave of favorable press coverage, due in large part to his personal charisma. But Obama’s honeymoon with the press is over and relations between the White House and the press are chilly at best. Reporters say Obama is less accessible than Bill Clinton or even […]