I don’t know how many here remember that Sunday morning and I would like to share my memories of this terrible day. I was living with my grandparents who were getting ready to attend church when the radio announced the destruction of our naval fleet in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii.
It happens every time a party returns to power in Washington.
Suddenly, they claim superiority of ideas, a monopoly on knowledge and an absence of fault.
Republicans did it when they took control of Congress in 1994, mistaking voter anger towards Democrats and then-President Bill Clinton as a carte blanche endorsement of their ideas and philosophy.
Now Democrats commit the same sin, extolling a voter mandate that doesn’t exist.
Got a news flash for the party of the jackass. After eight years of George W. Bush, most American voters would have cast their ballots for a one-armed paper hanger fresh out of prison over anything the Republicans had to offer.
Buoyed by a presidential pep talk and intense rounds of negotiations, Senate Democrats hope to move closer to embracing a major health care bill this week by tackling the nettlesome issue of abortion.
Anti-abortion lawmakers in both parties have insisted that taxpayer funds not be used to pay for abortions in government-run health programs. But some liberals say proposed restrictions go too far by barring federally subsidized health insurance plans from covering abortion even if the procedures were entirely paid for with customers’ premiums.
Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden may periodically slip back into Afghanistan from his remote hideout in neighboring Pakistan, a senior White House official says, adding a new twist to the mystery of the elusive terrorist’s whereabouts.
President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, James Jones, said bin Laden, believed hiding mainly in a rugged area of western Pakistan, may be spending some time in Afghanistan, where he was based while plotting the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
But Obama’s Pentagon chief, Robert Gates, said the U.S. has lacked good intelligence on bin Laden for a long time — “I think it has been years” — and did not confirm that he’d slipped into Afghanistan.
He’s the Nobel Peace Prize winner who just ordered 30,000 more troops to war. He’s the laureate who says he doesn’t deserve the award. He’s not quite 11 months on the job and already in the company of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama.
This is President Barack Obama’s Nobel moment, an immense honor shadowed by awkward timing.
When Obama leaves for Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday to be lauded for his style of international diplomacy, he goes knowing that the American people are more concerned about something else: peace of mind.
It’s hardly the image of transparency the Obama administration wants to project: A workshop on government openness is closed to the public.
The event Monday for federal employees is a fitting symbol of President Barack Obama’s uneven record so far on the Freedom of Information Act, a big part of keeping his campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent ever. As Obama’s first year in office ends, the government’s actions when the public and press seek information are not yet matching up with the president’s words.