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A Duped President’s Wasted Foreign Policy Year

President Obama’s failures in Israel and elsewhere abroad have astonished the international public and left in despair those Americans who can scarcely believe that a whole year has been irresponsibly wasted.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE

Original: Wikimedia Commons / Scrumshus

Health Care Reform? What Health Care Reform?

Democratic congressional leaders are hitting the pause button while they figure out how to press ahead—if at all—with comprehensive health care reform. The most conservative Democratic senators have made it clear they oppose budget reconciliation, but then the whole point of reconciliation is to avoid the votes of conservative Democratic senators. (continued)

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Fighting Words, Winning Actions

It’s not enough to use variations of the word “fight” more than 20 times in the course of relatively brief remarks, as the president did Friday in Ohio. At some point, he needs to—metaphorically, of course—actually slug somebody.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama to Propose Spending Freeze

As part of his State of the Union address Wednesday, the president is expected to call for a three-year freeze on non-military, non-entitlement discretionary spending that amounts to a small fraction of the budget. It’s a stunt, for the most part, aimed at soothing budget-conscious independents. (continued)

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE

White House app video
White House via YouTube

The White House: Now Available in iPhone-Friendly Format

Top White House press-wrangler Robert Gibbs cheerfully unveils the new White House iPhone app in a new promotional video released Monday for the occasion. As jaunty music plays in the background, Gibbs sets the scene in the video by declaring that users can watch him “set the White House press corps straight every day” with the app. Such a card, that Robert Gibbs.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Will Obama Fight for Health Care Reform?

If President Obama has decided to give up on health care reform, he should just come out and say so. Then we could all get on with our lives—those of us with health insurance, that is.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE

Original: Reagan Library

Democratic Corporatism Brings Reagan Back From the Grave

In a state where Democrats outnumber the GOP by a 3-to-1 margin, little-known Republican Scott Brown defeated his rival by demonizing the government and taxes.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE

No Obama Obituaries, Please

If scored strictly by his legislative attainments, Obama is a highly effective president. In fact, the scrupulously nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly rated him the most effective president of the past five decades, as measured by congressional votes on which he took a position.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE

Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Hard Lessons of a Rookie Year

There are important lessons from the past year that Barack Obama and his team had better learn if he is to achieve his goal of being a “transformational” president.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE

The Bay State Lesson

Democrats should be worried about the trouble in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate race that forced President Obama to Boston on Sunday for a last-minute campaign rescue mission.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


White House: Robertson’s Haiti Comment ‘Utterly Stupid’

Televangelist Pat Robertson’s post-earthquake commentary about Haiti—more specifically concerning the island nation’s alleged pact with Satan—has drawn fire from multiple directions, and now the White House has weighed in via spokesman Robert Gibbs. Meanwhile, CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network), which ran “The 700 Club” clip featuring Robertson’s statement, is in backpedaling mode.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE

Sweat Time for Hill Democrats

It’s not time for presidential panic, but lawmakers up for re-election could be in a different boat if Obama’s ratings stay in this slump.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE

Larry’s List: Mark Halperin’s Trash Edition

Mark Halperin’s sleazy new book (the one that snared Harry Reid and beats up on John and Elizabeth Edwards) is proof, writes Glenn Greenwald, that our media aspire to trash and gossip. This story, plus Nixon, Sinatra, Limbaugh, drugs and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / jphilipg

White House Juices the Job Count

The White House will now count all jobs funded by stimulus money, not just those that were created or saved. The job market is still hemorrhaging and the administration might be looking to do a little inflation. Or it might honestly be trying to simplify a confusing and highly criticized formula for counting jobs.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE

Health Care Reform: Easier Than It Looks

There is broad agreement on the kinds of concessions the Senate can make to the House and still preserve the 60 votes needed for passage of a unified health care reform bill.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Alternate Universe

The “war on terror” is a self-perpetuating problem with no solution. Worse, it ultimately will destroy America, not from any actions by whatever “enemy” America conjures up, but rather from the actions undertaken by America itself.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE


After the screw-up comes the inevitable demand for a head to roll. Call it faux-countability, the phenomenon by which someone takes the fall for a mess for which he or she is at most only partly responsible.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE

Brown, Obama and Batali / click

Michelle Obama, White House Garden Guest-Star on ‘Iron Chef’

Michelle Obama has made the White House garden emblematic of her cause to help Americans cultivate better eating habits, and on Sunday, the “FLOTUS” showed viewers of “Iron Chef” how her garden grows, as she and her vegetable patch made cameo appearances on the popular cooking show.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE

Red Flags Waved—and Ignored

The more I think about the Christmas all-but-bombing, the angrier I get.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

It’s Not Too Late to Mend the Ailing Health Care Bill

The flawed health care bill could still be improved if the president would stand up to the insurance companies that have, so far, been the most powerful force shaping reform.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE

Meet the Press: Terror and Health Care

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano talk about the recent terror attempt and more on this full episode of “Meet the Press.”

Posted on Dec 27, 2009 READ MORE

Nancy Pelosi

Democrats Need More Pelosi, Less Reid

The fact is some can play this game and some can’t. Nancy Pelosi delivers time and again. Harry Reid hasn’t. The president and his chief of staff could use some coaching, too.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The Candidate-vs.-President Canard

Every now and then, an insider inadvertently exposes the hideous rationalizations that run the American political grotesquerie. Such is the case with the president’s flip-flop on drug imports.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE

Whatever Happened to Shame?

What does it say when the New York Post hires Eliot Spitzer’s prostitute as a columnist and the bailout babies of Wall Street can’t be bothered to show up to the White House?

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The Democrats Blinked

By bowing to Sen. Lieberman and his obstructive pals in both parties on health care reform, Obama has confirmed what Republicans always say about Democrats: They simply aren’t strong enough to govern.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE

In Need of a Watchdog on Health Spending

There was a nice, albeit fleeting, moment in the spring when hospitals, doctors, drug companies and insurers came together at the White House, pledging to do their part to get health care costs under control.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE

Collage: Gravel photo from Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund

Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War

Few voices in American politics have been as consistent, as reasoned and as moral as his, which is one reason why Mike Gravel, on a chilly December morning, is in front of the White House, not inside it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Squaring Idealism and Realism

Europeans are coming to terms with the fact that President Barack Obama is not a miracle worker, and with the reality that everything he does is not magic.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE

Kucinich, Hedges, Nader Rally at the White House

A who’s who of opponents of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan spoke at a rally at Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, on Saturday. Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Financial Oversight: We’re Still Waiting, Mr. President

We have a “regulation czar,” but no new regulations. It seems we can expect little from those with a track record of enabling bad policies.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Jens Meyer

Liberals Are Useless

The gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although it may well inherit power, but from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama’s Surge in Afghanistan Hardly a Surprise

There was much disappointment on Tuesday night about Barack Obama’s decision to widen the war in Afghanistan, but there can have been no real surprise.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE

The Crushing Legacy of Bush and Cheney

Now it’s “Obama’s war,” but we should not ignore the events that led us to this moment and the inexplicable decisions of the Bush administration.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE

Is It Time for Financial Institutions to Give Back?

It seems plausible that payback time has arrived for the international financial community. The principal obstacle here is, at the moment, the Obama administration.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE

Obama’s Thankless Thanksgiving

So in vogue are attacks on the president that even his proclamation calling the nation to a day of Thanksgiving has become the focus of criticism.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Report: Obama to Expand Afghan War by 50 Percent

President Obama won’t unveil his plans for Afghanistan until next week, but military officials tell the AP he intends to escalate the war by sending up to 35,000 additional troops. Press secretary Robert Gibbs said the plan would include an exit strategy, but that’s little consolation for the doves who got Obama elected. (continued)

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama Risks Losing His Judicial Prize

The opposition’s decision to stall and oppose President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations smacks of hypocrisy, and further draws into question the majority’s ability to govern.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Marine Corps / Sgt. Mark Fayloga

Intelligentsia Against Intelligence

Any hope that we aren’t turning into a full-on slobbering idiocracy was snuffed out last week by two of the Washington intelligentsia’s most respected voices.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Alex Brandon

Who Are You and What Have You Done With the Community Organizer We Elected President?

What’s up with Barack Obama? Finally someone has a good idea about how to deal with Wall Street and the White House condemns it. 

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE

Modified from an archival White House photo by David Morse

The Demilitarization of the White House

Barack Obama has made a welcome change to the presidency, dropping the praetorian guard that used to flank his predecessor at every opportunity.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE

Where Are the Real Deficit Hawks?

Save $110 billion, or spend $6.3 trillion? In recent months, tea party protesters and Congress’ so-called fiscal conservatives chose the latter.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE

President Obama

Obama to Tribal Nations: ‘You Will Not Be Forgotten’

President Obama told a gathering of tribal leaders at a rare Interior Department summit that he intended to devote more time and attention to the concerns of American Indians. In closing, he also addressed the Thursday shooting at Fort Hood.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

A Record You Can Believe In

It’s been a year since a healthy majority of American voters elected Barack Obama to change the world. Which is precisely what he’s doing.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE

money handshake

Lobbyists Decamp From D.C.

Could the current climate in Washington, D.C., be discouraging lobbyists from practicing their persuasive trade in and around the White House? Or does the downsizing of their ranks have more to do with the economy than the political zeitgeist on Capitol Hill?

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Samantha Appleton

Michelle Obama Just Gets Better and Better

The first lady entered the White House with no public agenda and with promises to focus on her children, but a year in, she has already made an impact. Her latest project is a mentoring program meant to inspire local girls by giving them access to some of the White House’s powerful women. (continued)

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE

Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

The Battle to Define the New Health Care System

Barring astoundingly self-defeating behavior by Democrats, a decent bill will get to Obama’s desk. Whether lawmakers are rewarded or punished for their efforts will largely be decided in the coming weeks.

Posted on Nov 1, 2009 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: For Fox Sake!

The battle between the Obama administration and Fox News hasn’t ended yet (sigh), but luckily, Jon Stewart takes this timely opportunity to dissect what exactly the conservative-leaning channel’s raison d’être is, and here’s a hint: It’s not necessarily the news.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE


White House: Stimulus Made, Saved Nearly 650,000 Jobs

The White House sounded a triumphant note Friday about the success of the economic stimulus in salvaging and creating close to 650,000 jobs in recent months, but some Republicans, along with the AP, are questioning the accuracy of the government’s figures.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE

AP / David Guttenfelder

McChrystal Doesn’t Get It—Does Obama?

President Obama may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but if he allows himself to be bullied into supporting Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s foray into Afghanistan, he will reveal himself as the worst kind of warmonger.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE

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