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Obama and the Contradictions of Progressivism

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 14, 2011 - 10:20am

An unusually thoughtful critique of Obama from the right, by Peter Berkowitz. I'd be inclined to frame the argument in New Class terms, but he has a point. The money quote: "The paradox of American progressivism, old and new, is rooted in the gap between its professed devotion to democracy, or the idea that the people legitimately rule, and its belief that democracy consists in a set of policies independent of what the people want.


'I think the president's heart is in the right place'

Submitted by Jim Brown on July 10, 2011 - 8:25am

Today's New York Times Magazine has an exit interview with Sheila Bair, former Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. I left the story wishing that Bair, and not Geithner, had the reins. And I also learned a great deal about how the Obama administration has, for the most part, continued to protect bondholders moreso than taxpayers:


In need of a definition

Submitted by Maxwell on May 3, 2011 - 10:17pm

Greetings Blogorians,

Perhaps you faithful readers of the Blogora can help me with a definition.


Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 1, 2011 - 11:46pm

by Joe Daues KSPR News
11:28 p.m. CDT, May 1, 2011

Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden
East Room
11:35 P.M. EDT


Obama on Libya

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 29, 2011 - 8:44am

Full text here. My tentative reaction is that this was pitched too high for American intelligence, but its main impact may be on foreign audiences. Juan Cole finally persuaded me on the issue of intervention here. Other thoughts?


Full text of State of Union Address

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 25, 2011 - 10:32pm

Full text of the State of the Union address

By Derek Wallbank | Published Tue, Jan 25 2011 6:58 pm

WASHINGTON — The White House has released, without embargo, President Obama's draft remarks in full for the State of the Union address. The speech is reprinted in its entirety below.


Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:


President Obama's speech in Tucson

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 13, 2011 - 10:55am

To the families of those we’ve lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants gathered tonight, and the people of Tucson and Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow.


For Presidential Rhetoric Nerds

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 15, 2010 - 10:53am

Cool. Also, a nifty symposium in the Yale Law and Policy Review about President Obama's first State of the Union address.


Speaking of Cats, Obama Is Evidently a Pussy

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 30, 2010 - 5:42pm

I have no idea how to respond to this.