President Barack Obama


Speaker John Boehner and Janet Yellen
08 Jan 2014

Janet Yellen’s Confirmation as Fed Chair and the Republican Messaging Problem

The eminently qualified Janet Yellen was confirmed yesterday as our first female Fed Chair, albeit by the narrowest margin in Senate history.  The vote, 56-26, reflects 18 missing Senators who had trouble returning to cast a ballot due to current horrid weather conditions around the country.  Democrats who were present numbered 45 and all voted for Dr. Yellen, joined by 11 Republicans.  It is the 26 Republican holdouts...

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GOP Strategist Frank Luntz Accuses President Obama of “Ruining the Electorate”
07 Jan 2014

GOP Strategist Frank Luntz Accuses President Obama of “Ruining the Electorate”

Mega-successful political focus group and messaging guru Frank Luntz once helped Newt Gingrich craft the successful “Contract With America.”  Today, he feels lost, lamenting to The Atlantic’s Molly Ball that the American people now scare him:  “They were contentious and argumentative. They didn’t listen to each other as they once had. They weren’t interested in hearing other points of view. They were divided one against...

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President and Media Flirt with Truth in Advertising Seven Years Too Late
05 Dec 2013

President and Media Flirt with Truth in Advertising Seven Years Too Late

Soon to begin the 6th year of his presidency, President Obama has just entered the 5th year of selling the Affordable Care Act, having been forced to apologize for its disastrous rollout.  Launching into yet another promotion tour, Mr. Obama claimed to have learned “the hard way” that wildly overpromising while under-delivering was a bad idea. I can’t decide if it is more shocking that...

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Political Gamesmanship Grotesque in the Face of Healthcare Debacle
18 Nov 2013

Political Gamesmanship Grotesque in the Face of Healthcare Debacle

Friday, Real Clear Politics shared that 39 House Democrats helped Republicans pass the “Keep Your Plan” Bill in a 261-157 vote “allowing insurance companies to continue selling non-Obamacare-compliant policies on the individual market for one year.”  These 39 Democrats telegraph panic that smacks of running from political fallout, with Senate Democrats like Mary Landrieu proposing a similar fix.  Whether such a bill is workable and...

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01 Nov 2013

Health Care Rollout – the Disrespect Inherent in Carelessness

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius got a drubbing from Congress for the “debacle” of the HealthCare.Gov rollout.  Yet her “taking responsibility” for the site’s failures and lack of end-to-end testing only to continue business as usual is unacceptable.  President Obama campaigned ceaselessly for his signature legislation.  His legacy paramount, he spent so much time pushing it, and pushing Congress to focus on it,...

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Matthews’ Hypocritical Lamentations on Loss of “Friendly” Politics Mirrors that of Our Leaders
21 Oct 2013

Matthews’ Hypocritical Lamentations on Loss of “Friendly” Politics Mirrors that of Our Leaders

In the Boston Globe, Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball waxed poetic on the “civilized” politics of yesteryear, particularly praising the relationship between President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill.  “We’re all friends after six” Reagan would say, and the two worked together in a civilized fashion. Matthews is correct that our current debate is grotesque, catering to the most aggressive in each party, and...

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Why Were Women Shut Out of the Shutdown Negotiations?
14 Oct 2013

Why Were Women Shut Out of the Shutdown Negotiations?

While there is no guarantee that women in Congress would bring the government shutdown to an end, historically women have a better record of cutting across party lines to forge compromise.  As this picture illustrates, far from having a 19% representation of women at the table — their current average number in the House and Senate — there are 0% at the table.  Hmmm.  Makes a girl think… Per the...

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10 Sep 2013

When in Doubt, Hide Behind Hillary

Hillary Clinton took time before her remarks on Wildlife Trafficking in Washington, D.C. yesterday to meet with President Obama and then, surprisingly, to weigh in on Syria. Despite years of pundits’ slurs to the contrary, former Secretary of State Clinton has proven a loyal soldier to the President, but why she would attach herself to the Syrian crisis under debate is a mystery worth unpacking....

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04 Sep 2013

Kim Kardashian, Big Media and the Infantilization of America

After giving a speech on the effects of media bias (a light topic, I know!), a student asked, “How is anyone going to hear your message when they are obsessed with the Kardashians?” I pulled a scientific sounding response out of my…er …left ear, but I suspect her question was better than my answer. Dr. Michael Beckwith once advised, “Be involved; not enthralled.” How do we...

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08 Aug 2013

Fed Chair Unsexy, But Crucial to All of Us

Fed Chair may not be as sexy a job as President, but the occupant of that position is just as vital, if not more so, to every citizen. Both in front of and behind the scenes, a battle is being waged by those who would seek to influence the Presidential choice making mechanism and public opinion as well. Not surprisingly, the best candidate may not win....

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