Archive for the 'President Barack Hussein Obama' Category

IS TRUMP CHANNELING BARNEY STINSON…?

October 20th, 2017

Today, in talking with one of my students I shared a personal idea about President Donald John Trump for which I have absolutely no evidence. My thought, not unique to me [see update below], I know, is that Trump’s whole reason for becoming president was so that he could get even with President Barack Hussein […]

WINNING THROUGH INTIMIDATION IS A FAIL…

October 10th, 2017

There is a tradition in American politics that requires former presidents to disappear for a time, to write memoirs, plan libraries and depressurize from the insane demands of sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office so that the present occupant can go about governing. That has generally worked successfully for 43 former presidents. Ralph […]

OBAMA, TRUMP & TA-NEHISI COATES’ EVOLUTION…

October 9th, 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates is tired. Really, really tired, and the mantles dropped on his shoulders by the likes of Toni Morrison, The New York Times and the MacArthur Foundation are not making his life easier. The man just wants to write, damn it! After publishing yet another insightful essay in The Atlantic and a third book […]

WHAT TO DO WHEN WE SEE THE FEET OF CLAY…?

September 8th, 2017

More than a decade ago I began writing, often three times daily, about Myanmar and, as my blog-sister Shamash called her, Our Lady Aung San Suu Kyi. I slacked off in 2011 because Myanmar seemed to be changing for the better and I turned my blog attentions elsewhere. Over the last few days, however, Myanmar, […]

MUST OBAMA BREAK PRECEDENT AND SPEAK OUT…?

August 22nd, 2017

Perhaps the smallest club of powerful (so far) men living today is that made up of past and present presidents of the United States of America. That group, today, stands at six: James Earl Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George Walker Bush, Barack Hussein Obama and Donald John Trump. There is a […]

TWEET THAT PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP…

August 16th, 2017

President Barack Hussein Obama just owned the Twitterverse: Obama’s anti-racism tweet after Charlottesville is most liked ever on Twitter. A tweet by Barack Obama condemning racism in the aftermath of a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has become the most liked tweet ever, with more than 2.9 million social media users so far endorsing the […]

ON THE BRINK OF OUR FIRST GENERATIONAL WAR…

August 15th, 2017

There are, in the United States of America, at this very moment, high school students who may, after their graduation, chose to enlist and serve in our nation’s armed forces and become the first generational combatants we have ever raised. This is the legacy of our longest war. Ralph Nader, in The 16 Year War […]

CRY HAVOC AND LET SLIP THE WATCHDOGS…?

June 7th, 2017

Ralph Nader in Obama: Launch Watchdogs in Washington, writes: After eight grueling years in the White House, ex-president Barack Obama looked forward with his wife Michelle to a deserved, extended rest and vacation. Nearly five months later, he’s enjoying the company of the rich and famous at their secluded mega-retreats so much that a generally […]

BILLIONS FOR DEFENSE BUT BUPKIS FOR CHILDREN…

May 3rd, 2017

President Donald John Trump famously changed his mind about nation building and America first and getting involved in civil wars in other countries—perhaps because he understands our own so well—after he saw tragic pictures of children injured and slaughtered in Syria. He was so moved that he ordered our Navy to launch nearly 60 million […]

SO, WHY IS THE PRESIDENT’S SO MUCH SMALLER…?

April 20th, 2017

The hometown Boston Globe offers a litany of reasons because, well, it’s complicated, but you got to protect the brand, right? Here’s what The New York Times had to say: During a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday, President Trump singled out several members of the New England Patriots, including […]

TAPP, TAPP, TAPP…

March 8th, 2017

TRUCE SHORTER THAN A SYRIAN CEASEFIRE…

February 3rd, 2017

David Graham, writing in The Obama-Trump Truce Is Already Over for The Atlantic, explains: Despite Barack Obama’s attempts to build a rapport with Donald Trump during the presidential transition, and despite Trump’s public gratitude, the tradition seems moribund now. Obama had already declared his intention to deviate from tradition “if there are issues that have […]

AN EXIT INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA…

January 24th, 2017

The president’s thoughts in this video come from a series of interviews—‘The Filter…Is Powerful’: Obama on Race, Media, and What It Took to Win; ‘Better Is Good’: Obama on Reparations, Civil Rights, and the Art of the Possible; ‘It’s What We Do More Than What We Say’: Obama on Race, Identity, and the Way Forward; […]

PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP’S NUMBERS, SAD…

January 22nd, 2017

The image above shows the turnout for the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama. Mouse over the image to see what the turnout for the 2017 inauguration of President Donald John Trump looked like. To steal a favorite tweet word from President Trump: sad. So, President Donald John Trump is not happy. People just […]

CHELSEA MANNING TO WALK FREE IN 120 DAYS…

January 18th, 2017

On 17 May will walk free from the United States military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Ed Pilkington, writing in Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama for The Guardian ledes: Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of […]

OBAMA’S MISSED CHANCE THAT CREATED TRUMP…

January 16th, 2017

I voted for Barack Hussein Obama in 2008, but not in 2012. While I fully understand the emotional and symbolic importance of President Obama, he won election and re-election because he was the best in a really horrible field of candidates, and in the years following the historic 2008 election of President Obama, the disastrously […]

WHAT OUR PRESIDENT SAID…

January 11th, 2017

FAIR AND BALANCED?, WE THE PEOPLE DECIDE…

January 11th, 2017

[Update @ 0853: I’m taking a break—I have to get to work—but I’m noticing clues that this was written by someone for whom English is not a first language. What I’m noticing is that quite a few articles (a, an, the) are missing. Russian, for one example, does not have articles and this caused some […]

PRESIDENT OBAMA: FREE OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA…

January 7th, 2017

From Our Revolution: Our Revolution on Thursday released a video calling for the release of Oscar López Rivera, the longest-held Puerto Rican political prisoner in history. Lopez Rivera, a Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star, has been in prison for over 35 years. “The first question that often people say is, ‘What […]

WE DON’T START FROM SCRATCH…

November 7th, 2016

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