Tag Archives: Barack Obama

The Obama presidency’s ‘profound psychological wound’ on white Americans

For the first time in my life, my family and I are leaving town for Thanksgiving (details of which will follow). Because it’s a smaller group, I predict no arguments about kneeling football players, Harvey Weinstein, Hillary Clinton and uranium, … Continue reading

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Responses to violence

Julia Azari reviews the history of presidential responses to acts of violence on black citizens: In 1906, for example, a group of African-American soldiers in Brownsville, Texas, was accused of shooting multiple people. They were acquitted by a court and … Continue reading

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On circular firing squads

While House and Senate Republicans voted on a millionaires tax cut called health care reform, many noticed that not a single Democrat in Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s respective caucuses broke rank — not Heidi Heitkamp, not Joe Manchin. With … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s legacy, Part #32

Because Hillary Clinton would have nominated these federal judges had she won the election: He has already received attention for calling Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy a “judicial prostitute”; said he “strongly disagree[s]” with the Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence … Continue reading

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Deferring to ‘our self-evident wonderfulness’

Damon Linker rebukes the pundits who equate American leadership with bombing sovereign countries: But let’s start with absolute basics: Launching even one missile at another country is not, as we euphemistically like to presume, a “military action,” a “military operation,” … Continue reading

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Curiouser and curiouser

On one hand we learn that the Obamans, spooked about the next administration, went beyond avoiding the shredding of documents:

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Celebrating a dull day

Charles Pierce doesn’t get the point of President’s Day either. If anything, we should be off Constitution Day: I do not feel compelled to respect a president any more or less than I respect somebody I hire to fix my … Continue reading

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To move as largely and freely as possible: I Am Not Your Negro

To suggest that white America is finally reckoning with James Baldwin is not to succumb to a liberal notion of “progress” so much as accepting a terrible knowledge: racial tensions are at their peak. Wounds thought salved bled afresh after … Continue reading

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‘Trump shouldn’t be allowed to choose a justice in the last year of his presidency.’

I’m sure you will find in A Grand Illusion, the blog to which I contributed between 2004 and 2007 before this little project got off the ground, a piece by yours truly in which I explained in what I thought … Continue reading

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Being Barack Obama, being us

In November 2012, I wrote why I voted for Barack Obama when I didn’t four years earlier. More than four years later, with Donald Trump in the White House, Clio will look kindly at Barack Hussein Obama’s tenure as Chief … Continue reading

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Righting old wrongs

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Barack Obama, master synthesist

Drone wars. The killing of a “radicalized” American-born cleric without due process of law. The deportation of illegal immigrants. Daring to think he could treat with John Boehner. The hilarity of hiring former Wall Street people to run the economic … Continue reading

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