Tag Archives: Barack Obama

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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DNC, Day 3: No more war edition

11:59. Good night! 11:45. As tactics, a masterful speech, moving into the center that the GOP thinks it has occupied. As rhetoric, it meshed his gift for the demotic with the phrasemaking, the latter not often among his strongest suits. … Continue reading

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Cuba: the momentum of the free market

As I’ve driven through Miami this weekend and spoken to friends and relatives, many uneasy and vaguely dejected, I have to remember I had no illusions about the renewal of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. If Nixon … Continue reading

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“I love that guy”

Last month Hillary Clinton took deserved shit from Bernie Sanders and the liberal press for squeezing Henry Kissinger in a metaphorical bear hug. Now her former boss offers the sort of on the record remark suggesting that the love for … Continue reading

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A brief history of Cuban-American relations

Eighty-eight years ago, an American president visited Cuba to remind the viceroy of its fertile island who was boss: In 1928, Mr. Coolidge and his wife, Grace, boarded a train in Washington and rode for 40 hours to Key West, … Continue reading

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