Board chairman and farmers, entrepreneurs and activists, students and teachers, lawyers and actresses --dozens of them -- are gathering at this moment near the White House, where later today they will risk arrest to hold President Obama to the commitments he made in last night's State of the Union to "do more to combat climate change."
Junot Diaz: telling it like it is
Today on his New Yorker blog, Adam Gopnik attempts to unpack Barack Obama's election-night victory speech for clues to why the President engenders such dislike from his foes on the right. For Gopnik, it comes down to what he sees as Obama's calculated distance:
Waiting for last night's first debate between President Barack
Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt I knew these things: 1. Precedent
favors the challenger; 2. Romney was a better debater than most recognized --
or wanted to credit; 3. History suggests no meaningful correlation between
debate performance and electoral victory; 4.
never thought that I'd find myself at two o'clock in the morning,
hanging solo on a corner in uptown Charlotte, having two kind older
black women telling me to stop preaching about war and the prison
industrial complex. Yet there I was, one block from the Charlotte
Convention Center, hailing a taxi for two sixty-something Georgia
peaches who had missed the shuttle back to their motel.
Democrats were masturbating one another last night, pretending that
America is not at war and that the current administration is a friend
to all immigrants, about 100 wet and wild protesters hit the concrete
despite rain by the bucketload and a tough day in the streets. By
Tuesday evening, more than a dozen activists had been arrested
outside of the convention, including some immigrants' rights
picketers who caused a scene as delegates filed inside.
wasn't a conspiracy that more protest news didn't come out of the
Republican National Convention. There weren't utterly significant
events to report, let alone a larger bloodbath for journalists to
hang a week of coverage on. Considering the circumstances,
authorities in Tampa weren't all that unreasonable; the few arrests
that did go down could have been avoided if protesters heeded simple
requests from cops.
2004 Democratic and Republican national conventions were all about
the bloggers. Mainstream reporters even wrote articles about their
scrappy young counterparts, who in turn provided some long overdue
alternative coverage to the mostly mundane quadrennial festivities.
Four years later it was Twitter that was red hot, though mostly only
insiders, reporters, and attendees took advantage of the service,
since it had yet to fully click with the American public.
It would have a kind of poetry to it, would it not?
The Supreme Court rules on Barack Obama's historic universal healthcare
legislation on Monday - and the president just happens to be in
Massachusetts, the state where his Republican reelection opponent, Mitt Romney, passed a precedent setting mandatory health care law.
No, jackass, this has nothing to do with his birth certificate.
Yahoo! has obtained a copy of David Maraniss's forthcoming book on Barry's early years, Barack Obama: The Story, and has a study-notes rundown of interesting shit you didn't know about Obama, including his inability to dunk and his ability to do an awesome 1969-Mick-Jagger impersonation.
en route to the Statehouse on some other business this morning when
my inbox blew up. Word was that senior Obama advisor David Axelrod
was set to rally with fellow Romney haters on Beacon Hill. Due to
occasional showers and nap time, I often miss out on micro-cycle
pseudo-events like this. But I was in the area anyway, so I checked
in on all the fuss.
A friend asked
earlier this week what I thought of President Obama's late-night speech to the
announcing the death of Osama bin Laden, in view of the widespread celebratory
reaction. In particular, she asked, how did I-a lawyer who handles both criminal and civil
liberties matters-react to the President's handling of the
killing, rather than capture, of the Al-Qaeda leader.
One thing even more certain than Tea Party bigotry is the fact that the Democratic demographic is a melting pot worthy of a college catalog cover. Outside of today's pres-assisted rally at the Hynes Convention Center, old folks, young cats, black, white, and Jersey-orange Oompa Loompas all congregated for a glimpse of United States Senator John Kerry.
Subcultures spawn defining rituals: fans of Insane Clown
Posse have the Gathering of the Juggalos; practitioners of radical
self-realization congregate at Burning Man; and for the national
journo-politico elite and its legion of camp followers there are the
publication of Bob Woodward's inside-the-Beltway, memo-and-tell, docudramas.
In the 19 months since the 2008 election, our nation's political
landscape has taken quite the dramatic turn. The Democrats have
succumbed to a Wall Street-like plunge in popularity. And in a
bizarro-world scenario, health care has morphed Obama into a grossly
polarizing figure, while Sarah Palin has birthed a "Yes We Can"-style
underdog attack of her own -- successfully stirring the pot during her
recent Tea Party appearance in our very own Common
Last weekend Sarah Palin, once again, showed her incredible brilliance -- and this time she doesn't have McCain's team or anyone else to blame for the backlash. Speaking at the first-ever National Tea Party Convention, Palin tried to rip on Obama for being just a "charismatic guy with a teleprompter" right before she flashed her hand with notes scribbled on it for her Q&A session with Tea Party founder Judson Phillips.