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Of Fear, Faith, and Foreign Affairs

Fear and faith do not live in the same home.  The word ‘faith’ conjures images of peace of mind, hope for the future, for the fellowship of man.  Faith speaks to the lion lying with the lamb – and the lamb can sleep with both eyes closed.  Fear exists in a troubled mind, a troubled […]

5Jun2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Seven Points of Obama’s Cairo Speech

United States President Barack Obama is carrying the dove of peace.  The dove is in a cage, surrounded by the guards of ignorance, prejudice, deep anger, and fear.  President Obama would like to release the dove – but he knows he must first educate the guards.  The President is in the middle east, holding the […]

4Jun2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Obama Speech in Cairo, Egypt 6-4-09

President Obama spoke in Cairo, Egypt.  The text of the speech follows the video. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has […]

4Jun2009 | | Comments Off on Obama Speech in Cairo, Egypt 6-4-09 | Continued
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Sotomayor’s Media Week In Review 5-30-09

Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated by President Obama to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The pick was guaranteed to raised the hackles of the declining fundamentalist movement.  And sure enough – it did. This youtube video highlights the first week in the media after Sotomayor’s nomination: One has to love the pseudo conservatives […]

30May2009 | | Comments Off on Sotomayor’s Media Week In Review 5-30-09 | Continued
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Obama on National Security, Text and Video, 5-21-09

We are proud of our President for being mature, honest, moral, and non partisan.  President Obama continues to do as he said he would do – he looks for practical solutions while protecting our safety and the integrity of this great nation: Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Remarks […]

21May2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama’s Notre Dame Speech

Thank you, Father Jenkins for that generous introduction. You are doing an outstanding job as president of this fine institution, and your continued and courageous commitment to honest, thoughtful dialogue is an inspiration to us all. Good afternoon Father Hesburgh, Notre Dame trustees, faculty, family, friends, and the class of 2009. I am honored to […]

17May2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Liberal Blog Proud of President Obama

We are proud of our President.  And we are considered by the radical right to be far left liberals.  But President Obama has thrown some change-up shots across home plate.  We used to say, “Never throw a change-up to a weak hitter.”   The weak hitters are swinging like lunatics at some of President Obama’s policy […]

15May2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Rush Limbaugh is Imploding

Before the dawn of the flat screen television everyone used CRT’s (Cathode Ray Tubes).  Before the dawn of the 2008 elections people listened to Rush Limbaugh.  These two inventions of modern man are very similar.  They are both filled with vacuums and when struck they implode. Rush Limbaugh is imploding.  Limbaugh’s biggest fan is DICK […]

14May2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Political Candidates as Supreme Court Justices

Justice David Souter is rumored to be retiring from the Supreme Court.  Appointed by President George H. W. Bush, Souter has surprised everyone with his more liberal perspective on the constitution.  There will be pressure on President Obama to appoint a woman or a Hispanic – political pressure is always present. President Bush the First […]

30Apr2009 | | Comments Off on Political Candidates as Supreme Court Justices | Continued
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The Conservative Manifesto For American Bloodshed

The deceptive elements of evil are alive and well within the right wing conservative movement. These people worship at the alter of false Reaganism. They quote Reagan as an opponent of government, when the obvious fact is that Ronald Reagan was the head of the government. The right wing of the early 21st Century distorts the words of President Reagan to serve their own evil purpose. Ronald Reagan NEVER advocated an armed revolution against the United States of America.

29Apr2009 | | Comments Off on The Conservative Manifesto For American Bloodshed | Continued
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The Two-Edged Sword of Justice

President Obama demonstrates his wisdom. He is reluctant to pursue charges against Bush administration officials for possible war crimes conducted during their ‘war on terror.’ Justice is a funny thing – and the Constitutional Lawyer in Barack Obama speaks to him of justice – but his maturity speaks to him of the bitterness of vengeance.

23Apr2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Obama and Nixon – Greeting Nasty People

President Barack Obama recently attended the Summit of the Americas. While there he met that Venezuela wacko President Chavez. President Obama has been criticized by the conservative media for his graciousness in the face of evil. We do not dispute the atrocious behavior of Chavez – but we would remind all that diplomacy is not always easy – and being gracious in the face of nasty people is difficult. Here are a few examples in recent history.

20Apr2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Indicting George Bush for War Crimes

This writer is convinced that our former President, George W. Bush, committed war crimes. Specifically, the President authorized torture by water boarding and other means of interrogation – in violation of the Geneva Convention. Our country is a country of law. Situational justifying the breaking of law is a common defense in the lower courts. It does not work there – and it should not work for the President. But our life is more complicated in 2009.

16Apr2009 | | 8 comments | Continued
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Does Our Economic Attitude Matter? A Hole in the Bucket.

Well, they (whoever they is) measure consumer confidence. What do you suppose that is about? Consumer confidence is a measurement of the confidence people have about their ability to sustain their life style – in a manner of speaking. The consequence of positive attitude is that people will spend their money because they have confidence that more is coming. Negative consumer confidence implies that people will not spend their money. Attitude does matter. Gratitude rhymes with attitude for a reason.

7Apr2009 | | Comments Off on Does Our Economic Attitude Matter? A Hole in the Bucket. | Continued
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Michelle Obama, The New Princess Di

President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, have taken the stage in Europe.  While the G-20 Summit frames the visit by the American President, Michelle Obama has become an iconic presence.  Like Princess Diana of Great Britain, Mrs. Obama is known for her compassion, style, charisma – and her high  profile marriage. The public […]

3Apr2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Obama’s War – Afghanistan

At what point does President Obama assume responsibility for a war?  Is accepting responsibility for the war the same thing as owning the war?  When does any President ‘own’ a war?  This is a curious talking point for the 24/7 news media.  Historically, we generally do not tag our Presidents as owners of wars that […]

28Mar2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Creating Countries in Our Own Image

President Obama has upped the ante in Afghanistan. He is sending another 17,000 troops to the beleaguered nation to ‘take the fight to Al Quaeda.’ One of the criticisms of past military efforts in this erratic region of the world is in defining the mission. Well, what is the mission? It is two fold: We want to punish those who attacked our country on 911, and we want to make sure they do not attack us again.

27Mar2009 | | Comments Off on Creating Countries in Our Own Image | Continued
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McCain Continues Trivial Pursuit

John McCain demonstrated his proclivity for trivia in the last election for President. While the country was facing two wars and an economic collapse beyond any seen in recent memory, McCain was harping about Bill Ayers. He lost the election but has not lost his desire to make a big deal out of small things.

4Mar2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Obama – Spending or Investing, Big Differences

President Obama has proposed a huge federal budget.  In actual adjusted dollars the budget is the largest since 1945, just as we were coming out of WWII.  The Republicans are shouting and whining and crying the traditional refrain: “The Liberal are spending our money!  Run for your life!”  Obviously, there is much spending – but […]

26Feb2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Non Combat Troops – An Oxy Moron

We should take all ‘non-combat troops’ out of Iraq. That is one of the compromises proposed as a resolution to the conflict in Iraq. The suggestion is that American troops will not be dying in Iraq. That sounds pretty good to most of us. But is there such a thing as ‘non-combat troops?”

8Feb2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Lincoln and Obama, Saving the Union

What is President Obama really saying about the economic stimulus package before Congress.  Here is what I heard, “It is of the right scope, and addresses the right issues.”  What does he mean by that?  Does he agree with all of the details of the package? When Abraham Lincoln faced the Ciivil War, the most […]

6Feb2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Beyonce – “At Last” – along with Etta James

Beyonce demonstrated her great talent, a beautiful voice, with her rendition of “At Last” at the Presidential Inaugural Ball for Barack and Michelle Obama. It seems Etta James, the original recording artist of this great song, felt slighted and took offense at the Beyonce interpretation. Here they are – you decide for yourself which rendition is most appropriate for the occasion.

6Feb2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Identity Confusion

Who am I? Sounds like something Descartes might have asked – but I am not nearly so complex a creature as Descartes. There are a few things that are certain. I know I am a father and a grandfather. But those are mere biological truths (I defer here to Descartes). But the ideal of world politics, of a world community, of being an active participant in my world – leaves me a bit confused. I am just trying to figure out if I am liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican. It seems to me that the question is most often defined in terms of economics – and sometimes in terms of culture.

2Feb2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Delusional Politicians, Pelosi, Boehner, Blago

These folks are really off the rail, sidetracked, stumbling over old rhetoric. I am talking about politicians who somehow think that worn out political tactics can continue to fool the public.

The most obvious is the Illinois Governor. The Illinois Senate is holding impeachment hearings for unethical practices by the Governor. The Governor, known now simply as Blago, is tooting his horn in any parade that will have him. Blago made the rounds of the New York based talking head shows – he claims he is a martyr, being nailed to the cross of injustice by local politicians who want to rape the Illinois treasury. It is only Blago who stands between the corruption of the Illinois Congress and the safety of America. Just about everyone is entertained – and not convinced.

28Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Political Parlor Games and Obama’s Oracle

The Obama Oracle predicts the need for at least 825 BILLION in additional stimulus to the economy. It seems the parlor games are in full swing. The Democrats put some dubious spending in the proposal. Things like re-sodding the lawn on the Washington Mall. The oinking could be heard across the aisle. Too much pork the Republicans cried. Not enough tax cuts was the simple refrain. Obama was listening to the poetry of the Congress. Obama chose to go to Capital Hill himself to meet with Republican leaders (Republican Leader is an official oxy moron).

28Jan2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Redneck Gazette –

Redneck Gazette Fifth Edition Stimulating Economics Stimulating Economics Ohmydidhesayjihad We is having some trouble figuring out what we is hearing.  We got us a new President hoping that he would fix the problems this country is having.  We don’t know nothing about economics.  We only know that we should save more than we spend. We […]

27Jan2009 | | Comments Off on Redneck Gazette – | Continued
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Packed With Pork – Economic Stimulus in Perspective

One might think that the Republicans have been on the ropes for about twenty years – judging merely from the whining coming out of Congress. That Republican Congressman Boehner talks like he and his biddies have been the standard bearers for fiscal moderation for many years. Boehner and his cohorts are claim the economic stimulus package proposed by President Obama is packed with pork.

26Jan2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Super Nigger

Richard Pryor broke the rules, and we are grateful. Pryor was most effective in using humor to contrast the insanity of racism and the ultimate humor inherent in absurd words. Oprah will not like this post – but she failed to renew her advertising so we got nothing to lose, bro.

21Jan2009 | | Comments Off on Super Nigger | Continued
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Inauguration 2009: Exploring the Hero Myth

The idea of hero is old, and treasured in mythology. The hero metaphor influences our understanding of the world. This ancient value of hero lends credence to the fierce patriotism of America. No Congressman will vote against our military, our heroes.

20Jan2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Politics of Racism, 1903, 1968, 1988, 2009

I collect political memorabilia. As I looked through my junk last night I realized how much we have changed.

I have a George Wallace neck tie from his 1968 run at the Presidency. It is a thin white tie with bold red letters horizontally positioned that reads Wallace ’68. Twenty years ago I attached a campaign button to the Wallace tie – it reads Jesse Jackson ’88.

19Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Obama, Cheney, Gitmo, and the Founding Fathers

In the beginning there was a revolution. Talk of revolution whispered through the ranks of community leaders. The whispering was necessary because if King George III heard of the treasonous acts he would have the perpetrators jailed, and the possibly deported to some far off prison colony – all with out the benefit of due process. The leaders finally agreed on revolution, a Declaration of Independence was drafted, and the participants secretly stole into Philadelphia to sign the now historic document.

14Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Redneck Gazette – Fight the Bad Guys

Redneck Gazette Fourth Edition Get The Bad Folks > Osama Bin Laden George Bush Fails Well, Ronald Reagan said, “There you go again.” And here we go again. Osama Bin Laden, that fella what kicked our butts in New York back in 2001, is poking at us again. This time he did an audio tape […]

14Jan2009 | | Comments Off on Redneck Gazette – Fight the Bad Guys | Continued
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What’s the Matter, Don’t Like Actually Reaching Across the Isle?

To date, the Obama engine has been fueled by a rhetoric of change and hope. The “change” part of that language is not referring to a change in the political party in charge of ruining the government, it is a change in the fundamental way that we approach all of the decisions that we make fromt he top down. Rick Warren invited Obama to speak at his church, and Obama has invited Rick Warren to speak at his innauguration. Some say that this will alienate progressives, and I think that, to some degree, that is true. But let me ask you this: What is more progressive than going beyond sitting around a table together, but removing the table entirely and finding a way to stand together?

18Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Does Obama err by leaning on Lincoln?

Then Sen. Barack Obama at the dedication of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Ill., April 2005. (Chicago Tribune photo by Pete Souza.) by Frank James President-elect Barack Obama really has a thing for Abraham Lincoln. The latest manifestation of what appears to be his Lincoln envy is the way Obama intends on […]

16Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Does Obama err by leaning on Lincoln? | Continued
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Sorry, We’re Booked, White House Tells Obamas

By Helene Cooper Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama met Barack Obama’s campaign plane in Colorado on Nov. 1. (Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times) Updated | 3:12 p.m. CHICAGO—The White House has turned down a request from the family of President-elect Barack Obama to move into Blair House in early January so that his daughters […]

12Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Sorry, We’re Booked, White House Tells Obamas | Continued
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Obama’s Chicago Vulnerablitiy

Here we go again.  Washington partisan politics 101.  The political corruption in Illinois will dramatically affect the Obama Administration.  This is not about guilt or innocence – it is about perception.  And particularly the perception of vulnerability. When Bill Clinton won the Presidency in 1992 there followed some corruption news in Arkansas.  This gave rise […]

11Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Obama’s Chicago Vulnerablitiy | Continued
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Obama’s Team Chemistry – the X-Factor

President Elect Barack Obama is forming his team for governing the United States of America.  The buzz in the media centers around the personalities and talents of selected team members.  The entertainment value of media questions has been noted by the President Elect, “I know you are having fun with this,” when asked about previous […]

4Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama’s New World Order

By Karen Tumulty and Mark Thompson It was hard to miss the message that Barack Obama was sending with the powerful tableau lined up behind him onstage in Chicago. “I assembled this team because I’m a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions,” the President-elect said of his national-security picks. The top three members […]

4Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Obama’s New World Order | Continued
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Barack WHO?

Posted by Karen Tumulty After Sarah Palin got fooled by a prank call from “Nicolas Sarkozy,” you can see why a politician would be skeptical: WASHINGTON (CNN) –A Florida congresswoman – convinced she was being prank-called by a Barack Obama sound-alike – hung up on the actual president-elect Wednesday. Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was told […]

4Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Barack WHO? | Continued
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A Pragmatic Pair Chosen to Confront Terrorism Threat

By Carrie Johnson and Spencer S. Hsu Washington Post Staff Writers In nominating former federal prosecutors to lead the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, President-elect Barack Obama yesterday selected two Democrats with sterling law-and-order credentials but less experience in detecting threats and gathering intelligence in the age of international terrorism. Eric H. Holder Jr., […]

2Dec2008 | | Comments Off on A Pragmatic Pair Chosen to Confront Terrorism Threat | Continued
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Take Us to your Leader Elect

Featured McClatchy cartoon Jim Morin / Miami Herald (December 1, 2008) | Cartoons for the week of 24 November 2008

2Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Take Us to your Leader Elect | Continued
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Obama’s ‘Dream Team’

By Michael Falcone Barack Obama in May, 2008. (Photo:Doug Mills/The New York Times) Besides their impressive resumes and political star-power, a few of President-elect Barack Obama’s top cabinet choices have something else in common — hoop dreams. Though these days Eric H. Holder Jr., Susan E. Rice and Gen. James L. Jones, may be more […]

2Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Obama’s ‘Dream Team’ | Continued
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Michelle Obama geneaology off-limits

A surviving shack along road once known as Slave Street on a South Carolina plantation. Michelle Obama’s great-great-grandfather, who was born around 1850, lived as a slave, at least until the Civil War, on the sprawling rice plantation. (Tribune photo by Alex Garcia / November 22, 2008) by Frank James Michelle Obama’s roots can be […]

1Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Michelle Obama geneaology off-limits | Continued
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Out for Obama: Gay Rights Group Plans Mega Inaugural Shindig

Cyndi Lauper scheduled to headline the Out for Equality inaugural extravaganza. (AP Photo) The “Out for Equality” ball (though its gay-rights organizers don’t want to call it a ball) is shaping up to be one of the single hottest tickets on inauguration night. And you don’t have to be L, G, B or T to […]

1Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Out for Obama: Gay Rights Group Plans Mega Inaugural Shindig | Continued
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A Handpicked Obama Team for a Shift in Foreign Policy

Damon Winter/The New York Times Barack Obama’s national security team is to include, from left, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gen. James L. Jones, a retired Marine commandant. By DAVID E. SANGER Published: November 30, 2008 WASHINGTON — When President-elect Barack Obama introduces his national security team on Monday, it […]

1Dec2008 | | Comments Off on A Handpicked Obama Team for a Shift in Foreign Policy | Continued
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Obama’s confidence-rating: High, steady

by Mark Silva Perhaps it is the alacrity with which President-elect Barack Obama has set about assembling a Cabinet and army of advisers – an economic team named this week, defense coming next week. Or perhaps it is the expertise of the nominees – with a “towering” economic team that includes the six-foot-seven Paul Volcker, […]

29Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Obama’s confidence-rating: High, steady | Continued
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President-elect: ‘You can call me Barack’

Posted November 26, 2008 5:15 PM Veronica Lewis bows for President-elect Barack Obama, and his family, from left, Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha, 7, (hidden) Malia, 10, distributing Thanksgiving turkeys at the food bank at St. Columbanus Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago today. (AP Photo by Pablo Martinez by Mark Silva On the […]

27Nov2008 | | Comments Off on President-elect: ‘You can call me Barack’ | Continued
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Obama Volunteers at a Chicago Food Bank

President-elect Barack Obama, center, his wife Michelle Obama, left, and daughter Malia, 10, center, greet people at a food bank at St. Columbanus Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago, Nov. 26, 2008. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press) Tom DeFrank of the New York Daily News was today’s pool reporter covering Barack Obama’s visit to […]

27Nov2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Obama Transition Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai

Onlookers stand at the site of a bomb blast in Mumbai Nov. 26, 2008. (Reuters) Obama Transition chief national security spokesperson Brooke Anderson condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, on behalf of the president-elect, saying: President-Elect Obama strongly condemns today’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and his thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their […]

27Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Obama Transition Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai | Continued
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Obama’s Speechwriter Moves to the White House

By Jeff Zeleny Barack Obama’s Chief Speech Writer at work on his victory speech for the New Hampshire primary election in a hotel lobby. (Jacob Silberberg for The New York Times) CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama’s wordsmith is moving to the West Wing. In his latest round of White House staff announcements, Mr. Obama said […]

27Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Obama’s Speechwriter Moves to the White House | Continued