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Beyond Hope | New Republic
"What did Barack Obama accomplish? And how much of it will survive in the age of Trump? Five leading historians and political observers discuss the legacy of hope and change."
politics  america  history  legacy  president 
december 2016 by tsuomela
The Master Character Narratives in Campaign 2012 | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)
"These numbers make this as negative a campaign as PEJ has seen since it began monitoring the master narratives about candidates in press coverage in presidential campaigns in 2000. Only one campaign has been comparable-2004 when coverage was filled with the controversy over the war in Iraq, the prison scandal at Abu Ghraib and the Swift Boat documentaries. "
president  campaign  election  2012  rhetoric  media  journalism  narrative  character 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Fear of a Black President - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
"As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.

president  people(BarackObama)  race  power  racism  america  government 
august 2012 by tsuomela
David Bromwich: Symptoms of the Bush-Obama Presidency
Obama’s pragmatism comes down to a series of maxims that can be relied on to ratify the existing order -- any order, however recent its advent and however repulsive its effects. You must stay in power in order to go on “seeking.” Therefore, in “the world as it is,” you must requite evil with lesser evil. You do so to prevent your replacement by fanatics: people, for example, like those who invented the means you began by deploring but ended by adopting. Their difference from you is that they lack the vision of the seeker. Finally, in the world as it is, to retain your hold on power you must keep in place the sort of people who are normally found in places of power.
obama  politics  president  pragmatism  ideology  failure 
august 2011 by tsuomela
State of the Union Highlights | Notes From NAP
2010 state of the union with links to relevant National Academies publications.
obama  president  transcript  commentary  2011 
january 2011 by tsuomela / Comment / Analysis - America: A fearsome foursome
In dozens of interviews with his closest allies and friends in Washington – most of them given unattributably in order to protect their access to the Oval Office – each observes that the president draws on the advice of a very tight circle. The inner core consists of just four people – Rahm Emanuel, the pugnacious chief of staff; David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, his senior advisers; and Robert Gibbs, his communications chief.
politics  obama  president  analysis  government  assesment 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Think Again: International Law | Foreign Policy
During his presidential campaign, Obama expressed support for the International Criminal Court and humanitarian intervention. In office, he has done nothing for the ICC and has stood by while the killing continues in Sudan. He has promised to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay; the problem, however, was not that the facility itself violated international law but that the detention methods practiced there (arguably) did so. These very same detention practices have continued in Iraq and Afghanistan.
about(BarackObama)  international  law  politics  terrorism  war  president 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Entangled Giant - The New York Review of Books
But the momentum of accumulating powers in the executive is not easily reversed, checked, or even slowed. It was not created by the Bush administration. The whole history of America since World War II caused an inertial transfer of power toward the executive branch. The monopoly on use of nuclear weaponry, the cult of the commander in chief, the worldwide network of military bases to maintain nuclear alert and supremacy, the secret intelligence agencies, the entire national security state, the classification and clearance systems, the expansion of state secrets, the withholding of evidence and information, the permanent emergency that has melded World War II with the cold war and the cold war with the "war on terror"—all these make a vast and intricate structure that may not yield to effort at dismantling it. Sixty-eight straight years of war emergency powers (1941–2009) have made the abnormal normal, and constitutional diminishment the settled order.
foreign-policy  military-indusrial-complex  government  politics  about(BarackObama)  military  militarism  president  executive-branch  power  history  america  torture  legacy 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Does President Obama have the Motivation to Succeed? | Psychology Today Blogs
Obama's high power and only average achievement motivation suggests that he will continue to demonstrate political effectiveness and charisma. (Achievement motivation often leads to success in business, but usually is associated with frustration and failure in politics.)
about(BarackObama)  psychology  power  president  profile  psychohistory 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Legacy Loans |
Rick Perlstein on the absurdity of polling historians about the best American presidents. Conservatives and liberals may respond differently to the request. Strategic balancing.
history  survey  president  about(RonaldReagan) 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - Obama Riding the Wave -
"My job is to help the country take the long view — to make sure that not only are we getting out of this immediate fix, but we’re not repeating the same cycle of bubble and bust over and over again.." quoting Obama.
politics  commentary  long-term  politicians  rhetoric  obama  president  american 
february 2009 by tsuomela
C-SPAN Survey of Presidential Leadership - Overall Ranking - C-SPAN
For a moment I wondered why Andrew Jackson was ranked so poorly, then I realized that I was looking at Andrew Johnson. The 19c gets me every time.
history  president  american  polls  ranking  via:orzelc 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Errol Morris Blog -
Photo editors from Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Thomson Reuters share defining photos of the George Bush presidency.
photography  about(GeorgeBush)  president  2000s  history 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Project on National Security Reform
The Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) is a non-partisan, non-profit initiative sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Presidency. PNSR’s mission is to assist national leadership in improving the U.S. government’s ability to effectively
public-policy  national-security  foreign-policy  president  research 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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