Father Knows Best: When You’re Losing the Audience, Unleash the Kids and Pups

Even though the BP oil spill has cast a dark cloud of terrible catastrophe over the Gulf of Mexico, it’s not without its silver lining. I’ve taken enormous delight giggling as I read the faux critiques of President Obama’s insipid reaction to the spill. Dana Millbank, Maureen Dowd, Thomas Friedman, David Broder are all on […]

The President and the Professor, Part Two

So “Obamism” feels at worst like a hodgepodge, at best like a to-do list — one that got way too dominated by health care instead of innovation and jobs — and not the least like a big, aspirational project that can bring out America’s still vast potential for greatness. Thomas Friedman, NYT, February 21, 2010. […]

Building Nations and Metaphors

Today’s New York Times column by Thomas Friedman (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/opinion/01friedman.html?_r=1&ref=opinion) offers President Obama a very public lesson in remedial rhetoric, and ordinary readers a cheat sheet on what the President really means to say when he delivers one of his “eloquent” speeches. First off let me say that I have never been persuaded of the President’s […]