President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night is likely to be the most important domestic speech that he gives during the rest of his presidency — but not for the reasons commonly cited. Continue reading
It wasn’t as important for his rise to power as his 2004 address to the Democratic National Convention. That one propelled him onto the national stage. It wasn’t as elegant as his Philadelphia speech on race relations in the 2008 campaign. That one was his rhetorical masterpiece. But the second inaugural was far more important than either in defining his political philosophy as president. Continue reading
And there he was again. Barack Obama, President Obama, on the high steps of the Capitol. Hand on Bible. Two Bibles this time: Abe Lincoln’s, Martin Luther King’s. Taking the oath. Continue reading
On the eve of his second inaugural, President Obama appears smarter, tougher and bolder than ever before. But whether he is also wiser remains a key question for his new term. Continue reading
What in the world is gripping Washington? Everywhere one turns — from finances to guns to nominations — there is madness in the air. Continue reading
Some of Inouye’s deeds — his valor serving on the German front in one of America’s most decorated (and heavily wounded) units, his Herculean political efforts on behalf of his home state — have been well remarked. What we were especially struck by was his quiet, sagelike humanity. Continue reading
Yet again we are struggling to bear the unbearable. How can we find meaning in the massacre of so many innocent children, savagely cut down in a hail of bullets?
Abraham Lincoln is much on our minds these days and, fortunately, there is much his life teaches us about giving meaning to human horror. Continue reading