President Barack Obama punctuated many of the policy positions he outlined during his “State of the Union Address” with the words, “We can get this done” and “Let’s get it done.”
But the words he drew on from President John F. Kennedy put his ambitious agenda into context.
Kennedy told Congress years ago that lawmakers should view themselves not as rivals seeking power but rather as partners for progress, Obama said.
The iCitizenFroum question of the day stated: “Barack Obama announces his re-election campaign. Are you ready for the 2012 presidential election to begin?”
We might not be, but President Barack Obama will be.
President Barack Obama made his case Monday night for ordering the U.S. military to intervene in Libya, but he left a lot of unanswered questions and took heat from just about every position imaginable.
Some criticize the president for acting too slowly on getting a “no-fly” zone established and using U.S. resources to enforce it.
In last night’s televised address, President Barack Obama defended his decision to involve U.S. military action in Libya. The president said “We should not be afraid to act” to offer humanitarian assistance when a country faces a potential massacre.
In the prize rings of public disputation, I’m not tagged as a "No más," kind of guy. But like Robert Duran, the Panamanian boxer who probably didn’t actually say those words but really did give up during his 1980 championship fight with Sugar Ray Leonard, I think I’ve had enough.
I watched the election results intently last night, like most Americans. As the evening progressed, my thoughts about the outcome darted quickly and almost randomly to my life in America the past 50 years and election nights.
Last night seemed different.
Yes, I listened to reports on exit polls, watched the map of the U.S. change colors, heard pundits offer “insight” into the numbers and trends, and jumped between stations when some political “insider” irritated me.
The increase in the youth vote boosted the number of Iowans who caucused last night. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) reported 11 percent of eligible Iowans under 30 caucused in 2008, compared with four percent who caucused in 2004. CIRCLE’s research supports Rock the Vote’s Heather Smith’s belief that young men and women are no longer politically apathetic.