The president should invoke democratic ideals, condemn the Crimea occupation, and shut up.
Obama and the Democrats are in deep trouble.
First of all, put pressure on schools where student complaints have prompted investigations.
Yes, the president is capable of giving intelligent and mature answers to questions. But the intent is so obvious—and the effort shows such strain—that the answers feel more condescending than enlightening. Remnick’s piece, in fact, doesn’t show Obama’s complexity; it shows Obama applauding his own complexity.
Obama, at the very least, has an obligation to explain why he believes that bulk data collection by the government is or is not consistent with the Constitution. And if he believes the government’s mass data collection isn’t constitutional, he needs to end it regardless of what his study group reports.
The idea that the president should not shake hands with Raul Castro, or Arafat, or any current or former antagonist of the United States, is silly beyond belief.
Obama has had a good week. And another set of premature Washington obits can safely be ignored.
The problem with a short-term debt limit increase is it muddies everything you’re trying to make clear.
If Putin and Obama ever do manage to stop their reciprocal bouts of preening, they’d do well to consider cribbing from Merkel’s machismo-less political methods.