| Nov 7, 2011
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama was a principled opponent of the Iraq War from its beginning. But when he became president in January 2009, he was handed a war that was won. The surge had succeeded. Al-Qaida in Iraq had been routed, driven to...
| Nov 19, 2011
| 7:09 PM
WASHINGTON — In 2008, the slogan was "Yes We Can." For 2011-12, it's "We Can't Wait." What happened in between? Candidate Obama, the vessel into which myriad dreams were poured, met the reality of governance.
His near-$1 trillion stimulus begat a...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 10:03 AM
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- He's a mathematician, a minister, a former radio talk show host and pizza magnate. But most of all, Herman Cain is a salesman.
And how he sells.
"The sleeping giant called 'we the people' has awakened," Cain thunders, pacing...
| Sep 26, 2011
In a 2008 debate, former ABC News broadcaster Charlie Gibson asked Barack Obama about his support for raising capital gains taxes, given the historical record of government losing net revenue as a result. Obama persevered: "Well, Charlie, what I've said...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 2:46 PM
Pasadena boasts a bounty of entertainment options, but only one offers the opportunity to spend an evening picking some of the most interesting brains in art, science, politics and entertainment.
This high-minded cultural event is the Distinguished...
| Dec 12, 2011
WASHINGTON — In the first month of his presidency, Barack Obama averred that if in three years he hadn't alleviated the nation's economic pain, he'd be a "one-term proposition."
When three-quarters of Americans think the country is on the "wrong...
| Dec 13, 2011
It was gratifying to hear a despotic leader blame the United States for the rise of a democratic protest movement against his regime.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, wants his people to think that those who have taken to the streets to...
| May 16, 2011
"I'm going to do my part to lead a constructive and civil debate on these issues."
— Barack Obama, speech on immigration, El Paso, Texas, May 10
WASHINGTON — Constructive and civil debate — like the one Obama initiated just four...
| May 23, 2011
WASHINGTON — Herewith President Barack Obama's May 19 Middle East speech, annotated:
"It will be the policy of the United States to promote reform across the region, and to support transitions to democracy."
With this Obama openly, unreservedly...
| Jan 21, 2009
President Obama reminded us Tuesday that "our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint." A week ago, in her confirmation hearings...
| Apr 21, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva Mitt Romney says he's glad that President Barack Obama goes to bed each night worrying about how to keep the nation safe - that's the way former President George W. Bush went to bed, Romney suggested, the......
| Sep 18, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva With all the fuss this week over the congressman who accused the president of lying, all the apologies, the rebukes and the morning-afters, the unanswered question when all is said and done might be who believes whom.......