Barack Obama Archives

It was only two months ago that the Democrats lost the House and President Obama was looking seriously diminished. But his approval numbers have bounced back — he goes into tonight’s State of the Union address around 50 percent in a bunch of major polls —-  presenting Republicans with some interesting dilemmas in deciding how Read More

I don’t want to spend too much time licking shots at the Obama White House’s approach to DADT’s repeal, which at times seemed half-assed and even now looks like kind of lucky. In the end, President Obama’s strategy worked after all. But it worked not so much because it was a brilliant strategy but because Read More

What’s good, everyone? Sorry for the late roundup. I’m subbing for blackink, who just upped and moved to the A and is still getting settled in. Some stuff to turn over as you go about your day… It’s kind of a moot point now, but this chart, via Ezra Klein, shows how much folks would Read More

Liberals have always had a hard time dealing with fatherhood and family programs designed for low-income families. On the one hand, some of the arguments behind the creation of programs for low-income families that demonstrate healthy relationships and encourage fathers to be emotionally involved in their children’s lives is a good thing on its face: Read More

Via Pam Spaulding, we catch John McCain, who was on Meet the Press and up to his usual weasel-iness on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” For months, McCain was calling for the results of a Pentagon study on the law before deciding whether to take any action on repealing it. Now that the study says that most Read More

Jamelle points out that Obama’s predecessors won re-election despite getting mollywhopped in their midterms. Colorlines’ editor Kai Wright says Obama can still change the state of the union, despite last night’s results. A reminder that Harry Reid won because he’s actually pretty good at what he does — being a politician. Lexington, Kentucky has elected Read More

Adam Serwer is a little uncomfortable with President Obama’s ‘predator drones” joke at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner: So you have to wonder why in the world the president’s speech writers would think it was a good idea to throw a joke about predator drones into the president’s speech during the White House Correspondent’s Read More

So you may have heard: after eluding progressive presidents and lawmakers for nearly a century, House Democrats finally approved sweeping legislaton that would bring  America to near-universal health insurance coverage. The bill nearly died several times in the interminable debate, with interventions from President Obama and deft maneuvering by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (props due) keeping it alive. No matter Read More

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