The dedication this week of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was more than an opportunity for the five living U.S. presidents to compare notes on what Stefan Lorant called “the glorious burden” of the office.
Jonathan Alter’s “ The Promise: President Obama, Year One ” is just what the title suggests. If you haven’t been paying attention for the past 18 months (since he begins with the campaign), this book’s for you.
History sometimes has a way of tying itself up with a little bow. That’s the way I felt in January when I introduced Scott Prouty, the bartender-turned- videographer who helped sink Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, to Teddy Goff, the 28-year-old director of digital media for President Barack Obama’s re-election.
The big news these days is who isn’t running for president. Without Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump , the Republican contest will be less colorful, of course, but also even more unsettled than it has been for the last few months. That leaves room for another Mormon governor and businessman.
In a sweet form of payback, a couple in Collier County, Florida, this week foreclosed on a local branch of Bank of America. Sheriff’s deputies and lawyers appeared at the bank and told the branch manager that if he didn’t pay the couple’s legal fees -- as ordered months ago by a court in a wrongful-foreclosure case -- they would seize the branch’s furniture and other assets. With TV cameras on the scene, the bank finally paid.
Every dog has its day. With Rick Perry and now Herman Cain felled by brain freezes, and Mitt Romney unable to close the deal, snarling Newt Gingrich has surged into a statistical dead heat in recent polls.
“I’ll get us that oil from Canada,” Mitt Romney said in his victory speech after the Michigan primary. He was referring to Keystone XL, the crude-oil pipeline that has become a top-tier campaign issue for Republicans.