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.
Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said at a Bloomberg breakfast in Charlotte, North Carolina that the president would work with the business community to overhaul the tax code in a second term, as Democrats today kick off their national convention that aims to propel his re-election bid.
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.
It’s hard to believe that less than six months ago President Barack Obama was talking about a “Sputnik moment.” In his State of the Union address he proposed huge investments in infrastructure, innovation and education to help us “win the future.”
Lobbyists, of all people, may soon inadvertently bring us what lobbyists have long fought against - - a flatter, simpler tax code that offers fewer gifts for special interests. As a bonus, it would also help bring down the deficit.
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.
During the 1928 presidential campaign, nutty right-wing Protestants claimed that Al Smith, the first Catholic nominated for president by a major party, was planning to extend New York’s Holland Tunnel all the way to the Vatican.