Speeches to lawyers' groups are among the least fun to give. For one thing, if you get a detail wrong someone is sure to point it out. For another, most lawyers (and judges) have quasi-professional commitments to impassivity in their facial expressions.
Ignoring the President’s hyperbole about the supposed catastrophic effects of a very modest reduction in the growth of the federal budget, Republicans have held firm. And the President has suffered a painful political and policy defeat.
Now, Iran no longer poses a strategic threat to U.S. interests in the way it did just a few years ago, and the prospect of Iran solidifying an arc of influence from western Afghanistan to the Mediterranean has evaporated. Iran is on the defensive, trying to help its allies survive in Syria and Lebanon
The lesson from the State of the Union address is this: Barack Obama has no second term agenda. Oh, sure, he campaigned furiously for the job, starting in about January of 2011.
In another example of his highly developed strategy of "leading from behind," President Barack Obama gave a speech in Las Vegas coming out in favor of Immigration Reform just a day after a group of Senators announced the outlines of a bipartisan plan for … Immigration Reform.
President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Monday was a clear signal that he intends to steer the ship of state hard a-port. During the speech I Tweeted that it was "? Gettysburg, ? FDR, and ? State of the Union." The speech didn't have the traditional reach across the aisle to the other political party suggesting Republicans and Democrats are smart enough, dedicated enough, and patriotic enough to find common ground and make America a better place.
Rarely have second terms lived up to the hopes and expectations of presidents or their electorates.
Now that the biggest parlor game in the world "Who will be the next President" is over, the next parlor game that has us obsessing here in Our Nation's Capital is: Who is in and who is out in President Obama's second-term Cabinet and senior White House staff?
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