Barack H. Obama

Obama Has Plenty of Work Left to Secure His Environmental Legacy
June 25, 2014

Here's what he should do in his remaining two years in office.

"I Don't See the President As An Intellectual at All"
A Q&A with Michael Ignatieff
February 20, 2014

The Harvard scholar turned failed Canadian politican on whether intellectuals could ever win at politics

Interview: What Kind of Game is Hamid Karzai Playing?
January 30, 2014

This year will mark the withdrawal of the vast majority—and perhaps all—of the American troops in Afghanistan.

The Obama-Castro Handshake 'Controversy' Is Unbearably Stupid
December 10, 2013

The idea that the president should not shake hands with Raul Castro, or Arafat, or any current or former antagonist of the United States, is silly beyond belief. 

Don't Blame the Constitution for Obama's Year From Hell
December 05, 2013

Is the Constitution an imperfect document that has led to some combination of inefficiency (as the left argues) and a lack of democratic accountability (as the right argues)?  Is it the Constitution that has been largely responsible for the problems of Barack Obama's presidency?

Are the Democrats Taking Hostages Now? No.
October 14, 2013

Jonathan Chait, in a blog post for New York magazine, tries to swat down allegations that Democrats are currently demanding their own debt-ceiling ransom.

Here's What People are Going to Perceive About Who Won the Shutdown Standoff
October 12, 2013

It is very hard to keep up with developments on the Hill, but it appears that talks between the House of Representatives and the Obama administration have broken down.

How Obama's Trayvon Comments Compare to Kennedy and Johnson's Race Speeches
July 22, 2013

The setting was not the Oval Office that Kennedy chose, nor was it the floor of a packed House of Representatives where Johnson spoke.

What Went On Between Obama and Netanyahu?
July 06, 2010

Well, there was no divorce between the U.S. and Israel. And there was even some respect, if not affection. Affections, we know, is kept for the Arabs. But this was not quite the venue for showering kisses on the Palestinians. After they are still maintaining the distance of "proximity" talks which means Abbas in Ramallah with Netanyahu and his team in Jerusalem. That's six miles apart, very remote miles. And it's the Palestinians who are keeping the distance. Barry Rubin, a real expert and a true scholar, is not fooled by anyone. This is still the beginning of a long road.