January 22, 2009

How Authentic Are Obama’s Bipartisan Overtures?
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In a new piece, TNR senior editor Michael Crowley questions how long the post-partisan sentiments in DC will really last: Barack Obama's recent bipartisan charm offensive--dinner with columnists like Bill Kristol, toasting John McCain at a fancy dinner--may be striking, and a little titillating in its audacity. But it's actually nothing new. Within days of his inauguration in 2001, George W.

Today At Tnr (january 22, 2009)
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Only Makes You Stronger: Why The Recession Will Revive America, By Walter Russell Mead Enjoy The Bipartisan Lovefest While You Can--Because It Ain't Going To Last Very Long, By Michael Crowley Will The Gaza War Usher In A Two-State Solution?, By Gadi Taub Signs Point To Frustration: Why Obama Will Confuse Partisans On Both Sides, By E.J. Dionne, Jr. What Is Obama's New WhiteHouse.gov Saying? By Douglas Wolk The Battle Of The Ivies! How Harvard Beat Yale In the Democratic Party, By Noam Scheiber Installing Power Grids? Saving Knut The Polar Bear?

January 21, 2009

The Critical Browser: The Digital White House
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At 12:01 PM Eastern Time on January 20, the President Obama-era version of the official White House site went live. (There are before-and-after pictures here.) The new version of the site is, not unexpectedly, much nicer-looking, and it has very much the same basic design style as Obama's campaign site and transition site, although the typography has shifted from the futuristic sans-serif faces of his campaign days to a dignified, old-fashioned serif face that probably goes better with the White House silverware.

Striking a New Chord
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It's not just what Obama says; it's how he says it. Like a black man.

Restraining Order
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WASHINGTON--Just as Barack Obama was being sworn in, it struck me that the greatness of America's institutions is their flexibility to accommodate revolutionary changes without the need to destroy the old and build the new from scratch. America's first black president assumed his office in the name of the same values and founding document with which his earlier predecessors, under whom blacks were less than equal under the law, had taken their own oaths. Now, faced with the greatest economic crisis in generations, Obama will need to make a choice between his intellectual formation

A White House-pentagon Rift?
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Like Jonathan, I highly recommend Joe Klein's valedictory to the transition.

Obama's Swearing In--the Do-over
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An interesting White House pool report just came in over the transom: At 735 pm, Roberts administred the oath of office again to obama in the map room.

So Obama's In The White House. What Next?
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Barack Obama's inaugural speech yesterday spent more time dwelling on energy and environmental issues than, well, any inaugural speech in recent memory. (Surely it was the first to hype "electric grids," no?) But even at this point, there's still plenty of guesswork involved in figuring out exactly how Obama's domestic-policy agenda will unfurl. We know the bulky outlines: He wants to pass a big spending package to stimulate the economy, pursue health care reform, augment support for clean energy, and slap some sort of price on carbon. That's the big-ticket stuff.

But I Know Obama!
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I went to the official Youth Ball last night, and it was a study in mass chaos and debauchery (read: a lot of fun). Some 7,000 people between 18 and 35 descended on the Hilton on Connecticut Avenue to see Kanye West, Kid Rock, Fall Out Boy, and, of course, Obama. The line to get in stretched around the block, and, once inside, the lines to get drink tickets were almost as epic.

The Atlantic Takes Over The World
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Forget all the Kennedy nepotism nonsense. The real politico-familial trend to keep a concerned eye on is the appointment to high office of siblings of Atlantic Monthly editors who are also Washington Monthly alums. First it was James Bennet's older brother, Michael, being tapped to take the Colorado Senate seat being vacated by Ken Salazar; now, it seems Jim Fallows's little sister, Susan F. Tierney, is set to be appointed to the number two spot at the Energy Department. What's next? Alex Gibney for White House documentarian? --Christopher Orr