The failure of the White House and Congress to seriously address the nation's fiscal situation is certain to broaden the belief among many voters that the U.S. political system is broken.
At his best, Obama promised to work with Republicans to reduce the deficit in a way that honors both individualism and community.
Blending hard-bitten realism with long-view optimism, Obama said that every 20 or 30 years brings a new cycle of pessimism in America.
Don't underestimate questions from the crowd; technology has made voters more informed than ever.
Every now and then, a presidential candidate surprises us with a truly human and honest moment.
For a man who has compared himself to Theodore Roosevelt and the nation's challenges to those of the Gilded Age, Obama put forward a tepid agenda.
Historians will likely give Obama credit for steering the country away from the brink of economic collapse in 2009.
I'm hearing echoes of Bill Clinton, circa 1996, in President Obama's reelection rhetoric.
If history is a guide, a victory for Obama means he faces the prospect of a second term dogged by scandal or inertia.
If Mitt Romney is vanilla, Chris Christie is three hefty scoops of Rocky Road topped with whipped cream, Red Bull, and gravel.
In Washington, compromise has become a dirty word.
It's a bit unfair to accuse Obama of dividing the nation when the facts show that it already is.
It's a deft trick to turn American exceptionalism into an exceptional political tactic.
Anything may be possible in America, but a Palin presidency is virtually implausible.
American exceptionalism is the recurring character in the nation's narrative.
A dose of humility goes a long way in life and in politics.
If acknowledging that racial misgivings and misunderstandings are still a part of politics and life in America, I plead guilty.
The 2016 presidential election is ripe for the emergence of a game-changing political leader who either dramatically reforms one of the existing parties or mounts an independent bid.
Clearly, the Obama presidency hasn't wiped out racial prejudices.
Election night is the easiest time to act like a grownup.
Like a cowboy saddling a bucking stallion, Republican leaders tried to tame the Tea Party while riding it to victories.
Somebody must be up and somebody must be down. Trouble is, campaigns are messy, subtle creatures that don't follow convenient narratives.
Got good news and bad news for you, Mr. President. The good news is that Chief Justice John Roberts just saved your legacy and, perhaps, your presidency by writing for the Supreme Court majority to rule health care reform constitutional.
Mandates are rarely won on election night. They are earned after Inauguration Day by leaders who spend their political capital wisely, taking advantage of events without overreaching.
A concrete agenda and landslide victory might not even guarantee a president his mandate in a capital as polarized as Washington.
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