There are some things too touchy to joke about…We have apologized a hundred times. What more can we do? We screwed up.
Yves Desmet, editor in chief of De Morgen
the left-leaning Flemish daily that published…
images of President Obama and his wife, Michelle, digitally altered to look like apes…which published them days before the president’s visit to Brussels this week.
'Pres. Obama may abandon his…Blackberry in favor of an Android device before he leaves office. White House officials are…testing new smartphones…'
The two dozen servicemen—Hispanics, Jews and African-Americans—were identified following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that recipients of the country’s highest recognition for valor were not bypassed due to prejudice. Obama says America confronts its imperfections, in his words, “including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal.”
Though Pres. Obama has been able to provide this kind of life for his daughters, he seems oblivious to all the ways in which Malia and Sasha’s educational and economic trajectory, even prior to coming to the White House, looks in no way similar to that of the masses of African-American girls.
'After the 2012 elections, when Repubs…spent more than $1 billion…failing to unseat Pres. Obama and win back the Senate, they concluded that they had fallen dangerously behind Democrats in…technology. Now, with midterm elections just nine months away, the right is investing tens of millions of dollars to match the interactive platforms, grass-roots databases and sophisticated data analytics that allowed Democrats to identify voters, reach them with precision and persuade them to vote.'
the Obama who appeared before Congress a few nights ago missed history’s memo that his presidency is over. It was the same Obama who missed the 2007 memo that Hillary Clinton was going to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008, the same Obama who missed the memo in late 2009 that health-care reform was doomed, the same Obama who missed the bulletin in the fall of 2012, following the first presidential debate, that Governor Mitt Romney was overtaking him in the campaign and on the way to defeating him.
…the president’s optimism is a welcome shift in tone. Many commentators and members of Congress seem to believe that trying to solve what has become a full-fledged jobs emergency is futile. And of course it would be in the Republicans’ interest to have the president fail. New York Times columnist David Brooks argues that most of those who will get more income through a higher minimum wage live in families that are not below the poverty line. This is said by some to be thoughtful criticism. To the contrary, it reflects a nation desensitized to the plight of its workers.
art: drawing by Jane Nwagbo