When Donald Trump finished his remarks at a conservative convention in Washington this month, he was received as well as some of the bigger names expected to chase the Republican presidential nomination.
They like you to be seated pretty early in the House Gallery for State of the Union addresses. As a grizzled veteran of two — George W. Bush’s third and Barack Obama’s second, on Tuesday night — I can tell you some things don’t change.
Nothing starts arguments like published lists, which is why the final days of any year are filled with delicious arguments about what received too much or too little attention in the previous 12 months.
In these lean times for President Barack Obama’s fan base, it has surely been a fun few days, filled with pointing and laughing at those silly people who have told pollsters they believe he is a Muslim.
When I was a kid, I used to badger my parents to take me to pet stores so I could see the puppies. Even the local mall had a storefront where kids would press their faces against the glass to wave at the tiny breed of the day. We loved it, and the puppies enjoyed the attention.
If the very existence of a black first lady were not enough to suggest that the NAACP’s century of battles has been largely won, Michelle Obama’s topic for her keynote speech to its convention might confirm it: childhood obesity.
Think back to Monday evening, before we had a suspect arrested in the failed Times Square car bomb attempt. Imagine the reaction if the mayor of New York had been asked to speculate on who would do such a thing, and the answer had been: “If I had to guess, I’d say a Muslim terrorist.”
Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 not only thrilled movie audiences by taking them back to man’s reach for the moon; it also recalled an era when America faced a goal boldly and accepted nothing short of success.
In an upstate New York special congressional election next week, conservatives are rushing to the aid of a third-party candidate who could guarantee the seat switches to the Democrats. And they don’t seem to care.
After the Barack Obama Olympic junket collapsed in a heap of failure, I wondered how long it would take for his defenders to attempt a reputation-saving head fake, scattering blame in other directions.
Indignation is a curious thing in the era of Barack Obama. Having seen the mockery this White House can heap on voters who dare to show it anger, this week has provided a window to what in turn sparks the Obama team to outrage.
If a “turf war” is what breaks out between rival gangs, the battles unfolding at increasingly tense health care town hall meetings might be called “AstroTurf” wars. Literal AstroTurf is an artificial grass playing surface in a sports stadium; symbolic AstroTurf is a grassroots movement that reeks of phoniness.