In the first months of the Obama presidency in 2009, Chuck Hagel, who had just finished two terms as a U.S. senator, went to the White House to visit with the friend he had made during the four years they overlapped in the Senate.
In his Second Inaugural Address the President described the science proven threat to "our children and future generations" from global warming. He pledged that America would "lead on the path toward sustainable energy sources.
WASHINGTON - My inner Pollyanna was basking in blissfulness, rolling in the hay of righteous rhetoric, backstroking through the sunny sibilance of aspiration.
Drunk, apparently, on alliteration.
It was a perfect day. Cold but not freezing.
Ambition is a strong component of the American character. From rags to riches, log house to White House, community organizer to commander in chief, nowhere is this idea more pronounced than in the American presidency.
One definition of "imperial" on dictionary.com is, "of the nature or rank of an emperor or supreme ruler."
At his news conference Monday, a petulant, threatening and confrontational President Obama spoke like an emperor or supreme ruler.
WASHINGTON - After the slaughter last month of 20 schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., cynics said the response wouldn't be any different from those to the many mass killings that came before.
Revolutionary changes are coming at us at supersonic speed, bringing new challenges that are existential and global. Yet our political system seems incapable of adapting to, or even fully acknowledging, those changes.
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