Category Archives: Obama and Diplomacy

As Different as Different Could Be

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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Not Going Well

There’s good news for Los Angeles. Monday’s traffic will be miserable, as usual, but not catastrophic. President Obama has cancelled his trip out here. He was going to speak at the annual AFL-CIO convention on South Figueroa, downtown at the … Continue reading

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Diplomatic Pickles

Diplomacy is hard. You have to say the right thing in the right way, to get the other party to do what you want when they’d rather not. Will Rogers said it’s the art of saying “nice doggie” until you … Continue reading

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So This Is How It’s Done

Hey, wait, Fridays are supposed to be slow news days. You know, things wind down, everyone heads home. But this was interesting: President Obama and his allies raced Friday to use their revelation of a secret Iranian nuclear enrichment plant … Continue reading

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Make Mine a Cosmopolitan

The words came from a guy who makes a good living selling somewhat absurd and quite expensive European cars to insecure strivers in a dying city in the Rust Belt – “There’s an ass for every seat.” Yep, you can … Continue reading

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Notes on the American Character

As President Obama neared his first one hundred days in office it was becoming clear that, as promised, things had changed. Just what had changed was a bit surprising, as most of what had been done in those first one … Continue reading

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Changes in the Background

Thursday, November 13, and after the markets dropped over three hundred points and hit a five-year low, a massive stock market rally – in the final hours of trading the Dow up almost six hundred points. This cannot be good. … Continue reading

Posted in America's Loss of Respect, Diplomacy, Economic Crisis, Financial Meltdown, Hillary and Bill, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, Obama, Obama and Diplomacy, Obama Inclusive, Palin's Media Blitz, Restoring Diplomacy, Sarah Palin, Winning Back Old Allies | 1 Comment