Even among the few odd, nerdy children who want to be speechwriters when they grow up (I was one), none dream of writing a State of the Union address. These tend to be long and shapeless affairs, lumpy with random policy, carried along by strained applause lines, dated before they are transcribed.
The Obama administration's latest revision of its contraceptive policy was welcomed by some religious people as a breakthrough, even a "miracle." Upon reflection, it seems less like the parting of the Red Sea than a parlor trick.
President Barack Obama has grown testy about reporters who have a "default position" that policy debates have two sides.
A young reporter who has only covered President Barack Obama's first term has already witnessed several political epochs.
Just before noon on Jan. 14, Mitch Daniels ceased to be governor of Indiana. By 2 p.m. he was in West Lafayette conducting a meeting as the soon-to-be president of Purdue University. A true Hoosier calls that a promotion. But his elevated new stage is a smaller one. And as national Republicans contemplate the second half of the Obama era, they wonder what might have been.
Following the "Les Miserables" incident on Christmas Day, I suspect I will never persuade my teenage sons to attend a movie with me again.
This is a Christmas season shadowed by sorrow. We know, of course, that human beings, even small ones, sometimes die in horrible, unfair ways. But all the horror and unfairness seemed to arrive at once in Newtown, where some parents wake on Christmas Day, if they slept at all, to mourn their absent children
The intercom had been switched on. "At first we heard a bunch of kids scream," said a therapist at Sandy Hook Elementary School, "and then it was just quiet and all you could hear was the shooting."