“No man’s ignorance will ever be his virtue.” Seriously. It’s also difficult to beat this version of George Washington’s farewell address:
There is a passionate and (in my opinion) extremely stupid debate as to whether or not President Barack Obama’s political opponents are motivated primarily by racism. President Jimmy Carter, for example, says yes: “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a … Continue reading Race and Barack Obama's political opposition
UPDATED BELOW Dem hearts are aflutter in anticipation of Barack Obama’s visit to Baa Ram U. this afternoon. (He’s also visiting Denver for a rally at Civic Center Park.) He’ll be speaking at a very pretty part of campus known as “The Oval,” where most of the oldest buildings are located. (It’s the part of our … Continue reading Barack Obama to speak at Colorado State University today
Didja hear the latest awesome news about the U.S. economy? Well, Kevin Baker called his shot about Obama more than two years ago: Hoover’s every decision in fighting the Great Depression mirrored the sentiments of 1920s “business progressivism,” even as he understood intellectually that something more was required. Farsighted as he was compared with almost … Continue reading Barack Hoover Obama, I presume
On the airplane yesterday, I read an interesting article in the July 2009 Harper’s Magazine by Kevin Baker called “Barack Hoover Obama: the best and brightest blow it again” (sorry, it’s subscription only.) It’s a scathing review of Obama’s performance in office so far by way of a comparison with Herbert Hoover, and a dire prediction, as … Continue reading Barack Hoover Obama or Barack Delano Roosevelt?
Via RealClearPolitics, Melissa Harris-Perry writes in The Nation: Still, electoral racism cannot be reduced solely to its most egregious, explicit form. It has proved more enduring and baffling than these results can capture. The 2012 election may be a test of another form of electoral racism: the tendency of white liberals to hold African-American leaders … Continue reading Liberal racism: a possible explanation for an Obama loss in 2012?
Susurro at Like a Whisper has tagged me with a meme to compile a list of books to give to President Obama. He’s a bright guy who always has a book in his hand, and I imagine that he reads much more broadly than most people. Herewith is my annotated bibliography of five titles, which I humbly … Continue reading Book recommendations for President Obama
Via Knitting Clio, we see that there’s a letter drafted by a group of prominent U.S. women’s historians to President-elect Barack Obama asking that his jobs-based stimulus package not replicate the same biases of the WPA. Read on to see a draft of the letter, and the contact information for signing on: Friends and colleagues, Attached is a … Continue reading Actual progress for the new Obama WPA?
Apparently, Ann Bartow is in Canada this weekend, and she’s had the same experience that I’ve had all weekend: Canadians love them some Barack Obama, and have been spontaneously expressing their happiness to me all weekend. When I approached customs and immigration and said “Bon Soir” upon my arrival in Quebec Wednesday evening, the man took my passport … Continue reading Obama wins all of Canada's electoral votes in a landslide
Historiann.com commenter and special correspondent ej was at the Obama rally at Baa Ram U. this afternoon, and sent in this exclusive report: I’ve been flattered by all the attention the presidential candidates were paying to Colorado, especially the Democrats, who haven’t had much cause to come here of late. The turnout at the rally for … Continue reading Eyewitness to History: ej on the ground at the Obama rally at Colorado State