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Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

The Making of Barack Obama by David J. Garrow William Morrow Hardcover, $45.00 1472 pages ISBN: 978-0-06-264183-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America’s first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work about the life of Barack Obama, creating a rich tapestry of a life little understood, until now…

Riveting Retrospective Revisits President’s Defining Moments

How many immortal speeches have been delivered by U.S. presidents and other American icons? Lincoln’s “Four score and seven years ago” Gettysburg Address, FDR’s “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” Eisenhower’s beware of the “Military-Industrial Complex” farewell address, JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you” inaugural address, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” are among the handful which have stood the test of time

Grabbing the Limelight, Killing People

  US involvement in Syria is another manifestation of lackluster, indecisive US policy. President Obama had a chance to arm a third force, a non-Islamist moderate group of rebels and failed. As a result, the conflict there has become polarized between two major Islamist groups, the Hezbollah greatly assisting President Assad, and a mixture of […]

Prez’s Weekly Address: His Perspective of the G-20 Summit

WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Barack Obama recounted the progress made this past week in advancing America’s national security and economic prosperity at the United Nations and the G-20. The administration established the U.S. as a leader in the pursuit for clean energy, and agreed to reform the global financial system to prevent […]

Prez’s Weekly Address: 50% of America Losing Health Care?

WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Barack Obama highlighted a new report from the Treasury Department that found that about half of all Americans under 65 will lose their health coverage at some point over the next ten years. The report also found that Americans under 21 have more than a 50-percent chance of […]

Prez’s Weekly Address: Attempting to Debunk Health Care Reform ‘Myths’

WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Obama set the record straight on some of the most pervasive myths about health insurance reform. He addressed a range of “outrageous myths” including that illegal immigrants will be covered, that abortions will be funded by taxpayer dollars, that so-called “death panels” will be formed to decide who […]

Prez’s Weekly Address: Town Hall Meetings Exaggerated?

WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama described just how dysfunctional the current health insurance system is and how reform will fix it. Right now, the American people have a system that works better for the insurance industry than it does for them. Reform will put an end 14,000 Americans losing their insurance […]

Pres.’s Weekly Address: Health Care Reform for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama cited a report released this morning by the Council of Economic Advisors in explaining how health insurance reform will strengthen small businesses in America.  With small businesses paying up to 18 percent more for health insurance than large businesses, too many small businesses are forced to […]

Pres.’s Weekly Address: …More Health Care Reform Talk

WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to seize this opportunity – one that may not come again for decades – and finally pass health care reform. With families unable to keep up with skyrocketing costs, premiums rising three times faster than wages, businesses shedding jobs, and deficits piling up […]

Pres.’s Weekly Address: Recovery Act – Progress or Prolongation?

WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama touted the gains the Recovery Act has made in a little more than 100 days.  While the recession is still far from over, the Recovery Act has helped end the economic free fall, ease the rate of monthly job losses from 700,000 a month, extend unemployment […]