In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Obama Gets Peevish at His Press Conference

This is really breaking my heart. President Obama got all upset when asked Wednesday at his press conference by Major Garrett of CBS News why he was “content” to leave U.S. hostages in Iran as part of the nuclear deal. Major later admitted that he was trying to get under Obama’s skin a bit, which is what a reporter should do in order to elicit an

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Obama’s Iran Deal Nonsense

I actually think President Obama convinces himself that most of the things he is saying are true, and even, wise. That they are neither doesn’t make him a liar, nor even a fool. It makes him an egoist completely convinced that things are right merely because he does or says them. And, being an egoist, he wants to have the presidency he has always dreamed

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Obama to Hold a Press Conference on Iran

President Obama Wednesday will hold an East Room press conference to try to explain what on earth he was thinking when he agreed to the deal with Iran. The proceedings will begin at 1:00 pm Obama Standard Time, which is generally Eastern Time plus about twenty minutes. I will live stream it for you.

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White House Dossier Readers Stand Up

Without any doubt in my mind, the suggestions you had for questions to Obama outclassed those asked by the “professionals” at the White House press conference Thursday. Your questions represented what’s on the minds of average people and sought to hold the president to account, two things sorely lacking in the questions that were actually asked. Here’s a few of the best. I’ve edited a

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The White House Press Corps Falls Down

I was once crestfallen when I read a piece by someone – I forget who – expressing a basic truth about journalism, one that I felt I had no choice but to accept. This person wrote that journalism, unlike many other pursuits by college educated individuals, is a trade, not a profession. Like being a plumber, a carpenter, or an electrician. Nothing wrong with those

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Local Press Grills Obama: Green or Red Chiles, Sir?

The Obama campaign insists President Obama is getting just as rough a going over from the local press types and entertainment outlets as he would from the White House press corps, from which he has stopped taking questions. Now, this is certainly not the toughest group of presidential inquisitors that I have worked with in my years at the White House. But I submit to

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Will Obama Hold a Press Conference Thursday?

President Obama’s schedule Thursday is suspiciously empty, a possible sign that he will actually hold a press conference. This would be a perfect moment to stage what would be only his second full, solo press conference of the year. He hates doing them, but there are many issues stirring that he may want to frame to his liking, and there’s nothing like a big White

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Obama Suggests Americans are Ignoramuses

President Obama Monday said in essence that Americans who disagree with his position that failing to raise the debt ceiling would be catastrophic are not paying attention to the facts. Asked at the White House press conference by Chip Reid of CBS about a CBS poll showing 69 percent of respondents oppose raising the debt limit, Obama bristled with condescension. Saying he wanted to “distinguish

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No Questions Since April 5 for Obama

That’s what my friend Julie Mason over at POLITICO figured out and has shared with us all. Jules noticed that the openness president has stopped taking questions from the White House press corps, though White House Press Secretary Jay Carney promises, PROMISES he’ll do so soon. Obama not only takes fewer questions, he’s stamped out a couple of traditional forums for getting them in. Something

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Another Press Conference on the Way

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today suggested an end of the year press conference by President Obama is a very good bet. Obama, who in the past has gone months without holding a news conference, had junked that strategy in favor of one that calls for holding constant news conferences. He’s come before the press in a formal manner to respond – answer is

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