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Obama’s profile in courage

Lanny Davis
Former Special Counsel to President Clinton
              President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. President Obama blended the threat of military action with the hope of a diplomatic solution as he works to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

In my view, Barack Obama’s speech on Syria yesterday was the high point of his presidency. Ultimately it could cement his place in history the way President Kennedy’s courage and resolve during the Cuban missile crisis did for him.

The anti-Clinton media: here we go again

2:58 PM 08/21/2013

Not everyone is as apparently obsessed with writing vitriol about the Clintons as Maureen Dowd, the Times' op ed columnist. For example, last Saturday, Ms. Dowd compared the Clintons to the self-destructive cartoon character, Wile E. Coyote. Her first example of "little explosions" for which she holds the Clintons responsible, and I am not making this up -- the tragic and painful experience of Huma Abedin, due to the conduct of her husband, NYC mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner, whom she loves and forgives. Go figure.

My field of dreams: I’m stickin’ with the Nats

6:52 PM 08/12/2013

Some weeks ago I wrote a column about my love for the Washington Nationals baseball team. And I noted that despite major political polarization in Washington, there is one place where Republicans and Democrats forget their partisanship and join hands -- and that is at Nationals Park rooting for the Nats.

Where is the president on Sen. Gillibrand’s bipartisan sexual assault bill?

10:04 AM 07/25/2013

Some things that happen in Washington, D.C., have come to be expected, such as hyperpartisanship in the Congress along sharp "red" vs. "blue" lines.

DC’s purple field of dreams

12:48 AM 07/18/2013

Thomas Jefferson said at his first inauguration in March of 1801: “We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.”

For me, gay marriage is no purple issue

8:48 PM 07/10/2013

“To officiate a union that is expressly not for the same godly purpose of procreation and to call such a relationship ‘sanctified’ is unacceptable to a sound mind," wrote N. Michael Nunn, a member of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, in a letter to fellow Persian Jews and congregants opposing gay marriage ceremonies at the temple.

Striking the right balance between national security and freedom of the press

5:00 PM 05/30/2013

I have known and been a friend of Attorney General Eric Holder for many years. He is a progressive Democrat who believes in First Amendment values and especially vigorous freedom for investigative reporters to publish the facts. So I give the attorney general a heavy presumption of good faith and trying to make the best judgment at the time.

If reports are true, Ruemmler should resign

6:36 PM 05/16/2013

I have been told today by several reporters that President Obama's White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, knew for several days, perhaps weeks, about the IRS story, i.e., that some IRS officials engaged in political targeting of conservative groups; and that she did not tell the president as soon as she knew, even partial reports, about the story.

The purple Michael Smerconish

12:09 PM 05/02/2013

I recall very well the first time I was on the Michael Smerconish radio talk show on WPHT in Philadelphia. He was doing a nationally syndicated talk show carried by 70 stations across the U.S. He was also a well-read and respected columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

George Bush is a good man

3:54 PM 04/24/2013

On April 25, on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, Texas, four living presidents — Jimmy Carter, No. 39; George H.W. Bush, No. 41; Bill Clinton, No. 42, and Barack Obama, No. 44 — will honor one of their colleagues, George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, at the dedication of his presidential library.

A wrong purple moment for Obama and Boehner

3:54 PM 03/20/2013

I have been writing this “Purple Nation” column for a long time, waiting for the “purple moment” when President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would agree on an important position on the budget and deficits. Little did I know that when it finally happened, I would be disappointed, to say the least.

Obama’s trip to Israel and the best path to peace

4:11 PM 02/28/2013

There are many pro-Israel Americans, including members of the American Jewish community, who believe that the best strategy for bringing Israel and the Palestinians to the peace table is for President Obama to try to appear neutral or even lean toward the Palestinian/Arab world viewpoint, pushing Israel to the peace table and in the negotiating process.

When will they ever learn?

3:28 PM 02/20/2013

As obvious as are the fundamental rules of effective crisis management, time-tested over the ages, it is amazing how often the same mistakes are made by politicians and companies in the midst of a crisis.

Time to confirm Hagel and move on

4:20 PM 02/14/2013

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) deserves thanks. He managed to go so far over the top in showing poor taste in his shameful questioning of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) during this week’s Armed Services Committee hearing on Hagel’s nomination as Defense secretary that he managed to assure that Hagel will be confirmed, as he should be.

What I learned from ‘Conscious Capitalism’

11:04 AM 01/29/2013

Once in a while, a book about business theory and philosophy transcends the usual audience that reads “how to” business books — with lessons to be learned by everyone, business people and consumers alike. Such a book is Conscious Capitalism, recently published by the Harvard Business Review Press.

What Hagel and Kerry learned from Vietnam

12:21 PM 01/17/2013

By nominating Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of State and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as secretary of Defense, Barack Obama is the first president — and maybe the last — to have Vietnam War veterans as the two top members of his national-security team.

Hagel must address ‘Jewish lobby’ comment

10:50 AM 01/08/2013

I believe a president — Republican or Democrat — almost always deserves to have the cabinet that he wishes, with the bar very, very high to oppose his choice. Thus, there should be a heavy presumption that President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, should be confirmed by the Senate.

Farewell to Secretary Clinton, a public servant and friend

1:07 PM 12/20/2012

The fact that she may be the most popular secretary of state in U.S. history is no surprise. All the qualities that made her so successful are familiar to those of us who have known her for a long time: always working hard, sensitive to others, smart, sees the big picture, great people skills.

Possible good news out of the bad news of going over the fiscal cliff

11:45 PM 12/05/2012

There is no doubt that there will be serious adverse consequences to ordinary Americans if, on Jan. 1, 2013, the nation goes over the “fiscal cliff” — meaning, on that day, $1.2 trillion in cuts in federal domestic and defense spending will begin over the next eight years, combined with immediate substantial tax increases and less money in paychecks for all taxpayers, especially hurting the middle class, as the Bush tax cuts are rescinded.

In defense of Grover Norquist and his right to be wrong

11:41 AM 11/29/2012

I strongly disagree with Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge. But I believe his views are sincere. And I condemn those who substitute personal attacks on Norquist for factual arguments to prove him wrong.