Archive for February, 2010

Obama the Ordinary

Posted on February 27, 2010 by

Now that we recognize and accept Barack Obama as an ordinary politician, we’re better able to realistically asses his strengths and weaknesses. We’ve had more than a year to adjust to the fact that our president is: Bright but not quite Brilliant Imaginative but not quite Visionary Confident but not quite Courageous Convincing but not [...]

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“Let Me Explain…”

Posted on February 20, 2010 by

You know those people who try every which way to convince you to think the way they do. They can be gracious, persuasive, respectful, funny, self-deprecating and flexible.  But the more they turn it on, the more inclined you are to resist – even if you agree on point. I bet you know what I’m [...]

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Political Anguish in the Age of Obama

Posted on February 13, 2010 by

Tell me I’m wrong, but a year into the Obama era, liberal, progressive and activist Democrats are more distraught than they were during the Bush presidency. Policy and legislative failures by this white house and congressional majorities tell part of the story but can’t fully account for this malaise. The best analogy I can come [...]

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A Better Obama?

Posted on February 12, 2010 by

  Here’s what I have in common with Barack Obama: Just like the prez, I like to find common ground with conservatives and have them see me as a regular guy. Hey, I’m no radical extremist. You start talking to someone on a plane or at a party and sense they might be on the [...]

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Welcome to laborlou.com

Posted on February 4, 2010 by

When I began blogging in May, 2009, my mission was to urge my friends and colleagues to give our new president, his administration and congressional democrats a chance to figure out how to govern and legislate. I was a little rough on some progressive democrats, who I subtly berated for their impulse to criticize Obama [...]

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