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Obama and Race

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On December 14, 2016

Tressie McMillan Cottom’s response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay on Barack Obama is powerful: Coates argues that Obama knows his whites because he was born to them, raised and loved by them.

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The Washington Playbook

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On March 10, 2016
Jeffrey Goldberg’s profile of Barack Obama’s foreign policy is enlightening, showing the president’s great personal confidence in bucking “the Washington playbook” that had dominated administrations from both parties since the Reagan years. Rejecting those who would draw lines in sand and start wars to defend American prestige–including Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Joe Biden, among […]
Jonathan Chait makes an interesting argument for Obama as “the environmental president,” but I think it is the wrong question to ask. Chait’s argument is that despite the failure of the 2010 cap and trade bill, the almost certain approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and other disappointments to environmentalists, Obama has actually done a […]

Significance

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On January 21, 2013
I have nothing of interest to add to the inauguration discussion. But I do want to link to Atrios on the shocking significance of Obama to anyone with an understanding of American history. Whatever one thinks of Obama, it says something positive about our country that we actually managed to twice vote for an African-American […]
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