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Entries from Less than the Least tagged with 'Barack Obama'

The Suskind Book--Skeel

My first reaction to the reviews of Ron Suskind’s new book about the Obama administration’s handling of the economic crisis was that it mostly seemed to confirm widely held views, such as the perception that President Obama and Treasury Secretary...

Obama and Berlusconi--Skeel

A week ago, at the end of a nine day trip to Italy, I waded through a vast protest in against Prime Minister Berlusconi. At a reception that evening, an Italian former student explained that, after Berlusconi’s minions missed the filing...

The First Hundred Days--Skeel

At his press conference last night celebrating his first hundred days, the President referred again to the need for a “house built on rock,” as he did in his speech on the economy at Georgetown last week. The reference is, of...

Weekly Standard Article--Stuntz

Here is the link to a magazine piece I wrote.  The subject is a model of domestic policymaking that is usually ignored in public discussion: Lincoln’s model. While fighting and winning the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln also shepherded through Congress one of...

American Politics Through Italian Eyes--Skeel

I’ve been in Rome for a week, with ten days to go, and have asked people what they think of the Obama administration and of the Berlusconi government in Italy. I should note that I’ve been talking to Italian academics, so...

Brooks on Burke and Obama--Stuntz

 This column perfectly captures my own sentiments—both the hope that the new Administration would succeed, and the growing concern that its confidence is misplaced. One unpleasant surprise in the Administration’s economic plans, at least to me, has been Obama’s lack of...

Obama and Roosevelt--Skeel

            The most frequent worry I’ve heard about the new administration is that President Obama will get swept up in the messianism surrounding his historic presidency, and he will take advantage of it to pass a vast legislative agenda that...

Obama's Abortion Order--Skeel

Ever since Ronald Reagan first banned funding to international organizations that promote or provide abortions in developing countries and elsewhere in 1984, this executive order has been the most visible culture wars prize of our presidential elections. Like many culture...

The Inauguration--Skeel

A few immedate thoughts on the inauguration:President Obama's speech: I didn't think this was his most memorable, but no one delivers a speech like Obama.  The highlight for me came when he explicitly referred to scripture, and said "The time has come...

God Bless America--Stuntz

I never much liked the Ronald Reagan rhetoric treating the United States as the new Jerusalem, the “shining city on a hill.”  It struck me then and, most days, strikes me now as idolatrous.  But I can’t help feeling that...

Paris--Skeel

I've been in Paris this week for a wonderful conference at the University of Paris-Nanterre.  It's my third visit to Paris, separated by twenty years from my second (a short visit during my honeymoon) and twenty-four from my first (a...

For Larry Summers--Stuntz

It would be an exaggerated piece of name-dropping to say that I know Larry Summers.  I'm one of thousands of people who've had contact with him over the years.  For me, that contact consists of two hour-long conversations with him...

Five Things I Love About This Country--Stuntz

Speaking as a conflicted McCain voter, I'd say Obama's election captures the five things I love most about my country.  In no particular order:1.  Not counting his years living abroad, the President-elect has lived in Hawaii, California, New York, Massachusetts,...

Obama's Victory--Skeel

A little over a month ago, just as it was becoming clear that Barack Obama would win the election, I happened to be reading several commentaries on the Civil Rights Movement written by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, whose theology was...

McCain or Obama?--Stuntz

This Stuart Taylor column captures half of my frustration with this presidential election. Taylor argues that, if Obama governs as a centrist, he could have a spectacularly successful presidency. If he governs from the left, Taylor says, he will fail...

Is the Era of Big Government Back?--Stuntz

Everyone seems to think so, thanks to the financial crisis.  I wonder.  I have a short article about to come out in The Weekly Standard suggesting otherwise.  The link is here.   Early in his first Administration, Bill Clinton turned...

Teachers, Professors, and Obama Buttons--Skeel

Stanley Fish has an interesting op-ed in this morning's New York Times about whether a school or university can prohibit its teachers from wearing a button advocating a particular candidate in the classroom. Fish argues that such a rule would...

The Candidates and the Crisis--Skeel

I wasn't among those who were disturbed about the increasingly trivial bickering between Senators McCain and Obama until the tumultuous events in the financial services markets over the past several days. I'm now greatly disturbed, because I fear that a...

Palin, Obama, and the Experience Issue--Stuntz

Everything is faster in the internet age.  It took about ten seconds from the time McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate for the conventional wisdom to congeal:  Palin forfeits the experience issue and opens the way for attacks...

Abortion, Fighting Evil, and the Saddleback "Debate"--Stuntz

Two comments about the excellent speaking event (I don’t know what to call it) at Rick Warren’s church: First, as many bloggers have pointed out, Obama was wrong to say that the abortion rate hasn’t fallen on George W. Bush’s...