A few minutes before 9pm last Tuesday night I settled in front of one of several flat screen color televisions in my new townhouse in Wake Forest, North Carolina to watch President Obama’s farewell address to the nation. My thoughts were on what I consider the benchmark Presidential farewell address which I watch some 56 years earlier as a very young boy in front of my parents’ lone black and white television in their Cheektowaga, New York home. Could Barack Obama get over the extremely high bar set by Dwight Eisenhower? Let’s explore. Continue reading A Different Bar
Today is the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Last weekend the big political controversy was the President-elect’s reaction to comments made during the curtain call following a performance of the hit show Hamilton. Let’s compare how the two individuals performed under “pressure”. (I will explain the use of quotation marks later in this piece.) Continue reading What The Hamilton!
During the course of observing life and politics many random observations and thoughts come to my mind. These days I often make note of them in my iPhone hoping to utilize them in future writing. There are many left over from the 2016 Presidential campaign and the hours just after we learned its outcome. I’d like to share a few of them with you today. Continue reading Miscellaneous Fears And Observations
Huge events are often the launching pads that take the relatively obscure and elevate them to star status. In politics few events are larger than American presidential campaigns. 2016 was no exception. I’d like to discuss a few people who ended up in the right place at the right time. Continue reading Stars Were Born
If you are a political junkie like me (and since you are reading this there is a decent chance you are) one of the things you look forward to are the presidential debates. There is legitimate reason to question whether they will take place in 2016. Let’s explore. Continue reading To Debate Or Not?