Wednesday October 22, 2014
Archive - 2014
No film more deftly portrays college-age ennui than Mike Nichols' classic 1967 movie, "The Graduate."
If you live in an advanced economy - in Western Europe, Japan or the United States - odds are you're in a funk. Unless you live in Germany.
Barack Obama's address to United Nations General Assembly this week was the one of the most important speeches of his presidency. Two weeks ago I argued that, in foreign policy, the United States and the world needed a different Obama. This week, they got one.
It shouldn't be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs -- that is, children who go to college.
As anyone who's ever tried knows, the White House is one of the most difficult buildings in the world to get into. Take it from me. I go there almost every day for the daily White House press briefings. You have to go through several layers of security to get onto the grounds, before getting into the building itself.
Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that.
Liberals talk about circumstances; conservatives talk about character.
President Obama began his presidency with a call for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world." He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior, using U.S. military force to smash Islamic extremists and the "network of death" they have planted at the heart of the Middle East.
When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department "can and must always be a force for that which is right."
It was so sad. I'm sure there are other words to describe what I saw Wednesday morning. But that word comes to mind.
The body was covered with a white sheet. It was lying on a grassy area in the District of Columbia beneath the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge that carries Calvert Street NW. Portions of Connecticut Avenue NW and Beach Drive were cordoned off.