9:48 AM, Jul 24, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The president, as Jordan Fabian of The Hill reports, said yesterday that:
“If you ask me where has been the one area that I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common-sense gun safety laws.”
This comes as The Hill was also reporting that:
Gun production has more than doubled over the course of the Obama administration, according to a new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The manufacturing boom has come in the face of the president’s push to expand background checks and place new restrictions on guns [and] ... paint a picture of gun owners who are concerned about new restrictions on their Second Amendment rights, activists say.
The lack of movement on gun control may be the president’s greatest frustration but the citizenry would more likely say that race relations have been the greatest disappointment of his time in office. As New York Times reports:
A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted last week reveals that nearly six in 10 Americans, including heavy majorities of both whites and blacks, think race relations are generally bad, and that nearly four in 10 think the situation is getting worse. By comparison, two-thirds of Americans surveyed shortly after President Obama took office said they believed that race relations were generally good.
More guns. More hate. Seems the legacy needs some work.
9:15 AM, Jun 19, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama touted his legacy in a fundraising swing last night in California. No one could argue, Obama maintained, that he has "not made significant progress" over the course of his presidency.
How did a conservative—and effective—governor arouse the suspicion of the right?Mar 30, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 28 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
4:31 PM, Jan 19, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Barack Obama and his disciples began worrying about his legacy even before he took office. He would not be satisfied to be judged competent or good. He was going to be a transformative president.
Why prudent politicians embrace the JFK legacy.Dec 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12 • By FRED BARNES
The legacy of President John F. Kennedy is a wondrous thing. Any president compared with Kennedy comes up short, even if his actual accomplishments were greater than JFK’s. Presidents in the modern era can never measure up to JFK in the public’s mind, period. Today, 50 years after JFK’s death, it’s still unwise to tangle with the Kennedy clan. The Kennedys usually win. Kennedy’s legacy also means that referring to him as anything but a liberal is sure to provoke an argument.
1:00 AM, Apr 25, 2013 • By FRED BARNES
Former President George W. Bush is in the political wilderness no more. Not only is the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum being dedicated today—with President Barack Obama and ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton in attendance. But Bush’s rehabilitation from years of unpopularity is beginning to take hold.
8:15 AM, Nov 29, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
When Mexican president Felipe Calderón leaves office on December 1, his successor, Enrique Peña Nieto, will inherit a country with rampant corruption and high levels of drug-related violence. Of course, when Calderón entered the presidency six years ago, he himself inherited a country with rampant corruption and high levels of drug-related violence.
Prophet or master salesman?3:00 PM, Oct 10, 2011 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
"In lapidary inscriptions," said Dr. Johnson, "a man is not under oath." Still, I have been a little startled by the Princess Diana-style reaction to the death of Steve Jobs. The Internet has been weighted down with lachrymose tributes; even the mainstream press is given over to extended compliments. Bouquets of flowers have been deposited at the entrance to Apple stores, accompanied by heartfelt handwritten notes to the deceased.
Obama sees himself as a transformative president. Mar 29, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 27 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
On January 20, the day after Scott Brown’s upset victory in the Massachusetts Senate race, Barack Obama suggested that he might just have to settle for a more modest health care reform package than the one Democrats had been pushing for a year.
What do you want to be remembered for.4:28 PM, Mar 19, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A friend of TWS writes:
For those Democrats for whom the right to life is more than just a political calculation:
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