Seems to Me I’ve Heard That Song Before

The title of this essay is that of a song I remember from bygone days. Frank Sinatra used to sing it. Listening to Barack Obama and John Kerry give their rationale for attacking Syria, gave me an ear worm – the song keeps running around in my brain and I’m sick of hearing it. The [...]

Behind the Barn

Posted with permission from Richard S. Gilbert, this lovely piece of writing sets the stage for what happened in 2008. The second Barn for Barack was a story we posted as a slide show in September, 2008. Thank you, Richard, for allowing us a glimpse into the family and the people behind the Second Barn [...]

Barack Obama as Charlie Brown

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson One of the recurring themes in “Peanuts,” Charles Schultz’s deliciously amusing cartoon, involved Lucy persuading Charlie Brown over and over again to kick a football she’d hold for him.  The hapless little boy would come at a run, give it his all, and at the last minute Lucy would pull the [...]

A Lesson on Tactics and the “Enthusiasm Gap”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Will you do me a favor, please? Go read Bill McKibben’s op-ed piece, “My Road Trip With a Solar Rock Star or Notes on the Enthusiasm Gap,” and then come back here and read my reaction to it. I’m asking you for this favor because I want you to tell me [...]

A Free Pass for Senate Republicans

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. –William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” With the help of Democrats in the White House and the Senate “leadership,” Republicans have killed hope for legislation on climate change, or even meaningful energy efficiency, for this year and probably [...]

Crunch Time For Democrats

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Bipartisanship cannot mean simply that Democrats give up everything that they believe in, find the handful of things that Republicans have been advocating for and we do those things, and then we have bipartisanship. —Barack Obama, at a news conference Feb. 9, 2010 On Thursday, February 25, the President is hosting [...]

Time to Kick Ass

by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Every time I hear the bleating heads on cable news and NPR say the Massachusetts special election to fill Teddy Kennedy’s seat resulted in the Democrats losing their super majority in the Senate, I want to throw up. Or throw something. The Democrats never had a super majority, the 60 votes [...]

A Thoughtful Man

President Obama reflects on the Massachusetts election results and his vision for creating a better America.

Nobel Laureate Obama

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The best thing, to my way of thinking, about Barack Obama’s having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is that the Democratic National Committee finally — finally – stood up on its hind legs and snapped back at the Republican Party, giving them a dose of their own medicine. The DNC’s [...]

Pull out your old Merriam-Webster and look up the word “spine”

By Debra Kozikowski Just yesterday afternoon, according to this exchange reported by Dana Milbank, journalist Helen Thomas seemed to be in top form as she dogged White House spokesman Robert Gibbs for an answer about the president standing up for the public option in health care reform.  “Is he going to fight for it or [...]