GWEN’S TAKE

  • July 8, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    President Obama updates reporters on debt talks. White House photo. The president knotted his tie and strode into the White House press briefing room Thursday to announce that he’d just concluded a “very constructive” meeting with members of Congress. You … Continue reading

  • July 1, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    ASPEN — Since we established in this space that I am a professional skeptic, I arrived at the Aspen Ideas Festival — a kind of Rocky Mountain think-fest — prepared for a pretty dreary recounting of where the nation stands … Continue reading

  • June 24, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    I am a great champion of the notion that it helps to be skeptical, but hurts to be cynical. But weeks like this one make it tough to distinguish between the two. Because I strive to maintain my balance, I … Continue reading

  • May 27, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    It never gets old listening to Bill Clinton. Like a thoroughbred watching the race from the sidelines, he is always champing at the bit to get back on the track. That became clear once again this week when I was … Continue reading

  • May 20, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    The past several days have handed me a cluster of excuses to return to one of my favorite topics: what happens when politicians speak in code. Known in some circles as dog-whistle politics – saying one thing intended to be … Continue reading

  • May 4, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    My flight from Seattle had just touched down at Reagan Washington National airport late Sunday night when I clicked on my BlackBerry. It immediately began buzzing with an alarming stream of emails and tweets. An hour later, the president would … Continue reading

  • April 29, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Imagine how proudly gratified I was this week to scroll through my Twitter feed and discover that Barack Obama and Sarah Palin have so much in common. On the day that Donald Trump was touring the New Hampshire seacoast by … Continue reading

  • April 22, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    I once covered a politician who was a very certain man. He remained convinced throughout his public career that he knew best – certainly better than any naysayer, political opponent or reporter. His certainty got things done, but you had … Continue reading

  • April 15, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    A few weeks ago, I mused in this space about why anyone would want to be president. This week, I had an epiphany. And so did Rep. Paul Ryan. To understand this, it helps to be a student of the … Continue reading

  • April 8, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    As the shutdown showdown approached its third or fourth climax late this week, I found myself in Flint, Mich., the former General Motors manufacturing powerhouse, where the unemployment rate still stands at nearly 12 percent and people can be forgiven … Continue reading