August 2010

Why We Love It When the President Goes Away

Posted: Thu, 08/26/2010 - 5:11pm

The President of the United States is on vacation. I am not. It rained for his first three days in Martha’s Vineyard. The sun was shining here. (Tee hee.)

Forgive my enjoyment. But it’s nice to take a break from news of floods, imminent hurricanes, mosque debates and the impending spectacle of Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton facing off on the National Mall this weekend, to meditate on something lighter for a change – time off.

An Unplanned Aberration: A peek behind the curtain at the PBS NewsHour

Posted: Thu, 08/19/2010 - 4:54pm

If the camera had continued rolling Monday night at the NewsHour after I completed a segment on the debate over the so-called “ground zero mosque,” you would have seen me beating my head against the anchor desk.

Leaning Left and Right: Why Labels Won't Help This Year

Posted: Thu, 08/12/2010 - 3:13pm

OK, folks, it’s time for another of my periodic forays into definitional politics.

To accomplish this, I have to take my own profession to task – and then rise to its defense. The problem: we reach too easily for shorthand. The defense: we live for shorthand.

This run-up to this week’s elections gave us a rich trove of gaffes to choose from to help me make my point, but I’ll settle on two events that lend themselves to two key questions.

Tags: Gwen Ifill

Retiring "Mission Accomplished" & The Long Hot Summer

Posted: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 8:47pm

Perhaps Oprah brought the President a cake when she joined his tight circle of Chicago friends for a birthday dinner this week. That’s more of a celebration than he has been able to have for any of his other landmark dates this year.

Consider the options.