The Remaking of the President

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

John Heilemann, national political columnist for New York Magazine, discusses his cover story this week on the rapid overhaul of Obama's Presidency.


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amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

@ gary from queens -

There sure are a lot of lefty supporters of Obama's continuation of GW Bush's "anti-terror" tactics.

Oh wait, there aren't.

I guess Victor Davis Hanson didn't realize that while he was writing away...

Jan. 25 2011 04:08 PM

1) The left is far more critical of Obama than the right ever was of Bush. Glenn Greenwald writes of Obama's continuation of Bush's crimes against civil liberties often and Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake was detained by while taking Bradley Manning's only visitor to see him.

2) You seem to think you can apply the term "left" to Congress or Hollywood, so your political education is more than I can deliver here. Dawn Johnsen, a civil liberties crusader was blocked by the Repubs and went undefended by Obama. Obama has continued Bush's precedent breaking violations, and people on the left are the only ones who give a damn.

3) If you're talking about power plays, the dread Nancy Pelosi took impeachment "off the table" for Bush the war criminal, while the Republicans impeached Clinton over a bj after their years long witch hunt turned up nothing.

Jan. 25 2011 11:56 AM

God. I was really, really, really hoping not to hear the "n- word." Narrative, I mean.

Jan. 25 2011 11:41 AM

It was "a tight circle of insiders" that got him elected president.

Jan. 25 2011 11:37 AM

waiting for a campaign promise ,like a bank loan for my small buisness

Jan. 25 2011 11:36 AM
Brian from Forest Hills

Ed from Larchmont: How?

Jan. 25 2011 11:34 AM
Ed from Larchmont

President Obama is the most pro-abortion president possible. Not good.

Jan. 25 2011 11:32 AM
gary from queens

Victor Davis Hanson recently noted the most salient issue where Obama reversed himself.

Writing at w w w

These abject reversals on military trials, Guantanamo, civilian courts for killers like KSM, Iraq, wiretaps, intercepts, renditions, and Predators is bewildering for a variety of reasons. Should the Right welcome Obama’s radical rejection of his earlier positions and welcome (per Vice President Cheney’s point that the president now ratifies the Bush protocols) Obama’s about-face — or still reserve a certain contempt for Obama’s past demagoguery and cheap caricatures of critical national-security protocols that were vital to our security?

And what are we going to make of all the past talk of the Left that Bush’s national security efforts were violations of the Constitution and synonymous with war crimes? What happened to all that? So the outrage was simply about power all along without a shred of principle? After all, since 2009 we have not seen a sequel to Rendition or Redacted or any other such Hollywood films. Will any more Ivy League law deans sue the Obama administration on behalf on Guantanamo inmates, or citizens targeted by Predators, or are they now working for Obama against such challenges? In short, the Obama complete embrace and often expansion on the Bush protocols, and the lock-step party-line, media-approved of ‘that was then, this is now’are some of the weirdest reinventions in American political history.

Jan. 25 2011 10:59 AM

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