Monthly Archives: March 2017

Barry’s Blog # 197: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Eight of Fifteen

OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY A reader posits: If presidents are so completely bound, can we really blame them for being complicit? Isn’t voicing soul and decency at least superior to abandoning it altogether? Or, as you say, is it better we face the … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 196: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Seven of Fifteen

OBAMA’S ECONOMIC POLICIES The first thing to understand about Obama is that he was Wall Street’s man from the beginning. He was, after all, the first candidate to turn down public campaign financing, because he didn’t need it. As I … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 195: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Six of Fifteen

Domestic Policies, Continued: 5 – The Environment Obama quoted environmental writers such as Michael Pollan and visibly countered the lunatic Republican denial of global warming.  But soon it was clear that he was subtly supporting much of the agenda of … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 194: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Five of Fifteen

OBAMA’S DOMESTIC POLICIES  1 – Immigration:   Bill Clinton began the hysteria back in 1996, when he greatly expanded the number of crimes that could lead to forced removal from the US. By 2008, immigrant bashing had become an easy way for … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 193: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Four of Fifteen

In the years since my book was published I’ve written many blogs about Barack Obama. How could I not? He was anointed King for a while in this version of our national myth. In each essay I attempted to temper … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 192: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Three of Fifteen

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. – Mark Twain I’ve listed four perspectives from which we grade Obama, beginning with the most … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 191: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Two of Fifteen

The King: One of his primary mythic roles is to inspire the inhabitants of the realm to greatness, to inhabit and embody their higher selves. And, after the madness and degradation of the Bush years, that’s exactly how so many … Continue reading

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