Reflections on the First Presidential Debate 2012

In my reflections about the first Presidential Debate I have a couple of hard truths that I’m forced to deal with when thinking about the course of nation. The first of course is the general understanding that we are screwed, pretty badly, by either of these choices. The second is that President Obama really didn’t really exude the confidence attributed to him by the “I got this” meme in his reserved and relaxed demeanor, while Governor Romney certainly lived up to Jon Stewart’s description of him as being a pre-packaged president in his appearance and tone. The third is that,...

President Morsi, The Middle East, and Portents of the Next War

In a recent interview with The New York Times Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gave the United States—and whoever is sitting in the Oval Office after the 2012 election—an earful that many Americans are probably not going to be comfortable hearing. Essentially what Mr. Morsi—the first democratically elected leader of Egypt since the ousting of Mubarak—had to say was that as the leader of his country he would like to see the United States deal with Egypt in more diplomatic and culturally competent terms rather than callously throwing aid at the government and expecting it to toe the line. Mr. Morsi—formally...

Romney’s Even Worse Perspective on Education

While at NBC’s Education Nation conference this past week Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney was on the attack against Teacher’s Unions and by extension, classroom teachers. When confronted with the question from a participant and New York City parent that in New York parents support the United Federation of Teachers Union 3-to-1 over Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Romney was quick to dismiss the poll. Claiming he didn’t believe it for a minute, he quipped  “I know something about polls,” to laughter in the audience. He went on to illuminate the audience about how pollsters can ask questions in such a way as...