Tagged: Obama

An analysis of President Obama’s Iraq Address

President Obama spoke from the Oval Office on Tuesday night declaring “it’s time to turn the page” on the seven-year combat mission in Iraq. International Relations professor William Keylor gave his analysis of the president’s speech in an interview on NECN saying “This war is coming to an end not with a bang, but with […]

Obama hits new low in polls

With all eyes toward November’s mid-term elections, a new Washington Post/ABC poll shows only 43 percent of Americans approving the job President Obama is doing on the economy, a new low for him.  A new CBS poll has that number at 40 percent, with 54 percent disapproving.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only […]

Anger and leadership

Although “coolness” was a factor that helped get him elected, President Obama has come under fire for not showing more anger — with banks, terrorists, or oil spills.  School of Management Professor Kathy Kram, an expert on executive leadership development, says temperment is basically a set of preferences for how one wants to be in […]

Obama under political fire

From the handling of the Gulf oil spill to internal Democratic primary politics, President Obama is under intense political fire and the White House is getting defensive.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,” says some of the criticisms are ironic. “One irony is that when the […]

Director of national intelligence quits

Retired Navy Admiral Dennis Blair resigned as national intelligence director after only 16 months on the job — pushed out by President Obama who will name a successor.  Political science Professor Joseph Wippl, director of the BU Center for International Relations and a 30-year CIA operations officer, said it’s an impossible job because it doesn’t have […]

From Joan Salge Blake:

President Obama reportedly has high cholesterol… Michele says it’s from too many burgers.   How about a bean burrito instead? Here’s why: Beauty and the Beans.

Obama rethinking nuke policy

The White House reportedly is rethinking the nation’s nuclear weapons strategy to aim at permanently reducing the U.S. arsenal while rejecting swear-no-first-use proposals.  Attorney Philip O’Neill, author of “Verification in an Age of Insecurity” and who teaches national security law at BU Law, says this nuclear review should be the time and place for a […]

Obama’s export goals questioned

Although President Obama pledged in his State of the Union address to double U.S. export growth over the next five years to help create jobs, experts are saying that’s virtually impossible.  International Relations Professor Kevin Gallagher, a specialist in globalization and development, says the only time U.S. exports ever doubled was when the Nixon administration […]

Dealing with TBTF institutions

President Obama has proposed taxing banks that have benefited from TARP bailouts and restricting banking trading activities so depositor funds are not put at risk.  In a Boston Globe op-ed, Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says it would be more effective to make too-big-to-fail institutions return […]

State of the Union address

President Obama has hinted that some of his State of the Union address on Wednesday will propose some economic relief for middle-class families.  But what else?  Political Science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,” says Obama must define what his overall strategy will be moving forward. “An expert […]