Tagged: Obama

Obama proposes bank tax

To recoup taxpayer losses fom the Wall Street bailout, President Obama is proposing taxing about 50 big banks and major financial institutions for at least the next decade.  Former deputy Comptroller of the Currency Robert Bench, now a senior fellow at the BU Law School’s Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says payback is […]

Obama’s new Afghan policy

President Obama will tell the nation Tuesday about his new policy in Afghanistan.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Karzai: The failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” says he is disappointed at reports that Obama will increase U.S. troop strength there. “I don’t expect that an additional 30,000 troops will make much of […]

William Keylor on the Afghan war

Rethinking “palimony” laws

The focus on the Obama’s marriage stemming from the New York Times Sunday Magazine cover story is sparking discussion of the role of government in promoting marriage.  Law Professor Linda McClain,  blogging in Concurring Opinions, says it was the passing of Michelle Triola Marvin, famous for her 1970’s “palimony” suit against actor Lee Marvin, that […]

Government hits bank pay

In unprecedented moves, President Obama’s “pay czar” has put restrictions on compensation for top earners at the 7 biggest recipients of taxpayer bailout funds, while the Federal Reserve issued new guidelines to restrict pay practices at all banks to prevent excessive risk taking.  School of Management Professor James Post, an expert on corporate governance and business […]

Obama Nobel debate

With reports that most of the Nobel committee initially argued against giving President Obama the 2009 Peace Prize, former U.S. Ambassador Charles Stith, director of BU’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC), makes the case in a Bay State Banner commentary for awarding the honor. “The Nobel Committee gets something that seems to elude […]

Tom Whalen on President Obama’s fight for healthcare reform

A President’s “Bully Pulpit”

President Obama has been hammering away his healthcare-reform message with the media — Lehrer, Couric, Vieira, “Nightline,” Washington Post, bloggers, prime-time press conference, etc.  Is there a danger of overusing the presidential “bully pulpit?”  College of Communication Professor John Carroll, a long-time media analyst, can talk about the dangers of media overexposure. Contact John Carroll, […]

Communications Dean Tom Fiedler comments on Obama’s healthcare plan

Obama’s healthcare media blitz

In an effort to get Congress to pass a healthcare reform bill by the August recess, President Obama has launched a media blitz to push his agenda, including a prime-time news conference tomorrow night.  Political communications expert Professor Tobe Berkovitz, associate dean of the College of Communication, says Obama may have overused the microphone. “Unfortunately […]