Hillary Rodham Clinton cried on cue Monday, choking up in a contrived show of so-called emotion so unbelievable that even long-time supporters looked on in surprise.
One can only imagine that her note cards for the event contained detailed instructions on how to cry on camera. And here she was, attempting to show actual emotion but showing instead just how uncomfortable it can be to try and act human when doing so is just not in your nature.
Sen. Barack Obama is running for the White House, but it was not so long ago that he was so broke his debit card was declined.
At an unscheduled campaign stop at Vessels & Jewels store in New London, Obama bought a necklace for each of his two young daughters and a key chain, spending $37 on his debit card.
Waiting for his receipt, the man who is hoping to be elected as America’s first black president turned to an aide and said, “Have I told you the story of the 2000 convention?”
New Hampshire goes to the polls Tuesday for the second key clash of White House hopefuls, with surging Democrat Barack Obama likely to deal a second defeat to former first lady Hillary Clinton.
Just five days after his Iowa triumph spun momentum into his White House quest, Obama enjoyed a solid lead in New Hampshire and for the first time shattered Clinton’s advantage among Democratic voters nationally, polls showed.
In a rare emotional display, Clinton choked back tears on the campaign trail Monday as the strain of her damaged White House bid showed through.
With all this talk about change from the presidential aspirants, one should remember that in politics, as in few other endeavors, the more things change the more they stay the same. Reinforcing the truth of this cliche, of course, is the fact that the c-word has been the universal theme of candidates for public office almost since the invention of elections.
In light of Barack Obama’s victory in the Iowa caucuses, I am revisiting a column I wrote on Oct. 29, 2006, about Obama’s presidential candidacy. I argued that his overnight rise to national prominence has everything to do with race, that many whites will vote for him because he does not make them feel uncomfortable.
I have not changed my mind.
In an era when we are too lazy to get out of our cars to get a $3 cup of coffee at Starbucks, why should we have to get out of our jammies to vote for president? California elections officials, always catering to apathetic voters, agree and have decided that going to the polls is so last century. Now they’re pushing us to vote by mail so we won’t be inconvenienced by participating in our democracy.
Something happened Sunday morning in the Hormuz Strait involving three U.S. Navy warships and five Iranian high-speed small boats. And we have two strikingly different versions of what took place.
There is the Iranian Foreign Ministry version, which is that nothing happened. The ministry’s chief spokesman said it was “something normal that takes place every now and then” and was quickly resolved “once the two sides recognized each other.”
Time has thinned the nimbus of white hair and leavened his irreverence; the maverick mischief-maker of 2000 is no more.
Yet, as Sen. John McCain tries one last time for the White House and the resurrection of a campaign that was consigned to history’s dustbin six months ago, the Arizona Republican’s moment may have finally arrived.
As the hours dwindled to Tuesday’s leadoff New Hampshire primary, polls show McCain is in a good position to win the contest and catapult to the top of the GOP presidential pack.
It has long been said that the car part most prone to failure was the nut behind the wheel, and now General Motors seems on the way to solving that weakest link by eliminating it.
GM says it will begin testing driverless-car technology by 2015 and begin selling driverless cars around 2018. Most of the technology — radar, GPS mapping, automated controls, stability sensors — are already available for a car to drive somewhere by itself and parallel park when it gets there. (How much technology, you may well ask, does it take to sit motionless in traffic on, say, I-95?)