Richard Wolffe, award-winning journalist, NBC and MSNBC political analyst, and author of the New York Times best-selling political epic, Renegade: The Making of a President, tells the dramatic inside story of the defining period of the Obama White House, based on exclusive interviews with President Obama and his White House staff.
As Newsweek's former senior White House correspondent, Wolffe covered the entire length of Obama's presidential campaign and has had unprecedented access to Obama -- allowing us to see and hear President Obama with an immediacy and honesty never before witnessed. Listen to Wolffe as he answers the simple yet enduring question: Who is Barack Obama?
Phil Bronstein was named executive chair of the board of the Center for Investigative Reporting in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. Bronstein joined the CIR board in 2006 and became board chair in 2011. He is now in charge of overall operations. Previously, Bronstein was editor-at-large and director of content development for Hearst Newspapers. Before that, he was executive vice president and editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle, after serving as the newspaper’s editor from 2000 to 2008. Bronstein was editor of the San Francisco Examiner, which merged with the Chronicle in 2000, from 1991 to 2000. He started at the Examiner as a reporter in 1980, where he specialized in investigative projects and was a foreign correspondent for eight years. He was a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines. Before joining the Examiner, he was a reporter with public television station KQED in San Francisco. He is the former chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ International Committee and is currently on the advisory board of Litquake, the annual San Francisco literary festival.
Richard Wolffe is a Daily Beast columnist and an award-winning journalist. He covered the entire length of Barack Obama's presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine. His book about the election, Renegade: The Making of a President, was a New York Times bestseller in 2009. His new book, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House, was published in November.
Richard Wolffe, author of Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the White House, outlines the partisan war over taxes through the lens of the "world as it is" and the "world as it should be." Wolffe says the tax debate will be a focal point of the 2012 presidential campaign, which he predicts will pit Barack Obama against Sarah Palin.
Richard Wolffe, political commentator and Obama biographer, analyzes the competition and tensions between Michelle Obama and some of President Obama's top White House advisers. The first lady, says Wolffe, has expressed concerns over the Obama administration's faltering communication strategy of creating hope and change.
Veteran reporter Richard Wolffe gives his candid take on the MSNBC/Fox, left/right split among cable news channels, and what the runaway success of Fox News may mean for the state of American journalism.
(born Aug. 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.) 44th president of the U.S. (2009 ). Obama graduated from Columbia University (1983) and Harvard Law School (1991), where he was the first African American to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review. He moved to Chicago, where he served as a community organizer and lectured in constitutional law at the University of Chicago before he was elected (1996) to the Illinois Senate as a member of the Democratic Party. In 2004 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and quickly became a major national political figure. In 2008 Obama won an upset victory over former U.S. first ladyHillary Clinton to become the Democratic presidential nominee. He easily defeated Republican candidate John McCain and became the first African American president. In 2009 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.
He can't figure it out? Wow! What does he think is going on? A population given to simplification over so many decades, bombarded from the beginnings of tv by lies and sensationalism, by a dumbing down that goes on in almost every walk of life in this country, and he can't figure it out? Perhaps he might give someone who has some handle on this a call.
FIX News is not news. It's a neo-con propaganda mill. They even help organize their own rallies & demonstrations. That is not journalism, it's political propaganda.
"Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox."
-- David Frum, former Bush speechwriter & American Enterprise Institute Fellow
@phisical, Federal government is ~18% of GDP in the U.S. If you add in state and local governments the total is still less than 30%. I would argue that Clinton and Obama are much less wasteful than the Bushes and Reagan and that their waste is more likely to be on people instead of rich corporations. Take health care as a case study: keeping HMOs (as a compromise with the Republicans) is much less efficient than public, universal health care, an improvement over the previous system, but still.
...Interesting presentation, easy to listen to, entertaining.
The moralistic pro-tax attitude triggers a basic question. Leftism has had an excellent 100 years economically. It's run government up from something less than 10% of GDP to near 40% of everything the world's largest economy produces. Yet, the cry for more taxes never lessens.
And yet, there is very little discussion of what positive impact the money has had in the past, especially in quantitative terms. Nor does the left quantify or announce the goals the expenditures should accomplish in the future. There is little discussion about whether the same goals could be accomplished more efficiently.
To dispel its image of dreamy romanticists that prefer to drill taxpayers for more, more, more, a little more circumspection is in order.
Given the size of the government's debts, now would be an excellent time to do that. If Obama can persuade his supporters to rally behind this idea, he has a chance to be one of the few truly great Presidents.
Mr. Wolffem how can you say Obama is a "foreign communist"? He has been elected by a landslide by citizens in this country! "Country sliding into communism"? Glen Beck an "extraordinary show"? For someone with Oxford education this is such a trashy standpoint. If you were "educated" at Sarah Palin University of Alaska I could see where you come from, but given you credentials and your ability to speak rather than snarl this is incredible!
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