Better Angels

When President Obama speaks, Ted Widmer listens and the Global Conversation learns from his insight as a former presidential speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. Ted began his "Better Angels" blog with President Obama’s first Oval Office address, which he said marked an important moment in the ever-churning news cycle, then took us through Obama's next major moment –a "rather laborious victory lap" over the Iraq war, "searching for reasons to celebrate when they can be hard to find." Going forward, "Better Angels" will continue to mark the milestones of word and deed throughout the Obama presidency.

  • President Obama Speech
    Ted Widmer | September 1st, 2010
    President Obama's speech last night was supposed to be a victory lap, but it was a rather laborious one, searching for reasons to celebrate when they can be hard to find.  The end of combat operations is truly important, and all Americans...
  • President Obama, Oval Office Address
    Ted Widmer | June 16th, 2010
    President Obama’s first Oval Office address marked an important moment in the ever-churning news cycle – the president’s most public response to the spill, and an opening salvo in what will likely be a long hot summer of politics, culminating in the...