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...
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...
Ted Widmer, author of the "Better Angels" conversation on this site, is the Director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. He is a former speech writer for President Clinton and has served as Director of the C.V. Starr Institute for the Study of the American Experience.