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'Argo,' 'Lincoln,' and 'Zero Dark Thirty,' three films honored with Best Picture Oscar nominations, lionize their Washington-anchored p... - Ron Fournier

'Argo,' 'Lincoln,' and 'Zero Dark Thirty,' three films honored with Best Picture Oscar nominations, lionize their Washington-anchored protagonists as crafty, competent, and virtually incorruptible.
— Ron Fournier

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A concrete agenda and landslide victory might not even guarantee a president his mandate in a capital as polarized as Washington.

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A dose of humility goes a long way in life and in politics.

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A presidential debate is a job interview. And voters look for certain traits in people applying to be president.

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A sagging economy, a soaring national debt, and an increasingly restive Congress pushed Obama to order troop reductions that are both deeper and faster than recommended by his military commanders.

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According to a Public Policy Polling survey, most Americans find lice and colonoscopies more appealing than Capitol Hill.

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Although we were never pals and occasionally butted heads, my relationship with Clinton and his wife, Hillary, made me a better journalist.

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American exceptionalism is the recurring character in the nation's narrative.

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Andrew Jackson was the first president to claim that the desires of the public overrode Congress's constitutional prerogatives. Virtually every president since Jackson has claimed the mantle, even while lacking two ingredients of an electoral mandate: a landslide victory and a specific agenda.

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Anything can go wrong in a debate, and Obama is not a perfect debater.

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Anything may be possible in America, but a Palin presidency is virtually implausible.

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AP promoted me to the White House beat because I knew Clinton, his family, friends, and staff better than anybody in the national press corps. Those contacts helped me break a few stories and get my career in Washington jump-started.

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At his best, Obama promised to work with Republicans to reduce the deficit in a way that honors both individualism and community.

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At the start of his second term, one wonders less about Obama's fitness than his willingness: Why doesn't he do more to build and maintain the relationships required to govern in era of polarization?

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Barack Obama may have found the answer to his biggest rhetorical challenge: When millions of voters are unemployed or underemployed, how does a president simultaneously sound realistic and optimistic?

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Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public.

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Blending hard-bitten realism with long-view optimism, Obama said that every 20 or 30 years brings a new cycle of pessimism in America.

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By nominating Chuck Hagel to be his Defense secretary, President Obama is putting forward an aloof contrarian who doesn't suffer fools - a striving politician who considers himself above politics.

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Christie led the way - with a bulldozer. The governor is blunt, brash, and self-consciously authentic, the antithesis to what turns off today's voters: flip-flopping politicians who speak in poll-tested platitudes. Yes, he's the anti-Romney.

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Clearly, the Obama presidency hasn't wiped out racial prejudices.

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Climate change was a point of division between Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney. The president declared climate change a global threat, acknowledged that the actions of humanity were deepening the crisis, and pledged to do something about it if elected.

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Close elections tend to break toward the challenger because undecided voters - having held out so long against the incumbent - are by nature looking for change.

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Don't kid yourself. President Obama's decision to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan before he stands for reelection is not driven by the United States' 'position of strength' in the war zone as much as it is by grim economic and political realities at home.

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Don't stigmatize in a rush to explain inexplicable evil.

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Don't underestimate questions from the crowd; technology has made voters more informed than ever.

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Election night is the easiest time to act like a grownup.

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Every now and then, a presidential candidate surprises us with a truly human and honest moment.

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For a man who has compared himself to Theodore Roosevelt and the nation's challenges to those of the Gilded Age, Obama put forward a tepid agenda.

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Got good news and bad news for you, Mr. President. The good news is that Chief Justice John Roberts just saved your legacy and, perhaps, your presidency by writing for the Supreme Court majority to rule health care reform constitutional.

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Historians will likely give Obama credit for steering the country away from the brink of economic collapse in 2009.

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Hollywood has a history of raising expectations beyond Washington's reach, of appealing to the very American desire to mythologize political leaders, particularly the president.

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I'm hearing echoes of Bill Clinton, circa 1996, in President Obama's reelection rhetoric.

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I've been leading newsrooms for a while now and it's been an honor serving as Editor in Chief of N.J., but I really think that my best shot at moving the needle in politics is by getting close to it - by reading, reporting, tweeting and writing.

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If acknowledging that racial misgivings and misunderstandings are still a part of politics and life in America, I plead guilty.

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If history is a guide, a victory for Obama means he faces the prospect of a second term dogged by scandal or inertia.

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If Mitt Romney is vanilla, Chris Christie is three hefty scoops of Rocky Road topped with whipped cream, Red Bull, and gravel.

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In the time it takes to heat a TV dinner, Clinton had convinced me that he was the smartest person in the room and that I was the center of his attention. In the next 25 years, I would see countless others fall just as quickly to the Clinton Touch.

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In times of tumult, voters are likely to forgive a president, if not reward him, for compromises made in service of solutions.

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In Washington, compromise has become a dirty word.

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It's a bit unfair to accuse Obama of dividing the nation when the facts show that it already is.

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It's a deft trick to turn American exceptionalism into an exceptional political tactic.

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It's an appeal as old as America and its presidency: This is an extraordinary country populated by hard-working, big-dreaming, freedom-loving people graced by God when they're not pulling themselves up by the bootstraps.

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Like a cowboy saddling a bucking stallion, Republican leaders tried to tame the Tea Party while riding it to victories.

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Mandates are rarely won on election night. They are earned after Inauguration Day by leaders who spend their political capital wisely, taking advantage of events without overreaching.

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Most political journalists come to Washington because they're snappy writers, big thinkers, or news breakers. Me? My ticket to the big leagues had little to do with talent. It was mostly about the governor I was covering, Bill Clinton.

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Most Tea Party activists consider Obama a big-spending liberal. Some even question his eligibility to be president.

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Movies such as 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' in 1939 to 'Dave' in 1993 portray Washington leaders as the ultimate Everymen - decent people just like you and me, only thrust onto greatness.

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Obama considers himself above deal-making and back-slapping, political necessities he often delegates to Vice President Joe Biden and other lesser sorts.

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Obama does not need to worry as much as past Democratic presidents about being labeled soft on national security - not after giving the order that led to the assassination of Osama bin Laden. No, his biggest concern is being labeled tone deaf on joblessness and debt.

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Obama is capable - as evidenced by his first-term success with health care reform. But mandate-building requires humility, a trait not easily associated with him.

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'Argo,' 'Lincoln,' and 'Zero Dark Thirty,' three films honored with Best Picture Oscar nominations, lionize their Washington-anchored protagonists as crafty, competent, and virtually incorruptible.

Ron Fournier