Obama famously said he wanted a "team of rivals" in his Cabinet. Why that never happened:
"The way Cabinet officers relate personally to the president is—no surprise—often the crucial factor in their success or failure. Colin Powell had a worldwide profile and a higher approval rating than George W. Bush, and partly for those very reasons had trouble building a close rapport with a president who had lots to be modest about. Obama’s energy secretary, Steven Chu, may have a Nobel Prize in physics, but that counted for little when he once tried to make a too elaborate visual presentation to the president. Obama said to him after the third slide, as one witness recalls, 'O.K., I got it. I’m done, Steve. Turn it off.'"
PUBLISHED: June 6, 2012
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1990 words)
Increasingly there exist two societies in America: a military class, strongly religious, politically conservative, drawn disproportionately from the South and from smaller towns and areas of limited economic opportunity, including the inner cities; and an untouched civilian class consisting of everyone else, who wouldn’t know a regiment from a firmament or an M16 from a 7-Eleven. The dynamic between the two societies will become only more unhealthy. The civilian class can deploy the warriors at will, knowing that most Americans will remain unaffected. In turn, the military class can demand what it wishes, knowing that the civilians have no standing to resist.
PUBLISHED: Nov. 30, 2011
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4648 words)
Despite her disastrous performance in the 2008 election, Sarah Palin is still the sexiest brand in Republican politics. John McCain’s top campaign officials talk more candidly than ever before about the meltdown of his vice-presidential pick.
PUBLISHED: Aug. 28, 2009
LENGTH: 39 minutes (9862 words)