by Stephen SchlesingerStephen Schlesinger is an Adjunct Fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City. He is the former Director of the World Policy Institute at the New School University in New York City (1997-2006). Mr. Schlesinger received his BA from Harvard University and his JD from Harvard Law School. In the early 1970s, he edited and published The New Democrat Magazine. Thereafter he spent four years as a staff writer at Time Magazine. For twelve years, he served as Governor Mario Cuomo’s speechwriter and foreign policy advisor. In the mid 1990s, he worked at the United Nations at Habitat, the agency dealing with global cities. He is coeditor of Journals 1952-2000 by Arthur Schlesinger Jr. published by Penguin in 2007. He is also the author of three books, including Act of Creation: The Founding of The United Nations which won the 2004 Harry S. Truman Book Award; Bitter Fruit: The Story of the U.S. Coup in Guatemala (with Stephen Kinzer), which was listed as a New York Times "Notable" book for 1982 and has sold over 100,000 copies; and The New Reformers. He is a specialist on the foreign policy of the Clinton and Bush Administrations. He is a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation Magazine, and The New York Observer. In 1978, he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He has appeared on CNN, Fox TV, NPR and other media outlets. His website is: stephenschlesinger.com. He can be reached at 28.01.2010
President Obama gave some spine back to the Democrats in his State of the Union speech. He told his fellow party members "don't head for the hills." He said that health care reform is still vital and that he and his party would not drop their battle for it and would continue going for it. He came out for getting rid of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military. He challenged the Republicans to stop being the party of "no." He looked directly at Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative brethren and slammed their ilk for overturning almost a century of settled law banning corporate monies in American politics. He reiterated his support for a series of commitments he made during his presidential campaign on energy, terrorism, education, financial reform, taxes on banks, protecting Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, cutting taxes, bringing down the deficit,
infrastructure and jobs and jobs. He vowed he would not quit. He was bouyant, combative, direct, eloquent, sarcastic, bubbly, forceful, unbowed, animated, commanding -- in short, a Democratic "happy warrior." He has rebuilt the party's spirits in one speech
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