Giving a Boost to Donald Trump

It was a curious sight, three Mexican-American men standing outside the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., all wearing business suits and sombreros. José Rivera, the leader of the group, kept glancing at his watch, while Gabriel Santos and Miguel Avila looked at their phones. “Are you sure no one else is coming?” Rivera asked. […]

Time to Outsource the President’s Security

I was stunned to hear that an armed security contractor with a criminal record recently rode an elevator with President Obama. According to news reports, the Secret Service didn’t do anything about the man until he started taking photos with his cellphone and acting unprofessional. I’m not sure what “acting unprofessional” means, but if I […]

Obama, Romney Clash in Exciting First Debate

The first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney was so exciting that after 15 minutes, Nielsen TV ratings determined that almost 39 percent of the audience at home was still awake. That’s a record for presidential debates, beating the previous record of 36 percent set at the memorable 1992 Clinton-Bush-Perot debate. […]

Obama Leads Romney —– or does he?

A national Gallup/USA Today/Levitra Poll shows President Barack Obama with a 49 percent to 44 percent lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, with four percent of voters calling themselves “undecided” and three percent saying they are “undecided about being undecided.” The undecideds could swing the election in favor of Romney, but only about 30 percent […]

Questions about Obama never cease

President Barack Obama has been in office for more than two years, but some questions about him have still, amazingly, not been put to rest. The most common question concerns his birth: Was he really born in Hawaii? It’s a question that has been asked continually by a certain segment of the population. These people […]

A gaffe with his staff

I saw the headline "U.S. Congressman asks Clinton to demote Rajiv Shah" and thought that the USAID director had done something seriously wrong. Perhaps Shah had bungled the U.S. relief efforts in Haiti, sending too much rice but not enough beans. Or perhaps he had handed a reconstruction job to an Indian-American Contractor, who doesn't do any contracting. But no, nothing of […]

An open letter to Kumar Barve

Dear Kumar, I heard you were miffed about not being invited to President Obama's recent state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and I'd like to express my sympathy. I was shocked you weren't included. You are, after all, the majority leader in the Maryland House of Delegates and the longest-serving Indian-American elected official in U.S. history. In […]

Report: Obama wins prestigious prize

In a stunning decision that caught many observers by surprise, President Barack Obama was awarded baseball’s 2009 American League MVP Award. The Baseball Writers Association of America selected Obama for the award for his “dignity and poise” in throwing out the opening pitch at the 2009 All-Star Game. “He doesn’t play in the Major Leagues, […]

Report: Obama in big trouble over “jackass” comment

WASHINGTON — President Obama is in trouble for calling Kanye West a "jackass" after the rapper interrupted singer Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. "Obama should not have called Kanye a jackass," said Donna Rivers, an African-American woman who marched outside the White House with hundreds of others Wednesday. "It's insulting and […]

No jokes about President Asif Ali Zardari, not here

Freedom of speech has taken another hit in Pakistan. It's now illegal to use the Internet or electronic devices to distribute jokes about President Asif Ali Zardari. Pakistanis who send jokes about Asif Zardari by text message, email or blog risk being arrested and given a 14-year prison sentence. The country's interior minister, Rehman Malik, […]