The Intersection


The United States faces enormous challenges in a troubled climate, but I think we just witnessed President Barack Obama officially usher in a new golden age for American politics.


  1. #1 Speechless in Boston
    February 24, 2009

    As a scientist involved in the problems this president clearly understands, I am overwhelmingly proud to be an American tonight. Finally.

  2. #2 george.w
    February 24, 2009

    I try to be careful not to be over-impressed by Obama as a function of contrast to his predecessor. But… it’s an unaccustomed feeling, actually hoping the rest of the world is watching.

  3. #3 Walker
    February 25, 2009

    Obama-shmobama. I want to hear what the science blogs have to say about Jindal’s crusade against volcano monitoring. I guess hurricanes are the only natural disasters that count.

  4. #4 Captain Obvious
    February 25, 2009

    Walker – there is no such thing as a natural disaster, only the Will of God. As such disaster will only befall the unworthy – the poor, the non-christian, immigrants and the unamerican, specifically anyone who disagrees. Thus there is nothing to worry about.

    Sheesh, get with the program already!

  5. #5 Dunc
    February 25, 2009

    Oh God no. If there’s one thing this world doesn’t need, it’s more American “leadership”. Just leave us alone and mind your own damn business for a change.

  6. #6 Cannonball Jones
    February 25, 2009

    I’m with Dunc. Every time you guys try to lead the rest of the world ends up with bombs and poverty. Give it a rest, at least until you get some politicians who are genuinely interested in something other than religion, money and shooting people who don’t agree with them.

  7. #7 vanderleun
    February 25, 2009

    That’s it, Jones. You are now on the list.

  8. #8 MRW
    February 25, 2009


    Head over to Mike Dunford’s blog for an explanation of why the $140 million dollar claim is wrong:

    Then head over to Maria Brumm’s blog for an argument that we should spend money on volcano monitoring:

  9. #9 Ashutosh
    February 25, 2009

    That was an excellent speech. Now let’s see him walk the talk.

  10. #10 Linda
    February 25, 2009

    I am proud to say that this President captivated my ears for the entire length of his speech. That has not happened to me before.
    I feel sure that he and his chosen staff of people will work hard and diligently in our best interest. We must give them some time and space to undo the mess.

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