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Amy L. Bernstein is a full-time executive speechwriter and a former award-winning print journalist, public radio reporter, and editor. Author of two books, one celebrating Baltimore's bicentennial, the other a novel for young teens. She has a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Union Institute/Vermont College.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 29, 2009 The Return of the Important Gesture
With President Obama now at home in the White House, the respect and finesse brought about by the small gesture has made a welcomed comeback, with potentially enormous repercussions for politicians' ability to find common ground.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, January 16, 2009 The Rise of the Empirical Presidency
When Americans elected Barack Obama, the conventional wisdom held that the nation had chosen to replace a conservative Republican administration with a mainstream liberal Democratic one. That is not, in fact, an accurate description of what is taking place. A far more dramatic and important paradigm shift is occurring-one that transcends the traditional changeover in political labels.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Five Things Obama Can Do to Stay in Touch
President-elect Obama has made it abundantly clear that he is worried not only about the economy, but the degree to which he will irrevocably lose contact with ordinary people doing ordinary things on a day-to-day basis. Here are five steps he can take to keep in contact with the national zeitgeist.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 16, 2008 Thinking Inside the Box, For a Change
How about thinking inside the box, for a change? Hundreds, if not thousands, of big-box retail stores are falling empty. It's a golden opportunity to re-cast them in a far more appealing starring role.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 9, 2008 Slack We Can Believe In
Progressives eagerly awaiting a dramatic break with the past will likely need to have more than a little patience with President Obama.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 27, 2008 Say It Like This, Mean It Like That
As the curtain slowly falls on this draining passion play that has kept us glued to our chairs for 20-odd months without so much as a bathroom break, it's good to know there's a word that helps to describe what we've been watching all this time.
Synecdoche. Political discourse is riddled with, mired in, crippled by, and sometimes derailed by this linguistic concoction.