- The Washington Times - Monday, June 30, 2008

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“Make Inauguration Reservations Meeting.”

Or so one upcoming meeting is posted on Sen. Barack Obama’s official presidential campaign Web site, being called by one obviously confident supporter of the Illinois senator who lives in the Washington area.

The person is correct. Whether Democrat or Republican, presidential inaugural-goers are urged to make lodging reservations sooner rather than later, as rooms fill up quickly.

Brad’s back

Washington Democratic operative Brad Woodhouse is taking a leave of absence until November from Americans United for ChanceChange, where he is president, at the request of the Barack Obama presidential campaign.

Starting today, he will run the national communications effort at the Democratic National Committee for the general election.

The new Gipper?

Obama is the “New Reagan.”

So insists the headline above an opinion piece sent to Inside the Beltway by Diane Winston, professor of journalism at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and holder of the Knight Chair in Media and Religion.

“Just a generation ago, Americans were up against an unwinnable war, an unpopular president and a faltering economy. Prices were up, wages were down and a shortage of oil — due as much to the manipulations of domestic producers as to an Arab oil embargo — had created a crisis of confidence.

“Neither Gerald Ford, an amiable Republican, nor Jimmy Carter, a managerial Democrat, could provide a national vision that healed and inspired,” she writes.

“Reagan’s actual successes can be debated, but the perception of his presidency, among a majority of Americans, is that he restored the United States to its former glory … [He] capitalized on a cultural moment of change and uncertainty by providing a vision of continuity, a message of hope, and an assurance that the best was yet to come…

“[Barack] Obama may not have an answer to every woe, but he holds the promise of a new morning.”

Conception irony

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