The first McCain-Obama debate was supposed to be limited to foreign policy. Because it occurred in the midst of the financial meltdown, moderator Jim Lehrer led off by asking each of the two participants to address the "financial recovery plan." He deftly he avoided using the term "bailout," even skipping the Bush administration's preferred term, "rescue." An establishment figure for decades, Lehrer did a commendable job of keeping its views from being scrutinized — as they surely should be. Lehrer, of course, is the veteran news anchor for the government-funded Public Broadcasting System.
Item: The Associated Press reported on August 28: “Hispanics should not have to live in fear of raids by immigration agents, Michelle Obama told a Hispanic caucus to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.... ‘We would have an immigration policy that brings 12 million people out of the shadows,’ she told cheering caucus members who shouted ‘Yes we can’ in Spanish.”
Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, was welcomed to Philadelphia as the conquering hero on September 18 to receive America's Liberty Medal. Former President George H. W. Bush presented the medal to Gorbachev at a star-studded ceremony at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia, next to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.