Thursday, July 02, 2009


The Urban President

From Robin Shulman’s latest puff piece: Obama Seeks Dialogue on Urban Issues

The article also focuses on “Adolfo Carrión, the director of the Office of Urban Affairs”. Anyone who has been paying attention to the doings of this Administration will not be surprised to learn that President Obama just made this office up.

Her reporting here is tireless; she gets reactions from “Advocates of equal opportunity”,Economists”, “Environmentalists” and even “pragmatists”. Not surprisingly, since the subject is a President Obama initiative, few nay-sayers could be found (and none among the group just mentioned). And after reading Ms. Shulman’s report, one can only conclude that U.S. cities have had no better friend in the White House in years:

“The Obama administration has engaged in unprecedented outreach to mayors…”

For example, just a few weeks ago:

“The Obama administration is boycotting a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Providence, R.I., this weekend to avoid crossing picket lines and taking sides in a decade-long labor dispute between the local mayor and firefighters union.”

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