Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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Where's the hope mongerer?

During the primary, candidate Obama famously declared that he was accused of being a "hope mongerer" -- a great laugh line during his speeches. 

This morning on the Today Show, and later on GMA, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked where the hope mongerer had gone; that the president seemed to have lost his hopeful tone in an effort to downplay expectations.

Gibbs denied it all -- as any press secretary would -- but it underscores a good point:  is there a happy equilibrium between honest expectations and hopeful optimism?  FDR seemed to strike a right balance in his speeches and fireside chats, and Reagan too during the recession of '81.

Barack Obama was elected, in part, because of his optimism about our future.   We know times are tough ... I'm not sure we need a daily reminder from the President.  We need a little more inspiration and a little less explanation.

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What do you expect from a Jr Senator with a Law Background. Obama doesn't know how to LEAD anything, he is simply making his case like a lawyer or someone in the debate club, like he is trying to prove that this is Bush's fault - as opposed to providing a solution. Nick this is typical liberal BS, pointing to everything that is wrong with America and never providing viable solutions beyond larger Gov't. All Obama's speeches about this being the new era of responbility was just rhetoric to get elected, NOTHING he has done speaks about responsibility - it's the same left ideals that the Gov't is the answer to all of your problems so a larger Gov't is better. Obama believes the Gov't knows how to spend our money better than we do - hence why the stimulus package gives us only $13 back every two weeks - yet spends hundreds of billions on nothing but pork and non-stimulus projects that won't have any immediate affect on our economy - the very point of stimulus

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Truth

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