Archive for March 8th, 2011



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boston ♥ barack

People cheer the arrival of President Obama at TechBoston Academy, March 8

President Obama and Melinda Gates look at a spectrophotometer while visiting with students at TechBoston Academy

Text of President Obama’s speech here

Melinda Gates

A cutout of President Obama is seen on a porch in Boston, March 8

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bho?!? omg!!!

Students react to being greeted by President Barack Obama during his visit to classrooms at TechBoston Academy in Boston, March 8

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online

President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac after stepping off Air Force One at Logan International Airport in Boston, March 8

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boston-bound

President Obama steps off Marine One before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, March 8

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“mr president? have you a message for mitt romney?”

President Barack Obama prepares to board Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, March 8

:cool:

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the most powerful woman in the world (and hillary)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend the International Women of Courage Awards at the State Department in Washington on March 8

….with award winner Eva Abu Halaweh

… with award winner Ghulam Sughra of Pakistan

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Mar
11

put up, or shut up

Ezra Klein (Washington Post): It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for Republicans. They managed to make it through the health-care debate without offering serious solutions of their own, and – perhaps more impressive – through the election by promising to tell us their solutions after they’d won. But the jig is up. They need a health-care plan – and quickly.

The GOP knew this day would come. In May 2009, Republican message-maestro Frank Luntz released a polling memo warning that “if the dynamic becomes ‘President Obama is on the side of reform and Republicans are against it,’ then the battle is lost.” Repeal, Luntz argued, wouldn’t be good enough. It would have to be “repeal and replace.” And so it was. That, however, is easier said than done.

To understand the trouble the Republicans find themselves in, you need to understand the party’s history with health-care reform…. (see here) …Conservatives once offered solutions competitive with what the Democrats were proposing, but over the past 30 years, they’ve abandoned each and every one of them to stymie Democratic presidents. Confronted with a challenge to provide broader access to better health care at a lower cost, they’re reduced to complaining that those aren’t the right goals for health-care reform…..

…..For decades, Republicans have chosen stopping Democratic presidents over reforming the American health-care system. Now that reform has passed, the solution for members of the GOP is to press the rewind button. They’re about to find out that it’s not enough.

On that much, Luntz and I agree: If the public comes to see the GOP as opposed to reform, “the battle is lost” – at least if you believe “the battle” is to beat the Democrats rather than provide quality health insurance to every American.

Full article here




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