President Obama greets supporters upon his arrival in Denver, Colorado
5:35 ET The President delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Hyatt Regency, Denver
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Headed to Denver the mile high city!
My lucky day!
Were you waiting for me? Have a good trip!
Hey better luck next time! Sorry I’m addicted to my iPhone compliments to the quick fingers.
I. am. definitely. getting. one. of those speedy modern apparatus………. some day.
Oh they mad! As my little sister would say!
I’ll take the Os, no matter the facial expression. Merci
These expressions just crack me up1 I reeeeeeeeally want to know what they were looking at!
Gooooood west coast afternoon Chipsticks and TOD family
POTUS is in rare form today!
Congrats Former Intern!!
#BullyMitt the business dude is going to not want to confront these facts, but he’ll have to skip the debates to avoid them ….
@davidaxelrod @Messina2012 @BarackObama @stefcutter Gonna be fun watching #BainMitt debate this politicususa.com/obama-fiscally… & twitter.com/Our4thEstate/s…— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
@BenLaBolt @Lis_Smith @woodhouseb @BobShrum Gonna be fun watching #BainMitt debate this politicususa.com/obama-fiscally… & twitter.com/Our4thEstate/s… #OBAMA— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
@randiradio @maddow @edshow @TheRevAl Gonna be fun watching #BainMitt debate this politicususa.com/obama-fiscally… & twitter.com/Our4thEstate/s… #OBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
@billburton44 @Pfeiffer44 @PaulBegala Gonna be fun watching #BainMitt debate this politicususa.com/obama-fiscally… & twitter.com/Our4thEstate/s… #OBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
@davidgregory @chucktodd @jaketapper Gonna be fun watching #BainMitt debate this politicususa.com/obama-fiscally… & twitter.com/Our4thEstate/s… #OBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
@MikeBloomberg @CoryBooker @VanJones68 Gonna be fun watching #BainMitt debate this politicususa.com/obama-fiscally… & twitter.com/Our4thEstate/s… #OBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
Here’s a comment I posted at Ta-Nehisi Coates blog in response to his take on the “Pres. Obama-did-terribly-in-Appalachia” narrative being bandied about today from yesterday’s primaries in Kentucky (my state) and Arkansas. As an aside, why does the media not do similar pearl-clutching when repugs do terribly among minority populations? Why is there no harrumphing about “embarrassment” etc?
I think Pres. Obama is getting blowback for the very same meritocratic ideal that propelled him into the Presidency. Between his appearance on the national political scene in 2004 to his election in 2008, the already tattered American Dream seemed patchable, renewable and achievable to many Americans. And so despite Race, he filled the Rorschach Test of what many Americans could claim to ASPIRE to.
Now, his very presence rubs many people the wrong way, and even more viscerally so when he chalks tangible successes. It has been really sad to watch the extent to which segments of Americans actually DISOWN the triumphs that he scores in this country’s name, almost as if he was scoring trophies not for their team. It is why we hear ugly groans or eyerolls when he brings up the demise of Osama bin Laden, for example. It seems that his successes as President are NOT their own. They cannot bask in them as collective glory because he led them. They reject his role as LEADER. He CANNOT be.
To these people, he has become no longer the ideal product of a meritocracy that can be emulated or aspired to, but a symbol of UNFAIR/UNDESERVED singular success. Why? It’s because the Rightwing narrative has successfully ISOLATED him from the collective WE. Written out of the American tribe. He is being made into the Greek scape goat upon whom all ills must be transferred.
And the perceived absence of godfathers & sugardaddies who visibly & menacingly back him signals to his detractors that there are NO CONSEQUENCES for vilifying Pres. Obama. Americans are at heart bullies (sorry but that is the truth) and love the braggadocio that posses and enforcers display. It makes them feel that MORE than merit gets you success. You need raw power. Merit by itself is NOW too hard to scale for many Americans and anyone who gets ahead by merit alone is suspect. Conservatives use this to intimidate people.
It seems illogical but as someone who originally comes from a “Third World” country, I see the signs of an American society giving up the very core of the rugged individualism myth that sustained the “American Dream”. People would rather align with whatever “juju” that the inexplicably wealthy & powerful in society have than fight for a meritocracy. It allows sleeping dogs to lie when there isn’t enough wherewithal left to fight existential battles anymore. American people are spent/tired on their life’s treadmills.
P.S. There is actually a bright note here: Pres. Obama actually improved his vote percentages in Appalachia this time than in 2008 when he lost much more heavily then in the Democratic primaries
I must say..despite…your analysis….i have not given up on America…as the President has said….If someone asks you what is this campaign about…tell them it is STILL about hope….it is STILL about change,,,,,
….and the President is not standing alone…besides we here in America who stand with the President…there are many in other countries who stand with him as well….
Nooooooooooo,,,,the President is not standing alone…….and this will be shown in November
we. in the Black Community….see things alil differently….we know that we will never give up our march towards Freedom and Economic Equality……
I think this negativistic thinking is not only wrong analysis, but also not helpful to the cause of helping our President. Despite all the challenges that our President faces he is much more beloved and trusted than the vampire corporate raider trying to replace him. I would devote your energies to optimism and hope, of which there is great reason to celebrate. Nobody thought the dark forces would go away, but they have been beaten and will be beaten by lifting up the light that exists in you and me and in our President.
I agree with you Bill R. One candle lights the room and dispels the darkness.
This is not negativistic thinking. you should look up my record on this site. i was writing about Appalachia, the topic of Coates’ analysis. We cannot walk around with our heads buried in the sand about how segments withing this country feel about the election of Pres. Obama and how that accelerated their defense of truly venal wingnut policies. Lala thinking doesn’t make that go away.
I live in Kentucky and can tell you exactly what we encounter around here. Many poor whites live in awe of the super wealthy as if they had magical powers. They defend coal company owners even when their negligence kills them in nasty mining accidents, and pollutes their water sources, land. They loathe the EPA with a passion and anyone who talks about improving quality of lives, why?
Because they do not know better so they can’t do better. They grew up seeing their parents worship the rich man while they struggle and that mentality was passed down to them.
I saw a HBO special about that part of Kentucky recently and the poor are just ekeing out a living. The senior prom was the highlight of the show and the whole town showed up for the prom. Outside bathrooms, no light, houses that were crammed with cheap stuff. In this America?
The richest county in the world? The Speaker of the House represents this county. Shame on him.
I don’t think the issue is the rejection of meritocracy. In the book “What’s the Matter with Kansas” a theory for why poor whites often vote against their own economic interest is because (1) they don’t think that GOVERNMENT does anything for them (they think that only “minorities” benefit from goverment programs). As a result, they base their votes on cultural/wedge issues, and (2) many are still angry over the Civil Rights gains African-American made during the 1960′s and 1970′s and refuse to vote for Democrats who they feel betrayed the race by fighting for racial equality. For these reasons, a portion of our country will NEVER support PBO. In his “Race Speech” during the 2008 campaign, Sen. Obama spoke of the racial resentment that festers in certain portions of the country. On a related note, it is important to realize that a majority of whites DID NOT vote for Obama. McCain/Palin won the white vote by 12 percentage points (McCain/Palin got 55% of the white vote). Sometime I wonder if this is one of the reasons our media treats PBO the way it does, why the msm seems so skeptical and hostile to our President and his numerous achievements (they are catering their coverage to appease the majority of whites that did not vote for PBO). How else to explain this “birther” bullshit that never seems to completely go away. Or the refusal to call the GOP out on it quasi-treasonous reaction to the Obama Presidency.
Actually you enforce my point. I argue that the idea of “meritocracy” has always been a myth because many whites did not expect those previously excluded from the ideal of “Americanness” to be able to rise to the pinnacle through said ideal of meritocracy. The fact that Pres. Obama actually achieved these heights purely on the basis of merit has suddenly made the concept suspect. How could he, they ask? He must not deserve it or his getting it means it is NO longer available to the original beneficiaries.
These people’s notion of the American pie is a zero sum game. Anyone who gets a slice must necessarily be DISPLACING somebody else.
However they are the same ones able to excuse the cheating, exploitation that the super wealthy engage because the outcome seems like the product of magic (or as I call it juju).
I don’t think we are that far apart. I don’t think that PBO’s presidency “has suddenly made the concept of meritocracy suspect”. Many of these white Americans don’t like PBO because he is a democrat (as discussed in my prior post) and because he is a black man. I agree with your argument that many of them feel that any advancement by African-Americans is taking something from them (i.e. the zero sum game). For some people, the racial pecking order or caste system that plagued this country for centuries is a vital part of their SELF IMAGE and they kick, scream and otherwise freak out when things happen that upend that racial pecking order (like the election of an African-American POTUS).
Yes, we agree, even more so on the concept of the “upending of racial pecking order” causing whiplash cuz whiteness as an identity construct is itself defined through said pecking order. My argument that the election has “suddenly made the concept of meritocracy suspect” is that what had remained an inchoate aversion to minority advancement suddenly got shocked back into sharp focus with his election. All the “accommodation” of “diversity”, “multiculturalism” was not supposed to topple any power pecking order applecarts. Suddenly it was staring them in the face. huh,how did that happen? they said.
One question I’ve been pondering is that why did this resentment not show up between 2004 & Sept 2008 as Pres. Obama was rising up in the political world? It took Sarah Palin to Pied piper it to the fore, but too late for election day. I argue that they did not think Pres. Obama would actually govern after he was elected. They expected him to simply be content w/ the symbolism of the office and nothing more, just like a token. Then he assumes office and has the audacity to president while black. Unforgivable (in their minds)
The resentment was always there. Palin made it more acceptable to PUBLICLY display that resentment and racial tribalism. She did not create it, she explolited it. As I stated in my prior post, McCain/Palin won the white vote by 12 percentage points, so the tactic was somewhat successful. However, demographic changes in the country allowed PBO to win the election despite losing the white vote by a large margin (this is why the GOP is working so hard to depress minority voter turnout). Some conservatives theorized that McCain should have played the racist card more during the campaign and urge Mitt to go “full racist”. I think this is faulty echo chamber logic. Such overt racism will turn off Independents, and would cost Mitt more votes than it will gain him. I strongly disagree with your premise that the GOP thought PBO would be content to be a token. McCain/Palin lost the election. They ran a shitty campaign, Palin’s incompetence really hurt as did McCain freaking out during the economic meltdown (wanting to suspend the campaign). On top of that PBO ran a fantasticly competent and inspiring campaign. It has been documented that GOP leaders in the congress plotted after Obama’s election to do everything in their power to stop PBO from having any legislative victories. It is a testament to the exceptional politcal skill of PBO that he has accomplished all he has and has been one of the best and most dynamic presidents this country has ever had.
Americans wanted CHANGE in 2008 and President Obama delivered, big time …
USA – You Wanted CHANGE in 2008. Well, this video is about UNPRECEDENTED CHANGE youtu.be/Tb60nFeJsNc Want More Change, Vote #OBAMA— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
@maddow @edshow #PBO promised CHANGE in 2008 & this video describes UNPRECEDENTED CHANGE youtu.be/Tb60nFeJsNc More Change = #OBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
@Lawrence @tamronhall #PBO promised CHANGE in 2008 & this video describes UNPRECEDENTED CHANGE youtu.be/Tb60nFeJsNc More Change = #OBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
@hardball_chris #PBO promised CHANGE in 2008 & this video describes UNPRECEDENTED CHANGE youtu.be/Tb60nFeJsNc More Change = #OBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
Yes We Can … Do More Together
And, btw …
#RomneyDoesntWantYouToRemember Anything. #LandslideOBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
Willard Pants on Fire! That is his new name.
Brought tears to these old eyes. I’d like to give Tanisha a big hug. She’s the BEST part of America.
Wow…that brought tears to my eyes! I too was a first generation college student. My father never even stepped foot in a HS. He worked hard everyday at a union job that enabled him to send me to college. My father always told me that I was going to go to college and to pursue education because “…your education is something no one can take away from you.”
These videos have left me wobbly. Lord, please help us to re-elect this man.
APPLYING “ROMNEY ECONOMICS TO EDUCATION” (More empty, wishy washy rhetoric from Willard)
Romney was ‘vague’ on education, Obama team says
Romney gave a “vague, detail-free speech” on education, Obama press secretary Ben LaBolt told reporters in an afternoon conference call. Romney spoke earlier in the day to a Latino group gathered in Washington at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, telling them he would launch a national effort for low-income and special needs students to have more choice in the public, charter and private schools that they attend.
The Republican candidate “confirmed, if there was any doubt, just how far back he’d take us” by applying “Romney economics to education,” favoring private sector involvement over greater government spending and oversight of schools, LaBolt said.
Important article, LH. Thank you for sharing.
The following was sent to a very large number of folk earlier today ….
@davidaxelrod So, #BainMitt wants to bring his profit-maximizing, job-killing skills to American Public Education. Really bad idea. #OBAMA— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 23, 2012
Corn on Tweety….calling out Halpern in his interview with Romney for not calling out Romney’s lies…..
Two lying dicks getting together..thanks for calling them out, David.
What a joke. That doesn’t sound like much of an interview. It sounds more like a prelude to a kiss.
Here's the link to register for Thursday's special call with @MichelleObama: OFA.BO/zJGuFQ— Obama for America FL (@OFA_FL) May 23, 2012
Did you know approximately 565,000 Floridian Students received Pell Grants in 2011? OFA.BO/EKbRig— Obama for America FL (@OFA_FL) May 23, 2012
As you probably remember, Shepard Fairey was the artist who created the iconic HOPE poster. Ebony commissioned him to do a portrait of Trayvon Martin.
On the Trayvon painting, Fairey said:
“I have followed Trayvon’s case closely and I think any compassionate human being can relate to Trayvon as a brother or son and would want to see a thorough investigation into the killing of an unarmed person. In my portrait I wanted to emphasize Trayvon’s humanity as well as the public outcry for a just investigation into his death.”
Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/now-thats-dope-shepard-fairey-paints-trayvon-martin-photo#ixzz1vjOKLnYh
I can’t see the Pres. events anywhere, Does anyone have a working link?
Try this link. Streaming now: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml
Chris Matthews is really slamming Robney, every segment.
Good article discrediting the agenda driven Q-poll results in Florida from Tampa newspaper: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/can-we-trust-quinnipiac-polls
I GUESS ROMNEY THOUGHT WE FORGOT ABOUT THIS …..
Romney offers policy details at closed-door fundraiser
I’m going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I’m probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go,” Romney said. “Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later. But I’m not going to actually go through these one by one. What I can tell you is, we’ve got far too many bureaucrats. I will send a lot of what happens in Washington back to the states.”
Asked about the fate of the Department of Education in a potential Romney administration, the former governor suggested it would also face a dramatic restructuring.
“The Department of Education: I will either consolidate with another agency, or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller. I’m not going to get rid of it entirely,” Romney said, explaining that part of his reasoning behind preserving the agency was to maintain a federal role in pushing back against teachers’ unions. Romney added that he learned in his 1994 campaign for Senate that proposing to eliminate the agency was politically volatile.
At that time, Sen. Ted Kennedy ran ads against Romney — then a political neophyte — accusing him of being uncaring for saying he wished to eliminate the agency.
(From Lis Smith’s twitter feed)
Garrett Haake @GarrettNBCNews
Romney’s past support for dramatically reshaping the Dept. of Education are back in the news. He said it here: http://on.msnbc.com/HPST35
Coverage has started:
0: Number Of Times Romney Mentioned Immigration At Latino Event |
Mitt Romney didn’t mention immigration during his speech to the Latino Coalition Economic Summit on Wednesday. Romney spoke primarily about education and indirectly referenced undocumented students, saying, “No matter what circumstances they were born into, every child has a dream about where they can go or what they can become.”
For many Latinos, these are one in the same: 91 percent of Latinos support the DREAM Act, and many consider immigration issues a top priority.
Robert Reich talking about the Rift in the Democratic Party.
The Wall street crowd and the Populist crowd.
Wine drinker vs Beer drinker!
Lol! Nice segment?
Got to go mow my Lawn.
Oh yeah, My Patio came out Great, just like a Pro, imagine that?
The President travels to Iowa tomorrow to tout clean energy manufacturing jobs…proposal has bipartisan support. 1.usa.gov/JymqUe— David Agnew (@DavidAgnew44) May 23, 2012
Thank you Mr. President – talk about your NATO success. Don’t worry about the MSM blacking out your foreign policy successes. We have your back Sir, and we know EXACTLY WHAT you’ve accomplished on the world stage!
EXCLUSIVE: Florida Congressman demands Gov. Rick Scott "immediately suspend" voter purge thkpr.gs/Kf5I8I— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) May 23, 2012
Hence, the reason the poll was skewed. Voter disenfranchisement!
i LOVE TO WATCH THE PRESIDENT ON THE ROPE LINE…I ALWAYS IMAGINE HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE THERE…TO SHAKE HIS HAND…..
I enjoyed this speech. He explains a lot in a few words. As I listened to the President I started to think of all the ways he has improved my own life. My son is in college receiving the pell grant. My husband who had a pre-existing condition now has insurance and my youngest son is on his policy. My 87 year old mother’s prescriptions are covered more fully. The economy has picked up and my husband’s company is very busy. My brother got a great deal on cash for clunkers. These are just the things that come to mind in a few minutes. President Obama must be re-elected!
Here, here! You should write this in a letter to your local editor. It makes a difference to hear personal accounts of the benefits of this Presidency, and people will relate to it. I was surprised that my very first letter to my local paper was published – someone at work came by my office (whom I hadn’t seen in a couple of years) and told me he’d seen my letter in the local paper, and was encouraged by my speaking out. This was during the health care battle. We work in a very red town, in a company that is very pro-GOP.It was like finding a safe port in a storm for both of us.
There is another event open to pooled TV tonight in Redwood City (a print only one before that at a private home). Had a hard time tracking down the information. Finally found it on Lynn Sweet’s blog.
CNN has it in their listing, but the time is wrong and I doubt they will stay streaming for it. CBS has it listed properly in their upcoming events: 12:10 AM (ET). Since they do the news at 10:00, they may actually carry it.
New post everyone:
MAKING MONEY vs “SAVING” JOBS
President Barack Obama: Governing for the people, not the investors
When asked if the federal government would choose the same path with GM (of which it currently has part ownership) in terms of laying people off if it was necessary to return the American taxpayers money, Michigan Obama campaign press secretary Matt McGrath framed it this way:
Mitt Romney went into these situations to make money. President Obama did it to save jobs.
It’s interesting to watch Mitt Romney twist and squirm when his business record is revealed. HE was the one who chose to make this the focal point of his campaign rather than his history as a true public servant and HE was the one who asked us to look at his record.
Congressman Dingell put it perfectly in the call today:
As we go about the business of choosing a president, these are the things we must keep in mind.
And, indeed, we will.
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