Posts Tagged ‘aurora


Rise and Shine

A boy listens to President Obama speak at The Community College of Aurora, Nov 4


Today (all times ET):

11:45: President Obama delivers remarks at MLK Boulevard, Madison, Wisconsin

12:0: VP Biden and Jill Biden deliver remarks at Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Va.

12:55: PBO departs Madison

2:05: Arrives Columbus, Ohio

3:15: Michelle Obama in Charlotte

4:10: PBO delivers remarks at Nationwide Arena, Columbus (need to check time for this – some schedules say 2:25 :???: )

6:10: Michelle Obama in Orlando

7:0: VP Biden and Jill Biden deliver remarks at the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Va.

8:25: PBO departs Columbus

10:0: Arrives Des Moines, Iowa

10:50: President Obama and Michelle Obama deliver remarks in Des Moines

12:0: Depart Des Moines

1:05: Arrive Chicago

(President Obama (and Romney) will both participate in interviews to air during halftime of the Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints. The interviews with ESPN’s Chris Berman will be taped earlier Monday)





Steve Benen: The voting fiasco in Florida reached truly farcical levels yesterday, with Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida, explaining, “We’re looking at an election meltdown that is eerily similar to 2000, minus the hanging chads.”

…. The early-voting debacle in the Sunshine State is deliberate …. Florida Republicans designed the system to work this way.

…. I’ll just conclude with Rachel’s conclusion: “It is frankly an outrage that there are forces at work in our politics right now that not only make this type of situation possible, but that make it inevitable – who see problems like this and go out of their way to try to make it worse…. If you are one of those people being forced to stand in those long lines tonight or tomorrow or on Election Day, honestly, your country needs you to do it. Your country needs you to do it, not only because it’s your civic responsibility, but also because there are people trying to profit politically off of you not doing it.”

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Michael Tomasky: Whatever the result tomorrow, voter suppression is one of the big stories of this campaign and its enduring scandal. The Republican Party before 2012 was a party that certainly did not want black and brown and poor Americans voting, so it’s long been officially racist and classist in this particular sense.

But up to now its measures were local and somewhat haphazard … now, though, in these past couple of years, the GOP strategy has been institutionalized …. For example, read here about what the secretary of state in Ohio is trying to do right now. It’s rather incredible.

…. Republicans: Are you really proud to be in a party that tries to rig the rules so that people who vote for the other side have a harder time voting? …. This is really a disgrace. The new Jim Crow, enforced not with burning crosses but with fountain pens, to paraphrase Woody Guthrie.

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Aventura, Florida


Charles Pierce: It appears that, while I was watching the president this afternoon, I missed another big moment in the ongoing mess that is the early voting being conducted here in the World’s Greatest Democracy, when all hell broke loose down in Miami-Dade county. The nonpartisan, but very conservative, mayor of Miami jumped in with both feet, with entirely predictable results….

Elections officials, overwhelmed with voters, locked the doors to their Doral headquarters and temporarily shut down the operation, angering nearly 200 voters standing in line outside — only to resume the proceedings an hour later….

…. Nearly all the voters stayed in line until a campaign worker reported her car had been towed from a private parking lot across the street. Scores of people ducked out of the line to check on their own cars. A second car had been towed.

My head may explode…..

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(An Early) Heads Up: President Obama in Colorado

10:25 MDT (12:25 am ET): President Obama delivers remarks at Community College of Aurora, Lowry, Colorado

9News * CBS * CNN

Streaming has started at 9News – and the music is a bit good.


Photos and other stuff in the morning ;-)



Rise and Shine

President Obama arrives at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Aug. 11

12:45: President Obama attends a campaign event at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers (Closed press)

4:30: Attends a Gen44 reception at the Bridgeport Arts Center in Chicago (live coverage?)

6:20: Delivers remarks at a birthday party-themed fundraiser in the backyard of his home in Hyde Park

8:15: Holds a photo-reception event at the Hyde Park home of friends Marty Nesbitt and wife Anita Blanchard (print pool)

10:20: PBO delivers remarks at the Hyde Park home of Barbara Bowman, mother of Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett (print pool)


The President will remain overnight in Chicago on Sunday and on Monday will travel to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he will begin a three-day bus tour. He will attend campaign events in Council Bluffs and Boone, and remain overnight in Des Moines. On Tuesday, he will travel to Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, and Waterloo, Iowa for campaign events. He will remain overnight in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

On Wednesday, the President and First Lady will travel to Dubuque and Davenport, Iowa for campaign events. They will return to Washington, D.C. later on Wednesday.


First Lady Michelle Obama talks to staff who treated victims of the July 20 Colorado movie theater shooting at the Medical Center of Aurora, Colorado, August 11

First Lady’s schedule:


4:40 & 8:35: Delivers remarks at campaign fundraising events in Los Angeles


Appears on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – the interview will air in the evening

4:30: Delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event in Los Angeles






Morning everyone, chat away ;-)


A Beautiful Day….

President Obama hugs introducer DeAnne Stanberry, a nurse, during an election campaign rally in Grand Junction

Grand Junction High School, Colorado

More photos at The Denver Post




12:45: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Colorado State Fairgrounds

2:50: Departs Pueblo

3:20: Arrives in Colorado Springs

4:45: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

6:25: Departs Colorado Springs

9:45: Arrives at the White House



President Obama at Pueblo Memorial Airport, Colorado, August 8


Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado


This and That

Statement from Vice President Biden on Mitt Romney’s VFW Remarks:

“Over the past three years, President Obama has taken the fight directly to America’s enemies, confronting al-Qaeda head on and taking out Osama bin Laden. He ended the war in Iraq responsibly and has a plan to do the same in Afghanistan. He has done more for Israel’s security than any President since Harry Truman, led international efforts to put the most pressure in history on Iran, protected the people of Libya from a brutal dictator and helped rebuild our alliances across the globe. He saved our economy from collapse with bold decisions, including the rescue of the automobile industry – which has made us stronger abroad. Because of President Obama’s leadership, Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.

Today, Governor Romney had an opportunity to fulfill a long-standing promise by laying out his foreign policy vision and agenda. He had a chance to say how he would lead as Commander-in-Chief. Instead, all we heard from Governor Romney was empty rhetoric and bluster. He reflexively criticizes the President’s policies without offering any alternatives. When he does venture a position, it’s a safe bet that he previously took exactly the opposite position and will probably change his mind again and land in the wrong place – far out of the mainstream. Or he mischaracterizes our record to create a non-existent contrast.

On Afghanistan:

“Governor Romney supported the President’s timeline to end the war in Afghanistan, then he opposed it and now it is hard to know where he stands. His misguided criticism of the President’s new defense strategy is undermined by the fact that strategy was designed with and supported by the entire Defense Department senior leadership, uniform and civilian. It provides for a more agile, flexible force, better able to confront aggressors and project power, with strong partnerships to share the burden and smart investments in cutting edge capabilities. We proposed a budget to fully fund that strategy and keep faith with our veterans.

On Russia:

“When it comes to Russia – which he recently called “our number one geo-political foe” – Governor Romney remains mired in a Cold War mindset. We have serious disagreements with Moscow, but our cooperation has made the American people more secure. Russia cancelled the sale of cutting edge radar to Iran and joined us in imposing the toughest sanctions in history on Tehran. Together, we negotiated a major nuclear arms reduction treaty – New START – that virtually the entire Republican foreign policy establishment supported but Governor Romney and a very small group of Cold War holdovers opposed.

On Poland and missile defense:

“On the eve of his trip to Poland, the Governor is either profoundly misinformed – or misinforming the American people. He asserts that the President abandoned a missile defense system in that country. President Obama asked me to secure Allied support for a new missile defense plan for Europe. Who did we ask to host its main components? Poland, along with Turkey, Romania, Germany and Spain. These countries and all of NATO embraced our approach because it protects more of Europe more quickly than the old plan.

On Israel:

“Governor Romney continues his long litany of untruths about our administration’s policies toward Israel. We’ve provided record levels of security assistance, funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system that intercepted nearly 80 percent of the rockets recently fired from Gaza, close collaboration on longer range missile defense systems, the largest joint military exercises in history, the most consistent and comprehensive exchanges ever between our top political, defense, security and intelligence officials. And, contrary to Governor Romney’s outrageous accusation that the President joined in the chorus of insults levied against Israel at the United Nations, President Obama has stood up repeatedly, publicly and often alone against efforts to delegitimize Israel at the U.N. and around the world.

On Iran:

“On Iran, Governor Romney does a compelling job laying out exactly what the Administration is already doing. The only step he seems to think we should take that we are not already taking is to launch a war. If that is what the Governor is for, he should tell the American people.

On al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden:

“One thing the Governor did not talk about today was al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. That’s not surprising. When he last ran for President, Governor Romney was asked what he would do about bin Laden. He said then: ‘it is not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.’ We know how Obama answered that question: by ordering our intelligence services to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for bin Laden, and then authorizing one of the highest risk missions ever to capture or kill our number one enemy.

“Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive — and everything we have learned from Governor Romney today and during this campaign tells the American people that a Romney presidency would have resulted in just the opposite.”


The Oregon Convention Center, Portland


At the Gateway Breakfast House in Portland


First lady Michelle Obama hugs a campaign volunteer as she visited the Obama campaign office in Dayton, Ohio

…. arriving to speak to a crowd of supporters during a campaign stop at the Dayton Convention Center

Text of the First Lady’s remarks at Westerville Central High School here

At a day camp at the Westerville Community Center, Ohio


A Word from Jacqueline O’Boomer

The morning after the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado, I became enraged. I’m a 60-something original baby boomer, and I’ve seen all kinds of events, some similar to this one, over my lifetime, played out in real-time or covered after the fact on TV, written about in newspapers and online, but I had a totally different reaction to Aurora.

I didn’t give it much thought the first couple of days, thinking maybe it was “just me,” or something, since I had noticed that so many others were reacting EXACTLY the same way I had previously, to the awful events of Oklahoma City, Columbine, Tucson, and the like — our homegrown variety of “massacres.” A few parts of the story finally helped me crystallize my own emotions, as did a good chat with a long-time friend.

First, the use of the term “massacre” by the media relating to Aurora has bothered me tremendously. Not to diminish the tragedy – it was a tragedy; wonderful people were lost forever to their families – but citizens of our country hear about massacres off our shores on a daily basis, and there is no real public outcry across a broad spectrum of our American citizenry over that. For instance, around the same time as Aurora, I believe I saw a similar number of Syrians were killed in one day, in their country, on behalf of a mass murderer, their own leader. That massacre barely got the attention of the U.S. media, nor did any of the other massacres in foreign lands that happen almost without notice by what we all think is our “well-informed” citizenry and its press. And, in our own country, people die on city streets and in rural areas every day through gun violence, but their stories aren’t covered on TV and, after all, we don’t “know” them. Isn’t it always a “tribal” thing for us human beings, no matter what country we’re from?

Read the full post here

Thank you Jacqueline



Chat away

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan during the motorcade ride to Palm Beach International Airport in Palm Beach, Fla., July 20, 2012. The President called Mayor Hogan to offer his condolences and support to the Aurora community. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office to discuss the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, July 20. Pictured, from left, are: Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President, and FBI Director Robert Mueller


‘A day for prayer and reflection’

Text of remarks here

President Obama pauses for a moment of silence for the victims of the Colorado shootings, following his remarks in Fort Myers, Fla., July 20 (Photo by Pete Souza)







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