Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event, Dec 13: Back in 2008, we used to talk about this being a historic moment for America, that we were at a crossroads in our history. Well, we haven’t fully crossed the road, and in some ways, 2012 is even more important than it was four years ago. The choices could not be starker. The vision about where we want to take the country could not be more different.
I gave a speech in Kansas last week where I talked about where we need to go as a country; a country that’s based on everybody having a fair shot, a country that depends on everybody doing their fair share, a country where fair play applies across the board….
…. And that vision, in contrast to a vision that basically says you are on your own, is what this election was about in 2008; it’s what this election is going to be about in 2012. I am confident that the vision that we believe in so deeply and that we’ve worked so hard for is the vision that is truest to our history and most representative of the core decency of the American people.
But we’re going to have to fight for it. It’s not a slam-dunk. We’re going to have to deliver this message effectively all across the country….
All of the things that we’ve done over the last three years – to rescue the economy and rescue the auto industry, and end the war in Iraq and end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and make sure that health care is in place, and financial reform brings back some integrity to the financial sector – all those things don’t mean that much to somebody if they’re still out of work right now, or their house is still underwater by $100,000.
So, yeah, this is going to be tough. But I just want to remind all of you that you didn’t decide to support Barack Hussein Obama because it was going to be easy. There were always easier choices to make, just as there would have been easier political choices for me to make. We took a flyer on this thing because we believe passionately in an America in which everybody is getting ahead.
That’s worth fighting for. And here’s my message to you. If you guys stick with this, if you don’t falter, if you stay steady, we are going to win this thing. We are going to win this thing, and America is going to win as a consequence.
AP: Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday that President Barack Obama impressed her as a “good person” through his acknowledgment of attendants and security staff during his recent visit to Australia.
“I always think the way you can best judge people’s attitudes is not necessarily how they treat me, the prime minister of Australia, but how you see them interact with others, and as President Obama moved through Parliament House, he said hello to every attendant and every security guard he walked past.”
“He doesn’t have to do that – nothing makes him do that except being a good person,” she said.
…. Gillard described him as charming, with a “fabulous, high-voltage smile.” “The private person is very like the public person – very calm, very measured person, very intelligent, casual in a way,” she said.
“Clearly being president of the United States comes with all of this machinery and prestige, but in the middle of that, he is actually one-to-one in his reaction with people a very casual person,” Gillard said.
Oh, any excuse:
10:05: The President and First Lady depart the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
10:20: Leave Andrews for Ft. Bragg, N.C.
11:25: Arrive in Ft. Bragg
11:55: The President and First Lady deliver remarks to the troops
Bloomberg: Companies in the U.S. boosted payrolls in December by the most since records began in 2001, showing a stronger labor-market recovery at the end of last year, data from a private report showed today.
Employment increased by 297,000, exceeding the highest projection in a Bloomberg News survey….
Faster job growth will fuel the income gains necessary to further spur consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy. A Labor Department report in two days will show companies added 150,000 workers last month and the unemployment rate eased to 9.7 percent…
….today’s ADP report showed an increase of 27,000 workers in goods-producing industries … it was the biggest gain since February 2006 and the second straight rise. Service providers added 270,000 workers, the 11th straight gain and the most since record-keeping began.
Employment in construction was little changed, the first time without a decline since June 2007, while factories added 23,000 jobs…employers in the U.S. announced plans in December to cut 32,004 jobs, the fewest since June 2000…