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10
Jul
14

The President at the Paramount Theater, Austin

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Jul
14

Austin ♥ President Obama

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Doug Mills: Obama gets a fist pump as he pays for his lunch during a surprise visit to Franklin Barbecue in Texas #obamaaustin

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Doug Mills: President Obama gestures as he arrives to make remarks at the The Paramount Theatre, Austin TX #longhorns #ObamaTX

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President Barack Obama meets with Kinsey Button at Magnolia Cafe in Austin, Texas. Kinsey, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote the President a letter in January explaining her family’s struggle to lead a middle class life when both of her parents lost their jobs in the wake of the Great Recession

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President Barack Obama waves prior to boarding Air Force One before his departure from Austin, Texas

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President Barack Obama jokes with patrons as he orders barbecue for himself and the people in the front of the line at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. At right is Kinsey Button, who introduced the President in his speech earlier that afternoon

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Dan Pfeiffer, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, and traveling aide Bobby Schmuck carry President Obama’s order from Franklin Barbecue onto Air Force One

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President Barack Obama fist bumps the cashier after paying for his order at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas

10
Jul
14

“I’m the guy doing his job. You must be the other guy”

@dougmillsnyt: President Obama gestures as he talks about the GOP during remarks at the The Paramount Theatre, Austin

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@dougmillsnyt: Obama talks with some locals during a surprise visit to Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas

09
Jul
14

President Obama on the economy

For those who missed it.

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09
Jul
14

“Do Not Let Them Win By You Being Cynical”

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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at Cheesman Park in Denver

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President Barack Obama is hugged by a child in the crowd after speaking about the economy

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The Denver Post: President Obama In Denver Touts Economic Progress

President Obama, speaking to a crowd of hand-picked guests in Denver Wednesday at Cheesman Park, touted gains made in the economy following the recession that challenged the start of his presidency. “We have come farther and recovered faster than almost any other advanced country on Earth,” the president said. Obama continued his populist message, telling guests: “I’m here for every American who works their tail off and does everything right and who believes in the American dream and asks for nothing but a decent chance in life for themselves and their families.” He said: “I’m here to say I hear you. And sometimes it’s as simple as that — that I’m listening and paying attention. … I see myself in folks, because I remember my first minimum wage job — at Baskin Robbins by the way, wearing a cap and an apron — and how a little raise would have helped.

“I think about what it was like for me to finance college and child care costs. … Your stories are ours. You’re why I ran. What I want to make sure of is, as screwed up as Washington gets, that everyone here understands that there is progress to be made and that there’s someone fighting for them.” Dooley, who dined with president on Tuesday, said she believed his message was one that harkened back to his 2008 campaign. “He talked about hope and change then,” said Dooley. “And though he inherited a bad economy it’s now changing and more opportunities are coming about. His message of raising the minimum wage helped my boss realize it was important.”

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Doug Mills: President Obama runs up on stage to deliver remarks on the economy and Immigration at Cheesman Park, in Denver.

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Yup. It’s horse head guy

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Alex Dooley of Denver, who had written to President Barack Obama thanking him for talking about raising the minimum wage and her boss doing so, introduces the president before he spoke about the economy

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08
Jul
14

President Barack Obama: Doing So Much Good For The Country

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Keith Boykin: Why Obama May Be The Best President Since WWII

I woke up this morning to a disturbingly silly headline. President Obama is the worst president since World War II, according to a plurality of voters in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. When you look beneath the numbers, it’s not what it looks like. Only about 33 percent of those polled called Obama the worst president, but that number roughly mirrors the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Republicans, a group which has tried to sabotage, block, sue and impeach the president in recent years. So for the moment, forget what the polls say. The facts tell the real story of the Obama presidency, and the facts are damn good, especially compared to his predecessor. Under President Obama, the unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent in 2009 to 6.3 percent today. Under George W. Bush, on the other hand, the unemployment rate rose from 4.2 percent to 7.8 percent. Under President Obama, the U.S. economy is gaining 200,000 jobs a month.

When Bush left office, however, we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. Under President Obama, at least 24 million people have gotten health insurance. The rate of uninsured has declined from 18 percent to 13.4 percent and the rate for Blacks has dropped dramatically from 20.9 percent to 14.7 percent. And despite all the exaggerated GOP claims that Obamacare would be a “job killer,” we’ve actually added more than 9 million new private sector jobs since the president signed the law. Under President Obama, businesses are also booming again. In the first few weeks of his presidency, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was sitting at 6547. Today it’s close to 17,000, a 10,000 point increase in five years!

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And corporate profits hit an all-time record high just last year. President Obama ended the war in Iraq, drew down troops in Afghanistan, captured Osama Bin Laden, averted a second depression, helped to rescue the financial sector, stabilized home prices and saved more than a million jobs in the auto industry. At the same time, he enacted the most sweeping health care reform legislation in 50 years, something Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton couldn’t do, and which Ronald Reagan and the two Bushes never wanted to do. as a student of history, as an unapologetic liberal, as an African-American, as a gay man, as a supporter of equal rights for women and as someone who knows what it’s like to lose a job and live without health insurance, I’d say President Obama has done more good for this country than any president before him.

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