Archive for January 24th, 2012

24
Jan
12

‘night everyone

President Barack Obama greets Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., as he arrives on the floor of the House Chamber to deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 24, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Tomorrow:

9:50: PBO departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

10:05: Departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Cedar Rapids, Iowa

12:20: Arrives in Cedar Rapids

12:40: Tours Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing

12:55: Delivers remarks

2:30: Departs Cedar Rapids en route to Phoenix, Ariz

5:35: Arrives in Phoenix

6:30: Delivers remarks at Intel Ocotillo Campus

8:35: Departs Phoenix, Ariz. en route to Las Vegas, Nevada

9:30: Arrives in Las Vegas

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I’ll admit, I’ve had doubts in recent months about whether PBO would be re-elected. I was way more confident the last few weeks. After tonight, I seriously have no doubts at all. None.

Love the fella. That was magnificent.

Night everyone, see you tomorrow.

24
Jan
12

state of the union, part 3

Front row, from left are, Jackie Bray, First Lady Michelle Obama, retired Capt. Mark Kelly, Jill Biden, Sgt. Ashleigh Berg, Bryan Ritterby, Richard Cordray, and Sara Ferguson. Second row, from left are, Eric Schneiderman, Juan Jose Redin, Debbie Bosanek, Laurene Powell Jobs, Alicia Boler-Davis, and Col. Ginger Wallace.

24
Jan
12

state of the union, part 2

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24
Jan
12

state of the union, part 1

See the ‘enhanced’ version of the SOTU at the White House site or at YouTube

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I’ll update with photos as they come, and I’ll start a new post when this one gets a little crowded.

Fired up?

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Bershire Hathaway Assistant Debbie Bosanek, left, talks with Steve Jobs widow Laurene Powell Jobs

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24
Jan
12

“an america built to last insists on responsibility from everybody”

24
Jan
12

all set

On the day of his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office along the Colonnade of the White House, Jan. 24

Chat away 😉

24
Jan
12

‘behind the scenes: writing the 2012 state of the union address’

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Washington Post: As secretary to mega-investor Warren Buffett, Debbie Bosanek is used to being in proximity to power. But the prospect of sitting with first lady Michelle Obama at tonight’s State of the Union address apparently is something different altogether. Bosanek, who’s mostly kept an under-the-radar profile despite being the poster lady for President Obama’s tax proposals, tells us she’s a tad jittery.

“I was so excited I couldn’t sleep last night,” she says.

More here

24
Jan
12

rise and shine

President Barack Obama talks with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, in the Oval Office, Jan. 23, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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ABC: Unfavorable views of Mitt Romney have soared, doubts about Newt Gingrich remain widespread and Barack Obama has advanced to his highest personal popularity in more than a year — all in advance of the State of the Union address in which Obama makes his case for a second term.

Fifty-three percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll express a favorable opinion of Obama overall, up by 5 points from last month to the most since April 2010….. As he’s gained, Romney has stumbled badly, with unfavorable views of the recent Republican front-runner up by 15 points in just two weeks.

…. The sharpest shifts have been among independents. Unfavorable opinions of Romney have soared by 17 points in this group since Jan. 8, to 51 percent; favorable opinions have dropped by 18 points among independents in the same period, to just 23 percent. Gingrich, for his part, has lost 11 points among independents since December, to 22 percent favorability. Obama, by contrast, gets a 51 percent favorable rating from independents.

…. Obama has advanced by 12 points in favorability among moderates, to 66 percent, nearly as high as his rating from liberals, 70 percent positive.

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White House YouTube

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TPM

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Greg Sargent: I’m not sure the Obama campaign could have scripted this more perfectly. In a remarkable bit of good timing, President Obama is set to deliver a State of the Union speech focused on income inquality and tax unfairness on exactly the same day that Mitt Romney will reveal that he made over $40 million in the last two years — all of it taxed at a lower rate than that paid by middle class taxpayers.

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Steve Benen: …. Why did Romney set up $100 million trust funds for his sons without paying any gift taxes? Were his accounts in the Caymans and in Switzerland created to avoid paying taxes? Was the closing of the Swiss account related to this IRS investigation? And given all of the questions surrounding Romney’s Bain-era work, why does the Republican candidate continue to insist he won’t disclose returns from previous years?

More here

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McClatchy

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Morning everyone




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