President Barack Obama reacts to the crowd before the start of a race during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, April 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Collegekay, is that you on the right?
9:10 AM: PBO departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
11:25 AM: Arrives West Palm Beach, Fla
1:15 PM: Delivers remarks at a campaign event
2:55 PM: Delivers remarks on the economy at Florida Atlantic University
6:00 PM: Delivers remarks at a campaign event
8:05 PM: Delivers remarks at a campaign event
9:20 PM: Departs Hollywood, Florida, en route Joint Base Andrews
11:45 PM: Arrives at the White House
Washington Post: With the general-election campaign beginning to take shape, President Obama holds clear advantages over Mitt Romney on personal attributes and a number of key issues, but remains vulnerable to discontent with the pace of the economic recovery, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Obama has double-digit leads over the likely Republican presidential nominee on who would do a better job of protecting the middle class, addressing women’s issues, handling international affairs and dealing with health care.
On personal traits, the president’s edge is even bigger: He has a better than 2-to-1 advantage as the more friendly and likable of the two, and nearly that margin as “more inspiring.”
Romney faces a huge deficit among female voters, one that more than negates his advantage among men and represents one of the biggest challenges he and his advisers face as they turn toward the November election. Obama’s edge among women gives him a clear lead among all registered voters in a matchup with Romney.
Washington Post: Presidential elections are rarely won and lost on policy. Voters instead tend to choose the person they most want to be president based on who they like. And that feeling is heavily influenced by which of the candidates they believe best understands their hopes and dreams.
Call it the empathy factor. And it matters. A lot.
New national polling done by the Washington Post and ABC News shows that President Obama has a significant edge over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on the empathy question …. Asked which man “better understands the economic problems people in this country are having”, 49 percent of people said Obama while 37 percent named Romney….
A look inside the numbers tells a similar story. Among electorally critical independents, Obama enjoys a 47 percent to 35 percent edge over Romney. Women favor Obama over Romney by 20 points on the empathy question.