Tested and Proven Deserving of a Second Term

Economic, Environmental & Foreign Incidents

Natural Disasters 2009 – Present

2009 American Samoa earthquake - Tsunami

2009 North American (from North Carolina to Maine) blizzard

2009 North American Christmas blizzard

February 5–6, 2010 North American blizzard

February 9–10, 2010 North American blizzard

February 25–27, 2010 North American blizzard

2010 Albert Pike Recreational Area (near Langley, Arkansas) - floods

2010–2012 Southern United States drought

October 2010 North American storm complex

December 2010 North American blizzard

January 8–13, 2011 North American blizzard

January 25–27, 2011 North American blizzard

January 31 – February 2, 2011 North American blizzard

April 25–28, 2011 Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and Virginia 336 tornadoes

May 21-26, 2011 Joplin, Missouri - tornado

2011 Mississippi River Valley - floods

August 2011 Hurricane Irene – hurricane

October 2012 Hurricane Sandy – hurricane

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Ending the Iraq War

Transitioning out of the Afghanistan War

April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (BP Oil Spill – Gulf of Mexico)

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Economy 2009 – Present

U.S. economic effects from World Wide Financial crisis of 2007–2008

U.S. budget deficit shrinks by over $200 billion, reaches 4-year low

Factory Job Gains Under Obama Best Since Clinton: BGOV Barometer


Reducing Gun Violence

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence

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2012 Publisher’s Endorsements for President Obama’s Re-Election

Our choice is Obama, who has been a highly competent presidentThe Daily Astorian – Oregon

Barack Obama has shown cautious, yet steady leadership during the slow emergence from an extraordinary recession. He did so despite the most divisive, obstructionist opposition in memory. We support President Obama for a second term.” Daily Camera - Colorado

Obama’s record of accomplishment under trying circumstances and his blueprint for a second term make him the best pick to move the nation forward.” Denver Post - Colorado

U.S. president Our choice: Barack ObamaLa Cruces Sun-News – New Mexico

Obama will do a better jobPhiladelphia Inquirer – Pennsylvania

The Times recommends Barack Obama for president, againSeattle Times – Washington

Obama for president: A second term for a serious man” St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Missouri

Endorsement: Barack Obama for presidentSacramento Bee – California

Obama: For presidentCharleston Gazette - West Virginia

Obama has capably steered the nation through an incredibly difficult period at home and abroad, often with little help from Congress. The next four years will not be easy for whoever occupies the Oval Office, but Obama has been tested by harsh circumstance and proven himself worthy of a second term.” Tampa Bay Times - Florida

Obama has earned another term.  The Salt Lake Tribune - Utah

The country needs Barack ObamaMuskegon Chronicle – Michigan

Best for the Middle Class” “Obama has been tested and found equal to the task of being president. We think the country is in better shape than it was four years ago, and we think it will be in even better shape if he wins another term in office. ” Lincoln Journal Star - Nebraska

Americans have a clear choice between two presidential candidates with starkly different ideas for spurring the economy, providing for the health of our people, defending our interests abroad, educating our children and protecting our environment. We believe that President Barack Obama’s progress on these issues merits him a second term in the White House.” Winston-Salem Journal – North Carolina

We wholeheartedly endorse Barack Obama and Joe Biden for a second term so that they can move forward with reforms this country needs. A president’s second term is an opportunity to implement his legacy agenda. Nothing we have seen suggests that Barack Obama will be content to rest on his laurels in the next four years.” San Francisco Examiner - California

President Obama needs our help. After all he’s done for us, we owe him the opportunity to transform from a very good president into a truly great one in his second term.”  The Stranger – Washington
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“If it’s true that united we stand and divided we fall, America will come crashing down should Mitt Romney be elected president. He’s already declared half the citizenry worthless, and said that as president, he’ll concern himself only with the others. All those deemed unworthy of Romney’s attention are low- and middle-income Americans, people who, unlike Romney himself, had no rich father’s shoulders to stand on. These are the people who most need a friend in the White House. Romney promises the back of his hand.

President Barack Obama has, to the contrary, shown compassion for the lower and middle classes, to a degree that his Republican critics find unmanly. The great achievement of the first Obama administration, comparable to the creation of Social Security under President Franklin Roosevelt and Medicare under President Lyndon Johnson, is the Affordable Care Act, a boon to Americans who can’t pay for expensive medical care without help. (Romney would abolish or weaken all three of those great programs, for being the work of Democrats and for disproving the political and economic theories of the extremists who support him.)”

“Americans are divided already; Obama at least wants to try to bring them together. The gap would widen under the elitist Romney, and even if he ever felt inclined to cease the class warfare and gender warfare his party wages, the party wouldn’t let him. The choice this year is between a level-headed, well-intentioned, middle-of-the-roader and a political adventurer dominated by really nasty reactionaries. An easy choice, we believe.” Arkansas Times – Arkansas

Whether the issue is gay rights, the fate of millions of illegal immigrants, job creation, foreign relations, empowerment of women or how best to make it so we can all afford to get to work and back, Obama has laid out a practical, detailed and sensible route to move us into a future where we call the shots.” Aurora Sentinal – Colorado

President Barack Obama is the best choiceThe Flint Journal - Michigan

Barack ObamaMontclair Times – New Jersey

Barack Obama for President. We endorse Barack Obama as his policies show greater promise for the interests of college students, institutions of higher education, and the American university system.” Columbia Daily Spectator – Columbia University - New York

The re-election of Barack Obama is a matter of great urgency.  The New Yorker – New York

Four More Years for President Obama.” Washington Post - Washington D.C.

Barack Obama for Re-ElectionNew York Times – New York

Re-elect President Obama” – San Jose Mercury News – California

RE-ELECT PRESIDENT OBAMA 2012

89 Responses to Tested and Proven Deserving of a Second Term

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, October 29, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    President Obama meets with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the status of Hurricane Sandy.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:30 AM
    President Obama departs Orlando, FL

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    10:45 AM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    11:00 AM
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    President Obama arrives the White House

    12:00 PM
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    President Obama Speaks on Hurricane Sandy
    The White House

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    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    Keene State College, Kenne, NH

    2:05 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    2:45 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House

    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a grassroots event
    Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, Iowa City, IA

    2:50 PM
    Dr Jill Biden attends a grassroots event
    Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs, CO

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    Vice President Joe Biden is joined by Former president Bill Clinton for a campaign event
    Youngstown, OH

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    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    Sioux City Convention Center, Sioux City, IA

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    Fighting for 100% of Americans

    “I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known. I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative and risk-takers being rewarded. But I also believe that everybody should have a fair shot and everybody should do their fair share and everybody should play by the same rules. Because that’s how our economy is grown. That’s how we built the world’s greatest middle class. And that is part of what’s at stake in this election.

    “There’s a fundamentally different vision about how we move our country forward. I believe Governor Romney is a good man—loves his family, cares about his faith. But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47% of the country considered themselves victims, who refused personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about: folks on Social Security who have worked all their lives, veterans who have sacrificed for this country, students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams but also this country’s dreams, soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now. People who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don’t make enough income, and I want to fight for them. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last four years—because if they succeed, I believe the country succeeds.”

    President Obama – 10/16/12

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      Factory Job Gains Under Obama Best Since Clinton: BGOV Barometer

      Sep 25, 2012 9:00 PM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

      In an election focused on jobs, President Barack Obama can boast of crossing one milestone: the longest stretch of employment gains in manufacturing in almost two decades.

      The BGOV Barometer shows U.S. factory positions have grown since early 2010, arresting a slide that began toward the end of the 1990s. It’s the best showing since the era of Bill Clinton, the only president in the last 30 years to leave office with more factory jobs than when he began.

      “The gain in manufacturing jobs is certainly helpful, it is one way to show we’re moving forward,” said Terry Madonna, a political science professor and director of the Franklin & Marshall College poll in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “President Obama has to create a psychology all over the country that things are getting better. This is a piece explaining that idea.”

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-26/factory-job-gains-under-obama-best-since-clinton-bgov-barometer.html

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      U.S. Budget Deficit Shrinks to 4 Year Low

      U.S. budget deficit shrinks by over $200 billion, reaches 4-year low

      Oct 12, 2012 4:48 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      As the job market improves and unemployment falls, one of the central attacks from Romney/Ryan against President Obama has to do with the deficit. The attack overlooks Paul Ryan’s role in creating the massive deficit, the inconvenient fact that Romney hasn’t presented a deficit-reduction plan, and the problem that the Romney/Ryan agenda would appear to make the deficit significantly worse, but that their story and they’re sticking to it.

      It’s worth noting, then, that as of today, the U.S. federal budget deficit has shrunk — a lot.

      I put together this new chart reflecting the deficit over the course of the last four years. It starts with the figures released in 2009, when the deficit reached a record high of $1.4 trillion. Why is the column in red? Because, thanks to fiscal years, Obama inherited a deficit of nearly $1.3 trillion from Bush/Cheney the moment he took the oath of office.

      This year, however, according to the official data published by the Treasury Department, the deficit was $1.089 trillion.

      When the president’s critics spin this, they’ll say, “The deficit was over $1 trillion again,” and that will be accurate. What the criticism fails to note, however, is that (a) the deficit is now much smaller than it was when Obama took office; (b) this is the smallest deficit we’ve seen in four years; (c) this new figure represents an improvement of over $200 billion since last year; and (d) the main drivers of the remaining deficit are Republican policies.

      I should note that all of this is predicated on the assumption that deficits are something bad to be avoided, and that a shrinking deficit is necessarily encouraging news. There’s a competing school of thought — which I’m sympathetic to — that suggests the deficit is currently too small, and that given economic conditions, interest rates, and the current yield of Treasuries, we should be borrowing far more and investing that money in job creation.

      But for the purposes of political conversation, such an argument is probably a non-starter; the public has come to believe a deficit that’s getting smaller is good news.

      If so, Obama has something to brag about — very few presidents of the last generation can say they managed to shrink the deficit by over $200 billion, even during difficult economic times.

      Source: http://goo.gl/5cW3a

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      Economic growth exceeds expectations, picks up steam

      Oct 26, 2012 8:50 AM EDT By Steve Benen – bloomberg

      In the final report on the state of the overall economy before the presidential election, it appears economic growth not only picked up a little steam in the third quarter, it also exceeded expectations.

      The U.S. economy grew 2.0% in the third quarter, fueled by higher consumer and government spending and more home building, according to a preliminary government estimate. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch projected gross domestic product would rise to 1.7% from 1.3% in the second quarter.

      Consumer spending, which has the biggest impact on GDP, rose 2.0% in the July-to-September period, compared to 1.5% in the second quarter. Real final sales of U.S.-made goods and services advanced 2.1%, compared to 1.7% in the prior three-month period. Government spending jumped 3.7%, the biggest increase since mid-2009, mainly because of higher defense outlays. Also, investment in housing surged 14.4%.

      For those keeping score, the United States has now seen economic growth in 13 consecutive quarters, which represents a sharp turnaround from the economic contraction we saw at the height of the Great Recession four years ago. The news also contradicts the notion that “uncertainty” out of Washington is leading to slower growth.

      In terms of the politics of the report, I suspect Republicans will offer two kinds of arguments. The first is that 2% GDP growth is inadequate, and this will definitely have some merit — given the severity of the recession, and how much ground there is to make up, everyone would like to see even more robust growth. That said, the enormous progress over where we stood when President Obama took office should be obvious to anyone who cares about the facts (and arithmetic).

      For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/26/14719814-economic-growth-exceeds-expectations-picks-up-steam

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      Geithner: US economy growing despite headwinds

      10/11/12 By ELAINE KURTENBACH | Associated Press

      TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday that financial reforms and other actions in response to the global crisis are yielding results, helping the U.S. economy to grow at a pace better than there was reason to expect.

      Speaking at a financial conference in Tokyo on Thursday, Geithner said the Obama administration would strive to resolve by the end of the year the impasse with the Congress that threatens to impose a so-called “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and deep spending cuts if the two sides do not reach agreement.

      The U.S. has been relatively successful in managing to clean up the mess left by the 2008 financial crisis while not starving the economy of credit, Geithner said. Growth has dragged, though, due to the European crisis and severe drought across the U.S.

      “We’ve been relatively successful in doing these reforms in a way that didn’t starve the economy of credit,” he said.

      Growth has averaged just over 2 percent a year since 2009, lower than the 3 percent to 4 percent that many had forecast, he said. Geithner put the impact from the European slowdown at up to 1 percentage point of GDP growth and from this year’s drought at about 0.5 point.

      “Those two factors alone explain the difference,” he said.
      “From my perspective, the U.S. economy is doing significantly better than anybody had reason to expect, not just because of the magnitude of the crisis but because of the size of the force of the shocks that hit the U.S. economy,” Geithner said, pointing to the European debt morass and two spells of surging oil prices.

      The Obama administration did well to act aggressively and early on financial reforms and recapitalizing financial institutions, Geithner said, though he acknowledged there was much work ahead,
      especially on reforming housing finance — which was at the heart of the collapse in 2008.

      “Mortgage credit in the United States is tighter than it needs to be,” Geithner said.

      Progress made in getting the economy back on track could be undone, economists have warned, if Washington fails to deal effectively with the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/geithner-us-economy-growing-despite-headwinds-072400407–finance.html

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      Determination

      Published on Oct 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Read the President’s Plan: http://OFA.BO/i6gBXc

      There’s just no quit in America and you’re seeing that right now. Over five million new jobs, exports up forty one percent, home values rising, our auto industry back and our heroes are coming home.

      We’re not there yet. But we’ve made real progress and the last thing we should do is turn back now.

      Here’s my plan for the next four years: Making education and training a national priority; building on our manufacturing boom; boosting American-made energy; reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can, and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. And ending the war in Afghanistan, so we can do some nation-building here at home. That’s the right path.

      So read my plan, compare it to Governor Romney’s and decide which is better for you. It’s an honor to be your President and I’m asking for your vote. So together we can keep moving America forward.

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      The Choice

      Published on Sep 12, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

      Read the President’s Plan: http://OFA.BO/MX3Ss8

      “Over the next few months you have a choice to make. Not just between two political parties or even two people. It’s a choice between two very different plans for our country.

      Governor Romney’s plan would cut taxes for the folks at the very top, roll back regulations on big banks, and he says that if we do our economy will grow and everyone will benefit.

      But you know what? We tried that top-down approach. It’s what caused the mess in the first place.

      I believe the only way to create an economy built to last is to strengthen the middle class. Asking the wealthy to pay a little more so we can pay down our debt in a balanced way. So that we can afford to invest in education, manufacturing, and homegrown American energy for good middle class jobs. Sometimes politics can seem very small. But the choice you face, it couldn’t be bigger.”

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      FORWARD

      President Obama is taking a balanced approach to cutting the deficit without sacrificing investments needed to grow the economy and create jobs

      President Obama has a long-term economic plan, investing in education, small businesses, clean energy, infrastructure, and tax cuts for companies that bring jobs back to the U.S.

      President Obama is calling on millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share, and believes no family earning less than $250,000 should face higher taxes – compare the tax plans
      President Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq, is bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, and will use half the savings to reduce the deficit

      President Obama has improved Medicare by adding benefits like free mammograms, is closing the “donut hole” and saving seniors an average of $600 a year on prescription drugs, and extending Medicare’s life by eight years

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      GOP WRONG WAY

      NOT BACKWARD

      Mitt Romney opposes asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share and instead wants to reward them with even more tax breaks, paid for by raising middle class taxes

      Mitt Romney’s plan would add $5 trillion in tax cuts skewed to the rich, either increasing the deficit or requiring tax increases on the middle-class

      Mitt Romney would slash middle class investments like education, Social Security, and Medicare

      Mitt Romney criticized the end of the Iraq war as “tragic,” and has offered no plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan

      Mitt Romney would let Medicare go bankrupt by the end of his first term, and then turn it into a voucher

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      I’m Voting Democratic Because I Have A Memory The Music Video

      Published on Jul 13, 2012 by Barry Davis

      Ever since President Obama has taken office, the GOP has created their own version of American history, and people have started believing them. Well, we remember how it really was under Republican leadership.

      Join this campaign, and remind the world how much better we have it now.

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      Mercury News editorial: Hurricane Sandy makes best case yet for Obama’s re-election

      11/02/2012 Mercury News Editorial

      The most compelling case for Barack Obama’s re-election was made this past week, not by him or by any campaign strategy but by a storm named Sandy.

      We’ve seen the heartbreaking images of grieving mothers and destroyed homes, as well as the pictures of people gathered to charge their phones or waiting hours in line for gasoline. Everyone with a television can see that no individual, no charity and no one state can deal with sudden devastation on this magnitude. It takes the resources of a federal government.

      It’s also clear that, with a $50 billion bill for damage from this storm alone, the country cannot ignore climate change any longer.

      If Mitt Romney is elected Tuesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will revert to what it was under George W. Bush: a useless tool of small-government ideology. Romney said in the primary that FEMA’s responsibilities should be given to the states or privatized. His running mate’s budget would eviscerate FEMA.

      Remember what happened during the Bush years: FEMA’s first director, Joe Allbaugh, had no disaster management experience and mainly accomplished downsizing and privatization. His notorious successor, Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown, was in charge during Katrina, when FEMA’s performance compounded the hurricane disaster.

      The federal response to Sandy has not been perfect, but it has been praised to the heavens by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Romney supporter. Christie has every political incentive to find fault. Instead, he has been repeating various versions of: “The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit.”

      It’s no accident that FEMA responded well. Obama returned it to its roots as a professional agency that helps Americans prepare for and cope with disasters. It reflects his view of government as a whole: It should be streamlined, well-run and provide effective public service. This is the case he’s been trying to make the past four years.

      A storm victim is not that different from a person without health insurance who develops cancer, or a bright student stuck in a failing school. In a wealthy country like ours — and yes, we still are wealthy by world standards — none of these people should lose everything because of an accident of fate.

      Sandy also is a reminder that we ignore climate change at our peril. Warming oceans and air, along with rising sea levels, all contributed to the storm’s intensity. The costs of mega-storms, droughts and other increasingly common disasters will soon far outweigh the cost of a tax on carbon to reduce its use and slow global warming.

      Romney’s party denies the science of climate change and mocks green energy. Obama grasps the challenge and will take it on — as well as continuing the centuries-long tradition of Americans helping each other when disaster strikes.

      Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_21916514/mercury-news-editorial-hurricane-sandy-makes-best-case

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      Good Riddance to Rottenest Congress in History

      Jan 2, 2013 3:17 PM PT By Ezra Klein – bloomberg

      On January 3rd, the 112th Congress of the United States of America finally ends. Thank God.

      To properly evaluate the 112th, consider the record of its predecessor, the 111th Congress, which ran from January 2009 to January 2011. The fighting 111th passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (better known as the “stimulus”), the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), and the Dodd-Frank financial reforms. It passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and expanded both the Serve America Act for community service and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It created significant new anti-tobacco regulations, ratified the New Start nuclear arms reduction treaty, ended “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the armed forces and agreed to the 2010 tax deal, which extended the Bush tax cuts in return for the passage of middle- class stimulus.

      The laws passed by the 111th Congress were controversial, particularly among Republicans. They were also big, bold initiatives that, if not always fully equal to the size of our problems, surely perched on the outer edge of Congress’s capacity to deliver solutions. Love it or hate it, the 111th Congress governed. No Congress in recent history has a record of productivity anywhere near it.

      Terrible Policy
      What’s the record of the 112th Congress? Well, it almost shut down the government and almost breached the debt ceiling. It almost went over the fiscal cliff (which it had designed in the first place). It cut a trillion dollars of discretionary spending in the Budget Control Act and scheduled another trillion in spending cuts through an automatic sequester, which everyone agrees is terrible policy. It achieved nothing of note on housing, energy, stimulus, immigration, guns, tax reform, infrastructure, climate change or, really, anything. It’s hard to identify a single significant problem that existed prior to the 112th Congress that was in any way improved by its two years of rule.

      The 112th, which was gaveled into being on Jan. 3, 2011, by newly elected House Speaker John Boehner, wasn’t just unproductive in comparison with the 111th. It was unproductive compared with any Congress since 1948, when scholars began keeping tabs on congressional productivity.

      When it ends, the 112th Congress will have passed about 220 public laws — by far the least of any Congress on record. Prior to the 112th, the least productive Congress was the 104th, from January 1995 to January 1997. Not coincidentally, that Congress also featured a new Republican House majority determined to ruin a Democratic president in advance of the next campaign. The 104th, however, passed 333 public laws — almost 50 percent more than the 112th. The 112th stands alone in its achievement of epic failure.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-02/good-riddance-to-rottenest-congress-in-history.html

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    Vote Obama to Save Supreme Court

    Uploaded by TheYoungTurks on Jan 13, 2012

    Michael Shure discusses what the would happen to the Supreme Court if a Republican was elected in 2012. Is the balance of the Supreme Court reason enough to vote for President Barack Obama? Tell us in the comment section below what you think.

    President Obama put two new Supreme Court justices on the bench — Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who bring rich and diverse experience to the Court

    If you want a US Supreme court that consists of judges that reflect the rich diversity of America then RE-ELECT PRESIDENT OBAMA in 2012.

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    2012 Publisher’s Endorsements for President Obama’s Re-Election

    Our choice is Obama, who has been a highly competent presidentThe Daily Astorian – Oregon
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    Barack Obama has shown cautious, yet steady leadership during the slow emergence from an extraordinary recession. He did so despite the most divisive, obstructionist opposition in memory. We support President Obama for a second term.” Daily Camera - Colorado
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    Obama’s record of accomplishment under trying circumstances and his blueprint for a second term make him the best pick to move the nation forward.” Denver Post - Colorado
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    U.S. president Our choice: Barack ObamaLa Cruces Sun-News – New Mexico
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    Obama will do a better jobPhiladelphia Inquirer – Pennsylvania
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    The Times recommends Barack Obama for president, againSeattle Times – Washington
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    Obama for president: A second term for a serious man” St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Missouri

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    Endorsement: Barack Obama for presidentSacramento Bee – California
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    Obama: For presidentCharleston Gazette - West Virginia

    Obama has capably steered the nation through an incredibly difficult period at home and abroad, often with little help from Congress. The next four years will not be easy for whoever occupies the Oval Office, but Obama has been tested by harsh circumstance and proven himself worthy of a second term.” Tampa Bay Times - Florida
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    Obama has earned another term. Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

    But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.

    In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.

    Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”

    The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

    More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.

    If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, “is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    “Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term.” The Salt Lake Tribune - Utah
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    The country needs Barack ObamaMuskegon Chronicle – Michigan

    Best for the Middle Class” “Obama has been tested and found equal to the task of being president. We think the country is in better shape than it was four years ago, and we think it will be in even better shape if he wins another term in office. ” Lincoln Journal Star - Nebraska

    Americans have a clear choice between two presidential candidates with starkly different ideas for spurring the economy, providing for the health of our people, defending our interests abroad, educating our children and protecting our environment. We believe that President Barack Obama’s progress on these issues merits him a second term in the White House.” Winston-Salem Journal – North Carolina

    We wholeheartedly endorse Barack Obama and Joe Biden for a second term so that they can move forward with reforms this country needs. A president’s second term is an opportunity to implement his legacy agenda. Nothing we have seen suggests that Barack Obama will be content to rest on his laurels in the next four years.” San Francisco Examiner - California

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    The thing that’s easy to forget in the middle of all this bullshit is that Obama has been a very good president. He saved us from a second Great Depression; he passed health care reform that future Democrats can utilize as a first step to a national health care system; he’s made investments in science, transportation, and green energy that will pay off for decades; he supported gay marriage at just the right moment; and he’s made dozens of advancements for equality and dignity (Lilly Ledbetter, DADT repeal, executive orders for humane immigration reform) that have changed millions of people’s lives for the better.”

    “President Obama needs our help. After all he’s done for us, we owe him the opportunity to transform from a very good president into a truly great one in his second term.”  The Stranger – Washington
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    “If it’s true that united we stand and divided we fall, America will come crashing down should Mitt Romney be elected president. He’s already declared half the citizenry worthless, and said that as president, he’ll concern himself only with the others. All those deemed unworthy of Romney’s attention are low- and middle-income Americans, people who, unlike Romney himself, had no rich father’s shoulders to stand on. These are the people who most need a friend in the White House. Romney promises the back of his hand.

    President Barack Obama has, to the contrary, shown compassion for the lower and middle classes, to a degree that his Republican critics find unmanly. The great achievement of the first Obama administration, comparable to the creation of Social Security under President Franklin Roosevelt and Medicare under President Lyndon Johnson, is the Affordable Care Act, a boon to Americans who can’t pay for expensive medical care without help. (Romney would abolish or weaken all three of those great programs, for being the work of Democrats and for disproving the political and economic theories of the extremists who support him.)”

    “Americans are divided already; Obama at least wants to try to bring them together. The gap would widen under the elitist Romney, and even if he ever felt inclined to cease the class warfare and gender warfare his party wages, the party wouldn’t let him. The choice this year is between a level-headed, well-intentioned, middle-of-the-roader and a political adventurer dominated by really nasty reactionaries. An easy choice, we believe.” Arkansas Times – Arkansas

    .
    Whether the issue is gay rights, the fate of millions of illegal immigrants, job creation, foreign relations, empowerment of women or how best to make it so we can all afford to get to work and back, Obama has laid out a practical, detailed and sensible route to move us into a future where we call the shots.” Aurora Sentinal – Colorado

    President Barack Obama is the best choiceThe Flint Journal - Michigan

    Barack ObamaMontclair Times – New Jersey

    Barack Obama for President. We endorse Barack Obama as his policies show greater promise for the interests of college students, institutions of higher education, and the American university system.” Columbia Daily Spectator – Columbia University - New York

    The re-election of Barack Obama is a matter of great urgency.  The New Yorker – New York

    Four More Years for President Obama.” Washington Post - Washington D.C.

    Barack Obama for Re-ElectionNew York Times – New York

    Re-elect President Obama” – San Jose Mercury News – California

  5. CR says:

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    Obama Campaign Fundraiser October 30th Conference Call

    OCTOBER 25TH, 2012 BY JEDISON – DemocratsAbroad

    DATE:
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – 8:00am – Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – 8:30am

    Democrats Abroad will have an opportunity to hear directly from the campaign!

    And we will have the opportunity to fundraise as ‘Democrats Abroad’ together directly for Obama-Biden!

    You are invited to a live global conference call with the Obama campaign on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 8am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    Speaker Bio
    Patrick Gaspard is the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, and served as Director of the Office of Political Affairs for the Obama administration from January 2009 to 2011. He had previously served as the National Political Director of Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign, and as Associate Personnel Director of President-elect Obama’s transition team. He was born in Africa to Haitian parents – and has an affinity to those of us who live overseas.

    Format of Call
    Patrick will address Democrats Abroad for a 30 minute call in, we expect him to talk for 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes for Q&A.

    FYI Democrats Abroad have asked for a video call in, offering to organise ourselves by WebEx, but they could not commit to this for Patrick. However, we will have Sarah Bard, who handles International Finance for the Campaign on the ground at Tampa, Florida HQ available on video link. We will operate the two separately — have our phone call in with Patrick 8am to 8:30am, and for those with the computer set up have the Video Link between our groups around the world and Tampa, Florida.

    We are all so busy still getting out the vote, that I don’t want to take anyone away from getting another voter out there to set this up — so we will confirm this video link on a conference call between the RVCs Thursday morning fyi and then give you this information.

    House Parties
    We will organise House Parties / House Breakfasts / House Lunches depending on your time zone for this occassion. (note any clocks changing around the world this weekend !) All you will need as a minimum is a phone line to call in, and a speaker to make it audible to your group. Please tell your Regional Vice Chair if you are organising an event. Then we ask you to communicate the links below directly with your invitees along with details of your event.

    If you will host a local event for this, please email Jeffrey Edison, Chair of Belgium at chair-be@democratsabroad.org and Ken Sherman at chair@democratsabroad.org, we will share this on our DA Website.

    Donations:
    We have 3 links available for the donation direct to the Obama/Biden campaign, one for each region. Details of the call are available at this link.

    Democrats Abroad Asia Pacific: https://my.barackobama.com/October30ConferenceCallAsiaPacific

    Democrats Abroad Europe Middle East Africa: https://my.barackobama.com/October30ConferenceCall

    Democrats Abroad Americas: https://my.barackobama.com/October30ConferenceCallAmericas

    People can give individually at the $25 level, or $50, $100, $250, or other. Those hosting house parties will be noted to the campaign for their participation and event.

    After people make this contribution, they will receive an automatic thank you from the Campaign with the call in number.

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    Hurricane Sandy updates from NOAA: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY

    Emergency Preparednes – Ready.gov

    Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

    Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

    The campaign’s messages have been distributed through: television, radio, print, outdoor and Web (PSAs) developed and produced by The Advertising Council; brochures;

    http://www.Ready.gov and http://www.Listo.gov Web sites; toll-free phone lines 1-800-BE-Ready and 1-888-SE-Listo; and partnerships with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations.

    In 2004, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched Ready Business, an extension of the Ready campaign that focuses on business preparedness.Ready Business helps owners and managers of small- to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The campaign’s messages are being delivered through ReadyBusiness section of this Web site, brochures, radio, print and internet PSAs and key partnerships.

    In 2006, FEMA launched Ready Kids, a tool to help parents and teachers educate children ages 8 – 12 about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared. The program includes family-friendly Web pages and online materials developed by Sesame Workshop and Discovery Education.

    FEMA has also worked with a variety of public and private sector organizations to develop tailored preparedness information for specific Americans. The Department worked with American Kennel Club, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association and The Humane Society of the United States to create materials that highlight the key steps pet owners should take to prepare themselves and their animals. FEMA also worked with AARP, the American Red Cross, the National Organization on Disability and the National Fire Protection Association to create emergency information for seniors and Americans with disabilities and special needs. Materials developed for these specific Americans include brochures and instructional videos available at our publications page.

    In 2008, The Ready Campaign added a section on their web site for military families. The entire Department highlights emergency preparedness through National Preparedness Month (NPM), a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. View the Ready Public Service Advertisements.

    Get a Kit Build a Kit
    Basic Disaster Supplies Kit…… Make a Plan
    Plan for Your Risks Research & Publications
    Natural Disasters Be Informed

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    Animal Disaster Preparedness:  AnimalsInDisasterFactSheet.pdf

    Ready.gov Animal information: http://www.ready.gov/search/node/animals

    • CR says:

      President Obama Discusses Hurricane Sandy

      Matt Compton October 28, 2012 03:28 PM EDT

      President Barack Obama receives an update on the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, right, and Richard Serino, FEMA Deputy Administrator, are seated next to the President. October 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

      As Hurricane Sandy continues to bear down on the East Coast, federal teams are working with state and local officials to prepare for days of severe weather in communities stretching from North Carolina to Maine. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center suggest that a huge area of the United States could be affected by high winds, heavy rains, storm surge, and snow – all of which could produce widespread power outages.

      Today, President Obama traveled to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get briefed on those preparations. He met with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, and the FEMA regional directors. Dr. Rick Knabb, the director fo the National Hurricane Center, joined the meeting by video conference.

      “At this stage, everybody is confident that the staging process, the prepositioning of resources, commodities, equipment that are going to be needed to respond to this storm are in place,” the President said. “But as Craig [Fugate] has emphasized, this hasn’t hit landfall yet, so we don’t yet know where it’s going to hit, where we’re going to see the biggest impacts. And that’s exactly why it’s so important for us to respond big and respond fast as local information starts coming in.”

      If you live in a community in the path of Hurricane Sandy, there’s still time to prepare for the storm. FEMA makes these suggestions on its blog:

      * Get some extra cash out at the ATM today. If the power goes out, banks/ATMs may be offline for some time.

      * Make a plan for how you’ll keep your cell phone charged if you lose power for several days. Picking up a solar or hand-crank charger for your phone is a good idea.

      * Take steps to protect your home/business from high winds – cover windows, clean gutters, trim trees.

      * Get to the store today for emergency supplies such as water, nonperishable food, batteries, flashlight, etc.

      * Make sure you have what you need in case the power goes out and cold weather moves in. Double check that you have a safe, warm place you can go, blankets in your home/car, and winter items like snow shovels and rock salt.

      * Employers: make sure your employees are prepared and review your continuity and tele-work plans.

    • CR says:

      THE WHITE HOUSE

      Office of the Press Secretary

      October 27, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Briefing on Hurricane Sandy

      This morning, President Obama convened a call with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to receive an update on ongoing federal actions to prepare for Hurricane Sandy as it moves toward the United States mainland. The President reiterated his direction to Administrator Fugate to ensure that federal partners continue to bring all available resources to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the Eastern seaboard as they prepare for severe weather.

      FEMA continues to work closely with federal partners, including the Departments of Defense and Energy, and remains in close contact with state and local partners in potentially impacted areas. At the requests of states, FEMA is proactively deploying Incident Management Assistance Teams to multiple states up and down the Eastern seaboard to ensure they have the support they need as they prepare for the storm. FEMA is holding daily operation briefings with emergency response teams in potentially affected states, and FEMA liaisons are joining state and local emergency operations centers in potentially impacted areas. FEMA is also prepositioning commodities including water, meals, blankets and other resources, should they be needed, at Incident Support Bases along the East Coast.

      Because Hurricane Sandy could produce significant precipitation over widespread areas and has the potential to cause significant power outages, FEMA continues to encourage state and local authorities responsible for coordinating with local utility companies to do so ahead of any impacts. The President reiterated his direction to his team to ensure there were no unmet needs as states continue to prepare, and to keep him updated as preparations for the storm continue.

    • CR says:

      President Obama Speaks on Hurricane Sandy

      Published on Oct 28, 2012 by whitehouse

      President Obama discusses preparations for Hurricane Sandy before it makes landfall along the East Coast. October 28, 2012.

    • CR says:

      National Guard Assists Governors of States in Sandy’s Path

      Oct. 29, 2012 American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON – National Guard members are at work in seven states as Hurricane Sandy takes aim at the East Coast.

      As of 8 p.m. yesterday, about 1,500 National Guard forces were on state active duty supporting the governors of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland.

      These forces are helping local first responders and the Federal Emergency Management Agency with tasks such as assistance at evacuation shelters, route clearance, search and rescue and delivery of essential equipment and supplies, officials said.

      More than 61,100 National Guard members are available to assist civilian authorities in potentially affected states in support of relief efforts, officials said. Available National Guard resources include almost 140 helicopters that can perform search and rescue, reconnaissance and personnel or cargo-carrying missions.

      Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has appointed “dual status” commanders to command both federal and state National Guard forces in the affected states. Pentagon officials said the special authority enables commanders to integrate defense support operations and capabilities effectively when governors request them. Panetta is prepared to agree quickly to similar requests from other states, officials added.

      Meanwhile, U.S. Northern Command has put aviation assets such as light- and medium-lift helicopters and rescue teams on 24-hour status to prepare to deploy in response to the storm. Northcom also is providing military installations for the FEMA to use in its response operations.

    • CR says:

      Hurricane Sandy: Federal government to D.C.-area workers: Stay home

      10/28/12 6:50 PM EDT By BURGESS EVERETT – politico

      Hurricane Sandy will close down much of Washington on Monday as the administration ordered federal workers to stay home.

      Federal offices in the Washington area will be closed Monday, the Office of Personnel Management announced Sunday. Nonemergency employees will be granted administrative leave on Monday while emergency employees are expected at work sites on Monday unless otherwise directed by agencies. Some workers will be able to work remotely.

      Numerous federal courts also announced they were closed Monday, including the appellate courts for the D.C., 2nd and 3rd circuits as well as several district or bankruptcy courts in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.

      Schoolchildren in the mid-Atlantic will also be affected as major school systems in and around Washington will shutter Monday, with the largest jurisdictions, Montgomery County, Md., and Fairfax, Va., canceling school on Tuesday as well. New York City schools will also be closed Monday as the storm bears down on the mid-Atlantic and New England.

      Transit options will be severely restricted in both New York and Washington as New York City subway, bus and commuter rail services shut down on Sunday evening. Washington’s Metro system, Maryland’s MARC and Virginia Rail Express will not run on Monday.

      Intercity travel will be difficult as well as Amtrak’s trains in the mid-Atlantic, including the Northeast Corridor and Acela services, will take Monday off, as will many bus systems.

      Air travel on the East Coast will be gridlocked well into the week as thousands of flights on Monday and Tuesday have been grounded, with New York, Philadelphia and Washington-area airports especially hard hit.

    • CR says:

      November 04, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Briefing on Response and Recovery Efforts

      Today, the President convened a call with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, and other senior members of his response team. On the call the President received the latest update from his team on ongoing efforts to support governors and local officials in impacted states, who continue to work to restore power and meet fuel challenges impacting communities across the affected region. Both Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate are on the ground in affected areas today, New Jersey and New York respectively, and both are meeting with the Governors and other local officials to identify additional needs and ensure federal resources are being deployed most effectively to support response and recovery efforts.

      The President made clear that he expects his team to stay completely focused on meeting the needs of our state and local partners, and the families that have been impacted by the storm. DOD and FEMA continue to work together to bring additional fuel to the region in support of the Governors, and federal partners continue to support power restoration activities. FEMA, working with the Red Cross, also continues to bring food, water, and other resources into affected communities and working with the states is supporting the establishment of Disaster Recovery Centers where individuals can apply for assistance and receive needed resources.

      This morning, FEMA Administrator Fugate traveled to New York where he met with Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, County Executives, and other local officials, to discuss the ongoing response and recovery efforts as well as longer term challenges. Fugate then traveled to the New York Office of Emergency Management to meet with Joe Bruno, commissioner for the New York Office of Emergency Management. Later in the day, the Administrator will visit the communities of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point in Queens, NY, to meet with FEMA staff working on-the-ground to register disaster survivors for financial assistance. The Administrator will also visit with voluntary organizations working hand in hand with state and local officials to assistance disaster survivors.

      Secretary Napolitano is on the ground in New Jersey today, meeting with state and local officials and review ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy. As part of her visit, the Secretary will travel to Monmouth County and Hoboken, and will meet local officials including Governor Chris Christie, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and other state and local officials.

      As of this morning, some 4,400 FEMA personnel are on the ground in the region, 164,000 residents of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York have applied for assistance with FEMA, and the agency has approved more than $137 million in rental and other forms of financial assistance to be provided directly to the people in need. Affected individuals and families can register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or visiting http://www.disasterassistance.gov on a computer or mobile device.

  7. CR says:

    A Symbol of Moving Forward

    Published on Oct 28, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
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    Matthew is proud to have the opportunity to honor the American flag every single day. As COO of Humphry’s Flag Company in Old City Philadelphia he’s in charge of producing the symbol that represents the values of our country—and he believes President Obama is the best choice to represent and carry on those values.

    As Matthew shares:

    “We need to be sure to honor the tradition we’re inheriting and to pursue the excellence of the flag. In the hands of President Barack Obama, the values of the United States flag become visible and clear.”

  8. CR says:

    SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!!!

    San Francisco 4, Detroit 3, 10 innings

    10/28/12 By RONALD BLUM (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 5 minutes ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Marco Scutaro singled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Sunday night to complete a four-game sweep and win their second World Series title in three years.

    Ryan Theriot, who went hitless for St. Louis in Game 7 of last year’s Series, singled softly into right field off Phil Coke opening the 10th.
    Brandon Crawford sacrificed, nearly bunting the ball past Coke. Angel Pagan struck out and Scutaro singled into short center field as Theriot slid home ahead of Austin Jackson’s throw.

    Pablo Sandoval, who hit three homers in Game 1, was selected Series MVP. He was 1 for 5 in Game 4, dropping his Series average to .500 (8 for 16).
    Santiago Casilla got the final out of the ninth for the win, and Sergio Romo struck out the side in the 10th for his third save, freezing Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera with a called third strike to end it. The Giants ran out of the dugout and bullpen to celebrate between the mound and second base.

    Of the 24 teams to take 3-0 Series leads, 21 swept and three won in five games.

    For more: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/giants-beat-tigers-4-3-035233582–mlb.html

    • CR says:

      Obama will win White House if Giants win World Series: Analysis

      10/28/12 By ANI | ANI – Wed, Oct 24, 2012

      Washington, Oct. 24 (ANI): If President Barack Obama wants to stay at the White House, he will be rooting for the San Francisco Giants to beat the Detroit Tigers in the upcoming World Series.

      And if Mitt Romney wants to ‘improve’ his chances of winning, he’d better hope the Motor City team wins, a ballclub he grew up watching before switching his loyalties to the Boston Red Sox as the governor of Massachusetts.

      According to analysis of World Series victories and presidential election history by Major League Baseball (MLB), an American League win signifies that the Republican nominee will win, while a National League win correlates with a Democratic win.

      A Republican candidate has won 59 percent of the time when an AL team has won, Politico reports.

      The ‘trend’ is even more pronounced on the National League side, with a Democrat winning 67 percent of the election years when the team has won the World Series.

      MLB analyzed World Series results and presidential election outcomes over the past 104 years to come up with their decidedly non-scientific and dubiously predictive conclusions, the report said.

      There’s obviously no real, direct correlation between baseball and the presidential election. But, on the other hand, both are infused with tradition and a good bit of superstition, the report added. (ANI)

    • CR says:

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      San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo rides in a vehicle during the Giants’ World Series winners parade along Market Street in San Francisco, California October 31, 2012.

  9. CR says:

    Ohio’s Auto-Driven Rebound Boosts Obama in Pivotal Race

    Oct 28, 2012 5:00 PM PT By David J. Lynch – bloomberg

    Chrysler Group LLC is hiring more than 1,100 new workers at its sprawling Toledo, Ohio, manufacturing complex. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) is looking for hundreds of bankers in Columbus. And the Cleveland Clinic has been adding registered nurses at such a clip that it rented out the Cleveland Browns football stadium for a job fair.

    Long an emblem of rust belt decay and despair, Ohio is now outpacing the national economy. The Midwestern swing state, which may decide the presidency on Nov. 6, is shaking off the recession’s effects and minting paychecks. If the U.S. could swap its 7.8 percent unemployment rate for Ohio’s 7 percent mark, more than 1.2 million idle Americans would be at work.

    “We’re doing great,” says Rich DeVore, 47, president of a United Autoworkers Union local in Perrysburg, on the outskirts of Toledo. “You see a lot of great things happening.”

    For President Barack Obama, who ordered a government rescue of the auto industry, an Ohio where joblessness has fallen by one-third since July 2009 positions him to claim the most coveted of the politically competitive states — one whose 18 electoral votes are historically a must-win for Republicans.

    Since the recession’s end in June 2009, Ohio has added 126,400 jobs, a 2.5 percent increase that exceeds the 2.3 percent national figure over that period. The gains have been divided almost evenly among manufacturing, professional services and health care.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-29/ohio-s-auto-driven-rebound-boosts-obama-in-pivotal-race.html

    • CR says:

      When Chrysler gets annoyed

      Oct 30, 2012 1:18 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      Mitt Romney lied last week and told Ohioans that Chrysler was poised to move Jeep production to China. After being told the truth, Romney turned the lie into a television ad. After being told the truth again, he’s now expanding the ad buy and launching a radio spot.

      Maybe he’s running for president of Chutzpah Town.

      In any case, it appears Chrysler, which was rescued as part of President Obama’s policy, is getting annoyed with Romney’s false claims.

      Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne rejected an assertion from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that Chrysler is planning on moving Jeep production to China.

      “I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China,” Marchionne said in an email to employees Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by The Detroit News.

      In fact, he said the company will continue to expand Jeep manufacturing in this country.

      “Jeep is one of our truly global brands with uniquely American roots. This will never change. So much so that we committed that the iconic Wrangler nameplate, currently produced in our Toledo, Ohio, plant, will never see full production outside the United States,” Marchionne said. “Jeep assembly lines will remain in operation in the United States and will constitute the backbone of the brand. It is inaccurate to suggest anything different.”

      Marchionne’s efforts were apparently necessary because panicked auto workers heard Romney’s falsehoods and feared for their jobs.

      Continue reading this entry: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/30/14807550-when-chrysler-gets-annoyed?lite

  10. CR says:

    Consumer Spending in U.S. Increases 0.8% as Incomes Climb

    Oct 29, 2012 5:39 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Consumer spending in the U.S. climbed more than forecast in September as incomes grew, a sign the biggest part of the economy was picking up as the quarter drew to a close.

    Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, rose 0.8 percent, the most since February, after a 0.5 percent gain the prior month, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 71 economists called for a 0.6 percent rise. Incomes rose 0.4 percent, the most since March.

    The economy expanded at a 2 percent annual pace in the third quarter, helped by a pickup in household purchases as an improving housing market boosted confidence. At the same time, growth remains limited and unemployment elevated, Federal Reserve policy makers said last week, one reason they maintained their plan to buy bonds and keep interest rates low.

    “We have some positive momentum that we could gradually build on over time,” Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James & Associates Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida, said before the report. “Household balance sheets are improving. There’s some pent-up demand, especially for motor vehicles. The expansion will continue.”

    Projections for spending in the Bloomberg survey ranged from gains of 0.3 percent to 0.8 percent.

  11. CR says:

    Next Up…

    10:00 PM ET
    President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama
    The University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

  12. CR says:

    THE AVENGERS BACK PRESIDENT OBAMA

    • CR says:

      Whedon On Romney

      Published on Oct 28, 2012 by WhedonOnRomney
      Still undecided? Think about the future.

    • CR says:

      Scarlett Johansson’s Full DNC Speech – Elections 2012

      Published on Sep 6, 2012 by TheNewYorkTimes

      Scarlett Johansson addresses young voters at the Democratic National Convention.

      Click here to see more videos from the DNC: http://nyti.ms/TkirMq

    • CR says:

      Wake the F**K Up (NSFW)

      Published on Sep 27, 2012 by SchlepLabs

      http://WTFU2012.com
      Starring: Samuel L. Jackson
      Directed by: Boaz Yakin and Kitao Sakurai
      Written by: Adam Mansbach
      Produced by: Jesse Schiller
      Executive Producer: Mik Moore

    • CR says:

      Chris Evans Interview for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

      Uploaded by jakethemovieguy on Jul 17, 2011

      Jake Hamilton interviews Chris Evans about his new film, Captain America: The First Avenger.

      Jake Hamilton asks Chris Evans “For today and everything that we are going through now who do you think is that person [who America needs at this time for all we are going through now, who everybody is looking up to, that everyone needs]?”

      Chris Evans replies “Barack Obama! I am a huge Obama fan not to get political, or on a soap box or anything on a Captain America press junket. But it is not even about, again not to go down this road too far, but it’s not even about his political stance, it is about his approach to political discussions. He has a demeanor and a way of speaking that is patient, calculated. He listens. It is about compromise. I think that he has his opinions and views but he has a way of making you feel heard and [his] finding a middle ground. I respect his approach to problem solving so massively and for these times when everyone has an opinion and all the lines are blurred to what is right and wrong, you need someone who can come to the table with patience, a rational approach and find a compromise, And to this day I have not seen a politician bring that to the table more then he has.”

  13. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Monday, CR and all friends!

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  14. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Historians: Romney Makes Nixon Look Like An Open Book

    OCTOBER 29, 2012, 6:33 AM 7607 BRIAN BEUTLER – tpm

    Because he’s refused to release more than two years of tax returns, and has rooted his entire campaign in tax, spending, and economic growth plans that lack critical details and defy logical scrutiny, Mitt Romney’s critics, starting with senior Obama advisers, have assailed him as the least transparent candidate since Richard Nixon.

    It’s a catchy attack — one that recalls not just Nixon’s candidacies, but his scandal-plagued presidency and ignominious resignation. Which is no doubt why “least transparent candidate since Nixon” has become one of Chicago’s favorite phrases.

    But setting aside the Obama campaign’s partisan desire to make voters think of Watergate when they hear the name Mitt Romney, there’s something to the notion that Romney is unusually opaque compared to presidential candidates in the modern era, according to some presidential historians.

    “I think the comparison to Nixon is not a very good one, because … Nixon may have been a shadier character in some respects — the Southern strategy, laundering campaign money — but he abided by the norms of the time in terms of disclosure,” said Norm Ornstein, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute.

    Candidates in earlier decades inhabited different political cultures, faced different pressures and different media. In some ways, those differences have made it harder for Romney to get by on a purely superficial appeal to voters. But Ornstein said despite new challenges, Romney stands alone as the least-known quantity to be within grasping distance of the White House in the modern era.

    “I think there’s nobody like Romney,” Ornstein. “Romney is like the Michael Phelps of presidential candidates. if you’re looking for gold medals in terms of audacious lying, and adamant refusal to turn over personal information, nobody comes close. I’m sure others would’ve liked to have done it, but the culture in the past was one where lying attracted some level of approbation and shame.”

    To Bruce Buchanan, a presidential historian at the University of Texas at Austin, Romney’s drawn attention to himself in a unique way.

    “Just the fact of avoiding specifics is not all that unusual,” he said. “The fact of doing it in the context of claims that other analysts conclude don’t add up and not being willing to address those concerns, is a little less common in my memory at least.”

    For more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/10/historians-romney-makes-nixon-look-like-an-open-book.php?ref=fpa

  15. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    The politics of FEMA’s future

    Oct 29, 2012 10:40 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    With Hurricane Sandy poised to wreak havoc for millions of Americans, it seems like a good time to revisit Mitt Romney’s unusual vision for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    In this clip, Romney was asked at a debate for the Republican presidential candidates about emergency-response efforts, and he suggested FEMA should be shuttered, moving responsibility to the states.

    “Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.

    “Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do?”

    Asked specifically about the federal government playing a role in disaster relief, Romney added, “We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids.”

    Again, in context, he wasn’t talking about debt reduction in the abstract; Romney was specifically talking about FEMA and the federal role in responding to communities hit by disasters.

    What’s more, Romney appears willing to put his (lack of) money where his mouth is — Romney’s budget plan would mean at least a 34% cut to FEMA’s budget.

    I should note that there may be some who find this perspective compelling. Maybe Romney’s correct, the argument goes, and FEMA’s doors should be closed. Maybe Washington should just let states, municipalities, and families fend for themselves when disaster strikes, as Republican policymakers focus solely on debt reduction.

    In case anyone’s tempted to believe this is wise, I’d note two things.

    For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/29/14780248-the-politics-of-femas-future?lite

    • CR says:

      Romney would pass the buck on disasters

      October 29, 4:43 PM By Eugene Robinson – washingtonpost

      Back when he was being “severely conservative,” Mitt Romney suggested that responsibility for disaster relief should be taken from the big, bad federal government and given to the states, or perhaps even privatized. Hurricane Sandy would like to know if he’d care to reconsider.

      The absurd, and dangerous, policy prescription came in a GOP primary debate in June. Moderator John King said he had recently visited communities affected by severe weather and noted that the Federal Emergency Management Agency “is about to run out of money.”

      “There are some people . . . who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role,” King said. “How do you deal with something like that?”

      Romney replied: “Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”

      Romney went on to express the general principle that, given the crushing national debt, “we should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, ‘What are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do?’ ”

      King gave him a chance to back off: “Including disaster relief, though?”

      Romney didn’t blink. “We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids,” he said, adding that “it is simply immoral . . . to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids.”

      Now, with an unprecedented and monstrous storm bashing the East Coast, this glib exercise in ideological purity is newly relevant. Was Romney really saying that the federal government should abdicate the task of responding to natural disasters such as the one now taking place? Yes, he was. Did he really mean it? Well, with Romney, that’s always another question.

      As the legendary Watergate source Deep Throat never actually said: “Follow the money.”

      The dishonest “solution” proposed by Romney and running mate Paul Ryan for the federal government’s budget woes relies largely on a shell game: Transfer unfunded liabilities to the states.

      Most disastrously, this is what Romney and Ryan propose for Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor. The GOP plan would give the states block grants that would not begin to cover Medicaid’s rising costs. Governors and legislatures would be forced to impose draconian cuts, with potentially catastrophic impact for millions of Americans.

      For more: http://goo.gl/a5sOj

  16. CR says:

    Next Up..

    12:45 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks on Hurricane Sandy
    The White House

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Comments-on-Hurricane-Sandy/10737435446/

    • CR says:

      October 29, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Hurricane Sandy

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      12:46 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I just received a full briefing from our emergency response teams, including FEMA, and agencies that are going to be helpful in the response and recovery efforts — the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

      Obviously, everybody is aware at this point that this is going to be a big and powerful storm. And all across the Eastern seaboard, I think everybody is taking the appropriate preparations.

      I’ve spoken to all the governors in all these states. They have issues emergency declarations. Those have been turned around quickly here in the White House. We have prepositioned assets so that FEMA personnel are working closely with state and local governments. We’re making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available for those communities that are going to be hardest hit.

      We anticipate that the center of the storm is going to land fall sometime this evening. But because of the nature of this storm, we are certain that this is going to be a slow-moving process through a wide swath of the country, and millions of people are going to be affected.

      So the most important message that I have for the public right now is, please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Do not delay. Don’t pause; don’t question the instructions that are being given, because this is a serious storm and it could potentially have fatal consequence if people haven’t acted quickly.

      The good news is, is that the governors and local officials I think have had a few days of preparation. There’s been extraordinarily close coordination between state, federal, and local governments. And so we’re confident that the assets are prepositioned for an effective response in the aftermath of the storm.

      But keep in mind that for folks who are not following instructions, if you are not evacuating when you’ve been asked to evacuate, you’re putting first responders at danger. We’re going to have to have search-and-rescue teams in and around multiple states all at the same time. And although we’ve got Coast Guard and the Department of Defense all positioned, if the public is not following instructions, that makes it more dangerous for people and it means that we could have fatalities that could have been avoided.

      Transportation is going to be tied up for a long time. And probably the most significant impact for a lot of people, in addition to flooding, is going to be getting power back on. We anticipate that there are going to be a lot of trees down, a lot of water. And despite the fact that the power companies are working very closely with their various state officials and local officials to make sure that they are bringing in as many assets as possible and getting those ready in preparation for the storm, the fact is that a lot of these emergency crews are not going to be able to get into position to start restoring power until some of these winds have died down. And because of the nature of this storm, that may take several days.

      So the public should anticipate that there’s going to be a lot of power outages, and it may take time for that power to get back on. The same is true with transportation; there are going to be a lot of backlogs, and even after the storm has cleared, it’s going to take a considerable amount of time for airlines, subways, trains, and so forth, potentially to get back on schedule, depending on the amount of damage that has occurred.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/29/remarks-president-hurricane-sandy

    • CR says:

      October 29, 2012

      Remarks By The President on Hurricane Sandy

      FEMA Headquarters

      Washington, D.C.

      1:55 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, good afternoon, everybody. Obviously, all of us across the country are concerned about the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy. This is a serious and big storm. And my first message is to all the people across the Eastern seaboard, Mid-Atlantic, going north, that you need to take this very seriously and follow the instructions of your state and local officials, because they are going to be providing you with the best advice in terms of how to deal with this storm over the coming days.

      We just had an excellent meeting with the FEMA team here, the various agencies that are in charge, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and others that are going to need to respond very quickly.

      Under Craig Fugate’s leadership here at FEMA we’ve had a chance to talk to the regional officials as well. And I just had a phone call with the governors of the potentially impacted states, as well as some of the major cities in the region.

      At this stage, everybody is confident that the staging process, the prepositioning of resources, commodities, equipment that are going to be needed to respond to this storm are in place. But as Craig has emphasized, this hasn’t hit landfall yet, so we don’t yet know where it’s going to hit, where we’re going to see the biggest impacts. And that’s exactly why it’s so important for us to respond big and respond fast as local information starts coming in.

      I want to thank all the members of the team for the outstanding work that they’re doing. But the other thing that makes this storm unique is we anticipate that it is going to be slow moving. That means that it may take a long time not only to clear, but also to get, for example, the power companies back in to clear trees and to put things back in place so that folks can start moving back home.

      So my main message to everybody involved is that we have to take this seriously. The federal government is working effectively with the state and local governments. It’s going to be very important that populations in all the impacted states take this seriously, listen to your state and local elected officials.

      My message to the governors, as well as to the mayors, is anything they need, we will be there. And we’re going to cut through red tape. We’re not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. We want to make sure that we are anticipating and leaning forward into making sure that we’ve got the best possible response to what is going to be a big and messy system.

      So again, thank you, everybody. Craig, would you like add to something?

      MR. FUGATE: Again, as the President says, it’s going to really come down to the public heeding those evacuation orders, taking protective measures. If they haven’t gotten ready, they can go to Ready.gov. Get information on how to protect them and their families, but also check on your neighbors. This is going to be a big storm. We need to be there for each other.

      THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Let me emphasize that again — Ready.gov — for the general public. If you need to know how to respond, that’s where you can get centralized information.

      But I think Craig’s point is exactly right. In times like this, one of the things that Americans do is we pull together and we help out one another. And so, there may be elderly populations in your area. Check on your neighbor, check on your friend. Make sure that they are prepared. If we do, then we’re going to get through this storm just fine. But we’re going to have to make sure that we are vigilant, and vigilant for a couple of days. Don’t anticipate that just because the immediate storm has passed that we’re not going to have some potential problems in a lot of these communities going forward through the week.

      All right. Thank you very much, everybody.

  17. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  18. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    Keene State College, Kenne, NH

  19. CR says:

    2:45 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a grassroots event
    Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, Iowa City, IA

    • CR says:

      October 29, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      Sheraton Iowa City
      Iowa City, Iowa

      1:19 P.M. CDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness! (Applause.) I think I came out before Taylor was done, but she was really introducing me, so I figured I’d just come out. (Laughter.)

      How are my Hawkeyes! You guys good? (Applause.) Thank you –

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      MRS. OBAMA: We love you guys. I can’t tell you — (applause.) This is so full circle — being back in Iowa City. I mean, this is the state where it all started for us. (Applause.) Right here. So being back here with all of you today, it touches me in more ways than I can even imagine. And I’m not going to cry right here — (laughter) — not in front of all those cameras. But let me just tell you we love you so much. We love you so much. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      MRS. OBAMA: But before we get started, I do want to take a moment to just say that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. And Barack has assured state and local authorities that he is going to cut through red tape and be there to assist with whatever resources and support that are going to be needed over these next few days. He has made this storm his priority. (Applause.) And he’s going to do whatever it takes to make sure that the American people are safe and secure.

      And the thing that we have to remember, that in times of crisis, we all pull together as one American family. We absolutely do. (Applause.) And I know that all of us are going to do whatever we need to, to help our fellow citizens as they weather this storm and as they recover. So I didn’t want to get started without saying that.

      But today I also want to thank Taylor for that very kind introduction that I interrupted. (Applause.) And I want to thank her for everything that she’s doing on behalf of the campaign.

      I also want to recognize a few people — I want to recognize Congressman Loebsack. (Applause.) There’s our Congressman. Mayor Hayek, as well — the Mayor was here. Not sure if he’s still here. (Applause.) Attorney General Tom Miller. (Applause.) Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald — I know they were all here. (Applause.)

      Let me just say this — these guys and their families — their wives, their loved ones — have been with us from the very beginning, before anybody knew anything about Barack Obama. (Laughter.) It was just this guy from Chicago with a funny name — they were always, always there. And it really means a lot to be here with you guys. Thank you so much. (Applause.)

      And of course I want to thank all of you all for joining us today and for working so hard. And I love that you all are fired up and ready to go! (Applause.) Let me tell you I am fired up and ready to go. And this campaign has been just a wonderful blessing and a gift. We have worked hard over these last four years, but –

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Four more years!

      MRS. OBAMA: Four more — and we’ll be ready to work for four more years! (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

      MRS. OBAMA: Four more years! We are ready! We are ready! We’re going to make it happen! (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/29/remarks-first-lady-campaign-event

  20. CR says:

    2:50 PM ET
    Dr Jill Biden attends a grassroots event
    Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs, CO

  21. CR says:

    Next Up…

    3:30 PM ET
    Former president Bill Clinton joins Vice President Joe Biden for a campaign event
    Youngstown, OH

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Bill-Clinton-Campaigns-for-President-Obama-in-Ohio/10737435436/

    • CR says:

      Bill Clinton: Mitt Romney’s Jeep-to-China ad is ‘biggest load of bull in the world’

      10/29/12 05:22 PM ET By Daniel Strauss – TheHill

      Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Biden blasted Republican nominee Mitt Romney over a campaign ad that says Chrysler is moving Jeep production to China because of President Obama’s policies.

      Clinton’s and Biden’s remarks came during a joint appearance in Youngstown, Ohio on Monday.

      Both Clinton and Biden touched on a range of subjects — including healthcare and the budget plan authored by Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — but they kept returning to hit Romney over the ad and the GOP candidate’s overall policy on China.

      The Obama campaign has complained about the Romney campaign’s Jeep ad, which links the president to a report saying Chrysler plans to move its Jeep production from the U.S. to China.

      Chrysler released a statement on Monday saying it had no plans to stop producing Jeeps in the U.S.

      The statement said, “U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation.”

      Clinton recounted talking to Obama earlier Monday about the claim by the Romney campaign.

      “I saw the reports of Gov. Romney’s latest ads saying that the president had allowed Jeep to move to China. And so this morning, before [Obama] left Florida, and went back to Washington, he said, ‘You know, of all the things that Gov. Romney has said, that probably hurts my feelings the most,’” Clinton said, referring to Obama.

      “He said, ‘You know I never had any money when I was a kid and the first car I owned I was 30 years old, it was a Jeep. I would never move Jeep to China,’” Clinton said.

      “Now it turns out that Jeep is reopening in China because they made so much money here they can afford to do it, and they are going with their plans here. They put out a statement today saying it’s the biggest load of bull in the world that they would ever consider shutting down operations. They are roaring in America thanks to people like the people of Ohio.”

      For more: http://thehill.com/video/campaign/264725-bill-clinton-romneys-jeep-ad-is-biggest-load-of-bull-in-the-world

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      Bill Clinton Full Campaign Speech in Youngstown, Ohio – 10/29/12

      Published on Oct 29, 2012 by uneditedpolitics
      see more at uneditedpolitics.com

  22. CR says:

    5:30 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    Sioux City Convention Center, Sioux City, IA

  23. CR says:

    Mother of Mo. Sen. McCaskill dies at age 84

    10/29/12 By DAVID A. LIEB | Associated Press – 23 mins ago

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, the mother of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and a political trailblazer in her own right, died Monday at her home in St. Louis after a long struggle with heart and kidney problems, the senator said.

    The first-term Democratic senator, who is locked in a close re-election race with Republican Rep. Todd Akin, had canceled most of her campaign events starting last week to spend time with her 84-year-old mother. She said Saturday that her mother suffered from acute cardio-renal failure and had lost consciousness at several points in recent days.

    “For some time, Mom’s health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest,” McCaskill said in a statement announcing her mother’s death. “We were incredibly lucky to have a mother like her, a woman of great intellect and strength, who loved and nurtured, challenged and pushed, and was always there with wise counsel and great humor.”

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/mother-mo-sen-mccaskill-dies-age-84-222754966–election.html

  24. CR says:

    Superstorm Sandy slams into New Jersey coast, sends surge of seawater against NYC’

    10/29/12 By Erin McClam,Katie Zezima, The Associated Press | Associated Press – 39 mins ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, threatening its subways and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least four deaths were blamed on the storm, and the presidential campaign ground to a halt a week before Election Day.

    Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people, and New York’s main utility said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm. Water pressed into the island from three sides.

    Just before its centre reached land, the storm was stripped of hurricane status, but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature. It still packed hurricane-force wind, and forecasters were careful to say it remained every bit as dangerous to the 50 million people in its path.

    As the storm closed in, it smacked the boarded-up big cities of the Northeast corridor — Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston — with stinging rain and gusts of more than 85 mph. It also converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a superstorm, a monstrous hybrid consisting not only of rain and high wind but snow.

    Sandy made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, which was already mostly under water and saw a piece of its world-famous Boardwalk washed away earlier in the day.

    Authorities reported a record surge more than 13 feet high at the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan, from the storm and high tide combined.

    In an attempt to lessen damage from saltwater to the subway system and the underground electrical network that underlies the city’s financial district, New York City’s main utility cut power to about 6,500 customers in lower Manhattan. But a far wider swath was hit with blackouts caused by flooding and transformer explosions.

    The subway system was shut down Sunday night, and the stock markets never opened at all Monday. They are likely to be closed Tuesday as well.

    Airlines cancelled more than 12,000 flights, disrupting the plans of travellers all over the world, and storm damage was projected at $10 billion to $20 billion, meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

    The four deaths were in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York. Among them were two people killed by falling trees.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/superstorm-sandy-slams-jersey-coast-sends-surge-seawater-022018974.html

    • CR says:

      Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

      10/30/12 By ALLEN G. BREED and TOM HAYS | Associated Press – 41 mins ago

      NEW YORK (AP) — As Superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation’s largest city unusually vacant and dark.

      New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island.

      The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with 80 mph sustained winds killed at least 16 people in seven states, cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, caused scares at two nuclear power plants and stopped the presidential campaign cold.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/sandy-leaves-death-damp-darkness-wake-092828043.html

    • CR says:

      Obama briefed on Sandy throughout the night

      10/30/12 8:37 AM EDT POLITICO44

      An update on Sandy from a White House official:

      Throughout the night, the President was updated on the impacts of Sandy as it came ashore and moved inland. Overnight the President also spoke with New York Governor Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Christie, New York City Mayor Bloomberg, Jersey City Mayor Healy and Newark Mayor Booker. The President will also receive another briefing this a.m.

      Overnight the President also provided major disaster declarations for the states of New Jersey and New York – building on resources already available – and providing additional federal support for state and local efforts, as well as direct federal assistance to affected individuals in declared counties.

  25. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, October 30 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama convenes a video-teleconference in the White House Situation Room with his team to receive the latest update on Hurricane Sandy, and federal efforts underway to support response activities in several states. Vice President Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate, Secretary of Energy Chu, Transportation Secretary Lahood, Defense Secretary Panetta, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Winnefeld, USNORTHCOM Commander General Jacoby, Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Knabb. Treasury Secretary Geithner joined the briefing by phone. The President was joined in the Situation Room by Chief of Staff Jack Lew, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Richard Reed, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew, National Security Advisor to the Vice President Tony Blinken, and other senior members of the President’s team joined in on the meeting.

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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      October 30, 2012

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      11:15 AM ET
      New York state briefing on Sandy aftermath
      New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses reporters on the damage the storm once known as Hurricane Sandy delivered to his state.

      2:30 PM ET
      FEMA, NOAA, Red Cross & U.S. Cost Guard: Hurricane Sandy Briefing

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      11:15 AM ET
      New York state briefing on Sandy aftermath
      New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses reporters on the damage the storm once known as Hurricane Sandy delivered to his state.

      2:30 PM ET
      FEMA, NOAA, Red Cross & U.S. Cost Guard: Hurricane Sandy Briefing http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/ANOA

      7:03 PM ET
      DEMOCRATIC PARTY EFFORTS IN COLORADO

  26. CR says:

    Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created A Monster?

    October 28, 2012 1:10 PM by ADAM FRANK
    – NPR

    It was not a good year for people, weather and climate. The winter was strangely warm in many places and the summer ridiculously hot. As a large fraction of the country suffered through extreme or even extraordinary drought many folks naturally wondered, “Is this climate change?” Then along came a presidential election in which the words “climate change” disappeared from the dialogue. Now, just a week or so before voting day, the convergence of westbound Hurricane Sandy with a eastbound cold front is creating a massive storm, a Frankenstorm even, that is threatening millions of Americans. Weird weather is making yet another appearance in our lives and once again we ask, “Is this climate change?”

    The hyper-charged political landscape we are crossing now creates its own sparks when trying to answer that question. In a world looking for “wake-up calls” and “smoking guns,” how do scientists address the thorny issue of attribution? Did anthropogenic climate change cause the storm that rained out your picnic yesterday? Is it causing the terrifying storm crawling up the East Coast now? There are deep, powerful and potent issues here that touch on both science and the relationship between science and politics.

    Let’s start with the science.

    For years, most climate scientists would say it’s impossible to link an individual weather event with climate change. That, in fact, is the difference between weather and climate. Climate is all about long-term trends — not the 5-day forecast.

    Recently, however, some researchers have taken the issue of attribution seriously. Using a variety of techniques, they are attempting to quantify the role human-driven climate change plays in particular events. This is science at the bleeding edge, where framing their questions correctly so that they might lead to meaningful answers is still a hot issue.

    Researchers like Randall Dole of NOAA, for example, might ask what percentage of an extreme event’s magnitude came from a changing climate. Peter Stott of the UK Met Office frames the question differently. He looks at the odds for a given extreme weather event to occur given human-driven climate change. Kevin Trenberth of NCAR takes a third view, asking: Given a changed background climate, how should we expect weather to change?

    All of these different perspectives (sometimes framed as “Weather on Steroids”) have led to new quantitative explorations of climate change’s role in what is happening now, not 30 years in the future. In an early example of attribution science Peter Stott and colleagues took on the extraordinary heat waves that struck Europe in 2003 (killing thousands). Their conclusion?

    “…we estimate it is very likely (confidence level >90%) that human influence has at least doubled the risk of a heat wave exceeding this threshold magnitude.”

    For more; http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2012/10/28/163812770/hurricane-csi-frankenstorm-sandy-and-climate-change

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    Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Increase by Most in Two Years

    Oct 30, 2012 6:25 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Residential real estate prices climbed in the year ended in August by the most in two years, a sign housing will continue to help drive economic growth.

    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities rose 2 percent from August 2011, the biggest year-to-year gain since July 2010, after rising 1.2 percent in the year to July, the group said today in New York. The median forecast of 25 economists in a Bloomberg survey projected a 1.9 percent gain.

    After a slump in prices that began in 2006 pushed the country into recession, the stabilization in home values is contributing to gains in consumer confidence that are helping underpin spending. Federal Reserve policy makers have promised to keep interest rates low through mid 2015 to spur growth and reduce unemployment.

    “The housing recovery has had modest momentum,” said Anika Khan, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina, a subsidiary of the largest U.S. mortgage lender. “We still are looking for housing improvement and think that trend will continue.”

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from gains of 1.5 percent to 3.1 percent. The Case-Shiller index is based on a three-month average, which means the August data were influenced by transactions in June and July.

    All U.S. equity markets, which were closed yesterday, will be shut again today in the aftermath of Sandy, the Atlantic superstorm that slammed into the East Coast. It was the first shutdown for stock markets in consecutive days due to weather since 1888. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association said bond trading would also be suspended today.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-30/home-prices-in-20-u-s-cities-increase-by-most-in-two-years.html

  28. CR says:

    Giving ‘politics at water’s edge’ new meaning

    Oct 30, 2012 8:35 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) spoke to NBC’s Matt Lauer this morning about the response effort to Hurricane Sandy, and towards the end of the interview, he offered some noteworthy praise for the federal response to the crisis.

    Christie offered a fairly detailed assessment of conditions in the Garden State, including the fact that there have been three reported fatalities thus far. But when Lauer asked about the efficacy of the federal response, the governor said it’s been “great,” noting that he spoke directly to President Obama at midnight and FEMA again this morning. Christie said Obama “has been outstanding.”

    The governor made similar remarks on CBS, saying, “Cooperation from the president of the United States has been outstanding. He deserves great credit.”

    What’s more, Christie told reporters yesterday that he’d spoken to Obama, “and he told me that if, at any point over the next 48 hours, I was not getting something from the federal government that I should call him directly at the White House and that he was going to be there. And I should just not worry about dealing with anybody else, call him. So I appreciate that call from the president. It was very proactive. And I appreciate that type of leadership.”

    I think it’s fair to say Christie is not a fan of Obama’s when it comes to politics and ideology. It’s what makes this praise, a week before the election, that much more striking.

    • CR says:

      Chris Christie Disapointed with Atlantic Mayor Lorenzo Langford, Appreciates Obama’s Call

      Published on Oct 29, 2012 by edricle

      “For those elected officials who decided to ignore my admonition, this is now your responsibility,” Christie said at a news conference at the State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center, the location of the emergency operations command center.

      “We’re at a moment now where evacuation is no longer possible and we’re no longer able to come and rescue people,” Christie said.

    • CR says:

      Biden praises bipartisan storm response

      10/30/12 3:15 PM EDT – POLITICO44

      Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to reporters in Ohio, said that he had never seen so much bipartisan cooperation around a single event.

      Biden singled out Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as examples of two politicians working across the aisle to forge an effective government response to the storm. He also praised Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, a Democrat, and Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

      “I’m really proud of our team, and I’m also proud of the way the governors have all stepped up with the mayors,” Biden said. “Hearing the mayor of Philadelphia and the governor of Pennsylvania, two different parties, talking about the cooperation. Hearing Christie talk about the cooperation he has with the mayor of Newark,” Biden said.

      Christie called the Obama administration’s response to the storm “wonderful,” “excellent” and “outstanding” in Tuesday interview with NBC and MSNBC.

      Biden was also asked about Mitt Romney’s comments earlier this year that he would look into whether the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) should be turned over to the states or privatized.

      Biden declined to comment, saying: “I think FEMA is doing incredible job. I wish you guys could have been on the phone with all of the governors. Uniformly they were incredibly grateful to [FEMA administration Craig] Fugate and the president.

      For more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/10/biden-praises-bipartisan-storm-response-147730.html

  29. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Parsing the meaning of ‘campaign event’

    Oct 30, 2012 10:47 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    The Romney/Ryan campaign would some plaudits yesterday for agreeing to scrap its scheduled events as Hurricane Sandy battered the East coast. It turns out, however, there may have been some fine print.

    Yesterday, the Republican team said it had canceled today’s campaign event in Ohio. Mitt Romney was set to headline a “victory rally” at a specific venue in Dayton, alongside specific celebrity guests, but out of sensitivity, the event was scrapped.

    Instead, Romney will appear at the exact same venue at the exact same time with the exact same celebrity guests, but it will be billed as a “storm relief event.” What about yesterday’s promise about cancellations? A Republican official said Romney/Ryan hadn’t broken its word because, technically, this is “not a campaign event per se.”

    Hmm. The badge for today’s “storm relief event” says “victory rally”; the sign on the door described the event as a “campaign rally”; they’re playing the campaign warm-up songs for the audience; and before the “storm relief event” could begin, campaign officials showed the official campaign video on Romney’s awesomeness.

    But don’t worry, it’s “not a campaign event per se.”

    Those who praised Romney/Ryan for their restraint in the face of a national disaster yesterday may want to rethink the acclaim.

  30. CR says:

    10:30 AM ET
    President Bill Clinton holds a grassroots events to rally supporters Minnesota at the University of Minnesota, McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, MN

  31. CR says:

    October 30, 2012

    Readout of the President’s Briefing on Hurricane Sandy

    This morning, the President convened a video-teleconference in the White House Situation Room with his team to receive the latest update on Hurricane Sandy, and federal efforts underway to support response activities in several states. Overnight, at the requests of the Governors, the President approved major disaster declarations for the states of New Jersey and New York, making additional federal support for state and local efforts available, as well as direct federal assistance to affected individuals in declared counties. On the video-teleconference the President was joined by Vice President Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate, Secretary of Energy Chu, Transportation Secretary Lahood, Defense Secretary Panetta, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Winnefeld, USNORTHCOM Commander General Jacoby, Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Knabb. Treasury Secretary Geithner joined the briefing by phone. The President was joined in the Situation Room by Chief of Staff Jack Lew, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Richard Reed, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew, National Security Advisor to the Vice President Tony Blinken, and other senior members of the President’s team.

    During the briefing the President expressed his concern for those impacted by the storm, as well as the heroic first responders who are selflessly putting themselves in harm’s way to protect members of their communities. He also noted his sadness over the loss of life associated with the storm so far. The President was updated on Sandy’s track and impacts, and heard from Administrator Fugate on the federal coordination and resources being brought to bear to support state and local responders, including the extensive deployment of resources, such as generators that were pre-staged ahead of the storm, as well as National Guard units which have been activated in a number of states. Through FEMA, the federal government is leveraging assets from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human Services. The President also received an update from Secretary Geithner on conditions in financial markets and the operations of the financial system.

    The President told his team that their top priority is to make sure all available resources are being provided to state and local responders as quickly as possible and directed them to identify and resolve any potential bottlenecks or shortfalls should they arise. The President made clear that beyond the immediate lifesaving and life sustaining activities, which remain the primary focus, he wanted his team to continue to focus on what they can do to support state, local, and private sector efforts to restore power and asked the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to continue to work in support of FEMA towards this goal. The President made clear that he expects his team to remain focused as the immediate impacts of Hurricane Sandy continue and lean forward in their response. The President urges Americans to continue to follow the direction and advice of local officials, Governors, and Mayors, many of whom the President will speak with later today.

    • CR says:

      October 30, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Call with Governors and Mayors

      Today, the President held a call with Governors and Mayors from affected states and areas to express his concern for residents who have been and continue to be impacted by Sandy, as well as to hear directly from the Governors and Mayors on their ongoing response efforts. On the call, the President began by thanking the officials for their leadership in the face of this severe storm, and praised the heroism of the emergency response teams leading the efforts. He also noted his sadness over the loss of life associated with the storm so far. The President made clear that he has directed his team to continue to lean forward and provide all available resources to support ongoing response and recovery efforts.

      On the call, a number of Governors offered assistance to states that had more severe impacts and the President directed Administrator Fugate to make sure FEMA was providing any and all assistance they could to support the movement of these resources from state to state. The President also made clear that his team is working to identify any additional assistance that could further help the state, local, and private sector efforts to bring power back online faster, and that his team would continue aggressively towards this goal.

      On the call, a number of Governors offered assistance to states that had more severe impacts and the President directed Administrator Fugate to make sure FEMA was providing any and all assistance they could to support the movement of these resources from state to state. The President also made clear that his team is working to identify any additional assistance that could further help the state, local, and private sector efforts to bring power back online faster, and that his team would continue aggressively towards this goal.

      The President closed the call by asking the Governors and Mayors to identify any unmet needs as the response to Sandy continues, and told them that his team, through Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate, would remain in constant contact. The President made clear that the state and local officials should be in touch with him directly if any issues arose.

      A full list of participants on the call: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/30/readout-president-s-call-governors-and-mayors

  32. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama
    University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, MN

  33. CR says:

    Jon Hamm: “Hey Colorado, Are You Voting Early?” – OFA Colorado

    Published on Oct 29, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

    Gotta vote? Get started here: http://OFA.BO/57bgfz
    Need to find you’re polling location? Go here: http://OFA.BO/8yexv1

    Jon Hamm was in Colorado to help get out the early vote. He shares how you can vote early—both by mail and in person.

  34. CR says:

    Good Tuesday morning. Prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

  35. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  36. CR says:

    2:30 PM ET
    FEMA, NOAA, Red Cross & U.S. Cost Guard: Hurricane Sandy Briefing

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/ANOA

  37. CR says:

    It’s what plants crave.
    Iowa farms NEED another four years of Obama

    Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 22:20:35 PM CDT by: coyoterun – bleedingheartland

    Here is something we sent out to our friends and family on October 23.
    Greetings friends of the food movement and local & regional agriculture,

    We write tonight to invite you to join us in supporting President Obama’s reelection. We can think of a lot of reasons to support this administration. However, there is no better reason than to acknowledge the support through Secretary Vilsack that President Obama has provided to the food and agriculture community in general and specifically to those of us championing local, regional, and good food. Below are some reasons why we need to keep Obama in the White House and his policies for food and agriculture in place at USDA. If you are like us, you haven’t been in love with every single food and agriculture decision from this administration, but the good stuff will all go away if Obama loses this election and historically speaking there’s a bunch of good stuff.

    Romney and Ryan basically have no agriculture policy beyond eliminating the inheritance tax and getting rid of as much federal regulation of agriculture as they can. There is no evidence they will keep in place support for organic ag, small farms, beginning farmers, nutrition programs, local foods, urban agriculture, and creative conservation efforts like the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

    Coyote Run Farm, our 110 acre diversified farm marketing 100% of our production to local customers, is depending on the kind of support the Obama administration is providing to agriculture. In addition, the Obama administration’s support for trade, disaster programs, and tax policies have also benefited the 1000 acre, commodity family farm that Matt’s parents and brother and sister in law are operating in Cass County. This administration, unlike any in our lifetime, is fighting for all of agriculture. Sometimes that can be disappointing when the administration doesn’t always take our side. But never has an administration taken the issues raised by the food movement so seriously and stood up for small farms so aggressively. For example, USDA has institutionalized its support through the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food work within the department. Again, this will all go away if Obama loses this election and agribusiness once again runs every aspect of USDA.

    For more: http://www.bleedingheartland.com/diary/5803/iowa-farms-need-another-four-years-of-obama

    • CR says:

      Rural Americans for Obama

      Published on Jul 3, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Join Rural Americans for Obama now: http://OFA.BO/M5cDfZ

      America’s small towns and rural communities are all about the values that America was founded on — family and community come first and if you’re willing to work hard, you can make a good life for yourself and a better one for your kids.

      President Barack Obama knows that too many rural families are working harder and harder and not getting ahead. He’s committed to restoring the promise that has always been America — if you work hard, pull your weight and act responsibly, you’ll get a fair shake in this economy.

  38. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Seeing President Obama always on the job for America and especially for areas hit by Sandy, I remember the tragedy of Katrina under George Bush and Mitt Romney's declaration that FEMA is immoral.

  39. CR says:

    October 30, 2012

    Remarks by the President at the American Red Cross

    Washington, D.C.

    2:18 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: First of all, I want to thank Gail and Charlie who are on the scene doing work every time we have a disaster here in the United States of America. But obviously, the Red Cross is doing outstanding work internationally, so we want to thank them for their outstanding work.

    A few things that I want to emphasize to the public at the top. This storm is not yet over. We’ve gotten briefings from the National Hurricane Center. It is still moving north. There are still communities that could be affected. And so I want to emphasize there are still risks of flooding, there are still risks of down power lines, risks of high winds. And so it is very important for the public to continue to monitor the situation in your local community, listen to your state and local officials, follow instructions. The more you follow instructions, the easier it is for our first responders to make sure that they are dealing with true emergency situations. So the better prepared individual families are for the situation, the easier it is going to be for us to deal with it.

    Next, obviously, I want to talk about the extraordinary hardship that we’ve seen over the last 48 hours. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who have lost loved ones. Unfortunately, there have been fatalities as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy, and it’s not clear that we’ve counted up all the fatalities at this point. And obviously, this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation. And we certainly feel profoundly for all the families whose lives have been upended and are going to be going through some very tough times over the next several days and perhaps several weeks and months.

    The most important message I have for them is that America is with you. We are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet.

    Earlier today I had a conversation with the governors and many of the mayors in the affected areas, including Governor Christie, Governor Cuomo, and Mayor Bloomberg. I want to praise them for the extraordinary work that they have done. Sadly, we are getting more experience with these kinds of big impact storms along the East Coast, and the preparation shows. Were it not for the outstanding work that they and their teams have already done and will continue to do in the affected regions, we could have seen more deaths and more property damage. So they have done extraordinary work working around the clock. The coordination between the state, local, and federal governments has been outstanding.

    Obviously, we’re now moving into the recovery phase in a lot of the most severely affected areas. New Jersey, New York in particular have been pounded by this storm. Connecticut has taken a big hit. Because of some of the work that had been done ahead of time, we’ve been able to get over a thousand FEMA officials in place, pre-positioned. We’ve been able to get supplies, food, medicine, water, emergency generators to ensure that hospitals and law enforcement offices are able to stay up and running as they are out there responding.

    We are going to continue to push as hard as we can to make sure that power is up throughout the region. And obviously, this is mostly a local responsibility, and the private utilities are going to have to lean forward, but we are doing everything we can to provide them additional resources so that we can expedite getting power up and running in many of these communities.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/30/remarks-president-american-red-cross

    • CR says:

      How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane Sandy

      Matt Compton October 31, 2012 11:01 AM EDT

      As recovery and clean up begins along much of the East Coast, we know that people across the country are asking what they can do to offer to aid their fellow Americans.

      FEMA offers this list of suggestions:

      * Cash is the most efficient method of donating. Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. Remember, unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

      * Donate through a trusted organization. At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. In addition to the national members, each state has its own list of voluntary organizations active in disasters. If you’d like to donate or volunteer to assist those affected by Sandy, these organizations are the best place to start.

      * Give blood. Numerous blood drives have been canceled as a result of the storm and the Red Cross has a need for blood donations. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

      * Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.

      * Be safe. Do not self deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.

      * Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster – especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.

      For more information, check out this volunteering resource page from FEMA.

  40. CR says:

    Obama to travel to New Jersey Wednesday to view storm damage

    10/30/12 Jeff Mason – Reuters – 1 hr 13 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will travel to New Jersey on Wednesday to view damage caused by massive storm Sandy, the White House said in a statement.

    “Tomorrow afternoon, the president will travel to New Jersey where he will join Governor (Chris) Christie in viewing the storm damage, talking with citizens who are recovering from the storm and thanking first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities,” the statement said.

    Obama canceled campaign appearances planned for Ohio on Wednesday because of the storm.

    • CR says:

      October 31, 2012

      Remarks by the President and Governor Christie After Surveying Damage from Hurricane Sandy

      Brigantine Marina
      Brigantine, New Jersey

      4:38 P.M. EDT

      GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: Good afternoon, everybody. And thank you all for coming today. I want to thank the members who are here as well. And obviously, I want to thank the President.

      We spent a significant afternoon together surveying the damage up and down the New Jersey coastline; we were on Marine One together to be able to show the President that personally. I had an opportunity to see it, and we had an opportunity to discuss it at length. And then, going over to the shelter here, being able to meet with folks to have them see the President and his concern, and the concern that all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible.

      We have lots of challenges. One of our challenges now is to get back to normalcy. And so the things we need to do is to make sure that we get power restored as quickly as possible; make sure that people have clean drinking water, and waste water treatment plants are working; hospitals are taken care of the way they need to; and that we get kids back to school.

      And so, I discussed all those issues today with the President, and I’m pleased to report that he has sprung into action immediately to help get us those things while we were in the car riding together. So I want to thank him for that. He has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit. I think this is our sixth conversation since the weekend, and it’s been a great working relationship to make sure that we’re doing the jobs that people elected us to do. And I cannot thank the President enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state. And I heard it on the phone conversations with him, and I was able to witness it today personally.

      And so we’re going to continue to work. The state government is here. We’re doing what we need to do. We’re coordinating with FEMA, and I want to thank Administrator Fugate for being here and for the input he’s already had in helping to make our operation even better. And we will move on from here.

      What I said yesterday I really mean. I know there has got to be sorrow, and you see that and the President has seen that today in the eyes — the faces of a lot of the folks he’s met. And that sorrow is appropriate; we’ve suffered some loss. Luckily, we haven’t suffered that much loss of life and we thank God for that. But we have suffered losses, and this is the worst storm that I’ve seen in my lifetime in this state. But we cannot permit that sorrow to replace the resilience that I know all New Jerseyans have. And so we will get up and we’ll get this thing rebuilt, and we’ll put things back together, because that’s what this state is all about and always has been all about.

      And so for all of you who are here — and I met a bunch of you today at Brigantine who disregarded my admonition — (laughter) — to get the hell out of here — you’re forgiven this time. You are forgiven this time, but not for much longer. We’ve got to make sure when all of you look around and you see all this destruction, that’s fine — but you know what, all that stuff can be replaced. You look to your right and to your left, to your husband or wife, your son or your daughter — those are the things that can’t be replaced. So I’m glad that we don’t have that kind of loss of life to have to deal with.

      So I want to thank him for being here today, for bringing his personal attention to it. And it’s my honor to introduce to all of you the President of the United States. (Applause.)

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Let me just make sure that I acknowledge the folks who are here, because they’ve played an important role in this.

      First of all, your congressional delegation — Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, and Brigantine Mayor Philip Guenther.

      Obviously, this is a federal, state, and local effort. And the first thing I want to do is just to thank everybody who has been involved in the entire rescue and recovery process. At the top of my list, I have to say that Governor Christie throughout this process has been responsive; he has been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm. And I think the people of New Jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of New Jersey bounce back even stronger than before. So I just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership.

      I want to thank the congressional delegation because part of the reason we’re going to be able to respond quickly to all this is because they helped to make sure that FEMA financing was in place, and we’re very appreciative of those efforts. And I want to thank Craig Fugate; sometimes people just think FEMA and they don’t think the people behind them, but Craig lives and breathes this stuff, making sure that we’re providing the help that people so desperately need in these situations.

      I want to thank all the first responders who have been involved in this process — the linesmen, the firefighters, the folks who were in here shuttling out people who were supposed to “get the hell out” and didn’t. You’ve helped to save a lot of lives and a lot of property. And one of the things that you learn in these tragedies is, the first responders — keep in mind their homes usually are underwater too, or their families have been affected in some way, and yet they make those personal sacrifices to help other people. So we really appreciate them.

      I’m just going to make a couple of comments. Number one, and most important, our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones. It’s true that because of some good preparation, the loss of life was kept lower than it might have been, but for those individual families, obviously their world has been torn apart. And we need to make sure that everybody who has lost a loved one knows they’re in our thoughts and prayers — and I speak for the whole country there.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/31/remarks-president-and-governor-christie-after-surveying-damage-hurricane

      Call for FEMA Disaster Relief Assistance 1-800-621-fema

    • CR says:

      Assessing The Damage From Superstorm Sandy

      October 31, 2012 NPR

      Steve Inskeep talks with FEMA Director Craig Fugate about how the agency plans to respond to the widespread damage caused by the mega-storm.

      RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

      It’s MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I’m Renee Montagne.

      STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

      And I’m Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

      We’ll talk next with the man coordinating the federal response to Hurricane Sandy. Craig Fugate is head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He’s at FEMA headquarters in Washington.

      Mr. Fugate, welcome to the program.

      CRAIG FUGATE: Good morning.

      INSKEEP: It sounds like you’re on a speakerphone, Administrator Fugate. I think we’ll hear you a little better if you pick up the phone. What’s the greatest need right now that people have along the East Coast?

      FUGATE: Well, I think right now it’s power restoration. And the challenge is, again, with the areas impacted, is starting that rebuild time for the crews.

      INSKEEP: Rebuild time – what do you mean?

      FUGATE: Well, it gets into how much of the power lines are just down that can put back up versus how many are whole substations that were flooded, areas that have to be pumped out. Just a lot of work’s got to go. But the crews, you know, were pretty much – until the winds came down – not able to do a lot. But we’ve already started seeing power restoration across areas outside of the most devastated areas. But when you start getting into particularly areas that have the serious flooding – in some cases, some of the substations – they’re going to have to pump out the water to get in there to see what it takes to get it back up.

      INSKEEP: So you’re describing a situation where, in some cases, it’s just some wires that need to be put up. But in other cases, there’s physical rebuilding that needs to be done. That must also be true when it comes to questions of transportation: train lines, the railroad lines that have been washed away. Are there situations where vital services may not be restored for weeks, rather than days?

      FUGATE: Unknown at this point. That’s part of what they’re trying to get in and assess and move teams to quickly get things up. And in some cases, there may be workarounds where there will be temporary fixes that will get things back up, but permanent work will still have to go.

      In other cases, like in the cases of tunnels, until they’re physically pumped out and the safety teams can get in there and make sure there’s no other physical damage and the systems will operate safely, they may not be able to get some of the underground systems back online. But we’re already seeing airports open up in the area of impact. We’re already seeing many of the highways, as debris is cleared, they’re getting back up. Buses are back on the road. Bridges are back open. So it’s really coming back to the things that were damaged that still require assessments, or they need to be physically repaired to operate.

      INSKEEP: Now, you mentioned the tunnels. Of course, you’re talking about subway tunnels, primarily, in New York City, one of many kinds of infrastructure in New York that are underground. New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo noted this week that this is a city that was not necessarily built for this kind of flooding, which leads, I think, to the question of resilience. Disasters happen. As you look at what has happened over the last couple of days, how well-built and how well-prepared do you think that the East Coast has been, as proving itself to be for a disaster like this?

      FUGATE: Well, I think we’ll start with the rescue operations. Again, we saw that although areas were flooded and people got trapped, rescue teams were working through the storm, through the night and into yesterday rescuing people. When it gets to the infrastructure, it’s built, and the hazards that we deal with, you know, we need to take the opportunity to look at: How do we come back as we make repairs? And not just merely fix it, but also mitigate it against these threats.

      Again, with so much of the critical infrastructure underground, are there things we can do that would reduce future flood risk? Again, this is a known threat for New York City. This has happened in history, although not quite as severe as this, and certainly not without the technology that was vulnerable this time. So, again, as part of this is not only the response and rebuilding, but also how do you mitigate the future, so that we minimize future disruptions from flood events and storms.

      INSKEEP: Two more quick questions, Mr. Fugate. First, President Obama acted quickly to make emergency declarations. You’ve called those extraordinary, I believe. The Bush-era administrator of FEMA, Michael Brown, who was administrator during Hurricane Katrina, is saying that the president acted too soon, perhaps for political reasons. Why move so quickly?

      FUGATE: It’s better to be fast than be late.

      FUGATE: It’s better to be fast than be late.

      INSKEEP: You said better to be fast than be late. Is that right?

      FUGATE: It’s better to be fast than to be late.

      INSKEEP: Simple enough. Let me ask about one broader question, though. There’s a debate over FEMA’s role. We’re in an election season, here. And if I could summarize the question, it’s whether the federal government should play a role in disaster relief, or leave that to state and local governments. Could you just inform – very briefly – inform that debate by telling us how it works now? What is your role? What is the state and local role? About 30 seconds.

      FUGATE: We’re a federal government. We’re not a national government. Disasters are local. Through state constitutions, the governors are the primary incident commanders for the entire state response in support of that. And the role of the federal government is to support the states when the disaster exceeds their capabilities. And when it’s this bad, we work as one team. But we are in support of the governors, as they are in support of the local officials. It’s a federal system of government.

      INSKEEP: So they’re in charge. Andrew Cuomo’s in charge. Chris Christie’s in charge. That’s (unintelligible).

      FUGATE: We’re in support. And president’s direction is when he declares these disasters, they are to make sure that all of the federal resources are brought to bear at the request of the governors.

      For more and the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/31/164019159/assessing-the-damage-from-superstorm-sandy

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    Cruise ship to dock in Saguenay to avoid Hurricane Sandy

    OCTOBER 27, 2012 BY LA PRESSE CANADIENNE, MONTREAL GAZETTE

    The first effects of Hurricane Sandy are already being felt in Saguenay, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City, where about 5,000 unexpected visitors will go aground Sunday to avoid winds and heavy rains.

    The Emerald Princess, a cruise ship with 15 passenger decks, 14 elevators, four outdoor pools and eight restaurants, will dock at the Saguenay port Sunday.

    This was not an expected docking, but the cruise ship’s owners had to adjust the itinerary to avoid the storm.

    With a maximum capacity of 3,780 passengers and 1,200 crew members, The Emerald Princess is the largest vessel to dock in Saguenay to date.

    “Last year, we had two cruise ships,” in the same situation, Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay told La Presse Canadienne in an interview.

    “We are happy to have guests, but it’s a lot of work for us,” he said. “We have to coordinate the work of volunteers, buses … We also have to send the tourist centre employees back to work, since they would normally be on holiday.”

    He added that costumed actors from La Fabuleuse histoire d’un royaume, a long-running historical theatre stage show in nearby La Baie, will be on site to welcome the cruise ship passengers and offer them a variety of local products.

    The ship is expected to arrive at 7 a.m. and set out again at 4 p.m.

    The mayor explained that the geological setting of Saguenay prevents the development of storms in the region, which is why it is a port of choice in poor weather.

    The ship is owned by Princess Cruises, which offers 10 and 12-day cruises between Quebec City and New York City or Fort Lauderdale.

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