Happy Halloween 2012

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 mike luckovich cartoon – atlantic journal

Don’t be tricked by the GOP candidates!

Give America a treat

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Obama campaign buys reporters cookies that Romney trashed

7/6/12 12:33 PM EDT By REID J. EPSTEIN |POLITICO44

ABOARD THE OBAMA PRESS POOL BUS ­– Cookiegate lives!

As President Obama’s motorcade rolled across the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, his campaign informed reporters that in Pittsburgh they would be treated to cookies from Bethel Bakery in Bethel Park, Pa., a locally-famous establishment whose 15 minutes of campaign fame followed an unfortunate description of them by Obama¹s GOP rival, Mitt Romney.

“I’m not sure about these cookies,” Romney said in April upon being presented the sugary delights. “They don¹t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7-Eleven, bakery, or whatever.”

Offended, the Bethel Bakery proprietor ran a Cookiegate special: six free with the purchase of a dozen. After she initially protested to the press, she told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she meant no offense.

“I was a little shocked,” Julie Lytle, the store’s marketing assistant told the paper. “I didn’t think too much of it at the time, and I didn’t think it would blow up like it has. We decided to have fun with it and not to get offended.”

Obama’s campaign aides rubbed in Romney¹s snub Friday.

“Waiting for the press in Pittsburgh… Cookies from Bethel Bakery,” campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki wrote on Twitter. “Another difference with Romney. We love their cookies.”

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94 Responses to Happy Halloween 2012

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    Municipal Auditorium. Sarasota, FL

    12:00 PM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
    South Lawn

    12:15 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    1:00 PM
    President Obama arrives at Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic City, New Jersey

    1:06 PM
    President Obama views storm damage with New Jersey Governor Christie

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:10 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    Discovery Center at Tuscawilla Park , Ocala, FL

    4:00 PM
    4:40 PM
    President Obama departs Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic City, New Jersey

    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    5:45 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

    6:00 PM
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  2. CR says:

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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

    • CR says:

      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

    • CR says:

      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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    • CR says:

      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

    • CR says:

      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.

    • CR says:

      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.”

    • CR says:

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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

    • CR says:

      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

  3. CR says:

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    Mitt Romney Flip Flops

    I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” Source

    “Roe v. Wade has gone too far.” Source

    “I don’t line up with the NRA.” Source

    “I’m a member of the [NRA].” Source

    “I like mandates. The mandates work.” Source

    “I think it’s unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.” Source

    “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” Source

    “I never really called myself pro-choice.” Source

    “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” Source

    “I did not see it with my own eyes.” Source

    “I supported the assault weapon ban.” Source

    “I don’t support any gun control legislation.” Source

    “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” Source

    “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” Source

    “I will work and fight for stem cell research.” Source

    “In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.” Source

    “I would like to have campaign spending limits.” Source

    “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.” Source

    “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.” Source

    “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” Source

    “I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.” Source

    “Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.” Source

    “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” Source

    “Ronald Reagan is… my hero.” Source

    “I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” Source

    “Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.” Source

    “If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” Source

    “What works in one state may not be the answer for another.” Source

    “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” Source

    “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.” Source

    “It’s a tax cut for fat cats.” Source

    “I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.” Source

    “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Source

    “He’s going to pay, and he will die.” Source

    “Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.” Source

    “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” Source

    “The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.” Source

    “When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.” Source

    “These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.” Source

    “Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.” Source

    “This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car.” Source

    ‘They’re not happy that my dog loves fresh air.” Source

    “Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship.” Source

    “Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country.” Source

    “When I first heard of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly.” Source

    “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has worked well.” Source

  4. CR says:

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    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.

    • 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

    • CR says:

      Helping the Survivors of Hurricane Sandy

      Published on Nov 2, 2012 by whitehouse

      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.Published on Nov 2, 2012 by whitehouse

      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.

    • 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.

  5. CR says:

    Obama to travel to New Jersey Wednesday to view storm damage

    10/30/12 Jeff Mason – Reuters

    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:

      Obama visits storm victims while Romney campaigns

      10/31/12 By CHARLES BABINGTON | Associated Press – 5 hrs ago

      WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, locked in a fierce re-election bid, is emphasizing his incumbent’s role for a third straight day, skipping battleground states to visit victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, a state he’s confident of winning. The president’s actions have forced his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, to walk a careful line and make tough choices.

      The former Massachusetts governor must show respect for the superstorm’s casualties all along the Eastern Seaboard. But Romney can ill afford to waste a minute of campaign time, with the contest virtually deadlocked in several key states and the election six days away.

      After tamping down his partisan tone Tuesday at an Ohio event that chiefly emphasized victims’ relief, Romney planned three full-blown campaign events Wednesday in Florida, the largest competitive state. Sandy largely spared Florida, so Romney calculates he can campaign there without appearing callous.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-visits-storm-victims-while-romney-campaigns-070743912–election.html

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    The thought of a Romney Presidency is too terrifying! VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN 2012!

    >^..^<

  7. CR says:

    I received my dozen Obama shortbread cookies from Bethel Bakery today!!!

    • CR says:

      Obama campaign buys reporters cookies that Romney trashed

      By REID J. EPSTEIN | 7/6/12 12:33 PM EDT POLITICO44

      ABOARD THE OBAMA PRESS POOL BUS ­– Cookiegate lives!

      As President Obama’s motorcade rolled across the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, his campaign informed reporters that in Pittsburgh they would be treated to cookies from Bethel Bakery in Bethel Park, Pa., a locally-famous establishment whose 15 minutes of campaign fame followed an unfortunate description of them by Obama¹s GOP rival, Mitt Romney.

      “I’m not sure about these cookies,” Romney said in April upon being presented the sugary delights. “They don¹t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7-Eleven, bakery, or whatever.”

      Offended, the Bethel Bakery proprietor ran a Cookiegate special: six free with the purchase of a dozen. After she initially protested to the press, she told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she meant no offense.

      “I was a little shocked,” Julie Lytle, the store’s marketing assistant told the paper. “I didn’t think too much of it at the time, and I didn’t think it would blow up like it has. We decided to have fun with it and not to get offended.”

      Obama’s campaign aides rubbed in Romney¹s snub Friday.

      “Waiting for the press in Pittsburgh… Cookies from Bethel Bakery,” campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki wrote on Twitter. “Another difference with Romney. We love their cookies.”

    • CR says:

      Governor Mitt Romney’s Cookiegate

      Published on Apr 19, 2012 by WPXI11News
      No description available.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Delicious and patriotic! :)

  8. CR says:

    U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement begins on October 31, 2012

    October 30, 2012

    Presidential Proclamation – Implementation of the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

    TO IMPLEMENT THE
    UNITED STATES-PANAMA TRADE PROMOTION AGREEMENT
    AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/30/presidential-proclamation-implementation-united-states-panama-trade-prom

    • CR says:

      Date Set for Entry-Into-Force of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

      Melanie Wheeler October 23, 2012 12:53 PM EDT

      Yesterday, key government officials, trade stakeholders, and members of the press were on hand to witness U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Panamanian Minister of Commerce and Industry Ricardo Quijano sign a letter exchange setting a date for the entry-into-force of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA). This letter-exchange and the pending entry-into-force represent a conclusion to a comprehensive negotiating process—negotiation of the Agreement was concluded in 2006, Panama’s government gave it its seal of approval in 2007, and President Obama signed the agreement into law on October 21, 2011. This is the third such agreement to enter-into-force under the Obama Administration within a year of its signing, following the Korean and Colombian agreements.

      Beginning October 31st, Panama will eliminate tariffs on more than 86 percent of U.S. industrial and consumer goods. Almost half of U.S. agricultural goods, which currently face average tariffs of 15 percent, will immediately become duty-free. All tariffs on industrial goods will be eliminated within 10 years, and most of the remaining tariffs on agricultural goods will be eliminated over the next 15 years. U.S. service providers will gain significantly greater access to Panama’s $22 billion services market, and will enjoy greater protections as they do so. As Ambassador Kirk reminded those in attendance, “Panama is one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America, expanding 10.6 percent in 2011, with forecasts of between five to eight percent annual growth through 2017. That adds up to support for more well-paying jobs across the United States.”

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/10/23/us-and-panama-set-date-entry-force-us-panama-trade-promotion-agreement

  9. CR says:

    GM Profit Tops Estimates While End to Europe Losses Seen

    By Keith Naughton – Oct 31, 2012 4:33 AM PT

    General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, reported a third-quarter profit that surpassed analysts’ estimates by more than 50 percent and said it wants to break even in Europe by mid-decade.

    Net income declined to $1.83 billion from $2.1 billion a year earlier, Detroit-based GM said today in a statement. Excluding one-time items, the profit was 93 cents a share, beating the 60-cent average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

    “GM has a slightly better cost structure because of the reorganization and a higher return on investment than Ford (F)” Motor Co. said Jim Kee, president of South Texas Money Management in San Antonio, referring to GM’s government-backed bankruptcy in 2009.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-31/gm-profit-tops-estimates-while-end-to-europe-losses-seen.html

  10. CR says:

    New York, New Jersey Begin Recovery After ‘Sandy’

    October 31, 2012 Margaret Besheer – VOAnews

    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama promised help for storm victims on the East Coast of the United States assistance ahead of a visit to New Jersey on Wednesday. New Jersey beach communities were among the hardest hit by super storm Sandy – which killed at least 43 people – as she came ashore Monday night. New York City was also dealing with continued power outages and mass transit stoppages, but is slowly trying to restart business in the country’s financial capital.

    Wednesday morning the New York Stock Exchange is due to reopen. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the trading floor did not sustain any damage and is fully operational.

    The city is also working to get its mass transit system back on track. Some 8.5 million people use public transport daily. As of Tuesday evening, limited bus service was beginning in the five boroughs, but subway service remained halted, because flooded tunnels still need to be pumped of millions of gallons of water.

    Brooklyn Heights resident Conor O’Shea said he was grateful that his neighborhood near the East River escaped the high waters that swept through lower Manhattan, but admitted that dealing with little public transport for the coming days would be a challenge.

    “Yeah, it is going to be an issue, so we will see how that goes. Hopefully they will get it back up sooner rather than later,” he said.

    Kevin Burke, the head of the city’s power company, Con Edison, said Sandy was the worst storm the utility has ever had to deal with, knocking out power to some 750,000 customers.

    “It was an extraordinary event, it has devastated our system and resulted in significant outages to our customers. But we have already begun to restore customers,” said Burke.

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he hoped power would be restored in the next day or two.

    Residents of New Jersey state’s beachfront communities bore the brunt of Sandy’s wrath. Some 2.6 million households are without power and many homes were badly damaged or destroyed by flooding and winds.

    Governor Chris Christie, a lifelong resident of the state, toured affected areas by helicopter Tuesday. He appeared emotionally moved when he told reporters afterwards about the devastation he witnessed. President Obama will visit New Jersey on Wednesday and Governor Christie said he would discuss the rebuilding process with him.

    “One of the things that I’m going to talk to the president about tomorrow is getting the Army Corps of Engineers in here as quickly as possible for us to begin the planning of the rebuilding of the beach — and what’s the best way to do that to try to protect the beach and towns that lie right next to these beaches,” said Christie.

    Several coastal communities in the state of Connecticut were also pounded by the storm. Severe flooding and downed trees have left nearly 600,000 residents there without electricity.

    • CR says:

      More than 760,000 Con Ed customers in NYC still without power

      10/31/12 Reuters – 23 mins ago

      (Reuters) – New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc said Wednesday it had restored power to over 160,000 of the 930,000 total customers knocked out by Hurricane Sandy, leaving about 764,000 still without power.

      Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast Monday night and left almost 8.5 million homes and businesses without power in 21 states from North Carolina to Maine and as far west as Illinois, which surpassed the 8.4 million customers left in the dark by Hurricane Irene last year.

      Sandy knocked out power to about 30 percent of Con Edison’s more than three million power customers in New York City and Westchester County.

      Con Edison said Sandy was the largest storm-related outage in its history. The previous record was the more than 200,000 customers affected by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

      On Tuesday, Con Edison estimated that customers in Brooklyn and Manhattan served by underground electric equipment should have power back within four days.

      Restoration to all customers in other areas served by overhead power lines will take at least a week.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/more-760-000-con-ed-customers-nyc-still-121123027–finance.html

    • CR says:

      Governor Christie on CBS This Morning Provides Update on Hurricane Sandy

      Published on Oct 30, 2012 by GovChristie

      New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts that he “can’t thank the president enough” for accelerating the Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey.

  11. CR says:

    MasterCard Profit Beats Estimates as Consumer Spending Rises

    Oct 31, 2012 6:04 AM PT By Donal Griffin – bloomberg

    MasterCard Inc. (MA), the second-biggest U.S. payments network, posted a third-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates as U.S. consumer spending increased.

    Net income climbed 7.7 percent to $772 million, or $6.17 a share, from $717 million, or $5.63, a year earlier, the Purchase, New York-based company said today in a statement. The average estimate of 35 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was $5.92.

    Consumer spending in the U.S., where MasterCard gets about 40 percent of its revenue, rose more than forecast last month, a sign that the biggest part of the economy was strengthening as the quarter ended. MasterCard, led by Chief Executive Officer Ajay Banga, also has been gaining share of the U.S. debit-card market after new federal rules on transaction processing helped erode the dominance of larger rival Visa Inc. (V)

    “MasterCard continues to drive solid financial performance and focus on executing key deals, investments and partnerships,” Banga, 52, said in the statement. “Emerging geographies and governments continue to provide great opportunities for growth.”

    MasterCard shares gained less than 1 percent to $454.10 at 8:44 a.m. in New York. The stock had advanced 22 percent this year through Oct. 26, outpacing a 13 percent gain for the 70- company Standard & Poor’s 500 Information Technology Index. (S5INFT)

    Net revenue increased 6 percent to $1.92 billion, short of the $1.94 billion estimate in the Bloomberg survey. Operating expenses rose 5 percent to $854 million.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-31/mastercard-profit-beats-estimates-as-consumer-spending-climbs.html

  12. CR says:

    10:15 AM ET
    President Bill Clinton attends a Grassroots Event
    Council Bluffs, IA

  13. CR says:

    11:30 AM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    Municipal Auditorium. Sarasota, FL

  14. CR says:

    12:15 AM ET
    President Bill Clinton attends a Grassroots Event
    Mason City, IA

  15. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    President Obama views storm damage with New Jersey Governor Christie

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-to-View-Storm-Damage-in-New-Jersey/10737435459/

    • Kat 4 Obama says:
    • 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:

      Obama calls NYU hospital

      10/31/12 1:46 PM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      Before leaving for New Jersey on Wednesday, President Obama took time out to call New York University Langone Medical Center.

      He wanted to recognize the hospital’s efforts to safely evacuate hundreds of patients when it lost generator power at the height of the storm, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

      Obama spoke with CEO Dr. Robert Grossman and chief nursing officer Kimberly Glassman. The president had mentioned their and their staff’s heroic actions during a speech at the Red Cross on Tuesday, but Carney said he wanted to thank them personally.

      Their actions were “an example of how in response to disasters like this, Americans come together,” Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. “It was a heartening story about, as the president said, in the darkness of the storm, the brightness of America shone through.”

  16. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Halloween, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    In less than a week, we will re-elect President Obama!

    • CR says:

      Happy and HOPEful Halloween Kat!

      Re-Elect President Obama!!!

    • CR says:

      White House Cancels Halloween Festivities

      OCTOBER 31, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will not be welcoming children to the White House on Wednesday to celebrate Halloween for the fourth and final time during the President’s first term in office. Instead, the President will visit New Jersey to tour areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy, accompanied by Gov. Chris Christie. The annual celebration at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has in the past included thousands of local school children trick-or-treating under the North Portico, with the First Couple and aides handing out treat bags amidst pumpkins, spiderwebs, and dramatic lighting.

      After, the President and Mrs. Obama typically hosted a party inside the White House for children of military families and White House staff.

      This year, the hundreds of cellophane and ribbon-tied treat bags will be delivered to the White House Military Office, as well as to the schools invited to participate in the trick-or-treating. These are in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. As they have each year since 2009, the treat bags contained White House M&Ms, an orange-frosted, pumpkin-shaped cookie, jelly beans and a special mix of dried fruit.

      For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/10/white-house-cancels-halloween.html

  17. CR says:

    Jim Messina’s State of the Race: “The president will win re-election if we do what we need to do.”

    Published on Oct 31, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Gotta vote? Go here: http://OFA.BO/VpxbcW

    Campaign Manager Jim Messina breaks down how we’re doing in this election with less than a week to go.

  18. CR says:

    Morning Joe wager

    Oct 31, 2012

    On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier, David Axelrod said he would shave his mustache of 40 years if President Obama loses Michigan, Minnesota, or Pennsylvania.

    Joe Scarborough, of “Morning Joe” will grow a mustache should President Obama win Florida and or North Carolina.

  19. 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

  20. CR says:

    3:10 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    Discovery Center at Tuscawilla Park , Ocala, FL

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/VP-Biden-Campaigns-in-Ocala-Florida/10737435463/

  21. CR says:

    3:30 PM ET
    President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama
    Waterloo, Iowa

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

  22. COS says:

    Happy Halloween CR, Kat and friends. Beautifull day here in sunny California. I really feel bad for the people affected by hurricane “Sandy”. PBO has done an excellent job. If I was trapped I would definitely want him to show up to rescue me. He is calm and steady.

    • CR says:

      Hey COS!

      I received a reply from our Sandy yesterday and she said that they did not have electricity but they were okay.

      Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy.

      YUP, President Obama is doing a great job as our POTUS!

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Hi COS. PBO will always come to the rescue!

  23. Kat 4 Obama says:

    GOP candidate for our Congressional District is now famous for his unusual choice of words.

  24. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, November, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:20 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

    9:35 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews.

    10:00 AM
    10:35 AM
    President Obama arrives Green Bay, WI

    10:40 AM
    President Obama attends a campaign tarmac event
    Austin Straubel International Airport , Green Bay, WI

    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    President Obama departs Green Bay, WI

    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    Municipal Auditorium. Sarasota, FL

    1:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a grassroots event Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, Jacksonville, FL

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:25 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    The Ballroom at Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL

    4:00 PM
    4:15 PM
    President Obama arrives Las Vegas, Nev.

    5:00 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    The Opera House at Fort Museum, Fort Dodge, IA

    5:10 PM
    President Obama attends a grassroots event
    Cheyenne Sports Complex. Las Vegas, NV

    5:55 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    James L. Knight Center, Miami. FL

    6:00 PM
    6:25 PM
    President Obama departs Las Vegas, Nev.

    7:00 PM
    7:55 PM
    President Obama arrives Denver, Colo.

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    President Obama attends a grassroots event
    Boulder, CO

    10:00 PM
    10:45 PM
    President Obama departs Denver, Colo.

    11:00 PM
    12:00 AM
    1:00 AM
    President Obama arrives Columbus, Ohio
    Rickenbacker International Airport

  25. CR says:

    Obama Organizers at Ohio State Driving 18-to-29-Year-Old Voters

    Oct 31, 2012 5:00 PM PT By Roxana Tiron – bloomberg

    Obama won more than 60 percent of the vote among 18- to 29- year-olds in 2008, which comprised 17 percent of the Buckeye State electorate and provided the margin of victory. It’ll be a challenge to match that in this year’s election.

    “The enthusiasm isn’t quite at the same level as it was in 2008; that was kind of an unparalleled election,” said Hillary Doyle, 21, who works for OSU Votes, a nonpartisan campus committee focused on voter registration and education. The 2012 election is no longer “such a motion of change,” said her colleague Alfred Yates, 21.

    Obama still is forecast to win big among young voters in the Nov. 6 election. In a survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics of likely voters younger than 30, he led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 55 percent to 36 percent. Forty-eight percent of young adults surveyed said they would “definitely” vote, according to the survey released Oct. 17.

    Tough to Mobilize
    Compounding the diminished enthusiasm is that more than half of Ohio’s 18- to 24-year-olds aren’t in college and harder to mobilize and engage, according to data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

    Still, the Obama campaign says it can compensate for the reduced intensity. The campaign has much more of a head start in the state than in 2008: It has been organizing in Ohio for the past three and a half years.

    The campaign has thousands of student volunteers across the state, many employing social-media platforms such as Facebook Inc. (FB) and Twitter Inc., which weren’t used as widely four years ago. On Election Day in 2008, there were 1.8 million tweets; now that many tweets are sent every six minutes, according to Rachael Horwitz, a Twitter spokeswoman.

    At Ohio State, “we are an armada of volunteers, we are organizing so well,” Valentine, president of Buckeyes for Obama and a campaign intern, said in an interview. “We are talking, we are on social media, we are everywhere.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-01/obama-organizers-at-ohio-state-driving-18-to-29-year-old-voters.html

  26. CR says:

    10:00 AM ET
    President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama
    University of Wisconsin, Waukesha, WI

  27. CR says:

    10:40 AM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign tarmac event
    Austin Straubel International Airport , Green Bay, WI

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/President-Obama-Campaigns-in-Three-States/10737435502/

    • CR says:

      November 01, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Green Bay, WI

      Austin Straubel International Airport
      Green Bay, Wisconsin

      10:43 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Wisconsin! (Applause.) It is good to be back in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Applause.) I want to thank all of you for giving such a warm welcome to a Bears fan — (applause) — and I especially want to thank one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history for being here today — Charles Woodson. (Applause.) And I want to thank Charles because I understand he made an announcement about a gift to the Red Cross to help support everybody over on the East Coast, and that’s the kind of guy he is, so we’re grateful to him. Thank you, Charles. (Applause.)

      Let’s also give it up for your next United States senator, Tammy Baldwin. (Applause.) She’s going to be following leaders like Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold in being fierce fighters for the people of Wisconsin. (Applause.)

      Now, for the past few days, all of us have been focused on one of the worst storms in our lifetimes. And we’re awed and we’re humbled by nature’s destructive power. We mourn the loss of so many people. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their loved ones. We pledge to help those whose lives have been turned upside down. And I was out in New Jersey yesterday and saw the devastation, and you really get a sense of how difficult this is going to be for a lot, a lot of people.

      But we’ve also been inspired these past few days — because when disaster strikes, we see America at its best. All the petty differences that consume us in normal times all seem to melt away. There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm, there are just fellow Americans. (Applause.) Leaders of different parties working to fix what’s broken; neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy; communities rallying to rebuild; a spirit that says, in the end, we’re all in this together -– that we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. (Applause.)

      That spirit has guided this country along its improbable journey for more than two centuries. It has carried us through the trials of the last four years. In 2008, we were in the middle of two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Today, our businesses have created over 5 million new jobs. (Applause.) The American auto industry is back on top. American manufacturing is growing at the fastest pace in 15 years. Home values are on the rise. Thanks to the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over. (Applause.) The war in Afghanistan is winding down. Al Qaeda has been decimated. Osama bin Laden is dead. (Applause.)

      So we’ve made real progress these past four years. But, Wisconsin, we know our work is not yet done. As long as there’s a single American who wants a job but can’t find one, our work isn’t done. As long as there are families who are working harder but falling behind, our work isn’t done. As long as there’s a child languishing in poverty, barred from opportunity, anywhere in this country, our work is not yet done. (Applause.)

      Our fight goes on because we know this nation cannot succeed without a growing, thriving middle class; and strong, sturdy ladders into the middle class. Our fight goes on because America has always done its best when everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same rules. (Applause.) That’s what we believe. That’s why you elected me in 2008. And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President — because we’ve got more work to do. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years!

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/01/remarks-president-campaign-event-green-bay-wi

    • CR says:

      Obama makes a pitch for unity after Sandy

      11/1/12 11:53 AM EDT POLITICO44

      President Obama began his first campaign rally after Hurricane Sandy on Thursday with a call for national unity, praising the nonpartisan response to the storm.

      “We morning the loss of so many people. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their loved ones,” Obama said at a rally in Green Bay, Wisc. “We pledge to help those whose lives have been turned upside down.”

      “In the end we’re all in this together — that we rise and fall as one nation, one people.” Obama said.

      That spirit, he said, has guided the country since its founding — and has “carried us through the trials of the last four years.”

      Obama said, amid the devastation of the storm that pounded the East Coast, America came together.

      “We’ve also been inspired these past few days,” Obama said. “Because when disaster strikes, we see America at its best.”

      “All the petty differences that consume us in normal times, all seem to melt away,” Obama said. “There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm — just fellow Americans.

      Obama, who toured the destruction along the New Jersey shore with Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday, said that the clean-up effort will not be easy.

      “You really get a sense of how difficult this is going to be for a lot, lot of people,” Obama said.

  28. CR says:

    Manufacturing in U.S. Expands at Faster Pace in October

    Nov 1, 2012 7:49 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded in October at a faster pace than projected as orders and production picked up, showing the industry is stabilizing.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index climbed to 51.7 last month, the highest since May, from 51.5 in September, the Tempe, Arizona, group reported today. Economists estimated 51 for October, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. A reading of 50 is the dividing line between growth and contraction.

    The report shows American factories are holding up amid a global economic slowdown that’s weakened manufacturing from Asia to Europe. At the same time, companies such as Cummins Inc. (CMI) are feeling the effects of the so-called fiscal cliff that’s prompted cutbacks in equipment purchases.

    “Manufacturing as a whole appears to be trying to regain momentum,” Bradley Holcomb, chairman of the ISM survey, said on a conference call with reporters. Still, the report and comments from purchasers “suggest a lukewarm environment for demand. The global economy is still fragile.”

    Estimates ranged from 49.2 to 52.5 in the Bloomberg survey of 88 economists. An ISM reading above 42.5 generally is consistent with an expanding overall economy. The gauge averaged 55.2 in 2011 and 57.3 a year earlier.

    Stocks climbed after the figures, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rising 1 percent to 1,426.3 at 10:40 a.m. in New York.

    The ISM’s production index increased to a five-month high of 52.4 in October from 49.5 in September. The new orders measure climbed to 54.2, also the highest since May, from 52.3.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-01/ism-index-of-u-s-manufacturing-increased-to-51-7-in-october.html

  29. CR says:

    Initial U.S. Jobless Claims Decrease by 9,000 to 363,000

    Nov 1, 2012 5:58 AM PT By Alex Kowalski and Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans than forecast filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, an indication demand is strong enough to maintain current staff levels.

    Applications for jobless benefits fell 9,000 to 363,000 in the week ended Oct. 27, the fewest in three weeks, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. Economists forecast 370,000 claims, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. Data for New Jersey and the District of Columbia were estimated because those offices were closed due to Hurricane Sandy, a spokesman said as the figures were released.

    Fewer firings may mean companies are poised to boost hiring should the economy avert damage from the package of tax increases and spending cuts that will take effect next year if lawmakers fail to act. A Labor Department report tomorrow may show employers took on 125,000 workers in October, not enough to keep the jobless rate from rising to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent, according to the Bloomberg survey median.

    “Claims have been on a mildly improving trajectory,” said Gennadiy Goldberg, a U.S. strategist at TD Securities Inc. in New York who forecast the number of applications would drop to 365,000. “We’re definitely getting fewer firings, but hirings are picking up very gradually, and that’s why you’re only seeing gradual improvement in the labor market.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-01/initial-jobless-claims-in-u-s-decrease-by-9-000-to-363-000.html

  30. CR says:

    ADP Says U.S. Companies Added 158,000 Workers in October

    Nov 1, 2012 5:47 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    Companies added 158,000 workers in October, according to a private report based on payrolls.

    The increase in employment was higher than forecast, data from the Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Research Institute showed today. This is the first ADP report derived using a larger sample and new methodology.

    The median forecast of 37 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a 131,000 advance. Estimates ranged from 80,000 to 170,000. The previous methodology showed a gain of 162,000 jobs in September.

    Today’s report represents a break from the way ADP had calculated employment figures dating back to 2001. Today also marks the first joint release with Moody’s Analytics Inc. of West Chester, Pennsylvania. ADP had previously collaborated with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC of St. Louis.

    The report now draws on data from 406,000 of Automatic Data Processing Inc.’s corporate customers, up from the 344,000 used in the prior method. Those customers employ 23 million workers, or more than 20 percent of all non-government staff, ADP said in press release announcing the changes on Oct. 24.

    Additionally, ADP and Moody’s said the new methodology they developed will better align their figures with those from the Labor Department’s monthly payroll report. The methodology uses data from ADP customers, the Labor Department and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions Index. ADP said its numbers should correlate most closely with the final, revised Labor Department figures, rather than those initially released at the beginning of the month.

  31. CR says:

    Consumer Comfort in U.S. Held Close to Six-Month High Last Week

    Nov 1, 2012 6:45 AM PT Elizabeth Dexheimer – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence last week held close to a six-month high as U.S. households became less pessimistic about the state of the economy.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index was minus 34.7 in the period ended Oct. 28 after improving the previous week to minus 34.6, the highest since mid-April. The measure has been above minus 40, a level associated with recessions and their aftermath, for the past six weeks.

    Cheaper fuel and a budding housing recovery are underpinning confidence, with less than a week before the presidential election.

    While superstorm Sandy may darken spirits this week following widespread power outages, flooding and at least 50 deaths along the East Coast, the drop will probably prove temporary as Americans’ views of the economy become less downbeat.

    “Stabilization of the home prices, a strong equity market and falling gasoline prices has bolstered consumer sentiment over the past several weeks,” said Joseph Brusuelas, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York. “While the impact of Hurricane Sandy may temporarily derail that improvement in coming weeks, the underlying trend in overall sentiment should reassert itself shortly.”

    In a separate report today, the Labor Department said the number of Americans filing first-time applications for unemployment benefits fell last week. Jobless claims dropped by 9,000 to 363,000, the department reported. The agency is scheduled to issue its monthly report on employment tomorrow. Payrolls rose by 125,000 in October, while the jobless rate climbed to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent, according to the median forecasts of economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-01/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-held-close-to-six-month-high-last-week.html

  32. CR says:

    US consumer confidence at highest since Feb. 2008

    By MARCY GORDON | Associated Press – 53 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ confidence in the economy surged last month to the highest level in nearly five years, as many were encouraged by an improving job market.

    The Conference Board said Thursday that its consumer confidence index increased in October to 72.2. That’s up from 70.3 in September and the highest reading since February 2008, two months into the Great Recession.

    Consumers were more confident after seeing better job growth, the report noted. Hiring in July and August was stronger than first thought, and employers added a modest 114,000 jobs in September, the government reported last month.

    The survey is watched closely because consumer spending drives nearly 70 percent of economic activity. The reading is still below 90, a level that indicates a healthy economy. It last reached that level in December 2007. But the index is far above the all-time low of 25.3 touched in February 2009.

    The gain in consumer confidence could be an encouraging sign for President Barack Obama, who faces re-election Tuesday at a time when the economy is the top issue for most voters.

    The reported noted that consumers are more optimistic about both the economy and job market now and where it is headed in the next six months.

    Consumers were “modestly more upbeat” about their finances and the outlook for the economy, said Lynn Franco, a Conference Board official. . They “appear to be in better spirits approaching the holiday season,” she said.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-consumer-confidence-highest-since-feb-2008-140212594–finance.html;_ylt=A2KJNTubkpJQ.X4AtgbQtDMD

  33. CR says:

    US worker productivity grew at modest 1.9 percent rate in third quarter as labor costs dipped

    November 1, 2012 – 7:57 AM MARTIN CRUTSINGER , Associated Press

    WASHINGTON – U.S. worker productivity grew at the same modest rate this summer as in spring, a sign that companies may be nearing the limits on how much output they can get from their employees.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that worker productivity increased at a modest 1.9 percent annual rate from July through September, matching the April-June quarter rate. Labor costs fell at a 0.1 percent rate after having risen at a 1.7 percent rate in the second quarter.

    Productivity is the amount of output per hour of work. Weaker productivity can be a hopeful sign for job creation. It often means companies can’t squeeze much more output from their staffs and must hire to meet demand.

    Over the past year, productivity has risen just 1.5 percent. That’s half the average growth that companies saw in 2009 and 2010, shortly after many laid off workers to cut costs during the Great Recession.

    Economists predict worker productivity will slow for the rest of this year and through 2013. Higher productivity is typical during and after a recession, they note. Companies tend to shed workers in the face of falling demand and increase output from a smaller work force. Once the economy starts to grow, demand rises and companies eventually must add workers if they want to keep up.

    The economic recovery is showing some signs of improvement since the spring.

    For more: http://www.startribune.com/business/176759661.html?refer=y

  34. CR says:

    US builders increase spending 0.6 per cent in September as home construction posts solid gain

    11/1/12 By Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON – U.S. builders spent more on home construction in September, a gain that helped offset weakness in nonresidential building and government projects.

    Construction spending grew 0.6 per cent compared to August when spending had fallen 0.1 per cent, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

    The strength in September came from a 2.8 per cent rise in home building. Spending on commercial projects such as office buildings and shopping centres fell 0.1 per cent and spending on government projects was down 0.8 per cent, the third monthly decline.

    The September increase pushed construction spending to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $851.6 billion, 14.1 per cent higher than a 12-year low hit in February 2011. But even with the gain, construction is at roughly half the level considered healthy.

    Although new homes represent less than 20 per cent of the housing sales market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

    Home builders started work on new homes and apartments at the fastest pace in more than four years in September. They also requested the most building permits in four years, a sign that many are confident that recent gains in home sales will continue.

    New home sales in September jumped to the highest annual pace in the past two and a half years. Sales of previously occupied homes dipped in September but have risen steadily in the past year.

    Home prices rose in August compared to July in 19 of 20 major cities tracked by the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller index. Prices were up nationally by 2 per cent in August compared to August 2011, the third straight increase and faster than the July gain.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-builders-increase-spending-0-6-per-cent-142208992.html;_ylt=A2KJjb2Kk5JQpQkA8QDQtDMD

  35. CR says:

    U.S. Retail Sales Rise in October Before Sandy

    11/1/12 Nasdaq

    –Retailers showing same-store sales growth

    –Period just missed devastating Hurricane Sandy

    –Macy’s beats expectations while Target misses.

    U.S. retail sales rose in October, as retailers closed their books on the month before the brunt of Hurricane Sandy slammed the Northeast.

    Macy’s Inc. (M) same-store sales increased 4.1%, handily beating expectations for 3.1%. “We are feeling confident about our prospects for the upcoming holiday season and have increased our sales guidance for the fall season, despite the interruption caused by Hurricane Sandy in the first few days” of the new quarter, Chief Executive Terry Lundgren said. “The key growth strategies we put in place three years ago continue to provide us new opportunities.”

    Kohl’s Corp. (KSS) said comparable-store sales rose 3.3%, when 1.1% was expected. For the month, the Midwest was Kohl’s strongest region and children’s was the strongest line of business, with toys doing especially well. Women’s saw growth, but it was slightly below the company average. Kohl’s also said it is following the trend of retailers that will no longer report same-store sales on a monthly basis. Kohl’s will halt the practice early next year.

    Target Corp.’s (TGT) same-store sales grew 2.4%, less than the expected 3.2% increase. “While October comparable-store sales were near the low end of our expected range, our third-quarter comparable-store sales increase of 2.9% was in line with our guidance,” said CEO Gregg Steinhafel.

    “As we enter the fourth quarter, we feel very good about our holiday-season merchandising and marketing plans,” Mr. Steinhafel said.

    For more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/us-retail-sales-rise-in-october-before-sandy-20121101-01149#.UJKT7rR9-Jc

  36. CR says:

    12:45 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    West Middle School, Muscatine, IA

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

  37. CR says:

    1:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a grassroots event Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, Jacksonville, FL

    • CR says:

      November 01, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
      Jacksonville, Florida

      1:18 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: My goodness! (Applause.) Oh, you guys. Do you know how much I love you? (Applause.) I am thrilled to be back to see you all here. This is an amazing turnout. (Applause.)

      The one thing before I get started, in light of what has happened on the East Coast over these past several days, I do want to take a moment to say of course that our thoughts and our prayers are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy.

      We are heartbroken about the lives that have been lost and all the damage that has been done in so many of our communities. And as you all know, as you have seen, Barack has been working around the clock with governors and mayors — (applause) — absolutely — and our extraordinary first responders to make sure that they have all of the support and resources that they need.

      And I know that one of the things that we do in times of crisis is come together. Yes, we do. We will continue to come together as one American family to help our fellow citizens recover from this devastating storm. So I just wanted to say that, to make sure that even in the midst of all this, we’re staying focused on what’s important.

      And with that, I also want to thank Karen for that very kind introduction and for everything she is doing on behalf of our campaign. We’ve got to give Karen a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      And of course, oh, I have to thank — and I missed him. I was doing an interview. (Laughter.) Oh, but if you don’t — if you know anything about me, you know that my favorite musician and one of my favorite people in the whole wide world is Stevie Wonder. (Applause.) I have loved him since I was — the first album I bought — well, I didn’t buy it because — my grandfather bought me Talking Book — it was my first album. (Applause.) So I just want to thank him, as always, for continuing to grace us with his words and with his song. Let’s give Stevie Wonder a round of applause. (Applause.)

      But most of all, I want to continue to thank all of you. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you for just being right there. Thank you for being here today. Thank you for everything that you’ve done for us not just throughout this campaign, but for over the last four years.

      And I know you all are fired up and ready to go. I know it. (Applause.) I know it. And let me tell you, sometimes when I get — I went home, I got to see Malia and Sasha, check homework, all that stuff. I got up this morning, I was a little tired. But let me tell you, right now I am fired up and ready to go. (Applause.) Because in just five days — five days — (applause) — we have the opportunity to re-elect such a decent, honest man — (applause) — honest man, a man whose courage and integrity we have seen every day for the last four years, the man I have known and loved for 23 years — my husband, our President, Barack Obama. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/01/remarks-first-lady-campaign-event

  38. CR says:

    2:30 PM ET
    President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama
    Toledo, OH

  39. 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

  40. CR says:

    3:25 PM EDT
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    The Ballroom at Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL

  41. CR says:

    Pentagon airlifts power teams, trucks to New York

    11/1/12 Reuters – 59 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is airlifting power restoration experts and trucks cross-country, from California to New York, to bolster efforts to assist the millions of people still living in darkness days after superstorm Sandy hit the U.S. Northeast.

    The C-5 and C-17 military transport planes – designed to carry heavy military equipment, like tanks – began flying from March Air Reserve Base in southern California early on Thursday and were due to start arriving in the afternoon at an Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.

    Pentagon spokesman George Little said 62 vehicles owned by Southern California Edison, one of southern California’s biggest power companies, will “move out to support efforts to restore power to the stricken region.”

    More than 100 employees of Southern California Edison were flying out on the military flights, as well on a separate charter flight, another U.S. official said.

    More than 4.6 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast were without power on Thursday, down from a high of nearly 8.5 million, which surpassed the record 8.4 million customers who lost electricity from last year’s Hurricane Irene.

    Sandy made landfall in New Jersey with a full moon around high tide, creating a record storm surge that flooded lower Manhattan. By Thursday, the storm had dissipated over the North American mainland.

  42. CR says:

    5:10 PM ET
    President Obama attends a grassroots event
    Cheyenne Sports Complex. Las Vegas, NV

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/President-Obama-Campaigns-in-Three-States/10737435502/

  43. CR says:

    Beau Biden: Honoring Our Commitment to Veterans – OFA Wisconsin

    Published on Oct 31, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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    Beau Biden shares how President Obama and Vice President Biden are the choice in this election and how we have to honor our commitment to veterans.

  44. CR says:

    5:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    The Opera House at Fort Museum, Fort Dodge, IA

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

  45. CR says:

    5:30 PM ET
    President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama
    Akron, OH

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/President-Obama-Campaigns-in-Three-States/10737435502/

  46. CR says:

    Obama ‘honored’ to get Bloomberg’s endorsement

    11/1/12 3:26 PM EDT POLITICO44

    In a statement, President Obama reacts to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsing him: “I’m honored to have Mayor Bloomberg’s endorsement. I deeply respect him for his leadership in business, philanthropy and government, and appreciate the extraordinary job he’s doing right now, leading New York City through these difficult days.

    “While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time – that the key to a strong economy is investing in the skills and education of our people, that immigration reform is essential to an open and dynamic democracy, and that climate change is a threat to our children’s future, and we owe it to them to do something about it. Just as importantly, we agree that whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or independents, there is only one way to solve these challenges and move forward as a nation – together. I look forward to thanking him in person – but for now, he has my continued commitment that this country will stand by New York in its time of need. And New Yorkers have my word that we will recover, we will rebuild, and we will come back stronger.”

  47. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful November, CR and all friends! Only a few days now until we re-elect President Obama!

    Up here in the Northwest, we’re keeping Washington Democratic Blue!

  48. CR says:

    8:45 PM ET
    President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama
    Chillicothe, OH

  49. CR says:

    9:00 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Coors Events Center, Denver, Colorado

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/President-Obama-Campaigns-in-Three-States/10737435502/

  50. Fredrica Mudama says:

    HI Cheryl I’ve been in AZ for the past week trying to check on some things at home. I’ll be back in MH Sunday and maybe we can plan to meet up for lunch again after the election. The last few weeks we’ve been banking at the new union hall in Morgan Hill. They’ve imported a phonebank coordinator to help Elsa and Joe. It was really getting crazy with much too much to do. We are almost there!!!! Bicki

  51. CR says:

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