President Obama is Moving America FORWARD

President Obama on the Issues

Birth Control – Pro-Choice; believes in women’s right to choose.

China – Opposes citing China as a currency manipulator, which could lead to broad trade sanctions, instead pressing the matter through diplomacy and aggressively burnt unfair-trade cases to the WTO.

Debt – Promises to cut deficits by $4 trillion over 10 years, a goal that will require Congress to raise the capital gains tax, boost a taxes on households earning more than $250,000 a year, impose a minimum 30 percent tax on incomes above $1million.

Economy – Term marked by high unemployment, a deep recession that began in the previous administration and gradual recovery; responded to recession with a roughly $800 billion stimulus plan, expanded auto bailout begun under Bush; inherited and carried forward Wall Street bailout.

Education – Has approved waivers freeing states from the most onerous requirements of the Bush – era ‘No Child Left Behind‘ law; “ Race to the Top’ competition has rewarded winning states with billions of dollars for pursing education policies Obama supports.

Energy – Ordered temporary moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas drilling overall; achieved historic increases in fuel economy standards expect to save money at the pump while raising the code of new vehicles.

Environment – Achieved regulations on – heat-tapping gases blamed for global warming and on mercury pollution from power plants; spent heavily on green energy and has embraced nuclear power as a clean source; failed to persuade a Democratic congress tin 2009 to pass limits he promised on carbon emissions.

Gay Rights– Supports legal recognition of same- sex marriage; achieved repeal of the military ban on openly gay members; President Barack Obama decided that his administration no longer would enforce the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2011,

Guns – Has not pushed for stricter gun laws as president; signed laws letting people carry concealed weapons in national parks and in checked bags on Amtrak trains; voices support for renewed ban on assault-type weapons; previously backed stronger gun controls.

Health Care – Achieved landmark overhaul with the Affordable Care Act
including a Medicaid expansion and a mandate for almost everyone to obtain insurance; under the law, insurers may not deny coverage to people with pre-existing illness, tax credits will subsidize premiums, people can seek insurance in new marks and young adults can stay on their parent’s health care plan until age 26.

Immigration – Issued directive that immigrants brought illegally to the US as children be exempted from deportation and granted work permits if they apply; has failed to deliver on promised immigration overhaul but says he is still committed to it.

Mideast – Opposes near-term military strike on Iran except as last resort to stop it from getting nuclear weapons,; seeks international pressure against Syrian government rather then military aid for oppositions.

Social Security – Has not proposed a comprehensive plan to address Social Security’s long-term financial problems; proposed a new way of measuring inflation that would reduce annual increase in Social Security’s benefits, which would reduce the long-term shortfall be a bout 25 percent.

Taxes – Would raise taxes on the wealthy and ensure they pay at least 30 percent of their income; would extend Bush-era tax cuts for those making under ›200,000 ($250,000 for couples), let top two tax rates go back up on 396 percent and 36 percent, raise rates on capital gains and dividends for the wealthy.

Terrorism – Approved the raid that killed Osama bin Laden ; set policy that the US would no longer use harsh interrogation techniques; expanded use of drone strikes against terrorist targets abroad.

For all the issues:

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

* Under President Obama, we’ve seen 31 straight months of job growth, adding 5.2 million private sector jobs, including nearly 500,000 manufacturing jobs – the most growth since 1997

* Cut taxes by $3,600 for the typical middle class family making $50,000 a year over his first term – find out how his plan impacts your taxes

“All of the above” strategy to develop every available source of American made energy—including oil, gas, clean coal, wind, solar, biofuels, nuclear – and taking steps to protect our climate

* Set a goal to cut tuition growth in half over the next decade with a plan to double campus based student aid and incentives for schools that are successful at keeping tuition growth down

* Responsibly ended the war in Iraq , is bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, and will use half the savings to reduce the deficit and the rest to engage in nation-building here at home

* 100 million Americans saw lifetime caps on coverage lifted, so that families have the security of knowing that their insurance will cover them when they need it most

* Believes a woman’s health care choices are personal decisions, best made with her doctor—without interference from politicians

* Improved Medicare by adding free preventive care, closing the “doughnut hole” saving seniors an average of $600 last year, and extended the life of Medicare by 8 years by eliminating $716 billion in waste, fraud, and abuse

* Is lifting the shadow of deportation from young, hardworking immigrants who were brought here as children, and is committed to comprehensive immigration reform

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President Obama teams on MTV to Answer YourQuestions Live!
October 26 at 5 p.m. across all MTV screens.




47 thoughts on “President Obama is Moving America FORWARD

  1. WH

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:10 AM
    Dr Jill Biden attends a campaign event
    Concord, NH

    11:30 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    11:45 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI

    12:00 PM
    12:05 PM
    President Obama tapes an interview with “The Michael Smerconish Show.”

    1:00 PM
    1:40 PM
    Dr Jill Biden attends a campaign event
    Berlin, NH

    2:00 PM
    President Obama travels to the Democratic National Committee HQ
    DC, Washington

    2:10 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a breakfast campaign event
    Jacobs Private Residence, La Jolla, CA

    3:00 PM
    3:45 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    University of Wisconsin–Parkside, Kenosha, WI

    Dr Jill Biden attends a campaign event
    Conway, NH

    5:00 PM
    President Obama holds a live interview by Sway Calloway

    5:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a grassroots supporters
    Orr Middle School, Las Vegas, NV

    5:40 PM
    President Obama tapes an interview with April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks.

    6:00 PM
    Dr Jill Biden attends a campaign event
    Laconia, NH

    7:00 PM
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  2. betting-on-america-pbo-quote

    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

    • pres_obama_tax_cuts_for_companies_bringing_jobs_back_to_america

      We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back.

      We can’t bring every job back that’s left our shore. But right now, it’s getting more expensive to do business in places like China. Meanwhile, America is more productive.

      So we have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.

      We should start with our tax code. Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas. Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and everyone knows it. So let’s change it.

      First, if you’re a business that wants to outsource jobs, you shouldn’t get a tax deduction for doing it.

      That money should be used to cover moving expenses for companies like Master Lock that decide to bring jobs home.

      Second, no American company should be able to avoid paying its fair share of taxes by moving jobs and profits overseas.

      From now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. And every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here in America.

      Third, if you’re an American manufacturer, you should get a bigger tax cut. If you’re a high-tech manufacturer, we should double the tax deduction you get for making your products here. And if you want to relocate in a community that was hit hard when a factory left town, you should get help financing a new plant, equipment, or training for new workers.

      So my message is simple. It is time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. (Congress) Send me these tax reforms, and I will sign them right away.”

      President Obama – January 24, 2012 State of the Union Address

    • President Obama releases transcript of Register interview

      Oct 24, 2012 desmoinesregister


      THE PRESIDENT: It’s home away from home.

      But I know that our time is limited and you guys have a lot of questions. I thought maybe it would be useful for me to just summarize how I see a second term very quickly, and then you guys can pepper me with questions. Does that sound okay?

      Q: Thank you very much.

      THE PRESIDENT: Obviously, I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last four years. A lot of it was responding to the most severe economic emergency we’ve had since the Great Depression. And whether it was saving the auto industry, stabilizing the financial system, making sure that we got into a growth mode again and started putting people back to work, we have made real progress.

      But people are obviously still hurting in a lot of parts of the country. And that’s why last night I tried to reiterate a very specific plan that we’ve put forward to make sure that the economy is growing, we’re bringing down our deficit, and we’re creating jobs.

      So, number one, I’m very interested in continuing to build on the work that we did not just in the auto industry but some of the other industrial sectors, bringing manufacturing back to our shores; changing our tax code to reward companies that are investing here. There is a real sense that companies are starting to make decisions about insourcing, and some modest incentives I think can make a real difference in terms of us seeing continued manufacturing growth, which obviously has huge ramifications throughout the economy, including in the service sector of the economy.

      Number two, education, which has obviously been a priority for us over the last four years — I want to build on what we’ve done with Race to the Top, but really focus on STEM education — math, science, technology, computer science. And part of that is helping states to hire teachers with the highest standards and training in these subjects so we can start making sure that our kids are catching up to some of the other industrialized world.

      Two million more slots in community colleges that allows our workers to retrain, but also young people who may not want to go to a four-year college, making sure that the training they’re receiving is actually for jobs that are out there right now. And we want to continue to work — building on the progress we’ve done over the last four years — to keep tuition low for those who do attend either a two-year or a four-year college.

      Number three, controlling our own energy. This obviously is of interest to Iowa. Our support of biofuels, our support of wind energy has created thousands of jobs in Iowa. But even more importantly, this is going to be the race to the future. The country that controls new sources of energy, not just the traditional sources, is going to have a huge competitive advantage 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now.

      So in addition to doubling our fuel-efficiency standards on cars and trucks, what we want to do is make sure that we’re producing new technologies here — long-lasting batteries, making sure that we are developing the wind and solar and other energy sources that may provide us a breakthrough. In the meantime, we’re still producing oil and natural gas at a record pace, but we’ve got to start preparing for the future. And as I said, it creates jobs right now in Iowa.

      Number four, I want to reduce our deficit. It’s got to be done in a balanced way. I’ve already cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending. I’m willing to do more. I’m willing to cut more, and I’m willing to work with Democrats and Republicans when it comes to making some adjustments that bring down the cost of our health care programs, which obviously are the biggest drivers of our deficit.

      But nobody who looks at the numbers thinks it’s realistic for us to actually reduce our deficit in a serious way without also having some revenue. And we’ve identified tax rates going up to the Clinton rates for income above $250,000; making some adjustments in terms of the corporate tax side that could actually bring down the corporate tax overall, but broaden the base and close some loopholes. That would be good for our economy, and it would be good for reducing our deficit.

      And finally, using some of the war savings to put people back to work on infrastructure — roads, bridges. We’ve fallen behind in that area. And we can — this deferred maintenance, we can put people to work, back, right now, and at the same time make sure that our economy is more competitive over the long term.

      So that’s sort of a summary of the things I want to accomplish to create jobs and economic growth. Obviously, there are other items on the agenda. We need to get immigration reform done, and I’m fully committed to doing that. I think there’s still more work on the energy efficiency side that we can do — helping to retrofit our buildings, schools, hospitals, so that they’re energy efficient — because if we achieved efficiencies at the level of, let’s say, Japan, we could actually cut our power bill by about 20-25 percent, and that would have the added benefit of taking a whole bunch of carbon out of the atmosphere.

      So there are some things that we can do, but obviously the key focus is making sure that the economy is growing. That will facilitate all the other work that we do.

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    • Krugman: Obama among the most ‘successful presidents in American history’

      10/13/14 11:44AM By Steve Benen maddowblog

      Paul Krugman would never be mistaken for an Obama cheerleader. When President Obama was riding high, enjoying broad support and high poll numbers, it was Krugman who was discouraged, offering substantive criticism and words of caution. In late 2007, the then-senator’s campaign team was so irritated with Krugman that Obama’s aides dropped an oppo document on him.

      Six years later, it’s interesting to see how much the roles have reversed. The president’s support has clearly faltered. Much of the country either blames him for tumultuous events, refuses to credit him for national progress, or both. But it’s Krugman who’s come around — much of the American mainstream has turned on Obama, for reasons that may not be entirely rational, but it’s the Nobel laureate offering a spirited defense of the president in a Rolling Stone cover story.

      … Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn’t deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history. […]

      This is what a successful presidency looks like. No president gets to do everything his supporters expected him to. FDR left behind a reformed nation, but one in which the wealthy retained a lot of power and privilege. On the other side, for all his anti-government rhetoric, Reagan left the core institutions of the New Deal and the Great Society in place. I don’t care about the fact that Obama hasn’t lived up to the golden dreams of 2008, and I care even less about his approval rating. I do care that he has, when all is said and done, achieved a lot. That is, as Joe Biden didn’t quite say, a big deal.

      Krugman’s piece goes into considerable detail — on the economy, on health care, on Wall Street reform, on climate — but the broader takeaway is that the New York Times columnist is saying what much of the country is not: that Obama’s presidency has been a great success. The praise is qualified at times, but it’s nevertheless enthusiastic.

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  3. 2012 Publisher’s Endorsements for President Obama’s Re-Election

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

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

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

    Obama has earned another term. Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The country needs Barack ObamaMuskegon Chronicle – Michigan

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

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

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

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

    “President Obama needs our help. After all he’s done for us, we owe him the opportunity to transform from a very good president into a truly great one in his second term.”  The Stranger – Washington

    “If it’s true that united we stand and divided we fall, America will come crashing down should Mitt Romney be elected president. He’s already declared half the citizenry worthless, and said that as president, he’ll concern himself only with the others. All those deemed unworthy of Romney’s attention are low- and middle-income Americans, people who, unlike Romney himself, had no rich father’s shoulders to stand on. These are the people who most need a friend in the White House. Romney promises the back of his hand.

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

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

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

    President Barack Obama is the best choiceThe Flint Journal – Michigan

    Barack ObamaMontclair Times – New Jersey

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

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

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

    Barack Obama for Re-ElectionNew York Times – New York

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

  4. President Obama Teams With MTV To Answer Your Questions Live!
    ‘Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview With the President’ will air Friday, October 26 at 5 p.m. across all MTV screens.

    Oct 23 2012 By James Montgomery –

    President Barack Obama will directly address the concerns of young voters in “Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview With the President,” which will air live Friday, October 26 at 5 p.m. ET (tape delayed PT) across all of MTV’s screens.

    The half-hour special will feature MTV News correspondents Sway Calloway, who will sit down with the president in the White House, and Andrew Jenks, who will be on the ground at a college campus in Washington, D.C., with a group of young voters. You can submit your questions for the commander in chief beginning Tuesday (October 23) by hitting up the MTV Facebook page.

    Be sure to submit your question for the President right here.

    It’s all part of our ongoing “Power of 12” campaign, which aims to engage the 45 million 18 to 29-year-olds eligible to vote in this election (making them the largest potential voting bloc in the country). MTV’s “Ask Obama Live” will mark the first time in this campaign that either candidate has focused directly on those young voters’ top concerns, including jobs, the cost of college, rising student loan debt, and social issues like LGBTQ rights and immigration.

    MTV has also invited Obama’s opponent, Mitt Romney, to participate in a similar live special, and hopes to conduct a sit-down interview with him in advance of Election Day on November 6.

    “Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview With the President” airs live on Friday, October 26 at 5 p.m. ET (tape delayed PT) across MTV’s screens, including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams, as well as online at and MTV’s mobile platforms. Send your questions to the president now through the MTV Facebook page.

    • Hmm. The polls would say those people aren’t actually in that photo. The polls are silly.

  5. West Wing Week: 10/26/12 or “The Difference One Person Can Make”

    Published on Oct 25, 2012 by whitehouse

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President urged Congress to join him in helping responsible homeowners refinance, Cecilia Muñoz reflected on the importance of the Cesar Chavez National Monument, and the Vice President and Dr. Biden honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while the White House wrapped up its annual fall garden tours and held a Garden Social Tweet Up.

  6. Obama endorses same-sex marriage initiatives in three states

    10/25/12 By Nicole Neroulias | Reuters – 9 hrs ago

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday endorsed state ballot initiatives to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, Maryland and Maine as he sought to galvanize gay and lesbian enthusiasm for his re-election bid.

    Statements issued by the Obama campaign in those three states urging voters to approve the gay-marriage measures on their respective November 6 ballots came five months after Obama became the first U.S. president to express support for the right of same-sex couples to wed.

    With polls showing Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney running neck and neck, the outcome of the race is likely to hinge largely on the Election Day turnout of their core constituencies, and both candidates are doing the utmost to motivate their supporters.

    For Obama, the gay and lesbian community is seen as a loyal and potentially pivotal voting bloc, along with larger demographic groups such as Hispanics and single, young women.

    “While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” according to a statement in Seattle by Paul Bell, press secretary for Obama’s campaign in Washington and Oregon.

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    • Freedom to Marry, HRC Praise President Obama’s Support for State Marriage Efforts

      October 25, 2012 by Paul Guequierre –

      Today President Obama called on Americans to support the freedom to marry when they vote on ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington. The president has previously spoken out against a Minnesota proposal to exclude gays and lesbians from marriage in the state constitution. Washington residents are already voting by mail, while voters in the other three states will vote at the polls on Nov. 6.

      “President Obama continues to be a transformational leader for LGBT equality,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “The president’s historic announcement of his support for marriage equality earlier this year sent a powerful message, particularly to LGBT youth, that no one’s hope of achieving the American dream should be curtailed simply because of who they are. In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, we enter the final two weeks of this hard-fought campaign knowing that the president of the United States joins our entire community in supporting their efforts to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect.”

      “Today President Obama added a strong and personal ‘I do’ to voters still making up their minds on whether to support the freedom to marry in Maine, Maryland, and Washington this election, and Freedom to Marry applauds the president’s moral leadership in standing up for families, fairness, and freedom,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. “As the president said in May, ‘Same-sex couples should be able to get married … when we think about our faith, it’s also the golden rule.’ The right thing to do on these ballot-measures is to vote to treat others just as you would want to be treated – and let loving and committed couples share in the freedom to marry.”

  7. Economy in U.S. Expands at 2% Annual Rate, More Than Forecast

    Oct 26, 2012 5:30 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    The economy in the U.S. expanded more than forecast in the third quarter, paced by a pickup in consumer spending, a rebound in government outlays and gains in residential construction.

    Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S., rose at a 2 percent annual rate after climbing 1.3 percent in the prior quarter, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 86 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 1.8 percent gain.

    A housing rebound is helping mend Americans’ finances and confidence, indicating the pickup in demand for expensive items such as automobiles can be sustained.

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    • Economic growth exceeds expectations, picks up steam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  8. Shot Pakistani girl “will rise again”: father

    10/26/12 By Stephen Eisenhammer | Reuters – 1 hr 4 mins ago

    BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – The father of a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education said on Friday she would “rise again” to pursue her dreams after hospital treatment.

    Malala Yousufzai, 15, was flown from Pakistan to Britain for specialist treatment after the October 9 attack, which drew widespread international condemnation.

    The father Ziauddin Yousufzai and other family members arrived in Britain on Thursday to help her recovery.

    “They wanted to kill her. But she fell temporarily. She will rise again. She will stand again,” he told reporters, his voice breaking with emotion.

    Malala has become a powerful symbol of resistance to the Taliban’s efforts to deny women education. Public fury in Pakistan over her shooting has put pressure on the military to mount an offensive against the radical Islamist group.

    “When she fell, Pakistan stood … this is a turning point,” her father said. “(In) Pakistan for the first time … all political parties, the government, the children, the elders, they were crying and praying to God.”

    The Taliban have said they attacked her because she spoke out against the group and praised U.S. President Barack Obama.

    A cheerful schoolgirl who wants to become a politician, Malala Yousufzai began speaking out against the Pakistani Taliban when she was 11, around the time when the government had effectively ceded control of the Swat Valley to the militants.

    She has been in critical condition since gunmen shot her in the head and neck as she left school in Swat, northwest of Islamabad.

    She could be at risk of further attack if she went back to Pakistan, where Taliban insurgents have issued more death threats against her and her father since she was shot.

    “It’s a miracle for us,” her father said. “She was in a very bad condition … She is improving with encouraging speed.”

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  9. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Plan to Get People to Vote

    Published on Oct 26, 2012 by JimmyKimmelLive

    Jimmy Kimmel Live – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Plan to Get People to Vote

  10. Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index Rose to 82.6 in October
    Confidence among U.S. consumers rose in October from the prior month to the highest level since before the last recession began five years ago.

    Oct 26, 2012 7:07 AM PT By Elizabeth Dexheimer – bloomberg

    Confidence among U.S. consumers rose in October from the prior month to the highest level since before the last recession began five years ago.
    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan final consumer sentiment index climbed to 82.6, the highest since September 2007, from 78.3 in September.

    Economists projected 83 for the measure after a preliminary October reading of 83.1, according to the median forecast of 60 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

    Lower gasoline prices, improving property values and a drop in unemployment may be helping to boost sentiment, brightening the outlook for household purchases. Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy, accelerated in the third quarter, another report showed.

    “I think part of it is declining energy prices, you know we’ve seen some gradual improvement in the labor market, that may be another factor,” Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York, said before the report. “Falling energy prices and a gradually improving labor market are good for spending.”

    The economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate from July through September after a 1.3 percent advance in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said. Household purchases also rose at a 2 percent pace in the third quarter, up from 1.5 percent. Spending added 1.4 percentage points to growth.

    “There were signs that the economy is continuing to gain strength as rising consumer confidence translated to stronger than expected consumer spending in the September quarter,” R. Roger Berrier, president and chief operating officer of Greensboro, North Carolina-based Unifi Inc., a producer of synthetic yarns, said on an earnings teleconference on Oct. 25.

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    Conservative Scholars Bullish That A Romney Supreme Court Could Reverse Longstanding Liberal Jurisprudence

    OCTOBER 26, 2012, 6:51 AM SAHIL KAPUR – tpm

    A potential Mitt Romney presidency carries huge implications for the Supreme Court that have conservatives excited and progressives fearful about the future.

    Liberal-leaning Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, and Steven Breyer, 74, are likely candidates for retirement during a Romney administration, the GOP nominee has vowed to appoint staunch conservatives, and the influential conservative legal community will make sure he follows through.

    Replacing even one of the liberal justices with a conservative, legal scholars and advocates across the ideological spectrum agree, would position conservatives to scale back the social safety net and abortion rights in the near term. Over time, if a robust five-vote conservative bloc prevails on the court for years, the right would have the potential opportunity to reverse nearly a century of progressive jurisprudence.

    For all those reasons, conservative legal activists anticipate that a Romney win would be the culmination of their decades-long project to remake the country’s legal architecture.

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    • If Elected, Moderate Mitt Will Disappear

      Oct 25, 2012 3:31 PM PT By Jonathan Alter – Bloomberg Opinion

      You have to hand it to Mitt Romney and his team.
      Starting in the first debate, he pivoted almost effortlessly to the center, which is where elections are won. If he beats President Barack Obama, it will be because he Etch-A- Sketched his earlier positions and convinced enough people that he would be a moderate president.

      Unfortunately, he has little chance of governing that way. We don’t know which Romney will show up on a given day, but we sure know which Republican Party would be in charge in Washington every minute. The Republicans have become the most extreme major political party in generations. They are tolerating Romney’s heresies this month only to gain power.

      If a President Romney tried to govern in a moderate fashion by, say, allowing for some revenue increases to reduce the deficit, his base wouldn’t hesitate to savage him. Then he would be a man without a party, unless you include Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Were Senator Scott Brown to survive his challenge in Massachusetts (and Elizabeth Warren currently leads in the polls), the moderate Republican caucus in Congress might include just two senators, plus three or four House members. That’s it.

      More likely, Romney as president would be a man with a strange crick in the neck, constantly looking over his right shoulder to see which pickup truck full of movement conservatives was about to run him over.

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  12. October 26, 2012

    Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid al-Adha

    Michelle and I extend our best wishes for a joyful Eid al-Adha to Muslims in the United States and around the world. We also congratulate the millions of peaceful pilgrims who are performing the Hajj, including thousands of American Muslims.

    Throughout the year, Muslims join members of many faiths in serving those suffering from hunger, disease, and conflict. Muslim communities will continue this practice as they celebrate Eid by distributing food and charity to those in need. Such acts of compassion underscore the shared values of the Abrahamic religions and people of all faiths. On behalf of the American people, we extend our warmest greetings on this holiday. Eid Mubarak.

  13. 2:10 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a breakfast campaign event
    Jacobs Private Residence, La Jolla, CA

    • October 26, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event — La Jolla, CA

      Private Residence

      La Jolla, California

      11:24 A.M. PDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Rest yourselves. You all have been working very hard to put this event together, so I don’t want you worn out. Eleven more days. I want everyone fresh. (Laughter.) But thank you so much.

      I am so happy to be back in San Diego. It is just such a beautiful city. It’s one of those we’re kind of looking at when this is all over, don’t you think? (Laughter and applause.)

      But of course I want to thank Joan and Irwin, not only for that very kind introduction, but for allowing us to be in this beautiful home, and sharing your home, sharing your family, the entire Jacobs family. I’ve met many of them. (Laughter.) Most of them are what I call normal height, which is my height. (Laughter.) And to Sarah, also, and all of your team for helping to put this together.

      The one thing that I know when people talk about the future and whether the next generation is ready to take it on, when I meet young people like Sarah, who have the kind of tenacity and focus and organization and maturity to work for us, to handle the stress, to do an event like this, I know I my heart that we are in good hands. So thank you, Sarah, and thank you to the Jacobs family for everything you’re doing. (Applause.)

      And of course I want to thank the entire host committee for pulling together an outstanding event. You all have done a magnificent job. We have so many supporters who have been with us from the very beginning, and it means the world to me and Barack, not just at this time when it’s 11 days out, but over the past four years of having you all right by our sides. So thank you all.

      And thank you all for taking the time to join us today. It’s morning. I think somebody asked me that — do I know what date it is. (Laughter.) I only know that it’s 11 days before Election Day. It is Friday. It is somewhere in the morning time. And Halloween is Wednesday. (Laughter and applause.) I do know the important things. (Laughter.) I know where my children are right this second.

      But I know you all are very fired up and ready to go, and I am so glad to see that, because I’m very fired up and ready to go, too. We are going to get this done.

      One of the things I have enjoyed doing over the past several months in this campaign is that I get to talk about the man that I have loved and admired, and I am so proud of my husband — (applause) — these 23 years — I get to tell you all about him. (Applause.)

      Although this man, this love of my life, he is handsome and charming and incredibly smart, and patient and kind — that’s not why I married him. (Laughter.) No, no. Those are good things, but what truly made me fall in love with Barack is something that we’ve seen for four years — and more: his character. We have seen it at work every day. We have seen his decency, his honesty, his compassion and conviction.

      When I first met Barack, I loved the fact that this was a man that was so committed to serving others that he turned down high-paying jobs, and instead, started his career fighting to get folks back to work in struggling communities.

      And I loved how devoted Barack was to his family, especially to the women in his life. That had meant something to me. I didn’t know I was going to have two girls. But I loved watching him with his mother and his grandmother. I saw the respect he had for his mother — how proud he was that she was able to put herself through school and still pay the bills and take care of him and his sister a single mom.

      And that the tenderness that he saw — felt for his grandmother. How grateful he was that long after she should have retired, she was still getting up every morning and catching that bus to her job at the community bank, doing everything she could to support their family.

      And he also watched as she was passed over for promotion, again and again, simply because she was a woman. See, but what he took away from that is that he saw how this woman kept on getting up every day, doing that same job without complaint or regret.

      And see, the truth is that, with Barack, I found a real connection because in his life story, I saw so much of my own. I watched my father, growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I watched him make that same uncomplaining journey every day to his job at the city water plant. And I saw how he carried himself with that same dignity, that same pride in being able to provide for his family, that same hope that his kids would one day have opportunities he never dreamed of.

      And see, here’s the thing, like so many families in this country, our families just weren’t asking for much. They didn’t want much, and they didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success. In fact, they admired it. They didn’t mind if others had much more than they did. That’s why they pushed us to be the very best that we could be.

      But they simply believed in that fundamental American promise that even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids.

      But they also believed that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and you finally walked through that doorway of opportunity, you don’t slam it shut behind you. No — you reach back. (Applause.) Yes! And you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed. And that is how Barack and I, and I know how so many of you, were raised. Those are the values we were taught.

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  14. Smearing yard signs with Vaseline to protect against vandalism: N.C., Va. share swing-state stories

    10/26/12 By Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 3 hrs ago

    As Election Day approaches, Yahoo News has asked voters in swing states to share what it’s like being in the thick of things as President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney smother them with attention. This week, we look at North Carolina and Virgina, two Southern states that are being contested this year. In their own words and photos, voters shared their impressions. Here are some excerpts. Live in a swing state and want to share your story? Here’s how.

    I thought it would be kind of cool to be in a swing state because of the national attention, but it turns out to be more hellish than expected.

    It was great having the DNC here [but] now I just wish all things political would stop!

    My wife and I are divided for president, so we’ll have to vote just to cancel each other out. I find [the division] to be pretty typical around here. I know several couples that way. (I’m not allowed to have any political sign, just because my wife would also [want to] have one.)

    Not only do we see [more than eight] commercials a day, but 95 percent are attack ads, and it’s all negative. It makes you think that Obama will feast on the flesh of your children, and Romney is out to torture and kill fluffy bunny rabbits. I’m hoping that both are untrue, but with these political ads, it makes you think.

    —Stuart Schafer, Charlotte, N.C., in an email to Yahoo News

    Obama-Biden sign in Roanoke, Va. (Cheryl Preston)
    Living in our area is, at times, very difficult for those who are liberal.
    Although I know there are Obama supporters around, I have only seen two Obama-Biden campaign signs as opposed to many Romney-Ryan signs around town.

    There’s a lot of tension in our area over the election, and it seems very one-sided. On television, there are a lot of Romney commercials and a couple Obama commercials now. It seems like every commercial break [has] at least one political segment.

    It’s a very isolating feeling to think that you are alone in your stance. I skirt around conversations that have to do with politics at my workplace and with my patients for fear of being discriminated against.

    [But] I’m starting to not be so concerned about what people think anymore. It’s my right as an American to pick whoever I want to be president. That’s what makes our country so amazing: freedom.

    My husband, his parents, and siblings are all voting to re-elect President Obama. As far as our friends, it’s about 80/20 [in Mitt Romney’s favor]. Many of them we know will vote for Romney, but there are a few who are moderate in their views and are leaning toward President Obama. Today I went to one of the early voting centers and placed my vote for President Obama. I feel so proud to be an American, to have the right to choose who I think best represents me, my beliefs and my hopes for our nation.

    —Hilary Andrews, Pinehurst, N.C., in an email to Yahoo News

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    • I have two ornamental rebar stakes that are holding a 2012 rally sign with metal rings at the front of my house facing the street. I taped this note on the rally sign:


      My sign has not been defaced or stolen yet!

  15. 5:30 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a grassroots supporters
    Orr Middle School, Las Vegas, NV

    • October 26, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event — Las Vegas, Nevada

      Orr Middle School

      Las Vegas, Nevada

      2:19 P.M. PDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Wow! (Applause.) Yes! (Applause.) We’re going to do this! Thank you all so much. I am so excited to be here. (Applause.) Of course, I want to wish you all a happy Nevada Day. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Happy belated birthday!

      MRS. OBAMA: For who? No, it’s not my birthday. (Laughter.) Belated? My birthday is in January. It’s coming. It’s coming. (Laughter.) You haven’t missed it yet, but thank you, though. (Laughter.)

      But let me start — I want to start by thanking Shelby, not just for that kind introduction, but for everything she’s doing on behalf of our kids and the work she’s doing on behalf of this campaign. Let’s give her a round of applause. (Applause.)

      And I also want to thank Landra Reid. I know she was here earlier. I want to thank her for taking the time. She and Senator Reid have been tremendous friends and supporters. They are awesome champions for this state and this country. (Applause.) We are so proud to have them on our side.

      I also want to acknowledge and thank for Dina Titus, Steven Horsford. (Applause.) Steven Horsford, John Oceguera, all of whom are going to make wonderful representatives in Congress as well. So let’s give them a round of applause. (Applause.)

      And of course, I want to recognize Congresswoman Berkley, who will make a tremendous Senator right here in this state. (Applause.) But most of all —

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We need Shelley!

      MRS. OBAMA: We need her. We need her.

      But most of all, I want to thank all of you. (Applause.) Thank you for being here today. Thank you for working so hard. I’m so glad you all are fired up and ready to go! I love it. (Applause.) Love it. Because if you haven’t noticed, I’m feeling pretty fired up and ready to go myself. (Applause.)

      All right, so here’s the secret. One of the reason I really love campaigning — and I don’t share this with my husband often — (laughter) — but it’s because I get to do one of my favorite things. I get to talk about the man that I have loved and admired since the day I met him 23 years ago. (Applause.) This is a very good excuse. And to all the men out there, you know we wives, we don’t like to talk about you nicely to your face. (Laughter.) We do all this nice talk behind your back. So hopefully he’s not listening. (Laughter.)

      But although my husband is handsome and charming — (applause) — and incredibly smart, that is not why I married him. (Laughter.) No, no. All right, listen up. To all the fellas out there, if you’re wondering how do you get a good woman — because I know we’ve got a lot of them out here, so listen up. (Applause.) What truly made me fall in love with Barack Obama was his character. It is that thing I see in this man every day. For four years we’ve seen it — his decency, his honesty, his compassion and conviction. (Applause.)

      This is the man I have known my entire life with him. I love that Barack, when I first met him, that he was so committed to serving others that he turned down high-paying jobs, and instead, started his career fighting to get folks back to work in struggling communities. I loved that about him. (Applause.)

      I loved that Barack was so devoted to his family, especially the women in his life. (Applause.) Yes, indeed. I saw the respect he had for his mother — how proud he was that she was able to put herself through school and still do everything it took to support he and his sister as a single mom.

      I saw the tenderness he felt for his grandmother. How grateful he was that long after she should have retired, she was still waking up every morning to catch that bus to her job at the community bank, doing everything she could to help support his family.

      And he watched as she was passed over for again and again for promotions, simply because she was a woman. But he also saw how she kept getting up — you hear me? She kept getting up every day, year after year, to that same job without complaint or regret.

      See, with Barack, I found a real connection because in his life story, I saw so much of my own. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago — (applause) — Chicago! I watched him my own father make that same uncomplaining journey every day to his job at the city water plant. And I saw my father get up every day and carry himself with that same dignity, that same pride that folks get when they can provide for their family, that same hope that his kids would one day have opportunities he could never imagine for himself.

      See, this is the thing, like so many families in this country, our families just weren’t asking for much. They didn’t want much. They didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success. They didn’t mind if others had much more. In fact, they admired it. That’s why they pushed us to be the very best we could be. (Applause.)

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  16. 5:40 PM ET
    President Obama tapes an interview with April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks.

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