VOTE NOV 6 2012 – ¡Obamanos!



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89 thoughts on “VOTE NOV 6 2012 – ¡Obamanos!

  1. WH

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard , Madison, WI

    12:15 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden attend a campaign event
    Heritage Farm Museum at Claude Moore Park Sterling, VA

    12:55 PM
    President Obama departs Madison, Wis.

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:05 PM
    President Obama arrives in Columbus, Ohio.

    2:25 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign event with Bruce Springsteen and JAY Z
    Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH

    3:00 PM
    3:15 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    Flight Operations, Charlotte, NC

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:10 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    Southport Park, Orlando, FL

    7:00 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden attend a campaign event
    Historic Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond, VA

    8:00 PM
    8:25 PM
    President Obama departs Columbus, Ohio.
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM
    10:50 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a campaign event
    Des Moines’ East Village, Des Moines, IA

    12:00 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Des Moines, Iowa.

    1:00 AM
    1:05 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in Chicago, IL where they will remain overnight.

    • 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

    • Factory Job Gains Under Obama Best Since Clinton: BGOV Barometer

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

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

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

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

      For more:

    • 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.


    • 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.

    • “The Choice” – Obama For America TV Ad

      Published on Jul 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Read the President’s Plan: http://OFA.BO/MX3Ss8

      “Over the next four 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.”

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

      Published on Jul 13, 2012 by Barry Davis

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

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

  2. Good Sunday afternoon CR. I am feeling more optimistic about this election each day. I will be happy when the networks announce PBO as he winner. It is so much enthusiasm at the rallies, and I am so thankful to Presidnet Clinton for his hard work in getting PBO elected. Have a wonderful evening.

  3. Happy and HOPEful almost-time-to-re-elect-President-Obama Sunday evening, CR and COS and all friends!!


  4. America’s Changing Face Presents An Opportunity For The GOP

    November 05, 2012 4:00 AM by DON GONYEA – NPR

    The final days of an election cycle brings with it an obsession with the short term — the very short term. Daily tracking polls. A relentless get-it-post it-blog-it news cycle. Trending topics on Twitter telling us something (though it’s not always clear what).

    But for just a moment, let’s slow it down, look at what’s happening over a somewhat longer time frame and see what it tells us about what the country will look like for the winner of the presidential race.

    The Long View

    Paul Taylor at the Pew Research Center, for one, has been taking the long view — the very long view.

    “Well one way to think about America is we are in mid-passage of a big, century-long demographic change,” Taylor says.

    We are steadily moving toward the day when minorities will be the majority. In 1950, the country was 87 percent white. Taylor says that number will dip below 50 percent by 2050.

    “Every year it ticks a little more. If you think about it in terms of the electorate, you know every year about 3 million new people age into the electorate and age into the work force and every year about 3 million people age out — which is a euphemism for they leave this vale of tears,” Taylor says. “The people leaving are predominantly white. The people coming in are heavily non-white.”

    The growing percentage of the population that is minority comes thanks to a fast-growing Hispanic population as well as a steady increase in the number of Americans of Asian descent. All of this has an effect on politics.

    “Republicans are 90 percent white. Democrats are only about 60 percent white,” says Pew Research’s Andy Kohut. “The Republicans have a white problem — or a lack of diversity problem. It’s not apparent in this election so far, but over time, the changing face of America is going to represent more of a challenge to the GOP than to the Democrats.”

    Minorities overwhelmingly favor Democrats. That trend is likely enhanced by President Obama’s status as the nation’s first black president. In this election, African-American support for Obama tops 90 percent. Polls show Hispanics supporting the president by better than 2 to 1.

    For the entire article and audio interview:

  5. 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.


  6. 10:15 AM ET
    President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama
    Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA

    • November 05, 2012

      Remarks by the President in Madison, WI

      Martin Luther King Boulevard
      Madison, Wisconsin

      10:55 A.M. CST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Wisconsin! (Applause.) Are you fired up?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: Are you ready to go?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: I cannot imagine not being fired up after listening to Bruce Springsteen. (Applause.) I can’t thank him enough for everything that he’s done for this campaign. He is an American treasure. He gets embarrassed when you talk about him that way. But he tells the story of what our country is, and what it should be, and what it can be. And I get to fly around with him on the last day that I will ever campaign — so that’s not a bad way to end things. (Applause.)

      This is an incredible crowd, and it’s good to be back. (Applause.) The weather is cooperating. (Applause.) It sort of feels like Chicago — nice and brisk.

      There are a couple other people I want to thank before we get started. Your next senator from the great state of Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin, is here. (Applause.) She’ll follow in the footsteps of two other outstanding Wisconsin senators — Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, who are here. (Applause.) Your next congressman, Marc Pocan, is here. (Applause.) And let’s give it up for the Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin — Paul Soglin. (Applause.)

      Now, for the past week, even in the midst of all this campaigning and electioneering and way too many TV commercials, all of us — including Bruce — have been focused on one of the worst storms of our lifetime. And I had a chance to visit New Jersey, and every day I’ve been talking to mayors and governors and local officials and families. And we mourn those lives that have been lost.

      And whenever I talk to folks in the region, I tell them the same thing that I say whenever a tragedy besets the American family, and that is the American people come together and make a commitment that we will walk with these folks whose lives have been upended every step on the hard road ahead and the hard road to recovery. We’ll carry on. No matter how bad the storm is, we will be there together. (Applause.) No matter how bad the storm is, we recover together. We’re all in this together. We rise or fall as one nation, and as one people. (Applause.)

      And, you know, Madison, that spirit has guided this country along its improbable journey for more than two centuries. It’s carried us through the trials and tribulations 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 nearly 5.5 million new jobs. (Applause.) The American auto industry is back on top. Home values are on the rise. We’re less dependent on foreign oil than any time in 20 years, and we’ve doubled the production of clean energy across America. (Applause.)

      Because of the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over. The war in Afghanistan is coming to a close. Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat. Osama bin Laden is dead. We’ve made progress these last four years. (Applause.)

      We’ve made progress these last four years. But the reason we’re all gathered here — in addition to listening to Bruce — (laughter) — is because we know we’ve got more work to do. We’ve got more work to do. As long as there’s a single American who wants a job but can’t find one, our work is not yet done. As long as there are families working harder and harder but still falling behind, we’ve got more work to do. As long as there is a child anywhere in Madison, in Wisconsin, in America, who’s languishing in poverty and barred from opportunity, our work is not yet done. The fight goes on. (Applause.)

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

      For more:

  7. First Lady Michelle Obama: “Keep Pushing Forward”

    Published on Nov 5, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Click here for all the information you need to vote: http://OFA.BO/DMzWQd

    First Lady Michelle Obama shares why we have to keep pushing forward to re-elect President Obama an why volunteers are the campaign’s secret weapon. Confirm your polling location here: http://OFA.BO/7yY5i1

    • “If I don’t get the chance to say this again, I am grateful to you”

      By Noah on November 2, 2012 OFA

      A message from President Obama to his supporters this morning:

      If I don’t get a chance to tell you before Election Day, I just want to say this:

      No matter what happens on Tuesday, I am grateful to you.

      And right now, I want to make sure we’re celebrating a win to honor all the work you and millions of others have put into this.

      The final budget deadline of this campaign is tonight, and we’re finishing this campaign with the resources we have on hand at midnight. Every donation, no matter how large or small—it matters.

      If you can, please make a donation of whatever you can today.

      Four days to go—let’s make the most of them.

      Thank you,


  8. President Obama: “Let’s Get Out There and Vote”

    Published on Nov 5, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

    Click here for all the information you need to vote: http://OFA.BO/oSXXt8

    If you want to make sure your voice is heard you have to show up. Confirm your polling location here: http://OFA.BO/EUYESs

    • November 05, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Columbus, Ohio

      Nationwide Arena
      Columbus, Ohio

      4:37 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Columbus! (Applause.) Hello, Ohio! (Applause.) Are you fired up?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: Are you ready to go?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: Fired up!

      AUDIENCE: Fired up!

      THE PRESIDENT: Ready to go!

      AUDIENCE: Ready to go!

      THE PRESIDENT: Fired up!

      AUDIENCE: Fired up!

      THE PRESIDENT: Ready to go?

      AUDIENCE: Ready to go!

      THE PRESIDENT: Give it up for Jay-Z. (Applause.)

      It is an incredible honor to have Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen on the same bill. (Applause.) And not only are they all on my iPod — and, yes, the President has an iPod — (laughter) — but it’s also because both of them tell an American story.

      Now, Jay-Z —

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Obama!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.)

      I told Jay-Z the other day our lives are parallel a little bit. Nobody, I think, would expect us to be where we are today when they met us as younger men. Both of us now have daughters and both of us have wives who are more popular than we are. (Laughter and applause.)

      And Bruce Springsteen, all the work he’s done for this campaign. (Applause.) The Boss. He, just like Jay, they tell the story of what our country is, but also what it should be and what it can be and what we need to fight for. And I’m going to be flying with Bruce Springsteen on the last day that I’ll ever campaign — that’s not a bad way to bring it home, with The Boss. (Applause.) With The Boss. (Applause.)

      There are a few other people I want to thank before we get started: One of the toughest fighters on behalf of working families that I know — your Senator, Sherrod Brown, is in the house. (Applause.) Someone who will follow in his footsteps if you send her to Congress — Joyce Beatty is here. (Applause.) Your Mayor, Michael Coleman, is here. (Applause.) And give it up for your former Governor and my friend — Ted Stickland in the house.

      Now, for the past week, all of us have been focused on what’s been happening on the East Coast and one of the worst storms of our lifetime. And as a nation, we watch the harrowing images and we’ve been heartbroken by those who have been lost.

      And I had a chance to visit New Jersey and talk to some of the families, and every day I’m on the phone with mayors and local officials. And what I’ve said to them — and I think, Ohio, you’ll agree with me when I say this, because I didn’t just speak for me, I spoke for the country — is that we will be with them every step of the way on the hard road to recovery. (Applause.) Every step of the way, because that’s what we do as Americans. We will help them rebuild. And we’ll carry on with the spirit that says no matter how bad a storm is, no matter how tough times may get, we’re all in this together. We rise or fall as one nation and as one people. (Applause.)

      That spirit has guided this country along its improbable journey for more than two centuries. It’s carried us through the trials and tribulations of the last four years.

      For more:

  9. Sandy telethon raises nearly $23 million, MTV to air fundraiser

    November 5th, 2012 cnn

    Friday night’s concert telethon to benefit Sandy relief efforts was a success, having raised nearly $23 million, NBC reports.

    NBC Universal aired the program across its networks, and included performances from stars who hail from locations affected by the storm, such as Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen (New Jersey), Billy Joel (Long Island), and Mary J. Blige and Christina Aguilera (New York City).

    After witnessing the damage done in his home state, Bon Jovi said Friday that “It was hard to see your hometown devastated like this … my grammar school turned into a shelter, people’s homes gone and them saying to me, ‘We are homeless, we never intended to be homeless.’ These are hard-working, blue-collar people.”

    The rocker, who immediately interrupted a European press junket in London to fly home last week, performed “Living on a Prayer” during the live telethon while Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler did a cover of “Under the Boardwalk.”

    They were joined by a number of famous faces, including Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito and NBC News’ Brian Williams. The hour-long, commercial-free event, called “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” was hosted by Matt Lauer. Proceeds from the telethon are going toward the American Red Cross, which is providing food, shelter and other forms of assistance to those impacted by Sandy.

    Meanwhile, the “Jersey Shore” cast and MTV are also doing their part with a TV special called “Restore the Shore,” which will encourage viewers to assist in the rebuilding of Seaside Heights, where the reality show is set.

    The network has partnered with Architecture for Humanity to create a “Restore the Shore” fund for donations, which will be “principally directed toward the rebuilding of the famed Seaside Heights boardwalk, as well as supporting the re-building efforts of businesses and residents in the community,” MTV says in a statement.

    The event will air live from the network’s Times Square studio at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 15, and will feature the “Jersey Shore” cast as well as other special guests. (There will be a tape-delay for the West coast.)

    • November 05, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      Flight Operations Center
      Charlotte, North Carolina

      3:12 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Whoa! (Applause.) That’s right. Wow. (Applause.) Thank you! Very nice. Wow! (Applause.) Well, this is very exciting. Thank you so much. You know what, this is an exciting day; we’re going to have an exciting day tomorrow.

      But before we get started, something that I’ve been doing in light of what has happened on the east coast with the devastating storm is just to make sure that we take a moment and remember that there are folks still suffering. And our hearts and prayers are going out to all those who have been affected this storm.

      I know that you know that over the past week, Barack has been in constant contact with the governors and our mayors and our extraordinary first responders to make sure that everyone has the support they need. But one of the things that we do know — as a country, whenever there is a crisis, we always come together as one American family. (Applause.) So we have to remember that even in these times of great excitement.

      So with that said, I want to just thank a few people. First of all, I know that you got to see some good folks here. I know that Congressman Watt is here; Mayor Foxx, Governor Hunt. (Applause.) Thank you all. We love you. We are so grateful. You all are just phenomenal leaders. They’ve been terrific all through these last four years. Let’s give them a round of applause. (Applause.)

      And of course, you had a few special guests. (Applause.) I want to thank Mariah Carey — (applause) — and, of course, Derek Fisher. (Applause.) Yes. We are so blessed to have just some wonderful supporters in both Mariah and Derek. The fact that they have come all this way to be here to support not just us but to support this country means a great deal. And we have to show them our love and thank them again. (Applause.)

      But most of all, I want to thank all of you. This is phenomenal. It really is. (Applause.) It really, really is. And it’s good to see you all so fired up and ready to go. (Applause.)

      Because, yes, I, too, am fired up and ready to go. (Applause.) Because tomorrow — tomorrow — (applause) — we have the opportunity to reelect such a decent, honest man — (applause) — a man whose courage and integrity we have seen every day for the past four years, the man that I have known and loved for 23 years — (applause) — my husband, our President, Barack Obama. We will get it done. (Applause.)

      For more:

  10. 4:00 PM ET
    President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama
    Palestra Arena, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    • November 06, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      Southport Park
      Orlando, Florida

      6:19 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness! (Applause.) Wow! (Applause.) Thank you so much. Wow, Florida! Orlando, make it happen. (Applause.)

      Well, before I get started — because you all are really pumped up — but I want to take a moment to make sure that we recognize those communities that have been affected by the storm last week. And I know you all in Florida know a little bit about what happens to communities when weather happens, so we want to make sure that even in all this excitement, all that’s going on, that we remember to keep those affected by the storm in our hearts and our prayers.

      And over this past week, as you know, Barack has been in constant contact with the governors and mayors and our extraordinary first responders, and working tirelessly to ensure that everyone there gets the support and resources that they need. But as you all know here in this state, when tragedy happens, when crisis hits, this is when we all come together as one American family and we do whatever it takes to help our fellow citizens. (Applause.)

      So with that, I want to start by thanking Shari. Didn’t she do a great job? (Applause.) She pretty much said everything that I would say, so I guess I can say good night? No, no.

      AUDIENCE: No!

      MRS. OBAMA: But she is amazing, and we are just truly impressed with her and so many others — so many of you who have spent so much time on this campaign and supporting us over these last four years. So let’s give Shari a round of applause. (Applause.)

      And I also want to recognize a family that is so dead to my heart — Senator Nelson, his wife Grace. (Applause.) They are here. They are always here for us. They have just been tremendous supporters, not just in friendship but in prayer. And we are so grateful. I want to thank your Mayor, who is here. He has always been on the case. We are so grateful for his leadership and service. And of course, I want to thank the gorgeous, the incomparable Ricky Martin. (Applause.) Oh, yes.

      See, it has just been overwhelming to see all the people from all different kinds of backgrounds — not just the folks we see on television who take time out of their busy days, but everyone who is making it a point to get their voices out there on this.

      So I particularly want to thank all of you for being here tonight. Thank you, guys. Thank you so much. (Applause.) So I’m glad you all are fired up and ready to go, because I’m feeling pretty fired up and ready to go myself. (Applause.) Because tomorrow — tomorrow! — the sun will come up, and we will have an opportunity to reelect a decent, honest man — (applause) — a man whose courage and integrity we have seen every day for the last four years, a man that I have known and loved for 23 years — my husband, our President, Barack Obama. We are going to get this done. We are going to get this done! (Applause.)

      And let me just talk — this is my last campaign stop. This is it. (Applause.) I should say my solo stop. I’m flying to Des Moines; in a couple of hours I’m going to meet Barack and we’re doing our final rally. But this is my final solo stop. (Applause.) And I’m glad to be here with you all. I really am. (Applause.) Because I get to do something that I don’t get to do often to his face. (Laughter.) I get to talk about the man that I’ve loved for all these years — my husband. And let me tell you what made me fall in love with him all those years ago — it was his character. Yes, he’s smart and handsome, charming, all that stuff. (Applause.) But why I am such a passionate supporter of this President is because of his compassion, his conviction, his commitment to helping others. And let me tell you, he has always been that man. Before anybody knew who Barack Obama was, he was finding ways to help the most people, and I love him for that.

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    • November 06, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady and the President at Final Campaign Rally — Des Moines, IA

      Intersection of East 4th and East Locust Streets
      Des Moines, Iowa

      9:58 P.M. CST

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you, guys. Thanks so much.

      AUDIENCE: We love Michelle! We love Michelle!

      MRS. OBAMA: (Laughter.) And I love you. I love you from the bottom of my heart. And I am beyond thrilled to be here with all of you.

      But we have to give some love up for Bruce Springsteen. I mean, gosh. (Applause.) For months, I have heard his songs played at our rallies. But I have to say, there’s nothing like seeing The Boss in person. (Applause.) Nothing like it. He has just been tremendous. He and his family and his team, they’ve just been amazing. So we want to thank Bruce for everything that he’s done for us.

      And more than anything else, I want to thank you all for being here tonight. I mean, as you know this is a pretty emotional time for us, because this is the final event of my husband’s final campaign. (Applause.) So this is the last time that he and I will be onstage together at a campaign rally. And that’s why we wanted to come here to Iowa tonight — (applause) — because truly this is where it all began, right here.

      And I have so many fond memories of this state — the house parties in Sioux City and Cedar Rapids; celebrating Malia’s birthday in Pella; and seeing my husband’s face carved in butter. (Applause.) Believe me, we still talk about that at Christmas. (Laughter.)

      But I will never forget the kindness and warmth and love that you all showed me and my family, especially our girls. That is truly what made the difference back in those early days when I wasn’t so sure about this whole process; back when I was still wondering what it would mean for our girls and our family if Barack got the chance to serve as President.

      But the truth is while I had my worries and my fears, I also realized that this decision affected not only me as a wife and a mother, but as a voter, as an American. And I started envisioning the kind of person that I wanted to lead our country. And I knew that I wanted a President with a steady character, with deep compassion and strong convictions. I wanted a President who was smart. (Applause.) I wanted someone we could trust — (applause) — someone who would always, always tell us the truth even when it’s hard. (Applause.) And I wanted a President driven not by politics or which way the wind is blowing, but by the struggles, hopes and dreams of all Americans. (Applause.)

      And the more I thought about it, the more I knew in my heart that I was describing Barack. I knew he could be that President. And for four years, that’s exactly what he’s done. He has stayed true to himself, and with your help, he’s worked day after day to make this country better, to move it forward. He’s rescued our economy from the brink of collapse and saved the auto industry. (Applause.) He’s passed historic health reform — (applause) — ended the war in Iraq. (Applause.) He’s fought so women get equal pay and students can afford college. (Applause.) He’s fought for our seniors, so that they can retire with dignit;, and our veterans, so that they can give the benefits they earned and the respect they deserve. (Applause.)

      For four years, Barack has been fighting to give every single one of us a fair shot at that great American Dream, no matter what we look like or where we come from or who we love. (Applause.) And for four years, we have all seen what I’ve seen for the past 23 years. We’ve seen a man of honor and integrity who knows what he believes and stays true to his values. (Applause.) I’m so proud of my husband. We have seen an honest man who knows the facts and always gives it to us straight. We’ve seen a man whose strength and resolve to build a better tomorrow has never wavered, never.

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  11. WH

    Tuesday, November 6,, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    The First Family spends Election day in Chicago, IL

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  12. Obama to play basketball Tuesday: Continues election day tradition

    November 5, 2012 2:25 PM By Lynn Sweet – runtimes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–President Barack Obama will continue his election day tradition on Tuesday–and play a basketball with buddies in Chicago, Obama for America spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday. Obama has no plans to leave Illinois during Tuesday, she said.

    • Obama to hold election night rally at McCormick Place

      November 5, 2012 Leah Hope – abclocal

      November 5, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — With polls showing a very close race, the presidential candidates are spending the final 24 hours in a last push to rally supporters. President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney are blitzing nine battleground states, including Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa.

      The president is returning to Chicago late Monday night. His election night rally will be at McCormick Place Tuesday night. Tickets are required. There will be more security and more organization than the Grant Park celebration in 2008.

      This year, campaign volunteers will be the getting an invitation.

      “This is about people who have worked really hard to re-elect him. He has been saying on the last few days of the campaign trail that his re-election is about us,” said Melanie Russell, Obama Campaign.

      Obama volunteer Mary Lou Carr got her ticket Monday. She supported President Obama in 2008, but during this campaign she took a more active role.

      “I can’t wait to go to the party tomorrow night–and to see him, because four years ago at when he was at Grant Park, when he walked out with his little girls and Michelle my knees buckled,” said Carr.

      As volunteers hope to influence voters who may not be as enthusiastic with last minute calls, others locally plan to party Tuesday night.

      Vanessa Abron has volunteered with Young & Powerful for Obama. Their election night festivities will be in Bronzeville.

      “As far as how I feel, my gut intuition, I feel really good about it,” said Abron. “I did my early voting on Saturday, and the lines were, it was a two-hour wait to vote, early voting at that.”

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  13. i_voted

    Election Day Freebies and Promos

    Voters get an “INDIVISIBLE” wrist bands at its stores.

    The All American Clothing offering a choice, a vote, and a decision of two sales: 1) Save 10% on any one sweatshirt. Or, 2) Save 17% on two or more sweatshirts. As always, customers receive free shipping on orders of $99 or more. All of the clothing is USA Made. No matter what shoppers vote for, everybody wins. (HIGH QUALITY ALL AMERICAN REAL COTTON JEANS!!!)

    White Castle, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain, is offering a FREE small Sweet Potato Waffle Fry with a purchase at any White Castle location to anyone who shows his or her “I Voted” sticker.

    Car-sharing company Zipcar (ZIP) is offering a 50% discount on rates nationwide with a program called Zip to the Polls.

    Ben & Jerry’s: The ice cream shop is currently offering a special Americone Dream sundae, which includes Americone Dream ice cream

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  14. 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.

  15. Swing States to Victory

    State – Electoral Votes

    Nevada – 6
    Colorado – 9
    Iowa – 6
    Wisconin – 10
    Ohio – 18
    Pennsylvania – 20
    Virginia – 13
    North Carolina – 15
    Florida – 29

    • Pundit accountability: The official 2012 election prediction thread

      November 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm Posted by Brad Plumer -maddowblog

      There are a lot of predictions floating around out there about who will win the presidential election on Tuesday. So why not round them all up in one place?

      Place your bets, folks.

      Here are the electoral vote predictions from various modelers, political scientists and pundits from around the Internet. All predictions are as of Monday evening. And yes, this will be a fun thread to revisit the day after the election:

      Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight: Obama 307, Romney 231. ”The model estimates that Mr. Romney would need to win the national popular vote by about one percentage point to avert a tossup, or a loss, in the Electoral College,” Silver writes.

      Sam Wang, Princeton Election Consortium: Obama 303, Romney 235. “In terms of EV or the Meta-margin, [Obama has] made up just about half the ground he ceded to Romney after Debate #1.”

      Drew Linzer, Emory University: Obama 326, Romney 212. “The accuracy of my election forecasts depend on the accuracy of the presidential polls,” Linzer writes. ”As such, a major concern heading into Election Day is the possibility that polling firms, out of fear of being wrong, are looking at the results of other published surveys and weighting or adjusting their own results to match.”

      Michael Barone, The Examiner: Romney 315, Obama 223. “Both national and target state polls show that independents, voters who don’t identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans, break for Romney.”

      Ezra Klein, The Washington Post: Obama 290, Romney 248. “I have a simple rule when predicting presidential elections: The polls, taken together, are typically pretty accurate. Systemic problems, while possible, aren’t likely.”

      Larry Sabato, UVA Center for Politics: Obama 290, Romney 248. “Who could have imagined that a Frankenstorm would act as a circuit-breaker on the Republican’s campaign, blowing Romney off center stage for three critical days in the campaign’s last week, while enabling Obama to dominate as presidential comforter-in-chief, assisted by his new bipartisan best friend, Gov. Chris Christie (R)?”

      Josh Putnam, Davidson College: Obama 332, Romney 206. ”Everything above is based on a graduated weighted average of polls in each state conducted in 2012,” Putnam wrote in explaining his methodology. “The weighting is based on how old a poll is. The older the poll is the more it is discounted. The most recent poll is given full weight.”

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    • November 6, 2012 Prediction:

      Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight :

      Obama 314.6 Romney 223.4

      Obama 91.6% Romney 8.4%

  16. Service Industries in U.S. Show Expansion’s Resilience

    Nov 5, 2012 1:13 PM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Service industries in the U.S. kept growing in October, a sign the biggest part of the economy is withstanding a global slowdown.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index declined to 54.2 last month from 55.1 in September, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. A measure above 50 signals expansion in industries that account for almost 90 percent of the economy. The October figure exceeded the third- quarter average.

    A gauge of services employment rose to a seven-month high, corroborating a report last week that showed a stronger labor market may provide more fuel for the economy. Macy’s Inc. (M) and Kohl’s Corp. (KSS) are among those that stand to benefit from more hiring at the same time homebuilders enjoy a rebound in demand that’s helping make up for a slowdown in manufacturing.

    “We should see continued modest improvement in the economy,” said Yelena Shulyatyeva, U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York, who correctly forecast the October non- manufacturing figure. “If you’re expanding you have to have manpower. If you can’t do it with more hours worked, you have to hire.”’

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  17. – Immy – Ft. Collins, COPublished on Oct 19, 2012

    by localvoices2012

    As a mother and retired army veteran, Lieutenant-Colonel Immy McMahon believes President Obama is a better choice for veterans. Help us tell Immy’s story to Colorado voters in the final days of the election. Go to

  18. Obama Mirror Image of Hoover With Lessons From 1930s

    Nov 5, 2012 9:01 PM PT By Steve Matthews and Caroline Salas Gage – bloomberg

    President Barack Obama is betting he learned enough lessons from Herbert Hoover to revive an economy still slowed in the wake of financial crisis.

    Hoover, president from 1929 to 1933, raised taxes, signed the Smoot-Hawley import tariffs that hurt global trade and failed to stem a run on banks — all of which contributed to the Great Depression. Obama, who seeks a second term in today’s election, helped to recapitalize the U.S. banking system, rescued automakers and approved $831 billion in fiscal stimulus.

    Obama’s activism reflects a much larger federal-government role 80 years later, as well as the development of macroeconomics, giving officials more tools now to combat a slump, said Mark Gertler, a professor of economics at New York University.

    “The policy response in this crisis was the mirror image of what happened during the Depression,” said Gertler, who has researched that period with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke. “In contrast to Hoover, Obama pursued an activist policy intervention. Hoover operated largely in the dark: Economics at the time had nothing to say about what was happening.”

    His term was marked by the October 1929 stock-market crash, which was followed by 9,700 banks suspending operations as of 1933, a contraction in U.S. economic output of close to one- third and unemployment that soared near 25 percent, according to the Fed.

    Rising S&P
    During Obama’s term, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has risen 76 percent, the economy began expanding again in July 2009 after an 18-month slump, and the jobless rate fell to 7.9 percent last month from a peak of 10 percent in October 2009.

    Economic research since the 1920s by John Maynard Keynes has shown that government deficits can be “good medicine for depressions,” and economist Milton Friedman has highlighted the importance of central-bank liquidity, said Hugh Rockoff, an economic-history professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    “Obama deserves credit for making use of the better economics and a larger federal role,” Robert McElvaine, a historian at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and author of “The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941,” said in an interview.

    “Obama has much more macroeconomic knowledge and many more tools available, but Hoover declined to use what was available at the time,” McElvaine said. He wrote an article published in the New York Times last week comparing the two men.

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  19. Happy and HOPEful Election Day, CR and all friends!

    Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we will again!


  20. Good Election day everyone! HOPE you have a good day!


  21. October Retail Trends Suggest Strong Holiday Season Sales Coming in 2012

    Historical sales trends predict increased consumer confidence returning for 2012 Holiday season

    Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach

    NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — It was announced today by Santa’s Quarters (, a New Orleans retailer with 36 years in business, that October sales figures show a 30% increase for both on and offline channels. According to historic sales data for this steadfast New Orleans company, these numbers suggest a positive trend toward a strong Q4 and holiday season to close-out the 2012 buying year.

    “Over 35 years of sales figures provides us with unique data points and insights,” stated David Erath, Owner of Santa’s Quarters, “and we read a 30% increase this early in Q4 as a clear indicator that we are likely to see a very strong holiday season. In the past, sales performance in October has been an accurate indicator of consumer buying habits for the rest of the fourth quarter. In years when Q4 starts out slow, we tend to see a slower holiday sales season. Seeing a 30% increase in year-over-year gross sales for early October suggests a return of consumer confidence and a willingness to spend that had grown softer in previous years. If historic patterns remain accurate and current trends continue,” Erath added, “retailers could be entering a very profitable holiday season for 2012.”

    Santa’s Quarters opened its retail store in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans in 1976. In 2005, they added an online store and currently serve thousands of customers worldwide. Specializing in holiday decorations for the Christmas season, Erath stated their sales commonly mirror the fourth quarter economic confidence levels of the general buying public, and sometimes these numbers seem to go against commonly shared data points regarding consumer spending habits.

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  22. Obama: I can do ‘Gangnam Style’ dance

    11/6/12 2:41 PM EST POLITICO44

    President Obama knows how to do the “Gangnam Style” dance move, he told New Hampshire radio station WZID in an interview aired Tuesday.

    South Korean pop star Psy’s Korean-language song “Gangnam Style” has become a surprise hit over the past few months — rocketing to the top of the U.S. pop charts and becoming one of the Internet’s most viewed videos ever. The song’s signature dance move is a silly equine-inspired bouncing move.

    WZID asked Obama if he would be willing to try out the dance at next year’s inaugural ball, if he were to win.

    “I just saw that video for the first time,” Obama told WZID. “I think I can do that move. But I’m not sure that the Inauguration Ball is the appropriate time to break that out.”

    He said he might be convinced to do it “privately for Michelle.”


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  23. Woman in Labor Votes on Way to Hospital

    11/6/12 By CHRISTINA NG | Good Morning America – 6 hours ago

    A Chicago mom-to-be didn’t let being in labor stop her from doing her duty as a citizen on Election Day.

    With contractions five minutes apart, Galicia Malone stopped at Precinct 88 in Chicago to cast her vote on her way to the hospital, according to the Cook County Clerk’s Office.

    Malone, 21, was determined to vote in her first presidential election, even though her water had broken. She voted at around 8:30 a.m. at the fittingly named New Life Celebration Church, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.

    Once she had voted, she headed to the hospital to deliver her baby.

    “If only all voters showed such determination to vote,” Cook County Clerk David Orr said in a news release. “My hat goes off to Galicia for not letting anything get in the way of voting. What a terrific example she is showing for the next generation, especially her new son or daughter.”

  24. Democrats up big in race for Senate

    11/06/12 10:06 PM ET By The Hill Staff

    Democrats took the lead in the race for control of the upper chamber, picking up three currently Republican seats.

    The party had a major victory Tuesday night with Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s victory in Massachusetts over Republican Sen. Scott Brown. Both parties were heavily invested in the race: Democrats wanted to win back the seat once held by the late-Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), and Republicans desperately wanted to hold it.

    Democrats also picked up seats in Indiana and in Maine.

    Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) beat Republican Richard Mourdock, who defeated longtime Sen. Dick Lugar in the GOP primary. Mourdock hurt himself with his controversial comments on why he didn’t believe in abortion in cases of rape or incest.

    In Maine, Independent candidate Angus King won and he is expected to caucus with the Democrats, which would turn retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R-Maine) seat blue.

    Warren and Donnelly’s wins are a major blow to GOP hopes of taking control of the upper chamber. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee officials, who were spending election night at the Liaison hotel in Washington, cheered when those two were declared victors, exchanging hugs and handshakes.

    Republicans need a net gain of four seats — if President Obama wins reelection — to take control of the upper chamber.

    Polls have also closed in Virginia, Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, North Dakota and Arizona — all of which have competitive Senate races that have yet to be called.

    Democrats also held on to several seats where Republicans made big plays for pick-ups.

    Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), both top GOP targets, won their races.

    Democrats also held onto Connecticut’s Senate seat and Wisconsin’s Senate seat. Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) defeated Republican Linda McMahon, who also lost a Senate bid in 2010. Sen. Joe Lieberman, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, is retiring. In Wisconsin, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) defeated Republican Tommy Thompson, the popular former governor. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) is retiring.

    Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) won reelection, defeating Republican Rep. Connie Mack.

    The Connecticut seat was considered a darkhorse race for the GOP. McMahon ran a strong campaign — much better than her 2010 effort — and was gaining on Murphy in the polls. In Florida, Republicans had hoped for a stronger candidacy from Mack.

    Republicans made a strong push for Thompson in Wisconsin with GOP running mate Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus campaigning for him. But Thompson faced a tough GOP primary from which he emerged broke and exhausted.

    Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who faced a tough, last-minute surge from wealthy businessman Tom Smith, also won reelection.

    Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kristen Gillibrand (N.Y.), and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) also won reelection as did Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Roger Wicker (Miss.) and John Barrasso (Wyo.)

    Republican candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, won the Texas Senate seat.

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    Thank you America for re-electing President Obama!!!

  26. 12:30 AM ET
    President Obama speaks to supporters at a election night event
    McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

    • November 07, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Election Night

      McCormick Place
      Chicago, Illinois

      12:38 A.M. CST012

      AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

      PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. (Sustained cheers, applause.)

      Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. (Cheers, applause.)

      It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family, and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people. (Cheers, applause.)

      Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.

      (Cheers, applause.) I want to thank every American who participated in this election. (Cheers, applause.) Whether you voted for the very first time — (cheers) — or waited in line for a very long time — (cheers) — by the way, we have to fix that. (Cheers, applause.) Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone — (cheers, applause) — whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference. (Cheers, applause.)

      I just spoke with Governor Romney and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign. (Cheers, applause.) We may have battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future. From George to Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family has chosen to give back to America through public service. And that is a legacy that we honor and applaud tonight. (Cheers, applause.) In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.

      (Cheers, applause.)

      I want to thank my friend and partner of the last four years, America’s happy warrior, the best vice president anybody could ever hope for, Joe Biden. (Cheers, applause.)

      And I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago. (Cheers, applause.) Let me say this publicly. Michelle, I have never loved you more. (Cheers, applause.) I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation’s first lady. (Cheers, applause.)

      Sasha and Malia — (cheers, applause) — before our very eyes, you’re growing up to become two strong, smart, beautiful young women, just like your mom. (Cheers, applause.) And I am so proud of you guys. But I will say that for now, one dog’s probably enough. (Laughter.)

      To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics — (cheers, applause) — the best — the best ever — (cheers, applause) — some of you were new this time around, and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning.

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      President Barack Obama Victory Speech 2012: Election Remarks From Chicago Illinois

      Published on Nov 6, 2012 by ABCNews

      President Obama wins 2012 election, thanks supporters and speaks of moving the country forward.

  27. Young Voters Come Through For Obama Again

    11/7/12 By Tom Kludt | TPM – 2 hrs 38 mins ago

    President Obama’s prospects this year were supposed to be jeopardized by the specter of a steep dip in support among key components of his 2008 base, most notably voters younger than 30. But on Election Day, young voters again proved to be a huge part of the president’s coalition.

    Exit polls on Tuesday indicated that voters from 18 to 29 years old comprised 19 percent of the national electorate, a modest 1-point uptick since 2008 but one that defies the pre-election conventional wisdom that Obama would be left at the altar by young voters.

    To be sure, Obama carried the youngest voting bloc by a narrower margin than he did four years ago, shifting from a 34-point drubbing over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008 to a 23-point win over Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

    But exit polls also showed that Obama’s level of support among young voters in four prized battleground states was largely the same as it was four years ago. Obama won the group by at least 25 points in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Pennsylvania this time. His only decline among young voters occurred in Pennsylvania, where his margin slipped only slightly from 30 to 28 points. The president’s gap actually widened since 2008 in Ohio, Florida and Virginia.
    Peter Levine, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), told TPM in an email that Obama’s performance may well have put him over the top in those states, all of which were decided by 5 points or fewer overall. A winner has not yet been declared in Florida, although Obama continues to hold a persistent lead.

    Levine said that despite Romney exceeding McCain’s paltry showing in 2008, the Republican nominee’s vote share among younger voters was still “pretty miserable.” Obama’s slimmer margins, Levine noted, are likely attributable to young, white voters defecting to Romney. Obama lost among white voters by 20 points overall.

    “This was just a few of (sic) points above the worst showing in the history of the youth vote, McCain’s 34% in 2008,” Levine wrote, adding that it represents a potentially foreboding development for Republicans.

    “People do change their minds, and parties change their policies and brands,” Levine said. “But unless the GOP improves its reputation among the 46 million Millennials, Republicans are looking at becoming a minority party.”

    Levine admitted that the impressive turnout among young voters caught him off guard. A study released last week by CIRCLE pointed to a young electorate that was decidedly less enthusiastic than it was when it first helped sweep Obama into office. He said that young people probably were actually less enthused this year, but that “persistence or commitment” to voting overcompensated for diminished intensity.

    “I think almost everyone, me included, expected turnout to decline,” Levine wrote. “Youth turnout–meaning the proportion of young people who voted–looks exactly on par with 2008. But to stay even is surprisingly good.”

  28. West Wing Week: 11/09/12 or “Our Journey Forward”

    Published on Nov 8, 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 Americans to contribute to the recovery efforts in the Northeast, met with governors, mayors, and other local officials, as well as his Homeland Security team to talk about the response to Sandy, and addressed the nation on election night.

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