Moving America Forward

113th US Congress
11/6/12 President Obama receives 332 Electoral Votes

“I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.

You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.

I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.

But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.

Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.

There’s a lot more work to do.

But for right now: Thank you.”

President Barack Obama 11/6/12.



53 thoughts on “Moving America Forward

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    Wednesday, November 7,, 2012

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

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    “I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.

    You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.

    I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.

    But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.

    Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.

    There’s a lot more work to do.

    But for right now: Thank you.”

    President Barack Obama 11/6/12

    • November 07, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Election Night

      McCormick Place
      Chicago, Illinois

      12:38 A.M. CST

      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.

    • 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.

  3. 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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  4. Congress much the same as Democrats hold Senate, GOP retains House

    11/6/12 By Brendan James | The Ticket – 55 mins ago

    For all its unpopularity, Congress emerged from election night largely the same, with Democrats holding a majority of the Senate and Republicans controlling the House.

    The Senate
    Some fresh faces will appear, however, next session: in Massachusetts, Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren defeated incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, confirming Warren’s status as a rising star in the Democratic Party.

    In Missouri, Democrat Claire McCaskill won a second term in her Senate seat over Republican challenger, congressman Todd Akin. The GOP candidate’s remarks on abortion made news this year and appalled many Americans both inside and outside the state. Akin had to give up his House seat to run, so he won’t be returning to Washington.

    Tim Kaine, who ran against former Sen. George Allen, won the Democrats a Senate seat in Virginia. Another toss-up race, this one in Indiana, went to Democrat Joe Donnelly as Republican Richard Mourdock fell behind, potentially due to recent controversial remarks he made about rape.

    One Democratic victory cost a Republican challenger dearly: Chris Murphy won Connecticut’s Senate race, defeating Republican Linda McMahon, former president of wrestling juggernaut WWE. Over two unsuccessful campaigns, McMahon spent $100 million of her own personal fortune to pursue a Senate seat.

    Other Democrats also won re-election to the Senate: Bill Nelson in Florida, Sheldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island, Ben Cardin in Maryland and Tom Carper in Delaware.

    Also, some history was made when Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) beat Republican Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, becoming the country’s first openly gay senator.

    Meanwhile, in Tennessee, Republican Sen. Bob Corker held onto his seat. In some other toss-up states such as Montana, where Democratic Sen. Jon Tester faces off against U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, the race is still tight.

    Elsewhere, it’s been a good night for Independents. In Vermont, independent junior Senator Bernie Sanders has won re-election, while in Maine, former Governor Angus King has won the Senate seat of retiring GOP moderate Olympia Snowe.

    The House
    Joe Kennedy III was the likely winner of Massachusetts’ 4th congressional district, taking over for prominent Democrat Barney Frank.

    Michele Bachmann is still fighting an unexpectedly tough race in Minnesota against Democratic challenger Jim Graves.

    In Utah’s 4th district, Mia Love may become the first black, female Republican to serve in the House, if she wins the race against one of the last Blue Dog Democrats, Jim Matheson. Early reports show Matheson with a 51 percent to 47 percent lead, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.

    In Florida’s 22nd district, Tea Party favorite Allen West lost reelection to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, during the concession speech of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
    Another Tea Party candidate, junior Rep. Republican Bobby Schilling, lost in Illinois’ 17th district to Democrat and former journalist Cheri Bustos.

    California’s 10th district sees a tight race between “Astro Jose” Jose Hernandez, former astronaut, and Jeff Denham, a Republican freshman. Denham held a slight lead with 44 percent of precincts reporting.

    • Tammy Baldwin is elected the first openly gay senator

      11/6/12 By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 2 hrs 10 mins ago

      Wisconsin Democrat Rep. Tammy Baldwin has been named the projected winner in her race against Republican Tommy Thompson. Baldwin’s victory makes her the first openly gay candidate elected to the U.S. Senate.

      “Tammy Baldwin’s victory showed what a majority of Americans already know: that candidates should be judged on their qualifications for the job and not their sexual orientation,” said Herndon Graddick, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

      In a recent interview with the Guardian, Baldwin said, “If you are not in the room, the conversation is about you. If you are in the room, the conversation is with you.”

      She continued, “We never had an openly LGBT member of the U.S. Senate, and even though there are strong pro-equality allies who serve there, it has always been a conversation about a group of people. So this changes everything.”

      Though the tallies are still being calculated, several news outlets, including the Associated Press, Reuters and Fox News, have called the race for Baldwin. It was the most expensive U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin history, with both campaigns spending an estimated $65 million, according to Reuters.

      Even as some news outlets calling the race for Baldwin, the candidate took to her Twitter account and encouraged voters to stay in line at their polling stations.

      And despite Baldwin’s historic win, her sexuality was not a leading issue in the race, according to the Washington Post and Slate.

      “I take that as a good sign,” voter Kelly Webber told the Post. “Maybe we’re just moving past all that.”

      For more:–election.html

    • A new, more progressive Senate

      Wed Nov 7, 2012 8:59 AM EST By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      We know why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is smiling.

      When Republican strategists come up with a game plan for the 2014 midterms, I suspect page one will include a rather straightforward piece of advice: “Let’s not talk about rape this year.”

      As thing stand this morning, Senate Democrats have a 52-seat majority. If Maine’s Angus King (I) caucuses with Dems — and efforts are already well underway to make that happen — that becomes a 53-seat majority. If Montana’s Jon Tester and North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp hang on to win their races — and both are ahead in unofficial vote counts — then the new Senate will have a 55-seat Democratic majority, and Dems will have earned a net gain of two seats for the cycle.

      Earlier in the year, this was simply inconceivable. Democrats had 23 seats to defend, many in reliably-red states, while Republicans had only 10. Karl Rove and others had raised truckloads full of cash to crush Democratic candidates, and buy the chamber for the GOP.

      And yet, it now appears Democrats will have expanded their majority in 2012. Indeed, it is now the fourth consecutive cycle in which voters have elected a Democratically-controlled Senate, despite all the cyclical and institutional reasons this seemed impossible.

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    • Inside the 7 Unresolved House Races

      November 8, 2012 | 3:51 p.m. By Julie Sobel and Scott Bland – holineoncall.nationaljournal

      The election is over — but not in a few House districts. First of all, GOP Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry have a December runoff coming up in Louisiana’s 3rd District, after neither won a majority on Tuesday. But a handful of races that will eventually produce a winner haven’t been resolved. Here’s the current status of the seven races still in question:

      — Arizona’s 2nd and 9th Districts:

      In Arizona, over 602,000 early and provisional ballots remain uncounted — nearly 450,000 of which are in Maricopa County, the state’s population center. That should at the very least tighten the Senate race, but it could affect the outcomes of two House races, too.

      In the 2nd District, Democratic Rep. Ron Barber is slightly behind GOP challenger Martha McSally — the Arizona Daily Star reports that McSally led by about 1,300 votes, but that has already narrowed to 426 in the latest tally, and tens of thousands of provisional and early ballots have yet to be counted. There is reason to believe they will favor Barber.

      In 2010, then-Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (who Barber replaced) beat Republican Jesse Kelly by just over 12,000 in early voting and narrowly in the provisional ballots — enough to win despite trailing in votes cast on Election Day. Barber pulled the same trick against Kelly in the June special election to replace Giffords.

      In the 9th District, Democratic nominee Krysten Sinema holds a small lead over Republican Vernon Parker — 2,715 votes. Sinema’s campaign manager said that lead had grown from 600 in the morning as uncounted early and provisional ballots turned out to favor the Democrat.

      — Florida’s 18th District:

      In one of the most-watched House races in the nation, GOP Rep. Allen West trails Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy by 2,456 votes. Though it’s outside the margin for a recount, West is calling for one. His campaign is citing “disturbing irregularities” at polling places in St. Lucie County.

      — California’s 7th, 36th, and 52nd Districts:

      In the state’s 7th District, GOP Rep. Dan Lungren narrowly trails Democratic opponent Ami Bera with numerous ballots still to be counted. The Sacramento Bee:

      Bera late Wednesday led by just 186 votes out of more than 176,000 ballots counted.

      The race for the east Sacramento County seat is far from over. Election officials said Wednesday that they still need to process 162,000 absentee and 31,000 provisional ballots cast countywide.

      In the 36th District, GOP Rep. Mary Bono Mack is losing to Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz by over 4,500 votes — but says she won’t concede yet. Over 183,000 ballots still need to be counted in the county — though it’s not clear how many of those are from the 36th District. Bono Mack had earlier said (early Wednesday morning) that, looking at the numbers, “Historically speaking, he will win.”

      In the 52nd District, Democrat Scott Peters is leading GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray by 685 votes with all precincts reporting — but still to be counted are about 475,000 absentee and provisional ballots in the county, and Bilbray’s spokesperson told the U-T San Diego that between 120,000 and 125,000 of those are from the district.

      — North Carolina’s 7th District:

      Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre has a slim, 507-vote lead over state Sen. David Rouzer — but about 4,500 provisional ballots are not yet counted in the counties that lie completely or almost fully within the district, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. A possible recount, if one becomes necessary, wouldn’t begin until November 26.

    • Female candidates made big gains in the 2012 election

      November 7, 2012 By Karen Tumulty, washingtonpost

      Twenty years after the election that was heralded as the “year of the woman” comes another one that could be called that.

      The next Congress will include the largest number of women ever among its membership — 20 in the Senate, an increase of two, and at least 77 in the House, up by four, with two others vying in races that had not been called late Wednesday.

      In January, New Hampshire will become the first state to have women holding all its top elected positions: Maggie Hassan, the Democrat who was elected governor; its two current U.S. senators, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Kelly Ayotte; and a two-woman House delegation, Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster, both of whom unseated Republican incumbents.

      The increase in congressional diversity goes beyond gender, however, especially on the Democratic side.

      In the House, white males will for the first time be in the minority in the Democratic caucus, according to a tally by the office of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.).

      When the 113th Congress begins in January, the expected 200 Democrats of the House will include 61 women, 43 African Americans, 27 Hispanics and 10 Asian Americans. Five will be openly gay, and one bisexual.

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  5. Happy and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends! What a great day. What a great President. Four more years for President Obama and at least that many for! 🙂


    Going to sleep now! See you later!

  6. Obama’s re-election celebrated around world

    11/7/12 By GREGORY KATZ and MARGIE MASON | Associated Press – 2 hrs 29 mins ago

    LONDON (AP) — From his old school in Indonesia to a Japanese beach town that happens to share his name, many around the world cheered President Barack Obama’s re-election Wednesday while others said stubborn conflicts and deepening economic and environmental woes will not be helped by his success.

    Perhaps nowhere was the joy so simply expressed as at Jakarta’s Menteng 01 Elementary School, where a statue of the young Obama stands outside the school in tribute to its most famous alumni.

    Jubiliant students happily marched with a poster of the president from one classroom to another after hearing that he had won a second term: “Obama wins … Obama wins again,” they shouted. “I want to be like him, the president,” said student Alexander Ananta.

    For more:–election.html

  7. Lets Move! with Top Chef & The Dallas Cowboys

    Published on Nov 7, 2012 by whitehouse

    First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with kids, “Top Chef” & some Dallas Cowboys for a “Top Chef” style cooking competition as part of the USDA’s Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge and the Chefs Move to Schools initiative. Learn more at

  8. Sandy-battered NYC, NJ prepare for new storm

    11/7/12 By COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS | Associated Press – 33 mins ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy waited with dread Wednesday and heard warnings to evacuate for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm spun toward them and threatened to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer.

    In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered police to use their patrol car loudspeakers to warn vulnerable residents about evacuating, one of a number of measures that the beleaguered city was taking even as weather experts said Wednesday’s nor’easter could be weaker than expected.

    “Even though it’s not anywhere near as strong as Sandy — nor strong enough, in normal times, for us to evacuate anybody — out of precaution and because of the changing physical circumstances, we are going to go to some small areas and ask those people to go to higher ground,” Bloomberg said Tuesday.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency put a number to the storm’s homeless in New York and New Jersey, saying 95,000 people were eligible for emergency housing assistance. In New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, more than 277,000 people have registered for general assistance, the agency said.

    In New Jersey, winds were kicking up Wednesday morning and some battered shore communities were ordering mandatory evacuations for later in the day.

    Atlantic County, in the southern part of New Jersey, activated its emergency operations center and told residents to restock their emergency supplies.

    Officials were waiting for the first high tide around 1 p.m. to see if flooding would occur and also hoping the winds would not lead to more power outages.

    “We have almost everyone who possibly can be reconnected back on. The idea we could now be facing power outages again does not come at a good time,” county spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said.
    Major airlines were scrapping flights in and out of the New York area ahead of the storm.

    United, the world’s largest airline, suspended most New York City service starting at noon American Airlines was shutting down in New York at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and was also stopping flights to and from Philadelphia at noon.

    Most other airlines asked passengers to reschedule their Northeast flights for a later date.

    While New York City officials strongly encouraged storm-ravaged communities to seek higher ground, some refused, choosing to stick close to the belongings they have left.

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  9. Home Prices Rise in 81% of U.S. Cities as Markets Recover

    Nov 7, 2012 7:00 AM PT By Prashant Gopal – bloomberg

    Prices for single-family homes rose in 81 percent of U.S. cities as the property market extends a recovery from the worst crash since the 1930s.

    The median sales price increased in the third quarter from a year earlier in 120 of 149 metropolitan areas measured, the National Association of Realtors said in a report today. In the second quarter, 110 areas had gains.

    Values are climbing after a six-year slump as buyers compete for a shrinking supply of properties listed for sale. U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September from a year earlier, the biggest 12-month increase since July 2006, CoreLogic Inc., an Irvine, California-based real estate data provider, said yesterday.

    “The housing recovery still faces a number of potential headwinds,” Paul Diggle, property economist for Capital Economics Ltd. in London, said in a note to clients after CoreLogic’s report was released. “But our central case is that tight supply conditions will mean that house prices will continue to rise steadily next year.”

    At the end of the third quarter, 2.32 million existing homes were available for sale, 20 percent fewer than a year earlier, according to the Chicago-based Realtors group.

    The national median price for an existing single-family home was $186,100 in the third quarter, up 7.6 percent from the same period last year, the Realtors said. Foreclosures and short sales, in which the price is less than the mortgage balance, accounted for 23 percent of third-quarter deals, down from 30 percent a year earlier.

    The share of all-cash home purchases fell to 27 percent in the third quarter from 29 percent a year earlier. Investors, who make up the bulk of cash purchasers and compete with first-time buyers, accounted for 17 percent of all transactions, down from 20 percent a year earlier.

  10. Need coffee. Little sleep. Very happy. Great blog thread. Will be back. Did I mention coffee?



  11. Top Republican: will work with Obama to avoid fiscal cliff

    11/7/12 Richard Cowan Reuters – 2 hrs 38 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. Republican John Boehner said on Wednesday that Washington should find a short-term solution to avoid the fiscal cliff and then work on a substantive debt reduction plan in 2013.

    The White House and lawmakers have less than two months to deal with the fiscal cliff or $600 billion worth of spending cuts and tax increases due to go into effect at the end of the year.

    “We won’t solve the problem of our fiscal imbalance overnight,” Boehner said after President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House and Republicans won enough seats to maintain control in the House.

    Acknowledging Obama’s re-election victory, Boehner said House Republicans were willing to work with the White House and said they would accept new revenue under the right conditions.

    “What we can do is avert the cliff in a manner that serves as a down payment on – and a catalyst for – major solutions, enacted in 2013, that begin to solve the problem,” Boehner said in prepared remarks.

    • Obama tells Hill leaders voters sent message of bipartisan cooperation

      11/7/12 2:23 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

      CHICAGO – President Obama spent time overnight and into the day here Wednesday calling congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to discuss his legislative agenda for the rest of 2012.

      Obama spoke to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to talk about how both parties can unite in the coming weeks to find bipartisan compromises on key issues.

      The White House said in its readout that Obama expressed a desire to find solutions to reduce the deficit, cut taxes for the middle class and small businesses, and create jobs.

      Obama, the readout said, said “he believed that the American people sent a message in yesterday’s election that leaders in both parties need to put aside their partisan interests and work with common purpose to put the interests of the American people and the American economy first.”

  12. Obama receives Sandy, nor’easter briefing

    11/7/12 5:23 PM EST POLITICO44

    From the White House: “This morning, the President received an update from the National Weather Service on the high winds, rain, snow and cold temperatures associated with the coastal low that’s bearing down on the Northeast. The President also convened a conference call with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan and Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco. The President heard from his team about the federal resources, personnel and expertise being used to support state and local recovery efforts in the wake of Sandy, including efforts to take additional steps to support preparedness efforts ahead of the severe weather. At the requests of New York and New Jersey, FEMA continues to deliver commodities including food, water, blankets, generators and others resources to distribution points across the region impacted by Sandy, and FEMA continues to pre-position additional resources and supplies to ensure they are in place if needed by our state and local partners to respond to the coastal low. The President was also updated on efforts to coordinate with state and local officials on emergency housing needs and long term housing problems caused by the storm. He was also briefed on the ongoing efforts to improve access to gasoline and restore electricity in communities impacted by Sandy. Given the bad weather conditions caused by the coastal low, the President closed the call by expressing his concern for the safety of people who live in communities damaged by Sandy as well as the first responders, relief workers and utility crews who are working round-the-clock to help those communities recover.”

  13. Upbeat Consumers to Sustain U.S. as Companies Hesitate

    Nov 7, 2012 1:22 PM PT Shobhana Chandra -bloomberg

    Consumers in the U.S. are stepping in where companies fear to tread.

    Americans are more upbeat while business sentiment stagnates, a sign their spending will provide a bridge for the economic expansion until the so-called fiscal cliff is resolved and entices companies to resume investment.

    “In the tug-of-war between more confident consumers and more cautious businesses, it looks like the consumer is winning,” said Harm Bandholz, chief U.S. economist at UniCredit Group in New York. “It puts a floor under growth. With consumer spending rising at even a moderate pace, the expansion will carry on.”

    The re-election of President Barack Obama yesterday helps remove one element of uncertainty about the nation’s direction as the focus shifts to how lawmakers approach the fiscal cliff – – $607 billion in federal tax increases and spending cuts slated for next year. For consumers, rising home prices, an improving job market and healthier finances are trumping those concerns, making it more likely household demand will be sustained.

    Household optimism is the highest in more than four years, reports from the Conference Board and Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan show, while a Bloomberg gauge of confidence in the economy is the strongest since early 2008. Corporate sentiment has stalled, according to Institute for Supply Management measures that underscore a cautionary tone from company officials on earnings calls.

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  14. U.S. Consumer Credit Rose More Than Forecast in September

    Nov 7, 2012 1:11 PM PT By Meera Louis and Kasia Klimasinska – bloomberg

    Consumer credit in the U.S. increased in September for a second month, led by a pickup in borrowing for education and automobiles.
    The $11.4 billion gain followed a revised $18.4 billion jump in August, Federal Reserve figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 34 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a $10.2 billion increase in September.

    Improving labor and housing markets may be giving households enough confidence to take on more debt as they finance purchases that account for about 70 percent of the economy. Auto sales in September that were the strongest in more than four years showed some Americans took advantage of cheaper borrowing costs.

    “It’s pretty clear that consumer confidence has risen,” said Russell Price, a senior economist at Ameriprise Financial Inc. in Detroit. “I think what’s really driving that improvement in consumer confidence is that average Americans are seeing the value of their homes now recover somewhat or rebound somewhat after four or five years of steady declines.”

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey for consumer credit ranged from gains of $7 billion to $19.5 billion after a previously reported August gain of $18.1 billion.

    The consumer credit report doesn’t track debt secured by real estate, such as home equity lines of credit and home mortgages.

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  15. Karl Rove and his investors were the biggest losers on Election Day.

    Nov 7, 2012 5:00 PM PT By Julie Bykowicz and Alison Fitzgerald – bloomberg

    The Republican strategist who created the model for the outside money groups that raised and spent more than $1 billion on the Nov. 6 elections saw almost no return for their money.

    Rove, through his two political groups, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, backed unsuccessful Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney with $127 million on more than 82,000 television spots, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, an ad tracker based in New York. Ten of the 12 Senate candidates and four of the nine House candidates they supported also lost their races.

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    • The Daily Show: 11/7/12 in :60 Seconds

      Published on Nov 8, 2012 by comedycentral

      Karl Rove consoles himself through Republican math, Fox News hopes President Obama has learned his lesson, and Nate Silver exudes reasonableness. Watch new episodes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Monday – Thursday at 11/10c.

  16. WH

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden returns to Washington, D.C.

    President Obama holds telephone conversations with other world leaders

    President Obama attends White House meetings

    7:00 AM
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    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

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  17. 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.”

    • America is becoming the change that America needed. Thank you, Mr. President.

    • Record-breaking number of Senate wins for women

      11/7/12 10:59 PM EST By KATE NOCERA – POLITICO

      Two decades after the original Year of the Woman, female candidates put on quite a sequel Tuesday night.

      After wins by five women in Senate races, one of every five members of the chamber will be female come January. New Hampshire will soon have an all-women congressional delegation and governor. And 78 women are on track to be sworn in to the House in the 113th Congress, an all-time high.

      Senate candidates were elected, including Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in California. The election of 2012 is bound to earn a chapter in the next edition of that book.
      Democrat Elizabeth Warren will become the first female senator from Massachusetts when she takes the oath of office; ditto for Democrat Mazie Hirono in Hawaii. Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s election against four-term Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson will make her both the first female senator and the first openly gay senator from the state.

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  18. For President Obama, A Celebratory Victory Cake Aboard Air Force One

    NOVEMBER 07, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

    After an in-flight party, a low-key return to the White House for the First Family and top aides…

    President Obama made a victorious return to the White House on Wednesday evening after months of being serially on the road for his final, grueling campaign. Flying home from Chicago with the First Family and top advisors, the President was “exhausted,” according to a top aide. The White House had planned to livestream the triumphal return–but it was cancelled due to inclement weather. Marine One could not land on the South Lawn, so the President motorcaded home from Joint Base Andrews, and was greeted by just a handful of staff and media. (Above: The President and First Family leave Chicago)

    But in the air there was a celebration. President Obama was presented with a congratulatory sheet cake by the Air Force One flight crew, led by Col. Scott Turner. As the crew posed for pictures with their boss, said Press Secretary Jay Carney, the Eater in Chief was suddenly worried.

    “There is somebody flying this plane, right?” President Obama asked.

    Usually the President is the one who makes cake presentations aboard Air Force One, in what has become something of a signature gesture. The tables were turned.

    In addition to his daughters and First Lady Michelle Obama, the President was joined on his return flight by Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, campaign advisor Robert Gibbs, senior advisors David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett and Dan Pfeiffer, and communications strategist Ben Rhodes. Former bodyman Reggie Love was also aboard; Kass and Love on Tuesday joined the President for his Election Day good luck basketball game.

    Earlier on Wednesday, President Obama visited one of his field offices in Chicago, spending more than an hour congratulating and thanking staff and volunteers, including campaign manager Jim Messina, the mastermind behind the winning strategy. (Above: The President hugs Messina during his visit)

    Arriving home in the darkness for the first time since last Sunday, the President pulled up to the South Portico at 6:55 PM with little pomp and circumstance. He traveled in an SUV with the First Lady, while daughters Malia and Sasha traveled in a separate SUV. The First Family was greeted by just a handful of staff, Secret Service and reporters.

    The President greeted the press gathered behind the ropeline as he climbed out of his SUV.

    “How you guys doing?” he called.

    A reporter shouted “How do you feel?”

    “It’s a little chilly here. It’s wintertime,” President Obama responded.

    Another reporter shouted: “Do you feel you have a mandate?”

    The President did not respond, and instead guided Malia into the mansion where they will live for four more years.

    During his victory speech, the President told the nation that he will “return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do, and the future that lies ahead.”

    On Thursday the work begins. The President has no public events scheduled.

  19. ‘What makes America exceptional’

    Nov 7, 2012 4:56 PM EST By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Following up on Tricia’s “Morning Maddow” post, I imagine there were quite a few folks who’d gone to bed by the time President Obama took the stage in Chicago to deliver his victory speech. The remarks were delayed because Mitt Romney was initially reluctant to concede, and the president didn’t begin speaking until around 1:30 a.m. eastern.

    And in a way, that’s a shame, because to my ear, this was one of Obama’s greatest speeches.

    I liked Ezra’s take on this.

    The Obama campaign found that their key voters were turned off by soaring rhetoric and big plans. They’d lowered their expectations, and they responded better when Obama appeared to have lowered his expectations, too. And so he did. The candidate of hope and change became the candidate of modest plans and achievable goals. Rather than stopping the rise of the oceans — which sounded rather more fantastical before Sandy — Obama promised to train more teachers and boost manufacturing jobs.

    What you saw tonight, however, was that Obama didn’t much like being that guy. He still wants to be the guy he was in 2008. He still wants to inspire and to unite. He still wants Americans to feel that the arc of history is bending under their pressure. He still wants to talk about climate change and election reform and other problems that the Senate is not especially eager to solve.

    And so, at 2 a.m., the nation got to see that uplifting-circa-2008 version of Obama, and it was a sight to behold.

    The whole thing is about 22 minutes, and I think it’s well worth your time, but there was one portion in particular that stuck in my head once it was over.

    “This country has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our university and culture are the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores.

    “What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth — the belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another, and to future generations; that the freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.”

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  20. U.S. Jobless Claims Fall as Storm Starts to Affect Data

    Nov 8, 2012 5:58 AM PT By Alex Kowalski and Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans than forecast filed claims for unemployment insurance last week as the effects of Hurricane Sandy started to show up.

    Applications for jobless benefits fell by 8,000 to 355,000 in the week ended Nov. 3, the Labor Department said today in Washington.

    One state said the loss of electricity due to the storm suppressed filings, while others said workers who lost their jobs as a result of the weather were starting to apply, a Labor Department spokesman said as the data were released to the press.

    It may take three to four weeks to see the full impact, the spokesman said, which indicates claims may jump back in coming weeks as more storm-related applications begin to be processed. A Labor Department report last week showed the economy added more jobs than projected in October and the unemployment rate rose as hundreds of thousands of Americans rejoined the job search as prospects improved.

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  21. Trade Deficit in U.S. Unexpectedly Narrows on Record Exports

    Nov 8, 2012 6:06 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in September to the lowest level in almost two years as exports climbed to a record.

    he gap shrank 5.1 percent to $41.5 billion, the smallest since December 2010 and lower than any estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists, from $43.8 billion in August, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The increase in sales to overseas buyers was broad-based, with everything from soybeans to fuel and civilian aircraft showing gains.

    Growing demand from emerging markets in South and Central America may be helping to overcome a slowdown in Europe and China that is hurting companies such as Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) At the same time, imports also climbed as U.S consumers are beginning to spend more as the job market stabilizes.

    “The outlook in emerging markets is stronger than in Europe, and that’s where we would expect to see export growth,” said Jeremy Lawson, senior U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York, who projected the gap would close to $42 billion, matching the lowest among economists surveyed. “Consumer goods imports were strong. Some of that may be in preparation for holiday shopping. The picture is getting better there.”

    The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 75 economists called for the deficit to expand to $45 billion. Estimates ranged from a gap of $42 billion to $47.6 billion. The Commerce Department revised the August deficit from an initially reported $44.2 billion.

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    • Record Overseas Sales Boost U.S. Growth: Economy

      Nov 8, 2012 8:46 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

      Exports from the U.S. climbed to a record in September, contributing to an unexpected decline in the trade deficit that gave the world’s largest economy a boost at the end of the third quarter.

      The gap shrank 5.1 percent to $41.5 billion, the smallest since December 2010 and lower than any estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The gain in sales to overseas buyers was broad- based, with improvement in everything from soybeans to fuel and civilian aircraft.

      Growing demand from emerging markets in South and Central America may be helping to overcome a slowdown in Europe and China that is hurting companies such as Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) At the same time, U.S. consumers are spending more as the job market stabilizes, boosting the inflow of goods made abroad as retailers restock in advance of the year-end holidays.

      “The outlook in emerging markets is stronger than in Europe, and that’s where we would expect to see export growth,” said Jeremy Lawson, senior U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York, who projected the gap would decline to $42 billion, matching the lowest among economists surveyed. “Consumer goods imports were strong. Some of that may be in preparation for holiday shopping. The picture is getting better there.”

      The improvement in trade may boost third-quarter growth by 0.4 percentage point, according to economists at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York. Combined with prior data showing a pickup in construction and in inventories, the JPMorgan analysts now project the economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate in July through September, up from an initial Commerce Department estimate of 2 percent.

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    • “I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products. And I will not stand by when our competitors don t play by the rules. We ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration  – and it s made a difference. (Applause.) Over a thousand Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires. But we need to do more. It s not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated. It s not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they re heavily subsidized.

      “Tonight, I m announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trading practices in countries like China. (Applause.) There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders. And this Congress should make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing when it comes to accessing financing or new markets like Russia. Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you - America will always win.”

      President Barack Obama
      1/24/12 State of the Union Address

  22. U.S. Consumer Comfort Climbs to Highest Level Since April

    Nov 8, 2012 6:45 AM PT By Elizabeth Dexheimer – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence climbed last week as Americans’ ratings of the economy reached the highest level in more than four years.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to minus 34.4 in the period ended Nov. 4, the best reading since April, from minus 34.7 the previous week. Twenty percent of those surveyed had a positive view of the world’s largest economy, the most since March 2008.

    The gains may further invigorate household spending and propel retailers like Macy’s Inc. ahead of the year-end holidays. The end of the contentious presidential race, combined with an improving job market, may continue to boost sentiment even as the lingering effects of superstorm Sandy limit any short-run rebound, according to economist Joseph Brusuelas.

    “With the election now in the rear-view mirror and the holidays ahead, the underlying improvement in the trend across all major consumer confidence readings will reassert itself in coming weeks,” said Brusuelas, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York. “That being said, given the damage from the storm, a transitory downdraft in consumer comfort should be expected.”

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  23. Scarborough’s close shave


    Instead of growing a ‘stache, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is forking over some cash.

    After first taunting Scarborough by asking if he was “fired up and ready to grow,” David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s reelection, let Scarborough out of a bet requiring the former Florida GOP congressman to sprout a mustache after the Obama campaign won Florida. (The state is still close to call, but Obama is leading.)

    As part of the compromise — negotiated by co-host Mika Brzezinski — Scarborough will donate $10,000 to Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, and will wear a fake mustache at a fundraiser he and Brzezinski will host for the foundation. Scarborough and Brzezinski will also lead a fundraising drive at If the drive raises $1 million, Axelrod will cut his mustache off on “Morning Joe.” As of 8:40 a.m., the drive had raised close to $20,000.

    Axelrod’s daughter, Lauren, was diagnosed with epilepsy at less than a year old. He and his wife, Susan, co-founded CURE, which has raised over $20 million. The pair have discussed their daughter’s illness on Fox News and “60 Minutes.”

    The original bet required Axelrod to shave his mustache “of 40 years” if Obama lost Michigan, Minnesota or Pennsylvania. Scarborough needed to grow one if the campaign won either North Carolina or Florida.

  24. Obama faces familiar world of problems in 2nd term

    November 8, 2012 By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that his re-election is secured, President Barack Obama has a freer hand to deal with a world of familiar problems in fresh ways, from toughening America’s approach to Iran and Syria while potentially engaging other repressive countries such as Cuba and North Korea and refocusing on moribund Middle East peace efforts.

    The first tweaks in his Iran policy could come within weeks, officials said.

    But a pressing task for Obama will be to assign a new team to carry out his national security agenda. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced her plans to retire but could stay a few weeks past January to help the administration as it reshuffles personnel. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is likely to depart shortly after her. CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus is expected to stay on.

    The favorite to succeed Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, would face a difficult Senate confirmation process after her much-maligned explanations of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, meaning she could land instead as Obama’s national security adviser. That job that doesn’t require the Senate’s approval. Tom Donilon, who currently holds that position, and Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator, are among the other contenders.

    The chances of another early favorite, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, are hampered by Democrats’ fear that Republican Scott Brown, who lost his Massachusetts Senate seat Tuesday, could win Kerry’s seat in a race to replace him.

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  25. November 08, 2012

    Readout of the President’s Phone Calls with World Leaders

    Since Tuesday evening, the President has been receiving messages from his counterparts around the world congratulating him on winning re-election to a second term in office. The President appreciates all of these messages and looks forward to continuing to work with all of his fellow leaders to address the serious challenges we face together in the world.

    This morning the President was able to return some of these messages personally, by phone. In each call, he thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation moving ahead.

    The President spoke with:

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia

    President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada

    President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

    President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt

    President Francois Hollande of France

    Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

    King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz of Saudi Arabia

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

    Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom

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