President Obama Stands Up

I found myself more moved today by President Obama, than I ever have been in the past. Today, he spoke my language. Today, President Obama spoke to America about the liberal/progressive values that hold us all up as one nation, together. Is it because he “hears the clock ticking on his last chance to use the power of the presidency on the causes he cares about.” Perhaps… If anyone were wondering whether Obama wanted to lower expectations for his second term … no, he apparently does not. President Obama, in his speech “became the progressive leader that many liberals thought they were getting when they voted him into office four years ago.” Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post notes: This was a speech that could … Continue reading

Obama Questions Romney’s ‘Main Calling Card’ To Be President

With the media and others continuing to probe Mitt Romney’s time at a major private-equity firm, President Obama went on national television to make a political argument questioning Romney’s tenure as the boss of Bain Capital as the presumptive GOP nominee’s “main calling card” to replace Obama in the White House. The president and First Lady Michelle Obama sat for an interview broadcast Friday by CBS on the network’s morning news program. His remarks signal what is likely to be a main narrative that Obama employs between now and Election Day as he seeks a second term in the midst of a struggling economy. Obama made clear that he doesn’t believe Romney’s career at Bain “at all disqualifies him” to … Continue reading

Obama May Say Congress Has ‘No Excuses’ Not To Pass Jobs Bill, But Eric Cantor Already Made His

Although he was scheduled Friday to officially rebut President Obama’s renewed push earlier in the day to pass a comprehensive jobs bill, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor almost needn’t have bothered. In a hastily called White House news conference, the president declared that Congress had “no excuses” to pass his long-stalled American Jobs Act, legislation which would create jobs through infrastructure spending, prevent teacher layoffs, and more. “If Congress decides not do anything about all this because it’s an election year, they should explain to the American people why,” Obama says. Obama’s remarks come on the heels of last week’s disappointing jobs report for May, and amid new worries that he is vulnerable in his bid for a second term in the … Continue reading

Small Donors Continue To Power Obama Campaign

Almost all of the $29.1 million that President Obama raised in campaign funds during January came from small donors, according to his re-election campaign staff. As has been the general pattern with the president’s 2012 fundraising, 98 percent of the haul came from donors pitching in $250 or less, the campaign says in releasing its fundraising totals Friday. Obama’s January totals put the president slightly ahead of the amount George W. Bush brought in during the same period eight years ago, when Bush was seeking his second term in the White House, according to the Washington Post. Overall, Obama has raised $250 million, to be split between his re-election campaign and Democratic National Committee. Although the president has been outpacing his GOP rivals in … Continue reading

In Iowa, Team Obama Looks Back — And Forward

Most of the interest in Iowa’s presidential caucuses Tuesday will inevitably be on which Republican candidates come out on top, but that hasn’t stopped President Obama’s re-election campaign from also spending some time on the Hawkeye State’s first-in-the-nation voting. Obama’s re-election campaign released a pair of online videos. One features a much less gray-haired Obama from 2008. It was the then-senator’s “closing argument” which Candidate Obama put out the night before the Iowa caucuses that year.     “It’s pretty incredible to see candidate Obama talk about what President Obama ultimately did,” Mitch Stewart, battleground states director for Obama for America, says in an email introducing the videos. “He makes four specific promises — on reforming health care, making college … Continue reading