The bottom line remains the same: the president has played by the rules, accepting concessions, offering compromises, and negotiating in good faith. In the meantime, Republicans have been unyielding, condemning the very idea of compromise, threatening deliberate national harm, and walking away from overly generous offers that fall short of 100% of their demands.
So, remind me, how is it “Obama’s fault”?"
President Obama, closing out the first State of the Union address of his second term. (via shortformblog)
The most powerful last quarter of any SOTU in recent history.
This is our first task: caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm? Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re, all together, there, letting them know that they’re loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?
I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days. And if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change.
Since I’ve been President, this is the fourth time we’ve come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings. (The) fourth time we’ve hugged survivors; the fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims. And in between, there’ve been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country — almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and in big cities all across America. Victims whose, much of the time, their only fault was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.
We will be told the the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law, no single set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society.
But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this.
If there’s even one step we can take to save another child — or another parent, or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown — and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.
In the coming weeks, I’ll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we have?
We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage? That the politics are too hard?
Are we prepared to say that the violence visited upon our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?"
PRESIDENT OBAMA, at tonight’s interfaith service for the victims of Newtown.
If ever there was a table-setter for change in our country’s fight against gun violence, this is it.
“I’m not sure about this, Claire.” Something in the air felt wrong. Very wrong. “It’s almost as if Osama were still-”
Out of nowhere, the whole room shook. The sound went away and my head hurt. We were both knocked off our feet, me off my petite, earnest feet, him off his strong, experienced feet. The threatening letter slipped out of my hands. What was happening? Where was the Secret Key? And why was my forehead wet?
His piercing grey eyes were seeking mine, he was shouting something, holding my head up. I just wanted to sleep, just let me sleep, sleep…
Can you explain Benghazi?? Was there a coverup, etc? I’m so lost as to what is the truth with this…- sidekicksaba
Ohhhh, Benghazi. Take a seat, folks.
In September, our embassy in Benghazi, Libya was bombed. Four American citizens died.
BENGHAZI MYTH #1: OBAMA WENT TO VEGAS AFTER HEARING FOUR AMERICANS DIED!!!
Reality: He had a planned campaign stop in Nevada, where he went after making an announcement from the White House Rose Garden. As I’ve said before, it’s not like they told him about Benghazi and he shrugged and turned back to his slot machine.
MYTH #2: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TRIED TO BLAME A YOUTUBE VIDEO TO COVER UP A TERRORIST ATTACK!!!
At first, the administration thought it might be retaliation for that “Innocence of Muslims” video. Regardless, Obama called it an “act of terror” in his speech that day. It turns out it was just a good old fashioned terrorist attack on an embassy. There have been 15 since 1979, with seven of those under George W. Bush. American consulates (embassy workers) have died before. It’s uncommon, but not unheard of.
So here’s where the weird stuff starts to set in. This happened in early September. Obama was way up in the polls, and Romney had nothing, NOTHING to go on at that point. So Fox News began what one journalist described as “hyperventilating spin coverage” of what was basically just an embassy bombing. Geraldo Rivera actually kind of flipped out about how ridiculous they were being. He said - ON FOX NEWS - that they were lying and purposefully pushing false information to mislead the public.
MYTH #3: OBAMA DIDN’T KNOW WHO DID IT, AND THAT IS TOTALLY UNPRECEDENTED FOR AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT!!!
Reality: No, the Obama administration did not figure out exactly who did it - right away. They said they didn’t want to speculate too early on, which sounds reasonable, because it is. It took them a week to determine who was at fault.
Conversely, about a decade ago, we went to war with Iraq and Saddam Hussein before figuring out, maybe half a decade later, that 9/11 was Osama bin Laden’s fault. OOPS! And we spent most of our time there looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction, which the Bush administration assured us were there. But they weren’t! OOPS!
So no, there is no cover-up. The right-wing media machine is just desperate for something anti-Obama to cling to. And their line is always “This is news the mainstream lapdog media won’t talk about!!!” as if it’s a cover-up when, in reality, the mainstream media isn’t talking about it because two and a half months after it happened it’s not news. An embassy was bombed. Four Americans were killed. It is tragic. But exactly what can we do about it now?
“President Obama won’t comment on Benghazi!!!” Yeah, he’s not commenting on Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign any more either. It’s almost like things happen and then they’re over and we move on. Unless you’re a conservative.
Media Matters did a great roundup of myths and realities back in September. So the short answer to your question is, four Americans were killed in a tragic embassy bombing by a terrorist group, the media covered it adequately when it happened, and anyone who says otherwise is a conspiracy theorist.
Mitt Romney’s campaign got its first hint something was wrong on the afternoon of Election Day, when state campaign workers on the ground began reporting huge turnout in areas favorable to President Obama: northeastern Ohio, northern Virginia, central Florida and Miami-Dade.
Then came the early exit polls that also were favorable to the president.
But it wasn’t until the polls closed that concern turned into alarm. They expected North Carolina to be called early. It wasn’t. They expected Pennsylvania to be up in the air all night; it went early for the President.
After Ohio went for Mr. Obama, it was over, but senior advisers say no one could process it.
“We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory,” said one senior adviser. “I don’t think there was one person who saw this coming.”
They just couldn’t believe they had been so wrong. And maybe they weren’t: There was Karl Rove on Fox saying Ohio wasn’t settled, so campaign aides decided to wait. They didn’t want to have to withdraw their concession, like Al Gore did in 2000, and they thought maybe the suburbs of Columbus and Cincinnati, which hadn’t been reported, could make a difference.
But then came Colorado for the president and Florida also was looking tougher than anyone had imagined.
“We just felt, ‘where’s our path?’” said a senior adviser. “There wasn’t one.”
Romney then said what they knew: it was over.
His personal assistant, Garrett Jackson, called his counterpart on Mr. Obama’s staff, Marvin Nicholson. “Is your boss available?” Jackson asked.
Romney was stoic as he talked the president, an aide said, but his wife Ann cried. Running mate Paul Ryan seemed genuinely shocked, the adviser said. Ryan’s wife Janna also was shaken and cried softly.
“There’s nothing worse than when you think you’re going to win, and you don’t,” said another adviser. “It was like a sucker punch.”
Their emotion was visible on their faces when they walked on stage after Romney finished his remarks, which Romney had hastily composed, knowing he had to say something.
Both wives looked stricken, and Ryan himself seemed grim. They all were thrust on that stage without understanding what had just happened.
“He was shellshocked,” one adviser said of Romney.
Romney and his campaign had gone into the evening confident they had a good path to victory, for emotional and intellectual reasons. The huge and enthusiastic crowds in swing state after swing state in recent weeks - not only for Romney but also for Paul Ryan - bolstered what they believed intellectually: that Obama would not get the kind of turnout he had in 2008.
They thought intensity and enthusiasm were on their side this time - poll after poll showed Republicans were more motivated to vote than Democrats - and that would translate into votes for Romney.
Hahahahahaha I missed the link to the second page of the article:
As a result, they believed the public/media polls were skewed - they thought those polls oversampled Democrats and didn’t reflect Republican enthusiasm. They based their own internal polls on turnout levels more favorable to Romney. That was a grave miscalculation, as they would see on election night.
Those assumptions drove their campaign strategy: their internal polling showed them leading in key states, so they decided to make a play for a broad victory: go to places like Pennsylvania while also playing it safe in the last two weeks.
Those assessments were wrong.
They made three key miscalculations, in part because this race bucked historical trends:
1. They misread turnout. They expected it to be between 2004 and 2008 levels, with a plus-2 or plus-3 Democratic electorate, instead of plus-7 as it was in 2008. Their assumptions were wrong on both sides: The president’s base turned out and Romney’s did not. More African-Americans voted in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida than in 2008. And fewer Republicans did: Romney got just over 2 million fewer votes than John McCain.
2. Independents. State polls showed Romney winning big among independents. Historically, any candidate polling that well among independents wins. But as it turned out, many of those independents were former Republicans who now self-identify as independents. The state polls weren’t oversampling Democrats and undersampling Republicans - there just weren’t as many Republicans this time because they were calling themselves independents.
3. Undecided voters. The perception is they always break for the challenger, since people know the incumbent and would have decided already if they were backing him. Romney was counting on that trend to continue. Instead, exit polls show Mr. Obama won among people who made up their minds on Election Day and in the few days before the election. So maybe Romney, after running for six years, was in the same position as the incumbent.
The campaign before the election had expressed confidence in its calculations, and insisted the Obama campaign, with its own confidence and a completely different analysis, was wrong. In the end, it the other way around.
“They were right,” a Romney campaign senior adviser said of the Obama campaign’s assessments. “And if they were right, we lose.”