theonion:

‘This Is A Pointless Trip,’ Obama Says While Shaking Hands With Netanyahu: Full Report

theonion:

‘This Is A Pointless Trip,’ Obama Says While Shaking Hands With Netanyahu: Full Report

newsweek:

A detailed look from White House photographer Pete Souza at Barack Obama, Copy Editor in Chief. 

newsweek:

A detailed look from White House photographer Pete Souza at Barack Obama, Copy Editor in Chief


President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, Nov. 29, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, Nov. 29, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

newsweek:

politico:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden moments after the television networks called the election in their favor, while watching election returns at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Just imagine this moment as a slow dance while Romney was conceding. Warms the heart.

I refuse to believe they’re doing anything but dancing.

newsweek:

politico:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden moments after the television networks called the election in their favor, while watching election returns at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Just imagine this moment as a slow dance while Romney was conceding. Warms the heart.

I refuse to believe they’re doing anything but dancing.

newleftmedia:

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"My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. The real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. That’s despicable."

— Retired Army Colonel and former aide to Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson • Diving headfirst, in the most blunt terms possible, into the media dust-up kicked off last Thursday by Romney surrogate John Sununu. Responding to news that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had endorsed President Obama, Sununu suggested that Powell had a “slightly different” reason for doing it than politics – namely, his race. Sununu reversed course on this today, saying “I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies,” but not before Wilkerson unleashed this incendiary attack on some of his fellow Republicans. An attack which, frankly, seems destined to generate a lot more heat than it does light. source (via shortformblog)

"Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision."

— President Obama, in an interview with Rolling Stone, when asked about Paul Ryan’s “obsession” with Rand (via wilwheaton)

(via maxistentialist)

barackobama:

Scenes from today’s Dayton, Ohio rally:

THE PRESIDENT: Before we get started, I want everybody to give a big round of applause to Joe Biden! (Applause.)
Now, first of all, you need to know Joe Biden is a man who is literally in love with a teacher. He doesn’t just say, I love teachers—he’s married to a teacher. (Applause.) But more importantly—I want everybody to understand this—I could not ask for a better partner than my Vice President, Joe Biden. (Applause.) There’s nobody who knows more about foreign policy than my Vice President. There’s nobody who gives me better advice than my Vice President. (Applause.) There’s nobody who you’d rather have in a foxhole with you when it matters most than my Vice President. (Applause.) There’s nobody who cares more about the middle class and fights harder for America than my Vice President. (Applause.)
I could not do what I do without him having my back every single day. So I want you to give him another big round of applause. (Applause.)
AUDIENCE: Joe! Joe! Joe! Joe!
THE PRESIDENT: Joe! Joe! Joe! Joe!

barackobama:

Scenes from today’s Dayton, Ohio rally:

THE PRESIDENT: Before we get started, I want everybody to give a big round of applause to Joe Biden! (Applause.)

Now, first of all, you need to know Joe Biden is a man who is literally in love with a teacher. He doesn’t just say, I love teachers—he’s married to a teacher. (Applause.) But more importantly—I want everybody to understand this—I could not ask for a better partner than my Vice President, Joe Biden. (Applause.) There’s nobody who knows more about foreign policy than my Vice President. There’s nobody who gives me better advice than my Vice President. (Applause.) There’s nobody who you’d rather have in a foxhole with you when it matters most than my Vice President. (Applause.) There’s nobody who cares more about the middle class and fights harder for America than my Vice President. (Applause.)

I could not do what I do without him having my back every single day. So I want you to give him another big round of applause. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Joe! Joe! Joe! Joe!

THE PRESIDENT: Joe! Joe! Joe! Joe!

"

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

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

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

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee.

"

— the opening paragraphs of The Salt Lake Tribune’s endorsement of Barack Obama. (via washingtonpoststyle)

mohandasgandhi:

current:

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur discusses debates, poll numbers, and why this election is already finished.

I think the election for Romney was over after the RNC but after recent poll numbers, everyone has been calling it. Also, I’ve always found these statistics to be very interesting:

There’s another poll out today showing President Obama with a nine point lead in Ohio. That’s the fifth poll in a row showing him with a larger than a five point lead. The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll that came out last week had him with a ten point lead.

No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio. Plus, whoever has won Ohio has won the last 11 presidential races. Ten point leads aren’t small, they’re gigantic.

Here’s my new favorite fact: whoever is leading two weeks after the last convention has never relinquished the lead in the last 15 presidential elections. It’s way past two weeks since the last convention and President Obama doesn’t have a small lead, he has a huge lead.

It’s important to remember that these are just statistics and they aren’t indicative of what’s going to happen but what tends to happen. However, it’s difficult to look at current polling numbers and conclude anything other than the fact that Romney is hurting and he’s hurting bad. The mainstream media is useless in this arena, as Cenk says. Look at the raw numbers, not the overhyped analyses from the talking heads.

No. The election is not over until the morning of November 7. Stop saying it is.

"There’s a broader lesson to be learned here. And I — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ‘em."

President Barack Obama offers some advice to Mitt Romney

barackobama:

That lift, GIFed. (via buzzfeed)

Well, this is just delightful.

barackobama:

That lift, GIFed. (via buzzfeed)

Well, this is just delightful.

ryking:

Google Politics (@googlepolitics): “When @BarackObama’s #DNC2012 speech ended at 11:03 p.m. ET, @google searches for “register to vote” doubled nationwide. #googlepolitics”

ryking:

Google Politics (@googlepolitics): “When @BarackObama’s #DNC2012 speech ended at 11:03 p.m. ET, @google searches for “register to vote” doubled nationwide. #googlepolitics”

(via theatlantic)

(Source: barackobama)