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October 12, 2012
Glad nobody was hurt. Police haven’t identified a suspect, but do have a “possible vehicle of interest.” source
23:00 // 1 year ago
September 9, 2012
Obama Florida event marked by tragedy, heat exhaustion reports
- bad news At least ten people were hospitalized for heat exhaustion while waiting for the president to show up at his event in West Palm Beach, Fla., many of them senior citizens. Another 25 were treated for heat exhaustion.
- worse news A police officer in the president’s motorcade on the way to that event got into an accident on I-95, when a pickup truck struck the officer, killing him. The officer, on motorcycle, was closing off the area to make way for the president’s motorcade. The driver has not yet been charged in the ongoing investigation.
(EDIT: The investigation is being treated as vehicular homicide. ht idroolinmysleep)
23:09 // 1 year ago
February 7, 2012
The President opposed the Citizens United decision. … He continues to support a law to force full disclosure of all funding intended to influence our elections, a reform that was blocked in 2010 by a unanimous Republican filibuster in the U.S. Senate. And the President favors action—by constitutional amendment, if necessary—to place reasonable limits on all such spending. But this cycle, our campaign has to face the reality of the law as it currently stands.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina • From a blog post on BarackObama.com, titled “We Will Not Play by Two Sets of Rules.” In it, Messina attempts to explain why the Obama campaign, despite stated opposition to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling (and ostensibly Super PACs themselves), will be playing the same Super PAC game as the GOP candidate this year. This strikes us as a hard sell, especially to independents — saying President Obama needs to use a corrupted system in the hopes of ending said system doesn’t seem like an argument that would have much appeal to those not already extremely trusting of his administration. source (via • follow)
15:23 // 1 year ago
October 6, 2011
If Congress does something, then I can’t run against a do-nothing Congress. [If they do nothing] then I think the American people will run them out of town.
President Barack Obama • Answering a reporter’s question whether he was pursuing a similar reelection strategy to that of Harry Truman’s 1948 campaign against a “do-nothing Congress.” Obama has used a tougher, more confrontational rhetorical style against Congress lately, and while this does have much to do with his push on his proposed jobs bill, you needn’t be a cynic to see this as a desirable campaign strategy. source (via • follow)
16:50 // 2 years ago