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But by all means, Kentucky, vote for Mitch “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” McConnell. 

oinonio:

But by all means, Kentucky, vote for Mitch “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” McConnell. 

(Source: floorcharts, via thebicker)

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For some reason, this photo always makes me smile.

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For some reason, this photo always makes me smile.

[Obama] wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.

Romney calls for fewer cops, firefighters, and teachers - The Maddow Blog

I’ve never heard such a brain-dead quote from a politician, and friends, I lived through the Bush Administration. I was there. This guy needs to be stopped.

But understand that their priority is to maxmize profits. And that’s not always going to be good for communities or businesses or workers…And when you’re president, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, then your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everyone in the country has a fair shot. Your job is to think about those workers who get laid off and how are we paying for their retraining? Your job is to think about how those communities can start creating new clusters so they can attract new businesses. Your job as president is to think about how do we set up an equitable tax system so that everybody is paying their fair share that allows us then to invest in science and technology and infrastructure, all of which will help us grow. And so, if your main argument for how to grow the economy is, ‘I knew how to make a lot of money for investors, then you’re missing what this job is about.’
The President and Gabby Giffords.
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The President and Gabby Giffords.

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Don’t forget I got my start standing with working folks who’d lost jobs and hope when nearby steel plants closed down, because I didn’t like the idea that they didn’t have anybody to fight for them. That still drives me today. So I’ll promise you this: as long as you’ve got an ounce of fight left in you, I’ll have a ton of fight left in me.
Romney suffers from the same problem afflicting the likes of Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon: He’s been living for so long with the delusion that the way he makes his money is fair and honest, he’s started to believe not only that he deserves his wealth, but the converse – that the poor deserve to be poor. He’s incapable of sympathizing with people who can’t pay their bills, because their condition is tied too closely in his mind with the question of how he made his enormous fortune: If you ask Romney to imagine what life is like for someone who’s broke, what he hears is you accusing him of making that happen. (In Romneyspeak, you’ve “attacked capitalism.”) In short, he’s a narcissist. They’re all narcissists, these colossal Wall Street types – they have to be, because the way they make their money makes moral sense only if you’re viewing things from the top of the heap. Asking them to step outside that comfort zone, into the world where the rest of us live, is an unthinkable outrage.

–Matt Taibbi, a national fucking treasure, in Rolling Stone

The Odd Couple: Romney Vs. Gingrich | Politics News | Rolling Stone

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"The two coaches for Sasha Obama’s basketball team couldn’t make it to one of her games, so the President and his then personal aide, Reggie Love, filled in as coaches for this game one Saturday. Here they along with Sasha’s teammates react during the game." 
THAT’S SO AWESOME.

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"The two coaches for Sasha Obama’s basketball team couldn’t make it to one of her games, so the President and his then personal aide, Reggie Love, filled in as coaches for this game one Saturday. Here they along with Sasha’s teammates react during the game." 

THAT’S SO AWESOME.

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"The top photograph shows the President having a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David. Unbeknownst to me, David Lienemann captured a similar photo of the Vice President on the very same day."
Coolest Prez and VP ever? MAYBE!

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"The top photograph shows the President having a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David. Unbeknownst to me, David Lienemann captured a similar photo of the Vice President on the very same day."

Coolest Prez and VP ever? MAYBE!

Romney Calls Obama a 'Crony Capitalist' - NYTimes.com →

So really, the guy who made a fortune by buying companies, laying off workers and then reselling them without adding any value at all to our nation’s economy, is calling somebody else a ‘crony capitalist’? The same guy who wants to repeal financial regulations on Wall Street? Who wants to cut capital gains taxes that almost solely affect the wealthiest in the country? And all because Obama is finally calling Congressional Republicans on their crap and filling positions that have been empty for months? IS IT NOVEMBER YET?

I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have healthcare. And booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are.

— Barack Obama, Sunday at a Democratic fundraiser. (h/t Joe.My.God.)

(Source: motherjones)

The president has more than a year to go before the next election, but Obama has stopped governing and has shifted entirely to campaign mode. This is what it looks like when a president quits.

Ed Morrissey, Has Obama Quit Already? (via theweekmagazine)

Yes, because when one entire fucking political party decides to obstruct everything that the president wants to do because they literally don’t believe in government, and the president has spent the better part of three years trying to negotiate and compromise with them in good faith only to have that good faith thrown back in his face, we should totally view the president then turning to the American people to say ‘These are the policies you support and which I support and which the GOP will never pass’ as the president “quitting”. Christ almighty.

And I’ll add this from Jonathan Chait: “What [David] Brooks seems to be ignoring is that bi-partisanship doesn’t work if only one side is interested in participating. Obama has tried. It failed. At some point, banking on compromise with the GOP is, well, something only a sap would do.”

‎”This is not class warfare. It’s math.”

— President Obama on his deficit-reduction plan. #morelikethisplz

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"Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama look at an app on an iPhone in the Outer Oval Office, Saturday, July 16, 2011."
I imagine the conversation is something like Biden saying “The trick is to use the big fuckers on the stone walls and then the blue mini ones to clean up” and Obama saying “Goddammit if you’re playing this game during the debt ceiling negotiations I’ll kill you.”

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"Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama look at an app on an iPhone in the Outer Oval Office, Saturday, July 16, 2011."

I imagine the conversation is something like Biden saying “The trick is to use the big fuckers on the stone walls and then the blue mini ones to clean up” and Obama saying “Goddammit if you’re playing this game during the debt ceiling negotiations I’ll kill you.”