Saturday’s mishmash

Hi guys,

Here’s a lengthy mishmash for a Saturday morning. :) Have a great weekend.

1. I’m Grateful is updated.

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2. Weekly address:

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3. Do you remember what the naysayers said when in his 2010 SOTU address, president Obama talked about doubling US export over the next 5 years? Well, the naysayers never learn.

NYT: American exports of goods rose 21 percent in 2010

…It was the sharpest rise in American exports since 1988, and it enabled the United States to pass Germany and again become the world’s second-largest exporter, behind China.

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….The increase in American exports came as manufacturing employment in the United States rose by 0.9 percent in 2010, the first annual increase since 1997.

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4. Recovery!

Consumer sentiment hits 8-month high

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5. No wonder none of those losers announced their candidacy yet. And this is FOX NEWS poll…:)

Obama grows lead over top 2012 GOP challengers

President Obama leads several top would-be Republican challengers by an even larger margin than last year, a new poll found Friday.

Obama would beat former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in head-to-head match-ups if the 2012 election were held today, a new Fox News poll found.

Obama also leads all four of those candidates by healthier margins than he had in the same tests of those match-ups in late September of last year, the poll found.

Forty-eight percent of registered voters would choose Obama, versus 41 percent who would vote for Romney, the poll found. (Obama led 41-40 percent last fall.)

In a race against Huckabee, Obama would win 49-41 percent, an expanded margin from the 43-40 percent lead the president held in September.

Obama clears the 50 percent marker against both Gingrich and Palin. He would beat Palin by more than 20 points — 56 to 35 percent — and best Gingrich 55-35 percent. The president led Palin 48-35 percent last September, and was ahead of the former Speaker with 53 percent to Gingrich’s 29 percent last fall.

As a bonus, the Fox poll also tests how Obama would fare against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who said he’s not running, in 2012. Fifty-four percent of registered voters would choose Obama in that match-up, compared to 34 percent who would elect Bush. 

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6. Two field trips for the president next week:

President Barack Obama will travel to Oregon next week to visit Intel Corp

Obama to visit Baltimore County school

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7. Yea, suddenly they are all praising him.

For those keeping score in the “peacefully removing Arab dictators” game, it’s now Obama 2, Bush 0. 

Egypt is on a path to democracy and no one got invaded

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8. Love those Austan Goolsbee’s White Board bits. This time it’s about the wireless initiative.

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9. “I still didn’t have a lot of money, so all I could afford was Gibbs”. Hilarious and actually quite touching.

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10. The making of the historic speech:

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