Head of the table.

 

President Barack Obama hosts a working dinner in Laurel Cabin during the G8 Summit at Camp David, Md., May 18, 2012. Seated clockwise from the President are: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan, Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and President François Hollande of France. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Metrosexual Abe for the win!

Charles M. Blow:

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There was one description of the president that truly seized me:

“The metrosexual black Abe Lincoln has emerged as a hyper-partisan, hyper-liberal, elitist politician with more than a bit of the trimmer in him.”

This sentence is just so deliciously ridiculous, insulting and incendiary — perfect Republican fodder.

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Now to the “hyper-partisan, hyper-liberal” accusation: false. Obama is a pragmatic, left-leaning centrist, much to the consternation of many devout liberals. Americans in the middle also see this, so efforts to paint him as an extremist will always fail.

Romney used to be a pragmatic, right-leaning centrist. That was until he checked his principles and previous positions at the door so that he could cavort with the Tea Party.

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“Mitt Romney is a two-time loser this week”

Howard Kurtz:

Mitt Romney is a two-time loser this week, hobbled by Democratic attacks and friendly fire from his own side. This might not amount to much, except we’re at a crucial phase in the calendar where Romney’s opponents are going all-out to define him before he can define himself. And comments like this don’t help: “I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said but I stand by what I said, whatever it was”.

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“Every time I read about Mitt Romney citing his business experience, including job creation, I’m dumbfounded”

Miami Herald LTE:

From May 1996 to July 1998, I worked as a human resources manager for Dade Behring, a medical manufacturing firm with facilities in Miami. Every time I read about Mitt Romney citing his business experience — including job creation — as his chief qualification to be president, I’m dumbfounded.

Bain took over a profitable company that provided 850 high-wage jobs in South Florida. We had been told that our plant was the most profitable plant in the company. Instead of building on this success, it closed both South Florida facilities and everyone lost their jobs. Production was moved to Delaware and Germany, and Romney and his business partners made millions in the process.

The reality of Romney’s actions don’t match what he’s saying on the campaign trail.

Cindy Hewitt, Miami

AP: Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states

Things ARE getting better, but the media will keep tell you that things are getting worse, because lying is these GOP tools the only way to get a liar elected in November. Well, not going to happen.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, evidence that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country.

And in many states, unemployment has fallen well below the national average, which was 8.1 percent last month. Rates were lower than 7 percent in 22 states in April. That compares to only 13 states in April 2011.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 37 states in April, the most in three months. Unemployment rose in 5 states and was unchanged in eight.

Nationally, the unemployment rate has fallen a full percentage point since August. Employers have added a million jobs over the past five months, although the pace of hiring slowed in March and April.