“The recovery act helped you, whether you admit it or not”. Also, that’s my home! :)

President Obama schooling the nation’s governors. Ever so gently.


Monday morning mishmash

Hi guys,

1. Today’s schedule:

9:00 AM Jill Biden give remarks to the spouses of state National Guard Adjutants General.
9:45 AM PBO and VPB receive the presidential daily briefing.
10:00 AM Carney convenes an off-camera gaggle.
10:40 AM Michelle Obama and Jill Biden make remarks at the National Governors Association meeting.
11:00 AM PBO and VPB meet with a bipartisan group of governors.
12:00 PM  
1:00 PM  
2:00 PM  
2:10 PM PBO meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
3:00 PM Carney briefs the press.



2. I’m pretty sure this is the strategy: Let’s make PBO complacent, but it’s entertaining nevertheless:

GOP reality check: Obama looking tougher to beat in 2012

Just four months after posting historic election gains, Republicans are experiencing a reality check about 2012: President Barack Obama is going to be a lot tougher to defeat than he looked late last year.

Having gone from despondency in 2008 to euphoria last November, a more sober GOP is wincing in the light of day as they consider just how difficult unseating an incumbent president with a massive warchest is going to be, even with a still-dismal economy.


Much of the GOP realism is rooted in a long-standing truism of American politics – that absent a major crisis of confidence, it’s highly difficult to defeat a sitting president.

But aside from the traditional advantages of incumbency, Republicans are also fretting about the strength of Obama’s campaign infrastructure, the potential limitations of their own field and, particularly, the same demographic weaknesses that haunted them in 2008.

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3. Allow me to say “AMEN” to Krugman here:

That Iraq Feeling

I don’t watch cable news, or actually any kind of TV news. But I gather that there’s a virtual blackout on the huge demonstrations in Wisconsin, except on Fox, which portrays them as thuggish and violent.

What that makes me think of is January-February 2003, when anyone watching cable news would have believed that only a few kooks were opposed to the imminent invasion of Iraq. It was quite spooky, realizing that hundreds of thousands of people could march through New York, and by tacit agreement be ignored by news networks whose headquarters were just a few blocks away.

And it’s even more spooky to see it happening all over again.


4. Recovery!

Income of workers climbs 1.0% in January

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The income of American workers saw the biggest increase in January in a year and a half, owing largely to a temporary payroll tax cut that took effect that month.

Personal income jumped a seasonally adjusted 1.0% in the first month of 2011, while consumer spending rose a smaller 0.2%, the Commerce Department reported Monday.


5. President Obama toasts the nation’s governors:


6. Finally, the president made a very short cameo at the Oscars last night, picking his all time fave movie song: As Time Goes By from Casablanca.  Such a romantic fool. 🙂