“Barack Obama becomes the ‘moxie president’”

Heads-Up: PBO’s immigration speech at 3:30 EDT here.

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Dead Bin Laden is good for the economy…:)

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Roger Simon:

Democrats are weak, and Republicans are strong. Democrats are the Mommy  Party, and Republicans are the Daddy Party.

Republican presidents will protect us because they are muscular on national  defense. Democratic presidents put our lives at risk because all they care about  is peace at any price.

Or at least that’s what Republicans have told us in election  after election. But even if it were ever true, it won’t be true in 2012.

Over the weekend, I kept reading the same analysis by different people: The  bin Laden “bump” will not last long. Even though Barack Obama got a boost in his  approval ratings by finding and killing Osama bin Laden, this will soon fade.  And by November 2012, the bad state of the U.S. economy — the analysts always  assume it will remain bad — will doom Obama and convey him to the rubbish bin of  history.

The analysts never say, however, just who, exactly, will beat Obama. They  just figure somebody will.

And they may be right. But I wouldn’t bet the mortgage on it

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If you talk to Obama people these days, you find they are not exactly in a  state of despair.

Instead, they are trying to tamp down over-optimism and ban exuberance.

Why are they happy? Did you catch “60 Minutes” on Sunday? Did you catch Steve  Kroft’s exclusive interview with President Obama about finding bin Laden? About  13.7 million Americans did. (“America’s Funniest Home Videos” came in second  during the hour, with 6.4 million viewers.)

And when people watched “60 Minutes,” did they see a Mommy Party guy? Not  quite. They saw a determined, strong, resolute president who saw his duty and  did it.

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As a top Democratic insider told me Monday afternoon, “The president has  solidified the notion that he makes hard choices and takes on challenges. Some  are unpopular: saving the financial industry, saving the auto industry,  reforming health care. But he has the strength, the fortitude, the moxie to make  the tough decisions.”

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Good piece from Ezra Klein:

The reverse-Obamaization of the Republican Party

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Much as the Democratic Party is now defined by Obama’s agenda, the Republican Party is now defined by opposition to his agenda. That must be a real bummer for the GOP senators who entered public life to actually do things.

The Democratic Party, at the very least, chose Obama and has real influence over his agenda. The Republican Party didn’t choose Obama and has little influence over his agenda, but their platform is, if anything, even more dependent on Obama than the Democratic Party’s. There are plenty of Democrats who disagree with health-care reform because they think it’s too far left and plenty who disagree with it because they think it’s too far right and they all get to speak their mind. But Republicans who once loved the Obama/Romney model — and this includes Mitt Romney — now have to pretend they hate it, and since they haven’t had time to come up with alternatives, they’ve got no health-care policy at all. I can’t imagine that’s very fun for politicians who built their self-image around problem-solving and big ideas.

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Gahhhhhhhhhhh! SWAGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

64 thoughts on ““Barack Obama becomes the ‘moxie president’”

  1. Oh, do I love that picture!!!!!!!!!!! The swagger is wonderful. I’ll look at it all day.

  2. And just wait when the gas prices start coming down like the experts predict within the next month.

    Prices spiked up again today for some unknown reason, but the prediction is still a 30 cent/gallon drop by June.

  3. Ezra nails it. The rethugs are running only as anti-obama party. All their earlier stands on many issues are now being rescinded since PBO is willing to meet them half-way. The indies are important as are the young voters in 2012.

  4. Why not – they claim any successes and pin all failures on President Obama. We saw that crystal clear this past week with the Bushies trying to claim ownership of the OBL death, and we see it around the coutry every day with Republicans showing up for photo-up ribbon cutting ceremonies after voting against the measure(s) that lead to the ribbon cutting in the first place.

    Latest example being Ohio Gov. Kasich showing up at the GM Ohio announcement that they are hiring 400 -http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_05/claiming_undeserving_credit029474.php

    I bet he’ll even claim that it’s because of his leadership and decision he made that GM decided to add jobs there. And the MSM rubes will eat that up and spit it out to the masses.

  5. Wasserman Shultz really needs to keep hitting on the Ryan Budget. President Obama and his Administration can’t because they need to negotiate with the GOP House, but the DNC needs to be the attack dog and really ramp up their messaging.

  6. I fervently hope if the Dems retake the House that Sen. Reid pulls the trigger and makes the filibuster much more difficult. I can understand why he didn’t do it in this Congress, as things were so uncertain. And to be honest, even if he had changed the filibuster rules this term, it wouldn’t have mattered, as the House is in the hands of incompetent ideologues. But a Dem House needs a Dem Senate that isn’t tied up by a crazy minority.

  7. I hope Gaddhafi isn’t dead. He shouldn’t have been targeted. I’d like to know who made that call to attack his compound – Isn’t a Canadian running things over there? Don’t make me have to agree with Glenn Greenwald.

  8. He and McConnell have an agreement that nothing would change in 2012. I guess it was made because the Senate could easily flip and the GOP could keep the House and Mitch would then change the rules to try and ram things through. So nothing will change in regard to the rules and filibustering – but I’d bet President Obama would be much more willing to call out the GOP on their rank obstructionism.

    Winning the House is vital for any President Obama legacy bills. If we could take back the House and keep a majority in the Senate I think there would be enough votes to be had from the Senate GOP. Especially if the Dems could add a couple to their majority.

  9. SR, maybe “they hear ya”…

    Face to Face: A Conversation with Debbie Wasserman Schultz [new DNC Chairperson]… http://tinyurl.com/3vjd4so (w/6 vid clips) via @TheDemocrats

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)😉
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!

  10. I’ve been fascinated by the JeffersonObama tweets as well. I’m much less concerned about Gaddafi being targeted. As he kept saying over and over, he had no “official” position in the Libyan govt. He had nothing to resign from, as he had no official role. He couldn’t have it both ways — claiming he had no official role in govt, yet claiming immunity from direct attack. Only time will tell if he’s actually dead. But it is rather interesting that the revolutionaries have made such gains in the past week, and that there’ve been so many defections.

    Now after Libya, on to Syria, and how to crack a totally different nut. This is going to be the most momentous decade in modern human history.

  11. What a refreshing read from Roger Simon. Bottom line, President Obama is showing how smart and efficient government can improve the lives of the American people. He is slowly and methodically co-opting every possible agenda item the GOP could run on in 2012.

    The Republican Party fought tooth and nail on all of these initiatives and accomplishments:

    – Healthcare Reform
    – Wall Street Reform
    – Foreign Relations
    – Defense/National Security/Terrorism
    – Government Transparency
    – Protecting Medicare & safety net
    – The START Treaty
    – Fiscal Responsibility
    – Recovery Act
    – Energy Policy
    – Immigration Policy
    – Saving the Auto Industry

    The GOP is skating in a buffalo herd with nothing of substance to offer the American people. Barack told them not to give the keys back. Let’s hope they figure out the error of their ways by 2012.

  12. Let’s cool our jets, shall we? Get still, get quiet, say our prayers. There’s no room for swagger, is how I see it. Thanks, BWD and all who appreciate our very best ever POTUS.

  13. An hour out from President Obama’s immigration address in El Paso Tx, I’m going to link to an immigration speech he did last year that I think is brilliant and I hope he borrows from for this upcoming one – especially the “New Collossus” closing.

  14. Libya: Col Gaddafi targetted in series of precision strikes

    Col Muammar Gaddafi and his armed forces have been directly targetted in a series of precision strikes in Tripoli and the key town of Misurata as concerns grow that the regime is attempting to swamp Europe with refugees.

    //snip

    In a sign that the regime is trying to force a refugee crisis as a weapon against its Nato enemies, almost 1,900 people from Libya arrived in five boats on the Italian islands of Lampedusa and Linosa this weekend alone. Another vessel sank – bringing the total lost to four boats. Hundreds of bodies are now washing ashore along the Libyan coast. Some of the refugees said they were forced on to the boats by Libyan troops and police, the International Organisation for Migration reported. Others were given free passage, in contrast to the normal practice where migrants are charged fortunes for the crossing.

    This is why I’m not too concerned about Gaddafi possibly having been killed in the strike 10 days ago. His people are nothing but cannon fodder to him.

    Full story here: http://goo.gl/bkLmu

  15. I am so excited that PBO chose El Paso to give his immigration speech. I used to live there. My son and his family (his wife and her extended family are Mexican-American) and it was always a place where everyone lived together very harmoniously. Multi-culturalism at its best.

  16. But will Luis Guttierez approve? //snark

    PBO is like a boxer. He knows the GOP is on the ropes, and he’s launching jab after jab to knock them out. OBL’s killing really was a defining moment, one that has allowed PBO to rally his supporters and go after the GOP.

  17. There needs to be a negotiated truce/settlement or there will be years of civil war/guerrilla war with Gaddhafi loyalists trying to cling to power. Also the rebels are unknown entities with no real experience how to run a government.

    I wouldn’t shed a tear if the rebels killed Gaddhafi, I just don’t believe it should be a NATO directive. IIRC when President Obama laid out the mission in the prime time address he was rather specific that the military strikes wouldn’t target leadership and that the security council agreement made sure it was just a humanitarian mission to protect the rebels from Gaddhafi’s military.

  18. For a brief moment I was smiling inside. But, thanks for the smack back to reality. :^/

  19. That would be a mistake. Ghadaffi is not a head of state he is a military man.

  20. Guittierez is a snake and a judas. We had a wonderful AA mayor in Chicago, Harold Washington, who made Luis’ career and Luis sold him out. I cannot stand him.

  21. Sara…I agree with your sentiments and I can honestly say that I believe President Obama would too. However it does not negate that Presidnt Obama exudes confidence (swagger) and always has even when he’s going through challenging times.

  22. President Obama is speaking now – 10 minutes early – in El Paso!

  23. Guys, I’m just so excited to hear PBO’s speech on immigration today. I can’t hardly focus on anything else right now. I’m thinking it will be at 1:30 PM, my time but I’ve got the TV on so I don’t miss a word.

    Have a great day, you all!

  24. Absolutely strict adherence to the established talking points. That’s a thing of beauty.

  25. Not fair I set my alarm for 1:30pm. He never is on early. I will have to listen to the first 10 minutes later.

  26. However, the rules won’t be up for change until 2013 when the new Senate is seated. And as the Republicans have shown time and time again, they are just fine with rules being broken.

  27. Can’t follow the immigration speech, but I think that will be used at specific times, specially relating to the economy and manufacturing, particularly green jobs.

  28. We’ll be lucky if we keep the Senate in Dem hands so talk of filibuster reform is premature. Dems are defending 23 seats while Reps are defending only 10 in 2012. Plus the Dems have some retirements among the 10 — Akaka in Hawaii, Bingaman in New Mexico, Jim Webb in Virginia, and of course Lieberman in Conn.

  29. Oh I have no doubt McConnell would go back on the agreement – which is why I didn’t want Reid to make it. I suspect McConnell might know he’s not going to run for leadership again so his successor wouldn’t be bound to his agreement anyways since it’s just an informal handshake type.

  30. OMG! I’m just crying my eyes out after listening to PBO’s speech on immigration. I love my Prez so much!

    He’s called us all to action and I am signing on!

  31. Hawaii, NM, Connecticut should stay in Dem hands, and Kaine vs Allen in Va is a coin flip, but probably leans Dem. The big problems are in SDakota where Conrad is retiring and Dems will lose the seat, Nebraska where Nelson will have a strong challenger ans is probably toast and Montana where Tester will be in tough. Not to mention McCaskill in Mo as well.

    However Nevada is in play for Dems, Az could be in play as well. If Luger is teabagged out than Indiana could be in play. And Murray has said that Texas will be contested.

  32. Possibly. It just seemed like it was really catching on as messaging and then it was just dropped.

  33. Yes, it is!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!

  34. I was almost in tears by the time he finished the story about Jose Fernandez.

  35. ^AquaGranny911, here ya go…🙂

    ELEVATING THE DEBATE ON IMMIGRATION

    Here are just a few ways you can get involved in the conversation, and tell us here at the White House what you think:

    TWITTER. During the President’s speech today, I’ll have a screen up next to my TV to watch the conversation on Twitter using the #immigration hashtag, so make sure to use #immigration to share your thoughts.

    ADVISE THE ADVISOR. Cecilia Muñoz, one of the President’s senior advisors on immigration issues, just posted a new Advise the Advisor video asking for your feedback on this important issue. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/Advise to see the video and tell us what you think.

    ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS. In addition to all the ways you can join the conversation online, we’re encouraging Americans to host roundtable discussions in your own communities over the next few months, and let us know what you talked about and what issues matter the most in your community. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration to get started.

    We’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

    Sincerely,

    David Plouffe
    Senior Advisor to the President

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/10/elevating-debate-immigration

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!

  36. There is actually a series of videos at this site, I will copy these videos into my video page so we can access them later. She nails it,, thanks so much for sharing.

  37. No it wasn’t…listen to Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the interview she gave that’s linked in this thread…she totally said Winning the Future.

  38. Remember last year in Michigan when President Obama called out the GOP-er who came to the ribbon-cutting, and he essentially said that they should be ashamed of themselves? The GOP cried like dogs over that – but maybe they need a little more of that treatment. They’ve got the House now, and they’re still not doing anything to advance the economy – and in fact, they are doing more to harm the economy with their threats about the debt ceiling. We need to call them out.

  39. I love that picture……He is beautiful…. his lips…just saying. *swoon*

    Yes I am a proud card carrying Obamabot and I make no apology for that. So to our teapublican, PL, firebagger etc guest lurkers, stay pressed. *swoons again*😀

  40. I don’t understand who would be stupid enough to vote for Republicans in any district, after seeing how they have behaved throughout this country. It’s astounding to me.

  41. Yes, she does…

    And, you’re very welcome!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!

  42. Maybe, they’re “stepford people” like those TeaPublican women,
    who are “stepford wives”; no minds of their own! lol

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!

  43. Ladyhawke, I agree in terms of Roger. It was about a year ago he started belittling Obama and say there was no way he could be reelected.

    After coming back from his cancer, he was on C.Matthew’s show, and he told Chris that Obama was pathetic. He said Obama could not get anyone to listen to him, so Roger was asked to do a private interview.

    You know what I think, I think Obama did that to give Roger a welcome back present.

    I will indeed accept this with good will, but he can easily revert to being a snake in the grass.

  44. LL, I checked the internet, I am not sure I understand who this person is. and why is
    Gutierrez threating to not support Obama re-election.

    HELP! Has this man gone off of his rocker?

  45. Makesense, If he is in actuality a military general rather than a president, it seems he would be fair game.

  46. BWD was engaged in a Tweet conversation with JeffersonObama about the possibility that Gaddafi was killed in the bombing 10 days ago that killed his son, especially because he hadn’t been seen since. As far as Rep. Gutierrez goes, he was making noises a few weeks ago that Latinos shouldn’t vote for Obama because he couldn’t get immigration reform passed. Fortunately, he has as much influence among Latinos as Smiley and West have among African-Americans.

  47. I love my President! I am so proud of him, and his lovely, brilliant wife and daughters!

  48. Hate to rub salt in the wounds (well, okay, I don’t, in this case), but I really liked this harsh but accurate piece of Roger Simon’s article:

    “But Obama did it. He risked it. He acted. He did not sit paralyzed in a classroom listening to children reading ‘The Pet Goat’ while the twin towers fell down.”

  49. You beat me to it! But now that we think of it. Why couldn’t the next James Bond be Black?
    I vote for Chewetel Eliafors.

  50. That’s not a James Bond swagger, that’s a “James Bond does what I tell him” swagger.

  51. Conditioning studies show that intermittent reinforcement is more effective than continuous reinforcement.

    Or in English🙂 the message is more effective if it’s not repeated every single time. The occasional gap gets people thinking: hey, I was expecting them to say (X), which means you got everybody thinking (X) without having to say it.

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