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Behind The Scenes: signing the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Prepare some tissues.

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And here’s a link to a terrific video from January 20 2009, that I’ve never seen before. This was posted as a comment here yesterday (my apology for not remembering who deserves the credit. Please, let me know).

Enjoy.

Obama’s Circle Of Friends

One Who Helps People Throughout the Land

Hi guys

A long mishmash ahead:

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First, do yourself a favor and watch president Obama’s speech at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, including the awesome introduction, and the reaction to his announcement of the US decision to back the U.N. Indigenous Rights Declaration.

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President Obama’s statement regarding the war in Afghanistan:

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Ron Kirk is really one of the president’s best appointments:

 
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Slowwwwwly, but moving: 

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Show Modest Decrease

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If you build it….

Home construction up after 2 months of declines

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They won’t come….

Number of homes taken back by lenders tumbles

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If this is true, then the votes are actually there!

Scott Brown And Lisa Murkowski Back Standalone DADT Repeal Bill

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Let the sun shine:

W.H. aims to fast-track solar power

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President Obama speaking at the White House Tribal Nations Conference. (FYI: If I post a photo without explaining what it is – chances are the description is on it. Just mouse-over the picture).

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There was some excitement around those “coat” photos from yesterday, and I’m here at your service, of course, so I got a few more. But if you’ll tell anyone that I seduce you to drool over the president of the United States, I will quit and join the professional left!

Drool quietly. 🙂

 

Few morning videos

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The audacity of not having to sleep on the couch

President Obama signs the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, to improve the nutrition, lives and health of hundreds of thousands of kids – and no less important: making one lady very very happy.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a $4.5 billion measure, provides more free school meals to the pool, and gives the government more power to decide what foods can offered in those meals, as well as in school vending machines and fundraisers during school hours.

More. Of. This. Please!

Dear white house,

Did you see the press conference yesterday? You did? Good. Now you know what you didn’t do enough over the past two years and what you must do over the next two: *this*:

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This president is easily the smartest guy in the room – especially when the room is filled with the shallowness that is the WH press corps – and he’s just about the only serious honest adult in town. So send him out there, for crying out loud. Schedule a press conference every two weeks and let him swing. The networks will continue to ignore his appearances somewhere in North Carolina, but they will ALL broadcast a press conference.

Let him talk to the majority of Americans who actually wants to be treated as adults. Let him show what so many of us know :This man is there to serve the people, to help them, to make their lives a little better every day, regardless the personal political cost. Let them see his big heart and amazing grasp of every issue.

Enough with the inside game, enough with letting the crazy from both sides – and a corrupted media – to set the narrative. How the hell someone who is already one of the most succesful presidents ever, can be framed as a “failure”? Who the hell are these people to call the first black president – who is facing hate like no one before him – ‘weak’?  What did they ever do in their lives beside writing blogs, editorials and yelling “special comments” on TV for 7  figures salary?

Seriously, dear White House, did you see the last 10 minutes of the press conference? *This* is Barack Obama that no one can beat. Sharp, smart as a whip, angry-yet-in-control, even a little raw. Speaking unscripted straight to the people, and always makes much more sense than anyone else. Let Obama be Obama, so the sane and silent majority could finally see what we already know: He is the North Star out there. 

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More from the alternate world

1. Mark another V for the Nobel Peace Prize winner:

Belarus to Give Up Uranium Stockpile

 The Obama administration scored a victory in its drive to curb the spread of dangerous nuclear material on Wednesday with an announcement here that a former Soviet republic, Belarus, had agreed to give up its stock of highly enriched uranium by 2012.

The announcement came at a European security summit meeting and served as an antidote to administration fears that the recent disclosure of confidential diplomatic cables would hamper America’s ability to deal with foreign governments, several of whom were portrayed in a negative light.

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Colin Powell endorses the START Treaty:

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President Obama marks World Aids Day, even though he is yet to cure the disease:

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Oy Vey, president Obama’s approval ratings among Liberals are only 85%. I told you up in the title – it’s the alternate world: 

  The Totally Preposterous Idea of a Democrat Challenging Obama in 2012

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Beautiful.

 US First Lady Michelle Obama shows a holiday greeting card she made to a child in the State Dining Room to learn how to make holiday ornaments, cards and treats, at the White House in Washington, DC, on December 1, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Think Michael Jackson in Tokyo type of screaming

Hello

welcome to this first edition of the non-apologetic and  hate-free Barack Obama mishmash. Just a couple of procedural issues:

1. Comments are moderated, so at least at the beginning it’ll take a little while for them to show up. Not too long, I hope.

2. Please, excuse all kinds of glitches. These won’t stay long either.

3. You can sign up to receive e-mail notice, if you’d like.

4. Yes, there will be photos. Many.  🙂

Enjoy.

 

First, Mr. Paul Krugman, take a few minutes and click here to see a full and complete list of all the things the “Conservative” president has done so far. Because frankly, this is one of the stupidest things you could ever say. And you are not Palin, you’re a smart, smart man. If president Obama is a conservative, then you didn’t really win the Nobel Prize.

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The president wants our help in pressing Congress to pass the Dream Act.

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41 states see job gains in October, most in 5 months

WASHINGTON — Businesses and other employers added jobs in 41 states in October from September, the best showing in five months, the Labor Department said Tuesday.The figures indicate the job market is picking up a bit in most parts of the country. Even the nation’s hardest hit states —Nevada  and Michigan showed declines in their unemployment rates.

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Auto Bailout Saved More Than 1.4 Million Jobs

The U.S. government bailout of General Motors, Chrysler and other automotive firms saved more than 1.4 million jobs, according to the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor.

It estimated most of the jobs — 1.14 million — were saved in 2009 during the low point of the industry’s severe downturn. But another 314,400 jobs were saved in 2010.

The government intervention prevented additional personal income losses totaling $71.9 billion for 2009 and $24.6 billion for 2010.
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How the Auto industry bailout pulls Kokomo back from brink

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Jerry Price remembers the eerie silence less than two years ago when he walked through one of the transmission plants that long provided the economic lifeblood of this town steeped in auto industry history.With the machines still and the workers gone, casualties of Chrysler’s bankruptcy declaration a few days earlier, the only signs of life were a few lights that had been left on. “None of us, including myself, ever thought that this place would be running again,” said Price, vice president of United Auto Workers Local 685.

Not only has the plant reopened for business, but President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are visiting Tuesday to herald Kokomo as one of the major success stories of the auto bailout. Residents of this city, where unemployment once soared above 20 percent after the shutdown, are doing their part to proclaim the virtues of legislation that generated plenty of controversy at the time.  “If the bailout hadn’t come, then we’d be a ghost town,” said Jeff Newton, a pastor who runs Kokomo Urban Outreach, which runs a network of food pantries.

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Today, Kokomo is likely more dependent on the industry than any other city in the country – including those in Michigan. Nearly 25 percent of the city’s work force is employed by the industry. The city’s unemployment rate hit 20.4 percent in June 2009, the highest level in the past decade. “It’s been very scary at times,” said Dave White, 58, who has worked at Chrysler for 24 years. His wife also works for the automaker.

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The riverfront initiative – along with Small Business Administration financing – made it possible for father and son Steve and Blake Kinder to start Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub, a new downtown bar with lavish woodwork rescued from old churches and remodeled homes that’s set to open Tuesday.

A couple of years ago, Blake Kinder said, the only people downtown were coming for court appearances. Now, it’s common to see young mothers walking their babies in strollers.”The mood has definitely risen,” he said. “People are starting to feel more comfortable about Kokomo’s future, whether they like to admit it or not.”

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Economy Grew 2.5% In Third Quarter, Revised From 2%

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter, more than previously calculated, as companies increased shipments abroad and Americans boosted their spending.

The revised increase in gross domestic product compares with a 2 percent estimate issued last month and a 1.7 percent rise in the second quarter, figures from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. Corporate profits grew last quarter at a slower pace and an increase in employee wages in the prior three months was almost twice as much as initially reported.

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The Pentagon: No Gays Were Discharged in Past Month

 A Pentagon spokeswoman says no service members have been discharged for being openly gay in the month since the Defense Department adopted new rules surrounding the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith released the information Monday.

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Nancy-Ann DeParle, the Director of the Office of Health Reform at the White House, breaks down new rules that will make the health care marketplace more transparent:

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NYT: NATO Summit A Success For Obama

WASHINGTON — As administration officials said farewell to one another upon returning from a two-day summit in Lisbon on Saturday night, they all but exchanged high-fives. The sense of success went to the top: President Obama, shirt-sleeved and smiling, made a rare, brief visit to the press cabin as Air Force One headed home.

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Mr. Obama was able to lead on a world stage in a way that he has not been able to do lately at home. He did so with public and private assistance from his European and Russian counterparts, many of whom called the summit meeting historic. Acutely aware of his problems at home after the drubbing Democrats took in the midterm elections — most manifest in Senate Republicans’ resistance to the New Start nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia — the other leaders seemed almost to go out of their way to buoy Mr. Obama.

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President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev in Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 20, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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President Obama and VP Biden visited Kokomo, Indiana, earlier today, to celebrate the revival of the auto industry:

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The president, once again, had troubles connecting with everyday Americans. As evident from the pool report of kids’ reaction during the president’s brief visit to Sycamore Elementary School: “Think Michael Jackson in Tokyo type screaming.“:

 

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First Lady, Michelle Obama, promotes “Move On” in Newark, Harlem and Miami:

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Hee: