I actually quite like it. It reflects on the way that people feel about the Obamas as people, rather than as public figures. The wonderful thing about working for the campaign is not being with the president or on Air Force One or any of the things that would happen covering any president’s campaign. Spending time with that family is the thing that’s so wonderful. What the family is and represents to the country is as much a part of the president’s appeal as his policies. I don’t know why they chose it, but that’s why I like the choice. As opposed to him waving in front of a flag or something more traditionally presidential.
Released ahead of the start to the convention: GO HERE for website, full pdf document, full e-book.
- Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq
- Disrupting, Dismantling, and Defeating Al-Qaeda
- Responsibly Ending the War in Afghanistan
- Preventing the Spread and Use of Nuclear Weapons
- Countering Emerging Threats
- Strengthening Alliances, Expanding Partnerships, and Reinvigorating International Institutions
- Promoting Global Prosperity and Development
- Maintaining the Strongest Military in the World
- Advancing Universal Values
Went to see Total Recall yesterday and we liked it. The special effects were great, but the levitating car chases were probably a bit too long. And with all the seemingly unnecessary screen time her character got after the first or second act, you’d think Kate Beckinsale’s husband was directing. Continue reading
In honor of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.
I request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
Over 200 volunteers spent Wednesday planting flags for Memorial Day on the grounds of Boston Common in downtown Boston in honor of those who served and died for our country. The 33,000 flags represent all of the fallen soldiers from Massachusetts who have died since the civil war. — MSNBC
World War II veteran Jesse R. Turner salutes while being comforted by Helen Marie Misel at a display of more than 1700 United States flags in Shawnee, Kan., Saturday, May 26, 2012. Turner served in the Army Air Corps. Photo: Orlin Wagner / AP – seattlepi.com
A Marine salutes as motorcycles drive past during the annual Rolling Thunder parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., May 27.
From the President’s weekly address, May 26:
Even as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we reaffirm our commitment to care for those who served alongside them—the veterans who came home. This includes our newest generation of veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan.
We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us: By making sure that they get the healthcare and benefits they need; by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job, and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect.
Viral Eminem parody: ‘Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up’ - “Uh … with regards to abortion … uh … You can choose your own adventure. It’s a Republican dementia,” Romney raps. “And I’m more concerned about the banks: They’re unable to lend. Corporations are people, my friend. My dog is on the roof. My dog is on the roof. Who let the dogs out? Who? Who?” According to YouTube, the video had been viewed over 12,000 in less than 24 hours. Watch this video from Hugh Atkin, uploaded March 19, 2012.
“[Obama’s] out there talking about alternative energy. Well, we’re out here talking about alternatives to the president.” — Mitt Romney, 3/16/12
Every GOP candidate is running on no vision. No plans. No ideas. No help.
It’s funny but horrifying all at the same time.
John Heilemann wrote a really good piece for NYMag about how the GOP is currently tearing itself apart:
…All of which is to say that when Santorum takes the podium to address a Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition rally in Shelby Charter Township, the 1,500 souls he sees before him are his kind of people—and soon enough he is speaking their language. To explain how America has always differed from other nations, Santorum invokes the Almighty: “We believe … we are children of a loving God.” To elucidate the evils of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and cap-and-trade, he inveighs against liberal elites: “They want to control you, because like the kings of old, they believe they know better than you.” To highlight what’s at stake in 2012, he unfurls a grand (and entirely farkakte) historical flourish: “This decision will be starker than at any time since the election of 1860”—you know, the one featuring Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas on the eve of the Civil War.
[...] The transfiguration of the GOP isn’t only about ideology, however. It is also about demography and temperament, as the party has grown whiter, less well schooled, more blue-collar, and more hair-curlingly populist. The result has been a party divided along the lines of culture and class: Establishment versus grassroots, secular versus religious, upscale versus downscale, highfalutin versus hoi polloi. And with those divisions have arisen the competing electoral coalitions—shirts versus skins, regulars versus red-hots—represented by Romney and Santorum, which are now increasingly likely to duke it out all spring.
[...] Only the most mindless of ideologues reject the truism that America would be best served by the presence of two credible governing parties instead of the situation that currently obtains. A Santorum nomination would be seen by many liberals as a scary and retrograde proposition. And no doubt it would make for a wild ride, with enough talk of Satan, abortifacients, and sweater vests to drive any sane man bonkers. But in the long run, it might do a world of good, compelling Republicans to return to their senses—and forge ahead into the 21st century. Which is why all people of common sense and goodwill might consider, in the days ahead, adopting a slogan that may strike them as odd, perverse, or even demented: Go, Rick, go.
That ending though… Charles P. Pierce responds to the ending of this, otherwise, really good piece:
As to that last part, well, I’d like to know the scenario under which any of those guys would be more “moderate” — and, thereby, more “electable” — in 2016 than they are today. They certainly don’t represent a “moderate” reaction to a potential Santorum electoral cataclysm. Zombie-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan is an outright extremist on fiscal policy, and counts as a “policy intellectual” only on those days when actual policy intellectuals are at the dogtrack. Chris Christie is “moderate” in almost nothing in his life, including his utter inability to avoid being a jackass on television. He’s also on the wrong side of most social issues. Bobby Jindal signed on with Rick Perry’s semi-militia “Tenth Amendment” bullshit, and he’s every bit the ultramontane Catholic that Santorum is. It’s far too late for Jeb Bush a) to take back all the Schiavo nonsense, and the anti-affirmative action pandering that had people sitting in at his office, and b) to change his last name. Which leaves us with Mitch Daniels, value-sized governor of Indiana, union-buster,defunder of Planned Parenthood, and, lest we forget, the budget director under George W. Bush, where his job was fairly easy because all the really big stuff — two wars, Medicare Part D — was kept off the books.
These are the people who, if it becomes absolutely necessary, are going to lead the Republican party back from the brink and back to “serious and forward-thinking” moderation? Does Heilemann have the faintest clue how absolutely rabid the Republican base is going to get if the Kenyan Muslim Usurper gets re-elected at all, much less decisively? (I suspect he does, because he’s a good reporter.) It is going to be four completely batshit years of internet conspiracy theories, fantastical chain e-mails, talk-radio hydrophobia, and bloody-fanged abandoned wrath until hell won’t have it any more. Anyone who wants to run in 2016 is going to have to spend a lot of time being the respectable face of all of that — or, at the very least, doing things to placate the madmen that nobody with any self-respect should want to do. The clown car, alas, has become a motorcade.