Word

 Posted by at 09:00  Election 2010, Politics
Sep 282010
 

President Obama recently granted quite an extensive White House interview to Rolling Stone Magazine. It will be published in the October 15, 2010 issue of the magazine which will be available on newsstands on October 1. It is online now.

At the end of the interview, he had a serious word for Democrats and others who care about the immediate future of the United States of America…

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One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.

The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.

Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election. And right now, we are getting outspent eight to one by these 527s that the Roberts court says can spend with impunity without disclosing where their money’s coming from. In every single one of these congressional districts, you are seeing these independent organizations outspend political parties and the candidates by, as I said, factors of four to one, five to one, eight to one, 10 to one.

We have to get folks off the sidelines. People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard — that’s what I said during the campaign. It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.

If you’re serious, now’s exactly the time that people have to step up.

He’s serious about this, folks. We should be, too. If you’re planning on sitting on your thumbs and sulking come November 2, I really hope you rethink your plans. So does your president.
 

Education interview

 Posted by at 17:41  Politics
Sep 272010
 

President Obama granted a 30-minute interview to Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show. It aired this morning. The topic was education in America…


 

Weekly Address 09-25-10

 Posted by at 10:16  economy, Politics
Sep 252010
 

“Crossroads on the Economy”

From the White House weblog:

The President lays out the choice between his plan to keep our economy moving forward, and the agenda put out by Republicans in Congress taking us backward to the special interest economy that created this mess.

Click below to listen to the audio only:

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The transcript of the president’s weekly address, as prepared for delivery, is available after the break.

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Sep 242010
 

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.

Bonus video (may not be viewable outside of the United States):

Saturday additions:

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Weekly Address 09-18-10

 Posted by at 10:13  Politics
Sep 182010
 

“The Republican Corporate Power Grab”

From the White House weblog:

The President explains how the most dire warnings about the Citizens United case have been proven valid as Republicans in Congress have blocked legislation to fix it.

Click below to listen to the audio only:

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The transcript of the president’s weekly address, as prepared for delivery, is available after the break.

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Dueling rallies

 Posted by at 18:33  Politics
Sep 172010
 

Watch as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announce their “Rally to Restore Sanity” and “March to Keep Fear Alive,” respectively…

So if you find yourself with little else to do on the weekend of October 30th (other than move your clocks one hour back or hand out trick-or-treat candy) and a few dollars to spare, why not join the dynamic duo in Washington, D.C.? You may learn something.
 

Back to school 2010

 Posted by at 17:18  Politics
Sep 142010
 

President Obama went to the Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to deliver his second “back to school” speech today (here‘s the first)…

Transcript follows the break.

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