Oct 312012

W. Mitt Romney disguised an Ohio campaign rally as a collection of canned food for the Red Cross yesterday. Too bad somebody on his staff didn’t find the time to check the Red Cross website

Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints the Red Cross does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.

Meanwhile, President Obama has been busy directing the federal response to Super Storm Sandy. Today, he will join New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) in touring some of the damage suffered by the citizens of that state.

Oct 222012

I will likely have more on this later but here are my first thoughts on tonight’s presidential debate…

Mitt Romney is the new president of the Barack Obama Fan Club.

Though Mr. Romney clearly got most of the talk time this evening, he used nearly all of it to declare how strongly he agrees with everything President Obama has done and is doing with regard to foreign policy (which was, by the way, the topic of tonight’s debate). I hope the Obama campaign is at this moment drafting a thank you card to the Romney campaign.

The hoarseness and the sweating aside, all in all a weak performance from W. Mitt Romney tonight. This debate, as the last one, must go to the President. I remember my mom, when I asked her in 2004 why she voted for George W. Bush, saying that we should not be changing horses in the middle of the stream. Ditto, mom. As we saw tonight, there would be no point. Doing so would, in my opinion, do irreparable damage to our country and to the world.

Presidential moment

 Posted by at 17:28  Election 2012, Politics
Oct 172012

If you did not have the opportunity to watch the second presidential debate last evening, I would encourage to scroll down to the previous post and watch it. The video of the entire debate is posted there.

There were a lot of memorable moments in this debate, but the one shown in the following video is the one that most sticks out in my mind.

Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job, but she works for me. I’m the President, and I’m always responsible. And that’s why nobody is more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I do. The day after the attack, Governor, I stood in the Rose Garden, and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror, and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime. And then a few days later, I was there greeting the caskets coming into Andrews Air Force Base and grieving with the families. And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State, our U.N. ambassador, anybody on my team, would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as President; that’s not what I do as Commander-in-Chief.

If you would like to watch the video or read the transcript of what President Obama said in the Rose Garden on September 12, you may do so here. From those remarks:

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

Then there is this, from a speech President Obama gave in Golden, Colorado on September 13…

Let me say at the outset that obviously our hearts are heavy this week — we had a tough day a couple of days ago, for four Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Libya. Yesterday I had a chance to go over to the State Department to talk to friends and colleagues of those who were killed. And these were Americans who, like so many others, both in uniform and civilians, who serve in difficult and dangerous places all around the world to advance the interests and the values that we hold dear as Americans.

And a lot of times their work goes unheralded, doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it is vitally important. We enjoy our security and our liberty because of the sacrifices that they make. And they do an outstanding job every single day without a lot of fanfare. (Applause.)

So what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice. (Applause.) I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America. (Applause.)


The Smirk

 Posted by at 18:59  Election 2012, Politics, Republicans
Oct 102012

The Smirk did not look good on George W. Bush. It doesn’t do Willard Mitt Romney any favors, either.

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Remember George W. Bush (the worst president in the history of the United States)? The Republicans are doing their best to see that you do not. A vote for W. Mitt Romney would be a vote for a return to the policies of George W. Bush. Remember those? They are the policies that led to the Great Recession of 2008… a recession from which we are still trying to recover. We simply cannot afford another four years of a Republican in the White House. We really can’t.

Sep 292012

The first of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, October 3. The topic is domestic policy. The debate will be broadcast by all the major networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS – and FOX at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 8:00 p.m. Central Time. I plan on watching. I hope you do, too.



Sep 242012

Last week, Mitt Romney called 47% of Americans freeloaders and moochers who would not take responsibility for their own lives. This week, he says that those who do not have health insurance should just go to hospital emergency rooms where they can get the care they need for free. I’m not convinced Mitt Romney, from one day to the next, really knows what he is saying.

Mitt Romney: Flip-flopper in Chief.

Sep 172012

Mitt Romney held a meeting with his millionaire and billionaire peers earlier this year. Unbeknownst to him, a camera was rolling the entire time he was speaking to this group. In case you have not read about it or seen the videos, I would encourage you to click on over to this Mother Jones article. The real Mitt Romney introduces himself and reveals what he really thinks of nearly half of America…

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what… These are people who pay no income tax.

My job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

If you plan on voting in this year’s elections (and I hope you do), you owe it to yourself to see who the Republican nominee really is. Please click on the link above.

UPDATE: Mitt Romney complained that his remarks were taken out of context. He wishes whoever released the video would have released the whole thing so people could understand what he really said. Seems his wish is Mother Jones’ command. The full video may be viewed at this link.