I’ve been watching pundit after pundit talk about how they didn’t see the enthusiasm for Obama that they did in 2008 and were therefore confused by the turnout on election day.

mar-see-ah:

I think they don’t quite understand what Obama did in 2008. He didn’t just give speeches that showed him as a charismatic, intelligent leader, he educated us. And while I was involved with politics before (my father was a politician and I worked on several campaigns, including extensively in 2004), I never saw my peers caring -deeply caring- about the elections before 2008. But after Obama we cared about politics - not politics, actually, issues.

And once you care about issues you don’t go back.

And the issues haven’t changed much since 2008. Gay rights. Middle class. Women’s rights. Those are things that my peers care about.

We weren’t polled because we’re not considered likely voters. Oh, those 18-32 year olds? Especially the childless ones? Who cares what they think. But we do think. And we do vote. And we vote our values - liberal values. Even my husband, one of the least political people I know (weird, right?) was calling people on the eve of the election, reminding them to vote, talking to them about issues, and making an effort.

While I’ll always be an Obama true believer, I love how he awoke a generation to politics, showing them that they can effect change, that yes we can make a difference in our future.

And that’s my favorite thing about Obama.

Very well said.

apoplecticskeptic:

I’m voting for Barack Obama because, as this list of Romney endorsers suggests, the candidates for White House performance invites and Kennedy Center honors under a Romney administration would be a national embarrassment from which we’d likely never recover on the international stage of respectability and relevance.
I mean, seriously people… get out and vote. For the sake of art and music and beauty.
source: Wikipedia list of Romney endorsers

apoplecticskeptic:

I’m voting for Barack Obama because, as this list of Romney endorsers suggests, the candidates for White House performance invites and Kennedy Center honors under a Romney administration would be a national embarrassment from which we’d likely never recover on the international stage of respectability and relevance.

I mean, seriously people… get out and vote. For the sake of art and music and beauty.

source: Wikipedia list of Romney endorsers

thedailyshow:

Extended Interview: President Barack Obama http://on.cc.com/Pf8tNR

thedailyshow:

Extended Interview: President Barack Obama http://on.cc.com/Pf8tNR

gifhound:

Strange? Expected? Unexpected? Good? Bad?
Obama’s new ad features guess who? Watch it.

gifhound:

Strange? Expected? Unexpected? Good? Bad?

Obama’s new ad features guess who? Watch it.

theweekmagazine:

“This may go down in history as the Big Bird debate,” says Nina Strochlic atThe Daily Beast. As far as the Twitter consensus went, threatening to fire Big Bird to recoup the 0.00014 percent of the federal budget that goes to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was mean, and bad politics. “Obama killed Osama Bin Laden. Romney wants to kill Big Bird. I think that says enough,” tweeted @BigBirdRomney. “If Romney had grown up with me, he wouldn’t have his numbers all screwed up,” added @BIGBIRD, capping off his tweet with a frowny-face emoticon. @FiredBigBird was on a roll, posting a photo of Big Bird holding a sign that read “Will Work for Food,” and taunting Romney: “If you think [you] REALLY won this debate just know I have nearly 27,000 followers and we all remember your 47% remarks.” 
‘Unemployed Big Bird’ and 3 other debate-inspired memes

theweekmagazine:

“This may go down in history as the Big Bird debate,” says Nina Strochlic atThe Daily Beast. As far as the Twitter consensus went, threatening to fire Big Bird to recoup the 0.00014 percent of the federal budget that goes to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was mean, and bad politics. “Obama killed Osama Bin Laden. Romney wants to kill Big Bird. I think that says enough,” tweeted @BigBirdRomney. “If Romney had grown up with me, he wouldn’t have his numbers all screwed up,” added @BIGBIRD, capping off his tweet with a frowny-face emoticon. @FiredBigBird was on a roll, posting a photo of Big Bird holding a sign that read “Will Work for Food,” and taunting Romney: “If you think [you] REALLY won this debate just know I have nearly 27,000 followers and we all remember your 47% remarks.” 

‘Unemployed Big Bird’ and 3 other debate-inspired memes

It ain’t over until the rich guy zings. Paul Krugman (via bostonreview)

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cheatsheet:

The Guardian wins for best poll-tracker of the day. 

cheatsheet:

The Guardian wins for best poll-tracker of the day

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palmtreepalmtree:

I know this is a little long but I wanted to share it.  I remember seeing this for the first time on TV and being so moved by this scene.  I stumbled onto this on youtube again, and it blew me away.  I think it’s even more relevant now.  

All you need to know before watching is that they are in the middle of the campaign for President Bartlet’s second term.  Earlier in the episode Toby lost a bet to Josh and now every time Toby introduces himself, he has to say “I work at the White House.”

For Linds…

The times have changed and so have I. I’m no longer just a candidate, I’m the president. — Barack Obama (via mar-see-ah)
You don’t call Russia our number 1 enemy - not Al Qaeda, Russia - without living in a cold war time warp. — Barack Obama (via mar-see-ah)
Is it worse to imagine a world without pizza or one in which Obama gets a second term?

It’s worse to imagine a world with Obama getting a second term than it is to imagine a world without pizza. Because with Obama in a second term, there will be no pizza. For anyone.

Herman Cain in an interview with Time magazine

(Gawker)

I’m more of a calzone fan myself.

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comedycentral:

Oh that? It’s just the leader of the free world talking about how much he likes Key & Peele. No big deal. I almost didn’t even mention it.
Click here to watch the POTUS talk about K&P on last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and click the image to watch all of the Obama Anger Translator videos.
New episodes of Key & Peele return this fall, Mr. President.

comedycentral:

Oh that? It’s just the leader of the free world talking about how much he likes Key & Peele. No big deal. I almost didn’t even mention it.

Click here to watch the POTUS talk about K&P on last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and click the image to watch all of the Obama Anger Translator videos.

New episodes of Key & Peele return this fall, Mr. President.

latimes:

buzzfeed:

shortformblog:

tpmmedia:

Macon Phillips, of the Executive Office of the President, tweets this striking image of President Obama seated in the bus where Rosa Parks initiated her quest for civil rights.

Amazing pic. (EDIT: It’s worth noting the bus is currently in the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. Thanks Margarita Noriega!)

Clearly, the photo of the day.

Photo credit: Pete Souza / White House

latimes:

buzzfeed:

shortformblog:

tpmmedia:

Macon Phillips, of the Executive Office of the President, tweets this striking image of President Obama seated in the bus where Rosa Parks initiated her quest for civil rights.

Amazing pic. (EDIT: It’s worth noting the bus is currently in the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. Thanks Margarita Noriega!)

Clearly, the photo of the day.

Photo credit: Pete Souza / White House

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Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaeda leaders who’ve been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever’s left out there. Ask them about that.

President BARACK OBAMA, in response to a reporter’s question during a briefing yesterday; Republicans had charged that the President’s foreign policy had amounted to nothing but “appeasement.”

This is the best variation on “frak you” EVER.  And the full quote is better than what was floating around yesterday.

Also: Republicans should feel free to point to Iraq and eight years of chasing Osama bin Laden and FAILING — among other things — when talking about foreign fucking policy.

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