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.

helms-deep:

I rarely get political on here.  I’d rather talk about food and film and my family.

So, instead of telling you how I’m voting and who I think you should vote for, I’m just going to put these images that our buddy Carly took a couple of weeks ago.  Images of the things that matter the very most to me in the world.

When I vote, they are the first thing I think about.

When I vote, I know that I have a responsibility to them and their future.

When I vote, I think about the challenges that they will face when they get older, and I am making a choice that may someday impact them greatly.

When I vote, I’m not just voting for myself.  And neither are you.

So, that being said, all I’m asking you to do is please, please vote.  It’s important to me.  It’s important to the future of the country my girls will grow up in.

Thanks.

(images ©2012 carly bish photography. All rights reserved.)

For your daughters.  For my daughter.  For their daughters.  Come on America…let’s end this and get back to work.

Sarah Palin says the POTUS is “shucking and jiving”

nealzonwheelz:

I just want to show that this exists and that she should be continuously called out for this:

But no she’s not racist at all!

(via inothernews)

The 1980’s are calling and asking for their foreign policy back. — PRESIDENT OBAMA, remarking on Mitt Romney calling “Russia” the greatest threat to the United States. (via inothernews)
Obama — you gotta admit, he raised his game. …so Romney thought he had to bump up his game even more. So he kinda looked like a prick. At one point, he said to the President of the United States, he said ‘Hang on — you’ll get your chance.’ But (we) should not be surprised — the Mormon Church has been saying this to black people for decades. BILL MAHER, about last week’s presidential debate, on Real Time (via inothernews)

The Two Mitt Romneys:

inothernews:

I don’t have the time. It would take me too long to go through all the math.

Republican vice presidential candidate PAUL RYAN, refusing to tell Fox “News” host Chris Wallace exactly how Mitt Romney’s tax plan will work.

Wow.  If you can’t even explain the whys and wherefores of your propaganda to your propaganda machine, then your campaign’s got problems.

(Mediaite via Slate)

I really think the Obama campaign can stop spending money now.  Save it for a big party to celebrate the win.

I refuse to ask middle-class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for a millionaire’s tax cut. I refuse to ask students to pay more for college or kick children out of Headstart programs to eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor and elderly or disabled, all so those with the most can pay less! PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (via inothernews)
Madame Chairwoman, delegates, I accept your nomination for President of the United States. — PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (via inothernews)
It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics. Why? Because poverty, discrimination and ignorance restrict growth. When you stifle human potential, when you don’t invest in new ideas, it doesn’t just cut off the people affected — it hurts us all. President BILL CLINTON, at the DNC. (via inothernews)