We’ve already spoken of some of the ways in which history was made with today’s inauguration address (full text), but there were also some light moments, if you followed along on social media like I did.
Here are some of my favorites scenes from the day.
Did Senator Rob Portman fall asleep?
Al Roker got so excited about meeting Joe Biden that he literally dropped the mic:
First daughter Malia photobombs her parents while sister Sasha tries to get a photo:
Chuck Schumer looks very happy to see Beyonce:
Bill Clinton looks [...]Full Story... →
In a 20-minute, 2095-word address, President Obama today spoke to the nation on the occasion of his second inaugural, using a theme of togetherness to set the path for his second term. A decidedly progressive speech, the President spoke strongly for the need to come together to address such issues as climate change, marriage equality, immigration, gun violence and economic fairness. Below are the words of the President’s speech, released as it began by the Inaugural Committee.
Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
Monday, January 21, 2013
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One thing I heard in the Plunderbund debate chat last night were a few people who have already voted for (or decided to vote for) Jill Stein instead of Barack Obama. This is a terrible decision. Allow me to explain why.
First, I should preface my comments by saying that I’m sympathetic to people who prefer Stein to Obama. In fact, when I go to ISideWith.com and take the quiz, the most recent time I have done so it suggested my preferred positions were more in line with Jill Stein’s positions. I still strongly aligned with Barack Obama, but Stein [...]Full Story... →
Today is the one year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), a policy that discriminated against lesbians, gays and bisexuals in the military. The idea behind DADT was that if heterosexuals in the military knew they were serving beside lesbians, gays and bisexuals, they would freak out and fall apart. The policy forced people who are not heterosexual to live in fear and to have to hide important and vital parts of their lives. It punished upstanding people, who only wanted to serve their country. It reinforced negative attitudes toward LGBT people in America. [...]Full Story... →
Another day, another bad poll result for Mitt Romney.
Today’s edition is the new NBC-Marist poll. The group surveyed 979 likely Ohio voters by phone from September 9-11. A poll of likely voters is typically more predictive and reliable than those merely targeting registered voters, many of whom do not turn out in November.
The results are devastating for Romney. Obama leads among likely voters 50-43.
But, more importantly, the results show that voters don’t have the same warm and fuzzy feelings for the Republican candidate. Only 40 percent of voters have a favorable [...]Full Story... →
A couple of days ago, Plunderbund blogger Dirtgirl wrote-
“According to the latest Purple Strategies poll, Romney leads among Ohio men by 8%. But Obama is up by 12% among women. In other words, Romney faces a whopping twenty-point gender gap in Ohio.”
About 15 minutes before Michelle Obama spoke to a crowd of 2,000 cheering supporters in Westerville, Mitt Romney’s campaign launched a “Women for Mitt” effort in a local store that sells flags. There we only about 30 people there.
Of course women in Ohio are responding this way because of the GOP/Romney [...]Full Story... →
A new poll from Public Policy Polling was released today, and it shows the Presidential race in Ohio is tightening.
President Obama now leads among Ohio voters by 3 points, defeating Mitt Romney 47-44. Obama’s approval numbers have dropped, but he’s not nearly as unpopular as his opponent. Obama’s negatives exceed his positives by 7 points. But a full 20 percent more Ohioans view Romney unfavorably than those who view him favorably, 54-34.
Women continue to be a key voting bloc, split on approval/disapproval of the President (47-47), but not rushing to Romney. 57 percent [...]Full Story... →
Today, the Toledo Blade is reporting that Governor Kasich’s office is involved in ongoing communications with the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott about how to coordinate their responses to the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision in a way designed to attack the President.
In his email to Mr. Nichols (Kasich’s Press Secretary), Mr. Wright (Scott’s Press Secretary) said that if the court overturns the health care law, Governor Scott will focus on the cost of the health care law and a lost opportunity to recover from the recession.
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Kasich Corporate Welfare Recipient Defrauds Government, Gets Big Paycheck
Omnicare, you may recall, was awarded millions in state incentives to move across the river–bring its existing employees with it–from Kentucky. Now, facing a massive settlement for Medicaid fraud , the company’s CEO is leaving with a big severance check worth over $3.3 million. Because if anyone should get a bonus, it’s the guy who convinced Governor Kasich to give him taxpayer money for not hiring anyone in Ohio or contributing to the tax base.
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Kasich to sign fracking oversight legislation
As Kasich prepares to sign SB315, which offers no new tools to local governments dealing with the effects of fracking, the Plain Dealer shares the experience of Broadview Heights, where urban oil and gas drilling has impacted the community and residents have few options to fight back.
Obama to return to Ohio Tuesday
Gosh, what a coincidence that the Dispatch would give the Governor prime real estate in Saturday and Sunday’s editions to attack the President twice this weekend [...]
I was struck by a fun chart from Charles Blow of the New York Times looking at the results of the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. It depicts, in visual terms, which demographic groups favor each major political party.
In Ohio, Romney wins among:
Republicans Independents Conservatives Tea Partiers People with a “moderate” interest in participating in the election People who [...]Full Story... →