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15 Nov 2010

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14 Nov 2010

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Sunday Open Thread

14 Nov 2010

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This week the President discussed his foreign trip to Asia and efforts at home to reduce the federal deficit. President Obama stated that he took this trip to open new markets to help U.S. exports:

“The economic battle for these markets is fierce, and we’re up against strong competitors. But as I’ve said many times, America doesn’t play for second place. The future we’re fighting for isn’t as the world’s largest importer, consuming products made elsewhere, but as the world’s largest manufacturer of ideas and goods sold around the world.

Opening new markets will not only help America’s businesses create new jobs for American workers. It will also help us reduce our deficit – because the single greatest tool for getting our fiscal house in order is robust economic growth.”

As for the deficit, the President made quick mention of the three-year budget freeze that he submitted to Congress (he had proposed a freeze back in January, 2010), and advocated for limitations to earmarks as a way to reduce unnecessary spending.

President Obama’s Weekly Address:

Saturday Open Thread

13 Nov 2010

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Afternoon Open Thread

12 Nov 2010

hat tip-Angelar

A Veterans Day Message From Michelle Obama to the troops in Germany

Michelle Obama honors US troops in Germany

(AP) – 20 hours ago

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama surprised a group of U.S. servicemen and women based in Germany on Thursday, jumping in to serve them steaks at a special Veterans Day meal.

“Oh, my God! Where’s my camera,” gasped Lavondee Stallings, a preschool teacher whose husband serves in the military, as Obama entered the banquet room at Ramstein Air Base’s Officers Club.

Stallings was one of some 200 people with whom the first lady spent time during a refueling stopover on the way home from her tour of Asia with President Barack Obama.

“I am missing Sasha and Malia desperately,” Obama said of her daughters, as she spoke to the group gathered for the donated steak dinner, grilled by volunteers from the California-based Cooks of the Valley.

“But it is a thrill to be here with you guys, because we are so grateful to all of you,” she said. “Not just our servicemen and women, but their kids, wives, husbands and parents.”


RAMSTEIN-MIESENBACH, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 11: First Lady Michelle Obama serves steaks to soldiers and their families during her visit at the Ramstein Air Force Base on November 11, 2010 in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany.
—-Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

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Friday Open Thread

12 Nov 2010

I know that yesterday was Veterans Day, but here is what the West Wing did. The Vice-President honoring the veterans.

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Afternoon Open Thread

11 Nov 2010

The President Obama Speaks at University of Indonesia

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Thursday Open Thread

11 Nov 2010

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President Obama its a trap.Dont do it

The White House’s fiscal commission’s co-chairs, Erskine Bowles and former-Sen. Alan Simpson today released their draft recommendations on how to reduce the country’s budget deficit. But while the deficit, writ large, proved a potent political issue during the election season, the tough medicine recommended by Bowles and Simpson is likely to be met with more than a few raised eyebrows.

Their recommendations are more or less a list of the third-rail issues of American politics, including cuts in the number of federal workers; increasing the costs of participating in veterans and military health care systems; increasing the age of Social Security eligibility; and major cuts in defense and foreign policy spending. They also encompass a range of tax system reforms that have been floated by many in Washington for years to little effect, including funding tax rates reductions by eliminating many beloved credits and deductions.

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Afternoon Open Thread

10 Nov 2010

Pictures of the First Couple in Indonesia.


U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and First Lady Michelle Obama walk down the stairs of the Air Force One upon arrival at Halim Perdanakusumah airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010.
—-AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana

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Wednesday Open Thread

10 Nov 2010

The First Couple are now in Indonesia.

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Afternoon Open Thread

9 Nov 2010

More Pictures of the First Couple in India


US President Barack Obama (2nd R) shakes hands with Indian President Pratibha Patil (2nd L) as US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and Indian President’s husband Devisingh Patil (L) look on during a meeting in New Delhi on November 8, 2010. US President Barack Obama November 8 backed India’s quest for a permanent UN Security Council seat, inviting the world’s largest democracy to take its “rightful” place at the summit of global power.
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Tuesday Open Thread

9 Nov 2010

More Videos of the First Couple In India.

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Originally published on the Root.

In the wake of large Republican gains in this week’s election, many in the media are relating a familiar and predictable storyline to explain them: that in the two years since Democrats claimed the White House and large majorities in both houses of Congress, they have overreached, moving too far to the left and alienating the public — especially the moderate and conservative Americans who helped elect Democrats and may now be feeling that they’ve seen too much change, too fast.

This is an easy story to tell, but the reality is that Democrats lost not because they went too far but because they haven’t gone far enough. A big part of why Democrats lost Tuesday is that they haven’t accomplished enough to energize and motivate all of the new voters that came out in massive numbers for them in 2008 — groups like African Americans, Latinos and young people. While many of these groups still strongly support Democrats when polled, it’s clear that they did not vote or volunteer for Democratic campaigns in the same numbers or with the same enthusiasm seen in 2008.

There is a long list of issues for which Democrats have fallen far short of what they promised to African Americans while campaigning in 2008. Republican obstructionism in Congress has made it hard in some cases for Democrats to get things done. But part of the issue is that Democrats have not fought hard enough in a way that truly distinguishes them from Republicans and gives black people confidence that they care about making a big difference on issues that matter to them.

In the arena of criminal-justice reform, for example, the Obama White House and Democrats failed to deliver (or even try to deliver) on much of what they promised to do to alleviate the disproportionate imprisonment of people of color.
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Afternoon Open Thread

8 Nov 2010

Pictures of the First Couple in India.


U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he and First Lady Michelle Obama step out of the door of Air Force One as they arrive in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. Obama arrived in India on Saturday, beginning a 10-day, four-country tour of Asia that will take him through some of the region’s most vibrant democracies in search of U.S. economic and security benefits.
—AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi

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