President Barack Obama, after a frenzied four-day campaign dash through five states last week, was back on the campaign trail in Rhode Island yesterday.
The president's message varied little as he moved across the United States, telling those who flocked to rallies and fundraising events that voters faced a choice between Republican economic policies "that got us into this mess" or the Democrats still unfinished struggle to lift the nation out of the deepest fiscal mess in decades.
Did you catch it? The first hint that this President will indeed be running for reelection in 2012 may have been hidden in plain sight within a statement he made on Saturday, at a Minnesota University.
Obama said: “So don’t let them tell you that change isn’t possible. It’s just hard, that’s all. And that’s okay. We’ve got to earn it. We’re just in the first quarter. We’ve got a lot more quarters to play.” And with that He (Mr Obama) gave the very first official glimpse into the electoral future choice for 2012.
I couldn’t believe that Chris Matthews of MSNBC missed that huge clue, as Matthews remarked yesterday on his show that Obama has given no indication one way or the other if he plans on seeking a second term.
Obama went on to say of Republicans: "All they've got is the same old stuff that they were peddling over the last decade. I just don't want to relive the past. The other side is betting on amnesia. It is up to you to show them that you have not forgotten."
Well Mr. President, it is certainly hard to forget when Americans are living the resulting poverty and anguishing desperation of watching all we worked for over the years evaporate. Each day is a living reminder of what is at stake, only the Democrats have not plead their case nearly as well as they could have, if somebody had the good sense to address the millions of 99ers before this election. If the Democrats lose they have nobody but themselves to blame - but we will still bear the brunt of what that loss (if it happens) will bring.
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" will welcome a sitting American president for the first time ever this week. The cable network has announced that President Barack Obama will appear on the series this Wednesday, October 27th.
This will be Obama's fifth time on the Jon Stewart hosted show, but his first since entering the Oval Office. The high-profile interview will take place during "The Daily Show's" week of "Indecision 2010" midterm election coverage.
In related news, Stewart and his Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert will be in the nation's capital this weekend. The satirical newsmen have organized the first-ever "Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear" this Saturday, October 30th. The event at Washington DC's National Mall will begin at 3:00 p.m. local time, Halloween Eve.
With election day one week from today, the Democrats had better get a move on to successfully retain the balance of power in Washington next session.
Meanwhile, famed award winning news show 60 minutes this past weekend aired a segment dedicated to the plight of the 99ers. Unfortunately, although they visited 99ers in communities across the nation, they chose to air this segment about 99ers in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley has had some of the highest concentration of wealth over previous years, so 60 minutes failed to truly capture the everyday devastation within the 99er Nation across America.
The segment also misrepresented many facts as to the true numbers of 99ers across America and opined that a Tier 5 would be all but impossible to get passed in Congress. One can only hope they were as wrong about that as they were about most of the facts presented during Sunday’s show. Though they got most of the vital info and statistics wrong and did not do the severe amount of suffering in America justice - hey it is press coverage none the less.
Where is the coverage of the tent cities and shanty towns? Of those who are living in their cars and going cold and hungry on a daily basis? CBS could have done this so well, but perhaps they too just do not get it! I am not saying that 60 minutes did a bad job - just that they could have done it so much better, that is all.
View the segment for your self and se what you think at: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6987699n&tag=contentMain%3BcontentAux
And as a side note, Move On.org has created a personalized video just for you. It is totally funny but way too serious. Go here (even if you do not have Facebook) you can still see this video from the future specifically for you: http://cnnbc.moveon.org/?id=24634-18050635-ntdxdXx&t=1
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