Watch this and remember what last year was like and ask yourself what do you want to feel like on the day after the election when we know who our next Governor will be. Now ask yourself, what are you going to do to ensure our next Governor is Creigh Deeds.
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Like many around the world I was surprised to hear the news that President Obama was named this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. But unlike the President’s unrelenting critics, I was pleasantly surprised.
But I do think it’s worth noting that many of the President’s supporters, indeed the President himself, joined Obama’s critics in saying that the honor was not deserved. In my view, they are all missing the point. What the Nobel committee’s decision recognizes is that the world changed on November 4, 2008. The rest of the world never thought we would elect a one term black Senator in his 40s. Given our history of racial and ethnic discrimination, they didn’t believe we had it in us.
Most Americans still don’t fully understand the level of disregard and disgust that the rest of the world viewed America prior to President Obama’s election. Almost overnight, in one November day, that hatred dissipated. In its place, the world began to take a second look at the U.S. and Americans.
In my view, when we elected President Obama we sent the signal to the rest of the world that America was pressing the pause button on the trajectory that President Bush had our country on. We said to the world we want a new direction. And most importantly, we confounded those who hate our country, who never thought we would elect the candidate who called for an end to the war in Iraq and an end to the prison in Guantanamo.
But now, with this Nobel prize, the awards committee is laying down a challenge to the President and to our country. Make good on your promises. Use your potential. Do the good things you have in you.
Some say this decision to give the President the Nobel Peace Prize was a mistake. Perhaps. But not if it spurs the President to use his extraordinary leadership and communications skills to lead the U.S. and the world to a more peaceful coexistence.
In an off the record interview today, President Obama was asked about Kanye West’s rude behavior at this weekend’s MTV Music Video Awards show where he grabbed the microphone from Taylor Swift as she was accepting her award.
The President called West, a “jackass”.
We know this because ABC News’ Terry Moran tweeted about it, breaking the “off the record” terms of the interview. Already, the President’s critics are claiming he was unpresidential.
You know what? They’re right.
But it’s helpful to have some perspective.
President Obama isn’t the first president to use crude language when he thought no one would find out or when he was speaking to media off the record. We know that then candidate George W. Bush called a New York Times reporter a “major league asshole” and Dick Cheney, once he became Vice President told a Senator to “Go fuck yourself.”
Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon were recorded on tape speaking in vulgar language. I’m sure the same could be said for President Clinton and Reagan. (I’m not as certain about Presidents Ford and Carter.) Bush, Sr. as Vice President said he tried to “kick a little ass” in his Vice Presidential debate opponent, then-Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro.
But what kills me is that those on the right wing are criticizing President Obama’s remarks as if no other previous President ever uttered a vulgarity. They ignore Kanye West’s behavior and the fact that President Obama’s remarks were made off the record. They, in a bizarre attempt to defend Congressman Joe “You Lie” Wilson, say that the President’s remarks were worse.
I’m not so sure.
In fact, I’d say most of them are jackasses, too.
My line of thinking was expressed this morning by Austin Goolsbee this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. He said that the GOP was playing the role of the East German judge in the Winter Olympics. Obama could complete a triple lutz and the Republicans would give him a 2.0 out of 10.
It appears that Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert was the Member of Congress who had the sign reading, “What Bill?” and S.C. GOP Rep. Joe Wilson was the member who yelled “You Lie” in during this evening’s Joint Session of Congress with President Obama.
In my view, President Obama gave a moving address appealing for reform of our health insurance system.
But GOP House Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia missed it. He was on his BlackBerry.
Then we wrapped up with GOP Rep. Charles Boustany, a birther and a fool who sought to buy a British title of “Lord” in a scam only the most stupid among us would fall for.
Why are Democrats negotiating with these demagogues?
I’m sitting here watching the funeral mass for Sen. Ted Kennedy and I am crying as the priest reads from Matthew 25.
In short, this passage from the New Testament is why I am a Democrat. I realize not everyone is Christian or religious or spiritual, but this passage transcends faith in my view. It really gets at the heart of the human condition and what it means to me to be Christian (and for me, what it means to be a Democrat).
In it, the Gospel author relays three parables told by Jesus. (For those not familiar, parables were the stories Jesus told to make a larger spiritual point.) Each story builds on the next, but in summary, Jesus is trying to tell us that we have a responsibility to make the world a better place for those less fortunate than ourselves. Christians call this building the Kingdom of God here on earth. Democrats call this helping the little guy. Continue reading
Dear Mr. President:
Happy 48th Birthday! I hope today you can take a moment to celebrate with your wonderful family your big day. Thank you for working so hard to stand up for the working people of Virginia and around the country. And thank you especially for being so gracious to your political opponents who are so graceless. They’ll come around.
All the best,
p.p.s. Thought you enjoy this memory from last year in Orlando.
My favorite commentator on Twitter, PourMeCoffee, nailed the whole “birther” nonsense. (You know, the “birthers” are these paleoconservatives who deny that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and therefore is not eligible to be President under the Constitution.) PourMeCoffee compares these nut jobs with the late Betty Hill, who believed that an outer space alien arrived in a U.F.O. and abducted her and her husband.
As PourMeCoffee wrote, “This is what those wishing to engage the birthers are up against. Love your crazy! Hug it and hold it and love it right! Betty did. Never, ever let it go!”
Cue Virginia’s own, Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke. Continue reading
State Sen. Creigh Deeds today announced his June raising totals today while the Democratic National Committee’s Virginia chapter of Organizing for America kicked off its Virginia Listening Tour in Reston tonight. Continue reading
One of the reasons why Virginians are going to elect State Senator Creigh Deeds their Governor this fall is that they trust their centrist U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner. Both men have committed to help make Sen. Deeds Virginia’s next governor. Sen Warner is organizing the business community for Deeds, while Sen. Webb is organizing veterans for Deeds.
I expect that both Senators, along with Governor Tim Kaine, will cut endorsement ads for Deeds that should run in September and October when voters really begin to focus on the election.
Meanwhile, if you want an idea of what Sen. Deeds needs to do this summer and this fall in order to win, check out Sen. Warner’s political analysis of the Virginia electorate from last summer when he was running for his Senate seat. Warner’s advice for then-candidate Barack Obama was spot on then and makes perfect sense for Sen. Deeds, too.
This afternoon, President Barack Obama sent an email to his supporters in Virginia asking them to back Sen. Creigh Deeds in his bid to become Governor of Virginia. President Obama wrote: Continue reading
This morning, President Obama announced that he intends to nominate Utah’s Republican Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. to be our Ambassador to China. Huntsman is a moderate Republican, at least by Utah’s standards, and he served as the Deputy Trade Representative under President George W. Bush and as Ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and he served as the national co-chairman of Sen. McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Continue reading
Though I joked with you on April Fool’s Day that former President Bill Clinton was endorsing Creigh Deeds over Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran in Virginia’s governor’s race, this week, the McAuliffe campaign made it official. The former president will appear at a series of rallies across the state for the ultimate FOB (Friend of Bill), McAuliffe.
In October, the President appeared at several rallies for then-Sen. Barack Obama after Obama won the presidential nomination. Leading up to those rallies, the Washington Post had a very compelling analysis of the value of a Clinton endorsement in Virginia. I urge you to re-read it as you gauge the value of the latest Clinton rallies.