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The College Democrats and Obama for America will be having a phonebank this Friday, April 6, from 11-2 on the diag! Be there, as there will be pizza, gummies, and selections from Obama playlists to get us all pumped up. Pick your favorite song from the 2012 or other Obama playlists and it’ll be played at the phonebank to get us started. We hope to see everyone who cares about the amazing things the President has done for us over the last few years to spend a few minutes stopping by, hanging out, and making a few calls.
Please fill out our Google Doc tonight or as soon as possible even if you aren’t sure you can make a block of time, so that we have a general idea of when to order pizza. Call me at (989)-289-8654 if you have any questions!
The Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, revealed today that US major combat operations in Afghanistan will end by next year, and advising will continue until 2014. This, as the title suggest, goes above and beyond Obama’s 2008 campaign promises of an end to the war to Iraq and possible drawdown of fighting in Afghanistan, which is pretty amazing. This comes at a period after US popular support for the War in Afghanistan reached all time lows in October of 35% support to 63% opposition.
It is wonderful that President Obama is using this opportunity to promote the message that resonates with an American populace still struggling with the remnants of the George W. Bush economic collapse in 2008. Framing the messaging as the new Obama doctrine of strengthening American competitiveness rather than the Bush doctrine of fighting wars overseas is incredibly powerful going into the 2012 election, but more importantly governing a populace yearning for a brighter future. Through the State of the Union and speeches like Friday’s here at University of Michigan, he is indeed framing the dialogue this way.
Twitter PR Team: “At twitter, we believe that the open exchange of information can have a positive global impact. Every day we are inspired by stories of people using Twitter to help make the world a better place in unexpected ways.”
Coach Hoke: “I don’t like twitter. Why would anyone want to know I’m at McDonalds eating a cheeseburger…If I want to talk to you, I’ll call you up and talk.” – At today’s Signing Day press conference.
Colbert’s Super PAC American’s for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow has raised $1.02 million. Upon disclosing the amount of money earned, Colbert was quoted as saying “How you like me now, FEC?” in a letter written to the commission. To celebrate this monumental achievement, let’s have a countdown of Colbert’s top 5 moments.
David Axelrod tweeted this picture today of our First Dog, Bo, riding with our Commander in Chief. Hey Mitt, take notes!
The 2012 State of the Union was yet another eloquently delivered speech by our president, Barack Obama. While talking to a buddy of mine who isn’t entirely on the progressive side of things, he admitted that “it’s good to have a President that doesn’t make up words and sayings.” My sentiments entirely. Far gone are the Bush days of “misunderestimating,” “Axes of Evil,” and being the laughingstock of the world. Our President also showed his bipartisan nature by highlighting many things the two sides agree on, including merging six government agencies into one, cutting out needless bureaucracy, rewarding teachers for doing a good job and inspiring their students, strengthening the border, and cutting taxes for companies that keep jobs here in America. He then essentially threw the ball in the Congressional court, telling them that if they pass bills with the above ideas that both sides agree on, he will “sign them right away.”
He additionally gave progressives a lot to be happy about, with his statements on asking the Top 2% of Americans to pay their fair share, citing Mitt Romney’s insanely low tax percentage as evidence that the richest Americans are getting away with paying the same percentage of taxes as the bus driver or coal miner barely making ends meet. He highlighted the need for environmental change, citing what he’s already done and what he plans to do with increasing funding for natural gas, wind, solar, and biofuel research. He also showed the three million job increase that has occured in the last 22 months, a revolutionary increase in jobs. Finally, he said that enough was enough with Congresspeople engaging in insider trading, and requesting a fair playing field for all people living in this country.
Whether or not you support progressivism (although if you’re reading this you probably do), it’s hard to deny Barack Obama’s still got game. It’s time for Washington embrace the no-drama attitude Obama has embodied for years, and get things done in this country. I’m proud Obama is the leader of my party, and am beyond honored that he’s coming to U of M to speak at the Al Glick Field House on Friday (get your tickets at the Michigan Union Ticket Office tomorrow morning at 9 am!). Seeing the man in person will certainly be an honor.
Over the past few months, AcaDems, our committee on education policy, has been working on a policy proposal for how to fully fund higher education. On Tuesday, they will head up to Lansing to show this proposal to our legislators and encourage them to stop the cuts to higher education.
The full report is now online (you can read it here). For more information about AcaDems, email co-chair Zach Martin (zamartin @ umich.edu) and Amanda Caldwell (ahcaldwe @ umich.edu).
Okay, I’ll admit it — this isn’t from the White House Flickr, but I’m saying it is anyway. Last night, the Obama family lit the Christmas tree. As usual, the pictures are amazing. Right here, the Obama family reacts after Sasha turns on the lights. Literally, you should go through all the pictures right now. They are such an adorable family.
“Our consensus is that we go out there listening to the American people. It’s about jobs, it’s about reducing the deficit and it’s about fighting for the middle class. I look forward to doing that with this great leadership team.”