Category Archives: Barack Obama
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!
These things are happening Friday:
+ 70 degree weather.
+ Making calls for Obama.
+ Free pizza.
President Obama needs your help to make calls and get the word out about the campaign for his re-election. He has our back, now we need to have his! Hop out of bed and ring some phones for our President. It all goes down this Friday. We will meet in the courtyard of the first floor of the Union from 11:00AM-4:00PM. There will be FREE pizza included around lunchtime.
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.
David Axelrod tweeted this picture today of our First Dog, Bo, riding with our Commander in Chief. Hey Mitt, take notes!
January 31, 2012 marks the Florida GOP primary, where the boring, safe pick of Mitt Romney goes up against blustering philanderer Newt Gingrich in a battle royale of mediocrity. There is also Santorum and Paul, and the less to be said about them, the better.
For the nerdiest of politicos, you can check out the raw poll numbers at Real Clear Politics. The short of it is that polls originally showed Romney ahead in the state by anywhere from 2-40 points, but Gingrich began pulling ahead in a few last week. At this point however Romney has regained the lead by Gingrich’s ineptitude and the fact that most right wing establishment people really really really don’t like Newt Gingrich. Therefore Romney will most likely take Florida, with what I believe will be a rather thin margin around 5-7%. Florida has been seen as Romney territory for a long time due to the demographics of the GOPers in the state, and despite the brief Gingrich surge, Romney has regained the momentum in both the race and the debates.
On the other side of things, Current Commander in Chief and Denard Robinson fan Barack Obama has pulled ahead of Romney in Florida by 8 points, and is now leading national polls with an RCP average of 2.2%. While this is a thin margin compared to the other candidates, this is definitely a promising turn of events. As College Dems, we truly need to do everything in our power to maintain this advantage because we cannot let Mitt Romney or any other GOP candidate have the White House. What Republican governors have pulled against unions, women, and basically everyone except the 1% of richest Americans, is enough to give any rational person pause. It’s definitely time to put all of our energy as an organization into ringing every phone, knocking every door, registering tons of voters, and talking to everyone we can about the need to re-elect Barack Obama and all the democrats down the ticket this November.
The opinions below are representative of no person or progressive organization except John D’Adamo.
(Hey all, sorry I’m late on this, but I’ve been swept up in Obamamania once again. Which leads me to the first story.)
+In case you haven’t heard, the sitting President of the United States of America is coming to Ann Arbor in t-minus 7 hours to speak at the Al Glick Field house at 9:30 am. Approx. 3,000 tickets were handed out, t’was incredibly cold yet we danced, pitched tents, brought in legit couches, and watched West Wing on our iPads. Then I went to sleep and forgot to write the Daily Daily.
+ThoughtfulDems will be liveblogging right here!
+There is hope among University officials that Rick Snyder will have a heart and allow more funding for the University of Michigan this year in light of the budget surplus. The chances of Governor GOPTron 2000 giving education the time of day: -200%.
+Ann Arbor Folk Festival is coming back with such fantastic talent as Emmylou Harris, tonight and tomorrow at the Ark.
+There is a legit great opinion article about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
+There is also a legit not great opinion article about “unrelenting environmentalism” with anecdotes about the eeeevil agenda-pushing environmentalists who drink too much caffeine! Egads!
+Hope to see a lot of you at the event, live-blog with you, and be merry.
By Alan Silverleib and Tom Cohen
January 27, 2012
(CNN) — President Barack Obama will talk about keeping college affordable during the final leg of his road trip focusing on themes announced in the State of the Union address.
Obama’s speech at the University of Michigan will be his second there since he took office as he gave the commencement speech in 2010.
On Thursday, Obama spoke in Las Vegas about increased federal investment in clean energy and told a crowd in Colorado that America must compete in a global growth industry.
The federal government on Thursday announced plans to sell off oil and gas leases on 38 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico seafloor in a new domestic energy push.
The leases could yield as much as 1 billion barrels of oil and 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the Interior Department estimates. The sale scheduled in June will be the second since the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010 when nearly 5 million barrels of crude spewed into the Gulf.
Obama mentioned the planned lease sales in his remarks at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, which has a 1-megawatt solar array and last year test-piloted jets that run on advanced biofuels.
“We are the Saudi Arabia of natural gas,” he told the military crowd in detailing his strategy to increase domestic oil and gas development while promoting investment and innovation in clean energy development.
His energy proposals come amid criticism from Republicans and the oil industry for the administration’s rejection of a permit to build a pipeline to transport oil from Canada’s tar sands production in northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.
Obama has said the permit was rejected because Republicans forced a decision before there was time for a necessary review of a proposed route change requested by Nebraska officials, including the state’s Republican governor. The president also said the rejection was due to timing, rather than the merits of the project that would create several thousand jobs for the two-year construction period.
In his remarks earlier Thursday at a UPS facility in Las Vegas, Obama called his energy plan an “all-out, all-in, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy.”
Among other things, Obama promised more federal assistance for local governments to upgrade their automotive fleets while also pushing new tax incentives for cleaner corporate vehicles.
The president also said the administration is working to develop up to five highway natural gas corridors, and he announced a new competition to encourage the development of breakthroughs for natural gas vehicles.
“We’ve got to keep at it. Think about what could happen if we do,” Obama said. “Think about an America where more cars and trucks are running on domestic natural gas than on foreign oil. Think about an America where our companies are leading the world in developing natural gas technology and creating a generation of new energy jobs. … We can do this.”
The president’s remarks Friday will come on the last day of a three-day road trip building on themes announced in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.
CNN’s Matt Smith contributed to this report.
By Kellie Woodhouse
January 26, 2012
Roughly 3,000 people Thursday morning received tickets to President Barack Obama’s upcoming speech —many camping outside overnight to secure their place in line— and still hundreds of hopefuls were turned away.
It’s clear: Obama mania has seeped into the University of Michigan campus as the school prepares for his speech on college affordability Friday at 9:35 a.m. at the Al Glick Field House.
Many students standing in line and roaming around campus lived here in 2010 when Obama was the spring commencement speaker, and we asked them how this month’s impromptu visit compares with the last time the president and his entourage descended upon Ann Arbor.
“There’s been a lot of talk on campus. In all my classes students have been talking about if they’re going to go get tickets and professors are talking about it in class,” said senior political science and American culture major Amanda Caldwell, president of the U-M College Democrats. “But to have a sitting president come and give a commencement speech is very different than what he’s doing now.”
Official word about the president’s visit wasn’t widely issued by U-M until Tuesday morning and even then students said it took a while for word to spread.
“There were murmurs of it at first but then when people started really finding out that he’s coming excitement went up quick,” said freshman Brendan Harnos.
Junior Hannah Heebner, who attended Obama’s 2010 commencement speech, agreed.
“It was kind of like a slow burn at first,” she said.
“I remember thinking it was so awesome to see him,” Heebner said of the commencement speech. “Last time it was in the Big House there were a lot more people, but with only 3,000 tickets this time around, people are a lot more dedicated to getting in.”
With short notice, a limited audience and a time slot that’s in the middle of the semester -factors that didn’t exist during May 2010— some students say the buzz hasn’t quite reached the level it did before Obama’s commencement speech.
“Last time he came it was for graduation, so it was a little bit different,” said senior Tyler Leppek. “There was excitement for our friends who were graduating but also to experience Obama.”
“This visit, it kind of popped out of nowhere and I think a lot of students didn’t know … at first,” he continued.
Doctoral student Hope Thompson, who was a senior in college in 2008 when Obama was first elected, said she supports the president but couldn’t devote the time to standing in line for tickets.
“Between class and work for me I just didn’t really consider going because it was going to be such a commitment,” she said.
Emily Beam, a doctoral student at the public policy school, said there’s been an overall waning of excitement about Obama among youths since he was elected in 2008.
“The sentiment here on campus in 2008 was very different because there wasn’t any reality to check it against. Obama represented an end to the eight years of Bush,” she said. “Whether it’s because of his performance or his trouble in Congress or unrealistic expectations, people aren’t as excited.”
People sleep on the floor outside of the Michigan Union Ticket Office, inside of the Michigan Union while waiting to get tickets to see President Barack Obama speak on Friday.
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
Caroline Meehan, a masters student in the social work and public policy schools, said the excitement surrounding Obama’s 2008 bid “is going to be hard to match.”
She said the hype regarding the president’s Friday speech hasn’t quite reached the level she expected.
“It’s been more subdued excitement,” Meehan explained.
Meehan and Beam’s thoughts are echoed by a December Harvard University poll that reported that most young voters —or 36 percent of respondents— think Obama will lose next year. Thirty percent of respondents guessed he’d win in November.
University of Michigan graduate student Kate Ditzler went door-to-door campaigning for Barack Obama in 2008.
The Canton native and masters student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy remembers that period as one of unfading excitement, limitless possibilities and unceasing work.
Ditzler says she’s still as committed to supporting the Obama’s 2012 bid for re-election as she was in 2008, but she’s unsure if that’s the sentiment felt by the majority of the student population, which is widely credited for bringing Obama success in his original election bid.
“Unfortunately I think a lot of people don’t understand the way politics work,” Ditzler said. “He wants to do everything, but there are regulations to write and a Congress to corral and I think that a lot of the enthusiasm for something new and different is gone from Obama’s campaign.”
“I’m hoping people will use their college brains instead of their emotional political ones,” she continued.
Caldwell, the U-M senior, says Obama hasn’t lost his relevance among young people.
“Republicans… haven’t done anything to get young people’s support. “I think Obama will have just as much support from young people as before.”
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.