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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.
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.
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else, including well-rested Mary Bridget.
+Today the College Dems managed to secure front and center spots at Obama’s speech. As he came around to shake hands, he personally thanked each one of us for our commitment and told us that we could “totally chill anytime we’re in DC.” (That quote is a lie).
+Our very own Jacob Light wrote a wonderful viewpoint in today’s Daily about Obama’s visit and what it means to college students. I know he sounds smart on paper, but ask him about make-up or to walk in a straight line and you’ll see there are some things he is not an expert in. But seriously, Jacob makes some really good points; you should check it out if you haven’t.
+The University is hopeful that Gov. Rick Snyder will allocate more money to the state’s public universities when he presents his budget proposal on February 9th. I know everyone is thinking it so I’ll just say it; If we had a program like Scott’s Tots this wouldn’t be necessary.
+For all of you trendsetters out there, the AP has a tip for you: elephant meat. It’s the new big thing in Thailand and before you know it “elephant sashimi” will be served at TGI Friday’s so you better jump on this bandwagon now.
+Crime notes: “Bumper cars gone wrong,” “Jacket jacked,” “Hulk smash,” and “There ain’t an app for that.” Those should all be self-explanatory.
+The opinion article citing Arnold Schwartzenegger as saying that bodybuilding “became mainstream, it became sexy, attractive” must have had a hard time typing her article on a typewriter because had she used a computer, Google Images surely would have shown her the exact opposite. Not to mention she then goes on to compare this to the environmental movement.
+A new “social networking” site is threatening CTools, the most popular “social networking” site in the world.
Have a great weekend!
+ Jennifer Lopez attended this year’s White House Super Bowl watch party. How long before “Black and Yellow” (or “Green N Yellow“, Lil Wayne FTW!) becomes “Aqua and Coral”? (For those of you who are offended by the sportz talk, I’ve included some music video links that will make this post worth your time.)
+”Ain’t It Funny“- Speaker of the House John Boehner, in an attempt to increase gender equality, adds a new women’s restroom to the House, then uses it to cover up for an office space land grab.
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.
I know you all are probably a little sick of recaps of Obama’s first 100 days, but Slate has, by far, the most amusing recap I’ve seen. They’ve put together what Obama’s fbook newsfeed would look like. Check out the full piece here.
Have you seen the picture of Bo Obama, the new First Dog? Can you get any more adorable?!? Also, The Washington Post posted the photo (see above) on their website of Barack and Bo running through the White House. That’s one lucky dog. To read more about Presidential Pets, check out The Daily Beast’s photo gallery here.