Year Three Day 70 Obama Administration March 30, 2011 - History

Year Three Day 70 Obama Administration March 30, 2011 - History

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing Oval Office

11:20AM THE PRESIDENT delivers a speech on his plan for America’s energy security Georgetown University

12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch Private Dining Room

4:25PM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors Oval Office


  • Abortion and contraception 1
  • Disability rights 2
  • Environmental policy and record 3
  • Native Americans 4
  • Racial issues 5
  • LGBT issues 6
    • LGBT in the military 6.1
    • LGBT and hate crimes 6.2
    • LGBT and anti-discrimination laws 6.3
    • LGBT adoption 6.4
    • LGBT and religion 6.5
    • Openly-LGBT appointees 6.6
    • Same-sex marriage 6.7
    • USA PATRIOT Act 11.1
    • Warrantless wiretaps 11.2

    In his write-in response to a 1998 survey, Obama stated his abortion position as conforming with the Democratic platform: "Abortions should be legally available in accordance with Roe v. Wade." [2] His presidential candidacy was endorsed by several groups which advocate for legal abortion, including NARAL Pro-Choice America [3] and Planned Parenthood. [4] In August 2008, in Lake Forest, California, Obama responded to the question as to when life begins, "Whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity is above my pay grade." [5]

    In the Illinois state legislature, Obama opposed the Induced Infant Liability Act [6] and repeatedly voted against requirements and restrictions intended to stop what opponents label "born alive" abortions. [7] [8] Obama said his opposition was because of technical language he felt might have "interfered with a woman's right to choose" and said Illinois law already required medical care in such situations. [8] [9]

    Obama voted against a bill that would have made it a federal crime for anyone other than a parent to accompany a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion. [10]

    Obama expressed displeasure with the Supreme Court ruling that upheld a ban on "partial-birth" abortions saying the ban didn't sufficiently consider the mother's health. [11] [12] Obama has, however, expressed support of bans on some late-term abortions, provided they include exemptions for the mental and physical health of the mother. [13]

    During the third debate during the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama further detailed his stance on abortion:

    Obama voted for a $100 million education initiative to reduce teen pregnancy and provide contraceptives to young people. [12]


    Lincoln’s Birthday

    Factoid: Lincoln was asked by his own party to step down and not run for re-election in 1864.

    “Thanks for the refreshing post, running somewhat against the grain of most of the splinter heads in the media (take that! Fox and MSNBC and all in between). Now is the time for the center cut of America to step up and eschew all the fringes. We should be partisans only for all of America, as is our President.”

    More of my babbling: The State of Israel, the US Air Force, the hydrogen bomb, and myself are all roughly the same age. In those 60 odd years, we have all seen maybe a dozen moments, that in retrospect, could have gone a different way, and literally could have changed the fabric of the universe. A new shirt, or wads of tangled, smoldering thread drifting through the cosmos waiting for another set of complex hydrocarbons to make a stand. We are at one of those times.

    When I was 12, I heard the “Ask not…” call, and it thrust me into a state of consciousness that has been both a blessing and a source of intense pain. But the bottom line is, that each of us can, on some level, or with some degree of success, absolutely change the way the electrons spin around the center.

    Make a difference? Absolutely. One more important than another? Sometimes, briefly. Have an effect if you say “No, thanks.”? Impossible. That is not to say that “Just say No.” is not often the right answer, and itself can be a game changer. But to slip out of the ring because there might be a problem, or because things might not go perfectly, is unthinkable to me. Now is not the time to drop out.

    I believe that Frodo was right notto kill Gollum when he had the chance, because you never know when even the most vile creature can, for all the wrong reasons, cause the right thing to happen. If all this appears to be psycho-literary-elitist babble, then you are just not reading enough history. Final answer. Locked in. “If not now, when? If not us, who?”


    Massive Fraud Uncovered at Department of Justice: Obama Panicking.

    ELDER PATRIOT – If you think yesterdays orchestrated attack on Jeff Sessions followed an accidental discovery of “facts” after reviewing his Senate testimony then I have a bridge you might be interested in buying.

    One day earlier the House Judiciary Committee announced that the Obama administration used an elaborate scheme to funnel billions of dollars to activist organizations through the Department of Justice.

    Investigators’ findings reveal a slush fund scheme whereby monies were distributed to a labyrinth of nonprofit organizations involved with grass-roots activism.

    You expected something different from a community organizer? C’mon. This was community organizing on steroids. To date, over three billion dollars were discovered that had been redirected to activist organizations through an arrangement that until now was shrouded in secrecy.

    Remember how the Obama administration aggressively went after big banks for discriminatory practices and “abusive” mortgage policies? I bet you thought that he was acting as a savior of the people. He wasn’t.

    Obama’s corrupt Attorney General Loretta Lynch had been given the power to funnel the banks’ settlements to non-victim third party entities of Obama’s choosing. That didn’t include the Boy Scouts of America but did include any number of anti-American social justice groups that later rioted and destroyed property. Perhaps that included funding the groups that rioted and burned Ferguson in Sen. Claire McCaskill’s home state.

    If you aren’t outraged by this revelation then there’s no hope for you.

    Ted Frank, director of The Competitive Enterprise Institute Center for Class Action Fairness explained it this way, “Using enforcement authority to go after corporate defendants, DOJ bureaucrats are taking billions away from taxpayers to fund their pet projects overriding congressional preferences.”

    Wake up! Obama saddled your children with an additional $10 Trillion in debt because he ran the government as a criminal enterprise for eight years.

    And, now he expects to continue fleecing America’s taxpayers to fund the counter-government he has set up only two miles from the White House.

    This should be the major news story of the week but the mainstream media will again abandon all pretense of objectivity and instead direct our attention to Jeff Sessions meeting with a Russian ambassador.

    Soon investigators under Sessions’ direction at the D.O.J. will be dropping the hammer on the largest RICO operation ever conceived – virtually the entire United States government. It will be beyond awesome to watch these lying, phony, corruptors being brought to justice by the most mild-mannered man who walks among them.

    Patriots will have the last laugh but it’ll have to wait until the indictments are handed down. For the meantime expect the character assassinations to continue against President Trump’s closest advisors. It’s all these swamp dwellers have left.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Confirms that John Kerry Violated the Logan Act

    Elder Patriot – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox and Friends this morning where he was asked about the legal implications of John Kerry’s unauthorized diplomatic relations with, and on behalf of, Iran

    Former Federal Prosecutor John Ratcliffe Praises A.G. Barr’s Handling of Investigation That Has Spygate Co-Conspirators Pointing Fingers at Each Other

    Elder Patriot | Representative John Ratcliffe (R-TX) joined Maria Bartiromo to discuss Attorney General William Barr’s investigative progress to date. Bartiromo is one of the few honest journalists to acknowledge the obvious anomalies in the

    Dems Now In Open Revolt – Ex-Secretary of State breaks Law to Undermine Trump Foreign Policy With Israel

    Elder Patriot – Just when you think the Dems can’t sink any lower they manage to surprise us again. John Kerry, who once disgracefully and untruthfully besmirched American G.I.’s serving in Viet Nam during congressional

    After Listening to this Video You’ll Be Wondering Whether There is any Difference Between China’s Media and Ours

    In 2016, frustrated and angry Americans voted for Donald Trump. They realized that something was wrong… very wrong… … collectively, we realized that the narrative engineers at an overwhelming majority of news outlets had been

    Antifa Activist Michael Reinoehl, Admitted Killer of Trump Supporter, Killed in Exchange of Gunfire With Law Enforcement… First Photos and Video

    Michael Reinhoehl, the Antifa militant who admitted to fatally shooting Trump supporter Aaron “Jay” Danielson, was shot dead by members of a law enforcement task force that was sent to arrest him, last night. The

    Federal Appeals Court Deals Planned Parenthood Devastating Blow – Determines No Right to Public Funding

    Elder Patriot| Schadenfreude! Where liberal judges once turned the courts into the radical left’s legislative playground, those tables may now be turning. By a vote of 11-6 the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last

    Gingrich Lauds Trump’s Brilliant Leadership on DACA

    Elder Patriot – President Trump’s measured ending of DACA earlier today brilliantly checkmated his RINO opponents by passing the responsibility for its continuation directly to them where the Constitution demands it to be. As respected

    Huh? U.S. Experiences Massive Job, Wage, GDP Growth in 2018 But DOW Loses 9.6%

    Elder Patriot – Over the past 12 months two economic indicators have emerged that expose the Obama administration’s reliance on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) as the definitive measure of America’s financial well-being as

    Senate Charges Obama With Funding the Destabilization of Foreign Democracies

    ELDER PATRIOT – Six Senators – Mike Lee, Thom Tillis, Ted Cruz, James Imhofe, David Perdue, and Bill Cassidy – have sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking him to get to

    New York Post: ‘Jeffrey Epstein Dead in Apparent Suicide’

    (New York Post) Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died overnight in an apparent suicide, law enforcement sources told the Post Saturday. […] Two weeks ago, Epstein, 66, was placed on suicide watch after he was found

    Trump’s Approval Rating Soars… Highest Since Pelosi Launched Hoax Impeachment

    The outrage accompanying the riots, property damage, looting, arson, physical assaults, and even murder has seemingly run its course. As people look back on the past four months since the death of George Floyd and

    But They’re Not Tyrants: Dems Call For Imprisoning Trump Officials Who Ignore Congressional Subpoenas

    E. Patriot – Opinion – David Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, appeared with Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball this past Thursday. Rep. Cicilline suggested that if any Trump administration officials did

    Hillary’s Bagman Spills The Beans on Her Sexual Perversions and How She Paid Him to Silence Her and Bill’s Victims.

    ELDER PATRIOT – Years ago Cathy O’Brien described the time when Hillary Clinton sexually assaulted her. Obrien, appeared to be a highly credible in a taped interview where she described how she had been a

    HERE Is WHAT WILL HAPPEN If The DEEP STATE TAKES DOWN PRESIDENT TRUMP & It’s NOT PRETTY … FOR THEM

    HERE Is WHAT WILL HAPPEN If The DEEP STATE TAKES DOWN PRESIDENT TRUMP & It’s NOT PRETTY … FOR THEM

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

    ELDER PATRIOT – Corrupt politicians ignore Jefferson’s directive to their own detriment. It’s no longer political, it’s personal.

    Americans have had their eyes opened by the ascension of Donald Trump and no amount of leftwing money can put the Freedom Movement genie back in the bottle.

    Conservative Senator Ted Cruz made that observation after reviewing the results of the 2016 elections and the expectations of the voters.

    Cruz, who had the most high profile personality clash with Donald Trump during the Republican primary process nevertheless embraced Trump’s America First agenda and said, “If we’re given the White House and both houses of Congress and we don’t deliver, I think there will be pitchforks and torches in the streets. And I think quite rightly.”

    Candidate Trump promised many things – border control, lower taxes, fairer trade relations, a balanced budget, healthcare that puts the people first not the government, safer communities, and – to the extent possible – an end to foreign wars. What, among those promises, should any Republican, nay any American, have a problem with?

    After four months without a single legislative achievement, Congressional and Senatorial Republicans – notably John McCain, Paul Ryan and Lindsey Graham – have joined the Democrats in investigating President Trump absent a single shred of evidence that an underlying crime has been committed.

    Well, there was one additional promise that Trump made on his way to the White House that has some Republicans joining with Democrats and quaking in their boots, Trump’s promise to “Drain the Swamp.”

    As we reported yesterday, “An F.B.I. agent with ‘intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Clinton case’ told us that they uncovered evidence of such massive corruption that the agents involved realized that damned near the entire government could be brought down.”

    The criminal co-conspirators in both parties realized almost immediately that the new sheriff wasn’t interested in joining them in the swamp so they launched, what can only be characterized as, a coup attempt.

    Democrats are well schooled in such things probably because of their close alliance with Marxist regimes that can only gain power by seizing it through bloody civil wars. It should be noted that the Democratic Party has already done this once before.

    One Hundred and Fifty-Seven years ago the Democrats waged a war against the First Republican President Abraham Lincoln for giving Blacks their freedom. That war came at a high price, as many as 700,000 Americans died fighting for what they believe in. To put that in perspective, these casualties exceed the nation’s loss in all its other wars, from the Revolution through Vietnam.

    Today, Americans are still prepared to fight and die to protect their children’s God-given freedoms. Despite what you are reading and hearing in the mainstream media, they aren’t the leftwing-funded rioters, the pussy hat-wearing feminists, or the cuck bois that cant handle a micro aggression. No, the Americans that back Donald Trump are well armed.

    Donald Trump’s presidency will move forward politically lest the sixty million patriots who voted for him, that are comprised of the large majority of military voters, police, and NRA members, move it forward by force.

    These patriots are armed, trained, prepared, and have proven their discipline. They have grown disgusted by the corruption in Washington and will do whatever is necessary to make sure Trump’s Freedom Agenda moves forward and under the direction of Donald Trump himself.

    No amount of fake news based on unsubstantiated charges by unnamed sources is going to change that. The battle lines have been drawn and no amount of finger pointing is going to convince these patriots to let anyone overturn the election results.

    So why are establishment politicians courting a bloodbath on the streets of America that will also threaten them personally when they could be part of Making America Great Again? It’s because they have been caught red-handed and up to their eyeballs in a worldwide criminal conspiracy that has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with defrauding the American taxpayers.

    And, now that they’ve been caught robbing the world’s largest bank – the U.S. treasury – they have chosen to go out in a blaze of glory rather than try to defend the indefensible at trial.

    Washington’s criminal elites have chosen to go to war to unseat our duly elected president. It’s time to make our voices heard before this turns very ugly. Buckle your chin strap, America is counting on you.

    EDITORS NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CALL TO ARMS BUT RATHER AN ANALYSIS OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE DEEP STATES OVERTURNS A DUELY ELECTED PRESIDENT.

    HERE IS A LIST OF EVERY SINGLE TIME OBAMA COMMITTED AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE THAT DEMS & MEDIA COVERED UP
    “Impeach!” It’s been more than eight years since Democrats uttered that word – long enough for anyone to wonder if it was still in their vocabulary, considering the deafening silence through the dozens of serious scandals during President Obama’s administration – but now that President Trump is the man in the White House, it’s back with a vengeance.

    Democrats everywhere are wildly slinging the “I” word, hoping to nail Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors after the New York Times claimed a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey said the president urged him to end the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

    Some members of Congress are getting in on the action. They include Reps. Maxine Water, D-Calif., and Al Green, D-Texas. Even a Republican, Rep. Justin Amash, claimed Wednesday there are grounds to impeach President Trump. House Oversign Committee Chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked for the alleged Comey memo and other documents. Chaffetz tweeted that he is prepared to subpoena the information. And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., invoked “Watergate.”

    Now the Democratic Party is reportedly poll testing impeachment as a 2018 election issue. More than 1 million people signed a petition calling on Congress to impeach Trump.

    Wasting no time Wednesday, the mainstream media sprang into action, enthusiastically echoing the left’s impeachment calls. MSNBC launched a Watergate ad implying Trump is America’s new Richard Nixon.

    “Watergate. We know its name because there were reporters who never stopped asking questions,” says MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who hinted that Trump is next on the impeachment chopping block. “Now, who knows where the questions will take us. But I know this: I’m not going to stop asking them.”

    Meanwhile, some overzealous members of the left plastered fliers around Washington, D.C., demanding all White House staffers resign Wednesday.

    The posters read: “If you work for this White House you are complicit in hate-mongering, lies, corrupt taking of Americans’ tax money via self-dealing and emoluments, and quite possibly federal crimes and treason. Also, any wars will be on your soul. … Resign now.”

    But constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, who voted for President Obama, warned “impeachment” enthusiasts not to get ahead of themselves with President Trump. Why?

    At this time, there’s no evidence Trump actually committed a crime.

    “The criminal code demands more than what Comey reportedly describes in his memo,” Turley wrote in a May 17 opinion piece posted at the Hill. Turley explained:

    For the first time, the Comey memo pushes the litany of controversies surrounding Trump into the scope of the United States criminal code.

    However, if this is food for obstruction of justice, it is still an awfully thin soup. Some commentators seem to be alleging criminal conduct in office or calling for impeachment before Trump completed the words of his inaugural oath of office. Not surprising, within minutes of the New York Times report, the response was a chorus of breathless “gotcha” announcements. But this memo is neither the Pentagon Papers nor the Watergate tapes. Indeed, it raises as many questions for Comey as it does Trump in terms of the alleged underlying conduct.

    A good place to start would be with the federal law, specifically 18 U.S.C. 1503. The criminal code demands more than what Comey reportedly describes in his memo. There are dozens of different variations of obstruction charges ranging from threatening witnesses to influencing jurors. None would fit this case. That leaves the omnibus provision on attempts to interfere with the “due administration of justice.”

    However, that still leaves the need to show that the effort was to influence “corruptly” when Trump could say that he did little but express concern for a longtime associate. The term “corruptly” is actually defined differently under the various obstruction provisions, but it often involves a showing that someone acted “with the intent to secure an unlawful benefit for oneself or another.” Encouraging leniency or advocating for an associate is improper but not necessarily seeking an unlawful benefit for him.


    Obamacare One Year Later- Do You Get It Yet?

    Next week marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act or -as the many who prefer the more derisive narrative like to call it - Obamacare.

    Note that while I am an avowed supporter of the legislation, I too use the label "Obamacare" and do so in the belief that history will show that the reference stands as an honorific to the President who made it happen – not the curse so many intend.

    The good news is that we don’t have to wait for all of history’s judgments.

    Despite the repeal efforts, death panel paranoia, government take-over of health care scares and the never-ending cries that warn of the end of civilization as we know it, the opponents of this law have yet to make any proposal whatsoever to replace what is already accomplishing so much good for so many people.

    One year ago today, a family with a child born with a congenital health problem was in very big trouble should they find themselves in need of new heath insurance. Today, no family in this difficult situation can be denied coverage and no child born with - or later acquiring in infancy - a lifetime health challenge can be turned down for coverage.

    One year ago today, kids under 26 struggled to get health insurance they could hope to afford. Today, they can remain on their parents’ policies and no longer risk injury or illness without the ability to pay.

    One year ago today, small businesses saw little opportunity to give their employees the health care benefits they wanted them to have. Today, data reveals that small businesses are taking advantage of the tax credits created in the ACA to incentivize these employers to provide employees with a health care package.

    One year ago today, health insurance companies found clever ways to avoid paying when someone was facing shattering medical bills as the result of a life-threatening illness. Today, those days are thankfully behind us as these companies can no longer play these games.

    One year ago today, health insurers could spend a ridiculous amount of our premium payments on television advertisements and other expenditures that had nothing to do with providing us with care. Today, that waste of our money is a thing of the past.

    As you should understand by now, while so many have been busy decrying the legislation as something intended to use taxpayer money to pay for a health care handout to those who could not afford coverage on their own, too many have failed to notice that the law is much more about protecting those who already have health insurance (most of us) – or gladly willing to purchase a policy for their family with their own hard earned cash- from being harmed or turned away by insurance carriers when they were most needed.

    And the best is yet to come.

    In just a few years, seniors will no longer be left to self-ration the prescription drugs they need because they face thousands of dollars in drug costs - money they do not have - once they reach the donut hole in the Medicare coverage. Come 2014, there will no longer be a donut hole and seniors will no longer face this life threatening situation.

    In just a few years, the health care exchanges will force insurers to provide policies that people can actually afford with benefits packages that leave no room for them to seek cover from payment when a person actually gets sick.

    In just a few years, no American will be denied health insurance coverage because they have a serious pre-existing medical condition or be refused a policy because their physician once prescribed a month’s worth of Ambien to help them sleep during a difficult emotional time -even thought that time was fifteen years prior to the date of submitting an application for coverage.

    And there is so much more.

    Now, I get that there are many people out there who have bought into the anti-Obamacare narrative. Some of them might have a rational reason for doing so although most continue to pin their disapproval on the lies and misrepresentations they find easier to digest and accept.

    They say it will cost too much - despite all the data, beginning with the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates, that tells us the law will save serious money and help put a real dent in the debt.

    They say that the law will result in rationed health care despite the fact that we’ve already had rationed health care for years at the hands of the insurance companies who decide what treatments we may or may not receive.

    If opponents are being honest, most would not be able to look you in the eye and tell you that they’ve never had a procedure or test turned down by their health insurance company despite their physician’s judgment that such a procedure or test was necessary. If that is not rationed health care, I’m sure there is someone out there more than ready to tell me what is.

    But, even the most ardent Obamacare basher - the one who is willing to think it all through beyond the “No-bama” bumper sticker glued onto the car right next to the ‘Huckabee 2012” advertisement - has to be asking themselves a question -

    If it’s so darn bad, and the GOP leaders want so badly to kill it, why can’t they come up with anything with which to replace it?

    To be fair, the GOP has told us that they want to preserve coverage for those with pre-existing medical conditions.

    Now, if they would just tell us how they are going to do this without either mandated coverage or far deeper government involvement in health care through high risk insurance pools, maybe we would have something to talk about.

    Instead, they give us absolutely nothing.

    How does this not force you to question the opposition’s true intentions? How do you bring yourself to believe that these people seek to protect the health interests of your family when they can’t be bothered with telling you how they are going to do that a full year after passage of the law they claim will bring us all the gravest of consequences?

    The fact is, we have all spent many years being subjected to some pretty abusive behavior on the part of health insurance companies. That includes the followers of the Tea Party, the Republicans, the Democrats and the millions of folks who don’t much care about political parties but have a real concern for their family’s good health. Thus, we all have a real stake in not permitting this abusive behavior to risk the health of our families.

    To my way of thinking, Obamacare addresses these problems in a meaningful way.

    However, if the solution that has already been brought forward is, indeed, the wrong solution, wouldn’t you think that someone in leadership who holds this view would have proposed the right solution by now? To do otherwise, in the face of a law which we are to believe is a serious threat to our health and way of life, is the peak of irresponsibility.

    Over the next week, there will be events held around the country celebrating the one-year anniversary of health care reform. Even if you are a dyed-in-the-wool opponent of the legislation, do yourself a favor - find such an event in your area and show up. Hear what the speakers have to say. It may not change your mind but you may take away something that improves your understanding of the law.

    In the meantime, for those of you who do not support the health care reform law, ask your leaders why they aren’t putting on a few events of their own to lay out their vision of helping the nation through our serious health care crisis. I know I’d like to know their answer to that question.


    Roundup: Obama clinches presidency

    WASHINGTON - Another state that hasn't voted for a Democrat for president in quite a while has done so this time.

    By a narrow margin, Barack Obama is the winner in Indiana. The state's polls were among the first to close, but the outcome wasn't clear until long after Obama's victory speech.

    The last time Indiana voted for a Democrat for president was when Lyndon Johnson was elected in 1964.Barack Obama wins Nevada

    LAS VEGAS - Barack Obama conquered swing state Nevada on his historic march to the presidency Tuesday, capitalizing on nearly two years of hard-fought campaigning in territory once considered out-of-bounds for Democrats seeking the White House.

    The Democrat scored surprisingly strong numbers in early returns in Nevada, putting the state out of reach for his rival, Republican John McCain.

    The win in Nevada came moments after the 47-year-old, first-term Illinois senator became the first African-American to be elected president in U.S. history.

    Obama's promise for change in grim economic times, carried in scores of rallies in the state, clearly resonated with Nevadans new to politics.

    McCain wins in South Dakota

    PIERRE, S.D. - Sen. John McCain continued a 44-year-old tradition of Republicans winning South Dakota's three electoral votes for president.

    McCain defeated Sen. Barack Obama in South Dakota, which has been a safe haven for GOP presidential candidates since 1964, when Lyndon Johnson prevailed over Republican Barry Goldwater.

    With 79 percent of the state's precincts reporting, McCain had 156,475 votes, or 54 percent, to Obama's 127,967 votes, or 44 percent.

    Republican Gov. Mike Rounds said he was not surprised McCain won, since South Dakotans typically choose GOP candidates for president

    McCain wins Nebraska, but vote could be split

    OMAHA, Neb. - Republican John McCain has won Nebraska's presidential vote Tuesday, even as he conceded the national race to Democrat Barack Obama.

    It's not yet clear whether McCain will take all five of the state's electoral votes. Nebraska has the unusual ability to split its electoral votes, although it's never happened.

    But McCain predictably won the statewide vote, as has every Republican presidential candidate since 1964.

    Statewide, with 67 percent of precincts reporting, McCain had 57 percent of the vote.

    McCain wins Arizona but loses presidency

    PHOENIX - John McCain defeated Barack Obama in the Republican's home state on Tuesday -- a small victory in an otherwise disappointing night for McCain.

    The race was a bit tighter than McCain's previous contests in Arizona, reflecting changes in the state's population. McCain had never lost an election here and won his last two re-election races with more than two-thirds of the vote.

    Things heated up in the final weeks of the campaign, when Obama gained momentum around the nation and crept closer to McCain in polls in Arizona.

    Obama stuns McCain for Fla.'s 27 electoral votes

    MIAMI - Democrat Barack Obama won Florida's 27 electoral votes Tuesday, using a huge staff and money advantage to deal a crushing blow to John McCain in a state the Republican desperately needed.

    Obama's statewide organization was unprecedented for a Democratic presidential candidate. Polls said the state was too close to call right up to Election Day. With more than 7 million votes counted, Obama had 51 percent and McCain had 48.

    After ignoring Florida in a Democratic primary that broke party rules, Obama quickly sent hundreds of workers and began airing TV ads far ahead of McCain. But he didn't catch McCain in the polls until the financial mess on Wall Street.

    Obama first Democrat to win Colorado in 16 years

    DENVER - Barack Obama won Colorado's nine electoral votes Tuesday, the first time since 1992 that a Democratic presidential candidate carried the battleground state.

    Democrats targeted Colorado as part of their strategy to conquer Western states following dramatic victories in state elections across the region over the past eight years. In August, Obama accepted his party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

    Republican John McCain fought hard for the state, visiting frequently with running mate Sarah Palin. His campaign couldn't match the resources poured into Colorado by the well-funded Obama campaign.

    Obama wins California

    LOS ANGELES - Democrat Barack Obama swept California as he won the race for president Tuesday, scooping up 55 electoral votes from the nation's most populous state.

    The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International

    Independent polls showed Obama holding a sizable margin over Republican John McCain going into the election.

    Barack Obama defeats John McCain in Wash. state

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democrat Barack Obama has captured Washington state's 11 electoral votes for president, defeating Republican John McCain.

    The call for Washington was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    Obama's win kept alive a 24-year streak of Washington voters picking the Democratic presidential ticket. The last Republican to win the state in a presidential race was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

    Obama consistently led in polls here leading up to Election Day. Neither party's presidential nominee came to the state throughout the summer or fall, signaling that both sides expected Obama and running mate Joe Biden to take Washington.

    Oregon gives 7 electoral votes to Obama

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Riding a wave of newly registered Democrats and enthusiasm for his message of change, Barack Obama took Oregon's seven electoral votes.

    The call Tuesday was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    Obama visited Oregon repeatedly during a toughly fought primary and earned big crowds from Portland to Pendleton enthusiastic for his message of change in Washington, bringing troops home from Iraq, fixing a broken health care system and improving schools.

    Though Obama never came back, his campaign registered a record number of Democrats, giving the party its biggest advantage ever over Republicans.

    Obama first Dem to take Va. in 44 years

    RICHMOND, Va. - Barack Obama has won Virginia's 13 electoral votes in another battleground state victory in his bid to become the nation's first black president.

    The Illinois senator is the first Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964 to carry Virginia in a night of resounding losses for Republicans.

    Former Gov. Mark Warner routed his Republican predecessor, Jim Gilmore to give Democrats both of the state's Senate seats.

    Obama visited Virginia at least 11 times since June, outspent Republican John McCain by a 3-to-1 ratio and opened 50 campaign offices statewide to McCain's 24.

    It was the first time in generations candidates have contested the seat of the old Confederacy in a White House race.

    McCain wins in GOP stronghold Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho - Republican John McCain easily won Idaho's four electoral votes against Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday in a state where voters haven't backed a Democrat for president since 1964.

    McCain was leading Obama with 73 percent of the Idaho vote in early returns.

    Across the country, however, Obama had built an insurmountable advantage in his historic bid to become the first black president.

    McCain wasn't the top choice for many Republicans in Idaho, where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the state's largest religion by membership and Mormon Mitt Romney led presidential fundraising.

    Still, McCain, long seen as a GOP moderate, lured conservative voters by choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a Sandpoint native and University of Idaho graduate, as his running mate.

    Obama takes New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Democrat Barack Obama has won New Mexico, defeating John McCain in this swing state and picking up its five electoral votes.

    Obama had a formidably financed and organized effort, with campaign offices and volunteers blanketing this battleground state -- including in small and rural communities and in towns that were solidly GOP in 2004.

    In 2004, New Mexico went for President Bush in 2004 by fewer than 6,000 votes, making it one of only two states that shifted from blue to red that year.

    In 2000, Democrat Al Gore won the state -- squeaking by with just 366 votes.

    McCain wins Texas

    AUSTIN - Republican John McCain won Texas on Tuesday, defeating Democratic Sen. Barack Obama in a state considered solid Repubican territory.

    Texas hasn't voted for a Democrat in the presidential campaign since Jimmy Carter in 1976. With more than a third of precincts reporting statewide, McCain led with about 54 percent of the vote to Obama's 46 percent, giving the Arizona senator Texas' 34 electoral votes.

    The state was considered such a solid bet for McCain that neither he nor Obama spent much time in the state since the March 4 primary.

    McCain wins in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY - Republican presidential candidate John McCain has won in Utah, giving him the state's five electoral votes.

    The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    McCain, an Arizona senator, never made a campaign stop in Utah after becoming the Republican nominee. But his success in Utah was considered a certainty given the state's long history of backing the GOP's presidential candidates.

    Utah last voted for a Democrat in 1964. In 2004, nearly 3 out of 4 Utahns voted for President Bush, delivering his biggest margin of victory.

    Tuesday's vote was considered so predictable that Utah volunteers for McCain and Sen. Barack Obama were exported to nearby battleground states.

    Obama claims Iowa's 7 electoral votes

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Democrat Barack Obama won Iowa's seven electoral votes Tuesday, claiming a crucial swing state and the state where precinct caucuses in January put him on the road to the Democratic presidential nomination.

    The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    Obama had built a larger field organization than Republican John McCain and had a longer campaign history in the state. Both paid off as Obama won a state that four years ago narrowly voted for President Bush.

    With the win in Iowa, Obama completed a sweep throughout the upper Midwest.

    Obama wins crucial Ohio

    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has built a commanding lead, capturing another sought-after prize.

    He wins Ohio and its 20 electoral votes, giving the Democrat a total of 195 to John McCain's 70. Obama needs 270 to clinch the nomination.

    Heɽ earlier won in neighboring Pennsylvania. Both states were seen as key to McCain's victory chances.

    Obama also swept the states in the East and Midwest that traditionally go blue.

    McCain's latest wins are in Kansas, North Dakota, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana, with 33 electoral votes in all.

    Democrats have picked up Republican Senate seats in Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and New Mexico. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has won re-election to his Senate seat in Kentucky.

    Republicans Jeff Sessions in Alabama and Pat Roberts in Kansas were also re-elected.

    Obama wins Michigan as state chooses a Democrat for 5th consecutive presidential election

    DETROIT - Michigan voters endorsed Barack Obama for president Tuesday, delivering 17 electoral votes to the Democratic nominee in a campaign that focused on the miserable economy but lost drama when Republican John McCain retreated from the state.

    The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    "I really believe he is going to change things," said Cindy Eaton, 61, of Detroit. "He's going to help the middle class. And I trust him. He knows Michigan is in trouble and he wants to help."

    While recent elections have been close, a Republican presidential candidate hasn't won Michigan since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

    From Marquette to Monroe, the weather was no excuse to skip the election. Temperatures even hit the high 60s in the Upper Peninsula. Some people waited nearly five hours to vote at a church on Detroit's east side.

    The economy was the top issue for roughly two-thirds of Michigan voters, according to exit polls, and Obama got a majority of them.

    McCain easily wins in Louisiana

    NEW ORLEANS - Republican John McCain won the presidential contest handily in Louisiana, a state that increasingly has come to resemble other reliably GOP Southern states.

    Throughout the campaign, polls of Louisiana voters showed McCain leading Democrat Barack Obama and his victory was expected. Neither campaign viewed the state as a battleground and neither candidate spent time here in the final stretch.

    Democrats had hoped that large black turnout might give Obama an edge, but analysts said record black turnout was outpaced by heavy white turnout. The contest hinged on racial views, analysts said, with whites going for McCain and blacks for Obama.

    McCain wins GOP-heavy Kansas

    TOPEKA, Kan. - John McCain carries Kansas, in line with its reliably Republican history in presidential elections.

    McCain's win was based on an analysis of information from voters interviewed as they left polling places Tuesday. The interviews were conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    Early returns suggested Barack Obama was headed toward the best showing of any Democratic candidate in recent memory.

    McCain had 51 percent of the vote in early returns, compared to 46 percent for Obama. If that result holds, it would be the best showing by a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson won Kansas in 1964.

    Both parties assumed from the beginning that McCain would capture the state's six electoral votes.

    Obama wins in Delaware

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has won the presidential contest in Delaware, home to running mate Joe Biden.

    The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    Obama's victory over Republican John McCain was expected, given that Biden lives here and Democrats outnumber Republicans in Delaware by almost 100,000 voters.

    The win puts three electoral votes in Obama's column.

    Obama beats McCain in Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Barack Obama defeated John McCain in Wisconsin on Tuesday, a state that has not gone Republican in 24 years but that Democrats barely won in the past two presidential elections.

    Riding a wave of support that drove voter turnout to historic levels, Obama captured 10 electoral votes with the win. The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    McCain was hoping for an upset in Wisconsin and had mobilized thousands of volunteers as part of a final push in the last three days to reverse October polls that showed him down by double digits.

    Obama wins Minnesota

    MINNEAPOLIS - Barack Obama has won Minnesota, defeating John McCain to become the ninth straight Democratic presidential hopeful to take the state.

    Obama's win gets him the state's 10 electoral votes.

    He overcame a hard push by Republicans who saw hope in two close finishes in previous presidential races in Minnesota. The GOP nominee has lost the state in every race since Richard Nixon in 1972.

    McCain had targeted Minnesota early on and the Republican Party brought its national convention to the state in September.

    But after McCain drew close in September polls, Obama pulled away.

    Arkansas voters pick McCain for president

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Republican John McCain has won Arkansas and its six electoral votes, picking up a state that has gone in the winner's column in every presidential contest since Richard M. Nixon's re-election in 1972.

    The state has gone Republican in every presidential election since Ronald Reagan, except when Bill Clinton was running for the White House. Democrats hold all of Arkansas' statewide offices, three of the four congressional seats and a firm majority in the Legislature. The state's top Democrats had campaigned around the state for nominee Barack Obama, but the Illinois senator never stumped in the state himself.

    McCain campaigned in the state twice since clinching his party's nomination. The last time Arkansas didn't pick the presidential winner was in 1968, when third-party candidate and segregationist George Wallace took the state's six electoral votes.

    Obama adds NY, Mich.

    WASHINGTON - After capturing the sought-after prize of Pennsylvania, Barack Obama has added New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

    That gives him a total of 171 electoral votes of the 270 needed to win.

    John McCain picks up a win in Wyoming, bringing his electoral vote total to 37.

    There have been two more Democratic captures of Republican Senate seats. In New Hampshire, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen defeated Republican John Sununu. In New Mexico, Democrat Tom Udall wins the seat that had been held by Republican Pete Domenici.

    Republicans John Barrasso and Michael Enzi captured Wyoming's two Senate races

    Democrat Carl Levin was re-elected to the Senate from Michigan, and Democrat Jack Reed won in Rhode Island, as did Democrat Tim Johnson in South Dakota.

    Obama wins heavily-Democratic RI over McCain

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island has overwhelmingly supported Democrat Barack Obama for president.

    The state's voters on Tuesday backed Obama over his Republican rival John McCain.

    Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly four-to-one in the state, where neither candidate actively campaigned before the general election. Rhode Island has just four electoral votes.

    The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    Though Obama beat McCain on Tuesday, he lost the Democratic primary in March to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

    Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse had endorsed Clinton in the primary while his Senate colleague, Jack Reed, remained neutral in the contest and later accompanied Obama on a summertime trip to Iraq.


    In Need of a New Heart, but Uninsured

    At the Well blog this morning, Tara Parker-Pope tells the tale of a young man in Las Vegas who had a serious heart condition but no insurance, despite working part-time as a D.J. and graphic designer. His case, she writes, “stands out as a striking example of both the best and the worst that the American health care system has to offer — extraordinary medical prowess that is too often out of reach for all but the luckiest and best insured.” Read the story.

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    Meanwhile, in Kansas City, Republican Senators McCant and McNotnow are telling audiences that America has the finest health care system in the world, that there’s really no problem and that even if there is, we can’t afford to do anything𠄾xcept maybe bar people from suing for malpractice.

    Somewhere between 18,000 and 23,000 people–like this poor chap are dying every year in America because they don’t have health insurance–or don’t have �quate” health insurance–or lose their job and then their health insurance, because they’re sick.

    That’s somewhere between six and almost eight times as many people as the number who died on 9/11.

    And then the Republicans were falling over each other to launch two wars–one of which wasn’t just optional-it was utterly unjustified𠄺nd arguing that when it comes to making war–money is no object.

    This is exactly why we need Health Care Reform. Living in America there is no reason why all US Citizens cannot have access to Medical treatment.

    Health care reform may help him….young, productive and has the possibility of paying taxes. But if her were, say 65-70….. Obama care’s attitude would be…” keep him comfortable until he dies” Equal under the law? I don’t think so

    When legislators say “marked-based approach”, they want to keep the status quo unchanged. When Sen. Hatch says health insurance reform is not acceptable because the health industry is a large percentage of GDP, he really means insurance companies are “too big to fail.”

    If you believe Republicans & Blue Dogs will prohibit pre-existing exclusions, or keep sick people from being dropped, or reduce increases in premiums & deductibles, or prohibit junk policies sanctioned by states, or protect you from the decisions of insurance bureaucrats increasing their profits by refusing treatment, or protect you from bankruptcy & homelessness due to health costs, or protect 20,000 people a year from death because they don’t have adequate insurance OR healthcare, you don’t understand their need for campaign funds from these interests.

    REPUBS WOULD HAVE LONG AGO KILLED MEDICARE – WHICH OFFENDS THEIR IDEOLOGY – IF IT WERE POLITICALLY POSSIBLE. AFTER ALL, SENIORS HAVE COME TO RELY UPON GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE. BUT THEY TOLERATE MEDICARE BECAUSE IT ASSUMES THE COSTS FOR THE POPULATION THAT REQUIRES THE MOST CARE AND – MOST IMPORTANT TO THEM – ENSURES THAT GOVERMENT SUBSIDIZES THE PROFITS FROM INSURANCE CO’S COVERAGE OF HEALTHIER POPULATIONS. THE TRUTH IS THAT, INTENDING TO HONOR OUR MORAL OBLIGATIONS TO SENIORS, TAXPAYERS ARE PROTECTING PRIVATE INS. CO PROFITS!

    This is the dirty little secret you are not supposed to understand. They want you to think that we should be pitted against each other in competition for scarce resources, when in fact EVERYONE could have decent healthcare AT CURRENT COSTS if we eliminate INS. profiteering & administrative waste!

    If you believe these legislators, participants in the Bush Administration’s deceptions & failures that CAUSED such public outrage & distrust, and who have long been in bed with insurance companies, will write ANYTHING that will threaten insurance’s gross profits, you are fooled.

    “Health care reform may help him….young, productive and has the possibility of paying taxes. But if her were, say 65-70….. Obama care’s attitude would be…” keep him comfortable until he dies” Equal under the law? I don’t think so”

    You have 1 organ and 2 people. You tell me which one gets it.

    One more time: the American people doesn’t owe either Big Pharma or the insuranbce “industry” (or the credit card “industry”) a living. As for those who work in these fields and who might find themselves unemployed as a result of health care reform, my attitude is: find yourselves another hobby.


    Clinton Campaign Shakeup: Patti Solis Doyle Gone As Campaign Manager

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle has quit/been fired (choose the version you believe) and will be replaced by longtime Clinton adviser Maggie Williams — in a shake-up the campaign insists is not a really shake-up but one that has in fact been hinted at in some news reports ever since Mrs. Clinton lost in Iowa.

    And with the string of losses this weekend to prime rival Senator Barack Obama, coupled with news that the Maine caucuses are not a political cakewalk for Mrs. Clinton as many had predicted (UPDATE: Obama won the Maine caucuses), it’s more clear that ever that either the timing of this is an incredible, amazing, stunning coincidence — or that Solis Doyle is being shoved out of her campaign manager’s office door.

    The best report on this that puts it into context comes from the Wall Street Journal:

    Hillary Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle stepped down today as the candidate braces for more loses in the five states and the District of Columbia that hold contests this month.

    So the Clinton campaign is shoring up its resources and fortifying its forces for bad news to come. MORE:

    The campaign announced today that Solis Doyle would be replaced by Maggie Williams, a senior adviser to Clinton and a former chief of staff to the first lady. Solis Doyle will stay on as an adviser and will travel with Clinton.

    In an email sent to campaign staff, Solis Doyle said she was stepping down for personal reasons. “This has already been the longest presidential campaign in the history of our nation, and one that has required enormous sacrifices from all of us and our families,” Solis Doyle, 46, said in the email that was forwarded to The Wall Street Journal.

    On Saturday, Clinton lost to rival Barack Obama in Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington state and the Virgin Islands. He is expected to win all three contests on Tuesday in what is known as the “Potomac Primary”
    when Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., hold contests. This would bring his total to 22 states, if he also wins in Maine, compared to Clinton’s 12 states.

    The two candidates are practically tied when it comes to delegates. As of yesterday, Clinton had 1,125 delegates compared to 1,087 for Obama, according to an Associated Press tally.

    Keep in mind this as well: Much media and weblog coverage has been pegged to the idea that if the two campaigns are even, Mrs. Clinton could be way ahead in the Super-delegates and possibly get the nomination if — under the party’s present operative rules — they cast their votes for Hillary Clinton. But if Obama keeps winning and pulls ahead (a) it may not be as easy to win with Super-delegates (b) Super-delegates (many of them politicians who are elected to office) will be under incredible pressure to vote as their constituents have voted in the primaries.
    As the Journal notes, it isn’t just the string of losses that has been stunning. It’s the MARGIN of Obama’s wins over Clinton that have to be giving the Clinton campaign fits:

    Obama didn’t just win the three states that voted on Saturday, he won by huge margins. In Nebraska, 68% of caucus-goers picked Obama, compared to 32% for Clinton. The Illinois senator won by a similar margin in Washington state.

    The losses have been attributed to early mistakes within the campaign. After early warnings to avoid campaigning in Iowa all together, Solis Doyle led a push to campaign hard in the state. Clinton came out with a third-place finish after pouring millions of dollars and nearly a year of efforts into winning in Iowa.

    The loss cost her valuable resources and momentum that some political pundits say are still hurting her campaign.

    Clinton advisers denied speculation that Solis Doyle’s resignation could signal a broader shakeup within the campaign. “Maggie and Patti and will work very closely together,” said campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee. “We expect a seamless transition.”

    The latter is the typical take on staff shake-ups and major corporate regime changes that anyone who has worked for a company or big corporation has heard coming from higher-ups to mask a..shake-up. The bottom line is: given the TIMING of this, it’s clear that the Clinton camp felt something had to be done ASAP.

    Maybe this is part of the reason:

    Maine numbers so far:

    And it looks like yet another Obama caucus blowout:

    No hard numbers yet, but Obama wins Houlton by about 20 votes.

    Obama wins Rockport, carrying 8 delegates to Hillary’s 3.
    Obama takes Fryeburg 67 to 17
    Obama takes York 414 to 225
    Clinton takes Rumford 52 to 37
    Clinton takes Dixfield 16 to 14
    Clinton takes Mexico 27 16
    Clinton takes Byron 1 to 0
    Obama takes Hanover 6 to 2
    Obama takes Gardiner 129 47 with 2 uncommitted
    Clinton takes Old Orchard Beach 134 to 128
    Obama takes Hampden 179 to 70
    Obama takes Wilton 87 to 30
    Obama takes Cape Elizabeth 550 to 217
    Obama takes Deer Island 6 to 1
    Obama takes Winterport 7 to 4
    Obama takes Machiasport 2 delegates to 1O
    Obama takes Ellsworth 184 to 100
    Obama takes Bristol 7 to 2
    Obama takes Bangor (District 15) 16 to 8
    Obama takes Presque Isle 63 to 60
    Obama takes Stonington 48 to 24
    Obama takes Scarborough 401 to 283

    Yes, We Can!

    The knives inside the Clinton campaign were out for Patty Solis Doyle, and her enemies finally succeeded…I liked Patty. It’s rare to have high ranking Latinos anywhere in politics, and rarer still to see Latinas in positions of real power and influence. Reports have suggested she was too much of a micromanager, and discontent over her leadership has leaked into news reports ever since Clinton’s Iowa defeat. Once Williams joined the campaign, this transition appeared to be inevitable. Williams was Clinton’s chief of staff when she was First Lady.

    It was just a little over a month ago that Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, open borders activist and Norman Hsu guest Patti Solis Doyle, was enjoying the spotlight and basking in glory. The self-styled “Latina Queena” was profiled in the Wall Street Journal as Hill’s soul sister and primary foe of the “white boys” in the Clinton camp.

    Well, the Latina Queena’s politics of identity ain’t working so well for Hill. And now it’s so long, Solis Doyle. Who’s back in? Another moldy oldie from the Clinton closet: Maggie Williams….If you can’t remember Maggie Williams….She was knee-deep in the Johnny Chung scandal.

    My DD’s Jonathan Singer (who is a former TMV co-blogger) put it into perspective this way:

    Steve Clemons uses the term “fired” to describe this action, though I have not yet seen that term in other reports (which tend to put the emphasis of the story on Solis Doyle “stepping down” or “quitting”).

    Either way, this is pretty big news. Campaigns that believe they’re moving in all cylinders in the right direction don’t generally see shakeups at their highest ranks — particularly not in the middle of balloting. That is not to say that this news necessarily spells trouble within the Clinton campaign. Nevertheless, with little more than three weeks until Texas and Ohio hold their presidential primaries — nominating contests that now appear key to Clinton’s strategy of slowing down Barack Obama’s momentum out of the mid- to late-February states and ultimately to ensure that she wins the Democratic nomination — if the campaign is spending as much time dealing with new internal hierarchies and plans as it is organizing, it could be problematic for team Clinton.

    And, indeed, no matter what twist you give it, it is not the sign of a campaign that is going super smoothly but of a campaign that feels there’s a need for some changes rather quickly.


    Year Three Day 70 Obama Administration March 30, 2011 - History

    That's a typical cognitive test. "Nowhere near 60", above or below? If above 65 you should be having a cog assessment every year at your wellness physical per Medicare guidelines.

    Somewhat. There is some shape identification, some drawing, some "Who and where are you?" questions, "Why" questions about the previous, some word recall after distractors.

    I can see some bias problems with the animal identification. I taught normal high school students who would only be able to ID the lion, and only that one thanks to The Lion King.

    No, it's a standard part of the yearly wellness physical after 65 per Medicare and has been since 2014.

    I don't want to call you or anyone else a liar but for this you need to be right.

    That made me laugh way too hard.

    Really, I think it’s similar to the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which requires you identify farm animals, draw a box, etc.

    Because its normal for a doctor to do. Its part of yearly physical as you age. But wait biden said he has so many didnt bother you guys now Trump Says he had one your going nuts.

    A doctor saying "I'm amazed that you haven't fallen down dead" isn't the same as that doctor saying "I'm amazed at how healthy you are."

    After watching him and listening to him, I bet the doctors were amazed that he passed. Which leads us to wonder just how he cheated in order to get a passing grade. Especially since cheating is something for which he is known.

    Then your doctor is not following mandated Medicare protocols.

    I was wrong earlier in saying "since 2014". Cog assessments have been required since 2011.

    Have Nervous Nancy and F Chuck Schumer had cognitive tests?

    I doubt most posters on C-D could pass the US Naturalization test.

    Trump quite embarrassingly brags about acing his recent cognitive test. Why did they give him the test anyway? Because they noticed something concerning, or is this standard for oldsters?

    They are not routine and only administered in rare circumstances. Dementia is a clinical diagnosis which is usually apparent without formal testing. Interviewing the patient and family members will arrive at the same diagnosis far cheaper.

    One of my neurosurgeon buddies and I were just discussing Biden's "frontal lobish" behavior, which is consistent with frontal lobe ischemia he had an anterior communicating artery aneurysm clipped and has obviously experienced frontal lobe ischemia. This is manifest by his lack of inhibitions and unusual behavior like sniffing women's hair and attraction to young girls. He is also emotionally labile, as noted when he snaps at constituents when questioned.

    Biden has severe mental health issues. However, he may be the perfect liberal president, as most of them do as well.


    Cultural and political image

    With his black Kenyan father and white American mother, his upbringing in Honolulu and Jakarta, and his Ivy League education, Obama's early life experiences differ markedly from those of African-American politicians who launched their careers in the 1960s through participation in the civil rights movement. [ 193 ] Expressing puzzlement over questions about whether he is "black enough", Obama told an August 2007 meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists that the debate is not about his physical appearance or his record on issues of concern to black voters. Obama said that "we're still locked in this notion that if you appeal to white folks then there must be something wrong." [ 194 ]

    Echoing the inaugural address of John F. Kennedy, Obama acknowledged his youthful image in an October 2007 campaign speech, saying: "I wouldn't be here if, time and again, the torch had not been passed to a new generation." [ 195 ] A popular catch phrase distilled the concept: "Rosa sat so Martin could walk Martin walked so Obama could run Obama is running so our children can fly." [ 196 ]

    Obama has been praised as a master of oratory on par with other renowned speakers in the past such as Martin Luther King, Jr. [ 197 ] [ 198 ] His "Yes We Can" speech, which artists independently set to music in a popular video produced by Will.i.am, was viewed by 10 million people on YouTube in the first month, [ 199 ] and received an Emmy Award. [ 200 ] University of Virginia professor Jonathan Haidt researched the effectiveness of Obama's public speaking and concluded that part of his excellence is because the politician is adept at inspiring the emotion of elevation, the desire to act morally and do good for others. [ 201 ] To take advantage of this talent, Obama suggests that he will make a series of broadcast and internet addresses, similar to Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous fireside chats, through his term in office to explain his policies and upcoming actions as president. [ 202 ]

    Many commentators mentioned Obama's international appeal as a defining factor for his public image. [ 203 ] Not only did several polls show strong support for him in other countries, [ 204 ] but Obama also established close relationships with prominent foreign politicians and elected officials even before his presidential candidacy, notably with then incumbent British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whom he met in London in 2005, [ 205 ] with Italy's Democratic Party leader and then Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni, who visited Obama's Senate office in 2005, [ 206 ] and with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who also visited him in Washington in 2006. [ 207 ]

    Obama won Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Awards for abridged audiobook versions of both of his books for Dreams from My Father in February 2006 and for The Audacity of Hope in February 2008. [ 208 ]

    In December 2008, Time magazine named Barack Obama as its Person of the Year for his historic candidacy and election, which it described as "the steady march of seemingly impossible accomplishments." [ 209 ]


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