To rid the world of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi within six months: if Obama were a Republican, he’d be on Mount Rushmore by now.
The President’s announcement:
“Even the week that Bin Laden was killed.” Read that again. “Even the week that Bin Laden was killed.”
Pew: Media not in love with Obama
Sarah Palin put an end to her possible presidential candidacy this month with a familiar parting critique: President Barack Obama has an unfair advantage as a candidate because he’s got “about 90 percent of the media still there in his back pocket.”
The charge echoed longstanding complaints from conservatives that the mainstream media treated the tea party with contempt, preferring to zero in on examples of looniness or astroturfing rather than the broad energy and goals of the movement.
But a study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism finds that, in the past five months, the reverse has actually been true: Obama has received the most unremittingly negative press of any of the presidential candidates by a wide margin, with negative assessments outweighing positive ones by four to one.
Pew found that just 9 percent of the president’s coverage was positive, while 34 percent was negative — a stark contrast to the 32 percent positive coverage and 20 percent negative that it found Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the most covered Republican, received.
“His coverage has been substantially more negative in every one of the last 23 weeks of the last five months — even the week that Bin Laden was killed,” Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, said of the president’s treatment in the media compared with that of the GOP field.
In order to attend the speech tomorrow, each person had to show up personally in Asheville today to receive a complimentary ticket. Due to another commitment I was only able to arrive at the ticket location 40 minutes after they started handing them out. This photo shows what the line looked like after they had been handing out tickets for 40 minutes, 4 servers at a time with less than 30 seconds required to get a ticket:
Update: Doc seems to have had a good time – see more pictures.
Remarks by the President at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.) Please be seated.
An earthquake and a hurricane may have delayed this day, but this is a day that would not be denied.
For this day, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s return to the National Mall. In this place, he will stand for all time, among monuments to those who fathered this nation and those who defended it; a black preacher with no official rank or title who somehow gave voice to our deepest dreams and our most lasting ideals, a man who stirred our conscience and thereby helped make our union more perfect.
And Dr. King would be the first to remind us that this memorial is not for him alone. The movement of which he was a part depended on an entire generation of leaders. Many are here today, and for their service and their sacrifice, we owe them our everlasting gratitude. This is a monument to your collective achievement. (Applause.)
CBO: Obama jobs bill reduces budget deficit
The Congressional Budget Office on Friday confirmed that President Obama’s jobs bill would be fully paid for over ten years and also gave its seal of approval to Senate Democrats’ version that includes a surtax on millionaires.
The CBO said that the original Obama stimulus bill would involve $447 billion in tax cuts and new spending—the same estimate given by the administration. It said the bill would raise $450 billion over ten years. The result is a $3 billion decrease in deficits over ten years.
The Senate Democrats’ bill, which replaces Obama’s taxes on the upper middle class with a 5.6 percent surtax on those with annual incomes above $1 million, raises $453 billion over ten years and reduces deficits by $6 billion. The tax kicks in in 2013.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office highlighted that the CBO affirmed 60 percent of the stimulus comes in the form of tax cuts rather than spending and that most of the tax relief is for workers.
CBO also said that the bill “could have a noticeable impact on economic growth and employment in the next few years.” CBO under its own rules is prevented from factoring in increased unemployment, and the possible increased tax revenue that could result into its cost estimate.
Former DNC Chair Don Fowler delivers one to Mitt Romney:
Fowler also took issues with Romney’s contention that Obama lacks “resolve” on national security: “I doubt that al-Qaeda, or Osama bin Laden, questions President Obama’s resolve.” …
“As you know, President Obama, with Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen, conducted a comprehensive review of America’s military strength and the balance between the various services and our commitments around the world,” said Fowler. “And they have tailored a troop structure and a weapons structure that is specifically suited to the 21st century.
“I don’t think anyone in America could legitimately question the authority, the reliability and the patriotism of Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates. And President Obama has worked hand in glove to construct a strong national defense. He takes second place to no one in his commitment to defend America.
“And Governor Romney just simply is not equipped to speak to these issues as the president is. And besides, if Governor Romney said ‘A’ today, he’d say ‘B’ tomorrow.”