Archive for Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First lady says Obama ‘a man we can trust’

September 4, 2012


First lady Michelle Obama waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.

First lady Michelle Obama waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.

— First lady Michelle Obama lovingly praised her husband Tuesday night in a prime-time Democratic Convention speech as a devoted spouse and caring father at home and a “man we can trust” to revive the nation’s weak economy as president, beckoning the country to return him to the White House despite agonizingly slow recovery from recession.

“He reminds me that we are playing a long game here ... and that change is hard, and change is slow and it never happens all at once,” she told a nation impatient with slow economic progress and persistently high unemployment of 8.3 percent. “But eventually, we get there, we always do,” she said in a speech that roused Democrats packed into their convention arena and blended scenes from almost 20 years of marriage with the Obamas’ time in the White House.

Mrs. Obama, given a huge ovation and emotionally describing herself as the “mom in chief,” made no mention of Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But those who preceded her to the podium on the first night of the president’s convention were scathing.

“If Mitt was Santa Claus, he’d fire the reindeer and outsource the elves,” declared former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in one biting speech.

Tapped to deliver the keynote address, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said Romney was a millionaire politician who “quite simply, doesn’t get it” when it comes to the needs of the middle class. Referring to the Republican’s support for mandatory health insurance when he was governor of Massachusetts, he added, “Gov. Romney has undergone an extreme makeover, and it ain’t pretty.”

Polls made the race for the White House a tight one, almost certain to be decided in a string of eight or 10 battleground states where neither the president nor Romney holds a clear advantage. There was ample evidence during the day of an underperforming economy, including a report that said manufacturing activity declined for a third straight month and an announcement from the Treasury that the government’s debt exceeded $16 trillion at the close of the business day.

Delegates cheered as a parade of speakers extolled Obama’s support for abortion rights and gay marriage, for consumer protections enacted under his signature health care law and for the auto industry bailout he won from Congress in his first year in office.

“He said he’d take out bin Laden, and with our great SEAL team, he did,” declared former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine in one of several references to the military raid that ended the life of the terrorist mastermind behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

There was no end to the appeals for donations to Obama’s re-election campaign, falling further behind Romney in cash on hand with each passing month. “If you think Barack’s the right man for the job, please show your support with a donation of $5 or more today,” the first lady emailed supporters a little more than 90 minutes before her speech.

She walked out to the crowd’s cheers as the band played Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” the song he sang onstage at Obama’s Denver convention four years ago.

The president was back home in the White House after a campaign appearance in Virginia as delegates cheered every mention of his name from the convention podium. He and their daughters watched on television as Mrs. Obama spoke.

“Believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage,” she told the convention. “We were so young, so in love and so in debt.”

She confided that at family dinners in the White House with her and their daughters, the president joins in “strategizing about middle school friendships.”

Mrs. Obama’s poll numbers are better than her husband’s, and her speech was aimed at building support for him, much as Ann Romney’s remarks at last week’s Republican National Convention were in service to her husband’s presidential ambitions.

“When it comes to rebuilding our economy, Barack is thinking about folks like my dad — who worked at a municipal water plant — and his own grandmother, a bank secretary,” the first lady said.

Referring to her own children as well as those of others, she said, “If we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility, that belief that here in America there is always something better out there if you are willing to work for it, then we must ... stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward, my husband, our president, President Barack Obama.”

The weak economy hung over the convention as it dominates the election.

Obama “knows better than anyone there’s more hard work to do” to fix it said Castro. He said that after the deep recession, the nation is making progress “despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition.”

He declared that 4.5 million jobs have been created since the president took office — though that number refers only to private sector employment gains over the past 29 months and leaves out state and local government jobs that continue to disappear each month.

Castro, the first Hispanic chosen to deliver a keynote address, was introduced — to the delight of the crowd — by his identical twin brother, Joaquin, a candidate for Congress. The mayor was unsparing in criticizing Romney, suggesting the former Massachusetts governor might not even be the driving force on the Republican ticket this fall.

“First they called it ‘trickle down, the supply side,” he said of the economic proposals backed by Republicans. “Now it’s Romney/Ryan. Or is it Ryan/Romney?”

“Either way, their theory has been tested. It failed. ...Mitt Romney just doesn’t get it,” Castro said. Romney’s running mate is Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

The divide over taxes goes to the core of the campaign.

Romney and the Republicans favor extension of all of the existing Bush-era tax cuts due to expire on Dec. 31, and also want to cut tax rates 20 percent across the board.

Obama, too, wants to keep the existing tax cuts in place — except for people with earnings of $250,000 a year or more.

Democrats criticized Romney last week for failing to offer a detailed plan to fix the economy. But nowhere in their own convention’s first evening of speechmaking did anyone present proposals for reining in deficits that now exceed $1 trillion annually.

Delegates in the convention hall cheered whenever Obama’s image showed on the huge screen behind the speaker’s podium, and roared when the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was shown mocking Romney in their 1994 Senate race.

“On the issue of choice, I am pro-choice, my opponent is multiple choice,” the late senator said as cheers grew louder.

Romney supported abortion rights while serving as governor; he opposes them now.

Democrats unspooled insult after insult as they took their turn the week after the Republicans had their convention in Tampa, Fla.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said that Republicans had omitted mention of Romney’s term as Massachusetts governor at their gathering.

“We already knew this extremely conservative man takes some pretty liberal deductions. Evidently that includes writing off all four years he served as governor,” Quinn declared.

Said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, speaking of Romney: “Never in modern American history has a presidential candidate tried so hard to hide himself from the people he hopes to serve.”

“When you look at the one tax return he has released, it’s obvious why there’s been only one. We learned that he pays a lower tax rate than middle-class families. We learned he chose Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island tax shelters over American institutions.”

Obama, by contrast, was lauded for helping win approval of health care legislation and for supporting abortion rights and gay marriage.

In his campaign trip to Virginia earlier in the day, Obama told an audience at Norfolk State University that the economy will get worse if Romney wins the White House this fall and that Election Day apathy was his enemy — and theirs.

Republicans are “counting on you, maybe not to vote for Romney, but they’re counting on you to feel discouraged,” he said. “And they figure if you don’t vote, then big oil will write our energy future, and insurance companies will write our health care plans, and politicians will dictate what a woman can or can’t do when it comes to her own health.”

On the final stop of a pre-convention campaign circuit of several battleground states, the president also dropped off a case of White House-brewed beer at a local fire station.

The Republican challenger was in Vermont as the Democratic convention began, preparing for three fall debates with Obama almost certain to be critical to the outcome of the election.

There was no shortage of political calculation behind the program of the convention’s first night — or for any other.

Democratic delegates bestow their nomination on Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the same night former President Bill Clinton delivers a prime-time speech aimed at voters disappointed with the results of the past four years yet undecided how to cast their ballots.

White men favor Romney over Obama in public and private polls, but a Gallup survey taken in July showed that 12 years after leaving office, Clinton was viewed favorably by 63 percent of the same group and unfavorably by only 32 percent.

Obama’s acceptance speech caps the convention on Thursday night at the 74,000-seat Bank of America football stadium. Aides kept a wary eye on the weather in a city that has been hit in recent days with strong afternoon rains.

Republicans did their best to rain on Obama’s convention, whatever the weather.

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke in Westlake, Ohio, standing behind a lectern bearing a sign that read “Are you better off?”

Republicans released a web video that interspersed images of Obama and the economy’s weak performance with slightly out-of-focus video clips of former President Jimmy Carter discussing the nation’s economic woes when sat in the Oval Office more than 30 years ago.


Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

5 vacations/year? It's must be nice to be queen. I only get one.

DillonBarnes 5 years, 6 months ago

They should really cut her pay for that.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

You know it would be nice if somebody had tallied up the number of days that was, instead of just saying "16 vacations." Since nobody has apparently, I went to the trouble of looking up each of the 16 and tallying them:

Total = 98 days over 3 years. That is an average of 32 1/3 days per year.

While this is definitely more than the average 2 weeks a worker in the US gets, I don't really see a problem with this given that the Obamas are the ones that pay for lodging, entertainment and transportation, even for the staff and secret security officers that are with them.

Yes, the secret security is paid wages by the government, which is taxpayer money. But you do realize that the secret security must guard the first family EVERY DAY, right, not just when they take vacation.

KSWingman 5 years, 6 months ago

The American taxpayers pay the great majority of the costs of those vacations: flying one or two luxury jets (often at least one 747); Air Force cargo planes for vehicles and equipment; a dozen or more vehicles at the vacation site; the Secret Service advance team and escort team; local law enforcement resources for escort, security, and blocking traffic along the motorcade routes; military resources, including CAP (fighter) and AWACS; etc.

Add in the costs to local businesses unfortunate enough to be inside a security zone: lost business from roadblocks, and forced closing.

98 days of taxpayer funded vacation in 1000 days. 10%.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

Michele Obama hit a grand slam home run ....... absolutely!

Michele Obama is a thinking woman with her feet on the ground!

Paul Wilson 5 years, 6 months ago

Why is that Merrill? the world I live in "thinking women" are not a rarity. If you don't think she and the other speakers were simply choreographed puppets last night... then you are no different than any other Lib Kool-aid drinker or Republican sheep from last week.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

This post pre-removed for using a vulgar sexual term to describe a disappointed progressive.

Paul Wilson 5 years, 6 months ago

No rants necessary. Obama has proven he can't be trusted. I surely don't want to hear lies from the ugly wife. "It takes more time" is code for "We spent Billions in Stimulus money that didn't work to improve trust us to figure something else out."

Kate Rogge 5 years, 6 months ago

I read this the first time, before you tried to clean it up, and I flagged it for removal. I see you kept your nasty comment about Mrs. Obama in this second pass. Let's see a picture of Ms. Pork_Ribs, please, so we can see how she measures up to public scrutiny. After all, if we disagree with your political opinions we ought to be able to call your wife ugly too.

Paul Wilson 5 years, 6 months ago

'Magine that...a Liberal trying to stifle something as harmless as a simple opinion on looks. I expect people to disagree with me. I have never flagged a post for removal. Never. You the thread police now. Did that greatly offend you? If something as stupid as that offended'd better just get out now.

mom_of_three 5 years, 6 months ago

So you never flag anyone? I know I have, for offensive posts. So if that offends you, you should get out now.

cowboy 5 years, 6 months ago

I thought it was a great first night of the convention. Can't wait for tonight when the DNC releases Crazy Uncle Joe on the opposition. Must see TV.

mom_of_three 5 years, 6 months ago

yeah, he didn't last time, but then again, you had Sarah Palin...soooo.....evidently, democrats are not the only ones who stick their feet in their mouth.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

"He reminds me that we are playing a long game here"

A game where people lose their houses and your husband has American citizens assassinated It's a game to you. It's reality to everyone else.

Paul Wilson 5 years, 6 months ago

"...and your husband has American citizens assassinated." Ummm...I am a well known Right Wing Nut Job...and even I can't let this slide. I would really like you to clarify this with some facts please.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

Google "american citizen assassinated". It isn't your fault you don't know. The larger media outlets have ignored it for obama's sake.

Paul Wilson 5 years, 6 months ago

Thanks...I'll check it out and dig into it a little deeper. I need a few more sources...but I'll see what I can find.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 6 months ago

Pork ribs are great until they turn rancid. Then they're just stinky pieces of meat that foul the air of everyone around them.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

NHRA is more fun. You never forget the first time you see a nitro-methane car launch in person. Shiny things going 0-300 in 4 seconds. I like that.

Paul Wilson 5 years, 6 months ago

Yup...If you don't have the intellect to argue or make a point I guess the last option is attack the messenger. See...I think she's ugly (a harmless, stupid, opinion) and I made a point that you obviously have no evidence to the contrary. Completely predictable response though. We will simply expect the same elementary, Troll like responses in the future.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 6 months ago

Congrats to posting the most hypocritical & ironic comment I've ever read on this here award winning website. The stimulus saved your bacon & your ribs, too.

cowboy 5 years, 6 months ago

"Al Qaeda figure Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the most wanted terrorists on a U.S. target list, has been killed in Yemen, according to Yemeni and U.S. officials, marking another significant blow to the global terrorist group after the assassination of Osama bin Laden earlier this year."

"Al-Awlaki, born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents, was believed to be key in turning Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen into what American officials have called the most significant and immediate threat to the United States. The branch, led by a Yemeni militant named Nasser al-Wahishi, plotted several failed attacks on U.S. soil -- the botched Christmas 2009 attempt to blow up an American airliner heading to Detroit and a foiled 2010 attempt to send explosives to Chicago.

Read more:

A traitor and documented terrorist who long ago forfeited his right to be called an American.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

American citizenship can be renounced. There is a specific way of doing it.

It cannot be forfeit.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh really? (a) A person who is a national of the United States whether by birth or naturalization, shall lose his nationality by voluntarily performing any of the following acts with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality— (1) obtaining naturalization in a foreign state upon his own application or upon an application filed by a duly authorized agent, after having attained the age of eighteen years; or (2) taking an oath or making an affirmation or other formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after having attained the age of eighteen years; or (3) entering, or serving in, the armed forces of a foreign state if (A) such armed forces are engaged in hostilities against the United States, or (B) such persons serve as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer; or (4) (A) accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after attaining the age of eighteen years if he has or acquires the nationality of such foreign state; or (B) accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after attaining the age of eighteen years for which office, post, or employment an oath, affirmation, or declaration of allegiance is required; or (5) making a formal renunciation of nationality before a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States in a foreign state, in such form as may be prescribed by the Secretary of State; or (6) making in the United States a formal written renunciation of nationality in such form as may be prescribed by, and before such officer as may be designated by, the Attorney General, whenever the United States shall be in a state of war and the Attorney General shall approve such renunciation as not contrary to the interests of national defense; or (7) committing any act of treason against, or attempting by force to overthrow, or bearing arms against, the United States, violating or conspiring to violate any of the provisions of section 2383 of title 18, or willfully performing any act in violation of section 2385 of title 18, or violating section 2384 of title 18 by engaging in a conspiracy to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, if and when he is convicted thereof by a court martial or by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

No, a person must willingly renounce his citizenship at the embassy where he wishes to reside.

An American cannot be denied his citizenship by any means. He can only renounce it and only in a specific way.

That's why that Bush brought that skinny little American Taliban back within the borders of the US for a trial and didn't send him to Gitmo. He was an American and GW Bush afforded him the protections guaranteed by the constitution.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

Citizenship con't. (b) Whenever the loss of United States nationality is put in issue in any action or proceeding commenced on or after September 26, 1961 under, or by virtue of, the provisions of this chapter or any other Act, the burden shall be upon the person or party claiming that such loss occurred, to establish such claim by a preponderance of the evidence. Any person who commits or performs, or who has committed or performed, any act of expatriation under the provisions of this chapter or any other Act shall be presumed to have done so voluntarily, but such presumption may be rebutted upon a showing, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the act or acts committed or performed were not done voluntarily.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm with you on this, Lateralis. I also thought it a betrayal of American principles to kill an unarmed Osama bin Laden. And, for that matter, I thought it very wrong for an earlier administration to torture prisoners in Guantanamo and elsewhere, and to grant billion+ $$$ no-bid contracts to the Vice President's company.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

"A traitor and documented terrorist who long ago forfeited his right to be called an American."

The President of the United States specifically ordered an American citizen assassinated, depriving the American citizen of due process required by the 14th and 5th amendments. You can make all the excuses for Obama intentionally depriving an American citizen of his constitutional rights all you want. And you should be ashamed to do it.

nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law google it.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Either inform yourself, or stop spewing lies:

He didn't have to surrender his law license, and neither did Michelle. He requested his be "retired", and she requested that hers be placed on "inactive" status.

Not sure why you want his transcripts (is that what the Birthers have turned their attention to now?) BUT, Harvard Law School states that President Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude (which is the top 10% of students), so he obviously had good grades.

A "REAL" birth certificate? A "REAL" Social Security number? Just how insane are you?

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Keep digging yourself a hole by quoting chain emails and the bigoted crazies on Free Republic, Sage.

About his SSN:

Because I know you won't bother to read the article debunking this, I'll give a summary: His SSN is completely different from the man in Connecticut that supposedly had the same one, easily verified by the social security death index. Numbers beginning with 042 are NOT just for residents of Connecticut.

About his Birth Certificate:

I'll lay it out for you: it was not a forgery. Kenya has been called Kenya since it was a colony in the East Africa Protectorate. The hospital where he was born has been called the same name from 1931 to 1971. A person born in the same hospital a day after Obama has the same hospital name listed on their birth certificate. It doesn't have "layers" in Adobe because it's been tampered, it's because Adobe is designed to attempt to separate OCR text from background when you open a PDF. That is so you can scan documents and then edit them later.

What do you mean "Documents for Civil Service?" Are you possibly looking for the phrase "Selective Service" (ie Draft Card)? He registered for the SSS in 1980, after he graduated high school. As for the claims that the "first two numbers" represent the year, the SSS has debunked that, stating that the first three numbers represented the local SSS office that processed the form.

Ok-- now to his college transcripts. It's not just HIS transcripts that are kept under seal, it is EVERYBODY'S transcripts. It's part of the Family and Education Privacy Act. Just like your tax returns, nobody can simply file to find out how SageonPage did in school. But, as I mentioned before, he obviously was no slouch, graduating in the top 10% at Harvard Law. What the fark his college transcripts have to do with anything is beyond me. He's obviously a smart man, as is Mitt Romney, who also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Business. That doesn't really have much to do with their ability to be president. Hell, Bush was a C student (and proudly admitted to it), and he still became President.

And AGAIN on his law license, since one smack-down debunking wasn't good enough for you:

"The claim that the Obamas “surrendered” their licenses to avoid ethics charges has no basis in fact. Neither of the Obamas has any public record of discipline or pending proceedings against them, according to the online public registration records of the ARDC. We also confirmed that with Grogan, who said that the Obamas were “never the subject of any public disciplinary proceedings.”

So. With you posting outrageous claims (and nothing to back them up), and me refuting all of them with independent citations from impartial sites like snopes and, who is the insane one?

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

This is patently false!

From the Social Security Administration itself:

"The Area Number is assigned by the geographical region. Prior to 1972, cards were issued in local Social Security offices around the country and the Area Number represented the State in which the card was issued. This did not necessarily have to be the State where the applicant lived, since a person could apply for their card in any Social Security office. Since 1972, when SSA began assigning SSNs and issuing cards centrally from Baltimore, the area number assigned has been based on the ZIP code in the mailing address provided on the application for the original Social Security card. The applicant's mailing address does not have to be the same as their place of residence. Thus, the Area Number does not necessarily represent the State of residence of the applicant, either prior to 1972 or since."

Keep trying.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

You can't take Sage serious. The only Law Enforcement Task Force involved was the Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Not an example of greatness there.

I have to wonder if some of these posters can begin to understand how foolish and uneducated all this looks like to others. If they know and do it anyway just how screwed up their life is that this is the only way they can get attention.

mom_of_three 5 years, 6 months ago

A "law enforcement task force?" Hopefully you dont mean the one hired by the TRUMP, because its been PROVEN its true birth certificate. MANY< MANY MANY times. A

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

The larger question is how much of a boost from affirmative action did it take to get him into Harvard?

Kate Rogge 5 years, 6 months ago

The larger question is why you think Harvard admitted Obama because of affirmative action?

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

Because he isn't bright enough to get admitted on his ability.

bad_dog 5 years, 6 months ago

Why don't you research this at one of your world renowned internet "sources"? I'm sure someone else has already identified and started digging into this game changer of a non- issue. Typical.

I should warn you however, it is difficult for small minds to grapple with "larger" questions. Don't get your "mind blown".

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

You (and everyone else) that questions how Obama got into Harvard with a 3.7 from Columbia makes the mistaken assumption that college admission practices today are anything like they were in the 80s.

Even with his successful extra-curricular history of community organizing for 5 years in Chicago between Columbia and Harvard Law, Obama probably wouldn't make it into Harvard Law today. But in 1988 the rules and the bar was not as high, and it is not a stretch at all to think he got in under his own merit.

George W. Bush went to Yale and also to Harvard Business School, and he was a self-admitted C student. How did he get in? Magic?

Face it: standards were different back then, and the competition that exists today for these slots was simply not as omnipresent.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Bush did NOT release his college transcripts, they were ILLEGALLY leaked. So don't try to take the moral high road on who has released their transcripts. After they were leaked though, Bush did own up to them and seem to take pride in being a C student.

"Moreover, President George W. Bush's records at Yale became public only after they were leaked to The New Yorker in November 1999. Bush had declined to release his academic transcripts."

Not that it matters, but Kerry and Bush had nearly identical GPA's at Yale:

"Sen. John F. Kerry's grade average at Yale University was virtually identical to President Bush's record there"

I'm not even going to address the birth certificate thing again. You're a broken record.

bad_dog 5 years, 6 months ago

Should I, as a Dem, mock you for misspelling "aisle"? Or do Republicans just conduct all their business, both political and financial in the presence of "isles"? Isles you know, offshore, like the Caymans for example...

bad_dog 5 years, 6 months ago

Well, what is it? Obama is keeping money offshore he doesn't even have yet?

Got any sources for these allegations? Obama produces his tax records, so there shouldn't be any questions about investment locations.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

Even if Obama is perceived as a foul getting admission to Harvard with affirmative action. Is it really any different than Romney going to Harvard through his daddy's influence. I doubt Harvard was in the habit of scooping up admissions from BYU without some outside influence.

mom_of_three 5 years, 6 months ago

He has released his birth certificate....several times... Why dont you accept it? AND no one releases their SSN number. That's just plain stupid.

drake 5 years, 6 months ago

A face that only a mother could love. BARF.

gbulldog 5 years, 6 months ago

As one Queen said "let them eat cake". Another "rich" Democrat telling you how great another "rich" Democrat can make your life "hunky dory". And how many murders occurred in Chicago, the mecca of Democratic control, last night? And how much money did you loose when a Democratic controlled municpality went bankrupt? .

Mike Ford 5 years, 6 months ago

who let all of you clowns out of the clown car? taking the conversations reliably to a simple place every day......

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

Even a clown knows how to use an ellipsis.

Larrytown 5 years, 6 months ago

The best speeches from last night were from Deval Patrick and Michelle Obama. Lots of wonderful 1st ladies in American history...none that come within the same hemisphere as far as matching Michelle Obama's speaking ability.

Two other speeches to check in on were from Stacy Lihn and Lilly Ledbetter. They brought a real-life perspective on the Obama policies (ObamaCare and Equal Pay). Good stuff and a great opening night for the DNC!

Also, can't leave off Tammy Duckworth.

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 6 months ago

Hilarious that you would attempt to define a real man. Thanks for the laugh.

“When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.” ~ Louis Nizer

newmedia 5 years, 6 months ago

Funny how you need to show photo ID three times to enter DNC but try to get someone to produce one when they show up to vote and holy heck breaks loose. Kind of says it all doesn't it...

Kate Rogge 5 years, 6 months ago

I'd guess if the Vice President and Mrs. Obama were at Centennial School's polling site next November 6th there'd be some security in place and IDs checked, wouldn't you?

BigDog 5 years, 6 months ago

After 4 years in office we need the First Lady to tell us that we need to trust the President. We are supposed to trust him because he is a good husband and father?

The unemployed, those struggling because gas prices have doubled and those losing homes really don't care about his personal side ..... what is he going to do differently in the next 4 years to get the economy going, create jobs and to cut the deficit in half (as he promised the first time he ran)?

matthew2600 5 years, 6 months ago

Michelle must have done a great job if the same handful of conservatives feel the need to keep making childish comments like this.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 6 months ago

A late tem abortion is an acceptable and exceptional procedure done to save a woman's or girl's life or bodily functions. Your point is that pregnancies never go wrong? A pregnant woman's life is never in danger from a pregnancy? A pregnant 11 year old's body is never in danger from a pregnancy?

Kate Rogge 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes, I think the life of the pregnant woman or girl is more valuable than an unborn fetus. So you think that late-term abortions are selfish and murderous because 1) the woman or child had consensual intercourse and thereby embraced the risks of dying or harming bodily functions through a pregnancy (although let's agree that pregnant childen were raped and did not engage in consensual intercourse knowing they could die from a pregnancy) and 2) that all pregnancies are perfect and nothing ever goes really very wrong enough to endanger the woman or child's life in the pregnancy's final months? That's a pretty tidy argument that ignores realities. The real point here is that you think abortion is murder and should never be allowed. I disagree, as does the Supreme Court and the laws of every state in this country.

marv36 5 years, 6 months ago

What have the republican done to help get the car out of the dicth they ran it in?

Kate Rogge 5 years, 6 months ago

Let me explain. The Constitution doesn't create jobs, Page, and a tanked economy doesn't recover without help - help denied it by toxic do-nothing Republican congressmen and women for the last 3.5 years.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 6 months ago

He passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, saved America's automobile industry, and passed the landmark Affordable Care Act that has extended health care to millions of people.

Windemere 5 years, 6 months ago

Interesting those who lean left just can't stand corporate welfare. Until their guy doles it out. Buy Ford, they didn't take a bailout.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

There you go with that broken record of free market which you obviously are incapable of understanding. What part of we don't have a free market do you not understand? As long as we have licensing, inspections, contraband lists, various forms of sales taxes, various versions of floor tax, import and export tariffs and duties, subsidized industries, pseudo government corporations, Government controls, and a monetary system that is controlled by various outside sources we will not have a true free market. At best we might accomplish a mixed market.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

You so called right wing posters really need some help. Here is something that has been around for a while that may be useful to you. It is now available in liquid form. The original medicine was only available in suppository. They developed the liquid form since most users who really needed the medicine was having trouble getting it past their neck.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 6 months ago

Now I can see clearly how Brownbackwards, Koldback, Rober and Moron got elected to office in Kansas. What a bunch of dolts are here!

Mrs Obama hit a grand slam home run last evening. An excellent peech upholding the values and ideals of her husband!

But the item thatrally took me aback, as I had not seen it before, was the video with Ted Kennedy. He was shown debating tRomney in one of his previous failures to aquire public office, and he made the statement, much to my surprise, that he "supported the right of women to choose "!!!!!!!!! OOOOOK!!

This from the master s;inner who seems to be an advocate of the political flavor of the hour!

You really want this jerk for president???? Pullleezzzzze!

BigDog 5 years, 6 months ago

Speaking of political flavors of the hour .... wasn't President Obama opposed to same sex marriage until recently?

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 6 months ago

What is Mitt Romney hiding in his tax returns? We already know he is a rich guy who pays a tax rate lower than most Americans.

What is he hiding from the American people?

Or is he being secretive just to be secretive? To "prove" to the American people that they should not expect transparency from him?

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Either inform yourself, or stop spewing lies:

He didn't have to surrender his law license, and neither did Michelle. He requested his be "retired", and she requested that hers be placed on "inactive" status.

Not sure why you want his transcripts (is that what the Birthers have turned their attention to now?) BUT, Harvard Law School states that President Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude (which is the top 10% of students), so he obviously had good grades.

As for Mitt's taxes, most other candidates have released 5+ years of tax returns. Even Mitt asked potential running mates for at least 5 years tax data. Why shouldn't Mitt be held to the same standards of transparency?

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

Well.....for starters he may not want people to know how little tax he actually paid or leave a trail as to how he acquired his money. There may be some questions how he was able to legally create his sizable pension plans since there are limits on some types. If he took advantage of the amnesty program to move his offshore accounts into the country. I am sure that would make a lot of people mad.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Somebody has a reading comprehension problem-- They had 65,000 people signed up for events, and now they can accommodate only 20,000 of them because of the venue move, which was done for safety's sake (the remnants of Issac are hitting the East Coast).

progressive_thinker 5 years, 6 months ago

Claire: 65000 signed up and 19000 on a waiting list. But don't trouble Snap with facts. They are meaningless to him.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Shhhh, SageonPage still can't use common sense.

It holds 73,778 when it is configured as a football stadium. When you add all the set pieces and configuration changes to seating required for an event like a CONVENTION, it makes sense that seating capacity could drop to 65,000. Which as progressive_thinker pointed out, they had 65,000 signed up and 19,000 more on a waiting list.

And since you seem to not have a grasp of what happens when a hurricane meets a land mass-- it moves inland, then follows prevailing winds. Which is exactly what Isaac did, if you don't remember the winds and rains we had on Friday and Saturday from it. It's now pushed east and is posing hazards on the east coast. Here is a hazardous weather outlook report from the Greenville NC office of the NOAA:

The forecast mentions possibility of numerous showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall and cloud to ground lightning. Perhaps the weather forecasters are in on a grand conspiracy to make it rain so the Democrats could move to a smaller venue.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 6 months ago

Luke 12:34: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Are you listening Mitt?

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

ERMAGERRD--- BROWN PEOPLE at the Convention! Maybe you should remember that our constitution guarantees FREEDOM of Religion, and that our great country is made of people with many different beliefs.

Also, stop "thumbs-upping" your posts as soon as you post them-- it just makes you look sad and desperate for validation. At least wait 5 minutes after posting to do it, so it's not as obvious.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Are you kidding me? You are saying that it is a fault in a convention designed to re-elect President Obama to say his name? How many times do you think Mitt Romney's name was mentioned at the RNC? I doubt anybody on the left has been so stupid as to make a study of it like this article does (You're citing the EXAMINER, really?), but I posit that it would be a similar number.

meggers 5 years, 6 months ago

What a bunch of haters here today. The First Lady gave a tremendously inspiring speech, and all of these ugly comments only serve to demonstrate what is at stake in this election. We can either take the high road and work together to build a promising future, or we can allow the ugliest side of humanity to triumph.

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 6 months ago

Meggars, REAL MEN take the high road, boys fling insults. Thanks for a bit of rationale amoungst the poo.

ksrover 5 years, 6 months ago

Whether you like her or not, the facts are still available - just not being presented.

4.5 million jobs created in the private sector. True. But where's the stat on the 5 million jobs lost?

As the popular question asks : Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?
I know I'm not.

BigDog 5 years, 6 months ago

Did she comment on why through his leadership, President Obama has not been able to get a budget passed during his administration?

And don't blame it on Republicans because the last budget he proposed received ZERO votes in House or Senate. Not even one Democrat supported his proposed budget.

Now that's leadership in action

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

There was a legally binding budget agreement passed last year during the debt ceiling crisis, as many seem to conveniently forget.

And the "Obama budget" was NOT an Obama budget-- it was one the REPUBLICANS proposed on their own using numbers taken from Obama's budget plan, but with no details as to how those numbers would be achieved or allocated. It was a complete sham, which is why the Democrats didn't play along with their stupid game.

meggers 5 years, 6 months ago

Yep. The Budget Control Act of 2011 IS the current budget.

More on the Republican dog and pony show that misrepresented Obama's budget- and what Democrats voted against:

“This is the president’s budget,” said the top Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Kent Conrad of South Dakota, indicating the voluminous budget proposal President Obama offered. “This is what Sen. Sessions has presented as being the president’s budget,” he said, indicating the much slimmer document.

“I think it’s readily apparent there is a big difference between the president’s budget, which I hold in my hands, and what Sen. Sessions has presented as being the president’s budget. This is not the president’s budget. So, of course, we’re not going to support it. It’s not what the president proposed.”

The White House official said the Sessions and Mulvaney’s bills were mere GOP stunts to get Democrats on record opposing ‘the President’s budget’” as well as distracting from what the House Republican budget would do, which the official described as “protect(ing) massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires while making the middle class and seniors pay.”

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

What don't you understand that it WASN'T HIS BUDGET?

"Just as they did in March in the House of Representatives, Republicans forced a vote on a bill that was supposed to resemble the president's budget, but wasn't actually the president's budget. A Republican Senator submitted it, and called for the vote.

Read more:"

But the headline would look very different if it said, "Senate Unanimously Rejects A Budget Offered By Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)" which is what actually happened.

Keep drowning in your spewing of the party line.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Here is Obama's budget for FY 2013:

256 pages.

Here's the resolution Sessions put forward for FY 2013:

56 pages.

Oh yes, it was simply missing "policy language". 200 pages difference. What a crock. It was fundamentally different, and you know it.

The budget that was defeated the year 0-97 was also proposed by Jeff Sessions. Obama himself said in a speech before the vote was to take place that the proposal didn't do enough to reduce the defecit. <text of 0-97 Jeff Sessions bill

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

What are the plans for choosing which of the 65,000 phantom audience members from Bank of America Stadium get to attend the indoor gig? Assuming, of course, they can battle their way thru the hurricane to get there.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Wow, maybe read the article before posting it, as the content of the article is much less eye-catching than the headline:

"In an interview with CNN, Ross said the Obama law - the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - is only a partial driver of the rising premiums.

Obamacare regulations requiring enhancements in prescription drug coverage and preventive care account for 12% of the insurance cost increase on campuses here, UNC officials estimate."

So, 88% of the cost increase is for reasons OTHER THAN OBAMACARE.

Also this: "Ross, the UNC president, said campus insurance costs could potentially drop in 2014 once states begin to implement insurance exchanges and more students tap into their parents' plans."

So, once Obamacare goes into effect for these students in 2014, their costs could go down. Amazing what a little reading does to clear up a "issue."

Paul R Getto 5 years, 6 months ago

How much does pilonidal cyst pay you for your work?

bad_dog 5 years, 6 months ago

You answer to a different woman now?

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 6 months ago

Romney's taxes are an issue of trust. What is he hiding by not releasing his tax returns?

We all know that he is rich and pays a lower tax rate than most Americans.

He is either hiding something, or is thumbing his nose at transparency and "proving" that he doesn't need to be transparent.

We shall see.

Luke 12:34: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

blogme 5 years, 6 months ago

You're worried about Romney possibly hiding something and not being honest when good ol Barry hasn't kept a compaign promise. Fewer jobs, bigger deficits, and no way could he say he's done his part to unite this country when he and his minions play every group off each other. I'd say someone is envious of the rich, of which, the bible is full of verses as well about envy. Clear your head of your nightmare, vote Romney.

gbulldog 5 years, 6 months ago

So are the Missouri Democrats comming to pilage Lawrence again. They did it once why not again? How many murders in Chicago last night?

gbulldog 5 years, 6 months ago

Sorry, I may have mispoke. History has probaly to make the Missourian ruffins heros who where fignting for injustice against the Lawarence Republicans.

David Reynolds 5 years, 6 months ago

As far as Romney's tax returns, he released 2 years. How many years of tax returns did Oblama release in 2008? If there is an issue with how much tax Romney, or anyone else for that matter paid, then change the tax code. Oblama & the democrats, did not do anything about this when they controlled all of government, so this tells me all they want is a mythical argument versus solve a problem.

Michelle's mythic story of poverty is shameful in its untruth. First, Michelle did not meet Oblama until he was working as a lawyer. Second, both Michelle & Oblama went to private schools & so called prestigious universities. So much for sad stories and the truth.

Just what would we get with another 4 years of Oblama? How about secret promises to Putin (every body's friend), the Muslim Brotherhood controlling the middle east, a nuclear Iran, war between Israel & its neighbors, more national debt, higher personal taxes, more families impoverished, no hope, a USA with diminished capacity to defend itself, a USA awash with illegal citizens (many living off of the public), a USA in crises and a total abandonment of our "Founding & Governing" documents.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

"Barack Obama, speaking here at a rally during the 2008 presidential election, released his tax returns dating back to 2000 during the 2008 Democratic primaries. His returns showed that Obama took in more than $1 million in 2005, when his memoir was reissued."

So to answer your question, 8 years of tax returns in 2008.

David Reynolds 5 years, 6 months ago

So what! What would 30 years of Romney's tax returns prove? Has he done anything wrong? Been accused of doing anything wrong? This whole tax return issue is a ruse and distraction from the real issues: Our economy is in the tank (real unemployment is double the numbers published), the world is without leadership. Both make for a very dangerous world.

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

It is a precedent that has been in place for over 30 years. Many people are interested in the information, so he should follow suit of every other candidate in the last three decades (except John McCain) and release them.

jonas_opines 5 years, 6 months ago

"When people stop looking to one man to solve all of the ills of our society then we can make some progress."

Pray to the king for rain!!

David Reynolds 5 years, 6 months ago

If your name refers to the Swedish Island, I was there this summer. A beautiful place.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

I think the average number of tax returns by a candidate is around years 10 worth but there have been a few that released far more.

mom_of_three 5 years, 6 months ago

Mitt - clean?? Hahahahahah.... but then again, I guess taking away rights and denying others is perfectly okay with you??

Claire Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

Wow, just keep pulling numbers from nowhere. The most recent unemployment report puts the number at 12.8 million.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

The current regime's policy seems to be to take money from people who didn't vote for them and give it to people who did. (from a source)

Terry Sexton 5 years, 6 months ago

I can't think of a regime that never did that. Well, maybe the ones that kept it for themselves...

Jean Robart 5 years, 6 months ago

a man we can trust to do what--besides screwing the American people.

Armstrong 5 years, 6 months ago

I did like Castro's speech. " Pull yourself up by your bootstraps" A republican and he doesnt even know it. Also liked the rugged individualism comment.

FYI yourworstnightmare is still worried about Romney's tax returns

KSWingman 5 years, 6 months ago

I was always jealous of ol' Bill. That smooth-talking devil could talk a nun out of her knickers!

KSWingman 5 years, 6 months ago

"Mrs. Obama, given a huge ovation and emotionally describing herself as the 'mom in chief,' "

Ah, the hubris. Just like a queen, or perhaps an empress.

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