Obama's "Delicate Dance" (Not anymore)

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Obama blasts GOP: They ‘put up with crazy’

Former President Obama on Thursday slammed the president and the Republican party for tolerating “crazy” behavior from its leaders.

“What you’re seeing is Republicans in Congress who are bending over backwards to try to shield and deflect oversight of this behavior and accountability and consequences," he said, speaking at a rally in Ohio for gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray. This is serious. You know it is. And frankly even some of the Republicans know it is. They will say it, they just don’t do anything about it. … [They say,] 'we’ll put up with crazy'" in exchange for tax reform and deregulation.

Obama called for a return to “checks and balances” in the upcoming election, calling it a chance to "restore some sanity" to politics.

“This is not normal what we’re seeing. It is radical,” he said. “It is a vision that says that it’s more important for those who are in power to protect that power even when it hurts the country.”

He referred to “political darkness” that has descended on politics and blasted “demagogues,” commenting that good leaders get the job done rather than tweeting to take credit for it.
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Democracy is a garden that has to be tended. -Barack Obama

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Post by SLQ » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:13 pm

This makes me happy. Gloves off, but still classy.
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Post by SuzieC » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:46 pm

Fantastic speech. I love him and I miss him so much.

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Post by Addie » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:36 pm

This was the overflow crowd:



This was the auditorium:

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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:47 pm

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Obama tells voters in Philly the "stakes really are higher" this election

With weeks to go until the midterm elections, former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Democrats — on Friday night, in Philadelphia. The former commander-in-chief stirred up Democratic support for Pennsylvania's Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, and others in the City of Brotherly Love.

Obama joked that he thought, by now, people would realize how crucial voting is, and his visit wouldn't be necessary. "But, some people may not have heard the news yet. So I'm heard to deliver it. This November's election is more important than any I can remember in my lifetime," he said.

"This time, the stakes really are higher," Obama said. "The consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are far more dangerous."

The former president also emphasized the value of having women in office. Pennsylvania currently has no women in Congress, although a record number of women are running nationally this election cycle.

"Pennsylvania's a great state, but let me just say Pennsylvania right now, you have no women in Congress. You can send seven Democratic women to Washington if you vote! And I will tell you -- and Michelle didn't put me up to this -- stuff works better when women are involved," Obama said.

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Obama to speak at campaign rally for Nevada Dems

Former President Obama will travel to Las Vegas next week to campaign for Democrats running for statewide and congressional offices.

The Nevada Democratic Party announced that the 44th president will highlight Rep. Jacky Rosen's (D-Nev.) bid to unseat Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Steve Sisolak's (D) gubernatorial candidacy, and "Democratic candidates up and down the ticket" at a rally on Oct. 22.

Obama will encourage voters to cast their ballots using early voting in the state, which runs through Nov. 2. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. local time at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The former president will be in Las Vegas two days after President Trump swings through the state to host a campaign rally in support of Heller.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is also scheduled to be in Las Vegas on Saturday for an event encouraging early voting.

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Post by Grumpy Old Guy » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:43 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:32 pm
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Obama to speak at campaign rally for Nevada Dems
He probably won't mention Ryan Bundy at all. Cue outrage from a dozen sources, at the maximum.

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Post by Addie » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:47 pm

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Former Pres. Barack Obama to visit Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 26

MILWAUKEE — Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to campaign in Wisconsin next week on behalf of the state’s Democratic candidates.

The state Democratic Party announced in a news release Friday afternoon that Obama will visit Milwaukee for an event on Oct. 26. He’ll campaign with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and Randy Bryce, a Democrat running to fill outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s seat.

Other local elected officials are scheduled to join him as well.

Party spokeswoman Courtney Beyer said she expects the event will be a rally but had no other details.

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Obama FIERY Speech Against President Trump & GOP at Rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - October 26,18

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Post by Dolly » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:38 pm

Thanks for posting the speech, Addie. I don't have time to listen now. :bighug:

Obama: If Republicans really cared about Clinton's emails they would be 'up in arms' over Trump's iPhone

Former President Obama says that if Republicans were truly concerned about the security risks posed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, "they'd be up in arms" over reports that President Trump is still using unsecured iPhones.

“In the last election is was Hillary’s emails. ‘This is terrible.’ ‘Hilary’s emails!’ We were hearing Hillary’s emails everywhere,” Obama said Friday at a campaign rally in Milwaukee.

"They didn't care about emails. And you know how you know? Because if they did, they'd be up in arms right now as the Chinese are listening to the president's iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart,” he continued. “It turns out, I guess it wasn't that important.”
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Obama made his remarks while headlining a campaign rally for Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers, who is running to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker, and Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who faces GOP challenger Leah Vukmir.
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"They didn't care about [Hillary Clinton's] emails. And you know how you know? Because if they did, they'd be up in arms right now as the Chinese are listening to the president's iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart. It turns out, I guess it wasn't that important," Obama says.
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Post by Addie » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:42 pm

He is taking NO shit in this speech. :resist:
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Thanks for posting the speech, Addie. I don't have time to listen now. :bighug:

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Post by Addie » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:21 pm

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Obama, Rallying in Wisconsin, Warns Democrats: ‘Don’t Be Hoodwinked’



MILWAUKEE — Former President Barack Obama criticized what he called Republican hypocrisy on Friday during a rally with Democrats in Wisconsin, claiming that conservatives have shown themselves not to be trusted on issues ranging from health care to national security and the deficit.

Mr. Obama’s impassioned plea came just 11 days before November’s midterm elections, in a state where Democrats are hoping to hold a Senate seat, make gains in Republican-held House districts and defeat the Republican governor, Scott Walker. ...

“Throughout human history, certainly throughout American history, politicians have exaggerated,” Mr. Obama said. “But what we have not seen before in our recent public life is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying. Making stuff up.”

“In Washington they have racked up enough indictments to field a football team,” he said. “Nobody in my administration got indicted. So, how is it that they cleaned things up?”

Mr. Obama also took specific issue with recent Republican advertisements about health care which claim the party will protect those with pre-existing conditions. The former president reminded the audience of thousands that Republicans have tried several times to repeal his signature health care law — which codified those protections.

“Don’t be hoodwinked,” Mr. Obama said. “Don’t be bamboozled. Wisconsin, don’t fall for that.”

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Post by Addie » Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:51 pm

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Obama rips Trump: 'It's wrong to spend all your time from a position of power vilifying people'

(CNN) Former President Barack Obama made a thinly veiled jab at President Donald Trump on Friday evening, saying it was wrong to use a position of power for attacking others as "enemies of the people and then suddenly pretending that you're concerned about civility."

"I would like to think that everybody in America would think it's wrong to spend all your time from a position of power vilifying people, questioning their patriotism, calling them enemies of the people and then suddenly pretending that you're concerned about civility," he told a cheering crowd.
Trump has repeatedly called the media "fake news" and "the enemy of the people." Following the discovery of multiple packages sent to people whom the President has spoken against as political enemies, as well as a suspicious package in CNN's New York bureau at the Time Warner Center on Wednesday, Trump tweeted Thursday that "a very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News."

Obama said Friday, "It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say you don't try to punish political opponents or threaten the freedom of the press just because you don't like what they say."

Obama was in Michigan campaigning for Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer. He urged attendees to consider political events of the recent past, including Republicans' attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and a voting record that contradicts recent claims that the GOP has always protected individuals with pre-existing conditions.
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BuzzFeed News: Here's All The Best Lines From Obama's Speech Calling Out Trump For "Lying"

"That is not spin. That’s not exaggeration. That's not trying to put a positive glow on things. That’s lying."

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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:47 am

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Obama to stump with Gillum and Nelson in Miami between Trump MAGA rallies in Florida

In the latest sign of just how nationalized the race for Florida governor has become, former President Barack Obama will join Democrats Andrew Gillum and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson Friday in Miami for an appearance that will be sandwiched between visits to the state by President Donald Trump.

Obama, whose visit was announced Monday, is scheduled to stump with the two top-of-ticket candidates and other Democrats at the Ice Palace film studioes only four days before the Nov. 6 elections. Trump will be in Fort Myers with GOP nominee Ron DeSantis and Gov. Rick Scott on Halloween, and will be in Pensacola Saturday.

The rallies by the parties’ figureheads come as out-of-state megadonors pump millions into the governor’s race and Democrats beat the bushes to help Nelson keep up with the independently wealthy and self-funding Scott. In the nation’s largest swing state, the parties are going all out during an election that feels like a precursor to the 2020 presidential campaign.

An Obama appearance somewhere in Florida with Gillum seemed likely, as the former president has been rallying Democrats in the Midwest. Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, is running a campaign heavy on hope and would be Florida’s first black governor if he beats GOP nominee Ron DeSantis. ...

“I’m proud and humbled to have President Obama, my friend and a true patriot, on the campaign trail here in Florida,” Gillum said in a statement. “President Obama knows what’s at stake in this election — protections for people with pre-existing conditions, funding for public schools, and leadership to restore our environment.”

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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:28 pm

NBC Chicago
Obama to Campaign for Democrats in Chicago Sunday

The former president is slated to headline two rallies in the area that day: one in Chicago and another in Gary, Indiana


Former President Barack Obama is headed back to his hometown Sunday to help rally voters for Democratic candidates.

Obama was scheduled to headline a "Get Out the Vote" rally at the UIC Pavilion Sunday afternoon, gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker's campaign announced Wednesday.

The rally will be in support of Pritzker and running mate Juliana Stratton, as well as Illinois attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul and Congressional challengers Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten, running in Illinois' 14th and 6th District, respectively.

Sunday's rally, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., will be Obama's second stop in the area that day. He plans to rally Indiana voters earlier that day, stumping in Gary for Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, the state party announced.

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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:40 am

WATCH! - It's on cable channels, too.

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Former President Obama Campaign Remarks in Miami, Florida

Former President Barack Obama campaigns in Miami at a rally for Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Andrew Gillum.

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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:36 pm

Gillum intro as: "Our Forever President"



UPVOTE UPVOTE UPVOTE

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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:57 pm

That rally was fuc*ing amazing, exactly what we needed! What fresh air compared to Donald's stinky dark gutter. Didn't try to go tho my friend is with President Obama today (it's also Connie's birthday) but rallies are for people who haven't voted yet. One of the only funny things Donald said this week was at a rally in Florida. He asked the crowd, "How many of you have early voted?" and they cheered. He asked again and the whole room cheered. Donald paused and said, "What the hell am I doing here then?" :lol: Loser.

Anyway, this weekend watch Oprah and Barack and I promise you'll be smiling the rest of the day!
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Post by Foggy » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:52 pm

I'll smile Wednesday, if the results are good.

I have a sinking feeling that the ratf*ckers are going to steal a lot of votes, and nobody will do anything about it. :madguy:
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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:02 pm

Think positive dear friend! Sure they are going to try but the overwhelming numbers will swamp their plans.

Check this out:
Early Voting Spikes in Texas and Georgia Could Be a Sign of Historic Youth Voter Turnout in the 2018 Midterms
A new projection for 2018 would nearly double the previous record for youth turnout in a midterm election.
Christianna Silva NOV 2, 2018 11:30AM EDT

Thousands of young new voters are casting their votes early, fueling Democratic hopes that the youth vote might push them to victory in the 2018 midterm elections. The number of voters between 18 and 29, a group that typically struggles with low voter turnout, have already cast more votes than they did during the entire previous midterms in almost every state, according to The Hill. According to a national poll released on October 29 out of the Institute of Politics and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, 40% of 18- to 29-year-olds plan to “definitely vote,” which would double the 2014 results.

As reported by Time, that would be a historically high level of turnout for the age group, whose current high score is 21% from elections in 1986 and 1994. Just 17% of voters under 25 turned out for the 2014 midterms, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. This trend is coming to light in Texas, where early voting by young people is up more than 500%, according to The Independent, where a fiery Senate race is happening between between Ted Cruz, the incumbent Republican and failed presidential hopeful, and Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate and national political heartthrob. In Georgia, voter turnout for 19- to 28-year-olds is up 476%. In Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida, and Arizona, youth voting has doubled; in the case of Pennsylvania, has increased fourfold, according to The Independent.

“Voters under the age of 30, relative to their ’14 turnout, are outperforming every other group,” Tom Bonier, a Democratic strategist at TargetSmart, a firm that tracks the early vote, told The Hill. “It’s not just like a presidential year surge where you’re getting younger voters who only vote in presidential elections coming out in a midterm. A lot of these young people are voting in their first election period.” But young people who typically vote Democratic aren’t the only ones flooding to the polls in extraordinary numbers. According to The Independent, early voting in Texas and Georgia also spiked among white voters and those over 65, groups that typically cast Republican ballots.
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My Dad is one of those seniors and a lifelong Republican, he just voted straight Democratic in Connecticut! :thumbs:


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Obama quietly records dozens of get-out-the-vote pitches
BY REID WILSON - 11/02/18 12:31 PM EDT 337

Former President Obama has recorded dozens of last-minute messages for Democratic candidates across the country, a below-the-radar push to get voters to the polls ahead of next week’s midterm elections. Obama has recorded more than 50 messages — some robocalls, some videos that campaigns can spread through Facebook or text messages. A few have already been sent to voters, and others are likely to be sent in the final days before Tuesday’s elections.

“In the months leading up to the midterms — when he could have an impact — he has been making an aggressive case for Democratic candidates,” said Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president. The messages are meant to drive turnout, especially among core Democratic constituencies who often sit out midterm elections. At the same time, they can be sent at the last minute, to avoid inflaming Republican voters who do not like Obama.
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Two videos Obama recorded on platforms geared toward younger voters — NowThis and ATTN — have generated almost 50 million views, Obama’s office said. About 700,000 of those viewers clicked through to Vote.org, a nonprofit website that gives information about voter registration and early voting.

Former President George W. Bush has also hit the campaign trail for some of his fellow Republicans, though in a much quieter manner than Obama. Bush headlined fundraisers for Republican candidates in Florida, Texas and North Dakota in September, and for Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) in October. Former Presidents Clinton and George H.W. Bush have stayed off the campaign trail this year. Former President Carter campaigned last month with Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia, the job that launched Carter to the White House in 1976.
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Post by Foggy » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:15 pm

:pray:
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Post by NMgirl » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:29 pm

The advantage of being a glass-half-empty pessimistic person is that one is rarely disappointed and often pleasantly surprised. But I admit, in this election cycle I'm both terrified and hopeful. :cantlook: :daydream:

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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:51 pm

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Obama Hits Back At Trump's Claims He Can End Birthright Citizenship

Former President Barack Obama spoke out Friday against President Donald Trump’s continued claims that he can end birthright citizenship for children born in the U.S. to parents who aren’t citizens.

“A president doesn’t get to decide on his own who’s an American citizen and who’s not,” Obama told a crowd in Florida while stumping for two Democratic candidates there: Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee who is running for governor, and Sen. Bill Nelson, who is seeking a fourth term.

“That’s not how the Constitution of the United States works,” added Obama, who once taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. “That’s not how the Bill of Rights works. That’s not how our democracy works.”

Obama is the latest person to strike down Trump’s repeated claims that he can end birthright citizenship, a right enshrined under the 14th Amendment.

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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:00 pm

We're kicking back, opening a few bottles and we're going to watch President Obama's Georgia rally live. Anybody else going to watch? It's scheduled to start at 7:30pm Eastern. We're so excited for Tuesday! Just seeing the turnout, whatever the result, means people are finally paying attention. When that happens Democratic ideas win. Bring it on!


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