November 2011

Team Obama Denies Swing-State Targets

November 30, 2011
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Jake Tapper of ABC News confronted White House press secretary Jay Carney over President Obama’s extensive travel in recent months through battleground swing-states “on official business” to promote his jobs bill. “It looks like the president is campaigning on the taxpayer dime more than any other president has done,” Tapper observed at yesterday’s White House [...]

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Obama Makes GQ’s “Least Influential People Alive” List

November 29, 2011
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In 2008, GQ magazine announced that “Barack Obama Leads Our Men of the Year.” The next year, the men’s magazine declared him to be “Leader of the Year.” Now in 2011, GQ has named Obama among its “25 Least Influential People Alive” in its forthcoming December issue. Obama ranks #25, just below John Boehner at #24. [...]

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Romney Attacks—then Compliments—Obama

November 28, 2011
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Mitt Romney’s first TV ad is a sharpshooter aimed directly at President Obama’s economic policies. He doesn’t mention a single GOP rival, but holds up Obama as his sole target in New Hampshire. The 60-second ad depicts Obama vanishing from view as apocalyptic images and incriminating statements float across the screen. A sunshiny and well-lighted [...]

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Obama, Cain, and the Stories Media Tell

November 25, 2011
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Before Barack Obama went to Chicago in 1985 to begin his career-defining, three-year community organizing gig, he read Taylor Branch’s Parting the Waters—a history of the civil rights era—at the urging of his Alinsky-trained mentor, Jerry Kellman. After finishing the book, Obama told Kellman, “This is my story.” He said that he wished he had [...]

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Obama Pardons Media-Savvy Turkeys

November 24, 2011
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President Obama gave two turkeys the traditional chief executive reprieve yesterday. Obama made the Sign of the Cross over the big birds after declaring, “‘We can’t wait’ to pardon these turkeys.” The President also explained that the holiday fowl—named Liberty and Peace by the high school students that raised them—had been exposed “to loud noises and [...]

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Obama and “Doubting Chris” Matthews

November 23, 2011
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MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews’s passionate support of President Obama during the 2008 campaign has shifted to equally passionate criticism as Obama’s reelection efforts ramp up. “What are we trying to do in this administration? Why does he want a second term? Would he tell us?” Matthews demanded in a fiery interview with the host [...]

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