January 2012

Obama’s Square Collection Plate

January 31, 2012
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Obama for America workers will receive and process campaign donations on-the-spot with their mobile phones, reports POLITICO. Square mobile credit card readers are being issued nationwide to campaign personnel at all levels—headquarters staff, field organizers, and volunteers. Team Obama will be the first to utilize the technology in a presidential contest. With traditional fundraising, donating money at an event requires filling out [...]

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Obama On the Revival Road

January 30, 2012
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Immediately after delivering his SOTU address to Congress, President Obama hit the sawdust trail to reinvigorate his devotional movement. After bringing his “fair share” gospel tour through Iowa, Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada, the president climaxed with a revival meeting at the University of Michigan. Obama wooed the youth vote—a key constituent along with women and [...]

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Obama’s Online Revival Meeting

January 27, 2012
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Obama’s State of the Union speech was predictable, essentially the same campaign speech that established his reelection narrative nearly two months ago in Osawatomie, Kansas. But Team Obama is working to reenergize devotees leading up to and following the address by using every channel of social media available. First, senior advisor David Plouffe previewed how citizens [...]

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Obama’s SOTU “Message Is Simple”

January 26, 2012
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“My message is simple,” President Obama said in his 2012 State of the Union address. And so it was, rating at an 8th-grade comprehension level for the third year in a row. According to the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, Obama registered the third lowest score of any SOTU address since 1934. Of the last seventy SOTU addresses, Obama [...]

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Rahm’s SOTU Advice For Obama

January 24, 2012
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently shared some ideas about President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union speech. The president’s former chief of staff told a panel at the University of Chicago that President Obama should say very little about his first term and focus on what he would do in a second term. “What you do [...]

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Obama’s Long Game

January 20, 2012
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President Obama raised at least $3.1 million at four Manhattan fundraisers last night. The first two events took place at the upscale eatery, Daniel. These were followed by a swish $35,800-per-ticket fundraiser at Spike Lee’s Upper East Side brownstone, where Obama told forty-five supporters—including Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon—that if his tax code proposals are passed [...]

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