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The Obama Roundup - June 6th
In case you missed it, here is the latest Roundup of news about President Barack Obama.
Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee:
In a videotaped message, Obama says the queen is a "living witness" to the power of the alliance between the U.S. and Britain and a chief source of its resilience.
Obama says that while many U.S. presidents and British prime ministers have come and gone, the queen's reign has endured. The president says he hopes the queen remains on the throne for many years to come.
President Obama got his Romneys mixed up in going after Republican economics.
Arguing that Republicans want policies that "say you're on your own," Obama then began to critique his own opponent by saying "George Romney ...
"Wrong guy," the president quickly added in a speech to donors in New York City.
Obama also said: "Governor Romney -- he was a good governor."
George Romney is Mitt's father, a governor of Michigan who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1968.
We can't help but wonder if it was a Freudian slip.
The Money Pit:
Is California President Barack Obama's ATM?
The president heads to California Wednesday for four fund-raisers. It's his third fund-raising swing through the Golden State over the past month.
The president's raised over $44 million in California this cycle, according to data through the end of April from Political MoneyLine. That's nearly $16 million more than the amount Obama's raised in New York, which is second when it comes to contributions for president.
But the fact the Golden State is number one is no surprise.
"California has been a critical source of funds for Democratic presidents since the Warner Brothers helped lead Hollywood into Franklin Roosevelt's camp in the 1930s. The rise of Silicon Valley in the 1990s reinforced California's importance for Democrats, providing them two lucrative sources of funds," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein, the editorial director at National Journal.
"But the state may be more important than ever for Obama this cycle because Wall Street, another traditional bastion of Democratic fund-raising, has cooled so severely toward him. The slicked-back moguls of LA, and the laid back billionaires of Silicon Valley, may be the only sources Obama can tap to try to remain competitive with the mega-dollar conservative donors flooding GOP super PACS with dollars," adds Brownstein, author of "The Power and the Glitter," a history of the relationship between Hollywood and Washington.
After President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a group organizing a fundraiser on his behalf suddenly had to find a bigger venue. The event, featuring the pop singer Pink, is one of two LGBT-organized fundraisers Obama is expected to attend on the West Coast on Wednesday.
A CNN analysis of President Obama's biggest fundraisers, known as bundlers, shows that at least 33 -- or about one in every 16 bundlers -- is openly gay. Together, they have raised at least $8 million for the campaign between January and the end of March.
Then an opposing view -
Asked about conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's mockery of the president as "Barack Hussein Kardashian," Obama press secretary Jay Carney shot back: "Two words: Donald Trump. Next question."
The Problem with Bill:
Bill Clinton's latest "break" with liberal doctrine -- his pronouncement that President Obama and Congress should extend the Bush-era tax cuts to forestall recession -- may not be as mischievous as it seems.
Clinton is catnip to reporters. Always will be. And his latest foray off the reservation will assuredly be interpreted as a deliberate or subliminal poke at the Obama campaign and the guys who kept Hillary out of the White House in 2008.
In an appearance on CNBC, Clinton said that Washington should okay another temporary extension of the Bush-era tax cuts. In the blogosphere, Republicans danced with glee.
But there is another way of looking at this. Maybe Clinton has helped Obama out.
Obama will have to compromise with congressional Republicans on debt and taxes if he wins re-election.
And if the last three months of tepid job growth are not an aberration, but a sign the economy is heading toward contraction, then extending the tax cuts may be the only strategy that the two parties can agree on as a means of economic stimulus.
If so, then Clinton was doing what House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did recently when she redefined those who qualify for "middle class" tax cuts as Americans making up to $999,999 a year.
Both Clinton and Pelosi are signaling to the voters that the Democrats, at least, are not going to hold American families hostage to party shibboleths.
"We Can't Wait" Department:
With a deadline looming, Vice President Joe Biden says the Obama administration is examining a proposal from congressional Republican leaders on how to prevent interest rates on some student loans from doubling.
"We're not going to trade off student loans for other vital, vital programs," Biden said, responding to a reporter's question during a White House meeting with college officials.
Biden said "we're wide open to listen" to proposals from Congress. But he also said Congress should stop "playing games" by suggesting that it would maintain the low loan rates by taking the costs out of health care.
Biden made his remarks while announcing a partnership with dozens of colleges to provide new students with easier-to-understand information on costs and financial aid.
The White House is insisting President Barack Obama will not extend the Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans - even temporarily.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney said the president has been clear in his opposition to extending tax cuts for households with annual incomes above $250,000.
Tax cuts for people of all incomes are due to expire at year's end.
The "Loyal Opposition":
An election-year Democratic measure designed to ensure that women don't face pay discrimination was blocked Tuesday by Republicans who complained that the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers.
The motion, which needed 60 votes to succeed, got only 52, not one from a Republican.
President Obama issued a statement criticizing Republicans for putting "partisan politics ahead of American women and families."
Democrats acknowledged privately that they expected to make political gains with women by pressing to close the pay gap, which they said has women earning just 77 cents on the dollar compared with men.
The top Republican House leaders, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, urged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to cancel a planned speech on education in Las Vegas in favor of working with them to keep rates on a popular kind of student loans from doubling come July 1.
"With all of the great economic challenges facing our country, there is no reason to manufacture political fights where there is not policy disagreement," they wrote Obama in a letter obtained by Yahoo News.
The First Lady:
First lady Michelle Obama rallied supporters in this must-win state Wednesday, imploring the energetic crowd to help give her husband a "chance to finish what we started."
Touting the passage of health care reform, the improving economy and the withdrawal of troops in Iraq as examples or her husband's achievements in office, Obama told the crowd to " make sure that people know that all of this - and so much more - is at stake this November."
"And in the end, it all boils down to one simple question: Will we continue the change we've begun and the progress we've made, or will we allow everything we've fought for to just slip away?" she said.
Predicting a close race, Obama told the crowd her husband "can't do this alone."
"When we need a leader to make the hard decisions to keep this country moving forward, you know you can count on my husband, your president, because that is what he has been doing every single day in the Oval Office as President of the United States. "
From the Cornfield, in case you missed it on your favorite news channel, news site or newspaper, that is the latest Obama Roundup.