- Posted June 8, 2012 by
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The Obama Roundup - June 8th
In case you missed it, here is the latest Roundup of news about President Barack Obama.
Digging for Gold:
Obama: "So we're going to have to work through that."
His comments came during a gala for the gay community in Los Angeles, part of a daylong fundraising swing in California–his third in the Golden State in the past month. Earlier in the day, he attended two campaign events in San Francisco.
Obama trumpeted his administration's work in the gay rights’ movement, including the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the signing into law of the so-called Matthew Shepard Act, a law that qualifies crimes targeting sexual orientation as hate crimes.
"I could not be prouder of the work we've done on behalf of the LGBT community," he said, a little less than a month after he said he was in favor of same-sex marriage.
"If anybody other there asks you what this campaign is about, you tell them it's still about hope and change," he said to thunderous applause. "If you remember that and want to work just as hard or harder this time as you did the last time, we'll finish what we started."
Following the event, he headed to a private Hollywood fundraising dinner at the home of "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy.
Nearly a month after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, on Wednesday night he got a rousing reception and at least $2.5 million at a gala of gay rights supporters and a private, celebrity-studded dinner afterward.
Mr. Obama was introduced at the gala by an Army surgeon who benefited from the president’s repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law against openly gay people in the military. And his appearance on the ballroom stage of a Beverly Hills hotel here provoked a long standing ovation and chants of “four more years” that Mr. Obama finally brought to an end after nearly two minutes.
The GOP Message:
President Obama says Republicans have only one message this election: Blame him.
"They're going to say (to voters), well, you know what, you're still not satisfied and it's Obama's fault," he told donors last night in Los Angeles. "That's the essence of their campaign.
"It's very easy to put on a bumper sticker," the president added. "'It's Obama's Fault.'"
Obama said that while many Americans are still hurting, the nation is recovering from the recession he inherited, the worst since the Great Depression.
New Hashtag - #dontdoublemyrate:
President Obama is trying to use the success of social media to get his proposal to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling at the end of the month.
While speaking to a crowd of 2,500 on the campus of University of Nevada-Las Vegas, he urged students to pressure Congress for action by writing on their Facebook walls, and tweeting with the hashtag #dontdoublemy rate.
He told the students that if Congress didn't act by July 1st, interest rates on federal student loans will double and would end up costing the average student an additional $1000.
"At this make-or-break moment for America's middle class, we can’t afford to have Congress take five months off. You've got to keep working. You're not suddenly just sitting around not doing anything," he told the crowd. "You should expect the same thing from your representatives in Washington, right ?"
He issued a presidential memorandum to the Secretaries of Education Treasury on Thursday to improve the process for what the White House says will educate borrowers and make it easier to pay back their loans.
From the Cornfield, in case you missed it on your favorite news channel, news site or newspaper, that is the latest Obama Roundup.