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The Obama Roundup - June 16th
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If you sat through President Obama's 50-something-minute economic address this afternoon, you didn't hear much in the way of new themes or proposals. But you did hear Obama refer to his Republican opponent as "Mr. Romney" on eight separate occasions, and that is somewhat new.
A search on both the White House website and Nexis shows that, prior to today, Obama had spoken of "Mr. Romney" a total of just eight times since the start of 2011, and seven of them came over the past month.
It's a small and fairly inconsequential change, but surely a deliberate one. "Governor Romney" communicates an innate credibility and legitimacy that "Mr. Romney" lacks. Hell, every man in the country is a mister. They're nothing special. The guy who walked out of a stall and left the bathroom without washing his hands is a mister. That guy who fell asleep on the subway with his mouth open is a mister. "Mr. Romney" is just another dude.
Amid the bustle of President Obama’s surprise stop for barbecue Wednesday the White House apparently overlooked one key detail: the bill.
The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.
The White House corrected the oversight and settled up the tab by the end of the business day.
World Trade Center:
With the under-construction One World Trade Center fast approaching its final height, President Barack Obama visited the New York tower Thursday to get an update on its growth and help prepare one of the finishing touches.
"It looks beautiful," the president said to first lady Michelle Obama as they stood at a window on the 22nd floor and looked down on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum being built below.
"We couldn't be prouder of you guys," Obama told them. "This is what the American spirit is all about."
According to reporters at the scene, Obama wrote on the steel beam: "We remember we rebuild we come back stronger! Barack Obama"
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Thursday, the White House said, but gave no details of what subjects their conversation touched upon.
"The two leaders reaffirmed the strong and enduring bilateral relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and discussed a range of issues of mutual interest as part of their ongoing consultations," the White House said in a short statement, which officials declined to expand upon.
Hobnobbing With Stars:
Legendary singer Aretha Franklin gave details Thursday night on the celebrity-studded fund-raiser held for the president at actress Sarah Jessica Parker's Manhattan home.
Franklin especially elaborated on the fashion at the event, namely the outfits donned by Parker and her co-host Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine.
"Certainly Ms. Wintour was dressed very appropriately for the weather–a very cool and very smart two piece that was accented with a red beading," Franklin told reporters. "And I love Ms. Parker’s French roll, it was...really slick and smooth. She was very gracious, very gracious."
As for President Barack Obama, Franklin, who sang at his inauguration, said she was a "big fan" of the president but said she left before he began speaking.
"He wasn’t talking, he was just taking pictures when I went in," she said.
She later added: "I really believe in him, I think that he is very concerned about all people, and uh, that I like. Yeah. A lot of hard work to do, but he’s working – they’re working."
President Barack Obama used a pair of fund-raisers in New York Thursday to further the message he laid out in a speech earlier in the day in Ohio, painting the November election as a choice between two starkly different visions for the United States.
"What we're going to have to do is present the choice," Obama told a group of supporters at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, according to a pool report. "You're the tie-breaker, you're the ultimate arbiter."
"The other side will spend over a billion dollars on ads that tell you the economy is bad, that it is my fault," Obama said. "That's what the scary voice in the ads will say. That's what Mr. Romney will say … That may be their plan to win the election, but it is not a plan to create jobs."
The first of two campaign events Thursday night took place at Parker's townhouse with actor Matthew Broderick, where the president addressed a star-filled room of enthusiasts who each paid $40,000 to attend, according to an Obama campaign official.
Obama and Michelle Obama also attended a dinner at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel later Thursday night, at which singers Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys performed. The some 250 guests paid $10,000 each to bear witness to what the first lady said "qualifies as date night in the Obama household."
"You have to multiply yourselves," Michelle Obama told the Plaza crowd, as reported by the pool. "I'm going to be out there. I'm going to be out there as much as possible with as much passion and as much conviction as this little body can muster up."
President Barack Obama rallied a crowd of members in the LGBT community on Friday, telling the group they not only had a "friend" in the Oval Office but a "fellow advocate."
"Together we've stood resolute, unwavering in our commitment to advance this movement and to build a more perfect union," Obama said.
"After decades of inaction and indifference, you have every reason and right to push loudly and forcefully for equality," Obama said. "But three years ago I promised you this, I said that even if it took more time that I would like, we would see progress, we would see success, we would see real and lasting change, and together that's what we're witnessing."
"Americans may be still evolving when it comes marriage equality," he said, nodding to his previous position on same-sex marriage. "But as I've indicated, personally, Michelle and I have made up our minds on this issue."
Edward Lazear thinks it is time to start blaming the slow recovery on President Obama’s policies.
“The economy achieved almost 4% growth in three consecutive quarters beginning in late 2009. By spring of 2010, there was reason to believe that we were on our way back. Then something happened. Starting in July 2010, the economy slowed and we sank to rates that are below our 30-year average of 3.1% and are too low to propel a proper recovery… The logical conclusion is that what has happened since 2010 is a result of more recent policies, not ancient ones. In recent years, the strategy has been to emphasize short-run gimmicks and social goals rather than policies that could have produced economic growth and jobs.”
“Rather than stick with more of the same, we should adopt a different strategy from those that seem to be driving us back toward an ever-weakening economy. Policies should include moving to a tax structure that creates a positive climate for investment, an aggressive trade agenda to open our markets and those of other countries to more goods and services, a more cautious view of business-killing regulation, and attention to the rapidly growing debt.”
Dissin' The Prez:
President Barack Obama did not respond kindly Friday to an interruption during his Rose Garden announcement of new immigration rules, telling the man shouting that it was neither the time nor the place to field questions.
The reporter, who was wearing a temporary press badge, was identified as Neil Munro from the conservative website the Daily Caller. He later told CNN, "I have to ask the questions you all won't ask," referring to the reporters gathered who regularly cover the White House.
"Excuse me sir, it is not the right time for questions sir," Obama said as Munro shouted questions. "Not while I'm speaking."
"The next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask your question," Obama said later in his remarks. "I didn't ask for an argument, I'm answering your question."
Munro asked Obama, "What about American workers who are unemployed while you employ foreigners," suggesting the policy change would lead to the employment of illegal immigrants.
"Here's the reason: because these young people are going to make extraordinary contributions, and are already making contributions to our society," Obama replied at the end of his remarks. "I've got a young person who is serving in our military, protecting us and our freedom. The notion that in some ways we would treat them as expendable makes no sense. If there is a young person here who has grown up here and wants to contribute to this society, wants to maybe start a business that will create jobs for other folks who are looking for work, that's the right thing to do."
From the Cornfield, Mr. Munro was definitely in the wrong and disrespectful to the President. Mr. Munro is not what good journalists are all about.
In case you missed it on your favorite news channel, news site or newspaper, that is the latest Obama Roundup.