In case you missed it, the First Lady and the President Clinton took the convention stage earlier this week, firing up the Charlotte crowd. Watch the speeches, then share the video playlist with your friends.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, was in Boston for Barack Obama’s keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention—and he was nervous. But when Barack “hit a homerun with it,” he knew there were big things to come.
Watch the video to relive the moment and hear Craig Robinson reflect on his brother-in-law’s historic speech.
"Thanks to you, we've made a difference in people's lives. Thanks to you, there are folks that I meet today who have gotten care, and their cancer has been caught, and they've gotten treatment, and they are living full lives, and it happened because of you. We've come too far to turn back now."
President Obama offers a few words of encouragement to supporters and lays out what's at stake in this election. Watch the video, then say you're in.
As President Obama makes his way past Iowa’s farms and fields, one particular feature of the landscape looks a little different than it did in 2007. Since the President took office, the Hawkeye State has become the country’s leader in wind energy production—with the turbines to prove it.
So how does Mitt Romney feel about Iowa’s success in creating jobs and moving toward a cleaner energy future? The President spelled it out during today’s stop in Marshalltown.Read More…
At Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, today, President Obama explained what's behind his campaign:
Let me ask you this: Wouldn’t we be better off if we keep fighting for the things that have always made us strong, making sure our young people can afford to get a higher education? Wouldn’t we be better off if we were developing new sources of American energy because we’ve put the money into the research to develop them? Wouldn’t we be better off if we were investing in things like advanced manufacturing to sell goods around the rest of the world made right here in Florida with American workers?
President Obama spoke to an enthusiastic audience today at Mansfield Central Park in Mansfield, Ohio, where he laid out a few key differences between his tax plan and Mitt Romney's:
"[D]espite the evidence, the entire centerpiece of my opponent’s economic plan is a new $5-trillion tax cut on top of the Bush tax cuts.
"Now, the bulk of this tax cut would go to the very top. A lot of it would go to the wealthiest 1% of all households. Folks making more than $3 million a year—the top one-tenth of one percent—would get a tax cut worth almost a quarter of a million dollars. Now, think about that: Folks making $3 million a year or more would get a quarter-of-a-million-dollar tax cut.
"But, listen, it gets worse. Under my opponent’s plan, who do you think gets the bill for these $250,000 tax cuts? You do.
President Obama visited Reno, Nevada, today, where he spoke to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. After paying tribute to those who have served our country, the President announced a new initiative to support veterans and military families:
Four years ago, I said that I’d do everything I could to help our veterans realize the American Dream, to enlist you in building a stronger America. After all, our veterans have the skills that America needs. So today, our economy is growing and creating jobs, but it’s still too hard for too many folks to find work, especially our younger veterans, our veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. And with a million more troops rejoining civilian life in the years ahead—and looking for work—we’ve got to step up our game, at every stage of their careers.
So today, I’m announcing a major overhaul of our transition assistance program. We’re going to set up a kind of "reverse boot camp" for our departing servicemembers. Starting this year, they’ll get more personalized assistance as they plan their careers. We’ll provide the training they need to find that job, or pursue that education, or start that business. And just as they’ve maintained their military readiness, we’ll have new standards of "career readiness."
In addition, by making the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill a priority, we’ve helped more than 800,000 veterans and their families pursue their education. And I’ve issued an executive order to help put a stop to schools that are ripping off our veterans.
I’ve directed the federal government to step up on jobs. Since I took office, we’ve hired more than 200,000 veterans into the federal government. We made it a priority. And we’re keeping track—every agency, every department: What are you doing for our veterans?
Click here to read the President's full remarks.
President Obama was out on the campaign trail in Florida today, stopping by Jacksonville to remind the crowd what he stands for and why this election is so important for all of us. Here’s a highlight:
I am running because, like you, I believe you cannot reduce the deficit and deal with our debt without asking folks like me, without asking the wealthiest Americans, to give up the tax cuts they've been getting for the last decade.
Now, my opponent doesn’t just want to keep these tax cuts, he wants to cut those taxes by another $5 trillion, including a 25 percent tax cut for every millionaire in the country.
Now, hold on, it gets better. To pay for this, he plans to gut things like job training and financial aid for college, and potentially raise taxes on the middle class—on you.
He plans to roll back health care reform, forcing more than 200,000 Floridians to pay more for their prescription drugs. He plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program.
So if that voucher isn't worth enough to buy the health insurance that’s on the market, you're out of luck. You're on your own. One independent nonpartisan study found that seniors would have to pay nearly $6,400 more for Medicare than they do today.
Now, Florida, that’s the wrong way to go. It's wrong to ask seniors to pay more for Medicare just so millionaires and billionaires can pay less in taxes. That’s not the way to reduce the deficit. We shouldn’t be squeezing more money out of seniors who are just barely getting by right now.
My plan is to squeeze more money out of the health care system by eliminating waste, and going after abuse and fraud in Medicare. We can cut back government spending that we can't afford, but I will also ask anybody who is making over $250,000 a year to just go back to the rates they were paying under Bill Clinton—because, by the way, that worked. Nearly 23 million new jobs were created, the largest budget surplus in our history. And when we were doing it that way, where the burden was shared, actually, millionaires did really well.
That’s the choice we have in this election. That’s why I'm running for a second term as President.
To find out what else the President told Jacksonville about why he’s in this race again, check out the full remarks.Read More…
At a town hall discussion in Cincinnati’s Music Hall, President Obama talked about the fundamental differences between himself and Mitt Romney—and how he hopes to change the tone in Washington in his second term.
Audience member: Given how divided the country is, if elected, how do you plan to try to unite everyone?
President Obama: Well, I'll be honest, sometimes people ask me what's my disappointment since I've come into office. And obviously, we're always trying to grow the economy faster, put people back to work faster. But one of the disappointments I've had is that we have not changed the tone in Washington the way I wanted to.
Now, part of this just has to do with the fact that the other side had a basic political theory after I got elected—and this is not my opinion. I mean, this has been said by the leader of the Senate minority in Washington. And the basic theory was, “You know what, we kind of screwed things up; Obama is really popular right now. If we cooperate with him, then he'll get credit, so we're better off just saying no. And if we do that, then over time folks will forget the mess he inherited and we can go after him, and hopefully that will help our politics.” Again, this is not my theory. This is explicitly their strategy.
What's true is also we've got, as I said, two different visions about how to move the country forward. But my hope is that this election allows us to, once and for all, resolve some of the bigger questions about how we move the country forward—because right now we've got as stark a choice as you could imagine. I believe in investing in education and transportation and science and research, and bringing down our deficits in a balanced way, and changing our tax code to make sure that companies that are investing here are doing better.
Mr. Romney has the opposite view on almost all those positions. On things like “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” Mr. Romney wants to reverse my position. On issues like immigration, I believe in comprehensive immigration reform. He does not. On issues related to women, I believe that Planned Parenthood does a lot of good, and that women should be able to control their own health care decisions. He does not.
On Iraq, he said me ending the war was "tragic." I said I think it was the right thing to do. On Afghanistan, I imposed a deadline, a timetable for when we're going to bring our troops home. He wants to extend their stay indefinitely. So on all these issues, we've got just profound differences.
Now, you guys ultimately are the arbiters of this disagreement. And in this election, if the American people decide, you know what, we want to try what Mr. Romney is offering …
No, I mean, that's the great thing about democracy, is people can vote and make up their minds. And so, if that's the case, then you can count on Mr. Romney implementing the plan that he and the Republicans in Congress have put forward. So $5 trillion in tax cuts, massive cuts in a lot of the programs that are so important, from my perspective, to growing the economy—those will be eliminated. Medicare will be voucherized. They will implement what they say they're going to implement.
But if I'm elected, not only do I think that we'll be able to continue the progress that we've made over the last three and a half years, I actually think that a lot of Republicans, since this will be my last election, they will not be as interested in just beating me, and maybe they’ll be more interested in moving the country forward. That's my hope.