Archive for October 21st, 2010



21
Oct
10

come on patty, keep up!

President Barack Obama runs into the stadium at the University of Washington as he arrives for a rally for Democratic Senator Patty Murray in Seattle, October 21

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(Enthusiasm gap update: the President first spoke to the *** overflow *** crowd at the stadium before going next door to a basketball arena for the rally)

Video of the speeches here

21
Oct
10

even more on that enthusiasm gap

CBS: Election Day is already over for more than 3 million Americans, and a surprising number of them are Democrats.

Republicans clearly are gaining ground in turning out early voters compared with their showing two years ago, but figures from the first batch of states that offer clues about 2010 early voting patterns still give Democrats an edge in a number of states and big counties.

“If people thought the Democrats were just going to roll over and play dead in this election, that’s not what we’re seeing,” said Michael McDonald, a George Mason University professor who tracks early voting nationally. “They’ve got to be feeling a little bit better with the numbers that they’re seeing.”

21
Oct
10

mmm, donuts!

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President Barack Obama and Senator Patty Murray stop at a donut shop in Seattle, October 21

21
Oct
10

seattle soundings

President Barack Obama speaks from Erik and Cynnie Foss’ backyard in Seattle, October 21. The President met with the Foss family at their home before hosting a discussion on women and the economy with families and women small business owners from the area

….with Erik Foss and his daughters Anna (8) and Elsa (5) in the living room of their home where they gave the President a present for his daughters

21
Oct
10

enthusiasm gap update

Daily Kos: For those in the Southern California area, this Friday presents a historic opportunity to hear the 44th President give a barn-burner of a campaign speech.

And now due to an overwhelming number of RSVP’s, Team Obama has decided to change the location of the rally scheduled for this Friday, October 22nd on the campus of the University of Southern California.

The rally had been scheduled to take place on the 39,000 sq ft. McCarthy Quad. But yesterday, Organizing for America sent out a mass email announcing the moving of the event to the much larger, 69,000 sq ft Alumni Park…..they are planning on setting up big screens in the original venue and packing in the folks there as well

21
Oct
10

msm? hello?

Huffington Post (Oct 21): Two new statewide polls released overnight confirm Democrat Joe Sestak’s rebound in the Pennsylvania Senate race, while a batch of new California surveys shows Democrats Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown maintaining narrow leads.

In Pennsylvania, a new Quinnipiac University survey released this morning confirms that Democrat Joe Sestak has closed the gap with Republican Pat Toomey, showing Toomey up by a slim two-point margin (48% to 46%) that falls well within the poll’s margin of error. Quinnipiac’s last Pennsylvania survey showed Toomey leading by seven (50% to 43%). Meanwhile, last night’s tracking poll update from Muhlenberg College/Morning Call now shows the race to be dead even (43% each).

In California, a single poll released earlier this week helped fuel talk about a narrowing  of the California Senate race. However, four new polls released since collectively show Senator Boxer maintaining a modest lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina.

The new surveys also show a slightly wider lead for Democrat Jerry Brown over Republican Meg Whitman. The PPIC poll shows Brown leading by eight points (44% to 36%), SurveyUSA has Brown up by seven (47% to 40%), and Fox Pulse show him with a 5-point advantage (48% to 43%)

21
Oct
10

good grief, gop (part 7,273)

TPM: Wisconsin’s Republican Senate hopeful Ron Johnson got tripped up on a point of policy during a recent interview: Asked what the Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ responsibility is to homeless veterans, Johnson declared that his election fight against Sen. Russ Feingold is not “about details.”

The moderator pressed Johnson — a government skeptic — to explain exactly how the government should respond to the issue of homeless vets. “Are there specific things that you think need to happen within that galaxy of services, perhaps, that the VA has some responsibility for or other organizations that would help homeless veterans?”

Johnson responded, flummoxed. “Specifically I can’t really — I haven’t been there, I don’t have all the details. One thing I will point out: I don’t believe this election really is about details. It just isn’t. I mean as I’ve gone through the state of Wisconsin I’ve viewed this pretty much as a job interview…. I’ll have to get there. I’ll have to start performing the job.”

Remember, the election is not about details. It’s about……um……

21
Oct
10

o.m.g. :-)

President Barack Obama greets at the front door of the Oval Office the student finalists of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, Oct. 12, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

More new Pete Souza photos here

21
Oct
10

parting present

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pay tribute to outgoing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at a reception with senior staff on the Truman Balcony of the White House, Oct. 1, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

More new Pete Souza photos here

21
Oct
10

peek-a-boo

President Barack Obama opens a door in the Oval Office to greet children from the education documentary “Waiting for Superman,” Oct. 11, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

More new Pete Souza photos here




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