More from New York

President Obama meets privately with Damien and Glenda Moore at a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center tent in Staten Island, Nov. 15. The Moore’s two small children, Brandon and Connor, died after being swept away during Hurricane Sandy. (Pete Souza)

…. talking with residents on Cedar Grove Avenue during a walking tour of Hurricane Sandy storm damage in Staten Island

See more Pete Souza photos from today here



10:15: President Obama hosts the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House; VP Biden also attends.

2:0: President Obama and VP Biden meet with leaders of civic organizations and other groups, including the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP, AARP and National Council of La Raza

159 Responses to “More from New York”

  1. 10 yardarm756
    November 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    My,my Admiral Chips we’re up kinda late.

  2. 24 cindysweatt
    November 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    How does he do it? He seems to understand everyone. Those poor parents.

    • 25 jacquelineoboomer
      November 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      The photographs are almost unbearable.

      • 26 susanne
        November 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

        i feel that too. it’s as if pbo’s sincere, authentic presence is so disarming, the people he’s comforting feel completely safe feeling the pain and fear and all that they’re experiencing–and by feeling it in safety, some of it can release. that’s the impression i have, and it is almost too personal to watch. very beautiful, very intimate.

        • 27 jacquelineoboomer
          November 16, 2012 at 12:24 am

          Beautifully put. Just the experience of thinking – and seeing you and others write – such thoughts about the leader of our country makes me want to shed a couple of tears, sometimes. We can’t even imagine what it must be like to be with him in a time of need, as these people have experienced. What a beautiful man. I credit his mother!

          • November 16, 2012 at 7:52 am

            Oh, JOB, I feel that way, too. I can’t imagine any president in my lifetime being able to give the support and consolation PBO does. My heart is aching from the tragedy of the family that lost their two little boys. I can’t imagine how they can put one foot in front of the other without falling apart. And yet, they seem to be absorbing all the love and comfort the president is giving them. These devastated Staten Islanders are the ones that some right wingers, including the evil R/R twins, would call takers because they’re looking for and accepting help from the government. I wonder if people will ever fully appreciate how big a bullet we dodged on November 6, And I want people to understand that every member of Congress who expresses contempt for disaster recovery, votes to cut FEMA or denies climate change, should be so soundly defeated they never run again.

  3. 30 Y Wolf
    November 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    So proud of my president, they really need comfort. Hopefully these people is not going to have a hard time and problem in the process of claiming their insurance and fema help. God bless them

  4. 31 amk for obama
    November 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Working late tonight? Ankle keeping you up, instead of other way around?

  5. 32 CEB
    November 15, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Just popping in to say good night everyone. Chips, take care of yourself as well as you take care of us.

  6. 34 amk for obama
    November 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    A man left work one Friday afternoon. Being payday, instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend hunting with the boys and spent his entire paycheck. When he finally appeared at home, Sunday night, he was confronted by a very angry wife and was barraged for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions.

    Finally, his wife stopped the nagging and simply said to him, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days?”

    To which he replied, “That would be fine with me.”

    Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results.

    Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.

  7. 37 CEB
    November 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    when I took another look at the New York photos, it was interesting to see that the only people who were really dressed for work were PBO and Shaun Donovan. Those in suits and fashion boots obviously did not mean to get their hands dirty.

  8. 40 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:00 am

    A small town prosecuting attorney called his first witness to the stand in a trial, a grandmotherly, elderly woman. He approached her and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know me?”

    She responded, “Why, yes, I do know you Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy. And frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a rising big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.”

    The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs. Williams, do you know the defense attorney?”

    She again replied, “Why, yes I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. I used to baby-sit him for his parents. And he, too, has been a real disappointment to me. He’s lazy, bigoted, he has a drinking problem. The man can’t build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the shoddiest in the entire state. Yes, I know him.”

    At this point, the judge rapped the courtroom to silence and called both counselors to the bench. In a very quiet voice, he said with menace, “If either of you asks her if she knows me, you’ll be jailed for contempt!”

    • November 16, 2012 at 12:02 am

      😆 Exquisite!!! Me loves Mrs Jones!!

    • November 16, 2012 at 12:19 am

      The Hunchback of Notre Dame retired and they needed a new bell ringer. So the priest put out an advertisement and soon enough there was a knock on the church door. The priest answered the door to a man who said he was there to apply for the position. The priest was shocked to see he had no arms. “I’m sorry sir,” he said, “But the position of bell ringer requires that you pull heavy bells with ropes,”

      “I know I can do this!” The man cried. “Give me a chance!’
      The priest replied, “I’m sorry, I don’t want to be offensive, but this job requires a person with two strong arms.”
      “Please!” the man said. “I really need this job, just give me a chance. If I can’t do it I promise I’ll leave.”
      Well the priest felt sorry for him, so he agreed to give him one chance. He led the way up to the tower where the big bells hung, wonder how this man would ever ring the bell.

      The man took a look and the enormous heavy bell, backed up and ran full tilt at the bell, slammed into it with this body, and was flung through the arched opening as the bell traveled back. He flew through the air and hit the ground far below. The shocked priest ran down the stairs and out into the courtyard, where a crowd was beginning to gather,

      “Oh no!” cried the priest. “This is all my fault!”, he said to a man standing by.
      “What happened?” the man asked and the priest explained.
      “What was his name?” the man asked.
      “I don’t know his name,” the priest replied thoughtfully, “but his face rings a bell.”

  9. 53 LDS
    November 16, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Congrats mary1!
    Mr. Yardam and Dudette…….you sure know how to serenade me to sweet bliss with your battle of the “music”. Keep it up, can’t sleep. After seeing that sourness puss face of Bloomberg. Why did he show up?we are so disgusted with his short ass. He really thinks that heirs the bomb. Just like that fool Gulliani…Bloomberg better not even think about running for president.

    Chips, you are up late. How is the ankle? Absolutely no dancing! I don’t care if it is Friday.

  10. 63 LDS
    November 16, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Do the funky chicken, now! Don’t stop till you get enough! Do it on the good foot, then!
    Chips, you are too much.
    Sleep well. Love you guys.

  11. 64 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

    • 65 utaustinliberal
      November 16, 2012 at 12:30 am

      I watched this when the show was on and it was sweeeeeet to watch. Sister Simone was one second away from balding S.E. Cupp. Cupp is a jerk.

  12. 66 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:15 am

    • 67 anniebella
      November 16, 2012 at 3:57 am

      What is wrong with these stupid ass people who are talking about seceding from the U.S.? If our side had lost in the election I can just imagine what they would tell us if we were talking like that. So let me say this to those who want to secede, take a one way ticket on the next plane out of this country, and don’t look back, or come back..

  13. 68 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:16 am

  14. 69 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

  15. 70 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) has apparently had enough of the Republican games.

    A House Foreign Affairs hearing went wild today, with Republicans accusing Obama of being worse than Watergate over their thus far fictional Benghazi conspiracies. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) said the President had “lied”. Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) joined Rohrabacher in accusing Obama of lying (still no proof or even a valid reason for this accusation). Other Republicans spent their time orating instead of asking questions of the witness, suggesting that this is really more about manufacturing a narrative than getting to the truth.

    And then Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) exploded:

    Ackerman said, “The stench of hypocrisy that hangs over this city today emanates from this room. I’ve listened to my colleagues talk about the President of the United States and others in the administration using [the] terms ‘deliberate’, ‘lies’, ‘unmitigated gall’, ‘malfeasance,’ which is malicious and knowing evil-doing, ‘disgust’, ‘coverups’. If you want to know who is responsible in this town, buy yourself a mirror!”

    He accused the Republicans of, according to NBC, having:

    “the audacity to come here” when the administration requested, for worldwide security, “$440 million more than you guys wanted to provide. And the answer is that you damn didn’t provide it! You REDUCED what the administration asked for to protect these people. Ask not who the guilty party is, it’s you! It is us. It is this committee, and the things that we insist that we need have to cost money.”

    He added, “Could you tell me which of my colleagues on this committee was as bodacious in their insistence that we provide more money for American security in the State Department budget. I would appreciate it.”

    Go Gary.

    • 71 susanne
      November 16, 2012 at 12:45 am

      woot!! love some gary ackerman! hope that’s the beginning of a trend–shut those rethugs up!

      also, love the use of the word ‘stench’. 🙂

    • 72 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

      I heard that on one of the shows on MSNBC tonight – they had a clip. Bravo to him!

    • 73 HZ
      November 16, 2012 at 1:05 am

      Yes, he really did speak the words that so many refuse to speak to these people with all of their hypocrisy. We will continue to give people like Rep. Ackerman encouraging and supportive emails and tweets while we also show our support.

      I really do believe that if those of us we are supporting POB will use this term to speak out immediately when this type of hypocrisy is paraded in front of us, this will help tremendously. While visiting with my dear brother and other house guest, one person in particular who has great responsibility in working with some very important political figures expressed with great concern that it will be the people who worked to make sure that POB and VP Biden(one house guest met VPBiden personally) have all of our hands on deck in order to give them the needed support to fight the opposition with gusto.

      I am committed to making sure that I put into my space daily prayers, meditations, and positive thoughts that will lead to good and supportive deeds to help POB. I have seen many times here within our family where some of our TOD family members ask, “How does POB do it, and most of alll
      keep his head above it all?” In our discussion in my home during my guests
      visit, we discussed how so many people have formed small and large groups within good solid faith communities to pray for POB and VPBiden daily. They actually meet and hold times of focusing on lifting both our president and vice-president up in prayer.

      They also have groups who have quiet times and meditations times where they focus on such important things as: wisdom for POB; physical strength, physical protection; wisdom in his dealings with world leaders, his Cabinet and WH team; his family, SS Detail persons; our military men and women and their families protection and coming home from the war. They are actually taking small groups within the Congress and praying for certain things, in order to help POB in his second term.

      I was told that these groups are so focused on every aspect of our beloved POB’s well-being that they personally take this “calling” very seriously that some have had their lives changed in such a positive manner. They are speaking into their space words of wisdom to be guided in their actions within their groups. They are serious. They are so organized, in that each group has notebooks with what they are meditating on and praying for POB so that they can track the blessings and process. They are prayer/meditation warriors. So I do believe that what we put into our daily space within our homes, here reaches out to POB’s space. We help him to keep going and walking with such strength. Let us not stop.

      I was so moved by our conversation because I know the power of my faith, and I have seen so many wonderful things take place as we have all been together here. We will keep our spaces filled with hope, faith, and good thoughts, no matter what the negative people in the media etc., try to put out there daily.

      My heart was so lifted up as these guests shared. Two of them know POB and they are fired up with good and positive work for him. It was such a sweet spirit within my home as we all visited and conversed with each other.

      I have always had hope, but I am even more hopeful. So let us continue to support our TOD family here with our beautiful Chips and
      listen, do our research, and fire back when appropriate to those who tend to want to tear down POB. I am so committed to doing my part. ((((((((( My love and healing hugs to my beautiful Chips for your ankle.))))))))))))))))))))))))))) I love you all so much. You are such an inspiration to my life. Thank you so much. LoveHZ

      • November 16, 2012 at 2:54 am

        “I have always had hope, but I am even more hopeful.”

        As am I, HZ.

        Thank you for your expansive support of our President and your kindness to all of us.


      • 75 1jam4pbo
        November 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Hello HZ, thank you for this beautiful letter. I too try as best I can to create a few minutes each day/night to Pray for President Obama, his family and his Administration.

        I have never had this feeling of needing to pray for a politician ever but he is different. There is something about him that allows people from all over the World to want him to succeed and who care for him so deeply.

        When you sit and just think about the forces that were and still are, to some extent, lined up against him, it makes one really understand how huge this win was this time around. I am sure he knows that we are all praying for him and I hope it gives him strength and courage to fight for what is right.

        I am somewhat overcome with emotions after reading your post and I felt compelled to reply to you so please forgive my ramblings.

        Bless you.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      November 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

      AMK, I wish every single Democrat would stand up and support Gary Ackerman. Shut the hypocrites down. Make them seem like the fools they are. This should be the theme of every Democrat who gets on any talk show.

  16. 77 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:27 am

    HeH Chips, is this lawyer a friend of yours?

    A Dublin lawyer died in poverty and many barristers of the city subscribed to a fund for his funeral.

    The Lord Chief Justice of Orbury was asked to donate a shilling.

    “Only a shilling?” said the Justice, “Only a shilling to bury an attorney? Here’s a guinea – go and bury 20 more of them.”

  17. 78 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:30 am

    A one dollar bill met a twenty dollar bill and said, “Hey, where’ve you been? I haven’t seen you around here much.”

    The twenty answered, “I’ve been hanging out at the casinos, went on a cruise and did the rounds of the ship, back to the United States for a while, went to a couple of baseball games, to the mall, that kind of stuff. How about you?”

    The one dollar bill said, “You know, same old stuff … church, church, church.”

  18. 80 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Men wake up as good looking as they went to bed.

    Women somewhat deteriorate during the night.

    With that, I am outta here.

    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Not if they get up early when nobody’s watching and reapply their good looks before crawling back into bed before the naturally good-looking one wakes up. (Oops – giving away my ol’ trade secrets. Must be the wine. Hey, younger women, feel free to borrow.)

  19. 82 yardarm756
    November 16, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Well mates. The mid-watch is set and the Quarterdeck seems to be secure. Hopefully I’ll be up in time for morning colors. G’nite.

  20. 89 collegekay
    November 16, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Check out PBO’s old Senate website. I didn’t really pay attention to him that much when he was a senator, so I think this is kinda cool.

    • 90 theo67
      November 16, 2012 at 1:56 am

      Wow – he looked so young! It’s hard to believe this was just a few short years ago, and now he’s a two-term President. Fantastic!

  21. 91 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Ok, just one more. (I promise, cross my non-existent heart).

    A couple were married and, following the wedding, the husband laid down some rules.

    “I’ll be home when I want, if I want, and at what time I want,” he insisted. “And, I don’t expect any hassle from you. Also, I expect a decent meal to be on the table every evening, unless I tell you otherwise. I’ll go hunting, fishing, boozing, and card-playing with my buddies whenever I want. Those are my rules,” he said. “Any comments?”

    His new bride replied, “No, that’s fine with me. But, just so you understand, there’ll be sex here at seven o’clock every night … whether you’re here or not.”


  22. November 16, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Looks like I’m the one left to tuck everyone in and read a bedtime story. Good night all! Sleep tight!

    • 95 HZ
      November 16, 2012 at 1:12 am

      Maryl1, I will also help your do the tucking in as well. Good night to my beautiful TOD family. I am tearing up now, simply because I realize how blessed we all are here in our TOD family. I love you Ms. Chips and keep resting now. That is an order from Dr. HZ. ((((( Good Nite Everyone.)))))HZ

  23. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Watching the replay of Lawrence’s show. Don’t know who the Republican was that he showed a clip of, but the guy’s thinking on why they lost the election was priceless: “There are too many damn Democrats out there.”

    And, with that gem, goodnight, TOD, from one of those damn Democrats. Chips – take care of yourself!

  24. November 16, 2012 at 2:15 am

    We have a fantastic team and we have much work to do in the next 4+ years to support our President and improve the quality of life for all Americans.


  25. 103 susanne
    November 16, 2012 at 2:38 am

    bloomberg article has lots of interesting detail about pbo’s upcoming trip to asia. pbo’s finger is on the pulse of global trends, so he can be way out ahead of events. brilliant leader, incredible breadth. rethugs are still squabbling over how they lost the election, and pbo just shifted to a higher level of international leadership, leaving them in the dirt.

    ‘ President Barack Obama aims to build trade ties with Asia on his first foreign trip since re- election, challenging China as island disputes leave the region more open to closer economic and military ties with the U.S.

    Obama’s three-day trip includes visits to Thailand, which said this week it would join the U.S.-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, and Myanmar, a former military regime bordering China that is hosting an American president for the first time. He also will stop in Cambodia for a regional summit including leaders from China, Japan and South Korea, which are all poised to get new governments in 2013.

    “Clearly one of the objectives here is to force China to accept the U.S. rules of the game for integration in the region,” said John Ravenhill, a professor at Canberra-based Australian National University. “The Chinese are going to be torn by these geopolitical disputes and the desire to try to forge deeper integration with South Korea and Japan as a counterweight to any U.S.-led TPP.” ‘


    • 104 Ceb
      November 16, 2012 at 6:06 am

      PBO is breath-taking in his vision, reach, strategic thinking and planning, and in turning all of this into real-life accomplishments that have world-wide implications and results. To think that a bitter, out of touch old man, a carnival barker, and a clue-less liar would dare to try to school him on foreign policy, smh. Once again PBO demonstrates what it means to be a transformative leader. I am so thrilled and grateful to be alive to witness this.

  26. November 16, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Expect to see a bunch of tweets throughout Friday with #EndBushTaxCuts 🙂


  27. 106 amk for obama
    November 16, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Totally forgot about this mockery of a mascot of 2008 old nutter/tundra twit campaign. 76 to 20 points!!! woot, woot.

    Marcy Kaptur elected to the U.S. House in District 9 in Ohio.

    Fifteen-term U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo took a commanding lead over her Republican opponent, Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, leading 70 percent to 26 percent with more than 110,000 votes cast in the 9th District.

  28. 108 relellit
    November 16, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Compare and contrast those photographs of President Obama in Staten Island with GW Bush eating cake and playing a guitar as the people of Hurricane Katrina suffered. You’ll see why we elected a compassionate and competent president in a landslide.


  29. 110 squarepeg
    November 16, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Did anyone see the Parks and Rec episode with VP Biden? How was it?

  30. 111 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Precious Cargo 😉

  31. 119 squarepeg
    November 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

    OMG guys you gotta see this pic of PBO – VERY FUNNY!

  32. November 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

    So, this President must, he must reach out to the Republicans like never before.
    He must be just like Thomas Jefferson, because Jefferson and John Adams never fought, they always got along and always worked together???
    Oh, wait a minute…

  33. 124 dudette9t9
    November 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

  34. 125 dudette9t9
    November 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

  35. 126 dudette9t9
    November 16, 2012 at 8:05 am

    • 127 amk for obama
      November 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Great tweet. RT’ed.

    • November 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Oh, and please don’t take AF-1 and go to the People with the policy differences.
      Nope! That’s a no-no…
      They want the President to be maligned, with all the sausage making, and at the last minute, pull that rug out from underneath Him.
      We have seen this movie before.

      • 129 hopefruit2
        November 16, 2012 at 8:25 am

        Yes the GOP and their GOPMedia are gearing up, BUT…things are different now – the electorate is savvier and knows all the dirty tricks that the GOP and their Republican arse-kissing Media use to try to undermine our President. We won’t allow them to drive the narrative and we will ignore them if they do. We have our President’s back this time!!

  36. November 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Good morning, TODville. All thoughts to our POTUS as he begins meetings with the leadership of the House and Senate on the fiscal cliff. This is going to be a master class on negotiation.

  37. 133 symmetry11
    November 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Good morning TOD!

  38. 134 dudette9t9
    November 16, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Hey UT, have you got a link for this story? I have a friend who’s obsessed with Bradley Cooper. This will make her day!

    ..and here’s a nice video:

    Bradley Cooper Talks About Meeting The Obamas – The Graham Norton Show – BBC One

  39. 140 desertflower
    November 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Morning:) Kind of busy yesterday…but I peeked in! Have you seen this from St. Ronnie? h/t to Political Carnival

  40. 141 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Just a gentle ‘minder that there will be no “Last Word” tonight. MSNBC will be back with their Friday night/weekend “Lock Up” series. 😦

  41. 146 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I will forever now think of VP Joe as “Precious Cargo”. I think this should become his official nickname. 🙂

  42. 148 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

    • 149 amk for obama
      November 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

      I was a lil bit afraid that the bot would choose her as the veep (woman, moderate, hispanic). Thank god, that entitled fucker and his snooty wife thought other wise and went with the ‘white power’.

  43. 152 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

    ATF poll: Majority will blame Republicans if all Bush tax cuts expire

    // A new poll by Hart Research’s Geoff Garin, conducted for Americans for Tax Fairness – a group that wants the Bush-era tax cuts on earners over $250,000 to end – found that a majority of voters cited changing the tax system as a key factor in their votes, and that the majority broke for President Obama.

    The survey also found that Democrats have changed the landscape on an issue that has eluded them for years – taxes. The survey found that has most want the Bush-era cuts on top earners to expire, but that Republicans will shoulder blame if all of the Bush cuts, including those on the middle class, expire because a deal can’t be reached. //


  44. 153 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

  45. November 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

    ANOTHER incredible behind-the-scenes story about the OFA engineering and technology team:


    Just mind-bogglingly BRILLIANT.

    • 155 hopefruit2
      November 16, 2012 at 9:11 am

      I was about to post this from your tweet meta!! Thanks 🙂 This article is simply amazing – these nerds ROCK and have earned their place in America’s history.

      This excerpt struck me:
      “…But of course, he and his whole team of nerds were changed by the experience. They learned what it was like to have — and work with people who had — a higher purpose than building cool stuff. “Teddy [Goff] would tear up talking about the President. I would be like, ‘Yeah, that guy’s cool,'” Reed said. “It was only towards the end, the middle of 2012, when we realized the gravity of what we were doing.”…And losing, they felt more and more deeply as the campaign went on, would mean horrible things for the country. They started to worry about the next Supreme Court Justices while they coded. “

    • 156 Betsy
      November 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Great read, thanks Meta.

  46. 157 dotster3
    November 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I thought it was amusing that Morning Joke & Co. were all really yukking it up with Bradley Cooper——until he said he voted for Obama—-and was happy about the election result. His segment ended within seconds after that.

  47. 159 dotster3
    November 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

    And I’m always surprised when someone says the election was over so fast. I know that’s true, but it seemed like eons to me, wringing hands, suffering from extreme anxiety that night. And I also keep thinking about Tom Brokaw and the boys who kept predicting, “Heh, heh, heh—–we’re going to be up all night.” They were praying for a close election with Willard eking out a close win.

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