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President Barack Obama talks with Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady, on the Colonnade of the White House, Jan. 10, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama greets the crowd during a visit to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, Jan. 10



Greg Sargent: Newt Gingrich unleashes an absolutely brutal new ad in South Carolina ripping Romney’s previous moderation and flip flops on social issues, another sign of Newt’s determination to tear Romney down:


Jonathan Cohn: Forget Mitt Romney’s verbal gaffes for a moment. Something more important has happened in the last few days. The linchpin of Romney’s most powerful argument has turned out to be bogus.

I’m talking about Romney’s claim about job creation – specifically, that Obama lost 2 million jobs as president while Romney, as a leader of Bain Capital, created 100,000 jobs. It’s taken a few weeks, and what seems like a few hundred posts by the indefatigable Greg Sargent, to get the media to focus on this claim. But now they are. And it turns out to be even more laughable than it appeared upon initial inspection.

Here’s the story, in case you haven’t read it elsewhere:

From the get-go, Romney’s argument was weak. Among the many flaws: Romney calculates the Obama era job losses by using, as a baseline, the employment rate as of January, 2009, when Obama first took office. That’s absurd. The economy was in free-fall when Obama took over….

Full article here


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Ha, thanks for the memory nintendowii10!


OFA: “I had that deer-in-the-headlights look – these kinds of things just don’t happen to me.”

That’s how Kathie, a Head Start teacher for special-needs kids, felt when she got the call about being one of four campaign supporters to sit down to a meal with President Obama.

…. “…. the conversation just flowed. He asked about our families and what was happening in our area, and the work that we do. The President ordered a burger and fries, a spinach salad, and iced tea. And then the waiter came to me and I was thinking, ‘How am I going to eat?’ But the President was so warm and considerate – he offered us some of his fries! And I thought, ‘This is the leader of the free world.’

More here


new year, new job

Chicago Tribune: First lady Michelle Obama has chosen White House staffer and longtime Chicagoan Tina Tchen as her new top aide …. Tchen, 54, a lawyer, will replace another Chicago attorney, Susan Sher, as Obama’s chief of staff … Tchen’s move to the East Wing, a promotion, comes after serving the West Wing in three roles.

She was a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama, director of the office of public engagement and executive director of the Council on Women and Girls. Tchen will stay on at the helm of the council.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Tina to my team,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement Wednesday. She called the hire a “natural choice” in light of Tchen’s work to ensure that “communities across the country have a voice and a presence at the White House.”

Tchen, a “proud Chinese American” … said a highlight of her White House tenure was being part of a presidential delegation to China last July for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the home of her late parents, who fled Communist China in 1949.

Before coming to Washington, Tchen lived in Chicago for 30 years and was active in progressive politics and several civic groups … A native of Columbus, Ohio, she is a 1978 graduate of Harvard University and a 1984 graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Law. She has a son and a daughter.

Mrs. Obama called Sher’s White House service a “gift” and said: “As sad as I am to see Susan go, I always knew she would return to her family and her community in Chicago.” Sher said Wednesday she was “thrilled” Tchen was replacing her since “the East Wing will be in great hands.” Tchen called her new job a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity and said she was “honored and humbled” to take it.







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