Welcome to the 2012 campaign response video. Boom!
I voted for Barack Obama, and I don’t want my money back. He’s never gotten the credit he deserves for bringing the economy he inherited back from the brink of a depression. He’s fought the war on terrorism in a smart and effective way. He’s making health care possible for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, and he saved the auto industry. This is big stuff. But, as important as all of these achievements are, they pale in comparison to the defining challenge of Obama’s presidency: Can he put the country on a sustainable economic recovery path at a time when, if we fail, it could be the end of the American dream?
I f’n love this. While Tea Party members try to figure out how to spell photovoltaic, and the Republican party focuses all of its energy on making Obama a one term president he just goes about his business getting things like this done. Sure 300 k homes isn’t that many but that’s a whole lot of clean energy. Do work my man.
The Obama administration on Monday approved what investors say will be the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant and one that more than doubles all of U.S. solar output and can power at least 300,000 homes.
I think Bill Maher said it best when he said, “we don’t need town halls, we need study halls”.
People who claim that Obama is a communist don’t understand what communism is. People who claim that Obama is a socialist don’t understand what socialism is. People who claim that Obama is a fascist don’t understand what fascism is. People who claim that Obama is a Muslim don’t understand what Islam is. And people who support the Republicans because they’re capitalists don’t understand what capitalism is.
I could care less about this debate, although I definitely fall on the ‘cop abuse of power’ side of this argument. That being said one thing I’m happy about - by calling this issue “Gatesgate”, the usage of ______gate as the term for a media shitstorm has completely jumped the shark. Put it to bed people.
Good Radley Balko piece on Gatesgate here . (Dek: “Put the race talk aside: the issue here is abuse of police power, and misplaced deference to authority.”)
By any account of what happened—Gates’, Crowleys’, or some version in between—Gates should never have been arrested. “Contempt of cop,” as it’s sometimes called, isn’t a crime. Or at least it shouldn’t be. It may be impolite, but mouthing off to police is protected speech, all the more so if your anger and insults are related to a perceived violation of your rights. The “disorderly conduct” charge for which Gates was arrested was intended to prevent riots, not to prevent cops from enduring insults.
“The Henry Louis Gates Teaching Moment” [Reason]
I didn’t take it to be quite as condescending as Will takes it, but he is hilariously spot-on. Good for Obama for saying it. I interpret his statement more as…hey, I have actual work to do and don’t have time to obsess over the news (or Twitter or Tumblr or fill in the ______) my entire day.
“My favorite part of President Obama’s press conference yesterday was when he answered one of Chuck Todd’s pesky questions with, “I know everybody here is on a 24-hour news cycle. I’m not.”
I am totally using this in all my interactions: A vague, general, perhaps bullshit yet still portentous and wise sense that you are the only person in the room, or even the planet, who understands the big picture.
If you can pull this off, you can get away with anything. Disagreements with your boss? Arguments with your spouse? Caught cheating on your taxes? You don’t understand. I see the big picture; you don’t, you can’t. In 15 years, you’ll grow to see I am right. Thus, please let me continue to strangle this drifter until you ultimately come around to fathoming the foresight of my actions.
I am not saying that President Obama is wrong. (I don’t think he is … but what the hell do I know?) I am just saying that “I know you’re on a 24-hour news cycle. I’m not” is going to be my response any time anyone questions anything I do, pretty much from now on.”