At the recent Republican National Convention, congresswoman (and former presidential candidate) Michele Bachmann defended her former opponent against claims he was out-of-touch with the average American.
A USA Today reporter asked her, "(T)here are those who say, 'How can someone with that kind of vast wealth really connect with the American public, really understand what the plight of the American public is?'"
Bachmann's response? "Well, President Obama is extremely wealthy. He and his wife have been wealthy for a number of years, and so I think that's really the issue."
Go on - see it for yourself in the video below:
So, Bachmann says, Mitt Romney is the preferred candidate because Obama has too much money?
Of course, we could just compare their tax returns side-by-side, now couldn't we? (You can use the "view in full screen" options, located in the bottom-right corner of each of the Scribd columns below.)
ROMNEY'S 2011 TAX FILING
OBAMA'S 2011 TAX FILING
This just in for Michele Bachmann: $20,808,805 is greater than $844,585
. TWENTY FIVE TIMES greater, in fact.
And it's FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE
times more than the average American income of $41,673.83
Now, call me strange, but I can't help but notice that Romney got none of the $20.8 million from actual work. That's right - his multi-millions didn't come from any job. They came from interest on his other money. From stock dividends. And from rental properties, too.
So who is it exactly, Bachmann, that's out of touch with the average American household? Mitt Romney, that's who.
As for Bachmann herself? She's out of touch with reality.
Election years are chock full of surveys, ranging on topics from platform favorability to electability to even candidates’ good looks.
A recent one by National Geographic
introduces a whole new category, however – extraterrestrial defense
If the United States were attacked by aliens, about two-thirds of voters think President Obama would do better than Mitt Romney in defending the country.
While many might assume such trivial factors would have no effect on an election, you better put on your space helmet and think again – 36 percent of the population believes in UFOs. Roughly 30 million Americans claim they’ve seen an alien spacecraft, too.
Conducted by Kelton Research, the survey was conducted in promotion of Chasing UFOs
, a new series that premieres on the National Geographic Channel this Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Whether or not Obama’s “Martian Slayer” status will have affect on the November elections remains to be seen, however.
A Gallup poll conducted June 23-25
reports that 48 percent of Americans approve of the president while 46 percent disapprove. That’s substantial improvement for Obama compared to Gallup poll results just eight months ago, however, when only 37 percent gave favorable response.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted in the same late June period, still shows Obama with a three percent lead
Should the U.S. be subject to alien attack in the meantime, though, the incident is sure to “beam him up” even further in the polls.
(by Karl Rove & Co.)
Only once in the last half-century has South Carolina awarded its electoral votes to a Democratic presidential candidate.
A top Republican advisor is predicting that the Palmetto State could turn blue once again this year, however.
In a recent state-by-state breakdown
, Karl Rove listed President Obama to have a three-percent lead in South Carolina over Mitt Romney, the apparent Republican candidate.
The Republican political consultant and former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush includes the state with five others in a “toss-up” category.
Rove doesn’t list a source for his recent state-by-state estimates, but refers to poll results compiled by Real Clear Politics
for a nationwide status.
Obama has led Romney in practically every
national poll conducted over the last 15 months, according to Real Clear Politics. However, its few South Carolina polls that included a head-to-head contest between the two show the Republican candidate in the lead.
The most recent of such South Carolina polls
listed by Real Clear Politics was conducted in October 2011, in which did Romney take 46 percent to Obama’s 40, leaving 14 percent undecided.
Another aggregate poll result source, David Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
, shows Romney’s lead over Obama in South Carolina to only be 44 to 43
, and includes a more recent poll from January 2012 in its compilation.
The Obama campaign appears to regard the state as winnable, having opened
a local campaign headquarters in North Charleston last October.
In a November interview on the South Carolina Radio Network, Ben LaBolt, press secretary for the president’s re-election campaign, said
“If we’ve got supporters in a state, even if it’s a traditionally red state, they ought to have the means to help the campaign if they want to get involved, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.”
Adding weight to the state in this year’s election, South Carolina gained a delegate, rising to nine
John Kennedy won South Carolina’s delegates in 1960
with 51 percent of the vote. It wasn’t until 1976
before another Democrat, Jimmy Carter of neighboring Georgia, won the state. The Republican nominee won in South Carolina every election since.
John McCain led the state in 2008 with 54 percent
of the vote. Obama had a majority of votes from Charleston County, however.
The brutal media show Obama no mercy, catching him in a private moment and promoting it all over the country.
It seems like a Republican dream come true, too.
(Source: The Onion)
Some people - somewhere - somehow - will believe this video is true. Even with its "China declares war" closing, some will still take this satire as truth and promote it.
It might be a tad dry - sarcastic, even - but at least President Obama's keeping his sense of humor as the election season hits full swing.
Before leaving an Oklahoma event earlier today, Obama shook hands with a few people who remained to see him off. One of them told him that she too was born in Hawaii.
"You were born in Hawaii?" he asked. "You and me?" After she replied "yes" to both questions, he dropped the trick question on her:
"Do you have your birth certificate?"
(Posted on youtube
Turns out the lady was Donna Schoenkopf, mother of Wonkette's Rebecca Schoenkopf.
A 17-minute take on the first three years of President Obama's term was released yesterday.
Produced by Davis Guggenheim and narrated by Tom Hanks, "The Road We've Traveled" was screened at about 300 locations last night, and is now available for viewing right here on ROBservations.
It covers the trials our country was facing right before Obama took office, and the methods, negotiations and strategies he used to address those situations, such as the bankrupt state of the auto industry, a national economy on the verge of collapse, soaring unemployment and an ever-growing need for improvement in healthcare availability.
It details the successful responses Obama made in addressing those crises, too.
I'm sure most will agree that we need to continue traveling this same road in the same direction.
It’s January 3rd, and all today’s talk goes toward the Iowa caucus, which is ongoing right this very moment.
But instead of directing your attention to those Republican candidates (who seem to be competing over who will lower taxes on wealth the most and which one will take away the most civil rights), let’s reflect back to this same day four years ago, when another candidate from another party won the Iowa caucus.
Four years ago on Jan. 3, 2008, Barack Obama made a victory speech in which he detailed four particular campaign promises: Make healthcare affordable, reduce taxes on middle-class America, end the war in Iraq, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
All four of those campaign promises have been kept in the three years he’s been in office. (Sources verifying each in same order previously listed: 1
Go ahead and take a peek at the video of Obama making those promises four years ago. And after you do, start looking forward. We have a job to do in 2012 to make sure we can continue toward a more promising future.
Like many active Democrats, Elizabeth Montgomery will spend August 3 honoring Pres. Obama’s 50th birthday. She’ll even be attending a party to celebrate, too, like many across the state and nation will do.
But it won’t be any of those house meetings the “Obama for America” campaign team is organizing for the president’s Big Five-Oh.
Montgomery with Obama in 2007 during SC primary campaign
Instead, the Pawley’s Island resident will be celebrating the day directly with the president at his gala event in Chicago.
On July 30, Montgomery learned she’s one of four supporters nationwide randomly selected to attend Wednesday’s event, which also serves as a benefit for Obama’s reelection campaign.
And all she had to do was spend an afternoon volunteering. Montgomery participated in OFA’s “50 for 50,” a nationwide campaign drive, on July 12. “Bring 50 new people into this campaign in time for the President’s 50th birthday,” read
The organization offered an incentive, too. “Once you get to 50, you'll automatically be given a chance to be one of four supporters who will join the President for a birthday celebration in Chicago next month.”
“At the (Georgetown County) event I hosted,” Montgomery says, “we had 12 volunteers who went from door to door in one of our precincts registering voters and identifying supporters.”
The contest itself wasn’t her incentive, though; she’s been an active Obama supporter since she first heard him speak at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, she says. After completing the July 12 duties, she never thought about the contest again.
Until her phone rang early yesterday morning, that is. OFA called Montgomery to tell her she was one of the four winners.
And her response? Ecstatic! She was (and still is) blown away by the prize, which she calls “miraculous.”
So overwhelmed by the news, Montgomery’s still in shock a day later. “I truly did check the call history on my phone to make sure I didn’t dream it,” she says, “as well as emailing (OFA) again just to make sure.
“I’m still not sure I’m not dreaming!”
The prize includes airfare and one hotel night along with a general admission ticket to the event, and has a total dollar value
of about $1,050.
Scheduled as a benefit for Obama’s reelection campaign, the birthday event takes place at the famous Aragon Ballroom
in downtown Shy Town. Much reported but still unconfirmed, Jennifer Hudson
could be the evening’s entertainment.
Montgomery’s still frazzled after learning yesterday of her win. “I have no idea what I am going to wear!” she’s posted on her facebook page
, and says she hasn’t been able to get much sleep since, either. “I'm still just trying to recover from the shock!”
Other South Carolina Democrats can take a part in the event, too, although not to the same level Montgomery will enjoy. OFA organized a few house parties across the country for Obama supporters.
There are 14 of these Aug. 3 events scheduled across South Carolina so far, from Greenville to Georgetown. (Click here
to see these locations; you can RSVP through that link, too.)
The total cost of policy changes made by George W. Bush during his 2001-2009 presidency: $5.07 trillion.
How many Republicans (and now Tea Partiers) complained? Zero
The total cost of policy changes made by Obama, and even with projections through 2017 (inclusive of his second term): $1.44 trillion
How many Republicans and Tea Partiers are complaining? ALL OF THEM
Well, where the hell were you in 2001-2009, GOTea?
And an even better question - exactly where did all that money go?
Bush's costs - went overseas to companies that aren't paying US taxes; to rich folks who now pay much less taxes; to banks and corporations that pay little if any taxes.
Obama's costs - go to low and middle income groups, who were paying too much in taxes; to provide means for those same folks to access health care so they can continue working and paying taxes; to US companies that created US jobs, increasing the accessibility to tax dollars from all.