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lauraolin:

Biden

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The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

Inauguration 2013: President Obama’s second inauguration speech

This particular line has really stuck with me. What a great way of explaining this concept that conservatives seem to be unable to understand. But it makes so much sense. It seems so clear and obvious.

What an empathy deficit we have in this country. More than ever, I’m convinced that it must be taught in order to be fully exercised.

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Eight weeks after the Nov. 6 presidential election, a revised vote count in New York shows that President Barack Obama is the first president in more than five decades to win at least 51 percent of the vote twice.

(via brooklynmutt)

oh

WORD

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jasonmulgrew:

The best.
(via @HuffPostPol)

So into this today.

jasonmulgrew:

The best.

(via @HuffPostPol)

So into this today.

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storyboard:

Meet the Mind Behind Barack Obama’s Online Persona
You’ve most definitely seen it by now. Michelle Obama, wearing a red-and-white checkered dress, stands with her back to the camera. Her arms are wrapped around her husband, the hints of a smile lingering on the edges of his lips. “Four more years,” reads the text, which was posted on the Obama campaign’s social media accounts around 11:15pm on election night‚ just as it became clear the president had won a second term. 
The photo, taken by campaign photographer Scout Tufankjian just a few days into the job, pretty much won the internet: 816,000 retweets, the most likes ever on Facebook; thousands of reblogs on Tumblr. And yet it wasn’t chosen by the president’s press secretary, or even a senior-level operative, but by 31-year-old Laura Olin, a social media strategist who’d been up since 4am. For the first time since the campaign ended, she talked to Tumblr, in partnership with The Daily Beast, about what it’s like being the voice of the President — where millions of people, and a ravenous press, await your every grammatical error.
So how does it actually work, being the voice of the President? Who makes the decisions about what to post?
All of our decisions were made in-house — in Chicago, mostly — so we weren’t getting direct directives from the White House or anything. But we tried as much as possible to have voices for each account, so depending on the message — because we had all these channels — we had an appropriate place to put it. Obviously some stuff was sufficiently huge so that it went everywhere, but as much as possible we tried to tailor the message for the channel and the audience.
It must be daunting.
It was kind of terrifying, actually. My team ran the Barack Obama Twitter handle, which I think was probably most susceptible to really embarrassing and silly mistakes. We didn’t ever really have one, which I still can’t believe we pulled off.
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So rad.

storyboard:

Meet the Mind Behind Barack Obama’s Online Persona

You’ve most definitely seen it by now. Michelle Obama, wearing a red-and-white checkered dress, stands with her back to the camera. Her arms are wrapped around her husband, the hints of a smile lingering on the edges of his lips. “Four more years,” reads the text, which was posted on the Obama campaign’s social media accounts around 11:15pm on election night‚ just as it became clear the president had won a second term. 

The photo, taken by campaign photographer Scout Tufankjian just a few days into the job, pretty much won the internet: 816,000 retweets, the most likes ever on Facebook; thousands of reblogs on Tumblr. And yet it wasn’t chosen by the president’s press secretary, or even a senior-level operative, but by 31-year-old Laura Olin, a social media strategist who’d been up since 4am. For the first time since the campaign ended, she talked to Tumblr, in partnership with The Daily Beast, about what it’s like being the voice of the President — where millions of people, and a ravenous press, await your every grammatical error.

So how does it actually work, being the voice of the President? Who makes the decisions about what to post?

All of our decisions were made in-house — in Chicago, mostly — so we weren’t getting direct directives from the White House or anything. But we tried as much as possible to have voices for each account, so depending on the message — because we had all these channels — we had an appropriate place to put it. Obviously some stuff was sufficiently huge so that it went everywhere, but as much as possible we tried to tailor the message for the channel and the audience.

It must be daunting.

It was kind of terrifying, actually. My team ran the Barack Obama Twitter handle, which I think was probably most susceptible to really embarrassing and silly mistakes. We didn’t ever really have one, which I still can’t believe we pulled off.

Read More

So rad.

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My new favorite thing.

My new favorite thing.

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Oh how vividly I can hear this girl saying That’s disgusting.

Oh how vividly I can hear this girl saying That’s disgusting.

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You would think that the world came to an end Tuesday night. And depending on your worldview, it might have. If your idea of America’s power structure is rooted in a 1950s or even a 1920s sensibility, here’s an update: that America is no more. Republicans are trying to hold back a storm surge of demographic change with a white picket fence. Good luck with that.

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BRB, crying. (via President Obama Responds to Little Girl with Two Dads | Strollerderby)

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lauren ashley bishop lives here: i sent my mom an email to ask her not to vote for romney

laurenashleybishop:

I want to tell you to not vote for Romney for a lot of reasons.

I want to remind you how devastatingly dishonest he’s been regarding his own finances. How he basically committed a felony in 2009 which is why he won’t release his tax returns for that year.

How he lied blatantly about the auto…

This is a truly wonderful letter. I teared up reading it.

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kirklarsen:

gawkercom:

Here’s a picture of President Obama that’s making the rounds right now. The picture was taken on Sunday and shows Obama realizing that he dialed the wrong number while making calls from a local campaign field office during a unscheduled visit in Orlando, Florida.
He looks exhausted.
[Image via AP]

This is outstanding.

kirklarsen:

gawkercom:

Here’s a picture of President Obama that’s making the rounds right now. The picture was taken on Sunday and shows Obama realizing that he dialed the wrong number while making calls from a local campaign field office during a unscheduled visit in Orlando, Florida.

He looks exhausted.

[Image via AP]

This is outstanding.

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election:

TMZ spoke with multiple people in the bayonet industry who tell us they were shocked and even offended when Obama brought up the weapon during last night’s debate. 

FYI — Obama was going after Romney when he said, “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”

[…]

We spoke with Dan Riker from Bayonet Inc. — a leading military surplus outlet that specializes in bayonets — who tells us he believes Obama’s comment was “ignorant … because our soldiers still use bayonets.”

Kudos to TMZ for being first to the story on outrage in the bayonet industry following the president’s dig at Mitt Romney’s archaic Navy expectations last night. We’ll keep you updated on the horse lobby’s response if and when they trot it out.

—Cord Jefferson

Well, he didn’t say “we have NO horses and bayonets,” now, did he? Dick.

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The cynic believes the president has been nowhere near ruthless enough. The cynic doesn’t believe that the president truly has come anywhere close to surveying the actual wreckage or counting the real cost. The cynic doesn’t believe that he has held up a true mirror to the country and demanded that it look at itself. There are still not enough people in handcuffs yet.

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barackobama:

President Clinton lays it down: Mitt Romney will say anything to win.

LOVE THIS

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According to numbers from Reddit, the Obama event was the most trafficked in the site’s history, with more than 4 million visits to this point.

The event was also the top-trending topic on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, topping the GOP convention for a time.

And Obama’s campaign says the event led 25,000 voters to register on their Web site, including one 98-year old.

WaPo: How Obama crashed Reddit (via brooklynmutt)

25,000 new voters? Cool, I’d say that was worth it.