Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Obama Reelection Campaign Counteroffensive Launches This Week

“You want a piece of me? Come on down.”

 President Obama blasts Republican presidential field

Top tier emerges in defining phase of GOP nomination race

(L-R) Rick “Pretty Boy” Perry, Michele “Kelly” Bachmann, Mitt “Suge” Romney

Rick Perry schools Michele Bachmann in Waterloo

Rick Perry’s cash dash sparks worries

There’s a HUGE difference between raising campaign funds in Texas (or any other state) and having to follow the very strict rules the Federal Election Commission has for presidential candidates.

THE STAKES – POLITICO’S FIVE QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Perry got rave reviews during his first two days of campaigning, but it still feels like he might be a mere flavor of the month. A full week on the trail could go a long way to assuage suspicions that he’s a latter day John Connolly or Phil Gramm, two swashbuckling Texans who flamed out after arriving in the early states to great fanfare. With that in mind, we have these questions for the week ahead.

(1) Can Rick Perry defy the skeptics and avoid even a medium-sized gaffe in his first week as a national candidate? Probably not. Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision
(2) What kind of fundraising boost is Michele Bachmann getting out of the Ames straw poll? A big one.
(3) Will Romney make news to dampen Perry’s announcement buzz or just try letting it burn itself out? If he’s as shrewd as I think he is, “Suge” will just ignore “Pretty Ricky” and keep his focus on President Obama. But now, he HAS to pay more attention to Iowa.
(4) What do Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour really think about Perry? I wouldn’t try to figure this one out if my life depended on it.
(5) Which member of Pawlenty’s high command will be the first to sign up with another campaign? Why would any candidate want anyone from this loser’s staff? Unless of course, the only other options are someone from Gingrich’s staff or a trained chimp.


SHOTS FIRED – OBAMA BEAR HUGS ROMNEYCARE: It is theoretically nonpolitical, but President Obama devoted a good chunk of his highly-political-feeling first stop on the three-day bus tour to defending his health care law and trying to present it as inspired by Romney’s Massachusetts’ individual mandate. “You’ve got a governor who’s running for president right now who instituted the exact same thing in Massachusetts,” Obama said. ‘It’s like they got amnesia. Like, ‘Aww, this is terrible. This is going to take away freedom for Americans all over the world – all over the country.'” The president also embraced the “ObamaCare” label: ‘I have no problem with folks saying Obama cares. I do care. If the other side wants to be the folks that don’t care, that’s fine with me.’


Gallup: Obama job rating sinks below 40% for first time

Democrats urge President Obama to be more aggressive on jobs 

U.S. economy has young Americans downsizing their dreams

Alicia Thomas, a student at UC San Diego, is worried about her job prospects after graduation. “I’ve changed my major so many times, not knowing which will help guarantee a stable income, health insurance and the ability to put my kids through college,” she said.

Want to talk to Paul Ryan? It’ll cost you


Halle Berry was all smiles soaking in the sun with daughter Nahla on Sunday in Malibu.  



It apparently works in Texas and it might even work in the GOP primary race against Bachmann and Romney, but frankly, after what George W. Bush’s eight years did to America, I just can’t see “Pretty Ricky” Perry’s Texas twang and “cowboy” swagger working in a general election.

Speaking of Bush 43 and “Pretty Ricky” Perry, when a Texas friend told me that down there, Perry is seen as “Bush Lite”, I told her, “Hell, I always thought that Bush (43) was ‘Bush Lite’ compared to his father (41).

Sooner or later – my guess is much, much later – Michele “Kelly” Bachmann is going to have to realize that the press is going to check out EVERYTHING she says Bachmann skipped family reunion she cited as long as she’s running for president.

As Almighty God is my witness, I had no idea that Jon “Puffy” Huntsman was still running for president until I saw this Huntsman Sharpens His Romney Rhetoric.

To those idiots out there panning the new film “The Help”, and yes I mean IDIOTS, keep in mind that the women depicted in this film did what they could – legally, mind you – to take care of themselves and their families in a time and place where they had very few options. And, the money they earned helped put plenty of people through college, particularly the HBCUs.

20 years from now – if he’s still among the living – Dennis Rodman is going to regret looking like this at his recent Hall of Fame induction.

Here’s where things stand on the PGA Tour without Tiger Woods playing on the weekend of a “major” tournament – there was a three-hole playoff for the championship at the PGA tournament on Sunday and even with a gun at my head, I couldn’t tell you who the two players were, let alone who won.

The latest AT&T commercial – the one with the parents trying to choose between their two kids – makes laugh every time I watch it.

A “Flyer Thank You!” to the beautiful Kenya Moore who took time to speak with me today when I saw her outside the LA Mart in downtown Los Angeles.


Thank God it’s the summer of 2011 and not 2012 because this gives President Obama enough time to regroup for what is going to be a very, very vicious election campaign next year.


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