Obamas dine with campaign contest winners
The guests were David Garcia, an associate music professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Ben Oakleaf, a wildfire smokejumper from Idaho, and Latasha Scurry an assistant high school principal in Florida.
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#1 Aug 21, 2012
Looks like all they are eating is bread and water.
#3 Aug 22, 2012
#4 Aug 22, 2012
Who looks less thrilled to be there - Obama or the winners?
#5 Aug 22, 2012
“For these white liberals to believe they can have this condescending manner toward black conservatives, that we need to have approval from our, I guess,‘masters,’ for us to be able to speak – see that’s where the true racism really lies, Governor, is with the white liberals who don’t want to see someone such as myself that broke away from their dependency class and is out here and able to possibly contend against them with the policies that they are promoting that is destroying the black community. I know I’m their number one target and it just emboldens me to speak out even stronger,” Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said on this weekend’s broadcast of “Huckabee.”
“And the heck with them if they think someone else needs to approve of me and what I stand for,” West said on FOX News.
#6 Aug 22, 2012
Here it is. This picture is part of the article.
#7 Aug 23, 2012
Wow, two from "academia" and one real. Wonder how that happened? I wonder when he plans on doing anything substantiative? Like helping the private sector, get people back to work!
#8 Aug 23, 2012
When will the WH,Give up the REAL unemployment
#9 Aug 23, 2012
Surly you jest? If they did, nobama just thinks his tanking! He'd go down faster than the Titanic! The same could be said if the media did their job! Tea Party 2012!
#12 Aug 23, 2012
I think they are waiting to do that until they can blame them on the Florida Hurricane upcoming!
#13 Aug 23, 2012
August 17, 2012
On June 8th Barack Obama told the American people that he believes “the private sector is doing fine”. He followed that up on July 26th by telling a crowd that,“we tried our plan, and it worked.”
Well has it worked? The AP has released a finding that, along with dozens of other reports, show that Obama’s plan has not been as successful as the administration would like you to think . In fact, the AP reports that Obama’s economy is the worst recovery since the Great Depression.
Paul Wiseman of the Associated Press states,“Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest… Economic growth has never been weaker in a postwar recovery. Consumer spending has never been so slack. Only once has job growth been slower.”
The main components of the slowed recovery are feeble growth, exhausted consumers, the jobs hole and shrinking paychecks. Via TheBlaze.com :
America’s gross domestic product — the broadest measure of economic output — grew 6.8 percent from the April-June quarter of 2009 through the same quarter this year, the slowest in the first three years of a postwar recovery. GDP grew an average of 15.5 percent in the first three years of the eight other comebacks analyzed. The engines that usually drive recoveries aren’t firing this time.
Consumer spending has grown just 6.5 percent since the recession ended, feeblest in a postwar recovery. In the first three years of previous recoveries, spending rose an average of nearly 14 percent.
It’s no mystery why consumers are being frugal. Many have lost access to credit, which fueled their spending in the 2000s. Home equity has evaporated and credit cards have been canceled. Falling home prices have slashed home equity 49 percent, from $13.2 trillion in 2005 to $6.7 trillion early this year
The economy shed a staggering 8.8 million jobs during and shortly after the recession. Since employment hit bottom, the economy has created just over 4 million jobs. So the new hiring has replaced 46 percent of the lost jobs, by far the worst performance since World War II. In the previous eight recoveries, the economy had regained more than 350 percent of the jobs lost, on average.
During the 1981-82 Recession, the U.S. lost 2.8 million jobs. In the three years and one month after that recession ended, the economy added 9.8 million – replacing the 2.8 million and adding 7 million more.
Never before have so many Americans been unemployed for so long - three years into a recovery. Nearly 5.2 million have been out of work for six months or more. The long-term unemployed account for 41 percent of the jobless; the highest mark in the other recoveries was 22 percent.
Earnings for production and nonsupervisory workers — a category that covers about 80 percent of the private, nonfarm workforce — have risen just over 6.2 percent since June 2009. Consumer prices have risen nearly 7.2 percent. Adjusted for inflation, wages have fallen 0.8 percent. In the previous five recoveries -the records go back only to 1964 – real wages had gone up an average 1.5 percent at this point
There is a very clear choice for this November: Barack Obama who considers this report as “doing fine” and the Democratic plan as “working, or Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan who have real fiscal sense and proven track records when it comes to jobs and budgets. One thing is clear, America can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.
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