"Every day, we get thousands of letters and emails at the White House from Americans across the country, and every night, I read ten of them. They tell me about their hopes and their worries, their hardships and successes. They’re the Americans I’m working for every day, and this year, several of these letter writers will join me at the Capitol when I deliver my annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night."Their stories sound like anything a comms shop could dream up given 30 minutes and a pot of coffee, but they're effective nonetheless. With the help of a small business loan, their business exploded, and everyone got a wage increase! Our policies made paying back their student loans easier, and they didn't default! Watch:
President Obama did something extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, in his post-election news conference Wednesday: He claimed a mandate on behalf of voters who didn't vote. "To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you," the president said. "To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too." What did that mean? What did those non-voters say? It would probably be more useful to ask what the president heard. And apparently Obama heard expressions of support from non-voters across the land. The president explained that many more voters turned out when he was elected, and then re-elected, than in Tuesday's midterms that left Republicans firmly in control of House and Senate. "One of the things that I'm very proud of in 2008 and 2012, when I ran for office, was we got people involved who hadn't been involved before," Obama said. "Part of what I also think we've got to look at is that two-thirds of people who were eligible to vote just didn't vote."http://youtu.be/VMIWgaPd_1w?t=26s York continues:
Obama: "American people sent a message - they expect people to elect to work as hard as they do"— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) November 5, 2014
"Obviously Republicans had a good night and deserve credit for running good campaigns" -Obama— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 5, 2014
Obama addressing the tomb of the unknown voter: "For the 2/3 of Americans that didn't vote, I hear you, too" Huh?— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) November 5, 2014
Today is a travel and meeting day for me. So imagine my consternation to read the comment in the Tip Line from commenter Ragspierre, linking to a National Review post, about Obama's West Point speech today: Have we reached peak strawman…??? I have been an Obama straw man...
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