The USA Election 2012 was the show of the year for the United States. When all was said and done, in a show that revealed America’s architect of tolerance, President Barack Obama, it has to be said Mr. Mitt Romney and his team, played their part.
No.8 most voted stars of the year.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.12.12~
MITT ROMNEY: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you.
This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.
The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work. And we citizens also have to rise to the occasion. We look to our teachers and professors. We count on you not just to teach, but to inspire our children with a passion for learning and discovery.
We look to our pastors and priests and rabbis and counselors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built — honesty, charity, integrity and family.
We look to our parents, for in the final analysis, everything depends on the success of our homes. We look to job creators of all kinds. We’re counting on you to invest, to hire, to step forward. And we look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels to put the people before the politics.
I believe in America. I believe in the people of America.
I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to a new greatness.
[Source: Federal News Service, USA]. A very gracious speech.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.11.12~
ELECTION USA – BLUE or RED DEMOCRACY? – MIDNIGHT HOUR POLITICAL COMMENTARY LINKS – 5th NOVEMBER 2012
Quick Observes of Election 2012 in the Midnight Hour, USA:
Sports: Obama: Sports is a great ‘unifier’ -”One of the big unifiers in this country is sports, and football in particular,” Obama said on ESPN.
That’s true. People who play sports are more likely to be motivated to make it to the polling booth and vote.
Republicans are like Middle Class poms: Republicans Still Grumble About Romney As Campaign Winds Down.
New Hampshire: The ladies have it.
HufPo on Rachel Maddow: Politics – Rachel Maddow To Mitt Romney: Hurricane Sandy ‘Is A Real Disaster. This Is Not A Plot In A Sitcom’ (VIDEO).
Sentimentalism: Paul Davis Ryan: ‘It feels so good to be home’
Diversity & Political Change: Next Congress to bring diversity.
Fear: Why you should vote? “Those dumber than you will pick the next president if you don’t.” Fair enough.
Weird Bloggers: Pam’s House Blend: Climate change & why Mitt hates the term in his TVC’s
The House: House elections: 10 things to watch.
Undecideds: Polls Suggest Undecideds Won’t Help Mitt Romney.
NewsBuster‘s Scott Whitlock – Chris Matthews calls The South racist.
Artwork: Blue Democracy by Guillermo Bert & Red Democracy by Guillermo Bert. Photos: My Own. City Art Exhibition, Downtown Los Angeles. Originally posted in the post: $5 Billion bonuses paid to Goldman Sachs execs for 3 Months Work. Didn’t we all get through a lot in the USA during the GFC wrangle years. Blimey!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.11.12~
Paul Toohey is writing from the USA on how it’s going on the US election campaign trail. Apparently it’s all about gas and the type of tank on wheels you put it in and if it is an American-made tank for gas or not.
Or the American economy is a gas tank on wheels basically.
Here’s his words:
Mitt Romney is finding out that you should never stand between an American and his American-made car.
As President Barack Obama closes out his re-election campaign in the car towns of the US, his Republican rival is under sustained attack from the media and autoworkers for falsely claiming US car jobs are headed for China.
It’s now too late for Mr Romney to untangle himself from his comments on the car industry, which he followed with a damaging new campaign ad.
Both have cost him savage media coverage across Ohio, the swing state he most needs to win when America heads to the polls tomorrow. (more…)
Political commentator Chris Matthews gave a live cross interview with Greg Boyed for New Zealand on the US election coverage. The interview was really good from a hardline political commentator of the USA that never always has punch in highlighting the real issues in the USA.
Nice of NZ to be able to secure a bit of Chris Matthews time. More on that soon. What’s so strange is that New Zealand is right into this USA election. We are going all out to keep up with it as if the USA is Stewart Island or something fun like that. This election is really a part of New Zealand consciousness this year. We’re talking lots about it.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.11.12~
The New Zealand Herald reports:
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney dive back into campaigning tomorrow (Friday NZ time) after Obama put politics aside to spend three days managing the federal response to the superstorm that battered the East Coast and Romney was forced to temper some of his harshest critiques of the president to avoid looking insensitive as people coped with the storm.
Top photo caption: Kim Johnson looks over the destruction near her seaside apartment in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. AP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.11.12~
… is Mitt Romney helping with East Coast superstorm victims. As you do to others…
Photo: As Hurricane Sandy leaves its damaging effects on the east coast, (more…)
"On The Coast, a lot of our people are enduring some very difficult times and our hearts and our prayers go to them."
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.10.12~
THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIG AND POWERFUL STORM – OBAMA ROMNEY BATTON DOWN, HURRICANE SANDY’S SUPER STORM/ FRAKENSTORM ORDEAL
“This is going to be a big and powerful storm” – Barack Obama – leading at Hurricane Sandy time.
Julian Robertson had a korero to Paul Holmes on the Q+A show.
Paul: How would you describe your obviously special relationship with New Zealand?
Julian: Well, I would describe it as a real love affair from my end, at any rate. I’m crazy about New Zealand. I think it’s the most beautiful place on Earth, and I feel fortunate to be able to spend a little of my declining years there.
Paul: Your late wife, Josie, whom I know you miss very much indeed, she loved the place, yes?
Julian: She adored it, and I can’t tell you the number of times that we would wake up, and she would turn to me and say, ‘We’re in paradise.’ We both felt that way. (more…)
We’ve heard a lot of good chitter chatter from both Obama and Romney about green energy strategies. We’ve also heard of the USA’s plans to drill more in the US and be less foreign dependant.
The New Zealand newspaper takes a different view: The re-oiling of America – Obama and Romney are making bold claims about their energy credibility, but Big Oil is on a roll. Peter Huck writes:
“Energy is the bedrock for much US policy, from building the economy to projecting military power. Yet neither candidate stresses conservation, even as consumption rises exponentially. According to the International Energy Agency, worldwide demand for electricity will double by 2030.
After 37 hours, 6,500 flight miles and six grassroots rallies that drew tens of thousands of supporters, President Obama’s frenetic battleground-state blitz became a rally in Cleveland Ohio overlooking lake Erie. AP Photo – Pablo Martinez Monsivais.
Barack Obama was all over the news in New Zild today. How’s he doing in Election 2o12?
Humor: Barack says executive pay needs new rules. Lol.
The rednecks ask Will white men sink Obama?–CBS.
Jay Leno TV: Trump. soccer, Kenya humor.
On fundraising: News: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set to raise $1 billion each.
Licensed to vote.
Working the planes: Ohio
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Miriam Adelson & Sheldon Adelson pitch in $5m a piece for Romney.
Al Gore for Mitt as he talks ‘climate is warming’
The ladies prefer Mitt, apparently.
[Photo caption: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at Worthington Industries, a metal processing company, in Worthington, Ohio, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. (AP Photo - Charles Dharapak.].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.10.12~
One for team Romeny – the new kids on the block.
Politico Rap: USA-NZ 25.10.12
You can do anything you set your mind to, man Supercharged we are seeing more and more enthusiasm. The whole crowd goes so loud, more and more support. Snap back to reality. Oh there goes gravity. A veritable caustic cuckoo in a nest filled with harmless notices of motion, of rosey seas oceaned. There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti. Amplified by the fact. So he Ali step-it around, this blistering attack. No-holds-barred, dukes up son. But hold your nose, ‘cos there goes crowes the cold water grove. Coast to coast shows, Lonely roads, God only knows, he's known as the globetrotter, in the gross misunderstanding of standing orders. "I am whatever you say I am, if I wasn't then why would I say I am." This whole rhapsody, you better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it. You better never let it go You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo (You better) Coach and commentator This world is mine for the taking Da da dum da dum da da We're going to pull an all nighter, our marathon campaign extravaganza. Best believe somebody's paying the pied piper securing a valuable export contract to Russia. His inappropriate and unacceptable handling of the point of order. That I can't get by with my 9 to 5 And I can't provide the right type of life for my family So here I go it's my shot. Clay feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got Process the position of hypocrisy, abuse of his power as Speaker. In reasonable clarity to people of reasonable intellect, weigh it out. Rap it out with intellect and smarts. Super charge our campaign we are seeing more and more enthusiasm. More and more support. All night long, this is our marathon campaign extravaganza. "I am whatever you say I am, if I wasn't then why would I say I am." Best believe somebody's paying the pied piper securing a valuable export contract to Russia. This supercharged "lose yourself" extravaganza. Don't miss, your one shot. Yo. Whatever you say, I am.
HMNZS Wellington – Sailing the Southern Ocean the western Ross Sea. Photo: The Crown.
~Words Marshall Mathers III, Winston Peters, Clayton Cosgrove, John Armstrong, Barack Obama, Lockwood Smith, Mitt Romney, Trevor Mallard.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.10.12~
POST DEBATE III: DIANE SAWYER, DAVID MUIR, MITT ROMNEY, BARACK OBAMA – THE HEAT IS ON TO MOP UP VOTES IN THE SWING STATES IN US ELECTION RACE
The fabulous broadcaster and US icon, Diane Sawyer gets assistance from ABC’s David Muir in covering the fall out from debate three. Watch News at pic link. The heat is on both candidates towards the finish line. Two weeks left with the USA on max-high pressure.
America has come alive again. Full on.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.10.12~
The battle of blah blah is on: Obama, Romney battle over foreign policy in last debate–Reuters link.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.10.12~
What’s in the words: Zings Zings?
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.10.12~
In today’s Aussie news: The US tries to work Romney‘s Mormon-grey ties into a more Polynesian-friendly story with a new Americanism word. The word is ”Romnesia.” A pun on amnesia.
Candy Crowley (moderator) Debate scroll text: Fox News: We’re going to move you both along to taxes over here and all these folks that have been waiting.
Governor, this question is for you. It comes from Mary Follano — Follano, sorry. (lol!).
Romney: Hi, Mary.
Question: Governor Romney, you have stated that if you’re elected president, you would plan to reduce the tax rates for all the tax brackets and that you would work with the Congress to eliminate some deductions in order to make up for the loss in revenue.
Concerning the — these various deductions, the mortgage deductions, the charitable deductions, the child tax credit and also the — oh, what’s that other credit? I forgot.
OBAMA: You’re doing great.
QUESTION: Oh, I remember.
The education credits, which are important to me, because I have children in college. What would be your position on those things, which are important to the middle class?
ROMNEY: Thank you very much. And let me tell you, you’re absolutely right about part of that, which is I want to bring the rates down, I want to simplify the tax code, and I want to get middle- income taxpayers to have lower taxes. (more…)
Obama Romney Hempstead, NYC debate continued:
Candy Crowley (Moderator): Mr. President, the next question is going to be for you here.
And Mr. Romney — Governor Romney, there’ll be plenty of chances to go on, but I want to — we have all these folks.
Romney: That — that Detroit — that Detroit answer — that Detroit answer and the rest of the answer — way off the mark.
Crowley: I, OK. We’ll, you certainly will have lots of time here coming up. I, because I want to move you on to something that sort of connected to cars here, and go over — and we want to get a question from Philip Tricolla.
Crowley: Your energy secretary, Steven Chu, has now been on record three times stating it’s not policy of his department to help lower gas prices. Do you agree with Secretary Chu that this is not the job of the Energy Department?
Obama: The most important thing we can do is to make sure we control our own energy.
So here’s what I’ve done since I’ve been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it’s been in decades. We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment.
But what I’ve also said is we can’t just produce traditional sources of energy; we’ve also got to look to the future. That’s why we doubled fuel efficiency standards on cars. That means that in the middle of the next decade, any car you buy, you’re going to end up going twice as far on a gallon of gas. That’s why we’ve doubled clean energy production like wind and solar and biofuels. And all these things have contributed to us lowering our oil imports to the lowest levels in 16 years.
Now, I want to build on that. And that means, yes, we still continue to open up new areas for drilling. We continue to make a — it a priority for us to go after natural gas. We’ve got potentially 600,000 jobs and a hundred years’ worth of energy right beneath our feet with natural gas. And we can do it in an environmentally sound way. But we’ve also got to continue to figure out how we have efficient energy, because ultimately that’s how we’re going to reduce demand, and that’s what’s going to keep gas prices lower. (more…)
OBAMA ROMNEY PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, HEMPSTEAD NYC -17.10.12 – PART 2, AUTOMOBILES & JOBS CREATION LEVELS REVIEW
Romney Obama – Denver Part Two:
Jobs – America’s no.1 issue, after fuel consumption, an overview of automobile industry restructures and lacklustre economic management in EXTREME GFC conditions:
Crowley: Let me ask you for more immediate answer and begin with Mr. Romney just quickly what – what can you do? We’re looking at a situation where 40 percent of the unemployed have been unemployed for six months or more. They don’t have the two years that Jeremy has (a student in studies).
What about those long term unemployed who need a job right now?
Romney: Well what you’re seeing in this country is 23 million people struggling to find a job. A lot of them, have been out of work for a long, long, long time. The president’s policies haven’t put Americans back to work. We have fewer people working today than we had when the president took office.
If theunemployment rate was 7.8 percent when he took office, today it would be 10.7 percent. We have not made the progress we need to make to put people back to work. That’s why I put out a five-point plan that gets America 12 million new jobs in four years and rising take-home pay. It’s going to help. (more…)
SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE – BARACK OBAMA, MITT ROMNEY – HOFSTRA NEW YORK 17th OCTOBER 2012 – PART TAHI
[Photo: Saul Loeb. Getty Images].
How did the second debate go then? Over the next two hours, I will edit this following debate’s text down, to be more readable. Portions of the text is from McClatchy agency.
Peace. (Oh I’m watching TVOne 6pm news too right now : TVNZ)
Debate Venue: Hofstra University, Hempstea, New York – October 16th, 2012. Speakers: Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass. President Barack Obama. Moderator Candy Crowley.
Crowley: Good evening. I’m Candy Crowley from CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Crowley: The Gallup organization chose 82 uncommitted voters from the New York area. Their questions will drive the night. The questions are known to me and my team only. Neither the commission, nor the candidates have seen them. I hope to get to as many questions as possible.
Denver. Romney. Obama. Denver Debate: NZ Herald‘s link.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.10.12~
Very soon, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are debating in Hofstra University, Hempstead New York.
As a build up to the moment, broadcaster Peter Williams featured ABC’s TJ Winick and BBC’s Mark Mardell‘s news coverage.
“I am exhausted of defending you,” said a middle-class American momma to Mr Obama in a news clip as a part of wind up, build up debate prelude.
Another comment was made of the Ohio car company who kept going during the recession and miraculously survived, where the car company said “People should take more responsibility for their own lives rather than expect government to look after them from the cradle to the grave.” So in other words, you need a third party in the US system of politics who only exists to create jobs, than that view in the US is realistic, if the wealthy are not – and are content to be living off the wall.
I liked all the prelude comments. Sound stuff.
Both stories focus on Mr Romney keeping Mr Obama honest noting how as Mitt is polling okay. If Obama doesn’t shake his tail feathers this round of blah blah, he may as well get his writers working on a new book now in order to be at-the-ready for day after - come election time. (Oops, harsh).
The media note though, as a newbie – holding his own, Romney has made leaps and bounds on the campaign trail.
At the hub – what’s up?: More at that soon.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.10.12~