Election 2016

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Michelle Obama: “When they go low, we go high”

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to a crowd at George Mason University in Fairfax VA about the upcoming election.

She reminded people of what is at stake and how important it is to vote. But she also reminded us that this is not about winning gotcha points, high-fiving over some insult that landed a blow on our opponent – it is about focusing on policies, Democratic Party policies, like the ones President Obama championed over the past 7+ years and which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will champion when she is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, 2017.

Michelle Obama:

We live in a country where a girl like me, from the South Side of Chicago, whose great great grandfather was a slave, can go to some of the finest universities on Earth. We live in a country where a biracial kid from Hawaii named Barack Obama — the son of a single mother — can become president. A country that has always been a beacon for people who have come to our shores and poured their hopes and their prayers, and their backbreaking hard work into making this country what it is today. That is what makes America great. Don’t ever forget it.

And here’s the thing. I know in my heart that we deserve a president who can see those truths in us, a president who believes that each of us is part of the American story and we’re always stronger together. We deserve a president who can bring out what is best in us — our kindness and decency, our courage and determination, so we can keep perfecting our union and passing down those blessings of liberty to our children.

Let me tell you this. I have never been more confident that Hillary Clinton will be that president.

It’s time to go #PositivelyHillary.

Full transcript of Michelle Obama’s speech is below.

President Obama: “Thanks, Obama!”

Tuesday afternoon, President Obama spoke to a crowd in Philadelphia about how the economy had improved and how we need to elect Hillary Clinton to continue the progress.

President Obama on the progress during his term:

We fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years. We turned around a declining economy. We helped our auto industry set new records. Our businesses created 15 million new jobs. Slashed our dependence on foreign oil. Doubled our production of clean energy. Made marriage equality a reality in all 50 states. (Applause.)

We brought more of our troops home to their families. We delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. (Applause.) Through diplomacy rather than war, we shut down Iran’s nuclear program, opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our kids and our grandkids. That’s what we’ve done. (Applause.)

By so many measures, America is stronger and more prosperous than when we started out on this journey together. In fact, some of you may have saw there was a new report out just today showing that last year, across every age, every race in America, incomes rose and the poverty rate fell. (Applause.) In fact, the typical household income of Americans rose by $2,800, which is the single biggest one-year increase on record. (Applause.) We lifted 3.5 million people out of poverty. That’s the largest one-year drop in poverty since 1968. (Applause.) The uninsured rate is the lowest it has been since they kept record. The pay gap between men and women shrank to the lowest level ever. (Applause.)

So, now, let’s face it — Republicans don’t like to hear good news right now. (Laughter.) But it’s important just to understand this is a big deal. More Americans are working, more have health insurance. Incomes are rising. Poverty is falling.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Gas is two dollars!

THE PRESIDENT: And gas is two dollars a gallon. I didn’t even — thank you for reminding me. (Laughter.) Thanks, Obama. (Laughter and applause.)

On his support for Hillary Clinton:

Now, look, can I just say, I am really into electing Hillary Clinton. Like I — this is not me going through the motions here. I really, really, really want to elect Hillary Clinton. […]

For four years, I had a front-row seat. I watched her intelligence. I watched her judgment. I watched her discipline. I saw her in the Situation Room, where she argued in favor of the mission for bin Laden. I watched her pursue diplomacy to open up new partnerships, to help promote democracy, to help reduce the nuclear threat. And she worked hard, tirelessly, flying around the world again and again. I don’t know how many times she lapped the world, but she went around a long time. Because she had never forgotten what she was fighting for — to make sure every child has the same opportunities as her granddaughter and her daughters and your kids. […]

She knows what it means for working families and senior citizens, and small business owners, and soldiers and veterans when we make policy in the White House. And in the middle of crisis, she’ll listen to people and she will keep her cool, and she treats everybody with respect. And no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how many times people knock her down and mess with her, she does not quit. She doesn’t quit. (Applause.) She doesn’t quit. That’s the Hillary that I know.

And that’s why I really want to get her elected. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire. I believe there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as our President.

Full transcript below.

Hillary Clinton: “If Trump doesn’t respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?”

On Thursday, Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno Nevada about the disturbing philosophy being embraced by her opponent, the Republican Party nominee, Donald Trump.

CSPAN (scroll down for embedded video)

Secretary Clinton:

Today, I want to address something I hear from Americans all over our country.

Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election.

It’s like nothing we’ve heard before from a nominee for President of the United States. From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia.

He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties.

His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous. […]

Donald Trump misses so much.

He doesn’t see the success of black leaders in every field.

The vibrancy of black-owned businesses. Or the strength of the black church. He doesn’t see the excellence of historically black colleges and universities or the pride of black parents watching their children thrive. And he certainly doesn’t have any solutions to take on the reality of systemic racism and create more equity and opportunity in communities of color. […]

A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military.

If he doesn’t respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?

Hillary Clinton has a different vision:

I believe we are stronger together.

It’s a vision for the future rooted in our values and reflected in a rising generation of young people who are the most open, diverse, and connected we’ve ever seen.

Just look at our fabulous Olympic team.

Like Ibtihaj Muhammad, an African-American Muslim from New Jersey who won the bronze medal in fencing with grace and skill. Would she even have a place in Donald Trump’s America?

When I was growing up, Simone Manuel wouldn’t have been allowed to swim in the same public pool as Katie Ledecky. Now they’re winning Olympic medals as teammates.

So let’s keep moving forward together.

Let’s stand up against prejudice and paranoia.

Let’s prove once again, that America is great because is America is good.

Hillary Clinton speaks in Reno Nevada, Aug. 25, 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in Reno Nevada, Aug. 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton: “There is nothing America can’t do – if we do it together.”

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton spoke at a manufacturing plant in Warren Michigan about her vision for the economy.

Secretary Clinton:

I know my opponent in this election was here in Michigan about a week ago, and it was like he was in a different place. When he visited Detroit on Monday, he talked only of failure, poverty, and crime. He’s missing so much about what makes Michigan great.

And the same is true when it comes to our country. He describes America as an embarrassment. He said –and I quote – ‘We’re becoming a third-world country.’ Look around you, my friends. Go visit with the workers building rockets. That doesn’t happen in third world countries.

Now we have a lot of urgent and important work to do – and that’s what I’m going to talk about today – because all the people that I’ve met in this campaign really prove how wrong this negative, pessimistic view is. America’s best days are still ahead of us if we make up our minds to actually go out and make that happen.

Just consider our assets: We have the most dynamic, productive workforce in the world, bar none. We have the most innovative businesses. The top colleges, universities, community colleges, training programs in the world. And the best science and technology. We have enormous capacity for clean energy production.

We are resilient, determined, hard-working. There is nothing America can’t do – if we do it together.

It’s personal:

A lot of people feel no one is on their side and no one has their back and that is not how it’s supposed to be in America. If I am fortunate enough to be your President, I will have your back every single day that I serve. My mission in the White House will be to make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top.

This is personal for me. I am the product of the American middle class, I was born in Chicago, I was raised in a suburb. But my grandfather worked at the Scranton lace mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for 50 years. And because he worked hard, my Dad was able to go to college, and eventually start his own small business – and then send me out into the world to follow my dreams.

No matter how far those dreams have taken me, I have always remembered, I’m the daughter of a small-business owner and the granddaughter of a factory worker — and proud of both.
So here’s what I want. I want every American family to be able to tell the same story. If you work hard, you do your part, you should be able to give your children all the opportunities they deserve. That is the basic bargain of America.

We are not afraid:

Now Mr. Trump may talk a big game on trade, but his approach is based on fear, not strength. Fear that we can’t compete with the rest of the world even when the rules are fair. Fear that our country has no choice but to hide behind walls.

If Team USA was as fearful as Trump, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles would be cowering in the locker room, afraid to come out to compete. Instead, they’re winning gold medals. America isn’t afraid to compete.

Full transcript below.

The Path to 270

This chart from FiveThirtyEight.com’s election coverage may be the coolest chart of the election season.

As of August 10, 2016

The chart shows the states, sized by their electoral votes, with varying colors from deep blue, Democratic sure-things like Washington DC and Hawaii, to deep orange, the Republicaniest of them all, Dick “Dick” Cheney’s Wyoming and Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District.

Right now, the Big Blue Wall Path has 269 electoral college bricks in it. One more deep blue brick put in place will lock Hillary Clinton in at 270. Will it be from New Hampshire where the latest polls show a 10 point lead? Or Nevada or Florida?

Remember: Polls don’t vote, people do. Also remember: in every state, even ones where Hillary Clinton will not get a single electoral vote, your vote is your voice shouting out your opinion about which party should be in the White House:

… every single vote cast for [the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate] in a red state is a vote against the Republican agenda and a reminder to everyone that you are there and YOU ARE NOT GOING AWAY.

Don’t stay home complacent or discouraged.

Get out the vote – get out and vote. Because when we vote, we win.

Republicans: “Delete Your Party”

On August 10, 1988, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, aka “Restitution for World War II internment of Japanese-Americans and Aleuts Act”, was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. It was passed to acknowledge the awfulness of the Japanese-American internment and offer restitution to Americans rounded up and forced into camps during World War II.

One of its promises was to “discourage the occurrence of similar injustices and violations of civil liberties in the future.”

Twenty-eight years later, the Party of Reagan aka the “the party built on the Southern Strategy and fueled by racial animus and hatred of The Other” has nominated a man who is fomenting a race war and proposing banning entire religions from our shores and our society.

The only way I can see to discourage this from happening again is clear:

Republicans, Delete Your Party

It really is time.

The limits of forgiveness, the power of our votes

Yesterday, the State of Alabama denied parole to the murderer of these children.

(From WikiMedia: clockwise from top left, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair)

These girls were killed for one reason: hatred of the color of their skin.

We are often called upon to forgive (and forget – now that we are post-racial!) but these four girls should never be forgotten and their murderers should never be set free.

Say their names:
– Addie Mae Collins
– Cynthia Wesley
– Carole Robertson
– Carol Denise McNair

We must never again allow racism and bigotry to be accepted as the norm. We must forcefully reject a political party, the Republican Party, where politicians who embrace the rhetoric of white supremacy can be nominated for the highest office in the land. Reject hatred, reject bigotry, reject Republicans.

The only way to end discrimination is to keep the power to make laws out of the hands of those who do not recognize the worth of every person.

Vote. And then when you finish voting, help someone else to vote.

Hillary Clinton: “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit”

Thursday night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party. She stands poised (in both senses of the word) to be the first woman to become president of the United States of America.

Secretary Clinton on activism and policy details:

It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough. To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action. So we gathered facts. We built a coalition.

But how do you make a [big idea real]? You do it step-by-step, year-by-year… sometimes even door-by-door.[…]

I sweat the details of policy – whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs.

Because it’s not just a “detail” if it’s your kid – if it’s your family. It’s a big deal.

And it should be a big deal to your president.

On our nation’s history and making history:

“Stronger Together” is not just a lesson from our history.

It’s not just a slogan for our campaign.

It’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build. […]

Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come.

Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between.

Happy for boys and men, too – because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.

So let’s keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves.

Because even more important than the history we make tonight, is the history we will write together in the years ahead.

Let’s do this, Democrats! Let’s do this, America!

President Barack Obama: “Let’s show the world that we still believe in the promise of this great nation.”

On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama addressed the 2016 Democratic Party nominating convention. He asked us to celebrate what is good about our country – and ourselves – as he laid out his vision for the future; a future where the foundation set by his administration is built upon by President Hillary Clinton.

President Obama:

Look, we Democrats have always had plenty of differences with the Republican Party, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s precisely this contest of idea that pushes our country forward. (Applause.) But what we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican — and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems — just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate.

And that is not the America I know. (Applause.) The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous. (Applause.) Sure, we have real anxieties — about paying the bills, and protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent. We get frustrated with political gridlock, and worry about racial divisions. We are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice. There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten; parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities that we had.

All of that is real. We are challenged to do better; to be better.

But as I’ve traveled this country, through all 50 states, as I’ve rejoiced with you and mourned with you, what I have also seen, more than anything, is what is right with America. […]

This year, in this election, I’m asking you to join me — to reject cynicism and reject fear, and to summon what is best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation.

Secretary Clinton joined the president on the stage after his speech – the baton is passed, with a hug:

Full transcript below.

Michelle Obama: “Who will have the power to shape our children for the next 4 to 8 years of their lives?”

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the DNCC Monday night. She spoke of her time in the White House, role models, and history. And she made the case for Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States.

Michelle Obama:

Barack and I [know] that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls but the children across this country. Kids who say, “I saw you on TV,” “I wrote the report on you for school.” Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope, and he wondered, Is my hair like yours?

Make no mistake about it, this November, when we get to the polls, that is what we are deciding. Not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. In this election, and every election, it is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives. I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.

… as my daughters set out on the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader worthy of my girls’ promise and all of our kids’ promise. A leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.