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President Obama: “I could not be prouder to be your President”

On Friday, President Barack Obama had his year-end press conference before he began a two-week holiday vacation in Hawaii.

The president took a well deserved victory lap:

Today, understandably, I’m going to talk a little bit about how far we’ve come over the past eight years.

As I was preparing to take office, the unemployment rate was on its way to 10 percent. Today, it’s at 4.6 percent — the lowest in nearly a decade. We’ve seen the longest streak of job growth on record, and wages have grown faster over the past few years than at any time in the past 40.

When I came into office, 44 million people were uninsured. Today, we’ve covered more than 20 million of them. For the first time in our history, more than 90 percent of Americans are insured. In fact, yesterday was the biggest day ever for HealthCare.gov. More than 670,000 Americans signed up to get covered, and more are signing up by the day.

We’ve cut our dependence on foreign oil by more than half, doubled production of renewable energy, enacted the most sweeping reforms since FDR to protect consumers and prevent a crisis on Wall Street from punishing Main Street ever again. None of these actions stifled growth, as critics predicted. Instead, the stock market has nearly tripled. Since I signed Obamacare into law, our businesses have added more than 15 million new jobs. And the economy is undoubtedly more durable than it was in the days when we relied on oil from unstable nations and banks took risky bets with your money.

Add it all up, and last year, the poverty rate fell at the fastest rate in almost 50 years, while the median household income grew at the fastest rate on record. In fact, income gains were actually larger for households at the bottom and the middle than for those at the top. And we’ve done all this while cutting our deficits by nearly two-thirds and protecting vital investments that grow the middle class. […]

In other words, by so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started. That’s a situation that I’m proud to leave for my successor. And it’s thanks to the American people — to the hard work that you’ve put in, the sacrifices you’ve made for your families and your communities, the businesses that you started or invested in, the way you looked out for one another. And I could not be prouder to be your President.

Then he settled in to answer some tough questions about the recent presidential election, Russian interference in our democracy, Syria, China, and the future of the Democratic Party. His critique of the press was particularly scathing as he pointed out how they tilted the coverage away from policy issues and towards gossippy tidbits:

When we had a consensus around what had happened [the hacking], we announced it — not through the White House, not through me, but rather through the intelligence communities that had actually carried out these investigations. And then we allowed you and the American public to make an assessment as to how to weigh that going into the election.

And the truth is, is that there was nobody here who didn’t have some sense of what kind of effect it might have. I’m finding it a little curious that everybody is suddenly acting surprised that this looked like it was disadvantaging Hillary Clinton because you guys wrote about it every day. Every single leak. About every little juicy tidbit of political gossip — including John Podesta’s risotto recipe. This was an obsession that dominated the news coverage.

Full transcript below.


President Obama: “Stay scared!!”

Yesterday, President Obama took a break from his August vacation to speak at a Democratic Party fund-raiser. Here is what he wanted to warn us about:

What I do want to emphasize is needing a sense of urgency and finishing the job of getting [Hillary Clinton] elected. And you notice I haven’t said much about her opponent. (Laughter.) Frankly, I’m tired of talking about her opponent. I don’t have to make the case against her opponent because every time he talks he makes the case against his own candidacy.

But what I do know is that this has been an unpredictable election season, but — not only because of anxieties and concerns that the American people have, but also because of the changing nature of the media and voting patterns. There’s still a lot of uncertainty out there. And if we are not running scared until the day after the election, we are going to be making a grave mistake.

President Obama: “This is my serious face”

Democrats are giddy over the latest polls and the projections showing a shellacking in the electoral college. But here are the words that accompany each poll:

“If the election were held today …”

Guess what? The election will NOT be held today – it will be held in late October when early voting starts in many states and it will be held on November 8, 2016 when most of us go to the polls and cast our votes.

Polls that measure our preferences do not elect a single person. But what they can do, if we don’t stay focused, is lull us into a false sense of comfort.

So listen to President Obama and “Stay Scared” until the job is done. That will be when the polls close in each time zone on November 8, 2016.

(Full text of the president’s remarks are below).


Call the Whaaambulance!

Call the Whaaambulance! Harvard Republicans refuse to endorse Trump.

Here, I will save you having to click on that link:

“What happened to our beautiful party … the one built on the Southern Strategy, whistled to in Philadelphia MS, powered by the hateful racist rhetoric of Lee Atwater, and dedicated to crushing the poor, women, people of color, and the elderly??? We must reclaim it from the racist misogynist so that we can get back to the noble task of granny-killing, poor-starving, and sick-kicking Ryanism!”


Democratic National Convention – Day Four – July 28, 2016

From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th

CSPAN coverage begins at 4:30pm Eastern: Democratic National Convention, Day 4


(DNC YouTube archive)

Day Three Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day Three – July 27, 2016

Day Two Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day Two – July 26, 2016

Day One Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day One – July 25, 2016

The final list of speakers will be updated in the comments when it is released.

Updated Speakers List:
General John Allen (ret. USMC), former Commander, International Security Assistance Forces, and Commander, United States Forces – Afghanistan
Candidates of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin
League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski
Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (New York) and LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride
U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (Maryland) and the Democratic Women of the Senate

July 28th Speakers

Thursday July 28 | 4:30 pm ET – Wells Fargo Center
Gavel In

Beth Mathias

Beth works two jobs and her husband works the nightshift at a factory in Ohio. Hillary met Beth at a roundtable in Marion.

Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed

Jensen was fired from her job at a pizza restaurant in Bonner Springs, KS for asking her boss why she was paid 25 cents less than her male co-worker and friend, Jake. After Jensen and Jake’s story came to light, Hillary tweeted “Good for you, Jensen. Every woman deserves equal pay, no matter what her age. Keep up the hard work—and courage!”

Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan’s son, Humayun S. M. Khan was a University of Virginia graduate and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Clinton spoke extensively about Kahn during a speech in Minneapolis.

Chelsea Clinton

Speaker: Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Speaker: Secretary Hillary Clinton


Democratic National Convention – Day Three – July 27, 2016

From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th

Watch Live!

CSPAN coverage begins at 4:30pm Eastern: Democratic National Convention, Day 3

(DNC YouTube archive)

Day Two Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day Two – July 26, 2016

Day One Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day One – July 25, 2016

Updated Speaker List:
Congressman GK Butterfield and members of the Congressional Black Caucus
Congresswoman Judy Chu (California) and members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
NARAL President Ilyse Hogue
Rear Admiral John Hutson (Ret. USN)
Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson
Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and candidates of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Former Congressman and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey
EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock
Center for American Progress Action Fund President Neera Tanden

July 27th Speakers

Wednesday July 27 | 4:30 pm ET – Wells Fargo Center
Gavel In

Erica Smegielski

Erica’s mother Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed while trying to protect her students. Since then, Erica has become an outspoken advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention measures. Erica was featured in the ad, My Mom.

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard

Felicia and Polly are two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.

Jamie Dorff

Jamie’s husband was Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq. As a senator, Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.

Vice President Joe Biden

Speaker: Vice President Joe Biden

President Barack Obama

Speaker: President Barack Obama

Gavel Out


Democratic National Convention – Day Two – July 26, 2016

From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th

UPDATE: CSPAN Full Video of Day 2

DNCC Watch Live (when streaming)
(DNCC YouTube archive)

The list of speakers will be updated as more information becomes available.

Updated Speaker List:
Democratic National Committee Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation Donna Brazile
Former State Senator Jason Carter (Georgia)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (California) and the Democratic Women of the House
Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards

The roll call vote is expected to take place around 4:00pm Eastern time.

July 26th Speakers

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Arena
Jelani Freeman

Jelani grew up in foster care in Washington, DC and is a former intern in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office. Since receiving his law degree, he has worked to bring opportunity to kids at risk.

Thaddeus Desmond

Similar to Hillary’s work at the Children’s Defense Fund, Thaddeus is a child advocate social worker in Philadelphia.

Dynah Haubert

Dynah, of Philadelphia, PA, is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization and teaches those with disabilities to advocate for themselves.

Gavel In at 4:30 Eastern Time

Kate Burdick

Kate, originally from Philadelphia, PA, is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.

Anton Moore

Anton, from Philadelphia, PA, founded and runs a nonprofit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence.

Dustin Parsons

Dustin, from Little Rock, Arkansas, is currently a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in his home state.

Students from Eagle Academy

As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City. Eagle Academy was featured in the ad Came Through during the New York primary.

Joe Sweeney

Joe, of New York, NY, was a detective with the NYPD on September 11, 2001. When the towers were hit, he rushed down to the World Trade Center and began digging through the rubble for survivors.

Lauren Manning

Lauren was a former executive and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. She is one of the most catastrophically wounded survivors of 9/11. Lauren battled single digit odds of survival, spending more than six months in the hospital and fought recovering through the next decade from an 82.5% total body burn. Lauren asked then Senator Hillary Clinton to support the injured and she has remained unflagging in her commitment and dedication.

Ryan Moore

Ryan, originally from South Sioux City, NE, has spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia dwarfism and has known Hillary Clinton since 1994 when his family came to Washington, DC for an event to advocate for health care reform. Brian Moore, Ryan’s father, lost his job when his employer was unwilling to cover treatment for Ryan’s health condition. Ryan has stayed in contact with Hillary ever since.

President Bill Clinton

Speaker: President Bill Clinton

Mothers of the Movement

Speaker: Mothers of the Movement

Gavel Out


Democratic National Convention – Day One – July 25, 2016

From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th

Watch Live!

Day One

(YouTube archive)

The list of speakers will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Speaking tonight will be Cory Booker, Michelle Obama, keynote speaker Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders

July 25th Speakers

Gavel in at 3:00pm

Pam Livengood

Pam and her family of Keene, NH have been personally affected by the growing substance abuse epidemic and are guardians for their grandson because of their daughter’s struggle with addiction. Pam raised the issue with Hillary while participating at a round-table during the first trip to New Hampshire.

Karla & Francisca Ortiz

Karla is an American citizen from Las Vegas, NV but her parents, including her mother, Francisca, are undocumented and live in fear of deportation. Karla met Hillary Clinton in Nevada and was featured in the campaign ad, Brave.

Anastasia Somoza

Anastasia of New York, NY, along with her twin sister, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when she was born and is an advocate for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anastasia interned for Hillary Clinton in her U.S. Senate office and on the 2000 campaign for senate. Anastasia first met President Bill Clinton in 1993 at a town hall meeting for kids.


DREAMer Astrid Silva

Senator Bernie Sanders

First Lady Michelle Obama


President Obama: “I’m ready to pass the baton to Hillary Clinton.”

Yesterday, in Charlotte NC, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at a campaign rally to make the case for 4 more years – of Democrats in the White House!

President Obama spoke about “passing the baton” to the next Democratic president and Secretary Clinton spoke of “building on the progress that President Obama has made.” Steady progress – maybe not revolutionary but certainly historical. As Hillary Clinton pointed out, when the founding fathers met in Philadelphia 240 years ago to sign the Declaration of Independence, “nobody who looked like Barack Obama or me would have been included”. Yesterday, in Charlotte, the first black president passed the baton to the person who will likely become the first woman president.

Secretary Clinton:

President Obama’s job, one that he did not ask for but was handed to him, was to save us from a second great depression, and that is exactly what he did.

Actually, I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy.

We’ve added 14 million private sector jobs. The auto industry just had its best year ever. Twenty million people now have health care. Clean energy production has soared. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. That is what leadership looks like.

So our next president has a different job to do: building on the progress that President Obama has made. We have to continue to take on deep structural challenges that existed long before the great recession.

President Obama:

… the bottom line is I know Hillary can do the job, and that’s why I am so proud, North Carolina, to endorse Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.

Now, I recognize to some degree I’m preaching to the choir.

I know I probably don’t need to tell anybody here why we need Hillary’s steadiness and her level-headedness and her brilliance and her temperament right now — right now, because we’ve been through some tumultuous times in this new century and we continue to face all kinds of challenges and change in the years ahead.

And this November, in this election, you are going to have a very clear choice to make; between two fundamentally different visions of where America should go. And this isn’t even really a choice between left and right or Democrat or Republican. This is a choice between whether we are going to cling to some imaginary past or whether we’re going to reach for the future.


From the Democratic Party Wing of the Democratic Party: Founders Day Gala in Milwaukee

Last night, Democrats from all over the State of Wisconsin gathered for the Founders Day fund-raiser in Milwaukee. In attendance were both presidential candidates, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, local party luminaries like former Senator Herb Kohl, former Rep. Dave Obey plus current elected officials from Wisconsin: Rep. Gwen Moore and Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Invited guests included Sen. Al Franken, Cecile Richards from Planned Parenthood, Rep. Marcy Kaptur from Ohio, Rep. André Carson of Indiana, and Rep. Maxine Waters of California.

The purpose of the event was to raise money for the party as we head into the general election with the goal of electing another Democratic president, returning Russ Feingold to the U.S. Senate, and adding Democrats to the Wisconsin delegation to the House of Representatives. Democratic Party of Wisconsin officials think that there is a pretty good chance for Democrats to win back the state Senate and to narrow the gap in the state Assembly.

The full CSPAN clip is here and selected clips are below the fold.

(Speakers: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, DPW Chair Martha Laning, Rep. Gwen Moore, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, former and future Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin)