Why President Obama’s support of marriage equality is a BFD

Why President Obama’s support of marriage equality is a BFD

Nobody puts Barack in a corner

Yesterday I wrote that the issue of same-sex marriage was coming to a crisis for the President, even though he’s running against an opponent who could not be worse on gay marriage — unless he were literally Rick Santorum.

Mitt Romney has called himself “one of the nation’s leading advocates of traditional marriage” and has the embarrassing credentials to back it up. He’s personally funded ads against gay marriage. He’s for a constitutional amendment that would write homophobia in our founding document. Mitt’s even against civil unions, putting him to the right of George W.…

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THIS SATURDAY! The Michigan Summit: Largest gathering of Michigan progressives of the year

Energizing. Engaging. Winning.

Every year, Progress Michigan and a Who’s Who coalition of progressive organizations from around the state host an event called “The Michigan Summit”. (You can have a look at my liveblog of the 2011 Michigan Summit HERE.)

This year, the event takes place THIS SATURDAY, May 12, 2012, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. If you are involved in progressive political action, activism or Democratic politics in any way, you won’t want to miss it.

This year’s theme is “Energizing. Engaging. Winning.” and it’s a perfect description of the intent of The Michigan Summit: to activate progressives across the state to achieve our goals in everything that we do.…

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The utter lametude of the Romney campaign’s (attempted) slam on President Obama’s first campaign rally

Seriously? That's all you have?

On Saturday, Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams tweeted this:
View from floor during @BarackObama speech. Not the "overflow" crowd he promised tinyurl.com/7fcozsu #not2008anymore twitter.com/RyanGOP/status…— Ryan Williams (@RyanGOP) May 5, 2012
The photo was clearly taken before President Obama's first campaign rally got underway. The empty section you see on either side of the tunnel coming out onto the main floor was directly behind the media stand so nobody was seated there intentionally. You can see this in the panoramic image my wife, Anne C. Savage, took while she was there. Go fullscreen with the pano and zoom in on the section in question and When that's all you have, you are in BIG trouble. [More]
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It is impossible to be worse on the issue of marriage equality than Mitt Romney

It is impossible to be worse on the issue of marriage equality than Mitt Romney

He’s the Las Vegas of anti-gay equality

Here are the facts about the President’s record on gay rights:

  • No President has hired more openly gay or lesbian Americans for high profile positions than Barack Obama.
  • Ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a historic achievement for equality.
  • By refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the President makes the constitutional case for gay marriage.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s positions on gay rights remain:

  • He recently lost his one openly gay staffer who claimed he was “hounded” out the campaign by the religious right.
  • He says he would not have ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at least until the “wars” were over.
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First official Obama rally of 2012 in Columbus, Ohio – PHOTOS & Interactive PANOS

Fired up and ready to GO!

These are a few images from the first official campaign rally for Barack Obama for the 2012 election. It took place in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio State on Saturday, May 5. At the bottom is an interactive panoramic image from the Rally and along with a panoramic still that can be zoomed in so close you can actually find yourself if you were there. Enjoy! [LOTS of photos (and other treats) after the jump.]
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New Obama ad touts President’s accomplishments with a positive, forward message

Forward

Here's the newest ad from Obama for America and it's a powerful one. Positive. Doesn't mention his opponent. Forward. [Video after the jump.]
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Detroit NAACP celebrates its 100-year anniversary with an impressive 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

Restoring hope for Detroit's future

Last night, the Detroit NAACP held its 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. This was a particularly auspicious event because this is the 100-year anniversary of the Detroit branch of the NAACP. It is hard to understate the immensity of this event. Upwards of 6,000 people attended this gala event at the Cobo Center in Detroit. There were five podiums set up, ringing the room, each with a long line of seats for dignitaries stretching out on both sides. The press conference before the event was attended not only by the award winners but such dignitaries as...
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Stop Pretending There Will Be Just One Attempted “Swiftboating” of President Obama

Stop Pretending There Will Be Just One Attempted “Swiftboating” of President Obama

Everyday they Swiftboat this President

There’s a lot of hubbub about a new ad featuring conservative Navy SEALs. These purported ex-soldiers claim that President Obama is taking too much credit for the historically brave decision he made to go after bin Laden in Pakistan last year. Think Progress has pointed out that this ad has much in common with the 2004 “Swift Boat” ad that peed on war hero John Kerry.

Well, it ain’t 2004 anymore.

In 2004, Fox News was a smaller yet growing presence on cable. YouTube didn’t exist. DrudgeReport hadn’t caught Bieberfever for Mitt Romney.

Most importantly, Osama bin Laden was alive.…

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