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Fri Jan 30, 2015, 01:03 AM

Obama energizes House Dems: 'We've got a lot more work to do'

Obama energizes House Dems: 'We've got a lot more work to do'

By Mike Lillis at the Hill

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/231237-obama-tells-dems-weve-got-a-lot-more-work-to-do

"SNIP................

Addressing the Democrats gathered in Philadelphia for their annual issues retreat, the president warned that recent economic gains haven't reached everyone, and called on the lawmakers to keep battling for the party's priorities until they do.

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"It’s not that the Democrats don’t have a message. It’s that we had too many," Pelosi said, explaining why the Democratic message got muddled last year.

The Democrats have every reason to stick with the same policy script, as public opinion polls consistently show that voters favor the central provisions of their economic agenda, including a minimum wage hike, immigration reform, an extension of emergency unemployment benefits and more generous childcare benefits.

But that popular support hasn't translated into election gains in recent cycles, leaving the Democrats scrambling for a messaging strategy that compels voters to the polls.

Obama, for one, thinks he has the prescription.

"We need to stand up and go on offense and not be defensive about what we believe in," he told the Democrats Thursday night, to a raucous standing ovation.




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Reply Obama energizes House Dems: 'We've got a lot more work to do' (Original post)
applegrove Jan 2015 OP
msongs Jan 2015 #1
gratuitous Jan 2015 #2
merrily Jan 2015 #4
Ykcutnek Jan 2015 #5
Major Hogwash Jan 2015 #7
Cha Jan 2015 #14
merrily Jan 2015 #3
1000words Jan 2015 #6
applegrove Jan 2015 #8
Cha Jan 2015 #16
applegrove Jan 2015 #21
Cha Jan 2015 #23
R B Garr Jan 2015 #9
pkdu Jan 2015 #10
1000words Jan 2015 #11
pkdu Jan 2015 #12
1000words Jan 2015 #13
pkdu Jan 2015 #18
1000words Jan 2015 #20
Cha Jan 2015 #15
pkdu Jan 2015 #19
djean111 Jan 2015 #17
WorseBeforeBetter Jan 2015 #24
pampango Jan 2015 #22

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 01:17 AM

1. he's gotta getem fired up for fast track nt

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 01:20 AM

2. Well, that's just weird

I've been assured over and over again during the last six years that this is Green Lanternism of the first water, the President can't just impose his will on Congress and have things happen. Now that he doesn't have a majority in either chamber, I guess there's a built-in excuse when it doesn't work. The moral will be clear: Never try.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 01:56 AM

4. Anyone know the greatest number of Senators in the (R) caucus during the Bush years?

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:01 AM

5. It was an "annual issues retreat"

 

Annual means every year.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:04 AM

7. He was speaking with members of his own party, for Christ's sake!

How in the hell could President Obama EVER impose his will on members of the Republican party of the last 6 years?

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 03:10 AM

14. Thanks for 'splaining, Major! Pic~Dems Happy to see President Obama..

The Dem Retreat in PA..


President Obama is greeted by Gov Tom Wolf and Mayor Michael Nutter upon his arrival at Philadelphia International Airport

http://theobamadiary.com/2015/01/29/chat-away-502/

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 01:50 AM

3. Congress

114th Congress, January 5, 2015

House of Representatives

Democratic voting members 188

Republican voting members 246





Senate

Democratic voting members 44

Republican voting members 54

Independents 2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/114th_United_States_Congress



111th Congress January 26, 2009


House of Representatives

Democratic voting members 255

Republican voting members 178




Senate

Democratic voting members 56

Republican voting members 41

Independents (caucusing with D) 2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress


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Response to 1000words (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:14 AM

8. You‘re embarrased for “them“ meaning

Democrats?

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Response to applegrove (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 06:19 AM

16. Aloha apple.. the President to Dems re midterms..

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Excellent burn from PBO to Dems re midterms: "When we're shy about what we care about & when we're defensive about what we believe in....."
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The Dem Retreat in PA.. Happy to see President Obama..


President Obama is greeted by Gov Tom Wolf and Mayor Michael Nutter upon his arrival at Philadelphia International Airport

http://theobamadiary.com/2015/01/29/chat-away-502/

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Response to Cha (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 05:37 PM

21. I meant why is 1000 calling obama speaking to democrats "them". Is he/she not a part

of democrats?

Hello Cha

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Response to applegrove (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 08:49 PM

23. I know.. I

can't answer to the 24/7 bashers of the President..

Just thought I'd insert some positive info.. because there is!

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Response to 1000words (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:15 AM

9. Uh huh

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Response to 1000words (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:23 AM

10. " them" ?.....I think the forum you are looking for is ---------> that way nt

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Response to 1000words (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:35 AM

12. good luck in the ideological wilderness , with a Repug Prez and and two additional male

Right wingers on the Supreme Court.

I can hear it now..." If only Warren had run , we'd have won the House , the Senate and the Presidency ..."

Fuck that sentiment , and the damage it will do to this country.

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Response to 1000words (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:15 PM

18. Your use of the word "them" is what metaphorically got you shown the door....not your views

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Response to pkdu (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 06:15 AM

15. Aloha pkdu.. Excellent burn from the President to Dems re midterms..

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Excellent burn from PBO to Dems re midterms: "When we're shy about what we care about & when we're defensive about what we believe in....."
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Response to Cha (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:18 PM

19. Aloha Cha...excellent burn indeed,too many were silent or worse) on last 6 years achievements nt

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 09:12 AM

17. In other words - I am going to spin the TPP as helpful to the 99%, and you all had better

 

fall in line. Because I have promised the TPP.

Honestly, I am starting to truly believe that ALL of us are just a faint little noise from Whoville, and none of this is worth the stress.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #17)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 11:31 PM

24. LOL @ your last paragraph.

And I think you're right...

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 05:46 PM

22. "a minimum wage hike, immigration reform, an extension of emergency unemployment benefits and more

childcare benefits. "

Great issues to stand up for. If republicans want to see ignore them or vote them down, make them pay a price.

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