When your opening act is an accused rapist and molester of women, a man who lied to a grand jury and was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, a man who actually stood in the Rose Garden of the White House and lied as follows:
But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time -- never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people.
When that man is your opening act, and then you climb on stage as President of the United States and people walk out halfway through your speech three days before the vote for your reelection, that’s not good.
But that’s what happened yesterday to Barack Obama in Virginia. Famous liar, womanizer, and accused rapist Bill Clinton kept the audience in their seats, but as Obama was speaking, many people had had enough; they got up and left so they could beat the parking lot traffic.
As Charlie Spiering of the Washington Examiner tweeted:
Wow. Steady stream of cold people trotting towards the exit in the middle of Obama's speech.
And even Obama’s hot air wasn’t enough to hold them.
“When are we gonna get some help?” blasted one desperate woman, who had to be held back by the mayor’s security detail as Bloomberg stood by with a deer-in-the-headlights look.
“When are we gonna get some f--king help?” she demanded.
Bloomberg’s trip to the Rockaways wasn’t announced and wouldn’t have been caught on cameras if the news crew hadn’t happened to run across him. Back in City Hall, he expressed sympathy with the residents’ plight.
“I spoke to many people who were worried, frustrated and cold,” Bloomberg said. “There’s no power there and temperatures are dropping. Even those who have generators are having a hard time getting fuel.”
The Rockaways’ situation is among the most dire of any of the city’s seaside neighborhoods.
Garbage and debris were everywhere, and the smithereens of the boardwalk were washed far inland.
Cops yesterday uncovered the body of 90-year-old George Stathis, who was found dead in his home on Beach 121st Street.
There was mud on streets where lights weren’t working, sand dunes in front of homes and piles of rubble all over.
“They’re looting cars all over the place,” Morgan said. “This is New York City. They have to help us.”
Some Rockaways residents who work as firefighters in The Bronx and Manhattan were fuming yesterday — sitting idly in their firehouses while their neighbors and family members miles away struggled to get help.
The Clackamas County elections office is embroiled in another controversy tonight after West Linn Police stopped two canvassers for Oregon House Democrats from collecting ballots door-to-door.
The canvassers were not arrested, but the officers made them return the one ballot they had collected, according to both West Linn Police and the House Democrats.
A West Linn police spokesman says the officers were dispatched around 5:30 pm today after the shift supervisor received a call from the Clackamas County elections office saying someone had complained.
Oregon statute does not outlaw independent collection of vote-by-mail ballots, though it does say that any person collecting ballots must display a sign saying it is not an official drop site
Oregon House Democrats spokesman Jared Mason-Gere says the canvassers with FuturePAC, the House Democrats' political action committee, were carrying the required sign.
At least one Republican legislator saw it differently. Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn) posted on her Facebook page tonight that the canvassers were breaking the law.
"There's no room in Oregon for Chicago-style politics of people coming to your door to get you to hand over your ballot," Parrish posted. "Not acceptable. If the law isn't clear enough for House Democrats, at least use some ethics already. Your vote is private...turn your ballot in at a ballot drop box only!!!"
Activists with the NAACP took over a Houston polling place and advocated for Barack Obama in clear violation of Texas law, according to a sworn statement by a poll watcher for True the Vote, Breitbart.com reported Saturday.
Eva Rockford, a volunteer with True the Vote, said in her statement that NAACP activists arrived at the 139th precinct polling station at 6719 W. Montgomery Road in Houston at 2:25 p.m. Friday afternoon with about 50 cases of bottled water.
According to Rockford, activists were advocating for Obama as they were handing out water to people in line.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past two years, you're all too aware that the election is a mere two days away. And if you happen to be a fan of bizarre statistical anomalies, you may also be aware that the winner of today's Panthers-Redskins game may accurately predict whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney becomes the next Commander-in-Chief. Since 1940 (when the Redskins moved to the nation's capital from Boston), the Redskins have played in 18 seasons where there was a general election, and in 17 of those 18 years, when the Redskins win their last home game prior to the last day of the campaign, the party that won the previous election has stayed in power. When the Redskins lose their last pre-election home game, the non-incumbent party has always won the election.
Nancy Pelosi has spent much of the past two years proclaiming that Democrats had a great shot at reclaiming the House and returning the speaker’s gavel to her hands.
But her drive to regain the majority for Democrats is on the verge of a complete collapse. Democrats are expected to pick up five seats at best — a fraction of the 25 they need. On the eve of the election, some party officials are privately worried that Democrats might even lose ground and drop one or two seats to the Republican majority.
It would mark an epic failure for a party that has a legitimate shot at keeping the presidency and the Senate on Tuesday. The inability of House Democrats to pick off a good number of seats from one of the most unpopular House majorities in modern history will cause a lot of soul-searching in the party come Wednesday.
So Democrats are already doing their postmortems on a House election cycle gone awry. What they’ll find in the political autopsy is Republican dominance in redistricting that created a GOP friendly map, a Medicare argument that didn’t totally pan out and an incumbent president who just wasn’t as popular as when he ran four years ago. They’ll also have to come to terms with the fact that they still can’t overcome the Republican advantage in campaign spending.
There are dozens of presidential opinion polls these days, and even more interpretations what they mean. But predictions keep changing, which calls into question how useful they are. The closer you get to an election the easier it is to call it, at least in theory.
Team Obama must be sighing in collective relief this weekend.
Pee Wee Herman, the alter ego of actor Paul Reubens, has endorsed President Barack Obama in a typically colorful column over at The Huffington Post.
For me, this election is like the choice between store-bought ice cream (maybe even diet Ice Milk), and mouth-watering, homemade, unbelievably delicious frozen custard. How did I arrive at this conclusion? This week President Obama was working hard alongside Governor Bruce Springsteen of New Jersey (boy, he sure has gained some weight) to help the people most in need.
It struck me that the choice I'll be making Tuesday is like going for store-bought ice cream when it's obvious what you really need is homemade frozen custard. President Obama is like the delicious frozen custard you'd get at Kohr's. President Obama has the 1.4 percent egg yolk solids needed to run this country.
Winds, close to 80 mph, whipped the 14-foot floodwaters through the streets of New York Monday night as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the city. During the height of the storm, a detective from the New York Police Department approached the duty noncommissioned officer of 6th Communications Battalion, Force Headquarter Group in Brooklyn, N.Y., and requested assistance for a rescue operation.
A transformer in the Queens neighborhood of Rockaway Beach burst, triggering a house fire that soon spread to adjacent buildings. Because of the fire and the rising floodwaters, many residents were trapped.
First responders attempted to help stranded residents, but they were also trapped, bringing the number of those marooned to 14. The water was too deep for the emergency services units, so the NYPD called on the Reserve Marines for support.
Daylight Saving Time 2012 ends in the U.S. today (November 4, 2012) at 2 a.m. local time on your clock. Remember to fall back and set your clocks back by one hour.
In the United States, only Hawaii and Arizona do not practice Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time used to begin on the first Sunday in April and end on the last Sunday in October. With the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, it was extended by four weeks. The start date was moved to the second Sunday in March and the end date to the first Sunday in November.
One tip from the United States Fire Administration. Use Daylight Saving Time as a twice-yearly reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
Daylight Savings Time 2012 will begin again on March 10, 2013.