Obama Met With Panetta After Attack Began

From CNS News:

Obama Met With Panetta and Biden at WH As Benghazi Terror Attack Unfolded

By Terence P. Jeffrey | Tue October 30, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Sept. 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM—just 55 minutes after the State Department notified the White House and the Pentagon that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was under attack.

The meeting between Obama, Panetta and Biden had been scheduled before the attack took place, and the Department of Defense is not commenting now on whether the three men were aware when they met that day of the ongoing attack or whether Obama used that meeting to discuss with his defense secretary what should be done to defend the U.S.



New York City And New Orleans Comparisons

From The Hill:

Bloomberg tells Obama not to visit New York

By Mario Trujillo | Tue October 30, 2012

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) [sic] said President Obama offered to visit the city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy but Bloomberg told him that everyone has “lots of things to do” instead.

Remember all the grief President Bush got for not immediately visiting New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and for exactly these same reasons? In fact, that was the starting point of the media myth of Bush doing such bad a job with Katrina.

Bloomberg said he didn’t want to “diss” Obama and was flattered by the offer. Obama is scheduled to visit New Jersey on Wednesday, where the hurricane made landfall. The mayor said that trip would represent the whole region.



MSNBC Mocks Romney For Storm Relief Efforts

From NewsBusters:

MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims

By Noel Sheppard | Tue October 30, 2012

MSNBC on Tuesday totally trashed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for collecting food and supplies at a storm relief rally in Ohio to be sent to victims of Hurricane Sandy…

After introducing his Obama-supporting guests Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Lehigh professor James Peterson, host Martin Bashir played a clip of the President speaking at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington Tuesday.

When the clip concluded, Bashir said, “Mayor Reed, so the Red Cross knows what it’s doing. Did he, did you detect perhaps a subtle dig there on Mr. Romney who spent today going against the guidelines established by the Red Cross and holding a campaign rally in Ohio that was dressed up like a charity drive collecting food and other supplies when the Red Cross expressly asked people not to do that?” …

Yet according to the Washington Post:

The stop was billed as a “storm relief” event, and attendees were asked to bring non-perishable foods and other items for those affected by the storm.



WP Daily Tracking Poll Has Romney Up By 1%

First we have this from the Politico:

Gallup suspends daily tracking poll

By KATIE GLUECK | Tue October 30, 2012

Gallup will not conduct its daily tracking survey for the second night in a row as a result of superstorm Sandy, the polling firm announced Tuesday.

“Gallup will not conduct daily tracking surveys for a second night, Tuesday, Oct. 30, due to the ongoing effects of superstorm Sandy and will continue to reassess the situation on a day-to-day basis,” read a statement from the organization. “Gallup will provide an update on Wednesday about plans from that point forward.” …

Gallup’s operation center is in Omaha, Nebraska. They have call centers in numerous states around the country, including Nebraska, California, Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Georgia.


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AP: Romney Now Plunging Onto Democrat Turf!

From an outraged Associated Press:

Romney, GOP suddenly plunging onto Democratic turf

By BRIAN BAKST and THOMAS BEAUMONT | Tue October 30, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mitt Romney is suddenly plunging into traditionally Democratic-leaning Minnesota and Pennsylvania, and his GOP allies are trying to put Michigan into play. It’s forcing President Barack Obama to defend his own turf — he’s pouring money into television ads in the states and dispatching top backers — in the campaign’s final week.

You can almost see the veins bulging in the neck of this ‘reporter.’

The question is: Why this Republican move?

If the situation were reversed do you think the AP would have any trouble figuring it out?

GOP efforts in the trio of Rust Belt states could indicate that Romney is desperately searching for a last-minute path to the needed 270 Electoral College votes — without all-important Ohio.



WP/ABC Poll: Romney And Obama Tied At 49%

From the Washington Post:

WaPo-ABC track: All tied up at 49 percent

by Jon Cohen, Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement | Mon October 29, 2012

After days of small ticks up and down, the Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll starts its second week with a tied contest: 49 percent of likely voters support President Obama and exactly the same number back Republican Mitt Romney

In this polls they oversampled Democrats by 7%. (Dem/Rep/Ind = 35/28/34%.)

In fact, the WP/ABC has gone from oversampling Democrats by 4% last week to oversampling them 7% today. At this rate, they will be oversampling Democrats by 12% come election day.

For the record, Gallup and Rasmussen are projecting Republicans to turn out November 6th at a 1 or 2% higher rate than Democrats.



NYT: Libya Warnings Weren’t Specific Enough

From yesterday’s New York Times:

Libya Warnings Were Plentiful, but Unspecific


WASHINGTON — In the months leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, the Obama administration received intelligence reports that Islamic extremist groups were operating training camps in the mountains near the Libyan city and that some of the fighters were “Al Qaeda-leaning,” according to American and European officials.

The warning about the camps was part of a stream of diplomatic and intelligence reports that indicated that the security situation throughout the country, and particularly in eastern Libya, had deteriorated sharply since the United States reopened its embassy in Tripoli after the fall of Col.



Oct Jobs Report Could Be Delayed DOL Closings

From the New York Times:

Friday’s Data on Joblessness, Eagerly Awaited by Campaigns, Could Be Delayed by Storm

By ANNIE LOWREY | Mon October 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — Hurricane Sandy might force the Labor Department to delay the release of the monthly report on the nation’s unemployment, due Friday morning, the most hotly anticipated piece of economic data to come out before the election.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the data and statistics division of the Labor Department, is scheduled to release the October jobs report at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. But the hurricane has shuttered government offices and closed public transportation in and around Washington, and that might lead the department to delay the release of the report.

Yes, Hurricane Sandy meant they had to close their offices on Monday before the storm started.


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Wishful Thinking Re Sandy Postponing Elections

From the Politico:

Hurricane Sandy: Could it push back the election?

By ALEX GUILLEN | Mon October 29, 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing for Hurricane Sandy to disrupt next week’s elections, agency Administrator Craig Fugate said Monday afternoon.

Really? How are they preparing for this disruption?

“We are anticipating that, based on the storm, there could be impacts that would linger into next week and have impacts on the federal election,” Fugate said on a conference call with reporters.

Just out of curiosity, what business is this of FEMA’s? (And when did impact become plural?)

But any potential tinkering with Election Day would bring a bevy of legal issues.

“Our chief counsel’s been working on making sure that we have the proper guidance,” he added.



Obama Seeks To Project Presidential Leadership

From the Associated Press:

Obama seeks to project presidential leadership as storm shakes up campaign

Monday, October 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama the candidate stepped aside Monday so the commander in chief could take over.

In the waning days of his re-election bid, the president scrapped two days of campaigning and retreated from the trail.

In point of fact, Obama has not scrapped his campaign. Biden is still campaigning. Michelle is still campaigning. And his other wife, Bill Clinton, is still campaigning for him.

Meanwhile, Romney and Ryan really have stop campaigning. But Obama is getting all the credit for being so high-minded.

He hunkered down at the White House to oversee the government’s response to the East Coast superstorm — and to project presidential leadership.



BHO Forced To Balance Governing, Campaigning

From an irony proof Reuters:

Hurricane forces Obama to balance governing, campaigning

By Matt Spetalnick | Sun October 28, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Sunday faced the delicate task of balancing his administration’s biggest storm response with his tough campaign for re-election as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the U.S. East Coast little more than a week before Election Day.

We suppose this is news. Since Obama has never been forced to do anything but campaign and fundraise up until now.

In fact, we have never noticed him having any trouble balancing his responsibilities as Commander In Chief with campaigning. (Cf. Benghazi.) Or doing any of the other things expected of a President, such as growing the economy.

Campaigning and fundraising have always taken precedence.



AP: Newspaper Endorsements Are Meaningless

First we have this somewhat shocking development from the editors of the Des Moines Register:

The Des Moines Register endorsement: Mitt Romney offers a fresh economic vision

Sat October 27, 2012

Ten months ago this newspaper endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president. An overarching consideration was which of the party’s candidates could we see occupying the White House, and there was no question that Romney was qualified for the job.

Now, in the closing days of the general election campaign, the question is which of the two contenders deserves to be the next president of the United States…

Barack Obama rocketed to the presidency from relative obscurity with a theme of hope and change. A different reality has marked his presidency.



AP: Racist Whites Will Cost Obama 2% At Polls

From the Associated Press:

AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks

Sat October 27, 2012

Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.

So Obama has failed to deliver on yet another one of his campaign promises: his promise to bring us together racially.

Those views could cost President Barack Obama votes as he tries for re-election, the survey found, though the effects are mitigated by some Americans’ more favorable views of blacks.

In other words, if you want to prove to the AP that you aren’t a racist you had better vote for Obama.



Obama’s Job Approval Fell 7 Points In 3 Days

From CNS News:

Gallup: Obama’s Job Approval Drops 7 Points in 3 Days

By Terence P. Jeffrey
October 27, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – In the most precipitous decline it has seen in more than a year, President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped 7 points in three days, according to Gallup.

In the three-day period ending on Oct. 23, says Gallup, 53 percent said they approved of the job Obama was doing and 42 percent said they did not.

On Oct. 24, that dropped to 51 percent who said they approved and 44 percent who said they do not.

On Oct. 25, it dropped again to 48 percent who said they approved and 47 percent who said they do not.

On Oct. 26, it dropped yet again to 46 percent who said they approved and 49 percent who said they did not…

On the other had Mitt Romney has been at 50% approval or above in Gallup’s approval poll for 13 days in a row.



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