"The threat these groups pose is evolving. But to meet this threat, we don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad, or occupy other nations. Instead, we will need to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security, and help allies who take the fight to terrorists, as we have in Mali. And, where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans.

As we do, we must enlist our values in the fight. That is why my Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts. I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world."

- President Obama (via kileyrae)
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"The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next."

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"Already, we have brought home 33,000 of our brave servicemen and women. This spring, our forces will move into a support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead. Tonight, I can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan. This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over."

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Greatest weakness? It’s possible that I’m a little too awesome. - Barack Obama

Whatever your politics, you gotta admit he’s a pretty cool dad/husband! I’d love to take a law class with him!

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Yeah, she actually said that.

Yeah, she actually said that.

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Stephen Colbert has spoken.

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ROMNEY: Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level. And also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So, obviously, that’s completely absurd.


COOPER: But the federal government, though, does provide billions of dollars every year in essential funding for schools and first responders and a big percentage of that aid goes to pay for personnel. Like more than $14 billion I think under Title 1 this year. Billions more programs for improving special education and a lot of that is hiring special education teachers, community policing support. So without that federal aid, many of those positions would disappear.

Would Governor Romney want to cut those federal programs?

GAIL GITCHO, COMMUNICATIONS DIR., ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: First of all, what the Obama campaign is doing is that they’re trying to distract from President Obama’s comments on Friday that the private sector is doing just fine. And I think that what you heard Governor Romney say is that the — it’s absurd to think that he would slash any jobs for teachers or firefighters or first responders.

But the states and the local governments, they actually are the ones that hire them. But what you have here —

COOPER: But the — but —

GITCHO: — is two competing visions —

COOPER: But money is provided by — Governor Romney is saying money is not provided — the federal government doesn’t provide money for these —

GITCHO: Governor Romney —


COOPER: But they do.

GITCHO: Governor Romney is saying is that the funds are provided to the state and the local level who then they apply the moneys to where they see fit.

COOPER: But I guess — I just don’t understand why he is saying specifically the federal — and I want to get his quote right. “The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen, when, you know, billions and billions of dollars every year is spent by the federal government on these programs.

GITCHO: But that’s just — that’s just some of that money. And you remember that a lot of this came in the form of a stimulus that failed to get this economy back on the right track. Some of that money does go to those entities that you just described. But it’s up to the folks at the local level to decide where that money goes and who is hired because of it.

COOPER: For the record, the Title 1 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, that’s not stimulus related. But I want to ask you about something that we’ve asked your colleagues before. Some of your surrogates suggest that we should focus on the governor’s record at job creation in Massachusetts after his policies had time to go into effect, not the first year when they obviously hadn’t yet.

You inherited, you know, a bad economy and that’s a fair point. Is that a standard that should be applied to President Obama’s record as well?

GITCHO: Well, I think that what needs — what people need to look at is the end result here. You’ve got — we’re happy to compare these records.

You have President Obama where we have 40 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent and he promised that with the stimulus that it would be below 8 percent. And even —

COOPER: He didn’t actually promise that.

GITCHO: His CBO reported that. His CBO said that in a report —

COOPER: Right, but you guys keep saying he said that when he actually didn’t say that.

GITCHO: Well, it’s his administration. It’s his report that came out because of his stimulus that he put into place. But, look, if we’re happy to compare these economic records, if you take a look at what Massachusetts was when Governor Romney took office, you had unemployment at 5.6 percent. When he left office, it was at 4.7 percent. Obama’s record is just terrible. You have 40 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent when he said that it’s supposed to be below 6 percent in this CBO report.

So we’re happy to compare those records. If you want to just take a look at those two record, it’s 8.1 percent and above or 4.7 percent. Those are the two numbers that really matter.

COOPER: Isn’t the CBO, they’re nonpartisan? I mean, you’re saying — your campaign, Governor Romney, says this all the time. Obama said. Obama did not say that. If the CBO puts out a report, that’s not the president’s —

GITCHO: Well, it wasn’t a CBO — well, it’s still a report that came out of his stimulus that came out of his administration, sure.

COOPER: Well, but, I mean, he doesn’t control the Congressional Budget Office. He’s not the one saying this stuff.

GITCHO: Right, but — Anderson, let’s just look at the facts here. This economy is on — is not on a road to recovery which is what he has promised.

In fact, three years ago, President Obama said if he did not fix this economy, he would be looking at a one-term proposition. Today in Ohio, he’s asking for a do-over.

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