Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick claps while recognizing Harvard Police officers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs between the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks on April 26, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
*Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick cracked the door on Sunday to a potential White House run after the 2016 election, using a governors’ conference in Washington, D.C., to stir national buzz, the Boston Globe reports.
Asked in an interview with Politico whether he could envision himself running for national office, Patrick, who has ruled out vying for the 2016 nomination, replied, “Maybe. Maybe.”
“That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years and she’s a tough one to convince,” Patrick told the publication.
*The president admitted it, he was “too nice” during the first debate.
His cool, calm and collect way of politicizing, so to speak, didn’t do him any favors on this first round of arguments. But Obama said he’ll be stepping his game up the next time.
During an interview with Tom Joyner Wednesday morning, the presidential candidate told the radio host that he’s going all the way in next debate.
“Well, two things. I mean, you know, the debate, I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite, because, you know, it’s hard to sometimes just keep on saying and what you’re saying isn’t true,” he said. What was he talking about exactly though?
“It gets repetitive. But, you know, the good news is, is that’s just the first one. Governor Romney put forward a whole bunch of stuff that either involved him running away from positions that he had taken, or doubling down on things like Medicare vouchers that are going to hurt him long term. …And, you know, I think it’s fair to say that we will see a little more activity at the next one.”
Perhaps he’ll get tough on Romney, but it’s truly hard to tell.
Listen to the FULL interview HERE.
*Recent debate aside, the Obama’s campaign is doing phenomenally.
The president and his minions have raised $181 million in September alone for his re-election, the largest total reported on either side of this 2012 campaign, according to Reuters.
Another big helper for Obama has been the declining numbers of unemployed Americans, which is certainly a booster after the debate Wednesday against his Republican opponent.
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The last month has been successful in bringing in more donors. Of the 1.8 million who donated in September, more than 500,000 were new donors, the biggest month yet, according to campaign manager Jim Messina.
Regardless of how much money that’s been raised, Mitt Romney has done the Obama campaign a favor by being basically unrelatable to the majority of the American population.
Still, voters are not convinced that he is a good person; and believe perhaps, that he is someone who doesn’t understand the public.
According to a recent online survey, Obama is still leading by 2 percent – 47 percent to 45 percent.
Read more about the latest campaign updates at Reuters.
*And we thought Michael Jordan was apolitical. Who knew?
Yes, it seems MJ is an Obama fan, too and want’s to help him raise funds for his reelection.
According to reports, the Hall of Famer and NBA legend is among several famed sports figures that have been tapped by the Obama campaign for a fundraising “shoot-around” and dinner in New York on Aug. 22 New York’s Chelsea Piers sports complex.
What’s being called the “Obama Classic” will feature several NBA stars, including Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and others.
Jordan, who played for the Chicago Bulls, Obama’s favorite NBA team, and NBA Commissioner David Stern are co-hosting a $20,000-per person fundraising dinner with the president later in the day.
Lady hoopers Sheryl Swoopes and Dawn Staley will also be present at the event.
*When President Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize, a blanket of shock fell upon the American population.
Some questioned what he did to actually get the prestigious recognition. Criticism is on the rise about the whole bit, particularly these days since America has unofficially declared war on a few nations oceans apart.
Jon Lovitz, an unashamed critic of Obama, took some serious blows at the president and his Prize.
“Nobel Peace Prize? You didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen,” he tweeted … along with the photo below.
The comment was actually a play on Obama’s out of context comment in a recent speech, in which he emphasized the government’s role in producing individual success.
“If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Some have taken the statement as proof that Obama believes the government is responsible for any individual’s personal triumphs, says the Huffington Post. But as we said, the comment is taken out of context. he was actually speaking about the government helps individuals to become successful
Lovitz appeared to be implying that Obama said in one way or another that he did the work to become a Nobel Peace Prize winner. But the president hasn’t ever publicly done so.
The former “SNL” actor has made headlines in recent months for his full-on digs at President Obama. Although he votes Democrat, he called Obama a “f***ing a**hole” on his podcast a few months ago, and further embellished the claim when later asked, refusing to apologize since Obama is “not a king.”
*President Barack Obama is sounding a little worried about his campaign.
On a phone conference with his donors, the president sort of rambled and sounded like he was begging for money and to send it pronto.
“The majority on this call maxed out to my campaign last time. I really need you to do the same this time,” the president said in a highly unusual fundraising pitch from Air Force One on his way back to Washington from Colorado Springs, where he’d been assessing the terrible damage caused by uncontained wildfires according to The Daily Beast.
He told his sponsors that this time around, he needs more money to continue.
“I’m asking you to meet or exceed what you did in 2008,” he said. ”Because we’re going to have to deal with these super PACs in a serious way. And if we don’t, frankly I think the political [scene] is going to be changed permanently. Because the special interests that are financing my opponent’s campaign are just going to consolidate themselves. They’re gonna run Congress and the White House.”
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According to sources, he sounded a bit disheartened by the whole process and even looking back at his presidency as he’s gotten a lot of criticism.
“And now I’m the incumbent president. I’ve got gray hair. People have seen disappointment because folks had a vision of change happening immediately. And it turns out change is hard, especially when you’ve got an obstructionist Republican Congress.”
Before listeners thought he sounded depressed, he perked up a bit and said that over the past three years, a lot has been done for the better.
Last month, President Obama raised $60 million while his opponent Mitt Romney raised $76 million.