*(Via the LA Times) Since his midterm election drubbing, President Obama has followed what seems like a wobbly course, taking one step to the left, then two to the right. The pattern, now reinforced by his tentative tax deal with Republicans, has pleased GOP adversaries while infuriating allies on the left.
But viewed through the lens of reelection politics, the strategy forged by the White House becomes clearer. The president is appealing to the independent voters who handed him one of the worst midterm setbacks in decades.
One of their major complaints has been Washington’s inability to work across party lines. And by trying to show that he can work with his nemeses, the president is laying a foundation for 2012, when the two-year tax cut compromise expires.
“We have to get [the independents] back,” said a senior White House advisor who spoke on the condition of anonymity while discussing internal strategy.
At the White House, Obama’s chief of staff, Peter Rouse, is finishing an internal review meant to prepare the president and his aides for the new political climate. It is expected to include a renewed effort to address one of the more surprising shortcomings of Obama’s first two years in office: his failure to forge a closer connection with everyday Americans.
“Since he stopped campaigning, he doesn’t seem to be reaching out and engaging the people anymore,” said Melanie Orpen, 38, an independent voter from suburban Philadelphia, during a focus group discussion Monday night sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Read the FULL story at the LA Times.
No'Nique & Sidney Hicks
*Do you remember that old school love? That pure love, the kind that was just about has close to being Biblical as you could possibly make it? Well, we know someone who is claiming just that sort of love. Her name is Monique.
In a continuation from a prior newsbit our Lee Bailey gets the lowdown on Mo’Nique regarding her business partner, husband and friend Sidney Hicks. She says she owes a great deal of her current success to him. Especially her ability to remain cool, calm and collected during the run up to the whole award season process which culminated with a best supporting actress Oscar win for her.
“I would blame that on a man by the name of Sidney Hicks,” Mo’Nique explained. “He, in my humble opinion, is from God. He’s an angel, for me. And he really put things in perspective. And I truly, understand now as a grown woman, when I as a little girl would hear women say, ‘I got a man. He’s the king of the castle.’ Now I understand. During this whole process it was conversations my husband and I were having. He was like ‘Keep your cool, it’s okay. Keep your cool.’ He’s my business partner, as well as my husband. He and I were best friends since we were 14 years old. So, it’s not like he’s this new person for me. He has been in my life since we were kids. So we know each other very well. So, I trust him.”
Mo says her husband is the architect of her current career. He’s been in charge for about 4 years now.
“You know how sometimes you listen to someone’s ideas about you and they make sense? And you don’t fight against it? Sometimes you fight against it because you just want trouble. Some woman are like ‘Well, that don’t make sense!’ but I learned to submit n when it made since.”
Dang, can you say sprung? But on the real, there’s nothing wrong with witnessing black love. Right on, right on!
Check out the next EURweb when Mo’Nique stands up for a young actress that she relates all too well.