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Obama During Campaign: “Al Qaeda Has Been Decimated”

With the closing of U.S. embassies in Muslim countries around the world, the White House is putting out word that while it has claimed al Qaeda’s “core” in Pakistan is on the ropes, it has acknowledged that al Qaeda’s affiliates elsewhere are not.

But President Obama was not so keen on making such subtle distinctions during the campaign. The gist of his reelection message was that al Qaeda itself was headed on a fast track for the dustbin of history. Less than a year ago, Obama himself was suggesting all of al Qaeda was on the road to extinction.

“The war in Afghanistan is winding down. Al Qaeda has been decimated,” Obama said during a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin November 1, 2012. “Osama bin Laden is dead. So we’ve made real progress these past four years.”

“Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat,” Obama declared during remarks in Columbus, Ohio on the final day of the campaign.

That phrase, it would appear, is no longer operative.

Obama Campaign Revs Back Up for Fiscal Cliff Fight

A campaign organization is a terrible thing to waste.

So the Obama campaign CONTINUES TO OPERATE, summoning the millions on its campaign email list to badger their representatives to support President Obama’s position on the fiscal cliff.

Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter is apparently still milling around campaign headquarters. She sent me – I’m on their list – a message telling me to call my member of Congress right away.

Here’s a suggestion on what to say — feel free to improvise and let your representative’s office know why you’re personally supporting the President’s plan:

“Hi, I’m Keith. As a voter from your district, I support the President’s plan to extend tax cuts for 98 percent of American families — $2,000 a year means a lot to me and to middle-class families here in Pennsylvania. I urge Representative Thompson to sign the petition forcing the House to vote on the Senate-passed bill, and to vote “yes” if it reaches the floor.”

Once you’ve called your representative’s office, please report back and let us know how it went:

Well, the vaunted Obama campaign machine thinks I live in Pennsylvania – I live in Virginia – and told me to call the wrong representative. But I assume they’re getting most of these right.

Poor interns working in these offices getting caller after caller numbly repeating the same line.

I have to hand it to the Obama people. One thing I can be pretty sure of – the Republicans aren’t doing anything similar.

Big Obama is Watching You

Did you view President Obama’s website? Well, now President Obama’s website is viewing you.

That’s right, the Obama 2012 campaign site deposited “cookies” on your computer that track your movements across the web.

Now, this is fairly standard stuff. The Romney website surely did the same thing, although not nearly as well.

But according to a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal by L.Gordon Crovitz, the Obama team was “even more assiduous than online retailers like Best Buy” at dropping cookies onto your computer. It did this, of course, to find out what messages would work best with you to obtain your vote and your money.

From the piece:

Big data give incumbents a big advantage, which seems to have surprised the Romney team. The Obama campaign has used cookies to track its supporters online since the 2008 election. It spent the past 18 months creating a new, unified database, factoring in some 80 pieces of information about each person, from age, race and sex to voting history. (The campaign denied reports that it tracked visits to pornography sites in its outreach algorithms.)

The Romney campaign says it tried to match the Obama campaign’s collection and analysis of data but had to start from scratch and had just seven months after the primaries.

But what really creeps one out about all this is that these people are working for the President of the United States and routinely push a revolving door between the campaign and the White House, where some worked before and where some will surely be getting jobs.

Of course, the campaign and the White House are not permitted to share information.

Of course.

This is yet another terrain on which the Obamaites out-sophisticated the politically pre-Cro-Magnon Romneyites. If Republicans want to play on the same turf as the Dems, they’d better get their cookies together fast.

Obama to Use Massive Campaign List to Press Agenda

President Obama plans to use his massive campaign organization to assist him in his battles with Republicans as he seeks to drive forward his second term agenda. In an email Thursday to the Obama 2012 campaign’s massive list, Campaign Chairman Jim Messina indicated the organization’s role will shift from advocating Obama’s candidacy to using mass… Continue Reading

Video || Obama Cries While Thanking Staff

President Obama went all Boehner on everyone while thanking his staff at campaign headquarters in Chicago Wednesday. The president wept while telling the assembled authors of the nastiest campaign in history how proud he was of them. Campaign Manager Jim Messina sent the video out to supporters Thursday evening because, he said, “It’s a message… Continue Reading

The Obama 2012 Campaign: The Greatest, Ever

President Obama’s campaign organization is the greatest political machine in modern history. How it was possible to take a moribund economy, high unemployment, and no detectable foreign policy and turn it into a sweeping electoral victory over a credible opponent is one of the great political stories of our time. Plouffe, Messina, Axelrod. Political geniuses… Continue Reading

Springsteen Describes USA as a Nightmare for Immigrants

Bruce Springsteen is a legendary rock star who has thoughtfully portrayed the struggles of average Americans. But some may wonder at the meaning of – and take exception to – the President of the United States spending his last day on the campaign trail, as President Obama did Monday, with a man who is so… Continue Reading

Bill Clinton Headed to Minnesota, Pennsylvania

Bill Clinton, the Obama campaign’s top surrogate, is being dispatched to Minnesota and Pennsylvania, suggesting the campaign is more worried about those states than it is letting on. Just Friday, Obama campaign Press Secretary Jen Psaki dismissed Romney campaign efforts in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, as well as Michigan, as “mind games:” If you look at… Continue Reading

Obama Makes Surprise Visit to FEMA

Um, I’m sorry, I said below that President Obama’s campaigning would resume Thursday. It actually resumed this morning. Obama today suddenly materialized at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, where he interfered with everyone’s work received an update on progress addressing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. What is there he will do at… Continue Reading

Obama Cancels Wednesday’s Campaigning

President Obama will remain in Washington Wednesday, canceling a scheduled campaign trip to Ohio, the White House announced today. From a statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: The President will remain in Washington, DC on Wednesday to monitor the response to Hurricane Sandy and ensure that all available federal resources continue to be… Continue Reading

The Presidency Loses Its Final Traces of Dignity

Waging a desperate campaign to maintain the presidency, President Obama has completed his project of diminishing it to nothing. The presidency, an ailing patient for much of Obama’s term, was finally disconnected from life support with the release by the Obama campaign last week of a video comparing a vote for the president with premarital… Continue Reading