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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:57 PM

Call a whaaambulance! Obama photo-ops draw criticism


Obama photo-ops draw criticism
By Amie Parnes - 12/08/12 05:00 PM ET



President Obama has taken his negotiating powers to the kitchen table to talk to the middle class in the latest round of debt talks with Republicans.

One photo-op at a time, the White House has sought to drive home a message that middle class families will see their taxes go up if Congress doesn’t pass an extension of current tax rates.

It’s led to criticism from Republicans that the president should be meeting with them instead of taking time for campaign-style visits to suburban homes. But the strategy of having Obama and Vice President Biden appear before every-day backdrops works perfectly for a White House intent on convincing the middle class that GOP opposition to higher tax rates on the rich is putting their own economic well-being at risk.

“It’s good image making on a grand scale,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a professor of communications at Boston University who specializes in political communication and advertising. “What you’re doing is showing that the president cares and is in touch with the middle class and the Republicans aren’t.

“There’s no downside, it doesn’t do any harm, and it reinforces the image that the Obama that the president cares about and is in touch with every day Americans,” Berkovitz continued. “Since the Republicans have no successful PR machine revved up, it translates to having the upper hand.”

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Yet the complaints from Boehner’s spokesman and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) who repeatedly has criticized the president for campaigning on the tax issue, suggest the vulnerability Republicans feel when confronted with Obama’s use of the bully pulpit.

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http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/271767-republicans-criticize-obama-photo-ops

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:05 PM

1. Obama is getting flack because he is hurting them and they know it!

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Response to Vietnameravet (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:48 PM

3. I agree. These repuke crap-weasels know that the only way they can win this PR war........

is if Obama stays in the Whitehouse and stays quiet......like he did during the healthcare reform debate!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:24 PM

2. Obama's got the Blue Meanies and their force glove on the run.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:11 PM

4. Is anything Creepier at the moment than boner and mc Whining about their latest

Poutrage when the Majority of Americans are on our side?


"All Of The Fiscal Cliff Polls Have Been Pretty Brutal For Republicans"


The kicker lies in the difference in approval ratings between Obama and Congressional Republicans. Obama's approval rating hit an astounding 57 percent in Friday's AP survey. Meanwhile, Congress has a 23 percent approval rating.


http://www.businessinsider.com/fiscal-cliff-polls-explained-tax-rates-obama-taxes-republicans-boehner-cuts-medicare-2012-12



http://theobamadiary.com/

Mahalos sis~

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Response to Cha (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:54 PM

9. BWAHAHA! Great pic* there, Cha.

*steals for later use*


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Response to freshwest (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:13 PM

10. No shame.. I borrowed from the obama diary with

a link.. a pay it forward kinda thing.

It does come in handy when one wants to show what the the koch party of snakes are battling right now.

freshwest

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Response to Cha (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:19 PM

11. You warm my commie little heart here, LOL!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:22 PM

5. This must be good if repubs are against it.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:23 PM

6. Hey, they have equal opportunity to pose with their people

in one of their constituents five homes, a pile of money in the Caymens, at the polo or yatch club, etc.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:49 PM

7. I clicked your link..

And symantec blocked the website saying it was a "suspicious web page". Strange. I never have that happen.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:52 PM

8. Oh, now they are against bullies? Are they disabled now, too? Sorry, no soup for you!



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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:30 PM

12. Is there anything the President does that does not offend them?

If they insist at taking offense at everything, then the act of being publicly offended tends to lose its efficacy. The GOP is starting to sound like Charlie Brown's teacher to me. Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wahhhh.

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Response to Generic Brad (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:01 PM

13. Exactly right; it gets tiresome. Or the boy who cried wolf. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:04 AM

14. They don't like our photogenic Mr President, even babies love him

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:08 AM

15. Joe Scarborough was complaining about Obama "continuing to campaign" last week and I thought

to myself "Good! They really must be sweating this!" I was so delighted!

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