[…] Obama’s weeping episodes happened first when he was reflecting on his remarkable rise from junior Illinois senator to president of the United States, and then when he was celebrating winning his second term. His tears, then, seemed to be a positive display of humanity and humility in the face of success, rather then an admission of weakness.
The idea that male crying is acceptable in a time of strength but repellent in a moment of weakness holds for men besides Obama and in realms other than the political.
“We’ve always had a difference of opinion in our political world. We are a democracy, so we don’t all think alike and we have the opportunity to express that. But I think the stagnation that exists now is quite new, and the way to get beyond it is for the Republicans to take back their party from the extreme radical anti-government ideologues who have taken control of it…. So I say to my Republican friends, take back your party. We need that for our democracy.” —Nancy Pelosi, leader of the House Democrats and former Speaker of the House.
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Via his campaign: “He was in the unique position of having made a commitment to the public that his tax rate would be above 13%. He directed his preparers to ensure that he is consistent with that statement.”
Interestingly, he told ABC News in July that he would not pay more in taxes “than are legally due. And, frankly, if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president. I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.”
And in January he said, “I pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more. I don’t think you want someone as the candidate for president who pays more taxes than he owes.”
Is he disqualifying himself?
MITT ROMNEY: No one can say my plan is going to raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is keep the burden down on middle-income taxpayers.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Is $100,000 middle income?
MITT ROMNEY: No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less."
Mitt Romney’s interview with ABC News, defining the middle class
"No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters."- Elizabeth Warren, September 5, 2012
MD Sen Barbara Mikulski killing it at the DNC
"We women of the Senate, with President Obama by our side, we’re going to keep fighting - our shoulders square, our lipstick on, because you deserve equal pay for your hard work."
Democrats restore references to God and Jerusalem to platform
AP: Democrats amended their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Many in the audience booed after the convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, ruled that the amendments had been approved despite the fact that a large group of delegates had objected. He called for a vote three times before ruling.
A sources tells AP that President Obama personally intervened to change Dem platform language on Jerusalem, God.
Photo: Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Mitt Romney’s tax returns are reportedly in the hands of a team of hackers who are planning on releasing them publicly at the end of the month unless a ransom is paid.
Harry Reid rallies a minority with in a minority. “I wish Mitt Romney would stop talking about his religion!”
CHARLOTTE, NC — Several dozen Mormon Democrats packed the second floor meeting room of a Holiday Inn here Tuesday for an event that was part political rally and part support session: an address from the modern icon of Latter-day Saint liberalism: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.