Obama bjuder in Löfven

President Barack Obama bjuder in statsminister Stefan Löfven till Vita Huset i Washington DC. Den 13 maj ska ledarna för Sverige, Danmark, Finland, Island och Norge träffa Obama. Främst kommer ledarna diskutera terroristbekämpning och flyktingkrisen. Det uppger TT.

106-åringen som dansar med Obama

Dance Party with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin

What's the secret to still dancing at 106? Watch 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin fulfill her dream of visiting the White House and meeting President Obama. #BlackHistoryMonth

Posted by The White House on Sunday, February 21, 2016

Se unik intervju med ung Barack Obama från 1994

1994 fick Barack Obama den här frågan i en intervju:

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS TO RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE?

Not at the moment. I have only been married a year, so I need to spend a lot of time with my wife, and hopefully that will continue, that’s a pleasure I am still working at my law practice. I teach a course at the University of Chicago on civil rights law. That keeps me pretty busy; I have a real full plate at the moment. My general view about politics and running for office, if you end up being fortunate enough to have the opportunity to serve, it’s because you have a track record of service in the community And I think right now I am still building p that track record and if a point comes when I think I can do more good in a political office than doing the things that I am doing now, then I might think about it, but that time is certainly in the future.

Se hela intervjun på cirka 12 min

Iowa för fyra år sedan

Obama lovade en del saker under kampanjen 2008. Republikanerna kommer utan tvekan att attackera Obama för brutna löften och försöka få kampanjen 2012 till ett val som handlar om Obama har hållit vad han lovade.

Idag skickade Obamas kampanj ut ett mejl till supportrar där man lyfter fram hållna löften som en styrka. Särskilt pekar man på denna video med Obamas “closing argument” dagarna inför caucus valet 2008 i Iowa.

He makes four specific promises — on reforming health care, making college more affordable, ending the war in Iraq, and putting us on the path to energy independence — all of which today, four years later, are promises kept.

Går man till Politifact är listan på hållna löften lång. Men det finns också en del viktiga löften som kan anses brutna. Tex lovade Obama hjälp till husägare som inte kunnat betala sina lån under krisen, något som Obama skapat ett program för som dock kritiserats för att fungera dåligt. Obama har inte heller stängt Guantanamobasen.

Främst kommer republikanerna med stor sannolikhet ändå fokusera sina attacker på löftet om att skapa en ny atmosfär av samarbete mellan demokrater och republikaner.

Obama i blåsväder om kampanjbidrag

NPR – public service-radion i USA – rapporterar om en analys av de som skänkt pengar till Obamakampanjen 2008. Enligt Center for Public Integrity visar det sig nämligen att så kallade bundlers – folk som samlar ihop gåvor från flera givare – ofta blev erbjudna toppjobb i Obama-administrationen. De visar också att chansen att givaren erbjudits jobb ökade ju större bidragen var.

För Obama är det naturligtvis obekvämt, eftersom han i sin kampanj var hård mot de “specialintressen” som han ansåg köpte sig plats i USA:s politik.

Ytterligare en detalj i granskningen är att effekten av de smådonationer som sades utgöra ryggraden i Obamas kampanjfinansiering till viss del var en myt. Stora donatorer (mer än 1000 dollar) gav tillsammans dubbelt så mycket som de små donatorerna (mindre än 200 dollar).

 

Obama kandiderar

Idag meddelade Obama sina supportrar att han ställer upp i presidentvalet 2012.

Today, we are filing papers to launch our 2012 campaign.

We’re doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you — with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build.

So even though I’m focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today.

We’ve always known that lasting change wouldn’t come quickly or easily. It never does. But as my administration and folks across the country fight to protect the progress we’ve made — and make more — we also need to begin mobilizing for 2012, long before the time comes for me to begin campaigning in earnest.

As we take this step, I’d like to share a video that features some folks like you who are helping to lead the way on this journey. Please take a moment to watch:

In the coming days, supporters like you will begin forging a new organization that we’ll build together in cities and towns across the country. And I’ll need you to help shape our plan as we create a campaign that’s farther reaching, more focused, and more innovative than anything we’ve built before.

We’ll start by doing something unprecedented: coordinating millions of one-on-one conversations between supporters across every single state, reconnecting old friends, inspiring new ones to join the cause, and readying ourselves for next year’s fight.

This will be my final campaign, at least as a candidate. But the cause of making a lasting difference for our families, our communities, and our country has never been about one person. And it will succeed only if we work together.

There will be much more to come as the race unfolds. Today, simply let us know you’re in to help us begin, and then spread the word:

http://my.barackobama.com/2012

Thank you,

Barack

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Presidentkandidaten som kommer vinna

Han kommer vinna nomineringen nästa år – demokratiska partiets nominering alltså och han heter så klart Obama. Nu väntas han inom kort även meddela det alla redan vet – att han ställer upp.

Democratic officials familiar with the president’s plans said Saturday that Obama intends to file papers as early as this coming week with the Federal Election Commission to launch his 2012 re-election campaign. He also will announce his candidacy to supporters by email and text messages. (AP)

Men kommer han vinna presidentvalet mot republikanernas kandidat? Och vem utser republikanerna?