If Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were to become Speaker again, the House will finally pass a bill. And not just "a" bill, but a bill or three that would actually help this country instead of doing what the GOP does, and create gridlock in order to make President Obama look bad.
When she was Speaker, here's what was accomplished in two years:
Since John Boehner became Speaker? Nada. Zero. Zip:
Now The Hill is reporting that Nancy Pelosi is optimistic that Democrats will "of course" gain seats and may regain control of the House:
In a sit-down interview in her office in the Capitol, the House minority leader stopped short of predicting that Democrats would regain the lower chamber in the 2014 midterm elections, but she had no hesitation in saying what she would use a majority for. [...]
[S]he vowed her party would “of course” pick up seats next year. It is the first time Pelosi has guaranteed that Democrats will cut into the GOP’s majority. [...]
And although the odds are stacked against Democrats taking back the House, the shutdown has boosted Democratic hopes.
“I’ve changed my prediction … from, ‘We’re working to win the House’ to ‘We can win the House,’ ” Pelosi said.
One of her priorities would be a bill that would significantly expand federal childcare benefits.
And per the Hill, Pelosi "can barely disguise her delight at the thought of a Hillary Clinton White House. It would align the first female president with the Democrats’ women’s empowerment agenda." In fact, she even hinted that she might endorse Hillz.
Let's just win the House first, okay? Okay.
The empty suit that is Mitt Romney is now relegated to our bad-memory banks. He lost. Thank goodness he lost.
And Mrs. "This is Hard" Romney was right, because this turned out to be even harder for Republicans than they thought. Team Romney did everything they could to lie, cheat, and steal their way into the White House, giddy over the opportunity to take on a president who was trying to dig us out of the disastrous Bush economy with no help at all from the opposing party. Just the opposite in fact. But Republicans obstructed and smeared their way right out of a victory.
Who's giddy now?
What a relief that President Obama is still in the White House.
What a relief that he will be the one who will replace any Supreme Court justices who retire.
What a relief that he will continue to protect women's reproductive rights.
What a relief that he will continue to push for equal pay for women.
What a relief that he will make every effort to eliminate those insanely unfair Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
What a relief that he can continue to reduce the unemployment rate after having added millions and millions of private sector jobs.
What a relief that his Affordable Care Act will continue to benefit those with pre-existing conditions, women, children under twenty-six on their parent's health plans, and so many more.
What a relief that he isn't afraid of the word "regulation."
What a relief that he isn't afraid of the words "climate change."
What a relief that he isn't afraid of the word "inclusive."
What a relief for DREAMers.
What a relief that he embraces gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders.
What a relief that he's getting us out of Afghanistan.
What a relief that veterans will continue to have someone in the White House who cares about them.
And so, so much more.
But most of all, what a relief that Willard M. Romney is out of the picture.
We still have a ton of work to do. I have been critical of the president in the past, and will continue to be when I disagree with him. President Obama literally asked us to “hold him accountable," so we will.
I will keep fighting hard with other progressives for programs we still need, for civil rights issues that have yet to be addressed, and for improvements where I feel the president has disappointed. But nobody's perfect-- nobody-- so, that in no way discounts the enormous number of accomplishments and successes that President Obama has managed to pull off despite the onslaught of Republican money, voter suppression, and the nasty, vicious assaults on his agenda, his character... and his lineage.
So while there are major challenges ahead, the outcome of this election was a huge relief...
...A huge, major, gigantic, enormous relief that the empty chair in the image above belongs to Romney and not our re-elected president, Barack Obama.
PLEASE watch this video.
President Obama has accomplished an enormous amount in a very short time, especially considering the obstruction of our appallingly self-serving GOP-run House of Representatives. That would be the same Republican representatives who planned-- on Inauguration night, even before Obama took office-- to block everything the president put forward in order to sink his presidency. At any cost. At the expense of the health and welfare of their fellow Americans.
Yet, as Rachel Maddow says in the video, this has been a "presidency of historic consequence." Obama is "one of the most consequential presidents in modern American history."
Today is a big f'ing deal.
Need more convincing?
Via BarackObama.com: (emphasis mine)
25 reasons from 25 people who are voting Obama:
"The Affordable Care Act is saving my daughter's life."
"Obama is for the vets. He helped us wind down in Iraq, he's improved mental health policy with VA benefits."
"Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn't going to let it just die, and I'm driving in this morning because of that, because of him."
"Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive."
—Joe Biden, Delaware
"Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court."
—Bill Clinton, New York
"He cares for the 100%."
"When Obama came into office, he successfully renewed our country's place in the community of nations, making cooperation in tackling the world's challenges possible."
—Willis, North Carolina
"The actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid."
—Colin Powell, Virginia
"I was really very grateful to him for standing up for those kids who are having a really rough time out there because of their orientation."
—Jane Lynch, California
"For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together."
—Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey
"He has a real plan for rescuing the economy that passes the 'math' test."
"Having someone in office who understands how powerful our voice can be is very important."
—Jay Z, New York
"I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because I can trust them to care for the middle class and restore the American dream."
"The first measure he signed into law after becoming president was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—so a female high school counselor or physical education teacher can fight for equal pay for equal work."
—Connie Britton, California
"I believe in the America he wants for my grandchildren."
"We need four more years of repair, of helping the middle class achieve a sustainable economy."
—James Taylor, North Carolina
"I've watched him fight for our country, stand by the middle class, the working class, the military, the education of our children, universal health care, women, the environment, and matters of national and domestic security."
"The gifted 12-year-old I taught, whose parents were deported and left her here with her grandmother, will be allowed to stay and finish her education. She's been in the U.S. since age one."
—Jamie, North Carolina
"I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics."
—Michael Bloomberg, New York
"I have four children who are under 26 and able to stay on my health care plan. That's been huge."
"He's fighting to defend and better Social Security and Medicare—because millions of Latino seniors rely on them."
—Cristina Saralegui, Florida
"Thanks to the President's efforts to keep student loan rates low, I can expect to save nearly $1,000 as I work to repay my student loans. And I don't have too many of those, thanks to the Federal Pell Grant program."
"It's been wonderful to have President Obama as a champion for access to health care for all women in this country."
—Cecile Richards, New York
"Re-electing Barack Obama would lead to a stronger economic recovery than would be the case were Mitt Romney to win on November 6th."
—Jared Bernstein, Washington, D.C.
Inspired by "Yes We Can" by will.i.am
This literally made me tear up. Sometimes voters need an emotional kick start, and work like this can have an impact that nothing else can.
More credits at the link.
A stirring closing argument for Obama with music, featuring a cross-section of veterans, teachers, students, workers, business owners, and famous faces -- including from the original "Yes We Can" video by will.i.am. (Full list of who's who and what we do below.)
This video is not produced by Obama for America, the Democratic Party, or any other official group. We're just a bunch of people who came together because we're really really psyched about getting people to vote.
CAST (in order of appearance):
BARACK OBAMA - President of the United States
MELISSA FITZGERALD - "The West Wing"/"Chasing the Hill"
SAM PAGE - "Mad Men"/"Yes We Can" by will.i.am
BILL CLINTON - Married to Secretary of State
ANTHONY AUER - Pastor (retired)
DENNIS NICOMEDE - U.S. Army CID/Power Plant Manager (retired)
AGNES BARRIOS - Foster Youth Advocate
MELVIN CALDWELL - Small Business Owner
TONYA VIVIAN - Teacher
CRYSTAL CANTU - Flight Attendant
EDWARD TINNEY - Sales/Realtor
ANDREW MCCLAIN - "Veronica Mars"/Founder of Fluther.com
RHODA PELL - Salesperson/Customer Service (retired)
JOE BIDEN - Vice President of the United States
STEPHEN DUNWOODY - Iraq Veteran
PABLO PRINCE - Trainer/Has Medical Coverage Because of Obamacare
JAMES KYSON - "Heroes"/"Chasing the Hill"
JUNIOR FUAHALA - Graduate Student
LAURA NAPOLI - Producer/Writer/Actress
JOE L. CEDILLO - Former Marine
GREG MACHLIN - Writer/Teacher
JOEL SILBERMAN - Writer/Producer/Former Child with a Preexisting Condition
RODGER MILLS - Engineer/Salesperson (retired)
JUSTIN ZHANG - College Student
THEIDA SALAZAR - Former Navy
NDIDI AMADI - Teacher
SVETCO VLADICH - Teacher
TAVIAN KING - College Student
INSPIRED BY - "Yes We Can" by will.i.am
THANKS FOR READING THE CREDITS. NOW GO VOTE, VOLUNTEER, AND SHARE.
President Obama and Chris Christie in New Jersey before the press conference on touring Hurricane Sandy damage together.
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