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VIDEO- Pres. Obama calls out Mitt's lies: Romney's campaign centerpiece "patently false"

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"Now, in contrast, you’ve got Governor Romney creating as a centerpiece of his campaign this notion that we’re taking work requirement out of welfare. Which every single person here who’s looked at it says, it’s patently false..."

"Everybody who’s looked at this says what Governor Romney is saying is absolutely wrong. Not only are his Super PACs running millions of dollars worth of ads making this claim; Governor Romney himself is approving this and saying it on the stump. So the contrast I think is pretty stark. They can run the campaign that they want; but the truth of the matter is, you can’t just make stuff up. That’s one thing you learn as president of the United States. You get called into account."

Greg Sargent:

I’m pretty sure this is the first time Obama himself has charged that virtually Romney’s entire campaign is based on a “centerpiece” that’s flat out false. [...]

Steve Benen notes today that Romney is betting that “political journalism isn’t equipped to deal with a campaign predicated entirely on falsehoods,” and that his epic dishonesty poses a test for our political system... But perhaps Obama’s comments today will prompt at least a bit of media discussion about what it means that one candidate — yes, far more than the other — is running a campaign of such epic dishonesty.

I don't see why the media can't do what the president did: Call out Willard's lies as he tells them over and over again. Allow voters to make their decision based on the truth, which would allow democracy to remain intact.

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VIDEO: Pres. Obama comments on Akin, Romney, Syria at press conference

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ICYMI.

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VIDEO: White House Press Secretary gets grilled over Biden’s same-sex marriage comments

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This is the entire press briefing, but starting at about 3:29, and again at length starting at 6:09, Jay Carney gets grilled over Veep Biden’s same-sex marriage comments. It goes on and on, until at least 17-something and again at 20:23, at which point I stopped watching.

Re: President Obama's position on marriage equality: "It is what it was." (at 13:06 and again at 13:51 or so)

Meantime, over at Greg Sargent's place:

Some leading gay and progressive donors are so angry over President Obama’s refusal to sign an executive order barring same sex discrimination by federal contractors that they are refusing to give any more money to the pro-Obama super PAC, a top gay fundraiser’s office tells me. In some cases, I’m told, big donations are being withheld.

My rant about this and more here.

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VIDEO ADDED: Reporter asks Press Secretary Jay Carney if President Obama approves of bestiality

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ADDED: Thank you to @ReasonVsFear for the video:

Oh, I'm sorry, did I say "reporter" in the headline? I meant World Net Daily's Les Kinsolving.

Jake Tapper took full advantage of the situation, as would had I been there, only I wouldn't have let Mr. K off as easily.

Via WhiteHouse.gov:

[MR. CARNEY]: Let’s go to the back.  Lester.

        Q    Oh, my goodness.

        MR. CARNEY:  Can you believe it?  (Laughter.)  I’m in the holiday spirit.

        Q    In the holiday spirit.  The family research --

        MR. CARNEY:  Is everyone okay?  (Laughter.)

        Q    The Family Research Council and CNS News both reported a 93-to-7 U.S. Senate vote to approve a defense authorization bill that, quote, “includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, but also repeals the military ban on sex with animals, or beastiality.”  Does the Commander-in-Chief approve or disapprove of beastiality in our armed forces?

        MR. CARNEY:  I don't have any comment on -- I don't have any comment on that.  

        Let me go to another question.

        Q    Does the President believe this will be approved by all animal support groups, such as --

        MR. CARNEY:  Let’s get to something more serious.  Yes, Jake.

        Q    You sure you don't want to ask Lester another question?  Give him another opportunity?  (Laughter.)   

        MR. CARNEY:  I’ve learned my lesson, Jake.  (Laughter.)

        Q    Just one --

        MR. CARNEY:  Lester, I think we’ll -- we’ll let everybody get a chance here.  

        Go ahead, Jake.

        Q    Are you sure you don't want to take any more questions on beastiality?  (Laughter.)  

        Q    You don't want to comment on that?

Classy, Les, really classy. And respectful! Let's not forget respectful. Where's Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum when you need him?

Someone really needs to tell Les that gayness is not synonymous with bestiality, just as Kinsolving is not synonymous with reporter.

H/t

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VIDEO: Robert Gibbs holds his last White House briefing

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Quote-O'-The-Day:

"Obviously, Gibbs' departure is not the biggest one today."

-- President Obama at his press secretary's final press conference, referring to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepping down.

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LIVE VIDEO FEED: White House reacts to Mubarak's resignation

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Via a USABreakingNews email alert:

In an address to the nation, and the world moments ago, President Obama said that this is one of those moments where history unfolds right in front of us. He also congratulated the people of Egypt for their success in seeking democracy. The President also said that the Egyptian military must now oversee democracy and a fair election as well as an orderly transition.

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Robert Gibbs: "At the end of the day, Congress will give American people a plan"

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Liveblogging Robert Gibbs at the daily White House briefing:

He's talking about  what it means to "compromise".  I came in a little late:

If there is something agreeable to everybody that would strengthen the coalition, that's good. Dems will have to talk about what they want to do. If everyone took out what they didn't like we'd have nothing. At the end of the day, Congress will give American people a plan...

And MSNBC just cut away, and it's not on CNN or CSPAN.

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