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Obama on political high, but momentum hard to keep
Yahoo ^ | 12/23/11 | Julie Pace - AP

Posted on 12/23/2011 5:41:07 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a political high, President Barack Obama capped a bruising year by securing a tax cut for millions of Americans — an achievement that overshadowed Washington's deepening dysfunction and the slow progress of the economy on his watch.

The White House has ended a year with a political victory before. This time around the stakes are higher, and the president is by no means assured of carrying the momentum deep into an election year.

Addressing reporters before heading to Hawaii on Friday, Obama looked like a president in command of the stage again, for now. He left the capital after presiding over a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut — about $40 per paycheck for someone making $50,000 a year — that came when House Republicans caved on demands for a longer deal.

Yet on this issue, like many, enormous work remains for Obama after the new year, just when voters begin choosing a Republican nominee to try to oust him from his job.

Obama initially had pushed for a year-long extension of both the Social Security payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. He got only two months on both because Congress could not agree on how to pay the bill for more without gutting their own political priorities — the same problem that awaits all sides in the weeks to come.

Although Obama calls a full-year extension a "formality," politically, it is not. So he pushed Congress to work "without drama, without delay" when they return from their own recess.

The whole scene was reminiscent of a year ago, when Obama took a self-described "shellacking" in the midterm elections but still ended up leaving for his yearly Hawaiian holiday on a high note.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: high; momentum; obama; political
I'm sure the media lapdogs will do everything they can to keep Bo in the WH.
1 posted on 12/23/2011 5:41:10 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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Gone to Hawaii .. Mission Accomplished.


2 posted on 12/23/2011 5:42:19 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Breathless praise from Yahoo-Obama and AP-Obama, having little bunny orgasms for the Kenyan Muslim Usurper.


3 posted on 12/23/2011 5:44:24 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: NormsRevenge

My wife and I just turned off Scott Pelly. Couldn’t stand the lies.


4 posted on 12/23/2011 5:45:32 PM PST by Parmy
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To: NormsRevenge

He wrestled a 2 month extension from those Republicans who wanted to give a whole year!

It would be a good Monty Python skit..


5 posted on 12/23/2011 5:47:16 PM PST by mrsmith (Start electing a 'Tea Party' House Speaker in 2012 now!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama is very likely to be reelected because none of the false beliefs that led to his election in the first place have been changed in any significant way.


6 posted on 12/23/2011 5:48:07 PM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama’s backside must look like an octopus grabbed him with so much of the media’s lips attached.


7 posted on 12/23/2011 5:56:40 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Jim Noble

“Obama is likely to be reelected because none of the false beliefs that led to his election in the first place have been changed in any significant degree.”

Plus there are more people dependent on the government and fewer people employed in the private sector to support them.


8 posted on 12/23/2011 5:58:47 PM PST by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Last time Dems' Senate passed a Budget...was....
9 posted on 12/23/2011 5:59:19 PM PST by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: Jim Noble

This will be forgotten by mid January.

The only thing that matters is how the economy is doing by September.


10 posted on 12/23/2011 5:59:26 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama starves the Social Security program. Our side offers 12 more months of it, and the Senate cuts it to 2 months, making it not only bad policy, but impossible to implement.

Senate goes on vacation, making the House sign on to the bad bill. Media declares Obama victor. The population continues their Christmas shopping, ignoring the entire situation.


11 posted on 12/23/2011 6:00:17 PM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: NormsRevenge
The Second Annual Holiday Season Republican Butt Whipping

(Remember the drubbing they took in the 2010 "Lame Duck Session"?)


12 posted on 12/23/2011 6:02:40 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: NormsRevenge
Obama has no worries with the success of the Democrats in planting one of their own as Speaker of the House. Democrats control the White House and Congress and there is little chance conservatives can change it. Electing more Republicans, as in 2010, only seems to entrench the power of the progressives. The destroyers of our Country, Democrat and Republican alike, are in control and will likely stay there.
13 posted on 12/23/2011 6:02:47 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: ilgipper

Hey but I get to buy
pizza once a month for two entire months!


14 posted on 12/23/2011 6:03:48 PM PST by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: yarddog
Obama’s backside must look like an octopus grabbed him with so much of the media’s Republican leadership's lips attached.
15 posted on 12/23/2011 6:06:48 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: NormsRevenge
about $40 per paycheck for someone making $50,000 a year.

Ah, the media is admitting this now. Still leaving out that the paycheck is bi-weekly though.

So the Obama sob story guy losing his weekly pizza night makes over 100 grand? If you can't afford pizza with that kind of income you have made some very poor financial decisions.

Never got called on spinning this as $40 a week by the media.

16 posted on 12/23/2011 6:07:25 PM PST by vlad335
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To: CaptainK

Yes, it will all be forgotten. Nobody pays any attention to this stuff. Hopefully one of his many scandals will bring him down. Hopefully the Republican candidate will have to guts to say what he really is. There’s always hope.


17 posted on 12/23/2011 6:08:39 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: NormsRevenge

So the same Republicans in congress will get a ‘clue’ next year and actually formulate a counter-strategy to turn the tables on Obama?? So far Republicans have squandered the 2010 midterm win.


18 posted on 12/23/2011 6:21:36 PM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obuma, like his hero Lincoln, is the most hated man in America and will not win re-election.


19 posted on 12/23/2011 6:25:53 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: dandiegirl

From your lips to Gods ear


20 posted on 12/23/2011 6:33:25 PM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: sickoflibs
So far Republicans have squandered the 2010 midterm win.

Until they get rid of the Democrat plant, Crybaby Boehner, the House will only be a tacit supporter of the Obama agenda.

No one is more dangerous to the Republic than Boehner.

21 posted on 12/23/2011 6:35:39 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s great the Republicans will fold so easily on this. It makes them easier to primary.


22 posted on 12/23/2011 6:44:26 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Prokopton
RE :"Until they get rid of the Democrat plant, Crybaby Boehner, the House will only be a tacit supporter of the Obama agenda."

There is plenty of blame to go around in this latest fiasco BUT I was calling for Boehner's removal after the 2008 election, and again after the 2010 election(House Speaker). It made NO sense to keep him in charge after the two disasters 2006 and 2008. After the 1992 election loss Republicans cleaned house.

What we need is a conservative version of Pelosi, someone trusted (conservative) and strong and knows how to play political hardball and run a team game. That is NOT Boehner.

23 posted on 12/23/2011 6:45:08 PM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Pravda did not spin for the Soviet Communist government as hard as Yahoo does for Obama.

The Democrat enabler who wrote this abomination failed to mention that the one-year extension of the payroll tax cut will take over $200 billion dollars from a Social Security fund that is running in the red since last year. With the baby boomers retiring, there is no way it will stay solvent.

“Obama Robs the Elderly” won’t appear as a headline in any US newspaper.


24 posted on 12/23/2011 6:46:17 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: vlad335
8 week tax break!
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25 posted on 12/23/2011 6:52:08 PM PST by Rodm
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To: Jim Noble

“Obama is very likely to be reelected...”

We have decided not to buy a new vehicle until after next year’s election and will save as much cash as we can until then. If he is re-elected, we will be leaving the country to suffer without us.


26 posted on 12/23/2011 6:52:35 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: CaptainK
You are right that this is economically inconsequential. The harm may come from it being added to a fraudulent list of claims of achievements when the time comes (He saved our tax cut from the evil republicans!)
27 posted on 12/23/2011 7:00:25 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

This stupid pay roll tax cut is setting a horrible precedent no different than when Johnson started borrowing from the SS revenues.


28 posted on 12/23/2011 7:03:37 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: NormsRevenge

He got a cut in Social Security funds is what he got.

Lets not lie about it.


29 posted on 12/23/2011 7:14:44 PM PST by Venturer
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To: NormsRevenge

Gone to Hawaii .. Mission Accomplished.

and created another deadline to bore everyone to death with


30 posted on 12/23/2011 7:18:37 PM PST by molson209
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To: vlad335
Never got called on spinning this as $40 a week by the media.

Supposedly 40 bucks, saves the common man, that obama claims to be, yet he Spends FORTY Dollars on a Dog Toy and the press swoons.

If this had been anyone but the token president, the press would have been screaming, "See he treats you like his dog". Late night would be pounding him over it.

31 posted on 12/23/2011 7:26:45 PM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: NormsRevenge

After the normal seasonal workers are laid off at the end of the year, the UE rate will be back north of 9 percent. This economy is not coming back anytime soon. There’s just way too much govt. and private debt that has to be deleveraged (paid down) and baby boomers are retiring by the boatload beginning now. They’ll be going on SS and spending less, a double whammy for the economy.

And home prices are still falling so average net worth is falling.


32 posted on 12/23/2011 7:29:30 PM PST by Signalman
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks NormsRevenge. Shilling for Obama at AP, Julie Pace swills out:
President Barack Obama capped a bruising year by securing a tax cut for millions of Americans -- an achievement that overshadowed Washington's deepening dysfunction and the slow progress of the economy on his watch.

33 posted on 12/23/2011 7:35:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: sergeantdave
Obuma, like his hero Lincoln, is the most hated man in America and will not win re-election.

Not to burst your bubble sarge, but, Lincoln was reelected in 1864. It should be easy to find some hero of DumBO that meets your criteria. Lyndon, should meet your needs, strickly speaking he was elected once and did not seek reelection, due, to being the most hated man in his own party.

I hope that by the time this Social Security defunding comes up again in February, the Republicans have a more defined leadership that can lead and articulate, it is the Bolshies throwing Nanzi, err, granny off the cliff.

34 posted on 12/23/2011 8:07:58 PM PST by depressed in 06 ( Where is the 1984 Apple Super Bowl ad when we need it?)
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