1. Jonathan Alter tells Dave Davies about the story behind the infamous ‘47 percent’ video:

    This was one of the more pivotal external events in recent campaign history, and it really begins five years earlier on a pitch black night in the Florida Everglades, when a woman in a car plunges to the bottom of a canal and a man working at a motorcycle dealership nearby hears the screams. He goes to the canal. He dives in. He finally gets the door open, but she’s trapped in her seatbelt. He gets … a knife. He cuts the seatbelt, saves the woman, is decorated as a hero. And then this man — whose name is Scott Prouty — five years later is a bartender at a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Boca Raton. And I think listeners know what happens next, but what interested me was his motivation for why he basically lost his job and knew that his life would change, and it went back to his night in the Everglades. And he told me as part of many hours of conversations that what he learned from that experience was if you can jump in, you must jump in — you have an obligation to jump in. And he felt with that 68-minute video of Mitt Romney that he had an obligation in his mind to prevent that man from becoming president of the United States, and he acted on that sense of obligation.”

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  1. Jake Tapper tells Terry Gross about whether he gets any blow-back from the White House for asking tough questions:

There’s always blow-back. … I think it’s fair to say that when you ask a question that makes the president displeased that displeasure has a way of trickling down and making itself know not only from White House officials but from the unruly masses on Twitter and Facebook and email and the President’s allies in the media. So i think it’s fair to say that yes there’s blow-back but that’s also part of the job and if you can’t handle blow-back because you asked a tough question then you shouldn’t be doing the job. … [B]ut I will say, and especially to reporters out there — or aspiring reporters: Ultimately, if the questions are good ones — and not about stupid things like birth certificates — but ultimately if the questions are good ones, about things that they know in their hearts were fair questions, if uncomfortable ones at the time, you will earn the respect of people in the White House.

Image of Jake Tapper and President Obama from the White House/Flickr

    Jake Tapper tells Terry Gross about whether he gets any blow-back from the White House for asking tough questions:

    There’s always blow-back. … I think it’s fair to say that when you ask a question that makes the president displeased that displeasure has a way of trickling down and making itself know not only from White House officials but from the unruly masses on Twitter and Facebook and email and the President’s allies in the media. So i think it’s fair to say that yes there’s blow-back but that’s also part of the job and if you can’t handle blow-back because you asked a tough question then you shouldn’t be doing the job. … [B]ut I will say, and especially to reporters out there — or aspiring reporters: Ultimately, if the questions are good ones — and not about stupid things like birth certificates — but ultimately if the questions are good ones, about things that they know in their hearts were fair questions, if uncomfortable ones at the time, you will earn the respect of people in the White House.

    Image of Jake Tapper and President Obama from the White House/Flickr

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  1. The office of the presidency has these god-like powers especially with regards to our foreign affairs," Lewis says. "The president can be so powerful in some ways and in other ways, particularly with regard to domestic affairs, he’s hamstrung, so this weird disjuncture between his powers and his powerlessness is really striking.

    — Michael Lewis Studies ‘Obama’s Way’

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  1. If you look at [President Obama’s] strategy for 2012, he’s basically been really honest about the fact that he’s going to be attacking the Republican Congress right and left. This era of Barack Obama trying to be this bipartisan uniter seems to be over, at least for now.

    — Jodi Kantor on the 2012 Democratic Strategy.

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  1. On today’s Fresh Air, Michelle and Barack Obama: A Powerful Partnership



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    On today’s Fresh Air, Michelle and Barack Obama: A Powerful Partnership

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  1. Posted on 11 October, 2011

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    Barack Obama signs the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell into law

    Tomorrow: 1st Lt. Josh Seefried and 1st Lt. Karl Johnson on the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Seefried blogged under the pseudonym JD Smith (for The Daily Beast) and Johnson wrote under the pseudonym Officer X (for Time) before DADT was repealed. Seefried is one of the co creators of OutServe

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  1. If Obama the President had had [Barack Obama Sr.] as a father, I think it’s fair to say that he wouldn’t be the President. I think he would have had to wrestle with a neglectful father, an insecure person and someone who probably would have prevented him from following the path he close. In Dreams from My Father, you feel Obama Jr. struggling with [questions like] ‘Who am I? What kind of a man am I? What will I be?’ The person he comes out as is clearly very determined and rooted and responsible person — everything that Obama Sr. was not.

    — On today’s Fresh Air, biographer Sally Jacobs explores the reckless and troubled life of Barack Obama Sr. 

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  1. On Monday: we talk to biographer Sally Jacobs about Barack Obama’s dad, Barack Obama Sr. (Above: The President with his mom and sister.)

    On Monday: we talk to biographer Sally Jacobs about Barack Obama’s dad, Barack Obama Sr. (Above: The President with his mom and sister.)

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  1. Biographer Janny Scott On Obama’s Mom: “At different moments in her life she is upset, and at one point, in his senior year of high school in Hawaii, she goes back just to be with him because she realizes it’s the last year of his childhood. Later, one friend describes her as wistful about his decision to move to Chicago and root himself in Chicago and emphasize the sort-of black part of himself. So I think there was a theme — and this is just snippets of little things I’ve stumbled upon — that she had a kind of longing for a closer relationship with him.”

    Biographer Janny Scott On Obama’s Mom: “At different moments in her life she is upset, and at one point, in his senior year of high school in Hawaii, she goes back just to be with him because she realizes it’s the last year of his childhood. Later, one friend describes her as wistful about his decision to move to Chicago and root himself in Chicago and emphasize the sort-of black part of himself. So I think there was a theme — and this is just snippets of little things I’ve stumbled upon — that she had a kind of longing for a closer relationship with him.”

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  1. Biographer Janny Scott on Obama’s Mom, Ann Dunham: "He credits her with impressing upon him the importance upon one’s duty to others. Perhaps, that the best thing that one can do is to give opportunities for others. And her work in many ways foreshadows his. There was a period in 1979 where she was working in what her boss described to me as ‘community development in Java.’ That’s five years before he becomes a community development person in Chicago." View in High-Res

    Biographer Janny Scott on Obama’s Mom, Ann Dunham"He credits her with impressing upon him the importance upon one’s duty to others. Perhaps, that the best thing that one can do is to give opportunities for others. And her work in many ways foreshadows his. There was a period in 1979 where she was working in what her boss described to me as ‘community development in Java.’ That’s five years before he becomes a community development person in Chicago."

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  1. Today: the unconventional life of President Obama’s mom


President Woodrow Wilson’s Mother’s Day Proclamation of May 9, 1914 (Presidential Proclamation 1268)., 05/09/1914 - 05/09/1914 (by The U.S. National Archives)

    Today: the unconventional life of President Obama’s mom

    President Woodrow Wilson’s Mother’s Day Proclamation of May 9, 1914 (Presidential Proclamation 1268)., 05/09/1914 - 05/09/1914 (by The U.S. National Archives)

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  1. Posted on 2 May, 2011

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Family Portrait of the Day: Barack Obama with his mother Stanley Ann Dunham in Hawaii.
Check out this article titled Obama’s Young Mother Abroad featured in the New York Times here.

Tomorrow: writer Janny Scott, the author of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother

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    Family Portrait of the Day: Barack Obama with his mother Stanley Ann Dunham in Hawaii.

    Check out this article titled Obama’s Young Mother Abroad featured in the New York Times here.

    Tomorrow: writer Janny Scott, the author of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother

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  1. Posted on 26 April, 2011

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    Secretaries Clinton, Kissinger film

    About the Author: Sarah Goldfarb serves as Associate Editor to DipNote.

    On April 17, Secretary Clinton returned from her visit to Berlin, Seoul, and Tokyo. Assistant Secretary Gordon said the NATO Ministerial in Berlin was “an opportunity to consult with key allies and partners not…

    Tomorrow: New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza analyzes Obama’s recent foreign policy decisions. Pictured above: State Department’s Tumblr. [Lizza’s article]

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  1. Posted on 16 March, 2011

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Obama has Carolina making it to the Elite Eight where they lose to Ohio State.

The President’s Bracket View in High-Res

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  1. Tomorrow: A Conversation About the Election Results

    We’ll be joined by Todd Purdum, the national editor for Vanity Fair. He’s written about John Boehner, Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, Karl Rove, John McCain and President Obama.

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