READ BETWEEN THE LINES: What Obama was really saying at the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner.


04.30.2012

What was once considered a great way to promote journalism education, the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) was turned into a joke on everyone, including Obama himself.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Introduction 

Jimmy Kimmel leaped to the stage  like  a joker juggling balls of fire and launching them at people in the audience for 24 long minutes.

Anybody who was anybody was knocked down in a form of deprecating humor, including Obama himself with Kimmel greeting Obama with “Shalom”  and continuing throughout his speech throwing one liners at Obama while encouraging him to legalize marijuana and urging people to not engage in a nuclear war with Iran and demoralizing Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netaynuhu.

In mostly bad humor, Jimmy Kimmel had a few good ones liners against Obama.  “Remember, when the Country rallied around in the hopes of a better tomorrow, that was hilarious. That was your best one yet.”  With Obama shaking his head up and down while mouthing the words, “I know.”  and ” There’s a term for someone like Barrack Obama, not 2 terms but…’  as well as his only insightful comment of the night where he states that America “use to march but now we occupy.”

Hot Mic Alert

During a slight pause in the momentum of the evening, Jay Carney (Obama’s Press Secretary) rushes up to the stage and speaks into the microphone asking for Obama’s microphone to be turned off because it was “hot” (aka live).

Another  momentary pause.  Obama recently had a hot mic on him when he spoke with the Russians saying that he needs more time to succumb to their demands since it is election season.

Obviously, that was an attempt to make a difficult situation during election season into a joke.  As the old saying goes, when in times of deflecting, laugh and point fingers. Obama does both exceptionally well.

“Nobody would notice.’ 

Tonight was no exception. Obama’s voice booms into the room before his physical arrival, singing off key and slamming celebrities attending the event with a dose of humility by bashing himself on his grayed hair with an alarming statement,  “Right now, Im like a 5 on a Just for Mens scale. I think I could go to 6 and nobody would notice.”

Oddly, this is a view that many people feel Obama acts on a Presidential day to day basis with concern to domestic and foreign affairs. Case in point- Obama’s Unconstitutional invasion into Libya without Congressional approval and violating the Wars Powers Act or slipping a government mandated health insurance clause in a 2000+ bill of Obamacare.

Obama’s jokes about his public perception.

After Obama finished making fun of himself (which, come to find out will be much needed as a forerunner to his speech)- he walks onto an American flag-less stage and proceeds to be 2 faced. Literally.  He openly and warmly greets the same people that, two minutes, he called out.   Almost everyone laughs, as if it is hilarious.

Obama then launches into the concerns with his public image and instead of correcting or even justifying his behavior, he openly mocks the concerns by “reintroducing himself to the American People” by playing upon his poor approval rating  and public perception.

Obama jokingly comments that people blame him for blaming too many of his problems on Former President Bush and then, in the next sentence, blames Former President Bush for initiating the slippery slope of blame.

The entire speech was a series of deliberate mixed matches in speech in a more than obvious display of showmanship and acting ability.

Obama’s ‘reintroducing’ himself to the White House correspondents (journalists). 

While Obama  was ‘reintroducing himself’ in attempts to erase a negative image with his Presidency, Obama forcefully yet flippantly claims that his mother was born in Kansas, his father was born in Kenya and that he was born in Hawaii.  Obama’s deceptive smile while speaking and literal wink– left most of the audience laughing as if Obama was a stand up comedian in a past life.

Of course, people stop finding the humor in things when it looks like they are being ganged up on so, eventually, Obama turned the knife on himself and showed pictures of himself 4 years ago with a winning smile and a halo angelic effect and then 4 years later as a gray hair ridden downcast man (in attempts at a sympathy vote) and then in another 4 years, his looks were compared to the actor,Morgan Freeman. Which, again, resulted in laughter.

Obama jokes about the excessive and needless spending of the GSA.

Then, Obama jokes that he is a glad that the WHCD was not ran by the GSA (General Services Administrators) who was known for a lavish $830,000 price tag billed at the taxpayers expense.  Wasteful spending is not a joke and is part of the reason why our Country is in the serious financial difficulties that we are currently facing.

Backhanded compliments 

Obama had a way of giving out backhanded compliments, showing his ability to twist words into genuine and warm sounding compliments.  For example, congratulating the Huffington Post for winning the Pulitzer…. for not having authentic news,  linking to other websites and having a ‘great’ business model.

Obama admits to eating dog meat

Then, in an incredibly grotesque response that even left Michelle Obama looking incredulous, Obama slams Sarah Palin asking “Whats the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?” with the answer being, “that pit bulls taste delicious.. with a little soy sauce” which was an obvious attempt at humor at the admittance of Obama eating dog meat in the wilderness in attempts to take on the characteristics of the poor, forsaken dog, in Obama’s book, “Dreams of My Father”.

Then in a sense at another attempt at humor on a sickening subject of Obama eating the dog with his father and in attempts to laugh at himself (thus validating, all rumors that he really did eat a dog), Obama declares, “my step father always told me that it was a boy eat dog world out there!”

It wasn’t funny the first time and its definitely not funny the second time. Where is PETA’s outcry in this horrendous act of animal cruelty?

A dash of class warfare to add to the mix 

An Obama speech wouldn’t be complete without a dash of class warfare. Obama further cements Romney’s perception as a 1% thus engaging Obama in his class warfare tactics by mentioning that Romney would have bought the hotel where the dinner was being held as a ‘fixer upper’, then again when saying that due to Romney having 2 degrees from Harvard, he is classified a ‘snob’ and then again, when Obama stated that Romney went to see the newly released movie, the Hunger Games (where people brutally attack each other for corporate sponsorship) in to which Obama commented sarcastically, “I bet this was a change of pace for him” and that “I didnt see it, there was not enough class warfare (in it) for me.”

Which again, resulted in everybody rip roaring Obama-is-so-funny laughter that would pierce your heart if you heard it first hand.

Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Afterward, Obama mock defended himself against a  false ‘Woof PAC’,  attacking Obama for mandating a dogs right to ride on the roof of  a car,  the ‘European dog socialism’, more government handouts, more government dependency, indoctrinating our children and the left wing social agenda::: all major concerns of the American People, Obama is laughing it off with a wave of his hands, a winning smile and a wink in the eye.

Literally. Obama was winking so much at the WHCD that you would think his contact lens was dry.  Obama’s leering smile and glimmer of mischief in his eye while he tells the American People exactly what he is going to do with his 2nd term while making it sound like a joke so that the White House Correspondents know how to spin it for Obama was sickening and an obvious front on the intelligence of American People.

Obama’s admittance of a “secret agenda” during his last term in office.

Laughingly, Obama states that the Republicans think that he is going to “unleash some secret agenda for the next 4 years” in to which he leans into the microphone and says very deeply, almost demonically, “you’re absolutely right” which resulted in more laughter from the audience. How is this funny? Isn’t anybody concerned with Obama’s admittance that he has a secret agenda? Remember, behind every joke there is at least an ounce in Truth.

Then Obama jokes that with his first term, he finished the war on Iraq and with his 2nd term, his war will be on Christmas.  Is there anybody taking Obama on a literal basis or are they charmed like a snake in a basket?

Hook, line and sinker.  

Will the people see through the fog and realize that Obama just admitted what his radical tendencies will look like in a 2nd term or will they take the bait- hook, line and sinker?

With all these jokes being flung about as if we were in a comedy club, one begs the question to be asked- “who is really the punchline?”

Watch the 2012 White House Correspondence Dinner and comment below as to your thoughts!

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Newt Gingrich- Strong and unwavering; marches towards the GOP Convention.


Newt on the taunting media and opponents 

As much as the establishment and opposing candidates are pushing for Newt to drop out and are determined to convince the People that Newt should quit, Newt remains absolute and is full throttle ahead to the Tampa, FL Convention.

When he was asked on CBS’s This Morning “under what circumstances” he would end his campaign before the convention, Gingrich responded: “Probably none.  I’ll be with you in Tampa. I have 176,000 donors at Newt.org. They want me to stay in the race.”

Later on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Gingrich said voters in Illinois were telling him to stay in the race. “I think the people who are supporting me want to have sort of a Reagan-like visionary, a big ideas candidate,” he said.

But it’s not just Illinois, every state Newt stops at- he gets highly charged responses from people pleading with him to stay in the race.

Clear, Consistent, Conservative Choice

Denise Haywald, a Florida resident, agrees enthusiastically and explains why she is still involved in Newt’s campaign even though the Florida primary was  Jan 31, 2012.

“Newt is the clear, consistent, conservative choice. We need a strong conservative to balance out Obama’s socialistic spiral. In a time of economic peril, we cannot afford any more on the job training.  Newt is the only candidate who understands the nuts and bolts of the details of the Presidency and who has experience balancing the national budget for 4 straight years and bringing true entitlement reform.  The main objective is to beat Obama and Newt is, by far, the best debater, has the most  experience and the firmest backbone and voice needed to debate Obama.   Besides, Newt is the only candidate who has put Obama on the defensive and that position is long overdue.  No dispute, I stand with Newt!”

When will the media vet Santorum? 

When vetted to the same extent as Newt; the voters will see a number of concerning things (Discussed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX5YwME80cc and here: http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/9734-the-problems-with-rick-santorum.)  and his problem with women voters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-8zaEyvRno) that will make them rethink their reasons for siding with Santorum (especially since he is NOT the Anti-Romney candidate as he endorsed Mitt Romney and his ideas  in 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu50Hb61jVQ and fall back on Newts’ experience in getting Conservative legislation passed. (A quality currently lacking in Congress).

Santorum himself and Democrats for Santorum are encouraging Democrats to vote for Santorum in the Open Primary States. 

Then there’s the whole issue of Santorum inviting Democrats via robocalls in Michigan and Ohio into the Republican Primary to vote for him knowing full well that they will vote for Obama in the general election.

In addition, there is also a campaign dubbed, ‘Operation Hilarity’ where Democrats are voting for Santorum in open primary states because they know that Obama will crush Santorum like a tin can in the debates. Watch an ad from ‘Democrats for Santorum”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9OXrnnmvdXg

United Against Romney

Let’s be real– it would  help Santorum if Newt stayed in the race (which he will despite all the questionable talk) because Romney’s wall street funded Super Pac will have to spend money aggressively, attacking both Newt and Santorum (their current modus operandi)  instead of just barreling Santorum with negative attack ads like Romney did to Newt during the Florida primary, where Romney spent $20 million in false, negative attack ads in efforts to blind the voters and knock Newt off message.

Newt agrees, “My view on that, is that the minute Romney has one opponent his Super PAC will drown that opponent in mud. That’s what happened to me in Iowa and Florida. It will eventually happen to Santorum and I think it is actually to our net advantage to keep Romney divided.”

Romney:  No negative ad is too costly! 

Meanwhile, Romney continues to spend money like he was printing it fresh off the press in attempts to cover his self proclaimed ‘progressive moderate’ record  (watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtCuLjq_v0E) and to mischaracterize Newt with millions of dollars in false and misleading political ads (in in attempts to have people vote for him as the Anti-Newt candidate) which makes one question if Romney would continue Obama’s title as a ‘big spender’.

Newt on why he remains determined and his thoughts on the cancellation of  the Georgia and Oregon Debate.

On a personal belief, Newt feels he has every need to stay in the race.  “There are a lot of things I don’t agree with Romney and Santorum on. I don’t have an obligation to automatically salute as a conservative somebody who is a progressive moderate and somebody who ran up $1.7 trillion in debt. ” says the Former Speaker of the House, “Besides, if all the candidates are afraid to debate me- how can we feel confident that they are capable of debating Obama?” asks Newt referring to the cancellation of the Georgia CNN debate and the recently cancelled Oregon PBS debate.

Just like the Energizer Bunny; Newt keeps going and going and…. 

And so Newt and his campaign marches on, much like President George Washington and his troops on Christmas Day in 1776 (Learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLUuiP5O7XA)  in pursuit of the Truth, Justice and to be a prime example of God’s Grace and Glory.

Time will tell who reigns as the ultimate victor but you can place your bets on Newt being a strong influence at the Tampa, FL Convention.

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As predicted, Rick Santorum enters the 2012 Presidential race.


As predicted, Rick Santorum enters the 2012 Presidential race.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) began his presidential campaign Monday in Pennsylvania by highlighting the former  2 term senator’s working-class roots. relating to “average Americans” and decrying President Obama for “devaluing” the country’s culture while relating to his most heartfelt constituent base;

“Our American journey started here in Somerset County,” Santorum told the crowd. “My grandfather came to this county way back in 1927.”

Santorum said his grandfather left Italy despite living in a “beautiful, little idyllic town in the mountains, right down on a lake” out of concern over Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime.

Santorum commented this his grandfather was equipped with an idea of high quality living and was driven by the line of thought: “I will not stand for this,’ and so he left, and he came here …  and he started in the coal mines.”

Santorum seems to take after his grandfather in his continuing line of thought that Obama has;

“Not just devalued our moral currency but  he has also devalued our culture.”

With once again, the Santorum generation not standing for less than ideal living conditions.

Afterward, Rick Santorum’s 7 seven children joined them on the stage where Santorum astonishingly comments  outloud, “I am one blessed man!”

Yes, Santorum may be blessed but it is the American people who are blessed to have a Republican nominee who has an ability to  protect the santitcy of life and of God’s written marriage.

Copyright (c) June 6, 2011. All rights reserved.

So much for Obama’s transparency; $1.3 Trillion Dollars Missing


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What is happening in Iran? Update 3/5/2011


As the world’s attention remains focused on the uprisings in the Arab world, Iran’s regime is now looking more vulnerable than in the past.

Tens of thousands of Iranians protested March 1, partially in response to the kidnapping and incarceration of the two leaders of the so-called Green movement and their wives.

The regime knows it has a problem; much like in the Arab world, the continuous and sporadic protests, which began Feb. 14 after more than a year, showed Iranians have overcome their fears.

Faced with the terrifying prospect of another Tahrir Square, the Iranian regime is choosing from a list of bad options.

Outraged at the failure to prevent protests on February 14, 20 and March 1, a staggering number of hardliners within the government have frenetically issued calls for the execution of Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who certainly is the only authority able to command the arrest of the two opposition figures, must have felt the need to silence these outspoken loyalists calling for action, particularly because more protests erupted on March 1.

According to a number of observers, the government chose this time of the year, two weeks before the Iranian New Year, to arrest Moussavi and Karroubi hoping it would achieve two goals: first, the government continues to claim that large crowds on the streets are just holiday shoppers “going to buy supplies for the New Year.” Second, the government hopes that by March 20, demonstrators will go back to their homes to celebrate the Iranian New Year, or Norouz.

Until the kidnapping and incarceration this past weekend of Moussavi and Karroubi and their wives, the government had kept the two opposition leaders under house arrest. However, the protests in February apparently led the regime to believe the two were somehow continuing to coordinate demonstrations, despite the fact that their internet and telephone lines had been cut.

The timing of the abductions appears to be counterproductive.

The Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope — a group of prominent dissidents who assumed leadership of the Green Movement following the house arrests of Karroubi and Moussavi — called for protests on March 1, and succeeded in mobilizing thousands of people in several major cities. The demonstrations, intentionally falling on Moussavi’s birthday, are intended to express condemnation of the treatment of the opposition leaders.

According to eyewitnesses in Tehran, a large number of people appeared on the streets of the capital but faced a massive deployment of armed police and plainclothes security forces with weapons drawn.

Moussavi’s website, Kaleme, has asserted that the government fired into a crowd at one point, and that the level of violence seen on March 1 is “unprecedented.”

Kaleme is also reporting that Karroubi and Moussavi have been moved to Heshmatiyeh Prison in Tehran, a military prison previously investigated and partially closed due to its poor conditions.

As a military prison, it remains out of the jurisdiction of government oversight, and answers only to the Supreme Leader.

Both Kaleme and Saham News, echoing the outrage of many Green supporters over the abductions, named Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in their headlines as responsible for directly ordering the secret detentions of the opposition leaders.

Until now, the websites avoided directly blaming Khamenei. But after the abductions of the men and their wives, the Green movement’s leadership has apparently now crossed a new red line and dared to name Khamenei as being responsible for Moussavi and Karroubi’s detention.

Prominent clerics are also speaking out against the regime’s action. Notable dissident Grand Ayatollahs Yousef Saanei, Assad Bayat-Zanjani, and Ali-Mohammad Dastgheyb, who have been the primary clerical targets of the government since their support for protests following the disputed 2009 presidential elections, have issued statements against the detentions.

Grand Ayatollah Saanei’s statement condemned the abduction of Moussavi and Karroubi in no uncertain terms: “These are actions and behavior that demonstrate the failure and political weakness of the perpetrators [of the detentions] and agents [of the government] to sway public opinion.”

The Grand Ayatollah’s statement is accurate in that the detentions represent multiple failures on the part of the Islamic Republic’s leadership to sway public opinion or head-off the renewed momentum of the Green Movement.

Unlike some Arab countries seeking to appease protesters, Iran’s government is reacting with increased force.

Iran’s Minister of Intelligence Heydar Moslehi went on state television last week to talk about “new evidence” against the “leaders of sedition.” He even accused senior advisors to Moussavi and Karroubi aides, Ardeshir Amir-Arjmand and Mojtaba Vahedi, of being operatives of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalgh Organization (MKO).

In Iran, any affiliation with the MKO could carry the death penalty.

Moslehi also upped the ante by labeling Moussavi and Karroubi “counterrevolutionaries.” The long-held title of “leaders of sedition” was no longer deemed to be severe enough. In Iran, counterrevolutionaries are usually executed, or at the very least, thrown into prison for a very long time. Moslehi’s remarks were chosen carefully to scare Green Movement supporters abroad, specifically those involved with the Coordination Council.

Fearing the government would arrest Moussavi and Karroubi, leading opposition figures outside Iran remained silent and refused to give interviews to many broadcast television networks such as BBC Persian and Voice of America.

With nothing to lose following the abduction of Moussavi and Karroubi, leaders of the movement abroad have broken their silence and are asking for international pressure on the Iranian government.

The next few weeks will be extremely important.

There is a demonstration scheduled for every Tuesday, and the response amongst Green supporters is that they need to continued to raise their voice in order to be heard.

Copyright (c) March 5, 2011. All rights reserved.

Presidential hopeful, Jim Demint, speaks on the importance of school choice and higher education.


South Carolina is one of the few states where school choice supporters have been working to pass an educational tax credit program. South Carolina Senator Jim Demint speaks on the importance of school choice and higher education.

The lead-in hits it perfectly; school choice is about self government, and public education means an educated public, not government-run schools.

With the economy and government budgets in the state they’re in, citizens want to know first and foremost whether any new program is going to cost them more money. I cant say I blame them but let not your heart be troubled;

Jump to 7:23 in the video for a great take on how education tax credits save money while better assisting our children to become the leaders of tomorrow.

DeMint urged to run for President in 2012.


Sen. Jim DeMint’s keynote speech next month to an Iowa forum of Republican presidential candidates has fueled hopes among evangelicals and conservative activists that the South Carolinian will launch a White House run.

DeMint, overwhelmingly elected to his second term in November, will deliver the evening banquet address to a dozen GOP presidential hopefuls – and hundreds of party stalwarts – March 26, 2011 at a Des Moines hotel, scarcely 10 months before Iowa’s leadoff White House caucuses.

In the audience will be Steve Scheffler, a Republican National Committee member from Iowa and an influential evangelical in the Midwestern state.

Scheffler would like to see DeMint, dubbed “the tea party senator” for his unyielding conservatism and fervent opposition to President Barack Obama, throw his hat into the Oval Office ring.

“He’s very highly regarded among activists,” Scheffler said. “His running would add a lot to the dialogue, not only in Iowa but across the country. I think he’s a voice that needs to be heard.”

Scheffler is among a growing number of Republican national committeemen who inquire about DeMint’s intentions in talks with Glenn McCall, a Rock Hill retired bank executive who represents South Carolina on the RNC.

“He’s extremely well liked by movement conservatives and tea party types across the United States,” McCall said. “He definitely would have a lot of support if he ran. I hope that he’s seriously considering it and doesn’t rule it out entirely.”

A DeMint presidential bid could be jumpstarted by South Carolina’s early Republican primary – the exact date hasn’t been set – which in recent elections has come on the heels of intraparty voting in Iowa and New Hampshire.

DeMint is ahead of the presidential pack in his home state with 24 percent support, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 20 percent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 17 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 12 percent, according to a poll released last week by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-affiliated Raleigh firm.

In an interview last week, DeMint gave a one-word response – “No” – when CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked if he’s weighing a White House run.

DeMint expanded on that answer in an interview with McClatchy Newspapers.

“I have no plans to run,” he said. “I’m focused on fighting in the Senate to save our country from fiscal catastrophe and helping elect more principled conservatives to join the fight.”

Saying he absolutely intends “to be part of the debate,” DeMint said the country is at a crossroads because of exploding federal deficits.

“We need to find a candidate who is willing to tell the American people the truth – government must do less, not more,” DeMint said. “I’m going to do everything I can to ensure that the Republican nominee for president is a person willing to make the hard decisions to save our freedoms and put our nation back on the path to prosperity.”

DeMint’s talk of having “no plans to run” for president is just the kind of less-than-absolute, non-denial denial that translates into “I’m not ruling it out” in the political echo chamber of Washington.

“I know he says he’s not thinking about running, but the door may be open,” said Scheffler. “There’s some talk that he still may run.”

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Per Request -The Ins/ the Uncertains/ The Outs of the 2012 Presidential Election Race


With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary roughly one year away, the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that has defined the race up until now will begin to go public.

“The practicalities of running — debates, straw polls, staffing, lining up endorsements on paper — means candidates will have to end the sub rosa campaign soon,” predicted Heart of America’s Managing Editor, Denise Haywald.

My sorting is based on myriad conversations with party strategists — both those already signed up to work on one of the campaigns and those currently on the sidelines of the 2012 race.

And, to be clear, no one on this list has made a FORMAL decision yet. And that means minds can — and perhaps will — change. A candidate in one category today could wind up in an entirely different one a month — or three — from now. That’s politics.

**The In Crowd**

These candidates have not announced but are, through their actions, considered to be all-but-in the race.

Jon Huntsman: (Preferred) The former Utah governor’s decision to resign as the Obama Administration’s Ambassador to China — effective in April — seems to be a very clear indication he is running for president. With strong ties to China, this would help us greatly with our foreign affair problem that President Obama keeps pushing us further into.

Mitt Romney: (Second Preferred) The former Massachusetts governor likely won’t announce his run for a few months, staying above the fray and taking advantage of the fact that he is perceived as the nominal frontrunner at the moment. Romney is known for his economic brilliance but falls short on his foreign knowledge. Romney has since made up for that by visiting Egypt, Israel and Afghanistan. Read more about his visit by clicking: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/romney-bolstering-foreign-policy-credentials-visiting-afghanistan-israel-and-egypt/

Rick Santorum: Santorum raised some eyebrows by landing two well-regarded Iowa operatives late last month but his viability may depend on higher profile social conservatives taking a pass.

Tim Pawlenty: The former Minnesota governor has effectively been running for president since he announced he wouldn’t run for a third term in 2010 but his support of cutting social security and medicare is less than desirable.

**On the Fence**

These are candidates in various stages of indecision.

Mike Huckabee: Surprise winner of Iowa’s 2008 election; however Huckabee has a very comfortable life outside of elected office and questions remain as to whether he wants to give it up for another presidential bid. He may be a bit too religious for the anti-religious voting sector.

John Thune: Winner of recent 2012 straw poll, Thune was said to edge out Obama if the race was held today. For more information on the poll, please visit: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/john-thune-beats-obama/

Jim DeMint: For months, the South Carolina Senator insisted he was entirely uninterested in running for president. Or not. DeMint will be in Iowa in late March to speak at an event organized by Rep. Steve King (R) and his advisers recently told CNN’s Peter Hamby that DeMint “hasn’t shut the door” on the race. If DeMint runs, it likely makes the South Carolina primary a non-starter in much the same way Iowa was for Democrats in 1992 due to the candidacy of home state Sen. Tom Harkin.

Michele Bachmann: Bachmann is a late-arriver to the 2012 presidential chatter but her recent visit to Iowa suggests she is taking a hard look at the race. Bachmann’s fate is likely tied to Sarah Palin; if the former Alaska governor runs, it’s hard to see the space for the Minnesota Congresswoman in the field.

Haley Barbour: Out of the “on the fence” candidates, the Mississippi governor is the closest to being all in. Barbour won’t make it official — either way — until the Mississippi legislature ends its session in April.

Mitch Daniels: Daniels may be the biggest name — outside of Palin — who is entirely undecided on whether to run. Conflicting reports about his level of interest are everywhere but what we know for sure is that family concerns remain the largest sticking point to a bid by the Indiana governor.

Rudy Giuliani: The former 9/11 New York City Mayor has been talking up the possibility of a return run for president in 2012. Soft on social issues, he may fail to win the support of the Conservative crowd.

Sarah Palin: Republican 2008 Vice Presidential candidate, the uncompleted Alaska governor is giving every indication that she is seriously considering a bid and based on her lapping it up with the Tea Party- it would be surprising if she didnt run. Palin is known for her heart felt exchanges but she lacks domestic and foreign operation knowledge and the conservative crowd tends to think of Palin’s candidacy as a running joke

Ron Paul: After the 2008 presidential race vastly raised his national profile, why wouldn’t the Texas Congressman run again? Strong on business but horrible on foreign affairs, his candidacy is also known as a running joke.

**Out means out**

This group has made it abundantly clear that they are out of the running for 2012. Never doesn’t always mean never in politics but these guys have come as close as possible to a Sherman-esque statement.

Mike Pence: A much loved perceived forerunner announced that he would not seek the Presidential seat. Many speculate that he will place a bid for his state’s governorship instead.

Chris Christie: We’ve made the case in this space that there is an open space in the field that the New Jersey governor could easily occupy. But, he seems to be sincere in his lack of interest.

Bobby Jindal:
Jindal is up for reelection as the governor of Louisiana this year, timing that makes it virtually impossible for him to even contemplate a presidential run. Plus, at 39 years old, he can bide his time and wait for 2016 or even 2020.

Rick Perry: When the Texas governor signed on as the head of the Republican Governors Association earlier this year, it was widely assumed he had decided not to run. That appears to be true although there are some within the strategist class who believe Perry could reconsider if the field remains relatively unformed in three months time.

Marco Rubio: Rubio is carefully building a Senate office that represents his profile as a national figure. It would be in his best interest to wait another four or eight years rather than rush himself into a presidential race that he might not be ready for just yet.

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US Ambassador to China put in his resignation, speculation on 2012 run.


U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has tendered his resignation, opening the door to a possible run for the presidency.

Huntsman offered his resignation on Monday, according to a senior administration official. The resignation is effective in April.

Huntsman is a former governor of Utah who gave up that position to become U.S. ambassador to China in 2009.

When Huntsman took the job, the White House was seen as taking a potential tough opponent out of the field in 2012, and it remains unclear how Huntsman would explain his work for the administration to conservative GOP primary voters.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that Huntsman had told several people in the White House that he planned to leave the administration during the first part of this year.

Ironically, Huntsman hinted at a run for the White House in an interview with Newsweek published earlier this month.

“You know, I’m really focused on what we’re doing in our current position,” Huntsman said. “But we won’t do this forever, and I think we may have one final run left in our bones.”

Back in the spring of 2009, it was Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, who identified Huntsman as one potential GOP contender who makes him a “wee bit queasy.” The president named Huntsman Ambassador to China later that same month.

Late last week, GOP operative Susie Wiles was hired as executive director of what’s expected to be Huntsman’s political action committee. The former governor also has a core of top advisers already laying the groundwork for a possible run.

Before January’s state dinner at the White House, Huntsman was asked if he was considering a run in 2012. He answered, “We’re loyal to our country and our president.”

The core of Republican strategists who have started to pave the way for a potential Huntsman bid see a big opening for the former governor in the current field of rumored hopefuls, despite the conventional wisdom that suggests he’s too centrist to make it through a primary.

Should he run, Huntsman will pitch his extensive foreign policy credentials, which are easily the deepest among the current GOP field. Huntsman backers are also pushing the notion that his ties to President Obama are more easily explained away than are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s healthcare woes.

Said one GOP strategist, earlier Monday, who’s aligned with the pro-Huntsman crowd: “He was a hugely successful and popular governor, with a solid record.”

Another take from a strategist who worked on Romney’s 2008 campaign — the former Massachusetts governor should welcome a Huntsman candidacy, “because it moves him further away from Obama.”

While Jon Huntsman Jr worked for Obama, I do not feel that he catered line and point for him. I urge Huntsman to throw his ring into the hat, Lord knows we need a friend in China.

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Romney wins NH Straw Poll- What are your thoughts?


New Hampshire Republicans asked for their constituents for early preferences on their party’s 2012 presidential nominee in a straw sanctioned by the Republican State Committee.

The 493-member state committee met this weekend to choose a new state chairman to succeed John H. Sununu, a new representative on the Republican National Committee and other party offices.

Republicans will be asked to choose from among no fewer than 20 people in the straw poll, including New Hampshire’s own Judd Gregg, and will be given the option of writing in a name.

Candidates on the ballot were as follows (in no particular order):
Rep. Michele Bachmann
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Pizza Mogul Herman Cain, Indiana
Gov. Mitch Daniels
Sen. Jim DeMint
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani,
Former Sen. Judd Gregg
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee,
US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsmann, Jr.
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
Rep. Ron Paul
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty,
Rep. Mike Pence
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
Former Sen. Rick Santorum
Sen. John Thune
Real estate mogul, Donald Trump.

35% percent backed Romney, Paul garnered 11% percent, Pawlenty got 8% percent, Palin received 7% percent and Bachmann grabbed 5%.

The straw poll may provide an informal indication of who is favored by the most hard-core Republican activists more than a year before the nation’s first presidential primary.

The Florida vibe presents these top 5 Republican nominees for the Presidency. Some are better known than others but with the political atmosphere starting to churn- I believe that we will hear a lot more from the people noted below.

1. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

2. Rep. Mike Pence

3. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour

4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

5. Sen. John Thune

What are your thoughts? Who would you like to see on the 2012 Republican ticket?

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