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If you’re on a Democratic mailing list, chances are you’ve received some pretty frantic emails the past few days. Tuesday night was a fundraising deadline and the party wanted to make sure to get every cent it could. That includes Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and President Obama himself. Or at least their party reps.
Make no mistake; Republicans are doing it too. But Dems are in danger of losing much-needed seats come the midterm elections. So there’s some urgency there. Most importantly, fundraisers in the party say the deluge of emails work. Researchers The Washington Post spoke with say that telling people a negative event will happen if they don’t act is more likely to spur people to action that telling people about a positive outcome of their actions. And emails that “come from” President Obama will get the biggest response.
And by big response, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars. Analysis from the National Journal finds that Democrats are out-raising Republicans, on average, by more than $100,000 in small donations in political races around the country. The average Democrat raises $179,300 in donations of less than $200. The average Republican, just $78,535. In total, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised $41 million more than the National Republican Congressional Committee during this election cycle. Some experts on the Republican side say it’s harder to raise money for new candidates, others say it’s a failure on the digital side of things.
The Democrats also have a powerful weapon on their side: women. The aforementioned Rep. Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, and the woman herself, First Lady Michelle Obama are among the people in high demand for fundraising events. In fact, FLOTUS and the Clintons are the people that one Democratic committee member said would be his dream fundraising event.
“With her 61 percent approval rating and a talent for connecting with women and minority audiences in particular, she is uniquely able to go into states where even the president and vice president struggle to motivate voters and donors,” The Daily Beast said of Michelle Obama.
On the Republican side, women are generally not faring as well, in part experts say because there’s no high-profile woman to generate excitement. Republicans need women leaders that will get people to pull out their wallets if they’re going to try and match this Democratic female firepower.
Are you a political giver?
We can always count on Fox News’s resident medical expert, Dr. Keith Ablow, to provide sound and sensitive judgments about today’s hot-button health issues.
Hahahahahahahahaha sorry what we meant was the exact opposite of that.
Take Tuesday, for instance, when Ablow tackled a topic nobody was discussing: Michelle Obama’s weight as it pertains to her healthy eating campaigns.
Read more on Dr. Keith Ablow’s commentary at BlackVoices.com
Ever wonder how each president has changed your life, whether for the better or worse? In honor of the question: “Do politicians really do anything besides steal money and sleep with interns?” MN decided to look at the highlights of President Barack Obama’s career, with a little First Lady Michelle Obama thrown in for good measure. For example, did you know that only days after taking office, Obama nullified Bush-era rulings that allowed detainees in U.S. custody to undergo certain “enhanced” interrogation techniques, which were considered inhumane under the Geneva Conventions? From killing Osama Bin Laden to helping America loose weight, POTUS and FLOTUS prove that it is possible to work in politics and make a real difference.
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) July 30, 2014
Many Democrats have been seeking the voice of First Lady Michelle Obama, hoping she’ll use her platform and influence to speak out against the various changes, reforms and positions taken by the GOP, including their push to sue the President.
While she’s been silent about many of the current issues and debates happening on the Hill, earlier Wednesday FLOTUS addressed those at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, calling the estimated 58,000 homeless veterans in America “ a stain on the soul of this nation.”
Her words come in light of Congress’ plans to drastically reform the Veterans Administration. As Congress debates a long-term plan to reform the Veterans Administration, the House GOP has been vocal about their concern over the cost of government funding into the VA program. The bill has since been passed in both the Senate and the House.
The GOP has also shown disinterest and lack of approval for many bills and reforms not only being made by President Obama, but FLOTUS as well. From her husband’s immigration reform proposals to her anti-obesity campaign, it seems as though the GOP has it out for the Obamas.
With that, the Democratic party hopes that Michelle will use her platform and power to raise awareness (and funds) to Democrats who will be voting in the November elections. With the GOP resistance being so strongly voiced, Dems hope Mrs. Obama will be able to represent the Obamas and their political platform to spaces that are reluctant to welcome the president.
Specifically, Dems are hoping FLOTUS can go and encourage voters to head to the polls in governor elections ( in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin), and also to spark a national interest into the House races.
Casey Mann, the Democratic Party executive director in North Carolina, says, FLOTUS has “ the opportunity to maintain the hope and the idealism that so many of us had during the 2008 and 2012 elections. She provides an opportunity for regular folks to connect outside of that gridlock, to be able to connect to the message without having the same institutional opposition so to speak.”
Though in the same way she’s known for voicing her passion about particular matters, her dislike of the politics and fundraising is just as known.
While it’s not clear the role Mrs. Obama plans to play in Novembers midterms, many Dems hope (and political observers suspect) that she will take the approach of being an advocate for voter registration and encouraging citizens to vote rather than hardcore campaigning for a particular platform. Her very direct way of pushing voter participation has the Democrats hoping it will indirectly align those influenced by FLOTUS to vote for the Democratic agenda.
I guess Chelly-O has no issues with Beyonce pulling up the partition. When the “On The Run” tour hit Chicago on July 24, The First Lady was there front and center with daughters, Malia, 16 and Sasha, 13.
The FLOTUS was in Chicago to host a Democrat fundraiser. The 50-year-old First Lady is a proud Bey stan having attended the Queen B’s last two concerts. They also worked on Mrs. Obama’s anti-obesity campaign in which you may remember Bey bouncing to her “Get Me Bodied” beat with a lunchroom full of school kids.
A Chicago-area model caught the family getting their groove on to Jay and Bey in VIP and decided to take a selfie.
It may be much to Michelle Obama’s dismay, as it’s no secret The White House works overtime to keep public pictures of the girls to a minimum. According to TMZ, Mrs. Obama called a paparazzi agency earlier this month to take down shots of Malia walking into a restaurant.
We respect the family trying to keep the girls lives as normal as possible, but it’s still nice to see them out having some fun.
We reported a few weeks ago that First Daughter Malia Obama was interning on the set of Halle Berry’s new movie Extant and since she’s been spending so much time in L.A., it’s not all too surprising the the paparazzi is on the prowl.
Monday night Malia and a few of her friends were spotted at Gjelina, famous restaurant in Venice, California. It’s often frequented by celebrities so the paparazzi were on site, snapping pictures of the 16 year old. A photographer captured a picture of Malia as she walked out of the restaurant and he sold the image to AKM-GSI for them to distribute to other sites. The agency posted the picture on their website for other media outlets to purchase. But within a few hours the First Lady’s office called AKM-GSI and asked them to please remove the photo.
According to TMZ, Mrs. Obama’s staff told the agency that they’d secured promises from several media outlets not to photograph either Sasha or Malia when they weren’t with their father, President Obama.
AKM-GSI agreed and then sent an e-mail to other media outlets issuing a “URGENT SET KILL NOTICE.”
It read: “Please delete the set of Malia Obama from your archive. The set was sent around earlier today. We cannot distribute this set.”
When TMZ posted the story, they asked if this was a case of Mrs. Obama and the White House abusing their power when Malia made a decision to one intern in L.A. and then go to a very popular restaurant. There’s a poll and a majority of the people believe it’s an abuse. But if you ask me, this is just what parents do. Parents are supposed to do everything in their power to protect their children. And as it stands now, the more power you have the better you’re able to protect your children. That’s the way of the world. Plus, if the Obamas were really to abuse their power, I can imagine a few things far worse than asking a photo agency to delete a photo of their teenage daughter.
What do you think, were the Obamas wrong to flex this much muscle or is this just yet another example of people being mad at everything the first family does, whether it’s right or wrong?
Since her start with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has amassed a legion of fans who cheer her on at every move. She’s also inspired a lot of people to channel their inner Sasha Fierce and impersonate the “Bootylicious” singer. Here are some of the best and funniest Beyonce impersonations.
Maya Rudolph Talks About Elevator Beat Down
When the public got its hands on the now infamous video of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator while her big sister Beyonce silently watched, we all knew an “SNL” parody was right around the corner. Show regulars Sasheer Zemanta and Jay Pharoahe played the younger sister and the Brooklyn rapper respectively but when Maya Rudolph walked on as the R&B diva, she stole the show.
Our First Lady is looking absolutely gorgeous on the cover of ESSENCE. Inside of the magazine’s August 2014 issue, Lady O dishes on the importance of education and how she’s preparing her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to be successful out in the real world. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On teaching her daughters about hard work and perseverance:
“I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard.”
On African-Americans owing it to their ancestors to get educated:
“We cannot waste the opportunity that we have here in America, especially as African-Americans. Our ancestors fought and bled and died so that we could go to school. And I still think about that.”
On teaching her daughters to be accountable:
“We talk about responsibility and accountability, about making sure that they’re not wasting the opportunities they’re given. We make sure they know how lucky they are and that, because of that, they have an obligation to have their acts together and to take their education very seriously.”
Catch her full interview in the August 2014 issue of ESSENCE, which hits stands July 4.
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It’s the most important date in a person’s life. But for celebrities, their wedding day is more than just making a commitment to someone they are — or think — they’re in love with. It’s a chance to break out the finest in bridal fashion and strut their stuff. So as your Facebook becomes cluttered with summer wedding photos and engagement announcements, we decided to add to the pile with our favorite celebrity wedding looks.
As we reported earlier, Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service was held this past Saturday at the Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where Dr. Angelou taught for more than 33 years and served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies from 1982 until her death.
First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, Cicely Tyson, Andrew Young, President Bill Clinton and many others attended the ceremony, which was private but live streamed for the public, to pay their respects to the poet, teacher, author, dancer and all around phenomenal woman. Bebe Winans also sang during the service.
The highlight of the day, for many, came when Mrs. Obama delivered a very moving and inspiring speech that spoke frankly and eloquently about Maya Angelou’s words helping to carry her from a little black girl in Chicago to the White House. And she credited Dr. Angelou for being one of the forces that encouraged her during the campaign trail when her own black womanhood was examined and dissected. She spoke about how Dr. Angelou’s achievement was not just her’s alone but one in which all black women can share.
If you don’t have time to watch the whole ceremony, which you can do in the video below but if you want to read Mrs. Obama’s speech, you can read the entire transcript on the next page.