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Obama’s Address to His Staff on Tuesday Night: “I’m Really Proud of All of You”

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Mitt Romney pulled all the credit cards and made his campaign staff pay for their own rides home on Tuesday evening.

BOSTON — From the moment Mitt Romney stepped off stage Tuesday night, having just delivered a brief concession speech he wrote only that evening, the massive infrastructure surrounding his campaign quickly began to disassemble itself.

Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked.

President Obama also had a message for his staff, with a slightly different tone.

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65 comments

1 Kronocide  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:46:07pm

Bootstraps to the very end.

2 Lidane  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:46:51pm
3 Kronocide  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:50:22pm

But seriously, this video is the real man and what he's about. He's long won me over as a person and leader even if I have policy disagreements.

4 researchok  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:50:36pm

World class classy.

5 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:53:28pm

Cue the whining "look he's giving stuff away already" in 3. .2. .1 because they don't recognize a gracious, heartfelt thank you

Seriously, I know my uncle would say that, and mean it. . .

6 Lidane  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:55:00pm

re: #4 researchok

World class classy.

Very much so. He was gracious and classy, as usual.

7 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:56:58pm

re: #6 Lidane

Agreed, and I love the fact he thanked them, unlike He Who Shall Not Be Named, who kicked his staff to the curb in a heartbeat. . .dammn and people really thought he'd be this awesome caring president??? Feh!

8 nines09  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:57:37pm

Obama showed them class, Mitt showed them the door. Mitt dropped a "Bain" on his aides. Nice. Move. Dick.

9 jamesfirecat  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:58:32pm

Mitt Romney on Tuesday night...

"You're all fired. I like to fire people who provide me with goods and services after all."

10 Obdicut  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:58:43pm

re: #2 Lidane

That was awesome.

11 nines09  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 5:59:48pm

re: #9 jamesfirecat

Mitt Romney on Tuesday night...

"You're all fired. I like to fire people who provide me with goods and services after all."

He didn't even tell them. Think about that.

12 OhNoZombies!  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:00:02pm

You just can't fake that kind of sincerity.

13 Charles Johnson  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:00:15pm

It's almost comical that the Romney campaign shut down all their staff support within hours of the defeat.

You're on your own, people. Welcome to the right wing universe.

If you were a fetus you might have had better luck.

14 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:00:26pm

re: #11 nines09

He didn't even get them home. . .just wow. . .

15 engineer cat  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:01:00pm

i heard that the obama ground game org was resident in places like ohio for five years, that is it was in continuous operation from the beginning of the 2008 campaign

but where was it in 2010?

we need the GOTV org to stay in operation even harder for those fucking midterms, especially since a potentially very hairy one is coming up in 2014

NO MORE 1994s or 2010s!!! NO PASERAN!

16 Iwouldprefernotto  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:01:38pm

Obama has class.


OT Thanks to all my LGF peeps for keeping me "sane" the last couple of weeks/months. The thought of another Bush presidency was too much for me to handle.

Regards,

17 nines09  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:01:41pm

re: #14 DisturbedEma

He didn't even get them home. . .just wow. . .

Compassionate Conservatism in Action Against Conservatives.

18 engineer cat  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:02:08pm

re: #12 OhNoZombies!

You just can't fake that kind of sincerity.

so is mitt a very fake sincere person or a very sincere fake person?

19 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:02:09pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

I get this weird "well if you had worked HARDER for me, you'd still have a job." rationale vibe when I ask myself "what was he thinking?" when he did this. . .

20 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:03:34pm

re: #18 engineer cat

A question for the ages. . .or the Magic 8 Ball

21 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:05:08pm

re: #17 nines09

Indeed. . .can't imagine what his first order of business would've been had he won. . .shudder to think. . .

22 OhNoZombies!  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:06:01pm

re: #18 engineer cat

so is mitt a very fake sincere person or a very sincere fake person?

Yes.

23 Obdicut  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:06:02pm

This sounds like something that was set up to happen ahead of time. Which actually would make it worse; it'd mean they'd have been turned off even if he'd won.

24 Lidane  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:06:14pm

re: #13h Charles Johnson

It's almost comical that the Romney campaign shut down all their staff support within hours of the defeat.

You're on your own, people. Welcome to the right wing universe.

If you were a fetus you might have had better luck.

If you read the Ace of Spades (yeah, I know) blog post that David Corn links to, they were pretty much ignoring their GOTV volunteers and/or were so disorganized that a lot of those volunteers never got to do any groundwork on Election Day at all.

For a man who supposedly knows all about business, the simplest things seemed to escape people over at Romney HQ.

25 b_Snark  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:07:22pm

re: #18 engineer cat

so is mitt a very fake sincere person or a very sincere fake person?

Sure.

26 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:08:16pm

re: #23 Obdicut

I saw in Forbes that the loss didn't mean everything had to be shut down, that invoices will still need to be paid, and the process could take awhile, so I believe you're on to something, it wasn't something he did after making his speech, the kill switch was installed earlier than that.

27 allegro  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:08:30pm

I applaud the aware American public for seeing the very clear differences between these two men and their visions for this country. Obama, tearfully thanking his hard-working team with words of encouragement for their future successes. Romney, making an escape in the backseat of his kid's car after fucking over his team without even saying thanks or paying their cab fare home.

This is all the pundits have to see when they examine the race. It sums up the entire election and the differences between the two candidates pretty well.

28 Targetpractice  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:08:36pm

re: #23 Obdicut

This sounds like something that was set up to happen ahead of time. Which actually would make it worse; it'd mean they'd have been turned off even if he'd won.

That or he had a deadman's switch in place to go into effect in the event that he didn't win. One call and "boom," out go the lights.

It's really like the sort of thing you see in movies, where the boss says "Oh, and don't worry about emptying your desk, your stuff is already outside."

29 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:09:31pm

re: #27 allegro

with Ann riding shotgun, not sure why that bugs me but it does!

30 nines09  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:09:41pm

re: #21 DisturbedEma

Indeed. . .can't imagine what his first order of business would've been had he won. . .shudder to think. . .

Remember he said he couldn't tell you. You wouldn't elect him. He's a biz-a-niz-mahn. Said like Barra-cuda. He would be King.

31 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:10:53pm

re: #21 DisturbedEma

Indeed. . .can't imagine what his first order of business would've been had he won. . .shudder to think. . .

Instantly shit his pants when he got the first national security briefing, I suspect. I bet there's a secret tradition among presidents that involves the ceremonial bestowal of a new set of Froot o' the Looms right before they get the "OK So Now That You're In Charge, Here's How Fucked Up Everything Actually Is" orientation tour.

32 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:11:01pm

re: #30 nines09

Yes, he didn't want to ruin the surprise, like he surprised his staff. . .sheesh

33 nines09  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:11:20pm

I don't tweet and I don't know how to post tweets but I just got sent a link that I cannot get up....Long story...Someone go to #drunknatesilver and check out the tweets. Pretty funny.

34 nines09  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:12:24pm

Hey! I'm better than I thought!

35 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:12:50pm

re: #31 Our Precious Bodily Fluids

Indeed, here's all the things we stopped and here's what we think is coming. . .boxers or briefs?

36 ProGunLiberal  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:13:11pm

I just found out what the blank votes in PR were. Apparently, the PPD and the governor-elect told people to leave it blank as a statement that Puerto Rico likes the Status Quo.

A) A majority don't, with 54-55% wanting to change in someway and

B) The Blank Votes were still about 20% behind statehood.

So, what we learned was that the PPD is quite willing to throw a massive wrench into Democracy. Too bad Blank Ballots don't count. Or, at least they shouldn't.

37 jaunte  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:14:05pm

re: #5 DisturbedEma

Cue the whining "look he's giving stuff away already"

Earlier tonight, Laura Ingraham was sitting on for Bill O'Reilly on Fox, arguing with Juan Williams over whether the GOP should moderate its message. Williams was pointing out the magnitude of the Republican loss among non-white, non-male voters. She insisted that staying as conservative as possible was the right course, arguing that if they started to 'give things away' they would always be outbid by the Democrats.

38 Charleston Chew  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:14:26pm

re: #24 Lidane

For a man who supposedly knows all about business, the simplest things seemed to escape people over at Romney HQ.

Let's put an end to the myth of "Romney the Businessman". He was in the financial sector. And, to be fair, his campaign was well funded.

As for running it, well, that's what employees are for, right? And when they failed to meet key performance metrics on Nov 6, he fired them and liquidated the company. Classic Romney.

39 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:14:49pm

re: #37 jaunte

Which page of the binder is SHE on??:)

40 jaunte  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:15:09pm

re: #38 Charleston Chew

"Other People's Money."

41 OhNoZombies!  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:16:03pm

re: #31 Our Precious Bodily Fluids

Instantly shit his pants when he got the first national security briefing, I suspect. I bet there's a secret tradition among presidents that involves the ceremonial bestowal of a new set of Froot o' the Looms right before they get the "OK So Now That You're In Charge, Here's How Fucked Up Everything Actually Is" orientation tour.

I remember the look on Obama's face soon after his first briefing...
I would describe it as:
"I can handle this... Oh shit, what have I done!?!"

42 Targetpractice  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:16:20pm

re: #24 Lidane

If you read the Ace of Spades (yeah, I know) blog post that David Corn links to, they were pretty much ignoring their GOTV volunteers and/or were so disorganized that a lot of those volunteers never got to do any groundwork on Election Day at all.

For a man who supposedly knows all about business, the simplest things seemed to escape people over at Romney HQ.

From the description, the Romney approach to campaigning was much like the Bain approach to steel-making at GST: Make a lot of lofty promises and goals, fill all the important positions by yes-men without the first clue how to do anything, put far too much on the plate than can be handled, and then the whole thing augurs into the ground, fire everybody and make a break for the doors.

43 allegro  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:20:47pm

re: #29 DisturbedEma

with Ann riding shotgun, not sure why that bugs me but it does!

It doesn't bug me, it just puts an exclamation point on something she mentioned twice that I know of during the campaign. When asked about her greatest concerns should Mitt win the election, she answered that she feared for his mental health. It didn't seem to get much press attention but it freaked me out because I believed her. Scurrying Mitt away by tucking him the back seat of the car... creepy image.

Yeah, we dodged a serious bullet here.

44 EPR-radar  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:21:12pm

re: #42 Targetpractice

From the description, the Romney approach to campaigning was much like the Bain approach to steel-making at GST: Make a lot of lofty promises and goals, fill all the important positions by yes-men without the first clue how to do anything, put far too much on the plate than can be handled, and then the whole thing augurs into the ground, fire everybody and make a break for the doors.

Now imagine how well this would work as foreign policy. A Romney administration would probably have been so incompetent and obnoxious world wide that their first term accomplishments would include sparking a second communist revolution in Russia, followed promptly by World War III.

45 engineer cat  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:22:31pm

re: #37 jaunte

'give things away'

that seems to be the meme of the moment for wingnuts

"47% of the kountry is takin mah money n sittin on there buts the hole plaice is goin ta hell i tell ya"

46 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:22:39pm

re: #43 allegro

That could be it, that she seemed to be the type of spouse that no matter what says "it'll be ok, I'll take care of you/it/them, you just be you" and by putting herself in the front, instead of in back with him seemed like she was a shield. . .

47 engineer cat  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:24:08pm

re: #42 Targetpractice

From the description, the Romney approach to campaigning was much like the Bain approach to steel-making at GST: Make a lot of lofty promises and goals, fill all the important positions by yes-men without the first clue how to do anything, put far too much on the plate than can be handled, and then the whole thing augurs into the ground, fire everybody and make a break for the doors.

i don't think mitt had to win all of the time to make a big profit at bain

they just ended up billions in the black and thought that made them geniuses

48 jaunte  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:24:09pm
Ann Romney's remarks brought several staffers to tears as she told the assembled group that they would always be part of the fabric of the Romney family.

"And extended family always pays for their own transportation."

49 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:24:30pm

I'm beyond ignorant about this point, so maybe someone will feel like spelling it out.

Puerto Rico wants to become a state. What would PR gain by becoming a state? Is there a legitimate** argument against it?

** "legitimate" meaning a policy-oriented stance, even an unsupportably wrong one, that doesn't just boil down to RWNJ crazytalk about terrorbabies and racism...

50 OhNoZombies!  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:24:37pm

re: #43 allegro

It doesn't bug me, it just puts an exclamation point on something she mentioned twice that I know of during the campaign. When asked about her greatest concerns should Mitt win the election, she answered that she feared for his mental health. It didn't seem to get much press attention but it freaked me out because I believed her. Scurrying Mitt away by tucking him the back seat of the car... creepy image.

Yeah, we dodged a serious bullet here.

She mentioned having to stabilize him.
My mom is convinced Ann was feeding him xanax before his concession speech.

51 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:24:44pm

re: #48 jaunte

unless you're our dog, then you can ride on the roof. . .

52 ProGunLiberal  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:25:25pm

And now I found out that the PPD governor intends to throw out the vote, have a consitutional assembly, and a "better" ballot in 2014.

The last governor for this party was heavily suspected of ethical issues.

53 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:25:38pm

re: #50 OhNoZombies!

well, we know it's not supposed to be booze. . .

54 darthstar  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:28:17pm

How Romney's Secret Service detail ended:

At some point, early Wednesday morning, when Gov. Mitt Romney and family were tucked into bed, a quiet call went out on the radio channel used by his Secret Service agents: "Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue."

Read More [Link: www.gq.com...]

That's it. And he was a normal citizen once again. Good piece...give it a read.

55 goddamnedfrank  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:29:46pm

re: #49 Our Precious Bodily Fluids

Puerto Rico wants to become a state. What would PR gain by becoming a state?

Voting representation in the US Congress and Presidential election.

56 DisturbedEma  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:31:45pm

re: #54 darthstar

Serious question, does he now need private security detail?

57 ProGunLiberal  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:32:36pm

re: #55 goddamnedfrank

And support in highway funds and other such items.

What does the PPD believe in exactly? Continuing to have Puerto Rico in the no mans land between state and nation? Unable to govern itself or get the support the states do? What exactly do they want to happen?

58 Four More Beers  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:34:31pm

Good grief, Romney said he was a "severe conservative" and then acts as such. Big deal.
//

59 EPR-radar  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:35:05pm

re: #49 Our Precious Bodily Fluids

I'm beyond ignorant about this point, so maybe someone will feel like spelling it out.

Puerto Rico wants to become a state. What would PR gain by becoming a state? Is there a legitimate** argument against it?

** "legitimate" meaning a policy-oriented stance, even an unsupportably wrong one, that doesn't just boil down to RWNJ crazytalk about terrorbabies and racism...

I can't think of a legitimate argument against. Both D and R platforms support PR statehood if desired by the people of PR. It will be amusing to see the Republicans backtrack on this. Reid should get this on the Senate agenda for the lame duck session.

60 Ben G. Hazi  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:36:53pm

re: #2 Lidane

[Embedded content]

Hooray for Team Romney clusterfucks!

BWAHAHAHAHA!

61 Digital Display  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:37:46pm

re: #57 ProGunLiberal

And support in highway funds and other such items.

What does the PPD believe in exactly? Continuing to have Puerto Rico in the no mans land between state and nation? Unable to govern itself or get the support the states do? What exactly do they want to happen?

They missed their chance back in the 50's to 80's. Doesn't matter what they vote for. Congress won't vote them in. Period. They don't bring anything to the table this decade. That's just my opinion.

62 ProGunLiberal  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:39:26pm

re: #59 EPR-radar

He'll have to. Because the next governor (who won by a margin that would trigger recounts in some states) said he will ignore the results of the referendum.

Of course, he is the fuck responsible for the blank ballots. Told people to vote to that to show Status Quo is good. Which, for anyone watching the state of Puerto Rico, know is bullshit.

63 ProGunLiberal  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:40:49pm

re: #61 Digital Display

Eventually, something will give. Their issues in the past have been chaotic politics and a major party completely willing to fuck up status referendums.

Even the Republicans don't do the second one.

64 CarleeCork  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 6:55:00pm

What a douchebag.

65 Stanghazi  Thu, Nov 8, 2012 7:04:50pm

My President. (icing on the cake of this = Bobby Kennedy mention)


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