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Big Labor Finally Getting The Shaft From Democrat Politicians

By Doug Book

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It seems big labor is getting nervous about anticipated disastrous effects on the healthcare benefits of union membership by Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. So nervous are they in fact that James P. Hoffa and organized labor comrades Joseph Hansen and Don Taylor addressed their concerns in personal letter form to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, a clear break from the more conventional late night exchange of cash and instructions so common between labor kingpins and Democrat politicians.

“We can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members,” wrote the 3 union bosses to leaders of the political party to which organized labor donated some $800 million in 2008 and $700 million two years later. “Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it.” Though Hoffa didn’t specifically include “When we buy politicians, we expect ‘em to STAY bought,” the implication was clear enough.

Four years ago, there were no more vocal or committed supporters of Obama’s signature healthcare plan than organized labor. But now, Hoffa and the others are whining that “…the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.” Yet none of the damaging contents of the Affordable Care Act have changed during the past 4 years. So why is labor suddenly in a panic?

The ObamaCare employer mandate requiring that employers of over 50 full time (40 hour/week) workers provide healthcare or pay a stiff penalty is being met with a sudden influx of part time employees. In fact, part time hires are outpacing full time in 2013 by over 4-1, a complete reversal of employment figures for 2012. This destruction of the 40 hour week complained of by Hoffa means fewer dollars for employees and a black eye for unions paid to protect their interests.

But of greatest concern to labor bosses are the multi-employer or Taft Hartley health plans currently carried by some 22 million union members. Unions pride themselves on their ability to provide these Cadillac health plans to members at reasonable prices. (Employers of course pay the bulk of the tab.)

However, as ObamaCare requirements are certain to drive premium prices sky high, employers will counter by dropping the plans when unions contracts expire,  placing members in the individual, ObamaCare exchange market. Once placed in the ObamaCare market without insurance, employees will qualify for subsidies.

BUT, why join a union or maintain membership if one of the principle reasons–the long-term availability of first rate healthcare at very reasonable prices–no longer exists?! One of the biggest draws for joining a union is being taken away from big labor, and they do NOT like it!

So Hoffa and other labor bosses now want to have their cake and eat it too–they are demanding that members be permitted …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Boehner Stabbed By Modern-Day Brutus

By Floyd G. Brown

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John Boehner is known as the Speaker of the House who easily cries. Now, it seems that he’s got good reason to cry, as he may not hold his job much longer. You see, the Republican caucus is restless.

This past week Boehner was able to muscle a farm subsidies bill through Congress, but only after he agreed to ditch the 40-year linkage to the Food Stamps program that I wrote about in May.

Boehner has a small majority, with only 234 Republicans out of the 435 House members. But the majority is actually smaller than it looks – and it’s fractured. Tea Party Republicans, who make up about 50 members, are disheartened by Boehner’s continued attempts to work hand-in-glove with President Obama. And another 25 members of the Republican caucus are reliably willing to vote with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats.

Not only that, but John Boehner is also surrounded by Republicans in his leadership team who are waiting in the wings, ready to take his job. One of them is Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, has been quoted by friends as being interested in the top job. With friends like these two, odds makers are beginning to count the days until a rebellion. One member privately told me, “None of us are too impressed with Boehner’s ability to negotiate with the White House. The tax deal at the end of last year left most of us with a bad taste in our mouth and mad constituents to mollify.”

He was, of course, referring to the fiscal cliff deal that forced many Republicans to support massive tax increases. And now these Boehner-pushed tax increases are partially to blame for 2013’s sluggish economy.

We Won’t Get Fooled Again

Boehner’s new farm bill will be opposed by the U.S. Senate because it failed to include additional money for EBT cards and free food for the working poor and disabled, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Originally, Boehner included SNAP (otherwise known as food stamps) in his first bill, but it failed to garner enough votes to pass.

Because it cut SNAP by more than $20 billion, most Democrats voted against the legislation. Tea Party-aligned Republicans believed it was still too expensive while the country has a staggering $17 trillion debt.

Additionally, many committee chairmen voted against the original bill, including Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce.

Faced with his initial failure, Boehner was able to corral more Republican votes by splitting the bill into two bills: one becoming an actual “farm” bill, and the other covering SNAP. Tea Party Republicans consider this an energizing chance to actually cut food stamps by even more than the $20.5 billion spread out over 10 years, as was proposed in the failed farm bill.

Let’s hope this division can withstand the forces of Washington. The two bills …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Obama, Nancy Pelosi And Harry Reid Joining OFA Meeting

By The Huffington Post News Editors

By KEN THOMAS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is meeting Monday with his most loyal supporters to discuss ways to promote his agenda on issues like immigration reform and the economy as lawmakers prepare to return home for their annual summer break.

Obama was being joined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California at a meeting of Organizing for Action, a super political action committee formed from the president’s 2012 re-election campaign.

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Labor Unions: Obamacare Will 'Shatter' Their Health Benefits, Cause 'Nightmare Scenarios'

By Avik Roy

Labor unions are among the key institutions responsible for the passage of Obamacare. They spent tons of money electing Democrats to Congress in 2006 and 2008, and fought hard to push the health law through the legislature in 2009 and 2010. But now, unions are waking up to the fact that Obamacare is heavily disruptive to the health benefits of their members. Last Thursday, representatives of three of the nation?s largest unions fired off a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, warning that Obamacare would ?shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.? …read more

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Obama: Pelosi Will Regain Speakership

By Breaking News

President Barack Obama attended two fundraisers on Wednesday on San Francisco’s “Billionaires’ Row” and said it would be a “whole lot easier” to govern if House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) became House Speaker after 2014.

Obama even said he expected Pelosi “is going to be once again the Speaker of the House.”

The President attended fundraisers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) at the homes of Tom Steyer, who is pushing Obama to more aggressively back “climate change” bills, and Ann and Gordon Getty.

Democrats need to win 17 seats to take back the House in 2014, and Obama is prioritizing that goal, since the Republican-controlled House remains his primary legislative obstacle. While Democrats accomplished little while they held control of the House and a Senate supermajority from 2009-2010, the President may pursue a more aggressive legislative agenda with control of both houses now that he does not have to face his own reelection in 2016.

“My intention here is to try to get as much done with the Republican Party over the next two years as I can, because we can’t have perpetual campaigns,” Obama said, according toThe Hill. “But I would be dishonest if I didn’t say that it would be a whole lot easier to govern if I had Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.”

Read more at Breitbart. By Tony Lee.

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Obama: Nancy Pelosi As Speaker Of The House Would Make My Job A Lot Easier

By The Huffington Post News Editors

President Barack Obama heaped praise on Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Wednesday during a San Francisco fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, making it clear that he had a strong interest in helping Democrats regain control of the House in order to give Pelosi the speakership again.

“My job is to make sure we move the country forward, and I think we can best do that if Nancy Pelosi is speaker of the House once again,” Obama said, explaining his belief that she supported a number of broad second-term policy goals that have already been waylaid by partisan division in Congress.

Obama went on to lay out a laundry list of agenda items, from gun control, to early childhood education, to climate change and patching up the nation’s cracking infrastructure, conceding that they weren’t always politically popular.

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Remarks by the President at a DCCC Event — San Francisco, CA

By The White House

Private Residence
San Francisco, California
8:24 P.M. PDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Well, first of all, let me thank Ann and Gordon for once again extending such gracious hospitality to all of us. I was reminded that I was first here in 2008, when I was running the first time, and I had much less gray hair. (Laughter.) But they were kind to me then and have been kind to me since, and I appreciate very much their friendship and support.
I want to acknowledge Steve Israel, who is here and has an often thankless, extraordinarily difficult but critically important job, and he’s done so with good humor and boundless energy. And so please give Congressman Steve Israel a big round of applause. (Applause.)
And of course I’m here because your neighbor told me I needed to be here. (Laughter.) And I am here because there are very few people in public office who I am more fond of and respectful than the person who just introduced me, Nancy Pelosi. She is thoughtful, she’s visionary, she’s as tough as nails. (Laughter.) She is practical. She never lets ideology cloud her judgment. She’s constantly motivated by how do we create a country that is more just, more fair, more dynamic. She knows why she’s in public life. It’s connected to her values — the values that she grew up with, the values that she’s raised her kids, and now spoils her grandkids with. (Laughter.) And I’m just so proud to call her a friend.
And I am here because I won my last election, but I’m here because my job is not simply to occupy the Oval Office. My job is to make sure we move the country forward, and I think we can best do that if Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House once again. (Applause.)
Nancy used a word that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about these days. And that’s the word “citizenship.” I talked about it at the inauguration speech. I talked about it at the State of the Union speech. I actually talked about it at the convention, my acceptance speech. And the reason I care about the word so much is because there are times in today’s busy world, the media chatter, where there’s a government over here somewhere, and then there’s people and ordinary life and the private sector, and all that stuff is over there. And somehow the notion is that these two things are separate.
And some of the folks who most adamantly insist that government is something alien and distant are the same folks who claim the mantle of the Founders and believe that their views best represent the original intentions of those who fought for and formed this country.

Obama San Francisco Fundraiser Addresses GOP Relationship: ‘We Can’t Have Perpetual Campaigns’

By The Huffington Post News Editors

By Jeff Mason
SAN FRANCISCO, April 3 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama used a set of fundraisers on Wednesday to assuage supporters’ concerns about a controversial pipeline and his commitment to climate change, while urging them to drive Republicans out of power in Congress in 2014.
The Obama administration is expected to decide later this year whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada‘s oil sands to Texas. Environmentalists oppose the project, saying its carbon emissions would contribute to global warming. Supporters say the pipeline is necessary to increase U.S. energy independence.
On a fundraising swing to boost Democrats’ chances of winning back the House of Representatives, Obama highlighted his administration’s achievements and pledged to work with Republicans. But climate change was clearly on his mind.
“Despite a very aggressive agenda on the other side to block action, we’ve been able to double fuel-efficiency standards on cars, we’ve been able to take mercury out of our air, we have been able to reduce carbon emissions in this country,” he said at the first of two fundraisers on Wednesday night.
That fundraiser, a cocktail reception priced at $5,000 a person, was held at the home of billionaire former asset manager Tom Steyer, an ardent opponent of the pipeline project.
Obama did not mention Keystone, but came back repeatedly to the topic of global warming, calling it one of the biggest challenges the world faced.
He also told donors he expected Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, would become the chamber’s top official again in the future.
To make that happen, Democrats must take control of the House by wining 17 seats in 2014. The fundraising trip to California was meant to help that effort by filling Democratic coffers.
Obama is trying to get Republican support for key policy priorities including immigration reform and deficit reduction in Washington. His broad comments – which were not especially critical of the opposing party – appeared to be designed not to …read more

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2013 MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit Offers Pragmatic Strategies for Health Reform

By Business Wirevia The Motley Fool

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2013 MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit Offers Pragmatic Strategies for Health Reform

Comprehensive education program features nationally renowned keynotes, 70 presentations to foster education and best practices to improve quality of care while reducing costs and protecting margins

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)– MedAssets (Nasdaq: MDAS) today announced the kickoff of its main education event forthe 2013 MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, held from April 2-4, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.Featuring more than 70 presentations by nationally recognized speakers and healthcare industry leaders, the Education Sessions offer insightful information and discussions on how to navigate successfully both current and future healthcare industry challenges.

Keynote speakers for the 2013 MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit include:

  • Eric J. Topol, M.D., director of Scripps Translational Science Institute and named “Most Influential Physician Executive in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine, will share how innovative and highly personalized treatment methods promise to transform medicine while dramatically lowering healthcare costs.
  • Benjamin E. Sasse, Ph.D., former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, will share thoughts on efforts to modernize payment systems by migrating from “paying for more” to “paying for better,” and how this transition will stimulate entrepreneurial innovation.
  • Wendell Primus, senior policy advisor on budget and health to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, will present in-depth perspectives on current healthcare reform legislation and discuss factors healthcare organizations will need to account for in business strategy development and operational planning.

“Each year thousands of healthcare professionals and leaders from across the care continuum—ranging from physician practices to community and academic hospitals to integrated delivery networks—attend the Summit to learn the latest best practices for financial, operational and clinical performance improvement,” said John Bardis, chairman, president and chief executive officer, MedAssets. “In this time of unprecedented industry transition, we are pleased to empower our clients with political and industry insight, as well as practical and actionable strategies for positive change.”

Education and Insight Sharing to Facilitate Necessary Change

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Don’t Know What Chained CPI Is? That’s What The Politicians Are Counting On

By Breaking News

Dollar Bills SC Don’t know what Chained CPI is? That’s what the politicians are counting on

If you’re not sure what “chained CPI” is, you’re not alone. That’s a feature, not a bug. In fact, its wonky and innocuous-sounding name might just be the reason chained CPI could be included if some sort of grand bargain to reduce the deficit ever materializes.

A quick explainer: Right now, Social Security and other benefits are adjusted annually in order to keep pace with inflation (as measured by the Consumer Price Index). Switching to chained CPI would mean using a different (probably more accurate) formula, which assumes lower cost of living increases. The obvious result of switching would be that the government would have to pay out less in benefits.

The reason this idea is so appealing to green eyeshade numbers-crunchers and political strategists, alike, is simple: Most people don’t like to have their benefits cut, but since so few Americans understand what “chained CPI” is, it’s more politically feasible than other options.

Democrats who might take heat for raising the retirement age, would probably elicit a collective yawn from their constituents if they voted to change how government calculates inflation.

As TPM’s Brien Beutler reported, Nancy Pelosi has even voiced support. “No, I don’t,” consider it a benefit cut, she said. “I consider it a strengthening of Social Security.” And the Wall Street Journal has also noted that, “President Barack Obama has expressed interest in the chained-CPI idea in the past.”

Read More at dailycaller.com . Matt K. Lewis.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Don’t Know What Chained CPI Is?

By Breaking News

Dollar Bills SC Don’t know what Chained CPI is?

If you’re not sure what “chained CPI” is, you’re not alone. That’s a feature, not a bug. In fact, its wonky and innocuous-sounding name might just be the reason chained CPI could be included if some sort of grand bargain to reduce the deficit ever materializes.

A quick explainer: Right now, Social Security and other benefits are adjusted annually in order to keep pace with inflation (as measured by the Consumer Price Index). Switching to chained CPI would mean using a different (probably more accurate) formula, which assumes lower cost of living increases. The obvious result of switching would be that the government would have to pay out less in benefits.

The reason this idea is so appealing to green eyeshade numbers-crunchers and political strategists, alike, is simple: Most people don’t like to have their benefits cut, but since so few Americans understand what “chained CPI” is, it’s more politically feasible than other options.

Democrats who might take heat for raising the retirement age, would probably elicit a collective yawn from their constituents if they voted to change how government calculates inflation.

As TPM’s Brien Beutler reported, Nancy Pelosi has even voiced support. “No, I don’t,” consider it a benefit cut, she said. “I consider it a strengthening of Social Security.” And the Wall Street Journal has also noted that, “President Barack Obama has expressed interest in the chained-CPI idea in the past.”

Read More at dailycaller.com . Matt K. Lewis.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

MSNBC: We’ll Beat Fox By 2014

By Don Irvine

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In a profile piece written by veteran journalist Rebecca Dana in The New Republic, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said he believes that the liberal network can beat Fox News by 2014.

Dana writes that even though Griffin and new CNN president Jeff Zucker are close personal friends, Griffin plans to “kick his ass,” and that beating Fox News is his “life’s ambition.”

And MSNBC is more successful now than it has ever been. At the end of this presidential election, it drew an average of 1.5 million viewers to its weekday prime time lineup. (The numbers have fallen since.) Fox still gets more than two million a night, but Griffin, optimistically, believes he can beat Fox by 2014. It’s a cockiness that has funneled down. In a recent staff meeting, one of Griffin’s producers coined a new term for Fox News: ‘Loserville.’

Griffin and his producer sound more like Nancy Pelosi every time she predicts that the Democrats will retake control of Congress in the next election. It isn’t based on reality and isn’t going to happen any time soon, considering how much MSNBC trails Fox News in the ratings.

While Griffin keeps setting his sights on Roger Ailes and Fox, he should keep his eyes on his rear view mirror, where onetime cable news leader CNN is receiving a makeover under new president Jeff Zucker.

MSNBC’s new 8 p.m. anchor told Dana that he wasn’t sure what Griffin’s political leanings were, though he thought he was a Democrat, and that Griffin’s politics aren’t woven into the DNA of the network as they are with Roger Ailes and Fox.

That may explain Griffin’s desire to build “the MSNBC Lifestyle,” in an attempt to broaden the network’s reach beyond liberal politics. That includes giving Chris Matthews a digital channel to talk about movies and good television shows.

What’s next? Decorating tips from Rachel Maddow?

Griffin has succeeded in improving the ratings and profits at MSNBC, but the lifestyle effort shows that he isn’t really confident that his brand of liberal talk will be able to overtake Fox News, and he is hedging his bets for the day viewers tire of the left-wing banter.

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Obama In San Francisco: President To Return For Fundraising Trip

By The Huffington Post News Editors

For the first time since the 2012 election, President Barack Obama is heading back to Northern California.

The President will be in town April 3-4 for a series of fundraising events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The visit will mark his first fundraiser for next year’s midterm election.

The visit is the kickoff to Obama‘s aggressive campaign to regain control of the House of Representatives and maintain control of the Senate. It should thus come as no surprise that Nancy Pelosi will reportedly be in attendance at next week’s events.

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Breaking 7-Year Tradition, Bloggers Invite Republican Walter Jones To Conversation

By The Huffington Post News Editors

For the first time in seven years, progressive activists who generally spend their energy targeting conservative Democrats reached out to a Republican House member and invited him to chat with their liberal community. Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), a war critic and thorn in the side of the GOP leadership, accepted the invitation and engaged the progressives in a mostly friendly back and forth on Monday.

The online interview was announced at DownWithTyranny and hosted by Howie Klein at Blue America.

In 2011, Jones told The Huffington Post that if House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) didn’t reinstitute a moment of silence for troops who had died under Nancy Pelosi‘s watch, he would embarrass the speaker by introducing a resolution calling for it. The article led to a confrontation on the House floor between Jones and Boehner’s then-chief of staff Barry Jackson, according to Robert Draper’s Do Not Ask What Good We Do.

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Video: Tip Of The Day From O’Reilly To Pelosi

By NewsEditor

Bill O’Reilly has some advice for Nancy Pelosi when it comes to addressing the press..

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Video: Pelosi Touts Supposed Obamacare “Benefits”

By Daniel Noe

Pelosi: “You could be a photographer or writer thanks to Obamacare.”

Congress, Cockroaches and Colonoscopies

By Steve Forbes, Forbes Staff Congress, Cockroaches and Colonoscopies You might agree with me that the funniest line from this sequestration issue has (and there’s still time for more) come from Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who said that cutting the pay of members of Congress would undermine the “dignity” of their jobs. I think they’re doing that quite well without any help, according to polls, which show their favorability lower than cockroaches and colonoscopies. …read more
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Video: LEVIN: Pelosi Would Be Serving Time In The Federal Pen

By Daniel Noe

Nancy Pelosi denies that we have a spending problem!! Mark Levin has a few words for her…

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Remarks by the President at House Democratic Issues Conference

By The White House

Lansdowne Resort
Leesburg, Virginia
12:49 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat. Xavier, thank you for that very gracious introduction and your outstanding leadership.
Let me begin by saying that I could not be happier that one of my most important friends and partners is still leading our Democrats in the House of Representatives. I love Nancy Pelosi. Give her a big round of applause. (Applause.) Love Nancy Pelosi. (Applause.) Also, she just generates good-looking grandbabies. (Laughter.) They're all so handsome and sharp and beautiful.
To Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn, as well as Xavier and Joe Crowley, thank you so much for the great work that you guys are doing each and every day. And to Steve Israel, who worked tirelessly to bring on 49 new outstanding members of this caucus. (Applause.) I am looking forward to spending time with all 49 of you. And hopefully we'll be seeing you over at the White House and at various events, but obviously I know that you came here to get something done. And I am looking forward to working with you every single day to make sure that we're doing right by the people who sent us here.
Now, I actually just changed the format here. I called an audible — because originally the way this was scheduled was I was just going to talk and then I was going to shake some hands, and I thought, since this is not a shy bunch, it might make sense for me to take some questions and some advice I'm sure you guys have for me. (Laughter.) So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to make s few points at the top, and then what I'd like is maybe Xavier or Steve or somebody can come up here, you can call on folks, and we'll spend a little time with Q&A before I get a chance to say hello to everybody.
And part of the reason I want to keep my remarks short is because I just made a pretty long speech a couple of weeks ago, and I'm about to make another next week, and I don’t want you guys tired of me. (Laughter.)
But, obviously, I'm deeply grateful to have been reelected, and I'm humbled by the support that I received from all across the country. (Applause.) And I said at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning — and I was telling the truth — I genuinely am humbled. The fascinating thing about this job is the longer you're in it, the more humble you get, and the more you recognize your own imperfections. And you try to make up with effort and hard work those gaps in your personality or your intelligence that become …read more
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