Apr 29, ’11 5:02 PM
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Apr 28, ’11 11:49 AM
It appears that we’re ‘getting back to the business of solving our problems and not sideshow and carnival barker distractions,’ according to Helene Cooper, Obama Heads to New York to Try to Thaw Donors From Wall Street, N.Y. Times, Apr. 28, 2011, at A16.
President Obama, seeking to mend fences with big New York donors to the Democratic Party, came to New York to headline three back-to-back fund-raisers on Wednesday night, casting his re-election campaign as the next step in the effort to speed up the economic recovery.
“People are worried about the future of the American dream,” Mr. Obama told some 60 donors who paid up to $35,800 a plate to be part of the first scheduled event, a dinner party with the president at the Manhattan home of Jon S. Corzine, the former governor of New Jersey.
… Democrats are hoping that Mr. Obama can make peace, somewhat at least, with Wall Street, where financiers have expressed increased alienation with the party and the White House after the oratorical pounding they have taken for their part in the financial crisis that began in 2008. Several hedge fund managers who supported Mr. Obama in 2008 now indicate that they will support the Republican Party in 2012.
Mr. Obama began his kiss-and-make-up effort at the home of Mr. Corzine, a former chairman and chief executive of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Corzine has deep ties to the financial services industry, and now heads MF Global, a financial services firm.
Democrats are hoping that Mr. Obama’s fund-raising efforts can top the $750 million he raised in the 2008 campaign, and possibly reach $1 billion.
Apr 25, ’11 1:30 PM
Sun City Asian Bistro and Café
I called Sam and asked him if he wanted to come to dinner but he said he had softball practice and I said that was a damned shame and hung up. When I got to Sun City Bea and Rob were at were at the bar, behind tattooed women and men with guitars. They were sitting in the shade and their beers were half empty. We drank beer and ate pho but Rob was restless and did not talk very much. He said he wanted to go see a band that was playing in a dive bar across town. Bea called him a smug hipster and Rob called her a bitch and I sat and drank my beer and wished I had not come. They left early and I paid for Bea’s spring rolls and went home alone.
Apr 24, ’11 2:25 PM
Forget job retraining or back-to-school money or even another stimulus package. An employment center in central Florida has the answer to ending the Sunshine State’s chronic unemployment problem: Red super-hero capes.
Yes, that’s right. As WFTV Orlando reports, a new marketing initiative unveiled by an outfit called Workforce Central Florida (self-described as the “region’s workforce expert”) called the “Cape-ability Challenge” gives red capes to jobless Floridians as a way to boost their job-seeking prospects. The state-funded workforce organization reportedly spent $14,000 on 6,000 capes as part of the campaign, which a state workforce group called “insensitive and wasteful.” The capes fit in with Workforce Central Florida’s comic book-inspired campaign that features a villain named “Dr. Evil Unemployment.”
Now, the state is investigating Workforce Central Florida over the cape campaign. Hmm, wonder why. Here’s more from WFTV:
The newest allegation of misspending involves a marketing campaign, in which the chairman of the board for the job agency marches around in a super-hero cape.
Job-seekers such as Gregory Bryant said the capes are a waste of money and they’re offended by the cartoon-like portrayal of being unemployed.
“Would you wear this around?” WFTV reporter Bianca Castro asked Bryant.
“No, I mean, would you?” Bryant answered. “It’s a mockery to Americans.”
The bizarre campaign, however, didn’t last long. In a Wednesday press release, the group announced it was canning the cape idea, which it described as an “admittedly out-of-the-box creative campaign.”
(via Mother Jones)