Published by Naessa Aziz on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:14 am.
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As early estimates from major news networks began to call the 2012 presidential election in favor of President Obama, sworn enemy Donald Trump launched a brutal Twitter offensive against the president, calling on Americans to revolt in protest of the results.
“He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!” Trump tweeted late Tuesday night.
“Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble…like never before,” he said.
Published by Naessa Aziz on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm.
Whether or not their preferred candidate won the 2012 presidential election, something most voters will remember about the election aside from its outcome are the abysmally long lines many stood in for hours to cast their ballot.
The reason for the long wait times?
One conservative commentator pointed out the large mobilization of African-American voters as a possible cause.
“I think there was a tremendous turnout in African-Americans,” Ken Blackwell, the Republican former Ohio Secretary of State said in an election night appearance on MSNBC. “Did they have to stand in line? Yes. Why? Because there was a tremendous organizational effort to turnout the vote.”
Blackwell rejected claims that voting officials purposely ordered less voting equipment for majority Black districts to discourage voter turnout in those areas.
Published by Naessa Aziz on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm.
After months of campaigning, the big day is here and Americans are lining up at polling places across the country to exercise their right to vote. Sadly, however, reports of voter intimidation are already growing in number as Election Day gets underway.
— A malfunctioning Pennsylvania voting machine is reportedly changing votes from Obama to Romney.
— In Easton, Pennsylvania, a formal complaint has already been filed about signs offering a $1000 reward for information leading to a voter fraud conviction.
— Twitter users in Detroit reported a GOP observer was chased from a polling place by a man carrying a gun.
— Florida officials flubbed an automatic call to voters that informed them that they have until 7p.m. tomorrow to cast their ballots.
— Members of the New Black Panther party returned to polling places around Philadelphia after facing voter intimidation charges back in 2008.
Published by Angel Elliott on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm.
First Lady Michelle Obama chose to wear a dress by designer Laura Smalls for the culminating night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The full-skirt dress with a bateau neckline featured a gorgeous eggplant flower print. In classic Mrs. O fashion, she dressed up the look by adding an Alexis Bittar pin to the neckline of her dress.
Mrs. O also rocked a Laura Smalls dress in turquoise watercolor print earlier this week when she attended the Human Rights Campaign and Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund luncheon, and the African-American Caucus and Hispanic Caucus meetings.
Published by Angel Elliott on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 12:05 am.
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President Obama’s speech was substantive, lofty, and reminded us of the economic achievements that he’s made in the past four years. He also set the record straight for the Romney camp on issues like education, climate change, and defense. The excitement in Time Warner Cable Arena was palpable. Here’s the full transcript for your reading pleasure.
“Michelle, I love you. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, you make me so proud…but don’t get any ideas, you’re still going to class tomorrow. And Joe Biden, thank you for being the best Vice President I could ever hope for.
Madam Chairwoman, delegates, I accept your nomination for President of the United States.”
Published by Angel Elliott on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm.
What’s up my B&P people?We’re here in the Time Warner Cable Arena live blogging the Democratic National Convention, and tonight is the night! President Obama will make his claim for why he needs to be elected for a second term, and he’s enlisted a high profile list of guest to speak on his behalf, and rev up the crowd before he goes on.
8:20 p.m. — Actress Eva Longoria, who also serves as the co-chair of Obama’s re-election campaign, gave a stirring and emotional speech. The hot points:
“I feel fortunate to be standing on this stage tonight. I never could’ve imagined it growing up … We weren’t wealthy, but we were happy.”
(Photo: Twitter)determined to succeed."
“We’re lucky our president understands the value of American opportunity, because he’s lived it! And he’s fighting to help others achieve it.”
“The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy’s flipping burgers—she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not.”
8:46 p.m. — Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is on stage, praising Obama on his foreign policy initiatives.
“Just measure the disaster and disarray this president inherited: A war of choice in Iraq had become a war without end, and a war of necessity in Afghanistan had become a war of neglect. Our alliances were shredded. Our moral authority was in tatters. America was isolated in the world.’’
“So here’s the choice in 2012: Mitt Romney – out of touch at home, out of his depth abroad, and out of the mainstream Or, Barack Obama – a president giving new life and truth to America’s indispensable role in the world…”
— Just got word that along with Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johanson, Kerry Washington and Natalie Portman will be in the building. Now that’s beautiful star power! —
9:15 p.m. — Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife is speaking…
“For as long as I’ve known him, Joe has never given up. Never failed to see the possibilities.”
“Being a teacher isn’t just what I do, it’s who I am. These issues are personal to me.”
9:28 p.m. — Vice President Biden’s in the building!!
- Biden just accepted the nomination for vice president.
“In the face of the deepest economic crisis in our lifetimes — this nation proved itself. We’re as worthy as any generation that has gone before us.”
“We’re on a mission to move this nation forward — from doubt and downturn, to promise and prosperity.”
“A job is more than just a job, it’s your dignity!”
- Biden mentioned Obama’s support of the DREAM Act… A policy issue important to B&P-ers everywhere.
Published by Angel Elliott on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm.
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By Angel Elliott
Well, that Clinton magic may have just persuaded millions of undecided voters to put President Obama back in office. President Bill Clinton’s speech touched on all the partisan policy issues that Obama couldn’t say, and answered the seemingly ubiquitous question; “Are we better off today?” Clinton’s charisma was spot on last night, let’s take a look at some of his best lines.
Here are some of his best lines from the night:
“I want to nominate a man who’s cool on the outside, but burns for America on the inside.”
“After last night, I want to nominate the man who had the sense to marry Michelle Obama.”
“We simply cannot afford to double down on trickle down.”
“I want to believe that ‘we’re all in this together’ is a far better philosophy than ‘you’re on your own.’”
“I know we’re coming back. For more than 200 years, through every crisis, we’ve always come out stronger than we went in… We have to re-elect President Obama.”
“I think the president’s plan is better than the Romney plan, because the Romney plan fails the first test of fiscal responsibility: The numbers don’t add up.”
[On the Repubs] “We left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned up fast enough, so fire him, and put us back in!”
[Channeling Ronald Reagan] “There they go again!”
“We are here to nominate a president — I’ve got one in mind.”
What was your favorite line from Clinton’s speech?
Published by Angel Elliott on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm.
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By Angel Elliott
Poor Obama for America volunteers. After all those exhaustive hours helping to make Charlotte shine, redirecting traffic around street closures, directing visitors in the right direction and then standing in a line with an overnight wait to get tickets to see President Obama, thanks to mother nature, they won’t get the chance to see him in person. After the Democratic National Convention Committee moved the speech from the Bank of America stadium, the campaign announced that they’d be spicing up their live stream coverage of the speech so that supporters and volunteers would feel like they were really there. President Obama will also host a phone call to the volunteers to thank them for their time and support.
Actor Kal Penn (of Harold and Kumar fame) will host the live-stream event, and you can expect to see him interview A-listers such as Marc Anthony, Elizabeth Banks, Aisha Tyler, Olivia Wilde, Fran Drescher, Zach Braff and Alexis Bledel.
Will the celeb faces, presidential phone call and watch party make up for the disappointment? Comment below and let us know what you think.
Published by Angel Elliott on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm.
By Angel Elliott
Former President Bill Clinton was slated to go on in just a few minutes at the Democratic National Convention last night. Journalists, delegates, celebs and media types were waiting with baited breath outside of two check points to get into the Time Warner Cable Arena. As I arrived in my intern’s car and jumped out with my fellow BET.com journo, we found a swell of folks waiting outside of the first check point to get in. We quickly realized they were angry, tired and confused about why they couldn’t get in to JUST do their job.
I’ll say this: It was a logistical nightmare. We ended up waiting to get in for over two hours, in a literal mush of people that were grabbing, swaying, sweating and groaning together because the arena had reached capacity at 24,000. No one was getting in, unless you were a congressman — and apparently they were having trouble, too. We waited outside with Tichina Arnold, state senators, Khalil Kain and a host of other folks. Let me make a long story short. Charlotte quite obviously wasn’t equipped for the conflagration of people that descended on the Queen City this week. Between two-hour-long car rides to go one block, to unmapped restricted areas, to even printing the wrong dates on credentials, someone dropped the proverbial Democratic ball. I guess it didn’t help that the weather is expected to rain out the president’s speech.
Published by Angel Elliott on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm.
From left: Cornell Belcher, Kasim Reed, Ayanna Pressley and T.J. Holmes. (Photo: Pat Ryan)
As part of BET‘ Networks‘ Vote 2012 initiative, the company brought together thought leaders, policy makers, media and celebrities to discuss the 2012 campaign and the African-American vote.
Keisha Knight Pulliam, Judge Greg Mathis and Roland Martin were just a few of the attendees at Charlotte hot spot 5 Church who gathered to hear panelists Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley and political commentator Cornell Belcher discuss the importance of getting out the vote and voter education.
Moderated by T.J. Holmes, host of BET’s Don’t Sleep!, the panel also talked about the Black vote and what’s at stake should President Obama not get re-elected. Reed raised a touchy but truthful point about this election: Obama supporters expect the same enthusiasm that occurred in 2008, and that expectation isn’t realistic.
“Do you want to have a party or win an election?” he asked.
Cornell Belcher said if Obama’s base isn’t excited to fight, they’ll lay down to defeat.
“Fight! We can’t walk away from the battlefield now,” Belcher said. “We still have a lot of work to do!”
The open discussion on race in politics was a breath of fresh air, as the panelists weren’t shy about stating their real opinions on the issues.
Holmes ended the discussion by asking the panelists what percentage of the Black vote Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would receive. After laughs and whispered protest, Pressley answered, “2 percent to none!”
BET and B&P would like to thank our sponsors Amgen, Southern Company, FedEx and McDonalds for helping make this session happen. Check out BET.com/vote2012 to register to vote and for more information on voting rights and the election.
Bonus B&P Moment: Reed called Romney’s speech to the NAACP “an attempt to have a reverse Sister Souljah moment.”
Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Mel Watt and Debra Lee (Photo: Pat Ryan)
Obama Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett (Photo: Pat Ryan)
Keisha Knight Pulliam and Debra Lee (Photo: Pat Ryan)