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Good Monday 7 May, 2012.  IDECLAIR MEDIA, THE IDECLAIR SHOW…  

>> A powerful ‘Obama Biden’ political weekend.  First up, Saturday 5 May, President Obama kicked off the official start of campaign 2012 in Columbus Ohio, and again in Virginia!  The speech was historic, energy galvanizing, and a grid for what we can expect from the Obama Biden team.

“President Barack Obama’s Remarks at the Ready to Go Rally in Columbus, Ohio”

“Published on May 5, 2012 by 

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>> VP Biden caused a continuing stir with his powerful endorsement of Same – Sex Marriage.   It was made clear the VP’s comments and perspectives are his own.  Watch this:  Thank you “Meet The Press”

“VP Joe Biden ENDORSES same-sex marriage”

“Published on May 6, 2012 by 

“WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vice President Joe Biden became the highest-ranking official in the Obama administration to signal support for same-sex marriage on Sunday during an interview with “Meet The Press.”

Biden stopped just a touch short from outright saying that he backs marriage equality. But the implication was beyond clear that he has completed the so-called evolution on gay marriage that President Obama has yet to finish.

“And you’re comfortable with same-sex marriage now?” “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked.

“I am vice president of the United States of America,” Biden replied. “The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction– beyond that.”

There is a distinction between civil unions and gay marriage, of course, and the transcript of the Biden interview doesn’t make it clear if he distinguishing between the two or blurring those lines. He would go on to duck a question about whether the president would come out for same-sex marriage during the second term in office, offering only the following when asked if he’d like to see that happen.

The president continues to fight, whether it’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or whether it is making sure, across the board that you cannot discriminate. Look [at] the executive orders he’s put in place: Any hospital that gets federal funding, which is almost all of them, they can’t deny a partner from being able to have access to their partner who’s ill or making the call on whether or not they — you know — it’s just — this is evolving.
And by the way, my measure, David, and I take a look at when things really begin to change, is when the social culture changes. I think “Will and Grace” probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far. And I think — people fear that which is different. Now they’re beginning to understand.

Gay-rights leaders and much of the Democratic Party will cheer Biden’s comments. But, as the Huffington Post reported several weeks ago, there remains some deep, political, trepidation among the president’s political advisers over endorsing same-sex marriage before the election is over.

Indeed, almost instantaneously, the Obama campaign was trying to slice a fine line on the vice president’s remark, declaring them no further along the evolutionary spectrum than where the president currently stands: “What VP said — that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights — is precisely POTUS’s position,” tweeted David Axelrod, Obama’s top political adviser.

Biden’s office , however, would tell NBC’s Chuck Todd, shorty after the “Meet the Press” interview concluded, that he was speaking on his own and not on behalf of the administration. – Huffington Post”


>>  A “National Civic Literacy Survey” by Xavier University’s ‘Center For The Study Of The AMERICAN DREAM’ is released, and the results are disturbing. 


  • “One in three native-born citizens fail the civics portion of the naturalization test, in stark contrast to the 97.5% pass rate among immigrants applying for citizenship.* (Based on 6 of 10 questions answered correctly.)
  • If the pass rate were 7 out of 10, one half of all native-born citizens would fail.
  • While native-born citizens do well on basic questions related to history and geography, the results reveal a low level of knowledge concerning the principles and features of American government that underlie our civic life.
  • Gaps in familiarity and awareness are in two primary areas:
    • The U.S. constitution and the governmental, legal and political structure of American democracy
    • Basic facts related to current political life and identification of key political decision-makers
    • In fact, in straight rank order, these questions elicited the highest incorrect scores.”
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