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After Rick Sanatorum’s three-state sweep on Tuesday in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, the GOP presidential candidate told CNN: “We definitely are the campaign right now with the momentum" and have the "enthusiasm on the ground.” Santorum’s wins meant a big loss for Mitt Romney. Our political producer Rebecca Sinderbrand breaks down his bad night on Tuesday, and explains why he wasn’t the biggest loser.
Also in election news, President Obama seems to be flip-flopping when it comes to his opposition of Super PACs. The president who once said the organizations are “a threat to our democracy,” is now encouraging donations to a super PAC supporting his re-election. We’re Keeping him Honest.
A federal appeals court in California ruled against Prop 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. And a little further north in Washington state, legislators voted 55-43 in the House and 38-21 in the Senate (last week) in favor of a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage. Dem. Governor Chris Gregoire commented: “With today's vote, we tell the nation that Washington state will no longer deny our citizens the opportunity to marry the person they love...We tell every child of same-sex couples that their family is every bit as equal and important as all other families in our state.” The law will go into effect in June, unless it’s put on the November 2012 ballot.
Reporter's Note: President Obama lives in the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. At least, so I’ve been told. But considering how I have now written to him there more than 1100 times, with no response, perhaps I am mistaken.
Dear Mr. President,
I’ve been following the First Lady’s campaign against childhood obesity; her efforts to urge youngsters to get out and exercise, eat healthier foods, and generally shed a few pounds. You and I both know that, of the two of you, she is the more popular resident of the White House. No surprise. First Ladies often are. After all, they get to talk about warm, fuzzy topics, while presidents must tackle nasty issues like gasoline prices and foreign dictators. All that said, however, I have a bone to pick over this whole campaign.
As you know, I’m into running and a great believer in personal fitness. I would wager, that I could beat you and the First Lady in a marathon, even if you two made a relay out of it. And, like most Americans who struggle to get into shape, I’ve done it on my own. No trainer.
Now, let me make my position clear. I have nothing against personal trainers. I think they are great. I have nothing against people using them, and I recognize that plenty of who can afford such help get it. That’s great too. But when you are the leader of a nation, and your wife is the First Lady, and you’re urging regular Americans to get into shape, I think you set a much better example by showing that you can exercise the same way most of them do…on your own.
Look, I realize that you are very busy, but so are we. Our jobs are also demanding. We’re also contacted by email at all hours of the day. And, oh btw, you don’t have to cook meals, make beds, vacuum the house, pay bill, and take the dog to the vet. Perhaps you’re getting my point. When you try to set an example for people getting into shape, and that example relies on tools that most Americans can not afford, it really isn’t much of an example. Nor are those tools necessary. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and the 2nd George Bush all had active exercise regimens, and yet I don’t think any of them relied on private trainers on a regular basis.
I remember a super model, long ago, who said one of the most honest things I’ve ever heard from the celebrity on this topic. She told an interviewer, to paraphrase, “I don’t have any business telling average people how to be healthy. I have professional trainers who work with me every day. I have stylists to do my hair and makeup, and to pick out my clothing, while housekeepers take care of my home, and nannies take care of my children. Looking like this is my job, and it would be completely unfair to suggest that a normal person can attain this look without all that help hiding in the wings.”
All I’m saying is, if you really want to have impact, stop acting like rich people. Do it on your own like an average American must. If you succeed that way, then you’ll have a message that matters…and will be a lot more inspirational and honest than the way you are doing it now.
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