The Week: Most Recent 2012 Elections:The Obama Campaign recent posts.en-usThu, 29 Nov 2012 10:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent 2012 Elections:The Obama Campaign from THE WEEKThu, 29 Nov 2012 10:00:00 -0500Why President Obama's annoying campaign emails worked<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">"Hey." So went the subject line of a campaign email blasted to tens of millions of President Obama's supporters, as if the leader of the free world was just checking in to see whether they wanted to grab a couple of drinks after work. Some other gems included the even briefer "Hi," the more suggestive "About Tonight," and &mdash; need anything more be said? &mdash; "Clooney." The emails were a widespread source of mockery, and Jon Stewart captured the frustration of many when he said, "I'd mind it less if your subject line emails were, 'Give me money.'" But it turns out there was a fastidious science...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:00:00 -0500How Obama won re-election<img src="" /></P><p><strong>BARACK OBAMA&nbsp;</strong><span class="s1"><strong>WAS</strong>&nbsp;</span>at his red-brick home on Chicago's South Side when the good news started reaching him early in the night. He was in the fold of his family when New Hampshire became the first swing state to fall his way and when the incomplete but encouraging results from Florida made it seem more likely that the title of president would precede his name for another four years. He was watching television and working the phones at the Fairmont Hotel when Wisconsin went for him, and then Iowa. Soon enough NBC became the first network to declare him the winner, and then other networks and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 10 Nov 2012 15:02:00 -0500WATCH: President Obama's tearful thank-you to his volunteers<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong>&nbsp;President Obama's re-election campaign has released a video showing the president giving an emotional thank-you to the young campaign troops at his headquarters in Chicago on Wednesday morning. Obama told the staffers that they were part of the best campaign team in history, and, wiping tears from his cheek, the president hailed the crowd of 20-somethings as being way ahead of where he was at their age. "You're smarter [than I was], you're better organized, you're more effective. So I'm absolutely confident that all of you are going to do just amazing things in your lives." He continued...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 09 Nov 2012 10:05:00 -0500Did President Obama win a mandate?<img src="" /></P><p><em>Politico</em>'s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen caught some heat before the election by arguing that if Obama was re-elected, he would not win "a broad mandate" because the polls showed he is "the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women, and highly educated urban whites," but not independents or the bulk of white voters. (Romney won independents 50 percent to 45 percent, and won whites 59 percent to 39 percent.) Of course, Obama did win, 50.3 percent to 48.1 percent, with a hefty 303 electoral votes (a tally that will likely climb to 332 when Florida is officially called Obama's way...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 10:20:00 -0500OBAMA WINS RE-ELECTION<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">And that's a wrap &mdash; President Obama has won the election.</p><p class="p1">In the moments before major news networks called the race, Obama won Ohio's 18 Electoral College votes, according to NBC News and Fox News. In addition, he won Iowa's six Electoral College votes, according to NBC News and CNN. And in further bad news for Mitt Romney,&nbsp;<em>The Denver Post</em> projected that Obama won the battleground state of Colorado, earning another 10 electoral votes.</p><p class="p1">According to battleground projections, Obama has won 284 Electoral College votes, 14 more than the 270 needed to win the presidency.</p><p class="p1">&nbsp;Here, some...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 23:25:00 -0500Everything you need to know about Obama's paths to electoral victory<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama and Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck in national polls, but in the Electoral College, things are looking pretty good for Obama, thanks to his small but persistent leads in polls of Ohio and other key swing states. In <em>The Washington Post</em>'s round-up of election prognostications, only two of the 13 crystal ball gazers picked Romney to win on Tuesday. Still, Obama is by no means a shoo-in, and a few thousand votes in any number of states could end his presidency. Here's what Obama needs to do to get the magic 270 electoral votes:</p><p>According to the <em>AP</em>, <strong>the president is "all but assured...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 05 Nov 2012 11:50:00 -0500The case for Barack Obama<img src="" /></P><p>So far, 35 of the 72 largest newspapers by circulation have endorsed President Obama's re-election. All but one also endorsed him in 2008. Here are some of the arguments they are making for why voters should choose the Democratic ticket:</p><p><strong>What the editorials said</strong>&nbsp;<br />"Think back," said the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tribune.</em>&nbsp;As President Obama took office in January 2009, the economy was in free fall. "Employers retrenched. Jobs vanished. Home values plummeted." No leader, least of all a "rookie president," could have foreseen how far we would fall, or how difficult it would be to come back. But Barack...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 04 Nov 2012 09:10:00 -0500Could Friday's jobs report ruin Obama's post-Sandy high?<img src="" /></P><p>It appears as if President Obama has reaped some political benefits from his handling of Hurricane Sandy, with a <em>Washington Post</em>/ABC News poll showing that nearly 80 percent of voters approve of the president's response. The disaster featured Obama touring devastated areas of New Jersey with Republican Gov. Chris Christie, the type of bipartisan cooperation that most voters say they want to see out of their elected officials. And <strong>Obama is hoping he can keep that bipartisan glow alive on the campaign trail</strong>. "When disaster strikes, we see America at its best," he told supporters at a rally in Wisconsin...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 01 Nov 2012 14:55:00 -04003 Republicans inadvertently giving Obama a post-Sandy boost<img src="" /></P><p>Mitt Romney and other Republicans have largely avoided criticizing President Obama over his handling of Hurricane Sandy. In fact, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has gone out of his way to repeatedly praise Obama's response to the storm, calling it "outstanding." Christie, who has sharply criticized Obama in the past while serving as one of Romney's sharper-tongued campaign surrogates, is even inspecting storm damage in his state with Obama on Wednesday, leading some political analysts to wonder whether he's throwing Romney under the bus just a few days before the election. But Christie's not alone...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 31 Oct 2012 14:45:00 -0400With Obama sidelined by Hurricane Sandy, will Bill Clinton save the day?<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama has gone into commander-in-chief mode to deal with Hurricane Sandy, taking him off the stump just when he was supposed to make his closing pitch ahead of next week's election. Now, Obama is&nbsp;counting on surrogates to pick up the slack, led by Joe Biden and Bill Clinton. The former president seems up to the task, slamming Mitt Romney on Monday, particularly the GOP nominee's claim that Chrysler is moving Jeep factory jobs from Ohio to China. That's "the biggest load of bull in the world," Clinton said, energizing crowds with some of the lines he used in his spirited defense of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 30 Oct 2012 12:40:00 -0400Hurricane Sandy: President Obama's tricky path forward<img src="" /></P><p>Hurricane Sandy has upended the presidential race, forcing both President Obama and Mitt Romney to virtually suspend their campaigns in the final week before Election Day. However, while Romney waits and watches, Obama has some actual governing to do, offering him a golden opportunity to show his leadership skills during a time of crisis. Indeed, <strong>Obama already appears to be reaping some political benefits</strong>. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a steadfast Romney supporter, has nothing but praise for Obama's storm response, says Meghasyam Mali at <em>The</em> <em>Hill:</em></p><p ><em>[Christie] praised President Obama&rsquo...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 30 Oct 2012 10:03:00 -0400Lena Dunham's 'your first time' Obama ad: Too racy?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> President Obama's re-election campaign released a slightly risqu&eacute; TV ad on Thursday from Lena Dunham, the creator and star of the hit HBO series <em>Girls</em>. Almost immediately, Twitter and conservative blogs erupted in outrage. In the get-out-the-vote video (watch below), Dunham, 26, offers an extended double entendre about how voting for the first time is like losing your virginity. "Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody," she says. "You want to do it with a great guy." She then explains why she thinks Obama's policies are good for women and concludes her "edgy, feminist...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 26 Oct 2012 04:59:00 -0400Will Bill Clinton save Obama, or sink him?<img src="" /></P><p>Next week, in the final days before the election, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton will campaign together in a last-minute sweep of Florida, Ohio, and Virginia, all key battleground states. Team Obama is hoping to repeat the bounce it got from Clinton's blockbuster convention speech, in which he defended Obama's record in detail. Clinton has also cut a pro-Obama ad saying the president "got it right" by proposing economic policies like the ones Clinton used to create jobs and budget surpluses in the 1990s. Still, Clinton can be divisive, and some analysts say he's pushed failing strategies on Obama...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 25 Oct 2012 11:11:00 -0400Rolling Stone: President Obama calls Mitt Romney a 'bullsh*tter'<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">According to an excerpt from President Obama's forthcoming interview with Douglas Brinkley at <em>Rolling Stone</em>, the president offered a particularly unvarnished opinion of his GOP rival Mitt Romney:</p><p class="p1" ><em>As we left the Oval Office, executive editor Eric Bates told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president. ... [S]he said, "Tell him: You can do it." Obama grinned. ... "You know, kids have good instincts," Obama offered. "They look at the other guy and say, 'Well, that's a bullshitter, I can tell.'"</em></p><p class="p1">Obama has used epithets for Romney (e.g. flip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 25 Oct 2012 10:27:00 -0400The final push: What President Obama needs to do before Election Day<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">President Obama and Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck as they enter the home stretch of the 2012 presidential race. The two candidates have embarked on frenetic tours of crucial battleground states &mdash; Obama is hitting up nine over the course of a 38-hour period, while Romney is driving his message home in Nevada, Colorado, and Iowa &mdash; in a bid to win over undecided voters and fire up their bases. The debates are over, and, barring some cataclysmic event, the outcome of the race will likely be determined by what the two campaigns accomplish over the next two weeks. Here, six things Obama needs...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 25 Oct 2012 07:47:00 -0400How good is President Obama's ground game?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Election Day is less than two weeks away, and President Obama and Mitt Romney, in the midst of whirlwind tours across a handful of battleground states, are trying to sway a dwindling group of undecided voters. With the race promising a nail-biting finish, the two candidates are also counting on strong turnouts from their respective bases. To accomplish both these tasks, the campaigns will rely heavily on their get-out-the-vote operations, which have already begun work in early-voting states. The <strong>Obama campaign claims to have the most extensive ground game in election history</strong>, giving it an edge...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 24 Oct 2012 15:40:00 -0400