“Imagine what Barack can do in four more years!” Mrs. Obama Helping to Elect Romney?

Is Michelle Obama thinking about more vacations she can take if her husband gets four more years? (photographer unknown)

Well… How’s this for motivation to GET OUT THE VOTE for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan?

Michelle Obama asked twitter users yesterday: “Imagine what Barack can do in four more years!”

I’ve been with Mitt Romney Central since its inception and I’ve never written an article about Michelle Obama. I didn’t write about the time Michelle said “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.” I didn’t utter a peep about the time when Michelle, confiding to then-First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, on her own job as First Lady, supposedly said “It’s hell. I can’t stand it!” (Both later denied it.) Nothing from me regarding our First Lady’s aversion to placing her hand over heart when our national anthem is played. I’ve never pointed out the way the press hits Ann Romney for her clothing choices, but gives Michelle a pretty pass and plenty of praise. No keyboard clacking from me about the time Mrs. Obama went to a food bank wearing $540 sneakers. I didn’t mention the time Mrs. Obama inferred that a vote for Mitt Romney would cause women to die from cancer. I haven’t written about the way Michelle’s ‘Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act’ forces some school kids to go hungry. And, I didn’t post an article about Mrs. O’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in September - the fairytale she presented of her and Barack’s struggles.

Today, the First Lady’s tweet changed my mind.

Imagine what Barack can do in four more years?

Uh, Michelle, you’re killin’ me.

Maybe you’re thinking about what YOU can do with four more years.

Besides all the pricey trips to Martha’s Vineyard, Aspen, and Hawaii, remember in the summer of 2010 when the Obamas encouraged Americans to visit the oil-stricken Gulf Coast and then high-tailed it, lickety-split, for a family vacation in Maine? Remember how shortly after returning from Maine, Michelle Obama then jetted off for a private, closed-to-the-press, luxurious vacation in Spain? (To jog your memory, that was the time she took her youngest daughter and an entourage of long-time family friends and lounged at the ritzy Costa del Sol hotel.) Remember when she and her girls took off for a family vacation and within an hour, her husband followed. She wouldn’t wait for him so we got to pay for two jets!

Here’s the Obama three-and-a-half-years vacation list:

— President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the first daughters in Aspen, Colorado to ski.
— Christmas 2011, the first family in Hawaii for an extended vacation.
— Summer 2011, in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
— June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters traveled to South Africa and Botswana.
— President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
— Christmas 2010, in Hawaii.
— August 2010, the first family traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., for sun and fun at the beach.
— August 2010, Obama spent the weekend alone in Chicago for his 49th birthday bash.
— August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha traveled to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
— August 2010, summer vacation again at Martha’s Vineyard.
— July 2010, the first family went to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
— May 2010, the first family had a four-day trip to Chicago.
— March 2010, first lady and daughter spend Spring Break in New York City.
— Christmas 2009, Hawaii again for the annual break.
— August 2009, at Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
— August 2009, their first summer vacation as first family at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Video montage of Mrs. Obama’s jolly jaunts at taxpayer expense:

Yeah, Michelle may have more chi-chi-foo-foo-taxpayer-footing-the-bill vacations on her bucket list.

It was a travesty the way the mainstream media made a big stink about the Romneys this past 4th of July for sharing their own paid-for jet ski with family and friends - at their home on Lake Winnipesaukee. Meanwhile, they’ve overlooked Michelle Obama’s love for lap-of-luxury vacations (which comes out of our penny-jingling pockets).

  • Speaking of expensive jaunts, here’s another point… There’s a stark contrast in how the Obama campaign pays its bills and how responsible and frugal Mitt Romney is - even down to the hotel accommodations he chooses. DO read more here.

  • Imagine what Barack can do in four more years? He’ll finish destroying the USA.

    Here’s what a few other Americans think:

    (Hat tip / Twitchy)

  • What are Michelle Obama and her husband so proud of?

    Their hubris over such a failed record makes one’s eyes bug out and shoot blood! I will not use my last-full-day-of-Romney-campaign energy to go into the havoc and destruction Mr. O has brought upon us. Here’s my summary:

    No, Michelle. We don’t want to imagine what your husband can do with four more years! (By cartoonist Gary Varvel - Nov 4, 2021)

  • NOTE: MRC contributor Vic Lundquist forwarded an important email to Team MRC today. Here’s a portion:

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    VP Debate: Biden’s Bad-Mannered Buffoonery Blows It, Ryan Resolute

    Vice President Joe Buffoonery Biden proved once again at last night’s vice presidential debate in Danville, KY, what an embarrassment he is for the United States of America. (photographer unknown)

    With his derisive laughter, zombie eye-rolling, feigned incredulity, exaggerated theatrical gestures, continual interruptions, and over-all condescension, Vice Presidential smirk monkey Joe Biden negated any gains he hoped to make at last night’s V.P. debate. Biden’s performance sealed the deal for him… as the simpleton from Scranton and America’s permanent political huckster. Debate moderator, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, failed to control all-show Joe and left many yearning for Jim Lehrer.

    Although GOP Vice Presidential candidate 42-year-old Rep Paul Ryan is 27 years younger than 69-year-old Biden, he was resolute, reassuring, and ready to take on the smart-aleck. Ryan was clearly the adult seated at the debate desk in Danville.

    Polls from CNBC and CNN revealed Ryan won.

    Here’s just a sampling of Twitterverse take-aways (comments from FOX News contributors at end of article):

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    37 Awesome Post-Debate Tweets

    [Technical difficulties: Tweets all of sudden are not auto-embedding. Will hopefully fix soon!]

    As a whole these paint a clear picture of how the debate truly went. The following tweets are from pundits, fans, talk-show hosts and liberals.








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    Tweets from Tampa - The Team MRC List #GOP2012 #RomneyRyan2012

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    Romney Makes Change: Madden Moved to Forefront

    Kevin Madden

    Make way for Madden!

    Good news today from Team Romney…

    Plans are underway to bump senior adviser Kevin Madden into a more visible role along the campaign trail - and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve often privately lamented that he hasn’t been more of a presence this time around to help Governor Romney. Many remember Madden as the smart, savvy, unflappable guy who helped The Gov during the 2008 presidential election cycle. He was a tremendous help back then in his official capacity as Romney’s National Press Secretary and Senior Communications Strategist.


    The senior adviser in Romney’s presidential campaign will be traveling more with the presumptive Republican nominee and working more in the day to day messaging of the campaign, a source close to team Romney confirms to CNN.

    Madden was national press secretary for the former Massachusetts governor’s 2008 bid for the White House, working out of the campaign’s Boston headquarters. This cycle Madden, who lives in the nation’s capital, has been working out of Washington, first as an informal adviser, and since April as a senior adviser to the campaign and the Republican National Committee.

    Earlier Friday, a Romney campaign official responded to report in the Washington Post regarding staffing shifts within the organization by saying, “We are constantly growing the staff to be more effective in defeating Barack Obama.”

    Madden is a Yonkers, New York guy; he currently resides in D.C. Here’s more of his impressive background:

    Kevin Madden is Executive Vice President of Public Affairs of JDA Frontline, a public affairs firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Charleston, S.C.

    Prior to joining JDA Frontline, Mr. Madden was a Managing Director with The Glover Park Group, a leading public affairs firm based in Washington D.C.

    Most notably, during the 2008 election cycle, Mr. Madden served as National Press Secretary and Senior Communications Strategist for Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

    Prior to joining Governor Romney’s campaign, Mr. Madden served as Press Secretary to then-House Majority Leader and now-House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). In that capacity, Mr. Madden served as a top communications strategist for the House of Representatives leadership office charged with directing legislative action on a wide range of issues including financial services, energy, national security, legal reform, transportation and telecommunications policy among others.

    Before his work as a top leadership aide on Capitol Hill, Mr. Madden served as the Department of Justice’s national spokesman on issues ranging from national security to litigation before the federal courts.

    Kevin Madden is Executive Vice President of Public Affairs of JDA Frontline, a public affairs firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Charleston, S.C.

    Yes! Mark your calendar; Madden will be a guest tonight on CNN’s tv program Erin Burnett OutFront at 7:00 PM ET. And, don’t forget to follow him on Twitter.

    I’ll be smiling all day today.

    UPDATE - Did you miss seeing Madden on CNN with Ms. Burnett? Here it is:

    Follow Jayde Wyatt on Twitter @YayforSummer

    Tweet of the Day From @AndreaMSaul

    $4.6 MILLION!

    Thanks to all the new supporters who have stepped up to the plate. We are glad to have you with us!

    If you still want to donate to Romney’s campaign click here.

    (BTW - we will be embedding a lot of tweets up until election. The nice thing about embedded tweets is they support full interaction. If you are already logged into twitter you can follow the tweeter, or you reply, retweet, or ‘favorite’ a tweet right here from our website. It’s easy - give it a try. If you aren’t already following Andrea Saul give her a follow. If you are already following her, give her a retweet.)

    ~Nate G.

    The Romney Record Vs. The Obama Record: A Side-by-Side Comparison

    Obama Vs. Romney

    Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul sets the tone for the below graphic:

    Having abandoned ‘Hope and Change,’ the Obama campaign only ‘Hopes To Change The Subject’ from an abysmal jobs report. We’re happy to compare the 4.7% unemployment rate Mitt Romney achieved in Massachusetts to President Obama’s weak record any day.

    President Obama’s policies have failed to get Americans back to work – it’s time for a president who has worked in the real world economy and understands how to get this economy moving again.

    We’ve added this graphic to our Pinterest page, and tweeted it to all our followers — hope you’ll do the same!

    Follow @LukeGundy on Twitter…

    Romney vs. Axelrod: A Tale of Two Pressers

    I’m excited to mention that Rush read one of our MRC tweets on the air today. I’m not posting it here on the top because it’s part of this story. To see the tweet he read and hear the audio be sure to continue reading the story below. Thanks, Nate.


    Very interesting news today has many heretofore Romney-doubting GOPers taking courage in the swift, hard-hitting capabilities of the Romney campaign. Two “surprise” press conferences were held today, by Romney and Axelrod, but only one ended up being an actual surprise. Both were dominated by the Romney camp. These events happened early enough today that they were actually discussed on Rush and Hannity today, and will certainly make your evening news.

    Part One: The Axelrod press conference

    • A surprise visit by Chief Obama strategist David Axelrod to Boston was publicly announced just last night. Purpose of his “presser”: Dis Romney’s record as Governor.
    • Oddly, the short notice is somehow enough time for CNN to arrange to have a live feed available. Team Romney springs into action to round up a large group of protesters armed with big signs, and chants.
    • Romney supporters are waiting on the steps of the capital building as Obama’s advance Team arrives to set up. (Pics below)
    • Throughout the presser attention is obviously stolen by protesters as they run through a series of chants including: Solyndra, Five more months, We want Mitt, Where are the jobs, Broken record, and more. Axelrod actually responds to protestors at one point with the phrase “You can’t handle the truth.”
    • Big win for Team Romney as news reports focus on the protestors rather than Axelrod’s anti-Romney message.

    Part Two: Romney holds surprise press conference in front of Solyndra

    • On the other side of the country Team Romney has the entire press corp on a bus with Mitt on board as well. The press are told only that they are going to a secret location and they will be there in one hour.
    • Less than an hour after Axelrod’s presser ends CNN (and others) break news that Romney will hold press conference at Solyndra.
    • Mitt highlights the failure of Solyndra as a symbol of Obama’s administration and calls it a huge conflict of interest by Obama.
    • Conservatives in the blogosphere and on twitter cheer Team Romney for being two steps ahead of the competition

    This is one of those days that is great for following news events on twitter. I will enclose only a small number of the great tweets, pictures and videos coming from today’s events. More below the fold.
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    Hear the Drum Roll? Romney Expected to Secure GOP Nomination Today

    Do you hear the drum roll coming from Texas?

    We do!

    Today is the happy day Governor Mitt Romney is expected to officially secure the Republican nomination.

    Voters in the magnificent Lone Star State go to primary polls today to allocate their 152 delegates. Romney needs just 58 more to reach the magic number of 1,144.

    SALON reports:


    The former Massachusetts governor has reached the nomination milestone with a steady message of concern about the U.S. economy, a campaign organization that dwarfed those of his GOP foes and a fundraising operation second only to that of his Democratic opponent in the general election, President Barack Obama.

    “That goal is accomplished, but there’s a much bigger goal to be accomplished and that’s winning the presidency,” said Rich Beeson, Romney’s political director. “So while you can take a certain amount of satisfaction and pride for (Romney) and what he’s accomplished, he’s very resolved to say, ‘Our work isn’t done.’”
    . . .
    Republicans won’t officially nominate Romney until late August at the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla. He enters the Texas primary with 1,086 convention delegates — 58 shy of the 1,144 needed to win the nomination.

    Texas has 152 delegates at stake and they are awarded in proportion to the statewide vote. That means Romney has to get at least 38 percent of the vote there to go over the top. In recent primaries in Kentucky, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oregon, he has done no worse than 67 percent.

    Where is The Gov today? He’s in Colorado and Nevada:

    Romney opened his day in Colorado’s coal country, where he spoke directly to small town America: “I’m not going to forget Craig, Colorado. I’m not going to forget communities like this across the country that are hurting right now under this president,” he said. Local officials report that the area’s economy is improving, but Romney said the recovery is too slow.

    The Colorado event was the first stop in a Tuesday swing that ends at a Las Vegas fundraiser with Donald Trump . . .

    ★ In honor of today, we’re asking twitter users to promote like crazy a new hashtag today: #Rominee

    ★ As we await this exciting milestone for Governor Romney, supporters are invited to join us on our chat forum this afternoon and evening as election results come in. Also adding to the spirit of the day, check out the facebook Nomination Primary Watch Party here.

    WOO HOO!

    Electing Mitt Romney, “One Tweet at a Time”

    NOTE: The primary purpose of this post is to reach non-Twitter Internet users. Please recommend this post in Facebook and ask your FB friends to recommend in FB. THANK YOU!

    Every American has heard of Twitter — yes, even you have — right? Not every American knows what Twitter is however. Candidly, until about six months ago, I didn’t care to know and what I had heard of this new social “medium” made me think it was just another fad designed to waste time. Just as email can be an enormous time waster, it has led to incredible advances in productivity.

    Twitter can be a very powerful, productive tool in the promotion of a service, message, product, or candidate! Once I learned how Twitter was being used to promote the record and attributes of presidential candidates, I was in! What is it exactly? This is Twitter.

    The Wall Street Journal carried an article Saturday titled, Dig Against Ann Romney Ignites Twitter. This brief article provides a glimpse into the power of Twitter. To give you a sense of how rapidly a message can spread, Wednesday morning Ann Romney had no Twitter presence. When Rosen made her incredible insult, Mrs. Romney instantly opened a Twitter account and by the end of that night, she had about 15,000 followers. The next morning, she had 19,000. Thursday, she was receiving about 1,000 followers an hour and ended the day at about 27,000. As I write this, she has 35,300 followers. BTW, she has sent three Tweets — her last one contains a photo of Ann Romney standing next to Callista Gingrich at the NRA convention.

    The WSJ article is by Danny Yadron:

    The Strategy: When a Democratic consultant’s dig at Ann Romney overtook the political conversation this week, it wasn’t just the latest skirmish between the parties. It was also the general election’s first big Twitter war, marking the arrival of the messaging system as an electioneering tool.

    The controversy was set off by a comment on cable TV, but much of the rest of the daylong contretemps played out on Twitter—and at Twitter speed, underscoring how technology is making the news cycle faster with each election.

    The fact that such major figures as first lady Michelle Obama, Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod and Mrs. Romney weighed in via Twitter shows how the microblogging network, built on short messages, or “tweets,” is helping to drive campaigns.

    President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, has been known to monitor reaction to the president’s events in real time by watching the message traffic on Twitter.

    At Romney headquarters in Boston, several staffers spend their days in a screen-filled room monitoring Twitter feeds, among other forms of media. Compilations of posts—many from campaign reporters’ accounts—are emailed to staff after Mr. Romney’s events to give aides a sense of which stump lines got the most attention. “You have to be constantly aware of things that are moving and how people are talking about things,” said Zac Moffatt, digital director for the Romney campaign. “You’ve got real-time engagement.”

    The Romney campaign considered Twitter important enough that it set up an account in Mrs. Romney’s name about a year ago. But it wasn’t deployed until Wednesday night, when Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist, said on CNN that Mrs. Romney was a poor guide to her husband on women’s economic anxiety, because she “never worked a day in her life.”

    The Twitter format seemed the right one for a response, Mr. Moffatt said, given the late hour and how quickly the story was picking up steam.

    So, the first message went out under Mrs. Romney’s @AnnDRomney sign-on: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it’s hard work.”

    The Result: Mrs. Romney’s tweet helped bring attention to Ms. Rosen’s comment—just the effect the Romney campaign wanted. Conservative commentators united behind Mr. Romney to attack the idea that raising children wasn’t “work.” The Obama campaign was thrown on the defensive at a moment when both parties had already engaged in a broader fight to appeal to women. [Click here to read the rest of the article]

    [emphasis added]

    Twitter is free, very easy to get started, and simple to use. It feels intimidating at first, but don’t be put off. Just dive in! Once I had mine set up (@VicLundquist), I decided to follow primarily nationally known journalists and well known politicos. And you do not need a mobile device to use Twitter — just access to the Internet.


    My number one tip for deciding who you want to follow is to find someone you really respect like Ann Romney or Mitt Romney and look at those they choose to follow (“Following”) and decide if the profiles of those individuals are people you would like to hear from.

    1. This is outstanding: How to Use Twitter
    2. The basics: Twitter Etiquette 101
    3. An excellent YouTube: “How to Use Twitter”
    4. Etiquette is Important: 5 Rules of Twitter Etiquette
    5. Thanking others is Important: 7 Ways to Thank Someone for a Retweet

    Governor Romney has 439,000 Twitter followers. Mr. Obama has 14,206,000. By the way, the number of followers does not indicate success by any means. Example: Let’s say two people follow you. One of them follows five people, including you and the other follows 50,000, including you. The first one is far more likely to see your messages compared to the second.

    Presently, there are thousands of people using Twitter that have “Mitt Romney” in their profiles — they appear to be using Twitter solely to promote his candidacy for president. We need a lot more people in Twitter-land spreading the message far and wide, especially to Democrats and former Santorum and Gingrich supporters.

    Please jump in and help out. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Earlier this week, I responded to a Tweet to thank a person that decided to follow me and his response back was, “You’re welcome! We are going to help elect Mitt Romney as POTUS, one Tweet at a time!”

    If you would like some people to follow off the bat, check below. Please join us in Twitter to get the word out for Governor Romney!

    MITT ROMNEY CENTRAL Contributors’ Handles (no particular order):

    MittRomneyCentral: @RomneyCentral
    Nate Gunderson: @NateGundy
    Luke Gunderson: @LukeGundy
    Rebel Ross: @RebelRoss0587
    Jayde Wyatt: @YayforSummer
    Dave P: @DavePulfoo
    Adam Ebberts: @OklahomaAdam
    Ben Collins: @BenCollins09
    Paul Johnson: @NTSJohnson
    Greg Stapley: @gkstapley
    David Parker: @dparkersrs
    Vic Lundquist: @VicLundquist

    The Romneys:

    Governor Romney: @MittRomney
    Ann Romney: @AnnDRomney
    Tagg Romney: @TRomney
    Matt Romney: @Matt_Romney
    Josh Romney: @JoshRomney

    Other Must Follows:

    Eric Fehrnstrom - Senior Adviser: @EricFehrn
    Andrea Saul - Press Secretary : @andreamsaul
    Lanhee Chen - Policy Director: @lanheechen
    Garrett Jackson - Mitt’s Body Man: @dgjackson
    Zac Moffatt - Digital Director: @ZacMoffatt
    Nancy French - Evangelicals for Mitt: @NancyAFrench
    Article 6 Blog - (excellent blog): @ART6B
    Planet Romney - @PlanetRomney
    ComMITTed to Romney - C0MM1TT3D

    “Spontaneous combustion of grassroots politics is the future.” ~ Dick Morris