Obama Bus Tour: North Chesterfield, VA
October 19th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

Obama Bus Tour: North Chesterfield, VA

President Obama ended his bus tour at Fire Station #9 in North Chesterfield, Virginia where he talked about his keeping firefighters on the job.

"So the first vote we're going to ask Congress to take this week would put hundreds of thousands of firefighters back on the job, police officers back on the street, teachers back in the classroom. 

Now, Chesterfield has been lucky.  It isn't facing layoffs right now.  But a lot of these guys have seen their pay frozen.  You've got cities and states like Michigan and New Jersey that have had to lay off big chunks of their forces.  That means that firefighters can't always get to fires before they become major fires.  And that makes their job more dangerous.  It means police officers can't respond to every crime.  And when giving our children the best education possible we know is the ingredient for success in this new information and technology-rich economy, how can we be laying off teachers - when other countries are hiring teachers in droves?  It's unfair to our kids.  It undermines our future.

So this week Congress is going to get to vote on whether or not hundreds of thousands of police officers and teachers and firefighters get back on the job.  And I don't know if these members of Congress - maybe they haven't met some of these firefighters.  I don't think they want to tell them that their jobs aren’t worth saving.  Some of these guys are pretty big.  Captain Kemp is an ex-Marine - which means he's still a Marine.  And these guys are risking their lives every day on our behalf.  These jobs are worth fighting for. 

Folks in Congress are also going to get a chance to decide  - later in the month - whether our construction workers should sit around doing nothing while China builds the best railroads, the best schools, the best airports in the world."

Topics: Bus Tour • President Obama • The Visuals • Virginia
Obama campaign plays GOP debate fundraising game
The GOP Debate Watch website for the Obama campaign's fundraising game played last night. (Obama for America)
October 19th, 2011
05:09 PM ET

Obama campaign plays GOP debate fundraising game

While President Obama didn't tune in to last night's CNN Western Republican Debate, if you’re an Obama supporter you might have received an email in the hours before the debate asking you to put your “Money where their mouth is.” The email came from Matthew Barzun, Obama for America’s national finance chair, and it included an invitation to play a new kind of debate fundraising game.

“Here's how it works,” Barzun’s email read. “You pick a word or phrase from the list below to sponsor, and pledge to give $3 or $5 (or however much you'd like) for each mention. So tonight, as the Republican candidates prattle on about defunding Social Security, ending Medicare as we know it, and everything else they support, they will literally be building this campaign.”

In case debate over any given topic got out of hand, donors could set a cap on their total donation. Here is the list of words or phrases available for ‘sponsorship’:

– Class warfare

– Repeal

– Obamacare

– Fence

– (De)regulation

– Amnesty

– Socialism

– Romneycare

– 9-9-9

After the debate, the campaign posted an update on the night’s winners. By its count, “Obamacare” got 15 mentions, easily carrying the evening. In second place “fence” narrowly beat out “repeal” 11 mentions to nine, “(de)regulation” came in fourth with five mentions and Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan came in fifth with four mentions.

While the campaign wouldn’t release how much they raised with the debate game, the GOP Debate Watch site is still up and running in case anyone wants to see the tally or learn the Obama campaign’s definitions to what it views as the GOP buzz words.

Obama Bus Tour: Joint Base Langley-Eustis
October 19th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Obama Bus Tour: Joint Base Langley-Eustis

President Obama delivered remarks at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, VA calling on Congress to pass key provisions of the American Jobs Act that support veterans, particularly the Returning Heroes Tax Credit.  The First Lady joined him at the event to announce a major Joining Forces private sector commitment from the American Logistics Association to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses.  This commitment will fulfill a quarter of the President’s challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.

Topics: Bus Tour • President Obama • The Visuals • Virginia
Morning Briefing: The morning after
October 19th, 2011
09:31 AM ET

Morning Briefing: The morning after

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Vegas fight night makes things a little more interesting [POLITICO]

What we learned last night [CNN.com]

Should we still be concerned about Romney’s lawn? [NYTimes]

Is Cain too funny for his own good? [NYTimes]

You saw this one coming: Deficit panel has issues [NYTimes]

Teleprompter jokes are back! [WashPost]

Tepid reception for Obama in VA? [POLTICO]

Government employees, lawyers make DC the richest city [Bloomberg]

POTUS' Day Ahead: Wrapping things up in Virginia
October 19th, 2011
07:56 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Wrapping things up in Virginia

Good morning from the White House. The president wraps up the third day of his bus tour Wednesday with a string of events in Virginia. Today's focus is on veterans and first responders, beginning with an event at Joint Base Langley in Hampton Virginia. Later, Obama will deliver remarks at a fire station in North Chesterfield before heading back to the White House.

Of course, as has been the case over the last two days, we can expect several surprise events at perhaps restaurants, businesses, and schools today as well.

Full schedule after the jump

Topics: Daily Schedule