By Jon HealeyOctober 16, 2012, 8:36 p.m.
President Obama‘s performance in Tuesday’s second presidential debate was dramatically better than his outing in the first one earlier this month. Unfortunately for Democrats, Obama’s Republican rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, didn’t crumble in the face of the newly energized and forceful president. Instead, the debate at Hofstra University in New York played more like a brutal exchange of punches between heavyweights, ending with both men battered but standing. Intense throughout, even riveting at times, it was fantastic theater — but not decisive politics.
Unlike his reserved, accommodating approach in the first debate, Obama spent much of the night attacking Romney’s record and proposals, forcing his rival to spend more time defending himself and less time dissecting Obama’s presidency. Obama was also much sharper and quicker when responding to Romney’s attacks.
The more moderate-sounding Romney from the first debate was again on display, as he pledged his support for college grants and loan programs, clean energy, green cards for high-skilled immigrants and even contraceptive coverage for female employees. But he veered into new, socially conservative territory when he argued that one way to reduce gun violence is to decrease the number of out-of-wedlock births.
Romney was effective again when faulting Obama’s handling of the economy and laying out the small-government philosophy behind his economic plan. But he stumbled when pressed to show how the numbers add up on his plan to cut tax rates by 20% without raising the deficit, declaring, “Of course they add up!” He might as well have said, “Trust me!”
Romney also fumbled his criticism of how the administration responded to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. That should have been debate gold for Romney, but he came across as opportunistic, petty and misinformed about what Obama said the morning after the attack. In fact, after Romney all but accused Obama of lying about his remarks, moderator Candy Crowley of CNN backed up Obama’s version of events — a twist that will certainly have fact-checkers parsing the transcript.
For his part, Obama broke no new ground in critiquing Romney’s tax plan, nor did he present much of a plan for the next four years. He did, however, articulate more clearly why his approach to the economy would help the country (because by raising taxes on high-income Americans, Washington could afford to keep investing in the physical and human resources needed to compete in a global economy). And as noted above, he gave voters more reasons than before to doubt Romney.
The policy discussions often devolved into “yes it would/no it wouldn’t” kinds of exchanges, and at times the debate cried out for a mediator instead of a moderator. So it isn’t likely to change minds on that front. The main effect will probably be to reassure Obama supporters that their candidate is engaged and capable of holding his own against Romney, while convincing Romney supporters that their candidate can take whatever Obama dishes out.
On to Round 3.
Gotta love a good stripper movie all colorful, sparkly and damn, damn, DAYUM guys…keep up the great work in the gym!
This movie must’ve been written for Matthew McConaughey. His character embodies all that we’ve seen him doing through the media in his personal life. You’ve got your take charge McConaughey, the naked dancing while playing the congas McConaughey and much much more. Channing Tatum is a spectacular dancer and does not disappoint in the least.
Wish we could touch it! Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…
It was a feast for the eyes. Delicious adonis’ shaking what their Mommas made them for all to see.
Things you will need before seeing this movie:
1. Pre arranged booty call for the extremely hot and bothered you, directly after exiting said theater, for at least a duration of 2 hours.
2. Sweat towel
3. Drool bucket
5. Ganja, to keep your ass calm!
6. Seats away from the row of good ole’ boy unsuspecting ancient white men
7. No Inhibition
8. Water bottle
(8 & 9 are what all the die hard ladies bring to the male revue club, so why shouldn’t you)
The urge to “YIP” “WHISTLE” and “YAWH” has never been so strong in a multi sex audience. The boys were so hot, didn’t care! It was an accurate depiction of “shaking the weasel” & night culture.
AND WELL looky here, Matthew sure did throw in some of his signature moves by his own request:
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This guy has got the idea. If you weren’t sure how women are responding, check out the squealing example here, then apply it to a movie theater setting:
ABOVE ALL ELSE, THIS IS A “FEEL GOOD” MOVIE because of all the sweet ass to behold. Never mind any emotional plot & ENJOY!!!
In 2009, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced the creation of The Holly Prize, a new award made possible by Songmasters as a tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly, a SHOF inductee. The Holly Prize will annually recognize and support a new “all-in songwriter “— an exceptionally talented and inspired young musician/singer/songwriter whose work exhibits the qualities of Holly’s music: true, great and original. The Holly Prize is administered and juried by the SongHall, and coincided with Songmasters’ launch of Listen to Me, a multi-media platform celebrating the work of true, great and original music recording artists. Songmasters and Listen To Me are committed to providing great music and to helping the next generation of recording artists develop their talents and make outstanding music. For more information on Songmasters or the Listen to Me series, visit www.songmasters.org
Born in New York City in 1985, singer/songwriter Emily King grew up surrounded by the music of her parents, jazz vocal duo Kim and Marion. By her late teens, she was playing shows in restaurants and venues around New York City including CBGB’S and The Bitter End. In 2004 King had gained the attention of Hitman producer Chucky Thompson, which led to a meeting with famed music mogul Clive Davis, and a recording contract with J Records/Sony Music. Her debut album East Side Story was released in 2007 and later received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album of the year. During that time, King toured with John Legend and Floetry, and opened for Gnarls Barkley, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu among others.
After parting ways with her label in 2008, King continues her work independently. Her follow-up EP “Seven” was recorded in her home and released in July, 2011. She is currently touring in support of it. In October she accepted an invitation from Maroon 5 to be the opening act on their European/Scandinavian tour in late 2011.
King’s carefully crafted compositions are the perfect vehicle for her polished, lush vocals that harbor both an innocence and honesty. A gentle mix of soul, folk and rock influences, King’s music emotes the kind of straight to the point storytelling that’s reminiscent of singer/songwriters of the 1970’s.