Sep 11, 2012, 9:45 am EDT
Nicki Minaj has confirmed that a new song of hers that appears to endorse Mitt Romney does not, in fact, show support for the Republican candidate for president.
Many listeners felt that the song didn’t actually directly support Romney and was, in fact, either a sarcastic comment or a comment made by a character. Minaj is known for singing and rapping in the voices of many different characters in her songs. In fact, President Barack Obama went on an Orlando hip-hop radio station to support that theory. “I think she had a song on there — a little rap that said that. But she likes to play different characters, so I don’t know what’s going on there.”
Minaj later tweeted and confirmed what Obama, and many others, thought she was doing. “Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do… *sends love & support* @barackobama.” Read
Sep 10, 2012, 11:05 am EDT
As delegates and the media hordes leave Charlotte and workers sweep up confetti from the Time Warner Cable Arena, here are five things we’ve learned from the RNC in Tampa and the DNC.
The electorate is tuning out
TV ratings are down sharply from 2008 — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got 30 million viewers for his acceptance speech last Thursday, a 23% decline from John McCain’s 39 million in 2008. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan got just 22 million, a 41% drop from when the VP nominee — you may have heard of her, her name was Sarah Palin — got 37 million. Ratings for the DNC were down, too.
But the Democrats won the rating and social media wars
Democrats did better on the first two nights — 26 million the first night, when Michelle Obama spoke, and 25 million for former President Bill Clinton’s barn burner of a speech. And that was without NBC, which carried the NFL’s opening game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys, which poached 20 million viewers from Bubba. Read
Sep 10, 2012, 9:20 am EDT
After trailing Mitt Romney in fundraising for the past three months, President Barack Obama finally managed to top his Republican foe in raising money in August.
Obama raised $114 million in August, according to his campaign manager. Mitt Romney’s campaign raised $111 million in August, their third straight month of raising over $100 million.
It’s a drastic improvement for Obama’s campaign, which raised just $75 million in July and $71 million in June. It also comes in the month preceding the Democratic National Convention, which will certainly boost fundraising figures. Of course, the Republican National Convention didn’t happen until the end of August, so there will likely be a boost for Republicans, too, in September. Read
Sep 7, 2012, 12:50 pm EDT
In the wake of well-reviewed speeches by Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton, Barack Obama had some large shoes to fill as he formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination yesterday. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t quite knock his speech out of the park.
Reviews for Obama’s speech were predictably mixed. While most gave Obama points for a sound performance, the material of his speech divided pundits. MSNBC personalities Chris Mathews, Al Sharpton, and Rachel Maddow praised Obama’s speech, while Fox News commentators Brit Hume, Charles Krauthammer, and Bret Baier panned the speech. CNN was somewhat divided over the speech: while Wolf Blitzer and David Gergen gave the speech high marks, Ari Fleischer and James Carville gave it mixed reviews.
It’s perhaps not surprising, given Obama’s reputation for public speaking skills, that his speech had some top-notch lines included in it. Here are some of the strongest ones he came up with: Read
Sep 7, 2012, 11:25 am EDT
Where’s the beef?
That’s what people — OK, pundits — have been asking about President Obama’s acceptance speech, which was eloquent and passionate but didn’t make a rousing defense of his record or really lay out a vision of what his presidency is about and why it should continue for four more years.
Sure, there were references to the hope and change that propelled him into the Oval Office in 2008. And there were some sharp, nasty swipes at the Republican ticket. And there were attempts to lay out a path forward, through a series of proposals on manufacturing, energy production, and education. Read