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12/07/2012               10:51 pm EST

Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist has officially joined the Democratic Party, he announced on Friday evening.

Crist, who served as governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, left the Republican Party after losing a Senate primary battle to Marco Rubio in 2010 — switching his party affiliation to independent in order to run against now-Senator Rubio in the general election. (Crist lost that race by 19 points.)

The change became official at a White House Christmas reception, the Tampa Bay Times reports, where “President Obama greeted the news with a fist bump.”

Crist was a high-profile campaign surrogate for Obama this past election cycle, speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this September in support of the president. “I didn’t leave the Republican party,” Crist said in his speech. “It left me.”

According to the Times, the move foreshadows Crist’s next big political undertaking:

The widely expected move positions Crist, 56, for another highly anticipated next step: announcing his candidacy for governor, taking on Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and an untold number of Democrats who would challenge him for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

story from and video at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/charlie-crist-democrat_n_2260975.html

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Charlie Crist was born on July 24th, 1956 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Crist

July 24th, 1956

July 24th

7 + 24 +2+0+1+2 = 36 = his personal year (from July 24th, 2012 to July 23rd, 2013) = The weight of ambition.

Ten of Wands Tarot card

36 year + 11 (November) = 47 = his personal month (from November 24th, 2012 to December 23rd. 2012) = What does the future hold in store for Charlie Crist?

Seven of Cups Tarot card

47 month + 7 (7th of the month on Friday December 7th, 2012) = 54 = his personal day = Switching sides.  Playing for the other side.  Playing for the other team.

Page of Swords Tarot card

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numerology for Friday December 21st, 2012 (the “end of the Mayan calendar”) at:

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August 1, 2012               3:50 p.m.

For those looking for a new way of gauging the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney, Twitter has created its own political index, aimed at breaking down user sentiments toward both candidates.

The social media service, working with partners specializing in opinion research and data analysis, will provide a rating of each candidate on a scale of 1 to 100, updated every day.

As shown in the accompanying chart, Obama currently has a 34 rating and Romney 25. As opposed to being a direct evaluation of their popularity among Twitter users, those figures are based on a comparison between the tweets containing references to either candidate and the Twitter universe as a whole.

Topsy, a separate company focused on data analysis, analyzes the approximately 400 million tweets sent daily on all topics, ranking the most positive at 100 and the most negative at 1.

Tweets referring to Romney or Obama either using their Twitter handle or name are evaluated on the scale, then compared with the rest of the gathered tweets. Hashtags and other means of referring to either candidate are excluded by the algorithm. That same algorithm is intended to eliminate the influence of sarcastic or humorous references to the candidates by averaging them in with the rest of the mentions.

“It’s a leap of faith that the left uses sarcasm as much as the right,” Adam Sharp, who runs government, news and social innovation at Twitter, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

So Romney’s score of 25 means that 24% of all tweets are more negative than those referencing the former Massachusetts governor, and 75% are more positive. Sharp stressed that the score isn’t aimed to be a rating on individual tweets, but instead to serve as a look which percentile the average tweet would fall into.

Twitter is far from representative of the electoral public though, with a recent Pew survey finding that 15% of online adults are on Twitter, with 8% using it daily. And adoption rates of the social network expectedly skew toward the young, with 26% of 18-29-year-olds tweeting, with just 14% of 30-49-year-olds and 9% of 50-64-year-olds joining them.

This, of course, brings up a question of just how useful Twitter’s index can be, but going back to Aug. 2010, there is some correlation between the political index and Gallup’s approval/disapproval polling.

 

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Sharp said that instead of replacing the likes of Gallup, the index will add to their findings to present a “meaningful window into conversations” that were previously limited to coffee shops and water coolers, providing “texture” to traditional polling methods.

Sharp cited the swift spike in Obama’s index rating following the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, which at that point generated more tweets than any other news event, as an example of what texture meant. Polling on Obama’s favorability held strong in the following days and weeks. But over the next two months on Twitter, there was more discussion on economic matters than on all national security issues combined, including Bin Laden’s death.

That discussion, Sharp admitted, was limited by an inherent stumbling block in the index’s methodology – the fact that only those tweeting about politics would have their voices heard. Those not tweeting “@MittRomney is the best” or “@BarackObama is the worst” have no influence on the index, regardless of their political beliefs.

Both Obama and Romney’s campaigns have increased their expenditures on digital outreach, with Obama already passing the $16 million he spent on online marketing in 2008, and Romney more than doubling John McCain’s $3.6 million in the same year. Accusations that some of Romney’s spending has been focused on artificially inflating his following on Twitter, which lags behind Obama’s 18 million at 800,000, have been adamantly denied by his campaign.

And any metric of success could prove useful as improvements are made to the algorithm powering the political index, but Sharp said Twitter had no immediate plans to extend the project outside of the presidential race, let alone as part of the company’s efforts to further monetize itself (Pepsi vs. Coke index anyone?).

Along with Topsy, the left-leaning Mellman Group and more conservative North Star Opinion Research partnered with Twitter to build and maintain the index along with ensuring its ideological balance. Topsy will feature additional analysis on the index’s findings as the race goes on.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-twindex-evaluates-obama-romneys-twitter-performance-20120801,0,674300.story

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Wednesday August 1st, 2012

August 1st, 2012

8 + 1 +2+0+1+2 = 14 = Twindex’s life lesson and personal year = Barely tolerable.

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June 22, 2012

People like Ana Venegas are said to be living “in the shadows.”

It’s the most annoying of all the metaphors in the immigration debate. And woefully inaccurate.

Venegas, 23, entered this country illegally as a 10-month-old baby carried across the Mexico-U.S. border by her teenage mother. She’s never been able to legalize her status. That makes her “undocumented,” if you’re someone sympathetic to her plight. And an “illegal” if you’re not.

But whatever you want to call her, the one thing you can’t say about Ana is that she’s been hiding. For 22 years she’s lived in the bright sunshine of South Gate, in a neighborhood that looks like a bonsai-tree version of the American dream.

The homes are small and orderly. The tallest shadows are those cast by the line of power-transmission towers that run nearby.

Ana grew up under those towers, always aware that there was something that separated her from most of the other children in the neighborhood, and even from most of her relatives. She first remembers being aware of it on the playground, on hot days when she and the other kids bared their arms.

“I knew I was from Mexico because of this little mark I have,” Venegas told me, referring to a vaccination scar on her shoulder. “Everyone that was born in Mexico had that mark.”

In the years that followed, what it meant to have the “mark” of a Mexican birth grew. Her life had complications most of her friends didn’t share: not being able to drive, or get a paying job, or financial aid for college, even if she was an A student. Despite all that, she graduated from Cal State L.A., just a few weeks ago.

“Getting educated made me a better person,” she told me. “It could have been easier, but it was worth it.”

When President Obama announced last week that the government would begin granting work permits to certain, young undocumented immigrants, it was all a bit anticlimactic for Ana. She’d been working so hard to overcome the obstacles in her path, and for so long, that she began to realize that her illegal status had actually made her a better person.

“I don’t know if I would have gotten the grades that I did, or achieved what I did if I hadn’t been undocumented,” she said. “For me, school doesn’t measure your intelligence. It measures your endurance. I have a lot of endurance.”

Ana and people like her persevered. In high schools, in university classrooms, in law schools, and on battlefields under the U.S. flag, they reached for public success. Instead of lingering in the metaphorical shadows, they climbed up on the stage of American achievement. In doing so, they forced all of us to face up to the contradiction of their existence.

“They pledge allegiance to our flag,” Obama said last week. “They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.”

That was, for me, the most remarkable thing about the Obama administration’s announcement last week: to hear a president of the United States celebrate the Americanness of a group of people who’ve been vilified as aliens and “criminals” by so many Americans.

Ana always considered herself an American, even though she’s been reminded of her otherness for as long as she can remember.

Growing up in South Gate, some Latino kids would taunt her with a certain ugly slur for illegal immigrant. Many knew the story of how she’d crossed over: with the papers of a baby boy cousin who was about the same age.

Even that cousin would tease her, she said. “He’d tell me, ‘If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t be here.'”

Like many an American before her, Venegas took her outsider status and transformed it into the burning flame that powered her ambition. She became an assiduous follower of every rule placed before her, religious in her observance of all the routines in her young life.

“I never had to tell her to do her homework, and I never had to wake her up to go to school because she’d always wake up on her own,” Ana’s mother, Ana Luisa Gonzalez, told me in Spanish.

When I asked Gonzalez, a 42-year-old garment worker, to pin down the secret behind her daughter’s success, she answered with a phrase you hear a lot in the homes of Spanish-speaking L.A.: “Se portaba bien.” She behaved.

Ana told me much the same thing: “I just followed the rules. I showed up. I didn’t question authority.” Among other things, she had perfect attendance during four years in high school.

During her senior year at South Gate High, many of her friends got into top-notch universities: Harvard, UCLA, USC. Venegas was accepted into UC Riverside, but couldn’t afford to go without financial aid.

“My parents offered to sell the house and move to Riverside, but I didn’t want them to do that,” she said.

She went to East Los Angeles College instead, and then transferred to Cal State L.A., enduring several hours on the bus each day. Tuition increased every year, and she couldn’t work to help her parents to pay for it. More than once she considered giving up.

“If you believe in God, you also believe there’s evil in the world,” Venegas said. “And sometimes I thought, ‘Devil, you’re not going to bring me down.'”

On Saturday, she graduated from Cal State with a 3.9 grade-point average. Ana’s mother recently received U.S. residency, and Ana herself recently became engaged to a U.S. citizen. She figured she’d eventually get her legal residency anyway. But hearing the president’s words were a kind of affirmation that all her hard work meant something.

“It’s like the missing piece of the puzzle,” she told me. “Now it’s all making sense to me.”

A shadow has been lifted — not from the life of Ana Venegas, but from American discourse. Like thousands of others, Ana is here, she’s American, and she always has been. Now, perhaps, an honest conversation about immigration can begin.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0622-tobar-20120622,0,4837893.column

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  The first 27 years of life are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.

Ana Venegas

1 (A is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 14 (n is the 14th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) = 16

So the number 16 rules her first twenty-seven years of life.

16 = Shocks.  Surprises.  Unexpected.  Unprecedented.

The Tower Tarot card

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Ana Venegas

151 4555711                35

 

her path of destiny = 35 = Vigilant.

Nine of Wands Tarot card 

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May 31, 2012

A former U.S. Secret Service agent campaigning to be a sheriff in South Carolina is facing charges for allegedly plotting to kidnap a retired judge.

James Bartee, a 54-year-old running for sheriff in Oconee County, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with solicitation to commit a felony after authorities said he tried to pay someone to abduct former judge James Williams Jr., who is trying to get Bartee removed from the ballot for sheriff.

Bartee was released on $10,000 bond today but will lose his passport as he is considered a flight risk, according to local media reports. After his bond hearing, Bartee denied the accusations and told reporters that the “truth will come out.”

According to audio recordings cited in the arrest warrant, Bartee allegedly plotted for several days with the unidentified potential kidnapper until his arrest.

State authorities said they launched the investigation in response to a request by Oconee County’s current sheriff.

Bartee’s campaign Facebook page shows that there was an ongoing dispute between the sheriff candidate and Williams, a retired Circuit Court judge who filed a civil suit claiming Bartee was ineligible to run for Sheriff because he is not a certified law enforcement officer in South Carolina. Bartee says his federal certifications as a former Secret Service agent fulfill the requirement.

“James Bartee wants all to know that he is legally on the ballot and deserves to be on the ballot,” a post on the campaign Facebook page reads.

According to Bartee’s campaign website, he was employed by the Secret Service for 25 years before retiring in 2000 as a Senior Special Agent. The Secret Service told ABC News James Bartee is a former employee, but declined to say how long he served or provide details of his record with the agency.

Most recently, a picture on the campaign website shows Bartee “providing protection and advice” to former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann at a campaign event in South Carolina last August.

In April, the Secret Service was mired in a series of allegations of misconduct against its agents. Most notably, a scandal erupted around Secret Service agents’ meetings with prostitutes during a trip to Cartagena, Colombia, ahead of President Obama’s arrival there for an international summit.

Bartee did not immediately respond to requests for comment for this report.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/james-bartee-secret-service-agent-charged-judge-kidnapping/story?id=16468549#.T8hTWtVSTNk

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

James Bartee

11451 219255              36

 

his path of destiny = 36 = Abuse of power.

Ten of Wands Tarot card

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May 9, 2012, 8:05 a.m.

President Obama has never been wildly popular in West Virginia, but Tuesday’s Democratic primary marked the state’s sharpest rejection of the president yet. A Texas prisoner, listed as Inmate No. 11593-051, received 69,766 votes, a surprising 41% of the total, showing that many West Virginians would vote for just about anyone other than Obama, regardless of their status as a felon. Obama still won the primary, with 59% of the vote.

Keith Judd, the prisoner in question, is currently serving a 17½-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana after being sentenced for extortion in an altercation with the University of New Mexico.

By receiving more than 15% of the vote in West Virginia, Judd is technically allowed at least one state delegate, though no one has yet stepped forward to head to the Democratic National Convention for him. Tuesday’s face-off wasn’t the first time both Judd and Obama have been on the ballot, though, as Judd finished third in the 2008 Idaho primary behind both Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton with 1.7% of the vote.

To be eligible for the ballot, all Judd needed to do was pay a $2,500 filing fee and fill out a “notarized certification of announcement,” along with meeting other residency and age requirements.

Both West Virginia’s Democratic and Republican primaries, it should be noted, are open to independent voters.

Tuesday’s primary results follow Obama’s lengthy record of electoral failure and minuscule popular support in West Virginia. During the 2008 primary, he lost to Clinton by 41 points as her campaign was winding down its efforts. He then lost the state to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by 13 points in the general election.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) made headlines during the 2010 election for his thoroughly armed efforts to distance himself from the president as he sought to fill the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd. Obama currently holds a 32.7% approval rating according to a recent Gallup state-by-state poll. That approval rating, by Gallup’s numbers, is the fifth-lowest nationwide.

Mitt Romney, who won the Republican primary Tuesday with 69% of the vote, currently holds a 17 point advantage over Obama in the polls, according to The West Virginia Poll.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-texas-inmate-wins-41-of-the-vote-against-obama-in-wv-primary-20120509,0,1956772.story

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Keith Judd was born on May 23rd, 1958 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Judd

May 23rd, 1958

5 + 23 +1+9+5+8 = 51 = his life lesson = Follow the rules.  Obey the law.  Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law.  Voting.  Votes.  President.  Election.

King of Swords Tarot card

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May 23rd, 1958

23 +1+9+5+8 = 46 = his “secret” number = Immaturity.  Childishness.  Personal history.

Six of Cups Tarot card

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Obama

May 9, 2012, 5:25 p.m.

 

When President Obama announced his new stance on same-sex marriage Wednesday, he did so to a friendly and familiar media figure for his administration — Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Roberts has had a series of exclusives with Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, that began on the night of his inauguration. With the occasional intrusion of policy matters, most of the interviews have been light and nonconfrontational.

In the brief Jan. 21, 2009, inauguration night interview, Obama told Roberts that “ultimately the American people coming together, that is going to determine what we accomplish and how we get through some very difficult challenges.”

A couple of months later, Roberts interviewed Michelle Obama as she traveled to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina to visit military families. The talk was mostly about the Obamas’ daughters, Sasha and Malia, with a bit about what the first lady did for relaxation (TV!). The piece ended with Roberts joking about Mrs. Obama’s famously buff arms.

In June 2009, Michelle Obama again talked to Roberts, this time focusing on her role in promoting wellness and exercise.

In September 2009, Roberts got an exclusive with the president as he prepared to address a joint session of Congress about healthcare. Obama laid out his upcoming speech in the broadest terms. Roberts tried to pin him down on his commitment to a government-administered “public option” for healthcare, but he wouldn’t bite. (Obama would turn to other alternatives for insuring more Americans.)

The “Good Morning America” host has reportedly been disturbed that her morning co-anchor, George Stephanopoulos, gets to take the lead on most stories. Via Twitter, she made no secret (if a bit coyly) of her pleasure at getting the scoop about same-sex marriage.

“Ummm, not sure if you heard about my interview with the President today??” Roberts wrote, as the news exploded across multiple media platforms. “You’ll see it tonight on World News w/Diane and tmrw morn @GMA.”

The network had already aired a special report on the story Wednesday afternoon and planned to replay portions of the interview on “Nightline.”

ABC News’ chief spokesman, Jeffrey Schneider, said the interview had been arranged “a couple of days in advance.” Vice President Joe Biden pushed the issue to the front of the agenda Sunday when he said that he was “comfortable” with the idea of same-sex marriage.

Although many will have seen the story by Thursday morning, it is still expected to help boost viewership for “Good Morning America.” The program has recently pulled into a neck-and-neck battle with NBC’s “Today,” the perennial leader in the lucrative morning news market.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-obamas-interview-on-samesex-marriage-was-with-a-familiar-face-20120509,0,6853671.story

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Robin Roberts was born on November 23rd, 1960 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Roberts_(newscaster)

November 23rd, 1960

11 + 23 +1+9+6+0 = 50 = her life lesson = Overjoyed.  It’s a wonderful life.  This is how good life can be.

Ten of Cups Tarot card

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November 23rd, 1960

November 23rd

11 + 23 +2+0+1+1 = 38 = her personal year (from November 23rd, 2011 to November 22nd, 2012) = Caring.

Queen of Cups Tarot card

38 month + 4 (April) = 42 = her personal month (from April 23rd, 2012 to May 22nd, 2012) = Love.  Relationships.  Marriage.

Two of Cups Tarot card

42 month + 9 (9th of the month on Wednesday May 9th, 2012) = 51 = her personal day = Laws.  President Obama.  Do the right thing.

King of Swords Tarot card

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President Obama on gay marriage

May 9, 2012        6:03 p.m.

President Obama’s decision to endorse same-sex marriage staked out a stance that carries uncertain political risks but one he said was rooted in the biblical admonition “to treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

Obama’s endorsement Wednesday, a milestone for the gay rights movement, was the first from a sitting president and a potentially powerful tail wind for a cause still struggling for electoral approval. It comes as the country remains divided over whether same-sex marriages should have the same recognition and legal standing as traditional ones, and six months before an election expected to be so tight it may hinge on small slices of votes in a handful of key states.

He equivocated for more than a year, saying that his position was “evolving.” More recently, he came under considerable pressure — from his somewhat deflated base and a powerful network of gay donors — to speak his mind before the November election. His announcement was hastened by a similar declaration from Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday, which prompted calls for Obama to speak out or risk falling behind the curve.

“At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an interview hastily arranged by the White House to quiet the fallout from the Biden remarks.

Obama told the “Good Morning America” anchor that he arrived at the decision by talking to gay friends, staff members, his two daughters and his wife, who he said shared his support. His Christian faith and the golden rule factored in. “In the end, the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people,” Obama said.

Obama had cited religion in opposing same-sex marriages as he campaigned for president, but in December 2010 declared his position was evolving. That position was widely viewed as a wink and a nod to supporters of gay rights, who believed the president was withholding a public declaration of support out of concerns about alienating some key voters.

Nationally, a slim majority of voters favors gay marriages, according to most polls — a majority that has been increasing because of shifting attitudes among young people and middle-class voters. Still, religious, African American, Latino and older voters remain more likely to express opposition, and 38 states have adopted prohibitions of same-sex marriage, according the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Some Democrats contend that the voters most strongly opposed are unlikely to vote for Obama anyway, adding gay marriage, like abortion, to the list of social issues dividing partisans.

But the president’s announcement is likely to hurt him in the South, where 1 in 3 swing voters strongly opposes gay marriage, a recent Pew Research Center poll found. Just this week, North Carolina, which Obama narrowly won in 2008, approved one of the strongest bans on same-sex unions in the country. The state increasingly appears out of reach for Obama this year.

More crucial to his reelection chances will be the impact in Virginia, where a recent survey showed him with a slight lead over Mitt Romney. Polls in the state show the electorate nearly evenly divided. There’s also a danger of turning off some religious voters, such as white Protestants in the Rust Belt or Catholic Latinos. On the other hand, young voters and strong supporters of gay marriage may be energized.

White House aides believe there’s no way to predict the “crosscurrents,” said a senior administration official who, like others, requested anonymity to be able to discuss internal deliberations.

But Obama’s decision is unleashing a wave of financial support from gay and lesbian donors and is likely to heighten demand for tickets to a June 6 LGBT fundraising gala in Los Angeles featuring the singer Pink.

“Within minutes, people were calling with their credit cards. They’re thrilled,” said Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and a top fundraising bundler for Obama. He said one donor pledged $10,000 and decided to fly with his partner from Los Angeles to attend an Obama fundraiser in New York on Monday.

The president’s campaign was quick to capitalize on his decision, sending an email to supporters asking for donations.

On Wednesday, Republican nominee Romney emphasized his consistency on the issue in response to Obama’s changed position.

“I have the same view that I’ve had since running for office,” he said in reaction to the president’s statement. Romney was a staunch advocate of gay rights when he was running for governor of Massachusetts in 2002. But he never endorsed same-sex marriage and later became an outspoken leader of the drive to ban it after a court legalized the practice in Massachusetts.

“My view is that marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman, and that’s my own preference,” he told reporters Wednesday. “I know other people have differing views. This is a very tender and sensitive topic, as are many social issues.”

For months, the president’s advisors gave no indication that he planned to reveal a new stance before the November election, believing that Obama’s record on other gay rights issues would suffice to win over an increasingly powerful network of gay donors and other ardent supporters. Obama ended the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring gay soldiers from serving openly and dropped the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.

But advisors say the president decided a few weeks ago that he had changed his mind and wanted to make an announcement before the Democratic National Convention in September.

Michelle Obama was a strong influence, administration officials said. She went out of her way to invite gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples to events she sponsored for military families.

Several gay staffers work in the West Wing and at least one pair are in a committed relationship and raising children. The Obama daughters also have friends with same-sex parents, whom the first family has gotten to know.

“He was ready,” said a second senior administration official.

Biden’s comments pushed up the timing. The “evolving” stance threatened to undermine not only the president’s standing on gay issues but also his credibility. The president’s foot-dragging on an issue important to his base undoubtedly clashed with his new campaign slogan, “Forward.” 

Obama’s announcement was celebrated by gay rights activists and Democratic allies.

“The president’s words will no doubt inspire thousands more conversations around kitchen tables and in church pews,” said Human Right Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “We are confident that our nation will continue to move inexorably toward equality.”

Obama’s new position is also a marker in his party’s evolution and solidifies, for now, a clear partisan divide on gay rights. For more than a decade, leading Republicans and Democrats had opposed same-sex marriage. Obama has taken multiple stances on the issue. In 1996, as a candidate for the state Senate in Illinois, he told a gay rights group that he favored same-sex marriages and would fight efforts to block them. As a candidate for the Senate in 2004, Obama said he believed marriage is between a man and a woman, citing his faith as the reason for that belief.

In 2008, he repeated that assertion to influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren, adding: “For me as a Christian it’s also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” But Obama also said he would not support an amendment to put that definition in the Constitution.

Defining marriage “has been a matter of state law. That has been our tradition,” he said. At the same time, Obama opposed a California ballot initiative outlawing same-sex marriage because it was “divisive and discriminatory.”

Obama had plenty of company in such murky waters. But since then, Obama’s party has steadily moved toward support for gay marriage.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is the chairman of the party’s convention, was among the first to call on Democrats to add support for same-sex marriage to the party platform. Obama’s announcement probably heads off an awkward battle over that issue at the convention.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-gay-marriage-20120510,0,2388028.story

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Barack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama

August 4th, 1961

August 4th

8 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 16 = his personal year (from August 4th, 2011 to August 4th, 2012) = Shocks.  Surprises.  Unprecedented.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.

The Tower Tarot card

16 year + 5 (May) = 21 = his personal month (from May 4th, 2012 to June 4th, 2012) = Perspective.  Seeing the big picture.  On the world stage.

21 month + 8 (8th of the month on Tuesday May 8th, 2012) = 29 = his personal day (from his time of birth on Tuesday May 8th, 2012 until his time of birth on Wednesday May 9th, 2012) = Competence.  Self-confidence.

Three of Wands Tarot card

[When his number (29 (his life lesson number)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So today was HIS day!!!]

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