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1 reasons to vote for Obama on Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:38 pm


Obama is the first president in U.S. history to acknowledge the right of gay couples to marry and enjoy the full benefits of marriage in the eyes of the law. read essay →
— Ben Gibbard
President Obama faced down the GOP and the health industry to finally reform American healthcare. read essay →
— Roger Ebert
Obama has fully funded the Violence Against Women Act. read essay →
— George Saunders
Obama is the first President in a generation to make a car go further on a gallon of gas. read essay →
— Adam Werbach
Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court. read essay →
— Andrew Sean Greer
Obama teaches us to believe hope can lead to real change. read essay →
— Roxane Gay
President Obama understands the world writ large. read essay →
— Jesse Eisenberg
Obama understands the promise and perils of the new global order in a way his opponent does not. read essay →
— Reza Aslan
President Obama will create support for at-risk youth, addressing juvenile crime and school drop-outs. read essay →
— John Prendergast
& Sia Sanneh
Barack Obama is not a robot.
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— Jim James
Obama cares about women's health and he proved it. read essay →
— Thao Nguyen
During his second term we will not hear the following things from President Obama—although we may have heard them from his political opponents.
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— Lemony Snicket
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— John Hodgman
Because this is an election with existential implications. read essay →
— Paul Simon
Obama has made financing higher education easier. read essay →
— Emily Raboteau

Obama has worked to curb urban violence. read essay →
— Russell Simmons
I’m voting for Obama because I love money, but I’m not money’s b----.
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— Patton Oswalt
Mitt Romney opposes marriage equality. read essay →
— Rick Moody
Obama turned our state blue.
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— Mac McCaughan
Think of the alternative.
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— David Cross
President Obama promotes an openness that his opponent hopes to quash.
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— Molly Shannon
Vote for Obama—because the Republicans don’t even want you to vote.
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— Majora Carter
Republicans seek to have America run by and for a permanent aristocracy.
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— Michael Stipe & Tom Gilroy
Obama demonstrated prudent and effective leadership in helping bring about the fall of Muammar Gadhafi.
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— Khaled Hosseini
Obama has supported and cultivated the rights of Americans with disabilities.
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— Colin Meloy
President Obama supports women’s right to choose.
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— Jamaica Kincaid
Romney wants to nullify the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
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— Jonathan Franzen
Because corporations are not people. People are better.
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— Nate Mendel
Barack Obama supports equal pay for equal work.
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— Judd Apatow
Because the liberal Messiah does not exist.
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— Sherman Alexie

Because the Republican Party is pre-Galilean.
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— Ishmael Reed
President Obama supports the DREAM act.
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— Edwidge Danticat
Barack Obama believes the American Dream should be open to everyone, not just the elite.
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— Craig Newmark
Leadership begins with character.
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— Elizabeth Gilbert
Obama repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
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— Dana Spiotta
Mitt Romney plans to remove regulations on air and water quality and cut off funding for the National Labor Relations Board.
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— Marilynne Robinson
Romney is hiding millions in tax havens around the world.
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— Michael Ian Black
I am voting to re-elect Barack Obama because of what he represents to the children of color in this country.
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— Gerald Richards
President Obama has taken the first step toward bold immigration reform.
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— Miguel Arteta
Because I love the social contract.
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— Emily Barton
I’m voting for Obama, the storyteller, the wordsmith.
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— Julia Alvarez
President Obama has done something about mountaintop removal.
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— Jedediah Purdy
It’s not my job to worry about those people.
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— Mitt Romney
Thanks to President Obama, nearly 50 million American women have access to contraception and preventive health services.
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— Isabel Allende
Mitt Romney will approve the proposed Keystone Pipeline.
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— Bill McKibben

Obama signed legislation to protect consumers from the predatory lending practices of credit card companies.
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— Whitney Pastorek
If Romney is elected, affordable healthcare reverts to an aspirational, unachievable goal for millions of Americans.
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— Tom Scharpling
Mitt Romney is disdainful of “government assistance,” because he’s never known anyone who needed it.
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— Moby
Obama still has some respect for the truth.
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— John Sayles
Globally, fewer people will suffer with Obama in office.
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— Michelle Tea
Obama is on the right side of land use and transportation policy.
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— Tim Halbur
I have noticed something in Mitt Romney’s name.
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— David Lynch
If Mitt Romney is elected, insurance companies will continue to discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions.
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— Charles C. Mann
President Obama understands the voiceless.
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— Dee-1

Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson is a musician and surfer. His most recent album is Jack Johnson & Friends - Best of Kokua Festival which came out earlier this year.
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REASON 55: Barack Obama understands the threat of climate change.
I’ve met President Obama twice, and both times he gave me a hug, not a handshake. Maybe that’s not a good enough reason to vote for him but it sure makes me trust him more. This past spring my high school football team beat Obama’s high school football team for the Hawai’i state championship. That’s definitely not a good reason to vote for him, that’s just me bragging that we are from the same state. I’m lucky enough to still live here in Hawai’i where the sunsets are beautiful, but they are not black and white. It’s a complex place, just as the rest of the world around it.

In 2009 the world was no less complex. That January I traveled to Washington DC to play music at President Obama’s Home State Ball in celebration of his inauguration. It was a historic day, and I felt blessed to be involved. The air outside was freezing but people everywhere, including myself, were warm with a sense of hope. But I also remember hoping that people weren’t letting their hopes become unrealistic. Anyone who was expecting all of our problems to be solved in four years wasn’t paying attention to the depth of the issues or the congressional elections.

Now I find myself patiently hopeful, realizing that sometimes evolution is better than revolution. Although there are several reasons that I will be voting for Obama in 2012, I’ll focus on one. As a father of three I could never consider voting for a candidate that mocks the idea of climate change. I’m voting for the candidate that believes climate change is “no joke” and is a “threat to our children’s future.” I want someone who understands the enormity of the problem and is willing to work toward a solution. In this upcoming election I will be voting for President Obama not only for his pledged support of renewable energy in the future, but also for the work that he has already done.

Mitt Romney has said, “I’m not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet.” Well I love surfing in those oceans and I want my kids and their kids to be able to do the same. President Obama is a body surfer, which in Hawaii actually does count as one more reason to vote for him. He has a profound respect for nature and an understanding of the work that we need to do to keep it in balance. It’s nice to think that one of the most influential men in the world is able to find joy in something as simple as riding waves. I hope that one day we have a chance to surf together, but not in the near future. I’m hoping he’ll be too busy for the next four years.

—Jack Johnson
 Oahu, Hawaii

2 Re: reasons to vote for Obama on Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:59 pm


Add your link Gypsy.
Interesting thoughts of a surfer and musician.

3 Re: reasons to vote for Obama on Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:10 pm



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