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US Envoy Jon Huntsman Criticizes Coverage of Obama China Visit

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AP/Christopher Bodeen—Washington’s ambassador to Beijing hit out Friday at negative U.S. media coverage of President Barack Obama’s visit to China, saying it failed to take into account important progress on many issues.

Although producing no breakthroughs on key issues, Obama’s first state visit to the Asian giant that ended Wednesday was heralded by both sides as a success.

The trip was the top news story in China, drawing strong interest from the Chinese public who, surveys suggest, are largely positive in their view of the American president.

However, much of the U.S. media coverage was strongly negative, accusing Obama of failing to gain concessions on key issues such as Iran’s nuclear program and climate change, as well as being weak on human rights.

Ambassador Jon Huntsman said the reports missed the fact that the visit had yielded important progress on cooperation in areas such as clean energy, military-to-military exchanges and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.

I attended all those meetings that President Obama had with Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao,” Huntsman said, referring to the Chinese president and premier.

I’ve got to say some of the reporting I saw afterward was off the mark. I saw sweeping comments about things that apparently weren’t talked about, when they were discussed in great detail in the meetings,” he said.

Huntsman made the comments during a question-and-answer session with Chinese and American students attending an international relations program at elite Peking University.

He said criticism about limited Chinese exposure for Obama’s remarks at a town hall-style meeting with students in Shanghai failed to consider the ubiquity of the Internet and blogging in China, where 350 million people use the Web.

Go check some time and see how messages bounce around from Web site to Web site and blogger to blogger for a very long period of time and you’ll get a sense of what the communication revolution is all about,” Huntsman said.

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“What exactly HAS President Obama accomplished in the first 10 months?”

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“He’s Done NOTHING he promised to do”

“He’s Done NOTHING he promised to do” I hear and read that basic comment over and over again in reference to the year-to-date performance of President Obama and his administration. Granted, people are frustrated, and some are angry with the lack of finality (and clarity) on the health care reform bill and DADT, DOMA and other very important issues.
But let’s take a deep breath, and for the sake of perspective at least, look at what has already been accomplished amidst the din and discord of 2009. Some of these listed are more meaningful than others and mean more to some groups than others, some may dismiss them out of hand. The point is we are moving forward towards hopefully common goals and hopefully towards some semblance of unity as Democrats, liberals, progressives… like family we’ll “hug it out” eventually, at least that’s what I am looking forward to.

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Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act

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Cash For Clunkers Extension

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Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

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Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009

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Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act

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Helping Families Save Their Homes Act

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Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act

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Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

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Omnibus Public Lands Management Act

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Small Business Act Temporary Extension

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DTV Delay Act

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Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act

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Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The old “He’s good at being “present” and the classic “He’s just a media creation” etc, are starting to pop up again and not on FoxNation but on your’s and my favorite liberal blogs.

In my opinion these are cheap shots that ignore the facts… things are getting done, even though YOUR particular issue has not been signed sealed and delivered, yet. YOUR issues are important to ME as well. I am a strong advocate for the the public option in the health care bill. Repeal the DODT policy and the DOMA? YES. And progress has been made on these issues… yes I know you want it NOW and if you don’t get it NOW then it’s “4 and OUT” for Obama, I’m seeing that one allot lately as well, from Democrats. Well, if these issues don’t get resolved, then I have some soul searching to do, but if they DO get to the President’s desk and are signed, which I believe they will… how do YOU put the the rhetorical genie back in the bottle? That’s YOUR issue now.

One last thing:
Let me add, that as promised troops are being drawn down in Iraq, that’s got to be a point of convergence for us, isn’t it? As for Afghanistan, there is one area where there is no doubt, for better or worse, the President is doing exactly what he said he would do:

“The Afghan government needs to do more. But we have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan. And I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism,”

Obama said troop levels must increase in Afghanistan.

“For at least a year now, I have called for two additional brigades, perhaps three,” he told CBS. “I think it’s very important that we unify command more effectively to coordinate our military activities. But military alone is not going to be enough.”
Mon July 21, 2008 CNN

That’s a promise many of us DON’T want him to keep….

GeoT.

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A Woman’s Nation: A Project of Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress

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Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver

Forbes/Karlyn Bowman—Maria Shriver and NBC Universal are teaming up for a week long programming series on the state of 21st-century U.S. women. (Starting Sunday night Oct 23rd)

The programs, which will be distributed on NBC Universal TV channels and online, are based on “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.” Shriver, the first lady of California and a former NBC News correspondent, conducted the study with the Center for American Progress. The series will premier this Sunday October 18th and run through the 23rd.

This week Maria Shriver will star in an NBC media extravaganza about women in today’s economy. In an interview with MSNBC, Shriver explained her interest, saying that her uncle John F. Kennedy had commissioned a study on women’s status half a century ago (which Eleanor Roosevelt chaired until her death), and she decided to update it.

In presenting the commission’s final reports in 1963, President Kennedy said “[W]e have an obligation to the skilled, the trained, the unusual women … [the] thousands of women getting out of college … to make full use of their powers.”

The nation had a long way to go. A few years after the president’s report, a Gallup poll reporter that 55% of those polled approved of a married woman earning money in business or industry if she has a husband capable of supporting her, but 40% still disapproved. A sea change in attitudes and in the preparations young women would make for the new world was in the offing.

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Center for American Progress—“We will take a hard look at how women are doing in the United States today and consider the central question of the role government, business, and faith organizations, as well as individual women and men should play in supporting women’s role now in the workforce and the U.S. economy,“ said John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. “We look forward to teaming up with Maria Shriver on this important work.”

Eleanor Roosevelt and President John F. Kennedy discuss the Peace Corps, 1961.

Eleanor Roosevelt and President John F. Kennedy discuss the Peace Corps, 1961.

The last expansive government project centered on women was conducted under the presidency of John F. Kennedy, who appointed Eleanor Roosevelt in 1961 to chair a commission to report on the status of women. A Woman’s Nation will report its findings to the nation, Congress, and President Obama, who recently signed an executive order to establish a council to coordinate the federal government’s efforts to address the needs of women and girls.

Examining ways to improve the lives of women in this country is a noble cause, and I congratulate Maria Shriver and CAP on launching this new venture,” said White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. “As a true leader in this area, Maria brings the perspective of a professional journalist, a working mother, and a caretaking daughter. Maria’s contributions to better understanding American women today are invaluable, and we look forward to the results of this work.”

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Think Progress Makes It’s Mark

Judged by the standard of influencing the conversation, Think Progress is flourishing.’~Politico

The 44D’s just wanted to take a moment and celebrate the blogger’s at ThinkProgress and the TP community. It’s not often that the MSM gives blogger’s recognition for all the hard work they do, even when they use blogger’s reporting in their own stories. Today, hopefully will mark a turning point in that behavior, and investigative blogger’s will earn the respect they so genuinely deserve.

Thank you TP for providing both excellent reporting and a place for honest political discussion.

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Politico/Daniel Libit—Can a liberal blog launched in the midst of the Bush era – a blog that once obsessed over Alberto Gonzales, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove and the outing of Valerie Plame – still make its mark in the age of Obama?

In the case of Think Progress, the answer so far is yes.

Since January, the online arm of the Center for American Progress Action Fund has embraced its new role as the pin to prick the air out of Obama opposition — largely by offering up evidence that powerful Washington interests are fertilizing grassroots conservative anger.

In April, Think Progress was the first to highlight former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s dual role as a lobbyist for a pharmaceutical company at DLA Piper and as the chairman of FreedomWorks, which has helped organize grassroots attacks on health care reform.

In the media uproar that followed, Armey quit his DLA Piper job and Editor Faiz Shakir says the controversy called into question whether the movement against the president was astroturfed.

In the ensuing months, Think Progress’s trackers and bloggers have tried to make that point with videos and posts that undercut the opponents of President Barack Obama’s agenda.

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