The Elevator Endorsement, Obama as Amish President, Prairie Fires of Debt, Pelois and Pedicabs (PM Note)

May 15, 2012 6:18pm

Obama, America’s First Amish President – That’s the Newsweek-esque headline from Yahoo!’s Olivier Knox after watching Obama on “The View” and writing – “President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that daughters Malia and Sasha can use their cell phones only on weekends, are banned from Facebook, can’t watch TV and are only allowed on the computer during the week when they have to do their homework. He also said he was “too long-winded” to use Twitter and that he likes to ‘tape’ things on ‘this—what’s it called, DVR.’” http://abcn.ws/JhNdxu

Sliding Doors – George W. Bush – ‘I’m for Mitt Romney’ – It’s not surprising that the former president would endorse the presumptive GOP nominee. But he did it with dash – answering back to ABC’s Matt Negrin at an event for the new Geroge W.  Bush Initiative, as an elevator closed between them – http://abcn.ws/L3qmpZ

The part the elevator played in that scene got some attention.

Elevators in politics have been a theme here at ABC -

There’s the infamous Sen. Jim Bunning / Jon Karl incident – http://abcn.ws/JIkdlr

And there’s great video of John Boehner, slumping against an elevator in the Capitol last August when they finally figured out how to raise the debt ceiling – http://abcn.ws/JFZUVs

That debt ceiling fight is brewing again, reports John Parkinson, who watched Boehner draw lines in the sand at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2012 Fiscal Summit today – http://abcn.ws/L42ylE

Run on the Deficit – Bill Clinton was at the Peter G. Peterson summit too, and he offered Obama unsolicited advice – http://abcn.ws/KttUWd

Romney in Iowa Warns of a ‘Prairie Fire of Debt’ – “Disappointment,” he says, “is the key in which the presidential election is being played” - http://abcn.ws/Jf1aTr

Ron Paul’s Political Purgatory – Can’t Win, Won’t Quithttp://abcn.ws/JHazzu

White House Updates Presidential History with Obama Hyperlinkshttp://abcn.ws/LOTUKM

$175 Million Failure – Republican candidates not named Romney (and their allies) spent about $174.4 million (give or take) to not win the nomination – http://abcn.ws/KM8lzA

Obama’s Love/Love Relationship with Private Equity – Tapper Questions Carney – Loves their money, loves to criticize Mitt Romney for a history with Bain -

CARNEY: I think the distinction that you’re failing to see, Jake, is one that I’m — the campaign, I’m sure, will be happy to spell out for you in more detail. But the issue is not whether businesses acting lawfully should maximize profits or pursue business appropriately. That — the president thinks that’s fine and is a good thing and is healthy for our financial sector and our broader economy, broadly speaking. The issue is what vision do you bring to the office, what policies would you implement, and are those policies informed by the vision and by your experience. http://abcn.ws/MhDjlt

Vote in Yahoo!’s Tepid Endorsement Contesthttp://abcn.ws/K2lLVE

Power Players – Pelosi and a Pedicab -

How do you keep up with Nancy Pelosi on a Power Players Power Walk? Pedicab.

Must-See Video – Jon Karl and his producers Power Walk with the former House speaker – http://yhoo.it/J6x2Ip

Her Plan for November? – ‘Just Win, Baby’ – and Pelosi says Democrats have a “much better” than one third chance of winning majority.

Does She Want to be Speaker Again? – “It isn’t about me, it is about what is at stake in this election, and quite frankly I wish that so much were not at stake in this election.”

Cutting Social Security? – Pedicab driver wanted to know – Jon Karl – “I have to ask you – you have just been attacked by Russ Feingold. Have you seen this? He said you have shown a disturbing potential willingness to cut social security and Medicare.”

Pelosi – “It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous. I was the champion for protecting Social Security in ’05 and ’06 when president Bush wanted to privatize Social Security. Democrats created Medicare and protect Medicare and we will continue to make sure it is there for our seniors. So I haven’t seen his thing – it is not unusual for some on the left to do membership drives around some issue” - http://yhoo.it/J6x2Ip

Pay Attention to the Nebraska Senate Primary Tonight – The little guy (or gal) is surging, according to Elizabeth Hartfield -  http://abcn.ws/Kd3gwo

Presidential Field of Dreams – If You Build It, They Will Come (Unless It’s Independent Ballot Space in 50 States) – http://abcn.ws/JCcrdx

Archive – 40 Years Ago Today – George Wallace Was Shot – Here’s Archive Special Reporthttp://abcn.ws/JFZSNp

Tom Shine, Now ABC’s Congressional Editor and Network Pool Daddy, was working at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring when they brought Wallace in. A Year Later Shine started working at ABC. Tom’s countdown to 40 years in the news …

Elizabeth Warren Once Described As Harvard Law’s First Woman of  Colorhttp://abcn.ws/JtHESM

Obama Banks at JP Morgan, Per Disclosurehttp://abcn.ws/JtIvCZ

Chen Guangchen Calls Back Into Congresshttp://abcn.ws/L8mWZj

Long Island War of Roses Endshttp://abcn.ws/L3N7df

Edwards Defense Witness Changes Testimony On Standhttp://abcn.ws/JaA2np

Veep Beat – A New Daily Roundup from Arlette Saenzhttp://abcn.ws/Krbk2f

All Things Veepstakeshttp://abcn.ws/KrbjeA

Bobby Jindal Says Obama Never Ran a Lemonade Standhttp://abcn.ws/JIkdlw

Obama vs. Bush on Security and Civil Rights – Here’s a cool Pro Publica Quiz comparing the last two administrations on detention, torture, enhanced interrogation, and justice – http://on.fb.me/L42wuj

Clinton’s Backhanded Complement to the ‘Disturbing’ Richard Mourdockhttp://abcn.ws/K2lLVO

New Yorker Argues Obama : Kennedy :: Biden: LBJ, Gay Rights Movement: Civil rights Movementhttp://nyr.kr/JaA2ns

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