Here's your guide to the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Monday, December 10, 2012
President says proposed right-to-work laws give people "the right to work for less money" during an appearance in Redford Township.
President Barack Obama took direct aim at proposed right-to-work legislation during an appearance Monday in Redford Township. Obama waded into Michigan’s brewing labor battle that erupted last week when Gov. Rick Snyder said right-to-work legislation was on his agenda and union groups protested at the state Capitol in Lansing. "We should do everything we can to keep creating good middle-class jobs that help folks rebuild security for their families," Obama said Monday in a speech at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, according to the Huffington Post. Obama added that with right-to-work laws, “what they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.” More protests are expected in Lansing on Tuesday as right-to-work …
The president attended a concert that includes PSY, the Korean "Gangnam Style" rapper who once sang about murdering American soldiers "slowly and painfully."
A furor arose recently when it was learned that President Barack Obama would be attending a traditional Christmas concert this year that includes an appearance by PSY, the Korean rapper who has become a media sensation with his song “Gangnam Style.” The concert raises money for a charity concert and has been attended by the current First Family since 1981. The fallout is over anti-American sentiments PSY espoused in a song back in 2004 with words that advocated killing American soldiers and their families “slowly and painfully,” PSY sang the words following non-guilty verdict in an American court for the two American men charged with killing two 14-year-old South Korean girls after hitting them with 50-ton tank and also after a South …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Are you surprised at my tears, sir? Even President Barack Obama cries.
A video of President Barack Obama thanking his campaign staff went viral on Friday. The reason? It featured the reelected president welling up as he reminisced about his humble beginnings in Chicago. After a long, hard-fought campaign — undoubtedly the president's last — it's hard to begrudge the man a few wistful tears. But not everybody thinks Obama is genuine, even in this YouTube video of an unguarded moment in front of close-knit young staffers. So we put it to you: What do you think of the president's tears? For the latest Royal Oak news and information, "like" Royal Oak Patch on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our daily newsletter.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The campaign Obama won was the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Exit polls show voters backing Barack Obama; national media give the state's 16 electoral votes to the president.
The polls have not been closed long, but based on exit polls results several media organizations have declared President Barack Obama the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican and native son Mitt Romney. NBC, NPR, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all have declared Obama the winner. Media outlets also have called the overall race for Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and in recent elections has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Michigan. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key …
Michigan's voting goes until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close earlier.
Michigan voters have until 8 p.m. Eastern to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends as much as an hour earlier, and exit polling could provide an early clue whether President Obama or Mitt Romney is closer to the White House. The earliest key state to watch is Virginia, where polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern. Voting ends 30 minutes later in the swing states of Ohio and North Carolina. As Michigan's polls close, the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls, too. Nevada and Iowa, two other swing states that could prove pivotal in this year's presidential election, close voting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Bookies, statisticians say Obama will win a second term. Polls indicate race still close.
An Irish betting house is so sure President Obama will win reelection, they have already started paying off those who bet on him to win. According to Irish Central, the bookmaker says Mitt Romney gave it a good shot, but has no chance of winning. "Romney gave it a good shot and is doing well in the popular vote, but we suspect he's had his moment in the sun and is likely to be remembered more for his legendary gaffes than presidential potential,” a spokeswoman for the betting house told Irish Central. "The overall betting trend has shown one way traffic for Obama and punters seem to have called it 100 percent correct." Not only do the bookies favor Obama, some number crunchers do as well. In an article for the Atlantic Wire, Gabriel Snyder…
Three leading online vote-counters show a close race between Obama and Romney.
With all three presidential debates over and Election Day 2012 just one day away, the presidential electoral vote situation is still up in the air. Two leading vote-tracking maps -- by USA TODAY and The Washington Post -- report that neither President Obama nor GOP nominee Mitt Romney can claim the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the election -- based on so-called committed states. How do you think the election will shake out Royal Oak? Tell us in the comments below. A vote tracking map by the Huffington Post gives Obama 277 electoral votes -- down from more than 300 in a posting in September, before the debates. A candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. If a candidate receives the majority of a particular …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Students at Royal Oak High school participate in mock elections this week.
Teenage voters got a jump on casting their ballots in Royal Oak on Thursday. Royal Oak High School students voiced their choice for presidential, 9th district congressional, and senatorial races, as well as all six state proposals and local Proposal A. "We conducted a mock election Thursday for our student body so they could experience what it's like to cast a vote in a federal election," said Interim Principal Jim Moll. "Many folks were involved in preparing and conducting the election, which was a huge success." Moll said 417 students cast ballots during their lunch periods, which is a great number considering the majority of juniors and seniors have off-campus lunch privileges. American Government teachers Kim Gogola and Rick Pfeifle, …