Building from the middle

November 4th, 2012

Hawaii-born President Barack Obama has issued a statement in support of former Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard’s Democratic campaign for Congress.

Gabbard upset former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the August primary in the 2nd Congressional District, which covers rural Oahu and the Neighbor Islands. Gabbard is facing homeless handyman Kawika Crowley, a Republican, on Tuesday.

From the president:

America’s middle class needs Tulsi Gabbard in Congress to stand up and fight for them. Tulsi will create jobs here at home by building from the middle out, not the top down. She will protect Medicare for our seniors and education for our next generation. Middle class families can count on Tulsi Gabbard and she needs their support on Election Day.

Update: 3:30 p.m.

Also Monday, Gabbard issued a statement saying she had not endorsed any of the candidates seeking to replace her on the Council.

“I have not endorsed any candidate for any council races, nor has any candidate asked me for such endorsement.”

Sixteen candidates are vying for the vacancy in a winner-take-all special election to fill the remaining two years of her term.

20 Responses to “Building from the middle”

  1. Julia:

    It’s great that President Obama recognizes Tulsi’s leadership qualities and it just shows how she’s already having a positive influence for helping Hawaii. She will be an effective leader for our beautiful state.

  2. Sarah H:

    I’m so proud of Tulsi! It’s exciting to see how much attention she’s gotten at the national level in this election. She’ll be a true voice for the aloha state in Washington. We need more aloha in Washington and she’s definitely got it!

  3. Samantha:

    It doesn’t surprise me at all that President Obama has put his kind words out there to endorse Tulsi Gabbard. She’s a refreshing change from self-interested politicians because she truly wants to serve and help the people of Hawaii. No doubt he can see the difference in her and that’s why he wanted to give her two thumbs up right before the election.

  4. Joseph Robertson:

    President Obama made a good call on Tulsi – I agree with him. She is the right person in Congress and she’s got the will to actually make progress on these issues.

  5. Anna Matthews:

    Tulsi has accomplished so much at such a young age; she has many years ahead of her to serve Hawaii. The fact that she has attracted the attention of President Obama and our Democratic leadership shows how well she is already working within the Democratic Party. Building positive relationships is what helps get the job done in D.C.

  6. 1island.hula1:

    For the first time in four years, I completely agree and LIKE what Obama said :)))

  7. ohiaforest3400:

    What has Tulsi done to date, itgher than change jobs repeatedly, to justify these statements from El Presidente? We judge ourselves by our intentions; we judge others by their actions. By that measure, the book is still out on Tulsi on all of the mentioned issues.

  8. JHoward:

    I have been very impressed by Tulsi Gabbard.

  9. Lisa Beth Yatvin Eizenberg:

    Rule of Four is a legal term that empowers four of the nine justices of the Supreme Court of the United States to grant a writ of centori or a judicial review as designated by Article Three of the US Constitution. Mormon Mitt Romney is not codified by law to be a candidate for the US Presidency as he has disseminated Machiavellian principles by failing to disclose his family’s duplicitous past. Before he was US President, Abraham Lincoln served as a volunteer in the Illinois Militia in 1832. The Latter Day Saints, ie Mormons, renamed the town of Commerce to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1839 and in 1840 were granted a charter to establish a militia, originating the Nauvoo Legion. As a government sanctioned military branch, the LDS was permitted to receive Federal arms from the state arsenal. The name Nauvoo, also spelled Nau voo, was used by the LDS in other towns in the USA, but the Mormon community in Illinois ceased in 1846 when they fled to the Utah Territory.
    The Romney family ancestors resided in both the Mormon colonies of Colonia Dublan , in Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and in the Utah Territory. The Mexican district of Nuevo Leon was excluded from US citizenship in 1848 by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago, which ended the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and those born in a US Territory before it achieved statehood did not receive citizenship. Mitt Romney is not a US citizen as set out by the US Constitution as he never went through “naturalization” to become a Natural-born citizen. In addition, the polygamous history of the Romney and his fore-bearers make it futile to accede the veracity of the miscellaneous relationships of the various Romneys. One example is a George Romney born in Dalton-In-Furness, Lancashire, UK on August 14, 1831 and one of his wives Vilate Ellen Douglas, born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK on December 19, 1840, who gave birth to a son named George Douglas Romney in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory on November 9, 1867. This toddler died at the age of 22 months on September 14, 1868 but his obituary is not listed in the LDS Newspaper the Deseret News, which was in existence at the time of the child’s expiration as it was first published in 1850.
    by Lisa Beth Yatvin Eizenberg

  10. Goober:

    Tulsi can still win by 52% still beating out the 47% that may vote for Crowley
    and not get any votes from the 1%.

    There is no middle class if it is 1% versus 99%.
    Somewhere romney assumed and approximated
    that 47% do not pay their fair share of taxes.
    romney excluded that 1% also don’t pay their fair share in taxes
    and the other 52% are already middled out. republicans
    drive in convertibles with top down.

  11. Gary:

    I am not sure why Tulsi is getting so much praise. What has she accomplished in her brief career as a state representative and city councilmember? She cites making it easier for lunchwagons to park on the street as her proudest accomplishment. As for national guard service: is she a “combat veteran” simply because she served in Iraq? This demeans the service of those who actually served in combat. BTW, I am a loyal Democrat and vote for the party’s candidate almost 100 percent of the time. However Tulsi has not impressed me thus far.

  12. Chicken Grease:

    Same kinda’ “big ups for Tulsi/OOOOOOOOOOH!!!!!!! YAY!!!!! TULSI!!!! posts appeared in at least one previous “Tulsi” entry by a Political Radar. All a Grease can say to these relatively inordinate amount of posts (a Grease certainly doesn’t recognize the screen names of these pro-Tulsies) is: “ploy” and “so obvious.”

    C’mon, pro-Tulsies. Really?

  13. ohiaforest3400:

    Gary, there’s a term from the movie of the same name for people who uncritically repeat nearly identical platitudes of the type seen in #’s 1 to 6 above: “Stepford Wives.” Here, you might call it “Stepford Sisters” or, in the case of #4 (Joseph), “Stepford Brothers.” “Stepford Siblings,” maybe? Coming to a theater near you. Or perhaps Netflix. Straight to video. Too bad Halloween just passed.

    I don’t know what to call #9. Wow.

  14. Auto De Fe:

    And Tulsi (with the help of the Abercrombies) did a great job of pretending to be pro-gay marriage so the ‘progressives’ would vote for her and defeat Mufi. That’s got to be one of the greatest political con-jobs in Hawaii history.

  15. Kolea:

    Ohia, maybe we cal combine this with “big Love” and call them “Stepford Sisterwives”?

    What we are witnessing on this thread is what we saw throughout the Tusli campaign. People who had previously not been engaged in the online political community appeearing en masse and saying virtually the same thing, in the same tone. Those who witnessed Tulsi’s campaign workers up close were able to add other dimentsions to the image of the typical Tulsi campaign volunteer. They are “bright and shiny people.” Overwhelmingly, they are members of the same religious sect, followers of Chris Butler, Jagat Guru. For years, they would fill BOE meetings to oppose programs protective of gay kids, or testifying, like Tulsi, against civil unions. For this election, youthful devotees of Butler were imported from group homes in New Zealand, Australia and the mainland United States to be foot-soldiers in Tulsi’s campaign.

    Hey, the Mormons tend to vote as a bloc, as we saw with the turnout for Romney in the Republican caucus in Laie. The fundamentalist Protestants vote as a bloc. And the Catholic hierarchy WISHES they could get their members to vote as a bloc. But they won’t even as the bishops threaten Democratic voters with excommunication if they don’t vote for Romney. (This is TRUE, even as it is also unbelievable). So why should Hare Krishnas be any different?

    That’s what we are seeing on this thread.

  16. Goober:

    Tulsi did a great job of winning.
    Now Crowley can crowl back into his hole.

  17. Chicken Grease:

    November 7th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    . . . Now Crowley can crowl back into his hole.

    Think you might be able to follow him there? Please? Can talk chairs w/him all day long. =))

  18. Goober:

    “Think you might be able to follow him there? Please? Can talk chairs w/him all day long=)” You think?

  19. Goober:

    You think?

  20. Goober:

    “Can talk chairs w/him all day long=)”
    Seems you do that daily, talking to a grease is like talking to an empty chair.

    You think?

Leave a Reply