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President Obama, Bill Clinton, Dave Matthews Visit Bristow

Crowds brave chilly night, long lines at Jiffy Lube Live for Obama's swing-state campaign stop just days before Tuesday's election.

A huge crowd braved long lines — some waiting as long as five hours — and a cold Saturday night to hear President Barack Obama make his case for reelection at a grassroots rally at Bristow’s Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater.

The campaign stop also featured former President Bill Clinton and Virginia-native Dave Matthews.

In his late-night address to the crowd, Obama cast the election as a choice between two different visions of America.

“The people who need a champion are the Americans whose letters I read late at night; the men and women I meet on the campaign trail every day,” Obama said. “It’s about the kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors, engineers or entrepreneurs, diplomats or even a president. They need a champion because the future will never have as many lobbyists as the past, but it’s the dreams of those children that will be our saving grace.” 

Obama, energized and showing no sign of fatigue from the hours of campaigning on Saturday, was often interrupted by the crowd with chants of “four more years.”

"After four years as president, you know me," Obama said. "So, when you're trying sort through this argument about change, part of what you have to ask yourself is, 'Who do you trust?'" 

A slightly hoarse President Clinton told the crowd President Obama deserves four more years in office for a variety of reasons from signing the Lily Ledbetter Act for equal pay to supporting Planned Parenthood.

One of those reasons, Clinton said, is that "he has fulfilled his solemn responsibility to be a good commander-in-chief," he said, citing Obama's international successes.

He also joked, "And, he has a heck of a secretary of state."

Watch both Presidents Obama and Clinton's speeches in Bristow in the media box located up and to the right. See photos from President Obama's visit to Bristow here.

About two-dozen Romney supporters gathered across the street from the rally waving signs and chanting “three more days,” to passersby. They left before the president arrived.

Some polls indicate the Virginia race is still a toss-up, but supporters of Republican challenger Mitt Romney said absentee voting trends in the state show the enthusiasm Virginians displayed for the president in 2008 has waned in this election.

Thousands in Virginia have already voted absentee and some reports indicate early voting in other states has been strong. The Obama campaign contends that its early voting advantage in battleground states will make it difficult from Romney to catch up on Election Day.

Crowd Shows Enthusiasm

There was no lack of enthusiasm in the crowd on Saturday night. Tracy Bishop and Michael Athanas made the four-and-a-half hour drive from Blacksburg to see the president. They arrived at the outdoor amphitheater at 2 p.m. Saturday, well before the doors opened at 7 p.m.

“We’re here because we support the president,” Athanas said. “Obama brought us out of war and has begun to fix the economy. Everybody forgets about how bad things were during the eight years of (President George W.) Bush.”

Monique Moody, of Gainesville, and Lynnett Harris, of Manassas, also said they were enthusiastic. “I’m supporting him because he’s moving in the right direction with jobs and the economy. Things are much better than they were four years ago.”

Harris agreed. “Everything was a mess when he took office,” Harris said. “Everybody knows that you need more than just four years to clean things up. There is an awful lot at stake in this election.”

Winchester residents Jim Micklewright and his wife Maryann Iacobucci said they turned out because they wanted to show that their support for Obama had not diminished. They both voted for him in 2008.

“We both feel a positive enthusiasm,” Micklewright said. “There is no war in Iraq and the world opinion of America has changed. Other countries have more respect for us because Obama is not about telling people to behave the way he wants them to.”

Keith Bird, a transplanted Englishman living with his family in Bristow, said he has been absorbed by the election and continues to support Obama.

“I believe in what he says and in the promises that he makes,” Bird said. “A lot of the changes that he has made are good, like what he’s done with health care and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

In 2008, Obama won Prince William County (which includes the community of Bristow) with 58 percent of total votes reported. On Sunday, Obama will swing through rallies in Concord, N.H. (with Bill Clinton); Ft. Lauderdale; Cincinnati and Aurora, Colo.

Romney will hold a rally on Monday at 12:45 p.m. Sunday at George Mason University in Fairfax City. .  

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Keith B November 04, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Being the transplanted Englishman quoted above, just to be clear what I actually said when I said that I believed the promises that Obama makes, I was referring to the fact that I don't think he tried to deceive people.  However I do think that he was somewhat naive and inexperienced coming into the White House, but whether you agree with his policies or not, whether you challenge if/how some of them have been completed or not,  you can't tell me that many of the things he said he'd deliver on didn't happen, or that he didn't try, or that he's still not trying, without a good reason.  For Romney / Ryan to go on promising their audiences exactly what they want to hear, even though they know it's not mathematically possible to achieve is very deceptive.
Keith B November 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I wouldn't mind voting for the Republican party if they truly represented Republican values.  I understand that some people vote for the traditional values of their party even if they're not really thrilled with their candidate or current party's manifesto.  But I just can't bring myself to do it in this case.  I am for individualism, low government involvement and allowing the market to drive the economy, with the thought of outright socialism and people getting a free ride leaving a bad taste in my mouth.  But the current installment of the Republican party scares me more.  If they weren't so ideological, extreme, hypocritical and as of late, incompetent, then I'd be much more willing to vote for them. If a Republican came to my house and asked me why I was thinking about voting for Obama I would probably keep my mouth shut too, because I'm tired of hearing the same arguments, put downs and scare tactics.  For those people turned off by both candidates this year, I'd like to ask them to think about which candidate /party they least want to see in government and to vote for the other guy.  Or even go independent.  But whatever you do, don't waste that right to bring in (or keep out) the people you'll be paying to run your country for the next 4 years.
Mandira November 04, 2012 at 07:40 PM
thats absolutely right on what you just said Charles Hatch.. He wants to understand what people want. He should be the United States' next President. Go Mr. Obama!!!
Watts November 04, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Obama up in swing states in early voting: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-seems-early-vote-lead-key-states-204705391--election.html But I have to wonder what any Romney voters are thinking. Who knows Romney better than anybody? How about the state who actually voted him in before, as Governor. So let's take a moment to look at how the only state who has any working knowledge about how Romney governs, is voting... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/ma/massachusetts_romney_vs_obama-1804.html The average of all polls, whether you believe some to be conservative or liberal leaning, still gives Obama a 20+ point lead. So my question is, why aren't more people paying attention to this? You can't shrug it off that it is MA and they always lean this way, because they voted Romney himself in as a Republican. The reality is that Romney can't even get close in this election in the only state that he has governed before, where the people actually know what you get if you vote for Romney. If he was the success that he pretends to be in MA, don't you think that he would be leading in MA or at the very least, have a close race going on there?
Mary S. November 04, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Does anyone know Romney? Ask any of the folks in Massachusetts. Are they going for Romney? I have family up there, seems like Romney likes to say he won't raise taxes but you better watch out for those fees he tacks on to everything. License fees for electricians doubled under Romney...do some research.
Mary S. November 04, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Kathy, did you watch the hearings on the hill? Did you hear them say that the Republicans voted against funding for more security? I did...stop watching FOX NEWS. Watch C-span if you want to know what is really going on and listen to the hearings.
Kathy Keith November 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Mary, I watched every minute of those C-Span hearings. However, you must have been watching MSNBC--if you had watched C-Span you would know that Ms. Lamb was asked if money was the reason that more security was not provided and her reply was "NO". Yes, the Republicans did cut the money from State--but State still had enough money to provide $100,000 for an electric charging station at the Vienna embassy (Plus a champagne reception for it!) State also spent almost 1MILLION dollars on a State dinner at the White House for the Mexican President. ($4700) per guest. Nice, huh? Beyonce was the entertainment and a chef was imported from Chicago. Other State dinners were in the $500,000 range. State is providing Marine support in Barbados and many other "dangerous" countries. Money was not the issue. The Brits and other Western countries had left Benghazi because of the frequent attacks and danger. Why was our Ambassador there without proper security? I don't know the answer--but it wasn't money.
Kathy Keith November 04, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Joaquin, The poor and the middle class need jobs. Obama has not provided the jobs. He has had four years.
Kathy Keith November 04, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Keith, The problem is that Obama may mean well but he has made some terrible decisions. He just does not understand how business or organizations get things done. He never really had a chance because he never really worked in the private sector--and voted "present" most of the time in the public sector. When he said we need a "Secretary of Business" it was clear that he does not even understand the functions of the Department of Commerce. That is just sad.
Kathy Keith November 04, 2012 at 09:57 PM
A young man came to my house in support of Obama. I asked him why he was supporting him. He said that he was "inspired" by him in 2008. Then I asked if weren't disappointed. I asked him what Obama had done. His reply that his loan interest had been dropped to 3%. This young man and his wife both had good jobs--but he expects the government to subsidize his college loans. That, too, is sad.
Kathy Keith November 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Good grief--Which polls are you looking at? I just went to RCP site and the national polls are in a dead heat. Obama is up in places like Massachusetts but 20 points? Really? That is not the average.
Watts November 04, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I really thought that I had dummied down my post enough that even the most simple minded of readers could understand it. I guess I had further down to go for somebody like you to follow it. My post is about how Massachusetts (can you say that... Maaassachuuuusetts), the one state where Mitt Romney was elected Governor, is one of the states that Romney is being hammered in. You can't call MA voters ideologues who only vote party line, because they are the ones who voted this Republican into office and who also voted in Scott Brown to fill Ted Kennedy's seat and even Scott Browns race is close. They are not voting for Romney in such large numbers, because he failed them as a leader. This is the only example in America to look at Romney's experience and the affect an that population and they don't want him back. This really shouldn't be that hard to follow. Damn, I just realized that I used the word "ideologues" in this post. You still aren't going to understand this, are you? I guess that you are just going to have to ask a friend, neighbor or relative, smarter than yourself, to explain all of it to you.
Kathy Keith November 04, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Gee, Watts, Do you really have to call me names? I admit I missed the Massachusetts part--so I was wrong. Are you happy? Now, to your part about ideologues. Apparently, Massachusetts does have a lot of ideologues, because it APPEARS that it is about to get rid of Brown who has tried so hard to vote moderately and do what his constituents wish. Instead, it appears today that MA will elect a woman who claimed Native American status to her own advantage, represented insurance companies, and is herself one of the 1%. Add to that, she practiced law without a license in Massachusetts. Of course, the rules don't apply to her. Did you watch C-Span during her hearings? She was asked about the TARP budget which she was running and she didn't even know what her budget was! She'll make a great Senator. She already has the spending down pat.
Watts November 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
1) I didn't call you any names 2) How could you miss the "part" about Massachusetts? Except for teh first line, that whole post was about MA and if you clicked on the link it took you directly to the MA figures on the RCP site. So forgive me if your missing the "Massachusetts part" in a post that is 95% all about MA and linking to MA data, pretty much depletes any credibility that you are struggling to regain. If you could somehow overlook that the whole post, with repeated references to MA, was not about MA polling, how accurate of a critical eye is anybody like myself or anybody else reading your post, suppose to assume that you give to anything that you are talking about. The post was just 9 sentences long with a direct link to Massachusetts polling figures and three direct references to the state itself. There is glossing over and then there is not even reading at all and jumping to incorrect conclusions. You, obviously, are the later type of person. So please don't expect anybody to take your posts seriously right after showing the most blatant intellectual laziness.
Kathy Keith November 04, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Was that really necessary? I apologized and you claim that you didn't call me "simpleminded"? For the record, you also used profanity. That is not necessary either.
Watts November 04, 2012 at 11:58 PM
You really must have flunked reading comprehension in grade school, didn't you? here is the sentence with "simple minded" and it is obviously not in reference to you: "I really thought that I had dummied down my post enough that even the most simple minded of readers could understand it." You might as well quit while you are behind. Your first post seemed bad, but your follow up made you sound even worse and this last post makes it sound like you just learned the English language this week. Let me give you a little bit of advice. If you are going to jump on somebody's post, with a condescending attitude and think that you are going to bust their chops like they have no idea what they are talking about, then you better make sure that you know what you are talking about, before doing so.
Kathy Keith November 05, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Gosh, Watts. You must have gone to school to learn all those Alinsky tactics. Mock your enemy or something like that.
Watts November 05, 2012 at 02:27 AM
No, what I did was educate myself to be able to apply a little critical thinking. Another skill that I can see by scrolling through your posts up-thread here, that you obviously never learned yourself. Nothing but a series of of unsubstantiated (not a single link to back any claim) regurgitations of talk radio hyperbole. It looks as if you use your real name on here, as well. Aren't you embarrassed that people that you know will read your posts and realize just how ridiculous that you are? Maybe you are just a kid and don't know any better. But trust me, once you grow up and think about this nonsense that you are blathering on about in this thread, the embarrassment will sink in for you then.
G Owans November 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Ms Keith, you've lost on this exchange. I will say that the facts that Watts is pointing out about Massachsetts won't matter much to anyone outside of that state. I doubt that most voters could correctly identify which state Gov Romney headed or when. Many would say Michigan.
joe brewer November 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
piss of mr. tee watts
Watts November 05, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Hence, the exact reasons why I made that post. You nailed exactly what I was thinking and the reason for the post. There are a load of low to no information voters and I think that it is significant to recognize exactly how hated Romney is in the one state that voted him in before, for which he claims his only experience in governing (which is something that he has been talking about a lot this week). Between Ryan and Romney, you arguably have 3 "home states"...MI, WI and MA (obviously, I am not going to note every state that Romney owns a home, like CA, but you get the point). They are loosing in all three of those states. Then you look at Obama/Biden and again, you arguably have three home states; DE, IL and HI. And they are winning all three of those states with huge numbers. I do think that it is significant to point out that the three states where there should be a disproportionate amount of love for Romney/Ryan, actually show the exact opposite. And the one state that Ryan governed, an experience that he is now hammering his audiences with on the campaign trail, is actually indicating a landslide win for Obama.
Elayne November 05, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Hey WATTS!! you give Kathy grief..WOW I have seen you post all over in different states on the patch sites any chance you can to make insane comments..You are a busy busy nasty boy....Please take B. Husseins smug photo off put your mug up if you dare. from Elayne ( military spouse)
Kathy Keith November 05, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Fmr. Governor of Virginia Wilder does not endorse Obama this time around. He says that Romney has met the test to be President. He endorse neither. He did endorse Obama in 2004. http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/nov/04/wilder-chooses-not-endorse-president-ar-2335331/
Watts November 05, 2012 at 08:35 PM
So likewise, the news is that he does not endorse Romney. Is this really how desperate that things have gotten that Romney fans are scratching around the floor searching for crumbs like this article?
Watts November 05, 2012 at 08:56 PM
"put your mug up if you dare" - says the person with no photo at all on their profile. "you give Kathy grief" - If you scroll up through this, you will see that it was Kathy who actually took the first pot shot at me. I didn't approach her. A completely uninformed shot because she somehow missed the whole point of my post, despite it being repeated and emphasized in 4 of the 9 sentences. What do you want me to say? I look in this thread and most of her posts are incoherent and all were unsubstantiated until the post below from this morning, where she finally used a link. I may believe that post to be an exceptionally weak point to make, but at least she is backing up what she says. If anything, I should be getting a thank you card, because while it is a little late in the game for her in this election cycle, at least she is going to be better equipped to debate issues on the internet. I bet she will never jump into a discussion the way that she did with me; full of condescension when she wasn't even correct in her assumptions to begin with. Now she will probably think things through first, use a little critical thinking, know how to support claims, etc. You may not like my methods, but Kathy probably won't forget this as quickly as most interactions in these forums and she would loathe to admit it, but in just 20+ hours, she is far better equipped make points and counter arguments, than she was yesterday. Now go vote Obama!
Jean Hoffman November 05, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Kathy, Did you complain about George W Bush, after his leadership led to not one, but several deadly attacks on US diplomatic posts? • June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51. • February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards. • July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan Suicide bomber kills two. • December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded. • March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants. • September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb. One killed and 13 wounded. • July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed. • September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured. Are you just looking to score cheap political points for Romney, even after Ambassador Stevens family has pleaded that the Libya attack not be politicized? Wait for the full report to be completed, and take your meds.
Jean Hoffman November 05, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Very interesting! Residents of the states that know Romney best -- Massachusetts where he was governor and now lives, and Michigan where he was born and raised -- both strongly favor Obama, not Romney. They must know something that Romney supporters in PA don’t know! http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/president/
Jean Hoffman November 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Romney can’t be trusted, as Republican leaders, media and experts agree! Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican and Sec. of State under President George W. Bush: “I’m not quite sure which governor Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy.” http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/10/25/1086721/powell-romney-foreign-policy/?mobile=nc Politifact: 42 percent of Romney’s comments in recent months have been false, much higher than Obama’s comments. http://www.politifact.com/personalities/mitt-romney/ Salt Lake City Tribune, largest daily paper in Republican and Mormon-led Utah: “Romney (is) willing to say anything to get elected.” http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/55019844-82/romney-obama-state-president.html.csp Rick Santorum, former Republican Senator: “This is someone (Romney) who doesn’t have a core. He has been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past 10 years. “ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av3q7-a-ayc&feature=player_embedded#! FactCheck.org: “Romney distorts facts on Jeep, auto bailout.” http://factcheck.org/2012/10/romney-distorts-facts-on-jeep-auto-bailout/ Brit Humes of Fox News: “Republicans do not trust Romney” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/10/30/brit_hume_republicans_do_not_trust_romney.html
Jean Hoffman November 05, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Thank you, President Obama for your many achievements, despite strong Republican obstructions: + Led the killing of Osama Bin Laden. + Improved US relationships with most allies. + Directed killing of several leaders of Al Qaida. + Implemented harsh sanctions on Iran. + Brought together coalition to remove dictator Gaddhafi from power in Libya. + Implemented Obamacare to provide healthcare for millions of people who previously did not have health coverage, and to mandate several health cost-cutting measures. + Ended the discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the military. + Supports same-sex marriage. + Supports the equal pay act to provide equal pay for women and men. + Led the nation out of worst recession (gotten into by Bush) in many decades. + Implemented stimulus act to revive economy. + Ended war in Iraq, an unnecessary and unbudgeted war started by George W Bush. + Began drawdown of war in Afghanistan. + Passed necessary Wall Street reform to prevent future financial collapse. + Helped turn around auto industry. + And, much, much more! FORWARD! with Obama-Biden! Not back to the Bush years
G Owans November 06, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Speaking of endorsements: Obama welcomed the Colin Powell endorsement at a rally in Richmond, Virginia. "I was proud and humbled to learn that we have Colin Powell's support in this campaign. I'm grateful to him for his lifetime of service to his country both as a soldier and as a diplomat," he told the crowd. The president earlier called Powell to thank him, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One before landing in Virginia, a battleground state where the military vote is important. "When he took over, the country was in very, very difficult straits, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression ... we were in real trouble," Powell said, adding that housing market has started to pick up, the auto industry has recovered and consumer confidence is rising. Powell also criticized Romney's foreign policy as inconsistent and questioned the former Massachusetts governor's ability to address the deficit and looming defense cuts. "I'm not quite sure which Governor Romney we'd be getting with respect to foreign policy," he told CBS, calling Romney's foreign policy "a moving target." Powell, a moderate Republican, served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush. A retired four-star general, Powell was also chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under former President George H.W. Bush and was national security advisor under former President Ronald Reagan.

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