Obama used the 47% video ‘exactly the way I would have hoped’

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For months, the identity of the person who recorded Mitt Romney’s infamous 47% remarks at a $50,000-per-person fundraising dinner during the presidential campaign remained a mystery.

That was until Wednesday night during an exclusive interview with msnbc’s Ed Schultz. Scott Prouty said he wrestled with whether or not to go public with the tape for a few weeks. But once it was out, what was his reaction to how it played out in the campaign?

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Romney likens campaign to ‘roller coaster’ in first interview since election

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In his first major interview since his unsuccessful 2012 bid for White House, Mitt Romney likened being a presidential candidate to the bumpy and unpredictable path of a roller coaster.

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Half a million Pell grants, 39 Biebers or one presidential campaign

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Two political party candidates running for the presidency of the United States cost — give or take — about $2.142 billion. That’s the newest dollar amount on the campaign, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Here’s a sampling of just what else $2.142 billion can get.

Obama, Romney - let’s ‘stay in touch’

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President Obama and Mitt Romney met today for the first time since the president’s sweeping electoral-vote reelection Thursday over lunch at the White House.

Over an hour — and white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad — the once-bitter rivals talked about “America’s leadership in the world” and “pledged to stay in touch,” according to the White House.

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Romney meets with Obama at White House lunch

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The winner of the presidential election met with the man he defeated Thursday as President Barack Obama had lunch at the White House with former Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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Obama, Romney to meet on Thursday

President Obama and the man he defeated in the 2012 presidential contest — Republican Mitt Romney — will have lunch tomorrow at the White House, Obama’s press secretary just announced.

Inside the ‘Romney Readiness Project,’ the ambitious plans for an unrealized administration

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If Mitt Romney had won the presidential election, insiders say, it’s not hard to imagine what he and his number two, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, would have been tackling on this very day.

An extensive preparation plan dubbed the “Romney Readiness Project,” pulled together by the GOP nominee’s team and no longer of any use, offers detailed insight into how ready he was to take the reins, the sources told NBC News.

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Emotional Obama sheds tears as he thanks campaign workers

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President Barack Obama was among those who got teary eyed Wednesday during a surprise visit to his Chicago-based 2012 campaign headquarters, according to a campaign team video posted to YouTube.

"What you guys have done means that the work that I’m doing is important, and I’m really proud of that. I’m really proud of you," he said before choking up, turning his head and wiping away a tear.

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Whoops! Romney’s ‘transition’ website spotted by blogger

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Before the election, Mitt Romney’s staff prepared a transition website, in case the former Republican nominee was elected president of the United States. And even though Romney didn’t win the election, the site saw the light of day — for a few moments anyway.

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1 for 31 no more: Gay rights movement ends dismal record

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It was among the worst performances in American political history, and yesterday it came to a screeching halt.

Supporters of same-sex marriage had lost 30 statewide votes on the issue (interrupted only by a vote in Arizona that was later reversed in another ballot) before Tuesday’s victories in Minnesota, Maryland and Maine, turning the tide on LGBT rights on what one expert calls a “red letter day.” Pro-gay marriage forces also hold a lead in a Washington state vote, although that one remains too close to call.

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Sasha and Malia Obama grow up before our eyes

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In his victory speech on election night, Obama spoke to his daughters, saying, “Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes you’re growing up to become two strong, smart, beautiful young women, just like your mom. And I’m so proud of you guys.”

They really have grown up. Compare photos of the girls at the 2008 victory speech to now— what a difference four years makes!

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Breaking down last night’s results: Obama’s demographic edge

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Yes, the auto bailout mattered in Ohio. Sure, Hurricane Sandy helped the president. And, yes, the economy was the No. 1 issue. But make no mistake: What happened last night was a demographic time bomb that had been ticking and that blew up in GOP faces.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace Joe Biden and Jill Biden, respectively, immediately after the presidential race was called at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.

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