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California Woman fired over Facebook racial slur speculating on Obama assassination

A California woman who used a racial slur to describe President Obama on Facebook, writing that “maybe he will get assassinated” has been fired from her job at Cold Stone Creamery in Turlock.

The Facebook status by Denise Helms, 22, posted immediately after Obama’s reelection Tuesday, went viral and prompted an investigation by the Secret Service about whether it was a true threat.

Denise Helms

“I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal,” Helms told FOX40 Sacramento in an interview outside her workplace at the Turlock Cold Stone Creamery. “The assassination part is kind of harsh. I’m not saying I’d go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen I don’t think I’d care one bit.”

As Helms’ post spread across Facebook and Twitter, the national ice cream chain began to respond to people who expressed outrage over Helms’ post.

“The employee is no longer w/the company. We were as shocked as you were by her outrageous & completely unacceptable comments,” the official Coldstone Twitter account responded to one user Thursday night. We found her comments to be very disgusting, and they do not reflect our opinions here,” the spokesman said. “We never saw anything from her at work like those comments.”

The Secret Service said all threats or perceived threats are taken seriously and investigated, but it declined further comment.  Helms could face a felony if convicted.

The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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Diane Sawyer Mocked on Twitter for Slurring Speech

Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter

TV viewers joked that the ABC News veteran was drunk or on muscle relaxers.

People took notice of Diane Sawyer’s coverage of the presidential election on ABC News, but not necessarily in the way the veteran journalist intended.

Diane Sawyer - Credit: ABC

While speaking with such colleagues as George Stephanopoulos and Barbara Walters, a number of viewers noticed what they believed to be Sawyer slurring words. Twitter lit up, and Sawyer became a trending term Tuesday night.

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A number of people characterized Sawyer’s speech as resembling that of someone who had been drinking or taken muscle relaxers.

“Diane Sawyer’s name is trending. Many people saying she seems drunk on air. Alternative theory: she gets this way when she’s really tired,” tweeted New York Times reporter Brian Stelter.

The Secret Circle executive producer Andrew Miller tweeted: “Diane Sawyer is either drunk or doing her classic Julia Childs as Katherine Hepburn impression.

Find tweets of other reactions to Sawyer’s election night performance below.

Katie Couric just said that Diane Sawyer has a Twitter account. Someone get on that.

And Diane Sawyer declares tonight’s winner is… chardonnay!

I wonder who’s drunker, Chicago or Diane Sawyer…

20 million tweets about election night.. I think 19 million are about Diane Sawyer.

Diane Sawyer is either drunk or doing her classic Julia Childs as Katherine Hepburn impression.

Yeah. Diane Sawyer’s giving off a bit of a “Will McAvoy on Bin Ladin Night” vibe if you know what I mean.

Seriously, one of Dianne Sawyer’s eyes is closed.

Diane Sawyer doing a great Miss Hannigan right now on ABC

 

News Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Hollywood hails Obama re-election



Hollywood hails Obama re-election (via AFP)

Hollywood and the entertainment industry on Wednesday hailed the re-election of President Barack Obama, who won widespread celebrity backing and funding help in the race for the White House. Stars took to Twitter en masse to welcome the Democratic incumbent’s victory over Republican rival Mitt Romney…

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Celebrity Pic of the Day: Sasha and Malia

Sasha and Malia Obama are growing up before our eyes! The two children of the first family walk out on stage in full shirts and trendy flat shoes for appearance with their father, President Barack Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama at the president’s election night speech, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Getty Images/AP: Sasha, second left, and Malia, right, looked thrilled on stage last night with their mother Michelle and victorious father

 

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China congratulates Obama on re-election



China congratulates Obama on re-election (via AFP)

Chinese leader Hu Jintao congratulated US President Barack Obama on his re-election, noting “positive progress” in Sino-US relations over the past four years, China’s foreign ministry said Wednesday. “President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao sent messages of congratulations to President Obama on…

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Mitt Romney Concedes US Election to Obama

(Sky News) Barack Obama has won a second term as US President after beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney following a bitter and costly election campaign.

Mitt Romney on his plane - Getty images

The Democrat sealed victory by winning in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin, Virginia and Colorado – six of the nine key battleground states.

With Florida still too close to call, Mr Obama has 303 electoral college votes to Mr Romney’s 203 and is well over the crucial threshold of 270.

The President was also ahead in the national vote, with the country-wide exit poll putting him on 50% – two points ahead of his Republican challenger.

Jubilation grew through the night in Chicago, where Mr Obama is due to address a victory rally shortly, as it became clear he was going to win.

Before appearing in person, the President addressed his supporters on Twitter, saying: “This happened because of you. Thank you.”

He added: “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned and that’s who we are. Thank you.”

In a third post, he said simply: “Four more years” and posted a picture of him hugging his wife Michelle.

He also wrote an email to his supporters where he promised to “spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started”.

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies“Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests,” he said, adding: “There’s a lot more work to do.”

Romney campaign staff in Boston were shocked as Democrat victories piled up and Republican supporters looked increasingly devastated as they realized their dream was over.

The candidate, who was watching the result in the city, rang Mr Obama to concede and then addressed the crowds.

“This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the President is successful in guiding our nation,” he said.

Romney supporters absorbing the result in Boston

The Republican thanked his running mate Paul Ryan and his family, calling wife Ann “the love of my life” and saying “she would have been a wonderful first lady”.

He added: “Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given everything to this campaign. I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in another direction but the nation chose another leader.”

Mr Romney had earlier revealed he had written a 1,118 word victory speech and had not prepared anything in case he lost.

Until last month, the Republican was considered to have little chance of ousting Mr Obama after his campaign was damaged by a string of gaffes.

This was despite the president’s popularity slumping and criticism that he had failed to deliver on the hope and change he had promised in 2008.

However, a lackluster performance by Mr Obama in the first television debate turned the race on its head and Mr Romney surged back in the polls.

The incumbent was much stronger in the second and third debates but it was not enough to derail the Romney campaign.

Better than expected employment figures last week helped bolster the Democrat and then fate also played a hand when Hurricane Sandy roared in.

The superstorm forced Mr Romney into the shade as campaigning was suspended and Mr Obama returned to presidential duties but the pair were still neck-and-neck going into the final day.

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In the other votes, the Democrats won two more years control of the Senate and the Republicans were on track to do the same in the House of Representatives.

Two Republican Senate candidates, Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Todd Akin in Missouri, both lost their seats after making controversial remarks about rape during the campaign.

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Source: Sky News

4 more years for the 44th President, CNN reports

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It’s official, President Barack Obama  has won re-election in a closely fought race against republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Americans delivered the final judgment on a long and bitter campaign that drew so many people to the polls.

Obama’s victory marks a landmark in modern election history. No sitting president since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 has won re-election with a higher unemployment rate, which stands at 7.9%. It is also the first time since 1816 the U.S. has had three consecutive two-term presidents.

The announcement came after the president was the projected winner in the crucial battleground of Ohio, and subsequently won both Iowa and Oregon. This put Obama over the required 270 electoral votes.

Watch President Obama’s victory speech below.

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US presidential election: Live Report (via AFP)

0338 GMT: Jennifer Granholm the former governor of Michigan, tweets that says based on what he’s heard from insiders, he’s confident that @BarackObama will win Florida! #Current2012 #election2012 0331 GMT: Americans around the world are watching the results tonight. US expatriates in London are staging…

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Obama Keeps the White House with 294 Electoral Votes and a 50.3% of Popular Vote Majority

Obama Keeps the White House with 294 Electoral Votes and a 50.3% of Popular Vote Majority (via PR Newswire)

“Tough Victory by Obama” is Forecasted by ISR, an Asian-American Think Tank WASHINGTON , Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The International Strategy and Reconciliation Foundation, an Asian-American think tank, forecasts a “tough presidential election victory” by Barack Obama, capturing 294 electoral…

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