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George H.W. Bush in ‘guarded condition’

Published by EOTM News Editor on December 26th, 2012 - in Breaking News, Election 2012, Politics, World News

Former President George H.W. Bush is battling an elevated fever Wednesday and is in “guarded condition” in a hospital intensive care unit, a family spokesman said.

President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara attend the premiere of HBO’s new documentary on his life.(Charles Krupa/AP)

“The President is alert and conversing with medical staff, and is surrounded by family,” said a statement from family spokesman Jim McGrath. Bush, 88, was moved to the intensive care unit at The Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center in Houston on Sunday, McGrath said. Bush has been in the hospital since Nov. 29 for treatment of complications related to bronchitis. After initial expectations that he would be hospitalized for only a few days proved to be wrong, doctors said through a hospital statement on Dec. 13 that they expected Bush would “be able to celebrate Christmas at home.”

On Wednesday, McGrath told NBC News that the former president’s fever was elevated from the previous day, although he said that he did not know by how much. Earlier, McCrath had said that doctors saw a “slight improvement” in Bush’s condition that morning.

McGrath said that Dorothy Bush, his daughter, visited Wednesday, and George W. Bush, the 43rd president, would be visiting soon.

In the weeks since he was admitted, Bush has had a low-grade fever, but doctors have said they are “cautiously optimistic” he will recover, Shamlian reported.


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…


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…


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.

World of Watches

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

US presidential election: Live Report

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…


Ohio: the campaign endgame

Ohio: the campaign endgame (via GlobalPost)

Allegations swirl that Ohio votes will be counted using experimental software, maintained by a firm with ties to Romney. Jean MacKenzie COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hurricane Sandy might have decimated the East Coast, but a whirlwind of a different sort is about to descend on this normally placid midwestern…


Ten states will decide White House race

Ten states will decide White House race (via AFP)

The White House race has narrowed to a fight over less than 10 states ahead of Tuesday’s tight election between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Obama’s strategy, with two days of campaigning to go, is to solidify his last line of defense in the industrial midwest, and to try to pluck away several…


Half of Americans Expect Obama to Win

Half of Americans Expect Obama to Win (via NewsLook)

A latest poll shows more than half of Americans believe US President Barack Obama will win re-election. The Gallup poll released on Wednesday also finds that more than a third see Republican challenger Mitt Romney more like a winner.