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Obama agenda: 'I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be'

Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Sheldon Adelson’s $100 million spent to defeat him in the 2012 election: “Sheldon would have been better off offering me $100 million to drop out of the race. I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but I’d have thought about it.” On how he has aged in just the past four years, “I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be.”

President Barack Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the new head of the Transportation Department on Monday, a White House official confirmed to NBC News.

“Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Friday night that he supports making a classified Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture and enhanced interrogation more available to the public,” Roll Call writes.

It looks like Joe Biden’s a bigger draw for Democrats in South Carolina than Ted Cruz is for Republicans. They’re scheduled to deliver dueling speeches to raise money for the local Democratic parties. “The S.C. Democratic Party said Friday that it had sold out its annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner – a first – even after moving it to a larger venue, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center,” The State writes. “More than 1,000 ticketholders want to hear Vice President Joe Biden, a potential 2016 White House candidate, on Friday night. The Dems attracted 700 people to hear Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last year. The S.C. GOP says tickets sales for its Silver Elephant Dinner, also being held Friday, are on par with last year. This year, the Republicans will hear U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. last year, they heard U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Ticket numbers were not available Friday, the GOP said.”

“America’s blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home,” AP writes. “Had people voted last November at the same rates they did in 2004, when black turnout was below its current historic levels, Republican Mitt Romney would have won narrowly, according to an analysis conducted for The Associated Press.”

(But there’s a fatal flaw in this analysis. Demographics dictated that voters would not turn out in the rates they did in 2004. That flawed assumption is something Republicans were going off of and the Obama campaign knew was not going to happen. It’s like saying, if this were 2004, Mitt Romney would have won. But this is not 2004. This election took place eight years later, and the country’s demography has changed.)

Jonathan Martin: “More than five years after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses and demolished the notion that white voters wouldn’t support a black presidential candidate, progress for other African-American politicians remains elusive. Even as the country elected and reelected Obama, making it seem increasingly unremarkable to have a black family in the White House, African-Americans are scarce and bordering on extinct in the U.S. Senate and governorships. The president is indeed exceptional — but in the wrong sense of the phrase as it applies to other black politicians.”