12:0 The President is interviewed by Hearst DC Bureau, WEWS Cleveland and WDIV Detroit about the importance of the auto industry resurgence.

Morning people 😉

32 Responses to “monday”

  1. 1 CEB
    June 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and TOD family!

  2. June 6, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Warren Buffett is on morning Joe- and he is investing in new Orleans small businesses!
    Me thinks the president should hire Warren, he is great!

  3. 7 Proud of Obama
    June 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Good morning, everyone. USA Today has a hit piece on the President about the economy. And GOPolitico has a piece up about the Koch brothers and their Americans for Prosperity astro turf group’s plan to hold rallies and run ads to try to blame high gas prices on PBO. I mention this not be the bearer of bad news, but to ask how we rally around the President and counteract and expose the Koch brothers? How can we do this using our pro-Obama blogs, etc.?

    • June 6, 2011 at 8:44 am

      Another meme the msm is pushing is nobody has gotten re- elected with unemployment above 7.2 percent. And then, they compare Barack with hw bush.
      This is beguiling, because the only reason hw lost was because Perot took 19 percent of the vote.
      Clinton only got 43 percent of the vote.
      Look, here is the deal, we are one republican president, and congress away from pre civil war policies.
      Get your game faces on!

      • 9 Ladyhawke
        June 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

        Nate Silver has an interesting take on this meme that the MSM and Chris Matthews is running with.



        By NATE SILVER

        Make no mistake: the higher the unemployment rate in November 2012, the less likely President Obama is to win a second term.

        But we should be careful about asserting that there is any particular threshold at which Mr. Obama would go from favorite to underdog, or any magic number at which his re-election would either become impossible or a fait accompli. Historically, the relationship between the unemployment rate and a president’s performance on Election Day is complicated and tenuous.
        So does that mean that the unemployment rate should just be ignored and that the news media’s focus on it is misplaced?

        No, I think that’s emphatically the wrong interpretation. The data is not really strong enough to prove there is a relationship — but because there are a relatively limited number of data points, it is also not strong enough to disprove that there is a relationship. In these cases, it is entirely permissible to default to common sense, which is that the unemployment rate should have some effect on a president’s re-election chances.

        The problem is that whatever signal there is gets filtered through an awful lot of noise. Consider:

        – The unemployment rate itself is subject to fairly significant measurement error.

        – Voters will interpret the unemployment rate in different ways, and assign the president varying amounts of credit or blame for it.

        – The unemployment rate is but one of a number of salient economic indicators.

        – Economic performance is but one of the ways that voters evaluate a president.

        – Voters’ evaluation of a president is important, but they also consider the strength of a president’s opponents, including third-party alternatives in some elections.

        If you could hold each of these other factors constant, you could come to a more confident conclusion about how much each tick in the unemployment rate affects Mr. Obama’s re-election odds. But the real world is not set up with these sorts of experiments in mind, and since presidential elections are infrequent, the likelihood that truly comparable cases will exist in the historical data is relatively low.


        • 10 hopefruit2
          June 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

          To add to your comment on this unemployment rate issue, there is a well-written article on Old Orange which shows how inaccurate and meaningless this meme is. In case you don’t want to go there, I have cut and paste the gist.

          /// there is ONLY ONE CASE in the last 75 years where ANY president went up for election or re-election with an unemployment above 8% and HE WON!!! BY 10%!!! [THAT WAS FDR].

          In fact, if you go back 100 years there has only been 3 cases of an election with an unemployment above 8% and FDR won all 3 including 2 when he won re-election. Herbert Hoover is the only president who has lost an election and/or re-election with an unemployment above 8% in the last 100 years. So for someone to proclaim that no president has won re-election with an unemployment above 8% in the last 75 years conveniently omits the fact that FDR did it AND WON and also conveniently omits the fact that there hasn’t been ANY OTHER SINGLE CASE where there has been an election with 8% unemployment at the time of election. You might as well say Obama loses if unemployment rate 88%. It’s as meaningless as saying the Yankees never won a world series when they played a team in the playoffs who won 117 regular season games. Of course they didn’t. No team ever won 117 regular season games in all the history of MLB. ///


          This is a vile and underhanded attempt by the MSM to psychologically manipulate people into thinking that they cannot, should not and will not vote for PBO in 2012 UNLESS the unemployment rate is below 8%. We Obama supporters need to pounce on this wherever we see it. The FDR historical piece needs to go viral to shut the media up about this. We also need to let the MSM know that voters will not be manipulated in the way that folks were in the midterms when the MSM started the “enthusiasm gap” chorus the minute the President was inaugurated. They (and their Koch sponsors) need to come up with a new plan – because this unemployment LIE will NOT WORK.

          • 11 Ladyhawke
            June 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

            I just sent an email to Tweety with the subject line:


            I included links to the Nate Silver article in The New York Times and the Dailykos post you referenced.

            I am not into twitter, but it would be great if someone could tweet the links to Hardball. Maybe they would get the message quicker.

            • 12 hopefruit2
              June 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

              Thanks Ladyhawke. I will take a page from your book and email this to Tweety, and a few other key networks (including TEA-NN).

    • 13 dotster
      June 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

      I saw that Haley Barbour got the talking points memo and said Obama was raising gas prices on purpose, as if Obama was King of Oil, and of course he wants high gas prices because that really endears him to voters. These people are nuts. There is nothing—nothing!—they won’t say. We’ll see if the American people are still gullible.

      • 14 Ladyhawke
        June 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

        You expect to hear crap from Haley Barbour but what was infuriating is that Bob Schieffer sits there like a bump on a log and doesn’t question the outlandish claims with facts. So Barbour gets his talking points out unchallenged.

        What was really astonishing was the way Bob Schieffer kept hammering “MINORITY LEADER” Nancy Pelosi about what was going to be done about the bad jobs numbers. He must think she is still Speaker of the House. Someone should let Bob S. know that “Republican” John Boehner is Speaker of he House and he sets the agenda. And by the way, the Republican Party majority has not introduced one jobs bill in five months. That’s an interesting tidbit that Face The Nation viewers should know about.

        • 15 hopefruit2
          June 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

          Bob knows perfectly well who the current speaker is. But as someone stated on one of the blogs, Sunday morning on the Cable news networks is the Republican Party Affirmative Action Day.

          • 16 Ladyhawke
            June 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

            So true. Bob Schieffer and Haley Barbour were practically joined at the tonsils. A few weeks ago I saw a great comment on Steve Benen’s blog that pretty much says it all:


  4. 17 Carolyn
    June 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Gas prices are on the way down….slowly, but surely. When that happens will they give the credit to PBO? Their whole aim is to keep Americans feeling in a constant state of fear and uncertainty. They lose influence if they can’t keep that fear and uncertainty at a high level….like the old terrorist alerts. If they want to hold rallies about gas prices, will the people who want to attend be able to afford the gas….or will the Koch brothers pay for the gas by hiring big buses that get 2-3 mpg? Summer really is the silly season.

    I just refuse to get exercised about chances of re-election right now….Life is too volatile to be able to predict what it will be like come Labor Day 2012. That is when most people really pay attention. The ground work OFA and the President’s committee are doing now will pay off then. Frankly, I think the far right wing nut crowd is decreasing as more people do go back to work, and realize that what counts is showing up for work every day, not rallying.

  5. 18 Proud of Obama
    June 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Actually, I wrote my comment before I watched the video and really I should just send it to USA Today. No matter what spin they try to put in our ear, they cannot bury PBO’s successes. Sending my note to the USA Today editors about their lies and citing of old polls to spin them.

    As far as the Koch Brothers goes, we should be ready to tweet and email to rebut the lies.

    And did anybody see Fancy Nancy Pelosi yesterday? Scheifer asked her about a jobs bill and she told him he needed to ask the republicans about that because they’re in charge. I fell out laughing. Go, Nancy!

    Hoyer was on Morning Joke and boy I just cannot stand that guy. Can you say used car salesman? And I will never forget or forgive his speech at AIPAC. Disgraceful.

    Another comment, it’s so disgusting to see the republican liars (Morning Joke)and democratic turncoats railing about getting out of Afgan when they had nothing to say all the time Bush was in office, just kept approving the money for it. Now all of a sudden everybody is soooooo anxious to get out and soooooo worried about the money. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not for war (and neither is our President), but they’ve only found this anti-war religion because PBO is in charge.

    Sorry for kind of rambling, just a few things on my mind this Monday morning.

    Love, love that video, Chips.

    • 19 zizi
      June 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

      They were the same wingnut bunch along with Cheney and Cheney spawn, Liz, puppetmasters who were crying “dithering” when President Obama was deliberating over the Afghan surge strategy. Joe scarborough screamed the loudest, now he’s singing a different tune? Pathetic but not in the least bit surprising.

    • 20 dotster
      June 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

      I have noticed that the only “Dems” who get invited to be on Morning Joe are those who have criticized President Obama. Isn’t that strange? Or not?

      • 21 hopefruit2
        June 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

        Morning Joke and Huffington are BFF’s so what you have noticed about the anti-Obama Democrats appearing on his show make perfect sense.

        The policy is that if you cannot criticize President Obama as a Democrat, then don’t bother appearing on any of the liberal media shows.

  6. 22 Blackman
    June 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Mo’nin’, Ms. Chip

    As always and, like the many who say it to you, THANK YOU for your place and ALL of your efforts.

    You coverage of PBO’s trips to Ireland and England were just outSTANDing! Like the rest of the TODers, I just could not have enjoyed it more or felt that I could have been more informed. And, the “love bomb” pictures post……

    You are doin’ it to death, girl. Stay on it, PLEASE. We need you.

    P.S. In your “spare time” 🙂 sashay(do y’all sashay over in Ireland? 🙂 ) – you and all of the “fam” – on over to Ms. Pants’s place (that’s Smartypants, errr’body) and check out her June 5 post.

    MOST thought provoking.

  7. 23 Proud of Obama
    June 6, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I just want to add that I am not distressed about PBO winning re-election. He’s definitely going to. We’re going to work like the dickens, but he will win. The attacks are coming because the republicans know he’s going to win, too. They got nothing but their fear and lies. Can’t match the love the people and the world has for him. Can’t bury his successes. Can’t match his eloquence and brilliance. Cannot match his ground game. His strategic and political skills.

    Steve Rattner who used to work for administration was also on Morning Joke and he slapped down the meme that the stimulus hasn’t worked. That silly, stupid, childish Willie Geist made that assertion and Rattner rattled off all the things the stimulus had accomplished and said it should have been bigger but good old congress wouldn’t pass a bigger bill (hear that PL?). Rattner did a great job.

    I just want to fight back whether the attacks come from the right or the left.

  8. 24 donna dem 4 obama
    June 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD’ers…tommorow is my big day at the White House but Chips after I made the announcement yesterday my “lovely” husband HIT a cable while digging in our yard and knocked out my internet, landline phone and cable so I will try and send pictures tomorrow from my cellphone. I hadn’t planned to go into work tomorrow but I might have to just to be able to get my pics and a summary of the event out. Oh the things we do for our O’Friends… 🙂

    • 25 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Congrats Donna, and have a MOST WONDERFUL TIME! Looking forward to a prompt report, Madame :-).

      June 6, 2011 at 9:01 am


    • June 6, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Oh Donna, I hope you’re still married today! 😆

    June 6, 2011 at 8:59 am


  10. 31 Proud of Obama
    June 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Have a wonderful time, Donna. Looking forward to the photos.

  11. 32 GGail
    June 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    TODers who keep letting the msm mess with their heads should play this video – repeatedly and often.

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