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  1. 1 Fred
    June 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

    omg she sounds human 😯

    love love love love the picture of the President and Mr Mandela 😀 😀
    I’d love for them to see each other gain as Mr Mandela’s health is declining 😦

  2. June 19, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I love Ax. I was still living in Chicago when Harold Washington was elected the first black mayor of the city. Ax is so right when he says PBO would have been one of Harold’s proteges. Like PBO, Harold was eloquent, funny and a good person. Like PBO he faced unprecedented opposition from the white reps of the city council. It was so bad it was called Beiruit (sp) on the Lake. It was absolutely horrific how they blocked everything Harold tried to do for the city.

    • 3 Fred
      June 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

      that’s what my mom told me too about Washington and the President;that they would get along great and the many challenges Washington faced from Ed Vrdolyak especially and that punk Ed Burke 😡

      • June 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

        And do you know, Burke is still on the city council? Rahmbo will handle him, though. And Fast Eddie ended up getting charged with fraud and had to give up his seat. Karma.

        • 5 Fred
          June 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

          unfortunately but he’s loss a lot of the cloud he had as soon as Rahm became mayor.That was part of the deal.
          I don’t think anyone feels sorry for Fast Eddie at all;well maybe his folks

    • 6 obamalia
      June 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Proud – your comment about Harold Washington peeked my interest to learn more about him. There’s book Harold, the People’s Mayor: An Authorized Biography of Mayor Harold Washington. For those who have read it, any comments?

      • June 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm

        I’m ashamed to admit I have not read that book. But Mayor Washington was so eloquent that the Chicago press corps (they were as bad as the White House motley crew) had to scramble to find a dictionary after one of his press conferences because they didn’t know what the big words he used meant. It was hilarious.

    • 8 nathkatun7
      June 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks Proud for your praise comments of Harold Washington. He is one of my heroes. Even some of us who were not Chicago residents loved and admired Harold Washington even before he was elected Mayor. He was undoubtedly one of most charismatic politician with impeccable integrity!

  3. 9 kasai
    June 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Happy Father’s Day To all the wonderful Dads/single Mom’s Enjoy your day:-)

    I was at the Fox site today they had a very nice article on President Obama being a role model as a “Father” …and posted a link of WTFhasObamdone so far…in every disgusting comment i could find….LOL, I think I drove the wingnuts crazy…..lol
    Yall should try it sometimes….

    • 10 COS
      June 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      Of all people, Juan Williams wrote the article on the Fox site. I was surprised. I think PBO’s unflappability and his devotion to his family drives the right wing nuts crazy. They don’t know how to handle it. They have thrown everything in the book at him and he is still standing and focused. I usually don’t read the comments. It raises my blood pressure. 🙂

      • 11 obamalia
        June 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        COS – same reaction here re: hate comments which is why this is such a dream site. thanks chipsticks!!!

      • June 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

        Because Really? God Is In the mix, our Lord and Savior Is on PBO’s side. God’s got this. And god sometimes uses bad people to get a point or messages across. The bottom line here Is: The Truth Is the Light, simple as that. God Is In this I tell you, and I feel very strongly about this. It’s gonna be alright.

  4. 13 lisalovesobama
    June 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm


    On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 10:13 PM, Dustin Gold wrote:
    We’ve done the same speech in Harlem for a black advocacy group that we support and they laughed. It’s called comedy and I’m sorry that you don’t understand. The press is spinning this out of control and we would appreciate support from the public rather than falling into a media trap. Reggie is being used by the media both on the right and the left so that they can score political points at his expense. Our show was nothing more than political comedy that goofed on both sides; it wad no worse than what President Obama did at his own White House Correspondence Dinner.
    Please support us…we need your help.

    My response:

    Dear Mr. Gold,
    I am a great lover of comedy in all it’s form. What I dislike is one person mocking another based on the color of their skin i.e.: the joke about Michelle celebrating all of Black History Month while the president only pays attention to half of the month. I’m also sure that Mr. Brown’s comedic bit was also showcased “in Harlem for a black advocacy group that we support and they laughed.” Even you sir, can attest to the fact that there are certain things that are said and done in the privacy and company of friends, family, and supporters that should never be said or done in the presence of the enemy which the Republicans definitely are. If you doubt that sir, how do you explain the past 2 years where NOT ONE of the Republicans -whom you client so humbly entertained two nights ago- ever said:” Look we have different views of the way the country should be handled but that doesn’t mean he’s not American or loyal to our country and cause.” Each person in the room your client was entertaining has done their very best to delegitimize this president, calling him and his administration “thugs” stating that he was leading a “gangster government.” How is that not racist? Also, shame on you for citing the President’s bit at the WHCD! At no point did he make fun of Michelle’s or his skin color. He showed his birth certificate which was a damned shame! It’s something no other president has had to do! The fact that he had to show his birth certificate was disgusting and it highlights just how racist and disgusting some in this country and even in our politics are. It’s going to be written down in the history books and your children and grandchildren will read it and realize that in this country, no matter how hard you work, no matter what level of success you reach, people will still judge you based on the color of your skin and they will find you wanting; they look at you and say that you aren’t good enough. Just because Mr. Brown’s bit was successful in Harlem among your advocacy group does not make what he did for the republican’s alright. At the end of it all, he was just another black man the white republicans were using to hurt black people. Comedy is a beautiful thing. It can be used to highlight things that most people are uncomfortable with or won’t talk about. It’s the one thing that can cut across racial lines, lines of gender, lines built up and supported by homophobia, sexism and racism. It can be used to explain the most complex things in politics, or nature. It can unite and it can divide. It’s a pity that your client had a brilliant chance to get some of the most influential and underhanded members of government under his purview for a few hours, and instead of highlighting issues dealing with jobs, our social compact, poverty or even the plain hypocrisy under which Washington works, he squandered it by making jokes about skin color and gays. At the end of your response to me you entreated for help, well sir, I’m sorry that feel that you and your client are being wronged, if you feel that the political left and right are taking advantage of both yourself and your client. But the thing about life is that we all have the power to make choices, we do so everyday. Both your client and you made the choice to be a part of this Republican Bashfest. You and your client made the choice to go after the president with no regards to where you were when you were bashing him, and now you and he are reaping the consequences of your actions. It is my hope that given the dangerous terrain you and your client have endeavored upon, you both will make a choice in an attempt to right the wrong that was done.
    God Bless

    • June 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      Standing up and applauding you, Lisa. Well done, lady. Well done.

      • 15 Fred
        June 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm

        I second you PoB in standing up and applauding Lisa because she has the wisdom;the calmness to write beautifully because I did not write as eloquently as you did Lisa.

    • June 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Lisa your reply is so spot on.. you’ve described my sentiments exactly in a way I would not have been able to~ thank you so much.

      • June 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        I thank you too, Lisa for a very thorough and measured reply! Hopefully, the parties addressed will think seriously on the points you raised and accept that their choice of material was poor under the circumstance, and that they have a responsibility to be more (politically) aware even as they try to entertain. It would be interesting to hear if you get a follow-up letter later that shows that they really have HEARD you.

    • 18 Bobfr
      June 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Dear Lisa,

      As you eloquently state:

      “Both your client and you made the choice to be a part of this Republican Bashfest. You and your client made the choice to go after the president with no regards to where you were when you were bashing him, and now you and he are reaping the consequences of your actions. It is my hope that given the dangerous terrain you and your client have endeavored upon, you both will make a choice in an attempt to right the wrong that was done.”

      If they have the moral courage to read that and heed your advice, they will grow. Otherwise, they will remain a colossal fail and deserve all the grief they earned by their racist behavior.

      Thank you!

      Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 19 CoyotiMarti
      June 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Applause and Amen. Standing O!

    • 20 theo67
      June 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Perfect, Lisa!

    • 21 Kasai
      June 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Beautiful Lisa:-) Brava!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • June 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm


      the nerve to ask for help in a situation they can control. get outta here.

    • June 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Lisa, that was great. Your response was to the points. Thank you, and you did well, carry on my Friend, carry on 🙂 🙂

    • 24 nathkatun7
      June 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Bravo! Bravo! Lisa. Thank you for your excellent response. And thank you for saying so well everything I felt when I saw Reggie’s minstrel routine.

    • 25 Sue in Minnesota
      June 20, 2011 at 4:46 am

      Bravo and beyond! You said it all for me when you emphasized choice. If they are responsible they will accept fully the consequences of their actions, and be more thoughtful and selective about both material and venues in the future.

      The whole affair sickened me, the Republicans present were both base and cruel, a very low form of life. Mr. Brown enabled them in their mockery, and feed their racist appetites. How careless can you be. Reading this post, literally made me want to throw up.

  5. June 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I just saw gates on two Sunday shows, and folks about all I can say about him, is he is a nice guy.
    He wants us to stay in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and if you listen to him, he sounds just like McCain.
    That is why I say, good riddance!

    • 27 Jessica
      June 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      The President respects Gates but when it comes down to it the decision is his. Not Hillary’s or even Biden’s. I’m expecting a big drawdown but if it’s smaller that’s ok too. As long as it’s the Presidents decision and no one else because that’s who I trust.

  6. 28 anniebella
    June 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you Lisa.

  7. June 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Everyone, Happy Father’s Day to all you father’s and role models.

    Love how low- key Axelrod is….was that really Candy Crowley? She acted like a human being like Fred above so aptly noted.

  8. 30 GGail
    June 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Good job Lisa. It appears that we received the same message from the Reggie Brown camp. I still haven’t replied, but you did a great job of expressing our sentiment about the choices Reggie and his management made and the fallout is theirs alone. They can’t blame the media when we’ve heard the performance for ourselves via C Span. Nope, it’s all on Reggie and his handlers. Shame on them!

    • 31 africa
      June 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      They are sending out a canned generic response. But if we bombard them, they will be sure to change that silly note.

  9. 32 Hachikō
    June 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Happy Father’s day to all the amazing dads of the TOD family! Have a wonderful day, everyone!

  10. 33 GGail
    June 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Great good men – David Alexorod, Barack Obama, the late Harold Washington. Thanks Chipsticks for this posting.

  11. 34 bjw2
    June 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    This is the speech Axe talked about with Candy…….it still makes you choke uo to hear him talk about her.

    • 35 CoyotiMarti
      June 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      I can’t believe I forgot about this, the weekend before the election. Thank you for this memory.

    • 37 sam uk obama supporter
      June 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      I remember this like it were yesterday. When I heard on the news that his beloved Grandmother had died I cried for him and when I saw this speech and how sad he was my heart broke for him. Hearing the way he spoke of her during the campaign and knowing from that how much he loved her I wanted to crawl through the tv screen and comfort him.
      If only she could have seen him win the election and see what an amazing President he is, mind you I guess she knew the kind of person he is and knew that he would be a spectacular President.

      God bless you President Obama.

      • June 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        You were not alone Sam, this was really a poignant moment…..None of his parents or grand parents had a chance to see him where he is today ….it’s sad but that’s God’s will and we can only pray for him and his family for them to get the strength to keep going and accomplish even bigger things! May God bless them all!!

  12. 39 Fred
    June 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    yeah I remember that but not the speech 😦

    thank you for that

  13. 40 collegekay
    June 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Happy Fathers day!

    Btw guys, PBO just sent his first personal tweet. Exciting.


    Being a father is sometimes my hardest but always my most rewarding job. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. -BO


    • 42 utaustinliberal
      June 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      That’s so cute that PBO sent out his first personal tweet. You go 21st century digital POTUS!

      Just watched the video with David Axelrod and I just love this man. He’s brilliant, kind and above all loyal. Loved all his pictures and his retelling of stories took me back to those precious moments.

    • 43 Karen Sr.
      June 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Love it.

  14. June 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    To all the Republicans/Teabaggers I have a message for you ‘HELL NO YOU CAN’T”

    You can’t say the stimulus did not work and happily accepted stimulus checks representing money that you voted AGAINST, to then take credit on ribbon cutting celebration and the good it has done for your city. Why are you still begging for more, if it didn’t work???

    “We Want Small Government” yet, your family has been living in Government Handout accepting millions in:
    – Medicare
    – Social Security
    – Welfare
    – Food Stamps
    – Fema
    – Transportation
    – Safety (Cops/Firefighters)
    – Food and Water Safety
    – Public Education

    Why would you enjoy all the benefits and many more??

    You didn’t condemn Bush for the terrorist attacks and taking us to 2 wars, that wasn’t paid for, you remained silent, when Bush didn’t bother pursuing the most wanted terrorist in the world, yet you criticized President Obama for killing Osama Bin Ladin.

    You can’t preach “Family Values’ when you cheat on your wife and lie about it, or cheat while she’s in a hospital, or paying to have sex with a Hooker, or even trying to have Gay sex in a public restroom.

    You can’t say The Tea party/Republicans are Not Racist when they:
    Don’t condemn those that call member of congress the N word, or portray our President as some Nazi or and African tribal man, they didn’t condemn being armed and dangerous at the President rally, or use violent imagery of Sarah Pac hinting violent threads, instead they keep apologizing to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn and those alike.
    I will end my rant, by saying “HELL NO YOU CAN’T”

    • 45 lisalovesobama
      June 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      so true. Kasai, this is so true and you took the words right out of all our collective mouths. The campaign slogan for 2012 should be:

      Tell the Republican’s
      Take away our freedom, rights, responsibilities and Whitehouse.

    • 46 nathkatun7
      June 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Bravo Kasai for speaking TRUTH!

  15. 47 Tracy Thompson
    June 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Great interview: have never seen Crowley so benign!

  16. 48 A non Anon
    June 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    It was pouring the night before the election when Toots died. And even after this news, Obama was still making last minute campaign stops, never taking for granted what internal polls were telling him. As I watched him getting soaked (and all those who stayed to listen to him), I remember thinking about John McCain’s work ethic and how different these two men were. McCain never worked weekends during his campaign and took the summer off following his nomination.

    By comparison there was this incredible candidate I had watched for nearly two years doing two, three events per day every day. Campaigning against McCain, Hillary, Bill and Chelsea.

    I knew this was the work ethic I wanted in the WH. I haven’t been disappointed.

    On another topic, did anyone else notice Ax’s comment about the changes occurring at the Chicago Trib when he decided to leave? He said it was the beginning of what we are seeing now in the media…..that the Trib wouldn’t give Gary Hart any space in the paper.

    I thought that was interesting.

  17. 50 HZ
    June 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks for these. So appropriate for such men as David Alexorod, the late Mayor Harold Washington, Nelson Mandela, Rahm, and President Obama. I am grateful for all of these men being a part of our seasons in life. I concur, in the presence of sweet, gentle, firm calmness, the raging sea even has to be quiet. So was Ms. Crowley in David’s presence. Also we must get our President re-elected because I am sure we want David to get his wonderful dog also. He was so cute in expressing that point in the interview. A big shout out to Lisa. Thank you so much for that letter. May hearts and minds be changed for the better.

  18. 51 EDP4BHO
    June 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    To Lisa and Kasai. Great rants today. Please repeat them often as part of the 2012 messaging of OFA.

    June 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm


  20. 53 carolyn
    June 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I too felt so sad when the President’s grandmother died just before the election. However, she had voted absentee before the election, and so she had been able to vote for him. I have hoped since then, that knowing the polls as well as he did, and talking with her, she knew that he would win the election. I also remember some of the msm getting on him because he “took time out of the campaign” to go visit her toward the end of her life, when he knew she was dying. They acted as if that was a horrible thing to do…..how ignorant and unfeeling they were, even then. He did the right thing in visiting her, and every normal American knew it was the right thing to do. He never has done the msm’s bidding!

  21. 54 carolyn
    June 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Axe is a quality person. I saw an interview with him and his wife about their daughter who has epilepsy. I think I cried the entire time. His family is definitely number one in his life too.

  22. 55 isonprize
    June 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Okay, who is the woman interviewing Axelrod? I don’t think she’s not very good.

  23. June 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I noticed Crowley being very nice with Mr.Axle….she knows he’s not a push…If she’s done the same ‘Gotcha” questions about our President…she knew she was going to get some good ol serious Woop a_____ss…Chicago style and would be forever ashamed to be a journalist…..LOL
    Axe, is one of the strongest advocate and best friend…..of PBO…..So I don’t think you want to mess with him.
    I am so thrilled that’ he’s already in campaign mode, I can’t wait for him to start sending a strong message to these lazy journalist…and trust me He will called them out, one by one, I like his style of debate, never disrespect anyone personally…But what he will do is, calmly direct them to facts, history and logic….He will shut the loud mouth nonsense of the Maddow, Ed, Cenk, P/L alike.
    And know with PBO accomplishments: from Foreign Policy To Gay Rights…and everything in between………Watch Out for AXE…to be on a roll….:-)

    Here we come……FIRED UP READY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. June 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

    meant to say *Push Over

  25. 58 m
    June 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I loved watching Axelrod! Thank you for posting it Chips!

  26. 59 Betsy
    June 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I feel really sad that Rachel Maddow has joined the bandwaggon of Obama haters. Sigh.

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