a terrific tuesday

President Barack Obama talks with Counsel to the President Kathryn Ruemmler in the Oval Office, July 19, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Steve Benen: I don’t have high hopes for the legislation – the House majority is still the House majority – but the Obama White House’s support for the Respect For Marriage Act is the latest in a series of encouraging steps on civil rights….

…. it’s a heartening piece that fits into a larger mosaic. After two-and-a-half years, President Obama has successfully repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law; expanded federal benefits for the same-sex partners of executive-branch employees; signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law; cleared the way for hospital-visitation rights for same-sex couples; lifted the travel/immigration ban on those with HIV/AIDS; ordered the Federal Housing Authority to no longer consider the sexual orientation of applicants on loans; expanded the Census to include the number of people who report being in a same-sex relationship; and hired more openly gay officials than any administration in history…….

….I realize there are still a sizable number of people in the LGBT community who are unsatisfied with the pace of change, and consider President Obama someone who has ignored, and even betrayed, their interests. Some have even vowed not to lift a finger to help with the president’s re-election effort.

I suspect many social-conservative activists, furious with the steps Obama has already taken to advance civil rights for the LGBT community, must find this inexplicable.

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Even GreenBeck is waving a white flag, abandoning his ‘Obama is a homophobe!’ hysteria. You can almost sense his despondency:


President Obama walks to the podium to give an update on the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations at the White House, July 19


Washington Post: Virtually all health insurance plans could soon be required to offer female patients free coverage of prescription birth control, breast-pump rentals, counseling for domestic violence, and annual wellness exams and HIV tests as a result of recommendations released Tuesday by an independent advisory panel of health experts.

The health-care law adopted last year directed the Obama administration to draw up a list of preventive services for women that all new health plans must cover without deductibles or co-payments. While the guidelines suggested Tuesday by a committee of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine are not binding, the panel conducted its year-long review at the request of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Full article here



MSNBC: …. most Americans want their political leaders to compromise rather stand their ground, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

…. nearly six in 10 favor President Barack Obama’s proposal to lower the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years by cutting federal spending, raising tax revenue from the wealthy and reducing some Medicare spending.

By comparison, only about a third of respondents prefer the House Republican proposal to reduce the deficit by $2.5 trillion over 10 years through cutting spending alone and not raising additional revenues.

….. As far as the differing approaches to raise the debt ceiling, 58 percent favor Obama’s approach to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years by cutting spending, increasing revenue through taxing the wealthy and lowering Medicare’s spending. Meanwhile, 36 percent support the House Republican proposal to reduce the deficit by $2.5 trillion through only spending cuts.

The poll also makes clear that the public is more open to raising taxes to balance the budget than it is making cuts and changes to entitlement programs.

Sixty-two percent support raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy if that’s the only way to get a debt-ceiling agreement in Congress. But 52 percent say they oppose making changes and cuts in Social Security and Medicare if that’s the only way to get an agreement.

…. Obama leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by seven points in a hypothetical 2012 general-election match up, 48 percent to 41 percent. And he leads Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., by 15 points, 50 percent to 35 percent.

More here

ABC: ….By a wide 59-26 percent, the public sees congressional Republicans as more concerned than Obama with protecting the economic interests of Wall Street financial institutions, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds. Americans even more broadly, by 67-24 percent, put the GOP ahead when it comes to looking out for the interests of large business corporations.

The tables turn – albeit with much narrower margins – on other measures. Obama leads the GOP by 18 points in looking out for middle-class Americans, 53-35 percent. He also has a 10-point advantage, 47-37 percent, as being more concerned with the economic interests of “you and your family.” And he leads by 9 points, 48-39 percent, on protecting small businesses.

The president’s advantage on small businesses is particularly notable, given the GOP’s efforts to portray his policies as damaging to small-business job creation. While Republicans are fully aboard, independents, the linchpin of national politics, say by 46-39 percent that Obama cares more than GOP leaders about the economic interests of small businesses, a fairly close call but with a tilt in the president’s direction.

This poll finds that Obama also leads among independents by 19 points on aiding the middle class, 52-33 percent, and by 11 points as caring more about the economic interests of and “you and your family.”

More here


lodinews: James Henderson was so dismayed that his class lacked enough pencils and paper that he wrote to someone he felt could do something about it.

His principal at Leroy Nichols Elementary School? No.

The Lodi Unified School District board? Too small a government.

Maybe the governor? Still not big enough.

James went straight to the President of the United States of America – and President Barack Obama wrote back.

….In his letter, Henderson told President Obama that he didn’t see how the government could continue to cut education funding when they lacked even the basics.

“I told him they were spending a lot more money on other things than school supplies,” Henderson said. “He told me people like me could change the country.”

The student thinks that could be the case if he puts his mind to it and follows his goals, he said, adding that receiving Obama’s letter was a great honor.

Full article here


What a waste of a foam pie:

19 Responses to “a terrific tuesday”

  1. 1 theo67
    July 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    The President looks amazing, as always.

    I read the article about the little boy who wrote to the President to discuss education funding. What fantastic initiative from this little kid – and how great that the President wrote back. I was a little distressed reading the comments at the end of the article, because the tea baggers even went after a little kid! His parents had to come on to tell them that they had upset their child with their nasty comments,and he had been so excited to see the write up, only to be disappointed by the negative comments left by some very immature people.

    Are tea baggers so unhappy that they have to rain on absolutely everyone else’s parade – no matter the harm; no matter the age? What this child did took courage and faith – and those things should be rewarded and celebrated.

    • 2 lisalovesobama
      July 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      saw that, those people are sick.

    • 3 hopefruit2
      July 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      Tea baggers are cowards and bullies. I hope little James (and his parents) knows that these nasty comments are not representative of the majority of people, and some of these commenters are paid professionals.

    • 4 conlakappa
      July 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Fearing the worst, I didn’t even lot the comments section appear on my screen. Didn’t scroll down at all. How sad and small must one’s life be to aim vitriol at a child who just wants to make sure his schoolmates and educators don’t suffer?

  2. 5 Tally
    July 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    As long as your Health Plan has changed in the smallest way since Septmeber 23, 2010, you are NOT GRANDFATHERED (which is good) and you ARE now eligible for THESE PREVENTATIVE SERVICES:


    If you are on a grandfathered plan, you have to pay. (HINT – change your plan so it’s not grandfathered….)

    If you are on a group health plan, and ONE PERSON on the group changed their plan – THE ENTIRE GROUP IS NO LONGER GRANDFATHERED. 😀

    • 6 hopefruit2
      July 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks for the link Tally! Chips we missed you so much today but I see that my fellow TODers did a great job of forging ahead to carry out this blog’s mission 🙂

      My President looks super handsome in that pic walking towards the podium.

  3. July 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Its a great day indeed. So, uhm, can we now stop saying that Obama has a messaging problem? ’cause these kick ass polls are kicking that meme’s ass all over the place.

  4. 12 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 20, 2011 at 12:41 am

    That’s a nice story about James writing to the President about school supplies. Shame the nasty comments had to spoil it for him. I hope his parents can reassure him that these nasties are not typical.

    On another note. That video of people discussing the pie incident is quite disturbing. This is a story that started with a dead child. Phone hacking of thousands of innocent victims. Payoffs to keep people quiet. Police corruption and now the unexplained death of a whistle-blower. And what do we get? Pie-gate! Is a foam pie really the most shocking thing about this? As a Brit by birth I feel like I want to fly over there and pie this whole bunch of babbling idiots.

  5. 13 Eleroy
    July 20, 2011 at 12:58 am

    It is amazing WOS!!! The crazy attempt to divert attention from the evil that is the Murdochs by distracting those with a short attention span with this rididculous pie story is galling!!!

    Wendi Murdoch is no hero or “caring wife”!!! The woman was only instinctively protecting her meal ticket until such a time as she has sufficiently siphoned as much as possible from the old fart!!! LOL!!!

    • 14 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 20, 2011 at 1:54 am

      You said it Eleroy! What a fiasco. I truly hope there is some real justice done and not just another cover-up.

  6. 15 utaustinliberal
    July 20, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Great news all around today. Good on ya President Obama and great news on the polls.

  7. 16 Debz
    July 20, 2011 at 1:56 am

    What a nice story about James writing to the President and receiving a letter. He should be very proud.
    Much more good news here also.
    And i would be remiss if I did not say that our President looks handsome!!

  8. 17 HZ
    July 20, 2011 at 2:32 am

    What a moving and brave young student. These are the ones wi will be helping our President to win in 2012. They need him to be there for them and help to put into place more wonderful things for these precious children to be able to enjoy in their lives in school, home, and their country.

  9. July 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Murdoch and his son knew exactly what was going on. Just like the lies which are told on FOX, the racists comments about this President, but they did nothing to stop it. The same with the New York Post. They were behind it all.

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