standing together

President Obama met with Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Saturday afternoon for an update on Capitol Hill debt negotiations, a White House official said. The meeting ended at 5:05 p.m.

213 Responses to “standing together”

  1. July 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Proud of all of them… Reid doing a fine job and Pelosi kicking ass all over the floor today. POTUS doing his job as always- rock solid.

  2. July 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I almost can’t listen to Landrieu because she helped water down ACA. These Dems better keep having the President’s back. And those blue dogs in the House who voted against Reid’s bill will regret it.

    • July 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      do you have a list of the dems? I’d like to know their names please~

      • July 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

        No, but will see if I can find one.

        • July 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

          List of dems who voted against Reid’s bill, and therefore, against the President’s wishes:

          The Democrats who voted against Reidโ€™s proposal were Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Dan Boren (Okla.), Bruce Braley (Iowa), Dave Loebsack (Iowa), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Colin Peterson (Minn.), Peter Visclosky (Ind.), Mike Ross (Ark.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.) and David Wu (Ore.).

          If progressives were worth anything, they would be trying to find dem candidates to help the President. Idiots.

          • 6 TrumpDog
            July 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

            David Wu?
            I thought he quit the House?

          • 9 Anna Luc
            July 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

            I sorry. I am confused. How can the House vote against the Reid bill when that bill has not even left the Senate. There is a filibuster going on. The Senate won’t even vote on cloture till what — 1 AM Monday is it? So what exactly was the text of this House billโ€ฆ”Whatever the Reid Bill says we are against it?”

            This vote was pure theater. The ‘bill’ that was voted down was introduced by a republican member who put stuff in that he thinks will be in the Reid bill. Check it out http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c112:1:./temp/~c1122lE4Wy:e993:

            So don’t be too hard on anyone yet, because this was not the Reid bill. Just cause they repeat this stuff in the MSM don’t make it so.

          • 10 nathkatun7
            July 31, 2011 at 6:46 am

            “If progressives were worth anything, they would be trying to find dem candidates to help the President. Idiots.”

            Well said proudofobama! To tell you the truth, the term progressive is increasingly meaningless. For people, who call themselves progressives, but spend all their time, energy, and outrage, bashing the President, who is trying to govern this deeply fractured country, really baffles me. It is as if progressives who hate President Obama think that the country would be better off if the crazy teabaggers took over all branches of government. As for the despicable Democrats who voted against their party, I would like to know their explanations of why they voted the way they did. But their votes also clearly highlighted President Obama’s predicament. He has to deal with and ideologically divided Democratic party which no longer controls the majority in the House of Representatives. But, even more frustrating is the fact that he has to deal with the Republican party that has been taken over by people who are either insane or completely deluded.

    • 11 utaustinliberal
      July 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      I’m with you Proud. I’m glad that they’re coming together and I hope they can stick behind President Obama like glue unlike healthcare when Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, and Ben Nelson killed the public option and also when Landrieu I believe voted against ending subsidies for oil companies. Sometimes I just want to smack these bluedogs/conserva dems and remind them to stop screwing up and toe the President’s line.

    • July 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Reid’s bill had no chance no matter how they voted so I’m not too worried about that. As for Landrieu and the other Blue Dogs, I’ll take them any day of the week because the alternative is a Republican who will vote against this President 100 percent of the time. They might not have wanted a public option but at the end of the day they still voted yes to ACA. You can only expect so much from dem reps in deep red areas.

      • 13 Jennifer
        July 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

        I’m with derbingle on this. We need our blue dog democrats in the Senate to keep the majority, just like we needed our blue dog democrats in the House. Wouldn’t it be better for us all if Pelosi was still Speaker?

        • July 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm

          so true. they aren’t useless ALL the time. And in a world where the repugs have gone mad…… they are priceless……… ๐Ÿ˜•

        • 15 kefauver
          July 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

          Yep, I remember reading Markos at DFOX claiming the loss of all the Blue Dogs in the House after the midterm elections would make the Democratic Party stronger. How does losing the majority in the House make the party stronger?! How does losing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker make the party stronger?! I swear, the Professional Left is the dumbest bunch of ass clowns ever assembled. They didn’t win shit during the midterms and they act like they’re all-knowing political sages.

          • July 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm

            Talk about cognitive dissonance.

          • 17 57andFemale
            July 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm

            What Markos meant was that we’d gotten rid of a lot of the conservadems who actively worked against the Democratic agenda. And that’s what we’re seeing: Nancy has been able to hold this caucus together. These few votes today may have been released by Nancy. It would have been 30, 40 defectors — it was 11. Against the Boehner bill: 100% of the caucus.

            I have always maintained that we NEVER had the ‘huge’ majorities our numbers looked like. It’s one thing to have a big tent, but when you have people who have taken DNC money to win their seats and then actively work against a Democratic agenda, I’d rather they had “R”‘s after their names like their actions warrant.

            We weeded out a huge number of conservadems who never should have had a “D” after their names. Howard Dean, whom I adore, took anyone willing to to take DNC money and helped them win seats. I’m sure he never imagined how turncoat they would be, but the alleged huge majority never existed. Obama had to placate them, not Republicans. Why this is lost on PL’ers appalls me.

            In the Senate, we never had close to 60 votes: Franken was kept out for over 6 months; Lieberman — there is no language I’m allowed to use to tell you how I feel about Joe Lieberman. Then the Senators who really have a balancing act in their red states.

            We never had a 60-vote majority in the Senate. I’m glad the conservadems are gone from the House. If enough damned Democrats had voted we could have held on to some of the seats we lost — Joe Walsh never should have won over Melissa Bean. But she played Republican-lite, didn’t back up the immense success of Obama’s first two years and she lost anyway. To a loon.

            • 18 utaustinliberal
              July 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

              Brilliant 57andFemale. Brilliant. My point exactly!

            • 19 kefauver
              July 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm

              I agree with you about the Senate. We never had anything close to a 60 seat Senate. But I disagree about the House. Is it good that a few of those Blue Dogs lost? Probably. But many who lost would work with the President and Pelosi at least 50-75% of the time versus 0% of the new GOP members who are there now.

              More importantly, if those Blue Dogs are still in the House, Democrats still hold a majority and we’re not even talking about this Budget/Default mess right now. That was the point I meant to make above. Losing the Democratic House Majority opened the door for the political BS we’re seeing today.

          • 20 prettyfoot58
            July 31, 2011 at 7:51 am

            ~~the Professional Left is the dumbest bunch of ass clowns ever assembled. ~~~

            This is the reason why i love this site….Folks tell it like it tisssss…..Keep on …Keepin on…

            Goooooood Morning .Fam….

            coffee brewing…..biscuits in the oven….ready for another day…..Joan…i hope you are feeling better today…..

        • 21 Left-Indie
          July 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

          Right on. It’s unfortunate but we gotta remember these guys come from nutty parts of the country. In fact, it’s amazing some of them are still in office and not long replaced with a t-nutbag or something.

        • July 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm


      • 25 kittypat
        July 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm

        Thank you for that comment I live in a red district that lost it’s one term Blue Dog, our Blue Dog voted for the stimulus for the ACA and did tremendous work for veterans, now we have an empty suit who answers to big$$$ and voted for the Ryan budget, to repeal the ACA and has some veterans grumbling and wishing for the return of our Blue Dog.

  3. 26 Karen Sr.
    July 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I find it hard to find an appropriate comment for the GOP’s behavior over the last 20 years, let alone the last 2 1/2. I feel like I’m going off the rails sometimes but the new GOP is threatening our very democracy.

    • 27 Anonymous
      July 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      I just opened my yahoo e-mail and up pops this headline about Mcconnell and Boehner assuring the country that they are nearing a deal with the president and that there will be no default.

      The nerve of these two scumbags! They create a mess and a manufactured crisis that never existed and now want to pretend like they are working on a solution when this should never have been an issue to begin with. I hate these people.

    • July 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      GOP behavior = Reprehensible!!! Now with the added element of Tea-publicans…. it’s just unimaginably bad! Nothing gets done without them trying to tie right wing agenda items to it.

  4. 29 GGail
    July 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Today, I’ve listened to quite a few of those standing there and I’m proud of the work they are putting in on this matter. I may not agree with every position, but overall, they are doing the business of the middle American (me) and they have my support.

  5. July 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Nancy Pelosi on the floor

    • July 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Wowee, Nancy! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just signed back on and listened to Nancy Pelosi stomp on the Boehner using his own words. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s really nothing to laugh about in this entire debt scenario with the GOPers, but that speech by Ms Pelosi caused a smile – and it’s all factual!Nicely done, Ms P! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  6. 32 Fred
    July 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I refuse to listen to that sellout Landrieu as well.She has been bought and sold by the oil industry and that bitch had the audacity to hold up one of President Obama’s nominees last year during the BP crisis for I don’t know how long ๐Ÿ˜ก

    please make this go viral

    Wisconsin GOPer Admits She Compared Public Schools To Nazi Germany

  7. July 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I can’t watch the video and so I don’t know what it is saying, but if they are standing together — all together, I say Kudos to the Democrats for standing together.

    United we stand, divided we fall. What about that Manchin guy from West Virginia? I hear he’s a little weasely sometimes.

    Go Dems!!

  8. July 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    See, when Democrats want the same thing, they CAN do well on messaging.

  9. July 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I just dont want them to give more away. No more cuts on the poor , cutting Pell grants because they think they are welfare…no. Please stand firm Dems

  10. 36 Fred
    July 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Bachmann Defends Using Federal Loans She Denounced: โ€˜Itโ€™s Almost Impossible To Buy A Homeโ€™ Without Them ๐Ÿ™„


    VIDEO: House GOP Urged Clean Debt Ceiling Hike As A Matter of Responsibility And Good Governance

  11. 37 HZ
    July 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Senator John Kerry is speaking now on the Senate floor. He is doing a great job.

  12. 38 desertflower
    July 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/07/30/283404/video-house-gop-urged-clean-debt-ceiling-hike-as-a-matter-of-responsibility-and-good-governance/ They need their collective memories refreshed!

  13. 39 TrumpDog
    July 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Reid also struck a frustrated note with McConnell’s remarks from earlier in the day. He said that contrary to McConnell’s claims at an afternoon presser, the notion that both sides are making progress on talks is “not true.”

    “Saying something in front of TV cameras doesn’t make it true,” Reid said. He also claimed that other, unnamed members of the Republican caucus were proving more amenable than McConnell, as some of them had been “reaching out to me to try to move the process forwards.”


    Don’t buy the bullshit McConell is peddling that the talks are coming along. He’s such a fucking liar.

    • July 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      I don’t like and I don’t trust Mitch McConnell.

      • 41 Sue in Minnesota
        July 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm

        Well I think with regard to trusting him your instincts are razor sharp. My opinion is so low of him it is offensive to repeat.

        • 42 geegee
          July 31, 2011 at 12:00 am

          Sue, just read in another thread re: the passing of your dearly beloved mother; my condolences. I had wondered why you had been mia there for a while. Time and God are healers; so glad you are back with your deep and insightful words of wisdom.

          • 43 Sue in Minnesota
            July 31, 2011 at 2:16 am

            Thank you geegee…..Most days are good, maybe daughters will always miss there Mothers most…I will. We had much to celebrate, she was a simple and uncomplicated woman who was genuine and true and always in the service of others without complaint. Caring for her was a privilege and provided me with some of the most important lessons of my lifetime to date. My tears flow pretty easy….I think I may always shed a tear or two for her. I used to share the Obama family videos with her, although she loved the children, she really loved the chemistry between Barack and Michelle. She always was a romantic at heart. I really appreciate your kind thoughts and concern and I must admit it is really good to back on a regular basis.

            • 44 Tally
              July 31, 2011 at 3:04 am

              Sue, that was beautiful. Thank you.


              • 45 prettyfoot58
                July 31, 2011 at 8:08 am


                sending you my heart felt condolences,…may God keep you in comfort and courage,,,,,

            • 46 Chi
              July 31, 2011 at 5:37 am

              Oh Sue, so sorry to hear…

              May your mum rest in perfect peace…

              Now she’s an angel watching over you…

              God bless you…

            • 48 LunarSea
              July 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

              So sorry for your loss. Regardless of how timely a person’s passing may be, it still leaves a hole. I am so happy that you have such pleasant memories and am sure they will be with you always. For this you are blessed and will continue to be blessed.

              May you carry her with you always and may her love forever wrap you in her arms.

              • 49 Sue in Minnesota
                July 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

                Thank you all your words sped right to my heart. Mom probably felt them as well…her love will forever fill my heart. Namaste

        • 50 HZ
          July 31, 2011 at 12:06 am

          I do not like him or trust him. When he said that he want to make President a one term President, that went to my heart. He does not make that decision, the voters do that. I understand his hateful remark, but he is a very hateful man. President has done nothing to Mitch McConnell. Why make such a statement when the President is working his behind off to clean up the mess they allowed GW to make. That is the hatefulness that I can’t stand.

    • 51 Sue in Minnesota
      July 31, 2011 at 12:22 am

      Just simply say….we see through you. If Congress fails to act the onus is on no one but The Republicans.

  14. 52 Tally
    July 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm


    Just got this email from the PEN.


    It sites this: http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/31C31.txt
    Which was submitted on 2/1/2010. I’m not legal wonk, but it seems as though this might be more legal than the 14th – AND it almost seems as though it was tweeked for this very moment….. any legal wonks lurking??

    • 53 Sue in Minnesota
      July 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      I looked at this…..my eyes glazed over. I am not worried about President Obama handling this properly in whatever way he is called to do it. He will respect the law, and both the powers and the limitations of his office. No integrity issues here.

      Tally I think this will end with a clean bill. Republicans suck.

  15. July 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    This President, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid makes me feel safe and assured that we (this country) are in safe hands.

    Over this past week seeing what unfolded made me think about the criticisms that’s leveled on this president and the dems in the house and the senate…and it left me concluding that we have the right people in charge.

    I have also been thinking about how will history judge this country in its treatment of the first black president and it is my thinking that those on the right and the far left will not be judged kindly. As Hank Aaron showed grace and dignity in being “The First”, so to has this President. And just like Hank Aaron, President Obama shows up each day seemingly unscathed to do the work at hand.

    • 55 GGail
      July 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      bjw2, I appreciate your statement with one exception…Jackie Robinson was The First black baseball player signed into Major League Baseball, not our wonderful Hank Aaron who came much later.

  16. 56 Sue in Minnesota
    July 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    She is business-centric, I think she too often neglects the other half of the equation…..the people. But she is with us today, which is a no brainer…..they should .

    • 57 Sue in Minnesota
      July 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      Sorry this was an unfinished comment that was sent unintentionally. It is referring to Mary Landrieu …..

      Nancy Pelosi is a giant in my eyes. We must get the gavel back into her capable hands.

  17. 58 Mary Gray
    July 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    WOW, just watched the Pelosi clip. She is on fire. Pelosi for POTUS 2016. Will send her some higs.

  18. 61 Sue in Minnesota
    July 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Just read a report at Think Progress that the House had sufficient votes to pass a clean bill to raise the debt ceiling. They conducted a ‘special vote count’ and had support from 267 representatives. It stated almost all Democrats supported it and lists the Republicans that due on their web page (Economy). My Republican rep is not on the list which is making me freaking mad….his parents must have dropped him on his head as a kid….GGGGGRRRRRRR!

    • 62 57andFemale
      July 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      No, not really. This has been a spurious conclusion at best: Think Progress added up the Republicans who had voted for a clean bill in the past. That has nothing to do with what they want to do now to destroy this President. It’s not a reliable figure — it’s not a head count of who wants to vote for a clean bill now.

      • 63 Sue in Minnesota
        July 30, 2011 at 9:46 pm

        Gotcha. Frankly there is not a Republican in Congress that I believe to a honest broker.

  19. 64 COS
    July 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    This is what PBO wanted from the beginning. It would be ironic if this clean bill passes after the teathugs put the country thru all of this.

    • 65 Sue in Minnesota
      July 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      And hopefully their political games will be the rope that ultimately hangs them. I do think President Obama is playing them like a cheap fiddle. O’Donnell thought this was part of the master plan, since cooperation is always withheld and blatantly so by the Republicans. President Obama knows he has to out fox them….he is very cunning. But I confess I have not enjoyed this emotional rollercoaster in the least.

      • 66 COS
        July 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

        Sue, I also could have done without this emotional roller coaster. The one good thing that is coming out of this, if nothing else, is that it has exposed the repugs and tea thuglians for what they are and what they really stand for. This debacle has gotten the attention of folks who usually don’t pay attention to politics.

        • 67 Blue
          July 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm

          Well, I was out today and hear people blaming President Obama that he wants to swipe out Social Security. That ad out there saying crap like this. People are stupid, and will believe anything bad about this President, because of the color of his skin. Everything bad happens in their lives, it’s President Obama’s fault. It’s sad, but true!

          • 68 nospin
            July 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

            Blue – that will never change. Haters gonna hate. There is nothing you can do about it and frankly, why should we care.

            We should focus on the folks whose hearts and minds can be changed and rally the folks to vote Democratic in 2012

          • 69 Chi
            July 31, 2011 at 5:44 am

            You can thank the raucous ‘liberal’ media who keep screaming that President Obama is trying to cut SS and Medicare to the exclusion of even apportioning any blame to the republicans…

            Little wonder that low information folks think it is all President Obama’s fault…

            But God is in control…

        • 70 57andFemale
          July 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

          Everyone’s going to be bruised and bloody when this is over. It’s sufficiently muddled. Obama will keep a slight edge but nowhere near the edge I thought he’d have when he started in earnest a month or so ago.

        • 72 HZ
          July 31, 2011 at 12:17 am

          COS, I thought of the same thoughts on this entire situation. The people who will believe the President will always stand firm. Those who in no way want to believe him, got to see for themselves what and who is working for the good of the people. Plus, most people out there who are barking up the wrong trees do not understand that we have three Branches of Government, and how those Branches of our Government are suppose to work.

        • 73 prettyfoot58
          July 31, 2011 at 8:12 am

          i agree with you COS…

      • July 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        Yeah, you and me both. This Is truly a roller coaster ride. Our Government Is spending all their time on raising the debt ceiling, and budgets, when our Country Is In need of jobs and so many, many things. Surely the rethuglicans can’t think that this will help them win In 2012. What the Rethuglicans are telling me Is that they have no heart or soul, or mind even. I mean really they are holding the world hostage, all because they want to see PBO a one term President. How mean, evil and hateful can they be???? Do they really think that they are helping the Country????? Father God I’m leaning and depending on you to help us out of this mess. Lord Jesus have mercy on your people. we can’t do nothing without you Lord God. Help us Lord Jesus In your precious name.

  20. 76 Tally
    July 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Princess Potty Mouth Cassandra still says:


    • 77 COS
      July 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Tally who is Princess Potty Mouth Cassandra?

    • 88 Sue in Minnesota
      July 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      You called it Tally, I think the administration is calling, they could use your talents.

      • 89 Tally
        July 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

        Think they’d let me stay in Cali and work from here (AND PAY ME???)


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        • 90 Sue in Minnesota
          July 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

          Oh that would really be the ‘West Wing’…….I wish you would run for office. Maybe you will be the face of our soon to be developed You Tube Channel…..we will need a broadcaster, and you are a sparkler.

          • 91 desertflower
            July 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm

            That would be awesome for Tally to be the face of the channel I proposed last night…we need to do this. We CAN do this…so glad that you guys have talked about that channel…been in and out today. need to spread that idea around! get some topics going and figure out how to do this thing!

            • 92 Tally
              July 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

              Thanks guys! Funny you guys should mention that…… I have someone here telling me the same thing, and we have video equipment and everything…. my only hesitation is the time factor – when I write something – then by the time we get it on tape and uploaded – it might be old news…..

              still…… something to think about.

              • 93 desertflower
                July 30, 2011 at 9:30 pm

                It is worth thinking about. We need to do this, The MSM is useless and it needs to be up to us to take the bull by the horns and get the truth out there…I don’t see things as being “old news” being an issue….time will pass, but the issues are still going to be relevant….we need to think of topics and talk about them with the facts behind us…When I kept hearing people say “Where’s his bill” Why isn’t HE writing the bill he wants? I thought I would strangle someone…Americans need a civics lesson…DAMN those budget cuts ‘cuz now we’re all stupid about how govt works! So much to say, so many lies and just plain nonsensical stuff that needs to be debunked and talked about…people want “instant understanding” without the work and research….we have to be the “Schoolhouse Rock” of the 21st century…on so many more levels. Consider it…we can all think of topics to cover… Shakespeare would be proud:)

        • 94 COS
          July 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm

          Of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 95 HZ
            July 31, 2011 at 12:26 am

            I am so hoping that Tally would do something at the WH. I told her before. I hope really that she would do a program major. Tally, you are so brilliant. I really mean that. Think hard about it. However, I do understand that one has to really love what they are doing and have a real passion for it. But you write so beautifully. I could read your books also any time and anyday. Just think about it all Tally.HZ

            • 96 Tally
              July 31, 2011 at 2:18 am

              OMG HZ!!! Thank you so much! I love writing (almost as much as I love acting & directing Shakespeare…..) I’ve got so many stories/screenplays – that I’ve started….. the only thing I seem to ever finish are my political rants. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

              You guys (and our amazing POTUS) inspire me so much!

              I’ve got some idea that JJ Abrams could run with!!!

              ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€



              • 97 Tally
                July 31, 2011 at 2:19 am

                whythehell can’t I type today…. IDEAS – more than one…… MANY…

                oh nevermind…. it’s late….. ๐Ÿ™‚

              • 98 HZ
                July 31, 2011 at 2:47 am

                Tally, I am looking for you now. I have the information. I did not see your question about the invite. I will post it again now. Are you here?HZ

              • 99 HZ
                July 31, 2011 at 2:51 am

                Tally, I hope you see this: The Invite: August 3, 2011. at 7:30 PM. David Axe, and Hon. Eric Garcetti. Spot 5750. 5750 Hollywood Blve. Hollywood. email Gen44@barackobama.com
                I hope you see this.

  21. July 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    But tally, please tell me this : Do the Rethuglicans really think that by holding our country hostage will help them win?????? or get relected??????? do they think they can win on their childish behavior???? help me understand please.

    • 102 desertflower
      July 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      I don’t know. The only way they EVER do things is to lie..they have lied so much and so many times, it all becomes the truth to them…even in the face of facts, they still deny and lie…..it is up to all of us to NEVER FORGET,,,never let the VOTERS forget….and explain to them how we got to this perilous place…I don’t pretend to understand the mind of a Republican, or worse a Rebagger…but I envision a much, much different scenario for them than THEY THINK! We have work to do.

    • 103 desertflower
      July 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      Sorry…you were asking Tally:) I interrupted

    • 104 COS
      July 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Remember, the “JUST SAY NO” crowd worked out great for them. I was shocked that they were able to take the House back in 2010 after all of the hard work by PBO and the Dems. It appears that they are succeeding in some areas saying that PBO is cutting social security. With People like Conyers other there pushing this lie, it sure does not help us.

      • 105 57andFemale
        July 30, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        As late as summer 2010, it was laughable that they would win back the House. We cannot ever underestimate Republican skills. We do so at our peril.

    • 106 Tally
      July 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm


      because they’re certifiably insane?

      Why do they do ANYTHING??? Their ethics, and everything else – are BROKEN!

      WOOOOOOO LANDON DONOVAN JUST SCORED!!! Galaxy 2 – 0 Vancouver

      • 107 Sue in Minnesota
        July 31, 2011 at 2:28 am

        They should be required to get a mental health certificate before being allowed to be sworn in. Shit, that would certainly save us from the likes of those evil twins Sarah and Michelle….crazy, crazy women , as HZ would say, “be gone.”

  22. 108 Anonymous
    July 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    President Obama will attend two previously scheduled DNC fundraisers in his hometown of Chicago on Wednesday, August 3, Press Secretary Jay Carney has announced, because the White House is certain that the debt ceiling “crisis” will be “resolved.” The fundraisers are pegged to the President’s milestone 50th birthday the next day, and include a big party at the historic Aragon Ballroom with dinner and performances by Chicago natives Jennifer Hudson, Herbie Hancock and OK GO

  23. 110 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I just got back from getting groceries and caught the tail end of Senator Barbara Boxer calling out the Republican Party. What I saw was a thing of beauty. I am bursting with pride. The Democrats have been spectacular.

    I am on my third viewing of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi making mincemeat out of the “Speaker In Name Only John Boehner”. The woman is fierce, I can’t get enough.

    • 111 Tally
      July 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      I need VIDEO of Barbara.

      • 112 Ladyhawke
        July 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm


        If you go to the TRANSCRIPT SECTION scroll down, I think Senator Boxer starts around the 07.07.53 mark.

        • 113 desertflower
          July 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm

          Thanks, Ladyhawke…she was fabulous. Told it just like it was. I’m proud of the way the Dems have handled themselves. I really am

          • July 31, 2011 at 12:36 am

            Desertflower she was great. I watched all day C-SPAN2. I am so proud of my favorite Senator of Cali. She is a fireball. She tells it like it is all the time in my opinion. I did calling for her this last run. I am proud of her work in the Senate.

            • 115 Tally
              July 31, 2011 at 1:11 am

              “Cantor took his blankie and left…” HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

              I love MY Senator Boxer SO MUCH!!!!

              • 116 Ladyhawke
                July 31, 2011 at 1:58 am

                I cracked up when she said that. It made me think of the Snoopy character called “Linus” who always walks around with his blue security blanket. Hilarious….. Oh, and OT, it made me chuckle yesterday when Senator Schumer said the House Republicans couldn’t tie their own shoes. Ouch…

                This entire manufactured stunt is backfiring badly for the Republican Party. Let’s face it, they are violating the 14th Amendment. I have seen cartoons and editorials that are devastating for the GOP. But what I am waiting for are the scathing postmortem articles. There will be plenty of time to take this debacle from it’s inception to August 2, 2011. The Republican Party owns this mess. It was their bright idea to conflate the debt ceiling and deficit reduction and hold the country hostage. Something that was routine was turned into something unprecedented. Their goal was to hurt President Obama. But as always, the only adult in the room is still the only adult in the room.

              • July 31, 2011 at 2:38 am

                Tally I have the information: I hope you are still here. Wed., Aug. 3,2011 at 7:30 PM. David Axelrod and Eric Garcetti: Spot5750, 5750 Hollywood Blvd. ;email Gen44@barackobama.com for tickets. HZ

              • July 31, 2011 at 2:41 am

                Tally see the information just below Ladyhawk.HZ

            • 119 desertflower
              July 31, 2011 at 1:11 am

              Hi, HZ! Hope you had a good day today….I overdosed on CSpan today…I’m CSPANNED out for today:) CA Senators are awesome…unlike here in AZ, they really do the work of the people, not the corporations. If I could move back to CA, I would. Anyway, I have to get to bed…more work to do tomorrow. You’re up late tonight I see! We can all sleep in tomorrow:) See you then. have a nice night.

              • July 31, 2011 at 2:34 am

                Thanks Desertflower. Yes, I did. also. I am trying to leave a message for Tally. I hope she sees it. I forgot what thread she ask me the question. Hope I find her.

  24. 121 Dona
    July 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Hi everyone. Has always been a lurker. This is the first and last site I visit every day. I enjoy this haven of support for our dear POTUS. Keep the fate TOD family, he’s got this! BTW, don’t hold your breath waiting for the GOP to come around. They have been taken over by a rabid, snarling bunch of wingnuts whose sole purpose is to bring down Barack Obama at ANY cost.

    • 122 utaustinliberal
      July 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Hey Dona, welcome to the family. Thanks for your visits and your unwavering support for President Obama. Thanks for your words of encouragement and I also hope you continue keep the fate and keep hope alive. Once again, welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 123 desertflower
      July 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      Welcome to the TOD family:) SO nice that you’re here with us..

    • 124 Doris
      July 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      Welcome Dona. We’re so happy to have you.

      • July 31, 2011 at 12:40 am

        Welcome Dona. I am happy also that you came here, and I hope that you will continue to come and share with this beautiful family who supports our President with all of our respect and might. Please come back. Have a nice weekend, Dona.

    • 126 prettyfoot58
      July 31, 2011 at 8:21 am

      hey Dona,,,,

      Welcome to the Fam..

      this is indeed a haven of positivity…passion and dare i say it …fun…you will find plenty of information to debunk the lies,,,distortiona dn misinformation….

      once again…Welcome….

  25. 127 Doris
    July 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    My mother who is 78 got a call today from the Huckabee camp claiming that President Obama is a Muslim. This woman told my mother that the President was forced into doing the National Day of Prayer. My mother told her that that was not true and the President was a Christian. She argued that he was not a Christian but a Muslim. After a few minutes, my mom hung up on her.

    It’s already starting. My mother is a Christian and does watch and subscribe to some the religious shows on tv, cable, etc. No doubt, some are Christian right, but my mom has her favorites and has been listening for years. If any politics comes in, she tunes them out. They must have gotten her phone number and thought they would drive their message home. Well they got a big surprise, she and my 80 year old dad are big Obama supporters and she will tear you a new one if she has too when it comes to the President. I was so proud of her.

    • 128 utaustinliberal
      July 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Wow. Bless your mom for fighting back. Huckabee and his camp are disgusting. He’s not even running for President and yet he keeps on peddling this false, hateful meme that the President was shaped by the mau mau revolution, is a muslim, didn’t have a traditional background. Karma is a bitch and she will definitely come knocking at his door. The hateful bigot!

    • 129 nospin
      July 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Tell Mom thanks.

      Go Obama/Biden 2012

    • 131 57andFemale
      July 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Why is Huckabee calling anyone? He’s not in office, not running for President.

      • 132 Doris
        July 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        UT said it best. It just amazes me how far these people will go. Obviously, they know they are seniors and were preying on them. That makes me mad.

        • 133 Tally
          July 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

          OMG THIS.

          I’m not their target, but if they would have called me, I would have GONE OFF. “I don’t care if he’s from MARS, or a FUCKING WICCAN! He’s the BEST POTUS IN MY LIFETIME! SO FUCK OFF!!!”

          Their hair would be on fire after they talked to me.

          • 134 Sue in Minnesota
            July 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

            That can happen when you mess with sparklers! You can get burnt.

            I would have gone off as well, why should this even be permisable.

          • 135 nospin
            July 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

            Tally – you are on point. My thought is . . . so what if he were Muslim? Who cares? He is brilliant and the best person for the job.

            One day we will get to the place where we won’t judge based on religion, race or orientation but on the content of our character.

      • 137 Sue in Minnesota
        July 30, 2011 at 10:02 pm

        Christ do any of them ever tell the truth about anything? They are sick……I like the idea of saying he is not, but so what if he was, this is America baby, freedom of and from religion. Take your lies to a real church and pray for forgiveness, you religious hack, there is still hope for you.

        • July 31, 2011 at 12:51 am

          Sue, you are correct. They need to get on their knees and ask for forgiveness and a new heart. These people are so phony. They are going to be judge not very nicely by their hateful deeds.

    • July 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Doris, give your Mom and Dad a big hug for me.

      • 140 Doris
        July 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        I will anniebella, I was so surprised that she fought back, but I know her passion for this President, lol, but I was still caught off guard.

    • July 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      I wonder what the caller’s response would be if someone replied. ‘He is? Good! We have something in common and that’s exactly why I’m voting for him. I’m a muslim too.’

    • 150 Tally
      July 30, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      OMG Doris! That is so obscene!

      Huckabee sold his soul to MURDOCH – and he’s paid to spew their poison, including that nonsensical Repeal Obamacare commercial I see every fucking day during LOD. Makes me sick.

      • 151 Doris
        July 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

        Is that a Huckabee commercial? My mother brought that up to me today. She likes its message. Oh my goodness, I will have to tell her who is behind that ad. I didn’t know that. They are so cunning. Wow, thanks Tally for letting me know this.

      • 152 COS
        July 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        I can’t find the mute button on my remote fast enough when I see that ad. I don’t know what type of minister who would sell his soul like this promoting an ad against the poor and people who really need help. I think I heard LOD say that Huckabee definitely was running for President before he announced. He has gotten use to his big salary from Faux and he has to pay for his 3 million dollar home in Florida. He is such a hypocrite. Here’s an image of his home.

        • 153 Doris
          July 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

          Whoa. That’s all I have to say. Man oh man.

        • 154 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          July 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm

          Money changer in the temple.

        • July 31, 2011 at 12:59 am

          I hate that commericial also. I almost hurt myself trying to reach for the remote to mute him. Now I just speak loudly out against him by praying that God will judge him for his evil and hateful participation to confuse and hurt people. I really do that. But he will pay dearly for that, if he does not do the right thing. I do believe that.

  26. July 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Praying without ceasing for President Barack Hussein Obama!

  27. 161 COS
    July 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    The rethugs laugh at Kathy Hochul at their own peril. This article is from HuffPuff so I won’t link it. I found this portion quite interesting.


    “I say slashing programs for seniors, young people, [the] middle class — all because we’re afraid of the influence of big oil — that is wrong on so many levels,” she said.

    And she lambasted Republicans for “playing chicken” with America’s economy by holding the raise in the debt limit captive to massive cuts in domestic spending.

    โ€œNever, never in this history [of America] has there been an intentional disaster, perpetrated by the very people who were elected to be the caretakers of this country, and that is exactly what will happen if we refuse to take action, prevent default and pay our nationโ€™s bills now,โ€ Hochul said.

    Republicans on the floor did not appear impressed, and even could be heard laughing at Hochul — who has been in her office only since June — when she hit her time limit before finishing remarks about reaching out to the other side.


    “Congresswoman Hochul has already distinguished herself as a member of Congress as an independent champion for the seniors and middle class families of upstate New York,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told HuffPost. “Democrats are united in opposition to the Republican Default Act and Congresswoman Hochul crystalized the concerns of her constituents with this motion on the House floor.”

  28. July 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    In 2010 Democrats got lazy and didn’t turn out in big enough numbers to overcome the right–they didn’t think it was important enough to try hard. (Just a little higher turnout in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh would have prevented the nightmare of Toomey as senator). But I can tell you this having spent time talking to Democrats at our county fair–Dems are really angry about this debt ceiling nonsense and they’re ready to fight. If nothing else this whole mess is motivating the Democratic base to get off its rear and act and when Democrats vote in big number, the country wins. When it comes time to vote in November 2012, I’m going to remind every Democrat I phone or see that if they don’t like what the constant whiplash coming from the R’s , they had better get moving and vote.

    • 163 Sue in Minnesota
      July 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      And we all have to join you in active engagement. We should not allow the Republicans or the MSM to disway us from our determination. or are focus.

  29. 164 nospin
    July 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    am watching the Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee Republicans on Defense spending. They are trying to make the case to not cut Defense Spending but these same men voted to cut spending and refused Reid’s bill. I am flabbergasted. Now they are worried about how can we maintain our security AFTER they raved about cuts without revenue.

    These people are nuts.

  30. 166 nospin
    July 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Reporter is actually asking Rep Buck McKeon – you voted for cut cap and balance, how can you vote for the cut cap and balance bill but you now say decisions should be based on where the need is and that you can’t have across the board cuts? lol

  31. July 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    PBO on Malia driving…he’s too cute,,,hehehehe,

    It’s only a matter of time until Malia gets her learner’s permit. So I’m hoping to see one of those models that gets a top speed of 15 miles an hour. The ejector seat any time boys are in the car. So, hopefully you guys have some of those in the pipeline.”

    • 168 Sue in Minnesota
      July 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      We just may get to actually see him sweat. Sweet, beautiful Malia.

      • 169 desertflower
        July 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm

        Just like a good dad…this political stuff can be solved, but his daughter driving:) THAT is a big nervous making issue to be sure:) It IS…been there, done that…still have a son that I have to go through that with…bless his sweet heart.

        • July 31, 2011 at 1:08 am

          That is so precious of our President. I hope and pray that we get to see Malia starting college and Sasha high school. He is going to be so cute. Lovely Michelle is going to have to get him something to make it easy for dad. He loves his young ladies. It is so sweet.

  32. 171 nospin
    July 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Reporter asked, well if you are saying we don’t have enough funding, nothing is left in the slush funds and you are so concerned with our military not having resources, would you consider an increase in taxes because that will provide the funds needed to cover the defense cost. McKeon said, no we can’t raise taxes what we need to do is cut more of the entitlement programs. That is the solution.


  33. 173 desertflower
    July 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Harry Reid just said that the WH is working on this as we speak…all the players are there…will have this vote tomorrow at 1pm in order to give them time to work this out…no short term fix he said

  34. 175 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: Harry Reid debt ceiling vote moved from 1AM EDT tonight to tomorrow, sunday 1PM EDT because repubs were trying to filibuster it and didn’t want it to be called up. So Reid moved the vote to tomorrow, hoping to avoid filibuster. And the waiting continues.

  35. 176 Bobfr
    July 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Comment I just posted on Steve Benen’s blog (had also posted my letter to the President that I shared with all of you, earlier):

    Bobfr on July 30, 2011 10:00 PM:

    The President took an oath of office. He understands the words and the Constitution way better than I ever will.

    That said, he also knows the words of Chief Justice Hughes and their meaning because, even for a non-Constitutional law expert like myself those words are crystal clear as is the context in which they were written. To wit:

    “The Fourteenth Amendment, in its fourth section, explicitly declares: ‘The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law , … shall not be questioned.’ While this provision was undoubtedly inspired by the desire to put beyond question the obligations of the government issued during the Civil War, its language indicates a broader connotation. We regard it as confirmatory of a fundamental principle which applies as well to the government bonds in question, and to others duly authorized by the Congress, as to those issued before the amendment was adopted. Nor can we perceive any reason for not considering the expression ‘the validity of the public debt’ as embracing whatever concerns the integrity of the public obligations.”

    Source: http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?navby=case&court=us&vol=294&invol=330#354

    The President remarked that he did not consider it ‘advisable’ to invoke the 14th Amendment when asked the question. That is a time-based statement. That is a strategically time-based statement because we have a President whom truly honors the precept of equal branches of our government.

    What was ‘advisable’ days or weeks or months ago, as in the months and months of deliberations over intelligence and methodology for killing OBL, changes when a moment arrives for a decision because the situation has reached a status of imminence.

    That moment regarding the profound, beyond imaginable harm of default, of questioning the ‘validity of the public debt’ is sometime between now and when the Asian markets open tomorrow.

    I have zero doubt that President Obama will act to avert calamity and he has not only the Constitution he is sworn to defend but Chief Justice Hughes on his team.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 177 desertflower
      July 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Senator Harkin of Iowa spoke on that very thing today on the Senate floor. He was very convincing!

      • 178 COS
        July 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm

        This is just a curiosity question. How do you all feel about Robert Reich? I listen to him sometime but I always end up turning away, because he always get his his negaative dig in at PBO.

        • 179 COS
          July 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

          Oops, I meant “negative”.

        • 180 utaustinliberal
          July 30, 2011 at 10:55 pm

          I do like Robert Reich, his heart, mind, and proposed policies are in the right place but he does get out of hand in his criticisms of the President. He seems to forget that we have three branches of government and President Obama doesn’t control congress, hence he can’t do all he wants without congressional support.

            • 182 57andFemale
              July 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm

              A clean bill is better than this. It doesn’t do anything substantive to cut the debt except inflict pain, personal and political. This is not a win for the President, the economy, Democrats or the country.

              Flame me if you want, but I don’t like it.

              • 183 utaustinliberal
                July 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm

                Hahahahahaha 57andFemale I love your expression “Flame me if you want.” You’ve got me cracking up here. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

            • 184 Doris
              July 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

              I was just going to post that. It’s up at OFA. Not sure what to make of it though.

            • July 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm

              COS I saw that but I’m not sure how I feel, if true. I know that cuts can be made to Medicare to improve it without affecting the benefits, and not destroying it like the Republicans want too. I just don’t trust McConnell or any Republican. I just hope and pray the President and WH do the right thing.

              • July 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm

                Don’t you’ll get so upset when you hear about cuts to Medicare. Don’t you first need to know what any cuts would be? Remember Bill Clinton made cuts to Medicare. We have alot of waste and fraud which goes on in programs like these.

                • 189 COS
                  July 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm

                  I know anniebella. PBO has always said that his cuts would strengthen these entitlements. Until, I hear different, I will go with what PBO said.

                • July 31, 2011 at 1:20 am

                  Anniebella, you can also log on to the website for the DOJ. The Attorney General, Eric Holder and his team are doing a lot of great busting of fraud with Medicare. If you like law, which I do because of family careers, you can sign up for different interest of the DOJ offices and they send directly to you daily what they have accomplished. They are doing a great job in this area. Just a mention. They are doing what the President said would happen.

            • July 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm

              Before everyone gets razzed WH aides are pushing back on this story…….they say NO deal has been reached.

              We should all remember the WaPo story which claimed falsities, also NY times is reporting that SS may be cut even though Chuck Todd said it was off the table.

              • 192 COS
                July 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm

                Thanks bjw2. MSM does it again.

              • 193 Ladyhawke
                July 31, 2011 at 12:17 am


                President Barack Obama has said: Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to.

                I am wondering if this is what is holding things up… (TRIGGERS)

                Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) isn’t saying why both sides aren’t any closer to a debt deal after a day filled with feverish negotiations Saturday, but Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) spelled it out during a floor speech Saturday night.

                The sticking point for Dems, Kerry said, involves detailed negotiations over an enforcement mechanism that would require Congress to act on entitlement and tax reform by a date certain or faces the consequences. Democrats want to ensure that such a trigger does not simply mandate severe spending cuts, but also includes tax increases — the so-called “shared pain” Democrats have cited lately.


                • 194 Bobfr
                  July 31, 2011 at 1:29 am

                  Yes, Ladyhawke – Nothing is Agreed until EVERYTHING is Agreed.

                  We are witnessing nothing more than one newstainer after another trying to get a few eyeballs on their crap.

                  When President Obama speaks, I listen. Otherwise, nope!

                  Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

                  • 195 Ladyhawke
                    July 31, 2011 at 1:34 am

                    I donโ€™t know how long this link will be valid at the CSPAN site because their links move around a lot until they are loaded into the video library โ€“ but Senator John Kerry was absolutely magnificent today. He talks about how the image of the โ€œworlds greatest deliberative bodyโ€ is suffering. The world is looking on in shock and amazement. Damage has already been done. Itโ€™s about 15 minutes of sheer brilliance. He also addresses the issue of triggers which is apparently one of the major sticking points right now.

                    Senator Kerry starts around the 05.43.54 mark.


          • 196 desertflower
            July 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

            Yep.That about covers it

          • 197 Sue in Minnesota
            July 31, 2011 at 12:35 am

            They all want to forget or diminish the wall of concrete that deliberately attempts to block his every move. I don’t object to diverse opinions and ideas but could we please strive to paint the whole picture. Pressure from the left is healthy, but it shouldn’t destroy everything that gets in its path. Seems like no one is willing to let the process be about compromise. If anything our President has demonstrated that he is willing to consider all types of positions. To say otherwise is to lie.

          • 198 Chi
            July 31, 2011 at 6:08 am

            Robert Reich was angling for a position in President Obama’s cabinet and like many others, he became petty and mean spirited when the call didn’t come…

            For many of President Obama’s critics especially from the left, it has much to do with hurt feelings and being overlooked for a post – any post…

            It’s always mostly about the hustle and staying relevant than it is about moving this country forward and for the greater good…

            That’s why the criticisms are petty and personal…

            Only made worse as Sue correctly pointed out re: Howard Fineman, by the white man superiority complex…

            Think about it…

            As flawed as Bill Clinton was, the criticisms from the left were never personal, demeaning or disparaging…

        • 199 57andFemale
          July 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm

          He’s a good, progressive economist. Factor in, however, that he sees no reason to rebuild our manufacturing sector and just change to a different economy. Whatefer that is. Even though there is recent consensus amongst some progressive economists that American manufacturing and export is critical to a new economy for the 21st century. Chinese manipulation of currency is more the problem than anything else — export of American goods must be part of the equation. This is what Obama is working on in his trade agreements, not that he gets any credit for it.

          What I don’t like about Reich and so many others of the PL is that he wilfully eliminates facts from his equation to match his bias. If you’re going to make what amounts to political statements and judgments then you’d better factor in the reality of the politics on the ground.

          That being said, progressive input on Obama’s economic team is lacking. I’ve never been happy about it. I think some of the miscalculations politically in this debt ceiling mess were caused by a lopsided economic team.

      • 200 Sue in Minnesota
        July 31, 2011 at 3:02 am

        He was awesome. Bobfr had me scrambling to try to find the video, I really appreciate the link that was provided here. It is really difficult for me to listen to the Republicans. Marco Rubio is quite the bloviator, but Kerry took him down a peg or two. I sensed it punched in little hole in his ego, as I thought there was a definite shift in his demeanor. I had the misfortune of listening to Mike Lee from Utah, he seemed like a dolt…sorry Mike.

        I hope we see more woman joining the halls of Congress. They bring an energy that IMO, I think is really important. Nurturing, caring, female energy. I think they bring a needed balance to the testosterone. I thought Boxer was outstanding…..she recognizes the arrested developement in the likes of Cantor and Boehner. Mothers understand childish behavior from their own personal experiences raising children. It’s hard to hornswaggle Mom’s.

        • 201 Chi
          July 31, 2011 at 6:15 am

          Rubio the weasel is auditioning for the potential minority candidate role for vee pee that will never be…

          Batshit crazies Herman Cain and Alan West have upped their crazy game to gain some notoriety and they hope, consideration too for the role…

          It’s all auditioning all the time…

  36. July 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Tea party looooosers have begun to hijack the #Isupportthepresident thread on twitter. The ignorance is quite disturbing.

    • 203 Tally
      July 31, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      That means two things:

      1. They’re helping it to trend = WIN.

      2. We need to keep up with the positive tweets.

  37. 204 57andFemale
    July 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I have adapted, but taken almost word for word, a plea to call Congress in a diary at dkos. Here is my email to Mark Kirk (my fourth for the day):

    โ€œNo matter how you feel about him, there is no reason that this president should not be accorded the respect, and the responsibility, that every other resident of the White House has been given. Even if you think that the national debt is the most important crisis facing the nation, raising the debt ceiling will not increase that debt one penny. The only thing bringing this nation to the brink of failure is a foolish attempt to turn a routine event into an issue.

    Itโ€™s time to stop playing around and produce a clean bill. No cuts, no taxes, no triggers, no super committees, no anything. Just an increase in the debt ceiling that doesnโ€™t change one single program.

    You can add all the language they want. You can state just how much you loathe it. You can rail against it. And tomorrow you can get up and begin the fight to reduce the debt in any way you want, so long as you do it without a sword of our own making hanging over the nationโ€™s head.

    Please, Senator Kirk, do the right thing for the country.โ€

    • 205 desertflower
      July 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      Nice…I may use this on the crazy senator from AZ…..Kyl Already said my peace to the “other one”

    • 206 Sue in Minnesota
      July 31, 2011 at 1:08 am

      Great letter, I admire your writing skills.

      I was just thinking how interesting it would be to release the tick-tock as the President refers to it, exposing the timeline start to finish, and the notes to both the meetings and the public statements surrounding this whole production, which is making for really bad theater. Bring it into the sunlight, let the American people judge for themselves as to who has represented America’s best interests. I have a strong feeling Americans would not be impressed with republican chicanery,

  38. July 31, 2011 at 1:31 am

    57and Female, that is what I told my Representative who is a Republican. The young man who took my call got very quiet. Then I put the same comments in the e mail that I sent to Rep. Dreier. I can’t stand him. I live in a very ugly city. Very hateful, but I am a fighter no matter where I live. I do not allow anyone to push me around of mistreat people in my presence or out of my presence. I will speak up and out. I will not be treated with disrespect and with hatefulness because of my President. They back off. I chased one in a town nearby. I am sick of their hatefulness.

  39. July 31, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Bravo to Democrats standing strong and united. Thank you Mr. President and Mr Vice President for also working hard as well.

  40. 209 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 31, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Before I go to bed I wanted to share a positive experience. My sister-in-law, who has always been republican in the past, visited today and brought up the subject of the debt ceiling. She told me she is very disappointed with the current crop of Republicans and thinks it’s quite terrible the lack of respect that is being shown for the President of the United States. She thinks Boner is an idiot. This was quite a pleasant surprise to me. People are taking notice. She even agreed that no other President has had to face this much unfair opposition or fight so hard to get anything accomplished. We need to keep exposing the lies because there are reasonable people who can be reached.

    A lot of republican voters have never really understood until now that Social Security and Medicare are part of the hated “big government”.
    We had an intelligent discussion about health care costs and how the drug companies are price gouging. The Presidents message is getting through.

    • July 31, 2011 at 3:29 am

      Walking_on_Sunshine, I pray that people eyes are being open about these Republicans, these radical terrorists who are holding our country hostage.

  41. 211 Janelle
    July 31, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Many have requested to just do a clean bill and be done with it. That is my preference as well because this rollercoaster ride is making me dizzy. But keep in mind that the credit rating agencies have said that they wanted to see a debt reduction plan so that the US was not downgraded—not just lifting the debt ceiling and that’s one of the reasons why the President is focused on it. There is also talk about cuts to defense and the Bush tax cuts are not off the table for revenues. Also, I heard the term medicare “cuts”, but the President has also said that waste and fraud should be cut out. That being said, “Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to”. These are just what I’m keeping in mind until the final terms are released from the WH. I also keep in mind that the President and Plouffe have the WH on lock overnight about what’s going on so the leaks are coming from the Republican side to the reporters. No matter what, I have prepared myself for not liking all of what is finally put on the table. Also, for whatever deal, they need pretty much all of the Democrats in the House to vote for it, so Pelosi has more power as well. I also think that 90 min. meeting with Pelosi and Reid at the WH filled them in to everything. We’ll see if this ends up being the original Biden plan, the Grand Bargain, or the Reid plan with revenues—-repackaged so that some Republican moderates from the House can vote for it.

  42. 212 Jennifer
    July 31, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Just went over to http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SenRe and listened to quite a few of the Senators debating. Franken was good, Mikulski was her usual awesome pit bull self, Sanders was good, Levin was good, Durbin was good, Kerry was good, and I’m sure there were many more that were good, but Boxer was truly amazing. Wow! Somebody needs to do a caricature of Cantor with a blankie. Now that’s an image. I’ll never think of him any other way again.

    • 213 Ladyhawke
      July 31, 2011 at 7:00 am

      The Democrats have been amazing. I have watched quite a few of the speeches and I was bursting with pride. I just hope those speeches will get the attention they deserve. There is a goldmine there for creating some terrific campaign ads. I haven’t been this pumped up about speeches and press conferences since the Democratic women of the senate gave their press conference during the budget crisis. It was an amazing display of advocacy for the women of the country. By the way, you are so right about Senator Mikulski. She does not play.

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