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President Barack Obama talks with Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, before a call in the Oval Office, Aug. 10, 2011. Pictured, from left, are; Caroline Atkinson, Special Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs; NSC Deputy Executive Secretary Valerie Boyd; Liz Sherwood-Randall, Special Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director for European Affairs; and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


153 Responses to “thursday”


  1. 1 dotster
    August 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Sorry, but can we at least call Michele Bachmann “weird”? Searching for amusing tidbits after a tough day, I came across this breaking news on Wonkette: Michele Bachmann is scared to death of daVinci! Yes, it’s true! Lots of pretty unbelievable stuff here, “weird” stuff. And even tho all of American punditry spent hundreds of hours defending Bachmann from bad Newsweek featuring her as she most often appears, wild-eyed crazy, I enjoyed this observation—–that she looks like what the worm sees right before the bass eats him.
    http://wonkette.com/451001/michele-bachmann-terrorized-by-what-today-15th-century-art

  2. 5 ChristiMtl
    August 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I can’t wait to see the President tomorrow.

    Ok guys I have a request and a question, if someone can help me, I appreciate it.

    Continuing on my previous comment on Tally’s great letter.

    Can someone please please find a list of the advertisers on MSNBC during Hardball, I can’t find anything recent. I’m done sending emails and twitters to that backstabbing clown, time to hit the sponsors.

    I want to start with him, after Morning Joke and so on.

    I’m going to be thoughtful, I won’t write to a company who doesn’t sell its products in Canada, but a lot do. For example, Johnson & Johnson who sells their products in over 50 countries. if it’s a sponsor, that’s it, boycott, and if I have some of their products at home, they’re going down the drain or I’ll toss them in the garbage, that’s how angry I am. .I’ll let them know why I’m boycotting their products. Stop supporting a network who is as bad as Fox News. Even if it takes me 2 hours to write them, I’ll do it.

    Boycotting the sponsors is crucial. that’s where it hurts.

    They don’t want to lose their cash cow….advertisers.

    Ok my question, how does it work for commercials on a Network? I really don’t pay that much attention, are they different from one program to another? Like can a company advertise on Hardball but not on Maddow lets say? when Color of Change went after Beck’s sponsors, I think they went only after the sponsors of his show, not fox news in general. I’m not sure about that..

    I’m so angry at the moment that it’s going to feel really good to do that!

    • 6 utaustinliberal
      August 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      When a company pays for its ads to appear on a station, I don’t think they get to choose on what show their commercial airs. But when they get backlash from consumers they can demand that the station not air their ad on a certain political show. For example after Glenn Beck began to become more unhinged, a lot of sponsors after receiving backlash from their consumers demanded that Fox not air their ads during the his show and when he began losing more and more ad revenue, Fox dropped him like a sack of hot potatoes.

      • 7 ChristiMtl
        August 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm

        Thanks for the info Ut, now hoping someone will find a recent list of sponsors. I can’t believe I can’t find one. grrrrr.

        • 8 prettyfoot58
          August 11, 2011 at 7:33 am

          that is a great idea,,,Christi……i would like to join you in that….and get members of my email group to follow suit……please keep my informed…

    • 9 Sheila R.
      August 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Oh, you’re so lucky! I live in Chicago and have yet to see the president in person. I hope that you get close enough to him to at least shake his hand.

  3. August 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Busy day tomorrow for the President . Lord give him the strength. The President and First Family usually go to Martha’s Vineyard for vacation, will they be going this year? Or have they decided not to go.

    • August 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      They are going toward the end of the month, despite all the right-wing idiots going nuts about it.

    • 12 HZ
      August 11, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Anniebella, when I see his schedule posted here and on Whitehouse.gov., and include in my prayers and meditations for God to grant him strength, wisdom, favor in doing what is right, great relationships and contacts when he is speaking with other world leaders, deep thoughts and planning for bringing our men and women home from the wars, great communication with each member of his Cabinet, and great family time with Michelle, Sasha, Malia and Mrs. Robinson and his sister Maya. Of course with his great friends, Marty, Dr. Whitaker, David Axelrod, Plouffe, Valarie, his staff, the pilots of AFI and Marine One and ofcourse all of his SS detail men and women. Grant his wisdom, peace, and the courage to continue to lead as the great leader that he is for all of us. We give thank for this blessing, Lord.

  4. 13 Blue
    August 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I cannot believe Ed Shultz is blaming President Obama for the loss in Wisconsin! This is the man who told the voters in 2010 not to vote, and then he turn around and blame President Obama.

    • 14 ChristiMtl
      August 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      I can’t even put into words how I feel at the moment after reading your comment Blue,

      What a POS. Blaming the President for the loss in Wi? Disgusting liar.

      • 15 utaustinliberal
        August 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm

        Ed seriously needs to STFU. What the heck does President Obama have to do with Wisconsin? I thought Ed was touting this as the progressives fight and according to him, PBO is practically a republican. So why does he want PBO to lend a hand? If they had won all three seats, Ed would never have credited President Obama for anything so why the heck is he blaming PBO for Wisconsin’s loss. Ed might do well to get on a stairmaster and work out all that hot air inside of him before he self destructs.

    • August 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Ed is like any nutroot slacktivist – they claim credit for anything saying “we made him do it”, but blame the President for everything that they don’t like. I’d love to ask Ed if he would have given President Obama credit if Dems took three seats last night – of course he wouldn’t have. He would have claimed partial responsibility because he had his show there.

      Fact of the matter is if the President was involved than it would have became about him, and in red districts that would have hurt the cause. I’m pretty sure Hopper would have won, and am sure all other margins of victory would have been higher for the Republican incumbent.

      • August 11, 2011 at 12:42 am

        To all who want to know about ED SHULTZ, here are some facts he is originally from Virginia and then we to North Dakota worked at small town radio station ultra conservative talk show.Also was a Republican at that.But the station turned progressive and order to kept his job he turner to the loud mouth progressive and got fame. So he has been riding the gravy train all the way to the bank.so he got hooked up with progressives in Minnesota and got known there.So don’t be surprised at any thing that comes out of his mouth it is all about the money.

    • August 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      Ed Shultz is just like Chris Matthews. They blame this President for everything, neither one of them makes to much sense these days. But every chance I get I let Ed know that he help put those Tea-Republicans in control of the House and American ought to never forgive him for that. I knew that we would live to regret 2010, and ole how right I was. So Mr. Ed you are to blame for the mess this country is in now. And so are the Progressives who did not get out to vote in 2010.

    • 19 57andFemale
      August 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

      I didn’t watch last night because I was sure that would be his take.

      I loathe Ed Schultz.

    • 20 Sheila R.
      August 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Seems that some people want to blame President Obama for everything. Idiots, IMO.

    • 21 nospin
      August 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      “Ed Shultz is blaming President Obama for the loss in Wisconsin!”

      lol of course he is.

  5. 22 ChristiMtl
    August 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Great now I can see on Twitter that Maddow praised Bachmann for something. Hmmm if I recall correctly, I remember Ed Shultz praising Donald Trump for some of his good ideas.

    Morons.

  6. 25 HZ
    August 11, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I read somewhere that Ed really blasted the President for not being in WI last evening giving a hug to a teacher or nurse etc. How stupid. President Obama has given more hugs to teachers and nurses than Ed will ever have the decency to do. I love at President Obama and then when I can stomach to look at Ed(only by accident) I see a better person in our President. I am going to write Ed and ask him if he stop to think that the President spent a great portion of his day meeting with 30 plus great military service men who gave their lives so his loud mouth could spew distastful remarks about their Commander In Chief. Did he not think or know that the President spent a huge amount of his time doing something that we expect him to do with love, grace, and compassion for these beautiful families. They is where the President needed to be yesterday. The President does not run the state government of WI, but he does run the Oval Office where he give orders for missions for our men and woment to go into very dangerious places to serve this nation and the world. How small of him to say what he said tonight by asking Jay if the President was watching the votes come in in WI., like the President sits around and watch all of the voting/recalling. The President has to govern this nation. I thought it was a low and insulting question to bring up. We will see how much Ed will have to say when we shut his huge mouth up when the President is re-elected. Sorry media people. Sorry. The President was hugging some very important families with also a great loss yesterday. That does not mean that he does not care. I am tired of Ed. He needs to go also. He is too off and on for me. I do not watch him at all until I can get my stress level in a healthy place.

    • 26 nospin
      August 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      “We will see how much Ed will have to say when we shut his huge mouth up when the President is re-elected.”

      you hit the nail on the head right there HZ. That alone is enough incentive for me to see that President Obama is re-elected. (Not just Ed, but all the msm)

  7. 27 Bobfr
    August 11, 2011 at 2:24 am

    OT, perhaps, but actually not.

    If you read the following, you will, once again, see just how important President Obama’s actions regarding the protection and enabling of Libyans to escape tyranny, is:

    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/africa/2011/07/14/gaddafis-suicidal-plan-tripoli#comment-283276250

    “Apologies for the long post, It’s written by our friend ALibyan on the whole media propaganda campaign which has hoodwinked western media.

    All we needed to know about Libya was whatever Gaddafi’s multimillion contract PR agents came up with…

    Is it mere coincidence that Gaddafi State TV is quoted every time the regime pulls off a PR stunt? If international media, in the name of impartiality, is adamant to justify sharing Gaddafi’s views with their viewers then why shouldn’t this occur on a frequent basis? Gaddafi’s TV has been broadcasting uninterruptedly since the start of unrest in February this year.

    The majority of unquestionable fallacies beamed through Gaddafi’s channels don’t get shared with the world. Perhaps these would help people establish the logically deplorable standard of credibility Gaddafi’s media maintains. Nonetheless, Gaddafi’s carefully manipulated public shows of support and defiance or alleged incidents of NATO targeting civilians all seem to make the news. But will anyone note that when Gaddafi TV announced Hillary Clinton was in a comma, after suffering a blood clot in her brain, no one seemed to quote so-called “Libyan State TV” or switch to its deceptive screens. Nor was Gaddafi TV quoted when it displayed an egg painted green and claimed that a chicken had laid it as a sign of Gaddafi’s victory from God. Nor was Gaddafi’s TV quoted when it claimed a burning flame had turned green in farm owned by Gaddafi supporters. Nor was Gaddafi TV’s screen shown to the word when it read out the word “USE” printed on an ammo container, in the context of instructions (for “use” with), when it claimed these had been smuggled into Libya by the government of the “U.A.E.”! Nor was Gaddafi TV referenced when it used footage from Algeria showing an impaled child lying on a hospital bed and claimed that the child was from Zliten and was tortured by “rebels” from Misrata and “all because the boy was wearing green”! So why is it that when the same channel alleges civilian casualties have been caused by NATO, with no independent means of verifying such allegations, does anyone on this planet take Gaddafi’s word for it? Does anyone really believe Gaddafi’s alleged adopted daughter was killed in the 1986 US air raids or that one of his seven sons and 3 grandsons recently died in a NATO strike? Has Gaddafi TV reported the death of a single Libyan civilian as a result of the regime’s constant shelling of Libya’s besieged cities and towns since February?

    Why is it that when the same channels claimed that Gaddafi supporters had produced the world’s biggest banner in aid of their beloved leader it was relayed to the world in that very manner? The fact that the production of the banner was deliberated by Gaddafi’s regime seems to have been overshadowed, alluding that average Libyan citizens, Tripoli residents, chipped in with their own pennies, time and effort to produce the banner. The very fact that a costly overblown portrait was afforded during such difficult times reflects only the extent of psychiatric attention Gaddafi and his henchmen urgently require.

    Would such displays of support happen spontaneously were it not for the full-blown military gridlock imposed on besieged parts of Libya? If NATO was targeting Libyan civilians, would anything be left standing in Tripoli; or other parts of the country where military targets have been struck?

    The very manner and the level at which Gaddafi’s State TV ridiculously communicates to its Libyan viewers is offensive in every sense of the word. The incitement of hatred, the threats of violence and the worship of Gaddafi all aside, it also plays host to some of the worst attempts to fabricate stories that, if anything, reflects the low intellectual expectation attributed to Libyans by Gaddafi’s regime. Cynthia McKinney, among few other “high-profile” international political supporters of Gaddafi seemed apathetic about their reputations by appearing on these channels and further taking Gaddafi’s version of events back to their unwitting native audiences.

    Quite recently on Gaddafi TV, a ration package was shown, by the infamous riffle-wielding presenter, on the basis that “rebel held” (liberated) areas in Libya were living off international food aid. However, the allegation was not merely to indicate any potential food shortages in troubled parts of the country but to accuse the “traitor rebel rats” of forcing people to eat pork. To add insult to injury the actual ration pack had the word “Beef” unmistakably printed on it. Nonetheless, Libyan viewers are assumed stupid enough to take the presenters word for it. The presenter proceeded to open the package and repeatedly claim that Libyans were now “eating pork” because of the treachery and conspiracy of the “crusading NATO rebels”. Of course, eating pork, out of choice, is forbidden in Islam. To such effect Gaddafi has so desperately played on religious sentiments since the No Fly Zone was implemented; widely interpreted though it has been. The “NATO Crusading Rebels” title seamlessly replaced the Al-Qaeda brand initially attributed to Libya’s opposition by Gaddafi. Alleged civilian victims suddenly became “Muslim Imams” targeted by the infidel crusaders.

    For several months now, reports have circulated like wildfire over Gaddafi’s TV channels being taken off air by legal as well as military means. Nothing has yet materialised. Lo and behold the channels’ reporting of the UK’s riots; it has taken their propaganda to new levels of insanity. However, comparing Gaddafi’s idyllic jamahiriya with rioting Britain is nothing new to “Libyan State TV”. Segments of football hooliganism with the word “their democracy” contrasted with Libyans cheering for Gaddafi under the words “our democracy” have been a regular filler on Gaddafi TV for the past 30 odd years.

    Gaddafi’s sons have also ascertained the role of the clergy. Saif and Saadi have both dabbled with Islamic doctrine to try and quash opposition to their apparently holy father, mainly by justifying the killing of those that disobey him. Saadi even appeared showing off his collection of Islamic textbooks. These books were stacked in piles all several feet high on a bar slab in clear view of his collection of beer, wine and spirit glasses. The logical travesty of this scene aside, Gaddafi state TV still presented it as evidence of the bearded son of a dictator’s religious credibility. Libyan viewers, ignorant pathetic crowd fillers that Gaddafi assumes them to be, and having lost their ability to think for themselves, will believe the all-knowing Gaddafi household and praise his son’s inherently undisputable Islamic acumen.

    Another second generation Gaddafi that hasn’t hesitated to trample all over Libya’s commonsense is Mousa Ibrahim al-Gaddafi. Use of his father’s name instead of his family name, perhaps, makes his vile decrees that little bit less cringe-worthy, although finding anything more sickening than his slimy guise of pathological lies is likely to be impossible. He openly boasts about his 15 year accolade in the UK. Surely, all Libyans have had the opportunity to enjoy state sponsored overseas studies for such duration; only to return home to a government official post. During his explanation for Mousa Kousa’s departure from Libya, he did not hesitate to admit that Libyans often sought medical treatment in Tunisia and that an ill and ageing Mousa Kousa travelled there for this purpose. News of the defection aside, Mousa Ibrahim’s hesitation, at Libya’s humiliating dependency on neighbouring nations for essential services the government claims to provide, leaves little for the imagination in terms of the regime’s cover-up culture. Mousa Ibrahim Gaddafi went as far as to denounce God’s ability to decide the fate of Libyans, on live television. Perhaps the fate of Libyans is something Gaddafi alone is worthy of deciding as according to the heretic scriptures of his murderous cult, the green book, which incidentally teaches that “all Libyans are Muammar Gaddafi”.

    The world sadly embraced the regime’s second generation, as it indirectly did Gaddafi, and had no issue in grooming them for the roles they prematurely and unlawfully began to inherit. Syria’s current massacre is living proof of despot descendants keeping it in the family. You’d think the sons would lighten up a little but the bastard’s tend to take to their bastard fathers. So was it wrong of the world’s conscience to have pandered to Gaddafi over the past decade or so? After all, Gaddafi’s regime splashed so much cash around it made internet porn seem scarce; billions on hedge funds and hundreds of millions on leisure alone. The Gaddafis’ self bestowed right to burn Libyan money was not for anyone to judge, was it? Their father funded terrorism, he let a few thousand heads role here and there, but he got away with it and that’s what counts. He must have been on to something. His sons were buying real-estate, hosting fashion shows, throwing VIP parties, sponsoring art, sport and education institutions. What was not to like? They weren’t just on our side in the War on Terror, filling their jails with bearded men, or just stopping waves of African migrants washing up on Europe’s shores and not enslaving them in any way. They had plans to make Libya the Norway of North Africa. Plus, their slobbering accents conveniently reinstated our intellectual superiority. That was always going to be a bonus. Of course, we let them have their fun, PhDs, prizes, titles… the works! Simply too much was at stake for Western and Eastern corporate interests. Why scratch the surface? Libyans opposed to Gaddafi could count their blessings for being granted refugee status in Europe and America. Minimum wage, baby! Bloody immigrants can count their blessings for making it to the Free World. Libyans in Libya were left to deal with it. Exiled, imprisoned or executed loved ones? Victims of torture or persecution themselves? Time was meant to be the greatest healer! Libyans were not exactly at risk of starvation like other African nations, which we all trusted Gaddafi would do something about; the African visionary that he is (wink, wink…).

    All we needed to know about Libya was whatever Gaddafi’s multimillion contract PR agents came up with; even if it meant the terms human rights, reform and democracy in the same sentence as Gaddafi, or with any of the names of his budding spawn! Come on, the image really worked for a while, didn’t it? You see, sometimes, when the price is really, really right, we just tend to go with the flow.”

    Many, many lessons for all Americans in these insights.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 28 Sue in Minnesota
      August 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Is our MSM any different than Gaddafi’s propoganda network……not by much.

      Thanks Bobfr, people must stand up and insist on truth. And we must become mature enough to handle it. I appreciate your dedication to truth and the effort you make to see that it is brought to daylight. Soldier on.

  8. 29 Valerie
    August 11, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Looks like those hustlers tavis smiley and cornel west are at it again (on Cspan tonight) I wrote the white house and asked them not repond to these hustlers and that they were out for selfish reasons. Tavis made a comment that this is the first president that had not invited him to the white house LOL…..talk about a big as ego 😦
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/10/tavis-smiley-barack-obama-cornel-west_n_923437.html

  9. 32 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 11, 2011 at 3:57 am

    THANKYOU CHIPS FOR HANGING IN THERE AND CONTINUING TO BRING US TODer OBAMABOTS THE GOODS!! I REALLY BELIEVE BWD COULD NOT HANDLE THE 24/7 NEGATIVE BARRAGE VS OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT SO SHE WENT INTO HIATUS. YOU ARE STICKING IT OUT AND BRINGING POSITIVE VIBES AND REINFORCEMENT. THANKYOU FOR ALL YOU DO AND WE ARE STILL ON FOR CONNECTING AT THE INAUGURATION IN 2013!! 😉 PEACE!! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    • August 11, 2011 at 6:56 am

      Sorry for not living up to your standards. Not sure why giving Chip the wonderful praises she so deserve must be followed by insulting me – especially when you know NOTHING about me – But I guess it was just a matter of time.

      • August 11, 2011 at 7:27 am

        Hey BWD. Hope all is well with you. Thank you for all you’ve done to give us a platform. When you are ready to come back, know that we will be here and ready, to share information between your wonderful site and Chips’. You both have given us a tremendous platform that is enabling us to work for the president that we respect and believe in.

        Looking forward to your coming back when you are good and ready. Take good care of yourself, mind, body and soul.

        We miss you!!

        • 35 prettyfoot58
          August 11, 2011 at 7:52 am

          Ditto…

          i came across your site in one of the links from this site and i enjoy your site very much,,,,i esp enjoyed the BD video that you made for the Presidemt….i have watched it so many times…it inspires me….i must say that i get weapy every time i see it….i have shared that video with my email group..and it has become a favorite for them as well….

          i look foreward to more of your work…..

        • August 11, 2011 at 8:43 am

          Well put, Africa. I’m so grateful to both BWD and Chopsticks for giving us a haven and a loving Obama family to come to–it takes a huge amount of time and energy to carry on these kinds of sites with no helpers. When BWD is ready to go on, I will be there with bells on because I miss her wise perspective. Chips is doing a wonderful job as well. Both of these incredible women have been gifts to us. Whatever you need BWD in terms of time, or, a chance to gather your energies for the fight ahead, please take it with all of our love and understanding. In the meantime, Chips has allowed us to take shelter from the storms in her house. Bless you both!

      • 37 cathy2va
        August 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

        BWD — we still love you and wish you peace during your hiatus. Come back when your ready.

      • 38 Xtine
        August 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

        BWD, we sure miss you! Looking forward to you coming back. Take care of yourself and thank you!

      • 39 57andFemale
        August 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

        See my comment above.

      • 40 JoJothecat
        August 11, 2011 at 10:57 am

        Don’t pay attention to the “blamers” BWD. There is life outside of blogging. You did/will do what you do because YOU WANT TO not because you have too. We that have come to appreciate what you have done do not listen to folks like Keith in C-bus Ohio. Keith needs to start his own blog and see how easy it is? Take care BWD get rest and hope to see you soon!

        • 41 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          August 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

          JoBeth I deserve that. Thanks for that reprimand. I don’t know what I would do without BWD’s TOAITR and this one here. I hope all supporters forgive the tone of that POST. I have been spoiled with the few nice HEAVENS we have for reality checks for our President. Thanks again.

        • 42 Sue in Minnesota
          August 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

          I think it is a measure of a responsible adult to take care of themselves. BWD began the journey into light with her impressive posts at KOS…..I left that site because of the irrational and narrow minded opinions and attitudes that were challenged by BWD’s positive and factual work. I believe in the force of energy, positive energy is essential, and it remains to each of us to the responsibility of encouraging it’s abundance in our lives. What you focus on expands. BWD is taking care of her needs, what those are, are not for any of us to surmise.
          She is a force as is Chipsticks for good. When and if she decides to return will be up to her, as it should. I believe she will, but even if she should decide not to how would that diminish the gift she has given us to date.

          I believe the greatest strength is love. Quoting Thoreau, “Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. BWD thank you for all that you have given to us, especially the gift of yourself. Love you back and am grateful for all you have given of your time, energy and above all heart. Give yourself everything you need no matter the time it takes. The rest of us, lets keep focusing on what is good, what is right and what we can do to expand it.

          Namaste

      • 44 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        August 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

        No I am not insulting you BWD. Your SITE as well as this one brings PBO supporters like myself refuge and a place to find decent communication and positive action. If you have read through your last thread you posted you will see my TOTAL support for you and your break and rest from the MADNESS. I know you expressed that you had personal obligations piling up and you needed to attend to them for the time being. I also understand the amount of pressure you must be under to maintain a positive and thriving site such as TOAITR. We love you for that. There should be no shame in doing what your are doing and I commend you for taking a break and getting what you need for replinishment. I have always told you your site is my HOME and TOD is my second HOME. When you come back maybe you can find a trusted person that can help you manage the site. 😉

        That said I anticipate the day you return to HELP us CATAPULT PBO to another term. WE NEED YOU BWD. Maybe I did not phrase my post appropriately when praising Chips. Love You and continue to get the rest you need. See ya when you come back. 😀

        • 45 Sue in Minnesota
          August 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

          Keith, I understood you, but I appreciate that you would clarify yourself for those that may not have. Let’s keep positive so we have the energy we need to dispell the negative.

      • 46 nospin
        August 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        hey BWD, I interpreted Keith’s note the opposite way. He is saying anyone that has to deal with all the negative crap that you dealt with so we wouldn’t have to, is bound to have a draining effect.

        Heck, how you stood for that long is beyond me. Personally I read blogs a few weeks at a time, and then I have to take a break, meaning no tv, no political radio and even no blogs. Otherwise, all that negative energy was bound to have some effect on my psyche and health. Cripes, there are times when the vitriol, negativity and hate is so strong, you feel like you have to go through detox to get that stuff out of your system.

        Short version, Both you and Chips are amazing people. Not many could do what you do and you do it as volunteers. You are not getting a dime. It is a labor of love and a huge sacrifice into the time you could be spending with your own families.. I sure as heck couldn’t do it. No shame in it. My hate tolerance is ZERO. I was glad that Chips took a few weeks, and certainly hope she does it more often. We all need balance. So, a hiatus is a good thing. Take it. Recharge and I hope to see you later this year. I am personally looking forward to your return.

    • 47 prettyfoot58
      August 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

      Thank you Chips…and the TOD Family…

      what luck i had the day i came across this diary….it has informed me…..uplifted me…given me joy….inspired me…given me a path to channel my frustration…..got me on twitter….hehehe….i was there…with my children…but i have expanded my realm….

      as my grandmother told me long ago…..Information is POWER….

      thank you so very much ….

      also thru you i have been put in touch with other sites that promote sensible thought and who promote and support the President and his mission….

      i am eternally grateful…

    • 49 57andFemale
      August 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Until we all walk in BWD’s or Chipsticks’ or anyone’s shoes who does this valiant work, I praise them all. I have no idea what it would take to maintain a blog. They make it all seem like magic but I cannot fathom how much hard work it is, mentally and physically.

      BWD was my path away from dKos and my route to finding other pragmatic progressives who understand what this President is facing. I miss her site (even though I had become more of a lurker than a commenter in the last few weeks) but I am and will be forever grateful for everything she did and continues to do.

    • 51 Kasai
      August 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

      Keith ..Can someone take a break.. without being judged?

      Have you walked in her shoes?. Your post is uncalled for and you really should be grateful for all that she done.

    • August 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

      I know you mean well Keith, but you’re wrong about BWD – no one is more committed than her, she just needed a break for a while. When she springs back in to action I’ll crack open the champagne! Miss her, love her.

      • 53 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        August 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

        Yes, Chipsticks. I feel bad. Like I encourage everyone else I must not allow the negative pressures of what PBO and his supporters has to endure get to me and my judgement and thought processes. I support both you and BWD and the amount of work it must take to maintain a blog/site such as this. Thanks for acknowledging I mean well. God knows I wish NO harm to come to any of us. We are all on the same team. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • August 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Keith, for someone who patrols other people’s emotions on this board, I think your comment about BWD is really unwarranted and undeserved. Have you ever run a blog? Do you realize how much work it is and how it must be balanced with job and other life responsibilities and challenges? BWD has been a tremendous resource for all of us day in and day out. She is taking a break to rest and recharge. The rest of it is not for anyone’s projection. I send her my love and gratitude.

  10. August 11, 2011 at 6:21 am

    The flip flopper strikes again. Will the media carry his water or will they ask him to explain? Only time will tell.

    …..”Documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal Wednesday through the Freedom of Information Act show the Romney administration’s pitch to S&P in late 2004 included the boast that “The Commonwealth acted decisively to address the fiscal crisis” that ensued after the terrorist attacks of 2001. Bulleted PowerPoint slides laid out the actions taken, including legislation in July 2002 to increase tax revenue by $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion in fiscal 2003 and $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion in fiscal 2004; tax “loophole” legislation….

    /snip

    …….”The efforts contradict the position that Mr. Romney took during the federal government’s crisis over raising the statutory limit on federal borrowing, in which he said the debt ceiling should only be increased if federal spending was first cut, then capped, and a balanced budget amendment was passed by Congress. The Republican presidential front-runner ruled out tax increases, as Mr. Obama pressed for “loophole closures” of his own……”

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/08/10/romneys-pitch-to-sp-boasted-of-revenue-raisers/?mod=google_news_blog

    • 56 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Don’t look for the MSM to hold him accountable. His competitors in the Rethug primaries will have to bring him to task. And if he wins the nomination expect the MSM to allow him to coast and stay in hiding with his flip/flopping. Romney is disgusting and has no principles. 😕

  11. August 11, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I am so excited that he’s coming to West Michigan today!

  12. August 11, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Good morning friends, I am having to use my iPad exclusively so please excuse typos or weird things showing up.:). Yesterday I went o Kos and found a good diary. I don’t know how to do a link using iPad so will give the title. “Why Tea Party Ideas are a Terrible Tactic for Us” by slippytoad. Has some excellent, logical points. did not venture into the comments though. 😦

    A blessed day to all and especially PO. I’ll be checking in during the day……just not as quick and easy using iPad, yet I am very thankful I have it.

  13. August 11, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Me again. Yesterday while driving Iwas switching between Thomas Hartmann and Pete Dominic. Some good things on both….on TH, guest talking about Liberty Treefdr(foundation for Democratic Revolution). Then later guest talking about Move to Amend. Both organizations are part of a coalition to work together, build strength and make a move to amend the Constituion and “get our country back” to a (small d) democratic democracy. Will some of you PLEASE,PLEASE check out this coalition and fill the rest of us in, especially me. :). Thanks!

    • 60 cathy2va
      August 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Tnmtngirl for reminding me about Move to Amend. The best way to fix our country is to try to get the money out of the system. Due to Citizens United and the right-wing Supreme Court we will have to amend our Constitution. Lets all work to amend the Constitution.

    • 61 Sue in Minnesota
      August 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

      How about we do a better job of upholding and protecting our Constitution. If we haven’t lived up to the principles, and the promise of our Democracy when they are so clearly laid out, what makes anyone think a new piece of paper is going to make us do better. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel because our tire has gone flat. We need to look to ourselves and fix it.

  14. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    August 11, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Good Thursday Morning TOD’ers. Today is my 56th Birthday. I’m like a kid in a candy store on my BD and I’ve pledged to never grow up 🙂 If you have any spare change…I’ll be raising funds for the President’s campaign today:

    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/donnanoshock3

    Everyone have a great productive day!!!

    • August 11, 2011 at 7:17 am

      Happy Birthday, Dd4O. Great attitude to have. When I was a mere 20 years old, I found this little nugget on a plaque and have never forgotten it since:

      So it goes:
      “Don’t regret growing old.
      It is a privilege denied to many.”

      Have always carried that with me.

      Happy Birthday and thank you for working for PBO today.

      • 64 donna dem 4 obama
        August 11, 2011 at 7:31 am

        That is a wonderful quote Africa and exactly the way I feel about my life. Thank you for the BD wishes!

        • 65 utaustinliberal
          August 11, 2011 at 7:37 am

          HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!! Donna. Hope you have a wonderful day filled with cake, food, drinks, and fun. 😀

    • 66 COS
      August 11, 2011 at 7:31 am

      HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU DONNA. Enjoy your day!!!!

    • 71 prettyfoot58
      August 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

      Happpppppppppppy Happppppppppy Birthday,,,,donna…..wishing you the best

    • August 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

      Happy Birthday Donna!!!! Hope you have a perfect day 😉

    • August 11, 2011 at 7:55 am

      Happy B-Day, Donna. All the best, you young girl.

    • 75 Betsey
      August 11, 2011 at 7:58 am

      Happy birthday, Donna! I loved turning 56. I’m not into astrology, but if I hear things I like, I remember them. And 56 is the start of the third 28 year cycle in our lives. (Jupiter returns to its place at our birth every 28 years.) So I decided that since the first two 28 year cycles had been devoted to being a good daughter, wife, mother, sister, etc., the third one was mine. And that’s exactly how I’m doing it. So go, girl!

    • 76 Anonymous
      August 11, 2011 at 8:04 am

      A very happy birthday to you, donna:) many, many more!

    • 77 ChristiMtl
      August 11, 2011 at 8:29 am

      Hey Happy BIrthday Donna! I hope you have a great day.

    • 78 Anonymous
      August 11, 2011 at 8:33 am

      Oh! I said Happy Birthday and it didn’t post…so a very happy birthday to you! Again:) Hope you have a wonderful,indulgent, relaxing day! Many, many more!

    • 79 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Happy Birthday! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • 80 57andFemale
      August 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Happy Birthday!

    • 81 Debz
      August 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Happy Birthday donnadem!!! Don’t ever grow up grow up, I haven’t and it keeps me sane.

    • 82 JoJothecat
      August 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Happy Birthday Donna! I will be 55yrs old in Sept. I will donate on your behalf today. Have a wonderful day!

    • 83 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY DONNA!!! 😀 How unselfish you are to put up a donation page to help re-elect PBO.

    • 84 Sue in Minnesota
      August 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Donna Happy Birthday …I am your birthday buddy, my day is around the corner and I will be welcoming in my 56th year as well.
      Lets’s hear it for the wisdom our age has inspired in us. I would be happy to contribute, and what a good and generous idea.

      I gave very “lavishly in July and on the Presidents Birthday, but yesterday faced the reality of an enormous dental bill for my uninsured and neglected mouth. Not complaining, I am glad to get the work done, and content to know that I could cover the expense. I don’t think Barack Obama needs a toothless supporter knocking on doors. The optics would not be good 😀

    • August 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

      A HUGELY Happy Birthday to you, Donna! You are always a great inspiration to me and I wish you many returns of the day. Hope you are sharing with your sons. Sending you a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. LOLz. CELEBRATE.

    • August 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Late to the party again…..but anyway I wish you a very happy BD!!!!

    • 87 sjterrid
      August 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Happy Birthday Donna! I hope you have a great day, and how thoughtful to raise funds for the President. Unfortunately, I can’t give anymore this month. I have donated to the Wisconsin recall elections, and I also donated to oxfam for famine relief in the Horn of Africa.
      I will be 56 in November.

  15. August 11, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!! may your day be super!

  16. 90 collegekay
    August 11, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Happy birthday Donna. 😀

    Good morning TODers.

  17. 92 utaustinliberal
    August 11, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Oh great the whiners and shysters in chief Smiley and West are on Morning Joe right now. And they’re already blaming President Obama for poverty in the United States. Because his debt deal is an assault on poor people. West is such a phony jerk with his brother Joe, sister Mika, brother Willie. Oligarchs, theocracy, blah blah blah…. President Obama is too elitist..blah blah blah

    • August 11, 2011 at 8:02 am

      More like the three ring circus.

      • 94 utaustinliberal
        August 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

        It was so disgusting. Tavis was mad because according to him “This is the first President who hasn’t invited me to the White House.” That’s why he’s pissed off at President Obama. I know his hatred began during the 2008 campaign cycle when he was all gung ho for Hillary Clinton. Willing to be used as the token black man in bashing then candidate Obama. He held this dumb townhall and candidate Obama couldn’t attend due to some other obligations. He instead sent Mrs. Obama who is more than qualified to be on any roundtable panel. Tavis was mad because candidate Obama wasn’t bowing and scraping before him. The malicious jerk. Cornel West then jumped in on the morning joe bandwagon by saying that President Obama should be ashamed for granting interviews with Bill O’Reilly and won’t even make an appearance on Smiley’s two radio shows. He won’t even send any WH senior staff to the radio shows. Can you imagine this joker? Like the President has time for his money grubbing greedy misinformation laden show. Joe Scarborough then said that just as Tavis and West were ashamed of the President; he also was ashamed of the President too. That President Obama is not a leader but a weak man for cutting entitlements for the poor and not raising taxes on the rich. This is the same Joe who advocates HUGE entitlement cuts. HUGE ones. Tavis and Smiley concurred. They said if President Obama was serious about the poor, he would invite them to the White House for a three day summit on poverty. Seriously????!!!! Seriously??!!!! Because President Obama has spare time to waste on greedy scum sucking bottom of the barrel ass-hats.

        • August 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

          These guys are insufferable. They want President Obama to mingle with them, he doesn’t and so they are pissed off and in the process use the black community to get back at the president.

          To tell you how egotistical and self-aggrandizing they are, they are not even ashamed to admit it. Tavis Smiley continues to think a bunch about himself. I said in my twitter feed that he imagines himself to be Martin Luther King, Jr., while Cornel fancies himself the great Frederick Douglas. These guys are plain outta their freaking ever loving minds.

          Go figure.

          • 96 Sue in Minnesota
            August 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

            Africa you are so insightful, I am laughing my ass off at the audacity of these two fools. Hope the nail you hit on their heads decreases the size of their egos.

        • 97 ChristiMtl
          August 11, 2011 at 8:42 am

          Hey Ut, you know how much I look forward to read your recap of MJ, thanks

          Ok this is so disgusting, Scarborough the lying POS said that, and I know how often he talk about drastic cuts in these programs? And these 2 bitter jealous jerks are legends in their own mind, yea lets destroy President Obama because the far-right will take care of the poor.
          Again that’s the point I was making yesterday. We need watchdogs like u UT to know what’s going on, to send our tweets and emails, but why can’t we go after the sponsors???
          I’m still waiting for the list for MSNBC, I’ll look for it myself later, again. I’ll mention it as often as possible because that’s the only way to send a message.
          Isn’t it Starbucks the main sponsor of Morning Joe? If yes, why not start sending emails to the company?
          And hashtags on tweets?

          It’s so important because if there’s not a movement of protest, nothing will change and from what I can see, it’s getting worst and worst and worst.

          Lets go after the sponsors.

          • 98 Sue in Minnesota
            August 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

            Absolutely, take it to their sponsors. Our household has banned Starbucks due to the Halperin incident…and I notified them as such. I am addicted to coffee but will willingly suffer withdrawal if Starbucks was my only option.

        • 99 Kasai
          August 11, 2011 at 10:06 am

          I emailed and tweeted Tavis saying:

          “If an invitation to the White House legitimize your success…It should tell you that ..”You have more trees to climb”

          • 100 JoJothecat
            August 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

            Good one! 🙂 !

          • 101 Anna Luc
            August 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

            I do not like smiley and west, but if the implication here is that smiley is a monkey…You are waaaaay out of line. That falls into the category of a classically racist comment which is completely unacceptable under any circumstances.

    • August 11, 2011 at 8:51 am

      Not the oligarchs thing again. Do he say plutocrat too? It’s like he learned a new word and can’t seem to let it go. As for the debt deal I guess no one pointed out that defaulting would be a bigger assault on the poor than a deal where the cuts (expertly negotiated by Joe Biden) are backloaded until 2013 about the same time the Bush Tax cuts expire thereby generating additional revenue.

      Obama is an elitist….right. Community organizing is the very definition of elitism. Not somebody who has never left the confines of an upper crust Ivy League school and charges a huge speaking fee every time he opens his mouth.

      Their mission is clear. Undermine the President in the Black Community and make as much money as possible in the process. It’s going to be hilarious to watch the look on their faces on election night when the returns start coming in.

    • 103 Anonymous
      August 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

      Oh gawd, I missed their behinds today. What fools.

    • 104 57andFemale
      August 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Cornell West calling Obama elitist?!?!

      Seriously, what the hell is the matter with these people? Why don’t they just go and get paid by Bachmann or Perry already.

    • 105 nospin
      August 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      and they can stay right there on Morning Joe with the whining. I believe both Smiley and West recognized that they better make sure they have plenty of media coverage every time they roll up into the minority neighborhoods to promote their “poverty tour”. AA’s are not buying what they are selling and have no problem expressing it. Smiley and West have tanked their own careers and destroyed their credibility in the minority communities.

  18. August 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Bob,
    You need to start your own blog. This was fascinating, as are all of your comments that I read.
    Wow, just wow. I will be thinking about what you have written here for quite a while todayam f. The level of evil that our country and the corporate oligarchs have supported is just breathtaking, and most of America is unaware. It just adds to the mile high pile of shit that our good President has to deal with, and take into account with every move he makes. God bless him, and you too Bob.

  19. August 11, 2011 at 8:05 am

    BIG QUESTION: Anyone know how I can go about finding out who is paying for the Poverty Tour of Tavis and Cornel. Where can I look to find this information?

    • 108 utaustinliberal
      August 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

      I know AARP is sponsoring the “poverty bus tour” aka bash President Obama make money tour. I know some other company is sponsoring them but I can’t remember the name.

  20. 113 Fred
    August 11, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Tavis Smiley’s Name Dropped From School of Communications

    Texas Southern University and broadcaster Tavis Smiley have been at odds for years over funding he promised to provide. The University upped the ante Friday when it made the decision to drop his name from their school of communications.

    The school created the ‘Tavis Smiley School of Communication’ in his honor after he pledged to donate $1 million to the institution and later raise another $1million in funds. He fell short of his promise however and TSU decided to retaliate.

    According to The Houston Chronicle, TSU President John Rudley sent Tavis a letter stating,

    “Because you did not fulfill your original commitment to our partnership, TSU plans to treat the partnership as being at an end. TSU will therefore remove your name from the School of Communication and the KTSU Radio facility to allow us to provide other major donors with the naming opportunity.”

    To which he responded saying,

    “I understand your letter to say that you don’t want that gift. I … will continue with my benevolence where it’s appreciated.”

    Smiley made a $50,000 donation in 2005 and raised $250,000 from corporate sponsors.

    What’s that saying about writing checks your ass can’t cash?…..hmmmm

    http://hiphopwired.com/2009/10/27/tavis-smileys-name-dropped-from-school-of-communications/

    • 114 COS
      August 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

      Here’s an article on the tour. The last paragraph says that it is sponsored by the AARP and the NEA (National Education Assoication)

      http://www.eurweb.com/?p=120394

    • August 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

      Hiya Fred. Hope all is well with you.

      As per Tavis, this is not the only relationship that he has severed unceremoniously. In each of his business relationships, he has left in an undignified manner. It started with his university, where he did not graduate, BET, Tom Joyner, and now this that you mentioned. Of course he always casts himself as the victim.

      He and Tom Joyner had this discussion the very last time he was on their show to peddle his latest book about the mistkes he made in his life. After they went down the list of people he severed ties with, Tom said, “Tavis is never wrong,” and laughed. Tavis glossed over the statement and continued talking.

      Don’t be too surprised if this little love fest between him and Cornel West fizzle.

      His ego will cause him to self-destruct. Just a matter of time.

  21. 117 Fred
    August 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

    ‘Tea Party Candidate’ Santorum Procured $3 Million In Federal Earmarks As Senator
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/10/292385/tea-party-candidate-santorum-procured-3-million-in-federal-earmarks-as-senator/

    FLASHBACK: In 1990 Campaign Ad, McConnell Said ‘I Think Everyone Should Pay Their Fair Share, Including The Rich’
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/10/293153/mcconnell-tax-the-rich-flashback/

    Despite Tough Economy, Tea Party Congressman Introduces Bill To Defund Legal Services For The Poor
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/08/10/292972/despite-tough-economy-tea-party-congressman-introduces-bill-to-defund-legal-services-for-the-poor/

    Bank Of America Has Activist Arrested For Delivering Complaint On Code Violations At Vacant Properties
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/10/292676/bank-of-america-activist/

  22. 118 Fred
    August 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

    While Cutting Health Care For The Poor, Gov. Scott Pays Less Than $400 A Year For Taxpayer-Subsized Health Insurance
    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/08/10/293121/while-cutting-health-care-for-the-poor-gov-scott-pays-less-than-400-a-year-for-taxpayer-subsized-health-insurance-plan/

    simply outrageous :devil:

    Chase Bank Sells Off Soldier’s Home On The Very Same Day He Returns From Iraq
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/10/292993/chase-bank-soldier-home/

    Sen. Rand Paul: The U.S. Must Raise The Retirement Age Or Face London-Style Riots
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/10/292529/rand-paul-retirement-london/

  23. 120 desertflower
    August 11, 2011 at 8:35 am

    My comments wouldn’t post…so for the THIRD TIME HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing,indulgent day…filled with smiles and lots of hugs:) Never grow up:)

    • 121 JER
      August 11, 2011 at 9:36 am

      My comments are disappearing too. Happy Birthday Donna. Many, many more.

      AARP Foundation Climbs Aboard the Poverty Tour Bus
      by: Becky Squires

      PBS Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West, co-hosts of the Smiley & West on Public Radio International (PRI) radio program, are leading an 11-state bus tour August 6-12 to highlight the problems of the poor. AARP Foundation is one of the tour sponsors. Read more at: http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/info-2011/poverty-tour-2011.html

  24. August 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Good morning to all. Happy BD, Donna. Let’s kick media and GOP butt today. They’re already giving it to Smiley and West on twitter. So funny.

  25. 125 Anonymous
    August 11, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I’ve been having problems posting…nothing shows up…just lost in the void. If this happens to actually post, Happy Birthday, Donna!

  26. August 11, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Brilliant take down of Smiley and West. And they look absolutely crazed in the photo.

    A snippet:

    Smiley appears to willfully ignore the existence of congressional Republicans who would have blocked any help for the unemployed by not compromising and nearly lead us straight to default.

    Smiley and West’s tour has also revealed that they haven’t been paying close attention to President Barack Obama’s own words. While they the claim that Obama won’t even say the word poor, Smiley and West seem to have missed President Obama’s prepared remarks on July 25th in the middle of the debt ceiling debate to The National Council of La Raza where he said, “Not only is it not fair if all of this is done on the backs of middle-class families and poor families, it doesn’t make sense. It may sound good to save a lot of money over the next five years, but not if we sacrifice our future for the next 50.”

    http://www.thegrio.com/politics/west-and-smileys-poverty-tour-veers-way-off-the-rails.php

    • 127 Ladyhawke
      August 11, 2011 at 10:06 am

      Did you see the picture of these two fools in the post by Joy Reid. What a pair? They really are pathetic. They deserve each other.

      http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/08/smiley-obama-beef/#more-26128

      The take down in the grio article is just amazing. Love it. For a television personality and pundit like Tavis Smiley and a professor like Cornell West NOT TO HAVE DONE THEIR HOMEWORK AND RESEARCH before making such outlandish statements tells you all you need to know. So now PBO has to say certain words to satisfy these clowns.

      Their issue with President Obama is personal. As the article states, why aren’t they getting people registered to vote? The only way things are going to change is through the ballot box. Bashing President Obama and ignoring his accomplishments just doesn’t make any sense. It is quite a spectacle to see to educated black men squandering an opportunity to do some good and make a difference. Their divisive bus tour is just turning people off.

    • 128 Debz
      August 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

      This is a great take down. These two jackasses are showing up on every tv show to push their BS only because they bash the President. yet no one bothers to ask them what they are doing for the poor.

  27. 129 Ladyhawke
    August 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

    STEVE BENEN’S BRIGHT IDEA TO CREATE JOBS AND EXPOSE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BREATHTAKING HYPOCRISY:

    MAKE MY DAY AND MAKE THIS VIDEO GO VIRAL….

    First, a big, fat, juicy kiss for Steve Benen and his brilliant idea to expose the breathtaking hypocrisy of the Republican Party. While railing against government spending, the Republican Party has been writing letters to the White House requesting funding for projects in their districts to YOU GUESSED IT – CREATE JOBS. This is just another variation of their hypocrisy with the stimulus where they have no problem attending ribbon cuttings for projects in their districts.

    The Rachel Maddow Show segment and interview of Steve Benen LAST NIGHT is must see tv. The only problem I have is Rachel’s breathless and long winded introduction. The set up is good and you get the idea but the just can’t help herself. It takes forever to get to Steve. Anyway, when you finally get to hear Steve Benen speak it is a thing of beauty. One of his best points is that Republicans are against ideas that they originally championed. How do you get compromise with such blatant duplicity?

    STEVE BENEN – ON THE TEEVEE

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_08/on_the_teevee031454.php

    • August 11, 2011 at 9:53 am

      “One of his best points is that Republicans are against ideas that they originally championed”

      This in a nutshell is why folks are pissed at Obama and Dems in that the overton window has been moved so far right that Dems are fighting to pass GOP ideas now and not pushing to pass any of their own more progressive ideas.

      Sure exposing this makes the GOP look extreme and that seems to be what the Dems 2012 attack will be so it works on that level, but it is also disheartening that we’re fighting for GOP policies – so even if we win and get them, we’ve lost.

      • 131 Dee
        August 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

        “This in a nutshell is why folks are pissed at Obama and Dems”

        Let them be angry because until Obama can get a progressive-proof majority there won’t be any progressive ideas pass.

    • August 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

      They have been doing this since 2009, and have suffered NO POLITICAL consequences. The question is: HOW in the heck do we make them suffer? The MSM will not help us, even thought Maddow goes through the motions.
      I write to my GOP Rep. every freaking week about this very thing! I get a form letter back, or no response from aides I get on the phone. I am currently working with local Dems to put more pressure on MY Rep. I suggest others do the same. Go local. They think they are getting away with this. Don’t let them!

    • 133 Anonymous
      August 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

      This is the first time I have seen Steve Benen and I am devastated that I am old enough to be his mother!

  28. 136 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Tavis Smiley and Cornel West need to be exposed for the frauds they really are. At the root of their so-called poverty tour, is the real reason behind their “calling the President to task”

    Reason #1: Tavis Smiley states that he did not get a personal invitation to the WH

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/0811/Smiley_Obama_wont_invite_me_to_WH.html

    Reason #2: Cornel West states that he did not get a “thank you” from the President in the form of an inauguration ticket.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/160725/cornel-west-v-barack-obama

    In other words, it’s all about their mega-egos being fed. Has nothing to do with any genuine concern for poor, or elderly, or minority communities. It’s about trying to one-up this President by tearing him down because they feel that he hasn’t personally recognized and/or exalted them to their liking. Mr. West and Mr. SMiley’s poverty tour has nothing to do with poverty! It has everything to do with their giant egos being in dire need of superficial boost.

    • August 11, 2011 at 10:05 am

      The Poverty Tour should be renamed “The Ego Trip”.

      • 138 Fred
        August 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

        Amen StR.Afreakingmen!

        • 139 Dakota
          August 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

          That’s the truth! These two are disgusting! I’ve known for years what a jerk Tavis is. Tom Joyner said that when Tavis was in high school, his mother made him resign as class president because his grades were tanking. He didn’t speak to his own mother for a year! No way in hell would some child I gave birth to and put a roof over his head would disrespect me like that. He would be one homeless mofo…I’m serious. He’s always been an egotistical jerk and it will be his downfall.

          I’m soooo disappointed with Cornel West. I honestly never saw this coming from him. What a hypocrite…calling the President an elitist! When was the last time West spent a minute working in the South Side of Chicago with the poor? Try never! If he is so “down with the people,” why doesn’t he come down from his “ivory tower” at Princeton and teach at school with students that struggling to make it with limited resources. President Obama is working hard toward this…so who’s the elitist really?

          • 140 Sue in Minnesota
            August 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

            Tavis fits the Republican blueprint. In emotional childishness and willingness to grab other peoples money.

    • 141 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Steve Harvey’s radio show exposed the true intent of this bus tour. He was fantasic, but I can not find the link anywhere. A poster posted it a couple days ago or was it yesterday? Noted celebs like Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner have come out against this DISGUSTGING DUO. I guess they won’t mind a Bachmann or Perry in the Whitehouse.

      Do they really believe these two candidates would care about the inner city poor? Their crusade is not genuine and a SHAM. They have personal motives and I hope the Black community can see this. They got a earfull from Detroit residents when they stopped in MI. wOW, the Koch brothers, Norquists, Hamshires, and Greens must be enjoying this Obama destructioon CRUSADE by these IDIOTS.

    • August 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      After 2012 these two can kiss thier careers goodbye, becaue by then their names will be mud.

    • 146 nospin
      August 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Hopefruit2 – those “emperors” are wearing no clothes.

  29. 147 desertflower
    August 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/08/stories-we-tell.html Smartypants has a reality check for everyone….Must read.

  30. 148 aamom
    August 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

    why no LIKE button? Chipsticks I may have missed the memo so could you explain why there is no LIKE button for comments we …love?


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