129 Responses to “tuesday”

    August 16, 2011 at 7:26 am


    • 2 HZ
      August 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Good Morning my TOD Family: Beautiful day to be alive and feeling better. Thanks Chips for this video. What a beautiful and positive way to start the day off. Hearing the people speak with such positive words and respect and appreciation for their President’s visit and what he had to say were so encouraging to hear first thing this morning. Another great date to give thanks for our President, our wonderful SS and all who are around him to protect him as he travel during this time. I love to see him out there with the people that we know he love so much. I am so proud of my fellow citizens who recognize how important it is for us to do what we can to re-elect President Obama. Hope and pray for wisdom, protection, and favor to do his very difficult job for us and the world. What a wonderful time to be alive and be a parto of such a Presidency. I love my family here very much. I feel that we have something so special within our TOD family. Have a great day all of us. HZ

  2. 3 joyce
    August 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I pray that God keeps a hedge of protection around our beloved president. May the SS use all they need to do their job to protect him also. Thank God for the gift that He gave us when he blessed us with President Obama for a time like these. Love and hugs to all this day

      • 5 HZ
        August 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        Yes, Amen and Amen Joyce, Sue and Anniebella. We pray all these things so thoughtfully and so humbly for our President, his Cabinet, and his sstaff. God’s blessing upon him and Joe. We love them so much dear Lord and we ask for their feet to be guided with love, their hands with graciousness, and their heart filled with goodness.

  3. 6 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Texas Apologizes For Unleashing Rick Perry On Us All


    Via YouTube, Texas Democrats have issued a preemptive apology to the rest of the United States for unleashing another Texas Republican on the good people of our nation so soon after George W. Bush.



    • August 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

      hahahahahahahahahhahahhahahhahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahahahaha!!!! Texas and Florida, must be something in the water. 😕

      • 8 Olivia
        August 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

        I live in Miami. I will for ever be ashamed of my state’s role in the 2000 election. Not to mention our current governor, Dick Scott :(. As I always say, the shit flows south and always ends up here…

        • August 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

          Oh, Olivia. I know 😦 I’ve been trying to get outta this state for sooooo long but I’m still stuck here. 😦 I can’t wait to get rid of ‘Dick Scott.’ Too bad we can’t recall him. 😦

          • 10 Olivia
            August 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

            Have you heard of the group “Pink Slip Rick Scott”? They are awesome! They show up at all of his public events and hammer him on jobs, etc. and actually hand him pink slips :D. He just looks at them with a blank look because he can’t think of anything else to do/say with his tea-soaked brain!

    • 13 a4alice
      August 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

      I just sent this to my husband (a Democrat Texan). I know he’ll send this to the rest of his relatives who are still in Texas….. Thanks!

  4. August 16, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I liked seeing him handle the heckler and his wife. He dismissed them with you are not listening. Did the guy really say go F yourself to the President of the US. To his face. Beyond disgusting and disrespectful.

    • August 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

      Chris Matthews, FDL and some of the other naysayers all need to see this nice little video. Thanks Cjips for sharing.

    • August 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

      No, the guy did not say that word to the President. The guy actually walked away frustrated it seems to me from the video clip that he couldn’t get under the President’s skin. I heard the President use timothy mcveigh’s name to make a point to bolster Secretary Janet Napolitano.

      I personally think this guy was jealous of the President and how people were sleeping out and hiding in the porta potties to get a ticket. This dude just wanted to hang-out with real people instead of those low information thinker GOP candidates..

    • 21 nospin
      August 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

      In fairness, I didn’t hear the guy say that Sukey and I watched the video multiple times. He did say, you are not listening either.

  5. 22 desertflower
    August 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I don’t know what the guy said…talked about the BBA and then I couldn’t hear much after that.He and the wife weren’t very respectful, regardless.Did he really cuss out the President?

  6. 23 Blue
    August 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Did you guy hear about Perry having an affair with a guy in his Admin?’ Well here it is!


    • August 16, 2011 at 8:18 am

      I have heard Stephanie Miller and her sidekicks joke about this.

    • 25 dotster
      August 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

      I would not be surprised as it seems to be a common trait with rt. wing religious extremists. As many have noted, the higher the animosity toward gays, the more likely it is that the condemner is living in the closet. I read that this rumor has been rampant in Tx. for years, never any proof, but that many have noticed something is amiss with his wedded bliss.

      • 26 Anonymous
        August 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

        Also, the ones who try to prove how macho they are. Carrying a gun, phony swagger, etc. Perry has all the classic signs.

  7. August 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

    The Repugs have sunk to a new low.

    Talk to Paul Ryan? It’ll cost you

    It will cost $15 to ask Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a question in person during the August congressional recess.

    The House Budget Committee chairman isn’t holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his colleagues he will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61454.html#ixzz1VC1dYfRt

    • 28 nospin
      August 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

      this is a joke right? It has to be.

    • 29 desertflower
      August 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

      This needs to get lots of attention! Those constituents PAY HIS SALARY ALREADY! Are you kidding me!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 8:44 am


    • 34 desertflower
      August 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Well, thanks for that link. Not just Paul Ryan but MY congressman Ben Quayle!! I’ll be calling HIS office.I pay his salary and he should be accountable to me, not a bunch of lawyers.Don’t do anything without money involved, do they?

      • August 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

        My congressman, John Duncan, is not holding town halls either. His office said if people want to talk with him, THEY HAVE TO COME TO HIS OFFICE!!!!!!! Makes me sick!!!!!!!!

        • August 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

          They are afraid to have town hall meetings because they know that the public is made with them, the way they are running Congress. So they refuse to listen to the people. That is just like these Tea Republicans.

        • 37 theo67
          August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

          Isn’t that the whole rationale behind their many weeks out of Washington each month? They said they’d be at home to talk to their constituents, and now we’re being told that they will only talk to their constituents if they pay. Well, they should forfeit their salaries, then. They are despicable.

      • August 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

        Me too Desertflower. Quayle is my Congressman too, I live in District 3.

    • August 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

      If any Dem did this it would be a huge scandal. I bet it barely gets a peep from the MSM. I’d hope the DNC, DCCC would jump all over this and point out how they’re trying to hide from their own constituents, that their constituants already pay them for access with their tax dollars and this is about trying to fake a friendly townhall because only supporters would want to give any money to these skunks.

    • August 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Ryan is still smarting from those recent town halls where his constituents blasted him for his idiotic plan. The “rubes” woke up and that scared Ryan something fierce.

      He’s opening the door to some conservative Dem challenging him for that seat. That’s his base that he’s telling to shell out some money to ask a question.

    • 41 GGail
      August 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Ok people, you all should be overloading their email, phone lines and faxes with your polite feelings of disgust! Don’t wait for DNC or DCCC to do your talking for you. These repugs are in your districts and this is reprehensible!

  8. August 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Why does Mark Knoller have his panties in a bunch accusing PBO of campaigning on the bus tour? This is comical. I am listening to him on The Bill Press show now.

    • 43 nospin
      August 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

      hey COS, when you are done, can you give a brief overview of what Knoller was upset about and any response to his comments?

      • August 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

        In so many words, he was talking about how much money the Dems had raised and how the WH is saying this bus tour was not campaigning, although PBO was calling out the repugs. He also made a comparison to PBO’s strategy to run against a do nothing congress just as Harry Truman did. I mentioned it because I read on one of the threads yesterday that he was tweeting about the same thing, and today he is on a so-called progressive radio show complaining about it.

        • 45 majii
          August 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

          I looked up the Hatch Act on Wikipedia yesterday and posted it on my FB wall. The Hatch Act has an exemption for the President and VP. I also found a Politico article that revealed that a special report found the Bushies guilty of violating the Hatch Act when KKKarl Rove sent some Bush Administration people on bush tours to “sell” the Bush tax cuts to the people. What PBO is doing is covered no matter how loud they holler. I like knowing things for myself, so when I wonder about something, I look it up!

          “The Hatch Act of 1939 is a United States federal law whose main provision is to prohibit federal employees (civil servants) in the executive branch of the federal government, except the President and the Vice President, from engaging in partisan political activity.”


    • 46 Ladyhawke
      August 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

      Is Mark Knoller a journalist or a gossip columnist? It would be great if Mark Knoller and his colleagues spent more time just reporting the facts instead of injecting their opinions and impressions. Maybe if they had been reporting the facts all along bus tours would not be necessary. And what exactly is the problem with the president of the United States taking time to take questions from the American people. After all, they are HIS constituents. This is part of his job description.

      The jackals are always asking snarkuy questions about PBO’s poll numbers and why he is not getting credit for his accomplishments. They have even questioned whether his messaging was effective and getting across to the public. So he schedules this bus tour and the press is apoplectic.

      Doing town halls is something President Obama has been doing for a long time. No surprises here. There is nothing unusual about this bus tour to rural areas of the country. The problem is that it makes it harder for the reporters to set the narrative. That is why they are so cranky.

      • August 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

        I totally agree with you LadyHawke. PBO has to carry his own water to the people with our help. He does not have the corporate media to spread his message. I check CR’s ProPres blog everyday and she lists a whole lot that this administration is doing that we never hear in the media. Rachel has her faults, but she is the only person who mentions positive things about the accomplishments of the administration sometime.

      • 49 prettyfoot58
        August 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

        The problem is that it makes it harder for the reporters to set the narrative. That is why they are so cranky.

      • 50 Sue in Minnesota
        August 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

        I agree completely. Knoller is supposed to be reporting facts. Stick to them Mark. The President has been conducting these direct interfaces with the public from the beginning of his administration. If only we had the exact number of times he has held similar types of gatherings……I don’t understand the objection to him talking directly with the people he serves. But I don’t pretend to understand the childish and tempermental behavior of the White House press corps.

        Interesting the President is not allowed to speak about Republicans….since when? The laundry lists of rules for this President grows by the day….remind me again why the double standard. Besides the very obvious I think much of the inappropriate commentary is related to the fact that the President does not fit their pre-existing mold, he is change, and he conducts himself differently, and has his own game plan and a new rulebook. These people haven’t adapted and are resisting the change. Everyday the change that President Obama campaigned on becomes more apparent to me, some ways very subtle, and in some ways very clear. America has a vision problem….

        With respect to Representatives refusing to talk to their constituents….I’ll just call it what is is BULLSHIT! Time to light up the phone lines, and every other tool available to register complaint. Additionally I think they have got this backwards…if and when they refuse to meet, or hear from a constituent, that constiuent should ask for a refund, the money should be flowing the other direction, or the Rep should be sued for breech of contract. This is beyond absurd….it is obscene.

  9. 52 utaustinliberal
    August 16, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Morning TOD’ERs. I knew the MSM would use the Ryan Rhodes aka jackass teabagger incident as the focus of President Obama’s townhall on the economy. Jake Tapper on GMA and Chuck Todd on Today Show focused specifically on the exchange the President had with the teabagger and said that even though the WhiteHouse didn’t call it a campaign tour, it certainly felt like it and that all the President did was attack the republicans in congress and the GOP presidential candidates and he didn’t listen to the people. The nerve of these liars. President Obama spent over an hour with the locals answering questions and they made it sound like he just attacked, attacked, attacked.

    Rick Perry has begun showing his true colors. Thank goodness. This fool yesterday suggested that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was committing treason by printing money and if he were to come to Texas, they would take care of him. Basically implying, that they would kill him. He refused to back away from that statement and thank goodness Dems are on it calling him out. He also said that anyone running for President should love America and he’s not so sure this current President demonstrates that love of country. Later, when a reporter asked him to clarify his comments and did he mean that President Obama doesn’t love America at all? Isn’t patriotic? Perry replied that the reporter should go and ask President Obama that question. WTF? The insult. The questioning of PBO’s love of country and patriotism is being brought up again? This smacks of birtherism. Do the GOP really want to bring up this line of campaigning again? Do they really want to go down this extremist route? Not content to stop there, Perry also said that he was running for president so that our armed forces finally have a president they can respect. So that when they go to battle, they’ll know that there’s something worth fighting for and they’re CIC isn’t weak. Wes Moore a former military personnel, who now writes for the NYT I believe on foreign policy was on Morning Joe and he said he found that utterly reprehensible and disgusting. He said when you sign up to join the military and wear the uniform of the United States of America, you sign up to respect whatever CIC you serve under. He said that to suggest that the military doesn’t respect PBO after he basically did a GI Bill 2.0 for them, increased veterans benefits, his wife has a Joining Forces Initiative, he’s gotten 100,000 combat troops out of Iraq and on and on, is preposterous.

    Thank goodness the Obama team have someone like Robert Gibbs. He was on Morning Joe and the Today Show this morning and he was great. They tried to suggest that PBO was only campaigning and not listening to the people. Robert told them to go watch the two townhalls that PBO conducted and see that he answered a range of questions by real people and did not shy away or backdown from the quesions. They asked him about the above stated comments Rick Perry made about PBO. Robert said they were denigrating and disgusting. But he’s not surprised since this is where the republican party has chosen to go ever since it allied itself with the teaparty. He said the next thing he expects Perry to do is demand for the President to show his birth certificate since that seems to be the route he’s likely taking. Nicole Wallace former Bush Advisor and McCain campaign spokesperson and all around defender of everything Bush did, snarkily told Robert that now that President Obama has a record behind him that it won’t be easy to play the blame bush for all the mess the economy is in and all the mess he inherited. Robert looked at her like, yes it is Bush’s fault because the policies he carried out for more than 8 years got us into this mess and we can’t just get out of in 2.5 years as if all we have to do is wave a magic wand. Robert told her that they weren’t running against Bush, they were running against policies more radical than what Bush carried out. But he also reminded her that a recent poll showed that 59% of the American people still blame Bush for the mess President Obama inherited. They were running against policies that the three frontrunners (Bachmann, Perry, and Romney) had embraced. They were presenting to the American people various options. Do the American people want to a president who thinks corporations are people? Do the American people want a president who prefers to mollycoddle the super rich and shield them from paying their fair share? Do the American people want a president who would refuse a 10 vs 1 spending cuts to tax increase? Do the American people want a president who has embraced Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan where Medicare becomes a voucher system and once your money runs out, then you as a senior are left to fend for yourself? Do the American people want a president who has been preaching secession and all of a sudden just happens to loooove America, when if he had succeeded with secession, he would have needed a passport to get into Iowa where he is now courting votes? Do the American people want a president who said that the DOJ needs to investigate members of congress for anti-American views? Do the American people want a president who keeps flip flopping and running away from his record? Do the American people want a president who embraces the radical ideas of a fringe group known as the teaparty? Gibbs was wonderful. He shut Nicole Wallace down. And I mean SHUT.HER.DOWN. When they tried to box Robert in a corner saying that PBO had no concrete plan during the debt ceiling deal and that’s why the stock market has been fluctuating, Robert told them that was a categorical lie. He told them what the heck did they think the Grand Bargain was? The President had a balanced deal on the table, but due to the radical nature of the teaparty, the republican leadership lacked backbone and strength and therefore walked away from a plan that would have made a huge step in offsetting our deficit and putting us on the right fiscal part. So all in all, President Obama was the responsible adult in the room.

    So glad Robert is on our side. He was fantastic. He looked great and well rested by the way and just bubbling over with spirit and fight for 2012. It was awesome.

    • 53 desertflower
      August 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

      As usual, thank you for this! No one does a summary quite like you:) Wonderful!

    • August 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

      I am so glad that Robert is free to express just how he feels. He can be less diplomatic and tell it like it is. Thanks for the report.

      • 57 jacquelineoboomer
        August 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

        Hi, COS – Do you remember when Robert Gibbs took down Sean Hannity during the ’08 campaign? It was magnificent!

    • August 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Great report… I will view the exchange on-line. This is how you have to hit those water carriers for the Rethug party with facts and fire. All of sudden history is bad to report on but the American people are not as dumb down as these fools think we are. I was very impressed with people who knew the facts on the ground at both town-halls…

      This is why the Rethug party doesn’t want an educated electorate aka Texas bozo perry…

    • 60 Ladyhawke
      August 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

      UT you made my day with this comment. I can’t wait to see the video of Robert Gibbs. This is what I was hoping for. Surrogates who don’t take any guff from the media. This is just awesome.

    • 61 ChristiMtl
      August 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Once again, thanks UT for the recap! I always look for it in the morning. You’re the best!

      This is so infuriating:
      Perry also said that he was running for president so that our armed forces finally have a president they can respect.

      2008 all over again, that’s all they have.

      • August 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

        He is Sarah Palin on steroids playing from the same old play book. He is throwing out red meat only his supporters believe.

      • 63 jacquelineoboomer
        August 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

        ChristiMtl – More like the 1860s all over again. (P.S. Thanks for the email for Rhodes – he answered me! Comment downthread. Hehehe.)

      • 64 busbus
        August 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

        Good Morning,

        For Mr. Perry to say, “…so that our armed forces finally have a president they can respect.” has the implication that the armed forces over

        the years have had no respect for any Commander-In-Chief. I say this because he used the term “finally have.” Therefore, this statement

        would include George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Richard Nixon, just to name a few Republican presidents. Boy oh

        boy, Mr. Perry must think that he is “all that and a bag of chips!”

      • 65 HZ
        August 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

        Liar, liar, pants on fire!!! How dare he speak such a liar. I am already tired of his old creepy behind. We are moving on.

    • August 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

      That is an excellent summary. Love it.

    • 67 blondegrrl
      August 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Thank goodness for Robert Gibbs – but he alone cannot staunch the negativity tide. We all have to be as informed as he is and keep stating the facts. I am glad that he didn’t back down – the more the MSM has folks like him on, the better it is. We need to let the program director of those two shows know we like having Gibbs on.

    • August 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Alright Robert Gibbs. That’s how to do it. That’s how to put these fools in there place. Proud of you Mr. Gibbs.

    • 69 TrumpDog
      August 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

      Sounds like Gibbs did a fantastic job on Morning Joe. I am a bit surprised as I’ve not been impressed with him speaking for the president. But it sounds like he hit all the right notes.

      Thanks for the summary and watching (so I won’t have to)

      UPDATE: I was just listening to the Stephanie Miller Show and some guy called in and was telling what happened on Morning Joe with Gibbs and Wallace. Unfortunately, his phone kept breaking up and you couldn’t understand what he was saying. Thank goodness for utaustinliberal :-).
      They then did a little joke skit about pilot giving emergency message and his every other word being cut off. It was HILARIOUS.

    • 70 Sue in Minnesota
      August 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

      Do you wear your hazmat suit all day or just when climbing down into the cesspool. Coming to us LIVE, from the Morning Joe cesspool it’s UT……..applause, brava, applause.

      You have the hide of a armadillo..thanks for your counter-intelligence work, your tough exterior and your straight-forward reporting. These people are working over-time to create an alternate reality…they seem to have no shame, no allegiance to facts or the truth.

    • August 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Oh man thanks for that. Awesome reporting from you and good on Gibbs. The media is a POS.

    • 72 Obama Grandmama
      August 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you for watching the Lion’s Den and reporting back to us so succinctly.

    • 75 GGail
      August 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Thanks Michele! The video of Robert Gibbs holding his own was EXCELLENT!

      • 76 a4alice
        August 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

        Man I wish I could think as fast as Gibbs does – he is cool under fire and he presents himself as speaking under the power of his conviction. Made that lady who was the press sec for Bush look frazzled and under prepared. I gotta find his twitter address or email or something and tell him what a good job he did

  10. 77 Debz
    August 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Thank you for posting the video, Chips. It is nice to hear the reaction of real people instead of the insipid press.

  11. August 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Regarding the Murdochs, the plot thickens. I wonder if we will see any serious investigation in this country.


    • 79 mtmarilyn
      August 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

      I just rest the article. This is going to be explosive. I am sure it will be coming to the US. Hope it brings them all down.

  12. August 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Here is the candle link for continued prayers for our President, First Family and the Nation.


  13. 82 mtmarilyn
    August 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. Thank you UT for that great synopsis. I am so glad there are people out there supporting the President. The one good thing about the tea party guy yesterday is that people can see these aren’t staged affairs like all of Bush’s were. Our President likes to be around real people.

  14. August 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

    President Obama out talking to America is the right wing’s worst nightmare. They know they cannot compete. So let’s attack the bus, let’s distract by attacking his Americanism again. What losers.

    I watched Morning Joke today (he wasn’t there) and you can tell they are worried that Perry will not cut it. His horrible statements yesterday have them worried. They tried to spin it as this being his first day campaigning, but that doesn’t wash because he’s the longest serving governor so has campaigned for 25 years. Of course, in his last campaign he refused to debate his opponent which tells me he’s not to sharp on the debate stages.

    Oh yeah, the repubs are worried because Perry’s record is horrible and so are his views.

    CNN was awful. That Jeannie Moos did a piece showing Perry interacting with the people and talked about how he hugs, touches and fluffs kids hair. Watching him was just gross. It wasn’t real and the kids looked like, “please don’t touch me.” They sure weren’t hanging on to him like they hang on to our president. Think I’ll send Jeannie the thread of our Pres with the kids.

    • 84 GOVCHRIS1988
      August 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Well, Damn. I saw that one. Jeannie should have just called Rick Perry on set and gave him a Linda Lovelace style blow. It would have been the same thing.

    • 85 Debz
      August 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

      Nothing terrifies the GOP like PBO on the campaign trail, and he hasn’t even started yet.This was just the first time the msm has paid attention to one of POTUS’ town halls, only because they want to make it look like a campaign. The gop and media are spinning this for all it’s worth, that is why they are focused on that tea party ass who confronted the Prez. They wont know what hit them when PBO actually starts to campaign.

      • August 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

        Focusing on that t-pty ass only again shows how reasonable, calm and respectful our President is. It makes that idiot and his idiot wife look like complete fools. I loved it when Pres O reminded her of Timothy McVeigh.

    • August 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

      They’re desperate for a horse race because it means hundreds of millions spent on political advertising, it makes their jobs much easier as well and makes filling their 24 hour news segments a piece of cake.

      • 90 Sue in Minnesota
        August 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

        StR…I think a lot of this is an attempt to set the stage for a showdown extravaganza. The MSM reminds me of tour promoters for the WWF.
        But with the current field of Republican candidates the MSM has to ramp up the theatrics and the bamboozle. Not buying it, and it really just serves to continue to lower my opinion of their product and their integrity.

    • 91 Ladyhawke
      August 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Proud, by all means, please send the thread with the whippersnappers to Jeannie Moos. Maybe she will learn something.

      I never saw anything funny about those stupid segments from Jeannie Moos. I am not surprised to hear about this puff piece on Rick Perry and how touchy feely he is. Spare me. Another CNN reporter joined at the tonsils with the Republican Party. CNN is unwatchable.

      I guess Jeannie Moss hadn’t noticed that The Obamas are the best huggers in politics today. She wouldn’t have enough time to do a segment showing POTUS and FLOTUS hugging people. Both of them are genuine and loving. People get in line to get a hug from them.

      • 92 TrumpDog
        August 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

        I completely quit watching them after seeing how they covered the teabaggers in the summer of 2009. Screw that channel upwards, downwards and sideways.

  15. August 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

    You won’t see this on the news. Iowa seniors aren’t having Perry with his plan to kill SS. Asked him what was in his constitution.


  16. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    August 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Now I have to sanitize my inbox.

    Yesterday, “ChristiMtl” gave us the email address for Ryan Rhodes, the dreaded T-party fool who approached President Obama and heckled him on the bus tour. I wrote Rhodes an email of snark, ending with “We’ll pray for you.”

    Just received this email back from him: “My soul is taken care of I prefer you pray for our country in this critical time.”

    Please – let’s load up his inbox (try to keep it responsible language), since apparently he’s reading his messages: rhodes4rep@gmail.com

    Realize this is giving him way too much attention, but maybe for a day we can irk him. I’m in the mood to irk a teapartier.

  17. August 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

    On twitter reports Paul Rand considering running from president. Please do. You can run on killing medicare.

    • August 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Oops should be Paul Ryan.

      • August 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

        Is that idiot for real? After we trashed him with the throwing granny over the cliff thing where his own constituents wanted a piece of his ass, he thinks he can take his train wreck national? Really? He must really think the American electorate won’t matter come 2012, you know with all that “let’s just steal the election” shit that’s been going down lately. Maybe that’s why he’s thinking about running cause his record won’t matter. Bastard. Ain’t gonna happen. He’ll be quicker and easier to crush than Romney. That tool should never go national. He’s seriously evil and he looks it.

      • August 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

        Might as well be Paul Rand for his worship of Ayn Rand.

    • August 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Rove is pimping him – I guess he’s unhappy with Perry, Bachmann and Romney. Remember how everybody fluffed Ryan as courageous for his budget to end medicare and give further tax breaks to billionaires. Also the way the GOP doubled down on the Ryan Budget, they want him to run because he can best explain it they believe.

  18. August 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    How ignorant can these people be?

    Gov. Rick Perry’s Billionaire Backers
    Forbes Magazine dated August 08, 2011

    Texas Governor Rick Perry, mulling a GOP presidential bid, could be a fundraising powerhouse: A staggering 24 members of The Forbes 400 list donated to his 2010 gubernatorial race. Another sign: He recently spoke at the Koch brothers’ summit of right-wing rich.


    • August 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

      So we tie his butt to the Kochs in every way. They are polluters, want to bring back school segregation, poured money into WI to bust the unions. The Dems will have a field day.

    • 109 ChristiMtl
      August 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

      I cannot believe the damage the Koch brothers are doing to the US. Criminals

      • 110 theo67
        August 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

        Just imagine how much damage they’ve done over the years before anyone knew who they are? They didn’t just start destroying the country – they’ve been at it for a very long time. Now, there’s just a spotlight on them. Criminals – the whole lot!

    • 111 GGail
      August 16, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Great meta! Now this is a list that we can dig into and find out what companies/corporations they own or sit on the board of and we can LET THEM HEAR FROM US – WE THE PEOPLE!. Excellent list.

  19. August 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Morning Chips and TOD-ers! It is indeed a beautiful morning where I am, and this video added to the ‘beautifulness’ – thanks Chips! In particular I loved this part …

    ‘Are you inspired about America?’
    ‘More so today than I was yesterday. Yes’ … because it reinforced what was said here yesterday and before – when the President speaks to the nation in an unfiltered way he is pitch perfect in getting his message across. [He don’t need no pundit to translate!! 🙄 :roll:]

    Having shared my immediate reaction to the clip, I’m going back upstream to read other responses.

    Have a lovely day, TOD Family! Also, I’m sending positive thoughts to those family members who are not feeling 100% ‘with it’ today. Hang in there!

    • 113 Sue in Minnesota
      August 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

      Hey vc….bright wishes back to you.

      I feel my commitment to my adult responsibilities slipping away as we speak. My well intended plans just can’t compete with the magnetic pull of our President.

      Thanks for the positive energy….I am up today….can’t imagine a rodent tea party heckler, or an immature tempermental reporter being able to crack my energy field today. I am proud of the reception given our President here in Minnesota yesterday, and very honored by his visit to our state. Their responses in the above video clip speak volumes.

      Have a wonderful, wonderful day.

  20. August 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Interesting article in Texas Monthly on how Perry wins his elections. I just read this part from Bill White, the democrat he beat last go round. Next to last graph interesting information about Perry using fake twitter accounts to portray himself as having AA support. Typical.


    Bill White (D), lost with 42 percent

    Democrats who hoped that the popular former Houston mayor would break Perry’s nine-race winning streak were in for a disappointment. Despite frequent claims that White would make it a close race, Perry outmaneuvered him at every turn, refusing to debate unless White released all of his tax returns (which he did not do) and accusing White of profiteering off of Hurricane Rita. White lost by a thirteen-point margin.

    White: Rick Perry has a justifiable reputation as somebody who lives and breathes politics and has a fierce determination to stay in office. [I met him] decades ago at a Texas Lyceum event when he was a young Democrat. He was a handsome young man who worked the crowd, but there were a lot of ambitious young people in the statehouse, and I don’t recall him sticking out particularly.

    He raised more money than I did, but from a much smaller number of donors, and some of his donors gave millions. His principal handler is a Mr. [Dave] Carney, who lives in New Hampshire and is charging the campaign millions of dollars in fees, but he’s a real pro, and Perry tends to keep on the script that’s given him.

    I sought to debate, but he did not want to debate and defend his record. He very rarely campaigned in person. When he did, he chose public appearances, where questions from the press would be limited. If his handlers had exposed him to more questioning, then he might have responded in a way that hurt him. One of the few—perhaps the last—impromptu sessions he had with a journalist occurred about six months before the election: After a meeting with BP executives he said that the oil spill might have been caused by an act of God. After that there weren’t many impromptu sessions with journalists.

    His strategy was to claim that Texas government was in good shape, when, obviously everyone now knows, it was not. Perry ran massive amounts of advertising in Houston in the last six weeks. About two thirds claimed that Texas state government was in good financial shape and took credit for the fact that Texas had grown faster than other states, despite the fact that it has for one hundred years. The other ads had pictures of me and President Obama. Some, especially outside the Houston area, attacked Houston and my performance as mayor. Polls showed that he pulled into a lead after the massive advertising barrage principally because of the influence on independent voters who didn’t like the growth of government in Washington.

    There were also some silly things that happened that are still hard to believe. One consulting firm of his created artificial people to tweet. [The campaign] wanted to question my support in the African American community, but they couldn’t recruit an African American person to do it, so on Twitter they used a stock photo of a black person. One of the people who supported my campaign clicked on the image and found out it was a singer from Atlanta. The Twitter address was registered at the same location as one of Mr. Perry’s political consultants.

    Perry and I spoke briefly the night he won. I told him congratulations and that I hoped he would do well as governor. We both acknowledged that our wives are better people than we are.


    • 115 Obama Grandmama
      August 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      It seems when the candidate opens his mouth he puts his foot into it by saying what he really thinks which terrifies his GOP handlers so a strategy of not talking has been developed. Remember the GOP was taking on the same strategy with Sarah Palin? I remember best her debate with Joe Biden where she just came out and said I may not answer the question as you expect then proceeded to just give out her talking points and ignore the debate format. The questioners were astonished but let her get away with it. Hope that isn’t an indication of what is to come with Perry too.

    • 116 TrumpDog
      August 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      There were also some silly things that happened that are still hard to believe. One consulting firm of his created artificial people to tweet. [The campaign] wanted to question my support in the African American community, but they couldn’t recruit an African American person to do it, so on Twitter they used a stock photo of a black person. One of the people who supported my campaign clicked on the image and found out it was a singer from Atlanta. The Twitter address was registered at the same location as one of Mr. Perry’s political consultants.

      WOW! 😯

  21. 117 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Here’s an excellent post from PoliticusUSA. Spot on. Rick Perry can’t unring this bell. His remarks are beyond repulsive. The establishment Republicans must have winced along with the rest of us when they heard this. I hope the DemRapidReponse team will have a response soon.

    While Obama Tries To Get Vets Jobs, Rick Perry Questions Their Professionalism


  22. August 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

    The President did such a great job at the townhall in MN. Thank You Mr. President. You inspire me and give me hope for this country.

  23. August 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    So Ron Paul’s new ad is calling him “The One.” Not only is he crazy, he’s way toooooo old to be president.

  24. 121 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Suck on this Rick Perry….


    “For their service and sacrifice, warm words of thanks from a grateful nation are more than warranted, but they aren’t nearly enough. We also owe our veterans the care they were promised and the benefits that they have earned. We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. It’s a commitment that begins at enlistment, and it must never end. But we know that for too long, we’ve fallen short of meeting that commitment. Too many wounded warriors go without the care that they need. Too many veterans don’t receive the support that they’ve earned. Too many who once wore our nation’s uniform now sleep in our nation’s streets.”

    -President Obama, March 19, 2009



    The Obama Administration is investing in a strong, agile, well-trained, and well-equipped U.S. military that can fight and win the nation’s wars. U.S. Armed Forces must be able to prevail in current operations and the missions they are most likely to face, while developing capabilities to deter potential adversaries and provide a hedge against other risks and contingencies. Our policies will incorporate lessons from our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. First and foremost, we will ensure that our troops have the training, equipment and support that they need when they are deployed, and the care that they and their families need and deserve.


  25. 125 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Oh, here’s another item for Rick Perry to suck on…..


    1% of Americans may be fighting our wars, but we need 100% of Americans to be supporting our troops and their families. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are asking Americans to get involved in any way they can.


  26. 126 dotster
    August 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Not sure what’s happening to my posts—poof!—but wanted to share this joyful greeting Obama received as he left his Decorah hotel this a.m.:

    • 128 Xtine
      August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks so much for that link. Now we know that little cute boy was trying so hard to shake his had, climbing that haystack and all!

  27. 129 Rose
    August 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I wanted to encourage those of you with expertise in making video clips to capture the young man in the red shirt who asked the last question at the Decorah Town Hall yesterday. His observation was spot on and President Obama’s response was fantastic. I think this young man’s wisdom should be seen and heard by many. The MSM seems to focus on the right and Tea Party agenda.

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