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holy cow!

President Obama visits the Whiteside County Fair during livestock judging, Aug. 17, in Morrison, Ill.

President Barack Obama hugs Norma Haan, 68, at the Whiteside County Fair


350 Responses to “holy cow!”


  1. August 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I’m a farmer’s daughter, and boy do I love county fairs. I bet POTUS would like to have stayed there all day just looking around.

    Someone at the town hall just thanked him for being the President. πŸ™‚

  2. August 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    For anyone who was “worried” (*chortle*gurgle*snort*) about Gov. Christie mulling a bid, his camp is denying the rumor.

  3. 10 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Hahahahahahaha….. look at all those cows! As a person who’s lived in big cities all my life, I always find videos and pictures of county fairs and rural areas quite fascinating. Looks like soooo much fun. Holy cow indeed πŸ™‚

    • 11 Sue in Minnesota
      August 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      UT…cows have the most beautiful eyes, not a big fair person, but when I go – I do love the animal barns.

      • 12 Obama Grandmama
        August 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm

        Funny! I too love the cows that have beautiful eyes. It seemed to me the Swiss cows’ eyes are the pretiiest. When I spent a week in Switzerland this summer going from West to East in a rented car with some of my adult kids we did see cows, but none of those beautiful Swiss cows with the soft brown eyes. I see them in the US a lot.

  4. August 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Wonder what that person is slipping into Pres pocket? (second photo from the bottom) Hey, Lisa, do we need to take a visit down there? Hee hee.

    • August 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Maybe it’s her phone number, but don’t worry, Michelle will take care of it. Just kidding folks. I bet Sasha and Malia would have loved to see those cows.

    • August 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      I KNOOOOOOWW!!!!!! I don’t know who that is or what she’s doing but I do know she’s doing it to OUR man!!!! The nerve of her!!! Wait till I tell Michelle. πŸ˜•

  5. 16 Debz
    August 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Great pics!! PBO is home. He really seem to be enjoying this.

    • August 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      That’s what the T-GOP is so scare of, they know when he gets out there with everyday people he is at home. And I think whenever he and Michelle campaign together they are even better. I can’t wait to see them go on a bus tour.

  6. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    How did Norma Haan get so lucky?

    P.S. I think the President is afraid of the cow!

  7. 26 Puddin'
    August 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Hello everyone…I need a really big favor…I don’t tweet (one day) but I would appreciate it if someone would please send a message to PBO for me: Psalm 1:1-2,(1) Blessed are those who do not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers (2) but who delight in the law of the LORD and meditate on his law day and night.

    A whole lot of people say they are Christian, but President Hussein Obama IS A CHRISTIAN…his ctritics can say whatever they want to about him…it don’t matter because he is “walking the talk”. GOD created us in his image and I thank him for the day that he gave PBO life…President Hussein Obama is truly an example of what GOD wants all of us to be like…I pray that GOD continue to bless him…to cover him. Stay strong TOD family!

    Thank you,
    Puddin’

    • August 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      You can send him an email yourself if you want at http://www.whitehouse.gov and click ‘contact”

      • 28 Puddin'
        August 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

        Thank you…I have sent emails in the past, but I thought that the “tweet” goes directly to him. I have seen other ask for assistance in sending messages, so I thought I would ask this one time. I hope someone will help me out….

    • 31 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Beautiful scripture and prayer Puddin. The Prez needs that. Thanks again and I am sure once the Prez reads that he will be gratefully appreciative. πŸ˜€

      • 32 Puddin'
        August 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        Keith…I know most people are not use to seeing people operating from a place of calmness…most of us seeing someone who can remain cool, calm and collected under pressure. I had yet another conversation with a friend of mine last night…and she repeated the sentiment of some people…”PBO is weak…he need to get tough”. When I was meditating this morning that scripture came to me…I wanted to share it with PBO and TOD family.

        Stay strong!

  8. August 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    WOW, check this out! GOP super committee member Upton confronted: WHERE ARE THE JOBS? http://t.co/HaO9g9Y

    Power to the people! Give them hell!

  9. 36 dotster
    August 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I can just hear him. I bet he’s saying, “Now that’ s a good looking cow.” Cow looked embarrassed. But here’s a thought that just popped into my imaginative head. A few days ago I wrote about my Indy daughter going to the In. State Fair and visiting the animal barns and seeing the cows getting shampooed and blown dry. They actually fuss over them like it was the Westminster Dog Show. And she said the cows ended up looking “So Cute!” And I said “cows are nice” which is what I always say. πŸ™‚ Anyhoo, I have decided that President Obama or someone on his team loves The Obama Diary and got the idea about the cow visit here! Too fantastical? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. And cows are nice. They just lie under the tree, minding their own business and gossip with their friends. (I grew up in Ia., had farmer grandparents, used to collect the eggs with my grandma and watched my grandpa milk the cows)

    • 37 Sue in Minnesota
      August 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      They are very docile…….and the new borns are hysterical with energy, They remind me of jumping beans. We returned a few weeks ago from my Mother’s rural South Dakota community, where some of my relatives still raise cattle, haul livestock and farm. Very peaceful and serene…and I love the lowing of the cattle out in the fields. My college boyfriends brother was a rancher in Wyoming, very different cattle operation, went to a branding event, oh lord that was rootin tootin raucus. No drugstore cowboys there.

  10. August 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Tweety’s favorite flavor, Perry (Texas Miracle, top layer of the cake) is imploding right before our eyes. He is getting instant exposure and scrutiny and it has not been a whole week yet. He and Bachmann are cut from the same cloth. They are still searching for the savior of the day. What is Mitt doing these days? Have not seen him since the “corporation are people” gaff. PBO is the real deal.

    • August 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Mitt is stalking the President. He had the nerve to criticize PBO for going to Martha Vineyard’s to vacation. Well, guess what? Mitt is attending fund raisers there the same day. Hypocrite.

      • 40 Debz
        August 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

        You are correct, he is still stalking and attacking the President. He is such an arrogant ass, so sure he will be the nominee, he can’t be bothered with fighting the other repugs.

      • 41 utaustinliberal
        August 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

        Seriously, Mitt’s stalking is very disturbing. Whereve PBO shows up or has been scheduled to show up, Mitt follows or schedules an event a few days or a day ahead. He has no brain of his own. He and his team are just UGGHHHH.

        Anyway, the good people of MA will appreciate PBO and his delightful family even more.

        • 42 Debz
          August 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm

          He is creepy. When AXE said Romney was weird, this is part of the reason why. The truth is, he can’t get any attention on his own, so he thinks he can use PBO’s popularity to get attention. But the thing about being in the same pace where the First family is vacationing, is really disturbing!!!

      • 43 HZ
        August 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm

        Hi proudofobama, but we are going to be focusing on our wonderful President and first Family. Mitt can’t keep up with us and our President. These are sick, hypocrites indeed. But we have a lot of positive and loving energy to send each day to our President. Have a great time, Mr. President. We are behind you all the way, Mr. President.

    • August 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      “PBO is the real deal”.

      The Onion already got their excuse listed:

      “New GOP Strategy Involves Reelecting Obama, Making His Life Even More Miserable”

      There you have it – even the GOP thinks PBO is the only candidate worth electing !

    • 45 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      😎

  11. August 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    listening to Mike Papantanio do Ed’s show. He said if PO were primaries by a REAL progressive, he would “rolled” because he is definitely losing his base, especially unions…..focus was on unions…..going back to the answer/comment PO gave to the school teacher. T
    hen callers began calling in saying the same thing.

    • 47 Debz
      August 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Obviously none of those callers or that idiot, mike p. bothered to listen to PBO. Let them vote republican, then, it’s working so well for the unions in Wisconsin.

    • 48 utaustinliberal
      August 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Those emoprogs are freaking stupid on an epic level. All they know how to do is bitch. They don’t know how to organize people to call their congressmembers to do their job. All they know how to do is bitch about President Obama not being progressive enough or not being a far leftie. He’s never been a far leftie. Never campaigned and governed as such when he was a state and US senator. So why the freak do they expect that now? He’s achieved more progressive legislation than any other President. As far as I’m concerned; they can all go collectively fuck themselves.

      • 49 Debz
        August 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        And none of them can bother listening to anything he says, just grab a sound bite and bitch about it. Agreed, they can all go fuck themselves.

      • 50 dotster
        August 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm

        And all of the media is using the CBC Obama bashing fest to proclaim that Obama has lost all his AA support. Another case of “with friends like this…….” We have so many segments of our party who do as much harm as the teabaggers. Do they not think any of this through? That what they’re doing is helping to elect a Republican, who will really give them something to complain about? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    • 53 Puddin'
      August 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      “…a REAL progressive” would never, never, never win the general…the sad thing is that the average voter doesn’t know this fact, but folks like Mike, Ed, union leaders, etc, know better. These people are disingenuous…

    • August 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Don’t they realize that they are doing a disservice to the unions by bashing the only hope of the union getting anything. If they are patient and elect enough democrats in 2012 maybe some of the things that PBO did not get done in the first term will get done. Once again, if some of the unions had not listened to Ed and Pap… and stayed at home in 2010, the unions and this collective bargaining stuff would not be an issue. They cut off their nose to spite their face and look what’s happening. Now they are trying to blame PBO for what he said. As soon as PBO said what he said, I knew that Ed was going to make a mold hill out of it. They need to move on and stop beating this dead horse.

    • August 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      Papantonio is a blowhard asshole which is why he and King Blowhard Asshole are such good friends. They can both go fuck ’emselves, or better yet……….
      ps- Nobody will primary PBO no matter what these asshats say. PBO is NOT losing his base, the PUMAS are just the ones with the megaphones so that’s why we’ve been hearing the crap they spew. They aren’t PBO’s base, they aren’t even the base of the Democratic party. They are nasty 7%ers who mean absolutely nothing to this party or its real base.

      • 56 Sue in Minnesota
        August 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

        Help me out, who is Mike Papantonio? Is he head of one of the unions?

        • 57 utaustinliberal
          August 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

          Nah he’s some liberal activist and a radio jockey I believe. Something like that.

        • 61 Obama Grandmama
          August 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

          Mike Papantonio is substituting for Ed Schultz on his radio show today. I saw him on Ed’s tv show last night. When I saw that interview with 2 pundits on it I thought finally they have someone else to bash besides PBO. The conversation was about Rick Perry last night, but I know part of the show bashed PBO on unions and I scrolled past that part as I know Ed never gets that there can be other ways to look at things besides his way. Anotherwords you can still support the same things but react and strategize in different ways. Ed only sees things from his own point of view as it seems does Mike Papantonio.

    • 63 criquet
      August 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Yeah and that “real progressive ” will win the Presidency just like Alan Grayson, Dennis Kucinich (in the 2008 Dem Primaries), Howard Dean and all those who have been so successful.

    • 66 ChristiMtl
      August 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      This makes me so mad. They live in fantasy land, they think the President can sign executive orders for everything, they view compromise as treason. They’re heartless and very destructive.

      They are not the base, they never were but the pretend left leaning MSNBC only have emoprogs on to represent the ”left”.

      They make me sick.

    • 68 kittypat
      August 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I find this sort of rhetoric from people like Mike P ridiculous: “He said if PO were primaries by a REAL progressive, he would β€œrolled” because he is definitely losing his base “, first it shows ignorance about the way any major political party works, NO Democrat in their right mind would primary this President and furthermore NO “real progressive” would win a primary contest. Any Democrat who would be foolish enough to try and primary the President would no longer have a future in the party, add to that the fact that they would also be unable to raise the $$$ necessary to mount a primary challenge, think of the 87 million dollars PBO raised last quarter alone. He also conveniently ignores the fact that the Democratic Party is made up of all types of Democrats, and the Ds that are not in the far left camp of the party far outnumber those who are, so we are supposed to believe that Democrats who aren’t members of the far left will flock to an unproven candidate? An unproven candidate that is challenging an incumbent who has the support of the vast majority of his base?

      And who is this real progressive hero they are all so obsessed with, I’ve never been able to figure that out, this fictional progressive hero might play well in the precincts these people hail from but I can tell them for damn sure that their make believe candidate would not “roll” the President in my part of the world. A primary challenge against a sitting President takes work, the kind of work they’ve proven to be averse to, I’m so tired of the chatter from the chattering class it’s not only ridiculous it’s juvenile, the presidential race for 2012 isn’t fantasy football it’s a race in which the future of our country will be decided.

      (sorry if I repeated some points made up above but I wrote this before the page was refreshed and was so mad at this Mike P guy decided I’d post it anyway)

  12. 69 Sheila R.
    August 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    He looks like he’s having a lot of fun out in the countryside. I bet it’s felt good to shed the suit and tie and the bickering in Washington, D.C., for a few days.

  13. August 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    OMG. Mike Papatonia just said it again…..if he doesn’t get his mojo back, he is a goner……paraphrasing. Caller said he needs to have someone primary him.

    • August 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Democrats are their own worst enemies. Let them continue this nonsense. They will end up with President Perry, Romney or Bachmann and everyting they think they are going through now will be taken away even further. Ed continues this nonsense. He did not learn his lesson in 2010. I can’t stand to look or listen to Ed. He is a big F&&&&& bully. Don’t get me started. He is just like Tweety; inconsistent from one day to the next.

      • 72 prettyfoot58
        August 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        I think that the PL annd TP/REpubs are the 2 sides of the same coin….

        they pretend to be progressives but if you scratch their service…you will find a TP

        • 73 prettyfoot58
          August 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

          that should be “surface”

          • August 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

            Actually, PF58, if you think about it, ‘service’ works beautifully. πŸ˜‰ Their criticisms serve the TP ends more effectively than they contribute to PBO’s re-election.

            • 75 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
              August 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

              Why do people keep believing that Ed Shultz is a Progressive. He is a Conservative HACK who masquerades as a Progressive to make money on TV and Radio. Come on folks!! πŸ™„

              • 76 Puddin'
                August 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

                Thank you Keith…I will never believe otherwise. I find it hard to believe that a conservative repub can become a so called progressive dem…he is a much a progressive has glen beck!

    • August 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      I wouldn’t advice them to get someone to primary him, this is what I would tell that Mike Papatonia. And who the heck is M. Papatonia?

    • 78 theo67
      August 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Most of these whining fools don’t even vote, anyway! They certainly don’t roll up their sleeves and do anything to further the effort or participate in the solutions. They don’t call their congress people, or stand on street corners with signs and support progressive causes. They just complain. Losers.

  14. 79 LOL
    August 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    From http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-gop-attacks-obama-bus-but-bush-did-same-20110817,0,6993533.story

    This is literally getting too easy.

    As President Barack Obama traveled to the first of two β€œtown hall” stops in western Illinois today, top national and state Republicans criticized his campaign-style visit and criticized his use of a taxpayer-funded Canadian-manufactured bus as part of a jobs tour.But no mention was made by Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus or Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady that a re-election seeking President George W. Bush used a bus from the same manufacturer, Quebec-based Prevost, for a spring 2004 β€œYes, America Can” campaign tour through the Midwest.

    • 80 Fred
      August 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      can someone tweet this to Pfeiffer;DWS;Axelrod;Pelosi and the President’s team please? thank you πŸ™‚

    • 83 Debz
      August 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Not to mention that this is not PBO’s bus, it belongs to the secret service and will be for use of future Presidents too, I read the SS got the idea to get a bus from Reagan’s bus tour.

      • August 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

        They have two of them, one eventually for the GOP nominee. Before they’d rent buses and have to trick them out with security at a high cost. These two buses will pay for themselves in 10 years with the savings from renting and altering doing things the old way.

  15. August 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    PPP Poll in Wisconsin has Bachmann in first(24%), followed by Perry(21%) and Romney(17%) in 3rd!

    No wonder Rove is desperate to get Christie or Paul Ryan in.

    Candidates have to be officially declared by Nov 22nd, but anybody coming in now would probably to wait until September to enter to get a campaign staff together from virtual scratch. Now Iowa Caucus is going to be in early January, NH Primary in mid January, so anybody getting in in September will have four months before the Primaries start and things get real. And given the set-up the new moderate candidate would have to go all in in NH, and Romney has been there for months and spent millions there already, because they wouldn’t win Iowa or South Carolina, and Romney would win Nevada. So if they didn’t win NH, they’d be 0-4 in the first four primaries, and going all in in Florida isn’t a good strategy (see Giuliani in 2008), because it’s expensive as hell to advertise in and you get no free coverage since you’re getting blown out in first four primaries, so you’re seen as a non-entity.

    So there is pretty much a firewall set-up against any new late comers. They’d need to be of name value to be able to compete with Romney in NH.

    • 86 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      Bachmann/Perry 2012! Barack Obama re-elected in a deep blue tidal wave and 450+ electoral votes :mrgreen: .

      • 87 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        August 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        WE CAN ONLY DREAM OF A BACHMAN/PERRY TICKET. PBO WOULD GET 60% OF THE INDY VOTE. LMAO!! πŸ˜†

  16. 88 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    August 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I MUST SAY…’UDDERLY ADORABLE!’ ELSIE NOW HAS A PBO CRUSH!

  17. August 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Randi mocking Dick. She’s trying to do his voice, but she sounds more like Bush:

    http://www.ktlkam1150.com/mediaplayer/

  18. August 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Cantor urges House GOP to avoid brinksmanship in spending fights

    By Erik Wasson – 08/17/11 02:08 PM ET

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) urged rank-and-file Republicans in a Wednesday memo to avoid brinksmanship in upcoming battles over Washington spending.

    The message from the majority leader is an effort to prevent the kinds of fights over government spending that could lead to government shutdowns this fall if Congress cannot agree on legislation to fund the government.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/177203-cantor-decries-brinksmanship-urges-unity-on-spending

  19. August 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    So who is the speaker of the house, Cantor or Boner?

  20. 103 Fred
    August 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    As Perry Touts His Military Service, His Voter ID Law Restricts Veterans From Voting
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/08/17/297610/perry-vs-veteran-voters/

    Between 2007 And 2010, 47 Percent Of Government Jobs Were Created In Texas
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/17/297833/perry-47-government-jobs/

    β€˜NUTS!’ β€” Allen West’s Strange, One-Word Response To Being Called Out For Ties To Islamophobes
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/08/17/297619/allen-west-nuts/

  21. 104 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Hahahahahaha. Randi Rhodes is on fire. She is especially hilarious today. Rippin’ into Perry, Romney, and Bachmann πŸ™‚

    http://www.ktlkam1150.com/mediaplayer/

  22. August 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    On my 1986 bicycle trip from JFK airport in New York to San Francisco, somewhere along that line I crossed the Mississippi where it separates Iowa from Illinois.

    I’m still trying to figure out if I possibly passed through Poesta, Iowa (inspired by “Smartypants” remark that the presidential “column” moving through the rolling hills of Iowa ‘grabbed her big time’ – I felt the same).

    Someone knows ? If you go straight from Hyde Park at the coast of lake Michigan through Chicago, westward, and then continue straight west until the Mississippi, then cross it, and continue straight west – do you end up in, or near, Poesta ?

    [ On second thoughts (courtesy of Google Maps), I don’t think so – the route I took was probably close to route 30, whereas Poesta is close to route 20, more to the North ]

    • 106 Sue in Minnesota
      August 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      Holy cow a bike trip across the nation? I’ve ridden from one side my state to the other @ 250 miles, a four day trip….but seriously across country, you are amazing, and I am sure very fit. How long did it take you? I am sure you have some crazy stories to tell about adventures along the way. We had beautiful weather, cooler temperatures and low humidty ,which is not typical of Minnesota at the end of July. I loved it, and even learned to appreciate hilly terrain. But I can not get over crossing the entire country on bike 😎 You should train for the Tour de France

      • August 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

        It takes about six weeks (note that I was 29 at the time – couldn’t do it these days anymore).

        But that’s not the most important part. When I was 29 I didn’t know the Midwest was known as “fly-over country” by the ‘coastal elites’ :-).

        So I experienced all those states and the people living in them as they were – without prejudice (although pretty quickly I learned to avoid topics like politics and religion – after all, I *am* a die-hard European Socialist :-))

        But the people are as nice as they look in these photographs, and that’s the important message !

  23. 108 Anonymous
    August 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    President Obama to appear on CBS sunday morning at 9:00 am. Excerpts from the interview will first be broadcast today at 6:30 pm.

  24. August 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Tweet from our own me4obama: “Ttoday’s Gallup poll, General Election Ballot:-any GOP candidate 39% Obama 45%. Sorry, disappointed? Lol”

  25. 115 Fred
    August 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    oh hell no arsehole πŸ™„

    Kasich: Let’s Make A Deal On My Anti-Union Bill β€” And Call Off The Repeal Referendum
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/08/kasich-lets-make-a-deal-on-my-anti-union-bill—-and-call-off-the-repeal-referendum.php

    • August 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      What’s to stop them from changing one thing and then re-passing it assuming it’s repealed? Is there some law where it would have to be substantially different or would the only thing stopping them from doing that potential political fall out?

    • August 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      I think this is more an attempt to show the unions as unwilling to negotiate in hopes it would make folks say “Screw’em, if they don’t want to negotiate with the Gov, than they can swallow the whole bill”.

    • 118 jacquelineoboomer
      August 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Like this snippet from the link and that “We Are Ohio, the lead organization behind the repeal referendum” said no deal. They called Kasich on the fact that the lawmakers can repeal it themselves without the unions.

      “Today We Are Ohio once again stood firmly with the 1.3 million Ohioans who signed petitions to repeal SB 5 by telling the extreme politicians who passed it, to repeal it. Following a press conference held by Governor Kasich, Speaker Batchelder and Senate President Niehaus, We Are Ohio issued the following statement:

      “‘We’re glad that Governor Kasich and the other politicians who passed SB 5 are finally admitting this is a flawed bill,’ said Melissa Fazekas, spokeswoman for We Are Ohio. ‘Just like the bill was flawed this approach to a compromise is flawed as well. Our message is clear. These same politicians who passed this law could repeal it and not thwart the will of the people. They should either repeal the entire bill or support our efforts and encourage a no vote on Issue 2.'”

    • 119 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Ummm NO TeaGov. Kasich. We have worked to hard in the Winter cold of Febuary and March and blazing heat of June and July to stop now. Your FASCIST anti-union law is going DOWN!! 😑

  26. 120 Fred
    August 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    that Carnival Barker (Trump) is at it again saying the President “takes more vacation than any other human being I’ve ever seen” on Inside Edition πŸ™„

    that fucker is on twitter so someone;anyone please tell him to go fuck himself

  27. August 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Oh My Gosh! I just saw Ed Henry with a compact case and he’s currently putting on his make-up. He’s very efficient. Maybe he could teach me a thing or two about applying make-up. I’m watching it on c-span.

  28. 123 Fred
    August 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    good riddance racist mother fucker

    Airman Who Said Obama’s Birth Certificate Was Forged Not AWOL, Being Discharged
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/08/airman_who_said_obamas_birth_certificate_was_forged_wrong_about_his_awol_status_too.php?ref=fpb

  29. August 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Ooops! New Jersey just got it’s credit downgraded.

    Lights out for Chris Christie.

    Today there was buzz about him possibly jumping into the race, but that’s over.

    New Jersey just got its credit rating downgraded by Fitch from AA to AA-.

    It might not be a big deal, and it might not be his fault, but this should probably kill any buzz about him running for President right now, given that THE DOWNGRADE is expected to be such a salient point of attack for any eventual GOP nominee.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/new-jersey-is-downgraded-by-fitch-hurts-christ-christie-2011-8

    • 126 Anonymous
      August 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Anyone else finding the timing a bit suspicious ? Are there some powerful people who are afraid of a Christie candidacy?

    • 127 utaustinliberal
      August 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      OOOOOOOhhhhhhh…. thanks a bunch for this Proud. off to tweet! πŸ™‚

    • 128 Fred
      August 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      Christie’s probably flying with the State’s helicopter to the next Donut joint πŸ™„ πŸ˜†
      he just got owned πŸ˜†

  30. 129 Fred
    August 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Karl Rove: It’s β€˜Offensive’ To Say We Are A Christian Nation
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/17/297691/karl-rove-christian-nation/

    Bolton: Spend More On Weapons, Cut Veterans Health Care And Retirement
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/08/17/298016/bolton-weapons-vets-health-care-retirement/

  31. August 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    This is my third attempt at bragging about our beautiful Jersey cow. ( I kept getting side tracked.) The beautiful animal shown here, looks like a young Jersey heifer and reminds me of our beloved Io, a Jersey cow we bought in the 70s. We named her after the mythical Io, one of Zeus’ lovers. She was three years old at the time we bought her and had the most beautiful big dark eyes, and a darkish mask. We milked her for years until she was diagnosed by our vet as having heart failure, so she spent the last many months of her life as a pet.

    The vet told us she was the oldest cow he’d ever seen still alive. She was put down by him in her pasture and buried there. There are apple trees now growing around her. Many memories of her antics included the loss of a young ash tree which she leaned over the fence and ate completely and very quickly within 12 inches of the ground

    We shed many tears to see her go. Two of our kids learned to milk her by hand.

    • August 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      This comment of mine is pretty apolitical, for which I apologize. It wasn’t TOO much out of place when I started it!

      • 134 utaustinliberal
        August 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        Oh JKS, never apologize. We’re a family here and we enjoy and welcome personal anecdotes be they humorous or pain filled. πŸ™‚

      • 136 Sue in Minnesota
        August 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        I loved that you shared it…I have never meet of pair of eyes, belonging to a cow that I didn’t find beautiful. And how lovely to be reminded of her by the life that continues to grow around her resting place.

        This post has reminded me of many, many experiences I have had around cattle as well. In fact I am in a very reflective mood today taking stock and being reminded of lots of experiences that I have kept tucked deep in my memory.

      • August 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

        Thanks for sharing…

      • 139 GGail
        August 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        JKS – I enjoyed your story immensely! Please share anytime πŸ˜†

    • 140 jacquelineoboomer
      August 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Joan – Such a sweet story. I love this, too: “We named her after the mythical Io, one of Zeus’ lovers.” πŸ™‚

    • 141 maritza
      August 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Joan, I grew up with my grandfather who had tons of different animals and I tried to learn how to milk a cow but that was a challenge and never happed which is one of my regrets. It is great to hear that two of your kids did learn to milk a cow; that is some hard stuff to learn.

    • August 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      I love that story. I am a huge animal lover.

    • 143 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      August 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      I think it’s a lovely story Joan and I’m glad you shared it. πŸ™‚

  32. August 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Pres. Obama’s campaign manager, Archuleta, just joined Twitter and I tweeted a few blogs that I think she should check out. Since she has so few followers right now I thought it would be a good time to do so. I tweeted her the link to The Obama Diary, The People’s View, Electablog and What Is Working. You guys work so hard on your blogs, I just had to share.

    If you want to follow her its @Archuleta2012 – If you have something very important to say, any ideas, any sites that you think she would like to see or would like Obama to see, do it now. She doesn’t have a lot of followers yet so she might see your tweet.

  33. August 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    The hill website keeps pushing budget fights in september, but the budget was deem and pass in the debt deal. Thus, their is no budget fights for 2012!
    The only thing they have is the super committee in November!
    So, either they are lying or being intellectually dishonest to scare people!

  34. 153 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Hey guys heads up. PBO’s second townhall will soon begin.

  35. 154 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Hey guys check out the CSPAN link for PBO’s townhall live now. They’re playing Stevie Wonder and Neil Armstrong’s Sweet Caroline. Now they’re rocking out to another song. Whoohooooo!!!!!

    http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Ends-Bus-Tour-With-Town-Hall-Meetings-in-Illinois/10737423544-2/

    • 155 a4alice
      August 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks UT I’m there now. πŸ™‚

    • 156 desertflower
      August 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      You’re so cute…you mean Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline:)

      • 157 utaustinliberal
        August 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        Hahahahahahahaha πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Thank you for the correction desertflower. I’m just a young college student and the songs they were playing are songs my parents rock out to; so of course I would get it wrong. But they were great songs none the less. Thanks again. Neil Armstrong….. gosh……!!!! Where did that come from? πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Thanks chica.

  36. August 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    And the list of organizations from which I receive emails gets shorter. Courage Campaign just sent me an email saying that OBAMA’S GOING TO CUT THE BUDGET TO ZERO AND THROW US TO THE WOLVES OHMYGOD!!! I unsubscribed, and in the “reason” typed: “Another attack on President Obama. I’ve had my fill.” Some people really never learn from the past.

    • August 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      I haven’t gotten that one yet…… why do they insist on becoming such tools?

      FOCKIN EEEJITS!

    • 160 Debz
      August 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      And the CBC is out in force today attacking POTUS to take away AA support. That is why i made sure to let the DCCC know I didn’t want any more e-mails from them.

    • 161 jacquelineoboomer
      August 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Even the DCCC sent me an email today and wanted me to sign a virtual birthday card for President Clinton. (May I say happy birthday to him, here.) It hit me the wrong way. First of all, he’s no longer President and isn’t connected with Congress (yes, I know President Obama would have just courteously signed the damn card); second, was there some progressive undercurrent there?

      Paranoia 101.

      Anyway, I sent an email back saying “No, thanks.” Other times, they’ll say “We need to tell President Obama, etc.” and I write back and tell them I’ll contribute only to those who support the President’s agenda 100%.

      As my 42-year-old son likes to tell me when I say or write something that will have no influence on anyone whatsoever but has suddenly made me feel great, “That’ll fix ’em, Mom.” (They’re so cute at that age.)

      • August 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

        I got that same email and deleted it. He is no longer president.

      • 163 Debz
        August 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        I sent my e-mail to the DCCC about a month ago because I was sick of all the dems attacking the Prez. But after hearing about the CBC today, I am glad I did. I am done with the dem party after POTUS leaves the WH.

      • August 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        And, this Aug 4th, did they send one for PBHO’s 50th Birthday…

        No, they didn’t!

        WTH…Grrr! 😑

        YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
        YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!

        • August 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm

          Seriously. I deleted that email so fast I didn’t even finish reading it. I have ZERO Clinton nostalgia and absolutely resent the way he inserts himself into PBO’s business WHERE HE DOES NOT BELONG.

          • August 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

            Didn’t delete it, I responded back…

            Did you send a happy birthday wish to PBHO for his 50th?

            No, you didn’t.

            I’ll pass on this.

            By the way, Clinton ain’t all that!

            And, same here…

            Despite Tweety and @msnbc, Clinton *ISN’T* ‘The President of The World’.

            Although there was a so-called, “surplus,” under a GOP-controlled Congress, he “caused” harm to America and the American people…NAFTA, DOMA, DADT, deregulations of industries (financial, media (here comes Murdoch/Ailes’ Fox”News”), etc.), “guttin'” of federal agencies, welfare reform, et al. He (and Bush II) didn’t prepare America for the 21st century!

            And, “show me” what the Clinton Foundation was/is all about…

            Poverty, illiteracy, and hunger, amongst our other ills, still exist in America!

            Clinton had eight years in office. PBHO has had less than 3yrs.

            He has to “make sense” of a “s**t load of crap” that was left by Clinton (and Bush II), et al …Grrr! 😑

            So, “forget” Clinton! πŸ˜†

            YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

      • 167 Fred
        August 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm

        was NEVER gonna sign that chyt πŸ™„

      • 168 sjterrid
        August 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

        I got the same email today, too. As soon as I read it was to sign a birthday card to President Clinton, I deleted.

      • August 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm

        LOL…so cute at that age…hehehehe

    • August 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Mine, too…

      First, they need to go after their state/U.S. congressional representatives (House/Senate), governor, mayor, et al…Grrr! 😑

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

    • 171 Sue in Minnesota
      August 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      As did I ….same reaction, and I’ll respond in a like manner. These are very limited and uncreative thinkers, they should be able to generate support for their causes without attacking the hand that feeds them.

  37. August 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    the waiting music is awesome! Playing Mustang Sally. Love that song.

  38. August 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I was just thinking abut what Cantor said upthread about cooperating with that committee. PBO told him that he was going to take it to the people, and that is exactly what he is doing. They may be getting some heat already. πŸ™‚

  39. August 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    PBO playing all my jams! I tell you what, nobody on the other side has this much class and soul.

  40. 181 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Just read a story about the President’s visit to Peosta, Iowa. Here’s an annoying segment:

    “Richard Wagener, of Dubuque, said he came to the college to demonstrate his distrust of the president, especially over his support for abortion rights. He held a sign reading, ‘I don’t trust Obama. Abortion kills.’ Wagener said, ‘The No. 1 problem is abortion. I just don’t trust him. He’s breaking the country.'”

    I understand the anti-abortion sentiments from a segment of our population, but, gee, I didn’t know President Obama was going to order up an abortion for each woman in the country. “Trust” seems like just another code word to me.

    • 182 Debz
      August 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Of course he’s going to force abortions on all the women. Isn’t that what he went to Peosta for? LOL

    • August 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      This is a typical teabagger who would vote for Rick Perry where prenatal care in Texas ranks no. 50 and teen pregnacies no. 7. Just heard Randi read it from her research. We get these same wedge issues every election. I am sure they will be out in full force as time goes on.

    • August 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      My sign would say, Hay Richard Wagener, I don’t trust you. President Obama doesn’t make any woman have an abortion.

    • 191 Sue in Minnesota
      August 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Ricahrd doesn’t have to worry President Obama can not force him to have an abortion πŸ˜€ They are so misguided the right not to have an abortion was and remains theirs. Now if they would allow others their right to choose….win/win. Richard doesn’t need to concern himself with my vagina or my reproductivity, just as I don’t concern myself if he chooses to take viagra.

    • 192 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      πŸ™„ thanks jackie. More negative info we can do without. But we must know what the other side is doing of course. πŸ˜• I would just like one thread free from negativity on all OBAMA HYPE!! πŸ˜‰

      • 193 utaustinliberal
        August 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

        Keith if you don’t want to know the political info that’s out there, then DON’T FUCKING READ PEOPLES COMMENTS!!!!! Enough is enough. Why are you attacking Jacque for alerting us to what the other side is saying about PBO? One minute you want to know about the news, next minute you castigate the person providing the information, then you finish your statement with OBAMA/BIDEN 2012! That’s pure and utter crap! Stop doing that to people who bring perfectly legitimate news here.

        ps: Jacque, please keep bringing us more news about PBO and what’s being said the media about him. We ALL appreciate your contribution.

      • August 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        Unfair Keith. I deleted one of your posts yesterday because you were offering only negativity, at a time when the President’s tour was giving everyone a lift. “OBAMA HYPE” actually equals support for President Barack Obama that is richly deserved πŸ˜‰

        jacquelineoboomer, just to echo utaustinliberal’s words – please keep doing what you’re doing, providing info on what the nutjobs are saying – if we don’t know about it, we can’t fight back. Thanks J.

        • 195 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          August 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm

          Sorry Jackie, UT, and Chips. I am just SO Obama Obsessed I guess any negativity brought from his enemies SCARES me. I have found the ROOT of my problem. I get scared when this stuff is mentioned. I have to understand that we don’t live in a Utopian society and PBO has many enemies. I will refrain from confronting anyone else when they report what is being done or said to PBO and asking for our PUSHBACK.

          That being said love you Chips. I am really a fun loving and compassionate guy and very PASSIONATE about PBO’s re-election. Please don’t be afraid to meet in my birthplace of D.C. at PBO’s next inauguration. Hope a large group of us TODers and TOAITRers can get together that glorious weekend in January of 2013!! πŸ˜€ KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

  41. 197 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    As a young college student it’s fun to hear bitching good oldies music that my parents rock out to being played at the townhall. Now they’re playing I Get Around. Now they’re playing I Heard It Through The GrapeVine. PBO knows how to throw a freakin’ awesome townahll! I’m just rockin’ out WhoohOOOO!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ For those who need the link. Here it is:

    http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Ends-Bus-Tour-With-Town-Hall-Meetings-in-Illinois/10737423544-2/

  42. 198 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oh my. They’re playing Heard It Through the Grapevine now. Gotta run. Gotta dance. I’m back in the ’70s (or whenever)!

    • 199 Janelle
      August 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      The President is running late because he made an unannounced stop at Galesburg High School. I saw the tweets of a reporter at http://www.pjstar.com

      • 200 Debz
        August 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

        Thanks, Janelle. i was wondering why he was an hour late.

      • 201 jacquelineoboomer
        August 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

        Did you see this from the one reporter: “Follow on short chat w/LaHood: he called the visit a ‘great day for central illinois.'”

        Another local reporter: “CNN has arrived … I feel so MSM.”

    • 202 Sue in Minnesota
      August 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      I had the maddest crush on Mr. Marvin Gaye from 3rd grade on, it never really went away. Got to give it up…best dance song ever.

  43. 203 collegekay
    August 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    is it just my feed or is the town hall not on?

  44. August 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, PBO is late.

  45. 213 prettyfoot58
    August 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    the woman in blue facing the camera…can anyone read what is on her shirt…

  46. 214 Fred
    August 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    can this be sent via twitter to the President’s folks for immediate official pushback and bitchslap please because she’s been lying way too much lately and getting way out of pocket? thank you

    WaPo’s Rubin Inaccurately Cites WSJ Article To Claim White House β€˜Tolerates’ Syrian β€˜Terror Operation’
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/08/17/298132/jennifer-rubin-claims-white-house-tolerates-terror/

  47. August 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    can we get a new thread for the town hall? Obama just rolled up a couple of minutes ago,

  48. August 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Wow, PBO still looking good after such a long day.

  49. 219 Sue in Minnesota
    August 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    malialitman.wordpress.com, another well researched writer, a Texan, a former practicing nurse and attorney, and a volunteer for Obama’s 2008 election, she has been dogged in her attempts to expose Sarah Palin, and is now shining lights on Bachman and Perry. She is smart, witty, determined and not afraid to challenge authority as in her efforts dealing with the Alaska Attorney General’s office and the Anchorage Police Department…..two very corrupt entities. She has written some very revealing posts about Governor Good Hair. I recommend checking out her website if you are interested in the grime facts.

  50. August 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Another beautiful setting for our FABU President.

  51. 228 zizi
    August 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    wow PBO’s answer to that environmental regulation question was fascinating. PBO knows his facts inside out

  52. August 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    PBO: “I can tell you, Michelle is in VERY good shape.” You said it, Mr. President!!

    • 230 utaustinliberal
      August 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      Haha. I love watching him in these townhall settings. His mind is like a steel trap. He knows so much facts about every segment of his administration. He’s just stupendously BRILLIANT. He’ll crush whoever the GOP candidate is; in the debates. πŸ™‚

      • August 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        He has a phenomenal command of not only the facts but a comprehensive and deep understanding of MOST issues and problems facing our country. He has a tremendous facility to explain complex issues in simple language and he’s got compassion enough to go around to everyone. Just an amazing person.

        • 232 utaustinliberal
          August 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm

          OMG!!!! Meta. Did you just love that young man’s social security question? I love how he said, “First of all Mr. President, I just want to tell you that I’m not disappointed in you as Michele Bachmann has been suggesting to everyone. And could you please tell the republicans that rich people like Mitt Romney need to pay their fair share in taxes and also their fair share in social security taxes. BOOM!!! πŸ™‚ People are real educated on the issues despite the GOP run media. πŸ™‚

      • 235 chiara
        August 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

        I know. I personally can’t wait to see him on a debate stage with Rick Perry (or Romney or whoever). While it’s not the same relaxed setting it will still showcase his far superior intellect and command of the facts.

    • 238 jacquelineoboomer
      August 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      As ol’ Jack said, not many people know what it is. Glad this is getting out there more.

      I think they’re both Texas Toast.

  53. August 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    PBO knows how much Mittens is worth: $250 million in assets and makes $5 million in interest!!! Damn Mitts!!! PBO has your number! He probably knows the first time you got pimples, the name of your first girlfriend, what you had for dinner last night!! Hoooooooo!!!! PBO is gonna get you!!! Damn!

    • August 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Lisa I was quite shock when he reeled off Mitt’s assets. I thought damn mr president you have all that info in your head, way smart

      • August 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

        Amazing team who perform expert reconnaissance!!

      • August 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

        I know!!! PBO has Mittens in his sights. Let Mittens spout off in front of cameras all he wants. I almost feel sorry for him. All this time he’s been walking around acting like Big Man on Campus, not even knowing that he’s being stalked by a dangerous predator. It’s like one of those nature programs on Discovery, where the gazelle is prancing around, not paying attention and right down wind of that gazelle is a Fricking HUGE lion that’s been watching and following that gazelle and just waiting for the opportune time to strike. It’s gonna be a nasty fight folks. Once PBO pounces, we can only say a word of prayer for Mittens’ soul, cause his ass is grass.

    • 247 Fred
      August 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      I hope the President let’s it slips that Romney made his fortune on the backs of the American people with dirty business and let’s not forget his firing of a LOT of them

  54. August 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    When PBO approaches a rope line, he really does make contact with everyone in his own unique way. And by that I mean he’s not just a politician, he is the people’s president.

    • 251 utaustinliberal
      August 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      OMG! It’s like you’re in my brain. That’s the exact thought I had when I watched him going down the rope line. He paused, shook hands, and talked to people. He wasn’t rushing down the line as though the people weren’t important. He treats everyone; bigwig or regular folk the same. In a respectful, warm, friendly, dignified, and compassionate manner. We sure lucked out having him as President.

      I hope he and his family have a beautiful and delightful vacation. He’s accomplished yeomans work and deserves all the R&R he can get.

      • August 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

        ut, this man is the very epitome of graciousness. I’m very grateful to him for touching my life in many, many, many ways. I’m so with you on the vacation. I hope he has some cherished alone time with his precious family, who recharge and inspire him to work for all of us.

    • August 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      I don’t i’d be able to hold it together if the President made eye contact with me. I think I’ll pass out.

      • August 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm

        I meant to say that I don’t think I’ll be able to hold it together.

        • August 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm

          me neither donna. SS would have to surgically remove me if i evah got within a few inches of PBO. I’d be such a huge disgrace, my family would have to change their names and move to Bum*uck, New Zealand.

          • 256 Sue in Minnesota
            August 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

            Would you go for the leg grab the little guy in Iowa demostrated? You know, one arm around the waist, one arm around the upper thigh and the will to not let go πŸ˜€

            • August 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm

              you betcha, baby!!!! I’d be like a spider monkey, wrapped around him like nobody’s business! πŸ™‚

              • 258 utaustinliberal
                August 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

                Hahahahaha Spider Monkey. πŸ˜† πŸ˜† That just reminded me of Twilight. Edward the Vampire calling Bella a spider monkey. No offense to anyone, but I absolutely ABHORR and DESPISE the twilight franchise. The actors can’t FREAKING act! I gagged a couple of times after being forced to watch the first movie and I refused to watch anymore of the series. UGHHHH Blech!

                I love this quote by Stephen King regarding twilight. I’m paraphrasing: “Harry Potter is about Good vs. Evil, the ability to triumph and overcome challenges and obstacles. Twilight is about how to get a boyfriend.” Perfectly describes my sentiments. πŸ™‚

                • August 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

                  OH MY GOOOOOOSSSSSHHHHH, UT!!!!!!! i thought i could NOT love you anymore than I already do, but you’ve just managed to almost threaten Mz. Nancy from Cali’s spot as my number 2 girl!!!!!! I DESPISE Twilight!!! I’ve NEVER watched any of the series but unfortunately I’ve seen the trailers. That was enough for me to conclude that the franchise was ABSOLUTE crap filled with bad acting and even worse scripts! I can’t believe people actually shell out money for such tripe! My friends love it and some even prefer that crap over Harry Potter!!!!!!! Can you believe that?!!!! The nerve of them! Those two franchises shouldn’t even be comparable! I can’t wait for it to finally come to an end! I can’t believe that Patterson or Pattenson or whatever-the-hell- name-is-guy, has managed to get other movie roles! He can’t even act! His first solo film was a flop (I hope) and then he decided to do that Water For Elephant movie with my girl Reese Witherspoon (ughhhhhh 😦 ) and now apparently, he has another role. Plus, what’s worse is that Bella girl! I’ve never seen the movies but just the trailers are able to communicate just how HORRIBLE an actress she is! I remember the trailer for the last movie where she was supposed to be crying, and I don’t know what the hell Kristen was doing but it was awful! Like someone took an average joe off the streets, put them in front of a camera and told them to start crying, only Kristen was worse because she actually thinks she can act. The other day I was watching something on E! about child stars and she made the list and guess what they said about her? She’s NEVER taken acting classes. I almost wizzed my pants! I turned with self righteous vindication and said to my four walls: “mmmmmm hm. ‘nough said.” I am an avid lover of movies. I cut my teeth on classic movies, so much so that I basically memorized all of Turner Classic Movies’ catalogue of movies ( with the exception of silent films, just don’t have the passion for it), I love drama, musicals, comedies, you name it. I am appalled and disgusted by what passes as acting these days. Hollywood should be ashamed of itself.

      • August 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm

        donna, oh yes you would. He’s very sweet and personable and close. You want to be ALIVE when he is standing in front of you!!

  55. August 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I just wanted to say PBO is the President of my heart too. Please work hard to re-elect him. Thank-you.

  56. 265 ChristiMtl
    August 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Rove Group To Attack Obama For Using Same $1.1M Bus GOP Candidate Will Use

    Of course they will, like we didn’t see that coming

    I always say though that they should just relax and let the fauxgressives, emoprogs, libertarians do their work. Why waste money when you have Hamsher, Kos, Greenwald, Huffington, Maher , etc do your work?

    Now I can see they’re enraged, foaming at the mouth about that OFA letter, they’re so vicious and sick. NOT the base.

    T-party nutjobs vote for republicans, no fail, extreme left or whatever they are vote 3rd party and not at all.

  57. 266 collegekay
    August 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I just want to say I’m glad Barack Obama is our president.

  58. August 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Did you guys here Rev. Al talking to these two guys about Rick Perry? How about this that one of the guys said, that if it wasn’t for the Stimulus, Gov. Rick Perry would not have been able to balance Texas budget. And if he hadn’t taken the Stimulus money, he would have had to raise taxes. Now this two faced arregent G.W. Bush wanna be is running around bragging that he balance Texas budget, but he didn’t tell anyone that if it wasn’t for President Obama’s Stimulus money Perry would not have balance the budget. And taxes would had to be raised. So the state of Texas should thank President Obama for the balance budget, not that G.W. Bush wanna be loud mouth Governor. Texas got how much Stimulus? These creeps like Perry is something else, they are disgusting.

    • August 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      yup! caught the tail end of Rev. Al’s program! when that guy said that Perry wouldn’t have been able to spout on and on about the ‘Texas Miracle’ without PBO’s stimulus money, Rev. Al said: “shut your mouth!!! Are you telling me that Perry’s miracle would not have happened without PBO?” the guy said yes. Rev Al repeated: “shut your mouth, we don’t want anyone else to know that………… I’ll be coming down to Texas to tell you shut your mouth in person.” the guy laughed and said “come on down.” hahahahahahahhahahahhahaha!!! Love rev. Al, he’s so darned funny!! πŸ˜†

    • 270 utaustinliberal
      August 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      Yep. Rev Al sure exposed Perry’s lies as the “job creator.” I also love how he took on Romney for complaining about PBO’ss Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Romney complained that instead of calling on congress to come back to Washington, that President Obama was on a three day economic townhall tour of the Midwest. He then complained that Martha’s Vineyard is full of democrats and liberals. Rev Al laid into him calling him out for his faux outrage and lies. He said that during the debt debate Romney was the vanishing man. He was holed up in his million dollar mansion in New Hampshire. He then exposed Romney for the fraud he is; because while he’s complaining about PBO’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation, he’s going to be in Martha’s Vineyard holding a posh fundraiser for his uber wealthy friends. Romney’s such a hypocrite and a stalker. Stalking PBO all over the country. UGGGHHH.. disgusting.

      • August 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm

        Romney is so stupid. He doesn’t know when he’s playing with fire. Let him keep on baiting the tiger (PBO) in a cage (can’t campaign yet). That’s the thing about baiting the tiger when you think the bars will keep you safe. All the times your mocking and yelling and baiting, that tiger is watching you, watching what you do, say, how you move. He’s learning everything about who you are, and one day, when he manages to loosen the locks on his cage, Mittens is gonna come baiting with a stick, poking and prodding and making a lot of noise, and just when he least expects it, PBO is gonna pounce so hard and so fast, Mittens won’t even know what hit him. I almost pity him……….naw.

  59. August 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    CBS News show that President Obama has had 61 vacation days, G.W. Bush at this same time in his presidency had 161 vacation days, and Reagen had 112. So to FOX and all the right wing nuts, to Chuck Todd, Mark Knoller, Jake Tapper, you all can go straight to you know were.

  60. August 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Find our beautiful leader of the free world in this picture. πŸ™‚

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/07kTd463AhgX8?q=BARACK+OBAMA

  61. 299 LOL
    August 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    NEW whitehouse pics -but only whitehouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/midwestern-bus-tour-economy The pic with the kid holding on to POTUS—–so adorable:)

    • August 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      my fav picture is the one with the kid in orange who has his hands wrapped around PBO’s waste in the most care-free and happy manner. I love PBO, he’s so natural, I’d like to see Romney try to be this caring and natural—–NOT!!! PBO is one of a kind and kids know it too πŸ™‚

      • 301 chiara
        August 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        Love that pic. Just as cute as the one that was up yesterday with the boy hanging on to his leg like he didn’t ever want to let go. It’s something that I love so much about our President, that he can be so natural and affectionate with people, people want to hug him and he hugs back. I’ve never seen another politician like that. Clinton was very gregarious but it wasn’t the same as Obama’s genuine openness to really connect with people.

  62. 311 GGail
    August 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    President Obama checks into Foursquare:

    Social-networking app Foursquare has snagged perhaps its highest profile user: President Barack Obama.

    The commander in chief has joined the location-based service and will be using it to highlight places he visits and what he does there, the White House announced on its blog Monday evening.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/08/16/obama.foursquare/index.html?hpt=te_bn14

  63. August 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    PBO picked up 60,000 twitter followers during his 3 day bus tour. WOOOOT!!!!

  64. August 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    The President should be on his way home now. I wonder if Michelle will be waiting up for him to get home. I think I would be even if it’s just to give POTUS a welcome home kiss, or a good night kiss., or whatever. Hear me Michelle.

  65. August 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Mama Chips must be out enjoying herself — this thread is long as hell. At least we’re all behaving ourselves while Mama is away πŸ˜‰ .

  66. August 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    How long is the First Family on vacation? I recall they said this will be a longer one. A week? 10 days? I wonder if the GOP will pull a stunt of some sort. Maybe let Biden have a presser early next week to keep the press happy.

  67. 332 P
    August 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    *Crying* I am reading the comments and you guys are making me feel like I am missing out soooooooo much! Please tell me it wasn’t that good :(. No fair that I am reaching home after 8 in the night, when PBO is on a bus tour and you lucky guys and gals are on it with him. My Life!!! It’s not the same playing catch up 😦 😦 😦

  68. 335 Kasai
    August 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Hey Everyone…..Chips, hope you’re having a wonderful day..thanks for the awesome pics:-)

    In other stories:

    Well, Well…Guess who’s palling around with terrorists!!!

    LOL Bachmann Staffer Arrested for Terrorism in Uganda in 2006

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/08/bachmann-staffer-arrested-for-terrorism-in-uganda-in-2006/243711/

    • 336 utaustinliberal
      August 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks for this Kasai. Off to tweet it. πŸ™‚

      • 337 Kasai
        August 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        LOL….UTA…Bachmann’s camp has some explaining to do….There will be more dirt to come….

        We haven’t even started on her In-Closet Husband yet….get your popcorn out…hehehehe πŸ™‚

        Off to tweet….Oh boy too much material !!! Keep ’em coming

  69. 338 Kasai
    August 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    #Mark Knoller

    Bus trip ends at Peoria Intl Airport as Pres. Obama is dropped off alongside Air Force One. (TV Pool frame grab). http://t.co/lVruKlg

  70. 339 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    My 10-year-old grandson and I stood outside, looked east, and he spotted a lone plane in the distance leaving Peoria at exactly the time Air Force One should have left! I followed the local reporter’s liveblog and when he said AF1 was wheels up, we went outside and 10-15 mins. later, there it was (appropriate timing for the distance).

    Anyway, we think it was the President and my grandson and I gave each other the high-five! He can now tell his school friends he saw Air Force One.

    Yee-haw!

  71. 345 Kasai
    August 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    “I AM NOT A WITCH” JUST WALKED OUT….THE FREAKS ARE OUT AT NIGHT…. LOL

    Christine O’Donnell Walks Off Piers Morgan Interview

  72. 349 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    August 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    The interesting thing about this for me is that she seems embarrassed to admit that she’s against gay rights. Anyone who thinks there has not been a shift to the left over the last couple of years needs to reassess the situation. The thing the President is doing is moving the middle ground slowly but surely to the left. He’s doing it gently and steadily and he’s bringing most of the country with him. It is his willingness to talk and compromise that is making this possible. That’s my view anyway.

    Little miss Christine here is a bit of a ditz “I want to talk about what I want to talk about” She comes off very bratty. This girl is really the center of her own universe.

    Yes, every host of every show you would like to interview you will have read your book cover to cover darling, because none of them have anything else to do……you’d be lucky if they had the time to skim the introduction. Then Pierce goes ahead and recommends it as a “good book”.

    The whole set-up is such a bucket of bullsh@t. I swear. It’s why I don’t watch the TV anymore.

    • 350 lmrj
      August 18, 2011 at 2:09 am

      Exactly W.O.S. I barely watch any more myself. THANK GOD for the web, Thank God for Chipsticks & TOD saving my sanity every day and now for Twitter giving me an outlet to shout back. Don’t know what I’m doing there yet, but I’ll learn more as a Tweet and Retweet more every day.


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