82 Responses to “‘the higher the monkey climbs, the more you see its ugly side ‘”

  1. 1 Marlz
    August 17, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Good morning TOD family.

  2. August 17, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Good morning TOD family.

    As much as the likes of Chuck Todd and Politico would want us to believe that the Tea Party is a force to be recokoned with, they need to read this NYT story:


    • August 17, 2011 at 7:24 am

      Hope everyone’s enjoy a brighter day today.

      • 6 utaustinliberal
        August 17, 2011 at 8:48 am

        Thanks for this Africa. What Chuckie doesn’t understand is that a majority of the American people despise the teaparty. Since the media loooooves polls. I saw a poll this morning that said only 25% of the public likes or identifies with them and over 63% of the public despises them, thinks they’re detrimental to the economy and the political discourse and do not identify with them on any level.

        • August 17, 2011 at 9:15 am

          Oh, good!! Do you have a link, ut?

        • August 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

          I used to get mad at first with all the media attention they were getting. Then I realized that it was good for people to get a glimpse of what this country would be in for. And if they still thought highly of them, then the shame would have been on all of them.

          It is heartening to see, however, that America does not like what it sees. Only people in the media trying to make themselves relevant with their fact-free analysis will continue to boost the Tea Party. As good intentioned Americans see the contrast between PBO and this crew, no doubt in my mind that he will be the victor.

    • 9 Ladyhawke
      August 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

      Thanks africa. This article nails the Tea Party. What ever happened to that imaginary wall that was supposed to be the separation between church and state? I thought this was spot on….


      So what do Tea Partiers have in common? They are overwhelmingly white, but even compared to other white Republicans, they had a low regard for immigrants and blacks long before Barack Obama was president, and they still do.

      More important, they were disproportionately social conservatives in 2006 — opposing abortion, for example — and still are today. Next to being a Republican, the strongest predictor of being a Tea Party supporter today was a desire, back in 2006, to see religion play a prominent role in politics. And Tea Partiers continue to hold these views: they seek “deeply religious” elected officials, approve of religious leaders’ engaging in politics and want religion brought into political debates. The Tea Party’s generals may say their overriding concern is a smaller government, but not their rank and file, who are more concerned about putting God in government.


      • August 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

        And what’s galling is that many folks in the media knows this. They, however, choose to ignore these facts and make it seem as though these are normal political times. That’s whay it infuriates me when I hear about the statements from the likes of Robert Reich that the PBO is “afraid,” to do anything bold, or that he is “weak.”

        All of these people know that the GOP as it is today is not the same as long ago. We are dealling with people that used to be out on the fringe, but were ignored by their own party. Suddenly, with the election of PBO, they are given voice, largely by the American media.

        That’s the shame. I have written dozens of e-mails to media folks and on twitter that history will not judge this crop of MSM kindly.

        Already, with his bombast, they want to deem Perry folksy. I was so glad yesterday to see PBO not give him any power. He decidedly did not play into Leslie Wolf Blitzer’s ploy to draw him down into the gutter with Perry.

        Go figure.

        • 11 Ladyhawke
          August 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

          I thought this exchange with Wolf Blitzer was fantastic. President Obama made Rick Perry look like a rank AMATEUR. Rick Perry is turning into a gaffe machine.

          BLITZER: Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, Republican presidential candidate now, says, the men and women of the United States military want someone who’s worn the uniform. He says he served in the Air Force.

          Do you see a comment like that, that he makes, referring to you, as disrespectful to the commander in chief?

          OBAMA: You know, Mr. Perry just got into the presidential race. I think that everybody who runs for president, it probably takes them a little bit of time before they start realizing that this isn’t like running for governor or running for senator or running for Congress, and you’ve got to be a little more careful about what you say.

          But I’ll cut him some slack. He’s only been at it for a few days now.


      • 12 dotster
        August 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

        The tea party and their favored candidates, Bachmann and Perry, are hell bent on ignoring/abolishing the 1st amendment to the Constitution, the separation of church and state which has served us well through the years. They love to mention the Constitution and the founding fathers but ignore the parts of them they don’t like. Politics needs to remain secular. We’ve seen what happens in other countries where religious leaders rule. That’s why I am always uncomfortable when Obama supporters here reference religion in their comments. I want this place to be welcoming and comfortable for all Obama supporters, and we should be able to discuss President Obama and politics without dragging religious views into the mix. Doesn’t belong.

        • August 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

          Thank you for this comment Dotster. I hadn’t given a lot of thought before reading it as to why I felt so strongly about the power of prayer when privately practiced (as advocated in the Bible).

        • 14 Sue in Minnesota
          August 17, 2011 at 11:39 am

          They should move to Iran.

          I believe my relationship with God is personal. As long as no one proselytizes their beliefs…I am comfortable with all that is said and expressed here, including those that have decided for themselves not to believe in any God. Faith is something much larger, and more mysterious than life…..where we put that faith IMO is a personal decision.

      • 15 Karen Sr.
        August 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

        David Campbell from Univ of Notre Dame which did this study is on Hardball tonight. Chris Matthews is covering this in depth.

    • 16 Betsy
      August 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

      What an interesting article. Thanks for sharing this.

    • August 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

      I’ve said that all along – teabaggers were just hyper-partisan Republicans who wanted to attack President Obama without having to defend Bush, so the myth came that they were disaffected voters of all stripes and the press ran with it.

      They were about as authentic as the Brooks Brothers Riot in Fla.

  3. 18 overseasgranny
    August 17, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Sky News in the UK has been doing a great job covering the Murdoch scandal despite the fact that News Corp owns 40% of BSkyB, which owns Sky News. Sky asked this morning if anyone still cares about hearing about the hacking, etc. Please drop a short e-mail to news@sky.com and tell them yes, you still want to hear all the latest developments. Thanks.

    • 19 Titti
      August 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Will drop em an email even though I haven’t watch em in over two years. Wish there was a way you could delete stations from your freeview – sigh.

  4. 20 Bill
    August 17, 2011 at 7:43 am

    On Morning Joe Pat Buchanan said President Obama and his family should spend their vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina instead of Martha’s Vineyard. In other words he was saying the President should be vacationing with red necks amd not those “upity types”. What does MSNBC see in Buchanan?

    • August 17, 2011 at 7:49 am

      Pat Buchanan speaks noise.

    • 22 mtmarilyn
      August 17, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Thanks, Overseasgranny, I will send them an email. This must not die!

    • 23 ChristiMtl
      August 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

      Good morning all,

      I checked who was on MJ, I saw Nicole Wallace, Pat Buchanan, Mark Halperin…and Rev. Al. 3 for 1, the normal ratio for them.
      I had enough after 2 minutes.

      I love Rev. Al. but I can’t watch the others. I’ll wait for Ut recap.

    • August 17, 2011 at 8:48 am

      BuKKKanan is their residenct racist

    • 25 Anonymous
      August 17, 2011 at 9:04 am

      Buchanan never complained about Bush flying off to Crawford 77 times @ over $250,000.00 each.

      • August 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

        I really don’t give a dam where that old racists Pat Buchanan, FOX, or Morning Joke think the President and his family should go vacation at. It wouldn’t bother me if the President and his family went to Hawaii. But I guess that is so far away. But I pray Barack, Michelle and the girls have a good enjoyable, relaxing time.

        • 27 Sue in Minnesota
          August 17, 2011 at 11:47 am

          It’s really none of their business, but that they seem to think their personal opinions are essential, speaks volumes about who they are, and how oversized their egos are. They should be ridiculed….they have no interest in reason.

          I hear, thanks to UT’s great replay the Good Reverand Al gave them a monumental smackdown….which they earned.

    • 28 dotster
      August 17, 2011 at 10:16 am

      So the Obamas should vacation with Buchanan’s friends and not their friends? The Obamas have been going to Martha’s Vineyard for years, way before the presidency and have many friends who meet there every year. But what a great idea—-letting Buchanan choose their vacation locale! Wonder why they didn’t think about that.
      Altho we did have a great vacay on the Outer Banks one year, parts of it very upscale by the way. I picked out our destination because I liked the name, Duck, North Carolina. Beautiful along that coast line and loved the wild horses who run free there, as it should be. Also have been on Martha’s Vineyard for a day’s visit when we were at Cape Cod and that is beautiful and scenic and relaxing and understand why the president’s family love it there. I think I’ll let them choose.

      • 29 gcwp1
        August 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

        We were on Duck a couple months ago. No rednecks. I really don’t know what Pat is talking about. We are going to the Cape next week. It’s Pat who wouldn’t fit in anywhere.

        The average American does not give a damn where PB thinks Obama should vacation. What disgusts me is that Amerca’s media showcases jokers.

  5. August 17, 2011 at 7:51 am

    In the video, Tweety said that Rick Perry is “Bull Connor with a smile”. 🙂 Tweety changes with the wind.

    • 31 Ladyhawke
      August 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

      I have seen articles where Rick Perry is compared to Elmer Gantry. But I just love the quote from Hightower that Rick Perry is Michele Bachmann with better hair. That was hilarious. I will not underestimate Mr Perry. He is slick and dangerous. After all if Sarah Palin could be picked as the VP candidate to run with John McCain and if Rand Paul can be elected as a United States senator for 6 YEARS, then anything is possible.

      President Obama and the Democrats have lots of material to work with. They have to be relentless in getting out the facts. We have about 12 months to educate the public and work like hell to ensure the Republican Party is not able to rig the election. The attempts to disenfranchise voters continues to be my biggest fear for 2012.

      • 32 dotster
        August 17, 2011 at 10:21 am

        I see the Repubs are really fretting and striking out at the news President Obama plans a major jobs speech in September. They’re all aflutter saying, “just what we need, another speech” etc. I think they might be worried about Obama speaking directly to the entire country in the same way he has been to the people in Mn. and Iowa. I think they’re worried that Obama seems too sane and smart and reasonable and is so persuasive. I hope it’s in prime time.

        • 33 Sue in Minnesota
          August 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

          The one thing we can consistently rely on is the Republicans throwing hissy fits, and their contrarian nature always being on full display.
          They literally embarrass me as an American.

    • 34 HZ
      August 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Tweety is a complete rude, jealous, jackass. He gets so ugly as each day passes. It is so sad to see someone with his job come on each day with so much built up hate for the President now. What happened to that ‘tingle up the leg?” Same wonderful President, but tweety is not looking happy these days. By 2012, he will be a complete empty suit. Cant’t sstand to watch him and I have no respect for him.

  6. 35 joyce
    August 17, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I pray this day will be another safe day for our beloved president

  7. 40 mtmarilyn
    August 17, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. Perry scares me like all the other Repub candidates there isn’t a sane person among them. They are all so far out there.

    I can’t wait to watch the President today. It is pure joy to see him interact with real people. Love the fact that he stopped at a school yesterday.

    Have a great day everyone.

  8. 41 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Fox is accusing President Obama of stealing the idea of a bus tour from the half term governor. Of course, that’s nonsense as the post explains. It is a perfect example of how the Fox channel lies, distorts and just makes stuff up. My favorite line from the post is this:

    August 29 also happens to be the same day that John McCain introduced the PALIN VIRUS INTO OUR POLITICAL ECO-SYSTEM.


    Fox News Accuses Obama Of Ripping Off Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour Idea


    • 42 nospin
      August 17, 2011 at 9:15 am

      “Fox News Accuses Obama Of Ripping Off Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour Idea”

      whatever . . . about Rupert Murdoch . . .

    • August 17, 2011 at 9:21 am

      Wow, did Palin invent the whole bus tour idea? STUPID. Oh and BTW, she didn’t finish hers, did she?

    • 46 57andFemale
      August 17, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Jees — Half-gov ‘invented’ the idea of a political bus tour?

      Bill Clinton had one after he was nominated — I believe he referred to the time-honored whistle stop tours going back to the 19th century.

      Palin and Fox Noise don’t know their history from 19 minutes ago, much less the 19th century.

      • 47 Obama Grandmama
        August 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm

        Thin I remember then Sen. Obama doing a bus tour in the ’08 Primary in PA with Sen. Bob Casey while Gov Ed Rendell did everything he could to discredit him infavor of Sen Hillary Clinton. That was prior to SP and the Gen Election.

  9. 49 desertflower
    August 17, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Morning everyone:) I’m still stuck on the fact that my representative only sees fit to go to friendly venues and speak only to people that agree with him…and oh by the way, you have to PAY HIM to ask a question! WTF is WRONG with these people??? They are SO arrogant and out of touch..he forgets that HE works for ME! Going to get an earful from me when I get home from work today!

    • August 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

      I’m just trying to imagine if my Rep Nancy Pelosi pulled a stunt like this. It would plastered all over every major publication and bullhorned on every news channel. So sick of the double standards in media. If they can say “both sides do it” BS then they ignore it completely.

    • 54 Sue in Minnesota
      August 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      I think his paycheck should be docked. I’m also thinking class action lawsuit for breech of contract. What a bunch of butt jams. People need to seriously put their foot down on this…..brick by brick Republicans are building a fortress around them, insulating them from the people that gave them the job in the first place. Any representative that will not face his constiuents face to face, and no, facebook and twitter doesn’t count as discourse Sarah Palin you f%%king coward, and refuses to debate publically, should be disqualified from holding office. Additionally any elected official that beyoind their sworn oath to the Constitution and the people of America, pledges allegience to outside lobby’s, should be shit canned if not brought up under charges of sedition or treason.

    • 55 Karen Sr.
      August 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Lawsuit. Taxation without representation. That fee is a tax.

  10. 56 ChristiMtl
    August 17, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I was just reading a short article in Booman Tribune ”How handsome?”. how many U.S presidents have been handsome.

    Interesting comments


    For me personally, President Obama wins hands down. He’s so good looking.

    • August 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

      I couldn’t figure out how to comment there but c’mon, OMG, PBO is a gorgeous man. He is the WHOLE enchilada.

      • August 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

        I am more drawn to this President by what kind of person he seem to be, I am like everyone else he looks nice, but you can fine any one who looks nice. What kind of person is he? As he said I don’t mind them saying Obamacare, I do care, Obama do care. I feel he has a heart to what to do the right thing, to help those who in need of help, to help the poor and middle class.

  11. 59 desertflower
    August 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I have a favor to ask. As long as I’m calling Mr. Quayle today to give him an earful,I want to give him the TOTAL earful! He is so proud of the fact that he favors Cut, Cap, Balance and the BBA…I need the basic bullet points of both. I know that we don’t need a constitutional amendment for them to do their jobs…and I know that the BBA would gut medicare and the like….I need more than that. Anyone have good links to counter both of those issues? Would appreciate it. Thanks

    • 60 ChristiMtl
      August 17, 2011 at 9:21 am

      VAN HOLLEN: Well, no one should be fooled about this. They’re not proposing a clean balanced budget amendment. What they’re proposing is to manipulate the Constitution and use it to impose the Republican budget plan. If you look that plan, it does end the Medicare guarantee. It slashes Medicaid. It slashes deeply into education. And it protects tax breaks for special interests. They would write that into the United States Constitution. Under their proposal, it would be easier to cut Medicare than it would be to cut subsidies for oil and gas companies. You have a majority vote to cut Medicare. You have a majority vote to create special interest loopholes. You need two-thirds to close tax breaks. That’s an anti-majoritarian proposition. Framers would be turning in their grave if they read their provision.

    • 61 Linda
      August 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Well.. the BBA would significantly reduce the amount of Federal Funds going to his State for sure…

      I don’t know how much more they get back than they pay in , but this chart shows it at $1.19 for every dollar paid in. I could not find a date as to when this came out….it could be more by now.


    • 63 Ladyhawke
      August 17, 2011 at 9:43 am

      1) Bruce Bartlett – http://capitalgainsandgames.com/

      Search on Balanced Budget Amendment and you will get several good hits where he basically discredits the whole idea of BBA

      2) Center for Budget Policy Priorities – http://www.cbpp.org/

      President Robert Greenstein has written some scathing articles about the futility of the BBA at the federal level.

      • 64 desertflower
        August 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

        Thanks everyone!!!!!!!!!! I knew you could help me out:) Love this TOD family:)

        • 65 HZ
          August 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

          Also desertflower according to information on the congressman: he is more of a centrist republican. Also stated that he missed 58 % of 160 votes 36%. (However it state that he had to take off some time for the funeral of his father-in-law) may go a little easy on that one.
          He serves on these Committees:

          Homeland Security
          house Committee on Judiciary
          House committee on Science, Space and Techonology

          He has sponsored 1 bill of which one has passed and none successfully enacted. He co-Sponsored 16 Bills.

          Most recent sponsored bills:
          H.Con.Res.14:Espressing the sense of Congress that non-defense, non-security, non–veterans discretionary spending ahould be reduced by 20%.
          H.R. 524: Restoring Consumer-driven health Care Act of 2011.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:17 am


  13. 68 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Over at PoliticusUSA, Hrafnkell Haraldsson and Sarah Jones have written a small novel that should be required reading for everyone in America. They have taken the time to document the atrocities of the Republican Tea Party and it will blow your mind. This is the kind of reporting that continues to amaze me from this site. This is exemplary reporting and a real service to all of us.


    Driving a Stake Through America’s Heart – Tea Party Style


  14. 69 Linda
    August 17, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Texas apologizes for Rick Perry. Well I should think so!

  15. 71 Linda
    August 17, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Where do the Presidential hopefuls stand on the issues pertaining to gay rights? ( Republican Candidates )

  16. 72 carolyn
    August 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Fox Noise people certainly do have short memories. I remember the Clinton-Gore bus tour of 1992, and I remember president Obama’s bus tour of Iowa in 2007! Brian Williams conducted a long interview with him on that bus which ran for several nights on NBC news. That was back when BriWi still did news, not opinion. The President lived on that bus for weeks, and Michelle and the girls joined him sometimes. He worked Iowa like no one else has ever worked Iowa, and he did it in a bus! Sarah copied him, for heaven’s sakes.
    I am so glad there are no garish pictures painted on the bus. It is a sleek looking vehicle, classy and fit for our president. I love the picture of him standing in the front of the bus waving at people.
    Why the Outer Banks, Pat? Do you see a hurricane coming up the coast?????

  17. 73 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD Fam.

    Looking forward to another day following our amazing American President in the amazing American Heartland.

    We Obamabots be busy in the next few weeks: Martha’s Vineyard, the Martin Luther King Memorial, and 9/11 Memorials…

    Have a great day, everyone!

  18. 74 Linda
    August 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

    REPORT: Texas Ranks Dead Last In Total Job Creation, Accounting For Labor Force Growth


    Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), since he launched his presidential campaign on Saturday, has paraded around the stat that “since June of 2009, Texas is responsible for more than 40 percent of all of the new jobs created in America.” “Now think about that. We’re home to less than 10 percent of the population in America, but 40 percent of all the new jobs were created in that state,” Perry says.

    This stat leaves out a lot of the story. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has promoted the number, but “it acknowledges that the number
    comes out different depending on whether one compares Texas to all states or just to states that are adding jobs.” Between 2008 and 2010, jobs actually grew at a faster pace in Massachusetts than in Texas.

  19. 75 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Morning Joe was a blast this morning! Nicole Wallace aka Bush’s mouthpiece and spin doctor, Mark Halperin aka douchebag extraordinaire, Pat Buchanan aka Ye Olde Racist Scumbag and Willie Geist aka the benefactor of nepotism. In other words 4 republicans against The Reverend Al Sharpton. But thank you lord for Rev Al. Everyone who’s on twitter needs to send Rev Al a tweet and THANK HIM for the fantastic job he’s doing and the steel trap mind that just spits out facts, facts, zingers and whippersnappers of truth. This morning on Morning Joe he said he reads the tweets people send to him so please please please send him a thank you.

    They began the discussion with Rick Perry’s inflammatory statement against Fed Chair Ben Bernanke where he implied that if Bernanke was in Texas, they would take him out for printing money for “political” reasons. They asked Rev Al what he thought about it. Rev Al said it was disgusting and totally uncalled for that you have a Governor who has governed for about 10 years and been in politics for more than 25 years and is running for the highest office in the land making veiled threats that are unbecoming of the position and unbecoming of a supposed “leader.” Rev Al then said that it wasn’t only that statement that was disgusting, but the statement where Rick Perry questions whether President Obama loves America was just abhorrent. How dare Perry question President Obama’s love and patriotism of this country. That this is the same thing that happened during the 2008 campaign where Palin said Obama liked to pal around with terrorists and people started calling for the murder of Obama, calling him a terrorist and the republican party just kept on inciting them. Are they going to demand to see his birth certificate again? Rev said that to show you how disgusting his statement was even Karl Rove was offended that Perry said Bernanke was a traitor who was committing treason. Rev Al reminded them that Bernanke was a Bush appointee so if Perry was trying to level that slur at President Obama’s “incapability” of picking cabinet members, then he failed woefully. Pat Buchanan tried to suggest that what Perry said wasn’t all that offensive. That what was more offensive was then candidate Obama attending a church for 20 years where the pastor said “God damn America.” Rev Al swung back at Pat hard. He told Pat to stop beating a dead horse because it just makes him look desperate. Pat’s expression was priceless. He finally met someone who was not afraid to hit back hard and did not back down from any nonsense or slur Pat threw at the President. Rev Al continued on; saying that first of all Pat took the pastor’s words out of context, then candidate Obama rejected the pastor’s point of view, came out and gave a brilliant speech on race, and besides when the pastor was expressing those sentiments Barack Obama wasn’t in that church and never for one day echoed the pastor’s beliefs. On the other hand, Perry said those inflammatory words and never backed down from them. He opened his mouth and just kept spewing crap left, righ, and center. So Pat should never ever try and compare those two incidences and put them on the same level. They then played the clip of Wolf Blitzer’s interview where President Obama said he’d give Perry a pass on his statement because he’s just 2 or 3 days into his campaigning and people make mistakes, but he should be very careful because running for President, isn’t it the same as running for congress, local govt or governor. Pat then said the President should have laid into Perry harder. Rev Al asked him why? Why stop Rick Perry from making a fool of himself? It’s not up to the President to castigate Perry, it’s up to the President’s base; because President Obama isn’t in campaign mode yet. Rev Al said he hopes Rick Perry continues to gain more traction in the republican primary and win the republican nomination. He wishes him the best of luck. Hahaha. Mark Halperin then asked Rev Al what about Bachmann. Rev Al said he wishes her goodluck also. Halperin then said, Bachmann could pose a threat for the Obama team. Rev Al looked at him as though he was on crack. He said he wishes her well and hopes she and Perry duke it out for leader of the teaparty. Halperin then said if Rev Al was Bachmann’s consultant, how would he advice her to attack Perry. Rev Al said no amount of money would convince him to take on that task because Bachmann plays fast and loose with facts. So she could continue on in that vein. She doesn’t need facts to attack Perry, she should just open her mouth and let jumbled up words spill. Haha. They then talked about the economy and the big jobs package and policy speech President Obama is going to unveil and give in September, after labor day. Nicole Wallace said finally Obama (she kept calling him Obama in a very snide tone and Rev Al kept giving her the stink eye) is unveiling a plan on paper and is no longer whining and doing what he does best: blaming George Bush for the economy. Then she said maybe Robert Gibbs finally got the message and told the rest of the Obama team that blaming Bush will not fly this time. She’s such a liar. Gibbs was on Morning Joe this week and he never said they were running against the ghost of Bush or blaming Bush; Nicole said that. Rev Al rounded on her and said that he hopes no one ever forgets that Bush and his cronies messed up the American economy and President Obama did inherit a huge mess and if he wants to remind the American people of that fact or nuggett of truth, he is well within his rights. Pat then said that President Obama is getting desperate unveiling another jobs plan that likely includes tax reform, short term stimulus and entitlement reform. Rev Al told him that if that is indeed what is in the jobs plan and we don’t know the full details of it then it’s a good jobs plan and it does not smack of desperation. He said that people in the media wanted him to unveil a big jobs plan and now that he’s doing so they’re all ganging up on him and saying it smacks of desperation; which is utter crap. Rev Al said that the only people who smell of desperation are the media and the house and senate republicans and the teaparty caucus. He said when President Obama unveils this jobs plan, all he has to do is take it to the American people and 100% sell it. If the GOP keep blocking him, they’ll receive a huge backlash from the American public who want jobs and will not take kindly to anyone blocking a path that leads to more jobs and stabilizatiion of the economy. They then turned to the fact that President Obama is taking a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard which smacks of elitism. Pat then suggested that President Obama should take a vacation on the Outerbanks of North Carolina (redneck country) or in rural Texas in some far away podunk town where no one has to see him and his family riding bicycles, wearing helmets and smiling up and down. Translation go to East Texas where there are a huge majority of white conservatives, white supremacists who hate black people so we mysteriously never have to hear from you or your family again. Racist Jerk. Willie, Nicole, and Mark joined in the fun mocking President Obama and his love of riding bicycles around the coast, wearing a “fuddy duddy” helmet, instead of driving a car cross country on a “real” American vacation. When did bicycle riding along the coast or a bike trail become unAmerican? When did one wearing a hemet for safety become a cause for mockery? When did healthy living become fodder for insults? Rev Al shut all of them up by asking them if they ever castigated or mocked Bush on his “real” American vacations to his ranch in Crawford, TX? If they ever called out Bush for taking multiple vacations with his family? They all said no. Rev Al told them to quit their nonsense backbiting; it only smacks of jealousy, childishness and pettyness and is frankly more than enough whining than he’s willing to listen to. Haha. That shut them up real quick.

    Rev Al was AMAZING!!!! One man against 4 GOP schill machines and he came out on top. It was brilliant to watch. Just absolutely brilliant.

    • August 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

      We have the right guy when we have Rev. Al. I saw that Mark Halperin on Jansing and Co. yesterday, and I turn it as fast as I could.

    • 77 MTmarilyn
      August 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

      What a great roundup! Rev Al is wonderful. Thank goodness we have him on TV.

    • 78 ChristiMtl
      August 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you so much Ut.! Rev. Wright again? FFS, they’re desperate.

      I remember when Cookie Roberts had a problem with the President going to Hawaii for a vacation. It was so foreign and snobbish. All these freaking right wing ”journalists” are so predictable.

  20. 80 dotster
    August 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Stupid conversation, and Bush was a daily bike rider, with helmet. It’s how he spent his presidency—-bike ride, lunch, nap, din, bed by 8:30.
    I was just thinking how nice it was the last couple of days to read the small town newspaper reports of Obama’s tour——just straight reporting, including all the good and positive aspects. Our MSM has been so brainwashed to find and focus on the negative, such as the stories which only told about that confrontation with the tea party activist in Mn. which was a tiny moment in an otherwise beautiful event. It is shameful and so damaging. And many of us have commented how the questions from the public seemed so much smarter than the sarcastic, gotcha nonsense from our national press. I saw today in one newspaper story that Mn. and Ia. are first and second in the country in ACT scores—-smart, nice people in the Midwest.

    • August 17, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Let’s hope that their smarts are seen in the vote for PBO. It’s always amazing to me how smart, kind, giving people like Americans can so easily be bamboozled i.e: Bush 2000, Bush 2004, Teahadists 2010, etc.

  21. 82 HZ
    August 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Hi TOD Family. I hope everyone is having a restful and beautiful day. I am grateful for feeling better this morning. I had a slight upset with Congresswoman Maxine Waters this morning. I was catching up on what was on C-SPAN this morning, and there was some panel with Ms. Waters bashing President Obama. My pressure went up trying to listen to the context of her anger. Oh, she was pretty much telling the people when they get tired, just tell her and them(whoever the hell they are) and they will take care of it. (It?) She is tired of the President and his doing nothing she stated. I am not going to allow these people in Congress to continue to bash this President and not hear from us.

    I wrote her a letter stating my concerns about the manner in which she and so many within the Black Caucus are trying to frame the conversation around so many negative and unfair conversations. I told her that I was tired of her and the likes of her yelling at President Obama and not getting off of their asses and going out there to help the President with the jobs. (She was speaking about the worst job situation and it is this President’s fault that we have not moved in the right direction) Whatever the hell that means. Anyway let us continue to let these foolish people know how we feel about their nasty and negative attitudes. I told her that I will continue to find productive ways to help the President rather than tear into him like she was doing. Will contiue to let them know, no more bashing of President Obama and getting away with it. HZ

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