02
Sep
11

a word from blondegrrl

Maybe some of this stuff just needed to be said – TODers can get frustrated too – a day or so ago, the President said he was frustrated, so why not us? Perhaps it was time to blow off some steam.

It does seem like there is nothing but negative things on the news and in blogs and every one has an opinion on what the President should do to fix his standings in the polls. Stop with the polls already – it seems there is one daily telling us the President’s negative numbers. Of course, we jump for joy when the polls say he’s doing well. Polls are just more marketing and sales from the media and used by the media to bolster ratings.

What I tell myself when I get down is that the GOP does not have any plans on anything currently affecting our country, they don’t need to have plans. They are and have been totally successful by just saying “no”, pointing fingers at the President, obstructing and obfuscating changes that the President would like to put in place to actually pull us out of the ditch we are in.

The question is whether a good portion of the country is happy with this style of political management from the GOPers. It appears that the GOTP is losing steam if you focus on what has been happening in states like Wisconsin – several TP candidates lost their seats or did not prevail against democratic state senators.

What we have to make sure is that no additional GOTPers are elected to the House and Senate (or regular GOP) and support PO by working for the election of Democratic Reps and Senators as well as his campaign. I think that the GOP is working hard to gain both houses – if they do that and PO gets elected in 2012 – it won’t matter that the President is a Democratic one. They will rule the country – PO’s hands will be completely tied.

Princess Potty Mouth is correct – the media is not on our side – they are completely and wholly owned by GOPMEDIA. If Chips hadn’t had such great information on the President’s recent bus trip through the midwest, I’d never have known how he affected those he visited with.

So here’s what I think – sometimes you have to follow what’s going on in the media and places like HuffPo and DailyKos to see what you are up against – and sometimes they actually have something good to share. Take things with a grain of salt, come here for good, solid information and sometimes good, solid dissension (if we are all so supportive and never tell it like we think and feel we run the risk of being blinded by rose colored glasses).

I think we should respect that some of our members are frustrated, some of us are scared of losing the best chance to make changes for our country with PO that we’ve ever encountered in our lifetimes, and sometimes our President or his staff do things that make us go “huh”? I mean really, he and they are not infallible – they are only human.

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Thank you blondegrrl


323 Responses to “a word from blondegrrl”


  1. 1 theo67
    September 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Blondegirl – I agree with you about the media and the effect of negativity on our collective psyche. I was up in Canada over the last two weeks, pretty much focused on just having fun with family and staying away from media. I occasionally lurked on TOD and looked at pictures, got a quick summary of what was happening. And watched Canadian national news to learn about what was going on in the rest of the world. It was so refreshing, and really brought back my sanity. I didn’t hear negative stories about President Obama on the news, I heard praise for the situation in Libya. I also learned about other important events in the world, and there wasn’t a single Republican or so-called “liberal pundit” disgracing my TV screen.

    I came back to sheer craziness, negativity and panic.

    Stepphing away for a while really helped me find my perspective. The President’s poll numbers are pretty much within the range they’ve been for the past two years. Republicans still haven’t offered a single positive idea or suggestion or helping hand to help this country or contribute to a single human being outside of the top 1%. The media hasn’t informed anyone – they complained that the President was on vacation for Irene, then complained that he focused on Irene. It’s crazy.

    President Obama has not changed. He’s still accomplished what he’s accomplished. And he’s still working hard for all Americans. He’s still calling for the GOP to start working for Americans. And the GOP are still refusing to do so. Those are bare facts.

    • September 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Sometimes just stepping away from rat race of media is what we need to do–garden, listen to music, walk the dogs, play with the cat, laugh with the spouse and kids….come back refreshed and ready to tackle what needs to be done. And hooray for Canada – what a delightful, beautiful and friendly place it is.

    • 6 Puddin'
      September 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      I have missed you theo67 (and your wise words) …often wondered about you. I am somewhat new to this site and although most of you seem very familiar with one another, I’m still getting to know folks…I didn’t know if it was appropriate to ask about you. I am glad to hear that you were away having a good time and enjoying your family.

    • September 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      I compare your experience in Canada with the local reporting from Obama’s midwest bus tour. It was such a welcome change, just straight reporting on the events of the day minus cynicism, sarcasm, manipulation, partisanship. It was journalism as it was meant to be, just telling the truth, nothing but the truth. Our national media has wandered so far off course, for whatever reason, and it’s a shame.

    • September 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks for shring this, theo67. I lived in Toronto for 5 years, before moving to Minnesota 12 years ago. and it’s true, stepping out of the madness of American news is OH SO HEALTHY. There is no REAL coverage of international news here, just hit & miss. I got a dose of reality during coverage of the 1994 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. CBC, a Canadian tv station and a Detroit, MI sstation covered the games.

      I was stunned to see the difference in coverage. The CBC covered mMSMore from an international perspective, afterall, the Olympics are worldwide. the Detroit station only covered USA events, mainly the medals ceremonies. America MSM is not BALANCED; it’s propaganda.

      • September 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        You are so right, Ametia, though I never before made the connection between US biased political coverage and its coverage of the Olympics. I do remember avoiding the American channels because you could never see how other countries’ athletes were doing! One could say that they have been consistently partisan.

    • September 3, 2011 at 1:29 am

      Where in Canada? I live in Vancouver; you’d be welcome here anytime.

    • September 3, 2011 at 2:00 am

      This clip was featured on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show on 9-1-2011..

      The clip features FDR talking about how the Republicans wanted to take back the White House and how he told his supporters to beware.

      Chipsticks, this needs to be posted front and center everyday next week…

      • September 3, 2011 at 2:15 am

        FDR welcomes the hatred from the Republicans. Please close your eyes and listen to the words and you can see the Picture of what the Repubs are up to…\

        • 13 85mimi
          September 3, 2011 at 3:29 am

          Man, yesterday was a rough day. My bestest friend for almost 50 years calmed me down. She’s finally tuned out all the chatter and just

          watches PBS – some MSNBC like Rev Al, but I just can’t get help getting worked up over all the shit I hear. My DH gets all bent when I go

          bonkers reading the newspaper in the morning and start ranting. He agrees with me, but not with the passion that I feel for BO, his family

          and the country that I love that somehow got lost along the way. Just seeing Cheney spout his lies was enough, but all the rest. My god!

          And I so wanted to personally wipe that idiot Cantor’s smirk off with my bare hands and that’s not like me. Ole hippie chick that I am. I still

          believe but it’s been awfully hard lately.

          Sometimes I feel maybe ignorance really is bliss, but it’s just not in my makeup, you know?

          Just came here and read every damn post, looked at every damn pic and feel better. But sheesh, the pic on top got me going again.

          Must. Stay. Strong. And I will – we will. Hugs to all and let’s keep up the good fight – we KNOW we’re right & we’re gonna win this fight.

        • 15 FactPlus
          September 3, 2011 at 3:46 am

          I don’t welcome anybody’s hatred and I hope PBO never does. FDR was a white aristocrat who ruled in a long bygone era. Comparisons to Obama are disingenuous, dishonest, facetious and selective.

          • September 3, 2011 at 7:54 am

            *******sigh******** THIS!!!!! Thank you, FP.

          • September 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

            First of all, there are no comparisions of President Obama to FDR.. The link was put up to show how even in 1933 the Republican Party was using the same playbook they are using in 2012. So stop your ignorance and listen to what he had to say. History is history and don’t be so short sighted.

            I don’t give a damn what your personal petty gripe are with FDR.

        • 18 donna dem 4 obama
          September 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

          Wow Michelle the message is still the same and the Republican Party was crazy then and even crazier now.

          • September 3, 2011 at 9:22 am

            Donna the exact same play book word for word.. President Obama is a historian and he doesn’t negate history but the President also has said things that were implemented in the 20th century may not be effective for the 21st century.

            I personally don’t spend a lot of time focusing on who hates the President because he and Michelle Obama talked about all of the noise before they agreed to attempt the Presidency.. I focus on getting information from historians who can teach us.. I betta you the same people who made the comments above probally didn’t know that Michael Beschloss was invited to a retreat called by the President’s chief of staff and he cited the very high unemployment rates of the FDR and Reagan administration but how they both still won re-election.

      • 20 donna dem 4 obama
        September 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

        Oh Wow that is priceless 🙂

  2. September 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you, blondegrrl, for a very wise comment. I have been doing what you have suggested in this post for the last few days. I have learned a long time ago that there is no such thing as the “liberal” media. They (MSM) are trying to force Mitt Romney on the American people. The same person who became a multi-millionaire by shipping thousands of jobs overseas. Things are getting ugly and I know they will get much uglier the closer we get to the actual campaign.

    If you are a praying person, please pray for President Obama.

  3. 24 Bill
    September 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Morning Joe has said many times that LBJ or Bill Clinton would do something differently than President Obama as though they are models. Joe is too stupid to realize that this is not the 60’s or the 90’s. These are different times and President Obama is a much better man than either of the two. We have the right man for the times and must support him to the fullest.

    • September 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      I’m always amused and disgusted when people try to compare PBO as a president to Clinton. There is no competition and Clinton can provide nothing for PBO to mirror. This president in two years has done more legislatively than Clinton did in 8 years. Plus, this president has spent the last two years cleaning up quite a few of Clinton’s messes. So Joke and the PL can go frack themselves. But I’m seriously loving the revisionist history people are engaging in when it comes to Bill-O. 😕

    • 28 anniebella
      September 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Joke Joe is a Republican, he will say anything to try to help those losers on his side win. But despite the news today it won’t be that easy for the President to win, or for those nuts on the other side to win. It will be a battle and I bet President Obama will be ready for that battle. The question is will his supporters be ready? I will be.

    • September 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      I was reading a blog post about FDR last night and I have to wonder how in the world is this guy considered a liberal but Obama is called a stealth Republican.

      • September 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        A-fricking-men, gobr! A-fricking-men!!!!!!!

      • September 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        FDR did lots of good things, and he set us on a path that made a big difference in our lives, but you are right: he also did plenty of things that any liberal would have to turn a blind eye to. Of course he was elected nearly 80 years ago, so it is easy to dismiss that stuff, right? Our president, meanwhile, is doing the best he can under a 24-hour electron microscope, where people who are comping at the bit to be disappointed in the next thing he does actually have to get a head start by complaining about things they think he might do.

        I so very much wish we had even the quality of journalism we had in the 80s–and that decade was no picnic.

      • 32 Emerald
        September 3, 2011 at 1:03 am

        FDR also was called a stealth Republican when he was in office. Most of his opposition came from the Left. FDR was the complete pragmatist, and the Left has never been able to stand that. They called him a sell-out, asked if he had any principles at all–basically everything they say about Obama now.

        The Left didn’t adopt FDR as their favorite son until several years after he was dead. While he was alive and in office, they despised him.

        The same will happen this time. In twenty years, people will be amazed to learn that the Left hated President Obama. Especially the Left.

  4. 33 Obamaperson
    September 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I find it hard to criticize our President. Why? Because I know he is smart, intends well, has compassion, and that he has a terrible House of Representatives full of the old time know-nothings who want nothing but to bring him down and to elevate their desires to feed the plutocrats more tax cuts, hammer away at the rights of women, the poor, or religions or life styles other than their own. As Blondgrrl said, we need to focus on getting the President reasonable people elected to work with in the House and Senate. We can not tie his hands and then expect him to work miracles. He can propose legislation, but he requires support in congress to get it passed. The Cantors and that idiot Boehner don’t care anything about anyone except rich, very rich people who support them. Another reason I don’t leap to criticize the President is there is no reason to knock him down. Doing so makes it easier for the lions to move in and eat him. Every time one of his supporters knocks him, it gives the GOTP what they are looking for: a way to weaken him so it makes it easier to feed him to those lions. I won’t help them. I’ll never help them although I used to be one of them a long time ago.

    • 34 Sue in Minnesota
      September 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you, and I join you in not criticizing President Obama. I’m no political genuis, I simply try to understand. I know this he is a remarkable man, and I genuinely trust that he loves Americans and will do his absolute best for them.

    • 35 Anonymous
      September 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      OBAMAPERSON, I agree with you 1000%. Why should we help the mis-guides ones attack our President and the office of the Presidency. Again, people need to re-read why The Obama Diary was created and if you feel this is the place to dump your crap, I want to tell you it is not.

      I am tired, tired, tired of hearing from the naysayers. Either get on the boat or get out of the way.

    • September 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      @Obamaperson; I absolutely REFUSE to criticize President Obama. I’m not wearing rose-colored glasses. I’ve been on the planet long enough to know the deal. ALL my attention and energy is going to support and uplift. The forces of negativity run deep an wide. I refuste to be a vehicle for the negative force. PERIOD.

      • September 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        I feel the same way. While I don’t like to feel like some brainless worshiper, the plan fact is that everything Barack Obama does is shrouded in misinformation, by both the left and the right. There is no point in criticizing him because it’s impossible to make any serious judgment about what he actually did until much after the fact–at which point it is pretty clear that he did the right thing given the circumstances, anyway.

        I hate to even say this, but finding out how completely misinformed some liberal commentators are has made me question some of the criticisms leveled at GW Bush. I still think he was a terrible and completely incompetent president, but now I’m starting to doubt some of the more outrageous stories that were being tossed around about him.

      • 38 FactPlus
        September 3, 2011 at 4:06 am

        Spot on. I have minor things that I disagree with about policy and implementation with PBO. But like you in this environment and as a supporter of the President I don’t find it hard to criticize him, I know he can take criticism especially constructive criticism from people who support him, but I simply refuse to criticize him over minor things and rather choose to defend him against baseless character attacks.

        It’s possible that the first black President could have been a total disaster but this President has already beaten many past white President in his accomplishments and has given us absolutely no reason NOT to be just proud and supportive of him. If the first black President was anything like the stereotypes played by Samuel L Jackson on the movies that the PL apparently admire so much then his rate of achievement would be zero because the blue dog and GOP congress would have blocked everything just to put him in his place. No, it required smarts and Zen-like wisdom to beat the formidable opposition and pass many signature legislative achievements and a gansta black President would never have gotten anywhere near PBO’s achievements. In fact I would not be a supporter if that’s what the first black President was like (one white Bush was enough, we don’t need a black one as well). I doubt though that such a false stereotypical black man would have ever been nominated in 2008.

    • 39 bison
      September 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Your comment captures my feeling and thoughts. What you wrote needed to be written.

    • 40 Chi
      September 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Obamaperson, you and me both…

      I don’t come hear looking to indulge in any sort of dissension solid or not, nor do I come donning rose-colored glasses…

      President Obama has never done anything that made me go huh…

      And for me, there has never been any doubts about whether he bleeds blood like I do…

      I will however never ever let anyone hide behind the he’s only human and fallible after all bit, to attack , insult and disparage President Obama…

      I will never purport to know better than this President or feel equipped, qualified or in any position to give him directives on how to govern or anything else for that matter…

      There’s an over-saturation of places with people who have taken on that mantle…and they have done a pretty good job of invading the heads, minds and lips of even some of the President’s erstwhile staunchest of supporters…

      That was always the plan…

      Chip away and repeat the lies and narratives as often as possible and make it stick so that even his strongest supporters begin waver and to view him from that negative perspective…

      Hence we have the angry shouts of ‘cave’, ‘weak’, ‘disappointed’ and ‘he should lead’…

      President Obama continues to be exactly the guy I supported and voted for…

      His intrinsic decency, dignity, grace, focus, brilliance, heart, discipline, and super human restraint and maturity is what always made him extraordinary and set him apart and head and shoulders above most others…

      That was what one of the things that first attracted me to his candidacy…

      To now have people out there mischievously trying to cast those rare virtues as negatives…and some of his supporters hoodwinked into making those assertions the basis of their frustration and disappointment with the President…

      Is not only disconcerting but irritating to say the very least…

      I will continue to offer unconditional,unabashed and unyielding support and defense of this great and spectacular President…

      There will never be a single disclaimer from me, or will I ever contribute to chipping away at him by contemptuously questioning his judgement or nit picking his every move…

      If I’ve got anything to share with President Obama, there are various avenues created by his office to offer suggestions, concerns and comments…

      Bobfr one of our most valuable and treasured TODer’s utilizes those so well…

      Bitching, whining and hyperventilating on a blog about the President’s response or non-response to some issue, never yielded results besides planting seeds of doubt, confusion in the minds of others, demoralizing and depressing easily affected folks and sucking the energy and air out of everyone else…

      I do realize of course, that that is the singular mission and ultimate objective for some…

      But to other well-meaning and genuine supporters, resist the urge to fall victim to that mindset and let us focus squarely on achieving positively uplifting and effective support of this once in a generation President, and each other…

      The President is only as effective and successful and even as respected as his support…especially from those of us who claim to be his true base…

      We supporters set the tone on how others treat this President and if we fall prey to the false narratives and even begin to employ some of the negative characterizations in glib comments about President Obama…

      We will all live to regret the consequences from the potential fall out…

      • 41 Puddin'
        September 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm

        They have tried again and again from day one to break President Obama. They have tried to break him one way or another. They have tried to break him down spiritually. President Obama has proven time and time again that they can not break him down, so they have gone after us…the very who voted for the 44th President of the United States of America. I pray for the first AA President and the First Family. I pray for their strength, courage, patience, determination, tenacity and perseverance. I pray for are strength, curage, patience, determination, tenacity and perseverance. Stay Strong TOD family!!!

      • 42 Anonymous
        September 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm

        Totally agree. I am not sure I understand the notion that we elect a president and then criticize him non-stop for four years as a way of “keeping him honest”, despite the fact the opposition has lost their minds. I have totally cut myself off from television media coverage of anything political and am about to do the same with HuffPo and several other websites. I know my mind. I don’t need some narcissist from any political faction screaming at me. Truth is, NOBODY has a plan for what to do in these times and the media is intent on sabotaging any good news because they make their money off of driving fear, panic and suspicion. Fuck them and their advertisers.

        Fact is that 91% of the populations has a job and 5% unemployment is normally considered “full” employment. The unemployment rate among college educated persons is 4.7%. The job crisis is among the high school graduates in the country. The good paying jobs in manufacturing have gone and the conservatives want to kill the good paying government jobs for good measure. Businesses have not been filing for bankruptcy in droves. We have a 1.2 million backlog of new patents – the source of future economic activity. Consumer activity is down because most households have decided to PAY OFF THEIR CREDIT CARDS and MORTGAGES rather than rack up more pointless consumer debt. And in the coming years we will see Boomers retire as a smaller population of young people enter the job market. Do we have problems? Sure, and so does everyone else in the world. We need people to talk about solutions and not constantly shriek about crazy shit like Sarah Palin and whether the Tea Party spokes-idiot of the week said something racist or not. We need grown-ups right now, and it is clear none of them are journalists.

    • 48 EDP4BHO
      September 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      I’m here. He needs support, not criticism. I think he has had enough to last two lifetimes. Did anyone ever pay this much attention to any one man?

      • 49 prettyfoot58
        September 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm

        that it itime to ask…….WHAT ARE WE DOING……

        organizing is one on one….are you involved on your job…in your community…your place of worship…we can sit around all day and say what the President should or should not do…BUT WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT……we have a role to play in this…

        like i said on an earlier post….i walk with a cane….so my step maybe slow….but it is sure….i have made a committment to handle my block in terms of keeping them informed….making sure they are registered to vote…and when the time comes…get the polls…..
        this is the least i can do…..

        i spoke to a bus driver….a taxi driver…a waitress…today about the current **SPEECHGATE**…as it turned out they did not know what i was talking about…i asked them if they were planning to watch the President’s speech on Thursday….they were not aware that he was going to speak….i asked how they felt about the President…they told me that they understood what he was up against….i asked them if they planned to vote for the President…they all said yes….

        i say this to say…that much of this fray is above the head of many folks…it does not matter to them…it is as it has always been about where you sit…with that i mean…politics is local…and personal….

        i come to this site for commentary…….information….and a chance to replenish my spirit….

        which then enables me to fight not only for this President but as he says,,,,for an America that gives opportunities and a chance for everyone….not just a few…that looks out the seniors…our children…..and for those who cannot look out for themselves….

        i think that this is where our energies need to be,,,,and we need each and everyone of us in the fight….because this will be a fight to the finish…..

        I”M IN…..

        YES WE CAN
        YES WE DID

        THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES…

    • September 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      And, he’s courageous with an awesome sense of humor. I write to his admin, wtih respect like Mark Ruffalo did when he made that Rally video to gather against Tar Sands Pipeline, when I don’t agree with something and sign petitions with Food Democracy Now so he’ll consider that Monsanto is killing our Planet.

      I look at the big picture like President Obama does and many others.

      The frustration is understandable and venting is necessary but this President is going to be who he no matter how many want him to be like them or someone else.

      Also, I happen to think the date for the Address to the Nation and Congress on JOBS is the best one so I was actually glad to see it changed.

    • 52 anniebella
      September 3, 2011 at 4:45 am

      Obamaperson, I agree with you 1000% also. Because these bunch of crazy radical T-Republicans are like no other Republicans, I have seen in my lifetime. Programs that they once supported they will turn against it just because this President supports it. They have set a record in filibusting in the Senate, and in the House lead by Cantor and that Boehner, they haven’t done a dam thing to help this economy. It’s all been about sabotaging the economy. And instead of people from the Left going after these hateful lying Republicans, they are attacking the President. Now you have the CBC, lead by such phonies as Maxine Waters doing the same thing. And we can’t leave out the sorry ass media. So like you Obamaperson, I will continue to support this President because I do believe in my heart he is the right person for this job, I do believe he cares about helping the middle class and the poor.

      • 53 anniebella
        September 3, 2011 at 4:57 am

        I will also say this bit, these companies are sitting on two trillions dollars, but yet they refuse to hire. Why is that? I am sick and tired of all the B.S. about they need confidence in this or that. No they need to to take a leap of faith in the American workers, stop sending jobs overseas. I am starting to believe that they are not hiring because they are trying to help the Republicans out by keeping the unemployment high. They feel that the Republicans will be more to their liking, they will allow them to do whatever they choose.

        • 54 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          September 3, 2011 at 6:03 am

          annie that is exactly what Corporate America is doing. The Average American just does not know that or chooses to believe it. It is a widespread sabotage effort by many in the country and it is coming from all sides I might add.

  5. 55 Janelle
    September 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    OT: There were two West Wing Weeks this time. Here’s the one for the President (I noticed towards the end the women close to the President that were not captured in Pete Souza’s original photo a few days ago. Most of us know the truth about that meme and sometimes a picture doesn’t tell the whole story).

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/02/west-wing-week-090111-or-goodnight-irene?utm_source=090211&utm_medium=photo&utm_campaign=daily

    • September 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      I noticed it, too, Janelle. Thanks for mentioning it.

    • 57 a night owl
      September 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Yes, thank you for pointing that out!

      I think the best way to engage members in good standing who are angry, depressed, or panicky is to ask them for specifics about what exactly is bothering them. And each time, calmly address those concerns with facts and reason, keeping in mind that people in heightened emotional states are often hair-trigger sensitive and defensive. (And realize that if you yourself are in a “heightened emotional state,” you’re not really in a position to calm somebody else down.) But if you can maintain your cool, you can defuse the situation such that a demand like “Obama needs more women in his inner circle!” gets resolved into “I just wish this one specific photo showed more diversity, that’s all.” Because as we now see, this particular meeting had at least four women literally “at the table,” including, it looks like, top presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett.

    • 58 Sue in Minnesota
      September 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      It escaped me in reading your comment what you were referring to….after watching the video I also understand. Expands and should alter someone’s perspective.

  6. September 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    FYI –

    DNC Convention Kick-Off with special guest DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Tuesday, September 6, 2011
    Time Warner Cable Arena
    333 East Trade Street
    Charlotte, North Carolina (Trade Street Entrance)

    Doors open at 10:00 a.m.
    Lunch available for purchase at noon.

    DWS to unveil official 2012 Democratic National Convention logo
    Registration is NOW OPEN for the event, open to the public:

    http://action.charlottein2012.com/convention_kick-off/

    I also want to put in a word for volunteering at the DNC convention. I did it in 2008 and it was a phenomenal experience, one that I will never forget. Keep your eyes out for the call for volunteers.

  7. 64 nintendowii10
    September 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Excellent post blondegrrl.

    I do respect that a lot of TODers are frustrated, heck I myself am frustrated. But we need to direct our frustrations towards the right people: towards the MSM, the Teapugs, and the feckless emoprogs who continue to whine about President Obama not doing enough.

    I also continue to point this out: we have been accustomed to losing, that we can’t take victory laps when we earn them. Because of President Obama, we have the American Recovery Act, the healthcare act, credit card reform, financial reform, two healthy Supreme Court justices, and Osama bin Laden, the man who masterminded the deaths of 3000+ Americans on 9/11/01, finally got a bunch of bullets in his skull and is fishfood at the bottom of the sea. You NEVER see Democrats in the media pushing these achievements, just Dennis Kucinich ranting and raving about how President Obama needs to be impeached over his Libya decision, and Maxine Waters ranting and raving that President Obama doesn’t do enough for the African American community, those are TWO SITTING DEMOCRATS who are TOO DAMN LAZY to take on the issues they rant and rave about.

    Reverend Al said it last night: we need to stand WITH our President and NOT AGAINST him. It’s clear that the media is aiding and abetting the Teapugs in doing their best to ensure that President Obama becomes a one termer, with all of the negative stories they are reporting and all of what he has said and done being taken out of context. Despite the high unemployment, our economy is in RECOVERY, as compared to where it was when Obama took office, do you see the media reporting that?

    Enough is enough. We need to hit the media, the Teapugs, the professional left, ALL OF THEM hard and let them know that we are NOT backing down from supporting our President.

    • 65 theo67
      September 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      So true – if people don’t learn to fight for themselves instead of just expecting the President to do all the lifting, then every one in the bottom 98% (sounds silly even to write it) will be perpetual victims of the GOP bullies, who are only concerned with the top 2%. Even if they oust the President in 2012 (heaven forbid), then what happens? Will they pass the time just blaming him for the GOP takeover? I actually saw this on a blog yesterday bemoaning the President for already losing the 2012 election and leaving the country in the hands of the GOP! Perpetual victims.

      We have to own our own futures, regardless of who is President. Vote in the GOP (or stand back and allow them to win), then we have to own that result, and the consequences. Fight to get more Democrats in office to support the greatest President this country will likely ever see – then we can all bask in the progress that will ensure. No middle option. The President keeps saying that 2012 is going to be a referendum on what kind of country the US will be – and that is the absolute truth. A nation of willfully ignorant whiners, or a nation who learn from their mistakes and collectively work together to make life better for all who reside here, as well as being responsible members of a changing international community. The choice is pretty clear.

      • September 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

        That’s exactly it, and it’s what has been so frustrating for me over at DK. They complain that he’s not fighting for them, but at the same time they sure aren’t fighting for him. They need to support him so that he can stand up and do the things that need to be done. The guy’s aging 10 years a month and all he gets for it is a 38% approval and hit pieces from people who are supposed to be his supporters. I don’t know why he even wants to run again, but I’m sure grateful that he does. He’s about as close to a saint as any American politician could probably ever get.

    • September 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      I so agree. Frustration is expected but PBO should not be the target. He does not now nor will he ever work in a vacuum as long as he is POTUS. He is one branch of government and to the extent he can act on his own, he has done tremendous good work. As one other put it, I do my best to understand all his decisions within this context and I move on to the next issue. He is the very best advocate we have right now who has to work within this toxic beast of a political system.

  8. 70 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    WHY POLITICAL COVERAGE IS BROKEN

    Jay Rosen teaches journalism at New York University. He did a lecture in Melbourne, Australia on August 26, 2011 entitled “Why Political Coverage is Broken”. It is a revealing and riveting lecture that I highly recommend. Jay touches on so much of what is being discussed here today about the failure of the political media to educate and inform the public with the facts. He pulls back the curtain. He just makes sense.

    http://pressthink.org/2011/08/why-political-coverage-is-broken/

    (Scroll down until you get to the video of the lecture. It is about 34 minutes. Well worth the time.)

  9. 73 Me4obama
    September 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    What I have a problem with is when people start telling PBO what, when and who should advise him, I find it very insulting to him when we have no idea what goes into his decission making. IMHO.

    • 74 HZ
      September 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      Me4obama, do not worry. That is why POB has Senior Advisors, Plouffe and Jarret, and of course Chief of Staff, Bill Daley. Do not worry.HZ

  10. 75 Fred
    September 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I was so mad 2 days ago when I tuned in to CNN only to find out that the President had agreed to switch the Speech to Congress I didn’t sleep.

    My hope is that the President’s PEOPLE will make sure to set and finalizing things with Drunkie (Boehner) before going public.I tell you;the public insults that went the President’s way 2 days ago made my blood turn into chorizo.

    As a young person if I could humbly suggest the White House hire a group of young 20-30 years old that will go online as soon as possible as soon as some lie gets out by the lying racist Teahadists so that they get on top of things and have people go on tv every day if they have to and call names and point to the lie and call them lies and not “factual”

    these people deliberately lie and the press lets them get away with it when not repeating those lies themselves

    • 76 theo67
      September 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      Fred – they’ve already got a whole team of young people in their social media group that keep abreast of online misinformation, and they specifically hired a young man this year to focus on online presence, refuting lies that appear on Twitter and Facebook, etc. In addition, there’s a blog that gets updated daily on Whitehouse.gov, where you can find news, rebuttles to online lies (usually posted quite quickly) and direct communications from the White House about information and events. They even had Twitter Q&A sessions during the debt ceiling fiasco twice a day to answer questions directly from citizens – and they hold live chats all the time.

      I don’t think it’s a matter of the White House not using every single tool at their disposal. It’s a case of the general public not using those tools. And the media spinning misinformation at incredible levels, every day, all day. Until Americans take an interest in their own lives and country, then it’s very hard to penetrate. It’s reprehensible for a nation to wait for spoonfeeding when their very lives are at stake.

      Most of the nonsense you heard about the date change wasn’t from President Obama or the White House – it was a manufactured crisis fed by the media, once again. The WH confirmed that they had presented the request to Boehner’s office, without objection, and then communicated the event to the world. Several hours went by without any squeak from Boehner. You can’t hold the President accountable for Boehner’s lack of decorum and integrity. This isn’t the first joint address from the President – so the “protocol” crap just doesn’t fly from Boehner’s office. He’s just a snake – pure and simple.

      • 77 Fred
        September 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        thanks Theo

      • 78 Puddin'
        September 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm

        theo67, you are right, “…it’s a case of the general public not using those tools.” A few weeks ago a friend of mine said to me, “PBO need to get out more…he is not doing a good enough job getting his message to the people, blah, blah”. So, I proceeded to tell her all the reasons why she was off base with this craziness. One of things I pointed out to her was the fact that PBO and his administration has gone to great lengths to make sure information was accessible. She said to me, “the average person is not going to look for information…”. OMG, I lost it…I said, “what the fuck (so not the way I talk) you want him (PBO) to do”…

        • 79 anniebella
          September 3, 2011 at 5:04 am

          Let me let you know theo67, I agree with you too.

        • 80 bison
          September 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

          Sad reality is that too many people want the President to wave a magic wane and make everything alright. Once they voted, gave money to him, and even volunteer for him, they now assume that it is all up to him to make things better. They feel as though they have done their part and they are no longer actively engaged. It is hard to get them to have sense that they must reminder activity engage in a democracy if they want a government by the people and for the people to work for them.

          I have a personal disdain for the messaging phenomena. The entire notion of messaging is propaganda. It is a load concept that clouds critical and analytical thinking. In the 20th century, the emphasis on messaging and slogans was used by the totalitarian regimes. It was not a strategy that was readily employed by people who were encouraging people to think creatively and independently. Messaging is bedrock of a passive rather than an active democracy—But I know this is where we are. When I hear some say that the President is not getting his message out, I know that they are merely listening to MSM and not to the WH.

    • September 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      I believe he already has that but my own suggestion is that liberal blogs team up with the WH to do something like this but they seem to be allergic to anyone in power and don’t want to do anything “dear leader-ish” if you know what I mean. lol. I remember some people on another site complaining that Obama supporters were wishing him a Happy Birthday on Facebook. oy!

  11. 84 Me4obama
    September 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    My Dear Chipsticks since we don’t drink Tea on this Blog I would like to know the ingredient you used to SPIKE our Coffee this Morning 😯

    • 85 HZ
      September 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Me4obama, we don’t drink tea on this blog?HZ

      • 86 Me4obama
        September 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

        Hz I was referring to Tea as in Teaparty. There is something strong that is Brewing on this Blog which I have never seen before. Thread after threads and still someone brings in a comment from the morning thread and everyone busts into a frenzy. That’s why am starting a conspiracy that Chipsticks must have put a very powerful ingredient in our coffee this morning.

        • September 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

          We ingest too much political news. So some of us soak up the frustrations of others and then spread it around. Sure there were frustrated people in the other blog but there was also frustration with the frustration.

          In any case, its all Obama’s fault. When he’s away, the mouse will play or fight 🙂

  12. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    September 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    That’s interesting Theo67 about how the Canadian news reports on President Obama. There is no question that he is exceedingly popular in countries outside of the United States and I think it has a tremendous amount to do with the media in those countries.

    Just think, in the summer of 2001 GWB was polling in the high 30’s. After 9/11 the worse President in my lifetime had an approval rating of 80% (yep the one who let OBL send planes into our buildings and killed over 3000 people). Fast forward nearly 10 years later and the President who kills OBL for sending planes into buildings killing thousands got a “bump” in his approval ratings on average to 57% (he was already polling in the high 40’s). Why you ask, because our media spent the better part of that week talking about “due to the policies that GWB put in place should he get some of the credit as well” and “can PBO actually say he got OBL when it was the Navy Seals who carried out the mission” or and I love this one…”Is OBL really dead and should we show the groesome pictures on tv”.

    So you see no matter what, they find some way to not give PBO his due and our non informed public is left to figure things out for themselves…

    I hate our lazy, sloppy, irresponsible media and wish we spent much more time taking them to task because in my opinion they are the real enemy of this President.

    • 89 theo67
      September 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      Donna, I almost bash my head against a wall sometimes when I see posts like the Mark Knoller tweets, full of useless and obsessed rantings about autopens and such. Or Norah O’Donnell smugly posting her tweets about silly interviews and pointless “facts”. Or Chuck Todd with his breathless pronouncements of nonsense. These are the national media “celebrities” – working hard every day to misinform and aid those who wish to destroy. It’s a crying shame.

      While I was in Canada, the opposition leader sadly succumbed to cancer and died. The whole country was in mourning, and PM Harper ordered a state funeral, which was broadcast on TV. I’m no fan of Harper, and I’m sure some of the exchanges between Harper and the opposition were contentious – but it was such a refreshing change to see a country unite in a common cause, putting aside differences in order to honor someone honorable. Harper was also on a tour up in the northern territories, and each time they showed him, I didn’t see animosity or deliberate twisting of every action or word by the media.

      I am under no illusion that Canada doesn’t have relative problems with the media or government – but my point is that it was such a contrast to see media coverage and government “unity” after the horrors of the self-inflicted debt ceiling fiasco. I don’t even think PM Cameron in England is treated as badly as the US media treats President Obama, even in the face of the Murdoch scandal, riots, etc. There is a profound problem.

      • 90 donna dem 4 obama
        September 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        And let me take this moment to say you have my profound sympathy on the loss of the opposition leader Jack Layton. I can remember reading about him on this very blog after his death. He was a great leader but better yet a great man. It was a great loss for Canada.

        A few weeks ago I saw a post where Gallup ran a story asking the question “how has PBO managed to maintain decent his poll numbers”. The media ran with the story and then proceeded to take every shot they could for the next month at this President and voila…we now have poll numbers in the 30’s. Anyone who thinks this media isn’t sabotaging this Presidency has to be blind and a fool.

      • September 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

        You should really check out the link LadyHawke provided above. http://pressthink.org/2011/08/why-political-coverage-is-broken/

        Scroll down for the video – it is a little over 30 minutes, but really deconstructs the political “journalist” like Tapper, Todd and Knoller.

      • 93 sam uk obama supporter
        September 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

        Theo, you are so right in your comments about the treatment of PM Cameron by the British press. Don’t get me wrong our press can suck big time especially some of of the right wing rags that masquerade as ‘news’ papers but the press in general are more respectful towards our leaders than the US press are about President Obama.
        It is heartbreaking to see the disrespect heaped onto this wonderful man by the media, he is the best president in my lifetime, he is doing his best to help ALL people and is loved world wide but the way he is treated in his own country by the media, r.w. haters etc is apalling!
        Apologies for rant but I have just about had it with the treatment PBO is receiving. The only thing I will say though is that it makes me even more determined to fight as hard as I can to help in whatever limited way that I can to get this great man re elected.

    • 96 57andFemale
      September 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      It was even more than the message of what a great president W. was, coming from the media. The media made a conscious decision that “things had changed” and they couldn’t criticize W. after 9/11. I literally heard Wolf Blitzer say this on Bill Maher’s show — that the media could no longer criticize because of the shock of 9/11.

      But that appears to only apply to Republican presidents. Remember when anyone who said anything about Bush was a ‘traitor’? Now we have an entire Republican party who act like traitors and treat our Democratic President as if he’s an illegitimate shoeshine boy. It’s beyond insane.

  13. 97 Me4obama
    September 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Iam still demanding answers Chipsticks, what did you put in our expresso coffee shots this morning? 😯 😯 😯 it’s time to come clean.

  14. September 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Listen Guys. If he loses that will be the end of America because the GOP will do anything they want because we turned against the most charismatic leader since JFK. a lot of people do not understand the forces that are against this man. do you think he does’nt know. Obama has always been calm and if he loses he will continue with his writing while will be dying from lack of health care and being poisened by our own government without recourse.
    I will continue to donate and call out people who talks lies about him.
    I call boeners office once a day for jobs even though pelosi and boxer are my critturs because rusty has the power right now.

    • 100 Bill
      September 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Zulu, I was in college when JFK was assassinated and went to DC for his funeral. I now believe President Obama is a greater man and president in every respect than JFK.

      • September 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm

        I was too. and I agree with you. When there is a day like this I try to remember that things will swing our way and we arent having the election for more than a year.

      • September 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm

        Bill,
        Thats what I mean. I remember My dad crying when his brother died cause he felt poor people and blacks would have helped sooner if he had been elected. Whether this would have true, he never found out. I was never involved in politics until Obama because I felt he was the only politician with intergrity and he would enact policy for the good and for power.
        Thanks for understanding

  15. 103 kefauver
    September 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Sorry, I am going to call out PL bullshit when I see it. I don’t come here to read “hair on fire” histrionics that I could just as well read at Daily Outrage. I ain’t playing the “Obama is Weak” game. I get frustrated like everyone, but I’m not gonna channel it into a “What the Hell is Obama Thinking?” rant on the internet. If anything, I’m just gonna step away from this mess for a while and take a few deep breaths.

  16. 108 Blue
    September 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    All of this is over a damn date change? Well, why fight over this stupid thing, when the biggest fight is coming for jobs, jobs, jobs! Why waste one time on this nonsense? The President knows what’s coming, and is saving his energy for the big one. All I know is that if Rick Perry or Mitt Romney becomes President, WE WILL BE DOOM. Look at what Wisconsin is going through, and Ohio, Michigan, and you would think that would be an indicator to keep out all Republicans out of office. But no! You all think this is something? You wait until Health care, DADT and everything Progressive is repeal. Then, you would be glad to have a day like this, when you all are pissed off about this stupid thing. All I can say is that President Obama knows, we don’t have his back, and if he was to go out on a limb, we would chop off the branch, and let him fall all by himself, because all that this President has gone through, the left hasn’t been there for any fight. It’s all been about whining and complaining sport, rather than to pick up the pitch fork and give the Republicans hell.

    • 109 utaustinliberal
      September 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Love your comment Blue. This part really cracked me up: “All of this over a damn date change?” Hahahahaha. You speak truth my friend.

    • 110 anniebella
      September 3, 2011 at 5:19 am

      Thank you Blue!!!!!!!! When I hear some from the Black community talk about what Obama haven’t done for them, I want to ask them, what do you think a President Bachmann, Perry, or Romney will do for the Black Community? They don’t give a dam about the Black community or any other community which is not rich. And it is in plain view what these radical T-Republicans stand for, so if the American voters are so stupid to fall for their B.S., then Americans deserve exactly what they get. But the battle is not over, Obama/Biden have not yet begone to fight. And folks I’m ready to get on the battlefield with them. This is too darn important .

  17. 111 Fred
    September 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    does this mother fucker not realize that the Peace Corps has been around since 1960?

    GOP Rep. Declares War On Peace Corps, Demands End To Program In China
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/09/02/311195/gop-rep-declares-war-on-peace-corps-demands-end-to-program-in-china/

    yikes I found the graph Chip about AA unemployment #’s being used by the Teahadists against the President

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/02/311522/black-unemployment-is-the-highest-its-been-in-27-years/

  18. 113 donna dem 4 obama
    September 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    BTW-If anyone got paid today and would like to donate to my O-ReElection Team Fundraiser I’m accepting donations. Thanking you in advance 🙂

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

    • 114 Sue in Minnesota
      September 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      I’m in a corner here…I am trying to donate to your Team Fundraiser—–yesterday I found out my e-mail was hijacked, and it will not process my donation with a new e-mail account. Any suggestions? I tried contacing the Chicago office but have been cut off after long waits.
      I am so marginal when it comes to the computer…I’m not sure what I need to do?

      • 115 donna dem 4 obama
        September 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

        I just got a Facebook response from my OFA director and asked if he could shed some light and he said a new email address should not prevent you from making a donation unless the email address is not active (or activated). He asked me to ask you if you are positive that you are using the correct email address?

        • 116 Sue in Minnesota
          September 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

          Thanks Donna….I opened a new account, tried to get through by calling, and ended up sending them an e-mail asking them to cancel the previous account. I donated to your fund…and will try to do so again in the near future. Thanks, sorry to drag you into my technically challenged world.

  19. 121 Fred
    September 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Marine One Forced To Land Due To Bad Weather, WH Delays Informing Press (thank GOD they are safe)

    ABC News reports:

    In a highly unusual maneuver, President Obama’s 30 minute flight to the Presidential mountain retreat at Camp David this afternoon was diverted to an undisclosed landing somewhere in the Washington area and a motorcade assembled to drive him to the Maryland site. White House press secretary Jay Carney tells ABC News a “bad weather call” was made before the President and his younger daughter Sasha even boarded the aircraft.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/wires/live_wire/live_wire.html

    • 122 donna dem 4 obama
      September 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      Wow! Thank God they are okay. I guess the weather is dramatically worse up in the area of Camp David because we have not had any real “bad weather” to speak of here in the DC area.

      • September 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

        Thank God that the precious lives on Marine One are okay. Are they trying to start something by saying that the WH delayed informing the press? Just asking.

      • September 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

        Weird. I wonder if he just went someplace else.

        • 125 Janelle
          September 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm

          Meta, that’s what I’m thinking……

          • September 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

            OK, good. I’m not THAT crazy. RiGHT????!!!!

            • 127 donna dem 4 obama
              September 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm

              I thought it was odd that Sasha was with him and the rest of the First Family was not and then I looked at the schools schedule and Malia is in the upper class at their school and she had orientation this afternoon so I figured that’s why they weren’t there but I couldn’t figure out why they just didn’t wait and all go together. So maybe he and Miss Sasha made a stop along the way.

              You know you have an Obama Addiction when you start looking at the kids schedule to figure out what’s going on with the rest of the family. 🙂 🙂

    • 130 sam uk obama supporter
      September 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Thank God they arrived safely!

    • September 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      I see they had to scramble a fighter jet to bring down a small private plane which had wandered into airspace over Camp David. I’m wondering if this was part of the deal.

  20. September 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    “If Chips hadn’t had such great information on the President’s recent bus trip through the midwest, I’d never have known how he affected those he visited with.”

    THIS!!

    Great post!!

  21. 133 Blue
    September 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Sarah Palin supporters are always there for her through good or bad, and they don’t care about all the negative stuff against her. They depend her, unlike the left, who always tries to bring down everybody spirit with nonsense. I do wish we were like Palin supporters, who will be there no matter what!

    • 134 Blue
      September 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Sorry, the word is defend, not depend!!!

      • 135 Sue in Minnesota
        September 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        Except for that I would hate to think we lost our capacity to reason. And that we would not engage in the types of tactics her supporters resort to. They do some pretty terrible things, like threaten judges, and create trouble for anyone who disagrees or shows dissent.
        Face Sarah and PBO should not even be mentioned in the same sentence, and I think the same can be said for their supporters.

        • September 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm

          Agree—-I don’t want Obama supporters compared to Palin supporters either. They’re narrow-minded haters, unthinking. I like our group a lot better—-smarter, diverse and able to think for ourselves. We do not all think alike, even though we all love Obama.

    • September 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      I think PBO’s REAL supporters (like us and others) do defend him. I am not sure that this is a good contrast. I think Palin has fairweather supporters also. Her polls proves it.

    • 138 Chi
      September 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      I was just thinking the same about Ron Paul supporters, Blue…

      No apologies or disclaimers whatsoever even at his craziest…

      And nobody ever questions or mocks them or their support of the insane man…

  22. 139 Me4obama
    September 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm

     
    Run time: 00:34

     

  23. September 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Phew! The last couple of days on this board have been a bit like Condition 1 in a combat zone. i share the Presidents pain and frustration with a smidgin of ghetto type anger. For that reason i’m gonna follow someones earlier suggestion and “stand down”.i’m heading for the WI Dells to listen to squirrels fart.

  24. 149 Doris
    September 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Great comment Blondegrrl. You hit a home run! 😀

  25. September 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Hi everyone! Hope this comment doesn’t get lost in this thread. I need your help. Someone close to me will have the wonderful, blessed opportunity to interview President Obama in Detroit! I’m so excited I screamed when I was told. And it’s not even me.

    Anyway, I’d like your suggestions for great questions to ask the President while in Detroit. I told my loved one that TODers are the smartest folks around and would come up with some great Qs.

    I’m off to watch TheRevAl take down the rethugs and I’ll be back on the board 7pm EST to check for your wonderful suggestions.

    This is sooooooooooooooo exciting!

    • September 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Forgot to add I told this blessed person to use TOD for research.

      • 152 proudmemberofglobalzero
        September 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

        Tally and Chips and so many on this board are terrific.

      • 154 Sue in Minnesota
        September 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm

        I’ld like to know about the Grover Norquist Pledges that all these yahoos have signed. Is that not a violation of their sworn oath? Or the pledges to ALEC?

        Also if he can expand on the costs to our government of the backlog of judicial appointments, and illuminate how this is interferring with the justice system.

        How can we best help him, today, tomorrow and in the near future?

        So cool that your friend has this opportunity…I’ld be doing cartwheels out of sheer joy.

    • September 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      LOL. I just screamed out loud and I’ve never met either of you. Congratulations!

      Uhm, let’s see: Worried about voter ID laws in 2012? Worried about keeping the Senate? Plans to win back local and state offices? Any fancy functions where we get to see Michelle dress up? Can he have a design contest for a another poster and/or t-shirt bags? Has he ever considered a ‘government fair’ where different agencies send reps all over the country to talk to people about opportunities, programs, services, and/or grants available to them? or a commercial showing all the great sites the admin has created since he started?

    • 156 a night owl
      September 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Wow! That’s HUGE! Congrats to your friend.

      I would ask him how he manages to keep his focus on solving the country’s problems when there is so much b.s. flying around, and if he has any suggestions for how we in the rank-and-file can emulate him and not get distracted by the controversy-of-the-day.

      I’d also like to know how (if) his experience as a community organizer comes into play when dealing with Congress, or even with the global community. Are all such “communities” susceptible to the principles of community organizing?

      Thanks for asking, and I look forward to seeing the interview (or reports thereof)!

    • 157 ChristiMtl
      September 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Oh my goodness PoO, how exciting!!!

    • September 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Voter ID laws and Senate Obstruction of so many nominees would be two I’d touch on.

      GOP is up to shenanigans with NLRB – It’s a four member board, but two terms are going to be up in December and the GOP is going to block any nominee to ensure that with only two sitting that the NRLB can’t do anything as they’d need at least three members to be considered valid. So the NLRB will be on the shelf for all of 2012 because of GOP Obstruction.

      I’d like to know if the President has a strategy to get votes for his nominees – especially since the GOP have blocked Congress from ever going on official recess so there can no longer be any recess appointments.

      So many judicial openings who are eventually confirmed 97-1, CFPB Administrator is being blocked because the GOP want to change the legislation that was passed in 2010.

  26. 159 Me4obama
    September 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

     
    Run time: 02:43

     

    MASSIVE,MASSIVE TEAPARTY CROWD OVERWHELMS CEDAR RAPIDS IOWA.

    We are doomed. Skip to 1:40 to see the massive crowd 😆 😆 😆 😆

  27. 174 anniebella
    September 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Did anyone ever fine out where Michelle and Malia were?

  28. September 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Here’s what. When you hear personal attacks against the Prez just stop and remember that these petty things just roll off of Prez. Obama like water on a duck’s back. He’s 50 years old, he’s been in politics a while, he’s had most of his political education in Chicago, he’s been through a grueling primary and general election to get here and he’s still standing.

  29. 181 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Why Did Republicans Stop Acknowledging The Economic Importance Of Demand?
    ==============================================================

    With the nation facing a stagnant economy and a bleak unemployment situation, economists have long made clear that a key part of the problem is a lack of demand: People aren’t spending money, in part because so many of them don’t have jobs, so businesses don’t have reason to hire more workers, and the two problems feed off of each other.

    Republicans, on the other hand, insist that businesses would like to hire people but can’t afford to due to excessive taxes and onerous regulations — a contention that is undermined by the fact that businesses are sitting on piles of money — and pretend that demand doesn’t have anything to do with anything. So they oppose policies that could stimulate demand — hiring people to fix roads and bridges, for example, or extending unemployment benefits, or offering mortgage relief to struggling homeowners.

    http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201109020008

    • 182 Sue in Minnesota
      September 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Oddly this is the very discussion we have been having in our household with respect to the economy lately. Taxes, regulations and demand, demand being conveniently left out of the arguments we are hearing from the right side of the aisle.

  30. 183 FiredUpInCA
    September 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    In a world where John Boehner and Rush Limbaugh and the media conspire to postpone Congress going back to work and doing their job to create jobs, while there are millions craving any kind of work and in a world where corporations continue their capital strike, sit on $1 trillion acquired from historically low taxes and still refuse to hire in August, it is good to be reminded that you and I still have the power to have each others’ backs, all over this country, all day, every single day, even as Washington and the media incessantly try to seduce us into a narrative of hopelessness and despair.

    It is good to remember that each of us matters and how we treat each other matters and that we do have the capacity to be good to each other in defiant contrast to petty Speakers, tea partiers, ridiculous Alaskan ex-governors and ex-vice Presidents surfacing from undisclosed locations.

    On a day like this, when there doesn’t seem to be much good news or good vibes in abundance, it helps me to take a break and go to a site like DonorsChoose.org. You can make somebody’s day and help fund a school project locally or anywhere in the country at any amount you can afford.

    Last month, during the debt ceiling noise, I went to the site and chose to fund a school in Joplin that had been hit by the tornado. The though of these kids going to their first day of school after the tornado with nothing just didn’t sit right.

    Today I was sent pictures of the kids playing with their fresh new toys and the teacher sent this note today:

    “Your donation to my classroom has already created so many wonderful memories in the classroom! There is always a line for the home play center and the students are treating everything with such care! The doll cradle and highchair are being used for house and to reenact scenes in the students’ lives and the kitchen stove and BBQ trolley are being used to create many new wonderful foods! The block center is completely filled up with blocks that motivate, enhance, and expand my students’ brains. The block center has been filled every day since we have received the materials!

    Our district was hit by a tornado and my students have seen so much tragedy already in their lives. Our dramatic play center has allowed my students to express feelings about the tornado and share their experiences with one another. They cannot thank you enough for their awesome new blocks and home center materials!

    Without donors like you, hundreds of children in our school district would go without, thank you so much!”

    In Washington and in the media, they can and will do many damaging things, but they can never stop us from having each others’ backs here at TOD and around this country. Our journey to support a dramatically improved world, this President and each other is not a sprint, but a marathon. There are going to be frustrating funks like today. We’ve bounced back from all of them since the up and downs of the Great Primary Wars. We will bounce back from this one too.

    The President can’t force corporations to hire and he can’t force voters to acknowledge the contrast in the two parties if voters refuse to engage in their country beyond what Rush Limbaugh, Fox and CNN tell them.

    The fate of this country is not in the tea partiers hands or the President’s messaging. What we do and what fellow voters do will determine our fate. We won in 2008. We will win again in 2012. So stay focused. Stay strong. Take care of yourselves, your spirit and each other. Have an excellent, abundant and peaceful weekend everybody.

    • September 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      LOVE YOU, FiredUp. Thank you for your donations and thank you for your generous spirit. Great to have you fighting with us.

    • 185 ber6964
      September 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      That was beautifully stated thank you!

    • September 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      Great post with encouraging important reminders. I’ve donated to DonorsChoose.org also—–learned about it from Colbert. It’s a great cause, helping schools in need. And I love it that you always get a response and know exactly how your donation helped.

    • 187 sjterrid
      September 3, 2011 at 1:35 am

      Thank you FiredUpinCA for reminding me about DonationChoose.org. I will go there to make a donation.

  31. September 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Three cheers for homegirl Hilda Solis:

    Happy Labor Day to all hard workers in our nation and those who are seeking employment. We are on your side.

  32. 190 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Can someone tweet Rev. Al and let him know that Huffpo is not factual and to quit have their writers on his show. The young man could not even address our President by using the title President.

  33. 197 lockewasright
    September 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    It’s not as though the GOP is polling well. Their Boehner (R- Wonka Factory) controlled congress is polling about as likeable as a forehead pimple on prom night. They haven’t got a presidential candidate that holds any broad appeal. If the GOP townhalls during recess are to be believed, the public seems to have gotten the point regarding who is a sensible adult and who is a tantrum throwing child interested only in bowing down to billionaires. All I’m saying is I ain’t skurd.

  34. 198 Marlz
    September 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    This is why we need to fight very hard for education. . .
    http://napa.patch.com/articles/tea-green-parties-dont-mix#photo-7526082

  35. 199 FTL
    September 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Ok second time I am typing this I will scream if it does not post. I have read the comments all day just now being able to post. Can’t post at work. I feel that PBO needs to be himself. Look at people like Dr. King, Ghandi and Nelson Mandela they were all about non-violence and peace and they did not speak a cross word about anyone. They only told the truth about the people trying to keep others down now they are remembered revered and having monuments being bilt to them. Look at people like Bull Connor, George Wallace and Strom Thurman. These were some evil deranged people. You only hear people speak about them when they talk about the worst of mankind, and they definantly don’t have monuments built in their honor. They screamed, yelled, killed and lied. People like this there evil and hate always turn on them. Look at Dick Cheney. He is obviously ill. I do not wish bad on anyone. but we all know that attitude does affect your health. Dr. King, Ghandi and Mandela achieved their goals. Well what they could acheive in their life times, but it took time and work and they did not do it alone. PBO needs us to be out there on the ground telling the truth and checking these liars. Trust me PBO will be remember as a great President who acheived great things during great odds. See the repugs don’t know how great they are making PBO. Also these complainers who acting like babies obviously have not been through much in life. They are the weak ones not PBO. He has not broken down during all the mess. So I know he is stong and I trust him. I am only 36 but I have been through a lot of mess and after awhile you become calm and lean on God for your strength. You have a peace that passes all understanding. That is why PBO is so calm. He is leaning on God’s strength to get through. Maybe some of the complainers need to get some of it. I trust PBO will keep supporting him and donating. Also the fighters during the civil rights movement knew they were going into a sitiuation where they would most likely loose their lives but they still went. We do not have that fear so why the hell are there all the complaints and giving up? If you cannot take it get the heck out now because there will always be people like this. At least till Jesus comes anyway. Also I think some of these people commenting even the ones who have been here a while are trolls and just wait until the right moment to plant a rotten seed. Well that is my 2 cents.

  36. September 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Just saw this tweet and thought it was worth repeating:

    @KnorthernKnight
    There’s got to be a better way to keep our knives sharp than practicing on each other.

  37. 209 Doris
    September 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    FRIDAY FACTS: EARLY VOTING

    PAID FOR BY OBAMA FOR AMERICA

    Over the last few months, Republican-led legislatures in several states have been working to pass laws that would impose limits on early voting. Early voting allows people to cast ballots during designated times before Election Day, helping voters with busy schedules to find the time to vote.
    Here’s a look at why early voting matters, and why it’s important that we protect our voting rights:

    WHO VOTES EARLY?

    Go and see why.

    Click to access 780f9097662ce7ca34_ji7mvy8rc.pdf

    • September 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      This is really disturbing. I see voter suppression going on in many Repub states. Just this week I saw that Repubs were trying to eliminate early voting in Indianapolis, and the Dems were protesting. They’re doing everything they can everywhere they control in order to prevent Democrats from voting.

      • 211 Doris
        September 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

        This is our battle. Hopefully the DNC and other groups are on top of this. This scares me more than anything.

        • 212 jacquelineoboomer
          September 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm

          It may have been pointed out already, but Sen. Dick Durbin is holding a hearing (next week, I think) about the voting stuff going on in various Republican-governed states. He’s my senator, and I’m so very glad he’s on top of this. He’s kind of a “take no prisoners” guy.

  38. September 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    To the TOD family

    Well this has been quite a day. Although many of the comments made here today have been upsetting, I am hopeful that some good can come out of them. We need to turn the frustration expressed today into an action plan for victory in 2012.

    I am fairly new to blogging and have found myself on a roller coaster of emotions, from the high of joining BWDs blog last year and feeling love, support and acceptance from day 1, to the lows of seeing negative comments, feeling really tired as I make my blog, and feeling like life was easier when I didn’t know so much.

    Today I am somewhere in the middle, looking for a way to use this blog to draw us together as a powerful force for the change President Obama has spoken about.

    I believe all of us on this blog have common goals: to see President Obama elected, to advance policies that support the middle class, to offer support to each person on this blog. For me the question is what can we do at this blog to reach these goals? Does complaining about the media help the situation? Does second guessing the President help? How about yelling at each other? Of course not, but what should we do instead?

    I have some suggestions:

    One of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given is “You cannot control the actions of others, you can only control your reaction”

    We cannot control what Mark Knoller tweets, we can only control how we react. There are 2 types of reactions I have observed on this blog –

    reactions that can make things better – ie.. suggestions to send Mark Knoller a tweet with correct information, suggestions to complain to CBS about Knoller, or suggestions to complain to the sponsors of CBS.

    reactions that make things worse – ie… blog posts that complain about the press, tell stories about how the MSM have always had it out for the president, a list of other terrible things Mark Knoller has said or done. This just magnifies the negativity of Knollers actions.

    What is blog postings went something like this:

    “Mark Knoller just posted a big fat lie about the president and the deficit” …. and then there were 20 responses with folks stating what they had done to combat the lie – I tweeted, I posted to facebook, I called CBS, etc….. What if that was the only kind of post that was made, no calling him a scum bag, no piling on other insults he has made about the President, no I just hate the Republicans, just action – let me say that again – just reports of action. How would that feel?

    What if half of the postings on this blog were about things happening on the news and the other half were about the things we were doing on the ground to get the President elected or the work we are doing with grass root groups that support job creation or taxing the rich. How powerful would that be? It wouldn’t have to be a big thing, if you call a member of congress, let us know. If you talk to a neighbor and say something positive about the President, that counts just as much as someone who marches in the street or does phone banking for OFA.

    My point is this, we cannot control the tone of the conversation on the MSM or Fox news, but we can control our discussion here at the Obama Diary. Not Chips, not me, but each and every one of you who post. We don’t have to fire off another complaint, or gripe, or share our panic, we really don’t.

    We can change this blog, and if you can change a blog you can change a neighborhood, and if you can change a neighborhood you can change a community….. you see where this is going.

    Now old habits die hard and it will be easy to slip into negativity, but I plan to post a message like this one everyday until I don’t need to do it anymore.

    • 215 Tien Le
      September 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks, WiW. Great suggestions.

    • September 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      love your post, Thanks we need that.

      What if half of the postings on this blog were about things happening on the news and the other half were about the things we were doing on the ground to get the President elected or the work we are doing with grass root groups that support job creation or taxing the rich. How powerful would that be? So if we havent already Let’s get to work talking to people on the ground and our congressman. Obama need us.

    • 217 Sue in Minnesota
      September 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      This!

      We can only control ourselves, and our reactions to others, but never others. I agree we need to post the inaccuracies, the lies and the distorations and than act. We have to insist on being responsible for ourselves, and insisting others be responsible for theirs.

    • 218 prettyfoot58
      September 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Right onnnnnnnn

    • 219 bonkers
      September 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Wow. One of the best comments I’ve ever seen on a blog…anywhere. Perfect.

      I’ve long suggested it’s a waste of time to try and “correct” any of the nonsense from MegaMedia tools. They are simply doing what they are paid to do by the small handful of billionaires that own all of the MegaMedia. I worked in it for years, and I can assure that no matter how lopsided the feedback is, i.e. 98% pro-Liberal criticism, they will ALWAYS promote the Repub mindset over anything Liberal. THEY DON’T CARE what we say. It’s all on purpose. It’s purely a propaganda machine. You all must understand this.

      As WIW points out, just imagine if the same amount of time, energy, emotion, and pixels that are devoted to caterwauling about the MegaMedia games, would be spent on direct ACTION to re-elect President Barack Hussein Obama and Democrats to support him, my goD, we’d be unstoppable.

      Felling anxiety recently? Get offline. Get off the MegaMedia sauce. And get busy with OFA or other local DemocratIC organization. Now. You WILL feel much better.

  39. September 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    So let’s practice. I’ll start.

    Yesterday we had a Sonoma County OFA meeting at a local coffee shop. There were 7 of us (3 new). We talked about the fact that many folks were expressing disappointment about the President. Marie our team leader shared how she handles those calls and we talked about making “talking points” lists for issues and also doing some role playing in handling these discussions. We agreed to have a phone banking party next Thursday at one of the new guys house and we will have a team meeting once a month. I was encouraged by Maries discussion of how well organized the OFA community is and felt great all day.

    Now – in the past when I made these types of posts to the blog folks answer by thanking me. That always makes me feel great, but today we need to do more. I do not want one single person to thank me, I want you to share a story of your own. Everyone who has recently signed a petition, made a phone call, sent a tweet, talked to a neighbor, or attended a meeting. Tell us now.

    If you can’t remember when you last did something like that, just jump onto OFA right now and sign up for an account, and then sign up for an event.

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/search_simple

    Then when you have done that, come back to the blog and tell us what you signed up for.

    We need to build up our “action muscles” lets start today.

    • 221 Tien Le
      September 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      I’m focused on local elections right now…OFA (which is Obama for America now) will have to wait till after the elections. One thing I do that I highly recommend others do for their local elections is get trained to be an election observer. It’s fascinating and helps you understand the process.

    • 222 donna dem 4 obama
      September 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      My first story…

      A few weeks ago OFA did a voter registration and I’m in signup at the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival. I love it when we team up with local activities such as this because people are generally in really good moods when they go to these types of events. I had to work that morning so I went in the afternoon to man the I’m in card table and I know that I live in probably one of the bluest counties in the country but people were almost knocking us over to sign those cards. Every single person I talked to couldn’t wait to vote for the President next year.

      My second story…

      I recently went to our family reunion. I have nieces and nephews and cousins that were too young to vote for President Obama in the 2008 election so I brought them all into a circle and asked who had registered to vote. There were 7 of them and not one had registered as of that day. I took them inside the beach house to use the only computer we had use of that day and had each of them download and fill out the voter registration application. One by one they have either sent me a text, facebook message or an email that they now have a voter registration card 🙂

      • 223 anniebella
        September 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

        donna dem 4obama, that is just great.

      • 224 bonkers
        September 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

        …and that’s how we’re going to win back the House and strengthen the Senate. Fantastic story! Now might I suggest everyone here read that, then get offline and do something similar to what Donna did, and as often as possible.

    • September 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      2 OFA meetings coming up next week. One to plan to organize in my neighborhood, another with 2 neighborhoods to strategize about how to be most effective for the region. And then a phonebank to another state this weekend to help elect a Dem in Nevada’s 2nd district.

    • 226 kittypat
      September 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      We held five one on ones on Wed, I had a wonderful time talking to two older Hispanic women, they made ME feel better, people are paying attention and even voters who are not engaged in the process understand what the Rs are trying to do. This election will not be won on the internet it will be won on the ground, if you can’t volunteer for OFA or the Dems at this time you can still reach out to someone you know who may have doubts or needs more information, we can win this one person and one door at a time.

  40. September 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Submitted for your approval – one fact, two methods of delivery……

    President Obama makes a decision on the implementation timing of a new EPA standard:

    Consider the source –
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/02/statement-president-ozone-national-ambient-air-quality-standards

    And the GOPMEDIA version –
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/02/obama-halts-epa-regulation-smog-standards_n_946557.html

    Welcome to……

    The Twilight spinZone

    I have an idea that might work.

    We need to call for a LAW that makes LYING IN THE NEWS>ALL MEDIA FORMS>ILLEGAL and punishable by PRISON TIME FOR those who say it, all executives, and those who wrote the copy. Large fines, and LOSS OF BROADCAST LICENSE. Like they have in Canada.

    But it will take ALL OF US, on EVERY BLOG EVERYWHERE SCREAMING/TWEETING/WRITING EVERYONE IN DC/STATE/LOCAL – ALL OFFICIALS and get a groundswell going of epic proportions….

    I mean FFS, there are already FCC fines if you swear or show BOOBS.

    THIS IS A BAZILLION TIMES MORE IMPORTANT.

    • 228 Kasai
      September 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      I so love your GREAT IDEA TALLY:-) …I mentioned the same thing a while back, when I heard of the Canadian law.
      You’re absolutely on point. We saw the media write the narrative for Teaparties, 24/7. IMO, I believe the public believed every word…..then we had the P/L that stayed home, the end result was the loss of 2010 primaries.
      For example: When Perry is out there talking about his job creation..I haven’t heard one single interviewer..asking him, that it was the Stimulus Funding he used to balance his Budget and asked for the government to help him out. It really boggles my mind that are no follow-ups to his lies…same with Bachmann….We really need to get hold of the message that’s being put out there.
      Thank you Tally.

    • 229 Sue in Minnesota
      September 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      Seems reasonable to me…..

    • 230 EDP4BHO
      September 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      I just got an email from the Sierra Club, hair on fire, asking me to help send PBO a message that because of the “halt”, thousands of people will die. I told them “He’s got this…back off”. It’s sad how everyone wants to ride his coattails to get their little issues out.

  41. 231 Tien Le
    September 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I want to thank the President for so effectively hunting down and removing al Qaeda members, in particular OBL. I know I rest more easily and am not now dreading the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Bless you, Mr. President.

  42. 232 donna dem 4 obama
    September 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks to the generosity of the wonderful people here on this site I am sooooo close to reaching my goal today. I just need a weeeee little bit more:

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

  43. September 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Fun game! Iowa Democratic Party put up a website, “Guess the Tea Partier”—–guess which crazy quote goes with which crazy candidate:
    http://guessthatteapartier.com/

  44. 238 Zekke Lydonna
    September 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    This had been a really sh***y week. I am saddened that smart people continue to demean our political conversations with warmed over narratives and petty analysis.

    I’ve heard much talk about the scheduling of President Obama’s address to a joint session of congress.  I’ve heard very little logical analysis.  Most arguments start with an assumption that has no provable support.  This narrative believes the President and his team deliberately scheduled the speech to game the republicans and overshadow their ‘debate’.  This also implies that the President Obama would use such an important moment for some kind of petty one-upsmanship–which also illustrates how little they think of the man himself. The narrative is repeated without question.

    If you were to think logically and from a adult point of view.  Your analysis might look something like this.

    1.  A major jobs speech has been planned and must be delivered as soon as possible.
    2.  The speech needs to have as much impact as possible with congress as well as the American people.
    3.  The best way for the President to capture the attention of the Nation and stress the importance of any announcement is speak in prime time.
    4.  The most effective use of prime time is to get all networks to cover the speech.
    5.  The most effective way to get all networks to cover the speech is to address a joint session of Congress.
    6.  Congress does not return from its 6-week vacation until Sept 7 and will not meet until 6:30 pm for profunctory business (naming post offices). Members are fresh from getting an earful at townhall meetings regarding jobs.
    7.  Congress will only be in session for two days–Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Based on that information.  When would you schedule the speech?  Even if you eliminate the republican debate-which has already been rescheduled twice, and you eliminate the NFL season opener from your thinking, would you schedule on the first day congress is in session or the second day.  Keep in mind that you are stressing the need for immediate action, and you have also demanded the immediate passage of the transportation bill.

    Ideally, if congress wants to show it is serious about jobs legislation, they could begin debate on Wednesday, Sept 8. Certainly the Democrats could begin their jobs legislation ‘crusade’.

    Does the second of many republican presidential debates compare in importance to any of this?  Does Rick Perry have something so earthshaking to say that the President should take the scheduling of the debate into his consideration? Another debate is already scheduled for Sept 12.

    Why are we comparing apples and oranges when it it comes to national priorities? Everyone has been screaming for a jobs plan and now it is being trivialized by this nonsensical bullshit. The president has been talking about jobs programs FOREVER. No one chose to listen.  Who gave republicans the platform and support for changing the narrative to deficit reduction? The same people who now said he should have been talking about jobs all along. duh. These people should read their own transcripts.

    This is a major reason so many people have turned away from the daily political discussions in this country. We make a lot of noise about wanting serious people in Washington, but are we serious people if all we want to talk about is gamesmanship, polls, and who is ‘winning’?

    Sadly, we are all losing, because everyone needs a patsy to criticize and make fun off.

    I will not allow these people to turn me into a screeching idiot.

    • September 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Wish I could plaster every word you just wrote on my forehead. I consider this a very useful clearing the air piece. Thanks very much for your thoughts.

  45. 240 utaustinliberal
    September 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Hey guys heads up: I’ve been pissed at the media and the GOP for the lack of respect leveeld at President Obama and I’ve been channeling that anger into donations for President Obama’s re-election campaign. So I went to the OFA website to donate today, because as usual the handwringing, armchair quarterbacking and haughtily demanding that President Obama do this and do that; instead of being more proactive, that was on a couple of threads today and the GOP lies aided and abetted by the media just irritated me. Well President Obama and his team just found a way to make me smile. As a college student; me and all college students all over the world love a freebie or partial freebie. So if you go to http://www.barackobama.com today and donate $30 or more you’ll get a sweeeeeeeeeeet looking 2012 T-shirt. So, the underlying message is; if it is financially feasible for you, then please channel your anger and frustrations into donations because the end of this month I believe, is the end of another fundraising quarter and we need to send a message to the GOP, GOP Media, Teabaggers, Firebaggers and naysayers alike with a bigger war chest than the $86 million of the first quarter. 🙂

  46. 243 Bobfr
    September 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    An amazing celebration … thank you President Obama!

    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/liveblog/libya-sep-2-2011-2339

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 244 Marlz
      September 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Bob. . . that was amazing. I notice that they changed the name to Martyrs’ Square.

      I have not been keeping up to date on the happenings in Libya, but this is truly amazing!

    • 245 donna dem 4 obama
      September 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      That was an incredible celebration. Thanks for posting Bobfr

  47. 246 GOVCHRIS1988
    September 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    You know, I just damn near exploded on everyone here earlier. When I saw BWD, who I thought was the most stable person break, well, I just wanted to scream!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to yell at everyone at this forum. I had words that even outclass most of the curse words I actually use. Well, today, I was calming down the usual way when stuff gets too hot, browse on youtube. Therapeutic for me. I then found a song that reminded me of Barack Obama, the message that he conveys and each of us believes.

    Folks, the line that stuck out for me was this, “Sometimes its hard.” I mean, this whole scheduling thing even pissed off my parents. This angered many to the bone and many of us wouldn’t have minded if someone had just knocked Speaker Boehner the hell out. It certainly would have driven MY blood pressure down. As a young, black male from Georgia, I know what this is. Even at my age, I have seen, lived and breathed the double unfair standards of prejudice and hatred. But, the truth is at the end of the day, I still see just one true man who would speak up for me, and that guy is President Barack Obama. Yes, we are pining for a punishment to these guys and if it were a just world, many of them, both left and right, would not be in the halls of power. We have to be strong, and push through. Its tough now, but if we remain focused and steadfast, we will make it through this prouder and better than we had ever been before. I might be naive, or have too rosey of an outlook, but right now, we all feel rock bottom, and the only way to go is up. I say to everyone, just relax this weekend. Clear your mind and breathe.

    • 247 Doris
      September 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Oh yeah, that takes me back. Ooooooo, that’s a good word, we can do this. Thanks GOV.

    • 248 LunarSea
      September 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      It angered you because you let the media dictate how you should feel. Next time back away from the media and talk to real people. There are millions who are not on the tv machine who know exactly what’s going on and they’re not buying the BS. Talk to real Americans and you will feel better. Honest

      One of my favorite singing groups – spent many a party dancing to their songs. Good times

    • 249 Blackwaterdog
      September 3, 2011 at 7:12 am

      I did not break. I expressed my concerns, which are grave right now, and I was hoping to be able to do it freely here without having the old “professional left” thrown at my face. Clearly, that was not the case, I learned thr lesson and again I apologize to my love, Chip.

  48. September 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    ‘I think we should respect that some of our members are frustrated, some of us are scared of losing the best chance to make changes for our country with PO that we’ve ever encountered in our lifetimes…’

    I agree, Blondegrrl, We all have our up and down days and it is nice to have a place to let our hair down periodically. However, I also think even in our frustrations we should consider that the President is who he is, and his approach has resulted in unprecedented successes to date. Sharing a concern, should be different from trying to dictate what his response should be. As was pointed out, there are .gov sites for that. Also, when we put our frustrations out on the blog, like Sue suggested in one of the threads, we don’t need to ARGUE for validation (my interpretation?). IMO that clogs up the thread and shifts the focus from someone with a concern (legitimate to them) to a battle of opposing views. Most of us are here because we flat out LOVE this President and it is hard to listen to him being encouraged to pretend to be someone he is not, even if the intent is for good. IMO if someone really needs to be continuously critical their criticism should be turned on the ones who deserve it – the ones who are actually playing games with people’s lives and livelihoods – cowardly democrats, republican senators, media types, etc, etc. I sure hope today’s airing out of these issues will be enough to clear the air and get us all back on track behind THE best President ever, because we need each other, and he needs us!

  49. 253 Sreeizzle2012
    September 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    there is a racist diary on dailykos with a racist headline.

    that site just jumped the racial line.

    • 254 Kasai
      September 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      I won’t dare look unless I want get sick ….I am sure they’re having a Hate Feast…yuck

    • 255 bonkers
      September 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Simple solution. Don’t ever go there again. Don’t ever mention them again. Go to your next OFA event, or any local DemocratIC group event in your area. Onward and upward!

      • 256 LunarSea
        September 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

        I so agree but I think people feed off the negative. Why else go there? Except for a very few good posters on that site, when people visit there they usually return outraged and or disgusted, then this site gets infected. It’s like some strange symbiotic relationship.

        I suppose addictions are like that.

        • September 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

          The DKElections site is unfortunately a lure for me. It used to be a stand alone site Swing State Project before Markos bought it earlier this year.

    • September 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      dKos jumped the shark during the health care debate. I haven’t been there since.

      • 259 COS
        September 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm

        Meta, you are just like me. I do the same with Bill Maher. He jumped the shark just after PBO was elected and I haven’t watched his show since. IMO, John Stewart has jumped the shark and I no longer watch him anymore. I have tried to watch some of his videos posted on various sites, but I just can’t make myself laugh. I feel nothing when he is making fun of folks.; Absolutely nothing.

        • September 3, 2011 at 12:01 am

          I had the same exact reasons for tuning out both Maher and Stewart a couple of years ago. Actually, I never really watched Stewart too much. I just didn’t find him funny as a political comedian. And Maher got on my sh*t list before the President’s election. Those two guys and others like them are jerks. Turn them off and live life as a happier soul.

  50. 261 Kasai
    September 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    O/T Look at what Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman just shared on Tweets…Love It:-)

    My talented manicurists http://img.ly/7ZUP Soon at salons everywhere!

    http://img.ly/7ZUP

    • 262 LunarSea
      September 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      Hey, I want some of those. LOL

    • September 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Not off topic at all, just another example of what we can do “on the ground” everyday. I just went to the store wearing a navy blue shirt that says “we do big things” in white letters. Everyone on this blog can get out their Obama ware from 2008 or get some new stuff. Ask for this stuff for your birthday, Xmas, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, etc. Then wear it as often as you can. Let us know when you are wearing it so we can remember to wear ours too.

  51. 265 desertflower
    September 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    OT….but I think that everyone should understand the implications of what ALEC is all about and what they intend to do through their legislation…and once again, that Perry idiot is connected here.
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/09/01/att-bought-more-than-700-copies-of-rick-perrys-book/ I have AT&T as my mobile provider. They will be getting a call from me. I will not renew my contract and they would get it yanked right now if I could afford to piss away the early termination fee. Just thought you AT&T customers might want to know….as for the discussion here…be back:) Dinner time now….

    • 266 Doris
      September 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      I am bookmarking everthing I see about ALEC and when the time comes, I’m going to throw it all out there. Hopefully, Chips will pick this up in the coming months because ALEC is a DANGEROUS monster. And behind it all the Koch’s. I’m not surprised that Perry is connected, they all are.

      • 267 desertflower
        September 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

        ALEC IS a DANGEROUS MONSTER!!!! You are absolutely correct, and everyone needs to know what they do and how they operate.Their tentacles are in every single state, in every single govt entity…local, state, and national. dangerous is an understatement. You must be keeping track at ALECExposed:) Good for you, Doris…tell everyone you know and ask them to spread this everywhere….thanks for doing that. Important stuff.

  52. September 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks to all who posted possible questions for my friends interview with the President. If others have suggestions, pls chime in. The more the merrier.

  53. 269 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Extreme Liberal just doesn’t get all of the drama about the scheduling of the speech to congress. The nonsense reminded him of the Monty Python skit called “Argument Clinic”. It is hilarious. Drinking liquids should be avoided while watching this very funny video.

    And Now For Something Completely Different – Looking For An Argument?

    http://extremeliberal.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/and-now-for-something-completely-different-looking-for-an-argument/

    • 270 LunarSea
      September 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      OMG That had me splitting my side. Must bookmark it. Thanks for that.

      Oh and I totally agree with her.

    • 271 desertflower
      September 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      Will watch this later:) I LOVE Monty Python!!!

    • 272 EDP4BHO
      September 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      How pertinent. And if you look to the right, you see a photo of PBO at a podium, with a look on his face that would make any sane person think twice about arguing with him. Too funny !

    • 273 Tally
      September 3, 2011 at 2:22 am

      “SHUT YOUR FESTERING GOB, YOU TIT! YOUR TYPE MAKES ME PUKE! YOU VACUOUS TOFFEE-NOSED MALODOROUS PERVERT!!!” 😆

      But more importantly – what we need to tell the GOP: “Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of anything the other person says.”

  54. 274 Doris
    September 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Obama’s fight — for respect
    By Jonathan Capehart

    In Obama, we have a president more grounded and comfortable in his own skin than many of the people he has to work with to govern this country. He’s bigger than most of us. So the petty slights that get a lot of us riled up probably don’t register to him. He’s a thinker and plotter with his eyes on the prize down the road, not the daily hysteria taking place on the road to get there. That’s why I’m praying that when the real fight comes, the president will show Republicans — and the American people — that he’s not the pushover they believe him to be.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/obamas-fight–for-respect/2011/03/04/gIQAmrHLuJ_blog.html

    A great read. I love Jonathan’s work.

  55. September 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    A very encouraging story about Chicago schools

    Luring Chicago dropouts back to school, one doorstep at a time
    Love the picture of the female principle. We need more like her.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/luring-chicago-dropouts-back-to-school.html

  56. 277 LunarSea
    September 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    OT somewhat. How I came to ignore the media.

    It was the superbowl and Janet Jackson and Timberlake were doing the half time show when Ms Jackson had the wardrobe malfunction. This became such a huge story on the need for censoring these performances. It was the most ridiculous thing I had heard and I shut them out, but the outrage kept building by the media. Some pervert republican pol spent days replaying it. And actually admitted it on teevee, but of course he was just watching as part of ‘research’.

    Anyway a few days into this, I’m talking with an elderly friend who never watches football. Neither does her husband. It’s never on in their house. She started going on about how this is an example of how popular culture is ruining society. This was a very strange reaction to see in her. She never seemed so prudish and it wasn’t exactly planned.

    Anyway she went on for a while and finally I said, ‘I didn’t know you watched football’. Here’s the rub. She didn’t! She got upset because she listened to the news and after listening to them tell her how to feel, ad nauseum, she became rather put out enough by the whole ‘incident’. So much so that it prompted her to bring it into our conversation.

    I think she was taken aback by my reaction. I laughed. I asked her how can she be outraged when she didn’t see it and she explained how they were playing that 2 sec clip over and over.

    Why bring this up? Simple. The medium is the massage. Turn it off. Especially when you feel your blood start to boil. It will add years to your life and allow you to focus on the important, real, things in life.

    PS that was not a typo. I meant to say massage not message. They will work you over and ply you with their wares.

    • 278 EDP4BHO
      September 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      “he was just watching as part of ‘research’.” Yeah, sure was…..researching her beautiful breast. What a creep 😀

    • 279 Zekke Lydonna
      September 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      From Wikipedia et al—

      “McLuhan adopted the term “massage” to denote the effect each medium has on the human sensorium, taking inventory of the “effects” of numerous media in terms of how they “massage” the sensorium. McLuhan’s remarkable observation that “societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication” is undoubtedly more relevant today than ever before.

      A friend told me about the book “The Medium is the Massage” almost 30 years ago. Best title ever.

      • 280 LunarSea
        September 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        Oddly enough it was required reading in my sociology class back in the day when they still taught civics in school. The period during the ‘how a bill becomes a law’ teachings. I learned a lot from that class that I still see being worked on the masses to this day. I’ve been skeptical of the medium ever since.

        Umm, did I just date myself? LOL

  57. September 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    To all my TODers and especially the man himself PBO……the road ahead will be bumpy, but we will be victorious.

    • 283 EDP4BHO
      September 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      That was so much fun. This is what the kids in Philly should be doing when they want to flash mob….instead they randomly beat up innocent civilians. Sad.

  58. 285 desertflower
    September 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    More interesting news…cronyism and lies and Republicans…what else is new?
    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/gov-barbours-disadvantaged-relative-f

  59. 286 desertflower
    September 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/09/02/reaganomics-author-sees-the-light-bruce-bartletts-call-for-higher-taxes-on-the-wealthy/ Fear not…the folks are beginning to see the light, you just never hear from the ones that are:)

  60. September 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Here’s a prime example of how far down the rabbit hole the EmoProgs have fallen:

    This guy is a blogger at digby’s and this is the idiotic arrogance they display.

  61. 297 donna dem 4 obama
    September 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Count On Me Mr. President ~ Good Night TOD

  62. 300 carolyn
    September 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Who is David Atkins and what are his credentials? Let’s see his resume…did he run for and win a seat in the Illinois State Legislature against all odds? Did he run for and win the United States Senate seat as an AA man, including bringing in the vote from southern Illinois, did he organize and run the best campaign for President ever run? Did he capture Osama bin Laden?Did he get health care passed? Until he can match those credentials, he has no political instincts. All he does is blab. These blabbing tweeters have no substance.

    • September 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      He’s a nobody blogger. You know, the type that winds up making the rounds as an expert on incessant BS talk shows.

    • September 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      His answer to fame is a political operative from my State of california. What I want to know is if he has helped elect anyone to state or federal office. Potus is black therefore everybody feel they can dump on him which is a shame. Donate and volunteer is the recourse for us. I have been reading the Plouffe’s book and how every time we gotta upset with Sarah Palin we would donate.

  63. 304 isonprize
    September 3, 2011 at 12:41 am

    NIGHTY NIGHT, ya’ll…

    Here’s one to make you smile….

  64. 309 N
    September 3, 2011 at 12:46 am

    i think it’s helpful to channel the frustration and energy into volunteering for the campaign. Another way to get the word out about how the president is doing everything he can but the Republicans in Congress are blocking every good job creating idea.

  65. 310 Bobfr
    September 3, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Let’s all remember.

    This is 2 Sept 2011.

    On 2 Sept 2007, most Americans did not know who Barack Hussein Obama was let alone were anticipating anyone with that name or hue of skin would be President of the United States of America a year and a few months later.

    Never.Ever.Forget.That.Fact.

    And, what President Obama is preparing to do starting on Labor Day 2011 will be the very worst nightmare made reality that the tiny number of ultra-wealthy, avaricious few and their servants in the Republican Party have still not recognized is their justice, served cold, hard and long-lasting.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  66. September 3, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I would like to ask one more time. Would everyone on this blog work their fingers to the bone to help re-elect PBO? I need him, you need him, the WORLD needs him. As the Beatles would sing: Come together right now.
    Thanks from your Canadian sister!

    • 313 sam uk obama supporter
      September 3, 2011 at 4:38 am

      The world DOES need him canadabarb4obama. I am TOTALLY committed, I think I am driving my friends/family in the US crazy but they know – or at least most of them know – that President Obama is the best ever. I talk a lot to people here in the UK also. I was buying a picture yesterday with name meanings, one for my son and one with the name Barack. The shop keeper and I got talking about President Obama and it turns out that she is a massive supporter too with family in the States. She actively encourages them to GOTV! There are some who think I am obsessive regarding PBO (maybe I am! Lol) but I am far from alone in admiring this great man and it is good to know that there are many, many people who also do.

      I know we will all work like dogs to get Barack Obama re elected and those who say (no one here on TOD of course but some family here in the UK) that what happens in the US elections does not affect me as a non US citizen really only need to look back to pre Obama to see how the whole world can be adversely affected by a misguided President and look to PBO to see how an outstanding one can, even in only half a term, help make the WORLD a better place.

      It is great to be able to come here and support PBO with intelligent, like minded people. Thanks Chipsticke for this site, it is truly a blessing. Love you all!

    • September 3, 2011 at 8:35 am

      I personally intend to work my fingers to the bone to get President Obama elected again. I’ m a Black woman from New York who was able to retire early (union member) and move to Tennessee 9 years ago. Most of my neighbors still don’t say hello to me. I don’t have young children and I wouldn’t step foot into one of these churches here in the south if you paid me. NO OFFENSE intended towards anyone who chooses to attend religious services. I have many reasons why I don’t and won’t ever again. I found a little art center here in our town that has the most wonderful group of people. I finally found a place where I feel welcome. There are some Republicans but that’s to be expected here. Most are Democrats, they are artists for goodness sake. One woman in particular is the most loving and kind blonde bluey hippie lady from this area. She grew up here. She is well known here. She was voted woman of the year here. She is one of the few in your face proud Democrats here, so everyone in her neighborhood is aware of her political standing.
      One day last month, sometime in the night, her infamous Obama stickered Beatle Volkswagon was vandalized. Whoever did it took a lot of time to slice through the rag top and cut up her car. When she spoke to the sheriff (who she knows personally), about it, she mentioned that she is sure it was a hate crime. The dimwit responded, “but you’re white”!
      Anyway, she said, “she felt like she was raped and it’s strange that now her neighbors won’t talk to her anymore”. In my opinion it’s because they know who did it. She also said, ” all the perpetrator did was make her mad enough to do everything she can to get as many people as she can to get Obama re-elected.
      Thanks everyone for being here. You make me laugh, cry, and love. You have no idea how much all of you have helped me feel a wee bit more human.

      The voter ID law went into affect July 1st. So what they (Democratics) are doing is giving people who can’t drive to motor vehicle rides there so they can get the voters id. Also, we plan on hiring a or two bus to take people who don’t drive to the polls. YES WE CAN!!!!

      • 316 Chi
        September 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm

        Welcome Leslie…

        Our love, best wishes and support to you and the lovely woman of the year…

        We will continue to work together and we will triumph…the vandals, whatever shape of form they take, can count on that…

  67. 318 Fred
    September 3, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I had to start your saturday morning that way but please have a field day with this racist dead beat dad NOW

    Joe Walsh To Skip Obama Jobs Speech, Calls President ‘Idiotic’
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/02/joe-walsh-barack-obama_n_946377.html

    Tea Party Rep: Obama Is President Because He’s Black (VIDEO)
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/tea-party-rep-obama-is-president-because-hes-black-video.php

  68. 319 Fred
    September 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

    GOP Rep. Renacci Bars Cameras Used By People Who Don’t Agree With Him From His Town Hall
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/09/02/311404/gop-rep-renacci-barrs-cameras-used-by-people-who-dont-agree-with-him-from-his-town-hall/

    South Carolina Gov. Haley Insists On Disbanding The ‘Un-American’ National Labor Relations Board
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/02/311362/south-carolina-gov-haley-insists-on-disbanding-the-un-american-national-labor-relations-board/

    THIS has got to be sent to the President’s people.PLEASE and THANK YOU

    ALEC Releases Anti-Health Reform Playbook For GOP State Legislators
    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/09/02/308936/alec-releases-anti-health-reform-playbook-for-gop-state-legislators/

    Perry Pushed Bill That Could Enrich His Doctor’s Stem Cell Research Company 😯
    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/09/02/311258/perry-pushed-bill-that-could-enrich-his-doctors-stem-cell-research-company/

  69. 321 MGarvey
    September 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

    He’s had three straight terrible August. I’m still a fan and supporter of the President. But. I think he missed the point by not taking drastic measures/actions with Fannie Freddie and the whole mortgage mess. But even if he did, would that have solved this mess………doubt it, guess its a period of slow, really slow growth. GL to him and his staff.

    • 322 hopefruit2
      September 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

      GL to him and his staff? They are not the ones needing the luck. It’s the millions of unemployed people thanks to the obstructionis Republicans who need the luck. America needs this President more than he needs America or luck. And as for the “terrible August” I disagree. The Republicans have had an extraordinarily terrible summer. John Boehner’s approvals have plummeted to their lowest levels since he became speaker. The Tea Party is more unpopular than ever. The Repubs are still in disarray about who their Presidential nominee should be. And you want to talk about President Obama’s “terrible August?” That’s a media talking point, which I quite frankly don’t and ever will buy.

      • 323 LunarSea
        September 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

        What do you think? was that post a drive by hit job to get people on here riled. Thanks for your response. Nothing more to add.


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