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  1. 1 Fred
    September 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

    morning TOD family
    may GOD continue to guide;protect and bless the President and his family

    Joe Walsh To Skip Obama Jobs Speech, Calls President ‘Idiotic’

    Tea Party Rep: Obama Is President Because He’s Black (VIDEO)

    • 2 Fred
      September 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

      GOP Rep. Renacci Bars Cameras Used By People Who Don’t Agree With Him From His Town Hall

      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

      Perry Pushed Bill That Could Enrich His Doctor’s Stem Cell Research Company

      • 3 hopefruit2
        September 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

        I thought the Republicans didn’t like stem Cell Research – oh that’s right, they will “like” anything that benefits their financial bottom line. It’s not about the research it’s about making the said doctor richer…

      • 5 a4alice
        September 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

        Wow Fred – you’re up and at ’em. Tweeted the one on ALEC to Al F, D.Plouffe and Axelrod. and emailed Betty and Amy. I see that Perry floating around twitter. way to go! Hope you are feeling better. 🙂

    • 6 anniebella
      September 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Fred, this is the very reason why this country is in the shape it is in, because this President has to deal with such racists fools like that deadbead Dad Congressman Walsh, that stupid do nothing Boehner, and all the other Republicans fools elected in 2010. Who would rather see this country sink than succeed under this Black President. Let’s keep praying for our President and his family, and this country.

      • 7 hopefruit2
        September 3, 2011 at 9:25 am

        Absolutely anniebella. Jimmy Carter first said it and he was quickly silenced by the media BECAUSE he was 100% correct. Now had Carter decided to come out and criticize/bash the President, Carter would have become the media darling, given regular appearances on the Sunday Morning GOP talk shows, MSNBC would probably even give him his own afternoon or prime time hour to engage in gratutious Obama bashing. Thankfully, the former President is a much better person and would never stoop so low.

        • 8 jacquelineoboomer
          September 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

          Yes, former President Carter was “taught better,” by his mother, Miss Lillian, at a time in the south when many other young people were taught differently. Look at the good works he’s done his whole life, because he wasn’t held back by the ugly face of racism, in our country and throughout the world.

      • 9 JoJothecat
        September 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

        Joe Walsh hates PBO because he’s a better man than he could ever be. A better man, father and husband. PBO got it right the FIRST time. Joe Smooh Walsh is on his 2nd try and it won’t be his last. Anyone who can be that angry and hateful, can’t be much fun at home.

        • September 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

          I again apologize for my racist, goofball rep., ranting Joe Walsh. I tried. I canvassed and made calls for Melissa Bean, who didn’t get much help, by the way, from DCCC, like none. Not enough normal people could muster the energy to go vote, and the teabaggers edged her out. This is why I get so infuriated by all the Dems parading on every program they can to bash the president and squelch enthusiasm. It’s like they’re on a suicide mission. Walsh has no internal restraints. He appears to be completely unhinged by hate for President Obama. He should be getting professional mental health help instead of exposing his loss of sanity every chance he gets.

          • 11 jacquelineoboomer
            September 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

            dotster3 – We feel your pain! Just curious if Walsh gets a lot of press inside your state. Nationally, I’m not sure we hear of him unless he’s saying “You lie” to our President, or now – I heard him when he started explaining why it wasn’t a good idea for the President to speak before a joint session of Congress and Walsh began his answer by saying more or less, “Speaking before Congress is reserved for foreign dignitaries … SOTUs … or something important … ”

            Hey, Walsh, here’s a little message from me: Jobs are important. And “something important” also would be getting your tail out of Congress! I’m hoping there’s a reminder out there to donate to his Democratic opponent when his re-election is on the horizon … I’m In!

            Thanks for trying to GOTV for Melissa Bean, dotster3. It’s not your fault people voted Walsh in, instead. They are the real goofballs.

            • September 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

              The Chgo Trib and our local paper report on most of his antics, both seem to be increasingly horrified. I’ve noticed the comments have really turned against him, especially after the disclosure that he owed $117,000 in back child support. And he has been redistricted out. The Repubs have filed suit against the plan. I think he stated he plans to run against another freshman tea party rep. in a neighboring district, but I have to think this may be the end of him. And it will be a Good Riddance for sure. He’s a real goofball who should have never been elected.

              • September 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm


          • 14 anniebella
            September 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

            I’m still trying to figure out how this fool Walsh got elected in the first place.

    • September 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

      ..MEMO to tea party: And the previous 43 men were president because they were white. NEXT!

  2. September 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Now it appears we face some serious problems with China:

    Libyan memos reveal China offered Gadhafi huge stockpiles of arms as late as July in violation of UN sanctions: http://bit.ly/pnFUwS

    • 21 Fred
      September 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

      that is horrible but expected.These folks are thugs and to be clear I am talking about the Chinese Gvt not the peole

    • September 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      And that idiot Kucinich wanted to insert himself into some sort of peace making? Not accusing him of anything but imagine how it would look if he was more visible in his attempts to help Gadhafi and then Gadhafi took those arms from China and massacred his people anyway.

  3. 23 Me4obama
    September 3, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/01/2011
    Obama’s fight — for respect
    By Jonathan Capehart

    Yeah, yeah. In the grand scheme of things, the kerfuffle over the timing of President Obama’s jobs speech before a joint session of Congress is the perfect slow-news-day story that has little resonance outside the confines of the Washington Beltway. It’s the kind of thing news and political junkies chew over when there’s nothing else to do during summer’s last gasp.

    Still, the hard-core move by Obama to address the nation before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7 — the same night as a Republican presidential debate — resonated with me and more than a few others around the country because of what it symbolized. A willingness by the president to fight. But when House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued his honey-coated push back over the date, I and others said (ok, demanded) the president should deliver his speech on the day of his choosing. For me, this was not a demand rooted in politics. It was rooted in weariness at the ongoing lack of respect for the presidency and this president.

    As Jim Downie pointed out in his excellent post last night, Boehner’s rejection of Obama’s joint-session request is unprecedented. Mind you, this isn’t the first time this speaker thumbed his nose at this president. During one of the most dramatic moments of the debt-ceiling talks, Obama called Boehner twice to follow up on a conversation about additional revenue in the grand bargain they’d been negotiating in secret. He was told the speaker was unavailable. And then there was Boehner’s offensive response on “Meet The Press” to questions about the persistent lie that Obama was a closet Muslim who wasn’t born in the United States. “As the speaker of the House, as the leader,” he was asked by moderator David Gregory, “Do you not think it’s your responsibility to stand up to that kind of ignorance?”

    It’s not my job to tell the American people what to think. Our job in Washington is to listen to the American people. Having said that, the state of Hawaii has said that he was born there. That’s good enough for me. The president says he’s a Christian. I accept him at his word.
    When George W. Bush was president, harsh things were said all the time by congressional Democrats and their leaders. Some even crossed the line.Yet, while there was disdain for the man in the Oval Office, respect for the office itself was never in doubt. I seriously worry that it’s in doubt now among some Republicans. Each petty slight by Boehner is one more chip away at respect for the presidency.

    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.

    • 24 utaustinliberal
      September 3, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Thanks for the article Me4obama. Capehart is right. A bunch of repubs in the house take their cues from their speaker and from day one Boehner has never respected President Obama. He’s refused social invitation after social invitation to the White House when it’s common courtesy to go even if the President is from the other party. He’s refused to go to State Dinnners that have occurred after he became Speaker. That was a pointed lack of respect. Nancy Pelosi went to State Dinners when she was Speaker under GWB. In interview after interview during the birth certificate brouhaha, Boehner never once came out and castigated his compadres for their vile accusations leveled at President Obama. He just kept saying, “I take him at his word.” WTF does that mean? You either issue a resounding “Yes” or “No” to the question: “Do you believe the President was born in the United States?” So in his caucus’s eyes; he disrespects President Obama day in and day out, so why should they do better? I’ll be freaking happy when we kick him out in 2012. He’s lazy, has no concept of working hard, doesn’t know how to build coalitions, he’s weak, he backpedals all the time, and he’s 100% uneffective.

      • September 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

        Ut, because he did not have permission from the real speaker of the house Rush Limbaugh..

      • 27 hopefruit2
        September 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

        Yup. These behaviors by the Republicans that they think make the President look bad actually have the opposite effect of making them look childish and ineffectual. . If you need to resort to these antics like not attending State Dinners or saying that you will not attend a joint session of congress, you have already lost the battle and are just showing yourself to be a sore loser. John Boehner needs to defer to Rush Limbaugh to get instructions on what to say, how and when to say it. President Obama defers to NO ONE. Since Boehner became Speaker of the House, his approval ratings have plummeted disgracefully – despite the MSM constantly giving him a free pass at our President’s expense.

        • 28 JoJothecat
          September 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

          I hope the Republicans (real ones) and the Independents understand when they vote for these teabaggers, they are voting for people that were not on the ballet – Rush Limbaugh, Rupert Murdoch, Grover Norquest, KKKoch brothers, and all the RW nutjobs that are on rw radio.

      • September 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm

        To be fair to Boehner he can attend a State Dinner any old time. But how many times are they going to have whiskey and crab night at the Pass Out Lounge?

      • September 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

        Me thinks John Boehner has handlers. puppet masters. should be pointed out more often because if anyone deserves to be called weak its John Boehner.

        • 31 anniebella
          September 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

          Boehner also is scared of Eric Cantor. He is so afraid Cantor will go after his job, so the ex orange crying looking fool is trying to be tough. But he will live to regret disrespecting President Obama.

    • 32 hopefruit2
      September 3, 2011 at 9:44 am

      I love this column for the most part – but Capehart needs to get a couple things straight.

      1. It’s not the office of the Presidency that’s being disrespected. If that were true then Republicans would not be clamoring to hold that office because they would view it as unworthy of respect. It’s the current occupant in the WH that’s being disrespected and the Republicans are solely focused with getting that occupant out of the WH.

      2. Secondly, the Republicans do NOT sincerely believe that Obama is a pushover. In fact I would wager that they KNOW he is very strong, competent, and determined to achieve his agenda and that frightens the beejesus out of them. Ditto for the Ariannas, Cenks, Kos’s, etc. They are fearful that they are slowly but surely becoming less and less relevant as the President continues to become more and more popular and accomplished. (e.g., where is Kucinich now, and does anyone care?) These fauxgressives (with the help of the MSM) try to push the “weak” narrative in an effort to convince themselves that they are superior to this President, but the only ones buying their peddled propaganda are a minority of libertarians, Naderites and an even smaller minority of former Edwards or Clinton supporters. The majority of former Democrats and Liberals are fully on board with our President because they appreciate his competence, trust his judgment, know what’s at stake and don’t consider him to a pushover or any thing of that sort. Indeed a PPP poll showed that 71% of Americans believe that the President stands up for what he believes in. President Obama is so powerful and successful that his every move – trivial or not – takes up ALL of the MSM & PL’s energy and focus. That is not the way we respond to someone whom we think is a “pushover.”

    • 39 Marlz
      September 3, 2011 at 9:51 am


      • September 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

        Every word you wrote is so true! They are so afraid of President Obama and the love the American people have for him, it makes them crazy.

        • September 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm




        • September 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

          The recent bus tour where he was rolling in to even a few conservative districts. The response towards him was just amazing and they looked like they were getting his message loud and clear.

          • September 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

            Yes, and if deadbeat Joe had a clue, he’d know that’s exactly what PBO’s been doing. Out of washington, on the road, meeting with REAL AMERICANS… Yes, Joe, Walsh, POTUS probably met some deadbeat dads like you too. LOL

    • 44 Mary Gray
      September 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Amen, amen

  4. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    September 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Happy Saturday TOD’ers

    As you go about this labor day holiday weekend remember to thank a union member 🙂

    Here is some history about Labor Day….


    • 46 utaustinliberal
      September 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Thanks for posting this Donna. Took me back to my high school AP US History class (not quite long ago..haha) and reminded me how thankful we should always be for those who came before us. For the labor workers and union leaders who fought for an 8 hour workday, fair wages, fair benefits, and fair treatment.

      Coincidentally, I’m actually on the History Channel watching the 12 part series entitled “America: The Story of Us” for the fourth or fifth time. It’s such a good historical lookback on how this nation was founded, the battles and obstacles we have overcomed, and that at the end of the day, we always prevail and come out on the other side for the better. I recommend this 12 part series to everyone. It gives us the history of the rebels fighting for freedom from a tyrannical British Monarchy, how we pushed westward, Lewis and Clark’s journey, slavery and the civil war, the industrial age with Carnegie Steel, Henry Ford and the automobile industry, trains and the railway system, the gold rush, the stock market crash, the dust bowl, the great depression, the great migration, World War I & II, the atomic bomb, the oil boom, the technological boom, the 80’s and another stock market crash, the credit card system and how Americans became sucked into a system of credit and mortgages they couldn’t handle and how the bubble bust, 9/11, terror, and how it changed us as a people. It’s a really great series. So for anyone who has free time today, the series is already on and will end at 8PM EST/7PM CST/5PMPST

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      September 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you, Donna. This is holy ground for me.

      I’m a union member’s granddaughter! My grandfather went into the coal mines in Pennsylvania when he was 11 years old – in 1896 – to help support his family.

      In the early days of the United Mine Workers of America, led by John L. Lewis, conditions started to improve. Throughout his life, my pacifist grandfather – who died too soon, with destroyed lungs from the coal mines – used to say, “If anyone says a bad word about John L. Lewis, I’ll kill them!”

      Miners helped all of us achieve the goals of the eight-hour day (1898), collective bargaining rights (1933), health and retirement benefits (1946), and health and safety protections (1969). You know – the things Republicans want to take away in 2011.

      My favorite quote about coal miners came from Winston Churchill.

      On Oct. 31, 1942, during WWII, Churchill was addressing a conference of coal-mine operators and miners in Westminster’s Central Hall. Here’s the final paragraph of his brief speech:

      “We shall not fail, and then some day, when children ask, ‘What did you do to win this inheritance for us and to make our name so respected among men?’ one will say, ‘I was a fighter pilot,’ another will say, ‘I was in the Submarine Service,’ another: ‘I marched with the Eighth Army; a fourth will say, ‘None of us could have lived without the convoys and the Merchant Seaman; and you in your turn will say, with equal pride and with equal right: ‘We cut the coal.'”

    • September 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Dona

      I am placing this video in my blog on Labor Day.

  5. September 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

    This is how we win staying focused on History and getting one of the best to talk about History….

    In June, weeks before the stock market tanked and the nation got downgraded, White House chief of staff Bill Daley arranged a secret retreat for his senior team at Fort McNair, a leafy 18th century Army base near the southern tip of the District of Columbia. Historian Michael Beschloss went along as a guest speaker to help answer the one question on everyone’s mind: How does a U.S. President win re-election with the country suffering unacceptably high rates of unemployment?

    The historian’s lecture provided a lift for Barack Obama’s team. No iron law in politics is ever 100% accurate, Beschloss told…

    To read the entire article, you must be a U.S. TIME subscriber

  6. 51 Fred
    September 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

    09/ 2/2011, 4:20 PM | Top News | #
    Pakistani Man Arrested On U.S. Terrorism Charges

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Pakistani-born man living in northern Virginia was charged with trying to help a militant group in his home country, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and making false statements to authorities, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

  7. 52 itgurl_29
    September 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Totally shallow but POTUS looks gorgeous in that video.

    • 53 collegekay
      September 3, 2011 at 11:29 am

      He’s delicious. No disrespect.

      Happy Holiday weekend everyone. Please enjoy yourselves.

    • 54 Pamela
      September 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Gorgeous, but tired. We continue to light candles, and to pray for his health, and the supportive love of his family. He needs each of us to do our best, to give our all, each and every day! Thank you to everyone here, you are a source of strength, and joy!

  8. 55 hopefruit2
    September 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I love my President! 🙂

  9. September 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Speaking of MSM (as we often do), found this article in the Lorain (OH) Journal this morning. I tried to find info on the guy who wrote it, but only found this article and one other one; nothing on Wikipedia even. Very interested in your responses from this. Hint: Very negative for PO, but what else is new? http://business-news.thestreet.com/the-morning-journal/story/mortgage-suits-may-seal-obamas-election-doom/11238432

    • 58 hopefruit2
      September 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

      This author sounds like a no-name in financial industry who is bitter about the administration and is simply using this to make a name for himself. When he starts the last paragraph with the sentence, “With his (Obama’s) big pet healthcare project long behind him…” you know that this person is on an agenda. And his 91 followers on Twitter are singularly unimpressive.

      My verdict: Not worthy of serious consideration.

  10. September 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

    During conversations with voters and potential volunteers yesterday more than a few people said, quite innocently, that they didn’t want to sound weird or paranoid but they thought that businesses are purposely not helping the economy to sabotage PBO. So people are getting it, they truly are, despite the brainwashing that takes place every day.

    • 61 Fred
      September 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

      that is fanfuckingtastic Meta if they are figuring this out;sorry for the language but that made let out a huge “about damn time” 😀

      • September 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

        I know! I was a little taken aback myself. I want us to keep bringing stories like this from the field because I think it helps to refocus our energy. We did this at OFA in 2007-08 in addition to sharing strategies for building support and it really makes a difference.

        • 63 Fred
          September 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

          thank you so much for all the hard work Meta and yes stories like this makes me 😀

          • September 3, 2011 at 11:07 am

            Cool! You know, it can be crazy and sometimes difficult but I have to say it’s my sincere pleasure to work for our POTUS. I couldn’t live with myself if I don’t do everything I can to see this through.

            Take good care, Fred.

            • 65 Janelle
              September 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

              Thanks for that meta….very encouraging. These stories from the field really helped me in 2007-08 when it felt like there was a media blackout of the President and I have a strange feeling about the lack of Dem support, CBC nonsense (I believe some member’s corruption and links to outside forces is influencing their actions), etc. that is piling on. Especially with the administration suing the banks, folks we need to gear up for a very wild and bumpy ride. Also, no matter what the President says next week, the media has their marching orders to destroy this administration. Reports from the field really invigorate us all and remind us what is really important. Social media and twitter is great for fighting back, but we shouldn’t rely on tweets and blogging only—we’re more than just keyboard warriors. It will only wear us down and fast. More OFA activism and stories is greatly appreciated….thanks again meta. It’s the ground game everyone….mostly ground game at this point.

            • 66 Fred
              September 3, 2011 at 11:51 am

              thanks Meta.Take care as well 😉

  11. September 3, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Just for giggles, I tweeted the Illinois Attorney General’s office and asked them why a man who has owed child support for nine years and owes $100K is not in jail.

    If you care to join in the fun: @ILAttyGeneral.

    And last night a teabagger tweeted me a threat against the President’s life. I reported him to Secret Service. Hateful idiots.

    • 68 Fred
      September 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

      so happy you did POO

      thanks for that

    • September 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Saw that Secret Service tweet and the guy was so stupid he responded with where he lives. Too much!

      Walsh is a piece of work: deadbeat dad, parking tickets, driver’s license revoked, foreclosure, who knows what else. He has some nerve judging other people, let alone POTUS.

    • September 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      this is what I am talking about, solid action that makes a difference. Everyone in Illinois should be contacting the Attorney General with a comment, if you don’t tweet you can call or email.

    • 71 a4alice
      September 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      I saw LiberalPhenom’s tweet to the ILAtty and retweeted that. Geez, huh?

    • September 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      I’d like the answer to your question myself, because I know any number of Black men who have been thrown in jail for UNPAID CHILD SUPPORT.

  12. September 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Thought this was sorta interesting—–Palin surprises a mtg. of Conservatives4Palin at a restaurant outside DesMoines, Ia. last night, all likely in area for Palin’s “big” tea party appearance today in Indianola. Noted that many there came on a bus from Texas—-wonder who footed that bill. Others noted they just loved Sarah Palin because she was Just Like Them! —–which is really sad, not a very high threshold they set for themselves:

  13. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    September 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

    The national networks didn’t cover the jobs protests against republicans like they did the republican teaparty townhalls two years ago but they happened non the less.

    • 76 hopefruit2
      September 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

      That’s right donna. Notice that every time the media & GOP form a weapon against the President, it eventually backfires and they run away from it??

      Mark my words, the “bad economy/unemployment” that the MSM and GOP are pushing right now – thinking that it will hurt the President’s chances of re-election? Watch out…karma….

    • September 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      WOW, this is incredible and awesome. Please everyone, share this far and wide.

    • September 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      It’s interesting how real Americans are putting the blame exactly where it belongs while the PL blames Thee President.

  14. September 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Posted this a while ago—apologize if this is a duplicate—some of my comments are delayed or going poof. Anyhoo, just thought this was a tad interesting, that Palin surprised a Conservatives4Palin mtg. at a restaurant outside DesMoines last night, all likely there for her big tea party appearance today. Many had come on a bus from Texas, wondered who paid for that. Some just loved Sarah because she was “just like them”, which is sad for them. Also just saw a report on msnbc from Indianola, the tparty rally site, and it was pouring rain while a toothless supporter in a camouflage hunting hat just said Palin was the only politician he trusted and the only one he ever voted for. What a tribute!


  15. 80 hopefruit2
    September 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

    How low will they go! Apparently some Ron Paul supporters are pretending to be Black people on Twitter – using fake “Black” sounding user names.


  16. 83 Mel
    September 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Hi” everyone this is my first comment, but I been reading all of your comments every day, and all of you are very smart.
    So please bear with me I’am an old 70 year guy that have been supporter for a long time , and me and my family will continue to support him all the way.

    • 84 hopefruit2
      September 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Welcome to the TOD community, mel. We are happy to have you with us supporting our President, and hope you continue to find this place informative as well as inspiring.

    • 85 Fred
      September 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      welcome to the TOD family Mel and don’t be a stranger 😉

    • 86 desertflower
      September 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm


    • 87 Sophie Amrain
      September 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      Great to have you here, Mel.

    • September 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Welcome Mel. i too am a “geezer” the came before WWII. Guess i won’t feel too alone anymore.
      i was gonna stand down for a while and this was to be my last visit to the site. Plans change and my addiction to TOD is incurable. So welcome once again and keep an open mind, even when things get intense. Trust me the folks on this thread are a passionate group. The world could use more like ’em.

    • 91 a4alice
      September 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      Hey Mel! Welcome aboard. 🙂

    • 92 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      Good to hear from you, Mel. Really glad to see some one in my age group (only 5 years younger than you) discover this wonderful site. Chipsticks and many of the people who post comments on this site are very enlightening. Like you and your family, I strongly support our wonderful President. I have lived under many Presidents and I think President Obama is one of the best.

  17. September 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I just read in my morning paper that there was a protest at Rep. John Duncan’s office in downtown Knoxville Thursday……around 2 dozen people…..sponsored by Campus Workers United and Workers United. Interesting that Thursday was the day I called his local office and said, “I have always voted a split ticket and voted for Rep. Duncan; however, NEVER AGAIN, never again will I vote for him.” Sure, he’ll get re-elected ’cause no one will run against him or no one strong enough to beat him–not in this area, but he will never again get my vote.

  18. 98 Fred
    September 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    this is making my day 😀

  19. 100 zizi
    September 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I stayed away from all blogs and tweets yesterday after hearing about the jobs report early in the morning on radio. I guessed that some even here would reach their breaking point on optimism, and I’m sad to say I was right. The responses that some wanted PBO to lob back at his Repug detractors says a lot more about the depth of angst than it demonstrates a path toward workable solutions. But the angst is real and understandable, and desperately looking for an outlet.


    For a lot of people from the PL all the way to some of Pres. Obama’s avid supporters on this site, there’s a deeper anxiety underlying the jobs report, or the many hits the Pres. is taking from all sides. We are in an asymmetrical ideological and political war whose cover has been blown wide open for all to see under this Presidency. Many are being forced to starkly realize that our side has a structural deficit when it comes to the TOOLS needed to bend the public toward liberal ideas by DEFAULT. There is no wide sweeping ideological machinery comprising liberal media, multiple think tanks, stables of liberal opinion shapers repeating liberal mantra incessantly, and big liberal moneybags, that exist to pump liberalism into the nation’s bloodstream ad nauseum. The presidency should be the last place to look for the cavalry we need for this ideological battle. That we want to RELY on President Obama to FIGHT the Repugs on OUR behalf is the precisely the symptom of our structural deficit.

    We want President Obama to make up for decades of liberals having gone AWOL on institution building when they left the Vietnam war protests and the streets to the corporate treadmill and ivory towers, Liberals lost the street instincts and FOCUS ON THE LONG GAME that propelled us through the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, anti-war protests, of the 1960s and 1970s. Not only that liberals also forgot to TRAIN a new crop of strategic thinking activists who knew what worked and what didn’t in our past battles, and are savvy enough to adapt to new challenges of our time. What we are left with especially this entire crop of celebrity Professional Left is that their knowledge of the struggle if from books where the obstacles are described in a shortened time-frame, or glossed over, in order to amplify the eventual WIN. For example many forget that the Civil Rights movement took over two centuries to get to the work of the SNCC & Martin Luther King Jr.. We forget that at the time these activists were in the throes of their struggle they did not have the benefit of hindsight that we do now to determine whether their actions were going to be successful. Today the American Left lacks PERSPECTIVE and HISTORICAL PACING.


    Ironically, candidate Obama called himself a Rorschach Test in the run for the presidency. People projected onto him all their dreams and policy expectations. That projection was further reinforced through the way the campaign itself was run in such a stellar and novel way. The media, who were in it for sensation and ratings ALLOWED us to see candidate Obama with minimal distortion. Such that even when the big crises hit with Jeremiah Wright, Rezko, Bittergate, and Wall street meltdown, the media gave us room to observe what this candidate could do in a crisis. We liked what we saw. For some their dreams were enlarged even further. And for the left in general, many thought that the Obama candidacy and later presidency would ABSOLVE them of the constituency building and ideological homework that they had abandoned decades before. To them candidate and then President Obama was gonna be the SHORTCUT to liberal nirvana once more.

    What we forget is there were two parts to this story. The candidate always did what he had CONTROL over, but the media and the corporate powers that be had not yet decided to close our access to him and DESTROY him. It means that INSTITUTIONAL/STRUCTURAL support is absolutely crucial to the success of ANY President. It is the reason that Repugs don’t care about the caliber of people they choose for political office, because once they get into office it is their INSTITUTIONS that run the show. They never fail to provide STRUCTURAL BACKING to their politcos. Even when the politicos get disgraced, they simply turn them out to pasture on their wingnut welfare circuits and media conglomerates. Their outcomes are evil, but a system, they have.


    The PL and even some disillusioned supporters probably know deep in their hearts that their beef REALLY is NOT with President Obama, but rather the MIRROR that his presidency has held up to us, and we don’t like what we see one bit, so we take it out on him. It is called TRANSFERENCE, which is the act of scapegoating an ally in lieu of going on offense on the one who actually harms us because one feels paralyzed or inadequate to taking on the real enemy.

    But we have the opportunity to shift back into the real fight that matters, getting our re-election game face on. Our survival depends on it. As a matter of fact President Obama should be the least of our worries. We have to do the grunt work of rebuilding for the long term, long beyond PBO’s presidency. We have to make it impossible for wingnuts to erode our freedoms by NOT giving them any power no matter which election. But our attention should go beyond elections towards liberal INSTITUTION building. The wealthier ones among us should look to buy media outlets as aggressively as the other side did. Noise warfare is potent. We should not allow them to run us out of the PUBLIC SQUARE and scare us time and again into doubting our own core convictions. Why? They did not see defeat in 2008 as insurmountable, so why should we CONCEDE any ground to them?

    Fight On! We have our work cut out for us!!! La Luta, Continua!!!

    • 101 desertflower
      September 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Wonderful summation,zizi! A must read for everyone:) A million hugs.

    • September 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Extremely thoughtful and thought-provoking. I’m so grateful for all the astute comments and insights from everyone here.

      You raise a number of points that ring true, that emanate from our relationship to PBO but are rightly focused on who we are as a nation and how to further our values in addition to our President. THANKS for the energy you contribute in our search for clarification and understanding about what is happening to our country.

    • September 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      IMO, a really good, factual look at our current position, Zizi. To a certain extent we have indeed been spoilt by the work done by earlier warriors, and yes, maybe, PBO’s success have made some of us complacent. We forget his dictum that we are the change that we need to see, so we need to do our part, and FLOTUS’ claim while speaking in Africa that nothing lasting happens in the blink of an eye (can’t remember her exact words).

      ‘But our attention should go beyond elections towards liberal INSTITUTION building. The wealthier ones among us should look to buy media outlets as aggressively as the other side did.’

      The fact that we NEED truthful (i.e. liberal) media outlets is a reality that keeps cropping up and I have to wonder why it hasn’t yet occurred to the ‘wealthier ones among us’. I remember it coming up in a discussion at BWD’s earlier in the year (or late last year), and I also remember Bobfr saying something along similar lines later, yet it never seems to get traction. The audience is undoubtedly there, as attested to by repeated calls here for truth in the media, so why can’t those with money, media contacts and expertise see this?

    • September 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Zizi, you are on point. It was shocking to me the level of fake outrage towards POTUS from his friends on this site. I am waiting for Chipsticks rebuttal to what happend yesterday. I also hope in her comments to the community she calls out foes as well as friends who came to vent on the President yesterday..

      • September 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm

        Hi Michele, I would be surprised to see Chips calling out foes(?) or friends as a follow-up to yesterday’s threads. My experience in this TOD family has been that Momma Chips lets her ADULT children dialogue, only stepping in, if people become disrespectful, to remind us to be civil and truthful. Also, IMHO, there has been more than enough air clearing done on yesterday’s discussions that, if you’ve noticed, the air today is back to normal. I (and I just know I’m not alone) like it this way, and don’t really want this particular dust to be stirred again. Zizi, as well as others, has made some very pertinent points relative to (or consequent to) the ‘outrage’, and dialoguing along these lines are far more productive IMO than expecting Chips to wield her rolling pin.

    • 114 hopefruit2
      September 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      WOW zizi. This comment is so on point. I hope you post this on all the pragmatic/liberal sites. It needs to be read by EVERYONE.

    • September 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      @zizi- APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 116 terim
      September 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Bless you, Zizi.

    • September 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      You elaborated it perfectly. A lot of people feel powerless that whatever they do the GOP keeps getting more and more brazen with their actions without consequences.
      I knew it would be hard. The killing Of JF/RFK/Gandhi and MLK showed me power does not concede easily. I did not except Nirvana with PBO. I am amazed that he has accomplished this much in this short time.

    • 118 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much ZIZI for this brilliant commentary and analysis. You clearly hit the nail on the head with this observation: “Today the American Left lacks PERSPECTIVE and HISTORICAL PACING.” It’s always a delight to read your well written and very insightful commentaries.

  20. September 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    GooooD Morning, TODville! 😆 😆 The sun is shining where I am and the Labour Day weekend is off to a warm start. Wishing a good weekend for everyone here, wherever you are!

    I know that most of you will have received the most recent presidential letter, but for those who haven’t I thought I’d post it here. Our President continues to reach out to us in his frustration with Congress’ poor work ethic.

    Vicki —

    Today I asked for a joint session of Congress where I will lay out a clear plan to get Americans back to work. Next week, I will deliver the details of the plan and call on lawmakers to pass it.

    Whether they will do the job they were elected to do is ultimately up to them.

    But both you and I can pressure them to do the right thing. We can send the message that the American people are playing by the rules and meeting their responsibilities — and it’s time for our leaders in Congress to meet theirs.

    And we must hold them accountable if they don’t.

    So I’m asking you to stand with me in calling on Congress to step up and take action on jobs:


    No matter how things go in the weeks and months ahead, this will be an important challenge for our organization.

    It’s been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on.

    I know that you’re frustrated by that. I am, too.

    That’s why I’m putting forward a set of bipartisan proposals to help grow the economy and create jobs — that means strengthening our small businesses, giving needed breaks to middle-class families, while taking responsible steps to bring down our deficit.

    I’m asking lawmakers to look past short-term politics and take action on that plan. But we’ve got to do this together.

    I will deliver this message to Congress next week, but I’m asking you to stand alongside me today:


    More to come,


  21. September 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Just wanted to repeat my comment from the last thread as it was near the bottom. Glad Sam feels the same!

    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!

    • 126 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks for sharing this piece, desertflower. It was a very good article clearly making a distinction between the mythical FDR and the real FDR who was elected to govern. I had some minor differences with the author about giving most of the credit of integrating the military to Truman (and strangely J. Robinson). In my judgement, most of the credit belongs to A. Philip Randolph, and young people like Bayard Rustin, who organized civil disobedience campaigns urging Black people to refuse to be drafted in a segregated military. It is that threat of Black refusal to be drafted, which forced Truman to issue an executive order integrating the military.

  22. 127 hgerhard
    September 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Hello TOD family – a few days ago I received an email from the President. I’m sure many, if not most of you also received it. The President talks about his address to a Joint Session of Congress and the need to urge action on job creation. He also has a request for us:
    “So I’m asking you to stand with me in calling on Congress to step up and take action on jobs”. There is an opportunity to add your name to do so. But I think we need to take this further. Please, everyone, contact your representative and your two U.S. Senators regardless of party and tell them in no uncertain terms that you demand action on the jobs bills that are stalled in Congress as well as the new initiatives that the President will outline in his address. Any form of communication will do, but please contact them and urge your family members, your friends, your co-workers and you OFA contacts to do the same. Let’s bury them in messages from their constituents; it’s the only way they will act. We need to get enough traffic to make it a news items and then, when the news media pick it up, we need to redouble our efforts and send even more messages. Visits to Congressional offices are also good ways to get noticed, especially if you can get a group together and carry a large sign. Let’s turn our “frustration” into action. It’s by far the best way to show our support for the President.

  23. 128 Mel
    September 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you, Thank you and Thank you this place is wonderful all of us should be proud of PBO and I’am very confindent
    he will succeed in his re-Election, So please let’s try to stay calm and do not panic, I know there is a lot’s of garbage in the MSN
    so what alse it’s new? . My family it’s so multi-cultural and we have diffent oppinions, but one thing it’s clear we all support this great PRESIDENT,.

  24. September 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    President Obama looks really good.

    I think time away from Washington did him well.

    Keep being your kind, intelligent, smart and handsome self.

    You and the American people will pull through these difficult times.

    I firmly believe that.

  25. 133 anniebella
    September 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Did anyone ever fine out were Michelle and Malia were Friday?

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