detroit, labor day – meet the base ;-)

Text of speech here

President Obama embraces UAW member Ghana Goodwin-Dye who introduced him during a Labor Day speech at Detroit’s Renaissance Center, headquarters of General Motors, Sept. 5

Freep.com: In perhaps some of his strongest words of support for organized labor, President Barack Obama told a riverfront crowd of thousands in Detroit today that “As long as I’m in the White House, I’m going to stand up for collective bargaining.”

He said organized labor is responsible for the rise of the middle class and the core of the nation’s economy and that legislative battles to curb the rights of organized labor is a threat to the nation as a whole.

“When I hear they’re trying to take collective bargaining away, trying to pass right to work laws, I know it’s not about economics it’s about politics,” he said, prompting a chant from the crowd of “Four more years.”

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282 Responses to “detroit, labor day – meet the base ;-)”

  1. September 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    General Motors and all those jobs…saved by this President. They are back and once again making money. Thank you Mr. President!

  2. 17 Me4obama
    September 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    @allanbrauer: Apparently President Obama’s base is so angry & disappointed that they r sentencing him 2 another 4 years of the job. #TFY

  3. 20 Debz
    September 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Fast with the photos, Chips. Beautiful!!!

  4. 21 CTGirl
    September 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Heard that the Queen was there … Long live the Queen of Soul!

  5. September 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    OMG!! Love these photos. I can feel their energy. Thank you Chips!

    • September 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      Lots of love on display. That last gal has on a wedding ring, but she looked like she was going to hang on to Obama and never let go. Which is understandable.

  6. September 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I love that first pic. The “four finger” gesture should he adopted by the campaign some how.

    • September 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      “… The “four finger” gesture should he adopted by the campaign some how.”


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

  7. 26 CTGirl
    September 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Beautiful people and wonderful pictures!

  8. 27 utaustinliberal
    September 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Wow. That is one tough crowd. They really dislike President Obama so much that their hands are making weird gestures in the first picture. 🙄

  9. 34 JoJothecat
    September 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you Chips,

    I guess PBO’s base stayed home because of the grey skys? The CBC and PL must have made an impact……NOT!


    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 here we come!

    • September 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      I know JoJo, why doesn’t any one support him anymore?


      • 36 JoJothecat
        September 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

        I know Chips….

        Who was that Sunday talk show pundit who said “NO BODY LIKES HIM ANYMORE”. There’s egg on her face today if she bothered to watch this.

        • 37 taiping1
          September 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

          Makes a joke of the primary Obama crowd at Salon and @TullyCast: we are fired up and will expand the ground game to get not only 4 more years but a Democratic Congress. Give Nancy back the gavel! We are diverse, we are America, and we want four more for 44.

          • 38 nathkatun7
            September 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

            I totally cosign! four more years for POTUS, and give back the Speaker gavel to Nancy Pelosi. We can do it!

  10. 39 hopefruit2
    September 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I am sentencing my President to FOUR MORE YEARS on the job!!

    • 40 JoJothecat
      September 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Yep, four more years for you Mr. President. I will do everything I can to make sure you are back at the WH working tirelessly for us. Besides, what else would the PL complain about without you?

      They’d have to go underground and whisper their complaints in fear that the RW would through them in jail if they protested, chainned themselves to the WH, and never be invited on RW teevee to complain about them.

    • September 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      I’m gonna tweet the shit outta that!!!

  11. September 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Now I know I read someplace that the glow was gone from our President Obama. That he wasn’t drawing any crowds anymore (yeah right) (sarcasm) looks like more than a few thousand to me. And look at their faces 🙂 WOW He went there today. Thursday is going to be off the hook. Our guy gave and gave, now its time for the other party to give back. And if President Obama can mobilize the masses behind him. I know he will. Then it’s on.

    • September 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      I also read that it was the AA vote that put him in the Whitehouse and that he has a problem with white men in the 40-50 range. I sure do see lots of white middle aged men in that crowd.

    • September 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      He said something very interesting today: “we’re not going to wait for congress”. He’ll go there on Thursday and they’ll say their usual no, and then, I suspect that he’s got a rabbit.

      • September 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

        You know what? I think he is going to ask the Federal Reserve to put together a national infrastructure bank. I don’t know if it’s legal, for them to do that, but that was one thought I had. And I think he is going to go through the tax code and close a lot of the loopholes, and use that money to pay for his jobs plan. Just a thought. Because I think he said the hell with it. I’m going BIG. I pray he have learned his lesson fooling with the other side.

        • September 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

          I hope he’s going big. I really do. People will stand with him even if none of this can pass congress. At least it’ll be clear to them who’s on their side.

          • September 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

            He just said a million construction workers are out of work and need work. So that lets me know he’s got something at least for a million construction workers. And you know with them working that will trickle down to other businesses. So that was a great tidbit. I think that will pass, if nothing else do. If those fools in congress want to be reelected.

            Imagine all those unemployed construction workers marching on Washington, or their congress persons office. Yeah I think it will pass LOL

          • 52 JoJothecat
            September 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm

            Glad to see you BWD.

            Me too. I think he is fed up with the house republicans. He’s tried working with them and all they got are tax cuts for the wealthy. I wonder if some of these nutjobs who had town halls listened to their constituents. They want jobs and if all they come up with is naming post offices, defunding healthcare for the middle class, and tax cuts….they are toast. I hope PBO tells the American people to contact their house representatives and demand to implement the Presidents program.

          • 53 57andFemale
            September 6, 2011 at 1:31 am

            Me, too. The love that would flow to this President if his plan is what SHOULD be done would be immense. I have supported and I do not regret for one second that support, his “politics is what is possible” approach. But we all have to learn and adjust. There is nothing this batshit crazy Congress is going to do to support this President and the good of the country unless we remind Americans of what SHOULD be done.

            There is no common ground with these loons unless the public demands that. That process starts with President Obama delivering a plan of action that will bring back this country’s strength and greatness. Let the people do the rest, but give them a specific dream to fight for.

            The country will love him and there will be no looking back — his second term is assured.

        • 54 Linda
          September 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

          I would love to see Bernanke at the Speech. Maybe walking in with the Cabinet Members.

      • 55 globalcitizenlinda
        September 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

        yes I caught that one tooand wondered what he had up his sleeve

      • 56 Uche
        September 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        BWD….my sentiments exactly!. And he made that statement while giving the crowd a ‘peek’ into his speech thursday. I have a feeling he’s gonna make them they can’t refuse……it will be a political death knell if they say no.

      • 58 bklynsam
        September 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm

        I’d read this earlier in the week but I never underestimate what all this President has planned until it surfaces and then sometimes it even takes me awhile to realize the genius of it (and I’m an unabashed Obot!)


        • 59 Um No
          September 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

          No genius there, sorry. Don’t listen to the National Journal. They don’t know what they’re talking about.

          That executive order only applies to spending that’s already been appropriated by congress. It doesn’t “go around congress.” It doesn’t create new spending initiatives. PBO can’t “go around congress.” They will have to pass something new. The republican House will have to pass something new.

          Which means the President will need all the support possible to get it done. There’s no “working around congress.” No magic executive order. Just big confrontational politicking in full view of the american people, to beat back those sabotaging republicans and help get folks back to work.

          • September 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm

            Um No, that’s not the National Journal. It’s The Atlantic article in which the author, Fawn Johnson, explains that the president is asking his departments to find what funds they had already appropriated and in hand to work on things like infrastructure. It was directed to the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Transportation. They’d be asked to select up to three high-priority infrastructure projects that can be completed within the control and jurisdiction of the federal government.

            They’ve probably already been asked. I doubt that he would announce something like that before he knew it would be actually workable. And it might not be all he’s proposing.

            • 61 Um No
              September 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

              “Fawn Johnson is a correspondent for National Journal.” Says so right in the header. I assume the National Journal and the Atlantic are owned by the same conglomerate.

              The point is, like you said, that the executive order is neither a “big jobs initiative” nor does it “go around congress.” It’s a misleading premise. It just cuts down departmental red tape for projects that have already been authorized. Getting projects started faster doesn’t create more jobs, it creates the previously expected number of new jobs quicker. All I’m saying.

              We need to help the President pass things through congress, not expect that some workaround exists otherwise.

              • 62 57andFemale
                September 6, 2011 at 1:41 am

                They are owned by the same company. It’s important to not confuse Atlantic Monthly and Washington Monthly. That being said some very important journalism has come out of Atlantic Monthly. Washington Monthly is definitely left of center, Steven Benen being a fantastic advocate for honest progressivism and our President. He is one of my go-to reads throughout the day, usually linking from TOD.

                The Atlantic Monthly has an esteemed history being founded in the 1850 by Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others.

      • 63 desertflower
        September 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        I think he’s got something going on too:) The man is WAY too smart! Miss you, love:) hope all is well.

      • 64 Mel
        September 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

        Yes I noticed that, he might have a lot to say on Thursday night, he wants everybody to watched the speech, I have never doubt
        Obama from the very begining even when he had The Rev Right problem a lot’s pf people were panicking, but he did fantaistic with the speeche about race so proud of this President.

      • 65 nathkatun7
        September 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        Really wonderful to see your commentary BWD! You don’t know how much some of us miss you and your blog. I hope you’ve rested and re-charged and you will be back with us soon.

        As to your comment, I also I hope POTUS has a plan B because the teapublicans will probably say NO to everything he proposes.

  12. 66 desertflower
    September 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Yeah. They look like they can’t stand the mere sight of him anymore:) THIS is the base! We love him…the rest of faux supporters…get on board, or get the hell outta the way!

  13. 67 utaustinliberal
    September 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I’m gonna have to tweet @BarackObama and suggest they please please please please make a shirt with the slogan 4 MORE FOR 44. It would sell like hotcakes!

  14. 80 Debz
    September 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    And… according to crowd counting by the MSM, we will be told there were “dozens” of people to see the President, unlike Palin Who had hundreds of thousands!

  15. 81 desertflower
    September 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Randi IS on now!!!!!

  16. 82 TrumpDog
    September 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Hey! Are these doctored photos?
    I don’t see Hamsher or Walsh or any of the other “base” in the pics.

    I demand an investigation!

    I don’t know why I’m bothering to ask but: Did the “liberal” media cover this event?

  17. September 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you Detroit! Great turnout under cloudy skies – love the hand signals.

  18. September 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    In another big win for the administration today, this time domestically- the WTO approved the US request for higher tariffs on Chinese imports of tires!
    It was said to please big labor, immensely(and I am sure the Treasury)!
    So far today, we did this and caught three senior al Qaeda members!
    MSM misses all of it!

  19. September 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm


  20. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    September 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Lord I suspected that I had very much work to do because ‘if the crazy media says its so then it must be true’. From all those happy and diverse source of the “unethusiastic and angry base” gesturing for 4 more years, I sure have my work cut out for me.

    I must go looking for President Obama’s base which is missing in action – what will President Obama do to get a few people to his rallies

  21. 97 hopefruit2
    September 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Howard Fineman’s “sources” on the hill tells him that all these people in the crowds were dragged to the event kicking and screaming. What we witnessed was a crowd boiling with anger and rage. They all pledged to not vote for President Obama, but will gladly vote for whoever the GOP nominates.

    • September 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Lol! Howard the duck is a Hater! Big time!

    • 99 JoJothecat
      September 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Yeah right howie……

    • 100 Debz
      September 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      LOL!! Howard’s “sources on the hill” told him the WH is very concerned about the lack of support for the President.

      • 101 TrumpDog
        September 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm

        I can’t stand Fineman.

      • 102 Kasai
        September 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

        Howard seem to have a close source at all times….hehehe His line is getting so old that I might find some of his sources in the grave.

        • September 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

          his close source is whatever trash he pulls outta his ass.

        • 105 Mel
          September 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm

          Howard sources are a pile of SHIT My only source is barack Hussin Obama yes he can Kansai The MSM will keep laying all the way
          into 2012 , but let’ remember what the MSM and PL say will be the opposit like tody so fired up and ready to go.

        • September 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

          Kasai and Lisa, you all just made me drop my meds all over the bed because of laughter. I am ill, but you two just gave me meds that will out weigh those meds anyday. Thanks. I am lying here smiling with the pain. But it is the best that I have felt in days. Thanks so much. Tell everyone hello for me. Especially Chips. Love you all back. “four more years for 44.”, I love it!HZ

          • September 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm

            HZ, I was wondering where you were! How are you doing?

            • September 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

              Hi Chips. I am not leaving this place. This is my home. I have been in the bed. Reading silently and responding very few times, however, enjoying tremendously. Did a few comments on twitter, but then the pain hits. So I get to comment when the pain lifts. I will make it though. I want to thank you for this post. Great photos, Chips. You are the best. Thanks so much. Love you back also.HZ

          • September 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm

            There you are, HZ! Sorry to hear you are in pain, but glad to hear from you. No need to answer to all our wishes – one shout out is good. Take good care of yourself and know that you are regularly in our thoughts.

          • 112 Kasai
            September 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm

            (((HZ))) many hugs, So glad to see you and was able to make you smile (you made my day) good vibes and spiritual blessings travel the universe in a blink of an eye…:-) Thank you for your presence here today…I shall keep my prayers going for better health dear HZ… for one thing I miss your inspiration. Love you much and try to rest:-) Be well ~ Kasai

          • September 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm

            Hiya HZ!!!! I hope you feel better. Missed you.

          • 114 Walking_on_ Sunshine
            September 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm

            Feel better HZ. Take good care of yourself. You are a treasure.

          • 115 Sue in Minnesota
            September 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

            So happy you piped up, and so sorry you are in pain. My little heart told me something wasn’t just right with you. Sending you love and light HZ.

    • 116 TrumpDog
      September 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Politico anonymous Democratic aide sources say these people were bused in from Mexico by George Soros!

    • 120 desertflower
      September 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Howard is a douche. No other way to say that. Mr. “I write at HuffPuff”…get over yourself.

    • 121 Sue in Minnesota
      September 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Did you mean ‘Coward Fineman”?

  22. 122 Manny OKE
    September 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks a million chips, for creating this site and for taking such a good care of us Obama folks. What a guy our President is! God bless you, chips and the entire O family.

  23. 123 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I love that first Picture….What a beautiful crowd…. and 4 more years signs are just priceless

    It won’t take long before Bachmann uses it as a “Gangsta Signs” seeing at a Gangsta President over the weekend….Be very afraid!!…LOL

  24. 126 carolyn
    September 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I tlove having this in front of the GM building…..if it were not for the President, that building would be an empty shell. Those people on the ground know that! Glad to see Detroit having a good day…well, at least two…the Tigers beat Chicago last night (sad for me) and the president came today. Detroit is living up to shoe Chrysler ads…..which I love. I love “Imported from Detroit.” Good luck to that city. They have been hit so hard! Nothing like a presidential visit to cheer people up…..just like New Jersey yesterday.

  25. 127 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Just getting home to watch; luckily, had it recording.

    Thank you, Jesus, for my DVR!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  26. 129 collegekay
    September 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    The first picture needs to be used… somehow.

    Simply beautiful.

  27. 130 globalcitizenlinda
    September 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    in the last photo, I would not be surprised if that lady’s spouse is the one standing behind her bemused as she “goes in” for the hug -of-a-life-time

  28. 134 hopefruit2
    September 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Hello this is Colonel Gaddafi once again popping in to say hi. I’m in hiding but was able to access Barack Obama’s speech to labor. I enjoyed it. I wishes he comes to Algeria to give a speech like that. I would introduce him to the stage. Then he could grant me asylum and a place in his cabinet. Maybe Deputy Vice President or something of that nature. Then I would become king, er,…I mean President. Then I marry Condi Rice.

    Love and blessings,

    • 137 utaustinliberal
      September 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Hahahahahahahahaha 😆 😆 😆 Ummmmm… thanks but no thanks Colonel Gaddafi.

    • 138 Fred
      September 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      you have me holding my side crying I am laughing so damn much 😆 😆 😆

    • September 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      …………Oh, hopefruit. you are so wrong. hahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahaha!!!! That was fricking hilarious. ” love and blessings, ‘Daffi.” hahahhahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha!!!! 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 hahaha 🙂

    • 140 nathkatun7
      September 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      This is way too funny hopefruit2! You know you are wrong! Poor Condi Rice.

  29. 146 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Here’s a tweet from JonathanAlter:

    Anyone who thinks Obama has lost his mojo should watch Detroit speech. He had a godawful summer but only a naïf would underestimate this guy

  30. 152 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Detroit police estimated the crowd size at 13,000.

    it looked larger to me??

  31. September 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    AWESOME! Thanks for the coverage, Chips!

    Rock On, Mr. President, Rock On! 😎

  32. 159 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Tweets are on blast today…..PBO has fired up the masses…

    Here’s another tweet I love:-)

    What? Doing stand-up while Navy Seals take out Osama? Takin a vacation while rebels rout Ghaddafi? Obama is smoother than Michael Corleone.

    • 160 JoJothecat
      September 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      That! “smoother and Michael Corleone”…so true. Scary true….watch out boner and the tea-o-p. They won’t know what hit em.

  33. 161 CEB
    September 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    In the last photo the SS agent looks like he is reaching to pull PBO back. That women was holding on to him to tight and too close. I am always afraid that we someone does this that they may accidently trip and pull him down causing others to fall on and possibly injure him and others. This kind of behavior must drive the SS crazy. It is one thing to be enthusiastic, this goes too far; not only is this the President of the United States, this is someone’s husband and two someone’s father; she should not be all up on him like this.

    I missed the speech, but thanks everyone for the play by play comments and thanks to Chips for getting the pics so soon. Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day (that crowd sure did).

    I had to laugh when the president gave his teaser/commercial for the speech on Thursday.

    • 162 globalcitizenlinda
      September 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      notice that the lady also has what appears to be matrimony rings on both her hands. some people want to offer the President comfort because they see the crap hurled his way. however, their actions of comfort may not always appear good as they should be

  34. September 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Yardam said on the previous thread, 21.5 million viewers streaming, and over 16k crowd!

    Those are great numbers, if confirmed!

  35. 170 JER
    September 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    President Obama Returns – Livesteaming – http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

    • 174 JoJothecat
      September 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Yep. These teabaggers fight mandates to pay for health insurance, but they want to mandate little girls get vaccinated in Texas so that his buddies at Merck can get rich and give him kick backs. I don’t know how he got re-elected after coming out with that mandate that, thank god, failed.

    • 176 Sue in Minnesota
      September 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      http://www.malialitman@wordpress.com is a Texan, Mother, a former nurse, and a former practicing attorney and she has the 411 on Perry and she is not afraid to tell it. She worked on President Obama’s 2008 campaign. She has been tirelessly attempting to expose the only thinly veiled hypocrisies of Palin, Bachmann and Perry.

      This particular topic was covered in her post of Aug16, 2011, “Perry’s Executive Order on Gardasil, Proves He is a Corrupt Bastard”
      This is wrong on many levels, not the least of which is the shared benefits of crony capitalism between Perry and Merck.

  36. September 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    We better watch it with the 4 finger signs the GREED OVER PEOPLE PARTY will say they are Nazi Signs.But we will take as a GANG SIGN FOR THE GREATEST PRESIDENT IN OUR LIFETIME .We have 429 days, 61 weeks and 10,296 hours to reaffirm our Presidents leadership of the FREE WORLD. YES WE CAN DO IT AGAIN

    • 179 Sue in Minnesota
      September 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      I think Obama supporters should have a “unity sign”…. when we pass each other in the public square, when we see a bumper sticker on a car, a t-shirt in the street….a quiet form of acknowledgement and a reminder of our collective efforts and unity. I am serious.
      Our movement isn’t underground, but it is openly being denied by the MSM, and derided by the Tea-haters, according to them we have all abandoned our ‘weak, bumbling,in over his head leader.’ I say it sucks to be a FOOL! Hope they are able to get up after the knockout punch that is heading their way. BAM as in O-BAM-A all the way to 2016.

      • 180 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        September 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

        Leading up to the 2008 election I got rid of all my red sweaters and went to work wearing blue for weeks. We can’t really be openly political where I work but there are ways to show solidarity. There were a lot of people wearing blue that fall. 🙂

  37. 181 anniebella
    September 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years.

  38. September 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    On Labor Day——good economic news in Illinois—–“Average median wage for employees on the rise”

  39. 185 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Nominated for best workers in this country on Labor Day: The President’s Secret Service Detail!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    P.S. What a speech – couldn’t stop crying. What a man – couldn’t stop crying. Four More Years!

  40. 187 Fred
    September 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    this is fiyaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh 😀

    Hoffa: ‘Let’s Take These Sons Of Bitches Out!’
    Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa didn’t mince words when warming up the crowd before President Obama’s pro-union speech in Detroit Monday.

    Hoffa described the recent Republican-led assaults on collective bargaining rights as a “war on workers” and described Obama as union workers’ general who will lead them to victory in 2012 over the Tea Party and like-minded allies.

    “President Obama, this is your army,” Hoffa said. “We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.”

    The rest of Hoffa’s red-meat rhetoric at a pro-union Labor Day rally.

    “We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war.”


    • 188 Debz
      September 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Good for Hoffa, the union leaders need to get tough with the repugs, even if the GOP and MSM whine about them being mean. This is going to be a battle for our country and especially for the middle class.

  41. September 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Awesome story and pics!!!! Just love everything thanks for posting Ms. Chips and Happy Labor Day everyone! 🙂

  42. 190 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm


    This DemRapidResponse ad starts with

    THE TEA PARTY – How extreme is their agenda?

    The ad then gives some pretty good examples of extreme ideology and ends with

    So this LABOR DAY, instead of talking about JOBS, they’re courting the TEA PARTY.

    • 191 bonkers
      September 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Ugh. I wish people would stop using that name “tea party.” These are REPUBLICANS through and through with this extreme ideology. The Repub Party needs to branded with this craziness. They borne and nurtured The Crazy. They own it. They ARE it.

      They shouldn’t be allowed to separate themselves from it by giving it a different name. Plus, they’ve bastardized what the original Boston Tea Party was all about anyway. I refuse to call these hateful nutjobs the “Tea Party.” They have nothing to do with the original Boston Tea Partiers and should not be allowed to claim some connection with those brave people in American history.

      • 192 JoJothecat
        September 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        Tea-publicans. Tea-O-P there is NO Republican party anymore. They have become a cult and morphed into the teabag party.

        • 193 Bobfr
          September 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

          Precisely, JoJo.

          The ad is doing just what needs to be done, equating Republican == Tea Party. Indistinguishable. It is essential to do so now, unrelentingly. We, thereby, forge a synonymous relationship and solidify the meme that Republicans are radical, rabid ideologues dedicated to crushing the middle class and doing whatever else it takes to ensure the dominance of the ultra-wealthy.

          Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

      • 194 Sue in Minnesota
        September 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

        I am on your page. One party, T-publican party. No daylight as some want to suggest between the Republicans and the Tea Party. And the Congressional record of the 111th and 112th Congress bears the documented proof.

      • 195 theo67
        September 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

        True – if someone says they’re a Republican, then they’re a member of the tea party, since they’re one in the same. They can’t pretend to be a thinking, caring, logical, civilized human being when everything they trade on and bank on is greed,racism, hate, stupidity and all manner of negative things. They are the same party – that’s why they have a majority in the House. If they want to differentiate themselves, then they have to give up the majority and declare a separate, third party. If someone calls themselves a Republican, then they are branding themselves with all the evil of the tea party – no way out.

  43. September 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    LOVE the idea of a “unity sign” we could use. It always drives me crazy when I pass/see a car with a sticker, especially 2012 sticker/magnet and there’s no way to get a message to them that “I’m in” too! Calling you creative folks out there!! We need something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 198 JoJothecat
      September 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Next time I see someone with an Obama sticker, I’m gonna hold up four fingers than the #1 sign….four more years to unite this country because there is only ONE America and it is about we the people…not Corporations.

      • September 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

        Good idea. Thanks for passing that on! I’ll use that. 🙂

      • September 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

        Except I don’t want people to see fingers up and get wrong impression. I always just give a thumbs up, have even on many occasion stuck my whole arm out the window as we go zooming by an Obama car on the expressway with my thumb up—–usually get a beep back.

  44. 201 kefauver
    September 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    But Obama’s lost the base and stuff! Those people are just there to register their discontent over “Speech-gate!”

    – Matt Stoller

    September 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm


  46. 203 Doris
    September 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Yep, this was some kind of wonderful. Thanks Chips for finding all those wonderful photos and making our day. 😀

    • September 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      This is so much fun. I’m plastering my FB page and saying positive things, with just a wafting of making fun about PBO’s “eroding base”. And I have to say: I see on the online NYTimes a kinda warm and agreeable piece on PBO in Detroit today. I am always looking for samples of when they behave “well”, as in “fairly. But basically, my main source of news and views and orientations is YOU TODers. xoxox Let’s keep moving.

      • 205 Doris
        September 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

        I agree Sara, this is a lot of fun. What a fabulous Labor Day this is. I’m so glad the President went to Detroit today. It gives us supporters something to chew on until Thursday, lol. Can’t wait. Keep up the good work. 😀

  47. 206 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Love all the pics and the five minute video clip. Chips you are magnificent. 😀 I read Johnathon Alter’s tweet up top and even in a slight compliment they still try to carry on with their meme. He states that President Obama had a horrible summer. I don’t think so. All of this is created by the media. It is rather glaring and even the average American voter has to start to see the FRAUD and DECEPTION going on in the MSM. IT is widespread and PBO, the DEMS, and his administration has NO support in the media anywhere. By GOD this election will be won by “THE PEOPLE” on the ground and on the internet. WE WILL DO IT AGAIN!! YES WE CAN!! KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 207 Doris
      September 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      By GOD this election will be won by “THE PEOPLE” on the ground and on the internet.

      I like that Keith! Here we go!!!!!

    • 210 hopefruit2
      September 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      You’re right Keith. His summer wasn’t any more “Godawful” than that of the Repubs. He came out less bruised in the debt ceiling negotiation than Boehner and the Tea Party. On the other hand, the Repubs have a flailing presidential field, dealt with angry townhalls, and saw plunging approvals for John Boehner and other Repubs in congress. Their desire to see Hurricane Irene become “Obama’s Katrina” was met with resounding competence and skill from the administration. Sarah Palin’s bus tour and movie were both abject FAILURES. But the MSM refuses to discuss any of that.

      • 211 Sue in Minnesota
        September 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm

        I like and respect Jonathon Alter, I do not agree with his description of this past summer as being God awful, at least not in the way that he is suggesting. Perhaps if he wants to be more accurate he could use that tern in reference to those that dared to play hostage with the lives and well being of the American people and the world. God awful is a pretty accurate description of the Republicans and their America hating agenda.

        • 212 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          September 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

          Correct on all accounts hopefruit and Sue. We all are KEEPING HOPE ALIVE!! I can barely wait for Thursday!! 😀

      • 213 Betsy
        September 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

        If the MSM had been doing their job the people would have seen these angry townhalls and commented on them and seen that the President has had a better summer than the GOP. Sigh. I wish there was a way to loudly and profusely expose the MSM for their inability to do their job.

        • 214 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          September 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

          Betsy is is not so much the inability of the MSM, it’s more they refuse. They are in the Teathugs back pocket and have made a PLEDGE to PIMP all their narratives and memes add nauseum. We will over come this with our ground and internet army. I CAN FEEL IT!!

        • 215 Sue in Minnesota
          September 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

          I can’t wait any longer for the MSM to do the job that I reasonably expected them to do. I am done with wondering why, how come or when. They are writing their own scripts, their own narratives….frankly with few individual exceptions they are not journalists. And it appears they have little concern for integrity, or even the perception of integrity.

          Whatever their justification……they are IMO a giant FAIL!

  48. 217 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Obama Rocks the Motor City With Promise To Stand With Unions


    The President dedicated the day to the non-elite, shouting, “The working men and women of America, this day belongs to you!” He pointed out that the cornerstone of the middle class was built by the union, and that a critical and all-American aspect of the union is that union members watch out for each other and their brothers and sisters who are not in unions, but are still benefiting from the rights of union members.

    President Obama pointed out that the “some were blaming” the working people for the poor economy, but the economy is stronger when workers are paid a decent wage and pointed out that unions are about “shared prosperity”.

    It looks like the Republicans have a few powerful narratives to kill this week, and even worse for them, it looks like their big dreams of knocking out labor and the middle class and thereby killing the largest support of the Democratic Party has failed.

    The biggest point the President made in his speech is that he supports the middle class, the workers, and the right to collectively bargain. Obama
    pledged, “As long as I’m in the White House, I’m going to stand up for collective bargaining!” To which the crowd roared back, “Four more years!”



  49. 218 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Obama Treats The Republicans Like The Job Killing Punks That They Are


    In Detroit today President Obama didn’t utter the words negotiate or compromise during his speech. Instead he challenged Republicans to either step up and help create jobs, or get out of the way.



  50. 219 halo
    September 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm


    • September 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      You know, I don’t really have to have my way about this. But PBO . . . . a man like him, far as I can tell,
      has not been around in hundreds of years . . . . I’m not sure there’s ever been anybody quite like him.
      that would be an opinion, huh? I am SO GLAD to have a place to locate this opinion.

      • 221 Sue in Minnesota
        September 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm

        I think the same….and also am glad that in this company I can express it openly. Some I know in my personal life understand that this is how deeply I respect this man, but they are a trusted few.

      • 222 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        September 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        No argument from me on that.

        There has never been one with the potential to unite so many diverse people. The Presidency can only last eight years at most but Barack Obama will still be young at that point and his work will continue. This is more than just a Presidency. He has the potential to have a positive impact on an entire planet.

        But for the moment we want him here, because we need him.

      • 223 jacquelineoboomer
        September 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm

        Sara – I feel exactly as you do. Thanks for expressing it.

  51. September 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    That first pic is now my twitter wall paper and av. Looks pretty good too – http://twitter.com/#!/RoscoeSaint

    • 225 Ladyhawke
      September 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      Nicely done StR. The wallpaper looks really cool.

    • 226 Doris
      September 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Wow, looks really good StR. Really good. Hot off the presses.

    • 227 Betsy
      September 5, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Looks GREAT. How’d you do that??

      • September 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

        Saved the pic to my computer, resized it a bit than used the profile tools on twitter. Click on “profile” button, and then the “edit your profile” link under your av (the egg picture if you’ve never personalized twitter account yet). Than click on the “profile” tab on the new screen and where “picture” and the open spot and the [browse] button, use the browse to find the pic you saved to your comp and then go to the bottom of the page and click save. Than click on the “design” tab that opens up a new page, and at the bottom there is a “change background image” button – click that and then put the saved pic address in there as well.

    • 229 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      September 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Cool 🙂

  52. 230 Linda
    September 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm


    Here is a picture of the audience reacting to Michele Bachmann today.


  53. 233 Fred
    September 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    that boy you see here with Mitt Romney is Hugo Smith who happens to be Politco’s Ben Smith.Make what you want of this . . .


    • 238 Ladyhawke
      September 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Wow, we were on the same page.

    • September 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Actually, I thought that language was over the top—-take them out—-no need.

      • 241 nathkatun7
        September 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

        I respectfully disagree, ditster3! The language was not over the top in the context of encouraging people to vote out teapublican right wingers! Hoffa never used any reference to using guns in a way that Palin did with her graphic map reference of people who were in the cross hairs of rifle targets. FOX aught to be ashamed for trying to distort news. This is once again their tactic of picking a minor incident to try to gin up controversy to overshadow the fact that President Obama, despite all the false memes of him loosing his base, received an enthusiastic welcome, and very passionate support, from tens of thousands of people in Detroit, including members of Labor Unions.

  54. 242 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Fox edits speech by Teamster President James Hoffa to imply he condoned violence to the Tea Party. Media Matters documents the deception. Even their own reporter Ed “Cheshire Cat” Henry made it clear that Hoffa was talking about VOTING. But Fox just could not resist. After all, it’s common practice at the network.

    Fox Doctors Hoffa Speech To Fabricate Call For Violence


    • 243 Sue in Minnesota
      September 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Fox needs to answer for their own…Her Ugliness with her gun loaded and violenct rhetoric. Fox has zero credibility, they should leave it alone.

    • 244 jacquelineoboomer
      September 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      I had the Fox version repeated to me earlier today by one of my friend’s sons. Luckily, I just emailed this to him. So annoying.

  55. 245 Linda
    September 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Did anyone see this on Friday ?

    FHA Files a $196 Billion Lawsuit Against 17 Banks

    1. Ally Financial Inc. f/k/a GMAC, LLC – $6 billion
    2. Bank of America Corporation – $6 billion
    3. Barclays Bank PLC – $4.9 billion
    4. Citigroup, Inc. – $3.5 billion
    5. Countrywide Financial Corporation -$26.6 billion
    6. Credit Suisse Holdings (USA), Inc. – $14.1 billion
    7. Deutsche Bank AG – $14.2 billion
    8. First Horizon National Corporation – $883 million
    9. General Electric Company – $549 million
    10. Goldman Sachs & Co. – $11.1 billion
    11. HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. – $6.2 billion
    12. JPMorgan Chase & Co. – $33 billion
    13. Merrill Lynch & Co. / First Franklin Financial Corp. – $24.8 billion
    14. Morgan Stanley – $10.6 billion
    15. Nomura Holding America Inc. – $2 billion
    16. The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC – $30.4 billion
    17. Société Générale – $1.3 billion

    These complaints were filed in federal or state court in New York or the federal court in Connecticut. The complaints seek damages and civil penalties under the Securities Act of 1933, similar in content to the complaint FHFA filed against UBS Americas, Inc. on July 27, 2011. In addition, each complaint seeks compensatory damages for negligent misrepresentation. Certain complaints also allege state securities law violations or common law fraud.


    • 246 JoJothecat
      September 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      It would be sweet if this leads to Bush/Cheney. Bushes “ownership society” that cut red tape, forbid states to stop these preditory loans, and gave the green light for these “liar lowns” that the mortgage brokers and banks cooked up. The only problem is they never changed the language that you will be prosecuted if anything on those loan documents were false. No one bothered to read the small print when they lied about how much money they made with those “stated” income policies. Talk about shock and awe….go get em Mr. Holder. Maybe the banksters money will be so tied up in lawsuits there won’t be any to give out to Tea-O-P candidates.

    • September 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      THIS is WHY the MSM have declared war on our POTUS.

      He’s gone after all the BIG $$$ – Health Insurance, Finance, Banking, Pharma.

  56. 248 theo67
    September 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    So, Romney is formally delivering his “jobs plan” tomorrow? He’s an idiot. He’s going to give President Obama plenty of time to refute every lie and nonsense plan that he’ll present tomorrow. I’m pretty sure that none of the idiots running against President Obama for 2012 will challenge any of the lies in Romney’s so-called plan (since they all read off the same playbook), but Romney’s opening the door for people to question why he wasn’t able to bring this same jobs plan to the people of Massachusetts when he was Governor, since the state was 47th out of 50 in job creation… This should be a fun week.

    • 249 COS
      September 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Theo67, it is shaping up to be a real doozie. I will have to go to the store and get more popcorn. 🙂

    • September 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Also leave his jobs plan open for attack in the Wednesday debate. I suspect the President will ignore the Romney plan – the President even paying any mind to Romney only helps Romney in his quest to be the inevitable candidate/front runner.

      • 252 theo67
        September 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

        I don’t think those lemmings, aka “GOP candidates”, are going to challenge Romney – although, Perry may try to ruffle some feathers since it’s his big debut. I don’t plan to watch the “debate”. Saving my viewing time for President Obama.

    • September 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Honestly, the guy knows ZIP about strategy. I’m sure his “plan” will be met with…….silence.

  57. 254 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I love the part when he asked Republicans “SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT”….lol….no more nice guy…

    • 255 JoJothecat
      September 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      You’re right….the Tea-O-P took the bait. They’re getting their message out first only for the president teams to slam it because it will be 100% tax cuts and deregulation.

  58. 256 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Timing is everything…and things happen for a reason…I am so glad that the job speech is after the Repubs debate…I am sure he will have to re-edit some of the prepared draft….and will knock them out by every word they utter….Where they can never take it back on national TV.
    PBO…is always ahead of the game…..while everyone was nit picking on time….PBO is always on Time 🙂

    • 257 theo67
      September 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      So true – the whole “speechgate” nonsense now seems to have been some pretty smart strategizing from the Administration. First, the GOP have shown themselves to once again be the racists that people are now realizing they are, with no respect for the Office of the President – and I think they’ll have to be on their good behavior at the Joint Congress address, so they don’t reinforce that image – a lot of people were angry. Second, the scandal heightened everyone’s awareness that the speech is even happening (including those who were worried their football would be pre-empted), and emphasized again that the GOP is not focused on jobs. Third, the GOP “debate” is now going to be scrutinized for evidence of a jobs plan (this might be wishful thinking on my part). Fourth, The football viewing crowd will have their TV’s on, and most likely will be at home or someplace where they can see the game, and the speech.

      He might have taken a hit in the eyes of some who want tough talk, but as a move in the long game, it was quite brilliant. And the President didn’t utter a word.

    • 258 lmrj
      September 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Remember during the debt ceiling talks PBO said “Can they say yes to anything?” I think he probably knew Boehner would balk at the Wednesday request and he would actually get what he wanted anyway. PBO is always miles ahead of the stupid T-Repubs.

    • 259 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      September 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm


  59. 260 AOK
    September 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I LOVE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!


    OBAMA 2012!!!!

  60. 262 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    PBO just put Repubs on notice with this line here:-)

    But we’re not going to wait for them. We’re going to see if we’ve got some straight shooters in Congress. We’re going to see if congressional Republicans will put country before party. We’ll give them a plan, and then we’ll say, do you want to create jobs? Then put our construction workers back to work rebuilding America. Do you want to help our companies succeed? Open up new markets for them to sell their products. You want — you say you’re the party of tax cuts? Well then, prove you’ll fight just as hard for tax cuts for middle-class families as you do for oil companies and the most affluent Americans. (Applause.) Show us what you got.

  61. September 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Joe gave a fiery speech in Ohio!

  62. September 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    We must get out and Vote for President Obama, and Democrats in State and Local elections for 2012. Only then can we move USA forward & Impeach Clarence Thomas, allowing Pres Obama to appoint total of 3 Supreme Court Justices. VOTE and get frinds to do same

  63. September 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Now, the tea baggers are mad about what Hoffa said! Calling on the president to condemn him and all unions!
    Over the top!

  64. 267 m
    September 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Loved this speech! I’m fired up! =)

  65. 268 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Not only does PBO stands with UNIONS…He backs it up with Legislation he passed during his first term:-)

    And I want everybody here to know, as long as I’m in the White House I’m going to stand up for collective bargaining.

    That’s why we’ve reversed harmful decisions that were designed to undermine those rights. That’s why we passed the Fair Pay Act to stop pay discrimination. That’s why we appointed people who are actually fulfilling their responsibilities to make sure that the offices and factories and mines workers that clock in each day, that they’re actually safe on the job.

    And we’re going to keep at it. Because having a voice on the job and a chance to organize and a chance to negotiate for a fair day’s pay after a hard day’s work, that is the right of every man and woman in America — not just the CEO in the corner office, but also the janitor who cleans that office after the CEO goes home. Everybody has got the same right.

  66. 269 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm


    • 270 Sue in Minnesota
      September 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Kasai…I ‘ve always loved this song! And then to hear Luther Vandross yesterday signing “Ain’t No Stop’ in US Now”……perfect campaign song. Lots of very fond memories from younger days. Music is spirit, powerful, powerful spirit.

  67. September 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Sue; you are so right we do need a unity sign for all of us.

  68. 272 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    President Obama looks SO ENERGIZED and relaxed when he is away from DC and mingling with the American People. I LOVE THIS MAN!! 😀

  69. 273 Sue in Minnesota
    September 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Well let’s come up with one and spread it around. I’m thinking the ‘ohm’ sign ….thumb to fore finger (forms an O) make it and raise it.
    And be sure to throw in a smile.

  70. 275 Ann_T
    September 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years….

  71. 276 carolyn
    September 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Is there a link to VP Biden’s speech? I read up thread that it was fiery…….two in one day!

  72. 277 Suzette
    September 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for the video Chips. I got goose bumps listening to that chant – 4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years.
    But for the President to achieve 4 more years and ALL good thinking voters really need to GO OUT AND VOTE in 2012. If you don’t vote, the President may not get that additional 4 years.
    4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years.

  73. 278 Ann_T
    September 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Her is a picture of Aretha. I hope this works.

  74. 279 Ann_T
    September 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Sorry, I don’t know how to post a picture. The link is very long.

  75. 280 Claire
    September 6, 2011 at 12:24 am

    If the Democrats could get the base to make it to the polls during mid term elections we would be in great shape. The base has to be motivated by their local and state politicians as well as the President.

  76. September 6, 2011 at 2:30 am

    “Labor Unions are the leading force for democratization and progress.”

    – Noam Chomsky

    Read more about Labor Day at: http://www.conversationwithnoam.com

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