rain or shine

President Obama is escorted up the steps of Air Force One by Staff Sergeant Brian Barnett as he departs for Richmond to speak on proposals to grow the economy and create jobs as part of the American Jobs Act

President Obama is greeted by Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones on his arrival at Richmond International Airport

White House live

Hiya everyone, I have to go out for a few hours but I’ll catch up later and update the site – have a perfect day 😉

249 Responses to “rain or shine”

  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    The weather is gorgeous here in Richmond! Welcome Mr. President!!!!! 😛 😛 😛

  2. 3 joyce
    September 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Thank you Mr President. I love you

  3. 4 Me4obama
    September 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I would give Everything to be the Umbrella Holder 😉 Go get ’em’ Mr. president Sir! I am completely behind you.

    • September 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

      thanks—–watched his arrival. One reporter tho kept trying to cause conflict, kept talking about the speaking venue, wondering aloud why he chose U. of Richmond, such a “prestigious university”. Another reporter came to the sanity rescue and said tickets were free and open to the public and went fast and looked like a diverse crowd filing in. And then it may have been the same reporter who also said “we may have a Joe the Plumber moment” when Obama went to greet crowd on tarmac, sounding like he was hoping for a moment of conflict. Dumb reporting is not limited to the national media.

      • 7 jacquelineoboomer
        September 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

        I shouldn’t dignify that reporter’s question, but should the President have gone to an HBCU? Good thing I’m not a violent person, but I am picturing a virtual drop kick for the reporter in my head.

        • 8 jacquelineoboomer
          September 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

          This is the problem when one responds to the actions of an idiot like that reporter – here I sounded as though I think the HBCUs are not “prestigious” – and I don’t.

          • 9 edp4bho
            September 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

            I understood you jacqueline. He took the diverse route because the diversity got him elected. Wish black folk would understand this, however, it is imperative that he also attend an HBCU as some are disgruntled about same. I’m sure he has thought about this and will follow suit.

            • 10 nospin
              September 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

              I interpreted Jacquelineoboomer’s comment to mean the reporter would not get away with making asinine and snarky comments against PBO at a HBCU and therefore she was picturing the virtual drop kick the reporter would have received.


  4. September 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I still cannot get out of my mind, that Rachel said the President has not accomplished anything and that is why people think he is weak!

    That is a blatant lie and she knows it!
    But why? Why lie? I don’t get it!

    • 14 ChristiMtl
      September 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Because she’s a fake and she works for a RW network.
      I noticed something about her when she has Repugs on, she’s all giddy and smiling, and laughing.
      She was like that with Pat Buchanan, now with Michael Steele, same with Megan McCain, Huffington, etc.

      She hates the President, like any good Pumas or pretend progressive, I don’t know what the heck she is anyway.

      To say that President Obama hasn’t accomplished anything is so disgusting, there’s no words.

      • 15 theo67
        September 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm

        Maybe we should all tweet her the link to the Obama achievements website ( http://www.obamaachievements.org ) , so she can educate herself? She’s a loser – I’m so glad I don’t waste any more time watching her childish nonsense. I didn’t watch any punditry last night – and remarked to myself that I can’t believe I used to spend so many hours desperately watching MSNBC nightly lineup, hoping for sanity and trying to calm my rising blood pressure. Nothing good there at all.

    • 16 Desraye
      September 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Her rating are in the tank. She trying to increase her ratings by going anti-Obama. Will in work? Probably not. I mean look at Cenk Ungar. I wonder how Melissa Harris-Perry did in her place?

      • September 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

        are her numbers really that bad?

      • 19 Ladyhawke
        September 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

        I really enjoyed Melissa Harris-Perry when she was filling in for Rachel. As far as I am concerned, Rachel needs to watch her back. Melissa is brilliant and an excellent interviewer. She seemed very comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. I would love to see her get her own show. The 10:00 p.m. slot would be great. I can’t stand Ed Schultz.

        • September 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

          Unfortunately i don’t think Melissa has the time. She’s teaching in NO, recently married and living in the Big Easy. She’s doing okay where she is at. i can’t see why she would want to come back North.

    • 22 professorx10
      September 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

      We should convict rachel of her own words through the video she had touting Pres Obama accomplishments awhile ago.

    • 28 gn
      September 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Didn’t she call POTUS “Barry” recently as well? Sounds to me that she might have caught a touch of the frustrati virus…I hope that she recovers, as she’s doing her viewers a big disservice.

      • 29 nospin
        September 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

        gn – I read on a previous post that the usage of Barry was in the context of “Give ’em hell, Barry”. A not to Truman. Intended to be complimentary.

        • 30 jacquelineoboomer
          September 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

          Yes, that’s what they were saying – I heard it directly. It wasn’t a mock. We’re just so used to hearing the haters use it, we think it’s a mock.

        • 31 gn
          September 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

          Thanks a million for the correction; a commenter on wsy noted that she did not mean to be derogatory as well. Mea culpa for not watching the segment for context, and I stand corrected.

        • 32 nathkatun7
          September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm

          I am sorry but I still have issues with them using a name that is generally used by the left and right to demean him. Second, I am personally tired of people not evaluating President Obama on his own merit. He is Barak Obama, not Harry Truman, not LBJ, not FDR. None of the other presidents were constantly subjected to that kind of treatment. It’s as if he cant be good enough or better than these mythologized heroes. Truman like LBJ inherited the Presidency. In case of Truman he barely won re-election. LBJ, on the other hand, won a landslide in his re-election. The well kept secret, however, is that both Truman and LBJ left the Presidency very very unpopular. So enough of this conflation of President Obama into this and that mythologized President. I voted for President Obama, and still support him, because he is the best President in my lifetime. I didn’t vote for Harry Truman!

      • 34 Sue in Minnesota
        September 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

        I am writing and requesting that they do NOT refer to him as Barry, not even as retread of “Give them hell Harry.” Barry has been used by those on the right to demean and emasculate President Obama. Rachel, if she is as brilliant as we are lead to believe, can recognize that for the most part that is a negative reference, it insinuates ‘boy’, and it’s intent is to degrade. Period. Rachel should use her creative ‘brilliance’ to coin her own catch phrase, and if she can’t do that at least address the President respectfully.

        I’ld imagine her suggesting that we lighten up, yet highly doubt she would be immune to references that are demeaning and deraugatory to members of the LGBT community. IMO, there is no defense for referring to the President as Barry, unless ignorance, hate and bigotry fuel ones attitudes and speech patterns, or your intention is to stir up shit. It’s uncalled for and a very unattractive reflection on those that resort to it.

        I don’t know what Rachel’s gig is…….my own impression is that she is forever trying to prove herself smarter and more politically savvy than President Obama, it springs from insecurity, or emotional immaturity. She is not rightwing, she is far left, and although she is smart, her emotional IQ interferes and lends rigidity to her ideas. She wants to win, and compromise is about give and take, not winning.

        • 35 gn
          September 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm

          I take your point as well, and I think that it’s a good one, and it seems as if she genuinely did not mean anything negative by this reference and has been unfairly attacked for it. I do agree that leaving the “Barry” verbiage alone is a good idea, and so is me watching for myself to glean context before jumping to a conclusion; mea culpa again everybody.

          • 36 Sue in Minnesota
            September 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

            gn…thanks, I understand the suggested context that it was used in, which makes it seem less offensive. I just think because the haters have established it’s use to demean, and because IMO, it demeans not only the President, but the larger AA community, it causes psychological and emotional erosion. I consider it to be a rather insidious influence that we should not promote.

            Besides retreading an old campaign slogan isn’t a very creative use of ones talents. President Obama represents a new movement in the way we do politics in this country, more thoughtful, intelligent and more responsible. I’ld love to see some of these pundits let go of the old play book and get onboard with the new. Like our President I am an optimist, and I firmly believe that we Can BE what we invision.

            I intend to write some very thoughtful letters to MSNBC this weekend, suggesting essentially the same. I don’t pretend that they will influence anyone in their programming approaches, but will pass on my thoughts none the less. I believe they are squandering their own potential, and there already considerable advantages to be something new and better.

            I’ll donate to your fund raising efforts…I’ve gone a little crazy this month…I wish I could give more…but i know every little bit adds up….I’m heading there now.

            • 37 gn
              September 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

              OMG, thank you so much! I’ll match whatever you and others give by the end of the day…maybe this fundraising stuff is fun after all! 🙂

              • 38 GGail
                September 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

                You guys are aware that POTUS went by the name Barry when he attended Occidental College?

                • 39 nospin
                  September 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

                  Yes GGail, they are aware. My sense is the objection to the usage of the name is because of the tone folks adopt when they think they are deriding the President when calling him Barry.

                  I understand that the President made a conscious decision to use Barack at a certain point in his life but I seriously doubt the President thinks anything about it. His sister still calls him Barry. Besides, those same folks use the same tone when calling him Barack or Obama so its silly really. They only make themselves look foolish and childish.

                • 40 Sue in Minnesota
                  September 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm

                  Yes….and he discraded it for Barack. Barry refers to his boyhood. And the haters are insinuating boy, manchild, their intent is to disrespect.

                  I am of the school that considers it a form of disrespect to disregard an individuals choice as to what they wish to be called. I grew up in a nickname family, in a familial enviornment it was an expression of love and comfort. That in my opinion is a very closed circle. In the broader world I do not appreciate people deciding for themselves as to how I am referred to. Touchy I guess…..but it is reminiscent IMO of name calling, which is a bullying tactic, and the very least it demonstrates a disregard of someones very personal choice. The President no matter who he or she is has earned the respect and dignity afforded the office. President Obama no longer chooses to be known as Barry, and we should respect his choice.

                  • 41 Sue in Minnesota
                    September 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm

                    I’m going get off this dime. Sorry for going on and on…..it strikes a very personal chord with me.

                    • 42 nospin
                      September 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

                      you are such a good person Sue in Minnesota. Unfortunately many of us are used to being subjected to foolishness like this one and have adopted thick skin because we recognize that ignorance is not always a curable disease.

                      That is why I raised my children to understand they will encounter situations like this and they should always recognize folks have the right to their opinions and can say anything they want (whether we agree or not), but they (my kids) have complete control on what to accept and what to outright reject.

                  • 43 EDP4BHO
                    September 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

                    Agree with you wholeheartedly. It’s a matter of simple respect.

              • 44 Sue in Minnesota
                September 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

                Keep mentioning it as you go….I’ll keep repeating MONEY BOMB. For those that are strapped no worries, we understand. No money bags here……but for those that can spare some “smash” let’s build a BOMB!

      • September 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm


        • 47 Obama Grandmama
          September 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

          You guys!! You had to see the “Give Em Hell, Barry!” sequence to have realized it was a complimentary comparison of our President to Prez Truman when he was experiencing problems with Congress and took to the road to meet with the public. Matthews said it first in exhileration as he had been complaining of PBO’s weakness for so long and was excited after the speech to see his toughness. Rachel also used the meme in a positive way. Rachel may not always say positive things about our President but she is the only one that puts up lists of what he has accomplished and attacks the opposition when they are inaccurate. I don’t think taking someone down when they are actually promoting our guy makes sense.

          • 48 edp4bho
            September 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

            All well and good for the positive, but for Madcow to say he is weak and hasn’t achieved, all in the same program? She gets no credit today.

        • 49 Mel
          September 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

          I knew that, but for some reason people were over reacting, and can we please move on let’s fpcus our energy
          on PBO I just watched him in Virginia and he was superb amaizing. the people there were crazy for him.

    • September 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      My response to Rachel on twitter yesterday was “The biggest risk to a media personality career, is when they start believing the hype…..cue——> Glen Beck.

    • 51 SAB
      September 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      She is contradicting herself if she said that, because there is plenty of shows where she is touting the administrations accomplishments and even says that they are too modest at honking their own horn. I remember it becaue it was when she was broadcasting from the 92nd street Y. So she really is two faced.

  5. September 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I’m on the phone waiting for Rusty. What really annoys me is his waiting music and the fact that it’s always so patriotic even though Bonehead clearly isn’t. Plus he playing PBO’s theme song! who the hell does he think he is playing PBO’s jam? Every 20 seconds a recorded voice goes:” we are experiencing heavy call volumes….” I say good!!!! Next I’m gonna call that idiot Allen West. Oy 🙄

  6. September 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Dedicated to PBO on this rainy day:

  7. 72 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Cantor To Obama: I Wish You Wouldn’t Speak Directly To The People (do your thing Mr President 😆 )

    Speaking to reporters after the President Obama’s jobs speech last night, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) sounded a bit upset with the way the President delivered his proposal. ‘The message was: either accept my package as it is, or I will take it to the American people. I would say that that’s the wrong approach.’ The GOP leader then had the audacity to claim ‘what we’re here to do is try to transcend differences, not let them get in the way in the areas we can make progress on.’

    This is a line we haven’t heard recently from Republican leaders. Perhaps they are responding to recent poll numbers suggesting historically unprecedented anger at their inability to compromise.

  8. 77 Linda
    September 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Did you hear that ignorant reporter say

    ” Maybe we will have another ” Joe the Plumber ” moment …

  9. 78 utaustinliberal
    September 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Hahahaha… the picture makes me laugh. Staff Sergeant Barnett is practically huffing and puffing trying to keep up with President Obama. 😆 Excited for the event in Richmond, VA.

    Don’t forget to call your congressmembers (House and Senate alike) and tell them to pass The American Jobs Act. Even if you have Democratic House and Senate members, call them and tell them that their duty isn’t only to vote in favor of the bill, their duty is to get in front of the media in whatever form and sell sell sell sell this plan. President Obama is counting on all of us. We can do this TOD’ers. 🙂

    • 79 GGail
      September 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      UT, I had a breakthrough this morning. My son finally agreed to contact his Reps in Utah! I told him how important it is for EACH of us to do our part. I’m so proud of him!!!! He’s at work now and I had to look up his Representatives (Senate & House) and email the contact info to him. I didn’t mind – especially if it removes the excuse that he doesn’t have time to look them up!!!

      • 80 utaustinliberal
        September 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

        That’s wonderful news GGail. Great job! What a wonderful son you have. As the President keeps reaching out to people like you; his message has the opportunity to snowball and hit more and more people and equip them with the tools to become more proactive. The GOP have woken the sleeping giant in terms of the American public and with President Obama at the helm, there’s no going back.

    • 81 Sue in Minnesota
      September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      With no disrespect intended to Staff Sargeant Barnett, he’s not really covering the President. That’s okay our President won’t dissolve like sugar or rust like iron. He is POTUS SOSBOB (spine of steel and balls of brass) 😀 Leader of the Free World!

  10. September 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Well, NASA is sending 2 space probes to the moon today. All the while, they may have to abandon the 100 billion dollar space station, due to problems with the Russian Soyuz space craft!

  11. 85 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Rand Paul: The EPA ‘Turns Everyday Life Into A Federal Crime’

    Rand Paul to EPA: Don’t protect Kentucky

    PAUL: EPA regulations violate constitutional rights (PLEASE do NOT read the comments on that site;PLEASE)

  12. 89 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 10:50 am

    well ain’t that a bitch and I won’t apologize for that but this fool has a LOT of nerve 😯 😯 😯

    Bush Credits ‘The Work That Was Done’ During ‘MY Presidency’ For Osama Bin Laden’s Death

    TIMELINE: The Hunt For Osama Bin Laden

    VIDEO: Bush’s Failed Hunt For Bin Laden

    ANALYSIS: Bush’s Lackluster Hunt For Bin Laden

    • 90 theo67
      September 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Has Bush forgotten that we have footage of him from several years ago saying “I don’t know where he is, and I just don’t spend much time thinking about him”? What a loser. He’s crawled out of his foxhole, to claim credit for something he already declared was “Mission Accomplished” ten years ago?

      This is why he didn’t want to go on the victory lap with President Obama – who probably would have said that capturing OBL was a joint effort across two administrations. Now, Bush wants the ten year anniversary to be credited to himself. Well, he can claim rightful credit for 3000+ dead Americans on Sept 11, 4430 dead troops in two badly fought wars (one of which was illegal), and a terrified nation traumatized after ten years of fear-mongering. He deserves full credit for those things. Ugh – he just makes me furious. This is the only thing I will ever fault President Obama on – allowing these cretins to stay free without facing justice for their crimes. Cheney and Bush belong in the Hague, and every time I hear from one of them, or see them on TV, it all comes rushing back. They have done evil on this planet – and karma will find them one day.

      • 91 HZ
        September 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

        Thanks for your comments theo67. I was thinking the same thing. We have seen the footage Mr. Bush. Do these people really think that all of us out here are stupid and with no conscience like them. Karma is something not to play with in this life for sure.

  13. 92 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Bush Tells Barnes Capturing Bin Laden Is ‘Not A Top Priority Use of American Resources’

    Despite Its Closure In 2005, Condi Rice Claims Bush’s Bin Laden Unit Worked ‘Every Single Day’

    C.I.A. Closes Unit Focused on Capture of bin Laden

    Right Rushes To Praise Bush For Obama’s Order To Kill Bin Laden

  14. 95 utaustinliberal
    September 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Hey Chipsticks CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Just noticed you passed 4 million hits!!! Go on with ya bad self! 😉 Woot! Woot! Champagne bottles corking all over the world. 😀

  15. September 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

    called Allen West. Unfortunately, it was ridiculously easy to get through to his rep. Asked if he went to the joint session last night. was told yes he had. asked how he felt about what was said and if he would support AJA. She said West hadn’t really talked about it with them yet. 🙄

    • 99 theo67
      September 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Should have asked her what West is doing towards the GOP #1 focus on jobs – and why he hasn’t seen fit to talk to his staff about a speech from the President of the United States about the GOP #1 focus.People who voted for West have a lot to answer for.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:10 am


  17. 101 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

    why is Baba Wawa kissing Rudy’s ass like that? 🙄

    btw she’ll have on Cheney next Tuesday

    • September 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

      There is a real possibility that Rudy could be Perry’s running mate. And if not, he’d very likely have a top spot in the cabinet. Walters is a Republican.

    • 104 Sue in Minnesota
      September 9, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Baba is one of the hogs in the Tpublican sty. I do not care for her…at all. She is the reason we avoid the CBS network…..unless the President is on 60 Minutes.

  18. 105 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

    can’t believe Rudy said we’re “safer” 😯

    the radio’s didn’t work because of you asshole 🙄

  19. 106 Linda
    September 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Flow chart to determine the GOP candidate. Kind of funny.

  20. 108 professorx10
    September 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Lookie lookie what we have here

  21. September 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Nancy Pelosi ended her presser with a very interesting comment about 9/11. She said her caucus opened this morning with a moment of silence and gave a quoted a phrase from Abraham Lincoln: “The Silent Artillery of Time.” She also recounted that she had a chance to see and help stitch the American flag that flew atop the WTC on 9/11. It’s being reconstructed with pieces of old flags, including thread from the flag that draped Lincoln’s casket. It’s been touring the country.

  22. 117 halo
    September 9, 2011 at 11:30 am

    You passed 4m hits, Chipsticks!! Congrats!

  23. September 9, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I have a feeling that there will be a lot of hecklers at the President’s speech today. It is right in Cantor’s backyard after all. The GOP will use hecklers to try and push back and control coverage of the President’s barnstorming.

    • 120 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Doubt it. I’m watching a live stream right now. Lots of Obama love in the building.

    • September 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

      They are SHOWERING him with love. ROUSING welcome.

    • September 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      There were none that I could detect. Even the irritating local reporter inquiring (hoping) if there were any protest signs along the motorcade route or outside the university was told no, there were none.

      • September 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

        Good to hear. It only takes 3-4 yahoo’s to start shouting at different times. Of course if the rest of the crowd drowned them out with “Pass the Bill!” chants it might backfire on them.

        • 124 GGail
          September 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

          All those who “expected” negativity are sorely disappointed. It was a rousing crowd and vocally supportive of the President and his message. He is continuing his speech and encouraging WE THE PEOPLE to get involved. I liked when he said he was an optimist, because so am I.

          So NAYSAYERS go suck a lemon!

          • September 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm

            He was received very well. Let’s put out more positive seeds. We are the ones that the President need and depend on. Let us really keep his back. Do allow the negative attitudes to camp in our home here. We have to be as strong as our leader, President Obama. Hell yes, it hurts. But you think he is not hurting, ofcourse he is, but he keeps his focus, stand up to these evil foolish and vile people with his smarts, calm attitude, and works his behind off. We can do the same. Now cheer up and lets stand together. We must win this for the million of people who are hurting now. Please TOD Family. We have to keep this on track. I love you all back so very much.HZ

    • 126 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      September 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Your usual optimism STR. 🙄 😎

  24. September 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    PBO is so cheeky!!!: “that’s why, after a few scheduling issues, I went to congress last night.”

  25. 130 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

    The President is in campaign form folks. What a great day to be a Obamabot. 😀

  26. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    September 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

    The Senate “Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee” has been on it, recently. Today, they put out another fact sheet on “The American Jobs Act – Impact for Women and the Economy.” I think they’re realizing they need to support every brilliant idea the President comes up with, to get the job done.

  27. 133 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

    There are construction workers ready to put their belts on and GET DIRTY. Love it.

    Let’s pass this bill NOW.

  28. 134 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 9, 2011 at 11:47 am


  29. 135 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 11:47 am


  30. 136 collegekay
    September 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

    He’s doing it again. “Pass this jobs bill….” “Pass this bill…”

    Love it! love it! love him!

  31. September 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Hey TOD family, I received this from a colleague and really enjoyed it. Passing it on…

    Obama Will Triumph — So Will America

    By Frank Schaeffer

    Before he’d served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds — including this white, straight, 57-year-old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter — are sticking with our President. Why?– because he is succeeding.

    We faithful Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us.

    Obama’s steady supporters will be proved right. Obama’s critics will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged at best and shriveled hate mongers at worst.

    The Context of the Obama Presidency

    Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe, the Second World War and the Depression has any president faced more adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial integration has any president faced a more consistently short-sighted and willfully ignorant opposition – from both the right and left.

    As the President’s poll numbers have fallen so has his support from some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago; all those lefty websites and commentators that were falling all over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the 2008 election.

    The left’s lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling “prophecy”– snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and then pretend youdidn’t have anything to do with it!

    Here is what Obama faced when he took office– none of which was his fault:

    # An ideologically divided country to the point that America was really two countries

    # Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that was unnecessary and immoral

    # The worst economic crisis since the depression

    # America’s standing in the world at the lowest point in history

    # A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war

    # A health care system in free fall

    # An educational system in free fall

    # A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions (about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done nothing)

    # An impasse between culture warriors from the right and left

    # A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally irresponsible Bush administration…

    And those were only some of the problems sitting on the President’s desk!

    “Help” from the Right?

    What did the Republicans and the religious right, libertarians and half-baked conspiracy theorists — that is what the Republicans were reduced to by the time Obama took office — do to “help” our new president (and our country) succeed? They claimed that he wasn’t a real American, didn’t have an American birth certificate, wasn’t born here, was secretly a Muslim, was white-hating “racist”, was secretly a communist, was actually the Anti-Christ, (!) and was a reincarnation of Hitler and wanted “death panels” to kill the elderly!

    They not-so-subtly called for his assassination through the not-so-subtle use of vile signs held at their rallies and even a bumper sticker quoting Psalm 109:8. They organized “tea parties” to sound off against imagined insults and all government in general and gathered to howl at the moon. They were led by insurance industry lobbyists and deranged (but well financed) “commentators” from Glenn Beck to Rush Limbaugh.

    The utterly discredited Roman Catholic bishops teamed up with the utterly discredited evangelical leaders to denounce a president who was trying to actually do something about the poor, the environment, to diminish the number of abortions through compassionate programs to help women and to care for the sick! And in Congress the Republican leadership only knew one word: “No!”

    In other words the reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy American far right,combined with the educated but obtuse neoconservative war mongers, religious right shills for big business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving crazies, child-molesting acquiescent “bishops”, frontier loons and evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at all costs!

    “Help” from the Left?

    What did the left do to help their newly elected president? Some of them excoriated the President because they disagreed with the bad choices he was being forced to make regarding a war in Afghanistan that he’d inherited from the worst president in modern history!

    Others stood up and bravely proclaimed that the President’s economic policies had “failed” before the President even instituted them! Others said that since all gay rights battles had not been fully won within virtually minuets of the President taking office, they’d been “betrayed”! (Never mind that Obama’s vocal support to the gay community is stronger than any other president’s has been. Never that mind he signed a new hate crimes law!)

    Those that had stood in transfixed legions weeping with beatific emotion on election night turned into an angry mob saying how “disappointed” they were that they’d not all immediately been translated to heaven the moment Obama stepped into the White House! Where was the “change”? Contrary to their expectations they were still mere mortals!

    And the legion of young new supporters was too busy texting to pay attention for longer than a nanosecond… “Governing”?! What the hell does that world, uh, like mean?”

    The President’s critics left and right all had one thing in common: impatience laced with little-to-no sense of history (let alone reality) thrown in for good measure. Then of course there were the white, snide know-it-all commentators/talking heads who just couldn’t imagine that maybe, just maybe they weren’t as smart as they thought they were and certainly not as smart as their president. He hadn’t consulted them, had he? So he must be wrong!

    The Obama critics’ ideological ideas defined their idea of reality rather than reality defining their ideas—say, about what is possible in one year in office after the hand that the President had been dealt by fate, or to be exact by the American idiot nation that voted Bush into office… twice!

    Meanwhile back in the reality-based community – in just 12 short months — President Obama:

    #Continued the draw down the misbegotten war in Iraq
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Thoughtfully and decisively picked the best of several bad choices regarding the war in Afghanistan
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Gave a major precedent-setting speech supporting gay rights
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Restored America’s image around the globe
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Banned torture of American prisoners
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Stopped the free fall of the American economy
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Put the USA squarely back in the bilateral international community
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort to halt global warming
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Stood up for educational reform
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Won a Nobel peace prize
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Moved the trial of terrorists back into the American judicial system of checks and balances
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had failed to even begin
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Responded to hatred from the right and left with measured good humor and patience
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Stopped the free fall of job losses
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Showed immense personal courage in the face of an armed and dangerous far right opposition that included the sort of disgusting people that show up at public meetings carrying loaded weapons and carrying Timothy McVeigh-inspired signs about the “blood of tyrants” needing to “water the tree of liberty”…
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    #Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but explain and defend them brilliantly
    (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

    Other than those “disappointing” accomplishments — IN ONE YEAR — President Obama “failed”! Other than that he didn’t “live up to expectations”!

    Who actually has failed…

    …are the Americans that can’t see the beginning of a miracle of national rebirth right under their jaded noses. Who failed are the smart ass ideologues of the left and right who began rooting for this President to fail so that they could be proved right in their dire and morbid predictions. Who failed are the movers and shakers behind our obscenely dumb news cycles that have turned “news” into just more stupid entertainment for an entertainment-besotted infantile country.

    Here’s the good news: President Obama is succeeding without the help of his lefty “supporters” or hate-filled Republican detractors!

    The Future Looks Good

    After Obama has served two full terms, (and he will), after his wisdom in moving deliberately and cautiously with great subtlety on all fronts — with a canny and calculating eye to the possible succeeds, (it will), after the economy is booming and new industries are burgeoning, (they will be), after the doomsayers are all proved not just wrong but silly: let the record show that not all Americans were panicked into thinking the sky was falling.

    Just because we didn’t get everything we wanted in the first short and fraught year Obama was in office not all of us gave up. Some of us stayed the course. And we will be proved right.

    Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays, depending on your point of view) to everyone!

    PS. if you agree that Obama is shaping up to be a great president please pass this on and hang in there!

    Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of “Patience With God – Faith For People Who Don’t Like Religion (Or Atheism).”

    Frank may be contacted at Frankschaeffer.com

  32. September 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

    “Pass this Bill!” needs to be chanted like “Yes, We Can!” was.

  33. September 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    PBO mocks the Norquist pledge in about 2 seconds ( a reiteration of last night). hehehehehhehehhehehehe. crowd loved it.

  34. 147 jacquelineoboomer
    September 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

    The Prez says, about the Rs in Congress: “if you just stay on it long enough … eventually … if they’ve exhausted all the options, folks will do the right thing.”

  35. 149 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    LIFT UP YOUR VOICES – Use facebook, email, twitter, carrier pigeon to let your representatives know what you want. PASS THIS BILL.



    Erick Cantor’s worst nightmare.

  36. 151 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    GOP Policy Chairman Tom Price: Obama’s Payroll Tax Cut For Working Families Is ‘Class Warfare’

    GOP Rep. Brooks Claims ‘Evicting All Illegal Aliens’ Would Create ‘Millions Of Jobs For Americans’

    Deadbeat Dad Rep. Joe Walsh Wants Ex-Wife To Pay His Legal Bills

    what is the matter with CNN?
    CNN Hosts Islamophobic Terror ‘Expert’ Steven Emerson To Discuss Terrorism Threats

    • September 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      “what is the matter with CNN?”


      @cnn, like @msnbc, is tryin’ to “emulate” Murdoch/Ailes’ Fox “News,” the Communications/Propaganda/PR arm of the TeaPUBLICAN Party, which has disrespected PBHO and the Office of The Presidency, since Jan ’09, 24/7, 365 days a year, …

      By the way, Fox “News” *ISN’T* a news organization!

      @mmfa (Media Matters), along w/ @stopbeck, *IS* workin’ to bring ’em down: (Because of @stopbeck’s persistence & patience & focus (on Beck’s sponsors/advertisers), he and his followers *ARE* the ones who got Beck fired from Fox!)

      http://dropfox.com (@drop_fox)

      Yeah, once upon a time, CNN was the ‘Most Trusted Name in News’… (Do you ever wonder about @andersoncooper’s slogan, ‘Keepin’ ’em Honest’ …Hmmm!)

      Now, it’s Fox Lite!

      You know, the love of money *IS* the root of all evil.

      And, whatever is done in the dark, eventually, it comes out in the light…

      Look what’s goin’ on w/Murdoch & Co. in the UK! 😆

      Fairness Doctrine, anyone?!

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

  37. 153 jacquelineoboomer
    September 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Magnificent speech, Mr. President!

  38. September 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    what’s this song called?!!!!!!

  39. 164 Tally
    September 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Poo – got up too late, and just missed it. Hope to see vid later.

  40. 165 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    This was absolutely exhilarating. I am bursting with pride. This is the most amazing display of advocacy for the American people I have seen.

  41. 166 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I wonder how Eric Cantor’s job event is going.

  42. 170 nintendowii10
    September 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    People are JEALOUS of this President, that is why they call him weak and say that he is unpopular and ineffective.

    Heck, it was the professional left who threw in the towel during the stimulus fight, because he put politics aside and actually focused on RESULTS. That’s what the professional left ignores, they ALWAYS fall for the kabuki political theater dramatics, thinking that is more important; hence why they ALWAYS whine about how President Obama “caved/capitulated.”

    But as you see folks, visuals don’t lie. The American people LOVE this President, and he is drawing rockstar level crowds, whereas the Republicans can’t even get close to half that size. The professional left and Teapugs alike need to ask themselves, if President Obama is weak and unpopular, then why are people showing up to hear him speak? Why are more folks blaming Bush and the Republicans for the state of the economy and other issues? Why is the current crop of Republicans the WORST since 2008?

    And they want to bet against THIS guy, who defeated the Clinton machine and the Republican machine in 2008? GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

  43. 171 utaustinliberal
    September 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    That speech was fan-fucking-tastic!!!! I was clapping and cheering like crazy!!! He called out the oathers, he called out the republicans for supporting such measures in the past and now being stubborn quagmires, he used “Pass This Bill” as a rallying cry; kinda like an alternative to “Yes We Can.” The crowd loved him; chanting, “USA! USA! USA!” I love when he said he is an eternal optimist and that we all should stop indulging in handwringing and anxiety laden prose. He told us it’s time to shake off the doldrums and get to work. He reminded us that we’re AMERICANS and we write our own destiny, we lead, we innovate, we outeducate, we are and always will be the envy of the world. And finally he gave all of us a call to action: Call, tweet, facebook, fax, email, and even send a carrier pigeon to congress. Just do what you can to make The American Jobs Act a reality. What a speech. What a man. What a leader. What a President.

    • September 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Lol, I loved “carrier pigeon”. This man is great!

    • 173 Sue in Minnesota
      September 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      It was…the whole time I was thinking of those that demeaned our ‘community organizer’……..wonder what they think of our “NATION ORGANIZER” now. FOOLS!

      Karma is back to bite them in the ass. 😉

      • 174 nospin
        September 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

        Sue – I had the same thoughts myself today when I thought about the President’s speech yesterday. Thought, this is what you get when you elect a community organizer – you get a nation organizer who actually coordinates a movement and gets the job done.

  44. 175 P
    September 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Whitehouse.gov/live is not working for me. I don’t know why. I am sure PBO continued is fire from last night!!!!! PASSTHATBILL!!!!!

  45. September 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Good Morning TOD family


    I am so energized by the speech. He was magnificent.

    So what do we do today?

    1. We contact our elected representatives (Rep and Dem) and we tell them to pass the bill. Jobs not cuts, America can’t wait. We can ask Dems to support the President and Repubs to compromise and put country ahead of party.

    Contact Elected Officials – Address, Phone, Twitter, Email

    BTW – if you find a mistake or have more info to add, post it here, I appreciate the help.

    2. We contact the WhiteHouse and tell them we support the substance of the President’s speech and the way he delivered it.

    3. It is wonderful to read the national stories, but it would be equally wonderful to hear about local stations who gave positive coverage to the speech. This morning my local radio station did a very long, and positive report on the speech, quoting President Obama and VP Biden.

    If there is a good story in your local paper, post it here and I can snag the URL for the page and add it to my local media page.

    3. If there was ever a time to write a Letter to the Editor, this is the time. The comments listed above by StayingSteady4PBO is filled with positive and useful info which (with StayingSteady4PBO’s permission) could be used in a letter. If you write a letter or read a good letter post that info here.

    We will not be distracted – today we contact our officials, and show President Obama we support him. We need to do this everyday until a bill is passed or the Republicans are defeated at the polls.

  46. September 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    The President is also creating a huge contract between the GOP Primary candidates and himself. They’re all fear and negativity, he’s all hope and promise; they’re all about division and he’s about uniting. They have to veer hard right to win the party nomination, he can establish himself as a moderate; they have to be ideologues he can be a pragmatist.

    Keep calling your reps, senators. Tell them to pass this bill now.

    • 178 nintendowii10
      September 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      That was always the Obama strategy, paint himself as a moderate so that he could win the middle, which determines ALL elections.

      The professional left keeps continuing to whine about “the base has abandoned him,” the “base” is a Bush/Rove term. The base isn’t going to go for Republicans. If they do, they are politically STUPID, but it isn’t the “base” that determines anything but primary elections… when it comes to general elections, they are won by the middle, those who don’t follow politics like us polijukies do.

      This is why the professional left whines about how President Obama is “weak” and “has no spine,” because he ignores them and doesn’t listen to their advice. The professional left knows everything about losing elections and nothing about WINNING… they ALWAYS revel in failure, which is why they’re not even attempting to help President Obama pass the American Jobs Act. They’d rather see the American Jobs Act fail and more Americans go out of work, just so they can blame the President, which is EXACTLY what the Teapugs want to accomplish.

    • 182 theo67
      September 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      So true – people are tired of being depressed and afraid. I was just thinking this week that the negativity is debilitating, and what a difference it makes to step away from the noise of the pundits. It’s a real contrast to see his boundless energy, faith, enthusiasm, optimism – and then see that silly Bachmann’s response yesterday was “President Obama’s plan will fail”. No details, no alternatives, no chance.

      • 183 Sue in Minnesota
        September 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        It is helpful to remind ourselves of two very basic things. What we FOCUS on expands. And what we focus on is a CHOICE.

        We have repeatedly put ourselves through hoops, with every major issue and initiative. We didn’t have to. I hope we are learning as we go……I know I am. President Obama is there always, as the political/emotional waters get choppy, to show us that we can steel ouselves, we can focus, and we can do what needs to be done. YES.WE.CAN. He leads, he is calm when it is difficult for us to remain so, he reassures us…he never gives up, he deflects the nonsense and the impertinent, he keeps his eyes on the prize. Look to his example, his strength, his tenacity and his genuine heart when you need to reconstitute your sense of balance and your reason for hope. That is why we call him Leader.

  47. 185 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Pass This Bill: Obama the Fighter Replaces Obama the Negotiator


    President Obama called on the Congress to pass this bill, to not allow the American people to suffer because of partisan differences in DC, but also, he put them on notice that he intends to take his case to the people. Obama warned Republicans in Congress, “Regardless of the arguments we’ve had in the past, regardless of the arguments we’ll have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now. You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country.”

    President Obama used his bully pulpit tonight for one of his most personal causes: the unemployed and financially vulnerable. Perhaps skeptics and Republicans were expecting Legislative Obama, who has been forced to compromise in order to protect the more vulnerable among us, but the President is in a different position on this fight. When it comes to taking care of the working people, Obama has made his greatest sacrifices for the purpose of our economy and the working class. Tonight was his chance to make the case for them as a fighter with nothing to lose.

    Fighter Obama is in the house and if he makes his case to the people and the people are loud enough in their support for him, the Republicans might be forced to actually vote for their country for once.

    Pass this bill. Tonight, President Obama delivered forceful leadership for jobs “Made in the USA”.


    • 186 Sue in Minnesota
      September 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks Ladyhawke…..I’ld encourage those unfamiliar with PoliticusUSA to visit their website…..it’s listed on the blogroll here.
      Very supportive of our President and our causes…we need to promote all sites such as this, circumventing the MSM, and turning up the volume on viable alternative news sources, and encouraging others to visit these sources as well.

      • September 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        Let’s see can we get all the democratic website to target MSNBC and tell them to stop lyng on the President.

        • September 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

          I went to MSNBC this morning to see what they had to say and it wasn’t bad for a change and the comments were only sparsely peppered with the usual jackasses.

          • 189 Sue in Minnesota
            September 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

            They would look glaringly foolish to spout their usual trash talk in the wake of last evenings address, reinforced again today in Richmond.
            Their spirits are probably a bit damp, not unlike the weather.

            We will win when they can now longer rile us, or upset us, or anger us…when we can laugh at them, ignore them, and ultimately feel compassion for their lives that are so consummed by their own insecurities and fear.

  48. September 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    President Obama remained in top form today. He got ’em going there in Richmond. It was a raucous, Obama-loving crowd. I hope all who were there do what he urged and contact their representatives and keep the pressure on. Same with supporters across the country. He needs help from all of us. It’s the only thing which may help get some action on this legislation. The Repubs need to feel the frustration and urgency.

  49. September 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Just saw this in a Tally Tweet

    A web form created by the AFL-CIO where you enter your zip code and a letter of support is generated to your elected officials. So easy and quick. so glad the union is on board here.


  50. September 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Apologies if this has already been posted

    The facts about the American Jobs Act


  51. September 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Wow, what a night! I loved the president’s speech. I loved his town hall in Virgina great stuff. Thanks for the inspiration, Ms. Chips your head line just made me want to dedicate “Come Rain or Sunshine” to our president. 🙂

  52. 204 Linda
    September 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    On the front page of MSNBC’s website is says

    ” Wall Street drops after Obama’s jobs speech ”


    Wall Street drops after Obama’s jobs speech , US joblessness

    Both things cannot be true.


    • September 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Or it could be the heightened threat level going into the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the potential plot uncovered.

      • 206 Linda
        September 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm


        Wow…..it really says

        Dow drops over 300 on concerns of European debt…..

      • 207 Desraye
        September 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

        Or the Europe debt issue.

      • 208 utaustinliberal
        September 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm

        My sentiments exactly. How desperate must the MSM be to try to tie in US Joblesness and Wall Street drop to President Obama’s Jobs Speech. Last I checked, the European markets are still aflame, the Asian markets opened low; the media has been indulging in anxiety ridden hyperbolic soundbites about the 9/11 threat that’s not 100% confirmed according to VP Biden on all three national networks this morning. They’re all about doom and gloom. They see that President Obama grabbed the attention of the American people and gave each and everyone of us a call to action, told us all to be proactive so that The American Jobs Act can be a reality and what do they do? They pull ridiculous nonsense from thin air. The stench of their desperation is repugnant.

    • September 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Let’s bomb their website with tweet, email, ect.. we have to attack this mess or it will get worst.

    • September 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      GEEZE. It’s the Euro crisis. Way for the media to smear the President.

    • September 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Linda the headline was clarified by what seemed to be worrying the stock market the most — that it would be difficult to get it through Congress. I hate those bumper-sticker headlines, too.

  53. September 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Great speech, let the fight begin, We the people are we fire up. Our fight is the media the republican is beatable but with the help of the media is the only reason they are in the game. The media made the tea-party big and now they trying their damn-est to make Romney the next president of the USA. Our target really is not the Republican they don’t have any chance without the Media. Our target is to get the media to stop making shit up. Attack the media and the Republicans will fall. bomb their sites with email, fax, calls, tweet,face book,etc… start with your local news and paper , county, state, and cable news that include C-span they are putting people on to bash the President 10 to 1. We have to fight the media in order for Obama to win. Let get to work. Let bring down msnbc they are the ones who are trying to confuse democratic voter so they will be upset with Obama and stay home. Stop watching Joe, Rachel, chris, ed, O’Dumbo lets attack their rating and bring them down. And Lets give Al an increase in rating. They will see we are not Fools.

    • 214 Anonymous
      September 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      “Without the media the republicans can’t win. “. You’re right.

      Tweeting, writing to them can be useful. But it’s also necessary to wake up people around you. The independants and moderate republicans you know. A little phrase from time to time. Make them notice that the coverage of the president is almost always negative. Make them notice that when the President’s numbers go down the media makes a big fuss about it “he’s sinking” but when the numbers go up, crickets, or if they mention it it’s to downplay it and attach a negative narrative to it.

      Don’t push it too much. Just from time to time, make them notice. Especially when the spin is the most ridiculous.

      Make people around you listen to a town hall by President Obama. His competence , empathy, integrity shine in that format. Furthermore, listening to the detailed explanations of President Obama is one of the best ways to realize how PATHETIC the media is at INFORMING, EDUCATING the public.

  54. 215 jacquelineoboomer
    September 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Love it. Mentioned earlier that the Senate Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee has been sending out fact sheets on the American Jobs Act, and today’s was “Impact for Women and the Economy.” (I haven’t fact checked the fact sheet, ha ha, so not sure if it’s the same as the White House version.)

    I couldn’t open the email attachment the committee sent me, and asked that it be converted to a .pdf file … their rep immediately emailed back, attaching the .pdf. I told her I was “alerting” the people on TOD about their good work, and to keep it up! She thanks us for our interest.

    When I wrote back to thank her, I asked her to make these available @ their website (couldn’t find them earlier).

    Also signed off with “4 more for 44” and that we’d support our Democratic Senators.

    Did something and I didn’t have to speak to a Republican. Yee-haw!

  55. 216 JCAfrica
    September 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I bow to your awesomeness, Ms. Chips….mmmmmwaaaazz!!!

  56. 217 anniebella
    September 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Did the First Lady make it to New York? She were to promote “Let’s Move” with some tennis players at the U.S. Open. I’m sure she plans to watch a match, since tennis is her favorite sport.

  57. 218 anniebella
    September 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I want to see Serena Williams, she will be going against the number one rank female tennis player today.

  58. September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I am working in my kitchen today so listening to Ed (online). Just before he went to break, he talked for a minute or so about his observations of Michelle last night. Said that was the first time he had verbalized….had not mentioned his thoughts to anyone. What he saw was the same thing I did–look of sadness or frustration or disgust or ???? Point being: She was not the Michelle we typically see.

    Arrgghh…..just muted Ed because Adam Greene is on. 😦

    • 220 Desraye
      September 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Why is Ed catering to whiny-ass grifting Adam Greene?

    • 222 anniebella
      September 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Well I did see that Michelle did make it to the U.S. Open in New York. She played doubles with Serena Williams. I read where she said she hope to be playing tennis at 90, and she didn’t start playing tennis till after law school because their was not to many courts around where she grew up. As far as Michelle being different last night. I won’t say anything about that because I didn’t see all that, I will just pray for her and her family, like I always do.

  59. September 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This is a beautiful and loving shout out to our own, Chipsticks. Thanks so much for all that you give us here in our beautiful TOD family, Chips. I love you back with my dedicated respect and appreciation. HZ

  60. 228 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    This week the American people got to see the stark differences between the Democratic and Republican parties.

    On Wednesday night September 7, 2011 they saw a debate between the lackluster group of GOP presidential candidates. There was nothing authentic, original or inspiring about any of them. There were no creative new idea. They spent two hours lying, making stuff up, spouting tired talking points, bashing President Obama and extolling the virtues of NO TAXES AND LESS REGULATION.



    On Thursday night September 8, 2011 they got to see President Obama, a brilliant, charismatic and effective leader propose The American Jobs Act which was meticulously designed to give a JOLT to the economy and create jobs. President Obama told the joint session of congress that it was time for them to do their jobs and pass the jobs bill. And put country before party.



  61. September 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Why am I only seeing Repubs out blabbing away today on every channel I check? It is so infuriating. The Dems need to storm these studios, be agressive, and ask for time. It’s idiotic to not be out there supporting the president and the jobs act. I don’t get it. Move! Go Dems! What are you waiting for? Someone advised to call and email our Dem Congress peeps too and ask them to please get in front of the cameras and push this plan. Great advice.
    Don’t know if anyone posted Obama’s thoughtful 9/11 op-ed from USAToday. Even tho I am overloaded on 9/11 already, here are Obama’s wise words:

    • 230 utaustinliberal
      September 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      There was good news Dotster. Steve Israel was on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC and he was great. The one thing that’s going to sour my mood is that Maxine Waters is going to be on MSNBC with Alex Witt (she’s filling in for Tamron Hall) discussing PBO’s jobs speech and if his plan appeases her. 🙄

      • September 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

        I quit MSNBC long ago but Alex Witt seemed fair back then. Maybe she can control Waters’ jibberish. One can hope.

      • September 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

        Maxine just finished her blab on MSNBC. LORD save us. This motor-mouth is taking credit for inspiring PBO to propose this bill. Of course the CBC was responsible for speaking out and the Prez trembled :8:

        • 233 FiredUpInCA
          September 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

          Yes the President’s comprehensive plan that includes mortgage relief, tax cuts for hiring the unemployed, an extension of the payroll tax cut, retention of teachers and first responders and rebuilding 35,000 schools, was inspired by Maxine Waters and the CBC’s job fair that created 63 jobs. The American Jobs Act and the CBC job fair of 63 jobs are identical in their visionary scale.

          • 234 EDP4BHO
            September 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

            I hope somebody tweets or tweeted what you said here. She needs to be smacked down for lying, because we know she’s been at it for years, and what exactly has she majorly accomplished but to get investigators off her tail?

    • September 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      After I called my three Republican reps (UGH!), I called Rep. Jim Cooper (Nashville) and Cohen (Memphis) and literally begged them to “get out there” and stressed local media. Asked them to do radio, TV and newspaper interviews weekly and talk about and support the American Jobs Act. Maybe I’ll call again next week and “check up on them.”

    • September 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      I tweetted Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) and asked where are the Dems and said that this is always the problem.

  62. 237 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    the First Lady’s at the USO watching the Isner/Murray watch.She has a red top on and rocking some cool shades 😀

    McEnroe calls Michelle “spectacular” and he sounded so happy to take part in the Let’s Move thing with Billy Jean King and James Blake was the one to introduce Michelle 😀

    • 238 anniebella
      September 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you Fred for the info. Now I am watching the Isner/Murray match to see if I see her. Red top and cool shades. McEnroe just see what we know, she is a spectacular First Lady.

  63. 240 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Florida Continues To Cherry-Pick Federal Health Care Grants

    Home Visiting Grant Passed By Lawmakers; Voted ‘No’ By Rep. Hudson

    Fla. passes up over $100 million in federal grants

    Rick Scott’s Explanation For Turning Down Health Reform Grants Doesn’t Make Any Sense

  64. 241 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Florida’s Rick Scott Is Happy To Implement A Health Care Exchange…As Long As It’s Not Part Of Obamacare

    FLASHBACK: In 1980 GOP Debate, Bush Sr. And Reagan Embraced Compassionate Approach To Immigration

    can someone;anyone shut her up? 😯 😯 😯 😯
    GOP Legislator: Homosexuality Is ‘More Dangerous’ Than Terrorist Attacks Because We Have To Deal With It Every Day

    Bachmann’s Favorite Rock Star/Preacher Begs Obama To Stop Promoting ‘Radical Homosexual Agenda’

  65. September 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    In weiners old seat, a poll has weprin only garnering 62% of democratic votes.
    32% goes to the republican, which is why he is up 6 points!
    Good old democrats, some are just as nuts as tea baggers!

    • September 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      There is a protest vote amongst some of the Jewish voters to “send a message” that they’re not happy about the President’s position on Israel.

      Also this is potentially a way to save this seat, as NY is losing two seats one GOP and one Dem as per agreement GOP made with Cuomo (part of the same sex marriage agreement I believe). Right now the plan was to lose Weiner’s seat and an Upstate GOP seat. However if Turner wins than the choice will be Turner seat OR upstate GOP seat. This way the district bosses who’ve build their power for years in the district might get to keep their power. If they lost the district they’d lose a lot of power.

  66. 246 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Neocon Pundit Says U.S. Hasn’t Given Israel What It Wants: ‘Action On Iran’

    • September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Which is why it’s important to get the troops out of Iraq the sooner the better so it then can’t be used as a base to launch at Iran.

      If Iran gets a nuke, there is still MAD keeping them from launching a offensive nuke attack. I mean Israel is allowed to have 300 nukes. Besides Israel and their US neo-con buddies made this mess – putting Iran in the axis of evil and then invading Iraq while not invading North Korea. The message being if you have a nuke you won’t be attacked. If I was Iranian, I can’t say that I wouldn’t be pro-nuke acquisition either.

  67. September 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Brian Williams to interview POTUS

  68. 249 lilma
    September 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Wiill the American Jobs Act Work?

    In short according to Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics, “Yes” estimated that the President’s plan would boost economic growth by 2% points, add 2 million jobs & reduce unemployment by a full % point next year compared with existing law.

    Lawrence Mishel at Economics Policy Institute: So how did the President do by our criteria? Very well, as the package provides a substantial boost to the economy in addition to continuing the important efforts already underway….

    Macroeconomic Advisors, predicts the creation 1.3 million jobs…..

    Even Paul Krugman was half-heartedly impressed….

    Title: RESEARCH MEMO: Dial Test Of The President’s Speech

    Last night I convened a group of 32 swing voters in suburban Richmond (Eric Cantor’s district) to watch PBO’s speech to congress. We measured respondents reactions to the speech using interactive dials. In addition to gauging respondent’s moment-to-moment impressions during the speech, we measured the impact of the speech by comparing ratings of PBO on key attributes before & after his address to congress.

    Simply put, the speech was a “HOME RUN” & suceeded on several important levels.

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