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President Obama at the University of Richmond, September 9


187 Responses to “richmond”


  1. September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Such an awesome and handsome president. 🙂 🙂 “Pass this bill!” 🙂

  2. 5 Sue in Minnesota
    September 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Repeating myself but, to those who mocked our ‘community organizer’, Karma is coming back at ya! Hope it bites hard.

    President Barack Hussein Obama once a community organizer, now a NATION ORGANIZER!

    • September 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      LET THE CONGREGATION SAY AMEN! 🙂

    • 7 utaustinliberal
      September 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Abso-freakin-lutely Sue! He has shown us how a community organizer mobilizes a nation and wakes its people up; helps them realize that they do indeed have a voice.

      Could they love him any more? They love love love love love love love him! The joy in their expressions is so heartwarming and the 2012 stickers they’re wearing is hands down the best accessory to accompany their outfits. 🙂

    • September 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Sue
      Repeating myself but, to those who mocked our ‘community organizer’, Karma is coming back at ya! Hope it bites hard.

      President Barack Hussein Obama once a community organizer, now a NATION ORGANIZER!

      Luv that, could you tweet it.

      • 10 Sue in Minnesota
        September 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

        Sonjia, I am not a tweeter…techno retard and resisting the process 😦 Anybody that wants to tweet this feel free….same for anything else i might have to say….copyright free if it comes out of my mouth 😀

        • September 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

          I set up a twitter account last year but never used it – today I tweeted my senators and representative and told them to PASS THE BILL! It’s easy to use.

          • 12 Sue in Minnesota
            September 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

            I set one up two weeks ago…….the ‘egg’ av and my own trepidation chased me off. I’ll get there…never liked to live life in the fast lane….I like to go slow and steady and take everything in along the way.

        • September 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

          I’ll tweet it all over the place Sue, its wonderful!

          • September 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

            There I tweeted it for you (although I didn’t have room to put your name for credit, I’m sorry) however, 3 other people have already retweeted it to their followers! Yea Sue.. I love it.

          • 15 Sue in Minnesota
            September 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm

            Don’t bother with a credit….the message is all that matters…and thanks for giving it wings!

    • September 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      That’s great Sue! Nation Organizer!

    • 17 Sue in Minnesota
      September 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      I have to bow out for the day…..everyone have a great day…please remember gn has a fund raising drive where she is matching donations made today…..the link is in the Richmond post……..for those who can donate please do, and for those not able, another time perhaps.

      Namaste

    • September 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      Repetition *IS* a good thing…

      Just “ask” the TeaPUBLICANs’ Luntz/Rove about that! 😉 😆 😉

      So, let’s PASS THIS BILL, PASS THIS BILL, PASS THIS BILL; PASS AJA, PASS AJA, PASS AJA!

      JUST DO IT! 😀

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

  3. 19 zizi
    September 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Shallow dip: Is he looking foine or what? 😆

  4. September 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Moving On! Thank you for Richmond, Chips~ Obama is a World Class Organizer.

  5. 29 Linda
    September 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Twitter Berates GOP Rep. For Skipping Obama Jobs Speech To Hold Twitter Town Hall | Despite jobs being their constituents’ number one concern, a few Republican lawmakers served up a smorgasbord of excuses for intentionally skipping President Obama’s jobs address last night — roundtables, football, and of all things, Twitter. Georgia Rep. Paul Broun (R) declared this week that he would not physically enter the House Chamber, but would instead live tweet it from his Capitol office, holding what he dubbed a “Twitter town hall.” But as Politico reports, “most of the hundreds” of Twitter followers who participated in his town hall berated him for skipping the speech. “Show some respect to the office,” one said. “Do this later.” When Broun tweeted during the speech that “this is obviously political grandstand,” followers blasted him for doing just that. “Yes, we know about your tweets…now what about the speech,” one person responded. Several participants “suggested to Broun a special jobs plan of their own: get out of Congress.” “If you resigned from office, that would create at least one opening,” said a follower. “I’m embarrassed by you.”

  6. September 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    President Obama gained 12,000 new twitter followers yesterday, and now is less than 15,000 away from 10,000,000! He averages about 8,000 a day (though don’t know about weekends) so should definitely reach that milestone sometime Monday, if not sooner.

    http://twittercounter.com/BarackObama

  7. September 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    We are voting on Tuesday for dem mayor here in Baltimore, so I have been trying to catch up on all the pre and post speech.

    • September 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      Oh tell me who is running, as I’m moving to Baltimore real soon, I’ve been following your current mayor on twitter, but she seldom tweets..

  8. 46 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    SC gov. calls reporter ‘little girl’ over story

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s first woman governor is being criticized for calling a woman reporter a “little girl” because the governor didn’t like her coverage on taxpayer spending on a European trip.

    In a radio interview Thursday, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley said “God bless that little girl at the Post and Courier,” referring to a reporter at the Charleston newspaper.

    Bill Rogers with the South Carolina Press Association said Friday the remark is a sexist, personal attack rather than a response to the story’s facts.

    Last Sunday’s story described at least $127,000 in expenses that Haley and other state officials spent on a weeklong trip to attract European companies to South Carolina.

    Haley defended the spending in interviews and an article she wrote that the newspaper published Wednesday.

    • September 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      And this from another woman – yuck!

    • 48 Sue in Minnesota
      September 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Demeaning. Republicans love to diminish and taunt their ‘enemies’. And enemy would be anyone that challenges or dares to question them. We need to quit enabling it.

    • September 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      That’s terrible. It sounds like Haley was a little bitter that the truth was told. And I read the total is much higher than the $127,000, that that amount was only a partial accounting. They were having themselves a good ol’ time, staying at 5 star hotels and dining at the Ritz in Paris on the taxpayer dime. The worst kind of politician.

  9. 50 Gc
    September 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Repubs are in deep shit.maybe that will cut down on the handwringing….

  10. 51 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    😛 😛 😛 😛 :-p

  11. 52 edp4bho
    September 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Re-posting from previous thread:

    Right now, a caller on Rev Al is stating what the msm won’t tell you is that there were thousands and thousands of people, even being bussed in, a sea of black, white, Asian, Latino, a massive scene, which wrapped around the entire campus of the U of Richmond; even the local affiliate kept the camera on one small scene of the crowd. He is saying it was absolutely beautiful. So there, a first-hand report, from this caller, to Rev Al, by my little hands 😀

    • 53 Sue in Minnesota
      September 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      Maybe we should start an outdoor advertising campaign challenging our MSM. I’ve always wanted to answer for some of the nasty anti-Obama billboards that have popped up around the country. Instead of responding to their hatred, we could illuminate the MSM fail that is currently underway in this country.

      If only….by bank account had some zeros behind what numbers are there 😉

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      September 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      You rock, edp4bho!

  12. September 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    More photos of all the unhappy people

  13. 61 Barbioga
    September 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Was at Richmond event today. Obama was on fire! The crowd loved him. Full of students who had great enthusiasm. Talked with 3 exchange students on the way in – two from Austria and the other from Botswana. They were thrilled to hear an American president. The only negative was the tea party crazies who were outside as the event ended. There were maybe 50 and they had their hideous don’t treat on me signs, etc. I walked by with a young girl and we boths changed Obama! Obama! They were quite smug and just made some crack as to how they couldn’t wait until November 2012 when he was voted out. I think they are going to have a long wait!

  14. 63 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    ‘Pass This Jobs Bill.’ Obama Delivers Pitch-Perfect Speech on American Jobs Act

    ==============================================================

    If you were looking for the President to devise an intelligent plan to create immediate jobs and deliver it with coherent, powerful rhetoric and a dogged defense of liberal ideals, Obama hit a home run. The oration of his Sept. 8 Joint Session on jobs creation was on point. The urgent message to Congress was clear and repetitive – and it wasn’t so much a request as an expertly articulated demand:

    Pass. This. Jobs. Bill… You should pass this jobs plan right away… For everyone who speaks so passionately about making life easier for jobs creators, this plan’s for you…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.

    He’s forcing Republicans to choose between supporting a bipartisan bill to create jobs (which, if it works, will boost Obama’s re-election chances) or sticking to their “let’s just cut taxes for the wealthy” guns and “killing the hostage” – which is our economy. The bill will be a test of the President’s political capital in the face of a deeply divided Congress.

    Obama’s proposal is called the American Jobs Act, a patchwork of previous Republican and Democratic proposals that have been carefully selected for maximum immediate impact on job creation and economic relief.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/09/09/pass-this-jobs-bill-obama-delivers-pitch-perfect-speech-on-american-jobs-act/

  15. September 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    He’s looking mighty fine. When I first read Dreams From My Father, I wondered who is this author with such a beautiful mind, such a big heart. When I met him in Iowa in 2007, I saw kindness and compassion in his eyes. As our bold visionary president he has our back, you all know that-that’s why we support him. I’m going on a tangent here, but “Guard the Change” reminds me of the animated movie Legend of the Guardians, their philosophy is to “mend the broken, make strong the weak and, without hesitation, vanquish all evil.” we know who is who in this story of us at this point in history

  16. 66 Debz
    September 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I finally got to watch the speech for today. POTUS is on fire and doing his preacher thing. Tell me Romney and Perry aren’t shaking in their boots after see all that love for our President!

  17. September 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    An untold story of a couple of would-be kamikaze F-16 fighter pilots on 9/11 – http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/f-16-pilot-was-ready-to-give-her-life-on-sept-11/2011/09/06/gIQAMpcODK_story.html

    A third plane hit the Pentagon, and almost at once came word that a fourth plane could be on the way, maybe more. The jets would be armed within an hour, but somebody had to fly now, weapons or no weapons.

    “Lucky, you’re coming with me,” barked Col. Marc Sasseville.

    They were gearing up in the pre-flight life-support area when Sasseville, struggling into his flight suit, met her eye.

    “I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Sasseville said.

    She replied without hesitating.

    “I’ll take the tail.”

    It was a plan. And a pact.

  18. 73 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Lamar Smith: Obama’s ‘Backdoor Amnesty’ Benefits ‘Drunk-Driving Illegal Immigrants Like His Uncle’
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/lamar_smith_obamas_backdoor_amnesty_benefits_drunk-driving_illegal_immigrants_like_his_uncle.php?ref=fpb

    Nikki Haley ‘So Wants’ To Drug Test People Applying For Jobless Benefits
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/nikki_haley_so_wants_to_drug_test_people_applying.php?ref=fpb

    Kasich: Defeat In SB5 Referendum Would Make Ohio A ‘Slow, Heavy Labor State’
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/kasich-defeat-in-sb5-referendum-would-make-ohio-a-slow-heavy-labor-state.php

    Chris Wallace Calls Out Brian Williams For ‘Biased’ Death Penalty Question At Debate
    http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/chris-wallace-calls-out-brian-williams-for-biased-death-penalty-question-at-debate.php

  19. 76 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    if anyone wants to call Smith please remind him of this
    Ex-Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Drunken Driving
    http://www.wlwt.com/news/28941033/detail.html

  20. September 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Brilliant 3 minutes from Richmond:

  21. 91 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    At First Meeting, Republicans On Super Committee Announce They Want To Lower Health Spending By Increasing It
    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/09/09/315821/at-first-meeting-republicans-on-super-committee-announce-they-want-to-lower-health-spending-by-increasing-it/

    Paul Ryan Mocks Senior Citizen Handcuffed At His Town Hall: ‘I Hope He’s Taking His Blood Pressure Medication’ 😯 😯 😯
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/09/09/314419/paul-ryan-mocks-senior-citizen-handcuffed-at-his-town-hall-i-hope-hes-taking-his-blood-pressure-medication/

    what in the world? 😯
    Israeli Foreign Minister Reportedly Seeks Meetings With Anti-Turkish Terror Group
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/09/09/315924/israeli-foreign-minister-reportedly-seeks-meetings-with-anti-turkish-terror-group/

  22. September 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    The President will be interviewed by Brian Williams for 9/11 and his jobs speech!

    • 93 anniebella
      September 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      Yuke, Brian Williams. I guess he could do a lot worse, like for instance Jake Tapper or that redneck GOP John King.

      • 94 Ladyhawke
        September 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

        For me, the absolute worst is Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes. He is very sarcastic. I just don’t like the tone of his questions.

  23. 95 edp4bho
    September 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Anybody know what Fast and Furious is? Supposed scandal involving the administration, Eric Holder, etc. First time hearing about this.Rev Al and George Curry said they don’t see how any of this hurts PBO.

    • September 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      It was an anti gun runner program where the FBI allowed guns out on the streets bought illegally from gun shops – rather than bust the buyer on the spot, because they wanted to go after the big fish, so they let the gun buyers get away and one of the guns was used to kill an ATF I believe.

    • 97 Linda
      September 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      It was a sting operation run by the DOJ and ATF that got out of control….one of the weapons ended up killing one of our own Border Patrol Agents.

      It was part of Project Gunrunner.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Fast_and_Furious

    • 98 slimjim
      September 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      As to do with illegal guns operation that went bad

      http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1364625&format=text
      Congress expands Fast and Furious probe to include White House

    • September 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      This where some agents on the border allowed illegal gun trafficking to flow across the border to trace where they wound up. But it’s not clear who sanctioned it and the truth is, the guns were never traced. The guy in charge of this department has resigned and there is an investigation into what happened and who ran this.

      • September 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

        Hindsight being 20/20 it wasn’t a good decision, but in sting operations this sort of stuff happens all the time. Catch the little guy and there is a hundred others waiting to do his job. Catch the king pin and you bring down the whole organization. I don’t have any problem with any investigation IF it wasn’t Issa and his hard-on to attach anything to the President.

        • 101 EDP4BHO
          September 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

          Thanks all for the info. Some caller made the point of asking Rev Al did he think this would hurt PBO’s re-election bid; said if it was GWB, we would be all over it (he claims he didn’t support Bush). Rev Al told him he should have just asked what he thought of the incident, instead of inferring it may hurt the President. And Rev Al and Mr. Curry both said it would not. Just a provocateur.

        • 102 geegee
          September 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm

          I’m right there with you re: that crooked, criminal, thug Issa. Nothing but a personal vendetta on his part to target the administration (the President), IMO. Can’t wait for that thug to get his. I watched quite a bit of that hearing and Issa and his bunch refused to engage testimony from certain witnesses who could have shed real light on what really went down with the F&F operation, choosing instead to berate and humiliate these witnesses. Rep. Cummings who co-chaired the hearings was the only one that kept Issa and his cohorts in line, berating them for their mistreatment and disrespect of some of the witnesses including a very high level Justice Dept. offiicial, Thank God for Rep. Cummings! For my part, I think Issa is/was part of that gun running and is just trying to cover his NRA azz, IMO, 🙄 !

  24. September 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Good afternoon, everybody!! From my email for anyone who is interested, there’s a conference call today:

    WHAT: Jobs Update Conference Call with White House Officials
    WHEN: Friday, September 9th, 4:30PM EDT
    HOW: (800)230-1059
    TITLE: Jobs Update Conference Call (this is the title you give to the operator)

    This call is not for press purposes. We hope you are able to join.

  25. 104 carolyn
    September 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I hope BriWi lets him answer questions and asks good questions. Recently with Brian it’s just all been about himself…..Maybe Brian will sense the mood and tide turning and be a true journalist…..????
    Frankly, I don’t believe any gossip about a supposed scandal in this administration. The opposition has tried for 2 1/2 years to find something, I don’t believe they have now. Remember Issa was SO going to find scandals and prosecute….there’s been nothing for him to investigate.

    • September 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      GOP is already trying to work Williams by saying he was unfair and biased during the debate with his questions.

    • September 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      They think they have something on that solar company that just went bankrupt. They got 535 million from DOE and conservatives are pissed!
      Imagine how many oil contracts were doled out for jalibutton under bush? Crickets!

      • September 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        $535M to one company and they still went under? That is troubling. Doesn’t mean they did anything wrong, businesses fail every day – but somebody screwed up with that much money.

    • September 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Sneaking in here with news that NBC twitter account has been hacked. People tweeting about an attack at Ground Zero which of course is false.

  26. September 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Wed- the President will be in Raleigh Durham for his jobs tour!

  27. September 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    It looks like PBO was serious about taking it to the people.

  28. 115 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Libyan Fighters Enter Qaddafi Stronghold Of Bani Walid
    NORTH OF BANI WALID/EAST OF SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Fighters sent by Libya’s new rulers entered one of the last towns loyal to ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi Friday and fought street-to-street battles in what could mark the start of a final showdown against bastions of Gaddafi control.

    Obama Sends Budget Request For FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund Through 2012
    President Obama today sent a request for FEMA funding through 2012. Read the president’s letter here.

    6.8 Magnitude Quake Hits Off Canada’s Vancouver Island
    a 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit off Canada’s Vancouver Island, Reuters reports, citing the USGS.

    I hope Trumka gets a hold of this 🙄
    Romney To Give Labor Policy Speech In SC
    Mitt Romney will deliver a labor policy speech in South Carolina on Monday, The Hill reports:
    Romney will use the speech to highlight his position on unions, including a proposed executive order to give workers a secret ballot option and an opt-out of union membership. The executive order was one of five that he pledged earlier this week to give on the first day of his presidency.

    • 116 Linda
      September 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Someone needs to tell Romney what an executive order really is.

      Is appears he is clueless about the powers of the President. He needs to study up.

      • 117 Ladyhawke
        September 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        Maybe he should read this…….

        THE OBAMACARE PINATA

        ======================

        Governors Mitt Romney and Rick Perry managed to find one thing they could agree upon during last night’s GOP presidential shoot out.

        While no self-respecting Republican candidate can pass up an opportunity to beat on the Obama health care reform law, both Perry and Romney pledged to use their first day in the Oval Office to grant waivers to all 50 states freeing them from the obligations created by the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare.”

        For the adoring audience of GOP primary voters who attended the debate -and certainly in red leaning homes throughout the nation -such promises are music to the ears.

        Yet, should one of these men actually become the resident of the White House, that music will quickly hit a flat note as their candidate is forced to face up to the reality that using an executive order in the effort to overturn the law of the land is not quite so easy as a quick stroke of the presidential pen.

        Note that I say, ‘one of these men’ because Rep. Michele Bachmann was the only candidate in the debate to caution that overturning Obamacare with an executive order will not prove as easy as her opponents were making it out to be.

        The fact that Bachmann would be the voice of reason and reality on any topic in a presidential debate should send a cold shiver down your spine as it serves to highlight just how far these candidates are willing to stray from the truth to earn some love from the party base.

        Here’s the real deal on the waivers permitted under the health care reform law –

        http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2011/09/the_obamacare_piata032070.php#

        • 118 Debz
          September 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

          Bachmann as the voice of reason is frightening, isn’t it. What a sad group of candidates, when the craziest one is the only one who has a clue!!

        • 119 theo67
          September 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm

          Never mind that President Obama already has a waiver built into the law that grants the states the rights to pursue their own plans after 2014, and he accelerated that at the end of last year to allow them to pursue their own state plans only if they come up plans that will save as much money, and cover as many people. I think Vermont is the only state that has met the challenge.

          No need for empty promises by these loser candidates – show us what you’ve got right now! If they’ve got better plans at the state level, they can already opt out of the Affordable Care Act. Crickets.

      • 120 Fred
        September 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        these are the same buffoon who claim to be Constitutionalists 🙄

  29. September 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Dems seem to be getting behind the President

    Nancy Pelosi: Don’t break up Obama’s jobs bill

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63100.html#ixzz1XUNJWRgy

    “Democratic leaders in the lower chamber said they were determined that Obama’s yet-to-be-written jobs legislation be considered in one sweeping bill, instead of picking the package apart to pass pieces that both Democrats and Republicans could agree on.”

    Go Nancy

    As we call, tweet and email lets add – one bill – pass it now

  30. 123 Linda
    September 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Has this been posted before ?Boehner’s open mic before last nights speech.

    “I’m One Of Those Barbarians”

  31. 128 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Bummer, I was all upset because I forget to log on to The Randi Rhodes Show. I missed the first hour. I just logged on and realized that David Sirota is filling in for Randy today. I could not disconnect quick enough. I hope Randy is back tomorrow.

    • September 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      Will likely go to the Supreme Court, but it will be interesting to see if SCOTUS rules to support gerrymandering over good government non-partisan redistricting.

      • 148 theo67
        September 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm

        What is gerrymandering? I’ve heard this term to explain why Bachmann keeps winning her district, but not sure what it means.

        • September 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm

          It’s just the process of establishing districts purely for political party advantage.

          • 150 theo67
            September 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm

            Thanks Meta – for the life of me, I just couldn’t figure it out or where the term came from. Much appreciated!

            • September 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

              Word entomology – The word gerrymander (originally written Gerry-mander) was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette newspaper on March 26, 1812. The word was created in reaction to a redrawing of Massachusetts state senate election districts under the then governor Elbridge Gerry (pronounced /ˈɡɛri/; 1744–1814). In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a salamander. The exact author of the term gerrymander may never be definitively established. It is widely believed by historians that Federalist newspaper editors Nathan Hale, Benjamin and John Russell were the instigators, but the historical record gives no definitive evidence as to who created or uttered the word for the first time.[1] The term was a portmanteau of the governor’s last name and the word salamander.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering

        • September 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

          It’s when political parties (both have done it) use creative methods when setting boundaries for re-districting to effect a change in voting patterns. They might have a nice square district that will then have a finger branch off to include a really red area in it to make the district a safer red district that would otherwise be purple.

          Here are some examples – http://howardcountyblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/rank-worst-gerrymanders.html

  32. September 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    The President drew. 31.5 million viewers and all msnbc can tout is how the republican debate got 5.4 million viewers!

    Any questions?

  33. 159 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    WOW, this is a fascinating read about “ASTROTURF TWEETS”.

    Stephen Colbert’s Truthiness Helps Researchers Uncover Astroturf Tweets

    ====================================================

    These are tactics that are used by right wing astroturfers to get their smears and propaganda into the mainstream media. Almost every journalist pays attention to their Twitter account, but what they may not realize is that there are plenty of astroturfers out there who are manipulating Twitter in order to fool mainstream media outlets into giving coverage and credibility to a propagandistic or false message. The research in the paper is from 2010, but the practice of astroturfing Twitter and other forms of social media has only continued to grow.

    As America moves towards the 2012 election, you can be certain that the astroturf campaigns against President Obama will kick into high gear. This research serves as a great reminder that the political manipulation of social media isn’t limited to phony candidate Twitter followers and Facebook likes. There is also a covert message war being fought by political operatives on the right every single day across all forms of social media.

    The political and cultural impact of Stephen Colbert isn’t limited just to his SuperPAC. Colbert’s concept of truthiness is also helping researchers detect smear campaigns and political astroturfing operations.

    Colbert may go down in history as not only the founding father of truthiness, but also the truthiness detector.

    =====================================================

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/stephen-colbert-truthiness

  34. September 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    This interview is pretty good pr, multiple day story:

    http://thepage.time.com/2011/09/09/first-the-debate/

    • September 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Will cover Sunday and Monday morning, Pres is in Ohio for a jobs speech on Monday afternoon will get Monday evening coverage and tuesday newspaper coverage and then on Wednesday he’s in Raleigh-Durham NC for another Jobs speech that will get Wednesday evening news and Thursday paper coverage.

      President Obama is definitely putting the work in, I hope other officials and supporters are doing their fair share.

  35. 163 Linda
    September 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Watching Matthews.

    There are 94 bridges in Can’tor’s District that are in need of repair.

  36. 165 Fred
    September 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    43 House Members Slam Justices Scalia, Thomas, And Alito For Ethics Scandals
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/09/09/315555/members-take-on-scotus/

  37. 166 Linda
    September 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    WooWoo…. another win

    Mica’s Punts On Anti-Union FAA Issue, Unions Celebrate

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/micas-punts-on-anti-union-faa-issue-unions-celebrate.php#more

  38. 168 carolyn
    September 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I think the President knew that any day he requested of Boehner would be turned down. He knows Boehner and his mood well. Boehner did exactly what the President anticipated, thereby looking petty, and giving the President’s speech more publicity. And, the people who decided not to attend, were not the heroes. That Rep. Broun, so I’ve read, got royally castigated by his constituents. Let the stupid Republicans have their silly debate…..frankly, only the people on MSNBC paid much attention to it.

  39. September 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Here’s a quick photo of Jay doing his tweet-up today!!

    http://instagr.am/p/MnOHz/

  40. 171 Claire
    September 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    It’s the end of a long week and one too many patience testing clients. But, it all fades away when I visit this site. Just wanted to say thank you Chipsticks for bringing out the best in me by highlighting our outstanding President and First lady. I don’t always have time to comment, but I do try to check out the site regularly. I am always impressed with the wonderful photos, videos, articles, and data you share about this once in a lifetime President. THANK YOU x million!

  41. 173 Linda
    September 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Republican Jobs Proposal Gets Law Wrong, Transportation Department Says

    We are not opposed to initiatives to repair and improve infrastructure, and believe there are reforms that can be implemented that would improve their effectiveness in a manner that supports economic growth. Current law requires that states set-aside 10 percent of their surface transportation funds for transportation enhancements, which must be used for items such as establishment of transportation museums, education activities for pedestrians and bicyclists, acquisition of scenic easements, historic preservation, operation of historic transportation facilities, etc. While many of the initiatives funded by this mandatory set-aside may be worthy projects, eliminating this required set-aside would allow states to devote more money to the types of infrastructure programs you are advocating without adding to the deficit.

    While the suggestion sounds like a win-win — increasing transportation funds without increasing transportation spending — there is only one problem. Boehner’s letter gets the details of the law wrong.

    There is no requirement that states set aside 10 percent of all federal surface transportation funds for purposes of funding Transportation Enhancement projects, a Department of Transportation official confirms. Rather, the law says that they must set aside ten percent of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding for those purposes.
    —–

    The Republicans don’t even know the laws ….

  42. 174 FTL
    September 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Good afternoon everyone! How goes it? I have to say it is good seeing FLOTUS looking so happy. I must admit I did a sigh of relief. I am saying this here because I can’t comment until I get off work. I saw comments about Joe B being friendly with Tangerine. I sounded to me like he was just being polite especially with the way he said WHOA! I mean think about it Tangerine does not have any repug friends. Did you notice during the debt ceiling debate when he talked to that evil clown Cantor that he did not even look at him? He seemed to be scared of him. He probably feels more comfortable and friendly with Joe. He even gave PBO a heartfelt handshake last night. I think he knows that he cannot trust Cantor and the tpers are not to be trusted and would stab him in the back as soon as they would PBO. He knows that they are insane and I think he hates being in a position where he has to support them. I am not saying he has not said silly shit but he has discovered just how evil they are.

  43. 177 zizi
    September 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Pigs just flew! Michael Steele on Al Sharpton’s show praised PBO’s speech. Did the Chamber of Commerce give wingnuts marching orders?

    • 178 nintendowii10
      September 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      President Obama has them running scared. He’s talking about jobs, and what can they do, besides look petty?

      They’ve been getting an earful from their constituents, and I guess they’ve gotten tired of being yelled at… but we can’t let them off the hook just yet. The shenanigans will continue, as Michele Bachmann’s pathetic response showed.

  44. 179 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    GO NANCY……………

    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asks Speaker In Name Only John Boehner to hit the ground running on The American Jobs Act. Love it.

    September 9, 2011

    The Honorable John A. Boehner
    Speaker of the House
    United States House of Representatives
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    Dear Mr. Speaker:

    Last night, President Obama called for immediate action by the Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. Independent analysis estimates that its enactment would result in nearly two million jobs in 2012.

    The Congress should act quickly and in a bipartisan way to promote jobs. I was encouraged by your statement that, “The proposals the President outlined tonight merit consideration,” and your “hope that we can work together to … create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation.”

    I have asked each Democratic Ranking Member to urge his or her Committee chair to schedule immediate hearings and legislative action on legislation proposed by the President that lies within the jurisdiction of the Committee. It would be a sign of our unified commitment to acting quickly, and to acting in a bipartisan way, if you would similarly urge your chairmen to move expeditiously to pass this legislation and begin creating jobs, assisting small businesses, supporting veterans, and promoting economic growth.

    You have my promise of support from Democrats in moving rapidly to consider the American Jobs Act and additional proposals that achieve our jobs and growth goals responsibly and effectively.

    Thank you for your attention.

    best wishes,

    Nancy Pelosi

    • September 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      There are some days I would just like to hug this woman. Or bring her chocolate (she is a fiend for chocolate). She is FIERCE and fearless.

    • 181 theo67
      September 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      She is fantastic! And I think President Obama fully appreciates her partnership. Hopefully, Reid follows sit. I did see tweets from him last night immediately after the speech, saying he shared the President’s goals. Urgency, urgency, urgency.

  45. 182 QuietObserver
    September 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I missed the speech yesterday and have yet to sit down and watch it, but the reviews I’ve seen online have been surprisingly positive (considering the sources), and a lot of the usual suspects are either encouraged or completely silent on the success of the speech/plan.

  46. 185 Doris
    September 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Full speech of President Obama in Richmond today.

  47. 186 Me4obama
    September 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you Doris now I can watch the whole video 🙂


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