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’14 months’

AP: The Democratic National Committee is launching an ad campaign in politically key states to try and rally the public behind President Barack Obama’s new jobs plan and pressure a divided Congress to act.

The television ads show portions of Obama’s speech to Congress last week promoting the $447 billion package of tax cuts and new spending. They urge viewers to “Read it. Fight for it. … Pass the President’s Jobs Plan.”

The spots were to begin airing Monday and are the first round in an effort that will last several weeks, said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse.

…. The president was formally sending the jobs bill to Capitol Hill on Monday and holding an event in the Rose Garden to call on lawmakers to swiftly back it. On Tuesday he’ll pitch the plan in Ohio, home state of House Speaker John Boehner, and on Wednesday in North Carolina.

More here

Steve Benen: In his speech to Congress last week, President Obama reminded lawmakers that if policymakers “act as one nation and one people, we have it within our power to meet this challenge”. The problem, of course, is that Republicans really don’t want to act as one nation and one people – from Politico:

“House Republicans may pass bits and pieces of President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, but behind the scenes, some Republicans are becoming worried about giving Obama any victories – even on issues the GOP has supported in the past.

    And despite public declarations about finding common ground with Obama, some Republicans are privately grumbling that their leaders are being too accommodating with the president.

    “Obama is on the ropes; why do we appear ready to hand him a win?” said one senior House Republican aide who requested anonymity to discuss the matter freely.

….. could this quote be any clearer? GOP goals have nothing to do with boosting the economy or creating jobs, and everything to do with undermining the president during a crisis.

…..If Americans wanted Washington to focus on improving the economy, they made some very poor choices in November 2010.

Full post here


135 Responses to “’14 months’”


  1. September 12, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Good morning Chips 🙂

  2. 4 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Good morning Chips. Everyone have a productive day. Off to work now. I will check back when I get home….I know I can get everything I miss while at work here. You are all the best!!!

    Peace,
    Sue

  3. 6 princetonscholar
    September 12, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Way to go DNC…perfect timing: Out of the gate Early!!!

  4. 7 FiredUpInCA
    September 12, 2011 at 8:27 am

    From the article:

    “The DNC ads don’t target any specific lawmakers, or make any reference to the looming 2012 presidential campaign. But they’re airing in key markets in some of the most critical swing and early voting states: Denver; Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; Des Moines, Iowa; Las Vegas; Manchester, N.H.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; and Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke, Va.; as well as Washington, D.C.”

    Watching the entire messaging for the “American Jobs Act,” from the scheduling gate, to the call-to-arms speech, to this DNC-ad has been a thing of beauty. It’s reminiscent of the 30-minute short film and closing argument at the end of the 2008 campaign. It establishes the President as empathetic, passionate and serious in stark contrast to the party that was willing to the party that has yet to present a single viable jobs plan and who instead focused on jeopardizing the economy by fomenting the first downgrade of the full faith and credit of the United States of America.

    • September 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

      Just heard someone on msnbc say that the tea party types who show up at the Repub pres. candidates’ events have not yet made the connection with what those candidates represent. No social security—Yea! No medicare—yea! Willing to wreck U.S. economy for political reasons—Yea! No jobs—yea!!! She said there may be bad news for the Repub candidates when they do make the connection. Or IF they do. They are not our best and brightest. Thought process seems disengaged in most. It should be pretty clear, but I guess hate gets in the way.

    • 9 utaustinliberal
      September 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Absolutely concur FiredUpInCA. The DNC for the past few months has been on the ball with well produced ad after ad that dish out bites of facts, facts, and more facts. They are wise and smart to target swing states, early voting states, and battleground states. Gives the residents of those state a first hand look at the benefits of the swift passage of the American Jobs Act.

  5. 10 Linda
    September 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I hope they bought airtime on Pox Spews during Hannity and O’Reilly for this.

  6. 11 Linda
    September 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Pawlenty has endorsed Gordon Gecko for President…..err…I mean Mitt Romney

  7. 21 FiredUpInCA
    September 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

    FINANCIAL REFORM
    The Most Overlooked (and Important) Proposal in Obama’s Jobs Plan

    “You may not have noticed it, however, because most news outlets have focused on the bill’s headline-worthy small-business benefits…The provision I’m talking about is reform to federal unemployment insurance. (Yes, I’m serious. Hold the skepticism, please.)

    Traditionally, unemployment insurance has only been made available to unemployed individuals who were actively seeking a traditional job. These funds could only be accessed for personal use; all other uses — such as starting a business — were strictly prohibited, and only job seekers qualified for these funds. Individuals with a desire to seek self-employment opportunities were ineligible for any unemployment money.

    Now, imagine if aspiring entrepreneurs — individuals whose main priority is to hire themselves, build revenues and hire others to grow — had access to this sort of guaranteed startup capital. Well, under the American Jobs Act, they will.

    According to Obama’s plan, all 50 states would be able to establish Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) programs, enabling aspiring entrepreneurs to utilize unemployment insurance money to fund their businesses for up to 26 weeks….”

    Read more: http://moneyland.time.com/2011/09/12/the-most-overlooked-and-important-proposal-in-obamas-jobs-plan/#ixzz1Xk1vlcgi

  8. 26 meabloom
    September 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Such a great way to start off the day.
    See you all later.

    Obama/Biden2012&I’mIn

  9. 27 Ladyhawke
    September 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

    THIS IS A ‘PARTICIPATORY’ DEMOCRACY
    =================================

    Kudos to the DNC for this pitch perfect call to action. This ad gets right to the heart of the matter in 30 seconds and asks the viewer to get informed and get involved. The American people have got to make their voices heard. We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines and watch the Republican Party make a mockery of our democracy. We are the change we seek.

    I will be emailing and calling my representatives today. I can’t wait see President Obama discussing The American Jobs Act today in the Rose Garden. The meticulous rollout of the AJA continues at warp speed. Love it.

    AMERICAN JOBS ACT: READ ALL THE DETAILS

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/09/american-jobs-act-read-all-details

    • September 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Morning LH,

      Yes it is…

      Just like you, right now, I’m contactin’ my Congressional Reps at their DC and state offices.

      Let’s JUST DO IT! 😉

      By the way, have you seen this: (You, WiW?)

      President Barack H. Obama’s Jobs Plan: THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT… http://www.americanjobsact.com/?source=DNC_TW
      (@thedemocrats: Add your name in support of the the American Jobs Act—the President’s plan for #JobsNow: http://j.mp/pQp9M2.)

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’! 😉

  10. 30 Ladyhawke
    September 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Misinterpreting a Man’s Strength is Our Weakness, Not His

    Guest Blogger: Joan Ruaiz

    “The strength of a man isn’t in the weight he can lift.
    It’s in the burdens he can carry…“

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

    When reading the qualities that enumerate personal strength, I note that many are qualities easily seen in Barack Obama. As the President of the United States, the President’s team is the American people. In this country, he is the leader who, while using his various strengths, acts as the head of our representative democracy. He is to appeal to us, and to offer up his solution to our societal issues. He is not supposed to tower over us while dictating loudly what we shall do. He is not our father, or a tyrant, and if he demonstrated such a capacity, it would not be the strength we seek. He is to negotiate the best position for as many of us as he can under circumstances that we can only imagine but oftentimes fail to appreciate. That is his job.

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

    http://extremeliberal.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/misinterpreting-a-man%E2%80%99s-strength-is-our-weakness-not-his/

  11. 31 L3
    September 12, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Good morning everyone,

    I’ve been lurking here since the South America trip when reading comments at Mrs. O someone suggested The Obama Diary had more photos of Mrs. Obama’s attire that day. I came over and needless to say I’ve been here ever since. I’ve also taken full advantage of many of the other sites on your blog roll. I followed the 2008 election cycle on some of the other sites, which shall remain nameless, and I did not fully understand why they took a decidedly negative turn against the President until I found this site and the others. Thank you.

    I’ve posted here about four times already with yesterday’s post being the lengthiest and I decided this morning that I would formally (as formally as one can be on-line) introduce myself because tomorrow I start with OFA as a Fall Fellow and I’d like to share any interesting stories that may arise during my work. I love this site and its contributors and I’ll be talking with you very soon. Have a great day everybody.

  12. 41 desertflower
    September 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Morning everyone! Thought you all might like this fabulous read this morning:)
    http://extremeliberal.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/misinterpreting-a-man%E2%80%99s-strength-is-our-weakness-not-his/ Have a great day.

  13. September 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Thank Chips. this has become a go to place for me these days.

  14. 43 Ladyhawke
    September 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

    To Pass Jobs Act, Obama Should Channel LBJ

    By Jonathan Alter

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

    To win enough votes for passage, Obama’s Isaiah approach (“Come now, let us reason together”) needs a touch of Jeremiah (“A hammer that shatters a rock”).

    The hammer approach should follow a new Obama dictum that goes like this: “If you say you don’t want it, you won’t get it.”

    In other words, you vote for the jobs bill or no workmen will be fixing any roads, bridges or schools in your district. That’s the message Obama should deliver in the next week as he stumps for the bill in Ohio and Virginia, which are, not coincidentally, home to House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

    The president needs to make clear that there will be no repeat of 2009, when some 70 Republican members of Congress issued press releases and otherwise took credit for the arrival in their districts of stimulus money they had all voted against.

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

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2011/09/to_pass_jobs_act_obama_should032123.php#

    • September 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

      Dang, did he hear the President in VA? Exactly what he said. These pundits need to just shut up and let the President do his thing.

    • 46 Debz
      September 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

      So, we are back to telling the President what to do. They must think our President is some moron who stumbled into the Presidency. It’s about time for every one to stop comparing this President to others, and most of all to stop putting everything on the President instead of the voters. The President is not responsible for the stupidity of voters. He does not need a bunch of white guys who are not anywhere as intelligent as him, telling him what to do.

    • September 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Is he asking the President to withhold funds from states whose reps vote against the AJA? That’s not how PBO operates. He wants JOBS, not macho political points with the punditry.

    • September 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

      Can he also channel the super-majority in both the House and Senate along with the overabundance of liberal and moderate Republicans LBJ had to work with?

  15. September 12, 2011 at 9:16 am

    GOOD MORNING CHIPS & TOD FAMILY we have 422 DAYS ,60 WEEKS,10,128 HOURS; To work hard to keep our President Obama in Office 4 more Years YES WE CAN DO IT AGAIN. Have great day will follow through out the day busy here in wild country of TEXAS. Between Perry as Governor and Hot weather it’s trying times.

    • September 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Read the Politico piece about Perry, who may be the biggest grifter of all—–putting even Sarah P. to shame. Lots of unethical, pay to play shenanigans going on there. Perry has really taken advantage of all perks of office from big money contributors—-lots of trips around the world and vacations to upscale U.S. resorts for him and his entourage, has accepted lots of free stuff like 20 pairs of cowboy boots etc. Someone even pays his cable bill! He’s really sleazy.

  16. September 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Terrific, Ladyhawke. Thanks for the link. Remember the right KNOWS that PBO is a strong leader. That’s why they call him weak. It’s the old Rove trick of attacking someone’s strength and it’s the only card they’ve got since their record of accomplishments is laughable at best and they are themselves so weak then can’t stand up to the odious Grover Norquist and the pathetic Tpers. We have to show time and again that we know the trick they’re playing and won’t fall for it. The president and his team are well aware of what’s going on and I feel certain they’ve got some surprises planned. But we’re part of his megaphone to the world and we’ve got to call out what the right is doing and as an added bonus starting laughing at it. This is especially true if you hear a “PL” type Democrat bandying the “weak” term. Confront them right away with their RW talking points and don’t let them get away with carrying water for the other side. I remember watching in horror as Kerry’s patriotism and war record were called into question. I’m not watching in horror any longer at right wing tactics–I’m fighting back.

    • 53 Ladyhawke
      September 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

      jg said: It’s the old Rove trick of attacking someone’s strength

      This is a classic Rovian tactic. My favorite attack from the Rovians is that President Obama just gives speeches. Nothing but empty words. This critique is such a dead giveaway. Obviously they are criticizing President Obama’s oratory skills (and oh by the way he writes a lot of his own speeches) is because President George W. Bush could barely string a few coherent sentences together. Since when is having good oratory and communications skills a bad thing for a president?

      The other silly attack is about the use of a tele-promter. I think we should insist that Rich Romney and Michelle Bachmann never use tele-prompters at all for any of their speeches. Since they think the tele-prompter is such a terrible thing, they should vow never to use one.

      I found it interesting that when Rich Romney gave his jobs plan speech without a teleprompter he did not come off as very polished. And when Michele (with one L) Bachmann gave her rebuttal to the joint session of congress she spent a lot of time (wait for it) READING THE SPEECH from prepared text at the podium. She was looking down more than she was looking up. I rest my case.

  17. 54 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    September 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

    GOOD MORNING CHIPS…FANTASTIC…SUPERB AD..FEATURING OUR AMAZING PBO! WE HAVE TO GET THIS DONE FOR AMERICA!

  18. 55 Linda
    September 12, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I just got an e-mail rejected from Speaker Boehner…. his mailbox is full. I was trying to get off his e-mail list for the 10 time. Apparently he is using Speaker Pelosi’s data base because I never signed up to receive e-mails from him.

  19. September 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

    And I watched Brian Williams and his promo fir the Presidents interview! It was awful! He kept throwing polls out and telling everyone that it is all over, why bother? They must have numbers about who is watching that’s shows! Their must be more republicans and elderly that appeal to this over the top smearing of the President!
    Jeesh!

    • 58 jacquelineoboomer
      September 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

      I wouldn’t underestimate elderly voters! 🙂

    • 59 hopefruit2
      September 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

      Jovie by now you should be well aware that the media is campaigning for the Republicans because the GOP candidates are inferior, and cannot hold a candle to our President when it comes to campaigning or governing for that matter. Therefore the GOP and needs all the help it can get from the media and their most powerful weapon they have at the moment is opinion polls which 14 months out can be slanted and skewed to the pollsters liking without much suspicion from the masses. This is why from now through Nov 14 you should expect nothing but negative propaganda from the MSM.

      Do not buy what the MSM is peddling. They are on a campaign to undermine this President. Just as they protected Bush from 2000 until he was essentially a lame duck in 2007, they will fight for their Republican candidates. The media is an extended arm of the Republican party and I don’t expect the truth on any matter from them in the next 14 months. And that goes for the so-called “left” media on TV and in the blogosphere who will be just as pleased as the RW to see a Republican President despite outward appearances.

      • 60 hopefruit2
        September 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

        I can’t really see what I’m typing so small correction here: I meant to type “From now until November 2012, you should expect nothing but negative propaganda from the MSM.”

      • 61 57andFemale
        September 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

        I don’t worry about what we buy into. I worry about what the general public is buying into.

    • 62 anniebella
      September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

      I listening to Brian Williams on the Today show this morning and he ask the President about the poll numbers and the President answer the question then they went on to another question. I think he also ask the President about what it was like to visit section 60 gravesite. Williams said something about there will be more of the interview with the President on Nightly News.

    • September 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

      I thought President Obama was his usual smart, reasonable self during the Bri Wi interview I saw on Today Show—–even though most of the questions were gotcha types and accusatory. They always ask about his low poll numbers while failing to mention that all polls for every facet of government are low, and Obama’s are higher than any of the others. But Obama handles every question exquisitely. More of the interview will be on Nightly News tonight.

  20. September 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Also, if this was the RNC, the MSM would be playing it for free, all day long!

  21. September 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Ny-9 is trending republican, yet we have three times more democrats in that district!
    They liked weiner so much, this is a protest vote!
    Some Democrats are nuts!

    • 67 jacquelineoboomer
      September 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Or … I think sometimes when they are disgusted with the outgoing Democratic rep, they vote the other side or just stay home, as a protest. I will never understand that rationale.

      • 68 anniebella
        September 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

        When are we going to learn our lessons. This protest B.S. is what got us Speaker Boehner and the Tea Republicans controling the House. And look how much got that protest has done us. These Democrats need to get their behinds out to vote. Sometimes I ask myself what the hell is wrong with these people? Don’t they see what the Tea-Republicans stand for, what they want to destroy, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and so much more. Why would any sensible Democrat want to put one more crazy ass Republican in Congress? Sometimes I want to slap these people side that head and say wake up. These Republicans have nearly destroy the middle class and you want to talk about some protest.

      • September 12, 2011 at 10:26 am

        They’re using misleading ads re. Israel in that election.

        • 70 anniebella
          September 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

          When are the voters going to use some darn common sense, and fine out if these things they hear on these ads are true?

    • September 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Seems to be nothing to do with Weiner, it’s a Israel policy protest vote and an same-sex marriage protest vote.

    • 72 hopefruit2
      September 12, 2011 at 9:41 am

      From what I understood, the Democrat who is running is “shitty” at best. Instead of campaigning against his Repub opponent, he campaigned against the President and his policies in Israel to pander to the Orthodox Jewish community. Furthermore, the strong Democrats in NY (Cuomo, Schumer, Gillibrandt) haven’t really gone all out for him because this seat will soon be redistricted out anyway. This seat is not particularly important although the MSM will try to spin it as the end of PBO’s presidency if the Repub wins. But we are familiar with the MSM spinning every event as “excellent news for John McCain” so I’m not even concerned about that one.

      • 73 anniebella
        September 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

        Okay hopefruit, thanks for what you said. It’s like the Scott Brown situation when he first ran. The Democratic candidate who ran against him was sorry, beyond sorry. But I am still so piss with this protest vote. That B.S. got us Speaker John Boehner.

      • September 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

        Still haven’t learned anything from Creigh Deeds or last year’s midterms huh?

      • September 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        If a Republican gets into office the NY-9 seat will probably NOT be redistricted out.

        Traditionally when two seats are going, a Republican seat upstate and a Democratic seat downstate get cut. If this seat flips to Republican, the district is off the table and district actively held by a Democrat will be cut.

        The district is as important as any other district for NY Democrats. If the seat goes Republican it will probably stay Republican for a while. This is less about PBO really just another sign that the NY state party leadership is still a hot mess. 🙄

    • 77 57andFemale
      September 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      There’s a right wing conservative Jewish vote in that district that hates Obama.

  22. 78 Fred
    September 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

    morning TOD family
    fabulous ad by the DNC
    the Teahadists make it really easy to despise them and I woke up so darn happy Sam won the USO 😀
    oh and Andy Whitfield from Spartacus died yesterday from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at 39 years old 😦 😦

  23. 79 prettyfoot58
    September 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Goooood Morning everyone….GM Chips….i thank you for the beautiful and heartfelt pics and videos…around 9/11…as always this day is steeped with tears and sorrow…but as the President stated…there is also room for hope…

    The Struggle Continues

  24. September 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Good morning TODville.

    LOVE this ad, one of the BEST from the DNC I’ve ever seen. Of course, it mainly features the President so it’s got power and truth. I hope it gets played everywhere. I’ll be circulating it all day.

  25. September 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Just contacted my republican congress peeps, saying to pass the bill!!!

  26. September 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I think releasing the bill today and then going to Ohio on Tuesday and NC on Wednesday might be a mistake. The quickest way the GOP can make this go away is to vote it down in the House. I think the better strategy would have been to keep building pressure on it, by stumping for it in Ohio, NC and then maybe somewhere in Florida this week and maybe release the official bill next week some time.

    Benen seems to be the only journo pushing the story that the GOP is in full sabotage mode – how do we break that out to a larger audience?

    • September 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

      If he had waited it would have taken the urgency out of it. And Rs would have been able to claim he really didn’t have a bill ready to go. This shows Pres O has a full, well-thought out plan. He has to build right away off his speech and VA.

    • 85 jacquelineoboomer
      September 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

      I think our chessmaster, PBO, is keeping up the momentum by sending the bill to Congress now. He can’t ask the American people to ask their reps to pass the bill NOW if there’s no bill. That would give the Rs more of a stall tactic. Our calls and emails and tweets and petitions this week will strengthen the President’s hand. Remember he’s started the “14-month” countdown.

    • 87 hopefruit2
      September 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

      I think releaseing the bill today is good because it forces the Teapublican candidates to talk about their jobs plan tonight in the debate. This will highlight the stark contrast between PBO’s sensible plan and the TeaPubNuts rich-serving non-jobs plan.

    • September 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

      I understand your point, but I disagree. PBO is saying it needs to be passed when? Right way! He’s telling us and Congress that this is urgent. Part of his message is that people are hurting now and we need jobs now so pass the bill now. Waiting to introduce a bill he promised would only have the GOP on TV whining, “where’s Pres. Obama’s plan?” blah blah blah. Takes away the sense of urgency if he waits.

    • 89 Debz
      September 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

      He told them he was taking it to the people and he isn’t going to stop until they vote for the jobs act. It is NOT a mistake. He is using that “bully pulpit” everyone is always talking about.

    • September 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

      If they vote it down then those ugly town halls Republicans have been having will get a whole lot uglier. The President knows its not either or. Hand them the bill now and continue putting the pressure on them.

  27. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    September 12, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Just heard a guest on CNN suggest a common-sense question for the teafolk debaters tonight:

    Okay, I get it … you don’t like the President … now what are you going to do about jobs for the American people?

    It’s a disgusting question from my POV, but if any of the debate moderators would stop allowing the bashing and force the R candidates to actually say something, maybe the bull they get away with would be lessened.

  28. 92 Fred
    September 12, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, whose every-man image took a hit after he was caught taking a Meditation cruise this summer, was spotted last night a $1,000-a-plate black-tie fundraising dinner for the opening of a new Opera at the Kennedy Center. Gingrich told the Washington City Paper that he has been a season ticketholder and donor to the Washington opera for “ten, maybe eleven years.”
    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/theater/2011/09/11/its-not-911-24-7-for-newt-gingrich/

  29. September 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Did you call your members of congress today? It’s vitally important to keep the pressure on them. Email them, call them, tweet them, drop in to their constituent office. Remind/encourage like-minded friends to as well. The Republicans need to know that they are being watched and they will also be held accountable. They believe they can sabotage the economy and all will be put on President Obama. When you call GOP Reps and Sens don’t use buzz words like sabotage or hostage, but still try to get that point across – maybe they’ll realize folks are drawing such a conclusion themselves. Say that “President Obama’s plan sounds like good ideas and is really important for friends of yours long out of work. Say how the GOP doesn’t seem to be doing anything except to be against everything the President is for to cause gridlock and get nothing done. If you have Dem Reps/Sens use the buzzwords of GOP Sabotage and Hostage taking, tell them you want them to fight just as hard as the President is for this bill – that they need to get out and do local media, and the bigger fish Reps and Senators need to get on national television.

  30. September 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Is anyone else having trouble accessing The People’s View this morning?

    Perhaps its just me, but I’m worrying somethings gone wrong.

  31. September 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Good morining all!

    I love Joe Biden’s reaction in the background, his facial expression is saying, that’s right you tell’em Barack!

  32. 106 carolyn
    September 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    The President is sending it to Congress today so that they can’t say “He never put it on paper”…..People will know it’s at Congress, and can really push for something concrete. When he’s in Ohio he can push for something concrete. Everyone can read the actual bill and know whereof they speak when they write the Congresspeople. I believe knowledge is the most important weapon. Republicans thrive on ignorance and fear, which is why they push both of those so much.
    This is something positive for the President after the 9/11 day. “Let’s get moving America, be what we can be”…..he’s pushing American exceptionalism, which is what they supposedly have been crying for, if only they would listen.

  33. 109 Fred
    September 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Nevada Candidate Mark Amodei’s Lobbying Group Supports Eliminating Minimum Wage, Opposes Anti-Meth Bill
    http://www.lvrj.com/news/marshall-takes-aim-at-amodei-in-new-tv-spot-126278183.html

    Amodei currently works for the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN), a trade group representing big box retailers like Wal-Mart as well as companies like Family Care Home Health & Hospice.

    Click to access November%20&%20December.pdf

    Amodei’s RAN supports eliminating the state minimum wage
    http://www.rannv.org/billdrafts.asp?matrixyear=2011

    Amodei’s RAN opposes a bill to require a prescription for some cold medicines, an effort to curb meth use in the state
    http://www.rannv.org/billdrafts.asp?matrixyear=2011

  34. September 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Nice ad. Mark Knoller tweets that there wasn’t music in the original speech. He just makes me sick. I almost wish he blocked me on twitter.

  35. 113 Fred
    September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    McCain Falsely Claims All ‘Military People’ Support Large U.S. Troop Presence In Iraq Past 2011
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/09/11/316334/mccain-odierno-iraq/

  36. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    President’s remarks on jobs coming up at 10:40 ET. Can’t wait.

  37. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    September 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Oops. Rick Perry makes Social Security the big topic at the tea party debate. Believe the debate will be held in Florida. Hmmm … lots of seniors on Social Security in Florida. Oops.

    And I smile.

  38. September 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Morning Chips and TODville! Fond wishes for a productive Monday to everyone! Just in case we’ve forgotten (not likely, I know) the character of our opponents, Booman T. has a post up to refresh our memories.

    ‘What we have in Washington is something of a political death spiral. It’s a little complicated to understand, but bear with me. In this morning’s Politico we’re treated to the following choice quote:

    “Obama is on the ropes; why do we appear ready to hand him a win?” said one senior House Republican aide who requested anonymity to discuss the matter freely. “I just don’t want to co-own the economy by having to tout that we passed a jobs bill that won’t work or at least won’t do enough.”
    You need to think carefully about this quote. Implied in its logic is the idea that House Republicans can avoid any ownership of a bad economy if they continue to refuse to take any meaningful action to improve it.” ‘

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/9/12/94831/5335

  39. 119 Fred
    September 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Obama Becomes Third Person On Twitter To Reach 10M Followers 😀
    President Obama is in rare company. He has become the third person on Twitter to achieve 10 million followers, after Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates#214

  40. September 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

    That state fair in Tampa is lame! Nobody I know have ever been, mostly for tourists! Lol!

  41. September 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

    The WH Office of Public Engagement has a website for activists. Here’s a page with ways to get involved:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/engage/get-involved

    • 124 jacquelineoboomer
      September 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

      I’ve been there before, but had forgotten about it. Thanks.

    • September 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

      Thanks meta,

      WH.gov *IS* chock full of so much important, fact-filled and helpful information, interactive or not.

      Many more people need to take advantage of it!

      As you know, it, along w/other aspects of it, is on Twitter… @whitehouse! 😉

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

    • 126 Ladyhawke
      September 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Thanks meta,

      I have whitehouse.gov as my homepage and I don’t remember seeing this. Excellent information and resources. I am amazed at the beehive of activity going on at this White House website. It is amazing to watch the updates about projects and initiatives being implemented. I wonder if these dedicated civil servants ever get a good nights sleep. I will be forever grateful for all they are doing to improve the lives of the American people.

  42. September 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Good Day, TOD family. I just love that ad. Nothing like truth to break penetrate the cloud of lies that have been spread for so long. Thank you Chips for keeping us all so well informed! Bless you.

  43. September 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Good Morning Everyone

    CALL TO ACTION

    The more I learn about the JObs Bill the more I like it.

    The White House released PDF files that explain how many infrastructure jobs, teachers, unemployed helped, etc. PDFs are great for printing out and distributing to a crowd, but Web pages are more popular. So I converted 5 states yesterday. I have also included a video clip of the President speaking in Richmond, a link to the page that lists government contact info, and a link to the PDF file.

    I need your help in spreading these web pages around, and in making more. I will make your state page if you send me the addresses of 3 local media sources or a letter to the editor. If your state has already been done, you can help out by sending a suggestion for how we can get the word out.

    California – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-california.html
    Florida – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-florida.html
    Ohio – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-ohio.html
    Kentucky – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-kentucky.html
    Virginia – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-virginia.html

    Let’s ignore negative articles on the Web or comments and just focus on supporting this bill.

    I will check back here all day and make state pages as requests come in. Once people read what

  44. September 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

    New CNN poll has perry up 16 over Romney!

    Wow! This guy is running away with this! But, he still loses to the presudent, which is buried! Lol!

  45. September 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I received an email from my Senator, Barbara Boxer asking for my support of the Jobs Bill. If you live in California, please sign this petition.

    http://www.barbaraboxer.com/petitions/american-jobs-act?utm_source=sp4102500&utm_medium=e&sc=sp4102500&refcode=sp4102500

  46. 133 Fred
    September 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

    George Stephanopoulos Too Short for Morning TV?

    George Stephanopoulos could lose his “Good Morning America” anchor chair within a year to the news reader who towers over him … this according to network sources.

    The buzz at ABC is that Josh Elliott — a former ESPN sports anchor who has been the GMA news reader since March — is on the fast track for the anchor seat. Josh filled in on “World News Tonight” last week and network suits are in love with him.

    The network will deny it’s contemplating a change, but that’s not what we’re hearing.

    The ratings at GMA have actually gone up a bit with George, so why would the network mess with the show? Our sources say the suits think Josh and Robin Roberts have better chemistry and look better together.

    Our sources say the buzz is that George could go back to his old job, anchoring “This Week,” especially because execs privately now admit Christiane Amanpour is a DISASTER as an anchor. (no shat sherlock! 🙄 😆 )

    Now why, you ask, do they look better than Robin and George? Robin is 5’10” without heels. Josh is around 6’3.” George is 5’6″ … and a half. There’s a lot of talk at ABC that it just looks awkward when the male anchor is slight and short.

    http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/12/george-stephanopoulos-good-morning-america-josh-elliott-too-short-for-morning-tv-robin-roberts-former-espn-anchor-height-difference/

    lame excuse to sack him but Georgie boy’s height imho has nothing to do with the fact that he plain sucks at it 🙄

  47. 134 hopefruit2
    September 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

    You can also view the Rose Garden speech on CSPAN-2 if you want to avoid the worthless pundidiotry of CNN or MSNBC


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