16
Sep
11

a word from donna dem

Donna Dem:

Well TOD family, today is a big Day of Action. I have set up an event on Facebook to contact Boehner’s office en mass starting from 9-6 EST.

In 24 houses over 450 people are ready to respond to the President’s Call To Action.

Please join us in flooding his phone lines, fax lines, email box and twitter account with requests to pass the President’s American Jobs Act.

Let’s keep his office busy answering our calls:

202-225-6205 (Office)

202- 225-0704 (Fax)

Email Boehner

Twitter: @SpeakerBoehner


156 Responses to “a word from donna dem”


  1. 1 GOVCHRIS1988
    September 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Will do this most valiantly, Donna. We have got to put immense pressure on him. We should at least make him tear up in places besides his eyes.

    On a funnier note, This is why we need government.

    • 2 utaustinliberal
      September 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 I cracked up like hell when Stephen Colbert showed this yesterday on the Colbert Report. The dude was so freaking wasted when he said “Ron Paul 2012.” Hahahaha…… in his dreams.

      • 3 GOVCHRIS1988
        September 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        Well, if he gets drunk like that more often, it will be in his dreams.

        • 4 JoJothecat
          September 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm

          If he were in Los Angeles, CA they would have given him the “Rodney King Treatment”….oh wait, maybe not, he’s a republican. This guy feels he hsome as the right to drive drunk and possibly kill an innocent person or child. I hope he is thinking more clearly sober.

  2. 5 gcwp1
    September 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Will do Donna. I’ll be in the classroom, but will find time and privacy – maybe in my car, LOL.

    Thanks for all you do!

    • 6 Betsy
      September 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Hey Donna,
      I just emailed and tweeted the Speaker before I go to my classroom. Since I live in Cali, I am able to do this at 9:39am EST as it is 6:39 PST here. I also reminded the TOD family on twitter to twitter bomb the Speaker today. I am so thrilled to be a part of this. Thanks Donna.

      • 7 Mel
        September 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

        Betsy I’am in Calif. as we, but we will call and se what happend be polite and ask nice we will have better results.

  3. 8 JoJothecat
    September 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Donna Dem,

    Count me in…..I’ll be call all day long, faxing, emailing and sending a postcard.

    • 9 Mel
      September 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I need a little help I just called Speaker Boehner, but they have heavy traffic and I try to leave a message, but his
      voice mail was full , So I need Boehner’s E- Mail can somedoy help please.

  4. 10 GGail
    September 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I just LOVE this TOD family! Good luck Donna and you certainly can count on me tomorrow! Thanks Chipsticks for giving this it’s own thread. I will be able to find the numbers quickly in the morning.

  5. 12 Doris
    September 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Go Donna!!!!!! Love ya, love ya, love ya. You know Donna, why don’t you run for office. 😀

  6. 19 jacquelineoboomer
    September 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I’m in, via Twitter. I can’t call a Republican – I’m all out of holy water to sprinkle around myself (I’m Catholic). 🙂

  7. 22 Sue in Minnesota
    September 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Way to go…Woot! I’ll be calling and e-mailing

  8. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    September 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Remember how President Obama send we should use all avenues to contact Congress – even a skywriter? Has the DNC or some group in D.C. hired a skywriter yet? That would make national news! (Probably a no-fly zone, but I can dream.)

    P A S S T H E J O B S B I L L C O N G R E S S

  9. September 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I was listening to Randi Rhodes today and she was talking to Alan Grayson. She was asking him what the people in the congress were like when they weren’t in front of the cameras. He said Michelle Bachman is the same. He said Jon Boehner is probably laughting insdie himself as he says the things he does. He said he’s all about power.

    Sherry

  10. September 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    OT – is there anyway I can change the reply window from black? I keep making mistakes, but I can’t see the writing! Thanks!

    Sherry

  11. 30 donna dem 4 obama
    September 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks soooo much Chips!

  12. 32 desertflower
    September 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    BREAKING NEWS!!! (GOOD) Supreme Ct stays execution of another Texas deadman walking!!!! Scalia signed the order!!! Holy Shit!
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/09/15/320763/breaking-supreme-court-grants-stay-of-execution-to-duane-edward-buck/

  13. 34 mtmarilyn
    September 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I am in. I will call.

  14. 36 donna dem 4 obama
    September 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Here is a great commentary that came out last month to support your comments tomorrow to the Speakers office.

    For me this is the money line of this article….

    “This middle class is a vast middle tier of those who work to live, and strive to work a little harder to get a little more in life. Middle class people may save, but they don’t accumulate enough wealth to live off. Almost every buck they get, they spend.

    That point matters: Spending creates jobs. In our economy, middle class consumers are the real job creators. Depress their income, and you depress employment.”

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/08/05/119158/commentary-us-middle-class-are.html#ixzz1Y52bD9os

  15. 37 a4alice
    September 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Donna this is great w00t! I’ll be bright and early – maybe try to sneak one or two in at work too! thanks for all you do!! Thanks Chips! 🙂

  16. September 15, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    You Rock Donna- I’m In.. tweeted and facebooked.

  17. 39 P
    September 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Count me in!!!!! 😀

  18. 40 #1 Obama Fan
    September 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I’m in !!! I’m in

  19. September 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Me too. I called Cantor and Boehner today, but will call again tomorrow.

  20. September 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks Donna, you make it so easy for us. I’m in. Also, saving my pennies for the big march on congress.

  21. 44 meabloom
    September 16, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Oh Lord,, he will really be crying now. I’m In.

    Obama/Biden2012&I’mIn

  22. 45 Bobfr
    September 16, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Count on it … way more than once!

    Anyone needing inspiration … well just how probable are the events in this video if President Obama had not demonstrated, yet again, definitive leadership:

    http://feb17.info/media/video-david-cameron-and-sarkozy-speak-to-the-masses-in-benghazis-freedom-square/

    Yes.WE.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 46 Sue in Minnesota
      September 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Bobfr…we should never lose sight of the courage and determination Libyans found within themselves and with each other, to rise up and overcome the challenges that stood in their way. Thank you Bobfr for this continuing reminder and source of inspiration. It is important that we do not forget this.

  23. 47 sjterrid
    September 16, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Thanks for all you do, Donna. I’ll definitely be calling.

  24. 48 hopefruit2
    September 16, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I will call and tweet. I’m in!

  25. 49 Ladyhawke
    September 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

    JOHN BOEHNER’S JOBS SPEECH IGNORED 25 MILLION UNEMPLOYED JOB CREATORS

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    John Boehner’s big jobs speech today contained lots of rhetoric, but lacked a single concrete idea to create jobs. In fact, Boehner never uttered the words middle class or unemployed.
    .
    .
    Speaker Boehner stated that the only way to “liberate” the job creators was to do away with government regulations, get rid of unions, and cut government spending.

    John Boehner gave a speech about jobs that did not contain a single new job creating idea. Boehner doesn’t seem to realize that the last decade of non-stop tax cuts has not created jobs. It is mind boggling that Boehner gave a speech that never mentioned the middle class and the unemployed. John Boehner invoked the name of Ronald Reagan, but what he left out was that Reagan created jobs during his second term by raising both government spending and taxes. Reagan increased government spending 69% during his presidency.

    Reagan pioneered the backdoor Republican stimulus model as he increased defense spending by 92%. The plan that today’s Republican Party has hitched themselves to was not what Reagan actually did. Today’s GOP has taken the theory of Reaganomics to a whole new level.

    The whole point of Boehner’s speech was the liberation of his beloved mythical job creators. The rest of America doesn’t exist. It doesn’t matter to Republicans that when I have the extra money to pay somebody to mow my grass in the summer, or shovel snow in the winter, I am also a job creator. Everyone in America is a job creator because when spend they create revenue which allows employers to hire more workers.

    The idea that there exists an anointed special class of people who have the special power to create jobs if they are inclined to do so is preposterous. There are 25 million unemployed or underemployed job creators in America today.

    Instead of dressing up more tax cuts for the rich as job creation, let’s hear a real plan to liberate unleash the 25 million job creators that have been imprisoned by the GOP’s protect the rich recession.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/john-boehner-jobs-unemployed

    • 50 Sue in Minnesota
      September 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

      This was very helpful in my messaging to Speaker Boehner, thanks for posting. I made good use of it’s many points.

      • 51 Ladyhawke
        September 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        Thanks for the feedback Sue. That’s exactly why I posted the item. There was lots of good information to help formulate emails, tweets, and phone calls messages.

  26. September 16, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Caling, tweeting and e-mailing!!

  27. 53 Ladyhawke
    September 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

    This memo from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was a pre-butal to the jobs speech given by Speaker Boehner. It is an excellent document that debunks the tired old GOP rhetoric with the facts.

    Memo: Speaker Boehner’s Groundhog Day Speech
    =======================================

    Tomorrow, Speaker Boehner will attempt again to defend the GOP’s indefensible record before the Economic Club of Washington: 253 days in the majority and no jobs agenda.

    http://www.democraticleader.gov/blog/?p=4403

  28. 54 Ladyhawke
    September 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

    GOP SHIPPING JOBS OVERSEAS

    Pelosi Floor Speech Against GOP Outsourcers’ Bill of Rights

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

    Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor today in opposition to the GOP Outsourcers’ Bill of Rights. This legislation, which will encourage the shipping of jobs overseas and weaken the rights of middle class workers, passed the House this afternoon. Below are the Leader’s remarks.

    http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2321

  29. September 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Hey Donna, I am in to make a phone call to Boner today…

    I was also thinking Donna can we team up to do a communications showdown on a media personality. I select off the top Jake Tapper. We can send e-mail, tweets, faxes, or make phone calls to his boss about his unprofressional behavior/tone at the White House press briefings.

    • 56 Sue in Minnesota
      September 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

      Double team…I’m in on this……:D

    • 57 Ladyhawke
      September 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Did you see the press conference yesterday? He was in rare form. I had to go back and read the transcript. It was an amazing exchange between Jake Tapper and Jay Carney about Speaker Boehner. While Jake was speaking, I was imagining that it could have been Speaker Boehner himself sitting in his chair asking the same questions.

      The Speaker’s office told Jake that President Obama had not called Speaker Boehner since the joint session of congress. So Jake dutifully asked the question which was dripping with sarcasm.

      ————————

      Q Okay. And then, lastly, on the jobs plan, the Speaker’s office says there has not been any outreach to them, even though — from the White House on the jobs bill, even though last week they requested a meeting. Is that true? And, if so, why hasn’t there been?

      ————————-

      I was really shocked at the way he was so overtly carrying water for the speaker. It was disgusting. It was a perfect example of what is wrong with many in the White House Press Corps. They are lazy media stenographers for the GOP.

      The best part of the exchange was when Jay Carney wondered out loud “I didn’t know you were working for the Speaker on his scheduling”. The display of indignation coming from Jake after that remark was priceless.

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-9152011

      • 58 Sue in Minnesota
        September 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

        Ha Ha! Why would the WH play phone tag with Boehner, he doesn’t return the President’s phone calls. I’m waiting to talk to Boehner’s office but I’ll write Tapper’s network after this….is he ABC?

        • 59 Ladyhawke
          September 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

          Yes, Jake Tapper is with ABC News.

          • 60 Sue in Minnesota
            September 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

            Figures…I can not stand ABC. For basically two reasons, Barbara Walter’s insulting and condescending interview of the President and First Lady last December. And their water carring, promoting and spinning of the Palin narrative which is pure fiction. No wonder Tapper invoked Palin defensively in his tweets yesterday. They are complicit in the Great Palin Hoax on America.

            • 61 Sue in Minnesota
              September 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm

              Sent a long e-mail to ABC regarding Tappers insolence and impertience on routine display in the daily WH press briefings. I also raised the issue of his lack of impartiality, challenging his twitter defense of Sarah Palin and his recommened reading list for Tea Party members on Dennis Miller’s radio program.

              And then I went ballistic on ABC’s participation in the pulp fiction that is The Sarah Palin Story. No secret here, I can not stand her, nor can I stand the bullshit story that the MSM chooses to perpetuate. Probably another e-mail that will find it’s way into their computer trash can……but it sure felt good UNLEASHING my frustrations. Guess I’ll consider it therapy.

    • 62 donna dem 4 obama
      September 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

      That’s funny you mention this because someone suggested we do this as well. I promised them that it would be my next project. Great minds think a like.

      • September 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

        Please start this one immediately… Did POTUS ever give him a one on one interview? This could be why he has so much vile in his questioning. He was the same way with Robert Gibbs so there is a pattern of abuse on Jake “the fake” Tapper side..

    • September 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

      I agree. We need to pick one a day. Just like Donna has done with the planning, invite people to join in and spend the entire day contacting — by whatever means necessary like we are doing today.

      It appears that we are making an impact, given that the hold time is running 10 to 15 minutes in the Speaker’s office. I saw on twitter that some people said they got hang ups.

      Our efforts I believe is making an impact. We need to do this religiously.

      Yes, I vote for turning the heat up on these reporters. Culprits: Chuck Todd, Mark Knoller, Jake Tapper, Joe Scarborough, and his crew, Ed Schultz, just to name a few. But picking one at a time, I think will get their attention.

      • 65 Sue in Minnesota
        September 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

        I refer to it as sending a cannon ball instead of scatter shot. I think it has a far greater impact. Donna your idea is terrific, and implemented it seems to be having good effect. Thank you!

        I waited for 53 minutes to speak directly to one of Boehner’s staff. A female, she was cranky, she tried to end our conversation after my first sentence. I told her I had more to say…..HA HA. Got to speak my piece, and I am grateful for the several references that were listed on the post, as the helped provide me with appropriate references. Great job everybody!

  30. 68 Fred
    September 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

    NRCC Chair: PA Electoral Vote Plan A Bad Idea
    Pete Sessions, chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, is warning Pennsylvania Republicans against changing the way their electoral votes are allocated. He says the plan could cost the GOP House seats in The Keystone State.
    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/09/15/pete-sessions-pa-electoral-college-change-would-put-house-races-at-risk/

    Report: ‘Romneycare’ a jobs killer
    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2011_0915report_romneycare_a_killer_study_finds_bay_state_lost_thousands_of_jobs/srvc=home&position=0?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+StatelineorgRss-HealthCare+%28Stateline.org+RSS+-+Health+Care%29

    Rehberg camp challenges Tester assertion on gun rights
    http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_e626e782-3223-555a-a76f-d29d5427f111.html

    they were massively expanded by a Supreme Court decision placing limits on all state gun laws.

    Click to access 08-1521.pdf

  31. 69 Fred
    September 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Chip can you PLEASE keep that on hand in case a teahadists starts lying about the President’s record on Bush

    Bush On Jobs: The Worst Track Record On Record
    http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2009/01/09/bush-on-jobs-the-worst-track-record-on-record/

  32. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    September 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Great News. As of 8:30 this morning we now have over 500 foot soldiers signed up ready to raise our voices to the Speaker today.

    Let’s Get Ready To Rumble……Bring his phone lines down!!!

    If anyone would like to send a fax please send your letter it to my email address and I’ll fax your letter in your name.

    my email is donnadem4obama@gmail.com

  33. September 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Sorry to be dense, but Boehner’s e-mail page does not have a submit button. I’ve tried many times to leave a message, but I’m not sure how to make it go through. Does just clicking “enter” do it? I’ve never seen a contact page that didn’t have a submit button. Guess he doesn’t want to hear from people outside his state so he just has the contact page for show. Does anybody know what will work here?

    • 72 donna dem 4 obama
      September 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

      Jackie, I have a “submit” button right after the message box. Check your pop-ups to see if they are enabled. Other than that I’m not sure why you are not able to submit your email.

      If you continue to have this problem send it to my email address donnadem4obama@gmail.com and I’ll fax it to him for you.

    • 73 Sue in Minnesota
      September 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

      I just sent him an e-mail….worded rather tstrongly, yes it works….the page looks blank after transmitting but if you page up you will see a confirmation that the e-mail was transmitted.

      On hold with his DC office…long wait..WOOT WOOT…the patriotic music is ironic isn’t it?

      The longer I wait the more it strikes me as totally hypocritical.

      • September 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

        “the patriotic music is ironic isn’t it?”

        😆

        Keep up the great work everyone! Donna? You’re a legend!

      • September 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

        I commented in a thread last week about the patriotic music. I actually commented about that when I got through. Said it was totally hypocritical since R’s actions are anything but patriotic.

        • 76 Sue in Minnesota
          September 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

          I waited 53 minutes, and by the end of my wait it felt more than ironic, it was insulting. Insulting to the 98% of Americans the Tpublicans lie to, manipulate, and then turn their backs on to ignore. Boehner’s cranky staff member got some of my ‘cranky’ back, thanks in part to the impact of their music selection.

      • September 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

        Jumping in to say I sent an email also, more polite than he deserved, but strong and clear. Submit button intact.

  34. September 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Donna, the problem was Firefox. When I switched to Chrome, lo and behold, the submit button showed up. Thanks for the offer. Now it’s sent. Hurray!

  35. 79 carolyn
    September 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    This writing your congressperson thing works. Yesterday I read that our senator, Tom Coburn was holding up ALL the FAA funding for some little pet idea of his. I wrote yesterday, told him not to hold up this safety measure for a pet peeve. I read in the paper today that he was forced to make a release. Even our paper said that not even Republican Senators were with him, and our other senator, Inhofe worked with Reid and they put in some language that settled it. It won’t hurt the bill, but it mollified poor Tom’s feelings.
    I know my letter wasn’t the deciding factor, but I bet other people wrote too. We need FAA funding. We are no longer the safest country for flying like we were before 1980 when Reagan broke the union.
    Thanks for the constant encouragement to write. I’ve done more in the last six months than before in my life.

    • 80 Sue in Minnesota
      September 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

      Carolyn, I asked my Democratic Senator to deliver Coburn a direct message, and it was both colorful and pointed. Fortunately, I am well represented and feel that Mr. Franken wouldn’t mind either my language or my request to pass it on. My Tpublican representative rarely responds to my letters and e-mails, despite openly requesting a written response.

      I’m with you, as far as never having been this engaged before. Are we free to call ourselves political activists yet? That’s how I am being referred to in my own household 😉 makes me proud 😀 Next, I need to attend my first protest.

  36. September 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Donna, I left my message on the comments line. I hope this is not considered cheating…

  37. September 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Made my first calls, sent fax and tweeted. Will do so several times throughout the day.

  38. 83 Ladyhawke
    September 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Steve Benen nails Speaker Boehner’s jobs speech – This is just gibberish masquerading as an economic assessment.

    BOEHNER’S WRONG ANSWERS TO THE WRONG QUESTIONS

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

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) delivered a speech in DC yesterday, intended as something of a bookend to President Obama’s joint-session speech last week. The point of Boehner’s remarks was to diagnose the problem and point towards a solution. But what quickly became apparent is the fact that Boehner, who’s struggled with economic illiteracy in the past, is looking through a prism that badly skews the basics of reality.

    As Ezra Klein noted yesterday, the House Speaker “never mentioned Wall Street, or foreclosures. There was no talk of consumer debt or weak demand. Nothing about underwater homeowners or European crises.” In Boehner’s strange world, the federal government is simply standing in the economy’s way. That’s it. That’s the whole scope of the problem. Full stop.

    For lack of a better word, this is just dumb. It’s a conclusion based on nothing but ideological wishes and a partisan agenda that’s wholly unrelated to actual economic circumstances.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_09/boehners_wrong_answers_to_the032240.php

  39. 84 Olivia
    September 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Called, emailed and tweeted already 🙂

  40. September 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I have been holding for for ever. The voice mail say they are experiencing heavy call traffic. Please keep calling. I will hold until I get a live person.

    Anybody else holding for a long time? As I post, I am still holding. Second time the heavy call traffic message has come on. I am on Central time, I began holding at 8:55, it is now 9:05. Third time message abt. heavy traffic.

    At 9:10 I finally got a real person a woman.

    • September 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

      I have tweeted and called. The Speaker’s mailbox is full and occasionally I got a busy signal. I think we need to do the same for Cantor’s office and again with Mary Landrieu’s office. At least we can continue to be productive because Boehner is being slammed.

  41. September 16, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I have e-mailed, called and tweeted. I will continue to tweet throughout the day. If the long wait I had is any indication, we may be making an impact. Please continue to call.

  42. September 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Thriris a USA/gallup poll that shows perry is in trouble because of his stance on social security!

    It will not be talked about though!

  43. September 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I am not on facebook, Donna but I will call. My husband just sent an e-mail.

  44. 92 hopefruit2
    September 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I called Boehner’s office and was on hold for about 10 minutes with that message “we’re experiencing heavy traffic” coming on several times during my wait. I finally spoke to a rep (male) and told him very politely that I would like the president’s American Jobs Act passed in the house ASAP and I’m urging Mr Boehner to do so. The rep stated tht he would pass on my message.

    I do plan to call again later today. I will be emailing and tweeting as well.

  45. September 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

    OT here: Anybody know where I can find PBO’s World approval rating?

  46. September 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Ot: my mother went on a trip to yellowstone! Their she met a couple that were obviously fix news viewers!
    She mentioned that the banks screwed us in 08!
    The elderly gentlemen immediately and rather forcefully said, no- it is because of Barney frank and the democrats bill of the fair housing act!

    Holy shit! What are they feeding these people over at fixed news?

  47. September 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Battleground focus
    Axelrod: Obama fine in swing states
    By MATT NEGRIN | 09/16/11 10:43 AM
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    Americans have much to learn about the GOP candidates, the Obama strategist says. AP Photo Close
    In a memo, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod writes that the Republican candidates are distracted by the tea party and that the president is doing just fine against them in battleground states.

    From the note: “The Republicans have yet to choose a nominee, and therefore, most Americans have yet to learn much about their records or visions for the country. Their candidates are busy courting the Tea Party, signing off on any economic pledge it might demand – no revenue increases under any circumstances, ending Medicare as we know it, draconian cuts that will hamper job creation. And Americans are increasingly rejecting the Tea Party’s agenda and its ideological rigidity – following the debt negotiations, an AP poll found the Tea Party’s approval rating sinking to 28-46. When Americans learn the details of the Republican candidates’ plans, the choice about America’s future will come into clear view.

    “Despite the Republican candidates just beginning to undergo the media scrutiny that occurs during a presidential campaign, from North Carolina to Nevada, the President remains ahead or in a dead heat with the Republican candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election in 2012. And ultimately it is in those battleground states where voters will choose, 14 months from now, between two candidates, their records, and their visions for the country.”

    In the past week, Obama has been to three battleground states — Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio, and he’s returning to Ohio next week.

  48. September 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    THE WHITEBOARD
    BUSY SKED: POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein reports on President Obama’s schedule for his trip to the United Nations, as detailed by the adviser Ben Rhodes to reporters:

    Tuesday: Meeting the chairman of Libya’s governing council, and a high-level meeting on Libya; then, a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, one with Brazil’s president, and a session with Turkey’s prime minister to talk about Syria and Israel

    Wednesday: Obama’s speech to the General Assembly to “address dramatic change” since last year’s meeting, like in South Sudan; then a meeting with Japan’s premier, a luncheon with the U.N. secretary general, a speech to the Clinton Global Initiative, a meeting with Britain’s David Cameron and then France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, and possibly a meeting with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

    Rhodes adds that Obama might meet with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

  49. September 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Hi All,

    The CNN screen is up awaiting POTUS for the patent law signing

  50. September 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Mark Mazzetti reports that the CIA used a drone on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to kill a top Qaeda operative:

    Little is known publicly about [Abu Hafs al-Shariri], a Saudi whom a senior administration official said acted as a liaison between Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban, the group that has directed a wave of attacks against Pakistani government installations and hotels frequented by Westerners. According to an Interpol alert, Mr. Shariri was 33. …

    A second American official called Sunday’s strike “another blow at the core of Al Qaeda” because Mr. Shariri had been set to take on a more prominent role inside the organization after the death of Mr. Rahman, and because Al Qaeda is having ever greater trouble replenishing its senior ranks.

  51. 103 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

    My reply from one of my Senators…I am waiting for the other…Rubio:

    Dear Ms. Moffitt:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the President’s recent plan to promote job growth. Our nation is at a critical juncture. The economic storm that began in the financial markets has resulted in persistently high levels of unemployment, leaving many people struggling to get by. Bold and pointed action is needed to stoke the fires of economic growth and get Americans back to work.

    The President’s proposal lays out novel initiatives to stimulate job growth, including tax cuts to reduce the burden on employers and encourage business investment, new investments in education and infrastructure, aid to the states to help retrain the unemployed and ensure they can make ends meet, and an expansion of the payroll tax cut enacted last year–all without weakening Social Security or adding to the deficit. This proposal is an important step in the effort to strengthen our economy, and it deserves serious consideration by the Congress.

    One of my top priorities in the Senate has been to enact measures to help small businesses grow, as they are the primary engine of job creation in Florida and our nation. That’s why I cosponsored the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, P.L. 111-240, which became law on September 27, 2010. To further revitalize the economy and help businesses produce jobs, I believe we should fundamentally reform our tax code. Comprehensive tax reform will lead to greater certainty for millions of Americans and encourage companies to reinvest their capital here in the United States instead of abroad. By broadening the tax base and simplifying the tax code, we can improve our global competitiveness and reinvigorate American ingenuity.

    I appreciate your taking the time to let me know how you feel about this issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Senator Bill Nelson

  52. 105 desertflower
    September 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

    This should light a fire under everyone’s behind and scare the crap out of any freedom loving American. Let’s get to work!
    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/09/tea_party_constitution.html

    • September 16, 2011 at 11:28 am

      No doubt, DF. Americans will deserve what they get if we don’t wake up. People in places like Libya and Egypt are rising up. What would it take for Americans to stand up for themselves?

      The media figures make big money. They are going to side with what the GOP are doing. They are part of the wealthy and could care much less for little people.

      It floors me how complacent people can be.

      I guess we just have to double our efforts to ensure we don’t see these people rise to coming close to winning.

  53. September 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I don’t have a fax machine, but I have tweeted,e-mailed and called 4 times each this morning. This is gonna be a three hankie day for “Boner”!

  54. September 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I was on Hold for 23 minutes and could not hold any longer. (Have to leave.) Called back and left a message and included comment about the patriotic music…..said it’s an insult……pointed out that part of President’s AJA includes plan for hiring veterans and obviously R’s can’t even support that, hence the insult of the patriotic music.

  55. September 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Msnbc cuts him off after 5 minutes, after telling everyone for over an hour that he will be coming up shortly!

    How crass!

  56. 112 MTmarilyn
    September 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I too have been on hold for 25 minutes. I had to leave a message. I had another call coming in. I also called back and left a message. I also had another weird thing happening. I called from my land line in MT and instead of going to the 202 area code I ended up calling a local 406 phone number. I tried it several times. Each call went to a 406 number and it was a local person. I am not a conspiracy person but this was weird. I have also faxed and emailed. Now I will twitter him.

    tnmtngirl, I want to thank you as a person from Tennessee for treating out MT football team so well off the field. It was quite the experience for them to play in your stadium. We are thankful they all came home without any injuries. We love our Grizzlies here in MT.

    • 113 Sue in Minnesota
      September 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

      MTmarilyn…what about the MSU Bobcats…..I started my college career in Bozeman, 2 years before transferring to the U of M. I love Montana.!

      A former Gallatin Valley Girl.

      • 114 MTmarilyn
        September 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

        The Bobcats are very good this year. We are worried about playing them in Bozeman for the big Griz-Cat game. It is an interesting year for both schools. I love my MT. At least we don’t have that many mosquitos here. To much humidity anywhere else. Have a great evening.

        • 115 Sue in Minnesota
          September 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm

          I’ll let my brother know. He played football for MSU back in his day……I think starting 70…too far back to count. He’s an outdoorsmen..he thought he died and gone to heaven.

    • September 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you for sharing that. Nearly every time we have a team for “out west” (Wyoming, CA for example) there’s LTE’s in our paper saying what you said. We love our VOLS but certainly try to always treat other teams and fans with good Southern hospitality.

  57. September 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Congressman young just gave me the republican form letter that they give all their members to circulate! Their is no personal touch, it is like a robot sent it!
    You know, wasteful government spending, second massive stimulus snd of course hr says that this congress has passed bills that gets government out of the way!
    Blah!

  58. September 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe,_Accountable,_Flexible,_Efficient_Transportation_Equity_Act:_A_Legacy_for_Users

    This is the transportation bill signed into law in 2005 by GW and a republican congress!!!!
    This law broke records for spending on infrastructure!

    **********Please mark********

  59. 119 donna dem 4 obama
    September 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Hello {{{TOD’Family}}} Boehner’s lines are very busy so that means we are having great success in making those calls.
    Be patient if you can’t get through or have a long wait time. Remember that is what we wanted to happen. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone.

    I’ll be popping in off and on today but I struggle to get on this site from my office computer (I think its all the videos and pictures) so keep up the great job and keep raising your voices to the Speaker!

    Thanks Again Everyone!!!

    if you have any questions I can also be reached at my email address donnadem4obama@gmail.com

  60. 121 EDP4BHO
    September 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I called about 10 minutes ago, got through to a rep and spoke my piece, politely but with conviction. Piece of cake. It’s got me in the mood for kicking butt. Thanks Donna, and Chips for all you do. 😀

  61. 122 Sue in Minnesota
    September 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Someone mentioned sending a postcard, which gave me an idea. It might be boneheaded as many of mine are 😉

    What if I made up a postcard, and mailed it to every Republican in the House and Senate. On the written side; Ashamed to show my face …or, Ashamed of my vote…. something like that, maybe someone can be more cleaver.

    Remember the Saints fans that used to cover their faces with paper bags…I thought that would be a great image for the picture side….a human wearing a t-shirt that reflects the Republican party with a paper bag over their head.

    ??? am I nuts ????

  62. 124 Fred
    September 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    ‘Gutsy’ | 🙄
    That’s how Rev. Jerry Falwell, Jr. — son of the infamous preacher who blamed the 9/11 attacks on “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians” — described Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) suggestion that Texas may secede from the union. Perry spoke earlier this week at Liberty University, the conservative evangelical college run by Falwell.
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/09/16/320734/gutsy/

    Perry Brags About Texas’ Tax System That Charges The Poor Four Times As Much As The Rich
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/16/320975/perry-texas-regressive-taxes/

    Taxing The Poor In Texas
    http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/08/15/296079/taxing-the-poor-in-texas/

    Click to access tx_whopays_factsheet.pdf

  63. 127 Sue in Minnesota
    September 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Someone mentioned sending a postcard, which gave me an idea. It might be boneheaded as many of mine are 😉

    What if I made up a postcard, and mailed it to every Republican in the House and Senate. On the written side; Ashamed to show my face …or, Once proud and GOP…… You had my vote, now you spite my face…..My vote, my shame……Do you get the picture?… something like that, maybe someone can be more clever.

    Remember the Saints fans that used to cover their faces with paper bags…I thought that would be a great image for the picture side….a human wearing a t-shirt that reflects the Republican party with a paper bag over their head.

    ??? am I nuts ????

  64. September 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Eureka!
    A bill for patents is signed
    By MATT NEGRIN | 09/16/11 9:53 AM Updated: 09/16/11 12:19 PM

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    The president will drop by a class to see student science and technology projects. AP Photo Close
    After a one-day break in a week focused on jobs, President Obama returned his focus to the economy Friday morning as he stopped by the science-and-tech-centered Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va., to sign the America Invents Act. He also dropped by a classroom to “see demonstrations of several student science and technology projects,” the White House said in guidance to reporters.

    The pool reports that Obama’s classroom trip involved a robot. “Do I need to get out of the way? I don’t want the robot to run over me,” he cracked as students gave him a demonstration.

  65. 131 donna dem 4 obama
    September 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Off topic for just a moment…

    If today is payday and you plan to donate to the O’Reelection Campaign for an opportunity to have dinner with the President, please consider my fundraising page. I am a Fundraising Challenge Leader for a once in a lifetime chance to speak to the President or Vice President so will you consider a $5.00 donation today?

    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/donnanoshock3

    TOD’Fam… this thing is getting serious. I’ve been on top of the leaderboard all week. If I continue to get donations can you imagine me talking to President Obama on the phone? This would be the thrill of a lifetime.

    Here is the leaderboard. I’m in 3rd Place for dollars raised and 1st Place for number of donations since September 1st.

    http://www.barackobama.com/grassroots-fundraising/challenge-leaderboard?source=20110909_RG_3&utm_medium=email&utm_source=obama&utm_campaign=20110909_RG_3

  66. 143 Tien Le
    September 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I called Boehner’s office…was on hold 2.5 minutes. The woman who took my call was very pleasant.

  67. 144 AnitaW
    September 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve called twice, been transferred and hung up on both times. ??

    • 145 donna dem 4 obama
      September 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Don’t lose patience they are just trying to frustrate us. They don’t understand our resolve. Keep at it Anita, you’ll get through and thank you so much for making the call. The response from the public to this activity has been overwhelming.

  68. 146 donna dem 4 obama
    September 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I have to share this message from a FB friend on her experience with making calls to Boehner’s office today. It made me Laugh Out Loud 🙂

    I called!!! 1st – said number was not working; 2nd – left a voicemail regarding the new jobs bill that should be passed immediately 3rd – waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting a lonnnnng time to speak with a representative (several re…cording saying there is longer than normal call volume – would you like information regarding the debt ceiling, job creation or the economy…press 1 (NOPE – cuz I know what you’re gonna say);; healthcare press 2; (NOPE – cuz I know what you’re gonna say); something else press 4 (NOPE) or stay on the line to speak with a representative (YUP!) Finally got a representative, I asked her if she knew what happened to the jobs that John Buehner promised. She said, I can leave a message for Speaker Buehner. I said, Okay, but are they lost or is he hiding them? She said, Ma’am I can leave a message for Speaker Buehner. I said, Well, since he has no clue where they are, can you please ask him to pass the President’s job creation bill. She said, Yes. I said, can you repeat that message? She said, Please ask him to pass the President’s Jobs Creation Bill. I said, thank you. Whhew, that girl sounded realllllly tired!!

    • 147 Sue in Minnesota
      September 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      I think I talked to that same cranky pants. She wanted to move on before my first sentence wasn’t even out of my mouth. Would love to know how they track and convey these messages. I also wonder who gets to monitor his answering machine…it’s very tempting to be nasty, although I resisted.

  69. 148 zizi
    September 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I have the worst congresscritters you could imagine — Mitch McConnell & Rand Paul. The only saving grace is my Blue Dog Rep. John Yarmouth. Still I am hand writing a letter to each of them. Wish me luck.

  70. 151 sjterrid
    September 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I called Boehner’s office twice. I called earlier and left a message, and I just called and spoke to a rep.
    I also emailed ABC news about Jack Tapper’s disrespect towards president Obama and Press secretary Jay Carney in his questions that are based on rumor by republican operatives and pundits.

  71. 152 Ladyhawke
    September 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    THE DISHONESTY OF SPEAKER BOEHNER IS JUST BREATHTAKING

    This link needs to be tweeted and emailed far and wide. It should be the lead story on every network & cable station tonight, but we know it won’t be. The no regulations and no taxes rhetoric as the remedy for all of our problems is just asinine.

    Those 219 regulations Boehner doesn’t like
    =================================

    Glenn Kessler did a nice job scrutinizing the claim, and getting to the bottom of the figure Boehner is so fond of.

    The federal government is required to identify regulations that could have an economic impact of more than $100 million, but people frequently misunderstand what that means. It does not necessarily mean $100 million in costs; in fact, it can also mean more than a $100 million in benefits.

    The Congressional Research Service earlier this year made this clear when it examined the 100 major regulatory rules issued in 2010. The report — which is actually posted on the speaker’s Web site — found that 37 of the 100 rules were deemed “major” because they involved the transfer of federal funds to recipients (such as grants, food stamps, or crop payments). In most cases, this meant more money in people’s pockets, not costs to businesses. (There were another nine rules that decreased transfer payments.)

    Six of the rules were labeled major because they triggered economic activity by consumers; these all had to do with hunting seasons and bag limits for certain types of migratory birds. Four other rules established new fees (such as increased costs for passports) to fund government operations; others were considered “major” for a variety of reasons.

    Finally, 39 of the 100 rules were expected to have either $100 million in annual compliance costs, $100 million in annual benefits, or both. In some cases, the ranges were so large that it was difficult to conclude whether the result was a positive or negative benefit. But in 14 cases, the lowest estimate of the benefits exceeded the highest estimate of the costs.

    As for the specific 219 figure, apparently some Bush administration veteran found a wish list from the Office of Management and Budget website, listing 219 possible new regs. Most of them will never make it through the regulatory review process, and many of the proposed new rules wouldn’t affect the economy in the short run at all.

    So, when Boehner claims the economy is “poised to take a hit from the government of at least $100 million, 219 times,” everything about the argument is plainly false.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_09/those_219_regulations_boehner032255.php

  72. September 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Boner’s office hung up while I had waited for awhile on ‘hold’. This happened four times. Got to speak with a representative on my fifth try. He politely took my message for the current Spkr.

  73. September 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Called Boehner’s office, got a message about heavy traffic, so I left a lovely message reminding him that it’s a Christian’s duty to care for the less fortunate and of the fact that throughout 2009 and 2010, he promised us jobs. I told him it’s time for him to fulfill his pledge. Followed this action up with a tweet to let him know that we know his little speech was full of BullStank meant to avoid having to do anything–empty words devoid of truth. I will also send him a fax. Anyone else get creeped out by the music you hear when you call his office? IMO, the patriotic music is okay. The problem is when it’s associated with Boehner whose patriotism is being questioned by me because of the level of obstruction I’ve seen when he knows people need help.

  74. 155 Ladyhawke
    September 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I called Speaker Boehner’s officer three times today. I kept getting the message we are experiencing heavy call traffic. If Speaker Boehner was as patriotic as the hold music the country would be a lot better off. The music is fine, but it really is odd hearing the such patriotic music from an elected official who has disdain for the government. Anyway, I gave up after getting disconnected three times. I never got to speak to an actual human being. I will try again next week.

    1) On hold for 3 minutes – then ringing – then CLICK.

    2) On hold for 9 minutes – then ringing – then CLICK.

    3) On hold for 40 minutes – then ringing – then CLICK.

    I left a message stating I supported President Obama’s American Jobs Act. I said Speaker Boehner should put the country before party and do the right thing for the common good. I also sent an email repeating the comments I left on the answering machine and added that I found it puzzling that since taking the majority in the House of Representatives the GOP had not introduce any jobs bills.

  75. 156 Claire
    September 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Called and emailed. Thanks for creating action!


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