‘no sweat’

David Axelrod: Public polling released this week makes clear that Americans strongly agree with the President’s plan to create jobs and provide economic security for the middle class and believe that leaders in both parties should move quickly to pass the American Jobs Act.

Members of the media have focused on the President’s approval ratings as if they existed in a black box. Following the intransigence of the Republicans during the debt debate, the approval rating of the GOP brand dropped to a historic low. The approval rating of Congress dropped to a near historic low. Americans are still dealing with the impact of the financial crisis and recession and the long-term economic trends that have seen wages stagnate for many, and that is manifested in their anger towards Washington. There’s no doubt that Americans are calling on leaders in Washington to take immediate action to address their economic challenges – exactly what the President is advocating for.

According to a CNN poll released on Wednesday, a plurality of Americans approve of the President’s jobs plan. Two thirds believe we should cut taxes for the middle class and rebuild America’s roads and bridges. Three quarters believe we need to put our teachers and first responders back to work. More Americans trust the President to handle the economy than Congressional Republicans by a margin of 9 points.

Despite what you hear in elite commentary, the President’s support among base voters and in key demographic groups has stayed strong. According to the latest NBC-WSJ poll, Democrats approve of his performance by an 81%-14% margin. That’s stronger than President Clinton’s support among Democrats at this point in his term and, according to Gallup, stronger than any Democratic President dating back to Harry Truman through this point in their presidency. 92 percent of African Americans approve. And a PPP poll out this week showed the President winning 67 percent of Hispanics against Romney and 70 percent against Perry, a higher percentage than he captured against Senator McCain in 2008.

The base is mobilized behind the President. 12,000 individuals applied to join the campaign as volunteer summer fellows, more than in 2008. 1,100 students across the country are organizing their campuses in support of the campaign as fellows this fall. We had 552,462 individuals give to the campaign in the second quarter — more than we had in all of 2007. Of our 552,462 total donors to the 2012 campaign so far, more than 260,000 of them are completely new to the Obama organization and have never given before.

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.


Thanks Tally

91 Responses to “‘no sweat’”

  1. 1 zizi
    September 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    O/T Did you guys know that the beer that the President and Sgt. Dakota Meyer drank the other day was micro-brewed at the White House, using honey and equipment that the Obamas bough with their own money? I find that very fascinating. Here’s the CBS news report.

  2. 6 jacquelineoboomer
    September 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I love David Axelrod.

    • 7 Mel
      September 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      Polls, polls ano more polls the election is in2012 and the Fucking MSM is all ready talking about polls
      Remainder when Obam runn for the Senate against avery rich white guy Obama did not have a chance.
      And when Obama announced that he was running for President all the MSM were jusy fucking laughing
      he will not in hell beat Hillary Clinton, then do so call hero McCrasy was going to wipe out, so please
      spare me the BullShit of the MSM I’am +1000% sure that PBO will do just fine so we will NOT panic thank
      very much.

      • 8 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        September 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        We know this Mel. Unfortunately your average every day American voter doesn’t. We just gotta keep our noses to the grindstone. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! We are living in a era where the President of the United States has been polled more than any Prez in history. It is unpresdented. 😕

        • 9 jeff
          September 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

          why is that btw? Does it have to do with President Obama himself or just the way people have become over the years?

  3. September 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I sure wish our news media would use a little of this perspective in their reporting. As we have often noted, they’ll make a big deal about any dismal Obama poll they can find without ever mentioning any which show a gain or note that Obama polls above anyone/anything else in the political world.
    OT, but I see that a Miami judge has sentenced a health care executive to 50 years in prison for a massive $205 million dollar Medicare fraud scam. Isn’t this similar to what Fl. Gov. Scott was accused of? Answer: Yes. In this case, 34 people have been charged, including dr.s, nurses, employees etc. I would think this sentence might make other would be fraudsters think twice and help save Medicare millions.

  4. September 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    According to the head of Gallup polls, what he can’t understand is why Obama’s rating has not fallen into the 30-40% range, given the dismal state of the economy. In other words, Obama is more popular than he has a right to expect. I did a post on this a couple of months ago:


    • 17 Left-Indie
      September 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      People like this president. They see that he is a decent man. His supporters still love him, and love him more when they see him fighting. The last two weeks with the Jobs Act is great. I hope he sustains that. I hope nothing is done to give the impression that he is giving in to the thugs again. It’s unfortunate that Dem senators don’t seem to be afraid of him let alone rethugs. And Biden, a nice guy, is no Chaney. If the president is nice guy, he needs a Dart Vader.

    September 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm


  6. 22 anniebella
    September 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Where do they dig up these people from. The guy talking to O’Donnell in the video, he seem to be saying Axelrod numbers weren’t right. I’ll take Axelrod numbers over that guy any time. Just another one of those anti-Obama media jackass.

    • September 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      How can Axelrod’s numbers be wrong? He’s reading from the same polls the media is. He just chooses to actually, you know, read all the findings in the report.

    • 24 Tally
      September 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      Well, they’re not Axelrod’s numbers, they’re NBC-WSJ & Gallup’s numners. 😀

    • 26 COS
      September 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      I agree Anniebella. He was putting his spin on the polls and was doing just what Axelrod was criticizing. Lawrence could how kept him off. He served no purpose. I also don’t beliieve what they are saying about Bill Daley. He was quoting Republican talking points. I say, as long as PBO is comfortable with him I am ok with him. He also told a big whopper about Daley and business.

    • 27 jeff
      September 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      probably cause Obama is polling at 79 not 81 percent among democrats. The bottom line though is Obama is looking way stronger than these idiots seem to believe he is.

  7. September 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Phenomenal piece. That’s my motto: never let ’em see you sweat. Democrats need to project strength and resolve, just like Axelrod is doing here.

    The problem with the pundits is that they don’t understand that the President is personally very well-liked. That leaves all sorts of wiggle room when it comes to approval ratings and him being trusted — particularly when he is compared to Congress. When you like someone personally, you are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, especially when it appears they’re trying their best.

    The Obama Administration has had many successes, but has also had lots of mistakes — as should be expected as nothing and no one is perfect. As long as we hang in there and stay together as we go on this wild ride of rebuilding America, and reject those who want to tear us apart, we’ll be okay.

    • 29 jacquelineoboomer
      September 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      *Never let ’em see you sweat*

      And yet (and I hate using his name) that awful has-been-wannabe-never-was James Carville wants everybody to panic.

    • 31 Puddin"
      September 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Also, msm fail to mention that reasonable, intelligent, smart sane voters know that the mess we are in did not begin with PBO. All of our current troubles were set into place at least 10 years ago. Who was president then, oh yeah FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON! And reasonable, intelligent, smart , sane voters know that our current troubles are global…this mess is bigger than PBO and he can NOT “fix” it all by himself.

    • 32 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      September 18, 2011 at 1:34 am

      What mistakes Junkessa? 🙄

  8. 33 GGail
    September 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    The pic of Axe and POTUS just makes me smile looking at it.

  9. September 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    May I say that one David Axelrod is worth ten James Carvilles. Who would want to have a “let’s push the panic button” person with you in a war room? Axelrod’s got his head on straight and his feet on the ground. He’s a great person to have on your side in a foxhole. The most important thing he said (which fortunately the MSM will never pick up) is the size of the OFA army being formed–the OFA school enrollments, the campus organizers, the numbers of donors. And Axelrod’s not even talking about people like us–the ones making calls, donating what we can, or those like Donna, who manage to rally small the fighting legions to badger Boehner. Here’s the news story every paid for idiot in the MSM won’t run: Everyone running for president who is not named Barack Obama should be ***panicking***!!!

  10. September 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The MSM is trying very hard to stop Obama bill, because they know it will help with jobs and they don’t want that to happen.
    Don’t be fool the Media is try to stop Obama from Winning in 2012. It the Media that have the power to stop Obama not the Republican.
    And they are on their Job. This is the reason they all are bashing and lying more then ever about Obama, They are trying to stop the Bill from being Pass. The Heat is on, But do not panic, The fight is Obama -vs- The Media. Let see who the American people going to listen too. If the Bill pass Obama win, if the bill don’t pass the Media win. That Why he keep telling us to call our congressman, Because the Media had thier back, and Obama needs us to have his back.

    • 44 Tally
      September 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm


      I’ve got $100 that says the Sunday shows, which Axelrod sent this letter to, do not even TALK about this.

    • 45 Tally
      September 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      And the GOP OWNS THE MEDIA.

    • 46 anniebella
      September 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      If the bill pass the American people win. If the bill doesn’t pass, I don’t think the President lose, because he can go to the American people and tell them that there is a choice for you, choose those who are working for the middle class, or those who are are working against the middle class. He can tell the voters that the American Jobs Act could have put people back to work, but the Republicans did not pass it. So the way I see it it’s a win, win for the President.

  11. September 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I think the president always has seen it as a strong possibility that the bill won’t pass. That’s the reason for all the road trips. He wants to make it clear that he has a plan and the Republican-led House is dragging its feet. If nothing else, he will show who is on the side of the people and who isn’t. This is like the Truman running against Congress campaign. He makes it crystal clear in his road trip speeches that it is CONGRESS holding things up. If I were a Repub in the US House, I’d pass the bill just to get PBO off the road and stop his pointing out my failings. But that would assume they have a brain, which I have yet to see evidence of. If I were a Dem in Congress I’d be shouting from all the rooftops that the Democratic president and the democratic members of congress have a plan, the R’s do not. Again that would assume the Dems have any sense of self-preservation whatsoever.

    • 49 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      September 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Totally true Jackie. Excellent post.

      • 50 Betty's Girl
        September 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm

        Funny because I noticed how RNC chairman (Priebus or whatever his name is) keeps mentioning “the President never ending campaigning”. They think they can shame him to stop. They mentioning the bus and everything. They might as well get used to it. They are up against a master!

    • 51 utaustinliberal
      September 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Once again; very excellent commentary Jackie.

    • 52 Bobfr
      September 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Precisely, Jackie!

      I do think it is steadily sinking in with many Dems that they need to get on PBO’s coat tails and go for the ride of their life 🙂

      Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  12. 53 Ladyhawke
    September 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm


    1) Tweety had a segment on Hardball last night that covered the GOP voter suppression that everyone should watch. It also covers the shenanigans with the electoral college votes in Pennsylvania. Cynthia Tucker is just terrific.


    2) Bill Clinton: GOP War On Voting Is Most Determined Disenfranchisement Effort Since Jim Crow


  13. 54 Ladyhawke
    September 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm



    I don’t know what got into Tweety, but he made some good points in this segment going up against CNBC’s Jim Cramer.

    Wall Street v Obama


  14. 55 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I hate posting this again like in the other previous threads, but Chips has a great thread again on this very topic of MSM total bias. OFA Ohio has been registering youth voters at the Ohio State Buckeyes’ football games on Saturday afternoons. This will not stop. When a couple hundred thousand converge on campus every home Saturday it turns into a city of its own. Great way to get progressive voters on board. That being said the Prez is SO inspiring with his TIRELESS work. Not only is he working hard to improve our economy, but he is working hard to make this a more peaceful world.

    The MSM (especially MSNBC) has upped their attack mode with new AA’s (Chris Hayes) taking over weekend slots to BASH PBO. They do not like the 92% approval ratings that he is getting from the AA community in the latest polls. They don’t like that he is still ahead of all GOP (including a generic ballot) candidates in most polls, he is at 57% with the Latino vote and still has a plurality with Jewish voters at 53%. Inspite of all their constant BLASTING of this President he still holds his own with his BASE.

    It is obvious Rachel Maddows and her MSNBC henchmen would like Mitt Romney as the nominee and for the race to be as close as possible by next fall. PBO would defeat Michelle Bachmann in a landslide and have a better chance at defeating Perry comfortably with his extreme views. So effectively we can have another Bush 2000 where the election is stolen. We ground and internet troops must help PBO all we can. Rev. Al Sharpton is his only ally on TV. This kind of focused propoganda is UNPRECEDENTED in US politics. The Rich and Powerful are going to any lengths to make sure PBO does not get another 4 years. It is the PEOPLE who will have to rise up for the CHAMPION of the middle and working classes. We in Ohio aren’t giving up. The fight has just BEGUN. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! YES WE CAN!! YES WE DID!! and YES WE WILL AGAIN!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

  15. 56 Bill R.
    September 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Just in…. POTUS to include millionaire’s “Buffet” tax in his proposal to the deficit commission on Monday.

  16. September 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    It’s becoming more apparent that “equality” only exists for equals and i don’t think everyone is considered to be equal to ……eerr uuhh the country club set.

  17. September 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Eclectablog posted about this, I may have missed it here, but it’s a wonderful account of the President’s compassion, his ability to work with others and get things done.


    9/13/11 Efraim Halevy: Obama Showed “Leadership Of Historic Dimensions” To Save Israelis In Cairo Embassy

    “We’ve been talking these days about Turkey and about Egypt. And I would like to say something about the event which took place last Friday evening or through the night in Cairo, which I think to a large extent was a seminal event, not only in the history of the Middle East but also in the history of the relations between Israel and Egypt, and between Israel and the United States of America.

    During that night, as you know, our embassy was surrounded and was on the verge of being stormed. And the Prime Minister went to the special command center in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from there he actually ran and commanded this operation of trying to extricate our staff from the embassy…..

    And he turned to one man, to the President of the United States, and he spoke to him. And the president of the United States, without having much time to consult with Congress, and with the media, and with the analysts and with all of the other people who have to be consulted on major and grave decisions. He took a decision to take up the telephone and get on the line with the powers that be in Egypt, and get them to order the release of these six people, and the detail of the Egyptian commando forces entered and saved them.

    I think that this decision by President Obama was a unique decision in many ways. Because I don’t have to tell you, and this was just said time and time and over again this afternoon/this evening, that the United States is not in a position the way it was many years ago in the Middle East, it has its problems, it has its considerations, and rightly so. But I believe the leadership that the President of the United States showed on that night was a leadership of historic dimensions. It was he who took the ultimate decision that night which prevented what could have been a sad outcome—instead of six men coming home, the arrival in Israel of six body bags….

    • 59 criquet
      September 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Tell that to the Jewish voters in NY-9 and former Mayor Ed Koch.

      • 60 anniebella
        September 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        criquet, you are so right, tell that to the Jewish voters in NY-9 and that dried up old nasty Ed Koch. Where is the media? I know where the bastards are.

        • September 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

          Hi anniebella, we have to remember that there is a big number of Orthodox Jews in NY-9, a group that has always been largely hostile to the President.

          The majority of Reform/secular Jews are still on his side, as every poll shows.

          Nate Silver: Roughly 40 percent of voters in the Ninth District are Jewish, 20 times the rate in the country as a whole. Moreover, and perhaps more important, many of those voters are Orthodox Jews, who often have starkly different political viewpoints than Reform or secular Jews, and who are extremely rare in the United States outside a few spots in the New York region.

    • 62 Bobfr
      September 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Cool that you posted Eclectablog’s post here, Suzanne!!

      I had inserted that story in a comment here (and at TPV and OFA) earlier this week and was grateful that Eclectablog expanded awareness of yet another amazing act of courage and profound empathy by our President.

      Here’s a letter I sent the President reflecting on his actions and the upcoming issue of Palestinian statehood during the UN General Assembly meeting scheduled for next week:

      Dear Mr President,

      While the lame-stream US media and various newstainers have not given the American people an accounting of yet another incredibly important, life saving act of yours, some of us are aware.

      Our ‘4th Estate’ is ours – we are the millions who connect, via the internet, not only in the US but throughout the world.

      Thus, we became aware of the fast and decisive steps you took to prevent the certain death of six Israelis who were trapped in the embassy in Cairo.

      Your actions are more widely known in Israel and the Middle East than in the US.

      Your actions are yet another affirmation of your support of Israel.

      My hope is that you will be able to convince the Israeli government and the Palestinians to achieve something bold and historic at the UN, next week.

      My humble suggestion is that in the resolution recognizing a Palestinian State, the Palestinians recognize the de facto reality of Israel as a “Jewish State” and in doing so create a situation where the Israeli government has no choice but to support the vote in the General Assembly and enable the US to support the vote in the Security Council.

      You’re the best hope of that diplomatic victory – for all parties – to be achieved.

      Thank you,

      Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 63 Puddin"
      September 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      President Obama is the LEADER that the world has been waiting for!

  18. September 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    What Balloon juice is saying about the nay sayers. No jobs for America because we say so and we hate the Pres.
    Time for more calls!

  19. 65 Marlz (@marjgra)
    September 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Check out MY president (BTW, I am warming up to Twitter!) . . . Pray for them because I now have a sword in my hand!

  20. 66 Marlz (@marjgra)
    September 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Shot of the crowd protesting the influence of corporate $ in politics today in NYC yfrog.com/nz5k9ej #sept17

  21. 68 Marlz (@marjgra)
    September 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    On Twitter . . .
    ebertchicago Roger Ebert
    by LiberalPhenom
    Brietbart to Tea Party: “We outnumber them and we have the guns. I’ve talked to military people–high up.” bit.ly/n2FoCc

    • September 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Let them keep thinking that we are unarmed–big mistake as I have my dad’s 30.06 and a shotgun, with plenty of ammunition, and I know how to use them both. My dad was a hunter, and he passed his skills to his kids.

  22. September 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    If you are a dog lover, this story will tug at your heart strings

    To the rescue — finding a purpose for rejected shelter dogs

  23. 71 Marlz (@marjgra)
    September 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    RT @washdems have unanimously “endorsed Jay Inslee for Governor of the great state of Washington.”

  24. September 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    More encouraging news

    Weight-loss programs might save Medicare billions
    The First Lady was so smart when she launched the “Let’s Move” initiative. I have included a video of her discussing the bill in this article.


  25. 73 Bobfr
    September 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Further evidence of not merely corporatist media bias but suppression of the news:

    “Most Americans are being kept in the dark about the US Day of Rage by the corporate cable news giants at CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC who have imposed a de facto blackout on the protest.

    Even though an estimated 50,000 protesters have flooded into Manhattan to, “nonviolently disrupt the disloyal, incompetent, and corrupt special interests which have usurped our nation’s civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to our liberty, lives and national security,” the three cable news networks have devoted no airtime to the story.

    This is becoming an all too familiar scene. In Wisconsin hundreds of thousands of regular people took to the streets each weekend to protest the theft of their rights, and were completely ignored by CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.”


    At the time of posting no mention of the event in the NYTimes online, as well.

    It has been clear to many for sometime, until some group with sufficient capital can acquire one of the major teevee broadcast+cable corporations and focus it on legitimate journalism and the obligations of the 4th estate in democracy, we must do everything we can to inform our fellow citizens of not just the lies, but all the facts and events that they are intentionally being denied access.

    Yesterday, a Libyan being interviewed after being freed from Sirte was incredulous when told that Tripoli had been liberated weeks before – that information had been completely censored by those in control in the town. Well, it’s happening in America, every day as the suppression of the news about events in Wall St are unlikely to be known by most Americans.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 74 ChristiMtl
      September 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      It wasn’t a tea party rally so it’s understandable.

      As long as there’s no media boycott, advertisers boycott, nothing will change. People keep giving their money to the RW propaganda machine, the travesty that is the MSM.

      When the repug. go on tv and say that the President’s job plan is only another stimulus, that the first one was a failure, that it created zero job, that it was ”out of control spending”……….what is the reaction from the so called journalists or whoever interview them? Nothing, absolutely nothing

      If they weren’t corrupt, they would say: False, it created jobs, it prevented a depression and so on. But that would be telling the truth.

      The only thing that people have to get the truth out, the facts……….is social networks, that’s it, nothing else.

      You know, like in Iran.

      • 75 Bobfr
        September 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        ChristiMtl – yuou note: “The only thing that people have to get the truth out, the facts……….is social networks, that’s it, nothing else.

        You know, like in Iran.”


        Please see my letter to the President, up thread. As noted, We are our 4th Estate 🙂

        And, that’s as it should and always must be in a true democracy – a lesson every generation needs to learn and perfect.

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

  26. September 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I just read this post from OFA

    GOSAL~Official of Eng Art Mop ,
    My name is Marilyn. I live in Key West, FL. I am the GOSAL ~ Goddess of Smiles and Laughter on OFA.

    I JUST GOT BACK FROM THE GROCERY STORE where I handed out a bunch of post cards already with the statement …… “PASS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AMERICAN JOBS ACT NOW” on them, I got people to sign them and they are in the mail to Speaker Boehner’s office.

    It’s that easy!
    I hope some of you will join me in my “Postcards from the American People” project!

    I have it posted as an event of FB, check it out!

    Could someone on Facebook see if they can find this project, it is so simple and it would be very effective.

  27. September 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    This may be what the President releases next week – I love it and think Americans will like it too. Tax millionaires


  28. September 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Here’s an opinion piece re the President, Nettie and Israel/Palestine that I noticed on twitter –


    • September 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      That’s a really interesting article VC, thanks so much for the link. Next week’s UN resolution on Palestine is a political nightmare for the President – I wish he could support it, but I know what the consequences would be for him. Just hoping for some form of wording that will appease both ‘sides’, but it’s hard to imagine that’s possible with Netanyahu in power. Palestinians deserve to have their own state recognized, Israel deserves to be left in peace – it sounds simple, but it seems impossible.

  29. 81 COS
    September 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I decided to turn on the local news here in SoCal and the first thing I see is a report on PBO’s declining poll numbers, in the state, Michelle Bachmann and a young woman saying that she won’t vote for him again because he hasn’t done enough for the economy and environment. My advice to her is good luck on that vote for a republican, they will give you exactly what you want. Just one time I would love to turn on the real news and not see a negative story about PBO. I can’t even count on my local news anymore.

    • 82 anniebella
      September 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Call them and tell them to be fair. Ask them to tell you the poll numbers of Congress. Tell them to talk about that. You just want them to be fair. Last poll numbers I saw for Congress was 12% approval.

  30. September 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I think the media is making a big mistake by not covering the protest going on in New York at the moment.

    After today’s intentional media blackout, hatred of the corporate owned media will only grow more intense.

  31. 85 criquet
    September 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    For information of more MSM pushing a meme:

    From the Washington Post
    By Ed O’Keefe, Saturday, September 17, 6:10 PM

    “Liberal activists and academics displeased with the Obama administration’s handling of several issues popular with progressives say they are seeking candidates willing to mount a primary challenge against President Obama next year.

    The group, led by consumer advocate Ralph Nader and scholar Cornel West, said it faults Obama for the escalation of military campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan, for extending tax cuts first enacted by George W. Bush and for his actions during the recent debt ceiling negotiations.

    The group said Saturday it is seeking six “recognizable, articulate” candidates who would not mount serious challenges to Obama, but “rigorously debate his policy stands” on issues related to labor, poverty, foreign policy, civil rights and consumer protections.

    The group’s efforts come as Democrats are growing increasingly pessimistic about the country’s direction. Fewer than three-quarters of Democrats approve of Obama’s job performance, and less than a third believe the nation is headed in the right direction, according to the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll.”

    There is more if you want to read it but we have to be armed to refute this nonsense.
    Knowledge of the opposition is necessary.

  32. September 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks for this, Tally. It’s great to see facts on display that basically point out what we’ve known–this President is truly one for the ages.

    Unfortunately, some folks are still acting deaf, dumb, and blind:


    ….the only honest response to these people is one that starts with “F” and ends with “U”.

    • September 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      They may find some tool willing to primary him, Marc, but most of the AAs I know are sticking with PBO. We know what he has been facing, and what the republicans, tea partiers, and MSM are doing to him. West is a major tool, and we know it. Until he, Smiley, the Hamster, Green, and the rest get off their butts do something besides things to increase their own bank accounts, most of us aren’t listening. Getting the majority of us to turn against PBO en masse would be like getting us to turn against MLK. It ain’t gonna happen. West knows this, but he’ll try it anyway because he has his own personal ax to grind regarding PBO. Once most AAs find out about this, he’ll be persona non grata wherever he goes with most of us. If he and Smiley thought their reception in Detroit was bad when they went there on their poverty tour, they haven’t seen anything YET.

  33. 89 jeff
    September 17, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I was watching Chris Hayes on MSNBC and I admit rather guiltily that I like the guy. At the same time though the people he talks too are often just the same ole same ole. One of the guys (black) has kind of a lazy eye I absolutely don’t like. Something about him tells me that he has a particular dislike towards the president. He kept on bringing up his weaknesses yet hardly talked about the strengths that Obama actually has such as the jokes that they consider competition.

    Romney came out and stated that Dick Cheney is the type of VP he wants and yet the media pundits hardly talk about it. Have basically one article and that’s it. The pundits hardly mention anything. Not one single pundit. Its rather teeth grinding annoying as most of their attention seems to be focused on how ‘weak’ Obama looks. I feel like the media has run away from the public and no longer tries to inform like it did in the 70s.

    • September 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Sounds like you got a chance to see and hear Ron Christie. I don’t like him, either, jeff because he carries water for the GOP even though he knows the party is rotten to the core. I don’t listen to anyone who has sold out his/her principles.

      • 91 hopefruit2
        September 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm

        No I believe it’s Bob Herbert. Ron Christie has crossed eyes and is a Republican. Herbert is a pundit and looks chronically sleep deprived.

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