37 Responses to “friday …. and west wing week”

  1. September 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    “they want me to come to the dance! Can I bring Michelle?”
    ———hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe!!!!!!! PBO is so cute :mrgreen:

  2. September 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    What a good way to end the week. Good job President Obama, good job.

  3. 3 utaustinliberal
    September 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Homecoming Mr President?

    They want me to come to the dance? Can I bring Michelle? 😉

  4. 4 Doris
    September 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Great West Wing Week. Man they got this one up fast and he’s sooooo good on the stump. He leans down and bites the mike, lol. Fierce. 😀

  5. 5 jacquelineoboomer
    September 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    That was so cute – Sen. Patrick Leahy was taking a photo of President Obama’s signing of the new patent act! People are even bringing their cameras “on stage” now, to capture these moments in history!

    • 6 COS
      September 23, 2011 at 12:40 am

      I heard that photography is a hobby for Sen. Leahy. He always has a camera. I heard soemone tease him about his camera once.

    • 7 HZ
      September 23, 2011 at 12:44 am

      JB, it was very precious to see Senator Leahy do that. He is so proud of that historical moment. Senator Patrick Leahy was one who sponsored along with Smith that bill. However, Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor very passionate abou the importance of this bill to get passed. He worked so hard for this bill. He is very supportive of POB. I wrote him a thank note back when I received a letter from him about passage.HZ

  6. 8 carolyn
    September 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I’d take mine too, if I was anywhere near the President. I took my camera when he came to OKC four years ago…..I wasn’t close, but I got real pictures of him!

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      September 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      I’d take photos, too, if I were as lucky as you were to see him up close!

      The video was funny to me, since Leahy was standing right behind the President, taking a picture of his signature on the document!

  7. 10 HZ
    September 23, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Attention: The House passed the FY2012 Federal Funding Spending bill up to Nov. 18th. Vote: 219/203.

  8. September 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

    It had the same cuts to a green job creator. Plus more. Cut funds to companies like Solyandra also. Didnt have enough money for disaster relief and now they are going home. Write Sen Reid to pass a clean CR and send it back to them. We cant be held hostage again and they plan to shut the gov again. Figure they have Pres Obaama where they want him.

  9. 14 Bobfr
    September 23, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr

    ‘That’s the end of tonight’s Crazy Train, brought to you by none other than Fox News and the Republican Party. ‘ http://bit.ly/oFLrU7


    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 15 a4alice
      September 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

      Read the article you have there Bob. I missed last nights, ahem….”debate”… sounds like there were the usual jackals in the audience. GOP=Gruesome Old Party. I thought that was kinda funny.

      So let’s get this straight. they cheer the death penalty, they boo an American Soldier, they cheer when the candidates says they want to take down “obamacare” which is essentially stripping health care from over 1 million young people….

      kids. that’s just nuts.

  10. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    September 23, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I’m finally watching my recording of Rev. Al’s show. He gets better in that format day by day. His takedowns are so humorous and real and on point!

    Loved David Axelrod on the show; he did his usual great job.

    Rev. Al mentioned the R debate was in Orlando tonight, “right down the street from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.” David said, “Don’t forget Goofy.”

    They demonstrate how keeping a sense of humor will help us get through “silly season,” a second time around!

    Obama-Biden 2012 !!!!

  11. 18 C Stephenson
    September 23, 2011 at 3:09 am

    ATTENTION SIERRA CLUB MEMBERS/SUPPORTERS: Sierra Club leadership is using YOUR hard-earned donations to bash the President.

    I posted a comment here: http://sierraclub.typepad.com/compass/2011/09/ads-that-fight-back-against-coal.html And this is what I posted, in case you don’t want to drive up their traffic:


    The first ad is NOT fighting back against coal. It’s fighting back against one of the most pro-environment Presidents this nation has seen in eons. Sierra Club donors should NOT be happy with Sierra Club leadership’s way of handling this.

    As this article indicates – http://www.osborneink.com/2011/09/epa-smog-rules-freakout-is-ridiculou.html – Obama has done FAR more to curb smog than expected. And to bash him for a two-year delay is counterproductive. The article says:

    “Obama is a transportation progressive. Why should the White House choose to fight costly battles over EPA regulations, tar sands pipelines, or offshore drilling when they can win policy battles that reduce consumption? This is not eleventy-dimensional chess. It is not apologetics. It is solid policy.

    “One may still save thousands of lives from smog without new EPA regulations, as transportation policy is intimately linked to public health. Less smog from tailpipes means less smog-related illness.”

    Yet this is the game President who gets raked over the ‘coals’ (pun somewhat intended if inappropriate) for a two-year delay on a role that will still go into effect in 2013. I would’ve loved if the rule went into effect now, but let’s be practical here.

    To waste donors’ money to paint this President as an enemy of the environment? Holding people to account is one thing. But smearing this president 14 months before an election in which either Obama (a progressive on environmental issues) or a pro-pollution reactionary is elected? If that reactionary is elected, I will hold SC leadership (and many others, of course) responsible.

    Where were you when Bush was President? Why weren’t you holding his feet to the fire?

    Instead of undermining the only pro-environment President we will ever have until 2017, SC leadership needs to use donors’ money wisely and tell people the FACTS about coal and its dangers to public health. Big Coal has been bashing Obama like crazy – SC leadership need not do the same while letting Big Coal’s phony lies go unanswered.

  12. September 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Morning TOD family.

    TGIF to all,

    I found this piece on twitter. This writer really exposes Ron Suskind. “Don’t Believe Ron Suskind. His book about Obama is as spurious as the ones he wrote about Bush.”

    “As an editor, you develop a B.S. meter—an internal warning system that signals caution about journalism that doesn’t feel trustworthy. Sometimes it’s a quote or incident that’s too perfect —a feeling I always had when reading stories by Stephen Glass in the New Republic. Sometimes it’s too many errors of fact, the overuse of anonymous sources, or signs that a reporter hasn’t dealt fairly with people or evidence. And sometimes it’s a combination of flaws that produces a ring of falsity, the whiff of a bad egg. There’s no journalist who sets off my bullshit alarm like Ron Suskind. ”


    • 20 a4alice
      September 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

      oooh. good. And I really appreciated Chips blog entry on the suskind book from yesterday too. this helps – thanks Africa! 🙂

  13. 21 donna dem 4 obama
    September 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Good Morning All. I really want to find a way to get the public engaged in pressuring Boehner and the rest of the Republican leadership in Congress to get the AJA on the floor for a vote.

    Can you think of anything quirky, humorous or out of the mainstream that we as a collective group can do to put some pressure on Congress?

    I think the President really has the wind at his back for the AJA but he cannot do it alone. He needs our help and the contacts are great and I plan to continue to do a lot of that but I just feel as though there maybe other ways to light some fire under the Repubs.

    Off to work I go….Have a great productive O’Day!

    • 22 a4alice
      September 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

      There was a television show called Jericho. Anyway the network took it off before they had a chance to neatly end the series and they had a Nuts to you campaign where 20 tons of styrofoam peanuts got mailed to the studio.


      Probably would never get past the mailroom and holy hannah homeland sec would have a cow. but it’s an idea to throw in the pot and stir around.

    • September 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

      I still like that can of peas idea, but realize asking people to mail one to Boehner’s office is impractical. A work-around might be sending donations to a trustworthy person in D.C. who would be willing to buy frozen, canned and fresh peas (even sweetpeas) to deliver to his office with the names of people who want to be heard written on the cans and additionally on an “Eat Your Peas” petition.

      • 24 theo67
        September 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm

        Someone talked about faxing over cans of peas last time. If we flood the offices with faxes and emails of cans of peas, or something similar (e.g. pictures of crumbling bridges),that might get their attention.

  14. September 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Good morning TOD friends. Keith Ellison is being interviewed by Bill Press on his radio show this morning and he says that he support PBO’s jobs bill 100%. On another note, that PBO “wavegate” photo bothered me, and I re-checked because I remembered there were 2 different shots. It is funny that they did not show the good shot. Like I said, I think that someone said something to PBO and they were joking before the real shot was taken. Here’s the good photo.


    • 27 a4alice
      September 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

      I’m so glad to hear that COS. I wonder if the tweets and emails that people from TOD made him take another look? Secretly I’d like to think so but am glad that he has stated 100% without any qualifiers.

    • September 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Last night I tweeted Maxine Waters after the ‘debate’.. asking if she’d watched the ‘freak show’ on fox & seeing what this country is up against – how dare she attack President Obama… a short while after my tweet I was ‘followed’ by Keith Ellison.. I of course followed back 🙂

      • 30 anniebella
        September 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

        sherijr, did you hear back from the old witch?

        • September 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

          Nope nary a word from Ms. Waters in return… prolly gonna end up blocked by her, I tweeted her several times yesterday as were many others, I did call her a coward for not going after her GOP co-workers in Congress and asked why they are submitting a new Jobs Bill every single day- rather than going on tv crying about POTUS. No responses at all from her.

  15. 33 Fred
    September 23, 2011 at 7:50 am

    morning TOD family

    YOU LIE! (okay I added that 😉 )

    “The federal government has not engaged in (border security) at all.”
    Rick Perry on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 in in the Fox News Google debate in Orlando

    facts for the President’s team to have in handy so that they can fact check

    “The Border Patrol has 20,000 agents – more than twice as many as there were in 2004.”
    Barack Obama on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 in a speech in El Paso

    Click to access Homeland_Security_Funding_Texas_1108.pdf

  16. 34 Fred
    September 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Lies;lies and more lies from Romney 🙄

    President Obama “went around the world and apologized for America.”
    Mitt Romney on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 in a debate in Orlando, Fla.

    Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has made this charge several times. The first time we checked it was when he made the charge is his own book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.

    Here’s the claim from Romney’s book that we checked back then:

    “Never before in American history has its president gone before so many foreign audiences to apologize for so many American misdeeds, both real and imagined,” Romney wrote. “It is his way of signaling to foreign countries and foreign leaders that their dislike for America is something he understands and that is, at least in part, understandable. There are anti-American fires burning all across the globe; President Obama’s words are like kindling to them.”

    In the book, Romney specifically named the speeches he was referring to:

    “In his first nine months in office, President Obama has issued apologies and criticisms of America in speeches in France, England, Turkey, and Cairo; at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the United Nations in New York City. He has apologized for what he deems to be American arrogance, dismissiveness and derision; for dictating solutions, for acting unilaterally, and for acting without regard for others; for treating other countries as mere proxies, for unjustly interfering in the internal affairs of other nations and for feeding anti-Muslim sentiments; for committing torture, for dragging our feet on global warming and for selectively promoting democracy.”

    At the time, we rated the claim False.

    Romney made a similar claim in June 2011 during a campaign appearance when he said, “A few months into office, (President Barack Obama) traveled around the globe to apologize for America.” We rated that one Pants on Fire, because he implied the trips were intended to offer the president a forum to apologize to other countries. That was hardly the case.


    • 35 theo67
      September 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      These very words from Mitt Romney confirm every assumption that non-Americans have about American arrogance, and do an injustice to all the Americans who are not stupid like Mitt Romney and his GOP cohorts. There are things that do deserve apology, and most foreigners appreciate the President’s very realistic assessment of the facts, and his humility. There’s no doubt he’s proud of being an American or the fact that he believes that America can lead the world, and there’s also no doubt that he knows the world is changing and the US does not have to bully the rest of the world in order to maintain a position of leadership. I hate the GOP view of foreign relations, and I am proud of President Obama and how he relates to his fellow man. He clearly loves his country and his countrymen (and women) – unlike the GOP who demonstrate the opposite every time they speak. The GOP do a lot of damage to this country.

  17. 37 Fred
    September 23, 2011 at 7:59 am


    Texas gained 21,000 doctors due to tort reform.
    Rick Perry on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 in a speech at “Politics and Eggs” in Bedford, N.H.

    Perry’s campaign relies on data from the Texas Medical Association, a physician trade group, which counts the number of medical licenses issued in Texas. The problem is, not everyone with such a license practices in Texas.

    The Texas Medical Board issues licenses and tracks whether those doctors actually work in the state. According to their numbers, between 2003 and 2011, the accurate increase is 12,788. That’s about 8,000 doctors fewer than the governor’s claim.


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