press on

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39 Responses to “press on”

  1. September 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    That was just awesome! President is passionate and compassionate. He sees a much bigger picture than just about any politician I have ever seen. I have always told my friends that he was to leave the democratic party in a position to win elections many cycles into the future. Smashing the usually memes about what the party is weak on like national security, taxes etc.

  2. 2 jacquelineoboomer
    September 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you, Chips. Well, I guess I hadn’t watched that before – since these are new tears in my eyes. Well done, honey pot.


  3. 3 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm


  4. 4 GGail
    September 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Chipsticks – that is simply BEAUTIFUL!

  5. 5 dotster3
    September 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I love the hands reaching out photo at the end—–so meaningful for many reasons.

  6. 6 dotster3
    September 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    What a juxtaposition. I watched this inspirational vid, and then Tweety comes on with Repub strategists Schmidt and Heilemann, saying that Obama has to be more like Christie, get an “atty-tood” as Tweet irritatingly keeps calling it, telling people to “shut up” etc., “if he wants to get reelected.” Groan!

    • 7 Linda
      September 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      They are talking fast and spitting all over each other.

      Matthew is bi-polar

      • 9 dotster3
        September 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

        It was mostly Tweety pushing this meme, as it turns out, since I heard Schmidt say that the angry candidate never gets elected. Tweety loves the macho, bully types, it seems, was salivating for Christie. He even loved the fake macho cowboy W, would get all giddy when he appeared in his jeans and big belt budkle on the fake ranch.

        • 10 jacquelineoboomer
          September 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

          I think it’s because Tweety is not “macho” at all, and secretly desires to be. Yuck.

          • 11 Linda
            September 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

            I think you nailed it. He once had his own wife on as a guest…did you see that. It was very awkward to me….he stuttered and giggled.

  7. 12 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Pat Buchanan Book Gives Special Thanks To Infamous Racist Karate Chopper

    In his upcoming book, Pat Buchanan gives special thanks to his researcher Marcus Epstein — a former staffer for Tom Tancredo who became infamous for a racist karate chopping incident in 2007.

    “Special thanks to Marcus Epstein,” Buchanan’s acknowledgment says, “for the invaluable assistance and untold hours he devoted to researching idea, issues, and anecdotes.”

    But Epstein became famous after the following incident:

    On July 7, 2007, at approximately 7:15 p.m. at Jefferson and M Street, Northwest, in Washington, D.C., defendant was walking down the street making offensive remarks when he encountered the complainant, Ms. [REDACTED], who is African-American. The defendant uttered, “Nigger,” as he delivered a karate chop to Ms. [REDACTED]’s head.


    Epstein entered an Alford Plea to the charges in 2008, meaning he pleaded guilty in court but did not admit to committing the act. But the incident didn’t come to light until 2009 because of his growing influence in the right-wing anti-immigration sphere, and because of his role as the executive director of The American Cause, Buchanan’s anti-immigration group, and former Rep. Tom Tancredo’s PAC.

    As TPM reported at the time, Epstein’s Facebook page included a photo album of his trip to Ethiopia — since removed — that included pictures like one of him standing next to some baboons with the caption “mixing with the locals.”

    Tancredo, of course, is known for being anti-immigration, and at one point said that we should just send President Obama back to Kenya. And Buchanan, an MSNBC commentator, once argued that Hitler didn’t really want war.


  8. September 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I just read the article by Tien Le (congrats on a great blog post)

    You all should read it (about 3-4 times)

    I had to copy and paste this part of the article

    “Back when I used to watch television, I was a fan of Duke University’s Men’s Basketball. Coach K! A few years ago one of the star Forwards (sorry, don’t recall which one) agreed to one of those sweaty post-game on court interviews. At the time it was popular for Duke’s opponents to boo this Forward every time he touched the basketball. The interviewer asked him how he felt about that. His (paraphrased) response stayed with me: “When they’re booing me, they’re not cheering for their own team.” That right there is the essence of what we’re doing. By focusing on everything the Republican candidates do and say, we are promoting them and their brand name. We are carrying their message. What we aren’t doing is promoting our own brand: Brand Democrat. We’re so busy booing them, that we’re not cheering our own team.”

    I agree

    Let’s talk more about what our President and supportive Dems do and spend just enough time on the Republicans and poopy Dems to make their life miserable. I am happy to read a brief post on how we can discredit Cornell West, but would prefer not to read lots of comments about why or how they are making trouble. We get it MSM sucks, and many folks say nasty things about the President. If you want to tell us what to do to help with that – cool, otherwise it just saps our energy and helps them spread their doo doo.

    So read the entire article

    Send Tien Le some love

    and promote the Democratic brand.


    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      September 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Good points from Tien Le! I keep trying to keep those goals in mind!

    • September 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      I agree.
      We don’t have time to put their names out there. Remember, good or bad news they just want you to spell their names right.

    • September 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      With respect, I disagree – how can there be any pushback against Waters, West and Co if we’re not keeping up with what they’re saying? I’m thrilled to see lots of comments here on these people, I welcome them and will continue to do so.

      “If you want to tell us what to do to help with that – cool.”

      ?? Have you not noticed how people here challenge these creatures on Twitter, etc?

      That’s not energy-sapping, that’s empowering.

      A critical part of supporting the President is fighting back against the lies, ignore them at your peril. Hence the need for AttackWatch, etc.

      Keep it up everyone 😉

      • 18 jacquelineoboomer
        September 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

        I was taking the thought to mean in other venues where non-supporters will see our comments, more so than here, that we should do more promoting of Democrats. Totally agree.

        Also, think that on TOD we must (hopefully, with your overarching lead) keep sharing the bad and the ugly, and talk it out here, so we are armed to fight the lies and misrepresentations in other places. Totally agree.

        I’m just feeling agreeable, I guess! (Or my Libra personality, looking for balance, is coming out!)

      • 19 dotster3
        September 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

        I tend to agree chips. Well-meaning people say, “Don’t watch” when someone relays some outrage. I disagree with that. I don’t want to remain in the dark about anything. I want to know everything that is going on. I want to know where to fight back. And I want to tell others where to fight back. I don’t want the haters and the liars think they can get away with their slime without pushback or consequence.

        • September 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

          That’s exactly how I feel about it, Dotster. It would be lovely – and much better for the blood pressure! – if we could just focus on the good stuff, but part of the job of supporting the President, I think, is pushing back against all the lies. As I mentioned, why else would the campaign itself set up AttackWatch?

    • 22 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      September 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      This has been my message for quite some time WIW. I thank you and Tien Lee for carrying this message. Focus on the positive with just enough reports from the enemy to keep us informed and………………PRESS ON!!!! 😀

    • September 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      Late to the party as usual (Someone should zap me with a laser when it’s party time – kidding) but siding with the idea that we need to hear more about what our side is doing. Yes, call out the naysayers, push back on Twitter, BUT promote our guys who are doing right. IMO If we step back and look here we have a disproportionate amount of stuff on the crazies in contrast with our good guys. Yes the crazies give us more to talk about, but consequently they seem to use up virtually all of the printing ink.

      Seriously, other than the President, Michelle, VP and Jill Biden, (and yes, they are doing a fantastic job) I cannot name too many other democrats and what they are doing/saying, but I can name the Republicans and give you a good rundown of their positions. I can also easily point you to a link about their latest shenanigans – not so much for Democrats. I was so pleased to ‘meet’ O’Malley (MD?) here recently, but is he the only Dem politician saying good stuff? And what has he said since then? Are we tacitly admitting that our people are doing nothing, except for the Waters, Wests and Smileys? Is there a way to get a better balance while still calling out the crazies?

      Frankly, I never go to repub. sites, and I don’t need to – I love that I can get all the info about them I need here. On the other hand, I would love to know more about Dem politicians so that I can brag about them. If that info is not equally represented on Dem sites, where am I going to find it?

      Tien made a sensible suggestion in the post cited above that IMO merits consideration. She suggested we substitute ‘Republicans’ for the specific name of the current culprit when we tweet, thereby branding them globally even as we push back. Their positions are identical after all, and isn’t it the entire party’s policies that we want to denounce? I really do think that it’s time to start giving more positive attention to Dem politicians. Get their names out there. I could almost say with a hint of cheekiness – if the Dem politicians are not doing anything to be worthy of our continued notice, maybe we shouldn’t be asking voters to vote for them. We often say the President cannot govern alone, so let’s put faces and names to his support team. Tout them up, highlight their efforts, give them an equal measure of the attention as we give to the deadbeats. Isn’t praise supposed to be an effective motivator?

  9. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    September 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Let’s see. Chris Matthews shows a clip from Herman Cain who was saying: “Black voters have been brainwashed to vote for Democrats.” In other words, black voters don’t know enough to look at issues. Even Michael Steele mentioned on the show that there was a better way for Cain to express that opinion (ya think?) … and, more or less, ” … if you’re saying a certain group of people are brainwashed to vote, you (Cain or anybody else) aren’t going to get that group to vote for YOU.”

  10. 26 Linda
    September 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Select Below and Vote to Include in the Official Demands for #Occupy Wall Street


  11. 27 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    This is a great phrase/line that should be spread wide, long, and far….per Deniac of The Peoples View….”If progressives want to learn how to win long term battles rather than short term BITCHING contests, look to Barack Obama”. Excellent!!! 😀

  12. September 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    THIS and THIS!!!! Thanks for sharing that.

  13. 29 dotster3
    September 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Pardon me while I vent about my most horrendous rep., Joe Walsh, ONCE AGAIN. He hosted a tea party gun gathering in a very rural area in his district to rail about the lack of conceal-carry law in Illinois. Because—-if there’s one thing this country needs, it’s more guns and more opportunity to shoot and kill. And then he started in on President Obama, saying that he expected Obama to be investigated by a special prosecutor on a couple of issues. This thrilled some tea party guy because he was heard to say about Walsh, “Man, I love this guy.” The tea party people are hateful/crazy, a dangerous combo. Walsh knows no limits. Every day there is some outrageous news about him. If there is justice in this world, I expect he will face it one day. I’m dreaming about the judge throwing him in the slammer for non-payment of child support. He defines “despicable”.

    • 30 jacquelineoboomer
      September 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      I am so waiting with you for this guy to be thrown in the slammer! I wrote a whole bunch of offices a while back, asking why/if he still has his driver’s license. Not to mention WHY is he still a United States congressman?

      I also live in Illinois, but – thankfully – not his district. Yuck.

  14. 31 theo67
    September 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    A picture of Mrs. Obama shopping at Target. I really thought long and hard about posting this here, because one the one hand – it felt like an invasion of privacy for FLOTUS. But, on the other hand – it just seemed like such a cool thing for her to do, and really speaks to the humanity of the person/family. So, I decided to post it – I prefer to look at the positive side.

    Chipsticks – please delete, if you’d rather not have this here.


  15. 38 Bobfr
    September 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #TheObamaDiary #PRESSON video youtu.be/swBtzq2r-Rc Get with the program #RepTroubledWaters #RepCleaver #CryBabbyCaucus

    And, thank you Chipsticks for listing me with our fellow TODTwitterati 🙂


  16. 39 a4alice
    September 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Oooh Chips – you threw in the pic with the outstretched hands love that one. That’s good stuff there 🙂

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