morning ;-)



11:35 President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Forum on American Latino Heritage

2:40 The President meets with the National Association of Evangelicals Executive Committee


Steve Benen: There were no doubts about the eventual outcome of the Senate fight over the American Jobs Act. Democrats would have needed at least seven Republicans who were willing to let members vote on the legislation, and the actual number was zero…..

…. Yesterday, there were reports that several members of the Senate Democratic caucus – Ben Nelson, Joe Manchin, Joe Lieberman, Jim Webb, Jeanne Shaheen, and Jon Tester – who would either vote with Republicans or fail to vote at all. The result would have been a political loss as well as a legislative one – Republicans would have been able to argue, accurately, that a majority of the Senate rejected the president’s jobs bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid deserves a lot of credit for making sure that didn’t happen. In the end, the American Jobs Act got 51 votes, and only two Dems – Nebraska’s Ben Nelson and Montana’s Jon Tester – sided with Republicans. (The official final tally was 50 to 49, but that’s only because Reid had to switch his vote for procedural reasons.)

…. What matters most is that Senate Republicans, in the midst of a jobs crisis and intense public demand for congressional action, killed a credible jobs bill for no apparent reason…..literally every Republican in the Senate – including the alleged “moderates” – not only rejected the popular jobs bill, they refused to even let the chamber vote on it at all. That should be the front-page story nationwide this morning.

Full post here




Robert Shrum: …. on the one hand, Romney charges Obama with slashing defense spending, when it has increased every year during this administration. On the other hand, he insists that he favored health-care reform only at the state level, when it’s indisputable that he offered Massachusetts as a national model both in 2008 and in the first edition of his book. It was titled No Apologies, but he’s been apologizing on health care ever since. And he never misses an opportunity for opportunism: An advocate of privatizing Social Security, he’s now attacking Perry by posing as the program’s defender.

Romney is a poser but he’s the only viable nominee the party now has …. but he will be hobbled by his own record as a take-over artist who dismembered companies and destroyed jobs – and by the positions he’s taken against tax fairness and in favor of unfettered speculation.

…. It’s clear that the president won’t let 2012 be cast as a referendum; he’s now setting out the basic choice: Who’s on your side? Romney will call this class warfare, but people are coming to understand that we’ve already had a decade of class warfare – against the middle-class….

Mitt Romney will be ill-prepared for this contest. He will enter the general election burdened by the craziness to which he’s had to kowtow. The primaries are also stripping away the strands of his already threadbare character. And they’re leaving him on the wrong side of the great dividing line of 2012 – for the privileged, not ordinary people.

Full article here



Michael Tomasky: This was supposed to be the first debate that (finally!) had real drama … Well, they were all pretty terrible. But, it must be said, by degree. Romney was unbad enough to stay ahead … He wasn’t good, but he wasn’t bad enough to lose ground.

Cain has become a better debater. He has mastered that first-level trick of sounding like he knows what he’s talking about. He hasn’t mastered the second-level art of actually knowing what he’s talking about, but, then, few of them do…

Perry? He choked badly on an early big moment when Charlie Rose asked him what his plan was. He stumbled his way into some boilerplate about energy, but he spoke unconfidently and was looking at Charlie as a child looks at his teacher while trying to remember that middle string of the alphabet….

Michele Bachmann is gone, poor gal … Ron Paul wastes everyone’s time, starting with his….

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44 Responses to “morning ;-)”

  1. 1 dotster3
    October 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Michelle Obama is on the Today Show, interview with Al Roker. So far they’ve just aired a snippet about her Target caper—–she says they sneak out all the time, trying to have some normal, that she even took Bo into PetCo once, not recognized. More to come re. childhood obesity fight and the Obama dinnertime etc.
    Ann Curry made me mad interviewing Biden, saying the jobs bill couldn’t even get a majority of Democrats. I think Biden missed it because not corrected. And she kept disrespectfully interrupting him, trying to be all tough. Stupid media.

    • 2 bonkers
      October 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

      Given the built-in advantages Repubs have – ENTIRE MegaMedia basically their PR firm; MegaMoney backing them without limit – it’s amazing they don’t win every election everywhere. Just goes to show how fantastically pitiful they are as people, and how horrendous their “ideas” actually are. Pathetic people.

      And here we have the Obama family, who are truly models of greatness and inspiration in almost every aspect of life. Stunning, the difference.

      • 3 Bill
        October 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

        Bonkers, your point is often overlooked. With the exception of Reverend Al, I can think of no one in the MSM who consistently supports President Obama. On the other hand the critics never cease to attack him, even the so called liberal media. It is a lot of headwind.

  2. 6 ber6964
    October 12, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Love that comment by LD!!
    Darn right “you ain’t seen nothing yet!!!!

    • 7 theo67
      October 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      I actually squealed and clapped when I heard Lawrence say that in the clip. And it’s absolutely true.

  3. 8 Ladyhawke
    October 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

    5 Reasons To Be Glad You Didn’t Watch The Bloomberg Republican Debate



    Republicans better hope that their nominee gets better on the economy before the General Election, because if any of these eight bring this performance up against Obama next fall, they will be smoked. As long as Republicans continue to not talk about jobs, and vote against bills that would create jobs, they will struggle to take back the White House in 2012.


    • 9 bonkers
      October 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

      More like…

      As long as Repubs run against President Barack Hussein Obama, they WON’T get into back into the White House, period.

      It’s simply shocking to see these Repubs drone on and on about literally nothing or complete, utter lies, and every single MegaMedia-paid “journalist” does little or nothing to point any of it out.

      Press On!

      • 10 utaustinliberal
        October 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

        Absolutely bonkers. It’s quite frightening watching them drone on and on and then realizing that they talk a lot but make no darn sense. To think this is the best the republicans could do makes me look at them in bemusement. The clowns on stage are who they put up as their best and brightest minds? They all have no useful ideas, no useful jobs plan, no foreign policy plan. Just nothing. On every single issue: NOTHING. I can’t wait for President Obama to wipe the mat with the eventual nominee.

        • 11 bonkers
          October 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

          I seriously thought we’d seen the last of the modern-day Repub Party after the 2008 elections. All their scams and lies were fully exposed and every bit of data now going back 100 years or more shows “trickle down” economics doesn’t work…at all.

          Yet, the MegaMedia, especially in the “debates,” continues not only to present these Repubs as rational, legitimate people, but even has a constant undercurrent that Repubs are even more legit than Dems. Constant.

          The $ayrah Paylin “what do you read” question is such a perfect example. Mittmo’s ridiculous “answer” last night is another. They literally “got nuthin,” and fold at the smallest bit of actual questioning. Imagine if Shrub or any of these Repubs were questioned as tough as President Obama is in ever single interview/conference he does. It all starts with “the media.” An actual Press would bury the Repub Party once and for all.

        • 12 theo67
          October 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

          So true – this is the best the can do, all the while screeching about how dangerous and terrible President Obama is. I even heard a clip from silly Christie yesterday saying that the country can’t survive another four years of President Obama. Well, if he’s that dangerous, why isn’t there a better pool of candidates ready to run against him? And why don’t they ever talk about their policies and bring up real examples showing that their ideas are better than President Obama’s ideas? Could it be because they’re all full of crap? Yes.

    • 13 hopefruit2
      October 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

      The GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney couldn’t even answer a simple question about what would do differently from GWB or PBO on the economy. That is shameful for a presidential candidate on the campaign trail at a time when the economy is still struggling. He thinks he’ll just appeal to folks by coming out and saying “Obama is not a good leader?”

      As someone insightfully pointed out, just because a poll said that _% of Americans supposedly think that Obama will not be re-elected next year does not mean that they DON’T want him to be re-elected or that they WON’T vote for him – it could mean that they are concerned about certain forces beyond their control (Media, voter suppression, GOP Obstructionism) and which are conspiring to make him a one-term president. And this concern that he will lose to a nutjob might actually motivate them even MORE to go to the polls in Nov 2012. I think that’s exactly the tack President Obama took when he said that he sees himself as the “underdog.”

      • 14 Mae who love our CIC
        October 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

        I agree with you hope, they are relying on the media, voter suppression and obstruction to carry the general election. They know this is there only chance of opportunity. This is why the media wants you to think that President Obama is losing support, therefore the public will not question the numbers in the election. The GOP will not succeed.

      • 16 theo67
        October 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        The whole “underdog” thing was hilarious. The media has spent the last several months trying to convince everyone that President Obama was losing supporters in every category, despite evidence to the contrary. They’ve talked about him being depressed, tried to make him admit that his family doesn’t want a second term, tried to avoid talking about the historic accomplishments from this Administration and have gone out of their way to ignore every failure of the GOP and their silly candidates. Then, when they specifically told the President in that interview – they were shocked when he unpredictably didn’t deny it. They wanted him to say that he was in a very strong position and feeling really confident of his chances, so they could hammer him with his “arrogance” or “naivete”. It was a brilliant move by President Obama to zig left, when they expected him to zag right. Took the wind right out of their sails.

  4. October 12, 2011 at 8:55 am

    A proposal for a national infrastructure bank that was included by President Obama in his proposed jobs act will get a hearing before a House committee Wednesday, though the panel’s leaders have already signaled skepticism.

    The proposal calls for the federal government to invest $10 billion into a fund specifically established to fund transportation projects. Advocates say the money could be used to lure investment in public-private partnerships that are increasingly popular in the transportation sector.

    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will meet to consider the proposal Wednesday morning, but its Republican leaders say they would prefer to encourage states to launch their own infrastructure banks.

    “This hearing will focus on questions relating to the estimated $270 million, year-long process of creating another federally backed agency designed to pick project winners and losers,” Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-Fla.) has said in a statement about the hearing.

  5. 20 Ladyhawke
    October 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

    JOB KILLERS: conservative Dems vote with GOP to kill Obama’s jobs bill in Senate


    In the end, it’s important to remember that Congress exists, and that not all Democrats are the kind of Democrat that shares progressive values and goals.

    Every time something like this happens, I’m reminded of all the angry liberals who complain that President Obama hasn’t pursued more progressive policies on healthcare, or civilian trials for terrorists, or closing Gitmo, etc. Recall, always, that people like John Tester and Ben Nelson (and Joe Lieberman and Jim Webb and Joe Manchin) are in the Senate, and they are Democrats, too. Which means that it isn’t just Republicans who stand in the way of the kind of progress progressives (and at this point, a strong majority of all Americans) crave.


    • 21 ChristiMtl
      October 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

      I wanted to see the reasons these traitors voted no.

      I checked Ben Nelson facebook page:
      “At a time when Americans want Washington to get its fiscal house in order, I can’t support this bill because it represents billions of dollars in new spending and more taxes.”
      Ben Nelson, U.S. Senator for Nebraska: Nelson Opposes More Spending And More Taxes

      I saw one comment from a Repug. praising him of course:
      ”Thank you Ben. We cannot spend nor tax our way into prosperity. The next item on the chopping block should be a full repeal of Obamacare as the extreme uncertainty of its financial impact is killing job growth in our country.”

      GOP talking points 101

      From Ben Nelson and one Rep. voter.

      It’s infuriating the ignorance of people who keep voting against their best interest. The only thing they do is to repeat the same sound bites they hear every day from the RW, never challenged by the corrupt media.

      • 22 utaustinliberal
        October 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

        Thanks for this Christi. Nelson is an idiot. In a recession one has to have a balanced method of recovery. This includes
        spending + savings (not drastic and draconian savings/cuts but responsible well thought out savings/cuts where absolutely necessary) Our fiscal house under PBO has already been in order. In 2009 or 2010, The Obama Administration actually recovered savings for the Federal Government worth billions of dollars and through the debt ceiling deal more savings are already in place. it wan’t spend spend spend. The American Jobs Act is not some spend out of your mind bill. It is a bill that puts Americans back to work, that invests in our infrastructure which is crucial to any developed nation, putting teachers back to work, investing money in education, research and development. It continues the payroll tax cut of last year so that employers have more savings thereby allowing them to hire more workers and families keep $1000 in the pocket allowing them to pay bills and buy whatever they need. This puts money back into the economy and helps prevent a double dip recession. An economy grows if its workers are productive. For Nelson to dismiss the AJA as just a spend spend spend bill is the height of dishonesty. This bill could potentially create 1.9 million jobs and he needs to get that straight instead of peddling lies.

      • 23 prettyfoot58
        October 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

        There is a saying …follow the money…it might be of note to find out who is lining his pocket….this being said…one of the things that house and senate repubs seem to fear from the TP is the thought of being primaried…do you think that Ben Nelson has that fear….

      • 24 Lovepolitics2008
        October 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

        I don’t know why the guy doesn’t end the charade and switch to the republican party.

        • 25 theo67
          October 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

          I don’t know why the guy doesn’t just become a lobbyist and make room for someone who actually wants to work for the people of this country.

  6. October 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Sorry Chips but I want to stop getting emails. I come here several times a day and I don’t need an email. But I cannot figure out how to stop getting emails from you. Love you. Don’t need duplicate stuff. thanks, AAMOM

  7. 28 globalcitizenlinda
    October 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Chipsticks, I do not know if you saw this. here is brief local report (13News) with a short clip of President Obama having a beer with those unemployed construction workers in Orlando yesterday.

    one thing in the write up that made me smile is this quote:

    It may have been a shock to some of the patrons at the bar. Some might have been thinking, “Wow, this beer is strong tonight; I think I’m seeing the President of the United States.”

    Exclusive Video: Obama pops in for a pint between Orlando area fundraisers


    I usually love the reports of these Presidential visits from a local angle

    • October 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Love it Linda, thank you so much! Just added the video to the thread with the photo – http://theobamadiary.com/2011/10/11/talk-up/

      Guinness will sure love that big sign behind the President, what advertizing!

      • 30 globalcitizenlinda
        October 12, 2011 at 9:41 am

        Yes, I immediately thought that Guinness will love that photo.

        Of course Irish Central (which you Chipsticks introduced me to in the coverage leading to and during President Obama’s visit to Ireland) already has a strory up focusing more on the fact that President Obama choose Guinness and passed over the Budlight that was already there. tone of story is kind of a victory lap link the Monegal visit to this choice of drink in Orlando

    • 31 Lorraine
      October 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

      And there you have it! The difference between President Obama and whomever the Republican’s choose, likablity. I don’t care what folks said, being likable is extremely important when seeking office. President Obama’s likability numbers are above 70%. When a person goes into the voting booth, they are going to pick who they want to look at for another 4 years. It might be sufficial but it’s true. Also, I know Chipsticks won’t like this but here goes, the South will NOT vote for Mitt Romney. Evangelicals will NOT VOTE for Mitt Romney. Our Chief Administrator is a stauch Evangelical, he is not crazy like the tea party he is a true Christian. His youngest daughter’s name is Reagan and we talk politics (mostly sports but politics too), he told me he will NOT vote for Mitt Romney. If a religion needs something other than God’s Holy Word, its a cult, that is the basis of what true Christian and Evangelicals believe.

      • 32 hopefruit2
        October 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

        The evangelicals will vote for Romney over President Obama. Obama is likable, true but his policies are also sound and he is trustworthy.

        • 34 PoliticalJunkessa
          October 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

          Some will, but many won’t. Their pastors will have to twist their doctrines into a knot in order to get the sheep to pull the lever for Romney. I know evangelical Christianity inside and out, and they have been beating the Mormonism=Cult drum for decades now. It won’t be so easy to switch gears. In any event, I look forward to Willard being aired completely out by the religious right. Delicious! 😆

          • 35 Lorraine
            October 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

            2008, then Senator Obama received 30% of the Evangelical vote, I know I voted for him. I don’t believe Romney will get enough Evangelicals to win. A few months ago, President Obama was leading Willard in Tennessee. Tennessee!!!!!

  8. 36 Ladyhawke
    October 12, 2011 at 9:33 am

    “WILLARD” – The GOP’s very “weak” and very “lucky” frontrunner (so far). His opponents are so inept they haven’t be able to lay a glove on him despite having a plethora of flip flops to attack.



    And as hard as it is to believe, it’s very like the Republican presidential nomination will go to a French-speaking Mormon vulture capitalist named Willard, who used to support abortion rights, gay rights, gun control, “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants, and combating climate change, and who distanced himself from Reagan, attended Planned Parenthood fundraisers, and helped create the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act.



  9. 37 Ladyhawke
    October 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

    FiredUpinCA makes a brilliant point and asks a very important question of the PL:

    I wish this comment could be sent to every last one of the emoprogs who is never satisfied with anything President Obama does. I don’t want to hear another criticism because they have turned moving the goal posts into an art form. Their criticism should be directed at the obstructionist Republican Party where it belongs. Last nights vote should tell them everything they need to know about who is fighting for the 99%. At this point, they should get on board and focus on getting President Obama re-elected. Or just admit that they feel more relevant when there is a Republican in the White House.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Just a head’s up to the PL: The President went big in his proposal like you always demanded he should. He used the bully pulpit since State of the Union as you always insisted he should to ensure legislation would be passed. He called out Republicans out by name — Cantor, McConnell and Boehner — and even bully pulpitted in front a bridge that connecting the states of the leader of the Senate and the House — so he did the optics. And he did not negotiate with the Maine twins or any other member of the GOP. He demanded that this bill be passed as proposed. He gave the proposal a clear, concrete, title to reinforce messaing: The American Jobs Act.

    My question is, having implemented every single one of your pet strategies and now having seen the results, is it possible that given the realities of the Senate and the House, there are other ways to get stuff done, you know, like the methods the President has been using successfully to pass historic legislation?


    • October 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Where the fuck were in the last few weeks when the prez was campaigning for AJA ? These fuckers were again poutraging again with ows freaks. Mofos all.

      Pahdon my french.

    • 39 theo67
      October 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      And most of the PL didn’t push for people to call the Senate, and most of them likely didn’t even call their own Senators. They’re all talk, no action.

  10. October 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

    10% in just 3 weeks of campaigning. What lod left out was that it was achieved despite 100% media negative spin of everything Obama does and shilling for rethugs.

    How could the effing indies even think that the rehugs will do better on the job front.

    • 41 hopefruit2
      October 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Exactly the media bashing was at an all time high in the last 2-3 weeks…Tweety actually devoted an entire 60-minute show to Obama-bashing the other day, under the guise of “what he needs to win the Presidency.” They gave their boy Christie a 45-minute fawning presser to say what everyone already knew.

      • 42 Mae who love our CIC
        October 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

        With all of this help, the GOP still will not win the general election. The morning after the 2012 election, they will have a face of grand bewilderment.

  11. 43 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 12, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Those comics are brilliant! Whoever makes it out of the primaries won’t be able to match PBO. No way, no how.

  12. 44 m
    October 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Love that LO video at the top…”You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

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