morning ;-)

The Obama campaign announced in an email this morning that the president’s reelection effort and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $70 million in the third quarter of the year:

— In the third fundraising quarter of this year, 606,027 people donated to this campaign — even more than gave in the record-breaking previous quarter.

— Those people gave more than 766,000 total donations – 98 percent of them $250 or less, at an average amount of $56. That’s more than twice as many donations than we had at this point in the historic 2008 campaign.

— We are focused on building infrastructure that will help us win in 2012. And each quarter we set a combined goal for the campaign and our allies at the Democratic National Committee. We far exceeded our goal of $55 million this quarter between the two organizations. Great work.

— Together, Obama for America and the DNC raised more than $70 million. And it all happened during a summer when the President was focused on doing the job he was elected to do — a summer when we had to cancel a series of fundraising events and ask everyone to dig a little deeper.

The Obama campaign raised $42.8 million on its own and the DNC took in $27.3 million, an Obama campaign official said.

The announcement follows an $86 million second quarter for Obama and the DNC, and sets up the president to outraise by far the whole GOP field, combined, in back to back fundraising periods.


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9:0 President Obama, Vice President Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome South Korean President Lee and First Lady Kim to the White House

11:0 The First Lady invites the Republic of Korea’s First Lady Kim Yoon-ok to Annandale High School in Virginia

11:05 The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Lee and official U.S. and South Korean delegations

12:20 The President holds a joint press conference with President Lee

7:0 The President and First Lady welcome South Korean President Lee and First Lady Kim to the White House for a state dinner


96 Responses to “morning ;-)”

  1. October 13, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Great news chips. Still better is close to a million donors. The real base loves him.

    • October 13, 2011 at 7:56 am

      Morning amk, great news to wake up to! After the President had to skip all those fundraisers I never thought the figure would be that high. 606,027 donors? Excellent!

      • October 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

        Not to forget the 24×7 noise from msm, pundtwits, emoprogs, pretend left, poutraged left, corrupt black caucus.

        Looks like american people are much, much smarter than all of these punks put together.

  2. 4 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2011 at 7:59 am

    WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! $70 million; when our goal was just $55 million. 😀 It’s a beautiful day. Suck it GOP; no matter how much obstruction you throw his way, he just keeps knocking you down. Suck it GOPolitico for predicting – as usual – that PBO would fall far short of $55M. Suck it Scarborough; who’s been on a malicious tear against PBO this morning. Suck it GOP ClownCarCrazies; when our guy gets into the race full time, he’ll wipe the floor with you sorry sickos. Suck it GOPMedia, why? ——> Karma is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch.

  3. 9 cuphalffull
    October 13, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I watched the interview last night on Maddow’s show about the new Suskind book. How can I put my reaction into words? First I should say that one of the best things about our President is his learning curve so I know he is rapidly acquiring expertise all time on doing this extraordinarily difficult job and it shows. However, the discussion last night suggested that now that the President is being considered for a more favorable ranking in the liberal pundit approval ratings, it just has to be all about his finally listening and doing what he was being told to do all along. No mention was given that the facts on the ground have changed, no self awareness that the pundits themselves are terribly fickle and reactionary, and definitely no acknowledgement of the incredibly difficult things he has managed to accomplish while he was in their dog house. Its like, if he meets their litmus test, they might condescend to support him.

    On the other hand I really really liked Rachel’s segment on the “other” that the Republicans seem to have time for. That was brilliant and should go viral as far as I’m concerned.

    • 10 MoObama
      October 13, 2011 at 8:21 am

      For some strange reason the PL thought they purchased a president. Remember last year’s cliché, “I have buyer’s remorse”? I haven’t watched Rachel since Rev. Al got a show. You have to keep positive and fired up because these wackadoodles in the media and congress can bring you down.

      • 11 dotster3
        October 13, 2011 at 8:38 am

        And horrible, disingenuous Chuck Todd on his daily doom and gloom report on the Today Show, always negatively spinning, said that not only can Obama not get the Repubs to vote for his jobs act, he can’t even get the Democrats to vote for it, forgetting to mention that it was all Dems BUT TWO who voted for it. Yesterday Ann Curry, while interviewing Biden, said that a “majority” of Dems did not support the jobs bill. So much misleading and false information is being slung out there. Viewers who don’t pay attention like we do are hearing completely dishonest sound bites.

        • 12 hopefruit2
          October 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

          Yes upChuck Todd needs a whole watermelon shoved up his lower orifice. Yesterday he snarkily tweeted that PBO was taking the S.Korean President to a Korean restaurant, which is like the Korean President taking PBO to a Morton’s in South Korea. I tweeted him back and said SO WHAT? WHAT IF THAT HAPPENED TO HAVE BEEN PREFERENCE?

          • October 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

            They had shrimp. What is wring with that?
            They are trying to swiftboat him.
            My mother went to Boston for two weeks, most Obama supporters have no clue what he has accomplished up there.
            Thus, when he starts to campaign, he needs to inform them, maybe surprise them,
            Me thinks, people on OWS are uninformed as well…

            • October 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

              4 sure…My own mother was not aware of the many accomplishments of this President …I was horrified and shocked…Yes, we’ve got to get out the truth as to what this President ‘HAS’ done!!!!!!
              Its just so unfair how he has been torn down thru out the media and press…IT HURTS…LOTS!!!!

          • 15 tally
            October 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

            I know. They act as though that all these people are incapable of having intelligent conversation.

            When you have a guest in town, how out of the realm of reality is it to imagine this conversation:

            Me: “Hey, what do you feel like for dinner?”
            Guest: “Well, I hear there’s this new [awesome favorite food restaurant] that’s getting very good reviews. Would you mind trying that?”


        • October 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

          Why are @chucktodd @AnnCurry promoting right-wing LIE that majority of Dems in Senate didn’t vote for the American Jobs Act? #RIPjournalism

          • 17 tally
            October 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

            meta, I had to riff on that….. tried to mention you but there wasn’t room – apologies. #fucktwitterstooshort!

        • October 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

          Did the Vice President correct Ann Curry’s comment that “a majority of Dems did not support the jobs bill?

          • 19 dotster3
            October 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

            No, sadly. I did from home. I think Biden missed it, instead thinking about what he had planned to say next.

      • 20 prettyfoot58
        October 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

        For some strange reason the PL thought they purchased a president…


        i have always thought this of the PL….that they feel they own the President and that he is their “boy”..
        that the President should be grateful that they voted for him…

        as the President says…

        Give me a break….

        The Struggle Continues…

    • October 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

      No surprise there. When in doubt take credit for someone else’s achievements. I suppose they took credit for the 600,000 donors this quarter considering they don’t canvass or phone bank.

      It burns their britches watching a successful President who could not care less what they say or think.

    • October 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

      Here we have a grown man. A grown man with a family. A grown man who came a very long way in a very short time and these bobble heads treat him like he is some child. Like some “boy king” that is being raised by his elders. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of the ‘oh we just want to help be a better president’. How would they do that exactly when they’ve never even ran for office? Bill Clinton don’t even say crap like that. You’re right cuphalffull but these people are too full of themselves to see any differently.

  4. 23 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Guess what, there is YET no mention of the money raised by President Obama on ANY news outlets this morning. Can you imagine if this was raised by someone in the GOP?? Very telling

    In addition, the 63% for President Obama’s AJA is being ignored by all and emphasis given to their new toy herman cain.

    • October 13, 2011 at 8:29 am

      Good. I hope they never mention it at all so they and the GOP will never know what hit them come election time.

      • 25 TrumpDog
        October 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

        I just had the same thought! I figure maybe the doom and gloom is good for the president. This way, the competition lays down their guard believing the press.

        • 26 TrumpDog
          October 13, 2011 at 9:01 am

          Ooops I mean 70 million.
          I hope I’m not turning Republican by undercutting the president’s numbers!

    • 27 utaustinliberal
      October 13, 2011 at 8:31 am

      You’re right Linda. I flipped to various news outlet and no one is reporting that he was only predicted to raise $55M and far surpassed expectations by raising $70M and that “606,027 people donated to this campaign — even more than gave in the record-breaking previous quarter and those people gave more than 766,000 total donations.” They also aren’t reporting that small donors really came out front and center for President Obama and unlike the NYT piece of crap article he’s not losing his base and he’s certainly not losing small donors. It must be a case of sour grapes and jealous feelings. No matter how much they try to tear President Obama down, he keeps rising up like a phoenix. I’ve been sending tweets to them and basically telling them to SUCK IT. Feels good. 😀 Here’s a sample:

      @BarackObama raised $70M! Suck it @chcuktodd @jaketapper @markknoller @nytimes @peggynoonannyc @NorahODonnell @jdickerson @politico @pwgavin @politico2012 @benpolitico @msnbc @JoeNBC @Williegeist1 @foxnews @morningmika @Morning_Joe @CBSNews @NBCPolitics @dylanratigan @whpresscorps @mitchellreports @ABC @CNN @camanpour @crowleyCNN

      • 28 hopefruit2
        October 13, 2011 at 8:37 am

        Oooh Utaustin you are on a roll here – THANK YOU!!!

        Also, the media wants to allow uninformed people to think that PBO’s campaign is funded mostly by donations from Wall Street – which is why they are going to downplay the # of small donors. This is exactly why the NYT put out that fraudulent hit piece about him so-called losing his small donor base.

      • October 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

        Took your list and started tweeting but noticed there is a typo in chucktodd.

      • 30 nathkatun7
        October 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        UT, you are the best! I just love your energy and your feistiness. Keep hitting them hard until they cry uncle.

      • October 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

        I am so tweeting this, ut! Thanks!!

    • 32 TrumpDog
      October 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

      Yep. I have the channel on my local news and nothing about Obama’s fundraising numbers. I heard it first on Twitter and then I came here for confirmation. Chipstory, you – as usual – are on it.

    • 33 dotster3
      October 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

      I see the Chgo Trib, at least, has the Reuters story on the fundraising number front and center on their website.

    • 34 Mel
      October 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

      The MSM is scare shit to give PBO any credit to HIM they just keep lying and they thinl we are sooo stupid.
      Ann Curry’s head it’s getting bigger I watched the interview with VP Biden and she was very agresive, but our
      VP handle it fine.

  5. 35 joyce
    October 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

    This is wonderful news. Thanks to the hard work of all his faithful supporters like all of you here. May God continue to bless, guide and protect our president.

  6. October 13, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Chips, have you heard from donna yet ?

  7. October 13, 2011 at 8:20 am

    This is just unbelievably FANTASTIC!!!! I’m so thrilled. All our efforts to bang on despite the polluted noise machine, left, right, this and that, have literally paid off big time. The campaign has a different strategy this time around and it’s paying off. All those phone calls and one-on-ones have been tracked and obsessively entered into a db. HQ is running a very tight ship. Kudos to Jim Messina and all the State Field Directors, Regional Directors and Neighborhood Team Leaders!!!! And now we have Fall Fellows to help build our base and local NTLs taking social media webinars so expect things to get even better. BRAVO!!!!

  8. 42 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Barack Obama in trouble with Democrats? Um, no.

    Collapse of the emoprogs?


    So what does that mean? It means that the Smiley/West/Sirota/Greenwald/PCCC/FDL crowd is failing at its prime directive: peeling Democrats away from Obama, so they can steer them to a third party candidate, or generate a primary challenge. So for at least, a solid majority of Democrats are sticking with the president.


    • October 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Tee hee. They’re going to be in a foul mood for the rest of the month.

    • 44 utaustinliberal
      October 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

      Thanks for this LadyHawke. Off to tweet it to emoprogs like Markos of daily kos, Adam Green, and Jane Hamsher of ye firebagger fame. It’s a beautiful day. 😀

      • 45 hopefruit2
        October 13, 2011 at 9:38 am

        Speaking of DKOS…I happened to lurk there this morning, and there was a troll diary saying that the DNC is abandoning PBO over the “fast & furious” scandal (Of course, it was HR’d and never saw the rec-list). I quickly scanned through the comments and towards the end, I saw a comment which caught my attention. The comment was from AAMOM (an Obama supporter) and she was expressing curiosity over her observation that a lot of new trolls suddenly joined Old Orange on September 17th and that Markos should look into it. Well, the Sept 17th date caught my eye – know why? That was the exact date that the original OWS folks in Adbusters proposed to start the protests!!!


  9. 47 Me4obama
    October 13, 2011 at 8:24 am

    GOOD MORNING TODville, great news indeed and am ready for the state dinner too 🙂 though am one of those people who are looking forward to see our beautiful and handsome couple walk the red carpet. It’s good to be an Obama Supporter. Love is in the air.

  10. October 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Questions – Is there any money still left from 2008 campaign ? There must some chump change there with that 750 mil haul.

  11. 49 ChristiMtl
    October 13, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD’ers

    Fantastic news this morning!! I wonder how the media is going to spin this,.

  12. 54 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2011 at 8:40 am


    Last night, Rachel Maddow pulled back the curtain on exactly why the Republican Party has done nothing about job creation since taking the majority in the House of Representatives. They are preoccupied with abortion votes and dismantling Planned Parenthood. And the lazy media stenographers are not reporting these facts to the American people.


  13. 55 halo
    October 13, 2011 at 8:42 am


  14. October 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Wasn’t someone from our TODfamily supposed to go to today’s ceremony?

    • 58 utaustinliberal
      October 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

      It was collegekay. But she has morning classes that clash with the official welcoming ceremony. So she can’t make it. 😦 Education comes first in this case. 🙂

  15. 62 dotster3
    October 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I think it’s pretty ironic that Perry actually did what Blago threatened to do but never did, and Blago’s facing a 30 yr. prison sentence, and Perry’s running for president. Lots of quid pro quo, graft and corruption in Perry’s Texas, as he became a wealthy man while governor.

    • 64 57andFemale
      October 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Not one dime exchanged hands with Blago. Not one job was awarded. Not one. But a Democratic governor, who I admit was a little weird, is facing the rest of his life in prison. Despicable.

      Blago did a great deal for SCHIP, including poor parents who were able to afford health care. He did a lot for animal rights issues. He was a jerk when it came to playing the political game, and what passes for Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly is nothing more than Daley-esque political thuggery.

  16. October 13, 2011 at 8:56 am

    We should email chuck Todd with this and tell him to report just the facts!
    Morning Jerk ignored it!
    Good morning.

  17. October 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Oh What a wonderful Morning and a Good Morning To the whole TOD Family. The news we all received about the Power of togetherness and fighting on brings us.So all be of Great Cheer Because we have just 391 DAYS and 55 WEEKS to Give Our President Obama 4 MORE YEARS , So here is our Battle Cry YES WE CAN DO IT AGAIN TOGETHER.I will be reading and watch while riding this great country have a ten day run from TEXAS TO NEW YORK TO FLORIDA TO CALIFORNIA so have fun all got to hit the road.

  18. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

    someone help me here, just how much did the rnc raise? reason i am asking is because the only ticker i see on tv is about them boasting they raised a lot. i hope the crazy rnc did not raise more than President Obama and the DNC

    • 72 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

      The point is they may have raised “a lot” but how much came from individual small donors? Most likely, that “a lot” came from corporate sources that are not going to be identified any time soon. In addition, how much did each individual GOP candidate raise? PBO raised ~42 million..I think Rick Perry raised the most @ ~ $17 million in 49 days (I’m sure most coming from wealthy evangelicals). Mitt Romney is expected to raise ~18 million (and he was campaigning/fundraising ALL the time, not governing like our President.) Furthermore, Romney is now the “Wall Street” guy, so let’s see how many small donors he got relative to President Obama, who’s average donation amount was $56.

  19. October 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

    but but but but…

    I thought he had lost the base?

    I thought he had lost his small donors?

    I thought he had lost America?

    yeah right.

  20. 74 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

    That CBS hack Mark Knoller on Monday October 10th tweeted this

    // Still awaiting Obama Campaign release of its fundraising total for the July-Sept 3rd quarter. Expected to be less than $87-million in Q2. //

    Today – CRICKETS from him on the fundraising issue.

    I guess he’s waiting to receive his “instruction” on how to spin it as bad news for the President, as are all the other MSM hacks. The President WELL exceeded his combined goal of $50 million. He even exceeded the NUMBER of small donors that he had in the 2nd quarter. It will take more than 24 hours to come up with a way to spin this as a negative – hence the silence in the media up to now.

    • 75 dotster3
      October 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

      I have noticed Knoller making snarky tweets about the fundraising number, as if the Obama campaign was trying to hide their shame, like they only raised 50 bucks because no one likes Obama any more. That was the insinuation anyway.

      • 76 hopefruit2
        October 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

        Huh? They only raised $50 bucks? Where did that come from?

        • 77 dotster3
          October 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

          I was just being sarcastic—–because Knoller’s tweets made it seem as if the Obama campaign was keeping their fundraising number secret because it was an embarrassing low amount.

          • 78 hopefruit2
            October 13, 2011 at 11:12 am

            Okay got it 🙂 Knoller is such a smarmy little duck. And he thinks he’s so clever with his stupid “twits.”

    • October 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Just tweeted that mofo.

  21. 80 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Okay, I just saw on CNN the fundraising numbers for the President. They just couldn’t spin it negatively at this point, so they had no choice but simply to report the bare facts ma’am.

  22. October 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Savannah Guthrie interviewed Hillary. What did she say?

    • 82 dotster3
      October 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

      She said she is not interested at all in being the VP candidate and there is absolutely no talk of bumping Biden to put her on the ticket. Today is only interested in stirring up controversy.

  23. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

    well, if some of you contacted chuck todd about the money PBO raised then he heard it because it is one of the issues he intends to talk about it and the fact that his base is sticking with him

  24. 84 Betty's Girl
    October 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Great news to wake up to! OFA kicks but! Thanks Chips!

  25. October 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Sure enough, after reporting what the President raised, he said no way to the billion dollar number.
    Chuckles knows better, swifboatung Mofo…

  26. 87 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

    VIDEO: Daniel Gross of Yahoo Finance (June 9, 2011)

    Are Republicans Intentionally Sabotaging Economy For Political Gain?


    If this is actually what some Republicans are doing, Americans of both parties should be outraged. The first loyalty of any elected representative should be acting in the best interests of the country., and advocating policies that you know will hurt the country–or stonewalling ones that will help it–is a gross dereliction of professional and civic responsibility.


  27. 89 prettyfoot58
    October 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Today is the grand opening of PA State Headquarters of the OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN…it will be based here in Philly….I am sooooooo excited….i plan to go..i hoped that it is packed!!!!!…

  28. 90 57andFemale
    October 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I have not been here as much as I’d like the last couple of weeks — Did Donna win the contest?

  29. 92 Smilingl8dy
    October 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Does any1 else think Cain is a repug plant to ciphen of white voters from PBO + suppress AA/His/Asian + rig machines=victory

    • 93 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

      You’re on to something..however, I’m thinking he’s a plant to siphon BLACK voters, not whites…I can see Cain appealing to folks like Roland Martin and some of the black baptist preachers in the south and elsewhere.

    • October 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

      there is no way that Herman Cain will siphon off votes from AA from PBO! No way. I believe I read that Obama has a 96% rating from AA and Herman Cain has 4%.

      Don’t believe the hype. The ONLY AA Cain will ever get against PBO are the 5 Black Republicans left (all of which are probably strategist).

      Besides, GOP like Cain cause it proves that the GOP can’t possibly be racist, since “hey look, we like Cain and he’s our kinda of Black fella”.

      I will say it again, what is the upside to making Cain the VP or nominee. The GOP ain’t getting Black people to vote ’cause they put a “brutha” on the ticket (Obama’s got that sewn, I saw a poll that said Obama vs Cain was 96% for Obama for Black votes). I don’t think Cain is a dumb guy. I actually think he is way smarter than Bachmann/Perry/Palin combined. But it’s obvious once you look past the exterior, that Cain has no idea what he’s talking about. He seems, IMHO, to be running a con on the GOP who after Obama, Michael Steele so don’t want to be deemed racist.

      Oh…and they hate Romney too!

      It’s the more like that those same white Dems who were resistant to Obama for some mysterious reason (racism!) are the ones who may think hey, “one brutha is the same as another”…

  30. October 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    What really ticks me off is the DNC gave Sen. Ben Nelson aka turncoat, $240,000 towards his campaign ads. He’s not a democrat so let him ask the GOP for money. Nelson needs to be voted out in 2012!!

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