a demoralizing day

Here’s a world exclusive preview of what Mark Landler will (probably) write in the New York Times tomorrow:

“It was a demoralizing day for President Obama on his bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia, some of his lowest points, captured by our photographers, demonstrating just how much distance there now is between him and the people who once supported him.

From the moment he took to the stage in the morning to speak at the Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, it was evident how jaded and down he is, no spring in his step, no sign of the energy that he once displayed at these events:

Grim-faced and unsmiling….

….. his speech was so uninspiring it even prompted one member of the audience to start reading the book he’d brought with him just in case he was bored:

After the speech, the President displayed yet more of his professorial aloofness, failing to connect with his audience or show any human warmth:

It got worse later in the day when the President visited Bluestone High School in Skipwith, a group of teenagers (Jon Huntsman supporters, according to Mark Halperin) giving him an angry and hostile reception when he arrived:

There was a particularly ugly exchange with a student in pink:

…. which resulted in Secret Service having to step in:

On to Reidsville, N.C. and Brodnax, Virginia, where the President was confronted by several enraged women, two of them actually attempting to strangle him:

Stunned, the President ran for shelter in a Reidsville restaurant, where he hoped to find a warm and fuzzy reception, but there was to be no respite from the hostility, two enraged seniors confronting him, rather venomously:

The President, by now a broken man, left for Emporia, Virginia, where he gave another speech to a half-empty hall of largely unenthusiastic one-time supporters at Greensville County High School:

Once again, he ignored the issue that is, clearly, the most important to Americans – unemployment:

…. which might have explained the ugly incident that completed his day, when a young black man – possibly a Tavis Smiley and Cornel West fan – attempted to assault him by hitting his hand really hard:

Frankly, it’s hard to know how the President can recover from such a demoralizing day (#VoteMitt).”

178 Responses to “a demoralizing day”

  1. 1 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    That was a sickening debate from the comments and twitter. Could not watch the clowns!
    Good night all.

    • 2 Marlz (@marjgra)
      October 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Chips. . . you have made my day with this thread. . . .
      This is FUNNY! Such a relief after the GOP debate/debacle!

  2. 4 Bobfr
    October 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    A thing of beauty, Chipsticks. You’ve done it again!


    • 5 Mel
      October 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Chipsticks this is priceless Thanks a lot muchas Gracias I’am ready for a good Tequila shot I will
      see you all manana.

  3. 6 Bobfr
    October 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Hey @MarkLandler someone was kind enough to write an accurate account of the President’s day theobamadiary.com/2011/10/18/a-d… Got it #NEWSTAINER



  4. October 18, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    roflmao. well-done chips. goplitico sez that he got 50/50 support based on some three guyz holding obams sux placards. Fuck the media.

  5. October 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Hahahaha. Brilliant, Chips, just Brilliant!

    I looooooooove the pics of the baby girl and the boy giving him high five. I had seen the video of the boy from behind during the live broadcast of the rally — great to see his grinning face.

  6. 12 vero804
    October 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Haha…Chipsticks got jokes!

  7. October 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA Excellent! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. 14 Insomniac
    October 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Seriously funny! I’m dying over here! Love, love, love it! Nice one, Chips!! Thanks for this. Made my evening.

  9. October 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Chips, you are too funny. It was the most wonderful demoralizing day! I’ll take afew more of them. The President is really getting to the Repubs. McConnell went crazy at his press briefing. I love it. They have never gone against a man like our President.

    • 16 anniebella
      October 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      It s clear that the media are with the Republicans, they are not trying to be fair and balance. They are the mouth piece for the Republicans, the spokesman, carrying the Republicans water, wiping there tail, and everything else.

      • 17 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm

        Love you annie, but I hope you are not just finding this out. The media as been against PBO since 2007. It is worse now cause he is up for re-election. Not a shock folks.

      • 22 EDP4BHO
        October 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

        Really does make them look racist, doesn’t it? The over-scrutinizing each and every move he makes, every utterance, every personal contact. I’m of the opinion that we simply have a very very racist news media in this country, party aside. The things they focus on this President isn’t even about politics—–it is and always has been about him as a person, a human being, a black man—-that old double standard. I challenge anyone to show me otherwise. By the way, Chips, thanks for the laughs as I sit here folding my laundry. You are a brilliant satirist as well. 😀

        • 23 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          October 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

          EDP you won’t see anyone challenge you, cause your post is SPOT ON. All the resistance to Obama has always been about the man and hardly about his policies. If it were a White President passing all this historic social/economic legislation you would get some pushback by opposing parties and the like, but nothing like what PBO has endured. Folks say that FDR and JFK had just as many enemies when they were in the Whitehouse, I still say the MSM scrutiny of today is way worse for PBO and the HATE is way worse and yet he KEEPS ON TICKING and he urges us to PRESS ON!! KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

          • 24 Obama Grandmama
            October 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm

            I was thinking it was mainly racist too until Herman Cain got in there. Now since Cain is getting media support I think it has switched to policy more with media support for the real people incharge, the Corporatists. .

            • 25 edp4bho
              October 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm

              The intention to pump up Hermie is to divide the AA and minority votes to enable GOP to take the ball and run, IMHO. It’s part of racism 101, still.

        • 26 Eleroy
          October 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm

          NYTimes is really on the attack!!!

          They had this full page article on Sunday that was without doubt an unpaid advertisement for both Jon Hunntsman’s father and for Jr. who continues to drag in the polls against all attempts to prop him up!!!

          It was pathetic as the writer tried to sell this dubious family bit ended up unfortunately exposing the Huntsman’s for the entitled, manipulative, petty, opportunistic multi-generational asholes they obviusly are.

          But the most important tid bit to be gleaned from this article besides the fact that Huntsman Sr. has been setting up to buy his son the U.S prseidency for quite a long time, was the fact that Papa Huntsman is “extremely close” to and “great friends” with both Glenn Beck and the filmmaker purist extraordinnaire Michael Moore!!!

          Yes, fucking Michael Moore who will attack President Obama for even slightly compromising with the majority party in Congress in a bid to protect the middle class!!!

          But apparently Michael Moore has no qualms about schmoozing with a billionaire who has not much in common with his publicly stated and unmoveable ideology and liberal purity!!!

          Now it all begins to make sense.

          The unrelenting attacks on President Obama for not being uncompromisingly hard left on every single issue even as he battles a majority GOP congress – thanks to Michael Moore and his cronies-

          But the gushing about how appealling Jon Huntsman is solely on the basis that he once admitted that he believes in evolution!!!

          Yes folks, that’s your liberal conscience loudmouths for you!!!

          • October 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm

            michael moore is just a pity porn peddler. i read that nyt huntsman puffpiece in India, can you believe it ?

            • October 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm

              Michael Moore is such an opportunist, he doesn’t fool me not one bit. Exactly. Whenever he appears, it is to push some product of his using events such as the death of Troy Davis or Occupy Wall Street.

              On Twitter the other day, he was pushing the fact that his book had made it to the NYT best seller list. Another time, he was pushing for followers.

              He has zero credibility, to my mind.

            • 30 Eleroy
              October 19, 2011 at 1:55 am

              You get a feeling that all that bluster and purist crap Moore spews is phoney baloney. He’s made a killing pushing his version of us against them crap that has lined his pockets while he turns around and worships at the feet of the same slimey rightwingers. What a fake!!!

              As for the puffpieces on behalf of the flimsy Huntsman, it’s all so pathetic and pitiful!!! The plan to force-feed us a white-washed and revamped image of the phoney Huntsman hasn’t worked out too well for little Jon, his papa or the GOPmedia all set to crown him king thanks to daddy’s bucks!!!
              Even daddy is throwing a fit about Mitt having the nerve to run against his little Jon-y!!!


  10. 32 jaleh
    October 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I am so pissed right now because there is a new headline in NYT by Landler

    Some Risks as Obama Confronts Congress


    Let’s email NYT and ask them to dump this guy.

    • 33 ChristiMtl
      October 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks for the link jaleh, I just copied this from the article:

      But the increasingly caustic tone of the president’s attacks on Congress raises a question: How long can Mr. Obama continue to hammer Republicans without exhausting the patience of voters who elected him to be an alternative to Washington partisanship — and without risking the perception that he is part of the problem?

      Typical RW tool,…

    • 34 anniebella
      October 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      okay jaleh, I’m in.

      • 35 LOL
        October 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm

        You see that folks—either the pres agrees to everything they (republicans) want AND they call him a sell-out and rag about the disappointment of his supporters OR they say the pres is being too mean on those itty bitty republicans and those all important Independents won’t like that cuz they just want us all to get along. The man could walk on water and they would say his shoes got wet.

    • 37 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm


    • 38 Bobfr
      October 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      @MarkLandler with this article nytimes.com/2011/10/19/us/… you are now a card carrying #LAMESTER & #NEWSTAINER. Congrats. You’re on a streak …


      • October 19, 2011 at 12:59 am

        I just read some comments about the POTUS–on a site that fluctuates back and forth in its opinion of him–which really, really, really made me feel that things are beginning to turn around. I know it’s hard to believe given the amount of negativity that the media, politicians, talking heads, and haters direct at the POUTS. please, follow the link and READ THE COMMENTS. You’re in for a surprise! Don’t become demoralized. If the president can keep going under these circumstances, we have to keep pressing on too!~


        • 40 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          October 19, 2011 at 1:35 am

          Demoralized? I’m not demoralized and never will be. I have FAITH. The President is KICKING ass and taking names later. He is doing a lot right or he wouldn’t have this amount of HATE being thrust at him. They can not stand that he is being successful. The MSM, pundits, politicians, groups, etc is all a show and theatre to confuse the public. The Rethugs KNOW they don’t have a credible plan other than their ancient remedies that never work to turn this economy around and create jobs. It is only supporters that look to the MSM and our untrustworthy politicians for validation and approval of PBO that get folks in a stupor and uproar.

          I don’t believe much of anything coming out of the media in all its forms nowa days. I look at the candidates themselves and make my own impressions. I don’t need corrupt journalists and talking heads to do my thinking for me. WE WILL PREVAIL AND WIN AGAIN!! BRING IT ON MITTENS!!! KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

          • October 19, 2011 at 2:06 am

            Hi Keith, I know that a MAJORITY of those who support the President aren’t demoralized, as evidenced by this quarter’s fundraising report. But there may be some people who feel deeply saddened by everything that the POUTUS is being put through. I know that sometimes I feel that way but it serves in strengthening my resolve to keep it moving. That’s what I should have said, but I was so busy trying to post my comment that I didn’t express my thoughts as well as I could have.~

        • 42 Bobfr
          October 19, 2011 at 1:35 am

          I assure you creolechild I’m totally not ‘demoralized.’ The next 12 months are going to be transformational for America and we are each going to contribute to that transformation. The outcome will be #4MOREFOR44 and a solid Democratic majority in the House and Senate.


          • October 19, 2011 at 2:22 am

            Hey Bobfr~ You and I go way back from TPV. You know that I know that you’re not ‘demoralized,’ and I’m sure that many others here aren’t either. I read the comments often and feel the enthusiasm and the energy that emanates from here. All I can say is that I hope the comment is received in the spirit in which it was made–which was with the best of intentions–and that it’s not taken the wrong way.~

        • 45 Eleroy
          October 19, 2011 at 2:00 am

          Will not be clicking on that link Creolechild, thanks, but no thanks!!!

          I have NEVER wavered in my undying support of this phenomenal President and do not need any validation from the wishy washy crowd to make me feel better or sure about why and how I support President Obama!!!

          Even if I were the last man standing, I am standing solidly with and behind this once in a generation President.

          He ROCKS!!!

          • October 19, 2011 at 2:15 am

            Eleroy, I can appreciate your position. My suggestion about clicking on the link was not intended as some form of “validation from others to make any one feel better about why or how they support the POTUS,” but to show that some people are finally getting it–which I think is a good thing given what we’re up against. And just so you know, there ARE several individuals who post on that site who are staunch supporters of the POTUS from day one and have never waivered….

            • 47 Eleroy
              October 19, 2011 at 2:41 am

              My comment was not meant as an attack creolechild, just a general reassertion. Good to know that some stayed solidly behind our great President. I’ll take your word for it and and keep rooting for those of you good people who stay strong and fighting on some of these sites!!!
              Thanks for all you do!!! Rock on!!!

            • 48 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
              October 19, 2011 at 9:05 am

              Same thing for me creo. I understand your intentions were good. I thank you for sticking it out on those controversial sites and HOLDING strong for PBO. Thanks again for being a part of the family. Obama/Biden 2012!!

        • October 19, 2011 at 7:10 am

          Thanks for the link. That thread had some extremely powerful support of President Obama. You were right. More of us need to inhabit those right-wing blogs to counter what they are saying.

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Here is my tweet to this person who before today I had never heard of:

      TALE OF THE TWO MARKS: @MarkLandler vying 4 @MarkKnoller post 2 write the most outrageous and fact-free stories about PBO. Not gonna work!!

  11. 53 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Bloody hell Chips. This was really really really a demoralizing day for President Obama. Mark Knoller told me so! 😆

    You rock Chips. A million thumbs up. Shakespeare would be proud of ye olde story telling. 😉

  12. October 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    THIS is awesome. Love it.

  13. 55 vero804
    October 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Wow…this crowd is totally pro-Romney. There is a distinct cheering section for Romney.

    • 56 theo67
      October 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      The cheerleaders are probably being paid to drum up enthusiasm for Romney. I heard someone saying that they were riding through Iowa, and all the Romney signs were on the highway (put there by paid aides) – none on front lawns of private homes. There’s no Romney enthusiasm – unless it’s paid for.

    • October 19, 2011 at 6:42 am

      Nevada: Mormons dominate the GOP!

      • 58 Obama Grandmama
        October 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

        I heard Thom Hartmann say that there are many Mormons that left Utah for Nevada and live there currently. Harry Reid is a Mormon too. One thing I noticed in the GOP Debate was that when Perry and Romney got into a heated discussion over Mitt’s employment of undocumented workers Mitt at one point put his hand on Perry’s shoulder. I thought that would be mentioned as too confrontational from the media since in one of the presidential debates between Gore and GW, Gore walked right up to Bush and the media would not stop with the too confrontational, not presidential comments. I even wondered if that was the pivotal moment in the campaign against Gore.

  14. October 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    A thing of beauty, Chips. You truly made my day. Reality must be so painful to Landler that he has to distort it to make it bearable. Wonder what happens to him when reality inevitably bites him in the behind?

  15. 60 vero804
    October 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I see a Romney/Cain ticket shaping up. Crazy Cain vs. Uncle Joe.

    • 61 Obama Grandmama
      October 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      I heard someone from the GOP mention the Romney/Cain ticket as the answer to countering Obama’s Black votes about the time Cain started surging.

  16. October 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Wait until Mabel McConnell hears about this.

  17. 63 Ladyhawke
    October 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Love you madly Chips. You make my life better.

  18. 64 nathkatun7
    October 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    This really made may day. Chipsticks you have such a devastating sense of humor! Thank you so much for all you do to keep us sane and focused. I wish everyone in this country had access to your blog. I am convinced that if they did, no one would pay any attention to the so called mainstream media.

  19. 65 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Hey TOD people. Bachmann pulled a Palin. During the debate she said “Obama put us in Libya; now he’s putting us in Africa.” BWAHAHAHA. this stupid moron doesn’t know that Libya is in fact in Africa. Now “Libya is in Africa” is trending on twitter with people mocking the heck out of her. Hahahaha

  20. 69 AnitaW
    October 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm


  21. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    October 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Chips that was brilliant. 🙂

    I laughed so hard that I made my stomach hurt.

    • 71 anniebella
      October 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      I’m looking forward to seeing POTUS and FLOTUS being out there together. Did anyone see the bit O’Donnell did on Obama’s secret weapon, Michelle Obama. That is why the right wing nuts go after her any chance they get, they know how much she can help the President.

  22. October 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Soooooooo funny. Thank you again Chipsticks. Every single day, several times a day I come here and never fail to receive food for thought, info to pass on, pics that make my heart smile and occasionally a belly laugh. I am 80 plus and deeply grateful for TOD.

  23. 76 Me4obama
    October 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Good night family, I can’t wait for the two love birds aka Barack and Michelle tomorrow in VA. What a treat that will be!!

  24. October 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    sweet tweet

    Obama wins the republican debate.

    All frigging numbnutz. Wake the fuck up, america.

    • 78 Bobfr
      October 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      Instant poll after #teaandcrackers #CNNdebate – Obama 100, #teatrash 0 #OccupyTheVote Protect the Republic from these vile nut jobs. VOTE


  25. October 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm


    Awesome post!!!

  26. 80 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    October 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Chips this thread has to be up there as one of your classics. Mr. Lander and the rest of his journalistic friends have lost all credibility years ago. I can’t believe these idiots went to school to report news like this. Journalistic integrity does not exist in the American media any longer.

    Chips your SNARKY sarcasm is unmatched in this thread. Absolutley HILARIOUS……….LMAO 😆

  27. 81 isonprize
    October 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm


  28. October 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    the best chips.

    On to Reidsville, N.C. and Brodnax, Virginia, where the President was confronted by several enraged women, three of them actually attempting to strangle him:

    and this

    which might have explained the ugly incident that completed his day, when a young black man – possibly a Tavis Smiley and Cornel West fan – attempted to assault him by hitting his hand really hard:

  29. 83 LOL
    October 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I expect this from Fox News but no the “liberal bastion” NYtimes

  30. October 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    David Gergen (of CNN) re: tonight’s GOP “debate”: “Obama’s team should be celebrating.”


  31. 87 Elly in MD
    October 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I guess not reading the NYT much is paying off – I never heard of this guy Landler. It’s just so much better to be out working the grassroots, meeting more and more new people who want to get behind this President. I have to remind myself what it was like at this time in 2007 – he couldn’t catch up with Clinton in the national polls but I knew from my conversations with people, with reactions on the ground, that he was going to prevail. That doesn’t mean we don’t have to work out bums off for his re-election; it will be uphill all the way. (It will be easier as soon as he goes head to head with whatever moron the R’s come up with but….).

    • 88 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      So true Elly. The MSM has been turned off in my house since 2003. I am a saner person for it. Working with OFA Ohio has been a treat, cause meeting everyday people lets me know the Prez still has millions of supporters. Thank God for the internet where I can choose my news and get honest reporting where I can find it. HALLELUJAH!!

  32. October 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Looking at these pics, it’s obvious that some of these ladies like to lay their whole bodies into our Prez. Full body hugs, arms all over the place, ummmhmmmm. I see you ladies 😎 .

    • 91 theo67
      October 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

      Yes, I noticed that, too. The President tries to keep his distance, but what can he do when the ladies are literally falling in his arms? Quite sweet, actually.

      • 92 anniebella
        October 19, 2011 at 4:53 am

        The only thing I say, just as long as it is okay with the wife. Sometimes I wonder though, cause woman tend to hug to tight and get to close. I just hope in all their excitement they do remember he’s a married man.

  33. October 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    LOL, yeah that crowd was pretty mean to PBO….he sure gets a lot of hugs.

  34. 94 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    October 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    So funny Chips! I love it! 🙂

  35. 95 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I hooted and hollared so loud that my neighbor called to ensure I was okay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    October 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Guess who Eric Erickson from Redstate believes won the debate…………..

    wait on it ……………………………….

    Newt Gingrich….hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 98 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      🙄 Redstae? SIGH………………….I would really hate to be a Teapublican. What a shameful LOT they are. BTW Donna when do you get to chat with the Prez? Or has that already taken place? Congrats again.

      • 99 donna dem 4 obama
        October 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

        Hi Keith. Not yet on the Presidents call. I figured it won’t take place until after his bus tour. Hoping to have a report for the TOD Family this week. 🙂

    • 103 utaustinliberal
      October 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Hahahahahaha. ROTFLMAO. He thinks Newt won? What the heck is he smoking? PBO won this round because America was once again exposed to the horror that is the GOP. Even Gergen saw the writing on the wall.

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      They are all living in circusville. I truly can’t wait for the campaign to begin in earnest, when PBO takes to the stage. It is shameful that the media treats these people with such seriousness as it does.

      Go figure.

  37. 105 Eleroy
    October 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    LOL, very good one!!!

  38. October 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    “Tavis Smiley and Cornel West fan” LOL

  39. 107 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    You know what, think I’ll send this to my RWNJ senator (Toomey) — the headline will make his day; the photos, not so much!

    • 108 EDP4BHO
      October 19, 2011 at 12:34 am

      Toomey is mine as well, Alycee. I just sent him an email in response to a letter dated 9/15/11, which I received just last week. He went on about how PBO has hurt the economy and how he couldn’t vote for the AJA. This is why I was glad I was not cordial when we all blitzed them before the vote. As PBO would say……”He’s a jackass” ….LOL!

  40. 109 PurpleShoesLA
    October 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm


    “Stunned, the President ran for shelter in a Reidsville restaurant, where he hoped to find a warm and fuzzy reception, but there was to be no respite from the hostility, two enraged seniors confronting him, rather venomously”

    I do soo love sarcasm. Chipsticks you rock!! 🙂

  41. 110 a4alice
    October 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Chips – Very Funny! This totally makes me laugh. This Landler guy’s a dweeb.

  42. October 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Okay heres my issue with these debates: I realize not a lot of folks watch them.. yet there are like 19 or 20 scheduled and in each one thus far we have 8-9 ‘candidates’ lying, misinforming and literally making shit up- while the media/commentator says nary a word to correct them. Folks are being lied to in this country- and frankly if you all pay attention you will see that allllll of the lies are aimed at President Obama, his policies, etc. Will the media in all the morning shows tomorrow correct this misinformation? heh, not gonna hold my breath. So we have about 40 hours of FREE advertising for republican policies, unchecked going out to this nation.

    • 112 TrumpDog
      October 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

      You are correct to be suspicious. This is purely Republican PR and a means to get as much of their right wing bullshit out on the airwaves while promoting themselves. The GOP plans to drag the election out all year to get as much attention as possible. They want it to be like 2008, where Obama and Hillary captured the country’s attention. They’re trying to replicate that.

  43. October 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    ‘Good Data Flow’
    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo sentiment index climbed to 18, the highest level since May 2010, the Washington-based group reported yesterday.
    “Some good data flow in the past 24 hours helped support markets, as has profit reporting in the banking sector,” said Stephen Halmarick, Sydney-based head of investment markets research at Colonial First State Global Asset Management, which oversees about $145 billion. “Worries about Europe are likely to persist ahead of the weekend European leaders’ meeting.”
    Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average gained 0.7 percent and South Korea’s Kospi Index added 0.3 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.8 percent. Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 0.5 percent.
    France and Germany are engaged in “intensive talks” on bolstering the European Financial Stability Facility, said Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


  44. 114 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Had to bring this tweet over

    6 minutes ago
    Arab_FuryArab Fury

    Libya is in Africa. This is the point where the comedy channel asks for the rights to air the Republican Presidential Debate. #CNNDEBATE

  45. October 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Best. Post. Ever.

    That’s all.

  46. October 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Oh I’m sorry chips, shoulda realized I wrote on the wrong thread. This is wonderful!! Tweeted it especially to mr landler the liya 🙂

  47. 119 dotster3
    October 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    This is great, chips! Loved it/nailed it!

  48. 120 lapalm
    October 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Hello Chipsticks…you really made my day..yes you did..this was the best thread..seriously..I loved it…
    The GOP debate was a failure! President Obama is truly the best canidate…Obama2012ImIn!

  49. 122 usmc47
    October 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Loved it!!

  50. 123 CTGirl
    October 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    LOL! Too funny!

  51. October 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Did Ezra Klein use to work for the Washington Post? I just noticed that he is a Bloomberg columnist.

  52. October 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Chips, your sense of humour slays me everytime 🙂 That is one of the things that attracted me to
    this site and you continue to deliver 🙂 I LMAO on the thread title and subsequent commentary.
    Yeah, what a rough day for PBO. Hope he has more of these rough ones right through Nov. 2012 🙂
    Thanks a million for the laughs. God knows we need it to offset the idiocy on the other side!

  53. October 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Precious. Never heard of that Mark Landler guy before today, but the Atlantic Review sure pegged him. I sent him a tweet letting him know that, too.

    Excellent post, Chips!!!

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      Africa, so thrilled to see you back again, I know you’ve been through the worst of times, I can’t imagine how life is after the loss of your mother. Love ya, thinking of you, take care of yourself.

      • October 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm

        Chips, thank you so much!! It’s been a rough go, but I am taking one day at a time. Thanks again to you and everyone here for your warm and caring thoughts!!

        Gradually, I am trying to return to my daily routine and that includes coming here and not just lurking, but participating in the discussion.

        Thank YOU!

  54. 131 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    This is an awesome post and unforgettable thread of comments!!! Thanks Chips for this excellent and witty wrap up.

  55. October 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Rachel is calling out Tester and Nelson for saying that they will vote against the AJA bill. Even Claire McCaskill didn’t vote against it.

  56. October 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Wonderful wonderful! Boy, those crowds just can’t stand the Prez can they? Do you notice how babies love him? It’s because they just KNOW a good person when they come across one–and our guy Obama is one good man. Have you heard about Harry Accornero, R. New Hamp. state legislature who wants the President charged with treason for letting illegials in? Where do the new Hampshire voters find these guys? Here in Washington State the apple growers are worried because they don’t have enough pickers, will be a huge loss if they don’t get the help they need. Good night everyone.

  57. 136 halo
    October 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Hey everyone, PBO will be on Nightline tonight.

  58. October 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Your thread title surprised me. I saw both of Our President’s presentations. He is such a good teacher. I watch the crowds’ reaction and 100% affirmation.

    We need to reinforce the AJA message. We have a focus – jobs for teachers.

  59. October 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks for the laughs Chips. Very well done. My favorite part is “…. which might have explained the ugly incident that completed his day, when a young black man – possibly a Tavis Smiley and Cornel West fan – attempted to assault him by hitting his hand really hard:”

  60. October 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    The Secret Service dubbs the bus ground force -1!

    That is cool.

    • 140 theo67
      October 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

      I think the Secret Service is having fun with this President, because every day there’s some new challenge. Yes, they have to pull women’s arms from squeezing him too tight, and sometimes, they have to actually pull the President from some crowd he’s dived into – but they must be having fun… I can’t remember these kind of activities and fun crowds with other Presidents.

      • 141 jacquelineoboomer
        October 19, 2011 at 12:41 am

        Although, luckily, fun is the last thing on their minds while they are protecting him. But – yes – I’m sure they enjoy being that close to the fun the President is having!

        • 142 anniebella
          October 19, 2011 at 5:03 am

          Honestly, sometime I am alittle concern when the President go to shake, and hug, and take pictures in the crowd. I don’t know how much fun the S.S. are having. Their eyes have to be open all the time.

  61. October 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Chipsticks, you’re a friggin’ genius!!! This post is pitch perfect. Nobody does it better.

  62. 144 desertflower
    October 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks, Chips:) Destined to become a classic!

  63. 145 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    BWAHAHAHAHA……………… Stephen Colbert is at the top of his game. He just eviscerated Herman Cain. 😆 😆 😆 Definitely a must see.

    Tonight, writer Calvin Trillin was on The Daily Show and he had this hilarious rhyme where he compared Romney to the Ken doll from Ken and Barbie. He said Romney’s flip flopping is like Ken’s interchangeable parts and like Ken, Romney has no genitalia. 😆 😆 😆 😆 He pretty much called Romney a coward with no balls. The rhyme had me ROTFLMAO. Another must see.

  64. October 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    via cole at BJ, this take down of that quintessential beltway pundtwit, david fucking brooks, is worth a read.

  65. October 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Actually, I gotta say, that was a pretty damn good interview by Jake Tapper.
    I enjoyed it.

    Finally, he was not a Jerk!

  66. 148 Tracy
    October 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I played the debate game at OFA: put $5 per reference to “ObamaCare” for a maximum of $75: 15 references so hit my max. Can’t believe they are happy with throwing kids off parents’ insurance (1 million plus); return to denial for preexisting conditions; skyrocketing rates; paying for preventive care. Major fail. We need to continue the fight to save America from GOP insanity and heartlessness.

  67. 150 bonkers
    October 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed as hard as I did from this post. Thanks, Chipsticks! Fantastic!

  68. 152 Tracy
    October 19, 2011 at 12:11 am

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2011/10/the_obamas_should_campaign_as032886.php Great post on why the Obamas should campaign together (crowds, especially women, love it when candidate visibly in love; and PBO relaxed when she is nearby).

  69. October 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Thanks our brilliant Chipsticks. You are the best!!!! Also wanted to say that it is good to see Africa here as well. Be comforted each day as you go through it all , Africa. Sending you more hugs.HZ

  70. October 19, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I know how much work goes into putting a piece like that together. Well done. Much appreciated.

  71. 155 Debz
    October 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Thank you Chipsticks for all the hard work you have been doing, keeping up with our President. It’s late and I will have to catch up with everything now. If it weren’t for you I would never have all this info!! 🙂
    I just watched the interview with Tapper, and actually I am surprised, it wasn’t bad. The Prez was wonderful as always and Tapper actually acted like an interviewer. He even seemed respectful of PBO.

    • 156 anniebella
      October 19, 2011 at 4:36 am

      I watched the interview with Tapper and I told you the President knows how to handle jackasses like Tapper.

  72. 157 jacquelineoboomer
    October 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

    For those who remember this actress, here’s a tweet from Mia Farrow:

    MiaFarrow mia farrow
    Winner of tonights GOP debate ? Barack Obama

    • 158 anniebella
      October 19, 2011 at 4:38 am

      We have a dam good President right now, an I hope America will see that too.

    • October 19, 2011 at 7:28 am

      Jacqueline–he’s won ALL of them so far, hasn’t he? May the American people have eyes to see and ears to hear this Republican crew. They aren’t fit to polish PBO’s shoes.

    • 160 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 19, 2011 at 9:25 am

      Yes I know Mia Farrow. I love her. She is in all the Woody Allen movies and got her big start in 1968’s CREEPY….”Rosemary’s Baby”. 😯 Sounds like she is a PBO supporter as well. 😀

  73. 163 Gramiam44
    October 19, 2011 at 6:02 am

    ROFLMAO! I bet it took a lot longer to do this post than it does a normal one. I have this image in my mind of you rolling on the floor laughing hysterically after each caption you write. You just have way too much fun! I hope you have a boatload more fun before our President is re-elected in a landslide!

  74. 165 jeri Gloss
    October 19, 2011 at 6:48 am

    The Diary just gets better and better! I bought into the first sentence of this entry, and under my breath whispered an “oh no” – only to be delighted and surprised by the turnaround. Caught my attention and keeps me on my toes. Thanks friends, for all the work and wonder you put into this daily offering. I love you!!

  75. 166 globalcitizenlinda
    October 19, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Nicely done Chips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. 167 globalcitizenlinda
    October 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

    MSM fools are cutting of President Obama’s explanation about OWS and are trying tp make it seem as though he trashed them.

    Correction demand from MSM needed because the MSM just claims: “President Obama says OWS not much different from Tea Party”.

    What POTUS says after is conviniently cut off because he says that now from the left and right, people are expressing their frustrations that the system and government do not work. instead those who are rewarded are those who game the system…. what we need to do is to listen to the people ….and make every work play fairly. Someone need to get the actual full quote and correct these MSM morons!!

  77. 168 Lorraine
    October 19, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Good morning, I was watching American Morning the reporter interviewed Wayne Newton, (who still wishes that he was half the human being, singer, talent that Elvis was alive and now in his passing) he is so uninformed.

    October 19, 2011 at 7:47 am


  79. October 19, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Pentagon lawyer says White House won’t add any more detainees to Guantanamo, though I don’t understand why this guy is saying this to that notorious rw heritage foundation. Now these guys get a private briefing on national policies ?


  80. 172 Sue in Minnesota
    October 19, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Chica, you are a freakin genuis! Brava for delivering such pointed ridicule where it is most deserved! Laughter is potent medicine, and today’s dose went straight to my heart! Thank you!

    Jeri, I’m with you, I love TOD and all our devoted Todder’s. Let us be the wind beneath our remarkable President and FLOTUS’s wings, keeping Hope and Love alive!

    YES.WE.CAN. and YES. WE. WILL,

  81. October 19, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Postal service to raise stamps to 45 cents on January 22nd.

    That is fine with me!

  82. October 19, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Heads up, West Coasters:

    10:30 AM Eastern; 7:30 AM Pacific
    Obama promotes hiring veterans
    President Obama and the first lady discuss the importance of hiring American veterans at Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia.

    Not listed on WH livestream yet but CNN livestream does have it listed.

  83. October 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

    The snark is strong in this one…well done.

    I’ll be visiting more often, and you have been added to my blogroll.

  84. 177 Sheila R.
    October 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Chips, your commentary is hilarious. Thanks for a laugh to start the day.

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