day two, on the road – morning

President Obama goes to a gym to workout in Greensboro, North Carolina, October 18

President Obama talks with educators at the Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C.

Original video here

President Obama jogs to the stage before speaking at the YMCA at the Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C.

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106 Responses to “day two, on the road – morning”

  1. 1 Tally
    October 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I need a White House TV channel so I could watch while I get ready for work…… 😀

  2. October 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Ot: this Israeli soldier, Salit, has just been released.
    The israeli givernment traded 1027 Palestinians for him. Israel is going crazy with delight.
    This, is what has been holding up the peace process.
    Let’s hope they can now get back to the negotiating table!

  3. 4 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

    The crowd is already chanting “Fired up – ready to go!”

  4. 19 Fred
    October 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Michelle Obama and Bo Sitting Pretty in the White House Garden (most comments aren’t bad but later on you never know so careful)


    • 20 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Lovely! Look how big Bo is, and so pleasant in that pic, you can see his personality. I need to get a dog again…

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Bo is so well-mannered. My dog, a Lhasa Apso, would not sit still for a photo.

      • 22 AnitaW
        October 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        Same here. My Lhasa Apso/Yorkie–Mr. Darcy would never sit still for this long unless he was asleep.

        • 23 utaustinliberal
          October 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

          I like that you named your dog Mr. Darcy. Would that be the same Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? (One of the greatest books of all time)

          FLOTUS looks gorgeous and Bo is such a cutie pie.

          • 24 ribletsonthepan
            October 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

            The dialogue alone in Pride & Prejudice is epic…love wit! Makes my heart go pitter patter. Why can’t I talk that way, LOL! On a side note did you see ITV’s Lost in Austen, a cheeky modern day interpretation with the Elizabeth character swapping lives in Georgian England. Its an amusing comedy with some funny twists.

    • 25 Ladyhawke
      October 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Thanks Fred. What a sweet picture of FLOTUS and Bo. Bo’s lopsided white socks on the front paws just cracks me up every time I see them. He is so adorable.

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Wow, that’s the first time I am seeing that dog’s eyes. So added to the list.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      October 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Wow this is a great photo of our FLOTUS and Bo


    • 29 LadyTNT
      October 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      I am so bummed! I can’t see the pic of the FL and Bo. I don’t know why the website won’t fully open up for me. Maybe Chips will put the pic up. PLEASE!!!!

  5. October 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I am so sorry I went to Politico and read the article about we “Obamabots”. Geez. The article was bad enough and the comments were worst. I never ever go to Politico, I don’t know why I did :>(

    • 32 dotster3
      October 18, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Smith and GOPolitico are so concerned about people who like President Obama. So very concerned, it really disturbs them.
      What a stupid and revealing piece of poo that was.

  6. October 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

    POTUS: I am the President of all the people~

  7. October 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

    The Senate confirmed Cathy Bissoon to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania by a vote of 82-3 on Monday

    Prior to the confirmation a number of senators from both parties including Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) took to the floor to praise Bisoon and urge a positive vote from their colleagues.

  8. October 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    POTUS talking about S Korea ‘importing’ teachers… my nephew taught in Seoul for 3 years.. only moved back to DC to go back to school, has since married his Korean girlfriend and they are expecting their first baby.. while teaching in S Korea- he made a LOT of $$- they pay their teachers very very well and they (he) got much respect- he fell very much in love with Korea.. and by the way had a truly beautiful wedding there.

  9. 36 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I read on Twitter that Jake Tapper via GMA reported that PBO’s crowds are “so much smaller than they were in 2007-2008.”

    This is such garbage…I mean, could these guys be any less professional, ethical, objective,. I mean we really need to check these accredited journalism graduate programs to see what is being taught to the students. These pseudojournalists as reporters are akin to hiring Dr. Phil to work at a state psychiatric facility.

    • 37 ChristiMtl
      October 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

      I can’t believe that this pathetic loser will interview the President later today.

      • 38 hopefruit2
        October 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

        I guess that will be one of his top questions, “Mr.President why are your crowds so much smaller than they were in 2007-2008?”

        Stupid Snarled-Face Fool Tapper.

        • 39 prettyfoot58
          October 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

          yanno hopefriut..

          he will or some question quite similar..if he could he would ask the President his size…..he is so unmanned by the President….

          but i have no doubt that the President will put Tapper in his place…

          do you know where will the interview be shown

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

      Giving the tapper, the tool, his point, as a candidate Obama attracted so big crowds. so as a candidate how big a crowd is mittens getting ?

    • 42 ChristiMtl
      October 18, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Yes I’m pretty sure that people would wait in line for hours and hours to get tickets to hear Romney or Perry.

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:46 am

      And (Rapper )will be interviewing the President today.
      Me thinks, it has turned into a competition of who is the most Mean to the President.

      • October 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        Now that’s a question donna could ask the President if hasn’t gotten her call yet. Mr. President, why do you give interviews to folks that have hidden agendas?

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

      I think we have to recognize that all of our media is owned by corporations that benefit tremendously from a country controlled/legislated by republicans. And over the last several years- I believe since Reagan.. that they (republicans) have ‘infiltrated’ the media- they own it, they work in it, they USE it- to drive their agenda.

      I believe we really have to understand that there is no seperation between our media and the republican party.. and frankly, we really are the only thing that stands in their way.. of creating a country that only learns of and knows of the republican/right point of view, the right’s wants, beliefs, etc.

      And POTUS continues to skirt their crap.. and speak to us directly- and yet unless folks are able to tune in during the day, as we are.. they honestly never get to hear from him.. just the media/pundits/newspapers rightwing spin on everything.

      Pushing back is our biggest tool, such as with Mark Landler’s lies.. I don’t think we can ever turn a blind eye to the media.. not give in to their power at all.. or we lose. I really wish these Ows ‘protestors’ would actually protest something in addition to wallstreet.. as in the media and congress- thats when I think they’ll make a difference.

      • 47 hopefruit2
        October 18, 2011 at 11:56 am

        SPOT ON sherijr.

        The OWS folks are bamboozled. Most of them are being used by the very people who work for Wall Street and will work on the GOP’s behalf. I don’t know whether you saw this, but I saw an article on Twitter last night that the biggest contributor to the OWS founders also happens to be a contributor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Here is a serious conflict of interest right there. How can you claim to be for a cause, yet support a candidate whose very existence is the antithesis of that cause?

        • October 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

          thanks for that info hopefruit- do you have the contributor’s name? I think its obvious that the underpinnings of this whole ows ‘movement’ is questionable.. although I think many of the folks – the people themselves- who are out there are just people.. angry, feeling threatened and not to savvy about politics.. the agenda- if there is one- appears murky at best, imo. I know how it all started- thanks to your good research.. but like a lot of folks, I’m still waiting to see where it’s actually going.

          • October 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm

            I should add- that more and more it seems unproductive.. I mean why WHY has it not transformed itself into a force that is doing something? Such as going after Congress? why the lack of movement in that direction at all? Why the lack of going after the media for all their rightwing lies? All of that continues to keep me suspicious of the point of the ows.

            • 50 theo67
              October 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

              Because they just want to burn off the last of the enthusiasm by drumming up the level of frustration. And if this group fizzles, which it will without any tangible goals or organization, then those who believed in the OWS movement will be so disheartened that they’ll stay home in 2012. There’s a frustration out there, but because it’s fueled by misinformation, it’s got nothing tangible to tackle.

              I spoke with friends this weekend who kept saying that President Obama hasn’t accomplished anything – and when I asked them to name the specific things he hasn’t accomplished, they couldn’t name one. When I asked them to list their disappointments in the health care bill, debt ceiling fiasco, etc., they were mute. When I told them what was included in some of the things that have been accomplished, and told them that President Obama has accomplished 80% of his agenda – they were taken aback.

              People are lazy, and they don’t bother to do their research before forming opinions. I’m hoping that the campaign will help to blitz information into everyone’s consciences, and educate those who need spoonfeeding.

              • 51 utaustinliberal
                October 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

                Good for you Theo. Thanks for correcting their mistaken assumptions. People need to learn to be proactive and search out information for themselves. It is not up to another person to be your information hub. You’re a voter; get informed.

              • October 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

                ‘When I told them what was included in some of the things that have been accomplished, and told them that President Obama has accomplished 80% of his agenda – they were taken aback. ‘

                Know what, Theo…and UTALib? I think this is just something we are going to have to do… seriously. We know they should get themselves informed, but reality is some of them can’t. Not in the way we can. Yesterday I mentioned a similar conversation and response I had from a friend, who probably thought she was informing herself by listening/watching the nightly news. There is no way she can get online like I do – she has two youngsters, one a preschooler. I notice your listeners were taken aback, but I didn’t get the sense they were necessarily adversarial. A few of my friends, Obama supporters, aren’t oppositional, just ‘confident’ that reporters they respect from 3/4 DIFFERENT news channel can’t all be wrong in their assessment of PBO. They still like him, but …

                So what I’m saying is maybe we do need to help people like those described here. I’m suggesting we put aside our indignation with uninformed/misinformed voters and help combat the lies the media put out there hourly. In reality, if we don’t and the MSM negativity prevails, we also will suffer because of their ignorance (as is happening from the 2010 results). So, since we sink or swim together, let US get them informed, one by one, when they cross our paths.

        • 55 ChristiMtl
          October 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm

          I saw in Yahoo Canada last week a survey about President Obama

          ”Barack Obama more popular with Canadians than Stephen Harper”

          And today, another survey from the The Canadian Press Harris-Decima

          ”If things don’t work out next year, Obama could always come north: poll”

          His popularity in the States and abroad drives the MSM crazy, no matter how bad they try, they can never take that away from him,.

      • 59 prettyfoot58
        October 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm

        but as has been reported on this trip as in others…the local media is so much kinder…to the President….i wonder why that is…

    • October 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      From my understanding, tickets are sold and they all sell out. This is so petty. PBO is not campaigning and also a lot of folks are at work or school.

      • 61 donna dem 4 obama
        October 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

        There is no “sale of tickets” for any of these American Jobs Act rallies. They pass out a set number of tickets based on the size of the venue for the event. OFA does it this way so there is an orderly process and not a run on the doors because of the crowds that show up for his events and Tapper knows this.

        Besides, as you said PBO is not campaigning this is a jobs tour.

    • 62 Ladyhawke
      October 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      It would be nice if Jake “The Snarl” Tapper could wait until the GOP nominee is selected and President Obama actually starts campaigning against his opponent to focus on crowd size at rallies. This is just so silly to be comparing the crowd size from the 2008 campaign with the crowds at the American Jobs Act events. It just shows how desperate the media is to report the negative angle to every story about President Obama no matter what.

      Why should the crowd size be the issue?? Why isn’t the issue that the Republican Party is filibustering the AJA which has been endorsed by experts. There are two branches of government responsible to job creation. President Obama is doing is job. The focus should be on congress and the obstruction of the Republican Party.

      Jake is just playing look at that shiny object. Because no matter how big the crowd is, they are showing a lot of love for President Obama. And that makes the media and the GOP very uncomfortable.

      • 63 theo67
        October 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

        I didn’t hear “the snarl” reporting on the dwindling sizes of tea party events, and the number of events (especially those of palin) that had to be cancelled because there weren’t enough people. These people are so transparent now.

      • 65 anniebella
        October 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

        Ladyhawke these are good questions you ask., I would love to ask Tapper, why aren’t they asking the Republicans why they aren’t doing a dam thing. You would think these reporters are in the pockets of the Republican Party.

    • 66 ChristiMtl
      October 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Isn’t it typical of Jake Tapper though?
      He’s SO pathetic
      You guys remember this right?

      Jake Tapper | Political Punch

      Obama Nets 260,000 First-Time Donors, But Where Are the 2.7 Million Others?

      He can’t even report the facts, he always has to put his RW spin.

    • 67 anniebella
      October 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      We might as well realize these people are anti Obama and they will say anything negative about him. If the Republicans have ten people show up they will not even mention that. I have no doubt that the President can draw large crowds again when he start campaigning for 2012.

  10. October 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Chips… Could you convert the Barny Frank/Rachael video to Youtube? I’d like to tweet the video directly but I cant figure out how to do that with the VideoPress link. MSNBC’s video is too long and rambling at the beginning to tweet.


  11. October 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

    sweet tweet

    Was Obama ready for the job when he took the White House? Go ask Osama bin Laden, says David Axelrod:

  12. October 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Popular airplane ticket sales website Orbitz has been fined by the Department of Transportation for not disclosing taxes and fees on ticket prices, officials said Monday.

    The DOT fined Orbitz $60,000 for the infractions, which violate recently approved passenger protections passed by the agency that have been dubbed the Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights.

    “Consumers have a right to know the full price they will be paying for air fares,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

  13. 74 dotster3
    October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I never tire of hearing President Obama speak. It is thrilling and emotional every time.

  14. October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    This ex-repub is very good at taking down the rwnj;s and the msm.


    • 79 jacquelineoboomer
      October 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      I knew we’d eventually send our message upwards! Hope a skywriter is next!

      Look up, John, up, up, up.

  15. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Just watching LOD from last night. He actually mocked Bill Clinton for his inappropriate 65th birthday party in California. Called him the “attention-seeking former president.” And more. If Lawrence, who’s been carrying water for him for many years, is done with Bill – at least for his personal antics – I’d say stick a fork in him.

    • October 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      what did Clinton do? I don’t watch tv so not aware of his current misbehaviors .. though wouldn’t be shocked I’m sure.

    • 83 Lovepolitics2008
      October 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      I’m glad some liberal pundit finally has the guts to say it. I can recognize the good Bill Clinton has done, but he made big mistakes too. I’ve been annoyed at him for months. Tired of his pontificating in the media, presenting his solutions, with the luxury of not having to govern, and deal with the unprecedented opposition. I’m absolutely convinced that he’s very active behind the scenes and that he’s talking with a lot of his friends in the party and the media. Maybe he means well, but his constant interventioms make things twice as difficult for President Obama in his dealings with democrats.

      • 84 theo67
        October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

        Considering that President Obama is having to undo a lot of the damage done by former President Clinton, as well as former President Bush – I can’t bring myself to sing the praises of Bill Clinton, especially after seeing him steal the spotlight during President Obama’s presidency. Clinton was as much of a blustering cowboy as Bush in some ways, and some of the things he put in place did real harm to real people.

      • October 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

        I seriously doubt that Nelson and Tester voted against the AJA because of Clinton’s interventions. This is what Dems in Congress have a tendency to do when one of their own becomes President. Ask Jimmy Carter.

  16. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    The image of Mrs. Obama and Bo is priceless!

  17. 88 ChristiMtl
    October 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Another brilliant tweet from Mark Knoller

    markknoller Mark Knoller

    Pres Obama sounded like he dialed back on his campaign-style cadence today. Audience today not as fired up politically as ones yesterday.

    I really think these idiots are in competition.

    Not fired up politically???

    • October 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      I usually don’t bother with him anymore but I just had to slam him on this:

      @metaquest meta
      @markknoller AH! So he loses either way.

  18. October 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    BJ’s cole – yet another rw grifter

    Republican presidential contender Herman Cain used campaign funds to buy his own books from his motivational speaking company, Federal Election Commission records show.

    Although his autobiography was published by a division of Simon & Schuster Inc., Cain paid Stockbridge, Georgia-based T.H.E New Voice Inc. $36,511 for books. His campaign spent $4 million through Sept. 30, including more than $64,000 paid to his motivational speaking company for airfare, lodging and supplies, as well as the books.

    “They are buying my books and my pamphlets,” Cain said in an interview in between appearances in Arizona yesterday. “The campaign is buying them from T.H.E New Voice.”

    Cain’s autobiography, “This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House,” made its debut over the weekend in fourth place on the New York Times bestseller list. Cain said the sales are in compliance with FEC rules because the campaign is paying the going rate for the material.


    • 91 theo67
      October 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Shouldn’t he only write about a road to the White House when/if he ever actually arrives at his destination? And, heaven help us all if he does.

      Herman Cain’s “999” plan will raise taxes on everyone buying new goods, so as to drive a change in behavior to make people buy used goods (including used food, as it happens). But, have any of these silly media asked Herman Cain what will happen to manufacturing in this country if everyone is buying used goods, and used food? He’s a disaster.

  19. 92 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Open collared, button down shirt? Check.

    Khakis? Check.

    Brown leather oxford shoes? Check.

    I think he’s ready to go. :mrgreen:

    • October 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Those blue checked shirts—–I hope he has a stack of them. He really loves them, bless his heart. (actually I think he just doesn’t think what he wears is important and the same is the easiest. I remember Michelle saying when he was first running that he always wore the same thing, khakis and black polo style shirt, and she just kept replacing them)

  20. 94 Ladyhawke
    October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm



    Comparing the jobs plans might hurt the GOP’s feelings.

    This post from Steve Benen needs to be spread far and wide. It adds dimension to the Pew Research Report that showed the negative reporting on President Obama. In this case, it is ‘the lack of reporting’ at all that is the problem.

    The American people have a right to know how President Obama’s American Jobs Act compares to the Republican Party’s plan. The media does not have to take side, they just have to report the facts and let the chips fall where they may. But no, the facts have a liberal bias. And we all know that the GOP will make phone calls and complain to the editors and reports that they are in the tank for the Democrats. Can’t have that.

    Failing the ‘homework assignment’


  21. October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    At the Chicago HQ:

    I see they’ve added a 4th commandment!!

  22. October 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Dang. That didn’t work. Click on the http://t.co/GQRI1HoM

  23. October 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    All you really need to know about Cain is that he is one of the Koch guys.

  24. 101 Ladyhawke
    October 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm


    LRA Survivor Responds To Limbaugh: “My Heart Breaks”


    October 18, 2011 1:02 pm ET by Oliver Willis

    On Friday, Rush Limbaugh delivered a defense of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a murderous cult. Seeking to demonize President Obama for ordering 100 U.S. troops to Africa to help combat the LRA, Limbaugh told listeners that Obama had sent troops to”kill Christians in Africa.”

    Evelyn Apoko, a survivor of atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army, has recorded a video appeal to Limbaugh.



    • 104 Ladyhawke
      October 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm






      American Jobs Act :: Impact on Maine


      • 105 a4alice
        October 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        Good for you LH!

      • 106 theo67
        October 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

        Excellent – she can’t keep getting a pass for her “moderate” stance. She’s one of the three reasons why there wasn’t a bigger stimulus. She’s voted along with her GOP cohorts against nearly everything in the President’s agenda. She needs to be held just as accountable for her votes and for the slow recovery of the economy.

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