rise and shine


Some news agencies (eg Reuters) are reporting that he has died – but there is no confirmation yet.

Update: He’s dead.


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with staff while ordering pizza at Anna’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen in Hampton, Va., Oct. 19, 2011. The President and Mrs. Obama had lunch with four veterans during the stop, a part of the President’s three-day American Jobs Act bus tour. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Love this:

Thanks Meta – original video here


Woot! Thanks Meta 😉


From yesterday:



Poor Mitt …. if this is what his GOP buddies are doing to him, just wait for the 2012 campaign 😉

More here from Steve Benen on Romney v Perry

The pulled Romney ad:




A gazillion thank yous to everyone who has helped the Drive for Five (Thousand) – my eyes nearly popped out when I saw the figure this morning:

You’re a bunch of gems 😉


Tim McCarver, the Fox Sports guy, will probably be hired soon by Romney as an economic advisor – he’s, eh, really good with numbers:


246 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Morning Chips! Morning TODers!

    Looking forward to another day of wonderful happenings…possibly historic events… 🙂 🙂

  2. 2 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

    The restaurant guy LOVES his FLOTUS! That is genuine admiration that can’t be faked!!!

    October 20, 2011 at 8:08 am


  4. 5 a4alice
    October 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Holy Moly Chips – that’s fantastic! (quietly goes back to work…….) w00t

  5. October 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Two of the most beautiful and genuine couples. We are blessed to have them.

    Have a great day, everyone!!

    And P.S: PBO does not pound his chest, run around with hair on fire, but he gets the job done. If Gaddafi is captured or dead — CHECK!!

    • October 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Good morning and hugs to all – especially you, africa.

      • October 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

        Gooooood Morning….everyone…..

        been volunteering with the OFA_PA crew in conjunction with the PA State Dems to get out the vote…in the upcoming election…(NOV 8) as many of you know there usually is lower voter turnout in between Presidential elections….i have been stressing to everyone that i can…that we have to see these races as a priority as well…i remind them of the Senate and House and how the Reps have thawrted the President every step of the way…..of what has happened in State Houses across the country…the laws that have been passed ..from voter suppression to the breaking of unions…

        it has become critical to get the information out…i meet many people who do not know about the voter suppression laws…here in PA there is a law pending that will require new forms of ID….

        for me…first finding Chips blog…being part of the TODers……vibing off such an activist oriented group of men and woman has re- engergize me to become active once again….and being around the OFA folks is another jolt….hahaha…i hope i do not go into overloadd….

        Firedddddddd UP….Ready to gooooooo

        • October 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

          You’re a star prettyfoot58, it’s completely brilliant that you’ve got involved again, your spirit and determination is inspirational!

          • 11 prettyfoot58
            October 20, 2011 at 11:02 am


            but what is truly inspirational is the PASSION and the spirit and the JOY that is shown by the men and women here…

            i feel blessed to be here…

            and let me add…the laughter and enjoyment…..brings JOY to my day…

        • October 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

          Keep up the good work, pf8. Educating the voters must a real priority now.

        • October 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm

          Afternoon PF58 & TOD’ville! 😆 Keep up the good work, PF58, and IF you get overloaded, come and unload here. We can help.;)

        • 14 lilma
          October 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

          prettyfoot58, could you supply me with info. about the new voter ID law…. Would appreciate all the info you could supply me or where I can get info on it…. It’s for my mother who is 86 yrs. old and living in a senior citizen apt. complex in Philly… She involves in a ladies group and they are died hard Pres. Obama & FL Michelle Obama supporters… Any help you supply would greatly appreicate….

    • 15 desertflower
      October 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Morning, africa:)

    • 16 Mel
      October 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

      But, But The GOP will be saying that he was leading from behind, so who is next? Gaddafi is gone
      thank you Mr President you are doing an amazing job to protect us.

      • October 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

        Thank you President Obama, you are doing what you promised to do. Bit by bit, and piece by piece, day by day, you are getting things done. Thank you President Obama, you are the Man 🙂 🙂

    October 20, 2011 at 8:11 am


  7. October 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Good morning chip-
    Good news about kadafi, if true, expect to hear from President later on.

    October 20, 2011 at 8:14 am


  9. October 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Also chip,
    If you reach 50k, and I think you will, you might get to be an ambassador to someplace.
    What is your first choice?

    • October 20, 2011 at 8:18 am


      Hmm, I should really pick Ireland, Jovie, but if Dan Rooney wants to stay in the job then I’ll go for Trinidad and Tobago. Would you like to be my assistant Jovie?

      • October 20, 2011 at 8:20 am

        Lol. Yeah. What about Rome?

        • October 20, 2011 at 8:42 am

          Hmm, yeah, maybe, Rome’s an option too – although that would mean having to meet Berlusconi occasionally and I’m not sure my stomach could handle it. The best option might be for me to be appointed TOD Ambassador to the White House, I could sit at a desk in the Oval office (no, not the big one) and do my blog work. I’d promise not to listen in on meetings or phone calls. Yep, that’s the one I want!

      • October 20, 2011 at 8:26 am

        Wow, Chips,would love to have you here in Trinidad and Tobago. Just say the word and I will pick you up at the airport,anytime!
        Don’t forget,there is always the fun Carnival in late February 2012. Now, there’s an invitation!

    • October 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Chips, that TOD ambassador to the WH sounds just the thing, IMO! Then you could expand and educate an even wider audience. Come to think of it, you could then give OFA Blog some hands-on assistance.

  10. 31 mtmarilyn
    October 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. What a day yesterday. Loved all pictures and videos. Our FLOTUS is so beautiful.

    Amazing news about Ghadafi (?). I am sure Bush will get credit somewhere.

    I wish I had better news about my Sen. Tester. Please everyone keep up the pressure on him. I am doing what I can here.

    Off to work.

  11. October 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Here’s calvin & hobbes toon that nails the corporate robber barons like willard mittens.

  12. October 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Dan Pfeiffer reporting that President Obama will appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, October 25th.

    He’ll be in LA for a fundraiser hosted by Latino Hollywood.

    • 35 utaustinliberal
      October 20, 2011 at 8:37 am

      OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!!!! Are you for real. Don’t shit me right now!!!! Yes! Yes! Yes! I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove my President in all settings but particularly on talk shows. He’s the perfect guest. he’s witty, humorous, smart, a great conversationalist. He makes the whole hour lively. Please remind us again Meta. I can’t miss this. 😀

      • October 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

        I will, GF!!

        I’m not high on Leno but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PBO on late night talk shows. He’s always totally brilliant.

      • 37 hopefruit2
        October 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

        Again I have to ask utaustin, do you love your President?

        • 40 utaustinliberal
          October 20, 2011 at 8:57 am

          Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
          I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove MY President. 😀 😀

      • 45 Mel
        October 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

        The Tonight Show with PBO will be excellent, and lenno will have very high ratings that particular night
        and My latino Amigos will give a lot’s of Amor= LOVE I’am sure.

    • 46 desertflower
      October 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

      My own lttle “early birthday present”! My birthday is the 26th:) I’ll take it!

    • 58 Olivia
      October 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

      That’s my wedding anniversary!!! I know what we’re doing that night 😉

  13. 62 m
    October 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Wow, that ad against Romney looks like it’ll hurt him. I’m not one to praise negative ads, but this one seems to just tell it like it is in Romney’s own words.

  14. 63 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Rise and shine indeed. There I was watching Austan Goolsbee on Morning Joe making wonderful points about the real change the stimulus made to the economy, how PBO’s jobs bill is right for America because what we need right now is growth, growth, growth and how Kevin McCarthy (R) house whip from CA lied about the stimulus draining the economy and having no benefits – Austan was awesome as usual, actually got Joe to shut up when he hit him with fact after fact and Joe had to admit that repugs don’t have 2012 as locked up as they think they do – and BAM! Gaddafi’s been captured, injured in both legs, on the way to the hospital, dead, not dead, Reuters and BBC says he’s dead, NATO, Pentagon, State Dept. and White House can’t confirm he’s been captured let alone dead. If he has been captured or killed, then today will be a historic day indeed.

  15. October 20, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Great little clip of the owner of the roadside stand where POTUS and FLOTUS bought the pumpkins:


  16. 71 Fred
    October 20, 2011 at 8:21 am

    morning TOD family

    • 72 Fred
      October 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

      in case Gadhafi did get captured and I won’t believe it until the President;SoS Clinton or someone else at the State Dept comes out I say good riddance to horrible rubbish

  17. October 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Frank Luntz is FREAKED out over “horrific” #GOP debate, worries all the name-calling will hurt them. As if we don’t already know they’re all complete idiots.


    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      October 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

      Frank’s gravy train is going down in smoke. Ha ha ha. Maybe he’d better get a job useful to society!

  18. 75 MoObama
    October 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Some of you were discussing the MSNBC change up with LAW and ED. Here are the ratings as of
    10-17-11. I do wish Rev. Al could be moved into a later time slot but he is doing well and better than all other network competitors except FOX. I work at the VA and all TVs in the building are fixed on FOX. I noticed that at my Honda dealer and the doctor’s office. Maybe they pay for viewers. Nevertheless, keep recording and watching Al.

    Net P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
    MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS 768 192 304
    MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS 777 165 349
    MSNBC Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL 746 150 341
    MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show 867 190 400
    MSNBC Ed Show 696 137 344

    • 76 dotster3
      October 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

      Change the channel wherever you can, or ask that it be changed. I’ve changed channels across America. 🙂 Usually businesses will change the channel if you ask. Some owner puts that channel on in the morning, and there it stays, but employees don’t care. I’ve climbed up on coffee tables in motel breakfast areas to change the channel and on a chair in a car dealership waiting room and at bars waiting for a table I ask the bartender, “Do we have to watch this channel? Please, anything else” and the last place was a car wash waiting room, the cashier giving me a secret thumbs up. Be agressive.

      • 77 utaustinliberal
        October 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

        Good for you Dotster. When I patronize a business no matter how small or large it is and I see the channel on fox news, I politely tell them I don’t want to watch that channel and could they please change the channel to MSNBC (at least MSNBC has some good analysts like Martin Bashir and Rev Al) and they bring on some good experts like Joy Ann Reid of the Reid Report, Steve Kornacki, Richard Wolffe.. etc. Most customers and most employees really don’t care whats on the tv, since they’re going about their day; but I feel good that I’ve stopped the plethora of BS that fox spews and at least enlightened one mind. Sometimes customers tell me thank you because they too were tired of the crap but didn’t know how to speak up. So hey it’s worth it 😉

        • 78 Sue in Minnesota
          October 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

          I also speak up…..it’s worth the effort. Keep that toxic drivel from polluting uncritical thinking minds.

      • 79 m
        October 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

        i love hearing that dotster!

      • 80 jacquelineoboomer
        October 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

        dotster3 – Funniest story I’ve heard today. Thank you!!!!

  19. 81 donna dem 4 obama
    October 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Twitter brigade keep this Pew Research Survey in mind and handy today…

    ‎”One man running for president has suffered the most unrelentingly negative treatment of all: Barack Obama. Though covered largely as president rather than a candidate, negative assessments of Obama have outweighed positive by a ratio of almost 4-to-1. The assessments of the president in the media were substantially more negative than positive in every one of the 23 weeks studied.” –


    Don’t let the media spin this triumph today. Send it to MTP, Face the Nation, This Week, The Today Show, GMA and every other show that trouts out Republicans every time this administration accomplishes something!!!

  20. 85 MoObama
    October 20, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Sorry my chart didn’t come out well.

  21. 86 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Mark Knoller is obviously not too happy with this breaking news. He Tweets this:

    //Conflicting reports on Qaddafi captured or killed in Libya. US officials at WH and State unable to confirm Qaddafi’s status. //

  22. October 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Willard Romney: there’s no “there” there.

    Have a great day, everyone 😛 !

  23. October 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I just saw a pretty graphic photo of the capture of Gaddafi at the Guardian.

  24. October 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Kadafi photo on afp website. Pretty gory!

  25. 93 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I saw on twitter a reported pic of the wounded Kaddafi. Don’t know if it’s legit but he looks alive in that pic. I won’t post it here because the image is graphic and I don’t know if it’s accurate.

  26. October 20, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I bet the President is in the situation room this morning!
    NATO is reporting that they hit 3 armored vehicles paving the way forward for the rebels.
    Also, CNN says that NATO is recomending that their involvement cease!

  27. 95 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2011 at 8:42 am

    That’s a pretty gory picture. AFP has it and Morning Joe is showing it. It was taken on a Libyan rebel’s cell phone.

  28. 96 dotster3
    October 20, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Cell phone photo now being shown of a dead Gadhafi, unconfirmed.

  29. 97 ChristiMtl
    October 20, 2011 at 8:42 am

    On twitter: No American soldiers have been killed during this Libyan conflict. Props to @BarackObama & @UN

    Bravo President Obama….this is smart foreign policy.

    What a difference between this and Iraq,…

    To think that Cheney wanted to invade Iran as well……or imagine if McCain was president.


    I will never forget that Romney ”the moderate” highly admires Cheney.

    He said he Wants Someone Like Dick Cheney For Vice-President

    Anyone who admires that evil war criminal is NO moderate.

    • October 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Not only ..not a moderate but damn stupid. But, that’s whichmitt..never encountered a drooling pandering moment he would pass.

  30. 99 Me4obama
    October 20, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Morning TODVille, is this a BFD or what? Trying to catch up.

  31. October 20, 2011 at 8:51 am

    This is a good development if Gaddafi has been captured – looking forward to hearing it from President Obama or SOS Clinton if this is true.

    When did this happen? Been a bit out of it the last day or two as Dad was rushed into hospital with heart problems yesterday morning so been a bit preoccupied.hoping he wil be ok. Please those of us who are inclined to pray, could you pray for his recovery. I don’t like to ask or be a pain but it would mean a lot to me. Sorry I m not making much sense and loads of typos but it was a big shock ot me as he always been so healthy. Thanks, love yo all.

  32. 122 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Will Dennis Kucinich impeach the President now?

    • 123 ChristiMtl
      October 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Good point……….and what about Glenn Greenwald? Michael Moore?….what will be their problem with this?

      They are so transparent.

      • October 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

        Exclusive preview of Greenwald’s reaction:

        “OMG! OMG! Like, Obama’s totally a MURDERER!! Yes, yes, I know he didn’t technically kill the misunderstood Gaddafi (RIP), but he has a little bit of blood sort of indirectly on his hands. MURDERER!! OMG! OMG! Will be back with 986 updates very soon, have to attend Koch brothers’ meeting and do some promotional work on my new book, ‘OMG! I LIKE TOTALLY HATE OBAMA!’.”

    • 126 Fred
      October 20, 2011 at 8:55 am

      Kucinich can go find something to choke on Hope 🙄 and good morning to you my friend 😉

    • October 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      More importantly to Dennis..will his fundraising on Impeaching the President DRY UP NOW?!

  33. October 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

    On twitter- just in-Dennis Kucinich will be going to Gadaffi funeral!

  34. October 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

    This is such huge news about Gaddafi. All the naysayers against the president’s decision to provide US air support to Libya can take a hike. Libyan people are freed from a horrific tyrant and mass murderer. Good for them, good for the world, and good for PBO.

    That stop at the outdoor market won a lot of hearts. The owner was great, although I would have been a blubbering puddle by then. I am so proud of our president. Imagine any of the right-wing candidates being this natural among real people. And the Obamas don’t just patronize people and let “the staff” pay (or, not, as in the case of the Hilary entourage stiffing waitresses of their tips). They get right into the spirit, enjoy the products being sold, and pay from their pockets. I think the Obamas feel really liberated when they’re out among people and love doing ordinary, every day things.

    Also if anyone ever again mentions that PBO had an overwhelming Democratic majority to work with, you need only refer them to the irrational nonsense Joe Lieberman is tweeting on the jobs bill. And Tester and Nelson are Democrats only in the most tangential way. The D’s after their names add to the “sense” of a majority, but their voting record does not. I don’t even try to be polite to people who push this overwhelming majority theme at me, I just shove the facts at them. Let THEM work with idiots like Tester, Nelson, Lieberman (and don’t forget Max Baucus) and see what they get done. It’s a miracle we had got the Recovery Act passed, DADT, Health Care, and Financial Reform, not to mention accomplishments as long as several arms. My newest comeback: ” I stand with George Clooney. I’m disappointed in people who are disappointed in the president.”

    • 136 utaustinliberal
      October 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Concur with everything you expressed Jackie. Couldn’t have said it better. Might have to adopt George Clooney’s sentiments also.

    • 138 FiredUpInCA
      October 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

      “I’m disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama, quite honestly, I am,” he said on ABC News Now’s “Popcorn with Peter Travers” before today’s release of “The Ides of March.”Democrats eat their own. Democrats find singular issues and go, ‘Well, I didn’t get everything I wanted.’ I’m a firm believer in sticking by and sticking up for the people whom you’ve elected.

      “If he was a Republican running, because Republicans are better at this,” Clooney continued, “they’d be selling him as the guy who stopped 400,000 jobs a month from leaving the country. They’d be selling him as the guy who saved the auto-industry. If they had the beliefs, they’d be selling him as the guy who got rid of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ who got Osama bin Laden. You could be selling this as a very successful three years.”

      Vid of Clooney and Popcorn with Pete Travers at link..


  35. 143 anniebella
    October 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I just love that video of the owner of that store talking about the Obamas. How real they are.

  36. 148 Titti
    October 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Daffi dead, apparently he was found in a hiding in a hole. What is it with dicatators and holes?

  37. 151 Ladyhawke
    October 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Is there enough popcorn available to get us through the GOP primaries??

    That Rick Perry ad going after “Mitt Leading” is devastating and it’s going to leave a mark. It’s negative and very effective. They got an awful lot of damaging details out in just 60 seconds. Clearly, from Steve Benen’s post, the Romney team is getting nervous. What a difference a debate makes. The Cain 999 plan has been totally eviscerated and Perry rattled Romney. It will be fascinating to see how the polls change after last Tuesday’s debate. The debate next Tuesday will probably require helmets and boxing gloves.

  38. October 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD Family in Phoenix fired the Rig Up heading to Houston and turn it back over to my son and let him ride.Chips my buddies said that if you need a bunch of rigs to help you move to your Ambassadorship we will show all loud and dew.YOU all have a great day got to ride will check in later.

    • 155 desertflower
      October 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Wish I would’ve known you were in Phoenix ahead of time! We could’ve had a little “meet up”! Safe travels.wes….

      • October 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

        Desertflower I would have if I knew you were near the FLYING J TRAVEL PLAZA I rolled in at 1 o’clock in the morning grabbed a nap and coffee did the logs to stay out of trouble with powers that be who think Truckers are all a bunch of redneck dummies.The fact that we are the small business owners Our President is always trying to help in every way He can.I will fight and drive or what ever it takes to keep him 4 more years.Also next time I’m in the area will post it online to the TOD family. I plan letting my son take another break in about 7 weeks for Christmas Shopping with his family and I’ll leave the office and be on the road and see where I go then.So thanks to all

        • 157 desertflower
          October 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

          Well….I’m not actually near the Flying J 🙂 If you own your rig, maybe you could put up a little banner….you travel ALL over the place, and lots of people would see it….just a thought. You are a wonderful warrior for this President. Bet that you’d start a lot of conversations that way! You could educate the masses! Safe travels:)

          • October 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

            Desertflower,Thank you so much for your idea about the banner.Let me tell you a little story about the road I did put stickers on my Rig back when the President was running for office back in 07& 08 well me and may insurance company had to repair about $22,000 dollars worth of vandalism done to the rig in truck stops and other places.So naturally the insurance company would protect it’s self first and fight every claim even though I pay $2,800 per month in premiums for the last 2 years.So they would pay after a fight but then they came back with a rider to the policy a new deductible of $25,000 or new premiums of $5.000 per month.So my sons and other drivers in my small outfit we will fight even harder for Our President from the inside out and online and everyday talking but our business because we travel in so many different surroundings and for my loving Wife not to go to jail when some of those right wing nuts on the road can’t have a discussion and loose the point then go out a damage property.That is why brought my laptop just to keep up and not stop the fight for that which is right for us all.I know this was long but that is a truckers life sometimes when you get in certain groups and everyone knows what I mean.

            • 159 jacquelineoboomer
              October 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

              Happy trails and safe travels! My son’s a trucker, and I always say that most people in our country don’t know that just about everything we own or buy has come to us via a truck! You folks keep our country running, and I’m also glad you personally are in the driver’s seat when it comes to supporting our President!

    • October 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Ha, thank you Wesley! Have a perfect day 😉

    • October 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Bet you the presidents next bus trip will be in that area of Phoenix and Colorado and Nevada.

  39. October 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

    WaPo’s Glenn Kessler, who hasn’t been shy about criticizing Dems, demolishes Senate GOP’s jobs plan:

    The GOP’s ludicrous claim about their jobs bill


    Please circulate on FB, email, twitter, etc.

  40. October 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Julie Mason says the President is exhausted and had to be helped down to the situation room.
    He later took the advice of his joints chiefs and now has a walker, to help him get around!

  41. October 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Good morning TODers. Chips, what a fabulous thread this is. I am absolutely giddy! My computer has been alerting me that my battery needs to be replaced, so I am not spending too much time on it until I can go get a new one. HOPE it is true that Gaddafi is captured or dead.

  42. 175 Ladyhawke
    October 20, 2011 at 9:33 am


    This has to be the clearest indication yet that the flawless roll out of the American Jobs Act and taking it directly to the American people is working. President Obama has basically said to the GOP “Enough is Enough”. You don’t have to answer to me for sabotaging the economic recovery and blocking job creation, you have to answer to the American people and your own constituents.


    Spend enough time around Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and you’ll learn a few things about him. He’s the most disciplined GOP leader on the Hill, and one of its savviest. His devious parliamentary tactics have been a cornerstone of the GOP strategy to thwart the Democratic agenda, of which he was the key architect.

    But he rarely loses his cool.

    That’s why his acid-tongued attack on President Obama Tuesday came as such a surprise — and, perhaps, an indication that Obama’s campaign against the GOP for blocking his jobs bill is working.



    • October 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

      2 votes Friday in 2 parts of jobs bill.

      One of them, the republicans support!

    • 178 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

      We need to put this turtle up on a fencepost and leave him there 👿

      • 179 Sue in Minnesota
        October 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

        Be sure to turn him over on his shell. (Disclaimer: I am not cruel to animals, so to turtles all over the world I mean you no harm. Just would like to see this ‘Master of Mayhem’ squirm…alot!

        Mabel better not clutch his pearls so tightly the string will break 😉

    • 182 FiredUpInCA
      October 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Thanks for the link to this. For someone who is supposed to be the most disciplined GOP messenger on the Hill, McConnell seems to have made a very big slip up and I hope that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz can use it in an ad somehow:

      “He owned the Congress for the first two years. They did everything he wanted. Everything. The only thing they forgot to do — I don’t know why they overlooked this — they forgot to raise taxes.”

      That one slip up undermines the entire foundation of Tea Party movement, which held their first protest on April 15, 2009 — the day of the largest tax break in American history for the middle class. It undermines the current ads running, that were produced by Karl Rove’s American Crossroads,suggesting President Obama wants to raise taxes on the middle class.

      I would love to see and ad of Mitch McConnell running opposite these Karl Rove ads:

      ‘Sometimes in the heat of the moment even career politicians tell the truth:

      “He owned the Congress for the first two years. They did everything he wanted. Everything. The only thing they forgot to do — I don’t know why they overlooked this — they forgot to raise taxes.”

      • 183 JoJothecat
        October 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

        Yep, these GOP fools are doing a great job getting the President re-elected. They have unleashed the “tiger” and he is starting to eat at their prey. That TPM site usually has a majority of anti-obama comments, there are mostly positive comments and negative comments about the GOP.

      • 184 desertflower
        October 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

        That one statement of truth will be their undoing! Holy crap.That needs to be plastered all over the place from now until election day! Turtle just stabbed himself in his cold, uncaring heart.Let his hate get in the way…couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow.

      • October 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

        I sent this straight to Twitter and posted it on my FB page with the comment that McConnell finally admits that the GOP was lying when they’ve been saying that PBO increased taxes. Many of my FB “friends” are southern “conservatives” who revere the GOP. I’m hoping to rattle their cages and open their eyes to the fact that they’re being manipulated by shysters like McConnell because they keep repeating the words, “I’m pro-life,” and “I hate gays.”

    • 186 utaustinliberal
      October 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Thanks for this ladyhawke. Just tweeted it to @McConnellPress. Awesome!

  43. 188 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    When are they going to start saying “Obama kept us safe?”

    ….maybe I shouldn’t hold my breath…. 🙄

    • October 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

      People will remember this when going into the voting booth. Trust me!

      • 190 PoliticalJunkessa
        October 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

        They better!

        To think how much the Bush syncophants crowd about him protecting the country after he botched just about every foreign policy issue and 9/11 happened on his watch — it boggles the mind that this brilliant President can’t get props for his mastery.

      • October 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

        I was sooooo surprised when I logged on to MSN today and read that Gaddafi was dead, but I was even MORE surprised at some of the comments following the post because they were very positive and pro-Obama and definitely not what I usually find on MSN posts having anything to do with PBO. Some were even saying that they would definitely be voting Obama in 2012!!!

  44. 192 AnitaW
    October 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Video clip of the Orchard owner was wonderful. He was such a bubbly, happy person. I can’t wait until POTUS really starts to campaign. He will demolish that android Mitt Leading.

  45. October 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Greece has received it’s second bailout.

    Thank Heavens!

  46. October 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Interesting quote from Steve Jobs that I thought I’d share:

    “When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.” ~ Wired, February 1996

  47. October 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed eliminating a 3.8 percent tax on the investment income of upper-income wage earners, which was approved last year in order to help pay for the healthcare law.

    “We should not pile more taxes on the backs of working families and job creators,” Cornyn said Wednesday. “This will not help create jobs and will not make the tax code more pro-growth.”


    • 201 57andFemale
      October 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I loathe them. Every effing one of them.

      Of course what field is a growth field in the U.S., with a built-in demand if people could have access to the product? Health care.


  48. 202 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

    They have started to drag out the GOP “foreign policy” advisers. . . GRASSLEY (SP)????

    • 203 hopefruit2
      October 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

      You can smell “d-e-s-p-e-r-a-t-i-o-n” a mile away when Chuck Grassley is being trotted out by the media as the foreign policy expert!

    • 206 Fred
      October 20, 2011 at 10:14 am

      I really hope the White House gets confirmation one way or the other so that if Gadhafi is truly dead so that the President comes out and owns this.He was bashed by the Left and the Right yet he stood firm and did the right thing.

      Bush’s cronies yet again (boy do I love saying that 😀 ) will parade on tv to somehow claim this as another “victory” for the Bush failed doctrine

      Democrats needs to be on every network as well

  49. 207 Don
    October 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

    First it was Bin Laden, and now Khaddafy. Just once I’d like to wake up in the morning without hearing about one of President Obama’s enemies getting killed. And don’t think for one second that President Obama didn’t know about what was going down while he was somewhere in Virginia picking out pumpkins for Halloween.

    • October 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Don I as a VET take exception to your statement in this respect these guys who are killed are enemies of the United States not The enemies of President Obama.Next he is carrying out His OATH OF OFFICE TO SERVE AND PROTECT AGAINST BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.If you don’t to read about it stop reading because this President is going to do his job come HELL OR HIGH WATER.

      • 209 Don
        October 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

        Wesleya17, I respect your service to this country. I would never do anything or say anything to dishonor that service. I have two brothers and a father that served in the military. I apologize if you felt I was trying to bring dishonor, I assure you that was not my attempt. I was being sarcastic with my comment about President Obama and his enemies. Please accept my apologies.

        • October 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

          Don, I truly accept your apology ,it is just when I was in war the feeling was the CIC didn’t care about the body bags coming back as much as Our President Obama.It is like his mind set is you hurt my boys I’m going to find you and that is the end.And when you see it done as a x fighting man you go to Hell and back and back this man who has your back.That is all Don sorry if I sounded so hard it just hit a nerve.

          • 211 Don
            October 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

            Thank you Wesleya, I’m so glad you responded. I have the utmost respect for your service to this country, I should have thought more before I made my comment. Thanks for being so understanding.

    • 212 FiredUpInCA
      October 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

      *Put on his most earnest foreign policy pundit face*

      ‘I think what we can see today, with the capture and death of Muammar Quaddafi, is the full flowering of Ronald Reagan’s successful strategy to isolate Quaddaffi and nurture a budding democracy, when he bombed a tent in the 1980s. We can attribute the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, death of Osama bin Laden and elimination of scores of Al Quaeda lieutenants to the strategically brilliant initiative of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, when they started a war in Iraq. If you’re President Barack Obama, you have to be grateful to be born in the right place at the right time, in order to inherit the benefits of the nuanced bombing decisions of your predecessors.”

    • October 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

      The people are taking matters into their own hands because brutal dictators have murdered thousands of their own people and stolen billions, leaving their citizens in hunger and poverty for generations.

  50. October 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

    DALLAS (Reuters) – First Solar Inc does not expect any delay in the completion of its massive Topaz solar power project in California despite not having clinched a U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee to finance it.

    The U.S. solar company is in advanced talks with several potential buyers for the project, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

    “We have been pleasantly surprised that it was not a single party that we were able to sit at the table with, which for that size project was fantastic,” Jim Lamon, senior vice president of engineering, procurement and construction, said in an interview.

  51. 215 ChristiMtl
    October 20, 2011 at 10:14 am

    If there’s someone I can’t stand in the media is Dylan Ratigan, he’s an hypocrite and has been bashing President Obama from day one,.

    Nice video,

    The man in the video is 100% right, he’s a fraud.

    Video- MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan gets yelled at visiting Occupy Wall Street


    • 216 FiredUpInCA
      October 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Did you see in the video who was running interference and shushing the protestor for Dylan Ratigan? None other than ex-GOP, Bush voter and PL hero Cenk Uygur.

    • 218 donna dem 4 obama
      October 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

      I’m sharing this one everywhere!

      Thanks ChristiMtl

    • 219 hopefruit2
      October 20, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Christi! This video is PRICELESS, and I’m glad that someone had the guts to expose that FRAUD and call him out for who he really is!!!

      Ratigan is NO hero.

    • 221 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Can’t view the video at the moment, but I’m so glad this fraud is being called out. Why do these clowns think they can go down to OWS and pull the wool over their eyes. People may say the movement is unfocused, but I think it’s working just fine. At the very least, these people are waking up to what’s really been going on in the economic system and how it’s robbed all of us.

      They sit up on these cable “financial news” networks and basically carry water for corporations and their bogus ratings and stock prices with loud, screaming headlines and busy, oversaturated screens worshipping greed and deceiving the masses. I hope all these jokers get run out on a rail. 👿

    • October 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

      wow, the dude totally nailed that pretend left yeller.

      “He is not a journalist, he is a capitalist posing as a journalist. We don’t anymore of that. We have had enough of them.”

      cenk doing guard duty for ratigan ? roflamo.

  52. October 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Hey chip,
    Dick Halperin headlines on kadafi-



  53. October 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

    That bill white video made my day. People of every kind become putty in their hands. I am glad he is doing this tour instead sitting in DC getting frustrated at do-nothing congress.

  54. 226 Fred
    October 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

    VIDEO: ( VERY graphic) of possibly Gadhafi’s dead body


  55. October 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Al Jazeerqa live stream showing death photo

  56. 228 57andFemale
    October 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I admit I have not been as connected or active as I should be lately — I have responsibilities to meet and I’ve unhappily needed to prioritize. I always contact my congress critters on important votes and topics. I have not had the time to explore how twitter works (I honestly still don’t get it). But I’m trying to catch up on my reading.

    Here’s a post from TPV yesterday that appears to have Democratic soundbites written all over it: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/10/dick-fuld-and-gopconservative-attack-on.html

    Our task is that a full 40% of Americans believe the lies, believe what’s easy. Donald Trump yesterday was absolutely stunning: Cain’s plan is simple, so it’s good. No, it actually sucks and cannot remain as it is, but as a political tool, it’s effective. TPV Americans have dangerously short attention spans (when it comes to their world or their government, not when it comes to new iPhones or the World Series). It’s not enough to say, “They lie!” but come back with instant, potent soundbites that cut to the core of the lie.

    The TPV post referenced above shows a picture of an OWS protester holding a big sign explaining what Wall St. has done. It’s amusing. But the “Other People’s Money” meme has potential for being distilled into something that can be used against Republican/conservative lies, because Americans do not understand what Wall St. and the banksters did.

  57. 230 Ladyhawke
    October 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

    GOP JOB CREATION (What a joke.)

    And the media continues to carry water for the GOP. They act like there is only one branch of government (EXECUTIVE BRANCH) that is responsible for governing and job creation. The GOP has a majority in the House of Representatives (LEGISLATIVE BRANCH), but you would never know it from the feckless reporting of our media. They have failed the American people miserably. It’s a disgrace.

    Check out this amazing website below. Read it and weep for our country. It’s up to us to get the word out. Twitter brigade, you know what to do. http://www.republicanjobcreation.com/


    Shortly after gaining the House of Representatives in 2010 the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, made the welcome claim that the primary purpose of the Republican Party was to increase employment. His exact words were:

    “We’re going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs.”

    The following, therefore, is a chronological list of legislative activities by the GOP beginning 2-10-2011. I’m sorry to report that none, so far, have resulted in a single new job being created in America.

    (Note: I began this list as sort of a joke. That it has reached its currently imposing length without one anecdotal citation of new employment is astonishing.)

    (1) Attempted curtailing of abortion rights.

    (2) Attempted defunding of Planned Parenthood.

    (3) Attempted defunding of NPR.

    (4) Investigating Muslims.

    (5) Declaring English as America’s Official Language.

    (6) Reaffirming “In God We Trust”. Yawn.

    (7) 3-28-2011: Challenging AARP’s tax-exempt status.

    (8) 4-1-2011: Approved defunct funding for failed religious schools.

    (9) 4-6-2011: Attempt to destroy Medicaid.

    (10) 4-8-2011: Attempt to destroy Planned Parenthood.

    (11) 4-11-2011: Planning on shutting down the government

    (12) 4-13-2011: Attempt to destroy the EPA.

    (13) 4-15-2011: Attempting to eliminate financial counseling.



    Note: I saw this link posted in the comments section at the following post at TPM this morning.


    • 231 Tulips
      October 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

      This needs to be tweeted and go viral. proof of Gop trying to destroy America

    • 232 L3
      October 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Ladyhawke, don’t forget the debt ceiling debacle which could have brought down the world economy, not to mention the destruction to our country and its reputation.

      • 233 Ladyhawke
        October 20, 2011 at 11:15 am


        Tell it L3.

        October 2011 is starting to look like the month when the American people finally woke up. The combination of the roll out of the American Jobs Act and the Occupy Wall Street protests has the GOP back on it’s heels. The American people are with President Obama and there are polls to prove it.

        And Mitch McConnell has the audacity to slam President Obama for taking his jobs plan directly to the American people?? Somebody needs to tell Mitch that this is a participatory democracy. President Obama is doing exactly what he should be doing.

        Mitch made it clear that his goal was to make President Obama a one term president. His goal wasn’t job creation, it was to take down our president. So now he thinks he can blame President Obama for the sluggish economy and high unemployment? Unbelievable.

        Again I ask, where is the media. They should be ashamed of themselves. They are afraid to compare the AJA with the GOP plan because the AJA makes the GOP plan look like a coloring book. They are afraid to report the facts because the facts will make the GOP look bad. How pathetic is that??

  58. 234 Ladyhawke
    October 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Minority Leader Pelosi Statement on Social Security COLA

    October 19, 2011

    Democrats created Social Security, and we will protect it.”


    San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Social Security Administration announced that, starting in January 2012, Social Security beneficiaries will see their first Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) in three years:

    “Social Security is a bedrock promise to our seniors: that after a lifetime of work, Americans would know some small measure of protection in retirement. Increases in the Social Security COLA are central to keeping that promise – helping seniors face the rising costs of basic necessities like food and housing. With today’s announcement, America’s seniors will once again receive this critical assistance.

    “For two years, seniors have gone without a COLA, threatening their economic security in the midst of the economic downturn. During this time, Democrats tried repeatedly to fill this gap; yet, at every turn, Republicans opposed any action, choosing to deny our seniors this vital lifeline of stability and support.

    “For today’s seniors and for generations to come, we must reaffirm our fundamental commitment: to preserve and strengthen Social Security, not privatize it; to maintain this pillar of economic security, not undermine it. Democrats created Social Security, and we will protect it.”


  59. 236 desertflower
    October 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

    A twofer…http://twitter.com/#!/jrug/status/127025938876743680 Daffy’s son(heir apparent) dies in airstrike a few days ago.

  60. 238 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Mark Knoller is such as concern troll. He tweets:

    // Secy Clinton went on to say about the early reports on Qadaffi that the report was unconfirmed and “we’ve had a bunch of these before.” //

  61. 239 Fred
    October 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

    enjoy 😀

    Video: Clinton, Afghan President Laugh At Herman Cain’s Foreign Policy Remarks


  62. 240 halo
    October 20, 2011 at 11:14 am


  63. 242 donna dem 4 obama
    October 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Where was Maxine Waters this weekend when we were out there marching for jobs?

    Roland Marting just tweeted this:


    I blasted him @rolandsmartin So talking loud & doing nothing is impressive to U. Where is @MaxineWaters jobs plan. What is she doing to get the AJA passed.

    These so-called “pioneers” are just a big bag of hot air riding around on things they did in the past. I am about sick of her and those who think she is all that. Roland is caught up in the history of this woman because she isn’t doing a damn thing today to help her constituents except embarass them with all her ethics issues.

  64. October 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Priorities the Dem superpac just released this video. I love it. Lets spread it around

  65. October 20, 2011 at 11:25 am

    You’re exceptionally chatty today, people – excellent!

    New thread here:


  66. October 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Just GREAT Chipsticks.

    Your “rise and shine” reminded me of my son, who was witty even as a very little kid. I would wake him up with “rise and shine” and he would say, “LOW and DIM”.

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