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catch ya later

This schedule could change if the President topples another dictator – which is highly possible.

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Hiya people, have to go out for a few hours, but will be back later to catch up. Chat away 😉


307 Responses to “catch ya later”


  1. October 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

    93 year old woman puts Cantor and Wall Street on notice.
    this video just made my day
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/10/93-year-old-woman-puts-cantoe-and-wall.html

  2. 4 utaustinliberal
    October 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Syria’s Assad must be getting mighty nervous right about now.

    • 5 jacquelineoboomer
      October 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Yes, some of the others should be planning their exit strategy. Unfortunately, as a commentator said yesterday, these “examples of what could happen” generally don’t affect the other dictators, who think they are invincible.

    • October 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      “This schedule could change if the President topples another dictator”- i suggest mitch Mclipless as a prime suspect.

  3. October 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

    McDonalds to open 1200 new stores this year!

  4. 8 Tulips
    October 21, 2011 at 11:30 am

    President obama is writing personal checks to ppl who is writing him with hardship. This country treats him like a dog. I am so emotional and frustrated with what he has to go thru

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      October 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      A friend just emailed that story to me from HuffPo. He certainly walks the walk, doesn’t he? I credit his somewhat hippie mother (I’m of her generation) for his good soul!

    • October 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Tulips I feel your frustration. What a man. President Obama is such a good kind and caring man he does not deserve being treated the way he is by some. You have a rare and precious gem in your President and it does not surprise me that he writes personal checks to some in need. Those who call him aloof and unfeeling should go get an eye exam! They are truly blind to his beautiful qualities but I guess that there are none so blind as those who refuse to see. It breaks my heart to see the way he is abused and vilified but it only makes me MORE determined to fight hard for him. There are many many more people both in the US and world wide who LOVE him completely.

      • 11 dotster3
        October 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

        He has a big heart, that is for sure. I’m wondering if he will be deluged with people seeking help after this story gets out. And I get furious at the people who receive a heartfelt response from Obama and then try to sell it. Taking advantage of his good intentions and compassion. Ugh. Yucky people.

    • October 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      And I hear ya’ Tulips, and feel ya’ too, but just continue to pray for our Beloved President. The Almighty has PBO back. Chin up my Friend, better days are ahead 🙂

    • 13 JoJothecat
      October 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      President Barack Obama is kind, decent, and over qualified person in the WH that we have had in decades. There is NO DO-OVER if he does not get re-elected. This is not a situation Americans can wait four years to get rid of a Repub President who puts us in more wars, more debit, and surfdom. We must do all we can to get him re-elected or we are doomed.

  5. October 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

    European Finance Leaders debating 1.3 Trillin euros rescue plan.

    That would do it. On we’d.

    Keep fingers crossed, this is the amount we need.

    Markets ate way up on this anticipation!

  6. 15 Me4obama
    October 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/president-obama-has-written-personal-checks-to-letter-writers-in-need-author-says/ OMG. This is so freaking un believable. Please read and cry with me. PBO has the biggest heart in the world.

    • 16 Lorraine
      October 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      It brings new meaning to the phrase, “I feel your pain,” Mr. President you are simply the best, better than all the rest.

      • 17 isonprize
        October 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

        And it’s not some newfound character strength. He’s been doing stuff like this all of his life. Remember the story of the lady who didn’t have the money to ship stuff overseas to her new life with her new husband? Barack Obama gave her the $$ right there at the airport. And as I remember the story, he really didn’t have a whole bunch of money to give.

        I always think of blackwaterdog’s tagline at the top of her (on hiatus) “The Only Adult in the Room” blog.

        “He’s got a backbone like a ramrod, a brain bigger than his skull and a heart that just keeps beatin’” (Joe Biden)

        I love this president to pieces!! (And remember, he quit smoking during all of this mess!! What a guy!!!)

    • October 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      This is beautiful Me4Obama. What a heart he has. He doesn’t need soundbites to tell people that he cares, his actions speak so much louder than words.

      Just when I think I couldn’t love him more than I do he amazes me again with his kindness, compassion and empathy.

      • October 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        Lord God, I just want to thank you for Our Beloved President Obama. Father God, I just want to praise you for this wonderful gift of a President, unlike we’ve never seen or heard of before. Thank you Lord for sending him our way. We are so grateful for your good works. Thank you Lord Jesus In your precious name. Father God I pray that you will give us the Faith that we need to keep him In Office. Lord God, I pray thaat People will see your GOOD Works, and Glorify you, who Is In Heaven. Thank you Lord Jesus, In your precious name. Lord God I see all the good that our President Is doing for your People, and It just makes me tear, and weep. They are tears of joy, but tears of sadness, because he’s being mistreated. Lord It just seems that the more good, that he does, the more our enemies mistreat him. But Lord God, I got too much Faith to turn back now. Lord I just believe that everything Is going to be all right. Lord I just believe that you are going to bring us Out of this messed up world. Father God, help us to keep the faith that you will deliver us from all this evil Amen. Excuse me TODers, i just felt the need to pray, be blessed each of you 🙂

    • 23 anniebella
      October 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      I wonder if that heartless turtle looking McConnell, or Canter, or Boehner is sending anyone who is struggling a check to help them out. Hell No those SOBs aren’t.

    • 25 Obama Grandmama
      October 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      That President Obama is empathetic and writes checks to some of the people who write him does not surprise me as we know his character by now. What does surprise me is that Jake Tapper wrote the positive article.

    • 27 Mel
      October 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Yes it’s so freaking un believable. I wish I could do the same my heart goes out to this President, and when I hear all this hate
      against him it makes very upset. And it’s so Unfucking believable the alll the Republicanas are given credit
      to the French and British for the succsses in Lybia and taking down Gaddafi preventin a Genocide, but NOT to PBO
      and our Military men and Wamen who took the lead to go into Lybia. The republicans are the real treat to ourCountry
      They pretend to care for our men and Women in the Military, but the reality they do NOT give a SHIT about them.
      John MaSane should STFU all ready he is a piss of crap a so call-hero? my ass.

      • October 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

        During the 2008 election whenever something was said negative about Candidate Obama, I would go to the Obama for America web site and make another contribution. I hope that I am able to do that again during this election. I am supporting his campaign and the Democrats whenever I get solicited. I hope that I am always able to give at least something, just like I do my bills, LOL. Electing good candidate is an obligation, too.

    • 29 JoJothecat
      October 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Besides contributing to his campaign through folks here and directly, we should all send a note of “Thanks” to PBO for stepping up to do this job, for all that he does of EVERYONE throughout the world, and the gratitude to his family for putting up with the whole time. Yeah, they are living in the lap of luxury, but still, Mrs. Obama/Mrs. Robinson has to hear the nastiest things about this caring man and although Malia is 13yrs old, she is aware of the nastiness that they are saying about their dad and she knows it is not true. If adults like us hate hearing it, it must sting when a child hears it. That’s my challenge to the group…it does not have to be long, just a short note saying “Thank you” and “4 four years, please”.

  7. October 21, 2011 at 11:39 am

    If you want to understand more about how Latinos feel about Marco Rubio, this pretty much explains the whole deal:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/has-marco-rubio-sold-out/2011/07/08/gIQATUKR4H_story.html?wpisrc=nl_politics

    What I see in him is a follower, not a leader. It’s completely empty and hollow for the GOP to try and trumpet his ethnicity as a guard against criticism because his VALUES are extremely right-wing and self-serving. He doesn’t care about people. He cares about his career. And he’s being used to the hilt and doesn’t seem to care.

    • October 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      This article you reference suggests that he isn’t being received well in the Southwest at all. The article goes on to challenge the idea that Rubio is viable as a politician at all, and certainly not the big scary boogie man that I keep reading about on blogs.

      • 32 itgurl_29
        October 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

        Republicans seem to think that Florida Cuban Latinos are representative of all Latinos, when in fact, their politics are a tiny minority amongst Latino voters. And even younger FL Cubans are not voting republican at the same percentage as their parents and grandparents. Repubs can’t see beyond the Latino retirement communities of South Florida when it comes to Latinos. Their ignorance will cost them in the end. In fact, I hope they do put Rubio on the ticket. That would be as hilarious as putting Clarence Thomas on the ticket and thinking they’d win over black voters.

        • 35 JoJothecat
          October 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

          My sweet, kind, lovely neighbors or Cuban and came to the USA over 40yrs ago. They are very Republican and are not for PBO. I slowly tell them all that he is doing for Americans. I tell them that the Repubs wants to get get rid of SS which they live on almost 100%. All their older cuban friends are Repubs and they listen to them, however, their son is not and a big Obama supporter. My goal is to win them over 2012.

          • October 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

            My 80 year old Cuban mother is a Democrat. Then again, she was also in the garment workers’ union in NYC when I was growing up. I remember a couple of strikes she was in. We’re very atypical among our extended family.

      • 37 Aquagranny911
        October 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

        Tien, many Latinos here in the Southwest see Cubans as having gotten a “free ride” to US and citizenship while those from Mexico and South America struggle for their own selves and relatives to have the same favor. The Repugnants have been so busy making them the scapegoats for all our ills and passing horrible laws like in AZ and recently in Alabama. Rubio is a Cubano and a Republican, two strikes against him.

        • October 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

          I agree. I argue—gently—with my extended family as to why we deserve expedited entry to the US while the Chinese—who also live under a communist dict5atorship—don’t. They never have an answer.

    • 39 57andFemale
      October 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      As a friend of mine who is an immigrant from Chile said, “Cubans do not represent the Latino community and have to stop acting like their far right wing ways are the only ways for Latinos to act.”

    • 41 Mel
      October 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      I am a American Latino and Rubio is nothing but a lap dog for the GOP he is told what to do
      he does care a bout the Latino comunities it’s about him and his family he thinks he has made it
      and for the rest of the latinos you are on your fucking own.

      • 42 Aquagranny911
        October 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        Me too. Cubans have a long history of supporting GOP. Many blamed JFK and Dems for the failed Bay of Pigs. Also they saw Repugnants as “harder on Communism” than the Democrats so they have remained GOP. Maybe there will be some change among younger Cuban voters but the elders will probably hold the hard Right line.

        I’ve also been reading that Rubio’s parents came to US two or three years before Castro came to power which is not what he originally said. Imho, Rubio is another Herman Cain for the Repugs because they think all POC are stupid, easily led and duped. Won’t they be so surprised when most POC vote overwhelmingly for PBO!

  8. 46 LOL
    October 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH…Michele “Make Barack Obama a One Termer” Bachman’s PAID staffers in NH Quit…all of them. Happy FRIDAY:)

  9. 52 carolyn
    October 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Re: Rubio et al of his ilk…great Republican hopes….I firly believe all of the will deal themselve out in the next year. Each will be seen as so flawed, they won’t have a chance. They can’t seem to help themselves doing stupid things.
    We were just in New Hampshire, and the ONLY political signs we saw were two little Romney signs along side a rural road. No signs for anyone else.

  10. 53 dotster3
    October 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I believe I just heard msnbc say that President Obama will speak shortly about Iraq.

  11. 54 LOL
    October 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    CHIPS YOU WERE (somewhat) RIGHT…OBAMA TO ANNOUNCE FULL US WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ. BY THE END OF YEAR>>>>>PROMISE KEPT. MEEP MEEP

  12. October 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    October 21, 2011 11:30 AM

    Class warfare sure is popular, redux

    By Steve Benen

    Karl Rove’s attack operation, American Crossroads, above all wants to win. It exists to help Republican candidates defeat Democratic candidates, and to that end, Rove’s group can’t operate the way Rove’s White House operated: they need to care about reality. It does them no good to pretend, for example, that popular ideas are unpopular, or vice versa.

    With that in mind, it’s good to know even these guys know the polls are correct.


    American Crossroads, the big money GOP group founded by Karl Rove, is warning Republicans that President Obama’s new campaign to raise taxes on millionaires is a political winner.

    “It may be the result of larger environmental conditions, or he may be moving the needle himself, but Obama’s ‘tax the rich’ mantra is getting traction,” the group’s director, Steven Law, wrote in a memo. “Our poll found that 64% favor raising taxes on people with incomes above $200,000.”

    Law recommended Republicans try to rebut Obama by citing quotes from prominent Democrats, like President Clinton, that taxes shouldn’t be raised in a recession.

    Clinton, by the way, already agrees wholeheartedly with the Obama plan — which, incidentally, pushes off tax increases to 2013. Using Clinton’s line out of context is a lie.

    But the larger observation does help explain why Republicans are so hysterical about Democratic economic ideas: voters actually like them. Class warfare, it turns out, is far more popular than the right would prefer to believe.

    For what it’s worth, my expectation is that Republicans will simply reframe their same regressive agenda as being populist — Eric Cantor is set to give a speech on “income inequalities,” of all things — and hope voters just don’t understand the difference. If recent history is any guide, this will probably work.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_10/class_warfare_sure_is_popular_1032965.php

    • October 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      Work for whom? The president will still be out there going from city to city telling the truth. And now Nancy says they have 60 good Dem candidates for Congress who better be singing the same tune if they want to get elected. Plus they have the OFA armies and us. Somehow I don’t expect to see that twit Cantor on the road, influencing crowds. And what charismatic Republic personality is going to do it? Cardboard Willard? Dumb Perry? Hideous Newt? Cant’ keep his stories straight Cain? Lunatic Bachman? Slimeball Santorum? Invisible Huntsman? Everything the Republicans propose is based on the assumption that people are stupid. I think that’s true when people are asleep as they were in 2010. People are waking up now and they’re seeing who’s walking the walk and who’s just flapping gums.

      • 58 Aquagranny911
        October 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

        “Cardboard Willard” made me LOL. Have you ever heard of “Flat Stanley?” This is a six inch cardboard child who gets carried and mailed around by school children learning geography. It is a big deal to see just how far Flat Stanley can travel and gather adventures in one school year.

  13. 60 halo
    October 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Sources tell ABC News that the president will announce today that US troops in Iraq will draw down to zero by the end of the year.
    A White House official says that at approximately 11:30am today, President Obama convened a secure video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to talk with him about this news.
    -Jake Tapper and Luis Martinez

  14. 61 dotster3
    October 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Obama expected to announce all Amer. troops out of Iraq by end of year, no residual troops.

    • 62 itgurl_29
      October 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      But….but…but…he wants to stay there forever! He’s lying to us!! He’s a warmonger!!

    • 63 Obama Grandmama
      October 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      I have a question for anyone that might know a possible answer for me. I have a brother that is a Ron Paul supporter and when I mention that President Obama is keeping his promise about Iraq and drew down troops and will be again by Xmas my brother says he is filling the draw down with private fighters from Black Water. I know Black Water’s name changed to XZ or something that sounds like ZZZ from Rachel Maddow’s show quite awhile ago. Does anyone know where in heck my brother could be reading this? I cannot imagine it is true as he is also into all sorts of conspiracy theories.
      I’ll check back later. Oh, I do know he reads the Drudge Report but don’t know if they say that kind of thing. Maybe Ron Paul’s site says that?

      • 64 Aquagranny911
        October 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

        Blackwater had a huge presence in Iraq during Bush and they made billions. I’m thinking that if they are staying on it isn’t because US Gov is paying them or even want them there but because private business interests are footing the bill, maybe with some collusion from Iraqi Govt. They are a multinational company that PBO can’t really control. Just my thoughts with no facts and I could be wrong. However, I can’t imagine our Prez using them in Iraq or anywhere else for that matter.

        • 65 theo67
          October 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

          I believe the oil companies and Cheney’s old company are paying them for private security – but I’m just recalling this from a prior conversation.

        • 66 Chi
          October 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

          Blackwater now Xe is a private security contractor. Founded by Erik Prince a former Navy Seal and whose wealthy family were the most important benefactors of the Bush campaign and richly rewarded in his presidency through billions of dollars in contracts to do a variety of things in Iraq…

          Xe now boasts John Ashcroft former Attorney General under George W. Bush and Jack Quinn, former White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and former Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, as core Board Directors…

          Jack Quinn also runs a lobby shop in Washington D.C with the Republican strategist and Heritage Foundation tool, Ed Gillespie.

          Despite huge outcries against Blackwater/Xe and reports of its terrible activities in Iraq, Hillary Clinton through her State Dept awarded Xe a contract worth a quarter of a billion dollars…

          A lot of the obstacles President Obama continues to face and encounter is the intrusion of corrupt and negatively compromised remnants of both the Clinton and Bush administrations who have now mostly joined forces and are aligned in their greed and ambitious grab for wealth and access to power…

          The antagonism from many in the Clinton crowd towards President Obama, is really rooted in what many see as a loss of access to not only power and influence, but most importantly to the big bucks contracts and they are mostly no different in their unscrupulous and dubious projects…

          The recent push for the controversial pipeline project is an example. The advisers and lobbyists mostly former Clinton aides, have locked this up with Hillary Clinton’s State Dept…

          • 67 Obama Grandmama
            October 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

            Thank all of you for this info as I was having a hard time understanding my brother and where his ideas came from.

  15. 68 Fred
    October 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    The President will announce that most if not all troops will fly home from Iraq by the end of the year since they were not granted immunity in about 10-15 minutes 😀

  16. 69 utaustinliberal
    October 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    President Obama will announce that ALL troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year. OMG! After years and years of war, it takes President Obama to strategically bring our troops home. He makes history in one way or another every day. Yesterday Gaddafi was gone for good and now this.

    • October 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      I’m so overwhelmed by his accomplishments. It’s really staggering when you add it all up. BRAVO, Mr. President. We are with you every single day.

    • 71 dotster3
      October 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Tweet finally said something I agree with re. this announcement: “This is Mission Accomplished, without the banner”.

    • October 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      America would have FEWER problems if Congress would work with President Obama. These actions that President Obama are actions attributed to a Commander-in-Chief. Such actions don’t require the approval OR acknowledgement by Congress!

      On the domestic and social issues, Congress, especially Republicans, has a purely DESTRUCTIVE agenda!!!

  17. 75 Bobfr
    October 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Heads up – President Obama is to make a statement on Iraq at 1245 p EDT, today per bit.ly/n3TczX H/T @demsforprogress #OBAMA2012

  18. 76 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    awwwwwwwwe, he hurt her little feelings… http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/66545.html

    Now you know, and I know that PBO is nothing but charming, gracious, and polite, even when dealing with imbeciles!

    • 77 Fred
      October 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      pardon my french but eff Brewer 🙄

    • October 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Apparently.tundra twit wrote the foreword for that crazy lady’s book. ’nuff said.

      Probably, Obama told her the truth (about her and her illegal racist immigration acts) and she thought it was hell.

      • October 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        Thanks for that info, amk. Saves me from giving Politico the click. Actually, I think GOPolitico may be worse than Drudge, et al., because they market themselves as truth tellers when they are just gossipers for Washington just like the Hollywood tabloids.

        • 80 JoJothecat
          October 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

          I here you. I read some of the comments and it is pro-GOP. I can imagine Mrs/Ms Brewer walked into the Oval office and started talking “GOP Talking Points” and PBO was not having it and he told her a few things like, GWB and the GOP congress/senate was in office for eight yrs and did nothing…..and you want me to solve a very serious problem with a stupid fence? Get the F out of my office you nut case (no the president would never say that last part…that was all me).

    • 81 Aquagranny911
      October 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      Jan Brewer is owned by Prison Corp and other business interests here. She lies, cheats and hides from her constituents. She only got to be Gov here because Janet Napolitano left us for Home Land Security. She has maybe one more brain cell than Palin. I could go on but would probably be censored for foul language….

      • 82 desertflower
        October 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        They’d have to throw BOTH of us outta here!!! I could string together A BUNCH of bad words!!!

        • 83 HZ
          October 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

          Desertflower, this ungrateful witch needs to go and sit her evil self down. There is a very good book out by Eli Saslow,”Ten Letters”, and there is an interesting recap of her visit and letter regarding her visit to the Oval Office. And looking at who wrote the Forward to this book of hers tells us a lot. Dried up ugly woman.HZ

    • 84 theo67
      October 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Wasn’t this meeting the one she “demanded” when she thought she was riding high with her racist bill. She rocked up in Washington and demanded to be seen. He saw her. Looks like he also told her what she was, and what he thought of her – excellent stuff from the President! As usual.

      • 85 JoJothecat
        October 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        I wish I could have been a fly on the wall (knowing what the president does to flys, I would have stayed on the wall).

  19. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    October 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD

    Indulge me if you will….

    Until “We The People” take to the streets similar to what the OWS is doing but with a purpose and a focus on jobs the Repubs will not budge. If you notice the Repubs started to fear the OWS and went from calling them “mobs” to “we understand the plight of the 99 percent”. They fear “mobs” protesting for change and until this country wakes the hell up the Repubs don’t care about anything accept obstructing this President with the goal of making him a one term President. They don’t feel there will be any consequences to their actions so they just keep doing what works for them. Look at those “Maine Sisters” as I call them in the Senate. They vote against their constituents time and time again and every 6 years they get voted right back into the Senate. They barely even get a challenge from the Dems. The People have the power but don’t seem to know how to use it. That is what is so frustrating about the protest on Wall Street. It has a fantastic message but their method isn’t moving the ball forward for the very things they hope to change. Signs talking about student loan debt (while Paul Ryan is chomping at the bit to gut Pell Grants); signs talking about lack of health care (while every Republican has vowed to repeal HCR); signs talking about the abuse of our environment (while Republicans want to shutdown the EPA); signs talking about losing their homes (while the Repubs say you made your bed now lie in it). Congress maybe hated by most of the country but when you break it down state by state everybody loves their own. They will vote these people right back into office regardless of how they vote on legislation day in and day out. With Republicans it’s all about power. Not about what’s good for the country. Then we have the OWS crowd decry that there is no difference between the Dems and the Repubs because to them they are both beholding to Wall Street and this is reason they state that they are apolitical. It’s mind boggling.

    I was up late last night looking at whether or not there were any options that Harry Reid could use to somehow get around this filibuster procedure and his hands are essentially tied. There is something called the nuclear option but the minority party can shut the whole Senate down and not let any business take place if he uses it. The US Senate is a big fat mess. This filibuster rule was never meant to be abused like this but the Repubs get away with it and the Corp. Owned media does not ever talk about how it is being abused. Instead they report it to the gullible public as “President Obama was unable to pass ……….. legislation” or the “Republicans blocked the President’s…….. legislation” as if that is something to wear as a badge of honor. The onus is rarely, explicitly put on the fact that an abused procedure is why he is unable to get whatever piece of legislation passed.

    We have 9 percent unemployment and we are protesting everything except the very people who can make a difference. Poll after poll shows that people agree with the Presidents jobs plan but they do very little beyond answering a poll in the affirmative about getting it passed. If people are so downtrodden because of the employment situation here in this county they need to go fight for what is right?

    Meanwhile we read reports that our President is writing personal checks to people going through hardship we #PressOn!

    • 87 edp4bho
      October 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      I agree with you 100% Donna. I have been reading the site over the last couple days, rarely commenting, for lack of real interest on my part. Good news here and there, but no one sees us. They see OWS but they don’t see us. Now of course, we have jobs for the most part, and other obligations but we as a group need to make ourselves “seen” somehow. Some have suggested we join the OWS, but most of them like to just shout people down, argue, attack, instead of being strategic. They may have some success but we at TOD are on the right track…….on voting, on job creation, on changing congress, not trying to tear the government down, which we all know, does not much for support of the Obama administration which is on their side. So how do we go about doing this. I have 3 vacation days left till December 12, which time I receive 5 weeks (much of which I intend to use for campaign volunteering). I’m okay to go for atleast a couple days’ march/onslaught.

    • October 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Donna,
      Rev al is doing that, in 27 different cities for jobs.
      Last time, he had 40k people show up in DC.
      Check his website and if he is in a city near you…

    • October 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Where do I sign up? I also agree. Working with OWS is bittersweet, they have the media’s attention, they are in the publics spot light but they are not sure what to say. I continue to work with them, next Monday we are meeting with the leaders at a pot luck and I will mention the American Jobs bill.

      the thought that keeps going through my mind is “why can’t Al Shaprton or Van Jones and the American Dream Movement get 3,000 folks to show up at our city hall?”

      Donna – you have led us on fundraising charges, on attacks on Republicans, I am ready to follow you into the streets to promote the American Jobs Act.

      • 92 GGail
        October 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

        I agree with all of you guys. I am willing and I was hoping Van Jones & the American Dream Movement would put together something that I/we could attend in each of our cities with the Message of AMERICAN JOBS ACT. While my personal Senate/House Representatives all support the AJA, there are several pockets in Southern Calif where Republican Senator/House Reps will not support the AJA. We need to show our disapproval in mass.

    • 93 theo67
      October 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Donna- I think part of the problem is that the unemployed are invisible right now. They are just this faceless mass, and hence, people aren’t aware of the suffering that’s out there.

      Remember when the President made a plea for the end of year debt talks and he had several unemployed people standing behind him? It became real. The OWS people are without focus, so they may have the numbers, but their message isn’t clear, they have no real goals, they’re declaring victory for things they have no hand in, and so they are essentially toothless. If they were demanding passage of the AJA, or calling out the GOP who are to blame for their plight – then maybe they would get some movement on their causes. It just seems like such a wasted opportunity to be trying to form a new democracy, or rally for a third party – instead of working within the machinery that exists, which is currently doing the damage.

      The unemployed need a face. OWS isn’t it. They need to rise up, push for legislation, point the finger directly at the GOP and get informed on what is really going on.

      Excellent post, Donna!

  20. 94 utaustinliberal
    October 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    President Obama makes history in many ways everyday. Another promise kept. His Nobel Peace Prize is richly deserved.

  21. 96 halo
    October 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    MR> PRESIDENT THANK YOU FOR YOUR STEADFAST LEADERSHIP !!!!

  22. October 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    One of the BEST statements this President has ever made on our military position, summing up all that has happened and what we as a nation must do going forward. EXCELLENT.

  23. 98 LOL
    October 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Strange how all these big flipping deals (osama, anwar, kaddafy, iraq) are things the president can BYPASS congress to get done..

    • 99 57andFemale
      October 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Chris Hayes today on MSNBC: He was being relatively fair. But had to “go there” that Obama didn’t get Congressional approval for his actions in Iraq, although in all fairness to Chris, he just thought we should have a sensible discussion about it. As if that’s possible in this political climate.

      Okay — Congress approved the NATO treaty. Had there been an escalation Obama would have gone to Congress I expect. He probably would have gone to Congress in the first place if he could trust Republicans to vote for the right reasons and not just oppose him at every turn.

      But Chris Hayes then went on to make a great point: Republicans are NEVER going to pursue to this in Congress because the last thing they want to do is set a precedent for a President to actually have to follow Congress on military affairs.

      However, I hear right wingers call in to progressive radio shows and they’re buying this b.s. that this is a reason to impeach Obama. So Republicans do what Republicans do best: they can damage the President and never have to do anything that will damage a Republican president.

      Have I mentioned how much I loathe them?

      • 100 L3
        October 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

        What Hayes obviously forgot is that time was of the essence and the people of Benghazi would have been dead if PBO had waited for Congressional approval. I seem to recall the President getting some sort of approval from the Senate for the No-Fly Zone.

        • October 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

          Thank you, L3. Your point of imminent genocide reinforces the reasons that PBO stayed technically within the law. Congress woul still be “debating”, on how they want PBO, America and the World to fail.

        • 102 Lovepolitics2008
          October 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm

          Not only it would have taken more time, but is there any doubt that republicans would have blackmailed President Obama, forcing him to accept some horrible compromises on domestic policy (or on defense spending) in exchange for their approval of the Lybian operation? Is there any doubt that they wouldn’t have hesitated to hold the Lybians hostages in order to push their own agenda?

          Don’t forget that President Obama was confronted with the Lybia problem not too long after the difficult battle about the START Treaty. Remember that republicans made difficulties about START despite the tradition of bipartisamship on those kind of treaties, and despite the fact that many GOP heavyweights like Kissinger, Baker, and co. came to the White House to demonstrate their support ? And we could also talk about the numerous occasions where republican congressmen have gone to other countries and tried to undermine President Obama’s foreign policy agenda.

          President Obama could never say it, but I’m convinced that after the START episode, he understood that he could not trust republicans even in matters of extreme importance, in matters of emergency.

        • 103 nathkatun7
          October 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm

          Isn’t the U.S. a signatory to the United Nations Charter? The mission in Iraq was authorized by the U.N. Security Council. It was carried by NATO. I don’t see why it also needed authorization from Congress. By the way, I don’t remember Ronald Reagan and Bush Senior getting Congressional approval to unilaterally invade Grenada and Panama, respectively.

      • 104 theo67
        October 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

        Congress can’t even act for their own country men and women, some of whom are starving to death in the streets of America. How does Chris Hayes think that Congress would have pulled itself together to act for men, women and children in Africa who were about to be mowed down by their dictator? These armchair quarterbacks are so frustrating.

        • 105 JoJothecat
          October 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

          This Congress is dysfunctional and the President DID what he could do legally. He did it legally for two reasons – (1) He’s a constitutional trained lawyer and ex-Senator who knows shit (2) He has the most knowledible VP in history – Joseph Biden, who knows more about foreign affairs than anyone in D.C. Nuff Said.

  24. 106 LOL
    October 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Waiting for Republicans to tell Bush thanks in 5…4…3…2….1

  25. October 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Breaking on BBC – Obama announces US leaving Iraq

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-us-canada-15410154

    Exploding heads of neocons to follow on sunday talk shows to follow.

    • 108 kefauver
      October 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Awesome news!

      As Joe Biden would say, “that’s a BFD!”

      Not only are neocon heads exploding, but firebagger heads are exploding as well. Ya know, because Obama is just like, if not worse than, Bush! Yet another frustrati FAIL!

      • 109 jacquelineoboomer
        October 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

        Yes, and I loved how President Obama is able to fit into these announcements, “As promised … ”

        Take that, neocons and firebaggers!

    • 110 57andFemale
      October 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      “But….But…..” We Won’t be Safe Unless we Occupy the entire Mideast! We LOVE dictators — the ones Obama gets rid of!”

      We HATE the dictators he won’t get rid of!

      Obama’s helping al-Qaeda by leaving Iraq! We need to get out of Iraq and it’s George Bush’s triumph that we got out of Iraq because he’s the reason we got into Iraq!”

      My head hurts.

  26. 112 hopefruit2
    October 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Andrea Mitchells & Tweety looked depressed…They haz a sad.

  27. 114 carolyn
    October 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Brewer had always done the lecturing before, and was not used to be talked with as one adult to another. She needs to grow up. It’s not about her. I noticed the foreword is by Sarah…that says it all!

  28. 115 utaustinliberal
    October 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I love when he said our troops will be back home for christmas. After almost nine years, they’re coming home. Thank you sooooo much President Obama. Without the evil repugs in his way he gets more stuff done; instead of having to lock horns with infantile morons. #Obama2012

  29. October 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Another promise kept!!!
    They will be home for the holidays!!!
    If only those s@#$ (excuse my french!!) could let you improve this economy…..Anyway…we shall overcome!!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

  30. 117 Me4obama
    October 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    They will be home for Xmas. Thank you Mr. President. I love you more everyday.

  31. 121 dotster3
    October 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I see on twitter that FOX did not cover Obama’s announcement, too busy lamenting over Bachmann’s campaign issues. Surprising? Hardly. How would you like to be a FOXNews viewer? You would be completely in the dark about almost everything, dumber than when you first started watching.

  32. October 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    October 21, 2011 10:45 AM

    The difference between foreign and domestic successes

    By Steve Benen

    I imagine there will be some voters who are willing to take note of President Obama’s impressive foreign-policy successes, but will also ask, “Why can’t his domestic record be just as good?”

    Consider this analysis, run by the Washington Post this morning.


    How President Obama helped bring about the end of a long-standing American antagonist in Libya captures in microcosm the vast difference in the way he and his predecessor, George W. Bush, have employed diplomacy and military power against their declared enemies.

    Both approaches resulted in the removal of longtime U.S. nemeses who had enjoyed a few years in Washington’s favor. But Bush’s invasion cost nearly $1 trillion and more than 4,400 American lives, while Obama’s more limited intervention highlighted a national security strategy that emphasizes global burden-sharing, and secretive tactics and technologies whose legality has been questioned. The NATO airstrikes on Gaddafi’s convoy Thursday included a missile launched from a U.S. drone aircraft. […]

    Obama’s technocratic approach to governing has served him far better in foreign policy, where facts, expert appraisal and intelligence often trump ideology, than it has in domestic politics.

    That’s true, but I think it’s incomplete. President Obama’s record on foreign policy and national security is proving to be rather exceptional, and while voters may be principally concerned with the domestic economy, it matters that the administration’s approach to geopolitics and international affairs is proving to be quite effective.

    But why is the president having more success on foreign policy than domestic policy? The Post notes Obama’s technocratic style, guided by facts, expertise, and intelligence. To be sure, these are the cornerstones of any leader showing good judgment — the president generally shows the right instincts when it comes to foreign policy, but his decisions aren’t just guided by his gut. On these issues, Obama can rely on input from an ideologically diverse team, weigh extensive evidence, consult with allies who share his larger goals, and make a decision that no one can block or override. After nearly three years, most of these decisions have proven to be the correct ones.

    Domestic policy doesn’t work this way. Decisions over job creation, for example, aren’t made in the Situation Room or the Oval Office. They’re not made by the president alone; they’re dependent on a ridiculous Congress, dominated by fools and charlatans, some of whom seem to want to hold the economy back on purpose. Facts, expertise, and intelligence don’t guide the process; these factors are generally deemed irrelevant, if not worthy of mockery.

    Look at last night, for example. Obama saw a problem — the public sector laying off thousands of teachers, cops, and firefighters — and offered a fair solution. Relying on facts, expertise, and intelligence, the White House offered a credible plan that the American public overwhelmingly embraced. But Congress is incapable of acting sensibly on the issue, and Republicans killed the bill and refuse to offer an equally-sound alternative.

    In other words, Obama can have far more success on foreign policy, in part because the decisions are his to make, and in part because Congress isn’t in a position to screw it up.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_10/the_difference_between_foreign032962.php

    • 124 FiredUpInCA
      October 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      This: “In other words, Obama can have far more success on foreign policy, in part because the decisions are his to make, and in part because Congress isn’t in a position to screw it up.”

      The evidence is all over the place that this President is a very effective leader and has a very effective team. The only place it where his leadership is thwarted is in Congress.

      The 60-votes necessary to do the nation’s business, is barely constitutional, does not comport with the intentions of the founders of this country and is historically unprecedented in its use.

      This is obvious to anyone paying close attention.

      What disturbs me is when voters and members of his party routinely dismiss this phenomena as a corrosive element in our democracy that urgently needs to be fixed and instead lay the entire blame on his shoulders. It’s a kind of willful ignorance that infuriates me a little.

      There’s a new AP poll that has quotes throughout that just depress me. They say things like ‘I doubt the President’s ability to be effective in getting his jobs bill through.’ Rather than, ‘I doubt the Republicans will allow his jobs bill through because of their arcane rules and consistent obstructionism.’

      One guy said though he supports the President, if there a head to head contest between the President and Romney, he would go with Romney right now.’

      Really…. Instead of the going with the guy who has created the same amount of jobs in 2 years as the Bush administration did in 8, the guy with a jobs plan containing elements that Republicans have voted for in the past, the guy with superior foreign policy credentials, the guy who is trying to move us toward green energy, the guy who is the leading voice in bipartisanship, you would rather go with the guy who was ranked 47th out of 50, when it came to job creation.

      The members of congress, are elected by we the people. So we get what we vote for and no President can overcome that.

  33. October 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    The President’s advisors are STELLAR.

    They are schooling the idiot press on all of their ill-informed assumptions. BRAVO.

  34. 128 bonkers
    October 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Is it too early to start a nonprofit designed to get President Obama added to Mount Rushmore? Based on the simple facts of what he has accomplished in America, and around the globe, I think it’s reasonable. Seriously.

    Repubs have been doing these PR nonprofits for decades now to keep fooling the average American with their lies. There are several nonprofits designed to promote Ronnie Raygun’s legacy which are funded by millions annually (you know, the guy who missed Qadaffi which then led directly to the deaths of hundreds in the Lockerbie bombing in retaliation…). That’s how they get such a fantastically failed President in almost every level, like Raygun, to have airports, freeways and schools named after him. They’ve already done some for HW Bush, and some are even trying to rewrite history and promote Bush the Lesser too!

    We’d have facts and actually “we, the people…” supporting a pro-President Obama nonprofit. They’ve already begun smearing absolutely every amazing accomplishment he has, so it’s only going to get worse if we don’t start fighting back about this stuff.

  35. 132 ChristiMtl
    October 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I was looking forward to hear what the coward had to say

    Cantor Cancels Income Inequality Speech After Learning It Will Be Open To The Public. | House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has abruptly canceled a speech planned for this afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania that was meant to lay out the GOP’s plans to address income inequality. While the university gave no reason for the cancellation, CNN is reporting that Cantor canceled after the university decided to make the speech open to the public. Cantor had signed up for a “selected audience.” The speech was seen as a response to the 99 Percent movement, and Occupy Philadelphia had organized a march from City Hall to the school.

    • October 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Cantor is a coward!!!!! Republicans always want selected audiences. PBO will speak in front of anyone and is not afraid to do so.

      • 134 Dakota
        October 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

        Took the words right outta my mouth Cos! A freaking ferret-faced coward!

      • 135 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        October 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

        Poor, little Eric. Afraid to give a prepared speech in public. He so wants to wear big boy pants, but as we see, the little boy shorts fit him just right. PBO stood alone, taking on and taking down the whole GoPTB conference; not a prepare speech, but direct questions from an openly hostile crowd. Hell, he’d still be standing there taking their questions, but after an hour or so, they became two chickenshit to raise their hands.

        Forgive my rant and language, but there are just some days where I can’t believe that I spent 21 years of my life protecting and defending the rights of these treasonous bastards.

        • 136 Aquagranny911
          October 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

          Thank you for your service but I hope you know that you also protected that same right for me and mine. I am grateful.

    • 137 Fred
      October 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      I hope the DNC runs a nice ad pounding Cantor for being a Corporate ass kissing weasel

    • October 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Amazing how they can’t face the public. They only can speak one on one with the media but no regular people. What a bunch of cowards.

    • October 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      what a straight up punk ass bitch

    • 141 57andFemale
      October 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      Enough is never made of how Obama faces the American people openly, honestly and head-on. Bush NEVER appeared in open forums.

      They are cowards.

  36. October 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Blog
    October 21, 2011 12:35 PM

    The incentive behind GOP obstructionism

    By Steve Benen

    At first blush, it’s tempting to think congressional Republicans are simply out of their minds to kill jobs bills during a jobs crisis. It seems insane — Americans are desperate for Congress to act; Americans overwhelmingly support bills like the one considered by the Senate last night; and yet GOP officials seem wholly unconcerned. Aren’t they afraid of a backlash?

    Well, no, probably not. The reason probably has something to do with voters like Dale Bartholomew.

    Now, my point is not to pick on one random voter quoted in an Associated Press article. He’s very likely a well-intentioned guy who’s simply frustrated with what’s going on in Washington. I certainly don’t blame him for that.

    Consider, though, the significance of a quote like this one.

    “If Romney and Obama were going head to head at this point in time I would probably move to Romney,” said Dale Bartholomew, 58, a manufacturing equipment salesman from Marengo, Ill. Bartholomew said he agrees with Obama’s proposed economic remedies and said partisan divisions have blocked the president’s initiatives.

    But, he added: “His inability to rally the political forces, if you will, to accomplish his goal is what disappoints me.”

    Got that? This private citizen agrees with Obama, but is inclined to vote for Romney anyway — even though Romney would move the country in the other direction — because the president hasn’t been able to “rally the political forces” to act sensibly in Washington.

    That is heartbreaking, but it’s important — Republicans have an incentive, not only to hold the country back on purpose, but also to block every good idea, even the ones they agree with, because they assume voters will end up blaming the president in the end. And here’s a quote from a guy who makes it seem as if the GOP’s assumptions are correct.

    It’s hard to say just how common this sentiment is, but it doesn’t seem uncommon. The public likes to think of the President of the United States, no matter who’s in office, as having vast powers. He or she is “leader of the free world.” He or she holds the most powerful office on the planet. If the president — any president — wants a jobs bill, it must be within his or her power to simply get one to the Oval Office to be signed into law.

    And when the political system breaks down, and congressional Republicans kill ideas that are worthwhile and popular, there’s an assumption that the president is somehow to blame, even if that doesn’t make any sense at all. Indeed, here we have a quote from a voter who is inclined to reward Republicans, giving them more power, even though the voter agrees with Obama — whose ideas (and presidency) Republicans are actively trying to destroy.

    As Greg Sargent, who first flagged the quote in the AP article, explained: “Voters either don’t understand, or they don’t care, that the GOP has employed an unprecedented level of filibustering in order to block all of Obama’s policies, even ones that have majority public support from Dems, independents and Republicans alike. Their reaction, in a nutshell, seems to be: The Obama-led government isn’t acting on the economy? Obama can’t get his policies passed? Well, he must be weak.”

    The challenge for the president isn’t to teach Civics 101 to the populace; that would take too long. The task at hand is communicating who deserves credit for fighting to make things better, and who deserves blame for standing in the way.

    Because if voters who agree with Obama are inclined to vote for Republicans because Republicans are Obama’s ideas, then not only is 2012 lost, but the descent of American politics into hysterical irrationality is complete.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_10/the_incentive_behind_gop_obstr032969.php

    • 144 hopefruit2
      October 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      //As Greg Sargent, who first flagged the quote in the AP article, explained: “Voters either don’t understand, or they don’t care, that the GOP has employed an unprecedented level of filibustering in order to block all of Obama’s policies, even ones that have majority public support from Dems, independents and Republicans alike. Their reaction, in a nutshell, seems to be: The Obama-led government isn’t acting on the economy? Obama can’t get his policies passed? Well, he must be weak. //

      AND WHOSE FAULT IS THIS?

      HINT: Not the President’s.

      • 145 Chi
        October 22, 2011 at 5:08 am

        Absolutely spot on…

        The same media that has fueled and propagated every GOP narrative and literally blacked out President Obama except when they wish to take him out of context or ridicule him…

        They now wonder how Americans could have gotten this idea that even though the President continues to work incredibly hard on behalf of the American people, some of the same Americans will rather succumb to the machinations of the obstructionists by voting for them…

    • 146 donna dem 4 obama
      October 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      This artcle explains just how stupid the American public really is. It also explains why a President who is well liked by an overwhelming majority and who the public feels is not responsible for the mess we are in continues to see his numbers trend downward. “It’s not his fault and he is doing everything he can to fix things but lets give the other guy a shot since this one’s magic wand didn’t work”. Geesh!!!!

      I put most of the blame for this on our Corp. Owned Media.

    • 147 Obama Grandmama
      October 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      I keep thinking if there was a simple catchy comparison that people could understand instead of an indepth explanation it would help with disengaged, dissatisfied voters.
      Something like if your teenager got drunk, stayed out past curfew and drove others in your car while drunk would you not give out a consequence but instead hand him the keys to the car and let him set his own future rules? I’m comparing the public rewarding the GOP with their vote after not paying attention to the voter’s needs. But then that isn’t even as simple of an analogy as PBO’s Why would you give the keys back to the same people that drove you into the ditch? He used that analogy in 2010 and it did not work.
      I am frustrated daily with stupidity that surrounds me. The press has so much to do with this lack of education.

      • 148 JoJothecat
        October 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

        I am hearing on left talk radio that Republicans are sick of the GOP obstructionism. It is the Independent Republicans that are going to vote for Rommney over Obama (My opinion it’s about race not the other garbage). I agree it is our RW Media that is fueling this but we will be on the ground countering it.

        • 149 Chi
          October 22, 2011 at 5:03 am

          Then Left talkers have not helped any with their non-stop denigration of President Obama and their both parties are the same crap…

  37. 150 jacquelineoboomer
    October 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    On CNN, David Mack, Middle East Institute: President Obama’s foreign policy moves have been “picture perfect.”

    Yes, they have.

  38. October 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    frickity, frick! MIssed my number 1 talking about fulfilling his campaign promise! Oh fudge bucket!! 😦

  39. 155 Ladyhawke
    October 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    It’s such a pleasure to see National Security Advisers Denis McDonough and Anthony Blinken briefing the jackals. Every question answered completely and thoroughly. They just exude competence. And boy do they have President Obama’s back. It’s a thing of beauty.

    • October 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      It was amazing for all the reasons you give, Ladyhawke. Sheer magnificence.

    • 157 utaustinliberal
      October 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      It really was. Anthony Blinken was blunt. You could see his disdain for the jackals. He and McDonough’s support for President Obama was 100% strong. They didn’t let the jackals try and spin the story.

  40. 158 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    October 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Sukey I don’t mean to FLAME or be mean, but please don’t feel discouraged. We are getting the Teapublicans best shot. They want Obama supporters and independents to feel hopeless and powerless. Of course I can’t control your feelings, but you can’t let this get you down. In order to win in November of 2012 we have to remain strong throughout. This is just the beginning girl. We have a whole year of fierce resistance and hate. The established “Good Ole Boy” network is petrified of Pres. Obama. They see where he plays a different game and they want him out.

    Stay strong. We can only be victorious if we PRESS ON and persevere. This is just a bump in the road to inauguration night January 2013! 😀

  41. 161 FiredUpInCA
    October 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Is it too much to ask that we get one more devious and malevolent dictator to fall this week?

    “News Corp: Rupert Murdoch faces showdown with shareholders

    Quarter of shareholders to vote at AGM for removal of Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch over phone-hacking scandal”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/oct/21/news-corp-rupert-murdoch-shareholders

  42. 164 Firefly
    October 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    “This schedule could change if the President topples another dictator – which is highly possible.” REALLY!!! LOL!!!

  43. 165 jacquelineoboomer
    October 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    On CNN just now – in a CNN/ORC poll 83% of voting Democrats think abortion should be legal “under all or certain circumstances.”

    And the big surprise, from the same poll:

    72% of REPUBLICAN voters also think abortion should be legal “under all or certain circumstances.”

    Republicans – on jobs and social issues – are running so far away from the majority of their own voters and the rest of the country, it’s pathetic. When will they wake up?

    • 166 nintendowii10
      October 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      The Congressional Republicans seem to take their cues from Rush Limbaugh and Fox Propaganda.

    • 167 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Nothing like CNN/FOX and their benefactors polling wedge issues. I guess with the Rethugs blocking every JOB initiative they will turn their sights to continuing their destrtuction of our SOCIAL foundation in this nation. SAD…… 🙄

    • October 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      I have to admit, I’m shocked by the republican numbers. As if I needed any more evidence that elected reps are completely out of touch with America.

  44. 169 nintendowii10
    October 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    For those who missed President Obama announcing full withdrawal of US forces from Iraq:

  45. October 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Hello TOD Family just want to leave you all with my latest tweet to those who voted against the President’s JOBS BILL;

    @SenBenNelson Isee you got your Bribe check last night and it cleared the bank so you could vote NO again on putting Americans back to work.
    Just to let him know we see what he does to us all.

  46. 171 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    BWD website is up for a short time!

  47. 173 nintendowii10
    October 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    A better quality video

  48. October 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Kristol: War Is Like Lemonade

    Mitt Romney’s embrace of the dusted-off nostrums of the Iraq war architects as his foreign policy – more defense spending! more! where’s Max Boot? which Kagan are you? – is a sign of how tenacious neoconservatism is. Just as none of the leading neocon figures have suffered an iota of prestige-loss in Washington because they concocted a foreign policy disaster that cost tens of thousands of lives to no serious effect, so they have, almost to a man, refused to cop to a single error in the process. Their partisan discipline is only matched by their unchanging Stalinist ideology. So what if the Iraq war was a disaster? It’s time for a new war with Iran!

    If you think I’m exaggerating the chutzpah, check out the Bill Kristol piece that woke Les Gelb up. It’s a carbon copy of the memo to invade Iraq. Worse, actually:


    [Iran] is a brutal dictatorship. And it’s seeking nuclear weapons while denying it’s doing so. It’s long since been time for the United States to speak to this regime in the language it understands—force. And now we have an engraved invitation to do so. The plot to kill the Saudi ambassador was a lemon. Statesmanship involves turning lemons into lemonade.

    Let us pause to note that for Kristol, war is like lemonade. It’s a good thing: delicious, refreshing, innocent. One wonders whether he has, for a millisecond, paused to think of the tens of thousands of innocents who died during his beloved occupation of Iraq, or the thousands of permanently maimed veterans who fought and died in Kristol’s war only to empower Iran and bankrupt America. You can be wrong in good faith, as I think Kristol was – and yet also take responsibility for the consequences of your good faith decisions. But neoconservatism is about the abdication of any intellectual responsibility and the promotion of those not proven right, but proven relentless in the promotion of an agenda. It is now, as it has always been, about power, not freedom.

    And this must be a core debate in the next election. Are we going to return to a foreign policy that bankrupted the Treasury, destroyed America’s moral standing, eviscerated the US military’s reputation for competence (a huge loss of deterrence), and empowered our enemies? Or are we going to continue the pragmatism that has since ended torture, decimated al Qaeda, and removed more despots from power in two years than Bush tried to in eight?

    Repeat after me: Romney = Cheney’s return. And if your purism demands staying home next year, do not complain when a global religious war breaks out. They’ve told us quite plainly that’s what they want. Like a cold, sparkling drink on a hot summer day. War as a cocktail.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/10/kristol-global-religious-war-is-like-lemonade.html

    • October 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      Excellent piece by Sullivan. Absolute truth. These criminal chickenhawks never slow down on their war drumbeat. They plan new, fantastical escapades from the comfort of their well padded chairs while sitting on their well padded asses. Then, when they fail, they just pat themselves on the back, leave the clean up to others, and plan another failure.

  49. October 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Boner says, But the President never called me prior to his announcement of the Iraq pullout.

    Wahhh!

  50. October 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    PBO is on a roll. Yesterday Gadhaffi, today Iraq war over. This is shock and awe PBO style. These wingnuts and their corporate lackeys re gonna get whiplash between now and Nov 2012. Meanwhile Harry Reid is doing his bit in the Senate. he has teed up the Rebuild America infrastructure bill for a vote next. The corporate media jackals are howling that it is unfair. Harry Reid and PBO are gonna squeeze these mutherfuckers from both ends of Pennsylvania Ave. they’ll cry uncle. Dumbasses!

  51. 194 Me4obama
    October 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I just listened to the speech for the third time, oh my, his voice was so beyond divine. He is simply the best. There is and will never be no one like him.

  52. 197 xtine
    October 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    “The United States had not publicly spelled out exactly how it wanted Pakistan to handle the Haqqanis but
    Clinton urged them to persuade militants to join peace talks.

    ‘You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbors,’ Clinton said.”

    Help! Snakes in my backyard are filibustering again! Biting back …

    • 198 Aquagranny911
      October 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      LOL! ♥ Hillary! My Sis found a rattle snake on her patio yesterday. She “bit” it back with the flat a shovel and told me: “I think it was a Republican.”

      For any who might think that was cruel. Sis has had a terrible time with rattle snakes in her yard this year. They “relocated” the first one but after two of her dogs and one of her cats got bitten which required large vet bills, she “kills them on sight.”

  53. 199 nintendowii10
    October 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Good lord!!!! 🙄 🙄

    GOPer Apologizes For Saying A Woman Should Be ‘A Whore’ In the Bedroom

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/goper_apologizes_for_saying_a_woman_should_be_a_wh.php

  54. 201 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Philly news coverage of Can’t(or)… some key quotes:

    protest is still on: “We want make sure Rep. Cantor knows he can run, but he can’t hide,” said Mike Morrill, executive director of Keystone Progress, a protest organizer.

    “We can’t help but feel a strong current of irony running through all this, since Cantor’s Congressional office put out a curious YouTube video this week that was all about him promoting success and leadership. What was it Woody Allen said about success? Oh right: “Eighty percent of success is just showing up.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V5JoUCh73sY

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20111021_Cantor_cancels_Penn_visit.html?cmpid=124488459
    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/cityhall/UPenn-US-Rep-Eric-Cantor-cancels-Wharton-speech.html?ref=more-like-this
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20111021__Occupy__to_march_today_to_House_GOP_leader_s_Penn_lecture.html?cmpid=124488459
    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/cityhall/Is-this-US-Rep-Eric-Cantors-audition-tape-for-the-VP-spot.html

  55. 202 Fred
    October 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    can anyone please tweet Jay or Dan and please ask them if they can have the President greeting the first planeloads of troops returning to American soil from Iraq as campaign image? please and thank you 😀

  56. October 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    saw some military dude on CNN, and I know what the new meme will be for neo-cons. Dude said this is a good thing for “individual soldiers” who get to come home from Iraq, but it’s a “stategic mistake”.

    I expect to hear this everywhere the neo-cons dwell. ya heard it here first guya.

    So heads up!

    • 205 Fred
      October 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      well the President couldn’t have forced the troops to stay in Iraq if the PM didn’t want to provide them with impunity and btw this was something started under GWB but my guess is they expect everyfriggingbody to suffer from selective memory 🙄

    • October 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      I’m sure all the military families and friends who will be welcoming home their sons, daughters, husbands, mothers and fathers at Christmas will spend the holiday lamenting a possible strategic mistake. These aren’t people for Republicans. They’d prefer to keep deploying and deploying American soldiers as if they were robots. They don’t care who they wear them down or what emotional and mental distress they cause. But the R’s have misjudged the temper of the times if they think Americans want soldiers to stay indefinitely in Middle East. People are tired of wars and don’t want to keep draining the Treasury to pay for them. The president promised this withdrawal and he is right in step with the general sentiment in keeping his promise. I really, really want a Republican presidential candidate to say we should keep our soldiers engaged in endless war at untold expense. Please, please let them take that position.

  57. 207 Esmerelda
    October 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Almost fell off my chair in shock!

    • 208 Fred
      October 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      with all due respect Esmeralda but piss off Morgan 🙄

      • 209 hopefruit2
        October 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        I agree!

        But sometimes when the truth surrounds you from every angle, you simply can’t run away from it…I think that’s what’s going on with Morgan. He’s trapped with the facts.

        • 210 dotster3
          October 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

          I have learned to be grateful for any former critics coming around to the good side. I see it happening a little more all the time.
          We need to cheer them on.

    • October 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      And in the next breath: “but he’s still incompetent as a president as evidenced by the droves and droves of black folks who keep “unleashing” on him and saying what a HUGE disappointment he’s been to blacks. Black poverty started under his administration, don’t ya know?”

  58. October 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    The GOP tries to offend at least one group a day: women, Hispanics, African-Americans, gays, poor people. They must feel incomplete if they haven’t insulted someone. Maybe they weekly prizes for stupidity and bigotry.

    • 213 Aquagranny911
      October 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      I have begun to view GOP as totally mutant pod people from some alternate reality. It’s like they don’t live in any kind of world where the rest of us live. Frankly, I’m delighted they keep doing this caca because they will soon be buried so deep not even a backhoe will dig them out.

      • October 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm

        The Teagops are a breed of knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, flat earth worshipers that have become fixated one thing. i don’t think they are fully aware that they are about to become prey.

        • 215 Aquagranny911
          October 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

          LOL at “prey” We might be able to “kill” their prospects for any more political office but I sure would not want to try to “eat” them.

          No substance or nutritional value and many are probably poisonous!

  59. October 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Btw: u pronounce Iraq and Iran- Eraq and Eran.

    The President gets it right when he mentions them.
    Newstainers, not so much!

    • 217 utaustinliberal
      October 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Exactly Jovie. It pisses me off when the jackals and GOP pronounce it Eye-raq or Eye-ran. It’s supposed to be pronounced E-raq and
      E-ran. That is the proper pronounciation. Heavens sake, the British know how to pronounce it, so the GOP Media should stop trying to act as though PBO isn’t pronouncing it correctly and learn proper pronounciation of words. GWB began that whole Eye-raq and Eye-ran nonsense. Effing illiterate.

      • 218 Chi
        October 22, 2011 at 4:36 am

        It is funny the Eye-raq/Eye-ran thing they all do…and they call President Obama ‘elitist’ for pronouncing them correctly…

        I particularly love the way President Obama pronounces ‘Pakistan’…

  60. October 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    October 21, 2011 2:30 PM

    Dems aren’t done fighting for jobs yet

    By Steve Benen

    Last week, Senate Republicans locked arms and killed the American Jobs Act. This week, GOP senators did the exact same thing and killed a bill to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs for teachers, police officers, and firefighters.

    But when the White House and Democratic leaders vowed to keep fighting for jobs, even if that meant forcing votes on individual components of the larger jobs agenda, they weren’t kidding.


    Rebuffed twice in their attempts to push through President Obama’s jobs proposals, Senate Democrats are ready to try again.

    The Senate will hold a vote the first week of November on the $60 billion infrastructure portion of Obama’s Jobs Act, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.) announced Friday.

    The bill contains $50 billion for direct spending on transportation projects and $10 billion in seed money to start a National Infrastructure Bank. The spending would be paid for by a 0.7 percent tax on annual income above $1 million.

    Will Republicans once again refuse to even allow a vote on the legislation? Probably. But infrastructure investments are another element of the Democratic jobs plan that enjoys broad national support, and which many GOP officials have conceded publicly creates jobs.

    If Republicans are serious about giving the economy a boost — and I realize there’s some skepticism surrounding the assumption — there’s really no excuse for GOP senators to simply reject this measure out of hand. We have unemployed workers eager to help rebuild American infrastructure; we have a massive number of projects (roads, bridges, ports, runways, rail) that need repair; we have public demand for both jobs and improved infrastructure; and we have a bill that’s fully paid for through a popular financing plan.

    Hell, the idea for the infrastructure bank was co-sponsored by Republican lawmakers.

    Are there any GOP senators willing to do the right thing on this? We’ll find out for sure next week, but the answer still appears to be no.

    As it turns out, reporters seem annoyed that Senate Democrats continue to fight for jobs, pressing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on why he’d bother with an infrastructure bill that Republicans disapprove of.

    Maybe because it shouldn’t be up to the Senate minority to veto an idea before a debate? Maybe because this is a bill Republicans should gladly endorse? Maybe because there’s value in getting GOP lawmakers on record on an important and popular bill?

    All told, the U.S. Department of Transportation projects that this $50 billion proposal would create roughly 800,000 jobs. They’re jobs, apparently, Republicans don’t think the nation needs.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_10/dems_arent_yet_done_fighting_f032971.php

  61. October 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Gallup has given him a 4 point bump in one night.

  62. October 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    He wears that Nobel Peace Prize very well.

  63. 228 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Yo, Chips, Chips — why am I in naughty chair???? My pos on Can’t(or) is awaiting approval…

  64. October 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Wall street protests force Cantor to cancel economic speech.

    Lol!

  65. 231 Bill
    October 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    MSNBC is reporting that Mitt, who spent two years in the Viet Nam era as a Mormon missionary in France, issued a very critical statement on the withdrawal from Iraq. Bill Kristol must be advising him.

    • October 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      This is good news. Let Mitt present himself as the warmonger and the president the one who keeps his promises and brings loved ones home for the holidays. Let everyone see what a heartless, soulless creature Mittens is.

      • 233 nintendowii10
        October 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

        In his foreign policy speech, Mitt virtually guaranteed that if he gets elected President, he’ll put boots on the ground in Iran within his first 100 days in office. Of course, he’s got the retreads that got us boggled down in Iraq advising him.

    • October 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      I hope to never hear “liberal-minded” folks ever say that Mittens “wouldn’t be that bad” ever again. But I don’t expect that to happen.

  66. October 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Romney blasts the President for leaving Iraq.

    You gotta read what his neo con advisers told him to say .

    Sick!

    • October 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Btw: Bush neo cons negotiated tge SOFA agreement in 08.
      Now, they are on Romneys team saying the opposite?

    • October 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      That tool wouldn’t know Iraq from a hole in the ground. He’s an ass. Why don’t these idiots stick to domestic issues ( 🙄 ) and let PBO do his thing on foreign policy? Don’t they realize that PBO is a foreign policy juggernaut?

    • 240 ChristiMtl
      October 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      I saw this on twitter……..

      @MittRomney Mitt Romney
      .@BarackObama’s astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk victories won at great sacrifice

      • 241 Aquagranny911
        October 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        FU Romney! Did you talk to the troops coming home? Do you have any concept of what it takes to withdraw troops in an orderly fashion? What “victories” oh yes, enormous profits for oil companies and friends of Bush and GOP. You politician of little brain! BITE THE BIG CACTUS!

        • 242 jacquelineoboomer
          October 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

          I’ll just go with what you wrote. Every.Last.Word.

        • 243 Lovepolitics2008
          October 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

          I’m not sure Romney is that ignorant. He’s lying and he knows it. Didn’t he say a few days ago that President Obama had no jobs plan? Pure political bullshit. This man is corrupted to the core.

        • 244 nathkatun7
          October 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

          Thank you Aquagranny for this fabulous comment. You said exactly what’s on my mind. Enough of these idiots! I hope all of you who know how to tweet (I still haven’t learned how) would blast him. I hope Bobfr gets hold of you comment. He is really the best at taking it to these insane people through his tweets.

  67. 245 Ladyhawke
    October 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    50 SENATORS AGAINST JOB CREATION (AT LEAST 30 ARE MILLIONAIRES)

    Senators Who Blocked Latest Jobs Bill Have Combined Net Worth Of $400 Million

    ========================

    Last night, Senate Republicans — with help from two Democrats and an independent who caucuses with Democrats — killed a bill that would have provided $35 billion for struggling states to hire teachers and first responders, paid for with a surtax of one-half of one percent on income over $1 million. That surtax was not only quite small, it also would have applied to almost nobody, as Greg Sargent has explained.

    To most people, asking a tiny handful of millionaires to pay a little bit more in order to hire teachers and firefighters and help the economy is a no-brainer: A CNN poll last week found 75 percent of Americans favor such aid to state governments, and 76 percent support increasing taxes on people who make more than $1 million a year. And yet 50 senators voted against legislation that would do just that.

    ========================

    http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201110210009

    • October 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Is there no shame amongst these rich senators? And, they collect their inflated “to do nothing” salaries, including health care, social security benefits, you name it! How can any of these idiots understand the middle class? Bozos, each & every one of them!

      • 247 jacquelineoboomer
        October 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm

        Exactly, CanadaBarb! You nailed it.

        • 248 nathkatun7
          October 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

          I think we should start a campaign to demand that members of Congress should not be paid until they address the jobs for the millions of unemployed Americans. I am sick of seeing my tax money going to pay for these do nothing congressmen and senators!

  68. 249 nintendowii10
    October 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Eric Cantor Called For ‘A Steve Jobs Plan’ In Prepared Remarks For Cancelled Speech

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/eric-cantor-called-for-a-steve-jobs-plan-in-prepared-remarks-for-cancelled-speech.php?ref=fpa

    🙄 🙄

  69. 251 Ladyhawke
    October 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Mitt ‘Who Am I This Time’ Romney sticks his finger in the air on ending the war in Iraq. You guessed it, he thinks we should stay. Even though it was President George W. Bush who signed the Status of Forces agreement in 2008 stating that we would leave Iraq at the end of 2011. Mitt is slamming President Obama for keeping that agreement. The mind reels.

    MAYBE MITT SHOULD ENJOY SOME QUIET TIME

    ===============================

    Oh, good, Mitt Romney wants to pretend to have foreign policy credibility again. Just one day after taking his sixth different position on U.S. policy in Libya, the former one-term governor is complaining about the end of the war in Iraq.

    ===============================

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_10/maybe_mitt_should_enjoy_some_q032974.php

  70. 252 bonkers
    October 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    It’s interesting to watch this on a day such as today:

    Consistency.

  71. 253 Fred
    October 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    sweet baby jesus what a diss 😯
    Can’t believe Martin Bashir just asked this Goldie person if Cain can even spell Iraq 😯

  72. 258 Maritza
    October 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    For those of you who missed the post that Chips posted a while back about WeeSeeYou, here is their new website: http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/

  73. October 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    By Pete Kasperowicz – 10/21/11 10:03 AM ET
    The Senate on Thursday night approved more than a dozen nominations to key trade and financial posts by unanimous consent.

    Among those confirmed were Michael Punke as a deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Islam Siddiqui a chief agricultural negotiator at USTR.

    The Senate also confirmed six nominees to the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and others as members of the Securities and Exchange Commission. A full list of confirmations follows:

    Hill-

  74. 260 Fred
    October 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    FACTS and LINKS: After Hiring The Same Failed Police Foreign Police Advisers That Got Us Into Iraq and Afghanistan And Failing To Mention That It Was Former President George W.Bush NOT President Bush Who Agreed To Iraq Withdrawal Deadline in 2008 While Mitt Romney;Michelle Bachmann;Herman Cain;John McCain Blame The Withdrawal on President Obama

    Iraq’s Request For 5,000 U.S. ‘Trainers’ Signals That Internal Negotiations Are Over

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/10/12/341554/iraqs-request-for-5000-u-s-trainers-signals-that-internal-negotiations-are-over/

    Critics Fear Pact Will Tie Next President’s Hands

    http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40934

    U.S. Cuts Back the Proposed Size of Its Force in Iraq

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/world/middleeast/united-states-cuts-back-proposed-size-of-force-in-iraq.html/#p3

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/10/16/345165/herman-cain-blames-obama-for-bushs-iraq-withdrawal-deadline/

  75. October 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    October 21, 2011 3:20 PM

    Maybe Mitt should enjoy some quiet time
    By Steve Benen

    Oh, good, Mitt Romney wants to pretend to have foreign policy credibility again. Just one day after taking his sixth different position on U.S. policy in Libya, the former one-term governor is complaining about the end of the war in Iraq.


    Some Republicans are challenging Obama’s decision to for a complete withdrawal over the next two-and-a-half months.

    “President Obama’s astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women,” said Mitt Romney, one of the GOP presidential candidates.

    Hmm. In 2008, Iraq and the United States agreed to a Status of Forces Agreement that was identical to the wishes of then-Sen. Barack Obama. Since then, President Obama has kept his promises, and gradually brought down U.S. troop levels. Today the White House announced the end of America’s military presence in the country, right on schedule.

    Which is part is the “astonishing failure”? And why is it, exactly, that Romney believes the U.S. military presence should simply continue on, indefinitely?

    Romney added today that he’s concerned that “political calculations” were part of the decision making. Think about one — Mitt Romney, whose decision-making process generally involves sticking his finger in the air to see which way the winds are blowing, is accusing someone else of making “political calculations.”

    If the Romney campaign was able to type that one up with a straight face, I’d be very impressed.

    But the larger point to keep in mind is that Romney, while doing his best to pretend to understand international affairs, is frequently incoherent on the subject. Remember the time Romney told ABC News he would “set a deadline for bringing the troops home” from Iraq — but only if it’s a secret deadline? How about the time Romney, more than four years into the war in Iraq, said it’s “entirely possible” that Saddam Hussein hid weapons of mass destruction in Syria prior to the 2003 invasion? Or the time Romney pretended “Hezbollah and Hamas and al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood” were all the same thing? How about my personal favorite: the time Romney made the bizarre assertion that IAEA weapons inspectors were not allowed entry into Saddam Hussein’s Iraq?

    It’s not just the Middle East, either. Last year, Romney tried to trash the New START nuclear treaty in an op-ed, prompting Fred Kaplan to respond, “In 35 years of following debates over nuclear arms control, I have never seen anything quite as shabby, misleading and — let’s not mince words — thoroughly ignorant as Mitt Romney’s attack on the New START treaty.”

    I’m not surprised Romney wants to weigh in on a major development, and feels the need to take cheap shots at the president today. But Romney is simply clueless. Maybe he should go enjoy a little quiet time while the grown-ups talk.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_10/maybe_mitt_should_enjoy_some_q032974.php

  76. October 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Vice President Biden on candy Crowley show Sunday.
    They say he is looking at 2016!

    Go Joe!

    • 266 hopefruit2
      October 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      If Joe is running in 2016 – he ALREADY has my vote. Period.

      • 267 nathkatun7
        October 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        He has my vote too, hopefruit! Joe Biden is really a magnificent human being with an incredibly gifted wife. It’s no wonder President Obama selected him as his VP! That was one of his first major decision that really sold me on the President’s wisdom.

  77. 268 Linda
    October 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Maliki Votes for Obama

    By Charles Krauth/amm­­er
    Friday, July 25, 2008

    “In a stunning upset, Barack Obama this week won the Iraq primary. When Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki not once but several times expressed support for a U.S. troop withdrawal on a timetable that accorded roughly with Obama’s 16-month proposal, he did more than legitimize the plan. He relieved Obama of a major political liability by blunting the charge that, in order to appease the MoveOn left, Obama was willing to jeopardize the astonishin­­g success of the surge and risk losing a war that is finally being won.

    Maliki’s endorsemen­­t left the Mc/Cain campaign and the Bush administra­­tion deeply discomfite­­d. They underestim­­ated Maliki’s sophistica­­tion and cunning.”

    ==========­­=========­=­========­==­=======­===­======­====­=====­====

    4 months later, Bush ended up signing this exact plan.

  78. 272 CTGirl
    October 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    We are just about $200 away from our $5000 goal :-). If able please donate $9 to celebrate the end of the 9 wasted years in Iraq. :-). Thanks!

  79. October 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    GEEZE H. crackers. Just saw this on twitter:

    Heard it on Martin Bashir’s show. POTUS had a conf call with heads of congress & @speakerboehner didn’t call in.

    So Rusty’s been whining but he’s nothing but a lazy arrogant jerk.

  80. 276 Maritza
    October 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    My apologies if this has already been shared here.

    …”So here’s a bit of positive news reported by Jake Tapper: President Obama reads 10 letters from constituents every day; often times, he feels powerless to act in a direct manner to alleviate some of the pain that Americans are in, so he does what he can — he occasionally writes them a personal check:”

    http://www.angryblacklady.com/

  81. October 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I think the Obama re-election campaign are ready for any of the GOP nominee, but they expect it to be Romney. But I’m noticing that the campaign aint’ going all out on Romney yet, but when they do, they aren’t giving soft hit either.

    From Greg Sargent on twitter:

    Obama campaign: “Romney’s foreign policy experience is limited to his work as a finance executive shipping American jobs overseas.”

    From BenSmith @politico:

    Obama spox @BenLaBolt: Romney “apparently willing to leave American troops [in Iraq] without identifying a new mission.”

    I think the re-election campaign are obviously more ready than we think. Just biding their time.

    • 282 jacquelineoboomer
      October 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      If this was the rally I saw on the teevee today, I was wondering why nobody … ha ha ha … was clapping from the audience. He’s almost ready to do a Donald Trump, methinks. And a Tim Pawlenty, etc.

  82. 283 Fred
    October 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    FACT and LINKS: Tax Experts: Cain’s 9-0-9 Would Still Raise Taxes On Poor

    Herman Cain says he wouldn’t apply the 9% flat tax of his “9-9-9” tax plan for those at or below the poverty line. The move followed criticism that the flat tax portion of the plan would unfairly punish the poorest of Americans.

    Yet the Washington Post is reporting that the elimination of the middle 9 doesn’t quite fix the problem. “Poor families would see a smaller tax increase than they otherwise would see, but they will still see a tax increase,” they quote Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.

    The Tax Policy Center released an analysis earlier this week that criticized the 9-9-9 plan as raising taxes on 84% of Americans while lowering them for only the richest households.

    Cain’s new 9-0-9 plan would still raise taxes on the poor, analysts say

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/cains-new-9-0-9-plan-would-still-raise-taxes-on-the-poor-analysts-say/2011/10/21/gIQAhki93L_blog.html

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/1407

  83. 285 hopefruit2
    October 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Former congressman Patrick Murphy was just on Hardball just now talking about the President – this segment is a must see.

  84. 289 vero804
    October 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Every time I hear McCain talk about how we should’ve used all these different military weapons and planes and personnel to fight in Libya and to deal more aggressively in Iran, and to do more with regard to Syria, I thank God we got it together and made Barack Obama our president. This dude would have us in various types of military engagements right now. We’d be spread thin. He loves the military in a weird way. Everything must have a military answer to him. Everything.

    Elections have consequences, for sure.

    • October 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      McCain just plain gives me the creeps. I don’t believe he’s terribly intelligent and his history of grand heroism in the military is quite embellished. He’s an arrogant and bitter man who just reeks of unhealthy rage. He has no real idea what the world is really about in the 21st century but craves media attention and validation, which they are only too happy to lend. Wish he would just go away and leave the governing to those who are competent to serve.

      • 291 anniebella
        October 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        I email McCain and told him that I thought the President was right in bringing home the troops. I told McCain if he didn’t like it, then why don’t he, Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman, and any other politicians put on the U.S. uniform and go over to Iraq and stay for how ever long they want too. It’s clear they aren’t doing a dam thing for the American people.

        • 292 jacquelineoboomer
          October 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

          Excellent, anniebella!

        • 293 nathkatun7
          October 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm

          Well done, Anniebella! You would think that after nine years, these idiots would think that it’s time to bring our troops back home. Surprisingly, none of these idiots, unlike VP Biden, have had any of their children deployed in Iraq. That goes for the Mittens too!

        • 294 Chi
          October 22, 2011 at 2:12 am

          That was so refreshingly lovely to read Anniebella…
          Thank you…

      • 295 nathkatun7
        October 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

        Extremely well said, Meta! Why the medai never asks McCain how he intends to pay for all his pet military ventures is really beyond me. It goes to show how the so called MSM are in the pockets of the GOP!

        • 296 Chi
          October 22, 2011 at 2:18 am

          Spot on Nathkun7…

          That should have been the absolute first question asked of bloviators like McCain who keep telling us how the country is broke and can’t afford to keep its social contracts but keep finding money to pay for dumb, unprovoked wars abroad…

    • October 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      McCain, as President, would be trying to supply weapons against OWS by now.

  85. 298 hopefruit2
    October 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    A tweet from Knoller:

    // NATO decides it’s “very close to completion” in Libya and is has made “a preliminary decision to end the operation on 31 October 2011.” //

  86. October 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    The WashPo reporter who broke the story was on Hardball just now and he made a good point. If Rubio’s family came before Castro overthrew the gov’t, then like million of immigrants stories in America, the family prob came to America in hopes of having a better life for their family and themselves. But this is NOT the narrative Rubio wants, cause that narrative would make him no better than the million of “anchor baby” immigrants that the GOP and Rubio like to rant against. The narrative that his parents left Cuba because of Castro makes his story one of political persercution and is a more “accepting” view of immigration for GOP (I’ll add though, that this narrative didn’t/doesn’t apply to Haitian immigrants, but whatevs).

    • 300 jacquelineoboomer
      October 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      I forgot about that horrible “anchor baby” tag, which Republicans use all the time. So, in effect, they can now call Rubio that dreadful name and see how he likes it.

  87. 301 Fred
    October 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    State Department Breaking News: Start Transition of Power in Yemen IMMEDIATELY

  88. 303 nintendowii10
    October 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Just got this email from Jim Messina:

    Last night, Democrats in the Senate tried to pass a simple piece of President Obama’s jobs plan that shouldn’t be controversial: provide money to prevent further layoffs of teachers, cops, and firefighters at the local level, and pay for it by taxing the income of millionaires an extra 0.5%.

    This morning a lot of media outlets reported that the Senate “rejected” or “voted down” this proposal.

    But that’s not what happened. The measure didn’t come to an actual vote.

    That’s because every single Republican senator filibustered the bill — meaning they wouldn’t even let an up-or-down vote happen. Republicans have unilaterally decided not to allow even that simple majority vote on anything that might help the economy before the next election.

    To be clear: This bill would have created jobs, and both parties have supported similar measures in the past.

    But, sadly, some in the Congress do not feel any responsibility to act. As someone who has spent a lot of time working in and with the Senate, I can tell you that it’s a particularly low moment for the legislative branch of our government.

    It doesn’t need to be this way. That’s why the President and our campaign are focused on fixing what’s broken in Washington. Right now, that means we’re going to keep the pressure on Congress to act, until every single piece of the President’s jobs plan — the parts to help veterans find jobs and get small businesses hiring more people — gets a vote.

    So please, reach out and keep reaching out to Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, and ask him to give each piece of the American Jobs Act a fair vote.

    You can reach his office at (202) 224-2541.

    Call now — then let us know how it went.

    If you’re on Twitter, be sure to tweet at your Republicans in Congress as well.

    We’ll have more on this soon.

    Messina

    Jim Messina
    Campaign Manager
    Obama for America

  89. 306 anniebella
    October 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Did you say Cain spoke before two dozens. Did Mark Landler have anything to say?


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