E.J. Dionne: “The tide of war is receding,” President Obama said today. He’s right to withdraw our troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

I am sure some longtime supporters of the war will criticize him for pulling out too quickly. But as Obama pointed out, we have been at war in Iraq for nine years. The situation there will never present a perfect time for withdrawal…

… It was appropriate that Obama made this announcement immediately in the wake of Moammar Gaddafi’s death. It’s worth noting that our intervention in Libya, which did not place U.S. forces on the ground, was not only successful but also left the United States far more popular among the Libyan people. Gaddafi would not have fallen without outside intervention, but he was ultimately brought down by the Libyans themselves. Is this not a far better model for democratization?

…. “The United States is moving forward from a position of strength,” Obama said today. The truth is we will be stronger for ending an intervention in Iraq that has cost us so much in lives, injuries and money. On this matter, at least, we really have “turned the page” that Obama spoke about so often in his campaign.

Full article here


People with weak stomachs, don’t click the next two videos, they both feature Piers Morgan.

So, Morgan, talking about Cain’s 999 plan, tells Juan Williams that “I read a Wall St Journal Op-ed piece yesterday, very praiseworthy, by a big financial expert”.

Williams kindly points out the piece was written by the Reagan administration guy Arthur Laffer, one of the architects of, yes, the ….. 999 plan 🙄

So, “big financial expert” Laffer was praising his own plan in the “very praiseworthy” Wall St Journal Op-ed piece that so impressed Morgan.

How much is CNN paying this guy?



Be warned, it’s Bill Maher being, well, Bill Maher:

Mediaite (Thanks Loriah)


Andrew Sullivan: ….. if you’d told me in January 2009 that the banks would pay us back the entire bailout and then some, that the auto companies would actually turn around with government help and be a major engine of recovery, that there would be continuous job growth since 2009, however insufficient, after the worst demand collapse since the 1930s, that bin Laden would be dead, Egypt transitioning to democracy, al Qaeda all but decimated as a global threat, and civil rights for gays expanding more rapidly than at any time in history … well I would be expecting a triumphant re-election campaign.

But we are where we are – and the economic pain is real and the president must take his lumps. The good news for those of us who still back Obama and hope for his re-election is that even with all this positive record essentially dismissed and little of it capitalized on politically, Obama is still neck and neck with any likely opponent. And he is his own best messager.

At some point, he needs to shuck off the restraint, and tell the actual story of the last three years – against the fantastic and self-serving lies and delusions we keep hearing in Republican debates and Beltway chatter. If he does it with panache, he won’t need a jumpsuit onto an aircraft carrier. And many of his missions may even be accomplished.

Full post here


See you tomorrow 😉

74 Responses to “wrap-up”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    October 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Sleep well, Chips! What a day! Thanks for everything.

    And a big thank you to President Obama and our military! Job well done.

  2. 2 Tulips
    October 22, 2011 at 12:00 am


  3. October 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

    He will. He will tell this country all he’s done over the past three years.. when he gets on the road for reelection. Right now he’s governing.. which he’s doing a damn fine job of. I don’t think this country has seen anything yet when it comes to PRESIDENT Barack Obama campaigning for reelection- and the republican ‘candidate’ won’t know what hit him/her.

    • 4 nathkatun7
      October 22, 2011 at 12:30 am

      Indeed, Sherijr! And I can attest to that having lived under nine previous presidents. I don’t care if the majority of Americans are so stupid not to re-elect President Obama. So far as I am concerned, he is the best President in my lifetime.

    • October 22, 2011 at 8:09 am

      Agreed, Shirijr. The country will hear from this president. The GOP leaders have set this country back for eons. But inspite of their (and some Democrats) obstruction, PBO has managed to excel.

      Americans will learn this soon enough when the campaign begins in earnest. I so believe that deep down in my soul. There are decent people in this country who are turned off by this mess.

      PBO will prevail and those hypocrites in the media, many of them, like the Rushes and GOP who want to see him fail, will be put to shame. Although for this crowd, I don’t think they’d recognize the word, shame.

  4. October 22, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Wonderful wrap up Chips

  5. 13 desertflower
    October 22, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Been quite a day.I’m exhausted, so I’ll say goodnight to everyone…I did manage to catch up,but I think that a good night sleep will do wonders for my conversation in the morning:) Night all….I sleep peacefully knowing this man is in charge.

  6. 14 GGail
    October 22, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Thanks Chipsticks for another wonderful day of coverage.

    Ok, Piers Morgan, we’ll bring some Wall Street blokes up on charges just as soon as you and Murdock go up on charges. How ’bout that!

  7. 17 HZ
    October 22, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Thanks Chips for everything that you do to make this wonderful place our beautiful haven of life, intelligent interaction, passionate views that are focused on supporting POB and getting him re-elected in 2012 with respect and grace. Good night Chips and TOD family.HZ

  8. October 22, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I’m wrapped up in elation with the historic BFD announcement “Our servicemen and women will be with their families for the holidays.”

    awfully busy but wanted to say on this sweet sweet day that reading everybody here is one of the best joys in my life, also soooooo happy that “The Only Adult In The Room” with BWD is back today.

    Goodnight sweet dreams

    • 19 Obama Grandmama
      October 22, 2011 at 12:49 am

      We just HAVE to get more jobs so the service men and women have work to come home to as well as putting those here now to work.

  9. October 22, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Didn’t get to comment much today but did get to enjoy the outstanding info, Chips. How I love our brilliant, courageous President. I cover him, Michelle and the girls with prayers. I hope he has a peaceful weekend. Of course, if he wants to take out another bad guy in between golf rounds just to make the right wing nut jobs heads explode again, I wouldn’t mind.

    Thanks for all you do, Chips. Oh and it was a pleasure to make a donation to your fundraising page today.

    Sweet dreams, everyone.

  10. 22 Dave
    October 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

    The President was expected to walk on water when previous presidents couldn’t tie there shoes without help. Of course POB is a very good swimmer, but NEVER MIND THAT.

  11. October 22, 2011 at 12:45 am

    The best part of PBO presidency is his focus. Long term achievements while completely ignoring short-term distractions like 24×7 noise, twisted polls, daily pundtwitry and blog blood letting.

  12. 26 nathkatun7
    October 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Chipsticks, I am sure you know how many of us hold you in high regard for this wonderful blog you created. Today, I wanted to add my praise for the wonderful work you do every day. For me, to day was truly a wonderful day because of all the things you posted that I would have otherwise missed. Being here in Southern California I know I am writing this way past your bed time. I hope you have a restful sleep. Again thank you for the wonderful work you put in to keep us informed, which helps us to be less dependent on the corporate, so called mainstream, media.

  13. October 22, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Good gravy! Piers Morgan is a prick. Should be Prick Morgan. He’s insufferable.


    Thanks Chips! Good night TOD Family 😛

  14. 28 globalcitizenlinda
    October 22, 2011 at 12:53 am

    What a week!! here is some news flash from the Middle East


    Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Sultan dies The Saudi Crown Prince, Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud, has died, Saudi TV has said.

    The crown prince was first in line to the Saudi throne, and was also minister of defence and aviation.

    He was in his eighties and suffered from cancer for some years. He is thought to have died at a New York hospital.


  15. October 22, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I didn’t watch that vid. Was mahr being a prick … yet again ?

  16. October 22, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Another good news today is that pinhead of a govnor of AZ got a gut kick from a fed judge over hr xenophobic SB 1070.

    U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton threw out the state’s countersuit in its entirety.

  17. 40 Bobfr
    October 22, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    What do you call a person who authorizes torture, fear mongers a Nation into an illegal war, & protects those destroying the climate – Bush


  18. 41 Rita
    October 22, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Chip – This is priceless: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/10/21/occupy-the-professional-left/ – Occupy the Professional Left. Right on the money!

    • 42 Cos
      October 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

      I am so happy that the young man called out and exposed Ratigaan and Cenk for the hypocrites that they are. To bad that Michael Moore has not been called out. IMO, he is just as bad as those clowns.

      • 43 Rita
        October 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

        Cos, actually he did! Check this out…

        “For example, ever notice how these trendy-wendies always show up when they have something of their own ego or agenda to spin?

        Uygur is plugging his show, newly relocated to Current. Olbermann is desperately trying to up his viewing figures, down from a million or so on MSNBC to 46,000 nightly on Current. Bill Maher showed up at Occupy DC this weekend to plug his new book and to remind everyone there that he was performing stand-up at GWU that night. Michael Moore has a new book he’s selling.

        And Joan Walsh is simply trying to stay relevant, whilst hiding the sheets in the closet.”

  19. 44 halo
    October 22, 2011 at 5:55 am

    The problem with the PL is that they can’t take a victory when they see one. Over at OS, they were complaining how he was only forced tor remove all troops because Iraq told them to leave.

    • 45 hopefruit2
      October 22, 2011 at 8:48 am

      That is a false meme that’s being spread by likes of RATigan Olbermann, and others in the media etc. The President made this pre-condition of immunity to give Iraq an out – that is where politics and maintaining positive ties comes in.

      It’s not that the PL doesn’t want to take a victory. They are against giving the President his due credit for keeping his promises.

  20. October 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Ha, Ha, Ha…Birthers are eating their own.

    Jindhal and Ruibo are not qualified to be presidential candidates, according to Birthers.


    • October 22, 2011 at 8:15 am

      “This relies on a rather expansive interpretation of “natural born.” At this rate, it is surely only a matter of time before birthers begin to pronounce candidates ineligible if they were born by C-section, or if their mothers were given pain medications during childbirth. Will Donald Trump demand to see their medical records?”


      Sweet schadenfreude. even dana frakking milbank is ridiculing you makes you the most derided object of the world.

    • 49 hopefruit2
      October 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Well what goes around comes around, doesn’t it? You reap what you sow.

  21. October 22, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Is Piers Morgan obsessed with PBO? Every time I see a clip, he is fishing for some kind of criticism for this president. Piers, the hacking scandal is coming to American soil. Better be trying to get ready for your own defense or there lack of.

    • 51 Sue in Minnesota
      October 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Africa, my thoughts as well. Completely fixated……and he was so flattering to Kathy Bates because he recognized an opportunity to exploit his favorite meme….the President is such a big disappointment. I like Kathy Bates, I disagree with her suggestion that there is only one way to win the political argument and thats by playing dirty and by the Republicans handbook. I prefer and respect President Obama’s approach smart politics based on real facts and actions, not dirty politics based on deceit and manipulation.

      Piers Morgan is a douchebag! Hope he finds his hinder in a binder as the investigations into Murdoch and his marauders expands.

      • 52 Lovepolitics2008
        October 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

        The problem is if you play dirty politics, the message you send is that dirty politics are acceptable. What does that mean for the long term? What message does that send? What values are you promoting? Manipulation, dishonesty, hate?

        If we accept the idea that democrats should use the same tactics as republicans, it’s like saying that we should tell a victim of bullying to learn to be a bully himself. It can solve a problem in the short term but in the long term it makes the problem worse because you feed the culture of violence.

        I’m not saying you don’t defend yourself, but you have to find ways to confront bad behavior in a constructive way. Very difficult though.

        What President Obama is attempting to do is a kind of “reeducation program” of the political class. Difficult in ordinary circumstances, insanely difficult in the context of a crisis. I have immense admiration for him.

        • 53 Sue in Minnesota
          October 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

          Especially well articulated….I agree. We need to encourage our politicians to follow his lead, I know we tend to resist change, but PBO has had the courage to lead by example making it easier for others to adapt his methods. PBO has potential to have a profound and healing effect on the broken and devisive politics of our times. I hope and pray he succeeds the impact could help to greatly unify and heal our nation.

          • 54 EDP4BHO
            October 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

            I commend you and Lovepolitics in pointing out that President Obama came to Washington to change the way they do business. Any other way would cancel out his campaign promises, nullify the hope we all felt and still believe in, and cast him as just another “politician”. He is more than just a politician in its known form. As Colin Powell said, he is transformational, and to me, a visionary leader, with the courage to go it alone if/since he has to. Let’s all remember, his own wife stated he is very stubborn when he has his mind made up about something. If Michelle thinks he’s right to be where he is, I’m going with Michelle.

    • 55 ChristiMtl
      October 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Good morning TOD’ers, good morning Africa,

      He’s completely obsessed with President Obama, he always ask his guests to give their impression on the President. What’s with that? It’s weird.
      I think he desperately want another Matt Damon. It was all over when he criticized the President since he was such a ”supporter”

      I wasn’t sure if it was on his program that Matt Damon first said he was disappointed with the President.
      I checked and here it is:

      With one word, Barack Obama lost the enthusiastic support of one of his most famous supporters last night.

      Asked by Piers Morgan if he’s happy with the way Obama has been running the country,”Matt Damon simply replied: “No.” He then elaborated:

      “I really think he misinterpreted his mandate. I no longer hope for audacity.”

  22. 56 Cos
    October 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

    CNN is so comical. In order to minimize PBO’s foreign policy wins, they did a poll IMO to make sure that foreign policy ranks last in the polls. They will do anything to put a negative spin on anything our dear Prez does. MSM are loving the fact that they can point out that Bush made this agreement to leave Iraq. Can’ help but chuckle sometimes.

    • 57 hopefruit2
      October 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

      We know that if PBO weren’t doing so well on foreign policy – it would be first and foremost thing in EVERY poll. It would be the most talked about thing in the media – economy/unemployment be damned. DItto for the DADT repeal issue. When the president was still in the long arduous and difficult process of trying to get the military ready and to secure votes to get DADT repealed, it was the rage in the MSM. You had even Cindy McCain join “forces” with Dan Choi appearing on just about every TV show imaginable. No one cared about black unemployment THEN…

      That’s how NASTY the left and right media is – look for any area in which they think the President might be vulnerable and turn it into an issue of focus for the country. What they don’t know is that the President is always 3 steps ahead of them on any given issue and he usually ends taking them to a nice STFU breakfast with fried egg squarely stuck on their smirking faces.

    • 59 ChristiMtl
      October 22, 2011 at 8:44 am

      CNN own by Time Warner….an active ”member” of ALEC.

      No difference between FOX and CNN

  23. 60 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Good morning. . . just a little funny cartoon to start your morning.

  24. 61 CEB
    October 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Good morning everyone,

    Just catching up on the last post from Friday night. Our president. “What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!” He goes about his daily schedule, juggling the balls of governance, loving his family and us, looking fine and fit as he does so, and WHAM! the results of long, quiet, and focused planning that takes our breath away. He ran for president to do something, not to be something (he was already an adult who knew who he was; did not need the adulation of others to feel good about himself); the reason that so many of the media, the PL, haters, GOP, etc. keep mis-judging and underestimating him, is that they, as many others, are cynical when it comes to politics and politicians. They have seen the sausage being made and it is not pretty! They cannot believe that PBO means what he says; that he does not change his opinions based on politcal winds. He is a man of conviction; a man who truly believes what he says. They are not like this and they know no one in power who is so they cannot see beyond their cynicism and jealousy. It further galls them that no matter how many obstacles they put in his way, many love and support PBO and that he is running rings around them without breaking a sweat or showing anger. It would be hilarious if it was not so sad.

  25. 69 ChristiMtl
    October 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I saw this on twitter:

    Please boycott Huffington Post if you have an account there. Their front page headline is extraordinarily disrespectful.

    So I had to look…

    String Of Foreign Policy Successes Unlikely To Help Obama In 2012

    With a terrible picture of President Obama.

    The man is is probably the most photogenic person there is, very rarely there’s a bad picture of him….they had to find one of course.

  26. 70 CEB
    October 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    They and the usual suspects are trying to down play this BFD as they have all of the others, to depress the vote. We press on.

    • October 22, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Huffington post is the new Drudge!

    • October 22, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Please excuse the language below, but i just posted this on Huff-N-Puff.

      FUCK YOU, Huff-N-Puff!

      It’s been quite evident of your agenda from day one to piss on every accomplishment that this president has had. It’s become this site natural reaction, that for every success or accomplishment of this president, Huff-N-Puff will ensue with a negative article. It’s called equalizing any positive reaction.

      I know you will be terminating my account, but guess what I could really give a shit since I’ve wised up to your agenda some times ago. Your ruse is to plant the seed of discontent and hope that the seed will grow.

      This meme of Lady huffington playing the anti-corporatist card all while in bed with the same corporatist has caught on, why do you think she’s getting less air time on progressive/liberal talk shows, it’s simply becasue her cover is blown.

      As Hal Sparks on Stephanie Miller’s radio show put it…..this site has become a cesspool of negativity in regards to the president.

      And I will end on how I started “Fuck Huff-N-Puff!


  27. October 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Thanks Chipsticks for a great week of posts – your’s is the only place we can find consistent accurate reporting of the Obama administration.

    I just watched the whole Bill Maher REALTIME show on HBO this morning –for the first time in years. He has been insufferable since 2009 but this show, for a change, was really good with Rachel Maddow and his other guests all on the same page; all complimenting Obama’s significant accomplishments and rightly criticizing both the stupidity and hatefulness of the GOP candidates and their followers.

  28. 74 lexusv
    October 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    What gets me about some of the supporters of President Obama (i.e. Kathy Bates, Juan Williams, etc) They do not realize this “special” president can not afford to act out in anger or kick azz and take names later mode. He will be decried as the angry “half” black man. He has to always appear to take the high road in everything and stay focused. I don’t know why seemingly well informed people are clueless about the history of what the “brotha” can do. Plus he has never shown the capacity to be like that anyway…a thinking man in every way. But I can tell from seeing him rock to the beats in and feeling the song when Aretha sang that spiritual the other day….he got it in him to go there ;o)

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