coming up (chat away)

Monday: The President will travel to Las Vegas to make remarks on the American Jobs Act. He will also participate in a campaign event while in Las Vegas. In the evening, the President will participate in campaign events in Los Angeles and spend the night there.

Tuesday: The President will tape an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” before departing for San Francisco. In San Francisco, the President will participate in a campaign event. In the afternoon the President will travel to Denver and participate in campaign events. He will spend Tuesday night in Denver.

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks on the American Jobs Act in Denver. That afternoon, the President will return to Washington, D.C.


Psst, you might not read this anywhere, but in the space of a week the President’s approval has gone up six with Gallup (to 44), and his disapproval has gone down seven (to 47) – a swing of 13 points. In one week. And that was before he announced the Iraq war was over.

I know, sensible people ignore these things, but we’re always told about the bad polls, so I thought I’d pass on the encouraging news 😉


Clarence Page (Chicago tribune): How important is it to have presidential candidates who, when talking about Libya, know where Libya is?

Rep. Michele Bachmann accidentally raised that question last week during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas …. “The president, he put us in Libya,” she complained. “He is now putting us in Africa.”

…. Bachmann’s flub would not be a big deal if it didn’t appear amid a Republican field infected with a nose-thumbing strain of willful ignorance about the rest of the world.

This was evidenced recently, for example, by Herman Cain …. “When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know,” he remarked in an interview…

For the record, if he meant the Republic of Uzbekistan, that former part of the Soviet Union has been an important ally in America’s actions in neighboring Afghanistan….

…. A recurring theme of this pre-election year has been the search for “the grown-up in the room”. As Moammar Gadhafi’s death vindicates President Obama’s Libya policy, his persistent critics are looking more like munchkins. I mean no disrespect to munchkins, by the way, wherever they may be on the map.

Full article here


LA Times: Why is Barack Obama’s presidency a tale of two situations?

On the foreign-policy front, the administration has had a string of successes: Osama bin Laden killed; major Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen killed; and this week, of course, Moammar Kadafi killed. And on Friday, the president announced that all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by year’s end.

An unpopular war will be officially over for us soon. Terrorists and terrorist groups that threaten us are dead or on the run. Libya’s longtime strongman has been overthrown, thanks in part to Obama’s policy that had the U.S. and NATO working together.

But here’s a question: If Obama has been so successful in foreign policy, why has he been so unsuccessful on domestic issues?

…. domestically the problem is that Obama’s opponents have turned criticism into obstructionism. Unlike his foreign policies, Obama’s efforts to fix the economy have been thwarted at every turn by Republicans. Take the president’s jobs bill …. Republicans won’t even agree to spend $35 billion on teachers, police and firefighters ….

The bottom line? It’s wrong to say the president’s domestic policies haven’t worked when those policies haven’t even been given the chance to work.

Abroad, Obama has been allowed to set policy, and those policies have been given time to work. And, for the most part, they have.

Perhaps if Republicans gave the president that same leeway on domestic policy, we might be winning some battles at home, too.

Full article here

Thanks Layhawke and bjw2


Link to NYT article

Thanks Marlz




178 Responses to “coming up (chat away)”

  1. 1 collegekay
    October 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Yes yes yes yes yes!! I love when he does talk shows!

    • 2 Mel
      October 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      I normaly do no watch the late shows because there late for me , but this time we are soo forward to stay
      late to watch my President and get a good laugh.I think at a Latino fund rasing. you go Mr. president
      and a Fantastic job you are doing.

  2. 3 LOL
    October 23, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Found this to be sooo neat

    • October 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      This video is just to awesome, thanks, she gave me a wide smile 🙂

      • 5 Obama Grandmama
        October 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm

        I liked it when she said, “I tried very hard not to smile.” I know that would have been the toughest part as when I attended a rally in 2008 I found myself unexpectedly jumping up and down with huge side to side waves and the biggest smile on my face ever when he came on stage.

    • 6 Mel
      October 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Please send this vidio to Sunskind On his trashy book he told us that PBO does not like wamen
      in his administration. this is a great vidio than you LOL.

      • 7 JoJothecat
        October 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

        I thought PBO had a problem with “women”? Didn’t some nut case so-called journalist say he was “hostile” to women? Boy does she look miserable and unhappy…..NOT!

    • 8 theo67
      October 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      This is a great video – these are the things that happen that President Obama doesn’t think will ever get out – the private moments of goodness that probably happen every day and touch the people affected. I’m glad this woman pilot has succeeded to such a presigious post, and that both former President Bush and the current, amazing, always gracious President Obama reacted with such appreciation to her existence. Simply great.

    • 9 utaustinliberal
      October 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Wow. Very proud of her. Goodluck.

  3. October 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    This week is going to be great 🙂 I hope he get to go on Letterman again to. He was great and Letterman love him. I remember when Letterman was on Regis the same time as First Lady Michelle promoting Let’s Move, he said “He went to shake her hand and Mrs. Obama told him, I want a hug, I’m a huggie person.” He was smiling that night from ear to ear remembering her hug. So I hope his team book a spot the next time he is in NY.

  4. 14 hopefruit2
    October 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Now that Gallup shows a significant rise – will the media breathlessly report as they are quick to when his numbers supposedly drop by a few points? Will Tweety trot out his sidekick Howard Fineman (who by the way was MIA on Thursday and Friday when Libya was liberated and troop withdrawal was announced) to discuss the rise in polls?

  5. 16 carolyn
    October 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I have a feeling we’ve seen the bottom of polling for the President. More people are getting jobs, consumer spending is up, the OWS has alerted many people to the real problem, and the Republican candidates are talking and talking, and people are finally seeing the alternative. That may not sound too positive, but it is. People carry around an imaginary perfect opponent until the reality hits them. I predict his polling will continue to go up….just like it did four years ago. Slow, but steady wins the race. That rise is way outside the margin of error.

    • 17 hopefruit2
      October 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      I believe the President going on the road (jobs tour) and talking to the people, as well as the under the radar grassroots OFA efforts for the campaign is what’s helping a lot. That’s why the media is going stir crazy over the jobs tour

    • 18 Pkali
      October 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Carolyn I agree, I see it and the numbers show it, people are back to work and they are out shopping, once this economy comes back they will have nothing to say about our president, I have always said his presidency is tracking just like Reagan. I bet you he wins in a landslide just like Reagan did in 84

      • 19 anniebella
        October 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        Pkali, I pray you are right. It will give me so much joy to see that ugly ass turtle face of Mitch McConnell when he learn his plan to make Barack Obama a one term President has fail.

      • October 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

        Three new stores opened up at our local mall. During the Bush years the place was a ghost town but not anymore.

        One thing I’ve kept in mind is when the President said he wanted Congressional support but he was not going to let them stop him. Growing the economy one way or the other is going to get done and the Republicans and Blue Dogs down the road are going to begging for a seat on the Obama Express.

  6. October 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I live in Las Vegas and need to find out where exactly PBO is speaking. HELP!! I don’t want to miss it! If anybody knows, pleaaaaase let me know!

  7. 32 Ladyhawke
    October 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    O/T: The HBO Documentary “SING YOUR SONG” is a triumph. A must see.

    It tells the inspirational life story of Harry Belafonte. It is just remarkable. Harry is a treasure. There is amazing footage of the civil rights movement here in the United States, Africa, Haiti, and around the world. It was so engrossing, I plan to watch it again.


  8. October 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I to think President Obama’s polling is going to keep going up, little by little. Republican’s are showing their hand big time. I just wish that President Obama would talk directly to the people who are unemployed. Call out the unemployed to hound congress. Call out the unemployed to form in the streets in front of their congress persons offices, and the state capitals. He is just saying call congress. He needs to be more direct. You know the short attention spans of Americans today LOL

    I want the Democratic Party to get some better messengers. And wordsmiths. We are doing the best we can, but we aren’t on the news daily to get the national exposure. I bet then his poll numbers would hit 50% and over.

    He said he told his Cabinet Secretaries to find employment projects in their departments and push them through to the states asap. To bypass or front load projects that was scheduled for later. So that in itself should bring the unemployment down next month.

    • 34 Marlz (@marjgra)
      October 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Brezzydee, isn’t that exactly what he is doing. Touring the country each week telling everyone to call, fax, email, tweet, snail mail and use carrier pigeons. It thought that’s what he is doing!

      The Dem. party on the other hand is something else. We need more of them out there to be on TV and be upfront. For every Democrat, there are about twenty repubs!

      • October 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

        What I’m thinking is a lot of people that are unemployed don’t have cable to keep up with the daily news. They only get to see 30 seconds or 1 minute of what is going on with President Obama’s Whitehouse or campaign. I am thinking if he gave some townhalls with just the unemployed, and some speeches with just the unemployed. I think it will make a great difference in peoples morale. It would be a great morale booster, give people some hope, directly let them know he care, and congressmen/women will have to look them in the face and say no to a jobs bill. It’s good politically and to show independents that he is really trying. Regardless of what Republicans say.

        • October 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm

          but his tours are covered mostly by local news outlets and newspapers so people don’t need cable.

          • 37 conlakappa
            October 24, 2011 at 12:05 am

            Exactly, which is the sort of thing that ticks off the national media. It’s the local coverage that matters.

        • 38 HZ
          October 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

          Lets remember that President Obama has his people who are reading polls for him also daily. He understands that very well. However, it is not enough for us to want to have large numbers of people from the Democratic Party on a tv program every minute and everyday. What we need to be careful about in this thinking is to be sure that we have excellent spokepersons who understand the importance of staying on message to articulate the President’s message. There can be many people from the Party speaking, but they can muddle the message just as good as the opposition is doing. If one person is speaking and staying with the President’s framing of the message, that is better than 20 Dems out there speaking crap to the American people.

          I think the greatest messenager is the one who is speaking now, President Obama. Plus we are his army., and we have the tools to get the message that he wants and needs to get out via our abilities to use our blogs, like this great one, twitter, facebook, phone calls, e mailing, etc., daily for him and our fellow Americans who are out of work etc.

          I believe that by us coming together and going out there and doing what President Obama calls us to do ,when he is calling on us,via speeches, townhalls, e mailing will help tremendously. Plus, I think it is a great visual for the American people (who can) see their President on the networks speaking to them, moving around in their states, etc. That is a powerful message within itself. He cares, he is rubbing hands with them, they hear him say what Congress is doing and not doing for them. Powerful.

          Those who are out of work (that I know) do not have cable anymore. They do not have personal transportation or even their cells. They are walking the streets trying to look for work. Some are depending on other family and friends to drive them to these job appointment ,and jobs fairs.,etc. Each Congress member knows who is out of work in their district. They see the stores closed in their districts, and they get phone calls at their local offices. They see some of the people at Sunday services who are jobless. They get the calls from Food Banks within their districts asking for help. They know who these people are, and they still do not do what is right.

          The President gave them a jobs bill, and they still told the people where they could take a hike. So, lets be plain and clear here. Most of us have lived to see many Presidents serve this nation, BUT I have never seen a President treated ,D or R like this one. NOT ONE. Plain and simple. And please do not tell me that President Obama is not showing love and compassion. I know better. We all know better, or where have we been lately. So let us think together with all ideas and try to come together and see how we can help. That is why I also love Whitehouse.gov. Also it is why I love coming here to Chips, because we can feed off of the many wonderful ideas and move with them, if they are appropriate for us to move in that direction. In other words, we can all help in our own way where we can, and when we can. But always remember that the President is doing his part. Always.

          So, I do believe that we can find creative ways as part of President Obama’s army to assist him in getting the message out there. He is the best wordsmith that I know of right now. I believe that those who really trust and believe in this President, can recognize that he really does care, and that he is doing the very best that he can within his Branch of our three Branches of Government. He can’t legislate, but we can stay on the Congress to do the job, no matter how hard it becomes. Remember, POB told us that “Change is Hard.”

          So lets hang in here and take all suggestions, weigh them, and come together and see what will work to help support President Obama.HZ

          • 39 Sue in Minnesota
            October 24, 2011 at 8:03 am

            Love you HZ, you always inspire the best in us. I am always grateful to hear your kind and wise voice. God Bless and Keep up.

      • 40 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

        Exactly my points below Marlz. My disdain for the absent Democratic Party in supporting this Prez.

    • October 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      The unemployment rate here in CA has gone down from 12.1% to 11.9%. The country is making slow but steady progress. At least we are heading in the right direction. If the Repugs take over we will regress.

    • 43 anniebella
      October 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      That is why the Senate Republicans won’t allow the jobs bill to pass, because they know if there is any success with the AJA, you can kiss the GOP chance of winning the WH back good-bye.

    • 44 theo67
      October 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      I know they are probably discouraged, and understandably so, but shouldn’t the unemployed already be calling their congress people? Why do they need a special call-out to galvanize them into action? It’s a sad state of affairs when people need to be called to act in their own best interests.

  9. 45 Ladyhawke
    October 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Obama’s efforts to fix the economy have been thwarted at every turn by Republicans…

    The bottom line? It’s wrong to say the president’s domestic policies haven’t worked when those policies haven’t even been given the chance to work.



    Why is Barack Obama’s presidency a tale of two situations? On the foreign-policy front, the administration has had a string of successes: Osama bin Laden killed; major Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen killed; and this week, of course, Moammar Kadafi killed. And on Friday, the president announced that all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by year’s end. An unpopular war will be officially over for us soon. Terrorists and terrorist groups that threaten us are dead or on the run. Libya’s longtime strongman has been overthrown, thanks in part to Obama’s policy that had the U.S. and NATO working together. But here’s a question: If Obama has been so successful in foreign policy, why has he been so unsuccessful on domestic issues? Sure, unemployment fell in California last month, but it’s nothing to write home about. Joblessness, foreclosures, poverty -– you know the numbers, and they’re not pretty. Even his signature domestic achievement, healthcare reform, remains under attack by Republicans. They vow to undo it as soon as they control the White House again. So what’s the deal? It isn’t that he’s escaped criticism on foreign policy. Republicans — heck, even some Democrats — have been critical of Obama’s moves. But what he’s done has, in the main, worked. No, domestically the problem is that Obama’s opponents have turned criticism into obstructionism. Unlike his foreign policies, Obama’s efforts to fix the economy have been thwarted at every turn by Republicans…



    Reposting from the previous thread (by bjw2) because this is so important. The LA Times Opinion Staff is saying what we all know. But it’s nice to see it in print. Now we need to get the network and cable stations to say it out loud. We all know that the GOP is sabotaging the domestic agenda. This article needs to be tweeted far and wide.

    • October 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      That’s an excellent piece by the LA Times Ladyhawke, sorry I missed it earlier, didn’t get a chance today to keep up with comments. Just added it to the post, thank you again.

    • 47 desertflower
      October 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      That was an excellent piece at TPV…thanks for reposting on this thread. WIW has started a list of what TOD folks live in each state…I brought this idea up last week and thankfully, Alice ran with it and gathered the names/states and sent them to Linda at WiW….my thought with this was, that we would have at least one person, in every state, to push back and SHOW THE FACTS to local media blogs,TV sites,write LTE..etc.using the mountains of facts that we here at TOD thrive on….we each have the ability to do that. It doesn’t mean that you have to get into a pissing contest with some foolish guy on the internet…I’ve done that MORE than once, trying to get it into his thick head…forget about that:) There are plenty of people that read and never comment…you never know who you may enlighten on any given day….stick to the facts, be respectful, and move on to the next….one foot in front of the other. Out own little “Truth Squad”…we can all make a difference.
      I hope that we see the list grow to have someone represented in all 50 states….and report back from time to time, on how things are going!
      Thanks, Chips,WIW,Alice and everyone that has thrown their hats in the ring to get this done on a more local level/state by state level.Yes. We.Can.

      • 48 hopefruit2
        October 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        I think this is especially important for those of us who reside in red or swing states. For example today there apparently was an OWS anti-Obama “protest” in Des Moines Iowa where ~ 100 marched to the OBama campaign headquarters led by a PL “liberal” who explicitly stated that they were not going to blame the Repubs or congress.


        That kind of irresponsible nonsense has to be discouraged especially now when the President is attempting to get some bills passed. When senators like Chuck Grassley are given a free pass for obstructing, they only become more emboldened to engage in their dirty work. OWS needs to get it’s act together.

        • 49 desertflower
          October 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm


        • 50 ChristiMtl
          October 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

          Thanks for the link hopefruit2

          Wow, what is this? Is it going to be the new trend for the #OWS movement, is it their message now? .

          Nearly 100 people marched Saturday to President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign headquarters in downtown Des Moines.

          One by one, members of Occupy Iowa denounced the president for what they called his failure to protect the vast majority of Americans from home foreclosures, rising health care costs and student loan debt.

          “Obama is the president of the United States. The buck stops with him,” Goodner said. “We will not blame Republicans. We will not blame Congress.”

          Who the hell is this guy? David Goodner….never heard of him.

          We will not blame Republicans, We will not blame Congress????????????

          This is very disturbing and disgusting.

          • 51 Ladyhawke
            October 24, 2011 at 7:40 am

            These people don’t even understand how their government works. They are in desperate need of a refresher course in civics 101. This is really pathetic. If they took the time to look at the VoteSmart website and review the powers of the president vs the powers of congress, they would see that legislation is the responsibility of congress.

            GOVERNMENT 101: Introduction


        • 52 theo67
          October 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm

          The fact of that march under the OWS banner is disappointing and infuriating. Either these OWS people really are trying to make things better, or they’re trying to make things worse. And from everything I’ve seen, they are simply making things worse, changing the topic of conversation from the tangible act of passing legislation and education people – and instead opting for celebrity attention, Obama-bashing and inaction over explicit action. What a waste of energy.

        • 53 ChristiMtl
          October 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

          My comment vanished, I don’t know what happened….I hope I won’t have problem with Firefox now.

          Thanks for the link hopefruit2

          Wow, just wow.

          Who the heck is this guy? David Goodner…I never heard of him

          “Obama is the president of the United States. The buck stops with him,” Goodner said. “We will not blame Republicans. We will not blame Congress.”

          Say what?? Not blame the Republicans and Congress? Are they mad?,.

          Occupy Iowa?…

          I don’t even know what to say, it’s sick……

        • 54 nathkatun7
          October 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

          Hopefruit2, thanks for sharing this. I truly admire your forthrightness in warning us about OWS. This Des Moines, Iowa march on Obama campaign headquarters is more evidence that this movement is covertly undermining this President and the Democratic party.

      • 55 a4alice
        October 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        Yes Desert that is exactly right. You are spot on. There’s tons of people that never comment but lurk – trying to figure out as best they can what the heck is the truth and what’s a bunch of hooey. If all they see is RWNJ propoganda and no push back then they can’t ever tease out what the truth is. They’ll never see another point of view. It’s not up to us to argue with whoever is there unless you have time and want to (talk to a troll). It’s for the other people. the ones you don’t see commenting.

      • 57 dotster3
        October 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm

        And not just in your own state. Register and comment on news site blogs in critical states, those which are advertised as being toss-up etc. I started doing this last campaign, probably because I am in Illinois and the help was needed elsewhere. And I still comment regularly on my adopted “hometown” news sites whenever and wherever a little re-alignment of the discussion is needed, where truth is being ignored. I think this is a way to reach politically interested voters, may be more valuable than twitter which seems to be more directed back at the media etc. I look for news sites which have an active political commentary in mostly mid-size cities. I concentrated mostly on Florida, Indiana and Iowa last campaign, and had a 100% success rate. 🙂 Starting to expand my horizons to new battleground states. I think it would be a great idea if everyone here would try to do the same in a couple of states. Spread all this great TOD info far and wide.

        • 58 desertflower
          October 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm

          great idea, dotster!

          • 59 HZ
            October 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

            Thanks dotster. I was just speaking with someone last evening for about 2 hours via phone about issues they had about the President. I had sent some information on my IMFAF Day (Inform My Friends and Family). I am a retired senior with health problems, but I try to rest when possible and get moving when I have done that. So I have broken up my week into “The 2012 Steps.”

            I call friends and family in other states to inform. I wait for a reply. If not, I re-send. Wait. Then I get calls or e mails from them. That process starts the conversation. Then I ask them to commit to at least a day or so many hours. They like that idea. They can break it up to accomodate their schedules. Talk to their neighbors, friends, and family members. Find out if they are registered to vote. Talk to the young people. Get them registered. Tell them to wear their 2012 pins(they start conversations), carry your tote bags with 2012 logos etc., any great conversation starter or starer. It works for me, at least.

            Then I give them sites for different subjects: Healthcare, education, taxes, bills that are being considered by the Congress, and all of them to stay tune to what is going on within the Judicial System, federal and locally. They are so into this format, and I love it as well. Some people did not even know the names and or office numbers locally or in DC of their Representative and Senators. They found the numbers so that they can call, e mail address. This may sound too simple to many of you, but it works for some of us seniors. Thank you.

            Now ,we are all seniors young ones and older ones, but this is how we are trying to help. So I know that we can do this together. What little work each of us will do, will help in 2012.” Press On”

    • 60 a4alice
      October 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Tweeted it. Yep. Think that too. good to see it in print.

  10. 61 CT Voter
    October 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up about Gallup. Those are pretty interesting numbers, given the constant fusillade of bad press for Obama.

    Taegan Goddard at Politicalwire will point this out.

    I’m sure.

  11. October 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Again, thanks for the heads-up about Gallup.

  12. October 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Hi TODers!

    Remember this?

    Obama 2012!

    • October 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Hi, Donna, I haven’t seen you in a while. Did I scare you away with my ‘Ain’t no stopping us now, we’re on the move’ request? Hope not. 😉 Happy you’re here now. 😆

      • October 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm

        Hi vcprezofan2.

        No you didn’t scare me. I just have been so busy lately. But I still check in on you guys to see what’s going on.
        I haven’t put away my video skills. I will surface with a new video sometime soon.

        Thanks for remembering me. 🙂

  13. 69 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I guess there are some people who miss Bush . . .

  14. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    October 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for the reminder about the Jay Leno show! Can’t wait.

  15. October 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    So far, this is all the info I could find for PBO’s itinerary next week:

    A White House official says President Obama will visit three states: Nevada, California and Colorado. He’s expected to make stops in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles areas on Oct. 24, in San Francisco on Oct. 25, and in Denver on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.
    Just one month after he last hit the Bay Area, President Barack Obama will be back in San Francisco again to bulk up his campaign warchest with an Oct. 25 fundraiser.   The event is billed as a luncheon for 200. While the location isn’t yet announced, those numbers suggest some larger hotel venue, and President Obama supporters should know this one won’t be a cheap ticket: $7,500 per seat — or $10,000 for a photo op with POTUS.
   The visit to Northern California comes a day after he’s planning an Oct. 24 Latino-themed “Futuro” fundraiser in Los Angeles at 6pm at the home of actor Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith and co-hosted by actress Eva Longoria. The gala is expected to help draw support from Latinos, and a number of Obama’s jet-set backers in Hollywood. Other Latino co-hosts of the fundraiser include ‘Futuro Fund’ chairs Giselle Fernández, Andrés W. Lopez, Henry R. Muñoz III and Manuel “Manny” Sánchez. The event will also feature Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

  16. 78 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    This on Twitter . . .

    • 79 hopefruit2
      October 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      ROFLMAO! What’s the point of this twit (no pun intended)?

      • 80 Marlz (@marjgra)
        October 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm

        Exactly what you are doing . . . LAUGHING! Meaning he IS terrible at EVERYTHING!

        • 81 hopefruit2
          October 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

          Ooops sorry I mis-read the tweet…I thought it said that GWB is a better pitcher than OUR president…

          please accept my apologies!

      • October 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm

        Maybe he tossed out the first pitch tonight at the game tonight? He used to (still does?) own the Texas Rangers and they’re in the World Series.

        Last year, the Rangers were also in the World Series, and some of us on another website laughed our asses off when they got beat by the SAN FRANCISCO Giants. Being the political junkies that we are, we made it a Pelosi vs. Bush victory. LOL.

    • October 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Martz, I absolutely love this line of attack by PBO. Thanks for sharing this.

    • 85 desertflower
      October 24, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Seriously, a SPEEDO? Trust me, the ONLY guys that make that thing look good are competitive swimmers:)

  17. 86 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Here is Dan . . . We can’t wait by our Pres!. . .

  18. October 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Good news-

    Fannie, Freddie overseer looks to boost ailing housing market
    By Vicki Needham – 10/23/11 06:03 PM ET
    Housing policy could take center stage next week if a federal regulator and the Federal Reserve move forward with plans to help struggling homeowners.

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, could announce new proposals as early as Monday to boost the ailing housing sector and spur the economic recovery, sources tell The Hill.

    Let’s hope this happens!

    • October 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      I hope it happens soon. The Wall Street meltdown has just devastated my neighborhood. There are too many empty houses to count….. and that stupid ass Mitt Romney wants to everybody to hurry up, and hit rock bottom. Even the Blue Fairy couldn’t turn that cold hearted SOB into a human being.

    • October 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      But, but, but, the republicans sent Bernanke a letter demanding that the FED do nothing to aide economic recovery!! I believe the letter pizzzed Bernanke off, and he just might do some things to boost recovery efforts. I know if I were Bernanke I’d have resented the letter and the veiled threat from Rick Perry.

    • 92 globalcitizenlinda
      October 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      could this come just in time for President Obama’s visit to Nevada? Just say’ng

    • 93 desertflower
      October 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm


  19. 94 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I like this site. . . Keep it close. PCTC – Please Cut The Crap.

  20. October 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I hope this comes through. These are pictures of US soldiers in Iraq, shown to music of John Legend’s song ‘Coming Home”.

    I’ll be so glad when they’re back on American soil.

    • 96 JoJothecat
      October 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      That’s beautiful…..I sent PBO a note thanking him for ending the “dumb” war, bringing the soldiers home, and all that he, VP Biden, Mrs Obama and Biden has done and is doing for them. I suggested that there be some special celebration for their home coming either in D.C. or declare a national parade. I would really hate to see them come home with no official fanfare.

    • 97 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      October 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      This is a very emotional video…..can’t watch it without tears. I’m so thankful that this will finally be over and so sad that this senseless war has inflicted so much suffering on all sides. I hope the troops are received here as they should be, not just with cheers but also with training and decent jobs. I also hope for a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Iraq after this long nightmare.

  21. October 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    As far as political timing goes, it’s too early to do this, but I fully expect that next year the President will be making the strong case for Americans voting in a Senate and House he can work with. I hope the Democratic Party organizations are doing the groundwork necessary (identifying stellar candidates in all 50 states, allocating monies, gathering energies with the base, etc.) that will enable them to go all out in securing Congress. We need Democrats in the legislative branch that will have the President’s back and finally put the people’s needs first.

    It’s 2012 or bust.

  22. October 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    The Tonight Show should be nice. PBO always does well on talk shows. David Letterman is my favorite when it comes to bringing on the Prez — you can tell he’s a fan. Leno is good, too.

  23. October 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm


    Ametaquest meta
    @BuddyRoemer @Pres_Bartlet Why don’t you talk about your career and where you made your money? #WallSt

    BuddyRoemer Gov. Buddy Roemer
    @metaquest @pres_bartlet Not a Wall Street banker. Started community bank in Louisiana to help small businesses. Never took bailout $.
    Oct 23, 6:04 PM via Twitter for iPhone

    Anybody have a link with other info?

    • October 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Here’s his opensecrets summary: http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/candidate.php?id=N00022270
      Says he won’t accept individual donations of more than $100, yet all his individual donations so far have been large w/no small donors. Won’t accept PAC money either.
      This guy has been out of politics for 20 years! From the DEEP South. Used to be a Democrat is now a Republican, but in the Deep South that’s not a big difference.
      He wants to withdraw from NAFTA and the WTO, so that should appeal to the OWS crowd.
      He did found two banks in Louisiana. No evidence he made his money on Wall Street.
      His brother Danny was convicted of bank fraud.
      He is on his third marriage.
      Other than rhetoric, I can’t see what this guy has to offer the OWS crowd. He’s still the CEO of Business First Bank, which is in the business of banking for businesses.

  24. 105 Bobfr
    October 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    “Christian” #KOCHMAFIA PresCandidates hate & are eager to abuse, if not kill, ‘those of the least of me’ – that’s their immigration policy.


  25. 106 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    This is so sad. I do not encourage stealing, but the blatant injustice is atrocious!

  26. October 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Rick Santeli will be Freaking out on monday, on cnbc!

  27. October 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I like the LA Times article, but I don’t agree that PBO has not been successful domestically. His stimulus bill brought us back from the brink of a second great depression, he fought for and signed into law historic health care reform, he saved the auto industry. He revived energy companies, virtually transforming a dormant American battery industry into a thriving global competitor, and he fought for and signed the financial reform bill. As a result of his actions, people across the country are getting life-saving treatments, jobs have been slowly increasing, the stock market has roared back, the auto industry is booming. What else can one man do? He’s been hamstrung by the R Congress since they took office in January, but he pulled a miracle hat trick and saved us from a possible world shattering debt ceiling crisis while exposing the R’s as hypocrites. Maybe these actions haven’t been as “dramatic” as bringing down dictators and inspiring democracies all through the middle east, but they are some of the most remarkable achievements of any president. The fault, in my opinion, is that the right wing owned media keeps these achievements from public view. The have to cover the “international news” because it’s broadcast everywhere and hiding it would be too obvious. But the domestic stuff gets downplayed or dismissed. It’s as if a world-class baseball player were hitting endless home runs and the all the sports announcers contrived together to kept it under wraps. This coming year is a time for massive horn touting on all fronts and by millions of us across the country. The president is showing us the way with his trips.

  28. 114 globalcitizenlinda
    October 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    May be I am reading too much into this but Dan Pfeiffer’s twit (that exec branch actions coming this week to by-pass congress) when put together with The Hill link above (saying something is coming through Fannie and Freddie Mac to boost housing) are possibly related. I am right in putting 2 and 2 together and could I get a 4?

    • October 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Yes! Both are executive branch that tge President has control over!

    • 116 desertflower
      October 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      PBO will have an announcement on housing and student loans. Something that DOESN’T need Congressional approval:)

      • 117 Lorraine
        October 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

        I hope he says I don’t have to pay my student loans back since I’ve been paying something on them for the last ten years. 🙂

      • 118 dotster3
        October 24, 2011 at 12:14 am

        Ron Paul is going to be real mad. He wants to kill student loans. Only rich kids should be able to go to college, preferably white ones since Paul has sponsored numerous bills which prove he is not fond of equal rights for minorities.

  29. October 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Well, things are really getting started. Over the next few weeks I will be helping to organize a team to get the signatures required for Pres Obama to be on the ballot in Indiana. I look forward to this because it’s another opportunity to make sure people are registered and have photo IDs. I also drive home that if the Republicans aren’t run out of town, we the people are the ones who will suffer.

    I’m so looking forward to this.

  30. 120 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    October 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Hi TOD family. I have had a busy day here in Ohio. We are working on GOTV for our Nov. 8th election to repeal SB5 the anti-collective bargaining law. So I’m just getting to the site at this time. Wow I have missed a lot. The big “rise and shine” thread had a lot of passionate post and commentary from supporters. I was amazed to find so many thinking, feeling, and saying the same things I have been saying about the current state of the Democratic Party. Like a growing sentiment of progressives I will not support the Democratic Party after PBO leaves office. I am also DONE. :angry: The disrespect I have witnessed from the CBC and other Dem congressional and Senatorial folks against the President has me totally fed up in supporting the Dem party after 2012. I will officially become an Independent unless I see some quick change.

    This PARTY supposedly champions diversity, but is too afraid and apathetic to support their first African American President. The hyporcricy is mindboggling. Not to mention all the PL in sheeps clothing who are really Rethugs talking non stop trash on all the news shows. It is disgusting. This topsy tervy and TOXIC political environment is all based on a very successful, brilliant, charismatic, and determined black man being in the Whitehouse. That is what it all boils down to……FEAR and PARANOIA of what another successful four years will bring. The Democratic Party has such a golden opportunity to gain back the House and retain the Senate and if the Democrats don’t mobilize and get their act together we will give PBO another 2 years of inefectiveness to work with for 2012 thru 2014. Then only two years will be left. He would have to get a lot done if the House and Senate were able to be turned toward the end of his second term. We have to turn Capitol Hill BLUE NOW. Im done after this folks. I love our agenda, platforms, issues, goals, etc. but PBO is the only FACE that is actually articulating these initiatives to the American People. It is so exasperating. Im all IN for 2012 and beyond that……………………..KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

  31. 122 # 1 obama fan
    October 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Wow my husband and I were talking about the numerous successful endeavors president Obama has sailed through,with a steady hand and the intellect to handle ever surmounting odds..folks wishing and hoping for failure..but I submit he will not fail..against all odds..wow if the wannabe leaders in the Teapub party could come together for the sake of this country…weight

  32. 123 anniebella
    October 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I am looking forward to the President appearence on the Tonight Show.

  33. 124 # 1 obama fan
    October 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    The weight could be evenly distributed for all in government to do the heavy lifting..to truly get this country moving again..keep on pressing on President Obama..we definitely got your back…Pl believe that !!! 2012

  34. 125 desertflower
    October 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    You know…I see all the talk about leaving the party after PBO. Sorry, but I find that a little odd. It will not be what we envision it to be of lots of you take the ball and go home. Isn’t that the same thing that all of us have accused the PL of doing? We have to work to make it the kind of party that we know it can be…with better Dems….a “D” behind ones name does not a Dem make! I have to say, that I was really sad to see that.Why do you think that the R’s have gotten so powerful over these many years? We see the poison now, why on earth would you leave the party that this President BELONGS TO…and wants to make stronger? Then those that have no voice, will have less of one if people leave, rather than strengthen. Republicans= corporations Dems= worker I think you all need to reconsider that stance, unless you want more and more of the same should they get into office…..(bad dreams)

    • October 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      DF, IMO people are mostly just speaking out of the current frustration with the repeated Dem. disloyalty they see towards our President. Yes, it is extremely disgusting and hurtful to see Democrats criticizing him and not giving full support and we all feel we want to do something to register our disgust with them, yet I refuse to believe that people here will literally stop voting after 2012, or that they will vote for the Repubs. So I’d say to them – vent away here ‘at home’ if it makes you feel better. I also like when we tell the DCC or DCCC we won’t donate to Dems who stab the President in the back in the media. My view is that with all the work being put into 2012 to re-elect this Dem. president, once he’s given the chance (with a democratic House and Senate) to make some super changes, people here are not going to let that be thrown away in 2016. So, basically, DF, I’m saying don’t start worrying too much about 2016….yet. 😉

      • 127 desertflower
        October 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm

        Well, I hope that it IS just frustration talking…I suspect that those “Dem” senators and reps in red states are the middle…even though they are conservative, and that’s all their constituents can tolerate…WE put these people there, though…so it will be up to US, to get better Dems into office…I have told the DCCC to take a hike, for that very reason..I think that we all have an obligation to do that if we are not satisfied with the direction they take (or lack thereof).I certainly hope that the frustration that is being said “in house” translates to apathy in years to come. That would be a crime.

      • 129 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 24, 2011 at 1:49 am

        Excellent post vcprez. You have captured our frustration. No way would I vote for a Teapub. I would rather cut off my arms. I would be an Indepedent voting Democrat of course. Unless some other Party comes to life that has their *hit together with strong Progressive values. At this point and time I am still a registered Democrat. Anyways nothing will turn me from PBO. He is the MAN and any Dems that support him fully has my full support. There is no other way to put it. I have donated to the DCC, DCCC, and The Democratic Governors Committee and have put a hold on that until I see some backing of the AJA (of course16 Dem Governors openly support the AJA) and more promotion of the Presidents accomplishments. Yes I am a Obamabot and Obamacrat and PROUD OF IT!!! 😀

    • 130 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      Good points desert. I love what the Democratic Party stands for, I just wish they would show more public support for the President and have a BACKBONE. My heart and soul is with our agenda, I hope my feelings toward the party change. I love US. We need to get together and get it together soon. A strong fortified Dem party with majorities in both the House and Senate would be IDEAL. We need the right Progressives in Washington though. I know my posts probably won’t be embraced, but it is how I am feeling. I will continue to work with OFA and the Ohio Democratic Party to get PBO re-elected, but I want to see some unity and a clear VOICE articulating the President’s Policies outside of his own voice. HE NEEDS HELP. SOS Clinton did a wonderful job today so that is a start. I wish more would follow here lead. Obama/Biden 2012!!

      • 131 desertflower
        October 24, 2011 at 12:45 am

        Did you go sign up with WIW to add your name to the list of people in Ohio that will push back with facts when you see the need? Need you!

        • 132 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          October 24, 2011 at 4:51 am

          Yes, I will sign up. WE have a lot going on in Ohio like many swing states. The FASCIST are working double time to turn us into zombie-like slaves so they can IMPOSE the will on us without any resistance. I will do my part to push back the enemy’s lies in Ohio.

    • 133 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      October 23, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      Hey desertflower. I have no intention of ever voting Republican and I will always vote so I’m pretty sure I’ll always be voting Democrat. I just won’t do it with as much enthusiasm as I do now. I’m lucky that we have had several candidates here in Minnesota who I have been able to get inspired by. Paul Wellstone was one and Al Franken another.
      I will follow the President’s lead even after he leaves office, so if he throws his weight behind a future candidate that will be good enough for me. I trust his judgement. I’m sure he will not just sit on the sidelines and have nothing to say after his Presidency ends so I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.
      I also intend to live a long time so I can see him on Mount Rushmore.

      Then of course there’s the unacceptable reality of what would happen if we let the Republicans take control. It just can’t happen.

      • 134 desertflower
        October 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

        I don’t think that anyone here would vote for a Republican…I just don’t want to see apathy. I hate that “woe is me” attitude. I won’t tolerate that from my family at home, and I really don’t want to hear that in the voices of my online “family”.We have too much much important things to accomplish…rumor has it that Joe isn’t ruling out 2016:)

        • 135 conlakappa
          October 24, 2011 at 12:00 am

          Tell it like it needs to be told. Lo, did I miss the part in which one was required to vote enthusiastically? It’s called exercising a right.

          • 136 Walking_on_ Sunshine
            October 24, 2011 at 12:36 am

            My dislike of the GOP is enough to fire me up. I was just trying to point out that PBO – and a few others – have been candidates that allowed me to vote for something rather than against something. I actually consider voting a duty rather than a right. But I was never inspired before to tweet, phone, write to my congressperson, line up to see a politician, discuss politics on the web. PBO has the ability to inspire others and that’s all I was trying to say.

            • 137 desertflower
              October 24, 2011 at 12:43 am

              I consider voting a duty, as well.I agree with you…I quit my job to work for this man! By the skin of my teeth, I got back in before the hiring freeze!

    • 139 theo67
      October 24, 2011 at 1:35 am

      These are good points. As painful as it’s been to see how they’ve not had the President’s back, it will be even more painful to sit on the sidelines and forfeit your votes, which are the only real power you have in this democracy. Better to force the party to become better.

    • 141 conlakappa
      October 24, 2011 at 12:02 am

      Each time I’ve read about indicators of the economy picking up [car sales, consumer spending], it’s always cast in the light of *not* being a sign of the economy picking up. It’s like the headline writers hurt their backs emphasizing that it doesn’t mean anything.

  35. 142 LOL
    October 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Holy Shiznit…Romneycare strikes again.

    LA Times on RomneyCare leading to magnate benefits:

    “Uninsured, poor immigrants can walk into a health clinic or hospital in the state and get publicly subsidized care at virtually no cost to them, regardless of their immigration status.”

    Romney World claims plan was not intended to work this way.

    Read more: http://thepage.time.com/#ixzz1bfNHKpQM

  36. 147 conlakappa
    October 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    And with all that, Schieffer still kicked off his show with Rep. Googly Eyes talking about Iraq. Could she find it on a map?

  37. 149 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    October 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Good Grief. This is the founder of ALEC. He tells a group of conservative Christians back in 1980 that he does not want everybody to vote. ALEC is behind the voter suppression laws being enacted all over the country. It’s so blatant I almost want to scream.

    The sense of entitlement is what is so infuriating. Who do these people think they are that they deserve to be represented and no-one else does? It boggles the mind.

  38. 154 desertflower
    October 24, 2011 at 12:03 am

    BAM! President will announce one initiative EACH WEEK..through the rest of the year!.to bypass congress and get this place up and running!

  39. 155 dotster3
    October 24, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Corruption in Fl. Repub Party, not a shock, I know, but how did a Repub Fl. rep., voted to become next speaker, the 2nd most powerful position in the state, go from being in huge financial trouble to someone whose assets and financial wealth skyrocketed almost overnight——and many other Fl. Repubs are involved and have set themselves up for great rewards. Typical and disgusting, this greed-soaked party:

  40. October 24, 2011 at 12:11 am

    The tide is turning- let’s hope this also comes true:


    This would be huge! The Bloomberg channel is calling this- Saving Europe!

  41. October 24, 2011 at 12:14 am

    So, we get gadafi, the NTC is pumping out oil again, but oil is going back up!
    This is strange.

  42. 161 desertflower
    October 24, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Who’s got the 411 on Ratigan? The particulars. In a list. Arguing with some guy with a blog that was posted here…he’s a consumer lawyer that has it all figured out…Obama sold us out! I have been blasting him all day…my comments are in moderation for so long that I could have cleaned my house, inside and out…AND gone grocery shopping…anyway, he LOVES him some RATigan! Thanks

  43. 164 desertflower
    October 24, 2011 at 12:29 am

    How does all THIS BS negate legalizing weed?
    http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/ron-paul-vote-my-plan-and-nobody-gets This guy is NUTS!

  44. 165 desertflower
    October 24, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Me Ron Paul,
    Me live in tree,
    Throw poop at you,
    Don’t tread on me!
    Me cut all tax,
    Make union small,
    Me live in tree,
    So should you all!

    Me Ron Paul fan,
    Me fall from tree,
    Me hurt um head,
    Need help for me!
    You got no road,
    You got no phone,
    You want hospital?
    Build your own!

  45. 166 desertflower
    October 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

    This is the kind of silliness I tried to deal with all day today!

    I’m not going to reciprocate with your venom and ad hominem attacks. I’ve written dozens of posts commenting on my disappointment with Barack Obama. He put his stamp of approval on bill for Wall Street “reform” that allows bigger banks than ever and fails to get at the root causes of the economic collapse, all the while courting Wall Street for contributions. He signs health care “reform” that is a bailout for for-profit insurance companies, while shoving single-payer under the table. He promised that he would take a back seat to no one on net neutrality, and then appoints an FCC commissioner who gives away net neutrality on wireless. He promised to bring Afghanistan to a quick end, then ramps it up. He continues and, in fact, exacerbates Bush policies regarding domestic spying and prosecution of whistle-blowers. He assassinates an American citizen. He fails to speak out at the injustice done to Bradley Birkenfeld, the UBS whistle-blower who sought to expose tens of thousands of wealthy American tax cheats. He caves on the budget deal with Republicans. And he repeatedly fails to use the bully pulpit to address the root rot of American politics. And you are railing at me.

    What would you like me to do? Declare Obama to be a saint? I’m not nit-picking at him. I’m outraged that he has betrayed many of his fundamental campaign promises, apparently because he’d like to get a second term where he will do more of the same. Hell, yes, he’s got it tough, but at least go down with a fight. And don’t sign any more illusory2,000 page “reform” packages. Speak the truth to power. And thanks to Citizens United, this might be his last chance to use that bully pulpit.

    Good Lord! This man wants the shitting glitter pony! By the way, he never mentioned ONE WORD about Republican obstruction in his piece…this is the one where he LOVES Ratigan:) And this guy’s a lawyer…what a piss poor litigator he must be, especially when he leaves out relevant things, you know, like ALL THE FACTS!

  46. October 24, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Again, thanks Chipsticks for our beautiful haven. Also thanks to all of the wonderful researchers, meta, Jovie, desertflower, Sue, Jackie, Ladyhawke, well all of you smart, tech savvy and just plain intelligent TOD family members here. I am learning so much from all of you, and I will leave the things that I might mess up on alone. I love to read, but I do not yet comprehend how to bring it to the blog. Please forgive me for now.

    I do plan to learn soon. Twitter is coming along, however a few more things that I would like to learn. I will. But most of all, I thank you, Chips and I love my dear family here so very much. Goodnight all. Love you all so very much,HZ

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