chat away




First Lady Michelle Obama escorts John Sexton Elementary School students William Porter and Breann Rouse across the tarmac at Tampa International Airport, Oct. 27




March 2010: A 100-square-meter brick art tribute to President Barack Obama unveiled in Sydney, Australia. The tribute wall was erected as a lead-up to Obama’s visit to Australia, which was later cancelled

AFP: President Barack Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Australia’s Northern Territory next month, the White House said on Thursday.

Obama will visit Darwin after making a previously announced address to the Australian parliament in Canberra during his one night stay in Australia, a trip that has been postponed twice under the pressure of US domestic politics.

The president’s visit on November 16 and 17 will mark the 60th anniversary of the military alliance between Australia and the United States and stress an increasing US diplomatic and military focus on the Pacific region.

Obama will travel to the Indonesian resort island of Bali following Australia for the East Asia summit and will begin his visit by hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit (APEC) in his native Hawaii.


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185 Responses to “chat away”

  1. 1 Fred
    October 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    later Chip 😉

  2. October 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    OMG, What’s a girl to do. No post to read.

  3. 4 nintendowii10
    October 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I posted this in the other thread, and it’s pathetic

    Bizarre Anti-Welfare Board Game Re-Released With ‘Obozo The Marxist Clown’


    • October 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Wow! The President was out West longer than I thought. He came back with long red hair and hip yet hopelessly dated brown boots. Although I have to admit the yellow buttons are a nice touch.

  4. 6 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Halloween at the white house. . . I see the white pumpkins. . .

    • 7 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      I looked for the the big white “pumpys” too. Wanted to see the photo that the WH was going to send back to the pumpkin patch owners. Looks like a few others have also been to the pumpkin patch.

    • October 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Cool. Looks like they’re unloading and getting ready to set up. Fun!

  5. 10 FiredUpInCA
    October 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    October on Pace to Be Best Month For Market Since 1987. Yes, 1987.

    By Mark Gongloff

    “Well, this is getting ridiculous.

    If October ended today, the Dow would be up 13.8%, which, according to the data gnomes we keep chained in a concrete bunker in the basement of News Corp. headquarters, would make this the best percentage gain for the Dow since January of the year 1987, when many of you readers were probably not yet born.

    The 1200 or so points we’ve picked up in this month would be THE BIGGEST POINT GAIN IN DOW HISTORY.

    What the?

    And it’s not just the Dow, which is sometimes disconnected from the broader market by dint of its strange composition and price weighting and such.

    No, the S&P 500, too, is up 13.2% this month, which would also be the best percentage gain since January 1987. It’s up 139 points this month, also THE BIGGEST POINT GAIN IN HISTORY.”


    Now let’s stroll down memory lane, before President Obama assumed office or enacted any policy:

    Fox News Blames Obama For Stock Market Fall

    By Ben Armbruster on Nov 7, 2008 at 11:54 am

    “The last two days on Wall Street “were the worst in the American stock market since 1987.” The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 1,000 points and the S&P 500 “a broader measure of stocks, lost nearly 10 percent of its value.”

    Fox News seized the opportunity. Many of its pundits and hosts have suggested, or even claimed outright, that the stock market plunge is the direct result of Barack Obama’s presidential election victory:

    – Gretchen Carlson: “There’s a lot of feeling in the market not reacting very well to the election of Barack Obama.”

    – Fred Barnes: “We have seen the stock market go down over 800 points the last two days. There is great uncertainty out there about [Obama’s] policies.”

    – Dick Morris: “Now the other thing that I predicted in “Fleeced” is that the stock market would go crazy after he was elected. Not just because he’s a radical, not just because he’s a Democrat, but because he’s going to raise the capital gains tax. […] Its going to continue to tank.”


    I have no doubt whatsoever that Fox will credit the President for this surge in the Obama market today. Surely, they won’t credit the optimism over settling Greece’s debt crisis because that would mean giving credit to socialist Old Europe for a surge in capital markets.

    • October 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Fact of the matter is the only economic indicator that hasn’t improved greatly since Pres Obama took over is the Unemployment Rate. The Government can’t force companies to hire, but they can create the economic conditions for them to do so – which the Obama Administration has – they are just sitting on their money.

      Not to mention the President shouldn’t be blamed for public sector losses. It’s rather ridiculous that GOP in Congress and republicans in Statehouses and Governors mansions can force public cuts and then blame President Obama for job losses. It happens, but it’s ridiculous and should be called out. Spending cuts are job cuts – The Campaign should make an effort to point out what the UER would be if public sector jobs remained what they were in 2008.

      • 12 Obama Grandmama
        October 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        i agree, especially with the GOP govs, House and Senate blockers cutting money and taking jobs from the public sector then blaming PBO’s policies for the job losses. We need to educate the public. The OWS movement seems to be a sign that people are getting it. I just wish they would get it is the Republicans that are the blame instead of trying to be above politics and blaming both sides.

    • October 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      I myself wasn’t born yet in January 1987! 😉

  6. October 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I have decided to feature one of the Presidential Citizens Medal Recipients each day until I run out of them

    Roberto Perez: 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal Recipient


  7. October 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    October 27, 2011 1:35 PM

    Heat intensifies on Rubio

    By Steve Benen

    The last week has been less than kind to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). We learned last Friday that the right-wing lawmaker has insisted for years that his parents fled Castro’s Cuba, but documents prove that Rubio’s mother and father left the island in 1956, years before Castro’s takeover.

    The senator continues to insist that he’s the son of “exiles” — even making a distinction between his family’s history and that of “immigrants” — but the St. Petersburg Times reported yesterday that this isn’t true, either. Rubio bases the “exile” claim on the notion that his parents intended to return to Cuba, and couldn’t because of the Castro regime, but the newspaper uncovered materials showing that Rubio’s parents sought visas to permanently relocate to the United States three years before Castro.

    MSNBC had a good segment this morning on the distance between reality and Rubio’s rhetoric, including the latest evidence that the senator must have known at least some of his claims were false when he was making them.

    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    The Washington Post’s Peter Wallsten, interviewed in the MSNBC segment, also considered today whether Rubio’s viability as a national figure — he’s assumed to be at the top of the Republican ticket’s short-list in 2012 — has taken a serious hit.

    …Rubio’s role in recent controversies, including a dispute with the country’s biggest Spanish-language television network and new revelations that he had mischaracterized his family’s immigrant story, shows that any GOP bet on his national appeal could be risky.

    Democrats had already questioned whether a Cuban American who has voiced conservative views on immigration and opposed the historic Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina justice, could appeal to a national Hispanic electorate of which Cubans are just a tiny fraction but have special immigration status. And Rubio’s support in Florida among non-Cuban Hispanics has been far less pronounced than among his fellow Cubans.

    I continue to think Rubio’s record of falsehoods would be especially problematic if Mitt Romney is the nominee. Could the GOP ticket afford two candidates for whom honesty and consistency has proven to be a long-standing problem?

    American Bridge 21st Century, meanwhile, released a new document last night, showing that Rubio had “at least 20 opportunities” to correct the record about his bogus family claims. He chose not to.

    The media and the Republican Party have positioned Rubio as the rising star with limitless potential, but the bloom is clearly off the rose.


    • 17 utaustinliberal
      October 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      Good. I’m glad that teabagger scumbag is being called out. Hope the media doesn’t let up on him. He peddled a whopper of a lie day after day during the 2010 mid-terms and after the mid-terms; and now he wants to pretend it’s a-ok. Does he think he resides in la-la land? After all the lies he leveled against PBO on the congressional floor, I’m glad Karma decided to bitch slap the shit out of him.

    • October 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      I think there could be a lot more to learn about Rubio’s parents. Some things don’t measure up with them – especially if Rubio is telling the truth and they lied to him about being exiles and such. So either Rubio was lying, or his parents lied to him for a reason. Now I know parents lie, and in the Cuban community being an exile of Castro is a much sexier story than being an economic immigrant a couple years before the revolucion, but something smells fishy to me here.

      Also Rubio’s brother was sentenced to 25 yrs in prison for being a pretty high up drug dealer. Now we certainly can’t pick our family, but if Fox (and other MSM) wants to make an issue out of a half-uncle of President Obama drunk driving, than Marco’s brother is fair game. Sure the Right would then harp about Roger Clinton – but they’re the ones peddling the drunk driving half-uncle story.

      • 19 Sue in Minnesota
        October 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        I agree….I am a advocate of fairness. Nice to see you back StR, always appreciate your insights.

    • October 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      I didn’t know Rubio opposed Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court – makes him even more despicable.

  8. 22 Ladyhawke
    October 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm


    Speaker John Boehner’s dishonesty knows no bounds. His unethical behavior is a disgrace to the country. It is tragic that this man is in a leadership position in the Republican Party. There is not a modicum of decency emanating from this man. It hurts me to my heart that President Obama has to deal with someone so unethical. He clearly lacks a moral compass.

    Speaker Boehner Claims Obama Has ‘Given Up On The Economy And The American People’


    Boehner did not explain how H.R. 3, which attempted to redefine rape and restrict access to reproductive health care, helped create a better environment for job creators. He did not link the GOP’s threat to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, the downgrade of U.S. debt that his members caused with their brinkmanship, or their blockading of funds to keep teachers and firefighters on the job, to job creation. The fact that employers are far more concerned with demand than regulations did not come up.

    Neither did the actual facts of President Obama’s “past eight weeks,” in which time he’s proposed an ambitious jobs bill that’s projected to create about two million jobs, largely through policies Republicans used to support, only to see it pronounced dead on arrival by Boehner’s posse. It’s that proposal that Obama is out “campaigning” for, yet Boehner sees that as ‘giving up on the economy and the American people.’

    If anything, Obama’s giving up on Boehner and appealing directly to the people. That would make sense, given that Americans overwhelmingly support both the provisions of his jobs bill, and higher taxes on millionaires (which even millionaires themselves favor). A bigger man might concede that Obama’s ideas have won the day, but Boehner is so self-deceived about his own leadership that he agrees with a right-wing radio host that it’s just “a messaging issue.”



    • 23 Lovepolitics2008
      October 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      At this point, it’s more comical than frustrating. Boehner is making a fool of himself.

      Fascinating to see that he and many other republicans can never go any further than slogans and talking points, because they’re so freakingly ignorant, whether in economics or in geopolitical maters.

  9. October 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Once again I am asking folks to let us know what state they live in, we can be a valuable support system for each other.

    I have coped and pasted the comments from the previous blog, as you can see folks in red state especially need our help.

    so sign up for the TOD State Locator list so we can make connections and help each other.

    ——quotes from previous thread —


    I am organizing in a rural Republican area where extremism is ubiquitous; next door, the county paper, the repairman that comes to fix your appliance. Its been hard, we don’t get the deliverables that other areas get but we keep trying to have an effect on the conversation in our community. I found this film and thought I’d try to post it here. Maybe others that are trying to work in communities that are susceptible to the right wing message would take heart from and relate to it.


    It’s hard living in a right wing area. I used to live in a very red neighborhood and it really just sucked the life out of me. Having a Republican representative, and getting back nonsense from him when I would write about a topic. I’d spend hours refuting the many lies in his responses – to no effect. And he was re-elected in 2010 after doing zero work for the community.

    Now I live in a very blue neighborhood, and even the air feels healthier. The people seem happier. I have a Democratic representative. You can see work happening in the neighborhood – construction, roads. And it’s very diverse.

    It really is like two different worlds. I commend you on fighting the good fight!


    I love this. When I lived in TN it was impossible to be a Dem. we were shunned and our Rep was crazy.
    Now I live in Charlotte which is quite Dem and although I have the worst Rep ever, The air is better and I feel more like getting out there to work.


    To be added to the list simply post your state (and town or area if you wish) and your name here at the TOD blog and I will add you to the list. Yesterday i added names from NJ, CA, GA AZ and ILL

    Lets make sure everybody has a buddy in their state.


    • October 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      I am in CT — twitter: CTGirl7

    • 26 Gc
      October 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Also CT but just a part-timer online , due to working, both volunteer and paid. I am wicked grateful to be a CT resident, BTW 🙂
      I’m doing clerical work for local candidates around my schedule – easy way to help. Thank you for all yo do, WIW.

    • 27 symmetry11
      October 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      I am in TN – Twitter: symmetry11

    • October 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks again, What is Working. You know what else might help? For those of us who aren’t as savvy with the status of each state, it would help if we could know which states are red or blue or purple, and a zip code for each of the battleground states when we might need to call in to an out of state politicians office, so that we could apply the appropriate pressure. I’m in a blue state, with a Dem Governor, two Dem Senators and a Dem Representative. I always feel like my calls are wasted (except when I call Diane Feinstein, because she sometimes needs encouragement on certain votes). But, I’d love to help or buddy up on a more challenging state or politician. Maybe others feel the same?

    • October 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Also, don’t forget that ONE of the reasons Desertflower suggested this idea was so that we would have people in each state to push back with truth in their **local media**, or to their local senator, etc. as the campaign develops. I actually see this particular goal blending nicely with Linda’s previous ideas to collect sample ‘senator’ letters, and senator contact info. As one of our NJ participants (can’t remember who right now) discovered earlier in the summer, sharing info about Christie in her local paper led to them following up on his secret meeting with his KOCH bosses, and the info was thus spread further afield in NJ. IOW as a team we can probably do more than we know to affect the public dialogue since the MSM rarely do enough.

    • 32 anameti
      October 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      I am in GA.

    • October 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      I’m in New York – Twitter: layellderoe

    • 35 Mary
      October 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      I am a total full-time lurker here in MA 🙂

  10. October 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Paul Ryan Is Living in a Fantasy Land Older Than Ayn Rand

    Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you today’s worst paragraph in political rhetoric, courtesy of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Dickens), in an appearance at the Heritage Foundation, which must be like seeing The Beatles at The Cavern in Liverpool, back in the day. Take it away, big guy.

    We’re coming close to a tipping point in America where we might have a net majority of takers versus makers in society and that could become very dangerous if it sets in as a permanent condition. Because what we will end up doing is we will convert our safety net system — which is necessary I believe to help people who can’t themselves, to help people who are down on their luck get back onto their feet — into a hammock that ends up lulling people into lives of dependency and complacency which drains them of their incentive and the will to make the most of their lives.”

    Sentence No. 1: pure Ayn Rand. “Makers vs. takers.” Moochers and leeches. You and Them. But especially Them. But not in a divisive way. Oh, no. The Congressman doesn’t believe in divisive class rhetoric. He said so — “To my great disappointment, it appears that the politics of division are making a big comeback. Many Americans share my disappointment…” — earlier in his remarks. And he is not engaging in the politics of division himself. Oh, no. He’s just sad — mournful, even — that the “conceits of liberalism” are on their way to dividing the country into “makers versus takers.” And you know who you are, don’t you? And who They are. And what They are taking… from You.

    And also, it has apparently escaped the congressman’s notice, probably because he’s so saddened by the politics of division that he sees all around him, and by the fight between makers and takers, which he wishes wasn’t taking place, and wouldn’t be, if it weren’t for those damn liberals over there, but we don’t “make” a helluva lot in this country any more, and the reason that we don’t make much in this country any more is because, 30 years ago, we put our brains in cold storage and started taking crackpot conservative economics seriously. The difference between a maker and a taker in the economy is whether or not the widget plant moved to China, or whether or not the company got broken up and its pension plan pillaged because some deregulated Wall Street ferret created a new way to steal other people’s money. That’s what we “make” now: complicated new financial instruments with which the “makers” can lift our wallets.

    (Let us pause briefly here to point out that anyone who takes Ayn Rand seriously at Paul Ryan’s age desperately needs to get out in the fresh air and sunshine more.)

    Sentence No. 2: an entire K-Tel collection of Golden Oldies. “A Safety net, not a hammock.” “Dependency.” “Complacency.” “The Draining of The Will.” (That last one sounds like a film on penile abscesses directed by Leni Riefenstahl.) Holy god, this stuff was old when Newt Gingrich was peddling it in his previous life. Tell us, congressman, when you were skating for a couple of years on your Social Security survivor’s benefits, and when your family stayed on the government dole for longer that that, “taking” from, among other people, my parents and me, how did you manage not to be “lulled” into a life of “complacency” and “dependency”? How were you not “drained” of your “incentive”? How was your “will to make the most of your life” not drained, as well. What’s the magic number? Two years on the dole? Three? Five? Let us know so we can stop pestering you and find our bootstraps.

    I suspect it was because, after you left the family earth-moving business, you eventually went to work on a government paycheck for Senator Bob Kasten, and then you went to work on a government paycheck for Senator Sam Brownback, and then you went briefly into the private sector — as a speechwriter for the late Jack Kemp — before going back on a government paycheck when you were elected to the House, 13 years ago. At which point, you became the pet Big Thinker and point man for a bunch of rich people, including many — Was the wine to your liking, by the way? — of the same folks that crashed the economy in 2008, thereby creating the conditions that, much to your obvious pain and chagrin, are turning so many of your fellow citizens into dependent, complacent, will-lacking slobs, because they’re taking unemployment benefits. That pretty much guaranteed you wouldn’t be paying for your own dinners much any more.

    Stop running away from your constituents, and siccing the cops on them back home while you’re in Hawaii, and ask some guy who got laid off at the Janesville GM plant last spring, if his primary worry is that his unemployment check is turning him complacent and draining him of his incentive to look for a job that probably isn’t there, because unemployment in your district is running in double digits. Is that guy a maker or a taker? Speak up. Your constituents would like to know. If they can afford a ticket, that is.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/paul-ryan-heritage-foundation-speech-6530510#ixzz1c0f7YI00

  11. October 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Poll: In North Carolina, Obama Beats Cain by 80 With Black Voters

    Oh, he’s losing overall, and I’m not trying to hide that with the headline, but the racial crosstab is what really jumps out to me from the new Civitas poll in North Carolina. Civitas polled 600 voters, of whom 126 were black. That’s a decent-sizes sample. Obama easily crushes Cain with those voters, carrying blacks 86 percent to 6 percent. (Only 8 black voters in this sample said they’d vote for Cain.) John McCain only got 5 percent of the black vote here in 2008 — Cain barely improves on it!

    What explains this? When I was writing this piece about Cain and Tea Partiers, I spent some time on black news sites, seeing what was being written about the surprise Republican frontrunner. It was overwhelmingly negative. If you were to get all of your info on Cain from black news sites, you’d mostly learn that the guy didn’t participate in the Civil Rights movement, wasn’t immediately offended by Rick Perry’s “Niggerhead” rock, and wanted the Secret Service to call him “cornbread.” Just yesterday, Toure spat out a remarkable amount of bile in a piece explaining why, as a black voter, he despises Cain.

    Cain is a clown. You see it in the way he constantly mollifies white audiences with self-effacing, racialized comedy that borders on minstrelsy (referring to himself as “black-walnut ice cream” or suggesting that the Secret Service call him “Cornbread”)… Cain is what I long imagined the first Black President would be like: a Republican who many Blacks find unctuous.


    • 43 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Agree with Toure that Cain’s campaign has more than a whiff of minstrel show about it. It’s really pitiful to watch.

    • October 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Ummmm, I guess I half way understand what you are saying here, *Rikyrah*, I felt the need to look up every other word to get the real gist of what’s In your comment, but I think I get what you’re saying, which I agree. I find Herman Cain to be embarassing, and especially to the AA’s. He sounds like the brain washed one IMO. Makes me cringeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 😦 😦

  12. 45 FiredUpInCA
    October 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    “…There was one demographic group whose repudiation was especially influential: senior citizens….They went for Republicans by a twenty-one-point margin.

    Why were seniors so furious with the Democrats? The weak economy and the huge deficits didn’t help, but retirees have actually been hit less hard by the financial crisis than other Americans. The real sticking point was health-care reform, which the elderly didn’t like from the start.

    While the Affordable Care Act was being debated, most seniors opposed it, and even after the law was passed Gallup found that sixty per cent of them thought it was bad. You sometimes hear (generally from Republicans) that the health-care bill is wildly unpopular. The truth is that, in every age group but one—seniors—a plurality of voters want to keep the bill intact.

    Misinformation about “death panels” and so on had something to do with seniors’ hostility. But the real reason is that it feels to them as if health-care reform will come at their expense, since the new law will slow the growth in Medicare spending over the next decade. It won’t actually cut current spending, as Republicans claimed in campaign ads, but between now and 2019 total Medicare outlays will be half a trillion dollars less than previously projected.”

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2010/11/22/101122ta_talk_surowiecki#ixzz1c0eBXdBO


    “Republicans in Congress are calling for $2.2 trillion in deficit-reduction, including significant cuts to healthcare programs for the elderly and poor along with tax changes that they argue would boost the economy, congressional aides said on Thursday….

    The plan offered by Republicans who serve on a congressional “super committee” tasked with slashing deficits calls for cuts to the Medicare and Medicaid health programs for the poor and elderly and other health and welfare programs.”


    • October 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      The article doesn’t really explain that the half a trillion reduction in Medicare outlays is the ending of subsidies to middle-men private insurance companies, who charge a premium on top of the actual cost of Medicare in return for some “luxury” benefits. It’s not a cut to actual Medicare benefits. And if the other provisions in the Affordable Care Act can come into existence, coupled with additional measures from Congress if they get the nerve, then the overall cost of healthcare should come down for seniors and the population as a whole.

    • 47 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      This has to be made clear in Dem campaign ads this time. Repubs were allowed to mislead in 2010 without much clarification.

  13. 48 Robert
    October 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for posting this Chipsticks, I was going through some serious withdrawal symptoms. Lol. I’m sure my boss will love to hear that. I wish Rick Perry would just go back to Texas and have his brain farts quietly.

  14. 49 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    October 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Call to action TODers. President Obama has asked supporters to saturate congress (Rethugs especially) with tweets cause they still aren’t getting the message that the AJA needs to be passed. Here is the link from OFA…… http://www.barackobama.com/news/tweet-em-back#disqus_thread

  15. October 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    October 27, 2011 3:00 PM

    Boehner’s selective ‘concerns’

    By Steve Benen

    As part of the “We Can’t Wait” campaign, President Obama is pushing as many economic measures as he can using executive branch authority. There are obvious institutional limits, but as we’ve seen this week — on mortgage refinancing, jobs for veterans, reducing student-loan burdens — the White House has some options. They’re not enough to give the economy a major boost, but they’re steps in the right direction.

    Not surprisingly, House Speaker John Boehner isn’t happy.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that he has “great concerns” that President Obama may be exceeding his constitutional authority in ordering his administration to adjust regulations surrounding “underwater” mortgages and student loans, saying, “this idea that you are just going to go around the Congress is … almost laughable.”

    Actually, what’s “laughable” is that a Congress with a 9% approval rating — the lowest since the dawn of modern polling — refuses to even consider passing jobs bills during a jobs crisis, leaving the president to explore other alternatives. Obama has pleaded with Congress to take its responsibilities seriously, but Republicans refuse to act. Of course the president wants to “go around the Congress”; by refusing to govern, Boehner and his cohorts haven’t left him with much of a choice.

    “I thought we were a nation of laws and that our country was governed by our Constitution,” Boehner said Thursday on the “Laura Ingraham Show.”

    And if Boehner can find any evidence that the president is exceeding his legal authorities, I’m sure we’d all love to see it. In the meantime, if the Speaker would whine less and govern more, this wouldn’t even be an issue.

    But Boehner isn’t just wrong; he’s also hypocritical. Obama is using executive orders, for example, to make some modest advances in various policy areas. Boehner may find this “almost laughable” now, but the Speaker was reading from a very different script when George W. Bush was in office.

    In January 2008, for example, Boehner applauded a Bush executive order on earmarks, traditionally an issue dealt with in the legislative branch. In December 2008, Boehner urged Bush to issue an executive order — going around the Congress — after Congress failed to pass the Safety at Sea Act.

    In June 2007, Boehner was equally thrilled when the Republican president took it upon himself to act on stem-cell policy without input from Congress.

    So the question for the Speaker, then, is why it’s “laughable” when Obama uses his authority to help the economy, but it’s fine when Bush used his authority to act on his priorities?


    • 51 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      I saw this. Get ready for Repubs screaming that President Obama is acting unconstitutionally. Get ready to fight this attack.

      • 52 Mel
        October 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

        PBO has outsmart the GOP in evryway possible, he realy has a smart and intelligent team at the WH.
        When Obama picks somebody to work for him he oicks them because they are smart NOT because they are
        loyal to him or are DEMOCRATS.

  16. October 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    all I gotta say is.

    UH HUH

    UH HUH

    THIS is why he was handed his AZZ by Black folks. Don’t tell me Black folk don’t smell it a mile away.


    Artur Davis, New Voter ID Convert, Donates To Republicans

    Ryan J. Reilly October 26, 2011, 5:25 PM 281223Throwing his support behind his state’s voter ID law isn’t former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis’ only new hobby. He’s also started giving to Republicans.

    The Daily Caller flags two donations Davis recently made to Republicans: one to Senate candidate Heather Wilson in New Mexico and another to Mississippi gubernatorial hopeful Phil Bryant.

    News of Davis’ donations came less that 24 hours after Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) told Roll Call that there “are some people [who] believe he’s getting ready to switch parties.”

    Davis shot back at Cleaver’s criticism in an email to Roll Call.

    “I have heard many Democrats criticize Republicans for imposing litmus tests on their membership,” Davis wrote. “I certainly hope that Congressman Cleaver and others are not suggesting that if a Democrat does not hold a certain position that he is no longer fit to be a Democrat.”

    Davis has declined to name any specific instances in which he claims to have witnessed attempted voter fraud, writing that he “choose not to play that game.”


    • October 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      I did not figure out how to post directly from Twitter but this is what I sent to Mr. Davis:

      @arturdavis Ive watched you 4 yrs U have never been comfortable in your own skin You dont like being Black. Honey, those white folks aint gonna like you any better

    • 55 theo67
      October 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      These kind of people make me sick. He wants to benefit from the President’s fundraising, and ride the President’s coat-tails to re-election, all while being a Republican at heart. No character.

  17. 56 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Just saw this tweet . . .
    RT @FoxNews parents who named two of their children ‘Adolf Hitler’ + ‘Aryan Nation’ lose custody || Little known fact, they also watch Fox!

    • 57 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Good, that’s as abusive as physical abuse or neglect. They’re harming their kids mentally and emotionally, would likely be damaged for life. The kids now will have a chance for a healthy childhood removed from all that vile hate. I am reminded of that recent case where a young boy whose father took him to white supremacist mtgs who snapped one day and shot and killed his father.

  18. October 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I really can’t see Perry not debating, it would just look terrible and rightly bring up the questions if he can’t debate a primary field in front of a supportive audience in the most part, how could he possibly operate on the world stage, taking on dictators and bad actors and potentially having to answer that 3am call if he can’t even handle Santorum, Cain, Bachmann etc.

    I think this is about lowering expectation so when he doesn’t start eating his tie in the next debate it will be seen as a big win or him that night.

    • 59 Sue in Minnesota
      October 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Bravo…personally I would never consider voting for any individual who refused to participate in scheduled debates. Cowardice.

  19. 60 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    AWww Fox news again. . .
    This is their headline “EXCLUSIVE: ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in ‘Occupy’ Movement”

  20. October 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    S&P is uP more today than any day since 1987!

    Time for a downgrade?


  21. 62 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Good news:
    according to NPRr, Scott Olson’s condition has been upgraded to “Fair.

  22. October 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    All sorts of 2012 bumper stickers in my area down here.
    I wonder how many they passed out! Do you all see them in your area?

    I got mine and it is on my car. My Mother goes to an evangelical church and they give her crap about Obama bumper stickers, so she is afraid to put hers on. Sigh!

    • 66 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm


      • 67 Mel
        October 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

        Keith: an other secret not only does the President has strong support amoung the AA, Latinos
        but, but also with the Asian comunti . JapaneseAmericans, KoreanAmericans and many other
        large groups. My Son inlaw is Japanese American and I can tell you they all like Obama, because
        he is extremely smart, and they all say that he is doing a fantastic job as President so To the Polls
        and the MSM go (F) themselves.

    • 68 TrumpDog
      October 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      I see a couple here and there. I saw one when I was picking up my son from school – which shocked me.
      I parked next to a car that had one on their car. This was in the grocery store parking lot. I was hoping to run into the owner just to give a thumbs up.
      There is a home that I pass by every morning that has the 2012 sign in their window. It’s funny; one day I passed by and it was gone. I panicked. But the next day it was back. I don’t know, just seeing it is comforting to me.
      There is a lady I see every morning who has the Obama ’08 sticker on her car with a few other stickers.
      I haven’t put mine on my car yet. I have the magnet and a sticker. I may put the magnet on today now that I’m thinking of it. I just have to remember to drive nicely 🙂

      I’m in AZ – where are you?

    • 69 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      I see them in my area. I’m in Illinois but in a conservativish area, so it always brightens my day. Two in the grocery store parking lot! Makes me so happy I (almost) skip through the aisles with my cart.
      My teacher daughter in Indy calls every other day on way home from school and almost always tells me she’s driving behind an Obama bumper sticker, she knows how to make mom happy. And she’ll interrupt herself and say, “There goes another one! Another Obama car!”

    • 70 theo67
      October 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      I’m seeing more and more stickers each day!

  23. 71 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Another Herman Cain Ad. . .
    WTH . ..

    • 72 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      I hope you all understand that this Cain nonsense is a DIVERSION. The Koch bros and Karl Rove doing their best work. Romney will rise to the nomination to appear as the most SANE of the looney bin. Then the MSM will “take off” crowning him the PRINCE and savior of our NATION even though we have NO idea what he stands for. Stay tuned folks.

      • 73 Mel
        October 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

        Cain has no clue what’s going around the world, and neither his so call supporters, but I’am not
        suprised Can anybody check what type of education has and graders and what makes him so
        (F) special I know PBO went to Harvard and was the President of the Law Review can any of the
        GOP match that up?.

    • 74 Lovepolitics2008
      October 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      You have to give points for originality.

      Perfectly taylored for the GOP base. For independants. .? I don’t know. He’s certainly playing on the alienation people feel about more intellectual politicians. Could it work ? or will it backfire ?

      One thing for sure the media will have a field day. They’re easily bored so they’ll welcome the distraction.

      Is it just me or I sense a MSM’s “cain addiction” coming, like when they couldn’t STOP talking about Palin?

    • October 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      You Know I just don’t get Herman Cain?????? He’s azz backwards 😦

  24. October 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Now, house democrats are going after Michelle Obama- yes that is right.
    They have complained to the media that she is doing a fundraiser for a former Enron Executive in Houston.
    I want to hear her side of the story, but how about them house democrats?

    • 77 Fred
      October 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      they better not go there.What about Mary Landrieu voting with the Tea’s because they were about to tax her oil masters? 🙄

    • October 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      I doubt that Michelle Obama is doing a fundraiser at the home of one of the corrupt, criminal Enron executives. The person may have worked for Enron, but may not have been privy to the scandalous criminal behavior going on there. I’ll wait to get more informatiton before screeching. The house Dems couldn’t pick up the phone to the White House to express their dismay? They are all opportunists.

    • October 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      He is a supporter and a democrat, it is at his house, and of course house democrats pounce on it…
      I do not understand congress!

      • 80 Debz
        October 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

        The Dems in the house and senate HATE POTUS and FLOTUS. Since PBO got into office, there has been nothing but bitching from most of the Dems in Congress. Most of them are Clinton lovers and will never forgive PBO for beating Hillary. If some guy in Texas is fund-raising for the President’s re-election that fine with me. Everyone in Texas has worked for some Oil Company or for Enron at some point in their lives, working somewhere does not make you a criminal.

        • 81 dotster3
          October 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm

          I think it’s unfair and an overstatement to say that Dems hate POTUS and FLOTUS. There are some bitter Clinton folks and some bitter CBC folks, but they are in the minority.

      • 83 Mel
        October 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

        JOvie do you know which DEMOS are they oh is somebody making stuff up? and who is makind this

    • October 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      doesn’t some of the money she and her husband make at fundraisers go to the DNC? Then shouldn’t those dumbass Democrats shut the F up? A-holes 🙄

    • 88 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      I would hold off on any negative news re. Michelle. Always, after an initial flare, it turns out to be nothing. I saw yesterday that Natl Enquirer and Limbaugh etc. etc. were trying to promote some nasty comments from Paula Deen about Michelle—–and nothing about the story turned out to be true. Deen had to issue a statement saying she had the “best time” when Michelle came on her show, they cooked fried shrimp and enjoyed eating them and she made comments that Michelle was just like everyone else, likes to enjoy this kind of food once in a while, but everything in moderation. So much ado about nothing once again. Completely fabricated negative slant on a nice story.

    • 90 anniebella
      October 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Jovie who are the house Dems who are going after the First Lady? And when do this so call fundraiser suppose to happen? I do not believe the President will put Michelle in any controversy like this. So it is best to wait to hear from the White House.

    • 91 TrumpDog
      October 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

      Which Dems? Can you please give us the names?

  25. October 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Joe Biden is going to Saudi Arabia today, for the Prince funeral.

  26. 93 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Cheney’s tax return under Pres. Perry. . .

  27. October 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Those ties on the little kids are a little long – so cute!

  28. 96 Bobfr
    October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Chipsticks,

    Perhaps this is something the TOD family would be willing to vector to everyone they know:

    “”Warren Buffett: I could end the deficit in five minutes

    Warren Buffett: “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971… before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven took 1 year or less to become the law of the land… all because of public pressure.

    Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do
    likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

    *Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

    1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office
    and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All
    funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
    system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
    and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
    any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
    will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
    same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen
    made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor,
    not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours
    should serve their term’s, then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take
    three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is

    THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.””

    Link: http://progressivetoo.com/2011/10/26/warren-buffett-i-could-end-the-deficit-in-five-minutes/

    Easy to tweet, e.g.:

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @The99Percenters Here’s suggested legislation to fix Congress that all #99ers should be willing to make happen http://progressivetoo.com/2011/10/26/warren-buffett-i-could-end-the-deficit-in-five-minutes/ #PRESSON


    • October 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      This is great! First, I didn’t know Congress had all these exceptions – if they’re employed and paid by the people, then why are the living better than the people? Second, I hope the OWS people can get this info out among their ranks – this is the kind of action that will have results. Third, if the people had been behind the President all along, then they would have amplified his power and a lot of the agenda would be done by now – just like the examples quoted by Warren Buffet. Off to tweet now!

      • 98 Bobfr
        October 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

        Fully agree!! Tweet away. We can have this in front of every American in a matter of a few days, if not hours 🙂


    • October 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      HAPPY to run with that. THANKS.

    • October 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Uhm, why would Warren Buffet ask us to send a chain e-mail? or write up a piece of legislation. Not that some of the ideas aren’t bad. I just don’t think Warren Buffet wrote this.

  29. 102 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Such a GREAT day today. . . President Obama LOOKS GOOD (and not just his features)! 😀
    Here is a tweet that I like. . .

  30. October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I mentioned that since CA is super BLUE, OFA volunteers are being asked to take trips to NV. Here’s how it’s going!


  31. 115 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    October 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hey, TOD family. On my way to go canvass with OFA to GOTV for our local elections here on Nov. 8th. WE WILL REPEAL SB5 and bring back collective bargaining rights to public employees and deal a big politcal blow to Fascist Governor Kasich. Keep us in your PRAYERS. 😀

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      October 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      We’re with you, Keith. All the best.

    • October 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      Will do. I think I told you we lived in northern OH for almost 18 years and I was a teacher in the Amherst system. Still have many teacher or retired teacher friends in OH. I am following it closely and certainly wish you the BEST!!!!!!! If I were there, I would be working hard.

    • October 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      I don’t know if it’s just a case of being safe than sorry, but No on SB5 organizers quickly rebutted the recent polling that had their side up +20. Their rationale was that prop polling isn’t like candidate polling and especially in a special election situation where turnout is unknown. Also the use of the word “union” instead of collective bargaining effects polling and the word “union” is what is used on the actual ballot question.

  32. 122 MsKitty
    October 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    On a shallow note, FLOTUS is wearing one of my favorite dresses again. She is so awesome for wearing outfits for public appearances more than once. I don’t remember other First Ladies doing that.

  33. 123 carolyn
    October 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Neither do I remember other First Ladies doing that, but frankly, other first ladies were so bland and boring I didn’t notice what they wore, nor did I care! FLOTUS looks so good, and dresses in such a visually exciting way, that she is a joy to watch. Nothing bland or boring about her in any way.

    • 124 anniebella
      October 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      You know I was looking for some pictures of FLOTUS. And she looks lovely as always. So proud of that woman.

      • 125 anniebella
        October 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm

        carolyn, the other First Ladies most of the time where dress in designers suits or clothes. Our FLOTUS isn’t like that, as that owner of that little store in Virginia talk about was how down to earth POTUS and FLOTUS were. And I am so proud of them both (Barack and Michelle).

    • October 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      FLOTUS Is a Mentor, trend setter, an Example, makes you want to be like her, She Is ALL THAT 🙂 🙂 🙂

  34. 127 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm


  35. 134 carolyn
    October 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Well, since my husband’s first name is Darwin, that is a particularly wonderful visit for the President to make!!!

  36. 135 Fred
    October 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    woohoo I hope the President has a wonderful time in Australia 😀 😀 😀

  37. October 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    QUESTION TIME: President Obama took one question at a photo op with the Czech premier this afternoon — it was whether the European debt agreement would prevent another recession. His response, according to the pool:

    “There’s no doubt that it’s progress,” Obama said. “So the key now is to make sure that there is strong follow-up, strong execution of the plans that have been put forward, but I was very pleased to see that the leaders of Europe recognize that it is both in Europe’s interest and the world’s interest that the situation is stabilized. I think they made significant progress over the last week. The key now is just to make sure that it drives forward in an effective way. It will definitely have an impact on us here in the United States. If Europe is weak, if Europe is not growing, as our largest trading partner, that’s going to have an impact on our businesses and our ability to create jobs here in the United States.”
    All of today’s posts

    • 137 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Not sure what she was basing it on, but I saw BWD had a tweet that Obama may have lent a hand in this agreement.

      • October 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

        I would bet on it! PBO has the biggest chip in the basket. Germany, France & Great Brit all want to coordinate with him. They welcome his strong leadership and deep understanding of the international issues as well as our domestic (tic tocs) in congress.

  38. October 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Ughh, watching Mark Halperin on Tweety just now, seriously, God knows how the hell can Halperin talk with Mitt Romney’s hands in his mouth.

    Seriously, someone needs to investigate whether or not Mark Halperin is on Mitt Romney’s election team

  39. October 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    A glimmer of good Medicare news from the White House this morning: Monthly premiums for Part B, which covers doctors visits for the elderly, will be lower than projected next year.  

    Most seniors will see a $3.50 bump in their monthly premiums in 2012, from $96.40 up to $99.90. That’s lower than the $106 premium that the Medicare Trustees Report had projected in May. About a quarter of Medicare beneficiaries, particularly those who are newer enrollees and have higher income (and had been paying higher premiums), will actually see a reduction in their monthly payments.

    This is the third piece of good Medicare news that the administration has rolled out this year. Earlier, the White House announced decreases in the average premiums for Medicare’s prescription drug plan as well as for Medicare Advantage, the managed-care alternative to traditional fee-for-service coverage. All of this unfolds as employer-based health insurance premiums have increased 9 percent this year.


    • 147 Linda
      October 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      I get Medicare in May of 2012… I have been without insurance for over 6 years and need it badly. I cannot wait.

      • October 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        Hang In there Linda, been there done that, I feel you, but let me just say, Trust In the LORD ALMIGHTY, and he’ll see you through It all, Pray, and TRUST In the LOrd, my Friend, you will be all right 🙂

      • October 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

        Linda, i’ve been in it now for 6 yrs. Make sure you read ALL the paper work and get on the website. You will have to call them approx. 60 days before the month you are eligible to make sure it kicks in. Leave nothing to chance.

    • 151 donna dem 4 obama
      October 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm


    • October 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      That Police Chief has been gone for a couple of weeks ago. He was busy applying for other jobs and finally decided to resign. The interim and acting Police Chief is Howard Jordan. He’s been on the job since October 13th. He really needs to go, too. And I don’t trust Quan after seeing her press conference yesterday. Big mess.

  40. 153 Ladyhawke
    October 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Weekly Briefing


    Washington, DC
    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) conducted a weekly briefing on legislative issues in the 112th Congress.

    In discussing recent Super Committee meetings on the federal deficit, Pelosi urged members to find a “big, bold and balanced” plan. She also encouraged the committee to have a bill ready by the end of the year.


  41. October 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    The GOP is offerin revenue, wait a minute, the revenue is from what they say is more people paying taxes as the economy gets better, due to their across the board cuts.
    They calculate that 640 billion will be levied in a decade of improved economic conditions.


    • October 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Was that written on the back of a napkin? So ridiculous.

    • 156 FiredUpInCA
      October 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      So their plan is based on two things that their party is uniformly opposed to: taxes and putting Americans back to work. Do they listen to themselves and do a dry rehearsal before they roll this stuff out?

  42. 157 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Please Google “Romney can Win”
    This is hilarious!

  43. 160 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Since 9am, tax cuts for the top 1% have cost the U.S. Treasury $46.2 million. Check out the running total here!

  44. 161 Ladyhawke
    October 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    2012 House calendar keeps GOP two-weeks on, one-week off plan


    The two-weeks-on, one-week-off plan was originally crafted to let members spend longer stretches of time in their districts — a particular boon for the 89 members of the House Republican freshman class, many of whom may face tough races in 2012.

    But the House calendar has run into some problems as well, as our colleague Ben Pershing has noted. With the House and Senate often spending alternate weeks in Washington, members at times have struggled to find time to work together with their counterparts from the other chamber.

    That has resulted in unexpected days in session for both chambers as government shutdown deadlines have loomed; it’s also creaed difficulties for leaders in scheduling closed-door huddles to tackle the debt-ceiling dilemma in the summer as well as in arranging the debt supercommittee’s meetings this fall.



  45. October 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Ok, I feel soooooooooooooooo much better with this new name lol (used to be @JenSamoaNZ) 😀 I want to help retweet and push back on the lies from the right wing and MSM.. time to get our hands dirty and get the business done for 2012!! Even though I live overseas.. I always feel like hes MY President too lol (President of the World) *gushes about him*… oops.. ok back to finding people to follow on this account

  46. 163 Ladyhawke
    October 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm



    It’s not even Halloween and Congressional Republicans are in overdrive selling tickets to the GOP’s House of Mirrors. That’s the only explanation for their desperate attempt to disguise their special interest agenda by adding the words “and creates jobs” onto bill descriptions that will do no such thing and claiming the Obama Administration and Senate are ignoring them. In fact, House Republicans have voted 17 times against Democratic proposals or efforts to consider proposals – several of which are bipartisan – to create or protect American jobs.

    This latest GOP message attempt is nothing but a failed masquerade.

    Bruce Bartlett, Former Advisor to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush:
    Republicans have a problem. People are increasingly concerned about unemployment, but Republicans have nothing to offer them. [10/4]

    Mark Zandi, Chief Economist and Co-founder Moody’s Analytics:
    I don’t think [the Republican proposals] make a meaningful difference on the economy immediately. The economy is struggling to avoid recession. [10/10]

    New York Times Editorial, “No Jobs Bill, and No Ideas”
    …The Republicans offer no actual economic plans, only tired slogans about cutting regulations and spending, and ending health care reform. The party seems content to run out the clock on Mr. Obama’s term while doing very little. [10/12]

    Toledo Blade (Ohio) Editorial, “What now for jobs bill?”
    The Republicans’ obstructionism would be slightly more bearable if they offered a better, or even reasonable, alternative to Mr. Obama’s ideas. But they don’t. Instead, GOP lawmakers trot out the same old nostrums: more tax cuts and less regulation for business, with no guarantee of job creation in return.[10/14]

    Here’s the truth about the GOP’s Faux 15:


  47. October 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    (this guy should find another job)-

    A veteran air traffic controller who directed Michelle Obama’s plane into the potentially dangerous turbulence of a massive military jet this year also made a mistake that nearly caused a midair collision involving a U.S. congressman last year.

    The circumstances of the April 18 incident in which a plane carrying the first lady and Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, came too close to a C-17 while approaching Andrews Air Force Base was outlined Thursday in a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.


  48. October 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Chip, here is a good site you should ad to blog roll(Michelle Obama)-


  49. 166 Lightfoot
    October 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Is Michelle Obama getting younger and prettier? No wonder President Obama loves her so openly. She’s highly intelligent, ultra pretty, and an
    outstanding breath of fresh air from the first ladies of the past. How did we get so lucky? Oh yeah, (I forgot) we got smart and voted for them.
    And yes, I did say, “them”, because I am convinced she is the smarter of the two and the engine that propels him; even though the President is a brilliant man in his own right.

    • 167 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Please don’t say things like she’s the smarter of the two. That’s silly. President Obama is our talented president, and Michelle is our wonderful first lady. There should be no need to show favoritism or say one is smarter. Not helpful.

      • October 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

        I think it’s okay for Lightfoot to state his/her opinion. It doesn’t negate the love s/he feels for Miche or PBO. It’s just the way s/he thinks/feels. I’m pretty sure PBO would say Miche is smarter than he is which is why he always says he married up. He’s even said that he’s always been glad that Miche has never gone after any of the jobs/offices he’s gone after because she’d have him beat. He’s also said that people tell him “Barack, you’re great and all, but Michelle, she’s something else.”

        • 169 dotster3
          October 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

          Just don’t think it’s helpful in any way, in fact, diminishes and tarnishes the conversation. I am also not fond of the “moving up” comment. It was W’s standard comment at every event. I cringed every time he said it. I cringe every time anyone says it. It just has an artificial, pandering ring to it.

  50. October 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Found this video of the Australian PM announcing the visit by President Obama to Australia at Parliament. The PM was interrupted by the Opposition party members and she and I believe the leader of Parliament (?) had to reprimand the party and then the news program afterward also reprimanded those members that were disruptive.


  51. 175 Ladyhawke
    October 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm


    Rev Al interviewed Andrew Gillum of the People For The American Way to discuss their report about the Republican Party concerted effort to disenfranchise voters (especially African Americans) in the 2012 election. The GOP voter fraud nonsense is a canard.

    THE RIGHT TO VOTE UNDER ATTACK: The Campaign to Keep Millions of Americans from the Ballot Box


    Table of Contents

    Is There Widespread Voter Fraud?
    The Voter Fraud Myth’s Partisan Program
    Voter Suppression Strategies
    Who are behind the attacks on voting rights?
    Why is the voter fraud myth so widespread?



  52. October 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    White House turns the screws on Congress over 9 percent approval
    By Sam Youngman – 10/27/11 04:25 PM ET
    A number of White House officials, sensing momentum on their side, blasted Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail, mocking recent measures and Congress’s 9 percent approval rating.

    Officials believe Obama’s tour around the country to promote his jobs bill is paying dividends, but they continue to acknowledge the president has a tough battle ahead as he works to improve the economy and win reelection.

    “We have a tough economy,” one official said. “The sun comes up in the morning, the sky is blue, the grass is green. We’ve got a tough economy. We’re going to have a tough election. That’s just the deal.”

    But the official said that the choice next November will come down to “who do you trust” to fix the economy: Obama or someone like Mitt Romney who “represents everything the American people hate about the economy.”
    “We believe a shade over 50 percent of them will answer ‘the president,'” the official said.

    The official said that voters will have a “gut decision” to make next November between Obama and the Republican nominee.

    “Someone like Mitt Romney would give himself a $200,000 tax cut, and he would give the bill to 33 seniors,” the official said.

  53. October 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Ok, waters sort of resents herself with her floor speech today.
    Sort of…

  54. 179 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Mark Knoller is tweeting a whole bunch of nonsense on the voters who won the dinner prize with our President. He’s all about how much the dinner cost and how much tax they will need to pay for the prize. Can’t Mr. Knoller find something better to do on a Thursday eve?

    • October 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      Mark Knoller is a fat ass who’s jealous that he won’t be able to stuff his gullet with all the good food PBO and his supporters will be sharing. Frack that tool.

      • 181 FiredUpInCA
        October 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

        I don’t quite get him. I guess he feels that Bush was micro-critiqued and so he feels this is payback. But that’s a misreading of actual history. Bush had most of the country behind him, across the political spectrum and was given a second honeymoon. Then he and President Cheney squandered global and domestic goodwill (not to mention a surplus). These people who are of the mindset that we’re just doing to their side what they did to ours, are wrong. Democrats didn’t abuse the filibuster. They didn’t cause a downgrade of the full faith and credit of the U.S. They didn’t root for Bush to fail. They didn’t carp on the every trip and expense of the First Lady or the First Couple.

        I don’t get the Mark Knoller’s of the world. Nobody did this constant, petty, carping of all things Bush when he was President. They rightly called him out for leading us into financial ruin and foreign policy overreach.

      • October 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        His entry into the world was through a birth canal that was redirected to his mothers colon. Ergo, his shitty outlook on life!

    • October 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Better he wastes his time with trivia than spreading lies.

  55. 185 Mary Gray
    October 28, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I am in Florida, Lake City to be exact.

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