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President Barack Obama meets with his National Security Staff in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Nov. 2, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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If, like me, you’re struggling to understand exactly what’s going with Greece, Kevin Drum has a brilliant post about it all at Mother Jones (here) – as recommended by Steve Benen



CET (Central European Time) = – 5 hours Eastern; – 8 hours Pacific

7:25AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Cote D’Azur Airport, Nice, France

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT arrives in Cannes and is greeted by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France

9:35AM THE PRESIDENT attends a bilateral meeting with President Sarkozy

10:50AM THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

12:10PM THE PRESIDENT meets with L20 International Labor Leaders

12:50PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Espace Riviera and is greeted by President Sarkozy

1:00PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a working lunch with G-20 leaders

2:30PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a G-20 working session

4:05PM THE PRESIDENT participates in the G-20 family photo

4:30PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a second G-20 working session

7:25PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Espace Riviera, Cannes

7:30PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a working dinner with G-20 leaders

On Friday, the President will meet with newly re-elected Argentine President Cristina Kirchner

The President will hold a news conference on Friday before he returns to Washington

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122 Responses to “chat away”

  1. November 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Yawn: Rachel will have Michael Moore on tomorrow 🙄

    • 2 hopefruit2
      November 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Oh dear…another 60 minutes of Obama derangement pundiotry?

    • November 2, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Michael Moore has told people at Occupy NOT to vote. My position on anyone who tells others not to vote is that they are attempting to take away their citizenship. This is unforgivable. If it true that Michael, West, Maddow, Maher, etc. are libertarians following Ron Paul then I understand more clearly their disdain for President Obama and other Democrats who are working to improve the lives of the poor and the middle class. It has been said that libertarians are Republicans who like to get high.

      • November 3, 2011 at 12:54 am

        Don’t forget about Moulitsas (he’s admitted to being a libertarian) and Jon Stewart (based on the way he fawned all over Ron Paul in such an embarrassing fashion)

      • 7 anniebella
        November 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

        There was a time when I used to like Michael Moore. Now that he think he knows everything, and want to blame President Obama for everything I can not stand him.

  2. November 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Chips – Site suggestion

    Put up the links for the next & previous threads both at the top and bottom of a present thread a la Cole’s Balloon Juice.

    That way people can see a new thread is up.

  3. November 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    When is the next Republican debate where all of the characters will be on stage? It will be interesting to see if the lovefest continue among them. 🙂

    • 12 hopefruit2
      November 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      The next debate will be next Wednesday (Nov 9) at 8PM on CNBC. They will be in the state of MI. Then there’s another debate three days later on Saturday at 8Pm on CBS in the state of SC.


      • November 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        Thx Hopefruit. I see that Toure’ is on Lawrence again tonight discussing Herman Cain.

        • November 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm

          Do you know if Toure’ is on Twitter?

          • 15 ribletsonthepan
            November 3, 2011 at 4:30 am

            Is it not revealing to have input from out of the beltway group think…even better when the voices we hear include people of color instead of the steady stream of white guys specifically a grouping at MSNBC that is overloaded with PA-MA working class histories. I’m re-posting my comment regarding Toure for you. As you see I’m a night owl & comment well within stupid ‘clock.

            But 1st, let me add that Lawrence in his “Last Word Re-write” the other night scolded Limbaugh (rightfully so) for his continuous race-baiting, this time for the Cain defense screeds which entailed more race baiting. But what I found absolutely stunning, was the complete lack of understanding on Lawrence’s part about the hows and whys Limbaugh, et al operate the way that they do. In the segment, Lawrence displayed the photos of the 3 Civil Rights Workers slain in the sixties because they dared assist black voters in the south. With that, he stated Limbaugh was in college at the time and that those deaths were a part of his life’s experience. The point being, that the Civil Rights Movement occurred within his life experience. As a white man, Lawrence ought to know better that for a large swath of Americans, deaths of Civil Rights Workers are not a part of their life’s experience much less Limbaughs’. To assume his fellow Americans hold any accountability for this nations greatest stain is the height of naivete. There are just too many people that have no relationship with the Black Experience past or present, nor care to for that matter. Listen to fellow liberals vociferously resist simple observations or numerous pleas for self-examination on the issue of race, as was done by Melissa Harris Perry and others just to get folk to consider one relevant point: If the very idea of voting for a Black Man was in your purview in 2008 how can it not be a factor in your assessment of him today……Denial and a true self examination of white privilege just may the final frontier especially so for the self-appointed titular heads of the Talking Left.

            Thats Toure, Love him —Novelist, Social & Music Critic Extraordinaire. He has a serious new book out on Race, Identity, Politics as defined, ‘Who’s Afraid Of Post-Blackness?’ Done with humor, bravado & reverence to contemporary culture. And thats my opinion based on excerpts I’ve read and the FABULOUS MUST-SEE appearance at Busboys & Poets, taped via CSPAN BookTV > SEE HERE: http://www.booktv.org/Watch/12894/Whos+Afraid+of+PostBlackness+What+It+Means+to+Be+Black+Now.aspx OR HERE: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Afrai. And if you think Melissa Harris Perry’s critics become un-hinged when challenged on white privilege, you ought to read Toure’s tweets ( @Toure ) just for laughs. He frequently retweets folks twisting themselves up in knots to call-out his alleged racism all the while exhibiting white privilege with insults & invective …..he never shies away from criticism.

          • 16 utaustinliberal
            November 3, 2011 at 5:22 am

            Yeah. Toure is on twitter. Just type his name in the search engine and it should come up.

      • 17 isonprize
        November 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm

        MI, like Michigan, like the state where Republican wanted to just let American car manufacturers dry up and die? You mean THAT Michigan??

        Boy, these Republicans really are as stupid as I thought.

        • November 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

          Remember the same old MI’ans voted back the crowd that drove them into the ditch, in 2010.

          • 19 Betsy
            November 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

            I’m hoping they’ve come to their senses and will vote Democrat all the way down the ticket in 2012.

            • 20 jacquelineoboomer
              November 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

              I truly think we’re in for a landslide in 2012.

              • 21 Betsy
                November 2, 2011 at 11:46 pm

                I hope it’s a HUGE shock to the pundits and prove to MSM that they failed to take the country down to boost up their ratings!!!

            • November 2, 2011 at 11:24 pm

              I do too. The whole lot of states from MI to FL to PA to OH have a lot to atone for.

              • November 3, 2011 at 9:03 am

                Hello amk for obama,

                We have a lot of work to do!!! Each of us must own this election. If you know people, have relatives and friends in MI, FL, PA, and OH, please start talking to them about President Obama. First, remind them about the fact that on his first day in office, about 700,000 jobs disappeared, explain about the debt crisis that has gone around the entire globe, and remind them that President Bush did not include funding for the wars in the budget. President Bush fought the wars on the national credit card. President Obama has properly taken responsibility for the payments by including the funding in the budget. We have to get people to hear and see the improvements in our nation that President Obama has caused by making decisions beneficial to all Americans. ” We Can’t Wait!”

      • 24 desertflower
        November 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

        That should be good…Romney in Michigan telling everyone there that he thought it would be a great idea to let the auto industry go belly up! What could go wrong?

    • 25 hopefruit2
      November 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      BTW I’m now following you on Twitter – I’m @aspirational12

  4. November 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    At least Bill Burton’s Romney ad is geting some play today. Ed played it and now Lawrence is going to play it. I disagree that the ad was made because they are afraid of Romney.

    • 28 hopefruit2
      November 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      Romney has been tweeting anti-Obama stuff for the last 6 months and NOTHING about his current GOP rivals. Romney has been imitating, stalking and following the President for the last six months. Yet no one says that Romney is afraid of Obama (which he is). The PL (including MSNBC) are rooting for Romney. Notice that they are trying to bring Cain down too not because of Perry, but because of Romney.

      • November 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        You are right Hopefruit, Romney is afraid of PBO. That’s why he follows PBO. I wonder if he really did those interviews with the stations that interviewed PBO yet?

  5. November 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Oh my. Lawrence O’Donnell offering to pay all legal fees for any woman who comes forward against Herman Cain. Damn. Shit just got real. 😯

    • November 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      My jaw dropped, PJ! I think that’s called ‘putting your money where your mouth is’!

    • 35 hopefruit2
      November 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Lawrence needs to spend his time and efforts as a journalist on more serious things..like the GOP who are obstructing the economic recovery. We don’t need this election year taken up with foolish distractions. Cain is NOT going to be the GOP nominee – that much is clear. It’s time for us to focus on things that matter.

    • 45 desertflower
      November 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      I had a sneaking suspicion that he was going to do that. Happily, I was right. What an honorable thing to do.We sometimes voice frustration with him, but all in all, he’s a good guy that hates the fact that these women are unable to have their voices heard. He is very much pro woman, and I really appreciate that about him. Good for him…I hope those women have the strength to do the right thing….LOD just made the decision about the money side, that much easier.

      • November 3, 2011 at 12:58 am

        I wholeheartedly agree with him. I remember the Debt Ceiling Debates (DCD). If there were anyone pro-Obama during the debates, it was LOD. His famous line was “Nothing is on the table, until every thing is on the table”. LOD know that President Obama putting the Big Three on the table and and asking that Republicans put revenues on the table was just calling the Republicans bluff.

        In addition to being one of the greatest Presidents and Commander-in-Chief of modern times, President Obama is also the greatest Bluffer-in-Chief. His bluffing during the DCD really shone the light on the Republicans selfishness, hatred and bigotry, not only against President Obama but against those in our country with the greatest needs.

        • November 3, 2011 at 1:50 am

          WJ, I think PBO has used strategy to show the American people whom these Republicans really are..

          Repubs are: Liars, frauds, protectors of stolen and unearned wealth, divisive, limited, destructive. etc….. The President has them on the ropes and they can’t stand it and that is why they want him to go back to the table and meet with them again… I think the President is telling them to kiss his ass because he knows they can’t deliver their votes.. Every press briefing Jay does they ask him this question non-stop. The want PBO off the rode ASAP, ha, ha, he, he….

          • November 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

            PBO gave them the benefit of the doubt to show that he was willing to negotiate. Faced with a wall of obstruction, he still got a lot of things he wanted. Once he knew they would go no further and saw their complete disregard of everything but their own corporate masters, he left them to their own stupid devices and inane mutterings and took his case to the people. This makes absolute sense and only the deluded and bought beltway media doesn’t get it (or doesn’t want to). Those who say that PBO was compromising since day one, need to get a clue. He got what he wanted while he had some semblance of a Democratic majority, despite the long list of doofus Dems. He gave the R Congress a chance. They blew it. Tough nuts for them because the contrasts he’s drawing between a true man of the people and the R’s (for reptiles) is becoming clearer to people by the day.

  6. 49 a4alice
    November 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    hey chips i saw on previous posts that you were looking for feedback on your more/less posts. I like what you’ve done with the larger posts and then updating them. makes sense!

    work tomorrow nitey nite TOD

    must. win. lottery.


  7. November 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    FYI – G20 Thursday schedule:

    CET (Central European Time) = – 5 hours Eastern; – 8 hours Pacific

    7:25AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Cote D’Azur Airport, Nice, France

    9:30AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Espace Riviera and is greeted by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Cannes, France

    9:35AM THE PRESIDENT attends a bilateral meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Espace Riviera, Cannes, France

    10:50AM THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, InterContinental Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France

    12:10PM THE PRESIDENT meets with L20 International Labor Leaders
    InterContinental Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France

    12:50PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Espace Riviera and is greeted by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Cannes, France

    1:00PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a working lunch with G-20 leaders
    Espace Riviera, Cannes, France

    2:30PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a G-20 working session
    Espace Riviera, Cannes, France

    4:05PM THE PRESIDENT participates in the G-20 family photo
    Espace Riviera, Cannes, France
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    4:30PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a second G-20 working session
    Espace Riviera, Cannes, France

    7:25PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Espace Riviera, Cannes, France

    7:30PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a working dinner with G-20 leaders
    Espace Riviera, Cannes, France

    On Friday, the President will meet with newly re-elected Argentine President Cristina Kirchner

    The President will hold a news conference on Friday before he returns to Washington.

  8. 56 vitaminlover
    November 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    President Obama is a one-of-kind guy. He is his own person and he does his own thinking. Yes, he gets advice and has good advisors especially from his inner circle. People like Chris Matthews try to put him in a definition of what they THINK he OUGHT to be like. He keeps them off balance because he marches to a beat of a different drummer. They are trying to drag up past presidents and mold him into a version of what they think he should be. HOWEVER, being who he is he will not be defined by them. He is defining himself by himself and his actions. He is a man’s man, he is strong, he is a powerful leader, he is a great husband, he is a great father. He knows what he needs to do and these talking heads cannot get a grip. GO, President Obama. You know what to do and how to be!!! I totally believe in you. You are a great success.

    • November 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Thumbs up, vitaminlover. Can the Media just ACCEPT who he Is??? Add nothing to It, or take anything from It. He IS, Who he Is! HELLLLLoooooooooooooooooooooo, Deal with It 🙄

    • 58 desertflower
      November 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      Awesome comment! Exactly why they ALL go after him:) To my mind, that’s a compliment:) They have all sold their souls to the highest bidder, but not PBO….bet he sleeps like a baby at night…the weasels, not so much.

    • November 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      Yup. PBO is the real outsider aka ‘maverick’ and the entire beltway mob from pols to lobbyists to the two bit, third rate fourth estate hacks hate him for it.

      “He keeps them off balance because he marches to a beat of a different drummer.”. This.

    • November 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      OMG, vitaminlover, that is the best description of the President and the pl, I have ever read!!!

      • 62 vitaminlover
        November 3, 2011 at 12:59 am

        Thank you, mtmarilyn!! I really like him and his style. I like his family ways. He is just terrific to me and so is Mrs. Obama.

    • November 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Right on, Vitamin, they’ve been trying to pigeon hole him since day one to fit their pea-sized brain misconceptions, but they just don’t “get” him. In the typical behavior of school yard bullies, that means he’s the problem, not them. This latest Mathews idiocy about JFK is just one very minor, stupid example of today’s dysfunctional media not getting basic concepts of individual differences. In Mathews case, he does even understand the idea that times change. Hopeless.

    • 64 nathkatun7
      November 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Well said, vitaminlover! By the way, in 2008, I voted for Barack Obama. I did not vote for FDR, JFK, LBJ or Bill Clinton.

      • 65 vitaminlover
        November 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        Touche, nathkatun7!!. If anything people will be saying that President Obama is the one whom OTHERS should be compared to.

  9. November 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Capehart, PBO has been fighting for the American people since he has been in office; not “FINALLY he is fighting for the American people”. It makes my blood boil everytime I hear these pundits say that PBO is “FINALLY” fighting. Yuk!!!

    • November 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      The Rewrite LOD just did was quite personal for me. The reason: The last ‘real’ discussion my Republican hubby and I had about politics was the end of August and at one point, he brought up PO’s grades from Occidental College and “Why has no one ever seen them?” LOD did an excellent job on that segment, I think. When it gets posted on his website, I am going to ask my hubby to watch it. An interesting aside, my husband was in the Navy in the sub nuclear power program and still idolizes Adm. Rickover. Our son-in-law is also in that program and doing very well in it. Loved the way LOD talked about Carter being in that program and his success. Wish me luck. 🙂

      ‘Night night……..

      • 68 desertflower
        November 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm

        Good luck. We have had this conversation before…fingers crossed for you tnmtgirl:) One step at a time.
        As an aside, my husband retired from the Navy. He was a submariner. He knows to appreciate this President for the REAL SUPPORT of our Armed Forces through actions that will make a real difference for those that served their country, not the “pretend ” variety of support that says one thing in public, and does the complete opposite in Congress. Specifically, I’m thinking of John McCain. Never did one thing for service members that mattered. In fact, find the Rolling Stone article on McCain…written a couple years ago…I have the actual magazine somewhere…the title was something like Make Believe Maverick” Excellent article:) Good luck…:)

      • 69 L3
        November 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm

        Ask your husband why he thinks anyone needs to see PBO’s grades and has he seen any other president’s grades? Thinking people who are objective know that PBO is obviously a man of great intellect. However, the constitution dictates only three requirements be met to run for president and they are age (35 years old), birth (American born) and residency (at least 14 years). The constitution says nothing about grades. Does he doubt the president’s intelligence because he’s black? Past presidents have proven you can be as dumb as a rock and not only be elected, but relected (see Reagan, see W., see McCain and Palin just for laughs). Ask him if he’s seen their grades?

      • November 3, 2011 at 12:17 am

        I would like to see that segment on President Obama’s grades that people like donald trump bring up..just like the birther crap. It makes no sense but anything to try and marginalize our President.

        Good Luck!

      • November 3, 2011 at 1:01 am

        Really??? Your husband wants to see this president’s grades when I doubt that he has seen any other president’s grades (except for maybe GW Bush’s which somehow the New Yorker got a hold of). He really thinks he got to be editor of the Harvard Law Review (one of the most competitive academic position’s possible) without good grades?

        • November 3, 2011 at 6:06 am

          Thanks to all who replied and/or made suggestions. He brought the grades thing up when I said that NEVER, NEVER, NEVER had a president been asked about his birth certificate and how PO was being treated totally different and with different expectations than any other president. He threw in the grades thing–questioningly–and then also began making points about how GWB was treated and called names. I said, number one=NO comparison and number two=some of the things said about GWB were true and/or he deserved. I think LOD made all the points well enough that I won’t need to say anything else.

    • 73 hopefruit2
      November 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      I hear you COS. The only thing the dishonest media has not YET accused this president of is sexual harassment.

    • November 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, why did he say FINALLY? Does he have the lights on or what???

  10. 75 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    OMG. . . Love, Love, Love “This Guy” by Lawrence on The Last Word.
    What is so different about “This Guy?” My Answer . . . because he is not the same skin color as the others. . . Because he is BL..BL..BL..BLACK!!!!!

  11. November 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Oh Boy!! that some serious look on PBO….wonder what they watching…the last time I saw that look…was on OBL mission.

    I know that PBO will be even more honored and appreciated by Leaders of the world, since his returning. They watched him execute, lead and get rid of OBL,Al-Queda..Libya and other foreign affairs success. I know that, President Nicolas Sarkozy really likes him, but the level of respect is much much higher. Our President delivered everything he promise..and much more.

    I can’t wait to see pics 🙂

  12. 82 hopefruit2
    November 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Diane Sawyer to interview Gabby Giffords on Nov 14 (ABC). Stay tuned…

  13. November 2, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    China has said it cannot commit to investing in the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) until the situation with Greece has been clarified.

    European leaders hoped that China would buy EFSF bonds, injecting capital in the region’s financial markets.

    The EFSF was one part of a three pronged rescue plan put together to solve eurozone’s debt crisis.

    Last week, eurozone leaders agreed to boost the EFSF capacity to 1tn euros.

    European leaders had been seeking investment from China, which has $3.2tn (£2tn) in foreign exchange reserves.

    “The fund has not established details of its investment options so we still can’t talk about the issue of investing.” Zhu Guangyao, China’s deputy finance minister.


  14. 88 desertflower
    November 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Excerpt from Condie Rice’s book….asidFormer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she and President George W. Bush were once given a mouthful of a scare — that they may have been lethally poisoned.

    In a revealing ABC interview, Rice recounted the story while on tour for her newly released memoir, in which she details fears of radioactive attacks and smallpox in Washington after 9/11.

    She and then-President Bush were in Shanghai just weeks after the terrorist attacks when Vice President Dick Cheney called in on a video conference line to deliver the unsettling news.

    “The vice president came on the screen and said that the White House detectors have detected botulinum toxin, and we were all — those of who were exposed — were going to die,” Rice told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos this week.

    “I remember everybody just sort of freezing and the president saying, ‘What was that? What was that Dick?” said Rice.

    Botulism poisoning leads to paralysis, first starting with the face muscles and then spreading toward the limbs. In its most severe forms, the poison can lead to respiratory failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    That is the stuff of nightmares right there: Dick Cheney on a big screen saying, “You’re going to die!” How do you imagine he said it? Panicked? With barely contained glee? In a Darth Vader menacing voice?

    As is obvious from the years past, it turned out to be a false alarm. Oddly, none of the reports in the media ask the obvious question of whether an investigation was done, why they thought they had been exposed to the botulism toxin, if anyone had called/mailed in a threat, whether arrests were made.e from the fact that this woman is an accomplice to all the ugly Bush years…this struck me. Cheney is really the evil spawn of satan.Truly.

  15. 89 theo67
    November 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Regarding Greece – NPR did a good segment yesterday morning.They had an analyst who said this might turn out to be quite a smart move from the Prime Minister, because he’s making the people accountable for their future. And maybe if they actually have to understand what is at stake, what choices are on the table, and the fact that they either decide to stay in the European Union or default and devalue their currency – both of which involve extreme austerity. It’s one thing for people to complain and blame the current Prime Minister for the sins of the past, but it’s quite another to have to face the music and make those tough decisions. Either way, they will own their future.

    The sad thing is that the fat cats that rang up their debt funneled their money to other countries and they are basically sunning themselves in those other countries right now, leaving the working people (who are not blameless) to foot the bill. And Goldman Sachs is laughing all the way to the bank.

  16. 90 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 3, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Meghan McCain is now a paid political commentator on MSNBC? Thank you Rachael Maddow (snark)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 91 Eleroy
      November 3, 2011 at 3:33 am

      Wow!!! Are you serious!!! Who next?? Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston??? LOL!!!

    • 92 anniebella
      November 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

      If MSNBC want to hire someone why don’t they hire some of the people out there who really needs a job. Not someone who mommie and daddy is loaded.

  17. 93 desertflower
    November 3, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I think my comment about the Evil Cheney (Tweety says CHEEEENY) fell off the WordPress earth…do you know where it is, Chips?

  18. 95 HZ
    November 3, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Good Evening Chipsticks and TOD family. First, thanks so much Chipsticks for the tremendous work that you do to make this the best place to come to each day. I am totally grateful to you for keeping this as our beautiful haven.HZ

    Secondly, it amazes me how the so call journalists have not been reporting on our troops coming home. They could even start a great segmemt of “Being Grateful for your Service” being that we are entering into the Thanksgiving Holidays. All of these Repubs being such “Flag wavers.” could come together at this time and back the POB and Joe and really make a difference for our country in such a beautiful way together. Just think of how this would prepare our nation in ways to start helping our troops to reenter into their lives during this homecoming. What a statement to have going on to help the Administration to kick off the jobs for our veterans with businesses all around the country. Now that is a great Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration.

    But they are spending precious time bashing POB;Tweety trying to make POB into JFK; Ron and Rachel bashing him tonight; Mitt copycat; and Cain insulting women all over the country with his show. This is not right. We are better than this, America.

    But the grown up shows up each time, every minute of the day, climbing stairs and giving his word to the people on how he will continue to fight for them, taking care of our National Security(that photo is showing some serious stuff taking place today); preparing to leave Washington to attend and represent this nation at the G20, and still be a loving husband and father.

    Then these clowns are wasting time trying to continiously disrupt everything about him. Too bad they all fail to remember how this great Community Organizer walked the streets of Chicago talking to the “least of these” who were living in infested and very dangerous apartments.
    But let Tweety and gang along with Rachel tell us that he just does not know how to connect with people.etc.

    Lovingly talking and walking with the seniors who needed better homes, heat for their buildings in the winter months, getting out in the community and getting the people of Chicago to register( which helped elect Bill Clinton), going out in the inclimate weather to speak and organize in the basement of the local churches to organize the communities, and all the while, he could have been sitting in some of the most prestigousl aw firms in the country, let alone Chicago.
    Oh, but remember, he does not connect with the people. He just does not show that he cares. So says his critics.

    I think that we will just keep supporting Chips here and show daily, and weekly those great moments where our President has connected to the people, the children, the seniors, the world leaders ,and the students to show our thanks for our President during the month of Nov. After all, we will ne relecting him in One Year Nov. 6, 2012.

    Since the MSM and others want to bash from now until then, why not lets support Chipsticks with great stuff to set up an ‘Our Paean To POB ‘ for the month of Nov., since we are looking forward to Thanksgiving Celebrations within our lives with our families. Lets lift him up.HZ

    I love rainy weather,candles good books, and music:

    I will start off with my praise:

    He came into our hearts with notes of hope
    A hope that brought out many a folks
    He brought along with him David, David, and Val.
    Who all lifted our morale

    His beautiful baritone voice
    Made us all consider our choice:

    Some called us cool aid drinkers
    But we were just part of the new thinkers
    Who were willing to help a little unknown Senator
    Become one of the greatest Presenters
    Who carried us to the stage of the Winners.

    Hope We Can Speak
    Hope We Can Tweet
    Hope We Can Seek
    Hope We Can Keep
    That is the man we helped put into the Highest Office of the Land
    So now we will help him to continue to Stand.HZ

    Goodnight Chips and my loving TOD family.HZ

  19. November 3, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Oh my…OW shut Oakland down…they reporting over 50,000….in the streets….and events turn deadly when this happened!!!!

    A Driver ran over two people because he was upset at protests in the street. One of the occupy Oakland protesters hit by a car driving into protest just died.

    This movement is not going away anytime soon….

  20. November 3, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Hope the second report is really what happened…and No One got killed…but ob FB page they initially said that one had died…Mixed reports
    Police arrived, questioned the driver and several witnesses, then let the driver leave the scene at 11th and Broadway in his car. Most of the officers on scene were BART police.

    The two people who were injured, a man and a woman, appeared to be conscious and were taken to Highland Hospital. A spokesman there would not discuss their conditions.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/02/BA5G1LQ06S.DTL#ixzz1cc9osaNi

  21. November 3, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Did yall check out Priorities USA Bill Burton on the Ed Show? Man, he has an anti-romney ad this is POWERFUL!! This thing needs to go viral

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      November 3, 2011 at 1:45 am

      Saw the ad on Lawrence’s show. Dynamite. (Looks like it was produced by some major studio in Hollywood!)

    • November 3, 2011 at 2:03 am

      I like that ding against thoms and scalia. But too noisy. They need to tone down that background sound.

    • 107 Eleroy
      November 3, 2011 at 3:36 am

      Bill Burton was fantastic. Calm and factual and clear about the job at hand!!! Good job Bill Burton!!!

      • 108 Ladyhawke
        November 3, 2011 at 6:46 am

        I totally agree eleroy.


        I thought one of the most important points Bill Burton made was that even though the ad is about Romney, it encapsulates the agenda of the Republican Party. So yes, at this point in the process they believe that Mitt “Who Am I This Time?” Romney will be the likely GOP nominee. But even if it isn’t Romney this ad can be used as a template for any of the candidates. It’s the GOP agenda in a nutshell.

  22. 109 Pragmatic adult
    November 3, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I am reading old articles and a book about president, finding details that I never knew esp. About the 2008 campaign. I didn’t know that when Sarah Palin said this “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities,” she said to applause — Obama raised $10 million within 24 hours. Man our guy was and is an impressive money raising machine.

  23. 111 nintendowii10
    November 3, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Good morning Chips,

    A video for you to post for the new thread

    • 112 elle
      November 3, 2011 at 6:55 am

      Money line: “Jim Henson’s Muppets can run a better set of candidates than the Rebuplicans….” Ha! Joe Madison must have seen Chips cartoon on TOD.

  24. 113 Don
    November 3, 2011 at 6:48 am

    President Obama looks so intense in the national security meeting, which means somebody is about to catch a beat down.

  25. November 3, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Just saw a brief clip on French TV of PBO and Sarkozy with PBO joking about Sarokozy’s new baby looking like Carla Bruni. He looks great and relaxed in the midst of this crisis in Greece. It appears that most of the talk is at the summit is now focused on this with Papandreou’s planned referendum on the international bailout package.

    • November 3, 2011 at 7:31 am

      Papandreou insisting he will not resign.

      • 116 Ladyhawke
        November 3, 2011 at 7:44 am

        Greece crisis: Angela Merkel, Sarkozy warn Greece to accept debt deal or quit euro


        Merkel and Sarkozy both said they hoped that Greece would stay on board, but warned that Athens would not get a free ride. “The Greeks have to decide whether to continue the adventure with us or not,” warned Sarkozy. “We hope to continue with the Greeks, but there are rules that have to be respected.”

        “The Europeans and the IMF can’t release the sixth tranche of loans to Greece until Greece endorses the package of October 27,” Sarkozy said, calling for the referendum “if one is needed” to be carried out swiftly. The European leaders also pledged to stand by the euro, even if the Greeks were to vote against it.

        “If the Greeks say they do not want to stay in the euro, we will accept it, but we will not abandon the euro,” Merkel said. “We do not want to let the euro be destroyed, we do not want to let Europe be destroyed,” stressed Sarkozy. “The Greek people are free to choose, but we are accountable for the stability of the euro zone.”

        Following the talks Papandreou set off back to Athens to face a confidence vote in parliament. Sarkozy will host the leaders of the world’s most powerful economies at a two-day summit in Cannes starting today.



        • November 3, 2011 at 7:48 am

          Good morning, Ladyhawke. Quite a day ahead.

          • November 3, 2011 at 7:54 am

            Morning Meta, Ladyhawke and anyone else who’s up! Just added a new post – lots more to come through this busy day 😉

          • 119 Ladyhawke
            November 3, 2011 at 8:03 am

            Good morning meta. What a mess? I was feeling cautiously optimistic last week. Then the Greek PM really ambushed the Eurozone leaders with his referendum announcement. Clearly Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy are furious. Can you imagine the tension in that meeting? I am watching BBC News now. We live in amazing times.

    • November 3, 2011 at 7:32 am

      Sorry for the double post. WordPress has invited the Gremlins to breakfast at Chips today!

  26. 121 halo
    November 3, 2011 at 7:59 am

    It’s always great when PBO goes abroad. Too bad people here don’t respect him like they do aroudn the world.

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