bonjour – rise and shine

…. with French President Nicolas Sarkozy

…… with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 Summit in Cannes, France

….with Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard

….. greeting Canada PM Stephen Harper as Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono looks on

…. with British PM David Cameron


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



Thanks Desertflower


AP: Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a hopeful sign that the job market might be picking up.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 397,000, the lowest level in five weeks. It’s only the third time since April that applications have fallen below 400,000.

Economists were encouraged by the drop, though they cautioned that the trend would have to persist to signal real improvement.

More here

228 Responses to “bonjour – rise and shine”

  1. 1 Proud of Obama
    November 3, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Oooo la la, Mr. President!

  2. 2 Charmed
    November 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I just love this man….Good Morning.

    • 3 Ladyhawke
      November 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

      I feel the same way charmed. He is such a sweetheart. And he has incredible range. A few days ago he was greeting whippersnappers at the White House and giving out Halloween treats. Now he is meeting with world leaders at the G20 Summit dealing with the global economic crisis. President Obama is a gifted and charismatic leader. When I see him on the international stage interacting with other world leaders, the pride I feel is overwhelming.

    • 9 TrumpDog
      November 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

      I was just going to post the exact same thing.

    • 10 Janice G. Washington
      November 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Me, too. Barack Obama is a bona fide super star. There’s just no way of getting around it. He is operating in his destiny with ease, style, class and grace. He is uniquely situated and blessed. It is for these reasons that his enemies are so shaken. They fail to realize that he is doing exactly what he was called to do, and to do otherwise would be a huge loss for humanity.

  3. November 3, 2011 at 8:01 am

    POTUS will appear on French TV for co-interview w/Sarkozy, the French President announced: “He is much loved & much liked here in France.”

    • 12 anniebella
      November 3, 2011 at 8:06 am

      He is much loved and much liked here in the U.S. except for a bunch of crazy idiots.

    • 16 Mel
      November 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

      But, But, But do not tell to Chris mathews, CM is so desperado for his book to be a best seller to
      comapare JFK vs PBO is pathetic JFK a 19th century potus vs PBO a 21st century potus no match
      I love the PIc of PBO with PM JUlia Gillard the are very close, PBO he just looks amazing proud of
      my PRESIDENT.

  4. 17 Me4obama
    November 3, 2011 at 8:03 am

    GoodMorning TODville, Happy day that our President arrived safe.

  5. November 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Warning: Do not go anywhere near Nate Silver’s column today or you will risk a full-out meltdown. Full on emoprog, he may as well be Karl Rove. Excruciating jumping of the shark.

    • November 3, 2011 at 8:18 am

      Hi Meta, just to annoy myself I read it a bit of it – this line stood out: “….. It also includes Reagan and Clinton, who had grave problems early in their terms but who saw their numbers tick upward at the very moment in their presidencies that Obama’s have continued to slide.”

      Oh really? Nate must have missed the latest batch of polls – the President is up 8 points in a fortnight.

      But why let facts ruin your pre-prepared argument?

      • November 3, 2011 at 8:25 am

        Chips, the assumptions he makes about the viability of all these clowns simply based on an economic model are incredibly simplistic. I understand how important and central the economy is but does he really think that Americans are going to relish the idea of any of them in charge of the economy? There are a lot of confounding factors that will affect the vote, but somehow I don’t see Rick Perry or Herman Cain being the answer for the majority of Americans.

        Our economic circumstances and the brazen Republican obstruction to fix them are unprecedented. So the comparisons to previous Presidents rings hollow, especially when you’re a pollster and you’re not including his latest favorable upticks. UGH!

        • November 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

          Good Morning, Meta. IMO ‘the comparisons to previous Presidents rings hollow’ regardless because President Obama has been writing his own presidential scenario from the beginning. After all, we can remember that he wasn’t going to win because he had no experience, yada, yada, ya. Sure, being a very smart guy, the President has educated himself on the history of other presidents, but he is leading in totally ‘different’ times with , as you note, unprecedented obstruction etc. etc. and still dragging the country forward. Let them continue to opine, after all it’s their job, even if the uniqueness of this president shows up the weaknesses of their basic conclusions.

        • November 3, 2011 at 8:48 am

          Exactly Meta. Using previous elections for comparisons, when the people challenging the incumbent were semi-normal, is just nonsense, even Republicans admit they’ve never had a worse field of contenders for their nomination as they do this time. That’s, obviously, a huge factor, one Silver doesn’t take in to account half enough. Of course if the economy hasn’t picked up by election time it will be tough for the President, but (if we can assume Romney will be their nominee) does Silver seriously think it will be smooth sailing for Mr Bain Capital?

          And being a guy who’s so big in to polls, has he not noticed how many people recognize how the Republicans, having brought the economy down, are doing all in their power to prevent the President from fixing it? Which, I’d imagine, is partly why he’s risen around 8 points in the last fortnight.

          • November 3, 2011 at 10:07 am

            Exacltly. We’re in a new era here that completely defies any previous statistics. Obviously this frustrates political analysts who rely on things like this to give them a reason to blather on for hours a day. When it is all said and done, the nominee will probably end up being Mitt Romney, which means the GOP will have a candidate kind of like John McCain–someone the hardcore right doesn’t like or trust, and is a cranky old rich white guy nobody else will like, either. If Perry lucks our, I think a lot of people will have disturbing flashbacks of George W. Bush, but not as eloquent or intellectual. Things are getting better. People are starting to believe they may actually have some control over their future, and in the end, they will continue to put their trust in President Obama. But, they still have to get out there and vote.

      • November 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

        I don’t know Chips, don’t we (by forgetting to sign in) and your having troll duty provide ENOUGH annoyance for you without you seeking out more so early in the day? 😉

        • November 3, 2011 at 8:35 am

          Chips is in charge of the Bureau of TOUGH!!

          • November 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

            And does such an awesome job at it! I lift my hat to her. 😆

          • 27 Sue in Minnesota
            November 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

            Do Not Mess with Mama Chips! 😉

            • November 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

              Oh no, I wouldn’t, Sister Sue in M! Just trying to ‘understand’ her. 😉 😆

              Seeing these happy pictures really got my morning off to a good start. I don’t usually get here this early, so it’s nice to get in on such an upbeat note. Speaking of early, don’t you and Meta ever sleep? When I stay up late I leave you guys on line, and now I come in early and there you are! I took a very quick peek at Twitter and there was Meta as well. Meta Girl, how do you manage to keep on top of both, plus your OFA commitments? Share some tips, please.

              • November 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

                Occasional insomnia in addition to the affliction of multi-tasking!! I also had a job for a few years where I had to get up at the crack of dawn and I’ve never been able to shake that.

                • November 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

                  The insomnia part I can identify with, except I hang around in bed in the hope I’ll fall asleep again *soon*. When this doesn’t work I pick up the book that’s always right beside me on the bed – currently a mystery.

              • November 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

                VC, I let Sue and Meta sleep on the couch here, it saves them from having to travel home each evening.

                • November 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

                  And the coffee and tea selection ROCK. But Sue and I fight over the Obama Muffins.

                • November 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

                  😀 😀 So you’re playing favourites. Mother’s privilege, I guess. 😆

                  • November 3, 2011 at 9:27 am

                    I’m kind of changing my mind about Meta and Sue, though, you should see the state of the place when I come down in the morning. Popcorn all over the floor and at least a dozen empty beer bottles. This is what it looked like this morning:

                    I’m thinking of asking them to go home tonight, but I don’t want to offend them either. It’s a tricky one.

                • 42 Sue in Minnesota
                  November 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

                  How did you know…growing up, and even still I never wanted to go to bed. I’ld end up falling asleep, lights on, tv blaring, on the couch, in my clothes and it would make my sweet and otherwise very patient Mom, really, really ticked. Never met a couch I couldn’t sleep peacefully and blissfully on 😉

                  • November 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

                    Well, that’s the other thing Sue – you’re really hard to wake in the morning. If it wasn’t for Meta’s snoring you’d probably still be asleep now.

                    • November 3, 2011 at 9:48 am

                      Those are snores, my friend. Those are deep, restorative SIGHS from my dear POTUS dreams.

                    • November 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

                      😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

                      Next time I get complaints about my snoring, I’m going to use your definition – it’s quite magnificent!!!!

                    • 46 Sue in Minnesota
                      November 3, 2011 at 10:32 am

                      You are right about the deep sleep, nothing wakes me…..but I’ll challenge Meta on the snoring, I’ve been told my own is thunderous….:D
                      So lady like….NOT!

                    • 47 Sue in Minnesota
                      November 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

                      Meta, at least you are having ‘sweet dreams’. I’ve been experiencing some very vivid, crazy dreams, which I’m sure are a side effect of some of the drugs I have been prescribed for pain. Sometimes they are wonderful like when I woke up ‘knowing’ Michelle Obama was 3 months pregnant, and sometimes not like when Joe Leiberman appeared in my kitchen and we had a rigorous debate. Just when I thought I had the upper hand on the debate he morphed into some guy from Montana that was giving me fly fishing tips. They get stranger from there, although I am relieved that McConnell/Boehner/and that rat bastard Cantor have yet to make an appearance. I’ld rather forego sleep
                      than be injected into that nightmare.

              • 48 Sue in Minnesota
                November 3, 2011 at 9:25 am

                Sister VC, it is really nice to see you joining in so early. Re my sleeping habits, they are crazy…..seriously I believe it reflects my SERIOUS
                addiction to this site. I hope no one in my immediate circle decides to run an intervention…..I can assure you it will FAIL!

                Meta is in a category all by herself, she is supercharged. Sadly, I am at the other end of that scale….not a multi tasker…frankly I am a mess.

                • November 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

                  No sweat, we’ll be non-multi-taskers together. 😆

                  I actually came down early to complete a life book for a little one who spent a few months with me over spring-summer. I was planning to deliver it this afternoon as he is due for a visit to the agency. Naturally, since I was at the computer I figured I’d do a quick check before starting to see what was cooking at TOD’ville. Greeted with President Georgeous, I mentally decided it would be okay to spend until 10am here, still leaving enough hours to create the life book. It’s after 11am and the life book is still not started. BUT I have mentally made the executive decision that it will still be okay to deliver it next week {providing, of course, TOD doesn’t take up all my time between now and then 😉 }

                  • 50 Sue in Minnesota
                    November 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

                    VC what a beautiful and enduring gift. Once again we are so alike……I love to make handmade books celebrating my friends and family,
                    Mama Chips brings a beautiful gift everyday to us here as well. Once I click I pretty much can toss my to do list out the window.

            • November 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

              😆 @ Mama Sue!

              Mama VC, I’m one of those silly people who, when someone shouts ‘DON’T LOOK!’, looks. I think I just like annoying myself, which is an unfortunate habit to have.

              • November 3, 2011 at 9:15 am

                😆 Chips, I do understand. I’m in the ‘Don’t do’, so I stick my toe in part of that camp. I find it easier to pull my toe back than to clear my mind of what my eyes saw.

                • November 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

                  Oh, I’m going to try that toe thing VC, I keep dipping it in deep and ending up with an anger-induced headache. Thanks for the tip 😉

                  • 54 HZ
                    November 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

                    I love going back and reading the comments and catching up on the news within the links. Thanks so much Chips. You give us so much to wake up to. I rush to my computer. I am addicted to my family here. See what happens when you have such great people to hangout with daily. Love you all.Z

      • November 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

        I stopped reading Nate completely when he went to the Times. He sold out his independence and has not been the same since. Plus he now commits the unpardonable sin of being boring and predictable like the rest of the pundits. Now he’s fallen into the Mathews trap of comparing different times and personalities with the unique circumstances of today and the one-of-a-kind in history Barack Obama. The president has not even hit the campaign trail and he already has the majority of people agreeing with his positions. Plus he will be facing off against one of the sorriest groups of presidential candidates history. The depth of weakness on the R’s side is without precedent in my lifetime. Nate used to have something interesting to offer–his numbers analysis. Now he’s full of hot air.

        • November 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

          Jackie, I couldn’t agree with you more. I stopped reading him a while back – too much run of the mill, lock-step over-editorialized tripe. He used to be very interesting and very good when he was running his own site. Now he’s just a hack like the rest. And I think I heard he’s writing a book like all the rest. I followed a link on twitter this morning and wound up reading this craptastic piece. I especially detest his use of the word, “we” in his dire predictions.

          • 57 utaustinliberal
            November 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

            Everytime I see Nate on MSNBC, he always looks like he’s been too friendly with a bong the night before. Ever since he went over to the NYT. He’s been a sell-out who only has glimmers of truth; once in a blue moon.

        • November 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

          ‘the unique circumstances of today and the one-of-a-kind in history Barack Obama’

          Yes, oh yes! If only THEY would admit it and enjoy it WHILE THEY ARE LIVING IT! What’s the value to denigrating events now, and later, in hindsight, pontificating on them? This is one reason their opinion carry no weight with me. My feeling is if I can SEE, and FEEL, history in the making and I do not have a quarter their knowledge/skill/historical perspective/whatever, then I don’t need to waste my time paying attention to their blindness. I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to let them spoil this once-in-a-lifetime experience for ME!

          • November 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

            Don’t sell yourself short, VC. You’re smarter than they are and have one thousand times more common sense.

          • November 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

            Isn’t that the weirdness of it? Here we are living through this amazing history, global history, and all the punditry and RWers can do is try to spoil it? It’s just ridiculous. I’m feel very lucky to have the privilege of witnessing this greatness and I’m savoring it every single day. I knew from the first time I saw PBO in person way back when that he was extraordinary in every way. The further you dig, the deeper he gets. His books, his actions, his heart – all in plain view.

            • 61 Sue in Minnesota
              November 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

              It’s Change…….they are fearful, resistant and rigid in their mindset. It really is stunning how their own belief systems run interference with reality.

          • 62 PoliticalJunkessa
            November 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

            >>>> I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to let them spoil this once-in-a-lifetime experience for ME!<<<<

            Amen VC, Amen! That has been my sentiment since the day PBO took office: I AM GOING TO ENJOY IT, dammit! :mrgreen:

            That's why I love this place so much; we can ENJOY history in the making. I pity those who are living through this time and are letting it simply pass them by or are blindly resisting it. What a waste.

          • November 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

            That’s exactly it. Enjoy this presidency. People are going to look back and wish they had appreciated Barack Obama when he was in office. All but the most stubborn and bitter among us will, anyway.

        • 64 prettyfoot58
          November 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

          To signify the influence of the President is to look at the change in the message…

          no longer are we talking about the deficit….but about jobs…and job creation….he was able to get the country on board around the issue of the wealthiest of the wealthy paying their fair share in taxes……..he has boxed the Republicans into a corner….who had the audacity to vote NO on jobs for teachers…police officers and first responders….

          now that the second part of the jobs bill re: infrastructure will be taking place very soon…do they dare not vote it….there maybe some cracks in the Repub bloc….

          at that last poll even 54% of Republicans were in favor of the President’s Jobs bill..

          sooooo these so-called liberal pundits…who proclaim the demise of the President …who proclaim to know it all…i say they are TP folks masquerading as Pregressives….

          so the President Pressesssssss ON….
          he has his marching shoes on!!!


        • 68 MsKitty
          November 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

          I don’t know how many of you read Al Giordano’s blog but he did a post when Silver took the NYT job and predicted that this would lead to Silver’s slide to mediocrity. Just for kicks I reread the post recently and it is scary how dead-on it was.

      • 70 dotster3
        November 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

        AP was behind the latest set of polls today also with a story in my local paper about Obama losing the support of women, the latest in their “Obama is losing support of this key constituency” series. I set the record straight in a comment with a direct quote from yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll, which revealed “across-the-board” gains, including women. Also mentioned the upswing in Gallup numbers. Interestingly, the new story has now disappeared from the website. That happens often, such is the power of my pen. 🙂 The fast exit means fewer readers get to see my truthful corrections, but at least the original misleading/dishonest story is wiped from the map.

        • 72 desertflower
          November 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

          Good JOB! That’s what I’m talking about:) WE can make a difference on this local level! So proud of you…nothing but the facts! Thanks, dotster…hopefully you will show oithers that this can be done….and they’ll jump in to join us…WiW has some openings for states with no assignments…:) (hint, hint)

        • 73 Sue in Minnesota
          November 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

          Brava…..”The pen is mightier than the sword.” Great work Dotster!

        • November 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

          Clicked to add a ‘thumbs up’, Dotster3, 😆 and a plug that this is exactly the reason behind DF’s idea for the WiW States page, but glanced down and noticed that Desertflower got in before me. Are we getting it together, or what? 😆

    • 75 ChristiMtl
      November 3, 2011 at 8:50 am

      Ewwww I’m too curious sometimes, I had to check…..he definitely jumped the shark!

  6. 78 Fred
    November 3, 2011 at 8:14 am

    good morning TOD family.

    may God watch over;bless;protect and guide the President

  7. November 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Just in time for the Greece mess.

    Papandreou ‘to offer to resign’


  8. 81 Titti
    November 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Awwwwww look at Sarkozy beaming at PBO, that’s how I look at him with a grin on my face.

    • 82 anniebella
      November 3, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Titti, he’s probably saying to himself, man why couldn’t I have that guy’s charm and alittle bit of his height.

  9. November 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Love PBO’s joke about Sarkozy’s daughter inheriting her mother’s looks and not her father’s. Tehe! So true.

  10. November 3, 2011 at 8:18 am

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Morning Chips! Good Morning TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

    Have a great day, everyone! 😛

    • November 3, 2011 at 8:20 am

      Wonderful quote, PJ. Thanks for sharing it.

    • 87 Sue in Minnesota
      November 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

      Wonderful quote, thank you PJ. I can think of a lot of individuals who would benefit from giving it some deep thought, and serious self reflection. I’m thinking of Michael Moore and Chris Matthews at this moment.

      • 88 dotster3
        November 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

        If I have to see one more appearance by Matthews selling that dumb book, pleading his nonsense conclusions, I may sue for causing damage to my health and well-being. Obviously every msnbc anchor was required to allow his pitch on their program. Yesterday when the cover was shown on one of the shows, Tweety looked at it with nauseating self-satisfaction, saying, “Isn’t it beautiful? Isn’t it wonderful? I’m so proud of this!” And he got all teary-eyed, a la Boehner. Really gross. I laughed when Martin Bashir had to host him, and he said to Tweety, “I have read your book”——and that’s it, nothing else, just “I have read your book”, no compliment included. It was like telling someone, “I see you got a new haircut” and then leave that statement hanging, without also adding how much you like it.

    • November 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

      Thanks, PJ, you too! I like this BO daily quote. 😆 Who knows, I might even start memorizing the shorter ones.

    • November 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

      LooooOOOOOOooooove your quotes, PJ!

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Love, love this quote. Many years ago, my husband (a smart guy) said if you stop “worrying” about money, more important priorities fall into place and your life will be happier. Sure you have to have enough not to starve, but when you stop obsessing about making more, life does become richer. It works.

      • 94 PoliticalJunkessa
        November 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

        Yes! He is indeed a smart guy. I’m concentrating on Gratitude right now. Ommmmmm. LOL.

      • 95 Sue in Minnesota
        November 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

        It does work. What you focus on expands. Put your attention on the meaningful things in your life, and your happiness and contentment will grow. It does require a disciplined and attentive mind.

    • 96 desertflower
      November 3, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Nice quote to start the day with. Thank you, PJ:)

    • 97 a4alice
      November 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

      That’s gold PJ. We can all take that one to heart – thx

    • 98 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 3, 2011 at 9:27 am

      My pleasure, TOD Family. XOXOXOXOXO.

    • 99 prettyfoot58
      November 3, 2011 at 9:36 am


    • 100 edp4bho
      November 3, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Thanks so much for this, as it is the way I’ve always felt. Of course, a piece of moola doesn’t ever hurt, but I’ve always wanted mine to help others enjoy a comfort in life. This is what a real man looks like, folks 😀 We must treasure him and figure out what the hell we’re going to do when he’s out of office. If he decides to teach a course at home, I’m moving to Chicago 😀 I want him in my life forever!!

    • November 3, 2011 at 10:07 am

      the quote of the day is so uplifting, thanks so much Junkessa

    • 102 geegee
      November 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      Oh my, what a wonderful quote. My sentiments exactly; although I doubt I could ever be as eloquent in stating it as our brilliant Prez. 😆

  11. November 3, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Bon Jour, mes amis. Hope the president has a productive trip. I love following him when he’s on foreign trips; it’s a nice change of pace. (Hopefully, for him, too).

  12. 105 CEB
    November 3, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Good morning everyone,

    Love the president’s walk. Since it is early, I will leave it with this.

    Why does Sarkozy always have this wide grin when he is with PBO? Is he hoping that some of the president’s charm and popularity will rub off on him? Why is his hand on PBO’s shoulder in that 4th picture? It must be hard to have a visiting head of state who is popular with your fellow citizens than you.

  13. November 3, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Bonjour Ma Belle Chips, et TOD’ville! Sending warm wishes for a happy Thursday for everyone no matter your situation or location! 😆

    The people’s President has arrived safely, I see. Thank you, Lord! I notice Sarkozy is in sync with him in more than one picture. Sure hope this is a harbinger of things to come this weekend.

  14. November 3, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Sarkozy is giving my President the googly-goo eyes. ♥ ♥ ♥

  15. 115 ChristiMtl
    November 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Bonjour mes ami(e)s,

    President Obama is looking good!

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Bonjour mon amie. Chanceuse,toi, tu vas bien comprendre le dialogue autour du President pendant sa visite. I am slightly envious. 😆

      And, yes, our president is looking good, happy and somewhat relaxed. I say ‘somewhat’ only because he likely has ideas churning in his head waiting to share re the Euro situation.

      • November 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

        “Bonjour mon amie. Chanceuse,toi, tu vas bien comprendre le dialogue autour du President pendant sa visite.”

        VC, I hope that doesn’t translate as:

        “Rick Perry rocks, I just donated another $100 to his campaign.”

        • November 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

          “Are you kidding me?” I may be unsure about donating to Cain, but Perry’s last big speech did it for me! 🙄
          A closer translation – ‘ (This) buffoon (Perry) is my enemy. Let’s carefully help him off the President pathway.’

        • 120 dotster3
          November 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

          LOL—–I have that same fear, so I don’t wander much further than “tres bien”. 7 years of French has sadly been reduced to a few key phrases and a couple “dirty” sayings which would probably be inappropriate at this point. Probably.

          • November 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

            “a couple “dirty” sayings which would probably be inappropriate at this point.”

            Dotster! 😆

            I used to think my French was okay, then I went to Paris a few years ago and was informed I had asked the barman for a black glass of wine. I wondered why he looked at me funny. 😳

      • 124 ChristiMtl
        November 3, 2011 at 9:48 am

        Your french is very good vcprezofan2!

        Well I wanted to check some french newspapers online to see what the French were saying about the visit……first one I read, second paragraph…..”Obama is no longer the black ”Jesus””.

        Just some french RW crap.


        I’ll get my information here and Twitter. It’s better for my nerves.

        • November 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

          Thanks. College education, though I write better than I speak.

          I get frustrated with news here (Toronto) too as their sound bites are so often simplistic…and wrong. As the only time I listen to news is in the car I am largely spared their ignorance. Our journalists here in TOD’ville do such an excellent job that I always feel I have a better grasp of issues than the mainstream provides.

  16. 126 Brian
    November 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

    One of the things I love about our President is that when you see him standing with world leaders, you never have to worry (like I would with his predecessor) that he will say or do something cringe-worthy. Love Sarkozy’s expression in the eighth picture.

    • November 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

      He’s also the consummate diplomat. Never grandstanding or arrogant. He works together with all of them. My respect and admiration just continue to grow. LOVE this man.

  17. November 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Good morning TOD!~

    The House has its only “serious business” of the week scheduled to begin tomorrow. Unfortunately, it’s mostly more loosening of securities regulations being presented as “jobs” legislation, under the same, shopworn theories of how stuffing venture capital into executive pockets (but doing it with less regulation and paperwork) will eventually “trickle down” and… zzzzzzz. Oh, sorry. Fell asleep there.

    The Senate will hold a vote on the motion to proceed to the Rebuild American Jobs Act. But there will actually be two votes on motions to proceed today. The one I just mentioned, but also one on a motion to proceed to S.1786, the Republican “alternative” bill, the “Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act.”


    Well, remember that even if Dems won the cloture vote at 11 (or whatever time they held it), that only establishes the fact that a vote on the motion to proceed will actually take place. A successful cloture vote doesn’t pass the motion itself. That means that even with a successful cloture vote, Republicans could still stretch out post-cloture time for up to 30 hours, and the actual vote on the motion to proceed wouldn’t take place until Friday….


    h/t David Waldman

    • 130 prettyfoot58
      November 3, 2011 at 9:43 am




      • November 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

        You’re welcome for the information prettyfoot…however, I don’t think of what I contribute in terms of “schooling” anyone. I simply enjoy sharing the information that I come across with others, which is what everyone here does in one capacity or another. I’m still learning about the political process with each passing day. That said, I’m happy that the information that I post useful.~

  18. 135 edp4bho
    November 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Bon matin Chips et TOD. Mon President est tres magnifique, n’est il-pas? 😀 Just trying out my rusty college french. President Gorgeous is in my prayers today, for his able assistance in this Greece debt/international market crisis. Meanwhile, those ugly bastards on the right are in hate mode, per usual, so damned scared of an Obama second term, they’d risk obliterating themselves along with the country. Let’s continue to enjoy this presidency every day, despite all the obstructionism. One need only to view him, as the rest of the world does, to know we have the right man at the helm. Bonjour!!

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

      You know the problem with college French? It sticks in you brain so well that it makes it hard to learn another language later on. I tried taking Spanish classes and my head kept translating the words into French. Too bad we don’t have a burgeoning French population in this country.

      • 137 edp4bho
        November 3, 2011 at 9:27 am

        LOL….yes it does. As to the other languages, and I gather you are from Pennsylvania like I am, there is a ridiculous piece of legislation being introduced by another nutwinger to make English the “official” language in the state. Every day brings another hair raising, brainless idea from these idiots. I swear on my life, my fingers will never pull a lever for a rethug ever again. I wouldn’t care if it were a family member…..they can all fall off a cliff. This country is dumb enough now, and any additional language in one’s arsenal is a good thing. Too many think in isolation from the rest of the world, where just about any other country has a population that speaks at least one language in addition to its own native speech. On a trip to Italy some years ago, I was so impressed with the hotel staff as well as the local merchants, some who knew Italian and also English, German, and French. And these were not even Italians, who themselves had at least a rudimentary skill in English. Well, getting my passport renewed come 2012. America is a bit stifling in its “exceptionalism——NOT” !!

        • 138 prettyfoot58
          November 3, 2011 at 9:48 am



          IN ADDITION


          • 139 edp4bho
            November 3, 2011 at 9:56 am

            Yes, and I am looking to join a campaign against any new law. We’ve got their number. Problem is, too many were apathertic in 2010. So now, they’re about to get shafted, and the fight for civil rights, again, must be waged for their protection. Lazy people make life so hard.

        • 141 MsKitty
          November 3, 2011 at 11:26 am

          There a joke that goes…

          A person that speaks three languages is trilingual

          A person that speaks two languages is bilingual

          A person that speaks one language is American

        • November 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

          Yes I am in Pennsylvania and the 2010 elections did tremendous damage. Every day brings new stupidity. I think they compete to top each other in the “let’s be dumb yokels” department.

      • 143 ChristiMtl
        November 3, 2011 at 9:30 am

        I’m just glad that I had to learn English as a second language (still learning) and not French.
        There’s so many rules in French that you don’t have in English.
        For example if you say….”good morning friends”………that’s it, it’s not complicated.

        If you say…bonjour mes amis……..technically you’re only saying hi to your male friends.
        amis for male friends…amies for female friends.

        No wonder English is the language of business or the second language in most countries if its not the official language. It’s right to the point. I like it

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Morning multilingual edp4bho!

    • 145 ChristiMtl
      November 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

      President Gorgeous lol…I like that,.

    • 146 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

      “President Gorgeous” — I like that!

  19. November 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I so love our President. I have total trust, confidence and faith in him as a person and as the Leader of the Free World. If only others in this country did — the rest of the world does.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President’s safety and success as he attends the G20.

  20. 149 sheinfrance
    November 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Now wouldn’t it be something if I could have The President over for dinner as I don’t live so far. One can but dream.

  21. November 3, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Isn’t it interesting how the other world leaders’ hairs aren’t grey? Do you think they dye it? I dont remember Cameron’s hair with a hint of grey, not Merkel, not Lee’s, not Sarkozy’s (though I pledge every dime in my account that he dyes his hair- he seems too vain not to-). PBO seems to be the only silver fox on the world stage. All the better since he’s the sexiest fox on the world stage.

  22. November 3, 2011 at 9:03 am

    The Senate meets at 10 a.m. to continue debate on S. 1769, the Rebuild America Jobs Act, which would spent $60 billion on infrastructure spending.

    Late Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set a Thursday afternoon vote on a motion to proceed to this bill. This procedural vote — set for 3 p.m. — is expected to fail because of GOP opposition to the tax hike included in the bill, and because 60 votes will be needed to approve the motion.

    So, in other words, we can never have any new spending? According to the republicans! Tell Nate silver…

  23. November 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

    While I don’s like that know-it-all Alan Grayson, he did make one good remark. When asked in 2010 what things would be like with a Republican House, he said the next two years would be hell. True enough.

  24. November 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Here’s a website that’s packed with information about: ballot measures, elections, public statements, and most importantly voter registration. All you have to do is provide the name of your state to gain access to the information you need.


  25. 163 carolyn
    November 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

    He has the most marvelous way of putting everybody at ease in his presence. He did it with those lucky four who had dinner with him last week as they said, and he did it today with the official greeters. I could see them go from stiff and apprehensive to relaxed and comfortable as he shook their hands. What a gift he is to us and the world!

    • 164 Sue in Minnesota
      November 3, 2011 at 11:06 am

      I think because he has absolutely no discomfort in his own being and is genuinely humble and engaging. He is quite remarkable.

  26. November 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

    November 03, 2011 8:30 AM

    Polling the ‘sabotage’ question

    By Steve Benen

    To one degree or another, the “sabotage” question has been generating some debate for about a year now. It is, admittedly, a provocative subject: are Republicans trying to hurt the nation’s economy on purpose, simply to undermine the Obama presidency?

    Over the last few months, the charge has become more common and more mainstream, with the question being raised by leading officials in President Obama’s re-election team, Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, and a growing number of pundits and political observers.

    What we’ve lacked, however, is polling data. Are Americans actually prepared to believe that Republican officials care more about politics than the nation’s well being? Have we really reached the point at which voters see GOP leaders as willing to sabotage the country?

    As best as I can tell, pollsters haven’t even asked. But reader R.B. passed along this new Suffolk University poll of registered voters in Florida, which put the question to respondents. The results were fascinating.

    With 51 percent of voters saying that jobs and the economy are the most pressing issues in the nation today, 49 percent said they believe that the Republicans are intentionally hindering efforts to boost the economy so that President Barack Obama will not be reelected. Thirty-nine percent disagreed. As expected, most registered Democrats (70 percent) agreed that Republicans are intentionally hindering the economy and hurting Obama, but independents (52 percent) and even some Republicans (24 percent) also agreed. [emphasis added

    To be sure, this wasn’t a national poll; it only asked voters in one state. But it’s a large, diverse swing state that both parties take very seriously.

    And in Florida, nearly half of voters — and a majority of Dems and independents — believe Republicans are so craven, so devoid of a sense of duty to their country, that they’re holding back the economy on purpose because they hate Obama more than the care about the rest of us. Nearly one-in-four Republicans believe this to be true.

    I guess this isn’t a fringe idea after all.

    Here’s a suggestion for other pollsters: given these results in one of the nation’s largest states, and the fact that the charge has been made by so many prominent political voices, perhaps it’s time to start putting the question to a national audience?


  27. 167 Mae who love our CIC
    November 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

    President Obama is so amazing. The photos are absolutely wonderful. You find yourself smiling from ear to ear. Good Morning!

  28. 168 hopefruit2
    November 3, 2011 at 9:24 am

    John Huntsman cannot now claim to be against the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCares) when his family business has happily benefited from it!


  29. November 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

    November 03, 2011
    Analyzing This and That

    The GOP presidential race is beginning to resemble an elaborately scripted mob movie.

    Cain shifted his blame from the news media to the Perry campaign … as additional accusations emerged … [and as] he accused [by now, pretty much everyone] … [while the accused] called the suggestion ‘reckless and false,’ and denied [pretty much everything] …

    And so it goes, or something like “it,” pretty much hourly.

    We’ve got rats, stool pigeons, informers, finger-pointers, slippery capos, inarticulate button men, political perjury flying everywhere, changing stories, creative alibis, countless investigations, apoplectic reporting (poor Chris Matthews, he’s nearly breathless), legal mouthpieces, verbal hits, botched whacks, betrayals, misguided loyalties, expensive shiny suits (Billy Crystal: “What’s this made of: chrome?”) — and, of course, not one whit of this chaotic thuggishness has anything to do with the nation’s future or welfare.

    At the eccentric rate things are going, by next week Cain will be roaming the streets of D.C. in a bathroom and slippers, building an insanity defense; his accompanying, incoherent rambling began months ago. Perry will again show up, somewhere, publicly plastered.

    Gingrich will propose an Apalachin summit of the GOP crime-family bosses, touting it as a new and Big idea. Bachmann will continue to lay low, quietly scamming the government through her and her hubby’s assorted “front” operations. Santorum will be nabbed for leading a gay-prostitution ring. Paul will recommend another St. Valentine’s Day housecleaning. The Republican syndicate’s calculating, thoughtful and rather peaceful Meyer Lansky, Huntsman, will shake his head and bemoan the cost of all this unnecessary blood.

    And if Romney testifies on its behalf today, he’ll testify against it tomorrow.

    The GOP presidential race: either a Martin Scorcese or Blake Edwards production.


    • 175 donna dem 4 obama
      November 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Wow this is pure gold!

      Off to share everywhere!!!

    • 176 hopefruit2
      November 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

      oops df – posted the same thing below – didn’t see your comment here!

    • 178 Ladyhawke
      November 3, 2011 at 10:44 am


      The fact that the Republican Party sabotage meme has finally gone mainstream is EPIC. It took some time for it to surface, but this is great news. It marks yet another breach in the media firewall. The media has been carrying water for the GOP and sheltering them from the scrutiny they deserve. The meme sabotage is out and the Republicans can’t un-ring the bell. There is just too much video tape for them to claim otherwise.

      What is interesting is the that the GOP has not anxious to respond to the accusations. It would be great if some enterprising reporter asked Boehner, Cantor and McConnell to explain why what they are doing should not be construed as sabotage. Clearly, the GOP does not want to have to explain their obstructionist tactics. But it’s a conversation the American people need to demand.

      Some of the Democrats who have talked openly about the Republican Party wanting the economy to fail:

      – David Plouffe
      – Davie Axelrod
      – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
      – Senator Chuck Schumer
      – Senator Dick Durbin
      – Majority Leader Harry Reid

      GRAPHIC: A Timeline Of GOP Economic Sabotage


    • November 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      We also NEED TO READ the Greg Sargent follow-up:-


      IMO this Sargent’s piece clarifies that we still might need to do small scale explanations to those in our ‘neighbourhood’, as it’s not just a question of a president too weak to work around the Repubs. We still will have to educate some on how the government branches actually work.

  30. November 3, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Maybe we can lobby PPP polling to do a national poll with this question/
    Are republicans sabotageing the economy?
    They take suggestion every week on what and who to poll.

    Ya know???

  31. 182 Ladyhawke
    November 3, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Who’s on First, I Don’t Know, Third Base


    OMG! I’m watching BBC News and it’s like “Who’s On First”. There is major confusion with what exactly is going on in Greece. There were reports that Greece’s Prime Minister George Papandreou was stepping down. I just heard that is not the case.

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

      It’s so confusing Ladyhawke, I just heard too that he was resigning and that the referendum has been called off, but nobody really seems to know what’s going on.

      • 184 ChristiMtl
        November 3, 2011 at 9:55 am

        So he’s not stepping down? A lot of confusion going on

        • November 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

          Hi ChristiMtl, there seem to be very confusing reports on this, last I heard he was stepping down, but nothing confirmed yet.

          My heart breaks for the people of Greece, their economy is utterly destroyed, the future looks so unbelievably bleak for them.

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Yeah, I don’t think he’s stepping down. It’s literally chaos. The G20 must be riveting right now, to say the least.

    • 188 Ladyhawke
      November 3, 2011 at 9:53 am



      Abbott and Costello perform the classic “Who’s on first?” baseball sketch in their 1945 film “The Naughty Nineties” first performed as part of their stage act. Still find this really funny


  32. 189 criquet
    November 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Don’t you guys think Pm Gillard of Australia really ,really likes our President Gorgeous? Maybe I’m just seeing things!!

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

      She’s really lovely and I know PBO sees that in her, too. Very warm and sweet relationship.

      • 191 Sue in Minnesota
        November 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

        I think the same. I can not wait for the President’s trip to Australia….trusting Chipsticks will once again be our fabulous tour guide.

    • 192 holymoly
      November 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

      I noticed too. that picture is a keeper

    • November 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Criquet, how long have you been at TOD? 😉 Don’t you know yet that 90+% of women really, really, really, really like ‘our President Gorgeous’, and that he has a way that makes each one – toddler, youth, middle-aged, old, or older – look special when he’s standing beside her?

      • November 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

        The man sure knows how to hug! Then again, so does his wife. IMO, they both do a wonderful job restoring individual self-esteem in America. I wonder how long an ‘Obama hug’ lasts in the psyche? Any hug-ees on site today to testify? I don’t doubt they have already reshaped many, many paths in U S and around the world.

        • 195 Judith Fardig
          November 4, 2011 at 12:36 am

          An Obama hug gives repeat starbursts of happiness indefinitely. I was so very, very lucky to get one from Michelle on 12/1/10 and one from Barack on 8/3/11!

  33. 196 hopefruit2
    November 3, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Nate Silver’s intellectually lazy “analysis” about President Obama’s re-election is worth all the bovine dung that it is. More and more of the American people are realizing that the Republicans are deliberately sabotaging the recovery – despite MSM efforts to bury this info or distract with other nonsense. A recent Florida poll of registered FL voters showed:

    // With 51 percent of voters saying that jobs and the economy are the most pressing issues in the nation today, 49 percent said they believe that the Republicans are intentionally hindering efforts to boost the economy so that President Barack Obama will not be reelected. Thirty-nine percent disagreed. As expected, most registered Democrats (70 percent) agreed that Republicans are intentionally hindering the economy and hurting Obama, but independents (52 percent) and even some Republicans (24 percent) also agreed. [emphasis added] ///


  34. 198 holymoly
    November 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

    i really like the reactions of the other leaders to president Obama, It’s such a BIG contrast to the one W got.

  35. November 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Cain possesses quite an expertise in misspeaking. He can’t be bothered to learn about world. Chinese nukes, Palestinian right of return, releasing Gitmo prisoners aren’t trivial issues. He’s astoundingly ignorant about everything important.

    • 200 hopefruit2
      November 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

      Cain needs to go NOW. The longer he remains in this race the more of a distraction he becomes – taking the focus off Mitt Romney who is the most dangerous of the entire Repub bunch.

    • November 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Herman Cain’s situation appears to be headed from bad to worse, if this information proves to be accurate.~


      If nothing else, the steady emergence of new developments suggests that, one way or another, the details of the allegations against Cain will probably emerge — eventually. It’s worth noting, though, that the only poll conducted and released since the story first broke Sunday night shows Cain sustaining no damage, and maybe even building support — although the data come with several caveats.

      Update: Now an Iowa-based conservative talk show host is accusing Cain of making “awkward” and “inappropriate” comments to two female staffers when he visited the station last month, adding that the fact that Cain’s wife, Gloria, rarely travels with him is “a warning flag to me.” This story is moving fast…


    November 3, 2011 at 10:02 am


  37. 203 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

    ***Technical feedback***

    Chips, since you have decreased the number of posts on the page, I haven’t had any problem with my phone (Droid-based) freezing up at this site. I think it’s working! :mrgreen:

    • November 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Great to hear PJ! I reduced it to two posts on the front page today because the threads were so long, so it definitely made it load a lot more quickly. Thanks for letting me know 😉

    • November 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Me, as soon as I internalize what you, Chips and Amk mean by ‘front page’ or even ‘page’ in this medium I’ll give myself a techno certificate. 😉

      Fortunately not understanding does not prevent me from enjoying all the wonderful entries and comments. As many have said, as long as the heart of TOD is on display we ‘ain’t gonna sweat the method of delivery’! Seriously appreciate your openness to sane input, Ms Chips. Makes me feel we are a valued piece of the TOD landscape (which I’m sure you know does not in any way imply that you need to listen to us every time).

      • November 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

        Ah, you’re a dote VC – and I’ll ALWAYS listen to you!

        By front page I just mean what you see when you click on the site, from top to bottom. I can change the settings to reduce the number of posts that appear on that page – today I have it at 2, so to see posts before that you click ‘Previous Entries’ at the very bottom left of the page. I had two many posts showing up on the front page, so it took forever for the photos and videos to load for people with less speesy broadband.

        Hope that helps VC?

        • November 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

          Thanks, you spoil us, you know! No wonder I couldn’t make sense of all this two per page or one per page stuff! All my first page shows in this current thread is the masthead and the first raw video and I sure don’t have the words ‘Previous Posts’ on the bottom of my screen. Other than that, I have all the info and beautiful pictures and pertinent links, and comments, and… did I mention pictures? I’m happy!

          • November 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm


            “All my first page shows in this current thread is the masthead and the first raw video and I sure don’t have the words ‘Previous Posts’ on the bottom of my screen.”

            Noooooooooo! Are you serious VC? Yikes, that’s bizarre – what device/browser are you using?

            • November 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm

              I’m on Firefox, but I think it’s because my screen is small. Don’t stress yourself. I still get EVERYTHING, I just have to scroll down..a lot. I’m used to it. For example, right now as I type this I can only see my comment, your answer, and the top part of the ‘Leave a reply’ box. As I said, it’s not a problem at all. Instead of the words ‘Previous Entries’ on the bottom left, I normally just have the name of the previous entry. Right now I have ‘chat away’ on both the left and right of the screen 😉 – left for previous and right side for ensuing. [I do agree with Mary that your humourous/creative titles disappearing permanently is not one of the changes that would make me smile, but as long as you keep TOD going, I will silently wait until you figure out what you want to do.]

  38. November 3, 2011 at 10:12 am


    Washington, D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) issued a report revealing the three Republican members of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) are working in concert with Republican campaign finance attorneys and outside groups to undermine election laws and thwart enforcement of what laws remain after the Citizens United decision.


    • 212 hopefruit2
      November 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

      That’s where MSM focus needs to be right now – not on Herman Cain who will NOT be the GOP nominee much less President of the United States.

  39. November 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    So wonderful to read all this news. The President always looks to fine.

    In yesterdays posts I had asked folks to join me in contacting the Senate and putting pressure on them to support the AJA. Friday was the day many suggested, and that would have worked well for me also. However it seem Senator Reid will be having the vote this afternoon.

    So – could you please call your Senator, email and tweet. If you have extra time call the Dems who are waffling and the Republicans who haven’t signed the tax pledge.

    I have been so busy I haven’t been giving “Press On” buttons and magnets each week. Well I am caught up at school and will be sending them out again”. So – to help the President, construction workers and to be the first in your neighborhood to have the “cool button”. Make a call.


    thanks in advance for all your support, this group is just amazing.

    • November 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

      If you can make 2 more call – hit the Maine Senators – President Obama mentioned Maine in his speeck

      Sen-ME Collins, Susan M (202) 224-2523
      Sen-ME Snowe, Olympia J. (202) 224-5344

  40. November 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

    November 02, 2011
    Obama’s reelection: safer by the day

    “President Barack Obama has received a [6-point] boost in the polls over the last month,” according to Quinnipiac. And, as he has consistently, Obama leads “Republican challengers by five to 16 percentage points in head-to-head matchups.”

    A political rule of thumb: any national lead of 8 points or more translates into a virtually unbeatable electoral college total (i.e., a presidential candidate simply cannot rack up those percentages without leading in the correspondingly necessary states).

    That said, in politics November of 2011 is to November of 2012 what Jerry Lewis was to comedy. It was the NY Times’ John Harwood, I believe, who earlier today said on MSNBC that Obama is unquestionably doing better in the polls, but he’s not yet “safe for reelection.” That’s why I listen to professional, political color commentary on cable news. One cannot find that incisive level of in-depth analysis just anywhere.

    To repeat the bloody obvious, Harwood-style, it’s a long and unpredictable road to Election Day. Yet given Obama’s rather undeviating leads over Mitt Romney in the neighborhood of 5 points (and probably counting) — during the worst economy in three-quarters of a century — his reelection is morphing safer by the day.


  41. November 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

    The Republicsns want us to give the infrastructure money to the states.
    Well, if that is the only way to get it done, maybe just this once.
    With the caveat it needs to be done in a year!

    • 217 Linda
      November 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

      I think that is a very bad idea……When the stimulus money went to the States they used it to pay down debt instead of keeping people employed.

      Perry used 17 billion for that purpose.

  42. November 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Jobless claims below 400k, drops 9k from week before!

  43. November 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Lol! Hey chips,
    On one of your posts, so many people replied, that it is one word paragraphs.
    Sort of looks like those ransom notes-
    You know, where they cut out words and put it on notes.? Lol!

  44. November 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Just in- Greek referendum bailout is off-


  45. 223 ber6964
    November 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Isn’t wonderful, to be alive during the Age of Obama!!

  46. 224 Ladyhawke
    November 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Obama Helping Voters Feel ‘Secure’


    Given the nation’s economic anxiety, Barack Obama needs voter confidence in his leadership and judgment. Traditionally, those qualities are evaluated through national security issues, and our polling shows Obama doing well where Democrats are often perceived as weak.

    But how much will this matter, if at all, when voters are disillusioned with government, depressed about jobs and apparently again in the mood for electoral change? National security will not be the decisive factor in whether Obama wins a second term, but it will influence swing voters who traditionally value stability over the uncertainty of new leadership.
    The Republican candidate must offer a sound alternate vision, primarily on the economy, but also for our role in the world. Republican talk of American Exceptionalism and specifically Mitt Romney’s pledge of an American Century may not appeal to voters under 30, the multi-cultural First Globals who much more than prior generations identify as citizens of the world. For them, getting out of Iraq and diminishing our military presence in Afghanistan are reasons to again vote for Obama.

    There could be more international crises for Obama to handle in the next 12 months, but as of today he has reassured most voters and disarmed a usually effective attack on a Democrat.



  47. November 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    While reading that Mother Jones post Chips included above this suddenly popped into my head “Wouldn’t it be awesome if PBO offered a way to fix the Euro problems, which when followed pulled them sharply back from the brink?” Much in the way of his auto bailout? Man that would be the ideal way to highlight for rank and file Americans that the slow moving economy here is definitely the work of the Repubs!!!!

    Just the thought of this possibility sends me into raptures! [A girl can dream, can’t she? And it’s not totally impossible. **She says as she tries to encourage others to entertain the idea** The man has a good mind and the minds at the G20 are likely far more receptive than political minds in America.] Oh boy, now that this possibility has surfaced it’s turning around and around in my head.

  48. November 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I feel so privileged to be alive and have voted for President Obama. Truly a WORLD LEADER! It amazes me how some Americans refuse to accept the fact that he is our President and we’re lucky to have him. Just imagine what we could do as a country WITHOUT Obama derangement syndrome. I am positive history will show a true opportunity missed. That said, I will PROUDLY VOTE FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS… and pray that some Americans see the light and vote for one of the best presidents of out lifetime.


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