chat away … plus more souza magic

Added to the schedule:

White House live


Coming up:

Today: The President will meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Tomorrow: The President will travel to Philadelphia

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks at the National Women’s Law Center’s Annual Awards dinner.

Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: The President and the First Lady will host a breakfast with veterans at the White House.

After, the President will visit Arlington National Cemetery to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and deliver remarks; the First Lady will also attend.

Later, the President and the First Lady will travel to San Diego, California for the Carrier Classic and Honolulu, Hawaii for the start of the APEC Summit. The President and the First Lady will spend the weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii at the APEC Summit.

(Thanks Jovie)


ABC: …. Over the past six months, the Obama campaign’s state-level operations have blossomed, re-commissioning offices and volunteer networks kept warm by Organizing for America since 2008 while adding new outreach centers to help raise the president’s profile on the ground.

Obama now has campaign offices in all 50 states, opening on average three new field offices each week, said campaign manager Jim Messina.  State volunteers threw open the doors to dozens more over the weekend, from Michigan to New Hampshire, in a coordinated push exactly one year to Election Day.

… Filling the new offices around the country is an army of paid staff and strategists, including social media experts to corral what have become an army of volunteers – more than 1 million nationwide.

Obama for America nearly doubled the size of its staff on payroll over the summer, growing from 168 employees in July to 327 as of Sept. 30, according to the campaign’s third quarter financial report.

But perhaps more important than boots on the ground will be campaign cash Obama will use to put ads on the air. The president has raised more than $88 million for his re-election through September, slightly ahead of the record-setting pace he set four years ago and quadruple the cash-on-hand of Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney.

On Sunday, Obama’s surrogates fanned out across the states to keep that fundraising apace, holding events in eight major cities to gather cash on the one-year milestone before the election.

Full article here


Touring the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14

Detroit Wayne Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., Oct. 14

Backstage before an event at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., Oct. 25

Guinness Book of World Records holder John Cassidy performs a balloon act for First Lady Michelle Obama in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Oct. 11

More new photos here

255 Responses to “chat away … plus more souza magic”

  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Day Chips! Good Day TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

    Have a great day, everyone! 😛

    • 2 HZ
      November 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Morning PJ. Again, thanks for this wonderful O’ Quote. Great President, Great words. Thanks so much. Love these.HZ

    • 5 jacquelineoboomer
      November 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks, PJ. Love that quote! “If it were easy, everybody would do it.”

    • November 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      This man is so unbelievably brilliant, he makes me very, very humble. I’m just about old enough to be PBO’s mother, but I learn so much from him. Imagine what it’s like to his daughters. He is the dream father that many wish for and never get. My own father died when I was five years old and I just so appreciate what stability a good father can give a daughter. They are very lucky girls, as are we all.

    • November 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks, PJ. I notice that perseverance theme raises its head again. 😉 Our Prez knows that of which he speaks.

    • 8 utaustinliberal
      November 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks for the quote PJ. I have it hanging on my wall and I’m glad you posted this particluar quote today, because it’s been a hellish day and I needed it. 🙂

      • 9 HZ
        November 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

        Utaustinliberal, I just read your comment. I hope that you are feeling better now. Please accept my hugs and special thoughts coming your way. Rest and try to relax , if you can. I hope that things will begin to look better in whatever that you are going through today. Take care Ut. Much good energy coming your way.HZ

  2. 10 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Can’t get that “What if” video out of my head. It is really scary. Now seeing all the GOP candidates going after Iran,,,,,I am terrified. Does not one person remember the people in the streets of Iran trying to stand up for their rights? Does no one remember Nedia?

  3. 11 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I’m so looking forward to following PBO and FLMO at the Carrier Classic and then Hawaii. Wish I could stow away in their luggage!

  4. November 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Bill Clinton is going on Morning Joe with his new “bash the President” book. A critique of the books says he tells President Obama what he should be doing 24/7. Does Clinton mention NAFTA in his book or Glass-Steagall? I doubt it.

    • 16 anniebella
      November 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Bill Clinton has to always be in the spotlight. If the Hillary lovers want to know why she was not chosen VP, look at her husband.

      • 17 jacquelineoboomer
        November 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

        Hillary knows that, too.

      • November 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        Bill is an old fool. He’s also lost what tenuous grip on reality he might once have had by managing to come up with a virtually foolproof way to make thousands of Obama supporters revile him and dissect and minimize his contributions. He might think he’s been oh-so-clever to pull this stunt in an election year, but he’s actually being self-destructive. No fool like an old fool, as they say.

    • 20 57andFemale
      November 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Don’t forget my personal favorite: The Telecom Bill!

      He becomes smaller and pettier in my eyes every time he opens his mouth.

  5. 21 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 11:47 am



    CHART: Thanks To The 99 Percent Movement, Media Finally Covering Jobs Crisis And Marginalizing Deficit Hysteria


    • November 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      This is good news. Reframing an issue this massive is like righting rerouting an ocean liner. It was not, however, “due to” OWS. PBO started this reframing immediately after the debt ceiling issue was resolved. When he started talking about jobs, the debt and deficit seemed like yesterday’s news.

      • 23 theo67
        November 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        Thank you – giving credit to OWS for the change in media coverage is just one more way people can deprive the President from any credit after he’s launched a non-stop, aggressive onslaught on the media and the Republicans with the American Jobs Act. Not a day has gone by that he hasn’t been speaking about the AJA, including when he’s at an international conference. Every single speech or statement he’s done, including the announcement of the end of the Iraq war, has included a mention of building this country and creating jobs.

        To credit the OWS movement, who are occupying WALL STREET, (with only one faction occupying Congress – who are actually holding up jobs creation) – is illogical. The OWS people have done nothing constructive to move the attention to jobs. They’ve not talked about the jobs bill. They’ve not called out GOP obstruction. They’ve not asked the unemployed and 99ers to come and join them in their movement. They’ve occupied a port, risking many jobs. They’ve convinced a million people to take their money out of the big banks – which also risks the jobs of the lower level bank workers – but it doesn’t do one thing to create a single new job. They would have deserved some credit if they’d called on Congress to pass the jobs act. Maybe we’d be seeing some construction jobs and re-employed teachers right now. Forget about jobs – they haven’t even said a word about Mr. Cordray needing to be approved by the Senate so he can head the CFPA, and start implementing regulations to reign in Wall Street. They haven’t said a word about Republican obstruction to taxing the rich so that the AJA can be enacted.

        Tell me how the OWS people have changed the topic to jobs, when they’ve spent most of the time complaining about police action? Or calling on people to not vote. Or had 100 different messages. Or spent more time applauding the likes of Dylan Ratigan or Michael Moore.

        President Obama deserves all the credit for changing the topic of conversation. Period.

        • November 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

          Good points, Theo! Well said, IMO.

        • 26 nabsentia23
          November 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

          At best, OWS are helping keep the public discourse on jobs and economic issues, but it certainly didn’t change the topic in the first place and is not anything else. But when you don’t have clear goals and objectives – what else can you do? Yes, maintaining awareness is nice, but then what?

          Also, OWS had nothing to do with Bank of America’s change of heart over bank fees. It is trying to take credit for (while at the same being a copycat of) “Move your Money” (an effective movement at started at least 2 years ago). Despite my strong belief in the right to protest – this only increases my suspicions about OWS. It’s claims to be such an original movment when it is not. And has it done besides take credit for other people’s efforts!

          • 27 nabsentia23
            November 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

            I need to clarify my last sentence:

            What as OWS done besides take credit for other people’s efforts!

            • November 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

              I will give them credit for Bank transfer day. I think it was a great idea and maybe they should stick to empowering consumers because when enough consumers complain, companies listen.

              • 29 nabsentia23
                November 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

                Still, Bank Transfer day is really an copy and expansion of “Move your Money.” So, I really can’t give them credit for that either.

        • November 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

          BTW, I took your comment (of course gave you credit) to another web site. I think you’re spot on.

  6. 32 Jessica
    November 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Sometimes I get angry at how god-awful this election season will be but other days I’m pumped. I’m ready! We got this!!!!!!

      • 34 Me4obama
        November 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

        OMG. Am in Tears, this is beyond Magic, its more that beautiful, this is for the history books.

        • November 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

          I literally gasped. Greatest Souza photo ever?

          • 36 utaustinliberal
            November 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

            I want to say yes, Chips but I think that would be selling the genius that is Souza short. Remember, Mr.Souza also has 4 more years and trust me there’s going to be more gasp inducing moments. 😉

          • 37 Betsy
            November 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

            It’s a close second for me. I still think the situation room during Bin Laden raid to be the most spectacular one and I hope Souza wins a Pulitizer for it.

      • 38 PoliticalJunkessa
        November 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

        Iconic. Pete Souza is a genius.

      • 39 Ladyhawke
        November 7, 2011 at 11:59 am

        Just breathtaking ……

        • November 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

          My eyes widened when I saw that. Sometimes i wonder if these are natural shots or if the president is posed. He is so good at whichever angle he’s caught. Maybe i should say Pete is so great at catching the Prez in these terrific poses! I’d definitely buy a Pete Souza coffee table book of this presidency. Pity he can’t do one for Christmas, but I sure hope he does something at the end of the presidency.

          • 41 jacquelineoboomer
            November 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

            Probably wouldn’t be appropriate for him to put out a book yet, but I agree it would be a best seller. In any event, Pete is too busy taking the photos – running with and chasing the President – to think about that, I’m sure. Go, Pete!

        • 43 HZ
          November 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

          Thanks so much, Chipsticks for this one. Just full of tears on this one. Remember the work of Dr. King, and now to see our POTUS in this photo speaks volumes. It brings back a lot of times and experiences in my life and many family and friends lives on what took place with Dr. Martin L. King Jr., and now what is taking place with President Obama. I cannot even begin to think what was going on in his mind at this moment in this great photo.

          Pete is one of a kind. Now that is one book that I pray that I live to see also. Oh, we have so much to look forward to each and everyday. Thanks for placing this here today, Chips. It brings me to my knees as well as visiting my heart and head to get this great President reelected. Work still to be done.HZ

      • 44 desertflower
        November 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

        It takes my breath away. maybe I need a slide show on my desktop to cover all the many, many beautiful photos this President has given us.

  7. November 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Morning Chips & siblings! 😉 My White House feed just burst into sound so I guess the Prez will soon be appearing.

  8. November 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I bet Tweety wishes the book PBO is reading was his. Anyone see the reviews (from Amazon) posted by Tulips on twitter yesterday? It was not too kind to him.

    • 49 Me4obama
      November 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Africa I didn’t see the reviews. Please provide a link so I can tweet them to Tweety. Thank you

      • November 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

        Maybe Tulips can help if she sees this. She tweeted that the reviews were from Amazon. But I did not see a link. I will go here and google and see what I find.

      • November 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        Me4obaba, this is from Amazon. Perhaps, this is what Tulips was talking about:

        Most Recent Customer Reviews

        3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Book – A Good Introduction To Kennedy’s Life
        I found Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero to be a fair read, and definitely not a bad book. Was it compelling? Certainly not, but it would be a good introduction to Kennedy’s life. Read more
        Published 1 hour ago by Matthew

        2.0 out of 5 stars Jack Kennedy
        I was disappointed in this book. I’ve read every book on Jack Kennedy and this didn’t tell me anything new.
        Published 9 hours ago by mother of evil

        1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written Pap
        Got this tome as a gift. If Mr. Matthews expected this myopic rendering of facts about JFK to send a thrill up anyone’s leg, he’s going to be very disappointed. Read more
        Published 2 days ago by Eggman

        1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here…
        Would rate zero if I could. He’s just trying to make a buck off the Kennedy name. Very poorly written. I have lots of Kennedy books. I regret this purchase.
        Published 2 days ago by DriveByKid

        2.0 out of 5 stars Okay Intro to JFK
        I have watched Chris Matthews’ TV show, so was not surprised that this book is essentially a hero worshipping introduction to John Kennedy. Read more
        Published 2 days ago by A. Mcintyre

        1.0 out of 5 stars same old lefty drool dripple over JFK
        I have nothing against Mathews personally but this book isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. In short, it’s nothing that hasn’t been said before by a left wing drooler about… Read more
        Published 2 days ago by Reality Quest

        4.0 out of 5 stars Great insider Look
        Let me preface this review by saying that I am not a fan of Chris Matthews’ TV persona- I find him a little too brash and shouty for my tastes. Read more
        Published 3 days ago by Benson

        1.0 out of 5 stars an embarrassment
        Chris Matthews is an embarrassing huckster. He spends approximately half of his show, day after day, hyping his own work. (You think I’m kidding. Watch it one day. Read more
        Published 3 days ago by paul

        1.0 out of 5 stars JFK–DEJA VU
        Matthews has rehashed the many JFK biographies and selectively created a heroic vision of the late president. Read more
        Published 3 days ago by Charli

        5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
        I enjoyed this book a lot. The book was informative but also very passionate. President Kennedy is clearly a hero figure to Mr. Matthews and it shows in his writing. Read more
        Published 3 days ago by Mary

        • 52 utaustinliberal
          November 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

          Hahahahahahahahahaha. This is good news on a day when good news is sorely needed for me. 😆

        • 53 57andFemale
          November 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

          NYT and other reviewers just said what the book was about. Not a whole lot of new information, from most accounts. Emphasis on political campaigns.

          The personal opinion reviews matter less than how it is being reviewed in newspapers, etc.

          • 54 utaustinliberal
            November 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

            The personal opinion of book readers matter a lot because when a lot of people want to purchase a book they look less at the critics reviews and more at the personal reviews. A varied list of personal reviews can be the deciding factor as to whether one spends their hard earned money on your book or not. So they matter a lot and a whole bunch of people do not like the book.

    • November 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Oh good on her for that. I’ve been lamenting that we ought be attacking Chris Matthews and not JFK.. it is Tweety who is comparing him to President Obama and casting dispersions on Pres O in the process.. and though President Kennedy had many a fault he was much loved.. and it isn’t him doing this, or his memory.. it is strictly Chris Matthews using President Obama to $ell his book.. like so many in the media and politics these days- they are alllll making $$$ off slamming Obama, I swear it is the biggest business going anymore.

      Hey Africa- always good to see you 🙂

      • 56 HZ
        November 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

        Hi sherijr so good to see you. Hope all is well. Last week, I sent Tweety a lot of my mind for him to try to focus his on something more positive about his bashing thoughts. I sent a lot on tweets to him. I was not mean, but I did put them in a way that they were put out there.

        “We do all that we can to focus on the things that we can change'”,says our beautiful FLOTUS in an article that I read this morning.

        I am still trying to learn how to bring good article, but I mentioned them and somehow someone picks up and take over where I am unable to be as tech savvy as my dear ones here. So I appreciate it so much. I am working on someone to teach me how to link the article in some of my comments. Soon, I hope.HZ

        • November 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

          HZ – you are so amazing.. I love your attitude and your spirit- thank you for your hard work on POTUS’s behalf 🙂

          • 58 HZ
            November 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm

            Thanks sherijr, I know that you are doing the same. That is what makes us such a lovely family here. We help where we can and as hard as we can. Will continue to help in any manner that is appropriate to get out President 44 reelected in 2012.HZ

        • November 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

          Re: The First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign… I was reading something about the numbers of Americans classified as obese, overweight and not overweight recently, and apparently the breakdown of people in those three categories has shifted in the last three years or so, in a positive direction, by something like 10% or more. The “not overweight” category is now the largest.

          Given that people on limited budgets often eat unhealthy foods, and the depressed are sometimes inclined to eat too much, that seems like a telling shift, given that Let’s Move is presumably the other largest force for change in the last three years.

          Politics aside, if this change is real, and primarily Michelle Obama’s doing, that’s just a staggering accomplishment.

      • November 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        Hey Sherijr. Good to see you, too. You are right, it is Matthews that’s trying to make a buck by painting PBO negatively. He (Matthews) should get it from us.

    • November 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      We can only help make the reviews worse by critiquing his book ourselves.

  9. November 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Greetings everyone

    Since the President and Senate are pushing a part of the Jobs Act that affects veterans I will try and do a vets story everday.

    Here is one for today
    Veteran Amputees Receive Improved Medical Care

    I have included a video of President Obama addressing wounded warriors at the white house.

    Warning – bring kleenex before watching video


  10. 67 MTmarilyn
    November 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Good morning TOD family! What a great speech by the President. I love those ideas for the veterans. I feel it will really help. Does anyone think this jobs bill might pass since it is mainly for the military?

    • November 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Afternoo, MT. One can only hope the Repubs will show a little empathy. Given the fact they are soooo patriotic, this will be the time some will break ranks to highlight their love of country….. maybe.

      • 69 Debz
        November 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

        They will certainly look foolish if they don’t pass this part of the bill.

        • 70 MTmarilyn
          November 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

          My husband said he heard Grover Norquist on TV yesterday and he said they will have a Repub Congress and Senate for a long time because of all the State Repub lesgislatures have been able to redistrict in favor the repubs being able to hold onto their seats. I know that have been doing the redistricting, but to hear him say so positively that it doesn’t matter what the polls say they are going to do what they want and everyone will have to live with it. That is such a scary thought.

          • 71 57andFemale
            November 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

            This is why 2010 mattered. I will never forgive the concerted effort from the PL to discourage voting, as if Democrats aren’t unmotivated anyway. But no one made this case — particularly the DNC under the invisible Tim Kaine — so we gave Republicans a big electoral boost that will affect us at least until the next redistricting — that’s a decade.

            Republicans understand that. All the time. They are reliable voters. Dem’s — not so much.

            • November 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

              Not always. Years ago Republicans in our red district got too cocky about shoving incompetent Republican idiots down people’s throats and the Republican voters rebelled and elected a Democrat. He’s a blue dog, but, his constituent services have allowed him to hold on through all GOP challengers. R’s always overplay their hand until their shenanigans become obvious even to the most biased mind. Plus demographics do change.

          • November 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

            Did someone elect Grove Norquist dictator, or did God step aside for him? He’s saying that he and his cohorts are setting aside democracy, tossing away the Constitution and creating a new form of gerryrigged government to satisfy his corporate overlords. If the OWS groups want a target, here’s a ripe one.

          • 74 desertflower
            November 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

            What show was that on, marilyn? I really need to know! They are breaking the law in AZ with this redistricting….I wrote the DOJ…need more info. thanks

            • 75 Mtmarilyn
              November 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

              My husband isn’t here right now. When he gets home I’ll ask him. I was so upset about Norquist actually coming out and saying that. His confindence scares me.

            • 76 Mtmarilyn
              November 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

              My husband isn’t home right now. I’ll ask when he gets back. I was so upset with Grover for being so confident I didn’t ask anymore information. It really scares me when they are so confident and all the changes are going on in the states.

              • 77 Mtmarilyn
                November 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

                He said he knows it was on MSNBC Saturday morning he thinks. Grover said these people didn’t sign a pledge with him they signed a pledge with the people. He is only the middle man. I’ll do some checking on the MSNBC website to see if I can find it.

        • 79 HZ
          November 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

          Let us hope so. It will give them another decent thing to do for the right thing. We will see. I am praying for something good to come out of it., it not we will keep trying and moving with the President.HZ

  11. November 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Folks,

    That photo of the President at the MLK memorial is really iconic. Is the small person in the far right hand bottom corner of the photo a reflection of the president?

    If yes, how is that possible?

    • November 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      SS, I never thought of that, but he does also seem to have his hands in his pockets. I’m going to vote ‘no’ on reflection however, then wait and see what explanations surface. Kinda like a little fun activity. 😉

    • 82 lovingandlaughing
      November 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      My guess is that it is a Secret Service Agent and not a reflection of the President. I have a talent in photography and I think this pic would be even better (than it is now if that is possible) in black and white. The red stripes on the President’s jacket are distracting to me and I would be interested in playing with a different crop in order to see the image without the figure in the distance.

      • 83 PoliticalJunkessa
        November 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

        It’s funny, I thought the same thing about the lettering. It’s lovely for a candid, but a B&W rendition would also be wonderful artistically.

      • 84 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        November 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        I like the figure in the background; subliminal reminder that the President is not alone — he is protected, watched over, someone has his back…

        • 85 jacquelineoboomer
          November 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

          Same thought that came to mind for me. Protected. Such a comfort.

        • 86 HZ
          November 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm

          Also, I saw something on a different level from the photo. The stance that POB has in the photo. Then Dr. King’s position of looking forward but in a full stature of a thinking mood. Then I saw POTUS in a deep reflective stand and very focus mood.(Am I correct that this is the night that the President took the private visit to the stature before he made the speech that Sunday) I believe it is because the speech was made on Oct. 16,2011 by POB.

          Looking at the jacket that he is wearing has some many connotations for me personal that I will not totally get into here. However, they are powerful one for me and what I saw, friends and family went through during this deep history in our nation. They are all positive but very moving, But there is so much for others , especially our wonderful younger people to take away from this terrific photo by our wonderful Pete. What a photo, Thanks so much, Chipsticks. You are the best, Chips. Love you so much,HZ

          • 87 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            November 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm

            Yes, this was the night before the dedication. Needless to say, added to my archives.

            BTW, saw you note under my comment on PBO’s visit to Philly. Hadn’t thought of taking a sign. Thanks for the suggestion — am going to print one saying “Mr. President, I’ve got your back!”

            • 88 HZ
              November 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

              Alycee, your are terrific. I am just so elated to know that this happening with the highly possibility for your son’s friend to be there and being so close yourself. I love your sign!! You inspire me Alycee. Thanks so much. We are getting that beautiful energy alive and well. Great!!!Have a great time!!!!HZ

              • 89 Alycee (@jazziz2)
                November 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

                Two different events — my friend’s son is going to be at the basketball game on the aircraft carrier on Friday; I’m going to be in front of the school tomorrow. Funny thing just happened, my girlfriend just called me to answer a trivia question — I had the sad duty to tell her that PBO would be at the school she left just two short years ago. She used to be the lead teacher there and left to take a position at one of the local universities. Selfishly, I wish she was still at Head Start…

                HZ, you and everyone else here inspires me! I’ve been ill for several weeks and visiting here, even when I don’t comment keeps my spirits up.

                • 90 HZ
                  November 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm

                  Alycee, I did not know. Thanks for sharing. I will keep you in my journal for good thoughts coming your way. Remember that. Please keep well, get rest when needed, and know that we care about you. Keeping our spirits up will be one of the important ingredients to keep our beautiful finish outcome a very good one. My spirit is also uplifted when I come to our beautiful and respectful haven that Chips daily provided for us. Keep well.HZ

                • 91 Betsy
                  November 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm

                  My friend, who helps me out in my classroom, her husband and their son are also going to that basketball game on the aircraft carrier as her husband is in the coast guard. I asked her if her husband could take me in his luggage, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible. 😦

        • 92 yfoot58
          November 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

          Greetings everyone….


          what a great analysis…

          the press and the powers that would be….want us to believe that the President walks alone….but NOTHING could be further from the truth…

          Pressssssssssssssssssss ON!

        • 93 prettyfoot58
          November 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm

          Greetings everyone….


          what a great analysis…

          the press and the powers that would be….want us to believe that the President walks alone….but NOTHING could be further from the truth…

          Pressssssssssssssssssss ON!

  12. 94 HZ
    November 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks Chips. Saw and heard our President, and he is still focus and serious about his job. Now we go to the sites that POB mentioned in his speech this morning and see how we can use it to help our veterans and their families. Get it while it is fresh and get familiar with it, so then we can lead other to the sites.

    We need to listen to him when we can, then see how we can help with the tools that they lay out for us. Keep Pressing ON!!HZ

  13. 96 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm


    The powers of the President and Congress to create JOBS.


    What I am loving about President Obama putting so much focus on what he is doing from the EXECUTIVE branch to spur job creation is that the next logical question is what is the LEGISLATIVE branch doing. Too many Americans are ignorant about how our government works. Too many Americans don’t understand the powers of the presidency vs the powers of the legislature. Too many Americans seem to have the mistaken impression that President Obama has a magic wand that he is just not using properly. Too many Americans don’t understand that we have divided government.

    By continuing to focus on the different powers of the EXECUTIVE and LEGISLATIVE branches, I certainly hope the American people will begin to realize that the only thing preventing job creation is the Republican Party in congress. Bottom line, President Obama is making it clear that he is doing everything in his power from the EXECUTIVE branch to help job creation. The American people need to be demanding that the LEGISLATIVE branch do the same.

    The American people are getting a sorely needed refresher course in U.S. Government 101. President Obama has started the process by making clear the roles and responsibilities of the executive and legislative branches. I hope this important distinction finally sinks in. Maybe there should be a quiz to make sure everybody got the message.

    • November 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Taking your first paragraph to heart and not being American, I wish some other group (DNC? DNCC? a democratic PAC?..local media?) would augment his message by specifically pointing out that ALL sectors of government HAVE to do their part in order to have effective laws passed. And I wish they’d do this in REPEATED segments or ads. More than once this past weekend I read articles discussing the fact that people polled saw the GOP obstruction, but still felt that the President is ultimately responsible to pass laws in spite of it! 🙄 🙄 In other words, many of them still don’t get that the branches have to work together and that the legislative branch is NOT currently working for them.

      • 98 Ladyhawke
        November 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm


        Exactly vc, this is a pet peeve of mine. The ignorance of some Americans about how the government works is shocking. I often wonder if government 101 is being taught in schools these days.

        Anyway, the challenge for the Democrats is not only educating the American people about the accomplishments of the Obama administration. They also need to understand what it took to make those accomplishments a reality. It was a struggle from day one with the constant obstruction and intransigence from the Republican Party. As they say, campaigning is easy – governing is hard.

        President Obama has been successful in his FOREIGN POLICY because the Republican Party could not filibuster or obstruct his agenda. The breakthrough will come when the American people ask themselves what could President Obama have done DOMESTICALLY without Republican obstruction. The question answers itself. I just hope the light bulb goes off sooner rather than later.

      • 99 theo67
        November 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        Maybe a citizenship exam is needed for the American people. I’ve lived here for 10 years, and the number of people who I’ve had to explain the workings of the US government to, or whom I’ve had to coax to go and vote – and then articulate the specifics of each item up for a vote – is shocking. I just don’t know how people can be so lethargic about their own country and their own future, even in the face of the recent economic collapse, and the evidence of other countries fighting for the freedom (Arab Spring) or fighting for their very existence (Greece). What will it take?

        That “What if” video really spooked me. I thought about it all night. It is not impossible that everything gained could be lost in the next election if people don’t wake up. It’s also not impossible that all the good things will be credited to the GOP if they come into power, since they have no plans of their own – it would be very easy for them to implement President Obama’s ideas, claim them as their own, and no-one would be the wiser, since people aren’t paying attention. There’s just so much at stake, and all the more reason to work even harder for 2012.

  14. 100 Linda
    November 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I hope the President tells Hillary to tell her husband to shut up.

    • 101 MTmarilyn
      November 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      I agree. What gives him the right to criticize this President. I am so mad at him I could spit!

    • November 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      From what I know of our Prez he’ll tell Bill himself, if/when he feels it necessary. In the meantime he’ll just ignore him while continuing to do his job. If Bill were the type to learn from his mistakes, he could learn when to shut up from this President. As I said last night, Bill has neither integrity nor loyalty, and this has been true from way back. IMO he’s just behaving in character, 😦 and while his behaviour infuriates us, I’d argue that his character is too old and set to change. Be encouraged, guys. Given the way karma has been working vis a vis Pres O’s adversaries, Bill better be careful he doesn’t tarnish his own legacy far more effectively than anyone else could.

  15. 105 Linda
    November 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Michele Bachmann: ‘If Anyone Will Not Work, Neither Should He Eat’ | GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann promised to significantly lower funding to social safety net programs during a speech at the Family Research Council this morning, going so far as to suggest that people who can’t work should not eat.


  16. 109 anniebella
    November 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I’m about to send my Republican Senator a email, Senator Richard Burr. I will tell him that these brave men and women go off and fight for this country, died for this country. The least you Republicans can do is stop playing politics and look after them when they come home.

    • 110 theo67
      November 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Please also tell him that many of these soldiers were sent off to war and had to initially use scrap metal to protect themselves, because they were given insufficient armor by their government. That’s unforgivable. Might also want to remind him of the horrific conditions that were once maintained at Walter Reed, until it came to light.

      • 111 anniebella
        November 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

        theo67, I did tell that Senator Burr what you said. I also told him that you and McConnell have turn your back on teachers, firefighters, policemen, construction workers, now let’s see if you will turn your back on the troops.

  17. 112 rikyrah
    November 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Romney Versus an Illusion
    by BooMan
    Mon Nov 7th, 2011 at 10:01:25 AM EST

    It’s true that Mitt Romney, as a candidate, has many of the same vulnerabilities that Hillary Clinton failed to overcome in 2008. For one example, if Democrats were united in their opposition to a war that Clinton had authorized, Republicans are just as united in opposing a health care bill inspired by Mitt Romney. But, it’s really an insult to Hillary Clinton to compare her campaign to Mitt Romney’s. Clinton ran a strong campaign and would have probably won if she hadn’t had some really terrible strategists who were simply out-smarted by the Obama team.

    What made Clinton a strong candidate was her tenacity and her ability to stay on message. She never could erase her Iraq problem, but she didn’t adopt twenty different explanations to try to excuse it. She was also the first obviously qualified serious female candidate for the presidency. That alone gave her candidacy a compelling aura and a ton of energetic support. Her hawkishness and her connections to the Democratic Leadership Council hurt her, but you can’t compare anything in her record to the flip-flops Romney has made on abortion, gay rights, and the environment. A small majority of Democrats wanted a more progressive candidate than Clinton, but few Democrats doubted that Clinton was with them on almost every issue. Clinton had a core, and people could sense it.

    You just can’t say that about Romney. He will change his position on core moral issues whenever it suits him. That makes him impossible to trust. If he faced a challenger with one tenth of Obama’s talent, he’d be crushed. But he has no opposition. He appears to have competition, but it’s an illusion.


    • November 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Romney is a shape shifter which is why all this focus on Herman Cain and other impossibles are one huge distraction. I’m hoping we can start a “What did Romney do Today”? info and twitter brigade.

      Have a wonderful, happy and blessed birthday, Rikyrah. You are one of the most linkylicious folks on the internet!

      • November 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        The Obama Campaign has http://www.whichmitt.com/ but Twitter’s Good!

      • 115 theo67
        November 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

        I also think that the article this weekend about Mitt’s adventures in coach class on the plane really showed that he doesn’t like people. Or, at the very least, he doesn’t really like the working class. He loves people who are rich, sitting in first class, or even those who are made of steel and granite (the corporations who are people). But, when it comes to interacting with the masses – he just doesn’t like them. I think he’s been rich for too long.

  18. 116 rikyrah
    November 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm


    The humiliation continues. Peter Beinart offers the counterintuitive take here: it’s Romney’s shape-shifting that will require him to be more “conservative” in office. I’m with Peter. In office, Romney would be terrified of offending the far right. He would double down on no revenue increases, appoint Christianists to the Court, and think of GHW Bush as a cautionary tale. His very reputation for convenience will require more ideological rigidity in office. He would have none of Reagan’s or Nixon’s ability to violate core conservative ideas.


  19. 117 dotster3
    November 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    In addition to Bill Clinton’s criticisms of Obama and unsolicited advice for Obama in his new book, it also includes a complaint that the Obamas have never invited the Clintons over for din. Andrea Mitchell is shocked about that shocking revelation. She is very shocked. Shocked, shocked, shocked. Clinton is going to be everywhere with this book. It will be nauseating.

    • 118 Linda
      November 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Why would the BOSS invite employees to dinner ? It is not like they are friends outside of work……Was the President invited to Chelsea’s wedding ?

      Bill Clinton is immature.

      • November 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

        No, according to the First Lady, Michelle Obama on a show, as I recall. And she stated it with love, care, and very gracious. She said that she was not invited, and she was fine with that. She also mentioned the fact that it was Chelsea big day, and she should celebrate with those that are important and should celebrate with her friends becuase it is afterall, her day.

        Also, POB mentioned the fact that it is very difficult to have all of that ‘fuss’ at a wedding such as that one in that you would have two set up SS and detail for both Presidents, and he felt that would not be such a great scene for such a lovely and special day. The Obamas seem to be very cool with their comments as I recall. Well, what else do we expect from this classy couple.

        As for Andrea, she is a Clinton supporter, and that is fine, but she likes to “stir the pot” if you know that I mean. She really needs to go home and spend some of that money of her hubby, Mr. Greenspan and help it get in circulation in this economy. I am sure Mr. Greenspan knows where to start. He knows what his hands did, so sthu, Andrea. Leave us alone.HZ

      • 120 anniebella
        November 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        POTUS and FLOTUS was not invited to Chelsea’s wedding. Nor were they invited to Prince William and Kate’s wedding. Did POTUS and FLOTUS have a dam fit. Were they shock, shock, shock, shock they weren’t invited? Are did they act and show class, something Bill Clinton and Andrea Mitchell knows nothing about. Shock, shock, shock!

    • 121 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      does Willy need the President to personally put the spoon in his mouth too to feel that all is right in his world? 🙄

    • 122 Debz
      November 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      I am shocked!!!!!! I can not imagine Whyyyyyyyyyyy POTUS and FLOTUS wouldn’t want that pos, Bill Clinton over for dinner. 😀

    • November 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      dotster, are you sure that Clinton’s book includes such a triviality? Sounds more like a media creation. Either way, I’m wondering how many times Clinton invited Jimmy Carter to the WH for dinner? I What is so irritating to me, is Clinton never injected himself into the disastrous Bush presidency in the way he has with PBO. I hope he experiences a dem. backlash for this egotistical, undisciplined behavior. Why publish this book NOW? It’s not like he needs the money. In fact for a person who entered the WH without owning his own home…”.he’s come a long way, baby”.

      • 124 Debz
        November 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

        If I recall correctly, Clinton and Carter do not, and never did, like each other. Remember when W had invited PBO and all the former Presidents to the WH, and Clinton would not even stand close to Carter? Carter stood way off to the side. I remember there being talk in the msm that they did not get along at all, so why should Clinton think PBO wants to be his best friend?

      • November 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

        ‘It’s not like he needs the money’ I asked Bill about that last week, but he hasn’t answered yet. 😉

      • November 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        Pres. Obama has had dinner/lunch with Bill Clinton a couple of times when Prez comes to NYC. As or a double date, I don’t know.

    • 127 FiredUpInCA
      November 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      “It also includes a complaint that the Obamas have never invited the Clintons over for din. Andrea Mitchell is shocked about that shocking revelation. She is very shocked. Shocked, shocked, shocked.”

      Dotser3 this made me laugh out loud. I can just see the shocking, shock on her shocked face. The Beltway media is the most well-funded public theater in our nation. Their selective hand-wringing about the most trivial matters is pathetic.

      • 128 a4alice
        November 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        “The Beltway media is the most well-funded public theater in our nation. Their selective hand-wringing about the most trivial matters is pathetic.”


    • 129 anniebella
      November 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      The purpose of this information is what. The fact that the Obamas have not invited the Clintons to dinner is no big deal to me or any other sensible person. To those like Andrea Mitchell who wants to make a big deal out of it, I’m not shock Mitchell is like that. These people like Mitchell is full of alot of bull shit. Excuse my language.

  20. 130 dotster3
    November 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    One good deed deserves another. Thought this was an interesting story. Canadian on Wi. road stops to help a motorist change a flat tire. A few miles down the road the good samaritan has a heart attack and his wife steers their vehicle over to the side of the road. Along comes the guy in the changed tire car who stops to help the good samaritan, calls 911, a female occupant of car begins cardio-pulmonary resuscitation till EMTs arrive, use defibrillator and is flown to a Mayo Clinic health facility, is listed in serious condition but is alive.

  21. 133 Fred
    November 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I hate to link that trash of a site but the “accuser” of Cain is about to make an appearance


  22. 137 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm



    Rep. Hensarling: “The House Has Been A Jobs Bill Factory” Under GOP Rule


    • 138 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      he must be senile to think that 🙄

    • November 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Consider this: In a twisted way Hensarling isn’t really lying. According to the article ‘Hensarling supported his claim by linking to a list of GOP bills that are “stuck in the Senate” ‘. When you go to the link and look at the title for the list of GOP bills it clearly states that the list is the ‘House Republican plan for American Jobs Creators’. So they have created several bills, not for jobless Americans but for the ‘JOBS CREATORS’! And they are quite proud to flaunt this before the media, no doubt secure in the knowledge that their rank and file supporters won’t see the big difference between jobs bills for unemployed Americans, and jobs bills for the wealthy ‘jobs creators’ who are currently sitting on $2T and not creating much.

    • 140 theo67
      November 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Could someone tweet Hensarling with the list from Nancy Pelosi that circulated last week, showing exactly what jobs will be destroyed and what air will be dirtied with all these so-called “jobs bills” from the GOP? I can’t access twitter from work right now. They keep talking about their jobs bills, but the media won’t call them out or have them independently assessed. In fact, the White House also did a comparison on the GOP plan and the real jobs bill from the President.

  23. 147 Linda
    November 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Notice what’s missing from this survey by GOP congressman Robert Dold asking his constituents what their most important issues are?

    Yep. Nothing on the economy. Nothing on jobs. A big fat zero. It’s just like they govern.


  24. 148 jacquelineoboomer
    November 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Cain’s fourth sexual harassment accuser is coming out soon on CNN; awaiting a press conference with the woman and her attorney, Gloria Allred.

    • 149 jacquelineoboomer
      November 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      The accuser is white, blonde, 40ish/50ish now … happened in Chicago in ’96/’97 at the restaurant association/educational foundation – she claims to be a lifelong registered Republican.

      • November 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

        I am watching the conference and wow this is going to be good.

      • 151 hopefruit2
        November 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        If the accuser were black this story would not have even surfaced….

        • 152 theo67
          November 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

          This is probably true. I was hoping she’d be white and blond – I have to admit. It’s the same test for the Republicans that they failed miserably when their precious palin was shown to have had a fling with a black man (she’s completely missing in action now). Let’s see what happens now with this group that insist their not racist.

          • November 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

            I was on the same page as you theo67, but I was actually hoping she would be a Republican, so the right wing couldn’t say it was a ‘liberal/dem’ lynching of Cain again… Now that its true that she is a right winger… I wonder how they’re gonna try and defend Cain now that they know shes ONE OF THEIR OWN and coming out with this accusation 😀 😀

          • 154 theo67
            November 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

            they’re, not “their”

            • November 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm

              oh.. it’s supposed to be ‘one of they’re own’ and not ‘one of their own’? strange, maybe difference in countries as we would say it as ‘their’.. as in.. she belongs to them party-wise *shrugs*.. but thanks for the correction if that is the case 🙂

      • 160 jacquelineoboomer
        November 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        I could be wrong with the dates of the alleged harassment – might have been later.

  25. 161 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is at the podium.

  26. 162 rikyrah
    November 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    ok, anyone watching the Cain accuser press conference?

    is she a Snowflake?

  27. 163 Debz
    November 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I just read headlines at CNN that Clinton is complaining that PBO has “lost the narrative” and for some reason is “praising Perry” I am done with the Clintons. Bill pissed me off during the “08 campaign, but since Hillary won’t put a muzzle on him I am through with her too.

    • 164 Linda
      November 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      He is praising Perry for the in State tuition. I also am done with the Clintons…

      • November 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

        I was listening to Ed Schultz radio show and he and his guest were blasting Bill Clinton for inserting himself and second guessing PBO.

        I think people are seeing through Bill Clinton and he’s going to receive some push back for his blatant narcissistic actions.
        No former president has ever behaved in this manner to another sitting president in their own party.

        I’m really beginning to dislike this man.

      • 172 Debz
        November 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

        Yes, it is for the tuition and “it makes his skin crawl” the way poor Perry is being treated on this issue by the other candidates.
        it makes my skin crawl that Clinton doesn’t keep his mouth shut.

        • 173 theo67
          November 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

          Clinton’s probably doing the Bush’s a favor by defending Perry. Remember, Clinton is now best friends with the Bush’s even after the GOP humiliated him and had him impeached, spread rumours about damage done to the White House during transition, accused Clinton of horrendous crimes, claimed they were going to clean up and bring dignity back to the White House after ousting the Clintons.

    • November 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Looks like Clinton forgot how he lost the narrative too, when because of his womanizing the country had to focus on his misdeeds.

      • November 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

        Maybe if Bill Clinton thought with his brain a little more and less with another part of his anatomy he would realize the lunacy of dissing President Obama and HIS presidency would be remembered for some of the good he did rather than whether or not he had ‘sexual relations with that woman’

    • 176 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Bill needs to take a long walk off a short pier!!! However, until offered evidence otherwise, I don’t think it’s fair to paint Hillary with his broad brush. He’s like a petulant child; she couldn’t control him when they were in the WH nor when she was on the campaign trail. I think she has done a stellar job as SoS and this compliment is coming from someone that couldn’t stand her and was TOTALLY against her being SoS; but, as I TOTALLY TRUST PBO, I was willing to give her a chance and have come to admire and respect her, and appreciate the job she is doing.

    • November 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      Does anyone remember Clinton coming out and 2nd guessing Bush?

      • 179 theo67
        November 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        The only thing I remember about Clinton and Bush during the Bush years is that he became fast friends with them. Not a word of criticism crossed his lips. And he certainly wasn’t consulted for his opinion on every decision.

        I don’t remember Carter coming out to do any criticism or advising in the media during Clinton’s presidency, either.

        This is unforgivable.

    • 180 FiredUpInCA
      November 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      “I just read headlines at CNN that Clinton is complaining that PBO has “lost the narrative

      President Obama did not lose the narrative. He changed it from an obsession on austerity to job growth.

      He did it by getting ahead of the narrative and forming the debt commission. He let every hare-brained deficit cutting initiative get a hearing. The GOP took the bait and ended up endorsing Paul Ryan’s electoral poison of Medicare slashing.

      During the debt ceiling he exposed the GOP’s recklessness to the public. For independents that believed that the President’s healthcare and financial reform exemplified a recklessness that needed to be contained by handing the House to the tea party, they were suddenly awakened to their own recklessness by voting in the tea party.

      So Bill, no, the President did not lose the narrative. On the other hand, Bill you lost the election, I would argue purposely.

      You could not stand the idea of your wife eclipsing you not just in the Democratic party, and but for centuries to come, since she would permanently be ensconced in history as the first female President of the United States. That’s a guaranteed legacy that would easily unseat your legacy as the President of the internet bubble economy.

      You and Chris Matthews are convince that you’re the President of the World. The world on the other hand, knows better.

  28. 181 utaustinliberal
    November 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Holy shit. Watching CNN now. 4th woman accuses Cain of sexual harrassment. She’s talking about the details on CNN. If all of this is verified as truth, Cain is done.

    • November 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Yeah I’m watching too. Sounds like she’s okay with him, as long as he “makes this right”.. by admitting what he’s done.. then she’s willing to move forward. It’s interesting that she appears to be a tea party member.

      • 183 hopefruit2
        November 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

        The woman says that this country needs a “leader with a moral compass.” Don’t we already have one?!?!?!?

      • November 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        this whole thing is just smarmy. Cain, republicans, all of it. I am not surprised that these things are happening.. I have different levels of suspicion about all of it though. I find it very interesting that only the black candidate is receiving this in depth look. I do not believe that Perry/ Romney, et al, don’t have these skeletons also. I don’t doubt Cain’s culpability/guilt.. I do doubt that the rest of the ‘clown candidates’ don’t also have this kind of dirt in their background. The thought that anyone of these sickos has a possibility of running our country is truly horrifying.

    • 187 donna dem 4 obama
      November 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      Interesting but I think conservative media will go into overdrive to save his hide and just out of spite his supporters will continue to shower him with donations.

      • 188 jacquelineoboomer
        November 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        Donna – Unfortunately for women who have been sexually harassed in the workplace, you are right. This will not be a teachable moment, as they say.

        • November 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

          Btw: not to be indelicate. Black guy- blonde caucasion woman.

          He is done.

          I would love to know who leaks all this information.

          • 190 jacquelineoboomer
            November 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

            I’m not sure Cain is necessarily “done,” because this segment of Teapugs will put up with anything from him if he survives the media onslaught – and if they think he can beat either Romney or the President. They have no moral conscience whatsoever, and this segment has absolutely no “family values.”

            • November 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

              Watch your words there, Jacque. 😉 They might not have moral conscience but they know how to recognize ‘a leader with moral compass’ as Hopefruit referenced above. They are so way off they sometimes make me smile.

              Me, I’m not in the least little bit concerned about which one of them is ‘done’, when s/he gets ‘done’, or what gets him/her ‘done’.**whistling** I’m absolutely confident that the President can handle whoever makes it through, or whoever gets co-opted to be saviour later, particularly with OFA volunteers and you guys here having his back. If voters do their part, President Obama can be counted on to do his part when it comes to wrapping verbal rings around any GOP mouthpiece! #PRESSSSS ON!

    • 192 theo67
      November 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Does everyone remember when then-Senator Obama called one reporter “sweetie” and the media went into a frenzy? President Obama promptly called her and apologized, explaining that he calls his wife and daughters sweetie, and agreeing that it was unprofessional for him to have called her “sweetie” under those circumstances – and of course, she played the recording for the whole world? That was a situation where one could quickly conclude the nature of the man, and his genuine apology and his honest intentions.

      In the case of this fool, Cain, he hasn’t apologized. He hasn’t acknowledged that he understands what harassment is – and instead, has said these women couldn’t “take a joke”. He clearly doesn’t understand that this was an abuse of power. And he’s decided that he’s done talking about it.

      I hope he goes down with this scandal. He needs to learn a lesson, finally. A bunch of men have come out of the woodwork, including Huckabee and several others calling into radio shows, mocking sexual harassment and undermining the integrity of these women. These people cannot undo 100 years of progress for women, and get away with it.

      • November 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        Thanks for your comments theo67. HZ

      • November 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        I’d forgotten that ‘sweetie’ thing, though I can now easily name a few here who wouldn’t at all mind being called ‘sweetie’ by said person. A-hem! 😉

        • 195 theo67
          November 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

          In all seriousness though, the ladies who would line up here (and some men, I’m sure) to be called “sweetie” by President Obama wouldn’t be experiencing an abuse of power. Huckabee tried to imply that anyone calling a member of the opposite sex “honey” or “sweetie” is the same thing as what these women charged Cain for doing to them. I hardly think that the servers at the Popeye that Huckabee talked about can be accused of abusing their power over Huckabee. What’s disturbing about the reaction of many of these public statements by Huckabee, Cain and these callers (men and women) into radio shows, and those trying to equate having an affair with sexually harassing someone, is that it just shows how uninformed these people are about what harassment actually is. After all this time, one would think these people would have progressed.

          But, yes, I’d be lining up to be called “sweetie” by President Obama. 😉

  29. November 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    A verdict has been reached on Conrad Murray.
    This is ALL we will hear about all week, on media porn msm shows!

  30. 198 Linda
    November 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Good Grief…is Gloria Borger deaf ? The woman said she was not employed at the NRA at the time.

  31. November 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Sleazy last minute tactics in Ohio labor fight
    By Greg Sargent

    In case you needed another sign of how far right wing groups are willing to go in a last ditch effort to avoid defeat in the Ohio labor fight, check out this tactic.

    A flyer is making the rounds in Ohio (which you can view below) that advertises a “new hotline” designed to fight the “misinformation” being spread about Issue 2, the referendum that would affirm Governor John Kasich’s law rolling back public employee bargaining rights.

    The flyer directs voters to call a phone number, where they can listen to a “short recorded message summarizing the issue” and get “real facts” about it.


  32. 202 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm


    Obama: ‘Our Veterans Did Their Jobs. It’s Time for Congress to Do Theirs’


    Obama said, “We can’t simply wait for Congress to do its job. As Commander In Chief, I won’t wait, nor will I let politics get in the way of making sure that veterans share in the opportunity they defend. If Congress won’t act, I will. And that’s why two weeks ago I announced a new initiative to help trained veterans get jobs in the medical community, and today we are announcing three new initiatives to help America’s returning heroes get jobs that meet their talents.”



  33. 203 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I image they sounded like a bunch of disappointed pre-schoolers… http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1111/its_all_in_the_timing_7753becb-e366-4ff6-92a8-e1a7e02bdefa.html

    Monday’s two-minute warning to reporters awaiting the White House daily briefing was met by an unusual chorus of groans and shouts of, “No!”

    Consternation! Usually, White House reporters are impatient for the daily briefing to start, but many were occupied staring at televisions around the press workspace, waiting for Herman Cain’s fourth accuser to appear at a presser in New York.

    Alas for the hassled White House press corps — so used to knowing everything first! — Sharon Bialek came to the microphone after press secretary Jay Carney had already started his briefing in Washington. And hopes the White House might deploy the big screens behind the podium for a live-action split-screen were in vain.

    Asked if he had any response to the Cain story, Carney said, “I do not.”

  34. 207 rikyrah
    November 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    November 07, 2011
    From mere losing to memorable lunacy

    Memo to GOP presidential wannabes: When you trail your competing colleagues as an asterisk, when you find yourself slipping farther from reality and further into despair, when all else — and I mean everything — fails, try the Michele Bachmann method, as redemonstrated in her speech today at the Family Research Council:

    Unfortunately for too many [of my fellow contenders], they also aspire to be frugal socialists. We can’t preserve liberty if the choice is between a frugal socialist and an out-of-control socialist.

    I like that. It has a certain — how shall I say — Nicholson-esque, ‘Shining’ quality to it; an irrefutable, rubber-roomed certifiability; an updated, Pixar look of a raving, living Looney Tune.


    • 208 GGail
      November 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Hahahahaha, rikyrah, you have a way with words that paint such a visual! hahahahaha

      p.s. – happy birthday to you 🙂

  35. 209 utaustinliberal
    November 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Heads Up: First Lady Michelle Obama and WH Chef Sam Kass will be appearing on the Nate Berkus show today at 2pm CT(in a couple of minutes). It will be on the CW. Check your local CW channel on google to see what time the show comes on in your neck of the woods. For example, if you live in Austin, your local CW channel is http://www.thecwaustin.com. Should be fun and informative! 🙂

  36. 211 rikyrah
    November 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    November 07, 2011
    Romney has yet begun to flip-flop

    According to the latest WaPo-ABC News poll, Herman Cain is still thumping Mitt Rommey “2-to-1 (30 percent to 15 percent) among those who describe themselves as very conservative.” What’s more,

    Nearly half of all of the Republicans polled say they are less likely to support Romney because of his work on health care, and the number peaks at 55 percent among the most conservative. Overall, 20 percent are less likely to vote for him because of his religion, but that rises to 32 percent among those who are very conservative.

    Nonetheless, when it comes to mousing the GOP nomination, Romney purrs in the catbird seat. In one respect he’s like Obama: he’s blessed with indescribably maladroit foes — just as Romney himself will, next year, become the expertly hunted, as Obama’s prey.


  37. 212 desertflower
    November 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Don’t know if this has been posted….OMG!
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/and_then_there_were_four033333.php he better be done or people need their head’s examined!

  38. November 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    The latest Jim Messina letter is asking if ‘we are toast’ as per a NYT article. The rest of the letter is probably in your mail right now.

    Vicki —

    This weekend, The New York Times Magazine ran a long analysis of the 2012 election headlined, “Is Obama toast?”

    It uses a mathematical formula to conclude who will win this race.

    In other words, it says neither you nor Barack Obama has a role to play in this election, because the outcome is essentially predetermined.

    We disagree.

    The outcome will depend on what we do every single day between now and November 6th, 2012. And I want to give you an idea of how we know that.


    • November 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Look at the republican field!

      • 215 JoJothecat
        November 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        Exactly…..how the hell can anyone predict anything when there is NO republican nominee and the entire GOP can’t make up there minds who they like….we know who they hope to have then soon after, there is deep disappointment. They don’t even want to THINK about it being Romney yet until all others have been exhausted. NYT Mag only wants to sell their rag.

    • November 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      Any statistical prediction is based on the underlying assumption that the current conditions are adequately modeled by past conditions. I do not believe that this is the case. We are in uncharted territory. There has never been an election where the incumbent has been PBO and he is clearly not easily modeled by looking at previous presidents. As such I conclude that Nate Silver’s models are invalid.

  39. November 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I watched the press conference and what Bialek described sounded grimer than sexual harassment. Herman Cain upgraded her suite and tried to push her head towards his crotch. The thought of that infuriates me and he should withdraw from the campaign.

    I couldn’t help but notice her dig at Pres. Obama on how we need a leader and someone with morals blah blah – EXCUSE ME but we already have a leader with morals in the WH. The right wing likes to act as if they own God, Christianity and morals but the one person running for office (reelection in this case) who exemplifies Christian principles is already in the White House. It just seemed odd that she would take a swipe at him while talking about a man who possibly sexually assaulted her. I mean really?

    In any case, I’m curious to see how Repubs react. Herman Cain was their Great Super Black Real Black Hope and she’s a tea party blonde Republican.

    • 218 Debz
      November 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      It was more than sexual harassment, it was sexual assault. Why didn’t this woman call the police? Somethings not right here. As for her tea bagger nonsense about someone with morals, why doesn’t she open her tea covered eyes, the current occupant of the WH house is the most moral President since Jimmy Carter.

    • 219 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      let her dig at the President.Ms Bialek was asked to blow the job …the interview … and like Cain said if you don’t have a job blame yourself and in her case herself

    • 220 jacquelineoboomer
      November 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Women who have been sexually harassed react in all kinds of different ways, if they manage to get away from the situation. Some are mortified and want to go hide, and feel stupid for allowing themselves to get trapped into being alone with the harasser, etc. Others are incensed and go forward immediately to report it. I’m just glad this woman was at least not a 20-year-old when she was harassed and/or assaulted, since it’s the youngest women who sometimes have no skills in dealing with it.

      The real bottom line for old Herb is, using the phrase he recently coined for every situation where someone else would show empathy to a fellow human being:

      Blame yourself, Herman!

    • 221 JoJothecat
      November 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Ah…if she thinks PBO is not someone with morals, why is SHE traveling to see a man about a job, who upgrades her hotel suite and wants to meet her alone in his or her room? It would have been a red flag to me, I know there were some creepy conversations before he asked her to fly there..why else would he KNOW she has a boyfriend. I remember a boss of mine suggested I travel to meet up with him and other managers (all men) in Las Vegas….I was polite and said I had other stuff to do. When I kept getting these requests as the only woman, I was just blunt..I don’t think that would be appropriate no matter how innocent it might be, it would not look good for him or for me. I stopped getting those invitations with no retributions I might add.

  40. November 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    This is funny:

    The Onion: Obama Now Attempting To Get Each Word Of Jobs Bill Passed Individually

    WASHINGTON—Following two months of frustrated efforts to push his American Jobs Act through Congress, President Obama announced Monday he was now attempting to have each word of the bill passed individually.

    “This is a truly vital piece of legislation that needs to be approved in a bipartisan manner as swiftly as possible, and if that means passing it one single linguistic element at a time, then so be it,” the president told reporters, claiming he and Republican lawmakers had already agreed on several synonyms that could be substituted for various controversial modifiers. “We just had a major breakthrough with the third appearance of the word ‘it’ earlier today, and we all were surprised to find common ground on ‘that.’ But I must caution Americans that we still have hundreds of key multisyllabic words to get through.”

    At press time, Congress was reported to be hopelessly deadlocked on the word “taxes.”

  41. November 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Well here it is folks. Rush Limbaugh: ” It’s Pronounced Sharon ‘Buy-A-Lick (Slurp, Slurp)’

    The woman’s name is Sharon Bialek. Rush is a monster.

    Quote taken from TPM where there is video/audio http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/1688

    • 227 theo67
      November 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      So disgusting. Why is Rush Limbaugh still allowed on the airwaves?

    • 229 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      nothing surprising from Rush so I won’t even go there.As a woman I wish I could feel bad for her but I don’t because she’s one of them.That “we need real leadership” lost me forever

      • 230 Bobfr
        November 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

        Agree, Fred. But, I’m vastly grateful that she is a white #teabagger whom in addition to exposing Cain attacked President Obama. If she had even a trace of Democratic Party about her or said anything respectful of the President the #NEWSTAINERS would already have spun countless conspiracies.


        • 231 Fred
          November 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

          it’s sad that we have come this way Bobr as far as hoping she’d be white but I agree with you as much as I hate it.I have one question for Cain.Will he continue to call this a “high tech lynching” knowing the woman is white and a Republican?

        • 232 Me4obama
          November 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

          Thank you Bob for explaining it all. I have been here fuming for the last couple of hrs thinking I should go to twitter and call her out for attacking my President, now I feel better after reading our comment.

    • 233 Ladyhawke
      November 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      The urge to take a shower is overwhelming.

  42. November 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Ppp polling says that Ohio democrats are 29% against the presidents hcr law.

    I don’t get that.

    • 235 Desraye
      November 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      That’s low. What’s not to get?

    • 237 JoJothecat
      November 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      Probably folks who don’t have college kids and don’t like the mandate…..until they need insurance. I know someone like that. He does not think that can be done on a federal level. He can see it on a state level but not a federal one. When I ask what is the difference it’s because he does not thing there is anything out there where the federal government makes a citizen buy something.

    • 238 theo67
      November 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      I heard one person on the radio this weekend saying that he doesn’t like the health care law, but because of the health care law, he’ll be able to buy insurance as a senior who previously would have been denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions, or priced out of the system. Clearly, he doesn’t know what he’s saying. He’s actually FOR the health care law, he’s just mad that this President is the one who made it possible.

  43. November 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    This gives the names of the 25 Senators who voted for infrastructure projects under Bush in 2005, but refuse to do so under President Obama.


    • 240 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      thanks Shahi

    • 241 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Hypocrisy — thy name is Senate GOP!

    • 242 Ladyhawke
      November 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm


      Bill Scher has coined a new phrase.

      These are your champions of hypocrisy. These are the people who support infrastructure only when it might help them get re-elected.

      These are the people who are standing in the way.

    • 243 utaustinliberal
      November 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks Shahidah. Just tweeted it to a couple of those hypocrites. A repub President proposes an infrastructure bill and they’re all in favor of it but when a Democrat proposes it; all of a sudden it’s class warfare. 🙄

  44. 244 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    One of my favorite times of day is when the mailman arrives. Today, I received a wonderful surprise — a discount postcard (I’m fiscally conservative and love a discount on anything I’m planning to buy) for the Obama store! Went to barackobama.com and darn near lost my mind. There is new “We Can’t Wait” gear; and the item that is sure to star in a non-troversy — a Bo button. I don’t even like dogs (was bitten as a child) and I added one to my cart. My only complaint — they haven’t yet started bulk sales. Last time around, I stocked up on buttons and bumper stickers to give as incentives to new volunteers…

  45. 245 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Inspector General Launches Investigation Into Keystone XL Approval Process

    In response to a congressional request, the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General has launched a review of the Keystone XL pipeline approval process. The State Department is tasked with conducting the environmental review of TransCanada’s proposed tar sands pipeline from Canada to Texas for a Presidential Permit decision. Beginning with the Bush administration, the process has been largely outsourced to a contractor chosen and paid for by TransCanada, with only a single staffer overseeing the work. Meanwhile, lobbyists with close ties to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have aggressively pushed for approval on behalf of the foreign oil company. The request for an investigation was made by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and eleven Democratic members of the House of Representatives.


  46. 246 jacquelineoboomer
    November 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Dr. Conrad Murray found guilty by jury of involuntary manslaughter.

    • 247 Linda
      November 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      That is sad……

        • 249 anniebella
          November 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

          Conrad Murray being found guilty is not sad to me. He should be facing more than four years in jail. Murray’s family can still talk to him, they can still hold him. Micheal’s family can’t do those things. I find nothing to be joyful about. I think about Prince, Paris, and Blanket. I think about Mrs. Jackson. How sad. How sad.

  47. 251 Fred
    November 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    guilty in manslaughter

  48. November 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    hmmm.. wake up to a warm morning with croissant in hand for breakfast and TOD posts to read… what a beautiful morning!!

  49. November 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    “Open Innovation for Heroes – Introducing the Veterans Job Bank”

    “Today, the Obama Administration launched the Veterans Job Bank, a new search tool designed to help connect veterans with employers. The Job Bank works by bringing jobs listings directly to veterans—instead of the other way around—via a search widget that provides a single window into the myriad job boards, social media platforms, and corporate employment sites that are currently spread across the Internet.”

    Continues at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/07/open-innovation-heroes-introducing-veterans-job-bank

  50. November 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I just got the email from the Obama 2012 campaign basically telling Nate Silver and his “Obam’s toast” article to stuff it. I love that the campaign aint’ gonna take no stuff from even “alledged” allies.

    the Obama team are on it!

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