President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base en route to San Diego


A Veterans Day gift …. bringing the troops home:



242 Responses to “westbound”

  1. November 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Just so in sync and so lovely, both of them.

    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      And the “Got Your Back” image looks like an all-American silhouette. I won’t say “the woman behind the man,” as depicted, since they are equal partners!

  2. 3 tally
    November 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm


    Wish I was heading to Hawaii.

    • 4 hopefruit2
      November 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      I heard that Reggie love is leaving so maybe you can sign up to be PBO’s body “gal” and you’ll get to go to Hawaii at least once a year!!!

      • 5 FiredUpInCA
        November 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        Random thought…. Is there a way to create an online card we can all sign to see Reggie off at the end of the year?

        • 6 theo67
          November 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm

          Great idea – he’s really been a helping hand, in many important ways, for President Obama. I think his role as confidante helped the President retain his sanity. I think they’ll both miss each other. I would love to do an online card.

          • 7 HZ
            November 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm

            My hope it that POB will be sent another angel like Reggie who would also be a great confidante for our beloved President.. It will happen, we do believe.HZ

          • November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

            Yes, that’s a great Idea to get an online card to Reggie. I’m just going to miss him, seems like he just suppose to be there by PBO’s side. But, Reggie must move on, I will surely miss him 🙂

            • 11 theo67
              November 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

              He’s even more incredible than I thought. I just finished my MBA this year, and I was almost destroyed trying to balance a high pressure job with my classes in the evenings and on weekends. I can’t possibly imagine doing an MBA along with being with the President 24 hours a day, basically 7 days a week – including international travel. That’s tough – and he’s to be commended!

        • 12 hopefruit2
          November 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

          Very nice idea! Would definitely sign if someone creative can do the card 🙂

        • 14 a4alice
          November 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

          oh that would be neat! I would sign that.

      • 15 dotster3
        November 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

        That position—PBO’s body gal—-would likely be flooded with applications. 🙂

  3. 16 anniebella
    November 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I was just about to ask have POTUS and FLOTUS left for San Diego yet? May the good Lord watch over them and keep them safe.

  4. November 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Reposting from last thread:

    Hey, TOD family. Please take a moment to vote for our brilliant President to be Time’s person of the year and then post to Facebook, Twitter and send to family and friends.


  5. 41 GGail
    November 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    About 7,000 spectators, including President Obama, will watch Friday’s game between Michigan State University and North Carolina on the flight deck of the carrier Carl Vinson.


  6. 42 Brittany
    November 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    It appears that the media was right Newt Gingrich is on the verge of becoming the new GOP frontrunner. Whoever POTU goes against next year he will do well against them. Newt has an attitude problem, so calm POTUS versus angry Newt in a debate would be interetsing.

    • 43 Linda
      November 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Both Newt and Mitt come across as mean spirited to me…..

      • 44 Brittany
        November 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

        Newt appears to be a very angry man. The way he spoke to the female CNBC moderator on Tuesday was very harsh.

      • 45 debbyeOh
        November 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

        Linda, I agree Newt seems mean spirited (and nasty too), Mittens seems more like the rich guy that doesn’t like to be brooked. PBO will wipe the floor with either of them.

      • 47 Ladyhawke
        November 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

        Newt just seems to have a permanent snarl. He is angry and cranky all the time. He talks down to people. He thinks who he is. He is downright radical. He is vehemently anti-government. I don’t know how a person can carry around that level of disdain for the American people and then ask for their vote. Why anyone would want him anywhere near the White House is a mystery to me.

        • 48 HZ
          November 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm

          A total mystery, Ladyhawke. He has a very mean spirit, IMO. HZ

        • November 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

          Newt just seems to have a permanent snarl. He is angry and cranky all the time. He talks down to people. He thinks who he is. He is downright radical………. Listen not only that, but newt Is just a NASTY Individual. End of story 🙄

      • November 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

        I never realized how nasty Mitt Romney can be. If he is the nominee, trust me, there will be numerous reports about him and his VP not getting along very well.

    • 51 gn
      November 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      IMO Newt is not really trying to put himself in the position of having to go through a grueling and fruitless general elections campaign for the WH (and neither is Cain for that matter). Newt and his wife are fine selling their movies, taking their cruises, and remaining tethered to the public eye just long enough to ensure that the grift continues. The GOP’s weak bench is a major story.

    • 56 Fred
      November 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      better deal with an outright asshole in Gingrich than a sneaky lying asshole that is Romney.With Gingrich you know what to expect;it will be all about gay marriage (his 3 marriages) and a touch of open racism

      • 57 theo67
        November 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

        Plus the fact that he had to take a restful INTERNATIONAL vacation a week after he started campaigning. Can you imagine Newt bounding up the stairs like President Obama, or handling the schedule that President Obama maintains every day, and especially over the next week? Can you imagine any of that motley crew managing that schedule and level of commitment? Delicate Huntsman, neurotic Bachman, flip-flopping Romney, Geezer Paul? Now way, no how.

      • November 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        And don’t forget Tiffany’s, 🙄

    • 65 a4alice
      November 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      but it would be so awesome if it were Newt. We’ve got him in a bejewelled Man-kini. We could share that with the world…… bah ha ha ha.

      • 66 nospin
        November 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

        I posted before I read your comment.

        You are exactly right a4alice. Man-ki-ni, man-ki-ni, man-ki-ni

      • 67 HZ
        November 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm

        a4alice, maybe we could suggest to Chipsticks to order in advance from Tiffany several colors so we would have choices for each day, if we must watch this clown. Just a suggestion. Lets get that pre-oder in now Chips, please.HZ

    • 69 Ladyhawke
      November 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm


      A new GOP top tier?


      I’m not sure if I fully believe the new CBS News poll, but if it’s accurate, it looks like a new top tier is coming together in the race for the Republican nomination.

      In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich’s support continues to slowly grow, and he is now tied with Mitt Romney for second place, while Herman Cain just edges both of them out for the top spot. Both Cain and Romney have lost support since late October. […]

      The field of Republican candidates now has three candidates within striking distance of each other at the top of the list: with 18 percent, Herman Cain is in the top spot, followed by Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich with 15% each. Support for both Cain and Romney has declined since late last month, and Gingrich is the only one of the top three whose support is steadily — if slowly — on the upswing.

      So, let me get this straight. Seven weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the presumptive Republican nominee’s national support has dwindled to 15%? He’s tied with a disgraced former House Speaker who barely campaigns and whose only joy in life is upbraiding debate moderators?




    • 71 nospin
      November 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      “Newt Gingrich is on the verge of becoming the new GOP frontrunner.”

      It that were to be the case, it would be time for a Mankini moment. It will be Mankini all the time. Go Newt.

  7. 72 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Dear TOD Family,

    Mitt Romney here. I lurk here everyday. I need to know what President Obama is doing on a daily basis so I can follow suit. I have the GOP nomination wrapped up, so I’m on to bigger and better things like seeing what Obama is up to. I’m planning a trip to Hawaii, Indonesia and Australia soon. I’m super excited and I don’t want Obama to know anything just yet so please keep it a secret. By the way I couldn’t help but notice that certain folks were making fun of my campaign rally in Michigan. Well, you all can laugh all you want, don’t bother me – I’m Teflon Mitt. I’m not calling names but people like hopefruit2 in particular seem to have it in for me – why I don’t know. Instead of focusing on me and Herman Cain, I suggest that all of you here focus on Barack Obama who is rooting for this country to fail. Bye, and please remember that I would love love love love to be President some day.

    Love and hugs,

    • 73 theo67
      November 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      If you imagine Mitt saying this with that perpetual smirk on his face – it’s perfect!

    • 75 HZ
      November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      Mitt, there you go again flip flopping on us . You just called our POB’s names so many times at the debate that we thought you had changed your name. Now, now, Mitt. No, Mitt, we leave those type of comments about” failing” to your loving Party Leader, You know Who. We do not smell up our space here by even naming names here.. You know who I’m speaking of. Oh, does he like you, Mitt? Sorry about that one, Mitt.

      Have a nice day, Mitt. I hope you know the names of all of the world leaders who will be meeting with our wonderful, intelligent, beautiful personality, and very agile President, with that trillion dollar smile that lights up the heavens .Oh, it will probably be enough wattage to light up your mansion on the west coast as well. Oh, but that is too much” real energy ” to waste in such a stiff atmosphere.

      Later, Mitt. Hope you are studying for the debate for Sat., that is on Foreign Affairs. Remember what you said about the Leader of the Free World POB, and his foreign affairs experience? We have terrific records of his Foreign Affairs ready for the history books now, Mitt. So stop the falsehoods about our President. HZ

  8. 76 gn
    November 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm


    The First Lady looks especially fly today.

    /back to lurking

  9. 82 Fred
    November 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Safe;successful;blessed and fun trip POTUS and FLOTUS

    may GOD watch over our country while you are out of the country POTUS so that these idiots don’t find an unfortunate reason to lie and bash you

    • 83 CTGirl
      November 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Fred, for that we will need to not only pray but fast, and still I am not sure we can prevent the idiots from finding a reason to lie and bash our POTUS.

  10. 87 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    November 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    The First Lady looking mighty snazzy in those boots. PBO is a LUCKY man!! 😉

  11. 89 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm


    ‘Mom, will President Obama be proud of me for helping the soldiers?’”


    If you’re a veteran looking for new ways to serve, check out Serve.gov. If you’re a civilian looking for new ways to support our veterans and our troops, join Michelle and Jill Biden at JoiningForces.gov. Find out what you can do. There is no such thing as too small a difference. That effort you make may have the biggest impact.

    I say this because recently, I received a letter from a Vietnam veteran. She wasn’t writing to tell me about her own experience. She just wanted to tell me about her son, Jeremy. Now, Jeremy isn’t deployed, Jeremy’s not a veteran, or even in the military at all, as badly as he wants to follow in the footsteps of his family and enlist. You see, Jeremy has Down Syndrome.

    So Jeremy chooses to serve where he can best -– with his local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in Beaver, Pennsylvania. He calls them “the soldiers”. And one day last spring, Jeremy spent the day with several of these veterans cleaning up a local highway.

    “He worked tirelessly,” wrote his mother. “He never asked to take a break. He didn’t stop to talk about his beloved Steelers. He didn’t even ask for anything to eat or drink. He only asked for one thing, several times –- ‘Mom, will President Obama be proud of me for helping the soldiers?’”

    Well, Jeremy, I want you to know, yes, I am proud of you. I could not be prouder of you, and your country is proud of you. Thank you for serving our veterans by helping them to continue their service to America.

    And Jeremy’s example — one young man’s example — is one that we must all now follow. Because after a decade of war, the nation we now need to build is our own. And just as our Greatest Generation left a country recovering from Depression and returned home to build the largest middle class in history, so now will the 9/11 Generation play a pivotal role in rebuilding America’s opportunity and prosperity in the 21st century.



    • 90 theo67
      November 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      My feed kept cutting out during this segment, but I could tell the story was profound. Thanks for the transcript – how special this must have made the President feel when he read this letter and decided to send a message to Jeremy that the whole nation would hear. Touching.

    • 91 hopefruit2
      November 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      I hope Jeremy gets to meet our President in person.

      • 92 HZ
        November 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        I hope so also, hopefruit2. That would be so great for Jeremy and POTUS. Let say our prayers and focus within our meditation times for it to happen , and see.HZ

    • November 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      What a nice Storryyyyyyyyy 😀

    • 94 sjterrid
      November 12, 2011 at 2:45 am

      Thanks Tally. I received Michelle Obama’s email this afternoon, and I donated $50 so the troops can get phone cards.

  12. 95 SueBee
    November 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Michelle’s boots!!!!!!

    • November 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      LOVE the boots. Looking forward to their visit to California, however brief. Then what a crazy schedule for PBO. Hope we can all keep up!!

      • 97 theo67
        November 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        Herman Cain was in Orange County this week. The Obamas presence will help to clear the air of that toxic energy.

    • 98 COS
      November 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      I remember reading long time ago that she had those ordered from Italy. She has a tan pair just like those. I have only seen her wear the tan pair once. If I go look in my scrapbook I can tell you exactly what day she wore them 🙂

      • 99 theo67
        November 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

        Did she wear the tan pair with that grey sweater-type dress, when she thanked the President for pushing through the nutrition program? (It’s scary how much I remember/know about this family and their doings).

    • 104 Puddin'
      November 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Sue, those boots are baaaad!

  13. 105 gcwp1
    November 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    My love affair with MyStephen goes so deep, it pains me to write the following, but Rev Al is gaining traction. Is he married?

  14. 106 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Romney just cannot pas 23%

    Romney Retakes Lead, Gingrich Surges Past Cain
    A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds the Republican presidential race is being shaken up again, with Mitt Romney retaking the lead, Newt Gingrich surging into second place, and Herman Cain dropping to third place.

    Romney leads with 23%, followed by Gingrich at 19% and Cain at 17%. They are followed by Ron Paul at 10%, Rick Perry at 8% and Michele Bachmann at 5%.

    Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “Clearly this race has taken yet another dramatic turn. The top tier has gotten more crowded.”

    A new Poll Position survey shows the same top tier, but in a different order: Herman Cain at 24%, Mitt Romney at 20% and Newt Gingrich at 19%.

    • 111 Ladyhawke
      November 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Rick Perry – “I don’t worry much about polls.”

      The Today Show Matt Lauer interviewed Rick Perry on October 13, 2011. At the time Perry said he was not worried about polls. Following the Perry interview, there is a segment about Anita Perry. She feels her husband is being attacked for his faith. Odd.


    • 112 nathkatun7
      November 12, 2011 at 1:44 am

      God works in mysterious ways. Me thinks Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann did not carefully listen to God’s message. He probably said to them that they had a “free will” and if they chose to run it was all up to them to convince us, the people, that they were worthy of being President. In other words, God said to Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann: ” Thank you my children for seeking my permission to run for the presidency of the United States. You are are absolutely free to run for president, but please don’t look to me if you end up behaving like idiots and morons and the people reject you.”

      I confess this is purely speculative on my part since I’ve never been blessed with talking to God. There is one teaching that I still distinctly remember from my Sunday school, which I think still makes a great deal of sense: “God helps those who help themselves.” But then again, looking at the way both Perry and Bachmann behave, who knows what other voices they heard and mistook them to be the voice of God.

  15. 114 Me4obama
    November 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I am SUPER busy but I had 5 minutes to stare at the 3rd Picture from the Bottom. Gawd BLESS the wind that blew that jacket. Teeee heeee 😆 Now back to work. I will catch up later.

    • 115 theo67
      November 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      You’re not the only one… 😳

    • 119 desertflower
      November 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      I think that YOUR naughty mat is monogrammed! 🙂 I’m with you though…thank goodness for small favors, and gusts of wind!

    • 120 edp4bho
      November 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      I confess. At this late hour at work, I saw that pic and had to scroll down, just knowing someone here would make a remark about it. You are some very very naughty ladies here.Tsk tsk tsk 😀

    • 121 prettyfoot58
      November 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      hahahahahhaha…i was NOT going to mention that….hammercy….

      • November 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

        I am calling out Chips right now ladies. Wait until you see him on the court with the guys at the WH playing a game of BB. Did you all see that backside. OM, that is something to behold. I wish and Pray that Chips can find that one. Please Chips. We need some campaign rally encouragement. We will all be in a very big mess after 2017. Can you all even go there with the possibilities of: Mitt, Newt, Hermain, Rick S. , Ron, Rick P. and Lord who knows who else?

        I can’t even attack my precious brain or eyesight with those thoughts. Lets move on, and seriously enjoy and respect, and be grateful for the blessings that have been bestowed upon our beautiful First Lady and her lovingly allowing us to take respectful glances. We love and most of all Respect you, Mr. President.

    • 123 eveingeorgia
      November 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      You need to quit!

  16. November 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Hi everyone, some more photos added to the post – and check the video at the end.

    • 126 nospin
      November 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      thanks for that video. It is so important to know just how much our military men and women sacrifice to keep our country safe.

      God bless them everyone.

    • 127 hopefruit2
      November 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      OMG Chips…that last video is absolutely priceless. Thanks!

      Warning folks: Last video= Serious tearjerker & heartwarming at the same time.

    • 128 CTGirl
      November 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks for that wonderful video Chips…as I head to the ladies’ room to fix my makeup 🙂

    • 129 Ladyhawke
      November 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      That was great Chips. Somebody get me a tissue. I could eat her up. What a sweetie. Daddy’s girl.

    • 130 theo67
      November 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      I think I watched that video ten times, brought out the tissue and then replayed the moment that the little girl sees her dad about twelve more times. There are hundreds of thousands of moments like that happening all over this country because of President Obama’s commitment to the troops and to ending the wars responsibly. Brilliant.

    • 131 Debz
      November 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Beautiful video, left me in tears!!

  17. 133 COS
    November 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I love how FLIOTUS and Dr. Biden are chosen to participae in sports events.

    Michelle Obama tabbed as grand marshal for Sprint Cup finale


  18. 137 Linda
    November 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    What fun……

    Dubai Airports Flash Mob

  19. 149 halo
    November 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    That’s a good lookin group!

  20. 150 Linda
    November 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Watching Martin Bashir and Michael Isokoff… They are discussing Federal Charges because Penn State gets Federal funds ( The DOE is investigating ) and also possible violations of the Mann Act from Sandusky taking one of the children across State lines all the way to Texas.

    • 151 theo67
      November 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      They need to throw the book at that whole lot. Tomorrow’s game will be a test of what they’re really made of – either they wear white and support the enabler of child molestation, or they show appropriate decorum and have some respect for the kids who were let down by their idols, and left to the mercies of a child predator who preyed on the weakest children.

  21. 152 CEB
    November 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Thrid and fourth photos below the schedule: Michelle has that look on her face that wives get when husbands say something silly to mess with them. All of the little snippets that we see of this couple show that this is a real marriage comprised of grown-up people; each with his/her gifts and neither living in the shadow of the other. Respect and love, complementary personalities and a connection that even shows up in the way that they walk together in sync; this is what modern love looks like. Cain (the “real Black man” and would-be philanderer; Newt, the much-divorced -and- often-married; Bachman and her self-hating husband and others should take notes.

    • 153 edp4bho
      November 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      So true. I first noticed the synchronization during their walk in the parade after the inauguration ceremony. If you watch the video, they separate their hands to wave to the crowd, each facing in the opposite direction, then their hands come together at the exact same time, without even looking at each other. Now that was mind-blowing to me. Talk about united as one. That’s when you know how much they love one another. Made me fall in love with love all over again 😀

      • 154 theo67
        November 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        I noticed that, too. In addition, Malia is often in sync with her Dad – lots of pictures showing them walking in exactly the same way, or having the exact same facial expressions at the same time.

        • November 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm

          Also, as I recall theo67, remember when Malia said that she love seeing her parents hugging and showing that beautiful affection between each other.

          I love to see them as well, and I do think that it is so important to see your beautiful parents not being phony with that type of affection where your children can see your love being expressed appropriately. Especially for young girls. They see a very loving father treat their mothers with so much respect, affection, and fun together. Beautiful love, we seel.HZ

  22. November 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    “The First Lady’s Chef in Hawai’i”

    “Mrs. Obama has selected an acclaimed local chef to join her for APEC events. And he’s got Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s stamp of approval, too…
    Hawaiian chef Ed Kenney is so well known that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner made time to chat with him earlier this week on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Honolulu. And Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, a longtime fan, tweeted a photo of Kenney and his crew cooking for an APEC reception. This weekend, First Lady Michelle Obama has invited the chef to be her on-island version of Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass. Kenney will join Mrs. Obama for two of three APEC events she is hosting, which will take place at two very different farms, and spotlight the Let’s Move! campaign.”

    MORE..Pic at link, too~from the fantastic Obamafoodorama~

    I have to run now, literally, but wanted to leave this bit of culinary news delight to chew on..btw, I’m in Hawai’i..Kaua’i to be specific! I’m excited the Obamas are going to be in our neck of the woods.

    • 157 Debz
      November 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      FLOTUS finds the men who look good and can cook!!! 😀

    • 158 theo67
      November 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      This is a good story, and I’m sure helps to bring the Hawai’ians closer to their mainland countrymen. Interesting info about the youth that work with the famous chef, and the issues with obesity and food deserts even in Hawai’i.

    • 159 Fred
      November 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      thanks for this Cha.I envy your good weather.Hope you get to see POTUS and FLOTUS

      • November 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        Yeah, the weather is grand, Fred. I won’t be seeing anybody as they’re on Oahu but it will feel good just having them a 100 hundred miles away and it will almost be like I’m there.. checking it out on TOD. 🙂

  23. November 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    November 11, 2011 3:35 PM
    Romney eyes vouchers for veterans
    By Steve Benen

    Mitt Romney spent part of his Veterans’ Day in Maudlin, South Carolina, visiting with a dozen vets, and wandering into some dangerous policy waters.

    Talking with the veterans about the challenge of navigating the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy to get their health care benefits after they leave active duty, Romney suggested a way to improve the system would be to privatize it.

    “Sometimes you wonder, would there be some way to introduce some private sector competition, somebody else that could come in and say, you know each soldier gets X thousand dollars attributed to them and then they can choose whether they want to go on the government system or the private system and then it follows them, like what happens with schools in Florida where they have a voucher that follows them, who knows.”

    Even the most conservative Republicans rarely venture into privatizing veterans’ health care benefits. Last year, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado went there, but it was problematic enough that his campaign quickly walked it back.


  24. 171 Linda
    November 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I just received a 15 % off coupon for the Obama Gear store..


    • November 12, 2011 at 12:38 am

      Thanks lovingandlaughing! I’m glad they’re letting Debbie speak.

      “She also said she was “very much bothered” by Herman Cain’s decision to call House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “Princess Nancy,” calling it another example of the “flawed” GOP field.

      The DNC chair spent much of the interview attacking Romney, however, saying Americans need to know “that Mitt Romney would have allowed [the auto] industry to go down” and that Romney “wants to make sure that the wealthiest, most fortunate Americans continue to have the wind at their back.”

  25. November 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    11 Nov 2011 02:50 PM
    What Is Authentic Blackness?

    Victor Davis Hanson claims Cain is blacker than Obama:

    Cain is authentically African-American and of an age to remember the Jim Crow South; Obama, the son of an elite Kenyan and a white graduate student, came of age as a Hawaiian prep-schooler, whose civil-rights credentials are academic. Cain’s lack of experience and seemingly embarrassing ignorance about the right of return or nuclear China are amplified by his unaffected style, whereas Obama’s similar gaffes (57 states) and buffoonery (inflating tires to preclude drilling for oil) are mitigated by metrosexual cool.

    Seriously, what is it about this calm and reasonable man in the White House that prompts this unbounded contempt from so many on the right? Adam Serwer is furious:

    Hanson doesn’t bother to explain how it is that the overwhelming majority of black people haven’t discerned that Barack Obama is a fraud and that Herman Cain is the second coming of Marcus Garvey, but that’s because their “brainwashed” opinions don’t actually matter. The sole purpose of establishing Cain’s racial authenticity, premised as it is on Hanson’s rather limited view of what constitutes “the black experience,” is for Hanson to flatter himself and his ideological allies as racially enlightened.


    • 180 CTGirl
      November 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      My question to Mr. Hanson – why did Cain, this “authentic African-American” man, sit out the Civil Rights era? I think Sully said it best: “Seriously, what is it about this calm and reasonable man in the White House that prompts this unbounded contempt from so many on the right? “

      • 181 prettyfoot58
        November 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

        This is a useless debate….posed to detract and sidetrack….


    • 182 Fred
      November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      The National Review? Now an expert on all things black huh? Cain “blacker” than Obama?

      inner and outer beauty;kindness;respect;truthfulness;generosity;forgiveness;support;love;intelligence;hard work;dedication;faithfulness to his wife and 2 children;love for country and others are what characterizes POTUS

      the only thing that POTUS and Cain have in common is that they call themselves AA’s although just like me POTUS and I are biracial.

      Cain’s a shuckin’ and jivin’ lying pompous asshole

      mini rant done.I APOLOGIZE to my TOD family

      • November 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

        I love your comment. This whole who’s blacker than whom is so insulting to everyone concerned. Cain isn’t qualified to be president. That’s all there is to it. Mr. Hanson can talk about blackness til the cows come home. It isn’t going to make “Herb” any more qualified. It’s irrelevant.

      • 185 anniebella
        November 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm

        Cain is ‘blacker” than Obama. So. I’ll still take Barack Obama.

      • 186 nathkatun7
        November 12, 2011 at 2:29 am

        No need to apologize Fred, for speaking Truth! This is nothing new. This is all aimed at creating division in the black community. The Republican party has absolutely no intention of nominating Herman Cain as Republican nominee for President. I am willing to bet everything I have on my assertion that Herman Cain WILL NOT BE THE NOMINEE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. On the other hand, Herman Cain is not stupid. He did not get this far being stupid. Cain is using his newly found limelight to make as much money as he can. Herman Cain may be black, but his #1 priority is not the Black community. His #1 priority is Herman Cain. One thing about the Black community, that many in the white community may have no clue about, is the ability of many of us to detect con artists. Many of us know a few Herman Cains who become sophisticated at advancing their personal interests by going against the interests of the masses of black people while pretending to be so black. Look at the record of justice Clarence Thomas who, we were told at the time, supposedly admired Malcolm X. Not once has Clarence Thomas sided with the interests of the Black community. Thomas even had the audacity to denounce his predecessor, Justice Thurgood Marshall, who did so much to make it possible for Thomas to be on the Supreme Court. I suppose right wing supporters of Clarence Thomas thought that he was blacker than Thurgood Marshall.

    • November 12, 2011 at 12:31 am

      Cain is an idiot in any color..I do’nt care how deep his shade is. He’s a greedy asshole with no morals.

      We got the real deal for our President.

  26. 188 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Obama Marks Veterans Day By Standing Up For Those Who Served In Bush’s Wars


    During his Veterans Day remarks, President Obama focused on the 9/11 Generation of veterans and took care of the those who bravely served in George Bush’s wars.
    George W. Bush’s wars have left a legacy of veterans that our nation must care for and about. The wars may be winding down, but the story of our returning veterans is just beginning.



  27. 189 desertflower
    November 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    For anyone interested on the MONUMENTAL recall of Russell Pearce.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/11/11/russell-pearce-anatomy-of-a-recall H U G E victory for the people of AZ. Huge.

  28. November 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    What Cain Says About Race, Ctd

    A reader continues the conversation with Ross and another reader:

    I think it has more to do with what Obama says about race. Or what Republicans are afraid he says about them and race. Every time he runs, they grab the nearest black conservative and throw him in front of the cameras as their proof that they aren’t racist. Think Alan Keyes in ’04, Michael Steele in ’08 (they didn’t have a black presidential candidate, so they settled for a black leader of their party), and now Herman Cain. None of these men were the best candidate for the jobs, but they were black and conservative, so they were called to duty.

    Basically, without their realizing it, Barack Obama seems to have sold the GOP on affirmative action.


    • November 12, 2011 at 12:21 am

      Brawawwaaaa(there’s been a lot of that lately..)

      “Basically, without their realizing it, Barack Obama seems to have sold the GOP on affirmative action.”

      Thanks rikyrah~

    • 194 nathkatun7
      November 12, 2011 at 2:44 am

      “Basically, without their realizing it, Barack Obama seems to have sold the GOP on affirmative action.”

      I think that’s a brilliant observation by Andrew Sullivan. By the way this tactic goes way back. J. Edgar Hoover was always looking for a Black leader that could be groomed to undermine Dr. Martin Luther King. George Bush, Sr. nominated Clarence Thomas, who in my humble opinion was the least qualified African American lawyer/judge, to counter the policies of Justice Thurgood Marshall. And now Herman Cain, who we now know is deeply tied to the Koch brothers. Like the so called journalist, Armstrong Williams, Cain is into this gig because he expects a big pay off. No wonder Ann Coulter calls these so called Black right wingers: “Our Blacks.”

  29. November 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Romney had 11% yes votes for Time’s cover. hahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahhahhahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

    O/T Rant: I’m in a compliance training session dealing with billing for therapeutic services and the impact of HIPPA. The first guest speaker talked about the government and some new rules PBO had included for medicare and medicaid. He cracked a few jokes about Perry. The second lady is talking about new government rules against waste, fraud and abuse. Nice, but so g-damned, m-fing BOOOOOOOOOORING!!!!! I’m seriously dying. We aren’t- as students -even supposed to be here. It’s only the clinic billing people who are supposed to be in this 4 hour torture by boredom training as we (student clinicians) don’t handle billing. 🙄 KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW. KILL ME NOW. KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW. KILL ME NOW. KILL ME NOW. KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.KILL ME NOW.
    Somebody, please put me outta my misery.
    ps- my friend just leaned over and said that the speaker’s voice is giving her a headache. Oy vey! 😦 —now she’s talking about the anti-kickback statute. 😐

  30. 205 meabloom
    November 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    What is there NOT to LOVE about our First Couple???
    They’re Beautiful and Truly Amazing.


  31. 206 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm


    Lobbying Watchdogs Have A Good Laugh Over Newt Gingrich’s ‘Historian’ Line

    “It doesn’t matter if you’re a historian, CEO or pastry chef. If you’re advising a group and representing their interests before policymakers, you’re lobbying on their behalf — plain and simple,” the Sunlight Foundation’s Gabriela Schneider told TPM in an email.

    Public Citizen’s Craig Holman said this was the first time he’d heard the “ambiguous term ‘strategic consultant’ replaced with an academic term ‘historian,’” but that regardless of the terminology, Gingrich “was hired as a lobbyist for his rolodex built while being a public servant.”

    Gingrich, Holman told TPM in an email, “represents the worst of revolving door abuse. Gingrich cashed in on his status as a former public official, taking in $300,000 in salary from Freddie Mac to promote the lender’s business model one year as a ‘strategic consultant’ rather than a registered lobbyist in order to avoid disclosure, and then switched sides when the winds of political opportunity shifted.”


  32. 207 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Oh Boy . . .
    Herman Cain’s $50-a-head event in West Palm Beach now free

    Cain train makes free stop in West Palm Beach: Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain‘s Wednesday fundraiser at the Palm Beach County Convention Center will now be a free rally instead of a $50-a-head event, his campaign announced today.

    That’s not a sign that the Cain campaign was having trouble selling tickets to the 5 p.m. event, Cain senior adviser Arlene DiBenigno said.

    “We’ve got two finance events after that are doing really well,” DiBenigno said. One is a $999-and-up event at the home of Palm Beach Town Councilman David Rosow.

    DiBenigno said the campaign will still accept contributions at the convention center event, but wanted to give Cain’s grass-roots supporters an opportunity to see him for free.


  33. 210 desertflower
    November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Didn’t take long for Mitten’s voucher idea for veterans to hit the fan!

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/1829 Yep. The gift that keeps on giving!

  34. 212 Linda
    November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    This is cool.

  35. 213 Fred
    November 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    watch Extra NOW.POTUS will be on with Mario Lopez

  36. 215 Linda
    November 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Obama Warns Super Committee Co-Chairs Not To Change Triggers In Deal

    WASHINGTON — With the deadline fast approaching for the congressional super committee to make its deficit reduction recommendations, President Barack Obama phoned the committee’s two co-chairs on Friday to urge swift action.

    The White House released a sparse summary of the president’s separate phone calls to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), made from aboard Air Force One. But one detail notably stood out.

    The President also made clear that he will not accept any measure that attempts to turn off part of the sequester. The sequester was agreed to by both parties to ensure there was a meaningful enforcement mechanism to force a result from the Committee. Congress must not shirk its responsibilities. The American people deserve to have their leaders come together and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means, just as American families do every day in these tough economic times. The President urged the leaders to get this done.

    There has been a lot of chatter on the Hill about changing the parameters of the trigger currently in place so that the cuts to the defense budget — that would be made a year after the committee fails to reach a deal, should it fail to reach a deal — would be softened. And the expectation among Democrats is that enough lawmakers within their party would join with Republicans to do just that.

  37. 217 holymoly
    November 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Michele Bachmann heckled off stage by OWS 🙄

    • 218 nintendowii10
      November 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      I was at first a staunch supporter of OWS, but throughout the weeks, they’ve become co-opted by the emoleft as the leftist Tea Party. And because of that, they believe that President Obama is just as owned by the banks as Michele Bachmann and the other Republicans.

      Heck even Richard Wolffe on PoliticsNation was pointing this out, that any third party candidate that rants against the banks and Wall Street will get OWS support. This is the same BS we heard in 2000 with Gore vs Bush from Ralph Nader, “both parties are the same, there is NO difference between Bush and Gore.”

      IMO as of late, the OWS movement is more of a Ron Paulish movement, because these folks seem to be echoing the same nonsense from Paulites: end the Fed, let Wall Street crash, legalize weed, etc etc etc. Not to mention that some of the OWS are actually inciting fights and claiming it’s the corrupt cops. The OWS need to occupy the offices of these Republicans who continue to favor Wall Street and the banks, and not making fools of themselves in public.

      • 219 nathkatun7
        November 12, 2011 at 3:22 am

        Nintendowii10, Thanks for your forthrightness! As the saying goes, “better late than never.” Don’t get me wrong, I share many of the ideas and frustrations of the people in OWS. But our own Hopefruit2 courageously warned us about this movement, and linked us to information that called into question the motives of the advocates of this movement. To be honest with you, I also never liked the timing of OWS. Just when the President was trying to mobilize the country to support a really meaningful jobs’ bill we have this movement sucking the air out of the media coverage of the President’s campaign to mobilize the country to put pressure on Congress to pass the jobs bill. Instead of focusing on the President’s message, the media ended up focusing on this movement that really has no defined goals and no well formulated tactics to reach those goals.

        Permit me to explain what I mean when I criticize OWS for not having “defined goals” and realistic tactics. People in Wisconsin, for example, had a defined goal: undoing the Walker law aimed at taking away the rights of Unions and the rights of public employees. Their tactics: Protest, Occupy Madison, and, more importantly organize massive recalls of the legislators and the Governor. Likewise, the people of Ohio were angry at the Governor Kasich and the legislature for taking away the rights of Public employees. Their tactics: massive rallies, massive voter registrations, massive get out the vote to vote for an initiative that over tuned the anti-Union Kasich law.

        Besides just occupying Wall Street and other cities, as well as showing up to disrupt politicians like Bachmann, I am just not clear what’s the next step; especially since some in the movement counsel people not to vote.

  38. 220 Linda
    November 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    VICTORY! Fearing Mass Protest Governor Walker Cancels Wichita Visit

    In the wake of mass protests of his attacks on working families in his home state, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has cancelled a high-priced Wichita fundraiser with Governor Brownback and RNC Chair Reince Priebus.


    Wow…big tuff guy is really a scardy cat.

    • 221 nintendowii10
      November 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Walker knows he’s toast. The failure of the anti union legislation in Ohio has Scott running scared. He should have thought twice before falling for the journalist posing as one of the Koch Bros and revealing that he’s a governor owned by the rich.

  39. 224 eveingeorgia
    November 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Did anybody listen to Chris Matthews interviewing Stephen King about his latest book? The part where Matthews and King seem to agree that PBO and perhaps Kennedy were powerless or inept against their congresses, whereas Johnson was strong. against his.
    Then King asking Matthews if he thought that Biden would be a stronger president than Obama. Matthews agreeing in so many words.
    I was cussing before I knew it.

    Somebody break this down for me? Did I hear this right? Just grew fangs and there is smoke coming out of my nose, eyes, and ears! Calm me down, somebody!

    • 225 nintendowii10
      November 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      If Biden would be a stronger President than Obama, Biden would have won in the primaries, same with Hillary. It’s just that simple.

      King needs to stick to writing horror novels and keep his nose out of politics. As for Tweety, he’s a Romney clone, not sure which position he wants to take and his views change every day the sun rises and sets.

    • 226 Fred
      November 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      don’t let these asswipes give you high blood pressure Eve and if you do already;take a deep breath and post a mini “rant” here and you’ll be alright

      Tweety and King and Mitchell can all stfu for all I care.

      as much as I like Joe he simply doesn’t cut it with all due respect.He’d either be napping in the middle of meetings or he’d be cussing;you chose . . ,

      • 227 eveingeorgia
        November 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        I’ll do that, Fred. I listened to the clip again. King gets it about the hatred shown to JFK and PBO. He sees great parallels between the two. In his book, he must wonder whether JFK would have been able to pull off what LBJ did. I can understand that from the point of view of fiction, but wondering whether Biden would have been better still rankles.

        I’m through with it though.

    • 228 dotster3
      November 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Actually, that’s preposterous, and I know that for a fact. That’s what would calm me down. Must have got tired of mentioning Hillary in that same context. Threw a new one out there. It’s all an attempt to diminish Obama, for whatever cockeyed reason. Probably cause Obama is a million miles above all of them in depth and quality.

      • 229 eveingeorgia
        November 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm


        I agree +10, especially where Tweety is concerned. He’s almost schizophrenic – you never know where he is going to come from next. I think he has a picture of what a “strong” leader is and he can’t make PBO fit that image. That’s why he always brings up his giants: FDR, Clinton, and now Kennedy. He offended me most.

        O.K., I’m really through with it now. I appreciated your insight..

    • 230 nathkatun7
      November 12, 2011 at 4:07 am

      This is such a stupid analysis which totally fails to take into context the assassination of President Kennedy which was still fresh in people’s mind. Moreover, It fails to take into account the on-going massive protests by the Black Freedom Movement that our history books call the Civil Rights Movement. As Rev. Al recently said, Johnson would have gone no where without the wind on his back from the relentless and courageous Civil Rights Movement. Nor would Johnson have had anything accomplished if it weren’t for people trying to honor the memory of a slain popular president.

      I am so sick of these slick people who try to present revisionist history without context. If LBJ was so great how come he left the presidency in disgrace? How come an unknown Senator from Minnesota, Eugene McCarthy, managed to force LBJ from running for re-election? We are sold the LBJ of 1964-1965 who governed at the time when the country was still grieving over the loss of JFK. Yes, he had connections in Congress after having served there for decades, and especially in his role as Senate Majority Leader. Nevertheless, by 1966, LBJ was not doing that well with Congress. Very little is said of the LBJ’s record of 1966-1968. Here is a president who presided over a country that was practically in the midst of a revolution, and in many ways splitting apart. Any one remember the Commission on Civil Disobedience (better known as the Kerner Commission) that the America was divided into two societies, “black and white, separate and unequal.” Try as he did, LBJ was unable to bring the country together. Hence his decision not to run for re-election. But now we are being indoctrinated by the likes of Chris Mathhews and Stephen King about what a strong man LBJ was and how he supposedly would make members of Congress quiver in their boots every time he spoke. I am sorry to say, but this is pure mythology! Any one who analyzes LBJ’s record without putting into context of the mood of the country, following the assassination of JFK, the on going massive Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War, is trying to sell the public revisionist history based on manufactured myths.

  40. 231 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    OMG! You won’t want to miss Bill Maher tonight! I hear somebody’s going to be on discussing a new book about JFK!

  41. 236 eveingeorgia
    November 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I want to hear how Andrew Sullivan ( he’s on too) comments on King’s book and see if he stands up for PBO as he usually does at TDB. But I probably won’t, too close to blowing a gasket right now.

  42. November 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Hi everyone, new post here – the Obamas arrive in San Diego:


  43. 238 nintendowii10
    November 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Rev Al and Chris Hayes made excellent points about the midterms and why the Teabags won. The healthcare fight took a lot of energy out of the left. and of course you had the emoleft whining about it not being public option or single payer, and calling PBO a failure, capitulator, caver, etc.

    Now the emoleft whiners have been exposed and mostly neutered, us Obamabots have the tide. That’s why the anti union issue failed in Ohio and the personhood anti abortion bill failed in Mississippi.

    The media largely underestimates our power. They were wrong in 2008, and they’ll be wrong next year. Whatever Republican they nominate, whether it’s Romney, Gingrich, Perry, the Republican won’t win, and we have to ensure that they don’t win.

  44. 239 halo
    November 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm


    If you have certain internet providers, you can watch the game on the basketall carrier! PBO IS THERE

  45. 240 halo
    November 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm


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