rise and shine

Star Advertiser: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed the leaders and representatives from 20 other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation nations with a luau, hula and a Hawaiian proverb at the Hale Koa Hotel….

…. “We have music. We have song. We have celebration and we have hula dancing,” Obama said. “Now, Michelle doesn’t think I’m a very good dancer so I will not be performing,” which drew laughter from the crowd.

… Obama talked about the lessons he had learned from his Hawaii upbringing, concepts he hoped will guide the work of APEC leaders. “We are 21 leaders from across the Asia-Pacific who represent close to 3 billion people … men and women of every faith, color and creed,” he said. “Whatever our differences, our citizens have sent us here with a common task: to bring our economies closer together, to cooperate, to create jobs and prosperity that our people deserve so they can provide for their families, so they can give their children a better future.

“And we’ve learned that we’re more likely to realize our aspirations when we pursue them together,” Obama said. “That’s the spirit of Hawaii. It’s what made me who I am. It’s what shapes my interactions with all of you. And it’s the spirit that I hope guides us in our work this weekend.”

Obama then raised a glass of water and proposed a toast in Hawaiian. “Aohe hana nui ke alu ia,” he said. “That means, ‘No task is too big when done together by all,'” Obama said. “Cheers. Salud.”

Full article here

… with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

…. with Linda, the wife of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill

… with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his wife Kim Yoon-Ok

…. with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tim Mathieson

… with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen

308 Responses to “rise and shine”

    • 2 anniebella
      November 13, 2011 at 8:05 am

      First let me say Good Morning everyone. I know I say how lovely our FLOTUS looks often, but in these pictures she looks like a million, no a billion dollars. And I think from the way everyone else were looking they agree with me. FLOTUS looks wonderful and then some.

      • November 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

        Couldn’t agree more, anniebella. She gets more beautiful as time goes by in a way that seems to defy time and natural aging. There isn’t a movie star on a red carpet who could top her in that first image. I’ll be our pres is beaming with pride.

      • 4 Obama Grandmama
        November 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

        I loved her dress and shoes. Does anyone know how tall Barack is? Michelle? My brother asked in respect to his basketball playing. I thought he must be atleast 6 ft tall, but then that would mean Michelle is close to that too.

        • 5 isonprize
          November 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

          yup! You are absolutely correct. Pres Obama is 6′ 1″. Michelle Obama is 5′ 10″ What a striking couple they make!!

          Ya’ll know I love me some Barack Obama, but my immediate reaction to the first picture was “Wow, Who’s that guy with Michelle??!!??”

      • November 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

        FLOTUS is too beautiful for words – that dress is to die for! Just. Wow.

  1. November 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Morning Ms. Chips. There are a couple videos on the previous thread if you want about PBO and Miche

  2. 12 Me4obama
    November 13, 2011 at 8:10 am

    GoodMorning TODville, Great to to my day looking at our beautiful First lady.

    • 13 Me4obama
      November 13, 2011 at 8:45 am

      I meant to say Great to start my day. Next time I will get coffee first before I type anything

    • 14 Proud of Obama
      November 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

      Good morning all. Michelle is just gorgeous. In that fifth pic Pres Obama looks like he’s finally on a date with the girl he’s been trying to get to go out with him for a long time. So sweet.

      • 15 hopefruit2
        November 13, 2011 at 9:24 am

        Yup! Also, my President doesn’t look too pleased when Medvedev tries to flirt with his date…(Pic #7 or 8) 🙂 🙂

  3. 16 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 13, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Good Morning all. . .
    Beautiful Pictures of our POTUS AND FLOTUS!

  4. 20 bitterwtsweet
    November 13, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Very pretty! Good morning everybody.

  5. 21 CEB
    November 13, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Michelle is absolutely stunning! PBO looks so proud and everyone is staring (some with envy). She has the most gorgeous back; strong, toned, yet feminine. PBO said at an earlier function a few weeks back “she is getting cuter.” Smart, gracious, confident in her own skin, inspirational, loving and truly interested in others (loved the pictures of her and the students at the organic farm), hard-working, wonderful mom and spouse AND gorgeous! How lucky are we (and PBO). I love how he looks at her.

    PS I’ll bet some of the other wives are tired of having to wear their traditional clothes at these events. The men all wear western style business suits and the wives should have the same option

    • 22 anniebella
      November 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

      CEB, I’m with you one million, no one billion percent.

    • 23 desertflower
      November 13, 2011 at 9:30 am


    • 24 Judith Fardig
      November 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Totally agree!! We’ve had lovely first couples in the White House before (the Kennedys), but never a devoted pair with this degree of beauty inside as well as out (downright hotness!), and the brains to match. How could anyone not want another term with the Obamas as our President and First Lady?!

      • 25 luci1119
        November 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

        Yes, and I agree with you Judith. There’s just something extra special about this First Family. And like you said, they’re brilliant, good looking, warm , friendly, loving, genuine, caring, concerned, just lovable. They are committed to the responsibility, that was left to them, and It’s HUGE, they are people that want the rest of the world to be happy and comfortable. I just thank the Lord often for sending them our way 🙂 I just love the Obamas :-). They look sooooooooooooooooo good together, and they are just great Mentors for our Country, and the rest of the World 🙂 🙂 I love First Lady Michelle’s dress, now she’s wearing the dress, and she has a figure to go with It 🙂

  6. November 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Can you imagine Halperin being a gymnastics judge? The opposite of an East German Judge, I would say. Everybody gets a 10!

    Good morning.!

  7. 43 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Morning Chips and TODers. How gorgeous is our FLOTUS? She knocks it out of the park every.single.time POTUS isn’t looking too shabby himself 😉 They’re both representing us well. PBO’s APEC summit question and answer session with Boeing CEO James McNerney was brilliant. For an hour straight PBO showed us why he is President of the United States of America. He knows the ins and outs of his administration like the back of his hand. It’s continually a refreshing sight to behold.

    Up with Chris Hayes has been good so far this weekend. Yesterday was good and filled with truth telling; especially about the Penn State tragedy and the misguided sympathy for Paterno by some Penn State students. Today is good so far. He has Martin Bashir on, Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw; a princeton professor; Anne-Marie Slaughter who worked at the State Dept from 2009-2011 under the Obama Admin. and Gary Johnson – who still refers to himself as a GOP candidate for President – former Gov. of New Mexico.

    • 44 Me4obama
      November 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

      Why is Garry Johnson getting airtime on Msnbc?? He is a joke and they keep giving him a platform. 🙄 to pretend that he is running for President.

    • 46 ChristiMtl
      November 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

      It’s good to know that Up with Chris has been good this weekend………it wasn’t the case in previous weeks……I really like Martin Brashir, he doesn’t hold back when it comes to the GOP……thanks for the info UT

      • 47 Linda
        November 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

        I love Martin….I wish they would move him to 7PM and skip the Hardball rerun….

        I like Chris Hayes …but he stutters to much….sometimes he says the same word 5 times.

        • 48 ChristiMtl
          November 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

          I so agree with you Linda, they should move him at 7pm and skip Hardball rerun….Chris Matthews is just so crazy most of the times, one day he goes after the GOP and give credit to the President for something, the next he goes after President Obama worst than any teabagger would and praise Bachman or whoever. I’Ve never seen anything like this. At least with Martin Brashir you know what you’re getting, a very intelligent man who is not afraid to go after the crazies.

          And I’m sick of seeing Howard Fineman, he’s such an idiot, him and his mysterious ”sources”……

          • 49 TrumpDog
            November 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

            I so agree with you Linda, they should move him at 7pm and skip Hardball rerun…

            But then that would mean less time for him to pimp his JFK book.

          • 50 HZ
            November 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

            Good Morning Chipsticks and TOD Family,

            I read your comment Linda, and I totally agree. I pray that Martin can get a very good spot and let Chris have only one spot. Too much of Chris. We will set out thoughts of good meditations of this .HZ

      • 51 hopefruit2
        November 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

        I believe that Chris must’ve gotten quite some pushback on Twitter during the previous weeks, so he decided to make amends – for now.

        Chris Matthews on the other hand is having another 30-minute Obama hate fest on his show which supposedly will be discussing “President Obama’s re-electability chances and desire, etc.., etc..SHEESH. Tweety has been having this same topic every week on his show for the past 3 months.

    • 54 dotster3
      November 13, 2011 at 9:24 am

      Watching Chris Hayes too—–agree or not, very smart people all the way around the table, which is refreshing. I am a huge fan of Martin Bashir too—-he’s a bright light in that msnbc daytime lineup—–clear thinker, truth exposer.
      And speaking of Boeing—–they just got an $18 billion order from Dubai. Biggest aircraft order ever. Good news for a whole bunch of reasons.

    • 55 desertflower
      November 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

      UT…You’re absolutely right about the APEC Q&A yesterday…however, only policy wonks like us even cared to watch. Too bad people don’t care to see these things. Then they would know what we do.

  8. November 13, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Romneys made a lot of far right statements yesterday, I hope the DNC was paying attention-
    One of which was saying repealing healthcare will save billions.
    No it wont!

    • 58 Obama Grandmama
      November 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

      I also noticed a lot of the strategies that would be employed by the GOP candidates are ones that have been employed by PBO or are in the works already, that is the less Neocon strategies.

  9. 59 donna dem 4 obama
    November 13, 2011 at 8:39 am

    OMG I fell asleep last night before this event.

    My Goodness This Is One Hot Couple. They are a stunning pair!!!

  10. November 13, 2011 at 8:39 am


  11. November 13, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Btw- I just knew their would be a faux pout rage( on his trip).
    Don Lemon saying the President said the US of A was lazy(big deal)!

    Well, in some ways they are, mr tea bagger Don Lemon!

    • 62 anniebella
      November 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

      Okay Jovie when did the President say the US of A was lazy, and if he said it what was the content in which it was said . They are just looking for something to hang this President. I don’t believe he said that.

      • November 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

        Yes… This President was trying to shame big business, saying that they were lazy by not pulling in more Asian business, to the United States.
        Of course, mr lemon felt this was an outrage. An outrage, I tell ya. Yawn!

        • 64 anniebella
          November 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

          Thanks Jovie, I see no big deal in that comment. As I said TeaNN and it’s anchors , all media is just looking for something to hang this President. Lemon knows better, but he speaks the words from the producers. And he’s trying to become some big shot. And the President was not calling Americans lazy. There are alot of things which need to be said about America businesses, like sitting on two trillion dollars and refusing to hire people, like continuing to send jobs over seas, laying off people.

          • November 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

            Here’s an article about what President Obama said…and the context in which it was made.~

            For the second time in as many months, President Obama has taken the nation that elected him president to task for its own lackadaisical economic performance on the global stage. Obama told a group of CEOs today that the United States has gotten “lazy” and that America lost its hunger in promoting itself in a global marketplace.

            “We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — ‘Well, people would want to come here’ — and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America,” he told the CEOs who are gathered on the sidelines of the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, which the United States is hosting this year in Hawaii. “I think it’s important to remember that the United States is still the largest recipient of foreign investment in the world and there are a lot of things that make foreign investors see the U.S. as a great opportunity — our stability, our openness, our innovative free market culture,” he said.

            Last September, in an interview with an Orlando, Fla., TV station, Obama made similar remarks, saying, “This a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. … We need to get back on track.”



            • 67 Obama Grandmama
              November 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

              Seeing the GOP plaster Obama’s words all over the place and trying to paint him as one who does not support us as number one but just part of a group, I cringe at the thought of the word “lazy” being used. I wish it was just defined as not as aggressive as we could have been. I know the GOP will use that word lazy in a damaging way. During his second term he should be able to use whatever words he wants and that could be quite freeing.

              • 68 LunarSea
                November 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

                If they try to use that word in a ‘damaging way’ we must be prepared to challenge them to prove the statement wrong. Because what the President said is true on many levels.

                What have they done besides ship jobs over seas. Where have they been promoting American made products. Outside of our housing bubble and stock markets that is.

                So let them have at it!

              • 69 creolechild
                November 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

                Obama Grandmamma~ With all due respect, I disagree. The GOP will always try to twist anything the President says, or does, into something negative. Nothing new there! Walking on eggshells and parsing words for their benefit certainly won’t change their attitude or their behavior.

                Given the President’s mind-boggling list of accomplishments, if individuals CHOOSE to believe that he doesn’t care about this country, then that’s on them–but FACTS prove otherwise.

                As the President has stated on several occasions, the United States IS part of a group (of nations), which is why he’s attempting to redefine our foreign policy–for the better–as well as repair our damaged reputation abroad. Truth be told, we HAVE fallen behind in critical areas such as education, infrastructure, manufacturing, and social policies/issues simply because “We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades.” ~

            • 70 anniebella
              November 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

              Let me ask this question, did Don Lemon and T.J. Holmes read this article? Or did they take out what they wanted to and read what they wanted too? The President is telling the truth. We think that because we are the USA , other countries companies will of course want to come here, but not so. Special if there are other countries out there selling and marketing itself and not just assuming that other countries will no doubt want to come there. But what the President is saying (my opinion) is we the USA have to get out there and fight for other countries to bring there businesses to our country, to buy our goods. No longer will these countries run to America just because it’s America. They have plenty other choices out there now a days. That’s my understanding of what the President meant.

        • 71 desertflower
          November 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

          Then Lemon should have been doing his job, WATCHING the APEC Q&A…because the CEO of Boeing AGREED with the President throughout the ENTIRE hour!

          • 72 mb32
            November 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

            Don Lemon is a corporate tool. When he was here in Chicago, he did real reporting, no spin. Tamron Hall was the same way, but as soon as they hit the big time – they began to shill for the corporate man. It’s a shame really, so much talent just wasted but they think this is the only way to get ahead. And they wonder why Rev Al got a show in a prime slot…he keeps it real and doesn’t do their style of song and dance. He may not be a journalist but Lemon, Hall and Holmes could learn a lot from him.

        • 73 nospin
          November 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

          actually he said America had gotten lazy with competing in the global economy but he wanted to change that because America has the best workers, is the most innovative and has the best technology in the world.

      • 74 anniebella
        November 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

        And when I say they I am including the media too, along with the Republicans, and some PL.

    • 75 Linda
      November 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

      The more popular Don Lemon gets the worse he is…..

      The new intro to his show is very Fox Like.

    • 76 Me4obama
      November 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Please, anyone know Don Lemon Twiiter ID! I was itching for a fight on Twitter and I just got one. I want to blast him for the fake outrage of a LIE he is peddling.

    • 80 Cos
      November 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Good morning Chips and TOD friends. Tj Holmes is still pushing that “lazy” meme this morning. I knew msm would try and find something negative about this trip. They never disappoint.

    • 84 ChristiMtl
      November 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

      I knew all I needed to know about that RW network when I read ”The foxification of CNN”.

      For those who haven’t read it, here:


    • November 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      I tweeted Don Lemon and he replied that his show was about Penn State last night and what was I talking about? Am I spreading misinformation?

      • 86 TrumpDog
        November 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        That’s what I want to know. I tweeted him and he replied that he never said that.
        Can someone please clarify?I don’t want to be like Fox news and accuse him of something he did not do.

    • 87 Ladyhawke
      November 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm


      I think this obsession with the word “lazy” may have started with Jake “The Snarl” Tapper. When I was listening to the press conference yesterday, I just knew exactly what he was doing. Instead of focusing on President Obama’s leadership the jackals are more concerned with trying to find some negative angle to every word that President Obama utters. The point PBO was making just makes sense. If more attention had been paid to promoting the United States in the global marketplace in the last two decades, it would not have been necessary for PBO to establish the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),



      Q I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on President Obama to you today that, we’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple decades, taking for granted people would want to come here, we aren’t out there hungry, selling America, trying to attract new businesses into America. Has the nation been a little bit lazy in promoting itself? Mr. Schmidt? I’d like to hear from all three of you, though.

      MR. SCHMIDT: Relative to what standard of laziness? I mean, the country has had this as a policy for a while.

      Q This wasn’t my answer —

      MR. SCHMIDT: I understand. It’s hard for me to answer the question without understanding what we’re judging it against.

      Q Do you think the nation should have been, could have been more aggressive in selling itself over the last decade or two?

      MR. SCHMIDT: Always. But I would have said that independent of any other fact. I think the government and the nation should always be focusing more on the fastest-growing parts of the world. So I’m not sure that’s a new discovery.

      Q Would you use the word “lazy”?

      MR. SCHMIDT: I would not.

      Q Mr. Schmidt, you said a little bit ago that America’s best export is its business. That’s not necessarily an idea that would bring a lot of comfort to some folks who are a little bit nervous about the increasing U.S. business presence in China, the announcement, for instance, that GE, is sending its radiological business completely over to China. And there’s a feeling among some, particularly the Occupy folks that we’ve been hearing from a lot lately, that a job created overseas, offshore, is one lost in America. What can you say in defense of the growing American business presence abroad when some people see it shrinking at home? Is this still good for the U.S.? Any of you. I didn’t want to put Mr. Schmidt on the spot. (Laughter.)



    • 88 Ladyhawke
      November 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Obama pushes trans-Pacific trade deal at APEC


      The next round of negotiations is scheduled for early next month.

      Obama said the TPP has the potential to be a model for future trade agreements elsewhere in the world, as it will address issues not covered in previous pacts. It will ensure that state-owned enterprises compete fairly with private companies and address trade and investment in digital technologies.

      Obama’s administration is taking care to highlight the importance of strong Asia-Pacific relations to the president’s efforts to create jobs domestically.

      “The U.S. exports to this region are essential to the president’s goal of doubling U.S. exports in the next several years,” Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told reporters in a briefing this week. “In fact, nearly all of the efforts that we’re going to be making towards that export goal take place in this part of the world.”

      The 21 members of APEC account for 55% of the world’s gross domestic product, 43% of world trade and 58% of U.S. exports, according to the group.

      “So I think when the American people see the president traveling in the Asia-Pacific, they will see him advocating for U.S. jobs and U.S. businesses,” Rhodes said. “He will be trying to open new markets, and he will be trying to achieve new export initiatives, and he will be trying to foster a trade agreement through the, for instance, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that takes us beyond the Korea Free Trade Agreement towards a multilateral agreement that, again, has very high standards to ensure that our interests are being protected.”



    • 89 theo67
      November 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      If these GOP want to keep their heads in the sand, and focus on saying that America is exceptional, while ignoring the statistics that show trade agreements flourishing in other parts of the developing world, or educational statistics that show American education is declining in science and math, or pretend that US wages are not declining – then so be it. Just because one keeps their head in the sand, doesn’t mean events aren’t happening all around them.

      The fact is, when President Obama took a bunch of business leaders to China and the rest of his Asian trip last year (or was it the year before?), some of those leaders themselves said that American businesses need to do more to attract investments to the country. And there were tourism leaders who said the US needs to start advertising tourism to attract people to the country. They said the country has rested on its laurels, and not aggressively pursued business. No different than what President Obama said. It’s the truth.

  12. 90 ber6964
    November 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I love how happy the South Korean President and First lady were to see President Obama and Mrs Obama!!

  13. 91 mtmarilyn
    November 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family! WoW our FLOTUS is stunning!!!! Of course our POTUS makes my heart beat faster. After reading all the comments from the GOP debate last night, I am more determined than ever to do all I can to keep this couple in the White House!

  14. November 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Italy approved austerity cuts. This President put pressure on Italy and then burlesconi stepped down and the austerity plan was implemented. Now, they will receive assistance from the Eurozone.
    This President is well respected overseas. Moreover, they like him and respect him.

    • 93 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

      But, but, but….

    • 94 theo67
      November 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      This Italy development was like a little “Italy Spring”. They ousted a man who’s been in power for 20 years! And while he’s cut taxes and allowed corruption and tax evasion to flourish, the debt has mounted, and the citizens have had less and less, while Berlusconi’s fortune has tripled! This should serve as a warning to others. (Apparently, Putin praised Berlusconi and said he was one of the last great European leaders).

  15. 95 ChristiMtl
    November 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

    It should be illegal to look that good!! WOW FLOTUS is stunning, just breathtaking….and what can I say about President Obama….oh my, ….what a couple!….

  16. November 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Emirates places ‘record’ Boeing order

    Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has ordered 50 long-range Boeing 777 passenger aircraft in an order worth about $18bn (£11.2bn) at list prices.

    The carrier’s chairman and chief executive, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said it was the single largest dollar-value order for Boeing aircraft.

    “This order represents a milestone,” he said after announcing the contract at the Dubai Airshow.

    Emirates has also placed options for more jets, worth another $8bn.


  17. November 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Ditto, ditto, ditto to all comments above saying how beautiful our First Lady is and looks. I absolutely love that first photo posted … she looks young, vibrant, radiant and just awesome. And I especially love the expression on President Obama’s face … kind of like the cat that swallowed the canary – he is trying so hard not to just burst with pride at “his catch” on his right arm – the beautiful lady, but it is not working! His face says it all! Love him.

  18. 102 dotster3
    November 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

    We have a very handsome First Couple, which I realize is not new news. Show stoppers. And I agree with those who note that the best part is that their inner beauty more than matches their outer appearances.
    But omg—–am I seeing spanx peeking out from under Mrs. Harper’s scrunched up dress? I can’t tell for sure, but whatever it is——ooops.

  19. November 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

    President Obama told his Chinese counterpart in a private meeting that the American public and business community are growing increasingly “frustrated” with China’s economic policies, stepping up his bid to force changes that might in turn boost job growth in the U.S.

    With complaints about China’s currency policy spilling into the Republican presidential contest and onto the floor of the Senate, Obama told Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday that his government is not moving quickly enough to remedy the problem, U.S. officials said.

    Obama “made it very clear that the American people and American business community were growing increasingly impatient and frustrated with the state of change,” said Michael Froman, deputy national security advisor for international economic affairs.


  20. November 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Caterpillar Inc. said Friday that it plans to move some of its manufacturing from Japan to North America, a move that it says will put it closer to its many customers in North America and Europe. Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., hasn’t decided where the new plant will be, but it plans to do so by the end of the year. It will start building it next year.

    The plant will distribute small tractors and mini hydraulic excavators, Caterpillar said. The market for those two products has evolved over the past 30 years, with the majority of those customers now in North America and Europe, the company said. The facility could employ as many as 1,000 people, the company said….


    Caterpillar also said it plans to open a new plant in Winston-Salem, N.C., next week that will produce axles for mining machines. The company also said it plans to expand its production of large mining trucks in Decatur, Ill., and large tractors in East Peoria, Ill. The majority of the large trucks and tractors built in those facilities are exported, the company said.


  21. 112 vitaminlover
    November 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

    This magnificent couple is MY First Couple! I know that they had a blast. God thank you for continuing to guide, guard and protect these beautiful people, in Jesus Name. Amen!!

  22. November 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

    An Iraqi Kurdish minister on Sunday sought to allay the Baghdad government’s concerns about an oil exploration deal his region signed with ExxonMobil, saying it benefits the whole country. Iraq’s central government regards any oil contracts not signed with it as invalid, and officials have said the deal the US energy giant agreed with Kurdistan last month jeopardises its contract for a massive southern oil field.

    “I think that ExxonMobil’s entry to Kurdistan is not just good news for the Kurdistan region, it’s good news for all of Iraq, because they bring in more investment into Iraq, into this part of Iraq,” Ashti Hawrami, Kurdistan’s minister of natural resources, said at a conference in Arbil.

    The contract “was signed, completed on the 18th of October 2011, after the oil and gas council of the region, headed by the prime minister, met and approved a package for ExxonMobil,” said Hawrami. “It is a binding contract; it involves six exploration areas,” he said, adding it is up to Exxon whether it runs all its operations from Baghdad, or sets up another office in Kurdistan.



  23. November 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

    She looks absolutely beautiful. Always the best looking at these functions.

  24. November 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

    During Saturday’s CBS News/National Journal “Commander-In-Chief” debate—the first 2012 GOP debate to focus exclusively on foreign policy—the candidates were thrown a couple questions on the War in Afghanistan.


    Unsurprisingly, perennial back-runner Jon Huntsman responded by echoing his standard, dovish line on the war: get the troops out ASAP. But what was mildly surprising was that he answered the question in Barack Obama’s words. “We’ve had free elections in 2004, we’ve uprooted the Taliban, we’ve…killed Osama Bin Laden,” Huntsman said. “This nation’s future isn’t Afghanistan; this nation’s future isn’t Iran.” He went on to state that he has no interest in “nation-building overseas” when “we so desperately need it at home.”


    Perhaps Huntsman’s former employer has been rubbing off on him more than he’d like to admit.


    • 117 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

      On some of the Teablogs, they have been speculating that Hunstman is actually an Obama plant designed to siphon votes away from the “real” conservatives to make room for Romney – because Romney is the one Obama really wants to run against.

      • 118 desertflower
        November 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

        They couldn’t get up everyday if they didn’t have a good conspiracy theory to cling to…easier than thinking.

  25. 121 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I’m having so much fun on twitter this morning. TOD twitterers are H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. Other twitterers are fracking funny. Now I know why I’m addicted. Here’s a taste.

    • 122 utaustinliberal
      November 13, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Okayyyy… that didn’t come out well. Does anyone on twitter know how to do the time stamp stuff so that tweet appears on TOD as an image? I thought you clicked on the time stamp of the tweet, it takes you to another page and you copy the url in the address bar and paste it on TOD and it comes out as an image of the tweet. Am I wrong? Help.

    • 125 anniebella
      November 13, 2011 at 9:33 am

      That’s funny.

      • 126 anniebella
        November 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

        I hope the psychiatrists let us know what they decides. One thing for sure neither one need to go to the White House, the nut house but not the White House.

        • 127 utaustinliberal
          November 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

          I’m pretty sure their diagnosis would be that every single GOP candidate should be led out of the debate stage in a straight jacket so as to preserve the lives of the American people. 😆

    • 128 nathkatun7
      November 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      UT, that’s so “Hilarious.” Sometimes comedy is the best weapon for truth telling.

  26. 129 Fred
    November 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

    good morning TOD family.May God watch over;bless;protect;guide POTUS and FLOTUS and may POTUS be successful

  27. November 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

    G’morn Chips and TODers, what wonderful pictures to wake up to.

    I’m loving “Up With Chris” this morning, there are no emprogs on whining, moaning and groaning putting a damper on the show.

    • 131 utaustinliberal
      November 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

      It really was a good show. Yesterday’s was good as well. I think the pushback he got on twitter caused him to dial down on the emoprog BS.

  28. 132 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Beautiful First Couple – they never disappoint or embarrass us on the world stage!!! How lucky is this country to have the people with style and substance representing us as the American topmost leaders!!! No one else in the political circes can hold up when compared to FLOTUS and POTUS.

    Sometimes people forget that one of the First Lady Michelle’s activities as a child ballet dancing and this shows in the grace of her body postures and movements. I know someone here has a copy of the photo of a younger Michelle in a ballet dance that I have seen on prior occassions.

    • November 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Okay, GCL, now all of us with young daughters (and White House aspirations for them) are off to enroll them in ballet, if we haven’t already done so. 😉 [just kidding]

  29. November 13, 2011 at 10:09 am


    Supreme Court justices appear poised to thrust themselves and the Obama administration’s signature health care law smack into the middle of the 2012 election.

    As early as Monday, following a closed-door session last week, the justices will reveal whether they will consider one or more challenges to the law. If they do, as every court watcher expects, the program that opponents call “Obamacare” will dominate both the legal and political docket throughout the election year.

    “This decision could come right in the middle of everything,” said Dennis Goldford, a professor of politics and international relations at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.


    Is this an attempt roberts court to swing the elections ?

    • 135 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

      I suspect that given the arrogance of the conservatives on the court, they will insert themselves into the healthcare debate much as they did in stealing the election for bush.

      there is a simple practical answer to this intervention from the court.

      if the supreme court inserts itself into the elections based on health care then we supprters of President Obama will need to make the GOP and the insurance companies regret taking this AHACA to court by mobilizing and adding a “medicare for all on the ballots of each state”.

      This option to open up medicare is very popular among the electorate and would signal a total check on the role of insurance companies in rising healthcare cost

      • November 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

        Either way their ruling could hurt PBO. If they uphold mandates, though the dems might have legally won, the voters, given their antipathy towards courts, might no like it. If they rule against the mandate, the rethugs will go crazier. So I think, the dems should start selling the beneficial aspects of ACA to the voters. They are planning to do that already before the supremes so they might as well parallelly do it with the public.

        • 137 globalcitizenlinda
          November 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

          if mandates are upheld, then how both PBO and Romney (if he is the cnadiate) will have to defend their policies.

          I am not scared about the role of healthcare in the upcoming election. I am sure that Team Obama will be ready to handle this.

          the one thing that scares me is the jobs situation

          • 138 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
            November 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

            global, Team Obama will have the jobs narrative tucked away as well. Never fear! While we work the ground game watch Team Obama work Washington and the MSM. 😎 😉

    • November 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      I think people are over-reaching to say that the courts considering the constitutionality of the mandate will dominate the political docket. People just aren’t that interested in what the Supreme Court does unless it is tackling something extremely controversial like Roe v. Wade or Brown v. Board of Education. It will be in the headlines, but so will a thousand other things. People pay more attention to scandals like Penn State. The Kardashians are more likely to capture the attention of the American public than what the Supreme Court is doing with this ruling.

    • November 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      “Is this an attempt Roberts court to swing the elections ?”
      They can try if they want to, but remember the Hollywood movie about President Obama catching Osama Bin Laden will be out the week before the election LOL so the right wingers can just chew on that. They can’t have it both ways.

    • November 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      Remember that the mandate is in the best interests of the health insurance industry. If they rule against the mandate and allow all the other provisions of the health care act, which are not under review, the health insurance industry is up a creek. They will have to insure people with pre-existing condition and offer no lifetime limits without the added revenue from millions of new people. So this isn’t just giving a support to the president; it’s saving the insurance industry from drowning.

      The president and his team were well aware of this timing and thought the benefits of moving forward far exceeded the risks. So, I think they’ve got this covered.

  30. 144 lovingandlaughing
    November 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

    OMFG, FLOTUS steals the show in these pics! She is completely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. November 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Good Sunday morning all!!

    FLOTUS is gorgeous!!!!

    I love this statement from PBO:

    “And we’ve learned that we’re more likely to realize our aspirations when we pursue them together,” Obama said. “That’s the spirit of Hawaii. It’s what made me who I am. It’s what shapes my interactions with all of you. And it’s the spirit that I hope guides us in our work this weekend.”

  32. 147 a4alice
    November 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Morning TOD!

    I’m off to do some work over at the campaign office but thought I’d take my laptop with – HEY LINDA are you there? Ya know that call to action about calling our reps? can you reprint that? do you have it handy? I put it on my computer at work and now I’m finally going to have some time again to tweet – email.

    We’re still pushing congress critters about AJA, right?

    see ya in a bit


  33. 149 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Wow. Candy Crowley on CNN shilled uber hard for the GOP this morning. Sucking up to RNC Chair Reince Priebus and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R), then when Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villariogsa began his vigorous defense of PBO she said it would take a miracle for PBO to get re-elected. My goodness she was horrible and thank goodness she got called out on twitter. Antonio was very firm in his defense of PBO and said that yes the 2012 elections will be difficult but let’s not forget all of PBO’s domestic and foreign policy successes. He said that PBO’s opponents lack a core. You have one who has flip flopped on every position and every issue. Another one who doesn’t understand that the Depts he wants to cut are vital to the American peoples lives. Another who has no grasp of foreign policy and mocks the pronounciation of Middle Eastern countries. He said that as he watches the debates; it’s become even clearer that President Obama will win in 2012. He also said that the Latino community understands that PBO is solidly behind them and they are behind him because he supports and helps them everyday with the legislations he has passed. Crowley kept interrupting him and saying the GOP candidates were very strong on the issues, the GOP is fired up, PBO can’t even get everyday Democrats (not the ones in congress) to support him, that we’ll only reluctantly support him in 2012. Antonio pushed back and said that was untrue. That everyone who’s been watching the debates know that the candidates have no grasp of the issues and we have a leader in the White House who despite GOP obstruction will win in 2012 and will continue making sure that America is a leader on the world stage.

    • 150 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

      someone can ask candy crowley if she saw the ACTUAL votes that took place last tuesday. do the results in Ohio and else were reflect that the Dem base is NOT fired up??? I predict that the punditry class will come in for a rude awakening come election day 2012 WHEN we re-elect President Obama and with a strong Dem legistlature to support his policies

    • 151 Sandy1110
      November 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Crowley probably still has her schoolgirl crush on GWB after her gave her her pet nickname “Dulce” (‘sweet’ > ‘candy’).

      She’s a joke.

      • 152 desertflower
        November 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

        Should have been “dunce”

      • November 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

        Ms. Crowley is an insecure person who is trying to find her way in the world of news with loug noise. She is not a journalist in the ture sense of the term.

        She feeds on the negative too much for me and the skip-hop playing around in cirlces. Someone needs to tell her that she can become very dizzy in that type of playing in the wind, especially as she take every word of ‘tear him down today’ with her in these crazy wind cycles that she calls a news program. Sad Candy. The wind is calling you to another place, please go , please go.HZ

    • 157 Ladyhawke
      November 13, 2011 at 11:07 am


      Thanks ut,

      Your update demonstrates exactly what is wrong with the media stenographers and hosts like Candy Crowley and her ilk. They know the GOP presidential candidates are weak, unhinged and deranged just like we do. But they they continue to pretend that the GOP is a credible opposition party. Clearly, Candy got the GOP talking points memo for her show this morning. It sounds like the interviewer could just as easily been conducted by Mitch McConnell himself. Sheesh.

      It is really sad that the feckless media in this country has abdicated their responsibility to educate and inform the public with the facts. There are so many facts about the accomplishments of the Obama administration that should be common knowledge with the public. But what do we have? A media that bends over backwards to carry water for the GOP and shield them from the scrutiny they deserve. We have a media that looks the other way and pretends we don’t even have a congress. Every problem is President Obama’s fault. It’s as if there is only one branch of government that has a responsibility to actually govern.

      Thank goodness Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villariogsa was ready with the facts and pushed back on the nonsense from Crowley. We need to see more Democrats like him on network and cable tv forcefully pushing back with the facts and supporting President Obama.

      • 158 Linda
        November 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

        I just e-mail them and asked if she is a reporter or a GOP Operative.

      • 159 desertflower
        November 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        I had the TV on, flipping the channels as I waited for the shower to heat up, and I saw her talking to the LA mayor…the “headline” while she was talking to him was something like “Obama’s Broken Promise” WTF?? Was he supposed to wave the magic wand and fix immigration all by himself? Shit, if he’s a wand, I say just wave the damn thing and get rid of all the lunatics!

    • 161 ChristiMtl
      November 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Oh great….what a surprise…Candy Crowley carrying the GOP water as usual…….she is the worst…… I can’t watch that RW hack…

    • November 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

      Crowley sounds like she’s talking about Mitt Romney. Its the Dem that’s strong on the issues and its Republicans who will reluctantly back Mitt Romney. Gah, she’s an idiot.

    • 163 anniebella
      November 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Forgive me for what I’m about to say, but that buffalo Crowley didn’t say all that did she?

    • 164 theo67
      November 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      It says a lot about the GOP electorate and the GOP water-carriers that the 2012 election is expected to be tight. We’ve had months of GOP debates where the very worst of humanity has been on display. The world is moving towards peace, the country is squeaking out of GOP-caused economic collapse, but they still want to consider destroying America’s future by letting Republicans back into power? It’s unbelievable.

    • 165 ChristiMtl
      November 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      I just checked on twitter to see the feedback she got this morning.

      I saw a link about this: ”Oh, the Condi Rice luncheon w Candy Crowley includes a signed book from Condi. Sweetness. Still time to register”

      I checked the guests…all RWers of course…..

      I found an article in Media Matters, from 2004 about Crowley……

      ”Candy Crowley’s attempt to paint Kerry as out of touch revealed her own lack of understanding”

      In a luncheon speech in Florida this week, CNN senior political correspondent Candy Crowley told a story meant to illustrate how out-of-touch with “most of America and how they live” Senator John Kerry is. Kerry, according to Crowley, committed the grave blunder of asking for a cup of green tea in a Dubuque, Iowa, Holiday Inn, only to have the waitress stare at him before announcing “We have Lipton’s.”

      Crowley apparently told the story to illustrate how out-of-touch and elitist Kerry is,

      I can see that these RW ”journalists” always have the same line of attacks…..

    • 166 TrumpDog
      November 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      PBO can’t even get everyday Democrats (not the ones in congress) to support him

      Yeah it’s not like she could get a Democrat on that very show to sit face to face and discuss with her all of President Obama’s accomplishments. Oh wait….

      By the way, what the hell is an “everyday” Democrat?

      • 167 Left-indie
        November 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm

        Well, there is point here. I’m irritated by the Dems in congress that are letting Obama fight it out there alone. Not sure what is going on with that. Clinton and Bush always had a team of them speaking from the same talking points. Where’s Dick Durban, Harry Reid, Franklin, Lady from MD, a good blue state, or even John Kerry? Where are the cracker jack memebers of his cabinet for God sake! Where the hell are they? So, yes, she has a point. Some say Obama hasn’t taken the time to befriend these folks on his side. Maybe that is true, or not. Not sure. But there is a point here.

    • 168 nathkatun7
      November 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you UT, for this report. Candy Crowley is a GOP propagandist. I hope all of you who tweet will hit her hard.

  34. November 13, 2011 at 10:50 am

    A Happy Sunday Morning Chips and TOD’ville!

    For some reason I decided to start my web morning on Twitter where I encountered this from a former colleague and friend:
    – Hey – thought of you after reading about Obama causing all sorts of trouble over our pipeline. ;).
    So I responded with:
    – Prez O does NOT work in a vacuum despite the presidential title.
    I figure when I’m in the mood a little later today I’ll send a ‘proper’ answer.

    Of course, part of me was thinking, here we go again, PBO is responsible for ALL the world’s ills. Luckily, I saw Smartypants post which helped to redirect my thoughts – read it, please:


    Now, I’m going to go back and appreciate Chips’ lovely compilation of ‘photos, videos, and a word or two’, plus your comments TODvillians, which are sure to complete the positive orientation of my thoughts and mind. 😀 😀

    ……Starting again – “Happy Sunday, everyone!” 😆

  35. 174 Linda
    November 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Politico Uncovers “Family Ties” Between Wash. Post’s George Will And Perry Campaign


    So far she has worked for Bachmann and asked for a job with Romney.

  36. November 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Wow, I just watched DWS on MTP, she smacked down all Gregory’s GOP talking points. “That’s how it’s done”.

    • 176 Ladyhawke
      November 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

      thanks for the update. I will make sure to watch the rebroadcast later today. The best part about smacking down a so called journalist like David Gregory is that it shows that either he didn’t do his homework or he is hopelessly carrying water for the GOP. Either way it’s doesn’t make David Gregory look good. I am really looking forward to seeing Debbie school David Gregory. He is the worst.

      • November 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

        Yes, and thanks for that bjw2. If anyone can give little Mr. Gregory a smack, it is DWS. There is a lot of real fire in that beautiful spirit. POB knew exactly what we needed when he make that decision about our beautiful, hard fighting DWS. God bless and protect her wherever she goes. Send out good thoughts and much love to her.HZ

        • 178 Ladyhawke
          November 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

          I am watching the rebroadcast of Meet The Press. David Gregory just concluded his interview with Crazy Eyes Bachmann. Really, I was shaking my head during the entire interview. My head exploded at the end when Michele (with one L) Bachman running to be the leader of the fress world criticized President Obama for ending the war in Iraq. And are you ready for this, she says that Iraq should pay the United States for the cost of the war and that they should pay the families who lost loved ones. Bachmann conveniently overlooks the fact that it was THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION INVADED IRAQ UNDER FALSE PRETENSES. This is just remarkably stupid. If you don’t believe, here is the transcript:


          MR. GREGORY: Congresswoman, one more on this. You say the ACLU is taking over the CIA, run now by General David Petraeus. You understand…

          REP. BACHMANN: Their philosophy. Their…

          MR. GREGORY: OK. You, you…

          REP. BACHMANN: Their philosophy.

          MR. GREGORY: I understand that. I understand, I understand that’s what you mean.

          REP. BACHMANN: Yes, I agree. I believe, I…

          MR. GREGORY: No, no, let me just make the point. Your view that waterboarding should be reinstituted, you understand that puts you at odds with most of the generals, OK, the former Republican nominee of your party John McCain, General Colin Powell. You realize you’re on the opposite end of what they believe? Do you not trust them and their views?
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          REP. BACHMANN: Well, but what, but I, but I’m on the same side as Vice President Cheney on this issue, and others as well. Because, I, again, what we’re looking at is what will save American lives. And that’s what the most important thing is. We’ve got, we’ve got to decide that we want to defeat the terrorists. And when we make that decision, we need to, we need to employ the methods that will best help us to defeat them. And President Obama is not doing that. Again, President Obama was given a war that is won in Iraq, and he’s choosing to lose the peace. That’s a desecration of the memory of 4400 Americans that gave their lives to liberate Iraq. And also, it’s over $800 billion that we have expended. I believe that Iraq should pay us back for the money that we spent. And I believe that Iraq should pay the families that lost a loved one several million dollars per life…

          MR. GREGORY: All right.

          REP. BACHMANN: …I think, at minimum. This is, this, this is a terrible situation that the United, that the president has left the, the war on terror in.

          MR. GREGORY: All right. We’re going to leave it there. More discussion to come. Congresswoman, thank you.

          REP. BACHMANN: Thank you.


      • November 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

        I’d love to hear about Debbie Smacking Down candy crowley’s gopropaganda crap too! Or is candy too much of a wimpering coward to have her on? Hmmmm?

    • 186 Ladyhawke
      November 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was terrific on Meet The Press. She totally shut down David Gregory. His questions sounded like they came straight from the RNC Chairman. Debbie schooled Gregory with the facts. Nicely done Debbie.

  37. November 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Happy Sunday 🙂

    Oh My My!!! Flotus looks soooooooooooo Beautiful!!! Classy and represent us well. The GOP clowns couldn’t touch class even across the pond.

    • November 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Oh Kasai, a Happy Sunday to you and to our beautiful Cipsticks and TOD Family.

      I had ‘church’ this morning, as our beloved President would say to Arethea Franklin when she finished singing ‘Precious Lord’ at the dedication of Dr. King’s Memorial. My heart is full this morning so my ‘church moments’ were glorious within my spirit and my home.

      I thought of my precious and beautiful mother(who has gone on now) and my beautiful and loving brother who also carries within him the love of great music as our mother so taught us to learn, appreciate, study and respect with grace; His voice was very much in my moments this morning as we spoke via phone last evening. I am blessed to have such a loving brother especially in my golden-young days.

      During my quiet time and loud time of listening, crying, and giving thanks so much, I reached over and picked up one of the many collections of magazines of our wonderful POTUS and FLOTUS. This one was the Time with POB’s mother holding him while he was sitting on a fence”Raising Obama.:How his mother made him who he is.” I turned to the story and several quotes stood out to me ,as I was crying and asking for protection for him:
      “What is best in me I owe to her.” Barack Obama,Dreams From My Father.(The photo on pg, shows POB and his young mother )

      “When Barack smiles, there’s just a certain Ann look. He lights up in a particular way that she did. There is this thing in his eyes.” Nancy Peluso, a friend of Ann’s from Indonesia. Precious and loving mothers and beautiful music,can bring us to those expressions of our ‘church moments.’

      I thought of all of the Asian Pacific leaders that he is meeting with on this trip, and thought, how would his dear mother feel today knowing that her precious son is speaking with the world leaders and he being the most respected one of all to these leaders. What a tribute to a beautiful mother. When I see that smile of his, I often think of his mother. She is still with us and we get to meet her everyday that Barack gives us a smile. Blessings to her and the beautiful gift that she gave to us.

      Have a blessed trip, Mr. President. Walk with pride, speak with wisdom, and move with diginity. Hold on to the love of such a beautiful and graceful First Lady who gives you so much each day and give us hope to be the most beautiful spirits on this earth. Oh ,what beautiful inside and outside that we are beholding in these lovely photos. Thank you so much, Chipsticks. I will continue to give thanks to Almighty for these two beautiful gifts POB and our beautiful FLOTUS. Have a beautiful day, my Chipsticks and TOD family. It is such a lovely sunny day here in Cali.
      I love you all so very much.Hz

  38. 191 Ladyhawke
    November 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

    President Obama at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Meeting

    From: whitehouse | Nov 12, 2011

    In his remarks at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Meeting, President Obama said, “The TPP will boost our economies, lowering barriers to trade and investment, increasing exports, and creating more jobs for our people, which is my number-one priority. Along with our trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, the TPP will also help achieve my goal of doubling U.S. exports, which support millions of American jobs. November 12, 2011.

  39. November 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Huffington Post just Tweeted this question………..”Would you fight a bear to save your dog?”

    My response:
    If the “Dog” was Arianna Huffington “Hell NO”

  40. 201 Lightfoot
    November 13, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Michelle Obama is the $#!t! Oh my bleeping god! Is FLOTUS a model or what?

  41. 203 Ladyhawke
    November 13, 2011 at 11:44 am


    So let me get this straight. Perry made the rounds on the morning shows and did the top 10 list on David Letterman after the brain freeze. And it seems that the beltway wisdom is that because Rick Perry was able to joke about the gaffe he made at the debate last night he has rehabilitated himself. What? This just makes my head hurt. The gaffe wasn’t the brain freeze, the gaffe was the fact that he wants to dismantle the departments of energy, commerce and education. The fact that journalists are glossing over that fact and not demanding an explanation of how the services these critical agencies provide would he handled if they were dismantled is reprehensible.

    • November 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      It’s all a fucking show for these media assholes. Fuck the country, fuck the world.

    • November 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      These are the same clowns who say they want to put people back to work… How many jobs would be lost if these departments are closed? And isn’t it amazing how all reporters seem to do their homework when interviewing President Obama and get old quotes from 2008, 2009, 2010 etc… but when interviewing Rethugs they do no homework….

      • November 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        Michele, yes, and that is because these ‘little minds’ have no North Star. They are living off of the worst of crumbs that come from the many tables that they sit at with their hungry and greedy ‘whoreish minds’ of their ugly world. Then they get up and wobble through their ugly world that is so unhappy, vile ,and miserable. So they stoop to their lowest state of being on this earth, and feast on their stale, distasteful crumbs, and it is shameful. Their bellies are full of this corrupt and ugly feasting that they can’t turn to the goodness and beauty that they need to carry on. So this is why and how we get their ugly and hateful noise daily about a good and decent man, POB.

        However, we will PRESS ON with a beautiful, intelligent, peaceful, calm, one who is constantly lifting up the goodness in our spirits daily through his works, deeds, and hard work. This is the table that I want to sit at and eat the beautiful meal that is prepared with love, compassion, dignity, a gentle BUT firm spirit, truth, , peace, grace, humbleness, patience, intellect, and hope in a power that is greater than he is, (and he recognizes it with much humility) that is the bread that we eat of daily. We Will Be Fine, Trust and Believe in the Goodness of our core as gentle and loving angels of grace and hardwork.HZ

    • November 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Perry has an infinite capacity to self-destruct. He’ll do so several more times in the next few months and the media will try to put Humpty Dumpty back together. But the bottom line is he’s too dumb to be president and he carries a lot of repellent garbage. At some point he’s going to fall so hard nobody’s going to be able to put him back together again.

    • November 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      To give Perry some credit, LH, he has learned SOMETHING from his years as a GOP politician – don’t run from your VERY OBVIOUS mistakes, admit them and chuckle AND YOUR party will laugh with you. After all they are always making mistakes. Perry fits right in.

  42. November 13, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for your thorough summary UT! I would never have the stomach to watch. I love hearing about how Villariogsa assertively supports our President. Warms my heart.

  43. 212 desertflower
    November 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA! http://thinkprogress.org/green/2011/11/13/366522/koch-funded-scientist-who-believes-in-global-warming-is-coming-to-congress/
    He’s presenting his findings TOMORROW! That ought to make the Koch Bros heads swivel!

  44. 214 Tresor
    November 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for these reports, pics and videos. they make my days sometimes when I’m stressed. Whoever is behind this blog or site, my hat off to you. I love it.
    POTUS and FLOTUS are really a wonderful couple and they change the rhetoric about afro american families. Just lot of us could learn from this. This is pure commitment and LOVE. Kuddos

  45. November 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Don Lemon is tweeting me ! He says Jovi (we) must have him confused with someone else. He’s at home in his PJ’s and last night his show was about Penn State. If we made a mistake, we need to correct it. I already offered him an apology if I’m spreading misinformation !!!

    • 217 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Could it be that it was TJ Holmes and not Don Lemon and Jovie got them confused?!?!

    • November 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Based on what I read..I believe that it wasn’t Don Lemon..so I had to apologize for my tweets..he dedicated his show on Penn State scandal..

      • 220 hopefruit2
        November 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        You did well kasai. And I see that Mr. Lemon was mighty pizzed…see how it feels Don when you’re wrongly accused of doing something that you never did? At least you received an acknowledgment and sincere apology. Imagine how our President must feel when lies are spread about him by so-called journalists who never bother to acknowledge their lies much less address it with an apology. Take that as a lesson Don – when your bossman at CNN tells you to read off disgusting LIES from their teleprompter to trash President Obama – remember how YOU felt Don!

        • November 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

          Bingo. All that poutrage from the two bit lying media hacks,when they get called out is funny. Have you seen jake the tool tapper’s twitter bio? The cowardly tool is all fucking defensive.

        • 222 nathkatun7
          November 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm

          Bravo, hopefruit! I hope he learned a lesson to share with his fellow media people who repeatedly spread lies about the President.

      • November 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

        He said this in the morning at 9 15am est!

    • 224 COS
      November 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      I heard TJ Holmes first thing this morning. He even had Dan Lothian reporting from HI about the “lazy” comment. I only watched a little of Lemon last night and he was discussing the Penn State stuff. He briefly mentioned PBO’s meeting but I did not hear him say anything about the “lazy” comment. It was probably something cooked up overnight by CNN.

  46. 226 Jazzjazzy
    November 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    as always im late 2 da party but i agree w/ all the first couple looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G as always

    November 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm


  48. 228 sheinfrance
    November 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    My goodness! they are just so beautiful.

  49. 229 SueBee
    November 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I was reading some conservative tweets earlier today and they keep referring to S & P’s downgrade of the US credit rating and of course blaming it on Obama. I am sure when he debates next October that will be thrown at him, I wonder how he can counter that?

    • 230 Desraye
      November 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      He can said that the downgrade was because the GOP refused the revenue increases.

    • 231 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      November 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      PBO will be well prepared for the debates. The public is slowly starting to recognize why we are crawling out of this economic recession and they are starting to see it ain’t President Obama’s fault. By next October it will be well ingrained in the pschy of the American public why this downgrade took place.

      That being said I have never been so happy entering into a general election cycle where the Democrats basically have a edge on all the issues most important to the American people and on top of that we have the most BRILLIANT strategist to highlight and promote those advantatages. Jump on board Sue. It will be a bumpy ride but a very rewarding one. KEEP HOPE ALIVE. Obama/Biden 2012

    • 234 desertflower
      November 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      He can simply say that for the first time in HISTORY the GOP the so called party of “fiscal responsibility” decided that we, as a country, shouldn’t pay the bills we had already incurred! They can own that stupid stunt!

    • November 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Don’t worry, SueBee, he will do just fine in the debate. We’ve come this far, no turning back now. We are going to stand together and work hard, and we know POB will do his part. We are standing on truth and when we all stand on that for good, it will prevail.

      SueBee, keep your heart set on We ARE PRESSING ON with the Hope that has brought us thus far. “Stand, Stand,” Hugs and support coming your way, SueBee. Love .HZ

    • 236 creolechild
      November 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      SueBee~ here’s an excerpt from Standard & Poor’s statement about the downgrade:


      The political brinksmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America’s governance and policymaking becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable than what we previously believed. The statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default have become political bargaining chips in the debate over fiscal policy. Despite this year’s wide-ranging debate, in our view, the differences between political parties have proven to be extraordinarily difficult to bridge, and, as we see it, the resulting agreement fell well short of the comprehensive fiscal consolidation program that some proponents had envisaged until quite recently. Republicans and Democrats have only been able to agree to relatively modest savings on discretionary spending while delegating to the Select Committee decisions on more comprehensive measures. It appears that for now, new revenues have dropped down on the menu of policy options. In addition, the plan envisions only minor policy changes on Medicare and little change in other entitlements, the containment of which we and most other independent observers regard as key to long-term fiscal sustainability.


      Compared with previous projections, our revised base case scenario now assumes that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, due to expire by the end of 2012, remain in place. We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act. Key macroeconomic assumptions in the base case scenario include trend real GDP growth of 3% and consumer price inflation near 2% annually over the decade.



  50. November 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I’m late today guys, but FLOTUS looks Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!

  51. November 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Syria’s leadership is under mounting pressure from other Arab states to halt its continuing violent repression of pro-democracy protests.

    The head of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, said the organisation was “studying mechanisms it could implement to protect civilians in Syria”.

    He spoke after the League voted to freeze Syria’s membership, a move that sparked pro-government riots in Syria.

    France has joined the condemnation of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

    It summoned the Syrian ambassador to Paris on Sunday to demand an explanation for attacks by Assad loyalists on diplomatic missions in Syria, including its own, following Saturday’s suspension.

    Turkey, which has begun withdrawing non-essential diplomatic personnel and families of diplomatic staff, called on the international community to “respond with a united voice to the serious developments in Syria”.

    The Saudi and Qatari embassies were stormed during Saturday’s pro-Assad protests, and new mass rallies by loyalists were held on Sunday.

    With Syria’s suspension not due to take effect until Wednesday, Damascus has called for an urgent Arab summit and invited Arab League officials to visit.


    kucinich must be shitting bricks by now since his buddy is about to be kicked out.

  52. 239 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    November 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    WOW! My TOD family is very entertaining. 😀 As you all know watching the AIRHEADS on these network talk shows is the farthest from my mind and daily plans. Although I initially got frustrated with reading updates and recaps I can now see where it is beneficial to know how the enemy is operating. For you STRONG STOMACHED TODers keep up the good work. You do really well UT. I want to preserve my televisions in the house so it is best I don’t watch that trash.

    On a different note the Obamas look radiant out in Hawaii as usual. It is so refreshing to have representatives of The United States of America not embarrasing us on the world stage. Magnificent.

    OFA Ohio is having followup meetings to our fantastic victories last Tuesday. We are PRESSING ON and preparing in earnest for the general election. We want to harness this energy created by the pushback against Gov. Kasich and ride it to a Blue Ohio victory. Time to get ready for work my friends. I will be checking in from my droid when time allows. Thanks again Chips for all that you do. You are a TREASURE. 😉

    • November 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Keith, Still giving thanks for the great victory and work you all and many others did in Ohio last week. Praise and thanksgiving. Hope you are having a beautiful day as well. I am also enjoying our beautiful family here. I was just reading something that touched my heart this morning.

      In regards to the “Airheads” as you spoke us on the talk shows this morning , I can understand your point of view, but I can also understand that not everyone of us is cut out to watch these programs, and that is fine. But for the brave, dedicated ones who do give their precious time and hours to finding out what is being spewed out there against the good of POB , we are thankful to them. You and so many others are doing good deeds as well, so thank you for your work. , I applaud our entire TOD family for the patience, and intellect to listen to some of the offensive things that these people are saying about POB. I also appreciate them for sharing with all of us, so that we are aware of what we will be and are up against. so that we can move in a way that is beneficial to our POTUS in the coming months. We are his eyes, ears, feet ,and powerful voices. So I thank them all.

      Thank you, Keith for thanking the TOD family members who are displaying the strong minds along with the “strong stomachs” as you stated. And yes, our beloved UT is one of those dear and wonderful fighting soldiers who daily is out there on the battlefield. for us. I take solace in UT’s braverly. I do admire UT for taking the time to sit and put on the precious schedule this awesome job. Then after hearing UT’s summary, we alongside UT can step up as the remaining soldiers and take up our gear, and go to work wherever we are needed. That is what makes this beautiful family which you are such an important part of work so beautiful. And I want to thank you also, Keith.

      Remember, “God knows your strength, and He measures it to the last inch. Remember, no trial has ever been given to anyone that was greater than that person’s strength, through God, to endure it.” HZ

  53. 241 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hahahaha. Hopefruit if you’re out there; this is interesting. You know how @Charmed86 (Sabrina), Uche, you, and I were calling out Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer today on twitter for pretending to be part of the 99% and chris hayes just humoring them by giving them air time so they can pretend they’re relevant and still in the GOP race? Well we never tweeted Buddy Roemer directly, but somehow he found our tweets and he told me that he has fought all his life against corruption, he started a community bank, has never taken money from wall street types. Blah, blah blah. Is he for real? My goodness; the hypocricy. 😆

    If anyone has info on Mr. Roemer, I would appreciate the help. I’m locked in a twitter convo/battle with him and I’m not backing down. 🙂

    • November 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      I had my run-in with buddy roemer coupla weeks back on twitter. He was saying the same nonsense to me and after 3 tweets the guy just gave up. So don’t sweat it. 🙂

    • 251 Uche
      November 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      LOL…he should go find his relevance somewhere else – not with the 99%. Simply put, does he support closing the tax loopholes and taxing the rich(which he belongs to) more fairly?. Just like that joker Mitt ‘amoeba’ Romney, claiming he’s part of the middle class. These folks have very thin skin…he wasn’t even tweeted directly. UT…great job. I see ur footprints all over twitterverse. Press on1.

  54. November 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    LOL Billo the clown..when is he going to learn…hahahaha

    Bill O’Reilly Book ‘Killing Lincoln’ Banned From Ford’s Theater For Factual Inaccuracies

    O’reilly’s latest tome Killing Lincoln has spent over a month on the New York Times bestseller list, now only second on the list to the new Steve Jobs biography. However, O’Reilly’s book has been criticized for a lack of historical accuracy, and as a result, the National Park Service is refusing to stock the book in the store at the theater where the former president was assassinated.

    • 253 Fred
      November 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      ouch good for the Ford Theater to ban that piece of crap of a “book”

      • November 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

        Thanks for that news, Kasai. Right on, Fred. Tired of their crap being spread all of the place. This stuff is going to fall one by one. Prayer is powerful when directed with the right heart and spirit for this evil.HZ

    • 256 nathkatun7
      November 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      This is good news. May be this will, in the future, deter pseudo historians who are writing biographies based in inaccuracies. Why is it that all of a sudden cable talk show hosts, like Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews, are now regarded as credible historians capable of chronicling the lives of past presidents?

  55. November 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Hi everyone, David Gregory and Candy Crowley are getting slammed on twitter for the lies they told on President Obama today. It is hilarious. It seems MTP has had a drop in viewership of 17% this year under Gregory. Ha!

    • 258 desertflower
      November 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      🙂 He’s awful. Just awful.

    • 259 anniebella
      November 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      That is great. I email Meet the Press and told them it has gone down hill since hiring Gregory, and oh how I miss Tim Russert. I don’t know if his name is spell right, but you know who I mean.

      • November 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

        Everybody in the news are just regurgitating what the RNC emails them.
        The RNC gives them all a set of talking points, and before they fact check them…

      • November 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

        I saw a comment on one of the blogs this morning that said it was.. “Meet The Propaganda”.

        It’s the “media” that needs to be OCCUPIED.

    • 263 jacquelineoboomer
      November 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Missed the action! But I just tweeted “If it’s Sunday, I’m not watching Meet the Press” (a different take on their motto!).

  56. 264 TrumpDog
    November 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    FLOTUS’ dress is gorgeous. It’sincredibly flattering. Wonder who the designer is.

    • November 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Sorry, the above is audio only and PBO is speaking on job growth. His press conference is this evening at 9:46pm

    • 267 theo67
      November 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      It’s amazing that this press conference can’t be found anywhere on American TV. The President is expanding opportunities for trade, and no-one hears about it – all the while the media and their GOP masters are complaining about the economy. That should be a crime.

      • 268 Ladyhawke
        November 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

        Exactly theo67. This is infuriating. President Obama is doing everything in his power to spur job creation and the media is focused on the clown car GOP presidential candidates. I did see a segment on BBC News about the APEC Summit. It’s shameful and embarrassing that the media is ignoring the critical work that President Obama and his team are doing. This just highlights how difficult it is to get the facts to the American people. If the American people don’t see it on it, it didn’t happen.

        • 269 jacquelineoboomer
          November 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

          If any previous president even tripped over a rock or choked on a pretzel, that would be covered 24/7. Infuriating.

    • 270 Ladyhawke
      November 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      thanks for the heads up proud.

  57. November 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Barack Obama’s days of grand legislative accomplishment might be behind him, but in 2011, his foreign policy victories just kept piling up. The President dispatched the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden, approved the drone strike that wiped out Anwar al-Awlaki and struck new trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. He also managed to help topple an Arab autocrat, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, without miring the U.S. in another decade of war.

    Please Vote for PBO he’s at 47% Yes 53% NO

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2098471_2098472_2098506,00.html #ixzz1dcBd6DZ9


  58. November 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Don lemon is lying! He did a segment around 9:15am est, and the reporter was in fact tj holmes from HI.
    He said, and TJ can you believe the President used the word lazy, maybe he should walk that back a bit.
    You can find the video at that time, watch it for yourself.
    I am glad you all hammered him and he is denying it, that means he will not be repeating that stuff tonight???

  59. 280 theo67
    November 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    A little fun fact – not sure if anyone mentioned this already. But, I always check out the hotels where the Obamas stay when they’re travelling, because I’m a travel nut. And this hotel where the APEC dinner and events are being held focuses on catering to all levels of the military. The description on the hotel’s website is interesting. I love that the Obamas chose a military hotel, instead of one of the more swanky private hotels, to have this summit – bringing more business to a hotel that seems to be trying to serve the military community.

    • 281 Fred
      November 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      yeah I checked it out also and was hoping they never set foot in anything Carnival Barker.I refuse to even type the name of that character.He doesn’t deserve 1 red cent and I hope someone mentions that the President’s team.NO $ for the Carnival Barker.NO stay at his hotel;not for campaign stops;not for fundraiser;NADA!

      • 282 jacquelineoboomer
        November 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

        I had so forgotten who Carnival Barker was, he’s so irrelevant, that I had to stop and think a minute. Then I pictured his face … er … his hair, and gagged.

        You are right – stay away from that creep’s properties, please.

    • 283 utaustinliberal
      November 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      This administration from the President downwards really walks the walk. So glad they’re bringing more spotlight to the military and more business to the hotel.

  60. November 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Live video feed of the President at the Apex summit here:


  61. November 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    The First Lady looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! She is rocking that dress.

  62. 287 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    reports on NPR and BBC are making me think that a majority of the American MSM is going to be caught off guard about the recent developments in Syria – just like they were surprised by the rapid takeover of Tripolli.

    It appears as though there are a lot of things happening on the ground and shifting alligiances in the region and yet these are not being widely reported in the US media.

    i could be wrong but events mayover take assad and his buddies who are murdering many Syrians.

    of concern are : reports of countries calling in their ambassadors, arms being smuggled in, an increasing ordinary people arming and joinining millitary defectors to fight back coupled with attacks on foreign missions by pro-government supporters and huge anti-government demonstrations etc

    • November 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      I sm not sure that is good- as the press and the Republicans will wait for the Presidrnt to react snd then slam the airwaves with the opposite conclusion.
      You will hear about leadership, every three seconds.
      It might eventually be good for syrians, but not for this President.

      • 289 globalcitizenlinda
        November 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

        it seems from the reports that PBO is working closely with Arab League and other countries to move the Syria issue foward. the only people not paying attention are the US MSM

        • 291 nathkatun7
          November 14, 2011 at 12:12 am

          No surprise there, globalcitizenlinda! And when President Obama’s behind the scenes policies do succeed in toppling yet another Middle East dictator, the media, and the GOP, will rush to give the credit to the French, or the Saudis, while at the same time they bash the President by accusing him of (using that oxymoronic phrase) “leading from behind.”

  63. November 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    HONOLULU — President Obama said Saturday that he and the leaders of two other key nuclear powers — Russia and China — will work together to combat the development of nuclear weapons by Iran.

    Meeting at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit here, he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “reaffirmed our intention to work and shape a common response so we can move Iran to follow its international obligations when it comes to its nuclear program,”” Obama said.

    After a second meeting, with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Obama said that the United States and China both want to ensure that Iran sticks to “international rules and norms” about its alleged secret work to build nuclear weapons.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency warned in a report released this week that Iranian scientists have made significant progress toward developing nuclear weapons, though the government in Tehran has countered that its nuclear program is exclusively for energy production and research.

    Obama thanked Medvedev for “several years of constructive engagement” with the United States, including the 2010 START arms control treaty and Russia’s plans to join the World Trade Organization.

    Medvedev said that Russia had not received the same levels of support from previous U.S. administrations and said that U.S.-Russian collaboration is good for trade around the world.


  64. 297 Uche
    November 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I posted this on an earlier thread, but added some update.

    America was dumber after watching that charade that passed for a GOP debate last night. These people really want to be CinC?.
    My analysis of last night : generally speaking,the candidates fell into 3 broad categories – (1)Those who are completeley clueless about foreign policy/national security matters; (2)Those who know a smidgen,but have to lie to/mislead the audience by mischaracterizing this administrations policy positions, just for the cynical value and (3) The batshit crazy.

    Group 1 : Cain, Perry and Santorum are way over their heads and showed no evidence they’ve ever spent any amount of time educating themselves on the issues.

    Group 2 : Gingritch, Romney, Paul and Huntsman – the first 2 were just saying anything that will look like being on the opposite side of the President ; Paul was just being Paul!. Huntsman was mostley sane, until he mouthed a full-throated support for the Paul Ryan plan.

    Group 3 : Bachmann, Perry (yes he has the dubious honor of being both dumb and crazy!….still wondering why Halperin gave him a B+) .

    What lessons were learnt from this debate? :
    1. Now war-weary Americans know that these loons will start off another war (with Iran) without thinking of the consequences both home and abroad.
    2. Israel now knows on which side their bread is buttered (if they didn’t know before).
    3. These GOP wannabes will take us back to torturing and water-boarding

  65. November 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I also think it’s awesome that don lemon is lying to you guys. Their are two possibilities, one is he forgot, and two is he is lying and knows he has been busted. Lol!

  66. November 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    That’s our GEN#44……Love this story:-)

    Fewer than 2 percent of the 47,000 members of the United States Chess Federation are masters — and just 13 of them are under the age of 14.


  67. November 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    At last, a new post:


    Just grabbing something to eat, will update the new post asap 😉

  68. 304 JojoRaze
    November 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Great pics Chipsticks! The wife of the South Korean prez looked like she was reliving memories of the state dinner. She’s really smiling with her eyes in that hug!

  69. November 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Looking at Michelle Obama and can’t help but think “Black Girls Rock” 🙂

  70. 306 a4alice
    November 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Have been trying to keep my eye on this development in Wisconsin regarding Walker’s recall and some GOP scheme to destroy signatures:


    it is also updated at the end.

  71. 307 nathkatun7
    November 14, 2011 at 12:39 am

    The First Lady, as always, was really stunning. Last year my niece and her boyfriend, knowing my unwavering support of the President, gave me the 2011 Obama Calendar for Christmas. Most of the pictures on the Calendar are those of the President. I am sure most of the ladies on this site would have loved receiving this Calendar as a Christmas gift. My wish, and dream, for this Christmas is to get a Calendar entirely composed of the gorgeous photos of the First Lady. I hope there are some Calendar makers out there that share my dream and can put together photos of our magnificent and most regal First Lady. Hey, boys can also fantasize!

  72. 308 Titti
    November 14, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Thanks Chips and y’all, I’ve really enjoyed the coverage. What can I say? Love this couple, FLOTUS is glowing.
    You guys are the bomb, especially love you guys taking on those media tools on twitter – twitter ‘swarm/bombs’. I pity the fools who messes with our First family and PBO’s Administration and peddle lies and inaccuracies.

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