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Nov
11

off to oz

President Obama greets service members before boarding Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, en route to Australia

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Original video here

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From American Bridge on YouTube – ‘Veteran kicked out of Romney event for wearing pro-VA t-shirt’:


217 Responses to “off to oz”


  1. 1 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I wonder how long the flight is. Have a safe trip Mr. President! Catch up on some sleep while you’re on the plane 🙂

    • 2 africa
      November 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Man, this is one hardworking president. No matter what the naysayers try to do, they continue to fail at pulling a single thread from his jacket. I have never seen anyone work so hard for the American people, and faced with so many problems on multiple fronts.

      Yet, he handles it all with grace. We are blessed to have this president and his family!!

      • 3 HZ
        November 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm

        Hi Africa. How are you? Africa, you have stated this so beautiful about how hard this president works for all of us. I have never seen a President of the USA work as hard as POB. Not just because we have more technology to see so much, but, it just has not happened in my lifetime, and I have seen many.

        With all of the oppositions coming his way daily, he still remains grounded and standing. I believe it is becuase we life him up in our prayers, meditations, and words of wisdom to be granted to him during these difficult times. With an army like us, he will make it. Yes, we are so blessed to have him as our 44th President and to have such a beautiful grounded wife and First Lady to keep him going.. We will collectively keep lifting him up in our thoughts and prayers.HZ

    • 4 gcwp1
      November 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      14-15 hours from LA

      Safe flight our beloved POTUS

  2. November 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Safe trip, PBO. I have never seen a president that works harder than this man. He truly has this country at heart.

    Can’t wait to see pictures from Down Under!!

  3. 7 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Loved that news repor. They just reeled out accomplishment after accomplishment after accomplishment. DADT repealed, Saved the Auto industry, Healthcare reform, OBL gone, the ending of the Iraq war, Troops coming back home. The pride Hawaii feels for him. Hometown kid done good. Love it!

    Aussies look out! look out! PBO is busting out that blue checkered shirt that we saw during his economic bus tours. Owwwwwwww……. they’re gonna go gaga over you sir. 😉

    • 8 anniebella
      November 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      I pray for a safe trip for the President. I guess FLOTUS is back home by now. The trip to San Diego and Hawaii was just lovely. Of course I love seeing the President and First Lady when they travel together.

      • 9 hopefruit2
        November 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        He looks a bit wistful in the last two pics when he’s waving. Maybe he’s thinking of his grandmother, Toot. Maybe he’s missing Michelle and the girls.

        • 10 theo67
          November 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

          Yes, he certainly looked like a man who was already homesick for Hawaii. Luckily, he’ll be there in a few more weeks for Christmas vacation.

        • 11 HZ
          November 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm

          Hopefruit2, we are beautiful spirit in our TOD Family. I said the same thing when I looked at that photo. Same thoughts. Same thoughts. And of course, we know that he is leaving behind his lovely sister, Maya and her family. He is such a beautiful spirit along with his tremendous intellect!! Blessings continue to following you, Mr. President. Safe travels. We love you and we appreciate you so very much. Thank you, Mr. President.HZ

  4. November 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Great to check in with all these stories, videos and the wonderful work of Chips.

    I need to be less busy. Hopefully next week will be easier.

    Last week I received a great email from my local OFA leader – they were developing simple talking points for various issues. I will have a new issue page each day and could use your help. Read over the points and if you have additions of changes please suggest them here or at the blog.

    Talking Points > Environment
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/11/talking-points-environment.html

    What I like about this was it was short and sweet and could be used in phone banking or talking with neighbors. Once I have all the pages done I will turn it into a PDF we could just print out.

    For now I am off to shower and then do more school work. I will check back tonight to see if you folks have suggestions on the talking points.

    • November 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks wIw for organizing this. I like the fact that it’s brief too – easier to remember/access.

      Question for everyone, including wIw – what do you think about adding a web address for 1 corresponding article, OR a bill#, to each for those who like proof, or like to check it out for themselves? Too much??

      • November 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        VC

        I was thinking of supplemental info below the main points and that would be a good plcae for links and article. I would also like to have links t endorsements when groups endorse PBO- like environmental groups, unions, LGBT groups etc. Sometimes folks support a politician groups they belong to support.

        • November 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

          Sounds like a plan, wIw. My only reservation would be to try and keep the talking points + additional info of a particular issue to ‘1-page’. That way the person sharing is not bogged down in information and can easily/quickly check info.

    • 16 a4alice
      November 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      This is great linda i’m going to share them with OFA_MN

  5. November 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Earlier this year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a sweeping voter suppression bill which shortens the state’s early voting period, bans in-person early voting on Sundays, and prohibits boards of election from mailing absentee ballot requests to voters. In 2008, four in 10 votes in Ohio’s capitol city were cast using methods that would be eliminated by this anti-voter law.
    It is now almost certain, however, that Kasich’s war on democracy will not impact the 2012 election. According to the Ohio Democratic Party, the secretary of state just certified that Ohio voters submitted nearly all of the signatures they need to suspend this law until after it is ratified or rejected by the entire state electorate in November 2012:

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/11/15/368524/ohio-voters-have-nearly-enough-signatures-to-block-gov-kasichs-anti-voter-law/

    But, November 12 has already passed!

  6. November 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Ofa Ohio twitter is following bidens event there…
    Go see, go see! Lol!

  7. 20 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Checkered shirt? Check.

    Khaki pants? Check.

    Looking ready to roll, Mr. President! 😛

  8. 21 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    So, I don’t see Reggie. Is the guy helping PBO with the jacket next in line? 😦

    • 22 hopefruit2
      November 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Maybe not – he looks like a Hawaiian native.

      • 23 PoliticalJunkessa
        November 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

        Hmmm. There is another, bigger guy in the pic with a huge bag over his shoulder, ala the bags Reggie carries. Looks like he’s built like a “body man.”

        Lawdhamercy, I can’t believe I’m drilling this deep. Lemme get back to work. SMDH…..

        • 24 hopefruit2
          November 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

          LOL! 🙂 🙂 🙂 What will we do after Jan 2017?!?!?

          • 25 eveingeorgia
            November 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

            Probably check into a rehab center for post-traumatic stress syndrome. This is the most exciting, disruptive, intriguing, maddening, absolutely awesome time of my entire life! When Ted Kennedy endorsed PBO, he promised we were in for a ride. He was not kidding. They have yet to build a roller-coaster to match this experience.

    • 26 theo67
      November 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      I could have sworn that saw Reggie in another photo earlier this week. I hope he hasn’t already started to back away from activities. That’s going to be tough for POTUS in the upcoming campaign – and all those long hours away from home without a trusty partner.

      On another note – I’m glad PBO’s up in the air for the next several hours. I can actually get some work done today while he’s flying! 🙂

      • November 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm

        ‘I can actually get some work done today while he’s flying!’

        Sigh! Pooor PBO just gets blamed for everything. 😉 See you back here when he lands. 😉

      • 29 dotster3
        November 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        I didn’t realize Reggie was already pursuing his MBA at Wharton. I believe it all got to be way too much to juggle.

      • 30 HZ
        November 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

        Hi theo67, I have cried and meditated over that very thought. Not having our Reggie around him. However, I believe that POB will give it very serious consideration as to who will take up the mantle now that Reggie will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue furthering his grad work.

        I hope that Reggie has a twin some place. Let us pray and ask for the best to be with him as Reggie departs. Lord knows I love Reggie, and I trusted him with POB at all times. Let us pray for the best, please. HZ

  9. 31 Fred
    November 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    have a safe;blessed and successful trip POTUS to Australia and Indonesia

  10. November 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Chip,
    Looks like they were riled up for Biden today in Ohio-

    http://yfrog.com/odovhuaj

    Twitter picture!

  11. 42 donna dem 4 obama
    November 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    As we await for PBO’s arrival in Aussie Land spend a few minutes with my Governor speaking truth to power.

    Gov. O’Malley at the National Press Club:

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Gov-OMalley-at-the-National-Press-Club/10737425476/

  12. November 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    From American Bridge on YouTube – ‘Veteran kicked out of Romney event for wearing pro-VA t-shirt’:

    • 67 Fred
      November 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      this has got to effing go viral.This arsehole who went to went to France to dodge the war has the audacity to kick out an honorable soldier? 😯 😡

      • 68 theo67
        November 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

        I can’t link to Youtube during the day at work, but I’ll be tweeting this like crazy tonight. If there’s a link to an article, I can tweet during lunch. Romney is so lacking in integrity – how will he be Commander in Chief when he has so little respect for the military and veterans? What a stark contrast with President Obama!

    • November 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Paging Ed, Lawrence, TheRevAl, etc. I hope to see this everywhere, TV, twitter, facebook, every where!!

    • 71 CTGirl
      November 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Romney is a jerk! We tried “group think” before and it got us into a host of mess (Iraq and torture). He is the complete opposite of President Obama; Romney is clueless and insensitive!

      • 72 dotster3
        November 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm

        Insensitive—-that’s what it is. I always think there’s something basic missing with Romney. I think my first clue was that horrible doggie on car roof for a 12 hour trip true tale.

    • November 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      What an asshole. It’s mindblowing that he’s so close to PBO in the polls. I despise him the most. Ugly weasel.

    • 74 Me4obama
      November 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      I have to tweet this. He will NEVER be CIC.

  13. November 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Politico afternoon speed read-
    Students losing their zeal for President Obama.

    Lol!

  14. November 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Verizon Paid a -2.9% Tax Rate From 2008-2010

    Citizens for Tax Justice released a report Tuesday that shows that anti-union telecom company Verizon not only paid no taxes in the last three years, the company received nearly $1 billion in rebates from the government.

    Verizon enjoyed some $14 billion in federal and state corporate income tax subsidies in the 2008-2010 period even though it earned $33.4 billion in pre-tax U.S. income during that time.

    At the federal level, Verizon should have paid about $11.4 billion at the statutory rate of 35 percent during the three-year period. Instead, it got $951 million in rebates, putting its federal tax subsidies at $12.3 billion. Its effective federal tax rate was -2.9 percent.

    ~snip~

    http://crooksandliars.com/kenneth-quinnell/verizon-paid-29-tax-rate-2008-201

    h/t Kenneth Quinnell

  15. November 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    BP has lost two big rulings in its fight to shield itself from potentially having to pay billions of dollars more in damages related to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that BP PLC is not entitled to coverage for the spill under insurance policies totaling $750 million US held by Transocean Ltd., owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that BP was leasing at the time of last year’s Gulf of Mexico disaster.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/11/15/bp-gulf-spill-insurance.html?cmp=rss

  16. November 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Ugghhh….despicable on so many levels.~

    Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum explained to the Texas-based King Street Patriots on Monday night that his “Registering The Poor To Vote Is Un-American” article may have been “indelicately worded” but said his larger point stands. “Why do I hate democracy and the poor?” Vadum joked, clarifying that he “wasn’t saying that people shouldn’t have the right to vote if they’re poor.”

    He went on to criticize the National Voter Registration Act (also known as the “Motor Voter” act) calling it “an evil thing” that was “created to muck up” the election process. “How else can you justify a law that mandates that welfare recipients be given — be encouraged — to vote when they’re there in the cheese line picking up their check?” Vadum said.

    “Now this is not to say you should have a property qualification to vote, I’m not going to go back to that period in American history, but you shouldn’t be encouraging people to destroy the country, you shouldn’t be encouraging people to vote themselves benefits from the government,” Vadum added.

    ~snip~

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/columnist_registering_the_poor_to_vote_is_un-ameri.php?ref=fpblg

    h/t Ryan J. Reilly

  17. 98 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    From Think Progress:

    // CBO: OBAMA’S JOB CREATION IDEAS PROVIDE MUCH MORE BANG-FOR-THE-BUCK THAN THE GOP’S | The Congressional Budget Office today released a new analysis looking at options for boosting the sluggish economy. According to the CBO, the proposals in President Obama’s Jobs Act — including a payroll tax reduction, providing aid to state governments, and investing in infrastructure — would provide far more bang-for-the-buck in terms of job creation than ideas favored by Republicans, such as corporate income tax cuts or a tax holiday on overseas corporate profits //

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/11/15/369095/cbo-job-creation-proposals/

  18. November 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Project Vote Smart can be used to find out what’s required in your to register to vote in the upcoming elections. Obama/Biden 2012!~

    http://www.votesmart.org/elections/voter-registration

  19. November 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    s/b what’s required in your state…

  20. November 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Their is a lot of posturing going on, in the debt committee.

    The latest is, the committee will fail but the republicans will reverse the defense cuts. They only want entitlement cuts and no higher taxes on the wealthy!
    Oh, and they are blaming the President!

    • November 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      And Pres. Obama will have to veto the attempted reverse of defense cuts. That could be very dicey politically. Also will enough Dems stay firm in congress not to make it veto proof?

  21. November 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    EYE ON ROMNEY: President Obama’s campaign released this statement after Mitt Romney criticized him for saying the United States has been “lazy” in seeking business investments:

    “Only Mitt Romney would criticize the President for encouraging CEOs to promote the United States abroad in order to create American jobs and attract investment at home. Maybe that’s because when Mitt Romney was a finance executive, he was more focused on outsourcing American jobs and creating profits for investors without any regard for the impact of his decisions on middle class families.”
    Pool

  22. November 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Emilia hits another article out of the park! This time she’s got the hypocritical Bill Maher back on the rack, along with his ilk and their current meme.

    The Weakness-in-Waiting

    There’s an awful whisper making the rounds now on the outer fringes of the Left – you know, that part of my half of the political spectrum, mostly living on the two coasts who reckons they are much more intelligent, more intellectual and more open-minded than we lesser brethren who are forced to inhabit a land they’d love to see seceded.

    The whisper is this, and it’s arrogance itself: That now that it looks as though Mitt Romney just might secure the Republican nomination, that’s really not a bad thing.

    Really, it isn’t, they reason – because this is the faction of the Left who are wishing and hoping and praying and thinking that Obama will lose. These are the intellectual lightweights who really, really believe they’re the heavyweights, who invested so much of their own personal agenda and idea of political utopia onto being the hipster who voted for the black guy because – hey, that’s what credible Lefties do. Ne’mind that John Edwards, their personal choice, had dropped out of the race. I mean, black people are radical, aren’t they? I mean, there’s all this stuff about Black Panthers and John Carlos and everything. We’ll just back the black guy, whom we hope will turn out acting like Shaft, then we can really say we’re post-racial.

    Thing is, we’re not, and if they only voted for the President because of his skin colour and how much that added to the enhancement of their own ego as liberals and street cred as being au courant, then it really speaks volumes of their naivete and stupidity.

    But the message is out there, and I’ve been reading it for months in the comments on various so-called Progressive websites – sites like Huffington Post and Salon, run by corporate media whores or those who want to be the same and who hide their subtle white-privileged racism behind a mask of faux frustration and concern for a demographic of people (the fabled middle class), with whom they either have no connection or from whom they’ve fled as though fleeing from the plague.

    Read more at http://emiliawahoo76.blogspot.com/2011/11/weakness-in-waiting.html

    • November 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      So, that 16% liberals will vote for Romney, may not be a fluke?
      That means, we just have to register more voters, to make up for the liberal elites!

      • 113 dotster3
        November 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm

        I’m real dubious about that. Not buyin’ it. There’s always a few, but the majority of even the worst of the grumblers would never vote Repub.

      • 114 anniebella
        November 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm

        If you are a true liberal, there is no way in “HELL” you are going to vote for something like Mitt Romney. Who blows every which way the wind blows. Who supports these right wing nuts ideas, and you call yourself a liberal. No you are not.

    • 115 57andFemale
      November 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      Gee, they’ll be glad that Obama ended DADT before Romney packs the courts with right wing loons that will undo everything good that has happened in the last 80 years.

      But I already can hear their poor excuse for reasoning: If only Obama had been this…..or done that……. It will all be Obama’s fault.

      Great way to further your agenda, you selfish bastards.

    • 116 L3
      November 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      I don’t tweet yet but for those of you who do this article must be tweeted and re-tweeted to every corner of these United States.

    • 117 hopefruit2
      November 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Yes I’m beginning to notice a pattern at Daily Kos. For the last two weeks I’ve been observing that the negative diaries/articles with the most comments feature either Barack Obama or Herman Cain. That is not a coincidence. There is a strong smell of racial animosity on that site. I don’t care for Herman Cain at all, but he is such a weak candidate that I don’t think he deserves the tremendous attention that seems to be devoted to him on that site – and even if he does get the GOP nomination, he will not be President. Right now there is a diary #2 or #3 on the “rec list.” which is spreading a poorly sourced rumor from a questionable site (examiner.com) that the FBI and DHS are behind what appears to be a coordinated crackdown all OWS sites. Of course the diarist pretends to be simply wondering whether Obama or the WH has anything remotely to do with this…but the consequent comments – some of them are just vile and they are not discouraged by the diarist. Comments about overthrowing PBO and installing Biden as President, or voting for Romney…just plain kooky teabaggery stuff that is not even getting Hr’d.

    • November 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Fancieful~ excellent article by emilia! Thanks for the heads-up.~

  23. 119 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    GAWD HAHAHAHAHA! I guess even the hand readers can find ways to profit off PBO!

    http://www.handresearch.com/news/barack-obama-the-hand-of-power.htm

  24. November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Everytime I see OWS movements, always less than 500 people.
    They just dont have the numbers to make a difference.
    They get a lot of press, somebody famous co opts it, but most are confused about their message.

    Fizzling!

  25. November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Voters Have Two Choices: Dems or Disaster. Stop Helping Disaster Win!

    As those who follow this blog can tell, I don’t mind being called an “Obamabot.” Not because I’m a “bot” of any kind, but because it means the person calling me that has run out of arguments, and is more gullible than intelligent. You see, the theme of this post is “voters have TWO CHOICES.” That’s because, in almost all cases, voters have, well, two choices.

    If you call yourself a progressive, and you don’t stand 100% behind this president and the Democratic Party at this time in our history, then you’re either a right wing plant who’s lying about being a progressive, or you don’t really know what the word “progressive” means. I’ll give you a hint; the root word is “progress.”

    I don’t do much hyperbole; it’s not my style. But right now, this country is in the biggest fight of its relatively short life, and the wrong people keep winning the battle. And the number one reason the wrong people keep winning is due to an inability on the part of a small-but-obnoxious portion of the left side of the political spectrum to comprehend that elections are the most important element in a democratic republic. Marching and occupying is not, in itself, an expression of democracy. If such activism is not followed by effective campaign strategy that puts the best available people in office every single time, then it’s pretty much worthless.

    ~snip~

    http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2011/11/voters-have-two-choices-dems-and-disaster-stop-helping-disaster-win.html

    h/t Milt Shook

  26. November 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    The U.S. Park Police say they have a warrant for the arrest of a suspect they say is involved in a shooting near the south grounds of the White House on Veterans’ Day.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1111/veterans_day_shooting_1af7e401-42e9-4188-962c-fa575257e426.html

    • 128 Ladyhawke
      November 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      WiW, thanks for this. I check FP periodically. This is a really good article. My favorite line is this…..

      Mitt Romney is the whitest white man in America. He will look more like the establishment than Obama in an anti-establishment year.

      • November 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm

        Oh, thanks so much WIW. I just received this in my box, and read it with much interest. Good read. I tried to post it here, but I am not the most tech savvy within our TOD family, so the above link is posted but it did not come up when I tested it. So thanks for posting it here.

        You came to my rescue when I really needed it. WIW. Thanks again.HZ

  27. November 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Slowly but surely the banks are being made to pay

    Judge OKs $410M Settlement for Bank of America Customers
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/11/judge-oks-410m-settlement-for-bank-of.html

  28. November 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Rep Loretta Sanchez Republican Friends Admit To Holding Economy Hostage To Defeat Obama

    this was probably posted earlier but I had not seen it.

    • 132 FiredUpInCA
      November 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      Sadly, Loretta Sanchez is (D – CA). I haven’t watched the video yet but i remember her behavior during the healthcare reform:

      “A key Democrat was missing in action Saturday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants rushed to line up votes for Obamacare.

      With just a few remaining but crucial members to be counted, nobody could find Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., according to Roll Call. She missed all the key votes in the House on Saturday.”

      It would not surprise me that she is a D acting like an R. And from my state… appalling and unacceptable.

    • 139 Fred
      November 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      with all due respect to Sanchez but this don’t mean sh!t if you’re not naming names.Again with all due respect

  29. November 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    McCain says that by leaving Iraq, the President is putting our national security at risk.
    Panetta will be coming up on CNN to refute that asshole McCain!
    Man, the GOP is really really sticking up fir the wars!

  30. November 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Good morning from Australia TODs.

    Unfortunately, I won’t be able to drive to Canberra from Sydney today, I have a lot of new people starting work this week so will remain office bound (not internet bound) to help manage them.

    There is alot of excitement over here, I can feel it. The Australian Government is paranoid in some way with security so many of the areas are blocked off from the public or limiting us from seeing the President in person. (boo hoo). It’s not that we wouldn’t turn out….just look at how many turned out when Oprah came to Oz last year, there would be 10x more than that for this President, maybe in his next, longer visit.

    Anyway, thought I would pop in and say there will be alot of news coverage of the Presidents visit from Australian news outlet here on tv and the internet, one of the sites that will be covering the visit is our equivalent of PBS over there http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/ .

    So cheerio for now, I’ll come back to share any local news when I can……

    • 148 Fred
      November 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      woohoo good to see you Berny 😀

      too bad you have to work and the gvt is keeping people at bay 🙄 and I hope to see you soon 😀

    • 149 halo
      November 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      THANKS BERNY FOR YOUR REPORT FROM AUSTRALIA! HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CATCH A GLIMPSE DESPITE YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE!!

    • 150 TrumpDog
      November 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      You make me even more proud of our president. Thanks for welcoming him to your country 🙂

    • 151 Dakota
      November 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Berny! We’re excited for you Aussies too!

    • 152 nospin
      November 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      thanks so much Berny. It is appreciated.

    • November 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Oh, and just a comment that I know you all know…be wary of the anti-American rhetoric surfacing in the comments section on some local media sites, Murdoch owns a lot of the media here and they’re probably your usual Repub paid bloggers. The average Australian and New Zealander (I’m both), are fairly laid back and respectful. We believe in fairness and everyone having a ‘fair’ go. I, personally, have been following and supporting OFA and Barack Obama since early 2008 and have no problem sharing the truth about the President and the great work from his Administration with family, friends and any others who may think they know what is going on because they heard it on Faux News or Murdoch’s media mess outlets. cheers again 🙂

      • 154 jacquelineoboomer
        November 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

        Thanks for that great advice! Thanks also for spreading the good word about President Obama.

      • 155 Fred
        November 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm

        we know you always mean well Berny 😀 and after reading a couple comments and remembering POTUS was going on MurdochLand I didn’t take it personally 😆

      • 156 LunarSea
        November 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

        Thanks for the warning. It’s true that Murdock goons are everywhere. We share your disdain for them and your support for this honorable man we call our President.

        PS we really do love sharing him with the world and hope that more of his kind emerge from the shadows. We know they are everywhere. What a wonderful world it will be

    • 157 desertflower
      November 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Good to hear from you 🙂 Sorry you won’t be able to make it to try and see him in person. Thank you ahead of time for taking such good care of him while he’s there. He is precious to us!

  31. 158 donna dem 4 obama
    November 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    A judge has just ruled against New York’s Occupy Wall Street protesters, denying a bid to allow demonstrators to return to Zuccotti Park uninhibited, the NY Times and others report.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/1892

    • November 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      The judge did the movement a HUGE favor. Encampments were attracting undesirables and they were pissing off the locals in the community, also OWS seemed to be losing steam and it was all about fighting the police it seemed. This ruling forces them to make a change – which will give them a chance to catch fire again. Stories lately were about people dying in the camps, where the people were peeing and pooping etc. – they lost the interest value from the MSM.

      • 160 hopefruit2
        November 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

        On Old Orange they are spreading a poorly sourced rumor that it was President Obama who ordered the DHS and FBI to crackdown. There are also all kinds of nasty comments on the thread including one that calls for an overthrow of President Obama similar to that of what was done to Gaddafi in Libya.

        I guess they were just looking for anything, however far-fetched reason to turn this into an anti-Obama movement. Well, there it is!!! And folks like MM are milking it, and laughing all the way to the bank….

        • 161 COS
          November 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

          Why don’t MM invite everyone over to his house to camp out on his lawn? I can’t believe he would be spreading a lie like this about PBO. Is this for real???

        • 162 mb32
          November 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

          Unbelievable…I wonder if they had any diaries up about PBO letting that Hawaiian Occupy singer sing to world leaders, for more than 40 min…I know someone at some point realized what was going on especially when he show his tee shirt. If PBO was behind this campaign with the mayors there is no way he or his people or the Secret Service would let that guy continue to sing to world leaders about occupying the street…

        • 163 LunarSea
          November 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

          We expect nothing less from ‘that site’. Didn’t he get blamed recently for someone’s hang nail there?

          hehehehe

    • November 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Michael Moore said that the President called the chief of police, who knows the secretary of the judge that lifted the injunction, who then relayed the information from the chief if police from the President to the judge, who then was forced to kick out all those hipees from Zucotti park!
      Just in: Michael Moore will be on Ed Shultz show, Rachel maddow show, piers Morgan Anderson Cooper ac-360 and Lawrence odonell show. Stay tuned!

      • 165 dotster3
        November 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm

        Judge has now let them back in, but no tents, no overnights. I’m getting sick of the whole thing. Wasted energy.

      • November 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

        Michael, Michael, Michael…you just can’t help yourself, can you? Keep twisting yourself into knots. It’s just a matter of time before people wake up and realize who, and what, you really are!~ TICK, TOCK….

        Obama said the most important thing he can do as president is express solidarity with the protesters and redouble his commitment to achieving what he described as a more egalitarian society.

        “The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded,” Obama said. “And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don’t feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their companies and their workers that those folks aren’t rewarded.”

        ~snip~

        http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/obama-occupy-wall-street-not-that-different-from-tea-party-protests/

      • 167 Lorraine
        November 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

        Michael Moore needs to call Weight Watchers!

      • 169 LunarSea
        November 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm

        lmao – that is so spot on….and so the saga continues.

    • 170 COS
      November 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      In order to make change happen, it seem like it would be better if OWS went to communities urging folks to get out the vote and vote folks out who are not addressing their concerns. I don’t understand the goal.

  32. 171 FiredUpInCA
    November 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Today marks the kickoff to recall Scott Walker. Here’s the process, in a nutshell, according to the Los Angeles Times:

    “The committee has until Jan. 17 to submit the 540,208 signatures required to spur the recall election. Elections officials would then have at least a month to review those signatures, and Walker would also have the opportunity to challenge them.

    Once a petition is considered valid, an election would be called for six weeks. Democrats would have to put forward a candidate to challenge Walker in that election; if a primary is required, the general election would be held four weeks later.

    Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, estimated that the elections could be held as early as May or June.”

    • November 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Wisconsin moved back their presidential primaries for this very reason, the GOP will argue that the recall should be on the same date as the Presidential primaries to save money etc – of course with the real reason being that the GOP will have their primary votes out whereas the Dems will not have a Pres. Primary to get their voters out.

      If I had to guess, I’d bet the recall of Walker will fail. That’s a lot of signatures they need to get in the frigid Wisconsin winter. OTOH there is three state sen recalls they’re trying as well, in districts that went narrowly for Pres Obama in 2008, not as blue as Kapanke’s but flippable nonetheless. Wisconsin voters seem tired of elections and probably feel that with Sen Shultz being the deciding vote in the Senate that that is enough of a handcuff on Walker as Shultz is seen as a moderate Repub who will vote against his party on issues.

      • 173 Vicky
        November 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

        Students were collecting signatures on my campus today. I am quite certain the number of signatures needed will be amassed. The lastest poll I’ve seen has Obama ahead of Romney by about 15 points or so in the state. And Walker’s unfavorability is about 56% percent.

  33. November 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Just in-
    The President will visit NH November 22nd to talk about the jobs act-

    http://thepage.time.com/2011/11/15/first-in-the-nation-potus/

  34. 175 professorx10
    November 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Ok people it’s time to kick some more A$$!
    Here is another lie carried out by Daily Kos
    opednews
    Breaking: Homeland Security, FBI, Others Advise Coordinated Occupy Crackdowns bit.ly/uBSwEN
    http://t.co/mRUoFM85

    • November 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      professorx10~ this is a re-post from a previous thread…

      Across the country, a number of mayors have ordered their police forces to move in and uproot 99 Percenters occupying town squares, parks, and other public spaces to call attention to income inequality and other social problems. In recent weeks, we’ve seen evictions in cities ranging from Oakland to Portland to New York City.

      Now, evidence has emerged that these mayors may be coordinating their evictions of protesters. Speaking on a BBC radio show, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says she was recently on a conference call with 18 cities dealing with 99 Percent occupations and that they were discussing how to handle the situation:

      QUAN: I was recently on a conference call of 18 cities across the country who had the same situation where what had started as a political movement and political encampment ended up being an encampment of the people who started them.

      The radio show The Takeaway captured the exchange in the following clip (skip to 5:30):

      ~snip~

      http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/11/15/368928/are-mayors-coordinating-uproot-occupations/

      • 177 FiredUpInCA
        November 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm

        I think I understand. When protestors organize, exchange ideas and coordinate activities, by phone or twitter, it’s organic democracy. When cities organically respond and organize, exchange ideas and coordinate activities, to prevent their cities from resembling the London riots, it’s a conspiracy masterminded by Homeland Security, the FBI, the White House and others.

    • November 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      The slob Michael Moore started that this morning. So of course dKos runs with it. Pure BS.

    • 185 GOVCHRIS1988
      November 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Holy Shit. There just as paranoid as the tea partiers. My God.

  35. 186 DD
    November 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Somebody please tell me what happen to Reggie Love. There’ articles stating that he’s no longer Obama’s aid?

  36. 189 Fred
    November 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    BREAKING NEWS—6:14 PM: Shooting Reported At UC Berkeley

  37. 190 Fred
    November 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Shooting at Berkeley

    Very few details are available. But there was a shooting at UC Berkeley this afternoon. At the Haas Business School. We’re following developments at

  38. 191 Fred
    November 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Students Told To Evacuate UC Berkeley Business School Building

    An ABC affiliate reports that students at UC Berkeley’s Hass Business School have been told to evacuate the building. There have been several reports of a shooting at the business school. So far, few details are available.

  39. 192 Fred
    November 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    sweet baby jesus 😯

    Police: Man At UC Berkeley Shot By Police

    ABC 7’s Lyanne Melendez reports:

    UC Berkeley police confirm man at Haas was shot by an officer. It is an isolated incident. Students not in danger.

    and:

    Police say they received a call at 2:15 saying there was a man with a gun at Haas. Police shot the man and was sent to Highlands Hospital.

  40. November 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Here are some words of wisdom from Smartypants. This particular article is discussing the Super Committee, but it can be applied to other issues as well. Push back hard with facts—and keep it moving!~

    Yesterday I wrote about how we can’t take the GOP presidential contenders seriously. This morning I’m once again reminded that we can’t take the poutragers seriously either. Its really the same old story we’ve seen over and over again – folks getting into outrage mode at Obama and/or Democrats before knowing the full story. Its always followed up by refusing to go back and correct the record once the full story is known.

    ~snip~

    And the poutragers whine because they haven’t bothered to get the whole story. Most of us have realized that after 3 years of watching this happen, it pays to be patient before you pull the outrage trigger. Some folks never learn. That’s why no one takes them seriously.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/11/dont-take-poutragers-seriously-either.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FlpjFg+%28Smartypants%29

    • November 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      thx for that link. I’m gonna be at work tomorrow, so I”m gonna be looking for links so I can livestream the events.

    • November 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Holy Toledo! Did you guys **hear** PBO’s outlined schedule? I thought Ms Gillard LIKED the Pres! After this visit he’ll NEED a vacation on his return to the U S! Well, I guess I’ll just say, ‘May God give PBO the energy and strength needed to complete all this with grace, dignity, warmth and love.

  41. November 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Welp, I guess Garth Brooks won’t be selling any more country albums:

    Garth Brooks on PBO: “I Love Him To Death and I Fully Support Him”.

    h/t Pragmatic Obots.

    • 198 TrumpDog
      November 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      Say whaaaaaaa????

      Ok Garth has a new fan. ME.

    • November 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Well, Garth isn’t putting out any new albums. He’s taking a break from touring as well until his kids are in college. The freedom one has to speak is amazing when one is beholden to no one.

    • 200 Lorraine
      November 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      I don’t think you can stereotype this genre. President Obama uses, “Only in America” by Brooks and Dunn. They could have said, no but they didn’t. I think as quiet as it’s kept, alot of so-called, “Country” music fans are as fearful of this All-American President as the “media” might make you think they are. Mark it down, if Romney is the nominee, President Obama will win one southern state, other than North Carolina and Virgina.

      PS…I love Garth Brooks and his fantastic wife (she was the 1st complementary Gospel singer I listened to, I’m a traditional Gospel music lover..lol), she’s amazing.

    • 203 LunarSea
      November 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      oops…

      PS thank you Garth.

    • 204 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      November 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Well that’s a nice surprise. Reminds me of PBOs speech in 2004 about red states and blue states and how there is just the United States. I know the President would like to see the country united. It’s so refreshing to hear this, especially after the stupid accusations from Michael Moore.

  42. November 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I hope this will post for me: Did I miss this yesterday on this vote? HZ Looks like Sen. Brown is getting nervous now that Ms. Warren is in town.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/11/15/368495/brown-supports-consumer-protection-nominee/

    • November 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      It wouldn’t be too much to think that he’ll switch to “Independent”. Not that it would help; Kennedy’s seat will soon be back where it belongs, in Dem hands.

    • 207 TrumpDog
      November 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      His sudden shift is certainly disingenuous. 😕

      • November 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm

        It’s finally dawning on him that saying no because Mitch McConnell told him to is not a good ideal.

        • 209 TrumpDog
          November 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

          The GOP is definitely giving him cover in all this. The GOP knows that it will look better for him and his reelection chances if he’s suddenly seen as a man of the people as opposed to the bank water carrier. They are no fools here; they see what OWS is raising the issues of how unfair bank’s practices are and Warren is definitely tapping into hat sentiment. Her being serious competition at this point is a testament to that.

          Regarding him supporting Obama’s nominee: all it takes is ONE GOP Senator to filibuster and Brown knows it. Now he expects us to forget all the other times he stood strong with the GOP in voting against JOBS bills. Yeah right 😕

    • November 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Have you noticed that he’s also filed legislation against insider trading in Congress? The man’s suddenly been shaken awake. Go Elizabeth!

      http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/15/politics/congress-insider-trading/index.html

  43. November 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    We will be seeing a lot more of Stephanie Cutter, she is now the Press Secretary for the Obama campaign.
    She is fantastic!

  44. 213 Tulips
    November 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    UK is reporting that the lIbya intervention by the Us ,Uk France. found the real WMD. Chemical stock piles. President Obama found them and stopped a catrastophe. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/15/1036733/-OBAMA-FINDS-THE-WMDS-%28for-real,-not-snark%29?via=siderecent


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