australia, day one

President Obama and Australian PM Julia Gillard greet students gathered at Parliament House in Canberra

175 Responses to “australia, day one”

    November 16, 2011 at 8:06 am


  2. 2 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Morning Chips and TODers. Damnnnnn Chips you’re up with a bang! 😉

    • 3 acquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2011 at 9:01 am

      This was the first place I headed, to see what Chips had in store for us. And Chips never disappoints! 🙂

  3. 4 COS
    November 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD friends. Thanks for all of the videos and beautiful photos.

    A little OT, but I am listening to the radio as I do every morning and I just heard Bill Press ask “Is PBO behind kicking out OWS protestors from the parks?” Is this lie getting traction and why would someone say something like this?

    • 5 hopefruit2
      November 16, 2011 at 8:24 am

      COS this is a lie which was started by a disreputable right-wing rag (examiner.com), published through the AP and other propaganda outlets, and spread unchallenged among certain factions of the Professional Left, chiefly Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann. After much pushback and questioning by some folks on Twitter, the author began a half-assed backtracking stating that the “conference of mayors” might have been misreported as “federal coordination.” Moore on the other hand, realizing that he may have been busted, doubled down on this lie tweeting that he wants Mike Bloomberg to detail every single conversation between the mayors and the FBI/DHS concerning OWS.

      The media has decided to now run with this “story” because they see it as yet another golden opportunity to turn this into some kind of anti-Obama movement based on nothing but a vile vindictive rumor. This reminds me somewhat of the Donald Trump issue with the birth certificate. The media just couldn’t let it go until PBO had to shut them up.

      I would caution OWS folks to be very careful in making this about President Obama – because they risk going the way of Donald Trump and the Tea Party. If this is supposedly about Wall Street abuses and is non-partisian or political as they claim, then it should remain that way. At this point, PBO’s credibility, competence and popularity is far, far greater than that of OWS or any such faction.

      • 6 COS
        November 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

        Thanks Hopefruit. I reaally hate when the PL jump on these type of lies and push them instead of trying to confirm before they start discussing on the airwaves.

        • 7 Chi
          November 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

          We have to push back against it…

          And very hard too…

          I called the Bill Press show and spoke to his screener…

          I told him how disgraceful it was that Bill would run with what was nothing more than a questionable piece of unverified gossip peddled by people determined to hang everything on President Obama…

          I contended that Bill was actively instigating people against the President just for ratings by spreading and pushing something he was yet to verify …and that he ought to know better…

          I said a lot more, but did so calmly…

          The guy was quite nice and polite and asked if I wanted to be transferred, but I declined…

          He said he would pass on my message…

          It probably won’t stop Bill Press from deliberately pushing lies to keep his anti-Obama listeners sufficiently fed and on the attack, but at least his screener who sounded pretty young but smart got the message loud and clear…

          Everyone be sure to call/e-mail any show you hear pushing this obvious lie…

          Don’t ignore it…

          • 8 edp4bho
            November 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

            I wish some of you tweeters would relay this to Rev Al as he has him on pretty much every week, and never counters him. Rev Al needs to step up his game, in that, I’m sure he can find other reputable guests on his show who will not contribute to the anti-Obama feeding frenzy.

          • 9 TrumpDog
            November 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

            Press is another emo-progressive leftie. I had to stop listening to him because he constantly repeats FDL conspiracy shit (i.e. the Manning tortures) and he has a hair on fire attitude. He pissed me off in 2010 with his constant complaining and I do hold him partially responsible for the Democratic losses that year. I don’t care for him and am not a bit surprised he’s latched on to Moore’s latest right wing talking point.

      • November 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

        What really gets me is that we watched President Obama condemn the abusive and violent tactics against protesters in Egypt and the Middle East. Why would someone believe that he would mastermind brutality from police against American citizens. This shows a total lack of respect for the President. Actually, IMO, it goes further than a lack of respect. It’s right up there with sedition. Michael Moore is single handedly destroying OWS credibility. People in communities, especially businesses, (NYC) are already complaining about the destruction to and the misuse of their properties. OWS need to wake up, get their acts together and bounce Michael Moore on his head.

    • 16 prettyfoot58
      November 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Gooooood Morning…..my TOD fammm….

      Well to be frank…this is what the Mainstream Media does…they LIE…DISTORT…MISLEAD….they have tried to get the President to be against the protestors…then they said that the protestors are ANTI-Obama….now they want to blame the Administration for the police actions….


    • 19 nospin
      November 16, 2011 at 10:42 am

      “I am listening to the radio as I do every morning and I just heard Bill Press ask “Is PBO behind kicking out OWS protestors from the parks?”

      right because PBO has absolutely nothing else to do.

    • 20 anniebella
      November 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

      COS, how do we get in touch with Bill Press? What is the reason for President Obama to kick the OWS protesters from the park? Do they dislike this President that much to make up likes on him.

    • 22 Beauzeaux
      November 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Originated with that rag the Washington Examiner. No proof of any kind.

  4. 23 Me4obama
    November 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Oh my! This really touches me the way people respond to him. He is so special in so many ways & I love him to death. Goodmorning TODville.

  5. 24 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Chips as always, you do not disappoint – Thanks!!!

  6. 25 Me4obama
    November 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

    That girl hugging the President melted my heart. She is so adorable.

  7. November 16, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Ask Michael Moore why he was saying this?

    • November 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

      Sonja, some guy on the show says that they can’t confirm this, but rumor is that the Justice Dept. is coordinating with Homeland Security and mayors across the country.

      • November 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

        The guy who said that, was Richard Lewis from Janssen and Cmpany. Is that a show?

      • 31 L3
        November 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

        I studied journalism in college and we were taught to confirm a story with at least two sources and not to report rumor. I hate when they go with the unconfirmed report because that means you could say anything on the air whether true or not. And everyone that heard the lie will not always hear the correction .

        • November 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

          ‘… the unconfirmed report … means you could say anything on the air whether true or not.’

          You know they do L3, they do, and I’m willing to bet they bank on the fact that ‘everyone that heard the lie will not always hear the correction.’ IF there is even a correction! Remember the typical GOP correction – ‘If I’ve offended anyone I apologize.’

          Oh well, I’m not taking them on this Australian-Indonesia tour, so ‘bye-bye’ American MSM. I feel sure I won’t be able to avoid seeing you on my return!

          • 33 prettyfoot58
            November 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

            hello hope…

            this is what makes this site so very important….being able to combat misinformation with truth….i am eternally grateful….

  8. 34 halo
    November 16, 2011 at 8:21 am


  9. 35 dotster3
    November 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Today Show—-started with Penn St. and then Herman Cain and then Chuck T. pops up and I think, “Oh good—-at least we are going to get some mention of President Obama’s visit.” I was wrong. They asked Todd about Cain and Gingrich and not one mention about what he was doing in Australia. Unbelievable!

  10. November 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Morning Chips! Is this what is meant by ‘hit the ground running’? Were you gathering pictures in your sleep? Sure hope you got a little sleep tucked in their somewhere. {{Chips Chica}} THANKS, and have a GREAT day!

  11. 40 MoObama
    November 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

    The pictures didn’t show for me. What happened?

  12. 41 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Secret Service begins an intensive search for man who used an assault rifle and shot at the whitehouse. Two bullets were found. They say he has an intense fixation on President Obama and poses a very serious threat. They know who the man is and have been circulating his picture and name on all news websites and programs. via The Early Show, Today Show, and GMA.

  13. 56 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    November 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Thanks Chips! These pictures and videos are the perfect start to my day! Love the warm reception from Down Under, especially the little girl giving PBO the big hug 🙂

  14. November 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  15. 58 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Please make sure this story goes viral:


    Every media outlet needs to read it. I got it off the last thread

  16. 59 Tulips
    November 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

    what time is the parliament speech?

  17. November 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Here you have the true, HONEST response to being in the presence (personally or via the internet) of our wonderful president as voiced by the young Australian schoolgirl who hugged Prez O.

    “It’s just an amazing feeling. There’s really no way to explain it.”

    When you leave yourself open to him, unfettered by his detractors, you not only **GET** this, you accept it as naturally and as casually as she did.

    Said factually and with a big smile;- 😛 😀
    “It’s just an amazing feeling. There’s really no way to explain it.”

  18. November 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

    The stockholm syndrome of the professional left: Ezra Klein edition
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | Posted by rootless_e at 5:32 PM

    Ezra Klein writes in the Washington Post that the usual terrible negotiating, weak, caving and so on by the Democrats has resulted in devastating cuts to the programs that are the highest priorities for Democrats like – um, well like none of them. Yes, despite the Republican/Tea Party taking total control of the US House of Representatives and tiny Democratic majority in the Senate that depends on some quite conservative Senators, the Democratic Party has successfully defended its budget priorities – the safety net for the poor and helpless, education, and new energy programs.

    Furthermore the Democrats have fought off GOP attempts to defund the EPA and to kill Planned Parenthood. This despite an unprecedentedly disciplined – cult like – Republican Party that votes unanimously on all issues and that openly is attempting to destroy the economy in order to defeat the President. And the President has often had to beat back defectors in his own party – even some of the most liberal members who should be his core supporters. And yet, Klein writes paragraph after paragraph about the weakness of the Democratic negotiations! Why? Because it is axiomatic in DC, among Republicans and among the professional left/liberal media that the Democrats are weak. This must be true in the narrative, no matter what the facts – so that Klein has to write openly ridiculous stuff like this


    • November 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Read the People’s View article and it’s right on. Such pathetic narrow minds. No matter what the evidence or the reality, they force themselves to believe ten impossible things before breakfast and then regurgitate them tot he world. Hello, Ezra, is anyone home?

  19. 65 desertflower
    November 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Good morning everyone 🙂 I loved the “ear boxing” comment….I was thinking that maybe he could bring back a little joey to really kick the living s*** out of those do nothing, obstructionists in Congress! Little something brought back from Down Under 🙂 I’d pay to see that.

    As far as the scary thought that someone was trying to get the President, I certainly hope they find this guy NOW, while he’s out of the country. I’ll just bet that not only is he mentally ill, but he stokes his paranoia and fears with RW lunatics like Rush and his evil ilk.That has happened more than once….and, as usual, they will never take responsibility for there ugly, false, inflammatory rhetoric.Anti American pigs…the entire lot of them!

    Thank you, Chips…for all this to wake up to this morning. My internet went down last night, and had to pack it in earlier than I wanted to!

    • 66 desertflower
      November 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Sorry…it’s early. I meant ” their”…need more coffee!

    • 67 hopefruit2
      November 16, 2011 at 9:05 am

      DF, great comment, and I’m concerned too. However, the paranoia is not just coming from Rush and RW lunatics but also from the left. The fringe left is becoming increasingly unhinged, is being stoked by folks who should know better (Michael Moore, Olbermann, etc) and beginning to resemble the fringe right. When people start comparing Obama to Mubarak etc..and are not challenged on it, we have a problem.

  20. 69 desertflower
    November 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

    AWWW…poor Hermie was asked too many questions in a row!

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/1895 Seriously? Time’s up.

  21. November 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

    What is Karzai talking about now?

    Mr Karzai told the loya jirga, or grand council, convened to discuss America’s future in Afghanistan that he wanted a new strategic pact between “independent countries”.

    In a speech rich in nationalist rhetoric, he told the audience: “We want our national sovereignty, and an end to night raids and to the detention of our countrymen.” He continued: “Yes, America is rich, strong, and has more population than we do, has bigger territory than we do, but we are lions. A lion is a lion even if even it gets old… America should treat us as a lion.

    “We are ready to sign a strategic treaty between a lion and America. A lion does not like when somebody enters his house.” he added.


    Yes, a lion that has kept him in power while he has literally stolen our money!

  22. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Another oops moment. Forgot to sign in! Sorry, Chips.

  23. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Again, the chuck todd (lower case on purpose) coverage from Australia is about Newt. Unreal.

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

      This is why I never usually turn on the news until after Morning Joe and The Daily Rundown are over.

      On MSNBC, Chris Cillizza – who’s filling in for chuck todd – interviews chuck about Newt, then asks briefly about President Obama’s travel in Australia, then that suck-up calls chuck the most hard-working person in teevee news.

      No, Chris, the most hard-working person you should have been covering is PRESIDENT OBAMA. They will all be hearing from me, after I have more coffee!!!

      And after I watch some of the glorious coverage of the trip which – thankfully – we have here from our glorious Chips!

  24. November 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Thanks Chips…you are a blog GOD! i could not sleep. Been up since 12an and it’s 6am on the west coast. Thanks for all the Presidential info since the MSM is ignoring his trip. They are all a waste o’ skin. LOVE THE PICTURES AND VIDEOS….Can’t imagine getting thru 2012 without THE OBAMA DIARY. MUCH LUV 4 U.

  25. November 16, 2011 at 9:12 am

    November 16, 2011 8:40 AM
    A new ‘Bubble Boy’
    By Steve Benen

    One of the more exasperating practices of the Bush/Cheney gang was its “Bubble Boy” policies. Bush’s team went to almost comical lengths to host overly-controlled events that shielded the president from anything even resembling dissent. These folks even screened public audiences at public events based on bumper stickers, clothing, and lapel pins — if Bush staffers didn’t approve of their perceptions about your ideology, you were out of luck.

    We’re starting to see signs that Mitt Romney is following in Bush’s footsteps.

    On Friday, in a very controversial move, Romney expressed support for privatizing veterans’ health care, endorsing the notion of giving vets health care vouchers that they could use in the private market. It’s a horrible idea, strongly opposed by groups like the VFW.

    Yesterday in South Carolina, several veterans wanted to express their concerns about this — and that’s when Romney’s “Bubble Boy” policies kicked in.


    • November 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Bubble boy! I didn’t get that at first. Rombot the Mittmop has so many descriptives epithets. Here’s a Benen quote from a week or so ago..


  26. 79 Titti
    November 16, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Thanks Chips for kicking it outta the ball park once again with this Aussie coverage. Love the last pic of the two Leaders – “I’ve got your back” that what it signifies to me.

  27. November 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

    November 16, 2011 8:00 AM

    Why the super-committee is moving backwards

    By Steve Benen

    The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — better known as the super-committee — has one week to go before it’s supposed to present a bipartisan debt-reduction plan totaling at least $1.2 trillion. By all indications, the panel is failing miserably, and as of yesterday, was moving backwards.

    The process may seem a little complicated, but the sticking points are straightforward and predictable. Democrats want a balanced package, including a combination of spending cuts and new tax revenue, along with measures to address the top Democratic priority: job creation.

    Republicans want massive spending cuts, no investments in the economy, and tax cuts — which move the super-committee further from its goal, not closer.

    There’s been some talk lately about GOP willingness to accept some new revenue, a move that has impressed some media figures like David Gregory and Judy Woodroff. They’re overlooking all of the relevant details — Republicans are willing to accept $250 billion in new revenue through limiting deductions and write-offs, but only if Democrats make all of the Bush-era tax cuts permanent, at a cost of $3.7 trillion that the GOP has no intention of paying for.

    Yes, the Republican debt-reduction proposal deliberately increases the debt. Welcome to GOP politics in the 21st century.


  28. November 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Chips, I will never know how you manage to be twelve steps ahead of everybody. You get the news, photos and footage faster than any other site I know, including the well-funded so-called professional news organizations. I think those of us lucky enough to be part of this TOD family are better informed than anybody in the US. I’ often amazed that people have no idea about things that we talk about every day. I hope you get some sleep in your days, because you seem to be there when I go to bed and when I wake up and I always say, “how did she do that?” It seems that the primary job of the msm is to keep people ill-informed and push GOP narratives. I wish we could route everybody to this site to see what they’re missing. It would be eye-opening, mind -expanding and guarantee a full Democratic sweep in 2012.

    • November 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Yes, she always seems to be several time zones ahead of all of us!!

      • 84 edp4bho
        November 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

        Chips is being dishonest. She won’t tell us she is one of a set of triplets, working in unison 😀

        • November 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

          What an idea! I never thought of that, but it makes such sense: Chips = 3-in-1. 😉 😀 We here ‘lucked out’, Edp! 😛 {Hey, just occurred to me as I wrote it, why is ‘lucked out’ positive? ….or is it? Now, I’m not sure. Hmmm, I’ill have to think on this. In the meantime, I was trying to say we at TOD are **REALLY** fortunate. [Hmmm. The more I think of this ‘lucked out’ business, the more I think I am waaay off. Hmmmm.]

    • November 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Is it because she’s in Ireland and gets up before everyone else? 😛

      However you do it, Chips, it’s just amazing! The World is lucky to have your passion and focus on what’s important for its health and safety. The Obama Diary in living color!

  29. November 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Good morning, TODville!!

    Some of today’s news on the Supercommittee:

    Democrats gain upper hand in deficit-reduction negotiations
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that Democrats will block Republican efforts to torpedo cuts to the Pentagon should the supercommittee on deficit reduction fail.

    Reid’s threat is yet another signal that Democrats are preparing for a supercommittee flop, and are largely comfortable with the cuts that would be triggered if there is no bipartisan agreement.

    As Republican leaders vow that failure is “not an option,” Reid is growing increasingly pessimistic and already looking ahead to the consequences of missing next week’s Nov. 23 deadline.

    That dynamic has Democrats saying they have the upper hand in the negotiations, with some liberals privately rooting for sequestration cuts to be triggered. Unless Republicans cave on tax increases, there is little reason for Democrats to strike a deal because sequestration does not call for structural reforms to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.
    Automatic cuts to Medicare would be capped at 2 percent and limited to insurance companies and healthcare providers while Social Security and Medicaid would be exempt.

    The Defense Department is slated for $500 billion in cuts if the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction does not produce an agreement with at least $1.2 trillion in spending reductions.

    Lots more here:


    I think this trigger was a very cunning move. PBO knew they would be deadlocked and now the Repubs are trying to renege on the agreement. Supreme Commander Grover Norquist at work.

    • November 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Say what you will about Reid, but he has always done what the President wants. Even the Trade deals, he did not like, but he pushed through anyways, as that is what the President wanted.
      Me thinks, Harry has been a staunch supporter of this President.
      And their is proof!
      Just saying!

      • November 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

        Btw- thanks for the article!

        And Many thanks to chips, who is our MSM!

      • November 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

        I am proud of all of the achievements Dems have made during PBO’s presidency, especially given the toxic environment. Both Reid and Pelosi work very hard for every inch and from I can see, they are a stellar team.

  30. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I just received this tweet, but can’t figure out how to report this person. Didn’t there used to be a report button? I didn’t click this link.

    RabuseDamours_x Rabuse Damours
    @JOBoomr You do not have the guts to view this black male getting murdered – link
    11 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    • November 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

      JO’B, click on that person’s name and go to their timeline. Right below their profile you’ll see a person icon in the lower right. Pull down the menu and you’ll see a report link. I’d also recommend blocking.

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Just remembered how to block this person – noted he/she has sent this out to others.

      • 97 HZ
        November 16, 2011 at 10:42 am

        Good Morning Chipsticks. I hope that you are getting some rest as well. Please remember that as you go about your day. A little putting your brilliant head down on the pillow is not a bad idea. Okay. I love you so very much and want you to be around well and refreshed each and everyday.

        Rest and relax as well. We all know this is difficult for you to do, but we love you too much to not speak our hearts to you as well. You give us sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much Chipsticks, and we loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

        your so very much. We have your back as well. Love that photo that you put up with POB and Prime Minister Gillard with their hands on each other’s back. We Have Yours, Chipsticks. HZ

  31. November 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    Moving Forward At Your Own Perry-il, Part 11
    Posted by Zandar

    With his campaign in shambles, Rick Perry returned to Iowa and went for broke with the full Tea Party rewrite of the Constitution, knowing that there’s no point now in pretending he’s a moderate in any way.

    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas on Tuesday announced a proposal to alter the federal government that ranks among the most radical plans offered by any major Republican presidential candidate this year — and one that legal analysts say will almost surely never happen: making Congress operate part-time with half pay and ending lifetime tenure for federal judges.

    “I don’t believe that Washington needs a new coat of paint — I think the whole place needs to be overhauled,” Mr. Perry said, speaking to applause from more than 100 people on the floor of the Schebler manufacturing plant here. “I’m a true believer that we need to uproot, tear down and rebuild Washington, D.C., and our federal institutions.”

    Mr. Perry, who is trying to reboot a campaign that is lagging in the polls, proposed cutting the pay of Congress in half (or by three-fourths, under one proposal he sketched out) and halving both its budget and the time members spend in Washington.

    Shorter Perry: If I am elected as Rock in 2012, I promise to nerf Paper, and to nerf Scissors too for good measure.


    • 99 nospin
      November 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

      “Mr. Perry said, speaking to applause from more than 100 people on the floor of the Schebler manufacturing plant here. ”

      see that – over 100 people.

      but when PBO spoke to more than over 9000 people the MSM said, . . why didn’t PBO have over 10,000 people?

  32. November 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Eat Your Arugula and Shut Up
    by BooMan
    Tue Nov 15th, 2011 at 10:06:24 PM EST

    I was in the car quite a bit today and I was able to catch about ten minutes of the Rush Limbaugh Show and about ten minutes of the Sean Hannity Show. What I learned is that nothing enrages conservatives more than public officials suggesting that people eat arugula. I also learned that Sean Hannity cannot conceive of a place anywhere in America where there are no grocery stores. Nor can he conceive of a grocery store that has such a sorry selection of produce that no one would want to eat it. So, for him, everyone has an equal opportunity to eat a healthy diet. Let me make one thing clear. I lived for five years in neighborhoods of Philadelphia that had no grocery stores. We had what we called “corner stores.” These stores had basic staples like eggs, milk, and bread. They usually sold some cold cuts of very uneven quality. But, mostly, they sold total crap. The only fruit you would ever see was bananas. And there were no vegetables of any kind, except maybe in a can. I had to get in a car to go to the type of grocery store most people think of as grocery stores. That’s the reality for most people living in our inner cities. The Obamas understand this because they’ve lived it.


    • November 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

      Thanks for this Booman piece, rikyrah. These blowhard RWNJs need to get out of their suburban gated communities and see how most people live. Young children deserve to discover healthy eating and so do their parents. The fact that we have an epidemic of obesity should shock the conscience of anyone but the GOP would rather doom people to a life of misery.

  33. November 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

    The buck stops here
    by DougJ

    I’m sure this is a coincidence (via):

    Joe Paterno transferred full ownership of his house to his wife, Sue, for $1 in July, less than four months before a sexual abuse scandal engulfed his Penn State football program and the university.

    Documents filed in Centre County, Pa., show that on July 21, Paterno’s house near campus was turned over to “Suzanne P. Paterno, trustee” for a dollar plus “love and affection.” The couple had previously held joint ownership of the house, which they bought in 1969 for $58,000.

    This is another classic 60s tactic for avoiding liability. After 30 or 40 years of hippies muddying the water, what do you expect?


  34. November 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I am so cheered by the pictures and the warmth radiating from our President.
    Just read Benen http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/why_the_supercommittee_is_movi033519.php
    Some how we must find a way to keep them from blaming Dems for what the Right Wingers are doing.

  35. 105 debbyeOh
    November 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Good morning, everyone! Thanks for the wonderful coverage, Chips! I love when either POTUS or FLOTUS hug people: it’s like they are giving a benediction.

    Well, I guess I’ll have to sign on to Twitter so I can join the fight regarding all these “journalists” a-holes with their misinformation campaign against our President!

  36. 107 Fred
    November 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

    good morning TOD family.So happy POTUS landed in Australia safely and so far has been having a blessed;productive and good trip.May God watch over him;guide;bless and help him make the right decisions on our behalf and on behalf of the world.Please protect POTUS; FLOTUS and the kiddies while this madman is still on the loose.Dear God put the right words in the President’s heart;mind and on his lips.

  37. November 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Morning, Sue in M! Miss you, whatever you are up to. Was hoping to sit with you on the Hawaii-Australia-Indonesia trip. Not to worry, Chips has things covered, so you’ll be able to catch up later.

    • 112 Chi
      November 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

      I thought about Sue in Minnesota too…

      Sue, I hope you’re doing well dear..

      Take care of yourself…

      And where is Nathkun7…

      Nath if you’re lurking, let us know you’re okay…

      • 113 nathkatun7
        November 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

        Hello, Chi,
        I am fine. Thank you so much for asking and caring. I’ve been lurking mainly and enjoying the wonderful comments. I join you in hoping that Sue is doing well. After what she went through she probably could use more rest. As always Chipstick has done an amazing job covering the President’s visit to Australia. Thanks again, Chi, for your kindness. This is what makes this place so special.

  38. November 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

    AUSTRALIA WILL HOST ROTATING DEPLOYMENTS of Marines at a base in Darwin beginning next year and also open its bases in northern Australia to USAF aircraft under a defense agreement announced today by Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard. “What this means in very practical detail is from mid-2012, Australia will welcome deployments of a company-size rotation of 200 to 250 Marines in the Northern Territory for around six months at a time. Over a number of years, we intend to build on this relationship in a staged way to a full force of around 2,500 personnel — that is a four Marine Air Ground Task Force,” Gillard said at a joint news conference in Canberra. “A second component of these initiatives which we have agreed is greater access by U.S. military aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force facilities in our country’s north. This will involve more frequent movements of U.S. military aircraft into and out of northern Australia. Now, taken together, these two initiatives make our alliance stronger, they strengthen our cooperation in our region.”

    U.S. OFFICIALS WENT TO GREAT PAINS TO INSIST the deal was not aimed at China’s growing influence in the Pacific region. “Well, I think that there’s a range of factors that lead us to want to increase our cooperation with Australia and to ensure that we have an appropriate military posture in the Asia-Pacific,” spokesman Ben Rhodes told reporters traveling with the president. He cited maritime security and disaster relief in the region as two factors for the increased forward presence.

    Mining defense-

  39. 115 Debz
    November 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Thank you for this Chips, and I hope you are getting some sleep, while keeping up with our POTUS on the other side of the world!! 🙂

  40. November 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

    HOUSE MEMBERS WILL VOTE TODAY to clear a bill containing a comprehensive package of tax credits and other incentives to help unemployed veterans get jobs. The bill is coming up under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds vote for passage and is a sign that House leaders don’t expect any problems. The White House has said Obama will sign the bill.

  41. November 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Oh my! This is what the House foreign affairs committee is doing today—

    THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE is holding a hearing today on the French rail company SNCF’s role in transporting Jews and U.S. POWs to concentration camps during World War II. The hearing is at 10 a.m. in 2172 Rayburn.


    Ummm- this happened 70 years ago. Who are they going after- Charles dugal? Lol!
    What a waste of tax payers money!

    • 120 proudmemberofglobalzero
      November 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Again Jovie…you insult me and what was the only family member that made it out of Europe!

    • 125 AJ
      November 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Jovie, there are so many things that waste our money in DC, but I truly believe that investigating ties that any company may have had to the most evil regime in history must have at least some merit.

    • November 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Jovie, you’re seriously driving me nuts with comments like that. I don’t know enough about this hearing to understand the motives of the Republicans involved, but if you suspect that it’s an effort by them to “divide the Jewish vote” that’s fine, say it – but PLEASE don’t make light of it with comments like “Ummm – this happened 70 years ago. Who are they going after- Charles dugal? Lol!”

      You HAVE to know how offensive and insensitive that is?

      Come on Jovie, enough of stuff like this – as I keep saying, I appreciate the great links and news you bring to the site, but I’m just not going to have comments like that here any more.

  42. November 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

    This is great, I missed the state dinner last night, so thrilled you have some of it here Chips… thank you! Also Angry Black Lady has a good post up on her blog about the “Examiner” who pushed the ‘story’ that POTUS coordinated with the mayors on the raiding of the OWS folks.. showing how bogus this bs is.. so please do check that out and if you will, tweet it further.

    I’m really looking forward to POTUS’s speech to Parliment tonight.. but don’t know the times yet. So truly grateful for your coverage of his trip Chips, as we all know, this is the only place we’ll ever get to see it all (or any of it, from what you’ve all written about the lack of coverage by the so-called ‘media’)

  43. 128 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Good tweet just spotted:

    Wolfrum William K. Wolfrum
    The reason no scandal has stuck to Obama is that every time the GOP thinks they found something, it turns out Bush was involved.

  44. 129 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Does anyone have chips email?

  45. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

    In the one video from Australia, their correspondent said that their PM seemed a bit “overawed” (and a bit nervous) at the start of the joint press conference with President Obama, but got over it and became the “strong speaker” they know her to be.

  46. 136 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

    The kids in these pictures are so precious. You cannot fool the young. They can sense sincerity. Can you imagine the Newster getting kids this excited?

  47. 137 Don
    November 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Sometimes I think that President Obama is from of a different time in history and that he has to try and govern along side barbarians from the dark ages, and the only thing that keeps him going is his nobility and his love of mankind.

  48. 146 halo
    November 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

    It was only last week that President Obama signed an executive order to cut the swag — free stuff — that government agencies hand out.

    Joe Biden apparently isn’t playing by the rules. On Wednesday morning, the vice president stopped by the set of “Live! With Regis and Kelly” as a surprise guest to give the male host a tote bag full of tennis balls.

    “I came for two reasons. One, to wish you good luck, and two, to express my sympathies to Joy,” Biden said, referring to the wife of Regis Philbin, who is leaving the show at the end of the year. “By the way, she does not need a diamond. … What she needs is she needs an excuse to get out of the house.”

    Biden unveiled the bag of tennis balls as Regis gasped. “I understand she plays tennis,” Biden continued. “She’s going to need all these tennis balls to get the hell away from you.”

  49. November 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Hey folks, look who just joined twitter:



  50. 150 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I’ve been trying to educate myself about this trigger mechanism with this Super Committee deadline nearing and honestly I am leaning towards letting the trigger happen. Its probably the only way that the defense department will get the cuts that are probably needed. Some of the more sensitive programs that will get cut like WIC and others I think can be adjusted with moving funds or through savings in other programs.

    My thought is to just let it happen and move on. Social Security and Medicare will not be affected.

    I don’t want us getting all tangled up into talking about deficits and debts again. Bite the bullet and take the cuts and pivot right back onto jobs. The Defense Department will probably have a fit but they’ll just have to make adjustments and get over it.

    Has anyone else been looking into this and have an opinion. I’m curious as to what others think about this.

    • November 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

      This is where I pretty much started because I knew the Repubs would never agree to revenues. So I think the trigger has been brilliantly designed and the Repubs are just now waking up to that fact, like deer in headlights. If we have to cut, these make the most sense in the bigger picture. Panetta will grouse but he’s going to have to deal with it. PBO is a genius. He has this wired.

      • 152 donna dem 4 obama
        November 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

        That’s my thinking as well. It will hit some programs that the poor really need but I think this is why he has every department looking for savings so that he will in the end make sure that the funding is there. He is always two steps ahead of everyone else in Washington.

    • November 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

      No way those DOD cuts happen though – GOP would grandstand on Dems blocking raising them, or enough Dems would pass them being undone and Pres would veto them and GOP would make a big stink. At most Dems would use undoing DOD cuts to get all cuts undone and get payroll tax and UEI extended further.

      I’d run a naked mile if both DOD cuts did happen and Bush tax cuts expired.

    • 155 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      November 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Yes, Donna. PBO knew the committee would be totally ineffective and would not come to any agreement. I say let the triggers happen as well, for it is what the Obama adminstration anticipated from the beginning. The GOP is just realizing they have been had and duped. That would explain their desperate attempts to try and override the Defense triggers. I bet you won’t hear Boner talking about he got 95% of what he wanted in the near future. 😎 The triggers are in place for a reseon. 😉 Remember all the teeth nashing and hand wringing by the Emoprogs, PUMAS, and even some TOD supporters when this debt deal was signed into law? President Obama is a master strategist. He obviously continues to baffle and confuse the very same people that want to see him destroyed. We are in good hands folks. LETS PRESS ON!! 😀 Obama/Biden 2012

  51. November 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    SEIU endorses Obama for reelection
    By Cameron Joseph – 11/16/11 10:35 AM ET
    The Service Employees International Union endorsed President Obama for reelection Wednesday morning, an unsurprising but important move to help that will help the president’s chances for a second term.

    “SEIU’s 2.1 million members… are proud to announce our endorsement of President Barack Obama for reelection. President Obama fights for working families,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “He made working families a priority while other leaders sided with corporations and millionaires.”


  52. November 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Apropos of nothing, I’m noticing Elizabeth Hasselbeck is missing from The View today, with no explanation, after her immature, obnoxious tirade against Bill Maher yesterday. She was heavily criticized and ridiculed all over the place. I bet she stormed out about her “unfair treatment”. She’s intolerable when she gets a bug in her bonnet, which is often. (Maher put it another way, another place for the bug, on Letterman last night)

  53. 162 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    This is humorous. Joe Trippi is giving partial credit to DKos for “launching Obama”! That oughta sit well – ha ha.

    JoeTrippi Joe Trippi
    #RSLN Markos and Jerome at DailyKos and MyDD were important to launch Dean @ch2ryl pioneered blog that helped launch Obama

  54. 166 dotster3
    November 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

    chips, sorry about comment pending. WordPress catches me off guard from time to time. I’m happily skipping along, all logged in, smug and confident, and then out of the blue!—Boom! I’ve been kicked out and have to show my ID again at the door when I’m obviously of age and legal. Strange op, that word press.

  55. November 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

    G’day everyone. i stayed up late to watch the Prez down under. Boy am i tired.

  56. 169 eveingeorgia
    November 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Would somebody please tell me how all the president’s vehicles are transported from country to country. I mean how do they pull this off? How many planes are involved, etc.? Anybody know? Really curious about this.

    Again, thanks, Chips!

    • 170 edp4bho
      November 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      I think the Aussie news said 7 cargo planes. Sounds like a stretch, but who knows?

    • 171 Jessica
      November 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      I think the second Boeing that flys behind AF1 carries Marine One and the Beast. The other cars that are in his motorcade is supplied by the host country I think (because I thought I saw some Mercedes in their).

  57. 172 MamaD
    November 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    re: Australia pics. I LOVE how this President just makes people want to HUG him!! I love these photos. The children are obviously SO excited to meet him! Lucky kids. They will never forget it.

  58. November 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    From Strictly Business Blog:

    National mortgage servicing giant Freddie Mac has barred its loan servicers from referring any new foreclosure or bankruptcy cases in New York State to Steven J. Baum PC, delivering a severe blow to a firm that depends on such work. According to a new bulletin posted on the Freddie Mac website on Thursday, effective “on or after” Nov. 10, the Amherst-based law firm is no longer an approved option for the many mortgage lenders that work with Freddie Mac.

    Those lenders and servicing firms, which collect loan payments and otherwise administer loans owned or controlled by Freddie Mac, have long used Baum more than any other firm in New York state. So its removal from the list of “designated counsel and trustees” could mark a major hit.
    Freddie Mac spokesman Brad Germain confirmed the decision, but declined to elaborate on the reasons. He acknowledged that Baum was “a big firm” for Freddie Mac business.



    h/t Critical Mass Progress

  59. November 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Israel should not take military action against Iran – at least not yet, said Israeli President Shimon Peres. In an interview with CNN aired Monday night, Peres said he would prefer to see a “moral” attack on what he called “a spoiled country.”

    Peres told the interviewer: “I wouldn’t suggest to start immediately with a military operation. I would rather prefer to see tighter economic sanctions, closer political pressure, and what is very much an attack in the moral sense.” He added that Israel would wait for other countries’ response to Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program rather than “jump alone” into military action.



  60. 175 eveingeorgia
    November 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    edp4bho and Jessica,

    Thanks for the answers. I guess I could have googled it, but sometimes I forget that we have that kind of information right at our fingertips!

    Thanks, again

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