coming up

You can see the detailed schedule at the White House site

Check these sites for live coverage:

Herald Sun * Yahoo Australia * Sydney Morning Herald * ABC Australia

The White House site will have live coverage of the President’s address to the Australian parliament at 6:15 PM ET


Read the President’s after-dinner remarks from last night here – hopefully the video will appear soon. Thanks Barb








Thanks Jovie


David Rothkopf (Foreign Policy): Watching this weekend’s Republican presidential debate …. by God’s good graces … the views expressed represented those of people who will have precious little influence over America’s international course. Only one of these people can be the Republican nominee. And, in part thanks to performances like what we saw on Saturday, even that individual is very likely not going to ever be president of the United States.

…. Romney isn’t going to be the next President either. In all likelihood that will be Barack Obama. Here are 10 reasons why….

…. Whoever is the Republican candidate has to run against the very disciplined, intelligent, well-prepared, charismatic president. Which of those folks you saw Saturday night can hold their own versus Obama?

…. And so, while making predictions a year out is a sucker’s game, for those of you who watched the Saturday debate and were disheartened there is at least all the above to suggest that none of it mattered that much anyway. As of right now the favorite to be the next president of the U.S. has to be the current president of the U.S.

Full article here


Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers his first major speech for President Barack Obama Saturday in Des Moines, drawing the spotlight away from Republicans who have been dominating the 2012 presidential news from Iowa.

“We could not be more thrilled,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Sue Dvorsky told me. I’m told by an Obama team member that a good portion of Emanuel’s speech will be personal testimony about working with Obama. It will “focus on his leadership and his character coming from someone who worked by his side for two years.”

More here

Thanks Jovie

212 Responses to “coming up”

  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

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

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    …while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can.

    Have a great day, everyone! 😛

  2. 14 Linda
    November 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Good Morning

    Karl Rove Flips Out At Protesters: ‘Who Gave You The Right To Occupy America?’


    • 15 utaustinliberal
      November 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Turd blossom needs to sit his ass down and STFU. He held the tea party in high esteem as citizens bravelly petitioning their government but won’t regard OWS in the same light?

    • November 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Who gave the friggin’ Tea Party the right to occupy America? Who gave them the right to occupy Congress? Their occupy movement was built on a steady stream of lies! I hope those occupying the streets ‘get it a clue’ and kick out the faux progressives Michael Moore, Bill Maher, Cenk Uyger and the rest before they find themselves occupied.

    • November 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

      The union for air traffic controllers is endorsing President Obama’s bid for a second term next year.

      The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) said this week that it was “enthusiastically” backing Obama in the 2012 presidential election, even before it is clear whom he will be running against.

      Officials with the union said that the Obama administration had been supportive of its causes.

      “President Obama and Vice President Biden are fully committed to continuing to improve what is already the world’s safest and most efficient airspace system, and we stand with them,” NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said in a statement.

    • November 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      Btw- the SEIU has so far given 500k to bill Burtons priorities USA super PAC!

  3. 22 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

    President Obama’s campaign against wasteful government spending has saved taxpayers nearly $18 billion in 2011, the White House announced today.

    Officials attributed the savings to greater oversight of Medicare and Medicaid payments, Pell Grant applications and Food Stamp distribution by federal agencies, all following a 2010 Obama executive order that mandated improved accountability.

    Roughly 4.7 percent of all government payouts last year were made in error, down from 5.3 percent in 2010, according to the Office of Management and Budget.


  4. November 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

    More good economic data-


    Now, if Europe would ever get their act together!

  5. 30 MTmarilyn
    November 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. I am so thankful to come here and catch up on our President. The pictures are stunning. Off to work. Thanks to everyone who brings information here. Have a great day!

  6. November 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Good Morning Everyone

    Thanks to Jovie and for the posts about union endorsements. They tie in nicely with something I am making at my blog – Talking point pages.

    I have one for unions – under the accomplishments I want to start listing endorsements.

    I have added link to the SEIU endorsement which included video of SEIU president Mary Kay Henry, and a link to the endorsement from the NATCU website. If folks find more endorsements, post them here, I am sure I can find a place for them.


    I will add these talking points to the main navigation for the site on Friday, then you can go to a page that says what the president has done and who endorses him, many folks vote based on a recommendation form a union, the sierra club, a women’s group, etc.

  7. November 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    EXCELLENT piece from Jim Messina!! Great tone, very good graphics and really motivating spirit. Let’s GO!!

  8. November 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    MY OFA leader recently send me an email with details about how the waste was saved, this is a detailed $ break down by agency and explains how the systems are finding and preventing fraud. Its a long read, but I suggest you share it with anyone who likes to see details about saving $$.

    Obama Administration Campaign to Cut Waste Saves $17.6 billion in 2011

  9. November 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    November 16, 2011 11:30 AM

    Waiting for Newt to give the money back
    By Steve Benen

    There are all kinds of reasons it’s a problem that Newt Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from Freddie Mac. For one thing, he’s based much of his campaign rhetoric lately on his disdain for the mortgage giant. For another, it suggests Gingrich lied about the nature of his work.

    For that matter, it’s a reminder that after Gingrich was forced by his own party to resign from Congress in disgrace, he played a tired Beltway game — he leveraged his notoriety to make a lot of money in the lobbying/consulting racket.

    But David Kurtz adds yet another wrinkle this morning.


  10. November 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Lemme just say I despise Romney, how easy he is about his plan to take our VA care from us.. his lack of concern and care for folks who’ve given their limbs, their health, for He and his fellow republican’s benefit- disgusts me. All they do is talk about our military and vets.. they never actually do anything for us- that is the republican way- vets are just one more tool in their box of lies geared to suck in foolish voters.

    thank you for the schedule Chips.. looking forward to all of tonight’s activities… and ironically am off to my local va clinic for an appt.

    • November 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      This will all come out in the general election, in the republican primary- it is seen as pandering to tea baggers.
      Are not their any tea baggers who have veterans benefits?

  11. November 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    This happened a few days ago but it is still a great story. I just love how Chicago is doing things now that Rahm Emmanuel is the Mayor.

    Chicago Schools To Buy Antibiotic-Free Chicken
    I have included a video of Mrs. Obama talking about healthy food and her “Let’s Move” campaign.


  12. November 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Senate Republicans Toss DeMint Under The Bus On Tax Increases
    Brian Beutler November 16, 2011, 11:23 AM

    Something you don’t see very often in the Capitol: a Wednesday morning press conference with dozens of House and Senate members of both parties – including Republicans – acknowledging that they’d support a big deficit reduction proposal that includes higher tax revenue.

    But wait, aren’t several of those Republicans the same ones who recently signed a letter, written by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), asking that the Super Committee recommend “no net tax increase”?

    Indeed they are. And asked to address the inconsistency, one of those signatories basically said they don’t feel bound to DeMint’s demands.


  13. November 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    16-2011 12:03 PM

    Cain: ‘I’m Not Supposed To Know Anything About Foreign Policy’

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spent a day aboard Herman Cain’s campaign bus and came away with several noteworthy quotations from the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO.

    “I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy,” Cain said. “I want to talk to commanders on the ground. Because you run for president (people say) you need to have the answer. No, you don’t! No, you don’t! That’s not good decision-making.”

    Cain is apparently already making his post-presidency plans.

    “I call it a journey, not just a campaign, because it doesn’t stop,” he said. “We’re in the primary. Then you run for president. You win the presidency, serve four years. (Then you) might have to serve eight at the insistence of the people. Then after that, launch a Cain library,” then a post-presidential speaking tour, he mused.


    • November 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Ah, see . . . he’s just probably gettng ready to jump ahead into the post-presidential speaking tour and act as though he actually did serve eight years in the White House. Reality has not been much of a sticking point for Cain so far.

    • November 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      That guy is disgusting. He has absolutely NO IDEA what Commander in Chief means. There’s a reason the military report to the President.

    • 53 utaustinliberal
      November 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      My goodness. Just when you think he couldn’t be any scummier; he proves you wrong.

    • 54 Jax6655
      November 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Oh, he’s scum all right. After seeing him on that video re: Libya and hearing some of the nonsense since then though, I am almost wondering if he’s had a sort of break with reality. Like dementia or something. All that blinking, pausing and confusion on the video.

      And now he’s delusional . . . the Cain library? Post-presidential speaking tours?


  14. November 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    As far as tge garden state goes, someone keep tweeting good polls to chuck Todd- he is driving that NH poll everytime he does an update from Australia.
    Btw- his updates from Australia is all about the GOP and polls.
    Why is chuck Todd there?

  15. 61 Fred
    November 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    are there any site that will be streaming any of of President Obama’s activities live ❓

  16. November 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm


    Rahm Emanuel in Iowa Saturday to plug Obama record
    By Lynn Sweet on November 16, 2011 8:33 AM | No Comments
    WASHINGTON–Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers his first major speech for President Barack Obama Saturday in Des Moines, drawing the spotlight away from Republicans who have been dominating the 2012 presidential news from Iowa.
    “We could not be more thrilled,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Sue Dvorsky told me.
    I’m told by an Obama team member that a good portion of Emanuel’s speech will be personal testimony about working with Obama. It will “focus on his leadership and his character coming from someone who worked by his side for two years.”
    Iowa and New Hampshire are the first votes in the nominating process and each are important states for Obama in 2012. Emanuel’s high profile Iowa visit on Saturday will be bookended by Obama’s trip to Manchester, NH on Tuesday to talk about his jobs legislation.
    Emanuel is the headliner for the Iowa Democratic Party’s 2011 Jefferson Jackson Dinner, a make-or-break showcase for Democratic presidential contenders in years when there is a contest–as there was in 2007, when Obama’s speech was seen as pivotal turning point leading to his victory over chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    The Obama re-election team wanted Emanuel to speak at the dinner and Dvorsky–raised in the Chicago suburb of Barrington–said Iowa Democrats are excited to hear from Emanuel, Obama’s former White House chief of staff: “He is is a powerhouse, a person who excites a passionate response,” she said.
    The event is sold-out–1,500 are expected to attend, with tickets ranging from $100 to $10,000 which includes a VIP reception with Emanuel. Emanuel has spoken at fund-raisers for Obama–but nothing of this magnitude for his former boss.

  17. November 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Ppp polling did a poll on OWS vs tea party favorability-

    Tea party wins-

    Thanks Michael Moore and Jane hamster!

  18. November 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Quick- tweet this to chuck todd?

    PPP’s national poll released yesterday found Newt Gingrich leading the Republican field and our numbers in California over the weekend back that up: Gingrich is on top there with 33% to 23% for Mitt Romney, 22% for Herman Cain, 6% for Rick Perry, 5% for Ron Paul, 3% for Michele Bachmann, 2% for Gary Johnson, and 1% each for Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum.
    This is only our second time polling California all year and the first was in late January, more than 9 months ago and before we were even including Cain in our polling.  But comparing the 2 polls still says something about the state of the race. In January Romney was at 22% and here in November…he’s still at 22%.  Meanwhile Gingrich has nearly doubled his support from 18% early in the year to his current 33% standing.  Gingrich is surging while Romney just sort of stays in place.

  19. November 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Cheaper to add about 1100 jobs at SUV factory in Toledo Ohio!

  20. 69 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I read through the entire poll from Bloomberg about NH. It seems that 56% want the Bush Tax cuts permanent with some adjustments. I guess that means keep all the home mortgage deductions. What they do NOT say is how to PAY for it. Yes, they are concerned about deficits but do not seem to take that into account.

    • 70 Desraye
      November 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      Bloomberg poll = Wall Street Poll

      • November 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        Still, the Prez is going there in a couple days, he must know that some stuff about him must be sticking…
        I suspect end of April he will start to campaign part time and end of July will be full time.

    • 72 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      November 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      That is really strange. 56%? Is New Hampshire that out of step with the rest of the nation? National polls have considently had voters close to 60% in favor of tax increases for the wealthy. What planet is the far reaches of New England living on? 😯

  21. November 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Christie got a look at that NJ poll which is why he made his comments that Pres Obama would be hard to beat in 2012. Which we already knew.

  22. November 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Why is oil back up over 100 dollars?

  23. November 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Army defectors in Syria overnight Tuesday reportedly attacked a building used by the national intelligence services near the capital, Damascus.
    Opposition militants say members of the Free Syrian Army attacked the Air Force Intelligence base in Harasta with rockets and machine-guns, the BBC reported. The network said the base is among the most feared state agencies, and has been involved in the suppression of protests against President Bashar al-Assad.



  24. 90 Debz
    November 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Is there any video of the press conference??? I would love to watch it.

  25. 91 a4alice
    November 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Aw nuts. I gotta get back to work. Have a great day everyone. Off to the OFA office this afternoon I’ll let yez know how it’s going here in Minnesota. 🙂

  26. November 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Here’s an excerpt from an article that was written by Tien Le.~ 🙂

    President Obama isn’t going to be running against Rove or the Kochs, he’s going to be running against the Republican nominee. The average voter has no idea who these people are and we don’t have a way to educate them during the brief three months they will be paying attention before the General Election of 2012. We don’t have to if we start now by helping our friends, family, co-workers and general acquaintances learn this:

    American Crossroads is a Front Group for the Big Banks.

    Americans for Prosperity is a Front Group for Big Oil.

    The goal here is to help people make sense of the barrage of advertising that will be inflicted upon them for the next year. We don’t have to explain the tactics of the wording, or the dark images and spooky voices in the advertisements. All we need to do is show them where to look to see who paid for the advertisement. It won’t be hard to do since the bulk of the ads out there will be from these two Political Action Committees. If we continue to highlight the idea of paying closer attention to who is paying for the ad than the ad itself, that’s even better.



    h/t O’Train of Thought

    • 95 GGail
      November 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      That is a very important article! Thanks Tien Le and thanks creolechild.

      I’ve emailed it to family and friends in other states so they will be able to recognize propaganda when they see it.

    • 96 nathkatun7
      November 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      This an excellent idea! Thanks creolechild for sharing. Tien Le always writes analytical and very thoughtful pieces.

    • November 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Creolechild. I appreciate the recognition. Eventually we’ll assemble a list of all the organizations that these two PACs create and will be on the lookout for their faux messages.

  27. 98 Fred
    November 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    good grief there are some screwed up people in this world.Just watching local news and there some ordain pries/minister and former navy guy whose a teacher who whooped his erm stuff out and fondled himself right there in the classroom during algebra class . . .

  28. November 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    As a fourth year medical student, you make one of the toughest decisions of your life: what field of medicine to enter. Today, with the help of the Affordable Care Act, we are launching a new effort to help more medical students become primary care physicians. The $12 million National Health Service Corps Students-to-Service Loan Repayment Program Pilot program, supported by the Affordable Care Act, aims to make it easier for decision-making fourth-year medical students to choose primary care as their field of choice.

    The program provides support to medical students by helping to repay their often burdensome loans in return for a commitment to serve as primary care clinicians in an underserved area upon completion of a residency program. Students can receive loan repayment of up to $120,000 in return for three years of full-time service or six years of half-time service in areas of the country where there are primary care physician shortages.



  29. November 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Every day we receive letters, emails, tweets and Facebook messages from people around the country that have been touched by the health care law – like a parent whose child is no longer denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition or a senior who has received a 50% discount on prescription drugs.

    There are a lot of ways that the law, signed 20 months ago, has provided significant relief to families throughout the country, easing worries and ensuring that focus is on health, not on fighting with insurance companies over the phone. Chances are, someone in your family is seeing new rights and benefits.

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, during the month of November on our Twitter and Facebook pages we’ll be highlighting these benefits and sharing some of the stories we’ve heard from people around the country who have been helped by the law. We also want to hear from you, so we encourage you to tell us your story about how you’ve been helped by benefits in the law. Share on Twitter with the hashtag #ThanksHCR. You can find us on Twitter at: @HealthCareGov.



    h/t Julie Eisman

  30. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Anybody else getting hateful spam/hacks into their twitter accounts? This is my second today:

    professorx10 J Horton
    @JOBoomr according to the word U will be in the lake of fire with your evil self
    56 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    • November 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      That looks to me like professorx10’s account was hacked, not yours. It has happened to him before. Let him know so he can change his settings.

    • 109 professorx10
      November 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      No I don’t think so. I was responding on behalf of our community who was getting spam. I was not getting spam.
      They are too scared of me. I give em the truth in their face, no hold bar.

  31. November 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Since WWII, Republicans have occupied the White House a total of 36 years. That’s more than half of the 66 years since 1945. And during those 36 years of GOP rule, what have they ever cut from government? They’ve done the opposite of cut government:

    Eisenhower pushed through the largest public works project in the history of America with the interstate highway system. It would be unthinkable to hear a Republican say they were going to do the same today. He cut not one single department.

    Nixon began the first affirmative action policy in America. He also removed us from the gold standard– a move of extreme treason if a Democrat had done such. He cut not one single department.

    Ford, did Ford do anything?

    Reagan enormously grew government. He increased spending every year. He raised taxes 11 times. Despite saying he would cut the Dept. of Education (sound familiar?) he more than doubled its budget. He also almost single-handily saved Social Security and increased its spending by $90 billion. He doubled Medicare spending and quadrupled total entitlements spending.

    George H.W. Bush, well I know he sure didn’t cut anything. He did raise taxes and he did increase spending.

    George W. Bush, do I really need to go through his list of huge government expansion? No president since FDR spent more or grew government larger.



    h/t Chris

    • November 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Me thinks, part of their plan was to bankrupt the federal government while reducing taxes!

    • 112 theo67
      November 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      This has been true, but with these tea party idiots, I think they might actually start cutting this time. They don’t think about consequences, and they’ve also been brainwashed all these years into believing these Republican lies. Take the debt limit crisis – many of them were fully prepared to default, without thinking about the consequences. They’re also passing laws to limit/eliminate abortion rights and even basic care. This new brand of Republicans eschew science, facts, reason, common sense, decency, civility. They are just rash and impulsive. And they are a danger to the world.

  32. November 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    IF this is a repeat, I apologize. It is President Obama’s after-dinner speech at the parlimentry dinner. It is so funny. I love his way of being so original. It is at the whitehouse site under speeches.


    • 114 utaustinliberal
      November 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for this Barb. President Obama is the consumate diplomat; well versed in a plethora of cultures. He does us proud every single time

      • November 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

        Your welcome, Chips. My pleasure. This is the best place to be for anything Obama.

        ut I have never known a President with so much class and versatility. He is the international man. I hope school is going well. My granddaughter is on the same path as you.

  33. 116 meabloom
    November 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    So I just saw that shots were fired at the whitehouse windows. They didn’t go through do to protective glass. Unsure if they are related to last weeks incident.
    That is freaking scary. To think that someone actually fired shot where not only POTUS lives but also his family is sickening.


  34. November 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Donald trump has a new show on the science channel called- curiosity.
    His commercial for it’s premiere?
    If we had to sell America, what would be a fair price?

    Oh brother!

    • 122 anniebella
      November 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Jovie, Trump is a rich joke which is not funny. He is sickening.

    • November 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      saw that the other day. the man is a joke. but he is tapping into the republican plans: sell America off piece by f-ing piece. That’s why I believe that another repug should NOT hold presidential power until America’s course has been righted and we aren’t as economically vulnerable. Then again, another repug would probably just destroy us again after dems built us back up. 🙄 does it ever end? :sigh:

    • 124 meabloom
      November 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      I dislike Donald trump on a level unthinkable after that birth certificate crap. I don’t watch anything of his.
      If you had to sell America, what would be a fair price? REALLY??

    • 125 theo67
      November 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      If a Democrat was doing this, they’d already be arrested for treason and the platform would be under construction for their hanging. These Republicans continue to prove that they really don’t know the meaning of patriotism and their love of money supersedes their love of country. This is vile.

  35. 126 Ladyhawke
    November 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm



    In the previous thread, there is a wonderful photo of President Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard with their arms touching each others back. This photo stopped me in my tracks. It says so much about the warmth, affection and respect these two leaders have for each other.

    With that in mind, I was reminded about something that Mitt Romney said during the debate on foreign policy. He essentially pooh poohed the importance of good personal relationships between foreign leaders. He said – “we have a president who thinks that the way to conduct foreign policy is through his personal affects on other people.” This is an incredibility stupid comment for someone aspiring to be the leader of the free world. Since when is good personal relationships with foreign leaders a negative?

    Clearly, there is more than good personal relationships involved with foreign policy. There is also diplomacy and political acumen. President Obama has implemented a foreign policy agenda that has been very successful. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that he is liked and respected on the international stage. The mere fact that Mitt Romney has to zero in the personal relationships as an issue just shows he hasn’t got much to work with. Romney’s criticism just sounds outlandish and out of touch with reality. President Obama continues to make his opponents look like rank amateurs in the foreign policy arena.


    • 127 Linda
      November 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Is it just me…or does Mitt answer every questions by changing the subject to President Obama ?

      • November 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

        because Mittens knows that he can’t hold up to scrutiny so he deflects by castigating PBO. He’s such a colossal asswipe. 🙄

      • 130 collegekay
        November 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

        He’s obsessed with PBO.

        • 131 PoliticalJunkessa
          November 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm

          Totally. Willard probably voted for him in 2008, LOL.

        • 132 theo67
          November 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

          And then he complains that the Obama campaign is focusing on him (or “picking on him”, which is more appropriate to Mitt’s level of maturity).

          Mitt demonstrates once again that 2012 is a choice about whose vision of America really reflects this country. Either, you want the GOP vision of a country that bullies other countries and has no regard for the safety and security of its people, all the while driving the middle class out of existence. Or you believe in President Obama’s vision of a country that leads, participates in the global community, and sees global progress as a vehicle to improve the standing and opportunities of the United States. As far as I’m concerned, President Obama’s vision is one of American exceptionalism.

    • November 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Mittens knows nobody likes him! Therefore, it’s a self-defense mechanism to say that having leaders like you isn’t important. Hell, most of the people in the Republican Party can’t stand him, from what I’ve read.

    • November 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Mitt is incapable of developing a warm personal relationship that isn’t based on money. He doesn’t have the kind of personality that could relax and joke with leaders around the world. He would be stiff and off-putting and would make other leaders wary of being around him. His conclusion? If I can’t do it, it must not be any good.

  36. November 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm


    US Secret Service says White House shooting suspect in custody in PA.

  37. 150 GGail
    November 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Unable to comment much….but I want to say THANK YOU Chipsticks for the wonderful job you are doing in keeping us in touch with our President during his travels in Australia.

    YOU ROCK! 😀

  38. 151 professorx10
    November 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    ATTN: Chipstick community,
    I believe it is a miss-understanding of this twitter acct. http://twitter.com/#!/JOBoomr
    It is better for us to click on it before we miss-understand and that is including me.
    Click on the link.

  39. 152 COS
    November 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    OT, but, I recorded Letterman last night and he did a fantastic job on the Republican’s gaffes. He really did a number on Herman Cain’s long pause. I laughed so hard. The portion on Cain should be made into a video. 🙂

  40. November 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    November 16, 2011
    The more intriguing rumble, yet to come
    Ross Douthat accurately frames the exciting new challenger:

    [Newt Gingrich] suddenly has a clear path to the great prize of this Republican presidential campaign: The chance to finish a respectable second to Mitt Romney.

    That Romney has all along been the inevitable nominee is beginning to soak into some pretty thick skulls on the far right (among whom Douthat is certainly not included). What alarms is that the profoundly squirrelly “resistance” has held so firm for so long, has maintained the majority, and has demonstrated an almost kamikaze eagerness to polish off what’s left of the traditional GOP.

    From here on out, the only real suspense will come in which faction — the conservative or pseudoconservative — opens a clear path to winning the party after it is, or so I suspect, crushed in 2012.


  41. 154 professorx10
    November 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I am in twitter jail and I need to tweet this can some one tweet this apology for me
    @professorx10 RT @JOBoomr
    sorry about the miss-understanding. A person thought your comment was spamming evil against a black male&I saw it and responded.

    • 155 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      professorx10 – I’m not sure what this all means, but I did not suspect YOU were sending me the tweet – thought it was some hacker or something – although it was creepy. I recognized your name as a “normal” and friendly PBO supporter!

  42. November 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Let’s not kid ourselves. We must concede right now that the Aussies have us TODers beat hands down on their Obamabotness. We cannot compete, simply hang our heads in defeat. Wow talk about giddy gushy coverage from what is usually a staid Australian Broadcasting Corp. Other media outlets are no better in their complete and utter Obama-luv. At this rate these folks just might steal him from us even before the 2012 elections.

    Here’s one giggle inducing excerpt from the Herald Sun:

    Touching times for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US President Barack Obama

    by: Patrick Carlyon
    From: Herald Sun
    November 17, 2011 12:00AM

    JULIA Gillard and Barack Obama are a touchy pairing. Their hands, like disembodied life forms, seek out the other’s shoulders and backs.
    When such targets are out of reach, digits settle on forearms or the nearest available body part. Obama constantly bares his American teeth.
    His smile alone could power a Third World country.

    Gillard blushes, like a high school girl who has, finally, after much bedroom plotting, captured the gaze of the football captain. They met with a kiss on each cheek at Fairbairn Airbase at 3.09pm yesterday. Merry chatter followed, but it’s not known if Obama raised the issue of “coconut bras”, as he did at their most recent rendezvous, in Hawaii, last weekend.

    Obama spread his touchiness generously. Governor-General Quentin Bryce may seek a physiotherapist after committing to the longest handshake ever on Australian soil, then the fastest wardrobe change.

    Gillard glowed, head bowed, as though a new beau was being introduced to the family for the first time. Gillard and Obama plainly like each other – which puts them ahead of John Howard and Bill Clinton, and Malcolm Fraser and Jimmy Carter.

    In Obama’s company, Gillard looks like she’s won a date with George Clooney. Their encounters, the respectful gazes as the other speaks, the touches of familiarity, stand to bestow her with a statesmanship she may have lacked until now.

    Obama does charisma like an actor breezing through an audition for a role he’s already got. Like Clinton, his various styles of handshake merit a collection. Two hands for ladies, for example, head jutted forward, smile engaged. Or he applies the Mark Latham vigour — without the menace.

    Gillard opened their joint press conference with the quavering voice of her not-so-good days. She sounded like she had just had bad news. Maybe she was nervous. Gillard calmed as she announced details of an increased US troop presence on Australian soil.

    Even looking on, silently, Obama looked poised. He tried on a requisite “Good-day” before describing the lady next to him alternately as “Madame Prime Minister” and “my friend Julia”. The second label sounded more natural.

    Last night, she spoke of a “restless, forward questing” shared between the countries. She has added a dash of coquettishness, if not flirting, to US-Australian relations.

    The relationship has evolved. Gillard could claim it as one of the “new paradigms” she promised on taking office….If Gillard has been fawning, she can cite numerous historical benchmarks.

    Howard and George W. Bush had a seeming “bromance”. No one before or since has called Howard the “man of steel” without irony. The American public, many without jobs, may scoff if the Gillard-Obama coupling comes to be dubbed “J-Ob”.


  43. 168 Jessica
    November 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    This is random but I was with my recruiter today at a school and she was speaking to a teacher who asked about the withdrawal (she gets these questions a lot I think). He and my recruiter don’t think the troops are coming home or that the Prez is going to leave a lot more than he’s saying. I hear this a lot. My cousin, an EMT, also doesn’t believe it. I don’t get why?? People have been waiting for years for this to end and now they think it’s a big hoax? I don’t get that. Do you guys hear this a lot from different people you speak to?

    • 169 utaustinliberal
      November 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Nope. People I talk to are enthusiastic about the end of the Iraq war. I guess for some people, because we’ve been at war for close to a decade on two fronts, their minds can’t comprehend the fact that we’re actually going to be out of Iraq.

    • 170 edp4bho
      November 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      That depends a lot on who these people are. Are they the skeptics of PBO, or people who just don’t believe politicians? Hate to be cynical, but there is so much cynicism going around, fueled by bias and/or dis-information. I don’t think it’s very difficult to pinpoint the disillusionment. Lot of factors generating peoples’ attitudes.

    • November 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Major General Thomas Spoehr, deputy commanding general for support for the U.S. force in Iraq, told reporters on November 3, 2011 that the “vast majority” of US troops in Iraq will be out by mid-December. There are about 33,000 still there. Only 12 American bases are still operating. Troop levels have declined by about 7,000 in the last three weeks.

      He said,“As I look at the plan, I think it’s clear to me that by the time we get to about mid-December or so, the vast majority of the U.S. forces in Iraq — we plan to have them withdrawn from Iraq by that time … I will tell you that right now, as we sit here, we are deep in the midst of this. So there are trucks and planes and people moving very quickly at a high rate of speed throughout Iraq to execute our commitments.”



    • 172 nathkatun7
      November 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Jessica, what do the people you cite base their beliefs on? The President announced to the nation that the remaining troops are coming home by the end of this year. The President has the sole power to make that happen. So it really doesn’t matter what a teacher, a recruiter or your cousin believe. Unless, of course, they are saying that the President lied to the country? If that’s what they are saying, then they have to back up that vile accusation with facts. If any one tells me that he/she doesn’t believe all the troops are coming home from Iraq by the end of the year my immediate response is to ask that person to back up his/her assertions with evidence. If a person making that assertion can’t show me proof, then there is really no need to waste my time on this topic.

  44. November 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    TPMLivewire 11-16-2011 1:18 PM

    SurveyUSA: Obama 46, Romney 44
    A new national survey shows President Obama with a two point lead among registered voters. The poll broke out the results by method of contact, between landline telephones and cell phones, finding a large discrepancy.

    From SurveyUSA:

    Among respondents who use a home telephone (72% of registered voters), Romney leads by 6 points. Among respondents who do not use a home telephone (28% of registered voters), and who were contacted by SurveyUSA on their cell phone or other electronic device, Obama leads by 22 points. When the two populations are proportionally blended, Obama is up by 2 points, within the survey’s theoretical margin of sampling error. When Obama is paired head-to-head against Newt Gingrich, Obama is up by 11 points, 51% to 40%. Gingrich trails Obama only by 2 points among respondents who use a home telephone, but trails by 35 points among respondents who do not use a home telephone. When the two populations are proportionally blended, Obama is up by 11.


    • 174 nathkatun7
      November 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      What is it about the media, including the so called new media, that they must poll everyday when the election is still a year away? I am honestly sick of polls. It seems to me that the media is bent on demoralizing President Obama’s supporters. One of the reasons I stopped going to TPM was the site’s obsession with polls. But polls at this time are really useless when it comes to predicting who will win the presidency in 2012. They also may be useless for predicting the Republican primary elections winner. I offer the following examples to show that polls, a year away from the general election, or before voters pay attention in primaries/ caucuses to actually decide who they are voting for, have not accurately predicted winners. In 1991, G.H.W. Bush’s approval ratings were in the nineties. In 1992, Bush lost to a little known governor of small state who had flopped as a keynote speaker at the Democratic Convention four years before. In 2007 then Sen. Obama was behind Sen. Clinton by 20-25 points in some polls. Like in the case of Romney, conventional wisdom told us that Hillary Clinton will be the nominee of the Democratic party. Now look how that turned out. in 2007, John McCain was third or fourth in the polls and almost written off because he was practically out money, yet he ended up being the nominee of the Republican party. I will not start worrying about the President’s poll numbers until after Labor day in 2012, when campaigns really begin, after we know who are the opposing candidates. Right now I would rather focus on spreading the President’s message and vigorously fighting back against those who are out to destroy him.

    • 175 Mae who love our CIC
      November 17, 2011 at 7:02 am

      I know you are reporting a source of a poll, but I am having a hard time believing them if they are using the telephone to gain information. Who really answers their land line or cell phone when they don’t recognize the caller. Most personal communication is via text or email.
      When my parents were living and all older relatives were instructed to screen their call and not to answer with all of the scams going on in the world. Really what young person will take the time to answer questions from a pollster via a cell phone. So based on my little experience people are not answering their phones especially from unknown callers.

  45. 176 FiredUpInCA
    November 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose in October at the fastest rate in three months. Factories made more trucks, electronics and business equipment, a sign that manufacturing is recovering after slowing this spring.

    Energy prices have moderated since then. In a separate report, the Labor Department said consumer prices fell for the first time since June. The key reason was cheaper energy costs….

    Automakers are also rebounding. In October, car sales were 7 percent higher than the same month last year, the government said Tuesday….

    The economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the July-September quarter, the best quarterly performance in a year. Many economists project similar growth for the October-December quarter, a view bolstered by Tuesday’s report that retail sales rose in October for the fifth straight month.


  46. November 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    November 16, 2011 12:40 PM

    Thomas Friedman, the White House will return your calls

    By Steve Benen

    As regular readers know, it’s been frustrating for much of the year to watch Thomas Friedman develop a very bad habit. Every month or so, the New York Times columnist will complain that President Obama is failing to take a certain action, apparently unaware that the president has already taken that action.

    This morning’s column offers an especially egregious example.

    Here we are in America again on the eve of a major budgetary decision by yet another bipartisan “supercommittee,” and does anyone know what President Obama’s preferred outcome is? Exactly which taxes does he want raised, and which spending does he want cut? The president’s politics on this issue seems to be a bowl of poll-tested mush.

    I don’t know why Friedman doesn’t just pick up the phone and call the White House to get more information if he’s confused.


    • 179 theo67
      November 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      He doesn’t even have to pick up the phone and call the White House. The President did a speech to announce his ideas, and then presented them to Congress – in writing. They’ve had those ideas for months. Friedman makes money by being sensational, and it’s unforgivable when they deliberately misinform – because people often don’t go back to get the real information.

      • November 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

        LOL! Here’s Matt Yglesias’ response to Friedman’s petulant, whining article that rikyrah posted:

        Uncovering Presidential Proposals By Using The World-Flattening Internet

        ….The answer is probably that few Americans do know the precise details of President Obama’s proposals for achieving long-term budget balance. One reason is that most people don’t really care. Another reason is that many more-engaged Americans rely on major newspapers to convey this kind of information to them.

        But those of us familiar with the world-flattening capabilities of the Internet are able to find such documents as “Living Within Our Means And Investing In The Future: The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction” (PDF) published by the Office of Management and Budget in September.

        As you might gather from the title, it contains a plan, endorsed by the president, for economic growth and deficit reduction. The details on the tax side are spelled out starting on page 43, with other sections dealing with mandatory savings and health savings separately. There are a bunch of summary tables in the back, too. Unfortunately the tables are too wide to be reproduced on the blog in a way that preserves legibility. But interested parties can and should download the document! My guess is that if Friedman phones up the OMB press office someone there would be happy to walk him through it. Barring that, here’s a four page fact sheet (PDF) and here’s video of OMB Director Jack Lew.



      • 181 nathkatun7
        November 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

        You know Theo, these so called respected journalists/ pundits are doing this country a great disservice. Thomas Friedman is either a lazy columnist who no longer bothers to examine what the President says and does, or he is a covert anti-Obama coward, who cant even come out and say so, but instead hides behind falsifying facts, or as you said “deliberately misinforming” the public, to provide cover for his unprincipled and untruthful attacks on the President. Either way, IMO, Friedman is fraud who should not be taken seriously. The unfortunate thing is that he is taken seriously.

  47. November 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    More from my forays into the Australian media’s coverage of PBO. This link is a nice gallery of fantastic PBO pictures with memorable quotes over the years, many of which I don’t remember hearing. Talk about other people paying more attention to our President than we Americans. Sad really how we don’t value the gem that we’ve got.

    Check out the link:


    • November 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Beautiful photos. Great quotes. It’s a keeper.

    • 184 Ladyhawke
      November 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      thanks zizi, those are great photos.

    • 185 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks zizi. Awesome, and RIGHT up my alley with the quotes! 😛

    • 186 Me4obama
      November 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks Zizi, I have tweeted it. Great Pics and quotes.

    • 187 nathkatun7
      November 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you Zizi for sharing these exquisite photos and those marvelous, really vintage Obama, quotes. May be you can negotiate with the Herald Sun to publish them in a book form that we can buy and give out as presents to friends and relatives who love, admire, and deeply respect President Obama. It’s really fascinating to see how people in other countries, who have not been poisoned by American racism, deeply appreciate President Obama’s qualities just we “Obots” do. Surely people in Ghana, Ireland, UK, India, Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea, Germany and Australia can’t all be wrong about this special man we were fortunate enough to elect President of United States. I was a teenager during JFK’s brief presidency and I do remember the energy of that period; though, to be honest, I did not know much about politics. But, since I became an adult, I’ve not seen any other President of the U.S. who was more loved and respected, worldwide, than President Obama. Bill Clinton is the closest one I can think of, but I don’t remember if he ever visited Australia and Brazil for me to compare his reception to that of President Obama. By the way, though I’ve not commented I’ve enjoyed all your posts sharing the Australian media reaction to the President’s visit. My nephew, who is currently a law professor in New York, studied and taught law in Australia. Other than the fact that he was so far away from family, he really fell in love with Australia. I hope one of these days I’ll get a chance to visit there.

  48. 188 FiredUpInCA
    November 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    “Gingrich said he didn’t remember exactly how much he was paid, but a former Freddie Mac official said it was at least $1.5 million for consulting contracts stretching from 1999 to 2007….

    In 2008, Gingrich suggested in a Fox News interview that then-presidential candidate Barack Obama should have to return campaign contributions he had received from executives of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. He said that in a debate with Obama, GOP presidential nominee John McCain “should have turned and said, `Senator Obama, are you prepared to give back all the money that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae gave you?'”

    Gingrich sought Wednesday to portray his role as a sign of valuable experience.

    “It reminds people that I know a great deal about Washington,” Gingrich said Wednesday. “We just tried four years of amateur ignorance and it didn’t work very well. So, having someone who actually knows Washington might be a really good thing.”

    (My editorial note: I know Gingrich is bad with math (e.g. Tiffany’s credit problems, not knowing how much he was paid by Freddie Mac, not realizing that this is 2011 and not 1992, when he was relevant etc.,) but if he’s referring to President Obama, he has not been there for 4 years and besides I thought Gingrich was trying to pass himself of as an outsider, so his Washington insiderness is counterproductive to his brand.)

    Four people close to Freddie Mac say he was hired to strategize with his employer about identifying political friends on Capitol Hill who would help the company through a very difficult legislative environment. All four people spoke on condition of anonymity to be able to discuss the personnel matter freely.

    Freddie Mac executives hoped that would speak positively about the company and its business model as he circulated among conservative groups and help to build intellectual support within his party.

    Freddie Mac executives were looking to Gingrich to offer up new, inventive ways to think about old problems, the officials said, but that didn’t materialize.


  49. 189 Ladyhawke
    November 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm



    Now that the disgraced former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is the new flavor of the week, he is getting the front runner treatment. The intense scrutiny is really hilarious. Newt can run, but he can’t hide from his record. My favorite line is when Newt said he wasn’t a lobbyist for Fredd Mac he was a “historian”. Too funny.

    Why Newt Gingrich won’t last


    Newt will never, ever be GOP nominee


    • 190 FiredUpInCA
      November 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks for this.

      I didn’t realize he sat down for an ad with Nancy Pelosi about climate change. He has also worked with Rev. Al Sharpton lobbying President Obama on education . If his party were normal neither of these events would be a big deal but the GOP is ideologue-infected, so for this and numerous ethical and accounting reasons the article is spot on: Newt will never, ever be GOP nominee.

  50. November 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    TO TOD FAMILY A NOTICE; They have arrested the jerk who took shots at the WHITEHOUSE ,
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with an investigation into a shooting near the White House, the U.S. Secret Service said.

    The Secret Service discovered Tuesday that two bullets had hit the White House, one of them apparently cracking a window on the residential level while President Barack Obama was traveling.

    The discovery of the bullet holes followed reports of gunfire near the White House on Friday night, although the bullets have not been conclusively connected with the Friday shooting. An assault rifle and an abandoned vehicle were found, which led authorities to link Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez to the reported gunfire.

    Ortega, 21, was arrested Wednesday by Pennsylvania authorities at a hotel in the southwest part of the state, the Secret Service said. He was in Pennsylvania State Police custody.

    Ortega is from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was believed to be living in the Washington area. He was reported missing Oct. 31 by his family. He has an arrest record in three states but has not been linked to any radical organizations, U.S. Park Police said.

    The bullet that hit the window was stopped by ballistic glass. The Secret Service did not disclose the location of the second bullet, saying only that it “was found on the exterior of the White House.”

    On Wednesday, officials could be seen taking photographs of a window on the south face of the executive mansion. The window they were inspecting is in front of the so-called Yellow Oval Room, according to the White House website. The room is in the middle of the family’s living quarters on the floor that includes the president’s bedroom and the Lincoln Bedroom.


    • November 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Sad to be so young and so full of hate.

      • 193 nathkatun7
        November 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm

        Exactly my feelings, Jackie! May be the young man has mental issues. At the same time, I just can’t help but ponder the impact of the
        24-7 talk radio where most of the hosts and their audiences engage in an orgy of non-stop hatred of President Obama. I think mental health professionals should consider doing a serious studies to find the cause (s) of this type of behavior. I would include, in that study, an examination of the viewing and listening habits of these would be assassins. Right now, I am jut so thankful that this deranged individual did not harm any one at the White House.

  51. November 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Marist poll has Gingrich only 2 points behind the President nationally, while Romney is 4 points behind.

    I am confused! Lol!

    • 195 Me4obama
      November 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Don’t be confused, it’s all media coordinated to keep focus off Willard Romney. #Obama2012 Newt will never be the Nominee.

    • 196 anniebella
      November 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Jovie why are we paying so much attention to ALL these polls? Everyday there is another poll which says one thing or another. I’m sick of them.

  52. 197 Ladyhawke
    November 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm


    I am not a big fan of Chris Matthews, but when you are right, you are right. In his “Let Me Finish” segment last night, Tweety called out the Republican Party for how far they have fallen. They are no longer a credible opposition party. He says the Republican Party hates and they don’t respect experience. He ends the segment asking if the most memorable phrases from this election season are going to be 9-9-9 and OOPS? Good question.


    • 198 nospin
      November 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Tweety is a fair weather friend. He sticks his finger in the wind and depending on which direction the wind is blowing that is the side of his neck he speaks out of.

      I take nothing Tweety says seriously after all — wasn’t he pushing Perry? Salivating over the mental thought of Perry getting into a flight suit somewhat like Bush?

      Tweety has no core.

  53. 202 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Barney Frank just about killed me with laughter on Martin Bashir’s show. Martin asked him about the fact that Newt was paid by Fannie and Freddie $1.6M to convince republicans in the house to not cut funding and other stuff. Newt has been going around lying about being a historian and not a consultant for the mortagage company. In the debates, Newt said that Democrats are the reason why Fannie and Freddie failed (epic lie) and Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should be thrown in jail. Barney’s repsonse to Martin was that Newt is a Liar and a Loser. He called out Newt for all the ethics charges he faced while he was Speaker of the House (about 80 ethics complaints), hyprocritically calling Clinton out for his lies re: the Lewinsky scandal while he was cheating on his own wife and on and on.

    Martin then asked Barney about the fact that Newt was leading the GOP polls and Barney said that Romney is like the teenager who is crushing on the GOP base and when he finally thinks he has a date, he gets dumped over and over again. He also said that Romney has to be the luckiest candidate ever because he basically has an easy primary race and will be the nominee by default because he’s surrounded by BUMS OF THE MONTH. BWAHAHAHA 😆 😆 😆 He said the GOP has subscribed to the bums of the month club and that’s all you see on the debate stage. He did say that Romney will lose against President Barack Obama because he lacks substance.

    • 203 Fred
      November 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      gosh darn it I missed good tv UT by your recap and I am holding myself to not laugh too much as I am still recovering from treatment.You are 👿 you are so funny 😆
      you are making me 😥 of pain now 😆 😆

    • 204 nathkatun7
      November 17, 2011 at 1:50 am

      Hey, UT, thanks for this wonderful report! Barney Frank really knows how to dish it out. I can almost visulize Newt crying “uncle” and asking Barney to stop telling the truth and exposing him for the fraud that he is. I just couldn’t contain my self about the line : “Romney is like a teenager who is crushing on the GOP base and when he finally thinks he has a date, he gets dumped over and over again.” YOU GO BARNEY!.

      I know the conventional wisdom is that Romney will be the GOP nominee. But I have this nagging feeling that conventional wisdom may, once again, turn out to be a repeat of 2008. In 2008, Mitt, with all his money, was supposed to be the front runner. Coming out of Iowa McCain was in third place behind Mitt and Huckbee. Yet Mitt went no where after New Hampshire. Could it be the case that Republicans may, as they did in 2008, eventually choose the devil they know (Newt Gingrich) over the flip-flopper devil they are not so sure about (Mitt Romney)? Also, until I see real votes (and not just polls) from the Iowa caucus, the New Hampshire primary, and the South Carolina primary, I am still not convinced that teabag candidates: Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry are totally out of the game.

      On the other hand, may be Barney Frank’s, who has incredible political instincts, is absolutely right when he says: ” Romney has to be the luckiest candidate ever because he basically has an easy primary race and will be the nominee by default because he’s surrounded by BUMS OF THE MONTH. ” But, I am still not 100% convinced that Romney will be the nominee. I will be sold once I hear that Chairman Rush Limbaugh, and the Koch brothers’ American for Prosperity, have given him (Romney) their blessings.

  54. November 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I hope what the MSM is seeing, wakes them up to the trouble this country will be in if they continue this nonscence. Regardless how they respond, we can’t let that happen.

  55. 206 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    The Australian media really has comprehensive coverage of PBO. They looooooooove him. Here’s a gallery that shows a couple of activities PBO likes to do during his downtime. 🙂


  56. 208 FiredUpInCA
    November 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Developments in Syria via Breakingnews.com:

    Arab League foreign ministers confirm suspension of Syria from the organization

    The Arab League has given Damascus three days to sign a memorandum for observers to be dispatched

    5hrs agoupdatePro-Assad supporters attacked the Qatari, UAE and Moroccan embassies in Damascus, Syria – Al Arabiya TV via @NBCNews

  57. 212 ROH108
    November 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Obama is looking GREAT!!! SO HANDSOME!!

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