home run

President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base as he returns from a nine-day trip to the Asia Pacific early Sunday, Nov. 20

Back at the White House



Will be back later today, have a perfect Sunday 😉

426 Responses to “home run”

  1. 1 theo67
    November 20, 2011 at 5:55 am

    He looks good.

  2. November 20, 2011 at 5:59 am

    wow! just finished a fundraiser for wigs for kids and had to come to the blog to see what happened today. So nice to see you here theo67.

  3. 5 HZ
    November 20, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and TOD Family:

    “Blessed is the one who waits.” Wait in your own private faith, Wait in Your Quiet Patience, Then Rest, Rest, and Rest.”

    We are grateful for our waiting our gracious One, now let him have some beautiful rest as well. We are a grateful family here who give thanks for our President, Barack Obama. Amen.HZ

    • November 20, 2011 at 7:59 am

      Morning all. Happy Sunday.

      Hey HZ, indeed we are grateful. I am so glad he is home safe and sound. I hope he gets some well deserved rest these next couple of days before having to work at doing everyone elses’ job.

      • 7 desertflower
        November 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

        “before having to work at doing everyone elses’ job.” He IS the Only Adult In The Room….there truly doesn’t seem to be any grown ups left in Washington.Very sad. Pathetic excuses for legislators.
        No wonder the President looks weary at times…

        • November 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

          Top of the morning df and TODers. The President ain’t tired, he’s unhappy. Just ask the, know-it-all shithead Chris Matthews.

          • 9 jacquelineoboomer
            November 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

            Ah. I enjoyed your comment this morning! It about said it all.

            Enjoy your Sunday, yardarm!

          • 10 desertflower
            November 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

            Morning, yardarm!

          • 11 GGail
            November 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

            Good morning from the west coast everyone!
            Good one yardarm! HA!
            So happy to see POTUS on American soil and returning to be with his family.
            Job well done overseas Mr. President!

          • 12 mskaterdh
            November 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

            Chris Matthews disappointed me with his comments about the POTUS and the First Lady. Chris state he felt the President and First Lady were not happy in the White House — Chris lost points with me making that statement. I would expect that kind of statement from the republicans, but not Chris. Was this statement supposed to get attention for him and sell his book?

  4. 13 Ceb
    November 20, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Welcome home, Mr. President.

  5. 14 Mary Gray
    November 20, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Awesome productive 9 days that will make a difference in everyday Americans lives with jobs and also with a strong presence in the Pacific realm in the years to come. In the future this will be seen as an historic trip securing our allies in this area and establishing strong trade relations. Yep, out of the ball park. Love you PBO.

    • 15 Mel
      November 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

      There were 9 flawless days just perfect and NO sound bites or crap tp report by the MSM here,
      the best President ever sorry CM we loved JFK, but PBO rocks the world, and so well respected.

      • 16 jacquelineoboomer
        November 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

        Well said, Mary – and Mel! We love PBO and he rocks the world!

      • 18 nathkatun7
        November 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        Well said Mel! I think Chipsticks should bundle all photos and videos about the receptions President Obama has received, both here and abroad, and send them to Chris Matthews.

  6. November 20, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Welcome back President Obama. I’m sorry you have had to return to this land of werewolves and dagger-throwers (within your own party). I wish you strength and resolute clarity of mind as you navigate the myriad minefields that await you.

    Happy Sunday rest, sir. Good job making us proud abroad. 🙂

  7. 20 globalcitizenlinda
    November 20, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Congratulations Mr President on your wonderful achievements during the 9 days of your Asia Pacific diplomatic trip. Welcome home sir and nice to have you back safe and sound.

    of course the congressional critters did not do their debt-reduction work on the Super-Committee and now these cry-babies are already saying: “let PBO come and get involved”. what a bunch!!

    • 21 nospin
      November 20, 2011 at 10:14 am

      that truly amazes me globalcitizenlinda. The fact that President Obama can travel the Asian Pacific and get so much work done in multiple regions generating jobs the US and this Congress can’t do one task.

      Lazy lazy lazy. The expectation that PO should do the work of Congress is just ridiculous.

      • 22 Betsy
        November 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

        It also sets a dangerous precedent should other Congresses follow. We need to get them out of power, and elect those who are eager to work for the American people.

      • 26 Lovepolitics2008
        November 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

        If I may… Let’s be careful to not paint all Congress people with the same brush. The root of the problem as always been that republicans refusal to compromise. On many, many occasions, democrats have done their part. The “supercommitee” is not an exception. Democrats on it have worked hard and made painful compromises, only to be met with hypocrisy and stubborness.

        • 27 jacquelineoboomer
          November 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

          You are right. And the President has reminded us since he’s now calling out the Republicans in Congress, rather than just saying Congress.

          • 28 nospin
            November 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

            Some dems are rowing the same boats as the Republicans. I get that the majority of Repubs are obstructionists but if Congress fails then the people are the ones that suffer. Doesn’t matter who is more responsible for failure.

            Bottom line is voters should remove anyone who impedes progress and replace them with folks who are willing to work in the interest of the American people.

  8. November 20, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Good morning All, I want to give a personal shout-out to the Airforce 1 team for getting the Leader of the free world home safely….

  9. 31 ChristiMtl
    November 20, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Bon matin everyone……

    It’s so nice to see him back! …and looking great as usual…….he’s just amazing.

    I was reading the comments I missed in the other thread….arrhhhh I got angry all over again reading about Chris Matthews.

    HZ I hope you feel better and take good care of yourself!

    It’s not easy not to react because it’s so insulting and degrading……the hell with Chris Matthews.

    I wonder why in the world I wake up at 6am on weekends when I don’t have to work.

  10. 32 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 20, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Good Morning all. I am so glad the President is home. Getting ready for work now. Be home about 5pm/….I expect a full report from the Sunday Shows…I usually watch CBS Sunday Morning so I never have to listen to the lies and hate spewed by everyone.

    • 33 desertflower
      November 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

      That’s a good show…though I admit I haven’t watched religiously since Charles Karalt was on 🙂 Ages ago! I just loved how soothing his voice was…nice way to wake on a Sunday morning.

      • 34 dotster3
        November 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

        We met Kuralt when we were seated next to him at din at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., where the Obamas stayed. He was at the head of a table of 8-10, holding court, all eyes and ears focused on him. It was fun eavesdropping, and we stopped by on our way out to say we enjoyed his work. He was gracious and friendly.

        • 35 desertflower
          November 20, 2011 at 10:25 am

          How wonderful, dotster! I just loved him…they don’t make journalists like that anymore.They are all “shortcuts and soundbites” now. Not interested.

  11. 36 Uche
    November 20, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Welcome home Mr President.
    It is an unspoken faith in the President that the little children in the super-committee are asking for help from PBO to get a resolution to their gridlock. The man went on a 9-day trip to the Asia/Pacific region and returns with 130,000 jobs via GE and Boeing and while he was away,the kids can’t get their homework done…now they want papa to come help!. Cretins!!.

    • 37 utaustinliberal
      November 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

      It’s really annoying. He goes away, has a fruitful and productive trip, brings back hundreds of thousands of jobs for the American people and Congress can’t get its act together and resolve this issue. It makes you want to bang your head on the wall. In addition to dealing with their crap; I believe he has an event in New Hampshire tomorrow? Or sometime in the week? I don’t know how he does it; but I’m thankful he and the rest of his team and support personnel are back home safe. Hope he gets lots of rest because he has to deal with children in Congress and in the media.

    • November 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

      OMG, that is such a great summation of where we are today in our political sphere. I’ve never seen anything like it. They always put PBO in a double bind on issue after issue – he’s either assuming too much power or not doing enough to save our country. CRAZY. Meanwhile, he just keep putting one foot in front of the other. He’s too smart and pragmatic for all that.

    • 39 desertflower
      November 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

      That about sums it up! They all disgust me. Really? They get PAID for this??

    • 40 nospin
      November 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

      lol I expressed the same sentiment above before reading your note.

      You are on point Uche

    • 41 nathkatun7
      November 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Well said Uche! As an oldie here, I don’t remember witnessing a similar situation with past Presidents.

  12. 42 ChristiMtl
    November 20, 2011 at 6:55 am

    WTH Joan Walsh….

    ”@joanwalsh Simply: If the federal govt has a role in the awful militarized police force we see, then President Obama owns it now. Fact.”
    joanwalsh Joan Walsh
    What is the federal government’s role in this militarized police force? It began before President Obama, but I think he owns it now

    joanwalsh Joan Walsh
    ”Good night everyone. The crazy was overwhelmed by people who worry about the same complexity I do. And I thank all of you!”

    I just read her tweeter feed from last night….she is nasty!!

    Yickes…no difference with her and Jane Hamsher, Michael Moore, Glenn Greenwald….

    They are consumed by their hatred of the President.

    Freaking piece of work, too bad I’m blocked on her twitter because I would send her a couple of tweets right about now,….

    • November 20, 2011 at 7:18 am

      I love (snark) the way hate-filled people make up their own definition of “fact.” She states an unfounded assumption for which she has no evidence and then says the president owns my outrageous, unproved assumption. Fact. Glad Joan Walsh did not become a scientist or surgeon for whom people depend for their lives. She’d say, I don’t like this person’s arm. It must be diseased. Fact. I’ll take it off. What a joke she is.

      • 44 L3
        November 20, 2011 at 8:29 am

        She and all of the PL completely disregard city, county and state government officials and just go straight to the top to blame the President. Logically, there is no reason for PBO to involve himself in ending those protests. It would be a lose-lose for him. We saw with the Arab Spring he sided with the protesters so it would defy all logic for him to go against protesters in his own country.

        • 45 Lovepolitics2008
          November 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

          I’m so tired of people who are supposed to know better but don’t take into consideration the limits of the presidency. In their minds President Obama should be able to solve everything, has the power to do all he wants, can bypass every other center of power, every institution, be it local governments, police organisations, etc. A president is not a dictator nor a daddy.

          I’m disappointed in Joan; I’ve always thought she was much more rational and nuanced than the Jane Hamsters, Michael Moores, etc.

      • 46 jacquelineoboomer
        November 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

        Jackie – Fact. Especially the what a joke she is part.

    • November 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

      These people are actually publicity hounds. No one notices when they are not around, and so they throw stink bombs to get a little attention.

    • 48 utaustinliberal
      November 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

      She’s an idiot. I’m glad she got pushback for that unfounded attack against PBO. Michael Moore spouts crap about PBO being involved in the removal of OWS from Zuccotti park and all the emoprogs like her and Olbermann take it as fact. Mayoral politics is has nothing to do with Federal Government. They all need a thorough lesson in Civics 101. She also got international pushback from people in other countries who were shocked that a “journalist” would tweet something so removed from fact.

    • 49 57andFemale
      November 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

      David Sirota filled in for Thom Hartmann one day and it was all my husband and I could do to keep the car on the road, we were so furious.

      Let’s talk about firebagger ‘facts’: Sirota said — I kid you not — that Obama “initiated” the war in Libya.

      His premise for this particular segment: “what would WE do if China put a military base, full of ‘elite troops’ in Mexico? ” I kid you not.

      Australia = a border like the US/Mexico border? Are you effing serious?

      He got some serious pushback, but then it was clear how he was screening calls: he managed to put someone on air who said that we share a “cultural history” with Australia, so Sirota could go off on him for being a racist.

      China moving ominously as a military presence in the China Sea? Sirota barely acknowledged it.

      China taking over the Panama Canal? Nary a blip on his PL radar.

      But Obama’s building bases in Australia like the Soviet Union put bases in Cuba.

      Here’s what really upset me: I think we could have a rational discussion about this move. Why is it impossible to find money for our own economy but no one would blink about putting soldiers in Australia? What, exactly, is our objective? Why can’t we have a serious, rational discussion and still support the Democratic administration? I think debate on this would be healthy if it was substantive. But instead we fill another 3 hours of our precious ‘progressive’ air time with Sirota’s vile crap.

      And no matter how far this country sinks into right wing fringe abyss, they will only blame Obama.

      • 50 desertflower
        November 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

        I heard that same show…be it for only a moment. I was on my way home for lunch…and heard the talk about China putting troops in Mexico! WTF? You’re NOT crazy…I heard it with my own ears…though I didn’t WANT to!

        My new favorite saying: If only closed minds had closed mouths.

    • 51 desertflower
      November 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

      Seriously? I thought police forces were a STATE ISSUE! Am I wrong?

    • 52 vero804
      November 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

      Key word is IF in her statement regarding the fed govt having a role in the militarized police force. U use the word IF when ur not sure and want some wiggle room to deny or clarify if ur wrong. That’s wordsmithing at its finest. Lob some bombs and then play innocent when people get on u.

    • November 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

      I can’t stand that bitch, and she blocked me so I can’t kick her racist ass.

    • 57 virginia
      November 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Isn’t it ironic that these so-called “liberals” want President Obama to be a dictator? Forget about the limitations to his power, forget about the Constitution, forget about the 2 other equal branches of government, forget about the 50 State governments and the hundreds of smaller government entities under them.

      The “liberals” would be the FIRST to want to kick him out of office if he began wielding unfettered government power.

      I have been extremely disheartened by the left in the last 3 years. I never thought I see or hear people I used to agree with on so many things, showing the same kind of frenetic IGNORANCE as their counterparts on the far right. There are more times than not, that the words of the far left sound EXACTLY like those of the far right.

      I know many of them are still-disgruntled Hillary supporters. But they better get over that quick , or they will have NOBODY to listen to them.

    • 58 nathkatun7
      November 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Well ChristiMtl, we now see their true colors. I am absolutely convinced that people in the professional left, like Joan Walsh, Jane Hamsher, Michael Moore, Glenn Greenwald, and others, would rather see a Republican elected President in 2012. From day one of his presidency they’ve tried to manufacture outrage after outrage against him. Our task is to work as hard as we can to make sure they don’t get their wish. Re-electing President Obama will be our sweet pay-back to these “nasty” people who pretend to be progressives though many of them belong to the 1% and use the 99% to make their money.

  13. November 20, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Hey TOD family, just wanted to let you all know I just ordered 2 tickets to the first ever Obama Basketball fundraiser.. I am taking my mother because she not only loves the President but she loves all sports especially basketball… I am psyched because I will be in a venue with 1000’s of Obama fans… Don’t you just love the creativity of the OFA team…

    • 60 Uche
      November 20, 2011 at 7:00 am

      Oh wow…good for you and your Mom. I’m sure it will be another great event. It’s already raising a lot of interest since Messina announced it.

    • 61 Ceb
      November 20, 2011 at 7:31 am

      I thought the idea was great when I heard about it. I am too far away to go, but I donated to the cause. I know you and your mom and all there will have the best time ever. Looking forward tom the coverage that I am sure Chips and others will provide.

      • 62 geegee
        November 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

        I like the idea also-brilliant. When is it? I think I’ll sponsor my son (who lives in the MD area) a ticket. He’d love that; good idea; good cause. I picture lots of funds being generated from this 🙂

    • November 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

      FANTASTIC!! I would so love to be sitting there myself, just to feel the great energy of that crowd. It’s going to be like a convention!!

    • 64 desertflower
      November 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Yea!!!! You know you have to come back and tell us all about it!!

    • November 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Michele, I am so jealous. Know that as you are sitting there watching the game you are having fun for all of us who couldn’t be there. We hope you take pictures and come back here to report. Have fun!!!!

  14. 66 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 20, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Welcome back Mr. President. You have Represented us VERY WELL amd we thank you!!

  15. November 20, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Uche, I am all in.. This win is so important to me for the world.. I personally don’t believe any of the world changes could have been possible without the leadership of President Barack Obama. I think the President has set the stage for people to reach their dreams to live in diginity and respect. Therefore, I dip into my savings with honor because I believe in Barack Obama’s vision, mission, and dream..

    • November 20, 2011 at 7:20 am

      Keep your thoughts on this truth. All the fleas and natterers buzzing around our president (like Mathews and Joan Walsh) are insignificant. Hate and prejudice has always been with us and always will. But we can never let it defeat us.

      • November 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

        They really are insignificant. I don’t know why we’re supposed to think Chris Matthews is anyone we should be taking to heart. I’d rather listen to my hairdresser.

        • 70 desertflower
          November 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

          How true, meta 🙂 People in this country can’t even identify high profile people in govt…they don’t know where COUNTRIES are on a map for goodness sakes! We should worry about some bloviating , self absorbed pundits? I don’t think so.

  16. 71 Proud of Obama
    November 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Thank the Lord for President Obama’s safe return. Will be working with OFA today on his behalf. Have an outstanding Sunday TOD family.

  17. November 20, 2011 at 7:43 am

    As deep as my heart rejoices when I see MY President being LOVED overseas as he deserves to be, my heart aches at the realization that he eventually has to come back home, where he’s so underestimated and unappreciated. The pain I feel at his OWN country not appreciating him is excruciating, it’s real, but I find comfort in a site like this one which is the only place where one can get the news that matters about this GREAT man. I’m convinced that no matter what their effort to keep him down, this man WILL achieve his greatness and his vision for the betterment of this country he loves so much, HE WILL! Despite of their efforts!

    THANK YOU so much Chipsticks for all that you do with this site, for people like me, who may not be eloquent or frequent posters, but nonetheless are ALWAYS here, following, contributing, defending and doing what they can within their means to SUPPORT this incredible leader we have been blessed with. THANK YOU, Chips! That can NEVER be said enough!

  18. 77 dotster3
    November 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

    The Today Show began with Prince Harry in Vegas as their #1 story, bet President Obama’s name won’t even be mentioned. Wanted to check how the DesMoines Register covered Rahm and the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, and there is not one word about the event, only the Repub debate where their candidates “bared their souls”. Other newspapers in Ia. do have a front page story on the JJ din, but not the Gannett owned paper in DesMoines where the event took place. And I was right—-no news that President Obama is back from his trip, no mention that he was on a trip, no news of his accomplishments while he was on a trip, no mention of him at all.

    • 78 Obama Grandmama
      November 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      I have noticed it is no news for our PBO if anything is positive and nonending news if it can be twisted to a negative.

  19. 79 Me4obama
    November 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

    He is home to his wife Michelle and to his beautiful girls Malia and Sasha plus Bo. That’s all that matters to me. The rest can take care of themselves. Happy Sunday to all of you my TOD Family, we have each other and thats a good thing too. 🙂

  20. November 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Sasha and Malia will be all smiles today. Daddy his home. I too, am so glad my president is home.

  21. 81 ChristiMtl
    November 20, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Anyone knows who are the guests on the Sunday shows?….

    I would assume mostly republicans as usual.

  22. 91 Fred
    November 20, 2011 at 8:51 am

    good morning TOD family.Thank God the POTUS made it home safely.

  23. 92 dotster3
    November 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Welcome home to President Obama. If this schedule is correct, Obama goes to N.H. on Tues. for talk on AJA, not Mon. as I thought. Tomorrow at the WH, the celebration of country music.

    • 93 ChristiMtl
      November 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

      He has the energy of a 30 years old….it’s quite remarkable….I’m always so tired just to look at his schedule.

  24. 94 dotster3
    November 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Earlier comment disappeared so I’ll repeat my gripes. No mention of Rahm at Jefferson-Jackson din in Gannett-owned DesMoines Register, only the Repub debate where candidates “bared their souls”. Today Show began with Prince Harry in Vegas as its top story, no mention of President Obama’s return, his trip, his accomplishments, of his existence.

    • November 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Dotster, this is completely weird, I just found three more of your comments in pending, all of them mentioning Gannet – but comments that don’t mention Gannet are going through. I checked the spam filters here and there is nothing I can see that should block comments with ‘Gannet’ in them, I’m mystified. Again, I just want to make it 100% clear: I am NOT blocking anything you post, I’m freeing everything I see in pending!

  25. November 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

    As much as I love seeing our President receive warm receptions and outpouring of love and support abroad, I love even more knowing that he is home safe! And I still have that hope that he talks of so much that with his leadership we can keep this country going forward. Mr. President, you are a treasure. And Chelsey, you are awesome!

  26. November 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Rahm did great against loaded questions on this week.
    But, now onto the all star panel- Peggy noonan, George will, mr Dowd, and Paul krugman!

    Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! Did I mention yuck?

  27. 101 dotster3
    November 20, 2011 at 9:19 am

    2 of my comments have refused to post, so I’m going to try again, not that they contained earth-shattering news, but now it’s a contest. One more time—–no mention of Rahm or the JJ din in the Gannett-owned Des Moines Register, only news of the Repub debate where the candidates “bared their souls”. Today Show began with Prince Harry in Vegas as its top story, no mention of President Obama’s return, his trip, his accomplishments on his trip or of his existence.

  28. November 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Welcome home President Obama. Job well done. My pride runs over.

  29. 103 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    November 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Good morning TOD fam!!!!!! So glad to have our President back home! Still doing “life 101” so I’m still behind on reading all the good stuff Chips compiles for us; at this rate, I won’t catch up until after he finishes his next term….

    Yardarm: Been thinking about you this week as I am traveling and staying on a Naval Base. Lots of changes; one that ticks me of is that family housing has been turned over to private contractors/developers. Workers are paid less with no bennies; all the “savings” have gone to contractors as profit… Excess housing has been demolished; better use would have been to turn it over to civilian municipalities for use as low/moderate income housing…

  30. 104 dotster3
    November 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

    OK, I am getting suspicious—-3 attempts at this comment refuse to post—–I’m trying for a 4th time because now it’s creepy and making me mad: No mention of Rahm and the JJ din in the Gannett-owned Des Moines Register, only news of the Repub debate where the candidates “bared their souls”. Today Show began with news of Prince Harry in Vegas as its top story, no mention of President Obama’s return, of his accomplishments on his trip, of his trip, of his existence.

  31. 106 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    November 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Chips, have I been sent to the naughty mat???? 😦

  32. 107 dotster3
    November 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Just testing to see if my comment will post. I’ve written the same comment 4 times, which will not post. Creepy-deepy. Suspicious it is because of the subject matter.

    • 108 Fred
      November 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

      I can read you Dots.Good morning to you my friend 😉

    • 109 dotster3
      November 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Weird—all comments will post except when I mention a certain news source. I’m going to try again here in reply, and if nothing shows, there’s something troubling going on.

      • 110 Fred
        November 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

        I hope it shows Dots

        • 111 dotster3
          November 20, 2011 at 9:56 am

          It didn’t. STRANGE. I suspect it’s because I mentioned the name of the co. which now owns the newspaper in Des Moines, which starts with the letter G. Wondering if that same co. has something to do with wd-press. My critical comments are being deleted.

        • 112 dotster3
          November 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

          It didn’t post. A certain presumably innocent subject is off-limits. STRANGE censorship.

      • 116 dotster3
        November 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

        No mention of Rahm and JJ Din in Gannett-owned Des Moines Register, only news of the Repub debate where the candidates “bared their souls”. Today Show began with Prince Harry in Vegas as its top story, no mention of President Obama’s return, his trip, his accomplishments on his trip, his existence.

      • 117 vero804
        November 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

        I know Keith has been censored so I wouldn’t be surprised if certain words are on a naughty list…u may have found ur comment flagged for that reason.

        • November 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

          Hi Vero, all I’ve asked Keith to do – several times – is to ease up on the constant doom and gloom and the Romney stuff. I can’t argue that that’s not censorship, but we can find that kind of thing on countless other sites, I just want this to be somewhere where we keep each others’ spirits up.

          • 119 vero804
            November 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

            I understand your rationale, and this is your labor of love, so I would not fight you on how you run the blog, including the comment section. When dotster said her comment wasn’t going through, I couldn’t help but think back to the situation with Keith’s comments. I understand that that is not the case, so I stand corrected. My bad…

            • November 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

              Thanks Vero – I just left another comment about the weird stuff going today on with Dotster and some other people’s comments. Just to repeat: I didn’t block or delete any comments today, all of this has been happening automatically with WordPress’s spam filters, I have no clue why these comments aren’t going through. Will try to work it out!

              • 121 vero804
                November 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

                I understand, and thanks for your hard work. I can appreciate the hard job you have compiling all of the information and pictures, and keeping the comment section clean. It’s a hard balance to allow people a voice, while also trying to keep the blog a place for support and positivity. I didn’t think Keith’s comments were overly negative but to each his own. I respect you and your decision.

                Bottom line is your blog has been a refuge for many people – myself included – since everywhere else is either filled with PL types or trolls (ahem**OFA blog**ahem) 🙂 So I’m grateful for that.

      • November 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

        Hi Dotster, sorry I didn’t see your messages sooner, I’ve a busy day with work so I haven’t been able to drop in much.

        I honestly have no clue why those comments didn’t go through, I don’t have any block on particular words, only on the ip and email addresses of Fire/Teabaggers. I’ve freed your comments from pending, but just to repeat: I didn’t block them or delete anything you posted! I’ll try and drop in and out the next few hours just to make sure your comments are showing. Sorry about this Dotster, I’m mystified.

        • November 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

          it’s prob some kink in wp, god know they have a lot.

        • 124 dotster3
          November 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

          I didn’t think it was you, chips. I thought it was some other weird thing going on. And sorry, everyone, for having to be subjected to the same comment a bunch of times, boring everyone to death. It was just bugging me, and I couldn’t figure it out, and it made me more determined than ever to try to get it to show up. I’m fierce under (perceived) adversity. (also why I called every In. voter 3 times in ’08 to tell them why they should vote for Obama—-determined to win Indiana—-will do it again this year—-there and elsewhere)

        • November 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

          I just want to add a comment about this. I hope people will understand how funky Word Press is as a platform. I’ve tried working in it and it was a real trial and I consider myself to be pretty tenacious with software. It has lots of good about it in terms of scaleability and functionality, but if often acts strangely as we’ve see here. So my hat is off to our Chips for sticking with and making it work for all of us. Over at BJ’s they have a common tag in their comment section: FYWP. So we’re not alone here with this!

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:57 am


  33. 128 desertflower
    November 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

    That Constitution that they SAY they love? Not even close. Horrifying.


  34. 129 FiredUpInCA
    November 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

    For all intents and purposes, the supercommittee’s deadline is Monday:

    “And what’s their deadline? You may have heard a lot about a Nov. 23 deadline. That’s when the committee is supposed to announce its plan. But in actuality, the committee needs to submit its proposal to the Congressional Budget Office for vetting 48 hours before the committee votes on it. That means that if the panel keeps to its schedule–quite a big if at this late stage of negotiations–its submission deadline would be Monday, Nov. 21. The next big deadline will be Dec. 23–that’s when Congress is provisionally scheduled to agree to a plan on an up-or-down vote. If that doesn’t happen, the original debt ceiling accord provides for a series of automatic cuts to key spending programs to kick in by Jan. 2013.”


    “If lawmakers miss that deadline – and it is looking increasingly likely that they will – it would trigger spending cuts of an equal amount beginning in January of 2013.


    “Those mandatory cuts, however, would totally exclude Social Security and Medicaid. They would include a 2 percent reduction in Medicare spending each year from 2013 to 2021. And they wouldn’t begin until 2013—after the Presidential election.

    Even then, seniors would not feel as much as a bee sting for some time. That’s because the cuts will come in what the government pays for Medicare. There will be no cuts in mandated benefits that people receive from Medicare, and it will take insurers some time to figure out how to respond to these revenue cuts. They could raise premiums for those Medicare policies that expand beyond basic Medicare. They could increase co-pays, raise some out-of-pocket spending ceilings, and increase drug prices, among other options. Such adjustments, however, would take time, and we’re still talking about a modest 2 percent “hit.”

    And while $1.2 trillion seems like a big number, it’s not so big when it’s spread over nearly a decade. In the case of Medicare, the 2 percent reduction has a nine-year price tag of $123 billion. The cuts for fiscal year 2013 are projected by the Congressional Budget Office to total about $11 billion. They would rise each year to $17 billion in fiscal year 2021, in part to accommodate rising Medicare expenses tied to growing numbers of retired baby boomers.”


    • 130 theo67
      November 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      What I love about this 2013 date for the increases to take effect, is that there will be no way for Republicans to stop it, since President Obama will still be President until after the cuts take effect. He will put an end to this never-ending military spending on defense contractors and their overblown contracts if he wins or loses, and he’ll do it responsibly and not put the country in danger.

      I’m eager to see what’s going to happen with the Bush tax cuts. It’s a real dilemma, because he cares about not making life harder for the middle class.

      • 131 criquet
        November 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

        I have wondered why PBO could not issue an executive order exempting those earning under $250,000.00 from the restored rate if the Bush tax`cuts expire under the relevant legislation? Anyone know if this is possible?

        • 132 Roberta in MN
          November 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

          It it has anything to do with the budget and spending the House is the only one and the senate to do anything concerning the budget. That is why they have both houses on the committee. His powers do not reach to that level. Does anyone else have a better explanation? That is just my read on the separation of powers.

  35. 135 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    November 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I am back vero. I will take if for what it’s worth, but everyone else can express concerns on this site, but mine are considered trolling. With that said I love you all and have a PEACEFUL AND BLESSED SUNDAY. Thank God PBO is back safe and sound and they have that crazed Whitehouse gunman in custody. Obama/Biden 2012.

    • 136 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      November 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

      I mean it. 😳

    • 137 nospin
      November 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

      hey Keith – For what is is worth, I appreciate your comments. Keep participating and know that PO will be reelected in 2012 simply because we cannot afford for him not to be reelected. Minorities can’t afford it, Women can’t afford it, the middle class cannot afford it, college students cannot afford it, our military and veterans cannot afford it, fire fighters, teachers, union workers cannot afford it. We just can’t.

      The republican field . . .. I don’t even want to think of what the world would be like under the rule of folks currently running for election in the GOP base. Simply horrific.

      So keep your head up. Keep fighting for the cause and understand PO can handle the nominees. He’s got that. He could use our help to reach out to folks we know and ones we don’t to make sure they get the truth about what this administration has accomplished and show them facts so they can see and understand how the regressive politics being pushed by the candidates negatively affects the US and the global community in the twenty first century.

      If you can do that, I think that would reduce the level of distress. We all know you support PO 1000 percent and you are active in your civic duties. No one can dispute that.

      Keep fighting
      Obama/Biden 2012

      • 138 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        November 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

        Thanks Nospin for your support. You responded to my HURT feelings graciously. I appreciate it. You would think all of my OFA work and obvious commitment and love for this site would tell everyone how passionate I am for PBO and we Obamabots and Progressives. When I post like I did Friday it is a reaction to to the enemy and how their propoganda seems to be swaying a portion of the public. I know what we all need to continue to do and “I’M ALL IN”! All the different groups you mentioned in your post fall under the Democratic umbrella and portions of Independents. We must keep them in the fold and get those who have strayed back. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!! Obama/Biden 2012

    • 139 vero804
      November 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Hi Keith…the way I see it is this. Chipsticks works hard – harder than many of us know – to create a space for us. All day she updating posts, creating posts for us to learn and share and discuss. In a sense, this is her house. So, we should be respectful of her position and rules. I think there are times when many of us have our thoughts and feelings which may not necessarily be positive and affirming of the president, or of the election. However, it is important not to allow doom, negativity, and concern to overcome this place, which I think can be spread rather easily if left unchecked. So I think she just wants to make sure we maintain an upbeat and positive outlook on things.

      Anyway, you shouldn’t go anywhere. If you feel extremely moved by something, I say you share it and see what happens. We’re all on the same team. Love to u too!

      • 140 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        November 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

        Thanks Vero. Lord forgive me I’m in my Church Lobby texting on my droid. 😳 Into the sanctuary now. I understand your point Vero. And I understand Chips and the demanding job she has. I guess I should use the twitter account that I have as it is collecting dust. There I can rant a little more without offending anyone. Peace everyone!! 😀

        • 141 vero804
          November 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

          I’ve been there – texting in Church. The downside of technology.

          What’s your twitter name?

        • 142 nospin
          November 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

          “Lord forgive me I’m in my Church Lobby texting on my droid.”

          lol that I can’t help you with Keith because you KNOW you are wrong for that. hahahahahaha!

  36. November 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Btw- heads up! At 3pm on espn, the first lady attends a NASCAR race, trying to get support for her military families program.
    She says, gentleman start your engines!

  37. November 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I hope POTUS gets some well-deserved rest.

    THanks for the well wishes yesterday for my birthday. You guys rock always. 🙂

    “Big Up” to Chipsticks. That’s how we say “shout out” to someone. 🙂

  38. 152 Debz
    November 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Morning everyone!! It’s so nice to see our President is finally home. i hope he gets some rest.

  39. 153 meabloom
    November 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Morning All!
    Glad to see PBO made it home safely.
    Have a great day TOD family.

  40. November 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

    John Kerry is really really good this morning. David gregorys reporting is wrong, and he looks Sad! Lol!
    Good job mr Kerry.
    You all gotta see this interview, it was a pleasure watching it!

  41. 157 FiredUpInCA
    November 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Numbers in perspective:

    “Hardball with Chris Matthews averages 685,000 viewers


    “WASHINGTON–The Obama re-election campaign hit a big metric on Monday afternoon, one million donors. That translates into dollars and into a valuable organizing data bank. As of Sept. 30, team Obama had $60 million cash-on-hand.

    Meanwhile, the GOP White House contenders are scrambling, according to new third quarter reports.”


    Ultimately who will matter most in the re-election of President Barack Obama?

    A man who attracts on average 685,000 passive viewers, or the man and ideas that attract more than one million, contributing, volunteering doers?

  42. November 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hi everyone, as I mentioned to Dotster above I’m tied up with work for the next few hours so won’t be able to catch up til later. I just dropped in now and saw that weird stuff is going on with lots of comments ending up in pending when they should be going straight through. Just to make it clear, NO ONE is on pending, the one person who was is now free to comment. I’ll try to check it out later to see what’s going on, but meantime if your comments aren’t showing up I’ll drop in and out to free them. If there are any experts out there who understand why this is happening all of a sudden, when no settings were changed, help! Thanks everyone, talk to you later.

  43. 168 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Rahm Emanuel is f*cking awesome. He was GREAT on This Week with Christiane Amanpour. He did not let her spin BS. I repeat. He did NOT let her spin BS. Christiane asked him about Iowa JJ Dinner speech. She said it was uber fiery and was too strong in defense of PBO. She asked him if his former Boss was going to be too fiery like that. Rahm’s expression was priceless. He told her that first of all he was invited to give a speech; he didn’t crash the event. Second of all, he was giving a speech at the Iowa Democratic Party not the Brookings Institution. She then asked him about his attack against Romney. He told her it wasn’t an attack; it was the truth. Romney is a flip flopper. He was pro-choice, now he pro-life. He was for cap and trade, now he’s against cap and trade. The only “people” he seems to care about are corporations. He would comfortably cast the middleclass to the side. He told her that the American people have a choice as to who steps into that Oval Office in 2013. A man who fights passionately for the middleclass, a man who has delivered healthcare, a man who saved the auto industry, a man who is growing the economy, a man who has a jobs bill, a man who is ending the Iraq war, a man who is keeping promise after promise; or do they want a man who stands for nothing, who bends whichever way the wind blows, who is not a leader, who advocated for Detroit to go bankrupt and on and on.

    Christiane said that the one promise PBO hasn’t kept is the tension in Washington and she implied that it was all his fault because because he won’t sit down at the table with the republicans. I thought Rahm’s head was going to explode. He cut her off immediately. He was like woah, woah, woah, woah. Do not lay the blame on President Obama’s feet. He offered the GOP a Grand Bargain, they offered nothing. He offered the GOP a Jobs Bill, they refused. He offered a plan, they offered an ideology. He also told Christiane to stop pretending as though she’s never seen gridlock and tension in D.C. before. He said this level of tension is unprecedented, yes, but she should not put 100% of the blame at PBO’s feet and excuse the republicans.

    Mayor Emanuel was great. Did us all proud. If you want to send him a thank you tweet, his twitter handle is @RahmEmanuel.

    • November 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I am telling you, John Kerry was even better, kicked the republicans and gregorys ass!

      • 170 Betsy
        November 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

        Can’t bring myself to watch these shows, so could you give us a rundown of what he said, please?

        • November 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

          He said that kyl and the republicans are liars.
          He said the dems put everything on the table but they insist on making the bush tax cuts permenant.
          Democrats drew line in sand on that one!
          He also said that Grover Norquist controls the Republicsns and because they think they will won the senate and the WH, that they will be able to write their own bills shortly.
          Gregory asked, but but but doesn’t the president suffer politically for this?
          John said, this is congress, Congress responsibility.
          Gregory then asked if anybody from congress talks to the president because his reporting tells him no.
          John Kerry said that is a lie, the republicans asked that the president not get involved, but John has talked to the president every week behind the scenes.
          Then he asked about Romney flip flops and he said that Romney has flipped on every issue known to man.

          I am telling you all, John Kerry just handed the republicans and the media their asses!

          Chip has to get that video for you!

          • 172 vero804
            November 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

            Oh goodness…Gregory is picking up Tweety’s talking point about the president not talking to anyone in Congress. Seems to me that IF the president isn’t making calls to folks in Congress it is for a good reason. He’s talking to people like Kerry – who matter – and not idiots like Kyl or McCain or other nutcases like them.

            • November 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

              Agreed! Dems came out very forceful today, best I have seen them in years!

            • 174 dotster3
              November 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

              Alex Witt and MSNBC are continuing the Matthews/Obama not connecting theme again today. She had on her “Big 3” and they were all continuing that false accusation after airing more of Matthew’s spitting soundbites. They are on a mission to diminish Obama, trying to make their viewers believe something false about him, to feel less good about him. Matthews said something like he was “lecturing” Obama because Obama needed to hear what he had to say etc. It is the most preposterous, pompous moment in political punditry—ever.

          • 176 Betsy
            November 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

            Thanks Jovie. It was great to read how well both Kerry and Rahm E. did this am. I hope it made people think and realize all the lies these a**holes have been saying on these shows.

          • November 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

            Thank you UT & Jovie for your run down on these shows. Appreciate the info, appreciate never having to watch these shows.

          • November 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

            Thank you for the rundown, Jovie! Music to my eyes. It a bleepin’ miracle Meet The Propagandist even had John Kerry on..must have felt in a masochistic mood.

      • November 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

        I’m reading people quoting him on twitter and he sounds FIERCE. Bravo. It’s about time people stand up for POTUS and Dems UNEQUIVOCALLY.

      • 180 Mel
        November 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

        Yes, Yes, and yes we are on the right truck people let’s not panic please all of you here are very
        smart so let’s keep our heads up for PBO.

    • 181 anniebella
      November 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

      So it’s Obama’s fault that there is tensions in Washington D.C. That’s just how stupid these people are like Christiane, Matthews, and the rest.

    • 184 FiredUpInCA
      November 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Thank you for this utasustinliberal! It sounds like Rahm said what needed to be said, in the way that it needed to be said.

      In other news… what happened to Christiane Amanpour?

      How did she become such a gleeful GOP water carrier like the rest of those Sunday talk losers? You would think her real world, first-hand knowledge of the disastrous consequences of where Republican ideology leads would prevent her from become a shill for that party.

    • 193 vero804
      November 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Ok…I’ve got goosebumps reading your summary. I may have to find this online. I have sworn off Sunday am shows. Between your enthusiasm for what Rahm did and Jovie’s for what Kerry said, I’m going to have to find these interviews.

      We have needed this sort of stuff since day ONE.

      • November 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

        I’m with you, Vero! I don’t go near those shows but I’m thrilled to hear Dems are stepping up and speaking out about this horrendous GOP obstruction. It’s like everybody’s accepted that as the status quo now. NO. Not this time.

    • 195 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      November 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for the report UT and Jovie. I don’t do the MSM. OFF to Church. See yall when I get back. 😉

    • 196 Proud of Obama
      November 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Rahm was outstanding. I fell out laughing when he told her to “back up.” This is how the Dems need to defend Pres Obama and their policies. I hope Chips can get that clip and transcript of Rahm’s speech. We must echo him 24-7.

      • November 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

        Rahm was terrific! And Kerry was just as forceful.
        Maybe they watched Matthews lies yesterday and said it is time to take gloves off?

      • 198 Fred
        November 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

        Rahm has been hanging with some good folks from the South and West Side of Chicago and us too from the North Side;that’s where he got his “back up” from 😉 and POTUS told him that his campaign should not revolve around the North Shore alone and I am glad he listened 😀

      • November 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm

        Rahm: “Back way the f*** up!” Lol.

    • 200 ChristiMtl
      November 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Hey guys, it’s on the ABC site already….I just watched and I loved it!, He’s great….she’s a freaking idiot.

      I can’t believe we share the same name….


    • November 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

      Thanks, Ut. Excellent, as always!!

    • November 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      That was so good to read, ut! It made me love Rahm and I’d heard Chritianne had turned mediawhore but this really highlighted it. Wonder if she thought she’d been properly schooled after that? She should be ashamed of her cowering to gop’s self.

  44. 204 PrayerWarriorforObama
    November 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Hello to the patrons of this awesome website. This is my first post. Since I discovered it very soon after its inception, I have been visiting uncountable times daily to get my fill of everything Obama. I am a fierce supporter of your brilliant president and his family. Each morning, I spend time before Amighty God lifting up President Obama, his family and presidency in prayer, and throughout the day I intercede on his behalf.

    You see, I believe that God, in His divine wisdom never intended the US presidency to be occupied by one race and colour and has demonstrated this in Barack Obama’s election. I also believe without a doubt that he was placed in the highest office in America for two terms and the daily rants, bashing and hatred from his critics will not prevent this from happening. I also believe that no weapon formed against President Obama will prosper and that God has been condemning every vitriolic tongue that spews anti-Obama rhetoric.

    As I read the comments on this website, I know that you all are part of that divine shield that god has in place to not only protect the president but to negate his opponents, Thank you all so much for loving this wonderful human being and his family.

    I am not an American; I am from the British colony in the Caribbean called Montserrat. However, because President Obama is the president of the world, I know his actions and success affect my life here in this tiny island. He has been doing an outstanding job in spite of the obstacles he faces each day. Therefore, when he leaqves office in january 2017, he will be counted amont the greatest, if not the greatest president in US history, for no other president has had to endure the stark racism that he has had to combat.

    He has a powerful support team here on TOD-ville. If you join me, HZ and all the other prayer warriors for President Obama, God will honour your intercession, and cause President Obama’s enemies to implode on themselves – it’s already occurring. Don’t you find it amazing that everyone who hatefully shoots their verbal garbage at him sooner or later ends up in their owncess pool? Your president is blessed.

    I salute you Chipsticks for this website. I pray that the forces above will reward and prosper you for all you are doing.

    • 205 Fred
      November 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

      I want to say AMEN to answer your prayer PWFO and I want to say WELCOME to the TOD family.Thank you for your kind words and prayers and I want to tell you that you should be on this site commenting on POTUS and hanging out with us as often as possible.You’re gonna have fun here I promise you 😀

      • 206 desertflower
        November 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

        Agreed, Fred. Welcome,PWO….hello to all on tiny Montserrat 🙂 That volcano behaving??? 🙂 Please join us!

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Btw- you write perfectly. If English is your second language? Wow!

    • November 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Welcome Prayer Warrior, I hope we hear from you often.

    • 211 joyce
      November 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you for your continual prayers. I also keep our president in my daily prayer as he need us all in whatever capacity we can offer. May God bless everyone here for supporting our wonderful first family.

    • 213 EDP4BHO
      November 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you so much PWO. I so appreciate your staunch support of our President and the strong belief of God’s hand in his office. I’d like to state to all TOD that I depend on sources outside of this site and others like it to gauge PBO’s ultimate successes, and was given info about 3 events which were to occur. Two of them have already, so the third I am waiting on, but it’s a beaut. Nothing spooky here, but I have had true dreams in the past, and one of those was definitely about PBO being elected the first time. So I will hold my revelation in pocket for now, hopefully to be offered in the near future. Suffice it to say, we should work our butts off, but also feel great hope in the process.

      • 214 theo67
        November 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

        This sounds so interesting – can’t wait for the reveal of the third event! I certainly believe that some things can’t be explained by conventional means. 🙂

    • November 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      I love the spiritual image you have painted! “The divine shield”—Yes!

    • November 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you kindly PrayerWarriorForObama..being from another country (Africa)…I so agree with everything you express.

      Much Respect!!!

    • 217 Chi
      November 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Dear PrayerwarriorforObama…

      Thank you so much & welcome…

  45. November 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and my TOD Family:

    Up early, no matter what time I retire for bed. Welcome home Mr. President. Thank you for those 9 days that we were privilege to see you at work for us and the world. Thanks to our Chipsticks here at our beautiful site to honor and support you with respect, intellect, facts, and pure joy seeing you work as hard as you do daily for us. We Thank you, Mr. President.

    Now go out and golf, laugh and hug our beautiful First Lady and our beautiful Malia and Sasha. Oh, do not forget to give our Bo a hug also. So good to have you home, Mr. President.

    I was awaken at 7:00 AM by my neighbor with a box of Krispy Creme still warm. Lord have mercy, and please do not tell my doctors. Thanking the gracious power of Almighty for such a beautiful neighbor.

    Let us all have a beautiful Sun. , and give thanks to all of the AF1, Marine1, and SS and crews for taking excellent care of our President. Now get some rest and let us Press On, yet without fight but focus. We will make it, for sure. I will share my Krispy Creams with Lisa. That is her ‘honey’ right. Messing with Lisa now. I love myTOD Family. I am fine., okay.HZ

  46. November 20, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Thanks Fred and Desertflower. yes, the volcano has been relative quiet for almost two years now. Just two weeks ago the scientist lowered the hazard level and we are extremely thankful for that.

    Welcome home President Obama! We love you and even though we cannot vote for you, we can and will pray for your re-election. It is going to happen.

  47. November 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

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  48. 241 halo
    November 20, 2011 at 11:31 am


  49. November 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Good Morning TOD Family,Well I want to welcome home The Commander In Chief, Sir you have guided the Ship of State with great aplomb through the waters of the Pacific Rim nations.Standing Tall tell them all the Captain is here for one and all with a strong handshake and a warm caring smile.To show our country is lead by one who stands for human rights and help in the time of trouble.Sir you made the Stars and Stripes proud again in that part of the world.Now Sir have your “R&R” with the jewels of your life may I put in the Washington acronym “MMSB” (Michelle,Malia,Sasha,BO) because you are back in the town with jackals and rats. The jackals are the Congress people who put Greed over Country.Also they are the ones who fight you every step of the way just because they don’t want to see you be right.As for the rats those are the ones at your heels saying you are doing everything wrong.They are the people you don’t come hold and shake their hands and listen to them and do what they say is right.Last but not least the ones living in the past saying the right way to be President should come from the way Kennedy,Reagan,Clinton did things.Well this little note must end Sir get plenty of “R&R” with your jewels Michelle,Malia,Sasha and Bo,because you will get the strength to go back to battle on stage of life for our country and way of life we all love. But remember Sir you do have a base that has got your back who are Fired Up Ready To Go at your call.

  50. 245 halo
    November 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

    John Kerry and Rahm were excellent today! That is how you fight back!

  51. 247 vero804
    November 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

    OK…so I have a question. It’s about strategery. What do y’all think is the better way to run next year? On the president’s accomplishments, or on how horrible the opposition is?

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Both, depends on the situation and when to use either one!

      • 249 vero804
        November 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

        NO! You have to commit! 🙂

        • November 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

          In 08, the president ran against bush policies and laid a vision for what he would do!

        • November 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

          On his plans and vision for the future, stressing the continuity between what he has begun and what we need to do to continue the progress. And a good dose of what happens to us if we despair and give-up the on the great move forward.

        • 252 theo67
          November 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

          I know that even if the opposition was filled with stellar candidates, I’d still be working hard for President Obama’s re-election. It’s not about the alternatives. It’s about this country having been blessed with a man who is the best person for the job with tremendous integrity, who has a powerful vision for the potential of this country and who is the hardest working person I’ve ever seen in action. He’s smart, dedicated, caring, committed to this country, selfless. It’s not a choice of him being better than the alternative.

          I’m thoroughly impressed with what this President has managed to achieve in this country – even with the worst type of people in Congress. He’s removed the fear mongering that drove every action. He’s inspired people to hope. He’s changed the topic of conversation from terrorism to opportunity. He’s shone a light on the Asian peninsula, and inspired billions around the world to have pride in their cultures. He’s encouraged Europe to be responsible for and vigilant of their Arab neighbors. The Palestinians have been inspired to pursue their dignity- even though they still have a long way to go. The United Nations is more responsive to threats. He’s given “goodness” a chance – because people now see that politicians aren’t all just cynical and self-serving, and it’s possible to have real love for your fellow man. Leadership isn’t just about might. Power doesn’t just subjugate. Opportunities can be shared – it’s not a zero sum game.

          I’m definitely in favor of showing just how great this man is and how lucky the whole world is that he chose to serve at this time, and is willing to endure four more years for all our benefit.

          • 253 theo67
            November 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

            One more point: someone said last week that people want to vote FOR something, not AGAINST something. Their is power in optimism. We all need to see the brighter future that is possible, so that the Republicans can never take us back (and that’s a global “us”).

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Btw- he should continue trying to define Romney, this flip flop routine is starting to stick.
      Remember, Reid defined angle with a flurry of negative ads early on.
      Also, the third party groups will be getying involved.
      As Joe Biden talked to 150 rich liberal donors last night, they were wanting to hear from him before they opened their checkbooks to groups line american prosperity!

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Vero it must be a combination of both.Because one feeds into the other the President accomplished a great deal even with the opposition. Also would have gotten more but for the opposition.

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Both because highlighting his accomplishments will highlight how horrible the opposition is.

    • 259 FiredUpInCA
      November 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

      “do y’all think is the better way to run next year? On the president’s accomplishments, or on how horrible the opposition is?

      I say do both.

      I think Rahm provided the template on how to do it; how to talk to the real base, to persuadable conservatives unenthused with their choices and independents. Talk about the President’s character in a crisis and his concrete achievements. Mitt can’t hold his own in either category.

      “Every day I worked by his side, I saw a leader who didn’t ask what was the easy thing to do, what was the politically convenient thing to do, but what was the right thing to do, what was the essential thing to do, for America and America’s future.

      The President did not make choices based on politics. He made them because of his principles. He did not make choices for the next election, he made them for the next generation.

      Trust me, I know this first hand, he didn’t make decisions based on whether they were quick, or politically convenient, because I was often recommending the quick or politically convenient thing to do. And I didn’t win any of those fights. President Obama never tailored what he believed to the moment.

      Now, compare that to Mitt Romney:

      Once he was pro-choice, now he’s not.

      He was pro gay rights. Now he’s not.

      He supported gun control. Now he doesn’t.

      He supported efforts to deal with greenhouse gases and climate change. Now he doesn’t.

      He supported immigration reform. Now he doesn’t.

      He supported national health care reform with a mandate. Now he doesn’t.

      Mitt Romney says he’s a man of steadiness and consistency …

      And if that’s true, then I’m a linebacker for the Chicago Bears.”


      • 260 vero804
        November 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

        Ahhh…so define the opposition by pointing out what you’ve done that they cannot do because, in Mitt Romney’s case, he’s got no core.

      • November 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

        EXACTLY. Rahm telegraphed this beautifully.

        PBO’s achievements are in stark relief both in terms of values and concrete outcomes for ordinary Americans. By touting how far we’ve come as a nation, the GOP don’t have anything to offer except negative criticism. Romney isn’t offering anything NEW. Just recycled dogma and backtracking.

      • November 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

        I don’t know if I like this because come the general I think folks will read in that he just had to flip to win the primary but that he would revert back to moderation and sanity as President. I’d rather just paint him for what he says he is now – he’s moved so far right, help him own it.

        • 265 hopefruit2
          November 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

          As Rahm was very careful (and wise) to point out last night, there are certain issues on which Romney is REMARKABLY consistent – and they are the notion that we must protect the most wealthy at all costs. For ex:

          1. Romney said “Let Detroit go bankrupt” and to this day he still defends that comment despite evidence showing that he was WRONG.
          2. Romney says that we should let the housing situation hit bottom…let the foreclosures continue and the market will fix itself.
          3. Romney says that corporations are people too.

          These are serious and current issues that Romney has not flip-flopped on and if he is elected, he will preside with the SAME policies.

    • 266 vero804
      November 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

      Awww…man, I should have put the rule that you can’t say “both.” LOL. I was next going to ask everyone to make their best campaign pitch supporting their choice.

    • 267 desertflower
      November 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Both . Compare/contrast….no brainer who wins that.

  52. 268 vero804
    November 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

    OMG…Alex Witt, part 2 of Chris Matthews’ verbal diarrhea. I’m a glutton for punishment, watching this nonsense.

    Great, he’s giving us his liberal perspective of “Africa” which he and his family just love because they can go safari and hang out with the animals…as if that’s all “Africa” has to offer. Gag.

    Up next, a panel of MSNBC analysts with analyze fellow MSNBC analyst, Chris Matthews’ criticism of the president. Should be very informative and honest. Not.

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

      The all star panel of dingbats. We are more informed than these fools!

    • 270 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Plus, Chris Matthews, I believe, joined the Peace Corps and went to Africa originally TO AVOID THE DRAFT. And every year he and his family go back to relive his youth. Pathetic. I bet he hasn’t done one thing to actually help anyone or with any issue in Africa since the ’60s or ’70s.

      And I mean no disrespect for most people who served in the Peace Corps – then and now. I even understand why people avoided the draft in those days. But none of those people called POTUS and FLOTUS un-American, so I’ll concentrate my wrath on the one who did, and use as many talking points to do it as the media would.

      • 271 Fred
        November 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

        why not go a a charity safari type of trip? don’t think no frigging African gives 2 sh!t about Tweety petting the damn giraffes.Oy I better take a deep breath.Today is the Lord’s day I will restrain myself as much as I can . . .

  53. November 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Anyone following what’s going on in Egypt? Off to do my charity work for needy in my community. But if anyone has a handle, can you explain? Will catch up when I get back.

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Basically, they are back in the streets and Tahrir Square to fight for a civilian government rather than military rule. They want a date certain for this to happen.

    • 276 theo67
      November 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      The military owns most of the industry in Egypt, too. They want to hold on to all their holdings in addition to being superior to an elected government. Holding on to the industries (such as furniture making, appliances manufacturing, everything) would limit opportunities for a private industry to emerge, and for prosperity to spread. If they were to hold a superior power position to the elected government, you’d end up with a situation similar to Iran, where there’s a religious order that is superior to the “elected government”. The people are back on the streets, saying that the liberation was incomplete, and they’re fighting for true freedom, including fair and free elections.

      We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

      • November 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

        Thank you both. It would seem to reason that people would want full access to their own government and participation. Thanks again. Indeed, after these long years, there are going to be lots of hiccups along the way.

  54. 278 vero804
    November 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

    That pepper spraying cop at UC Berkeley is crazy.

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Was there another one at Berkeley or do you mean Davis? The cop at UC Davis should be fired, like yesterday. The Regents should step in since the Chancellor seems to not be interested in reigning this ugliness.

    • November 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      There was a great scene last night as the Chancellor and Police Chief were going to have a presser but no students were invited in so they congregated outside and chanted which could be heard inside so the presser was cancelled early. However the students had surrounded the building to chant and the Chancellor was scared that she was trapped and it was a witch hunt so she wouldn’t leave and stayed for 2 hours inside. Eventually she did walk out, through all the kids who sat in complete pin drop level silence as she walked a few hundred yards into her Lexus to drive away.

      • November 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

        teh lexus, huh ? Completely clueless cretin, I guess.

      • 283 jacquelineoboomer
        November 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

        That silent treatment was one of the best ideas yet.

        • November 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm

          Here’s some vid of it. (Can’t vouch for her getting into a Lexus though, I ain’t a car guy and was going off anothers report on that matter)

          • 285 Linda
            November 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm

            Today at 2 PM there is going to be a drum beat surrounding BloomBorg’s house. I hope it is live streamed.

            • November 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

              Neither of these is focusing on the 1% and the wealth disparity and how the game is fixed against the 99% though. It’s basically OWS navel gazing and it’s about them and how they’re mistreated. They need to stay 100% on message and let the police mistreatment stand for itself – but OWS makes the police violence the issue, because they think “hey we’re just like the freedom riders cause we’re getting assaulted by the police, look at me, look at me”.

              There is a certain phoniness to it all.

              • 288 theo67
                November 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

                I agree – they have some pretty effective ideas on raising attention, but they’re focusing on the wrong things. Fighting police isn’t going to address income inequality. Drum circling Mayor Bloomberg isn’t going to address joblessness, rising education costs, greed or corruption. It’s wasted energy, and it just takes attention away from the real issues, leaving everyone talking about police – who are part of the 99%. Granted, the police brutality is shameful – no doubt about it. But, the police were called in because the movement started violating the law by camping without a permit. Making people talk about something sensational is an effective tactic when trying to prevent people from being focused on the actual issues. The GOP are laughing all the way to the bank, because now success for the movement has been defined as “getting permission to camp out in parks” as though that is something to aspire to. If they win that battle, then how will they be better off?

                All I can say is – they better not try and mic check President Obama.

          • November 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

            omg. That is scary.I bet she was scared that they were going to jump on her at any moment. Or wondering why they are so quiet. I like the silent treatment protest.

  55. 290 Little Lulu
    November 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Hi, guys! Haven’t commented in a while, but I’m always coming in to check out photos and videos and send links to all my peeps. I find it so frustrating that our president can go overseas and get NO coverage in America! When has this ever happened before? Never. I can’t wait for the debates to begin so Americans can actually see their current president on TV again. Talk about a landslide victory for PBO! I’m glad Rahm and Kerry had some air time today and scored some big points for the truth. That gives me some hope for our media recovering from the Rupert Murdoch Crime Syndicate that’s had control of the message and gave us 8 years of Shrub and a blackout of PBO. Happy Sunday, y’all, and welcome home dear, wonderful, exceptional, fantastic, gorgeous President Obama!!!!

  56. 293 desertflower
    November 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Just so there is NO mistake here. Republicans ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE DEFICIT! It is ALL talk….because the sticking point they will NOT move from is the Bush tax cuts for millionaires/billionaires


    So rather than do the RIGHT thing by the country they profess to love, they would crater the lives of 99% to keep the real free loaders from having to pay a fraction more in taxes.Excuse me. Fuck them. LET THOSE TAX CUTS EXPIRE ON THEIR OWN …I detest these people. I really do.

    • November 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      My brother and many libertarians made a mistake and put a lot if money in the Iraqi dinar.
      He said it is the bush plan that will generate 77 trillion dollars. So, these libertarian fools that bought these dinars, ate mow blaming this president for getting out of Iraq.
      My brother is included in that craziness!
      77 trillion??? Really?

      • 295 globalcitizenlinda
        November 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

        who dreams of such crazy returns??

      • 299 desertflower
        November 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

        Sorry, Jovie:( Denial is a powerful thing..isn’t it? What will it take to make him see the truth? Can’t get much plainer than this. Your brother seems to be suffering from willful ignorance, sorry to say. Some people can’t handle the truth…and that includes WAY more people than your brother!

  57. 300 desertflower
    November 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Maybe someone can ask these tv pundits when the Republicans should be held accountable for their actions? Never?

  58. 301 ChristiMtl
    November 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Can someone put that lunatic away for intense therapy? Will she EVER let go of her hatred?? That’s sick.

    The birther wars continue. Orly Taitz, birther queen of California, personally filed a complaint in New Hampshire on Saturday that challenged President Obama’s U.S. citizenship and argued for his removal from the state’s ballot, reports the Concord Monitor.

    New Hampshire’s electoral governing body, the Ballot Law Commission, turned down the complaint in a public hearing via 5-0 vote. It got pretty ugly shortly thereafter.

    “Traitors!” screamed the members of the attending public. “Treason!”

    “You have no decency! You have no honesty! You’re committing treason!”

    The group of birthers, which included several New Hampshire state representatives, erupted after the decision,.


  59. November 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Hi guys please go tweet Joe biden a happy birthday…

  60. November 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    where is WEST WING WEEK?

  61. November 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    So wonderful to have this online community for support and encouragement.

    Lets spend a little time today sending out some love to those how have earned our support and gratitude.

    1. Rahm Emmanuel inside Chicago 311 – If calling from outside of Chicago, call: 312.744.5000
    Twitter – @ChicagoMayor

    2. John Kerry – Twitter @JohnKerry (202) 224-2742 email form http://kerry.senate.gov/contact/

    3. Patti Murray the co chair of the super committee. Thank her for holding firm on the Bush Tax cuts. in fact we could thank all the Dems on the Supercommittee.


  62. November 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Mercedes-Benz manager from Germany arrested under Alabama’s strict new immigration law
    By Associated Press, Published: November 18

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A German manager with Mercedes-Benz is free after being arrested for not having a driver’s license with him under Alabama’s new law targeting illegal immigrants, authorities said Friday, in an otherwise routine case that drew the attention of Gov. Robert Bentley.

    Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson told The Associated Press an officer stopped a rental vehicle for not having a tag Wednesday night and asked the driver for his license. The man only had a German identification card, so he was arrested and taken to police headquarters, Anderson said.

    The 46-year-old executive was charged with violating the immigration law for not having proper identification, but he was released after an associate retrieved his passport, visa and German driver’s license from the hotel where he was staying, Anderson said.

    The length of his detainment and the status of his court case weren’t immediately known.


    • 314 globalcitizenlinda
      November 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      the fruits of hate and race-baiting are here for all to see. now they are arresting their investor class!!

    • November 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Good on the cop for actually enforcing it on a non-Latino. Probably got reamed privately of course.

    • November 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

      Karma is a bi*ch.” I live in Alabama, and let me just say I’m so glad this illegal immigration law is backfiring on those racist mofos — legislators– in my state. The Alabama Legislature, which is overwhelmingly made up of a Republican majority, passed that racist law as well as others as a part of their ongoing effort to wreck havoc on the state (particularly since 2010)–cutting public services jobs and changing laws in solidarity with the Tea Party/Republican Party’s national effort to make President Obama “fail” — even if that means our own state will suffer. 😦

      Ironically, because of the new immigration law, wealthy farmers are now losing money because they can’t find “skilled laborers” to pick their rotting crops; some construction companies are having a hard time because they can no longer assemble reliable construction crews to fulfill their multi-million dollar contracts; many small and specialized businesses are taking a hit in the northern and southern parts of the state because they relied on the services and patronage of Hispanics consumers who have fled the state by the thousands. Now state troopers and local police forces are forced to enforce laws that might inadvertently result in the arrest of “one of their own.” Well, la-dee-freaking-da . . .It’s karma time, baby! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Karma! Just like those killer tornadoes swept through Alabama last spring and brought the state to its knees– the unkind words and deeds of our state and national representatives will come back to hurt us. After last spring’s horrendous tornadoes hit our state, national republican politicians like Richard Shelby, Jeff Session, and Spencer Bacus had to eat their words and accept “government help” (kiss President Obama’s a**) after they had previously and gleefully criticized and voted against the President Obama’s stimulus package and other federal support for states. Now some six or seven months later, the actions of our legislators at the state level are backfiring. Yes, karma continues to be a bi*ch for racist Alabamians.

  63. 317 globalcitizenlinda
    November 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    anyone know which broadcaster will be airing the Nascar race with FLOTUS and Dr Biden?

  64. 318 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Just heard that awful Candy Crowley on CNN devote approximately 10 seconds to the President’s trip in the Asia Pacific region. Maybe eight seconds. I literally counted one-thousand-and-one, etc. They have turned ME into a nutcase. 🙂

  65. 322 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Fareed started his show by mentioning he believes “we have started a new phase of global geopolitical policy,” via the President’s trip to the Asia Pacific region. In one sentence, he shows more knowledge and interest than the rest of the journalists did all last week.

    • November 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      I seriously think that it wasn’t covered because the dolts who make up the White House press pool don’t understand the significance of it all. China has been throwing it’s weight around, trying to dominate the region with both it’s economic power and growing military potential. The President of the United States reaffirming that America is a Pacific Nation alone is a huge message being sent. It also gives the US another economic “out” from being dragged down with the Euro mess and likely meltdown. Pres Obama’s earlier trip to South America (esp Brasil) and now to the Pacific econ conference keeps an American presence in two growing economic areas while Europe contracts under harsh austerity measures.

      • 324 desertflower
        November 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        Correct. And since they don’t understand it, they can’t ask questions. I don’t know why…they can’t look or sound any more ignorant than they already do!

      • November 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        I think you’re right, SR, the White House press is lazy and has little curiosity to look beyond the talking points that are handed to them. Fareed has a world view and can actually grasp what’s going on beyond his nose. Our president is positioning this country for the twentieth first century. He’s saying to China and all other comers that the U.S. is in the game and will cede no ground to any other country. He’s doing this in a way so subtle it’s over most people’s heads because he isn’t sabre rattling or threatening war. Our hapless press corps doesn’t even know what game he’s playing, let alone what major league he’s operating in.

      • 326 nospin
        November 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

        “I seriously think that it wasn’t covered because the dolts who make up the White House press pool don’t understand the significance of it all.”

        That is it. right there. You summed it up exactly.

        • November 20, 2011 at 9:05 pm

          ‘…the dolts who make up the White House press pool don’t understand the significance of it all.’

          And they probably won’t until it’s spelled out for them over and over, maybe by enough foreign press. Yet, when the tour’s significance FINALLY catches up to them, they cannot truthfully say they had been left out, that the Administration hadn’t been transparent. It’s the realization that the WHpress corp would have no legitimate reason to complain about being left out that finally reconciled me to the fact they were useless on the Asia trip. History is happening before their faces while their eyes are focused only on Romney, Perry, Cain or …
          Another reaffirmation that the current American media have no insight! They are really just unthinking lackeys.

    • 328 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm


      He added there wouldn’t be agreement on every issue, but – and I repeat – PRESIDENT OBAMA IS EXCELLING IN HIS SUPPORT FOR THE SECURITY OF ISRAEL.

      • 329 desertflower
        November 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        But, but, but…I thought the President was no friend of Israel! Seriously.I. Am. So. Over. Them.
        He has given Israel unwavering support.I am so proud of him.

      • November 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

        I don’t trust this situation. Because other reports have Israel launching attack on Iran in late December or early new year and I see this as trying to butter up the President in a way. Say good things now so they just can’t be brushed off as the same folks attacking the Pres as not a friend to Israel.

  66. November 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Is $500 for a Samsung® 51″ class plasma 720p 600Hz HDTV a good deal?

    • 335 Fred
      November 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      it does but it depends of where you might buy it

    • 337 Don
      November 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      lamh35, I know a guy that knows a guy that can get you a great deal on electronics.

    • 339 desertflower
      November 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      DO NOT BUY A SAMSUNG TV! Have one that we bought less than a year ago, and it is already BROKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lines up and down the entire screen….in less than a year!
      Save a couple undred more dollars and buy a Sony or something. Don’t waste your hard earned money! My TV is now a useless POS placeholder until we can afford to get it fixed or get a new one….meanwhile, the little one in my bedroom that is 20 years old, works like a champ!

      • 340 JoJothecat
        November 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

        So sorry to hear that desertflower. I bought my Samsung 32 in flat screen almost three years ago this month and I am very pleased. I also bought the warranty just in case since I never owned a flat screen before. I bought my Mom a Samsung because I was pleased with mine and also bought the warranty. If you have a Costco in your area, buy a television from them because it comes with a two year warranty and Costco stands behind it’s electronics. Good luck with your next purchase and I recommend to anyone investing in a $400 and above electronic to buy the warranty! The best insurance money can buy.

      • 341 Titti
        November 21, 2011 at 6:34 am

        DF if it’s less than one year it should still have the manufacturers 1 year guarantee and they should either come fix it (free of charge) or replace it. Unless I’m mistaken (or this is only for the UK) but I’ve bought electronics from the States and it comes with the 1yr guarantee.
        Good luck.

    • 342 JoJothecat
      November 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      DON’T DON’T DON’T EVER BUY A PLASMA TELEVISION! They do not last very long in some cases less than 10 years. It is better to buy an LCD OR LED TELEVISION and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE buy the three year extended warranty…the best insurance money can buy.

    • November 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      check this site out if you’re looking for good recs


  67. November 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Hi All,

    Happy that Pres Obama is back home safe and sound. I cannot imagine being on a 21 hours flight, 9 hours to London is painful enough.

    Special shout out to Prayer Warrior from a fellow Caribbean native. I live in Trinidad and follow Pres Obama more than I follow any politician in Trinidad. I agree with everything you say about Pres. Obama and join you in prayers for him. Welcome to the site. I lurk more than I post but I spend many hours here every day.

  68. November 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Guys, I think one of the best things about the repugs’ hands off approach to Mittens in these debates is that all the fighting skills he was supposed to have developed and refined in the last few months, are non-existent. There is a a fighting skill all candidates refine during debates that will be missing from Romney’s repertoire when he faces PBO in the General. Right now, as can be seen in any vid where the Mittens is remotely challenged ie: the “Corporations are people” vid, the 2008 vid where he got pissed at the reporter for challenging what he said in terms of hiring a lobbyist, etc. It’s the fighting style of a spoiled brat, unused to defending what’s his and what’s right. It’s reactionary, unsophisticated, school yard bully-ish and just plain sad to see. As we all know, presidential debates require a certain skill: you’ve got to be sharp, on-point, relentless in your attack, but- HUGE BUT!!!!- you’ve got to do it in such a way that you don’t come off looking like an asshole or a nasty prick. PBO is a master of challenging with substance, relentless persistence and keen wit. I honestly believe that come debate time, Mittens is going come off looking like a little boy, trying on Daddy’s coat and tie with toilet paper stuck to his face, after having attempting to shave well before puberty. That image of the little boy playing dress up wont stop me from laughing my ass off when PBO starts talking about how the Mittster is a flip/flopper. It will be so sweet when PBO starts talking about ACA and how he used the same people as Mittens and how the Mittster believes that some Americans are better than other Americans because obviously Mitt is proud that Mass. constituents have healthcare, but other Americans don’t deserve what Mass. got. There are so many, many ways to sock it to that Dried-up Old Prune. Can’t fricking wait for PBO to CRUSH HIM 😀 😀

    • November 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      you are so right about this.

    • 348 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      lisa – You are right. And if Willard puts his hand on the President’s shoulder during a debate, as he did to Perry who was calling him out on something, the President can brush it off like he did during the ’08 campaign – remember?

    • 349 desertflower
      November 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      THIS! Have you watched his face in these debates? He looks lost and timid…it may work now just trying to cover his ass and stay above the fray, but it won’t work in the general! I’m with you. HE WILL BE CRUSHED WITH THE TRUTH!

    • 350 theo67
      November 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      This is so insightful – I hadn’t really thought about this aspect. Another short sight of their current hiding Mittens strategy is that all the stuff that will come out about him during the general will have the full attention of the country. They won’t have taken any of the sting away by addressing it during the primaries and developing a convincing retort. Remember that during the 2008 primaries, all the nonsense that came up as attack material against President Obama (e.g. Rev Wright) was dealt with successfully, so that when it came time for the General, it was old material and people moved on fairly quickly.

      I’ve noticed that Mitt’s temper comes up pretty quickly when he’s challenged, and this will all come to the fore while the whole country is watching, and he will be tested for the first time. And they think that kind of thinking should be sitting in the Oval Office.

  69. 351 AnitaW
    November 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    kylepetty Kyle Petty
    No…RT @rrnoppert: @kylepetty @redhead88fan Do you thk its really necessary for the US tax payers (cont) tl.gd/e9o2ck
    34 minutes ago Reply

    Kyle Petty doesn’t seem to think Tax Payers should pay for the First Lady and Second Lady being at the track, but it’s okay for us to pay for Bush, Cheney and sponsorship of cars.

  70. 356 Bobfr
    November 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    FYI TODers (Chipsticks this should just stay buried in the comments 🙂 ),

    Though the totally failed US media aka #NEWSTAINERS provide little info, it’s not that major events aren’t happening in Syria, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere in the ME & African continent. You should know that Jordan and Turkey are coordinating re: Syria, and much more is likely to unfold soon. Both are strong allies of the US; Turkey, of course, is NATO and carries much significance. You should know that the people of Libya, some of whom I communicate regularly, complete reject the notion of AQ having any legitimacy with the Libyan people – in fact Libyans consider AQ criminals (at best) and, similarly, they are not going to accept any form of dogmatic, unilateral ruler ever again. With no fanfare and laser focus it is increasingly obvious that President Obama’s vision for liberating the oppressed is being implemented in many places, in many ways, mostly quietly (unless you happen to be in the way 🙂 ).


    • 357 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      I can’t thank you enough for your assessment, Bobfr. You are keeping up with the pulse of the various regions, which is very important for all of us to know.

    • 358 desertflower
      November 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you SO much, Bob…I love your brain! Always great info. Many thanks:) Please keep us posted

    • 359 Bobfr
      November 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you jacqueline and df! Happy to do so.


  71. 360 desertflower
    November 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    As WiW stated earlier…we should all send thanks to the Dems on the Super Committee.This is one reason why


    • November 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Why is this unacceptable? Their failure to reach the deal was the desired result all along.

    • November 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Now Congress will move to simply vote to say that Super Committee was meaningless and will vote to undo any DOD cuts. It will be interesting to see if Reid can hold his caucus to block any attempts in the Senate to undo defense cuts. If he can’t it will fall on Pres Obama to veto it and if Congress can then get 2/3rds to override any veto.

      Panetta is going to be a huge PITA here, already giving soundbytes that any such cuts would be an invitation to attack the US by enemies.

    • 364 criquet
      November 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      What the Democrats need to stress is that never before has a minority party held the raising of the debt-ceiling hostage to an extreme agenda. The fact that there was a super-committee and any failure is a direct result of the GOP and their strategy to destroy the economy to make PBO a one-term President. In my opinion, this statement should preface all and any discussions on the success or failure of the Super-Committee and the trigger.
      The blame belongs to the Republicans (who got 98% of what they wanted) because without them this would not be happening.

    • 366 hopefruit2
      November 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Tweety and Fineman must be getting all tingly at that!

      • 367 desertflower
        November 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm

        Another reason that woman (and I use that term very loosely with her) makes my skin crawl. Tweety and Fineman can ^*(&)*&%%$

    • November 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      That is SOOO embarrassing for women! ughhh. Particularly because these guys thought it completely normal. It reminds me of the ONLY thing tha POTUS has done that made me cringe was when he held the chair for then Sen. Clinton in one of the debates. While I know he did it because he has perfect manners, in politics, men and women MUST be treated as equals. Deference and social courtesies of the different genders that are generally expected or allowed in daily life cannot be a part of the election process.

    • November 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Michelle! You never pour from the left. Always the right!! Sheesh.

  72. November 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm


    If the economy is so terrible, why is Obama winning? President is beating the GOP on an issue that should be his undoing.


    • 374 COS
      November 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Hey BWD. Thanks for sharing the article. BTW, when will we know who the Republican nomminee will be. i.e what date?

    • 375 anniebella
      November 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      I just saw FLOTUS and Dr. Biden, on ESPN along with a military soldier and his family saying “gentlemen start your engine”

  73. 376 globalcitizenlinda
    November 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    heads up, ESPN has started airing the NASCAR race with Mrs Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as the Grand Marshalls

  74. November 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    ****************** Herr is some more jobs the president created overseas*********

    The White House on Friday announced it will sell two dozen used models of the newest version of the F-16 fighter jet.

    “The acquisition and regeneration of 24 F-16C/D aircraft … allows the government of Indonesia to significantly bolster air defense capacity without compromising the defense budget and other national priorities,” the White House said in a statement.

    The Lockheed Martin-made war planes formerly were U.S. Air Force jets. Congress should be notified of the sale in early 2012, with delivery to Indonesia slated for July 2014. The transaction was made possible by a grant approved in August 2011, the White House said.

    The arms sale is the latest move by the U.S. to beef up its military posture, and that of its allies, in the Asia-Pacific region.


  75. 378 ChristiMtl
    November 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    FLOTUS was booed at NASCAR? I keep seeing it on twitter…anybody saw it?……….

    • November 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      I think it was an overreach by Admin to go to a NASCAR event and thinking that if you make it a “Joining Forces” appearance the rednecks won’t boo and jeer anyways.

      • 380 Fred
        November 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

        if true these racist goons are predictable and FLOTUS should have NEVER gone to that shit;excuse my language

      • November 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        I think so too. wouldn’t expect those CAC to act decently

        • November 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

          At this point, I disagree ( although I haven’t actually seen any video yet). I say, let the racist goons make themselves visible (take off the hoods). Also, I’m not sure I understand what the boos were for? What were the intensity of the boos? (A lot of people in the crowd booing vs. a few stragglers jeering?) Were they booing FLOTUS or the message her presence represented (that is, the message of supporting “Joining Forces”? Was Jill Biden booed,too? And lastly, who’s reporting that booing occurred? AP? MSM? Bloggers who witnessed the event on TV?

          • November 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

            Oh, I don’t mean I disagree with comments that say this is an awful thing to happen. I mean I disagree with comments that FLOTUS should not have participated from the beginning. First Ladies, Presidents, other politicians participate in all sorts of athletic events–so why not this one? I think Kyle Petty with his earlier negative comments and the goons who booed the First Lady showed their true color. I’m glad we know who some of them are now. I think they will ultimately have to answer for their classless and inappropriate deeds today. I think NASCAR should extend the First Lady an apology on behalf of the classly fans.

            • November 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

              Add: I think NASCAR should extend the First Lady an apology IF this booing actually occurred.

              • 385 nospin
                November 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

                I also think no apology is expected or is necessary. Everybody isn’t going to like you and that is okay. FLOTUS is going to keep it moving for our military.

            • 386 nospin
              November 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

              I agree with you newcenturywoman. Not going someplace because of the fear that you may be booed isn’t enough not to go. I think they did the right thing. If you can reach one that is enough of a reason to go.

      • 387 globalcitizenlinda
        November 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        Please people, I did not hear booing so maybe we need to wait for evidence of this before we resort to conclusions that may seem as if they are sterotyping others ????

        one thing we all know in these fast-paced reportsis that the first account may not be correct

        • 388 Fred
          November 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

          read my comment Global.I did say “if true”

          • 389 globalcitizenlinda
            November 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

            my caution was the use of words “overreach” and “redneck” “racist goons” right out of the box before we have seen the evidence. we should give people the benefit of the doubt because these a really strong words

      • November 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

        overreach is a pretty strong word. Personhood amendment is overreach. Going to a NASCAR even to help Veterans is not.

    • 391 globalcitizenlinda
      November 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      I am watching live, heard what FLOTUS and Dr Biden had to say which were all about supporting veterans and very complementary of NASCAR. I did not hear any boos. do not be surprised if this is a rightwing source peddling the story

    • November 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Joy Reid said that it wasn’t true, so until I see footage I will go with that.

      ..he..he..he..we must not get like Emprogs, jump with our hair on fire, before the facts materialize.

      • 394 ChristiMtl
        November 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

        First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden were on hand this afternoon at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to Grand Marshall NASCAR’s Sprint Cup finale, and to support Joining Forces, an initiative to hire and train veterans. When they were introduced to kick off the race, however, loud booing could be heard above the cheers. At an event with such an apparently unifying theme, the crowd’s reaction was an ugly reminder of how personally some have taken the political divisions in our country.


        I can’t hear anything, it must have been loud in the crowd……..

        • November 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

          towards the end you can hear what sounds like boos. However, watching Michelle, you can’t even tell that she’s hearing it even though you can see the veteran’s wife stiffen and Dr. Jill’s blink. Miche just kept on talking to the boy in front of her and did the “Gentlemen start your engines,” thing. That’s a classy lady right there. The booing sound is just above the applause. Oh, well. If those people haven’t learned manners by now, something tells me they never will. How sad.

          • 396 nospin
            November 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

            lisalovesobama – AAs have walked to school to the sounds of jeers, insults and boos. In March 2010 Congressman Cleaver was spit on when he walked through the crowd in support of healthcare. Other representatives were called nigger and Barney Frank was called a faggot. My thought is that FLOTUS was completely aware of this possibility and she went in to represent for our military families anyway and she did it with grace.

            She moved the ball forward. She went into an environment that she understood may not have been favorable and she did it anyway. If she changed one heart then it was a worthy effort.

    • 397 globalcitizenlinda
      November 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      some of us may not be aware but Nascar has a very active program to support veterans and they produce promotional videos with Mrs Obama and Dr Biden in them so this is not the first time Team Obama is speaking to this audience about millitary families. In fact some of the top-ranking racers of Nascar are part of the President’s initiative on sports anf fitness and they are very used to working with FLOTUS..

      we always criticize others when they speak to fast using half information so we may want to avoid doing this ourselves

    • 398 anniebella
      November 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      I listen to it on ESPN and I must admit I didn’t hear all that booing. There may have been some but so what. Everybody is not going to love you. This was done for the military families, not for FLOTUS.

      • 399 Janelle
        November 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        I have to say that I love that FLOTUS and Dr. Biden went to this NASCAR event. You can have a whole crowd of people and you can’t avoid some boos in that setting. What it shows is not overreach I believe from the WH but an emphasis that supporting the military is not a partisan issue even if some disagree. There are also a lot of military that love NASCAR, and this was for them—everything that FLOTUS and Dr. Biden does for Joining Forces is posted at Defense.gov. The military men and women see all of this, even though the media doesn’t report their efforts. These women are not just willing to go to “blue states” but will venture wherever to help the cause. Yes, those that booed should be called out on twitter, but I have to say, it takes love of country and the military to put that aside for the larger cause. Also, there are a lot of Republican women and Independent women who really like FLOTUS, even if some of their husbands listen to Rush. That fact is not lost on the WH.

      • 401 COS
        November 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        I agree with you Anniebella. We are very protective of our FLOTUS and POTUS but we can’t make all of the haters feel the same as we do. It makes them look small IMO. It is not a reflection on PBO and FLOTUS.

  76. November 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    (Reuters) – When it comes to holiday shopping, more people are phoning it in, forcing retailers to embrace new ways to connect or else lose sales.

    Lowe’s Companies, Best Buy and Toys R Us are among retailers making big changes to prepare for a wave of holiday shoppers who will use smart phones to research products, check rivals’ prices and make purchases.

    “The shopping experience is in the consumer’s hands and you can’t fight where they’re going,” said Gihad Jawhar, vice president of Lowes.com, the website of the second-largest home-improvement company. “Retailers can either hop on the bus or get left behind. We are choosing the first option.”

    Lowe’s is issuing more than 42,000 Apple iPhones to employees in more than 1,700 stores.


  77. 403 Tega
    November 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Another toon ….would make a good theme song when he WINS in 2012! ‘The Pride’
    Imagine BLASTING this at a celebration party!


    Politician come to power take it slow
    People need what you know
    You’re a leader so you have to play along
    Show the hand right or wrong
    When you’re feelin’ that you know the way to turn
    Either way still get burned
    It’s the pride that makes you feel that you belong
    It’s the pride that keeps you strong

    Don’t you think it’s fascinating?
    Don’t you think it’s fascinating?
    It’s the pride that you feel it’s the pride
    (When you finally break it all down it’s the pride)
    It’s the pride that you feel it’s the pride
    (When you finally break it all down it’s the pride)

    What makes you want to do the best you can?
    What makes you a better man?
    What makes you try again before too long?
    What keeps you standing strong?
    What makes you say the things you want to say,
    To make it a better day?
    It’s the pride that makes you feel that you belong
    It’s the pride that keeps you strong

    Don’t you think it’s fascinating?
    Don’t you think it’s fascinating?
    It’s the pride that you feel it’s the pride
    (When you finally break it all down it’s the pride)
    It’s the pride that you feel it’s the pride
    (When you finally break it all down it’s the pride)

  78. 404 itgurl_29
    November 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    TOD twitter family,

    Please go flood #nascar with tweets calling the fans out on booing the First Lady. Lots of nascar fans are getting annoyed because people are calling them out. Please go give them an ear full.

  79. 408 meabloom
    November 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Found this little video.

      • 410 theo67
        November 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        Thanks for sharing the video – this really brings the focus back on what the NASCAR appearance was supposed to be about. Yes, a few ignorant people have clouded the event, but in the end, it’s all about appreciating the military and their families. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden kept their focus, and so should we.

  80. November 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Paul Krugman (you know…the guy who is always against Obama’s plan until proven wrong 5 columns later) 🙂
    an excerpt:
    “…Oh, and let me give a special shout-out to “centrist” pundits who won’t admit that President Obama has already given them what they want. The dialogue seems to go like this. Pundit: “Why won’t the president come out for a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes?” Mr. Obama: “I support a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes.” Pundit: “Why won’t the president come out for a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes?”

    You see, admitting that one side is willing to make concessions, while the other isn’t, would tarnish one’s centrist credentials. And the result is that the G.O.P. pays no price for refusing to give an inch.

    So the supercommittee will fail — and that’s good. …”


  81. 413 Brittany
    November 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I agree with someone up above about FLOTUS’ team should have known not to send her to a NASCAR event. There is no such thing as folks being colorblind, or a post-racial society. Nascar fans tend to be rednecks, and they don’t like minorities, which is why many minorities race car drivers don’t excel in the field. The East Wing should have known as a black women she would not be received well!!

    • 414 itgurl_29
      November 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      It’s not going to hurt her. It only makes NASCAR and the GOP look like the disgusting hate mongers they are. Most people on twitter are shaming nascar fans right now. It’s another bad look for conservatives. Booing gay soldiers, screaming to let folks die instead of giving them health insurance, and now booing the First Lady , Jill Biden, and military families. They look like complete gutter dwellers. And Mrs. O looks like the class act that she always is.

    • 416 anniebella
      November 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      You guys act like alittle booing is going to destroy FLOTUS and Dr. Biden, it won’t. They handle themselves just find, with class and dignity. How about this, the military families seem to appreciated FLOTUS and Dr. Biden. And we do too. Do you remember hearing that the Obama campaign said they were going to compete in states were most of the time they don’t bother with.

  82. 419 meabloom
    November 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I want someone top slap this woman in the head with a baseball head.

    • 425 anniebella
      November 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      meabloom, no don’t slap the bitch with a base ball bat, we want to have you there at President Obama January 2013 swearing in service.

  83. 426 Titti
    November 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I’m sure FLOTUS and Dr Biden’s day wasn’t spoilt by some ignorant people but no one should be subjected to such crass behaviour. It just reinforces the stereotype of the typical NASCAR fan.
    Glad that POTUS is safely home with the fam. after such a successful whirlwind tour. His stamina is unmatched by anyone in politics that I know of.

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