you gotta love reggie

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  1. 1 bonkers
    November 23, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Fired up, Reggie!

  2. November 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    “I have to earn my stripe.”
    ———Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!! I loooooovvveeee Reggie!!!!! {{{said with squeaky voice}}}

  3. November 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    He is lovely, isn’t he.. so natural, and unpretentious- definitely would make any mother very very proud. He’ll be missed by all of us I think.

  4. 5 JD
    November 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    It’s hard to imagine how much the president will miss him. I hope that PBO will be OK with Reggie gone.

  5. 6 Fred
    November 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    again thank you and good luck Reg 😀

  6. November 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I just went back and for the millionth time watched the 25 second clip where Miche talks about her favorite person at the veteran bill signing. She was sooo funny. They are so natural together. She was like: ” And my favorite person here, Dr. Jill Biden” and PBO’s non-verbals were like: What the heck?! what am I? chopped liver? Then Miche’s was like: Oh, yeah. You. You’re here too. Oopsies!! Then: “You too honey.” I love that clip.

  7. 8 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    November 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – a bunch of whining last summer from the #GOPemoprogs & other fauxgressives that PresObama ‘caved’ well http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/wonkbook-the-gops-dual-trigger-nightmare/2011/11/23/gIQA1BmxnN_blog.html NotSO!

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – imagine the tears from @SpeakerBoehner as he read his morning WaPo http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/wonkbook-the-gops-dual-trigger-nightmare/2011/11/23/gIQA1BmxnN_blog.html #OBAMA2012


  8. 9 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    November 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Love me some Reggie Love. I will miss him so much.

  9. 10 daisydem
    November 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Love these clips. Good luck Reggie … you will be missed!

  10. 11 AnitaW
    November 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Good luck Reggie.

  11. November 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    OT~ For those of you who may be interested, the young woman who was featured on the main page of a previous thread, describing the difference that health care reform made in her life, dropped by a few minutes ago and left a comment.

    Have a good holiday everyone!~

  12. November 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Have a happy Turkey Day everyone..!!

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

    +############### ++++ +++++###########++

  13. November 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Great videos – he seems like such a nice guy.

    I thought I heard him say that the guy who is taking over for him was a body guy for Kennedy. I hope it works out well for PBO.

  14. 23 desertflower
    November 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    He’s adorable:)

    Now…I have to say that as I was bringing my daughter to work today, I had Thom Hartmann on the radio…sometimes he makes my head spin. Today he was talking to Bernie Sanders….sometimes HE makes my head spin. A question was raised about the expansion of the US military in Australia.The caller said something about why do we need to build bases in Australia? WTF? NEVER, NEVER, NEVER…did PBO say anything about BUILDING BASES in Australia!!!! I checked…

    Senator Sanders went on his usual rant about disagreeing with this…I don’t care if he disagrees, BUT IT WAS FALSE! These men and women would BE ON AN AUSTRALIAN BASE! Is he willfully ignorant or he feels fine perpetuating falsehoods…if that’s the case, maybe Mitt is his new BFF! Seriously, I’m so over this BS…

    I don’t Tweet. Maybe someone would like to take the flag and stick it somewhere that’ll get their attention….

    On a good note, I heard a PSA from PBO today as well….promoting community, and helping others….even if you don’t have $$ we each can help lift those that need help…Service.gov …The stark difference between these competing messages wasn’t lost on me.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone…be well.

      • 25 desertflower
        November 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

        Thank you, Tien. Did you read the same thing I did? I read NOTHING of BUILDING bases for the American military in Australia.

    • November 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm


    • 27 a4alice
      November 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      tweeted Sanders and hartmann – thanks DF! 🙂

    • 29 Obama Grandmama
      November 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      I must have heard a different few minutes of Thom Hartmann today as I didn’t hear the Bernie Sanders segment. I heard where Thom was talking about how the Mormon Church funded most of the CA recall of the gay marriage law passed then repealed by the voters there. He also mentioned how well organized they are and how we should not underestimate their effort in electing Romney into the presidential office. A thought I had not entertained before and hate to think about.

      • November 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        I had read that awhile ago. That’s right..hypocrites. They don’t mind lying cheating cheating and lying but when it comes to love between TWO people..they’re right up there in everyone’s FACE. Can’t wait to take them DOWN.

  15. 31 desertflower
    November 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Here’s that service website!


  16. November 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Why Huntsman Polls Poorly
    Jamelle Bouie’s theory:

    Huntsman’s problem, aside from serving as the administration’s ambassador to China, is that he doesn’t seem to hate Democrats in general and Barack Obama in particular. His rhetoric is of someone who disagrees with the president, but doesn’t doubt his commitment to improving the country. Unfortunately for Huntsman, this runs counter to nearly every bit of conservative rhetoric over the last three years. If the current GOP were a party which didn’t reward personal animus toward the president, then Huntsman would probably be in a much better position.


    • November 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      And he is Also Mormon!

      • November 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm

        And dull as dishwater. And a legacy kid whose daddy bought him the governor of Utah spot. And someone who cannot be trusted — trying to run against the President who hired him to a sensitive role for the country. And I’ve heard him say some ugly things about the President. Oh, and those daughters of his need to sit down.

    • 35 Chi
      November 23, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      Excuses, excuses, excuses…

      They keep spinning for reasons why this unfortunate fool who bought into his own sorry hype isn’t making a dent…

      Why don’t they just all admit that Huntsman’s a putz….A sorry phony…A painfully contrived and poor imitation of what a decent, smart, focused, honorable man ought to be…

      If Newt is a dumb person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like…

      Then Jon Huntsman is a vindictive, envious, racist liberal/progressive/PL’s very short-sighted and hilarious idea of what a very poor, shallow, sub-standard, white imitation of President Obama might be…

      Never-mind that the phony, self-aggrandizing, opportunistic Huntsman has let drop, sending more than enough hints to the equally phony self-aggrandizing purist “progressives”, that he is anything but ‘moderate’ or ‘progressive’…

      When a man tells you that “a moderate attitude taken for convenience, does not necessarily mean a moderate stance and record on policy”, believe him…

      Especially when he is the very greedy man who clearly lacks judgement and fore-sight and feeds quickly into and makes drastic life-changing decisions based on a few ego massages…

      No smart, honorable, insightful person of integrity, takes an ambassadorship position or any position of responsibility for that matter, barely shows up for a year…only doing so long enough to strike up personal family business deals – exploiting his position…

      Quits the job a year and a half in having accomplished absolutely nothing besides a shallow, vain exercise in self-promotion and then turns around to challenge his old boss, the President…

      Amusing, especially seeing as Huntsman lacks any real broad view on foreign policy – but tries to wing it by employing his former bosses general Foreign policy approach…A brief stint in a confined position as ambassador to China, does not a world view or broad foreign policy define or make…

      And gratuitously attacking President Obama while still endlessly mimicking and desperately trying to be him, not only exposes Huntsman as the incredibly flimsy, dishonest and increasingly grasping wannabe, but a truly pathetic loser who will soon return to obscurity where his unremarkable self rightfully belongs…

      In the end Huntsman falls flat simply because he fails the most important test of all by showing up at all…

      Not even his phony play at ‘running a positive campaign’ covers up for the fact that he is essentially a loser and a very poor forecaster and decision maker…

      One who by the very act of jumping into this presidential race, instantly exposes everything that shows he lacks the most basic but infinitely important attributes for anyone running for the awesome job of U.S President at this most defining time – things President Obama effortlessly and naturally possesses in abundance:

      A Keen Instinct, Judgement, Foresight, Integrity, Honor, Focus, Hard work, Trustworthiness…

      Thank God Huntsman is never going to be making final decisions on behalf of America as he would dangerously have this country in a devastating bind by seriously misreading random signs as a definite and popular mandate – and worse still, as a call to some drastic action…

  17. November 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Why Obama Still Matters, Ctd

    A reader provides a superb counterpoint to yesterday’s liberal dissenters:

    Thank you so much for writing such an eloquent defense of Obama. I’m a black attorney in my mid-20s and I’m very gainfully employed at a big law firm. My parents grew up in poverty, raised themselves to the middle class and then sacrificed so that I could go to elite schools for my entire life with the hopes that I will do better than them one day. Things are good for me mostly, but times are tough for a majority of my friends. My minority friends and I are very happy with the president and take attacks on him very personally. To the first point, we are happy because it seems that minorities, unlike the liberal white students I went to school with, had reasonable expectations. We knew that Obama could only do but so much in the face of the opposition he has to deal with and we are happy with what he has achieved.

    And not to be too racial about this, but myself and a lot of my minority friends sense that white liberals’ disappointment from Obama comes from a sense of entitlement.

    Unlike affluent white liberals, minorities in this country seem to have a better grasp of a key truth in life: you don’t always get everything you want. We know, if not firsthand then from the stories of our parents, that America isn’t always a nice place, and all you can hope for is incremental change. Unlike a lot of our affluent white liberal friends, we are used to not getting it all and have learned to live with it.


    • 37 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      Brilliant! Spot on. To say I relate to this is to put it mildly. I don’t know if these professional left, pundit affluent liberals will EVER listen to people like this poster, but if they did, they would be much more effective instead of stewing in their sarcastic, cynical juices.

      • 38 HZ
        November 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        First, may each one of my TOD family members and our beautiful Chipsticks have a lovely and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day.

        Second, I love the videos of Reggie Love. He has always been one young man who gave me so much hope each day that I would see that he was there with and for President Obama. I love his personality, his intellectual abilities, and the beautiful and moving gentle smile. His appreciation of a job of a lifetime, is seen within, in that he speaks so respectfully of POB. I wish the very, very best for him as he continues to reach for his acdemics goals, and I hope he will always show that respect and love for his boss, POTUS. I love you, Reggie. Thank you for taking such beautiful and respectful care of our President.

        Third, I would like to thank rikyrah for this beautiful and very moving excerpt. I totally can identify with the spoken word. It touched my heart as well as raised many thoughts that my parents taught my brother and me to always remember to think upon as we reached our goals in life. Never will those thoughts leave me. Thanks so much for sharing this, rikyrah.

        May all of you enjoy your time with dear friends, family, and maybe help someone else to enjoy a dinner who otherwise would not have one. That has always been the joy of my thankfulness during this celebration. Thanks and Give. I love you all so very much.HZ

    • 41 Doreen
      November 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Wow!! To be so young and to really get it!

    • 42 desertflower
      November 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      I read that earlier. Fabulous understanding and insight.

    • 43 Betsey
      November 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      This eloquent young man speaks for me and I’m a 60 year old white woman who grew up right in the middle of the middle class. Perhaps it’s the time I grew up in, perhaps it’s age, perhaps because we actually learned about how government works when I was in school, perhaps because I came of age in the civil rights years, but the idea that our dreams can be implemented easily and all at once has literally never occurred to me.

    • 44 MTmarilyn
      November 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      That is such a great analogy. I totally agree with him. I know many of my white friends that say they are disappointed thought everything would change immediately.

    • November 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Whoa, thank you, rikyrah~ He makes an excellent point about white liberals feeling more entitled and then they have leaders up there like Michael Moore, Glen Greenwald, and jane hamsher egging them on with LIES.

      I take it personally too because it’s our country they’re screwing with their hateful smears.

  18. November 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving All! http://blackwaterdog.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/im-greatful-2/ Remember BWD’s wonderful post last Thanksiving? We are so blessed with our president and first family. Yes we can, again!

  19. November 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Quote For The Day

    “I’ve never seen anything quite like what Newt did. We’ve had plenty of political figures who’ve come out and done a lot of speaking at high rates, done some consulting, gone into lobbying, and made lots of money. But nobody that I’ve ever seen has come close to building the type of complicated web that Newt did and parlaying it into apparently as much incredible money as he did,” – Norm Ornstein, AEI.


    Newt is nothing but a GRIFTER.

  20. 50 Ladyhawke
    November 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm


    Grover Norquist…Saboteur, Anti-American, Traitor.


    Yes, he is guilty in the forum of public opinion, as a saboteur to the economy, a traitor and Anti-American. He knew what he was doing when he made the pledge and those who signed it knew what they were doing when they put their name on that pledge. They swore an oath to sabotage the country by never allowing taxes to be raised even if it meant the country could die as a result. They knew all too well that every country’s Government operates with the finances and revenue collected, they knew that the revenue is used to pay for the Police, Fire, Medical, Educational and many other services needed to run a great country like ours.

    Actions speak louder than words and the results of those actions are what we have to focus on–to know what was the reason for the said actions–of having and signing that wretched pledge. Those who signed Grover’s pledge are all bought and paid for, they are corrupt and their actions prove that. They knew the results of the pledge would cause among other things, the weakening and failing of the economy to a certain extent, so why did they do it?



  21. 51 Bill
    November 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Mrs Greenspan just accepted Rep. Charlie Bass’s (R-NH), a Willard supporter , and Michael Steele’s excuses defending Romney’s lying ad. She is as bad as David Gregory.

  22. November 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Mitt Romney’s Mormonism costing him support among religious RepublicansAs Newt Gingrich pulls ahead, poll shows Romney’s religion is proving to be a legitimate issue among voters

    Mitt Romney’s Mormon beliefs are costing him crucial support among some deeply religious Republican voters as he slips back from his former position as frontrunner in the race for the presidential nomination.

    A poll by the Pew Research Centre released on Wednesday shows that one-third of Republican voters do not regard Mormon beliefs as Christian and two-thirds say that it is a “very different” religion from their own.

    Importantly for Romney, 53% of evangelical Protestants say that Mormonism is not a Christian religion and 15% said it would make them less likely to vote for him.

    Evangelical Christians are the single largest voting bloc in the Republican party. They made up more than 40% of voters in the 2008 Republican primaries and are particularly important in states that select their candidates early in the race, such as Iowa and South Carolina.

    “Republican voters who say Mormonism is not Christian are far less likely to support Romney for the GOP nomination,” the Pew report concludes.


    • November 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      It will be more interesting come the general against Pres. Obama – how will these folks vote? How will their churches tell them to vote? Will Mitt pledging to be anti-choice be enough?

      • 55 Lovepolitics2008
        November 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

        Because of the abortion issue, those whomvote based on religion would either vote republican anyway or stay home. I hope many of them stay home.

  23. November 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    So today I finally get a chance to catch up a bit on my compulsive quest to organize many of the fabulous resources this blog provides.

    Item #1
    organizing local media contacts. I was so pleased that 2 sites found by folks at this blog will provide us with tools to “get the word out” about PBO”

    Visit here to find the links


    This page reminds me of 2 things

    1. We need more folks to sign up to be on the TOD state locator page. When we work together we are stronger. Lets keep finding folks in our area we can team up with to bombard these local media resources.


    2. Dorothy Martinez sent me this story I wanted to share with the blog:
    I live a farming community that has a large hispanic population,So there are alot of hispanic owned businesses.What I have noticed is that these businesses usually have the local AM or Fm hispanic radio stations on the PA system. I have never heard a polical ad on these stations during the time I have shopped in these places.so it might be useful for PBO to make an ad on the hispanic radios speaking in spanish explaining the importance of registrating to vote and how his policies would affect them.Most hispanics watch Univison and so do not spend much time getting political info from the net.

    The hispanics I have spoken to have little or no idea of the political processes going on around them or how it would impact them in the long run.(except for immigration)

    The democratic party is not very active or visable in this community .I have lived here over five years and have yet to see a voter registrating drive in my area(.Local college has a drive) This idea could be applied to different states with hispanic populations.

    • 57 a4alice
      November 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      K. Linda I just sent this to the white house, I’ll send to OFA HQ and to Democrats.org.

    • November 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      I don’t know what state this is but it’s very easy to get a registration drive going. You need to contact your voter registration bureau, get the necessary forms and information about what to do, ask some of the local Hispanic merchants if you can set up a voter registration table on the sidewalk and then invite people to register to vote. If you don’t overtly plug a specific party most businesses have no problem with registering voters. In 2008 there was a lone woman who managed to register 1000 people just by standing outside of malls and major shopping areas. If you can find a friend or two to help, you’ve got a drive going. Also even if the Democratic party is not active or even vestigial, there is probably someone in the party who would be willing to help. One or two people can help to rejuvenate the sleepy small parties by joining in and adding new life and energy to the group. It would also be useful to find out if any of the Spanish language radio stations are local. If so, you might be able to get a short public service announcement on without cost urging people to vote. I’ve done this at our local station.

  24. November 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I have also been working on a page of resources we might need in the months to come. It is woefully incomplete, but it is a start. You folks come up with such great stuff, I am confident the number of links will grow each month.


  25. 60 FiredUpInCA
    November 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Breaking news item:

    “US urges Americans to leave Syria ‘immediately;’ Turkey urges pilgrims to avoid traveling home through Syria – @CBSNews”

  26. November 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you Mr. President

  27. November 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press / Nov 23, 2011 04:50 PM
    The point man for carrying out President Barack Obama’s health care law will be stepping down after Republicans succeeded in blocking his confirmation by the Senate, the White House announced Wednesday.

    Medicare chief Don Berwick, a Harvard professor widely respected for his ideas on how to improve the health care system, became the most prominent casualty of the political wars over a health care overhaul whose constitutionality will be now decided by the Supreme Court.


    A shame! Thanks GOP. It’s a big game to them. Who is winning, who is losing! The reason dc is broken is the media, republicans and lobbyists in congress!

    • November 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      “How to gobble to the media without saying anything” 😆 PBO knows the game inside out. The smart ones in listening to him will realize exactly who he is talking about. This President has wicked wit.

  28. November 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    November 23, 2011 12:45 PM

    Leadership requires courage

    By Steve Benen

    Conservative columnist George Will recently slammed Mitt Romney as “a recidivist reviser of his principles,” who seems to “lack the courage of his absence of convictions.” The line continues to look more and more apt all the time.

    Last night, Newt Gingrich showed some guts and said when it comes to undocumented immigrants who entered the country a quarter-century ago, he sees no need to “separate them from their families and expel them.” Romney and his team pounced, condemning Gingrich for supporting “amnesty.”

    It led, however, to a rather remarkable exchange in the spin room, with Romney adviser and spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom finding himself at a loss for words……


  29. November 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    LOVE the videos of Reggie. He’s incredibly sweet and what a great voice he has. Last April I had the chance to see him. He was standing right in front of me and when I said hello, he flashed that great smile. Very handsome guy. He’s been an amazing presence for PBO, at each and every move of every day., always at the right place at the right time. I can’t imagine how sorry everyone is to see him leave. I read that someone who works in the WH got choked up just talking about it. I wish him the very, very best.

  30. November 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    The Obama campaign is keeping its sights aimed at Mitt Romney, with a conference call with reporters Wednesday slamming Romney for attacking Newt Gingrich’s positions on immigration reform in the debate Tuesday night.

    Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) said: “I think we’re all profoundly disappointed by Mitt Romney’s comments in the debate, where he chastised former Speaker Newt Gingrich about his statement that this country should have a humane immigration policy, and that we ought to have the policy that takes into consideration not separating families, not discriminating against children by not educating them.

    “And he was taken to task, I thought pretty severely by Mitt Romney – the same individual that has had multiple positions throughout his different campaigns.

    “In one of the campaigns, he actually supported the proposal by Sen. Kennedy and Sen. McCain, but in today’s political climate he feels he needs to oppose any kind of humane policy — no matter how it betrays the legacy of our nation. We were created by immigrants, and we’ve got a long and storied history of the role that immigrants have played in our country as it develops.”

    (Technically, Romney favored the McCain-Kennedy proposals in 2005 and early 2006 — when he was not on the ballot in any race that year, but was preparing to run for president. By early 2007, he opposed it.)


  31. November 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    By Debbie Siegelbaum – 11/23/11 01:20 PM ET
    Speaker John Boehner’s office has abandoned its efforts to honor a slain staffer of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

    Instead, the Speaker is supporting legislation sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) to name a room in the Capitol Visitor Center after Gabriel Zimmerman.


    • 75 Fred
      November 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      excuse my language Jovie but eff Boehner;he could have stopped his racist violent mob of a party yet he didn’t.Too little;too damn late.Again excuse my language

    November 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm


  33. November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    GOP Looks Bellicose
    by BooMan
    Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 09:32:45 AM EST

    If you missed the Republican debate on foreign policy last night here is the transcript. I actually did watch the debate after having skipped the last two because they were unwatchable. There were a few moments that made me retch, like when criminals Ed Meese and Paul Wolfowitz were invited to ask the panel a question. But something about the location (D.C.) and the topic prevented the the Republicans from talking utter nonsense. You can’t debate these fools on anything involving math, like budgets or economics, but you can have a somewhat normal conversation with them about foreign policy.
    For the purposes of last night’s debate, immigration policy was considered foreign policy. And that was where Newt Gingrich attempted to stake out a compassionate position that would allow undocumented workers who have lived here a long-time to gain a legal status (but not citizenship). Romney and Bachmann denounced him for being pro-amnesty. Rick Perry tried to have it both ways. The immigration question will probably wind up being the most consequential for the outcome of the primaries.


  34. November 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Wait, What? Who Said Anything About Force
    by John Cole

    She keeps digging:

    As the tent city on the University of California, Davis, tripled in size, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi insisted Tuesday that the school’s police department defied her orders when it used force against students in last week’s pepper-spray fiasco.

    “We told the police to remove the tents or the equipment,” Katehi said in an interview with The Bee in her office inside the administration building, which remains locked down to the public.

    “We told them very specifically to do it peacefully, and if there were too many of them, not to do it, if the students were aggressive, not to do it. And then we told them we also do not want to have another Berkeley.”


    • November 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      This woman needs to go. You never ever telegraph or specifically outline how you deal with campus issues and actions like this to the public or the press. She’s really backpeddling and making a a big mess every bigger. She is too ineffective and she needs to resign pronto.

    • 81 FiredUpInCA
      November 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      “It looked horrible, horrific, I would say … , ” Katehi said. “I can tell you that I woke up Saturday really early in the morning, like 3 a.m., and I felt like it was a disaster on our hands.”

      This sentence makes you wonder what she thought was horrific, the sight of passive students being pepper-sprayed or the specter of the public relations disaster that was about to hit the University.

      If she had said, ‘I was angry and horrified that this was happening to students who were simply exercising their right to free speech,’ that would have been more reassuring.

  35. November 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    By Lynn Sweet on November 23, 2011 10:03 AM | No Comments
    WASHINGTON–White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett will tout “Small Business Saturday” in Chicago’s Hyde Park, where she will hit the famed 57th Street Books and Chant, the restaurant on E. 53rd to urge folks to shop at local stores.
    On Saturday, Jarrett, joined by Ald. Will Burns (4th) and members of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will host a press conference at Chant, 1509 E. 53rd–not far from the Kenwood home of President Barack Obama and the block where Jarrett was raised.
    From a White House official: “The point of the press conference is to “generate awareness about Small Business Saturday….You’ve heard of Black Friday. And Cyber Monday. But did you know that this Saturday is Small Business Saturday? Small Business Saturday is a national initiative that marks a day to support the local business that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday is an event that drives shoppers to local, independently-owned merchants. The President and the Administration is encouraging everyone to do their holiday shopping this Saturday, November 26, at local small businesses.”

  36. November 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    found this great comment about Willard over at Washington Monthly:

    Rip on November 23, 2011 2:00 PM:

    I used to think that Romney, unlike the rest of the Republican field, actually had a shot at defeating Obama, and polls seemed to back this up. But it becomes increasingly clear after running for President for 6 years, that Mitt rarely thinks more than one step ahead and is often unprepared for any real pushback or attack on his his ever changing positions. So far he’s had it pretty easy with no one else running bringing out the hatchet, as they all imagine themselves somehow being a potential veep pick should Romney be nominated. Even Rick Perry’s jabs were soft enough to be forgiven by the convention.

    Assuming Romney becomes the nominee, the Obama campaign will be relentless in reminding voters that Romney can’t be trusted, has no core convictions, and is out of touch with the concerns of the middle class – and they will be able to do it using clips of Romney himself – in context. He won’t know what hit him, and no amount of ass-kissing of the far right at the convention is going fire them up for him, not even letting them pick the veep.

    Even with a floor of 40% of the electorate that would vote for David Duke if he were the Republican nominee, I don’t see Romney or anyone else running coming within 5 points of Obama next November.


  37. November 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Omg! Eugene Robinson finally got a gig, he is filling in for Martin Bashir.
    He has been trying trying trying…

  38. 86 FiredUpInCA
    November 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    GOP clown car and neocons: please watch and learn.


    (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal Wednesday under which he will step down after 33 years in power and 10 months of protests against his rule that brought the country to the brink of civil war…

    Pentagon says it has been able to preserve counter-terrorism ties with Yemen despite instability…

  39. November 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    November 23, 2011 1:40 PM
    When the parties exchange wish lists
    By Steve Benen

    About a month ago, eyeing an end game in the super-committee talks, the parties exchanged “wish lists,” sketching out what both sides wanted from the debt-reduction process.

    The results weren’t pretty. Democrats wanted to apply $1 trillion in new tax revenue to debt reduction, and find the resources to pay for the American Jobs Act. Republicans wanted to repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (which would make the debt much worse), approve the Paul Ryan budget agenda (which would add $6 trillion to the debt over the next decade), block grant the Medicaid program, and pass, among other things, tort reform.


  40. 88 Fred
    November 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Report: 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Japan Coast 😯

    A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has hit off Japan’s coast, @BreakingNews reports. The epicenter was reportedly off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, and no tsunami warning has been posted.

  41. November 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    This was an ELON JAMES TWEET from a few days ago about the police clampdown on OWS:

    “Oh? The Police are treating you harshly? Violent for no reason? Weird.” – Black People.

    he’s made T-SHIRTS!



  42. November 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Quoted: Pat Robertson on Condi Rice’s mysterious Thanksgiving dish
    By The Reliable Source

    What is this mac-and-cheese? Is it a black thing?”

    Pat Robertson on “The 700 Club” Wednesday, after an interview segment where guest Condoleezza Rice cited her favorite Thanksgiving dish. “It is a black thing,” the televangelist’s African-American co-host Kristi Watts said, laughing. “The world needs to get on board with macaroni and cheese!”


  43. November 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    November 23, 2011 2:05 PM

    Why it’s going to be a long year

    By Steve Benen

    Several years ago, philosopher Harry Frankfurt wrote a fascinating book called, “On Bullshit.” Among other things, the book sought to draw a distinction between b.s. and lies, and at the risk of oversimplifying a sophisticated point, the key difference is considering the truth irrelevant.

    A liar makes false claims. A b.s. artist doesn’t much care what’s true or false, because facts are irrelevant in the person’s larger agenda. Liars care what’s true and deliberately say the opposite; b.s. artists are indifferent to what’s true and tend to see facts as inconveniences that simply get in the way.

    In light Mitt Romney’s obvious and glaring falsehood in his first television ad, take a wild guess which camp the Republican’s presidential campaign falls into.


  44. 93 desertflower
    November 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    This may be only “symbolic” for us…but this made me smile. These crooks can NEVER leave the US again.


  45. 96 Dudette
    November 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Just saw this on the Martin Bashir (Eugene Robinson filling in) man-on-the-street segment where they asked people what they’re thankful for in American politics: — a woman said: ” I’m thankful for Barack Obama. He’s a wonderful, honorable man and he’s a wonderful President”.

    M,am, I couldn’t agree with you more!

    Everyone, have a Safe, Happy and Scrumptuous Thanksgiving!!

  46. 98 desertflower
    November 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Must read for fighting spirit


    Opinion THANKING GROVER NORQUIST. Rage…then be thankful.Fire to fight on…

  47. November 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    The town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, is synonymous with Thanksgiving. One year after the 1620 landing of the famous Mayflower, the town was the site for the very first harvest celebration between the Pilgrim settlers from England and the local members of the Wampanoag tribe.

    As “America’s Hometown,” Plymouth has embarked on a path to energy efficiency to reduce energy waste in the coming years, while also exploring opportunities to expand use of renewable energy sources.

    A 2009 energy audit identified the largest uses of municipal energy, as well as where the biggest savings could be realized. To help implement energy efficiency upgrades, the town received $514,000 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    One of the most obvious projects on the town’s list was to improve the energy efficiency of Memorial Hall, a 1,300 seat civic arena built in 1921 and used for concerts, plays, town assemblies, proms, graduations, and basketball games.

    The town used over $60,000 in EECBG funds as well as more $23,000 in additional funding from local utility NStar to complete a number of energy efficiency upgrades, including a new chiller for the air conditioning system, occupancy sensors to turn on the air conditioning in targeted sections of the building and a wide range of heat pump and boiler upgrades.

    The Memorial Hall work was completed in January, and the town is monitoring its utility bills to gauge the effectiveness of the upgrades, which so far have saved nearly $1,200 per month.

    The South Street Public Library also had work done. The town energy audit determined the library used almost 20 percent of the town’s annual electricity, so the town used $20,000 in grant funding to implement lighting upgrades in the 20,000-square-foot facility. Energy savings from the upgrades should pay for the improvements within two years.

    Additional projects in the works include: a new boiler for the West Plymouth Fire Station, new thermostats for the Town Hall and two elementary schools, and a new energy efficient water pumping motor for the Darby Pond Well.


    Plymouth, MA 1692? Ring a bell?

  48. 102 desertflower
    November 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    TX. redistricting could be a blow to GOP…they need to make things right in AZ….the “Cryptkeeper Brewer” has gone rogue like her BFF Sister Sarah. Here in AZ, we call her THE RED QUEEN.


  49. November 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    November 23, 2011 3:45 PM

    Strange days

    By Steve Benen

    Just so we’re clear, a Democratic president is fighting hard to cut taxes, and is facing heavy opposition from congressional Republicans…

    President Obama plunged into the heart of Republican primary land on Tuesday to deliver a direct challenge to Congress to act quickly to extend and expand the payroll tax cut when lawmakers return next week from the Thanksgiving holidays.

    Laying out his proposal in deliberately simple and stark terms, the president told an audience here that if Republicans in Congress vote no, middle-class families will have to pay an additional $1,000 in taxes next year when the temporary break ends……


    • 104 Dudette
      November 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Another nugget of proof that a splinter in the time-space continuum has shifted us into the topsy-tursy universe, where when it comes to the Republicans and their mouthpieces, up is down and down is up, truth is a lie and a lie is truth.

  50. November 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Romney Tells Iowa Audience: ‘I’m Not Trying To Put Money In People’s Pockets’ |

    Part of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R) plan to boost economic growth, he says, is a tax cut that comes in the form of repealing certain taxes on investments for the middle class. As ThinkProgress has noted, however, those cuts won’t actually benefit most middle-class individuals. Romney may now be aware of that fact, as he told one local resident in Des Moines, Iowa today that he isn’t “trying to put money in people’s pockets. That’s the other party.”


  51. 108 Pamela
    November 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Bless you, Mr. Reggie Love, and thank you for the massive work of shielding our beloved President all these years! You sure have earned that stripe! And many more!!

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