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234 Responses to “60 minutes”

  1. 6 ScottyUrb
    December 11, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks, Chipsticks and halo!

  2. 7 Sandy1110
    December 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Good interview. Steve Kroft set ’em up, the President knocked ’em down.

    I like the 60 Minutes interviews.

    The President gets to make the stupid RW, Fox-esque questions look really stupid.

    And people who don’t follow politics day in and day out but hear these types of questions all the time in the MSM get to hear the President address them without pundits blathering over him or speculating incorrectly about what he said.

    • 8 GGail
      December 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      I AGREE Sandy1110

    • 9 Kat 4 Obama
      December 12, 2011 at 12:18 am

      I totally agree, Sandy.

    • 10 FiredUpInCA
      December 12, 2011 at 1:56 am

      I agree with this too. Democrats who hear these questions from friends or colleagues have been provided solid responses from the President himself.

    • 11 nathkatun7
      December 12, 2011 at 4:36 am

      Exactly! I really loved the President’s responses to Steve Croft who did everything to channel all the President’s critics, from both the left and the right. As the President said both sides can’t be correct. The right accuses him of being a radical Socialist-Marxist out to destroy the Capitalist system; the left accuses him of being a Corporatist, or, as Cornel West would say, a “mascot puppet” of the plutocrats. For me every time I listen to the President and objectively assess what he has accomplished in three years, I feel vindicated for having voted for him and for continuing to enthusiastically support his re-election.

      • 12 Mel
        December 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

        PBO was excellent, and brilliant he always is and I never panic, We watched the 60 interview with frinds here
        and we all agreed how smart this President is. PBO know Steve Kroft very well and he is confortable with Steve
        when Obama gives you a give smile before he responds you know he is going to knock down, because PBO already
        knows the questions are loaded with a lot of B.S.aand there were no sound bites at all for the MSM.

  3. December 11, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I am reposting from the last thread! Thanks Chips! You are the BEST!!!!! Blogger in Chief!

    This has been a hugely busy week for me and this coming week also. Thank goodness I can check in every now and then to see what is going on. I haven’t been able to catch up on all the past posts, but I did read all the comments here only after I started watching my dvr of the President’s interview. I got so mad I turned it off then I came here and read all the comments. I agree with everyone. I thought Kroft was very disrespetful. Now that I have calmed down maybe I can go back and listen to the President’s answers. I did listen to HGTV decorate the White House. That was wonderful.

    Thanks to Chips and all of you for keeping the rest of informed. Even if we can’t participate we are here in spirit. I think I will run out and buy some cocoa butter! Off to bed!

  4. December 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Hello everyone..!! 😀 *Waving*

    ·.·Rock Wuz Here.·.

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

  5. December 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    The political winds have shifted to the Democrats’ backs over the last month.

    President Obama is in better shape at the prospect of a prolonged GOP primary battle between former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Mitt Romney. Democrats in the House have been buoyed by a series of court decisions on redistricting and Senate Democrats have recently landed potentially strong recruits in conservative-leaning states.

    Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue have seized on the payroll tax extension, which has divided the GOP.


    I feel a momentum shift too. That is why the GOP might get desperate, which is scary!

  6. December 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Question to Steve Kroft: Do you think the media are doing their job? People all over the country are highly dissatisfied with the way the “news’ are presented. Do you, Mr. Kroft, feel that you share the blame for that?

    • 20 utaustinliberal
      December 12, 2011 at 12:25 am


      • December 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

        Wouldn’t it be just great though if the public, both on the democrat/republican et al, could get a chance to state their concerns to him on
        national tv? Or even bloggers from different sites? Yep, invite the bloggers to the White House,yes Ms Chips, that is YOU,…and fire away.

    • 22 nathkatun7
      December 12, 2011 at 4:52 am

      Bravo hgerhard! For all of you twitters, ( I am sorry I still have no mastered this twitter thing) hgerhard’s question is absolutely on the mark! Steve Kroft needs to hear this question. It’s also the question that all so called main stream journalists need to answer.

  7. 23 LOL
    December 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Facts are stubborn things….A mere google search should be a prereq for getting an interview with Prez.

    Kroft: Consumer Demand Down

    Reality: “Consumer Confidence Rises and Trade Deficit Falls” 12/10


    Kroft:Business Investment Down

    Reality: Bank Credit Highest Since Before Lehman as U.S. Growth Continues 12/11

    From the story: U.S bank credit is growing at the fastest pace in three years, giving the Federal Reserve confidence in the economic expansion’s staying power.Financial institutions increased commercial and industrial loans by an average annual pace of almost 10 percent in the third quarter……


    Kroft: 8.6 Unemployment

    Reality: True…but

    “Jobless claims fall sharply” 12/08

    “Unemployment drops sharply”

    • December 11, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      I noticed that too. Maybe you can email politi fact, so they can fact check Kroft?. Which then gets it into the MSM’

      • 25 LOL
        December 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

        Oh I will. The second time watching…I was just taking aback by how Kroft seemed oblivious to what has happened over the course of 36 mths. I mean in Jan or Feb of 09 we lost 700K jobs…and now we have 120K. No reason to throw a party…but it ain’t no number to piss on either.

        • 26 GGail
          December 12, 2011 at 12:01 am

          From my perspective, I thought Kroft asked the questions in a way that allowed POTUS to give full and fact filled answers. In some of the questions, you could actually hear that this is what some/many uninformed people are thinking and it was an opportunity for the President to set the record straight and to also toot his horn regarding his many accomplishments.

          • 27 LOL
            December 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

            Oh I agree completely that the Prez handled those questions like the champ he is. My small issue with Kroft was that he used GOP or Professional Left talking points to ask the question.

            • 28 GGail
              December 12, 2011 at 12:27 am

              But isn’t that the point of the “interview”? To dispel stupidity??

              • 29 LOL
                December 12, 2011 at 12:41 am

                Yeah….but you can’t prove a negative. The nutjobs on both sides won’t believe anything the prez says. He is a socialist who is hell bent on destroying the country OR he is a GOP plant who hates women and loves war. There is nothing the Prez can say to persuade those people.

                • 30 GGail
                  December 12, 2011 at 12:49 am

                  But not everyone who watched tonight is a nutjob. And if one person….gleamed some knowledge…..WOW!


                  • 31 LOL
                    December 12, 2011 at 12:56 am

                    And that’s what gives me comfort….the rational middle who came out of this interview more assured that their vote was right in 08 and more assured that they won’t be buying tickets to the circus parade anytime soon. That’s why I love these 60 minutes interviews…it gives the Prez a chance to explain, not in soundbites, but in actual complete sentences.

                    YES. WE.CAN. 2007-2008

                    YES.WE.DID. NOV 4th 2008-NOV 5th 2012

                    YES.WE.WILL NOV 6th 2012

              • December 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

                Kroft shouldn’t repeat these things as facts or make the viewer think there are valid arguments from each side when there isn’t. Viewers don’t look at the interview and think Kroft is playing dumb. They see a journo they trust challenging a politician they may or may not like and it is only left up to Pres.Obama to convince the public of the facts when it is actually Krofts everyday responsibility to do that.

            • 35 utaustinliberal
              December 12, 2011 at 12:28 am

              When one carries GOP water as much as Kroft, it’s a little hard to actually obtain facts. The questions Kroft asked were pure BS and GOP filled crap. Yes, PBO answered the beautifully, but they weren’t tough or informative, just pure GOP BS.

              • 36 GGail
                December 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

                I wonder if POTUS cares whether the question was slanted PL or GOP. He had an opportunity to speak some cold hard truths and for that, I’m thankful that he is smart enough to handle BS and blow it apart.

                I have nothing against the messenger as long as POTUS is allowed to speak the true facts. The messenger is insignificant. The facts and truths are significant.

                • 37 utaustinliberal
                  December 12, 2011 at 12:50 am

                  The messenger is significant especially when the messenger doesn’t air the entire interview and twists and slants fact as though it’s so freaking hilarious. PBO was pissed off and he does care if a question is slanted PL or GOP. Didn’t you see his expression? I have something against the messenger when the messenger chooses not to do his homework and sits down there and snidely asks GOP BS question after GOP BS question. He’s paid to report the truth not to shill for one party over another. He does his audience a disservice when he implies PBO has been an utter and complete failure after almost 3 years. I know people who aren’t political junkies like myself and they saw the GOP slanted nonsense interview from a mile away. Yes, PBO handled himself well but there is no way to spin this interview as nothing other than GOP paid verbal diarrhea.

                  • 38 GGail
                    December 12, 2011 at 1:13 am

                    In a democracy there are two sides and some of us do see this as a positive interview because it accomplished a goal…to get some truths and facts out to the American public…by any means necessary.

                    I saw the President handling the reporter very well and debunking myths, theories, untruths and flat out lies.

                    • 39 utaustinliberal
                      December 12, 2011 at 6:46 am

                      Yes, PBO handled Steve Kroft but I also saw a messenger who was too sloppy, dishonest, shoddy, and full of BS to do a proper job and that matters a whole lot.

                    • December 12, 2011 at 7:06 am

                      In a democracy everyone gets to give their opinion, but as the saying goes, they are not entitled to their own facts. News programs are supposed to provide facts only and challenge the opinions and statements of their guests. They should not present both sides as if they are both valid.

                • December 12, 2011 at 7:01 am

                  You’re assuming that viewers chose to believe Pres.Obama over Steve Kroft. YOU know the truth so you can say Pres.Obama spoke the truth. The average viewer doesn’t know all the facts if any at all because Kroft and CBS have already fed them lies. So this interview is just he said he said and Pres.Obama had to make sure he sounds credible, cool and points out inconsistencies Krofts statements.

              • 42 hopefruit2
                December 12, 2011 at 12:46 am

                You’re right about Kroft. He’s probably spending all his free time with his equally clueless Buddy Mark Knoller at CBS – focusing on silly crap like how many hours of golf PBO played this morning, or how many zits appear on PBO’s face in a given week, or how many fundraisers PBO had this month, etc. Hard to keep abreast of complex facts when you’re focused on such trivialities. Much easier to simply scan and regurgitate crap from right-wing and lefty blogs.

                • 43 conlakappa
                  December 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

                  The President in the past has expressed liking the exchanges he has with Kroft, which date back a few years. Notice that it’s always Kroft who is interviewing him. There’s an ebb and flow to their discussions and Kroft gives him the stage to bat back nutty quesitons and concerns that are out there. There also was notice that the full interview could be seen on the Web site.

              • December 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

                Put BS. I am glad I only watched part of it tonight. I would have been awake all night long trying to find way to do Croft in.

            • 45 Obama Grandmama
              December 12, 2011 at 2:38 am

              I used to get mad at the interviewer that asked GOP talking point questions before realizing that those very questions are out there for people to hear and wonder about daily. Reframing the question to make it be more friendly just makes it appear to be in favor of PBO. He needs it to be the same kind of question that everyone is hearing daily so this kind of interview is perfect for dispelling the rumors and lies.

              • 46 Chi
                December 12, 2011 at 4:31 am

                I’ll agree with that sentiment when everybody is asked those same sort of questions…

                When we have former presidents running around giving interviews, touting and selling books and memoirs and prescriptions and solutions to the massive destruction they mostly created and problems they left behind for President Obama to clean up – and not one journalist asks them these so-called hard-hitting questions…

                When we have presidential wannabes traipsing all around shooting off at the mouth and declaring they want to take us back to the same policies that literally destroyed the very fibers of our nation – and nobody asks them these ‘hard-hitting’ questions either…

                I cry foul…

              • 48 Chi
                December 12, 2011 at 4:53 am

                Not until the same sort of questions are asked of all those former presidents running around touting solutions, offering prescriptions and selling books/memoirs after having destroyed this country and leaving President Obama an absolute mess to clean up…

                Not until these same types of questions are asked of the many presidential wannabes running around advocating a return to exactly those same horrid policies that literally destroyed our country…

                Until these questions are framed and the same asked of the above categories of politicians, there cannot be any justification or validation for these types of interview questions and posturing to President Obama alone…

              • 49 Chi
                December 12, 2011 at 6:46 am

                I’ll stop getting mad when they start asking these sort of questions of former presidents who are running all over the place selling their memoirs and offering theoretical solutions to problems they created and dumped on President Obama…

                I’ll also find people like Steve Kroft credible when he poses these same so-called hard-hitting questions to all the presidential wannabes running around determined to return us to the very same policies that nearly drove this country off the edge…

                Until then, I cal foul…

              • 50 Chi
                December 12, 2011 at 6:47 am

                Hey Chip,

                My comments aren’t posting…

              • December 12, 2011 at 7:09 am

                I’m not buying it and it lets these so-called journalists off the hook. From the description of others who watched the interview it sounds like Kroft engaged in “When did you stop beating your wife” questioning. This is not good for anybody. Its not good for the viewer and the only thing it does for President Obama is to test his patience.

                • 52 conlakappa
                  December 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

                  So did you watch the interview? That wasn’t my takeaway at all. I think the President deals with far greater things that test his patience. Batting back the BS was akin to swatting that fly.

          • December 12, 2011 at 7:17 am

            Goooood Morning…TOD fam…

            sipping my coffee as i read alil before work..

            Gail…i agree with you…i think it was a good interview…i did not feel that hostitily from Kroft the way i do from other interviewers…

            i felt that the Kroft respects the President and the Office…he asked the question and then allowed the President to answer without interrupting him….

            goood interview….

            the President as always was on point

            Pressssssssssssssss ON

          • December 12, 2011 at 8:26 am

            Agreed. The Prez can handle his stories, therefore,no worries! Maybe,just,maybe,this was one for the tirade of mis-information being
            bandied about!

      • 55 Mel
        December 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

        Do not believe the so call polls the MSM came out with they are phony, and who are they polling
        republicans? the MSM want to scare the shit out of us and let’s not buy their B.S.

    • 56 EDP4BHO
      December 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks. Facts do matter. Nite all !

    • 57 desertflower
      December 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      Hell, email it to Kroft! He’s the one that makes millions/year…why can’t HE do the work? Sorry, the interview pissed me off. Thanks for posting this, LOL.

    • December 12, 2011 at 12:06 am

      That’s why reading the comments about Kroft pissed me off. Is it asking too much to get your facts straight, BEFORE you sit down with President of the United States? I’m sorry but I don’t believe for one moment that Kroft didn’t know these facts. He didn’t ask if the his statements were true. He laid them out there if, in fact, they were the truth.

      • 59 utaustinliberal
        December 12, 2011 at 12:31 am

        Exactly. He implied President Obama was a failure, he implied President Obama was a child unwilling to sit down with the GOP. He called the President a compromiser and a non-compromiser. He was just parroting GOP talking points and it was disgusting. Yes, PBO handled himself and the questions beautifully, but there was nothing tough or informative about them; just pure GOP BS.

        • 60 HZ
          December 12, 2011 at 1:49 am

          That is a key word UT. Kroft implied. Yes, he did. That is what pissed me off. Plain and simple for me, it was not an interview worthy of the President of the United States given by Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes. Just a crap of an interview. No excuses for Kroft. Kroft is not new to this business. Or maybe, I am just too old and have seen too much in this business.

          Not on my watch. I am calling it like I see it. And I love that about our TOD family here, we respect each other enough to speak how we see something and can share in a manner that is still so very respectful. Thank you all for your comments, and thanks to our beautiful, Chipsticks.

          OT : I donated a little but it was all from my heart we can meet the goal with $546,00. Maybe we can try for the end of the week. Let us put a big Cocoa Butter Smile on Chips face, TOD Family. Love you all very much.HZ

      • 61 Mel
        December 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

        Remember the MSM’s job is NOT to give us the truth or the facts and they have said so themselves,
        so it’s up to all of us to fight back nicely.

    • 62 nathkatun7
      December 12, 2011 at 5:00 am

      Well done LOL! The tragedy, of course, is that the distorted facts were the ones peddled by Kroft and the ones American people will come to regard as true facts. Let’s hope the President’s supporters will push back by citing all the facts you cited.

  8. December 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Romney on John Sununu’s calling Newt “unstable:” “I’m not going to distance myself from that in any way.”



  9. 67 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Good evening TOD fam. It has been one of THOSE weeks; however, I won’t complain! Just wanted to share a song that gets me through the day… Night all, see you in the am.

  10. 69 GGail
    December 11, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Good game between the Cowboys & the Giants! Giants win 37 to 34.

  11. December 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Rick Perry says quote/. I don’t have memorized the 9 Supreme Court Justices!

    Nice Grammar Rick!

  12. December 12, 2011 at 12:01 am

    {{{Alycee}}} – Good night, Alycee. Hope you have a good rest, and a much better next week!

  13. 82 vitaminlover
    December 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

    My President is brilliant. Period.

  14. December 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for the clips but I think you should put up the full 56 minute unedited version. It was much meatier with better perspective,

  15. 84 auni
    December 12, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I liked the Kroft interview. I don’t think Steve was going after the President–more like he gave him the stage to answer the crap that the right wing folks are putting out there. It was like one talking point after another that the right wing press reports —and the President could then clear up. I think Sandy1110 is saying about the same thing. President Obama came off clear, smart, and knowledgable as always.

    • 85 FiredUpInCA
      December 12, 2011 at 2:18 am

      I agree with this.

      I don’t think Steve Kroft is an enemy, particularly when you consider all of the pushback from the President that Kroft allowed in his piece. ‘That’s just not true Steve’…. ‘It’s not a general perception that the stimulus didn’t do what it was intended to…’ ‘You’ve got to get your story straight, you said I was too hardline and now you’re saying I gave in too much. Both can’t be true…”

      He could have pulled a Romney or a Breitbart and done a hit job with the editing, but he left the smackdowns in.

      Since all of those kinds of comments made it into the broadcast, in addition to the ovations and key messages from the President’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, I am rather glad about how this interview went.

      Steve Kroft has to remain credible. He can’t coddle and advocate like O’Reilly and Hannity. He teed the questions up and the President acknowledged the perceptions that are out there in this choppy economy and he pushed back hard on the questions that were based on complete falsehoods.

      I’d say this interview was much more fair and than what gets delivered by the jackals in the White House press corps.

      • 86 conlakappa
        December 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

        Co-sign to all of this. Had he been all “are you great or the greatest,” it would have been no different from Faux.

    • 87 Obama Grandmama
      December 12, 2011 at 2:43 am

      I agree…auni.

    • 88 57andFemale
      December 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

      That’s how it struck me, too.

    • 89 blondegrrl
      December 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

      I agree as well – those GOP talking points are out there and repeated constantly. They are not going away – but PBO was able to strike each and every one down personally concisely and intelligently. Anyone who’s been on the fence or felt their support being drained by the constant chatter in the media was reassured by the President’s answers. TODers since we are on top of what’s been going on in the media and fully support our President are not the target audience for this type of interview. I am happy that the interview was aired on 60 minutes so that more independents could hear the responses to the talking points that the right wing constantly espouse.

  16. 90 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    December 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Our President is remarkable. Excellent interview. The questions from Kroft made me want to blow up my TV, but the President’s poised and confident answers took all the Teathug hateful zing out of the interview. BRAVO PBO. Another objective met. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

  17. December 12, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Steve Kroft is a lazy, sloppy slouch. Sure, PBO did well but Kroft wasted everybody’s time. His intentions outweighed the questions and pushed an agenda that was hideously biased. There are ways to ask questions that challenge and probe and uncover new information and attitudes. That wasn’t it. I don’t expect much from the media but that was absurd. PBO displayed grace and intelligence but I completely resent the context Kroft put forward. I’m sure he’s just warming up.

    • 92 utaustinliberal
      December 12, 2011 at 12:33 am

      100% agree.

    • 94 Sankofa
      December 12, 2011 at 4:41 am

      Agree, as I stated in the other thread, it was the FRAMING of the questions and that was total g-no-p talking points biased. It can’t be spinned that kroft set them up so President Obama could knock them down because it should NOT have been that kind of interview. He was interviewing the President of the United States and if he can’t give him the same respect he gave w, he did not do the job he gets paid millions to do. It was the framing that pissed some of us off….not the president’s answers…

      • December 12, 2011 at 8:51 am

        EXACTLY. They push their framing over and over and over again until it becomes them mindset of everyone, including the PL. It’s very, very cynical.

    • 96 nathkatun7
      December 12, 2011 at 5:17 am

      Thanks meta for your comment. I thought I was alone in feeling like Kroft was channelling all the negativity of the media, as well as the right wing and left wing unfounded criticism of the President. Thankfully, we have a very smart President who pushed back at those idiotic questions. But there was no need for Kraft to subject the President to many of these stupid questions.

      • December 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

        Morning, TODville, and a nice sunny, yet chilly, morning it is where I am. Hoping everyone has a terrific Monday!

        You know, last night I read the comments re Steve Kroft’s interviewing style, decided not to watch the interview (because I get vicious thoughts when my president is ‘attacked’), then changed my mind before going to bed and watched. It wasn’t really what I anticipated from the comments. So far, this morning’s divide here reinforces for me that TDOville is not going to agree on this one,

        I am of the view that Kroft asked the questions using the TONE and CONTENT of what is being said out there, and the Prez used this uninterrupted opportunity to set the record straight for a ‘target’ audience, maybe? I really didn’t find Kroft as offensive as I’d gone in expecting, and I didn’t see HIM as being rude per se, though I did see him channeling GOP positions. I totally agree that ‘there are ways to ask questions that challenge and probe and uncover new information and attitudes’. Yet, I would ask, if such ways were used in this interview do we see the oppositional part of the voting public buying in or would they immediately tune out on the question? In this episode i could see them nodding their heads and thinking (with snark), ‘Yes. Answer THAT Mr. President!’ Sometimes I think as a family we forget that not all our neighbours are thoughtful, reflective voters, yet their votes are also needed in the mix. {By the way, this is not meant to imply that those who follow political blogs are the only ‘thinkers’}

        • 98 conlakappa
          December 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

          While I agree with most everything you wrote, why is everyone writing about GOP positions when there were just as many purity left questions? About Democrats? That was the appropriate platform to respond to all so-called critics. And that takes me back to your last, pre-parenthetic sentence. It says it all! Let’s all keep in mind that the President isn’t spending his time running for office right now, he’s spending it running the country. All concerns about him putting any thoughts or attention to the Clown Car Cavalcade are ill spent. Let them tear down each other while he keeps doing what he’s doing.

  18. 99 StylishGurl
    December 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Chipstick… You are the best. That is all.

  19. 100 QuietObserver
    December 12, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Thanks for posting the interview. I turned on the TV just in time to see the last 30 seconds. I’ll catch up on the rest probably tomorrow.

  20. 101 LOL
    December 12, 2011 at 12:29 am

    “Don’t compare me to the Almighty….compare me to the alternative” Joseph Robinette Biden..son of Scranton.

  21. 103 MICHELE
    December 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I so miss Don Hewitt and Ed Bradley from 60 minutes. I wished they had allowed the entire interview to play as a special because POTUS did make a great comment on how other Democratic Presidents such as FDR, Truman and Lyndon were called out of their names and dismissed by the other party and their own party…

    • December 12, 2011 at 1:07 am

      I do really miss Ed Bradley. He was a real gentleman and an honest journalist.

      • December 12, 2011 at 2:25 am

        Yes, Ed was one of the best!! Love his style of journalism for sure. Miss him very much. May he rest in peace and we thank him for the wonderful memories of 60 Minutes in his day. Great journalist IMO.HZ

  22. 106 utaustinliberal
    December 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Kroft is a total and complete idiot. The full interview has more and what was shown on 60 minutes was edited crap. Kroft came into the interview with the President of the United States stacked with GOP talking points. There was nothing tough or informative about his questions. When one parrots GOP talking points and carries GOP water, it doesn’t mean one is tough or smart, it means one is a lazy, sloppy “journalist” and knows better but was willing to sit down and lie to the audience. Kroft knows what PBO has accomplished and he knows the economic news is much better than that crap filled CBS poll but he sits down and snidely suggests PBO has been a failure for almost 3 years. He sits down there and suggests that PBO must be close to Wall Street, that’s why there have been no prosecutions. He sits down there and suggests that it is class warfare to make the 1% pay their fair share. He sits down there and suggests the GOP have been the ones who are wiling to negotiate and not PBO. He sits down there and suggests PBO is the unreasonable and combative one. I don’t call that tough or informative questioning; I call that complete and utter GOP BS. I repeat; it’s complete and utter GOP BS. There is no other way to spin that nonsense filled interview. Yes PBO handled himself well, but Kroft was carrying so much GOP water, it was disgusting. I know average voters who aren’t political junkies like myself and they spotted the GOP water carrying from a mile away. Kroft should be better than that. Unfortunately these days the media gets paid to spew verbal diarrhea; and that’s what that interview was.

    • 107 Proud former White House intern
      December 12, 2011 at 12:50 am

      I could not agree more. PBO shut him down every time. This president has a swagger like no-other. I just love it when he makes idiotic journalists look stupid. Case in point Kroft.

    • 108 hopefruit2
      December 12, 2011 at 12:58 am

      Well lets see if Kroft applies the same “toughness” when interviewing Willard, Mankini or Huntsman.

      • December 12, 2011 at 6:08 am

        This. While I don’t mind hard-nosed questioning of the president, it pisses me off that the rethugs don’t get such in-your-face questioning. That’s why they rate less than vermin in my book.

      • 110 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        December 12, 2011 at 6:21 am

        I understand everyone’s anger over the interview. Kroft is disgusting just like all the talking heads and pundits of MSM. What was so excellent about the interview was the way PBO handled himself. This can not go without notice folks. He is in a league of his own when it comes to responding to combative interviewers. His opponents are no where near as brilliant. This interview also catered to low info independents, Rethugs, and ConservaDems who eat up these five min soundbites from the MSM. He answered them all. We can bitch all we want about the MSM and their methods of spreading propoganda, but as long as PBO is in office that is all we are going to get. Don’t expect any difference in our next 4 years in office. As soon as PBO is re-elected the MSM will be focused on who will be running in 2016 and of course all of the focus will be on the Rethug candidates and not the open Dem field. It is what it is. Until some progressive millionairs/billionairs (thats if any exist) take over these media mogul positions we will get the same TRIPE. All we can do is PRESS ON and FIGHT THE LIES!!! Obama/Biden 2012

    • December 12, 2011 at 1:04 am

      I haven’t seen the unedited version but this is what I was alluding to earlier. The disservice is that even though PBO handled it well, the craptastic media has yet another moment in a freakin’ long, long, long line of thousands of moments to spread their treacherous BS. It’s absolute garbage and as you point out, it’s just intentional lying propaganda. I’m so completely sick of this tripe. It’s an ugly game where nobody wins.

      • 112 SueBee
        December 12, 2011 at 1:37 am

        Like I said on Twitter, I watched the entire unedited 60 Minutes interview with President Obama. TV editing is dangerous..good thing he came off smart despite editing

        • 113 SueBee
          December 12, 2011 at 1:50 am

          Also, Steve Kroft got lit up in the comment section. No one liked they way he did the interview, very Fox News like..shameful…

    • 114 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      December 12, 2011 at 1:47 am

      I agree with you on this. The President did well in spite of the negative questioning. The part I found annoying was the reading from the polls before all the questions. The polls I’ve seen lately have been much more positive than Kroft made it sound. It served a purpose only because the President is able to rise above the stupidity. I suppose we can expect more of this. It’s going to be unavoidable but it’s still hard to watch.

      The President is able to answer these questions but it must be tiresome to work your ass off for three years; save the economy; kill the county’s number one enemy; get historic heathcare legislation passed and raise the level of respect for the nation by like a 1000% and then have some bozo ask you why your such a failure. I want to tell all these idiots just say “thank you” then STFU and sit down.

      • December 12, 2011 at 3:33 am

        Yes, this is what upset me, too. The President is brilliant,but he’s also only human. To work so hard, sacrifice your family’s privacy, lose years due to stress – and then have someone ask you “what have you done in these three years that deserves re-election”? It broke my heart. While I agree that it’s good practice for President Obama, and it’s good for him to knock down the GOP talking points – it’s just so unnecessary. And it makes one ask whether people are just so clueless, so disinterested and so evil, that they can even think of throwing this gift of a man out of office in favour of one of the dangerous people on the right. He works so hard, accomplishes so much, and then has to sit through this kind of disrespectful interview, hearing that half the country thinks he’s not doing a good job. Just horrible.

        • 116 Sankofa
          December 12, 2011 at 4:45 am

          /\ THIS theo, THIS!

        • 117 edp4bho
          December 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

          I totally agree with utaustin, Theo, gobrooklyn, w-o-s,, meta, michele, hopefruit,sankofa and Keith. One can offer a strong and factual interview instead of a weak and speculative one, and be able to get a reveal on the President. Kroft is another media pig. His insinuations give more fodder to the prevailing msm meme of presidential weakness. Case in point—-his “dismal” poll numbers. How many people heard that and would believe same, instead of searching on their own for the actual numbers? Also, a polling in the middle forties is not a dismal figure in light of the still-struggling economy. He did not have to emphasize a poll. Also, no mention at all of real accomplishments? The interview was biased, and I don’t buy that PBO needed the hard questions. When does he ever not get hard questions, inferrences, accusations? Give me a friggin break.

      • 119 Chi
        December 12, 2011 at 5:00 am

        Absolutely spot on WOS and Theo…

    • 120 nathkatun7
      December 12, 2011 at 5:43 am

      UT, I totally agree with you! Kroft tried to ambush the President with both the GOP and the PL talking points. Thankfully the President was smart enough not to fall into the trap. I especially liked the President’s response to Kroft who used both the right and the left in criticizing the President, especially on Financial reforms. As President Obama said, both sides can’t be correct. The right paints the President s this extreme Socialist out to destroy Capitalism. The so called left paints the President as a tool of corporate capitalism. Surely the President can’t be both. So why in the world is a supposedly reputable journalists repeating these false memes from both the left and the right? I for one didn’t want to hear the left and the right false accusations of the President. What I expected was a serious discussion of issues confronting this country and how the President intends to address them. Kraft and 60 Minutes could then have given equal time to the Republicans to present their vision and programs about how to solve critical issues facing the country. Although President Obama was gracious, what irritated me was Kroft continuous efforts to put the President on the defensive by repeatedly citing un-sourced negative data about the President.

  23. 122 dotster3
    December 12, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Dropped a couple of coins in your bucket, chips. So grateful for all your good work. So grateful for our smart, sane, calm president, determined for his re-election.

  24. 123 GGail
    December 12, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Thanks Chipsticks for posting POTUS and his excellent quotable quote from the 60 Minutes interview.

    I’m with him all the way!

    • December 12, 2011 at 2:12 am

      Goodnight/Morning Chipsticks and TOD Family. Thanks Chipsticks for a beautiful two days for me. Even though, I am suppose to be ressting(I am) but very limited computer, I just want to say, Chipsticks and TOD family you all have made this a wonderful two days for me since coming back.

      I also think that we can raise our goal with Chipsticks ,ladies and gentlemen maybe by the end of the week. I just gave from my heart and we can get the $ 546.00 if 50 of us give $10.92 each in the name of “Our Cocoa Butter Eve.” Now ,I know Chipsticks had to place at least 50 of us on the mat yesterday. Right? Come on we can do this one. ((((((((((Love you all)))))))))).HZ

  25. December 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

    I hope Mitt Romney was watching this interview because this is how you handle an aggressive reporter. Obama is too cool for his shit (can I say that?!?) and didn’t get rattled at all.

    This is why he’ll devour any Republican in a national debate. Even Gingrich, who supposedly is this master debater (uh huh huh huh) gets flustered when backed in a corner.

    Not Obama. I realized this when, in the third debate against McCain, he didn’t turn around and just smack him. I know, watching from home, that’s exactly what I would’ve done.

  26. December 12, 2011 at 4:18 am

    I just noticed why it was all republicans on the sudsy shows?
    Remember, the Beltway msm meme is, he is going over our heads with these local interviews, so let’s ignore him!
    Well, enter the 60 minutes interview- they hate it when our President goes around them.

  27. December 12, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Germany opposes more stimulus from the ECB.
    Stocks futures are lower thanks to Merkel comments.
    I don’t like Merkel, she is almost a libertarian!

  28. December 12, 2011 at 4:37 am

    9:45 AM
    Obama and Biden hold an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq.
    10:15 AM
    Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
    10:30 AM
    Carney gaggles.
    11:35 AM
    Obama and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki hold a joint press conference.
    12:45 PM
    Obama, Biden and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attend a wreath laying ceremony.
    2:00 PM
    Michelle Obama visits the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.
    4:30 PM
    Obama meets with Secretary of State Clinton.

  29. 130 fanoTOD
    December 12, 2011 at 5:26 am

    once again, i am soothed and informed by the brilliant Chipsticks and TOD community. i was furious through that interview, i despise kroft. but then, i come and read here, and i am altered. you all get it. and you all explain things i hadn’t realized, like how that kind of interview can have some value, in spite of being intensely sickening. President Obama rises, every time! he is amazing! i am out there raving and foaming at the mouth, thinking, omg, he handles everything. i would be losing it, throwing things at kroft … !
    thank you, all, for insights and vision. and gorgeous views. again!

  30. December 12, 2011 at 5:49 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq in its final days, President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will meet at the White House Monday to discuss the next phase of the relationship between their countries.


  31. December 12, 2011 at 5:55 am

    The U.S., long accused of blocking progress in international climate talks, is winning a two-decade old debate about how to curtail global warming.
    The decision yesterday by China and India to move toward an agreement with the “legal force” to limit their fossil fuel emissions marked the first step toward treating developing nations the same as industrial ones when it comes to reducing pollution.


    But but but…

  32. December 12, 2011 at 5:57 am

    OWS attempts to shut down western ports for 12 hours yesterday.
    Tell Chris Hayes, that is stupid!!!

    • December 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Good morning, Jovie. Some of the workers at the Port of Oakland are asking the 99% protestors not to prevent them from putting in a day’s work. The local news interviewed a worker who understands the frustrations but asked, why don’t the protestors just get involved in the political process and organize to elect people they think most represents them if they don’t like the current situation instead of keeping honest people from earning a day’s pay? Another person was interviewed who lives opposite the Occupy Berkeley encampment and he said he is fed up because the situation has become a magnet for the homeless and some criminal elements. He feels that the public park has been taken over and is no longer a safe place for others and he wants the city to do something. I think the tide is turning on this movement.

      • December 12, 2011 at 7:33 am


        why don’t the protestors just get involved in the political process and organize to elect people they think most represents them if they don’t like the current situation

        This is what fucking democracy is all about.

        • 137 conlakappa
          December 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

          Because that would require actual action and boots on the ground and stuff. Better to just camp out somewhere. Or block a working person’s work day. They seem to be quite good at that. A couple of them in D.C. were arrested for taking away a counter-protester’s sign. I guess free speech is only free when they’re the ones wielding signs!

          • December 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

            Because they wouldn’t necessarily get on TV if they used the existing systems. They seem to be more interested in disrupting than making progress. When the union you claim you’re protesting on behalf of pleads with you not to do what you’re doing, then it’s time for reflection and coming up with a better plan. There’s an election next year, and they are effectively writing themselves out of any power. The actual powers that be are looking at them and realizing they are no threat, because they’re distracted by little, inconsequential things – rather than using their force and numbers, and the emotion,energy and good intentions to actually make a difference in this campaign and in people’s minds. So disappointing, and such a wasted effort.

      • 139 nospin
        December 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

        meta around the Dec 3 weekend OWS’ers were at McPherson Square in DC. Pissed off the homeless folks who were being pushed out of that space. When interviewed the homeless were saying they were ticked off because they felt that OWS’ers were only interested in getting on TV and that they had no interest in helping folks who truly had a need. They were especially ticked because OWS’ers were came in overnight and tried to build a shelter in the middle of the park (with insulation). That meant there was no place for the folks who needed the space. One of the homeless men said they were full of it because they (OWS’ers) had a place to live and did not represent them. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/us/occupy-dc-stopped-from-putting-up-a-building.html

  33. December 12, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Lol! Morning Joe went with the CBS poll that said the Prez does not deserve re election.
    Skips their own NBC poll showing the Prez ahead of his rivals in Florida and SC.
    Mika prefaced the CBS poll by saying that 60 minutes gave us all some breaking news.


    • 141 anniebella
      December 12, 2011 at 6:18 am

      Jovie, isn’t that exactly what you expected from from Morning Joke? I am glad that some people like watching these people, I am just not one of them. I know that they are full of alot of B.S. and I don’t want to watch Morning Joke. We need to remind Morning Joke about the NBC poll . I think I will send them an email.

      • December 12, 2011 at 6:22 am

        Remind him of Florida poll. He is from Florida and it hurts him! Lol!

        • 143 anniebella
          December 12, 2011 at 6:58 am

          Jovie I just sent the email to Morning Joke, and I asked them did they see the NBC poll where President Obama leads Romney and Gingrich in Florida and South Carolina. I ask them how much did they want to bet that they wouldn’t say a word about the NBC poll? I told them I bet ten thousand dollars you wasn’t going to talk about the NBC poll, but you would spend the whole show talking about CBS.

  34. 146 anniebella
    December 12, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I just watched the two videos and it weren’t that bad. Yes Kroft ask tough questions, but how did the President answer the questions? Did you see him getting upset like Romney? No. You saw him answering the questions and telling Kroft the truth.

  35. December 12, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Mass protests in Russia put Putin under pressure

    Could Vladimir Putin lose next year’s presidential election? The very question shows just how much Russia has changed in such a short space of time.

    Less than three months ago, Mr Putin looked in total control.

    On 24 September, when the Russian prime minister announced his intention to run again for president, few Russians doubted he would win.

    The Kremlin’s system of “managed democracy” had pushed opponents to the fringes of Russian politics; TV coverage of Putin was all positive; December’s Duma elections were going to be little more than a distraction on the way to Mr Putin returning triumphantly to the Kremlin, possibly for the next 12 years.

    Suddenly, Vladimir Putin is looking weaker than at any time in his political career.

    Even before the parliamentary elections, there were signs his popularity was fading. Last month when Mr Putin put in an appearance at a martial arts fight he was booed by the crowd. His aides dismissed the incident, denying that the catcalls had been directed at their boss.

    But they cannot deny that Vladimir Putin has had an awful week.

    First, his party United Russia barely scraped a majority in the parliamentary elections, despite widespread reports of vote-rigging in its favour. The election was criticised by Russian and international observers for being neither free nor fair. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described it as “flawed”.

    Then came the street protests.

    Last Monday, thousands of Muscovites demanded the election results be annulled and a new election held. There were cries of “Putin Resign!”

    This weekend, tens of thousands of protesters in the centre of Moscow voiced the same demands. It was the biggest anti-government rally in Moscow since the fall of communism. And there were smaller protests in dozens of other cities across the country.


  36. December 12, 2011 at 6:28 am

    gopolitico has already dumped weird willard for the corrupt one. It’s headlines today

    A new, ‘human-like’ Romney

    The return of Newt Skywalker

    Immigration a winner for Gingrich?

    At Republican debate, Newt Gingrich rolls on with steady performance

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70249.html#ixzz1gJpnnupF

    • December 12, 2011 at 6:42 am

      I noticed, Me thinks, an arm of the RNC?

      • 150 Linda
        December 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

        Many years ago (2007) before Glen Greenwald became such a jerk, he did a story about who funds and runs politico….it is quite eye opening.

        here is a snippet.

        The Politico‘s primary (perhaps sole) funding source is the Allbritton Company, of which Frederick Ryan is an employee. The Allbritton family’s leader, Joe, was CEO of Riggs Bank when Riggs pleaded guilty to a series of illegal financial transactions with right-wing Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and his brutal military that took place throughout the 1990s and into 2001.

        Although Allbritton himself was never charged with knowledge of those illegal transactions, he maintained what appears to be a close personal and business relationship with the right-wing dictator


    • 151 nospin
      December 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Go Mankini!

  37. 153 anniebella
    December 12, 2011 at 7:01 am

    As the President said last night there is no difference between Newt or Mitt. Except Mitt has been marry to just one woman. I added that last line.

  38. 154 Linda
    December 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Good Morning.

    I thought Steve Kroft was all gloom and doom. Why did he get so much wrong ? Is he listening to the crybaby Republicans.?

    • 155 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      December 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

      Exactly Linda. Read this thread and the previous one. We have all acknowledged the Kroft GOP laced lies and propoganda in his questioning. That is the main objective of the MSM to discourage the American public. Why do you think the majority of the nation still believes we are moving in the wrong direction inspite of all of PBO’s accomplishments? It is the MSM propoganda and it has worked. Our saving grace is the internet and other forms of non traditional communication where the truth can get out. This is what has kept PBO above water with poll numbers. If the media was even half way honest PBO’s approval numbers would be well above 50%. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012

      • December 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

        Like on morning jack ass- when Meachem and barnacle said that the President must have been shocked when he arrived in DC, that he could not get anything done.
        That is a lie!

  39. 157 utaustinliberal
    December 12, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Hahahahahaha….anytime PBO does well and rockets to the top, Joe Scarborough finds a way to try and bring PBO down. After his demi-god Romney got creamed by Makini Newt he began the show with sports until Mika cut through that nonsense. Then he played the 60 minutes interview and the CBS poll and said it was obvious PBO got hammered by Kroft and couldn’t handle all the “tough” questions (once again; fuck you Kroft). Finally, he got to the NBC/Marist poll and showed how PBO creams Gingrich and Romney and he and John Meacham had a sad. It was hilarious to see them realize the writing on the wall and see that PBO will win in 2012 over their demi-god Romney. No matter how he, Barnicle, and Meacham try to spin it, Romney is not teflon, and PBO sure as hell connects better with people than Romney (fuck you Meacham for saying he does not) and this primary will no longer be a cakewalk for robot Romney.

  40. 165 utaustinliberal
    December 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

    It’s bloody good to be a Democrat this monday morning. You realize our guy is a trillion times better than the #GOPFreakShow we witnessed on saturday and the GOP is imploding on all sides. From the house to the senate. 😀

    • 166 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      December 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

      I just hope UNIFICATION is on the horizon for 2012 so there is a LANDSLIDE victory in both chambers of Congress and the Whitehouse. 😎 WAKE UP DEMS its time to ROLL and PRESS ON!!!

      • 167 LOL
        December 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

        I’m not worried about the PUMAS or the PL….They said the same malarkey in 08. They know where there bread is buttered.

      • 168 conlakappa
        December 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

        How’s voter registration going in Ohio? That’s the key. We can focus on disenfranchisement and lose focus on getting more people ENfranchised [sic].

        • 169 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          December 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

          It is a steady positive journey foward conlakappa. Thanks for asking. We show up at any public events here in the Columbus metro area to register voters. We are also fighting the disenfranchisement laws that our Fascist Governor is trying to pass. KEEP HOPE ALIVE.

          • 170 conlakappa
            December 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

            Glad to hear it. Just as you all got 70,000 more votes than needed for the referendum, let’s hope that can remain steady or increase in the elections. With all the tricks those rascals play in Ohio [Hi, Mr. Blackwell, what did you get out of the bargain?], it’s best to have it all in place as early as possible. Make sure folks vote in the primary though it will be meaningless but at least you have them in the rolls/a record of having voted/can mete out whatever problems are ahead.

    • December 12, 2011 at 7:40 am

      Good morning, ut!! Another day, another fly to swat.

      Today marks a momentous occasion, the beginning of the official end of the war and a new start for Iraq. PBO will not likely get praise today but let’s do what we can to get this out in the media through email, FB, twitter and LTEs. After years of misery and pain, we are looking at the successful drawdown of an ugly chapter of American history. I say, BRAVO.

      I also want to say that I just looked at the national leaderboard stats for OFA nationwide volunteer outreach and 1-on-1s and the numbers are fantastic. They are steadily rising and very impressive thanks to the diligence, hard work and commitment of millions of ordinary citizens who believe in our POTUS. We got game, people. We’ve got serious boots on the ground. We’ve got an organization that will stand up to any Republican jerk who thinks he can win based on lies, smears and hatred. Please join your local effort and help us continue to build this important momentum. OBAMABIDEN2012!!

      • December 12, 2011 at 8:02 am

        Done. And I will brung my family members to the ofa Florida certification of registering voters.
        They believe we should be certified to register voters and are having classes.

      • December 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

        ‘[The numbers] are steadily rising and very impressive thanks to the diligence, hard work and commitment of millions of ordinary citizens who believe in our POTUS. We got game, people. We’ve got serious boots on the ground. We’ve got an organization that will stand up to any Republican jerk who thinks he can win based on lies, smears and hatred.’

        Very encouraging report, Thanks. Thank you also for the work YOU do!

      • 176 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        December 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

        DONE……………You all know I work with OFA Ohio.

  41. 177 Linda
    December 12, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Steve Kroft embarrassed himself.

    • 178 utaustinliberal
      December 12, 2011 at 7:46 am

      Exactly. That was pure edited crap. When one gets a majority of comments in the 60 minutes comment box calling one out for the GOP filled questions, one knows that the interview was pure GOP media BS conducted by a shoddy, sloppy “journalist.”

  42. 182 Elly in Maryland
    December 12, 2011 at 7:29 am

    A couple thoughts about the interview: Our President builds on his reputation of being cool, calm, and collected, traits that people want to see in their leader. And I thought the closing line, about being a “persistent son of a gun,” was terrific. At least the CBS editing put that at the end and it works well for the President.

    Next: what demographic group watches 60 Minutes? I’m assuming it’s older, white, and middle of the road politically, many of them Obama doubters. I think this interview would persuade many of them.

    I remember after one of the McCain-Obama debates, I ran into an older female neighbor who knew I was involved in the campaign, she had never revealed her politics to me but I assumed she was an independent and not yet convinced about Obama, but she said about the debate “He looked so presidential!” That’s all some people want!

  43. December 12, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Chipsticks, just contributed to the goal. Could you please keep posting to this donation page as often as possible? We should make the goals higher and higher as the year goes on. I’d MUCH rather donate here than any other way and I can’t think of a better way to spend what money can afford. Maybe in the next two weeks, we can think of this as our TOD Christmas present to PBO.

  44. December 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Why is Nuke Gingrich talking about EMP-


    EMP is a electro magnetic burst, right after a nuke goes off. It fries all the electronics, for tens of miles radius. Thus the term- Nuke Gingrich!

    • December 12, 2011 at 7:49 am

      Oh fergodssakes, how about a mushroom cloud ad? Maybe he can get Condi to star in it. If he’s going to run on a doomsday scenario to scare all the seniors and RW extremist deadenders, he’s not going to get where he needs to go. He’s so full of crap. Every time I see a photo of him, his mouth is open and his arms are outstretched as if he is preaching. UGH.

  45. 186 debbyeOh
    December 12, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Good morning TOD fam one and all! Hope you all had the greatest weekend! I have the TV on Morning Joke right now, and I nearly fainted: Mika is sticking up for the President and kinda sorta standing up to Joe! She was very impressed with the president’s 60 minutes interview and thinks he made his case. Miracles never cease! 😉

    • 187 MICHELE
      December 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

      I think because PBO made the case that we can we can have more imbalance play or fairplay it is up to the American people. The Repubs are selling the same failed policies that got us into a huge hole or we can move forward and keep digging our way out.. I believe in a just God but God gives us options/choices and I hope the majority of Americans choose carefully…..

      And can you imagine, he is only shows us a portion of his game plan for 2012… Someone please find that video where he says he crushes people who take advantage of him…

    December 12, 2011 at 8:27 am


  47. December 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Good morning everyone. HOPE you all have a terrific Monday.

    Political Animal – Steve Benen – Parties Pounce on Romney’s Bad Bet

  48. December 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Here’s the thing. Viewers were able to get a look at the repugs debate On Saturday evening..and then get a look at the Prez on Sunday evening. Let’s be truthful- the comparison is so striking,it’s mind-blowing! Well timed Mr Prez..Well timed!

  49. 193 halo
    December 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Pair to discuss U.S. troop withdrawal, last remaining detainees; hold joint 11.35am ET presser.

    Read more: http://thepage.time.com/#ixzz1gKMzo400


  50. 194 donna dem 4 obama
    December 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Good Morning TOD. You can start your day with the “Out of Touch” Romney

    Have a great day everyone!

    • December 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Gingrich makes himself ridiculous by overreacting. Here again is the startling contrast. Newton goes nuclear on a simple question and accuses the media of bias. The president takes ever question–no matter how offensive–and answers with intelligence and without rancor.

    • December 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

      If this article is accurate, his thorough answer shows that Newtie has more than a passing knowledge of the Spongebob cartoon! Wonder if he researched it when the comparison was first made? 😆

  51. 199 donna dem 4 obama
    December 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

    One black woman’s personal mission to reelect Obama
    The president may need an even bigger African American turnout this time — and political dynamos like Gerri Hall to help him get it.

    “For Hall, reelecting Obama is more than a political mission. It is personal as well, a debt repaid to her mother and father, a down payment for her son and granddaughter. She takes no pay. A voice inside says, “This is what you need to do, Gerri, whether you’re paid or not.”

    The statistics are grim. The poverty rate for African American children has increased under Obama, along with black joblessness. Nationally, black unemployment was 15.5% in November, almost twice the overall rate. For black teenagers it was just under 40%.

    Even so, African Americans remain far more upbeat than the rest of the country. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll done with theGrio.com, a black-oriented website, found that 49% of African Americans felt the country was on the right track, compared with nearly 3 in 4 overall who felt otherwise. Most African Americans blamed congressional Republicans, rather than Obama, for the country’s economic ills.


  52. 200 desertflower
    December 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Must Read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Graham isn’t quite sharp enough to even understand the basics of the argument. He insisted yesterday Republicans “don’t want to vote for it.” But no one is asking them to. “It” already exists, whether the GOP likes it or not. It’s now the Senate’s job to consider nominations for the board’s leadership.

    Which leads us to the larger problem: what Republicans are embracing in this case is, in effect, nullification.

    Congress passed a bill that was signed into law by the president. Last week, a Senate minority — not a majority, a minority — decided it simply won’t allow that law that’s already on the books to be executed.

    • December 12, 2011 at 9:21 am

      Graham does know what the Senate is doing. He just wants people to think the subject of the Agency itself is still under debate. This is why we must work very hard to keep a Democratic majority in the Senate. There is no limit to the destruction the Republicans will undertake to get their way. The well being of the nation, the Constitution, the future of are all secondary to their lust for power and the need to feed their corporate masters.

  53. 202 Linda
    December 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Democratic Sen. McCaskill finds House defense bill riddled with earmarks

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans banned earmarks, a top symbol of congressional profligacy, after they won control of the chamber last fall in a wave of voter anger over excessive government spending.

    But more than half of the amendments to this year’s House Department of Defense authorization bill were earmarks, according to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, a leading congressional critic of the practice.

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/12/11/132712/democratic-senator-finds-house.html#ixzz1gKTQXUZx

  54. 203 rikyrah
    December 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

    The Wider Gingrich Reality

    The new polls today are striking in two respects. First, Newt is headed toward a landslide victory in the early states, apart from New Hampshire. He beats Romney in Florida and South Carolina by 15 and 19 points respectively. But in the same poll, Obama beats Gingrich in the general election in both Florida and South Carolina! I know it’s way too soon, and I will bet, I dunno, $10,000, that the Republican candidate will win South Carolina next November. But still: Obama beats Gingrich by 12 points in Florida. Nationally, Obama beats Newt by around the same margin he beat John McCain – 6.9 percent – during a brutal recession.

    Romney is far more competitive with Obama (behind by only 1.5 percent) but still underperforms the generic Republican by 2.5 points. So now you know why the Establishment is beginning to panic.


  55. December 12, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Some combination of genetics and life experiences has given our president the extraordinary ability to rise about pettiness and turn insults into opportunities. Most people I know don’t have this quality and it is way beyond my own capabilities. I read a quote once (can’t remember where) that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; life is about learning to dance in the rain. Our president must have learned how to dance in the rain at a very early age. It’s why he can go through crisis after crisis and not be beaten. And, hey, maybe that’s why he likes to walk in the rain and look so good doing it. It’s going to be my new year’s resolution to try in some small way to imitate that quality. It won’t be easy.

    • 205 desertflower
      December 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

      I love that, Jackie 🙂 I don’t know how he does it…but it would be great to be able to emulate even a little bit of that quality.

    • December 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Love it. POTUS not only dances in the rain but waltzes in thunderstorms.

    • 207 conlakappa
      December 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

      I attribute it to being raised by grandparents. There can come a wisdom directly handed from one’s elders persona that I’ve noted with friends who had much older parents or spent a lot of time with grandparents.

  56. December 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

    ben smith, the “liberal” leaving gopolitico.

    • December 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

      hmmm. Ben Smith was def better than Johnathan Martin. Martin was the GOP equivalent of Smith during the ’08 elections. When Dems won, Smith became the blogger for the Obama WH. Martin carried water for the GOP during the election and still carries water for the GOP.

      Oh well, buh-bye Ben.

  57. 210 rikyrah
    December 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Mapping Out The Primary Calendar: Why Mitt Romney Is In Trouble
    Eric Kleefeld- December 12, 2011, 5:50 AM

    Mitt Romney has spent a lifetime around politics. His father George Romney was a governor of Michigan and a one-time candidate for president, and his mother Lenore Romney also once ran for the Senate. And starting in 1994, and then much more intensely in the past decade, he has run for Senate and governor of Massachusetts, and then for president. But despite all his hard work and preparation, he might be facing his most formidable opponent yet: The primary calendar.

    Taking a step back from the various state polls, and looking at the flow of the calendar itself, something starts to become clear: If a person had sat down to write a primary calendar, designed around the goal of making things hard for Romney, they could not do much better than the current one.

    It is, of course, too early to know what will happen. But on the other hand, if the current trends do end up continuing — and if his new main rival, Newt Gingrich, does not collapse — Romney may be on the verge, despite his long march of running for president in 2008 to now, of having a very rough time in January.

    The earliest contests in January are mostly in territory that is simply not a natural fit for Romney. Things turn around in February, with primaries and caucuses that could be better for him — but by then, if current polling trends holds out, the damage could be irreparable.

    So let’s take a look:


  58. 213 desertflower
    December 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

    She went to a nightclub? How low rent is that? Her puritanical self was ALLOWED in there? Oh, yea…money. I almost forgot.


  59. 214 desertflower
    December 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Oh…Blackwater is going to change its name again! Like another name will reform its image?


    The security contractor company formerly known as Blackwater will again change its name, the Wall Street Journal reports. On Monday, the company is expected to unveil a new name: Academi.


  60. 217 Sukey
    December 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I loved the interview. And I just donated a little to the TOD OFA page

  61. 221 carolyn
    December 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

    The first comment on my Facebook page this morning was from a former student who I think, considers himself an independent. He was impressed with the president’s answers, and said that it was good to hear a grownup. I think this is the audience the president wanted to reach…only two of the following comments were negative, and one also from a former student, was on the 3rd grade level, just proving the statement about grownups!

    • 222 blondegrrl
      December 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

      Carolyn – yes, yes, & yes!! The only way to unravel negativity and lies are to meet them head-on with truth and candor and that’s what our President did last night on 60 mintues.

    • December 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Yes! I expect that Steve Kroft and POTUS had a prior camera conversation which was something like this; POTUS: “Steve, throw everything and the kitchen sink at me. I want to speak to all the criticisms, fair or not. Don’t hold back or I won’t get any fence-sitters on my side”.

      There has been a healthy disagreement here about if Kroft was just subbing for Fox News in his obnoxious style framing and questions. But even those who think that also say that POTUS did brilliantly. Would anyone be able to say that if the questions were not difficult and/or Fox based lies? Possibly but my guess is that had it been an intelligent but fair interview, it may have come across as boring and dry to those who don’t watch politics. POTUS would have lost them in the interview. Instead he had them (the independents ) secretly hoping he could give good rebuttals (which he did of course).

  62. December 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

    December 12, 2011 8:40 AM

    A radical embrace of nullification
    By Steve Benen

    On “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Chris Wallace asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about Republicans refusing to allow lawmakers to vote on Richard Cordray’s nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The GOP Senate leader wasn’t the least bit embarrassed about his party’s abuses.

    “[W]hat we are saying to the president is: join with us and reform this agency, make it accountable to someone, the people elected the Congress for its funding and for its oversight, and then send up somebody and we’ll be happy to confirm them. There’s nothing wrong with Mr. Cordray personally. This is about an unaccountable, unelected czar. And we’re simply not going to appoint him, or confirm him, or anybody else to this agency that shouldn’t exist in its current form.”

    Note, McConnell said the bureau “shouldn’t” exist. That it already exists is, to him, irrelevant.

    Around the same time, on “Meet the Press,” David Gregory asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) about the same controversy.


  63. 228 hopefruit2
    December 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

    FLOTUS announces that they broke the jumping jacks world record!

    • December 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

      I just watched the video. Wowzers, Mrs. O looks impossibly beautiful and gives a very important message to children, families and schools. Let’s Move!!

        • December 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

          Watching this ‘Let’s Move’ video again was a joy! Thanks, meta. After the first minute or so, I was thinking ‘What a legacy! What a legacy!’ over and over again. 😆 😆 😆

          There’s going to be a generation that will forever remember the POSITIVE impact the Obama Administration, and more specifically Prez & Mrs. O, have had, and will have, on its future. I bet you anything, …well $5 cdn. this piece of music will always trigger a positive memory for so many young Americans! I am so terribly, TERRIBLY proud of each member of the First Family! We love you, Miche, and we appreciate your sharing your husband and family with us! 😆 What a legacy!

  64. 232 a4alice
    December 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Hey morning folks. Chips! I tweeted your picture and quote of PBO and included the OFA i’m volunteering for. It’s too good not to share!!

    Have a great day everybody!


  65. 233 auni
    December 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

    To continue about the Kroft interview. I like the way we can disagree and still remain friends. My opinion is that this interview showed our President at his best–able to deal with the spewage from the right wing folks. An undecided voter could look at that and learn something about this President. Rational answers were put out there in reply to irrational questions. No matter who is right about Kroft’s intention–the President came out smelling like a rose. If I were an undecided voter, I would have come out supporting the grownup. Bless us all

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