rise and shine

9:45: The President and Vice President hold an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq.

10:15: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

11:35: The President and PM hold a joint press conference.

12:45: The President, Vice President and Prime Minister attend a wreath laying ceremony.

2:00: The First Lady visits the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.


White House live



Ooooh Jon:


President Obama and Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Dec 12


Morning everyone 😉

190 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 LOL
    December 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Morning Chip and TOD family

    Ahhhh…. Nothing like a cup of coffee and some great news around the interwebs.

    Maybe that NBC SC poll wasn’t a fluke

    SOUTH CAROLINA: “A new Winthop University poll shows South Carolinians have soured on Gov. Nikki Haley (R), pushing her approval rate down to just 34% with 43% disapproving,” Political Wire writes. “In contrast, even President Obama’s approval rate in the GOP-friendly state is higher than Haley’s at 45%.”


    Dumbest Bet Ever?

    In the scientific telephone survey conducted last night, we questioned 582 registered voters nationwide who said they’d vote in their state’s Republican primary or caucus. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4%.

    Here’s how they responded: 43% said the bet offer diminishes their view of Romney, 16% said it improves their view of him, 36% said it makes no difference, and 5% were undecided or had no opinion.


    File this one under “That’s a shame”

    Newt Gingrich’s campaign is planning to announce he has snatched a high-profile Jon Huntsman supporter in New Hampshire, CNN has learned.Early Huntsman supporter Richard Brothers, who was listed as one of the candidate’s alternate delegates to the national convention, will now join Gingrich’s team, the campaign will announce Monday.


    And an early Morning Up yours to Morning Joke

  2. 7 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Good morning TOD! Love seeing the President with children; me thinks they bring him much joy and recharges his spirit.

    Have a Blessed day!

    December 12, 2011 at 9:49 am


  4. 9 LOL
    December 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I’m sorry what’s that about EPA regulations strangling the farming industry…”Bad economy? Farmers have one of best years ever”


  5. 11 halo
    December 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

    This just in, from the AP:

    Michelle Obama is now a world record holder. The first lady announced in an email Monday that her October bid to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period succeeded. Mrs. Obama says 300,265 people participated, shattering the old record.

  6. 13 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Morning Chips! Good Morning TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    We are tougher than the times. We are America. We get back up. We fight back. We move forward. We don’t give up. We get back up….

    Just like you don’t quit, I don’t quit. I don’t quit!

    –from Remarks by the President in Scranton, Pennsylvania, November 30, 2011

    Have a great day, everyone! And PRESS ON! 😛

  7. 20 LOL
    December 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Romney gets pwned by Gay Vet

    “Mitt Romney, while touring the Chez Vachon restaurant in Manchester, sat down at a table with two older men, one of whom was wearing a “Vietnam Veteran” hat.

    Bob Garon, 63, of Epsom, N.H., asked Romney if he, as president would seek to overturn New Hampshire’s law legalizing gay marriage. Romney gave his standard response affirming his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

    Garon, who is gay and was seated with his husband, Bob Lemire, then said to Romney: “It’s good to know how you feel, that you do not believe everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights.”

    Romney replied: “Actually, I think at the time the Constitution was written marriage was between a man and a woman and I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.”

    Garon, a political independent later, told reporters he was unimpressed with Romney.

    “The guy ain’t going to make it,” he said after the exchange. “You can’t trust him. I can see it in his eyes.”

    Garon said he was married in June. “In New Hampshire, where it’s legal. Unless Mitt Romney gets elected.”


  8. December 12, 2011 at 10:13 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.


    • 33 Ladyhawke
      December 12, 2011 at 10:56 am


      The fact that this story of ‘Nullification” is not being reported by network and cable television and print is an indictment of the media. Not only is the Republican Party sabotaging the economic recovery they are refusing the allow the implementation of a law that has already been passed and signed by President Obama. Can you just imagine the 24X7 coverage there would be if the Democrats were preventing the implementation of a law like this?

  9. 34 a4alice
    December 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Hey Chips I posted this on the last thread but thought I’d put it here too – just wanted you to know that I tweeted your awesome PBO picture/quote and included the OFA I’m volunteering for (and thanked you of course) who knows maybe more OFA lurkers will come over here……..

  10. 35 dotster3
    December 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Has this been posted? PM Carpenter, on target, insightful—Obama’s 60 Minutes interview was a study in smooth:

  11. 36 hopefruit2
    December 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I posted this on previous thread but will re-post here:

    FLOTUS and children break Guinness World Records for jumping jacks!

  12. December 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Michelle Obots unite:

    Michelle Obama, world record holder


    “This just in, from the AP:

    Michelle Obama is now a world record holder. The first lady announced in an email Monday that her October bid to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period succeeded. Mrs. Obama says 300,265 people participated, shattering the old record.”

  13. December 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Some U.S.-listed firms told to reveal Syria, Iran links: report
    Monday, December 12, 2011

    At least a dozen U.S.-listed companies have been told by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose business activity in and with Syria, Iran and others deemed “state sponsors” of terror by the state department, the Financial Times said on Sunday. The inquiries are part of SEC reviews of companies’ investment risks to security holders.

    Sony Corp, Caterpillar Inc, American Express, Aecom Technology, Iridex and Veolia Environnement are among the companies that received letters from the SEC’s corporate finance division, the report said. Their responses show how sales have shrivelled with tighter international sanctions, the FT said.


  14. December 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Manuel Noriega bound for Panama prison after extradition from France
    Sunday 11 December 2011 02.04 EST

    Manuel Noriega, Panama’s military dictator of the 1980s, is on his way to a jungle prison in his home country and a 20-year term for the murders of opponents during his rule. Noriega, now 77, was toppled in a US invasion of Panama in 1989 and has spent the last two decades behind bars, first in Florida and then in France after being convicted for drug trafficking and money laundering during his time in power.

    Noriega’s return is unlikely to have a major political impact on a country that has enjoyed an economic boom in recent years. He was widely reviled when he was Panama’s de facto leader from 1983 until 1989, and his few remaining supporters have kept a low profile. Even bitter opponents dismiss Noriega as part of a distant, shadowy past.



    • 49 Vicky
      December 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      If I knew how to post pictures (with that bucket thing?), I’d post a picture of my husband and I standing in front of Noriega’s last Christmas tree in the home of his compound in Panana City. For real. One of life’s many adventures……

  15. 50 LOL
    December 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

    To call him dumb would be a compliment “I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda.” Rick Perry

    • 51 dotster3
      December 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Both Perry and Cain would have been a lot better off if they had stayed put. All they managed to do was to put their lack of intelligence on parade. Oversized egos/undersized knowledge.

  16. December 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Seen On Twitter:

    Mitt Romney apologizes for his $10,000 bet. “Usually I only gamble with the lives of the people in the companies I buy and destroy.”

    • 55 conlakappa
      December 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

      What a dingus. And he looked quite pleased with himself. The smugness fairly reeked.

    • 56 Cha
      December 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Ex-cell-lent! Merci, Chips~ And, when the mittster blows it big time..there isn’t just one thing to put it the Ad..there’s a whole slew of history to fatten the deal.

      “A bandaid”! Freakin’ tragically out of touch!

  17. December 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Victory in Ohio! Voter Suppression Law Deferred To Referendum in ’12
    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011, 3:30 pm by Paddy

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Voters will decide whether to approve another key piece of legislation passed by Republican lawmakers, this time an election reform bill that Democrats have called a “voter suppression” bill. A referendum on House Bill 194, a sweeping reform of election laws, will appear on the November 2012 ballot, Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office announced Friday.

    Opponents of the bill, largely Democrats and voting rights activists, collected 307,358 valid signatures, according to the secretary of state’s office. Petitioners needed 231,150 signatures to put the law on the ballot.



  18. December 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hmmm, isn’t this ole dude from WV? Wow, no one does disloyalty like the Blue Dogs huh!

    Manchin knocks Obama’s leadership on Morning Joe.

    • 60 Bill
      December 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

      I would like to know why Manchin from WV was in New York on a Monday morning. Probably Christmas shopping on Fifth Avenue.

    • 61 utaustinliberal
      December 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      I watched Manchin’s appearance on Morning Joe and he threw PBO and the Democrats under the bus for a pat on the back from Joe. It was disgusting. He kept whining that PBO doesn’t call him, that PBO never contacts him. That PBO only contacts the leadership Dems like Reid, Schumer, Casey, Durbin and yadi yada yah. I’m like stop being a freaking baby. West Virginians sent you to do a job not be coddled by PBO. He never expressed outright support for PBO’s payroll tax cut just kept whining and whining and whining. This is a guy who accepted over $600K from coal companies in WV and wants to block EPA regulations. Such a turncoat.

    • 62 Cha
      December 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Has anyone ever targeted him with some Tweets to let him know what people out here think of his gopropaganda? Has he ever done one think in the Senate or said anything to make anyone believe he’s actually a Dem?

    • 64 anniebella
      December 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Please get rid of that picture of Mitch McConnell, that picture is as scary as the one of Newt in his one piece swimsuit. McConnell is a ugly man inside and out.

  19. December 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

    NY’s Tax Overhaul, Said to Raise Taxes on the Rich, Actually Doesn’t
    Thursday 8 December 2011
    By: Marian Wang, Propublica

    The tax overhaul that New York state passed this week has been widely described in news reports as raising taxes on the rich and cutting them for the middle class — even as a win for Occupy Wall Street protesters and a possible blueprint for Congress. But perhaps New Yorkers need to take a closer look.

    Under the overhaul, which was passed on Thursday, one bracket of wealthy New Yorkers will get a bigger tax cut than the taxpayers in any other bracket. Specifically, individuals making between $500,000 and $2 million will pay 2.12 percent less in state income taxes for 2012. In contrast, individuals making between $40,000 and $150,000 are only getting a reduction of 0.4 percent, as this New York Times chart shows.



  20. 66 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Good Morning Chips, Family, my Twitter account was hacked into over the weekend, my suspicion is the ROMNEY people after I blasted them throughout the GOP Debate. I will set up a new account @Me4Obama2012 and I will follow all my TOD Twitter army. Lots to catch up on.

  21. December 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Your Tax Dollars at Work: A Giant Coal Plant in South Africa
    —By Kate Sheppard
    Fri Dec. 9, 2011 3:00 AM PS

    Earlier this week, I traveled to South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, the center of the country’s coal industry and the home of one of the newest coal-fired power plants, Kusile. Most Americans would probably be surprised to learn that their tax dollars have been used to underwrite Kusile, but they are. And when completed, the 4,800-megawatt plant will be among the largest in the world. A significant chunk of Kusile’s upfront financing—$805 million—came from a direct loan from the Export-Import Bank of the United States to Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electric power utility.

    The region is also home to the Sasol plant in Secunda, which is both the largest coal-to-liquids plant and the largest point source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. The plant produces 160,000 barrels of fuel from coal every day, which is used to power buses, planes, and automobiles in the country. The South Africa-based environmental group Groundwork reported that in a single four-month period last year, the country exceeded its ambient air pollution standards 570 times—mostly due to the emissions from plants in this region.



  22. 70 lovingandlaughing
    December 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Chips, that colorful pic of POTUS and the kids is so great! What a fabulous sight it is to see on this fine morning!

  23. December 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

    How Many Innocent People Are in Prison? – The exact number is unknown—but is likely in the tens of thousands. Plus: video of Rick Perry pardoning a dead man, and a map of exonerations nationwide.
    —By Beth Schwartzapfel and Hannah Levintova| Mon Dec. 12, 2011 7:10 AM PST

    In 2010, Rick Perry became the first Texas governor in history to pardon a dead man. Watch the footage below, and read our full investigation of the life and death of Timothy Cole, who was falsely convicted and died behind bars.



  24. December 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Political AnimalBlog
    December 12, 2011 9:35 AM

    Perry flubs the Solyndra details

    By Steve Benen

    It’s going to be tough for Rick Perry to top last week’s embarrassing gaffe — he apparently thinks the Supreme Court has eight justices — but when we reflect on the 2012 race and come up with the governor’s top 10 funniest screw-ups, this one will probably make the cut.

    While criticizing President Barack Obama for picking winners and losers in the energy industry, he bungled the name of the most famous energy company to go under despite government assistance.

    “No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money,” Perry began. “I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda.”

    First, it’s Solyndra, not Solynda.

    Second, it’s a company, not a country.

    And third, federal loan guarantees in the energy industry have generally been pretty successful, and have enjoyed bipartisan support for many years.

    Other than this, though, Perry’s on firm ground.


  25. December 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Obama Says To Keep Standing Up To Congress On Taxes
    Laura MacInnis

    “If my goal was to maintain the extraordinary popularity that I had right after I made my convention speech in 2004, then I would have never left the Senate,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been leading this country, but people would be really attracted, because I wouldn’t have had to make any choices and make any decisions and exercise any responsibility. I took a different path. And as Michelle reminds me, ‘You volunteered for this thing.'”

    In the CBS interview, the president said that while he wanted to work with Congress on “common sense” solutions, Republicans intent on ousting him had “made a different calculation, which was, ‘You know what? We really screwed up the economy. Obama seems popular. Our best bet is to stand on the sidelines, because we think the economy’s going to get worse, and at some point, just blame him.'”



  26. December 12, 2011 at 11:11 am

    December 12, 2011 8:00 AM

    Parties pounce on Romney’s bad bet

    By Steve Benen

    Clearly, the most memorable moment in U.S. politics over the weekend came in Saturday night’s debate, when Mitt Romney challenged Rick Perry to a $10,000 bet over a line from Romney’s book. It caused an immediate firestorm — for the multi-millionaire vulture capitalist to try to intimidate a rival with his wealth, throwing around a wager worth three months pay for most U.S. workers, only reinforced the perception that he’s the out-of-touch elitist in the race.

    Yesterday, not only was the media eager to ponder just how big a screw-up this was, Romney’s critics from both parties pounced. Jon Huntsman’s campaign was first out of the gate with this minute-long video, making the case that Romney was simply wrong on the substance:

    Soon after, Rick Perry’s campaign unveiled a minute-long video of its own, arguing that Romney was both wrong and out of touch, adding, “The truth isn’t for sale.”


    Romney is one of those rare politicians who shouldn’t be himself.


  27. December 12, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Iran says US spy drone will provide Tehran with US military technology
    Freya Petersen
    December 11, 2011 17:42

    Iran said Sunday it would not will not return a US surveillance drone that it says its armed forces captured, according to US news reports quoting a senior commander of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard.”No nation welcomes other countries’ spy drones in its territory, and no one sends back the spying equipment and its information back to the country of origin,” said Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Armed Forces, according to the semi-official Fars news agency, cited by CNN.

    US officials have not confirmed that the drone pictured in a video released Thursday is an unmanned American stealth plane, but Pentagon spokesman George Little said that an American drone was missing, CNN reported.


  28. December 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

    A Talent For Contempt”

    Rick Hertzberg nails the core Gingrich appeal:

    In 1990, when he was not yet Speaker, he pressed a memo on Republican candidates for office, instructing them to use certain words when talking about the Democratic enemy: “betray,” “bizarre,” “decay,” “anti-flag,” “anti-family,” “pathetic,” “lie,” “cheat,” “radical,” “sick,” “traitors,” and more. His own vocabulary of contempt has grown only more poisonously flowery. President Obama’s actions cannot be understood except as an expression of “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior.” Liberals constitute a “secular-socialist machine” that is “as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.” There is “a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us” and “is prepared to use violence.”

    In this campaign, Gingrich’s performances in televised debates have been widely deemed effective. But what has won him his most visceral cheers from the audiences in the halls—audiences shaped and coarsened by years of listening to talk radio and watching Fox News—is his sneering attacks on moderators, especially those representing the hated “liberal” media.
    In March, at the Cornerstone Church, in San Antonio, Gingrich declared, “I am convinced that, if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America,” his grandchildren will live “in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.” Last spring, this was a kind of right-wing performance art. Now it is the language of the man leading in the Republican polls, a man who—in the real world, not the alt-world—could, not inconceivably, become President of the United States. Imagine that.


    • 88 conlakappa
      December 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Dana Milbank also had a good piece on it in the WashPost. I’ll just go with petard-hoisting when it comes to his words. And somewhere Luntz’s wig is being sweated out.

  29. December 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Justices accept Arizona’s appeal over controversial immigration law
    December 12th, 2011

    The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Arizona can enforce its controversial immigration law, over the strong objections of the Obama administration. The justices made the announcement in a brief order Monday. Federal courts had blocked key parts of the state’s Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, known as SB 1070.

    Arizona had argued illegal immigration was creating financial hardships and safety concerns for its residents and that the federal government has long failed to control the problem. The administration has countered immigration issues are under its exclusive authority and that state “interference” would only make matters worse.



  30. December 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Newt Gingrich Is A Dumb Person’s Idea Of A Smart Person
    Stephen Budiansky spells it out:

    I have been perplexed for some time why Newt Gingrich is routinely acknowledged even by his bitter enemies within the Republican Party as a “genius,” but the answer turns out is simple: he acts exactly like one of those obnoxious elitist intellectual know-it-alls that the right-wing no-nothings think is the hallmark of an intellectual. He is constantly reminding us of his doctorate in history; he routinely claims he understands issues more deeply than anyone else; he has made a career of denouncing or (when he had the authority) eliminating professional expertise that might challenge his own certain pronouncements; and he is a veritable fount of crackpot “big” ideas (mining minerals on the moon, protecting the United States from sci-fi doomsday scenarios, and “fundamentally transforming” everything as a first step to doing anything.


  31. 91 MayMirabella
    December 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

    President Obama was fabulous on 60 Minutes last night. Steve Kroft’s questions were full of right wing talking points and Kroft made
    some statements that were basically just lies. The President stopped him each and every time and would not let those lies stand.

    CBS interviewer was fixated on polling and keep after the President but the President remained strong and did an excellent job
    with the tough questions.

  32. December 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Obama Unlikely to Get Opportunity to Appoint Cordray in Recess
    By Laura Litvan and Carter Dougherty – Dec 12, 2011 12:01 AM ET

    Lawmakers seeking to wrap up congressional work for the year likely will leave Washington this month without giving President Barack Obama the opportunity to make a temporary appointment of his nominee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. After the U.S. Senate blocked the nomination of Richard Cordray to be the first director of the bureau following months of partisan acrimony, Obama said he won’t “take any options off the table” to put him in the post.

    Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Majority Leader Harry Reid has kept the Senate in session on a pro-forma basis during recesses throughout the year. He anticipates the Nevada Democrat will do so again at year’s end.

    “The Congress hasn’t been in recess all year, and we don’t expect we will be,” Stewart said.



  33. December 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Heads up everyone – President Obama and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki hold a joint press conference



  34. December 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Newt Gingrich: Romney Got Rich ‘Laying Off Employees’

    Newt Gingrich’s positive campaign expired today. It was pronounced dead at 10:12 AM, Monday morning, after reports surfaced that the candidate accused rival Mitt Romney of amassing a fortune off the misery of laid-off workers.

    The fatal moment came after Gingrich was asked by reporters whether he should return some of his reported $1.6 million in consulting fees from housing giant Freddie Mac in light of the 2008 subprime mortgage collapse.

    “I would just say that if Gov. Romney would like to give back all of the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, that I would be glad to listen to him,” Gingrich told reporters in New Hampshire after a town hall. “I’ll bet you $10, not $10,000, that he won’t take the offer,” he continued.


    • 95 PoliticalJunkessa
      December 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Leroy knows how to GO IN!

      >>>>>>“I would just say that if Gov. Romney would like to give back all of the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, that I would be glad to listen to him,” Gingrich told reporters in New Hampshire after a town hall. “I’ll bet you $10, not $10,000, that he won’t take the offer,” he continued.<<<<<<

      Ouchie! 😆

      • 96 Lorraine
        December 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

        That’s going to leave a mark.

      • December 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

        Yes, but this is what passes for “smart and clever” with the GOP. Gingrich implied Romney had a point about the millions he made stealing from Americans by lobbying for Freddie Mac when Freddie was buying subprime no-income verification loans from lenders.

        Even though Freddie Mac required congressional oversight as a GSE (government sponsored enterprise meaning they get government low rates) they NEVER notified Congress or got the ok from Congress to buy billions in bad loans. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wanted to get in on the action in all these mortgages that were being sold to Wall Street in bulk securities in 2003-2006. So in 2006, when fraudulent and bad loans became “mainstream” becaue they were purchased by Fannie Me and Freddie Mac (using government low rates) that’s when the shit hit the fan in the mortgage industry. Instead of those no income verification loans being 10% of all loans lenders were making, it became easily half of all loans made by lenders because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were passing on their low interest rates to these lenders.

        This is no small potatoes that Gingrich was lobbying for them and if he becomes the nominee, I hope there is a huge expose about his personal involvement in crashing the housing market.

        The truth of the matter is that POTUS is correct in that most of the bad lending business was actually legal. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their lobbyists are the most to blame as these loans were no longer considered “subprime” once purchased by these industry respected, government sponsored agencies.

    • 98 Cha
      December 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      A Good Ad would be gathering some of those people who got laid off by Romney’s skulldruggery and giving their stories

      Newt lied about not going “negative”! Shock!

  35. December 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

    RedState’s Erickson: The Bet Issue Is Also A Mormon Issue

    RedState’s Erick Erickson writes that one angle being missed in the coverage of Romney’s 10K bet is that it suggests he treats his Mormon faith in a cavalier way:

    “Mormons do not bet. So now it seems Romney is even willing to treat his faith lightly for personal, political advance.”


  36. December 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Most Incumbents Win or Lose Big
    by BooMan
    Mon Dec 12th, 2011 at 10:11:57 AM EST

    When sitting presidents get reelected, they frequently get elected resoundingly. In the post-war era, six sitting presidents have been reelected. Four of them won in landslides. In 1956, Eisenhower improved on his 1952 totals (55%) by racking up 57% of the vote. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson earned 61% of the vote. In 1972, Nixon jumped from 43% (in 1968) to sixty-one percent. In 1980, Reagan won only 51% of the vote in a three-way race. In 1984, he was reelected with 59% of the vote in a two-way race. Bill Clinton fought two three-way races, never getting as much as simple majority of the vote. Still, he upped his percentage from 43% in 1992 to 49% in 1996.

    Only George W. Bush defied this trend. He won the presidency in 2000 despite losing the popular vote. His election was essentially a fluke produced by a flawed battle design in one county of Florida and enabled by an aggressive governor (his brother) and secretary of state, and a partisan ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States. His reelection was anything but resounding. He earned slightly less than 51% of the vote, and he benefited from a secretary of state in Ohio who used every trick in the book to depress Democratic turnout.
    But I don’t want to talk about the controversial elections of the Bush era. I only mention them to point out they are historical anomalies. It is much more normal for a sitting president to win big than to win narrowly.

    More here: http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/12/12/101157/15

  37. December 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

    The Myth of Barack Obama, Regulation Lover
    —By Andy Kroll| Sat Dec. 10, 2011 6:55 PM PST

    ABC News’ Diane Sawyer kicked off Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate by asking the candidates precisely how many jobs they’d create in their first four years in the White House and how they’d do it. Mitt Romney laid out a seven-point economic plan, one of which was making the federal government “get regulators to recognize their job is not to burden the system.”

    The other candidates continued the regulation-bashing, with Rick Santorum saying President Obama’s regulations killed jobs and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) claiming that “Barack Obama has given us a bevy of regulations that need to get repealed.”

    Problem is, President Obama is hardly the regulation lover the GOP’s presidential candidates make him out to be. As Bloomberg News has reported, Obama approved 5 percent fewer regulations during almost three years in office than did his predecessor, George W. Bush. The cost of those regulations, meanwhile, hasn’t hit the same peak cost as those approved by George H.W. Bush in 1992. And looking across the past three decades, the cost of Obama’s regulations is nearly the same as the presidents before him when adjusted for inflation.



    • 104 conlakappa
      December 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Any journalist worth his or her mettle should ask Hanan Ashrawi her opinion on the gems spewing from this guy’s mouth.

    • 105 nospin
      December 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      this is an example of the most hateful amount of bile I have ever heard spewed from the mouth of someone who is running for office.

      He is advocating a Presidential tenure of hatred. no thanks. been there. done that. never again.

  38. December 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

    December 12, 2011 11:15 AM

    Remember the ‘ban’ on earmarks?
    By Steve Benen

    When Illinois Republican Robert Schilling was running for the House last year, he based part of his platform on his opposition to earmarks. “We need earmark reform that improves transparency, roots out corruption and eliminates wasteful spending,” he wrote in an op-ed two weeks before the election. “My opponent never met an earmark he didn’t like.” Schilling is now a freshman GOP House member, and one of many lawmakers who’s finding ways around his party’s ban on earmarks.


    A six-month study of this year’s defense authorization bill has identified 115 spending proposals as earmarks worth $834 million, including 20 by Republican freshmen who campaigned against the pet projects, according to a copy of the report provided to The Washington Post.

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), whose staff produced the study, called the behavior a “bold flaunting” of the GOP-led moratorium on earmarks. She chastised Republican House members for removing documents about earmarks from their Web sites that would have made it easier to identify the practice.

    “It was perplexing that so many Republicans had scrubbed their Web sites,” said McCaskill, who on Friday gave copies of the report to the chairman and ranking member of the Armed Services Committee. “If you are going to tout the earmarks you received, why not remain transparent? For me, the entire thing is disappointing.”


  39. December 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Fuqua School looks to African American football star to shatter racist legacy

    “He’s the reason black folks go over there now,” Tucker says, perfecting Williams’s hairline. “Before that, we didn’t touch the place. It was always just ‘that racist school.’ ”

    Not everyone at the shop is convinced

    For a lot of them, it’s still painful,” says Quincy Jones, 71.

    “They’re still living in the past,” Williams interjects. “They don’t want to just learn from it and move on.”

    Back in the car, Williams sighs. He feels alone as he straddles two worlds.

    “Got this whole city on my shoulders,” he says.

    Sometimes, it’s worth the burden. Like when Tucker started showing up at the Fuqua stadium. Or when his grades improved thanks to coaching from a few attentive teachers. (He has a B average and recently took the SAT in preparation for college.) Or after a solid game under the lights, when the team of undersize white kids coheres around Williams, playing beyond their abilities.

    But success is rarely simple. History keeps creeping up.


  40. December 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Monday, December 12, 2011
    Turn On The Lights, Watch The Roaches Scatter Part 83
    Posted by Zandar

    Not sure what’s more depressing about this story on Wells Fargo reaching a legal settlement with multiple states for defrauding local and state governments: that Wells Fargo is this crooked, or that the states need the money so badly they’re willing to let Wells Fargo off the hook for chump change.

    Wells Fargo & Co. and regulators announced Thursday a $148 million settlement to resolve accusations that Wachovia, which was purchased by Wells, participated in a bid-rigging scheme that hurt state and local governments.

    It’s the fourth major bank to settle with the consortium of federal agencies and state attorneys general. Bank of America Corp. settled for $137 million last December.

    The settlement is also the second Wells Fargo has made on the issue in as many months.

    Granted, if you’re a local government on the brink and have laid off thousands of employees, this money comes at a damn good time and it will make a difference. On the other hand, there’s no way Well Fargo should still be in business after all the nonsense it has engaged in, and they’re basically getting a pass while continuing to rake in money from the government.


  41. December 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Home From Iraq, Veterans Seen as Perfect Candidates for Green Jobs
    By Austin B. Smith Dec 12 2011, 9:02 AM ET

    When Navy veteran Harold Coleman went green it turned his life around. The 41-year-old general contractor was homeless just two years ago. Then he came across a local program that helps veterans re-enter the job-market by providing financial support and access to certification classes. Coleman now owns a business that retrofits homes to increase energy efficiency and decrease utility bills. He attributes his success in this industry to skills he learned 20 years ago in the Navy. Coleman said his company — North Star Development, LLC, based in St. Louis — will be hiring dozens of people this year, and he sees veterans as the perfect candidates for green building positions.

    As the United States withdraws all remaining troops from Iraq this month, thousands of veterans are entering the job market, and many are finding opportunities in the green industry — from manufacturing to leadership to service.

    Despite the 8.6 percent unemployment rate, the U.S. has a labor shortage in skilled technical manufacturing, said Kate Gordon, vice president for energy policy at the Center for American Progress, “and it’s exciting that there are people coming back who may have some of those skills who can help fill that void.” Businesses like Coleman’s, which retrofit houses for better energy efficiency and lower utility bills, are an area of opportunity because they use many American-manufactured materials, she said.



  42. December 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Monday, December 12, 2011
    Mitch Turtles Up
    Posted by Zandar
    My senator, Mitch McConnell, is confident there “will be a deal” to extend the payroll tax cut. It’s a good sign, meaning that yes, President Obama has gotten the better of the GOP again. The question now is, as always, can the GOP leadership control the Tea Party nutjobs in the House enough to make the deal work? That’s not always a given.

    We’re going to reach an agreement,” McConnell told “Fox News Sunday,” noting there is “bipartisan support” for extending the tax cut.

    The 4.2 percent payroll tax that workers pay to fund the Social Security retirement system will return to 6.2 percent in January if Congress fails to act. That would raise taxes on 160 million Americans an average of about $1,000 per family.

    Democrats have led the charge to extend the tax break, raising pressure on Republicans to join in or face possible voter backlash in next November’s congressional elections.

    Full post here: http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2011/12/mitch-turtles-up.html

  43. 111 Ladyhawke
    December 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Fact Checking The Sunday Shows – December 11, 2011

    This week’s Sunday political talk shows saw a major focus on the debate over the payroll tax cut extension. On Face the Nation, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attacked President Obama and “Newt Romney” — a name for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney she came up with during Saturday’s debate — over the payroll tax cut, saying there’s no evidence the cut helped create jobs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the tax cut an ’emergency measure’ and said it wouldn’t be necessary if President Obama’s “failed” policies hadn’t resulted in a higher deficit and jobless rates. McConnell, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also pushed for the Keystone Pipeline using discredited job creation numbers.


    December 12, 2011 at 11:58 am


  45. December 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    CMS announces new obesity screening and counseling benefit
    November 30, 2011 | Stephanie Bouchard, Associate Editor

    WASHINGTON – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is stepping up the country’s fight against obesity by adding Medicare coverage for preventive services to help reduce the epidemic. The new benefit will cover screening for obesity and counseling for eligible beneficiaries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the national medical costs of obesity in the United States are about $147 billion in 2008 dollars. In CMS’ press release about the new obesity screening and counseling benefit, it was noted that more than 30 percent of the Medicare population is estimated to be obese.



  46. December 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Healthcare employment rose in November
    December 09, 2011 | Rene Letourneau, Managing Editor

    WASHINGTON – Healthcare employment rose by 17,000 in November 2011, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in early December. Upward revisions to September and October employment figures added another 12,000 health jobs, changing the employment picture of October from a low growth month to an average growth month.

    Healthcare accounts for 10.8 percent of total U.S. employment. More than half the healthcare job growth was in hospitals, which added nearly 9,000 jobs.



  47. December 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Another pl liberal likes Ron Paul, Alex Wagner was smiling when his name was mentioned as a possible Iowa winner.
    Unreal, how all these pl liberals like Ron Paul.

    I don’t get it!

    • 119 Desraye
      December 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Because he is against the wars and for legalization of marijuana, but the some how they forget that he wants to kill medicare and social security.

      • 120 hopefruit2
        December 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

        They don’t care about medicare or social security (except when they can use it to bash PBO). These people who support Ron Paul are not really liberal – they are Libertarians just like Paul and will endorse selfish and racist behavior as long as they think no one is watching.

      • December 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

        He doesn’t just want to end the wars – which is already happening. He wants to close all the international military bases and bring the entire military home. So, essentially, he wants to isolate the US, and become reactive to threats, not proactive. He would also be violating treaties, where member states pledge to protect each other in the face of threats, and he’d be breaking ties with countries who are long-held allies. What Ron Paul is proposing is dangerous.

    • 122 anniebella
      December 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      They relish the idea of smoking weed.

  48. 123 hopefruit2
    December 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    From a fellow Tweeter whom we can all agree with:

    • December 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Interesting – that tweeter is all over the place. He was big time bashing POTUS during the debt ceiling debate. I ended up blocking him as he was all PL.

      • 126 hopefruit2
        December 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

        Perhaps he had a recent conversion or saw the light. Or he’s just a troll who amuses himself with pro or anti-Obama tweets depending on what time of day it is.

        Good thing I didn’t follow him yet – was planning to but I will wait and take a more careful look based on what you guys said.

      • December 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

        I remember that. It was ridiculous. I got into a debate with him over the facts and he blocked me. Recently he asked me to follow him back and I told him that he blocked me once while reminding him of his past behavior. He says he’s bipolar and that it won’t happen again. I forgave him and agreed to follow him back. If it happens again, I will block him for good.

  49. 129 dotster3
    December 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Just saw Rove’s Crossroads ad slamming Obama on Solyndra, which is not a country in spite of what Rick Perry thinks. If they’re running that ad in Illinois, they must be running it everywhere.

    • 130 LOL
      December 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Yawn….how long has Rove been running ads against the President? As Frank Luntz, the Dems and the Prez are winning the Tax the rich argument. Most low info and non Rush bots don’t give two scoops about Solyndra. Those type of ads are useless because you first have to inform the viewer what/who Solyndra is…then tell them what happened…and then finally make your larger points. It’s way too complicated than “Obama is a Muslim”

      • 131 dotster3
        December 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

        Agree that Solyndra is difficult and not easily digested by the masses. But I guess that’s all they’ve got——they did portray Obama as a dark, scary, shadowy figure. So, nice try? Also thought it was a waste of doughsky to air this in Illinois—-Obama doesn’t scare us here.

        • December 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

          Businesses fail. Especially when they’re undercut on price by huge subsidies given to Chinese companies by the Chinese government. If they want to attack the President on Solyndra, he can point to the many successful companies that are thriving after being helped by the Stimulus Plan, and then he can jab the Republicans for their refusal to help American companies compete in the world market by subsidizing emerging industries. The Republicans own the Solyndra failure, and they own all the jobs that were lost as a result.

    • 133 anniebella
      December 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      I was thinking George W. Bush doesn’t have to be out in public running his mouth like Dick Channey. Bush mouth piece is Karl Rove.

  50. 134 collegekay
    December 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    The press conf is super late. Hopefully it’ll be starting soon.

  51. 136 Linda
    December 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Not to be cynical…but….will the first question be ” Does George Bush deserve credit for this “?

  52. December 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I think people know that Rep. Rick Larsen had to fire three of his staff, so there’s three more jobs to seek.

  53. December 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    A new TV ad airing in Florida and other states portrays President Barack Obama as a politician who showered millions of taxpayer dollars on “his friends at Solyndra,” a once-hot solar company now in bankruptcy court. Americans for Prosperity, a group that works closely with tea party activists and has been funded by the conservative Koch family, released the ad, which uses news clips and e-mail snippets to support an ominous voiceover:


    Solyndra’s story is unfinished. FBI and congressional investigations continue, and more information about the loan guarantee program may yet come to light.

    First, the money wasn’t Obama’s to give. Solyndra’s request predated his administration, and career Energy Department officials handled the deal.

    Second, e-mails so far don’t show an administration pushing through a loan to help Obama’s “friends at Solyndra.” Rather, it appears the administration asked the Energy Department officials to hurry the regular process, so the administration could burnish its stimulus efforts.

    Third, while e-mails raised doubts about Solyndra’s liquidity as the Energy Department finalized the loan, those questions were answered by an official who argued investors would step in to protect the project — red flags, yes. But awareness in the White House the company would dissolve? No.


    For now, though, information in the public record does not support the ad’s claim that the Obama White House is a pay-to-play cash machine for the politically well-connected. We rate this ad’s claim Mostly False.

    Read more: http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2011/nov/15/americans-prosperity/solyndra-ad-president-barack-obama-taxpayer-money/

  54. 142 auni
    December 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    HERE IS SOME NEWS! I just looked at politico44 and as of today they have changed it to a blog type site. Very few posts there yet, but I was able to leave a comment for the White House press. They need some advice. Auni Uskoski

  55. December 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    So good to share the day with you.

    another story about how the President is helping those who need it the most.

    Obama Administration :: $749 Million to Fund Housing for Low-Income Seniors & the Disabled


  56. December 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    More wonderful OFA volunteers we can be inpired by.

    Meet Tom & Lila: Two Very Thankful Volunteers

  57. December 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Hello Everyone, I’m normally a lurker, but I really love this site! You guys do it all on here and I would love to join you guys and share some input as well.

  58. 156 LOL
    December 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    This Christy Parsons broad tried to goad the president by asking three questions and then the last one… “Do you think the Iraq war is still a dumb war”. Needless to say the President took her lunchbox, saw that she had tuna on rye, threw it down and stomped on it. She haz a sad 😦

    • 162 defytheodds
      December 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for the video…

      Today, on his radio program, Rel Al said concerning the GOP personal attacks on him “Don’t respond to them, don’t let them set the tone of the debate—we’re not only going to stay in the game; we’re going to change the game.”

      On a lighter note, Rev. Al thought the SNL parody was a statement that his MSNBC show is doing good. He took it all in strived, and he said he personally knows the person who played him, and the guy is funny… And tonight on his show he was going to firer back—in a joking way. He said if you’re thin-skinned, you should not be in public life.

      What like about Rev. Al is that he doesn’t take himself too serious. He keeps it real, and what you see is what you get.

      “Stay the course, hang on, and press on.”

  59. December 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Finally ….. my 2 cents on Steve Croft.

    I think the interview went very well. the President hit everything that Kroft threw at him and didn’t even work up a sweat. My husband was impressed and he is the typical voter.

    I also kept thinking about “what would Newt to? or What would Romney do?” Last week the American people were able to
    hear Gingrinch say kids should be part time janitors and Palestinians are terrorsts
    see clips from the GOP debate and hear Romney bet 10,000
    Listen to Perry use God to bash gay folks, say we have 8 SCJ, and call Solynda a country


    Hear President Obama calmly and accurately describe what we have faced over the past 3 years and what he has done to help. Then he gave us hope for the future and reassured us that he doesn’t quit and will keep fighting for us for as long as he is President.

    It couldn’t have gone any better.

    • 164 nospin
      December 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      I think Steve Croft did fine. His tone wasn’t controversial at all and the President took the opportunity to shine by presenting the facts and showing voters the stark realities between the visions.

      It was pretty good.

  60. December 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Wreath laying ceremony coming up soon. Procession has begun:


  61. 173 jacquelineoboomer
    December 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    When I moved to Illinois, the first thing I purchased was a print of Abraham Lincoln, whom I love. The print is one of the first things I see every morning.

    Speaking of what you can learn from looking into a person’s eyes, as has been discussed today, here’s a link to the TIME magazine piece, “What I See in Lincoln’s Eyes,” by then-Senator Barack Obama in 2005:


    • December 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      One of my very favorite pieces written by PBO. The insight and emotion, the sense of reverence, really told me all I needed to know about this man.

      • 175 jacquelineoboomer
        December 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

        Yes, a great man. But who would have thought he would have turned out THIS great as President. Wow. Well, maybe his mother and grandmother!

        Thanking my lucky stars today, that I’m alive to see it.

    • December 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      jacquelineboomer – thank you for sharing that! I hadn’t read it before. Of all the special gifts that Pres. Obama has, I most appreciate his beautiful writing.

  62. December 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    A little off the subject, but can anybody, anybody, explain Joe Manchin, and what his purpose is to me, cuz I can’t figure it out….Why is he a democrat again?!

    • 179 nintendowii10
      December 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Because he can be. I’m not too thrilled with his bashing of President Obama and other rank and file Democrats, but remember, he’s in West Virginia, and politics is local. Remember when the far left tried to run a far left candidate in Arkansas against Blachne Lincoln, who also bad mouthed President Obama? Because of that, we got an actual Republican there who is voting lockstep against the Obama agenda. I’d rather have Manchin bad mouth Obama maybe 20-30% of the time and vote for his policies 70-80% of the time as opposed to a Republican who votes 100% of the time against President Obama. I tire of the purity tests for both Democrats and Republicans, with both sides accusing folks in their party who share different views of being DINOs or RINOs.

      • December 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

        That’s the thing, he bashes the Prez everytime he opens his mouth, And I’m actually going to look up his voting record and see how often he does vote with democrats and the Prez. He gets on Morning Joe or whatever channel he’s being interviewed on and all I hear is repuke talking points. I’m not about party purity, because there are different views in our party that conflict and that’s good, but I haven’t heard anything good coming out of this guys mouth on any of the major issues. He’s suspect at best and I’m going toresearch him a little bit more, because this seems to be a habit with this guy.

      • December 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm

        Yup. Perspective people. Political reality.

    • December 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Because he’s one more seat towards holding/keeping Senate majority. Understand that Manchin will have to outperform Pres. Obama by 15+ points in WV to get to 50%+1 on election day and hold the seat. Pres. Obama is polling 35% range in WV, so if Manchin ties himself to that he loses.

      Now if he’s still like this after both are re-elected I’ll be more pissed along with you.

      Pres. Obama isn’t going to contend W.Virginia, Montana or Nebraska and we need to hold all three of those seats to help up keep majority in Senate and harry Reid controlling the agenda.

  63. December 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Very solemn but very dignified. Totally choked up. Hard to fathom this whole debacle is really over.
    THANK YOU, President Obama and VP Biden.

  64. 189 Linda
    December 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Here is a little anecdote from history regarding blocking Presidential appointments that made me smile.

    In 1832 President Andrew Jackson nominated Martin Van Buren to be Minister to Great Britian. His political foes, led by Calhoun defeated the nomination­, with Calhoun casting the deciding vote.

    Afterwards Calhoun was heard boasting that he had destroyed Van Buren’s chance. Passing by was Senator Thomas Benton Hart, who remarked, “You have broken a Minister and elected a Vice President”­…dead silence followed.

    Van Buren went on to be VP and was elected President!

  65. December 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you Chips,
    I watched the interview and I must say that I thought Our President was calm, cool and collect. He schooled the so-called high pain journalist with information that he was trying to twist and throw in his own assumptions and personal opinion. Which we have grown accustomed to being displayed by this MSM.
    I am going to write a letter to the President and call the WH, because he needs to hear encouragement, flood him with appreciations. Yes, I continously call and e-mail those fools in Congress who think this is a game. But as our President vows to work hard for us, the least I can do is thank him personally and let him know ever so often how much I appreciate his persistency and consistency. The grace that was upon him during that interview was truly amazing and inspiring. Everytime he speaks, I sit taller and walk prouder to be a part of this moment in time.
    My journal is so rich and rewarding for my children and their children to read. Hopefully, they will feel the connection with this President from the words that I will pour out of my heart. So grateful that God loved us to allow this soul to become President and re-elect of these US.

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