‘we are going to win this thing’ (updated)

Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event, Dec 13: Back in 2008, we used to talk about this being a historic moment for America, that we were at a crossroads in our history. Well, we haven’t fully crossed the road, and in some ways, 2012 is even more important than it was four years ago. The choices could not be starker. The vision about where we want to take the country could not be more different.

I gave a speech in Kansas last week where I talked about where we need to go as a country; a country that’s based on everybody having a fair shot, a country that depends on everybody doing their fair share, a country where fair play applies across the board….

…. And that vision, in contrast to a vision that basically says you are on your own, is what this election was about in 2008; it’s what this election is going to be about in 2012. I am confident that the vision that we believe in so deeply and that we’ve worked so hard for is the vision that is truest to our history and most representative of the core decency of the American people.

But we’re going to have to fight for it. It’s not a slam-dunk. We’re going to have to deliver this message effectively all across the country….

All of the things that we’ve done over the last three years – to rescue the economy and rescue the auto industry, and end the war in Iraq and end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and make sure that health care is in place, and financial reform brings back some integrity to the financial sector – all those things don’t mean that much to somebody if they’re still out of work right now, or their house is still underwater by $100,000.

So, yeah, this is going to be tough. But I just want to remind all of you that you didn’t decide to support Barack Hussein Obama because it was going to be easy. There were always easier choices to make, just as there would have been easier political choices for me to make. We took a flyer on this thing because we believe passionately in an America in which everybody is getting ahead.

That’s worth fighting for. And here’s my message to you. If you guys stick with this, if you don’t falter, if you stay steady, we are going to win this thing. We are going to win this thing, and America is going to win as a consequence.

Full speech here



AP: Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday that President Barack Obama impressed her as a “good person” through his acknowledgment of attendants and security staff during his recent visit to Australia.

“I always think the way you can best judge people’s attitudes is not necessarily how they treat me, the prime minister of Australia, but how you see them interact with others, and as President Obama moved through Parliament House, he said hello to every attendant and every security guard he walked past.”

“He doesn’t have to do that – nothing makes him do that except being a good person,” she said.

…. Gillard described him as charming, with a “fabulous, high-voltage smile.” “The private person is very like the public person – very calm, very measured person, very intelligent, casual in a way,” she said.

“Clearly being president of the United States comes with all of this machinery and prestige, but in the middle of that, he is actually one-to-one in his reaction with people a very casual person,” Gillard said.


Oh, any excuse:



10:05: The President and First Lady depart the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

10:20: Leave Andrews for Ft. Bragg, N.C.

11:25: Arrive in Ft. Bragg

11:55: The President and First Lady deliver remarks to the troops

12:50: Depart Ft. Bragg

2:05: Arrive at the White House

5:00: The President attends a campaign event

282 Responses to “‘we are going to win this thing’ (updated)”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    December 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Yes, yes yes we will win. Obama/Biden 2012!!!

  2. December 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Fired up! Ready to KICK ASS!

  3. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    December 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Look at the beautiful “sea of humanity” in that photo!

    We are going to win this thing.

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      I’m going to work as hard as I can to make this happen. 2007-08 was a tough slog, to be sure. There were some days when I just couldn’t believe what was happening. Thank goodness our candidate had a steady compass. And I expect this one to be the mother of all freakouts because Republicans are so disturbed but I will do my part. That much I know for sure.

      • 16 jacquelineoboomer
        December 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm

        meta – With you in his corner, how can President Obama be anything but RE-ELECTED !!!!! I’m so proud to be standing with you on that goal.

  4. December 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    But but but the polls and Andrea mitchel said America is angry and Joe scarbourough said he likes Ron Paul as a third party candidate and…

  5. 20 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    We already won. I will be buying my inaguration gown soon. Tee hee. 😆

  6. December 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Don’t forget VP Biden on the Maddow show 😉

  7. December 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    If you have trouble with the MSNBC link, try this:


    (Although, if you’re near your TV that might be better!)

  8. 28 Jessica
    December 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I love this man more than back in 2008 because he has kept trucking against the worst opposition ever during the worst times since the Depression.

    • 29 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Now, Jessica, how can we love this man more than back in 2008? Oh, yeah, on second thought – Yes We Can!

  9. December 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I love my President…I am so excited.. 2 good things happened today:

    1.I am phone banking at the most Redest state (Issa) district…and let me tell you there are lots of Repubs that are willing to vote D come 2012.

    2. One of the Board member I work for a republican, after our work meeting, He came to my office and whispered his words “Don’t tell anyone but I am voting for Obama in 2012. shhhhhhhh.

    I am just thrilled I feel like I just won a Lotto…lol

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Wow, Kasai that was so exciting to read I’m giggling! Thanx for sharing.

    • 33 majii
      December 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Some of the smarter members in the GOP know that their party and their 2012 presidential candidates are fos (Full of s**t,) even though the MSM pretends that everyone in the party will play follow the leader with Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Kyle, and the others.

    • 35 utaustinliberal
      December 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      That’s awesome Kasai. It’s just like in 2008. A lot of repubs voted silently for PBO and I have a feeling a lot of them will vote for him in 2012. They just won’t change their registration or tell many people about their decision.

      We’ll keep slugging on; because in a hostile environment such as these times; we’re always the underdogs. Fired Up! Ready to Go! Ready To Kick Ass!

      • 36 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
        December 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        I think Condi Rice voted for PBO.

        • 37 jacquelineoboomer
          December 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

          And I think Mark McKinnon did, as well. Remember he worked for McCain as an advisor, but had told him that if Barack Obama were the Dem nominee, he’d drop out.

          From his Wiki page: “Regarding his decision, McKinnon stated that he preferred not to campaign against Illinois Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president because Obama’s election ‘would send a great message to the country and the world.'”

          Every time I see Mark on the teevee now, I think of the integrity he showed in doing that.

        • 38 JojoRaze
          December 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm

          I know Condi voted for PBO. Her smile when they questioned her after the election just screamed “I’m so proud of him! Go on with your bad self Barack!”

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      WooooOOOOOOOoooooot!!!!! Thank you Kasai, beyond-lovely news!

    • 40 desertflower
      December 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      I’m thrilled FOR you! How good is that? You know, I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of people feel that way. May not say out loud that they are voting that way (for the life of me I don’t know why they would hide that) but they know who’s trying to actually help them. When it comes right down to it, I think that Americans realize that Republicans are only about the corporations and big money. They have said it, loud and clear. Enough is enough. So glad that you had this amazing day! FIRED UP!

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Yassssssss! I do believe PBO’s margin of victory will be impressive. I never doubted he would win, but I think it will be a larger win than we may think now.

      Go Kasai, Go! :mrgreen:

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Heeeeee. This is brilliant.

      I’ll say it again and again: The beltway idiots will not know what hit them.

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      I’m thrilled hearing this story. There must be other Republicans who are secretly turned off by the full bore ugliness the R’s have unleashed in the last three years.

    • 47 Pkali
      December 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      But Joe Scar said Mika had a friend in goergetown that said she was a dem and was voting republican, surely you dont think the pundit class is out of touch do you? They know everything, remember? Obama lost his congressional race and won his Senate seat by default so he had no chance versus Clinton, he was a weak candidate who had never been tested so he would lose in 2008. Come on people you know these pundits know their politics, remember all those” this is good for McCaine stories”? Remember how effective that Paris Hilton McCaine ad was? how it was changing minds? Infact remember how Obama was going to lose PA because the polls had him only at an 8% advantage? remember the Bradley effect, come on you have to remember the Bradley effect, the media assured us that whites would always vote against a black candidate.

    • 50 Lovepolitics2008
      December 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      wow kasai that’s wonderful news. Do you know if those republicans are planning to vote for President Obama because they don’t like their candidates Romney and Gingrich, or is it something deeper, that is for example they think President Obama and democrats are the ones with the best economic policies re taxes for the rich etc…?

    • 51 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks for sharing that, kasai! Now we feel like we just won the Lotto, too! Love it.

    • December 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      That’s good! But he has to follow that up by voting Dem for Congress. PBO can’t do it on his own.

    • 53 lovingandlaughing
      December 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Awesome Kasai, thanks for telling us!

    • December 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Wow Kasai! Very cool!

    • 55 Tulips
      December 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      I’ve have been saying that many repubs will vote for him. thank you for phone banking.

    • 56 anniebella
      December 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      kasai, I have a feeling we will have alot of closet Republicans voting for President Obama.

      • 57 anniebella
        December 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        Maybe I should have said I believe there will be alot of Republicans voting for President Obama, because deep down they know how crazy their party have gotten.

  10. 58 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Newt’s employee resigned for calling Mormonism a cult. It’s making headlines and that’s how Newt intended it to be. He is the KING of anonymous dirty politics.

    • 59 utaustinliberal
      December 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Absolutely agree with you. I’m sure Newt paid his Iowa director to commit Hara-Kiri and then when he repudiates such vitriolic language, he’ll come off smelling likes roses. #GOPFAIL because we can smell BS from a mile away.

      • 60 isonprize
        December 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        Newt could land in a florist shop, be sprayed with rose water, and hold a dozen long stem roses, HE WOULD STILL STINK!!!

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Yep, that’s how I see it too. Sucks to be Willard. *shrug*

    • 62 Lorraine
      December 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      As quite as it’s kept, Christians whether Evangelical, Pentecostal or Baptist believe that Mormonism is a cult. I watched the CNN report a couple months ago, if it was suppose to put the audience mind at easy, it only made things worst. Joseph Smith? Thinking that the Garden of Eden is in Missouri? Believing that Christ, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Redeemer of the World is the brother of Satan? Believing that African-Americans are cursed. Things that make you go, hmmmmm.

      • December 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

        Cults attempt to keep their people socially and spiritually isolated. They restrict their young and themselves from interaction with “outsiders” Their churches and rituals are exclusive and secretive. Their beliefs can be marginal at best and destructive at worst. Consider that in terms of Mormonism and then answer the question whether it might be considered a cult.

        Just saying why some could feel it’s a cult.

  11. December 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm


    10:05: The President and First Lady depart the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

    10:20: Leave Andrews for Ft. Bragg, N.C.

    11:25: Arrive in Ft. Bragg

    11:55: The President and First Lady deliver remarks to the troops

    12:50: Depart Ft. Bragg

    2:05: Arrive at the White House

    5:00: The President attends a campaign event

  12. 66 nintendowii10
    December 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Glenn Greenwald – the Right wing libertarian nut who pretends to be a Lefty – is at it again. This time, the poor thing has confused Wall Street and the CIA and is very mad that the President told the truth in his 60 Minutes interview about the the reason why not a slew of prosecutions took place on Wall Street. Because previous Congresses (and presidents, plural, I’m sad to say) legalized bribery, gambling, and insider trading.


  13. December 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    My heart and being are soaring. I am so happy that so many still adore and love our president. At times, for me, it gets hard. I am a worrier. It is moments like this that bring redemption. thanks chips.

    • 68 majii
      December 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Just keep the faith, Ms. Dorothy Keep the faith. You’re not alone when it comes to worrying. Sometimes I work myself up into a lather worrying about all of the lies that the GOP and MSM tell about PBO and his policies, so I have to go to my prayer place and regroup. We’re going to be just fine.

      • December 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm

        Majii, Thank you so much. I have always been a huge worried. Never got that involved in politics between BHO. You resolve helps me. good night.

        • 70 Mae who love our CIC
          December 14, 2011 at 8:35 am

          Dorothy I just want to add, that we have to trust God because He will always work it for our good. Trust our President, because he has the American people best interest and will work untiringly for our good.

          Can you all believe all of this polling that is going on. The GOP is scared!

          Just want to add that Chips and my fellow TODers are doing excellent journalism. Each of you deserve accolades and I am so thankful to you all for providing such wonderful information. Seems as though I am running a day behind lately. Thanks so very much.

  14. December 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Ms. Chip,

    Thank you so much for posting that speech! So inspiring not that I needed it but it’s still nice and I love your Time cover!

  15. 72 Lorraine
    December 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    That’s it, Mr. President. Proverbs 23:7

  16. 73 maritza
    December 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I attended about five or six rallies when Senator Obama was campaigning back in the day (President Obama and VP once) and there was a shit load of different looking people. Do you see same thing happening in the GOP gathering gigs?

    I have to be honest and say that I do not watch GOP-Gone-Stupid-Shows but have seen pix and don’t see much diversity there.

    • 74 utaustinliberal
      December 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      That’s another thing that freaks me out about republicans; elected and voters. This is 2011 and their events, townhalls, and conventions are 99.9% filled with Caucasians. There’s no 99.9% African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, etc. It’s just not normal. It’s 2011 and this is a society that thrives on diversity. This is a society that needs diversity to succeed in the future and yet at every GOP gathering, only one race/ethnicity is pre-dominant.

      • December 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        I live in SF, so my daily life is full of diversity in every single way. I can’t believe what I see when I look at the Republican Party. Complete whitewash. They cannot survive.

        • December 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

          This lack of diversity being discussed at the Republican events brings back memories of the Republican Nat’l Convention in 2008. No offense to anyone, but there was a sea of white when the camera panned the audience. PBO has always been inclusive. That is one of the many things I love about him.

      • 78 jacquelineoboomer
        December 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

        utaustin – I’m white so I keep looking for diversity in the Republican crowds, because it’s so unbelievable there is none. After the last goofball debate, they briefly showed the audience and I found only one person who might not be white. Very, very off putting and sad for all of us as a nation.

      • December 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        What are you talking about ut ? Don’t evah forget ‘herb’ cain and michael steele. They’re ‘diversity’ personified.

        (Now they’re in dust bin has got nothing to do with the inherent tolerance of gop).

      • 80 nospin
        December 14, 2011 at 12:44 am

        I have to say I have republican friends and neighbors and they are really nice folks who are conservative in their political beliefs. The republican party that is represented in 2011 does not reflect their beliefs but they cannot support core democratic beliefs either.

        Just want to say that there are still sane folks who happen to be Republican and are horrified by the determination of their political leaders to self destruct.

  17. December 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Am I hallucinating or is Big Daddy Warbucks back? I could swear that I see the back of his head in that photo– he’s on the left.

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      That does look like him, but this may not be a recent picture….?

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Might be a stock photo Chips put with the story?

    • 86 hopefruit2
      December 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      I really miss Daddy Warbucks. I keep looking to see if he’s there whenever PBO is out with the SS agents.

      • 87 HZ
        December 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm

        Hopefruit2, I really like him. When I see him with POB, I always felt a calmness around him. I also felt that he really respected POB and took his job very seriously.HZ

    • 88 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Unfortunately, I think he retired, although it would be nice if retirement didn’t suit him and he returned.

      When PBO was in my area last month, I had an extended conversation with one of the agents while waiting outside the event. I peppered him with so many question and made so many comments that my Mom was afraid I was going to end up on a watch list. LOL. My number one question was “Where is Daddy Warbucks?” When he tried to play like he didn’t know who I was talking about, I went on to tell him just when we noticed his absence and how we missed the comfort of seeing him; also told him to let the new detail head know that not only are we watching the SS, that we also pray for them daily. After a good laugh and a thank you for the prayers, he indicated that my oberservations regarding Daddy Warbucks were pretty accurate. The agent I spoke with has been with the SS for 10 years, however, PBO was his first executive detail.

  18. December 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Joe Biden is in classic Biden form tonight: gotta love him. He’s one of a kind. Nice interview.

    • 93 Lovepolitics2008
      December 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      He was wonderful. Clear, concise, authentic, emotional. And I especially loved the part where he said that on the world stage, people respect President Obama and look up to him for leadership ( paraphrasing).

  19. 94 Dudette
    December 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    For anyone who’s been lulled into thinking e-voting machines can’t be compromised, I submit the following, courtesy of The Brad Blog

    SPECIAL REPORT: Forensic Analysis Finds Venango County, PA, E-Voting System ‘Remotely Accessed’ on ‘Multiple Occasions’ by Unknown Computer. Battle for independent election investigation rages in rural Republican county, pitting renegade Election Board against County Commission, giant E-Vote firm ES&S…

    “According to the Initial Report from a landmark independent forensic audit of the Venango County, PA, touch-screen voting system — the same system used in dozens of counties across the state and country — someone used a computer that was not a part of county’s election network to remotely access the central election tabulator computer, illegally, “on multiple occasions.” Despite the disturbing report, as obtained by The BRAD BLOG and posted in full below, we may never get to learn who did it or why, if Venango’s County Commissioners, a local judge, and the nation’s largest e-voting company have their way. And that’s not all we won’t get to find out about.”

    They’re coming at this voter disenfranchisement thing from all angles. If they can’t win the votes, they’ll just hack the votes.

  20. December 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Not only will the GOP presidential candidate have to fear debating PBO, but the vice presidential candidate will be in over his/her head trying to debate our Joey. He is so impressive in his brain power, support of the President, and communicative ability. Even Rachel is spellbound.

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Oh, you are so right. I forgot about that! Love it.

      • December 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

        I remember him easily running circles around Palin with half his brain tied behind his back. And he was so classy doing it, too. LOL.

        • 98 jacquelineoboomer
          December 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm

          Remember she couldn’t even get “Biden” right – she had a tendency to say “O’Biden.” Somebody let it out that it was the reason she asked him at their first one-sided debate (ha!), “May I call you Joe?”

          Did you hear – not that we care – that two TV channels, involved with her before on her so-called reality show concepts, both declined to pick up one idea for her husband to do reality TV again about fishing or something?

          • 99 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            December 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm

            “O’Biden” is about the only thing I can’t knock her for. I and so many others @ my HQ were constantly making that same error. I even made an Obama/OBiden sign as a joke. LOL

        • 100 vitaminlover
          December 14, 2011 at 12:34 am

          She was so stupid that she didn’t even realize that she was getting her behind kicked. Ignorance, boy oh boy.

    • 101 hopefruit2
      December 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Exactly…(mis)underestimate VP Joe at your own peril!

  21. December 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    For anyone who missed the Maddow interview with VP Biden, here’s part 1:

    • 103 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
      December 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      VP Biden was excellent as always.

    • 104 Tally
      December 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      ooooh – I bet he says HEALTH CARE REFORM.

      No, I didn’t watch it.

      I can haz Part 2 please!!!

    • December 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Chips you are to quick. I am still watching my recording of Rachel and you have the video already. Rachel reminded me of the receipts of my parents, where they paid a poll tax to vote. Wow!

      • 106 jacquelineoboomer
        December 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        COS – Do you still have your parents’ poll tax receipts? They should be framed on your wall, right next to a framed photo of President Barack Obama on Inauguration Day! His second, that is!

    • 107 desertflower
      December 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you! Thank you! It was too short…he’s phenomenal, and I can’t wait for the rest.

    • 109 mb32
      December 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Watching VP Biden in that interview reminded me of this news item about Biden strongly saying that we were getting out of Iraq this year – no extensions:
      “Biden asserted himself and said — there’s clearly been a dispute between them within the administration — “Wait a minute, I’m in charge of that negotiation, not Panetta, and we have given the Iraqis a deadline to ask us, and it is tomorrow, and they can’t possibly meet it because of all these things they would have to do. So we are definitely pulling out of Iraq at the end of the year.” That was very good news for me. That’s a big deal. I said, “Yeah, but what if they ask you for an extension?” He said, “We are getting out. Tomorrow, it’s over.” [July 31 was the deadline]


      Also, this article from McClathy, which the WH pushed backed on a little, suggest that PBO and VPB had no intention of extending troops in Iraq even if requested. The article says that there was very little contact between PBO, VPB and Iraqi officials all year. The WH says not true – that there were calls that were not readout for media. I think they had no intention of trying to convince Iraqis to ask for an extension. VPB’s comments to Rachel confirm that and I’m glad. I knew PBO would keep his word – he was saying all year that we were leaving and he is a man of his word.

  22. 110 bonkers
    December 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I think he’ll beat his 10 million vote landslide win from 2008…it’s just all about winning back the House (big hurdle) and strengthening the Senate. We MUST do this for Stanley Ann’s son to really thrive and show us what he can get done. Fired up!

    • 111 nathkatun7
      December 14, 2011 at 4:09 am

      I think you prediction may be right, bonkers! But I am not going to chance it. I pledge to work as hard as I can without taking for granted that the President will win. My active grassroots participation with OFA in my area begins on Dec. 26th. We must all dedicate ourselves to work as hard as we can to re-elect the President and to vote for Democrats to regain control of Congress.

  23. December 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    A word or two from our President:

    “Before we get too depressed about the state of our politics, let’s remember our history. The great debates of the past, all stirred great passions. They all made somebody angry, and at least once led to a terrible war. What is amazing, is that despite all the conflict, our experiment in democracy has worked better than any form of government on earth.”
    President Barack Obama, University of Michigan Commencement, 2010

  24. December 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    To all those interested:

    Join 2 veterans for a conference call tomorrow on what the end of the Iraq war means for all of us. ObamaBiden2012


  25. 114 Tally
    December 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    OMG, am I the only grammar bitch who wants to pull their hair out when someone writes, “a historical” rather than the correct, “AN HISTORICAL”?????

    but yes, we are going to win this thing!!!


  26. 123 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Does anyone know who christine the Witch Endorsed for President? She was supposed to do it tonight.

  27. 136 carolyn
    December 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Saw a segment of Ed’s last night show with Jonathan Alter on line this evening. Alter said that in 2008 130 million people voted. In 2010 80 million people voted. Those 50 million people, he said, will vote in 2012, and (sadly, as we know) most of those are Democratic voters. That was bad news in 2010 but will be good news in 2012. Why don’t people realize that midterm elections are just as important as presidential years? Anyway, that is a huge difference in numbers of voters. The President’s team is well aware of all those statistics.
    Alter and Ed are glad to see the President naming his victories. Alter said his legislative record is better in the first two years than any president, including Clinton, Carter, JFK, GWB…all except LBJ, and LBJ had a huge majority. PBO did it with a recalcitrant Senate, but he had Nancy!!! Alter said the president doesn’t like to talk about himself and his accomplishments, by his nature, but is so glad he is doing so. So am I!

  28. 140 ChristiMtl
    December 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    • 141 Tally
      December 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm


      1. Doug who?

      2. American Elect what?

      3. Don’t care.

      4. She is not your girlfriend. She said NO. And SHE’S JUST NOT THAT IN TO YOU.

    • 142 anniebella
      December 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      Tell this Doug Schoen guy to get back on his medication. It’s clear he is crazy.

      • 143 JoJothecat
        December 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm

        Hillary? No offense to Hillary, because she is a great SOS but if she can’t handle that job for eight years how’s she gonna handle the presidency? SOS has been just as tough as being the president these days, constantly on the go, Hillary looks tired and she’s had enough with the traveling.

    • December 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      thankee chips! love VP Joe.

    • 146 desertflower
      December 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Fascinating interview. Thank you so much for posting them here. I could listen to that man talk for hours.

    • 147 bonkers
      December 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Only saw the clips on here and was a little distracted, but did Maddow mention President Obama, you know the guy opposed the Iraq Invasion and OCCUPATION all along and then ended it, at all in her intros or outros? I saw her oddly give Daddy’s boy Huntsman some airtime and a little compliment for no apparent reason, and then she ends it with a direct promotion of Ron Paul. That’s seriously what she chose to leave people as their final thought on this subject? Ron Paul is reasonable?

      Jeezus, I hope I just missed it because wow, oh wow.

      • December 13, 2011 at 10:46 pm

        bonkers, I just had the very same reaction. What a total IDIOT she is. I’m totally disgusted.

      • 149 isonprize
        December 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

        Bonkers, you didn’t miss a thing. Folks just won’t give PBO credit for the work that he has done. But since he doesn’t do it for credit, he actually does it for the love of his country, he’s cool with that. I admire him even more!!!

        Obama/Biden 2012

      • December 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm

        Earlier in the piece, she did feature PBO’s speech in 2002 in Chicago where he came out against the Iraq War. I didn’t see it in the clips provided here, but I was watching the show live on t.v., and she did feature that speech and note the fact that this person who came out against the war is now overseeing its end.

        • December 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

          PJ’s spot on, in fairness to RM she showed PBO’s anti-Iraq war speech at start of piece, I just didn’t start recording in time! And she did acknowledge his consistency, as PJ said – for being opposed to the war from the start, and for being the President to end it.

        • 152 Cha
          December 14, 2011 at 1:09 am

          That is historically Amazing right there! And, not too many in the M$M will mention that. I was already for Senator Obama when I first read that speech but to me that just solidified it, rock solid.

      • December 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm

        Yeah, how she drew a line from Ron Paul not supporting staying in Iraq or starting a war in Iran to leading in the PPP poll for Iowa is beyond me. I much prefer the theory that people are already souring on Gingrich and are giving Paul a look-see. Frankly I’ve never thought it really mattered who won in Iowa. It only matters if Romney is 2nd or 3rd. If he’s 3rd, that’s news. If he’s second behind anyone at all it’s standard operating procedure. Huckabee won in ’08, then fizzled. The Republican caucus-goer in Iowa is an odd bird anyway and their winners never predict anything. I don’t even think who wins New Hampshire matters. I’ll start paying attention with SC and FL.

    • December 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      After that whole interview, VP Joe Biden expressing his truth about the whole Iraq War and its implications, Rachel’s takeaway is about freakin’ Ron Paul? Honestly, I don’t understand why anybody thinks she’s all that smart. What a bonehead.

      • December 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm

        I sighed at that too, Meta, although I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt by reckoning she meant because fruitbat Paul was the only one of the GOP field showing any sense on these war issues ….. it said a whole bunch about the rest of them. Maybe I’m being too generous?

        • 156 bonkers
          December 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm

          Being too generous is usually a good thing and that’s why we love you, although in this context you probably are being too generous to Maddow. This isn’t just a small “daily news” kind of story. It’s one of the stories of the decade where we have America’s first melanin-enhanced President ending this horrible chapter in America’s history. Yet, here we are with Maddow being given an exclusive interview with one of the major players in the momentous event, and she chooses to end with kind words for first Huntsman (!?!?), then at the very end…which is what most viewers will remember…she directly promotes Ron Paul with her very last words. No mention of President Barack Hussein Obama at all…the person who actually brought this about. Shocking, really.

          On the other hand, Chips, you’re looking absolutely ravishing tonight, you fine, fine example for how glorious humankind can be when done correctly.

          • December 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm

            She did mention PBO earlier. See my comment above.

            • 158 bonkers
              December 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

              Okay, thanks. Still…the last thing is one of the most important parts since it’s what most viewers remember and promoting Ron Paul was quite a strange way to end this topic, but happy to hear it made more sense earlier at least.

              • December 14, 2011 at 1:37 am

                RM likes to mess with your mind, especially when she feels that no one is giving her attention and completely agreeing with her. See what she will do when POB leaves office after completing his second term. Just saying. HZ

  29. 161 carolyn
    December 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    That third party group is absolutely crazy! Do they remember four years ago??? President Obama BEAT Hillary! An elected president does not “step aside” for an also ran, just because a few people are unhappy! Has Hillary asked him to…..NO! Would he do it…..NO…..that is an idea beyond stupid.
    The only president who resigned was Nixon, because he was forced to by what came to light. These guys do not understand the way our government works at all. This is not England, where the “loyal opposition” can make things so difficult for the Prime Minister an election is called.

    • 162 Obama Grandmama
      December 14, 2011 at 2:57 am

      Traditionally a different Dem presidential candidate runs after the one in office finishes his eight years. There’s nothing stopping Hillary from doing that. Maybe she will have those four years to get ready to run. Teddy Kennedy did run against Jimmy Carter for his second term but Reagan won.

  30. December 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Did you all get this email?

    Everyone’s got that special conservative in their life.

    Maybe it’s your dad, who forwards you every chain email about the President’s birth certificate, or your neighbor, who just put up a Mitt Romney sign.

    Dealing with these folks can be … frustrating.

    This holiday season, we’re giving you a chance to have a little bit of fun at their expense. Let a Republican in your life know they inspired you to make a donation to the Obama campaign — chip in $3 or more today.

    When you give to the campaign, simply enter your Republican friend’s email address and they’ll get a note letting them know that they motivated you to donate — which will surely make their day.

    Not only that, but when you donate today, you’ll be entered to win a chance to have dinner with the President and First Lady. Just picture how good it’ll feel to let your honoree know about those dinner plans.

    The other side is busy scrambling for the Iowa caucuses and a long string of primaries, trying to find a nominee. Meanwhile, we’ve got our candidate — and we’re already doing the work to get ready for November.

    Give your conservative friends the gift of knowing they’ve inspired you to donate. After all, actions speak louder than words.

    Please donate $3 or more today:




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    Obama for America

    P.S. — Really want to fire up your GOP friends? Buy them a gift from the 2012 store. I recommend the birther mugs — they get the message across pretty well.

    • 165 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
      December 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      I have no republican or conservative as a family member. I have 3 people in my neighborhood who were repukes and 2 of them say will vote for Obama because he passed the HCR into law. I am still working to win over the last one.

    • 172 lovingandlaughing
      December 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      How about we all donate in honor of Halperin. Any other ideas out there? How about in the name of a Senator who has been blocking the American Jobs Act? We’d just need to get the emails on where to send the donation notices. I rather like this idea. Who’s with me?

    • 176 desertflower
      December 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      I checked my email today today…nope. No razzing my RW friends and family! I DID get a survey in the mail from Nancy Pelosi regarding SS/ Medicare…filled it out and will send it off tomorrow.

      • 177 symmetry11
        December 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        I received the same survey. I will put mine in the mail tomorrow. I also received the email.

      • 178 lovingandlaughing
        December 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm

        Desertflower, I wouldn’t want to send it to friends or family either, but how about a donation inspired by a republican Presidential candidate or to a republican mouth piece journalist like Halperian or to even to Boehner or Michael Moore? We’d just need to get their email addresses for the donation notice to be sent to.

    • 180 JojoRaze
      December 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      I’m loving how the campaign is cashing in on PBO hateration. They really are saying with this “Haters motivate PBO.” I love it!

  31. December 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Americans under 30 overwhelmingly say they’re better off than they were three years ago, while older people in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of key swing states have a more pessimistic view.

    More than two-thirds of people 18 to 29 years old say they and their families are better off, compared with 36% of people 50 to 64 years old in the swing states.


  32. 194 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @maddow Bush/Cheney war on Iraq was illegal. PresObama never supported it. PresObama ended it. VP Biden told you the truth. Did you hear it?


  33. 200 carolyn
    December 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Just saw Parts 1 & 1 of Rachel’s interview with VP Joe Biden. I LOVE Joe Biden! I LOVE it that he and the president work as a team…We are SO fortunate! And…..those looney Republicans want to start another war…???!!!!
    I bet we will be out of Afghanistan sooner than expected. These people work hard.

    • December 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      I agree carolyn. I’ve watched every speech POTUS has given since he was first running (or at least a portion of every speech) and the only time I saw him speak when what he was saying looked like he was just speaking and not 100% comfortable with it all was when he gave the speech about increasing the troop levels in Afghanistan. I think he wanted to go the other way on it but didn’t have the military support for it. I could be wrong on that but I didn’t feel his commitment to that speech like all his others. Anyway, I think he wants to find a few more bin Laden disciples in and around there and then get the hell out. I hope he will do it sooner rather than later as I never thought we should have thousands of ground troops there to get a few hundred al Qaeda. Drones and covert operations period.

  34. December 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    A little OT, but I just saw this headline:

    Stephanopoulos to replace Amanpour at ‘This Week’


  35. 206 jacquelineoboomer
    December 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Might be a good evening to send some love to VP Biden, if you’re so inclined:


  36. 208 Dudette
    December 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Loving what Steny Hoyer has to say about my President’s prospects for re-election on Lawrence’s show tonight. Speak it, Steny!
    [Listening to the live stream that Chips made available above]

  37. December 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I imagine this was posted earlier in the day but I think it’s worth posting again. Axelrod is keeping it real in Chicago. LOL. The monkey’s ass quote in the link but they will eat Gingrich alive with their portrayal of him starting now.

    “Discussing the GOP primary electorate, Axelrod said, “All the energy is on the side of the Tea Party folks. And Gov. Romney comes from that other tradition of the Republican Party. And ya got to give him credit for trying. He’s done everything but light himself on fire for the last eight weeks trying to win.”

    Then Axelrod turned to Gingrich–who has resurrected his candidacy after nearly tanking earlier in the year.
    The Obama team has been tying Gingrich to the Tea Party movement, and Axelrod reinforced this messaging at the briefing.

    “In certain ways [Gingrich] fits the role for this, because as we pointed out earlier in the week he is the original tea partier. You know, he brought that kind of politics to Congress in the early 90s, he led three government shut downs in order to try and roll back environmental protection…roll back the Department of Education and education programs, he wanted to cut Medicare, he wanted to give more tax cuts to the wealthy. He was really a forerunner of what we see today.”

    • 211 JoJothecat
      December 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      “the higher a monkey climbs the more you see his butt” ED was just showing that quote from Axelrod. 🙂 🙂 :).

  38. December 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    AP: Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday that President Barack Obama impressed her as a “good person” through his acknowledgment of attendants and security staff during his recent visit to Australia.

    “I always think the way you can best judge people’s attitudes is not necessarily how they treat me, the prime minister of Australia, but how you see them interact with others, and as President Obama moved through Parliament House, he said hello to every attendant and every security guard he walked past,” Gillard told Sydney Radio 2SM.

    “He doesn’t have to do that — nothing makes him do that except being a good person,” she said.

    …. Gillard described him as charming, with a “fabulous, high-voltage smile.” “The private person is very like the public person — very calm, very measured person, very intelligent, casual in a way,” she said.

    “Clearly being president of the United States comes with all of this machinery and prestige, but in the middle of that, he is actually one-to-one in his reaction with people a very casual person,” Gillard said.


    • December 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      What a nice observation from PM Gillard. Tweety need to read this. This is a perfect description of our POTUS.

    • 217 lovingandlaughing
      December 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Love reading that from PM Gillard, even though we all could have already guessed that about PBO. 😉

      • 218 anniebella
        December 14, 2011 at 5:27 am

        I think of what Donald Trump said about how President Obama is no role model for African Americans, I want to slap that ugly hair arrogant bully in the face. What the hell those Trump know about the AA community and who is or isn’t a role model for us. My opinion this man Barack Obama is a wonderful role model. He is not perfect I know, but when I look at what he has accomplish, he wasn’t born with money, with a silver spoon in his mouth like Trump. His Daddy wasn’t around for him, but yet this man got his life together, finish college, could have been a greedy lawyer, but decided to help people in the inner city. Becomes a U.S. Senator and becomes the first black President, and I have not even mention what I think of the example he has shown as a husband and a father. That impresses me even more than the other things. And that arrogant fool Trump has got some “D” nerve. If I had my nephews to pick who’s a better role model, Donald Trump or Barack Obama, it wouldn’t even be close. Barack Obama without a doubt. And I have a feeling a heck of alot more people feel the same as I do.

    • 219 Tulips
      December 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      Ha i just posted that to you. spread that good news.

    • December 14, 2011 at 1:42 am

      Thanks, Chipsticks for that. It gave joy to my heart. It is what we all see and love in our President. HZ

  39. 221 sand
    December 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I think the President should run against the entire republican party. They talked about deficit reduction but I read that the last Republican President to balance the budjet was Dwight Eisenhower back in the 50s.

  40. 222 Elly in Maryland
    December 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I’m late to the conversation, saw the post earlier about the revived U.S. auto industry, and just wanted to throw in that I LOVE MY NEW CHEVY CRUZE ECO! It gets 42 mpg average, is incredibly quiet, has great speed (stick shift, turbo whatever that is), handles beautifully. I’m so proud to drive a car made in the USA.

    Those ads where Toyota pushes that so many of their cars are made in the USA – well that doesn’t include all the research that goes on in the Detroit area for GM, Ford, Chrysler and all the auxiliary businesses that benefit. My niece and nephew and their spouses are all engineers for US auto companies; I don’t think Toyota has many people like them working in the US.

    It also leaves out that many of those jobs aren’t union jobs. So the heck with them, I’m buying American.

  41. 225 carolyn
    December 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I guess the Aussie Prime Minister took care of Tweety and his “Obama can’t connect with ordinary people” lie!
    Jacqueline…wrote VP Biden….he is so great, and so is Dr. Jill! I love it that she teaches English, as do I. She still does it even now!

    • 226 Cha
      December 14, 2011 at 12:34 am

      Yeah, if tweety could get his head out of his whatever long enough to read it. He sure hasn’t paid any attention to everything else that negates his lies.

  42. 227 sand
    December 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Does anyone know how many recession? The democrats need to point this out. The republicans say one thing and do another.

  43. 228 Ladyhawke
    December 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell is eviscerating Donald Trump

    I can’t breathe. I am laughing so hard. Lawrence O’Donnell is fileting Donal Trump simply by playing clips from the sad, sick saga of the failed debate. The man is a gasbag. No wonder he got along so well with Newt Gingrich. Lawrence seems to get such glee from blasting Donald. Too funny. The GOP must be feeling they dodged a bullet now that the stupid debate stunt has been cancelled.

    • 229 lovingandlaughing
      December 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      I look forward to watching that!

    • December 13, 2011 at 11:41 pm

      The funniest part about that Trump clip was when Lawrence showed Trump’s photo at the end of the segment, and under the photo was “December 3, 2011 – December 13, 2011”. It was like a RIP headstone. 🙂

    • 231 Cha
      December 14, 2011 at 12:31 am

      I’m enjoying reading your report on it, Ladyhawke! Who doesn’t love a good puncture in the Quack’s hot gassy ballooon? Lollololol

  44. 232 desertflower
    December 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Night all. I woke up at 3am last night, couldn’t get back to sleep. Got up, made coffee and then went to work all day….it’s catching up to me now! Thank you for everything…everyone! So much great info. Sleep tight. See you all tomorrow:)

  45. 233 carolyn
    December 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Just wrote Rachel, asked her WHY she included Ron Paul in her closing. President Obama and VP Biden deserve the credit for bringing that war to a close, Ron Paul had NO place in that piece. Signed myself “disappointed in you.”

  46. December 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Am I the last……….again? Getting a late, late start. I really enjoyed all the comments and videos. Thank you, Ms. Chips for the speech at the MLK Memorial. I was there and it was so much passion put in that speech, not just words. It seemed to me that the President was connecting with Dr. MLK right there and Dr. MLK was reassuring him that “he has his back” just as we all do here. KEEP ON PUSHING…..I was reminded of the Impressions song. And then, VP interview that was so humbling for him as well as myself. Just to think that he called the President and thanked him……(tears right about here). Then I smiled and felt glad with the warm words of the Austrialia’s Prime Minister. I wrote a thank you letter to VP Biden and Dr. Jill. Made a donation and now………sweet sleep. Good night.

  47. 237 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Here is a letter from an Obama supporter in 2008 who, three years later is NOT disappointed:


  48. 241 Cha
    December 14, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Help I’m in Limbo, Chips! I can’t sign in..don’t really think this is going to work but I’ll try it anyway.

    Thanks, Cha~

    • 242 Cha
      December 14, 2011 at 12:07 am

      Wow! It worked! In the comment place all it has is my avatar..the name and email are blank and I couldn’t get a purchase to write them in so I thought I couldn’t post. Anyway..strange things are happening but from reading your blog it’s not the first time. 😛

      Anyway, I guess I’m logged in even though just my avatar is all that’s noted above the place where the 3 lines are for email, name, and website. I shall carry on. THANKS, CHIPS!

  49. 245 FiredUpInCA
    December 14, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Just a reminder of the work that we have cut out for us when it comes to passing progressive legislation.

    Below are the 10 Democrats in the House that help pass the poison pill payroll tax cut today; a bill that would freeze “federal pay for a year and make federal retirees pay more for health care. It would raise yet another $38 billion by hiking fees on banks doing business with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Besides the controversial methods of paying for the bill, it would also stop clean air regulations estimated to save 20,000 lives, circumvent an environmental review of the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline, slash emergency unemployment benefits from 73 weeks to 33 weeks, and allow states to force the jobless to prove they’re not on drugs in order to get unemployment benefits.”



    Democrats — Ross, Y.


    Democrats – Cardoza, Y.


    Democrats — Barrow, Y.


    Democrats — Donnelly, Y.


    Democrats — Boswell, Y; Braley, Y; Loebsack, Y.


    Democrats – Walz, Y.


    Democrats — Boren, Y.


    Democrats — Matheson, Y.


  50. 248 Beauzeaux
    December 14, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I love the man. He’s better than we deserve. Face it. I can only aspire to be as good a person as he is.

  51. December 14, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Goodnight TOD Family and our beloved, Chipsticks. Everyday, you make this beautiful haven a joy. I am so grateful for all that you do, Chips.

    Our wonderful POTUS and VPOTUS are the best. May wisdom be granted to both of them, and love surround them in all that they do for us.

    We will win this one also. Love you all so very much.HZ

    • December 14, 2011 at 1:56 am

      P.S. Don’t forget to go over to TOD Fundraiser at top and donate. We want to put this in the bag by Friday,16th,2011. I am especially speaking to the “Cocoa Butter Hotties” and the ‘Naughty Mat Folks.” You know who you are. Love you all.HZ

  52. 251 SueBee
    December 14, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I haven’t watched a White House briefing in a while, but those reporters are NASTY and DISRESPECTFUL to Jay Carney and the President. I see Norah O’Donnell and Ed Henry laughing when certain questions are asked, Jake Tapper murmuring something rude under his breath but some of it was picked up by the mic. The way they frame questions put zero accountability on the Republicans. I was sad after watching it. Besides us, is there anyone else looking out for President Obama? Jeez 😦

  53. December 14, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Rachel does her interview with Joe Biden and at the end, gives Kudos to Ron Paul. As if he were the one that deserves credit for us leaving Iraq.
    You See, I told you she likes Ron Paul.

    • 255 SueBee
      December 14, 2011 at 2:49 am

      That made me angry when she did that. I tweeted her about it too. Rachel Maddow, The Young Jerks (Turks) and Jon Stewart all love Ron Paul. People don’t realize for every one good point he makes there are about 20 really really bad ones.

      • December 14, 2011 at 4:27 am

        It’s almost like the pl have a little clique, all revolving around Ron Paul. Add Alex GAGner and Jane hamster to your list.
        And if you are not in the clique, then you don’t belong!

    • 257 taiping1
      December 14, 2011 at 3:28 am

      He certainly does not support any anti-discrimination laws, is racist, homophobic, and happy with people dying from lack of access to health care. A disgrace as are all the media people that fail to report on his extremism.

  54. December 14, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lashed out at House Republicans on Tuesday night saying their pay roll tax cut extension bill was a  “pointless partisan exercise” that has no chance of passage in the upper chamber. Reid added that his Senate Republican counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) denied the Senate a chance to defeat the measure at once.

    “The bill just passed by House Republicans is a pointless partisan exercise,” Reid said. “The bill is dead on arrival. It was dead before it got to the Senate. The Senate will not pass it. The sooner we demonstrate that, the sooner we can begin serious discussions on how to keep taxes from going up for middle class Americans.”

    Reid went on to accuse McConnell of making an about-face by denying Democrats their demand for a vote on the measure Tuesday night. 
    “Democrats were ready to vote tonight to prove the bill was DOA, dead on arrival,” said Reid.  “I spoke with Minority Leader McConnell this evening and he told me he needs more time.”


    Keep trying mcconell. He needs 13 democrats. He might get 9 at the very most!

  55. December 14, 2011 at 5:19 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich holds a 10-point lead in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, but he would fare worse against President Barack Obama than Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

    With the first nominating contest in Iowa less than three weeks away, Gingrich leads Romney among Republican voters nationwide by 28 percent to 18 percent, the poll found.

    However, the poll raises questions about whether Gingrich — a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives who has shot to the top of Republican opinion polls in recent weeks — would be able to defeat Obama.

    The poll found that if the November 2012 presidential election were held today, Obama would defeat Gingrich, 51 percent to 38 percent. By contrast, Obama would defeat Romney by a narrower margin, 48 percent to 40 percent.


    But but but…

  56. December 14, 2011 at 5:23 am

    WASHINGTON –  President Barack Obama is marking the end of the Iraq war with a tribute to the troops who fought and died in a conflict he opposed from the start.

    Accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, the president was traveling Wednesday to Fort Bragg in North Carolina to address service members and their families as he brings the war to a close.


  57. December 14, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Governor Deval Patrick will host a $17,900-a-ticket fund-raiser for President Obama in Washington today, according to a Democratic official.

    The governor’s reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the posh St. Regis hotel, said Patrick’s political director, Alex Goldstein. Following the reception, Patrick will host a dinner for approximately 44 guests.

    Goldstein said Obama would attend the reception but not the dinner; however, Senator John F. Kerry will be on hand for both. Proceeds will benefit the Obama Victory Fund.


  58. December 14, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Funny bj post on erickkk rickkkson’s sobbing

    Oh Ewick,you poor, deluded, sorry, pimple on Rush Limbugh’s ass. Take another look at Perry, that hard scrable, patriotic, rootin’ tootin’ Govner who created all them jobs in the Loon Star State? Ewick, even you know that is not going to happen, as you admit in your post:

    The problem is that candidate, Rick Perry, has failed to convince people he is capable of the task at hand, though he still has the time, money, and poll trends in an upward direction in Iowa to do it.

    Failed to convince people he is capable? He has done everything but actually piss himself during the 853 debates. In fact, I think he did piss himself a little when Romney touched his shoulder in one debate, but that may have just been a little man love ejaculation, Romney being such a good lookin’ fella and all. And the Iowa ad, where he basically comes across a clueless bigot, can’t wait to see that trotted out in the general election, it will be right up there with Carly Fiorina’s demon sheep.

    As for Perry’s upward poll trends, the two latest poll have him at 13 and 9 percent respectively in Iowa. Meaning he will most likely finish in a tie with Crazy eyes for fourth place. After that, it is on to New Hampshire, where he is soaring at 3% in the latest poll. And he can’t even get out of single digits in a state like Virginia, where he is polling at 8%.

    No Ewick, Perry is not going to make a comeback. Your Knight on a white horse turned out to be Sancho Panza on an ass. Or maybe just the ass. He is an ignorant, racist prick, with the IQ of a head of lettuce. Sorry, you may just be stuck with the leporous amphibian, and if not the Newt, then wind up the Romneybot 5000 and weep those bitter tears of frustration and rage.


  59. December 14, 2011 at 6:50 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of young adults lacking medical coverage has shrunk by 2.5 million since the new health care overhaul law took effect, according to a new analysis the Obama administration is to release Wednesday.

    That drop is 2½ times as large as the drop indicated by previous government and private estimates from earlier this year, which showed about 1 million Americans ages 19-25 had gained coverage.

    Administration officials said they now have more data. They say they’re also slicing the numbers more precisely than the government usually does, trying to pinpoint the impact of a popular provision in an otherwise politically divisive law.


    Uh huh, uh huh!

  60. December 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

    In a townhall yesterday, filled with potheads, Ron Paul says he does not like regulations.
    And he picks pasteurized milk as an example.
    Screaming to the young potheads, he said raw milk for everyone- and the potheads went wild with a raucous roar.
    This is a true story, unbleievably.
    Lord help us all- this branch of young kids are waked! Just saying.

    • December 14, 2011 at 7:06 am

      Mark mckinon, who is on every show, is making his rounds pushing huntsman.
      Huntsman, does not even register in the polls, yet he gets talked about more than any other candidate. Who cares what mark mckinon says?

    • 274 Lovepolitics2008
      December 14, 2011 at 8:11 am

      Jovie, you should send this story to Rachel !

      Jovie, thank you for bringing us so mich information day after day !

  61. December 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Lol! The cameraman on morning joke messed up. They panned over to David Gregory and chuck toad, waiting to come on the set.
    Chuck toad, unwittingly, gave Joe the bird and it was caught by the camera.

    • 276 SueBee
      December 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

      That explains why he was all apologetic on Twitter. I don’t watch the show anymore, but I fell asleep with the tv on last night and I woke to Joe having a temper tantrum, when Mika spoke up about how awful the GOP field is and the Republicans in congress who is sabotaging Barack Obama’s presidency. That show lost its credibility.

  62. December 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney says his business background makes him a better presidential candidate than Newt Gingrich, who has spent decades in Washington. But the argument is not moving Republicans his way, underscoring Romney’s challenge in finding a way to stem Gingrich’s rise three weeks before the Iowa caucus, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

    Republicans are evenly divided on whether a Washington insider or outsider is best-suited to be president. That’s a problem for Romney, who cites his private-sector experience as the biggest difference between the two front-runners for the GOP nomination.


  63. 278 desertflower
    December 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Morning! You Tweeters and FB people may want to participate in this:


    Make your voice heard!!!!

  64. 281 CanAmerGrandma
    December 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

    For what it’s worth – I am an American living in Canada and voted absentee for Barack Obama in 2008 and will be supporting both the man and his policies in 2012. My reason for doing so are two precious grandchildren living in the Red state of Tn. By covering his back, I cover theirs. We can’t go back, we need to plow forward and he’s the only one out there with the discipline, intelligence, humanity and wisdom to lead the free world. May blessings be upon President Obama, his family and your entire country. Truth always prevails in the end.

  65. 282 Sue
    December 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    While reading the Prime Minister of Australia’s remarks regarding the President – I, obviously, have never met him, that is the sense I get from him, he’s a good person, a good man, a good husband and father. I believe he is actually great at all the before mentioned plus he will prove to be(is) a great President. I know history will judge him kindly!

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