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“welcome home” (updated)

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A hand that might possibly never be washed again:


244 Responses to ““welcome home” (updated)”


  1. 1 LOL
    December 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Don’t you just love the wingnuts and their “Military hates Obama” meme. Here is Admiral McRaven (the one who commanded the Bin Laden raid) and what he thinks of this Commander in Chief and the last

    McRaven speaks respectfully of Bush as Commander in Chief, saying he “made some very, very tough decisions.” About Obama, without a question to prompt him, he waxes lyrical and at length. The planning and decisionmaking for the bin Laden raid, he volunteers, “was really everything the American public would expect from their national leadership.”

    “The President was at all times presidential,” he says. “I would contend he was the smartest guy in the room. He had leadership skills we’d expect from a guy who had 35 years in the military.” The sentiments appear to be mutual, for McRaven and his special-operations units. In April, a month before the bin Laden raid, Obama tapped McRaven for his fourth star and nominated him to lead the U.S. Special Operations Command.

    http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/printout/0,29239,2101745_2102133_2102330,00.html

  2. 13 Julie
    December 14, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Good morning all you fine TOD people! And there’s our awesome President addressing the troops! Woot!

    Julie

    • 14 Obama Grandmama
      December 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Those are not expressions of people forced to be there listening out of respect to the CIC speak. Those are faces expressing joy, excitement and gratitude to their CIC upon speaking.

      • 15 Julie
        December 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        I know and it’s awesome to see! Funny how the wingers would have us believe the troops hate Obama. Every time I see him in the company of our military they seem really happy about it.

        Wonderful to have a President who actually respects the sacrifice our military personnel make.

        Julie

  3. 16 Elly in Maryland
    December 14, 2011 at 11:48 am

    when I went to CNN’s website to see about watching the program I had a treat: “2.5 more Americans have health insurance…..” beause of Pres. Obama’s health care reform. Talking mainly about young people. Nice to see in mainstream website.
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/14/health/health-insurance/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

  4. 17 24Sass
    December 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Saw this tweet:
    Troops cheer at Ft. Bragg as they see Air Force One land on Pope Field base runway

    I have major goosebumps waiting for President and Mrs. Obama to speak. I think I’m going to cry, this is a huge day.

  5. 18 Elly in Maryland
    December 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

    And by the way – way back when at a town hall where some wingnuts were attending, I held a poster outside saying something like I was glad my young adult daughter could stay on my insurance. Several wingnuts walking by responded that this just amounts to coddling, why can’t they get out on their own and be responsible, etc. Since I heard it so often I knew it had to be a right wing talking point.

    • December 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      making sure your child has health insurance is coddling?

    • 21 Obama Grandmama
      December 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Right! Why can’t young people get out there and get one of those nonunion jobs the GOP is pushing that does not include healthcare or one of those big companiy jobs that give just enough hours of work to them so they do not have to pay healthcare or better yet the nonexistent jobs the so called coddled job creators have still to create?

  6. 22 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Getting the chills.

    Welcome Home ! Welcome Home ! Welcome Home !

    • 23 24Sass
      December 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      Yes! Something the Vietnam vets never got.

      • December 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

        That’s when the librul became a dirty word just like progressive has since 2008. The left sure knows how to shoot itslef, repeatedly.

      • 27 JoJothecat
        December 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        I know. My boyfriend (he’s a 60yr old man) was a Vietname Vet and to this day people give him grief for that war. He is hurt hat since the 90’s and today, soldiers are treated better than he and his commrades were treated. I always thank him for his service all the time and that he and his fellow soldiers were not given the same honor and respect. I am glad America learned her listen about our soldiers and the great job they do. I am thankful for all of them living and deceased, to echo PBO – Welcome Home, Welcome Home, Welcome Home!

  7. 28 hopefruit2
    December 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    The military HEARTS their Commander-in-Chief. And they are not alone!!

    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Tweets:

  8. 39 sherijr
    December 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    This is an amazing speech… he is reminding this country of ALL that our troops put in, all they gave, all they did.. doesn’t matter that this war was wrong from the beginning.. whats important here today for these troops is that they know and this country remembers all they’ve given because they were asked to. This President is unparallelled in my opinion in so many things, but truly in his support and respect for our military.

  9. December 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    NBC/WSJ: Gingrich At 40% With GOP, But Would Be Crushed By Obama
    Kyle Leighton December 13, 2011, 7:25 PM

    In the most pronounced contrast between former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s position within the Republican primary contest and his standing in a matchup against President Obama, Gingrich has taken a commanding lead in a new national poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. Newt gets 40 percent of the GOP vote nationally, the highest total for any candidate in the past few months. He’s currently 17 points above his main competitor, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney.

    But the data also shows that Gingrich is a much weaker candidate against President Obama nationally. While Romney is only bested by the President by two points within the poll, Gingrich is crushed 51 – 40, showing the expansive disconnect between the GOP voters’ desire to have a non-Romney candidate and the chances that candidate has in the general election.

    “Why the difference between Gingrich and Romney? Look no further than their favorability ratings,” MSNBC wrote in their analysis of the poll. “Gingrich enjoys strong numbers among Republicans (46 percent positive vs. 21 percent negative), conservatives (42 percent positive vs. 23 percent negative) and Tea Party supporters (54 percent positive vs. 16 percent negative). In fact, they are higher than Romney’s numbers among these same three key Republican groups.”

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/nbcwsj-gingrich-hits-40-percent-among-gop-down-against-obama-by-11.php

  10. December 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    this pictures make me cry and I thank you, Chipsticks.

    one of my pet peeves is that the GOP, despite all their VOTES, get the ‘ they support the military’ cred.

    which is utter bullshyt, because if it’s not for a DEFENSE CONTRACTOR, the average GOP legislator could give two shyts about ANYTHING that helps the average soldier.

    I’M SO GLAD that both our President AND First Lady have been up front and center with any way that they can to help the AVERAGE SOLDIER.

    and the Soldiers KNOW IT.

    so, you can’t publish enough pics of POTUS, FLOTUS AND THE TROOPS.

    THANK YOU, CHIPS. 🙂

    • 47 Debz
      December 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      How true about the GOP. I haven’t heard any of their “candidates” talk about the troops, other than wanting to start another war. Our troops know who is supporting them.

    • 48 Eleroy
      December 15, 2011 at 3:20 am

      “because if it’s not for a DEFENSE CONTRACTOR, the average GOP legislator could give two shyts about ANYTHING that helps the average soldier.”

      EXACTLY!!!

  11. 49 SueBee
    December 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    The Troops love their President and First Lady of course. The started cheering before they were even introduced..made me proud! 😀 😀

  12. 50 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    December 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Hey, Desertflower I wanted to answer you concerns about the Boehner lead gerrymandering of districts in Ohio from a few threads ago. We are working on that as well. We have just submitted the petitions with enough signatures to put the voting restriction laws on the ballot for 2012. Now we are working on petitions to stop the GOP dominance of the redistricting in Ohio. The way they have it set up 75% of congresstional representation from Ohio will be GOP. WE ARE WORKING ON IT DESERT. Thanks for asking about your home state, love. OFA FOREVER. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! YES WE CAN!!! Obama/Biden 2012

    • December 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Why is this signature drive so much harder than the others – especially the union-buster one? Did the union brothers and sisters decide that having a 12-4 GOP map is in their best interest? As long as the anti-union bill was squashed they’re happen with a skewed map that will help keep the GOP in power nationally?

      • December 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm

        You make some good points SR. Everyone was involved with the repeal effort of SB5 and we won handily. It has been more difficult to collect the sigs for the gerrymandering. Keep us in your prayers. 😉

    • 53 desertflower
      December 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks Keith! I just knew that you guys would be on it:) Glad that you saw my comment to you! Get ‘er done! Wanted to let all of you know that I was listening to Stephanie Miller this morning, and a caller from WI was asked how the recall for Walker was going…his response was that they have already gotten 1.5 MILLION signatures for recalling Walker!!!! It’s not even DONE YET! He won the election with 1.4 million votes…now they have recieved even more than that to recall him!!! I thought that was awesome news that I thought you may all want to know!
      Go kick some ass, WI!!! Give that guy a PINK SLIP!

  13. December 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    BBC FP Headline

    US President Barack Obama is marking the end of the Iraq war with a speech at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, telling troops, “welcome home!”

    His address is paying tribute to the soldiers who served in the conflict – both those who died and veterans who returned home after long tours of duty.

    More than 200 soldiers based at Fort Bragg died over the course of the nearly nine-year war.

    The final US soldiers are expected to leave Iraq within days.

    The last combat troops left the country in August 2010.

    ‘Heads held high’

    President Obama has framed the withdrawal as a promise kept from his 2008 election campaign. During that election, he ran as the anti-war candidate and spoke on the need to rebuild a troubled economy.

    It was his first visit to Fort Bragg, and he addressed those personally affected by the war – veterans and their families.

    He was joined by his wife Michelle, who as first lady has been an active advocate for veterans, in an aircraft hangar, with transport aircraft and army vehicles still in their desert livery.

    Mr Obama said the US military was leaving Iraq with “heads held high”.

    He also focused on his commitment to ensuring veterans find the jobs and resources they need back home.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-us-canada-16186136

  14. 56 24Sass
    December 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Wonderful speech….I don’t know what else to say except Thank You President Obama.

  15. 57 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Flipping channels……Brett Baier whinning about no mention of Bush.

  16. 63 dotster3
    December 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Another amazing, very moving, heartfelt speech by President Obama. Stirring, emotional, beautiful.

  17. 65 Elly in Maryland
    December 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    loved the military band playing at the end. The military has some incredible musicians

  18. 66 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    THE ADDRESSES FROM OUR AMAZING FIRST COUPLE WERE IMPECCABLE,FILLED WITH HONOR AND HEARTWARMING PRAISE FOR THE SACRIFICES MADE BY ALL WHO HAVE FOUGHT FOR FREEDOM…FOR ALL WHO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE DUTIES TO SECURE THE SUFFERING IN HUMANITY! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL…THAT’S OUR PBO AND FIRST LADY MICHELLE…PUTTING THE TROOPS WHERE THEY BELONG..FIRST IN A GREAT LINE OF AMERICAN HEROISM! IT IS A BLESSING TO HAVE THIS GRACEFUL FIRST COUPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

    • December 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      You can tell how much this meant to POTUS, how much he was looking forward to this day. And FLOTUS gave all her heart to this one, too. Magnificent.

  19. 68 OkeyO
    December 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Just flipping channels and all Alex Wagner has to begin after the speech with is high unemployment of veterans. She just makes me sick , she allows wingnut especially the guy from Comcast to run over her. It is her show and she need to control things no wonder she is one of those huff people, but when she goes to Al show she changes her tune go figure. Those who twit give her a piece of your disapproval

  20. 70 QuietObserver
    December 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I only saw a snippet of the speech, but I am so so glad that this is happening. And while pundits argue over who deserves credit, let’s not forget that SOFA was ultimately based on proposals that Senator Obama laid out in 2007. They mocked him for it and claimed it was dangerous to announce a withdrawal time frame and deadline. Yet here we are. It cam a few years later than he first proposed, but it has finally come to pass.

    • 71 Desraye
      December 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      They also mocked and laughed at him when he said OBL was in Pakistan.He was right all along.

      • 72 Jessica
        December 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

        I remember Republicans and Clinton chucking at Obama’s “niavete” at promising to hunt down OBL in Pakistn (if necessary). Who’s chuckling now.

  21. 73 LOL
    December 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Hell just froze over

    Halperin on the Obama’s at Ft. Bragg

    Halperin’s Take
    Obama was totally in command on this one: well-written, clear, from the heart, and politically savvy. And the First Lady’s introduction was yet another high-profile reminder that her public performance and appeal are going to continue to be formidable forces. And/but it is a sad reminder of the hyper-partisan times in which we are living that the Twitters are filled with negative comments from leading Republicans about the speech, rather than anything positive about the troops or the mission — or, of course, the President.

    • 74 Debz
      December 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 75 Doreen
      December 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Yup, it just did! Not only did he say something nice about the Pres., he backhanded the Repubs! I guess even he can see that there are certain times in our lives that as a country, we come together as one — especially when it comes to our troops!

    • 76 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
      December 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Mark Halperin is a DICK regardless.

    • December 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Oh dear – sprinkle a little holy water on the ground for safety.

    • December 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      WHAT??!! are you puulling my leg LOL? Am I high? Am I hallucinating? Say what now?! Limp Dick wrote that?
      ps- righ now rewatching the last 23 minutes of the event. PBO and Miche spent over twenty minutes shaking hands and working the crowd.

      • 81 LOL
        December 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        Nope while I am at it….let me also blow your mind. From GOPolitico

        Article 1:”His speech at Fort Bragg marked the end of the war and a campaign promise delivered.”

        And

        Article 2: “But no Democratic president since Truman really has the chance to so credibly make the case with veterans and current service members”

        Sure, the stories are still 96% BS, but for POLITICO to allow their reporters to write something sem-nice about the President—-me thinks the head honchos will call a company meeting tomorrow. Nice things to say about Obama—oh heads, will roll gentlemen. 🙂

      • 83 desertflower
        December 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

        Limp Dick. You make me laugh ALL the time! 🙂

        • December 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

          it’s so funny. I completely forgot that Dick wasn’t his first name. I was talking to a libertarian co-worker about LD Halperin and I literally called him Dick and the guy was like, “that’s his name?” and I said yes. He was like: “I thought he had a different name” and it took me 24 actual hours to remember that his name really isn’t Dick. Didn’t Shakespeare say: “what’s in a name?”—- a dick is a dick is a dick, even if his name is really Dic–er—Mark.

  22. 85 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Gergen on CNN….

    ” Best speech ”

    teehee…..David….wake up….every speech is great. !

  23. December 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Balanced budget amendment fails. So sad. Lol!

  24. 96 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Is this real ? They look like something from Madame Toussards. Yikes. ( taken at fundraiser last night )

  25. 105 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    IT’S GOING TO TAKE ME A LONG TIME TO GET OVER OUR FIRST COUPLE’S SPEECHES TODAY! THEY WARM MY HEART!

  26. December 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    What an amazing moment in our history. GREAT speeches of appreciation for our troops by both POTUS and FLOTUS. So proud of them and what this means for our country.

  27. 108 LOL
    December 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Did you guys see when our favorite mustached Secret Service guy helped FLOTUS down the stairs—-adorable.

  28. 113 Jessica
    December 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I can’t wait for our End of Afghanistan. Now that she should be a speech of epic proportions. America in peace for the 1st time since Fall 2001. Wow. Can’t wait for the day.

    • December 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks a million for the link LOL 😉

    • 117 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you! I had a client drop-in just before FLOTUS took to the stage. Understand, I’m ill, still in pj’s and hadn’t had a shower — yet, she “only needed a moment.” An hour later… (Disclaimer in case she visits today: Her business did only take 10 minutes; then we had to solve the woes of our town, the state and the country; plot our strategies for OBAMA 2012; etc, etc) Sometimes, I hate having a home office! LOL

      Oh, and I gave her a tour of our happy home; so if you are lurking — Hi Ms. G — welcome to TOD!!!!!

  29. 118 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    GOP Sen. Coburn: My ‘Most Liberal’ Colleagues Are ‘More Intellectually Honest’ Regarding The Deficit

  30. 120 AnitaW
    December 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I bet the first or second picture becomes the Photo of the Day on the WH blog.

  31. 121 anniebella
    December 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    The picture of Michelle sitting there smiling as she watch her husband speak, I wonder what is going through her mind? I was so proud of both of them today. And a big heart felt thanks to our Troops and their families.

  32. 122 dotster3
    December 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    So thankful for these beautiful photos. Made the mistake of reading the horrible elevator accident story on gawker——and I already hated elevators——–now I won’t even get on the all glass ones, which were the only ones I could tolerate. Sorry—–really need these photos now—–need to cleanse my brain.

  33. 123 lovingandlaughing
    December 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Oh these images are amazing! Wonderful speech today, in fact I found myself getting choked up listening.

  34. 129 dotster3
    December 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    FOXNews is not smarter than a 5th grader—mislabels Utah as Nevada and Vermont as N.H.
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201112130027

  35. 132 Jessica
    December 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I remember in the peak of the Iraq War and you had anti-war zealots calling our troops “baby killers.” Yeah. Never again do I want to hear those words directed towards our military. You can disagree with the conflict without having to resort to highly offensive name-calling of our brave soldiers. But anyway, that’s the past it’s a new day and we coming home.

  36. 133 bonkers
    December 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Can’t wait to see the speeches!

    With Yahoo being my mail provider, I see their frontpage news a lot, and just checked now and there’s no mention of these speeches whatsoever. There was ZERO mention of President Obama’s meeting and press conference with al-Maliki the other day. Yet, here’s what’s on the frontpage right now:
    “Poll: Unfavorable views of Obama reach new high”

    I’ve been needing to change from Yahoo for some technical reasons in hosting some Web sites, which I will now do for sure, and will be taking ALL my various paying accounts from them after this week. The propaganda is so extreme now….last straw for me this week…shame too, since I’ve been with them in some form or fashion since their early days in the mid-1990s. If anyone here also pays for any Yahoo service, you might consider joining me in leaving Yahoo…

  37. 136 FiredUpInCA
    December 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Here’s a different kind of poll about how people are feeling about the economy…

    Every Monday since Thanksgiving a blockbuster for retailers, ComScore says

    “The surge in online shopping is no longer reserved for the Monday after Thanksgiving.

    Every Monday this holiday season is turning into a blockbuster online sales day, surpassing $1 billion in sales each day, according to comScore, the Chicago-based digital market research firm.

    This past Monday, Dec. 12, online spending reached $1.13 billion, up 19 percent from the second Monday in December of last year. Online sales were $1.17 billion the previous Monday, Dec. 5, and a record $1.25 billion on Nov. 28, also known as Cyber Monday.

    The three consecutive Mondays ranked as the top three biggest online spending days so far this year, the firm said.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-manic-mondays-comscore-reports-big-jump-in-online-holiday-shopping-20111214,0,3934822.story

  38. 137 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Thank God they are home….I am crying like a baby at 64 years old.

  39. 144 dotster3
    December 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Missed the beginning so just watched that. What a rousing welcome for our president and first lady!

  40. 150 CTGirl
    December 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Look at all the happy faces! They are loving their CIC!

  41. 151 LOL
    December 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    So if you guys watch the CSPAN video, there is a guy around 43:52 that gets his hand shaken by the president and proceeds to gingerly make his way to the back without his President Shaken hand being touched by anyone. Tooo funny.

    On another note, I had my CNN live stream still on and saw what appeared to be an angry gnome shaking his hands furiously—alas, it was just John McCain yelling at the sky again.

  42. December 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Second request to bring up house payroll tax bill, blocked by Grassley.

    They are playing games!

  43. December 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Chips, could you host the video directly here please ? C span is not working for me. Thanks

  44. December 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    “This is your land, this is my land” just playing. Music is my thing! Love marches, love all those uniforms and the smiles, but most of all I love my president and first lady.

    Michelle looked very, very classy, right down to her very classy shoes!

    My goodness, what an emotional overload. I’ve got to go off somewhere and have a really good cry. How lucky I am to have lived long enough to see this wonderful president.

  45. 165 LOL
    December 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Welp, so much for Newtmentum

    Gary Busey Unendorses Newt

    “It is not time for me to be endorsing anyone at this time! When there are the two final candidates, then I will endorse,” Busey said Wednesday in a statement released through his representative. … Asked why Busey was withdrawing his endorsement, the actor’s spokesman said Busey “likes” Gingrich but “he is not endorsing anyone at this time.”

  46. 169 Esmerelda
    December 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    ROFL

  47. 171 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    MSNBC has this on their homepage

    Was this what Bush wanted in Iraq? Welcome to Shia-stan

  48. December 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    KARMA…don’t you just love it?

    Homophobic Mayor Loses Her Job
    By Mitchell S. Gilbert| December 14, 2011

    Today, we learned that Mayor Janice Daniels of Troy Michigan, who told the world on her Facebook page last week that she couldn’t be a fan of New York now that “queers can marry there,” has lost her job with Century 21 Real Estate. For the record, Daniels has publicly apologized for her mean-spirited, homophobic comment. But apparently, not all the damage her comment inflicted on her good name and reputation can be repaired with an apology. Her boss at Century 21 indicated that he can have, “no one in his company, either employee or independent contractor, who would be capable of such insensitivity to the LGBT community, or to anyone for that matter.”

    ~snip~

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/12/14/homophobic-mayor-loses-her-job/

    h/t Addicting Info

    • December 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      I’m loving Century21 right now! There needs to be outrage at what the GOP are trying to introduce into common consciousness – as enough people push back and declare that kind of crap unacceptable, then these hateful people will crawl back into their caves. Well done.

    • 176 Cha
      December 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      Good on Century 21 Real Estate! This is as it should be and I’m sure New York on the whole is so very glad Janice Daniels is no fan.

  49. December 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Contra Will, Gingrich Was On Point
    by BooMan
    Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 11:33:13 AM EST

    You gotta love the headline of George Will’s latest piece: Newt Gingrich commits a capital crime. Mr. Will really lays down some heavy snark as he takes Gingrich apart limb by limb. It’s unusually good writing from Will. But he still misses an important point. Here is Will’s defense of Vulture Capitalism:

    Romney, while at Bain, performed the essential social function of connecting investment resources with opportunities. Firms such as Bain are indispensable for wealth creation, which often involves taking over badly run companies, shedding dead weight and thereby liberating remaining elements that add value. The process, like surgery, can be lifesaving. And like surgery, society would rather benefit from it than watch it.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/12/14/113313/88

  50. 180 Debz
    December 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    From what I have seen, TOD is the only place in the blogosphere that has any mention of this speech. They are all too busy with poll results, how sad.

    • December 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      The speech is fronted on CNN.com. It’s completely absent from MSNBC. “Lean Forward” indeed.

      • 182 Debz
        December 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

        MSNBC has leaned so far forward, they have fallen flat on their face!!!

        • December 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

          Oh brilliant – please tweet this to them!

        • 184 dotster3
          December 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm

          I saw on twitter that Tweety was on some show saying the polls were bad news for Obama when all recent polls shows good news for Obama, encouraging news for Obama. Some of these talking heads are so wedded to some story line that they want but isn’t reality that they are making themselves look so foolish, like idiots.
          News on the speech is on most newspaper websites, but the Reuters story looks like it was a handout from the RNC—–it is horrible, overwhelmingly negative. The AP story is much more complete and decent.

  51. December 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Digging Deeper: My Two Cents
    By Walter Rhett, on December 14th, 2011

    Two cents, maybe three cents. All this political outrage is over two cents by one plan (a surcharge), three cents by another (ending the Bush tax cuts). $0.30 on every $10, $30 on every $1,000—or to the point, $30,000 on $1,000,000. Three cents will balance the revenue returned to 160,000,000 Americans on their working wages. Although they earn most of their money from capital gains, the President’s plan asks those earning $1,000,000 for $0.03 per dollar of income.

    ~snip~

    Our economy produces huge wealth and poverty, and the differences are reflections of more than attitudes and education. They are embedded in our hearts and politics. And for some, who think in commodities and have no compassion, saving health care, unemployment, and social security isn’t worth two cents.

    Read more: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/

  52. December 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Where Will Is Wrong On Romney
    His column today represents the tip of the spear in Republican Washington’s panicked fusillage against someone who was once and will again be the least popular public figure in America. It pounces on Gingrich’s classic blow-up this week, when he seemed to criticize the activities of Bain Consulting. It is, indeed, a largely leftist point made by Newt:


    “I would just say that if Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain Capital, that I would be glad to listen to him.”

    Compare it with Huckabee’s brilliant quip from the last cycle:

    “I want to be a president who reminds you of the guy you work with, not the guy who laid you off.”

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/12/where-will-is-wrong-on-romney.html

  53. 188 Gc
    December 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Sobbingsobbingsobbingsobbing

    I love you BHO

  54. December 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    OMG!!! I was watching the last 20 or so minutes of the speech and as I’m watching, it looks like this guy shakes PBO’s hand and PBO moves on to the next person. The guy puts the hand PBO shook up in the air and starts walking, trying to find a clear path so no one touches the hand. As he’s walking, another soldier teases him by attempting to touch the hand PBO shook. It was so fricking cute. I keep trying to find it again but I keep missing it, darn it! I’m gonna find that part of the video if it takes me all darn day.

  55. December 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    about WILLARD:

    Quote For The Day

    “I’m just going by my gut. I shook the guy’s hand, looked him in the eye and he has no soul. I don’t see a conviction. I don’t see a leader. I feel like I’m talking to a robot. I’ve talked to all the other candidates and none of them gave me the vibe that Gingrich did. He is not a guy you want to go have a beer with,”
    – Judd Saul, a Tea Party member and GOP activist from Black Hawk County.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/

  56. December 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Hiya everyone, I’ve updated this and the last thread, gotta disappear for an hour or two, will update more when I get back 😉

    • 201 Cha
      December 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Jovie~ I can’t even imagine the Prez has time to watch tv but sounds like he’s able to catch a couple of shows that I don’t watch cause they don’t appeal to me. I’m glad he’s in People.. people get more of a chance to read about the President, FL Michelle, and their family without cable news trying to stab them..looking at you Tweety.

  57. December 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    BWA HA HA HA H AH AHA HA HA HA

    ……………………

    Clearly, he’s a victim of peer pressure
    by Kay

    Governor Walker has fallen in with the wrong crowd:

    Another major shoe has dropped in the John Doe investigation of Gov.Scott Walker’s current and former aides. On Tuesday, authorities arrested Andrew P. Jensen Jr., a commercial real estate broker with Boerke Co. and a past president of theCommercial Association of Realtors-Wisconsin. Fran McLaughlin, spokesman for Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., confirmed that Jensen was behind bars Tuesday night. But McLaughlin said no one had filed a criminal complaint against the 50-year-old Milwaukee resident.
    The sheriff’s website states that charges are pending against Jensen.

    Jensen was a minor contributor to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, donating $850. Boerke Co. employees gave a total of $12,150. Insiders told No Quarter that he was arrested after refusing to cooperate with the long-running John Doe investigation by Milwaukee County prosecutors.
    Prosecutors launched the investigation in May 2010 – around the time Darlene Wink left her county job as Walker’s constituent services coordinator. She quit shortly after admitting that she had frequently posted political comments online on Journal Sentinel stories and blogs while on the county clock. Authorities later took her work computer and executed a search warrant of her home in August 2010. They also took the work computer of Tim Russell, a former Walker campaign staffer who was then working as county housing director.
    .

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/12/14/clearly-hes-a-victim-of-peer-pressure/

  58. 203 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Wednesday night, Huckabee will host four Republican candidates at the screening of his new anti-abortion film, Gift of Life, a documentary-style film produced with Citizens United. Newt Gingrich will attend alongside Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry. Though the former Arkansas governor-turned Fox News personality says he won’t be making an endorsement soon, his praise will go a long way in Iowa, where the field is still wide open and the caucuses only 20 days away.

  59. December 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I’m not sure if this has been posted here already….cuz Mitt is the “gift that keeps on giving.”

  60. December 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Newt Gingrich boomlet seems to be fading already. His stance of “not going negative” is allowing Paul and Romney to attack the hell out of him with no fear of retribution and it’s having it’s desired effect. I guess “not going negative” just means “I’ve had my fun and am ready to cash in now”.

  61. 209 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Fox is at it again.

  62. 213 SueBee
    December 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    “and you’re cute…I’m just sayin” 😀 😀 Love those two..

  63. December 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I can imagine the Obama team rubbing their hands. From TPM:

    Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital buying up and restructuring companies — sometimes with major job cuts along the way — has been a glaring vulnerability since his earliest political runs. But it’s rarely come up in his two presidential campaigns, where the GOP’s investor-friendly ethos has made rivals hesitant to use it against him. Until now, that is

    -snip-

    Behind the scenes, Republicans opposed to Romney have long whispered that Bain is the candidate’s glass jaw, that it killed his Senate campaign in 1994, that he’s shown no sign he’s learned to handle the issue on a national stage because it’s not a big factor in the Republican primaries.

    “A main argument Romney has made to Republicans has been that they should hold their noses and vote for him because he has the best chance of beating Obama,” one Republican operative at a rival campaign told TPM. “But a lot of Republicans who have thought through how his record at Bain could be used against him, especially in nasty campaign ads in economically depressed parts of swing states, think Bain is a huge liability and that Democrats will bludgeon him with it. Expect to see a lot more scrutiny of Romney’s record in business, and of Bain, in the next month.”

    Story here: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/republicans-break-silence-on-romneys-bain-capital-days.php?ref=skyboxes

  64. December 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I hope linking to and quoting Andrew Sullivan is frowned upon here after this – http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/12/ron-paul-for-the-gop-nomination.html

    • 216 Linda
      December 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      I did not know anyone read that site…..Tina Brown turns my stomach.

    • 217 Bill
      December 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Though he considers himself a conservative Andrew Sullivan seems to me to be a very strong supporter of PBO. He is disgusted with the Republican party and is simply pointing out that Paul is the most honest and consistent of their candidates.

      • 218 nospin
        December 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm

        “Paul is the most honest and consistent of their candidates.”

        and he is. I have said at least Paul has his convictions and everybody knows what they are. You may not agree with him but he is who he is.

  65. December 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    McCain: Obama’s leadership deserves ‘scorn’ and ‘disdain’ for pulling US troops out of Iraq

    By Josiah Ryan
    Ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday suggested President Obama deserves “scorn and disdain” for his decision to order complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by year’s end.

    ://-

    Nice guy!

    • December 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      McCain is rank alright.

      • 221 anniebella
        December 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

        John McCain is a silly old fool. His wife need to take his senile old self and put him in a nursing home. If fools like McCain have their way no troops would be coming home from Iraq. It is time for Iraqis to take care of Iraq.

        • 222 anniebella
          December 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

          We had no business over there in the first place. And now fools like McCain want our troops to stay there forever.

    • December 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      ugh. didn’t OldCain learn anything from the election, OBL and everything he’s challenged PBO on? The man is an ass with an ax to grind.

    • 224 Lovepolitics2008
      December 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      Republicans are MAD that President Obama didn’t go along with the neocon project of establishing permanent bases in Iraq and looting Irak oil.

      Not only the repubs are greedy and power hungry, they are also short-sided, and so simplistic in their thinking. President Obama’s vision and actions are brilliant. He’s working for the long term, for a more just and peaceful world. And in doing this, he makes americans safer. And America is gaining back international respect and credibility.

      Did I ever say how much I admire this man?

      Folks, he HAS to be re-elected. The whole world needs him.

    • 225 Sankofa
      December 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      mc-same is still fighting the Vietnam war and his capture. Because he didn’t “fight” he thinks all presidents should stay in wars or die trying, he’s a bitter angry little man…..

  66. 226 dotster3
    December 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Martin Bashir reporting that Michelle and girls will depart Fri. for Hawaii—–without PBO, who is staying to get the payroll tax cut passed.

  67. December 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Miche and the girls leaving for Hawaii Firday. No mention of PBO will go. Some chick on Martin’s show said PBO said he will stay in Washington till a deal is agreed on and done. Curses on the heads of the repugs.

    • 228 Jessica
      December 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Yep Michelle takes her vacas seriously. Hawaii, Spain, and South Africa (ok that was a working trip). Hopefully he won’t be gone too long.

      • 229 Sankofa
        December 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

        Lisalovesobama, please no disrespect intended toward you, please call Mrs. Obama Michelle, nicknaming her Miche diminishes her name. I know you probably mean it fondly but if WH staffers are reading TOD, I don’t want any disrespect coming from here. I know it’s because I’m a tad old fashioned and believe in respecting and sayinging someones name correctly that I say this. It just makes me cringe to read our First Lady’s name reduced to Miche…….. “shrug”…and then again, it could just be me…..

      • 230 Eleroy
        December 15, 2011 at 5:33 am

        Try as you may Jessica, you really are very obvious!!!

      • 231 lovingandlaughing
        December 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

        Jessica, I think this is a strange comment. It sounds way too much like criticism of the first Lady to me which we here on TOD do not accept! In my mind I think of the first family’s annual Christmas trip to Hawaii as a chance for PBO to go back to his roots/his hometown. Doesn’t everyone want to go home for Christmas?

  68. December 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Hia everyone, new post here:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2011/12/14/home-12/

    Will have updates asap!

  69. December 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Seen on Twitter

    @mmurraypolitics
    Mark Murray
    McCain today on Obama/Iraq: “I believe that history will judge this president’s leadership with the scorn and disdain it deserves.”

    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Wow. McCain is really bitter that Pres.Obama beat him.

    • 235 Lovepolitics2008
      December 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      How about inondating his office with e-mails and calls mentioning the TIME article where President Obama get LOTS of PRAISE from the military about his leadeship skills?

    • 236 Cha
      December 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      McCain is actually talking about himself..only the scorn and disdain is right now and history will only magnify what an ugly bitter old man lost to President Obama and according to his early history McCain was always a mean ugly asshole. Only gets worse.

    • 237 lovingandlaughing
      December 15, 2011 at 8:51 am

      Wow, has alzheimers set in for McCain? He is obviously delusion and yes bitter! Unreal!

  70. 238 Linda
    December 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Manchin being all Republican on Martin’s show.

  71. 239 SueBee
    December 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Sen. Manchin is a Republican, he needs to take that D from behind his name. He is just awful…

  72. 241 P
    December 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Gosh cspan’s not working for me!!!
    Great pics Chips. Awwww Miche wanted to cry, she’s really passionate about military families. PBO’s sweet opening line whenever he follows Miche always touches me. He loves her and she’s like a school girl; she gets really shy.

    • 242 anniebella
      December 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      P, you notice that too about how Michelle seems to be shy , bashful. I just think the world of POTUS and FLOTUS.

  73. 243 vitaminlover
    December 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    When a maa-aan loves a woman! Yes indeed. Also our Beloved Warriror/Hero is fraternizing with our military warriors.

  74. December 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    What a wonderful thing we are a part of here!And I am so proud of Michelle,and the Prez.Their love for one another,and this Country really shows!”HOORAH!!!!!!!!


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