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‘through her eyes’

President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Sasha after a visit to the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii January 1, 2012 in Honolulu. From 3rd left: The President’s daughter Malia, wife Michelle, niece Savita Ng, brother-in-law Konrad Ng with his daughter Suhailia, and sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.

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After visiting his grandfather’s grave here, President Obama took his family to the East-West Center, which is hosting an exhibit on his mother’s anthropological work.

“Through Her Eyes: Ann Dunham’s Field Work in Indonesia” includes photos and artifacts from the years she spent conducting research there.

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President Barack Obama and the First Family leave the National Memorial of the Pacific at Punchbowl after visiting his grandfather’s grave


358 Responses to “‘through her eyes’”


  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    January 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Barack Obama’s mother was an incredibly strong, caring, and intelligent woman. I greatly enjoyed reading Janny Scott’s biography of her.

    So glad our First Family got an actual vacation for a change!

  2. 2 Judith Fardig
    January 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Good omen for 2012 to be 1st on the Chipsticks blog – yes?!

  3. January 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Happy New Year, Chips and TOD 🙂

  4. January 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    OH, the young niece has grown!!!

  5. 9 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    THIS IS SO AWESOME FOR PBO…SAW THE MUSEUM ON TV…WHAT A WONDERFUL HEARTWARMING EXPERIENCE FOR HIM. LIKE MOTHER..LIKE SON.

  6. 10 Debz
    January 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Before the APEC summit, there was a local news clip about the President’s mother and the Ann Dunham exhibit. Any one know where i can find it again?

  7. 17 Therese F.
    January 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    How wonderful for Sasha and Malia to see their grandmother’s work being honored in this way. What we do with our life truly does make a difference to our children and grandchildren. What a strong, outstanding family!

    • 18 jacquelineoboomer
      January 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Definitely! How heartwarming for the family. President Obama is rightfully proud of all of the various generations.

      • 19 Chi
        January 2, 2012 at 4:39 am

        It is just so lovely watching little Sasha pick up her little cousin Savita…

        She seems to relish the role of big sister…

        Simply heartwarming…

  8. 20 Elly in Maryland
    January 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I also highly recommend the biography of Pres Obama’s mother. I had no idea the extent of what she did as an anthropologist, that she was ahead of the Grameen foundation on microlending, she had such a thorough knowledge of Indonesian society. I also have such respect for her parents, supporting her through her career choices, her marriages, helping raise Barack – others might have shut her out or at least been less supportive. He comes from a wonderful family

    • January 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Mid-western values for sure.(i hope this doesn’t start a flap).

    • 23 Pamela
      January 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Read it last year, it is very inspiring! Also have the title, Surviving Against the Odds, which is Stanley Ann Dunham’s doctoral thesis. Haven’t had time to read that one yet, but it’s a new year now!

    • 24 anniebella
      January 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Ely, I am going to have to check the book out.

    • 25 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      January 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

      I enjoyed the book too. The first few chapters were a little slow for me but I loved it once it moved on to Ann’s work and experiences in Indonesia. It was fascinating to read about the lifestyles both of the Indonesians and the expats that were living there. I loved reading about the friendships she had there. She passed her compassion and courage on to her son that’s for sure. She always believed in her son’s brilliance. There is a part of the book that mentions her becoming emotional when someone raises the possibility of him becoming President one day. I wonder what she was thinking then. I find her quite fascinating.

  9. January 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    How can anyone even compare this man to the clowns on the other side…

    Can’t wait for the campaign. Going to kick Mitt Romney’s ugly ass.

    Happy New Year, everyone.

    • 27 Debz
      January 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Absolutely, Our President comes from a family who gave to others while all of the clowns are takers, especially the richie riches born with the silver spoons in their mouths.

    • 28 anniebella
      January 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      blackwaterdog, all I’m going to say is I love you for speaking such truth.

    • 29 GGail
      January 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Happy New Year bwd!
      You start the new year correct by speaking truth to the masses!

    • January 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Happy new year BWD, I hope it’s a beyond perfect one 😉

    • 31 BigDaddyRich
      January 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Hey BWD!
      HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 🙂 Chips as done a wonderful job in your absence, but inquiring minds want to know: when are YOU coming back?? We’ve missed you! :-* :-*

  10. January 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Please tell me that little girl in the foreground is not the baby learning to walk in that whitehouse photo with the Pres and Reggie.

    • 33 dotster3
      January 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Isn’t that his sister’s little girl, his niece, the same little one in the photo with him blowing on a dandelion?

    • January 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Hi aristac, she wasn’t named in the captions for the photos, but I think it’s her – wow, if it is, she’s grown so tall!

      Here she is in 2009:

      Aug. 25, 2009: “On vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the President shared a moment with his young niece, Savita.” (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

      President Barack Obama helps his niece, Savita, as she begins to walk towards the President’s personal aide Reggie Love in the Oval Office, Sept. 17, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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      Yep, it’s Savita!

      President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Sasha after a visit to the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii January 1, 2012 in Honolulu. From 3rd left: The President’s daughter Malia, wife Michelle, niece Savita Ng, brother-in-law Konrad Ng with his daughter Suhailia, and sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.

      • 35 dotster3
        January 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        Some of my most fave photos. So adorable. Savita looks like she’s still spunky, skipping around in her little heels. She looks much loved by all, everyone looking out for her, Sasha especially in these photos.

      • January 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        Dam, time flies. I refuse to believe it’s her lol.

      • January 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

        She is just toooo cute in her heels. I’m sure there was a big fight and she insisted on wearing them. Michelle and Malia are just cracking up. i have a daughter who got those same plastic heels for Christmas one year. The clopping sound they make is hilarious. Girls can barely walk in them…no wonder Sasha picked her up…..toooo cute!

      • 38 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        January 2, 2012 at 12:34 am

        That little one Savita is just too cute. Sasha is a little sweetheart and Malia looks more like a supermodel everyday, a smart, angelic, supermodel. And PBO….not only is he the best damn husband, father, President in the world. He’s also the best uncle. Blowing on a dandelion. What business does anyone have been so perfect? really? The whole family is just so freaking adorable they are killing me.

        He has to get re-elected because I don’t know how I’d survive without my daily doses of Obama from Dr. Chipsticks.

      • 39 Jessica
        January 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

        What are they feeding Suhaila? She’s 7 and she’s about Sasha height and build.

    • 40 HZ
      January 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      The cutie that Sasha is trying to pick up is the baby girl who was trying to walk with POB and Reggie in the Oval Office. Lovely children. I can’t recall her name, but the older daughter’s name is Suhaila.

  11. 43 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
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    • 44 jacquelineoboomer
      January 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Bob – Think I’ll start using #ObamaLandslide2012 – when I remember! Good one!

      • 45 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm

        Please do, Jacqueline & Happy New Year!

        Here’s a couple of other twitterbits for your enjoyment:

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        America – the equation is simple. A vote for any GOP candidate it’s a ka-ching in Koch’s & Rove’s bank account & you’re that much poorer.

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        America – In 2012 you know a Rove or& Koch puppet the moment the false equivalence of #PresObama & any GOPer is uttered. Reject immediately!

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        America – if it’s named Nader, Moore, Greenwald, Cenk or Arianna ya gotta know by now that anything you hear/read is a hook lookn 4 a sucker

        #PRESSON

        • 46 Uche
          January 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

          Hey Bob….happy new year!. Thanks for your twitter ‘fiercesomeness’!!

        • 48 nathkatun7
          January 2, 2012 at 1:16 am

          Happy New Year Bobfr! Thanks for these wonderful twitts to start off the New Year!

          • 49 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            January 2, 2012 at 1:55 am

            So very much appreciate your kind comments and insightful statements, Nath.

            All the very best to you and your loved ones in 2012.

            #LandslideOBAMA2012

            Yes We Can … Do More Together — We Must!

        • 50 Mae who love our CIC
          January 2, 2012 at 4:04 am

          Bob I like, “hook looking for a sucker.” Have to use this phrase again. So appropriate for the repubs.

  12. 51 dotster3
    January 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Ann Dunham was the original community organizer, passed along that value to her splendid son.

  13. 52 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    These are very sweet photographs. I love this family the First Lady looks nice and chocolate she has the that sun kissed complexion.

  14. 53 HZ
    January 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    An anthropological study by the mother of President Barack Obama: S. Ann Dunham, “Surviving against the Odds:Village Industry in Indonesia.” Excellent read. A brilliant lady who gave much to the world.HZ

  15. January 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Wow – the First Kids are really growing. Remember that picture of the President the last time he picked up Sasha as he got off Marine One, and he was groaning a little under the effort because she was just a little too big to pick up? Now, here’s Sasha, picking up her little niece who’s just a little younger than she was when the President started campaigning. Time flies!

  16. 59 Pamela
    January 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I think the GOP knows it has no chance in the 2012 election. Bu they have to offer someone, and are faced with choosing among a sorry field of candidates. Someone here asked why they (GOP) have been so quiet or reluctant to tear Willard to pieces thus far. My guess is that they don’t dare risk making him look bad in their own party, in case they are forced to recognize him as the nominee, after all, he will be representing them if he is. It would be honorable for them to just bow out and admit they have no one at all. That won’t happen, so they put the country through this charade of a primary, knowing they don’t stand a chance. I suspect many of them will secretly vote for PBO, in states where party affiliation is no longer a requirement ( as we are in WA). Meanwhile, we don’t mind standing in noisy, energetic and proud numbers to support the re-election of PBO, do we?

    • 60 Arnie
      January 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Don’t mind at all, Pamela, don’t mind at all.

    • 61 ber6964
      January 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      This!!!

    • 62 JoJothecat
      January 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      We also need to make sure we give him a house and senate he can work with too. This will be a tough year but we can make it!

      • 63 jacquelineoboomer
        January 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        I was distracted when I was reading your comment, and when I saw “make sure we give him a house,” I swear my brain went to “but we already gave him a house – the White House!” But then I calmed down and read it again!

    • 64 Uche
      January 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      This 2012, we will not stay quiet….we will make noise all the way back to the WhiteHouse!

    • 65 DreamChaser57
      January 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      I wish that were true. I think it is imperative that we don’t grow complacent. The political Right represents allegiance to a set of ideas, “trickle down” economics, lobbyist driven policy, and the pre-eminence of the market, privatizing Social Security, etc. Our enemy is also ignorance. Some people make election decisions based off of a couple of email forwards. They don’t do any research.

      I honestly believe PBO will win and should win by sizable margins. However, I think it’s important that we don’t underestimate the Right, their money and their power. The foot soldiers must focus and do the work that the president needs.

  17. January 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    This is an article about a woman who wrote to PBO and received a response from him. She’d just lost her job and there was cancer in the family so she used the $7000 she sold the letter for to pay the bills and move into an area with better schools for her kids. The article ends with her saying: “thank you president Obama.”
    http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/dear-mrprez123011/dear-mrprez123011/

    • 67 GGail
      January 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      I don’t think I could sell a reply letter from President Obama.

    • 70 anniebella
      January 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      With the hard times the lady seem to be going through, I’m sure President Obama didn’t mind her selling the letter. His heart is like that.

      • 71 Obama Grandmama
        January 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        I would have had to have made a copy of it to keep for myself first.

        • 72 DreamChaser57
          January 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

          I read the article she did keep a copy, and mentioned that her husband had to “pry” it out of her hands. The $7,000 family received was a game changer. If I remember correctly the family had over half a million dollars in medical bills – I am not sure if all of that can be attributed to skin cancer, but I was so surprised, I never think of skin cancer being that aggressive but I am not that familiar with it.

          Also, the field of republican candidates are never associated with such heartwarming stories – all of their policy position and passion converge on being anti-Obama. It is limiting and appalling.

  18. 73 CaliCat
    January 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    It must have been a powerfully moving experience for the president (and other family members as well) to see this exhibit. It’s very touching to see the expressions on their faces in these photos. I lost my mom six years ago and I know I’d be in tears (tears of pride and sadness) if I went to something like this. Ann Dunham was a truly remarkable woman.

  19. January 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for pictures chip-

  20. 77 GGail
    January 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    It’s good to see the family being able to pay tribute to his mother. President Obama’s mother taught him to give back and he is trying very hard to honor her legacy. We must and we will do our part too.

    • January 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      We must always remember those who came before us.
      In the tradition of New Year renewal, i ran across this while cleaning up some old folders and thought it would
      mean something to someone.

      The Wooden Bowl

      I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now,
      a year from now.
      A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson.
      The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.
      The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and
      failing sight made eating difficult.. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.
      When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
      The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
      ‘We must do something about father,’ said the son.
      ‘I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.’
      So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
      There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
      Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.
      When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.
      Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
      The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
      One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.
      He asked the child sweetly, ‘What are you making?’ Just as sweetly, the boy responded,
      ‘Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up. ‘
      The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
      The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
      That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.
      For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason,
      neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
      On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
      I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
      a rainy day,the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
      I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’
      I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
      I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.
      I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.
      But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
      I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
      I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
      I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
      People love that human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
      I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
      I’ve learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about. I just did!

      This is to all of you who mean something to me, especially Chips.

      • 79 Judith Fardig
        January 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm

        Wow – love it!

      • 80 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        January 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm

        Beautiful! Saved it. This is a contender for reading at my 2012 Christmas Party! Thank you!

        • 81 DreamChaser57
          January 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

          Hmmm, you have readings at your Christmas party. I love that idea. Encourage everyone to read something inspiring – parties are so much more than food and drink, it is about community and joy.

          • 82 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            January 2, 2012 at 1:37 am

            Yes; we have a talent show. I host our annual family Christmas party the Saturday after Christmas. Yesterday, we were Blessed to have five generations each of both my maternal grandfather’s and maternal grandmother’s families; additionally, there were members of my paternal family, in-laws, out-laws, and family of the heart! Everyone has to “sing” for their supper — in addition to sing-alongs, each household has to do a talent — sing, play an instrument, read a poem or story, etc. If they forget to prepare a talent, they have to select an envelope containing lyrics, poems, or stories and perform that task.

            Yesterday, as in the past few years, I’ve read “I Wish You Enough” by Bob Perks. Yesterday, for the first time, we also took a group photo. Today, I printed greeting cards with the photo on the front and “I Wish” inside. they go in the mail on Tuesday and another tradition is born.

            It is all about love, joy and sharing.

      • January 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        LOVE this. Thanks for sharing. Think I will share on FB…..maybe not today, but one day soon. When I visit my 94 year old mother and find myself impatient with her, I try VERY hard to put myself in her place 20 -30 years from now and ask “How would I want my daughter to treat me?” That always pulls me back to reality. I take a deep breath and keep my patience in check.

        • 85 Pamela
          January 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

          I am self-employed, my work is with the homebound elderly. I see so much each day, it is humbling and touching. This older generation, in their 80’s and 90’s now… All they have known is war, The Great Depression, then another war. And another. Their efforts in WWII, pulling together the way they did to fight to end the 3rd Reich, made it possible for the 60’s to happen, gave us as their children the awareness of group consciousness, of how powerful our collective energy can be. Some of those sold us out, grabbed as much money as they could, thinking money is power. To them, I say, money is control not power. True power is not letting money control you. Now, who does that bring to mind?

        • 86 jacquelineoboomer
          January 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

          I had the honor of taking care of my mother, the last five years of her life. My son helped me, especially the last couple of years when we really needed it (he was the apple of her eye), which just shows what kind of a man he had become. Of course, I really don’t want him to have to take care of me like that, but at least I know he would!

      • January 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Every single day you make my heart sing Yardarm, that is just beautiful. You are a treasure.

      • 90 desertflower
        January 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        Oh, yardarm…what a beautiful gift this is that you’ve shared with us. Tears came from somewhere, and you’ve touched a spot in my heart. Thank you. I will share this, as I think that this is meant to be shared with others, as you have so kindly shared with us. If I could hug you, I surely would. Thank you.Thank you so much 🙂

      • January 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        That beautiful story is of Indian origin though with slight modifications.

        • January 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

          Okay. Your point is??????
          It was sent to me several months ago. Sorry if i stepped on any toes.

          • January 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

            You didn’t step on any tows, yard. Relax. I was just pointing out the origin of that lovely story.

          • 96 HZ
            January 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

            Thanks, yardarm. Such a moving piece. It just shows that we can all receive the beauty in all people from all origins. That is what makes life so beautiful. It touched my heart, and I want to share it with some very dear friends of mine, if you do not mind. Thanks again for sharing.HZ

        • 98 DreamChaser57
          January 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm

          I’ve read the story before and did not know that. Thanks for sharing. There are so many cultural gems out there….
          My favorite Chinese adage is “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…..”

      • 99 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
        January 1, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Oh, yardarm756, that is so beautiful. I will be passing that on. I do believe that is what Chips has made for us here. This is an extended family.

      • 100 Betsy
        January 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        Awesome story and truths to live by. Thanks.

      • 101 GGail
        January 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        Yardarm, you are as smooth as butter – and just as sweet!

      • 103 anniebella
        January 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        yardam, that is lovely.

      • 104 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        January 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

        Thank you Yardarm. That is beautiful and I think you are right. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this story.

      • 105 Mary Gray
        January 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

        Thank you. Love the spirit of the tale.

  21. January 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Love those sasha and that little girl pics.

  22. January 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Newt says he was Romney boated!

    Romneys helps kitchen?

    • January 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      That is a great video. Since reading the book about Ann by Janny Scott, I really understand the President more. She was a very special woman. I wish I could see the exhibit.

    • 111 DreamChaser57
      January 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      I did not know PBO’s mom had a Ph.D – he comes from very learned stock.

    • January 2, 2012 at 12:21 am

      I think the influence that his mother had on President Obama is exhibited by the love and respect that is shown to his wife, daughters, mother-in-law and other women that he is surrounded by. How many previous presidents have appointed such a diverse number of women to key positions in their administrations and/or have enacted legislation, such as The United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, which will have a lasting impact on the lives of women? This is a BFD– which has largely gone unnoticed!~

      FACT SHEET: The United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

      “The goal is as simple as it is profound: to empower half the world’s population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence and insecurity. Achieving this goal is critical to our national and global security.” –The U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

      Since taking office, President Obama and this Administration have been guided by the knowledge that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunity.

      Building on this recognition and the ongoing work of America’s diplomats, development experts, and military, today President Obama released the first-ever U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, and signed an Executive Order directing the Plan be implemented. Together, the Executive Order and National Action Plan chart a roadmap for how the United States will accelerate and institutionalize efforts across the government to advance women’s participation in preventing conflict and keeping peace. The documents represent a fundamental change in how the U.S. will approach its diplomatic, military, and development-based support to women in areas of conflict, by ensuring that their perspectives and considerations of gender are woven into the fabric of how the United States approaches peace processes, conflict prevention, the protection of civilians, and humanitarian assistance.

      ~snip~

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/12/19/fact-sheet-united-states-national-action-plan-women-peace-and-security

  23. January 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Just ran across this. Some bitch of a British newspaper attacking Miche’s ‘expensive Hawaii wardrobe’. It made the Hawaii news. It’s now being called a controversy, even though the clothes they are attacking have been repeated quite a few times by Miche. Can’t fricking believe this bull! Their implication is that Miche is some sort of hypocrite or liar because she supposedly stands for by cheap, yet she’s pictured in a $2000 dress and a $900 skirt. Seriously?! Where were these international attacks on W’s wife’s expensive Oscar de la Yenta clothes?!!! Dumbasses!
    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/16410270/obamas-hawaiian-vacation-continues-to-stir-controversy
    Ps- shame on the Hawii station for even mentioning this bullshit. 😡

    • 115 anniebella
      January 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      lisalovesobama, this is alot of B.S.

    • 116 susanne
      January 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      yes, it was shameful. this was in the web news here last week, and i just cringed–but then i looked at the comments and literally everyone supported our first lady. she has a big job to do, and needs and deserves quality clothing.

      plus, nobody noticed laura’s wardrobe, if they could help it!

    • 117 desertflower
      January 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Pay no mind, lisa…just another fabricated outrage, Seriously, if any of them practiced REAL JOURNALISM once in a while, I would just crap. Shows more about the writer than the First Lady. Pathetic.

    • 118 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      January 2, 2012 at 1:12 am

      I posted a nice comment about the First Lady. Don’t know which paper this originated with, but some of those tabloids are really only good for shredding up to make cat litter. They are just trying to create a controversy where there is none.

      • 119 anniebella
        January 2, 2012 at 3:17 am

        It’s just their attempt to damage the First Lady image because they know that she is well liked and respected and she will be a great campaigner for the President 2012. What is it next? What the girls clothes cost? What kind of food Bo eat?

      • January 2, 2012 at 4:02 am

        Walking_on_sunshine, Thank you for defending your wonderful first lady. Honestly the British press, especially the right wing trash-rags are vultures of the worst kind, only wanting to tear someone down, especially when they are loved as much as America’s first family.

        I loved your comment about cat litter! It reminds me of something I said to one of my family who reads the daily fail (oops sorry -mail). We were discussing the questionable reporting and commenting and I told them that it wasn’t even fit to let my dog pee on it!

        • 121 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          January 3, 2012 at 12:03 am

          I’m glad you weren’t offended Sam. I am from UK originally so I know of what I speak 😉

          There is some awful trashy press everywhere. I’m hoping there is some justice on the way for the Murdoch family. When I lived in the UK the Sun was the worst offender. But that was a few decades ago. At least you don’t have FOX news over there. Or the crazy right wing talk radio hosts. Thank God for Chipsticks I say.

    • 122 nathkatun7
      January 2, 2012 at 1:48 am

      The Obama haters must be desperate if they have to resort to attacking FLOTUS’ wardrobe. I suppose because she is black they expect her to dress in rags. I truly despise petty, jealousy, people!

    • 124 nospin
      January 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      who cares. Flotus and Potus earned their money and have a right to spend it as they choose. If FLOTUS chooses to purchase a dress for the holidays, good on her.

  24. January 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Ugh, I’m not a violent person, but man if someone slapped the smug bastard in the face, I’d be hard-pressed to feel bad for him. It’s not fair or rational, but that freakin’ smirk that Mittens and his son-bots seem to always have on their faces make me wanna puke.

    I’ve been tweeting random journos whenever they have a Mittens story or tweet when will we see Mittens get some hard questions and not easy ass softballs. Or will we have to wait til after he wins the nom…

      • January 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        And why leak it? Why not catch the President by surprise?
        Now, the Obama team can come up with a strategy ti counter it.
        Unless, this is just a decoy?

        • 129 JoJothecat
          January 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

          That’s funny if it were not so pathetic….it will backfire because there are a lot worse GOP “words” that can be used against them. They put both feet in their mouths each time they talk.

    • 130 anniebella
      January 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      So I guess if Mitt is the GOP candidate, what will be coming next is the Democrats publishing a book of Mitt Romney in his own words of his flip flopping. There is enough material for three or four books of the flip flopper lying.

    • 131 hopefruit2
      January 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Sure..a “book” of Brietbart edited quotes, distorted, taken out of context, outright lies, …what else is new. Like all their “strategies” this so called book will be an EPIC FAILURE and backfire.

    • 132 Linda
      January 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Let them…..they will appear petty and mean spirited because they will just attack without giving an alternative solution..

      Have any of them actually put out a coherent plan to help this country in any way yet ? No…they have not.

    • 134 dotster3
      January 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      This election will be the nastiest in history. They will use every ugly trick in the book. Romney has some real vile, sinister types working in his ad campaign. And the big money boys in the GOP are playing to win—the corporations want free rein, no regulations, unlimited wealth.

    • January 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Of course Pres. Obama tried to do everything he said he would. He can point to votes in Congress against his measures, point to all the GOP obstruction with his nominees, point to McConnell saying his number one goal was to see Pres. Obama a one term President etc.

      I suspect that McConnell Clip could become a staring role in the Obama re-election campaign. How can the President work with somebody who is leader of the GOP senate caucus who states his main goal isn’t to work with the President to find common ground and improve the economy, but to make sure the President loses re-election? There is easy to draw parallels between McConnell saying that and then the GOP voting against virtually every measure that independent economists agreed would improve the economy and then Romney and the GOP running against Pres. Obama on the economy.

      I mean simply point that out – I think a lot of folks already have come to that conclusion themselves. Polling seemed to indicate as much in the past.

      • January 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        Another clip that should be used over and over by the Obama Campaign is Boehner claiming to have got 98% of what he wanted in the debt ceiling negotiations. Something that has always been passed under every president in the past was taken hostage by the GOP and they took the world economy to the brink to get 98% of what they wanted – how can you negotiate with somebody like that?

    • January 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      So,basically, the GOP want to build a campaign strategy that says – President Obama promised to help the middle class, and do all this stuff that would make life better, and we worked solidly to prevent him from doing any of it? Vote for us?

      For every promise they say is broken, we will have a chance to point to the reason why it didn’t get done. For everything that got watered down, we’ll point to every member of Congress who refused to let it help more people. For every thing they claim he didn’t do, when he actually did it, then we’ll simply point to the law or the millions of people who benefited from the President mastery over the GOP and their games. Let them try.

      • 138 nospin
        January 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        “So,basically, the GOP want to build a campaign strategy that says – President Obama promised to help the middle class, and do all this stuff that would make life better, and we worked solidly to prevent him from doing any of it? Vote for us?”

        who would have thought any adult could be that moronic?

    • January 2, 2012 at 12:31 am

      I reported this to attackwatch.com, along w/these others: (Attackwatch is on Twitter… @attackwatch #attackwatch. And, it’s on TOD’s sidebar—-> ;))

      HUFFPOST FUNDRACE – The Right’s Answer To Labor… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/28/huffpost-fundrace—the-r_n_1173362.html

      The G.O.P.’s Very Rapid Response Team… http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/us/politics/after-being-burned-in-08-republicans-embrace-twitter-hard-for-12.html?pagewanted=all

      The NRSC’s President Barack Obama’s First Ad of 2012… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIA5aszzA18&feature=youtu.be

      Americans Elect, Part III: Who’s Behind The Astroturf Organization?… http://www.ouroregon.org/sockeye/blog/americans-elect-part-iii-astroturf-organization

      Koch Brothers, Secretive Billionaires to Launch Vast Database w/2012 In Mind: David and Charles Koch, Oil Tycoons w/Strong Right-Wing Views and Connections, Look Set to Tighten Their Grip on U.S. Politics… http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/07/koch-brothers-database-2012-election

      The Koch Brothers, ALEC and the Savage Assault on Democracy… http://www.thenation.com/blog/165077/koch-brothers-alec-and-savage-assault-democracy

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      FIRED UP & READY TO GO!
      PRESS ON!

  25. 140 defytheodds
    January 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Asked For Advice For Republicans, Palin Says To Buy Her Book

    Sarah Palin is always selling, no matter the occasion. The profit-obsessed failed vice presidential candidate was asked by the Washington Post for advice she had for Republicans campaigning for president in 2012. Palin’s response: Read my book.

    • January 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Wow! Look at who they’re asking for “advice” about a presidential election…the person who embarked upon a bus tour in 2011 which was abruptly cancelled, the VP portion of a ticket that lost in 2008 to Barack Hussein Obama; not to mention this same person failed to complete her term as governor of Alaska, and couldn’t manage the duties of office as the mayor of Wasilla–making it necessary to hire a city manager. Oh, and whatever happened to her “job” at Faux News?

      Imo, Palin’s response was entirely appropriate because she had nothing to offer. Also. Too.~ 🙂

    • 143 nathkatun7
      January 2, 2012 at 2:24 am

      They really asked this clueless quitter for advice? Just imagine if Sara Palin were the president and she had to constantly put up with attacks from a left wing dominated Congress, a hostile media, and vicious right wingers who do not like women. I doubt that she would have lasted for more than two years. How does this woman, who resigned as Governor of Alaska in the middle her term simply because she couldn’t put up with critics, be able to give advice about the presidency of the United states?

  26. January 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    DES MOINES – Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Norm Sterzenbach released the following statement this afternoon following the activity of protestors at the IDP headquarters:

    “This afternoon we gave these individuals an opportunity to express their opinion and we listened to their concerns. We remain committed to a dialogue with all Iowans concerned about the important issues facing us.

    “However, as we have told this group previously, an occupation of our office is an unacceptable course of action. Not only does it interfere with the important work that our volunteers and staff do to engage Iowans in the political process, but physically blocking our staff from entering or exiting the building sets a very dangerous precedent.

    “It’s unfortunate that some members chose to face arrest after we took time to listen to their concerns. These individuals were given multiple opportunities and warnings before any action was taken. We cannot thank the Des Moines Police Department enough for their professionalism in resolving this matter.”

    http://www.iowademocrats.org/2011/12/statement-on-activity-at-state-party-headquarters/

    OWS better not strong arm people from voting all over America. That would intimidate a lot of People from voting!

    • 145 anniebella
      January 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      I am starting to get alittle piss with this OWS, and their tactics..

      • 146 nathkatun7
        January 2, 2012 at 2:41 am

        Anniebella, you are very, very kind! For me I am completely DISGUSTED with the idiotic tactics of OWS! These people are nothing but media whores. I doubt that they really care about working on solutions that would benefit the 99%, whom they claim to represent. I am sorry, but Michael Moore, Dylan Rattigan, Glen Greenwald, Arianna Huffington, Jane Hamsher, and that old turk, who pretends to be a young turk, Cenk Uygur, do not represent me. And I belong in the 99%! In my view, any one trying to disrupt President Obama’s re-election, is working for the Republicans. And, Republicans could care less about the interests of the 99%!

        Happy New Year, Anniebella!

    • 147 halo
      January 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      What a bunch of idiots!

    • 149 Lovepolitics2008
      January 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Protesting and expressing opinions is just fine. Keeping election staff from working? That’s petty, and totally disrespectful of the democratic process.

      I think it’s just a minority of anarchists within the OWS movement, but still… And anyway, it’s stupid because it makes them lose support.

  27. January 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Sorry if this was posted already – and sorry that it’s from GOPolitico:

    Something The Huffington Post didn’t mention when it published its exclusive interview with Mitt Romney last Thursday: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong gave $2,500 — the maximum campaign contribution — to Romney earlier this year, according to the Federal Election Commission. ThinkProgress’s Judd Legum noted the contribution, first reported by Little Green Footballs, today on Twitter.

    AOL acquired The Huffington Post in February; Armstrong made his contribution to the campaign on June 8.

    More here: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/260740_HuffPo_CEO_Tim_Armstrong-_Romn

    • 151 CTGirl
      January 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Color me surprised that this is from GOPolitico! Wow!

      • January 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

        Ha, yeah CTGirl! It’s kind of funny watching GOPolitico covering the freak show, they’re just not enthusiastic about Romney, so they do the occasional hit piece, but they really can’t find anyone who they reckon has half a chance of beating him. I’m assuming once Romney secures the nomination we’ll get endless glowing coverage!

    • January 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Happy New Year and thanks for this link Chips. I am happy that ThinkProgress exposed this. Everything about Romney exudes dishonesty. I do nor believe he will be rewarded for this in the long run; especially when our campaign get a hold of him. I can’t stand “Mankini”, but IMO, Romney is the worst of all candidates and he is more dangerous because folks are not “checking under his hood” right now.

  28. 154 dotster3
    January 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Sorry for this, but I am so sick of every day reading about some crazy goofball shooting and killing people. Some nutcase shot and killed a 34 yr. old female park ranger at Mt. Rainier Natl Park, mother of 2, husband also a ranger working elsewhere in the park when she was killed. The dumb nut was firing at her rescuers and at cars with an assault rifle. Park is closed, he’s still on the loose. Something!!! needs to be done about the availability of guns to all these mentally ill people. It’s way out of control in this country. And red states keep loosening gun laws.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-mount-rainier-shooting,0,3501580.story

    • January 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      The NRA doesn’t give a rat’s ass about people. Ask Gabby. They’re still in a beef about the size of ammo clips. And that Bachmann chick uses an AR-15 to hunt quail. Left to some, she’d get elected on that alone.

      • 156 dotster3
        January 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        I know the GOP and NRA pushed to get guns allowed in our national parks, but how did this happen, how did this get approved? Guns in our national parks? Why???? People like to bring their families to these parks, and now they have to worry that some nutball is running around with a gun??? It’s just inviting disaster, as we’ve seen. Idiocy, our gun laws. Just idiocy.

        • 157 Obama Grandmama
          January 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

          Another crazy thing is allowing guns in taverns and churches. I heard that passed in some states. When you think of alcohol and no driving laws and then you think of having a gun in a tavern where the person is knowingly drinking it does not make sense.

      • January 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        Shocking. Everyone knows that for quail and chipmunks you use howitzers.

        Or nuke the entire site from orbit.

        It’s the only way to be sure.

  29. 159 defytheodds
    January 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Giving Obama The Credit He Deserves For Defending The 99%

    Over the past 12 months, Americans were subjected to, and learned about, the extremists in the Republican Party who have lurched so far to the right that Ronald Reagan would be considered a Liberal. After assessing the economic damage Republicans caused nearly every American throughout 2011, 99% of the population can be grateful that Democrats control the Senate and that President Obama is in the White House.

    Although Democrats are not perfect, they served as a barrier to unbridled tax cuts for the rich and more importantly; more drastic cuts to programs that 99% of Americans depend on. The difference between Democratic ideology and Republican’s hard-right, unregulated free market capitalism and government privatization is stark and without Democrats, Americans’ economic situation would be far worse. The events in Wisconsin and Florida, with Republican assaults on public employees, unions, and voters are but a glimpse of what happens when the GOP controls the executive and both houses of a legislature…..

    The past year, Americans witnessed the worst assault on women, the poor, seniors, children, and minorities that never became law because Democrats held the line and fought for the people. Did Democrats take corporate, oil industry, Wall Street and special interest money? Of course they did, but they did so while defending women, small businesses, gays, the poor, and veterans from Republicans who took money from the same groups and sought to advance their un-American agendas. In a sense, 2011 was a demonstration of the worst and best of America. If Republicans had joined Democrats and worked for all Americans, the economy would improve drastically and the horrid poverty numbers would be on the decline. However, expecting Republicans to work for all the people is as ridiculous as expecting them to respect the Constitution, but one can be hopeful though, and perhaps 2012 will be the year America wakes up and rejects Republicans and their anti-people agenda….

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-defend-99

  30. 160 CTGirl
    January 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    This family is all-American. They represent just about every race and rather well.

  31. 161 Ladyhawke
    January 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    ROMNEY AGAINST THE DREAM ACT

    He’s trying to win the nomination, for Pete’s sake.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/1/1/174225/6548

    • 162 defytheodds
      January 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      How about I’m trying to ‘buy’ the nomination, for Pete’s sake.
      And, if win or buy doesn’t work–well I can always steal it–with GOP voter suppression laws, for Pete’s sake.

  32. 163 defytheodds
    January 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    It’s so cool seeing Sasha carrying Savita Ng. Because it wasn’t too long ago, that PBO was carrying Sasha in his arms. And look how Savita has her little arms around Sasha; yes, this is one loving family.

  33. January 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Just finished looking at 60 minutes and the weasel Eric Cantor. My vocabulary isn’t large enough to characterize this piece of shit!

    • 168 hopefruit2
      January 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Yes, I noticed a lot of folks were extremely mad on Twitter – also mad at Leslie Stahl for not challenging him.

      • 169 vero804
        January 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        I thought she challenged him hard. She got him on to debt celing negotiations pretty good.

        • 170 hopefruit2
          January 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

          Oh okay. I didn’t see the actual segment, but glad to hear that she did in fact challenge him. I also read on Twitter than he made an ass out of himself and his press secretary.

          • 171 defytheodds
            January 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

            The clip in the interview with Reagan saying this package is a compromise; great campaign info for OFA. And, it was a great rebuttal to Cantor’s press secretary for shouting out during the interview…

    • 172 Pamela
      January 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      You must have nerves of steel, yardarm.

    • January 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      I did not watch. Changed the channel to HGTV. Had no desire to begin my year listening to his C—!

    • January 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Yardarm756, you just described him perfectly. A piece of s… with the most awful smell. Now how is that.HZ

    • 176 nathkatun7
      January 2, 2012 at 2:55 am

      Happy New Year, Yardarm! I think your vocabulary, characterizing Eric Cantor, was pitch perfect. From what i’ve observed of him, he is indeed one of the most despicable men; his sole interest is in acquiring power.

  34. 177 vero804
    January 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Cantors interview on 60 Minutes wasn’t helpful to him at all. Smug and shady.

    • January 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      In other words, an honest look at Eric Cantor.

      • 179 Obama Grandmama
        January 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        He must be worried about re-election to be trying to reform his image on 60 Minutes. Hope it doesn’t work as I would LOVE to see Cantor and Boehner get voted out in 2012.

        • January 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm

          I heard Cantor was trying to get on the national stage – perhaps as VP. Apparently, his Chief of Staff quit to begin fundraising under a Super PAC, so he could show how he was a financial machine – then be more attractive as GOP VP. Also, explains why he’s been visibly tea-baggerish this year. He may also be trying to make himself attractive for the 2016 crowd.

          • 181 Barbioga
            January 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

            I live in Richmond, VA and know for a fact that he has an exploratory committee for the presidency in 2016. His constituency is quite wealthy and he has a lot of 1% support. The statewide Democratic party is looking for a strong candidate to take him on in his next election. Wish them luck. Would love to see his ass kicked out of congress.

  35. January 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Romney says he has raised more this quarter than any other.
    All small donations? Not!

  36. 184 CEB
    January 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Eric Cantor was on 60 minutes trying to convince Lesley Stahl that he is this nice, harmless southern gentleman (he failed). In the part i saw she pushed him hard on compromising (he said that he is willing to cooperate); when she asked him what was the difference, one of his off-camera aids shouted something and ended that part of the interview. His wife and his mother-in-law are liberal democrats (she is pro choice, but said only ummm when asked about about gay marriage). Cantor was so disingeneous that he made my stomach turn. Lesley also pushed hard about the not raising taxes issue. This was obviously an attempt by Cantor to white-wash his image. At least in the portion that I saw, Lesley and 60 minutes was not buying it. She pointed out his ambition to be speaker.

    • 185 hopefruit2
      January 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks for the summary CEB. I heard bits and snippets but glad to hear that Cantor got his arse kicked and folks aren’t buying his BS.

    • January 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      LOL! I’ve been waiting patiently for someone to wipe the smirk off Eric Cantor’s face. Looks like the 2012 election campaign will help to speed that process along!~

      Real estate broker and homebuilder David Hunsicker plans to challenge House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia’s 7th congressional district. Hunsicker, a retired Air Force pilot who flew combat missions in Vietnam, has run for Congress twice previously, most recently losing a 2008 Democratic primary for the right to challenge U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack in California’s 45th congressional district. Hunsicker is expected to face primary opposition from attorney E. Wayne Powell.

      http://www.uncoveredpolitics.com/2011/06/27/hunsicker-to-challenge-eric-cantor-in-virginia%E2%80%99s-7th-district/

      Meet E. Wayne Powell, a Democrat running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Eric Cantor for Virginia’s 7th Congressional DIstrict House seat. I am convinced that Powell is the kind of serious candidate with the potential to mount a powerful campaign against Eric Cantor. Powell’s education and experience—especially his service in the military—make him exceptionally well equipped to face Cantor. Cantor may be more vulnerable in 2012 than he has ever been before. The debt ceiling talks moved Cantor into the national spotlight and highlighted Cantor’s irresponsible partisanship and reckless disregard of what is best for the nation. The 2012 elections may be the best opportunity we have to defeat Cantor, or at the very least present him with a serious challenge that will weaken his ability to help Republican candidates nationwide.

      http://www.the-richmonder.com/2011/08/eric-cantor-has-challenger-meet-e-wayne.html

      • January 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        Need to attack Cantor on taking the economy to the bring to get 98% of what he wanted. Not happy enough to settle for 60% or 75% that he could have got weeks before – but to take it right to the bring to get it all. Make him out to be a hyper partisan ideologue and exactly what is wrong in Washington.

      • 188 Dudette
        January 2, 2012 at 12:28 am

        I’ll be looking to send either or both of them a few bucks shortly. I recently moved both my parents from Richmond to be closer to me here in Georgia. Everyone we know in the west end of Richmond is physically ill over the fact that Eddie Munster represents them. We must help to retire him back to the private sector.

      • 189 nathkatun7
        January 2, 2012 at 3:15 am

        I strongly feel that Democrats must unite behind one candidate if they have any hope of defeating Eric Cantor. In my humble opinion, E. Wayne Powell, with his roots in Virginia, comes across as a more likable person than David Hunsicker.

  37. 190 jewelz
    January 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    O my gosh, did you guys watch 60 minutes, Leslie Stahl totally destroyed Eric Cantor. Hey Chips, please get a hold of the segment if you can. It was a thing of beauty to see a journalist finally nailed the republicans on their obstructions and lies.

    • 191 defytheodds
      January 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      60 minute:s Lesley Stahl profiles House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

      Video: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7393500n&tag=contentBody;storyMediaBox

      • January 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

        ugh! what a lying liar. Can’t believe his wife and mother in law are now repugs. He was so fake! Loved Lesley’s takedown of him! She was not holding back. It was fantastic! He came off looking more fake than ever. Especially when they didn’t edit out the part where his PR person yells at Lesley off camera! hahahahahhahahahhahahhahahhahaha 😆

    • 195 Ladyhawke
      January 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      When I see Eric Cantor I get a strong urge to take a shower. So when I saw that Leslie Stahl was going to interview him tonight, I could not get to the remote fast enough. But a little while later, my daughter called and said did you see that?? I said what. She said Eric Cantor on 60 Minutes. I told her I could not bare to look at him. Then she said that she was shocked that Leslie Stahl actually challenged his outlandish responses. She said she made him look like a fool.

      It’s amazing what can happen when a reporter does his or her homework. If only this was the norm instead of the exception. I was really surprised. But I still don’t think I can watch the segment. What I really want to see is the Mitt Romney “Katie Couric” interview. An interview where Mitt is not allowed to lie and make stuff up. What a concept?

    • January 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      ack. criminy I just watched it. yah, no. that did not “reform” his image. It only confirmed it. he is no good for the country.

    • 199 DreamChaser57
      January 2, 2012 at 12:09 am

      I totally respect Jewelz and her request but even if you can get the clip Chips, please do not show Cantor’s smug face here, in my beloved TODville, Eeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😦

  38. 200 defytheodds
    January 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Vets: Michelle Obama Best-Ever First Lady

    “But to make supporting military families [a priority], and not just to make it one of the things you do, this is a game-changer,”

    Often teamed with her lieutenant, Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, Obama has organized and attended more events for and with military veterans and their families than any previous first lady, according to veterans groups.

    “There is this sense that this is genuine,” says Raezer. “We haven’t had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever.”

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/01/01/vets-michelle-obama-best-ever-first-lady/

  39. 202 desertflower
    January 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    This may just come back to haunt him

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/mitt-romney-gives-rick-santorum-the-courtesy-of-attacking-him.php?ref=fpa

    Asked what he’d say to voters choosing between him and Santorum, Romney said he’d rather not talk about others’ records, preferring to stay focused on his own. He then not-so-subtly reminded the reporters present who Santorum backed for the nomination in 2008.

    “Senator Santorum was kind enough to endorse me last time around, I appreciate that,” Romney said. “We’ve been friends.”

    Then Romney turned the knife.

    “I can tell you that our backgrounds are quite different,” he said. “Like Speaker Gingrich, Senator Santorum spent his career in government, in Washington. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s a very different background than I have.”

    I think the people in this country recognize that with our economy as the major issue we face right now, that it would be helpful to have someone who understands the economy firsthand and has spent the bulk of his career working in the private sector.

  40. January 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I love hearing PBO read about his mother in his “Dreams Book”.

  41. 204 desertflower
    January 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    THIS IS JUST HOW STUPID THESE PEOPLE ARE! Look at the “reasons” why! They don’t pay attention to much beyond the end of their noses, do they?

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/01/progressives-plan-to-challenge-obama-in-iowa/

    “I believe we need an inside outside strategy,” Tim Carpenter, the founder of the group, said at an organizing meeting in Des Moines this week. “We’re not asking everybody in this room to vote for Barack Obama. We’re not voting for Barack Obama. We’re organizing uncommitted slates to go to the caucus on Tuesday to challenge Barack Obama because he gave up on his promise to single payer [health care]. He took too long to get troops out of Iraq. There’s still troops in Afghanistan. And we need a financial transaction tax.”

    who is this Tim Carpenter guy?

    • 205 Desraye
      January 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      These are probably some of Cenk Ungar’s followers.

    • January 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      And I challenge him to produce even one shred of evidence that that candidate Obama ever promised single payer.

    • 207 EDP4BHO
      January 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Hi all TOD. Late joining in, but df, I have to say, that bs ain’t gonna fly. All the reasons he gave are weak, and in light of the short time span for the campaigns, people will not coalesce enough to prove PBO was truly inept. If I am wrong I’ll kick my own behind 😀 But I think this Carpenter is a jackass, wasting his time.

  42. 208 desertflower
    January 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Chips…I think one of my comments may be locked in the WordPress vault!

    • January 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Found it and freed it, desertflower! WordPress mustn’t like RawStory 😕

      • 210 desertflower
        January 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        I know…it’s rather the TMZ of the internet:) Thank you! And thanks for these wonderful pictures….I can’t imagine how his heart must have swelled to be at this exhibit of all his mom has done. Would take my breath away.

  43. January 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I loved these pictures so much and I have a bit of dialogue I made up:

    Little Miss Savita: “I’m 3 1/2 years old! I can walk all by myself in my fancy shoes that don’t fit me and hurt my feet. Don’t any of you tell me!”

    Sasha: “Hey little Cuz! I’ve been where you are, let me give you a ride to the car.”

    Little Miss Savita: “Well, OK but only because I said so.”

    These pics were so great and what a wonderful thing for the girls to see their grandmother celebrated in this way. It does grieve me that she isn’t here for them to know her arms and her heart. Beautiful diary, thanks.

    • 212 jacquelineoboomer
      January 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Love your “pretend” captions! Definitely how righteous little girls talk – just listen to my granddaughter!

  44. 213 desertflower
    January 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/01/progressives-plan-to-challenge-obama-in-iowa/

    “I believe we need an inside outside strategy,” Tim Carpenter, the founder of the group, said at an organizing meeting in Des Moines this week. “We’re not asking everybody in this room to vote for Barack Obama. We’re not voting for Barack Obama. We’re organizing uncommitted slates to go to the caucus on Tuesday to challenge Barack Obama because he gave up on his promise to single payer [health care]. He took too long to get troops out of Iraq. There’s still troops in Afghanistan. And we need a financial transaction tax.”

    Really? Has he NOT been paying attention to ANY of the goings on of the last 3 years? The last ONE in particular? How is PBO supposed to do this? Wave his magic wand? These people really piss me off…who is this Tim Carpenter?

    • January 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Well remember, YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID…….doesn’t matter how much you try, you just can’t do it!

      • 215 Chi
        January 2, 2012 at 4:36 am

        How funny this Terry Carpenter guy…

        Obviously a Dennis Kucinich disciple who thinks he’s slick name-dropping Jesse Jackson as he rattles on about “progressive” role models…

        (Can’t have anyone knowing that this puny little punk Terry Carpenter is a shallow racist asshole who hides his racism and blatant support of Kucinich by throwing in Jesse Jackson to pretend that his hate of President Obama has nothing to do with his race…)

        If Jesse Jackson ran for something against Kucinich, anyone want to guess who this Terry jerk will be supporting…

        But seriously, anyone listening to or taking directives from folks who hold up Dennis Kucinich and Jesse Jackson as “progressive” role models or role models of any sort for that matter, have to have their heads checked…

        What a joke!

    • 216 Tulips
      January 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      we are trying to hit back but i need the name of the group to confront them on twitter. Do anyone know the name of the iowa group

      • 217 hopefruit2
        January 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        They are called “Progressive Democrats for America” and here is their contact Info. I don’t see a Twitter account listed anywhere but perhaps a search on Twitter might reveal otherwise.

        http://www.pdamerica.org/forms/sign/contact

      • 218 hopefruit2
        January 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        Actually they DO have a Twitter account. It’s @pdamerica

        • 219 desertflower
          January 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm

          OH! Thank you, hopefruit! You guys know what to do 🙂

        • 220 Renegade522/AuntSis
          January 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

          Hi Hopefruit2, thanks for providing this information. I just fired off a email to this organization. I recommended that they get rid of both ‘progressive’ and ‘democrat’ in their organization’s name if what Terry is saying is true.
          Thanks for giving out this information.
          Renee

    • 221 SueBee
      January 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I wonder how many people showed up for this dumb meeting?

    • 222 jeff
      January 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      sounds like they are just a bunch of closet nut sucking tea baggers who want to destroy this country.

    • January 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      These are PUMA’s,Naderites, and delusional emoprogs desertflower. A.K.A. RATFUCKERS! These people didn’t die out in 2008,or 2000, or 1980, they just festered and seethed with bitter envy. Many of them have lost control of the Democrats after having their failed stranglehold on it for years. They have, I believe with the aide of Republicans, been hellbent on destroying Barack Obama politically. I mean, look at his whole screed. “Didn’t get us out of Iraq FAST ENOUGH!!??” As if it is easy getting thousands of troops out of a country, making sure that the powers that be in that nation have at least a meager grip on control there. He never promised “single payer health care”. I mean, did you look at him in that video. He seems panicked that Barack Obama is going to cruise to the nomination.

      These “Progressives” have failed time and time again to exert their power, because they have none. But like power doesn’t concede easily, weakened obsolete power doesn’t either. They went on quests to find primary challengers, but Bernie Sanders isn’t a Democrat, Ron Paul isn’t a Democrat, Dennis Kucinich is trying to hold on to a House Seat, Sen. Russ Feingold is now former Senator Russ Feingold, Rep. Anthony Weiner and Rep. Alan Grayson are now former Representatives, John Edwards has been discovered a sleazeball, Secretary Clinton is tired and doesn’t want destroying the party on her epitaph. That woman is a team player and she is smarter than anyone to be pulled into this childs play, and they know it.

      The wackaloons they would endorse are unknown, unchallenged, and probably would be staffed with adolescent acting, self righteous, pigheaded, anarchist sympathizing dolts who would make the 1972 campaign of George McGovern look like a close loss. They have failed at every turn to wrest credit for the good things he has done, though God know’s that they have and are trying to. They have failed at pushing the REAL rank and file Democrats to turn against him.They know President Obama’s campaign has been working full speed ahead to surprise the hell out of the pundits on Tuesday, so now they are in a panic, just like the Republicans. Their needs to be a “conflict” on our side to staunch the huge Republican clusterfuck coming Tuesday, so these people will rack up the bullshit dissapointments and faux Obama betrayals so they can get a cadre of what I described above to make a bad news day for Barack Obama instead of where it needs to be, on the Republican Party.

      • January 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        Well-stated Slyfox. Also add that they are so full of hatred and jealousy they can’t see straight and that leads them to say and do things in a manner so blatant they reveal their hand.

      • 225 DreamChaser57
        January 2, 2012 at 12:16 am

        love this comment! someone help me with the lingo around here, PUMAs? / Emoprogs?s
        Please and thank you.

        • 226 PamfromCalif
          January 2, 2012 at 3:18 am

          From 2008~ PUMA= Party Unity My Ass=hardcore Hillary Clinton supporters

          Emoprogs= Emo Progressive (or “emoprog”) is a self-described liberal or progressive, often with strong libertarian leanings, whose primary political orientation is to be angry, dissatisfied and unhappy with the state of the nation at any given time, because in their view, liberal policies are not being implemented quickly enough or articulated forcefully enough. They have particular contempt for Democratic presidents.

          http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Emo%20Progressive&defid=6057969

  45. 227 auni
    January 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I just hate the way people go after our First Lady and her clothing and “extravagent” taste. The Reagans hosted 56 State Dinners during their 8 years, 34 in the first year. The IRS fined Mrs. Reagan for not declaring 3 million dollars worth of clothing she was “loaned” between 1983 and 1988. Those State Dinners don’t come cheap.

  46. January 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Hmmm what’s not to love about Ron Paul…oh wait! (sorry for the huffpo link guys)

    Ron Paul: Civil Rights Act of 1964 ‘Destroyed’ Privacy

    Please follow Ta-Nehisi’s twitte feed:
    https://twitter.com/#!/tanehisi

    “Ron Paul slams the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It’s OK because he’s against the drug war”

    “For the record “I’m against the drug war” has officially replaced “I have a black friend.”

    “”I think lynching is just swell–but too be clear I oppose crack/cocaine disparities.”

    But ya’ll know how much of an O-bot TaNehisi is…/snark.

  47. 229 Tulips
    January 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm
    • 230 hopefruit2
      January 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      🙂 🙂 Hmmm…what next? “Baggers for Obama?” ROLMAO!

      • January 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

        Here’s another group that supports the President!~

        Republicans for Obama is a grassroots organization of proud party members who all share one important trait— we are Americans first and Republicans second.

        Founded in late 2006 as part of the nationwide effort to encourage then-Senator Obama to run for the Presidency, our volunteer-run, grassroots group now includes thousands of members from across the nation. Together, we represent a cross-section of the millions of Republican and conservative independents who support President Obama’s reelection in 2012.

        Although we have campaigned, worked for, and voted Republican all our lives, we recognize that President Obama is the right leader for our country at this time. Our current Republican leadership is unable to stand up to the most extreme elements in our party, no matter the circumstance. Meanwhile, President Obama has challenged his own party on numerous issues, including taxes, healthcare and foreign policy. President Obama has forged a pragmatic, common-sense path forward during a challenging time.

        President Obama has rejected the politics of division and the win-at-all-costs attitude that has hurt our ability to move forward as a nation. While we as Republicans will not always see eye to eye with President Obama, we know that his politics of unity is the only way forward for America.

        -Republicans for Obama

        http://www.republicansforobama.org/about

    • January 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Is that new? That’s not the kind of picture I’d pose for just the same. I mean it’s hard not to as they are supporters, but there is danger in it as redneck is a derogatory term.

      • 234 hopefruit2
        January 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        It’s not derogatory in this particular instance because the self-identified “rednecks” wanted to make a point with the irony of juxtaposing that term and the support of President Obama. It’s meant as an ironic statement.

      • January 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        If you check the history of the term “Redneck” you’ll find it has to do with red handkerchefs around coalminers necks that were trying to unionize or something like that. Google the term. It will be enlightening.

        • 236 hopefruit2
          January 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          Interesting! And All along I thought that term was used to refer to Whites from the poor socioeconomic and educational backgrounds who worked manually in the fields all day in the hot sun and their necks got red from sunburns. Guess you learn something new everyday!

          • January 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

            According to the wiki – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redneck – the coal miners appropriated the word in early 1900’s to build solidarity after it was used in late 1800’s as “poorer inhabitants of the rural districts…men who work in the field, as a matter of course, generally have their skin stained red and burnt by the sun, and especially is this true of the back of their necks”.

        • January 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          That’s not what it means now. I did google it and while your historical factoid was mentioned, it lead off with this –

          “Redneck is a historically derogatory slang term used in reference to poor, uneducated white farmers, especially from the southern United States.[1][2] It is similar in meaning to cracker (especially regarding Georgia and Alabama), hillbilly (especially regarding Appalachia and the Ozarks),[3] and white trash (but without the last term’s suggestions of immorality).[4][5][6]

          In recent decades, the term has expanded its meaning to refer to bigoted, loutish reactionaries who are opposed to modern ways,[7] and has often been used to attack Southern conservatives and racists.[8] At the same time, some Southern whites have reclaimed the word, using it with pride and defiance as a self-identifier.[9]”

        • 244 Tulips
          January 2, 2012 at 12:02 am

          Thank you for that history i did’nt know that. i did not that those who call themselves that is not offended.

  48. January 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

  49. 255 dotster3
    January 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Agree with BWD—-this is the clip to begin 2012:

  50. 258 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Is our President wearing the same blue shirt today that he wore with Savita 2 years ago? If so then my President sure loves his navy blue shirt. LOL!

  51. 261 Cha
    January 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Mahalos,Chips, for these wonderful pics of the Obamas and their beautiful Ohana(extended family). Diversity in all its Finest.

  52. January 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  53. January 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    have you guys seen this? I’m about 1/2 way through it – got it from twitter. It’s Der Spiegal intenational and they are absolutely taking the entire GOP AND the MSM and raking both over the coals. it’s very interesting so far.

  54. January 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    President Obama and his family will leave here early Monday evening, the White House announced Sunday, bringing their Christmas vacation to an end.

    The first family will depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu at 5 p.m. local time (that’s 10 p.m. back in Washington). They’re expected to land at Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday morning.

  55. January 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Black Labradors for Obama!

  56. January 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Persian Cats for Obama!

  57. 291 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    On the other hand…..

  58. 293 Pamela
    January 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Maine Coon Unify For Obama!

  59. January 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Lots of F-15-16s bring sold overseas, for a nice boost to our economy-

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE8000HL20120101?irpc=932

  60. January 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    So, politico new headlines are Puzzling-

    Santorums gaining steam with his pitch to blue collar workers.

    What pitch?

    What are they talking about?

    • January 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Who knows but I hope it works. Romney wins Iowa and it’s over. If Santorum wins, in the very least it buys time for somebody else to get back on track by SCarolina and Florida.

  61. January 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Desperate huntsman sez will match dollar for dollar donation.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/01/huntsman-says-hell-match-donations-109264.html

    Shorter jon, I’ll willing to buy the presidency if it comes to that, you fuckers.

    • January 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Funny – isn’t this the guy who swore he wouldn’t self-fund his campaign? His big mistake was taking advice from John McCain -who lost miserably to President Obama.

      • January 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm

        His campaign has been such an afterthought non-entity that I think he’d finished in 2016. He’ll probably move to NH and campaign there the next four years in hopes of making it what Romney has now – but a Christie or Bush will still blow him out of the water there and he still will not have any appeal to the evangelical wing of the party so will not play well in Iowa, SC.

    • January 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      He only can pull voters from Romney at this point – and that’s not going to happen in NH. At best he buys a 3rd place finish in NH and that won’t be high enough to matter.

      • January 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        All huntsman has shown so far i that her is unfit to run a presidential campaign, now or ever. He is an idjit to listen to whoever the idjit it was who put him up to this idea.

        • 309 hopefruit2
          January 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

          It was John McCain’s campaign manager who gave him this bright idea.

          • January 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

            Why am I not surprised ? Glad he is not resonating with the ‘base’ since I consider him to be a dangerous wolf in sheep’s clothing.

            • 311 hopefruit2
              January 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

              From the moment he decided to run, he put his trustworthiness on line. Who trusts someone who would run against their boss? Secondly, he simply lacks the vigor and charisma as our current President. He’s not a white version of Obama as some Gopers (and Dems) seem to think. He has had to resort to gimmicks like recruiting his adult daughters as possible eye candy to gain attention from the media, making passe “teleprompter” jokes in a debate, and referring to Cain’s sexual harrassment victims as “bimbos.”

  62. January 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Look forward to following in 2012. Obamadiary gives me a daily lift!

  63. January 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    First was the ofa office on Friday, then the Iowa democratic office on Saturday and now sundays OWS attack-

    Occupy Des Moines demonstrators went to the Democratic National Committee’s “war room” in downtown Des Moines twice on Sunday to try to meet with the committee’s chairwoman, but the party says she won’t be in town until late tonight.

    A day after police made 18 arrests at sometimes-heated rallies at political offices in the metro area, protesters carried out several more subdued actions Sunday. One man was arrested at Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign offices in Des Moines.

    More events are expected Monday and Tuesday, before the Iowa caucuses officially kick off the presidential campaign. Spokesman Stephen Toothman said new plans won’t be made until a meeting Monday morning. Protesters have repeatedly emphasized that they do not intend to cause any disruptions to voting Tuesday night.

    http://m.desmoinesregister.com/localheadlines/article?a=2012120101020&f=1197

    I guess we are going to have to smack these guys around a little?

  64. January 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Stewie my Pit / Pointer mix is for Obama! I just wish the Obama Store had dog sweaters.

    • 317 desertflower
      January 2, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Dog sweaters! I need one of those for my Great Dane! She HATES to be cold 🙂 LL, they DO have collars…which I’m thinking of getting for mine….IF they have one big enough:) How is the little one today? Have you calmed down about the dog? You may want to crate train the dog…they love their own space, and it may save you if you have to leave for an extended time….and praise works better than yelling…catch him doing something good, and praise him, rather than bad/ yelling…..I would also never hit my dog…..just like I never hit my kids.
      Did the trainer work you guys yet?

      • January 2, 2012 at 12:30 am

        Right now he’s on the couch sleeping next to me. I’ve calmed down about him. The trainer came Friday, and we learned a lot; we see her again next Sunday. Tomorrow we’re going to acclimate him to being in a pen, as that’s where he’ll be when we go to work. And yes, praise does work a lot better than yelling. A funny thing about the potty training: he’ll pee for me on a leash, but he won’t poop. For that I just have to put him outside and let him be alone. Once he gets his last shot, we’ll take him for long walks.

        • 319 desertflower
          January 2, 2012 at 1:11 am

          Sounds like you all are settling in nicely:) Look! Chips found a dog sweater for Stewie!

        • January 2, 2012 at 1:18 am

          Potty training for pups is a PITA. Lotsa patience and firmness is needed. Once that stage is passed, it’s a delight. Get plenty of soft chew toys lest your sofas/beds become one.

  65. 324 Tulips
    January 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

    check out this map. they have President Obama at 50% approval in Iowa. http://polltracker.talkingpointsmemo.com/contest/ia-pres-12-r

    • January 2, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Oi, wake up you! It’s included in the blog roll:

      Pro President Obama: http://propresobama.org/

      😆

      • 327 desertflower
        January 2, 2012 at 1:13 am

        Oh, for crying out loud :)!!!! Thank you, love…goodness me, I’m getting more blind by the year 🙂 As long as you got it, I’m good!

      • 328 Dudette
        January 2, 2012 at 1:19 am

        Hey, I forgot about them too!

        They have a great list of PBO’s achievements for 2011 with dates, and links to relevant legislative and executive order citations
        http://propresobama.org/2011/12/27/pres-obamas-2011-achievements-despite-a-polarized-congress/

        ———————–
        Ending of the Iraq War
        December: 31, 2011

        H.R. 1540, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012″
        Signed December 31, 2011

        H.R. 2055 – “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012.”
        Signed: December 23, 2011

        S. 278 – “Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District Land Exchange Act of 2011”
        Signed: December 23, 2011

        S. 384 – which amends title 39, United States Code,
        Signed: December 23, 2011

        H.R. 2867 – “U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2011”
        Signed: December 23, 2011

        H.R. 3421 – Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act
        Signed: December 23, 2011

        H.R. 3672 – “Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2012.”
        Signed: December 23, 2011

        H.R. 3765 – “Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011.”
        Signed: December 23, 2011

        Executive Order — Amendments to Executive Orders 12131 and 13539
        December 19, 2011

        Executive Order — Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay
        December 19, 2011

        Executive Order — Instituting a National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security
        December 19, 2011

        Executive Order — 2011 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States
        December 13, 2011

        Executive Order 13592 — Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities
        December 02, 2011

        Executive Order 13591 — Continuance of Certain Federal Advisory Committees
        November 23, 2011

        Executive Order 13590 — Iran Sanctions
        November 21, 2011

        Message to Congress — Iran Sanctions
        November 21, 2011

        Executive Order 13589 — Promoting Efficient Spending
        November 09, 2011

        Executive Order 13588 — Reducing Prescription Drug Shortages

        October 31, 2011

        United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
        Signed: October 21, 2011

        United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
        Signed: October 21, 2011

        United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
        Signed: October 21, 2011

        Executive Order 13587 — Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information
        October 07, 2011

        Executive Order 13586 — Emergency Board to Investigate Disputes Between Certain Railroads
        October 06, 2011

        Message from the President to Congress Regarding the District of Columbia’s 2012 Budget Request Act
        October 03, 2011

        Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, in al-Jawf Governorate, Yemen
        September 30, 2011

        Executive Order 13585 –Continuance of Certain Federal Advisory Committees
        September 30, 2011

        America Invents Act
        Signed: September 16, 2011

        Executive Order 13584 –Developing an Integrated Strategic Counterterrorism Communications Initiative
        September 09, 2011

        Executive Order 13583– Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce
        August 18, 2011

        Executive Order 13582– Blocking Property of the Government of Syria and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to Syria
        August 18, 2011

        Budget Control Act of 2011
        Signed: August 2, 2011

        Executive Order 13581–Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations
        July 25, 2011

        Executive Order 13580–Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska
        July 12, 2011

        Executive Order 13579–Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies
        July 11, 2011

        Executive Order 13578–Coordinating Policies on Automotive Communities and Workers
        July 06, 2011

        Executive Order 13577–SelectUSA Initiative
        June 15, 2011

        Executive Order 13576–Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government
        June 13, 2011

        Executive Order 13575 – Establishment of the White House Rural Council
        June 09, 2011

        Executive Order 13574 Concerning Further Sanctions on Iran
        May 23, 2011

        Executive Order 13573–Blocking Property of Senior Officials of the Government of Syria
        May 18, 2011

        Killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan
        May 1, 2011

        Executive Order 13572 –Blocking Property of Certain Persons with Respect to Human Rights Abuses in Syria
        April 29, 2011

        Executive Order 13571–Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service
        April 27, 2011

        Executive Order 13570 — Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to North Korea
        April 18, 2011

        Executive Order 13569–Amendments to Executive Orders 12824, 12835, 12859, and 13532, Reestablishment Pursuant to Executive Order 13498, and Revocation of Executive Order 13507
        April 05, 2011

        Executive Order 13568–Extending Provisions of the International Organization Immunities Act
        March 08, 2011

        Executive Order 13567–Periodic Review of Individuals Detained at Guantánamo Bay Naval Station Pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force
        March 07, 2011

        Executive Order 13566 –Libya
        February 25, 2011

        Executive Order 13565 — Establishment of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committees
        February 08, 2011

        Executive Order 13564 — The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
        January 31, 2011

        Executive Order 13563 — Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review
        January 18, 2011

        FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
        Signed: January 4, 2011

        James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
        Signed: January 2, 2011

  66. 329 Tulips
    January 2, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Do you remember the site the world want Obama. I hope it comes back. They had yes we can in different languages.

  67. January 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Politico says that the President has a Primary problem?
    Saying that democrats don’t even know he is on the ballot.
    If democrats don’t know the Presudent is on the ballot, them this party is dumb!

    • January 2, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Politico is dumb. They’re making it up.

    • 332 hopefruit2
      January 2, 2012 at 8:11 am

      No, it’s Jon Huntsman who has a serious Primary problem. He drew a crowd of 75 people yesterday in New Hampshire. He is desperate and is using his own money to fundraise. Yet he was supposed to be the great savior – according to what the MSM told me.
      GOPolitico needs to stop diverting attention away from the pathetic clown show that is the GOP race. We are not fooled one bit.

    • January 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Seriously, these people are dumb. No one has the money or stature to run against him. Denise the Menace was so cheap, he sued the congressional cafeteria to go the dentist. Jesse Jackson couldn’t win a pig a a fair( and, note to OWS 1 black man isn’t the same as another black man, so supplanting PBO for Jackson doesn’t hide your racism, it highlights it. 🙄 ) Hillary lost in 2008 and she will again because she knows it will split the party. Politico and OWS are delusional lackwits, with big mouths and brains the size of a pea.

    • 335 Linda
      January 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Are we supposed to care what Politico says now ? There start up money and backing comes from Reaganites.

  68. 336 criquet
    January 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

    This needs to be spread far and wide.

    • 337 Bill
      January 2, 2012 at 7:43 am

      My predictive powers are weak but with your points, and the fact he is a liar and creep, I do not see how he can win. You can add to your list that Willard wants to ban abortions and pass a balanced budget amendment.

    • 338 anniebella
      January 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Mitt Romney is trying to appeal to the right wing conservatives. And like everyone knows Romney will say anything if he thought it would help him win. He’ll even say he isn’t a mormon.

  69. 339 Bill
    January 2, 2012 at 7:57 am

    News flash. Michele Bachmann just told Morning Joe she has 5 children and 23 foster children.

    • 340 hopefruit2
      January 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Oh REALLY?!?!?! Well that makes all the difference then…she should blow all her opponents in the Iowa caucus based on this very critical announcement! And PBO should be afraid…be very afraid for the general election….

      • January 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

        Yup! ” PBO should be afraid…….” because he only has 2 daughters and a dog named Bo. Don’t think the electorate is gonna like his so called family values, I mean come on, he only has two children. That’s in direct contrast with the bible which says ‘be fruitful and multiply.’ Obviously, PBO didn’t spend a lot of time multiplying with Miche like Batshit and her gay husband did. Although…. The thought of Batshit and her husband doing it 5 times is sorta gross. I wonder how they came up with the number 5? On their wedding night did they say to each other:”okay, we are only going to have sex 5 times in our married life, let us hope we are fruitful with each endeavor”? Or did Batshit turn to her husband and say “god told me to submit to you and we will have 5 children.”? Hmm.

    • 345 anniebella
      January 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Honestly who really care how many children Bachmann has. I just hope they are not as crazy as she is.

  70. 346 hopefruit2
    January 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I guess our Chips is sleeping in today 🙂

  71. 348 hopefruit2
    January 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Mitt Romney is attacking Obama and Obama only in Iowa. He’s not even talking about any of the other GOP candidates. He think he’s got this wrapped up.

  72. 350 Ladyhawke
    January 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

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    =========================================

    Election Day Registration, No Photo ID Requirement Will Help Boost Turnout In Tomorrow’s Iowa Caucuses

    Despite nationwide efforts to make voting more difficult, the Republican Party of Iowa decided to buck the trend and allow for on-site registration. In doing so, however, they necessarily undercut the argument being made by GOPers in many other states that election day registration (EDR) invites fraud. (Of course, voters are 39 times more likely to be struck by lightning than commit fraud at the polls, and EDR actually helps prevent already-miniscule levels of fraud.)

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/01/02/396177/iowa-election-day-registration/

    • 351 lovingandlaughing
      January 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Oh my gosh, this is so crazy!!!!!!! I really despise the GOP in every way possible!

      • 352 hopefruit2
        January 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Don’t worry. They have effectively knee-capped themselves with their BS argument about voter fraud for the general election.

  73. January 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Romneys staff is going for the soundbites! He just said that Obama is like Kim kardshian wedding vows because he did not fulfill any of his promises.
    But, that is what fix news tells people, snd I really think Romney believes it!
    Of course, the new Republican channel msnbc, which has changed into a republican channel, laps it up like a puppy dog.
    Kim Kardashian? Really?

  74. January 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    This is one of my favorite videos about Romney: The story of two men trapped in one body.


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