rise and shine

Marketwatch: The U.S. economy gained 200,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5%, the Labor Department said Friday.

Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast the U.S. would add 150,000 jobs last month, with the jobless rate edging up to 8.7% from an initially reported 8.6% in November.

Subtracting another decline in government jobs, the private sector boosted payrolls by 212,000. Average hourly earnings rose 0.2% last month to $23.24 and hours worked edged up to 34.4. Job gains for November and October were little changed. The U.S. created 1.64 million jobs in 2011.



Steve Benen: Mitt Romney will probably find today’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics very discouraging. The rest of us, though, have reason to smile.

…. when monthly job growth reaches 200,000, that’s genuinely good news, and the drop in the overall unemployment to 8.5% puts the figure at nearly a three-year low, which is also encouraging. Under the circumstances, this is one of the best jobs reports since the recession began four years ago.

Full post here


It’s a bad day for Rusty 😥




Reuters: The young men in business suits, gingerly picking their way among the millwrights, machinists and pipefitters at Kansas City’s Worldwide Grinding Systems steel mill…. “They looked like a bunch of high school kids to me. A bunch of Wall Street preppies,” says Jim Linson, an electronics repairman who worked at the plant for 40 years….

Apparently they liked what they saw. Soon after, in October 1993, Bain Capital, co-founded by Mitt Romney, became majority shareholder in a steel mill that had been operating since 1888.

…. Less than a decade later, the mill was padlocked and some 750 people lost their jobs. Workers were denied the severance pay and health insurance they’d been promised, and their pension benefits were cut by as much as $400 a month…..

Full article here


Paul Krugman: ….. Mr. Romney claims that Mr. Obama has been a job destroyer, while he was a job-creating businessman …. his claims about the Obama record border on dishonesty, and his claims about his own record are well across that border.

….. the president inherited an economy in free fall, and can’t be held responsible for job losses during his first few months, before any of his own policies had time to take effect. So how much of that Obama job loss took place in, say, the first half of 2009?

The answer is: more than all of it. The economy lost 3.1 million jobs between January 2009 and June 2009 and has since gained 1.2 million jobs. That’s not enough, but it’s nothing like Mr. Romney’s portrait of job destruction.

Incidentally, the previous administration’s claims of job growth always started not from Inauguration Day but from August 2003, when Bush-era employment hit its low point. By that standard, Mr. Obama could say that he has created 2.5 million jobs since February 2010.

Full article here


Washington Post editorial: ….. Republicans may well be correct that Mr. Obama is playing politics with these appointments …. But so what? Both the consumer bureau and the labor relations board are agencies of the U.S. government, created by Congress, and it is inexcusable that congressional obstructionism would leave them unable to function. If Republicans don’t like the structure or purpose of either agency, they should try to alter them through legislation. Meanwhile their filibustering against qualified nominees to make political points or extort concessions from the White House cripples government and discourages good people from serving. That is the real poisonous practice, in which both parties have engaged. Until there is a de-escalation, the country will continue to pay a high price.

Full article here


New York Times: Obama administration officials announced on Friday that they will propose a fix to a notorious snag in immigration law that will spare hundreds of thousands of American citizens from prolonged separations from immigrant spouses and children.

The change that immigration officials are offering would benefit United States citizens who are married to or have children who are illegal immigrants. It would correct a bureaucratic Catch-22 that those Americans now confront when their spouses or children apply to become legal permanent residents.

Full article here



279 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. January 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Ha ha! Romney was in the middle of a rally condemning PBO in SC when the good jobs numbers rolled in. Boehner reflexively poo pooed them.Oh my let me get some pop corn

    • January 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

      ooh me first? Happy day to me!!!

    • 16 Ladyhawke
      January 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

      zizi, I haven’t seen The Weepers response to the December jobs numbers, but I am reminded of an article at Slate back in June 2011 that we could probably just use each time the jobs numbers are released no matter if the results are good or bad. It’s groundhog day.



      The GOP response to the jobs report: The Earth is flat and two plus two equals five

      The Hill reports the House Republican response to Friday morning’s distressing jobs report.

      House Republicans pinned the blame for Friday’s disappointing jobs report squarely on the White House, saying the Obama administration’s “over-taxing, over-regulating and over-spending” has stifled economic growth.

      “One look at the jobs report should be enough to show the White House it’s time to get serious about cutting spending and dealing with our ailing economy,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.

      How many blatant untruths can a Republican speaker of the House stuff into one sentence? Quite a few!



    • 17 Lovepolitics2008
      January 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Just saw this on CNN: apparently Santorum said that the reason the job reports is good is because investors are optimistic that the republicans will keep the House! Gosh, the man definitely has a talent for making a fool of himself ha ha ha !!!

    • 20 Linda
      January 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

      hahahha… I like her….

      • 21 desertflower
        January 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

        Me too 🙂

        • 22 Pamela
          January 6, 2012 at 9:45 am

          She is awesome smart, thinks on her feet, and it’s obvious she knows what she is talking about, not just talking! Brighter days are not far ahead !

          • 23 Mel
            January 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

            We do like Melissa for a long time I was thinking that she should get her own show, She is very
            smart with a great personality, so good luck melissa we will be watching.

            • January 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

              Clicking on the link, you’ll find a spot to add a comment, everyone — if you’d like to. I did and discovered that, so far, I’m the only one. We should all wish her luck, all of The Obama Diary. She’s a great spokesperson, a great, very impressive voice.

        • 25 Linda
          January 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

          If you have not seen this ….I highly recommend it…..It is long but well worth it.

          Melissa Harris Perry talked about the history of race relations in the United States, comparing race relations through history with current racial politics. Topics included the tea party movement, raising the debt ceiling, and the 2010 health care law. In her remarks she talked about African-American characters in popular culture, including the book and movie The Help. After her speech, she answered written questions submitted by audience members. The talk, “Reconstruction Lessons: Current U.S. Racial Politics and the Lessons of the Civil War,” was the year’s final Chautauqua Amphitheater Lecture.


          • 26 Ladyhawke
            January 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

            I watched it twicel. She is beyond brilliant. I am thrilled that she will have her own show on MSNBC. She’s a natural in front of the camera and boy can she do a good interview.

  2. 27 LOL
    January 6, 2012 at 9:29 am



  3. 30 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Yay! Great news good morning everybody. Have a great day.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:34 am


      January 6, 2012 at 9:36 am


    • 33 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      January 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Excellent news. Looks like Romney is going to take S. Carolina. It is a done deal for the nomination. Team Obama is ready. The Dec. Job figures are encouraging.

      • January 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

        That’s two weeks away – three or four debates away and probably a lot of attack ads against him away. Not to mention S.Carolina loves it’s gutter smear politics, so probably a whisper campaign or two away.

        • January 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

          Ppp puts Romney ahead in SC by 10 points!
          That is significant!

          • January 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

            I understand that, but how many were locked in committed? S.Carolina is a evangelical state and a tea party state – if he wins it, it is over. However I’ll wait to see how the next two weeks play out before declaring Romney the winner.

    • 37 LOL
      January 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Sue, the U.S Government can’t stop it. It’s part of the Military Industrial Complex and free capitalism. All of these defense companies manufacturing these weapons and they can sell them to whatever country they want (unless its Iran). The Medal Of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer protested a company he worked for because they were trying to sell high powered laser rifles to Pakistan—and he said these people (Pakistanis) were trying to kill him when he was in Afghanistan. The sale didn’t go through, but if he had not protested, I’m sure it would have. Its sad but its the world we live in. These Defense companies are the reason that the DoD budget never get cut, they lobby congress and those morons start saying funding is being cut for the troops, and that’s more or less a third rail in American politics.

        January 6, 2012 at 9:54 am


        • 39 LOL
          January 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

          I know….another one of Bush jr’s legacy. Although, I can’t blame him completely. When we started going to war alot of these defense weapons companies popped up. And If the U.S did not see them as enemies, they could sell them weapons. If we sold weapons to Egypt in 1998 because we didn’t see them as enemies, I’m sure they were used against their own people in 2011.

      • January 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

        And Dakota Meyer was swiftboated for it.

  5. 41 isonprize
    January 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Mornin’ TOD family! Have a great day today!!

  6. January 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Obama Campaign Teams in Early States Dwarf Republican Operations

    The biggest presidential primary campaign team in New Hampshire is tucked on a Manchester side street inside a four-story brick building and it belongs to the best-financed candidate seeking nomination: President Barack Obama.

    The office is one of seven in the state and his re-election campaign has about 20 paid employees. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, the two front-runners in the Republican presidential primary after they emerged first and second in the Iowa caucuses, each have one office. Romney has nine paid staffers in the state and Santorum has eight.

    Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who skipped Iowa to campaign full time in New Hampshire, showed up at more than 150 public events and recruited almost 1,000 volunteers, said Michael Levoff, a Huntsman spokesman. Since Obama announced his candidacy, his Granite State volunteers have held 500 events, including house parties, phone banks and training sessions.

    The Obama camp’s short-term goal is the same as the Republican primary rivals, to turn out the vote on Jan. 10, primary night. While his nomination isn’t on the line, his support in the state has plunged. His team can use the event to test its operations and score bragging rights if the party’s turnout measures competitively with that in the contested Republican primary.


  7. 43 desertflower
    January 6, 2012 at 9:40 am


    With easy to understand pretty pictures for those people we all know that may have a hard time understanding 🙂 If you know what I mean….:)

  8. January 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

    January 06, 2012 9:10 AM

    Private sector jobs looking much stronger
    By Steve Benen

    In the previous post, we talked about the new monthly jobs report, but in keeping with tradition, here’s a slightly different chart — one showing just the private sector job market.

    Overall, the U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in December, but as has been the case for a long while, it’s the private sector that continues to fare better. Last month, businesses added 212,000 jobs, making it one of the best months since the recession began.

    For the 2011 calendar year, BLS data shows the U.S. private sector has now added 1.89 million jobs in 2011, well ahead of last year’s private-sector total of 1.2 million, and the best year for businesses since 2005. Since March 2010, American businesses have created 3.13 million jobs. (In 2008, the private sector lost 3.8 million jobs, and in 2009, the private sector lost 5 million jobs.)


  9. 45 Pamela
    January 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

    YooHoo, Chipsticks! It IS Friday!

  10. 46 HZ
    January 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and my TOD Family. Good news this morning. We thank you, Mr. President.HZ

  11. 47 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Huff-n-Puff is on meltdown.

    Unemployment % goes down……Yeah Boehner

    Unemployment % goes up……..Boo Obama


  12. January 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    The pace of approvals for solar and wind projects in the U.S. is picking up under the Obama administration, with two new plants in California and Oregon winning approval this week.

    The Interior Department says it has now pushed through 27 renewable-energy projects totaling 6,500 megawatts since 2009, compared with about 1,800 megawatts in all prior years, the result of more staff working on a fast-tracked permitting process.

    “When we came to the Department of Interior almost three years ago, there was very little going on with respect to renewable energy,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said recently.


  13. 54 dotster3
    January 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Love all the great and encouraging economic news and also love this story in local news this a.m.: A group of residents who live around our namesake lake here noticed a young doe, “doe a deer, a female deer”, stranded in the middle of the partially frozen lake (thank you global warming). She was flailing and sprawled, could not get traction on the wet ice and was looking like she was getting tired out. Everyone who noticed wanted to do something to help her, but the ice was in a precarious condition. At one point they scared away a group of foxes who were gathering and looking on, licking their chops. They called the police and fire dept, who said they could not help. One guy tried to go out to her in his kayak but the ice was too thick in spots. So one lady called her husband at work and he came home and put on his waders and wet suit and pulled a row boat, so he could ride where there was water, walk where there was ice, and he and another guy made it out to the deer, got a rope around her, pulled her to shore, toweled her off and sent her on her way, back to her family. I like it when there is proof that there are people with hearts and souls and compassion for all living creatures, who go out of their way to do the right thing.

    • January 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

      That’s the sheer goodness and hope of people right there. Thanks for a very uplifting story.

    • 56 Pamela
      January 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Thank you oir sharing this story about the finer, more exalted qualities of human nature… We all need to hear more of thus quality news!

    • 57 desertflower
      January 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

      🙂 Humanity at its finest.

    • January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      That woman must be beaming and saying, “that’s my husband”! What good thinking – it must have been horrifying. If you’ve ever come across a wild animal that’s wounded, it’s heartbreaking, because you want to help, but have to take care for your own safety as well. This is a good story with a happy ending.

    • 59 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      January 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks for that beautiful story Dolster. Fortunately there were no Conservative NRA folks around witnessing the deer in distress for they would have had their rifles out ready for a kill. Thank God there are still animal loving humans around. GO PETA!!

  14. 60 57andFemale
    January 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Krugman still had to get a little dig in against Obama — ‘job destroyer’ “borders” on dishonesty?!?!?!

    • January 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Yeah, I smiled at that 57 – Krugman remains a very, very bitter anti-PBO man, but even if he couldn’t avoid writing a few facts that showed Romney to be the liar that he is.

    • January 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Strangely, Krugman was an economic adviser fro Saint Ronnie!
      Go figure!

      • 64 Linda
        January 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

        Also …his Nobel Prize was for ” Foreign Trade” not Domestic Economy…. He seems like a manic-depressive to me.

    • 65 Bill
      January 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

      I am not a Krugman defender, and I am as a strident supporter of PBO as anyone here, but reading Krugman’s entire op-ed I did not get the sense it was anti-Obama, but rather supportive. Krugman did not think the stimulous bill was large enough, but he has indicted he understood the political realities of it not being larger. He is not a warm and fuzzy guy.

      • 66 Bill
        January 6, 2012 at 10:35 am

        Excuse me. “indicated”.

      • 67 dotster3
        January 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

        And Jim Messina is referencing it and telling peeps to read it, so I don’t think he feels it is damaging.

        • 68 Bill
          January 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

          Krugman is a grump, but his understandong of the economy in his twice a week op-ed pieces in the NYTimes should be required reading.

      • 69 57andFemale
        January 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

        It wasn’t an anti-Obama article. My point was that he couldn’t get through an entire article without getting at least one dig in, albeit minor for Krugman.

        I found it particularly ironic that he had to dishonestly give Romney wiggle room on “borderline honest” in an article about honesty. I found that to be ‘dishonest’ on Krugman’s part. To call the attack on Obama as a job destroyer being ‘borderline dishonest’ was an unnecessary, and untrue, dig.

      • January 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

        Totally agree. It’s a very good article. When Krugman is right, we should spread him as much as we can. Like it or not, not many economists are more respeced.

      • 72 57andFemale
        January 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

        Krugman may now admit to the political realities facing Obama on the stimulus, but if you look back on the first two years of the Obama administration, Krugman took great pains to blame Obama, and he did it repeatedly.

        Paul Krugman was one of my heroes for many, many years. I found it disgraceful that someone of his obvious intelligence could jump on the PL bandwagon and do great damage to the public perception of this president. He has backed off somewhat in recent months, but he was merciless at the beginning of the administration.

        Yes, this particular article was extremely helpful in laying out great pushback against Romney and it should be cited by the left. Had Krugman been consistent in blaming Republicans throughout the first years of the Obama administration, maybe 2010 would not have been the bloodbath it was. He consistently downplayed the political realities working against Obama through those first two years and laid damn near the entire blame on Obama because Obama wasn’t Hillary (as if Hillary would have been some liberal firebrand — my ass). I am grateful that he’s less strident now, but one useful article does not undo the damage the PL has done. This little dig in this article is evidence that he is still being petty.

  15. 73 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

    This is hysterical

  16. 77 Bill
    January 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

    A Vanity Fair/CBS poll shows only 6% of Americans know Romney’s first name is Willard. Rev. Al needs to get to work.

  17. 83 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Kansas House speaker O’Neal apologizes for “Mrs. YoMama” e-mail

    Read more here: http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/blogs/entries/kansas-house-speaker-defends-e-mail/#storylink=cpy

    • 84 itgurl_29
      January 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Don’t give this garbage hits, people. It’s just another article about nasty racist hate mail targeted at Mrs. Obama. And I’m sure the comments are sickening.

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

        itgurl_29, I am right with you on this B.S. We know exactly what it is all about, we know these people can’t stand to see a Black President and his Black wife in the White House. They claim it’s not racists, but it is. Believe me I know racism when I see it. As far as I am concern that Kansas house speaker and the people who is like him can go straight to you know where. We know there are racists people out there, but thank God there are good people out there too. I am proud of FLOTUS, she is a dam good First Lady. A great First Lady.

  18. January 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Justice Department updates legal definition of rape – http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/January/12-ag-018.html

    “The new definition of rape is: “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” The definition is used by the FBI to collect information from local law enforcement agencies about reported rapes.”

    “The longstanding, narrow definition of forcible rape, first established in 1927, is “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” It thus included only forcible male penile penetration of a female vagina and excluded oral and anal penetration; rape of males; penetration of the vagina and anus with an object or body part other than the penis; rape of females by females; and, non-forcible rape.”

    About damn time. The old definition would have been laughable if not so tragic. .

  19. 89 JER
    January 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Livestreaming – Democrats say it’s time for Republicans to come back to work: http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

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  21. January 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Help! Tweets – I click on the “time stamp”, I copy the url and paste it here. Why doesn’t it work 😦 😦 :9

  22. 94 Don
    January 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    After watching this morning’s edition of “Morning Joe,” whatever respect I had for Eugene Robinson is long gone. Who could Eugene come on Joe’s show and allow himself to get punked the way he did? Eugene had a solid and reasonable opinion about Santorum’s run for the Presidency. But the moment he goes on Joe’s show, he lets Joe bully him into changing his opinion.

    • January 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

      IMO, Eugene Robinson has been wishy washy for a while. He doesn’t seem to have strong convictions. I’ve seen him bullied off his opinions more than once. It’s not as though others are giving him facts to change his mind he just seems to bend to their opinions.

      • 96 itgurl_29
        January 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

        Eugene is pathetic. He’s always been like that. He’d sit on Morning Joe at 8a.m. and agree with every single thing Joe said. Then at 8 p.m., he’d go on Olberman and agree with everything Keith said. He has no convictions.

      • 98 Ladyhawke
        January 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

        I totally agree Eugene Robinson is wishy washy. What makes it worse is that it takes him for ever to get across his wishy washy opinions. He rarely takes a position one way or the other without a BUT you never know escape hatch. He seems to turn into mush when he is on Morning Joe.

    • 99 Linda
      January 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

      I turn him to mute…..

    • 100 Bill
      January 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

      I have the sense that Joe will not invite people back who disagree with him and/or stand up to him. I have no idea what people are paid to appear, but it must be meaningful to them.

  23. January 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

    US Navy rescues 13 Iranian sailors being held hostage by pirates in Arabian sea (no link yet)

    Hmmm…. will Iran say ‘thank you President Obama’?!

  24. 107 LOL
    January 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Don’t tell me this guy is not racist….WOW. i have a strong dislike for Huntsman but this is out of line.

    Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman says Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign is out of line with a web ad that uses images of Huntsman’s adopted daughters to argue that he doesn’t hold American values.

    The ad includes video footage of Huntsman, the former ambassador to China, speaking Chinese to his now-12-year-old daughter Gracie as an infant. In Concord Friday, Huntsman called the ad “stupid” and said he objects to suggesting that there is something sinister in his decision to adopt Gracie, and later another daughter from India.
    Huntsman has spoken movingly of his daughters while on the campaign trail. Gracie was abandoned at a market at two months of age. Huntsman’s other adopted daughter was left to die on a roadside in India the day she was born.


    • 108 LOL
      January 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Granted it’s one of his supporters—-but how dirty is that. His supporters are classless.

    • January 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Good grief, Ron Paul supporters truly are the scum of the earth.

    • January 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

      The ad has nothing to do with the Ron Paul Campaign. It’s done by somebody with a “NHLiberty4Paul” account who has one video posted under that account. Far from a official video and no different than if somebody posted that very ad and called themselves “NHObamaSupporter”.

      Hell, a Huntsman staffer could have easily posted it themselves.

      • January 6, 2012 at 11:22 am

        I’m sure thats true saintroscoe, but in light of Ron Paul’s newsletter history and views on the Civil Rights Act, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if these are exactly the class of people he attracts. After all, Stormfront and David Duke like him.

        • January 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

          I just think it’s fishy as hell – why would Ron Paul or anybody really focused on his campaign even worry about Huntsman? This reeks false flag op to me.

          Huntsman gets free publicity to play the victim and defend his kids (who were not even the focus – Huntsman speaking Mandarin was), while Paul is smeared. Looking at winners and losers, I don’t think Paul or a supporter of his is behind this at all. Huntsman, Gingrich, Perry or Santorum are more likely behind the “NHLiberty4Paul” account than any Paulite.

          • 113 donna dem 4 obama
            January 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

            If we apply that logic SR then why would they send out that snide tweet to Huntsman the day of the caucus? I’m not saying they were associated with this at all but the Paul campaign has “issues” IMO.

          • 114 LOL
            January 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

            If its true, it speaks volumes about the Huntsman campaign and Huntsman himself. I just think we are getting to a dangerous place in politics. This is the same thing that happened to McCain in 2000 in SC.

    • January 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Ron Paul should denounce it, as should all other candidates. Just like they should have been denouncing all racist attacks against President Obama’s patriotism, citizenship, love of family and country. These kind of attacks just pull everyone into the gutter, and have nothing to do with qualifications for the Presidency, unless people are planning to hang a “whites only” sign at the borders.

    • 116 Obama Grandmama
      January 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Now the Republicans are using the same vile tactics on themselves they have been using on President Obama.

    January 6, 2012 at 11:11 am


  26. January 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I came across the news regarding Wendi Deng’s spoof twitter account (Rupie’s wifey), so I went to check out Twitters website about the verification process……….I reached the bottom of the site page….. and how awesome was THIS!


    Their verified account example that Twitter posted was of POTUS & FLOTUS…….with their fan-made unofficial accounts 😆

  27. 119 jeff
    January 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Obama administration redefines the definition of rape for the first time. Am so proud of Obama today. 🙂

    Then again I’m always glad that Obama’s doing such a good job getting this country out of this mess and fixing long over due problems.

  28. January 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Heads up everyone:

    11:40: The President visits staff and delivers brief remarks at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau



  29. 127 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

    David Frum took a job at the Daily Beast. Does anyone care ?

  30. 130 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    MSNBC will show it live.

  31. 133 itgurl_29
    January 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Tavis Smiley ousted from MLK luncheon due to complaints!!! HAHA! Love it! Obots are standing up for the President! We have his back!

    While that totals only 30 people who requested refunds, Alma Brown, a city employee and key organizer of the luncheon, said she has received so many complaints about Smiley she is worried about ticket sales.

    About 1,220 tickets had been sold as of Wednesday.

    Brown said she usually gets “tons” of calls for tickets right after Christmas.

    “That isn’t happening this year,” she said. “Bottom line is this is hurting the luncheon, and I’m not going to let anything hurt the luncheon.”

    The group still is negotiating Smiley’s cancellation fee, according to Brown. He was supposed to have been paid $37,500 to speak.


    • 135 LOL
      January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Love it…sweet sweet karma 🙂

    • 136 FiredUpInCA
      January 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Wow. itgurl_29 I had no idea how much Tavis had damaged his brand:

      “In a letter published in the Journal Star, retired Bradley University professor Barbara Penelton, along with members of her book club, said they preferred to send money to Obama’s re-election campaign rather than pay to hear Smiley.”


      • 137 Fred
        January 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        glad Judas Tavis is getting axed.This arsehole needs to be reminded that he never was and never will be qualified to speak mess about potus

      • 138 itgurl_29
        January 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        Tavis is now persona non grata in the black community. It started waaaay back in ’07 during the primaries. When he was on Tom Joyner’s show, he would basically call black people stupid and ignorant for supporting Barack Obama. He would lie about Barack Obama’s record, claim he wasn’t really black, claimed that we owed the Clintons loyalty, all kinds of nonsense. People were so upset, he had to leave the show. Then when POTUS got elected, he was brought back on, only to be driven away again. And after that is what you see today. An isolated sad pathetic man hosting forums and radio shows where he obsessively attacks this President. And now he’s getting dropped from events in the black community because we cannot stand him. His goal is to bring down the first black President. Why should black people have to pay their good money to sit and listen to that hater?

        Good on all the people who let the organizer know they wouldn’t support the event as long as Tavis was on the list of speakers.

        • 139 FiredUpInCA
          January 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

          Oh I have followed Tavis nonsense. He was in a fit of pique when then-Senator Obama was campaigning to become President and didn’t attend his precious forum. Somehow he believes that the President is beholden to him. It’s an illness that I don’t get. Dr. Corny and Maxine have it too. ‘We were here first. Therefore you owe us.’ seems to be there position.

          Rev. Lowry was there before all y’all and he doesn’t have that problem. He doesn’t disrespectfully the President and try to shame him with poverty bus tours or threats to “unleash” folks on him.

          If they didn’t know before, maybe this Tavis incident will help them understand: millions of us are all in. We’ve got his and his family’s back, side, front, middle, feet and head.

      • 140 57andFemale
        January 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        That is absolutely precious!

    • 141 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Nothing he has to say was worth no damn $37,500. 👿

    • 142 Dakota
      January 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Serves the arrogant A-Frame right!

    • 143 LOL
      January 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      In a letter published in the Journal Star, retired Bradley University professor Barbara Penelton, along with members of her book club, said they preferred to send money to Obama’s re-election campaign rather than pay to hear Smiley.

      How ya like them apples?

    • January 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Censorship! Chicago politics! Obama thugs!!

      • 146 jacquelineoboomer
        January 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        Yes! I’ll stand in line for some of that!

        I caught a glimpse of Smiley’s show on PBS the other night, before switching away so I wouldn’t give him any ratings. His promos are always touting the fact he’s had that show for seven years or something. I was thinking maybe he should be gone from PBS, as well. In fact, think I’ll start writing PBS to “let him go,” signing it as a member of the public, which is what the “P” in PBS is all about.

        Also finally cancelled my HBO subscription yesterday. When COMCAST asked why, I said it was because I couldn’t abide the President Obama basher, Bill Maher, anymore. They do take notes, so got that on their desk. I’m just one little subscriber, but I’m sure I’m not the only one that also wants Maher gone.”

        I figure if there’s some future “special” on HBO about and following President Obama’s re-election, I can hurry up and get my subscription back, at that point!

    • 147 anniebella
      January 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      itgurl_29, I wonder how much of that $37,000 would have went to help the black community?

    • 149 donna dem 4 obama
      January 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      I’m so glad he is getting his “blah” butt kicked to the curb.

    • January 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Sweet. Tavis is a grifter and a hater. Karma is sweet. And I agree – there is nothing he could say that’s worth a quarter let alone $37,500.

  32. 154 rikyrah
    January 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    January 06, 2012 11:10 AM

    GOP refuses to let House Dems speak
    By Steve Benen

    There was a bizarre scene on the House floor a couple of weeks ago, when Democratic lawmakers tried to bring up a bill, and House Republicans simply shut down the chamber. When Dems tried to at least have their say on the issue, GOP leaders shut off the cameras.

    This morning, we saw a nearly-identical display.

    The House is holding pro-forma sessions, apparently in the hopes of blocking President Obama’s recess-appointment power (which he’s choosing to exercise anyway). Since the chamber would be open for business anyway, Assistant House Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) decided he’d make some remarks about the payroll tax break.

    But like two weeks ago, House Republicans refused to let him speak, banged the gavel, left the room, and again turned off the cameras.


    • January 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      I wish the cameras would just run the shot of the empty room. Since C-Span is not paid for by government, why can’t the cameras stay on?

    • 156 cuphalffull
      January 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      i called and leveled a complaint to my GOP rep today about this situation. He asked me if I saw it on C-span very specifically. He didn’t try to defend the GOP action. Next thing the Republicans will try to do away with Cspan coverage.

  33. 157 sonjiaduncan
    January 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    All we have is the audio of the President’s remarks on white house.gov. No tv coverage at all after they said they were going to cover it. Shameless.

  34. January 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    —-Obama Team Dwarfs GOP in Early State—-

    The biggest presidential primary campaign team in New Hampshire is tucked on a Manchester side street inside a four-story brick building and it belongs to the best-financed candidate seeking nomination: President Barack Obama.

    The office is one of seven in the state and his re-election campaign has about 20 paid employees. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, the two front-runners in the Republican presidential primary after they emerged first and second in the Iowa caucuses, each have one office. Romney has nine paid staffers in the state and Santorum has eight.


    • 164 jacquelineoboomer
      January 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Sick.of.them. They certainly know how to cancel each other out. Can’t wait for both Newt and Santorum to be gone with the wind. I cannot stomach Romney, but he’s so laughable, I’d rather have him – for the President to pounce on, since Romney can’t take any criticism. Ha ha ha.

  35. 167 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    What is going on ? Did the media totally black this out ?

  36. 170 Fred
    January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    good morning TOD family.Hope everyone is doing well.I thank God for this site and for POTUS.Mom is doing well and is one her way to her generalist for a check-up.
    Mitt Romney can choke on the job numbers and I pray they continue to improve on a weekly basis until November.See ya’ll soon.

    • January 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Good morning Fred, how are things with you? You have been in my prayers.

      • 172 Fred
        January 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        I am doing well MT today.Mom is out so I am enjoying an hour of freedom 😆

        how are you? Thank for those prayers Mt;I appreciate them. Hope all is well with you 😉 see you soon 😉

    • January 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Great to ‘see’ you Fred, I hope your Mom is doing better? And I hope you’re looking after yourself?

      • January 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        Hello Fred. My thoughts are coming with the same energy as Chips and the rest of your TOD family. Good to hear that your Mom is healing. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

        Fred, so happy to hear that you are taking that precious time to refresh as well. You have good energy coming from our homes to yours.
        Love you so much, Fred. Please take care and share when you have time to do so. (((((((((Hugs to you))))))))))HZ

  37. 175 jacquelineoboomer
    January 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    That unemployment rate and jobs figure are making me SING.

  38. January 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Media BLAH out! Again!

  39. 179 dotster3
    January 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I can’t believe Alex Wagner and her programmers devoted the whole first half hour of her show to insignificant Cain and his attempt to grab one last nickel from his 999 fake campaign. And ignore President Obama completely. I know the former host on MSNBC was planning to air it, they showed the screen shot and Thomas Roberts said they would cover Obama’s event. Just idiotic decisions on our “news” media. Utter stupidity, priorities all screwed up. Still talking now about unimportant “Cain Train”, suggesting Cain may leap back into the race. OMG. And OMG again, now Huntsman’s wife.

  40. January 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    New CNN SC poll-

    The Jan. 10 New Hampshire primary is followed by the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary and the latest CNN/Time poll out Friday shows Mitt Romney comfortably ahead, Rick Santorum catching up, rolling up support after his strong showing in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus. Newt Gingrich, who was in the South Carolina lead last month, experienced the most dramatic drop.
    Below, from CNN/Time….

    1. If the Republican presidential primary were held today, please tell me which of the following people you would be most likely to support. — former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, or former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (RANDOM ORDER)

    Jan. 4-5 Nov. 29 – Dec. 6
    2012 2011

    Romney 37% 20%
    Santorum 19% 4%
    Gingrich 18% 43%
    Paul 12% 6%
    Perry 5% 8%
    Huntsman 1% 1%
    Someone else (vol.) * *
    None/ No one (vol.) * *
    Bachmann N/A 6%
    No opinion 6% 11%

    Wow! Not so weak with his base afterall!

  41. January 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I absolutely cannot believe it!!! I sat there waiting for PBO’s statement and
    NOBODY carried it !!!! They had a total blackout? With herman cain’s NONSENSE
    as a substitute. Someone please talk me down. I am beyond angry. Best job numbers
    plus Cordray appointment and the don’t show it!!!

  42. January 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    So I said:

    And Jon Carson said:

  43. January 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The federal worker pay freeze might be over.
    The White House will propose a 0.5% pay increase for federal workers in its 2013 budget proposal, an official from the Office of Management and Budget said Friday.


    Federal pay has been frozen since December 2010, when Congress signed off on an Obama administration proposal to freeze federal worker pay for two years in the name of deficit reduction.
    The administration is expected to release its new budget in February, and any proposed increase in federal pay will require the approval of Congress.


    • 198 lovingandlaughing
      January 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      That would make many federal workers happy (during this election year) including military personnel, right? I had hear a wife of a navy man complaining about the pay freeze previously, now she couldn’t complain about that!

      • 199 jacquelineoboomer
        January 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        I can’t recall exactly, been retired a while, but think federal employee pay is a separate entity from military pay. I’ll try to look that up, since I think I may be recalling that the military didn’t undergo a freeze. Of course, enlisted military are not paid much. And – what most people don’t realize – federal civilian pay is not comparable to private industry pay, either. There’s a “pay comparability act,” which every President gets to waive; otherwise, payroll costs would skyrocket. The only thing saving civilians in non-executive jobs is that those in higher-cost areas get locality pay added on to their pay rates.

  44. January 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Alex Wagner is a koch paid shill masquerading as a liberal. The corporate paymasters are jittery about the way President Obama has big-footed their Klown Kar Presidential caucuses/primaries this opening week of the New year, and they are scrambling to stop the crescendo. This was a deliberate sabotage and Wagner has the tip of the spear to accomplish that. This is an existential war we are fighting against tr5uly venal corporate powers including the kochtopus. Cain is their tool and this was a deliberate set up. I sent Rev Al a tweet not to have Alex on her show anymore.

    I too missed PBO’s CFPB event as I waited and waited and got shyster pimp Cain instead. We must all tell MSNBC about our displeasure. They must realize that we are the reason they are not dead last in the cable line up. If they piss us off we must make them pay dearly.

  45. January 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Big oil says they will raise prices of oil, 4 dollars a gallon by summer, according to Time article.
    So, that is how the Republicans will slow down economy?

    • 205 cuphalffull
      January 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      The President will release reserves and say something on the order of “we can’t wait”. Maybe “we can’t let ourselves be gouged”.

    • January 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      The US has increased domestic oil/energy production. The export of oil has increased. Gas prices are increasing – and some are saying that it’s because of the increased tensions with Iran (even though the increased domestic production is supposed to reduce dependence on foreign oil). So, that completely negates the right wing claim that increased domestic oil production will lower gas prices and reduce the dependence on foreign oil. And it’s another rationale for increased investment in alternative fuels. All good points for us to argue during the presidential campaign.

  46. 207 dotster3
    January 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Alex W. must have been bombarded with complaints about not carrying Obama because she just said they didn’t go to it live because the pool feed was down. And so they aired tape of Obama saying one sentence. Over and out.

    • January 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Nothing but a lie is what I say!

    • 209 jacquelineoboomer
      January 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I’m hardly a violent person, but if I ever see Alex W standing in front of me, I may slap that smirk off her face. Is it me? There’s just something about her that’s unlikable. Sneaky or something.

      I’ll try to be good! (But as my now-42-y/o son said, in fifth grade, “I’m tired of being good! I want to be bad!”)

      • January 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        I am livid as well. I waited and waited. Hit the mute buttom, changed the stations. Everything. This is shameful. I need to express myself.HZ

  47. 211 dotster3
    January 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Andrea Mitchell pitching her interview today with Jon Huntsman, the media going whole hog for one last hopeful push for Huntsman.

    • January 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      And his beautiful kids are all over the place!

    • 213 Lovepolitics2008
      January 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      The media is probably afraid that the suspense will be over after South Carolina. If Mitts wins there by a significant margin, it’s all over. No excitement for the rest of the primaries. If Huntsman gets some traction however… The race becomes more interesting and that means more ratings and more money…

      I hope Huntsman gets out after New Hampshire.

  48. January 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Ok, not sure how old this poll is, but wow.

  49. 216 rikyrah
    January 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    January 06, 2012 10:35 AM

    Obama to make major green-card reform
    By Steve Benen

    For thousands of American families, this reform will have a tremendous impact.

    Obama administration officials announced on Friday that they will propose a fix to a notorious snag in immigration law that will spare hundreds of thousands of American citizens from prolonged separations from immigrant spouses and children.

    The change that immigration officials are offering would benefit United States citizens who are married to or have children who are illegal immigrants. It would correct a bureaucratic Catch-22 that those Americans now confront when their spouses or children apply to become legal permanent residents.

    Although the tweak that officials of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services are proposing appears small, immigration lawyers and advocates for immigrants say it will make a great difference for countless Americans. Thousands will no longer be separated from loved ones, they said, and the change could encourage Americans to come forward to apply to bring illegal immigrant family members into the legal system.


  50. January 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, said the administration supported the update and worked with DOJ on the matter.

    The Department of Justice has broadened its definition of rape to lead to more comprehensive statistical reporting of the crime nationwide.

    Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday announced the changes to the Uniform Crime Report’s definition of rape, which the Justice Department said better reflect state criminal codes and focus on the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape.


  51. 218 criquet
    January 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    This is ” de bomb “.

  52. 219 Ladyhawke
    January 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm


    I am still baffled why the ows protesters ignored the Republican Party obstruction of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform legislation. This was a tailor made grievance to get the attention of the American people and congress. The Republicans were protecting the 1% because they just didn’t like the idea of the 99% having a watchdog looking out for them. For some reason, ows got mangled up in the “both sides do it” meme. But clearly, that’s a bogus charge as it relates to financial reform. I am hoping the impact of President Obama’s recess appointments will open some eyes about their approach, but I won’t hold my breath. But really, which side do they think is fighting for their interests? Never mind, the question answers itself.

    Obama Shows The GOP The Consequences Of Their Obstruction


    If the Occupy movement needed proof that Republicans support the 1% over the rest of the population, or that President Obama is committed to making government work for the 99%, then this one incident should alleviate any lingering doubts as to which side of the Occupy movement Obama is on. Republicans risk isolating themselves from 99% of the population in an election year and yet they do not care. Their entire focus is obstructing and repealing legislation that protects 99% of Americans and this is the great lesson from President Obama’s recess appointments. It is true that Republican outrage demonstrates the height of hypocrisy, Wall Street and corporate banking protection, and anti-worker agenda, but it speaks more to Republicans’ intent on making government ineffective and therefore useless.



    • January 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      I totally agree with this article. I think the fact that OWS didn’t bother to fight for Dodd-Frank implementation or Richard Cordray’s confirmation showed their true colours.

  53. 221 Don
    January 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Now just think if President Obama came out on day one of his Presidency and made demands. Instead he came out wanting to work with the Republicans, he talked bi-partisanship day and night, and he compromised day and night, sometime to the detriment of his own party. And with total obstruction by the Republicans he still was able to pass landmark legislation. Fast forward to January 4, 2012, President Obama comes out swinging with four recess appointments. President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet and the Republicans are crying. President Obama just didn’t find strength, he’s always had strength. He wanted to work with the Republicans because that’s what people who want to get things accomplished do, they are willing to work with those that even have a different point of view. Another strength that President Obama has is the strength of patients. Only a person with great patients can slowly walk the entire Republican Party up to the edge of a cliff and have that party push their own selves over that same cliff.

    • 222 Ladyhawke
      January 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm


      Exactly, he was patient and gave them just enough rope to hang themselves. It’s a self inflicted wound. And now they are squealing like stuck pigs. Seriously, cry me a river. It is suddenly dawning on the GOP that their Party of No routine is a train wreck. They have nothing to show for the last three years. Nothing but sabotage and hostage taking as a governing strategy. The party is radical and unhinged. They are beginning to smell big time and they know it.

      I was shocked to see this editorial in The Washington Post:

      Obama’s justifiable ‘power grab’ on recess appointments


  54. 223 defytheodds
    January 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Two days after defying Republicans and appointing Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, President Obama took a little time to gloat.

    Making a victory lap of sorts at the independent agency, Obama cracked a joke, telling employees that he came by to help their new director move in.

    More seriously, a seemingly content Obama called the man he tapped a “great director who is tailor made to lead this agency.”

    “Now that Richard is your director you can finally exercise your responsibilities under the law,” Obama said standing before a packed room of more than 100 CFPB employees. “We can help give people the clear and transparent information they need” to make the right financial decisions, he said.

    “We have a responsibility to make sure the economy we’re rebuilding is one where middle class families can get ahead again,” Obama said.


  55. January 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Mitt Romney will ignore the jobs report and continue to ask why the economy is not improving under Pres. Obama. No one in the media will dare call him out and point to the job figures – the best in a long time (unemployment at its lowest since ’09) because, well, they just don’t do that in the good ol’ U.S of A.

    Seriously, though, maybe they do.


    The thing about the economy is that it’s often perception based. Sure, it’s more complex than that, but it also feeds, or starves, on its numbers.

    When there is a good jobs report, it bolsters consumer confidence. When consumers are confident, they spend more. When they spend more, more things are sold and when more things are sold, more jobs are forced to make more hires – which starts the cycle all over again.

    Like I said, it can, and is, more complex than that – but for a recovery to work, you’ve got to have an optimistic consumer base. So, hopefully, these numbers, coupled with ACTUAL growth (confidence means little if there is no true growth) will spark a new development in this recovery.

  56. January 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    By Alex Guillén

    URANIUM MINING BAN COMING: The Interior Department is planning a 20-year ban on new mining claims on around 1 million acres of federal land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is set to announce the moratorium at a Monday event at the National Geographic Museum in Washington.

    Existing mining claims will still be able to be developed, and eight mines have been developed in the area over the past two decades, according to an Interior Department official. The move, a win for environmentalists concerned about waterway pollution, is likely to draw ire from Republicans in the House, where a bill that would block the ban is in committee. Patrick Reis has more, for Pros: http://politico.pro/xzBtrT

  57. January 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Wis. Judge Rules For GOP On Recall Procedures
    Eric Kleefeld| January 6, 2012, 11:20 AM

    A judge in Wisconsin threw a curveball Thursday evening into the recall campaign targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker, ruling that state election officials must make a greater effort to screen out fake or duplicate petition signatures — rather than abide by the pre-existing rules, which have placed more of the burden on the Walker campaign.

    Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/wis-judge-rules-for-gop-on-recall-procedures.php?ref=fpa

    • 230 isonprize
      January 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      I’ve been following this, and I also want to know if that solder was reprimanded for speaking at Racist Ron’s rally in his Army uniform.

  58. 231 Esmerelda
    January 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm


  59. January 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    U.S. urges ‘responsible’ handover of Afghan prison
    By Agence France-Presse| Thursday, January 5, 2012

    The United States said Thursday the transfer of a US military prison to Afghan control should be handled in a “responsible” way, after Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered that the handover take place in a month. “We have been working… for some time with the Afghan government on appropriate timing and pace for transfer of the detention facilities” at Bagram, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “We need to do this in a manner that is maximally responsible. That’s what we want to do. And we’re going to… keep working on it,” she added.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/05/u-s-urges-responsible-handover-of-afghan-prison/

  60. January 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Lead story on the Yahoo Mail page:

    An Unexpected Boost for Obama on Jobs.

    Voters on Election Day will probably be much more influenced by whether they feel their own fortunes are improving than they will by the number that represents the unemployment rate. When Ronald Reagan got re-elected in 1984, the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent, then a record-high for a post-Depression president winning a second term. But the economy had been adding jobs for 20 straight months at that point, which created a tangible sense of things getting better. If the current string of job gains continues, Obama will have 26 straight months of job gains behind him, besting Reagan’s run.

    • January 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Consumers need to wake up and look around for themselves. Every [good] restaurant is filled to capacity, with long lines on weekends. Planes are still full with people travelling. Mall parking lots are full. Theaters are still packing them in – both movies and live performances. People are saving. Long lines for consumer goods like apple products. The fact that US car manufacturers saw 13 million in car sales – when a good economy usually produces 14 million – so close.

      In addition, trade deals are being signed that are helping the country move away from a consumer driven society, allowing some of the burden of consumption to be carried by emerging markets. The dollar is helping to drive trade.

      Then look at the actual economic indicators – leading and lagging. Employment is the very last (lagging) indicator to signal economic improvement, so there have been a host of other hints at an improving economy for months now. Housing construction. Improving trade orders for US goods. Capital expenditures for businesses, buying equipment, etc.

      The media’s job is to keep people feeling pessimistic. The reality of the economy is that it’s been steadily improving over time, and now that it’s reached unemployment improvement, it’s affecting the very last indicator that shows an improving economy. The truth is out there – just have to look. People should Google “economic indicators” and they’ll find easy guides on how to read these signs for themselves. Bypass the media.

  61. 235 defytheodds
    January 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Today, House Democratic Leaders hold a news conference in which they call on House Republicans to immediately begin working with Democrats on a long-term agreement to extend the payroll tax cut.


  62. January 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    To right’s dismay, Santorum was active in passing controversial Medicare drug bill
    By Bob Cusack – 01/06/12 06:03 AM ET

    During a CNN interview Wednesday following his strong performance in the Iowa caucuses, the former senator said, “One of the reasons I held my nose and voted for it was because we did have the private sector model for Medicare prescription drugs…” But Santorum’s role in passing the law is larger than he has suggested. As the third-ranking Senate Republican leader nine years ago, Santorum urged his colleagues to vote for the drug benefit.

    In an October 2003 memo to Senate Republicans, Santorum warned that Democrats had gained traction on domestic issues. Santorum wrote that passage of the Medicare drug plan was key to winning over independent voters, adding that “the political consequence is clear if the GOP does not act,” according to a media report at the time.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/202675-to-rights-dismay-santorum-played-active-role-in-passing-medicare-drug-bill

  63. 237 FiredUpInCA
    January 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Shocking Yahoo! headline and article:

    An unexpected title for Obama: Jobs creator

    “If current trends continue, Obama will have some upbeat news to run on. The economy has already added about 2.7 million jobs since employment bottomed out at the beginning of 2010. If the economy keeps adding 200,000 jobs per month, on average, it would mean another 2 million new jobs by the time Election Day rolls around. That would allow Obama to say–accurately–that under his stewardship, the economy has added nearly 5 million new jobs over the last two years….

    If the current string of job gains continues, Obama will have 26 straight months of job gains behind him, besting Reagan’s run.”

    • January 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      You betta believe it! 😉 😀

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST! (Bobfr @our4thestate) 😉
      PRESS ON!

    • January 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Posted the same article before you did! GMTA. 😀

      • 240 FiredUpInCA
        January 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        I’m thinking about buying a lottery ticket, since it is such a rare Yahoo! occurrence.

        It will be interesting to watch the President speak directly about job creation with Mitt Romney, who ranked 47th out 50 in job creation under a Republican President and Congress. May the positive job trends continue and may Europe get its act together.

  64. January 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Are any DC/MD/VA Obamacrats/Obots goin’ to this:

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST! (Bobfr @our4thestate) 😉
    YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!

  65. January 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    GOP Proven Wrong Again As ObamaCare Created 23,000 Jobs In December
    By Ray Medeiros| January 6, 2012

    The numbers are out for job creation and it looks pretty good. The unemployment rate went down to 8.5% from 8.7% and 200,000 jobs were created. Here is the hidden gem. While looking into the different sectors, I found that the healthcare sector added 23K jobs in December and a total of 315K jobs in 2011. But if we listened to the right wing meme, the Obamacare law should have caused layoffs. Especially considering Obamacare DIRECTLY regulates the health insurance and healthcare industries.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/obamacare-job-creator

  66. 243 defytheodds
    January 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    The NAACP has issued a response to Newt Gingrich’s desire to “go to the NAACP convention, and explain to the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.” Here’s the statement:

    “It is a shame that the former Speaker feels that these types of inaccurate, divisive statements are in any way helpful to our country,” said Jealous. “The majority of people using food stamps are not African-American, and most people using food stamps have a job.”

    According to Talking Points Memo and other sources, Gingrich was quoted as saying, “I will go to the NAACP convention, and explain to the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.”

    “We invited Speaker Gingrich to attend our annual convention several times when he was Speaker of the House, but he declined to join us,” Jealous continued. “If he is invited again, I hope that he would come, with the intention to unite rather than divide.”

    “Gingrich’s statement is problematic on several fronts, most importantly because he gets his facts wrong.”


  67. 244 donna dem 4 obama
    January 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I just heard on our local news radio station that POTUS is downtown here at lunch with the contest winners from the third quarter

    • 245 jacquelineoboomer
      January 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      We know you’re there with him, and just not telling us, Donna. We know you don’t want us to cry, wishing we were there, too!

      • 246 donna dem 4 obama
        January 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        JOB I wish I was there with them but I don’t want to have to eat in front of PBO. I would make a total fool of myself and have to live with the embarassment the rest of my life 🙂

        They are at a Restaurant not too far from my office.

    • 247 Canuck Joyce
      January 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Yes. Obama Foodorama has a post on it and a great video at the bottom of the page. Check it out: http://obamafoodorama.com/. It’s the 3rd post from the top.

  68. January 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    The Republican Primary Candidates – They Definitely Aren’t One of “Us”
    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Fortunately for Americans, every Presidential election cycle, Presidential candidates have to file Personal Financial Disclosures that outline their net worth (within predetermined brackets) and their sources of income. For this posting, I will take a more detailed look at the finances of several of the Republican Presidential candidates, I will include screen captures showing salient points about their investing strategies and their overall net worth, particularly as it relates to their status in American society.

    First up and the top of the heap, Mitt Romney.

    Read more: http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2012/01/republican-primary-candidates-they.html

    h/t A Political Junkie

  69. 249 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Obama Administration Pushes Back On Liberal Criticism Over NDAA’s ‘Indefinite Detention’

    The Obama administration thinks many in the liberal blogosphere are mistaken in their belief that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed by the president on New Year’s Eve authorizes the indefinite detention of citizens captured on U.S. soil.

    Many progressive and libertarians have argued that the NDAA codifies the president’s ability to detain a U.S. citizen captured on American soil until the war on terrorism is declared over. The administration believes that the NDAA doesn’t specifically allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens, but concedes that it doesn’t specifically ban the practice either.

    “We have said as a policy matter that this administration will not put U.S. citizens in indefinite detention,” the senior administration official said. “Could a future administration hold a U.S. citizen in military detention? Yes, if the [2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force] allowed it, but that would have been true with or without this bill.”


  70. 250 defytheodds
    January 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    David Axelrod To Appear On ABC’s ‘This Week’ On Sunday

    Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod will appear on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, George Stephanopoulos’ first taping since returning to host the news show.

  71. January 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Top trending on Yahoo? Job numbers!

  72. January 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    How Romney’s Firm Drove Steel Plant Into Bankruptcy, But Still Profited Thanks To Federal Bailout
    By Travis Waldron on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Romney, whose time as CEO of Bain Capital has been a centerpiece of his campaign, as he has criticized President Obama for not having experience in the “real economy,” opposed both the 2008 bank bailouts under President George W. Bush and Obama’s rescue of the auto industry. But when Kansas City’s Worldwide Grinding Systems went belly-up less than a decade after Bain became its majority stakeholder, the company, which had been in operation since 1888, had to turn to a federal insurance agency to bailout its pension program in large part because Bain had “saddled” it with “such a heavy debt load”:

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/06/399117/romney-bain-federal-bailout/?mobile=nc

  73. January 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Class war! Socialism! Chicago thug politics!

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One in eight people earning at least $1 million annually was audited by the Internal Revenue Service last year, making them far likelier to be examined than those making below $200,000, according to IRS data released Thursday.

    Just 1 in 100 individuals earning less than $200,000 had their income tax returns examined, the IRS said.

  74. 256 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    John McCain accidentally criticized Mitt Romney for his stance on earmarks while giving a campaign speech intended to boost the Republican frontrunner.

    Addressing the crowd at a Romney campaign event in South Carolina on Friday, McCain was in attack mode as he spoke about pork-barrel spending, one of the Arizona senator’s signature issues. But he unintentionally painted Romney in the same negative light as current rival Rick Santorum:

    “Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint have joined with me time after time to go to the floor of the Senate to fight against the earmark pork-barrel corruption,” he said. “Earmarks are a gateway to corruption, and I can tell you that neither Mitt Romney nor Rick Santorum share that view.”

    This old coot needs to retire immedicately.

  75. January 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Jesus. He may consider himself a Catholic, but he stands way outside of traditional Catholic teaching on social and economic justice.

  76. January 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Santorum To Mother Of Cancer Survivor: Sick To Blame For Pre-Existing Conditions, Should Be Charged More
    By Igor Volsky on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    During a town hall in Keene, New Hampshire this morning, Rick Santorum told a mother whose son survived cancer that people with pre-existing conditions should pay more for health care coverage because they make poor health care choices. While specifically exempting the woman’s child from personal blame, Santorum insisted that the sick cost more to insure and insurers should charge them higher premiums:

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/01/06/399357/santorum-to-mother-of-cancer-survivor-sick-are-to-blame-for-their-pre-existing-conditions-insurers-should-charge-them-more/

    • 261 donna dem 4 obama
      January 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      But But he values “the sanctitiy of life”. Sheesh!!!

      • 262 QuietObserver
        January 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

        The only thing most so-called “pro-lifers” value is the sanctity of privilege, control, and the sense of moral superiority.

    • January 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Man, I’m posting the same things as everyone else at the same time. There’s some cosmic convergence going on here at TOD.

    • 265 Lovepolitics2008
      January 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Not only is this heartless, it’s also absolutely, completely stupid from a medical point of view. As if people were always responsible for being sick? My God, the fact that this delusional clown is considered a serious contender for the republican nomination is the proof that that party is intellectually and morally bankrupt.

  77. 266 donna dem 4 obama
    January 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Ha! We don’t have no stinkin enthusiasm gap!

    The group of voters most excited about voting this year, tied with the Tea Party, is African Americans. The thought that black voters are going to stay home and let the country’s first black President lose for reelection because everything hasn’t gone perfect is wishful thinking on the part of Republicans. I will be surprised if there is any dropoff in turnout from African Americans this year.

    The group tied for the third most excited out of the 18 we looked at here? Young voters. And when you take a deeper look at the folks under 30 who say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting this fall, they support Obama by a 69-31 margin over a generic Republican opponent. Those folks are going to be out again this fall as well.


    • 267 Lovepolitics2008
      January 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Wow. Thanks for that link Donna!

      So happily surprised about the young people. I admit that I’be been concerned lately about a possible impact of Ron Paul among young Obama voters of 2008. I guess I should be careful not to pay attention to a few loud voices of the blogosphere.

  78. 268 Ladyhawke
    January 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm


    NFL Players Call On Indiana Republicans To Drop Their Anti-Labor Bill Before Indianapolis Super Bowl

    Indiana Republicans have, so far, not backed down in their desire to move the bill through the legislature. But as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow put it, the GOP may want to rethink that strategy considering that “”America’s most celebrated union members (the NFL players) and a whole lot of national media are coming to town.”


    Rachel Maddow segment:


  79. January 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    New Ad Mocks API’s Vote 4 Energy Campaign: “I Vote, But I Prefer to Buy Other People’s Votes”
    By Stephen Lacey on Jan 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

    The American Petroleum Institute rolled out it’s latest multi-media assault this week to convince voters and politicians to continue supporting the fossil-fueled status quo. The campaign comes just as the primary election season reaches a fever pitch, and is designed to keep political hopefuls focused on “brown jobs.”

    API’s newest television ad, which supposedly portrays grassroots supporters expressing their love of oil and gas, was recently shown by undercover activists to be nothing more than a scripted job. Not much of a surprise, perhaps. Here’s an ad mocking the “I Vote 4 Energy” television spots, produced by PolluterWatch:

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2012/01/06/398514/ad-mocks-api-vote-4-energy-campaign-buy-votes/

  80. January 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Emails Rebuff Republican Suggestion That Bush-Era ‘Gun Walking’ Was Always Coordinated With Mexico
    Ryan J. Reilly January 5, 2012, 7:03 PM| Updated: Jan. 6, 10:43AM

    One of the distinctions that Republicans have drawn between Operation Fast and Furious, the flawed investigation that allowed weapons to “walk” into Mexico during the Obama administration, and Operation Wide Receiver, which did the same during the Bush administration, is that authorities who took part in the earlier investigation were coordinating their efforts with Mexican authorities.

    But new documents DOJ disclosed to congressional investigators on Thursday appear to indicate that ATF officials didn’t even consider looping Mexican authorities in on their operation until several months after the investigation began and ATF had already lost track of weapons that likely ended up in Mexico.

    Read more: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/emails_refute_republican_suggestion_that_bush-era_gun_walking_was_coordinated_with_mexico.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  81. 272 donna dem 4 obama
    January 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    There is something wrong with the order of the comments or is it just me?

  82. January 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    The 1 Percent Solution: Koch Brothers Bankroll Right-Wing ThinkProgress Clone [UPDATED]
    By Judd Legum on Jan 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The Koch Brothers are worth $50 billion. They’ve bankrolled the Tea Party, the campaign against climate change science, and entire university departments to advance their right-wing agenda. The newest item on their shopping list: their own Center for American Progress.

    This morning in Politico, Ben Smith breaks the news that the Koch Brothers and others on the right are launching a new organization explicitly modeled after ThinkProgress:

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/01/05/398169/the-1-solution-koch-brothers-bankroll-right-wing-thinkprogress-clone/

  83. January 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    Bummed that I can only write a few quick notes and then go to meeting.

    Yippee do dah about all this good news.

    I have so many tabs open with articles I want to read that Firefox is about to pop.

    Here is my encouraging story of the day

    “Health care tax credits huge boon to small businesses”


  84. January 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    “Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast the U.S. would add 150,000 jobs last month, with the jobless rate edging up to 8.7% from an initially reported 8.6% in November”.

    Hi everyone. I happened to listen to ABC channne 7 news this morning and the statement above was announced; only it was not a presented as a forecast but as a factual occurrence: that 150 00 jobs were created but this would not help President Obama because the employment rate now stood at 8.7%. So, imagine my surprise when I checked in here and saw a different picture.

    I want to tell ABC that we outside the US do not appreciate this falsifying of information, especially when we get mostly US television news channels. That’s why I pray each day for the strengthening, prosperity and longevity of this blog, as it allows us to get the truth.

    Thanks Chips for giving us the facts.

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