a word from diane

From Diane (from this comment):

Hi TODers,

I have been a daily lurker here for a long time. So long in fact that I feel that I know most of you. I never had any intentions to actually post a message, but something has been rolling around in my brain for several days and I can’t shake it.

I have been deeply disturbed by the book trashing Michelle Obama. I KNOW that FLOTUS is a strong and confident woman, and I am sure she considers the source and has moved on. However, I put myself in her shoes and I am sure some of these lies must sting. She has worked her heart out for all of us for three years, not counting the grueling campaign to the WH. Is it too much to ask to be treated with respect she has earned and certainly deserves?

So in honor of her, and to assure her that I have her back and that she has my respect and love, I am donating money to the campaign in increments of $24.00 from now on. This $24.00 is the same number of minutes that Jodi Kanter actually spent at the WH. I am planning to send a different friend a card with each $24 donation explaining that this is my personal monetary message of support for the first lady. I will ask each friend to also send a $24 donation and refrain from buying the book (the approximate value of a hard cover book).

I am hoping that other people will also do the same. For each $24 donation Michelle will know that there are many who have her back, and are taking the money Jodi Kantor thought to received and sending it were it truly belongs. Imagine the impact if suddenly $24 donations started pouring in from woman who also encouraged their friends to do the same. It is just a thought and I am doing it, but for some reason I felt I had to share this to see if others here felt the same.

Now that I have gotten that off of my mind, I just want to say how much I love this place and all of you. I may not post again, but I am learning loads from you and I am always here reading your news.

394 Responses to “a word from diane”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Diane – That is a beautiful, heartfelt idea. Thank you so much for sharing it. And please post again, honey bunch! We need your inspiration.

  2. 2 Tulips
    January 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    God bless you diane and thank you.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:21 am


  3. 4 taiping1
    January 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    What a wonderful way of responding! I’m in!

  4. 5 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Outstanding idea — I’m in!

  5. 6 Cindy Sweatt
    January 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Great idea. I just might steal it.

  6. 7 Frenchie08
    January 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I LOVE this idea Diane!

    Thank you for sharing it. I will start tomorrow. I am addressing my letters right now! Thank you again. Your comments brought tears to eyes, but joy to my soul!

    • 8 COS
      January 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Beautiful comment Diane. I am definitely in. I am so saddened that this woman is trying to tear down our beautiful FLOTUS. I hope that she gets a lot of pushback.

  7. 9 Ourmanflint
    January 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Wow. That is a terrific idea. I think it will be much appreciated. Well done

    • 11 isonprize
      January 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Defy the Odds!1! THAT’S WHAT’S UP!!!!!!!! Yeah, baby.

      I’m not a member of a sorority.. but my mother was a Delta. I have many friends who are Kappas and Omegas. They put it down! And of course, with the friendly rivalry amongst the fraternities, I’m certain that Alphas and Sigmas won’t let the Qs and Kappas be solo in this movement for long!!!

      • 12 defytheodds
        January 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        I know this going to be powerful and it goes right along with Diane’s great idea.

        Little back ground:
        President Barack Obama has a new, moneyed supporter in this new year — a super PAC dedicated to mobilizing black voters in key swing states.

        Calling itself 1911 United, the super PAC is aiming to raise $1.5 million during the election cycle and train its efforts on Colorado, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia… from Politico.

        From their website: How can you Help?

        The vision is for Nupes and Ques to work together to build an army of Obama supporters across the United States. We will encourage every supporter of our President to volunteer for at least one day, one hour, or even one minute in order to re-elect President Barack Obama. If every citizen who believes in having a competent, responsible leader can do at least ONE thing to further our President’s support across America, we will not fail.

      • 15 PurpleShoesLA
        January 9, 2012 at 1:08 am

        Wow. This just gave me chills! The power of the collective in full force. Bravo!

    • January 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      I just adore this video.

  8. 17 Jessica
    January 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I’m definitely not buying that trash. The only book ill buy is one written by an Obama.

  9. 20 itgurl_29
    January 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm


  10. January 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    smart way of responding to smearers. congrats diane,

  11. January 8, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Sounds like an excellent idea. I will donate tomorrow as well.

  12. 24 defytheodds
    January 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  13. 25 isonprize
    January 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Chica, See? It’s this. Stuff like this that makes you the best blog mistress in the whole wide world!!!! YOU ROCK!!!

  14. 27 HZ
    January 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Beautiful, Diane. Thanks for such a great response to a painful happening. I love how your thought process brought this to us in such a lovely active participatory manner. Thanks so much.HZ

  15. January 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm


    Thank you for your thoughtful and intelligent call-to-action. I will do that when I get a job where I can afford to do that. I agree with your assessment of FLOTUS: she, like her wondrous husband, shrug it off and move on. I will do the same and praise her efforts every chance I get.
    Just remember: the more we see of the #GOP lie-fest, the more we appreciate the efforts of President Obama. Also, we MUST get PBO 63+ RELIABLY Democratic votes in the Senate. Have no doubt: the Senate is what #GOP wants most-that’s where the power to make laws is and the next President will appoint 2, maybe 3 SC Justices.

  16. 29 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – a hack spent 24 min with the 1st Lady & then trashed her. Here’s a brilliant idea – theobamadiary.com/2012/01/08/a-word-from-diane

    Thank you Diane.


  17. 39 defytheodds
    January 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Diane, this an excellent idea. Yes, make them pay for their smearers…

  18. 40 hopefruit2
    January 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    This is such an excellent and original idea – thanks Diane! A great way to appropriately channel our anger at the nonsense that is out there.

  19. 41 Cece
    January 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Great idea, i am in.

  20. 42 Tulips
    January 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Here is here twitter handle i will be blowing her up all week. @jodikantor

  21. 45 lurker
    January 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I doubt that this post will see the light of day. But I am a huge Obama supporter and it disturbs me when people don’t get their facts straight. Ms. Kantor spent 24 minutes with the Obamas for her story in 2009. For this book, she didn’t interview the First Couple, but the President and First Lady gave her unlimited access to both the West and East wings and told people they could talk to her. There have been no advanced copies leaked to the press, so to call the book a hit job is certainly premature. I would not be surprised if the book actually turns out to be pretty flattering. The NYT exerpt could well be the worst of it, and frankly it wasn’t very bad. I read a long interview with Ms. Kantor in Chicago Magazine about the book, and she is very complimentary and fair about the First Couple. In this interview Ms. Kantor gives an interesting reason for not interviewing the President. She says that the President is a wonderful storyteller, but the constraints the office put on individuals ironically has made it more difficult for presidents to tell their own stories while in office. In the interview she is asked if she has ever seen Malia a Sasha and she answers that yes she had and the SS agents following them around look like they know they have the best job in the world.

    I come to this site every day, but it’s impossible to post here for some reason. I enjoy reading positive news about the President, but I get concerned when people go off the deep end before they have the full story, or when they post inaccuracies such as stating Ms. Kantor spent 24 minutes in the White House. That kind of stuff doesn’t help the President or the First Lady.

    • January 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Why do you think the White House has put out more than one statement refuting the excerpts?

    • 47 isonprize
      January 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Lurker, you are certainly entitled to your opinion and thoughts. Do you have a link for you assertions that the President and First Lady gave her unlimited access? Also, if no advanced copies were leaked to the press, how was the excerpt printed in the NYT?

      If this gesture gets people to donate $24 to Obama for America, I’m all for it. #PRESS ON

      • 48 lurker
        January 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm

        She’s a NYT reporter. They are the only one’s who got to print anything. If there were any other copies floating around with any other dirt to dish they’d be all over the press and the internet. And if she didn’t have access to the East and West wing the White House would be issuing a statement.

        • 49 Tulips
          January 8, 2012 at 11:40 pm

          They have exagerateed and un named source. she is writing gossip not facts.

        • January 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm

          Lurker, your comments aren’t going through now because I’ve blocked you. I’d be happy to unblock you if you were prepared to be honest and tell us why you have suddenly appeared here to promote Kantor’s book – the only comments you have made since you turned up yesterday have been to praise the author, who you seem to know well, and her book.

          Just be honest, tell us why you are promoting the book – and then, maybe, we can talk. 😉

          • 51 Chi
            January 9, 2012 at 4:55 am

            Thanks as always dear Chips…

            I too read the Chicago magazine interview with Jodi Kantor that the lurker references and I came away with a completely different impression of this Jodi Kantor person and her book than Lurker apparently did…

            For starters, Jodi Kantor was asked if she’d ever been inside the private residence and she’d never been…

            That is very telling…

            The very sly Ms Kantor seeing where the interviewer was going with that question, and to save face, quickly threw in the bit about how the Clintons had never had dinner with the Obamas at their residence and how Mrs Obama sees the residence as Sasha and Malia’s home…

            If they never even let her have a peek of their home as she interviewed them and even as she snooped around the East wing…they never trusted her…

            The Obamas never trusted this woman, but knew that she was going to write this book anyway whether they liked it or not…

            And something tells me they realized she was going to do a book only *after* they gave her the one and only NYT interview in 2009…

            It all probably was just about giving her access to write articles for the NYT on the East wing and its activities initially, but like all slimy opportunists, Ms Kantor turned every bland detail of routine low level activity at the WH into a book on the Obamas…

            Jodi Kantor and the NYT were going to write their version of things and in true President And Mrs Obama form, having absolutely nothing to hide, they declined to be interviewed but did not stop any of their staff or friends from independently making a decision to correct any falsehoods Jodi Kantor was going to spin…

            This book serves absolutely no purpose beyond lining Jodi Kantors pockets…

            But ill-gotten wealth never served the reaper any good…

            Jodi will never enjoy any money she make from writing this book – if anything, it will only bring her lots of pain, misery, loss, agony and a lifetime of tears and heartache…


    • January 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      “I doubt that this post will see the light of day.”


      You never tried to post here before last night, unless you tried to post anonymously before??

      And your comment last night went through. It was another one favorable to Jodi Kantor’s book.

      So, I don’t get it??

      “I come to this site every day, but it’s impossible to post here for some reason.”

      It’s not impossible at all, if you sign in and use the same name every time it’s easy peasy.

      • 55 Janelle
        January 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        Chips, something is too fishy to me….me thinks that some people are seeing how influential your site has become with folks getting involved, donating, on twitter and fighting back. You’re almost at 7M hits and it’s reelection time. You know you’re having an effect when you get posts like this.

        • January 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

          Hiya Janelle, I smell a fish too! Lurker won’t be back, unless he/she is prepared to tell us who he/she is.

          • 57 lovingandlaughing
            January 9, 2012 at 12:02 am

            It is not hard to post on this site! That is absolutely not true. We’re with you Chips! Goodbye lurker.

          • 58 Chi
            January 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

            Dear Chips…

            Could you please update this post with the press release from the WH…

            It helps to drive home the point that this book is unauthorized and unlike other books were the President was directly interviewed, there was no such cooperation…

            Thank you so much…

    • January 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Jody Kantor spent 24 minutes with the First Couple for her 2009 interview. It’s not as you state that she spent 24 minutes in the White House.

    • 60 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      In evolution, the disingenuity gene has not been totally suppressed. Thank you for confirming.


    • 63 defytheodds
      January 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      President Obama’s top political advisor David Axelrod pushed back against New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor’s forthcoming book “The Obamas” on ABC’s “This Week.”

      Asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether Kantor’s reporting on tensions between the First Lady’s staff and the West Wing staff, Axelrod said “No, it’s not. You know – you can take any one incident and exaggerate.”

    • 64 hopefruit2
      January 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Welcome to the TOD community, lurker, and you apparently were mistaken about your post not seeing the light of day. Disagreements are tolerated here as long as they are done respectfully, which is true in your case. Why do you find it impossible to post here – is it a technical issue, or is related to your concerns about being able to express your opinions freely?

      And as for your concerns that people are over-reacting – there have been enough excerpts all over the media which suggests that the book or at least portions of it have in fact been leaked to the press. So I’m curious to know how are you certain that no advanced copies have been leaked to the press. Secondly, officials from the WH have themselves criticized some of the excerpts as exaggerations, and distortions, therefore I don’t think we are simply jumping to false conclusions about what was written.

      You seem to be basing your opinion of what the author wrote on a local interview she did in which she appeared complimentary of and respectful to the President and the girls. But that doesn’t preclude the possibility of her writing things that may or may not be factually or contextually correct about our First Lady.

      You have to understand that our concern not only stems from the book being about WH gossip, but the idea that the author took the pains to portray the First Lady in a stereotypical fashion – based on her race and gender. This is an image she has been fighting against from day one when she was maligned by the RW as someone who was always angry and uptight about one thing or another. Her words about being proud of her country for the first time were played over and over in the media and were largely taken out of context. Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann have both demonstrated far more”uptightness” and “anger” than Michelle Obama, yet no one ever referred to them as “angry.” Laura Bush, Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan were largely protected from any media scrutiny even though they had their own initiatives as First Ladies. Nasty emails about her physical appearance, racist, snide remarks about her anti-Obesity initiatives – with no demands for apologies from those so-called feminist organizations, some of which were quick to demand apologies when sarah Palin was criticized. There is a serious double standard where this First Lady is concerned. And we will continue to call it out if and when we see it. We are not “going off the deep end” we are simply telling it as it is.

      • 65 LunarSea
        January 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm

        okay, now tell us how you really feel. 😆

        Couldn’t have said it better. Except to add that I’m tired of everyone trying to make a buck on them because they know anything Obama sells.

        They’re always telling us what they are thinking, what they REALLY meant by what they said, how they look, whether they are depressed, who they talked to, damn yesterday it was the way PBO held his head when he talked.

        They are just too open for their own good I think. What other first family has ever allowed such access to authors & ‘news’ ppl alike. I want to go stand in front of their door and keep the varmint out!

        Move over Marine! LOL

        $24 for the campaign it is for me AND a hand written note.

        • 66 Pamela
          January 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm

          🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • January 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

          Whoa I didn’t hear that one about how PO holds his head. Linky please

          • 68 hopefruit2
            January 9, 2012 at 12:04 am

            This was based on a silly push poll about Presidents and charisma. Someone had posted this one of the TOD threads yesterday that there was some poll which claimed that the top 3 charismatic presidents were Reagan, Clinton and JFK. Obama was not in the top 3 and of course he was criticized by the so-called charisma experts, one of whom indicated that PBO tended to talk with his head up in the air as if to look down on people, making him seem condescending. I don’t think there was a link – it was on TV I believe.

            • 69 anniebella
              January 9, 2012 at 5:56 am

              I heard about that charisma poll and and it was on CBS Sunday Morning. More B.S. How do President Obama hold his head like he is talking down to someone, some people just can’t stand to see a black man with confidence, who is smart, intelligent, looks good, who just have it all. They have got to find some problem and this mess is just more B..S.

          • January 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

            Zizi, a couple of commenters were talking about that on a previous thread earlier today. Apparently, some psychologist was on one of the Sunday morning talk shows (I think) talking about the President’s demeanor. I believe he has written something to the same effect on one of the Bush presidents as well. Well according to this guy, President Obama’s charisma is diminished by the way the he” arrogantly” holds his head.

            Not that I give any credibility to that off-the-wall assessment, I do believe I read in a biography of the President’s mother that his mom tended to hold her chin up in the air in a similar fashion. This appears to be a gesture President Obama acquired from his mother and has nothing to do with arrogance. In my opinion, President’s Obama’s charisma is unmatched by any President in modern times (perhaps ever).

        • January 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

          Well, while I was busy trying to compose my very slo-o-o-w response tactfully, I see you guys exploded! 😉

          Lunar S you said exactly what I was struggling to say (using the O’s for money & interpreting them for us when we already understand them perfectly)! The irony of it for me was that I took all that time writing and erasing, writing and erasing, only to post it then not find it when I refreshed, but to find all these other comments. Oh well. 😆

          • 72 LunarSea
            January 9, 2012 at 12:53 am

            I have the same problem. Except it’s usually a distraction that causes me to leave in mid-comment. By the time I come back it posts totally off topic or, on my more astute occasions, I just cancel it an move on.

      • 73 Tulips
        January 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        Thank you for lurking because im lurking her on twitter and a lot more have joined in.

      • 74 luci1119
        January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

        You have to understand that our concern not only stems from the book being about WH gossip, but the idea that the author took the pains to portray the First Lady in a stereotypical fashion – based on her race and gender.

        And also how Kantor didn’t or haven’t spoken to the Obamas In a couple of years. What In the *Ham Sam kind of accuracy of a book Is that, that she’s trying to promote?????? It’s based on Over Drama, and who say, they say, hear say, and exaggerated opinions. You’ve got some nerve Jodi 🙄 Shame on you 🙄

        And just let me say the name *lurker*, ummmmm well, that tells me a lot 😦

    • 75 defytheodds
      January 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      A former top aide to first lady Michelle Obama is pushing back against suggestions in a new book of significant tensions between her allies in the White House and some of President Barack Obama’s top political advisers.

      Camille Johnston, who spent nearly two years as communications director to the first lady, said New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor’s book “The Obamas” includes “exaggerated” claims of clashes between the two camps.

      “What the problem with the book is is it takes a couple of incidents and makes it appear as though that was the overall workplace environment or the norm, it just simply wasn’t,” Johnston said in an interview Saturday. “Mrs. Obama’s overriding position was that there was nothing on the East Wing agenda that was more important than what was on the West Wing agenda.”

    • 76 Brit
      January 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      A DNC rep said that Kantor only spent 24 minutes THREE years ago with them. I will try the DNC rep way more than Kantor.

    • January 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      “A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths. She knows that every strong marriage, including the one now in the White House, has its complexities and its disappointments. Ms. Kantor also — and this is a key — has a high regard for women, which is why hers is the first book about the Obama presidency to give Michelle Obama her due. In the process we learn a great deal about the talented and introverted loner who married her, and how his wife has influenced him as a president.
      “The Obamas” is full of gossipy tidbits that fuel a narrative about their marriage and how it has shaped the presidency. Public glimpses of their intimacy portray a genuine bond forged by an ambitious man and his equally driven wife. He can be arrogant and self-absorbed, but he strives for her approval. She is his champion and critic, and a fierce guardian of their mutual mission.”



      Lurker, I appreciate your comments, which did make me reflect for a bit. Maybe we are hasty. Maybe we should read the book in its entirety (not buying it with my money)! Yet, after reflecting, I still feel that Ms Kantor is/was presumptuous, and I don’t need her to ‘give Michelle Obama her due.’

      Speaking only for myself, I have to admit that I get really ticked when writers/reporters/journalists/whomever feel they have to interpret the Obamas for me, mainly because I SEE IT AS THEM TRYING TO CAPITALIZE ON THIS AMAZING COUPLE, trying to enrich themselves. I feel that I can see and hear and interpret their actions and their words, quite well, as they both play very visible roles. The Obamas speak English, after all, and as my eyesight is still relatively good for my age and technology is so advanced, I can see them interacting and come to my own conclusions. I say this to say that I’m naturally suspicious of anyone rushing to immortalize them. IMO too many critics have already abused their openness by writing ‘garbage’ about them. At the end of their term in office I hope the Obamas themselves will share some of their thoughts/rationale, etc. because I think their version would be fascinating, I have such respect for their integrity as seen on display (ex. PBO’s first books) that I feel confident they would do a good, honest job with this. In the meantime, I am not ashamed to admit that my current default mode for those who write about them is suspicion, and as long as I’m not mean when I respond to them, I will continue to question their motives AND I won’t buy their work.

      • 79 Obama Grandmama
        January 9, 2012 at 1:08 am

        I bought the book written by PBO for his daughters last year at Xmas for my two granddaughters and one for my collection of Obama mementos and scrapbooks I’ll be making. I also bought Audacity of Hope 3x. One for my own collection along with Dreams from my Father. I also sent a copy of both to my daughter who was living and working in China during the ’08 campaign and got directions from OFA on how to have Democrats Abroad register and vote. She shared the books with lots of her American friends abroad who were also convinced to vote for our guy. The third copies of Obama’s two books I gave to my local library before the GE campaign in ’08. I was told it was checked out consistently and I thought WOW! I had not even thought of that as a strategy of getting voters but think it may have been a great idea.
        I know Prez Obama will write a great book after he is out of office that I will buy. I even think Michelle might too. I will definitely buy their books.

      • 81 PurpleShoesLA
        January 9, 2012 at 1:23 am


      • 82 desertflower
        January 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

        Exactly how I feel, vc. I keep thinking how people were talking about the fact that there are no “scandals” in this WH…Republicans were particularly dismayed….almost upset by this fact.Is it possible that the author “embellished” just a little bit, to give the allure of a bit of scandal….just enough to sell a book and get people talking. Whatever it is, she’s not getting MY money…I’ll donate to PBO when I can, and believe my own eyes when it comes to this WH, First Family, and Mrs. Obama in particular.

        Morning everyone 🙂

    • 84 DreamChaser57
      January 9, 2012 at 1:03 am

      I wholeheartedly disagree with you lurker.

      I detest any and everything that promotes and glorifies contention. The First Couple consistently goes out of their way to be generous, respectful, gracious, and professional. FLOTUS is not a diva. She has no vested interest in derailing her husband’s authority in the WH with infantile antics. Nor does FLOTUS appear to be the type to indulge or encourage such antics from her staff. In my book, their character is unimpeachable.

      The timing and content of Kantor’s book speaks for itself. Ms. Kantor’s motivations speak for themselves. PBO and FLOTUS have lots of staff, advisers, and select friends – it is rare you hear a bad word spoken about either of them.

      If the First Couple has made any mistake, it was permitting Kantor to be anywhere near either of them. The reality is that the First Couple has a hard job. PBO is a selfless hard worker and I would assume he demands excellence and diligence from his teams, same with FLOTUS. The First Couple probably do not whimper away from communicating their expectations to their teams and rightfully so.

      You claim, Lurker, that “jumping to conclusions” does not help PBO and FLOTUS. I do not think this book will help Kantor, it proves she’s a superficial pundit and hack chasing after $$$. There are so many critical policy debates that will shape the future of this country and impact the world – and Kantor opts to highlight a rare possibly fabricated instance of conflict or disagreement between the staffs of PBO and FLOTUS, to be malicious and hateful. This constant lack of journalistic integrity is appalling and loathsome.

      Also, Kantor acts as if she had the opportunity to interview the president, that’s laughable, he does not seem to easily give himself to putrid silliness. He is governing a country, changing the world.

      To TOD’ville, let’s remain in opposition to this Kantor and her “book” – any media appearances should be followed by a deluge of twitters, and emails from us. It is a vile shame, that respect is not freely given to PBO and FLOTUS – but we can demand it for them!

    • 87 Mae who love our CIC
      January 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

      If you are a huge “Obama supporter” why would you have a doubt about your post.

      Anyways I come here to read the book about our First Family every day. We have the best photo gallery, the best co-authors, the best reporting by the best journalists here at TOD. We do not need any fabrications or exagerations about the First Family. If what you write is suppose to be the truth then your credibility is questioned because we would have heard your story before now.

      No one is perfect and I am sure there was an adjustment period for the Obamas. It is really amazing that a twenty four minutes interview could provide you with enough information that would enable you to write a book especially about the your perceived negatives about our First Lady. It tells me that Mrs. Michelle Obama is a force to be reckon with. And you are trying to distort our perception. We know more about the First Family than you will ever know because we eat and breathe our First Family. We love them and support them 100% 24 hours a day, every day.
      Ms. Kantor we are not buying your book because obviously you don’t know a darn thing about Mrs. Michelle Obama. You think you know, you just proven you really don’t know.

      • 88 luci1119
        January 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

        *Mae* just let me say that, I too, WILL NOT BUY Kantor’s book, and I will discourage all my Friends, and WHOMEVER else will listen, DO NOT BUY THE BOOK, by Jodi Kantor!!!!! 😦 😦 It’s offensive 🙄

      • 89 anniebella
        January 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm

        Kantor had one job, and that was to trash the Obamas, mainly Michelle.

  22. 90 eveingeorgia
    January 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm


    I have already posted this to all on my email list. What a great idea!


    I love your tweet. May I use it?

    • 91 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 8, 2012 at 11:01 pm


      Anything I do for President Obama is for all to use anyway they can.

      Thank you for asking.

      Yes We Can … DO More Together – We Must!

  23. 92 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I love you for this, I will do the same.

  24. January 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Done. This is a great idea.

  25. 94 Tulips
    January 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Did a little research she recieved a 7 figure amount to write this book.

    • 95 anniebella
      January 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

      Seven figure deal. So you know she had to make it trashy, even if it meant she she had to lie. And as far as lurker goes, right now isn’t the right time to come up here and try to defend that Kantor woman. You don’t understand the love and respect we have for FLOTUS . And that goes for POTUS too.

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

      There you go! The number of people from all sides (Left, Right, in-between) trying to climb by stepping on the Obamas’ backs just boggles my little mind. 😦 One consolation (for me anyways) is that no matter how many figures these others get for their interpretative fantasies, the Obamas’ version, should they choose to write it, will be more widely purchased. Their supporters alone will make sure of that! 😆

  26. January 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Who the hell is lurker?
    Diane, I sail with you.

    • 99 hopefruit2
      January 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      One of Jodi Kantor’s friends? Her publisher? Someone in the media? A RW hack? Kantor herself? Who knows – who cares? 🙂

      I’m with you yardarm756 and I stand with Diane 100%. $24 to the OFA campaign for 24 minutes in the WH.

    • January 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      lolololol…love ya yardarm!!

      Pressssss ON

  27. 102 Tulips
    January 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Hey if your on tweeter please tweet @jodikantor the wonders of Michele Obama.

  28. 103 sherijr
    January 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I’m In, thank you Diane for your awesome idea and for giving us an excellent way to have FLOTUS’ back.

  29. 104 Tori
    January 8, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    COUNT ME in!

    • 106 desertflower
      January 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Yeah, I think this sounds about right.

    • January 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Excellent points that get to the very heart of the problem with the book. Thanks so much for this, Tori.

    • January 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Jodi says she has “an intense relationship [with them], they know who I am, I see them every year at the WH Christmas party. They read the Times, blah, blah,blah. They met my husband, blah, blah, blah”——–obsessed much, heifer? That last excerpt from the article is scary. She has an ‘intense’ relationship with Miche and PBO?! Sounds like she caught the Obama bug and went over the deep end. Perhaps someone should tell Ms. Kantor that 24 minutes does not a relationship make. It’s like Icarus flying too close to the sun. In this case though, Ms. Kantor lost her ever loving mind. Poor Miche and PBO, they are so charmingly seductive they draw people in and sometimes, drive the fragile ones mad. Go figure.

      • 109 hopefruit2
        January 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        Exactly lisa. That’s like saying that I have an intense relationship with my local DMV because I spent 30 minutes there getting my driver license renewed….

        • 110 Chi
          January 9, 2012 at 5:21 am

          And yet they never let her near their residence…

          Even people who’ve never met the Obamas tend to believe they have an “intense” relationship with them except that in Jodi Kantor’s case, the woman has taken her fantasy and delusion too far…

          She needs help and a restraining order against her, but instead she gets a book deal…
          Go figure…

  30. 117 Diane
    January 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    First Chips, I am overwhemed that my comment was singled out in this way and at the response of all. I apologize for the error of saying 24 minutes at WH when it should have been 24 minutes with campaign. Thank you all for the positive response. I am hoping that FLOTUS feels the love.

    • 118 hopefruit2
      January 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Diane. I just donated my $24 and I feel that my anger has been appropriately channeled thanks to your gracious suggestion. I wish you a wonderful restful evening and week. Peace.

    • January 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks Diane, I just tweeted and retweeted your suggestion. I plan to donate on tomorrow. Wonderful idea. Looks likes it’s catching on on Tweeter.

  31. 120 desertflower
    January 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    MUST READ! Pass it around…Tweet it.


    Even worse, the Republican Party has bamboozled the American people by portraying themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility. Any person who can recognize that some numbers are larger than other numbers know the obvious fact that the biggest spending Presidents are Republicans. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush alone are responsible for most of the national debt. Bill Clinton cut government and actually spent less money than was taken in…but George W. Bush quickly changed that.

    I believe in smart government that effectively does what it should and leaves the rest to the private sector, while still recognizing the legitimacy of the existence of government. I believe in equal rights for all Americans, whether gay, straight, female, male, immigrant or naturally born. The Republican Party no longer believes in any of that.

    No longer should the American people stand for the weak leadership and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party. I’ll be voting for President Obama’s re-election.

  32. 123 Carolyn
    January 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I’ve noticed pre-release excerpts are always the most titillating parts of a book. They have to be to rev up interest so people will buy. I bit a couple of times and took a book out of the library from this kind of hype, and found out the pre-release bit was the only interesting thing in the book. (The books were not about the Obamas) I have a feeling this is the case here. David Axelrod, I’m sure has read it, and gave it an overall evaluation basically “Blown out of proportion.” Seems to me Jodi Kantor has a deep desire to be an insider to have an “intense” relationship with the president and his wife, and doesn’t.
    As I said on a previous blog, enemies are searching for scandal, and there is none in this administration. They so desperately want some, so they’ll blow up tidbits.
    THIS is not news…..this is someone’s opinion and should remain in the Book Review section, not a news page or news broadcast.
    Now back to the clowns in New Hampshire.

  33. 126 Pamela
    January 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Ka-Ching! Chips… Your FR page is hot tonight! Decided I couldn’t wait until tomorrow, what with this sizzling thread!

  34. 127 jeff
    January 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Found a cool site that tracks romney’s lies.


    love it so far!

  35. 128 lurker
    January 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I see my comment was posted which is great. So I’m going to ramble on a bit more about the Kantor interview. From what I gathered from the interview, Ms. Kantor’s interest seems to be what happens to normal people when they leave their home and friends and head to the White House. Interestingly enough she said that the the Obamas were such an important part of so many lives in Chicago, and outside of their closest friends like the Whitakers and the Nesbitts who do see them, many others haven’t seen them and miss them. They also know that it will never be the same again. She eloquently talks about standing in the relatively small south side condo where the Obamas lived only 4 years before moving to the White House and trying to imagine the magnitude of such a change. This rings true to me. She brings up something else that I have thought of quite often. And that’s the fact that, while they will undoubtedly move back to Chicago, they will not be able to move back into their dream home. We’ve all seen that street and how close the neighbors are. For security reasons it probably won’t be possible. Erik Whittaker told Kantor that the President has some fantasy of leaving the White House and being able to go back to a normal life again, but everyone knows it’s not going to happen. She also mentioned that the Obama family isn’t particularly taken with the Ideal of being waited on or catered to.

    Here are the facts. Someone was going to write a book about the Obamas. I’m not surprised they gave Ms. Kantor access. I’m sure they figured she would be better than anyone else. I’ve actually seen Ms. Kantor speak and she comes across as a rather geeky intellectual.

    I’m a true Obot, but I think we look like fools if we freak out over every little thing. And we can hardly scream about Republicans lying about the President and people believing it, if we are willing to spread the lie that Ms. Kantor only spent 24 minutes in the White House. She had unlimited access folks. And if you are still mad at Ms. Kantor , then you might want to think about the people who actually talked to her and turn some of the wrath on them. I tend to believe that the Obama’s are pretty savvy. A book that is overall positive in its tone is going to be a lot more believable if it has a few gossipy details.

    • 129 Brit
      January 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      I am sorry this sounds like Kantor. She never had unlimited access.

    • 132 hopefruit2
      January 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Obviously, Ms. Kantor is free to write whatever book she pleases. We are free to decide to not buy the book and to donate to the campaign as we please. And that’s what we’re doing right now.

    • January 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Okay Lurker, I gave you the benefit of the doubt, but sorry, you’re quite obviously connected with this book in some way – you don’t hide it very well! – either with the author or the publishers. If you were at least honest about that, we’d be fine, but, please, give us a frigging break! Bye.

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:26 am

      I repeat. Who the hell is this person. How the hell do they know that the Obamas can’t move back to Hyde Park in Chi-town? I smell a rat!

    • 151 africa
      January 9, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Seriously? pardon me, Chips, I don’t mean to speak out of turn, but this comment is very suspicious to me. If I am wrong, forgive me.

    • 152 Obama Grandmama
      January 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

      lurker, Are you the same lurker that used to hang out on the OFA blog? I have not been there for some time but remember a lurker there.

    • 153 Uche
      January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

      To say Ms Kantor had unlimited access @ the WH is pushing the envelope of factual accuracy. Besides she was supposed to get those interviews for an article in NY Times, but she decided to use the opportunity to pimp her ‘intense’ closeness to the Obamas for filthy lucre!.
      So Lurker, you may be an Obot as you claim,but nobody here in TOD is buying Ms Kantor’s BS!. This is not about having disagreements over policy issues/decisions….we express our different views about important issues on this forum, but we are FIERCE here in the support of our first family,especially because some of the stuff in that book are rather of a personally denigrating nature. I’m sure the Obama’s have a very thick skin to some of the inevitable shenanigans of political life and will brush this off their shoulders like they have other issues.
      Since then Senator Obama announced his intention of running for President,a large swathe of the MSM have taken it upon themselves to portray Michelle Obama as an angry, unpatriotic black woman …and this has continued in her role as FLOTUS, despite all she has done with her pet projects – joiningforces, let’smove etc.
      I’m glad Jodi Kantor is gettign pummelled on twitter…she deserves it, and I hope she gets to enjoy her 15 minutes of fame and the 7-figure she got paid to write such tripe. Tell her we said so.

  36. January 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    These people like Kantor, Ron Suskind and the one who also recently wrote the hit job about President Obama’s father (forgot the name) are Vulture writers just like Romney is a Vulture capitalist. They lurk ready to swoop in to make a killing just when they think their target is ripe for the kill. And make no mistake many more such tabloids will come out just before the election. In 2008 they couldn’t produce the “Whitey Tape” but they tried really hard to make money off the First Lady and drive up her negatives.

    These vultures saw how well Richard Wolffe (Renegade), David Remnik (The Bridge), Jonathan Alter (The Promise), David Plouffe (Audacity to Win), Janey Scot (A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother), Bob Woodward (Obama’s Wars) did with their positive books on the Obama Presidency. Now with Kochtopus & Rove slush money swimming around, the predators want to cash in on Right Wing ennui.

    The Beltway gossips are getting very antsy because there is zero whiff of actual scandals with this Presidency, so they’ll just manufacture friction/crisis out of the barest leak.

    it is one thing to write about actual events that took place and indicate the many possible interpretations that could be derived. but it is another to completely manufacture the first couple’s thinking out of whole cloth. So to the lurker who is defending Kantor, I say BS. The issue is not whether the writer is “sympathetic’ to the First Lady/couple or not. The issue is fabricating the thoughts of people she has not talked to, and drawing the most cynical conclusions out of what are easily recognizable facets of workplace politics. Kantor works in a cutthroat organization and she should know what office dynamics are like. How does that suddenly get blown up into White House in crisis or President and First Lady relationship in turmoil.

    The timing is the first dead giveaway of the fix. Why? Cuz it is established that the First Lady will be a powerful force on the campaign trail, so all of a sudden, this piece comes out to create doubt and recall a repeat of what happened to her during the campaign when staffers were skittish about deploying her because of the fake lacking-patriotism drumbeat of Faux news. And it wasn’t until her brilliant performance at the Democratic National Convention that a 180 degree media turnaround changed the narrative..

    By the way whatever happened to Robin Ghivan and her hitjobs? Is she still alive?

    • 155 defytheodds
      January 8, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Jodi Kantor just looks like someone I would have a hard time trusting, especially around the WH. It could be just my imagination, but she looks like someone who be looking for dirt or make it up in order to make a quick lousy buck or many bucks… This is all about making money and lots of it…

  37. January 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Diane, just read your idea and I think it’s wonderful. I’m in and will ask family and friends to do likewise. Thank you.

  38. 159 desertflower
    January 8, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    You got some cred, Chips 🙂 Someone’s getting restless….

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Thanks Chips for always being on top of things on your site. I totally appreciate it so very much. I just read the review referenced above and the first couple of paragraphs almost made me send my dinner throw the walls to my neighbor. What a piece of trash.

      How is the heck can this writer know what First Lady Michelle was thinking when POB was speaking about Gabby Giffords opening her eyes for the first time. Can this woman see into FLOTUS heart. Hell, POB and FLOTUS had just had a very emotional visit at Gabby’s bedside with Mark and Gabby’s mother standing in the background. (Read Gabby and Mark’s account of that visit)

      This is just too fishy and it is smelling up the entire darn room. These phony, greedy people need to kiss my behind. Tired of the shameful trash of these ugly people trying to bring down the President. It will not happen!!! Not on our watch.

      Hell, my heart is racing now, so I am going to put the music on and pray for my sins. Excuse me Chips and TOD Family. I am pissed now.

      Diane, thank you and Do Not Feel Bad about sharing with us,. I am with you 100%.

      Funny how the book is just coming out now. Even if the author spent time with the campaign in 2008, and had these interviews for the book at the WH for whatever the minutes were in 2009,; heck did anyone remember what the heck POTUS and his staff were trying to figure out what to do with the crap that W left him? The economy on the brink of no return, jobs flying out the window, two wars going on, world leaders angry at us; who is hell had time to give anyone minutes to write some crap like this. Come on. This is crap.

      Donate , donate, donate and we are pressing on. I am sorry if I offened anyone, Chips. Please forgive me. But this crap makes me sick to my stomach let alone my heart. Good night my TOD Family.

      Love you , Fred and Mom. (((((((Hugs)))))))))HZ

  39. January 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    OK got quickly to the bottom of the post. Wow! Diane welcome and what a fabulous idea! I’m almost in bed now but tomorrow I will throw 24$ in the kitty and tell my friends and tweet it too!!! and that poster named Lurker – geeze Chips, good catch! OK off to tweet and tomorrow is another day!

  40. 164 isonprize
    January 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    From The Ed Show on Friday, featuring your humble editor [sic:Joy-Ann (“Joy”) Reid from The Reid Report] and Ari Melber of The Nation, talking Republicans and race:

    (Video) Why does the GOP keeps bringing up black people?

  41. 165 lovingandlaughing
    January 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Oh my goodness Diane this idea is absolutely lovely! I will be so proud to donate an extra $24 in honor of our first lady and I will encourage others to do the same. Thank you for speaking up and sharing this positively perfect idea! Please speak up again! Much love to you!

  42. 166 ber6964
    January 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    All I’m Saying Is Don’t Fu*k with The First Lady!!!!

  43. 170 LunarSea
    January 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    “The Obamas” is full of gossipy tidbits that fuel a narrative about their marriage and how it has shaped the presidency. Public glimpses of their intimacy portray a genuine bond forged by an ambitious man and his equally driven wife. He can be arrogant and self-absorbed, but he strives for her approval. She is his champion and critic, and a fierce guardian of their mutual mission.”

    …arrogant & self-absorbed? Full of gossipy tidbits that fuel narrative? This is an exerpt from the NYTimes book review titled ”Partners in Love and the Presidency’ By Connie Schultz at the link provided by Oxfarm

    This portrays a different book from the one Lurker portrays…. I’ll never know which to believe because I won’t be reading it. oh well

  44. January 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Hey, did you all see that amazing Romney video? This should be spread all the way to the moon. Amazing.


  45. January 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Chips, I just gave your donation page $24

  46. January 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  47. 178 LunarSea
    January 9, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Boo hoo my post disappeared about my visit to the NYTimes book review article where I couldn’t get beyond this paragraph: (maybe it gets better)

    “The Obamas” is full of gossipy tidbits that fuel a narrative about their marriage and how it has shaped the presidency. Public glimpses of their intimacy portray a genuine bond forged by an ambitious man and his equally driven wife. He can be arrogant and self-absorbed, but he strives for her approval. She is his champion and critic, and a fierce guardian of their mutual mission.”

    In particular the first & third sentences. I’m so not feeling ms. lurker…or this book LOL

  48. January 9, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Sorry everyone, I stupidly added the word ‘Lurker’ to the blocked list, which meant any of you mentioning the word in your comments got blocked too 😳 Embarrassing. I’ve unblocked the word now, only his/her email and ip addresses are blocked. Sorry again!

    • 182 isonprize
      January 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

      no worries, Chica. You are on your guard tonight. I salute you!!!

      • January 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

        Thank you for being nice about me being stupid isonprize! 😳 😆

        • January 9, 2012 at 1:36 am

          Chips, we have your back. Thanks for All that you do to keep TOD site respectable. You have spoken.

          I went over and did some reading and RTs as well. We are not eating rotten fish everynight or day for that matter for the next 300 plus day before the election.

          They all need to go to heck and leave us the heck alone. Now, I am going to be nice to my body and go to sleep and you do the same, Chips.

          We love you and thank you, Chips.((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Hugs to our Chips))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  49. January 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Ahhhhh. I think I’m hallucinating. I keep seeing my face/ avatar with different peoples names. Am I seeing things or did several other people choose the same avatar? Of late, I’ve been wondering if I am becoming schizophrenic, if I’m hallucinating this, then it appears that I am.

    • 186 hopefruit2
      January 9, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Your browser must have a problem. Try rebooting?

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

      😯 Earth to Lisa? Is anyone else having Lisa’s hallucinatory experience??

      • January 9, 2012 at 12:34 am

        Chips, it’s weird bc you and hopefruit had hopefruits avatar too. Okay. I’ve finally lost my mind because your avatar is now the one of Dr. Jill, Miche and Elmo. And a couple other people still have my avatar……..okay. This is not the way I thought I’d lose my mind. I thought I’d go out with guns blazing, really psychedelic and awesome, ya know…… This is just disconcerting and not as much fun as I thought it would be…… Plus, now I’m gonna have to be on meds for life. 😦

        • January 9, 2012 at 12:38 am

          “This is not the way I thought I’d lose my mind. I thought I’d go out with guns blazing, really psychedelic and awesome, ya know”

          😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

          Seriously people, do we need to call help for Lisa, or is anyone else experiencing this, eh, psychedelic thing?

          • January 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

            I’m gonna pretend this is a problem with my tablet. I tried looking at TOD on another of my devices and it looks normal. My iPad’s never done this before so I’m a tad bit confused. So because this little problem was not generalized to any other device, I think it may be safe to assume that I have not yet lost my mind and can continue to hope that when I finally do, it will totally be as awesome and psychedelic as I presume.
            Ps- bad iPad, making me think I lost my mind. Hm! :frown:

          • January 9, 2012 at 12:56 am

            Okay, Lisa, ‘fess up. What did you drink before you signed on? 😉 Dr. Jill, MO & Elmo is MY avatar. and much as I love her, Chips Chica cannot have it. Well, maybe she can borrow it for a while until you feel better. Sure hope things sort themselves out for you after a good night’s sleep, or after you ‘jiggle’ your browser .

  50. 198 meabloom
    January 9, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Tomato – Tomahto, I will be donating.
    -Thanks for the idea Diane


  51. January 9, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Lurker’s latest (blocked) comment:

    Chipsticks, I really am a computer idiot so I have no idea if you’re banning of me means that even you won’t see this. But, I am in no way connected to Jodi Kantor the NYT or any publishing house. I’m an AP US Government teacher for heaven’s sake. Nothing I posted here was rude to anyone and nothing I said was negative toward the President or the First Lady. The responses I got from you and the community were suspicious and not very welcoming and I was ok with that because I jumped in without establishing myself first. I am rarely motivated to post here because I agree with most everything that is said and don’t feel compelled to add another ditto to the chorus. I suppose it’s the teacher in me that is almost always interested in challenging assumptions. But this is your community and you have every right to keep it closed to whomever you choose. I will continue to visit this site to get the good news each day. Sorry to have caused a commotion.

    Sally McRae


    Sally, apologies if this is true, I’m just puzzled as to why you only started commenting last night, and every comment you have made has been about the book – and supportive about it too. You seem very familiar with the book and the author. Do you know her? Do you work for the book’s publishers/PR people?

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Has she ever been to Hyde Park? Does she know the neighborhood? I do. It would be perfect for a retiring Pres. and hard to get to.

      • 201 Chi
        January 9, 2012 at 5:41 am

        I am actually more intrigued with the ‘establishing myself’ bit…

        It occurs to me that that is what the smarter re-imagined trolls are now doing on pro-President and Mrs Obama sites…

        They ‘establish’ themselves with the group and then get to work weakening support with very subtle trick they can muster…

      • 203 dotster3
        January 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

        That observation, I believe, is a quote from Eric Whitaker, that security would be difficult/impossible there.

    • 204 Claire
      January 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      I still see her as a phony. She speaks so highly of gossipy trash. Why make your 1st comments about a book that the WH says is essentially rubbish?

  52. January 9, 2012 at 12:15 am


    As for our site here, people discuss, share intelligent remarks about policy issues link important news about this administration, but one thing you will always find here Lurker is that we do it with Respect. That is a fact. We are a family who totally support POB and we very much love and respect our First Lady. We do not have to agree with everything, but we Do and Must Respect each other. That is a key for this family.

    We deal with facts, we ask for links, and we at times have different ways of expressing a point, but I for one have never felt that my comments would not” see the light of day “unless I have not followed the rules for this site. Since I am a part of this family here, I feel that those who come and visit are made to feel welcome, and if there is a technical problem, or if there is a need to step in rather than have our site trashed and disrespected, Chipsticks has a very polite, firm,and professional manner in which those cases are taken care of immediately., in my opinion and experience.

    What I am really saying is this: I do not care to have our site, which we deeply respect here branded by anyone as a place where you cannot come and express your comments . BUT Respect is the key. That is all I am saying. Please do not assume, just ask if you do not understand, and we will be more than polite in directing your concerns to Chips who is more than happy to inform you of the rules of this site.

    If anyone comes in on our conversations on any given day, you will always see a conversation that is done with respect for each other. We have a sense of caring, compassion, passion, and the ability to allow each person express their thoughts, but it must be with respect. If we feel that we have offended someone, we come back and make it right with that person and we press on. But we do make the apology where it is necessary. That is how we operate here on this blog, and we respect that level of communication and we enjoy it.

    We appreciate visitors each and everyday as you can see by the numbers to date, however, it is a very beautiful home for all to enter, but entering with total respect for each other here. So feel free to enter, but please do not assume something when you have not asked how the house operates for the better of everyone.

    And for the record, I for one am totally tired of the old stale negative degrading comments and attitiudes toward our President, and First Lady. I have seen a lot of Presidents and First Ladies in my lifetime, but I must say, I have Never seen or heard of the ugly, and nasty things thrown at a President and First Lady like it has been for this President and his family. Enough is enough for us. That is why we will defend with respect at all times , this President and our First Lady. Straight up. So please drop in and feel the love. HZ

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:20 am

      HZ, have I told you lately that I love you? 😉

      • 207 anniebella
        January 9, 2012 at 12:39 am

        Dam Right, HZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • January 9, 2012 at 1:43 am

        Yes, you have my Chips. Everyday you give us this beautiful gift!!! Love you back so very much.HZ

        • 209 Chi
          January 9, 2012 at 5:49 am

          Thanks you HZ…

          One of the comments on the Jodi Kantor article in the NYT read something like: Jackie Kennedy had 50 years to tell her story on her terms from the grave…

          Michelle Obama doesn’t even get 50 months before this crap is rammed down her throat by a greedy opportunist…

          And by the way Lurker, Jodi Kantor may look and seem ‘nerdy’, doesn’t mean she isn’t a greedy, underhanded opportunist…

          Just ask the equally nerdy Ezra Klein who’s Completely succumbed to the same color of dishonesty, greed and underhanded opportunism and is now completely bought and paid for by the very same corporations and 1% er’s he rails against President Obama for not ‘prosecuting’…

      • 210 miss pat
        January 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

        Good morning folks. Please say an extra prayer for the first family and please ask the Lord to bless Mrs. Obama today. I pray for them everyday and sometimes I just have to add a special prayer for either the President or his wife.
        Psalms says that the Lord will make your enemies his footstool and I try to remember that and just leave things in His hands. He has never failed me yet.
        We have to get ready to pray without ceasing folks, the road to victory is going to be very rocky but we will get there. Election night I will give God thanks for answering our prayers, I am that confident the President will have his second term.

        • 211 miss pat
          January 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

          Please free me. I used my first name Patricia and my last name that begins with a W before but decided to use miss pat from now on to be safe. Thanks for all you do.

    • 212 desertflower
      January 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

      An angel.Such a way with words, HZ….that’s why you are so loved here 🙂

    • 215 isonprize
      January 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

      HZ, that was marvelous. I would only add the follwing: “Don’t mistake kindness for weakness”

      This is “The Obama Diary” We are fierce when it comes to supporting our President and his family. FIERCE! We got nothing but love for you baby. just but don’t mess with PBO.

      • 216 LadyTNT
        January 9, 2012 at 12:37 am

        What Isonprize said!!

        HZ, you are BRILLIANT!! I want to be like you when I grow up 🙂

        • January 9, 2012 at 2:08 am

          I love you back also, LadyTNT! You have already surpassed me. So keep your torch of diginity, love, respect, and hardwork held high; and you will always make me proud.HZ

      • January 9, 2012 at 1:48 am

        Isonprize, that is so true. Thanks for adding those words. We are not a foolish group of supporters here. Kind, but Not weak. Yes, we are a fierce family indeed. Love you back also.HZ

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

      I loves me some HZ! Always so on point! Stellar 😀

      • January 9, 2012 at 1:51 am

        Lisa, you are my fierce one. I love you as well. You make my heart sing with joy on this site. Thank you so much. We are a family that supports each other to the very end.HZ

    • 222 luci1119
      January 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

      We are a family who totally support POB and we very much love and respect our First Lady. We do not have to agree with everything, but we Do and Must Respect each other. That is a key for this………

      And HZ, just let me add, that we even respect and love *BO* too 🙂

      • January 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

        Yes, we do luci1119. They better not start on Bo!! Even Bo knows who he is and shows respect for the President. See him sitting so respectful as POB speaks with Lew outside of the Oval Office. (I have always loved that photo).

        So no messy with us. Bo can give some of the witches some lessons.HZ

  53. January 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

    10:45 AM
    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    11:20 AM
    Obama meets with senior advisers.
    12:00 PM
    Obama visits with the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks.
    12:30 PM
    Obama and Biden meet for lunch.
    Carney briefs the press.

  54. January 9, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Diane, I’m late here but I AM IN! So is my Sis and my daughters. We are passing this on. It is well past time that we women stood STRONGER for each other. Michelle Obama is a WOMAN!!! I STAND WITH HER!

  55. January 9, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Joan Kantor can kiss my lily white ass!

  56. 235 EDP4BHO
    January 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Hi Diane. I’m always late chiming in here, ready for bed, but thank you so much for your activism. You’re my kind of person, i.e., put your money where your mouth is 😀 I join you in this boycott, and support for FLOTUS. We all know the evil ones are trying to stifle her influence. The devil is busy, running scared, and will stop at nothing to annihilate the Obamas and all who support them. And we just damn well ain’t gonna let that happen. Count me in. And please comment again. We need all hands and good ideas on deck. Have a peaceful night all.

  57. January 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

    For months, Mitt Romney has seldom been challenged on his claim that his leadership at Bain Capital LLC offers evidence that he knows how to create jobs. That has ended as his Republican rivals are accusing him of exploiting companies and firing workers in a quest to make millions.
    “Those of us who believe in free markets and those of us who believe that, in fact, the whole goals of investment is entrepreneurship and job creation, would find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever, legal ways to loot out a company,” former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich told reporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, yesterday, ahead of the state’s Jan. 10 presidential primary.


    • January 9, 2012 at 12:36 am

      I am sooooooooo happy that Mittens is finally feeling the heat. He has been skating for a long time untouched. Newt’s video is priceless and I have watched it several times.

  58. 238 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 9, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Wow, posted and went away to do a few things and this conversation took off!!!!!

    Just sorted out a weeks worth of unread emails and found this invitation from the National Constitution Center:

    Jodi Kantor: The Obamas
    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
    $10 non-members
    $7 members, students and teachers
    FREE for 1787 members

    Needless to say, I’ve emailed my list suggesting that they join me in NOT attending and provided them the link to this wonderful suggestion from Diane.

    Diane, WAY TO GO with your initial post!

    Chips, as always, thanks for front paging outstanding comments and suggestions of others!

    • 239 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

      BTW, it really PO’s me that she’ll be doing her little talk from the same stage that PBO delivered his magnificent speech on race. No way I’d sully my memory of being in that auditorium by paying to listen to her dribble.

  59. 241 LunarSea
    January 9, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Crappola, I got all excited to see this mini hit job on Robme but it’s just the clip that has been floating around for a few days. Anyone know when the whole things is going to be live? I’m actually waiting with baited breath to see it.

    Hangs head and walks away in shame for what I’ve become. Will have to ponder why I am excited to see something that I know (or hope) will eviscerate another. Have I begun to embrace such negativity? That can’t be a good thing.

    ……still excited! Ha <— as Tweety would say

    Egads! now I'm quoting Tweety. I'm going to bed -night all

  60. 242 Blue
    January 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Isn’t it amazing that the writer of the Obamas has all of the tea bagger talking points down? Example of expensive vacations, expensive clothing and redecorating the White House which Gibbs pushed back against the First Lady. There’s something sink about all this, because the Obamas spent 500,000 dollars of their own money to redecorate the White House, and they spent their own money paying for their vacation and clothing. You know when the Republican wants a smear to be true, that all it takes, is repeat the smear, then pay a writer to publish the smear, then bingo it becomes fact. Biggest GOP trick ever!!!!

    • January 9, 2012 at 4:19 am

      And if it is their own money, who cares how much it costs anyway? Sometimes I think they are scandalized that they actually have it to spend in “their” house, that they can actually not have to beg or borrow to live well.

    • January 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

      The First Family is allowed money to redecorate the residence but the Obamas turned down the $100,000 budget given to every new president for this.

  61. 245 Betsey
    January 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

    This is a great idea! I’ve been wondering what we could do. I was thinking of a letter writing campaign so that during this stretch — when the book is being reviewed and talked about, the author interviewed — FLOTUS receives a stream of letters telling her how much we admire and love her. In the meantime, I’m upping my monthly donation to $24. Is there a way to let her know this is happening?

    I certainly have faith that Michelle is strong enough to take all this, but why should she have to? Though I must say other first ladies have had a really hard time, all the way back to Dolly Madison. Hillary was pilloried, as was Eleanor Roosevelt. Even Nancy Reagan had a hard time. But there’s another layer to the vitriol aimed at the First Lady, and that, of course, is racism. I’ve never seen anything like the comments I’ve caught the few times I’ve wandered into unmoderated sites. That may be because we didn’t have comments like we do now on the internet, even for Hillary’s time. I look at that picture of Michelle with her hair swept back and see a gorgeous photo of a magnificent woman. The doughy white guys can’t deal with it.

    On an encouraging note, I remember when we were all upset about the Suskind book and who’s paying it the slightest attention now?

    I don’t often comment these days, but I’m here on and off all the time. Just haven’t figured out how to comment from my phone, and don’t have regular internet access while I’m traveling. But while I’m here I want to say this blog keeps getting better and better, thanks to the awesomeness that is Chips, and to everyone who contributes so much. I love the links, and especially the tweets. Some of them make me roar with laughter.

    • 246 Obama Grandmama
      January 9, 2012 at 1:58 am

      I said I was in and would take care of it tomorrow, but I just had a thought. Will the fact that we are doing this create a story in itself that makes the book look like it has caused a controversy and because of that sell more copies? That I would not like. I like the idea of it being inconsequential better with our pledge to not buy it and encouraging others to not buy it. That I guess could be interpreted as controversial too so might as well get some fund raising out of it. Over thinking again. lol.

      • 247 dotster3
        January 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

        I always think that ignoring something is the better way to make it go away. All this attention to the book only raises its profile, just as all this attention to Breitbart and Greenwald etc. and anyone who makes some disgusting comment about Michelle Obama makes these haters more important, worthy of time and effort. What if everyone gave zero attention to all these s__t stirrers? They would no longer be “controversial” or significant in any way. No one would care what garbage they have to say, they would just fade into the background.

  62. 248 PurpleShoesLA
    January 9, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Hello all you good people at TOD. So funny story to relate.

    I got an email Friday night from my mom saying that she was so deeply disturbed and tired of all the crap in the media, between Santorum’s bluh people and Gingrich’s demand jobs not food stamps and Mrs. YoMama and “now some dumbass book lying about my Michelle” (her exact words and yes, before you ask, my Mom is very possessive about FLOTUS). Anyway, I sent her an email back in response on Friday night saying that i learned from the folks at the obama diary, when something pisses you off, just donate to PBO’s campaign in response and it helps. Well, I just got home to a rather EXCITED shall we say, voice mail message from my Mom, “oh my god, I looked at that obama site you told me about and everyone’s going to donate $24 to the Obama campaign instead of buying that stupid woman’s book! oh my god, oh my god, I’m going to take this idea to my woman’s group meeting tomorrow. Call me when you get home, we have to email this to everyone we know!!”

    So, I logged in tonight and of course TOD is on it as usual. So thank you Diane and the rest of you fierce Obamabots for singlehandedly re-energizing my Mom with your postive fighting spirit. Obama/Biden 2012!

    • 249 isonprize
      January 9, 2012 at 1:05 am

      PurpleShoes, i love it!!!

      Oh how I wish my mother and father were alive during this moment in the history of the USA. On election day, I stopped by my parents grave site and put two campaign buttons on their headstone!! SInce Michelle is certainly the right age to be a child of my parents, i know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my mother would have called her “My Michelle” also.

      • January 9, 2012 at 7:02 am

        OMG, PurpleShoesLA, thanks so much for relaying that story. And isonprize, what a very sweet thing to do. WOW.

        THIS is the power of community effort. As POTUS always says, if one voice can change a room…….

    • 251 LadyTNT
      January 9, 2012 at 1:06 am

      I love your mother purpleshoesLA!! Tell her she needs to come in and comment.

    • January 9, 2012 at 1:15 am

      That’s a wonderful story, Purple. Just wonderful! I was planning to donate tomorrow, but the excitement of seeing the donations rise on Chipsticks’s donation page made me so excited, I decided to get out of bed and go donate tonite. On top of that, I tweeted by donation to @jodikantor just to let her know what she has inspired. It’s very late now, in fact it is already tomorrow now for me. So it off to bed until tomorrow –that is, later today. Great job Obamabots! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 253 desertflower
      January 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

      OMG! What a great thing to have happen! Your mom’s a hoot 🙂 SHE should join us here PurpleShoes 🙂 Tell Mom, she rocks 🙂

  63. 254 africa
    January 9, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Thanks Diane. I am in!! I will pass on to my sister in Maryland, too.

  64. 256 anniebella
    January 9, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I have not read the book and I don’t plan too. You can bet ten thousand dollars I will not buy the book, and I will put my $24 dollars in the mail tomorrow. The President is the one who ran for this office, so you can expect going after him, but I do not like it when you go after the man family. I have said before that the Right wing knew how important FLOTUS will be campaigning so they wanted to go after her to try to damage her, but it won’t work. The First Lady ask the people one day she was speaking did they have the President’s back? I’m here to say we have her back too. Bless our First Family. By the way, I’m not ruling out this coming from some haters from the left either. Just my opinion.

    • January 9, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Good night, Yardarm! Good night… oops! Morning TODville. **sure hope they don’t call me for work today. My eyes and brains are tired.** Sweet dreams, TODville!

  65. 260 LDS
    January 9, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Diane, thank you. What a wonderful idea. I will be donating $24 from now until. ……

    Ms. Chips, the video of the frat brothers is very encouraging. I had the pleasure to attend the annual Urban League Classic Football Game in Sept. 2011′ and let me tell you we collected (forget the exact count) of signed “I’m In” cards. As a volunteer for OFA in NYC, that was the most rewarding experience of “friendly commarade” that I have ever seen.

    As to the book of lies, I do remember hearing or readin somewhere(maybe here from someone posting that McCain’s daughter had impled or made a comment about “the Obama’s not being such a great couple.” I thought to myself, then two things. 1. Why would she say that? 2. How would she know that?

    I am glad that you protect this blog from lurkers who hide behind who they are and what their true intentions .

    Real Obots are transparent and truthful because these are only a few of the unique qualities of our President.

    • 261 Obama Grandmama
      January 9, 2012 at 2:06 am

      i’m sure the GOP would like to damage Michelle Obama’s reputation and take her positive ratings down some percentage points for the election. She will be campaigning for PBO. This book will feed right into that meme. I hope many disagree with the picture they will be trying to paint about them or their marriage. Like it has been said if there is no drama or scandal the GOP is not above making up their own truth (lying).

  66. January 9, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Thanks Diane & Chips, This is an excellent idea, $24 it is! Will do. The preview story at the NYT & at Huff HO really upset me Fri. nite. It made me so angry I didn’t sleep that night. I’m really tired of attacks on the First Lady. I really don’t know how many more I can take. It really affects me deeply when it happens. They’re malicious & a lot of times they’re racist as well. It’s just not right. The president’s wife & family should not be attacked. She’s continuously attacked & now a frackin book. They wrote some horrible books about Hillary, but the press has never actually written a book about a First Lady that I can recall, while they were in office anyway. The MSM will suck this right up & regurgitate it continuously. I’m not looking forward to it.

  67. 263 problemwiththat
    January 9, 2012 at 2:15 am

    This is beautiful and I am 100% behind this. She should know that the majority of America is thankful to have such a distinguished First Lady. We love and respect her efforts.

  68. January 9, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I read her wiki page. This woman seems obsessed with Michelle and her marriage to the President, She has written al ot about them since 2008 including contrecoups during the Rev Wright fiasco. I cannot understand how the Obama’s would invite her the white house or let people close to the President interview them. I am sending the campaign $24 dollars Flotus. What would be great If we crashed the white house server with Email for the Support of Flotus when this book comes out on tuesday. No matter how thick skinned one is it still hurts that you are trying to do the right thing and keeps getting trashed by people who should be shining your shoes,

  69. 265 Judith Fardig
    January 9, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I’m taken aback that Connie Schultz, wife of respected Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of OH, called President Obama “arrogant” in her favorable review of Kantor’s book and repeated many of the extravagance memes the Republicans like to trot out. She asked a good question, “What kind of journalist presumes to know Michelle Obama’s mind?” and then failed to answer it well.

    • 266 cuphalffull
      January 9, 2012 at 5:30 am

      Not good.

    • 267 Chi
      January 9, 2012 at 6:08 am

      Connie Schultz has always been a Hillary supporter and most of them never pass up on any opportunity to add their very own bit of gratuitous Obama bash even when they purport to be offering a rebuttal in ‘defense’ of the Obamas or expressing their phony disdain of some crap like Jodi Kantor has spun…

      Connie Schultz unfortunately represents much of what has been a painful revelation of the workings of the minds and mouths of some ‘Democrats’ since President Obama came into power…

      • 268 anniebella
        January 9, 2012 at 6:25 am

        Chi, that’s why I said it wouldn’t surprise me if Dems hands weren’t all over this piece of trash by that piece of trash. I have no proof of anything, but I believe there are Hillary supporters who will never get over the fact that Obama defeated her. Just listen to Connie Schultz. Now you see why the Obamas doesn’t associate with these people like Connie Schultz and big to do in D.C. and they don’t like that.

      • January 9, 2012 at 6:48 am

        I, too, was surprised about Connie Schultz. But then, I didn’t know she was a Hilary supporter.

      • January 9, 2012 at 6:54 am

        She is definitely a PUMA. She was a frequent guest on Charlie Rose going back years and was always very ready to undermine PBO. I like Sherrod Brown but I don’t think she’s ever gotten over HRC’s loss. I haven’t read the article Judith cites but it’s likely an underhanded swipe.

        • 271 Chi
          January 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

          Read the review by Connie Schultz and it reeks…

          She is as dirty as Jodi Kantor and embodies every bit of envy and resentment we have always felt many in the hierarchy of the Democratic party have felt since President Obama’s ascent…

          They are thrilled when they think his star is ‘fading’ and clearly, Connie Schultz resents and envies Mrs Obama just as much…

          Connie Shultz consistently inserts herself in her ‘review’ of Jodie Kantor’s book…

          She reminds readers that she too is the wife a US senator and goes out of her way to tell readers how she interviewed Mrs Obama twice in 2008 but has not spoken to her since then…

          It is clear that Connie Schultz is one of Jodi Kantor’s gossip sources…

          She along with Dennis Kucinich’s wife are so miffed with Mrs Obama for not exposing herself to them to devour…

          Connie Schultz has exposed herself as the unidentified Democratic congressional wife who always has something negative to sa about Mrs Obama and her reluctance to become ‘intimate’ with congressional wives…

          And once again the Obamas prove they have incredibly spot on judgement and foresight in keeping these malicious, petty, underhanded, vindictive gossips like Connie Schultz at arms length…

          • January 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

            I find it incredible that women like this who very likely consider themselves strong feminists insist on cookie cutter First Ladies. Mrs. Obama is UNIQUE in many, many ways. Her young children and husband come first. Her causes are dear to her. She has a LIFE.

            • 273 hopefruit2
              January 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

              These women have very superficial definitions of what it means to be a feminist. In their minds being a feminist means you’re not cooking or doing laundry, and/or you have your own bank account.

            • 274 isonprize
              January 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

              Hey meta, You have hit on a point that some “feminists” refuse to acknowledge.

              I’ll go a bit further. Some white feminists don’t include women of color in their thoughts when it comes to the ways in which women of color are survivors.

              We (women of color) are some of the most oppressed people in this world. (notice that I did not say ‘victim’) And yet, we survive, we persevere, we keep it moving. Some of us, like MIchelle Obama, thrive, yes, THRIVE!!

              I maintain that if some of these women who call themselves ‘feminists’ had to put up with even a smidgen of the bullshit that a black college-educated, Harvard Law School graduate, successful attorney and executive, wife, mother, sister and daughter had to put up with, they would be curled up in a corner somewhere, sucking their thumbs.

              The silence from these ‘feminists’ has been deafening regarding the insults and demeaning comments made of Michelle Obama. It’s as if they think she doesn’t deserve all the praise that she receives. Throw in a little jealousy and get people like Connie Schultz and her ilk.

          • 275 57andFemale
            January 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

            Yeah. Hillary and Bill wouldn’t have been subjected to a slew of books like this and damaging gossip. Right.

            I will make my $24 contribution, but I ventured into gossip land and I am underwhelmed by both the stories and our reactions. The First Lady had some adjustment issues. All first ladies are subjected to some variation of this story. Staff conflicts? Yawn.

            The book and its author are stretching to be negative and it shows. Nothing here is seriously damaging. Romney,Boehner,McConnelll, citizens United – these guys are a threat. This book is much ado about nothing.

    • 277 halo
      January 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

      With all due respect to our melanin-challeneged friends here, I CANNOT understand how PBO is ALWAYS described as “arrogant” and yet the MSM (who are mostly melanin-challenged) never say a word about Rick Perry or Bush Jr. or Romney. No, they’re just “self-confident.” One thing minorities learn about life in America is that no matter what you do, you have to do it twice as better and twice as well to even have a SHOT and even then people will tell you to stay in yoru place.

  70. 278 MJ
    January 9, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I’m an infrequent poster here, but I’m breaking my silence tonight to support Diane’s wonderful $24 donation idea, and to let you all know that your instincts about Jodi Kantor are quite correct.

    You see, I know Jodi quite well. (I worked very closely with her a few years ago.) I can’t get into too many specifics here because (a) it is pretty late right now (after 3 am); and (b) Jodi can be extremely paranoid & has a vindictive streak. So she wouldn’t hesitate to retaliate if figured out my identity. (LOL!)

    Anyway, like I said, you all are right to be suspicious about her motives. For as long as I’ve known her, Jodi has always been a self-promoting, unethical hater, with a deep resentment towards anyone whom she views as competition because such persons (cough…like President & Mrs. Obama…cough…cough) make Kantor feel insecure. (See also, Greenwald, Glenn.)

    I am confident that JK will stop at nothing to make her book successful. So as the kids say, watch your backs and check the bushes around here for any Johnny come lately snakes who show up here all of a sudden begging the TOD crowd to “be fair” and give Jodi’s b/s hit-job of a book the benefit of the doubt.

    One last thing, if you Google Ms. Kantor, you’ll see that she was the NYT’s writer who first interviewed Rev. Wright re: his relationship with the Obamas. In fact, it could be argued that it was her irresponsible writing that began that whole sad episode & lead to (then) Senator & Mrs. Obama being falsely accused of being radicals & hounded out of their church home.

  71. 282 fanoTOD
    January 9, 2012 at 4:50 am

    WONDERFUL, Diane!!
    we are IN!!

    i LOVE this amazing site and community!

  72. 283 cathy2va
    January 9, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Love Love this site and family! Saw Ms. Kantor interview on MSNBC — I think with Alex on the weekend and I did not feel real comfortable with the author. After reading all these wonderful comments I thought again about that interview and why did I not feel comfortable with the author. To me she seemed cold — not good with words which is why I mostly read and don’t comment much. But I just felt uncomfortable with the author. So I love the idea of sending $24 dollars to support our wonderful FLOTUS! I’m in and today will send the money and write an email to the White House and FLOTUS telling her that we have her back!

  73. 285 Dudette
    January 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Lovely idea Diane, I’m in! $24 on it’s way and I’m sharing this idea with my friends and family.

    Chips, thank you for staying vigilent in keeping this wonderful site safe from the trolls. TOD family, you ROCK!!

  74. 286 Bill
    January 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

    On Morning Joe, David Gregory, Chuckie Todd, Harold Ford, jr,, and Joe are all bashing Huntsman in his attack on Willard. Very interesting.

    • January 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

      I’m betting Huntsman hit a nerve. He was honest about divisiveness and putting country first.

    • 288 Ladyhawke
      January 9, 2012 at 7:50 am


      What? The Morning Joe crowd are criticizing Huntsman for defending himself against that smarmy attack from Willard? That’s hilarious. Chris Matthews and some of his colleagues were all over Jon Huntsman like a cheap suit after he called Willard out. They thought it was an amazing moment. They were gushing with praise. I guess Chris didn’t get the memo.

      • January 9, 2012 at 8:01 am

        And then in the same breath, they pushed huntsman for a third party run.

      • 290 Linda
        January 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

        I guess Chris didn’t get the memo.


        Maybe Chris and the rest DID get the memo…….NBC and Bain own the Weather Channel together.

      • 291 Bill
        January 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

        Chris is on now defending Huntsman. You are correct, he did not get the memo. The MSM and the establishment want Willard to be the nominee because they believe he will provide the closest race which they need for ratings.

        • 292 hopefruit2
          January 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

          I believe they also want Huntsman on the ticket somehow. Or as a 3rd party candidate, splitting the DEM voters in particular.

  75. January 9, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Good Morning all. I want to wish everyone a great day. I will donate my 24.00 on Friday. I have a request for Chips. Would you please post the video of the Mavs at the White House? I will be at work and will miss the ceremony. I am a huge Mavs fan and have been since their first day. I live in Heat Country now and really miss my Mavs. On another note…Mark Cuban is a second cousin. He is very smart and very philanthropic. He has set up his own foundation. He invests in start ups for small business. He also donates the same amount he gets fined by the NBA to a local Dallas Area Charity.

    Thanks in advance. I don’t get home until after 6 tonight.

  76. 294 Tulips
    January 9, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Good morning family. Soledad obrien just debunked Mrs. Kantor this morning look for the clip. Her new show started this morning.

  77. January 9, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Scarborough pushing Huntsman for the Americans Elect indpendent candidate!
    Msnbc pushing for that, it will probably happen.
    Chris Matthews had another tingle up his leg, but this time for Huntsman. Gag!

    • 300 Linda
      January 9, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Americans Elect is 100% right wing…..They are not fooling us !

      • 301 hopefruit2
        January 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

        The founder of Americans Elect is even more in bed with Wall Street that Romney! Let them try – it will FAIL.

      • January 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

        Of course, they believe we’re all idiots who can swayed one way or the other by shining baubles. What’s laughable is to think of Huntsman as a shining anything when he puts people to sleep within seconds of opening his mouth. If Americans Elect want to split the Repub vote, they can be my guest. We have come to a sorry pass in this country when a right wing politician says one sane thing and he is thought to be a moderate. Used to be you had to be consistent in your moderate positions to be thought of that way. You could put every semi-sane thing Ron Paul has ever said together with every semi-sane thing Huntsman has ever said and still not have a moderate between them. In any other era, they would both be immediately identified as the right wing fringe. The two Ricks, Newton and Willard would had been shunted off onto some lunatic party. Anyone who assumes moderation in Willard is either on something or engaged in willful projection.

    • January 9, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Let him. He is most likely to split the rw wing votes (sane repubs and right leaning indies) than the dem votes.

    • January 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

      I’m sorry but that’s hilarious. The guy is at the bottom of the barrel with the exception of NH and they want him to take the lead? Ha! He has no appeal.

      • 306 Bill
        January 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

        His only “appeal” is that he is not as crazy as the others in the field and possibly more honest. In a normal field he would be getting no mention.

        • 307 hopefruit2
          January 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

          I don’t know if he’s more honest. He has been under much less scrutiny – even during his tenure as Utah governor. I don’t consider stabbing your boss in the back characteristic of someone who’s honest. I don’t consider endorsing the Ryan plan which essentially steals from the poor to give to the rich as being honest. He comes off as creepy, passive-aggressive and manipulative. And he does all of that with the charisma of melted “frozen” yogurt.

          • 308 Bill
            January 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

            I said “possibly more honest” in a relative sense to the others, such as Willard, Newt, Paul, etc. I certainly don’t think of him as being honest.

            • 309 hopefruit2
              January 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

              That’s what I meant. I don’t believe he’s more honest relative to any of those you mentioned. He’s certainly been under far less scrutiny that all of them, including Bachman and Cain.

  78. 310 Brit
    January 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

    First Lady Obama will be interviewed on CBS This Morning this week by Gayle King from D.C..

    • 311 donna dem 4 obama
      January 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Well that should be quite interesting.

    • 312 anniebella
      January 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Brit, give me a time and date this interview will occur. I do not want to miss it. I do not thing the First Lady will talk about that book that much, because she don’t want to give it any attention.

    • 313 isonprize
      January 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Gayle King, Oprah’s bestie? Well….. Gayle isn’t exactly the best interviewer, but I’ll take it!!!!

  79. January 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I think someone was asking about this the other day:

  80. 315 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I’m really hoping that Rev Al and/or Dr. Harris-Perry do a full segment exposing the motives of this author and debunking this trashing book. I’m not holding my breath because they work for MSNBC, but II always hope alive.

    • 316 Tulips
      January 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

      If you make Rev Al aware of it he will look into it . He listen to his twitter family.

    • January 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

      How much do you want to bet the WH Press Corps go nuts with this today at Jay’s DPB with Norah, Jake and Chuck in the front row. Helene Cooper will probably show up, too.

      • 318 Brit
        January 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

        They will definitely ask Jay a million questions about the book. I hope Gayle King, doesn’t turn her whole interview on Wed. into a bunch of questions about the book. I know FLOTUS will be ready, she has some events this week.

    • 319 donna dem 4 obama
      January 9, 2012 at 8:36 am

      These “authors” seem to have unprecedented access to cable and morning shows to promote their books. I know that when I used to watch MSNBC they always pushed the flavor of the month book on their shows (especially tweety and morning joke). Also Jon Stewart always has authors with new book releases on his show as well. My question is what do these shows get out of pushing these books? Is it just the drive to get ratings off these books or do they gain financially from promoting these books? I just always thought this was odd.

      • 320 Bill
        January 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

        I have often had the same question. My guess is that by hosting a writer it provides an unpaid guest other than a politician to fill air time.

      • January 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

        I’m sure Stewart will put the Kantor woman on his show, since he has zero love or respect for PBO. My prediction is that our beautiful FLOTUS will come out more popular than ever, Democrats will be more motivated to get out and work and, thanks to ideas like Diane’s, more money will flow into President Obama’s re-election coffers. Darker forces than the nasty Kantor have been tried against our first couple and they have always, always survived and triumphed.

  81. January 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Way to go Diane!

    I’ll join you and do my small part to spread the word.


  82. 326 donna dem 4 obama
    January 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Excellent idea Diane. You know I am all IN for opportunities to support this Presidents re-election through donations. I will be sharing this everywhere.

  83. 327 Linda
    January 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

    The RECALL WALKER Light Brigade strikes again….. I love these people

  84. 328 donna dem 4 obama
    January 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I am so bummed about the DC Victory Fund Fundraiser tonight. I got that email last week and when I got home to donate so I could go all the 100 and 200 dollar tickets were gone. 😦

    • 329 hopefruit2
      January 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Sorry to hear that donna. Well, to put in context – it’s bad news that you didn’t get tickets, but its good news that there is extremely HIGH demand for those tickets!!!

      • 330 donna dem 4 obama
        January 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

        I know I’m “trying” to find consolation in that Hopefruit2. I told hubby last night (as he gave me that look as if I have lost my mind) that I could always get the $1000.00 ticket and be on the rope line. For some unknown reason that just didn’t go over very well in the donnadem household last night 😉

  85. 333 donna dem 4 obama
    January 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Okay I broke my cable show ban for a good friend of mine. Her sister knows Soledad O’Brien and Soledad became the morning host for a new show on CNN last week. I promised her that I would watch a couple of days of the show so reluctantly I did. I watched one day last week and this morning. I have to say that I think they are modeling it to some extent after Morning Joke but I have to admit that I think its a good alternative. So if you like to watch these shows you might want to check it out. Its called Starting Point.

    That’s it for me plugging cable shows 🙂

  86. 334 Ladyhawke
    January 9, 2012 at 9:00 am


    Turning ‘Country First’ On It’s Head

    By Steve Benen


    It took 12 hours, but Huntsman thought of a good response, explaining in Sunday morning’s debate that he, like his two sons currently serving in the Navy, has been willing to serve under a Democratic president. “I want to be very clear with the people here in New Hampshire and this country — I will always put my country first,” Huntsman said.

    Brian Powell flagged Romney’s fascinating retort.

    “I think we serve our country first by standing for people who believe in conservative principles, and doing everything in our power to promote an agenda that does not include President Obama’s agenda.”

    Think about that for a moment. As far as Romney is concerned, putting country first means putting country second — or perhaps third, behind ideology and party.

    Or as Powell put it, “Essentially, he’s saying Americans serve the country best by serving the Republican Party first.”



    • January 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Didn’t this pos claim in 2008 that his sons served their country by serving him ?

      • 336 57andFemale
        January 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

        Yup. Getting him elected was more noble than serving in the military.

      • 337 Ladyhawke
        January 9, 2012 at 9:23 am


        As commented up thread, Jon Huntsman’s comments to Willard about serving his country hit a nerve. No matter what you may think of Huntsman and his lackluster campaign, he merely stated the obvious. The very fact that such a statement is marveled at by the media and debated between the clown car candidates is tragic.

  87. 338 a4alice
    January 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

    OK just made my 24$ donation to chipsters fundraising page. off to tweet again……

  88. January 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

    January 09, 2012 8:35 AM

    Turning ‘country first’ on its head
    By Steve Benen

    There are quite a few elements to Jon Huntsman’s background and ideology that contribute to his struggling campaign, but his service in the Obama administration is probably near the top of the list. Republicans voters are desperate to replace President Obama, and one of the GOP candidates worked for the president as recently as eight months ago.

    In Saturday night’s debate, Mitt Romney, who probably sees the former Utah governor as a mild threat in New Hampshire, pressed the point, telling Huntsman, “[Y]ou were, the last two years, implementing the policies of this administration in China. The rest of us on this stage were doing our best to get Republicans elected across the country and stop the policies of this president from being put forward.”

    It took 12 hours, but Huntsman thought of a good response, explaining in Sunday morning’s debate that he, like his two sons currently serving in the Navy, has been willing to serve under a Democratic president. “I want to be very clear with the people here in New Hampshire and this country — I will always put my country first,” Huntsman said.

    Brian Powell flagged Romney’s fascinating retort.


  89. 340 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

  90. January 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

  91. January 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Monday, January 9, 2012
    Some Of Newt’s Best Friends Are Black, You Know
    Posted by Zandar
    I’ve talked about the difference between racism and assumption of privilege before, but every now and again somebody managed to do both at the same time, like Newt Gingrich. And every now and again, people like Gingrich get called out on it.

    At a town hall event meant to appeal to Latino voters at a Mexican restaurant in Manchester, an African-American man confronted Gingrich about recent comments he made that have drawn the ire of the NACCP and other civil rights leader. Gingrich controversially said last week, “I’m prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”

    Now, that was bad enough, but the reality is Gingrich’s assumption that the majority of SNAP recipients are African-American males is also completely and totally wrong. The largest plurality are white children, as a matter of fact. And only 8% of people on SNAP received additional federal welfare benefits, while 4% recieved additional state benefits. That’s it.

    Full post here: http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2012/01/some-of-newts-best-friends-are-black.html

  92. 349 desertflower
    January 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Is anyone else having this problem…when I try to go to Benen’s site, it tells me that malware has been detected there…WTH? Never happened before. Anyone else? What do I do about this…he’s a staple for me!!! I’ll have withdrawal !

    • 350 57andFemale
      January 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

      I’m not having issues on any device. Is your anti virus program set way high?

    • January 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

      If you’re using google chrome, others are also reporting it at BJ. Probably one of their ads.

      I don’t have any problems with FF.

      • 352 desertflower
        January 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

        I am using Chrome…..should I not visit there? seriously…I’ll start having the shakes if I can’t get there!

        • January 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

          LOL. I think they will fix it soon. I have of web of trust addon in FF and today it found no problem with Benen’s site.

        • 355 isonprize
          January 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

          Desertflower, try using Firefox. I haven’t had any of the problems using FF that I had when I used Internet Ex. or Chrome.

          No, I don’t work for them!! I just have found it easy peasy!! It blocks nonsense ads, has good virus control. Loves me some Firefox.

  93. January 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

    President Obama will welcome the Dallas Mavericks to the White House to honor the team’s 2011 NBA Championship victory.  According to the White House, the president “will also recognize the Mavericks’ ongoing support to the men and women who serve in our military and their families.”

  94. 357 Linda
    January 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

    MSNBC Ousts Contributor Pat Buchanan Over Racist Book | Conservative contributor Pat Buchanan’s tenure at MSNBC may have finally come to an end. AP reports that MSNBC president Phil Griffin has indicated the controversial former presidential candidate will not be allowed back on the network after the release of his latest book. “Suicide of a Superpower” has been roundly condemned for its racially-charged content, including chapters titled “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.” Griffin said, “When Pat was on his book tour, because of the content of the book, I didn’t think it should be part of the national dialogue much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC.” As ThinkProgress has reported, Buchanan has a long history of bigotry and has made many offensive statements while in the network’s employ. 275,000 people signed a petition calling on MSNBC to fire him.

    • 358 anniebella
      January 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Linda, It’s about time. We have been calling for that racists old fool to be fire long ago.

    • 359 Ladyhawke
      January 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

      This takes delayed reaction to a whole new level. Buchanan should have been fired a long time ago. I can still remember some of the heated arguments between him and Lawrence O’Donnell. Lawrence didn’t take any guff from Pat. All i can say is good riddance to him. MSNBC should be a shamed for keeping him around for so long. He was just toxic.

  95. 360 Don
    January 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

    No Connie Schultz, President Obama is not arrogant insomuch as he isn’t interested in throwing shitty Washington parties just to hear you gossip queens. There is a reason Mrs. Obama hasn’t talked to you since 2008, and that’s because she sensed you were full of shit. Why don’t you tell that hubby of yours Senator Sharrod Brown to back President Obama’s play just once for a change.

    • 361 Brit
      January 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

      See the problem is these journalists want special accesss to the Obamas, and I am not talking about speaking to aides. The Washington Post has written numerous articles about how Michelle hangs out with her Chicago girlfriends, and has become friends with Eric Holder’s wife. The media wants to hang out with them in the Executive Wing, they want to be able to interview the granny, accompany them on outing with their kids.

      • 362 Brit
        January 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

        Michelle only hangs out with her Chicago friends.

      • 364 itgurl_29
        January 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

        Jodi Kantor actually whined in an interview about the fact that the Obama’s do not invite journalists into their PRIVATE residence like the Clintons did!

        • 365 anniebella
          January 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

          Now I know this Kantor woman has some issues, why should the Obamas invite journalists into their private residence. That is their home, they have young girls, they want to try to make their life some what normal. It’s bad enough that the girls are growing up in front of cameras, when they are home they shouldn’t have to deal with that and I don’t blame the Obamas for not inviting the media or politicians to their private quarters.

    • January 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

      These congressional democrats have all been there too long.
      What if we had all the democrats get voted out, and replaced with 270 Liz Warrens?

  96. January 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

    New CBS poll has Gingrich only 4 points behind Romney nationally!

  97. January 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Political AnimalBlog
    January 09, 2012 9:20 AM

    Don’t root for public-sector job losses
    By Steve Benen

    Brenda Buttner, a senior business correspondent at Fox News, reflected yesterday on the latest jobs report, and made a curious comment when asked about which areas of the economy aren’t faring well.

    Well, government is a little bit losing jobs. That’s something we see as a positive because we want government to lose jobs to get more in line with the private sector.”

    This is not an uncommon sentiment on the right. Two months ago, George Will argued it’s “good” that the “public sector happily shrank by 24,000 jobs” in October.


  98. January 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Former Astronaut Jon Glenn talks about the President-

    A: You’ve got to remember where he was when he came in. He inherited a pretty full plate of bad things. . . . I probably would have tried to do some things a little differently, but overall I think he’s done a very good job. He gets criticized for the economy, but to me, if there was one thing that maybe would have been better it would have been to make more of a (economic) stimulus. I think the stimulus that was made forestalled us from going further into the tank, but it wasn’t enough to bring us clear back.

    In trying to extract ourselves from Iraq and Afghanistan, you can argue that all day. Did we have justifiable cause for going to Iraq? The jury’s still out. They didn’t have nuclear weapons. . . . Afghanistan was a different situation. That’s where the strike on the twin towers came from on 9/11 and I think (military action against Afghanistan) was completely justified. It remains to be seen when we’re pulled out whether (Iraq and Afghanistan) can run their affairs in a new way.

    That is about right!

  99. January 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Btw- the superficial analysis by Tweety, if the economy sucks, Romney wins.
    Their are a lot of issues in between, that all the pundits are missing. A lot!!!

  100. 377 halo
    January 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I don’t get it. What’s so terrible about the Jodi Cantor book? Seems like your standard fare, DC gossip book.

    • 378 hopefruit2
      January 9, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Everything about it is “terrible.” The timing…closely following the recent onslaught of RW attacks on the FLOTUS – who has been dubbed PBO’s prime asset going into the 2012 elections. The numerous insinuations and dogwhistles in the book…words and terms used to reinforce racial and sexist stereotypes…(e.g., “Angry Black lady” scenario). We are not over-reacting here. We know exactly what this is about.

    • 379 Oxfarm
      January 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

      I think it’s crazy to get this lathered over a book before anyone here has had a chance to read it cover to cover, and give it both its criticism and its merits where/if appropriate. The WH statement seems a preemptive move in the event the book is unflattering. From early reviews from Chicago Tribune, it sounds pretty standard stuff, and the couple comes off well despite the hype of “explosive” news.

      As for timing, if a publisher were to hold books until such time as supporters thought appropriate, books would never get published. I’m actually willing to read a few chapters in their entirety to form a well-rounded opinion. I’m not afraid of the content, quite frankly.

  101. January 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

    EU ready to sign Fiscal draft by January 30!

  102. 381 desertflower
    January 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/09/400404/romney-bain-bankrupts-billions/ Let us not let anyone “forget” this!

    2012 GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, who has a large lead in the polls heading into the New Hampshire primary tomorrow, has been taking heat from both Democrats and his Republican challengers for his time at Bain Capital, the private equity firm that he headed. Bain’s modus operandi was to invest in companies, leverage them up with debt, and then sell them off for scrap, allowing Bain’s investors to walk away with huge profits while the companies in which Bain invested wound up in bankruptcy, laying off workers and reneging on benefits.

  103. 382 dotster3
    January 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I am really missing the latest comments links so I don’t have to scroll thru the whole post to get to the new comments.

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Hi Dotster, I put the ‘latest comments’ back on the sidebar! Sorry about that, I was trying to tidy up the sidebar and wasn’t sure if anyone used that link. You’re back in business 😉

  104. 384 desertflower
    January 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

    EVEN MORE to add to link above about Bain….

    Adding insult to injury, Bain would hide its profits in tax havens, not even paying the rate it was supposed to on the profits it made laying off workers.

  105. January 9, 2012 at 9:59 am

    WASHINGTON—On Monday, Jan. 9, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host the premiere of a new short film produced by the National Park Service for viewing by visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park. As part of this event, Secretary Salazar will make an announcement regarding conservation of the Grand Canyon.

    WHO:  Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
    WHAT: Event to premiere new Grand Canyon National Park film and secretarial announcement regarding Grand Canyon conservation
    WHEN: 1:00 pm (Eastern Time) Monday, Jan. 9, 2012
    National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium
    1600 M Street NW, Washington, DC

  106. 386 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

  107. January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Btw- their is voting at midnight tonite, in that little district in NH! Lol!

  108. January 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Good morning, TOD!~

    Racism Is A Vital Piece Of The 2012 Republican Platform
    By Rmuse| January 8, 2012

    Many pundits claim that racism rose as a result of President Obama’s election, but they fail to recognize that his election gave the existing bigots legitimacy as if they were only reacting to Obama’s policies. However, the rise of the teabaggers and their “taxed enough already” and “Socialist tyranny” mantras was code for opposition to a Black man illegitimately sitting in the White House. The only reason President Obama entered office to outrage and instant hatred was simply white supremacy that informs racists that an African American is not qualified to be president because he is not white. If President Obama were white, he would be hailed as a tax-cutting, terrorist killing, business friendly, and right-leaning centrist that deserves re-election and a place of honor on Mount Rushmore.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/2012-gop-racism

  109. January 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Ron Paul in One Lesson: A Primer on Libertarianism
    By D. L. MacKenzie| January 8, 2012

    As a former long-haired pot-smoking Libertarian, I can attest that libertarianism attracts—not only pot-smokers, but—starry eyed idealists, believers in a Lennonesque live-and-let-live utopia tantalizingly within reach if only they could manage to convince all of humanity to abruptly and simultaneously stop being assholes. It takes a while for the smoke to clear, and by then the Libertarian larvae have metamorphosed into more or less mature creatures, plunged unwillingly into a workaday world which brooks no such chimerical stargazing. The ugly truth sinks in: All of [us] are mortal, and none of us is self-sufficient. And libertarians lose another follower.

    Libertarians believe that if government and all such collectivist enterprises simply vanished, an ideal world would miraculously arise on the ash heap of the old. Liberals, on the other hand, are willing to work for it.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/ron-paul-in-one-lesson-a-primer-on-libertarianism

  110. 391 MamaD
    January 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Thank you Diane! Brilliant idea!!

  111. 392 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Thank you for reminding me how good if feels to donate when the assassins are out there to get either the POTUS or his wife. I will donate $24 today to follow your good example, Diane.

    Thank you much.

  112. 393 Claire
    January 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Excellent idea Diane. I am on my way to make my $24 donation now. Thanks!

  113. January 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    It never surprises me,how many haters would give their eye teeth to be as smart,beautiful,and genuinely,as good a person as she is!One day I hope to tell her that in person,you see she’s married to my cousin!(Barack) And I have her poster hanging in my front room,so that everyone who enters my home knows how much I admire her.Being a strong woman,successful in her own right.And to support Cousin Barack to the highest office in the land. “When I grow-up I wanna be like her!”LOL

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