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a year ago….

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords talked with President Barack Obama on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of a southern Arizona shooting rampage that left her and 12 others wounded and six people dead.

The congresswoman will be among those marking the somber occasion by attending a vigil Sunday night on University of Arizona’s campus, one of several such memorial events in recent days.

…. Obama called Giffords on Sunday “to offer his support” and say that she, other shooting victims and the Tucson community are “in their daily thoughts and prayers,” the White House said in a statement.

“The president expressed amazement at the courage and determination Rep. Giffords has shown along her incredible road to recovery, calling her an inspiration to his family and Americans across the country,” the statement added.

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160 Responses to “a year ago….”


  1. January 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    First??????? If so, second time in a week, I believe.

  2. January 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Hi everyone. First? Obama/Biden 2012!

    • January 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      ok, next time..congrats tnmtngirl!

      • January 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        Thanks, y’all. Hope everyone is having a blessed day. If I had time, I would share our wroship service/sermon from this morning. SO made me think about current events…..Romney vs. PO…….greed……etc.

        • 7 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          January 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm

          AAAAH INDEED…WHAT WENT ON IN THE BIBLE…IS THE SAME STORY THAT IS GOING ON TODAY…GREED AGAINST THE MEEK AND STRUGGLING. OF COURSE…AS THE STORY GOES…THE GOOD LORD HAS HIS TURN…AND HE ALWAYS WINS!

          • 8 luci1119
            January 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm

            AAAAH INDEED…WHAT WENT ON IN THE BIBLE…IS THE SAME STORY THAT IS GOING ON TODAY…GREED AGAINST THE MEEK AND STRUGGLING.

            Sue you are so right, and how right you are. God will prevail In the end, YES! 🙂

  3. January 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Why is Chris Wallace arguing with DWS over Romney’s Bain problem?
    His job is to ask questions, not stick up for candidates.
    Amazing!

    • 10 Brit
      January 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      They do not want Mitt to be exposed to the public as a job killer. The media will protect Mitt, if he is the nominee in the fall, when the Obama Campaign starts airing him out for his lies and job killing.

      • January 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        Willard is a VULTURE CAPITALIST and will be exposed as one.

        and they know the optics of all the lives RUINED by Willard, as his ass CONTINUES to collect MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PAYCHECKS FROM BAIN – TO THIS DAY.

        people will understand that.

        • 13 Brit
          January 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

          What you stated is exactly why I am not understanding many people suggesting that the WH is afraid to go against Mitt Romney. There is a high poverty rate and unemployment rate now, and I just don’t see how people would vote for Mitt with his Bain Capital record. I actual think when these contenders currently the turnout on the GOP side might be low in the fall. However, it’s just Jan. and 3rd candidates are going to spring up in the Spring.

          • 14 desertflower
            January 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

            They are not afraid of Mitt. Where did you see that? They figured this out a long time ago. Mitt’s demise will be his own. PBO will just have to point out the facts.

            • 15 Brit
              January 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

              The media has always said that Mitt is a tougher challenger for Pres. O. Pundits on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, et al. have suggested that the WH would prefer not to face Mitt in the final. Donna Brazil said the same thing after one of the debates last year.

              • 16 hopefruit2
                January 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

                Yet, the same Donna Brazille said the exact OPPOSITE after last night’s debate. She said that Romney is the weakest candidate and that the Democrats want him to be the GOP nominee.

              • 17 desertflower
                January 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

                We listen to no nothing pundits on TV now? Silly rabbit 🙂

          • 18 anniebella
            January 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

            Once and for all let us put to rest this B.S. about the White House being afraid to go against Mitt “the flip flopper liar” Romney. If President Obama was not afraid to take on Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Machine, how the hell do anyone think he is scared of Mitt Romney? Bill Clinton was an ex-President with people supporting him all across the map, Hillary was a ex-First Lady and a Senator who was thought alot of. And the same media who is pushing this B.S. about the WH being afraid to take on Romney, were out there ordaining Hillary, President Hillary. This funny name Senator from Chicago had no chance against the Clinton Machine. But he went up against that machine and won! So believe me when I say this the WH does not fear Mitt the flip flopper liar Romney.

      • 22 luci1119
        January 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        job killer….. Yeah more like jobe CREMATOR 😦

    • 24 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      I SAW THAT…HIS BEHAVIOR AGAINST DWS WAS VILE…THEN AGAIN…WHAT ELSE CAN U EXPECT OUT OF FOX NEWS AND THEIR LOYALTIES TO THE REPUBLICANS. THE REPUBLICANS MY DEAR SPECIALIZE IN ‘VILE BEHAVIOR!’

      • 25 HZ
        January 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Amen,Sue. We see and we speak the truth of these behaviors. That is the goodness to our humanity. Speak the truth about the evils that you see. HZ

    • 26 Esmerelda
      January 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      I read that as ‘brain problem’ at first. Haha.

  4. 27 Pamela
    January 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Candles burning, as always, for peace and understanding.

  5. January 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  6. January 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    TUCSON, Ariz (Reuters) – Bells rang across Tucson early Sunday marking the exact time last year the city was rocked by a deadly shooting spree that left Representative Gabrielle Giffords gravely wounded.

    Bells ringing at 10:11 a.m. local time, the moment of the January 8, 2011 shooting, were among the first of a day of remembrance events for survivors and Tucson residents across the city.

    Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, made a surprise visit late on Saturday to the grocery store where a pistol-toting gunman pumped bullet after bullet into a crowd gathered for her congressional outreach meeting a year ago.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE8060CL20120108?irpc=932

    • 30 Cathy from MN
      January 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      I am so impressed with Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery and courage; I hope for her continued progress and personal peace.

      • 31 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        GOD IS WORKING THROUGH HER…SHE IS A WALKING LESSON TO EVERYONE…A LESSON TO BE LEARNED IN HOPE AND PERSEVERANCE! I HOPE PEOPLE ARE WATCHING AND REALLY LISTENING TO WHAT HER STORY HAS TO SAY ABOUT WHAT HATRED CAN DO TO A COUNTRY!

        • 32 luci1119
          January 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

          Miracles still happens, Miracles comes from God, and I’m so grateful 🙂

        • 33 HZ
          January 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

          Sue, yes I do believe that God is working through Rep. Giffords even as we speak, and Gabby will continue to be a living miracle for all of us who want to spread love, and peace around the country.

          It took me a while to get my thoughts together when this tragedy took place a year ago, however, I found much peace in the beautiful and elegant book that was penned by Gabby and Mark”Gabby,A Story of Courage and Hope.”

          If you want to read a book that gives you hope, and encouragement about a beautiful human being and a beautiful mate, this is such an inspirational journey. Just my thoughts in remembering Gabby.HZ

  7. January 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

  8. 35 GGail
    January 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Continued blessings to Rep. Giffords, her steadfast husband, Mark and our beloved President, Barack Obama!

  9. January 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Am reposting this here since I need feedback

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    Greetings Everyone

    I am building a web page we can use for short – sweet – and to the points factoids for promoting PBO and knocking down GOP lies.

    It is not done (lots of blank spaces) but I wanted to show it to everyone and get their feedback.

    So often I see folks post a question about “what do I tell my neighbor about …….?” or “how do i counter this twitter attack”

    Folks in my OFA group often ask the same thing, a simple group of sentences they can use to make their case.

    I have links to resources from folks here (Tien Le), links to OFA, some talking points that I keep getting in my mailbox from OFA and various other stuff.

    I would like to redo almost all of the existing talking points, am hoping to get email from OFA on this or help from the folks here.

    Please offer suggestions for what to add. I was thinking of making a link to tweets for the various subjects, but would need content from someone here.

    Whatever is included I want it to be short 1-2 clicks from the page to the info.

    Thanks to Tien Le for “inspiration” on the page name – Toolkit

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/election-toolkit-for-50-states.html

    Post your feedback below or send me an email. If anyone wants to help with talking points, tweet material, or general editing please let me know.

  10. January 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Regarding Romney

    The number of incredibly damaging videos that have come out this week is astounding. I am amazed this guy is still the front runner.

    I have been collecting the videos, if you need one to send to a friend or include in a blog post, go here.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/search/label/vid-ads-romney

  11. January 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    January 07, 2012
    The GOP debate
    If tonight’s debate has accomplished nothing else, it has demonstrated, beyond any last slim thread of doubt, that Texas Governor Rick Perry is criminally stupid. He would, he said, send American troops back into Iraq, today, so as to rebuff Iranian influence there — which arose, of course, because we went in to begin with. Perry’s neoconservative solution is to crank it all back up again; keep U.S. militarism going indefinitely in Afghanistan; and launch entirely fresh offensive efforts in Iran — all while complaining about outrageous federal deficits.

    That’s not just stupid. It’s criminally stupid.

    p.s. Same holds true for Santorum. He just informed us there are no socioeconomic “classes” in America, which will come as something of a surprise to the socioeconomic classes presently at each other’s throats.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/01/the-gop-debate.html

  12. January 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Four Years ago today, President Obama delivered what could arguably be called one of the most inspirational speeches of his political career and with it ensured that his name would be mentioned in the same breath as Lincoln,FDR,MLK and Kennedy…

    • January 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      And, prior to that, there was this: 🙂

      A brief biography highlighting the life and accomplishments of Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST! (Bobfr @our4thestate) 😉
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      FIRED UP & READY TO GO!
      WE CAN’T WAIT…PRESS ON!

  13. 55 isonprize
    January 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Wow, that was one year ago? Wow… My heart goes out the the family members that lost loved ones on that day. Especially the family of the little girl who was coming to meet her Congressman. I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose a child, especially in such a senseless way.

  14. January 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I’m so excited!!! Where will we be able to watch Leroy’s movie against Willard? The trailer is magnificent.
    ps- So very, very glad about Gabby!

  15. 57 Julie
    January 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    May the gods & godesses show great favor to Congresswoman Giffords and all who were touched by that horrible tragedy. Her fighting spirit is inspirational!

    Julie

  16. January 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Is Mitt Romney Dodging Taxes?
    Posted on 01/08/2012 at 4:00 pm by JM Ashby

    The short answer is — we don’t know for sure. Because Mitt Romney is refusing to release his tax returns, we are left to speculate based on what is publicly available, and what is publicly available suggests he very well may be.

    CBS reports:

    Even if Mitt Romney isn’t dodging taxes entirely, it’s more than likely he is paying a capital gains tax rate of roughly only 15%, far below your typical teacher or police officer.

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/01/is-mitt-romney-dodging-taxes.html

    • 59 Mel
      January 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      He is Dodging his Taxes I keep asking the same question on the ABC and MSNBC debates
      George and David did not bother to ask Willard about his taxes. If it were PBO you can be sure
      the MSM would be asking about his taxes 24/7. So Let’s push ourselves I Hope Rev Al or RM and Ed
      wpuld do that.

  17. January 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    This was one of PBO’s most amazing speeches ever. Still gives me chills.

  18. January 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Brian Ross, ABC, has been busy! Mitt Romney avoids U.S tax by using Offshore bank accounts – YouTube http://bit.ly/yEUn9F #justwow

    FBI may be investigating Bain Capital. I’ve been tweeting this link and a link to another report that Ross did on Mitt’s wealth & Blind Trust that does not meet Standards for the Govt Ethics Office: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/mitt-romneys-blind-trust-blind/story?id=15188063#.TwoQG3LkaSr

    Please check them out and let people know. Nothing ticks me off more than someone who says they put “Country First” and then shield their own earnings so they don’t have to pay taxes to this country they love so much! Hypocritical doesn’t begin to cover that.

    Excellent job as always Chips!

    • 64 Mel
      January 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      If Romney wants to be president we the people want know evrything about the candidates
      business speacially his TAXES and this vidio should go viral to every newsmedia and editors
      around the country is Romney saying that rich people are entilte NOT to pay taxes?

  19. January 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Another Day in Scott Walkerstan
    Posted on 01/07/2012 at 4:30 pm by JM Ashby

    When Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin introduced his anti-union, anti-collective bargaining legislation in early 2011, Walker made the strategic decision of exempting police and firefighters from the new rules. Many police precincts and fire houses joined their fellow unionized brethren in protest anyway however, and apparently they did so for good reason.

    It turns out a loophole in Scott Walker’s legislation has granted local governments the power to effectively blackmail the supposedly-exempted police and firefighters unions into paying more for their pensions.


    Wisconsin police and firefighters were supposed to escape higher pension and health care costs imposed on other public workers through Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious collective bargaining law. But the state’s largest police union says local governments statewide have found another way to make them pay up: threaten huge health insurance cost increases if they don’t start contributing to their retirement funds.

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/01/another-day-in-scott-walkerstan.html

  20. January 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Rick Perry Shows His Ass
    by BooMan
    Sat Jan 7th, 2012 at 10:59:12 AM EST

    Way back when, during his first debate appearance, Gov. Rick Perry said something to the effect that you would have to be heartless to discriminate against a kid who was applying to enter the Texas university system just because their parents brought them into the country illegally. This created an instant “not-hating-Latinos-for-Jesus-enough” problem for Perry, and his poll numbers dropped like a stone. So far, aided by actual debate gaffes, his numbers have not recovered. So, how about a bold move that says fuck-you to the Latino community louder than anything else could?


    Three weeks ago, the Justice Department released the results of its three-year investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office, finding rampant lawbreaking and massive civil rights violations against Latinos. In addition, it was recently revealed that the Arizona sheriff failed to investigate over 400 sex crimes during his tenure, including multiple instances of child molestation, leading Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to say he was “outraged” by Arpaio’s negligence. Apparently untroubled by the allegations, Rick Perry today announced that Arpaio will serve as his presidential campaign’s Arizona state chairman.

    Rick Perry’s campaign will have probably folded its tents before he ever gets to Arizona, so this is more of a signal to the voters of South Carolina and Florida. It’s becoming clear that most of the Republican candidates believe that they will benefit by saying and doing racially insensitive things. I don’t remember this really being the case in recent presidential elections. And even when I have noticed racial language being used inappropriately, it’s been surrogates doing the talking. Suffice to say that Rick Perry has obliterated one of the two things he’s done during this campaign that made me like him. The other was his defense of inoculating girls against HPV.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/1/7/105912/9068

  21. 70 desertflower
    January 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    My thoughts are with Gabby and all those that have been touched by the senseless tragedy that happened in Tucson a year ago today. So many lives changed forever, and a young, bright,energetic girl gone by a madman’s rampage. As we try to heal and move ahead and find our way forward after this, as the AZ legislature convenes tomorrow, they will bring up allowing guns on college campus’.We have not learned anything in a year’s time. What will it take?

  22. January 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Romney’s fortune was gained by destroying other people lives. His comments today in the debate regarding Kennedy mortgaging his house to beat him showed his privileged way of thinking.

    😀 Just think, the Republican establishment delighted in the ruling….but little could they know or foresee that this decision may play a part in bringing down the establishment candidate (Romney) once this 27 min video is released.

    Below is a brief summary of why the Citizens United case made its way to the Supreme Court.

    Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 08-205 (2010), 558 U.S. ––––, 130 S.Ct. 876 (January 21, 2010), was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court holding that the First Amendment prohibits government from placing limits on independent spending for political purposes by corporations and unions. The 5–4 decision originated in a dispute over whether the non-profit corporation Citizens United could air a film critical of Hillary Clinton, and whether the group could advertise the film in broadcast ads featuring Clinton’s image, in apparent violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, commonly known as the McCain–Feingold Act in reference to its primary Senate sponsors.[2]

    Reply

  23. 75 desertflower
    January 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I just want to say one more thing about Gabby Giffords. She has the most incredible, loving, and supportive husband in Mark Kelly. He is her rock and guiding star. The love they share is deep. I just think that he deserves the hugs of a grateful nation for standing strong for his wife. Protecting her privacy and being there through thick and thin, through this very difficult time. The fact that he was in space when this happened to her, well….I can’t even wrap my head around how hard that would be.

    • 76 hopefruit2
      January 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Well said df.

      • 77 HZ
        January 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        So beautifully stated, Desertflower. That was one of the most precious and loving thoughts that I came away with after reading their book. It makes you want to stand up and give Mark Kelly the most loving husband award of the century. What a beautiful couple, indeed.HZ

        • 78 desertflower
          January 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

          Thanks, guys. It’s true…I think that we should all aspire to be a little more like him…the Navy lost a great officer AND a gentleman.

  24. January 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    “I Want to Believe this country lives up to our children expectations” I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it”
    That Video is Powerful…still gives me chills…………Thank you Chips

  25. 80 desertflower
    January 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/us/politics/michelle-obamas-evolution-as-first-lady.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

    A fairly lengthy piece from “The Obamas” by the woman that hasn’t spoken to them since 2009 🙂

    • 81 nathkatun7
      January 9, 2012 at 1:21 am

      I am sorry, but this woman’s piece is not credible! It is really a sad day that the supposedly reputable papers, like the NY Times, are now deeply invested in tabloid gossip!

  26. 82 Blackman
    January 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Eve’nin’, Ms. Chip

    This is just an EXcellent tribute. Thank you SO much for this.

  27. 83 Linda
    January 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    In 2004 GWB was unopposed in the Iowa Caucus….­.he received 4,000 votes
    In 2012 BHO also unopposed in the Iowa Caucus…. her received 25,000 votes.

    In New Hampshire in 2004 11.9 % of The Republican votes were ” write ins ” for one of the Democrats running.

    Bush only got 77 % and had no opponent.

    • 85 57andFemale
      January 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      But Jesus forgave him because he became Catholic. Do whatever you want and then be redeemed.

      I’m a seriously lapsed Jew but one thing I always liked about Jewish thought: you screw up with God, that’s what Yom Kippur is for. you screw up against your fellow man, go make that right on your own. God is not your intermediary. Face your transgressions like a thinking human being.

      • 86 jacquelineoboomer
        January 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        Of course, Gingrich and Santorum aren’t really representative of Catholics in this country, due to their extremist views and the way they act and live their lives, and the way they expound on and interpret Catholic virtues isn’t identical to how most American Catholics in the pews see their religion. One of the biggest teachings of the Catholic church – received directly from the message of Jesus, if you are a believer – is about social justice and never forgetting the poor and downtrodden, the least of these. Again, Gingrich and Santorum don’t follow those principles. They’re pretty much one of a kind – or two of a kind.

        And asking for God’s forgiveness is much more complicated than Gingrich has seemed to make it. For instance, you also have to intend in your heart that you don’t plan on doing what you are asking forgiveness for, again. And it’s not a clean slate unless you mean that. That would leave Newt out. Again, much more complicated than I described, but this is the gist. Catholics also know that all of this is based on the gift of blind faith, not science.

        These two candidates are just one of the reasons we should leave religion out of politics. They don’t represent me or my religion, that’s for sure.

      • 87 desertflower
        January 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        OH. That explains it. All washed away….like it never happened…..what a scumbag.

      • 88 nathkatun7
        January 9, 2012 at 1:48 am

        I am a seriously lapsed Christian, mainly because I’ve found a great deal of good in all religions. Nevertheless, what you wrote about Jewish thought makes perfect sense to me. I am just so sick and tired of some of the holier than thou right wing Christians who routinely judge and condemn others, but are quick to ask for forgiveness when their own sinful ways are exposed. Gingrich had no qualms championing the impeachment of President Clinton over sexual infidelity while he himself was engaged in similar transgression. I am equally tired of pious people who champion the Lord’s prayer in schools and posting the Ten Commandments in Court housed while they routinely violate the prayer which calls on us to treat other people the way we would like to be treated; and one of the commandment, which forbids us from lying.

  28. January 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  29. 90 57andFemale
    January 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    totally O.T. but……

    can someone explain to me after 30 years of PC’s, why we can’t just hit a button and have everything sync when we set up a new computer?

    this old broad is really losing it over transferring stuff from the old computer and/or a backup. I’ve been at this task for a week and I really have to get back to my consulting job tomorrow and I’m still not up to speed.

    PC Mover sounds great — except you’re disconnected from any firewalls and anti-virus and on my creaky connection it’s going to take 14 hours for a few programs and yes, 7 years of documents and photos.

    And then there’s my sweet [almost] 72 year old husband who is learning the computer. I’m proud as hell of him but the QUESTIONS. and the “what the hell did you do?” without sounding angry or unsupportive.

    Methinks wine is the only way to get through the rest of the night. Lots of wine.

    • 91 desertflower
      January 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Wine. Lots and lots of wine. Agreed.

    • 92 Linda
      January 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Sounds daunting…… I would just take it to someone and let them do it.

      • 93 57andFemale
        January 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

        I run three small businesses from this computer. I just tried to clean up files and don’t know what the hell I’m doing. It’s nothing anyone can do for me, I have to figure it out myself. I’m drained and exhausted and have to face my boss tomorrow and I’m just not ready.

        Amazing how fast stress can return to our lives…….

        Okay, back to politics. You guys don’t need my angst.

    • January 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      I SO AGREE! So awful that it isn’t just one button. Some day soon I hope. In the meantime we are stuck with everything having to get plugged in in hard to reach places and weird plug ins that aren’t labeled and instructions written by/for programmers and not consumers.

      Lots of wine is a good plan.

    • January 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      You need a Mac!! Everything is so easy and so fast.

  30. 97 desertflower
    January 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Caught by our excellent local blog here in AZ regarding last night’s debate. Worth a look!!!

    http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/01/mitt-rommeys-dan-quayle-moment.html

    • 98 Cha
      January 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks for the link, desertflower! I hadn’t read that exchange before.

    • January 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      My God, Mitt Romney is just…I don’t even have the words.

      “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,” Romney declared.

      REALLY?! holy shit

  31. 101 ScottyUrb
    January 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    May all of the deceased rest in peace.

  32. 102 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    This headline was so fitting …

    ” … president a balm to the brokenhearted”

    And he’s also a balm to those who aren’t brokenhearted! Such a kind and caring man. Good luck to Gabby, at the one-year mark!

  33. 103 dotster3
    January 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Local Chgo news just showed Rahm responding to questions about “the book”. They first aired a clip of Rahm and Michelle laughing together and getting along great when she came to Chgo to help him bring attention to “food deserts”, areas where there have been no grocery stores, and promoting Walgreens, I believe, coming to the rescue with fresh foods now being sold in their stores in those neighborhoods. Rahm, in his usual brash manner, said he “never reads those books”, but he said he was very proud to have worked for the President and First Lady, he considered them close friends, he recently attended a private party with them and talked to the president yesterday. And I saw that Michelle’s former communication director, Camille Johnston, said that although she could not deny the reported incidents, their importance was greatly exaggerated in the book with many incidents going back to the early growing pains of 2008. And Axelrod also did not deny anything in the book, but he also agreed that the reporting was greatly exaggerated, that a couple little misunderstandings, or conflicts, which happen all the time in every kind of workplace were blown out of proportion. All saying the same—-much ado about almost nothing.

    • 104 anniebella
      January 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      If the witch told it like it truly was it would be boring, so the bitch, I mean witch had to add her opinion in their and spice things up alot.

    • 105 dotster3
      January 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      And then, just as I finished writing the above, Lester Holt comes on with the NBC national news and opens the broadcast with “Bombshell book! What is really going on in the White House?” Our national media—–will say anything and everything to promote conflict. And it seems they are more than willing to say anything which may be hurtful to the Obamas. No one bothers to dig for the truth any more. They just blast away. Big sigh!

      • 106 dotster3
        January 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        And guess who is doing the report on the blown out of proportions book—-Andrea Mitchell of course, going through each and every detail.

      • 109 Linda
        January 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        There is a story on HP from the book about a huge Hollywood Costume Halloween Party in 2009.

        All the comments say : SO WHAT !

        • 110 dotster3
          January 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm

          The Chgo Sun Times Lynn Sweet has a new column re. the book. So far, from the early releases, it seems the whole book concentrates mostly on Michelle. Maybe because Sweet was concentrating on the Chgo parts, but she goes into all this stuff that’s in there that will likely cause a few more ripples——Valerie Jarrett was Daley’s Chief of Staff and hired Michelle—–that Michelle didn’t like that three white Irish families held all the power in the city and state for generations—Daleys, Hynes and Madigans— that when Jarrett, who was close to Daley but was still let go, this enforced this anger and that they then recruited Obama friend, Marty Nesbitt, to run for mayor—who obviously ended up not running against Rahm. This supposedly is the origin of Michelle not liking the president surrounded by a small insular crew. (Valerie Jarrett is never more than an arms length away tho) But—-lots of entanglements and complexities. The most perplexing thing of all is that friends Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt, Jarrett and Gibbs were all said to have given multiple hours of interviews to the author.

          • 111 anniebella
            January 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm

            I will say this, I don’t like the fact that Whitaker, Nesbitt, Jarrett and Gibbs talk to that witch.

    • January 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      I’m actually not that mad. 3 years into his presidency and they got NUFFIN’

      • January 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        I’m with you, Go Brooklyn. They got nothing. FAR worse things were said about other First Ladies. This is piffle stuff.

        • 114 anniebella
          January 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

          We’re going to remain strong for this First Lady and President, because I feel the enemy will go after anyone in the Obama family to try to get President Obama.

  34. January 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  35. January 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I have been watching footbal all weekend and Mittens keeps running an ad, all weekend long!
    This must have cost a lot of money?

  36. January 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Apparently, former Willard supporters helped to make the anti-Romney film……..say waaah?!!!!

    “The movie, called “King of Bain, When Mitt Romney Came to Town,” has not been distributed, but has been viewed by ABC News. It was made by former Romney supporters and intersperses interviews with some workers who blame Romney’s company for losing their jobs with ominous music. At one point it focuses on K.B. Toys, which made money for Bain even as it closed stores.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/anti-romney-movie-draws-attention-to-bain-fortune/

  37. January 8, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    WTH does he mean by that!!!!SMH ..me thinks Christie has a hot temper…

    EXETER, New Hampshire—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t going to allow Occupy Wall Street protesters to heckle his speech in support of Mitt Romney here, instead he fired back.

    As they shouted “Christie Kills Jobs” he shouted over them, saying “Really?”

    He added that Mitt Romney was correct that the protesters have the right to protest, but had a message of his own to share with them

    “Somebody’s going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart,” he said.

    It’s unclear whether he meant that the protesters would be arrested or something else.

    The protesters were escorted out by Romney security as well as local police officers.

    • 122 desertflower
      January 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      “Sweetheart?????” If I was there, I’d be in jail right now. My blood boils just READING that commentary from Chris Bitchy.

    • January 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      okay, this is bad, but i think it’s funny that he heckled them back. Who but Chris Christie would pull this crap?! Bet they weren’t expecting that. In all seriousness though, I didn’t appreciate when they did it to PBO and I’m glad that there was someone bad tempered enough to let them see what it feels like. There’s a way to respectfully protest and get your point across, mic checking: not cool.

    • 128 Linda
      January 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Yuk….Christie is a bully.

    • January 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      “Somebody’s going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart,”

      • January 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        hahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahhahhaha!!!! 😆 he sounds like such a huge punk! Maybe he thinks he’s the reincarnation of Al Capone? hahahahahahhahahahahha! God, he’s such a douche 😀

        • 131 Linda
          January 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

          Wasn’t that Mob show The Soprano’s located in New Jersey.?

          • January 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

            NJ is right! I think Christie thinks he should have been a mob boss. He amuses me with his loudmouth brashness. I’m gonna miss it when he gets kicked outta office, but I’ll definitely be glad when a Dem takes over.

        • 133 desertflower
          January 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

          He thinks he’s Tony Soprano. More like Big Pussy if you ask me.

          • January 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm

            hahahhahahahhahhaha! 😆 Oh, DF, you have a wonderful way with words! So true, though.

          • 135 nathkatun7
            January 9, 2012 at 2:40 am

            Christie tried that mob scare nonsense here in california, in 2010, campaigning for Meg Whitman. Guess what, no body was impressed or coward! Californians told Godfather Christie that California was not New Jersey. We don’t intimidate easily from mobsters. I am sure Meg regrets having invited this cowardly pretend mob boss to come and intimidate us.

    • January 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      If anybody’s a thug, it’s Christie.

  38. 137 halo
    January 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Mitt ROBney! Genius!

  39. January 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  40. 139 57andFemale
    January 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Did this get mentioned?

    “This just in: according to the Washington Times, Tony Blankley, the former editorial page editor for that newspaper and the former press secretary for Newt Gingrich, died earlier today after a long bout with stomach cancer.”

  41. 142 Linda
    January 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Part of the Showtime lineup scrolling across the top of HufPo reminds me of the debate….­Shameless and House of Lies.

  42. January 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Some enthusiasm gap! NH OFA is bringing it!

  43. January 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    So Now #OW Street is going to Occupy the Capitl on Jan 17, when Politicians return..What caught my eyes were the performers..
    As you can see in the link above they have “Rootstrikers.com” has nothing to do with music…but going after Obama! and not Congress…what a waste of time and air..

    http://www.rootstrikers.org/

    • 146 Linda
      January 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      OWS…has been infiltrated by far left loons…..I hope they get escorted out.

    • January 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      “but going after Obama! and not Congress”
      ————this is why I don’t feel sorry for them when Christie unleashes his beast.

    • 148 hopefruit2
      January 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      They had better not try to Occupy My President when he gives his SOTU address.

    • January 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      I visited the website and the first thing you’re greeted with is a larger DONATE button.

      Why in the heck would I give some far left loon my money…these idiots have to be out of their freaking minds.

    • January 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      I reported this website/blog to attackwatch.com. (Attackwatch is on Twitter… @attackwatch #attackwatch. And, Attackwatch is located on TOD’s sidebar—> 😉 )

      They need to go after John “Weeper of the House” Boehner and Mitch “McChinless” McConnell…Grrr! 😡

      DON’T MESS W/PBHO! 🙂

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST! (Bobfr @our4thestate) 😉
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      WE CAN’T WAIT…PRESS ON!

  44. 153 LOL
    January 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    About that book……ANother shoe drops

    Alice in Wonderland Halloween party was no secret, W.H. says

    A White House official told POLITICO Sunday that a Halloween party thrown for military families in 2009 was no secret and that there was no conspiracy to cover-up the role of two well-known Hollywood figures.

    In her new book “The Obamas,” Jodi Kantor reports that the White House communications staff was concerned about the optics of the Obamas hosting a star-studded ‘Alice in Wonderland’-themed Halloween party in a time of economic misery. As a result, Kantor reports, they did not highlight the role that director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp played at the event. Burton helped decorate the White House for the party, while Depp attended in costume as the Mad Hatter.

    “This was an event for local school children from the Washington DC area and for hundreds of military families. If we wanted this event to be a secret, we probably wouldn’t have invited the press corps to cover it, release photos of it to Flickr, or post a video from it on the White House website,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement. “Even Johnny Depp’s fan new about it and posted on their website. Just goes to show you can’t believe everything you read in books these days.”

    The official White House social media releases and the reporter pool dispatches from the party do not mention either Burton or Depp, but the Depp fan site JohnnyDeppNews.com reported that the actor was in attendance with Burton. And the Nashville Tennessean also reported that both Depp and Burton were at the White House for the party. Then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs addressed the event in his briefing, but did not go into any detail.

    I went to flickr and saw no less than 5 pictures of the party. Some people would sell their soul for a buck.

    • 154 anniebella
      January 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Star studded, the onle stars name I heard was Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. But you notice how Kantor tries to make like the Obamas hide the Halloween Party, they keep it under raps, once again you see how she lied, twisted the truth, just to make things seem worse. The party was for military families and local D.C. school children. I am more convince the piece of trash written by Kantor is nothing but a hack job.

  45. 157 carolyn
    January 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Watched ABC News tonight….the only mention about the book was the Wonderland party, but they said it was for children of servicemen, and the White House didn’t want a “Hollywood” type party to get big press during the recession. Obviously that last part was false, since most people knew about it.
    The big problem the Republicans have had with this administration is that there have been NO scandals. Think back to all the other presidencies recently….BIG scandals…..but nothing for the opposition to get hold of in this one. And there won’t be, so they are trying retroactively to stir things up. As the HP commenters say: So What! The book is obviously half truths, some “truths” ginned up for color, and as W Shakespeare so admirably put it: “Much ado about nothing!” The public will find the Republican circus more entertaining, and this will have a short life. Probably Morning Joke will ride this horse tomorrow, but everyone knows him.
    The author’s info is THREE years old…..a life time in politics. Ho-hum. She should find something productive to do, like maybe investigating homelessness and poverty, and working to eradicate those!!!

  46. January 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Good article on dailykos -president Obama is best president ever!

  47. January 9, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I am saying a special prayer for all the families affected by the shootings in Arizona a year ago. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering they have endured and the pain they will continue to bear for many years to come. I am so very sorry for your loss and wish you every blessing as you continue to cope with the loss of a loved one. Thank God for those who survived and continue to deal with the scars left by the horrendous event.
    I am so impressed with the way President Obama and Mrs. Obama have handled their condolences to those involved from the very beginning. They have both shown sincere empathy and tried to be as supportive as possible. We are so lucky to have President and Mrs. Obama and I wish them every success as they campaign for reelection. They have worked tirelessly and deserve to have four more productive years.


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