‘change is hard, but it’s possible: i’ve seen it, i’ve lived it’

President Obama arrives on stage to speak at a campaign event in Washington January 9, 2012

307 Responses to “‘change is hard, but it’s possible: i’ve seen it, i’ve lived it’”

  1. 1 pinkbunny
    January 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    God Bless President Obama!!! I pray for his re-election!! I hope that people will wake up and smell the coffee that he is the only leader who can continue to bring progress to our country.

    • 2 FiredUpInCA
      January 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Pinkbunny! Hi. I haven’t seen you in a while since I fled Daily Grudge. Hope all is well.

      • 3 pinkbunny
        January 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

        Hello FiredUpInCA! Long time no speak 🙂

        Yes I’ve been really busy and dealing with some health issues. But I still try to check in and get my daily dose of TOD. It’s the only way I can get up to speed on what’s REALLY going on 🙂

    • 4 isonprize
      January 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Hey Pinkbunny. And we have to work while we pray!!!

      • 5 pinkbunny
        January 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        Absolutely!! We have to work our butts off to get him re-elected!!! The future of our country is at stake 🙂

  2. 6 vitaminlover
    January 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Let not our hearts be troubled. Obama/Biden WILL prevail.

  3. 7 Ladyhawke
    January 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    It looks like Rachel Maddow is going to spend a lot of her show tonight on you guessed it JON HUNTSMAN.

  4. 16 nintendowii10
    January 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Club for Growth Explodes on Newt

    The Club for Growth, custodian of the gods of cutthroat laissez-faire capitalism, blasts Newt Gingrich for attacking Romney’s private equity awesomeness.


  5. 18 sherijr
    January 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    no one holds a candle to him. period.

  6. 19 Brian
    January 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    His words always lift me up and make me want to be a better man.

  7. 23 anniebella
    January 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I love listening to our President speak. I am looking forward till FLOTUS being in the public Wednesday. I am hoping we will be able to see her speak .

  8. January 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives on stage to speak at a campaign event in Washington January 9, 2012.

    More soon

    • 26 Ladyhawke
      January 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      He’s adorable.

    • 27 pinkbunny
      January 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Wow President Obama looking smooth, cool, and confident as usual!! He is so disciplined, I envy how he is able to keep his mind on what’s truly important and swat away all the ridiculous stuff. Even if Willard is the nominee, the President will crush him in the debates, leaving Romney stuttering like the idiotic gasbag that he is.

    • January 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Weren’t the know-it-all Press saying yesterday that he isn’t in the top three Presidents as far as charisma? He’s got fifty times more charisma than Clinton ever had. I never understood what people saw in him. This picture of our President oozes charisma.

    • 30 Pamela
      January 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      He smiles from the heart.

    • 31 LunarSea
      January 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      I swear he seems to gain energy and fire from the ppl who come to see him.

      Bush always had his sanitizer handy and never was shy about using it. The picture of Bush wiping his hands on someone’s shirt during a visit to Haiti (? was it) is what Robme reminds me of. They both seem repulsed by the ‘little people’. PBO is the antithesis of that kind of mindset.

    • 33 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      We will get this done. WE.

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      America – We Will NOT Go Back – youtu.be/w-ecDs0zYI8 – ‘Change is Hard But It’s Possible’ #LandslideOBAMA2012 #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether


    • 37 Betsy
      January 10, 2012 at 12:19 am

      What a great picture. Love that smile!

  9. 38 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Jonathan Alter is picking up on the GOP enthusiasm gap right here:

    • 39 pinkbunny
      January 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      I really hope that the other Republican candidates surge to take away Romney’s lead. I want it to be a battle all the way to the convention. I am hoping that Santorum, Paul or Gingrich can really take a chunk out of Romney’s big fat LYING ass.

      • 40 jacquelineoboomer
        January 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        That would be pleasant for us onlookers. They’re all liars. 🙂

      • January 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

        Me too. I want mittens bloodied by the time of convention. I am even rooting for noot to be their nominee. 🙂

      • 42 LunarSea
        January 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        I don’t know. This republican campaign is run too much like a reality show for me. Robme was the favorite until twitter & blogs started asking for more drama & blood. We were all saying how boring and predictable it had become. then Viola! today lots of mud slinging. Yes it could be coincidence. Or it could be that the ratings gods decided to add drama to increase interest and viewership.

        just thinking aloud….

  10. January 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    CBS gives a relatively decent spin of the book, but of course they talked about the salacious parts 🙄

  11. January 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Snoop Dog says he wants the WH to legalize pot.
    The snizzle on the Snecutive branch is it’s the snegislative branch that passes laws.

    Oh snoop a loop!

    • 71 nintendowii10
      January 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      I’d vote for Snoop Dogg President long before I’d vote for Ron Paul. At least Snoop has actually done things for the community, coaching his son’s little league baseball team.

    • 72 Tulips
      January 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      yep and they just arrested his but in Texas with weed.

      • 74 JoJothecat
        January 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        Snoop and Willie Nelson should know to not have drugs on them in the southern states….they’re just laying in wait for them to come into their state to bust them.

      • 75 LunarSea
        January 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        Explains the comment then…

      • 76 Puddin'
        January 10, 2012 at 12:53 am

        STUPID! A black man getting arrested in the South is like someone getting arrested in a foreign country…he better be careful, his crazy, high as a kite azz can end up on a chain gang…the South/Texas is not LA. As my mama used to say, “there comes a time for all things…” Snoop is too old for such foolishness…

  12. January 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    The guy has FIYAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH in his belly. All aboard the O’train. Ready to go

  13. 91 FiredUpInCA
    January 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    “Aaron Bennett, a restaurant owner from Laconia, says if Paul doesn’t get the nomination, he might just write him in on the ballot in November. And if Paul runs as an independent, he adds, “I don’t care if that takes votes away from the Republicans.”


    I hope every Paul voter shares this sentiment.

  14. 95 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Here is the GOP primary schedule FYI. The next primary after tomorrow (NH) will be South Carolina one week from Saturday (Jan 21).


    • 96 FiredUpInCA
      January 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      I keep hearing that Romney is comfortably leading in South Carolina but I am just not feeling that.

      Iowa and New Hampshire voters are vastly different from SC and I don’t think they are going to be as hospitable to his say anything politics.

      It will be entertaining to watch venture capitalist, Massachusetts Mitt morph into ranchin’ huntin’ and fishin’ Mitt as he tries to out-cowboy Rick Perry.

      • 97 jacquelineoboomer
        January 10, 2012 at 12:50 am

        I heard somebody joke today that Perry is a “non smoker’s Marlboro Man.” He’s also a non-person’s choice for the R nomination. Mr. Ed would have a better chance (too old of a reference?) (ha!).

  15. 98 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    ROFLMAO! Here is a list of all PBO’s Democratic primary challengers in NH tomorrow. I doubt PBO is losing any sleep tonite.

    Click to access Democratic%20ballot.pdf

  16. 105 cuphalffull
    January 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Just got off a national volunteer Obama campaign call. Everyone seems like family and I’ve never met any of them. I am looking forward to fighting to re-elect the President with all my new campaign brothers and sisters.

  17. January 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget would fold the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority into a new Transportation Agency. Sac Bee: http://bit.ly/zUTfyF

  18. January 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Can PBO get any HANDSOME!!!!! *whewwwww* Loving those pics above ❤

    • 112 Pamela
      January 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      I was just about to ask that very question: can he get any better looking? Imagine if he was really left alone to get his work done, without the never ending hack hack hack of the ignorant opposition, man, would he glow!

  19. January 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Right on!

  20. January 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  21. January 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Hopefully Mr. West won’t be sucking at the teat of the American people for much longer.

  22. January 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Sorry, Mitt, you and your staff can whine and complain from now until President Obama is re-elected. NO! We’re not gonna back off or back down! If you can’t run with the “Big Dogs,” you should have stayed on the porch!~

    • 128 L3
      January 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      I love that expression. I’ve heard the first part as in,”You can’t run with the big dogs,” but I’d never heard the stay on the porch part.

      • 129 isonprize
        January 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        L3, here it is!!!!

      • January 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        LOL! I got that phrase from my grandmother who was a sassy, Southern black woman! I remember her saying it frequently when we were kids, and it covered a wide range of foolish behavior on our part. I shortened the phrase because what she usually said was, “If you can’t run with the “Big Dogs,” you should have just stayed on the porch and barked.”~

  23. 132 symmetry11
    January 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    DoJ contacting additional banks on mortgage deal http://reut.rs/wEti5Y

  24. 134 halo
    January 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm


    • 135 hopefruit2
      January 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      After 2017 the campaign trail will bore the hell out of the media and folks. They will have to recruit PBO to stump and get ratings.

      • January 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        Ed Shultz was on his show advocating Hillary Clinton to be the Vice Presidential nominee…saying that it was a way to prepare for 2017…i like the ticket the way it is…thank you very much,,,,.this Hillary Thing is nutzo

        • 137 EDP4BHO
          January 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

          Poor Joe Biden…..he gets no respect from these devils. F–k Ed.

          • 138 hopefruit2
            January 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

            No, it’s the other way around. Biden gets well-deserved respect from the one he needs to get it from – President Obama. VP Biden is secure in his role as VP and is here to stay. On the other hand, the poor media pundits are flailing around trying to stir up controversy because they are desperate.

            • 139 edp4bho
              January 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

              Morning all, morning hopefruit. I agree with you. As I said……”..he gets no respect from these devils”. We know he gets mad respect from PBO and definitely the rest of us.

        • 140 Puddin'
          January 10, 2012 at 1:54 am

          When he said that he would be talking about the “this Hillary Thing” I turned the channel…I refuse to get upset anymore…these people have one agenda, RATINGS…they will do and say anything to fill the airwaves 24/7…I got to take care of my “one good nerve”…so I have learned to turn them off when they start that “nutzo” talk!

        • 141 57andFemale
          January 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

          Are ya kidding me?!?! Schultz is a complete idiot. Hillary in 2016?!?! Seriously?!?!

  25. 142 desertflower
    January 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    That was a great 5 minutes! Could I LOVE this man anymore???

  26. January 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Chipsticks, never mind about posting only the last few minutes of the President’s speech, the last few minutes of any of President Obama’s rousing speeches is ALWAYS the best. How I love them!

    PS — Clawing my way through the last little bit of my piece on big birds at DragonGoose Farm, what a relief, I’ve been struggling off and on for months on this thing! Soon I’ll be freed up to say something coherent on TOD.

    I HOPE it’ll be coherent.

    Best to you Chips. You. are. wonderful.

  27. January 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    He still has it! Just saw him on cspan, his stump speech is very good!

    January 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm


  29. January 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Just popped in to say hello. I left early this morning and did not get home until after eight. I really wanted to thank chips for all she does with the blog…especially the last thread with my beloved Mavs, the President of the United State and my cousin Mark Cuban. The pictures were awesome as well as the video. THANK YOU CHIPS.

    Rachel lost me tonight forever. She has some real Hunstman Love and has that ADD person on, Dylan Ratigan. Then there is ED…Hillary for VP…who needs the right when we have the left. I am very far left but even I know the President DOES NOT legislate.

    Good Grief

    • 147 24Sass
      January 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      I watched the New Cake Boss. Looks like I didn’t miss anything with Rachel. She did this kind of crap before the 2008 election…..veiled tearing down of PBO. I am not a big fan.

    • 148 smoothscotch
      January 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Her and Ed’s hrs. is when I watch my pvr of Rev Al and Martin Bashir. Done with them.

  30. 156 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Apparently based on what I saw on Twitter, Dylan Ratigan was just on Maddow rambling as if intoxicated…

    • 157 nintendowii10
      January 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Remember this? 🙂

      • 158 JoJothecat
        January 10, 2012 at 12:37 am

        I loved this guy, he got in DR face and called him out and DR walked away. Dylan Ratigan did the same thing he did on Rachel Maddow he did when Randi Rhoads had him on her show, he dominates the conversation where no one else can contribute. I hope Randi never has him on her show because HE IS A FRAUD!

    • 160 Ladyhawke
      January 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm


      Dylan Radigan was just bloviating on the Rachel Maddow Show about money in politics. He’s basically hawking a book that I will not name. He made sure to point out that both sides are equally guilty. He then proceeded to take over the interview. He was rambling. He is insufferable. I don’t know what Rachel was thinking. But then again, she keeps harping on Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Buddy Romer. So I guess having Dylan Radigan on makes sense.

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      I wondered the same thing. I was on the treadmill so I left it on……mostly just to see if I could make any sense of what he was saying. Answer: Nope, not so much. 😦

      • 164 symmetry11
        January 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        I’m not sure he understands half the mess that comes out of his mouth. I think that he just likes to hear himself talk.

    • 165 24Sass
      January 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Has MSNBC always let the *stars* hawk their books on the shows? I don’t remember it before Tweetys book came out, but I could surely be wrong.

  31. January 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Gayle King’s guest on Wednesday morning? The First Lady. 😉

  32. January 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Any Chicagoans “in the ‘TOD’ house?” 🙂

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

  33. January 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    We haven’t even gotten tot eh second Presidential contest and it is clear that the media is suffering from 2008 campaign withdrawal symptoms. You know, “Once you go Barack, You can’t go back” . They’ve been traipsing from campaign event to campaign event like zombies seeking thrills, and coming away totally bored with the GOP Klown kar. that is the reason why they are floating Hillary as VP. They want to relive the excitement of 2008.

    PBO changed the entire trajectory of campaigns such that things will never be the same. I suggest media klowns savor the General election since it will be PBO’s last campaign. They are never gonna see another palpable candidacy like PBO’s.

    They should get their noses out of the corporate puppeteers asses long enough to admit that they REALLY REALLY miss PBO on the stump. He gave them a reason to live. Now they misguidedly vilify him as he works selflessly to straighten out our bankrupt ship of state.

    President Barack Obama is Sui Generis

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Remember Obama drawing 50,000 – 80,000 people at campaign events in 2008? Remember the amazing visual spectacle that provided? Well, so does the media. And when they are confronted with that reality again vs. Willard Romney trying to sound like a human being in front of a few hundred people, well….it won’t be pretty.

  34. January 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Maybe this is why they are after Michelle-

    12:30 PM
    Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee luncheon in Richmond, Va.
    2:45 PM
    Michelle Obama delivers remarks at Virginia Commonwealth University.
    5:15 PM
    Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception in Charlottesville, Va.

    Wed. Schedule is packed!

    • 179 anniebella
      January 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      You’re right Jovie, but it won’t work. We need to let the press and that Jodi Kantor know how much we support our FLOTUS.

      • January 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        The FLOTUS is a secret weapon. (well, not so secret) She is popular, eminently approachable, and a talented politico (and draw) in her own right. No disrespect to Mrs Romney, but Michelle is a Major Leaguer, while Mrs Romney has never even swung a bat.

        She has the capability to fundraise (on her own) as well as campaign for her husband (on her own) and draw HUGE crowds doing so. I would venture to guess that during the heat of the campaign Michelle Obama would be able to draw a larger crowd, by herself(!), than Mitt Romney. That’s just simply not fair to Willard.

  35. January 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I watched this video and immediately gave some cash to Obama / Biden 2012. We need to win.

    At a bare minimum, if Obama simply wins every state Kerry won, PLUS Ohio, nad he gets a second term. (And somehow I don’t see Romney the “Job Cremator” taking rust belt Ohio…with an assist from Gov Kasich!) But that is not enough. The President needs to win in a route, sending a message that the racism and hatred of this country the GOP has been peddling has been rejected.

    We need to make this happen. Let’s all GIVE TILL IT HURTS to the Obama campaign. We can do this.

    Fired up, ready to vote.

  36. January 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Evening Chips! Good Evening TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    2012 is going to be a good year. It’s going to be a good year.

    –from Remarks by the President on the Economy, Shaker Heights, Ohio, January 4, 2012

    Good Night, Everyone! 😛

    • January 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you PJ for your just perfectly selected quotes. Very fitting tonight. I do remember hearing and seeing him when he said that, and I wrote it down in my “Affirmation of Quiet Meditational Moments for 2012.”

      Thanks you our beloved Chipsticks for this beautiful haven, “The Obama Diary”. You are the best, Chips. I was standing at my kitchen counter tonight and you came to my mind so I asked for angels of love to surround you and our TOD family. We are going to be just fine, and we are going to reelect President Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2012.

      We are so blessed. Good night my dear TOD family. Hitting the pillow early tonight. I love you all so very much. Good thoughts to Fred and Mom. (((((((((Hugs))))))))HZ

  37. 187 desertflower
    January 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm


    Rick Santorum Selling Branded Sweater Vests For $100 Each
    The man who made sweater vests a household name is selling his own version of the garment for the low price of a $100 campaign donation.

    Rick Santorum told CNN’s Erin Burnett the sleeveless top is his “Second Amendment vest” because it offers the “right to bare arms.”


  38. 191 desertflower
    January 9, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Bain was offshoring jobs when Mitt was MA governor


  39. 192 desertflower
    January 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm


    The theme here is that Newt Gingrich has decided to hit his opponents where it hurts, even if with the same attacks liberals would make. Giveaways like the Pittsburgh stadiums are not exactly a liberal policy. In fact, the business the stadiums generate (or that their owners say they do) is an excuse team owners use to get taxpayers to pay the bill in the same way that corporations get better treatment from Republicans when they ask for lower tax rates in order to create a business-friendly environment. Similarly, the attacks on Romney’s record in private equity is identical to the liberal attack on what conservatives often see as a sacrosanct industry.

    But Newt is not the candidate he was this fall. Now he says he would vote for Obama over Ron Paul, and is helping Democrats by lobbing liberal critiques at both Romney and Santorum.

  40. January 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Mitt Romney has tried to portray himself as a regular guy in campaign speeches and meet-and-greet events with voters but his penchant for gaffes has undermined the effort, which Democrats plan to exploit in a general election match-up.

    His remark Monday that he likes to be able “fire people” is the latest awkward statement that will haunt him if he wins the GOP nomination.

    Democrats on Monday described the statement as one of several “silver bullets” they plan to use in the summer and fall, if Romney becomes the Republican nominee.


  41. 197 Pamela
    January 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Thunk. I’m down for the count. As ever, thanks for the laughs and the seriously intelligent input, everyone! Obama Y’all!

  42. January 10, 2012 at 12:05 am

    They just voted in NH! Who won that small little district? Lol!

  43. January 10, 2012 at 12:16 am

    (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are moving toward taking legal action against Wegelin & Co, which could lead to an indictment of one of Switzerland’s last pure private banks, on charges that it enabled wealthy Americans to evade taxes, according to two persons with knowledge of the case.

    Negotiations in the case have reached a critical stage, with an indictment possible though the bank is seeking a deferred prosecution agreement, which would be less damaging. The outcome depends on how prosecutors, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Treasury Department agree to treat the matter, the sources said.

    Founded in 1741, Wegelin is one of Switzerland’s oldest banks. An indictment of it would be a blow to a national tradition of banking secrecy that dates back to the Middle Ages. It would be a step forward for a U.S. crackdown on offshore tax evasion by Americans through Swiss banks.


  44. January 10, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Residents in the small town of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire were the first to cast ballots in the state’s presidential primary election just after midnight on Tuesday.

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman each won 2 votes of the 9 cast in the contest. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) each received 1 vote. Three Democratic ballots were cast for President Barack Obama.

    According to the Associated Press, the group of 9 registered voters in Dixville Notch comprised three Republicans, two Democrats and four undeclared voters.

    Dixville Notch has voted first in the state’s primary election since 1960. Town clerk Rick Erwin told Granite State-based station WMUR ahead of the contest, “It’s great that they respect the tradition.”

  45. January 10, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933)
    PBO has begun. Let’s get busy for real.

  46. January 10, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Good Morning Chips,

    Here’s the full video of President Obama’s campaign event last night.

    Have a great day. 🙂


  47. 219 MB32
    January 10, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Why are the pundits always so wrong? They say he can’t run on his record. He can’t be inspirational like 2008. He can’t talk about change because he didn’t change DC etc, etc, ect. Yet, it seems to me that PBO WILL run on his record. He WILL be inspirational. And he WILL still talk about the type of change you can believe in. I haven’t watched the full clip of the speech that Donna posted but the just the clip of the end of the speech. You can tell he’s not afraid to prove the pundits wrong. Of course this campaign will be different than 2008 because he’s an incumbent but they are not of afraid of using some of the themes they used in the last campaign. PBO is so consistent. I love it!

    And this Hillary talk…they need to go somewhere and have a seat. Ride or Die Joe is not going anywhere! These people just want to stir up trouble on the Democratic side so they can have interesting and exciting copy to write. PBO will not play their game…He hasn’t done it so far so why start now? Putting Hillary on the ticket would be a sign of weakness for the Obama campaign and they are not weak or in trouble, especially if the economy picks up some steam…

    • January 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

      MB, you answered the question. They want to stir up trouble, create anxiety among PBO supporters and depress enthusiasm. Since we’re on to them, there is absolutely no need to listen to them.

      • 221 a4alice
        January 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

        I get so ticked off when I hear them talk about “well you know PBO SHOULD do the clinton/biden switch oh and HERE’S HOW” No. I agree they are just talking to make money and buzz. Until PBO says IF such a thing would happen – it’s all a bunch of hooeyy and noise.

  48. 222 Ceb
    January 10, 2012 at 6:39 am

    They do it to inspire fear and uncertainty in his supporters and to make themselves seem omnipotent. Remember also that this is a job for them. PBO always tells his troops to ignore them and to press on. In 2008, it was not until the Sunday before the general election that George Will (ugh) and other pundits admitted that Obama would win in a landslide. Only people like Chris Wallace held on to the bitter end. All of today’s pundits know the truth, but they can’t sell it if they want to keep their jobs and their false relevance.

    • 223 MB32
      January 10, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Ceb, good point….that’s why I’m not listening to these pundits in 2012. I don’t care what they say…

      • 224 anniebella
        January 10, 2012 at 6:51 am

        No don’t listen to them, what we need to do is help register people to vote. Starting with family, friends, neighbors, help get them ready to vote, if they need a ID help them get that ID, we have to show up to vote better than 2008 and then we will sit back and see what those jackass pundits have to say.

  49. January 10, 2012 at 6:54 am

    This is only the 450th interview that buddy Roemer has done on msnbc.

  50. January 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

  51. January 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Steve Ratner says Bain Capitol was a terrific firm.

    Jeesh! With friends like these, who needs enemies.

    Thanks Steve!

    • 228 anniebella
      January 10, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Who is Steve Ratner?

      • January 10, 2012 at 7:33 am

        The Presidents old car czar. He oversaw the car bailouts.
        Now, he is a regular on morning jerk!

        • 230 57andFemale
          January 10, 2012 at 9:51 am

          My one criticism of Obama is his Clintonesque economic team. I would have liked to have seen a few more progressives. The notion thatHillary would have been some liberal firebrand is absurd.

        • 231 anniebella
          January 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

          Well I tend to listen to the real people, the regular people, you know the ones Bain Capitol step all over. Stevie Ratner most likely got some profit from Bain. I would love to tell Ratner to tell what a terrific company Bain was to the people who lost their jobs.

    • 232 Bill
      January 10, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Morning Joe loves “Democrats” who do not support PBO.

    • January 10, 2012 at 7:59 am

      First of all, I doubt whether anyone besides Mrs. Ratner cares what he says. Second, Bain may very well have done its function–delivering profit for investors–well. What Bain did not do is help people. So when Robney tries to pretty up the firm’s purpose by saying it created jobs, he’s lying . That’s the point, not whether the company performed it’s function well. Robney spent all of his career in money creation and when he tried governing in Massachusetts he was lousy at it. That’s not a record that qualifies him to be president.

  52. 234 benchwarmer
    January 10, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Hello! I really do not know if this is the appropriate way to contact the creator of this blog, but I could see no other way to leave you some feedback (I am pretty blog-dumb).

    Anyway, thank you for this blog. It is awesome. It is positive, full of beautiful photos, videos, and of course a bit of humor and fun. After reading some of the comments here just now, I can also see that this is a place of sanity. No one is holding the president to an unrealistic ideal here, but rather, choosing to praise his accomplishments rather than to criticize his mistakes (which are few in comparison to other presidents!)– so refreshing!

    I am grateful for this blog and those who follow it, as it is people like us who will ensure that Mr. Obama has a second term to make history as one of the most exquisite presidents this country has ever seen.

    I am sure all the crazy baggers come around to stir up trouble, however, I just wanted to let you know that your work with this blog, as well as all the supporters here, who never turned their back on Mr. Obama or this country, are much-appreciated. Thank you!

  53. January 10, 2012 at 7:31 am

    President Obama’s re-election campaign appears to be picking up speed.

    Just days after administration officials said Obama wouldn’t be doing much campaigning, the president appears to be doing just that and he’s using the New Hampshire primary to rev up his campaign.

    And for the first time this year on Monday night, Obama took his first shot—albeit a light one– at Republicans campaigning in the Granite State: “The very core of what this country stands for is on the line. Don’t take my word for it, watch some of these debates that have been going on up there in New Hampshire,” the president said to laughter.


  54. 237 Linda
    January 10, 2012 at 7:56 am

    CNN gets pawned by Ron Paul

  55. 238 LOL
    January 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Final NH poll

    Myth Robney (Thanks Jovie 🙂 ) 37
    Ron Paul 18
    Jon Huntsman 16
    The rest of the jackals are all bunched up, except of course, Proud Peacock Rick Perry at 1%

  56. 244 LOL
    January 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

    What you say about no enthusiasm for the President…..

    With five votes, Mitt Romney was the winner in this tiny community, though President Barack Obama held his own with 10 votes.

    At midnight, a total of 23 votes were cast in town hall for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Voting took two minutes and 26 seconds.

    Republican Ron Paul captured four votes, Jon Huntsman two, and Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich received one each

  57. 247 dotster3
    January 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Todd and Gregory on Today—–Lauer asking about Daley leaving, Todd said most of his duties had been taken over by Rouse, didn’t like living in D.C. etc., but Gregory wasn’t going to let it go at that. He said Daley’s departure was another sign of the dysfunction in the W.H., corroborating the book “about Michelle Obama” which also indicated friction and dysfunction within the administration. Gregory is a real piece of work. Detestable. And about objective as a RNC chairman.

    • January 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Gregory is trying to impress somebody on the conservative side. Their is never a question that he does not go after the President. Guess we know who he is voting for?

    • 249 L3
      January 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Even though he finally “did his job” at the debate, he knows Romney was damaged so what better way to even the score than to try to damage PBO. He’s got to redeem himself and get back in the good graces of his corporate masters and the right wing.

    • 250 anniebella
      January 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

      David Gregory is in the same boat as Matthews, and all those other anti-Obama pundits. Gregory isn’t worth dog doo, neither is what he says.

  58. January 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Santorum fear mongering on Iran and nuclear weapons. Soon, nuclear weapons will be exploding in our cities if we dont send an ICBM at Tehren! Here we go again! Meh

  59. 252 Don
    January 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Jovie, Santorum didn’t even answer the question about what would he do to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. I have yet to hear any of the Republicans answer the Iran question.

  60. 253 hopefruit2
    January 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I guess Cain is going to give his grand endorsement this Thursday! I feel sorry for the endorsee.

    • 254 dotster3
      January 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

      His “unorthodox endorsement”. Excitement!!! Why is he inserting himself again, and why are the media outlets more than happy to oblige? He’s everywhere again.

    • 255 Bill
      January 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

      We now have Todd “First Dude” Palin’s endorsement. So all that remains is Herb Cain’s. The world awaits.

      • 256 hopefruit2
        January 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

        Bill I do hope you get some sleep in the coming nights. I will try to do so myself. It will be hard for us – anxiously waiting to hear that announcement…And then we can go on with our lives after Thursday.

  61. January 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Good morning,

    Just listened to the short clip from last night! Loved it definitely felt shades of 08 looking so forward to 2012 so we can shut these morons up. Thanks for posting Ms. Chips and although I haven’t watched yet thanks Donna for posting whole video. 🙂

  62. 260 hopefruit2
    January 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

    This does NOT bode well for Jon Huntsman.

  63. 269 dotster3
    January 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Can someone remind me how the “Obama can’t connect with people” false meme originated? Morning Joke advanced it again today. It is so preposterous I can’t believe anyone can say that with a straight face. Are they forgetting that there are photos and videos to dispute that fake partisan charge—-millions of them? These lazy, unethical pundits believe they can spout any nonsense.

    • January 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

      It’s just a Rove tactic. Romney is the one who is indisputably wooden and has made tons of gaffs trying to be the common man.
      Not fooling anyone because as you say, there are reams and stacks of evidence that PBO is very much loved by so many. He has more than ample charisma and that drives them wild.

    • January 10, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Relying on tried and true repug strategy: take opponent’s greatest strength and turn it into a weakness.

    • January 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

      They are talking about the DC set and pundits. Not real people.

  64. 273 Don
    January 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I mean really, is Sen. Shaheen really a Democrat? She just sits there and let Joe say the most incorrect shit possible. And somehow these people are supposed to back President Obama?

  65. January 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Good morning, TODville!!

    Another stop on the RW Clown Car circus!

  66. 278 Bill
    January 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Newton Leroy said this morning that Willard’s Bain Capital invested $30 million in a company, then took out $180 million, and the company went bankrupt. That was the LBO model of the 80’s and 90’s. I don’t see how that can be overcome.

  67. 279 hopefruit2
    January 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

    HEADLINE: Obama campaign blanketing N.H.

    // MANCHESTER, N.H. — This presidential campaign has seven offices across New Hampshire, 20 staff members and more money than the rest of the candidates combined. Yet the news media are virtually ignoring it.

    Yes, Barack Obama is also on today’s ballot (along with more than a dozen Democratic challengers, including Vermin Supreme of Rockport, Mass., and Craig “Tax Freeze” Freis of Lake Elsinore, Calif.) And although the only attention Obama’s been getting is bashing from Republicans, the president’s re-election campaign has been active for months — and it’s not going away after the primary, unlike those of his GOP rivals.

    Vice President Joe Biden is using a high-tech setup with two-way communications to fire up multiple supporters at once today, as Obama himself did a week ago in Iowa. The Obama for America troops also are mobilizing in other states, including Ohio, where three offices are up and running. “We have a phenomenal field operation that is going on that is not aimed toward (today), but is aimed toward November,” said Ray Buckley, New Hampshire Democratic chairman. “Never before has a presidential campaign not left the day after the primary. //



    • January 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

      This is what all the Republican SuperPacs can’t buy, Hope, dedicated people on the ground who keep on pressing on, month after month after month, growing their numbers and expanding the voter base. And the beauty of it all is that it flies under the radar like a super secret army building its power so when the strike comes, the opposition never knows what hit them.

      • 281 hopefruit2
        January 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

        Exactly…and you won’t find this dedicated army prostituting themselves on corporate cable TV..so SOME folks are left with a false impression about just how enthusiastic PBO’s supporters are. But as you said, it will become obvious when the time is appropriate.

  68. 282 Don
    January 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Rant time! I’m sorry but I’m about to lose it, and please excuse my language. This shit is so fucked-up, first you got Sen. Sharrod Brown’s wife Connie Schultz talking shit about the first lady. And don’t think for one fucking second that Sen. Brown didn’t know what his wife was going to say. These motherfuckers stab the President in the back every goddamn chance they get. Where is the fucking NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus standing up for President Obama, this shit infuriates me to no end. The ONLY person that backs President Obama is Al Sharpton, Al fucking Sharpton. I can’t even turn on the t.v. and find one fucking Democrat that backs President Obama without qualifying their support with the ever present “President Obama is doing a good job, but…..” either you support President Obama or not, I’m tired of this fucking wishy-washy ass support. President Obama is out there going fucking gray trying to bring is country back from the brink of total collapse and these fucking people that claim to be Democratic Leaders are falling all over themselves trying to distance themselves from President Obama. The shit has to stop!

    *Chips, if you want to ban me I understand, you gotta do what you gotta do and I will accept it, but I’m not going to stand back and let these motherfuckers destroy President Obama.

    • 283 Bill
      January 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

      I was particularly disappointed with Senator Brown’s wife and thus him. I’ll never look at him in the same manner.

    • 284 anniebella
      January 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Okay Don, will it do any good, I doubt it but here’s what I’m going to do. I am going to send Se. Brown a email and you should too. And tell him exactly what you are saying here. If his wife had a email I would send her afew words also.

      • 285 anniebella
        January 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

        One of the reason why I love my computer is if I have something to say, I can say it. I can let these people know what and how I feel.

      • January 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

        It will do a great deal of good. If you are angry – focus that energy onto the Senator and his wife.

        Brown, Sherrod
        http://brown.senate.gov/contact/ (email form)
        (202) 224-2315

        @SenSherrodBrown Twitter

        Toll Free: 1-888-896-OHIO (6446) or

        Cincinnati: (513) 684-1021
        Cleveland: (216) 522-7272
        Columbus: (614) 469-2083
        Lorain: (440) 242-4100

    • 288 hopefruit2
      January 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Hey Don, you’ve articulated what many of here already feel..so don’t apologize. The thing I’ve noticed is that our President DOES have many, many supporters – but you won’t find them on Teevee (except for the occasional one-on-one interview). They are the ones engaged in the ground work, behind the scenes, setting up the OFA networks, calling voters, recruiting volunteers, manning the technology, working with the DNC to put out Ads.

      The way I see it, the “Democrats” who appear on TV to damn the President with faint praise or to bash him are PROSTITUTES who have simply sold themselves to the highest bidder. They have no core, and it reflects poorly on THEM rather than on the President. And they usually end up destroying themselves in the process (e.g., Weiner, Grayson, Kucinich, Waters, …).

      • 289 Don
        January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

        You are so right hopefruit2, I remember Congressmen Grayson being the Big Bad Democrat that used the bully pulpit to fight for everyone and he supposedly had the backbone that President Obama lacked. Now one year later and this guy is back in Boca Raton Florida doing god knows what.

  69. January 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

    • 291 Bill
      January 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

      I finally understand Chuck Todd. He just informed the world that he is a “Miller Lite man”. That explains his taste or lack thereof.

      • 292 MsKitty (@michelec64)
        January 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

        Definite lack of taste. And don’t get me started with their “Man Up” commercials, like women don’t drink beer. I’m a woman, I love beer, and anything with the Miller label is watered-down crap.

  70. January 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

  71. 294 carolyn
    January 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I think pushback via emails and tweets do make a difference. I never watch early morning TV, but had I seen it I would have responded. These Democrats better get the idea that their support for President Obama is the one thing that may get them re-elected. Stabbing him in the back will not get them votes. Perhaps we all need to go on a full time push of these Democrats so that they begin to realize that we are watching and we care. No Republican Senator talked about GWB the way these talk about PBO. They bowed at every stinking word he said and seconded every stupid decision he made that got us where we are now. I think it’s up to us to push these Democrats. The more they get, they more they pay attention. When I worked for a Senator, many eons ago, we COUNTED responses….which side got the most. This is where Tea Party types push us around. We actually work, we don’t just sit around watching and writing.

  72. 295 Linda
    January 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Is Mitt auditioning for President or the remake of ” Pretty in Pink ……Slips ” ???

  73. January 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Newt Gingrich intensified his attacks on Mitt Romney over his time as an executive at private equity firm Bain Capital, saying the company’s business model was “indefensible” because it “undermined capitalism” and calling some of its returns “suspicious.”

    Speaking Tuesday in interviews on “Fox & Friends” and Bloomberg as New Hampshire primary voters headed to the polls, the former House Speaker outlined what he believed to be the difference between noble and ignoble methods of capitalism.

    “Look at the one example from the Wall Street Journal story,” Gingrich said on Fox. “To put in $30 million and get back $60 million would have been a fabulous return. To put in $30 million and get back $90 million would be a fabulous return. Did they really need to take out $180 million if, leaving $30 [million] or $40 million, if the company would’ve survived, the people would’ve been employed, the jobs would’ve been there? These are places where they made money while the company went broke.”


  74. 297 Don
    January 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

    A freshly minted MBA is what Romney was when he got out of college.

  75. January 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Looks like our man – Clooney, I mean – kicked ass in GMA. Can’t wait to see it.

  76. 304 lovingandlaughing
    January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

    The pic Chips put together of the President and the MLK Jr statue is easy to share on facebook. Click on the pic that is up in the left hand side of the screen, copy the address and then post it on your facebook page. Spread the word. =)

  77. 305 lovingandlaughing
    January 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I wonder how many $24 dollar donations went in? I do hope many and many!

  78. January 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I wonder if it will seem a long shot… if I asked to do a handful of phone banking calls from New Zealand to people living in America? 😆 just sayin…

  79. 307 bizgirl
    January 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I like being part of the conversation but my post are not showing up. Problem?

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