afternoon all


President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take their seats as they hold a roundtable meeting on Insourcing American Jobs, Jan. 11, in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House campus

… with US Trade Representative Ron Kirk


CNN has the 6:50 speech in their live streaming schedule …. but it’s down for 4:50. Confused!


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See the video here – thanks Tulips


Actress Angelina Jolie is seen in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 11, during a meeting with President Barack Obama

According to a White House aide, “President Obama spoke with Ms. Jolie about her work to raise the profile of preventing mass atrocities and combating sexual violence against women.” Brad Pitt also visited.


President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, for Chicago


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173 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. 1 57andFemale
    January 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    first? Not possible!

  2. 12 Marsha
    January 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    So, Angie was at the White House with Brad. I thought she was disappointed with the President

    • 13 xtine
      January 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      To be fair, I understand that she said: “There are many many things I think have gone in a wonderful direction, and there are a few things I am disappointed in. And I don’t feel like tonight is the night to clarify but there are many wonderful things that have moved forward and of course some other things that are very frustrating.”

      And off course this was translated as “being disappointed w/ POTUS. 🙂

      • January 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

        I don’t mind statements like that but if I hear a Don Cheadle-Matt Damon like comment from her – she and I are going to have a little chat. Especially since she has access to POTUS.

        • 15 xtine
          January 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

          Put them all in a little sideroom … — that vision has me cracking up! Delicious! I think, though, Don Cheadle’s comment was just plain ignorant, in that his brain & lips didn’t connect before he popped out with that “gangster” comment. That was a very un-savvy moment for someone I thought had a bit more between the ears. With Matt, well I’m sticking w/ POTUS’ response at the Corresp. Dinner! Word! 🙂

        • 16 Mel
          January 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

          O.K -O.K I like Don Cheaddle and Matt I am pretty sure they are Democrats and I’am pretty sure they will
          support PBO there are a lot’s of rumors and inuendos from the MSM just to make us crazy, I do not pay
          much attention to otherwise I will go Loco.

          • January 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

            I guess I understand what she’s saying, but I get so tired of people being disappointed despite all the wonderful things this President has done for the country. If Bush or Reagan had just one of his accomplishments, they’d want them on Mt. Rushmore. Heck, they already do. I

  3. 18 TrumpDog
    January 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    It’s quite nice to see Jolie there. I know endorsements don’t matter but I do think it’s important that people see Hollywood is still in contact with the president.

    Just want to reiterate how dumb, classless and out of touch Flip Romney’s “envious” comment was. He’s really giving us a lot of ammo, isn’t he?

    • 19 ChristiMTL
      January 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      I just hope she doesn’t talk politics with her crazy RW father…..he’s not well, I saw an interview with him and he sounded crazy…like Glenn Beck but crazier…if it’s possible.

      • January 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        “I just hope she doesn’t talk politics with her crazy RW father…”

        After many years of no contact, she’s, now, on “speaking terms” w/him?

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

        • 21 Pamela
          January 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

          If anyone knows what it is like to be mis-quoted, poorly represented and demeaned by the press, it is Angelina Jolie. Why anyone would begin to twist her words and meaning while she is attending a WH function as a guest is unfathomable. She is far more honorable than that!

      • 22 utaustinliberal
        January 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        I’ve also heard her dad Jon Voigt speak about politics and especially about PBO and he sounded deranged. It freaked me out. I know he’s an uber rightwinger but his rage against PBO was disturbing to say the least.

    • 23 Marsha
      January 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      I can hear the President now when they are debating, “So you have the power to resurrect Osama Bin Laden.” Mitten would look so stupid in front of the camera.

    • 24 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      One of my messages to Mitt:

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      Envy, @MittRomney? http://t.co/nyeYMIXg NO. You practice disdain & unrelenting greed. http://t.co/hRUyJu86 Prepare for #LandslideOBAMA2012


  4. 25 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Your daily Gitmo reminder – Congress has blocked EVERY effort by President Obama to close Gitmo. Want it closed? Then #LandslideOBAMA2012


  5. January 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Lots of people doing good things at the White House today – in addition to the permanent occupants. I like Angelina Jolie’s international work, and Brad Pitt has been working hard in New Orleans. Good stuff.

    • 27 Debz
      January 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      It is nice to see all of the positive things happening, isn’t it?

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      I especially appreciate his involvement in helping to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward. The homes and the land in that area which were owned by people of color had been handed down from generation to generation for decades. My father remembers this being the case when he was growing up and he’s in his mid-80s! The neighborhood was composed of middle class families, working poor, and those who lived below the poverty line. Unfortunately, many people–for whatever reason–had no insurance and were wiped out when Katrina hit. In some cases if they did have insurance it wasn’t enough to cover the additional costs of building up (elevating their homes to meet new standards). Brad Pitt’s early involvement in the restoration of the Lower Nine helped to draw attention back to the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after some Americans began saying that they were experiencing “Katrina fatigue” and were tired of hearing about it…

  6. 30 Tulips
    January 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    chipstick u must watch this video of mitt Romney this should be viral this is a scary thing this man did. He was responsible for the 7million job lost. This trully need to be viewed by everyone. This is what and who President Obama must fight. please watch this. http://www.webcasts.com/kingofbain/

    • January 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Heading there now Tulips, thank you.

    • 32 Linda
      January 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      I had no idea it would be that bad.

      There is NO WAY he can win after this movie.

      • January 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        Isn’t this the Newt Gingrich film? ie

        Supporters of the former House of Representatives speaker in a group called Winning Our Future, which is not officially tied to Gingrich’s campaign, have bought a lengthy online documentary about Romney’s time as head of private equity firm Bain Capital. When Mitt Came to Town portrays Romney and his firm as ruthless corporate raiders whose actions have cost many Americans their jobs and ruined communities.

        The film is due to be released as the battle for South Carolina begins in earnest after the New Hampshire primary.

        With the help of a $5m (£3.23m) cheque from billionaire casino-owning supporter Sheldon Adelson, Winning Our Future is reported to have booked $3.4m of air time in South Carolina. In a state with cheap broadcast ad rates, the film will run almost constantly in the days before voting.



      • 36 Tulips
        January 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        This must go viral ppl need to see what he did to those ppl. Its sad. The time frame was part of the 7millions jobs lost before president obama got in. So now he can get jobs. Ha

    • 37 Bill
      January 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Newton Leroy is now saying it is impossible to have a rational conversation about Bain Capital because of PBO’s “class warfare”: Blame it on President Obama.

      • January 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        President Obama compared the Occupy movement to the Tea Party, in that both groups represented frustrations with the status quo – he didn’t endorse either group, but acknowledged their right to exist. So, if they think the Occupy movement was about class warfare – then what was the tea party? What was their cause? What were they frustrated about? No answer, except racism and sour grapes about having lost the election. The President is right to compare the two, because both have made a lot of noise, are backed by unseen forces, and have accomplished very little, in real terms.

        The President hasn’t started or condoned class warfare. He’s calling for equal opportunity and fairness. Period. Even Warren Buffett admitted that if there’s any class warfare going on, it’s the rich that are winning. So, the GOP don’t have a leg to stand on.

      • 39 Lovepolitics2008
        January 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        .?.?? What game is he playing exactly?

        My goodness, that video was BRUTAL. I too wonder if Romney can survive this…

        Honestly, I don’t know if this helps President Obama at this particular time. If that propels Gingrich to the nomination, it could be good news. But if that gives an opening to Huntsman or another candidate in a brokered convention…

        I would be very curious to know exactly what is going on behind the scenes in the Gingrich camp. Is he acting as a loner out of revenge for what Romney did to him before the Iowa caucus?.. Or has he made a deal with another group within the republican party ?

      • January 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

        I think it’s because Limbaugh and the other so-called GOP power brokers decided that when Gingrich and the other GOP hopefuls began attacking Romney because of his venture capitalism resume, they were helping PBO and the dems, and that can’t be allowed. It might help 2012 voters realize that we have been telling the truth about the republicans working for the 1% all along. Limbaugh berated Gingrich for attacking Romney, and, we know that when Limbaugh speaks, the GOPers listen. The same thing happened when Gingrich told the truth about the Ryan Plan: he had to try to retract the statement and bow to Limbaugh and the others.

    • 41 57andFemale
      January 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      It’s a powerful message: Mitt Romney (and all Republicans) would return us to the policies that killed thousands, drove the world into economic failure, and lost 7 million jobs in the United States with one difference: Romney would put those disastrous policies on steroids.

      By all means vote for the man who thinks it’s more patriotic for his silver spoon sons to help him get elected than it is to serve your country.

    • 42 L3
      January 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Tulips. That was devastating. Everyone in this country should see it and if he’s elected God forbid, he might sell the Statue of Liberty, The Washington Monument, The Grand Canyon and even the Whitehouse too for the right price.

    • 45 Mel
      January 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      I think we should send the tweet to Rev Al about Willard Vows to Undo Everything PBO has Done
      “I will make Bin Laden and Kadaffy come alive again so he can use them to scare the crap out
      of all us like Bush did with Bin Laden.

    • 46 Mel
      January 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Tulips THE WHOLE COUNTRY SHOULD WATCH THIS VIDIO if this vidio can go viral let’s send it
      this is frickig scary to have this man as the President of our country will be a nightmare for all of
      the hard working people in this country.

    • 47 desertflower
      January 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      OMG.And he does all this with a lie on his lips, and a smile on his face. This needs to go viral.. ASAP. Thanks for posting this, Tulips….we need to send this EVERYWHERE!

  7. January 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    President Barack Obama arrives at Anrews Air Force Base in Maryland on January 11, 2012 to board Air Force One en route to Chicago to attend campaign events.

    More photos added

  8. 65 ChristiMTL
    January 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I’m so upset about that video about the US marines…I’m sick to my stomach…….everything is so fragile in that region…….

    • January 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      There are always bad apples. It’s interesting that this video comes out to inflame the Taliban, right when negotiations with the Taliban are about to bear fruit. This didn’t happen today. But there was an announcement today that a deal with the Taliban was about to be struck where a few original Afghan detainees were possibly going to be released to a country like Qatar from Gitmo, which would be a sign of good faith to the Taliban, and might cause the Taliban to become more open to a deal. Then, this video comes out.

  9. January 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Oh look! Newt Gingrich starts the walk back of his Tear Down Mitt campaign:

    From Democrats fro Progress

    “I agree with you,” Gingrich said. “It’s an impossible theme to talk about with Obama in the background. Obama just makes it impossible to talk rationally in that area because he is so deeply into class warfare that automatically you get an echo effect. … I agree with you entirely.”


    • 68 utaustinliberal
      January 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      This is one of the things that frustrated me about Newt aka “The Angry Muffin” Gingrich during the NBC News/Facebook debate. When Mitt tried to hush him up, he just cowed and bowed under Mitt’s overlord character. When Gregory gave him opportunity after opportunity to hit Romney where it counted and would be effective in terms of Bain and also in terms of Romney’s hypocrisy about negative ads targeting him, Newt once again backed down. Newt doesn’t seem to realize that Romney has the bigger warchest in that line-up and if one gets a free opportunity to rightfully point out his terrible record at Bain, one should not back down if one is 100% certain that line of attack is justified. In other words; put up or shut up Newt.

  10. 69 halo
    January 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Ok guys, I need some talking off the ledge here for one minute. Why aren’t any of PBO’s advisers or surrogates, minus DWS, going out and combating all the lies Mitt ROBney is doing by opening his mouth? All of the MSM are basically repeating what he’s saying and calling PBO some ungrateful person who hates America. PBO keeps thinking the public will reward him for focusing on “governing” but people aren’t going to pay attention because of all the slime that is being thrown at him. They dont’ even know he passed a tax cut!! The longer they go without combating the attacks that PBO is a socialist and un-American, undermining his credibility, the harder it iwll be!

    Ok. I’m done venting. Love this place.

    • 70 Linda
      January 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      It is a mystery to me as well. Democrats have never been good at messaging……

    • 73 FiredUpInCA
      January 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      “PBO keeps thinking the public will reward him for focusing on “governing” but people aren’t going to pay attention because of all the slime that is being thrown at him.”

      We’re here. Debbie Wasseran’s there. A few excellent columnists like Benen and Tomasky are there. Even Matt Lauer was there a little bit. Sometimes it just seems as if there is little pushback compared to the onslaught of lies coming from Mitt.

      But consider this. Even with the broadcast media and White House press corps carrying his water since he began his run, he only managed and a dubious 8 vote victory in Iowa and he inspired fewer voters to come out for him in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

      It’s not working. We were already uninterested in him. But the story is, that his party is less interested in the entire Presidential campaign because he’s the frontrunner.

      The more he talks the less appealing he becomes.

      He can lie until election day about the President but because he has so many unfavorables, including this new 24-minute film that depicts him as a job and life destroyer, it sort of cancels out the far-fectched lies of Mitt.

    • January 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      This meme has to stop. They are out there. I see them on twitter, I hear from others that they were just doing an interview on TV and I see press releases on sites like Talking Points Memo.

      The Obama campaign is out in full force. They are organizing, fundraising, making sure that millions of people are able to vote in November. They are organizing State of The Union parties and talking one and one with the president’s supporters/potential voters from all over the country everyday. We’re not waiting on and relying on cable news to spread our message. The Obama team is taking the facts straight to the people. The turnout in IA and NH is a testament to that. His rising poll numbers is a testament to that.

      You know, recently a few people on twitter were blasting Nancy Pelosi for not saying something when in fact she has been speaking out. They just didn’t hear or see it. I have seen this happen so many times its not even funny.

      • January 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        And correct me if I’m wrong, but every day there’s a new video from the DNC or the rapid response team. Every column I’ve read whether from a liberal pundit or right winger knows exactly what Dems have been doing.

        • 77 utaustinliberal
          January 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

          Completely agree with you Gobrooklyn. Our surrogates are out there and if one isn’t catching them on TV or not taking the time to watch video after video that Chipsticks so generously uploads of their appearances then one only has himself/herself to blame. DWS, Pelosi, Bill Burton, Axelrod, Israel, Stephanie Cutter, Jen Psaki, RT Ryback, etc. have been on multiple news shows on multiple stations. So yeah, the message is getting out through cable, broadcast stations, and also through our on the ground work.

          • 78 L3
            January 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

            Exactly, just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

            • 79 halo
              January 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

              How Newt Gingrich is framing it is really powerful, however you feel about him. It’s concise and goes straight to the point.

              • January 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

                Forget Newt. Once the primaries are over he’ll either disappear or head straight for Romney camp and pretend he didn’t spend all this money to take him down.

          • 81 halo
            January 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

            I’m talking about marketing and labeling like New Deal, Great Society, New Frontier, Small Government, War on Terror so people know what PBO stands for!

            Why don’t they just go with Fair Deal and brand what PBO stands for so a taxi cab driver can say, “Yea, PBO wants a Fair Deal for all people.”

            • January 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

              They’d have to come up with something new. “Fair Deal” was Truman’s thing.

            • 83 FiredUpInCA
              January 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

              I hear what you’re saying Halo. The American Jobs Act was well-marketed and well-branded however I think he has limited ability to launch a comprehensive program like the New Deal or the Great Society given the current make up of congress that won’t pass anything. FDR and LBJ could get Republican support to pass their agenda for what now would be called socialist programs.

              HIs recess appointment of Richard Cordray shows where he stands and it was received wide publicity. He could have made a recess appointment of any number of people being held up but he specifically used it for an important symbol: a watchdog for the middle class being stopped by Republicans.

              As long as congress is what it currently is, and the media boycotts his presidency, he’s going to have to make his stand in unconventional ways like this.

            • January 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

              Hello, the American Jobs Act. Poster contest, speeches at broken down bridges, videos, emails, etc. and then there was the Kansas speech.

              Are we really doing this “I don’t know where he stands” thing here on this blog?

        • 85 halo
          January 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

          It’s not about pundits. It’s about regular people I meet. They just don’t know what PBO has done. They just know he’s trying, but things are still tough. Some blame him. Others don’t. But that’s not a powerful enough argument to WIN. PBO has done SO MUCH GOOD, it’s just frustrating that the only thing they think he’s done is healthcare, which they don’t understand, and killed OBL. And Dems like JEAN SHAHEEN can’t even defend PBO from idiots like Tweety. That’s all.

          • 86 L3
            January 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm

            Why don’t you educate them or direct them to places where they can find truthful information. If we all do this within our circle of friends and family, we would be far more effective. That’s what OFA is about, having these conversations one person at a time.

          • January 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

            Keep a stack of these cards with you at all times so that when you meet people, just give them one to keep. It’s our job to educate people, this makes it easy: http://otrainofthought.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/memory-cards/

          • 88 desertflower
            January 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

            Love…that’s why we are here. To talk to those that have no idea the width and breadth of what he’s done….WE have to talk, one on one, local blogs, news sites to correct information and push back, with facts, on all the false meme’s that are talked about. WiW has meticulously and lovingly out together information. If you haven’t signed up in your state to do this, you need to get over there…PRONTO, and do that.

            This is the Republicans time to fight it out…there will be only one left standing. The one left standing, will get the full brunt of PBO and the Dems…..and all of us. Before we know who “the chosen” one is….it’s rather like herding cats. So many different positions, so many candidates…we’ll focus like a lazer when the time is right. There is push back now…maybe not as intense as you would like, but it’s there.

            I think that the Republican party is in a world of hurt, and they’re trying to deflect some of that turmoil onto PBO…they have a record to stand on. One of obstruction,mental and emotional bankruptcy, they bang the drums of war, to a war weary nation, they think corporations are people (no one agrees) People know where they stand…and if they don’t, they will. If they need some facts…that’s where the conversations we all have will give them what they need to know. This will be an epic battle, to be sure…but we can, and we will, defeat whoever they chose. There is no other option….if the American people don’t want to be relegated to a life that corporations hold more say than the people of this country, that the wealthy get more access to justice, and lobbyists run rampant…leaving us crumbs, if that.

            But we have the facts and truth on our side. We have a man of the people in office. There are certain things that money CAN’T buy….PBO can’t be bought(which is why I’m convinced the MSM hates him) We’ll do this…all over again! Mark my word. Educate yourself and speak your mind with the facts behind you and your reasons. We are powerful….and they are afraid. To the point of desperation….this pack of fools is the best they can do?????? Are you kidding? Breathe. Pace yourself….and know that we’re all here to prop each other up on those down days…PBO has surrounded himself with the best of the best. We can’t be complacent, but we can be ready…because the facts are on our side. Got your back!

      • 89 kittypat
        January 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

        I agree with gobrooklyn too, have seen and heard the push back against Romney. And we should consider this, he is not yet the nominee and the President is not running against him, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul are, why telegraph what your game plan is and waste precious resources and energy when his opponents in his own party will accomplish some of that for you? Most of the folks that this red meat rhetoric is aimed at are probably not in the persuadable column when it comes to the general election. And the media is not going to be our friend in pushing our message, for every “D” surrogate who does a good job there is a matching “R” surrogate who repeats these talking points ad nauseam, we will win this messaging contest the old fashioned way, around the water cooler, phone call by phone call, door to door, by talking to people who are willing to listen. We have the power to change the conversation no matter what the MSM chooses to broadcast.

    • January 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      If you recall, during 2008, many people wanted President Obama to fight back, and he refused. That’s not his style. I think that picture of Mohammed Ali in his office gives a hint to President Obama’s method. He lets the other side tire itself out and spend all their ammunition. Then, he delivers a few carefully placed, but fully energized, blows – and gets the maximum return.

      There are 10 months to go. In that time, Mitt’s going to run out of steam and people won’t bother listening to him anymore, after so much vile poison spewed in the interim. Eventually, he’s going to want to talk about policy – which is where President Obama wants him, because that’s where he falls down. While he’s dealing with just the emotion and red meat, no-one reasonable is going to listen. But it drives Mitt further and further into the crazy world as he gets more and more outrageous. The effect will be that he’ll discredit himself as a liar and non-serious person, who resorts to heaping mean, dishonest attacks and insults – implying he doesn’t have a real policy foundation to tout. It’s ugly. And it will be hard for Mitt to pivot and become the sane, moderate that he’ll need to be to win over real moderates and hold on to his crazy base. It also turns off Democrats.

      I have no doubt that President Obama will stay above the nasty level of Mitt Romney, having treated him like a human being and a real opponent. He won’t attack him as a person. And the contrast will be even more stark. It’s hard for us to live through this ugliness, but Mitt’s digging his own hole, and that makes it worth it.

    January 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm


    • 96 57andFemale
      January 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      But ya have to admit he looks especially fine in that coat with that strut in his step and that smile…….

  12. January 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

  13. 98 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Warren Buffett Ready to Take Republicans’ Tax Challenge

    Warren Buffett is ready to call Republicans’ tax bluff. Last fall, Senator Mitch McConnell said that if Buffett was feeling “guilty” about paying too little in taxes, he should “send in a check.” The jab was in response to Buffett’s August 2011 New York Times op-ed, which made hay of the fact that our tax system is so unbalanced that Buffett (worth about $45 billion) pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. Senator John Thune promptly introduced the “Buffett Rule Act,” an option on tax forms that would allow the rich to donate more in taxes to help pay down the national debt. It was, as Buffett told me for this week’s TIME cover story, “A tax policy only a Republican could come up with.”

    Still, he’s willing to take them up on it. “It restores my faith in human nature to think that there are people who have been around Washington all this time and are not yet so cynical as to think that [the deficit] can’t be solved by voluntary contributions,” he says with a chuckle. So, Buffett has pledged to match one for one all such voluntary contributions made by Republican members of Congress. “And, I’ll even go three for one for McConnell.” That could be quite a bill if McConnell takes the challenge; after all, the Senator is worth at least $10 million. As Buffett put it to me: “I’m not worried.”

    Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/01/11/warren-buffett-to-mitch-mcconnell-put-up-or-shut-up/#ixzz1jBlm9m9w

  14. January 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Business mogul Warren Buffet is promising to match any donation Republican members make toward cutting the national deficit.

    And he upped the ante when it came to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), saying he would match the leader’s donations three-to-one.


  15. 102 itgurl_29
    January 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Angelina has a really big round head. I’ve read that most starlets do as it translates well on camera.

  16. January 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Btw- Luke Russert said nothing of consequence will need to be voted on this month snd that is why the House is only in session for 6 days.
    Nothing of consequence?
    The FAA and the highway bill runs out on January 31st and then we have a shutdown, if not renewed.
    Nice job Luke.
    What a waste reporter!

    • January 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      “What a waste reporter!”

      Yes he is…

      He’s nothin’ like his father (Tim Russert)!

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

    • January 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      If the AJA, which is assessed to be worth 1.9 million jobs, is considered “nothing of consequence” – then the GOP don’t have a leg to stand on when they screech “where are the jobs” and demand that the President be held accountable for the economy. If they aren’t accountable for job creation (i.e. something of consequence), then the President isn’t accountable either, by their logic.

      A bunch of buffoons. It’s such an embarrassment.

  17. 108 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’m watching the Bain video on YouTube right now. All I can say is OUCH. It’s devastating.

    America, the choice is yours. This man is a reptile.

    • 109 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      He calls what he does “creative destruction.” SMDH. 👿

      • 110 PoliticalJunkessa
        January 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        I just watched a documentary on Enron the other day. Willard is a psychopath just like the CEOs of Enron who bled that company dry and caused the blackouts in California. These people are predators.

    • 111 Anna Luc
      January 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Ya’ll,

      Sombody better download that sucker before it disappears!

  18. 112 JER
    January 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    President Obama Arrives in Chicago – http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  19. 115 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Elliot Spitzer was on Dylan Ratigan and just made the analogy between the Mob and the vulture capitalist­s on Wall Street. He said they are alike in their quest for absolute power and money, but they use other people’s money to attain that power and money. He is exactly right and it describes the man who wishes to be President perfectly.

  20. January 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new tool Wednesday that makes public for the first time detailed information about greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources.

    Mandated in a 2008 spending bill, the greenhouse-gas reporting program requires that large power plants, refineries and other facilities report their emissions to the agency. Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are blamed for climate change.

    EPA released the facilities’ 2010 greenhouse gas emissions data Wednesday in the form of a searchable database.


  21. January 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    January 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    that is one of his sexiest photos ever.

    40 Chipsticks
    January 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    It’s not bad! 😉

    uh huh, riiiiiiight Chips, we all know u were drooling

  22. January 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    One of the things I most admire about President Obama is his openness to the ideas and causes of many different groups and individuals. He never gets defensive or belligerent in response to criticism. I remember a speech he gave to a very critical audience. He told the group to always keep fighting, to keep the pressure on elected officials and he added that this includes the President. When he urges us to “press on”, he is talking about the efforts of passionate people to improve the human condition whatever particular cause they may espouse. What makes the President different from so many other politicians is his humilty and his sincere effort to listen along with his tireless search for solutions that will make our society more equal, more just and more inclusive. It is precisely because he pushes us all to be involved and active in improving the state of our union that people set their sights on lofty goals that cannot be reached without much struggle. When the idealists and the single issue advocates don’t see the total transformation they expect, they will often express their disappointment. It is our job, as the President’s true supporters, to return the dialogue to the steps taken to reach these goals, the need to keep the faith and the activism that will propel us forward. The President will fight right along with all sincere proponents of change,

  23. January 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Romney Blows Off Latino Voters When Asked About His Pledge to Veto Dream Act :

    What a classy guy.

  24. January 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    First lady Michelle Obama poses with Army Staff Sgt. La Keshia Whitmore, left, and Staff Sgt. Tyeir Pritchard Davis, center, both from Fort Lee, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Michelle Obama had just announced a new commitment from medical schools to boost training and research for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health injuries impacting military service members. (AP Photo/Norm Shafer)

  25. January 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    The national passenger rail service, better known as Amtrak, said Wednesday that it would be “aggressive” in efforts to improve and expand this year with “demand for intercity passenger rail service on the rise as demonstrated by yet another year of record ridership.”

    Amtrak announced last year that it had more than 30 million passengers, which put it on track to have more riders than it had in any of its previous 40 years of operation. Democrats and advocates of government spending on rail projects used the numbers to argue against a Republican plan to privatize some of Amtrak’s most profitable service.

    Having thwarted that plan by the end of 2011, the agency announced Wednesday that plans to focus on growth in 2012. Among the proposal Amtrak said were coming down the line are 70 electric locomotives and 130 new long-distance rail cars and electronic ticketing on all trains. 


  26. 146 halo
    January 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Wow Angelina Jolie looks really good.

  27. 148 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    James O’Keefe’s Group Appears To Commit Voter Fraud In Order To Gin Up Hysteria Over Non-Existent Fraud Problem

    James O’Keefe’s latest video features surrogates appearing to commit voter fraud in yesterday’s New Hampshire primary election, all in an attempt to highlight voter fraud, a problem which is by-and-large nonexistent in the Granite State.

    The undercover video shows unnamed individuals working at O’Keefe’s behest approaching polling stations throughout New Hampshire. After poll workers asked for the person’s name, O’Keefe’s agents gave the name of a voter who died within the past few weeks, before then receiving a ballot to vote. The individuals asked the poll workers if they needed ID to prove their identity, and when poll workers confirmed that they did not, O’Keefe’s men insisted on returning to their car to retrieve their ID and returned the ballot.

    However, in highlighting the non-problem of voter fraud in New Hampshire and elsewhere, O’Keefe’s agents appear to have committed voter fraud themselves.


  28. 149 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    CNN Apparently Waives Its Own Debate Rules To Let Rick Perry In


    TeaNN….racing to scrap the bottom of the ratings wars ?

  29. January 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Romney Demanded Mom Give Up Baby

    a new biography written by a pair of Boston Globe reporters, reveals that as a Mormon bishop in the 1980s, the GOP frontrunner demanded a single mom give up her baby for adoption or face excommunication from the church. “This is not playing around,” the woman said. “This is not like, ‘You don’t get to take Communion.’ This is like ‘You will not be saved. You will never see the face of God.’”


  30. 152 FiredUpInCA
    January 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Despite reports from Politico to the contrary, Newt Gingrich is not backing down from his criticism of Bain. Newt does not believe in unilateral disarmament and is not part of a non-aggression pact like Ron Paul apparently is:

    Gingrich not backing down from his criticism of Romney’s record at Bain

    By Justin Sink – 01/11/12 05:07 PM ET

    “Newt Gingrich campaign says it’s not backing down from its criticism of Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital.

    His spokesman strongly denied a report saying that, calling the story “misleading.”

    The article, published in Politico and headlined “Newt Gingrich on Bain attacks against Mitt Romney: I crossed the line,” is based on a response the former speaker gave a voter at a book signing in South Carolina on Wednesday.

    “The phrase ‘I crossed the line’ was never uttered from Newt, despite the headline from Politico,” Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said in a statement.”


    • January 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Sweet Buddha, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but, GO NEWT!

      • January 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        I know – I can’t believe I’m rooting for Newt. He’s the only one who’s forcing people to take a look at Romney and his so-called “job creating” claim. I don’t want any more from Newt than that.

        • January 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

          Who did I hear on TV last night say that Gingrich hated Obama, but he hated Romney even more and that he would anything – literally anything – to stop him becoming President …. even though it would mean a second term for PBO? I wasn’t convinced last night, but after watching the film, hmm…

          • 156 desertflower
            January 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

            I posted a link here the other day of Newt saying that he would vote for PBO before he would vote for Romney. Google it…I can’t remember where I found it. Pretty telling.

  31. 158 lovingandlaughing
    January 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Has anyone else mentioned Elizabeth Warren raised 5.67 million dollars last quarter!!!

  32. 161 JER
    January 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Awaiting Obama to Speak at Fundraiser in Illinois – http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  33. January 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Did anyone see this promo for First Lady Michelle Obama’s dancing on iCarly in Nov. for her Joining forces initiative? I totally missed it. She was so much fun. I look forward to watching the full thing.

    If you already saw this then I apologize for the redundant info


    • January 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      And GOP attacked it because in the script when Michelle is first introduced to the kids they don’t know what to cal her so one calls her “Your Excellence” and Michelle says “Hey I like that”.


  34. 164 dotster3
    January 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

  35. 166 halo
    January 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Specter: Dump Obama for Clinton
    By BYRON TAU |
    1/11/12 5:41 PM EST

    Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Democrats should dump President Obama and put Hillary Clinton at the top of the presidential ticket:

    This is what I mean.

    • 167 halo
      January 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Ok. Enough negativity. POSITIVE THINKING!

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      What a lovely combination, Byron Tau and Arlen Specter!

    • 169 Desraye
      January 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Should we be upset about loser Arlen Spector said about the president?

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Has Hillary Clinton made any statement throwing water on this? I know the Pres says he rides with Biden, and the VP says he was asked to run again and accepted.

      This is all an attempt by Clintonites and the Right to cause drama with the PUMA crowd again. Clintonites see this as their last chance for relevance again as all the ones talking are outside the Administration and see Sec. Clinton as their way back in. The realize that without this switch Hillary is likely really done with politics – and they would have thus been out of the White House for 16 years, without their “in” connection anymore.

    • 173 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      January 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Arlen who?

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