chicago & richmond

President Barack Obama walks toward a group of onlookers after arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport


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First lady Michelle Obama poses with Army Staff Sgt. La Keshia Whitmore and Staff Sgt. Tyeir Pritchard Davis 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.

First lady Michelle Obama with John Prescott, Chief Academic Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Defence.gov: First Lady Michelle Obama today announced a commitment from the nation’s medical colleges to better train civilian health-care providers in caring for war veterans and their families and to push for more research in the wounds of war.

Obama’s announcement at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond marked the latest endeavor of her “Joining Forces” campaign with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, to rally nationwide support for military families.

Today, the first lady announced that the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, with 105 and 25 schools, respectively, have committed to leveraging their missions in education, research and clinical care “to meet the unique health-care needs” of the military and veterans communities…..

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210 Responses to “chicago & richmond”

  1. January 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    AWESOME! Janelle Monae singing PBO’s praises at the moment!

    I also just read that PBO stopped by OFA HQ in Chicago to thank the folks there. FIRED UP!!

  2. January 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Do you think Jodi Kantor will do a book about this? LOL!

  3. 6 halo
    January 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm


    • 7 anniebella
      January 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      I bet FLOTUS got some real great welcoming today where ever she spoke.

    • 8 Pamela
      January 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Michelle Obama is purely and simply, exquisite! In character, spirituality and physical attributes. She takes my breath away in these photos!

      • 9 anniebella
        January 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        I email CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, NBC, and told them that I admire, respect, and support our wonderful First Lady. And that hack job by that witch Kantor will not change that one bit. And the more people learn about Jodi Kantor, the more they will see what kind of person she is.

        • 10 anniebella
          January 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

          I am no fan of John McCain, but for Jodi Kantor to go to the school were McCain 16 year old daughter goes and try to get infomation on Cindy and John McCain from the daughter and students that knew the McCains. That is a person with no moral, who will lie in a second, someone who can’t be trusted.

  4. 11 dotster3
    January 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Which is why the MSM is back on “Pres Obama cannot connect with people” garbage – because they know Romney is a hot mess and completely out of touch – so they try and say “both are out of touch”.

      • 13 desertflower
        January 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        Eats arugala AND speaks French! French? Like we had to say Patriot Fries? Remember that edict from Bush & Co? Well, MItt’s NO PATRIOT!

    • 14 Mel
      January 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      LOL I remember that thaks for reimainding me FLOTUS is just amazing and smart beautiful
      and well put together.

  5. 15 FiredUpInCA
    January 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Just saw this on Breaking News:

    President Obama makes surprise visit to Chicago campaign headquarters – AP

    I guess that’s why it wasn’t on the schedule.

  6. 17 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Awesome this is so cool I love it.

  7. January 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm


    Janelle Monae just announced next song is Michelle Obama’s favorite song by her: TIGHTROPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • 19 JoJothecat
      January 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm


    • 20 MJ
      January 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      That song choice comes with a wink and a nod to what the FLOTUS is going through right now with this book.

      Here is a link to the Tightrope video: http://youtu.be/pwnefUaKCbc

      And below are a couple of the relevant lyrics:
      Some people talk about ya
      Like they know all about ya
      When you get down they doubt ya
      And when you tippin on the scene
      Yeah they talkin’ bout it
      Cause they can’t tip all on the scene with ya

      When you get elevated,
      They love it or they hate it
      You dance up on them haters
      Keep getting funky on the scene
      While they jumpin’ round ya
      They trying to take all your dreams
      But you can’t allow it

      Cause baby whether you’re high or low
      Whether you’re high or low
      You gotta tip on the tightrope
      T-t-t-tip on the tightrope

      Read more: JANELLE MONAE – TIGHTROPE LYRICS http://www.metrolyrics.com/tightrope-lyrics-janelle-monae.html#ixzz1jD78DThm
      Copied from MetroLyrics.com

      (Chips, I hope this comment is okay. I tried to keep the cutting & pasting to a minimum. Thanks again for all your work for TOD community.)

  8. January 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Watching “When Mitt Romney came to town” – that DDI deal, where with the help of Lehman Brothers, they tricked investors to buy in, spike the shares and then they sell off while Lehman is still saying buy while having private “misgivings” about the stock, is criminal.

    I don’t know how many people will sit and watch a 28 minute web ad though. I wonder how much it would cost to get it on the air – the Casino benefactor could pony it up, he’s only worth 30B himself.

    • 22 L3
      January 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      I think if people start to watch it, they will finish it. It’s very suspenseful and dramatic much like any really good movie. And as an American citizen if they can’t find the time to watch it and educate themselves then they will deserve whatever they get.

      • January 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        I think people will watch it. I tweeted the link. If we reach one person that was going to vote for Romney, it made a difference.

      • 24 desertflower
        January 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        People WILL watch it, if they start. It grabs you and pulls you in. Very well done. I was pissed when I watched the little snippets that were around the internet before the whole thing came out today. I WANTED TO SEE THE REST! OUR job, is to send it everywhere, and make SURE that as many people that CAN watch it, DO!

    • 25 ChristiMTL
      January 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      I just watched it….it’s brutal….

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      All right, I’m going to have to watch this when I get home and puppy isn’t bouncing around the house.

      • 27 desertflower
        January 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        Yes you are. Put the dog in front of the TV…he’ll watch. It’s THAT GOOD 🙂

        • 28 Lovepolitics2008
          January 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

          Yep… Authentic and moving testimonies from people who suffered from the predatory practicies of Bain, mixted with some numbers and some tid-bits of news reports, and Romney quotes. As for the quality of production, it’s very high.

          This will definitely have some impact. The Romney campaign must be sweating.

  9. 29 collegekay
    January 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I love Janelle Monae.. : – )

  10. January 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    That’s some awesome hair Ms. Monae has.

    • 35 utaustinliberal
      January 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      She really does rock the heck out of that hair. Plus her dance moves are just sick. She’s the female equivalent of James Brown for sure! Plus that Tightrope song is just so uplifting especially when one pays close attention to the lyrics.

  11. 36 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Five senators and 39 representatives received a perfect 100 percent score from the Koch brothers’ Astroturf group Americans For Prosperity for the first half of the 112th Congress. AFP judged Congress on their votes to protect the Koch brothers’ right-wing petrochemical empire on such issues as the repeal of President Obama’s new health care law, preempting EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget to end Medicare, ending ethanol subsidies, several Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval to overturn new regulations and the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills.

    The Koch Five are Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), who have received a combined $187,400 in campaign contributions from the Koch empire:


  12. 41 auni
    January 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Vanity Fair has a long damaging article about Mittens. Maybe it’s already been discussed here. Also a ladies who lunch article mentions Barbara Walter’s lunch group includes Liz Smith, Nora Ephron, and Maurie Perl. Dianns Sawyer’s group includes Lesly Stahl, Peggy Noonan and Marie Brenner. I watched the forum for small and large business leaders today on C-span.Topic is how to bring businesses back from off shore. President Obama met with them at the WH. Wonderful ideas put forth. I watched as the meeting ended and they were directed to leave, instead they stood around talking, exchanging business cards etc. Good things will come out of that conference.

  13. January 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    President Barack Obama is making a surprise visit to his Chicago campaign headquarters to thank his staff for their hard work for his re-election campaign.

    The president’s first visit to his downtown Chicago campaign office comes a day after Republican Mitt Romney sailed to victory in the New Hampshire primary, following up his win in the Iowa caucuses.

    Obama is stockpiling campaign cash in his hometown, attending three fundraising events later Wednesday.


  14. 44 FiredUpInCA
    January 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Given the tepid response Mitt, Inc has received from his own party and how he has managed to deflate voter participation from 2008 by being the frontrunner, I am confident the President is going handily beat Mitt Romney.

    What keeps me up at night is the fate of the Senate:

    “Some supporters of the Tea Party movement and other conservatives distrust Romney … hope to get a few of their candidates into the Senate to serve as a “bulwark” against him or President Barack Obama.

    “Conservatives in Nebraska are very concerned about Romney and disappointed that he may be the nominee,” said John Arnold of the Lincoln Tea Party. “So the Senate has become much more important.”


    I hope our best minds are focused on making sure the Senate does not become a mirror of the tea party-poisoned House.

    I cannot believe I am saying this, but there are actually some sane GOPers in the Senate — comparatively — who helped with passage of the payroll tax.

    If tea partiers get both the House and the Senate…. I can’t even contemplate it.

    • 45 TrumpDog
      January 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Most will fall in line. The tea baggers mumble and grumble like they have sway but they are Republicans, despite their insistence they are independent. They will vote for Mitt the Myth because they don’t want Obama to win

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      I really believe Rove and Co will pull a fast one and abandon Romney’s presidential campaign and turn their money into House and Senate battles. If Rove has 200M – into a Presidential race against an incumbent President it’s still long odds (as reason why Bush, Christie, Jindal and the rest sat out this year) – but putting $20M each into 10 toss up Senate races greatly effects those races – almost surely flips many. Tester, McCaskill, Nebraska open seat, Dakota open seat, Wisconsin seat, Sherrod Brown, Sen Nelson of Florida, Stabenow, and shore up Heller, Scott Brown and Az open seat – his secret money in those races would be the difference maker.

      And all of these seats would serve through 2018, meaning through the mandate years of the next president in 2016. I truly believe this is their goal – Rove doesn’t care about Romney, he’s just using him on top of the ticket because he’ll hurt the down ticket races the least. Rove is worried about the mandate years under President elected in 2016. Not to mention flipping the Senate handcuffs Pres. Obama for the next four years – he essentially will have to be the lone man against a GOP House and Senate. The plan will be to force bad bills to be signed, and ruin the Obama legacy, kill Democratic energy for 2016 and usher in a Republican president with Republican majorities in the House and Senate in 2016.

      • 47 nintendowii10
        January 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

        Only problem with that is that the House flips this year. Guaranteed at least half of the Teapugs that got elected in 2010 are GONE… either replaced by Obama Democrats or moderate reasonable Republicans who will actually buck their party and work across the aisle. We’ve seen how the House GOP has failed being the Party of No. The Teapugs days are over.

  15. January 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    President Barack Obama walks toward a group of onlookers after arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport

  16. January 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    1/11/12 5:05 PM EST
    President Obama will re-propose much of his September deficit reduction plan in the 2013 budget that’s due early next month, Bloomberg reports: “Much of the budget proposal that’s due Feb. 6 will recycle Obama’s Sept. 19 deficit-reduction proposals that a divided Congress has either rejected or refused to act on. Two administration officials confirmed the plan on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss it before it’s announced.”


    • January 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Is this the plan he delivered with Paul Ryan in the front row? If not it should be.

      • January 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        No this is the plan he gave the Super committee that was rejected by the Republicans. It basically is ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, mild medicare cuts, etc. It wasn’t that bad of a plan.

        I wonder what Romney’s plan is to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade is? These candidates need to be asked in the next debate.

  17. 68 auni
    January 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    OMG–for the first time I was able to see the list of sites on the right of this site!!! I asked someone here what her favorite sites were–Tally I think–she said list on the right–what the hell–talk about being slow on the uptake!! Whole new world for me.

    • 69 desertflower
      January 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! The Light IS Shining Down:) Whole new world that feel like we do 🙂 Have fun, auni 🙂

  18. January 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Arlen specter says democrats should dump Obama and put Hillary at the top of the ticket.
    Philadelphia inquirer wrote an entire article on this garbage!
    Lol! They are desperate!

    • 71 anniebella
      January 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Jovie, Spector is a 80 something senile Republican. To hell with what he said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      In dealing with folks who present this, sure splash cold water on it – but don’t insult Sec. Clinton or Bill in doing so – that is ultimately the goal of this venture by the Right and PUMA’s. The want to have Clintonites and Obama/Biden supporters fighting, they hope to piss off Bill Clinton – or get him to comment on it saying he’d like it or something.

      Just say something like “I find them both brilliant in, and uniquely qualified for, the jobs they currently have”. If they mention that “but Sec. Clinton is going to retire in early 2013” say something to the effect “Well she certainly deserves a break and respect her decision to retire. I’d love for her to run herself again in 2016”.

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Specter? The guy who became a Democrat for his own purposes?

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      That says alot about this hasbeen. The President campaigned for him over Joe Sestak. What a schmuck!

    • 78 Pamela
      January 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Hillary does not want to be on any ticket. She has said that, quite plainly, as I recall! If she did want to, who questions that she wouldn’t be by now? She is one determined woman.

      • 79 veryslowwriter
        January 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        I agree. At the end of this year she will be 65-years-old and will have been functioning as a public figure for 33 years. I think we have demanded and received a great deal from this wonderful lady. Surely she’s entitled to do what she wants now?

    • 80 desertflower
      January 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Told you they were desperate. Take a nap, Arlen.

    • 81 EDP4BHO
      January 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks Jovie. This after PBO stumped for his sorry ass, but then Spector himself got dumped. And now I’m dumping the Inquirer. Good info !

    • 82 luci1119
      January 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww Arlen Specter?????? You got to be kidding, a low down dirty Rascal 😦 😦

      • 83 HZ
        January 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm

        Remember what our great POB reminded us of before, it is “silly season”time. Arlen needs to get a cup of something and sit down and shut up. We have better and bigger things to take care of in this country, and Arlen knows that. That is why he is being sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo silly now. Yes, go take a long nap, but do not forget you glass or warm milk and cookies, Arlen.HZ

  19. 88 dotster3
    January 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    David Corn was excellent just now on Rev. Al, talking about the “politics of envy”, Romney’s “politics of envy”. Every point he made was on the money, so to speak, including how they trick middle class people into voting Repub—–it’s the real class warfare—-do you want to vote with those scraggly people over there, the people who need help from time to time, the people who want our money, the people who are jealous of our success, or do you want to identify with our group where you too! can become a millionaire? (not exact but that was the idea—-would like to see his segment posted)

  20. 90 TrumpDog
    January 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I’m so proud of my first lady. She keeps her head high and presses on, despite the wingnuts trying to drag her down.

    KanLIE can fuck off with that piece of shit book.

    • 91 desertflower
      January 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      I think we should make buttons that say “We Are All Strong Blah Women Now!” That ought to piss them right the hell off 🙂

  21. January 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Fact sheet on insourcing and increasing investment in the United States:

    Click to access 1_10_2012_fact_sheet_on_past_support_for_insourcing_final_2.pdf

  22. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Love how the Republicans said President Obama was born in Africa; now, they are saying he has European tendencies. What’s next? He likes Chinese takeout or dines at the Outback?

    They have nothing. We have: Obama-Biden 2012 !!

  23. January 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Look what Jodi Kantor tried to do to get the goods on Cindy Mccain – Back in 2008

    November 14, 2008, 5:47 PM
    Jodi Kantor’s Facebook Text

    “Times reporter Jodi Kantor sent messages to eight or nine teenagers at several private schools, trying to determine which one Bridget McCain, the 16-year-old daughter of John and Cindy McCain, attended. Kantor said she was trying to reach parents to interview them about Mrs. McCain for a profile. Ed Morrissey, a conservative blogger, charged that she was trying to get the teens to “dish dirt” on Mrs. McCain. Kantor said she was only looking for adult sources and never would have quoted the students.”


    • 100 hopefruit2
      January 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      You know why she was interested in Cindy McCain…because there was a rumor about John McCain being the biological father of an illegitimate Black child with a black prostitute (The child was actually a legally adopted Asian daughter from Bangladesh). It’s the “black” child Ms. Kantor was interested in, not so much Cindy McCain.

      • 102 luci1119
        January 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        Sounds like KanLie, likes to wallow In Do-Do, Stinks 😦 😦

      • January 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        hopefruit, I had never heard that accusation about McCain and just read it about 15 minutes ago in an article about the dark art of SC politics. The article talks about the dirty tricks by Lee Atwater against other members of the GOP, like the rumor about McCain. And saying that it’s already started for the GOP primary there.


        Now, with six candidates still nominally in the race and less than two weeks to primary day, South Carolina in 2012 is an Atwaterian dream….

        So far, less than 24 hours since the polls closed in New Hampshire, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has already called Romney’s former company Bain Capital, “Vulture capitalists.”….

        If Newt Gingrich has his way, they won’t be thinking about, or seeing, much else. The super PAC Winning Our Future, to which the candidate has no official ties, has produced a 27-and-a-half minute video detailing and demonizing Romney’s time at Bain. The plan, for now, is to cut the piece down to commercial-size slices and air them across the state until voting begins.

    • 104 anniebella
      January 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      I knew Kantor was a lying bitch. Trying to get info from the McCains 16 year old daughter and her friends, that is a snake in the grass. A low life.

    • 105 anniebella
      January 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      That is disgusting what Kantor.

  24. 108 Tulips
    January 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    just reported 300 republican wrote in President Obama name on their ballots. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=0C46B1FC-2D76-46D7-97CF-89732761FFE8

  25. 114 TrumpDog
    January 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I can’t tell you guys how excited I am about the “Runway to Win” project! They did this last year with designers making items in support of Obama’s campaign. I’m more into the bags — I have 4 out of the 5 that were designed. I just need the Tory Burch one.
    The one I use is from Isaac Mizrahi. I have 10 total and I use them when I grocery shop. They are incredibly sturdy.

    This year, I purchased the 2012 tote. I received it last week and it, too, is sturdy.

    I can’t wait to see what they have in store (lol, pun intended) this year!

    • 115 Pamela
      January 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      I have only 2, the larger canvas one and the Mizhrahi one, love love love them! Have just ordered that grey and pink one, it looks mighty pretty! Will let you know!

  26. January 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I like this…

    2008 is historic!

    2012 is personal!

  27. 117 Tulips
    January 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    They have a beautiful night to campaign its 50 plus degress here in chicago. They saying is obamas coming home let me get on the expressway first. lol

  28. 118 hopefruit2
    January 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I’m enjoying the livestream….waiting for our President to come on soon…

    “2008 was historic – 2012 is PERSONAL!”

  29. January 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I wonder is Angelina Jolie still thinks Obama is a socialist?

  30. 123 ChristiMTL
    January 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    2012 is personal!….good message!! I like it

  31. 124 hopefruit2
    January 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The crowd spontaneously chants “Obama!”

  32. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    The crowd roars and chants O-Ba-Ma! I’m getting excited, and I’m two hours away!

  33. 127 nintendowii10
    January 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I hope Newt and Perry go hard on Willard in South Carolina. I despise Newt and Perry, but I despise Willard even more. He says anything he believes will bump him up in the polls. I want Willard battered so much in the primary, that President Obama will SWEEP his ass in the general… meaning Obama wins the same states he won in 2008 and then some… Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Arizona and other states are in play because they don’t like the idea of a Willard nomination. Willard is a phony and a fraud, and I’m glad that Newt and Perry are exposing him. If it wasn’t for Paul being in the race, then Willard would have been finished long ago, just like in 2008.

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Florida is key – it’s winner-take-all still (State statute or something) meaning all 50 delegates go to the winner. Most Romney will have with a narrow win in SC is 28-30 delegates. Key will be getting one of Santorum or Gingrich to bow out after S.Carolina.

  34. January 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    President Barack Obama holds a child as he greets people at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, on January 11, 2012 upon arrival to attend campaign events.

    • 131 ChristiMTL
      January 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Oh my, what a cutie!!

      • 132 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm


        • January 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

          Hi Sue. Hope all is well with you. Shall I call Chips for the Naughty Mats? We really have been very good lately. Maybe Chips might pull out the grades instead of the mats this time. I want an A+ because I have really been very, very good.HZ

    • 134 Pamela
      January 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Boy, this baby has a lot to say, look at the eyes! Quite. Conversation she is having with POTUS! This photo will be framed on the mantlepiece before dark tonight, in an 8×10 format!

      • 135 dotster3
        January 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        It looked like she was really studying his hair, and then in the next frame it looks like she’s saying, “Oh boy, you’re a lot grayer than you were when I was born. Still handsome though.”

        • 136 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          January 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm


        • 137 Pamela
          January 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

          And then she said don’t pay no attention to those dumb f’ers who have no real thought process of their own, they are just jealous! YOU are the MAN!

    • 138 anniebella
      January 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      That picture is priceless. I can imagine that baby saying hay Mom tell Dad I love him, I love you too, but I’m going home with this guy.

      • January 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm

        Hi anniebella. Love that as well. The babies really do look as though they really are communicating with POB. He looks so peaceful with so much great energy going toward them, and they for sure ,seem to give him so much hope and great energy as well. I have never seem a President(in my lifetime) have such a beautiful and natural connection with babies. Great!!!

  35. 140 hopefruit2
    January 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    When do we expect our President?

  36. 141 meabloom
    January 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I’m unsure as to what is going on on UStream. Has PBO spoken yet??

  37. January 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm


  38. 147 hopefruit2
    January 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    OFA Organizer: “I used to be one pink slip away from hardship. But that’s not the case anymore because of President Obama.” Crowd erupts in applause.

  39. 149 PhillyinJA
    January 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    22,483,354 Live Views <<<<<<<<<<<< Is this literally the amount of person viewing now?

  40. 151 PhillyinJA
    January 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    oh ok thanks

  41. 152 hopefruit2
    January 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    “That’s what change is!”

  42. 153 CynthiaK
    January 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you Chipstick for your website. I have visited often but have neglected to tell you that it gives me a lift to read about our First Family in a positive light. President Obama is my President with whom I have great respect and admiration. I want and hope he will be reelected. The First Lady is first class as well. I’m not overly religious but I do pray for their well being each night.

    • January 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      It is so nice to hear something positive. I don’t really listen to those republican candidates but excerpts from what they are saying are so negative and not inspirational. Thank God for PBO.

  43. January 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    • 158 jacquelineoboomer
      January 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      And that’s when they had a choice of R candidates.

    • 159 vero804
      January 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Do not be fooled. The new game for Republicans is to call themselves Indies. That is why I don’t sweat hearing that Indies are voting Republican. Most of these newfound Independents are former Republicans.

  44. January 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    The moment is finally here: the anti-Romney documentary produced by a pro-Gingrich Super PAC has been released.

    It comes as the pro-Gingrich group, Winning Our Future, unleashes a tsunami of ads based on the documentary against Mitt Romney in South Carolina, following a $5 million donation by the casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

    In recent days, many Republicans have started leaning on Newt to tone down the tenor of his attacks on Romney’s work in private equity, fearing it will play into the Democrats’ hands in the general election. And on the force of this documentary, their fears would seem to be justified.


    • January 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      I watched the entire 28 minutes of tne Newt video and it is brutal for Romney. It tells the whole story with real people and sources to back it up. I hate to say it, but it is well done.

  45. January 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm


  46. 164 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Yes, we can, Mr. President! And we know you can, too! You’ve proven that over the last three years – with five more to go!

  47. January 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

  48. January 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    This is ugly.
    Congress will try to go around Obama to get the pipeline passed.

  49. January 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    • 168 AnitaW
      January 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      I saw this and will hope that the Obama Administration is prepared for this Congressional move. Damn I will be glad when these assholes are gone.

    • January 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Couldn’t President just veto the bill unless it gets 2/3rds?

      • January 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Pretty much. It’s laughable. A) it won’t get to his desk, because it’ll die in the Senate, and b) he can just veto it. If anything, this is a case of panic on the part of the Congressional GOP. If it was truly confident of its chances in November — both on the presidential and legislative levels — it would just wait until it had all the levers of power. I think it may be sinking into their minds that things are not going to go so well in November, so thus the push to get these pet projects done.

  50. 176 Tulips
    January 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Rev Al do a hiring showing every wednesday.

  51. January 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Ok, I think I’m going down the rabbit hole. Issa??

  52. January 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans, who are urging President Barack Obama to back the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline, are now working on plans to take the reins of approval from the hands of the president should the White House say no.

    North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, whose state is counting on the pipeline to help move its newfound bounty of shale oil, is drafting legislation that would see Congress give the green light to the project by using its constitutional powers to regulate commerce with foreign nations, an aide told Reuters.

    After delaying the project past the November 2012 election, Obama was compelled by Congress to decide by February 21 on whether to approve the pipeline that would sharply boost the flow of oil from Canada’s oil sands.


    Sounds like tge Republucans have promised something that might.not go through, so now…

    • January 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Again, does the GOP not know how passing a law works? Obama has to sign it. He won’t. And it won’t pass the Senate anyway. My god, the idiocy is astounding. They’re not going “to take the reins of approval from the hands of the president”; they’ll simply succeed in shooting themselves, AGAIN. Like I said above, it’s a panic reaction. If they were confident in their chances come November, they’d just wait. This move shows that they’re not.

    • 182 Pamela
      January 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      They really don’t know the constitution, do they?

      • 183 desertflower
        January 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

        Amazing, isn’t it? Considering they started the year off last year, taking turns reading it….oh, wait….they only read the parts they liked? Second Amendment anyone? I said it before and I’ll say it again…THEY WILL BE THE ONES TO TAKE THEMSELVES DOWN!

  53. January 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  54. January 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Mitt Romney is a lot of things, but he is NOT a politician. He doesn’t think like a politician, or a public servant. He doesn’t have bold ideas or vision. The President does. Mitt only knows how to do one thing: make money for himself and his investors. He doesn’t know how to govern or compromise or care about protecting the American people. He doesn’t know how to run positive campaign and he most certainly doesn’t have his finger on the pulse of the American people. He’s emotionally tone deaf. And the people who are running his campaign have not been paying attention at all to how the President campaigns or organizes. You’d think he would have picked up David Plouffe’s book on how they won in 2008 at the very least. It’s all laid out for them. “All’s they gotta do is read.” But they’re too smug and out of touch; plus Romney has zero charisma. The President will treat Mitt with respect and he won’t go negative. It will be like the two of them are running for a different office entirely. The President will be running to remain Commander-In-Chief. Romney will be running to be Chief Operating Officer.

    • January 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Whooops. Chief Executive Officer.

    • 187 FiredUpInCA
      January 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      “The President will treat Mitt with respect and he won’t go negative.” You’re right Tien Le. It occurs to me that he’s been through this drill before. When John McCain’s running mate was introduced to the world, she unloaded every demeaning talking point and lie scripted by the GOP war machine.

      The President frustrated millions of supporters and veterans in the party when he never took the bait. That person went on to accuse the President of befriending terrorists and still the President never broke his stride.

      Just like Sarah, the longer she stayed in the public eye, the more she lied, the less impact she had. Look at how much ground Mitt has lost since his last Presidenitial run.

      Republicans wasted time and effort passing voter suppression laws. Their most effective way for them depress voter turnout compared to 2008 was to make Mitt Romney their front runner.

      I am going to relish the long, ignominious end to his political aspirations.

      • 188 Pamela
        January 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        Flailin’ Palin only ever said one thing which felt true: that God would choose the winner of the 2008 election. She was right about that, but I suspect she thought God made a mistake! As if……..

    • 189 Pamela
      January 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      And Mythuns does NOT look presidential to me, he looks like a carnival barker.

  55. January 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    nyt says the SC is winnah takes it all.

    Like the other states holding primaries before February, South Carolina will lose half of its delegates under Republican National Committee rules. Twenty-five at-large delegates are awarded to the candidate with the most votes statewide.


    And I thought SC was proportional ?

    • January 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      It was, but it moved its primary up against RNC directives, so that was its punishment.

    • January 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      There is a few States that are still winner take all against RNC edict as state voted to remain that way. SC lost half it’s delegates because they moved up. Florida and Arizona are also winner take all. Virgina basically is as well as if winner got over 50% they got all and since only Mitt and Paul qualified to be on the ballot the winner will get over 50%.

      I stole this table below from Redstate

      Jan 3 Iowa (caucus) 28 Delegates 28 Unbound – Allocation at State Convention
      Jan 10 New Hampshire (primary) 12 Delegates 12 Bound – Proportional with 10% threshold
      Jan 21 South Carolina (primary) 25 Delegates 25 Bound – Winner-take-all per statewide vote
      Jan 31 Florida (primary) 50 Delegates 50 Bound – winner-take-all per statewide vote
      Feb 4 Nevada (caucus) 28 Delegates 28 Bound – Allocated on results of primary
      Feb 4-11 Maine (caucus) 24 Delegates 24 Unbound – Convention elects delegates
      Feb 18 Guam (caucus) 9 Delegates 9 Unbound – Allocation at State Convention
      Feb 7 Colorado (caucus) 36 Delegates 36 Unbound – Allocated at State Convention
      Minnesota (caucus) 40 Delegates 40 Unbound – unless State Convention votes to bind.
      Missouri (primary) 52 Delegates 52 Bound – Allocated by slate at State Convention
      Feb 28 Arizona (primary) 29 Delegates 29 Bound – winner-take-all in statewide primary.
      Michigan (primary) 30 Delegates 30 Bound – Proportional if candidate at 15% threshold.
      Mar 3 Washington (caucus) 43 Delegates 40 bound, 3 Unbound – Elected at convention on preference
      Mar 6 Alaska (caucus) 27 Delegates 24 Bound, 3 Unbound – Bound 2 ballots, if “active campaign.”
      (Super Georgia (primary) 76 Delegates 76 Bound – based on percentage of staewide vote if 20%
      Tuesday) Idaho (caucus) 32 Delegates 23 Bound, 9 Unbound – convention selects from state slates.
      Massachusetts (primary) 41 Delegates 38 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional with 15% threshold
      North Dakota (caucus) 28 Delegates 28 Unbound – Advised based on state Caucus
      Ohio (primary) 66 Delegates 63 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional with 20% threshold
      Oklahoma (primary) 43 Delegates 40 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional w/15%, 50% take all
      Tennessee (primary) 58 Delegates 55 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional w/20%, 66% take all
      Vermont (primary) 17 Delegates 17 Bound – Proportional w/20%, 50% take all
      Virginia (primary) 49 Delegates 46 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional w/15%, 50% take all
      Mar 6-10 Wyoming (caucus) 29 Delegates 29 Unbound delegates elected at state convention – unbound
      Mar 10 Kansas (caucus) 40 Delegates 40 Bound – Proportional allocation based on Caucus ballot
      Virgin Islands (caucus) 9 Delegates 9 Unbound – bound if declared for specific candidate
      Mar 13 Alabama (primary) 50 Delegates 47 Bound, 3 Unbound – Winner-take-all if candidate at 50%
      Hawaii (caucus) 20 Delegates 17 Bound, 3 Unbound – Allocated proportionally on vote tally
      Mississippi (primary) 40 Delegates 37 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional, with 15% threshold
      American Samoa (caucus) 9 Delegates 9 Unbound – Delegate allocation – none, unbound
      Mar 17 Missouri (GOP caucus) 52 Delegates 52 Bound – Allocation at State Convention
      Mar 18 Puerto Rico (caucus0 23 Delegates 20 Bound, 3 Unbound – Winner-take-all at Terr Primary
      Mar 20 Illinois (primary) 69 Delegates 69 Unbound – Allocation at State Convention
      Mar 24 Louisiana (primary) 45 Delegates 25 ~Bound, 21 Unbound – Proportional with a 25% threshold
      Apr 3 Dist of Col (primary) 19 Delegates 16 Bound, 3 Unbound – Winner-take-all
      Maryland (primary) 37 Delegates 34 Bound, 3 Unbound – Winner-take-all per statewide vote
      Wisconsin (primary) 42 Delegates 39 Bound, 3 Unbound – Winner-take-all per statewide vote
      Texas (primary) 155 Delegates 152 Bound, Proportional, Highest to lowest until allocated
      Apr 24 Connecticut (primary) 28 Delegates 25 Bound, 3 Unbound – Winnertake-all if receive 50% plus.
      Delaware (primary) 17 Delegates 17 Bound – Winnertake-all
      New York (primary) 95 Delegates 92 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional with 20% threshold
      Pennsylvania (primary) 72 Delegates 72 Unbound – totally at will, election not withstanding
      Rhode Island (primary) 19 Delegates 16 Bound – Proportional with 20% threshold
      May 8 Indiana (primary) 46 Delegates 27 Bound, 19 Unbound – Allocation at State Convention
      North Carolina (primary) 55 Delegates 52 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportionally on statewide vote
      West Virginia (primary) 31 Delegates 28 Bound, 3 Unbound – Voters select delegates in Primary
      May 15 Nebraska (primary) 34 Delegates 32 Bound, 3 Unbound – Allocation at State Convention
      Oregon (primary) 28 Delegates 25 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportionally on statewide vote
      May 22 Arkansas (primary) 36 Delegates 33 Bound, 3 Unbound – winner-take-all if candidate at 50%
      Kentucky (primary) 45 Delegates 42 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional with 15% threshold
      Jun 5 California (primary) 172 Delegates 169 Bound, 3 Unbound – statewide winner-take-all
      Montana (primary) 26 Delegates 26 Unbound – Non-binding primary
      New Jersey (primary) 50 Delegates 50 Bound – Winner-take-all per statewide primary vote
      New Mexico (primary) 23 Delegates 20 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional with 15% threshold
      South Dakota (primary) 28 Delegates 25 Bound, 3 Unbound – Proportional with 20% threshold
      Jun 26 Utah (primary) 40 Delegates 37 Bound, 3 Unbound – Winner-take-all per state vote
      Jul 31 No-Mariana Isl (caucus) 9 Delegates 9 Unbound – delegates elected at Terr convention – unbound

  56. January 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Big wildcard in 2012 presidential election – National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, No. 11-393 (among others). If the Healthcare law is struck down by the Supreme Court, it will become the ultimate fodder for GOP going into November. HOWEVER, it will be difficult for a candidate like Williard Mittens to make such arguments considering his link to Massachusetts’ healthcare law.

    But I will feel MUCH better if it is upheld by the SC – but I lack faith in the chamber’s ability to make such a decision.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

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

      It’s not the whole health care law – it’s the mandate that’s being considered in the SC. And the SC is unlikely to strikedown something that would affect the Insurance companies’ bottom line.

    • January 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      I was reading an article where the brief the Government’s side put in was targeting Scalia for the 5th vote. I don’t know about this strategy, but I guess if you get Scalia it means you already got Kennedy and Kennedy will be more willing to vote for the constitutionality if he has cover from the right.

      I have a feeling that either it’s ruled unconstitutional 5-4 or it’s ruled constitutional 6-3 or even 7-2.

      I also wish the Administration help off on this until 2013. I get that they wanted to make sure to be the ones arguing it in front of SCOTUS, rather than risk a Romney SG doing it, but even if it’s ruled constitutional that won’t stop Romney from undoing it anyways. I fear the fix is in with this one and it will be a 5-4 ruling throwing whole law out. SCOTUS is completely political and GOP needs this big time.

  57. 200 dotster3
    January 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Hooray for Chgo Bears QB for joining other NFL players in lobbying against In. Gov. Mitch Daniels’ right to work legislation. Cutler hails from the booming metropolis of Santa Claus, In. Daniels is horrible.

  58. 201 donna dem 4 obama
    January 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Our Commander and Chic: How To Get Your First Lady Michelle Obama Swag On

  59. 206 vero804
    January 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I Hate Mitt Romney.

    That is all….

  60. 207 FiredUpInCA
    January 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    U.S. peace talks with Taliban to resume

    “The Obama administration will resume peace talks with the Taliban as soon as Afghan President Hamid Karzai formally blesses the negotiations, according to senior administration officials who indicated the process could be under way within weeks….

    The administration, which has said negotiations must be “Afghan-led,” insists that its own talks with the Taliban are only a preliminary effort to build confidence before actual negotiations over Afghanistan’s future can begin between the insurgents and the Karzai government.

    One hurdle is that the Taliban prefer to talk to the United States and are so far “not willing to sit down with the Afghan government’,” one official said.”


  61. 208 dotster3
    January 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Interesting story from Charlotte, N.C. about a local furniture guy who is restarting his business in the U.S. He was there today with President Obama, said he wasn’t an Obama voter but I have a feeling he will be this time, said he was pleasantly surprised about the reception and engagement by PBO and staff. Other encouraging news about the “manufacturing renaissance” in the U.S.

    • 209 EDP4BHO
      January 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      I read a bit of that article. Note the businessman stated he didn’t think the trip would be worth his while. It’s strange how those who did not vote for PBO have such a negative view of him, until they have been in his presence, and have allowed themselves to listen to his words. So sad that so many deny themselves the civility of doing business with PBO’s administration and atleast giving his agenda a real thought. Life is much too short to be so cavalierly bitter towards a man you may have political differences with, as PBO himself would espouse, but who wants you to do well in life.

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