‘with or without congress, I’m going to keep at it’

President Obama delivers remarks on government reform in the East Room of the White House

Text of President’s remarks here


VP Biden at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown

Thanks Alycee – pics from @BKoltnow


Steve Benen: …. As recently as two weeks ago, Romney had a fairly specific number in mind when it came to the jobs created by his vulture-capitalist firm: “I’m very happy in my former life; we helped create over 100,000 new jobs.”

A few days ago, the total dropped: “[we] …. created tens of thousands jobs.”

This morning, the Romney campaign unveiled a new ad, which moved the goal post again. Greg Sargent picked up on the new message: “The ad claims Romney only created “thousands of jobs,” which is the latest shift in his campaign’s claims.”

So, over the course of two weeks, Romney has gone from “over 100,000 jobs” to “tens of thousands” to “thousands.”

By next week, I expect Romney to tell us, “I probably created a handful of jobs.

Full post here

175 Responses to “‘with or without congress, I’m going to keep at it’”

  1. 10 Pamela
    January 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

    And I was about to sign off and get the heck out the door!

  2. January 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Here’s that Soledad O’Brien interview with Kantor (thanks Tulips):

    You can also see the Piers Morgan (spew) interview here:


    • 12 anniebella
      January 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

      I started watching it, but I got so fed up with that Kantor bitch. Excuse my language, please.

      • 13 hopefruit2
        January 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

        Don’t let her get to you anniebella.

        Why do I think this woman is friends with Anthony Weiner? She’s from Brooklyn NY, and sounds very much like a PUMA. She is snide and snarky towards the President and FLOTUS.

        January 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm


    • 17 lovingandlaughing
      January 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

      My applause to Soledad! Thank you!

      • 18 Lorraine
        January 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

        The most important part of that interview was when Mrs. Obama said how can someone write about how she feels. She sounded hurt. How can anyone write about another person’s feelings?

      • 19 jacquelineoboomer
        January 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

        I didn’t watch Soledad yet, but – on recommendation, since I heard it was a takedown – I watched the yucky Piers last night. Even sent him a tweet (ha! admitting I had suggested a boycott) because he handled her like she was cow dung. It was great to watch.

        For those who can’t watch, she is a self-possessed money-grabbing dolt and said – about her own book – that her words were “fascinating and illuminating.” Her voice was wispy and fake but the yucky Piers hit her on her every word. He chastised her, I tell ya. He questioned her journalistic abilities in writing the book, and then dismissed her at the end of the interview with a sour look on his face. I’m still not a fan of his, but I’ll give him this one thumbs up.

        • 20 lovingandlaughing
          January 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

          Wow, I didn’t think I had it in me to watch the Piers interiew, but after your description I believe I will. jacqueline, watch the soledad clip. it is worth it. soledad does not let up at all!

        • January 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

          Funny think is when she was trying to seek shelter in Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book on Eleanor Roosevelt as justification for why she, Kantor, was right to do her FLOTUS project. I 🙄 my eyes. Who the hell does she think she is comparing herself to eminent historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

          Plus the premise is all stupid. Goodwin is writing about Eleanor R. long after FDR’s presidency is over and there has been sufficient time for long perspective to set in and inform any analyses of what happened in that White House. kantor truly is a hubristic stenographer. Hiding her tails behind “staffers told me…” Duh EPICFAIL!!

          • 22 jacquelineoboomer
            January 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

            Epic. Watched Soledad, who didn’t let Jodi get even one little word in, for at least a fourth of the interview.

            Too early to eat popcorn, but it would have gone good with that!

            • 23 anniebella
              January 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

              I set Soledad an email, and thank her for asking the questions which needed asking of that Kantor woman. When talking to Soledad, Kantor said she interview the Obamas for 40 minutes in 2009, I thought it was 24 minutes. Is that another lie from Kantor?

          • 24 HZ
            January 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

            Zizi2, I felt the same way in regards to even having the thoughts come to her little mind to think that she can even think that she can even put her name in a sentence or thought with Doris Kearns Goodwin. Really. Is this person out of her mind. She is no Doris Kearns Goodwin. Oh my goodness. Ms K is really a total trip.HZ

      • January 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        Piers asks her if she regrets how people are portraying Miche in the book, and that airhead goes: “Oh, well, I can’t take the responsibility for how people on talk shows who haven’t read the book are portraying her. I try be be fair-or some shit-in how I portray her, blah, blah, blah,” —-what a twit. She has this stupid airhead voice and she comes off as stupid rich girl playing at being a journalist. 🙄 she obviously should not be taken seriously. If Piers of all people is criticizing her ‘journalistic credibility”, then you know something is wrong.
        ps- Piers likes Miche alot, generally. It’s PBO and his policies Piers doesn’t like. I think he sees Miche as an entirely different person/ being from her husband because prior to this, whenever he mentioned Miche, he always wears a smile and says: “regardless of what you think about president obama and his policies, his wife, is great/nice/blah, blah, blah….”

        • 26 Chi
          January 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

          There’s something rather weird about people who think liking their spouse or partner makes up for you insulting or demeaning them…

          No self-respecting person is flattered by or taken with the respect, admiration or kind words people who disparage and or hate their partner…

          I doubt Mrs Obama has any use for anyone who praises her while disrespecting her husband…

          • 27 EDP4BHO
            January 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

            Amen to all you said Chi. Also, it’s rather hard to dislike President Obama. I would say, most of those who say they do are really just threatened by him. He is too nice a guy to dislike personally, so most are lying.

          • 28 nathkatun7
            January 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

            ” I doubt Mrs Obama has any use for anyone who praises her while disrespecting her husband…” Well said, Chi!

    • January 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

      GEEZE, what a sniveling response from Kantor. Soledad went to town on her!

  3. 32 Linda
    January 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Nearly 40 people were arrested protesting the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and indefinite detention outside the gates of the White House yesterday. The protesters were from the grassroots group Witness Against Torture, which is calling for the closure of the prison camp.

    Shouldn’t they be protesting in the halls of Congress, not at the White House. ?

    • 33 prettyfoot58
      January 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

      It might be worth our while to talk about why the camp cannot be closed without funding …which the Congress refuses to do…

    • January 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Exactly – maybe someone should give them directions to the right building. Easy to get confused if you don’t know what you’re doing… er,I mean, where you’re going…

  4. January 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I am excited that Obama is going to have the Tuskegee airmen and some of the actors from the movie Red Tail to the White House today to view the Red Tail movie.

    My son, my husband, and I are very excited to see this movie.

  5. January 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

    OOOOoooooo, POTUS has Charts!!

    • 42 hopefruit2
      January 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I love my President.

    • January 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      That’s the first thing I said when I saw the picture (missed the announcement), “Oh – POTUS has a chart”! Must remind him of his days on the Senate floor. Nice.

      January 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm


    • 46 Mel
      January 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Not only does hr charts he know what he is talking about, PBO is the smartest President in my
      life time, and I am 70 Years old just love this man.

      • 47 nathkatun7
        January 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        Mel, you beat by only four years in age, but I am absolutely with you about PBO being “the smartest president in my lifetime.” I love and respect PBO immensely! He is really special. I am sure historians will evaluate him differently from the way he is currently being evaluated by many in the MSM who hate him because he doesn’t socialize with them.

  6. January 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    And…….he is boxing them in. YIIPPEE! You go, President Obama.

  7. 50 Linda
    January 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    What a farce…….

    Kelly Clarkson will sing the Anthem at the Super Bowl…..

    • 51 hopefruit2
      January 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Will she follow up with a hymn to Ron Paul and his racism?

    • 52 anniebella
      January 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Maybe she’ll have on her I support a racists for President, because I want smaller government T-shirt. Go Ron Paul.

    • 54 dotster3
      January 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      And that invitation came after all her recent publicity. So transparent by the Super Bowl Committee. It’s an ugh. But my thinking is that Kelly is probably not the most politically aware person on the planet and overheard some young music biz peeps praising Paul because of the possibility of real drug stores 🙂 and she jumped into the fray without really thinking too deeply about what she was doing—–and the consequences.

  8. 56 rikyrah
    January 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    New voting laws target Black college students
    By CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News Staff New York Amsterdam News | 0 comments

    As Black people across the nation face the challenge of keeping access to the franchise of voting while Republican legislators and governors try to suppress the Black vote to derail President Barack Obama’s reelection efforts, Black college students find themselves a primary target of those strategizing to keep people of color away from the polls.

    New voting laws that went into effect in several states could impact the turnout of young college voters in several states, including Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Texas. Many of these states have a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, with tens of thousands of student coming from the New York City area as well as other states with large Black populations

    Laws that now require college students to show government-issued ID work to exclude them from the voting process because lawmakers know they are unlikely to have such identification. Student IDs will not be accepted at the polls in several states, even if the IDs are from state institutions.

    Students in Florida, Georgia and Texas are also being legislated out of participating in voter registration drives. In addition, a lack of time, money and resources is going to be a factor for college students who must get in-state IDs in order to vote.


  9. 57 hopefruit2
    January 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

    My President has his charts/graphs to support his talk. The camera needs to zoom in on the charts. Go Mr. President!

  10. January 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    WOW, that was BRILLIANT!! BRAVO, POTUS!!

  11. 60 rikyrah
    January 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Before It’s News:

    Bain Capital Owns Clear Channel (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Etc.) http://ow.ly/1gHr4y

    • 61 Chi
      January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      They also own the station that carries Randi Rhodes, Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann etc…

      They recently replaced Thom Hartmann with Glen Beck in the San Francisco/Bay Area on a so-called Progressive radio station…

      That’s Bain hard at work…

  12. 62 rikyrah
    January 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    January 13, 2012 11:25 AM

    Boehner’s once bitten, twice shy
    By Steve Benen

    My prediction about the failure of a year-long payroll tax-cut deal isn’t looking so good. On the contrary, it’s looking increasingly likely that an agreement should come together well ahead of the deadline.

    The problem, as I saw it, was that House Republicans bit the bullet in December after badly miscalculating. They accepted a two-month deal, but they would, I argued, make excessive demands in the next round, dooming any possible extension. Since GOP members tend to oppose the tax-cut policy anyway, they wouldn’t have much of an incentive to be cooperative.

    To be sure, far-right members will continue to push an extremist wish list, but unlike last time, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is reportedly “prepared to navigate around rebellious Tea Party-aligned lawmakers to get a deal.”


  13. 66 Tulips
    January 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    President Obama just took another trump card out of the republican hands LOL1 brilliant love it. National security, tax cuts, small government. This is how you beat them at their own game.

    • 67 Ladyhawke
      January 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Tulips isn’t he a marvel? I especially love the fact that POTUS and FLOTUS have totally co-opted the Republican Party “We Love The Troops More Than You Do” meme. What they didn’t realize is that while they were (obstructing, nullifying, sabotaging, filibustering and taking hostages) President Obama and his team were diligently formulating spectacular projects and initiatives that are being rolled out every other day for the benefit of the American people. Talk about drinking somebodies milkshake. The man is fierce.

    • 68 Obama Grandmama
      January 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      The part about combining the different departments into one including Commerce I didn’t like is where it said there would be 1,000 workers losing jobs. I can see Mitt Romney using that as an example of what he had to do when he worked in Bain as no different than what Obama did or asked to do here. I hope the 1,000 jobs could involve those planning to retire or something like that.

      • January 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        The job cuts would be accomplished through attrition not firing workers. They won’t hire after people retire or leave for some other reason

  14. January 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

    What The Media Won’t Tell You: GOP Voter Fraud Is Running Rampant
    By Jason Easley| January 12, 2012

    Republicans have tried all sorts of tricks, including James O’Keefe’s most recent harebrained scheme to prove voter fraud, but it turns out that many Republicans including the frontrunner for the party’s presidential nomination, Mitt Romney have engaged in voter fraud.

    While living in California, Mitt Romney claimed that his legal residency was in his son’s basement in Massachusetts in order to cast a ballot for Scott Brown in the state’s 2010 special election for the Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy. Romney has never provided an adequate explanation as to why a man who owns multiple homes would be living in his son’s basement. Mitt Romney has never had to explain it, because the media has never bothered to ask.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/republican-voter-fraud

    • 71 jacquelineoboomer
      January 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Rerun Romney probably votes in all 50 states and the territories, and is a member of several political parties.

      And from the media? Crickets.

  15. January 13, 2012 at 11:57 am


    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that Washington will start the process of exchanging ambassadors with Burma.

    The announcement came hours after most of the country’s political prominent dissidents were released from jail.

    US President Barack Obama described the move as a “substantial step forward”.


    • 73 Linda
      January 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

      I wonder who Romney would consider for that job ?

    • January 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      It’s actually quite stunning that Burma has embraced so much change in so little time. I was listening to BBC last night, and they said that people had been dejected when the expected day of release was missed a couple of weeks ago, to coincide with some national festival. Then, they thought the next possible date would be in February some time. The people were also stunned that so many prominent political prisoners were released. It’s really the beginning of a new day in Burma.

      • January 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        It’s The Obama Effect! 😉

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

    • 78 Obama Grandmama
      January 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Missed this somehow. Is Myanmar no more no and the country is back to Burma? I visited Myanmar a few years ago.

  16. January 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I just discovered something very depressing. I was watching the tail end of “Nova” last night. After the credits are run they put up the show’s sponsors. Who took pride of place, you may ask? The David H. Koch Foundation. As in David H. Koch of Koch Industries. Why a PBS show is taking money from a person who would like nothing more than to see PBS’s demise is beyond me.

  17. January 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Joe is a BFD!!! he’s awesome!!! the crowd loves him!!

    • 84 hopefruit2
      January 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      That’s why the media and GOP want him gone. They are THREATENED by our Vice President.

      • January 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        This is true – they are trying to clear the field for 2016 – and the so-called Dems that are calling for him to be replaced by Hillary Clinton are just paving the way. He’s done a remarkable job, and has been a huge asset and loyal friend to President Obama. And, he’s really smart and knowledgeable about this country, foreign policy, diplomacy, Congress – he’s probably going to be one of the most accomplished people to run for President in 2016, apart from not having business experience. But the truth is, who do you want to head the government? A privileged business leader who sits on top of a hierarchy and has almost complete authority over how and which decisions are made in exchange for huge money? Or a well seasoned public servant, who has dedicated his life to the service of the people of this country and perfecting legislative know-how and the art of compromise, establishing connections and has a deep record of legislative accomplishments that have made people’s lives better – and his only asset is his home, plus he’s worked to put three kids through college? If you’re looking for someone who’s become an expert at ensuring the well-being and safety of the nation and it’s people, then Joe Biden is your man.

        • 86 hopefruit2
          January 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

          Indeed. VP Biden has many strengths. He’s as smart at a whip and yet a very down-to-earth, gentle soul. Dr. Jill Biden is the same – She’s just a beautiful human being – very humble, yet so talented and accomplished. They would make a fantastic first couple who can continue the legacy of what has been started by our current First Couple. If Biden selects Elizabeth Warren or even MD gov (O’Malley) as his running mate, that would be a very energizing ticket.

          I doubt Hillary is interested in running again. She’s no fool and I think she knows very well that the media and GOP love her best when she’s NOT a candidate and is not flattered by their constant pleading and whining for her to jump in the race.

        • January 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm


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

  18. January 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    FLOTUS twitter followers at 252 K. Overtakes slimy robney @ 249 K. All within one day

  19. January 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Several States Using Little-Known Fund to Jump-Start the Clean Economy
    By: Maria Gallucci| Thursday 12 January 2012

    A little-known source of clean energy funding could prove a crucial job-creation engine in the states, as federal support diminishes and they seek fresh growth drivers. Every state can create clean energy funds, or CEFs, which are typically supported by a small surcharge on monthly electricity bills. So far 22 states have done so, generating $2.7 billion overall for the clean technology sector during the past decade. Most have used the money to install tens of thousands of solar panel arrays, wind turbines and biomass facilities.

    Read more: http://www.truth-out.org/several-states-using-little-known-fund-jump-start-clean-economy/1326377713

    h/t InsideClimate News

  20. January 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I LURV Joe!!!! I love him so much.

  21. January 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Joe asks his assistants where he’s suppose to be:
    Joe: where am I supposed to be?
    Inaudible response
    Joe: In Philly?
    crowd laughs
    Joe: where am I supposed to be? I’m not going anywhere. I’ll take some more questions
    Crowd laughs and cheers
    Joe: I’ll take the people in the back.
    Then sound went out for 2-3 minutes.
    Picks back up with Joe saying: “that little…. I could have strangled him!!!” —-crowd laugh and cheers.

  22. January 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Why I Defend Obamacare and Plan To Fight For It As Hard As I Can
    By karoli| January 12, 2012 09:00 AM

    Even with its imperfections, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is a lifeline for people like me and my family, and it’s worth giving credit to the Democrats and the President for getting it done. Every time I hear one of the Republicans in the primary clown car talk about repealing it, my resolve to re-elect the President and save Obamacare and Dodd-Frank strengthens.

    It’s all about the pre-existing conditions. It always has been and it always will be. Like the young mother who was told most people with pre-existing conditions brought them on themselves, I also have a son with pre-existing conditions, and those conditions would, under the system we have today, make it impossible for him to pursue his chosen career or possibly even to function.

    Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/why-i-defend-obamacare-and-plan-fight-it-ha

  23. January 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm


    Perry urges Congress not to raise debt ceiling
    By Rebecca Kaplan| January 12, 2012 7:44 PM

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged members of Congress on Thursday to reject an increase in the debt ceiling requested by President Obama, telling a small audience here that it meant the government would print more money and devalue existing currency. “The president again went to Congress to ask them to raise the debt ceiling. That means they’re going to print more money, they’re going to spend more money. The dollars in your pocket are going to be devalued even more,” Perry said.

    Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57358337-503544/perry-urges-congress-not-to-raise-debt-ceiling/?tag=re1.channel

    • January 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Wow. This is a credit card that’s already been run up. We have to pay the bill. What part of that do the idiots not get?

      • 105 jacquelineoboomer
        January 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        Let me think. What famous economist would we want to listen to, regarding the debt ceiling. Perry?

        I think not … and I’m not the only one.

        • January 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

          And what the hell does he mean that the currency will be “devalued”? That happens when there’s high inflation. Inflation is still at historic lows. I understand he’s an idiot, but really, can’t the media fact check his inanities?

          • 107 jacquelineoboomer
            January 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

            There are too many inane comments from him for the media to tackle. Of course, even if he only said one stupid thing, they wouldn’t tackle it … lazy journalists abound.

        • 108 Bill
          January 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

          Perry did make a “D” in Economics at Texas A&M.

          • 109 a4alice
            January 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

            I had heard something on the radio driving home last night about PBO formally requestiing a raise in the debt ceiling. From what they said there’s nothing that congress can do this time because it’s all been spelled out by the last debt ceiling crisis.

            I can’t find the link to what I heard last night but here’s something similar from msnbc:


            “The Budget Control Act, the law which settled last summer’s acrimonious debt ceiling debate, provided for this increase without congressional approval. ” they can make a fuss for about 15 days but from what I understand there’s nothing they can really do. (someone correct me if i’m wrong please)

            • January 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

              You’re right, A4A – this is part of the backwards deal they struck. Congress can pretend to vote against it, knowing the President will still get his deal, but they get to grandstand.

    • January 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Selective amnesia on display….

      During Bush Presidency, Current GOP Leaders Voted 19 Times To Increase Debt Limit By $4 Trillion
      By Travis Waldron on Apr 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

      June 2002: Congress approves a $450 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $6.4 trillion. McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor vote “yea”, Kyl votes “nay.”

      May 2003: Congress approves a $900 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $7.384 trillion. All four approve.

      November 2004: Congress approves an $800 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.1 trillion. All four approve.

      March 2006: Congress approves a $781 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.965 trillion. All four approve.

      September 2007: Congress approves an $850 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $9.815 trillion. All four approve.

      Database searches revealed no demands from the four legislators that debt increases come accompanied by drastic spending cuts, as there are now. In fact, the May 2003 debt limit increase passed the Senate the same day as the $350 billion Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

      Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/04/14/158424/republican-leaders-debt-limit-hypocrisy/

    • January 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Someone with such a lack of knowledge of how government works should be immediately disqualified from trying to head the government. Plus, these GOP are supposed to be all about “personal responsibility”, but advocate that America run out on the bill that they racked up. Hypocrites.

    • 113 Ladyhawke
      January 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      As if there wasn’t enough already to disqualify this empty suit from running for president.

    • January 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Not paying attention again eh Rick? Congress has already handed The President the authority to raise it.

  24. January 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    via tpm

    For First Time Since ’10, Congressional Democrats Top Republicans In New Poll


  25. 116 57andFemale
    January 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I only caught a little bit of it, but CBS this morning did a hit job on government lending to green energy, framing it as taxpayers supporting companies that go bankrupt. 11 companies in addition to Solyndra.

    It was nasty.

    • 117 jacquelineoboomer
      January 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Any industry trying to really get off the ground suffers losses. This is drivel. I’m not surprised by the media, but there’s only one side of these stories that’s being told.

    • 118 Linda
      January 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Yes… The RNC is tweeting that segment….

  26. January 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Now talking about Military Families. He choked up. I think he went into the crowd and is sitting with audience members. This happened before the military question. Joe is super smart!!! He is unbelievable. He just wrapped up to thunderous applause!!!!

    • 120 a4alice
      January 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      thanks for the play by play lisa!

    • 121 Lovepolitics2008
      January 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      I would like Joe to campaign almost non stop in the coming months. He’s authentic and plain-spoken; a very effective surrogate of President Obama. And Joe is a secret weapon particularly with seniors and white blue- collar workers.

      Back in 2008, Joe Biden was my second preferred candidate in the primary. Even before knowing he was on the short list for vp, I hoped Barack Obama would choose him. When the news became official in late summer, I was estatic. I just had the gut feelimg that the tandem Barack-Joe would be fabulous at governance. Both brilliant, both authentic and honest men, with shared values and characters traits that complemented each other. They indeed have formed one of the best, if not THE BEST POTUS/VPOTUS tandem America has ever seen. Moreover, they have become dear friends, and this is one of the most beautiful stories of this presidency.

  27. January 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Applause still going till WH.gov cut the feed. Fucking love Joe. He’s the damned best!! Love him, love him, love him. Told the audience that he absolutely believes that all “we have to give you is a fair/equal chance and you will own the world.” —-Joe is a HUGE F-ing Deal!!!!

  28. 125 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Photos of our great VP!

  29. January 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Just when I thought I couldn’t loathe the man any more – from October 2007:

    Clayton Holton of Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana asks Gov. Mitt Romney if he will have seriously ill patients like himself arrested for using medical marijuana with their doctor’s approval. Gov. Romney doesn’t answer the question and turns his back on Clayton.

    • January 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      the man is very cold. Even if you don’t agree on an issue stand there and tell the person to their face or politely dance around it and move on.

      • January 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        Incredibly cold, gobrooklyn, I haven’t seen many people with worse ‘human skills’. He simply cannot relate to anyone other than his own ‘class’, including a man like this, in such a desperate situation. And oh, that smirk …..

      • January 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        I don’t know if he’s cold so much as he’s always campaigning which makes him so afraid to say anything that he thinks may get him in trouble. He’s the most nervous politician I’ve ever seen.

        • 135 Lovepolitics2008
          January 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

          I think Mitt Romney is a coward, basically. Unable to take risks. Unable to make tough decisions. This man has no business in the Oval Office. And he has no clue of how difficult the job of Potus is.

          • January 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

            That’s it. Now I’ll give him a pass in that video because he probably figured that was a loaded question. But you see it everywhere else. He’s terrified of taking a stand. It’s going to become more and more obvious if he gets the GOP nomination and makes a pitiful attempt to move back toward the middle.

        • 137 vitaminlover
          January 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm

          He is nervous, derbingle, because of the lies and flip-flops that he is trying to keep up with.

  30. 138 Linda
    January 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Does this Jodi Kantor person look like Sarah Silverman to anyone else ????

    • 139 lovingandlaughing
      January 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Yes, now that you mention it, yes!

    • January 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Nope!!! I think that’s an insult to Sarah Silverman who is 10x better looking. Don’t even get me started on the way Kantor looks. I’ll only go down hill from here.

      • 141 lovingandlaughing
        January 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        oh, i wasn’t intending to make it an insult. i just agree that they resemble one another. that is my perspective anyway.

        • January 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

          No, LAL. I don’t think you and Linda are being insulting. I’m insulting Kantor when I say it’s an insult to say they look alike. Kantor is a dog-faced air head. Nothing at all like SS. I should have been more clear, I’m sorry. I just didn’t want to get started and become more explicit in my denouncement of Kantor’s looks. I really try to insult other people’s intelligence and character and not so much the way they look cause I’m no beauty queen myself. ——— Big exception: Ann Romney: what god didn’t provide, her money surely could have taken care of—I’m just saying……. 😐

    • 144 jacquelineoboomer
      January 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Of course, SNL is based in NYC and may not want to take on a NYT reporter, but maybe Sarah could play Jodi on Saturday night? Remember Sarah did the great video request to Jewish grandparents back in ’08, to get them to vote Obama!

  31. January 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Romney is not popular – only 31 percent of all voters, and only 27 percent of independents, give him a warm, favorable rating. Obama, on the other hand, remains personally popular, with nearly 50 percent giving him a warm, favorable rating. As a result, Mitt Romney has not been able to energize voters. Voters, especially Republicans, are ready to bolt to independent candidates in large numbers — indeed, remarkable numbers.

    Our poll shows that as a third-party candidate, Ron Paul would take 18 percent of the vote in a matchup against Obama and Romney. Almost all of this comes at Romney’s expense. Nearly tied in a head-to-head matchup against the President, Romney’s vote plummets when Paul is added to the ballot, losing 12 points of his vote share.


  32. January 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm


    January 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm


  34. January 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Rendell is such a Romney apologist. He is so clueless when it comes to Bain.

    • 156 Bill
      January 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Sense leaving office we have no idea of all the companies that are paying him. He seems very disingenious when discussing Bain, as though he does not believe what he is saying.

    • January 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      I can’t see any videos from work, but I have heard even NPR trying to apologize for Romney/Bain by saying that private equity firms take failing businesses and try to make them more efficient and turn them around, and that without the private equity firms, more people would likely lose their jobs. There are two fundamental questions:

      1. How can a company get loans based on projected earnings if the company is failing? The business Bain is/was in was “leveraged buy outs”, where they would take out massive loans based on 5 year projections of earnings of healthy companies and impose heavy cost cutting (such as cutting benefits, layoffs), then pay those funds from the loans as “returns” to investors. The company was left to pay the debt, plus massive management fees from Bain, and would eventually crumble under the load.
      2. How is it that when a company goes under after the “benevolent” private equity firm takes an interest, a select few are able to walk away with milions/billions in returns? Seems very similar to the banking/housing fiasco where millions have lost their homes, but bankers have still walked away with billions in bonuses, even in the height of the crisis in 2008!

  35. January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    U.S. to withdraw about 7,000 troops from Europe
    By Agence France-Presse| Friday, January 13, 2012

    The United States plans to withdraw about 7,000 US troops of the 81,000 troops based in Europe, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. In an interview with the Armed Forces Press Service, Panetta said two brigade combat teams, or roughly 7,000 US troops, would be withdrawn from Europe, but rotational units would still maintain strong military presence in the region. The move is part of a 10-year defense strategy that President Barack Obama presented on January 5, giving strategic priority to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/13/u-s-to-withdraw-about-7000-troops-from-europe/

  36. 167 hopefruit2
    January 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm
  37. 170 Janelle
    January 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    The comment mentioned above by theo is very true I think regarding Joe. I hadn’t thought about it before that they want to clear the field for 2016. I do remember a recent interview with VP Biden (forgot where—60 min. maybe?) where they asked him if he would run in 2016 and he said something like if he still had the energy to do it, he would consider it. I personally think he is seriously considering it and the President has entrusted him with a really large portfolio to oversee as VP and he’s done it all well. We’ll see what he does, but I was wondering why the Clintonites have been thrust out there so fast and furious.

  38. January 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I said I thought we should send Joe Biden out to campaign.
    The next 2 days, it seems, he has a mission for College affordability.
    Brilliant move. Maybe he should keep doing events, on college affordability? Maybe Nationwide? A few per week?

  39. 173 Linda
    January 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    New Hampshire GOP Leaders Endorse James O’Keefe Video

    House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) called the video “a shocking exclamation point on the need for immediate reform to New Hampshire’s election laws to ensure that voter fraud does not taint the rights of our citizens to have their votes counted in an honest, responsible way and impact our state.”

    O’Brien said the House will pass legislation this year requiring photo ID at the polls, despite Gov. John Lynch’s veto of a similar bill in 2011.


    “So, if I secretly videotape myself passing a note to a
    bankteller asking for ‘all the money’, when I get caught I can
    claim that I was merely exposing the “shocking need for
    immediate reform of bank’s security procedures?””

  40. January 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Mitt Romney and our overdue debate about capitalism
    By E.J. Dionne Jr., Published: January 11

    A privileged candidate sits atop a relatively privileged base. This is why Romney’s defense of his work as a venture capitalist is one of the truly authentic parts of an otherwise heavily scripted campaign. He speaks with genuine passion when he accuses his conservative opponents of putting “free enterprise on trial.” But that goes to the heart of the matter: “Free” for whom and under what circumstances? Capitalists of Romney’s sort never want to acknowledge how much their ability to make money depends on what government does.

    Romney’s victory speech suggested that he hopes that the campaign will be about whether President Obama wants to turn the United States into Europe. A more relevant discussion would be over what American capitalism is — and should be. Thanks to Gingrich and Perry, this debate is now unavoidable.

    Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-and-our-overdue-debate-about-capitalism/2012/01/11/gIQA0EyxrP_story.html?hpid=z3

  41. January 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Karl Rove once noted a strategy of “making it impossible for a Democratic President to govern as a Democrat.” Well PBO has made it clear that strategy has plenty of exploitable holes.

    For example, when PBO makes moves on the more commonsense-mainstream platforms from both parties from previous years, the Rovian strategy seems to backfire across America as GOP in congress obstruct, nullify, sabotage, filibuster and take hostages. See: Congress vs. PBO approval ratings.

    PBO has thoroughly exposed all the hypocracies and nonsense of the GOP before a major election, and accomplished notable feats too. So….what incentive does a repug in America have to support a GOP presidential candidate? See: current GOP enthusiasm? Maybe? And think: PBO has not even begun to really campaign yet. That’s how you win!

    And then there is the possibility that GOP “wave” peaked in 2010 only to show America that the “wave” wasn’t all that good for them. Expect more lies from that side of the field soon. Donate to the campaign to fight back and/or volunteer today!

    Great job, PBO. “You want smaller government? Then PBO makes reforms in areas that America can largely embrace. You want to leave more issues up to states to decide? Then PBO ensures flexibility for individual states. You want to cut taxes? Then PBO says don’t block the proposed middle class tax cuts and we can just let other breaks expire as scheduled without your fingerprints.” We’ve seen this and more in Race to the Top, Affordable Care Act, Payroll Taxes, and even the Streamline Government initiative announced today…..just to name a few.

    Let’s not even discuss foreign policy…..

    Can I go ahead and vote 4 more for 44 yet?


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