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coming up

Pete Souza: “The Obama family made an unannounced visit to tour the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., the night before the President made remarks at the official dedication of the memorial.” Oct. 14, 2011

Monday

9:50 The First Family will participate in a community service project in the Washington, DC area in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy.

6:0: The President and the First Lady will attend the Let Freedom Ring Celebration at the Kennedy Center.

Tuesday

On Tuesday morning, the President will meet with the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the White House.

In the afternoon, the President will host King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Later, the President will welcome the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals to the White House to honor the team and their 2011 World Series victory.

Wednesday

The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Thursday

The President will travel to Orlando, Florida to deliver remarks on the economy. Later, he will travel to New York City to attend campaign events. He will return to Washington, DC that evening.

Friday

The President will attend meetings at the White House


414 Responses to “coming up”


  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    January 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Good Evening TOD

  2. 9 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Without a doubt, Dr King would be proud of President Obama – not because of his color but because of the quality of person he is. 2012 does determine the path to ‘the dream’ perhaps more definitively than at any time since 1861-1865.

    Yes We Can … DO More Together – We Must!

  3. 10 GGail
    January 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Good evening TOD and Chipsticks!
    Bobfr – without a doubt, you are correct.

    YAY GIANTS!

    O/T – my 95 year old Aunt will be riding in an MLK Parade tomorrow in Carrollton Georgia. She is soooo excited! I hope and pray that the weather is warm enough for her to participate. 🙂

    • 11 susanne
      January 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      pile on the blankets! that lady needs to be honored and recognized for her courage, tenacity, and spunk! hope you’ll post some pix after.

      • 12 GGail
        January 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        Thanks and I agree susanne, she is a very special lady and I’m so happy for her.
        I live in Los Angeles, so I’ve been calling my cousins (her adult children) and begging them to send me pix.

      • 13 isonprize
        January 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm

        I vote for the blankets too!! She probably wouldn’t want to be home and missing her day in the parade!!! May God bless your 95 yr old aunt!!! WHAT STORIES SHE CAN TELL. I would just sit at her feet and listen.

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Awww, GGail, so happy for your aunt. You’re reminding me of the day my then-95 y/o aunt (who has since passed away) told me she voted for Barack Obama for President!

    • 15 HZ
      January 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Bless her precious heart. Thanks for sharing with us GGail. (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Warm Hugs from TODers))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Handwarmers. If she does not have a circulation problem, footwarmers as well.

      • 17 GGail
        January 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Thanks everyone for your kind words!
        She has already picked out her wool hat with it’s matching scarf and gloves. Her coat, socks, and wool pantsuit. I suggested that she take two blankets – one for her lap and another to put around her shoulders.

        And yes, she has stories to tell and I have ears to hear them and the time to listen.

        I will be here in Los Angeles at our 27th Annual Kingdom Day Parade tomorrow and hope everyone does something kind for someone tomorrow.

        • 18 isonprize
          January 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

          GGail, Won’t she have someone there with her? Take all kinds of extra stuff, just in case. I’d carry it all and wait on her “hand and foot” if I was there!!! ooooh, and they BETTER take plenty of pictures!!

  4. 19 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    // WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder plans to deliver a speech on voting rights on Monday at a Martin Luther King holiday rally in South Carolina, a state where just weeks ago his Justice Department blocked a new voter identification law.
    Holder plans to attend a rally sponsored by the civil rights group National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the state capitol building in Columbia, S.C., according to a statement from the NAACP. //

  5. 20 dotster3
    January 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    They took a sledge hammer to Newtie-Patootie. He has shut down his attacks on Bain, even at planned events today in towns featured in his attack ad, where Bain closed down manufacturing plants. A little indication of the type of attendees he had at his events there in S.C. was when someone asked why he didn’t approve of civil unions, the audience “gasped” at the question.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-pn-gingrich-shelves-bain-attack-20120115,0,3872441.story

    • 21 24Sass
      January 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      As long as Newt doesn’t talk about the ads, he’s an ok guy. This is the stuff that makes me crazy….his campaign has put out some of the ads and people just listen to the moment. eeekkkk

  6. January 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    AWWW!!! Gail, I am excited for you an your Aunt….what an honor:-)

    • 23 GGail
      January 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Yes, it is an honor kasai for a well deserved woman who loves the Lord.
      I’m praying hard for warm weather.

  7. 24 collegekay
    January 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Wow The Giants definitely showed up today.. and that’s even with the refs on the Packers’ side.

    • 25 GGail
      January 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      You noticed the Pack leaning Ref’s too collegekay?
      I’m very HAPPY with the results – GIANTS win. 🙂

  8. 26 Linda
    January 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Glen Kessler who is the fact checker for the Washington Post is on Q & A tonight…right now.

    The pinocchio noses guy

  9. 28 CTGirl
    January 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I was there today! Jumped in the car and made the trip from CT to DC 🙂 I was lucky enough to be there to hear MLK III speak (totally unexpected). It was super cold but standing there I felt a rush of pride and hope in America and that made me feel oh so warm! It is just beautiful!

  10. 32 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  11. 34 AnitaW
    January 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Okay TODers

    I am going to be in D.C. this coming weekend. I have a tour at the WH scheduled for Saturday. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I see someone from the family. This is the weekend that Michelle always goes to the Blue Room, but no guarantee my tour will be the lucky tour. Even a Bo sighting would be great.

    • 35 desertflower
      January 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Yea!!!!! Tell us all about it when you get back 🙂 That’s a MUST!

    • 36 collegekay
      January 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Good luck!

    • 38 GGail
      January 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Make a TOD hat and wear it. 🙂

    • 42 isonprize
      January 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      AnitaW. Have you been on a White House tour before? If not, make sure you do the White House Visitor Center, before the White House Tour, if you have time. But after is fine too, Just as long as you do it. The visitor center is also free, and there is a short video that includes our wonderful President. Both the video and the Visitor’s Center give lots of background history of the White House.

      Fascinating stuff, — like did you know that when Truman was President, the White House was in such disrepair that his piano actually fell thru to the floor below!?!

    • 43 lovingandlaughing
      January 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      I am super excited for you Anita! Please report back about the tour! Best wishes!

  12. 44 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Ridiculously off-topic: Anyone watching the Golden Globes tonight?

    • 45 CTGirl
      January 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I am now

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Just drove through Beverly Hills past the Beverly Hilton about two hours ago, and they had people/protesters lined up the side, some with lovely signs about love, and others with not so lovely signs – I think they were from that “church” that goes to soldiers funerals to claim that somehow the soldier’s demise was due to gays in America. Anyway, traffic was backed up, so we got a chance to watch some of the proceedings – ladies in evening gowns walking to the event and looking frozen – the price to pay for beauty… Limousines going past a larger crowd and hearing the crowd cheer – although, the ones we saw were heavily shaded, so I’m not sure how they were cheering. Quite fun! We forgot the Golden Globes were on, so had been grumbling about the traffic and the blocked off side roads, then ended up in the middle of the action!

    • January 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      I am and teared up when I saw Sidney Potier walk onto the stage. He received a justly-deserved standing ovation.

  13. 49 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Christopher Plummer wins Best Supporting Actor -Motion Picture for Beginners.

    Yay for the seasoned veterans!

  14. 59 CTGirl
    January 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I am not sure if this has been shared before, but Kantor is being called out again:
    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/01/obamas-rewrites-first-ladys-history.html

    • 60 dotster3
      January 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      It is my humble opinion that we just let Kantor slide off into oblivion. She doesn’t deserve all this attention. Just let her fade away.

      • 61 jacquelineoboomer
        January 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        Although I am totally enjoying the look on her face, as she suffers through interviews where lots of displeasure is being hurled at her. There’s that.

    • 62 Cha
      January 16, 2012 at 12:02 am

      That’s freaking awesome, CTGirl! I love ObamaFoodoRama but missed that and it’s such a great reminder of how Michelle Obama was NOT “struggling” and how kantor was Lying. Oh, and Jonathan Alter needs to get his junk together too.

      • 63 anniebella
        January 16, 2012 at 5:53 am

        Cha, I sent Jonathan Alter an email, I let him know that Mrs. Obama wasn’t out there complaining and bringing attention to that book as he said, the only one bringing attention to that book is Jodi Kantor and the media. I told him that the interview with Gayle King was plan before that book came out, and you knew Gayle was going to ask Mrs. Obama about the book and all Mrs. Obama did was answer the questions ask of her. I told Alter that no First Lady have received the disrespect, the racists attacks like Mrs. Obama, they have been trying to portray her as this angry black woman, and if Mrs. Obama wanted to defend herself she had every right to. As Mrs. Obama said no third party can tell how she feels or what she feels. I told Alters that it was a hack job on the First Lady, it was a trashy gossipy book by Kantor and I hope the book is a flop. I did get a response back from Alter, he told me I made some good points, but Kantor did try to talk to the Obamas.

        • 64 anniebella
          January 16, 2012 at 6:00 am

          I email Alter back, I won’t go into all I said this time, but I let him know I wasn’t please with the attack on the First Lady by that book. And Mrs. Obama will come through this with class and dignity she has always shown, and she will continue to be the wonderful First Lady we know and love.

  15. 65 desertflower
    January 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    David Axelrod on CNN today with Candy Crowley (she makes my skin crawl)

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-bain-romney Try as she might to make Romney seem ok, it just didn’t work. Axe is a fabulous ally for PBO.

    • 66 defytheodds
      January 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks, The Axe was fabulous. I like it when he told CC to wait a minute when she didn’t want to hear one of his answers.

  16. 67 defytheodds
    January 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    • 68 defytheodds
      January 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      I don’t understand how West & Smiley became leaders of the black community. That sounds like some msm bs…how many peo. would follow them?

      • January 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        No. One. That sums it up. I mean, when Angela Davis, an actual Marxist, is pro-Obama, Westie has to know he has no leg to stand on.

      • 70 nathkatun7
        January 16, 2012 at 2:42 am

        You are absolutely right, defytheodds! The notion that West and Smiley are somehow major black leaders is totally “msm bs.” Certainly there are some other privileged black folks who dislike the President, but I can assure you that the vast majority of Black folks do not share their sentiments. If people don’t believe me all they need to do is visit Black Berber shops and here the kind of talk that goes on regarding “jealousy black folks” like Cornel West and Tavis Smiley. In my Berber shop, the hero is comedian Steve Harvey, who, according to both berbers and patrons, exposed West and Smiley for being nothing but jealousy people who hate the President because he did not invite them to WH.

      • January 16, 2012 at 4:12 am

        Black leaders? Don’t they mean black folks who happened to be front and centre,at a time when the focus was not on black?! So I guess in ‘their’ eyes they are leaders. Yeah,some actually lead off a cliff… Also, I don’t think that they are aware that ‘Travesty and Corny’ have become thorns in black folks sides since their proclamations.

        • 72 anniebella
          January 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

          I wish someone will tell me when did Tavis Smiley and Corny West become leaders in the black community? Who ordain them? Tavis and Corny. They are full of alot of B.S.

    • 73 Mae who love our CIC
      January 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

      The only leader any community is recognizing, especially AA’s is President Obama.

  17. 74 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Kate Winslet wins Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie for the excellent Mildred Pierce.
    The only mini-series that I actually watched this year.

  18. January 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    The President for 2012 – one who sees us ALL!

    http://yfrog.com/kidyaikj

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Reminds me of his trip to England, where he shook hands with the guard at 10 Downing Street, getting a huge smile in return. The then-Prime Minister was walking behind him – he hurriedly tried to shake the guard’s hand, too, but the guard was still looking toward the President and missed it. There’s real and then there’s looking as though you’re trying to be real.

    • 80 Dudette
      January 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      This simple photo illustrates so much about the kind of man he is.

      • 81 vitaminlover
        January 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        I am patiently waiting for my opportunity to fist bump and shake his hand and hug Mrs. Obama and hug the First Daughters and First Grandmother and pat Bo’s head.

  19. January 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    In case this has not been posted. This is cool.

    Obama presidency stitched in quilt exhibit at DuSable

    BY KARA SPAK kspak@suntimes.com January 15, 2012 6:22PM

    An historic moment stitched in time — the election of America’s first black president — is stitched on to more than 50 interpretive quilts in a new exhibit at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

    “Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama,” opens Jan. 16, the official Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    http://newssun.suntimes.com/entertainment/9912840-421/obama-presidency-stitched-in-quilt-exhibit-at-dusable.html

  20. 84 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Homeland wins Best TV Drama. I’ve only seen 3 episodes — all of them were riveting!

  21. January 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Watching the Aussie Open right now. Sighs. Beautiful summer in Melbourne. One of these days we’ll be there.

    • 92 Dudette
      January 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      I am SO going there one year. Seeing all 4 grand slams is on my bucket list. Wimbledon’s done! 🙂

      • January 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        Oh! Lucky you! Wimbledon, French, and Aussie. I grew up in NYC, so eh on the US Open.

        • 94 Dudette
          January 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

          Splurged for Centre Court tix — got to be there in ’09 for the first game under the new roof. Ameile Mauresmo v. Dinara Safina. (preceded by Federer v. Soderling). Good thing we have pics, it wa so surreal, I barely remember the matches. The stadium is breathtaking — it really is like a cathedral.

    • January 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I always liked Troubador. How he stays on to fight the good fight is beyond me.

      • 100 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        As do I, LL. Only login there to give to support to him, Eclectablog and the few others who continue to bring truth to the perpetually hair-on-fire whiners.

        Gave him a little shout out on Twitter (as I see bwd did as well 🙂 )

        #PRESSON

    • 101 Dudette
      January 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Oooh, some goodies on there that I’d forgotten about. Thanks for sharing this!

    • 102 desertflower
      January 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Fabulous Snarkage! Love it…I’ve noticed that this writer is an unabashed supporter of PBO…many good pieces. Wonder why they still inhabit that place?

  22. January 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    LOL..I must have struck a nerve with my tweet to Michael Moore..it got retweeted by a few more…lol

    @MMFlint PBO been lifelong adv 4 the poor.As young college grad,rejected high salary of WallSt.Instead bcame Commnty Organizer#

    So he finally emailed me a direct message
    MMFlint
    I so agree. And I want him to fight, not compromise anymore.
    8 minutes ago

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      not compromise? Man he is such an idiot

      • January 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        So because MM doesn’t want him to “compromise”, he says to young people don’t vote for PBO, so Romney will win and destroy everything you believe in. Have I missed the logic here?

    • 106 collegekay
      January 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Good work kasai. I think Moore knows this but he probably makes money by bashing our POTUS. It’s sad.

      • January 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

        And yet the biggest audiences he has had in the past have been liberals. So, the more liberals get disgusted with him, the smaller his audiences. I think his real problem is an out-of-control ego that has allowed him to convince himself that he has a “right” to tell the President of the United States how to behave. That ego has always been obvious in his documentaries and now it has taken over his mind.

        • 108 Betsy
          January 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

          I think he ONLY gets attention when he bashes PBO now, even if it is negative attention it is attention, right? He’s like a child. I think he’s become irrelevant since PBO got elected and he’s desperately trying to be important now, hence the criticism of PBO. If we liberals stopped even talking to him, he fades away.

    • 109 hopefruit2
      January 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Hmmmmmmmm……interesting that he responded Kasai. But isn’t that what our President is doing?

    • 110 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Good for you kasai!! I had retweeted your post.

      With the flint’s response he proves he has zero understanding of governance in a democratic society – for starters. Beyond that, if he were intellectually honest he’d know that no President has ever had as obstructionist a Congress as the one President Obama has confronted every day since his Inauguration. In the fact of that unprecedented obstruction, he already has a legislative record on par with FDR and beyond every other President’s. Feel free to tweet @MMFlint a link to this comment if you’d like 🙂

      #PRESSON

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      What an effin liar he is “I agree”. The only thing I know about him is he is a full on attention WHORE who is trying to get the OWS crowd to not vote in November. How the HELL can Obama “not compromise” if not reelected as MM threatens at the Smiley event? What an ass.

      Moore also took at a jab at Obama’s reelection efforts. “How many people now are saying ‘Hey, I can’t wait to get back on those phonebooks?'” Transcript below.

      MICHAEL MOORE: “They’re so desperate to be elected, that [it] is more powerful than the money than they’re getting from these corporations is your vote. They can’t win without your vote — and don’t let the Democrats and Barack Obama play that card of ‘Well, where else are you going to go?’ You know? They do not want to do that. They really don’t want to do that because hey saw what happened in 2000. There’s just enough pissed off people that will actually go somewhere else and can cause a huge ruckus as a result of that. So, they do not have to go back very far to think of an example of what happens when you punk on those who have less. Don’t do that, President Obama and the Democratic party. Stand up now.

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/13/moore_warns_obama_there_are_enough_pissed_off_people_that_will_go_somewhere_else.html

    • January 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      PBO fights in his own way, and unlike Michael Moore, PBO’s way actually gets results.

  23. 115 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Just wanted to be sure Ms Crowley understands how underwhelming she is ….

    #PRESSON

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      She had my mother upset as well.
      She is a 4th estate, kind of reporter. My problem with that is, If CNN reporters like Crowley think they have to be a counter weight to the WH bully pulpit, then just tell the truth.

  24. 117 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    My Baby Idris Elba won!!!!

  25. 123 defytheodds
    January 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    When President Obama releases his tax returns on Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he will be doing the same.

    “President Obama is releasing his records this coming Thursday. I will release my income tax records. Callista and I have discussed it,” Gingrich said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to discussions with his wife. “We agree this is part of the process of the American people having trust in the candidates.”

    Gingrich also challenged GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney to release his records, saying that “he will never get through the fall without releasing his records, and it’s better to do it in the primary season so the country understands what’s going on and not wait and be surprised in September.”

    Romney has so far said he has no intention of doing so.

    Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin also said recently that Romney should release his. 🙂

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      I hope the media press Romney on releasing his tax returns. He is such a lying weasel. I am counting the days for PB to get on the campaign trail and start exposing his lying flipflopping a@@.

    • 125 collegekay
      January 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      He’s going to have to release them sooner or later.

    • 126 susanne
      January 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      one thing is certain: whatever he does release will be full of lies.

    • 127 CTGirl
      January 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Romney’s box is getting smaller 🙂

    • 128 anniebella
      January 16, 2012 at 6:13 am

      I sent Candy Crowley a email and told her that I heard the President was going to release his tax returns Thursday, and Newt Gingrich said he would release his also. I told her to go ask her buddy Mitt Romney if he will be releasing his Thursday also.

    • 130 defytheodds
      January 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this speech in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968 — the day before he was assassinated.

      Excerpts:

      Now we’re going to march again, and we’ve got to march again, in order to put the issue where it is supposed to be. And force everybody to see that there are thirteen hundred of God’s children here suffering, sometimes going hungry, going through dark and dreary nights wondering how this thing is going to come out. That’s the issue. And we’ve got to say to the nation: we know it’s coming out. For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory…. “Over my head I see freedom in the air.”…

      All we say to America is, “Be true to what you said on paper.” If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so just as I say, we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on….

      And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?

      Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

      (Text of full speech) http://www.afscme.org/union/history/mlk/ive-been-to-the-mountaintop-by-dr-martin-luther-king-jr

    • 131 defytheodds
      January 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to Receive Top Award at MLK Event

      Tonight in Detroit, where hundreds of activists are gathered for the annual AFL-CIO Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance, participants will honor several individuals for their outstanding contributions to working people. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will receive the top honor for her extraordinary dedication and commitment to improving the lives of workers throughout her lifetime. The At the River I Stand award is given to a national leader who has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to civil rights and workers’ rights.

      http://blog.aflcio.org/2012/01/15/solis-to-receive-top-award-at-mlk-event/

  26. 134 collegekay
    January 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    • 135 halo
      January 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      THATS WHAT YOU GET FOR STABBING PBO IN THE BACK.

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Good. I still think he would have been a formidable GE challenge. Stronger than Mitt.

      This does help Mitt in that Huntsman will likely endorse him, and if he doesn’t Huntsman’s 1-2% of support would almost all go to Romney anyways. Cons need to get Perry out by SC – those Evangelical leaders if they have any power need to get him out now. Than work on Newt after SC.

      Newt/Santorum/Perry combined will beat Romney by 15 points in SC and be up on him by 10 in Fla. But they keep splitting it and Romney wins both.

    • 143 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      #PRESSON

    • 144 Lovepolitics2008
      January 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Wow, I thought he would try to stay a bit longer. Was probably offered SOS.

      Maybe the internals in SC and Florida are very strong for Romney and it’s obvious the race is over ?

  27. January 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Am I shallow because I think Bethannie Mattek-Sands is just totally hot?

  28. January 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Breaking: Huntsman to drop out of race tomorrow, and maybe endorse Romney!

  29. 152 Britt
    January 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Jon Hunstman is bowing out. He will endorse Mitt, like that will help Mitt.

  30. January 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    The House in tuesday finally returns from a lifetime vacation.
    Only problem is, renewing the FAA bill is Not on the schedule. It expires January 31, and then gets shutdown.
    Guess what, the House of Republicans could care less, it goes on another break Friday.

    I say, WTF?

    • 166 anniebella
      January 16, 2012 at 6:16 am

      Can you just imagine what the press and the GOP would be saying if POTUS stay on vacation this long like Boehner and this do nothing Congress.

  31. January 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Curious. Has Ron Paul just dropped completely from the radar? I’ve heard nothing of him over the past few days.

  32. January 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Such a weak showing for Huntsman this campaign very likely dooms him in 2016 as well. He really miscalculated quitting the Ambassador gig to run now. He’ll be a non-entity in 2016 when the Jeb Bushes, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Bobby Jindal, Kelly Ayotte, Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio, Mitch Daniels are all running.

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Very unimpressive candidate in every aspect. More boring than Al Gore lol. It makes me wonder how well he did with the ambassadorship in China. Probably not bad because he spoke the language but he has no charisma or anything that is appealing and engaging. It seems more has been done with China relations since he left.

      • 173 jacquelineoboomer
        January 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm

        I recall when our former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke was selected to be the current Ambassador to China. He and his family were winging their way to that country, traveling through the airports, and totally impressed many people in China at the start of their tenure who spoke out about it. They said that the Lockes were self-sufficient during the trip, picked up their own bags, etc., and didn’t expect any special treatment. The spokespeople said they were not used to that, and found it commendable.

        So, I’m guessing Huntsman may not have done the same. Good riddance.

    • 175 collegekay
      January 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      I don’t think it was wise either.

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Were I a Republican, there’s no way I could support a 2016 Huntsman after seeing his integrity at work this time around. Forgetting his China decision for a moment, I don’t find his Romney endorsement in any way credible after he so masterfully picked Romney apart. As a voter, IMO, to accept his endorsement is to admit that Romney is not a good choice but , hey, he’s good enough for me!

  33. 177 LOL
    January 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Huntsman drops out the same day the biggest paper in SC endorse him…Irony.

  34. 182 LOL
    January 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    The media will have a sad all week…thanks to their favorite candidate dropping out. Wait a minute…could he be going for the Americans Elect nomination???? Should I start popping the corn?

  35. 184 LOL
    January 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Darn…He’s endorsing Willard.

    Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who was seen by Democrats months ago as the potential biggest threat to President Obama in a general election, is dropping out of the race tomorrow and will endorse Mitt Romney, a campaign official confirms to POLITICO.

    A source said that Huntsman’s rationale for backing Romney, who he has criticized for weeks on the campaign trail as lacking a “core,” is that he didn’t want to block the person best prepared in the field to beat Obama, and then to lead the country and grapple with the economy.

    It’s a tough ending for Huntsman, who basically went broke months back, uprooted his campaign to New Hampshire – only to come in a disappointing third place.

    His campaign has been low on funds, and faced grim prospects in Saturday’s South Carolina primary. Huntsman himself has expressed reluctance to loan his campaign more than the $2 million he initially seeded it with.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/01/source-huntsman-to-drop-out-of-race-tomorrow-110930.html

    • 185 LOL
      January 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      How do you say lame in mandarin?

    • 188 Dudette
      January 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      No shock there.

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Endorsing so quickly after dropping out is silly in that all of his attacks against Mitt are still fresh. I mean the Sunday NH debate where he called out Romney for being part of what’s wrong with Politics in America for putting party over country.

    • 195 AnitaW
      January 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      What a joke. No shame. Drop out, but why bother to endorse at this point? I bet he mad a horrible ambassador to China.

    • 196 Lovepolitics2008
      January 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Ok so this is true. If he had any integrity, he would not endorse anyone. He doesn’t respect Romney. Huntsman can be bought it seems. He must have been promised a place in the cabinet if Romney wins. Something big, like Secretary of State maybe.

      I’ll repeat what I’ve said a couple of times in the last few weeks. The GoP big power brokers want a puppet in the WH. It’s the only way I can explain their choice of Romney, a candidate with so many negatives. They’re taking a big risk. They must think that their money, their media and their voter suppression shenanigans will be enough to make that empty suit the POTUS. They’re in for a BIG surprise.

    • January 16, 2012 at 4:38 am

      All that stuff about Willard, and then to turn around and endorse him? And these folks want us to take them seriously and yearn to take on the job of the most powerful man in the world? Too jokey for words!
      Just goes to show how utterly theatrical they all on when it comes to political grandstanding. I swear they are all performing artists the whole lot of them, some better at it than others, at the public’s expense. I am pretty sure when they get together drinking,socialising etc in their lodges, they probably all laugh at the fact that they have the public just where they want them, pulled one over on us,etc,etc.
      But then again we must thank him for his ads.

  36. 198 Don
    January 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Down goes Huntsman!

    Down goes Hunstman!

    Down goes Hunstman!

  37. 200 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Always wondered — what happens to whatever campaign funds they have left over after they drop out?

    • 201 LOL
      January 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      He has none…On the other hand, this dropout just had a high dollar fundraiser in NY a few days ago. So, he basically took their money to pay his bills. And there was a report that there was a bunch of Dems (Hillary dead enders) there. Couldn’t happen to more deserving folks 🙂

      • January 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        Lady Forrester de Rotheschild or whatever her name is was the host of it I believe. Sucker!

        • 203 LOL
          January 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

          Yup…you know this pampered princess said she would vote for Romney over the Prez in Huntsman failed , but she’s a DEM. Give me an effing break.

        • 206 AnitaW
          January 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm

          She’s still mad because she thought she would get an ambassadorship out of HRC.

        • 207 Lovepolitics2008
          January 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

          Doesn’t make any sense to me that you could support Hillary Clinton and then Jon Huntsman. Their political agenda in domestic policies are not compatible. Huntsman is a supply-sider !!!

          Is it just about being an insider and having access to power ?

        • 208 anniebella
          January 16, 2012 at 6:20 am

          See people like that Lady Forrester de Rotheschild be be just find if a Republican win, she has the money, but it is the middle class and poor that the President is fighting for, not Rotheschild. The average everyday people, us.

    • January 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Up to candidate. If any left, they can return it, or keep it in their war chest for their next run or use it as PAC money I believe.

  38. 211 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    OMG! Just saw Chris Dodd sitting in the audience at the Golden Globes, sitting near Melissa McCarthy from Bridesmaids.

  39. January 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Mark Halperins take- Huntsman gets an A+ for trying.

    Him and his grades!

  40. 224 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Octavia wins!! Octavia wins!!!

    • 225 dotster3
      January 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      What was almost as touching as her joyful reaction was all those in the audience who seemed thrilled for her, saw some actual tears in the audience. I liked the movie, The Help, even though some had a problem with it. All those involved put forth a sincere effort to tell some truths the best they could. Great soundtrack also, including a fantastic song by Mary J. Blige.

      • 226 Dudette
        January 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        Co-signed wholeheartedly. I was one of those who had some problems with the film/story itself, but definitely not with the performances.

  41. 227 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree Sidney Poitier is presenting the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Morgan Freeman.

  42. January 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    #in August 2009 Jon Huntsman once wrote a note to President Obama: “You are a remarkable leader,”3 years later Flip Floppers stand together#

    • January 16, 2012 at 1:32 am

      Kasai, there is a copy of the so named item as I recall seeing on a news report, if that is the true copy. Watch what you put in writing Jon Huntsman about your boss. HZ

  43. 233 Britt
    January 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    So Karl Rove/establishments thinks that they can force(pay) the rest of the candidates to dropout to help Mitt! Newt will not take the bait that the establishment is offering.

    • January 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      ‘Newt will not take the bait that the establishment is offering.’

      I’m not so sure he won’t. He took the warnings to back off, [Paul Ryan’s budget; critical ads, etc] didn’t he?

    • 235 dotster3
      January 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      But he did take the bait. Agreed to stop attacking Bain. Went to the 2 towns today with the Bain slaughtered companies mentioned in his ad, and never uttered the word Bain.

      • 236 Britt
        January 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        Newt’s PAC hasn’t laid off Mitt, as of today. He is releasing his tax returns this week, which is a direct shot at Mitt. Newt is not loved in his party, and doesn’t seem to care either. Karl cannot make Newt bow out like he can the rest.

  44. January 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    All we need now is for Robney to pay some Black Lady’s rent, Santorum to sell hunter’s vests, Perry saying he wants to secede, Huntsman having connections to Bain,
    Oh wait…

  45. 239 LOL
    January 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I always had a special kind of disdain for Huntsman. Here is a president who entrusts in you the most complex/dangerous/high stakes portfolio of them all in the ambassadorship to China and you more or less throw it in his face after barely 3 years on the job. And you have the cojones to talk about country first? President Obama made you. I say….Good riddance.

    • 241 anniebella
      January 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      TeaNN says Huntsman is dropping out of the race, to be honest he never was in. And he will endorse that lying flip flopper job killer, dog abuser, won’t release tax returns, Mitt Romney.

    • 242 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      As you may recall, this is what Erick Erickson of redstate.com had to say when Huntsman first announced he was running for President:

      “The reason I will never, ever support Jon Huntman is simple: While serving as the United States Ambassador to China, our greatest strategic adversary, Jon Huntsman began plotting to run against the President of the United States. This calls into question his loyalty not just to the President of the United States, but also his loyalty to his country over his own naked ambition.”

      Source: http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/05/09/why-i-will-not-support-jon-huntsman/

      As I was searching for that source, I noticed an article that said Huntsman responded to the criticisms by saying he didn’t do anything overt about his campaign while in China, but people in our country were building him up and he made “new friends” when he got off the plane … or some bull like that.

      Also spotted articles saying that after Erickson denounced Huntsman, he apparently changed his mind, and went on to support Huntsman over Romney and Gingrich. Those keen-minded conservatives don’t know which way is up, do they? And I laugh!

    • 243 Cha
      January 16, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Huntsman’s further show of no integrity when he endorses mittoinette kochead.

  46. 244 isonprize
    January 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve been poking around the interwebs on the subject of Martin Luther King. Here is a fascinating ten minutes on a man who needs to receive much more recognition than he got. Enjoy!!! I’m not exactly thrilled with the Youtube title of the clip, but the content is excellent. My father, as on off duty police officer, participated in the march as a part of the security contingent.

    Bayard Rusitn – strategic planner of the 1963 March of Washington

    • January 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Isonprize, the content is excellent and well worth the viewing.

      • 246 isonprize
        January 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Evonnc, Yeah. Bayard Rustin was a pretty amazing guy. One (of many) of the interesting parts of the video was how, inadvertently, Strom Thurmond, of all people!! wound up being the catalyst for folks to really stand up for what was right. It showed some of the internal battles, yet also showed, as John Lewis called it, “raw courage.”

  47. 247 DIVASMOM
    January 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Can someone find and post Mr. Robme”s photo of holding a baby girl away from his body as if she had peed on him. Just incase you all had missed it. I will go back to lurking now.

    • January 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      This one?

      And here’s a lovely one of Rick Perry – such a natural:


      Just sayin’:

      • 250 isonprize
        January 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        OMG, that poor baby girl! (probably lookin’ at her mommy thinking, “I may NEVER forgive you for this….”)

      • 251 dotster3
        January 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm

        Awk—-Ward.

      • 252 hopefruit2
        January 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        For someone who has 4+ kids, Willard behaves as though he’s never held an infant in his life – or has he?

      • 255 desertflower
        January 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm

        I swear, some of those are bordering on abusive. I guess he had nannies for that.

      • January 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm

        He can’t even hold kids with sincerity. Why is this man so disgusting?

        • January 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

          I heard a snippet of Ann Romney on the radio the other day, extolling the virtues of her husband. She said that when she was diagnosed with her disease, her husband said he didn’t mind if she couldn’t prepare dinner every night anymore, and he was prepared to eat PB&J and other sandwiches from now on. I know this is sort of uncharitable, but my first thought was, why can’t he hire a cook to prepare dinner so his wife doesn’t have to and she can eat a decent meal while she’s recovering?

        • January 16, 2012 at 2:01 am

          Lisa, I ask myself the same thing. I am so grateful that POB shows deep sincere compassion for those that we have seen him around. I see a man who really is a sincere and caring person. He can’t fake this stuff. POB is just who we see each and every day, a loving, person, husband, father, and President who is so humble even though he is the most powerful man in the world. What grace.

          We will not give that up to someone who shows no sincere actions of caring about the average person. It is like everything is a put on. It is a phony operation. Stiff and stale. Who wants that in a President? I surely do not. Uptightness. Even babies can feel that stiff stale feeling.

          POB is so natural with all people. You do not see a fake person in POB. He has a beautiful and natural smile that brings with it an inviting feel about him. I think we all who support POB can see the pure love, compassion, and that sincere human touch that is so special.

          I want to keep that for another 4 years. Plus we have worked so hard to bring POB and Joe into the White House, why would we hand over all of our hard work and POB’s hard work to try to clean up this pile of you know what from W and others now to some stale, stiff, non-compassionate person like Willard.

          Not on my watch. We are NOT going to do that. POB has worked too hard to bring us to a better point and time, and I am NOT willing to give that up to someone who believes that he deserves to just waltz in and take over. No, Not This Time. So let us get to work to keep 44 in there for another term. For sure, 4 more for 44 in 2012. Just think about it.

      • 264 Lovepolitics2008
        January 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm

        Romney doesn’t interact with the little babies; he doesn’t look at them !!

        As opposed to Barack Obama who looks them in the eye, smiles at them and holds them tight like a daddy would do.

      • 265 57andFemale
        January 16, 2012 at 4:18 am

        Oh my God,Willard makes my skin crawl with those babies.

      • 266 anniebella
        January 16, 2012 at 6:24 am

        Children knows when you are real and when you are a big fake. Mitt Romney is a big fake. Kids looks like they don’t want to be around him. That little boy looks like he is scare of Rick Perry.

        • 267 anniebella
          January 16, 2012 at 6:28 am

          Romney treats kids the same way he treats his dog. Haven’t heard anything from PETA. POTUS can kill a fly and they have something to say. Romney can abuse his dog like that, and yes it was years ago, but that dog probably was never the same.

    • January 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      I saw this previously, but tonight she looks almost like a doll in his hands, except for her weight. Poor child, to be held by this unfeeling, scared-looking man! Doesn’t look like he held his sons much when they were babies.

      Diva’s Mom, nice to see you ‘at last’. Please stay with us on this side of cyberland! The more, the merrier 😉

    • 269 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      DIVASOM – Please don’t go back to lurking – we need you here!

      And Chips – The photos are so funny!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for finding all of ’em.

  48. 270 dotster3
    January 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Great catch of Clooney and Poitier cracking up together as they were breaking away for ad. 2 of my most faves.

  49. January 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    huntsman is shunted out. Love it. Poor msm must be choking with all those feathers. The guy will never be presidential material.

    • January 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      I love it! I don’t know how Huntsman can endorse Romney after attacking him quite efficiently (or at least, his Dad’s PAC has been attacking him). Hypocrite. He made a mistake leaving the Ambassadorship, and now, he may not have a political career left. Good thing he’s got all that money…

    • January 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      At least we won’t have to watch the media fawn over him. He is a goner!

      • January 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        Yeah, the media’s not having the best year. First, their boyfriend Chris Christie dumped them, now their BFF (do people still say that?) Huntsman is backing out. How much more can they possibly take? They so want to write their specials about President Obama’s meteoric rise and fall. Not gonna happen.

  50. 284 jacquelineoboomer
    January 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Ha. Something “possessed” me (probably literally), and I turned on Geraldo’s show on FOX. He was interviewing a senior adviser to Ron Paul, whose name happens to be Doug Wead. That’s wead, not weed, but I’m not surprised he got the job!

  51. 287 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Streep wins for Iron Lady!

  52. 291 dotster3
    January 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Wow—-Jane Fonda looks really amazing. She’s 70-something! Keeps herself in great shape.

  53. 293 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Clooney wins!!

  54. 294 DIVASMOM
    January 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Yes Ms.Chips,
    Just want you to know I work 12hour grave shift. I am on this site from sun up to sun down lurking. I am a good and respectful lurker that is.
    I want all of you to know you all enlighten me everyday. My writting and speaking skills are not up to part . I adore of all of you.

    Thank You Ms. Chips

    bu

  55. January 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Yay!!!! for George Clooney…Won

  56. 302 dotster3
    January 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Yay! George Clooney, my pretend boyfriend!

  57. January 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS GEORGE CLOONEY.

    BOO MATT

  58. 304 DIVASMOM
    January 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Sorry for the bu at the bottom. Doing this in dark while hubby is asleep.

  59. 305 halo
    January 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I CANT BELIEVE ROMNEY IS GOING TO WIN WITHOUT HAVING DONE ANY RETAIL POLITICS

    • 306 Dudette
      January 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Let’s be clear, the only thing Willard MIGHT win is the nomination and even that’s not a lock. He’s got less than 10 delegates and a brokered convention with a yet undeclared candidate isn’t out of the question.

      Besides it doesn’t matter who the Repub nominee is, PBO will do the winning that counts, if WE do the work we need to.

      • 307 halo
        January 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm

        PBO DID A MILLION TOWN HALLS AND SHOOK ALMOST EVERY HAND. THIS FAKER ROBNEY IS JUST TRYING TO BUY THE NOMINATION AND DO AS FEW INTERVIEWS AS POSSIBLE.

        • 308 Dudette
          January 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm

          One of the many reasons he’ll be watching TV on Jan 20, 2013.

          • January 16, 2012 at 2:15 am

            Shall we all chip in (I know that he can afford many) and buy Willard a hugh screen tv engraved with: “To the man who couldn’t count to 45 because we, the People were stayed on #44 for 4 more.” From the People of the ‘Peoples’ President’ of the Peoples’ Nation.” Enjoy Willard.HZ

        • January 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm

          I think the primary has weakened Robney.
          He has alienated Hispanics and unions. Unions have a lot of money, now they feel threatened by a Robney Presidency.
          And Hispanics are pissed because Robney endorsed the Arizona immigration law.
          Also, everybody knows about Bain, somewhat, and mostly all independents ate not paying attention until august. He has also laid out his tax plan which favors the Rich and he has shown his awkwardness.

          All in all, the General Election is going to be tough on him. The President ain’t going to lay down for him!

          Watch Palin endorse Newt soon!

      • 311 Britt
        January 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm

        I forgot that a brokered convention is possible, it’s a delegates race.

    • 312 Britt
      January 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      I understand Halo. It’s weird that Karl and the rest of the GOP mafia has had to force the rest of the candidates out of the race, and “find” votes to help Mitt barely when a nomination. If I was a GOP voter I would be pissed that Karl Rove chose a candidate for everyone else.

  60. 313 dotster3
    January 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Oh Yay! The Descendants! Clooney’s movie! Great movie! Real life, told a difficult story in the most moving beautiful way possible.

  61. 320 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Someone on Twitter said tomorrow morning, Morning Joke & Crew will be mourning….

    • 321 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Maybe the whole lot of ’em will take a sick day, and MSNBC will replay Lockup. Again.

    • January 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Nah, they’ll be all in for Romney as well. Orders have gone out.

      GOP changes their primary set-up from winner-take-all to proportional for States before April 1st, because they thought Pres. Obama benefited from long primary fight – now they try to end it all in SC. One Bain attack at was all they could stomach and Mitt is such a brutal candidate he keeps saying ridiculous things. They need him off the campaign trail for the next 4-5 months and just use surrogates and Fox to fluff him up again.

      • January 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm

        But, I can’t even see how that strategy works, because he’ll go into the GE with absolutely no practice, and many secrets still unexposed. I think Mitt’s a loser all around. The more people see, the more they detest. If he goes into hiding, then President Obama gets to have the field to himself for the rest of the year, touting every accomplishment and positive sign in the economy with increasing volume, and relishing the feast he’s going to make of Romney (or any GOP nominee).

  62. 324 jacquelineoboomer
    January 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Did y’all see this about the latest CNN poll? To borrow a phrase, you may want a drink before and a cigarette after reading it:

    Support for Renominating Obama Reaches an All-time High

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/renominate-obama

    • 325 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      That’ll teach me to get excited and not read the date of an article – this is dated almost a month ago. Heck, it’s only been a month! Still sounds good to me!

      • 326 hopefruit2
        January 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm

        I almost posted the same article earlier but saw the date and decided to cancel my post! Well, it’s still the most recent even though it’s a bit dated.

  63. 327 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    As someone posted on another blog, half of the GOP hate Romney and the other half don’t trust him, yet they want all of America to vote for him just so that they can beat President Obama…

    • 329 Britt
      January 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      I think the Obama Campaign is going to going to push the meme “You cannot trust Mitt” in the general, by using his flip flopping on issues as an example. When it comes to HC, they’re going to “thank” Mitt for laying out some of the premise for POTUS’s health care bill, via Romneycare. This will piss the GOP base off. Karl cannot force voters to vote for Mitt, no matter how much money he lines up behind Mitt.

  64. 330 susanne
    January 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    not good at this computer stuff, but i found this article in hawaii news, and thought it would be of interest here. wonderful words of dr king!

    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AllHawaiiNews/~3/TKP8Mke0zl8/why-did-rev-martin-luther-king-jr-wear.html

  65. 334 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I guess Huntsman can’t wait to get back to his bed, spending days/nights there, sipping cups of hot chocolate while watching politics and old sitcoms on TV.

  66. 338 jacquelineoboomer
    January 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    PBS will replay the 2010 White House performance, “A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement,” on Monday evening 10 Eastern (9 Central). Among many other talents will be the Blind Boys of Alabama, whom I personally LOVE.

  67. 343 Dudette
    January 15, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Here’s a little inspirational music for all my TOD family going out to do good works in the community or volunteer with the campaign tomorrow (and every day) in honor of Dr. King.

    “Give Back” by Xavier Lewis [some of you might have seen him on American Idol; wish I had]

  68. 348 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    It’s time for us East-coasters to go to bed. G’nite my friends in the Midwest and on the West Coast. G’nite Chips! Be back bright and early tomorrow.

  69. 351 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    One more before bed:

    • January 16, 2012 at 12:08 am

      I said upthread that Huntsman’s supporters and aides probably won’t support Romney. They have no obligation to do so. I don’t think Robney will get anything out of this.

    • January 16, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Politico/Facebook poll about Bain.

      I would say these numbers ate good for a Republican primary. Bain may be catching on down there!

    • 355 Dudette
      January 16, 2012 at 12:16 am

      Wait! The key reason the man claims he’d be a better President is because of his business experience at Bain, but only 43% (of whoever they polled) thinks his record there is a legitimate campaign issue. Are you KIDDING me?

  70. January 16, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Bill Burton-

    [T]he views of actual Republican voters are very different from the Republican establishment.  By large majorities, Republican voters believe Wall Street is “greedy,” “overpaid,” and “dishonest.” They also overwhelmingly reject the establishment Republican dogma that all of Wall Street’s actions are inherently beneficial to the US economy.  

    Even to South Carolina Republican primary voters — hardly members of Occupy Wall Street — Romney’s business record is deeply troubling. In Priorities USA Action poling completed Monday, 53% of South Carolina Republican primary voters (including one-third of his own supporters) expressed major doubts about Romney when given a description of his work that resulted in massive profits for him even if companies went bankrupt and fired their workers. Wall Street investment firms had a net negative rating with South Carolina Republicans, with 49% unfavorable and just 35% favorable. …

    Republicans in DC and Boston certainly have something to fear: by nominating the personification of Wall Street excess, they risk finally exposing the rift between the elites who control the Republican Party and the voters who are the Republican Party. Already, in Iowa and New Hampshire, the cracks are beginning to show. The only income group Romney won in Iowa was those earning over $100,000 a year. In his effective home state of New Hampshire, the only income group Romney won a majority of was those earning over $200,000 a year and his support declined incrementally with every income group below.

    If these problems exist for Romney among Republican primary voters, they will only grow as he is introduced to a general electorate that rightly has deep concerns about the Wall Street deals that benefited executives like Mitt Romney but left middle class families devastated.

  71. 357 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 16, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Chips, A favor to ask; when you remove a thread, could you please announce it up front on the next/replacement thread. Yesterday was a great day for me; I felt well enough to be out and about — fun, but tiring. Spent the evening alternating between catching up on TOD and catnapping. About 3 a.m., I fell asleep on the fundraiser thread; about 7 a.m. I woke up, refreshed the page, and fell asleep once again. While I was asleep, my computer updated and rebooted. When I logged on this afternoon, the topic was missing; I thought I was losing the few marbles I have left. It wasn’t until I caught up a little while ago that I saw mention of the removal.

    Hallelujah, I still have my marbles! 🙂

  72. 359 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 16, 2012 at 1:19 am

    O’Malley to knock Romney in South Carolina
    By John Wagner

    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to take aim at the jobs record of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney.

    O’Malley, who as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association has not been shy about criticizing sitting GOP governors, will hold a news conference on Romney’s “legacy of job destruction and lack of support for middle-class families looking for a fair shot at the American Dream,” according to an advisory.

    more —> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/maryland-politics/post/omalley-to-knock-romney-in-south-carolina/2012/01/15/gIQAeMNr1P_blog.html

  73. January 16, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Good Nite Chips and TOD Family. Thank you Chips for such a wonderful weekend. Get some rest and sip your favorite coffee or tea and relax. We love you and need this beautiful haven. So we want to take very good care of our Chips.

    (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( I thank you so very much and sending you these Hugs of Joy)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  74. January 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Santorum press conference in one hour to discuss lies by Robney and his super PAC-

    http://thepage.time.com/2012/01/16/playing-the-niceprocess-card/

    Lol!

  75. January 16, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Tina Brown wrote a stupid article about the President last night, so I said to myself, watch her be on Morning Joe.
    Sure enough!
    Lol!

  76. January 16, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Bret Baer moderates tonites debate.
    Should be fireworks. This debate is setting up to be fierce!
    Lol!

  77. 368 FiredUpInCA
    January 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

    New Fox poll shows a Romney-President Obama match-up would be a tight race. Not a surprise given how divided the country is:

    “In a potential Obama-Romney election, 46 percent of voters would back Obama and 45 percent Romney if the election were held today…”

    But here’s the big take away for me, that is a lesson to the far Left to the far Right:

    “And behind those numbers is a striking contrast: 74 percent of Obama backers say they are voting “for” him rather than “against Romney” (21 percent). Yet for Romney, his support is mainly anti-Obama. Fifty-eight percent of Romney voters say they would be voting “against Obama” rather than “for Romney” (33 percent).

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/15/fox-news-poll-2012-obama-romney-race-would-be-tight/#ixzz1jcYnva4s

    The message is loud and clear and I hope you get it MSNBC, Michael Moore, Cenk, Ron Paul dreamers. The President’s support is not the result of a flavor-of-the-month protest vote or based in hatred or fear of the Other.

    This President is loved, respected and supported for who he is and how he leads. Deal with it.

  78. January 16, 2012 at 7:02 am

    All we need now is for an Aircraft Carrier to transport Seamen cars on it’s Deck, to Washibgton State- look

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2086454/The-worlds-exclusive-parking-lot-Aircraft-carrier-transports-sailors-cars-ships-new-home.html

    Oh wait…

  79. January 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Yes Americans who vote for Obama are voting FOR HIM.

    • 372 hopefruit2
      January 16, 2012 at 8:09 am

      And there is your “enthusiasm” right there -no matter what the GOPMedia polls claim about Dems having an enthusiasm gap.

  80. January 16, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Joe scumbag is losing his argument, bug government not big business blah blah blah.
    He is pissed!
    Lol!

  81. 375 Linda
    January 16, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Morning Joke is losing it….teehee

    • 376 Bill
      January 16, 2012 at 7:43 am

      He always loses it when he can not defend his ignorant rants. He thinks he can win a debate by being the loudest. I wonder if he will have Dr. Sachs return to the show.

  82. January 16, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Romney’s “politics of envy” is going to bite him in the but. Americans are envious. We want fairness.

  83. 380 Linda
    January 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Morning Joe just made the case for single payer

  84. January 16, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Listed on CNN’s livestream:

    9:50 AM
    Obama’s MLK service project
    President Obama participates in an MLK service project at the Browne Education Campus in Washington.

    http://live.cnn.com/

    Also listed at the White House:

    January 16, 2012 9:00 AM ESTShare
    V.P. Biden Speaks at 17th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
    Audio Only
    Girard College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    January 16, 2012 9:50 AM ESTShare
    President Obama Speaks to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Volunteers
    Audio Only
    Washington, DC

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

  85. January 16, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Attorney General Eric Holder plans to deliver a speech on voting rights on Monday at a Martin Luther King holiday rally in South Carolina, a state where just weeks ago his Justice Department blocked a new voter identification law.

  86. 385 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 8:04 am
  87. January 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Suzie Orman agrees with Elizabeth Warren.

    Joe is getting killed in the discussion this morning on his show about income inequality.

  88. 389 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I pulled this great piece from Sully off Twitter (via Proud of Obama @LiberalPhenom)

    Andrew Sullivan: How Obama’s Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics
    Jan 16, 2012 12:00 AM EST

    //The right calls him a socialist, the left says he sucks up to Wall Street, and independents think he’s a wimp. Andrew Sullivan on how the president may just end up outsmarting them all.//

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/15/andrew-sullivan-how-obama-s-long-game-will-outsmart-his-critics.html

  89. 397 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 8:15 am

    • 398 anniebella
      January 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Kantor realize no one else is buying that piece of trash of hers so she is there begging and hoping those racists haters of the Obamas will buy it.

  90. 399 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

  91. 400 rikyrah
    January 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Required Reading, MLK Day edition

    by Tom Levenson

    I’m ashamed to say, that until Charlie Pierce in his own, powerful essay on MLK day pointed me to it, I had never actually read Lyndon B. Johnson’s speech to Congress urging—almost ordering—the legislators before him to pass the Voting Rghts Act.

    Here’s a sample:

    But even if we pass this bill, the battle will not be over. What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement which reaches into every section and State of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life.

    Their cause must be our cause too. Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice.

    And we shall overcome.

    As a man whose roots go deeply into Southern soil I know how agonizing racial feelings are. I know how difficult it is to reshape the attitudes and the structure of our society.

    But a century has passed, more than a hundred years, since the Negro was freed. And he is not fully free tonight.

    It was more than a hundred years ago that Abraham Lincoln, a great President of another party, signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but emancipation is a proclamation and not a fact.

    A century has passed, more than a hundred years, since equality was promised. And yet the Negro is not equal.

    A century has passed since the day of promise. And the promise is unkept.

    The time of justice has now come. I tell you that I believe sincerely that no force can hold it back. It is right in the eyes of man and God that it should come. And when it does, I think that day will brighten the lives of every American.

    For Negroes are not the only victims. How many white children have gone uneducated, how many white families have lived in stark poverty, how many white lives have been scarred by fear, because we have wasted our energy and our substance to maintain the barriers of hatred and terror?

    So I say to all of you here, and to all in the Nation tonight, that those who appeal to you to hold on to the past do so at the cost of denying you your future.

    This great, rich, restless country can offer opportunity and education and hope to all: black and white, North and South, sharecropper and city dweller. These are the enemies: poverty, ignorance, disease. They are the enemies and not our fellow man, not our neighbor. And these enemies too, poverty, disease and ignorance, we shall overcome.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/01/16/required-reading-mlk-day-edition/

  92. 401 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Chips, this one is for your archives:

    Top Eight Jon Huntsman Attacks On Mitt Romney

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/top-eight-jon-huntsman-attacks-on-mitt-romney

    • 402 Linda
      January 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

      8 ads for the PBO re-election campaign.

    • 403 donna dem 4 obama
      January 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Ohhh cool hopefruit2. I see Chips left me a response last night that Hunts had cleaned his site of these videos and made them private. So glad buzzfeed put them all together for us. I’m bookmarking this page.

  93. 404 Ladyhawke
    January 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

    CSPAN3:

    Martin Luther King Jr Day Prayer Breakfast is on now. Put on by the National Action Network.

    Rev Al just spoke, Valarie Jarrett speaking now……

    • January 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

      The new twitter just showed up for me and I haven’t yet figured out how to post a tweet. It’s acting very glitchy right now. Anyway, here’s the tweet:

      @Kernelwars
      Romney Campaigning With Anti-Immigrant Official With Ties To Hate Groups On Martin Luther King Day thkpr.gs/yJvMDy #tcot #p2 #mlk #tlot

      • January 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

        Sure! He is alienating everybody during this primary, everybody except the tea bagger base!
        Thus, He is injured in the general election.

      • January 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

        Kobach co-authored the Arizona SB1070 bill. I hope there is a lot of footage of Romney and Kobach together today – perfect ad to use against him in Az, Cali, NM, Nv, Colorado etc. And Romney heartily accepted his endorsement, and along with appearing with him today can’t get away from it come the general saying “I don’t have any say in who endorses me”.

  94. January 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Newt Gingrich leads the field of Republican presidential candidates for running the nastiest campaign, according to a new poll on Monday.

    Twenty-nine percent of registered, Republican voters said Gingrich’s campaign has been the “nastiest” this cycle, according to the national survey released by Fox News.

    Mitt Romney leads the field for positive campaign perception at 27 percent.

    Romney also leads the field overall, chosen by 40 percent of voters surveyed as their preferred Republican presidential nominee, a jump from the last national Fox News poll in December that had Romney at 23 percent. Rick Santorum came in second with 15 percent, followed by Gingrich with 14 percent, Ron Paul with 13 percent, and Rick Perry with 6 percent.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/204271-gop-poll-gingrich-wins-for-nastiest-campaign-

    • 410 anniebella
      January 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Not to defend Gingrich, but do any of these stupid people in that poll remember when Newt ask the other candidates not to run a nasty negative campaign ? But Mitt and his super pac ran nasty ad after nasty ad, and Newt ask Mitt to call off his super pac, but Mitt didn’t. So now these stupid people want to say it’s all on Newt. That’s crazy.

    • 412 Dudette
      January 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

      PBO and FLOTUS just walked in. “…Not gonna make a long speech, because we’re here to do some work…”

  95. 414 Phillip A. Braxton
    January 17, 2012 at 4:09 am

    My common-sensical comment is, why don’t the people who are directly affected by, the people who are running for President, see that the
    Republican Candidates are all running on the same agenda that got us into this situation , in the first place. How much can you “Bite your
    nose to spite your face”?. I know that you can dislike Black People. But, why jeopardize your own well-being, because of this dislike.
    President Obama inherited this recession, he did not cause it. Unlike any other President, he has faced obstructional delusions
    from the very beginning. What other President has taken office, to the cries of “We want our country back”. Who took their country?
    The U.S. Senate is comprised of 100 Senators; normally it takes 51 votes to pass a bill. Now, for some reason it takes 60. The United States
    Congress Majority are against anything President Obama is for; even things the G.O.P. has been traditionally for. Such as, Infrastructure, and
    other past-pet programs. The only G.O.P. obstacle, is that now, “Obama” is for them. They don’t care about what will help the U.S.A recover,
    if they are not at the forefront. The truth is, that this is the first “Black President, and it grates on the sensibilities of some of the country. The
    most he can serve, is two terms; and after that, there will probably not be a President of Color, for a very long time. The truth is, even one
    term is too long; Even though, he has shown himself to be incredibly even-handed, and remarklably fair-minded. We have not had a
    President, in recent history, who is as even-keeled, intelligent, eloquent in speech, or as able to relate to World power brokers, and the
    common man. His First Lady is equally as formidible. Yet, a vocal part of the general public rejects him; really, not because of his policies,
    but, on the down-low, because of his race. It is there, for anyone to see. It is irrefutable. If I were President Barack Obama, I would just
    say “Fuck It”, and go on back to Chicago, and enjoy my well-being. But, that is not in the make-up of our President. He wants the best
    for all of us, and he wants us to do our best.

    Phil B.


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