297 Responses to “‘let freedom ring’”

  1. 1 halo
    January 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm



    • 2 Linda
      January 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Did you catch his comment about his frustration with the Chicago Team ? I feel that also…..

      • January 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        The Chicago team? that place just got set up and we’re not even in the general.

        January 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm


    • 6 Lorraine
      January 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      I have always loved Mr. Andrew Sullivan, I’ corresponded with him during the 2008 campaign; always gracious.

  2. 7 Ladyhawke
    January 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    A MUST SEE: Andrew Sullivan was just on Hardball with Tweety and he hit it out of the park. It was his article in Newsweek. Amazing

    • 8 utaustinliberal
      January 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      He really was great. I don’t always agree with him and I am still scratching my head at his weird Ron Paul endorsement, but I appreciate how he clearly listed PBO’s accomplishments and called out the whiny emoprogs, whiny leftie bloggers, and whiny pro-left for the pile of crap they’ve leveled at a transformative President. It was a nice segment to watch because Chris was marginally quiet and allowed Sully free rein to just speak the truth.

      • January 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        I scratched my head at his glorification of Reagan – with his “welfare queen”, union busting and the beginning of the demise of the middle class.

      • 10 Ladyhawke
        January 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm


        Exactly ut, the best part was that Tweety let Andrew have his say without being interrupted. That’s what made the interview so awesome. The segments where Andrew was making his points were long and full of details. He got it all out beautifully. You rarely hear that kind of advocacy on cable. That video must go viral. Everyone needs to see it. He just makes sense. The media firewall was seriously compromised today by none other than Andrew Sullivan.

        • January 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

          This is an excellent point. Anyone believe that an official surrogate of the Obama campaign would be allowed to speak this long without being interrupted by right wing talking points from the host?

          • 12 Ladyhawke
            January 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

            Right, it is so rare that this amount of truth gets out on the airwaves in such big chunks without the GOP talking points being thrown in.

  3. 13 Tulips
    January 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Andrew sullivan just hit it out the park on Chris matthews. He called out both sides great interview.

  4. 14 LOL
    January 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Oh I gotta watch it online…Andrew is sometimes a bit out there…but he always finds his way home 🙂

  5. 22 Tulips
    January 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    If one more liberal holler the public option i will scream. Mr. sullivan so will i.

    • 23 Ladyhawke
      January 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Oh, that was just wonderful to hear. I feel the same way. You get health reform enacted. Something previous presidents have been unable to do. And the liberal whine and cry about the public option. There is really something warped and twisted about people who get 80% of an important liberal initiative and all they can do is complain about the 20% they did not get. I was out of my seat when Andrew called these folks out for being children. Grow up already.

      • 24 utaustinliberal
        January 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Hey Ladyhawke, my fellow C-span watcher 🙂 I wish the emoprogs and PL who incessantly whine about not having the public option would watch the C-SPAN Seattle Townhall event with MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber a liberal Democrat who helped craft Romneycare and Obamacare and listen to him outline how bloody fantastic ACA is. How the lack of a public option doesn’t detract from the transformative nature of the law and how we are pretty much on our way to a version of single payer/universal healthcare due to PBO fighting tooth and nail to get ACA passed. It infruriates me when seemingly educated people don’t take the time to fact check all sides of an issue before spewing verbal diarrhea from their collective pie holes.

        • 25 nathkatun7
          January 17, 2012 at 12:42 am

          Indeed! That C-SPAN event was quite enlightening. I think the problem with “the emoprogs and PL” is that they blindly follow their leaders without thinking. By that I mean such leaders as: Jane Hamsher, Glen Greenwald, Adam Greene, Markos, Keith Olbermann, Michael Moore, Cenk Uygur, etc., as well as some otherwise reasonable people like Paul Krugman, Robert Reich and, now and then, Rachel Maddow. In addition, there are many disgruntled Clinton loyalists who have never gotten over the fact that President Obama won the election and is compiling a record of achievement that may well eclipse Bill Clinton’s record.

          I am only three years younger than VP Biden. I distinctly remember how monumental the passage of limited Medicare was. So, like VP Biden said, the passage of ACA was a Big F Deal for me! What President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Reid, and the Democratic majority in Congress did in passing ACA was historic! All this knit picking about the public option can never diminish what was accomplished. Look, as a student of history I still knit pick the flawed U.S. Constitution that somehow legitimized slavery; Lincoln’s limited Emancipation Proclamation that did not free slaves in states loyal to the United States; and, FDR’s Social Security Act that excluded Agricultural and Domestic workers. But, compared to the alternative of doing nothing, I still think that we would not be where we are to day if it hadn’t been for those flawed foundations that left room for more improvements in the future.

    • 26 Bill
      January 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      The reference to 50 year olds with ponytails was hilarious.

  6. 29 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the heads up about Sullivan. Can’t wait to see the footage – well I will watch it on the re-run of Hardball!

  7. 32 sherijr
    January 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I don’t see a link either to the ‘live performance’. I’m getting the idea that live means – in person, as opposed to live streaming possible.

  8. 36 halo
    January 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm


  9. January 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you about the concert information Chipsticks

  10. January 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Try Livestream at kennedycenter.org

  11. January 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    From previous thread-

    Crit Luallen says if she runs statewide again it ‘would be for governor’
    By Ryan Alessi| December 29, 2011

    As two-term state Auditor Crit Luallen finishes up her tenure this week, she already is being courted by her fellow Democrats to prepare to run for something else, such as U.S. Senate. But Luallen has her eye on a different office. “My real skills and abilities are at the state level … I really have more background and experience and ability in dealing with state policy and state budget matters,” Luallen said.

    Luallen said she still hasn’t made a decision about her political future but will decide her intentions — specifically about running in that the U.S. Senate race — before the end of 2012. But she said the gridlock in Washington — and McConnell’s role in that as a member of leadership — provides “an opportunity for an opponent who has strength and credentials.”

    Read more: http://mycn2.com/politics/crit-luallen-says-if-she-runs-statewide-again-it-would-be-for-governor#comment

    • 41 Carol
      January 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      As a Kentuckian who is ashamed of my 2 senators…McConnell and Paul, I can wholeheartedly endorse Crit Luallen for Senator!
      No doubt she’d be a great governor, but would also be great in Washington. She’s been marvelous as state auditor, done more
      than anyone I can remember in this position, and has a strong backing in the state. We need someone very strong to go against
      McConnell, and I think she fills that bill:)

  12. January 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Or Explore the Arts at kennedycenter.org for today’s concert.

  13. 43 Tulips
    January 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  14. 50 defytheodds
    January 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Watch these performances free at the Kennedy Center or online. Chips whe you click on “online” it takes you to link below. Maybe it will start at 6pm. I’ll keep checking…


  15. January 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Yes, just beginning now with choir filing in.

  16. January 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Oh sweet Lord, is there REALLY another debate tonight?????

    OMG! Kill me now.

    BTW, Rev Al should be real good tonight.

  17. 58 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Okay folks I did a bit of snooping around that enigmatic “Tea Party for Obama” site, and I noticed a few things.

    1. There is a link to “donate” but it is associated with Mitt Romney and not President Obama. There is no donate link that takes you to any portal affiliated with PBO.

    2. Secondly, it appears as though they recently joined Twitter (not clear when exactly) but their Twitter handle is @TeaPartyforObam

    3. They are following 12 accounts on Twitter listed here:

    edshow (Ed Schultz)
    oreillyfactor (Bill O’Reilly)
    billmaher (Bill Maher)
    maddow (Rachel Maddow MSNBC)
    hannity (Sean Hannity)
    barackobama (Barack Obama)
    republicanGOP (The Republican Party)
    RNC (RNC)
    thedemocrats (The Democrats)
    ourCountryPAC (Tea Party Express)
    TPPatriots (Tea Party Patriots)
    michelleobama (Michelle Obama)

    4. Three individuals are following them (I don’t know any of them; one describes herself as pro-Obama among other things).

    I did send David Axelrod a tweet alerting him to the site. We will see how that goes 🙂

    • 59 LOL
      January 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I looked a but harder….that “bus” pic looks fake. Oh wells….they weren’t getting a dollar out of me anyway.

    • 60 desertflower
      January 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Our very own little sleuth! I thought it sounded suspect, but let’s see if Axe says anything about this….

    • 61 desertflower
      January 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Attack Watch, too? hopefruit?

    • 64 Ladyhawke
      January 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      I REST MY CASE ……

      hopefruit2, My favorite detective, Columbo, would be so proud. Thanks for doing that research. That’s what I was waiting for. Who set up the site and when. Nicely done. I knew there was something fishy going on. There were misspellings, odd phrasing, and mysterious requests for donations. Very suspicious indeed.

    • 65 CEB
      January 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      May be a trojan horse site. We saw what happened with Arianna and others who seemed to jump on the Obama bandwagon only to show their true un-reconstructed selves soon after the inauguration. When it comes to donations, it is always best to go to the source. Thanks for the cool I-spy routine.

    • 66 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Well done, hf!!

      FYI …

      Yes We Can … DO More Together – We Must!

    • 67 nathkatun7
      January 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Thank you hopefruit2 for your detective work. I think this site is extremely suspicious. I don’t know about any one else but there is absolutely no way I would donate even a penny to this site. OFA needs to investigate them and alert people who support the President about the legitimacy of this site. As far as I am concerned (and I did visit the site) the blog seems to be a sleek place aimed at taking advantage of Obama supporters by pretending to support the President.

  18. 68 LOL
    January 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    So…that must have been the prez 🙂

  19. 69 sherijr
    January 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    its on! thanks for this Chips. here’s a link in case folks are still searching: http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/live/?id=M4905

  20. 72 desertflower
    January 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    For those that didn’t catch the Andrew Sullivan article on the last thread…it is a MUST READ!!!


  21. 73 DrDemocrat
    January 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    PPP tweet has Obama up big against Romney in their first poll of the year!

    ppppolls PublicPolicyPolling
    Our poll tomorrow has Obama with his best national standing against Romney since May…good way to start the year

    January 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm


  23. January 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    A leading House Democrat hammered Mitt Romney on Monday for his positions on illegal immigration.

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Capitol Hill’s most vocal proponent of immigrant rights, said Romney, the front-runner in the GOP presidential primaries, has “gone way too far” to cater to conservatives on the thorny issue — a move that will backfire in states with significant Latino populations, the Illinois Democrat warned.

    “There is no route to the White House that does not go through a Latino neighborhood. Any winner in either party needs a significant proportion of Latino voters,” Gutierrez said on a press call. “When you say you want millions of us to leave the country … we will vote against you.”


    Bad move by Robney. This issue will make him lose. He cannot win on far right white people only!

    • 78 desertflower
      January 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Correct. Ergo, he can not win.

    • 79 TrumpDog
      January 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      O don’t worry. Romney will most flip flop on that issue too.

      • January 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        so will gutierrez..

        “Any winner in either party ” ? WTF does h mean by that.

        • 81 desertflower
          January 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

          Good catch, amk 🙂 He’s been a whiner about the President not doing enough for the Latino/Hispanic communities. Rather than whine and complain, I’m not sure what he has done to move his agenda forward…and get arrested. I’m sympathetic to his needs and concerns, but he spends WAY too much time bashing PBO, and not enough time being constructive.

    January 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm


  25. January 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you HopeFruit ..Hmmm.. I will be looking out on Tweeter myself..

  26. 84 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
    January 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Oh my, just listening to the choir and hearing the words, I get chills and tears in my eyes.

  27. 86 defytheodds
    January 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Freedom’s wheels are rolling…Let Freedom Ring Choir sounds great…

  28. 87 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Rick Santorum is getting very sick watching this beautiful mulitracial choir….Quick call the EMS squad! HE won’t be able to debate tonight if this goes on much longer….

  29. January 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    How much reach does Sullivan have @ daily beast? How much readership does Newsweek have?

  30. January 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Can the Internet be a Door to Increased Latin@ and African American Participation?
    By Jessica Lavariega Monforti & Jose Marichal

    While it’s too early to say anything conclusive, it is possible that the Internet provides a unique pathway to engagement for historically marginalized groups. The ability to use on-line tools to gather information, build social capital and mobilize might be most important for those who have not been able to do these things through traditional means.

    We do not suggest that creating a Facebook account for every Latino or African American in the United States will be a pathway to increased civic engagement for these groups, but our research suggests that the Internet can help forge a path toward increased democratic engagement.

    Read more: http://latinodecisions.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/can-the-internet-be-a-door-to-increased-latin-and-african-american-participation/

  31. 95 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
    January 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    That was quite the statement from Target. I thought Target was owned by someone who supported the Tea Party.

  32. 96 anniebella
    January 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Did you guys hear the ovation for POTUS and FLOTUS got when they came in?

  33. January 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Immigrants, Latinos and Asians Contribute More to Your State Than You Think
    Published at 1:07 am, January 14, 2012

    When people think of immigration in America, they likely call to mind fear-fueled myths perpetuated by immigration restrictionists, like “immigrants are stealing American jobs” or “immigrants are a drain on our system.” Today, however, the Immigration Policy Center published 50 state fact sheets updated to show just how much immigrants, Latinos and Asians contribute to our country as consumers, taxpayers, workers, entrepreneurs and voters—facts state legislators would do well to consider before passing legislation that drives immigrants, undocumented and documented, from their state.

    Legislators in Alabama passed one of the most extreme anti-immigrant laws (HB 56) last year in response to the state’s “immigration problem.” According to the Pew Hispanic Center, Alabama’s undocumented population was 2.5% of total population (or 120,000 people) in 2010—lower than in 22 other states. While Alabama’s undocumented may be smaller than other states, however, their economic contributions are not. Alabama’s undocumented contributed more than $130 million in state and local taxes in 2010.

    Read more: http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/notitas-de-noticias/details/immigrants-latinos-and-asians-contribute-more-to-your-state-than-you-think/13311/

  34. 99 defytheodds
    January 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

  35. January 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Love Sullivan’s article. I will be buying multiple issues of Newsweek and be passing them out. Romney has been in the spot light because of the primaries, he is the “hot” canidate, but like Sullivan stated…Obama plays the long game. Let the repugs crown their nominee, Obama has yet to start, he is waiting patiently to have their offical nominee. And yes…I do believe 45-48% of the American population are DUMB, but 52% can give us 4 more years…lets just be sure they can vote.
    Thank you Mr. Sullivan!

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      January 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      You made me laugh, in a way, thinking of all of the copies of Newsweek old Willard and his team will be buying, to hide in car trunks!

    • 106 Obama Grandmama
      January 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Timing is important in lots of things in life. Sports and politics come to mind in particular. You don’t want to put out your heavy duty points in the beginning when they will lose impact, but serve them up when they count the most. IMO

  36. 109 # 1 obama fan
    January 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    My goodness what a powerful performance by the freedom ring choir..the young lady with the amazing voice took me to church on that one ! What a voice..truly a moving performance

  37. January 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Speaking of the debate tonight, anyone else think it’s a weird idea to have a debate on MLK Day or on any holiday actually.

    Also, what’s the over under on FoxNews actually asking a question involving MLK? I’m expecting a softball question like the ones children are given when asked about MLK. Ya know “what does MLK mean to you” or some such bs.

    Rev Al said maybe they’ll ask about the Confederate flag as it pertains to SC. It’s FauxNews though, so I doubt it.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      January 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Way to piss off “the BLAHS.” Tavis, Corny, Cain, etc. are you listening? Take note.

    • 112 jacquelineoboomer
      January 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Yes, it’s weird – but predictable, I’m afraid. I’ve been watching all of the cow dung R debates to date, to see what they’re up to, but I am skipping this one on FOX. How dare they.

      Plus, I hate seeing fake people paying “lip service” to anything, and tonight they’ll be out in force doing that. Under the Confederate flag, that is.

      But let’s remember two of the people who have been on the side of right in this country: Dr. King and President Obama. Two of the many, of any race or gender, who have contributed much to our having a better country than we once had. I’m on their side of any debate.

      • 113 Dudette
        January 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        The Blahs (or other melanin-enriched people) that wanna hear those fools on MLK Day, don’t give a flip about what MLK stood for anyway.

    • 114 defytheodds
      January 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Yes it’s weird and disrespectful. There were requests for the debate not to be held it on MLK holiday…
      but we’re talking GOP & Fox News…

  38. January 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    “Obama administration to make drug companies disclose money paid to doctors” – By Eric W. Dolan
    Monday, January 16, 2012

    The Obama administration plans to establish new rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose the payments they make to doctors, according to the New York Times.

    The new rules are being issued under the new health care law and will make pharmaceutical companies report money they have given to doctors for research, consulting, speaking, travel and entertainment. The payment data will be made available to the public online.

    Companies that fail to comply with the new rule could be subject to a penalty up to $10,000 for each payment they fail to report.


  39. January 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    10 Years Later, No Child Left Behind Ignores Plenty
    By Julianne Hing|

    No Child Left Behind turned 10 years old this week, and few threw it a joyous birthday. The landmark law called for all U.S. schoolchildren to be proficient in math and reading by the year 2014, but it was hardly successful. It turns out that idealistic goals attached to punitive sanctions levied without adequate support aren’t an equation for success. The law explicitly highlighted the racialized achievement gap, but set about ameliorating it with a set of punitive measures based on competition and other market principles.

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/rss/breaking_news/762865/10_years_later%2C__no_child_left_behind_ignores_plenty/

    h/t Colorlines

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Tsk, tsk, tsk…shame on y’all!~

      Evangelical Ballot Stuffing
      Patrick Caldwell| January 16, 2012

      An endorsement from a group of 150 social conservatives over the weekend should have been a huge gain for Rick Santorum’s campaign. Now, tales of dissent among the conservative rank and file are already starting to leak out. According to the Washington Times, a “civil war” is already under way following the Texas meeting:

      The meeting was called to avoid a continued division within social conservatives’ ranks. But in back-and-forth emails, Protestant fundamentalist leaders who attended—most of them backing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to be the anti-Romney candidate—are accusing Catholic participants of conniving to rig the vote. They said they were conned into leaving after the second ballot on Saturday. They said pro-Santorum participants held a third ballot which Mr. Santorum won with more than 70 percent of the vote—far higher than the nine-vote margin he won on the first ballot.

      Read more: http://prospect.org/article/evangelical-ballot-stuffing

  40. 118 sherijr
    January 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Oh what a magnificent speech that was.. winter time soldiers indeed. I’m so glad I tuned in to this, thank you Chips.

  41. 122 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Beautiful acceptance speech; and I’m sitting here crying like a baby…

  42. 125 cathy2va
    January 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you Chips for letting us know about this wonderful show at the Kennedy Center. Crying joyful tears!

  43. 126 Dudette
    January 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Maestro McFerrin is working it!!

  44. 128 # 1 obama fan
    January 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I love it winter time soldier..wow..thts what the president needs now..more than ever..simply a beautiful and eloquent acceptance speech by Dr Kings friend

  45. 129 Uche
    January 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Bobby McFerrin is just too much talent for his own good.

  46. January 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    AWW Man!! pass tissue my way…So glad he got to see PBO get elected…his whole speech made my heart warm.. God Bless him

  47. 134 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    The GOP’s stamina is now is flagging badly.

  48. 135 Dudette
    January 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    My pretend husband since I was in college — right there on that stage.

  49. 139 Dudette
    January 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Please, in that name of all that is holy, somebody tell me this will be available on DVD at some point!! OMG, he’s awesome!

  50. 140 # 1 obama fan
    January 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Outstanding Bobby Mcferrin what a talent indeed..

  51. January 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    You picked a wonderful pretend husband! You should be proud all these years…and he still gives you shivers!!

  52. 144 collegekay
    January 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Bobby is amazing!

  53. 145 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
    January 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Oh what a concert. I am so moved! I am so glad if we couldn’t be there we are sharing it with each other. Keep passing the tissues!

  54. January 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Hi everyone, I’ve added a few photos to the post, more soon.

  55. January 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  56. January 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Don’t forget! Michelle Obama on Nick tonight 7:30/6:30C!!!!

  57. 161 Dudette
    January 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Wait? Don’t go Bobby!!… encore please!!!

  58. 163 CEB
    January 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Chips, did I get lost in cyper space somewhere? I posted a reply to an upthread post and it did not show.

    Ooh, new photos added from the Kennedy Center!

  59. 164 Uche
    January 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    The Kennedy center musical for MLK is off da chain!!

  60. 168 CEB
    January 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    My bad! I see it now (egg on my face).

  61. January 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Note: Bill McKibben is making false claims with regard to the President’s position on the XL Pipeline. The POTUS stated that the project would be delayed so that a thorough review could be made–after which he would make a final decision. PERIOD.~

    White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to say whether the deadline would force the Obama administration to reject the project, but he reiterated concerns about a hastened environmental review. “There is a reason why this process has within it the duration required to properly review all the different aspects of a project like this, and to weigh all the different criteria,” Carney told reporters. He said an alternate route had not been mapped out for the pipeline through Nebraska, where environmental concerns are rampant. He said the state of Nebraska needed six to nine months to do its own environmental assessment.

    Bill McKibben, who has led protests against the pipeline at the White House, said on Thursday his group 350.org will hold protests against members of Congress who have taken campaign contributions from large oil companies, both in Washington and at their home districts. “Right now the biggest problem seems not to be the Obama administration, who seem forthright in their promise to reject the pipeline; it’s Big Oil and its bought-and-paid-for fleet of congressmen who seem determined to find some way to force approval without review,” McKibben said.

    Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/12/us-usa-keystone-whitehouse-idUSTRE80B1WD20120112

  62. 170 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    FLOTUS looks stunning! J’adore her outfit. PBO looks mighty fine too.

    Heads Up TOD: First Lady Michelle Obama’s ICarly guest appearance is about to air on Nickolodeon. Tonight 7:30PM ET/ 6:30PM CT. In about three minutes. 😀

  63. 171 Dudette
    January 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Let church say… Amen!!

  64. 172 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    4 more years!

  65. 173 hopefruit2
    January 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Crowd chants FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      OMG, I was doing chores and made it back only to to catch the end of that fantastic group. Oh my, they were great!!!!! I hate that I missed it. I hope there is a video at some point.

  66. January 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    4 more years!!!!!!!!!!! and they shout…love it

  67. 176 Dudette
    January 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Ha! The crowd was shouting FOUR MORE YEARS before they cut the feed!!

    Damn straight!!

  68. January 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    What a beautiful concert…..and what a way to end it…4 more Years….just lovely

    • 178 defytheodds
      January 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      It was a beautiful concert with a beautiful ending –chants of 4 more Years…
      The Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. is really good.

  69. 179 Dudette
    January 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    That was FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for letting us know about that Chips! You ROCK!! 😀

  70. 182 Uche
    January 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Chants of ‘4 more years’ erupt at Kennedy Center as President Obama and family get up to leave.

  71. January 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Is there a rerun of Hardball?

    • 184 Uche
      January 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      yea BWD…it’s on now.

      • January 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Sallivan is totally right about PBO political team. I’m very unhappy with them.

        • 186 defytheodds
          January 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm

          Maybe they’re are just waiting and keeping their powder dry until PBO have a nominee.

          And Sullivan was FANTASTIC–I have never heard anybody put things so clearly into context of Pres. Obama’s outstanding accomplishments. Sullivan needs to be a consultant or something with the Obama team. What a breath of fresh air to hear what he said on TV.

          Thank you Mr. Sullivan!

        • 187 hopefruit2
          January 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

          🙂 🙂 Take heart dear BWD!

          Though I have a teeny-tiny issue with Tweety/Sullivan on this one.

          Here’s my take on the situation. Valerie Jarret, David Axelrod, VP Biden, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz or even PBO himself could have gone on Tweety and said exactly the same thing about PBO’s record that Sullivan just said and their words wouldn’t have nearly the same impact. In fact probably the stark opposite. Those on the right would have jumped and attacked them as being partisian liberal shills and Chicago cronies…and those on the left would have condemed the administration for “attacking his base” or “punching hippies”

          There is nothing that Sully said tonight that I haven’t heard in one form or another at various points throughout the last three years by different members of the administration. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate Sully’s input, I think it DID make a significance difference because of who he is. Sullivan is a conservative who is ostensibly independent of the OBama administration, even though he has expressed support for PBO at various times. He has also criticized him harshly – even to the chagrin of PBO’s ardent supporters such as myself. So of course, when he comes out with an essay like the one he wrote in Newsweek, people LISTEN and HEED what he says because he’s not part of the adminstration, and while he supports PBO, he’s not considered an O’bot by any means.

          • January 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

            ‘There is nothing that Sully said tonight that I haven’t heard in one form or another at various points throughout the last three years by different members of the administration.’

            True, Hf, but the fact that ‘Sullivan is a conservative…independent of the Obama administration’ adds weight to this analysis..at least in the minds of some. I also think that in the march towards November, Sullivan’s Newsweek piece is timely and valuable. Though Sullivan obviously didn’t plan it, this dialogue now has taken some of the attention away from Huntsman’s meaningless endorsement, and it may just open the eyes of a few conservatives who are only now waking up.

    • 189 Dudette
      January 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Hardball schedule is early (at least in Atlanta) :
      Original broadcast at 5PM, then repeat at 7PM and 2AM

      But you can watch it online NOW: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/
      Scroll down to the clip wit PBO t standing at the podium

  72. 195 Sara
    January 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Chipsticks – Thank you so much for the link to ‘Let Freedom Ring’. I don’t know how you do it. The announcer said to please stay seated until the President leaves the building, so I clicked back to TOD and you already had photos of the President standing to leave and greeting people. You’re quite amazing!

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Ah, my pleasure Sara, thank you! What a wonderful night!

    • 197 anniebella
      January 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Four more years, Four more years, four more years. That was so great as the President and First Lady got up to leave the crowd started chanting 4 more years, 4 more years.

      • 198 Pamela
        January 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        Then I said, 44 more years, 44 more years…… Oh wait…

      • 199 Obama Grandmama
        January 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

        Yup! That made my night. I think instead of Press On…. ours should be Four More Years. The rhythm is much like Yes We Can! Chanting Four More Years is a magical endorsement that shows satisfaction and desire to continue on in a way Press On does not.

  73. 200 isonprize
    January 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I just got finished shoutin’ in my living room.

    STUDY WAR NO MORE!! STUDY WAR NO MORE! I’m gonna lay down my burden, DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE, WOOOOO hoooooooo.

    That was fun!!!

  74. 201 Uche
    January 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Tune in to Nickelodeon now…..FLOTUS makes appearance tonite..it’s ON!

    • 205 Ladyhawke
      January 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      thanks df, I’m only on my fourth viewing. Freakin amazing. I can’t get enough. Andrew Sullivan puts his colleagues and the MSM to shame. They let Mitt Romney and the Republican Party spout lies and make stuff up ad nauseum and nobody bothers to correct them or challenge their outlandish claims. You can just feel the frustration from Andrew. That’s exactly how we all feel. It’s infuriating that journalistic integrity is taking the back burner.

      • 206 desertflower
        January 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        Well, I think we ought to send Sully some love. That’s been needed to be said, by someone other than US, for a long time!

  75. 207 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I was eager to watch Hardball after reading the comments above, and boy oh boy. . . it was MAHvelous!!
    Thank you Andrew. . . that was the best interview I have seen for a long time!

  76. 208 Squarepeg
    January 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Are you guys watching iCarly? The First Lady’s gonna be on.

  77. January 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Hey family! I’m a regular visitor but don’t always post. But I wanted to share the work we accomplished today!!


    M L K Service Challenge 2012 – 1st update:

    UNC-Pembroke volunteers showed up and showed out!!!!!!

    – 151 VOLUNTEERS

    WOW! The question of the day is: what does 755 hours of service hours look like in the community? Check back in the coming days for all the pictures, stories, and best of all….student reflections!


  78. January 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Omg!! ICarly is hilarious! Miche is soooo cute!!

    • 230 jacquelineoboomer
      January 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Even the fake Secret Service guy was dancing – so cute!

      I’ve been “forced” to watch that show other times by grandchildren … first time I actually “enjoyed” it! 🙂

  79. 231 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Oprah’s Roots Reunion is on OWN now

  80. 234 Don
    January 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Michelle is buck wild!

  81. January 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    iMichelle!!!! 🙂

    Loved the show. She’s a natural.

  82. 237 defytheodds
    January 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

  83. 238 dotster3
    January 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    This despicable person who began all the race baiting, who encouraged it, who made it okay for people to show up at her events with stuffed monkeys and racist signs had the nerve to tweet this:

  84. 244 meabloom
    January 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Finished watching iCarly featuring FLMO. I didn’t think it was possible to love her more but she was truly amazing. What CAN’T our FLOTUS do??


  85. 246 LadyTNT
    January 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Hey Y’all, the President was just on the Betty White 90th Birthday celebration. He asked Betty for her long form birth certificate! Hilarious!! I LOVE HIM!!!

  86. January 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  87. 265 Don
    January 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Prez and Mrs. Prez are all over the place, hey isn’t there some kind of debate going on tonight?

  88. January 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Chips, Thank you so much for that concert and TOD family thank you for reminding me about ICarly. It is the first time I watched that show. FLOTUS ia a good actress.

    Remember that Motown at the Whitehouse at on PBS at 10pm

  89. 272 Dudette
    January 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Kasai mentioned a tweet about this in the previous thread:

    Protesters, mostly peaceful, rally outside [Michigan Gov] Snyder’s subdivision to decry emergency manager law
    “It started out as a peaceful protest Monday with more than 1,000 people gathering at Parker Mill Park near Ann Arbor to rally against the state’s emergency manager law.

    There were helicopters buzzing overhead, flags, signs and the familiar chants of the Occupy Wall Street protests: “This is what Democracy looks like,” And “Rick-tator; Dictator.”

    The crowd closed down Geddes Road in Superior Township as they marched the half-mile to Geddes Glen, the gated subdivision where Gov. Rick Snyder lives.

    But once at the subdivision of million dollar homes, the protest split in two: the group led by a contingent of Detroit religious leaders and another, fueled by By Any Means Necessary, a militant group that uses confrontational tactics.

    It was an uneasy protest, as tensions grew and the group led by religious leaders quickly left to avoid the more radical element of the protest, but not before Rev. Charles Williams, who led the religious group of about 200 people from Detroit, had the chance to talk with Dennis Muchmore, Snyder’s chief of staff…”

    More here:

  90. January 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Chipsticks I found this short video of the President’s sister Auma talking about her brother.

    • 274 Dudette
      January 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Wow! Thanks for sharing this Donna!

    • 275 hopefruit2
      January 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Chips. She speaks fluent German as well.

    • 276 hopefruit2
      January 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Ooops..I meant Thanks donna!

    • January 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      George is one of Canada’s great interviewers; love him.

    • 278 Obama Grandmama
      January 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Glad I actually watched this as it was confusing to me at first. The only sister I knew of was his half sister by his Mom’s marriage to the Indonesian step Dad. I have forgotten her name (maybe Maya) but she lives in Hawaii. PBO probably has lots of half siblings in Africa on his late Dad’s side since his Dad had multiple marriages. It almost seems like those relations need to be titled differently like distant half siblings or something when you really have only seen your Dad for such a short time period and only just met your siblings and relatives. This take without the background info almost supports the birther and conspiracy theories.

  91. January 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    • 281 dotster3
      January 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      See the GOP Gen. Assembly is trying to pass new voter ID law there and stop early voting. It’s going to be tight there again. Turn out is key. Hope Holder can do something about all these GOP controlled states which are trying to restrict voting, eliminate Dem voters.

    • 282 defytheodds
      January 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      This key from article: “More than the candidate running against President Obama, it will be who he can turn out in North Carolina,” Roberts said. “If it’s a replica of 2008, I think President Obama can win North Carolina if he gets the turnout level and turnout demographics he got the last time around. Some of that depends on what the state legislature does about the voter identification laws and if they decide to curb early voting.”

  92. January 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  93. 284 meabloom
    January 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    O.K!!! I can’t keep up. Chips can you pleasssssse do what you and only you do best and find some photos and videos?? Pretty please with sugar on top??
    -Thanks a gazillion!

  94. January 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    BWD, you should follow Ben Labolt twitter account. He is the SPOX, and his oppo research is bar none.
    Just saying! Check it out!

  95. 286 DrDemocrat
    January 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Santorum may indeed have won the Iowa caucus. Certification will be coming soon. If indeed this is true then this may change the race.


  96. 287 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
    January 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    You have to check out this Obama motorcycle. Someone twitted it. I haven’t figured out how to put a tweet here. I’ll go back and find the post. Or could someone please repeat it for me.

  97. 292 Dudette
    January 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Woot!!! I am just breathless with excitement at all the wonderful sharing that’s been going on here on TOD!! I still pumped up from watching that concer!.]

    You guys feed my brain and lift my soul SOOO much! I cannot express how grateful I am to have found this treasure of a blog! Thank you, Chips! Thank you everybody!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  98. 294 Ladyhawke
    January 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm


    Andrew Sullivan’s Newsweek article and his appearance on Hardball are an indictment of the GOP and the msm media. Just listen to what Mitt Romney said at the beginning of the video. Then listen to what Andrew Sullivan said. Nothing that Romney said is true. It just makes Mitt Romney sound completely out of touch with reality and dishonest. And it shines a light on the MSM who have abdicated their responsibility TO TELL THE TRUTH AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY. Andrew’s article should be the norm not the exception.

    From Pew Research Center’s Project For Excellence in Journalism:

    1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

    Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.

    Checkout more principles here……


  99. January 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Lawd, just getting in and it looks like I missed my PBO and FLOTUS all over the t.v. :-(. Will have to depend on replays…. :-D.

  100. 296 carolyn
    January 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Those nine journalism principles are strict, and they have not been used the last 30 or so years…..I’d say since Reagan, the press has been bought and has been a conduit for partisan views, not news. The idea of the”liberal media” has become laughable. Each “reporter” seems to think he/she has to give his/her puny opinion, not just report the news. I’ve noticed this whenever a “whitehouse” reporter speaks….they don’t just tell us what happens, but have to give some idea of what it “means” IF something does or doesn’t happen. They are all op-ed writers.
    Maybe the situation had to get this bad for people to admit what it has become.
    In today’s atmosphere, Andrew Sullivan was actually courageous. Forty years ago, this was more the norm. I’m sure he’ll get brickbats from many sources. But, he just puts facts out there and lets them speak for themselves. He also states what he felt about something, a criticism he made, and how he learned he was wrong: the president was working all the time, behind the scenes.
    THAT is how governing is done…..not on TV shows.
    A healthy article, hopefully it can change some of the phony journalists’ thinking. The thing is, as is well know, facts have a liberal bias….(I forget who originally said that, but it is so.) That’s why the far right wing yells UNFAIR when facts are presented.

  101. 297 Mary
    January 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I’m so sad that I can’t see any of the pictures/videos. I haven’t had this problem before!

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