‘night everyone

President Barack Obama talks to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler in the Oval Office, Jan. 18 (Pete Souza)



9:15: PBO departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

11:40: Arrives in Orlando

12:35: Delivers remarks

2:15: Departs Orlando

4:30: Arrives in New York City

5:30, 6:30, 7:50 & 9:25 : Delivers remarks at campaign events

11:05: Departs New York en route to Joint Base Andrews


Several gazillion thank yous to those who were able to contribute to TOD’s fundraiser at OFA (the ‘donate’ link is at the top of the sidebar on the right – I hope you appreciate my, em, subtle reminder).

Just to say, though, I’m neither Barb from Florida nor James from Alabama.

That’s who OFA, usually, tell me I am when I click that link.

A big hello to Barb and James, sorry about this. 😕


See you tomorrow 😉

147 Responses to “‘night everyone”

  1. January 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Burns & Haberman Blog
    Obama ad buy nears million-dollar mark
    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 1/18/12 9:37 PM
    We’ve been tracking the Obama campaign’s first TV ad buy today, starting with the first, low-dollar ad reservations in a handful of markets in Ohio, Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina.

    But a media-buying source emails that Obama’s ad flights have grown to a total of $753,160 across six states — the four above plus Wisconsin and Iowa. The final total will be higher, the source said, as some stations and cable buys aren’t fully in yet.

  2. 4 vitaminlover
    January 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!

  3. January 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Lights out Chips. The mid watch has been set. All is secure thanks to your skills at directing our course.

  4. 9 GGail
    January 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Good nite Chipsticks and fellow TOD family.
    Pleasant dreams….zzzzzzzzz

  5. 10 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Rest well, Chipsticks ….

    Yes We Can … DO More Together – We Must! #LandslideOBAMA2012

  6. 13 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    G’nite Chips and TOD family! Sweet dreams.

    Bright and early tomorrow 🙂

  7. January 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Buenas noches. Sweet dreams and here’s to an even better tomorrow 🙂 OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

  8. January 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Loving this

    Bitter rows mar Republican race

    A war of words between US Republican rivals Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney has escalated with just three days to go before South Carolina’s primary.

    Mr Gingrich said he expected Mr Romney’s campaign to be “unendingly dirty and dishonest”, drawing fire from the front-runner’s campaign.

    Meanwhile, ABC News reported that Mr Romney has invested millions of dollars in accounts in the Cayman Islands.


    Mr Romney’s financial disclosure forms show he invested in at least 12 funds worth $8m and one fund estimated to be worth between $5m and $25m – all domiciled in the Cayman Islands, according to ABC News.

    Campaign officials denied that the accounts provided a tax advantage, but some tax experts say offshore accounts can have potential benefits, including greater foreign interest.

    The focus on his wealth is an unwanted distraction for Mr Romney, correspondents say, as he looks for a strong showing in a state where the unemployment rate, at 9.9%, is among the highest in the nation.


  9. January 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Using a practice that made him eligible for large tax deductions, Mitt Romney gave the Mormon church substantial stock holdings that he obtained through his private equity firm, according to documents filed with the government and to Romney associates.

    The tactic used by Romney to help meet his Mormon obligation of “tithing” – in which members donate 10 percent of their income to the church – is a common way for wealthy Americans to make large donations to charities, tax specialists say.

    But against the backdrop of a Republican presidential campaign in which Romney is being pressured to reveal his tax returns and further details on his vast wealth, the donations shed light on the tax strategies of Romney and others at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he co-founded in 1984.


    Drip drip splash!

    • 23 nathkatun7
      January 19, 2012 at 3:59 am

      Thanks, Jovie, for sharing this revealing Reuters’ article. As Dr. King was fond of saying: “No Lie Can Live Forever!” Slowly, Willard “Mitt” Romney is being exposed, even as he is going around the country telling lies about President Obama.

  10. January 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    A Weak Frontrunner. Got a chuckle from Jonothan Chait talking about Romney on Political wire: . . . . “But he is the one-eyed man in the land of the politically blind”. . .

  11. 25 Pamela
    January 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Goodnight, Chipsticks, goodnight everyone, thanking you for your wonderful company on this snowy day in the Pacific NorthWest! Sweet dreams of Obama~Biden 2012!

  12. January 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Goodnight Chips. Thanks 🙂

  13. January 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm


    saw on another blog that Andrew Sullilvan did an excellent job of defending the President on job creation against Bay Buchanan on Anderson Cooper’s show tonight. Maybe you can find the video?

  14. 29 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    HAHAHAHA! The guy in the glass house shouldn’t be throwing stones!


    Newt Gingrich, the Republican presidential candidate who has criticized rival Mitt Romney for his role in the buyout business, was paid more than $60,000 two years ago to deliver a speech that extolled the private-equity industry, according to the meeting’s organizer.
    “This gentleman praised private equity more fulsomely than I could ever do it,” Paul Levy, managing director at JLL Partners Inc., said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “InsideTrack” today. “He was great. He gave a great evening. Everybody had fun. He fielded a lot of questions. He gave us a lot of time. Nobody praised private equity, risk-taking capital more fulsomely than Newt Gingrich.”

  15. 30 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm


    Factories in the U.S. churned out more computers, cars and construction material in December as manufacturing remained at the center of the expansion.
    Output (IPMGCHNG) climbed 0.9 percent last month, the biggest gain since December 2010, according to Federal Reserve data issued today in Washington. Other reports showed homebuilder confidence jumped and wholesale prices unexpectedly dropped.
    Gains in consumer and business spending, combined with lean inventories, may prompt factories to continue to boost payrolls and hours, bolstering economic growth. Additionally, more demand from emerging markets may help shield American industry from a slowdown in exports to Europe as the region’s financial crisis and a weaker euro threaten to restrain sales.

  16. 31 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Look at the Newtster! http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/01/18/video-professor-gingrich-was-often-absent-and-spent-little-time-teaching-history/

    “In addition to seeking the college presidency, Mr. Gingrich was often absent as he pursued political goals. He embarked on an effort to moonlight as a paid consultant. And, it turns out, he spent little time teaching history.”

    watch the video. Some things never change.

    • 32 nathkatun7
      January 19, 2012 at 4:58 am

      Thanks, Desertflower, for the links! You are really relentless is sharing news that some of us would probably never get a chance to learn. I confess, besides Chipsticks, I come to this site to learn from you and other people who post links. I no longer turn on T.V. News because I just can’t stand listening to the idiots without loosing it.

      • 33 desertflower
        January 19, 2012 at 8:07 am

        Thanks, nathkatun7:) I try to find things that are interesting. I NEVER watch the TV news….I don’t watch TV that much, nothing really interests me, on regular television…I can’t stand the idiots either 🙂 Hope things are fine…nice to see you again…Keep reading those links!

  17. 34 Elly in Maryland
    January 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I didn’t know there were American-made computers – thought all electronics would be made overseas. (Cars and construction material I understand….I keep bragging about my wonderful new Chevy Cruze Eco).

  18. 36 Elly in Maryland
    January 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Just checked a made-in-the usa website and didn’t find any computers except high tech military stuff. No irons either – I was looking to buy a new iron. Sigh. I am about to order a cool cast iron Dutch oven that’s made in Tennessee. And I bought a toy truck yesterday made in San Francisco – they sell them at Whole Foods and the Barnes and Noble near me.

    • January 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Hi Elly, Yaay!!! I had to smile when I read your post. I am on my way today to purchase a Chevy Cruze. I waited for 2012 to make big purchases so my major buys would be in 2012, and count toward our President’s economic recovery. And, most of all I intend to buy goods with “the three words, Made In America!” “Yes, We Can!”

  19. 38 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Chips…..I have to go to sleep soon…hit the Nyquil again…..but look at those hits>>>>>>>> 6,944,235……we’re getting close:) Huggies!!!

  20. January 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm


  21. January 19, 2012 at 12:08 am

    The US Navy rescued ANOTHER boat of Iranian fishermen. Third Time!

    • 47 desertflower
      January 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Jeez! One would think they were trying to leave the country it happens so often! Glad that they’re ok.

    • January 19, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Makes you wonder how many have perished out there while no-one was looking out for them. Glad the Navy is looking out!

    • January 19, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Well according to Mittens our Navy (under Obama) is weak and small, the size of the 1917 Navy. (per MotherJones account above).
      We should have our Navy respond to this lie.

      • 50 jacquelineoboomer
        January 19, 2012 at 12:58 am

        I just left a message for the Navy at their website. Didn’t mention their Commander in Chief, so they wouldn’t think my request was political! Wrote this:

        Good evening. Today, I read that Mitt Romney, GOP presidential candidate, is saying that the Navy is “weak and small.” Will the Navy have a response? This is incredibly disrespectful to the military and civilian personnel of the Department of the Navy. I retired after 30 years with the Navy, ending my career as a civilian PAO, and I am appalled. Please don’t allow Americans to think our Navy is “weak and small.” Thank you.

    • 57 anniebella
      January 19, 2012 at 6:32 am

      Be careful, I don’t trust Iran. They could be up to something, this is happening to many times.

  22. 58 Sara
    January 19, 2012 at 12:29 am

    The President looks awfully tired in tonight’s Oval Office photo. Wish he didn’t have such enormous weight on his shoulders. I really hope that We the People give him a better Congress to work with for his next term.

  23. January 19, 2012 at 12:41 am

    holy moly. you guys were on a tear since i last signed in. whoa. and now i gotta go to sleep eeeks! it’s late for me!

    nitey nite.


  24. 60 Cos
    January 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I am reading my Marie Claire magazine and they have an article with photos about Nikki Haley, entitled Will Nikki Haley Be Our First Female President”? It hints that she may be a 2016 contender. She has a 34%. Poll rating. What a joke.

    • 61 jacquelineoboomer
      January 19, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Luckily, I don’t read that magazine anymore, or I’d be hurling my copy in the trash! Wonder which Republican on their staff wrote that?

    • January 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

      Nikki Haley is a fake and a joke – and she’s a tea partier, which is a group quickly retreating into obsolescence and irrelevance.

      • 63 anniebella
        January 19, 2012 at 6:55 am

        theo67, isn’t nearly all the Republicans a fake and a joke. A joke which isn’t funny, hopefully we can get rid of alot of them Nov. 2012.

    • 64 utaustinliberal
      January 19, 2012 at 2:03 am

      Hahahahaha. Thanks for the chuckle COS. Desperate much Marie Claire? Nikki Haley is polling much lower than PBO in SC. Land of the bloody effed up tea party. She’s been abandoned by the very tea party that put her in power. She’ll be the first female President when I find the Holy Grail. Which by my count is…………….never.

    • 65 isonprize
      January 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

      Nikki Haley? You mean the woman who dislikes herself so much that she decided to ‘change’ who she was? You mean the Nikki Haley who registered to vote as a white woman? Everyone else in her family – both parents and her siblings identify as Asian. You mean the Nikki Haley was calls herself a Tea Party Repulbican? Haley was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa[11] in Bamberg, South Carolina on January 20, 1972. Her parents, Dr. Ajit and Raj Randhawa, are Sikh immigrants from Amritsar, Punjab, India. You mean that Nikki Haley?

      Oh okay, uh huh. yeah, right. 🙄

    • January 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

      What a joke. Perhaps they’re just desperately trying to find a way to distract from their abysmal male candidates but Nikki Haley? No way. She’s the moron who was sitting in front of POTUS answering her email as he spoke to a group of Governors. She’s a disrespectful idiot.

  25. January 19, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Chips there are some amazing intimate photos of PBO and Michelle over at Time taken on her birthday.
    Please highlight these!

  26. 73 anniebella
    January 19, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Nikki Haley, First President of what? Not these United States.

  27. January 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

    You know how Democrats on tv keep telling the Obama Administration to stop attacking Bain? Well, here is why?-



    • 75 hopefruit2
      January 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Are the “dems” running for President? No one is talking about GOP who are not running for President. We are talking about MITT ROMNEY.

      Nice try media, but FAIL.

    • 76 hopefruit2
      January 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Furthermore, the issue is not about receiving campaign donations from employees at Bain. The issue is about Mitt Romney’s specific unethical actions with the investment firm (Bain Capital). The Hill misses the point totally, or they know fully well what the issue is but are trying to distract with irrelevant nonsense as usual.

    • 77 dotster3
      January 19, 2012 at 8:23 am

      As they keep trying to point out, big diff between Bain and Bain Capital.

    • January 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

      More media “both sides do it” BS.

  28. January 19, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Mitt Romney held a brief campaign stop Tuesday morning in Florence, S.C., and then bolted to a fundraiser in Manhattan, days before Palmetto State voters cast their ballots in a primary Romney hopes to win so he can wrap up the nomination fight for good. Yet in the few fateful minutes he spoke with reporters before his flight, the ever-cautious and disciplined candidate launched a grenade that could stop him from winning not only the primary on Saturday, but ultimately the nomination as well.


  29. 80 halo
    January 19, 2012 at 7:07 am

    The certified numbers: 29,839 for Santorum and 29,805 for Romney. The turnout: 121,503.


  30. January 19, 2012 at 7:22 am

    The Media is slamming our guy on Keystone! Nonstop…

  31. January 19, 2012 at 7:24 am

    LOL Chips must be working hard on her Morning mishmash. It’s 730 am EST for God’s Sake.
    I need my Chips fix before I go to my “real” job.

  32. January 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

    You know, I would love to kick David Gregorys ass!

    That is all!

  33. January 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I could go up to Disney World today to see My President, but I would probably not get close!
    It’s only 1 1/2 hours away from me, maybe!

  34. 109 hopefruit2
    January 19, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Things must be real bad for Romney and the GOP as a whole. This morning the media is spinning…angry at our President…

    NYTIMES has headlines about Independent vote being a hurdle for Obama blah blah blah (as usual their cherrypicking of select polls while summarily dismissing others that don’t allow them to push their anti-Obama narrative).

    None of Romney’s serious problems is the major headline – even though now it looks increasingly probable that he LOST the IOWA caucus and has major problems with offshore investment accounts. I’ve noticed a predictable trend in the media – when things are going badly for the GOP, find one item about PBO that could be spun as negatively as possible and turn it into a headline. I guess NYTimes though the Kantor story would have given them fodder for the next 5-6 months, but obviously they wrong about that.

    • January 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Or a bullshit poll. This is my point, too!

      It’s pushed by the powers that be, it’s evident they got to bed at night saying, how can we win the narrative tomorrow?

      Yup yup!

  35. January 19, 2012 at 8:06 am

    It’s kind of Eeerie knowing that Morning Joe set is where Robert E Lee had his HQ.
    And it is where they announced the secession of SC in 1860!
    Is msnbc serious?

  36. January 19, 2012 at 8:06 am

    The Bangladesh army says it has foiled a coup planned against the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

    Military spokesman Masud Razzaq said in a statement that the attempt had been thwarted by the “whole-hearted efforts of army soldiers”.

    He said the officers planning the coup were in active military service and had “extreme religious views”.

    Bangladesh has a history of military governments. The army ran the country for 15 years until 1990.

    Sheikh Hasina took over power from a military-backed caretaker government in early 2009. Officials say she has since faced threats from Islamists and other radical groups.


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  40. 116 halo
    January 19, 2012 at 8:16 am

    You know, the truth is, actually, when it comes to Congress, the issue is not personal relationships. My suspicion is that this whole critique has to do with the fact that I don’t go to a lot of Washington parties and, as a consequence, the Washington press corps maybe just doesn’t feel like I’m in the mix enough with them, and they figure, well, if I’m not spending time with them, I must be cold and aloof.

    Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/01/19/inside-obamas-world-the-president-talks-to-time-about-the-changing-nature-of-american-power/#ixzz1juSqAuiL


  41. January 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

    SC Obama job approval

    That is good for SC! It might be in play!

  42. January 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Jude Law and Lord Prescott are among the high-profile figures to receive payouts over phone hacking by the News of the World, the High Court has heard.

    Actor Law received £130,000 ($200,000) and his ex-wife Sadie Frost £50,000 ($77,000) while the ex-deputy prime minister got £40,000 ($62,000).

    Footballer Ashley Cole also settled for an undisclosed fee with the now-defunct paper’s publisher, the court heard.

    News International said it would not comment on the agreements.

    Most people pursuing damages had now settled out of court, lawyers said.

    How that fifth columnist, corrupt-to-th-core punk murdock is still in ‘news’ business, beats me.

  43. 121 halo
    January 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

    So this notion that somehow we — that the reason that it hasn’t happened is because we didn’t embrace Simpson-Bowles is just nonsense. And, by the way, if you talk to some of these same business leaders who say, well, he shouldn’t have walked away from Simpson-Bowles, and you said, well, are you prepared to kick capital gains and dividends taxation up to ordinary income…

    Which is what Simpson-Bowles…

    …which was what Simpson-Bowles called for, they would gag. There’s not one of those business leaders who would accept a bet. They’d say, “Well, we embrace Simpson-Bowles except for that part that would cause us to pay a lot more.”


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  46. January 19, 2012 at 8:27 am

    via nyt, the latest polls have newter neutering willlard.


    You gotta click show all polls since high brow, grey lady ‘trust’ only corporate media polls. 🙂

    I root for noot. 🙂

  47. January 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Weekly claims drop wasaaay down to 352k.

    Amazing drop!

  48. January 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

    willard (and the establishment) stealing Iowa goes international. Fight back ricky, you lil scum.

    Iowa’s Republican caucuses are reportedly to be certified as a split decision between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney because of missing data.

    Former Massachusetts Governor Romney was declared the winner of the 3 January presidential nominating contest by eight votes.

    But the Des Moines Register says a new count puts Santorum ahead by 34 votes.

    However, results are missing from eight precincts. The Romney campaign said in a statement it was a “virtual tie”.


  49. 133 Bill
    January 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Morning Joe was yelling about the evils of teachers unions in SC, and a guest informed him SC does not have teachers unions. Joe really does his homework, and his wife is from SC. He is the type of person who is supposedly informing the country of our condition.

  50. January 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I just heard that there was a recount for Iowa and Romney Lost by 34 points 🙂 did anyone else hear that?

  51. 139 dotster3
    January 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Media on an all out anti-Obama tear this a.m. The Today Show after allowing Newt to lie and lie about Obama had Peter King!!! as a guest to describe how aghast he is that the Obama admin. leaked super secret classified info to HOLLYWOOD!!! about OBL’s demise for the upcoming movie about same. King said he was going to launch this big investigation which he was obligated to do against anyone who is “aiding the enemy”. Matt Lauer nodded in response. Sickening.

    • 140 hopefruit2
      January 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Yes, I woke up this morning to the NYTIMES headline about PBO losing “Independent” voters. I knew this was some Bullshyte and that there was probably horrible things going on with the GOP, and hence the attempts to distract us.

    • 142 halo
      January 19, 2012 at 9:07 am



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  54. January 19, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Rick perry just dropped out.

    Pass the popcorn!

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