okay, this cracked me up….


What? You want to see it again? Okay:


This is hilarious, over 500,000 hits in 15 hours!


This left me weepin’! Thanks Halo:


PS Crooner-in-Chief:

And, err…….

285 Responses to “okay, this cracked me up….”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    January 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Lets Stay Together 2012

    • 2 donna dem 4 obama
      January 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Yippee First!!

    • January 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      I like it Donna. Does the OFA need some type of permission to use ‘Let’s stay together’?

      • 4 donna dem 4 obama
        January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        I don’t know but I have been tweeting Axelrod and Messina to use it. It’s a real winner that needs to be capitalized on.

      • 5 Beauzeaux
        January 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        Yes, permission must be sought from the writers of the song. (The repugs have a habit of using songs without getting permission from the –usually — liberal writers) I doubt the President have any tropuble getting permission.

        And, Lord, he’s so cute singing that bit!

        • January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

          I would be surprised (but it wouldn’t be the first time) if this would fall under “de minimis”.

          After all, he quoted just a few words of the song ….

          • January 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

            “if this *wouldn’t* fall”

            Grrr. Engage Brain Before Hitting “Post This Comment”.

          • 8 isonprize
            January 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

            I already heard the clip being used on the radio today. WRNB, 100.3FM in Philadelphia. It probably does fall under that rule, because they used it to say something like ‘We like R & B and The President likes “R & B” too’

  2. January 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Those Paddies love them some PBO.

  3. January 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve played this video so much my pc blew up!! I want to hear more from the Crooner in Chief!! MORE!! MORE!! MORE!! 😉

  4. 14 GGail
    January 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Yes! Let’s Stay Together!!!
    Every morning show had this singing President as a top story.
    And he sounds so good and on key!!!!
    “Play it again Sam “(Chipsticks) 🙂

    • 15 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      I’m soooooo glad it happened at the Apollo (“where stars are born and legends are made”) — another fantastic piece of history for a historic place.

  5. 19 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm


  6. 20 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Leave it to the Irish — O’bama!

    It’s really just a wrinkle on my longstanding, unscientific, pet theory: as long as the President remains personally likable to people, he’s in — easily.

    Teapublicans can call him everything but a child of God, but if the babies keep smiling, the children keep laughing, the old ladies keep hugging, the men keep respecting, and the audiences keep swooning……it’s a wrap.

    • 21 57andFemale
      January 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I dearly hope you’re right. But I will never underestimate the power of Republicans to be motivated by hate. They are easily motivated to vote their hate. I yearn for the days when more Democrats are as easily motivated by (1) success and progress; and (2) stopping bad guys, even if they aren’t still ‘in love’ with their candidate.

      • 22 PoliticalJunkessa
        January 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        Hate has an expiration date and it tends to be self-destructive.

        Sometimes it’s okay to just enjoy the lighter things in life, not be so serious. La dolce vita and all that. It’s okay to just enjoy a singing President. :mrgreen:

  7. 29 Me4Obama @Me4Obama
    January 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I made a new years resolution to stay off the Naughter Mat but boy that singing video took me off the rails to the deep end. I don’t think I have ever had a song play in my head over & ove & over. I am losing my damn mind, I can’t stop watching it. He said he is in LOVE with me. In my dreams. Sigh

  8. 32 tally
    January 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    54 seconds of AWESOME.

    • 33 vitaminlover
      January 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I have been whistling and humming the tune all day at work. Must be the Obama/Biden-Al Green effect.

  9. 34 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Piers Morgan can now basically fess up about his man-crush on PBO – what we’ve long suspected.

    • 35 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      PBO must be scratching his head thinking, “All I’ve done these last 3 years — all the battles and tough decisions — and all it took was to sing a line from an Al Green song?!?!”

      😆 😆 😆

      • 36 lovingandlaughing
        January 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        Wow, I can’t believe Piers said that!

        Michelle must be laughing too and teasing him don’t you think?

      • 37 nospin
        January 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        sadly the reason is that they expect, understand and have no problems accepting a singing person of color.

        They can’t wrap their heads around the fact that PO is the most intelligent person in the room and he is POTUS. That they can’t understand or accept.

        • 38 edp4bho
          January 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm

          Those old stereotypes make it go down easy, don’t they? We all sing and dance….yep !! They can suck it ! I’m listening to Randi Rhodes, playing that debate last night, and on Rev Al’s radio show a caller stated how “arrogant” and “privileged” those white men are, challenging the moderator and questioner about the questions. ” How dare you question me, do you know I am not Obama?” Yep, we see them clearly.

      • January 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        ROTLMAO. I know that’s right. 😀

    • 40 utaustinliberal
      January 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Oh he’s definitely always had a man crush on PBO. It’s been obvious from day one with his obsessive questions to celebrities about PBO.

    • 41 Linda
      January 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      The other comments are great also….teehee.

    • 42 edp4bho
      January 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      So, does this mean that President Barack Hussein Obama “connects” with people? Damn assholes!

    • 43 dotster3
      January 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      I’ve known that all along, even when peeps here were crabbing about him.

    • 44 TrumpDog
      January 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Oooh. Piers should invite a Blah guest on his show to ask them what they think of this song and whether or not they are disappointed he chose to sing Green instead of Luther.

  10. January 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    The President just showed again how down to earth and absolutely cool he is. I just admire him so much, and I know that the GOP field envy him and our First Lady.

    • January 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      I LOVE the singing. Brief though it was, it zinged. I went to bed with it in my head and woke up with it being the first thing I saw again at TOD.

      However, another thing that truly, truly jumped out at me from this was the President saying…
      ‘They didn’t think I was going to do this.’ And to the ‘doubters’ – ‘I TOLD YOU I was gonna do this.”

      This last statement is one of the essences of PBO for ME. Not to be too serious under these circumstances, but I have never before known a politician whose word is his bond. With PBO I now often feel and say with every confidence, ‘He’s a man of his word’ – a description I’d read in novels but rarely seen lived so consistently. In truth PBO has taught me to LISTEN TO WHAT HE tells me, not necessarily for what I want him to tell me, and certainly not to his interpreters. As I wrote that last sentence the Keystone pipeline stuff danced through my mind. No doubt what he said there will come up for discussion and interpretation often over the next little while.

  11. 48 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    When PBO makes random old men smile like school girls – then you know we’ve got a winner!

  12. 51 57andFemale
    January 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Holy shit, PL , Michael Moore, GG and the rest of you asshats: if he’s good enough for Noam Chomsky, will you pay a little attention?!?!?!


  13. 53 utaustinliberal
    January 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Here goes Chris Dodd on Mitchell Reports whining about SOPA and PIPA. Fucking over paid lobbyist. This revolving door between congress and lobbyists is disgusting.

    • January 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Here’s what Mr. Dodd told the NYTimes about the mobilization against SOPA and PIPA:

      The MPAA (the lobby for big movie studios which created these terrible bills) was shocked and seemingly humbled. “‘This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,’ MPAA Chairman and former Senator Chris Dodd told the New York Times . ‘[PIPA and SOPA were] considered by many to be a slam dunk.’”

      “’This is altogether a new effect,’ Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing ‘an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically’ in the last four decades, he added.”

      The advent of the Internet is more revolutionary than that of the printing press. Information flies around the world in seconds. People want to keep that freedom. An example? Look to what Chinese activists said.

      In the New Yorker : “Fittingly, perhaps, the discussion has unfolded on Weibo, the Twitter-like micro-blogging site that has a team of censors on staff to trim posts with sensitive political content. That is the arrangement that opponents of the bill have suggested would be required of American sites if they are compelled to police their users’ content for copyright violations. On Weibo, joking about SOPA’s similarities to Chinese censorship was sensitive enough that some posts on the subject were almost certainly deleted (though it can be hard to know).

      After Chinese Web users got over the strangeness of hearing Americans debate the merits of screening the Web for objectionable content, they marvelled at the American response. Commentator Liu Qingyan wrote:

      ‘We should learn something from the way these American Internet companies protested against SOPA and PIPA. A free and democratic society depends on every one of us caring about politics and fighting for our rights. We will not achieve it by avoiding talk about politics.’”

      And, of course, Obama’s implicit veto threat probably put the baby to bed.

      This is the kind of people power that OWS and the Tea Party can only dream of.

    • 55 Linda
      January 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      He is disgusting…

  14. 57 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm


  15. 58 Linda
    January 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    McCain, Feingold Issue Statement On Two-Year Anniversary Of Citizens United |

    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) issued a joint statement today on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

    The co-sponsors of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, commonly known as Mccain-Feingold and which was partially overturned by Citizens United, called the decision “one of the worst, and most radically activist decisions in the Court’s history,” and urged both parties “to work together to remedy the obvious damage to our political system caused by the Citizens United decision.”

  16. January 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    BALTIMORE — Republicans will try to include a provision aimed at reversing the president’s dismissal of the Keystone XL pipeline into a deal on extending the payroll-tax cut.
    “We’re going to be looking at every option to keep this issue at the forefront,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told reporters Friday at the House Republican retreat in Charm City.

    Upton, a member of the conference committee that will negotiate on extending the payroll-tax cut, indicated that he and fellow conferee Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will push to get a Keystone provision into the final deal.


    Then, get some infrastructure spending out of it and stringent inspection rules.

    • 69 57andFemale
      January 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      good, you jackasses. Keep it alive. Particularly after Nebraska (is that the right state?) just got fines levied on the part of XL for damage.

      But all means, let’s force the President to sign off on something where we don’t even know the exact route yet and its impact on aquifers throughout the middle and Western plains.

    • January 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      These GOP reps really think people have shit for brain! I mean, what is he going to do about NEBRASKA’s stand on the issue???

    • 71 57andFemale
      January 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Oh holy Mother of God — they just got back to work and they’re on a RETREAT?!?!?!?!

    • January 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      There’s no route. They want approval on a pipeline that has no route. What if that pipeline ends up going directly through their backyards, or their kids schoolyards – and it’s already approved? Will they blame the President for that? Crazy.

      • January 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        I heard a Repub on CBCRadio’s ‘As It Happens’ actually arguing that the President could okay the pipeline so that they could start working on the two ends, while the parties researched and discussed where the middle portion would go. This would respond to the jobs crisis, you know, as it would put X number to work ‘right now’! 🙄 I imagined I could actually hear the incredulity in the voice of the interviewer to this asinine suggestion. And you know what? The speaker sounded like he believed what he was postulating!!!

        Of course, I also heard a Cdn. speaker who claimed Nebraskan land owners only started drawing back and talking about aquifers when they failed to squeeze out more money for their land than was initially offered??? Or whatever – I only caught the discussion in passing as I was doing chauffeur duty for my offspring.

        • January 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

          This actually made me burst out in laughter. Start working on both ends, then figure out as you go where to meet in the middle? These people are crazier than I thought! 😯

    • 75 TrumpDog
      January 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Why oh why do they constantly think they can outsmart our president???

    • 76 utaustinliberal
      January 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Please. Please. Please; you jackasses. Put Keystone on the payroll tax cut extension bill and officially kiss the House and Senate goodbye. They exemplify the definition of madness: doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. PBO creamed their asses over this issue last year and they want to play this game all over again? 2012 is shaping up to be a spectaular election year.

  17. 77 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    President Obama’s message is positive, uplifting, inspiring and educational. And that’s why people are attracted to him, because it’s nourishment for the psyche and body. The anger, hatred, and cynicism of the Teaparty, GOP candidates, OWS, MSM, are not sustainable in the long run because their message is divisive, depressing, and energy-depleting.

    That’s why the Al Green clip will go viral on the internet, cable and radio airwaves, whereas Kantor’s gossip book will go in the bargain bin.

  18. January 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    More singing videos added!

    Hilarious, over 500,000 hits in 15 hours!

    Jeez, I hope as many people watch the State of the Union on YouTube.

  19. 87 overseasgranny
    January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    OK, I’ve watched it 7 times already and it cheers me up every time. You’ll have to put a sticky on this for the next week or so please.

    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      January 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Ha! We have our “Friday’s Good” video here for us once a week. Chips, this song might be a candidate for 24/7/365 ! And I’m not kidding!

    • 89 Dudette
      January 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Only 7, Granny? You’re off to a bit of a slow start. Never fear though, you can catch up.
      It sounds totally different after you’re listened the 50th time! Go ahead, give it a try! 🙂

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  22. 92 Linda
    January 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    PBO sings ” Let’s Stay Together ” by Al Green

    Mitt sings ” Money, Money, Money ” by Abba

  23. 96 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Oh Dear!

  24. 102 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    // Al Green just told TMZ … he thinks President Barack Obama’s version of “Let’s Stay Together” was “terrific” and, “He nailed it.”//


  25. January 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    What is Tamron Hall wearing? And those are fake?

    That is all!

  26. 108 halo
    January 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm


  27. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    January 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    From about 136K hits a few hours ago to 288K hits now … WOW, CHIPS!

    • 115 jacquelineoboomer
      January 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Guess I’m on the wrong page (wouldn’t be the first time), since it’s apparently a ton more now. Ha!

  28. 116 ber6964
    January 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I Knew he could sing, I said before that I thought he reminded me of the smooth tones in Elvis Presley’s voice. Love This reaction to his singing!!!!

    • 117 jacquelineoboomer
      January 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I heard Elvis live not long before he passed away, and – although I’m pretty sure it was a time when he was heavily medicated on prescription drugs – he still had the voice of an angel.

      Similar to the smooth, sweet tones of President Obama – you are right!

  29. 120 Linda
    January 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Romney = Goldfinger

    Newt = OddJob

    Obama = James Bond

    h/t NoahScape on HP. ( there are still some good posters over there )

  30. January 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    LOL, I think I’ve listened to it at least 20 times!! You can really imagine him working the stage in concert, right? That was some sweet falsetto he pulled off and he could easily rival an Elvis or a Frank Sinatra or a Neil Diamond in getting the crowd pulled into his charm. After 2016 I hope he gets does more of this just for fun. In the meantime I hope Chicago is figuring out a fun way to fit this little song snippet into this 2012 campaign.

    When you listen and don’t watch the video it’s even more apparent (at least to me) how he hit those notes PERFECTLY. Did you guys see the mash-up that the Today Show did with Al Green and POTUS?

    The other most amazing thing is, as others of you have noted, it was at the Apollo. How cool!! And beyond that, at about 11pm Eastern time, right? After he had been to Florida and then 3 other fundraisers??!! Incredible. I thought I had a busy day taking the train to the office and working a full day. I SERIOUSLY DO. NOT. KNOW. HOW HE DOES IT. And does it better than anyone else.

    • 122 jacquelineoboomer
      January 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      And what’s even better (if that’s possible) than hearing him sing, it’s the fact that each and every cable news show is replaying it – in stark contrast to the nastiness they are showing that is the South Carolina Republican primary.

      • 123 GGail
        January 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        I was on the phone an hour ago with one of my girlfriends and we both had our TVs on local channel 7 here in Los Angeles. We were both chatting away and then the screen showed POTUS and the reporter began talking about his singing last night and both us stopped talking so we could here POTUS sing it AGAIN! We then both started laughing. It’s not like it was the first time we had heard it, it’s just that it never gets old.

    • 124 hopefruit2
      January 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Actually PBO’s voice is of the same timbre as Frank Sinatra’s. I had posted that once on a thread sometime last year, but no one seemed to notice/agree

  31. January 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Award Amount: $14,988,657

    The recipient reported that these Recovery funds would be used to:

    Provide subsidized broadband access for up to 16,000 low income deaf/hard of hearing individuals;
    Provide notebook computers or other connecting devices for up to 45,000 eligible individuals to assist them in accessing broadband services;
    And provide web-based contact center training and support services in English and American Sign Language. This training will focus on understanding broadband technology, web-based video communication services and accessing commercial, social and vocational support services on the internet.


  32. January 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I think what resonates with so many people about PBO’s All Green riff is that he is obviously so natural, so funny, so gifted, so playful, so sweet, so likable, so human – he is among the very most charming men in the world and people FEEL this no matter how hard others try to pound their hatred on us. It just doesn’t wash because we can feel his sincerity to the core. So when he does something like this he’s incredibly ingratiating and FUN and we see that and we feel that on all levels.

    • 127 dotster3
      January 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Agree with your every word. PBO makes us feel good. I got in bed last night singing, and mostly asleep hubs asked, “Why are you singing???” I told him about the happening, and that I was happy!!! He said that maybe Obama can sing, but I can’t. What???? I told him I guess he doesn’t remember that I got a blue ribbon in a vocal music contest and was picked for all city chorus in elementary school!! He said that was then, this is now. Mean! I continued to sing in my brain until I fell asleep.

    • 133 sherijr
      January 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Perfectly stated meta. Perfecto!

    • 134 Lovepolitics2008
      January 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      oh meta, you just stated it perfectly.

    • 135 edp4bho
      January 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Randi Rhodes is having a fit—she played PBO singing 3 times already, and just hollered “Yeah baby, that’s my president”. As to haters, Meta, I’ve watched some of these when I could stand to, and a lot of them have to contort their faces and gestures to express hatred for him. In other words, if you really do not like a person, the conveyance should come naturally. I’ve seen too many get figuratively bent out of shape to show they “detest” him. Not natural. Of course there are some real haters, but way too many have had to convince themselves he is the worse thing since sin.

    • January 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      One can only imagine how much more fun we’d all be having if we didn’t have all that hatred coming from the left and the right against President Obama. He’s forced to be on guard and all business all the time, and when we see these little peeks into his lighter self, it just always strikes me how the haters have robbed so many people of hope, and how so many people are missing the awesomeness of this man and his presidency.

  33. 138 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Oh here was the comment I posted last year (August 2011) about our President’s voice…little did I know we would be discussing his voice now.

    // hopefruit2
    August 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm
    Thanks Donna! Our resident video queen. I just love my President’s voice.
    Our President has a similar timbre of voice as Frank Sinatra. Their accents are very different and they don’t look like one another so you may not notice the similar quality of tone of voice. But their voices are similar. //


    • January 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Very interesting hopefruit and insightful that you picked up on that. It’s exactly that – the timbre – that I think most everyone would agree is the initial basic attraction to listening to both of them. As an aside, is there a search function on the blog here that you used to find this from last August?

      • 140 hopefruit2
        January 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        I tried the search function here but it produced no results so instead I did a google search using the words “Frank sinatra obama same voice” because I remembered my post had used words like that 🙂 The obamadiary page with my post turned up on page 3 or 4 I believe…

  34. 141 Dudette
    January 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Now hopefully after this, we’ll be hearing no more of the “he’s so aloof” — he doesn’t connect well with people” baloney from the Washington punditry. To them, I say: “He connects with millions across the country and around the world just fine. Thank you very much! We feel him. If you can’t, well then it sucks to be you.”

  35. January 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I don’t like the mish mash videos. I prefer the ones by him. This post is great by the way. I sent the Mexican one (which is new to me) to Josh Marshall and Pfeiffer with a h/t to this site. Also e-mailed the Al Green vid to my older sister who adores him.

    He should try for a whole song next time but he’s probably like the rest of us that stop at a certain point before our voice starts to crack. 🙂

  36. 150 sherijr
    January 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    this is amazing.. like the rest of the world, I’ve watched it about 20x so far, and never fail to smile throughout it. Well done Chips, & well done Mr. President.

  37. 151 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Forget Tweety – America is now having a major tingle up it’s leg!

  38. 153 TrumpDog
    January 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    No more! No more! I can’t take this!

    Need…. stronger…fan….

  39. 157 Pamela
    January 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Am attempting to hit the still slushy roads and get over to the retirement home to do some work! Have loved spending my snowed in days with all of you fine people! Back later! Have fun!

  40. 158 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

  41. January 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    “I have a crush on Obama”!

  42. January 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  43. January 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    January 20, 2012.

    One year from now, we will be swearing in a President for a four year term.

    I believe this next year will be incredibly interesting.

    By the time the State of the Union begins…

    …fasten your seatbelts.

  44. January 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Today in history:

    Hundreds of thousands of people watched in front of the Capitol and on the web as Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States and Joe Biden inaugurated as Vice President of the United States. Obama makes history as the first African-American U.S. president.

  45. 170 Linda
    January 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Reports are creeping out that yesterday’s bonus day wasn’t all fun and games at America’s most iconic investment bank.

    Goldman’s profits fell in 2011, in the final quarter alone by as much as 58 percent compared to a year ago. As a result, the investment bank set aside 21 percent less for compensation and benefits, according to Bloomberg News. And at least some Goldman employees had something to say.

    “It’s a bloodbath,” a midlevel Goldman Sachs employee said in an interview with CNBC. “One girl was actually crying, I think,” another Goldman employee said according to the report.

    Some first-year Goldman analysts received $40,000 bonuses, and some second-year analysts received bonuses between $40,000 and $56,000, according to Dealbreaker. Business Insider notes that these bonuses can amount to half of these junior bankers’ base salaries.

    In fact, some Goldman Sachs bankers and traders learned that they were taking home no bonuses at all, the Wall Street Journal reports. And on top of that, the firm halved the total pay of some partners — the company’s highest-level employees — while some traders got hit even harder.

    • January 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Cry me a river, oh, cry me a river.

      Millions of people in this country don’t even earn $40,000 so these folks get no pity from me. I get that in their circles that this is a tragedy and a pittance but come on, keep the crying to yourselves.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Maybe they’ll go out and get jobs that actually create something or start a business, rather than pushing around paper money. Given that they received bonuses and then whined about complaints the same year that millions were losing their homes because of the actions of those on Wall Street, I don’t really have any sympathy. I wonder if any of them are the ones who stood on that balcony and actually laughed at the Occupy people last year while sipping champagne. I wonder if any of these people are the ones who helped cover up Greece’s actual worth, to allow them to enter the EU. Karma.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      For the love of God, these people need to walk out of the Goldman Sachs building and keep on walking until they run into real people in the real world. Maybe then they’ll appreciate what other Americans have to live on. Goldman Sachs contributed so much to our financial meltdown, they can sink into NYC’s East River for all I care.

    • 174 Pamela
      January 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Tut, tut, it looks like rain! Bonuses that amount to HALF their base salaries, right… So the base salary being 80K to 115K, pretty tough, for a base salary. Ha. They might not enjoy raising a child on a pre-school teacher base salary, in the tenth year, topping out at 24K, before taxes!

  46. 175 donna dem 4 obama
    January 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    632K views…I bet $10,000.00 that it will reach 1Million by tomorrow morning. 😉

  47. 176 LDS
    January 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Good Day, Ms. Chips and TOD:
    I got in very late and I have been on the phone and answering texts all morning. So many people wanting to hear the 411 of what really happened last night at the Apollo.

    Well, let me tell you Row G lower mezzanine Seat 21 was just in total awe. The crowd was all the way around the block. I got there at 6:45. It reminded me of the crowds that used to line up to see their favorite stars when my sisters would take me there when I would visit NY as a young girl. Well, it was very cold, but the crowd was very positive, energized and in a very good mood despite the weather conditions. Across the street their were a few protesters, I am assuming Moveon or maybe some of the OWS or a combination of both. It was not enough to make a difference. As we approached the marque at a slow pace, the anticipation warmed us up. I met a very nice young lady who shared one of her hand warmers with me. Some people ducked inside an ATM, McDonald’s, Starbucks for temporary warmth. An OFA volunteer stamped our hands and as we got closer, out names were checked with our I.D.

    I don’t think Security or OFA were prepared for the crowd……what a crowd!
    Once we were inside, and the screening process was over, the ushers were on top of gettin us to our seats. The bathroom attendant was very kind and reassured us that we had not missed anything. The show was just about ready to start. A comedian who I did not remember his name, said that he had performed at the WH and how grateful he was that this Administration was into the Arts and reminded us you will never see that if the repugs were in office.

    Now, India Arie is my favorite and I was just blown away my her overall performance. She sang some new songs and for those who never heard of her……..surely knows and remember her after las night. And then came Rev. Green………well, this was so surreal for me because one of my older sisters absolutely loved Al Green. she would wait for ours in line much much longer than last night just to get her red rose that he so graciously handed out to the first 50 or 100 women. He even mentioned that he was sore y that he did not have any roses to hand out. I smiled because if my sister was alive, I would have given her my ticket without her asking.

    But the love, the anticipation, singing along with Rev. Al and India setting the mood and atmosphere, the Harlem born OFA’s introduction all set the tone for POB feeling real good to sing. I do not know if he heard India, but he said she was one of his favorite artist and Rev. Al welll, what can I say…….Tina Turner’s rendition was good, but nobody does it like Al Green. I noticed that India stayed around and truly seemed to be enjoying herself. Well, when he sang the first note, the audience just simply lost it. As you can see from the video. I was hoping that Rev. Al would come back on stage and join him. I know, wishful thinking.

    But it was so good to see him at ease and calm after the many events he had attended that day. The Apollo does that to you. The people will give you feedback whether good or bad. It was all good. The speech was warm and personal. I think everybody was humming or singing Let’s Stay Together when it was all over. I overheard two young ladies saying that was the best $100 they had spent all year. I thought it was so true even though we are only 19 days into the year. But It was glad to hear that from young people. As we approached the block we were held there until the motorcade left. People were still trying to get pictures and cheering as the entourage passed by.

    I was glad to know from someone in the crowds that our POB would be home very shortly because the whole day went like clockwork. As I got on the warm bus, I thought to myself what a blessing. As cold as it was outside, I was warm inside. It felt like being at the Inauguaration all over again. We deserve this President again. We have been in the dark for decades. I am not ready to let this go up in smokes.
    LET’S STAY TOGETTHER. Come hell or high water. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!

    • 177 CTGirl
      January 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing! You took us right there with you :-). I have been singing that song all day! 🙂

    • 178 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks for that wonderful recap! I’m so glad you had a beautiful time.

    • 179 nospin
      January 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      thanks for sharing your story.

    • 180 halo
      January 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      THANK YOU LDS FOR THIS AMAZING RECAP! It is an addictive tune!

    • January 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you LDS for such a beautiful account of it. I remembered reading that someone was going to the Apollo but at the time I read it, I didn’t know POTUS was going to be there. So it was you!! So jealous. I hope Chipsticks “front pages” your post on the next one.

    • January 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Fantastic story! thank you for sharing.

    • 183 hopefruit2
      January 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks so much LDS for sharing with us this excellent first-hand account of our President’s visit to the Apollo!

    • 184 Debz
      January 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you LDS for sharing your story.

    • 185 donna dem 4 obama
      January 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Oh My Goodness LDS that was an amazing experience for you. You will cherish those moments always.

      I hoping for a campaign theme of LET’S STAY TOGETHER!!

    • 186 a4alice
      January 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      that is sooo cool LDS – thanks for giving us the play by play. And also telling us how small the protesters were across the street – I had heard about it from the media but to hear it from someone who was there makes me realize how small and inconsequential it was. What a great memory!!!! 🙂

    • January 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      I’m so excited for you, LDS. PBO was clearly in such a great mood. His speech was one of his best in recent times. I loved every bit of it. And of course, the All Green riff was off-the-charts. Congrats!! You have a memory you will cherish for all time.

    • 189 lovingandlaughing
      January 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Wow LDS, you were there! Amazing! So happy for you! Thanks for your personal re-cap of the event!

    • 190 Dakota
      January 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you LDS for sharing this wonderful experience with us!

    • January 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      LDS, thanks for this. It is sooooo nice to read positive reports like this. LET’S STAY “TOGETHER” indeed

    • 192 edp4bho
      January 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you LDS. Yes we will stay together.

    • 193 yfoot58
      January 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm



    • 194 Dudette
      January 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Wow LDS. Thanks so much. I’m so happy you got to attend in person and share that experience with us. We were all buzzing with excitement just from watching online. The energy in the building must have been just overwhelming.

      We are fired up and ready to go! Obama-Biden 2012!

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Oh, LDS, thank you so much for this. You have a wonderful way of describing things–I felt with you all the way.

    • 196 dotster3
      January 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Yes, thanks for sharing. I was hoping you would. It must have been a fantastic and memorable night.

    • 197 isonprize
      January 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      LDS, Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!! I am so glad that you got to go. I felt like I was there with you. THANK YOU!!

    • 198 Cha
      January 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Wow, LDS, that was beautiful to read from someone who was there~ Thank you so very much for your experience!

    • 199 Pamela
      January 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Oh my goodness…. Thank you! LDS, for the whole story, so well told! How lovely for you to add this story to the chapters of your wonderful and memorable life experiences! You are blessed!

  48. 200 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Okay, I had to pull out my phone at work to view the other YouTubes. I’m LMAO at the international (Indian? Pakistani?) one — they’re running his little two lines on a loop like they were replaying the Zapruder films. 😆

    Instant phenomenon, lol.

  49. 204 Dudette
    January 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Happy Third Anniversary America!!

  50. 205 Linda
    January 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    More terrible news for Mitt Romney:

    “If health care costs continue to rise during the next three decades at the same pace as in the past three decades, then—under [Mitt’s Medicare plan]—toda­y’s 30-somethi­ngs would receive support sufficient to cover about 25 percent of their Medicare costs, leaving them to find the other 75 percent themselves­. The money saved would be applied to balance the budget and finance a big tax cut, reducing the top income-tax rate to 28 percent from the otherwise scheduled 39.6 percent.

    –David Frum


  51. 206 FiredUpInCA
    January 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Rest in Peace.

    • 207 anniebella
      January 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      I was on my way home when I heard on the radio about Etta James passing. All I keep thinking about was POTUS and FLOTUS dancing to Etta’a song “At Last”, and while Beyonce did a good job. No one can sing it like Etta could. Rest in Peace Ms. James.

  52. 208 donna dem 4 obama
    January 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    838K views on youtube

  53. 209 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I notice that MSNBC is piggybacking off Pres O’s singing by playing various pop culture songs all day to accompany their segments on the 2012 election.

  54. 210 CTGirl
    January 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I must admit to tearing up a bit, our POTUS is such a special man!

  55. 211 Dudette
    January 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm


    A colleague of mine at work just got out of his swearing-in ceremony as new U.S. citizen today. Total Obamabot! He’s heading over to register to vote on the way home!

    • January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      AWESOME. When we did voter registration right outside swearing-in ceremonies, these folks would come running to us. And then once they fill out the forms, they want their photo taken with the life size cardboard cutout of PBO. It’s too sweet for words.

    • January 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Dang! Did they give him the voter registration material at his ceremony? My SIL got that at his ceremony plus paperwork to get his US passport. This is a great day for any new US citizen. Congrats to your friend!

  56. 215 Ladyhawke
    January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    PODCAST: The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show, 1/20/12


    Marijuana Legalization; Progressive Priorities; Newt Surges in the Polls; Newt’s Open Marriage Request; South Carolina and The Southern Strategy; Inspiration for Blogging About Politics; Mitt Romney’s 1% Problem; Andrew Sullivan’s Newsweek Cover Story; Convincing Progressives of Obama’s Successes; and much more!

    Not safe for work!



  57. January 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Wow! We’ve rounded the bend and are on the home stretch towards 7 million hits! 6,992++
    GO T-O-D!
    GO T-O-D!
    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
    😆 😆 [Oho! I suddenly remembered GoBrooklyn’s last victory dance which had a lot of hips!]
    This is such a happy place to hang out and enjoy happy memories!

  58. 217 Ladyhawke
    January 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Chamber of Commerce is Latest GOP Ally To Undermine Party’s Economic Argument


    With friends like these, who needs enemies?

    Another Republican-leaning interest group has undermined the core Republican economic argument that businesses aren’t hiring because of onerous government regulations and excessive taxation. The falsity of that argument has long been clear to experts and economists — a lack of demand, not the Clean Water Act, is keeping businesses from hiring. But lately, even right-wing groups like the National Federation of Independent Business have been producing surveys showing that small business owners themselves insist they aren’t hiring because customers aren’t buying.

    Now a new survey from the Chamber of Commerce — as loyal an ally as the Republican Party has — offers yet more evidence that small businesses recognize what GOP politicians won’t admit: The nation’s economic problem is a lack of demand, not an excess of government. The Chamber’s latest quarterly Small Business Outlook Survey finds that roughly 85 percent of small business owners say they aren’t hiring because of economic uncertainty or lack of sales (which, for these purposes at least, are synonymous):



  59. January 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    For the TOD twitter brigade: Josh Earnest is now on twitter. Follow him!! (In addition to WH Principal Deputy Press Secretary, he’s the voice on West Wing Week.)

  60. January 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Sam Kass Gets A White House Profile by Obama Foodorama

    Three years after starting his job, the history-making Senior Policy Advisor has an official bio…
    It took three years, but Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass now has an official bio on WhiteHouse.gov. The White House blog recently changed format, and Kass has a new profile that appears alongside those of other Administration officials and employees, primarily those who have written posts for the White House blog. Exactly three years ago today, on Jan. 20, 2009, Kass arrived at the White House with President Obama and First Lady Obama, though his presence as assistant chef wasn’t revealed until eight days later, when Mrs. Obama’s spokesman announced that Executive Chef Cris Comerford would remain in her role, and Kass, the Obamas’ personal chef, would be an assistant chef. (Above: A screenshot of Kass’ bio)


  61. 221 PurpleShoesLA
    January 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Randi Rhodes is playing the clip and she just screamed OH MY GOD. The president of the United States can sing! 😆

  62. January 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    • January 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      This is so true. I don’t remember any Republican candidates in recent history being as unsubtle about their contempt for minorities and the middle class as this crop of creeps. They aren’t even trying any more and are making even George W look nuanced and sensitive by comparison. It’s a rotten thing to behold, but maybe at least some Americans will actually, for the first time, see the Republican party for the racist fringe group it has become.

  63. 224 57andFemale
    January 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Sure we loathe Dylan Ratigan but I just stumbled on his show and he’s doing a devastating story about the Golden Gate bridge project all going to China. It’s really informative and will make your blood boil.

  64. January 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I know I’m just being Obamabot, but I can’t describe what these 15 seconds did to my soul.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Begin with: It’s indelibly marked in my consciousness.

    • 228 itgurl_29
      January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      I must have watched that video a hundred times. They played it on the midday local news and everyone was smitten. And I live in a conservative city.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      PBO’s voice carries a LOT of energy and music is a soul soother.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      I’ve watched it a million times, and I’ve squealed and smiled from ear to ear every single time. It’s just such a difference from the nonsense being cheered on the other side, and it just perfectly illustrates the positive, optimistic, cheerful and good nature of this man, President Obama.

  65. January 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    What does it say about Mitt Romney that he’s about to lose South Carolina tomorrow to a serial adulterer who allegedly wanted an open marriage with his 2nd wife? From TPM:

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has surged ahead of the Saturday’s Republican primary vote in South Carolina, moving past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the last four days. In a new Clemson University poll shows Gingrich with 32 percent to Romney’s 26. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) gets 11 percent while former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum sees nine. Twenty percent of the sample say they are undecided with the vote less than 17 hours away.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      File this under racism trumps religion. So much for those 150 religious ‘leaders’ getting together in Texas and deciding to endorse Santorum.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I almost think that this Newt surge says more about the people voting under the Republican flag than it says about Romney, a serial liar. He’s trying to paint a picture of President Obama that would paint the President in a negative light – and everybody knows that’s just not true and it won’t hold up even under the lightest scrutiny. Newt, on the other hand, is talking the language that these racists speak to each other. It’s got nothing to do with President Obama or his accomplishments – it’s purely how they see all people of colour. And that will hold up under their scrutiny every single time. It moves the bar of acceptability a little lower, and they feel more united and able to express their hate a little more comfortably. The only thing that will thwart them is if more people reject their racism than accept it. They need to be completely overwhelmed in November, and given the undeniable message that they are not welcome.

      • 234 isonprize
        January 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

        THIS!!! Theo67! THIS is so on point. That’s why it’s hilarious to hear Newt complaining about the unfair media. He is the master at nasty politics. He’s just coming right out with his racism. Doesn’t matter that he claims to be religious or that his actions are so NOT what conservatives say they believe in. He plays the the base, lowest, meanest, nastiest of the nasty common denominator among hateful people.

  66. 235 Ladyhawke
    January 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm


    Randi Rhodes just made a very good point that today people are cheering for President Obama and Newt Gingrich for very different reasons.

    My take……

    1) People are cheering President Obama for singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” song and showing that he is the essence of cool, charming beyond belief, playful, fun loving, and so darn cute. He was just adorable last night. I have seem so many comments that said they couldn’t wipe the smile off their face.

    2) People in the Republican Party are cheering Newt Gingrich for making repulsive, disgusting, racist, vicious, un-American insults about President Obama. But we must remember that Newt Gingrich is the master of ugly politics. He actually wrote a memo to his COP colleagues with the negatives words they should use to describe their Democratic opponents.

    ‘Language: A Key Mechanism of Control’


    Since winning control of Congress, Rep. Newt Gingrich (R.-Ga.) has constantly complained about “destructive” and “negative” coverage from the “liberal elite media.”
    But the clearest expression of Gingrich’s philosophy of media came in a GOPAC memo entitled “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control.” Distributed to GOP candidates across the country, the memo’s list of words for Democrats and words for Republicans was endorsed by Gingrich in a cover letter: “The words in that paper are tested language from a recent series of focus groups where we actually tested ideas and language.” Next time you hear Gingrich complain about media focusing on the negative, refer back to these lists.



  67. 242 Linda
    January 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Faith in Public Life reports that more than 40 Catholic leaders and theologians across the country are calling on two of their “fellow Catholics,” GOP contenders Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, to stop using divisive rhetoric about race and poverty on the campaign trail.

    Noting that Catholics consider racism an “intrinsic evil,” the open letter confronts the two candidates about their comments singling out minorities who receive welfare:


    • January 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Good for the Catholic Church on this one. The church does not need these two doing any more damage to the image of Catholicism. The racist rhetoric flowing from the mouths of Newt and Rick should embarrass anyone of faith, since I know of no world religion that preaches hatred of one’s fellow man. It’s about time someone told them to STFU.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      I’m so happy to hear this.

    • 245 isonprize
      January 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Funny… Somehow I missed this story on the news today… HHhhhmmmm, wonder why?

  68. 246 Linda
    January 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    CNN: US closing Syrian Embassy….

  69. January 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    American Idol coach says Obama has great chops and would definitely move him along to Hollywood week.


    • 249 donna dem 4 obama
      January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      I completely concur with his commentary 😉

      “But even more noteworthy was Obama’s perfect pitch. “He was in the exact same key [as Al Green’s recording]. To pull that out of the air, with everything perfectly in tune, I was really impressed,” Orland added. ”

      “The vocal pro even believes Obama’s voice was strong enough to win over ultimate deciders Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. “I guarantee you he would have gotten a Golden Ticket.”

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      This is a very cute, light-hearted article. I especially like that they note that the President is also unique because, unlike other contestants, he can start nuclear war… Everyone needs an edge over the other contestants. 🙂

  70. 251 Melanie
    January 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    1st time poster, long time lurker. Just wanted to say hello to everyone and share my giddyness with POTUS’ pipes!! For the first time in history, I’m sure there were people throwing their panties at C-SPAN watching the Pres. sing Al Green:))

    • 252 anniebella
      January 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Melaine, I hope not. Last thing we need. Enjoy, but respect, he is still the President of the United States.

    • 253 Dudette
      January 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Eww, as long it was at their own TV from home.:-)

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Well done! Straight from lurking to the naughty mat. That’s how to do it. (although, it’s still a little crowded from yesterday, and some of us are permanent residents) 🙂

      Come out of lurking more often.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      I get what you mean, Melanie. He’s a rock star in more ways than one. C-Span never had it so good. Welcome.

    • 258 isonprize
      January 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Melanie, that’s too funny. Folks may not want to admit that, but Pres. Obama has just that affect on people. He’s funny, he’s cool, but most importantly, he’s compassionate, he’s smart. HE’S JUST WHAT WE AS A COUNTRY NEED!! at this moment in time…

  71. January 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    An email from the consulting firm Bain & Company to recent hires suggests that the presidential campaign of its alum Mitt Romney is creating headaches for the firm, particularly as it attempts to differentiate itself from Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney helped found, which has received bad publicity in recent weeks.

    The email, obtained by TPM, was sent in recent days by Graham Rose, a Bain partner in its Boston office, to recent hires from the Wharton School of Business. Rose, himself a Wharton alum, oversees recruiting for Bain at Wharton. A company press release from 2008 identifies him working in the consulting firm’s private equity and industrial goods and services practices.


  72. 261 LOL
    January 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    First the checkered shirt..now singing. This guy is as fake as they come.

    Romney singing Happy Bday…Gag


  73. January 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    The Homelessness Research Institute, the educational arm of Roman’s organization, put the number of Americans living on the streets or in shelters at just over 636,000 in 2011. That’s down about 6,000 from the group’s 2009 estimate. The figure is based on reports and street counts from state and local agencies that receive federal housing funds.
    Roman said the stimulus money, coupled with pre-recession federal programs aimed at veterans and the chronically ill, have kept that figure down even as the U.S. economy saw its worst downturn since the 1930s. But that money is drying up now that the Obama administration, Congress and the states are grappling with budget issues fueled by the recession.


    Another promise kept!

  74. 270 donna dem 4 obama
    January 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Chips you’ll need to update your screenshot. Your video just passed 1Million views

  75. 271 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    COUNTDOWN TO 7,000,000 HITS!!!
    Only 5,000 more to go!!!

  76. 272 defytheodds
    January 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Hello singing TODers.

    Checkout the movie “Red Tails” this weekend.
    Saw it today–good movie.
    Thank you Tuskegee Airmen for your brave service to this country and the world.
    Thank you George Lucas for being brave enough to bring this movie and history to the public.
    I cannot understand why this country will not to the right thing and teach all the history–not his-story,
    but the true history to the children and to ourselves.

    Courage has no color.

    If you can, see the movie this, weekend which is the opening weekend.
    Because if the numbers are good maybe we get more quality movies like this one.

    Thank you! 🙂

    • 273 Dudette
      January 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Taking my 9-yr old nephew tonite!! Can’t wait!

    • 274 Janelle
      January 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      I just came from seeing Red Tails as well—I really enjoyed it and wanted to see more of it. I heard George Lucas say on the Tom Joyner show that he was hoping for a trilogy with a prequel to be made of this movie (whether he does it or someone else) because there was just so much material that he couldn’t squeeze it all into a 2 hour film. That will only happen if it brings in the box office this weekend. Studio execs are looking for the numbers for this weekend or they won’t invest in the future projects.

      • January 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        A group (7) of us plan to go next weekend, as we couldn’t all coordinate for this weekend. Does it seriously make a difference if the box office doesn’t come in on the 1st weekend? Do I have to drag 2 of the 5 there tomorrow?

    • 276 MsKitty
      January 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Going to see it tomorrow. I haven’t set foot in a multiplex in about 3 years (don’t get me started about the overpriced tickets and concessions) but this is worth coming out for.

    • 277 anniebella
      January 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      I want to see that movie. I can not believe that George Lucas had to put for the money because people in Hollywood didn’t think that the public wouldn’t want to see a all black cast.

  77. January 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Ok, we can call the election for Newt. He will be the GOP nominee. Why? Because… he’s got the Chuck Norris Seal of Approval (c).

    From TPM:

    Chuck Norris on Friday gave Newt Gingrich his endorsement, agreeing with Texas Gov. Rick Perry that the former House Speaker has “the heart of a conservative reformer.”

    We agree with our friend and governor of the great state of Texas, Rick Perry, when he suspended his campaign and endorsed Gingrich, that Newt “has the heart of a conservative reformer.” We believe Newt’s experience, leadership, knowledge, wisdom, faith and even humility to learn from his failures (personal and public) can return America to her glory days. And he is the best man left on the battlefield who is able to outwit, outplay and outlast Obama and his campaign machine.

  78. January 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    The new refuge and conservation area, which eventually will consist of up to 150,000 acres north of Lake Okeechobee, will strengthen the long-term health of the Everglades – restoring wetlands, enhancing water quality and protecting habitat and working landscapes.

    This is a locally-driven, community-supported initiative. We are working with local ranchers, farmers and landowners – as well as our partners in The Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Refuge Association and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – to conserve the wildlife values on working lands while retaining farmers and ranchers right to raise livestock or crops. This cooperative, totally voluntary effort will preserve the area’s unique ranching and farming heritage and help grow a robust outdoor recreation economy with increased opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, and bird watching. Many local ranchers and farmers are excited about the opportunity to conserve both the land they love and the way of life handed down from generations past.


  79. January 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    OMG…I just saw PBO singing 2 lines from Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together on the news! OMG…I could not stop my body from reacting! I swooned and giggled like a school girl. 🙂 OMG OMG OMG. FLOTUS is soooooooooooooo lucky! Hopefully he has sung, I…I’m so in love with you…. to Michelle. That’s probably one of the reasons she smiles so much! 🙂 😀 😉

  80. 285 Ann_T
    January 21, 2012 at 6:34 am

    True. I just love them! I’ve replayed the YouTube video so much. 😀

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