“we can change things, for the better”

Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, after receiving the Legion of Merit from Vice President Joe Biden during a retirement ceremony in the Secretary of War Suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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220 Responses to ““we can change things, for the better””

  1. 4 Dudette
    January 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Getta outta town — first!! Wooooot!!

  2. 5 nintendowii10
    January 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm


  3. 7 Blue
    January 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Gabby has a good husband, unlike Newt and some others!

    • 17 Britt
      January 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      When he releases them, the media will say, “See nothing suspicious is in the returns.” Mitt is hiding something, which is why he will only release one year of returns. I hope that Brian Williams presses Mitt on what he is hiding.

    • 19 GGail
      January 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Slick Mitt.
      I don’t want to see no “estimate” of 2011 and the return of 2010, I want to see continuous returns from a couple of years ago.

    • 24 utaustinliberal
      January 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Releasing only the 2010 tax returns and preliminary 2011 estimate is pure BS. If one wants to know what Romney really pays and his real tax returns not the cleaned up version, he needs to release the tax returns that go back as far as Bain. But not to worry, at the end of the day, he’s still going to get defeated by PBO because Romney is the epitome of the moneyed greedy 1% and when he stands next to PBO, voters will realize what a piss poor shell of a human being he is.

    • 25 anniebella
      January 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Mitt Romney is full of alot of Bull Sh*t.

      • 26 anniebella
        January 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

        If the America voters don’t open their darn eyes and realize that we already have the best President for this country already in the Oval Office, then this country is lost.

  4. 27 Carol
    January 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I haven’t posted here but I spend way too much of my day on this site. I followed BWD from Kos then her site. Love being here with sane people.

    • 28 lmrj
      January 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      It is a great site isn’t it Carol. I like you, I don’t post much but am happy to be in a place with sane people. Glad you aren’t lurking any more. Welcome! 🙂

    • 29 desertflower
      January 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Welcome, Carol….I think we can all relate to that feeling of spending way too much time here:) It’s all for a good cause!

    • 32 GGail
      January 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Welcome Carol.
      Feel free to post comments and even find a spot on a Naughty Mat 🙂

    • January 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      welcome carol – that was my pathway to TOD as well! 🙂

      • 34 Pamela
        January 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        Carol, sometimes it is hard to feel we/I have something to say that will make a difference, we all share that… But, I, for one, love to hear the banter and good-natured jesting that goes on as well, it just feels real! And who can forgive the LAUGH OUT LOUD comments sometimes (bordering on naughty) , but then, who would want to miss out on that? And the political commentary is beyond educational most of the time, for me anyway! I learn so much here, in a condensed way, and that is important, as time is compressed these days!

    • 35 Arnie
      January 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      I hear that.

  5. 36 Dudette
    January 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’m so glad Gabby will be at the State of the Union.

  6. January 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    “Look Closer at Those Florida Numbers”


    The conventional wisdom holds that Florida is inherently friendlier territory for Mitt Romney. In any case, it’s certainly bigger territory, which tends to favor the better funded candidate with greater organization. But look back at the polls over the last two months and you see a rather different story.

    Before last night’s big win Newt was some 20+ points behind Romney. But as recently as the end of November Newt was just shy of 30 points ahead of Romney (see chart here), according to the TPM Poll Average. Newt peaked at 45.8% support on November 28th. On the same day Romney was at 16.3%.

    January 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm


    • 44 Bill
      January 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Sue, it is good you use rubber darts. It has been reported that the half term governor throws canned goods at her refrigerator when she is upset, and the First Dude has had to replace more than one. Not surprisingly you are much more prudent and sensible.

    • January 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Me too.
      We are going to a “watch” party that I signed up for. Wont know a soul but it should be fun.

  8. 46 GGail
    January 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Ahhhh, Gabby, I pray for your continued recovery so you can return to Public Service.
    You are one of the “good guys”.
    Thanks Chipsticks for posting her announcement.

  9. 47 Debz
    January 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful video from Gabby, I pray for her recovery and hope one day she will return.

    • 48 susanne
      January 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      she is truly an inspiration. my husband and i both had tears in our eyes watching her just now. he had major surgery a few weeks ago and has been struggling with pain and function, but when he saw her he said, if she can do it, i can do it.

      and she can do it! another great example of how positive messages uplift us all. thanks to pbo and chips and all the good folks!

      let’s stay together! 2012!

    • 54 desertflower
      January 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Comment from this that I agree with: Words I’m sick and fucking tired of hearing.

      Socialist, communist, marxist, job creators, liberty, freedom, taxes, terrorism, terrorists, un-American, big government…

    • January 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Terms like socialist are a last refuge for people who can’t rationalize their hatred so just spout words they think sound hateful even though they don’t understand them. Not one of them could answer the question–In what way is he a Socialist?–because they have not one clue what Socialist means and have nothing to back it up. If you build your mental life on imaginary constructs complete with fabricated enemies, what does that make you?

      • 67 utaustinliberal
        January 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        It makes one a category 5 moron. You nailed it in one Jackie. They spout terms like Socilaist, Fascist, Communist with no pause for thought. They have no understanding as to what those terms mean. How can PBO be all three at once? They follow morally corrupt cretins like Gingrich and Romney and spew these terms in a robotic manner. When one asks them what socialist, fascist, or communist law PBO has “enforced” they can’t name a single one. Is it healthcare? Is it the stimulus? Is it saving the auto industry? Is it giving 95% of Americans – middleclass and working class – tax cuts? Is it fighting for an increase in pell grants? Is it making sure planned parenthood wasn’t shafted? Is it the Matthew Shepard – James Byrd Hate Crimes Act? Is it ridding the world of a terrorist such as OBL? Is it the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act? Is it the Healthy-Hunger Free Child Nutrition Act? Is it Wall Street reform? Would a socialist, fascist, communist person always go to bat for the people who denigrate him over and over again by spouting talking points from Romney and Gingrich. Would he go to bat everyday to protect them from the horrific policies that Gingrich and Romney smugly tout as their mandate? The answer is no. If PBO really was as heinous as they try to portray him, he’d be cheering Romney and Gingrich on and wouldn’t give a damn about the misguided people who would be destroyed by their policies.

  10. 68 oneofthegirls
    January 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Watching Congresswoman Giffords declare the end of her service, I iam rembering how President Obama spoke in Phoenix after she was shot and he directed us to become better at who we are to ourselves and each other. In the sheer madness of the SC primary, it is so helpful to find this island of her goodness and to know President Obama returns to Phoenix on Wednesday to continue telling ‘our’ story of equality, dignity, justice.

  11. 75 Ladyhawke
    January 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm



    This was a terrific segment on the Rachel Maddow Show. It’s one thing for Mitt Romeny to be a flip flopper, but his lying is just out of control. He just makes stuff up. He lies with such ease that in at least one instance he has gotten himself so mangled that he just looked totally inept. And in fact, he accidently told the truth. My grandmother used to tell me IF YOU TELL ONE LIE YOU WILL HAVE TO TELL TWO. So true.

    Romney inadvertently affirms President Obama’s record on the economy.


  12. January 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    As sad as it makes all of us feel to see Gabby step down from her job, I can only imagine how hard this is for her. She loved her work as a congresswoman, was terrific at it and had a wonderful future ahead of her. Then some lunatic scumbag took all of that away from her in a matter of seconds. She’s heroic beyond words and one of the most remarkable and courageous women of our time, but she must be hurting inside not to be able to do the job she so loved. I hope some wonderful person steps forward to take her place (temporarily) with her endorsement and the people of her district vote for that person in a landslide. It would be a double pain for Gabby if some ugly, gun-toting tea idiot took her place. People in AZ, please don’t let this happen.

    • 78 desertflower
      January 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      She was well respected in her district, and Tucson is pretty Democratic (one of the few bright spots in an otherwise ugly state) I think they will find someone to run for her seat that represents her values and people of that district well.

  13. 79 HZ
    January 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is an awesome, strong, determined, loving, and brilliant woman. I cried through most of the book that she and her wonderful husband wrote, and today just brought up so many emotions. She is a beautiful soul.

    What a terrific couple who shared a beautiful story of this first part of their journey. Read it, if you so desire. It is so beautiful and such an inspiration.HZ

  14. 80 halo
    January 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm


    • 81 nospin
      January 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      halo MoDo is not worth the emotion.

      • 82 anniebella
        January 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        First I need to know what did M. Dowd said, second I do feel that we should contact these people and tell them what we think of the things they said.

    • 83 overseasgranny
      January 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      There is no man on earth that will ever be singing love songs to Dowd, and she knows it and takes it out on the world.

    • 86 utaustinliberal
      January 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I read her article. My goodness she is full of hate. To hold such a personal grudge against the Obamas ( for no sane reason) and chastise (she more than chastised) them for not being grateful that they live in the white house was too much dogwhistle crap for me. She goes on and on in an ad nauseam factor about Kantor’s hit piece of a book and she mocks PBO for saying in his TIME interview with Fareed Zakaria that he and Mrs. Obama have a 13 year old daughter and a 10 year old daughter who are at formative stages of development and who need 100% parental love and attention and so he doesn’t deem it wise and important to be socializing with the Washington press corps and Washington insiders every minute of the day. She calls Mrs. Obama a resentful and ungrateful person, mocks PBO for not getting along with Congress, mocks him for not being her warped version of a Messiah. She just went on and on and on in a vitriolic manner. When reporters and liberal journalists who normally coddle their own actually tweeted how petty her article was, that’s a clear sign that she more than crossed the line.

      • 87 halo
        January 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        They did that? I would like to know where. All I saw was people RT-ing stupid shit like “MODO SPOT ON.” It made me s mad.

      • 88 halo
        January 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        And then I raead the comments of these EMOPROGS who fucking complain ALL THE TIME. Ive never seen someonme so analyzed and polled and recorded, every single breath he takes, all to fee dtheir obsessive need for their little games and columns. It disgusts me.

        Maybe if MoDo actually READ THE INTERVIEW she would know what the President is thinking and why he doesn’t care about parasites like her.

      • January 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

        I read that hideous article too, but what was great is in the NYT comments MoDo just got flamed, I mean, absolutely scorched by her disgusted readers. The thing that I intuit about Ms.Dowd is that she likes attention, even if it’s negative – kind of like Ann Coulter in that way. I wouldn’t feed that troll or give her clicks because that she thrives on pissing people of. What a waste of a bright mind and Maureen has one.

      • 92 Linda
        January 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        Nasty women never get any. I really believe that.

      • 94 jeff
        January 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        ehh? what article is this or where can I find it? I’m just curious.

    • 99 Bill
      January 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Dowd is promoting her fellow NYTimes writer Kantor. Sickening Op-Ed.

    • 100 Lovepolitics2008
      January 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      AGAIN ? That woman needs help. Seriously.

      Payback for the little remarks of President Obama about not going to parties in DC, remarks he made in his Time interview with Fareed Z.

  15. 101 susanne
    January 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    rick santorum announces he’s releasing his taxes, too! hey, you guys! wait up! you wanna see my taxes? hey, look over here, guys.


  16. 104 GGail
    January 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Today on Face The Nation, Bob Schieffer spoke at the end about what it means to be a moderate. I don’t know how to download/post just the end of the segment, but if anyone can – it would be great!

    Face the Nation, 01.22.12
    Bob Schieffer finds out what it really means to be moderate.

    Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7396004n&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CBSNewsVideo+(News+Video%3A+CBSNews.com)#ixzz1kE4cwgTm

    • 105 Ceb
      January 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      The definitions of “moderate” and “liberal” are dead-on descriptions of our president. His photo should be next to both.

  17. 106 Judith Fardig
    January 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Much as I would be delighted to see Mark Kelly take his wife’s seat in Congress while she continues her recovery, she probably needs him more than we do. I hope the Dems can find someone worthy to run for Gabby’s seat and that AZ will listen to reason!

  18. 107 vero804
    January 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Interesting diary about the success of the movie Red Tails – about the Tuskegee Airmen – so far. My aunt saw it and said it was good. Hopefully I will find time to see it too.


    • 108 Dudette
      January 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      I saw it this weekend with my parents. We loved it! Even in the crappy overflow theatre that we ending seeing it, because the two bigger screens were sold out. [Must buy tix ahead next time]. Dad knew a couple of Tuskeegee Airmen, so it really resonated with him. I would’ve made a couple of different calls on the casting and it would’ve been good to see more about how the group was formed, but that’ll be in the prequel that George Lucas suggested.

      The young nephew was on lockdown for talking in class, so I’ll have to go back to see it again with him later. I’m really looking forward to that!

    • January 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      I really want to see this, but of course they put it in the absolute worst theater in town (we only have three). The seats in that place kill my back. If I could afford it, I’d go down to Seattle to see it.

    • 118 Janelle
      January 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks for posting this vero. I saw it Friday afternoon and checked my stub too. I wanted to support this film for the content and because Lucas said if it did well this weekend, there would probably be a trilogy done because there was just so much information and material that it couldn’t fit into just 2 hours. If anyone hasn’t gone yet, try to fit it in tonight for the box office numbers.

      • 119 vero804
        January 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

        I don’t know when I can see it, but I will try!

      • January 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm

        Hubby and I saw it yesterday. Good……very good. Difficult to watch because of knowing it is a true story. However, definitely a story our country needs to see/be reminded of right now–the racism, hate and fear that surrounds racism.

        • January 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

          I hope that true story is a good story. I don’t want to be beaten over the head with the racism. I want it to be more like Windtalkers. Racism is there, but the story and heroism are needed, too.

          • 122 Dudette
            January 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

            Tien, I kinda thought it was sugarcoated a bit myself. But keep in mind, the goal was to make sure parents would be comfortable bringing kids so that tells you it wasn’t that intense.

      • 123 Dudette
        January 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        It’s not just a Black story, it’s an AMERICAN story. Lots of folks forget that. It’s our country’s history.

        • 124 yardarm756
          January 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm

          The history part is done on purpose. The myth must be kept in tact. Never mind that the ground crews were all black too. The Red Tails didn’t just jump into any old planes. Someone kept them running and the radios operating. Now there’s a story……The ground crews.

  19. 126 Tulips
    January 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Hey family. there is a collaborated effort from the 1% left today they all wrote negative opt ed. i just got done blasting @vanjones @NYTDowd @GGreenwald @upwithchris @kartinanation. they came out witha attack on potus in print on air and on twitter. The1% left have their own agenda and its for paul not Pres obama. call them out.

    • 127 Janelle
      January 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Yep. It was like they all called one another and responded in unison—truly sickens me. All that PBO has to deal with and these grandstanders just want to be relevant and be noticed. (P.S. I really think Dowd wants the President and her hostility towards him is just because she wants to be noticed……and she’s jealous of FLOTUS…..just my two cents.)

      • 128 Tulips
        January 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

        yep i going to tweet her I want you by marvin gaye abt her obsession. lol

        • 129 utaustinliberal
          January 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm

          Van Jones should be ashamed of himself for being such a turncoat towards PBO. For fucks sake PBO went to bat for him and this is they way he’s repaid? Jones joins the emoprogs and OWS to bash PBO repeatedly and then he gets shut out of their pissy party and what does he do? He writes an article chastising PBO so that he can get back in those morons good graces. He should be ashamed of himself. I read Maureen Dowd’s article and she is a raging bitch. Her obsession with PBO is disturbing. The amount of dogwhistle crap that clogs her article is disgusting. She pretty much applauds Kantor for putting the Obamas “in their place.” She mocks them for preferring to stay home with their daughters rather than socialize with fake backstabbing Washington insiders, she suggests that they should be grateful they live in the white house and that Mrs. Obama should especially be grateful and stop being resentful. Katrina Van Den Heuvel is a sicko. She goes on ABC and throws PBO under the bus, she writes a book mocking PBO’s hope, yes we can, and change mantra. She is the epitome of the 1%. She mocks a man who has achieved the pinnacle of success through hardwork whereas she came from a wealthy family and had everything handed to her on a platter. They’re all disgusting vile people.

          • 130 hopefruit2
            January 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm

            I think all of these people in the left wing media are getting increasingly mad that the GOP candidates in the Republican party are imploding; that their third party fantasies are going nowhere; that their good old boys Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have been crumbling right before their eyes. So what do they do – they take out their frustration on the President & First lady.

            It’s hatred and jealousy that’s driving this nonsense. Nothing else. The better President Obama does in a given week, the worse the media gets on the Sunday following that week. Our president had a tremendously successful week, policy wise and otherwise – which culminated with damn near the whole world rushing to the internet to just check out an 8-second video clip of him singing a long-forgotten seventies hit single. In contrast, the GOP had a horrible week. Rick Perry dropped out of the race; There is no clear frontrunner, with a serial adulterer, race-baiter and ethics-challenged obese grump winning the last debate and primary caucus; Media darling Mitt Romney is hitting hurdle after hurdle and is appearing increasingly weak as a candidate, not just in the primary but in the general.

            So of course, the pro-left media pundiots are in a royal state of panic…if PBO wins decisively in 2012, their cash cow will become significantly thinner. Their bush tax cuts will probably disappear and life just won’t be as good as it would be with a President Gingrich or Romney.

          • 131 desertflower
            January 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm

            Geez…wonder if it ever occurred to ANY one of them, that THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR is why they aren’t welcomed with open arms at the White House? Idiots. All of them. Disgraces.

    • 132 vero804
      January 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      What are they saying?

      • January 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        Does it really matter what they’re saying? Honestly? It’s just a rehash of every counter-factual, Radical Lefty, PUMA complaint that we’ve been reading and hearing since PBO declared his candidacy. Why do we need to read it yet again?

        • 134 Tulips
          January 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

          because more than ever we have to make sure the right info is out. His msg is not getting out on purpose. we have to fight everything in everyway. Now is not the time to ignore. ignore once hes elected.

      • 135 Tulips
        January 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        They all attacked abt the new housing thing hes planning.

  20. 141 Renegade522/AuntSis
    January 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Hello Tien Le, Jacquelineobomer and Jojothecat – thanks for the info and encouragement. I am downloading tweet deck now.

  21. January 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    5 things to know about Mitten’s tax returns:

    1. Mitt’s got millions invested in the Cayman Islands
    “Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven.” – ABC News

    2. Mitt pays a tax rate lower than most middle-class Americans
    Even though Mitt’s worth as much as $250 million, “Republican candidate Mitt Romney believes his effective tax rate—the share of his income he pays in federal taxes—is around 15%, or, as he put it, “probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything…” – Christian Science Monitor

    3. Under Mitt’s own tax plan, he’d pay half of what he’d pay otherwise
    “Under his plan, Romney in 2013 would see his taxes cut by nearly half of what they would be if you use current law as a baseline.” – Washington Post

    4. Mitt jokes he’s “unemployed,” but he’s still making millions a year off investments
    “In what would be the final deal of his private equity career, he negotiated a retirement agreement with his former partners that has paid him a share of Bain’s profits ever since, bringing the Romney family millions of dollars in income each year and bolstering the fortune that has helped finance Mr. Romney’s political aspirations.” – New York Times

    5. Mitt made over $300,000 in speaking fees last year—but called it “not that much”
    “He also said he had earned ‘a little bit of income’ from his book, which he donated to charity, and ‘speakers’ fees from time to time, but not very much.’ Romney earned almost $375,000 in speaking fees from Feb. 26, 2010, to Feb. 20, 2011, according to his personal financial disclosure.

  22. 150 Tulips
    January 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Do anyone know the audio file to use to download the obama ringtone.

  23. 153 auni
    January 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    When the Obamas had the Tuskegee Airmen to the White House to view the movie, it just made me feel damn good! Despite the hate filled “torch carrying villagers” (thanks again edwina) our country does manage to move forward.

  24. 154 CTGirl
    January 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Twitter is fun today!

  25. 155 Dudette
    January 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Statement from POTUS on the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    Marking today’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Obama said in a statement:
    “As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue—no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

    • 156 Dudette
      January 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      This is one of many reasons why I love him:

      “…as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

    • 157 susanne
      January 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      thank you mr president!

      i remember taking a long bus ride to nogales, arizona with a friend whose sex education was an unwanted pregnancy. she had to walk alone into mexico for a harrowing, expensive, dangerous, and shaming procedure. i also remember, around that time, asking a doctor for help with birth control and being told to just keep my panties on until i was married. these were not the ‘good old days’.

      i’m old enough now that these issues don’t affect me directly. but they have a huge effect on every girl and woman through much of her life. we must stay together on this! women around the world who are desperate for the protections we’ve fought for are relying on us to hold firm and lead the way.

      obama biden 2012!

  26. January 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday will serve as a measuring stick for voters to assess his national vision and begin judging whether he deserves a second term. 
    Senior administration officials have told allies in the progressive and labor communities that Obama will shift the focus away from budgets and deficit cutting, which dominated 2011, to job creation and the economy.

    The president’s advisors have said Obama will echo a theme he hit last month during a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, and make a strong argument for federal regulation at a time when many Americans see shrinking opportunity for upward economic mobility.


  27. 159 Ladyhawke
    January 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm


    #visitUS: Americans share what makes their hometown a great place to visit


    President Obama was in Disney World to announce steps his administration is taking to boost tourism and travel in the United States, and Americans from all over the country added their voice to the discussion on why this is such a great country to visit on Twitter, Facebook and WhiteHouse.gov. From the Lobster Capital to Rocket City, people around the country shared the must-see destinations in their hometown. Have a look at some of the responses below or on Storify, then tell us about your city or town.



  28. January 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    It feels like every Sunday the assholes are coming out in droves. Shit.

  29. January 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm


    Here are few thoughts that I’ve been mulling over.

    Seeing Chris Christie, wingnut hack Jennifer Rubin, and all the Willard surrogates traipsing all over the TV shows today to “agree” with pundits that Newt “is dangerous” would be hilarious if it weren’t so cynical. Having been shellacked in SC, Willard is quickly capitalizing on Newtmentum to clean his own rabidly conservative slate by suddenly changing his spots to appear to be the “sane one”. And the danger is that corporate pundits and their liberal counterparts will glom onto this new falsehood to label Willard as “moderate.” No he’s not and we shouldn’t let that LIE slide by.

    But more telling is the nature of the turmoil in the wingnut universe. Newt’s gutter appeal to White tribalism is actually a cry of anguish about the looming ‘extinction” of a long-enduring myth: WHITENESS as the superordinate in a binary racial construct. Pres. Andrew Jackson in the 19th century cultivated Whiteness as both a racial and political constituency that he cleverly used to advance his Indian territorial wars. It was a powerful myth that united diverse European descended populations into a racial/political tribe whose common link was their collective “superiority to Negroes and American Indians”. The biological basis for Whiteness was a post facto pseudo-scientific rationalization. It is precisely the reason why ideologies of race have never made any scientific or rational sense. Because to be White all you had to be was NOT BLACK (one drop rule), and that was supposed to accord you all manner of social and economic privileges.

    Jackson and wealthy “Whites” believed this racial construct was a sacrosanct pact that would ensure that non-wealthy Caucasians would never form any enduring alliance with “those other races”. It was intended to forestall any interethnic/racial class solidarity AGAINST the economically dominant class. This pact has survived economic upheavals for more than 150 years. But now the scab is off the terminal wound that many ordinary people have suffered regardless of race. And the economic elites are in a panic.

    I argue that Willard, Newt, Ron Paul, & Santorum/Perry/Bachman are the four minions of the exact same economic elite forces. They represent the four sides of the BIG LIE that the working classes have been bamboozled with for decades if not centuries: 1) Economic inequality is FREEDOM, 2) “those people” are to blame for your economic woes, 3) “the government” is a tyrannical force in your life, as it is “stealing from you to give to those people” 4) “the world is too complicated so seek deliverance through your religious dogmas rather than the social compact” because ‘those people (incl gays) want to take from you”.

    Last night, Newt’s win gave extra voice to one facet of the four-sided BIG LIE — “Quick circle your White Tribal wagons, THOSE PEOPLE are the reason you are in this recession, SS & Medicare is under threat. Everything you have suffered over the last 50 years is their fault . My niece told me a story that seriously sobered me. Just last week she sat by Medicaid patients complaining bitterly that Obamacare has destroyed the system because he has increased the ranks of Medicaid recipients to many MORE UNDESERVING people. And these complainants were themselves recipients of Medicaid!!

    I call this a Cul-de-sac precisely because that big tribal myth has reached the end of the road. Tribal identity formed on the basis of the lie of racial superiority and built-in privilege can no longer be sustained. This is a competitive world and blaming “those people” does not cut it anymore. Newt’s supporters are only trying to DELAY the inevitable disrobing of the LIE.

    President Obama offers us ALL a way forward as a UNITED country without racial acrimony. But will wingnuts take it?

  30. January 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I’ve been fighting VanJones all day…He’s an arrogant SOB…there I said it…I am so angry at him right now..

    Here how it went down..Thanks for supporters even his own supporters were against him…surprised he didn’t block me (Yet)..lol

    @VanJones68; MY LATEST: Obama Must Choose on Housing: A Sweetheart Deal for the 1% or a Fair Deal for the 99% & What Obama Must do.

    @VanJones68 Tired of Obama MUST mess.Where were u when GOP tied XL pipe 2 tax cuts 4 99%,Silent on OW smoke bomb.#ZeroCredibility

    @lovelyladypa @vanjones68 As we speak his non-profit Green 4 ALL is probably benefiting from Govt Grants.I am sure his P/L is public record

    Kahsai Kasai
    @VanJones68 4 someone that was all 4 Green jobs. PBO created 2.7M clean Energy jobs.Yet you’re quick 2 raise ur voice based on rumors #Fail

    Kahsai Kasai
    @lovelyladypa @vanjones68 .It pays to be a puppeteer of AriannaHuf. She’s part of 1% that donated 2 her site..Writers included
    56 minutes ago

    Kahsai Kasai
    @VanJones68 When someone remain silent on PBO’s accomplishments & R ready 2 bash him on “rumors” I have no need 2 read crap they write abt

    @VanJones68 He has ZERO credibility..it was just a matter of time…

    Kahsai Kasai
    Okay. Just wait until tomorrow. You can apologize to me then, after the announcement. I will accept. 🙂

    @VanJones68 ..Will never apologize to someone that caters to 1% and acts as he’s part of 99% We have enough obsruction frm GOP

    • 170 Dudette
      January 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Wow! Just wow!

    • 172 Dudette
      January 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      You are a soldier Kasai!

    • 174 hopefruit2
      January 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks Kasai for telling it like it is!

      • January 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        No Problem Hope…I have no patience with backstabbers…I am so done with him. A brilliant mind gone to waste..Sad

        • 176 hopefruit2
          January 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm

          I tried to send him a tweet but Twitter is acting up, so I’ll do it a bit later. He seems to think that the “papers’ will have some huge revealing story tomorrow about PBO doing a sweetheart deal with the banks against the people with housing problems. The papers? The “papers” are known to print lots of questionable material to spin a given narrative. Like when the NY times basically accused PBO of making backroom deals to kill the public option.

          • January 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

            And to top it all ..the arrogance of him..that I should apologize once I read his Big announcement…SMH

            My last straw was when he remained silent about the terrorist act against our First Family

            • 178 hopefruit2
              January 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

              Yes I saw his comment about apologizing to him. This guy is beyond arrogant; he’s out of touch with reality.

          • 179 vero804
            January 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

            Gosh…I wish I could follow what this bruhaha is all about. What will the papers reveal tomorrow? What is the housing initiative? I’m lost.

          • 180 isonprize
            January 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm


            How about sending him my favorite retweet from SamuelCookIII

            “Let me be clear–As a Democrat, there is not a single policy disagreement I have with Obama that can be solved by electing a Republican”

    • 182 EDP4BHO
      January 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Boy, I remember just a couple years ago, this fucker was on Tavis Smiley, who of course tried to denigrate PBO, and Jones avowed “Nobody’s going to get me to put down PBO”. I tried not to pay much attention to the administration of Bush, except from Randi Rhodes, but I still do not recall such animous from so many corners against this President. Some rep “quoted” here today said that people have buyers’ remorse. If we were to follow all these complainers, and didn’t know better from on the ground, we would believe this. I am trying to process all of this animosity for what has moved these people. It is not, to me, as simple as it seems from their little soundbites. This shit goes real deep with them. I find a sense of spirituality in the day to day bashing, and I am listening now to one of PBO’s most steady supporters in Congress, Congressman Chaka Fattah, and he said that the reason that he is getting so much push back is that he has proposed so much change that it has their heads in a spin. Also, I recently stated to an acquaintance that I get a kick out of seeing racist people squirm, and she “informed” me that they are scared. In other words, that I should not get joy out of their discomfort. I told her she was a better person than I.

    • 183 JoJothecat
      January 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Hooray Kasai, you are my hero.

  31. January 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you Dudette….I am just sick and tired of him..I begged him to come out and denounce when #OW threw a smoke bomb at the white house, I was upset and He remained silent for a few days…so when I read his tweet this morning..I was prepared to fight against his hypocrisy.

  32. January 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    That was a great football game!

    • January 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Yes, it was. I didn’t really care which team won. Appreciate a good game……don’t like one-sided games.

    • 187 vero804
      January 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      I’m still trying to come down off the high. So glad the Pats won. Brady needs to come correct in the Super Bowl, however. He bombed tonight. Pats got lucky.

  33. 188 sjterrid
    January 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Hi all here at TOD! I just received my autographed copy of Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly’s book, signed by Mark Kelly yesterday. I ordered it from the Democratic store after I got a letter from the DCCC thanking me for my donation last month. I wish all the best for Gabrielle Giffords, and I certainly understand why she isn’t going to run, and needs to focus on her continuing rehabilitation. I, also, think she can help with President Obama’s reelection, and help the Democratic party take back the house and keep the Senate.

    Chips, congratulations on getting 7m hits!!! I was able to read this blog for the last few days, but it seems my battery broke, causing it to swell which meant I couldn’t use my keyboard. Thank God for my mouse. I went to the Apple Store today and they replaced the battery. Now I need to go back to the top, to read all the comments.

  34. 189 hopefruit2
    January 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” is the #1 R&B mp3 download on Amazon. And right now as I post, people are still going to YouTube to check out the original version and leaving comments to the effect that “Obama sent them there!”

    OWS is fizzling out…they had two major mishaps this week, first the smoke bomb, followed by the Occupy Harlem fiasco.

    No wonder the usual suspects in the media are angry at President Obama today.

  35. 190 FiredUpInCA
    January 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I read excerpts from EyeofNewt’s victory screech and then I read an overview of his Contract with America. Two observations: 1) I need to replace my hazardous material suit to withstand this Silly Season of Willard, Newt, Rick and Ron and 2) why didn’t Newt reform Washington and write laws to make energy independent when he had the power to do so as a speaker.

    Instead he gave the country his “Contract with America.” None of the reforms he is promising to implement when he’s President are contained in the “Contract”

    Does Newt understand that Presidents don’t write laws and that he’ll have to work with people that do not like him or share his views? (And he’ll have to work with Democrats too.)

  36. January 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    PBO’s statement on Gabby Giffords:

    Gabby Giffords embodies the very best of what public service should be. She’s universally admired for qualities that transcend party or ideology – a dedication to fairness, a willingness to listen to different ideas, and a tireless commitment to the work of perfecting our union. That’s why the people of Arizona chose Gabby – to speak and fight and stand up for them. That’s what brought her to a supermarket in Tucson last year – so she could carry their hopes and concerns to Washington. And we know it is with the best interests of her constituents in mind that Gabby has made the tough decision to step down from Congress.

    Over the last year, Gabby and her husband Mark have taught us the true meaning of hope in the face of despair, determination in the face of incredible odds, and now – even after she’s come so far – Gabby shows us what it means to be selfless as well.

    Gabby’s cheerful presence will be missed in Washington. But she will remain an inspiration to all whose lives she touched – myself included. And I’m confident that we haven’t seen the last of this extraordinary American.

  37. 193 Dudette
    January 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Be encouraged. Our country is in good hands!

    Obama Prayer

  38. 198 dotster3
    January 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Willard sounds like a robot when he tells FOX News, “I will show passion——and from time to time perhaps a little energy as I feel appropriate.”
    It’s like his passion and energy will be programmed into his speeches. ‘At the 4 minute mark, show passion!’ At the 7 minute mark, sound energetic!”
    I think Willard may want to throw in the towel. I don’t think he’s ever going to be able to connect with humans.

  39. 202 Lorraine
    January 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I hope President Obama’s team saw Office Politics with Alex Witt this morning. She interviewed Jim Cramer. He was wonderful. He saw that President GW Bush was a business man and he was horrible for the business community. He was having another businessman was not that important, paraphasing the last part. He also said that if rich people are mad it’s their own fault. I hope Chips will find the interview and put it up on the site.

  40. 205 hopefruit2
    January 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Mitt Romney has spent the last several days tweeting negatives about President Obama. No wonder his arse got handed to him in SC. Romney is obsessed with this President. I can’t wait for November to see this guy suffer utter defeat and humiliation at the polls.

    • 206 vero804
      January 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Yep. Mitt thinks he’s still a frontrunner who can just pretend he’s in the GE. He is so focused on that, he can’t see that the ground is shifting and he better worry about his own backyard. He’s an idiot and has shown that he doesn’t have the ability to change quickly when the circumstances change.

      • January 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        I think this is too hard to call right now. The GOP is absolutely freaking out about Gingrich but they have no viable alternative. Romney is full of holes and they know it. I couldn’t be happier to see this group fighting with each other and LOSING.

  41. 208 hopefruit2
    January 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    More panic!

    • 210 isonprize
      January 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Somebody like who, Jeb??? Who exactly is the somebody, Jeb? Who do you think should “tell ’em”? hhhhhmmmmm???? Who do you think it should be?

    • 211 Ladyhawke
      January 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Sorry Jeb, you can’t unring the bell. Newt Gingrich is the master of politics as a blood sport. Remember the GOPAC memo providing your party with the language tested names to call Democrats? Now you are concerned about the tone of the election? Talk about a delayed reaction. Where were you when Sarah Palin was claiming that President Obama was paling around with terrorists? Your party is currently comprised of birthers, baggers and blowhards. It just makes sense that Newt Gingrich is being welcomed with open arms. He epitomizes the degeneration of your party. Unfortunately for you, he doesn’t respond to establishment requests for civility.

  42. 212 desertflower
    January 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm


    On Friday, I met a voter named Laura Snipes at a Gingrich event in Orangeburg. She was 64 and had recently lost her $500-to-$1,000-a-week bartending job, so she had taken to selling Avon beauty products to pay her bills. Her politics weren’t particularly rigid. “I always vote for the man,” she said. “Not the party.” She’d come to the Newt event because she was thinking of supporting him in Saturday’s primary. But, really, she wasn’t impressed with the Republican field.

    “Quite honestly, I would prefer Obama to what I’ve seen so far, to go back in,” Snipes told me. “You can’t just go in in a couple of years and straighten their messes out. I mean, I think he’s trying. He’s made mistakes. [But] these guys aren’t going to be any better.”

    If Gingrich’s victory means anything, it’s that even more swing voters will eventually come to the same conclusion as Snipes: “These guys aren’t going to be any better.”

  43. 215 Dudette
    January 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Hey, I was reading the President’s Memorandum on whitehouse.gov about Federal Support for the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Program (encouraging executive managers to provide opportunities for qualified blind vendors to operate vending facilities on Federal properties)


    It got me to thinking, how do blind people go about voting? I’m just curious. Does anyone out there know?

  44. January 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Congratulations chips for reaching 7 million viewers. I agree with some sentiments, even though Newt has been a government parasite for so long and does want the middle class to be helped via food stamps in time of need, he is a sociopath who is willing to do scorched earth politics without worrying what it will do to the GOP/Obama families. For people who want POTUS to run against this sick man, i would exercise caution.

  45. January 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    McCain visited his Vietnam Prison, last week!

    How much did it cost the American People?

    • 218 Dudette
      January 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      That’s right I wanna know. The Teapublicans always make a point of asking/complaining how much it costs when PBO gets on a plane to go anywhere.

      • 219 yardarm756
        January 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        But that’s different. Why he’s a hero. Besides, he’s one o’ them good old boys that you wouldn’t mind huntin’ with or having a beer with. Never mind he was born on third base and had no business in the cockpit of one of the worlds must expense planes. Besides that, he was a terrible sailor.

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