afternoon all


New Yorker

It cracked me up today to see how Byron Tau and his buddies at GOPolitico pulled any negative extracts they could find from this article. Funny how they left out this bit:

“Obama didn’t remake Washington. But his first two years stand as one of the most successful legislative periods in modern history. Among other achievements, he has saved the economy from depression, passed universal health care, and reformed Wall Street.”



Tuesday: The President will deliver his State of the Union Address at 9:00 PM EST.

Following the President’s State of the Union address, he will begin a five-state, three-day swing across the country.

Wednesday: PBO will begin his trip with an event in the Cedar Rapids area, followed by an event in the Phoenix area. He will then travel to Las Vegas where he will spend the night.

Thursday: PBO will hold events in the Las Vegas area and the Denver area before traveling to Detroit that evening where he will spend the night.

Friday: PBO will hold an event in the Detroit area before returning to Washington.





193 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. 1 nintendowii10
    January 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    First! 🙂

      January 24, 2012 at 9:44 am


    • 6 collegekay
      January 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm


      If I was raped, that LAST thing I’d want to do is have my rapist’s baby. I hate when men try to dictate what a woman should do with her body.

      • January 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        There are no words to describe a sanctimonious, self-righteous “creature” like Santorum. His has a sleazy history of lying and cuddling up to lobbyists and yet he dares–dares–to tell other people how to run their lives. I hope there’s an especially hot seat in hell reserved for him. He would have been in his element in the Inquisition, especially when you got to torture those who didn’t agree with you. ,

  2. 9 GGail
    January 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Good morning (West Coast time)/Good Afternoon (East Coast)
    I received an email this morning from our FLOTUS thanking me (and others) for our birthday greetings to her. 😀

  3. January 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Just bringing this over from the last post, thanks again to everyone who gave some suggestions there:

    Hellooooooo everyone! Wondering if anyone can help with this? Our good friend Henry Healy has been in touch to ask if anyone knows where he can get Obama 2012 flags – ie big ones, not those small ones that are available at the OFA store. He and the Moneygall people are looking for around 100 of them to fly in the village ahead of the election – how excellent is that?

    He’s checked everywhere online but can’t find ones big enough to fly from flagpoles.

    Any help would be HUGELY appreciated, thanks a million 😉

    • 13 pinkbunny
      January 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      maybe we can send tweet request to Jim Messina? WhiteHouse? OFA?

        January 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm


    • January 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I’ll re-post here then that the logo is copyright free, 2012 has no copyright.

      • January 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

        Thanks Tien, and thanks pinkbunny – I’d imagine the campaign would be glad to help Moneygall!

        • 17 jacquelineoboomer
          January 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

          Not sure they can help, in kind, using U.S. campaign funds (at least the reverse would be true) – although they would love to accommodate this delightful request, and no doubt will find a solution!

    • January 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      I’m not seeing anything either. In fact all I see when I google Obama, logo, flag, campaign or any variation all I get are right wing sites or articles lying about Pres.Obama and the US flag.

      Moneygall will have to get creative and make them. Sure there is lots of talent there.

  4. 19 donna dem 4 obama
    January 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Although this article is about the Republican candidates coverage can you guess who is getting the most negative coverage by our lazy, sloppy, sensationalist media? Well of course President Barack Hussein Obama.

    Meanwhile Ron Paul (think Rachel Maddow) is getting the most favorable coverage.


    • 20 nintendowii10
      January 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      There was a poll released last fall that stated President Obama only received 9% positive coverage by the media, that even the friggen REPUBLICANS got better treatment in the media! 😡

      • 21 anniebella
        January 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        I think all of us up here realize that the media is anti-Obama. That’s why Obama skips them and go to the local media.

    • 22 TrumpDog
      January 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Yeah and Noot gets away with suggesting the media is somehow coddling Pres Obama. What bullshit 🙄

    • January 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Well, yah! He is an isolationist!
      I thought before this President, I was a Liberal, after learning how they want to gut our Military, not so much.
      It’s not they liberals and libertarians(is their a difference) are anti war, it’s that they hate the Military. Their is no Patriotism with them, and we don’t even have a right ti defend ourselves.
      Basically, their philosophy is, if we are attacked- SURRENDER!
      And the media eats it up!

      • 24 Jessica
        January 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        I have the same feeling as you regarding liberals/libertarians and military/war. Majority of them get caught up in their own ideology and are very inflexible. Pre-Obama they were calling our troops baby killers now they’re whining for them to be home tomorrow as if they care so much for them and their families. It wasn’t until MO talk of military families they are even paying attention to their struggles.

    • 25 EDP4BHO
      January 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      I can’t Donna. 😀 I think I want to try and remain calm today. We are going to be on wild rides this year, so let’s take lots of chamomile teas while we commit ourselves to the devilment. I just wish somebody would ask those folks on Twitter and such..where were they with their big, dumb- ass mouths during the tyranny of Cheney and Bush? No Twitter back then, but I would bet anything that these same folk were not as quick to so brazenly criticize the last administration for fear of their very lives. Punk asses.

    • 26 gn
      January 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      I was pretty disgusted with the way that Newt got a pass for his rudeness towards the debate moderators. He has some absolute gall crying foul at the media bringing up his personal life, when he hypocritically led impeachment charges against a President for the same sort of infidelity/personal trivia. Ron Paul is a crank. He does have some good ideas and I’m happy that he’s challenging the GOP, but he is yet another crank being taken as a serious candidate (even his supporters by and large know that he has no chance).

      And the people who are supposed to be media fact-checking defending our own POTUS and liberalism at large are lost in a fog of their own narcissism and egomania, playing pretend President in the nutroots.

      Thank God for TOD and other sites like this; keeps me sane!

      • 27 Bill
        January 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        I have a feeling Brian Williams is going to be ready for Newton Leroy’s media attack tonight.

        • 28 gn
          January 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

          I hope so…Gingrich is just a bully—he says stupid things with conviction and thus people say he’s an excellent debater. Please. If he doesn’t want to put on his big boy pants and answer questions about his scandalous personal life when he was the primary witchhunter during the Clinton impeachment, then he can stfu and get off the stage. If he has a problem discussing the clear divisive and hateful connotations of his inflammatory rhetoric, because people are concerned that he wants to usher in a hate-ocracy, then he and his carnival can exit stage left. Brian Williams doesn’t seem like he is the one to mess with, so I agree with you, he’ll be ready (and I wouldn’t be surprised if Newt backs down either).

          • 29 lovingandlaughing
            January 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

            earlier today I listened to newt’s response to the jon king debate question. ALL i could think about was the Clintons while Newt responded acting all high and mighty and proclaiming how wrong it was for him to have been asked that question about his personal life. HYPOCRITE of the highest degree. he disgusts me.

      • 30 symmetry11
        January 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        Good to see you on GN. Seems like I haven’t seen a comment from you in forever. I hope that all is well with you! 🙂

        • 31 gn
          January 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

          Hi!!! /waving enthusiastically. I actually read you all the time, between lurking here and reading tweets. Everything’s great, and always terrific to see you.

  5. January 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Everyone who ever has avast viral protection make the white house green as a safe site because these racist republicans are at it again.
    They gave it a yellow on purpose.

  6. 44 gn
    January 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Romney’s candidacy is very weak. If I’m reading the history of the 90s correctly, the last time Newt needed to be taught a lesson, Speaker Pelosi had him for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yet Romney can’t seem to get his footing re: calling out such obvious, obvious phoniness and grifting (Newt as the new town scold and bible-thumper? oh please!). Gingrich is not a serious candidate, yet Romney’s candidacy is so weak, that all sorts of clowns and buffoons (The Donald, Santorum, Hermain Cain, Newt Gingrich) are being happily entertained by the GOP base. Sucks for Mittens! /popcorn

    January 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm


  8. 47 pinkbunny
    January 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    January 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm


    • 50 Dudette
      January 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      It does get you pumped up, doesn’t it? Outstanding!

        January 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm


  10. January 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    For all of us who were under the impression that Speaker in Name Only Boehner wanted to avoid another fight over the payroll tax cut and the Keystone pipeline, well, that’s why he’s speaker in name only. Warning, link to GOS and mcjoan, but it’s a good article.

    • 53 nintendowii10
      January 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      It’s clear that we need to give the gavel back to Nancy Smash in November!

    • 54 anniebella
      January 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Hello Speaker Pelosi, can you hear me? Get ready, because you will soon be back in charge.

      • 55 anniebella
        January 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        John Boehner has no spine. So what John Boehner is telling American, we sign a pledge to never raise rich folks taxes. The middle class and poor we don’t dive a dam if your taxes are raised.

        January 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm


  11. 57 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm


  12. 60 nintendowii10
    January 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Hey Chips this popped up not too long ago

  13. 62 auni
    January 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Before he was elected President Obama talked at length about how important it was for the parties to work together. The New Yorker piece shows how impossible it became for him to achieve that goal. In the article Peggy Noonen calls him a “loser”. I can’t figure out what she bases that on—-? Does she consider him a loser because he seeks compromise? There are those Republicans that love Newt because of his meaness. That way of thinking has caused this country problems throughout the world in the past. You would think they would figure that out, but no–I remember Sarah Palin responding to a speech the President made about working together with other countries–saying “Don’t you wish for once he would talking about winning?” This whole cowboy mentality, slash and burn, scorched earth, mow em’ down attitude is so distructive to the world. Newt has said he would give Palin a place in his administration. Horney old white guys love the idea of Sarah in a short skirt, guns in each hand heading off to meetings with world leaders. ” By God–Newt will destroy Obama in a debate”–got that quote from a neighbor. During the Bush years we weren’t very popular in the world, President Obama has changed that and made the world safer. Newt, Sarah and that crowd sure would change that fast. Then there is Noonen—-.

    • 63 Bill
      January 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      I did not see Peggy Noonen’s comment, but she should ask McCain/Palin who is the “loser”. It is almost as ridiculous as Willard saying we need a president with executive experience when we have a president with three years experience as the most effective and powerful executive in the world.

      • January 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

        This is such a good point – of all the candidates left and right, there’s only one who now has experience being President. He’s the current resident of the Oval Office.

      • 65 TrumpDog
        January 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        It is almost as ridiculous as Willard saying we need a president with executive experience when we have a president with three years experience as the most effective and powerful executive in the world.

        What’s even more ridiculous is the right tried to use that same argument in the 2008 campaign.

        Sad that Obama has once again proved them wrong. And that they still won’t listen.

    • 66 halo
      January 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Peggy Noonan just means she’s offended by PBO saying he wants to be the liberal Reagan. Too bad PBO already passed Reagan in terms of scales of accomplishments. Conservatives will do anything to try to discredit him so that PBO does not become what Reagan has become to the GOP and to America.

      I think the New Yorker article was great and generally showed PBO trying to do his best to make the right decisions in a tough situation. Larr ySummers actually was right when he predicted in Dec. 08 that PBO will be blamed for everything in the months to come bc the situation was so bad.

      He’s done a lot of good, but I do think that PBO missed an opportunity for BRANDING. THe article says PBO wanted a “moon-shot” project. I think even if it were not feasible, he should have put it out htere so the public can see he’s not just about trying to put out fires. Having a defining project is really important for public perception in a Presidency. Branding yourself and your agenda is so important. When he turned toward deficit-reduction, it was fine to try but he should have made it clear he was on parallel tracks for both that and job creation, NOT going back and forth, which in the public’s mind is doing NEITHER. As many on the outside said at the time, it doesn’t matter what deficit reduction you try to do, the GOP will never give you credit and thus the American people will never give you credit bc they’ve labeled you as the “liberal spender.” Once you’ve been outspun, it’s hard to spin back. PBO has cut over a trillion dollars, but it’s hard to convey that since the public alreayd sees him as “big government liberal.”

      Overall, the piece was intersting, but it showed that the WH was too involved in crises and process to EXPLAIN WELL to public what it was trying to do. Luckily, theyv’e been doing a much better job since AJA and exposing the GOP has cynical idiots who wnat the country to FAIL.

      • 67 LadyTNT
        January 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

        So basically, the article was restating what PBO himself stated. He has said on numerous occassions that in the first two years he wished he would have explained better to the American people what his administration was trying to accomplish. Sounds like old news to me.

      • January 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

        I think the President has tried a couple of moon-shot projects – the stimulus plan (greatest investment in green technologies ever), the American Jobs Act, getting the US to Mars in ten years, launching the high speed rail project. But, if American’s aren’t interested in preparing for the future or trying to do big, bold, difficult things, then there’s only so much he can do with a do-nothing Congress and apathetic support from the public.

        • 69 halo
          January 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm

          NOPE! Blaming Americans, for a WH not as outside observers like us, is EVER a good strategy. Either deal with the times or be outspun. Cram the talking points down every channel. This isn’t 1950 where millions of Americans watch just one network and one anchor. It’s a brave new world and u have to change with the times.

      • 70 57andFemale
        January 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        ACA need a full court onslaught from the administration. What has been done for seniors needs a full-court onslaught.

        Every surrogate for the administration needs to shove these talking points into every minute they are on air. I don’t want to see Chuck Schumer waste another second saying things like, “Republicans are my friends but…….” “Boehner is a nice guy but………” Republican surrogates don’t waste a nanosecond of time to get their point of view out. They are masters at ignoring the question and turning it to their agenda.

        We need that kind of muscle to start changing the CW on the Affordable Care Act and how seniors have benefited from this president and his policies.

  14. January 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Chips,

    I am not seeing the Boston Bruins event on the White House schedule any more. Did I miss it.

  15. 72 Little Lulu
    January 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Wow. Perfect ad. The president is taking action in all sorts of areas to create jobs DESPITE a minority blocking everything in Congress that he proposes to help the economy recover. Brilliant. Easy to follow and powerful. This is the type of campaign that will make sense to anyone who sees it.

    My only suggestions is to change the script from “Congress” to “Republicans in Congress” and repeat that eveywhere, all the time.

    • January 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      I almost think he has to keep it as “Congress”. The truth is, if the 200+ people in the House and Senate who call themselves Democrats were aggressively and consistently forcing these issues, it would make a difference. We’ve seen unified attacks from Democrats which have managed to turn the tide – just look at the Payroll Tax Cut issue from last December, the Debt Ceiling battle a few months before that, and the times when Democratic women in Congress have united to call out injustices in women’s health that the GOP were trying to pass. When Democrats were all over the TV and radio, speaking the truth, supporting the President – people paid attention, and the GOP were forced to back down.

      I think that the Democrats have been pretty laid back, happy to let President Obama do the heavy lifting, and even feeling comfortable enough to stab him in the back a couple of times, especially on Gitmo. If Democrats could unite to fight the GOP together, consistently and loudly, they’d get more done and people would know about it. Case in point: the Affordable Care Act. The fact that President Obama is the only voice proclaiming the awesomeness of that law is a shame and a crime. So, I have no problem if he calls out the entirety of Congress. They own the bills that they’ve passed, and they’ve got a 13% approval rating. The GOP deserves the bulk of the blame, that’s for sure – but the Democrats are not blameless.

      • January 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        I agree the Democrats in Congress have not covered themselves in glory. If they do well in 2012 it will be BECAUSE of PBO and in spite of their own weakness.

      • January 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        I actually like use of the word “Congress” because it will almost force a debate among congressional candidates…. I’m thinking folks could ask “where you apart of the problem or part of the solution”. If democrats need to answer to the public, sobeit. But if they dont have anything to worry about…. then it is a non-issue.

      • January 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        “…the Democrats are not blameless.”


        You’re right…

        In Dec 2010, if not for three or more ConservaDems, the DREAM Act could of had an ‘up or down’ vote:

        Hagan (NC)
        Baucus (MT)
        Tester (MT)
        Pryor (AR)
        B. Nelson (NE)

        Manchin (WV) – NP

        DREAM Act Fails in Senate, 55 to 41… http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/12/dream_act_fails_in_senate_55-41.html

        At times, they let themselves be bullied, browbeaten, manipulated, and even fearmongered (Is that a word? :lol:) by the TeaPUBLICANs/TeaGOP…Grrr! 😡 :

        In 2009, they defunded ACORN, and they wouldn’t fund the closin’ of Gitmo! (After an investigation, it was determined that ACORN had done nothin’ wrong. It was w/the help of ACORN that some of those Dems/Conserdems won their seats!)

        In 2010, out of a comprehensive jobs bill, only a small business bill and UEI were left, and they allowed TANF and ABA to expire!

        Jobs Bill Signed Into Law by [President] Obama… http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20000700-503544.html
        Jobs bill advances … or does it?… http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/11/news/economy/jobs_bill/index.htm

        But, between 2009 and 2011, more got done in the Dem-controlled House than in the Senate. 😉

        YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
        PRESS ON!

  16. January 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Romney Seems To Reverse Housing Policy, Calls For Action To Limit Foreclosures
    By Pat Garofalo on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Before a GOP presidential primary debate in Nevada, the state with the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, Mitt Romney said that the government should not try and prevent foreclosures. “Let it run its course and hit the bottom,” Romney explained.

    With the GOP primary shifting to Florida, after Newt Gingrich’s win over the weekend in South Carolina, foreclosures are again on the list of issues to address, as the Sunshine State is seventh in the nation in foreclosures. One in every 360 housing units in Florida received at least one foreclosure notice in 2011. And it seems that Romney is changing his tune a bit from the last time he had to seriously address housing, seemingly telling a roundtable in Tampa Bay today that he thinks banks should have to write down mortgage principal — the amount outstanding on a mortgage — for borrowers who find themselves with a mortgage that costs more than their house is currently worth:


    • January 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Pfffft….Romney hasn’t reversed anything. He wouldn’t dare repeat his true stance to let the bottom fall out in front of those people. Wait until the general when he has to compete with Pres.Obama’s foreclosure plans and you’ll see Romney switch again. While reports show that Pres.Obama’s plans haven’t worked as they should, he keeps trying. Romney has no plan and no intention of doing anything.

  17. January 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    You noticed that about GoPolitico too?

  18. 82 FiredUpInCA
    January 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    “Romney said Gingrich should return the more than $1.6 million he made from [Freddie Mac].

    While Romney criticized Gingrich, Romney also profited from investments in Freddie Mac.

    His most recent financial disclosure forms show he had a direct investment in Freddie Mac worth between $100,000 and $250,000. He made between $5,000 and $15,000 in interest income on it between February 2010 and February 2011.

    Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom noted that, even though the former Massachusetts governor profited from the investment, he did not work for Freddie Mac as Gingrich did.

    “Newt Gingrich said anybody who profited from Freddie Mac while defending their failed model ought to give the money back,” Fehrnstrom said.”


    Why doesn’t Mitt Romney, a very wealthy man, just cut a check for $200,000 to Freddie Mac and say “I am returning this money because that’s what leaders do.”

    Of course, I answered my own question. It’s because Mitt Romney is not an ethical leader. He’ll be ethical as long as you go first.

    It’s not until he is hounded and booed that he releases his tax returns but first he surrogates said he would do it after President Obama releases his birth certificate and Newt Gingrich released his ethics report–both of which have already been released and are available online.

    It’s not until he is questioned by multiple sources across the political spectrum that he revises he job creation claim from 100,000 to “thousands”

    Mitt Romney never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to lead.

  19. 83 tally
    January 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    No idea why I still watch Bill Maher on occasion, but I do. (Probably because a lot of the time, people manage to hand him his ass…) Over the weekend, I was watching the one from two weeks ago, where Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rob Reiner, and David Frum were on the panel, and Alexandra Pelosi joined them..

    First let me say I LOVE DEBBIE…… however….

    When they started talking about the NDAA, and “indefinitely detaining American citizens…” I was shocked that Debbie didn’t read them the FACTS on that, and how it DOESN’T APPLY TO US CITIZENS. But she said nothing.

    Then they discussed all the PACs… and how “Obama has a massive one….” which he DOESN’T. He doesn’t take money from corporations. Yet Debbie was silent……

    And then Alexandra said something ridiculous, that again I found myself screaming at the TV because Debbie said NOTHING, when she had the opportunity to say, “OBAMA IS THE BEST, MOST PROGRESSIVE POTUS EVER… (you fucking hag…)”

    We MUST fight these lies. Especially people like DSW, who are on the front lines of the Media and CAN get the word out on a massive scale.

    No one even seems to have read PBO’s actual signing statement to the NDAA – they’re constantly yammering on how he said that “he said won’t detain US Citizens…” when what he said was, he DISAGREES with ANYONE (even a foreign terrorist) being indefinitely detained without due process.”

    I don’t want to dismiss this because it was on Bill Maher. We all need to know when shit like this happens so we can fight back RIGHT AWAY. And DSW should have been ALL OVER THIS. It felt like she hadn’t read the damn bill. It seems like NO ONE has read the damn bill. Or knows that this TWO PAGE DOCUMENT was released by the House Armed Services Committee regarding THE DAMN BILL:


    When no one fights these lies, they become accepted as fact. I know I’m two weeks late with this one, and there may have been a massive Twitter/email back at DSW – or not – but FOR FUCK SAKE, this kind of shit needs to be stopped in it’s tracks IMMEDIATELY. And we can’t be the only ones doing it.

    Makes me want to pull my fucking hair out.



    I’ve actually got a callback today for a commercial. Everyone think good thoughts please. 😀

    • 84 halo
      January 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm


    • 85 GGail
      January 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Good luck on your callback Tally!
      Don’t pull out your hair 🙂

    • January 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      DWS is a great surrogate. The vast majority of the time she does an excellent job so I can’t really criticize her here as if this is a common thing for her.

      • 87 57andFemale
        January 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        I noticed that she missed that opportunity but she was otherwise great on the show. I do watch it, even though I get really angry sometimes. More often than not, however, there is something that makes the show worthwhile to me. It’s not the FOX antidote I want but it’s usually progressive even if Maher can be a total ass sometimes.

        My favorite line from this week: “Rick Perry isn’t upset about leaving the race for the Republican nomination. He said he can always run next year.”

    • 89 nospin
      January 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      go get ’em Tally.

    • 90 desertflower
      January 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Good thoughts!

    • January 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      I’m so glad you brought this up tally. I watched that Bill Maher show also, and was screaming at the TV for DWS to say something! She wasn’t even close to forceful enough for my taste. I totally agree with you.

      I have a friend who asked me about the NDAA. Her daughter and son-in-law were spouting off how US citizens were going to be detained. I looked for an article to send her and found one on the Extreme Liberal site. If anyone knows of any other good articles on this, let me know.

    • January 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Tally, sending you positive vibes about your commercial!

    • January 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      The VERY best of thoughts Tally 😉

  20. 94 pinkbunny
    January 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

  21. 95 Linda
    January 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) — Authorities say a former CIA agent has been charged with leaking classified secrets about operatives and other information to the media.

    Forty-seven-year-old John Kiriakou was charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and the Espionage Act.

    He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in Virginia on Monday afternoon.


    This guy writes for the Huffington Post.

    • 96 Bill
      January 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Sounds as though he did the same thing as Cheney and Scooter Libby, but I’ll bet $10,000 he gets in more trouble.

  22. 97 Linda
    January 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Scott Brown Sign A Ban On Super PAC Campaign Ads In Their Massachusetts Race |

    The 2012 elections will undoubtedly see an unprecedented injection of third-party influence, thanks to the Citizens United ruling and the subsequent advent of super PACs, and now, “super super PACS” — groups that “not only raise mega cash to promote candidates, but give money to candidates’ campaigns” directly. Attempting to stem the tide of undue influence, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) and her opponent Sen. Scott Brown (R) signed a ban on third-party ads.

    Brown had sent Warren two previous proposals but Warren objected to “some of the loopholes” that remained. Warren sent back a signed proposals with “clarifications to make it stronger.” The ad ban is “designed to control what is already prodigious outside spending on the race. By some projections, the campaign could cost at least $60 million” with at least “$20 million being spent by special interest groups with an interest in the outcome.”

  23. 98 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Cousin Henry is coming for a visit!

  24. 105 Linda
    January 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Atlanta Jewish Times Publisher Resigns Over Obama Assassination Column

    Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times has resigned after he wrote a column speculating that Israel would consider assassinating President Obama.

    In an email obtained by JTA, Adler said he is “relinquishing all day-to-day activities effective immediately.”

    • 106 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      January 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Karma remains undefeated.

    • 107 pinkbunny
      January 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Wow I bet he didn’t realize what the consequences would be over such stupidity!!

      How in heaven did the editors allow him to publish that. No one told him that it was a bad idea?? I know he owns the paper, but that no one thought it was wrong and just went ahead and published it is mind boggling to me.

      • 108 Linda
        January 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        I e-mailed him Rabbi Yoffie’s introduction of PBO at the The 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism last week when this came out.

    • January 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Not enough. He needs to be permanently disgraced. I’m sorry, but simple resignation is a slap on the wrist and this guy promoted something utterly vile. His name should be associated with “traitor” like Benedict Arnold.

    • 110 nospin
      January 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Is that all? IMO He hasn’t suffered enough. I hope he is shunned by his community.

  25. 111 Tulips
    January 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Meet Mr. Big Stuff (Mitt Romeny). Iran investment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32ARsqB2qJs&feature=youtu.be

  26. 112 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    This one brings a smile — I live in a very small town and have received mail from my international friends addressed to my name, my town & state, USA and I received it.

  27. 113 desertflower
    January 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    AH! Maybe I WON’T get to see PBO on Wednesday 😦

    I can’t imagine that they would let normal city folk into the Intel facility. How do I do this? Go to the airport? How do I find out the time to go??
    HELP!!!! I’m really bummed here…..

    • January 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Contact your OFA people locally.

    • 115 donna dem 4 obama
      January 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      So sorry DF 😦

      I had a feeling it was a closed event when you said they hadn’t posted anything about the event in your area as of this weekend.

      Contact your local OFA office and see if they will allow you to meet him at the airport for his arrival.

    • 117 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      As it is a WH event, contact your congresscritters and ask them for assistance — “your son is working on a school project; he’d love to interview PBO; will settle for attending event and interviewing some of the crowd,” etc, etc…

    • 120 lovingandlaughing
      January 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      oh my gosh, this woman’s voice/question is completely bringing me right back to that woman in a mcCain crowd during the 2008 election who said PBO was a a muslim. Could it be the same wacky woman? 😉 I am joking, but honestly people so ill informed are completely scary to me!

    • 122 donna dem 4 obama
      January 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      “Well yes…I’m doing my best to try and get him out of there”.

      Geesh! That crap is disgusting. He just stood there shaking his head in agreement. The whole Repub Party is pathetic and I hope our President wipes the floor with these people this fall and yes we’ll dance in the streets AGAIN.

    • 123 anniebella
      January 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Santorum is a racists lying bastard. At least John McCain had the guts to tell that nutty hair woman that Obama was not a Muslim, but this man who calls himself a christian stood right there and let that woman lie and he did nothing to correct her. These people are sick racists bastards.

      • 124 lovingandlaughing
        January 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        yes, anniebella i thought of that about mcCain that that was the one moment during the campaign that he pulled down the fake hate veil and he showed that he did have some honesty inside.

      • 125 donna dem 4 obama
        January 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        I was just over at the Think Progress website reading about this story and it gets even better.

        He was confronted by the media who were there after the townhall about this and this was his response:

        “Santorum told members of the press after the event that it’s “not my responsibility” to correct when someone calls Obama a Muslim. He turned it on the press and said, “why don’t you do it?”

        So now Noot has shown them all the playbook so anytime anything controversial happens they are going to turn it on the media.

        I guess the press was suppose to interrupt the townhall and correct the woman. LHM these people are beyond vile.

        • 126 JoJothecat
          January 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

          hum, it’s not the candidates responsibilty to correct false statements and it’s not the msm’s responsibility to correct false statements….I guess all false statements are fair game man-dog?

        • January 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

          Donna, he just admitted he is a coward. Noot might have been able to get away with that blame the media schtick, especially with a moronic, complicit John King, but Santorum has no class and can’t carry it off. He sounds like a boy called on his cheating who blames it on the other guy.

      • 128 JoJothecat
        January 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        WTF is he talking about? PBO never uttered the words that woman spoke about nor the things man-dog has spoken at this meeting. What is wrong with some of the people in this country who are so-called christians that think it’s ok to make up shit that the president never said?

      • January 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        You cannot expect decency from Santorum–he’s incapable of it. He wants to be able to tell you how to behave, but he himself is an empty shell. Whatever else happens in this Republican contest, I want little Ricky to go down, down, down and never surface again.

  28. 130 Debz
    January 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Help, What is the video under the AFSCME ad?? I get an error message.

  29. January 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    PBO coming to my school University of Michigan Friday!!! I got calls out to the Alum Assoc to get tickets. KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED!

  30. January 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Tuesday: The President will deliver his State of the Union Address at 9:00 PM EST.

    Following the President’s State of the Union address, he will begin a five-state, three-day swing across the country.

    Wednesday: PBO will begin his trip with an event in the Cedar Rapids area, followed by an event in the Phoenix area. He will then travel to Las Vegas where he will spend the night.

    Thursday: PBO will hold events in the Las Vegas area and the Denver area before traveling to Detroit that evening where he will spend the night.

    Friday: PBO will hold an event in the Detroit area before returning to Washington.

  31. January 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    The ad is great. I guess the campaign against congress has begun 🙂

  32. January 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Greeting TOD family.

    So nice to have time to spend reading this blog and working on my own.

    Thanks to the inspiration of Tien Le and the incredible hard work of creolechild, I have spent most of the day working on “Issues” toolikt pages we can use to talk to friends and neighbors, send out articles, and in general get the truth out there.

    Creole child – I promise to go through every email and use all the links I can

    My goal with these pages is not to just provide information, but to organize it in a way that makes it easy to find what you need. I may not have EVERY article about a specific subject, but I will try and have 2-3 that are on point. I don’t want to overwhelm, I just want to make finding stuff easier.

    Here is my first attempt- since the Repubs seem to be still beating the keystone horse, I thought an environmental page might be nice. As always your feedback is appreciated.

    Environmental Issues :: Election Toolkit

  33. 143 GGail
    January 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Chipsticks – help! I just sent you an email – need assistance…….
    I received an email from the WH requesting we send questions to POTUS and I don’t know how to post it.

  34. January 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    ODS claims an admittedly small scalp.

    (JTA) — The owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times has resigned and is seeking a buyer in the wake of a column he wrote speculating that Israel would consider assassinating President Obama.

    Andrew Adler, in an email obtained by JTA, announced Monday that he is “relinquishing all day-to-day activities effective immediately” following the publishing of his opinion piece saying that Obama’s assassination was among Israel’s options in heading off a nuclear Iran.

    Story here: http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/01/23/3091312/atlanta-jewish-times-publisher-resigns-over-obama-assassination-column

  35. 149 FiredUpInCA
    January 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    White House reaction to the Rand Paul TSA incident:

  36. 158 Linda
    January 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Someone is going to have to explain to me how Newt is considered a ” Great Debater ” . Does being hostile and rude and lying make one a great debater in WingNut land ?

    I just don’t get it, I guess.

    • 159 donna dem 4 obama
      January 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      In the era of controversy sells tv the short answer to your question is Yes!

      These pundits have crowned him a great debater because he won over the majority with him bombast. That my dear is all that matters these days. He confronted the “liberal media” (who just so happen to give our President 10% favorable coverage) and he is mean and nasty and racist toward people of color and as well as the President.

      That’s a winner in their eyes. Ugh!!!

    • 160 FiredUpInCA
      January 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      I am as baffled as you. Gov. Christie is another one whose appeal to the right-wing is a thing of fascination for me. Apparently they crave alpha male adult bullies.

      Of course, if President Obama engaged reporters and constituents in the style that Newt and Christie do it would not be supported and framed as an alpha male just being an alpha male.

      Even as the most even-tempered elected official in Washington, he gets accused of uppitiness, so I imgaine if he pulled a Newt on every stupid question he received from reporters.

      Imagine how the pirate crisis would have gone or the Osama bin Laden operation or the transition in Egypt would have been handled publicly under short-fuse, strutting, bombasts lke Newt or Christie.

      January 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm


    • 162 desertflower
      January 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      I have to disagree with donna:) Newt is NOT a great debater. Newt may be a “good deflector” but he’s no great debater. I was a debater in high school…competitions and the whole thing. Newt thinks that he can out yell, outwit and out last…all the while never saying a thing. We had a saying for people like him: “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” He’s the latter.

  37. 163 Zekke LyDonna
    January 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Regarding Newt Gingrich: Saul Alinsky is code for ‘Jew’ and ‘Communist’. I believe Marianne Gingrich doesn’t just represent the scorned wife, she also represents the Scarlet Woman. Her complaint about not getting an apology falls a little flat. Did she apologize to his first wife? She also married a man with a history of cheating–with her. Did she really expect him to remain faithful to her? Pot meet kettle. The idea that women concern themselves with male infidelity is a popular media narrative. We are more concerned about the attacks on reproductive rights and health care services.

    Nasty Newt Gingrich is a Bombastic, arrogant, entitled, narcissistic bully. His manipulation of hateful, bigoted, homophobic, religiously intolerant, racist code, is intellectually dishonest and calculating. The man is glorious in his pathology. He is the most perfect representation of today’s republican ultra right wing. His meglomania will destroy what is left of the legitimacy of Republican Party. He is the living embodiment of all that is toxic, corrupt, and morally bankrupt in politics.

    He will be Goliath to Obama’s David, even though he will no doubt perceive the situation exactly the opposite.

    People mock Obama’s hope and change mantra, but if you believe change is a process, as opposed to an edict, you can appreciate that we are marching toward a moment of enlightenment and truth–made possible by the Internet. People will have to decide the direction the country will take. One of the things I think people ‘fail’ to appreciate, is that breaking down resistance to change, involves a series of successes and failures. In order for real change to occur, people must change their minds. The repeal of DADT is a prefect example. The President built a consensus in the Military and the Congress. In the end, they really had no choice but to repeal it.

    Barack Obama’s whole Presidency has been a series of ‘teaching moments’. If you think nothing has changed, you are not paying attention. I think the blind anger on the right is proof. The bloodiest battle in war is the last battle before the peace. Everyone is vying for territory. Obama has layed the groundwork. He will spend the next 10 months making his case. He will inform the citizens of this country about all the accomplishments of his Administration, most of which have gone under the radar of the major media, who thrive on controversy, real or imagined.

    I have heard some pundits say ‘Everyone has heard his ideas already’. WRONG. There is a false assumption by some in the political media, that people have ‘heard’ or ”know’. WRONG. Inside the media bubble, the same speeches and policy arguments are heard endlessly, most of the public only get disjointed sound bites, and never enough information to make informed decisions. 52% of the country thinks President Obama has accomplished nothing. Many commentators and analysts, ascribe the most cynical motives to Obama’s every action (e.g. Keystone Pipeline). It is more a judgement of them, than the President.

    Many will see in hindsight, what many of us see already. Barack Hussein Obama will go down in history as one of the most accomplished President’s this country has ever had. When the history is written, and people realize what kind of obstruction he has faced from day one, they will wonder that he accomplished anything at all.

    • January 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Completely excellent, Zekke LyDonna.You summary of Newt is just perfect:

      Nasty Newt Gingrich is a Bombastic, arrogant, entitled, narcissistic bully. His manipulation of hateful, bigoted, homophobic, religiously intolerant, racist code, is intellectually dishonest and calculating. The man is glorious in his pathology. He is the most perfect representation of today’s republican ultra right wing. His meglomania will destroy what is left of the legitimacy of Republican Party. He is the living embodiment of all that is toxic, corrupt, and morally bankrupt in politics.

      And I always suspected this ‘best friend of Israel’ was dog-whistling in the ugliest of anti-Jewish ways with his references to Alinsky. I suspected he was doing just that too at the start of the ‘When Mitt Came To Town’ video. He is a vile and hateful man.

    • 165 FiredUpInCA
      January 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      A very good analysis Zekke.

      What I find most distressful about Newt’s meteoric rise is not Newt so much, but his supporters. They’re basically telling me as a fellow American that their hatred of the current residents of the White House is so acute, that they want someone as flagrantly unethical and disagreeable to represent our country at home and abroad.

      “I’m a scorned woman,” said the voter, who only wanted me to report her first name, Beth, because she just changed her last name after her divorce became final. Beth said her ex-husband did to her what Gingrich has done to two wives in the past — and yet she pulled the lever for Gingrich anyway.

      “It’s a 10 year-old deal,” Beth said of Marianne Gingrich’s latest allegations about her ex-husband. “Move on and get over it.”


      Ration, logic and policy are not the basis of current support for Newt. No appeal to reasonableness will work when reasonableness is not at the root of the hope for a Gingrich presidency.

      This is going to be a long, slog and a great fight worth having in order to keep the greatest President I may ever see in my lifetime.

    • 166 desertflower
      January 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      More than excellent!!!

    • 167 nathkatun7
      January 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you Zekke LyDonna for this most excellent comment and analysis! What you said is what we need to spread around the country to counter the memes promoted by the lazy and timid mainstream media that is only interested in controversy rather than telling TRUTH to the American people.

    • January 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Gorgeous. Love every word.

  38. January 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm
  39. January 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm


    At the end of the first debate between POTUS and Mc Cain, Chris Matthews said that Obama had lost because when Mc Cain made a correct statement POTUS said I agree with you and Mc Cain had refused to even look at POTUS throughout the whole debate. That to Chris made him a winner and POTUS a loser. It was only when the Poll results came in and even on Fox and the people overwhelmingly said POTUS had won that the medisa changed their story. I remember Olberman sitting sad faced while everybody said POTUS had lost because he was supporting POTUS. He only came to life after the polls started coming in and the people clearly said we like the cool , decent, respectable fellow. The pundits robbed Gore and Kerry liked that and thought they had the same sway with the public.

    Of course they have forgotten and will make the same mistake again.

  40. January 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    You can’t make this stuff up:

    Mitt Romney Hires Michele Bachmann’s Debate Coach


    He also coached John McCain.


  41. January 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    He y guys, i dont know if you already saw this or not but i agree with the writer, no matter what your affliliation is it is an honor. i love the bruins too so its upsetting to me.
    Damn republicans! http://network.yardbarker.com/nhl/article_external/tim_thomas_skips_white_house_visit_citing_personal_reasons/9537074

  42. January 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    found these through image search (but i’d contact official Obama store first to see what they suggest).

    this banner here……..(key search word, i think, is “banner”)

    you can order something similar here….

    • January 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      northanger, you’re a legend – they look great. Will pass on the links to Henry. You’re a star, thank you SO much.

      • January 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm

        {where’s that red-faced blushing emoticon when u need it?}

        thanks Chips!
        just remember, someone has already figured this out. If Moneygall has a local printer they want to use to print out 100 flags/banners, then they need the original artwork in a particular format. The official Obama store might be able, hopefully, to help & support Moneygall’s effort to show their support for President Obama.

        I wish Moneygall all the best!

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