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all set

On the day of his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office along the Colonnade of the White House, Jan. 24

Chat away 😉


269 Responses to “all set”


  1. 1 blondegrrl
    January 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Lookin’ Good, Mr. President!

  2. January 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    The House on Tuesday afternoon approved legislation that funds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through airport taxes through Feb. 17, a move that is meant to extend short-term funding just one last time before a long-term funding deal is reached next month.

    The House approved the bill, H.R. 3800, by voice vote after a brief debate in which House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) promised that a long-term deal is now in reach.

    “If we want to see Americans back to work we’ll pass this legislation by the 17th of February, and then we’ll come back in the next week or two and we will pass a long-term infrastructure transportation measure,” he said.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/206143-house-approves-short-term-faa-funding

  3. 19 LDS
    January 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    IT’S SHOW TIME!

  4. 20 Nili
    January 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    9pm eastern is 3am my time. Let´s see if I can stick to my plan of setting my alarm for that time in the night. 😀

    • January 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      It.s 2 am my time and I have set two alarms and set the teas maid so I have a nice hot cuppa before I settle to watch President Obama. (What a lazy thing I am!!) Will then stay up the rest of the night to do housework as I have friends coming to stay Thursday for my birthday.
      Last year the SOTU was on my bday (UK time) and made a fantastic start to the day.

      • 22 Nili
        January 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

        Sounds great 😀 Unfortunately I have to get up at 6.30 but oh well.

        • January 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

          Try to get some rest before if you can. If you do manage to stick to your plan of settling your alarm, I hope you enjoy SOTU.

          • 24 Nili
            January 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm

            I will 🙂
            Was kind of bummed last year. Not only did I not manage to watch it, but also did I miss a meeting / presentaiton thing at my city´s German / American cooperation society who had invited a German biographer of the Obama´s who talked about last year´s SOTU.

          • 25 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            January 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

            HAVE TO PICK UP A CAR FROM REPAIRS AND THEN I’M TAKING A NAP BEFORE IT STARTS. IF YOU SNOOZE TONITE AT THE SOTU..YOU LOSE!

    • January 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Nili, good to know that there will be others up in the middle of the night too!!

  5. 27 itgurl_29
    January 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    President Barack Hottie Obama

    • 28 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL…NAUGHTY MATTTT FOR YOU THIS EVENING. I ALREADY HAVE ONE FOR MYSELF!..:)

  6. 29 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Bringing this over from last topic:

  7. January 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    you all just missed the greatest smack down of a republican ever seen. Bahsirlive took joe walsh to the wood shed and closed the door. LOL!

  8. 54 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    and this one, too:

    We really need to give the President a congress that will work with him, for us!

    • 55 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      I THINK NANCY IS GOING TO GIVE BOEHNER ‘THE FINER SIDE OF HIS HOUSE MALLET’ THIS TIME AROUND. FORGET THE KLEENEX…PASS HIM THE BANDAIDS! OUCH!

      • 56 Julie
        January 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        Or, as we’d say where I come from, “the business end” of his House mallet. I look forward to the day! 🙂 No matter how you put it, Nancy Pelosi is going to bring “the pain” for the R’s. Rock on Nancy!

        Julie

  9. 57 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    ‘HIMSELF’ IS MIGHTY SMILEY TODAY…HE’S PUMPED…FIRED UP…AND READY TO DELIVER! I WILL BE AT MY STATION…IN FRONT OF THE TUBE WITH THE EYES AND EARS GLUED! THIS IS SO EXCITING AND PBO IS GOING TO LEAVE THEM IN AWE…AS USUAL…THEN THERE IS OUR INDY ‘DITCH MITCH’ WITH HIS FOLLOW-UP! MR. OUTSOURCE…ALL GREED AND NO REMORSE WILL SUFFER THE RETURN OF MY MORE THAN READY RUBBER,SUCTION DARTS. I ALWAYS THINK BACK TO DANIEL’S TRIP TO JAPAN…FOR BUSINESS…AND OF COURSE HE HAD TO TAKE AN ENTOURAGE OF 50 PEOPLE TO HELP HIM CREATE AN IMPRESSION! GUESS WHO PAID FOR THAT LITTLE JAUNT…POOR OLD JOBLESS INDIANA…BUT, DON’T FORGET…WE CAN ALWAYS DINE ON FOOTBALLS! GOD BLESS YOU PBO…YOU’LL BE AWESOME!

  10. January 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    S&P says it is close to declaring Greece in default.
    They are pretty stubborn over there.

  11. 60 LDS
    January 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Congratulations, blonde girl! Got your back………

  12. 61 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Afternoon Chips! Good Afternoon TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    “The future is ours to win. But to get there, we can’t just stand still. As Robert Kennedy told us, ‘The future is not a gift. It is an achievement.’. . . .

    From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That’s how we win the future. . . .

    The idea of America endures. Our destiny remains our choice. And tonight, more than two centuries later, it’s because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong.”

    –from Remarks by the President in State of Union Address, United States Capitol, Washington, DC, January 25, 2011

    Have a great afternoon, everyone! 😛

  13. January 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Andrew Sullivan got prepped about the SOTU by Andrew Sullivan.

  14. January 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    The press pool got a brief glimpse Tuesday afternoon of President Obama’s preparations for his State of the Union address.

    As he walked from the Oval Office to the residence, Obama said he was still finishing up the speech — there “may be a few touch-ups” to make before tonight.

    Asked if he was pleased with the speech, he responded with a grin: “Not bad.”

    He didn’t, though, answer a question from the pool about whether Mitt Romney should pay more in taxes.

    Lol!

  15. 71 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    THE PROBLEM WITH THE MEDIA

    ============================

    SIX DATA POINTS ABOUT CULTURE WAR AND THE CAMPAIGN PRESS

    By Professor Jay Rosen of New York University School of Journalism

    ———excerpt———–

    See what I mean? The conservative movement’s warmaking around the liberal media is a joke to the people actually running for president as conservatives. Yes, it brings supporters to their feet. It permits a skilled candidate ready access to Agnew’s resentment machine. It works the refs. It raises money for the cause. But to actually live by the logic of that critique on the campaign trail? That would be too costly and kind of dumb.

    For these people are not adversaries. (“I’ve just been struck with the good humor of the group.”) And they are not going to be forcing any confrontations along the lines of: “Mister Speaker, do you really think that we and our colleagues in the national media are trying to force the country to become something un-American? On what grounds do you make this charge? How would we even accomplish that?” This would sound unsavvy. It would show the political world that the questioner does not know how the game is played.

    ——————————-

    http://pressthink.org/2012/01/agnews-resentment-machine-six-data-points-about-culture-war-and-the-campaign-press/

  16. 72 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I concur…

  17. 73 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Per desertflower’s request in an earlier thread:

    #PRESSON

    • 74 Dudette
      January 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Excellent!!

    • 75 desertflower
      January 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      I could hug you and kiss you right now! That was SO perfect, Bob! Thank you very much for doing that. I called OFA/Chicago today and spoke with a very nice lady there about PBO coming to Phoenix. It’s at the Intel factory, and closed to the public:( No one knows when his plane will arrive, but I just have to hope that he’ll come for a rally before the election….

      Anyway, while I had her on the phone, I also told her of my concern regarding this issue of the credit report, and asked her to please let someone there know that had the President’s ear. She said they already have talked about this, and are aware. (Did I mention how flippin’ on the ball this guy is?!!) She said that she would pass along that message for me.

      Anyway, many thanks again, Bob. If you think about it from time to time, just send it again…I wrote the WH, and will continue to do so.
      Other Tweeters…if you can join on with this message, that would be much appreciated for SO many families who get turned down for jobs, not because they aren’t qualified for the job, but because their credit score has been tarnished by the greed and recklessness of Wall St.

      • January 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        Dang, DF I’m sorry to read you won’t get to see PBO. I was hoping to get the inside info from you since both Sis and I are playing ‘nurse’ to one each of our daughters. My niece broke her leg over the weekend, surgery, five pins and a plate so Sis is doing the “Nurse Nancy” routine for her. My daughter is getting her pace maker tweaked tomorrow so I’m babysitting her little ones.

        I’m glad to read that you got such great response from OFA in Chicago.

      • 77 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        Great response from the OFA/Chicago folk, df. I’ll certainly retweet it a time or two in the next few days.

        #PRESSON

  18. January 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    New hashtag forming on twitter:

    #IWillBeDisappointedIfObamaDoesntSay

  19. 84 TrumpDog
    January 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    And another pic added to my iPad. Chips, you’re making it really hard to choose which pics to use as my lock and home screen. My president is just too delicious.

    • 85 desertflower
      January 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      TD, PBO’S visit is closed to the public tomorrow 😦 AZ Dems told me that they hope that he will return sometime before the election for a rally here. Guess I have to go to work tomorrow….and my son has to go to school 🙂

      • 86 Dudette
        January 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

        Bummer df! I sure was looking forward to a pic of you holding that roll of paper towels at the event. 😉
        Guess it’ll have to be next time.

  20. 87 FiredUpInCA
    January 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    “Romney delivered [his State of the Union pre-buttal] at an empty plant owned by the National Gypsum Company to highlight what he characterized as Obama’s failed handling of the economy.

    “In a normal recovery under strong leadership, [this plant] could now be full of workers,” he said. “This is the real state of our union. But you won’t hear stories like these in President Obama’s address tonight. The unemployed don’t get invitations to sit with the first lady.”

    The company’s website says that the plant closed in June 2008. It employed 78 workers. In 2008, does anyone recall who was President and which party’s policies were in full-bloom?

    http://ngc-heritage.com/ngc-twentyzero.htm
    http://m2.tbo.com/content/2008/apr/22/tampa-drywall-maker-lay-78/

    • 88 CTGirl
      January 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      One thing’s for sure, with him standing in that empty plant it will surely be full of sh*t! 🙂

    • January 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      This coming from a man who routinely caused factories to shut down when he was at Bain Capital. Somehow I don’t think the optics will come across the way Willard thinks they will. Factories have been closing in this countries for decades. People understand that PBO inherited a mess from Bush and they would have to be delusional to suppose the president could get every factory in America rolling again in three short years. Wandering around in an empty factory complaining about the president seems really stagey and a little looney to me. Most reasonable people are going to be tempted to laugh.

    • January 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Mitt says, “The unemployed don’t get invitations to sit with the first lady”? I seem to recall a young girl from South Carolina who was so poor that she had to borrow money for a stamp to ask President Obama to help her school – it a Republican state with two Republican senators. Mitt can’t even get his lies right.

      • 91 jacquelineoboomer
        January 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

        If Mitt said that, I say to Mitt: Get your hands and your remarks off our First Lady!

        I CANNOT STAND ROMNEY.

        • 92 FiredUpInCA
          January 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

          I had a very big problem with the First Lady reference. Over the last few days I have managed to get my Mitt disgust down to a low level as it has been eclipsed by the threat of Newt. But then this smarmy, mealy-mouthed, lowlife, pious, fake decides to drag the First Lady into a campaign where she is not running for office–all to make a cheap political point that fails under scrutiny. I am right where you are: I CANNOT STAND ROMNEY.

        • 95 vitaminlover
          January 25, 2012 at 12:32 am

          Romney is toast anyway, burnt toast at that. He shall not cross the line concerning our Beloved First Lady.

      • 96 FiredUpInCA
        January 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        Meanwhile in the real world, here is the profile of one the First Lady’s guests this evening:

        Amber Morris

        Virginia Beach, Virginia

        Amber Morris, a Virginia Beach resident, responded to the White House’s call in December asking Americans “What does $40 mean to you?” saying, “Forty dollars a pay check means that I’ll be able to pay my bills, but most months it’ll be a tight squeeze. It means that I’ll have no spending money which means I can’t do my part in encouraging my local economy. Forty dollars a paycheck may not seem a lot, but it could mean a steady job for me and my coworkers or unemployment.” Ms. Morris graduated from Northeastern Law School IN 2008 SHE WAS UNABLE TO FIND A JOB in her field. She was working for a non-profit in Boston, but after they lost funding SHE FOUND HERSELF UNEMPLOYED IN 2009 and forced to move back home with her parents. She’s since found work as a waitress in a local restaurant and although it’s less than ideal, she feels “lucky to have paycheck” to help pay student loans and help save up for the Virginia bar exam.

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-michelle-obamas-guest-list-tells-us-about-the-state-of-the-union/2012/01/24/gIQAJw4COQ_blog.html

        Mitt Romney’s playbook is so tired. He staged this pre-buttal in the shuttered factory of one of his donors not seeming to care that the factory was shut down under Bush. Industry-wide sales were down 60 percent for drywall companies due to the housing slump.

        All of this happened in 2008 and this idiot is tries to malign the President and the First Lady in a factory emptied by an economic crisis created by his party and their policies.

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Yeah Bone Head, full of workers with lung disease! Figging Repugnants are too ignorant for words.

  21. January 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Sully said to get some caffeine for tonights speech.

    What is he implying?

  22. 120 FiredUpInCA
    January 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

  23. 127 nintendowii10
    January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Newt is beginning to melt down, because of the silenced crowd at last nights debate and demanding that HE get crowds to applaud and cheer for him… similar to this moment from Fred Thompson:

    And fitting seeing as Fred endorsed Newt.

    • 128 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Newt is that little cubby kid on the playground — can’t talk shit unless he has a crowd backing him up; runs home as soon as he gets hit; then talks shit again to his loyal friends when his opponent is no where in sight…

      Can wait until PBO hits either of them with the two hit rule…

    • January 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      It’s because the silence accentuates the despicable, racist nature of his comments stand out, without cover.

  24. January 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

  25. 139 jacquelineoboomer
    January 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Chips – Just love today’s photos!

    I’m staying away from the pundits (except for Martin Bashir and Rev. Al, which I’m recording but will try not to watch until later) and just gonna concentrate on enjoying the SOTU!

    Cannot wait!

  26. January 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

  27. January 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Hah! Truth!

  28. January 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Oh god. #dead

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Now Martin Bashir, did a STELLAR job on Joe Walsh, wowwwwwwwwwww, great Interviewing Martin, I like 🙂

    • 148 xtine
      January 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Deadbeat Dad will be welcomed back to Martin’s show after he’s resolved his deadbeat issues! 🙂 Off to find a cloth to wipe off my keyboard, which surprisingly is still functioning!

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      So President Obama has become irrelevant according to this little twit? Republicans USED TO HAVE BRAINS, for Pete’s sake … up until right before Reagan, that is. Something must have happened, some UFO perhaps dropped by and sucked out all their brains with an interplanetary vacuum. Too bad it didn’t suck the Republicans’ entire corpus with them.

  29. January 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Now that Mitt Romney has released his tax returns for 2010, we can have a stab at answering another key question. What would Romney himself pay in taxes if his tax policies become law?

    In 2010, Romney enjoyed an income of $21.7 million. Of that amount, he paid about $3 million in taxes — a tax rate of just under 15 percent.

    Citizens for Tax Justice, which is liberal-leaning but nonpartisan, supplied me with its analysis of what Romney would pay out of his 2010 income in taxes under various scenarios. The column to the right is what Romney would pay under his own plan:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/chart-what-romney-would-pay-under-his-own-tax-plan/2012/01/24/gIQAMJDtNQ_blog.html

    Good chart.

  30. 151 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I’ll bet ya 10 pennies he slaps the podium!

  31. 154 halo
    January 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Before The SOTU

    I just got briefed a little, in a rare moment of outreach from the White House communications team. Everything is embargoed, so no details. And being briefed about the contents is not the same as listening Obama deliver the case. But sheesh. Get some caffeine ready.

    GET READY YALL!

  32. January 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Greetings folks

    Before I dash off to class I have a positive CALL TO ACTION

    Let’s thank Brian Williams for his excellent commentary last night
    Thank Martin Bashir for his interview with Walsh
    A congratulate Steve Benen while we ask him to keep the progressive vibs going with Rachel.

    If folks could post contact info for these 3 that would be great.

  33. 170 ber6964
    January 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Time to Chill the Wine and get set to watch the Best President Ever.
    I can’t wait and those f’en Congress Critters better Behave tonite!!!

  34. January 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Jack Cafferty has gone hard right!

    I remember he was cool with the President in 08.

  35. 178 jacquelineoboomer
    January 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Donna Dem – Did you spot this?

  36. January 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I so hate the craven media:

    • 186 anniebella
      January 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      meta, we know the media is full of alot of B.S.

    • January 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      All this speech does is set the tone and reminds everybody, he is still President.

      The above applies to the media, most of all!

      • January 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        Well, he is definitely going to spell out his budget priorities, which will become the platform for his campaign. But I take your point.

    • 189 FiredUpInCA
      January 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      During the campaign, every major speech this man was going to doom his efforts to become President. After he was elected, every major sppech potentially doomed his ability to govern. Now every major speech will potentially doom his re-election. You would think at some point they would get crisis fatigue.

      CNN: 2016

      President Obama’s farewell speech potentially dooms his legacy

      President Obama’s Presidential Library dedication speech potentially dooms his library

      President Obama’s speech to Bo potentially dooms his fetch.

  37. 192 Mary
    January 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  38. 196 Mary
    January 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  39. January 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Romney’s Layabout America

    …I don’t think Romney has earned an actual paycheck since he left the governor’s corner office in Boston. He’s been a bum and a deadbeat since January 4, 2007. As for private sector work, other than some stuff he did for the Olympics (does that count?) he’s been a shiftless layabout since he left Bain Capital in 1999.

    And, yet, he somehow manages to pocket in excess of $20 million a year for doing absolutely nothing productive. He’s just a parasite on society who goes around the country badmouthing people with actual jobs, like the president.

    And the best part is that this freeloading loafer pays 15% on his “income” while hardworking people like Newt Gingrich pay 31%.

    So, what does this idling shirker have to teach us about job creation? In Romney’s America, do we all get to sit around doing nothing while checks roll in? Who will be left to fix our cars or replace the seawater pump impeller on our yachts…

  40. January 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    SOTU snacks made for this person by her mother… how cute:

  41. January 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I Got Your Panic, Right Here

    by BooMan

    …”The only spectacle in American politics more off-putting than Newt Gingrich in self-righteous defense mode is Mitt Romney in self-righteous attack mode.” – William Kristol, January 23rd, 2012…

  42. January 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Boners guest list are all big oil!

    Lol! Dies he know how that looks?

  43. January 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    ABL strikes again.

  44. 210 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Randi Rhodes just read this list on the air.

    THEY’RE HIRING

    From CNN Money

    ===============

    These 25 companies have at least 700 openings each, totaling more than 56,000 available jobs. What are they looking for? Here are excerpts from our conversations with their recruiters.

    ================

    http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/pf/jobs/1201/gallery.best-companies-hiring.fortune/

  45. January 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Ron Paul already thinks this…

  46. 212 CTGirl
    January 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I love this!

  47. 213 donna dem 4 obama
    January 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    🙂
    Romney’s New Anti-Newt ad

  48. 220 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  49. 222 nintendowii10
    January 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Boner: “Obama’s from another planet” 🙄

  50. 224 CEB
    January 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    He looks fired up and ready to go. I am too.

    My students have been briefed, given graphic organizers and advised to watch the speech on Whitehouse.gov. or C-span, or PBS. Looking forward to their ideas, analysis, and reactions. They are always much more interesting than the pundits.

  51. January 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    How stupid can the Romney campaign and candidate be to get tripped up by the same issue they had trouble with before? What’s that saying, those who don’t learn from the past are likely to repeat it…

    Tax Questions Tripped Up Romney’s Run For Governor

    It may be a touch of deja vu that Mitt Romney’s campaign is being weighed down by questions about his taxes. A similar issue tripped him up during his 2002 run for governor of Massachusetts….

  52. January 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Chips, I just had a large shipment of naughty mats and champagne delivered to you. I hope you can accommodate us. Thanks in advance.

    • 229 jacquelineoboomer
      January 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      🙂

    • January 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks Meta for being proactive. 🙂

      • January 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

        Double thanks Meta. I am sure we will have a need for the Naughty Mats afterwards. Our President is looking so good, and he has not even dressed for the SOTU tonight. I love how happy he looks.

        I am going around the house lighting my tea candles and set a calm mood because I am all ears for our wonderful President.

        Candles for all of the Guest sitting with the First Lady.

        One Stand with 3 candles burning all at the same time for the 3 branches of our government:

        The Executive Branch
        The Legislative Branch
        The Judicial Branch

        May our beautiful TOD Family and our Beloved Chipsticks be a beautiful Light for all of us in my Music Room on my Meditative/Prayer Table.

        May we lift up our collective energy tonight for our President and his Administration.

        (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS and Great Energy Going Out For President Obama))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  53. 232 pinkbunny
    January 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Loved this one!

  54. 234 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    OKay I generally don’t link to HuffyPuffy but Stein got a few excerpts of the speech. (Hint..meepmeep!) Just a sampling:

    // “….The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.”

    “As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.
    No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.”

    “Let’s never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same. It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.” //

  55. 244 jacquelineoboomer
    January 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Would anyone so inclined please think some good thoughts for my son – who went to a job interview this afternoon and has a call-back second interview on Friday? He deserves the best (true story)!

  56. 257 donna dem 4 obama
    January 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I honor of our singing President and to get us pumped up even more than we already are I think a moment of reflection at the CERB (Chips Emergencey Response Button) at 8:55 by ALL of TOD is in order.

    Just to get us completely FIRED UP and READY TO GO!

  57. January 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Sharp Swings in Political Popularity as the Wild Ride of 2012 Continues

    Unfavorable views of Mitt Romney have soared, doubts about Newt Gingrich remain widespread and Barack Obama has advanced to his highest personal popularity in more than a year — all in advance of the State of the Union address in which Obama makes his case for a second term.

    Fifty-three percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll express a favorable opinion of Obama overall, up by 5 points from last month to the most since April 2010. It can matter: Favorability is the most basic measure of a public figure’s popularity…..

  58. 262 dotster3
    January 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    AP’s latest account on Romney’s wealth/ taxes is pretty devastating:
    http://www.nwherald.com/2012/01/24/romneys-mountain-of-wealth-could-cast-loud-echo/anm0mg4/

  59. 264 Dudette
    January 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Torn between watching the SOTU at parents house or going to hang with local crowd to watch party at Ted’s Montana Grill. Decisions, decisions!

    • 265 hopefruit2
      January 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      You are suffering from what is known as a “happy headache!”

      Good luck my friend and enjoy the speech wherever you decide to watch it !!! 🙂 🙂

  60. January 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray offered an outstretched hand to Republicans on Tuesday in his first appearance before Congress since his controversial recess appointment.

    Appearing before the same House Oversight subcommittee where Elizabeth Warren, the architect of the bureau, got into a heated dispute with a Republican lawmaker, the soft-spoken Cordray tried to tamp down the simmering partisan conflict over his agency.

    “The people who work at the consumer bureau are always happy to discuss our work,” he told members. “I look forward to working closely with you.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/banking-financial-institutions/206243-consumer-bureau-chief-tries-charm-offensive-on-gop-critics

  61. 268 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    January 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    The President looks wonderful strolling along the Colonnade. I really don’t want him to ever leave the Whitehouse. Not even in 2016. I guess I’m just greedy huh?

    • 269 goldendreamer
      January 25, 2012 at 2:03 am

      You’re not the only one. Just like FDR, he needs four terms!

      Then again, I don’t think I want his hair to get any whiter…


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