197 Responses to ““an america built to last insists on responsibility from everybody””

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    January 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Fired Up

  2. January 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    What a striking graphic, Chips is this your handiwork. Beautiful. I just love hanging out with talented people.

  3. January 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    That’s a beautiful silhouette

  4. January 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    He is, as they say in sports, bringing it.

  5. January 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    PBO has a distinctively symmetrical head shape. It’s uncanny. Perfect profile. it is iconic. Back in the day when Jon Stewart was sane he used to say that PBO had the perfect head, tilt and gait to be placed on a coin. I still think his profile is monument-bound

    • 22 Pamela
      January 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Mt. Rushmore! Remember he always used to laugh and say his ears are too big, well, any stone carver worth their mettle can easily take care of that!

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Oh no doubt. Among other significant achievements Pres.Obama is the first African American POTUS – this world will make sure everyone knows this fact in anyway possible. Books, coins, statues, movies, buildings, etc. etc.

  6. 24 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm


    Thank you Chips – as WIW said, this is an excellent great graphic and so fitting to the occasion.

  7. 25 Janet Salahuddin
    January 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm


  8. 26 Janet Salahuddin
    January 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I’ve lurked every day since forever.

  9. January 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    *tap, tap*…. I’m waiting for the State of the Union address….. cooking some wings and things, making a salad, got some drinks and waiting on friends to come over so we can share the experience……*tap…tap*…is it 9:00 yet? (6:00 pst)…….FIRED UP, READY TO GO!!1

  10. January 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Oh yeah and we’ll be following TOD and Twitter for live feedback……………”are we there yet…is it 6:00 pm?”

  11. 35 Dudette
    January 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Meep, meep!!!

  12. 36 GGail
    January 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    By the time I received the email that a new thread had arrived, I clicked and 10 people had already posted.
    Being on the West Coast has it disadvantages 🙂

  13. January 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Oh. My. Gawd. Chips, that graphic is THE AWESOME. Wow-wow-wowie.

  14. 46 ChristiMTL
    January 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    In interview on CBS Evening News, Speaker Boehner fears Pres Obama will tonight offer “higher taxes, more spending, more regulation.”

    He hasn’t stop yapping all day for what I can see…..nervous much.

  15. January 24, 2012 at 6:48 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.”


  16. 54 Dudette
    January 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    New name for Willard: Mint RawMoney! Hahahaha!

    Got that from Norman Goldman on Progressive Talk Radio in Asheville (880 The Revolution).

  17. 57 LadyTNT
    January 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    So bummed that I’m going to be @work during the sotu, but I will be sneaking and reading your comments and hopefully when I get home video will be up. I can’t wait and WE CANT WAIT!

  18. January 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    This is gorgeous, Chip.

  19. 60 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm


    • 61 desertflower
      January 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Wonder if Romney thought that no one would find this out? dumb ass.

    • 64 FiredUpInCA
      January 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks for tweeting that truth Bobfr. The company website mentions the June 2008 closing too.


      From the article you linked to: “Nancy Spurlock, a company spokeswoman, said there are no plans to close National Gypsum’s other plant, in Apollo Beach, which employs 75. “The housing downturn has really given us a blow,” Spurlock said.”

      That housing downturn that happened on President Bush’s watch triggered drywall sales to go “down 60 percent industry-wide.” He wants to bring back the policies that closed that company.

      Mitt Romney is a chump.

    • 65 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you df and FiredUp.

      We are not giving any of these greedsters any where to hide.


      • 66 desertflower
        January 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

        Hi, Bob…I hope you saw my giant THANK YOU, over at the previous post….regarding the credit score issue. Big kisses/hugs…and I hope that you’ll be able to RT from time to time 🙂 It’s important to get that out there.

    • 67 57andFemale
      January 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Huh. I didn’t see this little bit of fact anywhere on the tee vee today. what a shocker………

  20. 68 pinkbunny
    January 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  21. 80 pinkbunny
    January 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      This is precisely what we’ve needed – to be taken back to the sheer possibility of facing that abyss and then remembering who so deftly and so quietly steered this ship aright in an inordinately terrible storm. I’m just GAH.

    • 84 FiredUpInCA
      January 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      This is a brilliant, beautiful, moving ad that looks like it was created by a supporter since it didn’t end with the official DNC logo, so it needs to be spread far and wide on Twitter and elsewhere so it can be seen.

      • 85 Pamela
        January 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        Burst out laughing at the several seconds of W doing his stunned mullet imitation. Oh wait, that wasn’t an imitation?

  22. 87 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Twitter is super-excited tonight.

  23. 88 yardarm756
    January 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    It’s almost time. Who’s televising on cable?

  24. 93 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Boner is probably crying on Nancy Pelosi’s shoulder as we speak.

  25. 95 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Hmm…seems like SwissMitt is in a state of utter frenzy right now!

  26. January 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I’m so fired up for this!

    Can’t wait to see brilliance at work.

  27. January 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I’m so FIRED UP, it’s illegal!

  28. 107 ChristiMTL
    January 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    realUS232 Rickey 2012 PAC
    wow. RT@ezraklein Excerpts from Gov.Mitch Daniels’ SOTU response: bit.ly/wr1o8D Says Obama’s policies are “pro-poverty””

  29. January 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    As many of you may remember, Built to Last was a best selling management book published in 1997 about visionary companies and a belief in their ability to succeed. It’s interesting that PBO resurrects the phrase in his SOTU.

  30. 113 desertflower
    January 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Not to be outdone….here’s “lovely” Newt!


    at the height of Gingrich’s power in Congress, one of his major speeches had to be edited to remove a racist characterization of Asians, Latinos, and black Americans:
    But before Gingrich could deliver his grand new theory of American civilization to the public in a 1993 speech, his deeply divisive racial stereotypes would need to be removed.
    “For poor minorities, entrepreneurship in small business is the key to future wealth,” Gingrich wrote by hand in a first draft. “This is understood thoroughly by most of the Asians, partially by Latinos, and to a tragically small degree by much of the American black community.” […]
    By the time a member of Gingrich’s staff typed up the notes and prepared the speech for delivery at the National Review Institute, the racial stereotypes were gone.

  31. January 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The President just sent out an email to his supporters. Look for it in your email.

  32. 115 Linda
    January 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    John Thune: ‘He’s going to talk about fairness, which is class warfare,”

    • 116 desertflower
      January 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Another “empty headed Ken doll” heard from. They need to get voted out. They need to FIND A JOB!

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm


    • January 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      What we’ve had for the past 30 years hasn’t been class warfare; warfare implies two sides each battling to achieve an objective. What we’ve had for the past 30 years has been a very small, very rich class of people pillaging the vast majority of their fellow citizens — more like a class version of ethnic cleansing. Class warfare? We can only hope.

    • 119 57andFemale
      January 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      It’s only ‘class warfare’ when they’re losing the perceptions game.

      and what if it is? They’ve been waging war on the poor and middle class for over 30 years.

  33. 120 desertflower
    January 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I may just have to see this movie.


    Today, Demián Bichir was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor In a Leading Role for his portrayal of undocumented day laborer Carlos Galindo in the film A Better Life. Demián immediately dedicated his nomination to the undocumented. As he told me when we spoke recently, “I played a role that 11 million people play in real life. They don’t get the attention I do, but they deserve our respect and a chance at a better life.”

  34. 121 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    The desperadoes are out again:

  35. 124 collegekay
    January 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Wow Dick Halperin just said Mittens is in a tough spot and it’s looking good for the Obama campaign. 😯

  36. 133 57andFemale
    January 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Here’s what I “expect” since that is what has filled the airwaves today on Pundit TV: I “expect” my beloved President to look and sound authentic, to convey what is in his heart about his vision for America. I “expect” that authenticity to stand in stark contrast to the mendacity and phony posturing of his opponents. I “expect” that he won’t need faux outrage, but a hand stretched forward into the future that Americans can grab hold of.

  37. 134 Linda
    January 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    He ” should” say

    He ” better” say

    He ” needs to ” say

    He ” has to ” say

    Signed Coward Fineman……..( his ” sources ” told him )

  38. 136 halo
    January 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm


  39. 139 jacquelineoboomer
    January 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    My favorite intro line tonight will be when the Sergeant at Arms of the House says, “Mister Speaker, the President of the United States” …

    and the President he’s introducing is our very own PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!

    Actually, my favorite line was when he said, “Madam Speaker … ” – but we’ll get Speaker-for-Life Pelosi back, soon!

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      I’m so with you!!

      I’m also hoping that Gabby Giffords is on the aisle and has a warm hug from POTUS. I know her husband will be sitting with FLOTUS, who will be BEAMING in every way.

  40. 141 desertflower
    January 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I know it’s early…but this is looking GOOD! http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/4642

    Poll: Democrats By Eleven On Generic Congressional Ballot
    A new poll conducted by United Technologies for the National Journal shows a double digit lead for Democrats on the generic congressional ballot test, which asks voters which party they would like to control Congress. Democrats are the choice of 48 percent, while Republicans get 37 percent of voters. It’s a large gap for Democrats compared their scores over the last few months — Dems have lead in various polls, but only by a few points, as its mostly been an even race.

  41. 143 GGail
    January 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I just received this and had to share it with you all !!!!!

    GGail —

    I’m heading to Capitol Hill soon to deliver my third State of the Union address.

    Before I go, I want to say thanks for everything you’re doing.

    Tonight, we set the tone for the year ahead. I’m going to lay out in concrete terms the path we need to take as a country if we want an economy that works for everyone and rewards hard work and responsibility.

    Those are values that brought millions of people into this movement, and they remain the core values that unite us and shape our agenda for 2012 and beyond.

    But I wouldn’t be able to speak to them without your continued support. I’m glad to know you’ll be standing with me up there.

    Thanks, and I hope you can tune in tonight.


    • January 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Something just struck me for the first time. The emails from the President are always signed “Barack.” I wonder how many emails GWB sent out with just “George” at the bottom. But don’t forget, GWB was able to connect with the common American and BHO is too arrogant.

    • 145 Ceb
      January 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Mine just beeped in. Even though I know that millions get these emails, cards, notes etc. from Barack and Michelle, I still feel included and special. The Christmas cards are still on my display case and I have saved all of the emails.

  42. 147 desertflower
    January 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Right beside you, Mr. President. Right beside you all the way.

  43. January 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Democratic National Committee executive director Patrick Gaspard today called Mitt Romney’s tax return release ”limited” and “insufficient” — insisting his party will be unrelenting in its criticism as long as the former governor remains a presidential candidate.
    Gaspard — a political strategist leading the onslaught of Democratic attacks on Romney in coordination with President Obama’s re-election campaign — told reporters on a conference call that producing only one year of returns leaves Americans unable to evaluate whether Romney has “financial conflicts that could cloud his judgment.”


  44. 149 desertflower
    January 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm


    In other words, come Election Day 2012, if things are improving, or if the public perceives things to be improving, the president is likely to be re-elected. Fairly or unfairly, the political science literature shows that voters don’t seem to hold a president’s economic performance earlier in his term against him. As long as things are getting better, even if they’re still overall quite bad, voters tend to support re-election.


    Of course, confidence numbers, and more importantly economic growth, have rallied before during the Obama presidency only to sag again. But today’s numbers are a reminder that while it’s far too late for a great four-year economic performance (regardless of whose fault that might be), there’s still time for the economy to make Obama’s re-election a lot easier than most people think it will be.

  45. 150 xtine
    January 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I thank you brave souls who actually watch these Recyclables — they simply recyle each others garbage onto our teevees! Ooops, my recyle bin just got mad at me: how dare I call them Recyclables! Back to me calling them … OK, I’ll be nice … *!@$# Species!

    55 minutes to SOTU!

  46. January 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Dude, I’m nervous.


    • 152 xtine
      January 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Hey there, BWD, no worries! We’re Super Class now — forget First Class! In South Africa, during Apartheid, there was this expression: “Don’t worry, tomorrow we’ll be First Class.” 🙂

    • 153 dotster3
      January 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      I’m not nervous about President Obama and his speech. He always rises to the occasion—–every time. I just don’t want some “You lie” type goofball to try to disrupt his speech.

    • 155 halo
      January 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm


    • 156 57andFemale
      January 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      You and I are always nervous………

    • 158 yardarm756
      January 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Before we get too depressed about the state of our politics, let’s remember our history. The great debates of the past, all stirred great passions. They all made somebody angry, and at least once led to a terrible war. What is amazing, is that despite all the conflict, our experiment in democracy has worked better than any form of government on earth.
      President Barack Obama, University of Michigan Commencement, 2010

    • 159 xtine
      January 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Just noticed your smiley! Nervous-not! 🙂

    • January 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      BWD, I sympathize. We so much want everything to be right for PBO that we get a little anxious, although it’s probably like Meryl Streep’s husband getting anxious before his wife’s performances. PBO is a master at this, but we are so attuned to him, we imagine his butterflies and want to make it all better. I used to watch Clinton’s SOTUs and honestly didn’t care how he did. But now it’s like a family member going on national tv.

  47. January 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Chips, I have saved your art and it will be my home page. thank you for all that you do.
    Tonight will be great, we have your back Mr. President. The contrast between tonight and the GOP debates will tell Americans the real story.

  48. January 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    • 163 Ceb
      January 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      I will never forgive that ass hole. His action is the worst of a long line of insulting and outrageous slights against the president. PBO brushes it off and presses on in bringing a transformation that is ushering in a new golden age. This fool will only be an obscure footnote in history.

      • 164 57andFemale
        January 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        He never should have won this district here in Illinois. If Melissa Bean hadn’t run from being a democrat and stood up and defended the Democratic agenda, his worthless ass wouldnt be in Congress.

  49. 165 desertflower
    January 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Well. This is all you need to know about this. (from Steve Benen)

    The inconsistencies of libertarian lawmakers: “Outraged over being detained by the TSA when he refused a pat-down after setting off an airport scanner, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Monday night that even though he doesn’t want ‘special treatment,’ TSA pat-downs need to be less random, targeting people such as ‘Middle Eastern students.’”

  50. 166 desertflower
    January 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    More from Benen: When he was being considered for John McCain’s 2008 ticket, Mitt Romney turned over 23 years of tax returns. If McCain can see 23 years of returns, why can American voters only see two?

    Going to miss him.

    • 167 57andFemale
      January 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      He says he’ll still be blogging but from a different address.

      But can be be as responsive as he’s been with a new gig as Rachel’s producer ? I doubt it…….

  51. January 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Not sure if this is part of the SOTU, but one thing Joe said today on ccall that stuck: “Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive”

  52. January 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    K folks I’m staying right here on the couch with you all except I gotta go pop me some popcorn with plenty of butter!

  53. 176 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    • 177 Sue in Minnesota
      January 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Mark you asswipe….always reinventing the “rules of the game” for this President. Gee…wonder why?

  54. January 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Newt might want to rethink his “Food Stamp President” attack.

    Newton Leroy Gingrich’s dog whistley “food stamp president” talk, appealing to the lowest of the low (his kind of crowd, apparently), may not have been the wisest idea, no matter how puffed up all that rabid applause made him feel when he pushed such a despicable, and erroneous, message.

    Take 59-year-old, blonde, blue-eyed, mother of grown kids, undecided voter, Floridian Susie, for example. She lost her house, her business and her marriage, and had this to say:

    “I am a Republican and a conservative … and I had to swallow my pride today and come in and apply for benefits for the first time because I’m losing weight,” Susie said.

    Can you spell B-A-C-K-F-I-R-E? I have a feeling she doesn’t appreciate being belittled by Candidate Newton. Just a wild guess.

    Story here: http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/01/24/all-that-newt-gingrich-food-stamp-president-talk-could-very-well-backfire/

    • 179 Cathy from MN
      January 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      It can happen to any one of us; I never understand why people are unwilling to realize that it takes very few events to put each one of us in that position.

      • January 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        And of course, the dog whistle aspect is really galling when statistics show that a plurality of food stamp recipients are white. But, then again, they’re suffering economically, so to people like Newt and Mitt they may as well be black.

  55. 181 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    The videos playing at whtiehouse.gov are terrific. I’m having a problem with the enhanced version. The screen freezes.

  56. January 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Present and accounted for. Beautiful, iconic graphic, Chips….brilliant work!

    Can’t wait to see what FLOTUS is wearing. 😀

  57. 183 donna dem 4 obama
    January 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Mr. President successful people do what unsuccessful people don’t dare. Show them how its done tonight. May the public’s ears, hearts and minds be open to your truth-telling and may we as a Nation all be better for it.

    Knock it out of the park Sir!

    Lighting a candle for you and this country:


  58. January 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Roll call!

    I’M IN from San Francisco!

  59. January 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    so josh marshall made a gr8 point on twitter. that romney campaign thought by releasing the tax forms today that they’d get buried in the SOTU coverage but…not knowing POTUS would be discussing fair tax and equality, and the Buffett Rule…by releasing the taxes today, Romney just became the poster child for the Buffet Rule…

    • 188 57andFemale
      January 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      What kind of idiots didn’t know that income and tax inequality has been a theme of the Democrats?

      Who are these idiots who think they can run the country?

  60. 189 xtine
    January 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Just hit the CERB button. All’s good w/ my world. Now I’m ready for SOTU!

  61. January 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    PBO will address the mortgage crisis in a significant way.

  62. January 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack has been chosen to sit out the SOTU to preserve Presidential line of succession.

  63. 192 desertflower
    January 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    No words other than VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congressman Doug Lamborn.


    Even if some people say, ‘Well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that,’ they will hold the President responsible. Now, I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get it, you’re stuck, and you’re a part of the problem now and you can’t get away. I don’t want that to happen to us, but if it does or not, he’ll still get, properly so, the blame because his policies for four years will have failed the American people.

    • 193 desertflower
      January 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      And by the way, that was a quote from him. I’m getting ready to watch my amazing President in a few minutes. All is right with the world.

  64. 194 vero804
    January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Nervous! Always feel anxious before our president’s big speech!!!!

  65. 195 #1 obama fan
    January 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm


  66. January 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Good Evening Everyone !!!!!!!!!!! Fired Up!!!!!

  67. 197 Pamela
    January 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Let’s money bomb PBO through TOD right after the speech, after all, they understand the language of money! Votives alight all over the house, sandalwood incense keeping the vibrations in neutral… Fired up, I am ready to go! Have fun everyone, see you back here in a little while!

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