afternoon all

A Journey of Courage


President Barack Obama walks to Marine One at the White House en route to Andrews Air Base and, from there, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jan. 25

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, President Barack Obama’s political strategist David Plouffe and Obama’s chief speechwriter Jon Favreau step off Marine One as they follow Obama (L) to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force


Democracycorps: Dial testing and follow-up focus groups with 50 swing voters in Denver, Colorado show that President Obama’s populist defense of the middle class and their priorities in his State of the Union scored with voters.

The President generated strong responses on energy, education and foreign policy, but most important, he made impressive gains on a range of economic measures. These swing voters, even the Republicans, responded enthusiastically to his call for a “Buffet Rule” that would require the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

…. These dial focus groups make it very clear that defending further tax cuts for those at the top of the economic spectrum puts Republicans in Congress and on the Presidential campaign trail well outside of the American mainstream.

More here


The Week

USA Today: After rounds of plant closures as the economy headed into recession – and some automakers headed into bankruptcy court – a resurgent auto industry is helping lead the way out with a hiring surge of an estimated 60,000 jobs this year.

…. Total jobs at all U.S. auto plants and parts factories will rise 10% to about 650,000 this year and hit 756,800 by 2015. That’s up from about 550,000 in the depths of the recent recession, but still well below more than a million a decade ago.

More here


White House


First Lady Michelle Obama joins the lunch line at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia January 25. The First Lady made the visit to speak about the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches

(Rachael Ray in the background)


Thanks Meta


An early heads-up:

12:20: Arrives in Cedar Rapids

12:40: Tours Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing

12:55: Delivers remarks

2:30: Departs Cedar Rapids en route to Phoenix, Ariz

5:35: Arrives in Phoenix

6:30: Delivers remarks at Intel Ocotillo Campus

8:35: Departs Phoenix, Ariz. en route to Las Vegas, Nevada

9:30: Arrives in Las Vegas


214 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. January 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    just discovered TOD. thanks for doing being such a positive force for my mental health!

  2. 17 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Nice tie, Mr. President!

    • 18 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Day Chips! Good Day TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

      Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

      “One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the mission to get bin Laden. On it are each of their names. Some may be Democrats. Some may be Republicans. But that doesn’t matter. Just like it didn’t matter that day in the Situation Room, when I sat next to Bob Gates — a man who was George Bush’s defense secretary — and Hillary Clinton — a woman who ran against me for president.

      All that mattered that day was the mission. . . the mission only succeeded because every member of that unit trusted each other — because you can’t charge up those stairs, into darkness and danger, unless you know that there’s somebody behind you, watching your back.

      So it is with America. Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those 50 stars and those 13 stripes. No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we are joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, and our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong.”

      –from Remarks by the President in State of Union Address, United States Capitol, Washington, DC, January 24, 2012

      Have a great afternoon, everyone! 😛

      • 19 CindyH
        January 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        Agreed – when he spoke that part of the speech, I knew he was hitting home runs – plural, because he knocked several out of the park last night!

      • 21 utaustinliberal
        January 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        Love love love VP Biden. Loved how he was smiling and chatting with Speaker Boehner last night because though he might smile with repubs; he’s looking forward to crushing them.

  3. January 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Priorities USA blog- this article is a report on swing voters response to the SOTU-


    Btw- bill Burton is on Alex Ragner show.

    • 28 FiredUpInCA
      January 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks for this Jovie. From the link:

      “The speech scored well overall with independents, and at several points their mean rating for the speech broke the 70-point mark (on a scale of zero to 100)¾an indicator of significant success.”

      Elections are won or lost based on how many indies you persuade, so this is good news.

  4. 30 AJ
    January 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Poking my head up from huge work project to be third…or prolly fourth by the time I hit send…

    Miss you all…will be back in a few weeks…. xox..

  5. January 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    MoveOn is supposed to get me access to seeing the POTUS tomorrow morning. Please send prayers that this becomes a reality!!! 🙂

  6. January 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Oh, my. Another stellar thread. Chips, Chips, Chips. I know there must be 3 of you.

    Will you just look at that chart about the swing voters? OMG!!

    And seriously?

    {{{{All the Handsome President’s Men. Sigh.}}}}

  7. January 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Now, Santorum is releasing his taxes.


  8. 39 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Now that chart about swing voters is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. It’s just as yummy as the three hot hot hot! men alighting from the copter. Plouffe, Favreau, and Carney! 😉 Hotness alert!

  9. January 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    you rock, Chips. thank you 🙂

  10. January 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Chips, Honey, you do realize that a parent generally waits for the runt in the litter when they are out on a walk together? I was almost caught up when you spurted off again!

    Anyways, for the record, I do appreciate the pics and video, and links, and company, even while decrying the race. 😉 😉

  11. 46 dotster3
    January 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Live stream of Obama’s Ia. visit–he’s arriving now

  12. January 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Byron Tau is at it again. A whole Article on the reading level of the SOTU speech. He nabs it at an 8th grade level.

    What exactly is he implying?

    • January 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Happiness that PBO shared a speech that Byron could read?

      • January 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        Lol! Mr Tau is silly!

        • January 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm

          He’s a seriously nasty piece of work, even the vile Julie Nelson, his predecessor, tended to avoid linking to right wing hate sites like Drudge – this guy is a contemptible piece of shit.

          • January 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

            Yup. Wonder who he thinks his audience is?

          • January 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

            I’ve been following him on Twitter since you highlighted his existence to us last month, but I honestly don’t think any pushback on him will do any good. He’s just vile. He spends his entire day making stuff up, and spreading vicious lies. I think I have to unfollow him – I get high blood pressure every time I see a tweet from him, and I spend a good two minutes fuming, wondering whether to respond. I never do, because it seems futile. I’ll leave him to those of you with stronger nerves. 😦

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      January 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Years ago, newspapers used to gear their writing for people who read at the sixth-grade level.

      This is so funny, really. When these dogs can’t find anything wrong with the message, they assess the reading level of the words. So desperate.


      • 55 L3
        January 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        He obviously never went to Journalism school because if my memory serves me correctly you are right. 6th – 8th grade is probably about right for obvious reasons. This is a diverse country of over 300 million people who have varying degrees of education and there are some with no education, or may speak litttle to no English. So he is an ignorant fool for pointing out something that I am sure was a deliberate attempt to reach as many people as possible whatever their level of education or language ability.

  13. January 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Hey is anyone else at TOD getting personal requests from Karl Rove, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich et al to follow you on Twitter? It’s crazy! I think they’re mad at me. I’ve done several articles at Chirpstory.com as of late to call them out. Check out this really HILARIOUS piece on last night’s SOTU address. I think they’re gonna be ever madder. 😛 😛 😛


  14. January 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    DWS tearful good-bye to Gabby. (Get our you handkerchiefs before you click.)


    • 67 Dudette
      January 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Omg, why did I click on that link while I’m at work? Now I’m just blubbering with bloodshot eyes. That was the sweetest thing. Such love.

  15. 68 JER
    January 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    LIVE COVERAGE » President Obama in Cedar Rapids watch now : http://www.kcrg.com/streaming

  16. 69 overseasgranny
    January 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Can we pretty please have a sanity test for Republicans in government or thinking about running? I can’t explain things like this to the people over here:

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A Republican state senator from Oklahoma City introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite conceding that he’s unaware of any company using such a practice. [Or even thinking about it]


    Just saying it is Oklahoma doesn’t explain it.

    • January 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      That fact that he is introducing the bill will make people think it is being done, even though it isn’t. Trying to get that fundie base energized. Don’t think it will work this year.

  17. 71 halo
    January 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm


  18. January 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Some notes from the ccall with VP Biden and Sec Salazar yesterday afternoon:

    The major goal for POTUS and VPOTUS: Restoring the bargain with middle class
    good news: their proposals are beginning to bear fruit
    creating jobs every month
    resurrecting manufacturing – “Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive”

    PBO will talk about most exciting proposals, but there are more
    changing the tax code to correct economic inequality
    new budget will include new infrastructure ideas – Project Rebuild to stabilize neighborhoods that have faced a lot of foreclosures
    will insist that banks re-finance homes for 14M people who are current on their payments. Money will come from a pool of fees from banks
    There will be a continued focus on insourcing
    PBO will ask schools to raise standards on how long students have to stay in school -> 18 yrs old. This is important for all communities to excel.
    Must continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform
    There is going to be a major push on energy production

    The bottom line is PBO’s values and aspirations will be reflected in his speech and in his agenda
    VP and the cabinet will focus on the pillars in the speech in the coming weeks, laying out all initiatives in concert
    Major initiative: The Blueprint for Latino Heritage will be ready in June
    In the year ahead, Dept of Interior will be designating historic sites in recognition of major contributions of Latinos to American life. This began last September when he announced that Cesar E. Chavez’s California retreat has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.


    The most striking thing for me was the passion, force and admiration with which they spoke about POTUS and their ambitious goals for the coming year. I’m so proud and happy that we have them there for us.

    • January 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I love that they’re ignoring those naysayers that think this is a lost year, and that nothing will be done. They still plan to rack up more successes – they take their jobs seriously. We can’t write off a whole year, just because the GOP and their media lackeys think it’s all about politics and that people who need help don’t matter.

  19. 75 dotster3
    January 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Secret Service has to be in tip top shape to stay with President Obama. He just broke into an all out run from AF1 over to the awaiting cheering crowd at the Cedar Rapids airport.

  20. January 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Is the media going to blackout the Presidents trip.

    I am taking all bets?

  21. 77 dotster3
    January 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    People lined up waving as PBO motorcade passes Nordstrom’s in Cedar Rapids. Report from manuf. plant saying employees brought their wives and kids who are excited about seeing the president. Many local Dems in attendance also.

  22. January 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    This might be interesting if they are focused:


    Blue State Digital will be there. They’re the ones who essentially built PBO’s website in 2007-08. Macon Phillips led that effort then and he’s in the WH now.

  23. January 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    He just came on msnbc!

  24. 85 Little Lulu
    January 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    PBO never ceases to amaze me. In the midst of writing and preparing for this major address to the entire world, he orders Navy SEALS to rescue two hostages from Somali pirates and they pull it off without a hitch! AND he SINGS BEAUTIFULLY! Damn. This man is simply tremendous on every level. He’s just a superior human being.

    Are my husband and I the only ones who noticed some wide shots of PBO at the podium last night with streams of light, like a sign from above, that poured down directly on him? It was a powerful visual. Wonder how that happened? LOL!!! Anyway, all divine references aside, we are all so incredibly lucky to have this man leading our country right now. So incredibly lucky.

    May the Obamas live long, healthy, happy, fulfilling and wonderful lives!!! I LOVE PBO!!!!!

    • January 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      I noticed the lights streaming down upon him also, umm 🙂

      • 87 HZ
        January 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        When we all are sending up beautiful prayers, meditative thoughts about the goodness of our beloved gift in our POB, we will always see this beautiful and gracious energy back from those of us in this universe who want goodnes,, compassion, a loving caring spirit of a man that we have in our President. We watch in amazement as he travels this journey with us, and thus we see the many blessings that are being received back to us.

        Prayers are constantly going up with all of our great positive energy going out for him daily.The divine flowing down for us to see. is so special indeed. We are a people here who walk in such beauty of giving, helping, caring, and showing the human compassion that is so special and is directed from our POB to each of us daily to carry our such love and compassion. He is a great leader.

        I saw so many wonderful things happening last evening, and I feel those beautiful things we saw in our nation last night came from all of the beautiful thoughts sent his way, and all of the positive support that Chips allows us to put out within our beautiful TOD family in words, intelligent discussions, and a well of knowledge that is shared so unselfishly daily on this site. So, our support of our POB is amazing.

        We see the fruits of our beautiful labor. When I see him happy, running up those stairs, our FLOTUS smiling, our VP Joe seriously taking in all of that speech last night, I open up my grateful spirit to be around all of the beautiful spirits that connect daily here with us and with our beautiful leader, Ms. Chips.

        Thanks so much, Chips for making this place possible for all of us to cherish, enjoy, have fun, and respect each other and totally respect and support our POB. We love you Chips.HZ

        • 88 Little Lulu
          January 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm

          Beautiful, but one correction. It’s PBO, for President Barack Obama. POB would have to be interpreted as President Obama, Barack, which is not correct.

          PBO. As in PBO ROCKS!!!

          Peace and love to you!

    • January 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      I saw that – it was amazing.

  25. January 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Oh they conveniently lost the feed the moment Andrea kitchens show came on.

    I dont buy it!

  26. January 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins the lunch line at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia January 25. The First Lady made the visit to speak about the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches

  27. 103 AnitaW
    January 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I’m not trying to be a DebbieDowner, but isn’t Built to Last from one of the automakers? Ford Tough-Built to Last or something like that?

    • January 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      I’m half guessing they chose the slogan with that in mind – look at the success of the auto industry! And that goes hand in hand with the Obama administration. Perfect?

      • 105 AnitaW
        January 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        It works and it’s catchy so hopefully it will catch on. Also, it’s easy to say and they need something different from “yes we can” that was very 2008.

    • January 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      There’s also a famous business book from about 15 years ago called “Built to Last” that talked about the qualities it takes for a company to endure. That might be where they were going.

    • 107 Mary
      January 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      “Built Ford Tough” and I’m sure that was on purpose.

  28. 108 Pamela
    January 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    PBO. Seattle. February 17th! VaHoo! 🙂

    • January 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      FLOTUS in Los Angeles for a high dollar fundraiser lunch on February 1st.

      • January 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        The campaign is starting.

      • January 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

        Yea, she is coming to our beautiful coast. Love it. She looks great. Some loving going on somewhere. Both had a great smile on today and looking good and glowing. Just taking notes. Both are looking just beautiful and handsome today. That is how we love to see them.

        Can’t even see anyone coming close to what we have to enjoy daily in the White House. We are keeping them for sure in 2012. Let us make it happen with all of our might.

        Have a beautiful day, my Chips and TOD Family. Oh, a beautiful hello to Fred , Mom, and Sue and MTMarilyn. Desertflower, keep trusting. The entire house was lit up with candles last evening for all of my TOD Family. Got to go out today and stock up more. I love you all so very much.HZ

      • 113 anniebella
        January 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        meta, remember FLOTUS suppose to be on Jay Leno January 31st. I know Jay will ask her about POTUS singing at the Apollo. Can’t wait.

    • 114 Pamela
      January 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      That is what I’m hearing on KIRO news. He will hold a non-private, official event, but that was all the scoop they had to offer

  29. January 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Cspan has got him on!

  30. January 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  31. 127 Linda
    January 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Castro: Republican Race Is Competition Of Idiocy And Ignorance

    This is Fidel Castro saying this.

  32. January 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I like his stump speech. It’s good!

  33. 136 Ladyhawke
    January 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm


    This speech is amazing. President Obama is making it plain. Building on the SOTU. Government has a role to play. The audience is totally with him.

    • 137 dotster3
      January 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      I thought this was so great by PBO again. He spoke off the cuff, from the heart—–with sense and sensibility. I don’t see how anyone could walk away from there and not be totally swayed. Just laughed at a girl in the crowd waiting to shake his hand and she turned around and gave an “OH MY GOD!” look to her friend. President is chatting and being charming with the crowd, signing autographs, taking time with everyone. He’s a gem. The gemmiest of gems!

      • 138 Ladyhawke
        January 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        He is a remarkable man. I like to say he’s just good inside. It’s not possible for me to love him any more than I do.

        I agree, how could anyone not be moved by what he is saying? He’s not proposing anything radical or unreasonable. He’s a pragmatist. He just makes sense. He’s always on the right side of the issues. That’s why he continues to make the Republicans sound like babbling idiots.

        • January 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm

          Yes, dotster3 and Ladyhawke, everytime he shows that million dollar smile ,and we see all of the beautiful things in our POTUS, I think of the remarks he made in an interview. ” Everything that is good about me, I owe to my mother. You see her in me.” And you can see the full emotional gratitude and respect to her. So I choke up when I see his smile and his beautiful interactions with others.

          Last night when he embraced Gabby and they did their beautiful hug and swaying together that just made the tears flow and the smile reach down deeply in my soul, saying, “Oh, I wish his mother could be sitting there tonight to see him.”

          He is the most gentle and graceful President in my lifetime. No President will has ever put a smile like POB’s on us. Not in my lifetime,and I have seen many. We are so blessed to have POB!HZ

          • 140 JoJothecat
            January 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm

            I recall in the book, “A Singular Woman”, the author wrote PBO’s mother described him as growing up to be like Ghandi or the President of the United States….she was right….he grew up to be BOTH!

  34. January 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Every time I hear that flute, I giggle.

  35. 143 itgurl_29
    January 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I love Rachael Ray. She’s a total Obot!

    • January 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      I love Rachel Ray as well and FLOTUS looks gorgeous. President Obama is positively wonderful, so glad the campaign is starting even though I know I’ll certified crazy by the end..lol Thanks for all the pics and updates Ms. Chipsticks

  36. January 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    WASHINGTON–President Obama is announcing in his State of the Union address that he will use his executive power to create two massive new green energy projects.
    Obama will order the Defense Department to make the biggest renewable energy purchase in the history of the nation–one gigawatt.
    He will also order his administration to build solar and wind energy areas on public lands for 10 gigawatts of projects by the end of 2012.

    Lynn Sweet-

  37. January 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Earlier this week, White House officials announced President Barack Obama’s plans to speak at the University of Michigan on Friday to address rising college costs, according to a past State News article.

    The cost of college has been a hot-button issue at MSU, and Obama’s speech might provide some insight into his plans to address the increasing costs.

    Since the 6.9 percent tuition increase between the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years, MSU decreased in value in a report from Kiplinger, highlighting the impact of increasing cost of tuition.
    In a previous article in The State News, Associate Director of the Office of Financial Aid Val Meyers said 35,758 students received some form of financial aid in the 2010-11 academic year.
    U-M increased in-state tuition by 6.7 percent and increased out-of-state tuition by 4.9 percent, according to an article in The Michigan Daily.

    U-M President Mary Sue Coleman said in a statement to The Michigan Daily she is excited to welcome Obama to campus.

    “As a public research university, we share his commitment to a strong future for our state and our nation,” Coleman said.
    Prior to Obama’s announcement to visit U-M, MSU’s College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine committed to Michelle Obama’s national Joining Forces campaign when they met with other university medical leaders in Richmond, Va., according to a past State News article.


  38. January 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    ARG just posted a new poll for Florida and puts Robney way ahead.

    • January 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Quinnipiac has a new poll out showing Romney ahead by 2. But, well, I’ll let TPM handle the explanation:

      Quinnipiac has a poll out of Florida this morning which has Mitt Romney up by 2 points. But the internals are key. The poll straddles the South Carolina primary: three days (254 interviews) before and two days (347 interviews) after the results. Before the primary Romney was up by 11 points; after Newt was up by 6 points. So we still have the same basic picture of Newt making dramatic gains in the wake of the Saturday’s results.

      ARG may be an outlier. All other polling shows Newt slashing into Romney’s numbers.

      Story here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/01/that_q_poll.php?ref=fpblg

      • 161 FiredUpInCA
        January 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        “Thank you, New Hampshire! Tonight, we made history!”

        Mitt Romney, January 10, 2012

        Fifteen days later his inevitability has become history and if he’s doesn’t come up with a game changer so will his candidacy.

        The State of the Union address, that resonated with independents with its call for tax fairness, was a complete repudiation of all things Romney. Mitt needs a major unforced error from Newt or a miracle.

        • January 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

          It’s telling that Romney didn’t bother to research his opponent, President Obama. He doesn’t seem to know anything about President Obama’s massive accomplishments, his appeal, his character or his strategy. He just thought he could win because he was white, had the Establishment behind him and because it was “his turn”. He even felt comfortable in the racism and stupidity of Republican (and other) voters that he could tell blatant lies, flip and flop, and not even make an effort to be engaging or transparent. He fell for the FOX News hype.

          I might have brought this up before: I’ve been wondering whether Romney is just a pathological liar, or whether he really believes this stuff. The fact that his Stepford wife asked him to run for President to “save the country” makes me think that there’s a psychological pattern in their thinking that makes them actually believe the nonsense their campaigning on.

          I detest them, and I’m trying to find a way not to do that – and I think the only way is to believe that they really believe what they’re saying. There’s just no other explanation – people can’t be that clueless, that entitled and that good at lying and deception. It’s just not possible.

          • 163 FiredUpInCA
            January 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

            “I detest them, and I’m trying to find a way not to do that.”

            As Flip Wilson used to say, ‘don’t fight the feeling.’

            I fought it too and I sincerely want to agree to disagree with his policies, but Mitt Romney, even after his lies have been disproved continues to repeat the lies. This is a complaint that fellow Republicans, most notably John McCain and Mike Huckabee, had about him back in 2008. So it’s clearly a pattern.

            What particularly ticks me off about Mitt Romney is the veil of high morals that he cloaks himself in while he pathologically lies. So yeah, I detest him to his core.

            There isn’t a dime of difference between Newt calling the President a Food Stamp President and Romney claiming President Obama wants to turn the country into a European entitlement society.

            Newt is a complete craven cynical a-hole, while Romney is the same but feigns fairness and piety.

    • 164 LOL
      January 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      ARG’s poll last week had Romney ahead..but not as much Newt gained about 7-9 pts. The real poll will come at 4 from TIME/CNN.

  39. January 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    In a sign that Arizona will be heavily contested by Democrats in this year’s elections, President Obama plans to include a Wednesday stop in Chandler during a post-State of the Union barnstorming trip this week.

    Obama will deliver remarks at an Intel plant in the Phoenix suburb late Wednesday afternoon.

    Other stops will include Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the same day, and Las Vegas and Denver next Thursday. Obama will visit Detroit on Friday, the White House said.

    Although the main election battlegrounds are likely to remain Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Democrats are eyeing several western states, including Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, for potential electoral gains as Hispanic voters grow in importance. Republicans plan to press the president’s party in economically stressed states like Michigan.


  40. 167 pinkbunny
    January 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Freaking hilarious!

  41. 169 Linda
    January 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Fox’s South Carolina “Dead Voters” Story Collapses

    On January 11, state Department of Motor Vehicles director Kevin Schwedo testified before the state legislature that his analysts had compared state Election Commission records with data from the Department of Vital Statistics and the Social Security Administration and found 957 people who could have voted after they had died. He subsequently turned the data over to law enforcement.

    But the Columbia Free-Times’ Corey Hutchins reports that the Election Commission has examined six names from the list — the only six names Wilson’s office had turned over. At a hearing this morning, the agency revealed that none of those cases involved a ballot actually being cast in a deceased person’s name:

    In a news release election agency spokesman Chris Whitmire handed out prior to the hearing, the agency disputed the claim that dead people had voted. One allegedly dead voter on the DMV’s list cast an absentee ballot before dying; another was the result of a poll worker mistakenly marking the voter as his deceased father; two were clerical errors resulting from stray marks on voter registration lists detected by a scanner; two others resulted from poll managers incorrectly marking the name of the voter in question instead of the voter above or below on the list.

    The attorney general’s office had only given the State Election Commission six names off its list of 957 names to examine. The agency found every one of them to be alive and otherwise eligible to vote, except for the one who had voted before dying.


  42. 172 CTGirl
    January 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Last night I said give Sully 2 days, well it took him less than 1 day:

    • 173 utaustinliberal
      January 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Aiye Karamba! Sully is on crack!

      • January 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Or something. Whatever, glad he came around.

      • 175 Ladyhawke
        January 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        I was annoyed at him for making the snarky comment about needing caffeine for the speech after he was briefed on it. What was that all about?? It just seemed totally unnecessary to me to make such a statement before hearing the speech itself. How you can write the article about President Obama and the long view in Newsweek and articulate those ideas in an interview with Tweety and then go off the rails (essentially doing what he accused others of doing in his article) about the speech is a mystery to me. He’s a puzzle.

    • 176 Bill
      January 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I am not defending Sullivan, but very few commentators will admit they were wrong after a nights sleep..

      • 177 SAB
        January 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        Andrew is always contradicting himself, changing his mind, etc. He lost credibility with me long ago. I do believe he does truly support and believe in the president, but he is just too inconsistent for me. I don;t think he can reconcile his conservative values with Pres Obama’s liberal leanings. Plus, he made me kind of queasy with his whole unnatural obsession with Sarah Palin. That really made him look bad in my opinion. I mean, I am no fan of Palin, but he is supposed to be a jouranalist dealing in facts, not speculation, innuendo, etc.

      • 178 lovingandlaughing
        January 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        true bill.

    • January 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Good grief. I’ll never take this guy seriously again, he has absolutely no convictions as a commentator. He wrote what he wrote last night, then obviously read a bunch of postive pieces this morning, so he half changed his mind. Credibility gone. Bye, bye Andrew.

      • January 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        I’m acutely reminded why I stopped reading him a couple of years ago. These guys are nuts, really. So needy for attention.

      • January 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        Actually,Chips, last night Sullivan is getting innudated with tons of negative emails, including 3 from myself. I know he listens to emails because he has emailed me back on occasion. His readers are his bread and butter, I think that’s the big reason for the backtrack.

        • January 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

          Good to hear he responds to feedback Edwina. I just think his ‘turnaround’ from last night’s comments are ridiculous, if he’s so easily swayed by feedback – whether on his Newsweek article or last night’s stuff – it’s really difficult to take him seriously.

    • January 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Reading this Sullivan story struck a cord about how we react to the media.

      We need to continue to send support to media that produce accurate and supportive stories, and give them “heck” when folks distort, judge and whine. I am betting the push back was as much a part of this rebuttal as “getting a good nights sleep”.

      Let’s remember this, the next time tweety goes off the deep end, or Rachel starts campaigning for Ron Paul (we can just write directly to Steve Benen)

      My point is, we can’t say pushback doesn’t work if we don’t try it.

      This blog gets stronger everyday, Chips adds new members every week, every time we focus our email, tweets, calls, on a single message, it gets a little easier.

      So read the Sullivan piece and be encouraged, our voice is being heard among the Republican baloney.

      • 184 lovingandlaughing
        January 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        thanks for your perspective and wisdom wiw!

      • 185 edp4bho
        January 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        I haven’t read either of his commentaries, so I can only go by what you guys have written. One may wish to allow him to redeem himself, but the trouble lies in knowing which of his arguments is his truthful opinion. This guy sounds schizo, so I say, take anything he says only incrementally. What’s really sad is that, because so many like to scorch everything PBO says and does, we tend to rally around the two or three or so positive-sounding articles, which seems a bit desperate. We all can only go by our own summations based on truth as we seek and know it, and though we may be a bit biased re PBO, I think we are all adult enough here to critique PBO wisely. Given we don’t have the need to demonize him, and have his success at heart, we can be objective.

      • 186 Betsy
        January 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        So true, he got tons of negative comments on twitter too, including tweets and retweets from me, so I think the more we communicate, the more we can influence these people.

    • January 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Phftt, that’s the last time I get played by that guy. Think before you blog, Andrew, we have plenty of talking heads in the MSM whose specialty is knee-jerk reaction. What I am looking for, going forward, are writers, bloggers, tweeters who don’t just react but take it to a deeper level of understanding and a little bit of humor is always welcome.

    • 188 lovingandlaughing
      January 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      well, thank goodness he came around! i was so disappointed in him last night.

    • January 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      I’ve noticed a few pundits crying about a “lack of policy specifics” in the speech. Have they seen the GOP-run House? Have they seen any bills heading to the President’s desk this year? Have they not been around during the legislative battles that have nearly brought down the government? It surprises me that knowing this is a “do-nothing congress”, some are still looking for a long list of policy proposals, knowing that the over-riding GOP priority is to defeat President Obama and deny him any victories. And if he had presented a long list of policy proposals, then the media pundits would be asking why he was presenting policies knowing they would never pass – the GOP are all over the place today saying those exact words.

      The fact is, the president already has a long list of accomplishments in the policy arena. He’s got more than any other President before him. And people aren’t grateful for those accomplishments – most don’t even know what they are. If people want to see more accomplishments and more policy proposals – elect a better Congress to pass them.

    • 190 majii
      January 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      What he means is the same thing he meant after pulling his Ron Paul endorsement–he f*cked up! I blasted him on Twitter last night about his cynicism and pointed out that he’d have been very pleased had PBO spoke about abolishing the FED, isolationism, or de-funding NATO instead of how to help the middle class and poor. PBO is not Ron Paul.

  43. January 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you Chips for your amazing commentary last night (as always). The SOTU was awesome, even the mom’s at my son’s school were talking about it. So worth getting up early for. I am so grateful for this site.

    Got an early birthday present today – a beautiful picture of President Obama. I am so lucky. My friend has also ordered an Obama cushion and a few other goodies, tomorrow is shaping up to be a good day. We are getting together with a couple of good friends for a cup of tea and cake before going out with my parents for lunch. Talk about spoiled!! I am even getting out of the school run in the morning as my son’s friend’s mom took pity on me this morning (extra large eye bags!!)

    Gotta run as I’m on homework duty and need to do the housework that I shirked off last night before our friends arrive for a long weekend visit. Will be popping in and out over the weekend to savor your awesome coverage of PBO.

    God bless you all.

  44. January 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Just want to thank everyone here for all the info you bring every day – so smart, so current and enlightening. Twitter fodder!!

  45. 196 LOL
    January 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Karl Rove haz a sad.

    “The last couple weeks we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the negatives of both of these candidates and a decline in the positives, and that’s not good for the general election, and they need to step back.

    They can criticize each other, but they need to step back. Speaker Gingrich earlier decried Nancy Pelosi with these dark warnings of she had secret stuff on him, and he was right to do so, but then he turned around and said that Mitt Romney had a bank account in Switzerland and he had bad things he’d done as a director of a board.

    Stop! Stop!

    Have disagreements, but realize you’re only doing damage to your own chances for the general election if we come limping out of here with a wounded nominee.”


  46. January 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Found this at another site:

    • Wrapped inside a blistering take down of hacktastic David Brooks by Driftglass is a really great post about Prez Obama’s job training/education/industrial policy with links to facts and videos. It’s a lenghthy read but an excellent resource.


  47. 200 edp4bho
    January 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hi everybody. Listening to Rev Al on radio. Much praise from callers about the SOTU. Rep. Elijah Cummings from Maryland just told Rev Al that amongst his rethug colleagues, he said he spoke with seven, and five of them said the speech was great. Also, they said PBO gave a brilliant speech and that he boxed the rethugs in. So, Rep. Cummings says, though they acted bitterly at the address, they know PBO is in a strong position.

  48. 201 Ladyhawke
    January 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Happening live now…….

    CSPAN: U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy

    Ben Bernake

    Federal Reserve Chairman

    Washington, D.C.

  49. 202 Beauzeaux
    January 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The poll numbers are great

    The President is on top of every issue and he appears to be everywhere at once.

  50. January 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Obama Delivers a Campaign Speech
    By Jonathan Chait

    The first two years of the Obama presidency were a frantic rush of policymaking with barely any concern for political messaging, which suffered as a result. Tonight’s State of the Union address was just the opposite. President Obama knows full well that Republicans in Congress will block everything. In the absence of policy, he is backfilling the political narrative.

    Obama passed an economic stimulus quickly in 2009. This immediately exhausted Congress’s willingness to spend any money on the economic crisis. Because no further action has been possible since then — and, to be fair, the administration only came to fully realize further action was needed over the last year — Obama alienated the public by talking about priorities other than the economic crisis. This time he began with the crisis and rattled off a long list of what are surely poll-tested solutions, some sensible, some not.

    Likewise, the financial bailout, authorized by the Bush administration, came to hang over Obama, and polls showed that most people incorrectly thought Obama and not Bush came up with the bailout. So this year’s speech was full of tough talk on Wall Street, touting the Dodd-Frank regulations and urging even more. (“It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no cop-outs.”)

    That was the defensive portion of the politics. Vast portions of the speech were devoted to setting out a favorable contrast with Mitt Romney. Obama praised the auto bailout, and noted that some (i.e., Romney) had argued in favor of letting General Motors fail. Obama cited Warren Buffett and his principle that millionaires should never pay a tax rate lower than their employees. On housing, he insisted, “responsible homeowners shouldn’t have to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom to get some relief.” (Romney has advocated letting the housing market bottom out.) And even on foreign policy, he proclaimed, “Anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn’t know what they’re talking about.” This is not just a rebuke to Romney’s attacks on Obama’s foreign policy but an attempt to turn them into evidence of Romney’s lack of qualification to conduct foreign policy — a classic technique of an incumbent president against a challenger lacking foreign policy experience, one Obama has barely touched until now.

    Not just the specifics but the general theme was designed to probe Romney’s weaknesses. Obama’s political team believes the dapper, well-born corporate raider will have trouble connecting with the white working class, which has otherwise been a demographic weakness for the president. Hence his relentless focus not just on economic fairness and shared prosperity but on manufacturing, community colleges, and a wide swath of economic proposals offering concrete benefits to precisely this group.


  51. January 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    January 25, 2012 12:35 PM

    What’s with Romney’s Swiss bank account?
    By Steve Benen

    Probably the biggest surprise in Mitt Romney’s limited tax-return disclosure was the revelation about a Swiss bank account. Given the bigger picture — including Romney’s cash in the Cayman Islands — this new angle isn’t helping the Republican’s campaign.

    According to the former governor’s aides, Romney had $3 million in his Swiss account, held at UBS. Brad Malt, who helps oversee Romney’s investments, said told reporters yesterday, “It was a bank account, nothing more and nothing less.”

    Not surprisingly, there are additional questions about why, exactly, Romney had $3 million stashed in Switzerland.

    Martin Sullivan, contributing editor of Tax Analysts, a nonpartisan research organization, said he was surprised Romney had a Swiss bank account since such accounts were sometimes used to hide assets. “Why would somebody who knows he’s going to be so visible screw around with a Swiss account?”


    • 206 Linda
      January 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      I am beginning to think that Mitt ‘s name was on that list of Americans avoiding taxes …. Was is UBS bank ?

      • 207 desertflower
        January 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

        Yes, it WAS UBS. My guess…probably. He is either stupid or just plain arrogant to think that he wouldn’t be touched by this.

  52. January 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    found this over in the comments at Washington MOnthly:

    zeitgeist on January 25, 2012 12:55 PM:

    someone (a 527 – it couldn’t be the official Obama campaign or DNC) needs to do a commercial that starts with grainy video of Romney doing the “Obama wants to turn the United States into Europe!” line.

    then do a screeching stop. And say “Apparently Mitt Romney didn’t think there was anything wrong with Europe when he was investing $3 million in Swiss accounts [show map of location of Switzerland] instead of investing it in the United States. But Mitt Romney says we can’t expect the “job creators” to pay more taxes — why not, if they are creating jobs in Switzerland, not helping Americans with good jobs here? Tell Mitt Romney to do the patriotic thing and put his money where his mouth is — here in America.”

    He’d scream about being called unpatriotic, but I guarantee you his numbers would drop (even farther than they already have.)

    I love it!!!

    make that ad!!!

  53. January 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    January 25, 2012 2:00 PM
    Romney and Freddie
    By Steve Benen

    To get an edge in advance of Florida’s Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney has gone after Newt Gingrich this week on his ties to Freddie Mac. At first blush, it’s not a bad move; Gingrich is clearly vulnerable on the subject.

    But Romney may not have thought the attacks all the way through.

    According to his personal finance disclosure forms, Romney invested pretty heavily in Freddie Mac and made a fair amount of money doing so.

    Asked about this on Fox News this morning, Romney was reduced to lying.


  54. January 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I am always late to the party and ‘out of step’ but I really can dance! Reposting my comment from the last thread now….

    Hola TOD! I watched PBO’s speech which was stellar, imo but could not participate in the blog last night due to an early family commitment this AM. I didn’t bother with any Repugnants or the pundits ignorant blather. I have been trying to catch up and read posts here. I thought the First Lady looked fab and for those who thought she might have looked a little “sad or anxious” Gabby Gifford’s mother was sitting back in that third row. Probably, no one else noticed but I would just bet that she and Michelle had a “Mom Moment” before the official SOTU. Moms do get a sad when they watch the bravery of their children. It took courage and selflessness for our Gabby to step down right now.

    Small shout out to HZ…Thank you for the prayers and good thoughts for my daughter. She is home and resting now. Docs are pleased.

  55. January 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    What a breath of fresh air! Wonderful site, I looked at our young and vigorous President running off Air Force One and felt such pride all over again. Though I must say last night’s speech was a very proud moment. Thank you.

  56. 213 ShyLurkerB****
    January 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Is anybody watching this tea party hack lie on Rev. Al’s show?

    • 214 Dudette
      January 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      I just caught the last minute of this. That creep resorted to the “envy” meme and had nerve to ask Rev his salary. Rev is not running for President and the issue is not with how much Mitt’s income is per se, but the source of that income and the tax rate he pays relative to that income.

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