cedar rapids

Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids

… with operations manager Jeff Baxter

President Barack Obama tours Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing, Jan. 25


5:35: PBO 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

244 Responses to “cedar rapids”

  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm


      • 3 PoliticalJunkessa
        January 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        Yeah, Baby! :mrgreen:

        Go Iowa!

        I’m on the lookout for PBO’s new bodyman (Reggie’s replacement) but I have yet to locate him in pictures….

        • 4 utaustinliberal
          January 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm

          Reggie’s replacement per say is a guy who’s been with the Obama team pre-White House. He’s the really tall guy. Marvin Nicholson.

          • 5 PoliticalJunkessa
            January 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm

            Yeah, I know who he is, but I have yet to see him with any regularity on the President’s jaunts. I guess I’m expecting to see another big, tall guy juggling bags, pens, mints, and memorabilia by PBO’s side like Reggie used to do. LOL.

  2. 6 lovingandlaughing
    January 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Oh I love this man!

  3. 8 FiredUpInCA
    January 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you Mr. Ramos:

    “Newt Gingrich Gets a Grilling on Univision”


    • 9 Linda
      January 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Yuk….Gingrich has an excuse for everything….

      • 10 Debz
        January 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm

        Thanks, FiredUP for this article. I wish the rest of the so called, “journalists” would ask the kind of questions Ramos asked. He’s a real journalist!!!

      • 12 anniebella
        January 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        Linda, yes he does. Like his racists B.S. I see the big bad Newt haven’t taken Rev. Al up on his challenge to meet Newt any where. You know the Newt who has his stupid supporters thinking that President Obama will be afraid to debate Newt.

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      January 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Can’t even read that, but hope he did get a grilling.

      It was so annoying during the last debate when Gingrich said he enjoys support among the Hispanic community – yeah, Newt, as long as they don’t speak Spanish, right?


      • 14 Left-Indie
        January 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        God, why are they grilling him? I hated when they grilled Perry, cuz I would’ve loved to see him up against O. Smart libs should be promoting Newt. This nutjob has no chance against O so why beat up on him and strengthen Mitty? I don’t get it. Another reason to promote him is the down ticket. We’re virtually looking at Pelosi as speaker with that asshole on the ticket. So, please quit beating up on Newty.

    • January 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      I loved this! I can’t believe that the Fig Newton was dumb enough to go for this interview after all he has said about Latinos. This just shows what disdain he has for us.

  4. 19 Taz
    January 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Obama/Biden 2012!

  5. 20 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Good one by Eclectablog:


    • 21 Cha
      January 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      My comment got lost so I’ll trying again. Thanks for this, Bob! Jason Easley at politicususa has a piece on Bernie cracking the Code. I’ve always thought Jason got it..but, not this time and I commented to respectfully let him know.

      “Bernie Sanders Cracks The Coded Threat To Entitlements In Obama’s State Of The Union”


      You can leave a comment if you like..it’s easy to register.

  6. January 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I love how he always has his ‘trademark run’ and has his security run too 😆 Such a Handsome man

    • 23 Beauzeaux
      January 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      I love looking at the Secret Service guys trying to keep up.

      This has to be the whitest crowd I’ve ever seen (it is Iowa after all) and they clearly love him to pieces. He has that effect. Oh yeah, this may turn out to be the biggest landslide ever.

    • January 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

      It’s his patriotism coming through – he is committed to providing opportunities for exercise to his SS guys. **tongue in cheek** 😉 🙂

  7. 25 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    “An America Built to Last.” I like it. I like it a lot. Lots of appeal to different parts of the psyche in that motto — it’s patriotic, it’s aspirational, it’s rugged. Truly a winning message.

  8. 30 lovingandlaughing
    January 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    This is a joke, but I think I just spotted Herman Cain’s hat in pic #1! Does anyone else follow “Herman Cain’s Hat on twitter?

    • January 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      😆 I noticed the hat too!!

      It would be funny if there was a ‘Where’s Wally’ of Cain’s hat around the World with a caption that would be something ‘Herb’ would say

    • January 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      I was thinking Herman Cain when I saw that pic also.

    • 33 lovingandlaughing
      January 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      The “Herman Cain Hat” thing on twitter is actually pretty funny. Let me see if i can find a good tweet and post it here.

      • 34 lovingandlaughing
        January 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

        Oh forget it…I can’t figure out how to right now!

        Here is a copy and paste of a tweet from Hermancainshat on twitter:

        “Mitt…you’re the only person who has successfully made Newt likable.”

  9. 35 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    PBO is incredibly fit! He’s here, he’s there; he’s the freaking energizer bunny!

    Love that individual rocking his/her Obama gear. Obama/Biden2012 Loud and Proud!

  10. January 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Damn! You Little Chip WOMAN! I will not be denied! Third posting of my comment! Please give a poor old woman a break because I may be slow but my love for this Prez never wavers!

    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.

    • 44 CTGirl
      January 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      I think Newt is an awesomely dangerous con man and he is exploiting this to please the evangelicals:
      “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

    • 50 Mary
      January 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Wow, talk about dog whistles! “Trying to take God out of public life!” “Media doesn’t believe in God!” All the right words. I do not judge whether a person is a Christian or not, but the Bible says ‘by their fruits you will know them.” I think this means that we can’t know their relationship to God, but their actions (fruits) tell us something about how me must deal with them in the natural. Gingrich’s fruits do not show that I can trust him. His answer reminded me so much of my ex-husband who had a many years long affair with a woman who lived several states away. They would meet at engineering conferences and such. When I found out and confronted him he said, “But she’s a really good person! Very religious! Her aunt is a nun!” Gingrich: “I am a Christian despite my complete lack of moral or ethical behavior!”

  11. 56 Linda
    January 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Here is my theory on Mitt’s Swiss Account.

    I think his name showed up on the list UBS provided to the Feds and he was told to close it ….or else !

  12. 61 Little Lulu
    January 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Wow. PBO knows he’s knocked it right out of the park and he obviously feels great! No one deserves this more than this great president. Love that he’s so HAPPY! So proud and glad this is our president, folks! So PROUD! He makes every American look good and every Rethuglican look like what they are: selfish, self-centered, greedy, uninformed, hatefilled creeps.

    GOBAMA!!!!!!! Well done, sir!!!! Well done!!!!

    • 62 FiredUpInCA
      January 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      “My friends, I don’t have to tell you, this election year the choice is clear. One man stands ready to deliver change we desperately need. A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next president of the United States, Barack America,” Biden said.

      Aug. 24, 2008

      It was true then and true now. Barack America will be the President in 2012 too!

  13. January 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    This guy’s energy…I wish I had half of it.
    This guy’s mind…I wish I had a quarter if it.
    This guy’s good looks…I wish I had a tenth of that.
    Fortunately for this country, he has 100% of it all.

  14. 67 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm


  15. 72 Linda
    January 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    WASHINGTON — The State Department has announced that Yemen’s embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, will have diplomatic immunity while he visits the United States this week for medical treatment.

    The immunity is being granted to Saleh as it would to any foreign head of state, the State Department said in a statement, and will last “until a new Yemeni president is sworn in following elections on February 21.” Saleh is due to arrive in the country any day to seek treatment at a New York hospital for injuries suffered during a June attack on his presidential compound by anti-regime forces.

  16. 73 cookemom
    January 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    So I tried to make my maiden voyage on that Tweetin machine to follow folks talking about the SOTU. Lawd but that’s the most complicated new-fangled, confusing cyberscare I’ve ever had. I was twattin’ when I should have been twittin. I think I managed to get some tootin in, but who knows where it landed. I think I’ll just stick to typing on blogs before I end up breaking the innertubz.

    • 74 lovingandlaughing
      January 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      funny! try it again! i am just learning too.

    • January 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Hi cookemom…so glad to see you. Off to work but will check back later. Took a while for me to get used to it. I signed up to read a lot of comments. I follow those that make sense to me.

    • January 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Cookemon–It takes a while, but then you get the hang of it. I don’t know half the bells and whistles possible on twitter, but I find it a good place to get information and to shoot off a thought that a lot of people get to see at once. Don’t give up yet.

    • January 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      watch out out cookemom you’re gonna get hooked…..what’s your handle? i’ll try to find out there.

      • 79 cookemom
        January 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm

        My handle is @ifuhav2ask. Just writing that was an effort. I figured out how to follow a few folks, but I lost them in traffic.

        • January 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm

          i found yez out there and tweeted at you! it will get easier – I know when I started it was overwhelming! hey, there’s a list to the side here of people who frequent this blog and their twitter handles – you saw that right? they’ll follow you back.

        • January 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

          Cookemom – I followed you. I’m @glomad67 on Twitter. Welcome – it’s addictive over there. Between TOD and Twitter, I’m barely finding time to squeeze in some work! 🙂

    • 82 Puddin'
      January 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      cookemom, me and you both…OMG I signed up last week…only been on there twice since then and both times I almost had a nervous breakdown…after reading your ‘cute’ comment, I don’t feel so bad 🙂 🙂

    • 83 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      You’re better than me. I signed up during one of TOD’s twitter crusades, but I haven’t been back since. Shame on me, lol. 😳

      • January 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        and PJ whenever I’m stealing your awesome quotes I always thank your twitter handle 🙂

        • 85 PoliticalJunkessa
          January 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

          😆 I don’t know if I even remember my password to get into Twitter. Please don’t think I’m ignoring you! 😆

          • January 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

            I use Tweetdeck, because it’s easier to track the tweets. But, I didn’t know I had to actually open a column to see direct tweets, so I had about 20 of them in there from months ago that I hadn’t been aware of. I’m sure people have written me off by now… 😕

    • January 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Well cookemom, If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again 🙂 lol

    • 88 Pamela
      January 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Hee! I’m with you Cookemom!

  17. 89 Ladyhawke
    January 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    How Citizens United Created Newt

    By Jonathan Chait


    The Republican elite is justifiably terrified at the prospect of Newt Gingrich capturing the nomination. Gingrich, as I’ve argued, is riding the wave of revulsion and contempt for President Obama that this same Establishment has stoked for three years. But his campaign is also blowback to the party Establishment in another, more mechanical way. His campaign is surviving entirely as a result of the Citizens United ruling, decried by liberals and celebrated by conservatives, which allows unlimited campaign expenditures, as long as they’re not coordinated with campaigns.



  18. 91 Annie Neroda
    January 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Oh, God, how I love this President. I’m 65 ears old and I have never loved a President this much. Even JFK was not like this.

    • 92 Debz
      January 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Hi all, just watched PBO’s Iowa speech on C-span. Excellent!!! Every where he goes, people cheer for the idea that the wealthy pay more taxes. I can’t see why anyone would be interested in Mittens and his talk of “envy.” I love our POTUS.

  19. 93 collegekay
    January 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Hey I have that shirt!

    • January 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I love the comments. One person demanded a “thank you”, then proceeded to insult the European Allies as a whole (and he put that in quotes). Several marines and other Americans responded and told him he didn’t know what he was talking about, fed him some history and other facts, and thanked Denmark for their role over the years as a very effective friend in prior years. It was a total smackdown. And to be honest, I couldn’t figure out who was Democrat or Republican – but I suspect the original poster was a libertarian.

  20. January 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    GalluP is a trip. It says that a poll taken says that the country is divided on economic fairness and that 62% says that the system is already fair.

    What utter bullshit!

  21. January 25, 2012 at 3:44 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!!!

  22. January 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    The White House detailed a series of new tax breaks Wednesday, including $5 billion in clean-energy manufacturing tax credits.

    The clean-energy tax credits are part of a broader manufacturing tax break plan that President Obama outlined in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

    The Hill’s Erik Wasson has more here.


  23. 105 Proud of Obama
    January 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Hey Chips and everybody! Sorry I haven’t posted lately but I have been reading Chips’ wonderful coverage of our great president. Was busy yesterday with my SOTU watch party. We had 34 ppl whooping and hollering at PBO’s every word last night. It was so fantastic.

    Today, my governor Mitch Daniels is the laughing stock with that awful, lying rebuttal to the Pres’ SOTU. What an embarrassment. Ugh. The unions may disrupt our super bowl festivities with demonstrations against right to work. I’m loving it. Couldn’t happen to a nicer gov.

    Then we find out our badass president had given the order to take out more thugs while working on this major speech. I am just in awe of this magnificent president.

    What really got me was PBO’s hugging Gabby and then Debbie Wasserman Schultz tears when she read Gabby’s letter on the house floor today. I cry just thinking about it.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm


      • 107 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm


        • 108 Proud of Obama
          January 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

          Sue, downtown is a MESS. I have to go down there to do some phone banking today and I don’t want to go. They’re not only mistreating cops, but local businesses too. My hair salon has to move out for a whole week so the high-rollers can play. It’s ridiculous. Mitch and Mayor Ballard are going to be embarrassed and I will dance.

          • 109 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            January 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm


            • January 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm

              I hope all those cops are voting Democratic this November. Vote for Republicans, get Republican policies. It’s a shame.

              • 111 SUE DUVALL SMITH
                January 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm


                • 112 yardarm756
                  January 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm

                  Unfortunately it don’t work that way. The Dems will get blamed. It’s like, “I wouldn’t be kicking your ass if the dems gave me something else to do.”

      • 113 TrumpDog
        January 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

        ‘DITCH MITCH’

        That’s a good one. Would make a great bumper sticker!~

    • January 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      thx proud that’s great to have a perspective of someone who is from the state that daniels is gov. of.

      • 115 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm


    January 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm


  25. 117 halo
    January 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm


  26. January 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Sparks flew Wednesday at a House hearing investigating battery fires associated with the Chevrolet Volt electric car. 

    Republicans hamered David Strickland, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over his agency’s handling of the battery fires. 

    But Strickland defended the Volt, insisting the electric car produced by General Motors, the beneficiary of a 2009 government bailout, was perfectly safe.


  27. 119 pinkbunny
    January 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    President Obama recounted the symbolism of the American Flag from his SOTU speech

    There is a link to the report written in May giving details of the OBL Mission, and the background on the flag. It’s a riveting story!

    • January 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      when he was telling that story at the sotu last night you could have heard a pin drop in that chamber. i don’t think anyone was breathing – he REALLY had their attention

      • 121 susanne
        January 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        wasn’t that lovely to watch? even the repugs who’d carefully kept a bored or disgusted look on their faces throughout, were just rapt–like kids at the movies.

        and then to hear there was another daring maneuver going down during the speech! what a powerful reminder that we have a gutsy, effective, brilliant leader–who we need to keep! and thank and thank and thank.

  28. January 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    CNN poll still has Gingrich up two in Florida, but Monday and Tuesday polling has Robney up 9.
    These guys have such a glass jaw, expect Newt to attack Mitt in Thursday’s debate.

    That is all.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm


  29. 125 CTGirl
    January 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Noot, Noot, Noot:

    “Well I think at the moment you don’t need to…in that case you had an uprising. I would say bluntly, because I find it fascinating that Obama is intrigued with Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, but doesn’t quite notice Cuba. I would just argue if there was a genuine, legitimate uprising we would of course be on the side of the people. And we should be prepared to be on the side of the people. But in that sense, I don’t see why Cuba should be sacrosanct, and we should say, don’t do anything to hurt…we’re very prepared to back people in Libya, we may end backing people in Syria, but now Cuba, hands off Cuba, that’s baloney. The people of Cuba deserve freedom.”


    • 126 Jessica
      January 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      I couldn’t get the link to work (my comp is funky) so I only read the short excerpt but Gingrich makes an interesting point. If there was an uprising in Cuba similar to Egypt, Libya, Syria what would be the course of action. I would wager that bombing them would be at the very bottom of the list but I am curious as to what Obama would do. I know JFK signed a peace treaty that we would never invade Cuba ever again.

      • 127 CTGirl
        January 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        My question to Noot is, did the president say Cuba is “sacrosanct”? How dare he assume to knowwhat thepresident would do,

  30. 128 nospin
    January 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Debbie Wasserman Schulz Reads Gabrielle Giffords Resignation Letter

    I dare you not to cry

      January 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm


    • 130 yardarm756
      January 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm


      • 131 nospin
        January 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        yardarm456 – I agree. There can be a balance between maintaining the right to bear arms and improving the gun laws. After watching that thing, I had to work hard not to condemn ignant mo’fo’s who encouraged folks to put crosshairs on maps.

      • January 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        nope. waterworks. Yardarm you changed your avatar! 🙂

  31. January 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Well, I guess the closest thing to seeing our President in person today is to see Air Force One land here just about the time I get off work. Boy, rush hour traffic gonna be crazy with the President heading to Chandler.

  32. 134 carolyn
    January 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Nobody can keep up with our President! I just love to watch him jog towards people, and come down the stairs of Air Force One so agilely and gracefully! What an amazing person. And, yeah, I noticed all those over 40 year old white people reaching out to shake his hand! What is Tweety’s problem!!! Also, loved seeing FLOTUS and Rachael Ray at the school. And why, did NBC last week give credit to Wm. Clinton for improving school lunches, and not mention our FLOTUS??? She is working every day to improve out children’s health!
    These two are truly a magnificent pair. We are SO blessed!!!

    • 135 CEB
      January 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      I noticed that as well in that NBC report. Not one mention of her initiatives. I thought that there should at least have been a line like, ‘It is similar to the First Lady’s.. or along with The First lady….but there was no mention at all; as if Clijnton was the only one doing this and what a great new thing this is. Why is the media so afraid to give the Obamas their due credit? The good news is that her more personal and totally in approach shows many how sincere she is and how important these initiatives are. People will remember.

  33. 136 FiredUpInCA
    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Latino vote could save Mitt Romney in Florida primary

    “In the general election, President Obama remains strong among Latino voters, whom he won four years ago by a 2 to 1 margin. Nationally, Mr. Obama beats Romney among Latinos 67 percent to 25 percent. He beats Gingrich 70 percent to 22 percent among Latinos.

    But in Florida, the hypothetical general-election matchups are closer. Obama beats Romney 50 percent to 40 percent among Florida Latinos, and beats Gingrich 52 to 38.”


    What an optomistic headline completely divorced from the facts on the ground. Even if Romney manages to eke out a primary win in Florida, which looks in jeopardy as his poll numbers are in freefall, he will be toast in November. I am enjoying this.

  34. 138 Squarepeg
    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    OMG guys you’ve got to see this, this is so funny! LOL


  35. 142 donna dem 4 obama
    January 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    The media cracks me up trying to pump up these townhalls and rallies for the Republican candidates. I thought I’d give them a little taste of what a real “giant crowd” looks like. Geesh. I could have chosen other pics but I didn’t won’t to overwhelm them 😉

  36. 148 Ladyhawke
    January 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Senate Dems Discuss President’s Agenda


    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Senate Democratic leaders hold a news conference to discuss the President’s call for economic fairness which he talked about in his speech last night, and to urge GOP lawmakers to join in implementing the President’s economic agenda.



  37. January 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    TPM is reporting that Geithner will not stay on for a second term.

    • January 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      awwww. I’ll miss him, but who could blame him? he did a lot of hard work to save us from a second Great Depression and all he gets for it from Nasty-ass Dems and a lot of pissing and moaning. He deserves the rest, but I’m really gonna miss him.

      • 152 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm


    • January 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Oh noooooo!!!!! I hate to see him go. He has really taken a beating from the repugs and the PL. I applaud him for helping PBO maneuver the economy and get the country on the right track. He is a genius in my book.

    • 154 Linda
      January 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Why would that be put out now ????

      • January 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        Good question, Linda.

      • 156 nospin
        January 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        well he was asked during an interview today with Trish Regan. Watched it about 45 mins ago. She will be interviewing him again during the State of the Economy event tonight. http://www.bloomberg.com/video/84878780/

        • January 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

          i love watching Geithner during these events – he’s the best at what he does, and other financial people recognize that in him. I remember seeing something from the Europeans praising Geithner and mentioning how highly regarded he is over there. I’ll try to watch this event tonight.

          Sad to see him go, but he’s worked hard and been loyal to the President. He’s almost as much into public service as the Obamas. His father talked about this in an interview when Huffington was on a rampage, calling for his resignation.

    • 158 nospin
      January 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      he is dog tired. PO makes you work hard for the money. lololol

      Most folks can’t keep up.

      • 159 Debz
        January 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Not to mention that he’s been practically working alone. The Senate never approved nominees for the Treasury Dept.

      • 160 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm


    • 161 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Isn’t this sort of old news? Recall an article in the summer or fall that Tim was ready to go, PBO asked him to stay, and Michelle sealed the deal @ PBO’s birthday party. Tim agreed to stay til end of 1st term.

      • 162 nospin
        January 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        that is what happened. But I guess they are following up because of today’s interview with Trish on Bloomberg News.

  38. 163 yardarm756
    January 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Imagine it. Giving a SoU address all the while knowing you’ve authorized another covert mission.
    Some asshole screaming for him to ‘grow a pair’ and lets bomb Iran……Hey Willard. Do you still think our Navy is in decline?
    Look at my avatar, you snot. That is the U.S.S. NEW YORK. Some of its hull comes from the Twin Towers of 911.It’s an all purpose assault ship that incorporates all branches of service.
    If you had a set half as big as the Presidents, you might qualify for manhood!
    Sorry for the family. Just had to get it off my chest.

  39. January 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    OH MY GOSH. GUY!!!! if you haven’t please do as Ladyhawke suggested and what the Senate Dems’ press conference. If you can’t watch all of it, go to 9:18 and listen to Schumer “accidentally” call the Buffett Rule the Romney Rule!!! 😆 fricking awesome 🙂

  40. 181 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Holy smokes I think Chuck Todd reads TOD. I’m watching hardball and Chuck Todd said he read somewhere where someone said they wanted to do a whole mystery science 3000 ( I guess that’s an old show or something) between VP Biden and Speaker Boehner. A couple of threads and days ago, Liberal Librarian (LL) made a similar comment on TOD and now fast forward a couple of days and Chuck Todd is using the same line of thought? Hmmm…….coincidence? I think not. 😉

  41. January 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    *** deleted ***

    Ron Paul-supporting dick

    • 187 itgurl_29
      January 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Is she a real friend that you see often and actually speak to often or is it a “facebook” friendship, like someone from high school you only know today from pictures. If it’s a “Facebook” friend, just block her.

    • January 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      *Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC (State of the Union Address) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

  42. 199 LOL
    January 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    It really is not fair…like shooting fish in a 12 oz coke can

  43. January 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Harry Reid is all in!

    Senate Democrats are preparing an aggressive legislative agenda to complement the vision President Obama outlined in his State of the Union Address. The goal is to test the idea that the public supports an agenda of aggressive federal action on behalf of the middle class, and that Republicans are locked in a pattern of reactionary opposition, even to popular policies.

    The push is premised on the notion that the country has turned the corner on the fights over deficits and the size of government, and that keeping issues of equity and opportunity for the middle class at the center of the national debate will redound to Democrats’ political benefit, either by breaking the GOP or by putting them on the wrong side of public opinion.

    But in an extremely consequential election year, when consensus becomes an endangered species on Capitol Hill, it will take a groundswell of political pressure to force either party to work with the other on a substantive agenda. So expect the Dems to hawk these issues relentlessly.

    Story here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/senate-democrats-plan-to-put-republicans-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-middle-class.php?ref=fpblg

  44. January 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    OK gotta go volunteer at OFA we have a phone bank on monday and wednesday nights at the main office for now. see you cats later.

  45. 205 Linda
    January 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Chris Matthews just said that there was 800,000 tweets during the SOTU

  46. January 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    The perils of having a sci-fi fan running for President. From TPM:

    Speaking in Florida moments ago, Newt Gingrich pledged to have a permanent US base on the moon by the end of his second term as president.

    Speaking for myself, that sounds awesome. But I have to assume Team Romney will grab on to that and mock him like crazy. I don’t care how public/private you make it. The budgetary toll of a project like that would have to be massive. And I don’t think there are any strong near term business models for doing stuff on the moon.

  47. 212 Linda
    January 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Ann Romney Says It’s Unfortunate That They Had To Release Tax Returns | MIAMI, Florida — Mitt Romney’s campaign finally released two years of tax returns yesterday after weeks of refusals and equivocation. Presidential candidates from both parties have released their returns for over 50 years — Romney’s father, George, released 12 years worth. But Romney resisted, and apparently his wife was not too happy about it either. At an event at Freedom Tower in Miami this afternoon, Ann Romney said “unfortunately” the world now knows how “successful in business” Romney has been. Watch it:

    • January 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      She’s a strange one.

    • 214 TrumpDog
      January 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      What was “unfortunate” was her son making a birther comment about President Obama needing to show his birth certificate and school grades.
      But no, Ann and her hu$band are the victims. Poor them. Even though they are not poor 🙄

  48. 215 auni
    January 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Last night President Obama again thanked and celebrated the Navy Seals. Today I got a message about some guy named Chuck Pfarren and a book he has written “Seal Target Geronimo” about how the seals think very little of President Obama. It’s a real tear down of the president. It sounds like something that the Tea Party types will love–I hate that kind of crap!!!!!!!

    • 216 Linda
      January 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      I just googled him……He is from Mississippi.

    • 219 LOL
      January 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Bull Shitznit. Just Like Jodi Kantor this book is riddled with fabrications or LIES>
      Pfarrer, who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, told the AP that profits from his book will go to his medical bills and that he wanted to write the book as a way to honor the “heroes of the bin Laden mission.”

      Leaders of special operations have also discredited the book.

      “The reaction is stunned, chagrined, disappointment,” Rear Adm. George Worthington, a retired Navy SEAL, said about Pfarrer’s book in an interview with the AP.

      Others have noted Pfarrer makes errors in the book with facts that are widely known, including the date on which Navy SEAL Admiral Bill McRaven was appointed (2008, not this past April as Pfarrer states); the year in which the Army Special Forces Green Berets was created (1952, not 1962 as he says); and the manner in which al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi was killed (in a jet bombing run, not through a drone strike).
      Also, in the First Lady’s box yesterday was Admiral McRaven …who said this about the Prez.

      McRaven speaks respectfully of bush as Commander in Chief, saying he “made some very, very tough decisions.” About Obama, without a question to prompt him, he waxes lyrical and at length. The planning and decisionmaking for the bin Laden raid, he volunteers, “was really everything the American public would expect from their national leadership.”

      “The President was at all times presidential,” he says. “I would contend he was the smartest guy in the room. He had leadership skills we’d expect from a guy who had 35 years in the military.”

  49. 223 Linda
    January 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    U.S. Plummets In International Press Freedom Rankings Due To Violence Against Reporters Covering Occupy Movement |

    Today, Reporters Without Borders released their annual Press Freedom Index, a leading assessment of how well countries are living up to principles of transparency and media freedom. It had nothing but bad news for the U.S., which dropped precipitously in the rankings to 47th place.

    The report bluntly explained that the U.S. “owed its fall of 27 places to the many arrests of journalists covering Occupy Wall Street protests.” Indeed, the U.S. fell almost as much as Bahrain, which was penalized for its brutal crackdown on reporters covering popular movements for government reform. The U.S. now ranks behind countries not typically known for media freedom, including Niger, Namibia, South Africa and Romania.

    This is disturbing.

  50. 224 Carolyn
    January 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Ann Romney….an originaly Stepford Wife. She is beyond dumb!

  51. January 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Politi – fact gave the President a mostly true on jobs creation claims. Knowing Politi- fact, if you have one word out of place, they give you a pants on fire, so this is good-


    • January 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Politifact is losing credibility. Not sure if they’re under new management. They said this morning that they didn’t give the President a full “true” on the job creation claim, because although 3 million jobs were created under President Obama, they were created by private industry – which is exactly what the President said in his speech. if it’s true, it’s true.

    • January 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      They had to walk back their earlier mess. They have really been discredited. I’m so tired of so-called fact-checkers showing such bias and blatant disregard for the truth. Harummph.

      • 228 L3
        January 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

        I think they’ve been infiltrated by the right wing, just like every other entity in this country tasked with informing the public.

  52. January 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Question? Why are PPP’s polls on PBO always so much worse on GOS than when released under their own banner?

  53. January 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Some idiot OWS talking bout how PBO should start defending them against violence. Every question he shot at Randi ended with “no?”— “he’s the president, he can blah, blah, blah, no?” “he’s yada yada yada, no?” ” He can tell Bloomberg to get the police to stop the violence, no?”—-Randi was was like: “ahhhhhh, NO!!!!” hahahhahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahha!!! Loved her response to that guy. what an idiot. 🙄 Maybe he should go back to middle school (or junior high for those from up North) and re-learn civics. Asswipe!!

    • January 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      These people are no different that the Tea Party in really wanting a police state — they just want a police state tailored to their needs.

    • 233 PurpleShoesLA
      January 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      I heard that too! It was stunning the combination of ignorance and entitlement from that caller. She said that PBO could have said something about the police brutality and the violence but hey Gabby Gifffords was right there in the chambers last night, and she is the poster child of violence, someone who had her entire life ripped apart by violence, and PBO didn’t denounce the violence against her in his speech either. Was Gabby on TV after the SOTU whining about that? No! I also liked how she told him that despite OWS’ very vocal lack of support for him, he has shown them respect & empathy and even spoke about all of the issues OWS supposedly cares about in the SOTU, like economic inequality, Wall Street reform, finding ways to lighten crushing student loan debt obligations. Hullo! I was waiting for her to go there about the smoke bomb tossed onto the WH grounds but she didn’t. More sparkles & unicorns. The Magic Negro waves a magic wand and the local police immediately stops brutalizing a ragtag, disorganized group of people who just LAST WEEK were standing out in front of the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, excercising their 1st Amendment rights calling PBO a Nazi and a corporate whore. Nice! And they still can’t figure out that they’ve lost what little credibility they had.

    • 234 TrumpDog
      January 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      I heard that one. Whine whine whine. Obama could do sixty things good and one thing not so good and these guys will stay fixated on that one thing.
      Randi was spot on when she said they did not stand with him so why should he do the same?
      All they seem to do is bitch and fucking moan. I had to run into a store so I did not hear her last words with him but she seemed fed up with his complaining.

  54. January 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    The Army is planning to cut at least eight brigades and 80,000 troops as it trims its budgets, U.S. officials confirmed Wednesday.

    The new brigade cuts, which will happen over several years, will reduce the number of Army troops to 490,000 from a high of 570,000. The cuts, first reported by The Associated Press, could reduce the number of brigades from 45 to as low as 32.

    The Army’s force reduction has been expected by analysts, but the cuts are now getting finalized as part of the Pentagon’s 2013 budget, which is the first that will deal with a $487 billion reduction over the next decade.


  55. 236 #1 obama fan
    January 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Ok i just watched alittle of my local news..i can’t freaking believe a former Navy Seal is stating the officials..ie President Obama needs to stop talking about them..”too much attention is dangerous”http://www.wvec.com/news/military/President-praises-Special-Forces-for-hostage-rescue-138029068.html..So let me get this straight you’re telling me the commander and chief cannot praise the military and speak about the extraordinary sacrifices and skill they bring to each and every mission..sooo becuz President Obama continues to praise the military\Navy seals this is dangerous ? this is some B.S—Why are folks so fearful of this intelligent and astute man ? Any other president that would have accomplished maybe one or two things on President Obama’s long list of achievements well before the end of his first term I might add would surely be hailed the greatest president in the last 50 years or more..

    • January 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Personally, I think it’s a good thing for countries to know that about these stealth and effective fighters. Instead of looking out for huge army build up, they won’t see the Navy Seals coming. That’s a pretty good deterrent. They specialize in doing dangerous things, so warning about putting them in danger is kind of ridiculous.

    • 238 yardarm756
      January 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm


    • 239 JoJothecat
      January 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Like NO ONE have ever heard of the Navy Seals? Come on dude….it’s something for someone to complain about and of course the msm give them a microphone.

  56. 241 FiredUpInCA
    January 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    “And I don’t think there are any strong near term business models for doing stuff on the moon.” I once ate at a restaurant on the moon. The food was good but it had no atmosphere.

  57. 242 auni
    January 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Here is one of the great things about this site. I post that I received a note about the Navy Seals “falling off their chairs laughing about President Obama” etc. and right away LOL finds and posts a link about what a lie this whole book really is–I forwarded the post to the misinformed person who sent it to me. This is the only way to combat some of the lies that are spread around the internet. I got another indignent note about how everytime someone tells me something, I just HAVE to start looking it up and answer with some facts–good lord–like that’s a bad thing. Yes, I HAVE to do that–even though it annoys the hell out of some people. Thanks LOL

    • 243 Mae who love our CIC
      January 26, 2012 at 7:40 am

      I’ve gotten accused of doing the same thing. Thanks to this wonderful family, fact check is at our disposal. Stops the lying dead in its tracks. You will noticed that the bullshiggedy will cease from coming to your in box. Keep it up!

  58. 244 #1 obama fan
    January 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    @ yardarm756 lol that’s wht its really all about–becuz he is black..why can’t they just own their racism and say i’m a bigot and proud of it ? nope gotta try to blend in..FOOLS

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