President Barack Obama greets service members before speaking at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.


President Obama shakes hands with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock as he arrives at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora


President Obama departs from Buckley Air Force Base

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  1. January 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Where is Hickenlooper?

  2. 12 hopefruit2
    January 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    • 13 hopefruit2
      January 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      • January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

        Media will bury this, or Robney bought all the Hardrives.

      • January 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        Holy. Crap. It’s not even an allegation. They were fined. It’s been proven. I think Newt has the theme for a bunch of new ads.

      • 17 Linda
        January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        That story is from 2004 ?

        • January 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

          Ugh, yes, you’re right. Got my hopes up too quickly. Always read the date!

          • January 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

            And the President is still asked to see his College Records, and that happened 25 years ago.
            So, 2004 is fair game!

            • January 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm

              The President is being called to Georgia to prove he’s alive and that he was born in the US – and that happened 50 years ago!

              Mitt must be asked about this – funding terrorists is something he can’t weasel out of. If the GOP went all-in over Rev Wright, and they even criticized video of the President delivering a Black History Month statement from his days at Harvard, and if they’re still calling for the President’s grades, and wanting the First Lady to show her college thesis – then Mitt has to deal with this even if it’s from 2004. He wants to be the Commander in Chief – he better tell Americans why they should put their national security in the hands of man who funded terrorists. There’s a reason why shady characters invest in anonymous Swiss bank accounts – he should have invested in his own country.

              • 21 Linda
                January 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

                The Georgia hearing was today……..the room was packed with white people…….No decision was made, but when the lawyer for the plantiff asked the judge to hold the President in contempt…the judge cut him off and told him that he is not interesting in hearing anything about that.

                One entire row was left empty with a computer made sign that read ” Defendant “

          • 22 Linda
            January 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm

            I read that the UBS account was in Ann Romney’s names from 2003-2010.

        • January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

          I think that makes it – potentially – more damaging. If the bank was fined in 2004, did Romney know about it when he invested his money there? We’ll see what details emerge.

          • January 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

            Good point, Chips. It was common knowledge to bank customers, or should’ve been. I can understand him having parked his money there before 2004 and being unaware of the goings-on. But to keep his money there after the terrorist connections were revealed? That’s explosive.

            • January 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm

              “…. after the terrorist connections were revealed? That’s explosive.”

              Was that a pun LL? 😆

              • January 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

                Oh god, I didn’t mean it to be. LOL. I had a four hour meeting going over our presentations for this year’s Summer Reading Program, so I’m a bit fried.

                • 27 jacquelineoboomer
                  January 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

                  Ha! I feel your pain. When I worked for the Navy, they had meetings to discuss having meetings and committees were formed. And all at oh-dark-thirty in the morning! The last two jobs I had, I was able to escape from about 3/4 of the meetings, due to some creative [fill in the blank]. Only way I survived! All that group-think kinda got me. I cooked up more deals to get things accomplished standing in the hallway talking to a couple of folks for 10 minutes, than anything I ever got done taking a turn to talk in a meeting! (Didn’t mean that long sentence to sound like such a pat on the back for me, but … it’s the truth!)

          • January 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

            I say tweet this info to Gingrich. His staff will see it.

      • January 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

        I would like to learn more.

      • 31 desertflower
        January 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

        I got this from ThinkProgress:

        ROMNEY OMITTED FUNDS HELD IN OFFSHORE TAX HAVENS FROM ETHICS FORMS | A now-closed Swiss bank account and at least 23 investment funds listed in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R) recently released tax returns were not listed in his most recent financial disclosure forms, which are required to run for office. Among the unlisted funds were 11 based in offshore tax havens like Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and Luxembourg, the Los Angeles Times reported today, and many are associated with Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney co-founded. According to the Times, Romney’s campaign dismissed the discrepancies as “trivial” but said they will have to make “some minor technical amendments” to Romney’s disclosure forms.

      • January 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

        Do people believe Romney knew this was what the bank was doing? If not, then I don’t think we should make this an issue. It was despicable for people to go on and on about Rev. Wright and the birth certificate and the college transcripts. I don’t want us to be them; drumming up phony outrage. There’s enough actual stuff to be outraged about.

    • January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      wha wha what?????? Who’s saying this??

    • 35 nospin
      January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      I am not sure how this would affect Romney. If this is true and it was done by his bank, how would he have known?

      • January 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        You say this, but if it were this President, the media would freakout.

      • 39 Bill
        January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        The question is why did he have money in a Swiss bank at all, not what the Swiss bank did with the money. Money in a Swiss bank is not creating jobs in the US.

        • January 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

          I agree with you Bill, but Jovie’s right – can you imagine the reaction if PBO had money stashed away in a bank with this to its name:

          The Federal Reserve Monday imposed a $100 million fine on UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, for allegedly transferring U.S. currency to Iran, Libya, Cuba and Yugoslavia, which are subject to U.S. economic sanctions, then covering up the actions.


          • 41 Bill
            January 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm

            Agreed. The way things are falling for Willard and Newton Leroy the Republicans should sit out the 2012 presidential race and try again in 2016.

          • 42 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            January 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

            And, the guy is stupid enough to realize he is telling every Latino, Asian, ….. not to vote for him:


            • 43 Mel
              January 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

              PBO on the interview with Unision TV he told the that Mitt Romney and Newt if elected will VETO IT
              so there, and PBO told them that he has not gotten any support from the GOP for Immigration
              reform it was a great interview. PBO will have the Latino Votes I can Garanteed you that.

              • 44 desertflower
                January 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

                Work to make it so, Mel! We need Latinos to vote for PBO…and we need a Dem. Senate/ House…to finally get immigration reform DONE! Thanks for all you do.

        • 45 nospin
          January 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

          now that is a legitimate debate. Why do you have money in the Swiss bank vs. US and then Romney had the nerve to call PO a European socialist or something to that effect?

          • 46 Obama Grandmama
            January 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

            Earlier this week Thom Hartmann mentioned on his radio show that when he was living in Germany he looked into getting a Swiss bank account. He found they charged 3% to open an account with them. He thought that was crazy since many places over here give bank customers % to put their money in their banks. He said they told him that was because of their secrecy laws. So if someone would pay 3% to have their money there to avoid US taxes and have secrecy that should be the story.

    • 47 CTGirl
      January 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      I smell toast! If true, you can forget about it!

    January 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm


  4. 55 vitaminlover
    January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Speaking of energy. If we took President Obama’s energy and add a dash of his enthusiam and hooked it up to each city and/or state he visits it would probably supply enough electricity throughout the entire time he was there. This man is on FIRE!!

  5. 58 Linda
    January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) sounded off Thursday on the testy exchange between President Barack Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R).

    “Apparently Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, had a similar exchange with the president. It is very well known he has a prickly personality, and I think it has been displayed in both of those cases,” McCain told Fox Business Network. “Jan Brewer is very concerned about the security on our border. I think it’s a very legitimate concern.”

    After his comment he was heard to mumble…” Now get off my Lawn “

    • 59 nospin
      January 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      “After his comment he was heard to mumble…” Now get off my Lawn “


    • 60 FiredUpInCA
      January 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      McCain calling someone prickly. Classic.

      • 61 jacquelineoboomer
        January 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        This is McCain dealing years ago with a POW-MIA representative, Chairwoman of the National Alliance of Families, if you want to see prickly:

        Even if you just watch the last three minutes of this, it is appalling. Thank God he isn’t President.

    • 62 CTGirl
      January 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I am ROFL… McCain said that? Pot…

    • 63 Ladyhawke
      January 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      McCain and Brewer are masters of moving the goalposts. It’s willful ignorance. They will never admit that President Obama has done more than the previous administration on border security because THE TRUTH just does not fit the narrative the want to portray.

    • 64 anniebella
      January 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      You see the John McCain from seven or eight years ago, the McCain with some sense, would have said since I don’t really know what went on I won’t make any comment. But the nasty old senile bastard who lost to President Obama has to stick his nose into something he knows nothing about.

    • 65 Cindy Sweatt
      January 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      This coming from mr. cactus himself.

    • 66 desertflower
      January 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      McCain can go suck on a cholla.

    • January 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      And what do these two Governors have in common? LYING to the media about what Pres.Obama has or has not done about a certain issue in their respective states. Pres.Obama pushed back and this is called being “prickly”.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm


  7. 70 auni
    January 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you Chips for letting me back. Sen. Murray is my senator. I have been a big fan of hers since she first came into office. Got to visit her office last summer and was impressed with her sharp, smart, and very lovely staff. It seems like the President and First Lady’s pictures are even better then usual–maybe they know that victory is in the air!!!

    • 71 JoJothecat
      January 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      The State of Washington is my adopted state and I have always admired Sen Patty Murry. You should be very proud of ther.

  8. January 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    • January 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      The GOP skewered Geithner for an actual trivial mistake in his taxes that he prepared himself. Romney has an army of tax lawyers to prepare his tax documents. If they omitted something, I’m inclined to think it was on purpose, and should receive even more scrutiny than Geithner’s silly error, which he owned up to. Geithner was embarrassed because he was going to be Treasury Secretary, responsible for the IRS. Shouldn’t Romney be even more embarrassed, since he’s trying to be President – in charge of all of the Executive Branch?

      Actually – he shouldn’t be embarrassed. He should be investigated.

  9. 76 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Here you go Jackie 😆

  10. January 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I wonder what will be worse for Romney in the general election: his taxes or Bain.

    I would argue that Romney’s taxes are going to be much more of a problem for him than Bain for taxes people can really understand it.

    Romney’s taxes are going to be his achilles heel. Democrats and the Obama team will hound him daily on this.

  11. 80 utaustinliberal
    January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Hey TOD Early Heads Up: Dianne Sawyer’s interview with PBO will air tonight at 6:30PM ET/ 5:30PM CT on ABC and will also air on Nightline at 11:30PM ET/ 10:30PM CT.

    • January 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Excellent UT, thank you!

    • 82 hopefruit2
      January 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks UT. Let’s hope she doesn’t ask any stupid questions. My expectations are not high for Ms. Sawyer. Of course, for the Prmesident, my expectations are soaring as usual, and I know they will be met.

    • January 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Part of the interview is on the ABC news website right now. It is pretty good.

      • 84 Obama Grandmama
        January 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        When I logged onto my computer a little while ago I came into my opening page that lists Yahoo news items and there was a news article headlined something like Obama admits to mistakes. It is said to come out in his interview with Diane Sawyer. I picture in my mind the GOP using his words against him. Shudder! I do remember his truthful nature and also remember the opponent’s campaign using his own words against him last time.

  12. 85 Jenny
    January 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Rescued American’s dad describes amazing phone call by President Obama

    “John, this is Barack Obama. I’ve got some really good news for you. Your daughter Jessica has been rescued and evacuated by our SEAL team and she’s on her way home.’ He said he empathized with me, having two daughters, and said something to the effect of how proud he was that our young people would go help these other people.”


    • January 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I read this father’s whole interview earlier today. By the time I got to the end, I realized that he was VERY open and free with compliments with the FBI, many other government agencies and “our government”…….”very proud to be an American.” However, other than recounting his conversation with the President, he did not one time thank the President. Unless I missed something, I believe I am right. This family lives in Bedford, VA which is Jerry Falwell/Liberty University area.

      • 87 hopefruit2
        January 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        I noticed the same too.

      • 89 anniebella
        January 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        He’s probably a tea party Republican. Makes no different he still could have said thank you Mr. President.

      • 91 Obama Grandmama
        January 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm

        I read the article and saw where he said he was so grateful for the help for his daughter. I do not hold it against him if his thanks was inclusive instead of specific.

        • 92 Cathy from MN
          January 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

          Or maybe like many of the men in my family where few words are spoken, they are sure you know they appreciate what you do (the midwestern way of communicating – few words)…

          • 93 HZ
            January 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm

            I am not being mean spirited in my words, and understanding the very personal but highly dangerous situaion for this family, I felt a sting within my heart as well. I understand high pressure rescues and high profile situations could happen to many people. I have a sibling who is in a very, very high profile position, who is in danger every minute of the day and night,but I can’t imagine not thanking the President of the United States when he calls me to give me such great news.

            I pray to Almighty God that I will never have to receive that call, but just can’t understand these types of behaviors totally. But I know that POB is a gracious man, and he does understand all of this daily, and that is why I pray for him to speak with seasoned words, tones of compasion, and keep his respectful heart and attitude above the fray as he continues to carry out his duties as the President of the United States. After all, POB had to give the order before anyone moved. Thank God is turned out in such a wonderful way for this precious family.

            We all are so saturated with hearing people making speeches in Awards Ceremonies and thanking every person on the planet almost. Why are we as a people so dismissive when so many people seem to just do not want to be respectful to POB. Yes, I said it, and I mean it. I have lived too many years to not know that there are just some people and their positions, you just give due respect to, not matter what and the President of the United States is one, especially when he is the one you are speaking with on the other end of that phone.

            I am so grateful that the dear father of Jessica received that most important call, but the President of the United States delivered it to this waiting father. And the President was announced before as the father heard the person say who the father would be speaking to. That is protocol. Why can’t we return the same back to the President of the United States. Just being who I am, and hopefully and prayfully Jessica will get some much needed rest, a loving reunion with her family, and get the best of medical care that she needs. God bless you and your family Jessica, and may God Bless Your President, Barack Obama. Goodnight all.HZ

  13. January 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    How Citizens United Created Newt

    In essence, Romney and the GOP are on the verge of being done in by the Citizens United monster they created. It’s wonderful irony. And if Newt wins the nomination, the Dems will simply hammer him on the uncontestable fact that he bought the primaries with the help of one very wealthy donor donating to his “independent” SuperPAC.

  14. 95 auni
    January 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    To PurpleshoesLA–I do thank you for the information regarding the bridge thing–am using those facts for a letteder to the editor as a rebuttal—-I promise it will be used for doing good. Thank you again–auni in WA

  15. January 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    These times . . . . . it feels like a huge love affair going on. And it’s bigger than all of us.
    These are very rich times. hmmmmmmmmmmmm! ~enjoy~ and keep rowing. xoox

  16. January 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Obama’s Strategic Tarmac Attack

    Shorter Chait: Don’t fuck with O. He’ll make you look stupid.

    • 99 Jenny
      January 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      That’s exactly what I thought when I saw the story.

      I said to myself, “wait until Latinos see this! What better way to crank up intensity among Latinos then getting into a spat with the wicked witch of immigration.

    • 100 CTGirl
      January 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Brilliant find LL! Mmm…I wonder 🙂

    • 101 elo4obama/biden
      January 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      So the President planned for this…Gov Jan Brewer to act like a jill ass? One of JB’s accounts said that she asked him if he’d read her book. This president answered honestly, he’d read excerpts and that her account of their last private meet deffered from reality. She’d been on record at cspan saying it was very very cordial, and she did not reflect that in her book.

      Anyway I guess main take away is her approval is real low, and latinos have ANOTHER reason to vote dem in 2012. OK last part seems dumb, like his treatment and her churlish, lying would be needed to sway them any more that she does not have their interest at heart.

    • 102 Mel
      January 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      LL yes PBO will make look stupid any Republican!!!

    • January 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      I don’t think anything was planned by either party but I think the Gov is using it to her advantage while the the O-Team is just letting people see it for what it is.

      TPM interviewed one of the people who witnessed the interaction and while he won’t provide details of the exchange he says President Obama did not walk away and was not upset in any way.

    • 104 Cha
      January 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you so much Liberal Librarian! This is what I thought YESTERDAY! Was it Fineman who said PBO fell right into the witch’s trap? I think the scorpion eating witch was hoisted on her own big ugly lyin’ mouth.

  17. 105 Bill
    January 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), a Newton Leroy supporter, just interviewed by Tweety, is an idiot.

  18. January 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Drip drip drip.

  19. January 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    The WH video of the Las Vegas speech isn’t up yet, so here’s an alternative version for now:

  20. 117 collegekay
    January 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Don’t forget the interview with Diane Sawyer tonight. I think it comes on at 6:30/ET

    Clip here http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/exclusive-obama-somalia-rescue-made-me-think-of-own-daughters/

  21. 119 yardarm756
    January 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    The Rev and DWS are on now.

    • 120 hopefruit2
      January 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Debbie is a real trooper. She is on message and is hitting hard on Mitt Romney despite the MSM’s attempt to take focus off Romney by talking about Gingrich.

  22. 121 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    FILE THIS UNDER: “Tell Us Something We Don’t Know”

    President Obama’s State of the Union Body Language


    When he’s on his game (as was the case last night), few leaders are better than President Obama at crafting and delivering a speech. His State of the Union address was beautifully written (of course, much credit goes to head speechwriter Jon Favreau) and expertly delivered.

    But I was especially aware of what the President didn’t say. And last night his nonverbal communication was spot on. Three body language signals stood out:

    1) His smile.
    2) His fluid motions.
    3) His verbal and nonverbal alignment.

    But does any of this really matter in the political arena?

    You bet!



    Note: Tweety just did a segment on this article. I would love the see an analysis on the body language of snarling Newt Gingrich (the angriest man in America) and Mitt Romney (the well oiled weathervane) that can’t get arrested.

  23. January 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    seems like a GOP mayor is contradicting Guv Brewer’s take on “battle at the tarmac” yesterday. According to this mayor, Obama was calm and cool during the whole thing.

    Mayor Seems To Contradict Gov. Brewer’s Story On Obama Run-In

    Obama didn’t exactly walk away from AZ Gov. Jan Brewer during their disagreement on an airport tarmac near Phoenix, said one of the only people to witness the exchange up close. The president simply began talking to the other two elected officials who were there to greet him…

    • January 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Good. That matches what Jonathan Chait wrote in New York Magazine.

    • 130 desertflower
      January 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Like I said earlier. She lies as a matter of course. Those of us in AZ heard one too many times about headless bodies in AZ….THAT WERE NEVER THERE. I could write a book on her lies.This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

    • 131 Mae who love our CIC
      January 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      You know without knowing the complete details I knew that jan brewer was lying. It is just not in our President’s character to diss anyone. He has too much class to wallow in trivial bullshiggedy. He is fighting for all of us. Too much is at stake.

      • 132 Obama Grandmama
        January 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        Past behavior is the best indicator for future behavior. We really don’t know what happened but the photo is a clue. Also the past behaviors of both participants is a very good indicator. Jan Brewer lied in her book about the meeting at the WH with Prez Obama as witnessed by the news clip right after the meeting. Her lies on beheaded people in her state due to the immigration border problem. Prez Obama has been more than fair and hasn’t lost his calm demeanor in the face of others belittling him time and time again. Using past behaviors alone it is hard to believe her complaint. I also realize those people that already hate him are only going to believe what she said over him.

  24. January 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Chris Cristie just said that people should have had a referendum on Civil rights, rather than dying in the streets.

    Another gaffe. These people are clueless.

  25. January 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    The New NBC/WSJ poll has Democrats up big against Republicans in the generic poll for Congress according to Chuck Todd. Still waiting for those results.

  26. 138 Andy46
    January 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Hello TOD
    I keep posting this; but I continue to marvel at your President and jealous of you
    guys as a Canadian…need to change my name here to ‘JealousCanadian’ lol.

    Thanks Chipsticks for creating this blog site, because I just can’t watch CNN anymore, still trying to figure out what happened to them.

    P.s President Obama’s interview with Univision only reinforce; not only that he is a class act, but he is also aware/intouch regarding the specifics issues within the Latino community….he also didn’t stutter or pander with his answers.
    Far and above his GOP opponents.

  27. 140 Fred
    January 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I was asked to log on and post this.What a lying bitch 🙄 as expected our President who we call at Saint at my house comes out looking like the great guy that he is 😀
    until next time;
    Fred 😉

    Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz (R-AZ) Seems To Contradict Gov. Brewer’s Story On Obama Run-In

    President Obama didn’t exactly walk away from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) during their disagreement on Wednesday on an airport tarmac near Phoenix, said one of the only people to witness the exchange up close. The president simply began talking to the other two elected officials who were there to greet him.

    Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., declined to say exactly what he heard Obama and Brewer talk about during their now-infamous tiff next to Air Force One.

    But the mayor said he was standing right next to the governor when the exchange took place and Obama didn’t seem to be in any kind of hurry to leave.

    “There was no sense that he was running to or from anything,” Smith told TPM. In fact, he said, the president stayed and had a pleasant conversation with Smith, who’s a Republican, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat.

    It was “just the four of us,” Smith said. “Mayor Stanton and I had a decent talk with him.”

    The portrayal of a calm, friendly president seems to at least partly contradict what Brewer has said about the encounter in numerous interviews since Wednesday afternoon. She described the president as “tense” and said he walked away from her while she was in mid-sentence. She told a Phoenix television station she felt “a little bit threatened” by the encounter.

    Obama was in the area to tour a nearby Intel chip manufacturing plant and to promote his jobs strategy. But after landing in Mesa, the president somehow ended up talking to Brewer about a book she wrote last year.

    Both the governor and White House have said the discussion involved a disagreement about how the book portrayed a June 2010 meeting between Brewer and Obama. A photo of the encounter shows Brewer pointing her finger at the president after handing him a letter she had written.

    “It was somewhat of an animated discussion,” Smith said on Thursday. “It revolved around the presentation of the letter…Other than that, I don’t want to get into specifics.”

    Smith described the situation as an “awkward moment” but little more than that. He expected the meeting to involve casual pleasantries, not a sticky encounter. “You don’t expect to see that at the bottom of the stairs of Air Force One,” he said.

    Smith was disappointed that a small dispute was getting more press than some of the region’s success stories like the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, where the confrontation took place and which has grown exponentially even in the midst of the economic downturn.

    He said he was glad the president came to town to highlight Intel and wished the focus could have remained there.

    “It was an honor to be able to welcome the president to Mesa, to Arizona,” Smith said, “and I hoped that this little episode between the governor and the president didn’t overshadow all the great things that are going on in the middle of this recession.”


    • 141 pinkbunny
      January 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      No Surprise, GOP idiots just like, and think they will never be called out for it!

      • 142 Lorraine
        January 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        Maybe she was drunk like I’ve read on several other blogs. In that interview last night she did look like she had the shakes.

      • 143 Lorraine
        January 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        In the words of the divine Ms. Carly Simon

        Your so vain
        You probably think this song is about you
        Your so vain
        You probably think this song is about you, don’t you, don’t you.

    • 144 Linda
      January 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      That airport expansion/conversion happened because of a Federal Grant from President Obama…


    • 145 desertflower
      January 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks! don’t be surprised by this lying woman. It’s the only thing that EVER comes out of her mouth.

      • January 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        Just so you can turn your attention away from Jan Jan, the spousal unit and I decided to splurge and send Stewie to doggie daycare every work day. It’s a bit of change, but he does so well there, and learns so much, and just takes stress off our shoulders. We think he likes the dog sitters more than he likes us now. We were able to work out a deal with the wonderful lady who runs the daycare, so we’re saving $200 off of what would’ve been the daily rate.

        • 147 JoJothecat
          January 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          Don’t you just love people who love animals, they seem to be wo kind. My cat sitter is so sweet I just love her. I have to go away at in a few months and she comes to my house and takes are of my cat….she feeds her, sits with her, and plays with her.

    • January 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      So it sounds like the mayor is a bit ticked off too, because her little imbroglio deflected attention from what was supposed to be the purpose.

    • 151 Cha
      January 27, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Thanks for that link, Fred! When I read yesterday that PBO had walked away from the wicked witch I thought it didn’t sound like him. Did not compute with who he is. Wonder who started the “walked away” rumor?

  28. 152 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    For Republicans it’s a perfect mess in Florida


    The Archie Bunker wing of the Republican Party, whose mental cheese slid off its cracker when a guy with the middle name Hussein advanced to the presidency, doesn’t just want to see the GOP win back the White House. They want to see Barack Obama punished — humiliated, even. And so they’ve spent the last year fishing for a candidate who’ll get onstage during a debate and call Obama a Kenyan Socialist to his face.

    When Donald Trump didn’t work out, despite his best efforts to cast Barack Obama as an affirmative-action hire of questionable birth, and Herman Cain fell through because there was just too much swirling around in his head, they got stuck with Newt.



    • 153 Betsey
      January 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      That’s hilarious! Thanks for posting the link.

    • 154 Cha
      January 27, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Thanks for the link, Ladyhawke. Joy Reid said the evangelicals had to choose between a Mormon and someone whose last wife was his mistress. And, saying “not that there’s anything wrong with being a Mormon”…but, think it should be polnted out more that they have to choose between two pathological LIARS.

  29. 155 Ahero62
    January 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I noticed that too! He wasn’t overly thankful to the president.

  30. 156 collegekay
    January 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Diane Sawyer interview is on now

  31. 161 utaustinliberal
    January 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Wow. This Mitt Romney issue of not disclosing his UBS Swiss Bank connections is beginning to get traction in the news. If this investigation by the L.A. Times continues to unravel more damaging stuff especially since the bank was fined for funding terrorist cells in Iran in 2004 and Romney had the account from 2003-2010 I believe, then he’s going to have some explaining to do.

    • January 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Gingrich needs to bash him with it tonight.

      • 163 hopefruit2
        January 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        I predict that Gingrich will mostly give Robney a pass and attack PBO with racial dogwhistles because that’s what he thinks CNN WANTS to see most. The GOP establishment also wants to stop Gingrich and they may have threatened him tonight.

        I would be happy if I’m proven wrong tonight!!

        • January 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

          I don’t predict that. Gingrich was too laid back in the last debate and that haulted his momentum. Gingrich has to come out swinging against Romney this time.

          • 165 Lorraine
            January 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

            Me either. Newton Leroy is hoppin’ mad! I think he is going to put Romney on full blast, tonight. He has to, polls have him down by 2 to 8 or 9 points. He better knock him out like Tyson did Spinks or he might be in trouble, in Florida.

          • 166 hopefruit2
            January 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

            I would so LOVE to be wrong in my Prediction. But history has told me that Newt prefers to take swipes at the President because he will get claps/cheers/whistles from both his (and Romney’s) audience, but will get booed from Romney’s audiences if he attacks Willard. Mankini Newt is a COWARD and a BULLY.

    • January 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      So, this Is why Robney did not want to release his tax returns prior to 2010?

  32. January 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Meet some of the folks who sat in the First Lady’s box at the SOTU:

  33. 169 dotster3
    January 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Watching Obama interview with Diane Sawyer. Obama perfect in his answers as always. Diane Sawyer is being the B word. After he answers her question, she asks it again in a dubious tone. I don’t know who these present day “journalists” think they are and what their role is. It’s all about controversy, not related to truth or facts at all. Here comes the Brewer question, asking him if he’s “thin-skinned” and “tense”. And after he answers, she asks again. Now she’s asking if how the family will feel if he loses. Disgusting. He answers with Michelle’s feelings. And then she says, “And the girls?” How would they feel if he loses. Groan to the max! More on Nightline.

    • 170 Linda
      January 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      I refuse to watch these interviews……they have only one goal….Try to get him to say something that will become a negative sound bite.

      As someone said the other day….they are not reporters….they are ” Press-titutes “

    • 172 Andy46
      January 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      I love his answers, its like he can predict their questions in advance where he never seems faze by them…
      unfortunately they are come off looking like political-gossip journalist.

    • January 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      It’s the first African American president that they see in front of them and all the gross History of America.
      Note to media- that does not give you a right to scold.
      Their the ones that are condescending.

      • 174 Andy46
        January 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        IA, condescending because IMO he shows them up…he forces them to do homework, and they would rather sound-bits.
        under George Bush they didn’t have to work they were basically feed information…notice most of the networks haven’t hired investigative journalist…they have instead hired record # of pundits. President Obama expects them to do their job…and he makes them look like idiots
        just look at the rescue by the Navy Seal…again what where they busy doing?

        Reporting after the fact…they are 10 steps behind always, at least that is what I see lol.

    • January 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      She should ask questions about what he would do about the economy instead of questions about the “horserace”.

    • 176 Lorraine
      January 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      I’m going to give all network journalist (Fox News is propaganda not real news so they don’t count) the benefit of the doubt when interviewing President Obama. Especially those who have very good reputations, like Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer. I think a lot of questions asked by journalist are for the President to be able to tell the American people the truth. Lets just be honest because as quiet as its kept President Obama (regardless of the crazies and you can compromise with the crazies) has the likability, trust and goodwill of the sane American public. Every time President Obama is interviewed by a morally sound journalist his likability (those that aren’t measured through polls) ratings increase ten fold. Watch what I tell ya.

      • 177 Lorraine
        January 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        “regardless of the crazies and you can’t compromise with the crazies” Chips, we need a edit button, love. 🙂

      • 178 Andy46
        January 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

        Maybe I am bias but, when President Obama is smiling you don’t remember the questions or even look at who is interviewing him lol.

        • 179 Lorraine
          January 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

          Thank you, I guess I’m bias too but I completely agree with your analysis. His smile disarms the most harden personality.

    • 180 Cha
      January 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

      I expect that from Diane Sawyer. She’s certainly shown her bitchy side enough with all people Democratic. I would image PObama has her corporatewhore mickey mouse number too.

  34. 181 nospin
    January 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Hillary Clinton Says She’s Ready to Step Off ‘the High Wire of American Politics’

    During a town hall meeting with State Department employees this morning Clinton said she is ready to step off “the high wire of American politics.” She said she’s paying no attention to the battle for the Republican presidential nomination and hasn’t watched any of the debates.


    • 182 hopefruit2
      January 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      That’s not news – I’m not sure why the MSM is “breaking” this story AGAIN today. Well actually I know why, but they need to give it a rest already.

      In an interview in March 2011 (almost a year ago) she said the EXACT thing.

      // March 16 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today she intends to complete four years as secretary of state, though she doesn’t want to serve in the cabinet or seek elected office again. Clinton, in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, said she would not be interested in serving as secretary of state or defense if President Barack Obama were to win a second term, nor would she run for vice president or president. “I have the best job I could ever have. This is a moment in history where it is almost hard to catch your breath,” she said from Cairo, referring to “opportunities and challenges that we see right here in Egypt and in the rest of the region.”
      “There isn’t anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding,” Clinton said. “I am doing what I want to do right now, and I have no intention or any idea even of running again. I’m going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years. //


  35. January 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Wow, look at all those service members with their phones out to take pictures of PBO. I’m sure it’s just to post them Photoshopped with horns on their Facebook pages, and not because they actually admire him. 🙄

    • 187 pinkbunny
      January 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      I know!! How AWESOME is that??? There goes that meme that the military hates President Obama!

      I think unless you are a full out racists or are afflicted with ODS, most of the military would be for someone who is a true leader, intelligent, measured, and totally awesome!

  36. 188 FiredUpInCA
    January 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Homeless vet population falling

    “The Obama administration “deserves an awful lot of credit for staying on task and (is) well within the reach of that goal,” said John Driscoll, president and CEO of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

    The population of homeless vets fell 12% last year — from about 76,000 in 2010 to 67,000, according to a federally sponsored annual count of homeless people, including vets, taken on a single night in January 2011. This year’s count is under way and the results will be available later this year.”


  37. January 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    ok ok calm down LOL the interview with Diane was terrific. Remember, she has a crush on Obama (see all her earlier interviews posted at ABCNEWS). Anyway the Prez looked so cool and confident while Newt/Mitt look and sound like rabid dogs.
    Also, me haz a sad could not get in line with 1 zillion college students down in Ann Arbor so will miss the President live in Michigan.
    And lastly, new poll done by the Detroit Free Press has Obama leading Mitt 48-40. YAY!

    • 191 hopefruit2
      January 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      I know she has a crush on PBO but like her counterpart on CNN (Piers) she has to act differently.

    • 192 Britt
      January 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      I’ve never been fond of Diane’s interviewing skills, and I don’t think she has a crush on him.

      • 193 FiredUpInCA
        January 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        Diane Sawyer is from the Some Would Say school of Journalism. She loves to preface a derogatory remark or meme about her interviewee with “Some would say…” and never specifies who the “some” are. We just have to take her word for it that the “some” are credible, do not have an agenda and actually exist.

    • 195 halo
      January 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm


    • 198 PurpleShoesLA
      January 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Incredibly sick and stupid. And the cop was stupid/arrogant/ignorant enough to post the photo on his Facebook page. At least the story has been updated to indicate that there is now an administrative investigation underway and the Secret Service is on the case. As unspeakably ugly as this is, the more this ugliness comes to the surface, the faster we can wipe it off the face of the earth, once and for all.

  38. 199 hopefruit2
    January 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Michigan sure loves it’s President! Let’s hope the love lasts thru November 2012 and beyond 🙂

  39. 204 FiredUpInCA
    January 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    “I think it’s always good publicity for a Republican if they’re in an argument with me,” Obama said of their most recent meeting. “But this was really not a big deal. She wanted to give me a letter, asking for a meeting. And I said, ‘We’d be happy to meet.’

    “Last time we met, she wasn’t fully satisfied. But, you know, I think this is a classic example of things getting blown out of proportion.”


    It was great publicity. She boosted sales of her book all the way up to #177 on the bargain basement list. Smell the Janmentum.

  40. 206 yardarm756
    January 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Rev Al and Joe Madison made it real plain tonight. There’s nothing like the truth.

    • January 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Agreed. Rev. Al was on fire tonight.

      I’m so glad he has this show. I try not to miss it.

    • 208 Lorraine
      January 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      They are great tonight. Best chemistry on MSNBC, Rev. Al and Joe Madison, Rev Al and Bob Shrum (I love that man) and Lawrence O’Donnell and Richard Wolfe (well Richard is good with Chris Matthews, too)

  41. January 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Ppp polling says that Ersine Bowles could win NC governorship for democrats.


    • 210 Bill
      January 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Possibly, but he has lost two Senate races. He is probably the only Dem that could win it. I think it is posible he could be appointed Secretary of the Treasury next term. Bill Clinton once said Bowles is the most capable person he has ever known, high praise, and he and PBO seemed to have worked well together with the commission.

  42. January 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Does anybody remember pictures of when Bush woukld speak to the troops. They woudl just stabd there, never show any emotion and definitely never react the way they do with PBO. Yet the myth is still out there that the military prefers Republicans. It used to be that way, but he is one Democrat definitely has their trust and repsect, maybe because they know that he trusts and respects them.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm


    • January 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      The military hierarchy is far right. The nco are mostly Obama supporters and some Paul supporters.

      Most 4 star Generals, were trained to defeat the Soviet Union.

      That is all!

      • January 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        Jovie, my son is a major in the Army, and I can tell you that a lot of the super right wing military upper staff is gone and even those whose politics tend to be Repbulican have come to respect this man. From the level of major on down, they are strongly for the President, the support is less the farther up you go, but compared to their feelings about Clinto, President Obama is a rock star.

  43. January 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  44. 218 hopefruit2
    January 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    The Obama Campaign will not let this go – I say right on!

  45. January 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Btw- so you hear it here first, the Company that went bankrupt today, was not the Company that received a loan from the energy department. It was, however, the Parent company that went bankrupt.
    The dept of energy says, that no jobs were lost as a result of their loan

    Nice try Politico!

  46. 222 hopefruit2
    January 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    WOW, can I have a piece of that lovely cake?

  47. 225 halo
    January 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    What was this event for?

  48. 226 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Well, well, lookie here. …..

    BREAKING: TransCanada’s Dirty Keystone XL Jobs Claims Draw Complaint To SEC


    ThinkProgress Green has learned that TransCanada, the foreign tar sands company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, is facing a potential inquiry into whether it deliberately deceived investors by inflating the job-creation potential of the project. Greenpeace has filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over TransCanada’s “false or misleading statements about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project.”

    In the complaint, Greenpeace shows evidence from TransCanada’s Canadian filings and the State Department that the project would involve fewer than 1000 in-state jobs, and around 6000 total jobs. This evidence is contrasted with TransCanada’s (TRP) repeated public pronouncements that pipeline construction would involve 20,000 American jobs:



    January 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm


  50. 233 desertflower
    January 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Pass around liberally 🙂 confirmation of what we already knew.


    There’s no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.
    The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm


      • January 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Every year I teach my second graders about Dr. King and his fight for equal rights. I read the stories about ‘whites only’, ‘colored only’ signs on bathroom, drinking fountains, movie theaters, etc. I tell them about black and white children not being aloud to go to the same schools and try to explain how powerfully Dr. King changed the world. It warms my heart to see the looks of incomprehensibility on their faces. They just cannot wrap their minds around it. I know there is still plenty of racism alive and well in this country, but my second graders always give me hope. (And we are in a very Republican area, but my kids seem to love PBO!)

  51. January 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Romney has been getting dinky crowds in Florida of a few hundred. Gingrich is getting thousands. You can see the enthusiasm gap between Romney and Gingrich.


      January 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm


  52. 238 desertflower
    January 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Put your drink down before you read this!!! I gave you fair warning:) From the “place we don’t like to link” Spanish language TV interview……

    Jorge Ramos: We are going to open it up to the audience. Let me just ask you. Would you consider Newt Gingrich as your running mate?
    Mitt Romney: At this stage, if he were the VP and I was the President, why, that’s something I would consider … I haven’t made any considerations as to who would be my VP at this point. I think it would be presumptuous. I’ve got to become the nominee, first. And then I have to defeat President Obama. And then I’d get the privilege of having a vice president.

    I’m SURE HE HAD CIVICS in school back in the day! OR he’s run for President before, you would think that by now he’d know how this thingy works! Lord.

  53. January 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    O/T: Did y’all know that Rachel Maddow has a degree (don’t remember if it was PhD.) from Oxford in Politics? Just heard that on Jeopardy.

  54. 244 desertflower
    January 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    http://www.thehousemajoritypac.com/press/2012/01/25/eight-gop-incuments-trouble/ Some good news:) The one in the worst shape??????????
    Give it up for JOE WALSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. 247 Barb
    January 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

    OTIS…hmmmm….Seriously, I recently baby-sat for a one-eyed Pug named Otis…..and he was much sweeter than AZ OTIS.

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