afternoon all

President Barack Obama is introduced by Representative John Larson, Chairman of the Democratic House Caucus, at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Maryland, January 27




Thanks amk



TPM: Out of the three officials who met President Obama on an airport tarmac near Phoenix earlier this week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is now the only one who has characterized the president as anything other than cordial.

In numerous TV and radio interviews since the meeting, Brewer has said the president was “tense to say the least” and took issue with a book she wrote last year. She said Obama walked away from her while she was in mid-sentence and even told one Phoenix television station she felt “a little bit threatened” by the encounter.

But Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who was standing just feet away from the president and the governor on Wednesday during their now-infamous encounter, told TPM that Obama seemed calm the whole time.

“He wasn’t tense at all,” Stanton said on Friday. “The guy’s a pro.”

More here

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423 Responses to “afternoon all”

      • 32 Mel
        January 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

        #2nd and please can this be tweet allover tweetland so people will know what this great President
        is done for the last 3 years and specially to the Fuckers of the MSM.
        Please tod PEOPLE SEND THE REPORT FROM Josh Marshall of TPM to Chuck Tod and Wolf they are
        fucking liears regarding crazy Gov Brewer and PBO we have to stop those M@#$%F”s thank you.

    • 33 utaustinliberal
      January 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Oh wow. This is bloody amazing! Chips this would be a great picture to blow up.

    • January 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      That last one may be the most amazing. I’m trying to do that now.

      • January 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        I did the day he got elected in 2008. Over quarter century of a dirty habit. Gone like ashes.

        • January 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

          Wow amk I hope to say the same thing because it has been way too long, How did you do it?

          • January 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

            My kids and wifey had been after me for a long time. When they saw what a crazy obot I was in 2007, they made a deal that I should quit if he won. And I, foolishly, took the deal. 🙂

            • January 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

              Thank you. My wife has been asking me to do the same. It’s not only her. A big part of me wants to do the same. It’s just sometimes that small portion has a megaphone saying don’t do it. That’s how I know something is wrong.

              • January 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

                Trust me. It feels to great to kick that nasty habit. I eat better. I smell better. My BP has come down. Everyone is proud of my willpower. I can go on.

                • 41 Pamela
                  January 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

                  Well done YOU! Fantastic to hear this part of your story, amk, PBO would be proud, he knows the struggle and the rewards!

                • January 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

                  It’s been 4 days so far. I usually don’t even make it this far. Thank you for the inspiration.

                  • January 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

                    Just make each day it’s own goal. Before you know it, you’ll have succeeded 365 days, then 730, and so on. Just succeed from the moment you wake up to the moment you go back to sleep – hour by hour. And when you get tempted, just say “no” out loud – your brain will hear you, and 15 minutes later, you won’t even be tempted. And you’ll have another success to claim. Good luck!

                  • 44 EDP4BHO
                    January 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

                    Drink lots of water, draw nice deep breaths, chew sugarless gum. And hit a wall if you must. I quit 11 years ago after having smoked for 30 years. I wanted to be an ex-smoker before I turned 50. I was 48 then. You will do it if you dream of all the things you wish to do where smoking would hinder those efforts. Good luck !

                  • January 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

                    That’s a great start derbingle. Try to keep people around you all the time at the start, This helps a lot when you feel the urge. One day at a time. Keep some nicotine gums as a last minute get away but try to avoid them if possible.

                    My best wishes to you.

      • 47 nathkatun7
        January 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        Good luck on trying to quit smoking, derbingle! I quit smoking 33 years ago after having been a smoker for 25 years. Believe me it was not easy! Every time I was under any kind of stress the first thing I would think of is having a few puffs. Can you imagine the discipline it takes to avoid craving a smoke for a President who has to deal with crisis after crisis? The good news is that once you break the habit (or is it addiction?) it is difficult to go back.

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm


    • 49 LunarSea
      January 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Yup, that’s my president. #MrBadAss & getting things done with style & swagger.

    • January 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      This is now my desktop background, thanks.

    • 51 Ladyhawke
      January 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      This is beyond brilliant. I hope it will be made into a poster.

    • 52 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Brilliant! :mrgreen:

    • 55 Obama Grandmama
      January 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      spell check-
      Increased veterans’ benefits every year
      not… very year

      Cannot help it as I am a retired elementary teacher. hee hee

      I loved this format and combo of photo and list of accomplishments.

  1. January 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I’m trying to get to 100 reasons 🙂

  2. 63 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Jon Huntsman has a new job courtesy of daddy!

    • 64 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Guess he won’t “betray” his rich daddy, like he did his last boss.

    • January 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      I hope people get that these GOP politicians have options – they won’t get hurt by their horrific policies. They will have a nice, soft landing. Who else gets an executive job when they’ve spectacularly failed at the most highly visible job interview ever? They will be just fine – they’re after your well-being!

  3. January 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  4. January 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    The next time one of these GOpundits talks about the “enthusiasm gap” or “losing the youth vote” the answer should be to laugh at their faces and ask them when is the last time they watched the President interact with a crowd – be it students or factory workers or military or any segment of the population. Make them look as ridiculous as they are. It’s just as effective and much easier on the blood pressure than outrage.

    • January 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Romney is going to need a doctor after seeing this cause it’s definitely going to leave a mark. Ouch!

      • 75 Ladyhawke
        January 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        Oh boy, I can’t stop laughing. At the end of the video Williard is practically hysterical. I can’t wait for him to try an use that swill during the debates. He’s going to be demolished. He will be bleeding before he realizes he got cut.

      • January 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        I want him to wear steel-toed boots when he kicks this smarmy bastid’s nuts. Pahdon my FF.

      • 78 anniebella
        January 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        It is bad to want something so bad that you will lie your butt off, and that is what Romney is doing.

        • January 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

          The question is: why does Romney want it so bad that he’s willing to drag his reputation through the gutter? What is he after? What does he really want to do? I can’t imagine it’s all about a lust for power.

          • January 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

            I’ve been trying to figure that out as well. Is it the title?

          • January 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

            I honestly think Willard wants the position primarily so that he can manipulate the rules for him and his buddies. Yes, he’s incredibly rich, but he is very obviously someone who is always reaching out for more riches. Past history indicates he wouldn’t encounter the obstacles PBO has, so he could do pretty much as he wanted to, and the 1% could have a ball. Nothing else makes sense to me, not even the idea of doing better than daddy. To go through all this now, plus the governing WORK that would be necessary if he won, just to outdo dear old dad doesn’t add up.

          • 83 anniebella
            January 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

            Didn’t Romney dad run for President?

            • January 28, 2012 at 2:55 am

              “They looked at Romney, the Rambler, but found a taint – for he had not drank from the Cup of Gold Water”

              The begatting of a President

              • January 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

                George Romney was an excellent man and an excellent governor; a Republican for whom I would have gladly voted ( I was not quite old enough). This is from an article about how George Romney’s experiences may have shaped his son’s behavior today.

                “By 1963, he was governor, a Republican in a Democratic state, a politician so beloved that John F. Kennedy was terrified at the thought of running against him in 1964. After his reelection in 1966, he ran 54-46 in a hypothetical 1968 match-up with Lyndon Johnson.

                His calling card was his shocking authenticity; his courage in sticking to his positions without fear or favor was extraordinary.”

                That was, of course, a time when the Republican party had room for a wider variety of opinions. The rest of the excellent article is here:

                Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/what-mitt-romney-learned-from-his-dad-20120117#ixzz1klbaV0cC

          • 86 Obama Grandmama
            January 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

            If Romney is an habitual liar he is not even aware of it. He does it as easily as breathing. If that is the case and having lots of money he probably has been surrounded by kiss ups. He can’t imagine being challenged and thinks he is owed the Presidency. A man that rich that feels entitled will do whatever he needs to do to get to his goal. Prestige, power, entitlement and ego all are the motives.

  5. January 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Oh, I’m always late. 🙂

  6. 94 nintendowii10
    January 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Chips!

    I’m on YouTube and I see an ad about the WH taking questions about a post SOTU conversation that YouTube and Google is hosting!


  7. 96 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    CNN has audio open @ House conference; maybe they are hoping for an errant sound-bite…

  8. 102 yardarm756
    January 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Joe Biden now on c-span1 now.

  9. 107 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I want that CD!

  10. January 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Wow wow wow what a wonderful intro by Mr. Larson for POTUS 🙂

    • 116 donna dem 4 obama
      January 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm


      I know that the President doesn’t want to respond to all these overt racial remarks but at some point these people need to be called out on this stuff.

      Diane Sawyer tried talked about the “food stamp president” comment by Noot in the interview but the President basically said that more people were on more food stamps under GWB than him but he never really addressed the racial overtone of the comment. I know its a tough subject to breach but gee I wish we could find a way to have an open discussion about this.


      • 117 vero804
        January 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        I feel your frustration on this, for sure.

      • January 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        Sorry, I like that that he corrected the lie (I didn’t know that shrub was the real ‘food stamp president’, did you ?). Let others deal with that the disgusting racial crap from the rethugs. I don’t him to stoop to noot’s gutter levels.

        • January 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

          I’m with you, AMK. Let the GOP address their racism, if any of the media can muster up the courage to address it. The President already made an historic speech about racism. The ball is in the GOP court, along with the people who continue to vote for them and reward their vile garbage. In an election year, with people as rabid as they’re becoming, it will only distract people if the President wades in during the primaries to address something that’s been happening all throughout his first campaign and presidency. It might make all of us feel good for five minutes – but just look at how distracted everyone became over this finger-wagging wench, and people are STILL talking about it. It’s hard enough for the President to continue to govern, let alone slowly slide into campaigning mode – without adding another distraction which will just result in scapegoating by the GOP.

          I think we have to raise the issue, and we have to push other Democrats to raise the issue, and the so-called liberal pundits to raise the issue. I actually liked the way that Krystal Ball handled this yesterday on on of the MSNBC shows (can’t recall which one). She acknowledged that Brewer made a successful, cynical, political move by staging her false scuffle with the President in front of the press. And then Krystal launched into a cool, but scathing, attack on the unacceptability of the whole scene, especially for any elected official, meeting a President who is a guest in her state. I really like Krystal Ball and her analysis.

          • 120 Debz
            January 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

            This!! he already gave a speech on race. Diane knows the President’s campaign is ignoring Newt. She wasn’t trying to get PBO to have a discussion on race, she was trying to get him to call out Newt for race baiting. All that would have happened is Newt attacking POTUS instead of Mittens, and getting PBO in the middle of the gop primaries. Just more drama for viewers and money for the network. Our President is too smart to fall for that.

          • January 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm

            Totally agree, Theo. It would be a big strategic error for PBO to descend to criticizing Newt who won’t be the R Candidate. He’s said repeatedly that when there’s one candidate left standing he will be ready and he has always known that would be Robney. At this point he’s pounding home a message about the middle class that is resounding with people and he’s not going to have anyone’s attention wander over to Newton LeRoy’s nasty outbursts. Our president is probably the most focused human being on the planet. He won’t be distracted by pests, from flies, to witchy governors to nasty Newt.

            • 124 EDP4BHO
              January 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

              I’m butting in, late as usual 😀 As I see it, PBO doesn’t need to talk about the insidiousness of something that has been around for longer than he’s been alive in the country of his birth, and will not go away anytime soon. I hear throughout the day that he should stand up and not take any of the bs thrown his. Some go so far as to say all this race-baiting makes him look weak, and talk about what they would do. Yeah, right….as President of all the people? I think people are projecting their own feelings of helplessness to end the racism, but nothing they say or do will purify the hearts and minds of folk eaten up with the cancer of bigotry. The light revealing the ugly should compel not PBO, but all of us- his supporters- and those of some sanity, to speak up against it. He has his hands full running a country of millions. Surely a couple thousand of us, at least, can challenge the hate, the way MLK, Malcolm, and others have done.

              • 125 Mae who love our CIC
                January 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

                ESP I am very late also. Distractions will come and go. With AA’s, racism has always been a distraction. It is a fact of life. Will it ever be present. Yes as long as hate exist. Will it ever be minimized? Yes as long as love will be multiplied. We will talk about these distractions as long as they exist. When you talk about them, you are not losing focus, you are releasing stress and some are trying to get an understanding. Distractions are teaching moments.in my neighborhood when a person put their finger in your face, that person would be snatchingback a nub Just saying.

      • 126 Obama Grandmama
        January 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

        I think he said something like the food stamp increase began under the previous President. I do not think he said MORE were under food stamps under the previous President.

  11. 127 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Meet the Imagine Cup students turned social entrepreneurs…

  12. January 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Go dems.

  13. January 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    OK I’m bad but is PBO talking without the…t-word?

  14. 135 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Texas haz a sad…

    The healthcare law allows HHS to adjust the spending rules — known as the medical loss ratio — in states where immediately implementing the 80 percent standard would drive insurers out of the market and leave consumers with fewer options.

    But HHS determined that almost all of the insurers in Texas’s individual market either already meet the 80 percent threshold or have said they don’t plan to leave the state once it’s imposed.

    more ——-> http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/207051-texas-will-not-receive-healthcare-waiver

  15. 137 halo
    January 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm


  16. January 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Good morning all. Nothing quite like having a Friday off. Puppy is at daycare, wife is at work, and I’m having my coffee while watching my man Tiger play a pretty good round of golf in Abu Dhabi. Off to catch up!

  17. 159 Linda
    January 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Next up on cspan2.

    ” The Future of Conservatism ”

    Why did that make me laugh out loud ?

    • 160 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Because it’s an oxymoron, lol.

    • 161 utaustinliberal
      January 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Because in the age of Obama, that line of thought falls flat.

    • January 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      The only thing I heard Grover Norquist say, (I was walking by the TV after listening the President) was about the government – “leave me alone”. I thought ok, don’t travel on the roads and bridges when you leave and when you get in your airplane call the tower and tell the air traffic controllers not to give the pilot directions and to leave you alone. Just do those two things, Grover. He’s a dangerous idiot.

    • 165 nintendowii10
      January 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      PruneFace is the poster child for EVERYTHING WRONG with the Republican Party: cynical, thin skinned, and most importantly RACIST!

      • January 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        Yes – as soon as she uttered the silly and offensive words “I felt threatened”, her goose was cooked. That dog whistle was heard by the permanently deaf.

        First, we all know the President respects women. Second, we all know the President treats people with respect and dignity – but doesn’t shy away from a righteous fight. Third, she was surrounded by Secret Service, military, police, the Press (always drooling for gossip) and the other two elected officials that were standing right next to her. She must think we’re stupid.

        • 167 Obama Grandmama
          January 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

          Chris Matthews had on a GOP state legislator from AZ on the same night the news about Gov Jan Brewer came out. I will give her the respect of the title even though she does not act in a way that earns her the right. Matthews interview with the guy let him spew his talking points about how she created more jobs and brought the state out of the red and how much the state loves her. He droned on and on. I wish Chris was enough up on things to atleast challenge him on something.

    • 168 Linda
      January 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      She also lied about balancing her budget……..as do all Republican Governors.

      Gaps States have Faced in FY2012

      FY2012 Projected Shortfall Shortfall as Percent of FY2012 General Fund Budget

      Arizona $1.5 billion 17.0%


    • January 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      That’s what happens when you lie like a cheap rug…

    • 172 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Sure does, LL


    • 173 anniebella
      January 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      LL, Gov. Brewer is just like those four GOP guys running for President, she is like Boehner and the rest. They are a bunch of lying racists.

    • January 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Mayor Scott Smith from Mesa is a Republican, a fairly decent guy, who has just announced he plans to run for a second term. He had to be a bit circumspect in his words but I would just bet he would have liked Brewer’s head out in the desert in stead of on the tarmac of Mesa airport. The President’s visit was a BFD for him and for new Democratic Phoenix Mayor Stanton. Smith has worked really hard along with other mayors to promote the valley as a great place to build business. Brewer grabbed what should have been a shining moment for our economy with positive publicity and turned it into a circus act for her benefit.

      I feel bad for Arizona but especially for Smith who had really worked hard for this and looked forward to PBO’s visit.

  18. January 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Nice to see the Sunday shows so balanced again:

    Meet the Press: Rick Santorum, John McCain, Fred Thompson, David Axelrod

    This Week: Newt Gingrich, John Boehner

    Face of The Nation: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Reince Priebus

    Fox News Sunday: Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan


  19. January 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  20. January 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    The word is Willard can’t wing it TV interviews. You see how he got so flustered with Brett Baier for goodness sake.

  21. January 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Hello TOD. I think Willard is that sure of the nomination. Newt will never be let to be!

  22. January 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    • January 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      I have a feeling that FLOTUS will tweet PBO’s accomplishments one at a time.

    • 198 Ladyhawke
      January 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm


      This is what you call ‘CIRCUMVENTING THE MEDIA FIREWALL” big time. How many times have you heard anyone in the mainstream media educate the public about the Fair Pay Act? Just imagine the number of people that are going to hear about this and say to themselves – “Gee, I didn’t President Obama did that”.

  23. 201 FiredUpInCA
    January 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    When your base consists of angry, lawsuit-suit filing, paranoid, conspiracy theorists, what could possibly go wrong?

    Tea Party lawsuit

    “Tea Party HD was conceived as the “world’s first HD provider of news about the Tea Party” in 2010, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A lawsuit against founder Anthony Loiacono filed in Tennessee in October alleged that the project was really “an investment scheme to defraud politically conservative-minded citizens who support the Tea Party mission.”


    To review: a paranoid tea partier is suing a tea partier alleging he’s trying to defraud tea partiers. Once again they prove they have the credentials to be a great, viable and enduring third party that American can count on for centuries to come.

  24. 203 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Romney and/or Gingrich will realize soon enough that their energy levels, physical and mental stamina is simply no where near that of PBO’s. The media and PL bloggers can only protect them so much – there comes a point where if the voters just can’t relate to the lies, bigotry, and plain NONSENSE these charlatans are peddling, they will only go so far.

    • 204 FiredUpInCA
      January 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      We haven’t had that Nixon/Kennedy, President Obama/McCain aesthetic juxtaposition yet. When we do, whichever one of them ends up being the nominee, they are done.

      It’ll be the contrast between a cool, calm, collected optimist with a record of unprecedented foreign policy achievements and economic growth versus an angry, desperate, petty, pessimistic throwback. Ultimately the country doesn’t not want their President to be in a permanent fit of pique as typified by Newt or bored by banality and lies as typified by Mitt. We just want to get through these rough waters with a captain we can trust. We have that and more.

      We are not going to give up on President Obama in exchange for either one of these low-rent Machiavellians.

  25. 205 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    HAHA! Both things can’t be true – right? 🙂

    • 206 nintendowii10
      January 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Ya… Liz Trotta on Fox Propaganda says that President Obama hides behind SEAL TEAM 6 too much, and Jabba the Rush says that Mr. Obama hates the military…. GOP doubling down on the crazy and stupid!

  26. January 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Go Eva.

    • 208 utaustinliberal
      January 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Love love love Eva Longoria. She has been a champion for this President on twitter and other avenues. She’s been lauding his accomplishments to and for the Latino community, throwing fundraisers and making sure she does everything on her part to make sure PBO is re-elected.

    • 210 Mel
      January 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Gracias Hernana Eva We get it and for the record Hispanics will support PBO big time.

  27. January 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  28. 217 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    President Obama’s attorney has skilz! Ltr contains just the right measure of subtle snark.


    Don’t normally read comments, but this one was a gem!

    J Throckmorton Malcontent
    January 26th, 2012
    10:11 am

    “Once upon a time, I knew a couple named GOP and America. He was a little stuffy, a little churchy, and sort of obsessed with business, but he was an okay country club type.

    Then GOP started getting weird…substance abuse, listening to talk radio 24/7, strange conspiracy theories. He started running fast and loose with his money investing in various schemes, and eventually his friend the banker had to forclose on his house. GOP had to move out of the White House and into a trailer in the Deep South.

    So America left him for a black man. And GOP did not take it well. He started going on crying binges, he refused to sign the alimony checks, he started getting paranoid and carrying guns around and did everything he could to break up America and her new black man.

    The funny thing is, if you ask me, America is better off with her new black man. He’s quiet, scholarly, calm, treats her with patience and respect, and truth be told, he’s a better neighbor and family man.”

  29. January 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I’m with you BWD I do hope PBO get’s some rest but I bet he wakes up tomorrow morn and goes play golf. I know he does it on purpose just to hear gop heads explode. LOL.

  30. 222 Pamela
    January 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    *takes a deep breath* Hi All! Hiya Chips, just popped in on my lunch break: Red Hook Ale battered shrimp, hold the fries, tossed field greens salad, tomato parmesan soup, followed by a fresh warm from the oven oatmeal raisin cookie! ( No way I am at home, Chips, if that is any consolation ) * ducks back to work* Catch y’all later! Powered up now for a tough afternoon! 😉 😉 😉

    January 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm


  32. 224 lovingandlaughing
    January 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Okay, up above in a pic is that a t-shirt up above of a drawing of PBO opening his shirt to show a superhero “O” suit underneath? I love it! I think all TODers need one of those t-shirts!

  33. 230 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    // CAMBRIDGE, Md. — House Democrats weren’t going to allow President Barack Obama to be greeted empty-handed at their annual conference.So lawmakers got together and recorded a rendition of themselves crooning to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” giving the CD to Obama as he arrived in this Eastern Shore town to close out the three-day retreat. //


  34. January 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Romney’s Weak Spot

    It’s his taxes:

    Just over half of Americans doubt that he pays his fair share in taxes. After hearing about his actual income and tax rate, these people are less likely to think he “cares about people like me”—an attribute on which Romney is disadvantaged relative to Obama and which is a perennial predictor of how people vote. Information about his wealth also leads a larger fraction of Americans to believe he cares about the wealthy, and this belief in turn also reinforces the sense that he does not care about “people like me.” The more Romney’s wealth and taxes are discussed, the more he may seem like someone who cannot relate to ordinary voters. This may explain why, during a time in which his wealth and taxes were in the news, negative views of Romney jumped 20 points among whites with incomes below $50,000.

    And that’s a key demographic for past GOP victories, If Obama can increase support among those voters, things look much bleaker for Romney/Gingrich/Whoever.


    • January 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      I wonder if the GOP are regretting laughing at the Occupy people while sipping champagne, and telling them and the unemployed to “take a bath and go get a job”. As much as I disliked the ineffective methods of the Occupy movement, and then their antagonism towards President Obama, I don’t deny that they have legitimate outrage at the top 1% of society. And this reaction to Romney is wonderful karma for those who turned their noses up at the middle class expressing their outrage at inequality. The banks got bonuses after destroying the economy and making millions homeless, and millions more jobless. And to this day, the greedy ones in the top 1% don’t get it. Now, they are trying to give the country into the hands of one of their own – one of the very people who reaped rewards through shady practices that bankrupted businesses and families, and who currently and plaintively is talking about how the banks are “overwhelmed” and stressed. They don’t get it. Let Romney be the poster child of the 1%. He deserves it.

    • January 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      I always said that Romney’s taxes will be a much bigger problem for him in the general than Bain capital. Bain capital takes time to explain but paying only 13.9% on $20 million is easily digestible as unfair for the vast majority of Americans. It makes Romney look like he is out of touch and doesn’t care about the middle class.

  35. January 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    In the most rigorous analyses undertaken to date, two recently released resource assessments show that waves and tidal currents off the nation’s coasts contain enough energy to provide a significant portion our nation’s total annual electricity usage.

    The United States uses about 4,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity per year. The reports find that the nation’s waves and tides could potentially produce up to 1,420 TWh annually, or 15 percent of America’s electricity. Although these resources won’t be used in their entirety, they represent a major opportunity for America to harness homegrown, clean power and create jobs.

    The West Coast, including Alaska and Hawaii, has especially high potential for wave energy development while significant opportunities also exist along the East Coast, which have strong tides that could be tapped to produce energy.  


  36. January 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Hey guys. There is a poll question posted on AZCentral about who was wrong, Governor Jan Brewer or Barack Obama or both.

    Please go on there and vote. Earlier today, it was tied, I would love to see the blame go to Governor Brewer. I don’t like polls, but this one is important to me. It is located in the lower right-hand corner. Thanks!


    • 239 lovingandlaughing
      January 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      just went and voted! thanks jackie. hope many other TODers do the same!

      January 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm


      • 242 Ladyhawke
        January 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        Randi Rhodes has a link to this article in her “homework” section today. Did you see this? This actually occurred to me because I just couldn’t imagine any elected official in his/her right mind doing something so obnoxious and disrespectful. The nickname “Otis” answers my question.

        Did Tipsy Arizona Governor wag finger in Presidents face?


        One can understand how the main stream media considers waving a finger in the face of the President unseemly, especially for a public official, like say a Governor. The problem is most of the main stream media, is unaware Governor Brewer’s nick name around the State capital is Otis, a reference to the town drunk from Mayberry.

        If one looks charitably at the incident, you might opinion a sense of relief, pointing a quivering digit in the presidents face was all Jan Brewer did this afternoon, some days she is known to sign bills that abrogate constitutional rights and make it illegal for a person of color to reside in the State.
        Change can never come soon enough for those on the short end of institutional inequity, but the perception Governor Brewer’s staff clearly hoped to craft backfired and the audience and electoral support for such behavior is limited to those who consider FOX fair and balanced



      • January 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        Thanks Sue. I hope it continues. When the Repugs get a hold of it, they could bombard the site.

    • 244 57andFemale
      January 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Voted. The Prez is winning.

    • 248 desertflower
      January 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Done, Baby! She’s losing the votes now:)

    January 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm


    • January 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      I heard somewhere (probably here) that there’s a group trying to raise a petition to being Glen Beck back. I worry about those people, too. They’re certifiably insane.

  38. 251 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm


    Rubio Calls Out Conservatives For ‘Harsh And Intolerable And Inexcusable’ Rhetoric On Immigration


    MIAMI, Florida — Speaking at the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network conference here today, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned his fellow conservatives against using rhetoric towards immigrants that is “harsh and intolerable and inexcusable“:
    Rubio is a rising star in the GOP and extraordinarily popular among the Hispanic conservatives at the conference, and his words received a very warm reception here. His comments came after he was interrupted by two undocumented students who confronted him for not supporting the DREAM Act.



      January 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm


    • January 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      It’s not surprising that he’s “extraordinarily popular among the Hispanic conservatives at the conference”. Any Hispanic person – in fact, any person of color (in fact, any thinking person, period) – who’s still calling themselves a member of the Republican Party has some serious self-worth problems. Words are cheap.

  39. January 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Wolfe Hannity is on now. Jeesh. Everyday…

  40. January 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Ron Paul is in Maine for a Rally, not Florida.

    Ummm, ok.

  41. 263 auni
    January 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Saw some funny postings about what Brewer is actually saying to the President, “I am going to tell Michelle about us, I won’t be just IGNORED”, ala Glenn Close. Also noticed her hair–dark roots, messy–the way a women who is not really in control of her life appears–drinker?

  42. 264 lovingandlaughing
    January 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I just read this comment on pmcarpenter’s blog from today:

    I spent some considerable time yesterday waiting in a restaurant on Merriman Rd for a delayed flight due to arrive in Detroit. On the way to that restaurant, a Big Boy, I was forced to pass my unusual turn around because it had a large tent over it with many gabardined men and numerous police officers and cars around the area. Ah thinks I, a crime scene. When I got to the restaurant and ordered I asked about what had happened I was told that nothing had happened but that President Obama was staying next door at the Sheraton. Cool thinks I. Now this is a mundane enough story but what was truly interesting I thought was what happened when the President’s motorcade actually arrived a few moments later. I had a view of the whole room and every single employee of that restaurant and all but three of the patrons were at the windows waving to a man who could not possibly see them through the dark and rain. Who did not? Two elderly plump white gentleman and one presumptive wife. All three looked quite put out and the husband and wife demanded their check. They left immediately. The excitement in that room was palpable and it crossed lines of sex and race and age. It was something to see.

    Posted by: Peter G | January 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    • 265 Ladyhawke
      January 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks, this made me tear up at the end. That’s the impact our guy has on so many Americans.

      I bet if President Obama looked like Senator Scott Brown the three patrons who left the restaurant in a huff would have been all over him like a cheap suit. But sadly, some folks in this country just can’t abide the idea of this brilliant black man in the White House. How unfortunate for them. It’s their loss.

      • 266 lovingandlaughing
        January 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

        I don’t follow pmcarpenter and i do not know the writer of that comment, but when i happened to come upon this description of the restaurant scene watching the motorcade I just felt like it should be shared.

        Sadly my own parents could have been included in the 3 that asked for their check. The are brainwashed by Fox…

    • January 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Aw – I love this story! (I think that’s my statement of the day – I’ve loved every story on here today and just keep squealing and saying “awww” -wonderful!)

    • 270 57andFemale
      January 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      A roomful of supporters and three old cranks? I’ll take those odds.

      I might have asked for my check if it was Bush.

  43. 273 CTGirl
    January 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    We have our president’s back! Oh yes we do! Swing by for a good read (warning, language may be a bit salty for some):


    • 274 dotster3
      January 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Maher has had brilliant moments and shameful ones—- I’m not sure who he takes his cues from, but he can be too easily swayed. Martin Bashir is on his show tonight—-which is a reason to watch.

  44. 275 Dakota
    January 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I’m reading that Hatchet Face Brewer’s book is “flying” off the shelves.

  45. 278 criquet
    January 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm


  46. January 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Those people on that big ass boat that tipped over, got paid a little less than 15k per person.
    From the cruise liner Costa!
    What about people that died? This settlement seems low.

    • January 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      That amount is only being paid out to people who were not injured, and they’re getting a full refund. This payout doesn’t apply to those who were injured or killed. That’s still to come.

  47. 282 FiredUpInCA
    January 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Jan Brewer’s unacceptably close finger-wag combined with the “I felt threatened” has pissed me off beyond recognition. Prior to this incident, I mostly thought of her as a wiling, well-placed pawn of the right wing similar to the Florida secretary of state who stopped the ballot counting in Gore v. Bush.

    But Jan Brewer has moved has tapped into a new level of ugliness. Now she permanently represents the racist underbelly in the U.S. that savors their resentment of and resistance to the non-white President their fellow Americans chose in an electoral landslide. She has gone beyond the Orly Taitz territory of craziness. She feels entitled to publicly disrespect the President of the United States, while doubling and tripling down on her contempt, jumping from interview to interview and embellishing her encounter with the prickly, threatening black man with each telling. From her lies about decapitated bodies on Arizona’s border to her tension on the tarmac drama, she is proving to be a disgusting and dangerous person unworthy to be Governor of any state.

    • 283 desertflower
      January 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      All true. Did you call her office? I’ll give you the number if you need it:) I called yesterday. She lies.Always and often.

    • 284 nospin
      January 28, 2012 at 6:57 am

      “Now she permanently represents the racist underbelly in the U.S. ”

      My mother used to say, “if you are ugly on the inside, you are ugly on the outside and it shows”.

      Given the image that was captured of the incident, I would say my dear departed mother was right.

  48. 285 desertflower
    January 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Afternoon All! I was talking to myself this morning…by the time I figured out that Chips had posted a new thread, there were already 78 comments:) I do that from time to time 🙂
    Thought you might like to get a load of this…seriously? The company he keeps. The entire lot of them is one big, freaking joke.


    The casino company run by the principal financial backer of Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid, Sheldon Adelson, has been under criminal investigation for the last year by the Department of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission for alleged bribery of foreign officials, according to corporate documents.

    In a separate civil lawsuit, a former executive of the company has alleged that Adelson ordered him to keep quiet about sensitive issues at the Sands casinos on the Chinese island of Macau, including the casinos’ alleged “involvement with Chinese organized crime groups, known as Triads, connected to the junket business.” The triads — Chinese organized crime syndicates — are allegedly involved in organizing high stakes gambling junkets for wealthy Chinese travelers.

  49. 287 desertflower
    January 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Randi just played PBO singing Al Green…:) Says she wants her text ringtone to be him singing!!!!

  50. January 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    GOP presidential front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich barnstormed across Florida on Friday, trying to rally supporters and break away in the polls four days before what is shaking up to be a pivotal primary in that state.

    The morning after a heated CNN/Florida Republican Party debate in Jacksonville, a pro-Gingrich super PAC hit the airwaves with a television ad essentially accusing Romney of committing Medicare fraud. One of Gingrich’s top Florida backers, former state Attorney General Bill McCollum, also raised questions about Romney’s past service on the board of Damon Corp., a Massachusetts medical testing company that pleaded guilty in 1996 to billing Medicare fraudulently and that paid a $119 million fine.

    Romney was never implicated in any wrongdoing, but the issue is “fair game” and “raises a serious question about (Romney’s) corporate judgment,” McCollum said.


  51. 294 FiredUpInCA
    January 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    It’s official. The GOP is out of their collective flipping minds.

    GOP candidate’s ad portrays Obama as captain of a slave ship


    • 295 donna dem 4 obama
      January 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Granted we have a long way to go in this election cycle but I go by the old adage my grandmother used to say: “that a person can only do to you what you allow them to do to you.”

      At some point Dems will need to call this stuff out for what it is. Pure unadulterated racism and when the Republicans shout “playing the race card” we answer them with ALL the examples we have portraying this mess.

      The Repubs continue to do this because they think its acceptable and nothing will happen to them for it. We have a media that has relinquished all of their responsibility to the public in favor of sensationalism.

      Okay I need to start scrolling on by when I see this stuff because its starting to take its toll on me and like I said we still have a very long way to go.

      I think I will write Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Clyburn to ask them to make a joint statement. Something needs to be done.

      • January 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        Donna – some friendly advice (this is a long one). Don’t misdirect your anger and frustration towards the President because other people have decided to be racists. Put the blame where it belongs. It’s frustrating, but I think you know that he probably feels it just as much, and probably more, than you do. It’s being directed at him, at his wife and at his kids. He’s been facing this every day for several years – actually, for all his life. He’s the one who’s got the birthers demanding his appearance in Georgia, the Speaker calling his speech “pathetic” before even hearing a word (and not being challenged by the media), and idiot GOP candidates taken seriously, all the while they’re proposing policies that would destroy the economy all over again and erase the middle class.

        The fact that he persists; that he continues to do his job; that he refuses to acknowledge these lowlifes – that should make you proud, not frustrated. Imagine the strength it takes to do that. You probably do it in your own job. And in your case, the consequences of leaving a racist to stew in their cesspool of hate only affects you and the racist. In the President’s case, his actions impact millions in the United States, and billions more around the world. He only has a limited time to be President, to have this amount of influence. Should he spend that time responding to people who’ve been racist their whole lives? Or should he do as he did when he was a child and had kids throwing rocks at him – not let them steal his joy and his mission; not let them diminish him and distract him? Not let them win?

        In my opinion, this racism thing is a national issue. This man is the duly elected President of the United States, and he is being disrespected. Why isn’t the nation demanding that these people stop what they’re doing? They’ve been doing it since he was inaugurated. Since before that. Why don’t the Democrats speak up on his behalf? Why aren’t citizens in the streets and on the phones expressing their outrage? Why don’t the pundits speak out? Why can’t Americans feel shame that this is happening? It’s not for him alone to defend the Office of the Presidency. American citizens should be outraged that their institute of democracy is held in such low regard, and that the rights of every American, including the President of the United States, are abrogated by an ignorant few. Who’s demanding that Orly Taitz, an immigrant, stop what she’s doing against the American-born President? Why have birthers been allowed to continue to exist? Why have they not been shamed out of existence?

        Personally, I’m proud that the President continues to do his job in the face of apathy and ignorance. I’m proud that he doesn’t acknowledge these creatures that are beneath him, and who shouldn’t have one second of his attention. I’m thankful that he still has love for this country and its people, even though he’s been met with pure hatred by so many.

        Don’t be mad at the President for not defending himself. He has nothing to defend. His actions have been admirable and patriotic. He shouldn’t even have to confront this nonsense. He’s already done that. Be mad that a nation of people who the entire world looks to as a symbol of freedom, equality and justice have allowed their President to be treated this way.

        • 297 Janelle
          January 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

          Rev. Al said the other day on his radio show that everyone needs to be shouting about this…..from progressive radio, reporters, the electorate, civil rights leaders, Democrats, Republican leadership, media…..where are they? Rev. Al also pointed out, and I totally agree, that the President himself, should not be the one to do this. He must stay above the fray and stay focused because he has very little time to address the public on policyand governing and it is up to others to have his back on this. Pressure needs to be exerted from outside the WH and I have to say that I am truly steamed at the Dem leadership and the PL on this issue, as well as Republican leadership. My patience with some progressives is just about depleted at this point—and their pants on fire hysterics mean nothing to me if they can’t support this President. I see why he doesn’t stick his neck out to appease them—-they never have his back. What’s been happening since Joe “You Lie” Wilson has been truly horrible. It’s like the Dems want this to boil up and boil up and then what?

        • 298 donna dem 4 obama
          January 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

          This is my comment:

          “Granted we have a long way to go in this election cycle but I go by the old adage my grandmother used to say: “that a person can only do to you what you allow them to do to you.”

          “At some point Dems will need to call this stuff out for what it is. Pure unadulterated racism”

          Theo67 I am not sure where in this comment you are getting the impression that I am “directing my anger and frustration” at the President. As I said up above when that video was posted he can’t answer all these disgusting comments that have and will continue to come up during this campaign season but IMO my Party certainly needs to start calling it for what it is. I only said that the President chose not to address the subject when Sawyer brought it up. I completely understand why he didn’t and my frustration is NOT directed at him. I think you completely misunderstood my comment. This comments was directed at the media and my Democratic Party that should be taking a stand in my opinion on this issue.

          The notion that we just let it go and somehow the public will see it for what it is just doesn’t sit well with me and never will.

          I won’t breach the subject again in the future when I see these links (I take it a tad too personal). As I said in my comment I’ll just scroll on by from here on out.

          • 299 Janelle
            January 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

            No, Donna please comment on this in the future. You are not taking it too personal—-it’s the truth. A lot of folks read this blog and read how we feel and I have to say when I saw Chuck Todd, Howard Fineman,etc. and some so-called progressive hosts blaming the President and blowing this off, this hit me in the core. This is a strong undercurrent that is being allowed to fester because the media wants the ratings from their tabloid reporting. Again, Donna, please do not just scroll by on this topic in the future. It was totally disgusting what I saw this week, the media’s reaction and the lack of leadership speaking out against this behavior was just as bad Brewer’s actions. I’ve been trying to calm myself as well this week.

            • 300 FiredUpInCA
              January 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

              I agree. I very much value Donna’s input on this. This week ticked me off profoundly and I want to know that I am not alone and this is not business as usual.

          • January 28, 2012 at 12:23 am

            Donna – you might not see this response, since I’m just getting back in and there’s a new post out there, but I’ll put it here so it’s in context.

            First – I apologize if I misunderstood your sentiments. You are one of the strongest advocates for the President, so I would not want any misunderstanding on that point.

            My response above was triggered first by your earlier comment about the President’s limited response to Diane Sawyer’s question about food stamps, and then coupled with your quote above of “a person can only do to you what you allow them to do to you” – which makes the President seem like a victim in these racist attacks being lobbed against him from the GOP candidates to Orly Taitz. My intent was to point out that I don’t think the President’s actions are that of a victim, but rather someone who is rising above his surroundings and focusing on what’s actually important. In his response, he’s not allowing anyone to do anything to him, because he’s still accomplishing what he set out to do.

            Just to be clear, in no way do I think the answer is to scroll on by, and neither did I say that we should just let it go and hope the public will see what’s going on. The victim here isn’t the President, even if he isn’t responding or directing his people to respond yet. He’s still thriving and succeeding, despite these vile people. The victims are the Office of the Presidency and the citizenry. I agree that the Dems need to act to respond to this garbage, as I stated in my response, but I also think that the real problem is the lack of indignation from the nation about this stuff. I stand by those comments.

        • 302 FiredUpInCA
          January 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

          I hear what you and Donna are saying. What I am seeing is a comfort zone with public racism that’s includes the President and his family but it has gone beyond them and the nature of the disrespect has gone from annoying to disturbing.

          You’ve got a math teacher with black students using slavery as the basis for math word problems. You’ve got an elected official in Connecticut saying he might get a taco in response to a question about what will he do for the Latino community in the wake of his police force being charged with racial profiling of Latinos. You’ve got the Tennessee Tea Party demanding that all references to slavery be removed from textbooks. You’ve got Rick Santorum demonizing black people on tape and when he’s called out on it by none other than Bill O’Reilly on Fox News he claims he never said it and that he was trying to say blah people. You’ve got the dangerous fool in AZ wagging her finger and gleefully going on interview after interview embellishing her story about feeling threatened on the tarmac. You’ve got Ron Paul supporters, young, Liberal and Conservative who fall over themselves to ignore the racism he has signed onto for years.

          This climate, 9 months out, seems to be worse than the craziness in 2008 and 2009 with Palin’s crowds and the extreme elements in the tea party. Even John McCain wasn’t as explicitly disgraceful as Santorum, Gingrich and Brewer. He actually showed leadership compared to these corrosive people.

          It worries me a little that this undercurrent is being stirred and other than Bob Schieffer and Rev. Al, other media seem to be treating this as a quaint parlor discussion, “is this racism or just campaign hijinx?” I am sick of it already.

          • 303 donna dem 4 obama
            January 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm


          • 304 nospin
            January 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

            That video posted down thread by edp4bho regarding Rickey Smiley addresses both responses and provides a clear plan of action. Citizens (especially minorities) have to be vocal and all have to VOTE. We cannot depend on the msm, PO should not lower himself to acknowledge this, WE have to shut it down.

            If that video doesn’t get you fired up to step into action — nothing will. Post the video where you can, tweet if possible. Spread far and wide.

            Rickey Smiley gives a heated commentary towards Gov. Jan Brewer for disrespecting the President by putting her finger in his face after an exchange after the President arrived in Arizona.

        • 305 nospin
          January 28, 2012 at 7:05 am

          applauding wildly.

          Just like you, I want the President to bypass the willful ignorance and Press On.

          I am confident that America will have his back and that they way to silence the masses to include the msm and strike the most lethal blow to the racist underbelly of this country is to vote this man in for a second term. Not by a few percentage points, but by an ass kicking landslide that will be felt around the nation and the world.

          We have work to do. It is imperative that we ALL keep our eyes on the prize, stay focused, kick off our bedroom slippers, put on our walking shoes and Press On with him. WE can make this happen.

        • 307 Mary
          January 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

          Thanks for posting this. I am going to make February – “Call out the racists” month for me. I am going to write or tweet politicians, reporters, newspapers, and tv shows with examples, asking why they are not denouncing this. I was a little daunted at trying to find lots of examples because I know they’re out there, I just don’t remember much past the most recent (sad little brain that I have).

          • 308 Obama Grandmama
            January 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

            I wonder if President Obama wants more attention called to their racists ways? He seems to like to brush it off and press on. If the incidents are made more in the foreground it might detract even more from what he is trying to show with his job building travel visits. We need to be sure that whatever we are doing in the name of helping is truly what is wanted and considered help.

            • 309 Obama Grandmama
              January 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

              I just read the list of ten moments of disrespect since reading so many posts that want to tweet the stations and all. I thought maybe there was something there I did not know. The list is a series of disrespectful things that happened during the Presidency so far. They are horrific, but I still think it may be wise to either contact WH.gov and ask if they would appreciate this push back or not. Or even contact the re-election campaign in Chicago. I know I called the election Campaign HQ in ’08 for help and questions more than once and I write emails to wh.gov whenever I have ideas and often times get feedback. I feel like you do but realize all of these issues that take the focus off of what the Prez is trying to highlight may not be helpful even though they are instigated out of love and the desire to help.

    • 310 Linda
      January 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      I think I am going to be sick….

        • 312 susanne
          January 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

          actually, whoever conceived of, created, approved, funded, and released this ad is sick–sick in the head, sick in the heart, and–here’s the worst part–contagious!!

          donnadem, i’m with you. this insidious, disgusting turn to racism cannot be ignored. it’s a national disgrace, and i for one am deeply ashamed of my country at this moment.

          i love that our president is riding above the muck, doing an extraordinary job, and teaching by example that racism is wrong, wrong, wrong. pulling him in to a back-and-forth with these cretins is just what they want–they’re taunting him and jabbing at him all the time. even if they can’t change minds and hearts with their vile spittle flying from their ugly mouths, they could splatter him, which they would adore. so i think he must not engage with them as if this is a debate. it’s over. they lost. now we’re dealing with the stench of their dead rotting ‘beliefs’.

          but a quiet looking-away just makes space for them to debauch our integrity even more. who should call them out? everyone!!! every time!!! but especially the news media, the churches, the universities, the unions, the health organizations, the veterans organizations–all the groups that have historically held the standard of our nation’s nobility. time to speak up!!!

          i’m getting busy right now with letters to everybody i can think of–starting with my senators and representatives and so on. this shit has to stop.

  52. 313 FiredUpInCA
    January 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Being perfectly clear:

    “I think we’ve made pretty clear, because the facts are incontestable, that the unfortunate obstructionism the country has encountered in passing common-sense, mainstream measures to get the economy going, in passing a balanced approach to deficit reduction and long-term control of our debt, have been Republicans exclusively,” Carney said.

    Repeating a phrase Obama often uses — “let me be clear” — Carney added that “the obstructionism we face in Congress [has] been thrown up by Republicans, unfortunately, and House Republicans in particular.”


    • January 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Has even one member of the media bothered to ask the Republicans to show how many jobs their thirty “jobs bills” will create, that they are claiming to be stalled in the Senate? They keep letting them get away wit that nonsense.

      • 315 Ladyhawke
        January 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        The answer is no because asking that question would puncture the media firewall and we can’t have that. The facts might get out.

  53. 316 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Flotus has over 500,000 followers on twitter

  54. 318 desertflower
    January 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Read it !!! Must READ COMIC:) It’ll make you feel SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better!


  55. 325 Linda
    January 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Private sector unions add members as jobs return

    WASHINGTON — Union membership grew slightly last year, giving labor leaders hope that a period of steep declines has finally bottomed out.

    The number of unionized workers increased by about 50,000 to nearly 14.8 million members in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The increase comes after unions lost nearly 1.4 million members over the previous two years.

    Still, unions’ share of the overall workforce fell, from 11.9 percent to 11.8 percent, as state and local governments trimmed thousands of jobs to address budget shortfalls. That’s the lowest percentage of union workers since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

    Unions saw losses of about 61,000 workers in government employment. But they grew by 110,000 workers in the private sector, mainly in construction and health care. Despite that growth, unions still represent just 6.9 percent of all workers at private companies, unchanged from 2010.

    “The devastating losses from 2009 and 2010 have stopped and that’s got to be good news for the labor movement,” said John Schmitt, a senior economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington.

    Schmitt said another positive for unions is that private sector membership grew at about the same rate as overall job growth.

  56. January 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Thank goodness he’s stopped smoking. Was worried about that.

  57. 327 carolyn
    January 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Voted in the AZ central poll….there’s only one obvious answer!

  58. January 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

  59. January 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Just saw a commercial for this new documentary today. It looks to be very promising. Premieres on Valentine’s Day on HBO.

    The Loving Story

    The Loving Story, a documentary film, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving to examine the drama, the history, and the current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States…

    • 331 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      LOL! I almost thought I saw “premiers in Valentines Day on BHO.” My mind is so much on President Obama 🙂

    • 333 #1 obama fan
      January 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      @lamh35 My husband and I are the Lovings..like the Lovings i am African-American as well as Native American,my husband is Italian and Puerto Rican..we live in Virginia ..maybe an 1.5 hrs from Caroline County(King and Queen County) my family is from King and Queen county also..we have been together for 20 years and married for 18 yrs..we have 2 beautiful children..we thank God for the Lovings having the courage to Love.. thank u so much for posting the link to the story..can’t wait to watch..I will say people of mixed backgrounds learn to have tough skin early in life..or you will be consumed that’s why I know President Obama can take the jabs..hate will never win..President Obama and the First Family know they are loved,respected and prayed for..and this will continue to carry them thru all the hateful snares and hateful speeches..so Obama supporters will always embrace him in that Love and i believe that helps him make it ..Obama\Biden 2012

  60. January 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm


    Holder Announces Working Unit on Mortgage-Backed Bonds Fraud
    Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — A new U.S. government unit will investigate misconduct in the bundling of mortgage loans into securities that fueled the housing bubble and contributed to the financial crisis, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

    In providing details about the new unit, Holder said that the Justice Department in the past few days has subpoenaed 11 financial institutions in related investigations.

    The mortgage fraud unit will “streamline” and “strengthen” current efforts to investigate fraud in residential mortgage-backed securities, he said today at a news conference in Washington.

    The unit is intended to help “restore faith in our financial markets and institutions,” Holder said. “We will marshal our civil and criminal capabilities” in pursuing the investigations, he said.

    President Barack Obama announced the creation of the unit during his State of the Union speech on Jan. 24.


    • 337 Ladyhawke
      January 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Love it. President Obama is the ‘DO SOMETHING’ president. He’s leaving the ugly Republicans in the dust.

      • January 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        He’s a TOTAL man of action. I think this will fact will go a very long way to helping him win a second term. He’s doesn’t just talk. He gets things done.

    • 339 FiredUpInCA
      January 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      That is excellent news. In more “We Can’t Wait” mortgage relief news:

      “The administration said it was expanding eligibility for its Home Affordable Modification Program, known as HAMP, to borrowers with higher debt loads and tripling the incentives it pays banks that reduce principal on loans.

      The administration also said it would offer incentives to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce principal on loans. Previously, the government had only offered incentives to private lenders and banks. The program was also extended to December 2013. It was initially set to expire at the end of this year.”


      • January 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        FiredUp, so sorry I missed your birthday yesterday. I hope you had a wonderful day!!

      • January 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        Yes this is excellent news. The Obama administration has to be much more aggressive on housing.

        • January 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          The slow progress on housing is partly (mostly) to do with Edward DeMarco, who oversees Freddie and Fannie. He has refused to sign off on some of the mortgage relief because it wouldn’t negatively impact the bottom line for the two organizations, which is his primary responsibility and mission. He’s been a bane in the side of the Administration as they’ve tried to help homeowners. I agree that they probably should have tried something creative much sooner when they realized he wouldn’t budget.

          The Administration was also voted down in Congress when a bill was presented that would allow judges to lower the principal on mortgage loans, forcing banks to take a hit and allow people to reset their mortgages to match their home values.

          And lastly – there are a lot of people who just won’t take the relief. Crazy, but true. I have people at work who spend sleepless nights about their ballooning mortgages, but don’t want anything to do with the government. You can’t help them.

  61. 344 desertflower
    January 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    As I pick my jaw off the floor.


    Way to go Virginia!!! Kids last!

    The action by the Senate Education and Health Committee followed testimony from a string of tourism representatives, who said that moving the first day of school before the holiday weekend would hurt the industry at a time when it could ill afford to lose revenue.

    • 345 susanne
      January 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      their reasoning is despicable. but i do wish schools would all start after labor day. it just seems an essential part of a kid’s summer.

      • 346 Cathy from MN
        January 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        I do agree; especially in the cold climates — we really need that part of Summer – it is so very short and usually nice and warm that first week of Sept. Now I think we could cut out a bunch of the random off-days throughout the year to ensure we have more total days. Seems like there are so many release days…. Just a thought.

  62. 347 Linda
    January 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Tweety has a segment on Saul Alinsky coming up……This should be good……

    If you want to know more about him…..this is great

    Journalist and author Nicholas von Hoffman talked about his career and his book, Radical: A Portrait of Saul Alinsky (Nation Books, 2010), which is based on his experiences prior to his journalism career working for ten years as a community activist in Chicago for Saul Alinsky. Mr. Alinsky is said to have influenced the community organizing of President Obama. Video clips from a 1967 documentary about Mr. Alinsky were shown in the background.


  63. January 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Signs your mother has been watching too many spy movies….. I put the picture up on her desktop of the arrival in Mi and she comes flying in my room going “Oh my god, I thought they were going to kill him”. Ok that just made both of us break out hysterically laughing, I know the thought isn’t funny but with all the anger and hatred spewing from the other side a little levity is what is called for… (i.e. the idiot from Peoria, Az., and their equally idiotic Governor)

  64. January 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    whelp, looks like a 2nd mayor has come confirmed the previous mayor account of the “finger wag heard round the world”, essentially Guv Brewer’s account is a big fat EPIC FAIL:

    2nd Mayor Says Obama ‘Wasn’t Tense At All’ During Brewer Encounter

    …Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who was standing just feet away from the president and the governor on Wednesday during their now-infamous encounter, told TPM that Obama seemed calm the whole time.

    “He wasn’t tense at all,” Stanton said on Friday. “The guy’s a pro.”

    Though Stanton declined to discuss exactly what the governor and president said to each other, he said Obama’s classic coolness was evident.

    “He doesn’t get animated, but he looks you in the eye and tells you what he thinks,” Stanton said. “And I think that’s honestly what he did is he looked the governor in the eye and spoke and told her what he was really feeling.”…

    • 355 desertflower
      January 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Well, she’s a perpetual liar. Those of us here, know that. Why do you think she and “the quitter” are such great friends?

  65. 357 dotster3
    January 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Some great economic news—Chrysler to add 1600 jobs in Illinois as a part of a “hiring blitz”—- plan to add thousands of new workers:

  66. January 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    This right here is a righteous rant from Ricky Smiley ya’ll. Check out this audio.

    Rickey Smiley Goes Off On Jan Brewer for Disrespecting President Obama

  67. January 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    The Ten Images Democrats want you to see:

    This is a good compilation of stuff here, very inspiring and great tools for educating family and friends.


  68. 370 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Someone is selling PBO’s old car on ebay!

    // President Obama is on cruise control toward his party’s nomination to run for reelection, but Tim O’Brien is hoping to capitalize on Obama’s old cruise-mobile — a 2005 Chrysler 300C. Yeah, it’s got a Hemi in it. That’s probably what led aspiring presidential candidate Obama to ditch the muscle car in favor of a Ford Escape hybrid to shore up his green credentials back in 2008. //


  69. 374 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    So tell me, when does our President rest????? Pic w/Pres Bush (41) and Jeb this afternoon…

  70. January 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    • 390 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      That’s right Mr. President! You had a great week! You bumped Al Green’s record sales by 490%! You gave an excellent SOTU address followed by a successful whirlwind tour meeting with and talking to the American people, sharing your superior ideas on the road. You had the Ann Arbor youth braving the bitter cold just for a chance to get a ticket to one of your speeches. You are back in DC with your lovely family. You got more voters behind you, voters who want to see you re-elected in November! I’m glad you’re in a great mood Mr. President! When our President is happy, America is happy!

    • January 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      I think he especially likes going on the road to RE-CONNECT with REAL people, and not the idiotic GOP & MSM in Washington

  71. January 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    This is for you JaquelineOBoomer 🙂

  72. January 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Dumbass Ed’s question:
    “Do you feel PBO is getting on a roll?”——-WTF?!!! He’s been on a roll all this time! Where the fuck were you, Ed? Fricking Coneheads!!! 😡

  73. January 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Chips, can you post the “Slippery when Wet” photo sans photoshop for me please? I want to make it the background on my phone. pwetty pwease wid chwerries owan twop?!!!! :kissy face: :kissy face: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

    • 401 desertflower
      January 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      That’s some REALLY good sucking up, Miss Lisa: This photo greets me first thing in the morning on my desktop….wonderful! It will be Fabulous on your phone 🙂

  74. January 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    In their continuing effort to celebrate volunteerism, the Patriots announced 10 winners of their “Super Bowl for Super People” online sweepstakes, which is meant to recognize outstanding individuals in the public-service sector.

    Each winner gets a trip for two to Super Bowl XLVI. The winners will also participate in a public Patriots send-off at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

    Two winners were selected randomly from each of the following categories: firefighter, police officer, teacher, military and nurse.

    Here are the winners:

    Timothy Wilder of Somersworth, N.H.
    John Surabian of Stoneham, Mass.

    Police Officer:
    Timothy Sullivan of East Walpole, Mass.
    Sherry DeGenova of Hartford, Conn.

    Whitney Hartwell of Norfolk, Mass.
    Jim Miller of Auburn, Maine

    Patrick Squires of Hingham, Mass.
    Todd Seymour of Lempster, N.H.

    Tara Jean of Dracut, Mass.
    Jim Taber of Tiverton, R.I.

    • 403 LunarSea
      January 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Good move. They picked the professions that have been targeted by GOP obstructionists. Ha nice slap in their faces.

  75. January 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    About the only thing I every check out on GOS anymore is Cheers and Jeers Rum and Coke Friday- a fun and light take on the week’s news. In the poll of “Who Won The Week” the diarist would always just put “President Obama” as one of those you could choose but he would never list what POTUS had done that week. Everyone one else he would show their name and what specifically they had done. So POTUS always got a lot of votes but often didn’t win when he in fact had the most successful week for America just because the voters weren’t reminded of what he had specifically accomplished that week. Well, recently I noticed he started listing what POTUS had done and of course now POTUS has been leading all voters or easily in the top 3.

    This week he’s shown as leading all votes and it’s written for voting as: President Obama for his State of the Union address and for giving AZ Gov. Jan Brewer a lesson in good manners.

    Even the emoprogs on GOS are getting on board…

  76. 405 EDP4BHO
    January 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hey folks, another find to listen to. Thanks to POU, visit them sometime.

    • January 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks for the post… I have sent an email to that bish Gov Brewer on top of the tweets I’ve sent her since the incident occurred. Cant stomach that wench!

    • 407 anniebella
      January 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      I really appreciated what Ricky Smiley said. He was really mad and I don’t blame him.

    • 408 nospin
      January 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

      He is right, it is up to us/citizens to call them out and most importantly VOTE. We have to get PO reelected for 4 more years. Excellent rant. Excellent. Fired Up and ready to go!

  77. January 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    President Obama’s campaign fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel this afternoon was with the Native American Leadership Council, and in remarks to the group, he characterized the fight for fairness that he outlined in the State of the Union address as a “turning point” for tribal relations.

    “And I want you guys to be full partners in that fight because I believe that one day we’re going to be able to look back on these years and say this was a turning point in nation-to-nation relations; that this was turning point when the nations all across the country recognized that they were full partners, treated with dignity and respect and consultation; that this wasn’t just a side note on a White House agenda, but this was part and parcel of our broader agenda to make sure that everybody has opportunity,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript. 


    January 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm


  79. January 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Saturday Jan. 28, 2012
    7:15 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at the 99th annual Alfalfa Club Dinner in Washington. Michelle Obama attends.

  80. 413 desertflower
    January 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm


    The Justice Department said in a filing on Friday that the primary schedule proposed by the Texas Republican Party wouldn’t give enough time for military and overseas voters to participate in the election process in violation of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.

    Here’s the kicker: conservatives — led by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn — have long been on a crusade against the Justice Department for what they said was a failure to protect military voters under the MOVE Act.

    • 414 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      What was up is down, and was was down is up. All because the Republicans have lost their way, out of greed and envy.

  81. 415 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Another boost to the economy due to our President 😆

    Call it the Obama bump.

    Since delivering a dozen pizzas and even more cannolis to President Barack Obama during his recent overnight stay in Las Vegas, Dom DeMarco’s pizzeria has seen a burst of interest from customers and national media.

    “It’s been huge. The phone hasn’t stopped ringing,” said Albert Scalleat, the pizzeria’s co-owner and general manager. “There’s been a lot of buzz.”


    • 416 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      I only saw the word “cannolis” to know your story was a good one! 🙂

      • 417 susanne
        January 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        hmmm–i got kinda stuck on ‘the obama bump’. just the dance moves in my head, now. cannot speak or walk. mmm–movie in my head.

  82. 418 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  83. 419 Andy46
    January 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Hello TOD

    Gosh, truth reins here, this blog site is just awesome for information.

    Thanks Chips,

  84. January 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Martin Bashir is on bill maher show and Ed Markey.

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