evening all

President Barack Obama meets with former President George H.W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the Oval Office, Jan. 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The White House released a statement saying, “The three men enjoyed a personal visit in the Oval Office – as they have done on previous occasions when President Bush is Washington.”

The Bushes are in town to attend the exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday, an annual get-together for Washington power brokers that Obama also is scheduled to attend.

7:15 PM: PBO delivers remarks at the 99th annual Alfalfa Club Dinner in Washington. Michelle Obama attends.

Thanks Jovie



President Barack Obama boards Marine One for departure from Cambridge-Dorchester Airport in Cambridge, Md., Jan. 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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The Week

Nick Anderson



USA Today: Republicans were quick to rebuke the Obama administration after a third clean-energy company to receive taxpayer dollars, Ener1, filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week.

But absent from their critique of Ener1 — which was awarded a $118.5 million grant from the Department of Energy in 2009 to expand an Indianapolis manufacturing plant — has been any mention that the electric battery manufacturer was also championed by one of the GOP’s rising stars, Gov. Mitch Daniels.

More here



The line for President Obama’s speech in Michigan early this morning:



Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic): All parties agree that Ron Paul is not, personally, racist and that he didn’t write the (newsletters) passages …. As I’ve said before, we all must make our calculus in supporting a candidate or even claiming he is “good” for the debate. But it must be an honest calculus.

If you believe that a character who would conspire to profit off of white supremacy, anti-gay bigotry, and anti-Semitism is the best vehicle for convincing the country to end the drug war, to end our romance with interventionism, to encourage serious scrutiny of state violence, at every level, then you should be honest enough to defend that proposition.

What you should not do is claim that Ron Paul “legislated” for Martin Luther King Day, or claim to have intricate knowledge of Ron Paul’s heart, and thus by the harsh accumulation of evidence, be made to look ridiculous.

More here


They’re eating each other alive, part 2,372:


Supporters of President Obama cheer at the press bus travelling with Newt Gingrich arriving at the Republican Jewish Coalition rally in Delray Beach, Florida, January 27

240 Responses to “evening all”

  1. January 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Well hello there Chips, how are you/ 🙂

  2. January 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I very seldom get the chance to Interact with you here, somehow

  3. January 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    After being so disgusted with Jan brewer, Atlanta Judge for trying to put PresidentObama off the ballot, and basically the batshit crazy GOP, I decided to tweet 100 reasons to love President Obama!

    I probably should have put this is the #1 reason 🙂

  4. 49 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Very generous and empathetic of our President to spend time with the obviously ailing former President Bush.

    Some thoughts as the day unfolded:


    • 50 Frenchie08
      January 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Did I miss the Friday video?

    • 58 Obama Grandmama
      January 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Nice find!

    • 59 desertflower
      January 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      The MASTER! Bob…what do I say? Seriously. You kick ass.

      • 60 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        Thank you df!!!

        • 61 utaustinliberal
          January 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

          Hola Bob. Gonna piggyback on DF’s statement. You Sir, do indeed kick ass! What you accomplish with 140 characters is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Thank goodness you’re on our side; an Obot.

        • 62 desertflower
          January 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

          No. Thank YOU:)

        • January 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm

          Bob, I’m not sure of your marital status, but if you’re ever available I want to marry you – maybe even on Twitter? You are magnificent.

          • January 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

            Heh, what about that promise you made to me ?

            And no,I’m not falling for that cute puppy act again.

            • January 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

              I break promises every day amk, which one are you referring to? Is the one about me backing off from Bob?

              • January 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

                The rethug ‘establishment’ head-hunters are gonna come after you. They’re looking for a candidate just like you.

                • January 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

                  I’m ready for the call amk, I’m a world class flip-flopper and I can show blind trust in anything if they show me enough bucks. And I can pull a threatening pose like this, with lots of dots in my face, any time:

                  • January 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

                    AAACKKKK – I almost threw up !!!

                  • 69 utaustinliberal
                    January 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

                    ARRGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Chips what are you trying to do to me? The thing that freaks me out about Romney is that no matter what expression is on his visage, his eyes are empty. It’s as though he has no soul. When he smiles, when he grins, when’s he’s angry, when he stares, his eyes are bloody empty. That’s not human. The eyes as they say are the window to one’s soul and they are the essence of non-verbal language. Romney doesn’t communicate anything but emptiness with his eyes. It’s too darned unnerving. If I ever saw that same character deficiency in a Democrat, I’d be very very very leery of said Democrat.

                    • January 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

                      UT? Are you saying you don’t find Willard to be a warm, cuddly, loving human being?!?

                      Shame on you – look at how ease he is with young people:

                      Watch and learn PBO, watch and learn:

                  • 71 anniebella
                    January 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm

                    That’s a great picture of that flip flopping liar, Mitt Romney.

                  • 76 JoJothecat
                    January 27, 2012 at 11:23 pm

                    My what big pores you have grandpa….

                  • January 28, 2012 at 1:03 am

                    Oh my goodness, Chips! Gag-fest! Gross. He is not photogenic. No more close-ups for you, Willard. :bleeh: yuck!

          • January 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

            I agree Bobfr is a terrific twitterer (new word – I’m feeling creative 🙄 ) but Chips Chica, I do believe your memory is slipping! I`m pretty sure Bob is married. Wasn’t it you and UTALib (or was it Lisa?) who had a …a..ahm.. confrontation sometime ago for which Bob was a focus, and which had ‘the poor man’ 😳 -ing? If MY memory serves, at the time Bob declared his undying love for his wife while 😳 -ing furiously at the ruckus you gals were making. Don’t you remember? 😉

            • January 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm

              Oh, yeah, I remember now VC 😦

              But I kinda hoped his 42-year marriage was just a temporary thing, a fleeting moment in time.

              Devoted people are all very well, except when they’re devoted to someone else 😥

              • January 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm

                YOU, CC, are a cake! 😉 😆 😆 [But a cake that adds so much to the business of living!] I can just imagine the ‘trouble’ you caused your mom with that sense of humour of yours..

                • January 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm

                  Oh crikey VC, my mother is waaaaaaaaaaaay worse than me.

                  And she remains incensed with PBO – for running down Air Force One’s steps without holding on to the rails.

                  I can’t begin to describe how nervous it makes her, if he declared war on Iran – or even Ireland – tomorrow she wouldn’t be any more upset.

                  I showed her one of my videos – can’t remember which one (Australia? Ireland?) – and she loved it ….. until: the running down the steps moment:

                  “Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus!!!!!! He’ll fall,” she howled.

                  So I never, ever, EVER show her pics like this:


              • 83 anniebella
                January 28, 2012 at 2:52 am

                vcprezofan2, I think Chips might have thought Bob was like Newt. You know the guy who don’t know what being faithful is, the guy who divorce wife one as she lay on hospital bed suffering from cancer, then the second wife he left number one for, he cheated on her for number three, and if Newt wasn’t to darn old number three better be looking out. What a man. But the racists ass Republicans deserve him.

        • 84 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          January 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

          Thank you UT – very special compliment coming from you!

          Ms Chipsticks – married for almost 42 years; more in love today than the day I met her. That said, I’m touched by your sentiment and truly appreciate it.

          amk – we’re on the same page regarding that ‘puppy routine’ of Chips 😀 😀

          #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must!

          • January 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

            “married for almost 42 years; more in love today than the day I met her”

            • 86 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
              January 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm

              You are soooooo much fun, Chips!! Hope to meet you someday. And, what an amazing community you’ve created and nurture everyday. The President will need to honor you for it, for sure.

              #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must

          • January 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

            Oh, Bob, you answered Chips! That’s the problem when I come in late to the thread and respond before reading everything first. Yet when I read everything BEFORE participating, I find I’m still way out in left field. Oh well, remembering the ‘fight’ that ensued between Chips and UTALib while I was writing about it brought smiles to my heart, so I don’t mind (only a little bit) finding out that my comment was totally irrelevant.

            • 90 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
              January 28, 2012 at 1:38 am

              vc, you are a dear, and your memory is perfect and, they did bring all of us, including totally blushing me, a fun moment.

              That’s what’s so neat about this special place – kindred spirits, totally dedicated to our fantastic President, and even more so, to each and everyone one of our fellow citizens – of the world.

              #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must

  5. 91 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Caught some of Piers Morgan tonight and as usual he asked the inevitable “What do you think of President Obama?” question. His guest was Seal; the musician. Seal said he was very proud that PBO was elected as POTUS, that this is the only country in the world where such a huge paradigm event can occur. That he was proud that we could go from such a hard right GWB administration (the way he said GWB administration with such disdain in his voice was hilarious) to an administration spear headed by a man called Barack Obama. He also said that another reason he is proud of having PBO as President is because after GWB, this nation wasn’t in need of another “great” President, we were in need of a GREAT leader and PBO has NEVER wavered. Shut Piers up lightning fast.

  6. 97 EDP4BHO
    January 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Question!! Do any of you think we should be giving input to PBO and the WH about who we would like to see sit as SOS, TS, VP? Seems our Rev Al agrees with a caller on his radio program today, that we should plug our concerns of who fills those seats come a 2nd Obama administration. I’m sorry, but I think they’d better leave well enough alone when it comes to VP Biden. Also, since when do we tell the President who he should hire? Who of us would allow someone to tell us who to hire on our jobs, in our companies, our house sitters, baby sitters, dog sitters…..well, you all get my drift. I have been really ticked with too many folk this week, and I add Rev Al to that bunch right now. Balls too fuckin big, IMO.

    • 98 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      I agree EDP4BHO. My VP Biden is just fine where he is. No changes needed there.

      SOS – Whoever the President deems fit.
      TS – Whoever the President deems fit.

    • January 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Rev. Al should tell these callers that if they want input into who the President appoints then they better give him the majorities in Congress to be able to do so OR the majorities needed so that their dream team can actually accomplish their goals.
      They can express their opinions but the decision is Pres.Obama’s.

    • 102 Sandy1110
      January 28, 2012 at 3:22 am

      I don’t know why there’s so much talk about wanting to replace Joe Biden. Clinton and Geithner have both said outright that they don’t plan or expect to return.

      Maybe now that Hillary has said she wants out of politics, the talk about replacing Biden with her at VP will shut down for a minute.

  7. 103 halo
    January 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm




    • 104 Puddin'
      January 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks halo, I saw this last night…I told my friendgirl about this today, now I can send this to her. Mr. Donilon was great…if only PBO had more surrogates like him!

    • 105 nathkatun7
      January 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much, halo, for sharing Charlie Rose’s interview of Tom Donilon. Donilon was excellent! This is yet another example of the President’s ability to surround himself with smart and competent advisors.

  8. January 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Fabulous mash-up, Chips! Loooove that last pic of the Obamabots “welcoming” Leroy’s bus …… Obamabots are everywhere 😆 ! Gotta love ’em (us).

  9. January 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  10. January 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    • 110 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm


      We Obamabots don’t forget. We’re forgiving though – to those who are sincere 🙂

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Well, I’m not forgetting what Bill Maher has been doing. I haven’t watched his show in over a year, and – finally – I got rid of HBO and told my cable company to take down the reason why (since they keep those records). Now, of course, there’s all kinds of other stuff coming up on HBO that I’d like to see, so I’ll have to subscribe to it again, soon. But at least I made my tiny point.

      • January 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        I did the same thing jb. 🙂 That damn Maher was pissing me off with his criticism of POTUS while POTUS was working every waking minute trying to get the country out of every disaster known to man; financial meltdown, massive unemployment, massive stupid wars, al Qaeda military dead end; Middle East revolutions affecting the rest of the world, bad view of America based on our meddling in their countries and torture program, oil spill, democrats screwing up Mass election and 2010 election and on and on. I’m still pissed at him.

        I’m glad to see the Bushes respectfully visiting with Pres. Obama but will never forget it was those two who helped rig the 2000 Florida results that night with Jeb as Gov and Bush Sr calling his buddies at Fox that brought it to the Supreme Court. Man, if Bush Jr hadn’t been Pres for 8 long years…

      • 113 jeff
        January 28, 2012 at 3:35 am

        not me I still like watching Game Of Thrones. 😉

    • January 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      OMG I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! Maher can be such a fucking HACK.

    • 115 Puddin'
      January 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Bill Maher can kiss my grits…as my Mama used to say, “he tore his drawls”.

  11. 116 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    CHIPS these cartoons are exceedingly hilarious! The three-legged NewtRomney race, Mankini baggage train headed for the cliff, and Romney sweats his tax returns are my top three!

  12. 118 desertflower
    January 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Sorry. I’m going to beat this dead horse. She infuriates me.All of us in AZ, know this. The RW tries to ignore/deflect/push it under the carpet/ make excuses for this POS gov. I suggest you take a moment and read this…It’s all you need to know about the the character of this woman.


  13. 119 isonprize
    January 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    oooh, baby!! Another picture of Pres. Obama in the rain!!! Just what I needed after an evening of making calls to confirm volunteers for our petition drive tomorrow!!

    I’m going to be less visible on TOD because I’ll be spending time making calls and doing voter registration for the campaign. WOOO HOOO!!!

  14. 121 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    From earlier today:

    If everyone in the service of each other – i.e., our democratically elected government – could treat one another with this type of respect, irrespective of differences, we’d be the finest society, ever.

    #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must

    • January 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Absolutely right Bobfr. And it’s not that hard to do but they choose to be horses asses. POTUS spoke about the military working as a team and having each other’s back. And for most of us, we do that every day at work; Democrats working with Republicans side by side to get the job done with mutual respect. Today’s “leaders” of the Republican party do not represent the average American worker’s ethics and respect for your fellow citizen.

    • 123 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      I agree 100% Bob!

      Thanks for all your amazing tweets 🙂

    • 124 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 28, 2012 at 1:39 am

      Thank you forus and hopefruit!!

      #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must

    • 125 nospin
      January 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

      “If everyone in the service of each other – i.e., our democratically elected government – could treat one another with this type of respect, irrespective of differences, we’d be the finest society, ever”.

      You are such a wordsmith Bobfr. Beautiful words and so true.

    • 126 nathkatun7
      January 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Very well said, Bobfr!

  15. January 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I think I’ve watched that short “Okay” clip from Michigan 85295895843 times. Can’t get over how adorable PBO is there.

    • January 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Ha, beat you BWD, I’m on my 85295895844th viewing.

      • January 27, 2012 at 11:43 pm

        So, we are on a competitive streak, are we, CC? Signing in first, twice, one of which is being questioned (Impeachment?), choosing the choicest congratulatory pictures,, now you’re getting in BWD’s face. What has come over you Chica? I am getting a wee bit concerned.

        • January 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm

          I’m chess-mastering you UT with my firsts, and no chess-master I’ve ever known has been impeached. So, put that in your pipe and smoke it.

          • 131 utaustinliberal
            January 28, 2012 at 12:12 am

            There she goes again claiming “first” Just like her mentor Mankini Newt claimed to balance the budget four times. The latter two somehow occurring after he was removed as speaker! Next thing I know, Chips aka Newt will tell us she’s the first person to “colonize” the moon. Chips aka Newt, your grandiosity falls flat!

        • 132 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          January 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm

          Newt’s “Grandiosity” is rubbing off on her!!!!!!!!

  16. January 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Who is this OWS freaky beeeatcj on bill maher?

    Hate her, would not want to be her.

    • 136 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Jovie why not invite her to a nice evening of hot tea, biscuits and blueberry buns, while the both of you chat about all in life that is nice and good! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • January 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Fly me to the moon
        Let me swing among those stars
        Let me see what spring is like
        On Jupiter and Mars

        In other words, hold my hand
        In other words, baby, kiss me

        Fill my heart with song
        Let me sing forever more
        You are all I long for
        All I worship and adore

        In other words, please be true
        In other words, I love you

        Why don’t you fill my heart with song?
        Let me swing forever more
        Because you are all I long for
        All I worship and I adore

        In other words, please be true
        In other words
        In other words, I, I love, you

  17. 143 jacquelineoboomer
    January 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Spoiler alert … but can anybody let us know later how Martin “nailed it” on Bill Maher’s show? I canx my HBO because of Bill’s bashing of our President, so can’t watch.

    • 144 dotster3
      January 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

      He nailed it on the one sentence he was allowed to say. Dana Rohrbacher disgustingly hogged the whole thing with his loony tunes, and some girl whom I’ve never seen or heard of kept smugly chirping away with utter nonsense. Bashir couldn’t get a word in edgewise, and Maher lost control of his show—should have made sure Bashir got to say 2 sentences at least. The only worthy segment of the show was Maher’s wrap-up—–where he made clear the utter absurdity of all the freaky fakey identities the Repubs try to hang on President Obama—-all the Alinsky nonsense, the European socialist, the guy who’s coming to get your guns, the Kenyan, the muslim etc. etc.—–a completely made up identity—–they’re fighting against a fictional person who does not exist.

  18. January 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Did any of you guys read the article Van Jones published over at Huff Crap the day before the STOTU, where he basically said “There’s a rumor that the president is going to make a deal to let the banks get away with it, I hope it’s not true”? We really went after him on Twitter and he said “Tomorrow you’ll read the newspaper and I’ll accept your apology”. Well, it’s been three days since and I still wait for him to admit how wrong he was. Such a shame. He wasn’t like that.

    • 146 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Yes I remembered very well, especially the nasty “apology” comment. He was downright arrogant and condescending. And it’s not surprising that he has slinked into silence and not admitted to being wrong and presumptuous. Right now it appears that deal is not all that “sweet” in fact it appears rather SOUR – for the banks, that is.

    • January 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Saw that BWD, and the Twitter push-back, having had endless admiration for Van Jones the guy has proved to be a major disappointment. I know it’s the ultimate insult, but sometimes he seems almost Dan-****ing-Choi-ish to me, desperate for Firebagger admiration and embarrassingly comical with his “I heard a rumor that PBO is going to……” crap. I honestly reckon his sole ambition now is to be part of the Greenwald/Hamsher club. I have no time for the guy any more. None.

      • January 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        It’s a real shame, because unlike that lunatic Choi, he is very intelligent and his heart totally in the right place. He’s charismatic and can be someone really important and meaningful. Really haz me is real sad.

        • January 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

          Exactly, he’s a smart man – or used to be – I have no clue why he’s taken this direction. Ego? Maybe. That article just looked like the usual Firebagger crap to me. A major disappointment.

    • January 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      I don’t go to HuffPO but I did see some of you telling him off on twitter. I don’t pay Van Jones any mind anymore. I don’t even think about him until someone in time line mentions him. He clearly isn’t the leader I thought he was as I see he can be easily led by the emo crowd.

      Hopefully he’ll learn not to brag until the deal is on paper for all to see.

    • January 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      The 20 billion dollar deal will not go through anyways, because al AG has to be on board, and they are not!

    • January 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      I noticed his profile on Twitter makes no mention of Obama or winning 2012 election. He’s a snake imho.

    • 158 anniebella
      January 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      What has happen to Van Jones? Has his success gone to his big head?

    • 159 Sandy1110
      January 28, 2012 at 3:36 am

      The Firebagger nutters on one blog went into their usual hysterics over it: Blah blah blah about how POTUS is going to cut a deal with the banks, they wouldn’t support him any longer if he did that (as if they ever did), and so on and so on.

  19. January 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Attorney General Eric Holder officially unveiled a task force, led by New York’s crusading state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, to determine whether banks and financial institutions committed fraud when they bundled home mortgages and sold them on the international securities market – transactions that triggered the collapse of the housing market and led to the economic meltdown three years ago.

    Flanked by Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan and Schneiderman, Holder told reportes Friday at a Justice Department press conference that the task force, called the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, will hold lenders and securities brokers accountable for an era of shortcuts, rule-bending and irresponsibility that left millions of homeowners in financial distress. The group will also coordinate ongoing probes into residential mortgage-backed securities fraud, moves that can accelerate help to homeowners, restore public confidence in Wall Street and hold the banking industry accountable, Holder said.


  20. 161 carolyn
    January 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    The modern day Republican rabble needs to take a good look at the picture at the top of this thread and see how adults act…notice the civility, the smiles, even the posture of these three people…..no antagonism here, just good will. I’m talking to you Jan Brewer, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and so many more. GROW UP!!!! You all act like two year olds throwing a tantrum…….we, the country are tired of it, and you are not going to be rewarded in November.

    OT….someone said Jonathan Capehart is no longer on MSNBC. What happened?

  21. 162 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    So, he can do his 3rd party thing, if he wants, but this dude is finished except for those most determined to look past one of the most racist, xenophobic jerks in America:

    Would be sorta fun, and a big cash flow opportunity to lower our deficit, if President Obama announced on the night of his re-election that he’d happily sign legislation making weed legal and the US Government the provider of the best stuff, evah 🙂


    • January 28, 2012 at 3:37 am

      If it sounds like a racist,writes like a racist, edits like a racist..by gum, it is a racist!!! Sorry, absolutely no free pass or twisted logic here. He is what he is…a flippin’ racist, conditioned from birth!

  22. 164 desertflower
    January 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    An absolute, spot on, must see video from Cory Booker. Adore this man, and I hope that one day he will move to a Federal job…speaking out, just like this, for ALL people…not just the people of New Jersey. Bless him.

    • 165 PurpleShoesLA
      January 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Totally agree. HUGE, HUGE respect for Cory Booker. He’s also down in the trenches with a relentless “can do” attitude trying to do all that he can for the citizens of his city.

      • 166 jacquelineoboomer
        January 28, 2012 at 12:13 am

        It’s just a tiny thing, but once I saw a tweet to Mayor Booker from a constituent asking him how to get in touch about some situation – like trash pickup or something. He tweeted back the contact phone number, I think within minutes.

        What Mayor does that? (I’m sure there are many Mayors who are just as empathetic and compassionate, but maybe they’re just not as in “full view” as Cory Booker!)

      January 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm


    • 172 DreamChaser57
      January 28, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Thanks Desertflower for posting this. I’ve never had the privilege of hearing Mayor Booker speak before. How incredibly articulate – and a passionate advocate. It’s rare to see a politician stand firm and don’t equivocate. Awesome!

    • January 28, 2012 at 2:17 am

      I love Cory!!!! What a great find – this video!!!

  23. 174 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Hey TOD twitterers. Question: On the old twitter, when you clicked on the human icon and blocked/reported a troll for spam, their tweet would disappear fom your timeline and @ mentions. But on this new twitter, when I do the same thing, the troll is blocked, but the tweet still remains. Is that the same for everyone else or is there some new fangled method?

    • January 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      No idea on blocking spammers. The only person I’ve blocked is the snide sick dumb Mark Halperin.

      • 176 jacquelineoboomer
        January 28, 2012 at 12:07 am

        I just found Charlie Rose on PBS and he had Dick Halperin on. How can anybody have him on their show when he made that disrespectful comment about the President?

    • January 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

      UTALib, I think the tweet will disappear after you sign off. In other words this person’s tweets won’t show the next time you sign on. At least, that’s what happened to mine last time I blocked someone. I was upset at first that the blocking didn’t seem to be working even though when I rechecked the box it said the person WAS blocked, but he/she disappeared after I signed off.

  24. 178 desertflower
    January 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    What a big, fat, fucking lie THIS was.

    “We will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents, and other generations.”
    —George W. Bush, State of the Union address, Jan. 28, 2003

  25. January 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    First, the Democrats went after Mitt Romney over Ampad, the Indiana firm where Bain Capital was involved in mass layoffs. Then, they targeted Dade Behring, a medical supply company that failed under Bain’s management.

    Now, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is lashing Romney for having served on the board of Damon Corp., a medical testing company involved in Medicare fraud.

    She opens a new front in the Democratic messaging offensive in a memo shared with POLITICO:


    Debbie is going off. Expect this weekend she will be in high gear.

      January 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm


  26. 181 PurpleShoesLA
    January 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Evenin’ TOD Peeps. Thanks for the giggles at the top of this thread. Y’all are in rare form once again. Where oh where can I get that Super “O’ t-shirt!!!???!!! I MUST HAVE IT!! Anyone here know if it is for sale anywhere? Also wanted to say that I guess I didn’t realize how much I loved our VP Joe Biden until I sat and watched his remarks at the Dems’ retreat today as well. Had me in tears when he explained how having a job, owning a home and sending your kids to college is much much more than just an economic line item as the Repugs would like everyone to believe. Could’ve heard a pin drop in that room. He and PBO are THE team for the ages….They are going to be mindblowing on the campaign trail. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

      January 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm


    January 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm


  28. 185 Dudette
    January 28, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Rerun of PBO on Jay Leno on NOW!!!

  29. 186 dotster3
    January 28, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Flippin’ thru the channels and there’s President Obama on Leno—–Hi——was a rerun of course, or we would have been on top of this new appearance. That was a great interview though, President Obama being his smart, sane self, got such an enthusiastic response from the crowd. I heard Leno ask him about his approval at 41%—–my how times have changed. All signs are trending positive now, very encouraging.

  30. January 28, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Wow…this is fascinating. This is how they determine if there are enough valid signatures on petitions…in this case to get a measure to legalize marijuana on the ballot. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=266939870038214&set=a.176899605708908.42045.155473491184853&type=1&theater

  31. 194 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 28, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Received on FB:

    A stranger was seated next to a little black girl on the airplane when the stranger turned to her and said, “Let’s talk. I’ve heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.” The little girl, who had just opened her coloring book, closed it slowly and said to the stranger, “What would you like to talk about?” “Oh, I don’t know,” said the s…tranger. “Since you are an Afro American, do you think that So-called President Barack Obama is qualified for the job?” and he smiles. “OK”, she said. ‘That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff -grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?” The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.” To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss President Barack Obama…when you don’t know shit?”

  32. January 28, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Questions: Why can’t the Canadians build their own refinery and take that toxic sludge and turn it into fuel and then export it their own damn selves? Why do they have to transport it to the Gulf first?

    • 200 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2012 at 1:52 am

      Don’t have the answer and it’s an interesting question to raise, but aren’t these ideas coming from corporations, rather than all of the people of Canada? They’re probably not into group-think any more than we Americans are. Maybe somebody from Canada can enlighten us on how this is trending there as a plan.

    • January 28, 2012 at 2:12 am

      Hey – I’m Canadian! Probably for the same reason that a lot of American companies complete parts of their manufacturing processes in low tax areas – makes business sense and much cheaper labour – like pharmaceutical companies or Apple products produced in China, at the expense of the health and well-being of the citizens there?

  33. 202 jacquelineoboomer
    January 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Did y’all see this from ABL?

    Jan Brewer’s love note to President Obama


    • January 28, 2012 at 1:21 am

      You people have to stop! It’s after 1 here and I’m laughing up a storm. No doubt waking up my neighbors! 😆 hehehehehehehrhehehehehe!!

    • 205 EDP4BHO
      January 28, 2012 at 1:56 am

      I just came to check you guys out, and saw this. This is beyond crazy…….I hollered. I’d better go to bed now. Much too late for this hoopla 😀 Good night TOD.

  34. January 28, 2012 at 1:20 am

    holy mackerel what am i still doing up? Gotta go to bed but thought i’d tell you we get to be in a parade tomorrow so we’ll be handing out campaign stuff and doing a little canvassing etc. should be fun and unseasonably warm for Minnesota – i’ll let ya know how it went and try to take some pictures!

    night all


  35. 209 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 28, 2012 at 1:41 am

    ‘Grandmother test’ is a good guideline

    I am certain some of you have been following the campaigns of those seeking the presidential nomination for the Grand Old Party (GOP). I have paid close attention to the speeches, advertisements and in particular, the debates. The candidates’ misinformation and their downright lies have been bothersome. I have even considered moving to the Dominican Republic if one of these characters becomes president. Though we have been told that politics is downright dirty, men of honor and integrity always look for honesty and sincerity.

    This is not a political column. However, the impetus for today’s column is this election period. Providing misinformation is not exclusive to the world of politics. Unfortunately, not telling the truth or providing an unsubstantiated slant on issues exists in all facets of life. In listening to what spills out of the mouths of so-called learned men who hold and have held responsible state, federal and private sector positions, I have asked myself, “Do these people have no shame?” This is a question that you expect one would ask, particularly if they recall when one was guided by the impact of our behavior on ourselves and our families. A guiding principle in the development of responsible men and women back in the day was not embarrassing ourselves and those who mattered to us.

    My generation was instilled with the fundamental belief that what we said, how we behaved and how we presented ourselves had to be in keeping with standards of sound family values. This was non-negotiable! Our ancestors demanded that we not only look the part, but that we also act the part. So, what did this really mean? One of my colleagues placed this in perspective when he told me that the determinant as to whether or not one is unashamed is defined by “the grandmother test.” This test requires that you not say or do anything that would be unacceptable to your grandmother. How important is this to young people today? Clearly, in far too many quarters, being embarrassed is of little or no importance in comparison to expected standards of back in the day.

    more ——–> http://phillytrib.com/lifestylesarticles/item/2406-‘grandmother-test’-is-a-good-guideline.html

  36. 212 auni
    January 28, 2012 at 1:56 am

    theo67 I don’t know if you will spot this little note or not, but I thought your remarks back on the last topic were so good–talking about the President dealing with the issue of race. I read somewhere a report from a women who was visiting President Obama’s mother when PBO was a kid. They were walking together and some kids came by and were yelling racial slurs at PBO. He ignored them and his Mom commented that “it’s just part of his life”. She didn’t react. If that is the way he was taught to deal with it–maybe that works the best for him. He certainly isn’t going to change the hearts of racist folks by talking to them about it–possibly just being the great president he is will point out to people how ignorant and nonproductive racism really is. I sure know that far right people hate it when I say that racism is to blame for a lot of the hatred we hear directed at President Obama. President Carter said the same thing–and that Southern guy sure should know. Thanks again for your thoughtful post.

      • January 28, 2012 at 6:53 am

        Thanks from me too, theo. I liked it so much I printed that part of the thread to keep in my “might need for reference” file. So many on here hit “spot on” what I believe (and wish I could express, especially when I am agitated w/a right-winger on FB or on a comment board). So, yes, sometimes I pull out my reference file and “steal” what some of you said so well. I do reword, but thankfully I have the wisdom of my TOD family to guide me. 🙂 🙂

  37. January 28, 2012 at 5:02 am

    My favourite line from a song…*.’four in the morning, crapped out, yawning’. It was really fun to come here and read all of the comments, jokes and thoughts of everyone. The pictures and cartoons are hilarious. At four in the morning, visiting TOD is a great way to stay awake when all my patients are sound asleep. Have a great day everyone!
    *Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years.

    January 28, 2012 at 6:06 am


    • 218 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Ha! Serves them right.

    • 219 ChristiMTL
      January 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Thanks for the laugh this morning amk…..I’ve been reading comments here and there about the case, following your link….

      Beside the usual claims of batshitcrazy Orly Taitz, the birth certificate, social security numbers, etc….

      This has to be the funniest.

      *Obama, OR someone connected to him, has made threats to Taitz’s life and vandalized her car.

      So in the psychotic mind of Taitz and her followers, it is a possibility that President Obama himself left one day with his motorcade and keyed her car or something lol.

      You can’t make this stuff up

  39. 220 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I’m thinking that I’m physiologically addicted to this site. When “Rise & Shine” appears I can feel my blood flowing, my respiration increases, my brain starts preparing for action. If it gets past a certain time, I click to see “rise & shine” and I start getting restless if it doesn’t appear by 9:30AM! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  40. 227 desertflower
    January 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Smart move! http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2012/01/27/20120127white-house-latino-summit-phoenix-tucson.html

    White House officials on Saturday are leading a daylong summit on Hispanic community issues at Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus as one of a series of meetings nationwide that are part of President Barack Obama’s Hispanic-initiatives agenda.

    It’s a sign that the exponential growth in the Hispanic population could play a critical role in the November presidential election, as Obama and his Republican competitors try to capture their votes.

    Jose Rico, director of White House Hispanic Initiatives, said the forums in at least 22 cities, including one next week in Tucson, are the result of brainstorming with Latino leaders who last summer attended the White House’s first Hispanic Policy Conference.

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2012/01/27/20120127white-house-latino-summit-phoenix-tucson.html#ixzz1klHma814

  41. 229 isonprize
    January 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I’m off to get Pres. Obama on the ballot in PA!!!

  42. 231 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Happy Saturday TOD

    I’m heading out to our local OFA office to recruit volunteers for the campaign and do some data entry.

    Our President worked his heart out for us this week. He is a phenomenal leader that personally inspires me to work hard for his re-election.

    The grassroots fundraising team has been challenged by the campaign’s National Finance Director to step-up our fundraising since we are now on a monthly reporting cycle. We have our first monthly deadline coming to a fast close this Tuesday.

    As you know I’m raising money on my grassroots fundraising page to help the President win this November. He is counting on people like you and me giving what we can afford to fuel this campaign. If possible, will you donate $5.00 to the campaign to help ensure that we can fund OFA offices and supply this campaign with everything it will need to be successful this November.

    My fundraising page:

    Thanks and everyone have a great productive O’Day!

    Since I have to leave shortly can someone re-post this comment for me on the Rise and Shine thread this morning?

  43. 233 Bill R.
    January 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I didn’t know GHWB was in a wheel chair. I’m glad he was there to pay his respects with son Jeb to our president.

  44. January 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    practicing inputting a picture into wordpress

  45. January 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    img src= “http://t.co/9kecFJf0″ alt=”” /

  46. January 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    img src=“http://t.co/9kecFJf0″ alt=”” /

  47. January 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    i think i get it. need to “copy image url” so there’s a .jpg in there. ok try it again

  48. January 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    img src=”https://p.twimg.com/AkRuicYCIAE3yqE.jpg”alt=”” /

    took out the arrows on either end

  49. January 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    allright one more time and then i give.

  50. January 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    img src=”https://p.twimg.com/AkRuicYCIAE3yqE.jpg” alt=”” /

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