chat away

New Yorker

Thanks Edwina


The President at the Alfalfa Club last night:

You’ve heard it from the pundits: “Obama is cloistered in the White House.” “He’s aloof.” “He’s in the bubble.” “He’s not connecting.” And that’s why one of my big goals this year was to get out and be among everyday, ordinary Americans – like the men and women of the Alfalfa Club.

And Speaker (John) Boehner, it is good to see you at the head table. I know how badly Eric Cantor wanted your seat. But, John, I want you to know: I am eager to work with members of Congress to be entertaining tonight. But if Congress is unwilling to cooperate, I will be funny without them.

I’d like to acknowledge a very good friend of mine – Warren Buffet’s secretary’s boss is in the house.

USA Today


Catch ya later 😉

313 Responses to “chat away”

  1. 1 Debz
    January 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    You are too fast for us Chips!!

  2. 2 Ladyhawke
    January 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm


    How many times have you listened to comments/criticisms about President Obama from the GOP presidential candidates, Eric Cantor or John Boehner, for example, and said to yourself “Which President Obama Are Talking About”?

    The Republican Party knows they can’t run against the real accomplishments of the real President Obama so they are trying to create a President Obama that is a figment of their imagination. The President Obama they wish they were running against.

    Bill Maher, of all people, nailed this phenomenon on his show last Friday night. The problem I have is that the mainstream media is too happy to be the accomplices perpetuating the false memes about President Obama. The wacky and outlandish criticisms get serious attention instead of being laughed at.

  3. 3 collegekay
    January 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    i’m gonna try again

    img src=“http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/03M01MHgrPbJF/x610.jpg”alt=””/>

  4. January 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    RNC Chairman Priebus likens Obama to Italian cruise ship captain
    Kevin Bogardus
    01/29/12 11:16 AM ET
    Priebus called Obama a “Captain Schettino,” saying he was more interested in campaigning than governing.…


    Last week he was Saul Alinski, this week he is the Captain on the Italian cruise liner???

    Are they going to be ok?


    • 19 Debz
      January 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      This is the gop, they are like 8 year olds with all the name calling. How childish can you be?? (with all due respect the 8 yr olds.)

      • 20 Obama Grandmama
        January 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        What strikes me as childish is their saying they could do it better but giving no examples of how. Sort of like a kid that just yells louder and never quits with the “I’m better.”

        • 21 jacquelineoboomer
          January 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

          Listened to a teafolk rally on C-Span yesterday, and your take exactly describes how they talk. Blah blah blah freedom blah blah blah we are the bosses blah blah blah. NO MESSAGE whatsoever. No examples of how they would improve things. Stuck on stupid.

    • January 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Seriously? How kindergarten are these coneheads?

      • 23 utaustinliberal
        January 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        Exactly. People died in that cruise ship tragedy and Reince Preibus jokes about it. He should be ashamed of himself.

        • January 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

          UT, there’s an old saying, “where there’s no sense, there’s no feeling” and Preibus offers us living proof of that. He talks nonsense and he does it an a way that shows a complete lack of compassion for those who suffered and died on the cruise ship. He thinks this is clever, but it’s really sick. People who have no sense of humor, no timing and zero empathy should lay off the phony “bon mots.” They sound like heartless morons.

      • 25 Cha
        January 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

        They’re kocheads and they’re braindead.

    • 26 Michele
      January 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Priebus should worry about his own sinking ship in the state of WI, and his possible criminal behavior….

    • 28 TrumpDog
      January 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      OK now that was weak.
      Rinse seems a bit desperate. and childish.
      Where are the grownups in the Repub party?

    • 30 Cathy from MN
      January 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Chariman Priebus is an incentive idiot; people died in that cruise liner; not ok to use it in an off hand remark.

    • 31 anniebella
      January 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Jovie, guess what? You know what I’m going to say, this Priebus guy is talking B.S. Who was it who refuse to go on his Christmas vacation till they pass that payroll tax cuts. And who was it who came back from his Christmas vacation around January 3 while Congress came back what a week or so ago. So Priebus need to talk to his do nothing Congress lead by his radical idiots. Tell John Boehner and them to get off their lazy asses and do something to help the middle class. Sound like Priebus is alittle scared to have POTUS out there telling Americans the truth.

    • 32 Mel
      January 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      The GOP asholes are so fricking desperados that they sound so pathetic. I would like to remaind
      the GOP that sound bites are NOT going to work anymore.Funy most Republicans/Teapatiers do
      no have a fucking idia who Kevin Bogards or for that mattter Saul Alinsky so screw the GOP.

  5. 33 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I love that photograph it speaks volumes.

  6. 34 Canuck Joyce
    January 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Good morning/afternoon TODville,
    Hope everybody’s having a beautiful Sunday!

    I’m here sipping my green smoothie while catching up on the previous thread. I don’t comment much but I like to read your informative, uplifting comments. BRB

    I love your passion and energy, keep it up!

  7. January 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    • 37 Canuck Joyce
      January 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      I love reading the endless reasons why we need to re-elect PBO in November. Keep them coming pinkbunny – like your name 🙂

      • 38 Mel
        January 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        I watched on CNN Gutierrez who is backin Romney vs Antonio Villarraigosa talkin about the latino
        VOTE and trust me when I said and what Antonio said, that the Latinos around the country will
        support PBO BIG time, because the Dmocratic pty is about INCLUSION . in other worths the GOP
        every Presidental election they always use the LATINOS as a punching bug to get the Conservatives
        fire up and we Hispanics are NOT going to take it any more so PBO you will have our VOTE big time.

        • 39 Canuck Joyce
          January 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

          There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that PBO will get the latino vote because Hispanics are very smart people and the TeaOP tend to forget that.

        • 41 GGail
          January 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

          Our LA Mayor Villaraigosa is correct about the Latino vote – especially here in So. Calif. And we all need to make sure we extend a hand to include Latinos in our OFA programs to help them spread the word in their communities and feel inclusive.

          OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

        • 42 desertflower
          January 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm

          Luis Gutierrez is backing Romney? The guy from Illinois? Seriously?

    • 43 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Another great one! I love these so much!

  8. 44 Canuck Joyce
    January 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    That New Yorker cover is priceless! Pass the chips Mr President, sir 😀

    • 45 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Love how the The New Yorker cover shows him in a shirt and tie. Always working!

      The excerpts from his remarks last night were great. WISH we could have seen it live!

    • 46 anniebella
      January 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Canuck Joyce, i love that New Yorker cover too.

  9. January 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Happy sunday #TOD family..!! 😀

  10. January 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I see OWS made an appearance last night at the Alfalfa Club………. Funny thing though,I haven’t really been hearing a lot about them. Even before the smoke bomb craziness. I’m glad of it too. I’m sick and tired of them. The less I hear about them the better. That, ladies and gents, is how a few bad apples can ruin the whole basket.

    January 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm


  12. January 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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  13. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    January 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Here in Maryland we raise money for The Special Olympics by having an annual event called the Polar Bear Plunge. This is where people plunge into the Chesapeake Bay on the last Saturday in January. Last year 3 Million dollars was raised. My Governor (O’Malley) takes the “plunge” every year and I thought I would just share last years plunge with you all. ***warning*** you may want to get out the naughty mats. 😆

  14. 92 #1 obama fan
    January 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD fam !! Just saw a Lay’s commerical featuring Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together..Wow President Obama..way to go..Landslide Obama/Biden 2012..Can anyone find the link..tried fritolay.com no such luck..they only have the same commerical featuring Crazy Little Thing Called Love..I think it’s rather new..anywhoo..Awesome Sauce..

  15. January 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Oh Shite, guys!! Is this for realz?! How did I miss it?!


    This is what he said about Bo:

    ” Of the encounter, Perry tweeted a photo and gushed, “A real charmer I ran into between meetings in WH. Bo, the Portuguese Water dog!!”

    Bo is such a gentleman! Instead of biting Dick’s nose off, he remained polite and took the picture with the dummy!—– now that photo is what I entitle Grin (Dick) And Bearing It (Bo). 🙂

    • 100 GGail
      January 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Bo is rolling his eyes saying “let’s get this over with!”

      • 101 Debz
        January 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

        I saw this after Perry’s visit to the WH. At least he is a dog lover and would never put the dog on top of the car for 12 hours. His only positive.

        • 102 Bill
          January 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

          He once told a story he was jogging with his daughter’s poodle, and it was attacked by a coyote. Unlike most normal people he carries a gun while jogging, and he shot the coyote.

    • 103 anniebella
      January 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      lisa, I saw that picture of Perry with Bo, the first thing I said was yuke. I bet you $10,000 dollars Bo wanted a extra long bath that evening.

  16. 104 GGail
    January 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Good West Coast morning TOD family and Chipsticks.
    I heard this morning that Will Farrell will be hosting an Obama fundraiser at his Holmby Hills residence some time soon. 🙂

  17. 107 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Journalism at its finest. A MUST SEE, MUST PASS ALONG, MUST TWEET

    Bill Moyers talks with former Senator Byron Dorgan about making sure big banks play by rules that� protect consumers from financial calamity, and how those big banks use power and influence to avoid responsibility while maximizing profits.

    • January 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      i’m listening to this right now DF. very interesting. will tweet just as soon as it’s through. former Sen Bryon Dorgan was really prescient in what he said on the senate floor.

    • January 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Wonderful video – definitely worth watching. I am so encouraged that Bill MOyers is having his own show. He will do quality reporting. We all need to send him positive fan mail so they keep him on.

      • 111 desertflower
        January 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Thanks, WiW…I thought that it was worth sharing here. This is precisely what happened…and President Clinton should have known better than to do that. However, this is where we are now…Dodd -Frank will have to be strengthened, but it’s a start.

      • 112 desertflower
        January 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Is Bill Moyers in your contact list?

  18. 113 Dakota
    January 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Hello TOD Family!!!

    I had the extreme pleasure yesterday of attending the Black History Kick-Off Brunch at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The keynote speaker was DONNA BRAZILE! She spoke on Black Women in American History, Culture and Politics. It was a great event (sold out) and I thoroughly enjoyed her speech/conversation. She has a natural, kind of folksy delivery that really draws you in. She had everyone in stitches with her antidotes about being at EVERY LAST ONE of the rethug debates and how she’s in the middle of the teabaggers and the rethugs after the debates, (always in the bar) while the baggers are crying in their Budwiesers and the rethugs old guard are crying in their martinis. She takes the sympathetic view with both factions (Honey, what’s the matter?) but all the while she says she’s happy that President Obama doesn’t have lift a finger while they rip each others throats out!

    She spoke about her family and growing up in New Orleans. Her parents raised 9 children and put them all through college. She said that her mother worked as a domestic and her father often worked 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet. She said her parents were always working hard so she doesn’t know what the hell Newt Gingrich is talking about when he says we have no role models in our communities and no hard work ethic. She spoke briefly about “the finger incident” and she that she had let that, for her sanity, she had to give that one to God to handle!

    In addition to her mother and grandmother she spoke of her other personal role models, who included Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Shirley Chisom and Barbara Jordan (to rousing applause I must say) and on the historic strength of Black women. She emphasized that we women don’t need to ask permission…don’t hide our light under a bushel. Just go for what it is we want. That’s what she did and continues to do. Don’t ask nobody nothing. LOL!

    She had a book signing later, which ended up being kind of rushed, but fun, because she had to catch a plane to get back to New York. Hubby managed to get snap a few pictures, I got in a handshake and a “Thank you Miss Donna.” Shortly thereafter, when she was leaving quickly and waving good-bye, she stopped, shook my hand again and said, “Thank you for coming” and I said, “The pleasure is all mine Miss Donna.” My friend commented on how she’d singled me out twice. I told her maybe she thought she knew me from somewhere or maybe she felt that New Orleans connection from me! LOL! It was really an enjoyable and uplifting event.

    • 114 desertflower
      January 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      What a wonderful way to spend the day!

    • 116 TrumpDog
      January 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      I’m smiling after reading about your experience. What a memorable event. 🙂

    • January 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      that’s fabulous dakota what wonderful experience!

    • 119 Canuck Joyce
      January 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      What a great experience! So happy for you Dakota. I am all smiles after reading it 😀

    • 120 Obama Grandmama
      January 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I remember Donna Brazille being one of PBO’s most staunch supporters when the fiasco of how the votes were going to be counted in some states during the Primaries in ’08. There was some different proposal from the Clinton campaign that was being decided for or against. Many were Clinton supporters pushing for the change and Donna was firm on not changing the rules in the middle of the game. I do not remember all of the particulars as I guess I really did put it behind me but remember at the time it was a very big deal and was following it closely.

      • 121 Doreen
        January 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        Hi Obama Grandmama, I think this is what you were talking about:

      • 122 Dakota
        January 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        Thanks everyone! Donna was really inspiring. I was really tickled with the young MC (23 years old) who gushed, “I can’t believe I’m in the same room with Donna Brazile!”

    • 123 Dudette
      January 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks for the recap. Sounds like a wonderful. Donna B. is full homespun wisdom and goodness; such an inspiration.

    • 125 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      January 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      That’s a wonderful story Dakota. You brought a huge smile to my face. 🙂

    • 130 Pamela
      January 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Lovely, lively creature, that Bo! I confess to saving very many of these, very many I hadn’t seen before! I’m smilin’!

  19. 131 anniebella
    January 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    POTUS had some funny lines there. I loved the one where he said hay Boehner it’s good seeing you at the head of the table, I know how bad Cantor wanted your seat. So true, but funny funny funny.

  20. January 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm

  21. 136 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm


  22. January 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    My heart melted when I saw the pic of PBO leaning over to pet Bo who came to meet him upon his return from his extensive and exhausting whirlwind trip this past week. There is nothing more comforting than that unconditional love.

  23. January 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I wanted to share some great news that has happened to me so far in 2012 that I wanted to pass along because it may help someone else too, and it has to do with MY BEAUTIFUL PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!

    I was unemployed for a year and I couldn’t get my house mortgage modified because I didn’t have a job. My bank told me that if I were to get a job that they could help modify my mortgage using the program obama implemented, and based on my info I gave them about my current mortgage, etc they could knock off close to 500 bucks per month. Well I got a job as a teachers assistant which the salary is low, but once I got settled, I reapplied again to get help. Well after months of back and forth, trial period, faxing documents back and forth, fed ex’s stuff back and forth, my mortgage was modified. HOOORAY!!! I was paying 1300 per month before now I am paying 812.00. A huge difference and a big help to me saving my house. Now that I have gotten that settled, I can start looking for me another job making more money. I took the teachers aid job because that was all I could get at the time and I didn’t want to lose my house.

    I decided to change careers and go into some kind of healthcare because I think that is where the future jobs will be and will always be. I love computers and have tech support experience, but no healthcare experience, so I decided to look into Healthcare IT or a related field. Yesterday I went to an orientation about a 4 month program called Electronics Health Records Technolgist that is offered at Clayton State University in Georgia that is partnering thru Boston Reed College. Apparently President Obama is going to need millions of folks getting trained in this because of the Healthcare Law that is being implemented in 2014.

    The instructor told us that every single doctors office, hospital, VA hospital, Clinic, etc have to have electronic files up and running or they will be fined. Not only do they have to be implement3ed but maintained afterwards and that is where folks like me and others who will get training come in. He needs a lot of folks to get training and she also told us he purposely put that in the bill to create jobs. (There were some folks their talking about obama negatively about the stuff he said at the state of the union. When the instructor mentioned that obama did this to create jobs, you could hear a pin drop. I looked over at them and laughed)

    But anyway, I am going to enroll in the program in May. The cost is 3600 which is cheap. Its 216 hours/16 weeks/4months. If anyone you know is interested or want to change careers or unemployed, I would suggest they enroll in the program. It is called Allied Health Training Programs Electronic Health Record System Technologist. It is online and its thru Boston Reed College. I think they have partnered up with various colleges throughout the United States.

    Salary she told us starting is based on areas and education. MINIMUM is 30,000 and the more extensive training you get the more you make. It also depends if you have healthcare background, IT background and NO background. Other jobs that you can get thru this program are Application analysts, Medical Software sales, Application Maintenance, clinical document control specialist, help desk and more.

    So if anyone is interested in this or may know of someone tell them to call Boston Reed College at 1-800-201-1141 and find out if a program is offered in your state.

    Love yall!!

    • 149 desertflower
      January 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      What GREAT NEWS! Congrats on your home:) I know WAY too well what that mess is like. I did it TWICE. Once for a rental that we owned that was our very first home EVER, and then again for the home I live in now.Nearly 4 years of battles for me.I’ll look into this…good luck to you on your new journey. Thanks for sharing.

    • January 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Wow Kinona Congratulations on EVERYTHING!! Woohoo, I’m so happy for you~ best wishes.

    • 151 Linda
      January 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Congratulations on both .

    • 152 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Wow – your stories are indicative of how much President Obama’s agenda is helping Americans. Please, if you haven’t already, kindly send your story to the campaign or Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at the DNC. They are looking for real-life SUCCESS stories like this.

      And congrats to you for getting your new job, saving your house, and working toward your new career. Well done! I’m going to pass your story and tips to a couple people I know.

    • 153 TrumpDog
      January 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Congratulations on your new job and loan modification.
      Also, you’ve inspired me to check into the Allied Health Training Programs Electronic Health Record System Technologist as I need a new career. Thanks for that.

    • January 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      This is so cool, thanks a bunch for sharing our story and for all the work you have put in to get through these rough times. You are an inspiration.

    • January 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      that is great news! and your efforts as well! you didn’t give up – good for you! 😉

    • 156 57andFemale
      January 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      uber-cool!!!!!! Good luck.

    • 157 Canuck Joyce
      January 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Congratulations Kinona and thank you for sharing your story here. Could you please take a moment to email it to OFA and to the White House? To Bobfr and our twitter brigade: can you tweet kinona’s story?

      • 158 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        Great story Kiona. Thank you for sharing.

        Per Canuck Joyce’s request:

        #LandslideOBAMA2012 #LandslideDEMS2012 #YesWeMust

        • January 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

          Bobfr, you are wonderful. I mean just so impressive. Please keep it up!

        • January 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

          THANKS EVERYBODY!!! I am glad you passed this along. I want everybody to be able to get employed. Also I wanted to add if you don’t have the money for the program, you can either go through sallie mae or try to get someone to pay for it. You will make that money back when you get a job. Also other jobs in this field if you have heatlcare background.

          Clinical software trainers
          EHR Implementation Specialists
          Health Systems Integration Professionals
          Practice Management and Consulting
          Practice workflow Analysts

          She said the minimum you need to enroll in the ;program is a diploma/ged. But jobs/salaries range from a minimum diploma all the way up to a PHd.

        • 161 Canuck Joyce
          January 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

          Thank you Bobfr. We are so lucky to have you on our side 🙂

        • 162 desertflower
          January 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

          Look at YOU! Our Amazing Bob!!!!

    • 163 Obama Grandmama
      January 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      When you mentioned the part where the speaker said Obama put the record part in to also help create jobs that is what I liked about the ACA. I liked the multi-tasking effort put into the plan. I saw it as a huge listening, fact gathering, problem solving process with experts from all areas of healthcare participating with all sorts of opinions considered. The ACA was put together carefully and comprehensively with a long range impact to help in our future and present needs. I see this as lifechanging as opposed to the criticism of it being too long, too bulky, too many pages, too bureaucratic, too top down, big government. The argument of failure of government is defined in the quick fix as little as possible opposition approach taken.

      In the past we have had lots of groups meeting without much representation of all sides of the issue considered. We have had the least amount of work done as possible out of fear of what the opposition would paint this as and if the people voting for it would be re-elected instead of whether what was being done would actually solve the problem or just help a little. In any big change there are always flaws and things that come up that need fixing, but to throw the whole thing out and go back to the old pattern of a bandaid approach is what is wrong with the other party. The protection of the ACA is my most immediate reason for wanting desperately to keep Prez Obama in office for another term.

      The ACA is built around the private model vs the government model and many of us who have traveled elsewhere like the idea of the government model, but we as a country were not ready to go that radical and sometimes wading in over plunging into the water works better for more people. I for one will keep trying to educate others on why the ACA is a good plan helpful to themselbes over a bandaid approach that could even make the costs higher.

    • January 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Kinona, congratulations on staying in your home and working toward a brighter future. You really are an inspiration. Some people would whine about unfairness and declare defeat, but you took the the bit and ran with it and now you’ve got a great career path carved out. Good for you!!!

    • 165 Dudette
      January 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful news and the info on the training program! I’ll be passing this on.

    • 166 Pamela
      January 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      This is excellent news, this will really make a difference. It’s happenin’, isn’t it folks, as promised by our PBO!

    • 167 EDP4BHO
      January 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you so much for this invaluable info. I just showed it to my son who’s position will be phasing out in 3 months. Bless you and best of luck.

  24. January 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Read this today:

    “The Law of Garbage Trucks.”

    “Many people are like Garbage Trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it, and if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Instead, just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.”

  25. 170 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

  26. January 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    January 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm


  28. 177 Ladyhawke
    January 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm



    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of New York was on “UP With Chris Hayes” this morning and he was just terrific. This man demonstrates exactly why the Republican Party is freaking out about the implementation of Dodd-Frank and the appointment of CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

    If MSNBC eventually posts the interview with AG Schneiderman I will update this comment. The interview was very informative. It was a pleasure to hear directly from AG Schneiderman how excited he is about his new assignment. In the meantime, get to know this amazing public servant in the Business Insider article below:

    Meet NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, The Man Who Could Be Wall Street’s New Worst Nightmare


    At Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, Obama announced that he would be creating a new task force within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to coordinate all investigations on the causes of the subprime mortgage crises.

    The man he picked to co-chair that task force is New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman. It’s not a surprising choice. Schneiderman been aggressive in investigating banks for mortgage fraud in New York, and has taken a leadership role in mortgage fraud settlement negotiations between banks and state AGs around the country.

    Here’s what he had to say about his new job (from the L.A. Times):



  29. January 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  30. 181 Dudette
    January 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    This is happening all over the country…people really need to be paying attention to what’s going on in state legislatures.
    New Hampshire Legislature Turns Policy Reins Over To ALEC

    Republicans in the New Hampshire legislature seemingly have ceded all control of the state to the American Legislative Exchange Council by introducing an unprecedented seven of ALEC’s pieces of model legislation in the past week. ALEC legislation is basically written by corporations to protect their own interests and the organization is behind a rash of legislation across the U.S. that has assaulted working families, attacked unions and sought to unravel the American social safety net…

    • 182 desertflower
      January 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      All 50 states have the tentacles of this monster, ALEC, around their necks. It is NOT government FOR THE PEOPLE…but FOR the corporations. make NO mistake! You’re absolutely right!

  31. 183 halo
    January 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm



  32. 195 halo
    January 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm


  33. 201 Ladyhawke
    January 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm



    In this election year where fairness and income inequality are finally getting the overdue attention they deserve, let’s focus like a laser on Grover Norquist and the GOP politicians who have relinquished their judgment to him by signing a no taxes pledge. Norquist has reared his head again saying the GOP should impeach President Obama if the “temporary” Bush tax cuts are not extended.

    Norquist: Republicans Will Impeach Obama If He Doesn’t Extend Bush Tax Cuts

    Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist has long held a tight grip on the marionette strings of the GOP. Wielding undue influence as the head of the Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist ensures that Republican lawmakers sign his anti-tax pledge and threatens them with electoral defeat should they even think of deviating from it. Norquist has marked a successful few years, killing the deficit super committee agreement, batting down a tax increase on millionaires, and, of course, ensuring the extension of the Bush tax cuts.
    Norquist certainly revels in his power, but suggesting Republicans impeach the president over tax cuts is wildly outlandish. According to the constitution, the president, vice president, or public officials can only be impeached for “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Preserving a tax cut that gives more to the top 1 percent than the average income of the 99 percent hardly qualifies. But if Norquist’s only goal is to “crush the other team,” it seems he’ll stop at nothing to do so.


  34. January 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Just spent an hour tracking down this video. Love it, one of my favorites:

  35. January 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Wow, I’ve been catching up reading all the comments and you guys have me smiling.

    All of you are so inspiring and positive. I recall a comment of FLOTUS from an interview, in which she said “she tries to only allow those persons within her circle that lifts her up”, and truly you guys are good for the soul!

    Love you Momma Chips!

    • 208 obamalia
      January 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      yes, indeed bjw2 – this site with our amazing chips & our TOD family truly lifts my spirits up!!! love you all!!! 🙂

  36. 209 Obama Grandmama
    January 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I am posting this blind or another words without reading either of the two blogs today as I just had an AH HA moment listening to an NPR story on the radio this morning. I remember the debate where Romney mentioned self-deportation and it was laughed at then conversations about it. I also remember people remarking how the press was starting to use the term. I found out this morning on the story about Alabama’s new tough anti -immigrant law that the objective of it was to make it so tough on the illegal immigrants that they would self-deport. That AZ papers law had the same objective. The term has been being used in this context before the debate. The article told about the difficulties for the immigrants there, the outright hatred that is being represented now even by citizens and the difficulties it is presenting for the state in loss of businesses coming or staying there as well as impact on the law officers. It was quite an eye opening article.

    • 210 desertflower
      January 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      That was THE intention all along with these awful laws. Thousands left or buried themselves deeper away from society.In the meantime, billions of dollars of crops rotted on the vine, tax revenue lowered, the states got in WORSE financial straits, and MORE education, healthcare etc got the ax. Fabulous people, aren’t they?(lawmakers that approved of this law)

    • January 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      A lot of these things that appear all around the country at the same time come from ALEC. I wonder if this does.

  37. 212 Obama Grandmama
    January 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Missed the thread lead by being too slow. Please read my NPR article post above. No link as I am too stupid for that.

    • 213 susanne
      January 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      no,no,no–you are not stupid! newt is stupid! mitt is stupid! you, my dear, are a super-smart lady, who just hasn’t yet mastered a rapidly-changing technology. how do i know you’re smart? you’re here, working for the president! go granny go!
      ps full disclosure, i’m also a granny, and i’m still learning the computer stuff, too!

  38. January 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    I have to say – the blog is growing into the supportive, smart, strong group of PBO Warriors I always thought it could be.

    As I read to catch up I was so happy to hear about the new Obama T-Shirt, hear about attending Donna Braziles speech, be inspired by folks who are off to OFA to sign people up, listen to members who are talking to their parents about the issues, the list of goodies good news goes on and on. I want to thank everyone who shared a personal story for bringing positive energy here and for doing what you do in the community. Lets do this all day everyday to November and beyond.

    I hope we can also take time to thank those in the media and public eye.

    If its a slow news day and you are bored, send a note of encouragement to :
    Rev Al’s show
    Martin Bashir
    Lawrence O’Donnell
    Bill Moyer
    Charlie Rose and the gang at CBS Morning show
    Randi Rhodes

    Sending compliments makes you feel almost as good as the person who gets the pat on the back.

    • 215 Canuck Joyce
      January 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Ok…I’ll start with you WiW, thank you so much for all the information-gathering, organization and brilliant ideas you bring here on TOD and share on your own blog. You’ve been a fantastic and strong PBO supporter. You inspire me everyday, please keep up the great work!
      Much love & gratitude :hearts&

    • 216 JoJothecat
      January 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you:

      What Is Working for letting us know exactly That PBO is WIW(who is working) for the American people

      Desert Flower for bring us such good information daily

      Jovie, for keeping us on our toes

      BWD who started her Diary at that “other” place and directing us here after your hiatus and

      Chipsticks for Letting Us Stay Together at The Obama Diary!

  39. 217 jeff
    January 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    guess the GOP are trying to find ways to get the K-stone pipe bill through.


    Ahh well I will stay positive and try to focus on the big picture.

  40. January 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I have been making web pages for the various election issues that will affect this campaign. I have been blessed with a tireless assistant “CREOLECHILD” who sends me resource which have been invaluable. {{CC}}

    Please take a look at the one I did for Jobs and the Economy. I realize it is a “work in progress” but think this is a decent start. My goal is to build a structure that will allow us to find things fairly quickly if we need to prepare printed materials, send out an email, tweet or just talk to a friend.

    Jobs and the Economy :: Election Toolkit

    For folks who love their bookmarks I would suggest you bookmark the main toolkit page that links to the Jobs page and all other pages I will build over the next few months.

    Fired Up – Ready to Go

  41. 223 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm


  42. January 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I forgot what video it was that had the Soldier holding his hand up in the air not allowing anyone to touch it.. after President Obama shook his hand.. does anyone know what video that was?

    I replay that scene in my mind over and over again when I want to *smile* for no reason 😆 That video really touched me and my family so much.. we were thinking.. “Who does that in this day in age with World Leaders?” No one lol You never see that with World Leaders of today, you can only get that with President Obama! You sure as hell wouldn’t have got that under ‘Dubya’ (by the way, many of us here would’ve thrown a shoe at him when that incident hit the media, I don’t think anyone around me at the time felt sorry for him, but instead were hoping for something harder!) and we did like Clinton until his affair with the intern and that tainted his reputation with many I knew here lol

  43. 226 jeff
    January 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I guess the Boner is trying to attach the k stone pipeline to a infrastructure bill.

  44. 229 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    • 230 utaustinliberal
      January 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Completely agree with Shoq. I bet if you pulled down McCain’s pants, you’d see an imprint of Gregory’s face. The sucking up was disgusting. It’s so obvious Gregory is pulling for Romney. Any mask of fake objectivity was definitely lost today.

    • 231 Canuck Joyce
      January 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      OMG…now I need to clean my laptop!

    • January 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      I thought this was real till I got the the “extracting nose from ass” part! hahahahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahaha!!!! 😆 😆 😆

  45. January 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    k i must go do chores! c u l8r 🙂

  46. January 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    A while back I posted a story about a homeless Science Whiz Kid whose family got a house to live in. Well here is an update – more good news

    Homeless NY science whiz getting $50K scholarship

    • 235 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      No – no – I don’t want to cry all day!

      Thank you so much, WiW, for all you bring to us and the Obama-Biden 2012 team!

    • January 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks for the follow-up on this, WiW. The original story had caught my eye so it’s nice to see the next step. Thanks also for all the compiling, etc that you do. It makes quite a difference to know where you can put your hand quickly on needed info, and to do this along with your regular job is really a labour of love for PBO, AND us.

  47. January 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Bill Gates is Better Than Batman (Infographic) – cool stats on rich folks that give back


  48. 239 nospin
    January 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Just got this in my email —

    My name is Lilly Ledbetter, and I was discriminated against because I’m a woman.

    Some of you may have heard my story.

    In 1998, after 19 years of service at a Goodyear factory, someone left an anonymous note in my mailbox listing the names and salaries of my male coworkers — who I learned that day were making at least 20 percent more than I was, even though many had less education, less training, and fewer years on the job.

    I went to court and won, but in an appeal, the Supreme Court claimed I should have filed my complaint within six months of the first unfair paycheck. Of course, they didn’t say how I was supposed to fight for fair pay when I didn’t know I was being paid unfairly.

    But that’s not why I’m writing you. I’m writing because President Obama heard about my case and went to work fighting for legislation that would prevent his two girls, and an entire generation of young women coming up in the workforce, from ever being disrespected in the same way. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became the first piece of legislation he signed into law as president, exactly three years ago today.

    Before he was elected, the President said he’d fight for middle-class people like me, and he kept his promise — not just on fair pay, but on so many other issues that matter to women.

    That’s why I’m part of Women for Obama — will you join me and add your name to this special group that will help re-elect the President?

    President Obama didn’t have to make fair pay a priority. Lord knows he had enough to worry about those first few weeks in the White House.

    But the President is driven by a strong sense of fairness, and the responsibility he believes we have to one another to correct injustice wherever we can.

    Part of that comes from his own story. The President’s grandmother worked in a bank her whole life, and kept working there long after she hit the glass ceiling. Some of the very men she had trained climbed the corporate ladder ahead of her.

    That’s part of why he continues to fight for bills like the Paycheck Fairness Act, which he supported in his State of the Union last week. And it’s what drove him to fight for the Affordable Care Act — which ended discrimination against women based on pre-existing conditions, and is providing free preventive services like mammograms and contraception.

    Growing up in the South, I learned the value of a good day’s work at a young age, picking and chopping cotton two seasons a year. It wasn’t until much later that I learned that hard work isn’t always enough when folks don’t have a president who’s looking out for them.

    I’m excited to fight alongside President Obama in this election. I hope you’ll join us today:




    • January 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      What a fantastic letter. Just as Caroline Kennedy noted, it’s not merely POTUS who is impressive, it is the array of terrific, wonderful people collaborating to get and keep this administration seated. Great WH, and great supporters as well. Happy Sunday to the lovely TOD community!

  49. 241 defytheodds
    January 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Happy 58th Birthday to Oprah Winfrey. (1/29/54)

    • January 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      On the subject of birthdays, did anyone see the b/day cake FOX gave Paul Ryan? While it was nice of them to acknowledge his birthday, I thought it somewhat …tasteless…insensitive… crass ….(can’t think of the right word), given the current environment, to put a giant green dollar sign on the cake. Stuffy of me I guess, but it seemed too much.

  50. 245 defytheodds
    January 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    New Hospital to Start Serving Native Americans

    On January 17, a newly built Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital began taking patients from the 9,300 Native Americans residing in the counties of Dewey, Haakon, Meade, Potter, Sully, and Ziebach in South Dakota.

    The Cheyenne River Health Center, located in the north-central part of the state, was constructed using $84.5 million in Recovery funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 138,000-square-foot facility replaces the former Eagle Butte IHS Hospital, which had become too small to serve the needs of the community.

    IHS describes the new hospital as “a modern, technologically advanced facility with enough space and staff to provide an expanded level of health care services specifically designed to meet the needs of the Cheyenne River population.”


  51. January 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    How did axelrod do on mtp?

    • 249 utaustinliberal
      January 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      He was fantastic as usual. Even though David Gregory tried to shut him up by defending Romney paying 13.9% in taxes and trying to make the President seem like a mean human being for suggesting that the wealthy need to start paying their fair share. Axelrod was strong and didn’t take BS from Gregory. Gregory pretty much gave up the pretense of objectivity and was slobbering all over McCain and Romney’s platform. It was disgusting.

      • 250 hopefruit2
        January 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        I’m waiting to see MSNBC’s reaction the Sunday after Nov 6th when Romney suffers humiliating defeat by PBO. Comcast is so pulling for a Romney Presidency they can’t hide it any longer.

  52. January 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Smartypants has a video on today’s ‘No Commentary Required’ post that I’m certain some of you would like (Df? Lisa?). I didn’t bring the link because I’m not completely comfortable with the ‘translations’.

  53. 252 auni
    January 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Got some shoutouts to do here: 1. desertflower, I love the discussion you have started about how to lower college costs. When President Obama met with college administrators recently to discuss lowering costs, I thought it was a wonderful idea. I don’t recall other presidents making that move–maybe I missed it. Newt is talking about how college students need to work while attending, and get through as fast as possible. Seems he didn’t work a day himself, got through with wife and parents support. Cantor thought it would be a good idea for students to start paying their loans back before they finish school (how?). Get this, I was living in Alaska in 1970, 2 years to go to finsh my degree. There was a push by the state to get older students back in school, and since I was around 30 I qualified for free tuition. 2. Dakota, I so admire Donna Brazile. She is one that has her brain and her heart in the same place–a picture of class all the way. 3. tnmtngirl, in your post back a bit you echoed my thanks to theo67 for some real smart remarks he had posted. Then you went on to talk about how you “steal” ideas from here to use against the haters. That’s what I have to do, sometimes I think I don’t have enough of my own ammunition. You explained it better–so this time YOU are the one that is saying it so well that your words will be used by ME–there you have it! HA!

    • 253 desertflower
      January 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Aw, thank you, auni 🙂 These kinds of things keep me awake at night..thinking, thinking, thinking…how to do it bettter…how to open this up for more people. How to improve this economy and make people prideful of themselves again. I don’t know, I think a lot of this divisive behavior comes from being afraid. Afraid of new things, afraid of change, afraid of loss, afraid of homelessness, afraid of money problems, afraid of everything.

      I am also thinking about how to not allow credit checks as a basis for employment. Too many good people are being left out of jobs, or even consideration for jobs, because they have a poor credit score. It’s wrong on so many levels to me. It’s an invasion of privacy to boot. With so many people having trouble with foreclosures, short sales, job loss,medical bills, bankruptcy, etc…it’s a “Catch 22″…need a job to pay the bills, employers won’t hire you, so you CAN pay the bills. We didn’t do this to ourselves (for the most part)..the banks did this. The greed did this. Why should this EVER be a consideration for hiring. It’s got to stop….and I’m going to cause a stink until it is.

    • 254 Dakota
      January 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Thanks for the shoutout auni!

  54. January 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I stumbled on this info somewhere earlier and wondered if it might interest any one here. The connection to journalism, which we often justly criticize, poverty, and the fact that many here have young ‘uns in college caught my attention. Who knows?

    2012 Journalism Fellowship and Scholarship Award
    The 2012 Journalism Fellowship is open to print, electronic and new media journalists with a minimum of three years of professional experience. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $4,000 and up to $1,000 for travel expenses.

    The 2012 Journalism Scholarship is open to print, electronic and new media collegiate journalists. Students will not be required to leave their academic studies. Each recipient will receive a stipend of $1,000 and up to $800 for travel expenses.

    Applications for the 2012 fellowships and scholarships are due to Marguerite Casey Foundation by February 29, 2012. To learn more about the Fellowship Program on Poverty,


    I even did a quick check on the president of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. I have no idea why

    Luz Vega-Marquis is president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, where she oversees the foundation’s $600 million endowment and $30 million grantmaking budget. Before joining Marguerite Casey Foundation in 2001, Ms. Vega-Marquis served as executive director of the Community Technology Foundation of California (CTFC), where she was instrumental in developing the strategic framework of CTFC’s grants program as well as energizing the CTFC vision of bringing information technology to underserved communities throughout California. Her nonprofit career also includes four years as vice president and chief operating officer at the National Economic Development and Law Center, an organization committed to providing technical, law and business expertise to low-income communities nationwide, and 17 years at The James Irvine Foundation, where she served as director of the grants programs and senior program officer in charge of the northern California office.
    As president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ms. Vega-Marquis has positioned the foundation as a leader in movement building by shaping its grantmaking strategies to support a nationwide movement of low-income families


  55. January 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Movies I watched this weekend and all recommended:

    Made in Dagenham – Film about the women who fought for equal pay at Ford Motors
    Easy A – better than I expected
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Ming
    The Illusionist – the animated version
    The Dark Knight

    Going to watch a few more today. Not sure which. Fell asleep watching “Paul” so I may finish that.

  56. January 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Something is very wrong on this thread. A comment I made at almost 4 pm came before a few comments that were written around noon and I wasn’t reply to anyone.

  57. January 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Latinos in East Haven, Connecticut delivered hundreds of tacos to the town’s mayor Thursday, just two days after he made a flippant, derogatory comment about them while discussing alleged police discrimination and violence in his community.

    Group Delivers Hundreds Of Tacos To Connecticut Mayor Who Insulted Latinos With ‘Tacos’ Comment


  58. 261 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Got this email from Kristin Gillibrand: (a portion of the email)

    I introduced the STOCK Act in November after a 60 Minutes report first exposed the issue of insider trading in Congress. This bill would stop it once and for all, because no member of Congress should unfairly benefit from information they gain from their work as lawmakers. Americans have a right to know that their elected officials are playing by the same rules as they are.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is bringing this important bill for a cloture vote on Monday. If it passes, it will get a final up-or-down vote. That means you have to make your voice heard now so members of Congress know that you’re watching and expecting them to do the right thing. Senator Russ Feingold’s Progressives United and I are working to make sure as many people are heard as possible.

    Write your members of Congress and call….WiW has the contact info:)

  59. January 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Comments are showing up all over the place. Weird?

  60. 263 FiredUpInCA
    January 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    SwissMItt’s coronation is going to take a while:

    “Gingrich insists his campaign will not end until the Republican National Convention this August in Tampa.”

    Read more: http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/political/gingrich-slams-romney-during-appearance-at-lutz-church#ixzz1kstrIFe3

    Ron Paul: I will stay in the race until the convention


  61. 264 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    So basically, Gingrich is implying that businesses haven’t been hiring only for political reasons. Because between now and Nov 6th, there will be no policy change that would affect hiring practices. Therefore, they are punishing the American people simply because they want Obama defeated? Now that’s an idea!

    • 265 desertflower
      January 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      hey, Newt! FU

    • 267 anniebella
      January 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      hopefruit2, I believe some businesses are doing just that, because they want the Republicans back in control. They will allow them to do whatever they what, there will be no rules and regulations for the businesses with the Republicans in charge. But my question is what will these businesses do when Obama win?

  62. 268 susanne
    January 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    found this on bloomberg’s site: their smack-down of the newt is pretty entertaining. for instance, they say his economic policies are ,’a mixture of the alarming, the implausible, and the banal.’


  63. 269 defytheodds
    January 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Jan Brewer Investigated by Feds Over Criminally Insane Son’s Social Security Benefits

    Federal authorities spent more than a year investigating Governor Jan Brewer’s role in collecting Social Security benefits intended for her mentally ill son, Ronald, who currently is in a state hospital after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1990 on kidnapping and sexual assault charges.

    The federal government, according to the Arizona Republic, which broke the story, was trying to determine whether $75,000 in benefits were improperly paid to the governor on behalf of her son.

    Yes, Brewer is the same governor who earlier this year cut healthcare benefits for an estimated 135,000 poor Arizonans.


  64. 271 Ladyhawke
    January 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm


    The breathtaking hypocrisy of Newt Gingrich was on full display this morning on ABC “This Week”. Newt whined and complained about the fact that Mitt Romney just can’t tell the truth. Newt is appalled by Willard’s dishonesty and negative ads.


    Newt on This Week: Mitt Can’t Tell The Truth, Has A ‘Character’ Problem

    Now, I’m going to assume that you didn’t come in during the third act of Newt’s career, and therefore you can appreciate just how funny it is when, on This Week, he’s whining to Jake Tapper about how hard it is to pin someone down who will just lie about anything!


  65. 272 Linda
    January 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Does anyone know who the person is at 43 second mark please and what is this handshake thingy ?

  66. January 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    ST. PETERSBURG – The Pinellas County headquarters for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign officially opened Saturday with a ribbon-cutting and visit from R. T. Rybak, one of five vice chairs for the Democratic National Committee.

    More than 200 people showed up for the grand opening of the Obama for America Office in downtown St. Petersburg, at 951 Central Ave.

    “Yes we can” and “Do it again” were chanted by supporters as Rybak was introduced to the crowd.

    “This is the worst Republican field we’ve ever seen,” Rybak told the Obama supporters. Rybak, a third-term Minneapolis mayor, said that the 2012 election is not just about re-electing Obama but also about not voting into office any of the GOP candidates.


    My Neck of the Woods!

  67. 280 defytheodds
    January 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  68. January 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is back on the Obama payroll as a roving surrogate and strategic consultant for the president’s reelection effort, two campaign sources tell me.

    Gibbs, who left the West Wing about a year ago, will continue to take other consulting and speaking jobs, but for months has been present on conference calls with Obama, campaign manager Jim Messina, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod and senior White House adviser David Plouffe, the sources said.

    The contract represents a ‘formalization’ of the relationship between the Chicago-based campaign and Gibbs, who has had an informal relationship with the campaign since last May. It’s not clear how much he’ll be paid, but that’s what quarterly campaign filings are for.

    The Alabama-bred Gibbs is known for his blunt style and candor with Obama, and a person close to Obama said one of the reasons he was being brought closer to the campaign is his willingness to deliver tough messages to the president, a role he’s played for five years of governing and campaigning.


  69. January 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    No idea where this comment will show up so don’t know how many will read this.

    I carefully ventured to ‘the orange site’……..scanned through the titles and clicked on a diary “Obama? Really?!?!”. The comments were very interesting, shall we say. Many of them, and I do mean many, could have come from folks here. Very supportive of PO…….lots of talk about the filibuster, how he had to compromise and what would have happened had he used Scott Walker’s technique, some comments about how important it is to give him a Congress he can work with and get things done, how he had truly turned the narrative and plan of Reaganominics around to common sense thinking for many Americans……helped people see that does not work. I was blown away–pleasantly so. I didn’t read every comment but certainly enough of them to get the ‘flavor’ of the entire thread. I didn’t read one “Obama bashing” comment though there may have been some since I didn’t read the entire thing.

  70. 287 Ladyhawke
    January 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm


    Attorney General Eric Schneierman of (New York) appeared this morning on “UP With Chris Hayes” to discuss President Obama’s Mortgage Crisis Unit.


  71. January 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  72. 291 donna dem 4 obama
    January 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    President Obama knows that when women do better, America does better. That’s why he kept his promise to fight for equal pay for an equal work and affordable health care—and won.

    No one knows that better than Lilly Ledbetter.

    Lilly stood up for equal pay for equal work and she stands by President Obama as he continues the fight for fair pay for all workers.

  73. 292 halo
    January 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Why are all these comments out of order?

  74. 293 defytheodds
    January 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm
  75. 295 Linda
    January 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Just a quick reminder that Michael Hastings is on Q & A tonight to talk about his book on McChrystal.

  76. 296 Squarepeg
    January 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Foo Fighters will perform a concert to raise funds for Obama’s campaign:


  77. 301 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Love these two ladies. . .

  78. January 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    The mix up with the comments occur –I believe— when we’ve double posted or messed up in some way—– and Chips has to come in and clean it up. I’ve seen it happen a couple of times. No biggie. It even happened a couple days ago.

  79. 304 collegekay
    January 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Tf is wrong with the comments.

  80. 305 defytheodds
    January 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    The Obamas walked to the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Sunday evening. The museum is usually closed on Sunday nights, so presumably they have the venue to themselves.

    The Corcoran is nearing the end of a special exhibit called 30 Americans, which focuses on such African American artists of the last three decades, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker and Shinique Smith.

  81. 306 yardarm756
    January 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    All i can do is SMH.:-(
    Mark Oxner, a Republican congressional candidate from Florida, released a 39-second spot this week depicting the Obama administration as a slave ship.

  82. 308 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Really hard to have a conversation 🙂 I just posted a comment and I have NO IDEA where it is…

  83. January 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    ALERT! ALERT! A quick look at the ‘other’ side.

    I thought about this for a long while, then decided to share it since the linked video won’t show automatically, and therefore people can choose to go look or NOT. I was curious. This has been my only time sharing from ‘Mars’ so don’t get bent out of shape.

  84. 311 Margaret Rose
    January 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Highly recommend therandirhodesshow.

  85. 313 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Who knows where this will be..

    Romney and rest of the candidates, however, continue to trail President Obama in Florida among all voters. Romney does best, but loses 49-41 percent, a point worse than a month ago.
    As in the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, Gingrich fares the worst of the entire GOP field against Obama, worse even than Santorum or Paul. Obama beats Gingrich, 52-35 percent, a five-point wider advantage for Obama from December.

    Obama, whose approval rating in Florida is 46 percent, has a lead over Romney, in large part, because of independents. Independents sided overwhelmingly with the president—50-36 percent over Romney, and by 20 points or more over Gingrich, Santorum and Paul.

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