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rise and shine

Morning everyone, won’t be able to catch up until later, see you then 😉


186 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 ChristiMTL
    January 29, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD’ers……

  2. 3 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Morning:)

  3. 4 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Good Morning everyone!

  4. January 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

    good morning everyone 🙂

  5. 6 obamalia
    January 29, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Keep pushing . . . keep fighting
    Let’s stay together
    Obama-Biden 2012

    • 7 obamalia
      January 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Can someone help me post a new poster (photo)?

      This is what it sez –
      Opportunity
      Benefits and
      Advances for
      Middle Class
      Americans
      2012-2016

      • 8 hopefruit2
        January 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

        Is it from a website or is it stand alone? Because if it’s on your hard drive you first need to put in on a website like photobucket before you can embed it here. If it’s already on a website, you just click on the pic, copy the URL in your web browser then paste it here. Other TODers may have better ideas?!? 🙂

        • 9 obamalia
          January 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

          Thanks hopefruit2! I’ll try it!

        • January 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

          i’ve been noticing all the great photos in the tweets. i know if you plop a youtube link in a wordpress comment it automatically displays, but don’t know about image links. but if you tweet the image and plop the tweet link here (i think that’s how it should work) it seems like a simple process.

  6. 21 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Who has the link for ideas to get the economy moving again? I have a suggestion.Thanks.

  7. January 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

    My college pal brought me kindle fire and a silent mouse. Both are great, especially the mouse.

  8. 26 ChristiMTL
    January 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I can see that Maureen Dowd is at it again this morning……Peggy Noonan clone.

    The beginning of her article:

    ”WHAT is it with Barack Obama’s penchant for getting in tangles with blond politicians on airport tarmacs?

    Usually, tarmacs are for joyous welcomes or teary goodbyes. But No Drama Obama saves his rare tempests for the runway.”

    I saw also that she called President Obama ”Barry” again.

    ”Everything is breaking Barry’s way, as Mitt and Newt rip into each other in vicious ads and debates like alligators going after house pets.”

    I took a few deep breaths, I won’t let that hateful woman get to me.

    I wanted to send her a couple of tweets but I won’t….I know that she received massive pushbacks for her article last week and she’s at it again this week.

    She just wants attention and I hope people will start ignoring that hateful woman.

    • 27 Bill
      January 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

      The great majority of the comments following her op-ed were in favor of PBO and critical of Dowd.

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Don’t feed the troll, Maureen lives for that – sad, but true.

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Dowd, drunk again? Tsk and for shame.

    • 30 Brian
      January 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Steve Benen’s replacement (Sorry, his name escapes me) at Washington Monthly does an excellent job at deflating both Brewer’s story and Dowd’s ridiculous column.

    • 31 Betsy
      January 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I noticed that too, but I am determined not to give her anymore clicks. I don’t comment on her posts, I feel she’s doing this to get attention, a media whore, just like the others. She also called the president of the United States “Barry”. I think that’s inexcusable and her editors should have made her delete that. She’s a fucking bitch, excuse my language.

  9. 34 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

  10. January 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

    • 36 hopefruit2
      January 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

      HA! And whatever lead he has now is only going to widen as time goes by. I think the Obama camp already knows that Romney will be the nominee. However, I’m not really sure that the GOP establishment is fully behind Romney as was once thought. That picture of Jeb and Poppy Bush sitting in friendship with PBO helps Obama in FL, and not Romney.

      Furthermore, there may some deadly rotten apples with his tax return/offshore account situation. I understood that the McCain camp selected Palin as VP after they checked out Romney’s tax returns (he was being considered for VP slot at the time). They probably saw something there that turned them the hell off – and that was in 2008!

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Yes Obama beats Romney in Florida 49% to 41% in Florida. Romney’s support by Independents have collapsed. I am sure it has something to do with his taxes.

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Which will not be reported on, however, if Robney was ahead…

  11. 40 obamalia
    January 29, 2012 at 9:13 am

    From Caroline Kennedy:

    The 2012 election will be harder than the last. As you think about what role you can play this time, I want you to remember that when Teddy joined this campaign, it wasn’t just Barack Obama who drew him in.

    It was you.

    The possibility of a campaign run by ordinary people determined to change our country for the better and willing to work as hard as necessary inspired him then, and it’s what inspires me today.

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

      The vast majority of the Kennedy family lives the President, with the exception of Robert Jr. I sometimes hear him on the radio, not good!
      Anyways, Vicki loves him like part of Family and Patrick loves the POTUS and is loyal.

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Obamalia, Caroline K is to inspirational. I wish she could get a seat in the Senate. It was disappointing when her bid was aborted so early.

      • 43 Bill
        January 29, 2012 at 10:11 am

        After her aborted bid I had the impression her talents might be better suited somewhere other than the Senate. In my opinion Senator Gillibrand is a much better choice.

        • 44 JoJothecat
          January 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

          She can start out as a State Senator or Representative then work her way up to Senate. It weird not having a “Kennedy” in American politics.

  12. January 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    CNN- the President is having problems getting Clinton donors onboard. They feel snubbed, blah blah, yada yada.
    Who cares. Is this breaking news? I was expecting something catastrophic.
    But this barely registers…

    • 47 cuphalffull
      January 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I don’t know how this can persist unless there is something like bigotry involved. There is so much at stake and every vote counts.

    • 48 collegekay
      January 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

      ugh…

    • 49 hopefruit2
      January 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Again, I would take anything that CNN reports with the appropriate amount of salt. Particularly where President Obama is concerned. First of all PBO doesn’t need “Clinton” donors because he’s not Clinton. He is PBO and he has his own DAMN donor base which by the way exceeded that of Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries. So THERE!

      Secondly the media reporting on this president’s “support” is highly suspect. First they said that Obama was having problems getting small donors – we know where THAT went. Then they said he was losing the AA vote, and CNN had Maxine “unleashed” Waters blasted all over their screens with her anti-Obama vitriol. We know where THAT went too! Then they said that he is losing the LGBT vote…only to have the largest LGBT organization forcefully endorse him for 2012. Then it was the youth vote (well, just ask the Ann Arbor kids how “unenthusiastic” they were on Thursday).

      It’s interesting the media NEVER dissected Dubbya’s base in that way – NEVER. Nor have they done so for most of the other GOP candidates.

    • 55 Linda
      January 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Clinton donors ?

      If the Clinton’s had donors…..why did they end up millions in debt in 2008 ?

      Turn off TeaNN….they lie as much as Pox Spews.

      • January 29, 2012 at 11:29 am

        Awesome comment!! That’s how we should see it!!

      • 57 Marlz (@marjgra)
        January 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        TWEETED!!!!!

        • 58 Pamela
          January 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm

          I recall Hillary was asking people to contribute to helping pay down her campaign debt, once it was clear Obama was going to be the nominee. Didn’t he come out on her behalf and ask his own group of donors to help her if they were able to? I remember I chose not to, after witnessing the shabby treatment of him along the road to nomination. That said, I think she has excelled in her post as SOS, and has grown in stature as her own person as well. I do very much love the look on her face in some of the pics with PBO. You can’t fake the genuine regard they share!

      • 59 Cha
        January 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

        A good question for cnn! Thanks LInda~

    • 60 anniebella
      January 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Jovie, say whatever you will about Bill and Hillary Clinton they are loyal Democrats and if necessary I believe they will speak to whom ever they have to to get them on board. This thing is bigger than any bruised egos. This type of B.S. is how the Republicans got control of the House in 2010. And won all those Governors office and local office, because people didn’t care about the big picture, it was all about sending a message to the Dems cause the economy weren’t improving fast enough.It was about I’m disappointed in Obama so I won’t go vote. Now some hurt feelings by some Clinton donors. My questions to Clinton supporters is how about this, some hurt feelings or the Republicans destroying this dam country, what is more important. Remember 2010. Beside your info comes from TeaNN, I mean CNN.

      • 61 anniebella
        January 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

        TeaNN or CNN is not the most trusted news anywhere. Alot of times they are full of B.S. like Fox so call news. You know Rupert Murdoch news.

      • 62 hopefruit2
        January 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

        The media is trying to be divisive by rehashing old DEM primary fights between PBO and Clinton. In order to deflect attention away from the GOP out-of-control malignancy that is happening right now in their primary.

        Sorry TeaNN. Not.Gonna.Happen.

        • 63 utaustinliberal
          January 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

          Exactly. Their lover; the GOP, is imploding and what does TeaNN do? Tries to run a troll ridden story about divisiveness in the Democratic party. #EpicMediaFail.

    • 64 halo
      January 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

      WHO GIVES A F ABOUT CLINTON DONORS? THEY CAN ALL GO TO HELL! THEY WERE NEVER ON BOARD IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    • 65 itgurl_29
      January 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Um, wasn’t it Hillary Clinton who was left with 20 million bucks in the hole and tried to get President Elect Obama to pay off her debts? Like folks said, he doesn’t need Clinton donors. They are useless and couldn’t even get Hillary the money she needed.

      This story is more media bullcrap.

  13. 66 Bill
    January 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I find it amusing that Chuck Todd is always introduced with three different titles, Chief White House Corresponent, NBC PoliticalDirector, and Host of Daily Rundown. I can think of no one else introduced with three titles. He must be into titles or maybe he is insecure.

  14. 71 collegekay
    January 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Buen Dia TOD.

  15. 76 Dave
    January 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Cain endorsed Newton-Leroy. My dogs always sniff each other’s poop. What’s up with that?

  16. 85 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I need you all to brainstorm with me…indulge me if you will, this Sunday morning 🙂 The idea I had in mind was to allow EVERYONE the chance to attend college if that was the path they chose.Is it possible to somehow defer the TUITION portion of costs, until AFTER graduation? Books, board etc would have to be paid on the front end, but could it be possible to get as many into school that want to go, and have them repay their loans after graduation and getting a job? It would be like paying it forward for the next in line.A percentage of their actual earnings from their newly accessed job, would go towards repayment.

    The sticking point for many to even THINK about going to college is the $$. How will I pay for this? I WANT to go so badly, but I have to give up that dream because I have no $$$. If they went and had to come up with $ for books,and we trained engineers, and nurses and architects and doctors…etc…that would be huge! Kind of like the armed forces paying for school if you then give them 6 years when you graduate.

    How to pay for this idea? Money that we DON’T spend on wars? Money saved from everyone having healthcare? This would be monumental in changing the lives of millions of Americans, AND helping our economy, AND educating the kids that will inherit this country when we’re gone.

    Any thoughts or ideas? It’s early…only had one cup of coffee, but this is the stuff that wakes me up in the night…thinking about this and wondering how to make it so.

    • 86 collegekay
      January 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

      To pay for that the government would have to fund it and you know how that goes…

      The majority of tuition/school costs goes to employee salaries (at least at my school) so I don’t see how it would work unless it was federally funded.

      War costs could pay for a lot of things.

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

      I think it’s a great idea DF. The other thng that has always bothered me is that the credits that you earn in one school are not honored in another school, such as if you went to a Junior College and took a class for 3 credit hours then would not be honored in a university. My boys encountered this many times, even though there was a partnership program in place.

      • 88 desertflower
        January 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

        That happened to a friend of mine. Went to SCC and transferred to ASU…they practically made him take everything over again! WTF? I thought that it was a reciprocal agreement….? I don’t understand that either. Maybe if he would have GRADUATED from SCC, and not tried to go to ASU before he finished all the requirements for his cc degree…who knows.

        What’s wrong with being federally funded? I just think that there should be a way to do this…think out of the box kind of thing.

        • January 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

          That is exactly what happened to my son. He went to SCC, graduated with an AA and ASU denied several credits to continue to his BS degree. Ridiculous. It happened also to my other son at GCC.

        • January 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

          It’s important to transfer to a college/university that will accept “most” of the credits from the former college. It is my understanding that it is rare for a college to accept ALL the credits, but you can find one that will accept most. That’s the problem with transferring. I think it’s ridiculous. If the original college has accreditation from the same accrediting agency then what’s the problem.

      • January 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

        That is wrong. Institutions work very hard to develop articulation agreements and they absolutely have to be honored. Perhaps he got bad advising or something but that should never ever happen.

        • 93 desertflower
          January 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

          Maybe. But it happened.Time and $ lost.

        • January 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

          No meta, this happens all the time. It happened to one of my daughters. It gets into the figwad caca of our course is better than the course you took somewhere else so yours doesn’t count. Start over. It is total BS, all about $$$ and I hope the Prez addresses issues like this in the future.

          • 95 desertflower
            January 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

            Well…it happened to me YEARS AGO! I went to Ohio State and had 3 years of school under my belt. When my husband and I moved to CT, I decided that I would apply to UConn to go to nursing school. Had my transcripts from OSU sent to UConn…they accepted VERY FEW credits! I was pissed. I had already received my acceptance to UConn’s School of Nursing, but basically told them to shove it.They wanted me to take about 2 years worth of schooling ALL OVER AGAIN!

      • January 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

        Doesn’t this have to do with curriculum….coursess…etc….

        • 97 desertflower
          January 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

          English 100 is English 100. The first 2 years is requirements of practically ANY university….it’s a money making proposition is all…and it’s NOT good.

        • January 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

          I am a Community College Professor in California. Not all courses transfer to 4 year universities. Each course (I teach Anatomy) will have a course description. and it will say the following if the course is transferable: “Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU (Cal State University) and/or private colleges and universities. UC (University of California) Transfer.”
          Students need to be sure that if they are taking a CC class and plan on transferring to a 4 year university in their state, the above is included in the course description. If it is, the 4 year university/college has already deemed that class transferable and the students will get credit. At least that is how it is in California.
          Students and counsellors must work together on this.

    • January 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

      What’s happened to American universities and colleges is that they have HUGE operating expenses, everything from operational facilities maintenance – buildings, labs, grounds – to faculty and upper management salaries and benefits – most are quite exorbitant – and staff. I know a lot could be trimmed from the operating side, not only from reductions but also by streamlining, consolidating and eliminating duplication of effort. A lot of the benefits and pensions are simply unsustainable, which you are now witnessing in California. So how you deal with this problem is definitely a massive undertaking but I applaud the President for taking it up as a major cause because it is students who are suffering the most and it will surely lead to a terrible decline in our culture and our ability to lead as a nation in the very near future.

      • 100 desertflower
        January 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

        I understand that…they need to honestly look at how they could trim some of that, to actually benefit the students.Tuition keeps increasing, and not by insignificant amounts.More and more people are left behind and don’t even TRY to get into college. That’s a travesty.

        • January 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

          DF, when my Hubby retired from the military he got a job teaching at a university I won’t name. He’s a scientist & he applied for, and got a substantial grant from NSF to set up a university based research program. He was very excited because not only would this fund durable equipment for the lab but it would also provide funding for students to work as they studied. The university took nearly 70% of that grant away in what they called “administrative costs” which was no benefit for the lab or the students. Hubby was livid, being a bit naive about how some universities functioned. He didn’t last long there and we moved on.

          So called “administrative costs” at some universities is nothing more than “GRAB THE MONEY AND DAMN THE STUDENTS!”

          Just my two pesos….

          • 102 desertflower
            January 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

            ag….yes, I can see that happening. Complete and utter BS. Just as college SPORTS teams have become money making entities, so too are the students. As long as money is the motivating factor, and not the education of the students…we’re doomed to fail at this.

      • 103 collegekay
        January 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

        It’s ridiculous. When I started college (in 2009) my tuition was roughly $7,500, now it’s almost $10,000. Up $3,000 in three years.

        • 104 desertflower
          January 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

          Exactly.And other people see that and think they have NO chance to reach their dreams. No wonder everyone is bitchy:)

          • January 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

            My other pet peeve is when they offer a course, you buy the book and then next year the book is obsolete and you are stuck with it. Or, when they change the book between the time you register and buy the book and then don’t use it when class starts and you need a different book. Ridiculous.

            • 106 Betsy
              January 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

              Or the professors make the kids buy their books which they will never use after.

            • 107 desertflower
              January 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

              ALL OF THIS! Books aren’t cheap…that’s a racket unto itself!

              • January 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

                I teach Anatomy, our book (the latest edition) is nearly $200.00. 2 weeks before school starts I email my students, give then several Anatomy books to choose from then tell them to buy is used on Amazon. A good Anatomy textbook, perhaps 2 or 3 editions back, can go for $25.00. We also, as a department, have our textbooks in the library for our students. They can’t check them out, but they can work with them all they want in the library. Most professors don’t care what edition of books their students use (unless it is a rapidly changing field), and most professors will place the textbook(s) for their course in the library. If the textbooks are not in the library, the student should ask his/her professor and most (if not all) professors will do so.

            • January 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

              Oh don’t even get me started on college text books! This racket has been 50 years in the process! I can still feel smoke coming out of my ears as my head boils from when I was an undergrad 40 years ago!

        • January 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

          ck, if I told you how much I paid for my education at a top university you would scream. I don’t see how students afford everything now when you factor in housing, COL and books.

          • 111 collegekay
            January 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

            yes i’m currently broke. I have to somehow survive (because I don’t have a meal plan) off $200 for the rest of the semester. Housing is roughly $5,000 so I don’t think I can afford that for my senior year. I dont know what I’m going to do

          • 113 JoJothecat
            January 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

            What kills me is that people who benefited from “free” community college in CA were not ALL from CA. When they were asked to pay more taxes these greedy SOB’s said no and we got Prop 13. I think ALL states should at least offer a good free education for students K through community college and those that want to continue should get low cost loans like before. I remember many DR’s and Lawyers who refused to pay their government loans that’s why the Federal Govt got out of the student loan business. I think anyone who borrows from the government and refused to pay it back should be forced to give back their services to the public at no charge.

            In 1970’s to 1980’s community college was affordable even when they started charging a small fee but the books were expensive even back then. I feel for students today because I just don’t see myself affording community college, let alone going to a state college to get a B.S. degree. I would gladly pay taxes to benefit the youth today instead of wars.

          • 114 desertflower
            January 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

            🙂 I’m certain I would 🙂 It’s astronomical. And unfair. They give up before they even start, and that’s why I was wondering if my idea could work.Imagine the possibilities! What if all students had a stake in caring for their university as a way to give back, while they were attending. Yard work, RA duty,work in cafeteria,filing for the secretaries so they could get more productive work done, dental and med students volunteering at the health clinics on campus…..everyone pitching in to keep their university top notch, but giving back as they studied there. It would be a requirement of attending. I bet they would jump at the chance.

            • January 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

              I have a lot to say on education..I could write forever on this subject. At present in California, the cost for 1 credit hour is $36.00.
              Still very affordable. But what has been happening for a long time now we have students that are either not academically prepared for CC, are not dedicated to studying, are working full time and no time to study…the list goes on and on…..and each semester the drop/withdrawal rate can be from 40-50 percent, some classes higher, some lower. Some of these students work the system, they get paid to go to school, and fail. Nothing should be free, even Gandhi believed that. If you have no skin in the game, and if it is free or cheap a lot, not all, students abuse this. The payback rate of loans is pathetic too. In New Mexico (my home state) they have a program that if you graduate from a N.M high school with I believe a 2.5 or greater GPA you will get free tuition at any state supported school for 4 years.
              The clincher is the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA or they loose this gift. About 50% of freshman their first semester loose this educational gift. My daughter is a freshman in college now, she tells me how so many of her peers sleep through their classes, get drunk, go crazy with the freedom of being away from home.
              As a taxpayer, parent and education professional, we need Student Responsibility for their academic success too.

    • 116 Obama Grandmama
      January 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      CA paid for state colleges at one point in our history but that didn’t work.

      I wrote the WH along the line of the hold the costs down after the SOTU address with the idea that I know would have been a help to me so many years ago when I lived at home so I could afford college, and paid my own way through college while working. The idea is to guarantee tuition for a four or five year period of time that allowed a full time student carrying a full load to be able to budget the cost and get through without a big increase. I don’t know how that can be done individually but know it would have helped my own four kids who worked while in college, got academic scholarships, and took out loans to get through. It would have also helped the people I worked with as a member of my tribe’s education committee.

    • 117 goldendreamer
      January 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      I’m currently a freshman at UC Davis. Initially I had to pay nearly $55,000 because I was coming from out of state. That all changed once I showed proof of my dual residency in CA – even then I had to pay $32,000!

      Like you, desertflower, I’m passionate about affordable higher education. I even wrote a scathing essay about it in my English class lol!

  17. 118 Mary Gray
    January 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Recently there was an article describing a proposal for payment of college tuition after graduation as a percentage of ones income. This was a prop from students. Think it was in CA. Sounded very interesting. I will research the reference for you

    • 119 Linda
      January 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

      That is our President’s plan. 10 %

    • 120 desertflower
      January 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

      THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!! But make in on a national basis. Everyone that WANTS to go fulfill their dreams and ambitions should NOT be held back because of $$$. How many people waste their talent and get their dreams stiffled because they can’t afford to go? Not acceptable.

  18. January 29, 2012 at 9:46 am

  19. 123 Renegade522/AuntSis
    January 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning, TOD!! You know, I am really upset with the Willard’s ground game. It been over two weeks and they have yet to contact me. Do you think they know that I was only in it to counter their lies against our good President? How would they know that? Their outreach really sucks!!! Their is no way to get in touch with those idiots. Commercials have been running nonstop since I am here in South Florida. I started writing down the name of those ads and have contacted them. They haven’t responded to my phone calls or emails either? Willard’s set up is not good. My personal Operation Mayhem is going forward.

  20. 124 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This is all I found from the SOTU Facts:

    Promoting college access and completion: The President will continue efforts to strengthen the Pell Grant, promote more affordable student loans, and revitalize and expand access to America’s community colleges. In addition, the President called on Congress to make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit that’s worth up to $10,000 for four years of college and has helped millions of middle class families reinvest real dollars in their children’s higher education.

    A start, but not quite what I had in mind.

  21. January 29, 2012 at 10:11 am

  22. 126 LOL
    January 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

    No video…but here a couple of excerpts from the dinner last night.

    It is great to be here tonight, because I have about 45 more minutes on the State of the Union that I’d like to deliver tonight.

    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.

    At least my harshest critics can agree I have a promising future — as a Al Green impersonator.

    It is great to see Jeb Bush, who is accepting a nomination for President tonight. I have to say, though, it’s not fair to tease your friends like that.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/01/obama-tries-out-comedy-routine/1

  23. 131 Proud former White House intern
    January 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Good morning great people. Have a great day.

  24. 135 Linda
    January 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

    oh look Paul Ryan launched a new soundbite for the Gop.

    debt, doubt and decline.

    How much did Luntz charge for that one ?

    Yawn

  25. 137 Dudette
    January 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Bob Scheiffer says Trump is still threatening to run as an Independent if he doesn’t like the Repub nominee. Does Trump have a new book out?

    • 138 Dudette
      January 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Schieffer… excuse my poor spelling

    • 139 57andFemale
      January 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

      He’ll decide he ‘likes’ the nominee. Trust me.

      • 140 Debz
        January 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

        I think it would be funny if Trump jumps in the race. The more clowns, the merrier!!! It would put the exclamation mark on what has become of the republican party.

    • 141 Linda
      January 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Why would Schieffer think anyone cares ?

    • January 29, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Good morning ALL – Happy Sunday, I’ve made a point to ignore all Sunday shows, as I figure any good videos will come out from Chips 🙂

      Have a great day all!!

    • 143 TrumpDog
      January 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      I was wondering where Trumps been lately. Like Palin, I figured he’d crawl out from under the baseboards and make a stupid statement for attention. And of course the press is right there sucking up his bullshit.
      When will people learn Trump is a big media whore? The only thing he will run is his MOUTH.

  26. 144 57andFemale
    January 29, 2012 at 10:39 am

    This is excellent:

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/fox-news-food-stamps

    I wish Dem surrogates knew about this stuff and spoke with passion about it every time they get a microphone.

    I know they can’t put out every fire, but it’s important to change CW whenever possible.

  27. 145 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Interesting..http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21401-us-voters-are-less-partisan-than-they-think.html

    Chambers and his colleagues hope that exposing this misperception will help people make more informed decisions about individual candidates, rather than simply voting along party lines to keep the “enemy” at bay.

    “People are acting on false assumptions,” says Van Boven. “When people feel threatened, they become very defensive.”

  28. 147 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Sorry…but THIS! http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_01/the_value_of_the_aca035066.php

    This morning brings some sad news, that Rick Santorum’s daughter, Bella, has been hospitalized in Philadelphia. The child has Trisomy 18, a particularly heartbreaking genetic condition.

    /snip/

    Point being, I think it’s okay to point out that under the Affordable Care Act, insurers can’t deny coverage to children with a preexisting condition or disability.

    /snip/

    And it’s equally okay to remind voters that Santorum, in an act of startling cynicism, continues to equate the ACA with socialism, even suggesting that it would lead to the death of his daughter. His claim that he’s “fighting for Bella and other children like her” — and, by extension, proponents of the ACA are not — is spurious.

    • 149 57andFemale
      January 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

      What Republicans are good at: using a sensitive issue for political gain, then hammering Democrats who would refute it as “using the issue for political gain”.

      I thought Elon Green actually was nicer than Republicans would ever be — by calling one of Santorum’s statements as ‘spurious’. It was far worse than that.

    • January 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      SMH! It’s downright wicked of him to use his daughter’s illness to launch hateful and mendacious attacks against a piece of legislation which most certainly is beneficial to people with preexisting conditions and illnesses. I wish nothing but the best and improved health for Bella Santorum. Her daddy’s behavior is shameful.

  29. 151 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Boner still a dick.

    Boehner: House Plans To Attach Keystone To Infrastructure Bill
    Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said on ABC’s This Week that the House will probably attach approval of the Keystone pipeline to its infrastructure bill set to be unveiled next week.

    “All options are on the table,” Boehner told Jake Tapper. “If it’s not enacted before we take up the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, it’ll be part of it.”

    The Speaker’s remarks indicate that the House GOP will continue to hammer the Keystone issue, in an effort to back President Obama into a corner.

    Does the fact that he would gain personal benefit even matter??? People need to know that!

  30. 153 Lorraine
    January 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Newton Leroy this morning spoke truth to power and verbalized what my concern is about flip flop being the republican nominee. You can’t debate someone who want tell the truth. I remind you of the lie he told in the ad about President Obama not wanting to talk about the Economy. Willard Romney is a natural born liar and the press is not going to call me out on his lies.

  31. 154 Joy barbados
    January 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Hi everyone,

    I lurk here everyday several times per day, do not post much. Just thought I would post this comment to let you know how well loved your President is far and wide.. But you already know that. Last night I was at a birthday party for a friend and the dee jay played Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together. And you guessed what happened next. It was all about President Obama and his influence on everything, even singing a few seconds of a song. Do not worry he is loved and will four more years.

  32. January 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

  33. 161 Lorraine
    January 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Newton Leroy this morning spoke truth to power and verbalized what my concern is about flip flop being the republican nominee. You can’t debate someone who WILL NOT tell the truth. I remind you of the lie he told in the ad about President Obama not wanting to talk about the Economy. Willard Romney is a natural born liar and the press is not going to call HIM out on his LIES!!!!! Sorry about the typos.

    • 162 ChristiMTL
      January 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      The way they protect him is by saying that he was in a blue state, that he had to take those positions to be elected, that he was a conservative at heart….etc…

      It’s such BS….the man is a pathological liar….he lies about everything….from big issues to trivial stuff…..he lied even about his name.

      He never saw his ads but can almost describe them words for words……he wants to veto the dream act, self deportation….oops a few days late it’s another story.

      I’ve never seen anything like this, ever……he is not a flip flopper, he is a pathological liar.

      You are right that the press is not going to call him out on his lies….I think they only one who does it is Lawrence O’Donnell.

  34. 163 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 11:33 am

    This came from HP, so I put the whole thing here..

    Speaking to a Lincoln Day Dinner in West Palm Beach for the Palm Beach County GOP, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) fired off a humdinger of a line that within minutes drew recriminations from Democrats on Twitter.

    “We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, (audience boos) and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table,” West said. “Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”

    Following cheers, West added, “Yeah I said ‘hell.'”

    Moments after the quote was mentioned on Twitter, former Reid spokesman Jim Manley responded via his own Twitter feed: “Me to allen west. You first asshole.”

    And they say politics is getting more acrimonious.

    • January 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Why would you bring that here? I don’t see the value. And why are you still reading Huffington Post?

      • 165 desertflower
        January 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        I don’t read HP. Haven’t been there in years. It happened to be the link. Why would I bring that here? So that maybe, reader’s that DON’T comment would see the type of person that he is.Maybe I was wrong in doing that, but information, good and bad, is powerful. Is this the kind of person Floridians want in office? I don’t think so.Sorry if I offended.I think that I generally bring info to TOD that informs. One way or the other.

    • 166 JoJothecat
      January 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Alien West can go to HELL!

  35. 167 collegekay
    January 29, 2012 at 11:36 am

    NBC/ Marist FL Poll
    Obama 49% Romney 41%

    Obama Approval 46%

  36. 169 Dudette
    January 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Ha! Laura Ingraham, RW radio host, just admitted on This Week… that she and several conservative pundits at the Alfafa Dinner looked at each other and said they don’t think Romney can beat Obama.

    • 170 Ladyhawke
      January 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

      That’s fascinating. So it was the Alfalfa Dinner that finally convinced her about President Obama and his chances for reelection?

  37. 171 mtmarilyn
    January 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Good morning Chips and wonderful TOD family. Yesterday was a very long day for me, I will be using today to catch up on everything. I hope the President is getting some rest and family time.

    That is quite the quote from Allen West. They must be getting desper

  38. January 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

    What is Rinse Priebus talking about? These people lie and spin, and then polls come up and he says but still the GOP is doing great.

    WTF?

  39. January 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    BWAHAHAHA New Yorker cover has President Obama laughing at the Republican Debates

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/new-yorker-cover-obama-is-enjoying-this

  40. January 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Facebook doing an IPO next week, estimated value at 100 billion dollars.

    Okay, if Zuckerburg has that much money, he should get involved, like Buffett and Gates.

  41. 180 Ladyhawke
    January 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

    WHO IS THIS MYTHICAL PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS RUNNING AGAINST??

    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.

  42. January 29, 2012 at 12:01 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?

  43. January 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Obama laughing at a photo of Robert Gibbs.Photo by Pete Souza.

  44. 186 jeff
    January 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Obama’s returning money that was sent to them from federal lobbyists.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contrib.php?cycle=2012&id=N00009638

    I am so glad Obama did this! 🙂


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