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hey look, it’s the guy who saved the auto industry

…. with Ed Welburn, Vice President of Global Design for General Motors

President Obama at the 2012 Washington Auto Show


179 Responses to “hey look, it’s the guy who saved the auto industry”


  1. 1 collegekay
    January 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I bet he misses driving. lol

    • 2 yardarm756
      January 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. He’s not gonna get to drive anything but a golf cart for a long time.

    • 6 Obama Grandmama
      January 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      I lived in Juneau, AK for ten years. When I moved back down to Oregon I felt I had lost my ability to be a defensive driver. In Juneau you have a road going in one direction without needing to deal with cross traffic. I felt like I was in elementary school learning to run into the jumprope at recess when I was making a left turn entering trafficed street from a side street. I went out of my way to make all right turns for quite awhile till I regained my defensive driving skills. The Obamas could face a similar problem with eight years out of driving. LOL

  2. 7 GGail
    January 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Vrooom Vroom

  3. 8 GGail
    January 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Hey collegekay – photo finish – we both have the same time stamp with yours posting First 🙂

  4. 11 Drdemocrat
    January 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Obama looks like he is having fun.

    • 12 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Because he is. 🙂

    • 13 anniebella
      January 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      That red truck, I see POTUS, FLOTUS, Malia, and Sasha and Bo on the back, not on the top.

      • 14 L3
        January 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        That’s funny anniebella. I was just over at “Dogs Against Romney.” I love that site; it’s so cute and funny. Apparently, there’s a new twist to “Crate-Gate.” The Romney family have said in the past that the dog, Seamus, was given to Mitt’s sister shortly after that trip and lived out his final days on her farm. Well lookie here, two of Romney’s sons may have told reporters off the record that the dog ran away when they reached their destination in Canada. If this is true, he is truly a cruel bastard. Seamus decided he’d rather fend for himself in a foreign country than ride back to the U.S. with that sociopath in that cart again. Unbelievable!

  5. 16 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I BET THAT FEELS REALLY STRANGE WHEN YOU START DRIVING AGAIN..HOWEVER PBO WON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT TILL 2016! MAYBE WE CAN WIGGLE OUT ADDITIONAL TERMS SO THAT HE CAN’T LEAVE TILL HE’S VARNISHED! LOL…WISHFUL THINKING!

  6. 17 Julie
    January 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I absolutely love this! I have been so happy about the President’s role in saving the auto industry. I come from a GM family and know how vitally important those companies are to our economy. To have a President who recognizes that is a great thing. To a grateful Michigander, it’s also critically important.

    Julie

    • 18 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS AN ENGINEER FOR GM…SHE’S MIGHTY HAPPY!

      • 19 susanne
        January 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        and i have an old chevy truck, that says ‘proudly made in america’ on the sticker inside the door. i love that truck, and it must love me back, because it keeps on rolling, loooong after the odometer broke at 185k! it’s name is ‘petunia’.

  7. 20 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    C-SPAN3 Live right now…..

    U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON SYRIA

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be making a statement.

  8. 23 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I DON’T THINK PBO IS ALL THAT INTO CARS…HE’S INTO PEOPLE. THE COMPASSIONATE MAN IS FILLED WITH FIRE FOR ALL OTHERS…NOT HIMSELF! I REMEMBER THAT CAMPAIGN SHOT OF HIS FEET AND THE BIG HOLE IN THE SHOE. HE PUTS OTHERS BEFORE ANY TOYS HE COULD EVER WANT! THAT’S A REAL MAN!

  9. 24 isonprize
    January 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I was still back on the old thread. Listening to my President and Al Green, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over…..

  10. 26 Linda
    January 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    2005 Chrysler 300 Series 300C

    President BARACK OBAMA’S car **NOW WITH TITLE SCAN** 2005 Chrysler 300C OBAMA

    Starting bid: US $1,000,000.00

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120849425946

  11. January 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the pictures chip.
    Also, Ford is important, even though they did not receive any bailout money, they supported it, as they made a statement they would not have survived without Chrsler and GM getting those bailouts.
    Do you follow?

  12. January 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    President Barack Obama sent Congress a package of small business measures today that he said would expand tax relief and unlock capital to boost the economy and create jobs.
    The plan would expand and make permanent a zero capital gains rate on small business investments; enact a new, 10 percent tax credit for hiring or increasing wages; double to $10,000 from $5,000 the deductions a startup business could take and extend 100 percent first-year depreciation, for one year, for qualified property placed in service before Jan. 1, 2013.
    Obama said he wants “to spur entrepreneurship, to help startups.” At the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House, he called on Congress to quickly act on legislation and said he would “sign it right away.”

    http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-31/obama-urges-congress-to-extend-expand-small-business-tax-breaks.html

    • January 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Also, Karen Mills SBA director first cabinet meeting was today.
      That cabinet position was made by the President, must have been approved by Congress?

  13. 37 LOL
    January 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Yes for common sense…Rather than the Buffet Rule, the Dems *hopefully* will be calling it the Romney rule

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/its-sticky-says-paul-begala-here-comes-the-romney-rule.php?ref=fpblg

  14. January 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    LOL PBO loves to stick to the Republicans. Mitt running around like he is the King of the World and Newt a sick puppy while PBO out celebrating his big success.

  15. 39 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    OBAMA PLAYS UP AUTO INDUSTRY SUCCESS STORY

    President Barack Obama is touring the Washington Auto Show, bringing attention to his decision to rescue General Motors and Chrysler three years ago – and drawing contrasts with GOP opponent Mitt Romney.

    By KEN THOMAS; Associated Press

    ==============================

    President Barack Obama wears his decision to rescue General Motors and Chrysler three years ago as a badge of honor, a move to save jobs in an industry that helped create the backbone of the middle class more than a half-century ago.

    For Obama, the auto bailout is a case study for his efforts to revive the economy and a potential point of contrast with Republican Mitt Romney, who opposed Obama’s decision to pour billions of dollars into the auto companies. The president’s campaign views the auto storyline as a potent argument against Romney, the son of a Detroit auto executive who later served as Michigan governor.

    If Romney wins the GOP nomination, expect to hear a lot about the car industry.

    “The American auto industry was on the verge of collapse. And some politicians were willing to let it just die. We said no,” Obama told college students last week in Ann Arbor, Mich. “We believe in the workers of this state.”
    .
    .
    “I don’t know how any reasonable person can fail to acknowledge that this rescue plan worked and the country has benefited,” said former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat.

    =============================

    http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/01/30/2005778/obama-plays-up-auto-industry-success.html

  16. 42 FiredUpInCA
    January 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Memories:

    “During the 2008 election, when [Mitt Romney] was campaigning for the Republican nomination for president in Michigan, he was all about getting federal help for the Big Three:

    “The question is, where is Washington?” Mr. Romney said, speaking to a gaggle of reporters across from a General Motors transmission plant near Ypsilanti, where 200 layoffs were announced this week. “Where does it stop? Is there a point at which someone says ‘enough’? Or are we going to allow the entire domestic automotive manufacturing industry to disappear?”

    Once the campaign was over and Obama was in the White House and working to help prevent a collapse of the auto industry, he was suddenly against a federal bailout for the auto industry, writing in an op-ed in the New York Times, “IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”

    http://michiganmessenger.com/35013/romney-continues-his-flip-flops-on-auto-industry-bailout

    And with that flip-flop, added to dozens of others, as you enter face-to-face debates with the President of “Government Motors,” the man who saved the auto industry that you betrayed, you can kiss your presidential aspirations goodbye Mr. Romney.

  17. January 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    But but but Pawlenty said…

    • 44 Obama Grandmama
      January 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      I know…. The Romney campaign is saying PBO did essentially what Romney said to do to do a structured bankruptcy only PBO was too slow to do it. I hope the Obama campaign comea up with how to easily push back on this Romney ridiculous analysis.

  18. 45 Linda
    January 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Sweeping bills attack public employee unions

    Arizona’s Republican Legislature could virtually wipe out public employee unions in a sweeping new package of legislation far broader than the collective-bargaining bills that shut down Wisconsin’s Capitol last spring.

    The bills would:

    -Make it illegal for government bodies to collectively bargain with employee groups. Public safety unions would be included in the ban.

    –End the practice of automatic payroll deductions for union dues.

    –Ban compensation of public employees for union work.

    http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/Brahm1700/154066

    • 46 majii
      January 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      This is similar to the so-called “right to work law” that GA has. It’s illegal here for any public employee to join a union. As a retired GA teacher, this is why I get angry when the loons here say that teachers’ unions destroyed public education in the state, and I always respond, when possible. Even though several teachers have told these loons that teachers can’t bargain collectively, the belief continues to thrive and be repeated. IMO, this is a direct result of Fox and RW brainwashing.

    • January 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      We’ve already got some of that in Michigan only it’s directed solely at teacher unions. The Republicans hate teacher. There have been four new any-teacher bills passed out of the House committee today.

  19. 48 Andy46
    January 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Hello TOD,
    President Obama look so good *sigh*, America has a smart and thoughtful man
    behind the wheels.

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  22. January 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I have created a few pages to use in the upcoming Election. One is a page with photos and cartoons about Romney. I know I have left many off but here is my humble first attempt

    Romney Cartoons / Photos :: Election Toolkit
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/romney-cartoons-photos-election-toolkit.html

    If you have another favorite you want to share, post it below.

  23. January 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  24. 56 susanne
    January 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    hilarious graphic of repug ‘celebrity’ supporters. see if you recognize anybody!

    http://media.talkingpointsmemo.com/slideshow/celebrity-endorsements?ref=fpb

  25. 58 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Notice the OWS movement is dead silent about Romney’s Swiss & Cayman offshore accounts, his betting against the American dollar, his low tax rate relative to how much he earned, his failure to release his tax returns prior to 2010, and his current failure to disclose how much of this total fundraising was from small individual donors?

    No instead they’re still engaging in their manufactured fight with our President…over all kinds of bullshyte that has nothing to do with Wall street; blocking him on Twitter over SOPA, NDAA, etc., harassing him to speak out on police brutality.

    OWS=FAIL

    • 59 Andy46
      January 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Question Hope; who is funding them?

      • January 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

        Well, seeing how all that is left of OWS is libertarians-

      • 61 FiredUpInCA
        January 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        Nobody is funding them anymore.

        “After raising over $700,000, protesters who do the accounting for Occupy Wall Street said the group now has less than half that in the bank and few donations coming in.

        “If we keep spending at the rate at which we have been doing, we will probably go broke in a month,” said Haywood Carey, a member of Occupy Wall Street’s accounting group….

        Donors to the general fund have given only about $28,000 so far this month, down from about $330,000 during the first 17 days of October, according to The New York Times.”

        http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120117/occupy-wall-street-strapped-cash

        • 62 GGail
          January 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm

          What could have been a GREAT idea has sunk to destruction and mayhem against the police and authority. Destroying public buildings and burning the American flag does not bode well with the Public.

    • January 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Because OWS, since it was kicked out of it’s encampments a few months ago, all that’s left is the Ron Paul supporters, many of who double as tea baggers.

      True story.

    • January 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      I was up very early this morning and Karoli, a blogger, posted a tweet saying that Occupy Oakland should have been working to get votes for single payer in California rather than clashing with the police and rioting – can’t believe those morons burnt a flag and destroyed property. So she gets a few responses and one them says, ‘why should they be working to push your agenda’. Your agenda? Excuse me but wasn’t single payer on ows’s list of things they were demanding from Congress and the president?

    • January 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      In addition, where are OWS in CA standing up for and advocating for single payer that’s up for a vote? Dead silence. They’re full of shite as far as I’m concerned.

  26. January 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I went by a few polls, nobody there. Empty, some signs not many.
    Hmmmm!

  27. January 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Omg! The CBO said the projected deficit for 2012 is 1.08 trillion.
    When this President took office, it was 1.2 trillion.
    But but but Robney said that Obama made everything worse and…

  28. January 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    He should be singing “I’m too sexy for this car”

  29. 73 Britt
    January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    The talking heads are correct, that Romeny is not selling himself or his policies to the Republican base, he is focused on destroying Newt. This is going to be a big problem for Mitt in the General. He has a few plans and some of them are vague. His campaign is solely depending on Super PACS to win the whole thing. POTUS will be able to be the person who has plans, while Mitt doesn’t have any plans to fix things. It’ll be interesting to see how their debates are going to go, because POTUS will have to call Mitt out on his lies, being nice to him won’t work.

    • 74 isonprize
      January 31, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Britt,

      Pres. Obama will call him out on his lies and STILL be nice. That’s just the type of man that he is. In fact, my guess is that Pres. Obama will call out Mitt Romney on his lies and having him laughing about it at the same time.

    • January 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      “POTUS will have to call Mitt out on his lies, being nice to him won’t work”

      I’m sorry, but that’s BS. It seems to me that you may need to watch this video and maybe remind yourself of how POTUS is in debates. POTUS has never shied away from calling outlies and there is a difference between cutting people will a million samurai blades and just trying to throw haymakers just to be a bombthrower. A sharp hit with a nice smile can work the same a a bludgeon.

      • 77 isonprize
        January 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Pres. Obama is the most consistent President we have had in a long, long time. When you listen to his comments here during this debate with John McCain, Pres. Obama did exactly what he said that he would do regarding Osama bin Laden.

        In this debate, Pres. Obama spanked John McCain and left him with his dignity.

      • 78 DreamChaser57
        January 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm

        Enjoyed this clip. I could not bear to watch McCain’s response; he was flustered, cowardly and ill-informed. Essentially, McCain was endorsing an accommodationist perspective that involved appeasing and coddling a nation that unapologetically harbors terrorists, feigns their good will and smiles while they take our money (foreign aid) and openly disrespects us. It’s revolting.

        PBO actually chuckled at McCain. McCain is laughable and like the current field of Republican candidates defines their policy positions in anti-Obama terms and disparages anyone on the Right who wants to afford PBO and our nation’s political processes with a modicum of respect.

        PBO did what he said he would do. Who looks inept now?

  30. 79 Lightfoot
    January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Hey, he’s also the same guy who sung Al Green’s: “Let’s stay together!”

  31. January 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Absolute Cowards! You are a charity fro christ’s sake!

    http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/alarmed-saddened-komen-foundation-succumbing-political-pressure-planned-parenthood-launches-fun-38629.htm?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=komen

    “Planned Parenthood Federation of America today expressed deep disappointment in response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to stop funding breast cancer prevention, screenings and education at Planned Parenthood health centers. Anti-choice groups in America have repeatedly threatened the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation for partnering with Planned Parenthood to provide these lifesaving cancer screenings and news articles suggest that the Komen Foundation ultimately succumbed to these pressures.”

    “In the last few weeks, the Komen Foundation has begun notifying local Planned Parenthood programs that their breast cancer initiatives will not be eligible for new grants (beyond existing agreements or plans). The Komen Foundation’s leadership did not respond to Planned Parenthood requests to meet with the Komen Board of Directors about the decision.”

    “While this is deeply disturbing and disappointing, we want to assure women who rely on Planned Parenthood for breast care that we’re still here for them, and we always will be. The new fund we’re launching to support these services will ensure that the Komen Foundation’s decision doesn’t jeopardize women’s health,” added Richards.

    • 81 Britt
      January 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      This decision is unfortunate.

      • 82 utaustinliberal
        January 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

        The Komen foundation are bloody cowards. This is more than unfortunate; it’s downright disgusting.

    • January 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      I think it’s going to have to be us women who end up funding these organizations for women’s health. The GOP and the women within the GOP don’t seem to care one iota about women. And the fact that they are applying pressure to an organization which primarily provides health care to women, including those who decide to keep their pregnancies – it’s inhumane. And narrow minded. And ignorant. I strongly don’t agree with abortion, but I also don’t believe I’m entitled to enforce other people’s decisions about it. I’m prepared to make a standing donation to Planned Parenthood, once they announce their new funding program. This is outrageous!

    • 85 isonprize
      January 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      No donations to Komen from me, EVER AGAIN.

      • 86 susanne
        January 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        nor from me. but, i’m guessing, there’s a big donor in this story who will only keep paying the komen bills if they do renounce planned parenthood. it says ‘anti-choice groups have threatened’ them, but with what?

    • 87 DreamChaser57
      January 31, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      This is sad and pathetic. I heard Dave Ramsey say once that non-profits should analyze their income streams and sources of revenue and make sure that one person/organization does not represent a disproportionate percentage of the total pot.

      I think this is great advice. You don’t put yourself in a position to allow your organization to be co-opted by ignorant ideologues.
      In my mind, Komen is no longer just a charity focused on a single issue. Today, they have taken a political stand in an election year.

  32. 88 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THEY’RE HIRING!<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    These 25 companies have at least 700 openings each, totaling more than 56,000 available jobs. What are they looking for? Here are excerpts from our conversations with their recruiters.

    http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/pf/jobs/1201/gallery.best-companies-hiring.fortune/index.html

    h/t Randi Rhodes Show

  33. January 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Oh good lord, TPM is having a little moment of schizophrenia.

    Headline: “Uh-Oh… Looks Like We’ll Hit The Debt Limit Again This Year”

    But, from the article:

    CBO predicts that at the end of fiscal year 2013, the debt subject to the overall limit will be just shy of $16.8 trillion. But the debt limit itself stands at $16.4 trillion. The Treasury Department can create some breathing space for itself using a series of extraordinary measures — but those only go so far. So it’s still an open question how far into 2013 the current debt limit will take us — if it gets us there at all.

    “There is a risk that the treasury will hit its $16.4 trillion debt limit before the next presidential inauguration,” emails Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi. “It will be close. I suspect the Treasury will have enough accounting wiggle room to get there, but much depends on whether the economy sticks close to script.”

    *tearing out what’s left of my hair*

    TPM has been good as of late. It’s infuriating to see it revert, even if momentarily, to sensationalism.

    • 98 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      I guess it’s a slow news day. No “bad news for Obama” polls coming out lately and the GOP primary season is just plain damn boring and irritating right now.

      • 99 Andy46
        January 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        Lol, after trying to get my mom to stop watching CNN she finally did this week
        I ask her why? after watching President Obama SOTUA her answer…”I can’t stead CNN now, they never have
        anything good to say about him, they are always knocking him”

    • 101 FiredUpInCA
      January 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      There are no GOP debates for the next 3 weeks, so absent GOP-manufactured drama, they have to create some drama. It’s clicksationalism.

  34. 102 LOL
    January 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I haz a case of the giggles. Karl “Turd” Rove’s Superpac raised over 51 million last year and they have a little over 15 million left in the bank. So if my math is correct, they have spent roughly 36 million for the Prez’s approval rating to be highest since the death of OBL (Rasmsussen has the prez at 51 for the second straight day) AND for Willard’s favorables to take a nosedive. Er, thanks Karl?

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/4931

  35. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Grrr. Putting aside the topic of drones itself, the jackals at the White House are now suggesting that the President “leaked” classified information?

    Any average federal worker, especially someone who works for the military (as I used to do), knows that any security classification given to any information or entity comes with the authority or “by direction” of the highest person who can classify it or declassify it.

    In other words, if something is classified, President Obama can declassify it and talk about it. (Not that he would do that without cause.) He’s the President (and, regarding anything in the Defense Department, the Commander in Chief) = the highest level of authority.

    Funny how the jackals forget that former VP Cheney declassified stuff right in his office for evil intent, unlike our current President.

    Again, I’m not commenting on the topic of drones or whether or not something was classified, since I don’t have any of those details.

    • 106 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      The MSM is so mighty pizzzed that President Obama was able to circumvent their BS with his Google+Hangout (which was a great success), that they are coming up with every which way to trip him up and punish him..First it was with that Jennifer “the plumber” whose non-existent husband can’t find work…now it’s that PBO leaked classified info by talking about drones? Oh please..

      JOBoomer, tell the WH Press corps that I said GO TO HELL!

      • 107 FiredUpInCA
        January 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        Hopefruit2 Jennifer set off all my BS meter from her body language to her consistently negative banter but what is this about the “non-existent husband’?

    • 108 LOL
      January 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Can the press drop the baloney? I mean WTF does Iran have? A leftover prop from the Batman movie? We have drones, and everyone knows. Since the president didn’t make any news on the Google Chat, this is what they hang onto. Sigh.

    • 110 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Just to be clear – when I said “jackals,” I knew you all knew I meant among the White House Press Corps! They’re the only jackals there!

  36. January 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Allow me a man moment.

    *Mmmmmmmmmm, shiny new cars*

    Yes, I watch “Top Gear” — the original BBC version, not the awful US incarnation.

  37. 120 Linda
    January 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    In the fourth quarter of 2011, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) reported raising $388,895.26 in campaign contributions. According to a ThinkProgress analysis, at least 44 percent of that came from political action committees and individuals connected to real estate, insurance, banking, and finance industries — areas overseen by the House Financial Services committee Bachus chairs.

    According to his latest disclosure, more than $173,000 of Bachus’ total haul came from the financial sector. Over the past quarter Bachus received at least:

    – $144,805 from employees of and PACs for banks, financial services firms, and venture capitalists. This includes $7,500 from Wells Fargo’s corporate PAC, $5,000 from U.S. Bancorp’s PAC, $5,000 from UBS Americas’ PAC, and $5,000 from payday lender Advance America’s PAC.
    – $15,810 from insurance industry political action committees and from insurance agents for State Farm Insurance Co.
    – $12,500 from real estate PACs and individual real estate agents and realty investors.

    In 2010, Bachus candidly admitted that he believes Washington’s role is “to serve the banks.” As chairman, he has sought to cut foreclosure prevention programs and to repeal many of the the key reforms in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

  38. 121 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    WASHINGTON AND SCOTT BROWN DON’T GET IT

    By Elizabeth Warren

    ==============================

    This isn’t the first time Senator Brown has been more concerned with protecting millionaires than helping working families. Just last fall, Brown opposed three jobs bills that would have made a big difference in Massachusetts. The first could have supported 22,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. The second would have prevented layoffs of teachers, firefighters, and police officers. The third would have supported 11,000 jobs rebuilding roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Each bill would have been paid for with a small tax on people making more than one million dollars a year. Senator Brown and every other Republican voted against those jobs.

    This isn’t about criticizing people for making a lot of money. This is about basic fairness, and it is about our values. Do we really believe that we should protect tax breaks for those who have already made it while we tell our children to take on more debt to get an education or tell our seniors that they will have to get by on less?

    I think that’s wrong and that Washington – and Senator Brown – don’t get it.

    ===============================

    http://bluemassgroup.com/2012/01/washington-and-scott-brown-dont-get-it/

  39. 122 MeaBloom
    January 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    That last photo is FIERCE!!

  40. January 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    A conversation with Byron Tau-

    Sent: Tue 1/31/2012 4:16 PM
    > > > To: Byron Tau
    > > > Subject: Come on man.
    > > >
    > > > Lots of people come to politico 44 to find out news about the President, instead one smear after another.
    > > > Who employs you, Hannity?
    > > > Come on man!
    > > >
    > > > Sent from my iPhone
    > > >
    > >
    > > > What do you find particularly objectionable?

    4:40 PM
    > > To: Byron Tau
    > > Subject: Re: Come on man.
    > >
    > > The fact you never give any good news, it’s all directly from fox news or limbaughs sermon!
    > > I am a moderate, so a little moderation would be nice.
    > > I email you good news all the time and you ignore it.
    > > I also email you relevant stories about Romney and you ignore it.
    > > Like I say, come on man.

    btau@politico.com> wrote:
    >
    > > Hey,
    > >
    > > I don’t cover Romney, generally.
    > >
    > > But I don’t think that’s true about the tone of the coverage. I do appreciate the tips and am always happy to consider them.
    > >
    > > And I rarely, if ever link either Fox or Limbaugh…
    > >

    47 PM
    > To: Byron Tau
    > Subject: Re: Come on man.
    >
    > I was using a metaphor, many people on twitter feel your coverage is renascent of a College Republican.
    > Just to let you know, and all!

    PM, Byron Tau wrote:

    > Yes, well. Haters gonna hate.
    >
    > But for example, here is an item that was top read. Obama campaign’s adoption of an exciting new technology:
    >
    > http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/01/obama-campaign-rolls-out-square-mobile-fundraising-112798.html
    >
    > There are plenty of items like that.

    To: Byron Tau
    Subject: Re: Come on man.

    So you were a college Republican?  That explains everything.  Thanks for posting above story, btw, your hits on your webpage would improve with more favorable coverage.

    Peace-

    I was not a college Republican. Nor a college Democrat.

    LoL!

    > >

    • 128 isonprize
      January 31, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      DAMN. Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

    • 129 susanne
      January 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      very funny ad–presumably neut is running through his super pac $ to make these entertainments for us. too bad he had to besmirch a sweet dolphin and even co-opt it’s vocalizations and theme song. a newt is an amphibian. a dolphin is a mammal. ’nuff said.

  41. January 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    • January 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      A lot of women could be motivated to rally for this. Women have gotten pushed around in state legislatures and in the Republican House and it’s time to fight back. It’s been a long time since we’ve had some real juice in the women’s movement and this could be the impetus for some pushback.

  42. 132 Rita
    January 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    He can sing and she can bust a move! http://vimeo.com/34787933

    Quite a team 🙂

  43. 134 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    What is Tweety yelling at? Why is he so uptight this evening?

  44. January 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Great article today from Al Giordano (at Narcosphere–the Field) on Romney’s Pyrrhic Victory in Florida. He sees weeks of continuing headaches for Romney from Gingrich AND Santorum. Romney will need to keep dropping tens of millions of dollars to win primary, while PBO sits on growing piles of cash for the GE.

    http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/

    • 140 LOL
      January 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      I’m from Florida. Republicans of the south…these folks are not. They are snowbirds from the North who spend their mornings at Village Inn–not hating, just stating. Romney will do well with these folks because they love people like them-the wealthy. He will never win Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, etc.

  45. January 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  46. 145 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    ‘HERE ARE THE JOBS’ – REV AL. POLITICS NATION

    PoliticsNation debuts a new series featuring companies currently hiring

    =====================

    Each week, PoliticsNation will add more information about jobs on this page to give America options and help the unemployed get back on their feet. Check back to see the recent updates.

    =====================

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46044226/ns/msnbc_tv-politicsnation/#.TyhqQyOBNZs

  47. 146 Insomniac
    January 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Love that guy! That is all. 😉

  48. 147 Britt
    January 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Michael Steele is “hating” on GM. He is mad that GM is number 1 again in the world. He knows POTUS is going to hammer Mitt on this in the fall.

    • 150 isonprize
      January 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      For some reason, the last photo loads on IE (Pres Obama in the silver car) but doesn’t load in Firefox. Or at least, it doesn’t load for me in Firefox. Weird….

      (So, you know I loaded IE just to see what ‘fierce’ picture of my President ya’ll were talking about!!)

  49. 151 Elly in Maryland
    January 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks for 2 things: 1) the reminder that Michelle will be on the Tonight Show tonight; and 2) the awful news that the Susan B. Komen people won’t be working with Planned Parenthood anymore – that really sucks.
    I’m not sure why but I’ve always had something against these “Walks for……” ; Actually I guess it’s partly because I read an article a long time ago in the Washington Post about what a large percentage of the money raised goes to the companies that run these events and for the costs of running the event.

  50. January 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Mitt Romney debates himself:

  51. January 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    For years the GOP has been implanting this image of the President in the minds of their base. Those like Newt, Limbaugh, Romney, Hannity and others have called him an appeaser, UN-American, incompetent, weak, etc…….

    Romney has had it easy for all these months throwing out red meat to his audiences and having them cheer him own as if the president is this opaque character that they’ve stupidly defined in their little minds.

    Well, come the first debate the real Barack Obama will show up, and I’m quite sure the moderator will ask Romney to please explain what he meant when he said that this president doesn’t share the values of “Real Americans”. I imagine the president will then look at Romney and smile and after Romney foolishly deliver his response, the president will deliver a counter-punch that will shake Romney to his no-core foundation!

    And that’s what you call “Roping the Dope”.

  52. January 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    GOP enthusiasm will sweep the Dems away! Mark my words!

  53. January 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Of course, when I read this Tweet I immediately thought of “The Full Monty”.

  54. January 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    With a sweeping series of bills introduced Monday night in the state Senate, Republicans in Arizona hoped to make Wisconsin’s battle against public unions last year look like a lightweight sparring match.

    The bills include a total ban on collective bargaining for Arizona’s public employees, including at the city and county levels. The move would outpace even the tough bargaining restrictions enacted in Wisconsin in 2011 that led to massive union protests and a Democratic effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

    “At first glance, it looks like an all out assault on the right of workers to organize,” Senate Minority Leader David Schapira (D) told TPM on Tuesday. “And to me, that’s a serious problem.”

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/tougher_than_wisconsin_arizona_republicans_launch.php?m=1

  55. January 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Drove by two polling places about noon today. Both have multiple precincts.,,,NO CARS in the parking lot. Drove by another on my way home from work about 5:00…NO CARS IN THAT LOT EITHER. I took a picture as we drove by…it did not come out at all or I would have posted it.

  56. 165 halo
    January 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Any news on FLOTUS’ appearance on Jay tonight??

  57. 166 Linda
    January 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    UpChuck Todd is an amateur……

  58. January 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    And a little child shall lead them…

  59. January 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Chipsticks and fellow TODers.

    Chips here’s some more video to add to your collection:

  60. January 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    And just because I’ve been listening to Adele back in my office:

    #dead

  61. 177 Linda
    January 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill on Monday that would override the Obama administration’s new rule on birth control coverage and allow religious hospitals, universities, and other organizations that morally oppose contraception to refuse to cover it for their employees.

  62. January 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    For those of us pissed off at Komen Foundation’s action today:

  63. 179 Obama Grandmama
    January 31, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I hate Newt Gingrich’s campaign manager who is hateful and mean. He is saying MSNBC is bringing race into the run not Newt. Newt called Prez Obama the food stamp Prez and he would not be singer -in-chief.


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