rise and shine


10:45: VP Biden delivers remarks at American Seating Company’s factory in Grand Rapids, Mich.

11:00: PBO delivers remarks on the economy at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Va.

5:00: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee luncheon in Los Angeles.





WSJ: The private sector added 170,000 jobs in January, in line with expectations, as small-business hiring fueled the increase …. The latest ADP report showed large businesses with 500 employees or more added just 3,000 employees in January, while medium-size businesses added 72,000 workers and small businesses, those that employ fewer than 50 workers, hired 95,000 new employees. Service-sector jobs increased by 152,000 last month, and factory jobs rose by 10,000.

More here


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USA Today: The closer we get to the fall campaign, the more President Obama sharpens his stump speech. At a fundraiser last night in Washington ….Obama argued that the Republicans will take the economy back to where it was before the 2008 crisis, and have “the wrong vision for America.”

“Their basic argument is that if we strip out regulations, if we disregard environmental concerns, if we take away protections for consumers, if we lower taxes even further for the kind of folks who are in this room, that somehow growth and the American Dream will be restored,” Obama said.

That said, Obama warned supporters that this will be a tough election, and they can’t take anything for granted.

“We’re all going to have to be focused on making sure that every single day the American people understand not only where we want to take the country but also that we’re willing to fight for them,” Obama said.

More here



Charles Pierce (Esquire): …. I’m not going to sit there and listen to (Willard Romney) …. the cosseted plutocrat son of a millionnaire auto dealer – one who is running on a platform that will make himself and everyone like him richer while warning the rest of us, as he did in his victory speech in Tampa, that “If you’re looking for cradle-to-grave help from the government, I’m not your candidate” – go and dragoon into that effort Tom Paine, who would have spat in Willard Romney’s face if he’d ever met him.

Mitt Romney is someone whose children have a trust fund totaling $100 million. His great-great-grandchildren are not ever going to have to worry about money from their cradles to their graves. Thomas Paine? I’m sorry, but there are levels of bullshit to which I will not agree to descend.

Romney won because he had the most money. And because he had the most money, enough of the Tea Party “base,” which was supposed to hate him like gum disease, decided thusly: What the hell? The important thing is to get the Muslim Kenyan Usurper Negro out of the White House, so this is the horse we have to ride…..

…. it was how Romney delivered the speech that was so revelatory. This is a rich kid who likes flogging The Help. There were just enough shit-eating, country-club grins as he delivered his rancid material to show you what the guy must have been like in those golden moments when he realized that there was more dough in wrecking a company than in investing in it.

Full article here



David Firestone (NYT): ….. nearly half the nation now holds an unfavorable view of Mr. Romney, much higher than last year. The number is even higher among independents. If Mr. Gingrich can raise enough money to stay in the race, Mr. Romney will have to spend valuable time, resources and good will to keep countering him.

All of that subtracts from his ability to pivot to Mr. Obama, and makes his criticism of the president seem like more of the same endless negativity. Mr. Romney’s victory speech tonight was less than uplifting, suggesting the United States had sunk to “the worst of what Europe has become.” If he means the Euro crisis, it’s not even close, and he will not get very far persuading voters that Washington is turning into Athens.

He even made a crack about Mr. Obama and his “faculty lounge” colleagues who think they know better than everyone else. That sounds hollow, coming from one of the country’s best-educated elitists, and it’s precisely the wrong message for a country that knows it must improve education at all levels.

It was left to Rick Santorum, who barely competed in Florida, to express the real lesson of Florida’s knife fight, and the dangers of letting it continue. “What we’ve seen the last few weeks in Florida,” he said tonight, “is not something that is going to help us win this election.”

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Morning everyone 😉

152 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    February 1, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I say a little prayer for YOU!

    Have a great day TOD

    • February 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

      My favorite song, my favorite people – thank you Donna, BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    • 3 Julie
      February 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

      I just cannot see those two together and *not* smile. I so enjoy how in love they are with each other. A most refreshing bright spot in these cynical times we live in.


      • February 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

        ‘I just cannot see those two together and *not* smile.’

        So true! Actually I have the same reaction when I see each one alone too. And when I see either/both with the girls. Really odd, now I come to think of it. 😉 😉 If this is love, I’ll take four more years…. as a start. 😆

    • 5 mtmarilyn
      February 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Donna, what a beautiful way to start the day. That helps to wash the brain after trying to listen to that interview Rev Al and Rachel had with that man. I couldn’t get all the way thru it.These people are off there rocker.

      • 6 Pamela
        February 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

        We are so blessed with the love and joy those two people so unselfishly bring to the work they have taken on for us. May all their days be filled with Light and Love and Blessing. Have a beautiful day, everyone, Donna Dem, thank you so very much for posting this clip.

      • 7 Asher in Boston
        February 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

        Thanks, Donna. What a breathe of fresh air these two are. Gosh, when I think of the hater couples on the other side, I just wanna throw up.

      • 8 jacquelineoboomer
        February 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

        mtmarilyn – I watched Rev. Al take down that Tyler dude, and was very glad to see both Rachel and Lawrence jump right in there around the Rev. Al’s remarks, too. It really “takes a village” to crush these people and their obvious hatred and bigotry. MSNBC can help by NOT ALLOWING PEOPLE LIKE TYLER ON THEIR SHOWS, although it does help to expose (and fight back against) what’s going on. Better to expose it and make us all sick, I guess.

        • February 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

          I agree with this, Ms. Boomer:
          “MSNBC can help by NOT ALLOWING PEOPLE LIKE TYLER ON THEIR SHOWS, although it does help to expose (and fight back against) what’s going on.”

          “and fight back” is the key phrase. And that is what should always be demanded—that racist lies be countered with the truth or keep these mofos out of my face! And if you are not prepared with facts and a counter argument these folks should not be allowed on any program that fancies itself—not necessarily liberal—but objective. Many so-called liberal pundits are either ill-prepared with knowledge of the facts, or awash in generalized free speech dogma, or tone-deaf to dog whistles—to be able to deal with these encounters.

          Excuse me if I’m ranting as I am still coming down from screaming at my computer screen. I do NOT watch television! I only follow recommended (by sane people) links to tv excerpts; my aged cardiovascular system cannot take it;-)

    • 10 anniebella
      February 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Thank you donna for that video, I just loved it.

    • 12 JoJothecat
      February 1, 2012 at 10:35 am

      This is “Family Values” to the nth degree. Thank you Donna Dem, a beautiful way to start the day!

    • 13 AnitaW
      February 1, 2012 at 10:53 am


    • February 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

      That’s really nice and brings tears to my eyes.

    • 16 PurpleShoesLA
      February 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Thank you for sharing this Donna.

    • 17 susanne
      February 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      tears running down my face–my husband came into the room when he heard aretha’s gorgeous voice, and soon his eyes were wet, too.

      this presidency has given so much to the world, to us, and one of those things is the image, the model of a beautiful, healthy, robust marriage. it touches my heart to see these two good people, with all they have on their shoulders, taking those precious moments to remind each other of their commitment, their love and respect for each other.

      this montage is priceless, because they are so extraordinary. thank you so much, donnadem! you made my day!

  2. 18 Drdemocrat
    February 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Romney has such a tin ear. He says the stupidest things like “I like to fire people”, “corporations are people”, etc.

    This morning he said another dumb thing: “I am not concerned about the very poor”.

    Well Mr. Willard middle class Americans are just one crisis away from becoming the “very poor” that you don’t give a shit about.

    Romney’s stupid words are writing his own attack ads.

      February 1, 2012 at 9:12 am


    • 21 Bill
      February 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Is Willard’s comment this morning about the poor one of the biggest gafts in political history, or am I over reacting?

      • February 1, 2012 at 9:25 am

        Well, he argues the poor have a safety net. But the glaring truth is he and his party are trying their best to destroy the safety net. So it’s a major gaffe in a long string of major gaffes.

        • 23 anniebella
          February 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

          meta,that the truth, nothing but the truth.

        • 24 prettyfoot58
          February 1, 2012 at 10:58 am


        • February 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

          That’s trute. But also he has NO idea what it means to live off food stamps and a public assistance check. I guess he believes in Reagan’s “welfare queen”. Only today she’s driving a BMW. watching a 92″ flat screen TV and eating lobster and filet mignon. He hasn’t got a clue what it means to be poor in America. The very poor children go to bed hungry. Of course his sons have $100 million trust fun since the day of their birth. He makes me sick. He actually thinks somebody envies him!??!!. He’s a robot without a heart. Why would someone want to envy that?

      • February 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

        It only is if the democrats make it an issue and push it!

        • February 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

          ‘if the democrats’

          Just a quick reminder that that’s us! I keep saying that there’s nothing like a personal conversation because I’ve seen it work. Heck, I’ve read reports here of it working! It’s that word of mouth thingy. If we democrats calmly share Romney’s stated opinion at every opportunity, even encourage friends to look it up and hear it from the horse’s mouth, we’d go a long way I think to wake up the masses once voice at a time. Hey I can hear the reverberations even now.

          – “Did you know that millionaire Romney guy who’s running for president actually went on TV and said he didn’t care about the poor?”
          -Yeah, he did. He also mentioned something about them having a safety net, BUT he’s planning to break that up too (by backing the Paul Ryan budget).

          I agree Jovie. We democrats should make an issue of Romney’s gift and pass it on often.

      • 29 halo
        February 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

        Media will try to justify it and sweep it under the rug.

      • 30 ChristiMTL
        February 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

        Of course he’s concerned with the middle class because as you guys know, he’s part of it:

        Mitt Romney: “It’s not those at the low end and it’s certainly not for those at the very high end. It’s for the great middle-class, the 80 to 90 percent of us in this country.”

        I cannot find the words to describe how I feel about that clueless, heartless phony.

        He makes me sick.

        The more he talks, the better it is though.

      • 31 Drdemocrat
        February 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

        He has said sooooo many of them it is hard to say which one is the biggest one.

      • February 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

        It’s definitely up there with the worst Bill – I think we can be pretty sure it’ll feature in dozens of ads between now and November. Although, most of the people inclined to vote for him probably wouldn’t find anything wrong with it.

    • February 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      And then, Drdem, when he tries to contextualize his nincompoopidness, he makes it worse with a doubling down or an outright lie. Some people will think the restatement is clever, some people will justify the original statement for him, some people will like it just like that.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:11 am


      February 1, 2012 at 10:52 am


      • February 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

        Me too, Sue and so true. Of course Romney thinks he can buy the presidency. He bought Florida. I read that he (Super Pacs) ran 13,000 ads. How much is a 30-45 second ad in Florida? I know it’s a huge market and it’s expensive. BTW, candidates don’t know what the Super Pacs are doing, my ass!

  4. February 1, 2012 at 9:16 am

    good morning, Everyone 🙂

  5. 39 Linda
    February 1, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Remember this ?

  6. February 1, 2012 at 9:18 am

    chips, do we get the flotus-leno part 2 ?

  7. 52 obamalia
    February 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

    GOP enthusiasm gap widens: 40% of fl voters wish they had another candidate. Turnout down in fl about 250k from 2008.
    ~Ed Shultz

  8. 54 collegekay
    February 1, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Romney is an ass. Who says shit like “i’m not concerned about the very poor/” Wow. You know there are people who are just above the calculated poverty amount who still aren’t eligible for food stamps/govt aid.

  9. February 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Ex-Rep. Robert Wexler
    2/1/12 8:44 AM EST
    On charges that President Obama is weak on Israel: “But for President Obama joining the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces], what more could he possibly do?”

  10. February 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Well, pigs are flying outside my window because Rick Santorum finally said something I can agree with–that what happened in Florida is “not something that is going to help us win this election.” Of course, he forgot to add, “nor am I.” I can’t look at Romney without my skin crawling and his voice and superior attitude jangle my nerves. I just can’t imagine his act appealing to a main stream audience. GW Bush, for all his infinite failings, could, when he tried very hard, project a certain charm and folksiness and all other R candidates in my lifetime have had one or so redeeming qualities that you could see if you squinted hard enough. But Romney is just a sick mess of hollowness with no conscience whatsoever. He makes a mockery of everything decent human beings believe in and civilizations have stood for when he says he will not concern himself with poor people. Who does he think he is –Caligula? This is NOT what a leader of any country should ever say. It is a blatant and arrogant declaration that he is for, by and about the elite. Okay when spoken by a heartless venture capitalist. Disastrous coming from a presidential candidate in the 21rst century.

    • 58 Lorraine
      February 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

      “I can’t look at Romney without my skin crawling and his voice and superior attitude jangle my nerves.” I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! If Romney is the nominee it will be worst than the lies from 2008. The media NEVER calls Romney on his lies, and you can bet your last dollar they will try to crucify President Obama if Romney is the nominee. The press like polls will try to make Romney President.

      • 59 JoJothecat
        February 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

        I can’t stand to hear Robme’s voice or look at his lying face. On one of the last threads someone posted a Secret Service code name for Robme and there were several suggestions….”Pinocchio” comes to mind for me because of his habitual lying.

      • 60 L3
        February 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

        I have heard Lawrence O’Donnell, Martin Bashir and Rev. Al actually call his lies what they are and him what he is, a liar. Read that Charles Pierce article and he refers to him as liar so has Steve Benen and Andrew Sullivan. I think it will begin to gain traction in the “mainstream media” as well because it’s so blatantly obvious.

  11. February 1, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Anyone of you visit the erikkk’s red state this morn ? Are the rwnj’s there freaking about willard ?

    • 64 Ladyhawke
      February 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Joy-Ann Reid has a post up on this very issue. There seems to be some concern about the turnout in Fla. and what it is going to take to fire up the base. But it looks like there is grudging acceptance that eventually Mr. Inevitability will be their candidate (warts and all).

      Mr. Inevitability


      Meanwhile, Erick Erickson says it’s all but over, but…

      He is on the way toward the nomination. The fat lady is warming up. But it is not a done deal yet. He still has a fractured base and lost the heart of the base. He has trouble with tea party activists and evangelicals though he roughly tied with Gingrich in capturing their support, and he has trouble with strong conservatives. Nonetheless, his get out the vote operation was a phenomenal success and the 15 to 1 advertising ratio in his favor clinched it for him. Ron Brownstein has a solid analysis on Romney’s win.

      It is worth nothing that in the last week of the race only 0.1% of advertising was pro-Romney and roughly 70% was anti-Gingrich.

      The panhandle held for Gingrich, which is more typical of a number of upcoming primaries than the rest of the state.

      Here’s why I’d be nervous if I were a GOP operative. Turn out, at first projected to exceed 2008?s primary level, turned out to be less than 2008. 57% of Republican voters said they want a different choice. That does not spell excitement or unity headed into November. Republicans can only wave the Supreme Court in front of the base for so long.



      • February 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

        I’m not sure how they can call Romney the inevitable winner. He’s got 80 delegates, out of the 1140+ that he needs to secure the nomination! They just want him to move to the center, and pretend to be reasonable, and for him to fly around the world pretending to be the President, spreading lies internationally about the man who actually IS the President.

        I don’t think I can listen to any programs today, constantly replaying his lying, hateful speech from last night – even NPR! They completely ignore the fact that he spent several million dollars to defeat a man who was chased out of Congress by his own party ,and who delivered such weak debate performances, including his aspiration to colonize the moon. If they think this man, and his millions, can hold a candle to a legitimately brilliant person like President Obama, then they are in for a very rude awakening.

  12. 66 Ladyhawke
    February 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Elizabeth Warren Turns The IBM Stock Hit Job On Her Into A Total Fail


    During a recent appearance on Current TV, Elizabeth Warren used her ownership of IBM stock to prove once again why there is no comparison between her and Mitt Romney.
    When Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was asked about her stock holdings –specifically IBM — by Jennifer Granholm, she said, “The IBM stock, yes, we own it. I’ve owned it since, it was actually a pretty modest investment made thirty five years ago I think, and the money’s been reinvested. If I were in Congress, I’d sell it in a heartbeat. I don’t think people in Congress ought to own stock in companies where they can influence the outcomes. Other than that, my retirement funds are held in big mutual funds. There’s no way to influence the outcome of any part of that at least not that I know, but the heart of this is about what our public officials should be doing. I don’t think they ought to be trading on insider information, but more importantly, I don’t think they ought to be out there influencing potentially their own pocket books when they’re making decisions on behalf of the public.”



    • 67 TrumpDog
      February 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

      She’s GOOD

      • 68 JoJothecat
        February 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

        We NEED to send more politicians like Elizabeth Warren to the House and Senate. We as a country should not accept LESS than what she is offering as a representative. Too many go into office to get rich, stay rich and stay elected.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:31 am


  14. 70 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Completely agree with the Esquire article. Romney won because he had enough money to blanket the airwaves with negative ad after ugly negative ad. When one checks the exit polls, one sees Romney still can’t connect with rightwingers/extreme conservatives and people who make less than $250,000. The downside for him and upside for us is that the more negative he goes, the more he elevates PBO as a President, a leader, and a compassionate human being. He keeps turning people off and this is evident in poll after poll after poll. Especially the likeability polls.

    This morning on CNN, I couldn’t believe he opened his mouth and said he and his campaign weren’t concerned about the poor, the Democrats can worry about the plight of the poor and he and his campaign will be/are concerned about the middleclass and others (hint: the 1%). Romney’s worst foe is himself. Everytime he’s in an unscripted avenue, like Palin he opens his mouth and the true cretin springs forth. It’s more obvious as the campaign rolls along that he lacks a soul and could never understand the plight of the working and middleclass. He’s unbelievably repulsive, disgusting, and abhorrent.

    • 71 ChristiMTL
      February 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

      I still remember how shocked O’Donnell whatshername was when she interviewed Newt Gingrich and said : Are you calling him a liar??????

      Oh the horror….

      The corrupt MSM won’t be able to protect him forever, it’s impossible…..

      He is a pathological liar and no matter how much they spin what he says….it just won’t work.

      If it was only that, like if it wasn’t bad enough, there’s something about him that is extremely repulsive…..he’s heartless….cold eyes……really creepy, like a robot,.

  15. 74 Proud former White House intern
    February 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Good morning great people. This is an awesome video I love it great way to start the morning. Hello everybody.

  16. February 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Happy wednesday #TOD familyy..!!

    FIRED UP…!!

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  17. 77 TrumpDog
    February 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Mitt’s trying so hard to be Mr Middleman America. What a crock. The guy gives me the creeps. I don’t think there is a genuine bone in his robotic body.
    He’s trying too hard to be someone else and seems to want to mimic the president. From his campaign sign symbol to him trying to sing….he just tries too hard and needs to be himself. No core!

    • 78 halo
      February 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

      He’s banking on people not paying attention and just saying the word “middle class,” even though his policies would gut the poor and the middle class.

      • 79 JoJothecat
        February 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

        What Robme doesn’t know is the “middle class” is barely the middle class of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s because of the Reagan, Bush I, Bush II administrations that tax them more than the 1%. When Robme says he is going to focus on the middle class we better wake up because that’s code he will focus on them like the Navy Seals focused on Bin Laden….he’s going to take us OUT!

    • February 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      TD, Romney can’t be himself because he can’t find who that is.

  18. 82 mtmarilyn
    February 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Good morning Chips and wonderful people of TODville. Yesterday I had a very long day and was not able to know what happened until late last night. What a mess the Repubs are. And then hearing Romney actually say ithe doesn’t care about poor people just blows my mind. Our President is nothing but class. We will win. But it wont

    • 85 ChristiMTL
      February 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

      I was looking for this!! Thanks Chips…….cool and not cool, no kidding!….what a phony

        February 1, 2012 at 11:40 am


  19. 87 xtine
    February 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

    One of the comments in above David Firestone’s NYT piece:

    “O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.” Voltaire

    Prayer answered!

    Thank God FL R-primary is over! Made me wish they’d all turn into moon dust & float away to Leroy’s 51st state of mind.

  20. February 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

  21. 92 Bill
    February 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

    MSNBC just reported that the half term governor had a $600 bill at a steak house in Iowa that was paid by her PAC. And people still give her money.

  22. February 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

    With his latest poor people gaffe, the Mittbot2012 will probably self-destruct by November, unless they install that compassion chip. (Look for the lastest version with this feature, sometime this afternoon.)

    Seriously, folks, it’s going to be a long and aggravating campaign, my personal survival strategy is to conserve my outrage energy and stay close to you the Obama Diary and listen to Obama singing “Let’s stay together” many times.

  23. 98 Don
    February 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

    R.I.P Don Cornelius, creator of “Soul Train”

  24. February 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Heads up everyone:

    11:00 AM EST

    President Obama Speaks on the economy at the James Lee Community Center

  25. February 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    You know, other than Debbie, no Democrats in Florida were on tv.
    Me thinks, she must want it that way, she has message discipline, if you know what I mean?

  26. 109 xtine
    February 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

    From a comment in Pierce’s Esquire piece above:

    “It’s ugly to watch grown men disintigrate on the national stage like this, see the anger and bitterness and all their crazy bullshit manifest itself, but it’s going to get much worse for Willard over the next year, his crazy will start to BLOOM.”

    I suspected as much — i.e., his crazy blooming. Scary eyes. Malfunction ahead.

  27. February 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

    So, the RNC is telling it’s tea baggers members to send resume to WH, mocking our President.


  28. February 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Btw- Shawn Donovan probably has the same IQ as the President. Very intelligent.

    That is all!

  29. 116 xtine
    February 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Yay! Deaniac is totally back: “Why I’m Not Worried About Mitt Romney”:

    “You know, I think the conventional wisdom is right in this instance: Mitt Romney is the most electable candidate for the Republicans this year. But what that really means is this: out of their current cadre of nutjobs, he will lose to President Obama the least badly. How can I be so sure of that, given the political media’s dire predictions of a president in peril come November? How can I be so certain, with “Left” outlets whining constantly that Obama isn’t farting enough rainbows for the base?

    Because I live in the real world. And in the real world, there are stories that go beyond the political dogfights of the day. In the real world, there is every reason to be optimistic about four more years for President Obama. Don’t confuse the optimism with complacency – winning in November is going to take all we can give, but give it we must, and we will – which is in and of itself one of the main reasons for my optimism. But let me lay out the reasons why I’m not worried about Mitt Romney.”


  30. 117 Don
    February 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I just saw the clip of Romney saying “I’m not concerned about the poor.” Forget for a moment about how sad and demoralizing that sounds to someone that struggles to put food on the table or keep the lights on. But what struck me the most was his utter contempt for poor people. I remember as a child coming home from school and the lights being turned off because my mom didn’t have money to pay the bill, and crying as we walked through the door. His statement hit me hard, how can someone that wants to be President make such a hurtful and heartless statement?

    • February 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Apart from speaking the truth for a change, IMO Willard is endorsing the Democrats.

    • 119 JoJothecat
      February 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

      I hear you Don….my family was poor throughout my life, we were even homeless when it was not that common as it is today and we were on welfare. That welfare check went mostly for rent and we always had to go to the food banks before the next check. I am thankful for Federal and state government’s free money and grants that helped me get through college and the FHA loan that allowed me to put down a low down payment to become a responsible homeowner and taxpaying citizen.

    • 120 halo
      February 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

      He doesn’t live in the real world.

  31. February 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Good Morning TOD’ville! Aren’t you guys listening to VP Biden? He’s on WH.gov – audio only. Sounds like he has a cold, but is speaking calmly, rationally and sincerely! ‘We are coming back’

  32. February 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Road block cable coverage of the President and CSPAN.

  33. February 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Ed has been really sticking up for tge President, lately. It’s good to see the liberal press come back home!

  34. 135 xtine
    February 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Yo! Willard:

    Do you see anything about trust funders, your Bain Cap-Them, Swiss/Cayman Mitt-Development Banks, etc., in these words?

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, …”

    • 136 jacquelineoboomer
      February 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm


      Too bad the Romney clan didn’t come back into the country via Ellis Island. Maybe they would have read the poem on the Statue of Liberty.

    February 1, 2012 at 11:34 am


  36. 138 Linda
    February 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Days After ‘Taco’ Blunder, East Haven Mayor Asks If Latino Appointee Is ‘Not Dark Enough For You’ |

    The mayor of East Haven, Connecticut Joseph Maturo Jr. landed in hot water last week when he suggested he’d “have tacos when I go home” as a Latino outreach tactic.

    Just days after apologizing for the remark, Maturo served up yet another questionable remark regarding his recent appointment of a Puerto Rican to an advisory board. When asked why he selected a man “of Puerto Rican descent as opposed to one from the dominant group of Ecuadorians,” Maturo replied, “I picked a Latino. Did it have to come from a certain section of the country?”

    He then added, “Is he not dark enough for you? Light enough for you?” Reacting to the latest comments, Governor Dan Malloy (D-CT) told PIX 11 News, “It’s ridiculous quite frankly. He should be embarrassed by a lot of things that he has said and done since he was reelected.”

  37. 140 lovingandlaughing
    February 1, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I am trying to catch up on posts the last couple of days. Sick kiddos/husband so far I’ve been spared. I just want to say Thank You David Letterman! The cool/uncool was great! I must send him an note of thanks for his support of PBO and making Mitt Romney look like the fool he is! Is letterman on twitter?

  38. 141 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Heads Up TOD: FLOTUS is going to be on Rachel Ray today. Check your local listings.

  39. February 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

  40. 147 Canuck Joyce
    February 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Good morning friends!
    Dust off your shoulders and keep your eyes on the prize. All this posturing from the kkklown kar is done to get u all worked up and lose ur focus. Keep your chins high and press on!

  41. 148 lovingandlaughing
    February 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, I just watched that MSNBC clip above. Reverand Al , Rev Al, Rev Al! This is his time. I am so thankful for him. Keep it up Rev Al, our country needs you!

  42. 149 Linda
    February 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    ‘Gasland’ Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans

    WASHINGTON — In a stunning break with First Amendment policy on Capitol Hill, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Republicans also denied the entrance of a credentialed ABC News news team that was attempting to film the event.

    Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Gasland” was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing. The meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment had been taking place in room 2318 of the Rayburn building. Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, is currently seeking to secure a procedural maneuver that would allow the detained film crew to re-enter the hearing, which is open to the public. Miller’s motion is not expected to succeed.

    It is unclear at the time of this writing whether the journalists will face charges.

    “Gasland” received strong critical acclaim and takes a critical eye toward the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a process in which several tons of highly pressurized water and chemicals are injected into the ground, allowing valuable natural gas to escape. The practice is decried by ecological experts for destroying ecosystems and polluting groundwater. The energy industry keeps the actual content of fracking chemicals secret.

    Fox had hoped to film Wednesday’s hearing for a follow-up to “Gasland.” A colleague of Fox’s at his production company was unable to comment on the morning’s events, but HuffPost expects a statement soon and will update this story accordingly.

    Fox did not have formal Capitol Hill credentials, but such formalities are rarely enforced against high-profile journalists. Temporary passes are easy to obtain, and if Republicans had objected on procedural grounds, they could have simply sent the the crew to the front desk, rather than ordering police to arrest journalists. The right to a free press is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Documentary crews are almost never denied access to public meetings of elected government officials.

    A separate ABC News crew, which did have official Capitol Hill credentials, was also denied access to the public hearing.



  43. 150 meabloom
    February 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    FLOTUS is next!!!!

  44. 152 Marlz (@marjgra)
    February 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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