evening all

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President Barack Obama talks with Anand Srinivasan, 15, in the Blue Room, Feb. 7, 2012, during the second annual White House Science Fair celebrating student winners of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. Srinivasan, a sophomore from Roswell High School in Roswell, Ga., was a finalist in the Google Science Fair for his project, which examines the use of electroencephalography (EEG) and prosthetic technology to make a more functional artificial limb. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Bloomberg: The U.S. is the closest it has been in almost 20 years to achieving energy self-sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo triggered a recession and led to lines at gasoline stations.

Domestic oil output is the highest in eight years. The U.S. is producing so much natural gas that, where the government warned four years ago of a critical need to boost imports, it now may approve an export terminal. Methanex Corp., the world’s biggest methanol maker, said it will dismantle a factory in Chile and reassemble it in Louisiana to take advantage of low natural gas prices….

The result: The U.S. has reversed a two-decade-long decline in energy independence, increasing the proportion of demand met from domestic sources over the last six years to an estimated 81 percent through the first 10 months of 2011 … That would be the highest level since 1992.

…. The transformation, which could see the country become the world’s top energy producer by 2020, has implications for the economy and national security – boosting household incomes, jobs and government revenue; cutting the trade deficit; enhancing manufacturers’ competitiveness; and allowing greater flexibility in dealing with unrest in the Middle East.

… The last time the U.S. achieved energy independence was in 1952…. The shift to increased energy independence is also the result of government policies to depress oil demand …. Automakers have agreed to raise the fuel economy of the vehicles they sell in the U.S. to a fleetwide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 under an agreement last year with the Obama administration.

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ThinkProgress: While Catholic leaders and Republicans have distorted the Obama administration’s rule requiring employers to provide contraception at no additional cost, a majority of Americans, including a majority of Catholics, support such a requirement, according to a new poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. The requirement garners support from 55 percent of Americans and 58 percent of Catholics, though the number is slightly lower (52 percent) for Catholic voters. As Igor Volsky reported today, many Catholic hospitals and universities already cover contraception in their health plans.

ThinkProgress: … Twenty-eight states already require organizations that offer prescription insurance to cover contraception and since 98 percent of Catholic women use birth control, many Catholic institutions offer the benefit to their employees. For instance, a Georgetown University spokesperson told ThinkProgress yesterday that employees “have access to health insurance plans offered and designed by national providers to a national pool. These plans include coverage for birth control”.

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New Yorker: ….. Romney is relying on a media offensive managed by operatives who have long been at the heart of Washington’s Republican attack machine. One of the leaders of this advertising war is Larry McCarthy, a veteran media consultant best known for creating the racially charged “Willie Horton ad,” which, in 1988, helped sink Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee for President.

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262 Responses to “evening all”

  1. February 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Good evening folks

  2. 6 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm


  3. 21 anniebella
    February 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Looks like lots of fun. I am betting on FLOTUS to win. But I shall see tonight.

  4. February 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    10:30 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    11:00 AM
    Obama meets with senior advisers.
    12:45 PM
    Carney briefs the press.
    2:00 PM
    Obama attends the Democratic Senate Caucus Retreat.
    4:00 PM
    Obama and Biden meet with Secretary of State Clinton.


    I am waiting for the next Bus trip! That really gets the RNC goat!

    • 33 jacquelineoboomer
      February 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm


      Thanks for the schedule. Wonder if the President’s remarks at the Senate retreat will be covered, as they were at the House retreat?

  5. 34 Robert
    February 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    good evening everyone, i hope everyone is well. Its my sincere wish that Romney receives a large helping of crow tonight. He is as shady and dishonest as they come.

  6. February 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I think Michelle is entitled to at least 3 pts. in Obama’s expanding lead over the Mittster. LOL

  7. 37 ChristiMTL
    February 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    FLOTUS is so much fun….! She’s great.

    • 38 anniebella
      February 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      ChristiMTL, I’m agreeing with you 1000%. FLOTUS is the best.

      • 39 ChristiMTL
        February 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

        I was thinking about that the other day, looking at her during the breakfast prayer, it was early in the morning…she looked absolutely gorgeous as usual….

        I couldn’t help but laugh at the difference between FLOTUS’ morning routine and mine….how early she gets up, her hour and 1/2 workout in the morning…..

        My first thoughts when I wake up is this: ”Oh no, is it morning already?”…I crawl out of bed, take my shower,….the water is so hot that I could steam vegetables at the same time….and that’s it. It doesn’t wake me up, it just make me sleepier.

        I start working at 9 but my brain usually wake up around 11……

        I wish I had one tenth of her motivation!

        • 40 Pamela
          February 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

          It occurs to me many of those fat ass GOP (you know who I am thinking of) had better be wary of our FLOTUS, she is not just another pretty face! She is one tough cookie!

  8. February 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Wow! Their goes Ron Paul lying about the Defense bill. Basically saying the President is now part of the SS patrol!
    BS! He is just pandering to his libertarian freaks!

    • 42 nintendowii10
      February 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      I think it’s been long past that we ignore Ron Paul and quit concern trolling over what he says. He has about as much chance as winning as Sean Hannity getting waterboarded for charity. We need to focus on Mitt and supporting ProritiesUSA SUPER PAC.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      And you best believe Paul is going to make sure his district gets all the federal dollars from this bill that he can. Of course then he’ll conveniently vote against it. He’s a huckster from way back. That’s some old school bait and switch.

  9. 46 utaustinliberal
    February 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Hands down we have the coolest administration ever! At the helm are two of the coolest leaders in the world. First POTUS champions the awesomeness that is the STEM field and then FLOTUS kicks ass by showing how fun healthy living is/can be. Boy oh boy do I looooooooooooooooove living in the age of Obama!

    • 47 Robert
      February 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      I completely agree 1000 %.

    • 48 GGail
      February 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Well said ut
      I too love living in the “age of Obama”!

      Jimmy Kimmel is on point with this segment. He’s young enough to do what the other late night talk show hosts could never pull off!

  10. February 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    “Bust it
    This here’s a tale for all the fellas,
    try to do what those ladies tell us,
    get shot down cuz you’re over zealous.
    play hard to get females get jealous.
    Ok, smarty, go to a party.
    girls are scantilly clad and showin’ body,
    a chick walks by, ya wish ya could sex her,
    but she’s in another world like you was poindexter.
    Next day’s function, high class luncheon.
    Food is served, and you’re stone cold munchin’.
    Music comes on, people start to dance,
    but then you ate so much you nearly split your pants.
    A girl starts walkin’, guys start gawkin’,
    sits down next to you and starts talkin’.
    Says she wanna dance cuz she likes to groove,
    so come on, fatso, and just bust a move .

  11. 56 nintendowii10
    February 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Looks like the SuperPac outrage from the fake left is exactly like their outrage in 2008 when candidate Obama decided to forgo public financing. The fake left cried their crocodile tears, and Obama STILL won.

    And it’s telling that they’re cowering behind Feingold, the man who confirmed the very judges who support Citizens United. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s revealed that Feingold is being paid by the Koch Bros to attack the President over SuperPacs, yet the fake left is still buying the outright lie that Feingold is standing for liberal principles by attacking the President over telling us to donate to ProritiesUSA Super Pac. Feingold continues to demonstrate he truly does NOT know how to fight, hence why he is FORMER Senator Feingold and is partially to blame for, incidentally enough, a Citizens United funded Republican taking his seat and a Citizens United funded Governor now being recalled.

    • 57 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      I dare the following people to release their tax returns for the last 8 years:

      Michael Moore
      Dylan Ratigan

      Let’s see who’s REALLY paying them…

  12. 58 hopefruit2
    February 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I can’t believe Santorum AND Paul are beating Romney in Minnesota. No wonder the media is trying to distract us with other topics like Syria (CNN) and contraception/prop 8 (MSNBC).

  13. February 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    what did BriWi mean by “the frivolity”???? when he showed the picture of PBO with the science fair kids?

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      There was some pretty crazy fun stuff today at the Science fair, so they probably showed that. One kid had a cannon that shot marshmallows and PBO wanted to see how it worked. Silly but great fun for all.

  14. February 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I have been gone all day and just got back to my comput so I had to spend some time going over the last couple of posts which, unfortunately for you, has prompted me to make a few comments and kill 26 birds with one stone, so to speak.
    But first, a little personal news. One of the reasons I was gone all day was my younger son was defending his PhD dissertation in History today at Northwestern. His wife couldn’t get out of work so he asked his mom and i to be there for moral support. If you knew him, you would realize what a big thing that was for him to include us. Anyway, he came out afterwards almost in tears, but we found out they were tears of joy. After 10 years he was told that his dissertation was one of the best they have had in the past several years and he should definitely publish it either as a book or as a series of articles in a scholarly magazine.
    The rest of the day was spent with my doing job interviews. I was part of one of the first time unemployment claims figuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuin the last report and now I want to be part of the new jobs reports. They went well, but I have learned in my life not to count those chickens too early.
    Now on to things of more substance.
    First regarding the Clint Eastwood Chrysler ad. Personally, I was one of those who didn’t see it as aolmost being a commercial for the Obama campaign. But I am thriloled that Rove and other Republicans have made such a big deal of it. First, it has expanded exposure of the ad, and when people view it, they will have that perception of it being a positive statement of the bailout in the back of their minds, and for those who are conservative but view Eastwood as a trustw2orthy inbdividual, it can have an influence.

    Second, rgarding the contraceptive controversy. I really don’t think this will have much meaning for the election. Those Catholics who are against birth control are also those Catholics that are against abortion and would never vote for Obama anyway.The larger point, however, is that by refusing to allow for birth control pills to be covered by the insurancethese institutions which any many non-Catholics employed are trying to dictate to those non-Catholics on the matter of birth control. Additionally, birth control pills are used for many things other than just to prevent a pregnancy. There are many disorders where BCPs are prescribed as regular treatment.

    On to the whole Super PAC issue. Again, there is somewhat of a misreporting on the whole issue. The Obama campaign has, in the past, been disocouraging their supporters from donating to those PACs. Basically now, they are just saying we won’t disapprove any more and will provide some support. They are not necessarily saying that people should give to the PACs, just not telling them not to. Secondly, one of thngs they are being very insistent on is telling the PACs to be very open with naming who has provided donations, unlike the RW PACs. I was interested to get Bill Pr3ess’ take on this this morning as I driving my on. He has been one of those PLers who has been very critical of Obama in the past. Today he basically came out and said that it was about time. Sure, it is nice to have a principle to stand on, but standing on a principle never put out a fire and a major confagration is what we will have if Romney wins in November.

    Finally, Michelle is one fine woman, in every sense of the word.

    • 70 nospin
      February 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      “Michelle is one fine woman, in every sense of the word.”

      and she is uber intelligent and baddass too! POTUS has an amazing woman at his side.

      Congrats to your son and I wish you much success in your job search.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Big congrats on a really big day for you and your family. I hope you and your son find work that you love.

      To me it just seems like another day of hot air. None of this will matter in a week or so.

      FLOTUS is one of the best things to happen to our country in decades. Truly astonishing woman who provides a shining example of what it’s like to take care of one’s self, be healthy and happy. I think she’s really found her pace with all her projects and it shows. She’s beaming all the time.

    • 72 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Congratulations on your son’s dissertation defense! They say that good news comes in threes so hope you are successful in getting one (or two) job offers from the interviews 🙂 And I agree about the superPACS. The media is just looking for a distraction at this point – so they will try to make a mountain out of a molehill for anything PBO does.

    • 73 GGail
      February 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      japa21, congratulations to your son. You and your wife and his wife must be very proud!

      And yes, our First Lady is very fine in every sense of the word.

      I wish you success in your employment search.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Japa, what fantastic news about your son – congratulations to him, and to you!

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      congratulations yo your son, japa. You must be really proud of him.

    • 78 desertflower
      February 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Nice roundup, japa21! First, a huge congratulations to your son! HUGE!!! My husband is ABD…and life got in the way…so I know what it takes to get this far and to have worked so hard and to have that huge compliment in support of his dissertation.Way to go….you must be VERY proud:)

      The rest of the noise is just that. Noise. They got nothing and they are getting desperate. They think that divide and conquer is the way to get votes? Good luck with that. The fact that Romney (when he was more liberal…in his other life) has done ALL the things that PBO has done, won’t go over real well in the GE. How does he even defend that? He’s an arrogant ass…and will be exposed as just that…soon enough.I hope that arrogant ass is served up on a platter come November.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Congrats on your family’s good news!

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Japa, congratulations on your son. That is a very big deal and he deserves a tremendous amount of credit and good luck on your job hunt. Agree with all your points and also agree that there is a lot of faux outrage going on that will fade away at the first sign of another shining object.

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Congratulations on your son’s dissertation!! What a thrill – you and your wife must be extremely proud. And how nice that you were there to witness it – even though you weren’t in the room, your strength was in the room with him. He probably couldn’t wait to come out and tell you all the wonderful things they said about him in that room.

    • 82 nathkatun7
      February 8, 2012 at 2:07 am

      Congrats on your son’s successful defense of his PhD dissertation. You must be a proud Papa! From what you’ve been contributing to this blog and other pragmatic progressive blogs, it is no wonder your son is so smart. What’s that saying about the apple not falling far from the tree? I always enjoy reading your thoughtful commentaries. The other points you made in your comment are so spot-on. You are also absolutely right: First Lady, Michelle Obama, is an amazing person. She is not only smart, but she has such tremendous zest for life. She is a role model to my daughter, my nieces, and my grand niece who is Maria’s age. They all love Michelle and the entire Obama family.

      Best of luck on your job search.

  15. 83 nospin
    February 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I am loving that clip. Especially the part where Fallon gets whacked in the face.

  16. 84 collegekay
    February 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Flippin’ through channels I saw Santorum leading Minnesota (or was it Missouri? one of em) 50% and Romney with 28%.


  17. February 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    MO poll results

    with about 12% reporting, lil ricky kicking the nuts of rmoney 51 to 28%.

    PBO declared winner in dem primary with nearly 87%.

  18. February 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    went to msnbFOX to check out Rev Al’s show which I missed but got caught up in an awesome pic of PBO and the marshmallow machine. Clicked on it and it took me to a Nightly News vid on the right hand side, there is a column of vids and one is entitled: “Obama’s campaign flip-flops on superpacs”—-WTF?!!!! What’s wrong with Brian Williams? Is that ass for real?!!!

  19. February 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    This is somewhat OT, but I still have to share it with you guys. Over the weekend I was in a very bad car accident. The car is gone and the fact that I sit here and type this post is a complete miracle. I’m pretty sure that I’m still in shock, because I didn’t even cry since it happened, even though I really should have. All that until I saw that group hug of PBO and those young girls, and started to cry for about an hour. I feel a little better now, though it’s going to take some time to get over the trauma. I’m telling you all that just so I can say how much I love you all, even if I don’t know you. Thanks for creating this wonderful home.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      oh, BWD! I’m so glad that you are here with us. I hope you know that even in times of disagreement, we all love and care for each other, especially you and Chips.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Thankk God you’re ok, bwd. Forget about the car. Did you go to hospital and check yourself out ?

      • 98 Mel
        February 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        BWD we love as well sorry about the accident and please take care of yourself we are here for you
        you can count on all of us.

    • 99 GGail
      February 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Ooooooo BWD – I’m so sorry to hear about your accident and Thank God that you are still with us.
      You are in my thoughts and prayers.


    • 100 anniebella
      February 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      blackwaterdog, I am so sorry to hear about you being in a terrible accident, but I am so glad you are alright. Things could have been alot worse, so I thank God that you are okay. Know you are in my prayers always. Bless you.

    • 101 ChristiMTL
      February 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Wow, I’m glad you’re ok BWD!…..

    • 102 Pamela
      February 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      BWD, bless that you are okay. Is there anything we can do to help? You are so loved by so many of us who followed you here to TOD, and who would follow you anywhere. Hugs to you dear. 😦

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      BWD, my heart goes out to you. I wish I could physically do something for you. You created a home for a lot of us last year and I am glad you feel like this is a home to you. And as far as love goes, this is a progressive blog, not a RW one, so there is a lot of love here to share.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      I am glad you are ok!

    • 106 Ladyhawke
      February 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      BWD, I am so sorry to hear that you were in a car accident. I am glad that you are ok. As I read your comment, all I could think of was a sign that I have hung above my front door that I look at each day when I leave the house to run errands or whatever. The sign simply says


      Those three words are very powerful. As you come to grips with the trauma you experienced, I am sure those words will ring true. I am proud to be a member of the TOD family. And I am thrilled to be in a position to support you through this difficult time. I am thinking of you and wishing you well. Take care. LH

    • 107 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      BWD – I’m so sorry to hear of your accident but thank goodness you were not seriously hurt and are here with us!!! Hope you continue to heal emotionally as time goes by. That group hug is indeed a thing of beauty and very therapeutic!!!

    • 108 nospin
      February 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      BWD I am grateful that all is well with you and hopefully everyone else who was involved in the accident.

      Take care of yourself.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm


      so glad that you are ok. you take care.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Oh BWD, so thankful you are here to tell us about it. Make sure you take care of your body. There are plenty of after shocks that show up.

      I agree about the group hug. I started to cry. It was so emotional. What other President has been so loving and caring. Yes we can!!!!

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Oh BWD, you know, I wondered about you because you weren’t on Twitter very much the last few days, but it never dawned on me to get in touch and ask if everything was okay. I’m so sorry that you’ve been through this horrible experience, but so relieved that you’re okay – physically, at least. Please look after yourself, I’m sure the trauma of something like that can hit very hard in the days after. Love ya endlessly, my friend.

    • 112 Marlz (@marjgra)
      February 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Hi BWD . . . so sorry to hear about your accident and happy that you were not hurt.

      About you crying, this is what this President does to us. He brings out this “feeling” in us, sometimes we are unable to identify or explain what that feeling is. I am glad that finally you were able to shed the pent up tears.

      Just know that we LOVE you . . . we are family . . . and we are all in this together.

      Stay well.

    • 113 utaustinliberal
      February 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Thank Goodness you’re ok BWD. So happy that you’re safe and sound. Sending warm and comforting thoughts your way.

    • 114 Frenchie08
      February 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Now my tears are flowing. I am so happy that you are OK. You had your miracle so that you can continue to be a blessing to all of us here. Lots of love coming your way BWD!

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      *~*~*~*~*~*healing vibes, BWD*~*~*~*~*~*

    • 116 QuietObserver
      February 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      So glad that you are safe BWD!

      I also love this place. I’ve been lurking lately because I’ve been preoccupied; and then just yesterday, I learned that my dad has been diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, he still has some options for treatment and recovery, but there is a lot to be done, and QUICK. (Speaking of car crashes, he was once in a major car accident too, and came through safely with some surgery and recovery). I am stressed but still very hopeful/expectant of a good outcome here as well.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      ((((((((( BWD))))))))

    • 124 collegekay
      February 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm


    • 125 desertflower
      February 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      OMG, BWD. I’m so glad that you’re alright! What a scary thing to have happen…and thank you for sharing with this amazing online family. Love you back. You and Chips are the reasons why so many of us are here and engaged. Hugs to you, BWD….I hope the trauma from this goes away soon and you feel at peace/ safe again.

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Oh my gosh, BWD. I’m so sorry to hear you went through something so completely frightening and very grateful you are OK. I was in a car accident many years ago and I didn’t want to get out of bed for 2 days. There is a lot of delayed reaction. It was really scary. But the important thing is that we humans are amazing at healing. Take a deep breath and exhale often.

      When I heard PBO talk about those girls from that poor town in Texas I really teared up. I’m quite sure they will never ever forget the support and encouragement from him. His kindness and acknowledgement of those young people who struggle to achieve their dreams is so moving, it just really affects me.

      Please take good care. xoxo

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Oh, Goodness BWD. I hope you are doing alright. I know carcrashes can be hell. Even when you make it out intact as you seemed to have, it still mentally troubles you for awhile. Just take all the time you need to get back on the road, BWD. This will pass.

    • 128 JoJothecat
      February 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      {{{{{BWD}}}}} My heart stopped when I saw the hugs and well wishes i hurried scrolling up to see what happend. I am so sorry to hear you were in a accident…I hope you got yourself checked out well, if you have not, please please do so. You can always replace a car…we can’t replace our health. Close your eyes and feel our collective group hug around PBO giving you a hug.

    • 129 AnitaW
      February 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Thank God you are okay. Sorry about your car, but it can be replaced. You not so much. Stay strong and if you drink have a glass of wine to settle the nerves. We need your snappy witt back here at TOD.

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      BWD, what a terrible experience. I hope you have someone who can provide a shoulder to cry on and just be there for you. I truly thank God that you made it and are able to talk about it. And God bless our president for providing you with a chance for relief, even if he wasn’t aware of it. Please, please be good to yourself and give yourself the patience to heal.

    • 131 Proud of Obama
      February 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm


      So happy you are ok. I went through something similar in 2010. Had five surgeries and could not walk for 12 weeks. Then had to use a walker and cane for many, many weeks. Am still recovering, but thankful to be here. Cry when you need to; it helps a lot. Wishing you the best.

    • 132 EDP4BHO
      February 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Sorry about your accident, bwd, but be at peace now.. Hugs to you !!

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{GROUP HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} BWD…we love you so much. I’m so sorry to hear this happened, but am thrilled you’re still with us. What a blessing. Healing, Healing, Healing all the way around.

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      BWD – so glad that you came out in one piece. The car can be replaced – you can’t! I hope you’re not injured, and will be out of shock soon. This fight for the White House just wouldn’t be the same without you! 🙂

    • 136 sjterrid
      February 7, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear you were in a car accident, Im gad you weren’t seriously heart. Although I’m sure it will take time to recover from the trauma. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

      • February 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

        Our((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((BWD)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) please take in some of the goodness of our energy right now wherever you may be. I am crying healing tears for you, BWD. I am so grateful that were strong enough to share with us. I am so full right now, but I am grateful that you are fine as far as you are able to see.

        Oh BWD, I wish so much that I could be there to make you a cup or your favorite tea or coffee or a nice bowl of soup to sip on. I went and lit some candles and the music was already playing, so my vibes are being lifted up for you, BWD.

        Take into your sweet spirit, beautiful, warm, and loving spirit the gentle and loving spirits from our souls to comfort you tonight. Let our (((((((((((Hugs))))))))))) surround you right now. Be peaceful as much as you can. Oh, please know that our hearts are filled with nothing but gratefulness for your safety tonight.

        Be quiet, cry, if you must, and know that you are having so much love sent your way right now. You sent me here to Chips, and now I send my prayers of thanksgiving for your beautiful life that is shared with me and all of our TOD Family. Be sweet and good to yourself now, please. My candles are lit for you. Peace and gentleness of thoughts, our dear BWD. (((((((((Lovingly Sweet Spirit Touch You,BWD))))))))))HZ

    • February 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      I just said a prayer for you, Blackwaterdog. May you recover in all ways, and recover quickly.

    • 139 Dudette
      February 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      BWD, you are a treasure to us all. I am so glad that you are still with us. Please take good care of yourself both physically and spiritually. We love you!

    • February 8, 2012 at 12:58 am

      Oh, blackwaterdog, so sorry to hear about your accident! you are very dear to so many of us for your courage and groundbreaking work blogging the president. I hope you have suffered no injuries and will be well in spite of the emotional trauma. I am so pleased that seeing the president’s magnificent spirit on display in the group hug provided you with a much needed release from shock. Hang in there, dear BWD, hero!

    • 141 nathkatun7
      February 8, 2012 at 2:30 am

      Really terrible news about your car accident! ThankGod you are o.k. blackwaterdog! You mean so much to many of us! I know I’ve never met you in person, but I was able to experience your spirit of love and courage. It’s you who provided me a home to voice my support for this incredible President. It was you who provided me a home to vent against those who were unfairly attacking the President. It was you who kept feeding me positive information about the President in order to counter the negativity from the right, the emoprogs and lazy MSM. Finally, It was you who linked me to this wonderful site run by Chipsticks, which has filled the shoes you left when you took a rest.

      I pray that you recover well. As someone who survived a car accident 35 years ago I still have vivid memories of that acvident. Like you, my car was completely totaled. I spent a month in the hospital recovering from injuries. It took me time to get over the trauma. So I know It will take time to get over your trauma. But you are such a strong person and you will eventually overcome this tragedy. Please know that there are many of us who love you and are thinking about you as you go through this difficult time.

      Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    • 142 susanne
      February 8, 2012 at 3:54 am

      pretty late at night, but i just saw your post, and want to add my few words of encouragement. it means so much after a shocking event to have a safe place to let your feelings go. i can just see you reacting to that photo of pbo with the girls, and feeling him hugging you, too. well, that’s all of us here, just putting our arms around you to say, thank god you’re okay!

    • February 8, 2012 at 3:56 am

      BWD I am so sorry to hear about your accident and so glad that you are here with us. PLEASE take care of yourself and get any help you need. We love you loads here at TOD and I send you a big hug.

  20. 145 Pamela
    February 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. Ladies, you must pop into the store to check out the WFO gear, if you haven’t already seen it! Awesome!

  21. February 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    even rick fucking sanotorum is able to breach the 50% mark when pathetic willard …..

  22. February 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Is noot not ion ballot in MO ?

  23. February 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Missouri turnout significantly lower than in 08.


  24. February 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    A couple more quick comments. I always get a kick when people say, for example, they don’t want their tax dollars to py for abortions or their insurance premiums to pay for contraceptives, etc. These people obvioulsy have no idea how insurance works. Their premiums don’t get put away in a special box with their names on it, or even their employers name. It goes into a vast pool of funds from which payments are made. Just because a specific policy does not cover abortion or contraceptives does not mean thet your premium dollars are not helping pay for those things.
    The other thing relates to the clip with the marshmallow air cannon. I was running that clip with my wife watching. Afterwards I turned and said to my wife “How can people call him aloof and unable to connect with people?” And she remarked that you could tell he was not just going through the motions and that he was genuinely engaged with the kids and interested in what they had done. If this had been done when Bush was there, he would have just gone in there, said cngratulations and left, and then asked when the rugrats were leaving.

  25. February 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  26. February 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm


  27. 162 ChristiMTL
    February 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    What does it mean…non binding?

  28. February 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Santorum has just been named winner in Missouri. And he leads in Colorado and Minn. What a circus.

  29. 168 GGail
    February 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    It doesn’t look good for Mitt in either of the three states tonight.

  30. February 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Gloria Swansons son on CNN dies not look happy, that Robney is losing!

    CNN does not have that buzz, like when Robney wins.

    They look Marose!

    Check them out!

  31. 186 ChristiMTL
    February 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    They must freak out on CNN

  32. 187 JoJothecat
    February 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Anyone see Rachel Maddow tonight? Towards the end she does a good spot on the fake outrage over the contraception issue going around on the airwaves.

  33. 191 hopefruit2
    February 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    CO (with 7% of precincts reporting)!

    Santorum, Rick GOP 202 50%
    Gingrich, Newt GOP 87 21%
    Romney, Mitt GOP 77 19%

    • 192 desertflower
      February 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      What a hot mess.

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      You ever notice when Republucans on tv refer to the President, they all say Barack Obama. Not one calls him the President!
      Also, this is subliminal…

      • 194 Dudette
        February 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        I notice it. all the time. And, unfortunately, it’s not just Republicans. Our president get disrespect thrown at him from all corners.

        God bless him, he just brushes the stupid stuff off his shoulders and keeps pressing on!

    • 195 cos
      February 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      What happenend to Mittens in these states? Did he campaign at all in any of the states.

      • February 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        Not much, by the sounds of it, but still ….. a truly awful night for him so far. Whatever about Missouri and Minnesota, if he was to lose Colorado (although it’s way too early to know) too, oh boy!!!

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      LOL!!! Frothy is the new “Not Mitt.”

      • 198 Dudette
        February 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        Ha ha! He waited patiently for his turn, didn’t he? Keep the popcorn handy and warm up the violins. He’ll be flaming out miserably over the next few weeks, followed by a tearful campaign suspension and exit stage left, er… I mean right.

  34. 199 cos
    February 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I usually am already logged in when I turn on my computer. I may have a comment pending.

  35. February 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    BWD, we all have so much appreciation and love for you. Hope you get better and keep us posted on how you are doing.

  36. February 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve got my issues with Rachel Maddow, but the segment she just did on the birth control contraversy when she called out those “60-something pundits” who are using GOP talking points to make this more of an issue than it should be.

    Kudos to Maddow.

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Take that Tweety and EJ Dionne.

    • 204 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      I’m waiting to hear Tweety’s rebuttal on that issue tomorrow. Please pass me some popcorn 🙂

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      It should be obvious by now that the rethugs believe that all our economic problems revolve around you ladies va-jayjays. As soon as they get a handle on its productivity everything will fall into place. Right? 😉

      • 207 Pamela
        February 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm

        Hows-a ’bout we all start talking vasectomy, hmmm, that oughtta get them shakin’ in their shoes! Yardarm, no fair making me laugh so hard: “you ladies va jayjays “…. Hee! (man, predictive text REALLY does not like that word!)

      • 208 GGail
        February 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        And they’ve been at it for many many years and still aren’t successful.

        What’s that saying about insanity…..

        • February 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

          Don’t know what it is. A lot of ’em spend 9 months struggling to get out and the rest of their lives tryin’ to get back in or real close. 😀

          • 210 nathkatun7
            February 8, 2012 at 2:51 am

            Yardarm, that was absolutely delicious humor! I suppose a good example of what you are saying is Senator “Diaper Dave” of the great Christian Right Wing State of Louisiana.

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Just imagine what would happen, if 50% of the population actually boycotted the rethugs for once and went with the dems. Can’t understand women, minorities voting for rethugs at all.

  37. February 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    daymn, Is it going to be a willard wipe-out in all three states today y ? lil ricky seems to be beating tar out of mitt in all 3.

    way to go willard.

  38. February 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I just heard Santorum won Missouri! What happened to the Momittum? Hell,I don’t blame the repubs I don’t like him either!

    • 214 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Santorum is on track to win at least two caucuses this evening. Plus even if Romney wins Colorado, he’s still way underperforming compared to his 2008 (when he wasn’t even the frontrunner!) performance.

      Howard Fineman has no choice but to sadly accept the truth that Romney is a poor frontrunner. I can’t wait to hear Morning Joke and Chuck Todd tomorrow. The media haz a sad.

    • 215 cos
      February 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      I can’t believe that I am agreeing with ole Howard Fineman about Romney tonight. 🙂

  39. February 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    All the money in the world, can’t make people like you enough, to want to vote for you.

  40. February 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    In 2008, apparently 600K rethugs turned out for MO primary. Today, they’ll be lucky if they cross 1/3rd of that.

    Great voter enthusiasm.

  41. February 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Right On! Just got back from our Caucus where we were able to garner good support for PBO! w00t 🙂

  42. 226 utaustinliberal
    February 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Oh snap! Santorum won Missouri and just won Minnesota. The Romney camp is trying to down play Santorum’s win, saying it isn’t a big deal that their candidate and presumed front runner just TANKED in a primary and a caucus. They’re trying to make out as though they had no dog in the fight. Hahahahahaha. Romney haz a sad.

  43. February 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Everybody is talking about using and not using Rubbers.
    Did I ever tell you the story about the Birds and the bees!

  44. February 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    If lil ricky wins all three states today, then he would have won more states than willard. Shouldn’t he be then be declared as the “presumptive fucking nominee” ?

  45. February 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    NBC News projecting the Rick Santorum wins Minnesota.

    I love how CNN likes to wait “for all the votes” when their projections from earlier in the day is not coming to fruition.

  46. 234 hopefruit2
    February 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Chuck Todd must be taking an extra shot of vodka tonight to numb the pain. NBC just projected Santorum the winner in Minnesota. So that’s two out of three so far.

  47. February 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  48. 239 desertflower
    February 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Nice post by Smartpants…reminding us why PBO supports science. I especially liked this:

    “Promoting science isn’t just about providing resources, it is also about protecting free and open inquiry,” Obama said. “It is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it’s inconvenient especially when it’s inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.”

    I love my President.

  49. 241 Ladyhawke
    February 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I just watched a good segment on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. He interviewed Jane Mayer and John Harwood. jane Mayer is terrific. She basically said it’s really silly to be criticizing President Obama about the superpacs because he is just playing by the rules that are in place. Lawrence referred to an article she has in The New Yorker that sounds like a good read.


    By Jane Mayer – New Yorker Magazine

    The creator of the Willie Horton ad is going all out for Mitt Romney.


  50. February 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    CNN just told me that Santorums valedictorian speech is going to be scathing the President.

    So, when it cones on, Change the damn channel.


    • 244 cos
      February 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Santorum only talks about religion and abortion. He should enjoy this while he can. He will not be the nominee and will never win the presidency.

  51. February 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Whoa! I didn’t see this coming, but what little I do know about politics, you could fit on a thumbnail.

  52. 246 AnitaW
    February 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    TIVO set for FLOTUS and Jimmy Fallon tonight. WOOT!

  53. 247 hopefruit2
    February 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    So why is the Colorado vote count stuck on the same for the last HOUR? Are they manipulating the votes to make Romney win when he has in fact lost CO?

  54. February 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    (((BWD))) get well soon !

  55. 250 vero804
    February 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Damn, Larry O is bugging out on this contraception issue. He has some dude on the show who’s apoplectic about this rule. Larry has no one on the administrations side is the story. This Rule is gonna get changed. The forces against it are all over the place slamming the president. They have officially made it an issue, eventhough it’s a nonissue in my book. I’m shocked at how much this issue has been blown out of proportion.

  56. 254 eveingeorgia
    February 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm


    I “lost” your and DonnaDem’s fundraising information. (I don’t know how!) Please send one more time. Some friends and I are trying to get more donations flowing and we want to list your sites. I’ll hold on this time.

  57. 259 desertflower
    February 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Want to laugh? Louie Gommert reminds me of my next door neighbor….who, by the way, wondered over to my house yesterday and stood in my driveway, staring at the ass end of my car. I was in my husband’s office and happened to notice some guy just standing there…I said, Why is that guy just STANDING in our driveway? I think it’s the crazy neighbor from next door!”

    My husband opened the window and basically asked WTH? The guy muttered something about old people (he IS one) and the fact that they (a bunch of old people) had managed to put up 6 cameras up a palm tree and were SPYING on us. OH DEAR! Told my husband that he had 6 hours of video on the cameras in the palm tree….wanted to let us know to be careful. Good Lord.

    Anyway…THAT guy reminds me of Goober, I mean Gommert…crazy assed conspiracy theorist wacko….and stupid to boot. Paranoid schizophrenic, more like.

  58. 260 Cheryllou
    February 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Good night everyone. I’m so exciting to see some on the momentum snuff out of Mitt Romney. I don’t like that man at all. Lawrence has a poll up, please take it. http://thelastword.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/07/10344843-poll-exceptions-to-the-birth-control-rule

  59. 261 LDS
    February 7, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Japa21, what a great feeling for you and your family. Enjoy every second and blessings on employment for the both of you.
    BWD, I am sort of new here. But comfortable enough to come out of the lurking mode.

    I just want to let you know that I am praying for your healing inside and out. I am so glad that you were able to cry, that is part of healing. I am equally happy that a picture as simple as a “group hug” allowed the flow of tears to start the process.

    It just confirms that we need four more years…..and then some of this wonderful President. If a picture can bring about healing, we will never know how his speeches are affecting people who are still suffering before he was elected into office.

    The healing process has begun and my prayer is that you come here often as you need for the love and respect that is freely offered here among family and friends. In between the pain and tears, as your spirit and body grows stronger, you will look back on this as only a test. And I have come to a realization that every test is meant to make us stronger and build our character.

    You are alive! You are a miracle! You are needed here. We have an Inauguration to attend. Much rest and peace.

  60. February 8, 2012 at 5:31 am

    “frivolity”??? WTF is wrong with Brian Williams?

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