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rise and shine

Morning everyone. I’m verrrrrrrrrrry late getting started today, give me an hour and I’ll catch up 😉


124 Responses to “rise and shine”


    • 2 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Well done, SS4PBO! Hey, weren’t you first yesterday? 😉 😉

      • February 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

        I know, right? I’ve been using The Force to be there at the right time. 🙂 What’s funny is that my schedule is typically insane and I’m rarely on this site until mid-day. I got into the office today to see what ‘the what’ was with the primaries last night. I knew Chip would be all over it. Seeing FLOTUS was a nice interim choice.

        • 4 Pamela
          February 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

          That makes it even lovelier! May The Force stay with you, and with our beloved President, and with Chips! Gotta get movin’ if I don’t want to make mince of this day! Bye everyone!

  1. 5 Betsy
    February 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Good morning StayingSteady. Here’s Steve Benen to start your day: The numbers were DOWN in the 3 GOP contests last night:

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/08/10350624-gop-turnout-troubles-continue

    • 6 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

      “an uninspired, listless party, underwhelmed by their field of candidates”! Who knew? Ha Ha Ha! Think they might be getting the picture?

      • 7 jacquelineoboomer
        February 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

        Yes! You feel like whispering in Santorum’s ear: Hey, Ricky, don’t get too excited – you beat a crazy dork, who beat two other crazy dorks. No big deal, buddy. One of you will have to run against the most-respected man in the universe! Good luck with that.

        • 8 anniebella
          February 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

          If I was a Republican, if I was one of the sane Republicans I would vote for Barack H. Obama. Looking at that GOP field, and the craziness of the party, I would vote for President Obama. Now I know the racists haters would never vote for President Obama regardless. But the ones who haven’t lost all common sense, the ones who don’t like what their party have become. To them I say vote Barack Obama, the only choice, the right choice, for America. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    • 9 relellit
      February 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Good morning TODville

      Betsy thanks for the Steve Benen link. Nothing starts my day better than reading Steve. I should add it keeps on getting better every time its proven the republicans are living in a fantasy world. Yup, Santorum is now the flavor of the week. I’m sure there will be a lot of frothy ice cream jokes floating around.

      It seems like we now have a new Bible Belt or the few who did come out did so because their hatred is so pronounced.

  2. 11 desertflower
    February 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Cutest thing ever:)

  3. February 8, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  4. 14 Betsy
    February 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Great video. Loved the fun they had together and it’s just nice to see Michelle Obama being appreciated openly like that.

  5. February 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

    our FLOTUS ROCKS !!!

  6. 16 utaustinliberal
    February 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

    FLOTUS’s cameo with Jimmy Fallon was incredibly funny and showed the benefits of her Let’s Move campaign. Jimmy was such a groupie. I loved it! He was so taken in by her charm, honesty, humor, and compassion. Great segment.

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      February 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Loved the way he said that when he thanked her, telling her how glad he was to be where he was, she said, “Yes, it’s THE WHITE HOUSE!” She always says that with such enthusiasm and her own real appreciation for where SHE is, every day. LOVE her.

  7. 18 Don
    February 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    If only Mitt were a religious nut, like say, Santorum, he would be a shoe in. But Mitt is just your garden variety millionaire that will try and move heaven and earth to avoid paying taxes. Mitt’s problem is that he hasn’t gone full right-wing Christian soldier like Santorum has. To put it another way, Mitt had better start speaking in tongues and holding up a snake above his head.

    • 19 AJ
      February 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

      BWAH!! Well put, Don! 🙂

    • 20 nospin
      February 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      “Mitt had better start speaking in tongues and holding up a snake above his head.”

      that was pretty funny. hah!

    • February 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Oh goodness – I just about choked on my coffee on that one, but it’s so true! 🙂

    • 22 busbus
      February 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Mitt Romney cannot afford to go, “full right-wing Christian soldier.” If he did this, then he will have to spend too much time explaining Mormonism and why it is not a “cult” as I understand many Christians believe it to be. Too many skeletons and controversies will be unearthed and brought to the forefront.

  8. 23 Cheryllou
    February 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    OMG!! I love love our FLOTUS!

  9. 24 Debz
    February 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Good morning all!! Thanks for putting up the video, I couldn’t stay awake long enough to watch FLOTUS last night. I also want to thank you Chips, for weeding out the whiners and trolls. It is a shame you have to do it, but I appreciate your determination to keep this site positive.

  10. 25 Lorraine
    February 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I absolutely adore Jimmy Fallon!!!! He is amazing! I loved his chemistry with First Lady Michelle. If you want to see this man’s incredible skills watch the Emmy Awards that he hosted, the opening number with the cast of Glee was brilliant! Born to Run!

  11. February 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Chips, I love, love, love that you block anti-Obama crap from your blog. Thank you SO much for being so vigilant and so steadfast. FU trolls! You are both misguided and miserable. Don’t appreciate all this great president has done? You’re idiots. And pathetic. Mostly, I feel sorry for you. Thankfully, you’re in the vast minority. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!! Love this site!

  12. February 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Morning, everyone. I so loved FLOTUS on Fallon’s. And Bo is just a star.

    Meanwhile, I can’t stop laughing about Mitt’s bus running into a ditch yesterday. The media is so freaked out they’ve pushed the contraception “issue’ to level 25! Pathetic.

    • 30 Debz
      February 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I have been laughing about the inevitable Mittens loss to a wing-nut too. I bet everyone at the White House has been rolling on the floor with laughter.

    • 31 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Haven’t seen the bus in the ditch info yet, but my oh my, how very poignant! How deserving! How good of him to bring into reality PBO’s analogy of the truth about what these people are up to! The ditch, Hee!

  13. February 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    R-Money’s Attack Dog
    by Anne Laurie

    In the New Yorker, the invaluable Jane Mayer explains how “the creator of the Willie Horton ad is going all out for Mitt Romney“:


    Romney, unlike the remaining Republican candidates, has served no time in Washington. Yet he’s 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.

    McCarthy, who is fifty-nine, helps direct the pro-Romney group Restore Our Future, one of the hundreds of new Super PACs—technically independent political-action committees set up by supporters of the candidates—that are dramatically reshaping the Presidential election. PACs have existed since the nineteen-forties, but for decades an individual donation was limited to five thousand dollars. The power of PACs increased exponentially in 2010, when the Supreme Court ruled that corporations, unions, and wealthy individuals could spend without limit—and pool their money in PACs—to influence elections, as long as they didn’t fund candidates directly. Super PACs have already injected fifty-six million dollars into the 2012 race, most of it going to negative advertising. Restore Our Future has spent seventeen million dollars—more than any other PAC—and fifteen million of that has gone to producing and airing ads made by McCarthy’s firm, McCarthy Hennings Media. By contrast, Romney’s official campaign has spent only eleven million on ads. The Super PAC is technically fighting a proxy battle on behalf of Romney, but in practice it has become the head warrior…

    ………………………………………………………….

    It’s well worth reading the entire article; McCarthy seems to have been associated with all the dirtest of the many dirty GOP campaigns during the past 25 years. Perhaps it’s for the best that Mayer’s article has been posted when the debate over President Obama ‘endorsing’ Super PAC donations is fresh; it includes the ominous sentence “Though both parties are outsourcing their dirty work to Super PACs this year, the main PAC supporting President Barack Obama, Priorities U.S.A. Action, has raised less than half the money collected by Restore Our Future.”

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/02/08/r-moneys-attack-dog/

  14. February 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Santorum is not on Illinois ballot and Virginia!

    LOL!

    • 35 anniebella
      February 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Santorum isn’t any better than Mitt or Newt or Paul. Don’t anyone talk to me about Rick Santorum and his religion, because if he was so religious he wouldn’t have lied about the time he said black people and he tried t say he said blah. Then when that woman said President Obama wasn’t qualified to be President, and he was a Muslim, a true religious man would have said he was born in the country so he is qualified and he is not a Muslim. Santorum is just as bad as the rest of them.

  15. February 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Payroll tax fight to go down to the wire
    By Steve Benen – Wed Feb 8, 2012 9:51 AM EST.

    Senators were warned yesterday that if they let the payroll tax break expire at the end of the month, the burgeoning economic recovery will take a “very sharp” hit.

    Congressional Republicans may very well let it happen anyway.

    After a bitter fight in December, GOP leaders accepted a two-month extension of the payroll cut, giving policymakers a new deadline — Feb. 29, three weeks from today — to agree to a year-long deal. As of mid-January, the prospects for an agreement looked pretty good, in large part because Republicans didn’t want to be on the hook for a middle-class tax increase in an election year.

    Striking an acceptable deal, however, is proving to be far more difficult than even some of the key officials expected

    Members of the payroll conference committee fought to a draw in their fourth public meeting Tuesday, making no progress toward finding a way to pay for a payroll tax holiday and dimming the prospects that a deal can be struck by the month’s end.

    A Senate Democratic offer on unemployment insurance issues is in the works, and Members said they want to pick up the pace of the talks. But — barring a major breakthrough in the next few days, Members acknowledged — the latest high-stakes negotiation in a year of botched cross-party talks will go the way of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction: abject failure.

    “I was very discouraged after today’s session,” conferee Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said. “We may be facing what Congress has faced every step of the way — in the super committee, on the debt ceiling.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/08/10351144-payroll-tax-fight-to-go-down-to-the-wire

    • 37 Debz
      February 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

      The gop must be really stupid if they think they wont pay a price for not extending the tax cut. They already got a taste of lower poll numbers after December,s nonsense.

      • 38 anniebella
        February 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Debz, the GOP really are stupid. They are crazy, they are radical terrorists and they don’t give a dam about the poor or middle class.

  16. 39 Pamela
    February 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Loved the video, great start to the day! Bo is up for an Academy Award now, yes? So danged cute!

    • 40 AJ
      February 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Unfortunately, I don’t think the film made the cut off date for exhibition in NY and LA by Dec. 31…

      Ah, well, there’s always next year…besides, in 2013, Bo won’t have to compete with that dog in “The Artist” that’s getting all the buzz. 😉

  17. February 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

    The gop is trying to insert EPA riders and Keystone riders into the Payroll taxcut deal.
    Me thinks, they deliberately are trying to slow down the economy and have the media in their back-pockets, so…

    • 42 utaustinliberal
      February 8, 2012 at 10:32 am

      They really do love groundhog day huh? They had this fight in December and got skewered. Now not only do they add Keystone, they also add EPA riders? They really must be gluttons for punishment. PBO is going to relish licking their chops.

  18. February 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

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  20. February 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

    – Feds approve raising Amtrak speeds to 110 mph between Kalamazoo, Mich., and Porter, Ind. Amtrak (PDF): http://bit.ly/wXGE6D

  21. 58 Barb
    February 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

    It was great to end a crazy evening with Jimmy and the First Lady! This is one memorable Presidency…CHANGE HAS COME FOR GOOD and there is NO GOING BACK!!!

  22. February 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    – The Federal Railroad Administration puts out a proposed rule on training railroad safety workers. Notice of proposed regulation: http://1.usa.gov/xaKHff

  23. February 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I declare Bo as the winnah.

    What ?

    • 61 Brian
      February 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

      I loved Bo’s “WTF?” look as Jimmy walked by in his over-the-top exercise outfit. This was just fun fun fun to watch (and it looks like they had a great time filming this).

    • 63 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Well, why not? PBO ought be standing up for his Grammy, he certainly deserves it! So, Bo, of douse he can’t lick member of the Academy, but they could give him one of those little statues like they gave Judy Garland and Shirley Temple! He could lick that! H deserves it, too, IMHO, 😉

  24. February 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

    MIRANSHAH, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) — At least ten suspected Taliban-affiliated militants were killed on early Wednesday morning when a U.S. drone launched an airstrike in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region, Pakistani intelligence officials said. Several others were injured.

    The attack happened on early Wednesday morning when the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house in the village of Tappi, approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) southeast of Miranshah, the main town in Pakistan’s North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan.

    Pakistani intelligence officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the house was allegedly used by fighters from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network, which is one of the top terrorist organizations and threats to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan.

    http://channel6newsonline.com/2012/02/u-s-drone-strike-kills-10-suspected-militants-in-pakistan/

    But Glen Greenwald…

  25. 65 ChristiMTL
    February 8, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Ellen Responds To ‘One Million Moms’ Boycott Of JC Penney: ‘My Haters Are My Motivators’

    I’m so proud of JC Penny direction for not backing down and support Ellen 100 per cent, enough with the haters.

  26. February 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Good Morning Tod’sVille…Thank you Chips for all you do….

    Love you all………..This is one is for you:-) Have a Wonderful Day 🙂

    • 75 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

      THAT’S BEAUTIFUL KASAI…AND REGGAE IS ONE OF MY MOST HAPPY TYPES OF MUSIC…SUCH JOYFUL NOISE! MERCI’,GRACIAS AND THANK YOU!

    • 76 Cindy Sweatt
      February 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you Kasi, never heard that song before. I needed to hear it today! Thanks

  27. 77 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

    THAT VIDEO IS PRICELESS….YOU GO FLOTUS! I’M THINKIN’ THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO DOUBLE UP ON THOSE WHEATIES!..LOLLLLLLLLL…BO..HE JUST POSES AND KNOWS HE CAN ATTRACT A CROWD! AWESOME! THANKS CHIPS!

  28. February 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

  29. February 8, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Good morning TOD!

    Have I told you lately that I love you?
    Have I told you there’s no other blog above you?
    You fill my heart with gladness
    Take away all my sadness

    Re-elect Obama, THAT’s what we’ll do!

    Thank you for a piece of haven on this world wide web, Chips.
    Have a great day, everyone!

  30. February 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

    08-02-2012 09:55 AM
    DeMint: GOP Is Losing The Payroll Tax Cut Battle

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is publicly conceding that Republicans are losing the politics of the payroll tax cut battle and have found themselves in a no-win situation.

    The staunch conservative’s remarkable admission comes by way of the New York Times:

    But many Republicans seemed to fear that the battle had already been lost. Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, said the Republicans should never have accepted the payroll tax cut in 2010 when President Obama pushed it as a condition for extending President George W. Bush’s expiring tax cuts. “Now Republicans have our backs against the wall,” Mr. DeMint said. “We can’t win the argument. We’re going to have to go on to something else.”
    The bipartisan, bicameral negotiations hit a wall this week.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/demint-gop-is-losing-payroll-tax-cut-battle

    • 85 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Tut, tut, tut…… We feel so sorry for them, eh?

    • February 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      He doesn’t even consider the fact that it’s good for the American taxpayers. It’s all about winning and losing. Well, maybe he should never have wished a “Waterloo” on President Obama – because karma is now teaching him a lesson.

  31. February 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Comments (82) By CAITLIN MCDEVITT | 2/7/12 7:33 PM EST

    (Reuters Photo)

    Scarlett Johansson famously traded e-mails with then-Sen. Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential run, and she’s getting involved with his campaign this time around, too.

    The actress co-hosted a fashion-themed fundraiser for Obama’s re-election in New York on Tuesday along with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The event marked the launch of Runway to Win, a collection of designer goods being sold to raise money for the campaign.

    “There is so much at stake…,” Johansson said according to a release from Obama for America. “2012 will not be easy. We have to fight even harder this time around, and that’s where Runway to Win will make a real difference.”

     

  32. February 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Russian made T-72 tanks in syrian massacre.

    Thus, Russian hands are not clean!

  33. February 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Santorum Escapes Mitt’s Moneybags, for Now
    By Jonathan Chait

    Assessing the importance of Rick Santorum’s shocking sweep is a very tricky thing. On the one hand, you want to dismiss the potential for a lasting Santorum surge, because there have been so many fleeting surges before — Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Pat Sajak, and the corpse of Chiang Kai-Shek are all among the figures who, if my now-faulty memory serves correctly, have led in the polls at some point during this race. So that leads back to the comfort of certainty that Mitt Romney will ultimately triumph. On the other hand, the other consistent pattern is that everybody has been frequently wrong about this race, and by “everybody” I mean, in particular, myself.

    I have believed all along that Romney is an extremely vulnerable front-runner who could be beaten by any competent challenger. But no competent challenger has emerged. We’re left with a third-stringer like Santorum.

    Now, Santorum has some attributes. Republicans like him fine. He has consistently had high favorable ratings but lost mainly because voters didn’t consider him a contender — a cycle of failure every long-shot contender struggles to escape, but with the right spark can potentially be transformed into a cycle of success.

    His more serious failing is a lack of money. Santorum swept Romney last night for the same reason Gingrich crushed him in South Carolina: Romney and his allies complacently sat back rather than spending their challengers into the ground. In his victory speech last night, Santorum explicitly cited this as a reason for his victory. “Tonight we had an opportunity to see what a campaign looks like when one candidate isn’t outspent five- or ten-to-one by negative ads impugning their integrity and distorting their record,” he said. His point was a sophisticated one: This offered a “more accurate representation” of what the general election would look like — Romney won’t enjoy that kind of crushing financial edge over Obama — and, thus, a reason to nominate Santorum instead.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/02/santorum-escapes-mitts-moneybags-for-now.html

    • February 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Santorum proves that a GOP candidate doesn’t need megabucks to impugn the integrity or distort the record of President Obama. They do it for free. And they’re wrong.

  34. February 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Wonkbook: Santorum proves money isn’t everything
    Posted by Ezra Klein at 07:58 AM ET, 02/08/2012

    At this point, Rick Santorum has won four primaries or caucuses, and Mitt Romney has won three. Santorum continues to trail Romney in the delegate count, but in terms of actually winning contests, he’s ahead of the putative frontrunner.

    One lesson to draw from that: Money ain’t everything. Because Mitt Romney has money. Mitt Romney has lots of money. Between the resources of the Romney campaign and the Romney-allied SuperPACs, Santorum isn’t even competitive. And since Romney also gets more free media, Santorum, by this point, should pretty much be out of the game. But he’s not. And that’s because money — and even media — ain’t everything.

    Efforts to rigorously assess the role of money in campaigns have been largely foiled by a particularly difficult correlation/causation problem: Do good candidates raise lots of money, or do candidates who raise lots of money end up looking like good candidates? The answer political scientists have come too is, well, that it’s a bit of both. “Candidates who raise a lot of money tend to do better, and it’s more likely than not that at least part of this relationship is due to money paying for things like ads and canvassers,” writes Andrew Therriault in a review of the literature on this topic. But “in most cases, a much-despised incumbent with a lot of money is in a worse position than a much-liked incumbent with very little money.”

    In other words, all else being equal, it’s better to have lots of money than not enough money. But in politics, all else is rarely equal. And the “all else” can sometimes matter more. It’s clear, for instance, that there are a large number of Republican voters who just don’t really want to vote for Romney. Indeed, his money might even be proving a little counterproductive. It’s so well known that he’s backed by massive superPACs, and it’s so widely reported that the superPACs are going aggressively negative, that it’s led to some bad media coverage for the Romney campaign. It’s likely part of why voters say, by a 2-to-1 margin, that the more they hear about Romney, the less they like him.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/wonkbook-santorum-proves-money-isnt-everything/2012/02/08/gIQAUa6hyQ_blog.html?wprss=ezra-klein

  35. February 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Romney’s Even Bigger Problem
    Josh Marshall February 8, 2012, 9:28 AM

    Even before Mitt Romney hit that big pothole out West last night, he was already hitting a pretty bad trend in the probable national matchup coming this Fall. Just what’s driving it is not totally clear. Or rather, it’s not clear which of several probable culprits are most to blame. But it’s a good bet that it’s a mix of the Bain/tax rate issue, a series of gaffes and more than anything the perception of a rebounding economy and rising opinions of President Obama.

    So let’s look at the numbers. For some time, President Obama has been running just a hair’s breadth ahead of Romney. But starting a little more than a week ago the two started separating and the current TPM Poll Average has President Obama with an almost 7 point lead over Romney, in other words a real lead.

    Here’s the trend chart for the year to date.

    As you can see, the shift comes about a week ago. It is mainly reliant on polls from three organizations: ABC/WaPo, Ipsos/Reuters and somewhat surprisingly Rasmussen. And it’s just recent. So you really need more data to have real confidence that this is a new direction in the campaign as opposed a mere blip.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/02/is_it_a_break_out_1.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Talking-Points-Memo+%28Talking+Points+Memo%3A+by+Joshua+Micah+Marshall%29

    • 93 JoJothecat
      February 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

      It just my opinion with no real statistics but I think people were put off with the fact he only released two tax returns, he paid less than 15%, and he had his money hidden in foreign countries until he was to run for President. The fact that he won’t release more tax returns shows that people can’t trust him, he is hiding something and people don’t need another Bush who hid his true agenda which is why so many GOP voted for him and you can’t find anyone who would admit it today. In fact the GOP won’t even mention GWB or his record unless it is something he started and PBO turned it into a success.

  36. February 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Daniel Radcliffe, best known as the star of the “Harry Potter” movies, may be British, but he still has strong feelings about the U.S. presidential race.

    In a recent interview with the UK’s Attitude magazine, the actor ripped a few Republican White House hopefuls – past and present – for their positions on gay rights, the Guardian reports:

    [Radcliffe] went on to say that he has been “disgusted, amazed, stunned” by candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination, such as Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann, who have been openly hostile to gay rights.

    “But they disgusted me less than candidates like Rick Perry, who made that ridiculous advert wearing ‘the Brokeback jacket’, and I think pretend to be homophobic just to win votes.”

    Asked if he wished that Barack Obama would publicly back gay marriage, he replied: “Yes, I do, but can he really? Of course he’s in favour of it, but he has to be careful about saying so. I’d rather have someone like him in the White House than the alternative.”

  37. February 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

    So time for another story about women kicking *** and taking names

    Seabees team makes history in Afghanistan
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/02/seabees-team-makes-history-in.html

  38. 99 JoJothecat
    February 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Thank you Chips for posting the Late Late Night show featuring FLOTUS. I could not stay up that late and even if I tried I probably would have fallen asleep and missed it anyway. This was a good way to start the day watching the video. Hope everyone have a great day and see you later tonight.

  39. February 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

    This was done last week, but it is still a great move by the WH and needs to be spread around

    White House fleshes out manufacturing tax breaks
    6 ways manufactures get a tax break.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/02/white-house-fleshes-out-manufacturing.html

  40. 101 LOL
    February 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Why is there egg on your face? The MSM (GOPolitico) is up in arms about one of the presidents’ bundlers raising money when he registered as a lobbyist, but as usual Politico’s research is an inch deep and a mile wide.

    Before the Obama team smackdown

    Politico: Still, it’s a big lapse for a campaign and an administration that prides itself on transparency, openness and freedom from special interests. The New York Times also reported earlier this week that the relatives of a Mexican fugitive were top Obama campaign bundlers, forcing the campaign to refund over $200,000 in donations. And the Klein revelation comes one day after another big campaign finance reversal by the Obama administration in deciding to accept help from an outside super PAC,

    After the Obama team smackdown

    “The minute he became a lobbyist, he stopped raising money for the campaign,” a senior Obama for America official tells POLITICO. “He’s no longer associated with the campaign.”

  41. 102 Pamela
    February 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I imagine no one was more surprised than Santorum ‘The Wipe’ himself. I can’t even bear to type his name on my screen……

  42. 103 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Rachel Maddow has won the John Steinbeck Award. It is:

    given to writers or artists “whose work captures the spirit of Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people.” Saying his father “would have adored” Maddow, Steinbeck’s son Thomas cited his sense of trust in her, the feeling she projects that “I’m part of an alliance.

    • February 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      She does good work most of the time, that can’t be denied. But she ruined it for me when she chose to lie about the President, and never bothered to apologize. That said something about her character, particularly since the President never needed to be mentioned on a day when so many people were celebrating their own hard-won victory. It was just mean and petty.

      But, I congratulate her on the award, and hope it will raise her level of integrity going forward.

    • 105 nospin
      February 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      I will leave this one alone.

  43. 107 57andFemale
    February 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Wow, Steve Israel is just great: he can stay on agenda message, no matter what nonsense is thrown at him by anchor-bimbos repeating what they hear through their earpieces. He pivoted from “Social Issues will DOOM Obama” to “Republicans put all their energy in defunding PP instead of doing to their jobs to help Americans. And by the way, while they’re trying to shove a wedge between Americans in 99% with social [crap], they are going to let the payroll tax cut lapse, tank the economy AGAIN. When we’ve offered them many ways to pay for it. But all they care about is 350,000 millions instead of 150 million Americans.”

    He was masterful. He said it much better than my synopsis, but he has a gift for being clear, concise, passionate and on-message. Just masterful.

  44. February 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Negative: Where Mitt Romney Goes From Here
    Evan McMorris-Santoro February 8, 2012, 10:22 AM

    As Newt Gingrich has proven — twice — you don’t embarrass Mitt Romney without suffering consequences. And so, now that Rick Santorum has swept Romney in three primary contests in one night, you can expect Romney’s negative ad firehose to be trained on the former Senator from Pennsylvania.

    Viewers and voters in Arizona and Michigan — sites of the next two primary contests on Feb. 28 — can expect to be bombarded with anti-Santorum ads from the Romney campaign and its massively-funded super PAC, Restore Our Future. As we saw in both Florida and Iowa, this is a powerful combination that turned back Gingrich’s surging poll numbers.

    What will the attacks look like? On Wednesday morning, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom signaled the likely coming wave.

    “Whether you’re talking about Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich, they’re really two peas in a pod,” Ferhnstrom told MSNBC. “Longtime Washington [figures] who never really left Washington after their legislative careers ended.”

    So there you have it: Rick Santorum, Washington Insider. Get used to hearing that phrase.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/negative-where-mitt-romney-goes-from-here.php

  45. February 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Tuesday, February 07, 2012
    The “Southern Strategy” never gets old.

    Man I can’t believe that Rick [I should be in a] Sanitarium is beating up on Flipper tonight. I thought that Flipper had this thing wrapped up. These conservatives sure are making it hard for Mr. Stiff. Missouri is just a beauty contest, so it means nothing in terms of delegates. These candidates didn’t really spend money in the states in play tonight, and where there is no need for money Flipper falters. He has a lot of money, but that’s about it. Talk about underwhelming. He swamped all those media markets in Florida with negative ads. about Newt, and, as a result, he kicked his ass. But money can buy you votes, but it sure can’t buy you love. And right about now these wingnuts have no love for Flipper.

    Rick, you better watch out, those incoming negative scuds will be falling on your head soon. And you might want to put a bullet proof armor under those sweater vests.

    Finally, while the political chattering class continues to obsess about this latest dust up between HHS and the Catholic Church… (A false controversy if I have ever seen one. To me, religious bigotry was being forced to join a f*&^%$g club to buy a bottle of wine in a restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah.) The real “okeydoke”, of course, is taking place in state capitals all across the South.

    “North Carolina State Senator Eric Mansfield was born in 1964, a year before the passage of the Voting Rights Act, which guaranteed the right to vote for African-Americans. He grew up in Columbus, Georgia, and moved to North Carolina when he was stationed at Fort Bragg. He became an Army doctor, opening a practice in Fayetteville after leaving the service. Mansfield says he was always “very cynical about politics” but decided to run for office in 2010 after being inspired by Barack Obama’s presidential run.

    http://field-negro.blogspot.com/

  46. 111 Bill
    February 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Santorum just made a teleprompter joke campaigning before a group of religious leaders. and received laughs. I suppose he thinks that will inspire people to vote for him. Pathetic.

    • February 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      The caricature of President Obama exists only in their feeble minds, and they’ll only learn this when they meet up with the real man who will wipe the floor with them.

  47. February 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Major mainstream religious organization supports president obama on the contraceptive . This is a fake outraged being ginned up by the media to help the Gop get a message to fight president obama. Please don’t bite. http://www.religiousinstitute.org/news

    • 114 ChristiMTL
      February 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

      I was disappointed in EJ Dionne, Lawrence and that journalist….I forget his name, the one who was on his show last night. They are wrong. It is a non issue.

  48. 115 sherijr
    February 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

    that was a cute video with FLOTUS & Jimmy.. and BO! He is a star, love that dog. I really really appreciated Jimmy’s remarks at the end about our First Lady- she deserves all that love & respect and a whole lot more.

  49. February 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

    New post everyone:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/02/08/catching-up-18/

    I’m even more disorganized than usual today, has anyone a cure for this affliction? 😕

    • 117 nospin
      February 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      rest. You do so much for us and this President. You certainly deserve a break.

      So take the time you need, we will hang out until you post another thread.

      Thanks for all you do.

  50. February 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Good Morning my TOD Family. So good to be up and reading here. This is m first dose of meds. Love our haven, Chips. And before I go on,Chips,” Have I told you lately how much I appreciate you and love what you do for us? Well, I really do love how you make sure that we are keeping true to the goals of this site. Chips, you make my heart run over with joy each day I come here.

    I love our First Lady, and Bo is just the most beautiful First Dog, Ever!!!! We must keep him in his home for another 4 more. I am trying to get a release from my two doctors to go to a couple of OFA events, so please say a prayer for me TOD Family. Love you for that.

    Thanks so much, my Chips.(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Hugs to you)))))))))))))))))))HZ

    • 119 JoJothecat
      February 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      (((((HZ)))), So glad you are feeling better but don’t over do it. We send our prayers, love, and light to you for strength to PRESS ON!

  51. February 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Still no Democrats Like Boxer, Cantwell, on tv defending the administrarion, on thr issye that they sponsored, contraception availability.
    Yes, Mcconell and Boner are promising Hearings and possibly…
    Still, no Drmicrat will defend the President.
    That is why the Presidents messaging is doubtful, he gets no help from his allies in Congress, None!

  52. 123 FireFly
    February 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I LOVE THIS AND I LOVE MY FLOTUS!

  53. 124 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    February 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    First time seeing this video. It’s just wonderful. I love them both!


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