196 Responses to “heads up”

  1. 1 Mae who love our CIC
    February 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm


  2. 3 Blackman
    February 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I’m first???

  3. 5 Bill R.
    February 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    As a 63 year old survivor of sex abuse when I was a young adolescent, a devout Catholic boy, who went to the seminary at age 15, only to be abused also there, i echo the words about contempt for the Roman Catholic Church. There are many good Catholics who reject this kind of interference by the pope in the lives of American women. Our beloved president has shown remarkable patience with this, but keeping his promise to keep women’s health care accessible for all American women.

    • 6 PoliticalJunkessa
      February 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Bill R. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      I am truly sorry for your experience, I am hoping that all this attention on the Catholic Church will shift the focus back to their hypocritical policies.

    • 8 yfoot58
      February 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I am so sorry…BillR…thank you for sharing your story…((huggs))

    • 9 utaustinliberal
      February 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing Bill. Sending comforting thoughts your way.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Bill, I am so sorry. I hope you have had good counseling in your life and supportive family.

    • February 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Bill all of thoughts are with you. The abuse came VERY close to my family too. Rudy Kos in Ennis Texas had my nephew in his Parish. One of many boys that went to the Rectory after school. Says nothing happened but you never know. This priest stole many children’s souls after many years. My husband went all the way through Catholic School. He can still say Mass in Latin but, has NOT gone back to church since then.

    • 12 nathkatun7
      February 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Bill, I applaud your courage for sharing this painful experience in your life. I know many good and decent Catholics, including my daughter, who share your views.

  4. 13 Blackman
    February 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm


    Bested by 2 minuets by the CIC lover herself, Ms. Mae!

  5. February 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Jake Tapper – With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers including religious organizations to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, at 12:15 p.m. ET, President Obama will announce an attempt to accommodate these religious groups.

    The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal of women employees having their birth control fully covered by health insurance.

    Sources say it will be respectful of religious beliefs but will not back off from that goal, which many religious leaders oppose since birth control is in violation of their religious beliefs.

    One source familiar with the decision described the accommodation as “Hawaii-plus,” insisting that it’s better than the Hawaii plan — for both sides.

    More here: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/02/white-house-to-announce-accommodation-for-religious-organizations-on-contraception-rule/

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      So are you still concerned with this regulation?

    • 19 hopefruit2
      February 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      I don’t care for Tapper’s phrasing “with the WH under fire.” No Jake, it’s the Bishops, GOP and Media who have their hair on fire because the Republican party is increasingly showing signs of humiliating DEFEAT at the polls come November 2012.

      • 22 Ladyhawke
        February 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm


        Please, don’t get me started with Jake “The Snarl” Tapper. The coverage of this contraception issue has been abysmal. A total embarrassment. We deserve better. The jackals were salivating because they didn’t want to cover all of the positive news. The thought of a potential political problem for PBO produced depraved glee. They were all too happy to push the GOP talking points. You will notice, there wasn’t a lot of reporting of the facts. It was cynical election year drama cooked up for political expediency. I can’t tell you the number of times I just felt dirty watching this spectacle. The urge to take a shower at every turn has been overwhelming.

      • 23 nathkatun7
        February 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        Oh, hopefruit, you make so much sense! I deeply love and respect your fearlessness in rejecting the media’s manufactured outrages against President Obama.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      You know, Jakie’s got to get his little dig in, but he’s still eating crow!

  6. February 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Women’s health as political football: the game goes on without us
    by Kay

    I understand President Obama is going to announce an “accommodation” to the demands of the Catholic Church and media regarding US health care. I’ll wait and see what he says, and if I have time today I’ll try to figure out how this accommodation might affect me and mine. I don’t know that I’ll be around at 11 for the announcement.

    I’m not really surprised he’s compromising. The church planned the political campaign 7 months in advance of the (alleged) “firestorm”, so there was always an end game here.

    I am grateful to him for making the public health argument on my behalf. As far as I’m concerned, he was the only person operating out of a genuine concern for women’s health, rather than treating women’s health as a political football or proxy for some other, unrelated, larger moral or political crusade.

    He did his job, and he acted in good faith, which is more than I can say for the bishops and their multi-millionaire media mouthpieces. On that, I have to say, I haven’t seen the multi-millionaire cable tv stars and media personalities this incensed in years, back since they were selling the invasion of Iraq. Who knew they were so vitally concerned with limiting access to contraception? Eye-opening, to say the least. Do you think we get them on board to lobby this hard to help working people? They’re impressive when they join together and link arms in a campaign like this. I see a lot of potential for good there.


  7. 26 hopefruit2
    February 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm


  8. 28 ChristiMTL
    February 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I’m going to watch it online because I don’t want to listen to these so called ”analysts” , pundits…..sick of the noise.

  9. 29 itgurl_29
    February 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    You guys, if you have the chance, please go to Jezebel and comment in their thread on this. Jezebel is a feminist site. And they do tend to be hair on fire emoprogs with no facts. If you could just go there and post a reply supporting the president and clarifying his position, it would be really helpful. Believe it or not, there are still some PUMAS over there, but many people are open minded but live and die by MSNBC. Most of them like the President but are always “disappointed” with him because this is all they hear on tv.

  10. February 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Wish the Catholic church had monitered the pedophilic priests as closely as they are monitoring womens’ reproductive health issues and uteruses.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      you know it. those guys have a special place waiting for them. It’s nice and hot and toasty. bastards. Covering up pedophiles and ignoring crimes against humanity all while living it up swearing piety. Religion is like Communism. It’s good in theory, but humans always muck it up.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm


  11. February 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    About What They Deserve
    by BooMan
    Fri Feb 10th, 2012 at 11:44:06 AM EST

    This appears to be exactly the middle finger that the Bishops deserve:

    On a conference call with reporters Friday, a senior administration official announced that the White House will move the onus to provide women free contraceptive services to insurance companies if their religiously-affiliated employers object to providing insurance coverage that covers birth control.

    “All women will still have access to free preventive care that includes contraceptive services,” the official said. “The insurance company will be required to reach out directly and offer her contraceptive coverage free of charge,” if the employer objects to providing that coverage in its benefit package.

    In other words, if you offer your employees a health benefit package, your female employees are going to get free contraceptive coverage regardless of whether or not you directly authorize it. It can be part of your benefits package, or not. The result will be the same.


  12. 37 Blackman
    February 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    PBO, as we know, shall speak shortly. Ms. Chip would tell everybody that I have been part of the TOD fam for a bit. Just don’t post all that often. But, I canNOT TELL you, like many of you, how often I’m here throughout the day.

    Fam, in looking at the anxiety shown by many of us, including our dear Ms. Chip, it’s something I can appreciate. And, this is a culture war issue that the other side is throwing out. At least to me, admittedly I’m a guy, PBO is handling the matter well and women continue to be affirmed. As we go forward, and, particularly if this is pretty much all they got, we are most certainly gonna see more of this mess. But, I really do believe that PBO has been rather consistent in how he handles pretty much all matters. That would be, at least imo, perhaps not perfectly – whatever that would be – but DEFINITELY WELL. To me, he’s EARNED our support.

    It’s gonna get rocky from time to time. Indeed….LET’S STAY TOGETHER. Encourage one another. And, trust the President to do the absolute best he can for us all.

    And, dearest Ms. Chip…..kinda like PBO said to the Treasury Secretary??? Ohhhh, no…..you canNOT shut THE OBAMA DIARY down. ‘Fraid not, girlfriend. There’s a LOT of work to do and you are OH so VERY important in seeing it through.

  13. 41 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I just love this tweet from Milt Shook.


    Milt Shook


    Obama started this BC controversy, got the RW to demonstrate misogyny, and has now solved the problem. This guy is a political genius.



    • February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Yep. Perfection itself. I love my President.

      • 43 utaustinliberal
        February 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        Me too Tien! Me too! PBO is a political chess master. Women – some of whom might have been in doubt for whatever reason – now know who is 100% in their corner. He exposed the misogyny of the right, the inferior manner in which they regard women, the hypocrisy of the Catholic Bishops and Leaders (all males I might add with no bloody uterus) and then BOOM! he solves the faux ginned up controversy.

        • 44 PoliticalJunkessa
          February 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

          Even worse than the sanctimonious right-wing men were the sanctimonious right-wing WOMEN. Somebody had to fight hard for their right to even be where they are, and they’re so willing to throw other women under the bus. Disgusting. 👿

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Beautiful tweet, beautiful statement.

    • 46 Mel
      February 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      PBO was just masterfull to Jake Taper and the rest of the WH press fuck you all we watched PBO
      remarks this Am on BC the MSM and the GOP wants it to be a political wadge, but is not going
      to work 99% of women used BC and this should be the end of this so call contraversial issue IS
      ABOUT THE HEALTH OF WOMEN and women should make their own choices on this matter .
      The MSM and the GOP are going to spin this one 1000, but it will not work.

    • 47 Dakota
      February 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      “Obama started this BC controversy, got the RW to demonstrate misogyny, and has now solved the problem. This guy is a political genius.”

      My President is Amazing!!!

      • 48 Mary
        February 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        That is exactly what I was thinking. I think he had the legislation made stricter than the state laws so that the bishops et al could go off on a fiery tangent. Then when their agenda – taking contraception out of the ACA altogether – was revealed, he had a good fall back position (although I thought it would be because he needed a bargaining chip in the debt ceiling/payroll tax/whatever fight that’s coming up.

        Chips, you deal with the nastiness every day far more than we do. It’s understandable that that underlying tension combined with your passion for this issue would make it very hard to deal with. But we know you are not a one-issue. make-or-break person. I hope all the love and support for you here quiets your heart and soothes your soul. We all know PBO is working for us, getting whatever he can, and never letting go. Plus Michelle would kill him.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Totally agree about the political genius thingy.Go Milt!!

    • 50 Cha
      February 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      So True. Thanks Ladyhawke for Shook’s Tweet~

  14. 51 LOL
    February 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    No woman’s health should be determined by their work—-

  15. 52 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Now the American people will get some important facts about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act as it relates to women directly from President Obama. Some Americans may be hearing these facts for the very first time.

  16. 57 Boazwife
    February 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    The new way sounds like a win win to me. It makes it an issue of women rights and not some discombobulated notion of religious freedom. It’s all good.

    I’m typically a lurker!

    • 58 bonkers
      February 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      I agree. And “branding” it as an “accommodation” just adds to the brilliance. Gets what he/we want for the most part, and at the same time wins the moral high road over the nutjobs, who aren’t willing to compromise at all.

      Okay, so Stanley Ann’s son will solve this mess, and the MegaMedia will trot out the next nonsense to try to suppress the DemocratIC vote. Each person who reads here can decide how they will respond next time, which my guess will be within a week.

      • 59 gn
        February 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

        Well said. I never bet against this POTUS, his brilliance, and his goodwill. The media always sets up every scenario as a cage match, for their ratings. It’s horrible for the country, and I appreciate President Obama’s leadership in this regard.

        • 60 Mel
          February 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

          I keep saying never panic about PBO he is brilliant.

          • 61 gn
            February 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

            I agree, and it’s hard not to, as the media jumps from crisis to crisis to crisis to crisis, always pitting every scenario as a cage match fight, leaving people dizzy, exhausted, and overly reactionary. I know that I sound like a wingnut here, but I haven’t trusted the media since I was a child, because I saw how people’s lives get ruined in their sensations (most notably, the Central Park jogger case in which the media played judge, jury, and executioner of what turned out to be a perfectly innocent set of young boys who ended up spending the best years of their lives in jail because of the sensationalism). When they’re arming the mob, I never trust it. When they’re declaring this or that trumped up controversy to the epic battle of the ages, I never believe them.

            Another TODer said it best in that it’s wise for people to be gentle with each other, and support each other, when these hysterias hit. It’s not easy to resist.

            • February 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

              AMEN, GC! I’m old enough to remember the McCarthy days when people were being terrorized over communists hiding under our beds. Even the media, which was much better then, was afraid to speak out. “Fear is a mind killer and a little death…”

              We need to let go of fear and STAND! NO RETREAT! NO SURRENDER! Support our President and elect more Dems for Congress. WE ARE IN THIS TO WIN! I WILL NOT BE MOVED FROM THIS!

  17. 64 Mae who love our CIC
    February 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Our President is awesome.

  18. February 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Game, Match, Point = PBO. You. Are. Integrity.

  19. 66 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm


    • 67 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Couldn’t resist:


  20. February 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    See? Non-troversy. Women get access to free birth control. Period.

    • 69 nospin
      February 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      and that is what he said would happen. not sure how that got lost in the conversations.

      • 70 a4alice
        February 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        Yep. AND FOLKS here I go again you can write or tweet your thanks or pat on the back or send some love to PBO (their online comments are down for maintenance……) Numbers then:

        Comments: 202-456-1111
        Switchboard: 202-456-1414
        Comments: 202-456-6213
        Visitor’s Office: 202-456-2121

        twitter handle: @whitehouse

  21. 71 hopefruit2
    February 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm


    • 72 Ladyhawke
      February 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Check Please……..

      What I love about this is that the Republican Party (I’m looking at you Marco Rubio and John Boehner) are joined at the hip with the Catholic bishops now. They are introducing legislation to limit access to contraception. What will they say now that their talking point about religious freedom has been pulverized.

    • 73 utaustinliberal
      February 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Game. Set. Matchpoint. And oh yes, Hopefruit, Checkmate. PBO is a political chess master. He quietly unveils this BC mandate, the rightwing and their media hacks freak out, expose their misogyny, expose how they view women as inferior beings, exposes the Catholic Bishops and Leaders (all males I might add. Nary a uterus in sight) and their archaic antiquated views, then comes out and delivers this beautiful line. “All women should have access to free birth control and healthcare reform sees to that.” Clips of his WH press briefing will be played all over the airwaves in 50 states and the one thing people and women in particular will take away is that thanks to President Obama, they now have FREE BIRTH CONTROL. NO PREMIUMS. NO CO-PAY. BOOYAH!!!!!!! Gotta love PBO’s genius.

    • 74 nathkatun7
      February 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      That’s it!

  22. February 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    That’s right , not much of a compromise. Rights of all women will be protected!!!

  23. 76 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm


    Thank You President Obama for protecting women’s rights to preventive healthcare no matter where they work.

  24. 79 Linda
    February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    This is outrageous…..This happened with billions of Recovery Act Money also…….Why is there no controls on how the money is spent ?

    Gov. Scott Walker To Use Foreclosure Settlement Money To Balance His Budget, Not Help Homeowners


    • February 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Disgusting – I hope there is plenty pushback on this in Wisconsin.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      I’m sure strings will be attached. I can’t imagine that PBO and Holder will allow the money to go out without some pretty tight strings. They remember what happened with the stimulus money. Plus PBO is aware that the housing crisis is tied to whether PBO feel as though the economy is getting better and it’s tied to his reelection. He’s not sitting pretty on this one. there are gonna be strings out the wazoo. Don’t know what that dumbass Walker is thinking, but it ain’t gonna happen.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Walker is already skating on think ice with the recall and corruption charges, I hope this one sinks him.

    • February 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      I don’t think he is allowed to do this. Besides Walker is toast with whipped cream, your choice of other toppings and a big fat cherry on top! He will be recalled and very lucky he doesn’t end up in jail he is so corrupt. GO WISCONSIN! TAKE THIS MUTANT GOATFIGGER DOWN!

  25. 85 ChristiMTL
    February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm


  26. February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I think it’s pretty clear the public will be quite satisfield with this “compromise.” Most people value the availability of contraceptives, they certainly will appreciate them being offered at no cost, and, as much as the hardcore right and left hate the idea of compromise, i think it, once again, shows that PBO is the only person willing to solve a problem instead of just screaming exaggerated insults at his political opponents.

  27. 90 Bill R.
    February 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Excellent! Now the GOP and the Roman Church can rail away, but they are revealed as cheap woman haters who are dishonest in their statements. It’s great to have a president who can speak clearly and choose wisely.

  28. 94 LOL
    February 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I posted this on the last thread….something to chew on.

    From Fox News’ poll….

    The poll asked about the Obama administration requiring all employer health plans to provide birth control coverage as part of preventative services for women. (This includes Catholic and other religious-affiliated hospitals and universities that oppose doing so because it violates their religious rights.) A majority sides with the administration: 61 percent of voters approve of the requirement, while 34 percent disapprove. There’s a wide gender gap, as women (67 percent) are significantly more likely than men (53 percent) to approve. Catholics (58 percent) and Protestants (57 percent) alike approve of the requirement. And a majority of Catholic women (65 percent) as well as half of Catholic men (51 percent) also back the mandate.


    So when will we stop getting opinion journalism, rather than facts journalism? Every poll has shown the same thing, yet we are constantly treated to this as if it were some big scandal. Just like Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the media is creating controversy to get some clicks and eyeballs on their website and/or shows. If there were ever a culprit responsible for the divide of this country…All fingers would point to the media. They treat policy, not politics, as if it were some sport. Women’s health issues is not a sport. I especially find it utterly amazing that the majority of those yapping the loudest are the ones who don’t have to worry about it.

  29. 95 anniebella
    February 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Okay Chipsticks what do you think? We value your opinion.

    • 96 hopefruit2
      February 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Trust me annie, we all have had periods of doubt especially with this toxic media – it’s difficult to NOT get discouraged. But I think our Chips will be okay – she has our President’s back even when she disagrees. So I wouldn’t worry too much 🙂

  30. February 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Bazinga! Obama solves the problem masterfully by respectfully flipping off the bishops without antagonizing his base. We are fired up and ready to go!

  31. 101 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm


    • February 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      We are the change we’ve been waiting for. We are the media we’ve been waiting for.

      • 103 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        February 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        In_Deed, LL!


      • 104 nathkatun7
        February 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        “Turn off MSM. Be the 4th Estate”
        “We are the change we’ve been waiting for. We are the media we’ve been waiting for.”

        Bravo Bobfr and Liberal Librarian! What you advocate is exactly what we must do in order to avoid being discouraged and disappointed whenever the MSM decide to manufacture outrage and controversy against President Obama.

  32. 105 itgurl_29
    February 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    As a woman, I am so proud of my President this afternoon. So proud. He ALWAYS stands by the side of women. ALWAYS! Let us never forget. Not only is he Michelle’s husband, ut he is Dr. Ann Dunham’s child. He was raised by a pragmatic feminist who made it her mission to uplift women out of abject poverty. Her son would never waiver on birth control.

    • 107 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      And he is the father of two daughters, which no doubt factors in his thoughts as well.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      And his Grandma too – let’s not forget she had a hand in raising him too and he consistently shows his respect and understanding of women.

    • 109 JoJothecat
      February 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Those were my thoughts exactly thank you itugrl_29 for saying so succinctly. PBO would never let the women in his life down like that….plus Michelle was not sweating it, so why should we? Please remember everyone, when the next time the media, pundits (left and right), and GOP think they have the president on the ropes with what we know is a faux issue…..


  33. 110 lamh35
    February 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    “About What They Deserve
    by BooMan
    Fri Feb 10th, 2012 at 11:44:06 AM EST


    In other words, if you offer your employees a health benefit package, your female employees are going to get free contraceptive coverage regardless of whether or not you directly authorize it. It can be part of your benefits package, or not. The result will be the same…

  34. 111 ChristiMTL
    February 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on on Now with Alex but I see a lot of tweets about her giggling and laughing….to stop it….

    I’m getting really annoyed about watching Rev. Al., Martin Bashir or LO and hearing….”for more on the subject, our guest tonight is Alex Wagner.”…

    She’s freaking everywhere.

  35. February 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    The president has offered a perfect solution. He established the health of women as a foremost principle and said that making contraception freely available is and always will be the right thing to do for all women no matter who they are and where they work. He gave Catholic institutions a way to maintain their “purity” by putting the burden on health insurance companies. Women do NOT lose. Women were not compromised. Let all the Republicans start screaming because the president did not throw women to the wolves. Oh please let them scream until their ugly misogyny is clear as glass to every woman in America.

    The president has spoken and put this issue aside and Republicans had better watch out because he’s aiming his guns on their obstinacy with the tax extension and UE. They’d better start whining and get back to work or they are going to be tarred with the stain of stalling an improving economy and undermining the middle class. Game on.

  36. February 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    THAT right there is my President. Clear, strong, compassionate and RESOLUTE. BRAVO, Mr. President. Again and again and again.

    • 116 Ladyhawke
      February 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      me too meta, he is my hero no question about it. He just makes me feel safe and in good hands. He never ceases to amaze me. The wisdom he displays at every turn is astonishing. I just don’t know where he came from. But I am glad he is ours.

    • 117 nathkatun7
      February 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Well said meta! He is all you said plus being creative and politically astute. He never looses sight of his goals even when he realizes that he has to change his tactics. I wish all of us who support his goals consistently, and strongly, mobilized to protect him when he is under media attacks.

  37. February 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    As Sully would say in his clear-headed cycles: Meep Meep!

  38. 120 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    The juxtapositon of President Obama’s brilliant statement on the contraception coverage and the unhinged and radical speakers at the CPAC Convention could not be more stark.

  39. 121 Lovepolitics2008
    February 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Ok this may sound like hyperbole but is this president fabulous or what? The only adult in the room !!!

    And congratulations to the staff on the Obama team who worked on that. From the president’s words, they had to do the work of several months in just a couple of weeks. We sometimes forget that the incredible achievements of President Obama are due in good part to his exceptionnal cabinet and staff.

    The Obama team found the solution without compromising on an important principle. And the bonus: it will be a big win politically. Watch the republicans get egg in their faces. Watch them double down on their extremism and lose support from the independants.

    What a great day. There will still be some noise and ugliness, but it will be irrelevant. It’s a win for women, for President Obama and democrats, and most of all, a win for fairness and common-sense.

    Next: the payroll taxcut fight. Gosh, this presidency is one for the history books.

  40. 123 nospin
    February 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I missed the President’s presser. If anyone finds a link, please share.

  41. 124 collegekay
    February 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I’m in class so I couldn’t see the speech (crappy wifi in this building) but judging from the comments. PBO knocked it outta the park as usual. Can’t wait to see the video.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      It was another GREAT moment among so many great moments. Wait until you see how he sets the whole issue and everyone who has been browbeating it straight. Very clear and very forceful language. No ambiguity whatsoever. This man is an amazing force FOR GOOD.

      • February 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        This whole thing reminds me of the 2008 general election with all the slinkerwinks chicken littling and Al Giordano calling them on it. I have to admit feeling nervous about this issue and am so glad to be reminded of how easy it is to get caught up in the media and emoprog freak outs. I kept telling myself: “Just wait and hear the President”, over and over, like a mantra. And lo and behold, he not only did the right thing but gave the repubs. the time to show America how extreme they are.

  42. February 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Blog pimping alert: my first post on TPV should be published some time later today. Quite timely given today’s shellacking of the Church by PBO.

  43. 138 hopefruit2
    February 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    President Obama is trending on Twitter. Folks are quite happy with his little “STFU” speech to the Media and GOP. Can’t wait to see Tweety’s fake-ass rebuttal, and LOD’s face saving lecture tonight.

  44. 139 eveingeorgia
    February 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    @nospin Its on cspan.org

  45. 140 ChristiMTL
    February 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Any statement issued from the loony side? Boehner? or any of the candidates/clowns?

  46. February 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Twitter is exploding with praise for President Obama.

    • 142 hopefruit2
      February 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      That’s right! Folks appreciate their President because they know someone is on their side. And they know it’s NOT the GOP, or the Bishops, or Tweety and media.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      I truly, truly hope that his adversaries never learn from their mistakes against him. He catches them flatfooted every time. Their blind hatred makes our job that much easier.

    • 144 Andy46
      February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      oops, timing is everything, now what will Mitt, Newt and all those Sunday pundits have to talk about now? Lol

  47. 145 Andy46
    February 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Hey TOD, maybe slow Lol, I thought President Obama clarified…so I am still looking for
    the compromise, some please explain. Thanks.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      The compromise is that if religious institutions opt not to offer free contraceptive care, then the insurance companies have to offer it directly to women who request it. Effing brilliant.

      • 147 Andy46
        February 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        Thanks, so women still are covered no matter what that is what I thought….once again out maneuvered.

        OT, ummm… President Obama looked hot delivering the slapdown lol.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Basically he said that those who are too precious in their holier-than-thou to allow their employees access to freaking birth control in their health care plans can thump their bibles in the corner—the rest of us will move on without them, and the insurance companies will make sure that employees are able to access these plans. /okay, I may have put my little spin into that lol

    • 151 anniebella
      February 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Andy46, I m still looking for the cave.

  48. February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Both bbc and teann didn’t carry the speech. Any linky ?

  49. February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Good Day TOD Family. I watched my President, and I must continue to say, “Thank you, Mr. President for standing tall and making fair and just decisions ring true from your lips to our ears. HZ

  50. 154 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    And, a more direct message to them:


  51. 155 hopefruit2
    February 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Kathleen Sebillius will be on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC @ 12 noon

  52. 156 Don
    February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    On a lighter note, isn’t it fun watching Romney squirm? I mean really, this guy is running for a party that doesn’t want anything to do with him. Yes Mitt, the GOP is saying you’re number #1, but they’re using the wrong finger.

  53. 160 tally
    February 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    That was the most MASTERFUL, non-cave, I’ve ever witnessed in my LIFE.


    Caught it as I was leaving for my office – which happens to be a small insurance agency, so I KNOW.


    Of COURSE no one understands how insurance actually WORKS.

    Did the bishops really think THEY were going to get a bill for their employees BIRTH CONTROL???? HAAAAAAAAA!

    THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ALREADY PAY FOR IT YOU TOOLS!!! All the employers pay (if that) are the PREMIUMS.

    Anyone who tries to spin this as “Obama caves” is a GOP heart and soul. The POTUS just blew his GOP DOG WHISTLE, and the ones barking are outing themselves.


  54. 171 CTGirl
    February 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I think we need that “I have got this” picture again 🙂

  55. 172 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    POTUS = B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T.

  56. February 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I’m close to cutting ties with the Catholic Church.

    This whole ruckus really has soured me on the Church. It just seems so sleazy to be fighting this fight. :/

  57. 175 ChristiMTL
    February 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    DId she speak already? I see Romney on my screen…………

  58. February 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm




    Republicans Retreat on Domestic Violence
    Published: February 9, 2012

    Even in the ultrapolarized atmosphere of Capitol Hill, it should be possible to secure broad bipartisan agreement on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, the 1994 law at the center of the nation’s efforts to combat domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The law’s renewal has strong backing from law enforcement and groups that work with victims, and earlier reauthorizations of the law, in 2000 and 2005, passed Congress with strong support from both sides of the aisle.

    Yet not a single Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor last week when the committee approved a well-crafted reauthorization bill introduced by its chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy, and Senator Michael Crapo, a Republican of Idaho, who is not on the committee.

    The bill includes smart improvements aimed, for example, at encouraging effective enforcement of protective orders and reducing the national backlog of untested rape kits. The Republican opposition seems driven largely by an antigay, anti-immigrant agenda. The main sticking points seemed to be language in the bill to ensure that victims are not denied services because they are gay or transgender and a provision that would modestly expand the availability of special visas for undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence — a necessary step to encourage those victims to come forward.


  59. 178 tally
    February 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

  60. 180 Bill
    February 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Willard just opened his CPAC speech with a community organizer comment. He avoided Vietnam by serving as a Mormon missionary in France. No Democrat would ever question that fact. He is disgusting.

  61. February 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    done & done.

  62. 183 LOL
    February 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    OMG…..these people are unbelievable…Hackperin is whining that it might have been a mistake that the Prez didn’t take questions from the all might media. Gag ME

  63. 185 Don
    February 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Now that President Obama has put this issue to bed, can we all just get along!

    *Can I get a group hug*

  64. February 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  65. February 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Our Prez came out,
    stands in front of the microphones with a big beaming smile actually even laughing a bit. 🙂
    No one and I mean no one can intimidate this guy. He has heard all the noise and rancour but came out looking
    relaxed, said what he had to say and moved on. Where did this genius come from I keep asking myself? What a man,
    What a mighty fine man. He has now left the morons on the right to twist themselves further into knots..if that is even possible.

  66. 191 Mae who love our CIC
    February 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I tell you what, we need to make sure that our President is reelected. He is the best for this country.

  67. 194 criquet
    February 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Hey GOP/Teathugs, this is for you:

  68. 195 criquet
    February 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Hug this up GOP/ Tea thugs:

  69. 196 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Have I said how much I love Steve Benen lately?? These Friday posts on Willard and his penchant for lying are just terrific. There is an endless supply of material. Willard is a flip flopping pathological liar and Steve is one of the few people calling him out on it. The mendacity chronicled below does not include the CPAC convention mendacity. That will be covered next weeks roundup. Way to go Steve……



    1. Romney claimed, “We are the only people on the earth that put our hand over our heart during the playing of the national anthem. It was FDR who asked us to do that, in honor of the blood that was being shed by our sons and daughters in far-off places.”

    This is both untrue and rather strange.

    2. Romney argued in a speech, “You know, like his colleagues in the faculty lounge, who think they know better, President Obama demonizes and denigrates almost every sector of our economy.”

    Asked to back that up, the Romney campaign pointed to President Obama’s criticism of Wall Street recklessness, insurance company abuses, and oil companies. If those three represent “almost every sector of our economy,” then Romney doesn’t understand the private sector as well as he thinks he does.



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