evening all

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the Oval Office, Feb. 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




The week ahead:

Tuesday: PBO and the Vice President will meet with Vice President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China at the White House.

Wednesday: PBO will travel to Master Lock in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to continue to discuss his blueprint for an economy built to last based on American manufacturing and the importance of companies insourcing and investing in America. He will then travel to Los Angeles, California where he will attend campaign events. He will spend the night in Los Angeles.

Thursday: PBO will attend campaign events in Corona del Mar, California before traveling to San Francisco, California to attend campaign events. He will spend the night in San Francisco.

Friday: PBO will travel to the Seattle where he will continue to discuss his blueprint for an economy built to last. He will also attend campaign events in the Seattle area before returning to Washington, D.C. later in the evening.


Business Insider

Thanks Loriah




PoliticalWire: Obama campaign manager Jim Messina rallied local volunteers in Arizona over the weekend by assuring them that Obama intends to compete in Arizona, according to the Arizona Republic.

Said Messina: “People said last time, ‘Oh, you can’t win Virginia,’ until we did. ‘You can’t win Florida,’ until we did. ‘You can never win North Carolina,’ until we did. And so a whole bunch of people are saying, ‘Can he win Arizona? Can he not win Arizona?’ The fact is you all are the secret weapon we have.”

The campaign will soon have four offices in the state.


The Week






Thanks Jeremy!


Pew Research: Barack Obama now holds an eight-point lead over Mitt Romney in a general election matchup, and he has gained significant ground among independent voters. A month ago, 40% of independents said they would back Obama over Romney – today 51% say they would, while the number expressing support for Romney has slipped from 50% to 42%.

More here

Thanks Loriah



Paul Krugman: Mitt Romney has a gift for words – self-destructive words. On Friday he did it again, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that he was a “severely conservative governor.”

As Molly Ball of The Atlantic pointed out, Mr. Romney “described conservatism as if it were a disease.” Indeed. Mark Liberman, a linguistics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, provided a list of words that most commonly follow the adverb “severely”; the top five, in frequency of use, are disabled, depressed, ill, limited and injured.

That’s clearly not what Mr. Romney meant to convey. Yet if you look at the race for the G.O.P. presidential nomination, you have to wonder whether it was a Freudian slip. For something has clearly gone very wrong with modern American conservatism.

Full post here




Thanks What is Working


The Week


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CNN iReport sits down with first lady Michelle Obama to discuss the second anniversary of her Let’s Move initiative.


Oh go on, one more time……

232 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 19 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Happy Valentine’s dear TODers!


    • 20 GGail
      February 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Bobfr – Happy Valentine’s to you and your lovely wife too!

      This is EXCELLENT!!! I love the Chocolate. I’m gonna make a donation!

      Thanks for sharing this Valentine with us Bobfr!!!

  2. 22 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm


    Yes We Must

  3. February 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    BET Honors! Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett and Mr. tall & Sexy SS guy!

  4. February 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Aretha singing a Stevie song.

  5. 26 GGail
    February 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I no longer care (U LIE!) whether I am First or 200. I just want to be able to post occasionally before the next thread appears! 😆

  6. February 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Miche and Valerie rocking to the music.

  7. 31 EDP4BHO
    February 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    You all see FLOTUS gettin down to Stevie Wonder?

  8. 33 Dakota
    February 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Check out Colin Powell gettin’ his groove on!

  9. February 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Colin Powell dancing to Signed, Sealed Delivered!!

  10. 36 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm


  11. 38 nospin
    February 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Romance Tips from Rev Al Sharpton.

  12. February 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I was at the Grammys yesterday. Don’t know how I missed that Adele song! Must have happened when I went to the men’s room or something. And a whole different dress and hairstyle from what she had on yesterday. And a different stage and backdrop too. Amazing how they could set that up.

  13. February 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Where, where are you all watching FLOTUS and Valerie rocking it? I want to see!

  14. February 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Did y’all see that cute little boy who said he was “Barack Obama.”— the crowd loved it and cheered!

    • 53 LadyTNT
      February 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Yep, I’m watching!! And I’m loving that they are showing many shots of the First Lady. She was getting down when Aretha was singing.

    • February 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      I grew up in a generation where everyone wanted “to be like Mike”. We’re going to have a whole generation wanting “to be like Barack”. I’ll leave it to the congregation to decide who’s the better role model.

      • 55 EDP4BHO
        February 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        Thanks. You made that quite easy 😀 And congrats on your new writing assignment- I hadn’t said so directly.

      • 56 JoJothecat
        February 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        Yes, LL, we had the “Cosby” affect in the 1980’s where we wanted to be like the fictional Cosby family where we respected each other, mother, father, grandparents and the importance of doing your best, going for the brass ring…college. Now we have a “real” family that is the anthesis of what the cosby show was about. I hope more young women will be like Michelle and young men will want to be like Barack, to want more than just money but to give back, make this world better than how you found it, to participate in your future and that government is US and it can be good.

        • 57 yardarm756
          February 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

          Ya’ll need to see Spike Lee’s first film, “She’s gotta have it.” I wish i could find it on disk.

          • February 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

            I know Blockbuster @Home has it, and if they have it then Netflix does. It was a great film.

            • 59 yardarm756
              February 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm

              Tks LL. I don’t use either one but will check ’em out. I got a thing for old movies and maybe they’ll have my fav,”The Ox-bow Incident.” Thanks again.

          • 60 JoJothecat
            February 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm

            I saw it years ago…I didn’t like that the girl slept with so many men especially during the height of the aids epidemic of the 80’s, not a good message at that time. I liked “Do the Right Thing”, “Jungle Fever” and “Malcolm X”. What is Spike Lee doing these days? Has he made enough money from his movies and is just enjoying himself?

  15. 62 L3
    February 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I just watched this video and wanted to share it. She was so beautiful and just at the top of her game.

  16. 65 desertflower
    February 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm


    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s biggest rally to start a year since 1991 is coinciding with a 15 percent increase in President Barack Obama’s re-election odds, showing growing investor confidence in the U.S. economy.
    The benchmark gauge for American shares has climbed as much as 7.5 percent in 2012, the most in 21 years, as unemployment fell and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke vowed to keep interest rates near zero through 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.


    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and other opponents have cast Obama as an ineffective steward of the economy and his policies, such as the 2009 stimulus plan, as failures. The gains may make it harder for Republicans, traditionally the party aligned with American business because of their appeals for smaller government, said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University.
    “For a Republican, good news on the stock market is not necessarily good news for them,” Zelizer said in a Feb. 9 phone interview. “They don’t want to be begrudging about it or complaining about good stock prices. But that said, they’re in a bind. Their major case in this election really depends on a bad economy, so any measure that that’s not true, like the market, undercuts the claim.”

  17. 66 Ladyhawke
    February 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm


    Bill Moyers interviewed Bruce Bartlett last Friday and what we get is a very honest analysis of today’s Republican Party from someone who should know. Bruce doesn’t mince words and manages to paint a pretty dysfunctional picture of a party that has lost it’s way. His very candid comments about Grover Norquist are also refreshing. You will find yourself nodding your head in agreement constantly as he hits nail after nail on the head. Think of this as a crash course on the Decline of Today’s Republican Party 101. It’s about 25 minutes, but well worth your time. It’s definitely tweet worthy.


    Bruce Bartlett on Where the Right Went Wrong

    February 10, 2012

    In this Moyers & Company segment, Bill Moyers talks with conservative economist Bruce Bartlett, who wrote “the bible” for the Reagan Revolution, worked on domestic policy for the Reagan White House, and served as a top treasury official under the first President Bush. Now he’s a heretic in the conservative circles where he once was a star.

    Bartlett argues that right-wing tax policies — pushed in part by Grover Norquist and Tea Party activists — are destroying the country’s economic foundation. When he called George W. Bush out as “a pretend conservative” in his book Impostor: Why George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy, Bartlett was fired from his position as a senior fellow at a conservative think tank. His new book is The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform — Why We Need It and What It Will Take



  18. February 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Chips, dear, that Business Insider link doesn’t go anywhere.

  19. February 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Lovely round-up, Chips! All I can do is laugh at Misfit Mitt and his “severely” doomed campaign.

    That tweet from Michelle to her huzzband is too sweet. I’m watching her on the BET Honors right now and she is radiant. Gotta love ’em. ♥ ♥ ♥

  20. 73 JoJothecat
    February 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Yeah and Rick Santorum has the cure for it….

  21. February 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    The Tuskegee Airmen just spoke! They are sooo cute! So dignified and strong. They mentioned oing to the WH and making history. They were just so lovely!

  22. 75 EDP4BHO
    February 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Yeah FLOTUS……yeah yeah !

  23. February 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    And now our beautiful First Lady speaks and look at the expression on Maya Angelou’s face!

  24. 77 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Loving the ovation our FLOTUS received at the BET Honors ceremony!! She is phenomenal woman!!

  25. 78 itgurl_29
    February 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    FLOTUS looks amazing and Maya looks so proud to have her there honoring her.

  26. February 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Good evening Chips and TOD family. It has been a very busy day. My husband had his 1 month doctor apt for his hip replacement surgery. He is doing wonderful. It is so amazing what the doctors can do today. The only thing my husband was disappointed is that he has to wait another 10 days to drive.

    Now I need to go back and read all of todays posts and comments. That was quite the song Adele sang wonder when she sang it?

  27. February 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    FLOTUS is absolutely spectacular in this tribute to Maya. Phenomenal, indeed.

  28. 83 hopefruit2
    February 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    • February 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      hopefruit2 – HELP! Since twitter changed, I no longer know how to imbed tweets. Will you please give me instructions? Thanks much.

      • 85 hopefruit2
        February 14, 2012 at 8:25 am

        Sure. Look in the lower right area of the tweet on the same line as the time stamp and you’ll see the word “details” Click on that word and it will open up the link to the tweet, then just copy the URL and paste as usual! 🙂

  29. 86 CTGirl
    February 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    That was beautiful!

  30. 87 meabloom
    February 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    FLOTUS was just superb!

  31. February 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Dear Chip, I see you’re going to have a lot of work with clips from that BET show. 😉

  32. February 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Miche gave the award to Dr. Maya Angelou. She was so passionate. Love her!

  33. 99 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    LOD has Kelly Price on!

  34. 101 LadyTNT
    February 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    That tribute to Maya was sooooooo beautiful and touching. Mrs. O looked beautiful and her words were equally as beautiful. Maya is definitely an extraoedinary woman.

    We ALL will RISE and re-elect President Obama!!!!

  35. 102 collegekay
    February 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Sigh. TJ Holmes is so sessyyyy…

  36. 103 itgurl_29
    February 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you BET for addressing what the repugs are doing with the voting nonsense!

  37. February 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I hope you have lots of clips. We don’t have the BET channel. Thanks everyone for such great reporting.

    • 106 JoJothecat
      February 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Don’t feel bad MT, I have it at home but I am sitting in a hotel room in Conservative San Diego, CA and they have like 20 Fox News channels, NO MSNBC, NO BET, NO HGTV….all I have is two Showtime channels, TLC, Sports, CNN, and a bunch of channels I never watch. I can’t even get Stephanie Miller or Randi Rhodes down here…I have to be here on more night, maybe then back to lovely liberal los angeles. I didn’t realize San Diego had gotten so conservative.

      • 107 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        February 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Hey, they’re catering to Mitt — up the road in LaJolla…

      • 109 MTmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
        February 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Do you have a smart phone? I listen to Stephanie & Randi on the Iheartradio app on my droid. I listen to the KTLK station. We don’t have any good stations in MT.

        • 110 JoJothecat
          February 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm

          No, I have an old fashsion phone that only makes phone calls and takes pictures. I am debating on getting a Samsung Galaxy II but I need to cut something out like cable or the newspaper.

  38. 111 nospin
    February 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    they are talking about voter fraud at the BET awards. And they are telling them what to do to make sure they still get out the vote. They are talking about the importance of votes.

  39. 113 CTGirl
    February 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    TJ is speaking the truth!

  40. 116 Ladyhawke
    February 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm


    By Gary Ater


    Yes, as many knee-jerk Tea Party voters said in the 2010 mid-term elections, “I’ll show them who’s running this country!”, and they then voted-in a hand-full of super right-wing governors. Many of those voters are now licking their wounds as they are “reaping what they have sown”.

    These radical governors, in this still down economy, are showing just where their priorities lie, and it’s not with our youth or our schools. As it is with the Republicans in Washington, they are all about supporting the very wealthy and the southern evangelicals.

    Here are the 5 states and the governors that I am referring to:

    >>> South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley
    >>> Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley
    >>> Florida’s Governor Rick Scott
    >>> Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett
    >>> Ohio’s Governor John Kasich

    Let’s look at what these governors are doing to their respective states:



    Note: The author will handle Michigan and Wisconsin separately because there is so much to cover.

  41. 117 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Wow, LOD has Kim Burrell on with Kelly Price! I’m getting whiplash switching between channels!!

  42. February 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks everyone for telling me where this was happening (the BET honors) ; am tuned in and loving it!

    • 121 Cindy Sweatt
      February 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

      What are the BET awards? I am so out of the loop. I just love Maya Angelou. I probably don’t get it with my basic cable package.

      oooo yuck. I just heard Palin saying they should have a brokered convention. She is hoping they pick her.

  43. February 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    How many times is Gabrielle Union gonna change her gown? Wonder what she’ll wear next?

  44. 127 Dakota
    February 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    So far I like all of them…oooh that one is hot!

  45. 130 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    LOL! Rickyyyyy!! (Gabrielle Union doing lines from Boys N The Hood as she introduces John Singleton)!
    That was cute!!

  46. February 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Unfortunately, I did miss the dancing and as someone who LOVES and does dance(ing) ; I too would appreciate clips … if anyone has any!

  47. February 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Ew. Samuel L. Jackson…..gross

    • 138 PhillyinJA
      February 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      why you hating on mah man Samuel? 🙂

      • 139 Dudette
        February 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

        Ig’nant-ass statements he made about PBO in Ebony magazine interview.

        • 140 PhillyinJA
          February 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

          Oh I see. 😦 Oh boy, Sammy, Sammy I gotta say its over. Can’t be talking smack about my main man PBO. Its done, ova, fin.

        • 141 symmetry11
          February 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

          Didn’t he say that he only voted for PBO because he is black??

          • 142 Dudette
            February 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

            You’ll have to go read the article for yourself. I refuse to link to it.

          • 143 EDP4BHO
            February 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

            I haven’t read the article but, yes, that’s what’s reported. And he said it wasn’t his policies he voted for. Now, how ignant are you (yes, like I spelled it) to say those sort of things. Like a radio host said, if PBO came off gangsta, he’d be reducing AA’s to our lowest denominator, as some would have loved to see. So stupid.

            • 144 symmetry11
              February 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

              He even did fundraisers for PBO. I am so disappointed in him. I thought he was smarter than that.

              • 145 EDP4BHO
                February 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

                Hee hee. I told a few that I think he gets his movie roles confused with real life. He says a n—- wouldn’t let Joe Wilson call him a liar. Well, Jackson is good, I guess, but he’s never impressed me much. Saying good nite to all. Be blessed.

      • 146 EDP4BHO
        February 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

        Interview in Ebony mag. Despicable language.

      • February 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Dint you hear about how he did a profanity laced interview in which he was talking about what PBO should do? For example he said when Joe ‘You Lie’ Wilson shouted out at PBO at the State of the Union, PBO should have stopped and cursed him out. WTF?! He’s an ass……….Sorry, but it’s true…….. Besides, I’m sure you can find a better man I.e. Denzel? Now that right there is a real man! 😉

  48. 151 collegekay
    February 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I love Stevie ❤

  49. February 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Looks like LOD is dedicating his entire show to Whitney.

  50. 161 hopefruit2
    February 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Get the DVR’s ready if you missed any show tonight. For the folks who missed the BET Honors show this evening, it’s being shown again on Wednesday from 10PM-12Midnight. If you wanted to see the PBS documentary “Slavery by another name” it will re-air tomorrow @7AM tomorrow (depending on where you are the times may be different).

    • 162 EDP4BHO
      February 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks hopefruit. Busy week on TV.

      • 163 gn
        February 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        I second that! I’ve been having a crazy schedule, but my work here is done and I’m headed back to normalcy. It’s going to be nice to catch up on these great programs; I’ve definitely gotta catch my FLOTUS at the BET show.

    • 164 meabloom
      February 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      The PBS documentary actually comes on tonight at midnight where I’m located.

    • 165 Mae who love our CIC
      February 14, 2012 at 3:31 am

      TOD family be sure you watch both shows, the PBS one. So many similarities of what we are facing today. The GOP wants a Congress who will make laws that will oppress us again.

  51. 166 EDP4BHO
    February 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Love the political spin they put on with Stevie and company.

  52. February 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Goodness, Lawrence — with Kelly Price and Kim Burrell — is knocking this Whitney tribute out of the park. Wonderful!

    • 168 Dudette
      February 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Okay? Sometimes he makes me wanna choke him, but today I wanna hug him.

    • February 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      I couldn’t believe poor Kelly Price did that whole first segment with LOD with a big hair strand stuck on her eye—–and every time she would blink, the hair strand was bopping up and down. I couldn’t figure out why she didn’t just just lift it out of her eye, it looked so uncomfortable. All better after the break—-I bet that was a relief.

      • 170 Dudette
        February 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        I guess I wasn’t only one who saw that. Not sure whether it was hair or eyelash. You’d think someone would help her out during commercial break.

  53. 171 LadyTNT
    February 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    OK, I’m liking this Luke James. He is soooooooooooo handsome!!

  54. February 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Cutie patootie is singing. He’s new to the scene. A break-through artist! Sexy voice and hot little bod. :mrgreen:

  55. 181 VotingPoet
    February 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Dear Chips, Thanks so very much for the hard work you do for providing such a place for us . Peace, J

  56. February 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I’m so engrossed in watching LOD I keep forgetting to flip back to BET, but they’re playing it again Wednesday on BET HD! This is one of those times I wished I had a DVR 😦

  57. 183 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    LOD is going full out Whitney — pretty much bumped all the political stuff for tonight.
    Plane carrying Whitney’s body arrives in NJ.

  58. February 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    9:00 AM
    Biden will attends an expanded bilateral meeting with Vice President Xi and other U.S. and Chinese officials in the Roosevelt Room. 
    9:30 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    10:00 AM
    Obama meets with senior advisers.
    11:15 AM
    Obama and Biden meet with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.
    12:45 PM
    Biden and Clinton will host a lunch in honor of Vice President Xi at the State Department.
    2:15 PM
    Carney gives his daily press briefing.
    3:00 PM
    Obama is interviewed by regional television outlets.
    4:45 PM
    Obama meets with Secretary of Defense Panetta.

  59. 189 meabloom
    February 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    That little notification box is so handy dandy notebook. I LIKES!

  60. 190 PhillyinJA
    February 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    love me some Mariah

  61. 191 isonprize
    February 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Is there a live link? LINKY??? ANYONE??? (OR is it over?….) Sigh…..

  62. 194 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Kelly Rowland rocking it for Mariah!! Love it!

  63. 195 collegekay
    February 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Mariah Carey ❤

  64. 196 PhillyinJA
    February 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Go Kelly! Woo you got me dancing

  65. 197 LadyTNT
    February 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm


  66. 200 PhillyinJA
    February 13, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    oh oh thats Patti. I love you Patti!

  67. 201 Dakota
    February 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Miss Patti!!!!!

  68. 202 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Aww.. that was so sweet what Nick said. He really loves her. Cute baby too! Tears!

  69. 203 LadyTNT
    February 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    AWWWW, Nick that’s so sweet!!

  70. February 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Did y’all see the look on Colin Powell’s wife’s face when Mariah was talking?! Hahaha! She looked unsure and nervous about what would come outta Mariah’s mouth. Then she looked relieved and proud! 😆

  71. 205 meabloom
    February 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Stay tuned Anniebella. FLOTUS is coming on again.

  72. February 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    OMG!!! Have y’all seen this fricking commercial?! This is the shiznit!!

  73. 208 anniebella
    February 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Good night everyone.

  74. February 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Debate suddenly shifts on birth control
    By Amie Parnes and Sam Baker – 02/13/12 08:43 PM ET
    The furor over President Obama’s birth-control insurance mandate appears to have vaporized as quickly as it blew up.

    The White House faced just two questions on the issue at a briefing with reporters Monday, just days after the intense controversy threatened to swamp the president’s reelection campaign.

    While the president’s Friday “accommodation” did not win over the White House’s most harsh critics, some Republicans and Catholic groups have offered measured support, including centrist Maine Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, suggesting Obama might have at least muddied the waters. 


    • February 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      I certainly wouldn’t have said that the “intense controversy threatened to swamp the President’s re-election campaign”. It was a gift, because there was no way that the GOP could win if this thing had dragged on. Clearly, the MSM is trying to recover the mess the GOP created for themselves by painting this as a bad thing for President Obama that he tried to secure health care benefits for women, in opposition to the men who try to control them. whereas, a bunch of GOP men tried to deny them health care. How on earth was that going to end up badly for President Obama? They think we’re stupid.

  75. 212 PhillyinJA
    February 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    night,night guys. I loath to leave but its now after 11 and falling asleep. I’ll see y’all tomorrow

  76. 213 isonprize
    February 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Hey TOD family,

    I need some TWITTER help. I was just getting the hang of it. Then they went and changed the format. How come I see tweets from people I don’t know (and don’t want to follow) but I don’t see tweets from the people I do know and follow??

    For example, I see Bobfr’s tweets here at TOD, I follow Bobfr on Twitter, but yet, I do not see his tweets on my twitter account. What am I missing?

    • February 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Click on his name and make sure you are following him. Also, I’m not sure if its always been this way but the twitter name you sign in with (the one in light colored font and has @ before it) now comes second. Again I’m not sure if this has always been this way but I do know that I kept wondering who are these people?

      For example, in the old twitter mine was like this: @Gobrooklyn AW: blah blah blah . With new twitter it says AW @Gobrooklyn: blah blah and you’re wondering who the heck is AW because the name in bold is the one you paid attention to in old twitter.

      Again, I’m not sure about this. Could be I wasn’t paying much attention before.

      • 215 isonprize
        February 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

        Thanks, GoB. Yeah, I checked to make sure that I was following Bobfr, (I am) but I’m still confused. I think Twitter may have lost me. I don’t have the time or the patience to figure it out. Oh well, it’s not like I don’t have enough other stuff to do.

  77. 216 carolyn
    February 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Yes, the birth control flap was another nine-day wonder. The public’s interest is short, and this wasn’t worth the time the media devoted to it. However, I think women will not be watching closely!

  78. 217 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I’m running the video of BET Honors since I missed Aretha! Wooot!! Gotta see Colin Powell dancing!

  79. 220 Andy46
    February 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Hey TOD

    The FLOTUS look awesome on the BET Honors tonight.

    It was great to watch so many brilliant, beautiful and talented African-American female role-models in one room.

  80. February 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Initiating the State Truth Teams-

    President Obama’s Minnesota re-election campaign began in earnest on Monday with the unveiling of its “Truth Team,” part of a nationwide initiative rolled out by the Obama for America campaign.

    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and a slate of local politicians and volunteers gathered at the state Capitol to kick off the campaign, ready to devote the rest of this election cycle to what they see as myth-busting.

    “We are not going to allow any lie to go unanswered,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin.


  81. 223 Andy46
    February 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    After not watching the Daily show for some time, I just finished watching John Stewart
    spent about half his show on the contraception debate…he mentioned the catholic
    church and the child molestation scandal…I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed his show, but tonight
    was a thing of beauty.

    Sorry I don’t have a link.

  82. 224 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Woops! That Wasn’t The Plan

    “According to ABC News, that commercial didn’t exactly have the intended effect on the electorate Hoekstra was hoping for.

    The racially insensitive campaign ad that ignited an onslaught of criticism against Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra has inspired a flood of fundraising for his chief rival, incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

    Within hours after the Hoekstra ad aired during the Super Bowl Feb. 5, featuring an Asian girl commending “Debbie Spend-It-Now” in broken English for shipping U.S. jobs to China, Stabenow launched a money “bomb” in response to what she called the “shocking” and “nasty” ad.

    As of Friday, Stabenow’s money “bomb” had brought in $155,720, about $11,000 more than Hoekstra spent on the ad attacking her.

    Woops! It’s good to know that there are areas of the country where blatant racism doesn’t pay off…”

  83. February 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    That Tyler Perry is really a Class act guy: He provided his private Jet to transport Whitney’s Body from LA to New Jersey..I also remember the time..He took those black kids to Disney Land ..after he heard they were denied to swim in the public school swimming pool..Bless him.

  84. 231 lovingandlaughing
    February 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

    oh my gosh, how is it that that “let’s stay together” clip still gets me to completely squirm and scream like a school girl? i am a completely, completely, completely happily married to an amazingly wonderful man!

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