afternoon all



New York Times

Thank you AJ 😉


TPM: When President Obama spoke to workers in Wisconsin last week, Politico accidentally made itself the story. The paper’s reporter mistook the Wisconsin state flag for the seal of a local union, and cited it as an illustration of President Obama’s pro-union bias.

Politico cleaned the egg off its face by wiping the story from the Internet. But the gaffe made the rounds among actual union officials in the state and now that the laughter’s subsided, they’ve turned it into a membership drive…..

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220 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. 1 Robert
    February 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    First??? Hello to everyone

  2. 5 GGail
    February 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Good West Coast morning & Happy President’s Day, PBO!

  3. February 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    “From knife seller to the President’s hard edge”.

    You crack me up, Chips. Niiice.

  4. 7 Debz
    February 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    The charts may terrify republicans, but that photo of the turtle terrifies me.

    • February 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm


      On the other hand, David Plouffe is one of those guys who is much more handsome in person.

    • February 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

      • 10 AJ
        February 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        I lead a very small life. Not much exciting happens my way. Oh sure, I ran into Joe Kennedy III at my gym (he moved to the neighborhood to run for Barney Frank’s congressional seat), but really…that’s it for excitement.

        So I just want to selfishly note that my husband found the Plouffe article and ordered me to read it, and upon doing so, I first posted it in the last thread.

        So, to quote John Hodgeman on The Daily Show, “You’re Welcome!” :::said with a much less patronizing attitude, and absolutely no mustache at all:::


    • 17 Dave
      February 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Hey! I like turtles!!! Around my house we call mcconnell “Grandma Gummy” which has lately been abbreviated to “Ole Gummy”.

      “Ole Gummy’s on again mumbling his nonsense.”

    • 20 desertflower
      February 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      As someone on the TPM thread said…seeing Turtle’s face actually cracked their glasses…they have to go out and buy a new pair and stimulate the economy!

      So glad you put the facts up regarding the gas prices, Chips! I posted that the other day and didn’t know if anyone saw that…good stuff!

    • February 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      You’re right, Debz. The guy could frighten small children. And the sad thing is, his face is the best thing about him.

    • 22 Pamela
      February 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Photoshop is helpless against this one… No way to mask his true nature

  5. 23 Bill
    February 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I believe Alex Wagner just said Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first woman Supreme Court Justice. But who said Alex Wagner was keyed into reality?

  6. 29 Ladyhawke
    February 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Why Senator Santoravola Can’t Help Himself

    Such remarks confound the pundits, who cannot fathom why Santorum would keep veering off a pre-Michigan script that that was supposed to be geared toward the economy, manufacturing in particular. What this reflects, though, is a misconception grounded in our lack of experience with true political ideologues. We talk a lot these days about Washington having been overtaken by conservative ideologues, but this is an exaggeration. Many of those glibly parroting right-wing ideology these days—say, Eric Cantor—are mere opportunists. But Rick Santorum is a rare breed—a bona fide ideologue with a fixed and coherent world view. He can’t just switch some button and turn off the social stuff and talk jobs instead. It’s all woven together. “I’m not going to go out and lay out an agenda about how we’re going to transform people’s hearts,” he said today. “But I will talk about it.”


  7. February 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Day Chips! Good Day TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    “In this country, we don’t give up, even when times are tough. We look out for one another. We reach for new opportunities. We pull each other up. We stay focused on the horizon. That’s who we are. That’s who we’ve always been. And if we work together right now, with common purpose and common effort, I have no doubt we will build an economy that lasts, and we will remind the world just why it is that the United States of America is the greatest country on Earth. We said it, we will do it.”

    –from Remarks by the President on American Manufacturing, Boeing Production Facility, Everett, Washington, February 17, 2012

    Have a great day, everyone! 😛

  8. February 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Ha! I LOVE that poster of all the US Presidents — its the picture that sends right-wingers, birthers, neocons, and supremacists into a cold sweat and wakes them up in the middle of the night. 😆

  9. 38 yardarm756
    February 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    G’day TODville. It’s a beautiful day in Chi-town and in spite of it Santorum is still a scum-bag. I’m praying for you ladies to maintain control of your va-jay-jays!

  10. February 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I am very happy since we have successfully completed our first big project in Kenya today.

    Celebration tomorrow. 🙂

  11. 58 jeff
    February 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I’m just curious what is everyone’s favorite president? OTHER THAN PBO

    • 59 CTGirl
      February 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Kennedy 🙂

    • 60 Linda
      February 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Tough one to answer for me……

      I liked LBJ’s Great Society but not his War policy in Nam.

    • February 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Truman. A sincere pol, a rare breed.

      “Other than PBO” is a downer. He is teh bestest evah. But then I’m a friggin’ indian (no, not the ” ‘come to our casino indian’ “). So it doesn’t matter much.

    • 64 hopefruit2
      February 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Honest Abe.

    • 66 Bill
      February 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      The times and circumstances being so different make it a very difficult question to answer but interesting to ponder. Considering his faults I still much respect the intellectual power of Jefferson, the leadership of Lincoln during the Civil War, the progressive accomplishments of Teddy Roosevelt, the leadership of FDR during the depression and WW II, and the common sense of Truman during the post war era all stand out in my mind. But I agree, PBO is my favorite.

      • 67 utaustinliberal
        February 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        Hey that’s my list too Bill. But I’d add a couple more:

        1. Jefferson
        2. Lincoln
        3. TR
        4. FDR
        5. Truman
        6. JFK.
        7. LBJ

        But of course PBO is my favorite.

    • February 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Presidents that fascinate me include Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and JFK. They were all deeply flawed, but brilliant in their own ways, and incredibly visionary. I put aside my AA womanhood (to which American history hasn’t always been kind, including by these men) to make this assessment, lol.

    • 69 Lorraine
      February 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Abraham Lincoln
      Lyndon Johnson
      Dwight Eisenhower
      Harry Truman
      John F. Kennedy
      Franklin D. Roosevelt
      Ulysses S. Grant
      John Quincy Adams
      Bill Clinton

      Ronald Reagan – I like him, not his policies but him.

      • February 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        I was little when Eisenhower was president and grew up being pretty dismissive of him. But the more I read about him as an adult the more I like him.

        • 71 Lorraine
          February 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

          I agree, I went to President’s Park in Virgina on a church trip. That place was (was because they closed it but not before they made the bust of President Obama) wonderful. So much information on our Commanders in Chiefs. I didn’t know so many were strong abolitionist before it was the “in” thing to be or do. The more I read the more I like about all of them.

        • February 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

          I always felt Eisenhower was the perfect President for his times. After WWII and Korea, he represented a much more low key approach to things, although he could be very tough at times (Little Rock). But I think the country needed a ittle rest and he was just right. Plus, a lot of things did get done, the Interstate Highway system just being one. Nowadays, he would be a centrist Democrat. Ideology was not his bag.

    • 73 vcprezofan2
      February 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      (New to politics as I am, there is no OTHER THAN) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA! :lol::lol: 😆 😆

    • February 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      LBJ warts and all or as he used to say with the bark off.

      And Nixon. Yeah I know but there you go.

    • 76 Jessica
      February 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Number 1 is definitely PBO but then it’s TR, Lincoln, and JFK (deeply flawed but there is something about him). Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson did good things for the country = much respect for them. I honestly can’t go much further back then that because I honestly find that the earliest history of America kind of boring. 🙂

    • February 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Teddy Roosevelt. Magnificent.

    • February 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Washington…bar none.

      • February 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm

        I just read everyone’s lists…you guys are killing me, here. Are you serious? Without Washington, there would be no Republic. He cast the mold for peaceful transition of power. He was asked to be King, you know…and he declined! Think about that.

  12. 80 aristac
    February 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    seeing that poster of the presidents, that is when it hits you, Wow! the first Black President.

    • 81 Betsy
      February 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      And just wait until 2016, when after PBO is finished his second term, we have a female president: Elizabeth Warren, or ??? Kamala Harris??? or ????

    • February 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Last week my second graders had a chance to pick a simple biography of a famous person and make a little “Guess Who” poster. This included clues as to the person they picked. A couple picked President Obama. Their clues included “Born in Hawai’i”, “has two children named Sasha and Malia”, “has a dog named Bo”. As with some of the other children, I had to remind them to include a clue that mentioned their big accomplishment/what they were famous for. Both kids wrote “And he’s president now!” First African-American president does not occur to them at all, he’s simply the president-now. We did change the world.

      • 84 Dave
        February 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        TX Representative Louie Gohmert has introduced a bill to make it illegal for any picture of President Obama to be published, printed or otherwise placed next to the picture of any past president or future, white president.

        (JK. But I’m sure there are imbeciles like him thinking about it.)

        • February 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

          I know people are always complaining about frivolous law suits, but I think there should be Severe Federal Penalties for frivolous law-making! (Always thing of Steve Martin when I say that).

      • 87 vcprezofan2
        February 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        ‘First African-American president does not occur to them at all, he’s simply the president-now. We did change the world.’

        And because of this, nothing Santorum, Willard etc do will change ‘back’ these children’s perception of THEIR world. Sweet!

      • 88 Dudette
        February 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        That really is profoundly powerful!

      • February 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

        There is truly hope for this Nation.

  13. 90 Linda
    February 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Just read this elsewhere…..

    OMG Y’all. On MSNBC, Rick’s press secretary just accidental­ly called President Obama a Ra.dical Is.lamist instead of a Ra.dical Environmen­talist.

    and this.

    E d just reported this on his sirius radio show. I heard she tweeted it. This is going to get very ug.ly very fast.


    Can anyone verify this ??????????????? Yikes

  14. 117 AJ
    February 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Chips, you are simply fabu.

    That is all.


  15. February 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Dayton should see ‘lost’
 aerospace, automotive and manufacturing jobs returning

    DAYTON — Many of those so-called jobs that “would never come back” are on their way back to the United States, in the view of corporate leaders, economists and a study by a global consulting group.
    Game-changing factors include rising fuel and wage costs abroad and supply-chain concerns following natural disasters like the tsunami that hit Japan. Desire for quicker delivery times and quality control is a large motive, too. Dayton, located on Interstate 75, should see new aerospace, automotive, and advanced manufacturing, said Kristi Tanner, CEO of the new JobsOhio economic development agency.
    “Ohio can be the reshoring capital of the Midwest,” Tanner said.


    • February 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Hey Meta, this is good news. Thanks for the link. I just hope that everyone in Ohio and other places do not forget whose on their side in November. PBO is focused, consistent and hones,t and those are only a few things I love about him.

  16. February 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    A nice article with facts and figures about the payroll tax cut

    The Middle Class Wins in Congress


    added a video

  17. 128 desertflower
    February 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    From Benen this morning:

    * In a bit of a surprise, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee in January, $6.02 million to $4.8 million. The NRCC, however, still has more money in the bank, thanks to larger Democrats debts.

    * The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee in January, $5 million to $4.2 million.

  18. February 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    SFPD “It Gets Better” Video


    such a great idea that started at the WH

  19. 130 OkeyO
    February 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    We have to aware MSNBC is no friend of the President or our Democratic values. Andrea Mitcheal just stood there and listen to Rick Santorium spokeswoman Alice whatever fu…k her names is say that the President Policy are “Radical Islamic” and this woman did not have the courage, guts or the decency to correct it. We are fighting a media battle here and all hands must be on deck to call out anybody regardless.

    • 131 Bill
      February 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      I read somewhere Alice Stewart began work as a local news broadcaster in Little Rock and then went to work for the Huckster. She of course later worked for Bachmann. Her background is somewhat questionable I would say.

  20. February 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Chips, laughing so freakin’ hard at your tweet to Byron Tau!!!!!! SCORE!!

  21. February 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I had MSNBC on in the background while surfing the toobz and missed what Rick Sanctimonious’ press secretary’s Freudian slip. I was half listening to Andrea Mitchell’s interview. Anybody know how Mitchell reacted when this was said?

    • February 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Oh I see by OkeyO’s post above, that Mitchell didn’t react. Actually, I don’t know if this isn’t that bad. Just like when Frieze made the aspirin comment on her show. She let the words speak for themselves. The result was it went viral. Had she reacted, then the story may have been about her reaction, instead of the comment.

  22. 136 Ladyhawke
    February 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Silent protest outside, Virginia House puts off ultrasound vote

    By Steve Benen


    What appears to be a crowd of several hundred people gathered today at the Virginia state capitol. Standing silently in the cold, they lined the walkway used by the legislators who have been voting on — and voting away — women’s rights in Virginia.



    • 137 Linda
      February 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      I hope they are protesting the personhood bill too.

      Yikes….these Republicans scare me.!

    • 138 Bill
      February 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      I thought it had passed in the State Senate and House of Delegates and was awaiting the governor’s signature which he has said he would do. I hope it ruins any future political career he might have.

    • February 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Someone in the comments mentioned that the VA rape by ultrasound bill was sponsored by a woman?!?! Can this really be true?

    • 143 vcprezofan2
      February 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      psst! Ladyh, it seems this article’s credit goes to Laura Conaway, not Stevie B. (Wouldn’t want to step on Laura’s artistic toes.)

      • 144 Ladyhawke
        February 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        Thanks for catching that. My apologies to Laura Conaway.

        Silent protest outside, Virginia House puts off ultrasound vote

        By Laura Conaway

        Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:14 PM EST

  23. February 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Being webz challenged, maybe someone can tell me how to ‘follow’ The Obama Diary on the twitter machine. I did click follow during Whitney’s funeral ( figured that’s where everyone was), but didn’t know what to do after that. I ended up in tweeterville all by my lonesome. 😦

  24. February 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    From the White House: “On Thursday, President Obama will travel to the University of Miami to continue to discuss his blueprint for an economy built to last. The President’s remarks to University of Miami students and faculty members are open to pre-credentialed members of the media only.”

  25. 151 vitaminlover
    February 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I really like David Plouffe. In the movie ‘By the People’ he showed himself to be a very cool, level-headed strategist. He has a very quiet and loyal demeanor but this man is powerful. I am glad that he is on President Obama’s side. He makes a very formidable enemy.

  26. February 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Andrea Mitchell says Sanctimonious’ press secty called back in to say she misspoke and meant radical environmentalism, not radical Islamism. Andrea said she didn’t catch it at the time or would have challenged it. She said she does believe it was a misspeak and not an intentional slur. I say, there’s a reason it’s called a Freudian slip.

    • 153 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      February 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Yeah, right. But we already knew the MSM is full of crap.

    • 154 Linda
      February 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Yeah sure…..Andrea is pretending.

    • February 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      I don’t believe it for a second – she’s doing dog whistles. The words came very smoothly from her lips in the video clip.

      Besides – There’s nothing radical about President Obama’s environmental agenda. It’s common sense. And it’s also sound science.

  27. 156 Jessica
    February 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Warning Media Takeout is not the most legitimate site but this is supposedly Flotus skiing. Also the the accompanying pic of the girls is like 2 years old.


  28. February 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    HUD Secretary Donovan Calls On Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac To Do More For Troubled Homeowners


    wonder how we can pressure the Fannie Mae guy – he seems like such a roadblock

  29. February 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Happy Presidents Day to everyone. it is Carnival Monday in Trinidad.

    Does anyone know how much money the Republican candidates raised in January?

    • 160 utaustinliberal
      February 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      If you’re asking about congressional republicans, then I got this through Desertflower who got this through Steve Benen.

      * In a bit of a surprise, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee in January, $6.02 million to $4.8 million. The NRCC, however, still has more money in the bank, thanks to larger Democrats debts.

      * The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee in January, $5 million to $4.2 million.

      If you’re asking about the GOP clowns aka Romney et al., I’m not sure if they’ve released their January numbers yet.

  30. February 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Peter Thiel is the largest contributor to the super PAC supporting Ron Paul’s presidential bid.

    This guy owns Pay Pal!

  31. 163 hopefruit2
    February 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Why is Rachel bringing MMflint on her show tonight?!?!? So he can bash the President gratuitously with lies while she sits there and giggles?

  32. 166 lisalovesobama
    February 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    i loved, loved, loved the Plouffe story!!!!! especially the part about him being an alter ego of sorts to PBO. i love that Plouffe’s personality matches PBO’s. it should. but i also like their differences. David is hard nosed and unromantic – in terms of politics. whereas PBO is more poetic and romantic. both are super smart but one comes off as warm and fuzzy(in my estimation) with very, very sharp edges whereas the other is more cool and surgical. i love it. they are perfect together. its like two halves of one whole. yin and yang. i love it……. did i say how much i love them both? Was i the only one who heard a bit of complaing in Bill Dailey’s quotes about how PBO trusted David’s word over most people’s? and why not, i ask. those two– according to this article– are two peas in a pod. i mean this with no disrespect but DP seems like the kind of person you can trust to tell you the cold, honest and sometimes nasty truth . he’s the type of guy i’d want at my back in a knife fight……. join the mob indeed. he may not have fulfilled that fantasy, but i think he would have made a fantastic godfather.

    • February 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      I only ever saw Plouffe as very smart not hard nosed and unromantic but I never had a conversation with him so…

      I will say this, I went to his book signing (Plouffe) and while he was talking his mannerisms and movements reminded me so much of Pres.Obama. I remember saying to myself – ‘these two are really joined at the hip because they remind me of each other’.

      You know what? I did see a bit of that “hard nosed and unromantic” part of him during the Q&A with the audience. Someone asked why didn’t Pres.Obama at least try to pass single payer and Plouffe basically said ‘get real’. He said there was no time to engage in fantasies (my word) and that we have to work with what we have with the time that we had. I wanted to clap because I liked his realness.

      • 168 lisalovesobama
        February 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        i don’t know him, nor have i ever had a conversation with him, but i can so hear him saying a politer version of ‘get real’.

      • 169 Obama Grandmama
        February 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

        When David Plouffe’s book came out about the campaign I hinted to my daughter who lived in DC at the time that I would like that book for Xmas. Then I forgot I had mentioned it as I give a lot of ideas when she asks. She went to his book signing and got it autographed to me so it was a very much appreciated Xmas gift.

    • February 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Just reading the article now and no it didn’t sound like Dailey was complaining.

    • February 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Lisa, I was a little annoyed by Daley’s quotes as well. There was no need for all that hyperbole about both Plouffe and the president being private. I think in most cases, “private” also means disciplined in the sense that they don’t blab all the time and reveal their feelings to everybody. With PBO’s stressful schedule and the constant needs to be “on,” I can’t imagine any sensible person not wanting to be “private.” Being private is also a protection against unwanted leaks. PBO knows how damaging it would be to his presidency if people didn’t respect the need for a tight ship. I thought Daley got a little close to the edge of being a blabbermouth.

  33. 173 L3
    February 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    But, she didn’t say that. She said the first woman on the Supreme Court.

    • February 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      And yet another example of how the so-called ‘pro-life’ are full of it. Pro-birth, yes – life? not so much.

    • February 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Df, thanks for the link. This is stupid beyond words. Do they have a sign on the door that says donations will only be accepted from groups that meet our strict moral standards? If they claim that their doors are open for donations from all, then they have crossed an ethical barrier here and they should be exposed. If I were PP, I’d make sure this story were widely known and encourage people to contribute their food products elsewhere. There are many organizations and churches that are more than happy to collect these donations and even thank you for it.

    • February 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      DF, this is really a good article that I hope gets wide attention. Sanctimonious Santorum was lying through his teeth about this company. He didn’t help them out of concern for “small” business, they were his sugar daddy. Despite having many kids (his little one has serious breathing problems) he could care less about polluting our air. The man is toxic just like the environment he lobbies for. It’s no wonder the calls PBO’s sensible pro environment politices “radical.”

      • 184 desertflower
        February 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm

        Ricky seems to LIKE Sugar Daddies! You are so right, Jackie…another one with no core and no morals. Color me surprised!

        • February 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

          They are such liars, and hypocrites. These people twist the scriptures, wrap themselves in Bible verses that contradict they actions toward POB. They are truly an ugly segement of this nation that makes this nation a laughingstock all over the world. It is certainly sad .

          I am grateful that POB stays focus on his job, stay true to his office as President of the United States, and does not ‘play church’ in front of people, but rather live out his faith through his compassionate actions, caring for those who are the ‘least of these’, and does not go around ‘judging others when the very Bible states “Judge not, that you be not judged, for with what judgement you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it wil be measured back to you.

          And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye, and look ,a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite!HZ

    • 186 vcprezofan2
      February 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Seems like Mother Jones is doing/has done a little series on Ricky boy –


  34. 190 desertflower
    February 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm


    Why Mitt Romney’s Presidential Prospects May Not Be Salvageable

    THE MITT ROMNEY CRISIS transcends the seven straight national polls showing Rick Santorum in the lead. It goes beyond the embarrassing reality that the son of an auto executive and two-term governor has been behind in every Michigan poll conducted since Groundhog’s Day. Even more devastating for Romney is that elite Republicans have begun to conclude that he cannot, if nominated, beat Barack Obama. About the only argument that still works for Romney among GOP insiders is that he would be less of a drag on the ticket than the strident Santorum or the mercurial Newt Gingrich.

  35. 191 donna dem 4 obama
    February 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    TOD Family I consider myself a novice at twitter. I tweet occasionally and basically use it to retweet the things you all post here. I have had a twitter account since the 2008 campaign but hardly ever used it. Chips and Meta were my inspirations to use it more in support of the President when TOD put together the official “twitter brigade” last year. I use it to share links, pictures, fundraise and to direct volunteers to the OFA site. I generally feel pretty good if I get a dozen or so retweets.

    Today I posted a picture of PBO as the 44th President in honor of President’s Day stating how proud I am of him. I came back to twitter this afternoon and noticed that I suddenly have a couple hundred additional twitter “followers”. So I looked up my tweets (at a site called MyTopTweets) to find that the President’s Day tweet has been retweeted 1,803 (and counting) times. 90% of the replies are positive supporters of our President and the 10% are just crazy whack job Repubs. I must say that this exercise has convinced me of the real power of twitter.

    I hope this inspires some of you who do not tweet to get onboard. Trust me, if someone as technically challenged as I am can do it anyone can. 😉

    • 192 collegekay
      February 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Awesome Donna! I just followed and RT’ed you.

    • 194 Linda
      February 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      That is beautiful……

      Fox will say that , that is Aljazeera’s Symbol….3….2…1

    • February 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Oh of Course! After the SOTU I got frustrated with people in my time line yapping about “Obama needs to” do this or that when the man has been busting his ass for the past three years. I tweeted that WE should be asking him where he needs help rather than some BS ‘feet to the fire’ demands and it got 100+ (and counting) RT’s. Days later I was STILL seeing it RT’d.

    • 198 vcprezofan2
      February 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Excellent tribute, DD4O, and thank you for the encouragement. Must say though that there’s no way ** I ** could get a picture into my tweet.

    • 199 nathkatun7
      February 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Thank you Donna dem 4 Obama for sharing this. I am an oldie (senior citizen they call us), but what you wrote encouraged and inspired me to try to learn about this twitter communication revolution. Hopefully, I will be joining you shortly. You guys are doing exceptional work of spreading the message.

  36. February 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Lord Have Mercy!!

    • February 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      My husband went and test drove a Volt and came home smitten. He said it was like driving a spaceship and so smooth and fast. Now we really want the Volt so bad but alas! Can’t afford one yet. I am afraid to test drive it because I don’t think I could leave the lot without one. One day I WILL get an electric car.
      (Gingrich is such a dip. Gun rack! What a maroon!)

  37. 202 donna dem 4 obama
    February 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    If you’ve got a PayPal account you may want to reconsider 😉

    PayPal billionaire Peter Thiel has donated an additional $1.7 million to a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, making him the primary funder behind Endorse Liberty Inc. since it was founded late last year.


  38. February 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Important read via Deaniac @ThePeoplesView – Jim Crow may be coming soon to a state near you – http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/jim-crow-may-be-coming-soon-to-state.html

  39. February 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 2/20/12 1:44 PM
    The Indy Star reports that Mitch Daniels told reporters he’s getting more calls to enter the race, as his adviser Eric Holcomb told Jonathan Martin, but that he isn’t changing his mind:

    • 210 donna dem 4 obama
      February 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      That man has personal, scandal issues involving his wife. He is not going to put his family through that scrutiny. The Repubs are simply crazy. They keep floating Daniels and Jeb Bush. Do they honestly think this country is ready to elect another Bush? Make our Day and nominate Jeb! They are just grasping at thin air. Anybody But Romney. Ha!!!

      I’m gonna work my heart out for PBO. These rightwing nuts are beyond Crazy!!!

      • February 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        Jeb Bush is too sane to run in this one. we’ve barely got the stink out of the House after his brother left it in a mess. Plus, it’s been 3 years and more people, by double digits still think he’s more at fault for the economy than PBO which is the truth. Dems would laugh their asses off if Jeb ran now. The win for PBO would be so easy, it would be laughable.

    • February 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Yes, Mitch PLEASE enter the race. Please Please Please. Pres.Obama would love nothing more than to run against Pres.Bush’s budget director. The one who helped to orchestrate this mess.

  40. February 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    From the White House: “President Obama spoke with President Karzai of Afghanistan today. They discussed regional support for Afghan-led reconciliation, the Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran trilateral meetings last week in Islamabad, and other strategic issues of mutual concern. They agreed to speak again soon to remain closely aligned as both countries continue our efforts to achieve common goals, and work to forge a long-term partnership.”

  41. February 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Santorum aide points to Obama’s ‘radical Islamic policies’
    Comments (2) By BYRON TAU | 2/20/12 2:54 PM EST
    A top Rick Santorum aide slips up and says that her candidate’s comment last week about Obama’s “phony theology” referred to his “radical Islamic policies.”


  42. February 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks UT. I was asking about The GOP clowns fundraising. I thought Friday was the day for everyone to report.

  43. February 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Their is McCain/Graham on CNN, they want WAR, and they want it now.
    Got it?
    And the media loves, loves, lives John McCain.
    Talk about over exposure?

  44. February 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Although I didn’t grow up in the US I have lived through 11 presidents and remember something about all of them. My favourite is of course the current office holder but I also loved Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was a hero to everyone back then.

    • 220 nathkatun7
      February 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      President Dwight D. Eisenhower was also a very sane and pragmatic president who would not fit in with the current crop of Republicans. People forget that Eisenhower sided with Egypt, and opposed the actions of U.K, France and Israel, during the 1956 Suez Crisis. I suppose today’s neocons and Christian fundamentalists would label this war hero, Dwight Eisenhower, as an anti-israel islamist!

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