rise and shine (and heads up)

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James Fallows (The Atlantic): … but then he gets a chance to sing at the White House tonight, doing Sweet Home Chicago with Mick Jagger and also B.B. King?? Jeesh, talk about being the most powerful man in the world.

…. The guy does have a charm that is hard to imagine the Santorums or Romneys ever matching ….  for extra enjoyment check out the shots of White House chief of staff Jacob Lew bopping in the background. A real hep cat, for sure!

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AP: A surging Rick Santorum is running even with Mitt Romney atop the Republican presidential field, but neither candidate is faring well against President Barack Obama eight months before Americans vote, a new survey shows.

Obama tops 50 percent support when matched against each of the four GOP candidates and holds a significant lead over each of them, according to the Associated Press-GfK poll….

….. Obama holds an 8-point lead over Romney, 9 points over Santorum and 10 points over Gingrich or Paul…. Notably, the survey showed the president dominating among independents, a group central to Obama’s 2008 victory, whose support for him had faltered in recent months. According to the poll, 6 in 10 independents would choose Obama over any of the Republicans.

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Marquette: President Barack Obama leads each of his Republican rivals in Wisconsin, according to the new Marquette Law School Poll. Obama leads former Senator Rick Santorum 51 percent to 40 percent and leads former governor Mitt Romney by 53 percent to 38 percent. In January, Obama’s lead over Romney was 48 percent to 40 percent. The president holds a 52 percent to 36 percent lead over Rep. Ron Paul and a 56 percent to 33 percent margin over former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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Charles Pierce: It should be A Very Special Episode, this Wednesday night’s season finale of the 1,329,465,771.5 Republican debates. They should invite the whole cast back, all the people who left the show for their own spinoffs, the way they brought Rhoda and Phyllis back when Mary Richards got fired at WJM. Look, here’s Herman Cain, and there’s Michele Bachmann, and there’s Rick Perry, stumbling and falling into the potato salad. And there’s the formerly invisible Jon Huntsman. Who knew he was so tall?

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The Week


Chris Matthews video here, Ed Schultz here




Steve Benen: Last week, the House Oversight Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa, held a one-sided hearing on contraception access, featuring an opening panel of five conservative men – and no one else. Democrats on the committee had invited a witness, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, but Issa refused to allow her to participate.

House Dems aren’t taking “no” for an answer …. Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that a Democratic panel will meet this week to hear testimony from just one witness: Sandra Fluke….

…. There was, however, an unexpected twist yesterday afternoon … the Republican-controlled Committee on House Administration has refused to allow the hearing to be televised ….. what is it, exactly, about Fluke’s perspective that has Republicans so concerned? The law student wants to share the story of a classmate who lost an ovary due to an ailment that could have been treated with birth control.

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Morning everyone 😉

141 Responses to “rise and shine (and heads up)”

  1. 1 symmetry11
    February 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Morning all

  2. 9 jeff
    February 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Russ Feingold says he was glad that Obama got Anwar Al-Awlaki. What makes this so great is that Feingold is one of Cenk’s and other professional lefts hero’s. I too like Feingold but wished he wasn’t always so ideological.

    • 10 utaustinliberal
      February 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

      He’s probably singing PBO’s praises now because he’s been appointed along with Eva Longoria, Bill Daley, Antonio Villarigosa, Ted Strickland et al., as National Co-Chair of PBO’s re-election campaign.

      • 11 Mel
        February 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Eva Langoria and Antonio Villarraigosa my brother and sista Antonio and Eva are well like in the Latino
        comunity Bravo mr President we are with youu all the way you can count on us si se puesde.

  3. February 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Morning, Chips.

    Thanks for the videos 🙂

  4. February 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    This is Mitt Romney

    by BooMan
    Tue Feb 21st, 2012 at 08:07:37 PM EST

    Based on the January filings with the FEC, Barack Obama has raised more money from small donors (those giving under $200) than Mitt Romney has raised in total. Romney has raised 90% of his money from big donors (those giving more than $200). Without the Super PACS this would be completely disastrous because big donors can only give so much to the campaign and then they are capped out, while Obama can keep going back to his small donors for more. Romney can get around that limitation thanks to the Supreme Court’s outrageous decision in the Citizens United case, but that doesn’t mean he’s not in trouble. The truth is that Romney’s campaign is rapidly going broke.

    The Romney for President committee spent nearly $18.8 million against more than $6.5 million raised in January, and it reported $7.67 million cash on hand as of the month’s end.

    At that rate, by the time February is done, Romney will be selling IOU’s to the Chinese to keep his campaign going. By comparison, the president has $96 million in cash on hand and no immediate need to use any of it. And, as I’ve noted, most of his donors are in position to give several more times before they’re maxed-out.
    If you’ve spent the last four years surfing in the liberal blogosphere, you might be under the misimpression that Obama’s base is disillusioned and won’t respond the same way they did in 2008. It’s simply not true.


  5. 15 CTGirl
    February 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    He is such a wonderful man, our excellent president! Love him! Morning all!

  6. February 22, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Found this in this month’s Town & Country:


    It was Andrew Jackson who first planted a magnolia tree on the White House lawn, with a sprout from a tree near his Tennessee home. THat Jacksonian impluse to reuse and recycle is alive and well. Jewelry designer Kara Ross has been commissioned to create wood cuffs and trays to be presented as gifts by the Obamas to visiting heads of state and their spouses. The pieces – the bracelets are inscribed with the First Lady’s name, the trays with the President’s – are made from wood that has fallen from the White House trees.

  7. February 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Good morning TODville!!!! Another Awesome Day with President Obama. Lots of beautiful energy in the air!!

  8. February 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    yeah, but the guy can’t dance.

    /ducks & runs

  9. February 22, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Good Morning everyone. Loved the President signing last night…love the fact that Chips had the clip up first and that is the one everyone has been using. Off to work in a bit…

    Have an Obama Day!

  10. February 22, 2012 at 9:25 am

    TOP DIPLOMAT — Hillary Clinton tomorrow begins a four-nation trip to London and North Africa, the State Department announced yesterday. In Tunisia, Clinton will meet with “Friends of Syria,” a group of nations that support the Syrian opposition movement. Key question: Will they start mapping out a plan for arming the rebels?

    Clinton’s trip comes as the White House and State Department are engaging in a coordinated messaging campaign to open the door to possible military assistance in Syria, the Associated Press reported. “We don’t want to take actions that would contribute to the further militarization of Syria,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. “But we don’t rule out additional measures.” http://bit.ly/zHTMyk

  11. February 22, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Good Morning lovely people of TOD!

    What a joyous evening last night was. I went to bed and slept like a happy baby having my President’s singing be the last sound in my ears.

    And off we are to another day of battle in our quest of re-electing this incredible President.
    Have a lovely day, everyone!

    P.S. Chips, have I told you lately that I love you?
    Have I told you there’s no other blog above you?
    You fill my heart with gladness…………………………..Thank YOU, for all you do!

  12. February 22, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Watergate Manufacturing, Inc.

    by Zandar

    As Steve Benen notes, pretty much everything is “Obama’s Watergate” to Republicans: going on vacation, eating a hamburger, brushing his teeth, and he possibly may have farted once HISTORY’S GREATEST MONSTER ahem sorry. This week’s Watergate, according to the American Spectator, is…Media Matters.

    No, really.

    They’re comparing the paranoid President Nixon’s private investigators hired to find anything they could on his political opponents to…a media watchdog group. See, a media watchdog group that calls out Republicans on their lies HAS to be working for President Obama, who HAS to have an “enemies list” just like Nixon! Q.E.D.!

    And former Reagan official Jeffrey Lord spends 8 pages on this tortured logic. Well, really, he spends 5 and a half pages rehashing Watergate itself, and the rest on that bastion of journalistic freedom, Tucker Carlson, and his hit jobs on Media Matters at the Daily Caller.


  13. February 22, 2012 at 9:29 am


    Republicans Losing Interest in Presidential Race
    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds nterest in the Republican presidential race is slipping: Just 40% of Republicans say they have a great deal of interest in following the contest, compared with 48% in December.

    Key findings: Only 23% are strongly satisfied with the field and 40% said they are dissatisfied with the candidates running.


  14. 49 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2012 at 9:33 am


    Matthews: The GOP is becoming a ‘brownfield.’

    The Hardball host says the Republican Party is turning into a land that has been contaminated by too much soot in the air, by the dumping of endless hazardous waste.


  15. 54 Suzette
    February 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Good morning all. Thanks for the videos Chips.
    Especially love the President singing. Isn’t he awesome? I just love seeing him on a daily basis.
    (my sisters say I am obsess, but I just know a good thing).

    • 55 anniebella
      February 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Suzette, I come to the Obama Diary everyday, for hours. And when my family and friends ask me what am I doing? I say I’m on the computer, the first thing they say is I bet you’re on that Obama Diary. I said you will win that bet because that’s where I am. I don’t even argue with them, I just tell them you’re welcome to come on aboard. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

      • February 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

        😆 That’s hilarious anniebella, say hello to your family!

      • 57 Suzette
        February 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

        That’s a good one… usually I tell them not to hate just appreciate.

        But they mean good because they will also want me to spin the computer so they can see the fabulous pictures I am looking at or watch a video too (lol).

  16. February 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

    ON THE HORIZON — The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial starts Feb. 27. At least, if there’s going to be a trial at all: After MOEX settled state and federal charges for its role in the spill last week, some are speculating that BP will reach a deal of its own before the trial starts. The SF Chronicle: http://bit.ly/yesRKc.

  17. February 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

    WASHINGTON–First Lady Michelle Obama work out routine while on the road includes jumping rope in her hotel room–3,500 jumps each morning. She discussed her drill in an interview out Wednesday with SIRIUS XM host Joe Madison. Hat tip to Obamafoodorama for flagging the interview.
    Joe Madison: “Talk about how the Obamas live what they preach when it comes to…[the ‘Let’s Move’ initiative]….how do you work out when you are on the road?”


  18. February 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

    The chickens are coming home to roost in regards to Santorum and the entire Republican establishment is running scared. What did they expect? For years they’ve been using these cultural wedge issues to dummify their base and turn them into of millions of moralizing McCarthyites. Everybody that is not a true believer is an enemy of the Republic.

    Well guess what? Now they have a true believer who has a real shot at winning the nomination. He’ll give the base all the red meat they can handle and in the process drive the entire party over a cliff.

    Happy landings.

    • 64 desertflower
      February 22, 2012 at 9:46 am


    • February 22, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Santorum is getting a lot of pushback from the National media, just like all who oppose Robney.

      • 67 anniebella
        February 22, 2012 at 10:58 am

        Jovie, you don’t think that lying bastard deserve pushback, I do. I can’t stand Rick Santorum or Mitt or Newt.

        • 68 sabreen60
          February 22, 2012 at 11:02 am

          They all lie. It would be bad enough if they just stood flat footed and said “this is what we believe”. But noooooooooooo, that’s not good enough. They have to tell endless lies about the President. I don’t care if they lie about each other, but when they lie about the President, that’s a bridge too far.

      • February 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

        Yep. They want a two faced phony to have the right to lose to The President not a genuine basket case who’s running for archbishop.

    • February 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

      The real problem for the Republican Party is that even if Romney gets the nomination (which I still think he will) they will still have to give a prominent speaking part to Santorum at the convention. In th 90’s they were able to keep Buchanan out of the spotlight. But Santorum has too big a following which won’t let him be bypassed at the convention. And we know that Santorum won’t stop spilling his toxic waste just because the party honchos tell him to.

      This means that the whole country will get to witness first hand just how crazy the Republican Party has become.Unlike 2008, I don’t expect the Republican nominee to get a convention bounce. If anything, there might be the reverse effect.

      • February 22, 2012 at 11:03 am

        A prominent speaking role guarantees he will totally upstage Romney and get the loudest and longest applause at the convention. Something that will damage Mitt as badly as any of his past present and future gaffes.

    • 72 Pamela
      February 22, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Crash landings!

    • 73 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      February 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

      I’m loving it

  19. February 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Heads up everyone:

    10:00 AM EST: President Obama Speaks at the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture



  20. February 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Good morning Ms Chips and TOD family. Well ,I had a ball, danced away for Carnival in Trinidad, and I have literally spent this Ash Wednesday morning, after massaging my entire body of course, catching up on all this good stuff. Slowly getting back on track after all the fun. You know, it would really augur well for those intense and uptight repugs to free-up and release their craziness in a festival as Carnival. I feel it would somehow give them an entirely new perspective,if that is at all possible!

    • February 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Sounds like you had a great time. Love hearing about the tropics here in snowy Montana. I think any of the Repubs letting loose at a Carnival is not a possiblity. They all have sticks up their butts.

  21. February 22, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Bloomberg Channel took a survey of only Rich snobs. The question- would you raise Social Security age?
    They said yes.

    You don’t say? Say it ain’t so? What a crazy question to ask Rich People!

  22. 78 CBO
    February 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Hello everyone,

    Long-time lurker first time poster.

    I was looking for a longer version of the SAn Fran Chinatown restaurant video when I stumbled onto this video from ’08 during the campaign when PBO and Biden stopped by a Restaurant in Indiana for an impromptu stop and visit and had some artichoke dip.
    It was more informal back then (I guess the Secret service were not yet super-hardasses on the security front yet)

    Great to see them both interacting with the people and particularly with the older folk (Joe especially seems to be enjoying it – we don’t get to see that many videos of him interacting with people like we do PBO).

    Oh and scroll to 8.10 for our first clue at a future Mr. Baby Whisperer.
    Maybe this video had once been posted before here on TOD in any case I thought it would be an interesting walk down memory lane.

    By the way does anyone know if it’spossible to find the video to the Great Eastern Restuarant in San Fran? I saw the full length thing back at the time but didn’t save the link and now I wish I did.
    Also if anyone knows if there was a video of his stop at the Elementary school kids in Medina Washington, that would be great too.

  23. 84 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Hey TOD, If you’re on twitter, it’s @davidaxelrod’s birthday today. Let’s show him some love. 🙂

  24. February 22, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Here’s Chgo Trib summary of Blues Night, Sweet Home Chicago included of course. I sent Chips vid to all my daughters for their appreciation and enjoyment. My Indy daughter makes all these CDs for us, trying to keep us current. She’s a music fanatic, sings with a band on the weekend, teaching h.s. math her day job, but she always includes a bunch of these same artists on her CDs—-lots of Keb Mo and Trombone Shorty and Susan Tedeschi etc., so I wanted her to see our very own President Obama could do it too. Also have a Sweet Home Chicago daughter who said she saw it and was singing along. Ct. daughter said no need to send the vid as it’s on every single TV news program this morning.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:53 am


  26. February 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

    OFA releases list of 2012 campaign co-chairs:

    Obama’s 2012 Campaign ‘Ambassadors’


    Very interesting list!!

  27. February 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Apparently, Kevin Rudd of Australia just quit.
    Possible Coup foiled.


  28. 97 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I spy PBO and FLOTUS. FLOTUS’s outfit is stunning. Everyone’s wearing black and she comes out in this pop of green. Love the green coat. Only saw a flash of what she was wearing beneath but it looks nice.

  29. February 22, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Mrs. O looks so gorgeous, once again!! I covet her shoes…….

  30. 99 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Woah….that voice! Denyce Graves! Wow.

  31. 100 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Rev. Calvin Butts is raining poetry all over the place.

  32. 102 desertflower
    February 22, 2012 at 10:19 am

    10:10 AM EST
    Obama Campaign Pushes Out ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ Clip

    The #ObamaSings meme is born? The president’s reelection campaign tweeted the footage of Obama singing “Sweet Home Chicago” with BB King and Buddy Guy at the White House Tuesday night, linking the tweet to the campaign’s official Tumblr, which posted the video last night along with (seemingly) the rest of social media users.

    “Singer in chief, for sure,” the campaign wrote.

    Here’s the clip making the rounds — and becoming an official part of the presidential campaign:

    IT”S YOUR VIDEO CHIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. 113 Renegade522/AuntSis
    February 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning, All. Our President is something else. Just downloaded that song to my iTunes library. That is a fun song.

  34. February 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

  35. 116 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Wow, Congressman John Lewis. I know he’s going to make me cry.

  36. 118 Linda
    February 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Brownbeck from Kansas…..

    They just asked the Ag Department for a waiver so their farmers can hire illegals .

  37. 119 blondegrrl
    February 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I am so proud of my home state, I am bursting – On Wisconsin!

    “There was a moment in Madison at one of the first big rallies, tens of thousands of people were out, and in the distance you heard bagpipes. I want to tell you, it was as good as any movie you have ever seen. The crowd began to part, and through the middle of it came uniformed firefighters with their bagpipes. They marched to the stage and one of their leaders, Mahlon Mitchell, stepped to the stage and he said, “Firefighters are taught that when there’s an emergency you don’t run away from it, you run to it. This is the emergency. They’re trying to burn down the house of labor, and we won’t let them do it.”


    And John Nichols – just wow.

  38. 124 MTmarilyn
    February 22, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Now Brownback is talking. How can he talk about civil rights with his war on women. What a hypocrite!

  39. 129 Lorraine
    February 22, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Oh my Debbie Allen’s sister! LOL.

  40. February 22, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Has President Obama given his speech yet?

  41. 132 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 22, 2012 at 11:03 am

    BB King sounded hella good as well in that clip ;-).

  42. 133 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 22, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Rick Santorum is simply insane: Ricky Insanetorum is what they call ‘im (for those that get the “Martin” reference 😆 ).

  43. February 22, 2012 at 11:19 am

    *DeaD*…. I just watched the video recap online of Chuck Toad speaking more on his tweet he sent earlier about the Polls…… and this was on *gulp* Morning Joke….. and while he was talking about the Polls…. they played a video of Willard fist-bumping this person who was introducing him to the crowd (don’t know when or where this was)……….. Ugh, he makes me sick! Why is he ALWAYS trying to copy President Obama?? Doesn’t he know it’s the ‘terrorism fist-bump’ Faux News spoke about during PBO’s 2008 campaign 😆 😆 When these right wing idiots see something cool that PBO does… they talk all this shit about it, making a big deal…. THEN COPY IT! LoL

    I bet Willard is looking for a song that he can sing about his hometown while wearing his jeans…… he might have to seek out 3 songs since he’s lived in a few places he calls his ‘hometown’ 🙄 😡

  44. February 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Hi TOD family. I want to ask a question…does anyone else have “spouse” issues with your President Obama passion? My husband is a great Democrat, but he does get irritated with me when I get upset about issues (right now Santorum, women’s birth control) and every night before I go to bed he asks me….are you on that Obama Diary blog…again. I admit, I am addicted to all things Obama, and before I go to bed I must read all my Obama Diary entries for the day. I must have an addiction, but what is one to do!

    • 137 lovingandlaughing
      February 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      carla, my husband knows i love catching up on TOD! it is not a problem between us. i try to share info with him from time to time because he just doesn’t have time to stay up on all things Obama and when he does have free time he’d rather watch a movie. anyway, i know what you mean!

  45. February 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    The Morning Joe panel should have cut to the chase, instead of letting Graham spout off his nonsense regarding President Obama’s religious affiliation. They should have told him, words don’t mean jack! Anyone can claim to be a follower of Christ, but we shouldn’t judge them by their words, we should judge them by their acts. Based on that and that alone, yes, President Obama is a Christian.

    Not only because he says he is, but we must look at the man as a whole, and his life’s work thus far. From the time he was a community organizer, working to help the poor and disadvantaged; to some of the policies as Senator and President that he has fought for, and implemented. Not to mention his greatest achievement yet, his love, respect, and devotion to his wife and children. I’m not saying that folks who aren’t Christians can’t behave the same way, but this conversation centers around the doubt that’s being cast by the anti-Obama folks, regarding his faith.

  46. 139 Obama Grandmama
    February 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Isn’t it great to have a guy that can order Bin Laden killed one minute, tell some really funny jokes another, take the mike and sing a few lines of the song, hit a 3 pointer from way outside on the first try, fix the economy, be a great husband and father, stand up for the middle class, and understand and remember complicated issues, come up with ideas to help us, and generally be all he can be for everyone? We are sooooo lucky to have him as our President!

  47. 140 auni
    February 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    You got that right Obama Grandmama! You didn’t mention that he is also an outstanding author–a powerful writer.

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