the groundbreaking smithsonian

Children from the Brooklyn Montessori School

..   Rep. John Lewis and former First Lady Laura Bush

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture.

312 Responses to “the groundbreaking smithsonian”

  1. 1 sabreen60
    February 22, 2012 at 11:10 am

    1st? 2nd? 3rd?

  2. February 22, 2012 at 11:12 am


  3. 11 MTmarilyn
    February 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Oh that look on the President’s face when he looks at Michelle. Pure love and respect!

    • 12 utaustinliberal
      February 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

      I know! It’s melts my heart.

      • 13 anniebella
        February 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        POTUS and FLOTUS always make each other laugh. Anyone notice that they even hold their hands alike. I’m not talking about when they are holding each other hands, but when they stand their and they have their hand together, they hold them alike. Just something I notice.

  4. February 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

    OOOPSSS Third!!!…:)

  5. February 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    My stream froze so I gotta restart. Is it my imagination or is Laura Bush, Mrs. “Mitch and Jeff Please Run!!!” also there? 🙄 ugh.

    • 17 57andFemale
      February 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

      And she sounds like a talking lump of wood.

      • 19 HZ
        February 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        I believe I read somewhere that Mrs. Bush is on the Advisory Board and her husband did help to get the bill off the ground. Maybe I will do more research on this. However, as always FLOTUS and POB were very respectful to her which I feel that they would not do anything less than that. That is one of the precious things that I love about them, no matter how hateful others are to him. He still moves on for the sake of progress and goodness for others and still holds his head up high and let them know that he is, President, Barack Obama.

        “My name is Barack H. Obama, and I am the President of the United States.” HZ

        • 20 anniebella
          February 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

          I was not a fan of Mrs. Bush’s husband, but I always showed her respect. The hate fill right wingers doesn’t show Mrs. Obama the respect owe her. They are down right nasty and racists.

    • 22 utaustinliberal
      February 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      When I read “My stream froze so I gotta restart.” I thought. Woah….Lisa has a penis? Lisa is peeing? We need to have a conversation Chica. 😆 😆

  6. February 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Ok. that pic goes as my 2225th PBO pic in my ‘puter.

    Damn that kenyan and nrs kenyan.

  7. 25 blondegrrl
    February 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Cannot tell – is that a coat over a dress that FLOTUS is wearing? Wow! Just beautiful color and style.

  8. February 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Sigh. what a great couple.

    45% of ‘murikans are fucking maroons and nincompoops.

  9. 29 Dudette
    February 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Oh my goodness! I’m overcome with the enormity of this moment in history. Look at My President, look at My First Lady, look where they ARE! Chills!

    • 30 theo67
      February 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Rep. Lewis must be constantly pinching himself that he’s lived through the history he’s seen. Wow – it always hits me whenever I see Rep. Lewis with President Obama just how far this country has come in just one lifetime. Amazing. And it must be well-guarded.

      • 31 prettyfoot58
        February 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        And it must be well-guarded….


        against the onslaught…..

        we must be ever vigilant…because those on the other side do not sleep…

        latest attack may come from the Supreme Court over Affirmative Action and the Voting Rights Act…

        Presssssssssssss On!

  10. February 22, 2012 at 11:28 am

    “…..A call to see ourselves in one another…”

  11. 36 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    They look like a million bucks 😀 .

  12. 37 Linda
    February 22, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Laura Bush is looking at our President with lust.

  13. February 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    ROTFLMAO @ gopolitico’s ten ‘white’ knights..

    shrub 2, tundra twit, the guy who quit after iowa straw poll way back when, the jersey fatso cow, that frigging indian woman who cost mitt her state and a 2008 loser, the guy whose medicare plan curse even the kurrent krop of klowns are running away from… Fucking highlarious.


    • February 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      I am all chocked up watching these beautiful kids…They made sure to get a hug from our first family..it seems nothing else really mattered.

      What a wonderful era to be in….God Bless them

      Have a wonderful Day:-)

      • 50 HZ
        February 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        Kasai, I cried as I watched those two beautiful young people come across that stage. They wanted their hug also. So precious. These young people are why we are here on TOD to help keep POB and FLOTUS in the Whitehouse. We need to make the vision that POB has for all of the children in our nation a better future to look forward to and be able to live out their dreams.

        A very happy moment in history we were a part of today. Thank you, Mr. President and our beautiful First Lady.HZ

  14. February 22, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Our POTUS and FLOTUS look wondeful!!!! 🙂

  15. February 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

    It Don’t Matter to (Conservative) Women

    by BooMan
    Wed Feb 22nd, 2012 at 09:52:45 AM EST

    In my experience living in western Michigan, many Republican women in the state are truly single-issue voters. They oppose abortion and won’t even consider voting for the Democratic Party despite being aligned with them on most issues. That’s why I’m not surprised that Santorum’s positions have not created a gender gap among the Republican electorate in Michigan.

    Among Republicans in that time period [since December], Santorum has shot from 37 percent to 70 percent favorable.
    There’s evidence that Santorum’s comments about social issues may not have hurt him so far among women.

    The former Pennsylvania senator has been unapologetic in his opposition to abortion and his concerns about working moms, women in combat and contraception – some of the many examples he cites while making the case that he would draw a clearer contrast than Romney against Obama.


  16. 57 CTGirl
    February 22, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I am in love 🙂

  17. February 22, 2012 at 11:49 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!

    • 59 Pamela
      February 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Just tell him you love him, and Yes, you are on TOD, as we need your energy here to add to the wind under the wings of PBO~VPB re-election. Plan something lovely to do in November, just the two of you…..

    • 60 AJ
      February 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Oh, carla…my husband, too, gets a wee bit annoyed with TOD, not from any jealousy issues, but because even he as a staunch Democrat (like your husband) thinks we’re all a wee too star struck, overly emtionally invested, whatever. Maybe Mr. Carla and Mr. AJ can form a TOD Husbands Association or something. 😉

      • 61 symmetry11
        February 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

        LOL….I better add my husband to that Association.

        • February 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

          Symmetry11, Here is the answer to all those Husbands that can’t take the time you spend in the TOD community. I know a fact,As a old Trucker who has learn a thing or two in this life’s journey with all the fuss you ladies and my wife make over Our President and his style ,Tell those jealous husbands remember the facts are you all may spend a lot of time reading on TOD about him ,but you are right there with them and the President is home with his Michelle.You see if Mamma is Happy I will always be Happy.You see my wife turned me into a TOD Family member. I read everyday two and both have laptops to keep up at all times.So Guys stop worrying a lot of JOY in Ladies life makes for a very happy home I know 3 loving sons and a wonderful Wife who has put up with my roaming work life for 53 great years. SO PRESS ON ! YES WE CAN DO IT AGAIN

    • 64 sabreen60
      February 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      MEN! My husband pretends he doesn’t “get” what all the fuss is about – especially with “wet PBO” in 4 BIG pictures as my screen saver. They’re so cute aren’t they – poor little jealous fellows :mrgreen:

    • February 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      I don’t have a problem with my wife, but she occasionally thinks I should be spending a little more time with her than here. Isn’t 10 minutes a day at dinner enough?

    • 77 57andFemale
      February 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      My husband has huge crush on FLOTUS, so we’re even

    • 78 desertflower
      February 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      He better never. Some things are sacrosanct. This President, this place…are two of those things 🙂

    • February 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      I have exactly the same thing going on here Carla. In addition to all you said about the ranting on certain topics, my husband gets a bit annoyed when he tries to tell me some juicy piece of news and I already know all about it because I read it on the Obama Diary. Yes, it’s an addiction.

  18. February 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Love the hug for FLOTUS…….. that’s a keeper.

    Here’s a god article to start your day…

    NOW Do You Think There’s No Difference Between Parties? by Norbrook


  19. 81 Pamela
    February 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Outta here, keep the fires burning, will peek in…. 😉

    • 82 anniebella
      February 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Did anyone see the View? That Right Wing hater (Elisabeth) doesn’t think the President should be singing and partying till every American have a job and the gas prices are down. Just when I think I couldn’t dislike that woman anymore, I learn that oh yes I can. I sent her a email.

      • 83 Linda
        February 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        Does her loser football husband have a job or is he still Mr Mom ?

      • 84 AJ
        February 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        She’s such a twit. Yes, I know: “if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone…”. But that doesn’t make her any less of a twit.

      • 85 utaustinliberal
        February 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        That whackadoodle is insane. Everything is PBO’s fault. It’s so weird to think that she came from a family full of liberals who support PBO. Heck her children are in loooooooooove with PBO and FLOTUS. It must burn her up to know that GWB is still being – rightfully – blamed for the economic mess and PBO is getting mad love.

      • February 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        I am sure that she castigated Bush for being at a birthday arty for McCain and having a great time while NOLA was drowning. Sure she did. What…she didn’t? Gosh, then she must be a hypocrite. But then she is a Republican so there is some redundancy there.

      • 91 anniebella
        February 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        Elisabeth didn’t have any problem when we were in two wars and our soldiers were being blow to pieces and the Bushes had dinners. She is full of alot of crap like all the Obama haters.

        • 92 HZ
          February 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

          Anniebella, the exact same thing came into my mind when I heard Elizabeth speak those words. Elizabeth has issues with POB, and she will not change anytime soon. She is a blame everything on POB. I can’t stand her, and I turn the program completely OFF when those remarks of that nature are spoken. She is a ‘low information’ person with unnecessary and not so kind remarks. Her time has passed. We will give her more to talk about on Nov. 6,2012.HZ

      • February 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        good on ya, anniebella, for taking the time to e-mail that pea brain. How did the rest of the panel react to her “smallness”?

      • 94 MsKitty (@michelec64)
        February 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        I’ve eaten heads of lettuce that had a higher IQ than Hasselbeck

      • February 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

        I don’t watch that mess but I have to say it’s a horrific shame that where we see art, talent, life and celebration, people like her see “party.” This event was about honoring a deeply American tradition, one that has been emulated over time and across cultures. It’s a source of pride for our nation, not cheap political slings and arrows. People need to grow up with this game they’re playing.

        • 97 HZ
          February 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

          Thank you, Meta. That is why I wrote to Ms. Walters and Ms. Goldberg about informing Elizabeth about the importance of why this night in celebration of the Blues in America has played in our country. I hope my words will reach the heart of Ms. Walters and that she will share with Elizabeth.

          Where is the educational encouragement from others who share and cherish this format of the Arts in our country and should be taught and appreciated by everyone.

          Elizabeth’s comments were so out-of -touch with the realities of true American values, and I take deep regret to see so many people be so dismissive of the Arts.HZ

      • 98 Claire
        February 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Yeah, and I think everyone should stop watching the View until the economy is perfect AND elisabeth is no longer on the show.

      • February 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        Basically what she’s saying is, “folks I got nothing. So I’ll start in on the blues festival at the White House….Which by the way I watched in its entirety and will do the same thing next Monday.”

  20. February 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Romney Endorser Corrects Mitt On Auto Rescue: ‘No One Could Have’ Saved The Industry Except The Government


    I am seriously starting to wonder if Romney will be the nominee. Nothing seems to be going right for him

  21. 103 collegekay
    February 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I wish this museum was opening this year. Man 2015 is so far away.

    Btw, it will have the casket of Emmett Till.

    • 104 theo67
      February 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      That last sentence hit me in my stomach. That story of Emmett Till is one of the most disturbing stories I’ve ever heard, and the fact that he will be honored in this way, and that the first Black family in the White House was there to break ground on the place his casket will rest – it’s just astounding and yet heartbreaking, at the same time. Those who perpetrated their hatred on him are buried somewhere that only their racist relatives know. This young boy will be remembered by millions, including President Obama and Michelle Obama. Wow.

      • 105 collegekay
        February 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        I agree with your comment. Emmett’s story, when I first read about it and watched the documentary, made me angry, sad, and motivated.

        Emmett was one of the sparks for the 1955 bus boycott. He will never be forgotten, poor baby. He was only 14 years old.

        • 106 anniebella
          February 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

          When i hear some people talk about how great this country is, how it was founded on religious values, I think about the way my people were treated, is that religious values? I think about the four young girls in church and that church was bomb and kill those girls, and yes I think about that 14 year old boy who was drag out of his bed, beaten and hung because he suppose to have whistle at a white woman. His body toss in a river. How many more Emmit Till were there, that no one knows anything about. Some may disagree with me, but I’m going to say this anyway. That is why I understood some of the things Rev. Wright said about America.

          • 107 yardarm756
            February 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

            I’m with you 100% annie. I knew Emmitt and knpw Rev Wright personally. To fully understand one needs to hear the whole sermon.

  22. February 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Here’s an uplifting story to start your day

    Treating Cancer in Dogs and Kids

    Dogs seem to be used in so many new ways these days, treating PTSD, helping sense when a seizure is coming, an now this. We all gotta pet our dogs and find a treat for our harry friends….


    • 109 57andFemale
      February 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      I have proof of this. People thought we were insane to adopt Nickelby (a cairn/silky terrier mix) when our Pilgrim (yorkie poo) was elderly. I may not be good for much but I pick the right dogs at the right time. Nickelby and Pilgrim were instant friends. We did not know that Pilgrim had insulinoma. He had a seizure that Nickelby saw and he ran to get me. From then on, he would hover around Pilgrim before a seizure. He added so much to Pilgrim’s last months. He’s such a great dog. He now has Kasper (Maltese bichon mix) and 7 year old Pearl, a yorkie we just adopted after she was chucked out of a puppy mill.

  23. February 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    OK, catching up on all the good news, but now it’s time for blog pimping. My new piece is now up here: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/post-truth-america.html. Not my usual sunshine, but I was in a cranky place yesterday.

  24. 117 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm


  25. February 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Citizens United / $$ in Politics :: Election Toolkit

    another page of links to key issues, it is a small page but at least it is a start. As I read all the wonderful posts here I am confident I will add more resources.

  26. February 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Chips, OK, now Mick Jagger is on to you:

    You rock, missy!!

  27. February 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    And now, for your occasional dose of science geekdom:

    Using NASA’s famed Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have determined that an alien world located just 40 light years from Earth is unlike anything previously found before: A world composed primarily of steam.

    The planet, known officially under the unflattering moniker GJ 1214b, “is like no planet we know of,” said Zachory Berta a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in a release announcing the discovery of the planet’s strange composition, adding: “A huge fraction of its mass is made up of water.”

    Can someone get on the ball and invent warp drive so we can visit these worlds??

    Story here: http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/hubble-finds-steam-world-like-no-planet-we-know-of.php?ref=fpblg

    • February 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Liberal Librarian…I went to your blog posting, I tried to post a comment but for whatever reason google would not let me sign in.
      Here is what I tried to post in regards to your article:
      Good Morning LL -I’m over here from the TOD. I agree with you. What is happening now would not happen if we still had the likes of say, Walter Cronkite. Not sure what constitutes as a journalist today. Is Morning Joe a journalist? We have talking heads that talk out of there you know what’s. Where is 60 minutes doing an investigation of the incivility, outright lies going on now. Assassinate a man’s character, then it doesn’t matter if he kills Bin Laden, he is still “a son of Islam”, saves the American auto industry, he is still a socialist. They don’t talk about issues, its all to paint Democrats and our President as enemies of the real America. But what does frighten me is the vitriol that will feed the unstable right and may contribute to the use of violence against our President. President Obama is being delegitimized, painted as a son of Islam, and not one of us. Those are code words to the wakos, save our country, take out this impostor by any means necessary. That is what frightens me.

      • February 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        I think that’s why I was so seething yesterday. The disrespect afforded this man isn’t based on policy; he’s done nothing but continually improve the country. It’s solely because of who he is and what he represents, which is a threat to their interests. Character attacks have always been a part of US politics; the difference now is that it’s all that the GOP has. They know if they run on policy they’ll lose. They’ll also lose if they run on character, but that kind of campaign heightens the vitriol.

        • 150 prettyfoot58
          February 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

          It’s solely because of who he is and what he represents, which is a threat to their interests.



    • February 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Think of the spas they could open on a planet like that. And power plants. Let’s go.

    • 153 Dudette
      February 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      {{{Raising my nerdy hand}}}

      I read that story yesterday and it had me giddy with excitement. By the way, on the issue of warp drive technology, sadly the research that was being done through the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics (BPP) Project got killed due to lack of funding in 2008.

      I too hope someone pick’s up the ball and moves it forward.

  28. 155 Harvey
    February 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    For those who missed the full speech, youtube to save the day – Full Speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc-1z80ChHs

    Enjoy, Harvey

  29. February 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    GO, MY SISTA, GO!!!!



    Serious satire: ‘It is the purpose of the General Assembly to assert an invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of the men of this state’
    By Laura Conaway
    Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:04 AM EST

    The Republican march against adult Americans’ right to make their own decisions about really private matters remains so unbelievable that parody has become a legitimate legislative response. Oklahoma got the “Every Sperm Is Sacred” protest amendment. Virginia got a measure to require prostate exams for Viagra prescriptions.

    And now Georgia State Representative Yasmin Neal has a bill that would ban vasectomies. After a Republican lawmaker introduced a bill taking away women’s reproductive rights, Neal decided that fair is fair. I typed out what she says in her announcement video, because I think it’s worth reading the whole thing:


    • 158 Dudette
      February 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Well done, Representative Neal! I’m sorry I would love to have seen the fireworks at the townhall meeting earlier this afternoon! 🙂

    • 160 theo67
      February 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Those kids will never (hopefully) have to live the life that will be represented at that museum – but they will benefit from the struggles that will be represented at that museum. This picture is just awesome – the present and the future, honoring the past.

  30. February 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    The pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action is using Mitt Romney’s stance on the auto bailout against him in a new Michigan ad the week before the primary.

    “His message was clear: Let Detroit go bankrupt,” the ad says, quoting footage of Romney talking about the bailout and stressing his personal gain from his private-sector work. “Are those the values we want in an American president?”


    Bill Burton put out a pretty good ad!

  31. 162 defytheodds
    February 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    “Even though we haven’t reached the mountain top; we can’t stop climbing.”
    PBO, NMAAHC, groundbreaking ceremony, 2/22/12

  32. 166 blondegrrl
    February 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I have two boys – and I love my boys! But that little girl is simply, simply beautiful! Very sweet. Love pics of the kids with FLOTUS & POTUS.

  33. February 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Chris Christie on tax fairness: ‘Shut up’
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:30 PM EST.

    Piers Morgan asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) last night about Warren Buffett’s calls for tax fairness, and not surprisingly, the Republican governor didn’t seem especially receptive to the idea.

    “Yeah, well he should just write a check and shut up,” Christie said. “Really. And just contribute. I mean, you know, the fact of the matter is that I’m tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he’s got the ability to write a check. Go ahead and write it.”

    Greg Sargent explained, “It’s kind of remarkable that Republican officials in positions of real influence and responsibility continue to repeat this silly line in public without any apparent sense of embarrassment.”

    Let’s try to walk through this really slowly. The problem that Buffett and other wealthy people are trying to solve by calling for higher taxes on their class isn’t simply that they as individuals would like to be contributing more towards the tax burden, but can’t. Rather, the problem as they’ve identified it is a society-wide one: We need a massive boost in revenues to keep society functioning at acceptable levels and to address profound and intractable fiscal problems that threaten the country’s future.

    This problem will not be solved if Warren Buffett writes a check. Buffett’s point is that the scale of the problem requires his class as a whole to chip in a bit more to solve it.


    • 169 theo67
      February 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Chris Christie is a vile bully. No redeeming factor at all.

    • 171 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      February 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      No class at all

    • 172 Linda
      February 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Christie has no clue how our tax system works with that comment……

      What Buffet is talking about is increasing REVENUE…

      By ” Just writing a check ” like Big Mouth is saying does not do a thing for Revenue…….

      If a citizen wants to DONATE to the Treasury of the United States…the money is only allowed to go to Deficit Reduction, PERIOD.

      We need Revenue that can be SPENT .

  34. February 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Woot, the video’s on the WH YouTube page now!

    (And needless to say, it’s MUCH better quality!)

    • 175 defytheodds
      February 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      PBO is just damn right cool “dammit”- so, haters–hate on w/yr “phony” hate. The man is all around cool and there’s nothing you can do about.
      Love is the only way… 🙂

  35. 176 defytheodds
    February 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Pres. Obama campaign announces co-chairs

    The Obama campaign has released a list of 35 campaign co-chairs who will act as key surrogates and ambassadors.

    The co-chairs are a diverse array of Obama supporters — including former Republican senator Gov. Lincoln Chafee (now an independent serving as Rhode Island governor), former Wisconsin Senator and progressive darling Russ Feingold, former White House chiefs of staff Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley, Caroline Kennedy, business executive Penny Pritzker, Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese and actress Eva Longoria, among others.

    “The president’s national co-chairs will be tremendous assets on the ground as we build the biggest grassroots campaign in history,” Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement. “They each share the president’s vision for a future where every American can have a fair shot at success, where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded.”

    Full list of co-chairs:

    • 177 theo67
      February 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      That explains why Russ Feingold was singing the President’s praises this last week. I hope he keeps his head during the campaign, and doesn’t veer off message. Glad to see Eva Longoria there, too. She’s effective.

    • 178 57andFemale
      February 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Feingold ‘schooling’ the President on his lack of purity in 3….2…1…

      They couldn’t find a real supporter of President Obama as a national chair? He’s already on record with a righteous rant asking the President to forgo the super pac and lose with purity.

      If you look at Feingolds record he’s not the pure progressive he pretends to be. He’s tone deaf to the realities of politics.

    • 180 anniebella
      February 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Where’s my name? I looked hard for Anniebella. 😦

  36. February 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Oh. My. God. For all his preening about his faith, Newt knows little about Catholicism. From TPM.

    Newt Gingrich will not attend Ash Wednesday mass, saying it’s “not a holiday day of obligation,” NBC and CNN report.

    Gingrich also told reporters that he is giving up dessert for lent.

    For those of you who are not Catholic or lapsed-Catholic, yes, Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation where the faithful Catholic is required to go to church.

    Freaking moron.

  37. 189 tally
    February 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Little Ms in Pink and Little Man in suit are beyond precious!!!

    And – oh look everyone! I’m FAMOUS:

  38. 193 Claire
    February 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Love the FLOTUS shoes…especially since I have them in red, navy, taupe, and black. Once I find something I like I have to get it in every color. I’m not much of a fashion dare devil. 🙂

  39. 195 defytheodds
    February 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm
  40. February 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Ok, ever since reading that Sir Mick Jagger tweeted Chips’ video, am I the only one with that song “Moves Like Jagger” stuck in my head on a continuous loop? Anyone? Bueller?

  41. February 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    those children are so precious

  42. February 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    This probably is not good news for Rupie. From WaPo:

    LONDON — The wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair is suing Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper company over phone hacking, her lawyer said Wednesdsay.

    Cherie Blair was suing “in relation to the unlawful interception of her voicemails,” lawyer Graham Atkins said in an email, making her one of the most high-profile people to have challenged Murdoch’s News International over the illegal eavesdropping campaign waged against politicians, celebrities, athletes and others in the public eye.

    Story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/tony-blairs-wife-cherie-sues-rupert-murdochs-british-newspaper-company-over-phone-hacking/2012/02/22/gIQApXUUTR_story.html

  43. February 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    US President Barack Obama is proposing cutting the US corporate tax rate from 35% to 28%, and closing loopholes, as part of a larger push for tax reform.

    Announcing the plan, the US treasury secretary called the tax code loopholes “fundamentally unfair”.

    Republicans also propose lowering rates, but Mr Obama’s plan is thought to have few chances of becoming law.

    Correspondents say the president is using the plan to spark a debate on tax reform in an election year.

    The plan does not include any overhaul of the individual tax code.

    “Our current corporate tax system is outdated, unfair, and inefficient,” Mr Obama said in a statement.

    “It is unnecessarily complicated and forces America’s small businesses to spend countless hours and dollars filing their taxes.”

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner also called the current system inefficient, describing it as bad for job-creation.


    As part of the proposed plan, Mr Obama has suggested lowering the tax rate to 25% for manufacturing businesses and continuing research and development-based tax credits.

    While the announcement fleshes out promises made in Mr Obama’s January State of the Union address, it leaves certain key details, like the percentage of a minimum tax on foreign profits, up to Congress.

    Correspondents say that the tax proposal – and the deliberate lack of detail in some areas – is a move by Mr Obama to shift responsibility to Congress.

    Republicans in the House of Representatives have routinely opposed Mr Obama’s legislative plans since winning control of the chamber in the 2010 elections.


  44. February 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Ind. lawmaker munches cookies to counter Girl Scout remarks

    After controversial remarks by one Republican lawmaker attacking Girl Scouts as a radical group that supports abortion, House Speaker Brian Bosma made his feelings clear Tuesday, one Thin Mint cookie at a time.

    Bosma, also a Republican, pointedly offered Girl Scout cookies throughout the day and munched them as he presided over the House.

    It was a snack prompted by state Rep. Bob Morris, a Fort Wayne Republican who recently sent an e-mail to fellow GOP lawmakers explaining why he had been the lone lawmaker opposing a resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.

    In his e-mail, Morris said he had done “a small amount of web-based research” and had concluded the Girl Scouts was linked to Planned Parenthood— something both the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood deny.

    Morris said that liberal Girl Scout leaders “indoctrinate” girls with Planned Parenthood principles and that the Scouts tout 50 role models, all but three of whom he said are “feminists, lesbians or Communists.”


    • 218 defytheodds
      February 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      “makesense4tulips”, thanks for posting.

      From the article:

      As part of the Obama campaign’s “Greater Together” initiative to reach young voters, on Tuesday the team hosted a student summit at North Carolina Central University. The event marks the first of more than 28 others that the campaign will hold throughout the next two weeks at historically black colleges and universities, including Morehouse College, Norfolk State University, Bennett College and Florida A&M University. But in addition to the usual suspects, such as Campaign Manager Jim Messina and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, in tow at the Durham HBCU campus was actress Gabrielle Union.

      “I stood by [President Obama] in 2008, and that election invigorated me in a way that I’d never really been before about being part of the process,” Union told The Root on why she’s lending her voice to his re-election effort. “I take a lot of pride knowing that my president understands that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and we have a responsibility to each other. He understands that America prospers when we’re all doing it together, when everyone does their fair share and plays by the same rules.”

  45. 219 defytheodds
    February 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm
  46. February 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Good afternoon all you O’s!!!!! What a great getting up day in Otown! Imma a little late hopping aboard the O train today, too much carryings-on singing the blues last nite.

  47. February 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Politico only story on this event, is that both Michelle and Barack did not have shovels and they did not Dig,

    Not Kidding!

  48. 222 Nili
    February 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Handsome as always 🙂
    And methinks this picture desperately needs a capture.


  49. February 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Martin Omalley and Cristie is on MTP Sunday.

  50. 232 defytheodds
    February 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm
  51. February 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Oh Lawd, watch as Saintorum gives a speech about something ‘burning down here’ http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/what-is-burning-down-there-rick-santorum #awkward

  52. 238 Linda
    February 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Gov. McDonnell released a statement on Wednesday formally revoking his support for the mandatory ultrasound bill, just minutes before the House of Delegates is scheduled to debate the measure:

  53. 244 defytheodds
    February 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm
  54. February 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Bashir is interviewing some Black conservative professor and he said that this President may not be a Christian.

    This guy is a Jackass!

    • 246 Linda
      February 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      He did not appear to be very intelligent to me…..

    • 249 defytheodds
      February 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Jovie, how could you be so mean to a Jackass? 🙂

    • 250 Cheryllou
      February 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      I loved it. Martin kept at him with the facts and he was tying himself up in knots. I love Martin.

    • February 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      He was a what you said. Just a complete jerk. Eyes closed tight “theologian”. A menace to society. And Bashir is now my absolute fave—-he does not relent until he has made clear the complete obnoxiousness and stubborn refusal to think of these kind of dunderhead, rt. wing guests. And all the cutaways are an education in themselves of all the current, preposterous political nonsense.

  55. 254 eveingeorgia
    February 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Oh wow! Did you just see Martin literally skewer the guy from Issa’s all male panel just now?

    Boy did he do it!!!

  56. 257 defytheodds
    February 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    O/T Oprah’s Lifeclass: The Tour Ticket Information

    Oprah’s Lifeclass: The Tour will be taping at Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on Monday, March 26, and at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, April 2. Bishop T.D. Jakes and Iyanla Vanzant will be guest teachers in St. Louis. Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins will be guest teachers in New York. Each city will have an afternoon and evening show.

    The reservation window for the release of tickets to these tapings will be open from Thursday, February 23, at 10 a.m. CT until Saturday, February 25, at 11:59 p.m. CT.


  57. 258 yardarm756
    February 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Less you think some are disrespectfull of our President, Mike O’neal, a Kansas repug, is pure evil.


  58. February 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I see everyone on twitter is mighty pleased that Bashir is back and are really praising today’s interviews. Bashir is brilliant. He’s exposing the frauds as fast as he can.

    • 260 CTGirl
      February 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      We need him in the 5 pm slot … We should tweet MSNBC with this request :-). Tweety at 7 is more than enough 🙂

    • 263 Ladyhawke
      February 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      YES, YES, YES, YES…… Martin Bashir was fantastic today.

      We need to post his “CLEAR THE AIR” segment as soon as it is available. It was terrific. He was basically talking about who is a real Christian. He was puzzled by the fact that people who profess to be Christian are not displaying Christianlike behavior. He said in Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich we have A LIAR, A HYPOCRITE AND AN ADULTERER. And he gave examples to prove his point. He basically said that it’s President Obama who is talking the talk and walking the walk. It was beautiful.

  59. 264 carolyn
    February 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    One of my favorite songs is “Lift Every Voice and Sing”…what an appropriate song for today. I got to sing it two weeks ago at a community organizing event in Oklahoma City. Singing that song makes chills go up and down me.
    The organization has an ambitious socially progressive agenda…over 1,000 people attended on a Sunday afternoon. A wonderful mix of all ages, religions and races. One of the goals of the organization is to overcome divisiveness and help us realize how we are alike and the similar goals we have. That morning our pastor encouraged us to attend, and spoke about how Christ was a community organizer! Never thought of that, but he was…..and people who laugh at that title are ignorant!
    Speaking of ignorant.(Newt Leroy) ….I’m not Catholic and know that Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation. My sister is Anglican and she was planning her Ash Wednesday when I was with her last week, also trying to decide on what she would sacrifice for Lent. She said one year she gave up “complaining and criticizing” She said she really learned a lot about herself that year.

  60. 266 susanne
    February 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    good morning chips and toddies!

    this is the first time i’ve had to skip reading all the comments before speaking up–i am so amazed at the volume and quality of photos and clips and links and conversations going on today! i may not get to read it all before day’s end, because, you know, i have to watch pbo sing over and over and over!

    thanks again for this amazing site. it’s truly a lifeline for many of us.

    also, last night we watched the film ‘by the people: the election of barack obama’. what an incredible documentary, and what a slice of history! i know we’re terribly tardy in viewing it, but hadn’t found it till now. if there are any toddies out there who have not seen this film–get it now!

    not only is it a joy to be there at those precious moments with pbo and the first family, but it’s a reminder of what’s ahead this year. look at those volunteers and staff–they are on task, and focused, and together. i could put my own face in those work spaces, and feel the momentum from that time slip right into the present.

    • 267 theo67
      February 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      I actually bought the CD. I really is quite good, and so touching. They fought hard for a chance to make things better.

  61. 268 theo67
    February 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    How come we’re not seeing Kucinich out there praising the non-action in Syria? Isn’t that what he wanted for Libya, to the point of threatening the President with impeachment? I’d also like to see Ron Paul asked during the debate tonight if he’s ok with standing by and doing nothing with Syria, since he advocates the US doing nothing to protect anyone in the world, or help countries in trouble. Let them go on the record with the clear evidence of what they’re positions would result in staring the world in the face.

    I saw a billboard in Santa Monica this morning saying “I hate war, so I’m voting for Ron Paul”. They have no clue what a Ron Paul presidency would mean to the world, to this country.

  62. February 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The Democratic primary fight between two incumbents for Ohio’s newly reconfigured 9th district took a nasty turn on Tuesday when Rep. Dennis Kucinich accused Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s campaign of stealing his campaign signs.  


  63. 273 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm


    Thanks, Rick Santorum! No, really

    By Joan Walsh


    OK, it’s true: Rick Santorum didn’t sponsor Virginia legislation to require that women seeking abortion undergo an ultrasound – and in cases of very early pregnancy, when a fetus is hard to see, a creepy and intrusive transvaginal ultrasound. But seven states have already passed ultrasound requirements for women seeking abortion. The Virginia bill is galvanizing opposition nationally at least partly due to the climate of crazy that’s been fomented by Santorum’s backward candidacy.



    (h/t Randi Rhodes)

    • February 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      LH, I thought the second article about the woman who would have lost her daughter without an amniocentesis was very powerful and brought tears to my eyes. If you have time, please read it. Her comment about turning to her medically trained obstetrician, rather then her local politician, for advice about her pregnancy made me laugh and underscored the utter absurdity of medically ignorant candidates talking with righteous certainty about health issues they know nothing about.

  64. February 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Last week, the nation was appalled that Republicans held a hearing on women’s access to birth control coverage that included a panel with five men and no women.

    Now, they’ve gone a step further.

    In a last-minute move, House Republicans have apparently changed their own rules to deny televised testimony from Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student that Republicans refused to let testify last week.

    Will you immediately sign our petition calling on Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and House Administration Committee Chairman Dan Lungren to reverse their disgraceful decision to deny Sandra the right to have her testimony televised?


    It is unacceptable that Republicans would once again deny women the right to publicly testify about women’s health care. It is up to all of us to speak out against this shameful censorship.

    Act quickly: the hearing is set for tomorrow morning.

  65. 278 auni
    February 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Loved listening (often) to President Obama singing. It sounds so good–I don’t know anything about music–but I am thinking he hit it just right. Just the right tone for the blues.

  66. 279 donna dem 4 obama
    February 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Martin Bashir Clearing The Air


    • February 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Oh,LH, there is sweet justice in Bob McDonnell getting caught in his own web. He wants to be a VP choice, but then panders to the extreme right on abortion, then realizes he may blow his VP chances, then pirouettes to maybe a voluntary ultrasound, then tries to come across as some moderate who will graciously condescend to allow women a tummy ultrasound, then realizes the hornets in the nest he stirred are not satisfied and now he’s just twirling around in confusion and doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. I do truly wish Romney would pick this loser because that would land Virginia firmly in the Obama/Biden column. In fact, any of the Republican governors would pretty much guarantee the loss of their state, even loud mouth Christie.

  67. 285 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm


    By Gary Ater


    Why are the Americans that receive the most government support, the ones that continue to complain?

    Based on a recent research project by the New York Times, they were able to make the statement that when one looks at the map of the voters in the United States, “The people who most despise government support are the ones who benefit from it the most.”

    To understand this statement, all that is needed is a close look at the two maps of the United States shown on the link below to see where the red and blue states are and what parts of the country continue to receive the most government help, and those that receive the least government support.




  68. 286 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Obama plan cuts corporate tax rate

    By Steve Benen


    It seems hard to believe, but the data is unambiguous: we have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, but the actual income tax paid by corporations “is one of the lowest in the world.”
    The politics of this is trickier than it should be. The White House and congressional Republicans agree that reform is worthwhile, but those loopholes that lower corporate tax burdens are tough to eliminate for obvious reasons — powerful businesses are paying a small fraction of what they’re supposed to pay, and they’re going to hire a legion of lobbyists to keep those loopholes in place. It’s one of the reasons today’s announcement from the administration is interesting, but not expected to make much of a difference of on Capitol Hill.

    Still, it’s a debate worth having. The new administration plan closes a series of loopholes, ends unnecessary tax giveaways (including breaks for the oil industry), and eliminates the “carried interest” policy that allows folks like Mitt Romney to pay a lower rate than the middle class.



    • 287 JoJothecat
      February 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      They need to include making Lobbying Congress for tax breaks illegal, if they don’t then lowering the tax rate is moot.

  69. February 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Energy storage isn’t just for AA batteries any more. Thanks to investments from the Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), energy storage may soon play a bigger part in our electricity grid, and help enable the increased generation of renewable electricity.

    Producing renewable electricity is most commonly associated with wind and solar power. Although these power sources are clean and renewable sources of electricity, they can also be unreliable since they don’t produce any power when it gets dark or the wind stops blowing. As these power sources become more important to our energy economy, so does investment in technologies that allow energy producers, such as utilities, to store energy that is generated when the sun shines and the wind blows. This stored energy can then be released as needed, providing a continuous flow of clean energy during periods of high demand or when wind and solar energy is unavailable.

    Today’s electricity grid — the interconnected network that delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers — has virtually no storage. The storage facilities that do exist use pumped hydropower, a system that pumps water uphill to a reservoir when excess electricity is available and then lets the water flow downhill through turbines to generate electricity when it is needed. While pumped hydropower storage works well, it can only be located in very limited areas of the country. The 12 ARPA-E projects that make up the Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS) program are aimed at developing new energy storage technologies that are comparable in reliability and cost to pumped hydropower, and are deployable at any location in the country. These new technologies could enable the storage of vast amounts of electricity anywhere on the grid across the country. Improved methods for storing and dispatching electricity would enable the increased use of renewable electricity generation while maintaining high reliability in electric supply.


  70. 291 CEB
    February 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Just got home, clicked on the site and Bamm! more awesomeness from Chips!

    Have yet to soak everything in or to check the comments, but wanted to get inn before the thread changes. That little girl was so precious; ran straight to FLOTUS, as has been commented many times before, children know.

    The combined choir was beautiful; that is a difficult song to sing, but they were magnificant; I really liked this arrangement and the diverse group.

    FLOTUS has legs a mile long (and the cocoa butter has done its job). I always wanted to be at least 5′ 9″ and leggy, but I am not even quite 5′ 4″ (sigh).

    Okay; going back to take a longer, closer look. See everyone on the next thread.

  71. February 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

  72. February 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    some f-ing douchebag shithead just called Randi and talked about some docudrama on PBS last night about Billo-the-Clown. He said Billyboy suffered more from the repugs than PBO ever did and that basically PBO can never understand the suffering Clinton went through because of the repug party,”fortunately”, stated the caller, the Oklahoma City Bombing occurred and that’s when people started to recognize Bill as “presidential.” My snide comment: “most of the suffering he endured was of his own fool making. Sticking a cigar in places it shouldn’t be doesn’t necessarily endear Bill-O to anyone.” Fricking ratbastardfucker!!!!!! Good think Randi told learned him right quick! Who the fuck was that bastard? Fricking Clinton. So f-ing steamed I could spit. Bastards. 😡 Fricking dumbass ratbastard caller 😡

    February 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm


    • 299 theo67
      February 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Are they trying to instigate something? I can’t imagine that they don’t know that they’re putting the country at risk – nobody’s that stupid. Or are they?

      • 300 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        February 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm


        • 301 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          February 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm


  74. February 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    With all the issues, now we should be debating whether or not to get rid of the Girl Scouts.
    Girl Scouts?

  75. February 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/02/obama-didnt-fail.html A chart that compares the U.S. recession to other financial crises.

    “To run against Obama, Frum advises the GOP to come up with a, you know, plan for America’s future.”

  76. 307 Linda
    February 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Chris Matthews did another one of his gloom and doom ” Let me Finish ” comments……

    His show was wild today.

    • 308 Cheryllou
      February 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      I put on MSNBC to watch Rev. Al and listened to the ending of his show. Since the whole contraceptive issue, I stopped watching his show. He’s gone all negative now. If I wanted doom and gloom, I’ll turn on Fox, and that will never happen, not in a million years.

  77. 309 Linda
    February 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire has proposed repealing the state’s requirement to provide insurance coverage for birth control by attaching the measure to a bill aimed to repeal “obsolete and outdated” laws.

    State Rep. Andrew Manuse (R-Derry) has proposed the amendment to end the contraception law to a piece of routine legislation clearing older laws off the books, the Concord Monitor reports. Manuse’s amendment, first proposed Tuesday as the routine legislation was being heard by a legislative committee, would exclude both religious organizations, along with private companies that have religious objections, from the requirement to provide birth control.


    Keep your rosaries off my ovaries please.

  78. 310 desertflower
    February 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Richard Cordray live on consumer issues on banks


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