welcome ‘home’ willard

United Auto Workers union member Pat Peralta holds a sign during a protest rally against Mitt Romney, who is making a campaign stop at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, February 24



You can watch Willard’s speech in the PACKED stadium here (12:0 ET)


Watch how those 65,000 people can barely control their excitement in anticipation of Willard’s arrival:

And watch how they erupt when he appears – Mitt Mania!


Freep.com: It won’t be hard to fit 1,200 members of the Detroit Economic Club into 65,000-seat Ford Field for today’s speech by GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

What will be hard is making it look like Romney isn’t speaking to a nearly empty stadium.

The Romney campaign and the Economic Club think they’ve solved the problem. The guests will be seated at one end of the playing surface, roughly between the end zone and the 30-yard line, while Romney will speak from a stage in front of them.

More here


Thanks for the Mitt pic Lamh!

193 Responses to “welcome ‘home’ willard”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    February 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Willard has no Shame!

  2. February 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Congratulations CTGirl! First….yah!

  3. 15 CTGirl
    February 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Oh man! Mitt is going to bus folks in! A stadium Willard?

  4. February 24, 2012 at 11:57 am

    This is thrilling to watch our supporters stand up and be counted, thanking PBO for his hard work. He took so much grief for this bold decision and he is ONCE AGAIN VINDICATED.

    • 17 utaustinliberal
      February 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      I know! I saw the pictures and the crowd and the tweets from Ben La Bolt and began cheering!!!! The auto bailout was the right thing to do and I’m happy the UAW and the workers are standing up for PBO.

  5. 18 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Yes WE Can … DO More Together

    We Must!

  6. 19 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm


  7. 20 Asher in Boston
    February 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    This loser willard has no reason whatsoever to show up anywhere in Michigan. Period. He should be run out of town. What a joke this guy is.

  8. 21 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm



    Yes WE Must!

  9. February 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Watch how those 65,000 people can barely control their excitement in anticipation of Willard’s arrival:

  10. 52 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Hello (hello) (hello) (hello) (hello) <—— echo from Willard's empty words bouncing around an empty stadium back to his empty head.

  11. 54 rikyrah
    February 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    the pictures crack me up. oh, the lines for Willard. the throngs of people.


  12. February 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    For Willard to be holding his event in a 65,000 capacity stadium goes under the heading: what WERE they thinking? Bet you’ll hear very little about the lack of crowd, enthusiasm from the MSM.

    P.S. Thanks for the pic,, Chipsticks,: it boosted my spirits considerably.

    • February 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Yes, this will be blown up by the media as an enthusiastic crowd coming to hear their hero, Mittens Romney, the Resolute! The media is completely complicit in this farce of a campaign.

    • February 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      By the very nature of who he was going to be talking to, it was going to be a small crowd. It wasn’t an open to the public type of thing. Doing this in a venue like this is really, really dumb, and whoever thought it up should be fired. No, let me take that back, keep that person and have him/her do more of this. Plus, how much it must be costing the campaign to even rent this place.

      • 58 utaustinliberal
        February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

        Actually, it was Romney himself who suggested this venue. He was supposed to have the event at another venue but changed his mind and made his team switch to a bigger avenue because he wanted to prove he could attract big crowds. So, in that estimation, Romney should fire himself. It was an EPIC fail.

  13. 59 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Gooooooo UAW! How could you hate on workers?!?!?!? I just don’t get it. I truly don’t. Maybe my mindset is just too different to understand it. But how could you hate on your fellow American human beings working for a living?!?!?

    • February 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      I don’t get the war on workers (unions) either, PolitcalJunkessa…any more than I get the war on women which has now started to incorporate the war on girls (the Girl Scouts).

      • 61 Dakota
        February 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

        That’s what they’re all about…war on everything. Attack, Attack, Attack, the only thing they know how to do! They are souless bullies with no capacity for working together or compromise. They think it makes them look weak. What it makes them look like however, is exactly what they are…a bunch of out of touch, raving lunatics.

      • February 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

        The only silver lining is that once you make everyone your enemy, you have no friends left. The GOP is busy alienating just about every constituency but the certifiably insane and the super rich. These groups are certainly noisy and powerful, but they don’t add up to a lot of votes.

      • February 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        You don’t have to even clarify with (unions). The war on unions is a war against all workers. If they can get rid of unions they will be able to pay all workers less, give all workers less in benefits, and make sure no workers have long term security. The only thing preventing makng all workers slaves is the existence of unions.

  14. February 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I love seeing that empty stadium! Thanks so much for sharing this one, Ms Chips! : )))

  15. 66 sherijr
    February 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve tuned in to your link for Romney’s speech, gonna see if I can stand to listen to him. However, the intro person & the “prayer” are already getting to me.

  16. 67 Ladyhawke
    February 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    What a treat….

    Josh Earnest is handling the White House Press Corps briefing today.

  17. 68 sherijr
    February 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    my 12 yr old son is home & I’m forcing him to listen to this Romney speech.. he called the republicans a cult, jokingly tells me they probably require a blood initiation.

    Romney is being introduced as “more than just a car-guy”. okie doke

  18. February 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    …And why did he choose a 65000 seat stadium again???! Were Dog Kennels all booked out?

    • 76 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      LOL HOPE!!

      Kennel owners know they would lose their license if they allowed him within 100 meters of their entrance 😉


    • February 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      No, to the dog kennels. He was again trying to copy PBO when his venue should have been a Little League field. In that vein, @adamsorensen tweeted:: “Tomorrow, Mitt Romney will address the Arizona Economic Club in the Grand Canyon”. Now THAT’S funny.

  19. February 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Chips you need these pics too.

    Wow talk about a picture saying 1000 words.

    Romney’s Stadium Speech Today Dwarfed By Obama Stadium Speech In 2008

    Who’s bright idea in the Romney camp was it to stage this speech in a football stadium half of which Romney never had a chance of filling!

    • 79 Dakota
      February 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Took the words right out of my mouth! Some moron no doubt.

    • February 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Lamh, you’re a legend – I was in the middle of making a ‘poster’ but couldn’t find any good pics yet from Ford Field, the one at the link was perfect! Added the poster to the post! Thank you 😉

      • 81 utaustinliberal
        February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        Thanks for the comparison pictures between PBO and Romney Chips. Just tweeted the picture. And they say we (Democrats) have an enthusiasm gap? Hahahaha.

  20. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I wish PBO would go to Detroit and fill that stadium to the brim. You see this is why I could never be a great pol like our President. He doesn’t think in petty terms like this but it sure would be priceless to see 😉

  21. 92 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Ooooo, I like that one: “LetRomneygobankrupt.com” Yas!

  22. 93 Linda
    February 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Empty Stadium for the Empty Suit

  23. 99 yardarm756
    February 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    G’day TODville and to you Admiral Chipsticks. Overheard this morning on Talk Radio: The new Right Wing Jobs Plan = Vaginal Management.

  24. 102 hopefruit2
    February 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    • February 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      OMG, I just logged in and read the signs. I laughed out loud with the guy holding the flip flop sign with the flip floppers. All of the photos and videos are “priceless”. Thanks Chips for making me laugh before I have my cup of coffee. 🙂

  25. February 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Andrea Mitchell just did the Willard cover-up. Showed the close shot of Romney in front of his “crowd”, mentioned that he was in a 65,000 seat field, never mentioned that 99% of the stadium was empty. Ryan Lizza said something about it being difficult to fill a 65,000 seat stadium for an economic speech but still no widely available photos of the exciting event or any truth about the dismal number there.

  26. February 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    it looks like theres more folks outside the speech- the union marchers- than inside the speech.

  27. February 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Whose idea was it to have this speech in a 65,000 seat stadium? You mean to tell me there is NO PLACE in Detroit to seat these people and avoid embarassment? eh, why should I care. Let him look stupid.

  28. 124 Lorraine
    February 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I honestly believe that Mark Halperin suffers from serious bouts with the step of denial. This is rich!


    • 125 CTGirl
      February 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      :-). Lol! Halperin should share whatever he is smoking! He is too sad to even be funny! 🙂

    • February 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Mitt Romney: “Detroit shouldn’t just be the motor city of America, it’s got to be the motor city of the entire world.”

      Oh please Mittens. Pres.Obama already put out that vision of American cars being sold all over the world. Stop copying him! Too late Mitt, you said you would have sold out Detroit, let it go bankrupt. Don’t try to sugar coat that turd.

      • February 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        You know, the more I think about it, the more I realize they couldn’t possibly have thought they would significantly fill the stadium. Perhaps they were going for an iconic image of Mitt – son of one of Detroit’s own – standing in a stadium named for one of Detroit’s iconic automakers< (Have I used iconic enough yet?) But if so, it's backfiring big time.

        • 131 theo67
          February 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

          That probably was their intention, but they were short-sighted in not thinking about the optics. They love negative campaigning, but they never think that others will use their same dirty tactics. And they also didn’t think about the comparisons with President Obama and his ability to fill a stadium – easily.

          • 132 JoJothecat
            February 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm

            Whoever thought that using this stadium was a good idea will be fired. I read in one the comments that the campaign wanted a venue to hold the 1200 they invited and the other place could hold only 500. So instead of finding a place that held, say 2000, they found a stadium that held 70K…what a duffus. Also, someone said there was “no other place to hold 1200 people”…really?

            • 133 L3
              February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

              That isn’t true. There are plenty of places in downtown Detroit or even the suburbs that could hold 1200 people. Cobo Hall is huge but has smaller rooms with removeable partitions to accomdate any sized group. One of the more popular locations is the Renaissance Center which unfortunately for Willard is now owned by GM.

        • February 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm

          I can’t buy him a son of Detroit. The man can’t even tell us why he loves the place. ‘The trees are the right height”? Who says that about a place they knew well in their childhood?

          • February 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

            I agree. He hasn’t lived here since he graduated from high school, I think. He doesn’t spend time, own a vacation home, etc. Detroit obviously doesn’t mean much to him. I was thinking that’s perhaps what the campaign was thinking since the pundits are all saying ‘Romney has to win his home state’. However his father was truly a Detroit guy.

          • February 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

            …but he’s right about the trees 😉

    • February 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Comedy gold, Lorraine! What a complete and utter dick!

      • 138 Lorraine
        February 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        Too bad Lawrence is not on tonight. He has be most sarcastic dry sense of humor when he roasted flip flop. I’m sure Ed will take his turn or maybe Martin (who I’m still upset with after his interview with Michael), who is great at comprehending the rights rage.

    • 139 Linda
      February 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Keith Olberman did a segment on the HBO movie ” Game Change ” last night and said this.


      I mean, the co-authors are John Heilemann. I don’t know who John Heilemann is. But Mark Halperin is a co-author. I know who that is, and I know he’s the laughingstock of the profession.

  29. 142 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Just too funny … http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/frontiers-in-advance-work/2012/02/24/gIQADEL5XR_blog.html


    • February 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      I love this. The American Worker is 3-4 times more productive than the Chinese worker. BAM!

      • 153 CEB
        February 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

        The best part of the segment. Gives the lie to what we have heard over and over, but you know what? The president has always believed this and has spoken about it continually. Go USA! Thank you, Mr. President, for believing and making it possible.

    • 154 yardarm756
      February 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Beautifull. In light of this my only concern about PBO’s reelection is the voter suppression efforts in certain states.

    • 155 Cathy from MN
      February 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Love it; thank you!!!!!

    • 156 nathkatun7
      February 25, 2012 at 3:28 am

      WIW, you are so special! I just appreciate all you do to keep bringing us positive news. For a president who hates America (snark) so much, he sure is working hard to bring jobs back to America. I don’t remember any other President, or presidential candidate, who proposed tax cuts for American companies that keep jobs at home rather than moving them to foreign countries.

  30. February 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    There must be something in the water at ABC

    Why Ford Field is Perfect Metaphor for the GOP Race


    • February 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      ABC is owned by Disney. If people can’t afford gas, they can’t afford to go to Disneyland and Disnerworld. Either that or somebody finally decided that the country would like to have at least one network tht actually practices journalism.

    • 160 Lovepolitics2008
      February 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I hope ABC receives lots of thanks and congratulations for practicing real journalism…

  31. 161 collegekay
    February 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    The signs are spelled correct too.

  32. 163 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Willard does realize it’s 2012, right?!?! He does realize that people will take a picture of his CROWDFAIL and Facebook/YouTube/Tweet the hell out of it…..right?!?!

    😆 😆 😆

  33. February 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Good afternoon, lovely people of TOD. Missed you all these couple of days.

    But I always love it when I have so much catching up to do on videos, and photos, and comments galore.

    Thank you, Chips, for this beautiful oasis. I’ll never tire of thanking you.

    Off I go to catch up.

  34. February 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I was just reading that too.

    Ok seriously, I know I know Mark “Da Dick” Halperin is a hack, but is there anyway to find out if he is actually being paid by the Romney campaign to jerk Romney off the way he does.

    “Da Dick” is trying to claim that Romney “econ 101” speech in Detroit, the one where the Romney campaign optics of not being able to fill stadium is terrible, that the local TV will all be about how “the local-boy-made-good who fancies cars speaking on the field of their beloved football stadium about his ideas for jobs and replacing Barack Obama…”

    That’s a direct quote! Seriously, is that guy married cause I pity the life of anybody woman or man who would be married or partnered which such as hack-tastic individual.

    I know, I know, it’s Halperin, but geez with his hands so far up Romney’s ass, how can he manage to type such drivel?

  35. 168 Claire
    February 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Love the signs… wish I could be there in solidarity!

  36. February 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Rick Santorum’s Attack Ad Accuses Mitt Romney of ‘Turning His Back’ On Michigan

    the ad is better than the last one santorum ran


  37. 171 hopefruit2
    February 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    As Jovie predicted, the cable news media is doing a serious burial of CrowdFailGate Romney. They are now focusing on Syria and hardly mention Robney’s speech, which was a total fail. When they did mention the speech, CNN for example made sure to only show a close-up still photo (as close as possible without pushing Romney’s face out of the camera area). Thankfully, we have Twitter and Youtube at our disposal, so we can circumvent the dishonest Media and let people know the FACTS.

    • 172 Melanie
      February 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      On MSNBC Alex, Andrea and Tam’ron all showed the pix and talked about the near empty field. It will be interesting to see how it plays locally in Mich. tonight. Thankfully POTUS is so far ahead of all the R’s in MI it won’t make much of a difference in Nov.

      • 173 hopefruit2
        February 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        Okay I missed that – thanks for the update! I’m sure Rev Al will be talking about it tonight.

        • 174 utaustinliberal
          February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

          Tamron did a really good job of skewering Romney and the empty stadium. She showed multiple pictures of the vast emptiness and couldn’t stop the laughter from echoing out.

    • February 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I’m no fan of the media, but rather than being motivated to protect Romney, they are probably more focused on Syria rather than Romney’s speech right now because, you know, people are being massacred in Syria, which seems to me would be more newsworthy than some lame speech Romney made in a half-empty stadium in Detroit.

  38. 178 hopefruit2
    February 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    • 179 theo67
      February 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      There was an idiot on with Tamryn Hall just now, and he said that he didn’t think President Obama couldn’t have filled a stadium during the primaries in 2008. Clearly, the guy was only born in 2009.

  39. 180 Lorraine
    February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    That’s gonna leave a mark!

    Obama 2012 spox LaBolt: “The lip service Mitt Romney paid to the middle class today was as empty as the stadium he stood in.”

  40. 183 hopefruit2
    February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    SNL is going to have a FIELD DAY with that empty stadium speech!

  41. February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    TWISTING THE DAGGER..!! LOL..!! 😆 😆 😆

  42. 185 Ladyhawke
    February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    This picture is hilarious. This is the result of the GOP letting the Tea Party tail wag the elephant(s).


    This Must Become the New Symbol of the Republican Party



  43. 187 hopefruit2
    February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Will Tweety report this poll, or will he keep focusing on that fixed Gallup poll?

  44. February 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    So not only was the speech overshadowed by the empty stadium seats, but he ends it with this?? I mean dude should never go off script.

    Ann Romney Drives ‘a Couple of Cadillacs,’ Says Mitt

    …Reporters have immediately jumped on the latter half of the comment as another example of Romney appearing “tone deaf” when making oblique references to his wealth among voters. (Think “I like being able to fire people” or “corporations are people, my friend.”) “Politically, I don’t there’s anything wrong with mentioning your wife drives a Cadillac. But it’s a little riskier if you mention she drives ‘a couple,'” writes The Hill’s Christian Heinze. “For the love of Pete,” tweets Politico’s Ben White. “… It would be better for that campaign if he didn’t speak.” “PROBLEM” adds Politico’s Dylan Byers. But let’s all take a step back. It could have been worse! Something like, “Ann used to drive two Cadillacs but that was years before we hired her a private driver.” Still, expect to hear the political hay over this little flap for at least a news cycle or ten…

    • 189 Lovepolitics2008
      February 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Wow, just wow… Romney the gaffe machine.

      Besides this being obviously good for democrats, you know what makes me happy? Journalists will probably stop associating Joe Biden with “gaffes” now that Romney is becoming the poster boy for political malpractice.

      I’ve always cringed when journalists are condescending when talking about Joe Biden. Joe’s supposed “gaffes” are more often than not simply a case of being too frank and plain spoken. Joe Biden is a brilliant man and a man of integrity. And he is completely in touch with the reality of ordinary americans. Joe Biden would have been a good president.

      • 190 hopefruit2
        February 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        I agree 100%. This “Biden is a gaffe machine” is a bullshyte meme akin to the PBO “teleprompter” association. VP Biden is one of the most competent cabinet officials we’ve had not just in the Obama administration, but overall in recent history

  45. 191 nospin
    February 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Bashir showed a clip of Santorum saying “you don’t know what is burning down there”. Bashir said, we won’t want to know what is burning down there but maybe he should seek medical attention. lololol

    Coming up now on Martin Bashir. hysterical.

  46. February 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    “The Standard & Poor’s 500-share index on Friday finished at its highest point since 2008, extending a climb that began in November.”


  47. 193 Melanie
    February 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Really insightful article from Ezra Klein regarding Romney’s appearance today. Despite all the fun we’re having about the empty stadium what Romney is proposing is really scary. When he said he wasn’t concerned about the poor he wasn’t kidding…

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