rise and shine

First lady Michelle Obama listens to President Barack Obama speak in the State Dining Room of the White House, February 26. President Obama hosted the 2012 Governors Dinner which coincides with the yearly meeting of the National Governors Association meeting in DC.


Michelle Obama and Jill Biden also deliver remarks.


The week ahead:

Tuesday: PBO will deliver remarks at the United Auto Workers conference in Washington, DC.

Wednesday: PBO and the First Lady will host a dinner at the White House to honor Armed Forces, who served in Iraq, and their families.

Thursday: PBO will travel to Nashua, New Hampshire, and deliver remarks on the economy. In the evening, the President will attend campaign events in New York City.

Friday: PBO will travel to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to visit with wounded service members.


Ooops – this is one poll Politico will have troubling ignoring …. because it’s their own:

A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll reveals the prolonged nominating battle is taking a toll on the GOP candidates and finds the president’s standing significantly improved from late last year.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is 53 percent, up 9 percentage points in four months. Matched up against his Republican opponents, he leads Mitt Romney by 10 points (53-43) and Rick Santorum by 11 (53-42). Even against a generic, unnamed Republican untarnished by attacks, Obama is up 5 percentage points. In November, he was tied.


Thanks Loriah


USA Today: ….. Today …. President Obama meets with state executives from across the country and with political donors in Washington.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will both speak today to the National Governors Association during a meeting in the State Dining Room. Their wives, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will also deliver remarks.

…. This afternoon, Obama and Biden will meet with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner …. Obama ends his day with a closed-door campaign fundraiser in Washington.


CBS: Mitt Romney went to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race Sunday for what should have been a chance to show he’s one of the guys. Instead, in casual conversation with an Associated Press reporter at the Florida track, he reminded people once again that he is not exactly a regular Joe.

Asked by the AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

Democrats and liberals quickly ridiculed the remark on Twitter. “I don’t know people who fish but I know people who own yachts,” tweeted Brad Woodhouse, communications director of the Democratic National Committee….

More here







Donna Dem: I’m raising money on my grassroots fundraising page to help President Obama win in 2012. The President is counting on people like you and me giving what we can afford to build this campaign. Will you donate $5 today to help me try and reach my goal?


Morning everyone 😉

188 Responses to “rise and shine”

      • February 27, 2012 at 8:16 am

        Thank you, Ms. Chips!

        I love this site and come here everyday! Don’t comment often but have many people, including you, as friends on the Twitter machine! I can’t thank you, BWD, WIW, LL, Bobfr, Amk, Symmetry, GoBrooklyn, Tally, DR and all of the others for not only pertinent, salient and timely information but the sense of family working towards re-electing this special man who has saved the soul of the USA.

        Just keep this in mind as well: we MUST ELECT and give PBO at least 63+ RELIABLY Democratic votes in the Senate! That is what the #GOP wants the most and we will DENY them. Turn Congress BLUE!!

        Obama/Biden for 4 more years – this whole site is working toward that and it will happen!

        Again, thank you, Chips for everything that you do!!

  1. February 27, 2012 at 8:01 am

    First… hopefully..LOL!!

  2. February 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

    +1 for living in + 12-hour time zone

  3. 22 molly
    February 27, 2012 at 8:06 am

    morning! love this:
    Battleground Poll: GOP president’s race takes toll, Obama inches up

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73308.html#ixzz1nZus0Hrn

    February 27, 2012 at 8:07 am


  5. 25 EDP4BHO
    February 27, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Good morning TOD. I’m off to work late today, so thought I’d show my manners with a greeting, before chiming in later today 😀 My President surely is a gracious host, as well as putting out his dings with class. Peace all.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:10 am


      February 27, 2012 at 8:11 am


        February 27, 2012 at 8:13 am


        • 30 Geeja
          February 27, 2012 at 8:30 am

          Sue I will say a prayer for you. I love your posts and your upbeat spirit. No one can stay on the naughty mat as well as you. God bless you and I hope you have a good day.

          • 31 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            February 27, 2012 at 9:38 am


        • 32 Pamela
          February 27, 2012 at 8:48 am

          Sue, vote burning, your name in prayers. Along with PBO, if you don’t mind sharing with him and his family. Oh, wait, you ARE his family! Thank you for doing so much in spite of your health.

        • February 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

          Sue, I hope you get the best medical advice and get through this. You give to much to other people, we all really need you. You have all the prayers and support I can offer.

        • 35 Brian
          February 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

          I always love to read you spirited entries here, Sue. Keeping you in my thoughts. You are a marvel.

      • 36 hopefruit2
        February 27, 2012 at 8:14 am

        Oh Sue I’m sorry to hear this – we know you are working your hardest to help our president but your health comes FIRST, so please take care of your self.

        • February 27, 2012 at 8:16 am

          + 1,000,000,000

          Look after yourself Sue, get that pain seen to.

        • February 27, 2012 at 8:19 am


          Hopefruit2 is correct – please take care of yourself! PBO and we need your energy, smarts and passion for the election. We want you to celebrate with us in November! Take time for yourself; we got you!

          • 39 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            February 27, 2012 at 8:30 am


            • 40 edp4bho
              February 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

              Sue, we need more folks like you, who give of yourself so freely. You could teach the teachables in Congress a thing or two. God bless you with endurance and relief, and you have a prayer from me, most definitely. You are a fantastic lady.

    • 41 defytheodds
      February 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Sue, stay strong and hopeful the Creator will see you through…Keep-the Faith!

        February 27, 2012 at 9:41 am


        • 43 susanne
          February 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

          sue, you are an inspiration and a hoot!!! thanks for all you do. i so admire your spunk, your dedication, and your wicked sense of humor! pass the bbq sauce!

          • 44 HZ
            February 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

            Sue, you are one of the most gentle spirits in our presence here, and I can only see beauty, love, compassion, and strength in your personality. I love your fight, and your spirit to continue to fight and give so much.

            I will for sure, keep you in my prayers ,and ask for daily strenghth for you to do the things that you must do to feel better and keep your spirit to a level to allow you to enjoy the best of God’s provisions for you during this season in your life. You give so much to others, and I know His giving to you will be more than we can even conceive in our minds. May His comforting Spirit be upon your life.

            I want you to take your time and know when you need to stop for careful time outs to replenish your body through out the day.,and do it. I totally understand part of pain. However, I do realize that we all have a different tolerance for it, but when it hits, it tears the hell out of me, so I understand you. But Sue, please take time to rest when you need to.

            We all will do our very best to get our beautiful President re-elected, and I know you will as well, but he would also want us to keep an eye on ourselves so we all can make it across the finish line. So, my dear fighter, stay in the race, listen to the coach, pace yourself, and pamper yourself. We Will Win This One for POB.

            I love you Sue, and know for sure that I will be praying for you daily. You can count on that one. (((((((((((((((((((Hugs to you)))))))))))))))HZ

  7. 45 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD! For those of us who missed the live taping, and the rest of us who want an encore – don’t forget the “In Performance Blues Night” on PBS tonight at 9PM ET 🙂


  8. 51 MoObama
    February 27, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I couldn’t believe my eyes, “back to the dark ages McDonnel” sitting next to the First Lady.
    The President and First Lady prove they are Christians every day by their actions…being kind to those who dislike or hate you.

    • 52 susanne
      February 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      yes, they are. and, it occurs to me, that with our powerful flotus sitting next to him, that wanker couldn’t spend the evening talking stink about pbo. shut him the hell up!

  9. 53 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

  10. 54 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Morning everyone! I was thinking this morning about Mitt’s incessant whining about (everything) being rich…and how everybody “picks” on him. I was thinking that his daddy made cars in his job, Mitt just makes a mess. He’ll never get it.

  11. 56 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

    HAHAHAHA! http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/02/what-a-fking-mess.html

    Ed Rollins on the Republican Party at the moment:

    “Six months before this thing got going, every Republican I know was saying, ‘We’re gonna win, we’re gonna beat Obama.’ Now even those who’ve endorsed Romney say, ‘My God, what a fucking mess.’”

    Speaking of messes…..:)

  12. February 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

    The Presidents 2 term fund update-


    Please donate, must reach 5 million by Thursday!

    • February 27, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Had to look at willard’s one term fun – 1.25 mil so far. 🙂

    • February 27, 2012 at 8:57 am

      I have donated and also to Obama/Biden. There are so many separate entities that it gets confusing. I’ve been donating regularly to OFA and have e-mail receipts to prove it. But the Obama Biden campaign always says that I haven’t contributed. Shouldn’t there be a central database that has cumulative contributions? Isn’t this all going to the same pot?

      • February 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

        Yes. If you donated from OFA, then it goes to re elect. The 2 term fund is a separate fundraising drive started this month!

      • 61 Obama Grandmama
        February 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        I know what you mean as I got an email saying why had I not donated. It kinda hurt my feelings as I am donating. So I answered it with why I am not donating online at this time as my email had been phished the beginning of the year and it was a horrible experience. I decided to only donate from here on out by mail. I have been donating to OFA, DCCC, DNC and DSC when I can which looks to be pretty regularly to me. This President represents the first politician I have ever in my life donated to. My donations may not be big but they are numerous as I can do it. I have surgery coming up this next month so need to be sure I have the money I need to cover it and related expenses. I spoke to a person on the phone about not contributing over the phone and they just needed to send their request in the mail a couple of weeks ago. I realize it is so tough with the Citizens United ruling and the party of the rich corporates to compete with but don’t bite the hand that feeds ya. I like throwing in idioms but usually forget them. I will keep donating whatever I can to get our President re-elected and try to give him a Congress that will help him get bills passed.

  13. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    February 27, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Gov Jerry Brown’s masterful takedown of a Right Wing Rag Reporter at the Washington Times Newspaper.

    Gov. Jerry Brown tangled with a reporter from the conservative Washington Times newspaper after his meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sunday.

    The Washington Times is a conservative paper, and Brown, after recognizing his interrogator, gave no ground. Brown’s spokesman Gil Duran joined in the fray, repeatedly calling the reporter, Kerry Picket, a liar.


    • February 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Governor Brown stood up to the scumbag press like we wish they all would. He never minces words and calls out every lie and spin. BRAVO, Jerry.

  14. 64 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Someone that thinks like I do! I DID make mention of Ms. Bobbitt a few days ago 🙂


  15. 65 donna dem 4 obama
    February 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Here is a great get up and get moving vid to start your day.

    I just love the Sexy Seniors doing the “Barack Twist” 🙂

  16. February 27, 2012 at 8:29 am

    BP settlement update-


    BP could be on the Hook for 60 billion, when all is said and done, a settlement of 40 is likely!

  17. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    February 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I’m raising money on my grassroots fundraising page to help President Obama win in 2012. The President is counting on people like you and me giving what we can afford to build this campaign. Will you donate $5 today to help me try and reach my goal?


  18. February 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

    The Senate is preparing to vote on a cybersecurity bill that would give the Department of Homeland Security authority over companies with computer systems crucial to the nation’s economic and physical security.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to bring the legislation straight to the Senate floor, skipping any committee markups, despite Republican protests to the maneuver.

    The Hill-

  19. 78 Pamela
    February 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Dark and silent, crispy cold, 25F on my ck porch thermometer…. Car iced over, brrr… Long day ahead. On that note, Good Morning!

  20. 79 Pamela
    February 27, 2012 at 8:38 am

    *back porch

  21. February 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

    they will ignore their own poll…bet on it with GOPOLITICO

  22. February 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

    The thing about these uprisings, it beings out all the Radicals! So, now, instead if searching for the insurgents, they have now been marked for future raids by US Green Berets.
    You see, they are stupid!
    That is all!

  23. February 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

    AUDIO: Romney Strikes Again: “I Have Some Great Friends Who Are NASCAR Team Owners”

    Mitt Romney once again has shown why he increasingly is viewed as an out of touch, wealthy elitist. Attending the Daytona 500 rally on Sunday, Romney was asked by an AP reporter if he was a fan of NASCAR.

    Romney responded: “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

    Not many people are friends with the wealthy elite who are able to own NASCAR teams.


    • February 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

      I liked the response I saw to that on twitter, that it was like saying “I don’t know anyone who fishes, but I have good friends who own yachts.”

  24. February 27, 2012 at 8:49 am

    2012 or Never

    Republicans are worried this election could be their last chance to stop history. This is fear talking. But not paranoia.

    .By Jonathan Chait
    Published Feb 26, 2012

    Of the various expressions of right-wing hysteria that have flowered over the past three years—goldbuggery, birtherism, death panels at home and imaginary apology tours by President Obama abroad—perhaps the strain that has taken deepest root within mainstream Republican circles is the terror that the achievements of the Obama administration may be irreversible, and that the time remaining to stop permanent nightfall is dwindling away

    “America is approaching a ‘tipping point’ beyond which the Nation will be unable to change course,” announces the dark, old-timey preamble to Paul Ryan’s “The Roadmap Plan,” a statement of fiscal principles that shaped the budget outline approved last spring by 98 percent of the House Republican caucus. Rick Santorum warns his audiences, “We are reaching a tipping point, folks, when those who pay are the minority and those who receive are the majority.” Even such a sober figure as Mitt Romney regularly says things like “We are only inches away from no longer being a free economy,” and that this election “could be our last chance.”

    The Republican Party is in the grips of many fever dreams. But this is not one of them. To be sure, the apocalyptic ideological analysis—that “freedom” is incompatible with Clinton-era tax rates and Massachusetts-style health care—is pure crazy. But the panicked strategic analysis, and the sense of urgency it gives rise to, is actually quite sound. The modern GOP—the party of Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes—is staring down its own demographic extinction. Right-wing warnings of impending tyranny express, in hyperbolic form, well-grounded dread: that conservative America will soon come to be dominated, in a semi-permanent fashion, by an ascendant Democratic coalition hostile to its outlook and interests. And this impending doom has colored the party’s frantic, fearful response to the Obama presidency.

    The GOP has reason to be scared. Obama’s election was the vindication of a prediction made several years before by journalist John Judis and political scientist Ruy Teixeira in their 2002 book, The Emerging Democratic Majority. Despite the fact that George W. Bush then occupied the White House, Judis and Teixeira argued that demographic and political trends were converging in such a way as to form a ­natural-majority coalition for Democrats.


    • 92 desertflower
      February 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Perfect…and I think, what LL was saying all along 🙂

    • February 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

      On paper he’s right. But as the 2010 midterms showed it doesn’t mean squat if that emerging majority doesn’t come out to vote. A November triumph could easily be swept away in 2014 and 2016.

      • February 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Bingo. And beyond that if that Democratic Majority doesn’t run for office from President on down to Dog Catcher and throw these people out of the school districts and off the Water and Land Commissions, etc., it does no good to be in the so-called majority. Then we have to deal with all the infighting when the coalitions turn on themselves. Just because the GOP is running a failed campaign for President does not mean they are dying off by any stretch of the imagination. Utah just passed a Bill in their House to ban teaching sex education for crying out loud. We’re in more danger than ever of Democrats thinking we’ve won the war because we put more bodies on the field in November. Complacency, thy name is Mid-term Elections.

      • 97 Obama Grandmama
        February 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        Or if their vote is suppressed by new voting laws.

  25. February 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Wednesday, Feb. 29

    President Obama and Michelle Obama will host a dinner at the White House to honor troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. The Bidens will also attend.

    • 99 anniebella
      February 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Is it alright with that right wing Elisabeth from the View for the President and First Lady to honor our Iraq troops and their familes? With that little stupid comment she made the other day after that Blues Celebration they had at the WH, their shouldn’t be any celebration till gas prices come down and people fine a job. Let’s see what she say about the honoring of our troops and their families.

  26. February 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Good grief:

    Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Sunday defended a statement he made last October in which he said that he “almost threw up” when he read John F. Kennedy’s 1960 Houston address on the role of religion in public life.

    The statement by Santorum marks the GOP contender’s latest defense of his long-held views on the separation of church and state, although in his Sunday appearance he doubled down on the colorful language he employed in his October speech at a New Hampshire college.


    • February 27, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Archbishop Rickilieu strikes again.

      • February 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

        He really is a fruitcake, isn’t he derbingle? I’m beginning to think he’s terrified he’ll win the nomination so he’s upping his bonkerness to ensure he doesn’t.

        • February 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

          They do seem like statements of panic. The problem with Santorum is I’m not sure he’s doing this because he doesn’t want the nomination or that his inner Santorum is exploding to the surface.

    • February 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

      The national spotlight is rattling Ricky’s brain more and more. He can’t handle the limelight and the stress is causing him to reveal himself in ways he would have been able to keep hidden in a lesser race or as a fourth place candidate. His judgment as well as his experience on a national stage are limited, so he doesn’t weigh what he’s saying in terms of the larger context of how he presents himself. A good politician is always a good actor and I don’t mean that in a bad sense. You show the part of the duck that sails across the pond, not the furiously paddling feet. Neither Ricky or Willard are good actors, they panic under pressure and end up looking like ducks with their heads in the water and their feet up padding the air.

    • 107 desertflower
      February 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Santorum short version : He doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state. Crazy shit.

  27. February 27, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Thursday, March 1

    Obama will be in Nashua, N.H., to talk about the economy and then heads to New York City for campaign fundraisers.

    Biden will be at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, to give a speech on manufacturing and American innovation.

  28. 110 mtmarilyn
    February 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Good morning Chips and wonderful people of TODville. It’s Monday time to start the week again.

  29. February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Friday, March 2

    Obama will visit wounded servicemen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

  30. February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD Family. HOPE you all have a terrific Monday.

  31. 118 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Mick reminds us as well 🙂

  32. February 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

    February 25, 2012

    The ultimate Tea Party, with Mitt dragged behind

    The Post’s Bernstein takes issue with Krugman on Romney:

    I’d be very surprised if Republicans really do press austerity if they win unified control of government….

    [A] lot of the anti-Keynesian talk we’ve heard over the past three years is almost certainly partisan, and not ideological, in nature. George W. Bush didn’t react to either recession during his time in office by championing spending cuts, after all.

    Before going any farther, I first wish to point out that for all his tsk-tsking of President Obama’s European bias, it is in fact Mitt Romney who has consistently advocated a European-style approach to U.S. economic recovery. To hear Romney tell it, when it comes to social-economic policy Obama is some sort of riddling Otto von Bismarck wrapped in a mysterious Clement Atlee inside an enigmatic François Mitterrand; yet it is Romney, in bewildering accord with his party’s economus ignoramuses, who has repeatedly touted the disastrously foreign Merkel-Cameron-Sarkozy policy of strangulating austerity. Best stop there. If we get off on a Romney-hypocrisy jag, we’ll be here all day.


  33. February 27, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Preposterous GOP Argument of the Day: Romney’s Cadillacs Make Him More Electable

    February 26, 2012
    By Jason Easley

    Chris Christie offered up of the most preposterous argument of the day when he claimed that Mitt Romney was more electable because he owned Cadillacs and numerous other cars.

    GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE: So the cat is out of the bag, Bob, on the fact that Governor Romney is wealthy. I mean, so he– so he has a number of cars. Many people who have made a lot of money over time do. And so I– I think this is just something where to be candid, folks are looking for him to make trip-ups. He’s telling the truth about the cars he has. What if he didn’t answer the question about how many cars he had or didn’t talk about it, then people would be saying he was hiding it. Listen, Governor Romney has been successful. I think, that’s what we want in a President of the United States. Do we want somebody running who has been a failure at everything they’ve done and is– is that going to recommend him for the White House? He’s been a great success in business. He has been a great success as executive, as governor of Massachusetts. I think that’s the kind of guy we want in the White House.

    Christie’s was engaging in some desperate spin when he tried to connect Romney’s fleet of vehicles with electability. He could have stopped his at the point where he talked about Romney’s wealth, but no he had to take it a step beyond by claiming that Romney’s wealth makes him an electable candidate for president. Bob Schieffer opened his interview by praising Chris Christie’s ability to answer questions from the media. Christie responded to this praise by dodging one of the first questions that he was asked.


  34. February 27, 2012 at 9:25 am

    There is a Bluebird in Mitt Romney’s Heart that Wants to Get Out

    by mistermix

    Even though Mitt tells it “stay down, do you want to mess me up”, it still sings from time to time, as it did yesterday at the Daytona 500:

    Asked by the AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

    Mitt’s bluebird is kept in a golden cage covered with temple garments, but even when Mitt is reading from a script, we still heard it sing in Detroit on Friday when it told the world that Ann drives “a couple of Cadillacs”.

    The reason we hear Mitt’s bluebird is because it is used to living in a world where money is how you keep score, and Mitt was a winner in that world. Whenever Mitt has to debase himself by pretending that his money doesn’t matter, that he’s just like everyone else, his bluebird gets angry and sounds off. It’s not right to call these little glimpses into Mitt’s heart “mistakes” or “gaffes”. He believes very deeply that people should be impressed that he knows other rich people, or that he can buy as many cars as he pleases, and that’s why these little slips are so telling. Everything else that comes out of Mitt’s mouth lacks the authenticity of his bluebird’s song.


  35. 129 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Chips….you might want to post this 🙂 Good stuff!

  36. 131 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Good question.

    * Deep opposition to health reform in swing states: The aforementioned USA Today/Gallup poll finds that a majority of voters in the dozen top swing states say passage of health reform was a “bad thing” and support its repeal by a GOP president.

    One key question: If Republicans nominate Romney, the creator of the model for national reform, will they effectively deprive themselves of what could be a major winning issue in November?

    From Greg Sargent

    • February 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I’d love to know what people actually know about the health care reform they think was bad. Do think like being barred from insurance for pre-existing conditions? Do they like lifetime caps? Do they like rampant medicare fraud? Do they like the donut hole? I doubt the people asked really know what they were responding to.

      • 133 desertflower
        February 27, 2012 at 9:39 am

        I think people just don’t have a clue. Not a clue. Some of it is, “If Obama did this, it MUST be bad for me.” Actually, I think a LOT of it is that. The rest simply just don’t know.

        • 134 hopefruit2
          February 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

          Let me just tell you that I don’t trust any of those polls – particularly where Gallup is concerned. The way the pollsters ask questions about HCR is intended to elicit a negative response. And I’m willing to bet that NONE of the questions that Jackie asked in her comment were EVER put forth by the pollsters. These pollsters operate at the behest of the GOP and Insurance companies and act accordingly.

          I take all polls on HCR with the appropriate amount of salt. It’s not that HCR is unpopular – it’s the GOP/polling outfit’s interpretation of the bill that’s unpopular.

          • 135 desertflower
            February 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

            Point taken. Agreed.

          • February 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

            And the Hill poll says that 70% of people favor taxcuts for businesses.

          • 137 Betsy
            February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

            I agree hopefruit2, especially about Gallup. They’ve become a terrible polling organization ever since they began to be worse than Rasmussen.

            • 138 Proud of Obama
              February 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

              I remember last year Gallup ran this long article analyzing PBO’s poll numbers. The head guy couldn’t understand why PBO’s numbers were still high despite the lagging economy. It was shortly after that they started showing his numbers going down. Jefferson Obama, a guy who reports on polling on Twitter, says Gallup/USA changed their methodology and weighting to favor Republicans and independents leaning Republican.

      • February 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

        I told you all before, they cannot get out of their heads that some if their tax dollars will support the poor minorities.
        It is all they think about, they don’t think how it might help them.
        Oh, and Huckabbes ad, that has run on cable for 2 years- does not help!

    • 140 57andFemale
      February 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

      I do not understand how the administration allows these misconceptions to continue. And before everyone flames me, if the President is able to define the narrative on jobs, taxes and other issues, I see no reason why ACA does not get the same treatment. This is a BFD and what will kick in in 2014 must be highlighted with the same passion that the President speaks about jobs and manufacturing and a balanced energy policy.

      • 141 nathkatun7
        February 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        I hope you won’t take disagreement with you as the same thing as flaming you. I don’t agree that the President and the administration have allowed “misconceptions to continue.” Unless, of course, you have specific evidence to support your contention that some of us are not privy to. I think the problem is that the main stream media continue to cover the ACA from the teabag-GOP talking points perspective, while completely neglecting to air the administration’s position, or the positions of many independent health care experts.

  37. 142 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Do we think alike, or WHAT !!!!!

  38. February 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Why no events today? Presidents day?

  39. 150 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

    here’s Romney’s “Job Creation”


    Romney Record on Retail Job Growth Shows More Low Wages Than Middle Income

    Mitt Romney says the U.S. can be “the best place in the world to be middle class again” and points to his hand in founding companies such as Staples Inc. (SPLS) and The Sports Authority Inc. to show he can create jobs to get people there.
    While these retailers provide salaried positions, including store manager, that offer a path to the middle class, the majority are hourly jobs that don’t. Sales associates at the two chains make less than $9 an hour on average, according to survey data from Glassdoor.com. At that rate, which is common in the industry, someone working 40 hours a week would earn below the poverty line of $19,090 for a family of three.

  40. 151 Proud of Obama
    February 27, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Good morning, TODers. Whaaa. I want to see a pic of the whole FLOTUS dress.

  41. 161 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

    And finally: Introducing actor Christian Bale last night at the Oscars, host Billy Chrystal had some fun at the expense of the Republican presidential candidates, saying, “A dark knight; an American psycho; a charismatic crack addict — you’ll get to choose one on Super Tuesday.

    HA! I must have missed that as I was so busy making googly eyes at Christian Bale 🙂


    • February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

      I love the Oscars but Billy Crystal really sucked. That line barely got any applause. He seemed to be mumbling half the time and I could barely stand to look at his super dyed hair. I hope they find a better host for next year.

      • 163 utaustinliberal
        February 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

        He was really bad. His jokes were lame and flat. His face had no expression. When Chris Rock stepped on stage you could feel the crowd, twitterverse, and America breathe a collective sigh of relief that for five minutes they could stop faking their laughter.

        The Oscars need to BEG Chris Rock or another funny comedian to host next year. Ellen was great when she hosted.

    • February 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Billy Crystal’s mumbling was really a problem for me. I don’t have the greatest hearing but I heard everyone else throughout the night, except Crystal. In the opening scene the music just drowned him out. If he was saying anything amusing, I didn’t get it.

  42. February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Very sad about another school shooting—-4 kids shot in school cafeteria in small town east of Cleveland, may be critical. The gun proliferation problem in this country has reached the crisis stage.

  43. 166 rikyrah
    February 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

    found this in the comments over at Balloon Juice:

    36.kay – February 27, 2012 | 9:01 am · Link

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    From what I’ve read about his campaign in Mass, all these nice polite Mormon missionary types surrounded him. Perhaps they still are, and just defer to him naturally.

    Romney is risk-averse, and the lock-step conventional wisdom 6 months ago was the election was going to be a referendum on Obama.

    It didn’t matter who Romney was, and there was risk in actually re-introducing Romney, so they simply didn’t do it.

    It was the safer choice, because he’s not a particularly appealing person.

    Run out the clock, hope the economy gets worse, throw big bags of money at demonizing Obama in the general and present Romney as not-Obama.

    IMO, Romney is too cautious to be President. I think he always, always takes the most conventional route, and he never makes a real, affirmative decision that might put him in harm’s way. His whole approach is passive positioning using negative ads. He doesn’t move first, ever. He responds.

    I wonder if it’s too late to re-introduce him. I think they should have done it 6 months ago. It would have been easy. No one knows who he is.

    If the election isn’t a referendum on Obama/economy, they’re in trouble.

  44. February 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    • February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Freedom Mortgage called me again to refinance under the new policies of the President. It is all free and I am going from 4.25% to 3.75%.
      saves another 40 dollars per month and a free month, refund escrow, no appraisal and no credit check.
      Thank you President Obama!

      • 169 Diane
        February 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

        Jovie, My husband and I also took advantage of a similar deal offered by our bank. No closing cost, 3.79%, no appraisal, survey, etc. required. There was a credit check (free to us)–but what a great blessing to us! No lengthy waiting–once good credit was established we closed in a few day. No lawyers needed (no lawyer fees) few papers to sign. Whole process took less than 2 weeks.

  45. February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

  46. 171 Vicky
    February 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Megan Smolenyak is the genealogist who traced President Obama’s Irish roots and found Michele Obama’s roots on a South Carolina plantation. She has a new (paperback) book out, “Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing.”

    There is one chapter on our President outlining her search for his Irish “home-town”. In an earlier chapter on “Famous Cousins” she notes that “While his father was from Kenya, his mother has deep American roots that meander back to the early days of Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts (not to mention New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kansas). I’m probably missing a few states, but the point is that his family is well-represented in colonial America.” She writes of enthusiastic response of Moneygall when they found out an ancestor of the President came from their town. She also traveled to Moneygall for the President’s visit. She concludes this chapter with, “So yes, even though he’s only 1/32 Irish, no one will ever convince me that there’s anyone as Irish as Barack O’Bama.”

    She chose to trace Michelle’s background (two full chapters) at her own expense ($8,000+) because, “I regard the presence of Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and first grandmother, Marian Robinson, in the White House as historic. They are the first descendants of slaves to reside in the White House as members of the first family, and in my opinion, that’s a big deal. In a period of less than 150 years, to progress from slavery to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue speaks volumes about this family and our nation.” She found Michelle’s great-great-great grandmother recorded in an 1850 codicil to a will, she was a “girl about six years old named Melvina” who was willed to another. As an adult she was valued at $475.00. Most of Michelle’s ancestors were from Virginia. Before Emancipation it was illegal for them to marry. After the war, the Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Huasand and Wife on 27th February, 1866 was created in Henry County. Most of her ancestors did register and were then recorded as legally married with their children considered illegitimate. One couple lived the majority of lives on separate plantations in different counties but still managed to create a sense of family. It is likely Michelle has Irish and Indian ancestry as well. The author concludes the first chapter on Michelle with “I could now trace the migration of the Shields family from South Carolina to George to Alabama to Illinois — and on to the White House. Now that’s a Great Migration.”

    In a later chapter the author relates an assignment given her one February, Black History Month, to trace the ancestry of a well-known African American. Ancestry.com provided her 48 hours to trace the background of Rev. Al Sharpton. Rev. Al agreed but was not involved until the very end (which took more than 48 hours) when he was informed about the findings. She relates the conversation in which she informed him that his family was owned by Strom Thurmond’s family. “It’s Sharpton’s silence that I remember best. Rev. Al is never at a loss for words, so it almost scared me… It’s one thing to know on an intellectual level that your ancestors were slaves, but another entirely to know the specifics… And that takes time to absorb. That’s what Sharpton was doing in his silence.” His great-grandfather, Coleman Sharpton, Sr., was as a young boy willed jointly to two inheritors. One inheritor died and his inheritors sold his half of Coleman to the other original inheritor of the boy. The document notes that “half of a Negro boy Coleman” was sold. “You can’t buy half a box of soap, but not too long ago, it was acceptable–normal, even–to buy half a human being. And that, to me, was as close as you can come to an instant education on slavery.”

      February 27, 2012 at 10:38 am


    • 173 Vicky
      February 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

      That should have read that children were considered LEGITIMATE after their parents registered and were considered “married” after the Civil War.

      Why is it so challenging to catch typos….!!

  47. February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

    February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am


    February 27, 2012 at 10:41 am


  50. February 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Oil is down 1.11 today at 1.08.

    Thank Goodness!

  51. 178 Proud of Obama
    February 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Dr. Jill Biden speaking now. http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

  52. 180 Linda
    February 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Walker To Not File Challenges Against Recall Signatures

    Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) campaign will decline to file challenges today against the petition signatures to recall him, saying that they were unable to review the 150,000 pages within the allotted time:

    WisPolitics reports:

    Walker faced a deadline today to file challenges after a Dane County judge granted him a 20-day extension beyond the 10 days allotted under state law. Walker also sought an additional two weeks but was turned down.

    “We faced an impossible timeline,” said Walker spokeswoman Ciara Matthews.

    Matthews declined comment when asked if the campaign would appeal the ruling denying additional time beyond the original extension.


    • 181 Vicky
      February 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

      LOL!! Even if they managed (through chicanery) to throw out 25% of the signatures, we collected far too many signatures for them to succeed.

      This is what we need to do with the vote in Novermber (and which occurred in 2008) – to win so convincingly that votes can’t be manipulated in specific areas enough to make a difference.

  53. 183 Proud of Obama
    February 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Wow, I love FLOTUS’ dress. The neckline is stunning.

  54. February 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Putin is a heavy favorite to win the election Sunday.
    Thus, you will notice, Chechnyn Rebeks attempted a Assassination of Putin.
    They almost did it, but the bomb they were going to use, inadvertently went off and blew up their Room instead.
    Then, of course, they were all arrested!

    MSM misses it!

  55. 187 Lightfoot
    February 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Erm, is it me, or does Mitt’s eyes look like a freaking alligator’s eyes in one of these ads? C~R~E~E~P~Y!!!

  56. 188 Claire
    February 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    They have got to release more pictures of Mrs. Obama’s gown!

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