the united auto workers: “four more years”

Text of speech here

A person holds up four fingers for four more years as President Barack Obama speaks at the United Auto Workers conference in Washington, Feb. 28

… with UAW President Bob King

“I keep on hearing these same folks talk about values all the time. You want to talk about values? Hard work: That’s a value. Looking out for one another: That’s a value. The idea that we’re all in it together and I’m my brother’s and sister’s keeper: That’s a value.”

250 Responses to “the united auto workers: “four more years””

  1. 1 sabreen60
    February 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Could I be first???

  2. 19 PhillyinJA
    February 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Good morning from the very sunny Island of Jamaica!

    Chips did you by chance see Phylicia Rashad on CNN this morning? She was amazing. She had me screaming that’s right, tell it like it is. Solidad didn’t know what hit her so she just giggled her way through the segment.

  3. 24 MoObama
    February 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

    WOW! I am first!
    I wish to MSM would answer the rightwing nut jobs instead of allowing them to run off at the mouth.
    The correct answer to the low employment rate is: Tell congress pass the president’s jobs bill…buttheads.

  4. 25 MoObama
    February 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

    No, I am not first.

  5. February 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Wa post poll has Robney favorability ratings all time low!


    February 28, 2012 at 11:29 am


  7. 28 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 28, 2012 at 11:31 am


    February 28, 2012 at 11:32 am


    • 30 57andFemale
      February 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      When you see that passion and clarity about positive stuff, how can those gloom-and-doom Repubs hope to compete?

  9. 31 LOL
    February 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

    He is beyond fired up

  10. February 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

    OMG, WOW, this is THE AWESOME. THUNDEROUS applause for our POTUS. This is a barnburner speech.

    Also, love the new tie. Heh.

    • February 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Gets a little dig in on St. Santorum and education.

      • 37 anniebella
        February 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        meta, he really really really went after Mitt Romney, he didn’t call any names but we know who said “Let Detroit Fail”.

      • 38 57andFemale
        February 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

        He got digs in on ALL OF THEM. He’s to the point where he doesn’t give a shit anymore — accuse him of ‘campaigning’. Who the hell cares? What have they done? Governed? Hardly.

        Whether the TOD family needs it or not, this kind of fire-y passion inspires the American people. For good or ill, they see that as strength and PBO has found just the right chord.

        God, I love this President.

      • 39 utaustinliberal
        February 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        The speech was beyond AMAZING. He was on fire and was taking no prisoners! He called out the liars and clowns.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm


  11. 41 HZ
    February 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Good Morning Sue and TOD Family. Hope all is well this morning Sue. Oh, yes, POB is really pumped this morning. That beautiful voice is ringing all over the nation. Love our President.HZ

      February 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm


  12. 43 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Well everyone, we are definitely getting a dose of what we can expect from our President from now until 6 Nov 2012!!! He is taking no prisoners and the audience is loving it. Policy before politics; Country before Party are not words for this President – he has proven it and they know it!

    ‘I placed my bet on the American worker’!!!!!


  13. 45 LOL
    February 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I feel sorry for the GOP, it’s like Jordan against a newborn in HORSE.

  14. 47 LOL
    February 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

    4 more years…4 more years

  15. 53 yardarm756
    February 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

    G’day shipmates! Well we awake to another day of rethug b.s. Now the UAW is chanting “4 more years”. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

  16. 56 bonkers
    February 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Just been watching for 5 minutes…this is one of the best political speeches I’ve ever seen….from anybody…

    Remember y’all, this year is your last chance EVER to campaign for President Barack Hussein Obama. Let’s give him the House and 60 real votes in the Senate this time. You in?

  17. February 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

    This is just purely MAGNIFICENT.

  18. February 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Dow just hit 13,000!!!!

  19. 63 yardarm756
    February 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    For those emoprogs and pf’s that keep lookin’ for a spine or a ‘pair’, behold a very large set and a ram-rod straight backbone.

    • February 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      WORD. You know it, yardarm.

    • 65 nathkatun7
      February 29, 2012 at 1:06 am

      Hello!!! Behold the master! Go ahead Yardam! Tell it like it is!

      I loved Mr. King’s introduction of the president, and especially that quote of Dr. King about when you really get to know the real measure of a person. You get to know what a person is truly made of not in times of comfort but in times of adversity and crisis. President Obama has faced so many adversities and crises but he has never lost his nerve. He is, as the saying goes, “steady as a rock.”

  20. February 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Oh brother, listening to his UAW speech & the interactions with the audience.. when our guy gets into full on campaign mode- Republicans will stand zero chance of winning anything. NO ONE brings it like he does.

  21. 68 Obama Grandmama
    February 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Saw a Santorum campaign rep on MSNBC when I first turned my tv on trying to reinterpret what Santorum said about Education yesterday. Talk about reinterpret! That is definitely what he was doing about what PBO said and even was thinking. No thanks! It won’t work!
    PBO just ended his UAW speech and I wonder if he will lose his voice. He was so strong!

    • February 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      This is what Santorum does:

      1. Tell a lie or say something completely over the top and ridiculous
      2. MSM/blogs go wild with, “WTF?”
      3. Santorum does interview where he “clarifies” what he said.
      4. Santorum then gets mad that he’s being questioned about things he said. Characterizes it as a “liberal media attack”
      5. Rinse and repeat.

      • 70 susanne
        February 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        ‘rinse and repeat’

        oh, how i wish the rinsing would work! can’t we just wash this mess down the drain?

  22. February 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Too bad there wasn’t a rope line. PBO would have been smothered with full out LOVE.

  23. 73 DTTM
    February 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

    UAW speech wonderful. Game on! PBO on the trail can’t be beat….

    • February 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      So agree—-no one better. He puts on a clinic. That’s the way you do it, boys. PBO is simply the best, better than all the rest—-hey, there oughta be a song…..:)

  24. February 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

    That was beyond description…..

    Just the intro (full speech asap):

  25. 76 Don
    February 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Pardon my French, but Game. Set. and fucking Match!

  26. 78 Don
    February 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Chuck Todd has a sad!

  27. 85 anniebella
    February 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Did anyone beside me notice that our President was in campaign mood today? He kick those unname GOP candidate behinds. I loved it when he said in five years when he was out of office he was going to buy him one of those cars. Then the crowd started chanting four more years, four more years! America if you think President Obama is going to go down without a fight, well you saw this morning he is not. And I just hope and pray we are ready to fight with him, for him. 4 More Years. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    • 86 anniebella
      February 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      I sat there listening to POTUS, and I was “Fired Up and Ready to Go!!!!!!!!!

    • February 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      He’s gonna buy one when he gets out of office? If he were a True American he’d buy one now!

      Yeah, I make no sense. Pretend I’m a wingnut. I’d bet money that one of those GOP morons would say that.

      • 88 majii
        February 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        He probably would buy one now, gobrooklyn, but he wouldn’t be able to drive it! There’s NO WAY the Secret Service would let him do that, but I think PBO really would like to be able to drive himself some of the time, and Michelle, too! I know I’d miss driving if I were in their place. LOL

        • 89 anniebella
          February 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

          You’re right majii, maybe take Michelle and the girls out for a ride, or Michelle out to dinner. But they can wait till 2017, we need them. America needs POTUS and FLOTUS four more years.

          • 90 Jessica
            February 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

            More like 2027. He will have SS for another 10 years post presidency (it should be life for life for him but whatever). Then he can drive Michelle around in his American car.

        • February 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

          Oh I know he wouldn’t be able to drive it now. I was talking wingnut.

          • 92 susanne
            February 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

            exactly–our pres knows how to play them. the rethug response is, oh yeah, you’ll buy a car in 5 years, but our guy has bought a mustang and and another car, and two caddies, and….

            pbo does it again!

        • 93 57andFemale
          February 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

          Can’t wait to see PBO driving the streets of my town in his Volt.

          In five years.

  28. 95 defytheodds
    February 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    WOW! WOW! WOW! & WOW! PBO just gave an incredibly warm, caring, and powerful speech at the UAW Workers’ Conference.

  29. 96 Don
    February 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    The GOP is gonna need a bigger boat!

  30. February 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Ok Chips, work your magic and get that speech up on here PRONTO! Sounds like one that I must hear.

    And, of course, shameless blog pimping. My new piece at TPV is up: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/if-everyone-goes-to-college-where-will.html. Wherein I examine just why the right wing hates universities.

    • February 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Oh LL, wasn’t that something? Just posted a few snippets, didn’t get it all, but will add the full speech ASAP!!

      Thanks a million for the link to your magnificence, will add it to the next post 😉

  31. February 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Dang I just love him- love his courage, his strength, his humanity. Cannot wait to vote for him.. he could fill that Ford stadium tomorrow, I’d bet on it.

  32. February 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Federal loan guarantees for energy projects have been successful, cost-effective investments

    take that Solyndra critics


  33. February 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    TODville I just picked myself up from the floor…The MAN BLEW ME AWAY.
    I was clapping, crying, laughing all at the same time. What a magnificent
    speech!!! Did someone spike his Wheaties this morning? What a speech,What a MAN.

    I love my PRESIDENT!!

    And the best part is I was home alone so I could have the TV at the loudest
    and cheer him on at the loudest, without any strange “is she ok” looks from
    the family 🙂

    Did I say how much I love my PRESIDENT?

  34. February 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Last Year, 54 Million Americans Received Free Preventive Services Thanks to Health Care Reform


  35. February 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  36. 117 Don
    February 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Is it me or does everyone on MSNBC seem to have a sad except for Alex Wagner. The speech was a direct kick to the nads of the GOP.

    • February 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      That Robert Traynhorn guy seemed to have a bad sad, tried to throw a bucket of ice water on what he just witnessed, PBO on fire and the overwhelming crowd support. He looked really silly doing it. Wonder what his deal is.

    • 122 57andFemale
      February 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      After the speech, Alex turned to her panel for comments. They all weighed in and Karen Finney said (I paraphrase): “Just play again what the President said. Don’t waste time listening to me. He just said it all.” It was GREAT.

  37. 123 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    What a difference a decade makes on income inequality
    By Steve Benen – Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:05 AM EST.

    For much of the Obama era, issues such as income inequality have been deemed largely off limits by the right. The problem, according to many conservatives, isn’t the growing gap between rich and poor, or the emergence of a new Gilded Age, but rather, talking about these issues in public. Maybe, the argument goes, if we ignore the societal dilemma, it’ll just go away.

    But it wasn’t too terribly long ago that Republicans felt this was at least a problem worth considering. Our pal James Carter flagged a fascinating item from 2002, written by one of the Republican presidential candidates for an academic journal.


  38. February 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Now TOD Community if you don’t see the THUNDER COMING This was the preview today.When You get a Cool Headed Pragmatic Man like President Obama started to unleash the Fire And Brimstone You Have HELL ON YOUR HANDS.So all get ready for the Storm is coming and THE GREED OVER PEOPLE PARTY will fall under this Grand Master of Chess on the way to 4 MORE YEARS in The WHITE HOUSE AS OUR LEADER. YES WE CAN DO IT AGAIN

  39. 135 Lorraine
    February 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    President Obama took us to the mountaintop. He was incredible!!!! I absolutely adore this man. He sound like my dad behind the pulpit. Listening on the radio is so much better. I loved the UAW members responding to him, that was great!!!!! One of his best speeches of his two term Presidency!!!!

  40. February 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Sanctimonious Prick thinks he’s going to win these union workers—hence his robocalls in Michigan. I think this served as a rude awakening from his fevered delusions.

  41. February 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Michigander here got back from the “voting booth” in time to watch PBO kick a little ass he was great.
    At 930 in the morn I was the only one in the precinct voting. Usually I’m fighting several dozen senior
    citizens in line. not this time it was eerie. Who did I vote for? HEE HEE HEE!!!

    • 140 defytheodds
      February 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Honoring Unsung Heroes During Black History Month

      Among those who visited with President Obama were pioneers in the struggle for racial equality, educators who changed their communities through the classroom, and people who believe that a lifetime serving others is a life well spent.

      The honorees were:

      February 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm


      • 143 anniebella
        February 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        Sue, if only we knew the stories which could be told by older African Americans and what they went through living in this country. I can only imagine what it was like for these people.

      • 144 yardarm756
        February 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        Americans now lead the world in arrogance and self confidence(sense of entitlement). Even more so than the Germans or French. Back in the day the term was ‘stuck-up’.

    • February 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      So beautiful. I see my grandmother in the faces of these wonderful people. God bless this unique man for his acknowledgement and for honouring those unsung heroes.

  42. 146 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    February 27, 2012
    Attorney General Holder Names Tony West Third In Command At DOJ

    Tony West, who has led the Justice Department’s Civil Division since April 2009, was named today acting associate attorney general.

    West, as the third in command at Justice, will replace Thomas Perrelli, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced. Perrelli, who managed the Washington office of Jenner & Block, recently announced his plans to leave DOJ.

    Holder today also named Stuart Delery the acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Division. West and Delery were not immediately reached for comment this afternoon.

    “Tony and Stuart have served the department with professionalism, integrity and dedication, and both bring a wealth of experience to their new positions,” Holder said in a prepared statement. “I’m confident they will provide invaluable leadership and will play a critical role in furthering the department’s key priorities and fulfilling its traditional missions.”


  43. February 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    now mitt doesn’t have to worry his hair on fire The voter enthu will douse it in a trice.

  44. 152 CTGirl
    February 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    He does it EVERYTIME!!! Leaves me in awe! I caught myself chanting 4 more years, I am that fired up and I am sitting in my office (guess I should have closed the door) 🙂

  45. February 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  46. 154 defytheodds
    February 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    • 155 susanne
      February 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      so true–unions are the microcosm of the nation, working hard together, watching out for each other, helping out, and staying strong against all foes. when you look back to the years when workers fought and died for the right to collective bargaining, and think how the multinational companies are trying to weaken unions by outsourcing jobs, it’s clear why pbo has stood with the unions and organized labor. not just a democratic value–it’s an american value.

  47. 156 eveingeorgia
    February 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I had to watch it twice! Boy, can that man make you holler!

  48. February 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    • 158 sabreen60
      February 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Yeah, but folks in Michigan do this all the time – both Democrats and Republicans. I think it happens in many states that have open primaries. I don’t know how many Dems will show up to vote for Santorum. But regardless, Romney shouldn’t be in a position where it would even matter. Just goes to show how poorly he’s doing even in his home state.

      • 159 57andFemale
        February 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        Hey, effing Mitt didn’t have a problem doing it, and now he’s all huffy. He said he took ‘any opportunity to vote against Clinton or Ted Kennedy and I did it”. And it actually WAS a little dishonest in MA because he had to register as an independent. In MI there are no registered party affiliations and they just ask for the ballot they want (at least that’s what I heard from one of the reporters this morning. If Michiganders say I’m wrong, I’ll accept that).

  49. 160 anniebella
    February 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    The video of Chris Matthews talking to Bill Maher , did you hear the wonderful things Matthews said about POTUS and FLOTUS and their family? He even mention FLOTUS work with childhood obesity.Now think back to the interview Matthews did with Alex Witt, and how he trash POTUS and FLOTUS. It seem Matthews has a split personality.

    • 161 57andFemale
      February 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      This is what Tweety really believes and he’s a strong Democrat. he says all that batshit crazy stuff for ratings and to rile up the conversation. I,of course, am happier with strong supporters like Rev. Al and Jennifer Granholm. I haven’t watched every minute of every show of hers, but every time I turn it on she does not piss me off. I suggest giving the show some props.

    • 162 Obama Grandmama
      February 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      i did watch Chris Mathews yesterday as I wanted to see how he would react to Santorum’s degrading remarks about JFK knowing CM wrote the book and is almost sickeningly touting JFK as our best US President. Chris was really riled up about Santorum’s comments as I suspected he would be.

    • 163 Cha
      February 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      There’s two tweeties.

  50. 164 defytheodds
    February 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  51. 167 Little Lulu
    February 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Our president is going to knock this campaign completely out of the park. No wonder there are no decent contenders on the other side to go up against him. I pity the fool who gets that nomination.

    Four more years!

    November simply cannot come soon enough for me!

  52. February 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    • February 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      From the bizzfeed link above

      A reliable GOP source sends along the results of a poll conducted in Michigan last night showing Rick Santorum with a lead in the state among Republicans

      From the source:
      Santorum- 33%
      Romney- 28%

    • February 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      I was listening to the radio this morning and several dems who called in and said that they had voted for vile Santorum. Of course Robney will complain that the election wasn’t fair if he loses. 🙂

  53. February 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I was in my car with the President’s speech on my droid wishing I was online with all of you during this speech. I was so excited, had this huge smile on my face. What a great speech. This is the man that is saving our country. We will win. We will all be out there working in our states to get him a congress he can work with. Press On!!!!!

  54. 175 defytheodds
    February 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Chevrolet at the Geneva Motor Show

    New models, exciting concepts and the latest in infotainment technology are the hallmarks of Chevrolet’s presence at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public on March 8, 2012.

    The major attraction on the Chevrolet stand in Hall 1 is the Cruze station wagon, which will make its world debut. Two youth concept cars – the Code 130R and Tru 140S – make it to European shores for the first time while the future of on-board infotainment will be displayed in the form of Chevrolet MyLink.


  55. 176 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Tonight Doesn’t Really Matter
    by BooMan
    Tue Feb 28th, 2012 at 01:05:45 PM EST

    It seems like everyone is trying to create drama. Here’s Matt Dowd, responding to a query from George Stephanopoulos: “What happens if Rick Santorum wins Michigan tonight?”

    “If Rick Santorum wins tonight it’s the equivalent of a 9.0 on a Richter scale. I mean it is going to shake Washington, it’s going to shake Republican establishment it’s just going to shake things to their very core,” Dowd told me. “And I think what you’re going to see are the conversations that have been going on behind quiet doors saying we need another candidate in this race.”

    I think this is a bit of hyperbole. At the same time, I don’t think it’s wrong exactly. Let me explain. As things look right now, Romney is going to win in Arizona tonight, probably quite comfortably. And he’s either going to win narrowly or lose narrowly in Michigan, which will mean very little either way in terms of delegates awarded. Whether Romney nets a dozen delegates or loses a dozen, it can’t possibly matter much in determining the outcome of the overall race. Except, perhaps, if the outcome of tonight’s elections significantly changes people’s perceptions. But, is that likely to happen?


    • February 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      booman sounds confused himself in that piece.

    • 179 Obama Grandmama
      February 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      I heard if Romney loses he will just call it unfair and voter tampering with Dems crossing over and all will go on. What I have thought about is Ron Paul’s voters merging with Romney as they have become such good friends and giving MR more power in the GE. Seems like a weird team up but the attacks have not gone against Romney from the Paul camp. I also heard that Rand may be offered a spot and that could persuade a father to do things he may not usually consider. I think if Ron Paul endorsed Romney my RP supporting brother could be influenced to vote for Mitt. I don’t know though as Mitt keeps talking like a Neocon which is the total opposite of Paul’s war views. Anyone have thoughts on the Ron Paul Mitt Romney connection?

  56. 180 defytheodds
    February 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Chrysler: If you’ll be at #NASCAR races in #Phoenix, our @Dodge Charger Pursuit will pace the field:

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  57. 181 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    cannot WAIT for the entire speech to be posted, Chips!!

  58. 184 defytheodds
    February 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  59. 185 defytheodds
    February 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    • 186 defytheodds
      February 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Resurgence Of GM’s Design, Led By Ed Welburn, Has Not Gone Unnoticed

      Secret service agents flanked both sides of the vehicle. A crowd of reporters snaked behind a rope about 20 feet away. Camera flashes documented every possible angle of the meeting taking place.

      It was a strange setting for a private conversation.

      But sitting alone inside a 2013 Chevy Malibu, President Obama and Ed Welburn had just that last month during the Washington Auto Show.

      The conversation came at the end of a short tour, in which Welburn, the vice president of global design at General Motors, introduced the president to seven of the company’s latest vehicles, a lineup made possible by Obama’s fiscal bailout of the nation’s reeling auto industry only three years ago.

      Inside the Malibu, Obama offered Welburn a candid assessment of all that had transpired in the meantime.

      “He let me know how proud he was with the work that I do, and I was just like, ‘Wow,'” Welburn said. “At the very last vehicle, he did ask me, he just remarked that the design of GM cars has gotten so much better in the past few years.”

      Their meeting was notable for obvious reasons, namely it was a very public connection between the president and a high-ranking auto industry executive at a time the federal auto bailout is under considerable scrutiny.

      But it was notable for another reason, one unmentioned by the horde of reporters standing only 20 feet away, and perhaps one unnoticed by Obama and Welburn themselves. On the Jan. 31, the eve of Black History Month, the first African American president was meeting with the first African American to lead design at a car company; Welburn leads the biggest in the world.


  60. February 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    • 191 Lorraine
      February 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      He probably said, I’m shaving 7 points off of President Obama’s ratings already, I can’t shave anymore.

    • 192 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      February 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      This is exactly why I take every single one of these polls with a grain of salt. There not so much a snapshot as a means to push a narrative or agenda. Caveat emptor, folks.

  61. February 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    The blue-purple ombre backdrop is so beautiful against Prez. Obama’s skin. It gave him a jazzy vibe. ultra chic

  62. February 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    A bit of sociological research:

    The rich really are different from the rest of us, scientists have found — they are more apt to commit unethical acts because they are more motivated by greed.

    People driving expensive cars were more likely than other motorists to cut off drivers and pedestrians at a four-way-stop intersection in the San Francisco Bay Area, UC Berkeley researchers observed. Those findings led to a series of experiments that revealed that people of higher socioeconomic status were also more likely to cheat to win a prize, take candy from children and say they would pocket extra change handed to them in error rather than give it back.

    Because rich people have more financial resources, they’re less dependent on social bonds for survival, the Berkeley researchers reported Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As a result, their self-interest reigns and they have fewer qualms about breaking the rules.


    • February 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      I don’t know, I just have a difficult time believing that just because someone is rich they are also ethically challenged. This looks more like someone gathering evidence to promote a theory. It may be that there are a number of people who are rich who also have bad manners and are more motivated by greed. It might be that the greed itself is what motivated them to become wealthy, even using cheating and stealing to become wealthy. Wealth does not equal greed.

      • February 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        The article itself indicates that the correlation isn’t absolute. Here are the final two grafs:

        But rather than vilify the wealthy, Piff said, he hopes his work leads to policies that help bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots.

        Acts as simple as watching a movie about childhood poverty seem to encourage people of all classes to help others in need, he said.

        As with all things human, things are a bit more complicated than at first glance.

    • 197 Obama Grandmama
      February 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Sure explains Romney’s actions.

  63. 198 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    February 28, 2012 12:20 PM
    Pollack on Santorum and the Disabled
    By Ed Kilgore

    One of the nastiest of Rick Santorum’s recent attacks on his fellow-citizens who do not share his particular religio-cultural affinities is his claim that liberals support prenatal testing in order to make it easier to dispose of people with disabilities. My friend Harold Pollack, a professor of social service administration at the University of Chicago who is extraordinarily knowlegeable about the practical implications of health care policies, responded with a sort of quiet heat in a New York Times op-ed:

    “One of the things that you don’t know about ObamaCare,” Mr. Santorum said, is that it requires “free prenatal testing … Why? Because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and, therefore, less care that has to be done, because we cull the ranks of the disabled in our society.” Mr. Santorum’s comment echoed Sarah Palin’s famous charge during the health care reform debate: “My parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.”


    • 199 CTGirl
      February 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      This from the woman whose husband got a free press pass until he started putting his foot in his mouth! Someone should send her the link showing that our POTUS has gotten the absolute worst press coverage! Clearly she is not ready for the big league!

  64. February 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Oh boo hoo. Ann Romney thinks the media loves President Obama and is mean to her husband. So much so that she might think about kicking some of the press bus.

    ” At that luncheon, Ann Romney also complains about the media treatment of her husband. “All of us in this room know the media loves Barack Obama. They don’t want anyone who has a chance of defeating him,” she says.

    Speaking openly about how it was “getting harder and harder to be cheerful,” she laughingly says, “I am so mad at the press [that] I could just strangle them! And, you know, I think I’ve decided there are going to be some people invited on the bus and some people just aren’t going to be invited on the bus.”


    • 201 57andFemale
      February 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      “If you can’t say something nice about the lies my husband tells you, then you can’t say anything about him!”

      What a jackass.

    • February 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Who actually cares what she thinks?

    • 203 yardarm756
      February 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Hey Ann. You can find sympathy in the dictionary between shit and syphllis! 😳

    • 208 Linda
      February 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Wow….That is a petty comment.

      Welcome to the Big Leagues Ann….You ain’t seen nothin yet…….

    • 209 Lorraine
      February 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      I wonder what would happen if First Lady Michelle said this? hmmmmmmmm

    • 210 anniebella
      February 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Oh Mitt just put those words in Ann’s mouth. If she wants to be real we can show her how much the media loves President Obama. We can show her the disrespect our President has had to put up with. If Michelle can put up with the B.S. her husband has had to go through, and what she has to go through, tell Ann Romney to shout the hell up. Or get her man out of the race. Imagine the crap from the right wingnuts Michelle would be getting if she were complaining like Ann Romney is.

    • 213 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      February 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      When you run for office negative press comes with the territory (though Mittens’ has been nowhere near PBO levels). If Annie and her hubby can’t run with the big dogs then they need to stay on the porch.

    • 214 Jessica
      February 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Ann Romney is officially on my shit list. She’s whining about the treatment her husband is recieving, oh please. Try having your husband called a terrorist, spineless, war criminal, dick, O’Bomber, etc and that’s just by people who claim to be from your own party. Or how about having people call for the assassination of your family, call your children monkeys or throw smoke bombs on your lawn when your out of the house. Or have someone actually shoot at your window and crack your glass.

      Ann Romney you are the epitome of a clueless, privileged white woman.

    • 219 Obama Grandmama
      February 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      I also saw a clip with Ann Romney saying she was going to do the debates from now on and her husband was going to keep quiet. He was standing next to her with a very meek expression on his face. Then she said something like actually there will be no more debates.

    • 220 susanne
      February 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      why, of course it’s hard for her to be cheerful. neut gets to be cheerful, and mite has to be resolute. sorry, caddie-ann, but unless you’re interested in an affair…..

    • February 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      how dumb is this old fart?

  65. 222 desertflower
    February 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Stomping feet, whining, and saying NA NA, NA NA NA!!!!!!!!
    Can’t stand the heat, baby…get out of the kitchen!

    • February 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Exactly…entitlement can really cloud people’s judgment, can’t it? Politics is a contact sport, Mrs. Romney. Deal with it.

      Remember, folks, this time 4 years ago, Romney was already on the sidelines. The campaign didn’t have to work this hard before and it shows. They are all utterly ill-prepared for this task.

  66. 224 lovingandlaughing
    February 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Okay, I just listened to the clip of the introduction for PBO and I was completely cheering/screaming in my livingroom! My toddler son joined along!

    • 225 susanne
      February 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      yep, and my husband was choked up, wiping away tears. love that your toddler was cheering! the next generation of dem supporters!

  67. 226 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve said it for months:

    Don’t nobody care about Willard unless his CHECKS CLEAR. If they bounced, nobody would know his name.


    February 28, 2012 10:11 AM
    Consultants Feast on Mitt
    By Ed Kilgore

    As Walter Shapiro explained in the last issue of the Washington Monthly, one of the sources of the corrupting power of money in politics is from within the campaigns themselves, as consultants rip off candidates and then force them to hire other consultants to raise the money to pay them. Some campaigns are more vulnerable to this kind of vampire effect than others. But all the signs are that Mitt Romney’s campaign is a veritable blood bank. Here’s a report today from WaPo’s Dan Eggan:

    Although many candidates hire firms created by former staff members, the extent of the Romney campaign’s reliance on such companies is unusual for a major presidential bid, experts say. Many of the firms Romney uses are run by former aides from his 2008 campaign.
    The arrangement not only benefits several of those close to the former Massachusetts governor but also makes it harder to determine how he is spending his donors’ money, because salaries and other details about outside operations are kept under wraps. A big chunk of Romney’s outside operation is housed 20 miles north of Boston in an office building in Beverly, Mass., which is listed as the address for four firms doing work for the Romney campaign, disclosure records show.


  68. February 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Justice Dept. announces largest healthcare fraud case in history, indicting Dallas area physician for billing Medicare for $375 million for non-existent home healthcare services. Unbelievable, all these fraud cases. Holder and Justice busy getting rid of all these fraudsters.

  69. 228 miss pat
    February 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I was chanting four more years along with the crowd. Good thing I am alone at home or my folks would be calling the paramedics. I am saving my quarters to send in and I found some old saving bonds that I didn’t know I had. I can’t do a lot but I have to do what I can to see this wonderful man re-elected.

  70. 229 Left-Indie
    February 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Chips, wonder if other folks are getting this, went to the link for Al Rogers post at DK but can’t see any of the pics. Tried at home and at work with no luck. Says something about bandwidth etc. I’m trying to send it to someone who is “on the fence” about PBO.

  71. February 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Meagans expert opininon, says dens and pubs have done nothing to move the Dream Act forward!
    Agh! Meagan., your Father filibustered it last year.

  72. 233 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Jimmy Fallon is CRAZY!!


    09:03 AM EST
    Jimmy Fallon And Brian Williams ‘Slow Jam’ Super PACs

    Super PACs are one the biggest stories of the 2012 cycle so far, and on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, Fallon and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams reprised ‘Slow Jam the News’, this time with a soulful telling of President Obama’s recent conversion on the big unlimited donation game.


  73. 234 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Alum Tells Smith College to Quit Admitting Poors

    In recent years, Smith College has been making efforts to improve its diversity. But one alum isn’t happy about this. She would like less diversity, please — and she’s written a letter warning Smith about the dire consequences of admitting fewer rich white ladies.

    Anne Spurzem, class of ’84, wrote to the Smith College Sophian on Wednesday. Let’s just read the whole letter, shall we?

    To the Editor,

    I am the president of the Smith Club of Westchester County. I enjoy reading the Sophian online because it helps me stay abreast of developments at the school.

    I read your article about [President] Carol [Christ]’s resignation and it had some interesting statistics. It mentioned the percentage increase in the population of women of color and foreign students. The gist of the article was that one of Carol’s objectives coming into the position was to increase diversity and the article gave statistics that showed that she did.

    As someone who has followed admissions for many years, I can tell you how the school is viewed by students in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. First, these counties are some of the wealthiest in the country. The children have parents who are highly educated and accomplished and have high household incomes. The children are programmed from day one to get into Ivy League schools.
    The people who are attending Smith these days are A) lesbians or B) international students who get financial aid or C) low-income women of color who are the first generation in their family to go to college and will go to any school that gives them enough money. Carol emphasizes that this is one of her goals, and so that’s why the school needs more money for scholarships or D) white heterosexual girls who can’t get into Ivy League schools.

    -Anne Spurzem ’84

    This is one of those cases where the letter-writer might not actually be aware she’s being awful. I can’t even completely tell what her point is — asides like “you have accomplished a noble social objective” make me think she sort of gets that maybe admitting people who are not white could be a good idea. But then she closes things out with comment about “great art” that implies Smith is consigning itself to a cultural wasteland by letting in Poors. Also, her breakdown of Smith undergrads these days is frankly insulting: many low-income students would probably be surprised to learn that they don’t give a shit where they go to school.


  74. February 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I’m still a little high from this speech. OMFG.

  75. 239 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    A College Paper by Rick Santorum—And What It Says About His Political Evolution


  76. 240 Linda
    February 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Texas Medicaid Director: 91 Percent Of Texans Will Have Insurance If State Implements Obamacare |

    Texas Republicans are taking a hardline against implementing the exchanges in the Affordable Care Act and currently have “no plans to implement an exchange” in the state.

    But during a House Public Health and Insurance Committees hearing yesterday, Billy Millwee, the State Medicad Director told lawmakers that “the percentage of Texans with health insurance will increase to 91 percent – up from 74 percent today – after the national health care law takes effect in 2014.” Texas — which has the highest rate of uninsured Americans — has the most to gain from implementing the law.

    think progress

  77. 241 Linda
    February 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Virginia Senate Approves Modified Ultrasound Bill

    The Virginia state Senate on Tuesday approved a contentious ultrasound bill. The Senate voted 21-19 to approve a law that would require abdominal ultrasounds. Earlier, the bill included language that required a transvaginal ultrasound, but the bill was amended. The legislation now goes to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s desk for his signature.

    See ya in court.?

  78. 243 GGail
    February 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I feel so fortunate that I have a place to come to and get the latest news/video’s on President Obama. These snippets today have me FIRED UP!

    Thanks so much Chipsticks and I am looking forwarding to the whole speech when you get it. 🙂

  79. 245 Linda
    February 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Martin’s fill in sucks at his job…..

  80. 248 yardarm756
    February 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    The republiCONS options are totally scary. With one you’ll lose jobs, with one you’ll lose personal freedom, and with one you’ll go to the moon. Then there’s Mr. McGoo who will turn us loose like chickens in the yard to fend for ourselves.

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