rise and shine

Marketwatch: The U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs in February while hiring in January and December was revised up by a combined 61,000, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The unemployment rate remained at 8.3%, largely because more people entered the workforce in search of jobs.

Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast the U.S. would add 213,000 jobs last month, with the jobless rate holding steady at 8.3%.

Subtracting another decline in government jobs, the private sector boosted payrolls by 233,000.

….job gains for January were revised up to 284,000 from 243,000 – the biggest monthly increase since the recession ended – and December’s employment gains were revised up to 223,000 from 203,000. The past three months of full-time job growth is the fastest since early 2006


Thanks desertflower


First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Ernestina Mills, First Lady of Ghana, at the State Department in Washington, D.C., March 8. (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)


10:40: PBO departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

11:35: Arrives Richmond, Virginia

12:15: Tours Rolls-Royce Crosspointe

12:30: Delivers remarks at Rolls-Royce Crosspointe

2:40: Departs Richmond, Virginia en route Houston, Texas

3:40: Arrives Houston

4:50: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

6:50: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

8:10: Departs Houston



ThinkProgress: Rush Limbaugh’s advertising exodus is deep into its second week, and despite the radio host’s claim that the impact of 50 companies pulling their business has been negligible, listeners in the nation’s largest media market were treated to over five minutes of radio silence where Limbaugh’s advertisers once stood today.

There were four separate instances during this afternoon’s broadcast on WABC 770 AM in New York City where the network fell silent. During the lead in to the show, two and a half minutes of silence was broken up by a single, solitary ad before Limbaugh hit the air.

More here

Thanks Loriah


Thanks Tien Le!



The Week




Morning everyone – will catch up with the news a bit later.

236 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Elle in MI
    March 9, 2012 at 7:40 am


    • 2 Elle in MI
      March 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Good morning TOD family – Friday’s good!

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      March 9, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Congrats Elle! You are on a roll, it seems. Have yourself a great Friday! 😆

    • 5 Betsy
      March 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Congratulations Elle in MI. Good Morning to you all. I would love some prayers from you guys as I just found out my 94yr old dad passed away in his sleep this morning. I have such wonderful memories for such a long time and I know I’m so lucky to have that, but I am just about to start work (I teach 8th graders), so need some strength to not be crying all the time. I know you don’t know me, but I feel like we’re an online family, so I just wanted to have your thoughts and prayers, just for today. Thanks.

      • 6 CTGirl
        March 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

        I will keep you and your family in my prayers. So sorry for your loss!

      • 7 utaustinliberal
        March 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Betsy, I am so sorry for your loss. I will definitely keep you in thoughts and prayers. Sending warm, comforting thoughts and wishes your way.

      • 8 miss pat
        March 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

        So sorry for your loss. My dad passed away in his sleep also. He would have been 94 this year. It’s ten years now and I still feel his spirit. You were blessed tho have him as a father and he will always be in your heart. Stay stron, he’d want you to do that.

      • 9 jeff
        March 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

        I’m so sorry for your loss. My mom passed away from cancer, I cried early and often while the cancer took its course. I now feel at peace and although sad I am glad that she was no longer suffering as much.

      • 10 Judith Fardig
        March 9, 2012 at 11:13 am

        Dear Betsy,
        Our hearts go out to you and your family on the passing of your father. One is never ready to lose a parent, even when you’ve had him such a long time. It’s really okay if your students see a few tears and know that you are sad about losing your dad.

      • 11 PoliticalJunkessa
        March 9, 2012 at 11:19 am


      • 12 Dakota
        March 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

        Very sorry for your loss, Betsy. Peace and Blessings to you and your family.

      • March 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

        Oh Betsy, I’m so very sorry for your loss.. hold onto your happy memories today & sending positive thoughts your way. Take care of yourself.

      • 14 AJ
        March 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

        Hugs to you and your family, Betsy.

      • 15 elo4obama/biden
        March 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

        Betsy of course you have my thoughts and prayers for a long time to come. I am so sorry for your loss and pain. I will be praying for you and your family. 94 years is just not enought time is it? We never feel like it’s enough, but treasure all the sweet and powerful memories you’ve collected over these years. Your dad will always be with you and your love will always endure. Yes you will have many tears, sometimes at unexpected times and that is alright.

        Try to take care of yourself, and the virtual TOD family is here for you. Much love and thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Blessings to us all.

      • 16 daisydem
        March 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

        Praying for you for strength. Namaste.

      • March 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        My condolences to you and your family Betsy.

      • March 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        Betsy, in the quiet moments, you feel his spirit with you and he will always be present in your heart. My condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      • 19 prettyfoot58
        March 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm


      • 20 Dudette
        March 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        My deepest condolences Betsy. I pray that God grants you the strength to carry on comfort in beautiful memories and peace in the knowledge that your Dad lives on in you.

      • 21 nospin
        March 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        May you be comforted today Betsy. My prayers are with you and your family.

      • 22 susanne
        March 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        our prayers are with you, betsy. this hard day will pass, but your dear father will always be with you, in your heart.

      • March 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Betsy, I wish you strength during this sad time. Remember the great times, fond memories of how you loved each other and that what you two shared was special. You will get through this………with time….. (Big hug).

      • March 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        Oh Betsy….I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. We’re all here for you. Much love for you and your family.

      • 25 nathkatun7
        March 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        My deep condolences, Betsy! I hope you will find some strength to cope. Loosing a loved one is never easy, no matter what age! Just hold on to those “wonderful memories” of him! After a period of grieving your memories of your dear dad will keep him alive in your life. By the way it’s o.k. to cry and grieve. This will help in your healing process.

      • 26 Elle in MI
        March 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm

        {{{HUGS}}} to you Betsy. Saying a prayer for you and your family…..

      • 27 sjterrid
        March 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad, Betsy. May he RIP. You and your family are in my thoughts and pryers. I’m so glad you have wonderful memories with your dad to treasure.

    • 29 Pamela
      March 9, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Hey! Elle in MI, well done on first! Have a terrific FRIDAY! Yay! 🙂

  2. March 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Good morning to Ms Chips and the TOD family. Great to see the first lady and all the International Women’s day stuff.

  3. March 9, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I think we should share first place 🙂

  4. March 9, 2012 at 7:47 am

    MORNING!!! 😀

    It’s nearly 5 am here in California! Now getting ready for work! Have a good day all!!

    • 40 Pamela
      March 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Pinkbunny, half an hour behind you, but had no time to post until now… Quick breakfast, then toodley-oodley dear Chips, dear TODObots!

  5. 41 Suzette
    March 9, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Good morning all. Friday is definitely good.
    Love the cartoon from Tien Le. That gave be a laugh.

    March 9, 2012 at 7:53 am


  7. 43 lovingandlaughing
    March 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

    The Mitt cartoons have been so great lately. Love the Mitt-happens bumper sticker. The other day I spotted a Romney yard sign for the first time this campaign season. It was looking pretty lonely and pathetic in my eyes.

  8. March 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Santorum is doubling down on his criticism of JFK’s belief that separation of church and state was absolute, this time coming to you live from Mobile, Al. Santorum said a country with separation of church and state was not America. It’s FRANCE!!! OMG—horrors! France!!! Lil Ricky is icky.

    • March 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Good. The weirder little Ricky gets, the better. This, too, is the face of the Republican Party, along with Rush L. Keep talking Ricky and turn off every independent in the country.

      • 48 hopefruit2
        March 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

        The downside is that it makes Romney look more “reasonable” which is far from what he actually is.

        • 49 utaustinliberal
          March 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

          Exactly. We need Santorum to win Alabama and Mississippi so that Romney stops feeling overconfident and sending his surrogates out to tell the newsmedia that “it would take an act of God for his opponents to beat him and win the nomination.” Such arrant smug jerk like behavior. So Santorum should quit with his insane bible thumping madness because it harms him – like it did in OH which he would have won – makes Romney look more reasonable and non-threatening, which he isn’t and it wraps the clown car crazy race quicker and we don’t want that. We want the American people to be treated to more of their dysfunctionality and realize that PBO and the Dems are the only thing between keeping us on the upswing or falling into the abyss.

          • March 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

            The race could end tomorrow and I would welcome Mitt Romney sending out his surrogates. 8 months of non stop Romney would by November have his wife, kids and Karl Rove voting for Obama.

            • 51 hopefruit2
              March 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

              I know that Romney will be the eventual nominee, but I don’t want him to be artificially strengthened by making Santorum seem so off the wall. Having said that, I do agree with you that once the presidential race begins in earnest, Romney will not fare well against superior campaigner PBO, regardless of when his nomination occurs. But we just would like him to be as weak as possible when he does get nominated.

              • March 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

                I don’t honestly see him being artificially strengthened. His statements are out there where he’s tried to out extreme people like Santorum and Gingrich. Romney can’t take it back no matter what the other candidates say. If it had been Huntsman I might have thought differently.

                But I do take your point. The weaker the better so good luck to Cardinal Rickelieu this weekend and next week.

    • March 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Think about this. Santorum is currently battling a candidate from 1960.

  9. 54 Linda
    March 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Good Morning…….This made me smile .


    A total of 86 ads aired during WABC’s broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show today

    77 of those ads were public service announcements donated free of charge by the Ad Council

    Of the nine paid spots that ran, seven were from companies that have said they have taken steps to ensure their ads no longer air during the program

    WABC’s online feed included about 5:33 of dead air when ads would normally have run.

    Also….Clear Channel is now at junk bond status

    • 55 ChristiMTL
      March 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

      It’s very encouraging….I hope they keep the pressure on….

      • March 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

        Somebody at another site had a good idea. If you live in a city, pressure your city officials not to broadcast Rush on the local metro radio station. . Big, liberal leaning cities like NY, Philadelphia, LA, Chicago and SF can take the lead on this.

  10. 57 ChristiMTL
    March 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Good morning Chips and TODers

    Piers Morgan In Disbelief Over Filmmaker’s Inability To Find Fault In Barack Obama: ‘Oh, Come Off It’

    “Oh, come off it,” said Morgan, rather Britishly. “You can’t say that with a straight face! Come on.” But, evidently, Guggenheim could. He really, really could.

    And so Morgan tried again: “Where do you find fault in [President Obama]? Personally?”


    • 58 Linda
      March 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

      He had Cindy McCain on a couple days ago to stick up for Sarah Palin…..I was surfing and noticed she was there so I stopped for a minute and she was saying that the media brutalized Sarah.

      • 59 Bill
        March 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

        I do not understand the movement to boost the reputatation of the vile half term governor. She is an everlasting stain on our political system and nothing will change the fact her nomination as a VP candidate was the biggest blunder in modern political history.

    • 60 Linda
      March 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

      ok…I watched and I am repulsed by Morgan. Let’s get him !!!!


      • 61 vcprezofan2
        March 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

        Forget Morgan, for now, Linda. Sometimes we give the naysayers too much replay. I watched and I was far more impressed by Guggenheim ending with

        ‘Some people knock on doors, some…yada yada…..I did this for my children, etc,etc’

        THAT, plus the rest of what Guggenheim said throughout is FAR WORTHIER OF OUR FOCUS. My feeling is if we share anything from this, we should highlight that part – i.e. send the positive energy around, and thumbs down on Morgan. 😉

        • March 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

          Totally agree – positive begets positive. I love this Guggenheim guy – can’t wait for the documentary.

        • 63 AJ
          March 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

          vcprez, your words always have a calming effect…you are the online equvilent of taking a deep, clensing breath. 🙂

          • 64 vcprezofan2
            March 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

            Thanks AJ, though I admit I’m somewhat self-serving. I’ve got to keep my blood pressure down; can’t let these reporters (said with a snark) impair my ability to fully appreciate this pivotal time in my living history. 😆

        • March 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

          Good for you,vcprezofan2!!!!! Yay!!! Well said.

          • 66 vcprezofan2
            March 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

            Thanks, Tien. I really do think we have to pick up our game over the coming months by keeping our eyes on the prize, AND also BY SHOWING OFF the prize every chance we get! There are so many in the media ready to throw dirt in the eyes of the public that when one good media person steps forward I’m all for lauding AND re-lauding the positive plug.

            In this case, IMHO, giving Piers’ stupidity any notice might just detract from the beauty of the upcoming Guggenheim masterpiece! AND WE CAN’T CONTRIBUTE TO HIM TRYING TO TAINT THAT. In fact just by Piers being so incredulous on the notion of Guggenheim not finding anything negative about PBO’s leadership he has already placed a certain wariness in some viewing minds. (Where is Piers with talk of ‘balance’ when Hannity and his Breitbart stooges are breaking hug-gate? Or when Boehner and his clueless ignoramuses (or is it ‘ignorami’ – I can never decide 😉 ) are putting forth more than a 1000 bills attacking women?


    • 68 jeff
      March 9, 2012 at 10:59 am

      I much prefer Martin Bashir his clear the air segment is great. Piers Morgan is a nut bagging republican who tries to pretend to be sophisticated but in reality is as sophisticated as a pile of dog crap.

  11. 69 anniebella
    March 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Any jobs numbers yet?

  12. March 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Breaking news: 227,000 jobs created in Feb.; Unemployment rate remains 8.3%


  13. March 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

    227k added, UE number holds at 8.3!

  14. 80 LOL
    March 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

    233K jobs added unemp at 8.3%

    • 81 LOL
      March 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

      whoops 227K

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      March 9, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Also, here’s Ezra Klein’s take, which seems positive, but which I didn’t want to read fully so early [ talking finances always boggles my wittle mind].


      • 83 vcprezofan2
        March 9, 2012 at 8:52 am

        Oops! Forgot to share a snippet

        ‘Imagine two jobs reports today: In one, we add 200,000 jobs, and unemployment falls to 8.2 percent. In another, we add 200,000 jobs and unemployment rises to 8.4 percent. The first jobs report will probably result in better headlines for the Obama administration. But it’s the second jobs report that’s more indicative of real recovery.’

      • March 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

        This is a great story, thanks for sharing vc.

        One of the most significant things about the story is it goes beyond surface level numbers, explains how a rise might be OK (if that happens in the future) and then breaks down the reasons for the recovery. That sets the stage for a jobs report down the road where the number goes up and yet the public does not panic.

        I would encourage you to read and share this article.

        • 85 vcprezofan2
          March 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

          Glad you read it WiW, and maybe others here will with your recommendation. In addition to being technology challenged I confess I’m also financial literature challenged and don’t want to spoil my Friday with a headache. 😉

  15. 86 joyce
    March 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I so hope the numbers are encouraging. Good day everyone

  16. 88 eveingeorgia
    March 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

    The jobs report is in. It is good. Now I can go to sleep.Phew!

  17. 90 vcprezofan2
    March 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

    It’s Friday! It’s Friday! Happy Friday Morning Ms Chips and TODville! 😆 😆 There’s a smattering of snow on the ground and the sky is overcast, but who cares? It’s Friday 😆

  18. March 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Great getting up morning TODsters!!!! Job numbers in for February came in higher than expected at 227,000 increase. Plus, the numbers for December and January were adjusted up as well. The unemployment rate remains at 8.3 which is not a bad thing, cause it’s better for the number to actually go up a tad to indicate that folks are back out there looking. Sooooo, top of the mornin’ to yous.

  19. March 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Cnbc guy haz a sad! My goodness, they spin good news as horrible!

    • 93 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Mark Knoller also haz a sad. Came prepared with his “negative spin” tweets that he has been posting one after the other. I called him out on his BS on Twitter.

  20. March 9, 2012 at 8:41 am

  21. March 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

    OMG, you guys have to see this twitter pic!!!!

  22. March 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Austen Goolsbee on CNN agrees that the reason for unemployment at 8.3% is not a bad thing since people out there looking again, and are feeling positive about their chances. Also, the indicators come from people getting jobs and businesses hiring. The people indicator is stronger than the business one, which means that small businesses and new enterprises are kicking up. Okay, I admit, I don’t know much about history, don’t know much of biology, don’t know much about the economy…but I do know that I love me some Goolsbee.

    • 102 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

      That’s true. From what I’ve read, ~193K people ENTERED the job market, while the # of people who lost their jobs is DOWN by 112K.

  23. March 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Labor participation force went up to 63.7. Normal us 66.
    So, WR are not that far off from normal participation.
    Also, wages went up.
    Thus, The jobs are in your ass, mr speaker!

    • 104 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Boner knows he’s a serious FAIL right now. That’s what the Republicans get for betting against America’s recovery and obstructing our President over the last 3 years. Karma..karma…

      • March 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

        And, what’s sad, is to imagine where we would be if the Repubs had been acting in good faith to build up our economy again.

        • 106 Pamela
          March 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

          Well said, grumpy young man, it is sad, and to think they took an OATH, putting in place a vendetta against so fine a man as PBO, simply because of the (fine) color of his skin. Unfathomable, irrational, that they would be willing to bring the entire country, and the world, down over such an ignorant and antiquated view. Very sad indeed.

      • 107 Pamela
        March 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

        He seems to be vying with NLG to win the prize for worst speaker ever…..and he is running up close, IMHO.

  24. March 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

  25. 109 ChristiMTL
    March 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I just saw that tweet…….seriously??

    Ezra Klein ‏ @ezraklein
    ”My election rule of thumb. If average job growth is 150 in 2012, Romney favored. 200k, Obama narrowly wins. 250k, Obama easily wins.”

    So if I get this right, 150K jobs a month for the next months would be good news for Mitt Romney.

    Is he getting stupid like Halperin?

    I don’t get it.

    • 110 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 9:09 am

      These folks in the media keep moving the goalposts with silly “wishful thinking” algorithms that do not play out in reality.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

      There are many other factors besides the unemployment numbers that will affect the election – and one of them is the likeability factor. The others include domestic and foreign policies that may influence but are not directly tied to the economy. These media folk are just not very bright; they have an intolerance for nuance and need these silly formulaic rules to give them something to talk about.

      • 112 ChristiMTL
        March 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

        Exactly Hope, that’s what I was thinking…..there’s no other factors??……the Ryan’s plan that Romney embraced, social programs, tax cuts for the billionnaires, Iran…so many things……likeability factor of course,.

    • 113 donna dem 4 obama
      March 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

      I think Ezra is speaking from a statistical standpoint. Apparently in this economy 150K jobs per month with people re-entering the job market will have the UE rate tick up slightly. If we get 200K jobs per month with people re-entering the job market the UE rate will remian the same (which is what happened today) or slightly tick down. If we get 250K per month with people re-entering the job market the UE rate goes down well under 8 percent which historically says that the public will view that as a good recovery and hence a slamdunk for re-election.

      At least that’s the way I’m reading his comment.

      • 114 hopefruit2
        March 9, 2012 at 10:09 am

        Yes, but he’s basing his prediction on the heavily flawed assumption that our President has had a cooperative congress all along, and that his bad policies are thwarting the recovery. That assumption has already been shown to be false since most Americans blame the Republicans in congress as well as the previous president more than they blame the current president. Therefore, it is unlikely that they would simply vote for someone who represents the very thing they believe to be responsible for the poor or slow recovery…if the economy continues to add 150K jobs a year, people won’t suddenly switch to Mitt Romney who’s had a dismal job creation record and is known for FIRING people and wanting to “let Detroit go bankrupt!”

        Klein’s assumptions are incorrect to begin with and therefore his formula results are wrong.

  26. 115 ChristiMTL
    March 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Spin spin spin…..at some point they won’t be able to spin anything…….stupid media

  27. March 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning, Chips and TOD 🙂

  28. 118 ChristiMTL
    March 9, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Cantor on jobs report: “Job growth must be stronger”

    Hahaha…..I can just imagine how upset they must be this morning.

    • 119 anniebella
      March 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Someone need to tell Eric Cantor if that’s the case, then he and his Republicans need to get off his ass and do something. This President have been trying to do all he can, but what have Cantor, Boehner, McConnell and the rest of the Republicans been doing? Nothing but playing politics, trying to bring down this President, instead of helping the economy, helping people fine jobs. There is a reason why the Congress approval ratings is at 10%. Because people feel they haven’t done a darn thing.

  29. 120 desertflower
    March 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Watch it until the end 🙂

  30. March 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    The goalposts have moved. Remember when the business channels said 150k is a good report.
    Now, we have to, we must have 3-400k jobs created, or Obama is a failure!

  31. March 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

    March 08, 2012 2:30 PM

    Poor Poor Pitiful “Player”
    By Ed Kilgore

    One of the hardy perennials of Beltway journalism is reporting the self-pity of Members of Congress. They work too hard; they can’t get anything done; they have to travel all the time; they have to raise money all the time; they have to deal with constituents all the time; and for the small minority of House members who represent competitive districts, they have to run for re-election all the time.

    I’m not entirely cynical about these complaints. Having once been a congressional staffer, I do know the lives of Members are not remotely as glamorous or remunerative as an awful lot of people imagine, and most are not the corrupt scoundrels they are reputed to be, either. But having once been a congressional staffer, I also know Members have it a lot better than the congressional staffers who do the majority of that tiresome work, with less pay and a whole lot less glory.

    So it was with that background that I read Jonathan Allen’s Politico piece on the current grousing of Members, which begins with the sad plight of Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), who has announced he is retiring at the end of this term:


    You have to figure Boren’s real complaint is that he doesn’t get to be a “player” like he was in the Oklahoma legislature, cutting deals and bringing home the bacon and so forth without all that party loyalty stuff. For that he can mainly blame his Republican colleagues, who have adopted as a basic operating principle the desire that it’s better to undercut Democratic “moderates” than it is to attract their votes. But in any event, should we really lament the fact that Dan Boren doesn’t get to be a “player” any more, or that Members don’t necessarily take office expecting to stay there until they are senescent?

    Didn’t take me real long to dry my tears.


    • March 9, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Hi desertflower

      Thanks for sharing this story.

      Yesterday someone posted the Kony video and I watched the entire thing. It was amazing. there is a small segment in the middle that celebrates that President Obama sent advisors in. Overall the bigger message is that we are all global citizens and we can all make a difference. I encourage everyone to view the video and spread it to those you know.

  32. March 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

    ‘Playing with fire’ on 2013 budget
    By Steve Benen – Fri Mar 9, 2012 8:00 AM EST.

    House GOP leaders are still struggling to lead their caucus.
    Congressional Democrats and Republicans have been expected to have plenty of arguments in 2012, but the budget process was expected to go relatively smoothly. So much for that idea.

    Just seven months ago, the parties agreed to spending levels for the upcoming year, as part of the debt-ceiling negotiations. With those figures already locked in, the most contentious part of the budget was already addressed. After all, as far as everyone was concerned, a deal’s a deal.

    This week, however, we’re finding that rank-and-file House Republicans no longer like that deal, and are pushing GOP leaders to renege on it.

    Conservatives are pressing House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders to slash 2013 agency budgets below levels set during last year’s debt-limit showdown, arguing that the deal did too little to curb spending.

    While that move might impress tea party voters, it would put them at odds with Democrats and even Republicans in the Senate, who are eager to get through the summer and fall without another nasty spending fight that could shut down the government five weeks before voters head to the polls.


  33. March 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Friday, March 9, 2012
    Let Them Eat Student Union Cake
    Posted by Zandar
    The Marquis de Mittens doesn’t have any time for your “help more people go to college” nonsense. If you were meant to go to college, you’d be smart enough not to need it, rich, or both. Jon Chait:

    Earlier this week, a pretty interesting and telling exchange took place at a Mitt Romney town hall meeting. A student asked Romney what he would do to make college more affordable for students who struggle to pay for it. Romney’s reply was jarring:

    “It would be popular for me to stand up and say I’m going to give you government money to pay for your college, but I’m not going to promise that,” he said, to sustained applause from the crowd at a high-tech metals assembly factory here. “Don’t just go to one that has the highest price. Go to one that has a little lower price where you can get a good education. And hopefully you’ll find that. And don’t expect the government to forgive the debt that you take on.”
    It’s a brutal response. One reason, of course, is that college is a form of public investment. We have a shared stake in a more educated population, which ultimately produces higher living standards for all. Treating college affordability as a question of simple personal responsibility is an act of collective economic suicide.

    But Romney’s answer, and the enthusiastic reception it triggered, also reveals something important about the Republican coalition. Here were Romney, and his supporters, treating a struggling prospective college student with almost gleeful hostility, like a bum looking for a handout.


  34. 133 ChristiMTL
    March 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Typical RWer…..Ed Henry is so incredibly stupid….he can’t think for a sec that he keeps asking the President the most ridiculous questions, he’s a joke, like the rest of them.

    Henry thought that had President Bush had answered the question the same way, the mainstream media would’ve ridiculed him for being so touchy.

    “Liberals would be kind of like cheering it on and saying, ‘Boy, did you see how thin skinned President Bush is? He never answers your question,’” Henry exclaimed. “Same thing happens with President Obama and they say the opposite, so it’s kind of interesting.”

  35. March 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Thursday, March 8, 2012
    The Grand Unifying Theory On Bigotry
    Posted by Zandar
    The word “racism” doesn’t mean whatever the right says it means.

    The winger right has been losing the argument on race for quite some time now, culminating in 2008’s election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. It’s driving them insane, too. ABL talked about the idiotic Derrick Bell “hug-troversy” yesterday, and the right is gleefully pointing to young Harvard Law Review president Barack Obama speaking about diversity and Harvard faculty as proof he’s a “racist”.

    This is because the right loves to reframe the definition of anything bad as “something that applies primarily to liberals.” It goes something like this: “We’re tired of being called racist by you people, so we’re going to define racism as ‘including race in the consideration of anything’ and therefore that means all liberals are racists. We win. What are you going to do about it? You can’t deny that liberals are aware of race in differing points of view and take them into consideration through diversity and inclusiveness. That means you’re defining people by race, and that makes you racists, Q.E.D. Oh, and we’re done talking to you about this, because we don’t talk to racists.”

    Pretty amazing stuff, and yet this perfectly encapsulates the conservative viewpoint on race, where Arizona Republicans have banned Latino Studies classes in school as “indoctrination” and the Supreme Court has to take another look at race in college admissions because consideration of race is in and of itself “racist”. Mention, consideration, attention to race is the new definition of what it means to be racist, and that means liberalism itself is the source of “the real racism in America.”
    As ridiculous as it is, it serves a very real purpose: the wingers use this argument to defuse and dismiss any real criticism of racism. “You can’t accuse us of racism in any way when you support diversity and affirmative action!” they bellow. Such breathtaking false equivalence, literally equating the awareness that race affects social and political fabric of the nation with actual, overt racism, is the key to how the rabid right “wins” arguments.


  36. March 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Derrick Bell 1930 – 2011

    NYT: Derrick Bell, a legal scholar who worked to expose the persistence of racism in America through his books and articles and his provocative career moves.

    RIP, that’s too bad. He was the person that young law student Barack Obama introduced to speak out for the tenure of minority faculty at Harvard. This is the so-called radical tape that Briebart had that was shown on Hannity’s show that was guaranteed to prove that PBO was a radical and remains one.

  37. 141 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

    HEADLINE: Obama Documentarian Davis Guggenheim: Only Negative Aspect Was Too Many Positives to Fit (Video)

    // In an interview with Piers Morgan on Thursday, Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar winning director who put together the upcoming campaign film The Road We’ve Traveled, said that the format and limitations inherent in a short film made it impossible to mention all of the president’s victories. “The negative for me was there were too many accomplishments,” he said. “I have 17 minutes to put them all in there.”
    Morgan scoffed at the comment, but Guggenheim stood his ground. And when pressed for any negative at all, the director said that the film portrayed Obama trying to exact change with an uncompromising Congress, and that he personally could find no faults in the president. //


  38. 144 desertflower
    March 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

    thinkprogress American Heart Association pulls ads from Limbaugh even though they were getting them FREE. thkpr.gs/yOPdrG
    6 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite
    » Follow @thinkprogress tweet

    • 145 Linda
      March 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

      A couple years ago….Huffington Post did a story titled ” Rush’s Dirty Little Secret “….it was all about how he gives his show away for free and provides most of the advertisers to local stations.

    • March 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Ah, so the plan is to eliminae Rush’s audience by helping them have heart attakcs! Brilliant!

    • March 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

      I believe that any company that has to enforce anti discriminatory rules in the workplace and have a zero tolerance towards sexual discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace should drop Rush, because he does not represent their values for that corporation.

  39. 148 57andFemale
    March 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Don’t flame me. I post this link after careful thought. But if there ever was a diary worth clicking on the Orange Satan, this is it:


    • 149 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Thanks – this is a good diary 57! I agree it is worth reading because it gives many an emoprog some space to reflect and admit (privately or otherwise) their mistaken beliefs about our President with the view to doing right going forward – including getting out that vote for PBO and the Dems in November 2012. I’m glad that Troubadour had the courage and decency to acknowledge his shortsightedness in constantly criticizing while being short on praise in light of the many great things this President has accomplished.

      • 150 57andFemale
        March 9, 2012 at 9:59 am

        That’s why I stepped over that threshold to recommend it. I’m as angry as anyone at the shortsightedness of the emoprogs and they cost us dearly in 2010. If they had done what progressives have done in the past: acknowledged the huge accomplishment of ACA, for example, the way progressives frame Medicare in the 1960’s, the cowardly Dem’s would not have fled from this issue and the election would have been very different.

        There has to be room for criticism, but it can’t damage our long term goals. This had to be a difficult diary for Troubadour to write — he is singularly responsible for much of my anger and frustration. But because of the way he framed the diary, he gives cover and welcome to others to come back to the light. We need them. We need a coalition with them in order to move our cause down the progressive field. Other than the flat out loons like GG, Cenk and the firebaggers, there are a lot of progressives who need to understand what this President has been up against and the immense achievement he has managed under the most poisonous political circumstances in a century. They won’t necessarily listen to me (and God knows I tried before I fled dKos with BWD) but they are more likely to listen to Troubadour. So I celebrate his action.

    • March 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

      I,for one, won’t flame you. These days I am getting a lot of good links from DK. Sometimes I bring TOD’s good links to them. Everyone wins.

      • 153 57andFemale
        March 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

        I started wandering back there when the primaries began because I still like their liveblog coverage on election nights. I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a different tone there than when I left with BWD in total outrage and disgust. There are still some loony cranks, but there is a definite change in the air. Of course only the extremely psychotic loons like Cenk and GG would think that there wasn’t a good reason to crawl over broken glass to vote for this President in 2012. 2010 has proven the extent of the damage Republicans are committed to doing. I of course will vote for this President and help him get elected because he is indeed the finest President of my lifetime, but I’ll take the vote of anyone, even if it’s because the Republicans are so dangerous. Just so we win.

        • March 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

          That’s the other one I was talking about last night when I shared M. President, You Have Always Had My Support. I don’t go there often and when I do, I read titles quickly. Sometimes I don’t click on anything, partly because I’ve seen the same story (link) here or somewhere else. Have to say, I have noticed things have “settled” a lot and are much more positive.

  40. March 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

    March 07, 2012
    For Romney, a tangled web
    This morning, slouched over his breakfast table of Bloody Marys and multicolored amphetamines, Mitt Romney, with his hair looking a fright, is surely pounding said table and angrily demanding: Will no one rid me of these turbulent pricks?

    I sympathize. Mitt paid good money — well, his friends did — to buy this thing fair and square (plus it’s his turn!) only to watch Rick Santorum and the even peskier (prickier?) Newt Gingrich prolong a rather ill-advised siege.

    It’s got so bad, ordinarily prudent analysts such as Ezra Klein have been reduced to asking, “Is Romney stronger than he looks?” and Ross Douthat suggests the preposterous theory that Santorum’s “overall strategy might offer a blueprint for winning a future Republican primary campaign” — the “overall strategy” being one that includes appealing to hootin’-‘n-hollerin’ snake-handlers who look disparagingly on primitive religions like Romney’s.

    In brief answer to Mr. Klein: No. And in response to Douthat: You go out there, Mr. Custer; yes Sir, you go out there and forge ahead with the dying demographic of snarling, dyspeptic, aging bigoted white folk who are culturally isolated and economically ignorant; uh-huh, that’s the ticket for the GOP’s revamped future — a Father Coughlin-George Wallace coalition of medievalist hayseeds who fret less about the GDP and the global economy than gays in uniform, or in wedding tuxedos.


  41. 158 ChristiMTL
    March 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    A Limbaugh spokesman said that California mattress company Sleep Train asked to restart a “voiced endorsement” from Limbaugh that it had publicly cut off last week. The company said at the time that it “does not condone such negative comments toward any person.”

    Limbaugh spokesman Brian Glicklich on Thursday forwarded a copy of an email that he said had been sent to Sleep Train Chief Executive Dale Carlsen. In it, Glicklich wrote that Limbaugh had personally received the company’s requests to resume advertising on his show.

    “Unfortunately,” Glicklich wrote, “your public comments were not well received by our audience, and did not accurately portray either Rush Limbaugh’s character or the intent of his remarks. Thus, we regret to inform you that Rush will be unable to endorse Sleep Train in the future.”

    I don’t know if it’s true but if it is….shame on Sleep Train……

  42. March 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

    O’Malley vs. McDonnell on MTP this week. And of course they had to throw in a little Icky Ricky too!—–for balance!

  43. 160 ChristiMTL
    March 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Kucinich May Still Run from Washington
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who just lost his re-election bid in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, did not close the door to running for Congress in a new district — in a new state, CBS News reports.

    • March 9, 2012 at 9:58 am

      That’s fine, if he wants to. I think he is a jerk at times, but if can take out a Republican, great. However, he refuses to say whether or not he will endorse Kaptur over Joe the Plumber, which really ticks me off. He states she ran a gutter campaign. I don’t know anything about that, but is there anybody here that can speak to that topic?

      • 162 57andFemale
        March 9, 2012 at 10:14 am

        He was petty beyond belief about Kaptur’s campaign. Sure, I’ll take a Dem over a Republican, but I still want Dem’s who don’t do damage. Kucinich is a loose cannon.

      • 163 hopefruit2
        March 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

        Hmm…yesterday I commented jokingly that Kucinich might actually endorse JTP over Kaptur …seems that my “joke” may be not all that funny.

      • 164 jeff
        March 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

        the problem is I heard he wants to run in Washington state (my state) and I’m uncertain if he’ll have much luck here.

        • March 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

          There are three open seats, but only one that is even remotely safe for a Democrat: WA-06 Norm Dicks’ seat. I had a feeling this was his plan all along. He doesn’t stand a chance in WA-01…there are already six Democrats running for that seat. I don’t know anything about the newly created WA-10 but Kucinich is definitely not going to go over well in Olympia/Tacoma. He’s still a carpet-bagger and I don’t think the people in the 6th will cotton to him. He’d probably lose in the primary here, too.

  44. March 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

    227,000 jobs created in Feb.; Unemployment rate remains 8.3%. That’s good news in my world.
    Good morning TOD. TGIF.

  45. March 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Oh, this is rich,from a NYDaily News columnist, lots of satisfying nuggets for your morning reading:

    Republican presidential hopefuls have met the enemy … it’s themselves

    “Romney’s whole campaign is based on the idea that because he made a pile of money in business, he is some kind of crackerjack manager. Now he can’t even manage his own campaign. Now this guy, no longer any sure thing to get the 50% of the remaining delegates he needs, is reduced to hoping that Newt Gingrich stays in the race, with Romney’s biggest supporters worried he can’t beat Santorum straight up.

    Through it all, they still want Real Americans to be scared off by Obama, four more years of him. Are they serious? We are more scared off by the prospect of listening to this amazing, boneheaded drivel for four more months.”


  46. March 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Good morning all.

    A couple quick comments. First is related to the unemployment and new jobs figures. The news is good overall. As I mentioned yesterday, and has been mentioned this morning, a slight uptick in the UE rate would not necessarily have been bad news, as it would have meant a large number of people who had given up n jobs have reentered the prospective work force population. This, in fact, happened, which is why, even with that many new jobs, the rate did not drop. One of the completely underrated aspect of an economic recovery is the overall attitude of the population.

    If a population believes the economy really sucks and it just isn’t worth it to even look for work, the recovery will be slow as it usually also means people who are working are also concerned about keeping their jobs and spend less. However, when the overall population is more optimistic, they spend more, creating an environment where more jobs are created. This becomes a situation where momentum builds and it will take a major negative event to cause it to step backwards.

    Also, as pointed out, the real important number is the overall percent of working age people who are employed, which has moved up to 63%. This is important as it means that there is that much more prospective money able to flow into the marketplace.

    And more importantly, it looks like a lot of the new jobs are actually well paying middle class jobs, not minimum wage types. If one wants to thinks about all the public sector jobs lost, either through Republicans slashing more than needed state and local payrolls, or through the simple facts that states had lost a lot of revenue and had to get rid of people, the number loss, if not lost, would result in an unemployment below 7%.

    The good news there is that state revenues are increasing as more people go back to work and pay state income taxes or are spending more and filling the state coffers with sales tax. Plus, as the real estate market starts rebounding, more property tax money will be coming in. In other words, I think you will start seeing growth in the public sector soon which will lower the UE rate even more.

    A quick comment about Henry’s comment about how the media would have treated Bush as being thin-skinned if he had answered a question like PBO answered his. First of all, if anybody had asked Bush a hostile question like that, he would never have been allowed to ask a question again. And secondly, I remember one presser where a reporter started asking the question by saying “Sir…” and Bush immediately stopped him and said “Do you know who I am?” after which the reporter started the question with “Mr. President.” That did not get much coverage but was far more outrageous than anything PBO has come even close to saying.

    • 172 Linda
      March 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

      I remember that during the Bush Admin…they had a section of the Press room they called ” Siberia ” and Ari Fleisher told him to NEVER call on anyone in that section. That section was filled with reporters from….. THOSE HORRIBLE dot.com websites.

  47. March 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

    75% of David Frum’s readers in an online poll thought that the Obama video was a dud. It was a “big nothing burger” (h/t to an online right wing blog commenter for that apt description.) Andrew Breitbart seriously misplayed his final hand and his supporters are embarassed because the only thing that ir proved is that PBO was a good speaker then, as he is now.


  48. 178 Squarepeg
    March 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Good morning folks. Chippy, I know it’s Huffpo, but there’s a beautiful touching story about Barack Obama today that I think you should post, here’s the link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-mansfield/president-obama-pastors-joel-hunter_b_1311348.html

    • March 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

      OH, this is beautiful and absolutely a must-read, I hope Chips posts this at the top. thank you so much.

    • 181 57andFemale
      March 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Oh my God, this is beautiful.

      And to think the likes of Franklin Graham and Santorum and the rest of the loons think this beautiful man does not stand up as a Christian because he has the gaul to care about the unfortunate and want to give American citizens health care. What kind of twisted view of Jesus do these people have?

      Thanks, Squarepeg.

    • March 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      That is so deeply touching. Thank you, Squarepeg for sharing that.

    • 183 Dudette
      March 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Oh thank you! I’ve been trying to find this story again to pass it on to some friends of mine in the clergy.

    • March 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

      I can say, without hestitation, that this White man has NEVER had a grit in his life.

      Not because White folks don’t eat grits…

      but, it’s a certain kind of White folk.

      and Willard is NOT that kind of White folk.

      And, this is coming from someone who would eat grits everyday for breakfast, if she could.

      • 187 utaustinliberal
        March 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

        I’ve never had grits in my life – the way it looks just freaks me out – but I definitely agree with you that Romney is spinning BS. He just can’t connect with people and his likeability factor – which is very important in the general election – is plummeting in an insane manner. There’s just something about him. Whenever his image comes on screen, I can feel everything inside me recoiling. For as much as Rush Limbaugh is vile, I don’t instantly recoil when his image flashes on screen, but with Romney, it’s an instant visceral reaction. A lot of people feel that way about him and his constant annihilation of his opponents in a bloodless manner doesn’t help in endearing him to voters.

        • March 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

          if they stop somewhere to eat ‘ with the people’, someone should just pop out with a bowl of grits.

          BWA HA HA HA HA HA HAA

          • 189 utaustinliberal
            March 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

            Hahahahahahaha…..They should just plop it down in front of him and not say anything. Let’s see if he’ll even be able to recognize “grits” let alone eat them with a ‘yummy” expression.

      • 190 miss pat
        March 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        have you tried cheesey gerits…yummy..just add a few slices of american cheese when its done and stir in till blended…As for Mitt he never tried grits, he is lying, trying to fit in as usual.

        • March 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

          I like my grits with just a little butter & pepper. When I was a child we had a white masa mush that Mama would put in cheese & chili peppers sometimes but it wasn’t the same as the grits I ate in the South. I ate grits every chance I got. I don’t know what they do to them, maybe it’s the water but when I cook them here, mine don’t seem to taste the same but all grits is GOOD!

  49. 192 57andFemale
    March 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Sure, I want to continue to see the Repubs bloody themselves on the primary battlefield. But when Romney wins the nomination, we will still get the best (worst?) of both worlds. He’s going to pick a flaming conservative loon as a running mate. We still get the stark contrast we need.

    • March 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

      It may actually be sort of fun to see him try to talk anyone into running with him. Dante’s 8th circle of hell.

      • 194 Bill
        March 9, 2012 at 11:06 am

        If Willard picks a middle aged white guy to run with him it will be the most boring ticket in history. If he picks a Palin type fire brand it will be completely transparent and remind voters of the Republican disaster of 2008. Either way it will be hilarious.

  50. 195 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

    HEADLINE: Oil dips as upbeat jobs data lifts dollar

    // (Reuters) – Brent oil prices fell on Friday after key U.S. jobs data beat expectations, lifting the dollar broadly to multi-month highs against other currencies. Brent crude was down 57 cents to $124.77 a barrel by 1436 GMT. On a weekly basis, Brent is set to show a marginal gain and its sixth weekly rise in seven weeks. U.S. crude, which turned negative briefly, was up 10 cents at $106.68. Data showed employment grew solidly for a third straight month in February, a sign the economic recovery was broadening and in less need of further monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve. //


  51. 196 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

  52. March 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Viola Davis to Produce and Star in Barbara Jordan Biopic
    By The Admin on March 9, 2012

    Director Paris Barclay (Glee) and Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis (The Help) are looking to lend their talents to a biopic concerning the life of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Jordan holds the distinction of being the first African American elected to the Texas Senate and the first Southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives. The posthumous pic will center on Jordan’s life from her early days in a poor Houston neighborhood to her rise through the political ranks. Davis will star and produce the picture through her and husband Julius Tennon’s JuVee banner, alongside Barclay, Shelly Glasser and Diane Nabatoff. Glasser and Nabatoff had acquired the rights to the biography, “Babara Jordon: American Hero” by Mary Beth Rogers. (Collider.com)


  53. March 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Regina King to be Shirley Chisholm?

    *Regina King knows what it means to speak things into existence.

    The thespian shared publicly in the past that she has a desire to portray a trailblazing legend: the first black New York congresswoman and presidential candidate, Shirley Chisholm.

    Now her dream could be realized.

    In an interview with EURweb’s film guru, Kam Williams, it was actress Kerry Washington who revealed that King will be doing her idol in an upcoming biopic.

    “I just heard that Regina King is doing Shirley Chisholm, perfect casting, which is another story that has to be told,” she said.

    The only other public mention of a Chisholm biopic was back in 2010, when Viola Davis was considered to portray the political leader.

    Nothing is official yet, but maybe Washington has the inside word. We’ll see.


    • 201 Dudette
      March 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Hahaha! I didn’t see your post here before I commented on the Viola Davis one Rikyah! Great news all around! 🙂

  54. 202 Linda
    March 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

    President Obama keeps adding American jobs.

    What a_snob. !!!!

  55. March 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Why Super PACs Won’t Even The Playing Field
    Paul Waldman puts Romney’s small donor problem in context:

    [M]oney raised by the Romney super PACs will be less influential than money raised by the campaigns. He will no doubt be able to find plenty of big donors who will give his super PAC a million bucks or so each. When a donor does that, the million bucks gets spent on TV ads and mailers, which is all well and good. But it doesn’t support volunteers (no one is volunteering for a super PAC) who make phone calls and knock on doors, and multiple studies by political scientists in recent years have demonstrated that personal contact is far more persuasive than things like TV ads.


    • March 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Which is why last week Mittens tried to direct people to his website. If he doesn’t have any boots on the ground (and he doesn’t) then he’s in serious trouble.

  56. March 9, 2012 at 10:42 am

    WASHINGTON – It is difficult to imagine now that Michelle Obama was once hesitant to uproot her family to Washington, wary of living out her life in a political fishbowl teeming with piranhas. That tentativeness is long gone as she jets from city to city promoting the president’s record and drumming up money for her husband’s reelection campaign.

    Obama touches down in Boston on Friday afternoon for a reception and $5,000- to $25,000-a-head dinner at the Institute of Contemporary Art to benefit the Obama Victory Fund. She will give a speech, mingle, pose for pictures. It will be her fourth campaign event in the past week, squeezed between her official duties. Earlier in the day she will visit Concord, N.H., to promote her national initiative to fight childhood obesity.

    From the fist bump to doing the Dougie, Obama has injected cool back into the White House. At once glamorous yet able to easily connect with everyday people, Obama serves as star surrogate for boosting the Democratic base.


    • 207 PoliticalJunkessa
      March 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

      FLOTUS has definitely blossomed in her role as First Lady. She’s always been spectacular, but it’s even more special to see how she keeps growing and growing and handling everything on her plate with grace and class. PBO could not have chosen a better partner.

    • 209 anniebella
      March 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

      A lovely article on our First Lady Michelle Obama.

  57. March 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Gallup question on gas-

    Should this President pump gas at Exxon, to help consumers?

  58. 211 AJ
    March 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

    My husband cannot possibly be the only person that refers to Mr. “College is for Snobs” as Sick Rantorum, can he?

  59. March 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

    South Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard, who spent campaign money on a Playstation, women’s clothing, iPads and his wife’s cell phone bill, will submit his resignation on Friday morning.

    “During my campaign, it was my responsibility to make sure things were done correctly,” Ard said in a press release, according to The State. “I did not do that.”

    Ard said he “must take full ownership and resign from the Office of Lieutenant Governor … I am deeply sorry and take full responsibility.”


    I want a playstation!

  60. 216 nintendowii10
    March 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Keebler Elf Kucinich is now sniveling about the President’s targeted killings being an assault on the Constitution. He needs to give it up, accept the FACT that he LOST to a much better Democrat, and quit giving the emoprogs red meat to drag down the President’s turnout/support!

    • 217 Linda
      March 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Maybe he can get a spot on The Young Turks as a regular guest complainer.

      • 218 Dudette
        March 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        Well his maturity level would certainly fit in. Everytime I let the remote stop on that show I feel like I’m watching a bunch of frat boy rejects on the community access channel. It’s embarrassing really.

    • 220 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Honestly I think even the emoprogs at this point are giving Kucinich the side eye.

    • March 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Will he snivel about the Refucklicans beating the war drum on Syria, Iran?

      Nope! His dislike and jealousy of this President is evident!

  61. March 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The Chiefs have already offered Peyton Manning a contract.

  62. 225 defytheodds
    March 9, 2012 at 11:33 am


  63. March 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Jeebus, did you see that ? The guy has only four fingers !!!

    Be afraid, very afraid. He is a Vulcan.

  64. March 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

  65. March 9, 2012 at 11:40 am
  66. 232 Linda
    March 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

    McDonnell has something in his hand…..He better not pull a Brewer…..

  67. 233 AJ
    March 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Mr. AJ’s latest facebook post: “The GOP race has come down to the following choices: Dog on Car Vs. Man on Dog Vs. Man on Moon…”

  68. March 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Making Cars Carnivores: Tyson Venture Turns Animal Fat Into Diesel


    The process uses something called “pink slime’ which sounds kinda gross, but I would rather see it used in a refining plant to power trucks than end up in a landfill or a hot dog.

    • 235 AJ
      March 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

      The same “pink slime” that’s in the news as “acceptable” filler for ground beef at supermarkets??

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