President Obama leaving the White House before traveling to Prince George, Va., and Houston, Texas

Andrews Air Force Base

… greeted by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell upon arriving at Richmond International Airport

… greeted by Richmond, Va. Mayor Dwight C. Jones, center, and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va

… at Richmond International Airport in Virginia

…. touring the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe facility in Prince George

“I did not run for this office just to get us back to where we were. I ran for this office to get us where we need to be.”

161 Responses to “virginia”

  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    March 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    He was in my neck of the woods! 😛

  2. 12 PoliticalJunkessa
    March 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    That Bob McDonnell 👿

  3. March 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Second????? I’m just not lucky anymore. 😦

  4. March 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Second count for anything?

  5. 47 Linda
    March 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the February jobs report, showing the economy added 227,000 jobs:

    How many months ago was it, 37 months ago, [President Obama] told us that if he could borrow $787 billion, almost a trillion dollars, he would keep unemployment below 8 percent. It has not been below 8 percent since.

    This president has not succeeded, this president has failed – and that’s the reason we’re going to get rid of him in 2012.


    I cannot stand this liar…..

    • 48 Marsha
      March 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      I agree Linda, my guess is when the unemployment rate starts falling next month, he will find something else to lie about.

      • 49 Linda
        March 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm


        “To educate a man in mind and not in moraIs is to educate a menace to society.”

        — President Theodore Roosevelt (R)

        • 50 utaustinliberal
          March 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

          Frankly, Romney can kiss my ass. Unemployment is the lowest it’s ever been since three years ago. PBO is on track to create 4 million jobs…. 3 million more than the gasbag known as GWB and Romney wants to whine? Give me a break.

        • 54 nathkatun7
          March 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

          “To educate a man in mind and not in moraIs is to educate a menace to society.”

          Bravo, Linda for this great find! That’s really an apropos quote that best describes Willard “Mitt” Romney and his team whose whole campaign is based manufactured lies! Obviously, the quote also applies to the rest of the GOP candidates who have embraced the practice of lying with impunity in their political attacks on President Obama.

    • 55 anniebella
      March 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm


      • 56 anniebella
        March 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

        Oh Mitt can comment about the jobs report and try to put the President down, but he doesn’t have a word to say about Rush Limbaugh attacking Sandra Fluke and calling her a slut and prostitute. It seem the cat has Mitt’s tongue.

    • March 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      I cannot stand this liar…..

      me neither! ugh—aaargh—patooey—yuk—gag—-oooh—cereal killah!

    • 58 L3
      March 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      He was asked about the jobs numbers at least twice today by two different reporters and he ignored them both and said nothing. So, I assume he had to find out from his handlers what to say, thus this lying statement. As horrible as this primary has been, you can’t deny it has truly been a revelation and for that the American people should be grateful. I did not know that Williard would be such a horrible candidate. I guess he wasn’t in the race long enough in 2008 for all his dirty laundry and utter weirdness to be revealed.

    • 59 Obama Grandmama
      March 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      The 8% unemployment comment was made prior to actually getting into office by a consultant not PBO. Then when the administration actually got into office the figures they had been given earlier were wrong then readjusted to reflect a much worse scenario. It had to do with a 9 instead of a 3 that they had been told. Shows how much went over my head when I heard it explained by Ezra Klein on Rachel Maddow yesterday. The GOP have been condemning this administration ever since PBO took office over the comment of 8%. They also have been saying it as if PBO made the prediction himself. They infer that because the prediction was off the stimulus failed and the administration failed. Romney doesn’t even infer he straight out says it.

  6. March 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I have said it before and I will say it again, I have never seen a President take such a genuine interest in the things he is being shown when he visits a place, be it a plant, a laboratory, a school, a military installation, wherever. He really wants to learn about things. That is part of what drives the response of people when he comes. They can see this isn’t just a “I guess I have to do this” type of thing.

    • 61 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      He’s not faking it. He’s genuinely interested in what people are doing. He’s not just “grits and y’all” – ing for the people’s vote.

    • 62 nospin
      March 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      he is a teacher at heart. He has a curious mind.

  7. 63 susanne
    March 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    oh, oh, oh! i’m in the first 20! happy hawaii morning, chips and toddies!

    • 64 utaustinliberal
      March 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      It’s only morning in Hawaii???!!! I knew you guys were behind but WTH…..?? What’s the time over there?

      • 65 donna dem 4 obama
        March 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        As I recall from the ’08 campaign its like 6 hours behind the east coast. So its 10ish in the morning in Hawaii.

      • 66 susanne
        March 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        well, at the moment, it’s a quarter to 12. so, yes ut, it’s laaaaate morning!

        • 67 donna dem 4 obama
          March 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

          oops! so its 4 hours difference from the east coast. 😳

          • 68 susanne
            March 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

            hmm–i think it’s five hours now, and that will change tomorrow–we don’t have daylight savings time. but honestly, our kids live in all different time zones, and i get mixed up very easily when i start picturing the sun rising in the east, the earth turning, the clock registering the passing sun in each passing time zone—–aiyeeeeeeeeee!.

          • March 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

            Until Sunday. Hawaii doesn’t have Daylight Savings Time, so when we all jump ahead this weekend, it’ll be a 5 hour difference between the East Coast and Hawaii.

            • 70 susanne
              March 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

              right now, it’s 12:10, so after daylight savings, the difference becomes 4 hours–or maybe my head will explode and it will be zero hour!

              • March 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

                I hate you all! We don’t do DST in Arizona either & I have family everywhere that changes times and now I will have to do maths which I hate! Why oh why can’t we all just be on the same time?!? ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…………………………….

  8. March 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Yaaay, Ms Chips! Thank you!

  9. 73 Dudette
    March 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Good Friday afternoon Everyone!

  10. 76 Dudette
    March 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    CSPAN’s got the full Rolls Royce speech up

  11. 78 Dudette
    March 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Woot! Here’s a chance to get another Dem seat in the House!

    General Wesley Clark is campaigning by email for Tammy Duckworth, who is running for the re-drawn 8th congressional district!
    “I’m writing to you with a special appeal to support one of the finest Americans and veterans running for Congress this cycle – Tammy Duckworth. Tammy is running for Congress in Illinois, and she’s one of the most worthy people of serving in the halls of power.

    Tammy lost both of her legs when her Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Iraq. While we all would have said she had every right to come home and live her life in peace with her family, Tammy instead got back to work and became one of the most forceful veterans advocates in the country. After her recovery at Walter Reed, Duckworth has dedicated her life to public service, advocating on behalf of disability rights and Veterans. She served as the Director of Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs where she implemented many first-in-the-nation, programs for Veterans, especially in the areas of health care, mental health, housing and employment. She also initiated a new grant program, awarding lottery funds to non-profits working on Veterans disability, homelessness, long-term medical care and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

    She was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Assistant Secretary under Eric Shinseki. While at VA, Tammy led an unprecedented era of increased communication between the Department and the Veterans they serve.

    I’m proud to support Tammy’s campaign. She is a true treasure to America, and I know she’ll be an incredible advocate – as she always has been – for her constituents, and America. Click above to help her make it to Congress.

    General Wesley Clark (US Army, Ret.)
    VoteVets.org Board of Advisors”

    Now the link in the letter goes to an ActBlue page. I’m posting the direct link to her campaign instead.

    • March 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      This will be a gain for the Dems, whoever wins the primary. I like Tammy, but will be voting for Raja. My wife, OTOH, will be voting for Tammy.

      • 80 Dudette
        March 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        Thanks for the heads up japa21. I’ve been a fan of Tammy’s for a while, but haven’t been following her closely. Didn’t even realize she’d leave the VA post to run for Congress until I got this letter. I’m unfamiliar with Raja, her Dem opponent. I’ll have to go read up.

        I only knew that’s the seat Teabagger Deadbeat Dad John Walsh holds now. HE HAS GOT TO GO!

    • March 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      This is a good pick up whoever wins the primary. Both are deserving and capable for the position. I lean toward Tammy though. Either way, put a tally mark on the Dem’s side.

  12. March 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I’m in the mood for a campaign speech, hoping this one will be covered:

    6:50 ET: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event in Texas
    Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents

  13. 87 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    When is my President landing in Houston TX?

  14. 90 CTGirl
    March 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    A good one

    • 91 Dudette
      March 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Excellent article!

      Sadly, this appears at the end: “Kohn is a Fox News Contributor…”
      They’ll be showing her the door in 5, 4, 3, 2…

    • 94 Dudette
      March 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Yeh Dylan, we can’t have all those employed Black people. Wouldn’t look good, now would it?

      [What a complete ASS!]

      • March 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        Dylan is assuming that PBO is your typical politician whose every act is based on garnering the most votes. The thing is, PBO isn’t truly a politician, he is the epitome of what a public servant is supposed to be. His constituency is the entire country and he is out to help everybody, whether or not their votes can be taken for granted.

    • 99 Linda
      March 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      I turn the TV off as soon as he comes on.

    • March 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Their is absolutely no black people who watches Dyllans show!

    • March 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Dylan Ratigan is a moron. He must believe that everyone in the world has his own shriveled heart and places politics above principle. PBO will do what is right by every man, woman and child in this country, no matter what button they push on election day.

  15. 105 eveingeorgia
    March 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Chips, everybody at TOD, here is Frank Schaeffer’s litany of comparisons between the Republicans and President Obama.

    Everybody needs to copy, paste and share:


    Click on blogs if this doesn’t take you directly to the page.

  16. 107 eveingeorgia
    March 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Look to the left on his web page, scroll down to ‘blogs’, then click ‘blogs’ to take you directly to the article. I hope that is clearer.

  17. 108 Dudette
    March 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Heads up Georgia Dems!Check your email. Did you get your invite?
    2012 Jefferson Jackson Dinner with special guest Governor Bill Richardson, Saturday, April 28, 2012

  18. 109 Linda
    March 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    To Rush Limbaugh: Hey Jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right wing clown show.

    Sincerely, Rage Against The Machine

    — @tmorello via Twitter for BlackBerry®

  19. 110 Dudette
    March 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    The petitions to get Rush off Armed Forces Radio are doing well. Let’s keep ’em going.

    White House – We The People:
    Sec. Panetta, Get Rush Limbaugh Off Armed Forces Radio NOW! No tax money for abusive, divisive, insulting language (19348 signatures/need 5652 to reach goal of 25,000)

    Rush Limbaugh’s recent statement that women who use birth control are “sluts” and “prostitutes,” are outrageous, and undermine the respect that all troops – men and women – must have for each other. 15556 total signers.

    • 111 susanne
      March 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      for the votevets petition, you don’t have to be a vet to sign. there is a box to check if you are a family member of a vet, so don’t hesitate to add your name, if there are any vets in your family (maybe your dad was in ww2, for instance).

      • 112 Dudette
        March 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        Good point. I forgot to mention that. Glad you got my back! 🙂

        • 113 susanne
          March 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

          glad you’re out front with this link! even as the weasely advertisers start to slink back to flush, now that the media storm is passing, the pressure on the military to remove him altogether is even more important.

  20. 114 Linda
    March 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Virginia’s Ultrasound Bill Violates Medical Association’s Guidelines |

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed an unnecessary bill into law yesterday that will require women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion. The legislature passed an amended version that did not require invasive transvaginal ultrasounds, but it still seems the new law runs counter to guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

    As Forbes’ Rick Ungar points out, “According to the ACOG, ultrasonography in pregnancy should be performed only when there is a valid medical indication.” But the Virginia law says an ultrasound is necessary to determine the fetus’ gestational age — not a listed reason from ACOG. Instead of leaving it up to a doctor, the state of Virginia’s new law now dictates what is a required procedure.

  21. March 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Wisconsin recall date: June 12!

    • 116 Dudette
      March 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      A day of jubilee!! 🙂

    • March 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Does anyone know who’s running against Walker?

    • 118 Linda
      March 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has set up a legal defense fund for the “John Doe” investigation of his time as Milwaukee county executive that has already ensnared several of his former staffers.

      The “John Doe” investigation has already resulted in charges against six of Walker’s top aides. The probe by the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office is reportedly focusing on whether staffers who worked for Walker did political work with taxpayer money.

      Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate responded by saying that Walker is the first governor to ever need a criminal defense fund.

  22. 119 Linda
    March 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Mitt Romney mocked the director of a documentary released by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign this week.

    Calling the film, which has a trailer narrated by Tom Hanks, a “17-minute infomercial,” Romney hit back at director Davis Guggenheim’s claims that he couldn’t find fault with the president. Guggenheim told Piers Morgan on Thursday that, “The negative for me was there were too many accomplishments. I have 17 minutes to put them all in there.”

    “I’m in awe of him,” Guggenheim said of Obama.

    “Well, I have some suggestions for the president and the producer,” Romney said at a rally. “First of all, talk to the 24 million Americans that are out of work or underemployed in this country. … I’ll tell you, I’ve got a long list of people for that producer to talk to, and I’ll tell you, if someone’s looking for things that the president’s done wrong, it’s a long, long, long list.”

    • 120 anniebella
      March 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      I don’t give a “D” what that flip flopping lying Mitt Romney has to say.

      • 121 Linda
        March 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        Hey Mitt…are you including the 5,000 that have lost their jobs due to Bain/Clear Channel since 2008 ?

        Also….why is Clear Channel at junk bond status and how is Bain going to pay that 12.6 billion coming due in 2016 to the Investors that ponied up the money for the leveraged buyout ?

      • 123 nathkatun7
        March 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

        Well, anniebella, I personally don’t give a “F….” what this pathological liar, a.k.a., Willard “Mitt” Romney, says. Whatever comes out of his mouth is nothing but shameless lies. All Willard knows to do is unleash negative ads against his opponents.

    • 124 Dudette
      March 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Like Dullard gives a shit about people out of work. Puleez!

    • March 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      This, from a guy who is in awe of grits and had a run-away dog, last seen heading for the Canadian border? Right…he’s credible.

    • March 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Romney is soooooo jealous of PBO. Watch for Romney to do a film for his campaign. 🙂

    • 128 vcprezofan2
      March 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      At least PBO has DONE more than enough for you to find a long, long list, Willard, Where is YOUR list of accomplishments? 🙄

      • 129 nathkatun7
        March 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        “Willard, Where is YOUR list of accomplishments? ” Bingo! This is one of the most pertinent questions that Willard has yet to answer! Another question he keeps dodging is: “What specifically are your plans (besides the failed policies of cutting taxes for the rich, increasing military spending, and cutting safety net programs for the poor and the elderly) to balance the budget and at the same time stimulate economic growth to end unemployment? Relentless demonization of President Obama, and opposing everything he does, does not equal plans to revive the already recovering economy..

    • March 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      LOL!!. Mitt is a hoot.

  23. 131 QuietObserver
    March 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    H/T to GOS for pointing out this great site dedicated to PBO’s youth in Hawaii and Indonesia: http://www.thefogbow.com/special-reports/people-remember-president-obama/

    But watch out- More pictorial evidence pf radicalism is uncovered!: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/09/1072834/-Photo-evidence-of-Obama-s-activist-youth

  24. 137 donna dem 4 obama
    March 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Recent debate over contraception comes as GOP loses gains among women

    “The fragile gains Republicans had been making among female voters have been erased, a shift that has coincided with what has become a national shouting match over reproductive issues, potentially handing President Obama and the Democrats an enormous advantage this fall.”


    • March 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I heard today that an NBC poll show PBO up 18 points for women. Might have heard it wrong cause it seemed like such a huge gain, but then again, maybe not.

  25. 139 Bill
    March 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Tweety is going to give his inside opinion of Game Change.

  26. March 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Nice graph!

  27. March 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Sorry if this was posted early, I’ve missed LOADS today!!

    According to WSJ, the NYC economy added more jobs in January than in any month in 23 years.

    Some 31,200 jobs were added in the month, according to a seasonally adjusted analysis of new state Labor Department figures.

    “It is an understatement to say that these gains exceeded all expectations,” said Barbara Byrne Denham, chief economist with the real-estate services firm Eastern Consolidated, who conducted the analysis.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-job-growth-2012-3#ixzz1ofEcTcIo


  28. 145 Linda
    March 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Missouri House Advances Nondiscrimination Protections — For Gun Owners |

    The state of Missouri has no laws that protect LGBT people from employment or housing discrimination, but yesterday the Missouri House advanced a new nondiscrimination bill that protects gun owners. Were the law to pass, it would ensure that anyone who legally carries a firearm cannot be fired, denied benefits, or otherwise discriminated against for that choice.

    Rep. Mike Colona (D), who is openly gay, pointed out that “what this body has done is put protecting gun ownership above discriminating against somebody because of their sexual orientation, and I just don’t think that’s right.”

  29. 146 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Just a gentle reminder to turn your clocks forward 1 hr this weekend.

  30. 147 CTGirl
    March 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Please givea fellow OBAMABOT some love … Please try to catch her new show on ABC

  31. 150 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    AF1 just landed in Houston:

    Hopefully we will hear our President speak soon.

  32. 151 JER
    March 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    President Obama Speaks In Houston, TX – http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  33. 155 Cathy from MN
    March 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Can’t stand to listen to him

  34. March 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Oh great, Willard’s superpac buys close to a million bucks worth of ad time here in Illinois. We have been mostly lucky the last few years—-no one even bothered us the last election in Obama’s home state. Sickening—all this limitless amount of money spent on continuous negative ads. Not good for anything.

  35. March 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday authorized staff to issue beefed-up safety requirements for U.S. nuclear power plants, the first new rules issued in response to the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

    NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko praised the decision to issue three post-Fukushima orders, but warned that the commission most continue working to implement the entirety of the safety reforms put forward by a federal task force last year. The orders represent the “highest-priority” recommendations of the task force, according to the commission.

    “The Commission has taken a significant step forward on our post-Fukushima efforts,” Jaczko said in a statement.

    “These Orders reflect a tremendous effort on the part of the NRC staff to produce this comprehensive package in an expedited manner. As always, I continue to be thoroughly impressed by the staff’s dedication. Of course, there’s still a great deal of work ahead of us.”


  36. March 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    This is off-topic, but anyone interested in the current state of Israeli politics and its relationship to the American Jewish community, and the potential impact of these factions on American politics in the aggregate, might find this article interesting and informative, Hat-tip for the piece is due Emily L. Hauser who writes for the Angry Black Lady Chronicles and will soon be writing for Peter Beinart’s new group blog called Zion Square. The referenced article: “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” published in 2010 in The New York Review of Books.


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