176 Responses to “‘tough decisions’”


  1. March 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

    So many tough decisions weigh on our PBO.

    • March 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Hey everyone: just a suggestion but can we try to keep this thread on the upbeat?

      • March 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

        I understand but disagree with that sentiment. I think we need to stay current on ALL daily media talking points and events. We can’t keep heads in the sand. We have to know where to fight back. An army of supporters fighting back makes all the difference in the world. Media people and others pushing lies need to know they cannot get away with it for long, that they will be taken down by a truth squad.

        • March 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

          I agree. We need to push back and we need to stay grounded. There are huge forces working against us. This poll from today feels like such BS.

        • 5 nathkatun7
          March 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

          I don’t understand why you think that Pamelabrown’s suggestion “to keep this thread on the the upbeat….” is the same as keeping our “heads in the sand.” I think what pamelabrown was suggesting is for us to try to avoid freaking out every time there is a negative poll, or when the media people try try to push negative stories about the President. Being “upbeat” in my book includes fiercely fighting back against the negativity from the media, right wingers, and holier than thou left wingers. Negative poll numbers, especially the ones that seem manufactured, should inspire us to fight even harder. But what they shouldn’t do is create feelings of despair or excessive concerns and reactions.

  2. 10 57andFemale
    March 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Second?

  3. 13 hopefruit2
    March 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Third! I win the bronze medal. Congrats to my Gold and Silver medalists, Pamela and 57.

  4. 15 Debz
    March 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Good morning all!!!

  5. March 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

    RT @MelanieDNC: Bill Clinton on the Osama bin Laden raid “I hope that’s a call I would have made.” Watch the clip here: bit.ly/ywyteF—
    Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) March 12, 2012

    • 18 hopefruit2
      March 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Jovie. I believe the same clip is in the video the top of this thread.

      • 19 utaustinliberal
        March 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

        I just saw the clip. EPIC. Chills down my spine. It was a gutsy decision. Very very courageous. To execute the plan without being 100% certain. With only a 40% certainty – 60% uncertainty. With only one person – Leon Panetta – saying go. Wow. Just wow. The strength to do that, then fly to Michigan to give a commencement speech, then attend the WHCD and laugh like there’s nothing afoot. Wow. Just wow.

        • 20 isonprize
          March 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          That’s what made that White House Correspondence Dinner all the more ridiculous!! in my mind. When I went back and watch a few of the clips, especially PBO’s wicked take-down of that man with the squirrel tail on his head, I stand more in awe of Pres. Obama every day.

          The only explanation that I have for why PBO wants to do this again is that he loves us. He loves the United States of America so much that he is compelled to keep us from sinking into the abyss. I have absolute confidence in him. It’s us that I worry about.

          I work and pray, on a daily basis, that WE THE PEOPLE will do what we need to do!!! to get re-elect Pres. Obama and give him a Democratic House and keep a Democratic Senate for him to work with.

          WE SIMPLY MUST DO THIS TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY!!

          • 21 vcprezofan2
            March 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

            ‘The only explanation that I have for why PBO wants to do this again is that he loves us. He loves the United States of America so much that he is compelled to keep us from sinking into the abyss.’

            Ison: I have to say I think PBO LOVES not only America, but mankind (didn’t want to feel left out of his love ;))! I look at PBO’s response to the world’s peoples, his focus on nuclear disarmament, his total realization that freedom is a right for everyone, AND his argument that America should LIVE its values as a model to the world, and a I see his love in action. In a way I don’t think he computes this election as wanting to do it again so much as the continuation towards the goals he set himself from the start. I notice how often he says what he hopes to accomplish can’t be done in one term, or in two, or even by one president. I totally agree with you that he loves US – people, and wants to see us succeed. VC

          • March 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

            I so agree that I trust PBO. He was called to do this, and he’s answering his call. His call won’t end with his presidency, so we will have him as our atavar as long as he has the energy to be that. The first thing I did this morning was to read the Rise and Shine thread. What our blessed Chips posted was full of good news. (And this priceless line from Charles Pierce: “If Reince Preibus…was any more obviously a dope, they’d sell him by the ounce.”)

            But when I got to the Rise and Shine comments I was infected by everyone’s anxiety about a new poll (that I haven’t seen.) I’m not a poll follower, but we all know that so much is at stake that it’s hard not to be filled with anxiety at any provocation. But, I’m at a stage in life where I need to guard against days filled with anxiety, so I was thinking about how to handle that energy, and realized that PBO doesn’t operate on this plane at all. I don’t mean he never gets anxious, but, as we’ve all noted at one time or another, he simply operates out of a different space than so many are able to.

            So I decided that the best approach would be to get into his energy field and do my best to stay there. He has an enormous energy field, just enormous. It’s everywhere on the planet (ask the Arab spring,) so it’s easy to find. Just thinking of that relaxed me. He has a great calm at his core. He’s been called, and he’s answering the call, and he’s going to keep answering it wherever and whatever it takes him.

          • 24 prettyfoot58
            March 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

            WE SIMPLY MUST DO THIS TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY!!

            ******************************

            THISSSSSSS…

            POSTED ON AN EARLIER THREAD…ANOTHER OFA OFFICE OPENING IN PHILADELPHIA….THIS TIME IN GERMANTOWN/300 BLOCK OF WEST CHELTEN AVE ON THURSDAY 3-15 FROM 6PM TO 9PM…

            HOPE TO SEE FOLKS THERE….

            I WILL BE THE ONE WITH THE BIGGEST SMILE…:-D

            • 25 isonprize
              March 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

              PRETTY FOOT!!!! How can we find each other? I plan on being there!!

              • 26 prettyfoot58
                March 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

                i plan to get there sometime between 6:30 and 7pm…i am a black woman/hair sllicked back .and carrying a red rose and a cane,,,,,,smilin

                • 27 isonprize
                  March 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

                  Will do. I’ll probably already be there! Probably wearing a denim jacket and my “vintage” Bruce & PBO t-shirt from the ’08 campaign.

          • 28 nathkatun7
            March 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

            Isonprize, I am with you 100%! I am determined to do my part to help re-elect this wise and courageous man.

      • March 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Loved both clips. Cried through ” Dinner with Barak” and felt immense pride through “Tough Decisions”.

      • 30 Mel
        March 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        Let’s send this vidio viral this is POTUS thinking all by himself so proud of him, he is always puting
        our Nation first, and I’am glad Bill Clinton is on the vidio.

    • 31 miss pat
      March 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      He hopes? He never came out and congratulated the President. If he did I missed it. Don’t care for him.

    • 33 Mel
      March 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you WiW all is good news, But, but the MSM and some plls are telling us a lot oa B.S
      and, and The MSM and the GOP are so desperate to blame PBO for the high price of gas
      they are all a bunch of LOCOS.

  6. 34 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

    GOD BLESS OUR PBO…LAY HIS HANDS ON HIM AND STRENGTHEN HIM AS HE MOVES FORWARD WITH SO MANY CHALLENGES ON HIS PLATE.

    • 35 relellit
      March 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Sue I read what happened in the previous thread. I wanted to share this with you. I went through that with my husband during the Harold Washington campaign the 1st and one & only AA mayor we had. In fact, it helped me get rid of him. It felt like a burden was lifted. Hang in there. I believe in my heart it will work out for you too. I’m not a spring chicken either. Now, I value my freedom!!!

      ((((((Hugs)))))

  7. March 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Howdy TODfolks!!!! It’s yet another great getting up day in TODtown!! I love daylight savings time, and I’m very prone to suffer from Spring fever. My annual daylight savings time post…a poem in tribute to the coming season:

    ODE TO SPRING

    The grass is ris,
    and the birdies is….

  8. March 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

    • March 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      This is one of my all-time favorite stories that you’ve posted, WiW…this technology has so much potential to solve a long-standing issue of wasted electricity.

  9. 46 Linda
    March 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Progressive Group Launches TV Campaign To Tie Romney To Rush

  10. 51 Canuck Joyce
    March 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Good morning Chips & TODville,
    I’m on my way to work. Have a great Monday all 😀

  11. March 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    A request for TODers. My work won’t allow access to any videos so I don’t have any idea what the lead in to this thread is about. Can someone describe what the video is, ploease?

    • 53 nospin
      March 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

      It is the clip from PO’s upcoming 20 min mini movie.

      • March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

        Thank you. The title to this post is apropos. I don’t know of any President who has had to make as many varied and deeply consequential decisions as PBO has. And, in my opinion, he has made them all correctly.

    • 55 Linda
      March 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

      It is about the decision to go after bin laden.

    • March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Hi Japa, it’s another trailer from the Guggenheim film, this one focusing on PBO’s decision-making re bin Laden. VP Biden and Bill Clinton appear, it’s just a minute long. Hope you’re not working too hard 😉

      • March 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

        Since this is just my third week, I am being very selective in showing up here. Working my butt off, in other words. Of course, it could use a little diminishing.

    • 58 donna dem 4 obama
      March 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

      japa, it’s another trailer for the upcoming campaign movie. This section is exclusively about the decision to take down OBL. It quotes VP Joe saying the President is all alone making this decision and Pres. Clinton saying that PBO took the harder and more honorable path. Clinton also says that when he saw what had happened that he would have hoped that he would have made the same decision that PBO made.

      • March 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        It also cuts away to that photo of PBO at Ground Zero WTC standing at the reflecting pool by himself. So incredibly moving.

    • 60 hopefruit2
      March 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Unlike the first trailer we saw last week, this ad focuses solely on the Bin Laden killing and has VP Biden and others commenting on how PBO made the decision. The ad has accompanying action/suspense type music and cinematography. Then there is a clip with Bill Clinton saying that this is the decision he would have liked to make.

      • March 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

        Thanks for the info. Although this was only one of several difficult decisions, it is the one with the largest impact in the minds of the American people, although actual impact was greater in terms of the health care bill, the stimulus and , most imprtantly, the auto-bailout. I have a hunch we will see other snippets throughout this year and specially, the auto bailout in states like MI, IN and OH.

  12. March 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    That is what she should be doing all over Florida! She is tireless!

    • 64 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

      AS AN EX-INSURANCE FRAUD INVESTIGATOR…THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT…AND THE DOJ’S ‘HEAT’ TEAM IS DOING AN AWESOME JOB UNCOVERING FRAUD….FRAUD IS ALSO HUGE IN NURSING HOMES…NEED TO LOOK OVER THOSE BILLS CAREFULLY AND CHECK TO SEE IF THE PATIENT ACTUALLY REC’D THE SERVICES LISTED. GOING TO RETWEET INDEED!

      • 65 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        March 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

        I LOVE DWS…WOW…WHAT A WOMAN! SHE’S GOT EM’…THE GOP DOESN’T HAVE ANY!

        • 66 Bill
          March 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

          Sue you forgot, the GOP has Virginia Foxx, Marsha Blackburn, Liz Cheney, the half term governor, and other such kind, caring women.

      • 67 HZ
        March 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        Sue, you are so correct in your comment about the work that the DOJ is doing in “uncovering fraud” within medicare. I get a daily/weekly update from the DOJ Department of how much great work the DOJ’s Criminal Dept., is doing in this area.

        A lot of credit needs to be given to Attorney General, Holder and the Administration for fighting this fraud within the Medicare System. We all need to remember that, yes, AG Holder is the peoples’ attorney, but he is a part of POB’s Administration. I think AG Holder is doing a great job. HZ

    • March 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

      She’s great Jovie, thanks a million!

    • 69 hopefruit2
      March 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

      So when Mitt Romney says that PBO “wants to change Medicare as we know it,” he’s right in the sense that PBO is eliminating the existing fraud and waste, while strengthening the benefits for those who need it.

    • 70 Mel
      March 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      We just love DWS!!!!!!!! she is priceless!!!!

  13. March 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

    With Bill Clinton weighing in positively, the media is scared of the impact of this video. Who knows what else is there.

  14. 73 Linda
    March 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Harrisburg mayor to appeal denial of federal aid: ‘I don’t understand it’

    Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg says he will appeal a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny disaster aid to southern Illinois counties ravaged by tornadoes.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-no-fema-aid-0312-20120312,0,2976543.story

  15. March 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Morning TODville.

    I have a new post up at TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/03/gates-of-janus.html.

    And it looks like Deaniac will have one up soon about the new WaPo/ABC poll.

    Press on!

  16. 80 Ladyhawke
    March 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

    MEDIA MATTERS:

    Corporate America Turns Its Back On Rush Limbaugh

    =========================================

    Imagine how painful the sting must feel for Limbaugh who practically worships at the alter of big business, to know corporate America, via the beloved free marketplace, has spoken so loudly and so clearly about Limbaugh’s creepy, misogynistic taunts of Sandra Fluke.

    Keep in mind the companies now making sure to keep their distance from Limbaugh represent some of the most dedicated radio advertisers in the business. Combined, Sears and JC Penny purchased more than 60,000 radio ads last month alone. Meanwhile, Allstate spends approximately $40M on radio each year. These are not newbies to the AM dial. These companies have been buying talk radio for years and understand its often-unseemly and controversial content. Yet Limbaugh’s unprovoked outburst against a law student convinced the retail and insurance giants they simply cannot be associated with the widely disliked talk show host.

    =========================================

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201203120003

    • March 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      It is amazing how those who talk about the free market the most sqwuak the loudest when the actual working of the free market bites them in the ass. These advertisers would not be leaving unless they believed staying with Rush would hurt their bottom line. Just to use JCpenney as an example, they stood by their ads with DeGeneres despite a large protest, because they knew that giving in to the protest would hurt them more than keeping Ellen as their spokesperson (and those are great ads, BTW). Just as they know that staying with Rush would hurt them more than dropping him.

      • 82 isonprize
        March 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        Japa, that’s exactly it!!! EXACTLY! The “free market” is only good for the Rethugs when they are making money, NOT when they are losing money. When they start losing money, it’s a big problem. It’s ‘socialsim’ (Which, of course, it isn’t, but don’t let a little book learnin’ get in the way of Rethugs…)

  17. 84 Ladyhawke
    March 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Obama to tout energy policy wins

    ————————————————-

    While gas prices are sky high, President Obama will spend part of his Monday making the case that his administration has made huge strides at reducing the United States’ reliance on foreign oil, while advancing clean-energy technology.

    The president will sit down at the White House for interviews with news anchors from eight television markets to tout an interagency report released this morning that highlights progress in U.S. energy policy under his watch.

    ————————————————-

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/03/obama-to-tout-energy-policy-wins/1?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=373938#.T14bZsyBNZv

  18. March 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Watching the Up With Chris show Saturday, they had a member Bart Chilton, a Democratic member of the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission), supposedly a “independent” board that is responsible for enacting Dodd-Frank regulations. Well as he informed everyone that Republican member Scott O’Malia is blocking regulations that would reign in Oil Speculators, which many believe are causing the spike in oil prices.

    The clip from the show is found here at the bottom of the page.
    http://upwithchrishayes.msnbc.msn.com/

    The following are tweets I sent over the weekend, to the White House press corps and to Progressives on talk radio. I think we should be proactive and get this message out to those on our side and to those in the media.

    • 86 Linda
      March 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      I saw that segment……I hope the media picks up on it….

    • March 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I saw that segment too.

    • 92 Ladyhawke
      March 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks for posting this bjw2. I watched that segment with Bart Chilton and I thought it was excellent. I have never seen Mr Chilton on any of the cable shows talking about speculation and high gas prices. I don’t know if it is because I just missed it, or no one else on cable thought it was important to have him speak about the topic. Anyway, I posted the article below last week. This seemed like a good place to post it again. With all of the Republican Party crocodile tears (and finger pointing) about high gas prices, how many Americans know that there are tools available to address high oil and gas prices but their implementation is being blocked by the GOP and their special interests? Knowledge is power. We have got to get this important information to the American people.

      Speculators and Commodity Prices—Redux
      Commissioner Bart Chilton

      February 24, 2012

      ========================

      On March 16, 2011, I spoke to an industry group concerning the impact of speculative activity on commodity prices. Eleven months later, I’m still talking about it, and saying almost precisely the same thing. Speculators are necessary liquidity providers to our markets, and while they perhaps are not driving prices to uneconomic levels, they certainly have an effect on prices—above and beyond where they might otherwise go—and American consumers and taxpayers are shouldering that burden.

      President Obama spoke about rising gas prices yesterday. You can’t turn on the television or the radio without hearing about record high gas prices, and yet the CFTC has not yet been able to implement Congressionally-mandated position limits to put the brakes on excessive speculation in oil and other commodity markets. Meanwhile, trade associations representing Wall Street interests have sued us in federal court in order to impede our imposition of position limits.

      So, I find myself repeating—and repeating—the same message: it’s high time to kick it in gear and use the one tool we have to appropriately address high oil and gas prices.

      ========================

      http://www.cftc.gov/PressRoom/SpeechesTestimony/chiltonstatement022412

  19. 95 mb32
    March 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I can not wait to see this movie!

  20. 96 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
    March 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. I am glad this movie about the President is coming out so close to the HBO’s Game Change. It will show the difference of someone who actually knows what he is doing. I still have no desire to watch it. I get sick thinking about her.

    This whole thing in Afgan is so scary. We need to bring those young folks home. Thanks again to Chips and all here for bring so much information.

    • 97 Linda
      March 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Marilyn…

      I did not think I wanted to watch it either….but it was well worth it for me….

      Not so much about her incompetence…..more about the fact that they chose to proceed anyway after realizing from pretty much the get-go that she was not capable and chose winning over country anyway.

      • 98 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
        March 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        I guess that what scares me so much. That they would choose winning over the needs of the country just freaks me out. Especially with what is happening now.

        I am just glad there are enough of you who have watched and can give a great report. Thank you for watching so I don’t have to.

  21. March 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Another breathtaking, emotionally inspiring and very moving trailer. WOW, this film is going to be a knockout. BRAVO to PBO and his brilliant team, once again. I couldn’t be more proud of their hard work and how they choose to express their achievements. WOW.

  22. 101 Linda
    March 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Real estate magnate (and Mitt Romney surrogate) Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to reflect upon President Obama’s “weird” name at age 18. Soetoro (which Trump mispelled) is the last name of Obama’s step-father, Lolo Soetoro.

    When I was 18, people called me Donald Trump. When he was 18, @BarackObama was Barry Soweto. Weird.
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2012

    Geesh….Donald.Chump…at least get his name right in your lie…….

    oops….my bad…..I guess your name isn’t Chump….

    • 102 isonprize
      March 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Don “Squirrel-hair” Chump is such a media whore, it’s pathetic.

      Ok, let’s see, President’s who had different names growing up.

      Gerald Rudolph “Jerry” Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States from 1974 to 1977

      William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III; August 19, 1946) served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001

      And here’s a tricky one. Dwight David Eisenhower was born David Dwight Eisenhower.

      ooooooooh, weird, all of them, JUST TOO WEIRD!! 😆 😆 😆

      • 103 JoJothecat
        March 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        I was so proud of my Mom this sunday when the dunce’s show was coming on she said, change that channel I am not watching that crap anymore”. I hope his show gets low ratings and is cancelled!

      • 104 Cha
        March 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        So, it wasn’t Donald the Quack growing up? That came later?

      • March 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        Willard Mitt Romney. What kind of name is that to be saddled with at birth, I ask ya?

    • 106 miss pat
      March 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      So, Clinton’s stepfather adopted him or he used his name and Gerald Ford was adopted. Lots of people use their step-father’s last name. Sometimes just for awhile. Try something else Mr. Trump.

  23. 107 Obaman
    March 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Cant wait to see it on 15th! As our dear VP Joe says “Osama Bin Laden is Dead! GM is Alive!” Way to Go My dear PBO. Love you…

    • 108 JoJothecat
      March 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      I hope they play it at the OFA office grand opening on 3/15. They played the trailer yesterday at the regional meeting I attended.

  24. March 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Apologize for this post but just can’t help it. Word of warning: If you accidentally throw your cell phone down trash chute, don’t try to retrieve it because you may fall in and get stuck and your friend will have to call 911 and firefighters will have to come to the rescue and dislodge you from being stuck in garbage chute between floors:
    http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/woman-gets-stuck-in-1381791.html

    • 110 JoJothecat
      March 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Yikes! who would want to venture down a trash chute. Where my Mom lives they have one on each floor so the Seniors don’t have to go down to the bins. I sometimes take her trash to the trash chute on my way going home and I put my keys in my pocket so I don’t accidentally drop them let alone my cell phone.

  25. 111 utaustinliberal
    March 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    For those of you who didn’t watch ‘Game Change’ or couldn’t watch it because you don’t have HBO. Isonprize posted a link to the movie online in the thread before the “rise and shine” thread. The thread is entitled “Evening All.” Julianne Moore did a fantastic job. I remember watching and for half the movie I had to pinch myself and remind myself that it was Moore and not Palin. She was that great. Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt was breathtaking. It was a bloody good movie. On par with Recount. The same producers and writers who did Recount – which was a stroke of genius by the way – also did Game Change (Tom Hanks was also a producer of Game Change) and even though they’re Democrats and have been donating to PBO’s campaign since 2008 and continue to do so, even though Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson are Democrats, they played their parts very well. They became the people and the characters they were supposed to be. It gave you an insight into how dark the world of politics can be. Palin was portrayed exactly as she is. How she behaves in public and private. How much greed and hate is inhabited within her being. What a race baiter she is. Her exact words were used. One was exposed to how shockingly ignorant she is. She didn’t even know the difference between North Korea and South Korea. After the movie ended on Saturday, I was so thankful at the nuclear weapon we dodged. We didn’t dodge a bullet, we dodged a fucking bazooka. I’m happy that the movie was released because people got to see the horror in full technicolor and remind themselves why President Obama has to win re-election. So, I definitely recommend everyone watching the movie.

    p.s. We get footage of the real PBO and VP Biden which was so nice.

    • 112 PoliticalJunkessa
      March 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Ooo, thanks for letting me know there’s a link. I think I’ll watch it tonight!

    • 113 hopefruit2
      March 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks for the synopsis UT. I had not planned to watch the movie at all but after hearing all these great reviews from you and other TODers, I will check out Isonprize’s link once I have some free time in the evenings or weekends.

      Tweety said exactly the same thing about Moore’s performance – that he thought it was actually Palin, not an actress.

      Did morning Joke & Friends discuss the movie this morning at all?

    • 114 Linda
      March 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      My jaw dropped open when they called in the two guys and they had to show her where countries were on a World Map…

      • 115 miss pat
        March 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        That was funny. “This is Germany…” She was taking notes like crazy…”Do you want to take a break Governor?” “No, this is good stuff.” She was learning all the stuff she should have learned in grade school. I am going to watch it again. Third time. Hilarous!

    • 116 isonprize
      March 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      UT, here it is again.

      I have NO IDEA how long this will be available. I watched it and I’m glad I did. As much as I disliked Sarah Palin, (and I dislike her a whole, whole, whole, whole lot – did I mention that I really dislike her) I dislike Steve Schmidt and John McCain even more. Steve Schmidt because he knew, HE KNEW that she was an idiot, and John McCain, because when he found out, and even now, he supported her. They were too arrogant, egotistical, yes, even maniacal, to step back and consider the damage that they would have caused.

      The very definition of the OPPOSITE of “Country First” I would go so far as to call it treason.

      trea·son (noun)

      1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
      2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
      3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

      • 117 isonprize
        March 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

        Hey ya’ll, Sorry, they took it down. Oh well…

        • 118 JoJothecat
          March 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

          Thank you isonprize, I was able to see it in it’s when you posted it last night. Just amazing how winning was all they wanted to hell with the country. I was amazaed at SP’s behavior after she was being found out and people on teevee started mocking her, she just claimed up like a petulent teenager. She blamed everyone else for her failure but herself and how she really truly felt that the campaign was ALL about her.

      • March 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        I finally got to see it last night, isonprize, and my reaction was the same as yours: Palin, for all her vileness, wasn’t the guilty party in all that insanity, it was the irresponsible ****ers who actually supported her being put on the ticket. That decision was just beyond belief and beyond dangerous. I know we all laughed at the time at the SNL stuff, etc, but seriously, that woman actually came close to power. Watching Game Change, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry at times, it was scary. And just as I thought when I read the book …. the woman is quite obviously deranged.

    • 120 collegekay
      March 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      I read the book last year. I’m hoping to see the movie. I recommend reading the book though since it talks about the Obama-Clinton side of the race too.

    • 121 GGail
      March 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      UT – thanks for the update. I really do want to see it, but I don’t do HBO. I went to isonprize link on the other thread and unfortunately, it’s no longer available for viewing.

      Do you wiz kids know another way to link it for us?

    • 122 Cha
      March 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      I hadn’t planned to watch it, either, UT..but, I love Julianne Moore & Woody Harrelson as actors and just might decide to watch it if I can find that clip again. I actually saw it twice in the last previous couple of days on TOD.

  26. 123 GGail
    March 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Good morning Chipsticks and TOD family.

    A special shout out to our SoCal TOD fam & lurkers – hope to see y’all there this Thursday, March 15, 2012!!!

    Whether you’re just starting to get involved in this organization or you’ve been pounding the pavement to talk to voters for months, now is the perfect time to meet up with other supporters and help celebrate the opening of our brand-new office in Los Angeles.

    We’ll also kick off the night with a screening of David Guggenheim’s new film, The Road We’ve Traveled, about the challenges and accomplishments of President Obama’s first term. You won’t want to miss this inspirational launch for our office.

    Come out on Thursday and help build this office from the start.

    Here are the details:

    What: OFA Los Angeles office opening

    Where: OFA Los Angeles office
    10401 Venice Blvd. (corner of Venice & Motor above the Subway & Coffee Bean)
    Los Angeles, CA 90034

    When: Thursday, March 15th
    4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    We won’t work you too hard on Thursday — there’s plenty of hard work to do in the months ahead. We’ll relax with some food and drinks, and chat about the issues that matter most here in California, like affordable health care and support for the middle class.

    • 124 JoJothecat
      March 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      I am really looking forward to going to the OFA office opening. Yesterday I went to the regional meeting in my area and there were about 50 or so people there, it was a full room. The one thing I got out of these meetings is doing the one-on-one with supportors of the president and trying to expand the volunteer base. We were asked to tell our stories on how the presidents policies have impacted us and for everyone it was mostly the healthcare reform. There was NO hate talk about the GOP or name calling. Everyone was positive and wanted to volunteer.

  27. March 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    BWAHAHA – Romney camp solicits birthday greetings for Mitt yesterday on twitter and got crickets. (Sorry if some of TOD’s are offended by a DK link but these days I will take good or funny news where I can get it, I just can’t hate everyone who doesn’t think exactly like me, it’s just too exhausting and soul crushing.)

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/12/1073594/-Mitt-Romney-campaign-encourages-happy-birthday-tweets-for-Willard-a-hilarious-silence-ensues

  28. March 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Good morning TOD family – I haven’t been here for some time, although I always read all the posts and comments at night before turning in. I want to comment on the now familiar subject on the best way to help the President win re-election. I believe that those who say that we must stay on top of all the developments and not bury our heads in the sand are perfectly right. However, I know from personal experience how much I get energized by a clear positive statement from a someone I don’t know and I meet by chance. Just a few days ago I had the opportunity to attend an event with the First Lady. I arrived at the place well ahead of the opening and went to a nearby restaurant to kill some time. Since I didn’t want to order food, I sat at the bar and ordered a fruit juice. There was a lively conversation taking place, obviously related to the visit of Michelle Obama. Some of it was toxic and I experienced the familiar dread of having to listen to the lies and distortions about the President and his administration. But then the woman next to me spoke up and told the rest of the crowd that she disagreed and supported the President. What happenedthen really amazed me: several of the people who had sat and listened silently joined in and brought up their own issues in support of the President – everything from health care to Wall Street reform, from the rescue of the auto industry to bringing the troops home from Iraq. A quick count of the people talking made it clear that the pro Obama voices were in the majority. And yet, I am convinced that I would have left that place with a dark cloud around me, if it had not been for that one woman making a simple statement. It reminded me of the 2008 campaign and how one voice can change everything. So, yes, I will continue to inform myself about all the issues that come up, I will continue to read and tweet Attack Watch and all the positive news I find. But the real lesson is to speak up whenever I hear people talk about the President and the issues at hand. We all must be that one voice that enlightens and encourages others. That’s how we win.

    • 129 PoliticalJunkessa
      March 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Excellent post, hgerhard. Thanks for sharing. I agree 1000%.

    • 130 anniebella
      March 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks you hgerhard for what you said.

    • March 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      “We all must be that one voice that enlightens and encourages others. That’s how we win.”

      I totally agree but I wish that we could also recognize that it takes a coalition of voices to win an election and not all the voices will always line up, all the time in perfect agreement.

    • March 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      What a lovely post, hgerhard. I am glad to know that people are not swayed by the fucking toxic msm. and the rethugs.

    • 133 GGail
      March 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Great story hgerhard. I hope that one voice and then the others gave you the courage to speak up as well.
      Sometimes it takes baby steps. Be encouraged and embolden.
      YES.WE.CAN!

    • 134 JoJothecat
      March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Excellent post and welcome back. You give me courage to do the same when I hear lies about the president. I will pipe up too whether I am supported or not. I am hoping to learn more when I start volunteering. It seems they are using a one-on-one approach and spreading the word and engaging volunteers to do the same.

    • 135 donna dem 4 obama
      March 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      What an exceptionally inspiring post hgerhard!

      Thank you for sharing this experience with us here at TOD.

    • 136 miss pat
      March 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I am piping up on Facebook and get many likes. Very few negative pushbacks. Those I get are from people who can’t spell so I just ignore those. I also tell people to come here if they want unfiltered information.

    • 138 nathkatun7
      March 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Bravo, Bravo, Hgerhard! I share your sentiments 100%!

  29. March 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Dropping by to say HELLLOOOOO!!!!!

  30. 140 Ladyhawke
    March 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney briefing the jackals now…..

  31. March 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  32. 143 lovingandlaughing
    March 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    the “blip” link for the game change video no longer seems to work. if anyone else finds another working link please post it.

  33. March 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  34. 145 Andy46
    March 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Afternoon TOD
    Thanks for posting that awesome vid of President Obama Chipsticks.
    I remembering watching President Obama, on 60 minutes his first sit down interview
    after Osama’s death,I remembering watching this interview(still saved on my DVR) and being in awe of this man
    and lol at the same time being scared for his opponents. Folks…there is a reason why smart Republicans are waiting until 2016,this President has a mind of steele and super intelligent. LOL I would be scared
    to go up against him in any election or re-election campaign, just saying. Keep on believing and supporting
    this Great Great President!!!the World Thank you America.

  35. 146 a4alice
    March 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    OK everybody – hope all is well with you. I gotta go back to work but i RT’d everything I saw. Thanks so much everyone for all you do. Thanks Chipstah! 😀

  36. March 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Good Morning All – Seeing the next trailer, I can’t wait to watch the short documentary! I onyl wish it was longer, like an hour 🙂

    Hope everyone has a good day! And I say in the famous words of Paul Tewes of Iowa “F*ck the polls! They mean jack shit” 😀

    The President hasn’t even really started campaigning yet, wait till 4 months before the election. Remember coming out of the conventions, McCain & Senator Obama were tied in 2008. So I’m going to ignore polls – as much as possible 😉 – and keep working for OFA while I wait til the general election, when we’ll see debates and major campaigning by the President.

    • 148 hopefruit2
      March 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Hiya pink bunny! I too wish the movie were longer than 20 mins. But I think that’s the goal to keep people wanting more – which the campaign will respond to by releasing subsequent movies throughout the year, as Japa had suggested. E.g., they might decide to do one just focusing on the auto industry, then another on the Health Care reform, then another on the financial/Wall Street regulation & Consumer protection Bureau, others on energy policy, DADT, foreign policy, etc…

    • 149 miss pat
      March 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Love the quote. That’s what I’ve been saying.

  37. March 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    GOOD DAY TODS’VILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE’RE ON THE MOVE:-) EVERYTHING IS GOING BE ALLRIGHT

    IN OBAMA WE TRUST

    (((((((((((((((LOVE YOU ALL)))))))))))))))

    • 151 Linda
      March 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      This !… I want this to be the theme song at the Convention……please…..

      • 152 vcprezofan2
        March 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        Kasai! Kasai! Kasai! THANKS! 😆 😆 😆 It has been a dream of mine for soooooo long that someone would do a photo collage to ‘Ain’t No Stopping us Now!’ I’m so glad you found this and is sharing it with us. {{{{{Kasai}}}}} I followed it to YouTube to click ‘like’, but had too many hoops to also leave a thank you message to ‘nvncyble’ so I gave up. Thanks, again, Kasai. 😆 VC

  38. March 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    What in the world? None of this makes sense. An anti-gay preacher’s heavy metal/rapper Christian band was brought to an Ia. high school to “promote tolerance”. Huh? And instead they divided the audience into boys/girls/teachers—–and told the girls that they would have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins on their wedding day, advised them to be submissive in their marriages and showed images of aborted fetuses. How crazy can this get? What school officials approved this? Wonder about religious extremists infiltrating school boards etc. No shortage of demented nutcases in this country.
    Be back with a link.

  39. March 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama to appear on Letterman next Monday to discuss “Joining Forces” initiative to support military families.

  40. March 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

  41. 164 amari10
    March 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I watch this video whenever I want a good laugh. This is then, Senator Obama on a special edition of “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” during his weeklong taping in Chicago back in 2006. When I first watched the episode I thought, “I have never seen a politician that was so funny and comfortable in his own skin.”

  42. 165 Ladyhawke
    March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    The Doonesbury Comic Strip Republicans Don’t Want You To See

    By Stephen D. Foster Jr.

    ————————————————

    The Doonesbury strip is exactly spot on. Any law that forces a woman to have a wand inserted into her vagina is nothing less than state sanctioned rape. Republicans say that they only want women to have all the information before having an abortion, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Women know everything they need to know about what is going on in their own bodies. Just because conservative males are ignorant of about women’s health, they think women are even more ignorant. Conservative males also have some sort of sick hatred of women, so they feel they have to make their lives as hellish as possible. It’s ridiculous and it violates Constitutional rights. Garry Trudeau understands this, so he has devoted an entire week to dealing with this topic in his comic strip.

    ————————————————

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/03/12/the-doonesbury-comic-strip-republicans-dont-want-you-to-see/

  43. March 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  44. March 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

  45. March 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Well TODers I had a day off, and I thought my mission today would be to tackle this lie that the media is helping to perpetuate that the President can at will control oil prices.

    I’ve been tweeting for a good part of the day, and even if none in the media acknowledged any of my tweets, I feel satisfied that I’m letting them know there are many of us out here who know the truth.

    LOL…it seems that every time I take a day off to relax, I spend the better part tweeting and emailing info-tainment NewsStainers.

  46. March 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Somebody responded to Ben Labolts tweet over on twitter.
    I did not undestand, until I looked up Ben Labolt.
    The President hired him as the first Gay spokesperson. Because, the President includes everybody, gives everybody s chance.
    So, the Guy on Twitter can piss off!

  47. 173 CTGirl
    March 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Game Change

    Schmidt also discussed Palin’s political future on Monday, stating that the idea of a Palin presidency “frightens” him.

    “I think the notion of Sarah Palin being president of the United States is something that frightens me, frankly,” he said. “And I played a part in that. And played a part in that because we were fueled by ambition to win.”

  48. 176 Ladyhawke
    March 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Doonesbury strip on Texas abortion law dropped by some US newspapers

    ——————————————————-

    Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has defended his cartoon strip about abortion, which several US newspapers are refusing to run, saying he felt compelled to respond to the way Republicans across America are undermining women’s healthcare rights.

    The strip, published on Monday and scheduled to run all week, has been rejected by several papers, while others said they were switching it from the comic section to the editorial page.

    In an email exchange with the Guardian, Trudeau expressed dismay over the papers’ decision but was unrepentant, describing as “appalling” and “insane” Republican state moves on women’s healthcare.

    ——————————————————

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/11/doonesbury-strip-texas-abortion-law


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