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coming up: chicago & atlanta

President Obama boards Air Force One before departing for Chicago, March 16

All times Eastern – CNN have the 1:20 and 8:25 speeches in their live streaming schedule, C-Span has the 1:20 speech listed (thanks UT)

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Star Tribune: First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Minnesota Friday to meet with National Guard families and local community leaders who work with military families.  The trip is part of her Joining Forces Community Challenge …. the First Lady will take part in a roundtable discussion about Minnesota’s best practices that can be replicated nationally…

She will be met at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by military families and kids who participate in the Defending the Blue Line program.  She also is scheduled to speak at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraising event at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.


151 Responses to “coming up: chicago & atlanta”


  1. 1 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

    FIRST!

  2. March 16, 2012 at 11:33 am

    7th?

    Love the swagger. LOVE IT!

  3. 18 TrumpDog
    March 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Mmmmm.

    I could just eat him up.

  4. 19 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Good day Chips & TODers!

    Want to be quite forceful on this issue:

    And, this one:

    #PRESSON

    • 20 yardarm756
      March 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

      I agree Lootenant. If ya wanna play in this game you must pay an entry fee. That ain’t gonna happen. The Catholic church is ruled by a foreign source and that whole mess comes up against several things in our Constitution.

    • 21 GGail
      March 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      I totally agree with you Bobfr.
      I remember when there was an intensive investigation a couple of years ago into Rev Eddie Long and a couple of other prominent black ministers regarding their political involvement and whether their 501c3 should be revoked. The same should hold for these Catholic Bishops – they have indeed crossed that line!

      • 22 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        March 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        True Gail. And, as Yardarm correctly notes, the US RC is controlled, literally governed, by a sovereign government, The Vatican, and they are clearly pursuing intense efforts to influence US National & State and Local legislative policy. It’s not likely President Obama will tackle the issue during an Election Year, but any other foreign government acting in such blatant and totally obvious manner to influence policy and legislation would be summarily condemned and, as appropriate, their agents would be indicted and prosecuted. The US Bishops and their ilk deserve no less.

        #PRESSON

  5. 23 whatisworking
    March 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Calvert launches Women INvesting in Women INitiative (WIN-WIN)

    Good for Calvert – my hubbie and I recently moved investments to them. i encourage everyone to research where there 401K or other investments are and put them in companies with a socially responsible strategy.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/03/calvert-launches-women-investing-in.html

    • 25 Liberal Librarian
      March 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Do you mean to tell me that we’re becoming…. EUROPEANS?! Quick, get smelling salts for Mittens!

    • 26 edp4bho
      March 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      I tried commenting on your site, but I don’t have my wordpress info with me. Just wanted to thank you for all the inspiring info, and will try to get more good news over to you. Also, I agree with funding for expansion and modernization of public transit, which is my mode of carry to and from work. And to LL, below. LOL…..we can be European if we want, right?

  6. 27 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

    After PBO wins in Nov – I think the TOD needs to do a special tribute of gratitude to David Axelrod. This man is tireless in his work on behalf of our President and for the country. There are others in the campaign and administration as well that deserve special tributes – but Axelrod definitely if no one else 🙂

  7. 28 whatisworking
    March 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Steady as He Goes- Barack Obama’s approval ratings are pretty stable.

    http://prospect.org/article/steady-he-goes

    • 29 a4alice
      March 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

      these are great Linda and thanks Bob – I RT’d you!

    • 30 ParkRanger
      March 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Good news, Linda! Don’t know which one is was, but I saw a poll last week where the President’s approval with Democrats was something like 86%. I can see if I can find it if anyone wants a link. The People’s View has had some good articles about the one’s showing low numbers, they were weighted more heavily with Republicans.

      http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/03/polling-common-sense-and-media.html

      In the past two days, I have taken on polling with severely right-skewed samples showing that the president has lost significant ground, with the media driving the narrative that he did so thanks to Americans’ anger at rising prices at the pump. Even though Nate Silver, usually an objective statistician, felt compelled to defend his employer by claiming “random variance”, the New York Times/CBS News sample was so bad that their polling showed a 41 point drop in public support for contraceptive coverage in employer sponsored health insurance. But then, you would get that if your sample has triple the share of wingnuts as the broader population.

      Since then several other polls have been released that confirm my contention that the ABC and NYT polls were based on bogus samples. When some of the other recently released polls are compared to the ABC and NYT polls, this is what it looks like in terms of the president’s approval rating.

      ~Suzanne

  8. 32 ParkRanger
    March 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Good day, Todders!

    I was just looking at Henry Healey’s twitter feed and he’s coming to the White House for St. Patrick’s Day! I hope we get to see some pictures. Hint! Hint!

    As always, I’m amazed by the President’s schedule. I have the feeling theirs going to be more good news today.

    Chips, I got the WordPress error and have been trying to sign in for about 10 minutes. I do have a WordPress account. It’s under the name ParkRanger, but I usually sign in as Suzanne. So this is me!! 🙂 As long as it works, I’m ok with it — just never sign on to WordPress and didn’t even remember my login and password. LOL!

    ~Suzanne

    • March 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Sorry about this Suzanne, it’s a mess. People getting even angrier at the WordPress support forum!

      http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/you-must-be-logged-in-to-comment/page/3?replies=92

      • 34 ParkRanger
        March 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

        I had different sign-ins with products Google now owns and they’ve been consolidating their sign-ins. I wonder if WordPress is following a trend. It appears to me that the purpose is to track and get information about users for marketing or maybe for other purposes. If we stay signed-in they can track where we visit. Google does that and there’s supposed to be a way to stop them doing that. I’m not that much of a computer whiz and I’m don’t want to waste my time worrying about it. But that’s what I suspect is going on with WordPress. I’ll just saunter on over to that forum and add my two cents worth. Thanks, Chips!

      • 35 ParkRanger
        March 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

        Chips, I made my comment and I might leave my ID as ParkRanger. I’ve seen some other Suzanne’s make comments and at least this ID will be more unique. I think I found an explanation for the change. Here’s part of his post about it, he has much more information:

        http://diaryofdaedalus.com/2012/03/15/tech-note-wordpress-com-changes-commenting-with-gravatars/

        “….Searching the WP forums, there’s a lot of confusion over it, but I finally found a post from one of the staff that appears to be an official explanation:

        Howdy,

        We’ve recently updated our commenting system.

        Now if someone tries to comment with an email address attached to a WordPress.com account, they’ll need to sign into WordPress.com before they can comment.

        If commenters have forgotten their password they can request a reset:
        http://wordpress.com/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword

        The little detail that this guy is leaving out is that this affects anyone with a Gravatar as well (WordPress and Gravatar have been affiliated with one another since 2007). I’ve already seen a lot of bloggers on the support boards pretty upset over this, and at this point we shouldn’t rule out the possibility that WP could make another change to it. So…

        Anyway, for the time being, commenters who are using a phony or non-gravatar/wordpress email in our comment form are not affected. Your auto-generated avatars will appear and you can comment as you always have…..”

        ~Suzanne

        • March 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm

          Thanks Suzanne, I read that earlier and it just left me more confused. I’m STILL hoping they’ll undo these silly changes.

          • 37 ParkRanger
            March 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

            Well of course you are on it, Chips!! I saw a lot of blog owners making comments and I suspect that will carry weight with WordPress. It should anyway. I’m just glad to be able to comment. Have a beautiful day!

            ~Suzanne

    • 38 lisalovesobama
      March 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

      you can go into your wordpress account and change your name back to Suzanne. Just go to ‘edit profile’

      • 39 ParkRanger
        March 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        Thanks, Lisa! I used ParkRanger as my id at another site and had forgotten that I’d signed up for WordPress. I’m trying to decide if I want to be consistent or not.

  9. 40 whatisworking
    March 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Great video will make your morning

  10. 42 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Fun Trivia Fact: There is a city in West Virginia called “Romney.” Not surprisingly, the city of Romney is in Hamshire county – a very Republican region that voted 63% for John McCain vs 36% for President Obama in 2008. I expect that Romney will be going for Romney in November 2012.

  11. 43 lisalovesobama
    March 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I wonder if PBO has already put in the call to the Sudanese government yet in regards to Clooney and Jealous?

  12. 44 yardarm756
    March 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

    C’mon home Mr. President. We love you.

  13. March 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Testing, testing, mic check 1 2 3.

  14. 49 Liberal Librarian
    March 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

    One more test.

  15. 55 Liberal Librarian
    March 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Ok, everything seems okay on the WP front.

    Morning everyone. I’ll have a new post coming out on TPV with my reflections on “The Road We’ve Traveled.”

    Now if I could just get rid of this damned cough. I’ve had it for 3 weeks. My mornings are just a delight.

  16. 56 utaustinliberal
    March 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Hey guys here’s the video of George Clooney being arrested at the Sudanese Embassy. #FreeClooney is now trending on twitter. Twitter’s cracking me up. Women are offering bail money to free Clooney and comedians are cracking jokes and wishing they were Clooney.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/george-clooney-and-his-father-arrested-outside-sudanese-embassy/

    • 57 Liberal Librarian
      March 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Okay, my admiration for Mr. Clooney has just shot up stratospherically. Can you imagine another megastar willingly getting arrested for a cause in which he believes?

      • March 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        Although the press constantly focuses on the trappings of his stardom and his love life, George has a very pure heart w/r/t his political convictions. He’s worked tirelessly for humanitarian causes and put his life on the line for progress. He also stands up for PBO unequivocally with maturity and intelligence. I admire him greatly.

      • 61 hopefruit2
        March 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        X10000000

      • 62 Obama Grandmama
        March 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        George Clooney was arrested the morning after being at the WH reception. Here we go again with PBO socializes with radicals. Wait for the story on FOX.

    • March 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Wow, meta! Thanks for the link. To my untrained eye, it looks like those plastic cuffs on Mr. Clooney are REALLY loose! Also, had no idea Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) was also arrested. The whole thing looks like one big circus.

    • 67 Diane
      March 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      George Clooney leads an interesting life. Two nights ago he was sitting next to FLOTUS listening to John Legend sing at the
      White House and today he is going to jail with his dad and others for a worthy cause. And did I mention how drop dead gorgeous he is? Hands down the sexiest man I have ever seen get arrested.

  17. 68 PoliticalJunkessa
    March 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Lookin’ good, Mr. President. Enjoy the love in Chi-town and the ATL!

  18. 69 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  19. March 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Maybe this explains why George Clooney didn’t bring his girlfriend to the State Dinner. He obviously planned on going to this protest so I’m just guessing here that he didn’t want his lady possibly getting arrested too.

    Having said that I actually suspect that if Brad was protesting something Angelina would be right by his side and vice versa for Brad.

    • 71 Jessica
      March 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Whoa I thought he had broken up with whoever he is dating at the moment.

    • 72 lamh31
      March 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      He’s currently dating Stacy Keebler a former WWE female wrestler. Actually she didn’t attend because she reportedly left US for a modelling gig in Barcelona.

      personally, I would think meeting the POTUS and or FLOTUS would be a bigger priority than a modelling shoot, but hey, that’s just me.

  20. 73 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Karzai’s newborn daughter will grow up to be an Obama admirer.

  21. 74 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  22. 75 Barb
    March 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    So glad our Prez is in the neighborhood, it just feels better to have him around. Where will he be Election night 2012? Whitehouse or Campaign Headquarters Chicago? I wish he would be in Chicago again, but…

    Happy Friday! Video?

  23. 78 utaustinliberal
    March 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Watching PBO and Sen. Dick Durbin getting off AF1 in Chicago!

  24. March 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Please help spread the word:

  25. 83 Linda
    March 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    BEIJING — As the Chinese government forges ahead on a multibillion-dollar effort to blanket the country with surveillance cameras, one American company stands to profit: Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/16/world/asia/bain-capital-tied-to-surveillance-push-in-china.html?_r=1

    oops !

  26. 85 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Finally Memphis Steps Up,Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street

    Forty-four years ago civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Now nearly half a century later, the city of Memphis will finally rename the one-mile stretch of Linden Avenue to Dr. M.L. King Jr. on the anniversary, April 4, of his brutal murder, reports CNN.

    Streets named after the slain leader can be found across the country. The prestigious honor has even taken place in foreign countries like Italy, who honored King by renaming streets after him in no less than 10 cities. According to MLKStreet.com, as of two years ago, there are 893 places that have roadways memorializing King in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Although honoring King by way of renaming thoroughfares has taken place across the United States, the main concentration of these are located mostly in the southeast with more than 75 percent located in 10 southern states.

    Yet not even in the entire state of Tennessee, much less in the city where King was brutally murdered, is there one street dedicated to his memory.

    According to former Memphis City Councilman Berlin Boyd, who helped lead the street-naming effort in Memphis, “We never wanted to address losing Dr. King’s life here,” he told CNN….

    Further down the line, there are plans to name up to 5 miles of Linden Avenue for Dr. King.

    http://tinyurl.com/7lpxf68

  27. 87 Ladyhawke
    March 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    From the move “Game Change” – This is one of my favorite comments from Steve Schmidt. It says so much …………….

    ——————————————————–

    Sarah Palin can’t name a Supreme Court decision. Barack Obama was a constitutional law professor.

    ——————————————————–

  28. 88 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    YEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAH…I GET TO WATCH PBO TODAY IN CHI-TOWN! RIGHT NOW I’M WRESTLING CHICKEN…I THINK THEY’RE WINNING!..LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  29. March 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    This is a test. My work computer, for some reason, does not allow me to log on to worpress so I am using a fake email to see what happens.

  30. 97 Ahero62
    March 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    This is OT but did anyone notice one of Soledad O”Brien’s roundtable guests was Jon Huntsman’s daughter! Since when has any of Jon Huntsman’s daughters become political experts?

  31. 100 ParkRanger
    March 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Editorial: Romney turns his pandering skills to gas prices and whiffs again

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/the-platform/editorial-romney-turns-his-pandering-skills-to-gas-prices-and/article_593de06f-ddf4-5cc5-b3a6-900f7b2413c8.html

    ….”I think people recognize that the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump,” Mr. Romney told CNBC just days ago.

    Oops.

    Actually, it gets worse. At a Republican presidential debate in December, Mr. Romney himself tied Iran to gas prices, saying that as president, he would be responsible for higher prices on gasoline because he’d place “crippling” sanctions on Iran.

    Oops again.

    Mr. Romney was right the first time, when he said that the president — any president — can’t do all that much about gas prices….

  32. 101 57andfemale
    March 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Okay….. I actually like being able to see comments made about my posts. I don’t like getting emails — I have enough emails to plow through in a day and often don’t check regularly. So this little wordpress tool is kinda cool. Once I was able to log in! (I seem to have it straight today).

  33. 102 carolyn
    March 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    RE those daughters…..and they’re all pretty well worthless as comentators!

  34. 103 Linda
    March 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Democrats swarmed when news broke last year that Mitt Romney had bought a $12 million mansion in La Jolla, California — only to tear it down to build a house on the same land with four times the square footage. Romney bristled at the story, insisting that he was only doubling the size if you don’t count the basement and garage.

    Today’s Wall Street Journal has a little more info on that basement in a trend piece on how ultra-wealthy home owners are building huge portions of their home below ground in order to appear less ostentatious from the outside. According to the plans for Romney’s new home, the underground space will be 3,600 square foot. That’s 600 square feet bigger than the entire mansion that the Romneys are replacing.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/

  35. 104 makesense4tulips
    March 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm
  36. 105 amk for obama
    March 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I see that even 144th got the prize. I am 84. Where is MINE, CHIPS ?

  37. 106 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    For Obama-Romney, it’s all about the I-4

    Florida is a—perhaps the—battleground in ’12. Latinos are a—perhaps the—swing bloc there.

    And the I-4 corridor, with hundreds of thousands of newly-arrived Puerto Ricans (they aren’t immigrants, because all of them can vote) might tell the tale in November.

    That explains Mitt Romney’s “open letter” to the people of Puerto Rico calling for a resolution of the statehood issue, which is more for consumption in the I-4 than it is for San Juan. (The CW is that it’s intended to hit Rick Santorum, who put his foot in it over his English-only comments. That’s an accurate, but peripheral point.)

    The bitter irony for the island’s four million American citizens is they can get presidential and congressional voting rights by hopping a plane for Orlando. And no one’s more conscious of that than the Puerto Ricans in the I-4.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/03/for-obamaromney-its-all-about-the-i-117669.html

    • 107 defytheodds
      March 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Romney’s race in Puerto Rico illustrates how he’ll try to make up that ground: By narrow-casting to Hispanics who vote, and are (presumably) likely to be less sympathetic to immigrants, like Puerto Ricans in Orlando or generations-old Mexican-American families in the Southwest.

      A majority aren’t likely to vote for him, to be sure, but here he has a real chance to eat into Obama’s commanding lead.

      One major problem: The I-4 strategy isn’t consistent, and is largely being overshadowed in the community by his campaign’s attack on Santorum for voting in favor of Sonia Sotomayor, a heroine to most American Hispanics and an icon for Puerto Ricans.

      Obama, by the way, backs a decision on Puerto Rico too. Plus he’s the guy who nominated Sotomayor.

      • 108 57andfemale
        March 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        I would think the issues concerning these residents of I-4 would be quite varied: jobs, health care, education. I am not up on my current events in Puerto Rico, but four years ago statehood was not a monolithically accepted position by Puerto Ricans. But that would be too nuanced for Mitt Romney.

      • March 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        There is pandering, and then there is pandering. Virtually all politicians do some pandering and get away with it, mainly because it is subtle and not obvious pandering.

        Romney, on the other hand, is the greatest example ever of obvious, unsubtle, manipulative, awkward, crude, rude, (you can all come up with other adjectives) pandering ever seen in the political arena. The majority of voters (there is always the 27% factor) recognize this tyope of pandering and are more likely to be turned off by it than convinced by it.

    • 111 amk for obama
      March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      This guy walks the walk, doesn’t he? Go George. I am glad he is on our aka the right side.

    • 112 anniebella
      March 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      So the freaking media wouldn’t be paying Sudan any attention if Clooney and his father isn’t bringing attention to it. That’s our sorry media.

  38. 113 Dakota
    March 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Hmmm…
    Does George Clooney’s arrest at the Sudanese embassy make him even hotter??? I think so…!!!!

  39. 114 amk for obama
    March 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams quits. It’s a loss for liberal side of church.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-17399403

    • 115 Liberal Librarian
      March 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Is the commission that will nominate his successor stacked with Tories?

      • 116 amk for obama
        March 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        No idea LL. But I think Anglican church doesn’t play along with the much with gobinment, especially the rw ones.

  40. March 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Wait! Clooney was Arrested!?? For what? Pot? What happened?

  41. 122 Linda
    March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Wisconsin state Sen. Pam Galloway (R), facing recall, will resign

    State Sen. Pam Galloway, who faces a recall election this summer, plans to resign from the Senate shortly, leaving an even split between Republicans and Democrats.

    Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) confirmed her plans Friday and said he believed Galloway would make an announcement later in the day.

    Fitzgerald said Galloway was resigning because of health issues in her family. He said he was confident she could have won the recall election.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/16/1074977/-Wisconsin-state-Sen-Pam-Galloway-R-facing-recall-will-resign

  42. 123 lisalovesobama
    March 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    so just spent the last 45 minutes watching, re-watching and watch PBO’s movie. {{{{sigh}}}} I’m telling you, if I were WIllard, I’d be very afraid because there is no way in hell PBO isn’t coming out with guns blazing to defend his legacy. It’s not just the accomplishments he’s defending, but the blood, sweat and tears that went into stablizing the shit-tank of an economy he inherited when every one else was poo-pooing him. The election is about vindication and protecting the work that’s been done so that we can build on it for a better tomorrow. If Willard wants this presidency, he’s gonna have to pry it outta PBO’s hands.

    • March 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      And it is obvious that the administraion expects Romney to be the nominee. That showing of the Romney op-ed on wanting the the auotmakers to go bankrupt is going to be seen a lot.

  43. March 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Happy Joy Joy TODs!!! What a great gettin’ up day once again in TODtown!!! To the pics of PBO starting this thread, all I can say is, hubba, hubba, yum, yum. And for a bit of other good news:

    “Scott Walker has now lost the Republican majority in the Wisconsin state senate. This morning it was announced that state Sen. Pam Galloway, one of the four Republican state senators facing recall, will resign her seat. Since Democrats had already winnowed the Republican majority to 17-16 with their two recall victories last summer, this now makes the Wisconsin state senate a 16-16 tie.

    The recall election against Galloway will still move forward, although her name will not appear on the ballot. Republicans will nominate a different candidate, while state Rep. Donna Seidel, who was already challenging Galloway in the recall election, will be the Democratic candidate.”

  44. 127 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Tavis Smiley Aims To Put Poverty On 2012 Election Agenda

    To draw attention to this problem, Smiley is moderating a televised symposium Sunday called “Made Visible: Women, Children and Poverty In America” at New York University. Smiley said that he consciously assembled a panel that would feature women from diverse backgrounds since he felt that so much of the recent conversation around women’s issues in America — he specifically referred to the recent fight in Congress over insuring female contraception — included few women’s voices.

    The panelists will include Labor Secretary Hilda Solis; Randi Weingarten, the powerful head of the American Federation of Teachers; the television executive Nely Calan; Suze Orman, the personal finance expert; Faye Wattleton, the former head of Planned Parenthood; Sheryl WuDunn, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter; the health advocate Cecelia FireThunder; and the economist Julianne Malveaux. (You can register to attend the event, which is free and will air on C-SPAN, here.)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/tavis-smiley-womens-poverty_n_1346053.html

    • 128 defytheodds
      March 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Smiley’s fierce criticism of Obama, particularly on issues surrounding poverty and black unemployment, have made him persona non grata in many black circles.

      But Smiley said that his criticism of Obama from the left is part of the black prophetic tradition — the practice of preachers and thinkers speaking truth to power and pushing for social justice.

      “There’s no Abraham Lincoln without Frederick Douglass, there’s no F.D.R. without A. Philip Randolph, there’s no L.B.J. without M.L.K.,” Smiley said. “What makes him a better president is being pushed.”

      “I do not subscribe to the philosophy [that] a rising tide lifts all boats,” Smiley said of President Obama’s stated approach to dealing with staggering black unemployment. “On that, I don’t think the president is misguided. I think he’s wrong. The tide is up on Wall Street, but it’s down on Harlem. People think a rising tide lifts, but it also drowns some people.”

      • 129 Dakota
        March 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        Smiley is still full of shit. He knows damn well that the President cannot make an issue of Black unemployment over unemployment for the rest of the nation. If he did that we all know he would have been damn near impeached by now. Yes, it’s a huge problem and most Black folks want it to be addressed, but we all know that THIS President unfortunately can’t take this head on. First of all he has a whole lot of other problems that he has to deal with and if that’s not enough, he’s got all these haters disrespecting and denigrating him at every turn. THIS MEANS YOU TRAVESTY!!! I just hope these ladies put him in his place if he starts talking shit about PBO.

      • 131 edp4bho
        March 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        Like we say, f–k Tavis.

      • 132 prettyfoot58
        March 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        Is Smiley comparing himself to Frederick Douglas or Dr King…how dare he….who the hell is he…where was his voice around the American Jobs Act..specifically that part calling for tax breaks for small business and job training for youth…where was his defense of the Affordable Care Act….

        Tavis Smiley is pimping the issue of poverty to promote self….

    • 133 miss pat
      March 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I live in NY just a few subway ssstops away but I wouldn’t go to anything organized by Smiley. I want nothing to do with him and his Afro bush head buck-teeh friend.

  45. 135 amk for obama
    March 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Just watched colbert. He nailed that hater limpaugh to this pe..s.

    He showed a clip about some teevee blowhard announcing that army kicked that hater’ ass to the curbs. Is it true ? Did that petition drive really work ?

  46. 138 lisalovesobama
    March 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    PBO ON NOOOOOW ON C-SPAN. HE’S JUST STARTED TALKING!!!!

  47. 139 Linda
    March 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    A Clovis Realtor resigned from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, saying he may get involved in a recall of Mayor David Lansford.

    Brent “Bud” DaBell said he was resigning because Lansford called Barack Obama an illegitimate president and “the carnal manifestation of evil.”

    “Any belief that Mayor Lansford’s position will not be a tipping point in future endeavors and government funding for Clovis … can be nothing but naive,” DaBell said in his letter of resignation. “I feel that my time can be spent more productively serving the city of Clovis by looking into the possibility of a recall election.”

    http://www.cnjonline.com/news/-47121–.html

    • 140 Cha
      March 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Itt’s always Heartening to see decent people try to make the brainwashed idiots accountable!

      Thank you, Linda~

  48. 142 utaustinliberal
    March 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    PBO’s fundraiser has begun on C-SPAN One. Began early.

  49. March 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    PBO speaking now in my neck of the woods. We arranged the best weather possible for the event. #wunnerfulwunnerful

  50. 144 lisalovesobama
    March 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    PBO tells repug candidates, “welcome to the land of Lincoln…..maybe some Lincoln will rub off on them while they are here.” to the cheers and laughter of the crowd.

  51. March 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Lots of kind words for the beautiful city of Chicago, starting out. And it is a beautiful, world-class city. Beautiful lakefront, vibrant and impeccably clean downtown, great ethnic neighborhoods, the best people-watching city anywhere—-plop anywhere and watch the world walk by.
    Also mentioned that Chgo is the place to be for St. Patricks Day—-oh yes, I remember those days post college and all the green beer and a green mouth that lasted for days and all the bars overflowing with very happy party people. Is Butch McGuire’s still there, by the way?

  52. March 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    for those interested, this is George Clooney’s activist group: Not On Our Watch: http://notonourwatchproject.org/news/?features_page=1&news_page=1 this is a good time to draw attention to what they do.. sign up for their email list, donate, etc.

    • 148 edp4bho
      March 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      I just bought the book by the same name, with Don Cheadle and some other person on the cover. I have yet to read it. Had to put it aside after Cheadle’s little stupid rant about PBO. Eventually reason will get me to read it.

  53. March 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    haha—some lady yells out “Yes We Did!” when PBO said they didn’t get involved in the campaign because Barack Hussein was going to be president.

    • 150 edp4bho
      March 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Hahah….I meant to post something like this last night. I was going to ask if anyone here, like me, respond to his making that same statement by saying…..”yes, I did” ? Sooner or later, he’s gonna have to own up to the fact that it was primarily he that made a lot of us get involved 😀

  54. 151 ber6964
    March 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I am starting to believe that he does the “Podium Slap” just for Us Toders!!!!! love him


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