the enthusiasm gap: atlanta

March 16, 2012

Also from yesterday …. this one completely cracked me up:

That’s how steady my camera would be too. 😕

And this one:

It’s just a pity all the enthusiasm is gone. Oh well.

259 Responses to “the enthusiasm gap: atlanta”

  1. 1 africa
    March 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Wow. what a gap.

  2. 28 africa
    March 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    MSM so wrong

    • 29 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      That’s what they DON’T want us to see.

      • 30 africa
        March 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        I know. I swear they work hard everyday to come up with this nonsense narrative. I was thinking the other day that our ground game is going to be massive. Makes me wonder if Mitt is doing any prep, not that I care.

        I went to a women’s group meeting the other day in my town. There was an OFA rep there telling us about what they are doing and how we can help. Young girl, but she was full of energy.

        In this our red district, we are going to be doing our part to bring it.

        • 31 a4alice
          March 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm

          Oh good for you Africa! I think you can really persuade a lot of women on just this issue alone. I have a friend in Chicago who often votes Republican or Independent and is totally PBO all the way because of the GOP War on Women.

          • 32 africa
            March 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

            Absolutely. I have said before. I have been pleasantly surprised by some folks I have encountered.

        • 33 hopefruit2
          March 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm

          This is excellent africa. Very encouraging news indeed.

    • 34 Mel
      March 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Africa Fuck the MSM it’s time for all of us to concentrate on the bigger price to re- elect this magnifecent
      man PBO and please do not pay attention to the MSM they will never report the truth.

    • 35 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      March 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      So true, africa, so true!


      • 36 anniebella
        March 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Was Mitt Romney in some Irish neighborhood trying to sound irish today? Asking for some chessy grits.

  3. 46 EDP4BHO
    March 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    LOL. It’s obvious the onlookers don’t see as much of PBO as we do, because we all know by now that PBO is always in the second car. Too funny 😀

  4. 47 HOPE44
    March 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Joan, just catching up and saw news about your hubby. My prayers are with both of you. I pray for his complete
    healing and that you may be comforted by the Divine in this trying time. Be BLESSED.

    Thank you Chips for all these wonderful pictures and boatload of info. You are a priceless gem.

    • 48 joanshaw
      March 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks for your wishes, HOPE44!

      • 49 EDP4BHO
        March 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

        I echo that sentiment, Joan. Meant to catch you on previous thread. God be with you both.

      • 50 desertflower
        March 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

        Thinking of you and your husband….sending good wishes for health and healing

        • 51 HZ
          March 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

          Joan, I posted a comment today. I was not on yesterday, so I missed your post. However, know that you will be in my prayers. I pray for strength, and healing for your husband. Remember this: (((((((Strength of Love, Prayers, and Meditaions )))))))))))))) are coming your way, Joan. Be constant in these comforting words from all of your TOD Family. Love you, Joan.HZ

  5. 52 purpleshoesla
    March 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    These are just a hoot! “I saw Obama, my main man!! ” 😆 😆 😆 #LANDSLIDE2012! if these crowds are any indication. Thank you Ms. Chips!!

  6. 53 CEB
    March 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Funny and sweet. Our PBO is loved by many; there never has been an enthusiasm gap other than the one that the repubs. and their enablers dream about.

  7. March 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Tell Tweety and Howard, they are the ones spreading the Enthusiasm nonsense!

    • 55 Mel
      March 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Yes let’s but, but Howard has annonimous sources?????? what a prick!!!

      • 56 Linda
        March 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        And he talks to them ….just minutes before he goes on the air too……He must be important….(snark )

        • 57 utaustinliberal
          March 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm

          He needs some meds to silence the voices in his head that he tries to pass of as “sources.”

      • 58 aquagranny911
        March 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        And those sources are all inside his head. He hears them through his fillings or bridge work.

    • 59 Cha
      March 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

      They need to be tweeted up their blind yin yangs with tons of MEGA ENTHUSIASM PROOF! CALLED OUT FOR THEIR DESPERADO PROPAGANDA!

  8. 60 overseasgranny
    March 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Pity, the African-American community just has no interest in the man at all anymore. Might as well be anyone coming down the street for all they care. [OMG I had to turn the sound down fast cause the pootie got scared at the screaming and ran. Oh, no, no screaming but polite unenthusiastic silent nodding of heads. That’s it.]

  9. 68 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I mean look at grown men in their 40’s and 50’s jumping up and down, yelling like teenage girls at a concert…need we say more?

  10. March 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I can’t think of anything nicer than PBO sharing a drink with his cousin Henry. How special is that?

    • 76 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Yup, and It was the perfect day weather-wise in DC for that kind of activity. Cousin Henry will have memories to last him a lifetime and through generations to come.

    • 77 EDP4BHO
      March 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Henry seems like such a sweetheart .

      • 78 HZ
        March 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

        Yes, he does EDP4BHO. I love his smile. He certainly shows a beautiful temperament indeed. Like cousin, like cousin. So elated that Henry had this opportunity to be with POB and family. What moments Henry will have to carry back to Moneygall with him. So precious..HZ

  11. 79 isonprize
    March 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Why am I bouncing up and down in my seat happy for the people who are seeing the motorcade for the first time? I’m just as happy for them as I was when I saw him for the first time. Oh yeah, there is no enthusiasm there at all. Like people have nothing better to do on a BEEE YOU TEE FUL!!!! day but to hang out on the sidewalk and wait for a motorcade. NOTHING BETTER TO DO??? 😎 Yeah, okay, right…

    I cracked up when the one guy said “I never thought I’d be acting like this” Then he screamed “I saw the President of the United States!!” I am so happy for them. I have to remember how spoiled we have been here in Philadelphia and on the east coast. I’ve shaken his hand 7 — SEVEN!!!! — times.

    • 80 isonprize
      March 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Oh yeah, and the folks in Dublin Pub were just bored with seeing the President. They weren’t excited at all. That wasn’t “FOUR MORE YEARS” you heard them shouting. SShhhhh, no. They were saying “POUR MORE BEERS” yeah, that’s it. THAT’S the ticket.


      • March 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm


        😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

        • 82 HZ
          March 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm

          Love it Chips. Have I told you how much I love you lately. Chips, you give us all so much joy, but I must tell you how much joy you give to me just knowing that I have this beautiful site to come to daily. So, I thank you so very much, Chips.

          You make my heart so grateful to be a part of something so wonderful. May your heart be filled with the joy that you bring to mine each day, in my sick days as well as my well days. You are a sweet balm of peace and love for my soul. Thanks, our beloved, Chips.HZ

      • 83 defytheodds
        March 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        isonprize that’s funny… Also, Cousin Henry has that same coolness about him as PBO…it must runs in the family or something…Coolness is just coolness and they both have it…

      • 85 aquagranny911
        March 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        NO FAIR! Your post made me spew but I missed the key board.

      • 86 vcprezofan2
        March 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

        Ison, I do like the humour often found your ‘poetry’. 😆

    • 87 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      My goodness – SEVEN times!!!

      Isonprize that is HIGHLY unusual to have shaken PBO’S hand that many times – even in Philadelphia/East Coast. Congratulations!!! And may you shake his hand 777 times more 🙂

      • 88 isonprize
        March 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        Thanks, hopefruit2,

        But you gotta remember, when he was running in ’07 and early ’08, people still didn’t think he could win. The crowds were big, but they weren’t totally crazy, like they are now. Plus, I was a volunteer team leader, so we would alway volunteer to work any event where the president was speaking. I shook his hand 3 times as a candidate. Once when he was President-Elect when he left out of Philadelphia to take the train to pick up VPBiden in Delaware on their way to Washington. And then he’s been in Philadelphia alot for fundraisers and such. I’ve shaken his hand 3 times as President. I got my son in on the last one when he came to a suburb of Philadelphia to speak at a Head Start program.

        And if it wasn’t for Chica, our marvelous Chipsticks, blog mistress extraordinaire, I wouldn’t never have had a picture of that moment!!

        YAY CHICA!!!!!

        • 89 EDP4BHO
          March 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

          GROUPIE !! 😀

          • 90 isonprize
            March 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

            Absolutely, without question. Totally and unabashedly, yes, I am a groupie. But I’m an INFORMED groupie. I’m a recruiting groupie, I’m a registering people to vote groupie. I figure my reward is to keep getting myself in places where I can meet my President.

            As hard as he works for me and you and everyone (even the haters), I figure the least that I can do is shake his hand and say “Thank you, Mr. President!!”

            • 91 vcprezofan2
              March 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm

              Thanks for all you do, Groupie Mine, and for saying ‘Thank you’ when you see PBO face to face! I’d shake YOUR hand for the work you’ve been doing but have no smilie for that, so here’s a ‘thank you’ hug {Isonprize}.

              • 92 HZ
                March 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm

                May I say, “thank you also to isonprize!!! I appreciate you as well. All that you do to make this possible for all of us to keep working as you do to help re-elect this extraordinary man will be a blessing to all.HZ

            • 93 EDP4BHO
              March 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

              Got that right. Just listening to Lloyd Cummings here on WURDam and he’s saying that the more the haters go after PBO, the better he becomes. Lloyd said ” I love that man” 😀 I have a buddy who has a store in Reading Terminal, from the islands like Lloyd, and he assured me once when I was worried about PBO, that with the hardships, it would make him even better. My son’s godfather said the same exact thing, so I continue to draw strength from the pronouncements of these 3 fine men to keep me in acordance with PBO and all he has had to/has to confront.

              • 94 isonprize
                March 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

                EDP4, what’s your friend’s store in the Terminal? Give a shout out? I’ll try to stop by the next time I’m in town!!

                • 95 EDP4BHO
                  March 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

                  Oh, yeah. It’s D’Village. His name is Watson Parks. Now he doesn’t remember my name, but we talk a bit when I get the chance. Very dark and oh so handsome. Like a Hershey bar. Whew !! LOL. Of course, he has a beautiful wife who has a store on either Walnut or Chestnut. I forget which one.

            • 96 nathkatun7
              March 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm

              Thank you, Thank you, Isonprize, for being such a responsible, caring and “INFORMED groupie.” Without the intelligent, committed, hard working and caring “groupies” like you, this country would never have been blessed with this magnificent President. Somehow, I feel like when you get a chance to shake the President’s hand you are doing so not just for yourself, but also for millions of people, like me, who appreciate the work he is doing to uplift the country.

              • 97 isonprize
                March 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

                Wow Nathkatun7,

                Thanks, and yes. While I do get excited when I’ve briefly met the President, it’s not about me. I’m just happy that he cares so much about us all, even the haters.

          • 98 vcprezofan2
            March 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

            I know, eh, EDP4! The very first GROUPIE I’ve known personally, and the first time I’ve ever envied one!

    • 101 Sandy1110
      March 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      I feel the same way for them. These motorcade videos never get old. And everyone seems to react the same way as it goes by. They sound like me and my family when we’ve watched him!

  12. 102 overseasgranny
    March 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    WordPress is having serious problems. I am logged in and when I try to post it tells me I can’t because I am not logged in, but then it posts the comment. Then it doesn’t ask me to subscribe, but it does subscribe me anyway. I am so confused. And I haven’t had a drop to drink. Maybe that is the problem. Be right back.

    • 103 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Go get some Irish Guinness. That’s what wordpress wants you to do overseasgranny!

    • 104 isonprize
      March 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      overseasgranny, what browser do you use? For what it’s worth, I use Firefox and (CROSSING FINGERS, TOES, EYES) I haven’t had any problems. I use my WordPress account and the Firefox browser. I did put “The Obama Diary” on the bookmark toolbar.

      As I said in a different comment, after I signed in — about a week ago now –I don’t sign out. I just turn off the computer. When I turn it back on, I just click the TOD link in the toolbar, and it opens. I’m already signed in.

      • 105 overseasgranny
        March 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        Isonprize, I use Chrome which uses Firefox and I never log out. WordPress keeps crashing my Shockwave Flash program as well. I am going nuts here, so am going off to do something else. Maybe tomorrow it will be better.

      • 106 vcprezofan2
        March 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Crossing fingers, toes and eyes too, plus whispering so the laptop can’t hear – I’m doing exactly the same as Ison with the same browser and (cough! cough!) haven’t had any sign of issues. Hoping it stays that way, that’s why the whisper. Must say though that I occasionally open TOD on the Explorer browser at the same time, but when I did this yesterday and tried to post from there the laptop was giving me attitude because my email address was already being used. That was a first.

  13. 107 desertflower
    March 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I want this in a tshirt! Can someone Tweet this?


  14. 114 SueBee
    March 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    This is how I feel when stuck in traffic here in DC due to the Presidential motorcade..I never care if I am late..I am just happy knowing its Pres. Obama :D:D

  15. March 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I love that last one where the girl asks her daddy if he wanted to say something and he said “I just saw Obama, my main man.” with that big ass grin on his face.

    • 116 isonprize
      March 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      lamh35, i know. that was just too precious! Grown men. No enthusiasm, none whatsoever… It’s sad, really.

  16. 117 Linda
    March 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I may not be Irish, but I owned an Irish Setter once.

    – – Mitt

    • March 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      that’s not a true quote is it?

      • 119 Linda
        March 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        No… I made it up ….


      • 120 hopefruit2
        March 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        It may not be true, but it’s a very realistic portrayal of what Mitt would say. Right now he’s down in Puerto Rico pandering to the people ro their delegates while at the same time dissing Justice Sotomayor. Meanwhile, his and the Ron Paul Campaign are colluding on how to manipulate the MO caucus votes tonight. It’s disgusting but EVERYTHING about this man is FAKE. I’m not sure how people in the media can feel good about themselves promoting a disaster like Romney as a presidential candidate. It’s as bad as promoting Sarah Palin – and possibly worse.

        • 121 joanshaw
          March 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm

          You know, the president could make a joke like that and it would make the audience laugh — it’s all in the delivery. And he can deliver anything beautifully.

          • 122 vcprezofan2
            March 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm

            And in the deliverer, Joan! Don’t forget. People can generally sense the ‘heart’ of a person, and most sensible people know that PBO has a good heart. Willard, on the other hand , has yet to reveal any goodness in his heart for the American people.

        • 123 aquagranny911
          March 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm

          Dissing Justice Sotomayor will not endear him to many Puerto Ricans. I understand that the “wise Latina” t-shirts sold like hot cares down there.

        • 125 L3
          March 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

          There are a lot of similarities between the two. I had asssumed he was smart but I don’t think that anymore. Afterall, how smart do you have to be to steal from unsuspecting people and companies and destroy everything you touch?. He is the male version of Sarah Palin.

          1. They both lie everytime they open their mouths.
          2. They both fall into word salads where you have no idea what they are talking about or what it means.
          3. Gaffe-prone
          4. She quit her job as governor and he may as well have quit because he did not run for re-election.
          5. They are both very secretive. She stalled for as long as she could releasing her emails. He bought new computers so his emails would never see the light of day.
          6. They have both decided they will not answer reporters questions but will just spout talking points.
          7. They both tried to avoid the media for as long as possible and finally just talked to FOX.
          8. They are both driven by greed and blind ambition.
          9. They are both jealous of and obsessed with PBO. When they should be talking about policy and the future of the country, they instead use every media or speech opportunity to lie about PBO’s policies and disparage or mock him.
          10. They will both lose to PBO and never be President.

          Feel free to add more. That is all.

          • 126 hopefruit2
            March 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm

            Excellent comparison L3. And so many similarities that I had not thought about! I can’t wait for the general election to begin.

          • 127 EDP4BHO
            March 17, 2012 at 7:12 pm

            They’re (supposedly) attractive on the outside, but they are very ugly on the inside. And her book is now on the dollar store shelves.

            • 128 L3
              March 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

              I like that and it’s very true. Inner ugly diminishes outer beauty. The more you get to know them the more you come to despise them.

            • 129 aquagranny911
              March 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

              I love it that the Dollar Tree is selling her book. I wonder how many actually waste a dollar on it? Most people shopping there have better things to spend their money on.

              OT: I left you a comment on the last thread re: your post about Vets dissing the Prez. Don’t know if it will help but you might like to read it.

          • 130 purpleshoesla
            March 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

            They both have a cruelty streak, particularly when it comes to animals. Robotic Ken strapped his dog to the roof of his car. Caribou Barbie shot animals from a helicopter. How one treats animals I think speaks volumes about their character (or lack thereof). Contrast that with PBO and his beloved BO! One could go on and on, but I think the last one on your list L3 covers it in a nutshell:

            “10. They will both lose to PBO and never be President.” WORD!

            • 131 aquagranny911
              March 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

              Co-Sign! I did volunteer animal rescue & fostering for years. Maybe it is being judgmental but I do look at the way people treat animals & judge them accordingly. I’ve seen various forms of cruelty & neglect to the fur children & you might be surprised at those guilty of it. Not all are ignorant or hoarders, some are quite well off & ‘educated’ but they are also selfish & thoughtless. Most don’t realize that taking on the care of an animal is a lifetime (for the pet) commitment. I always wonder how these people treat their children & family when no one is looking.

              • 132 purpleshoesla
                March 18, 2012 at 12:45 am

                co-sign to your co-sign ag911! I got my beloved cocker spaniel (may she RIP) from a shelter after she had been turned in by a “wonderful heartbroken family that could no longer afford to keep her”. When I took her to the vet shortly after I got her because she seemed to be having hip problems, the vet initially tried to accuse me of abusing her; she apparently had been kicked alot in her hips by her former “heartbroken family” . It takes alot to get me angry but this was one of those instances where that blinding red rage just descended. To this day I don’t even really remember what I said to the vet, but I know that I went off on him because he apologized when I “came to”. Just makes me angry all over again.

            • 133 L3
              March 17, 2012 at 10:38 pm

              Chips, I logged in using my real name instead of L3. If possible can you delete this comment and I can post it again under L3. Thanks.

              • 134 L3
                March 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm

                Chips, this was meant as a reply upthread but it appears the comment was removed. I don’t know if you removed it or if after awaiting moderation it was removed. At any rate thanks. When I saw my name I felt completely naked. I thought, oh no what did I do?

            • 135 L3
              March 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

              Not only are they cruel to animals purpleshoesla, they are cruel period. They completely lack self-awareness, are utterly shameless and never acknowledge their lies or any wrongdoing.

        • 136 vcprezofan2
          March 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

          Speaking of Romney, Hf, I am going to disagree with you that ‘EVERYTHING about this man is FAKE’. IMO, we may not like him, but he very often reveals his true self. Sure it’s a ‘fake’ self when compared to other genuine people, yet it’s the REAL Romney. At least I think it is. I tried to remind people of some of Romney’s values today on Twitter…. so he won’t be judged unfairly. 😉

  17. March 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Nothin’ sexier than the President’s motorcade!

    • 143 Cha
      March 18, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Except, maybe Prez giving a speech on for REALS Family Values! Happy St Paddy’s Day, DI..It’s still the DAY here on Kaua’i~

  18. 144 desertflower
    March 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    By the way, thank you for all this St. Patrick’s Day goodness, Chips! Nice to see Cousin Henry 🙂 Maybe he’d like to pop in and tell us all how his fantabulous day went with his awesome cousin, Barack O’Bama!!!! Love you, Mr. President! Maybe Henry would be so kind as to share our little space with PBO 🙂 Just dreaming….

    • March 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Hello Desertflower! Henry left St Patrick’s Day greetings in the last post, say hello!!!

      • 146 desertflower
        March 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        Oh! Thanks, Chips…I have been occupied with my sister being here from Ohio…not much time on line. Must have missed that…will go right now 🙂

    • 147 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Hi df, check the previous thread if you haven’t already – Henry did pop in to say hello and that he was having a great day! Also, Father O’Neil back in Ireland tweeted the TOD website to his followers 🙂

      • 148 hopefruit2
        March 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        Oops..it’s not “O’Neil,” it’s Neill. Sorry for the misspelling.

        • 149 utaustinliberal
          March 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

          Have you been infected with Palinitis? Remember when she kept calling then Sen. Biden, Sen. O’Biden?

          • 150 hopefruit2
            March 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm

            HAHAHAH! I was thinking the same thing! But it’s St. Patrick’s Day and there is an irish surname O’Neil, so I’m excused. I don’t know of any Irish surname O’Biden.

            • March 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm

              Silly Hopefruit:


              • 152 hopefruit2
                March 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

                But but but..I thought I was Romney. So now I’m Palin. Very well then. Carry on. 🙂

                On another note: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA What a dolt! And she said “O’Biden” throughout the ENTIRE debate! VP Biden is just a gentleman.

      • 153 desertflower
        March 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        got it, hf…hugs and thanks. Left a post for him:)

  19. 154 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    We knew there was some manipulation – no wonder we won’t have results until three weeks from now.

  20. 155 carolyn
    March 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Joan Katherine Shaw, I just saw on the other thread that your husband suffered a cardiac episode. Mine did too, in December. He had two stents put in, and today is healthier than before the episode…..really a heart attack. We are so thankful for modern medicine. I know you are too. You will be much in my thoughts and prayers as you carry this and care for him. I hope there is a good cardiac rehab center near you. That is VERY important. God bless you.

    • 156 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Bless you and your hubby carolyn. Glad to hear that he is in full recovery! I’m hoping for the same for Joan’s husband as well.

    • 157 joanshaw
      March 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you carolyn. He’s taking his pills and hypodermics and hoping for the best, hoping that his heart beat can be shocked back to normal sometime early next week.

      • March 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        Good news!!!! Thanks for posting an update for us. Blessings and hope and strength to both of you.

      • March 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        Hi Joan, so sorry to hear about your husband’s health problems, you both must have got a terrible fright from this. Thinking of you, and wishing Alan the speediest recovery, take care of yourself.

      • 160 aquagranny911
        March 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

        Joan my daughter has a heart condition and she had this procedure. It helped her. I know you are scared but stay strong & know that we are all here for you.

      • 161 jackiegrumbacher
        March 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        Joan, nothing is harder than seeing someone you love suffer. We’re all pulling for you.

    • March 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      I just said a prayer for you and your husband, Joan. May his recovery be swift and sure.

  21. 163 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm
  22. March 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Speaking of unsteady cameras, this one (from 2010) triple-cracks me up every time:

  23. 167 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  24. March 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    How thoughtful of cousin Henry to stop by.. after a day like he’s had with our President.. to come here and wish everyone a Happy St Patrick’s day is really so sweet 🙂

    • March 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Its amazing the wonderful, good folks you draw to this site Chips… it says so much about you, your character and what you do for all of us here… Cheers to you!

  25. March 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    My best thoughts go out to you Joan, bless you & your husband~

  26. 173 bjw2
    March 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    These videos just warms my heart.

    It’s funny, when it started looking like the Republican primary was going to drag on, GOP strategists were saying that as with the “08” primary between Hillary and Obama that the longer race made the president a better candidate, and as with this president, Romney will emerge a stronger candidate for the general. But, oh how that analogy has turned on his head.

    Oh man just looking back and thinking of that hard fought primary, they were like two intellectual heavy weight champions and the longer the battle went on, the more emotionally invested people became with both candidates. Even though I was behind the president all the way, I will say that Hillary has really impressed me with her loyalty to the president, and I have really grown to admire her.

    I don’t know if there will ever be another primary race like that in my life time, but thank God, I was alive to witness it.

    • 174 aquagranny911
      March 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Agreed! I was for Obama from the get go but I would have supported Hillary all the way & been proud to have her as our first female President if she had won the nomination. She’s been a stellar SOC. Both were strong Dem candidates with the creds to be President. These GOP are a sad disgusting bunch of ignorant goatfiggers.

      • 176 anniebella
        March 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        I agree the difference between the Democrats 2008 and the Republicans 2012, is both of our candidates were qualified, and had common sense. Those GOP candidates scare the hell out of anyone with any common sense. I am willing to bet a lot of Republicans are very disappointed in Mitt, Newt, Santorum. The Republicans might not be saying it before the camera, but they are saying it behind the camera.I know they are asking the question Is this the best we can do.

        • 177 aquagranny911
          March 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm

          NO KIDDING! I know a few ordinary Republicans here in AZ land who didn’t vote in the primary & are weighing whether to stay home for the general election or vote for PBO. They are good people & I’m working on them!

      • 178 nathkatun7
        March 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

        I felt exactly the same way, Aquagranny! I also had very high respect for both Senators Joe Biden and John Edwards as well as Governor Bill Richardson. in addition to Senators Clinton and Obama, I would have enthusiastically supported any of the other three if they had been nominated. Obviously, in hindsight, John Edwards’ personal indiscretions would have created problems. But compared to these GOP nitwits, the 2008 field of Democratic candidates was very impressive.

    • 179 Cha
      March 18, 2012 at 1:25 am

      That’s Apples and Idiots. President Obama was dealing in FACTS. Ol Can’t Seal The Deal Willard has done nothing but LIE his Pathological Sociopathic head off. Building up quite the Case History of what to be nailed with.

  27. 180 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm
  28. 181 Linda
    March 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I have never seen this before…..it is amazing….

  29. 197 LunarSea
    March 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm


  30. 199 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    President Obama’s statement on the death of Coptic Pope Shenouda III

    Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III, a beloved leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christians and an advocate for tolerance and religious dialogue. We stand alongside Coptic Christians and Egyptians as they honor his contributions in support of peace and cooperation.

    We will remember Pope Shenouda III as a man of deep faith, a leader of a great faith, and an advocate for unity and reconciliation. His commitment to Egypt’s national unity is also a testament to what can be accomplished when people of all religions and creeds work together. On behalf of the American people, we extend our thoughts and prayers to Coptic Christians, Egyptians, and all those who mourn Pope Shenouda III today.

  31. 200 anniebella
    March 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    It’s the media who are trying to tell us that the enthusiasm is gone, and this shows you that it is not gone. Can you just imagine if POTUS had stop. Wow!

    • 201 isonprize
      March 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm


      if Pres. Obama’s motorcade had stopped, you would have been able to hear folks screaming from Atlanta, no matter where you were in the world!! 😆 😆 😆

  32. 202 Squarepeg
    March 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    OBAMANIA in full effect! HAHA Nice. I’ve been to Dubliner – great Irish pub. It’s across the street from the Old Post Office and Union Station in NOrtheast Washington, just a short walk from the Capitol Bldg.

  33. 203 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    PBO thanked his “good friend” Oprah Winfrey

    President Obama on Friday thanked his “good friend” Oprah Winfrey for being an early endorser who got Americans to support him, just as they buy the books and skin cream she recommends.

    At a fundraiser at the Atlanta home of movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry — a close friend of Winfrey’s — called out the former talk show host, who was in the audience, by name.

    “And then, there is my good friend, Oprah, who very early on, when I was still running, just decided that she would support this guy with a name that nobody could pronounce. And just like books and skin cream, when Oprah decides she likes you, then other people like you, too,” he said to laughter.

    “And she has continued to be just — not just a friend, but somebody who Michelle and I seek out in thinking about not just the day to day issues of the day but trying to keep our focus on the big picture. And what she’s done for so many people, not just in America but around the world, is extraordinary. So I just want to say thank you to Oprah.”

  34. 205 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm
  35. 208 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  36. March 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    tea party—-the worst of us

    • March 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Oh flip Dotster, Politicususa seems to be down again – for me, at least.

        • March 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

          Not for me defytheodds 😦

          I get a blue page with this message:

          404 Not Found

          The server can not find the requested page:

          http://www.politicususa.com/tea-party-kidnapping-and-rape/ (port 80)

          Please forward this error screen to http://www.politicususa.com‘s WebMaster.

          • 214 defytheodds
            March 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

            OK, I’ll print some of the parts:

            Don’t tread on me? It is confirmed today that it was Tea Party leader Michael Kobulnicky who was arrested Thursday in San Diego for the alleged brutal kidnapping and rape of a 56 year old woman.

            According to East County Magazine, Michael John Kobulnicky is accused of offering a woman a ride on February 25, but instead of taking her home, he drove to secluded island, pulled the victim out of the vehicle, sexually assaulted her, and left her in the sand. San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown said, “He dragged her out of the car and sexually assaulted her pretty brutally.”

            Kobulnicky, the public relations director for the San Diego Tea Party, is also the former regional director of the Southern California Conservative Party. …

            In light of the conservatives’ war on women, events such as the arrest of a self-proclaimed Christian Tea Party leader for the alleged rape and kidnapping of a woman only add to the growing perception that the Right does not support women’s rights, and may, in fact, see American “liberty” as only pertaining to white men.

            While it’s certainly not fair to paint a movement with the actions of one person, this is hardly the first incidence of violence against women coming from the Right. For example, we recall the curb stomping of a petite woman’s head and neck at a Rand Paul rally. Taken together with legislation aimed at redefining rape, stripping away the few protections and resources for battered women, making miscarriage illegal, criminalizing abortion even in the case of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is at stake, removing women’s choice over their medical care, imposing a state-mandated trans vaginal probe, and much, much more, it becomes clear that the Right is not well. …

            These and other incidents beg the question, exactly what kind of people does this movement attract? What sort of people call themselves a Christian while they beat their wives or rape women. How much anger at women does it take to beat your wife and rape a 56 year old stranger, and how much anger and disrespect for women does it take to suggest that women should have no say in whether they get medical care to save their own life?

            It could be coincidental, but it appears to be the almost inevitable and most disturbing result of the belief that women shouldn’t have certain rights over their bodies. And from this woman’s point of view, it appears that many of the Tea Party leaders are supporting and pushing legislation and opposing the Violence Against Women Act, all of which make it easier for perpetrators to get away with heinous acts of hate against women.

            Why else would they be “redefining” rape? Apparently the “American way of life” doesn’t include women’s rights or liberty for women.

            • 215 a4alice
              March 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

              Oh my gosh this is terrible. tweeted. The attitude of this guy is scary and it makes me think that all conservative white males think this way.

            • 217 aquagranny911
              March 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm

              There is a terrible sickness in these men. I don’t know if it was born in them or bred in them. How much do we really understand of nature vs nurture even now. All we can do is keep STANDING strong to protect women & our most vulnerable children. These actions are not about sex but rather about power & control. It grieves me. I don’t know what else to say.

          • 218 vcprezofan2
            March 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

            Here’s another link on same subject


  37. 219 LOL
    March 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Sit back and enjoy the show boys and girls …Fights, accusations of Muslim Brotherhood lovin, No Microphones—-Oh MY

    “Contention, confusion mar Missouri caucuses”

    A police officer also helped hush the crowd during recounts at a caucus at a Christian school in St. Louis County, where Santorum began the day at a rally with about 100 people. Local Republican leaders who organized the caucus supported Santorum, but Talent — who lives in the township — helped lead a spirited push for Romney.

    “We need a dynamic, vigorous, strong, decisive executive leader, and my experience with Mitt Romney — having gotten to know him over the last four years— is that is exactly what he is,” Talent told the caucus.

    Then township committeewoman Judy Hon took the microphone, telling the crowd that Romney supporters had teamed up with Paul’s camp on their slate of delegates. She decried Paul as not being “pro-life” and suggested he had been endorsed by the “Muslim Brotherhood.”


    • 220 bjw2
      March 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Oh crap LOL…the Muslim Brotherhood?

      By the end of the primary these nuts will be literally fist fighting…hahhaha. Oh please let there be a brokered convention. Maybe we’ll get to see a real melee break out on the convention floor.

  38. March 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Okay friends, I have time to share the links from my FB “friend.” Most are from Investors Business Daily. I checked it out first and seems it is part of NewsBusters so we don’t need to know any more, right? I do want to share the links so here goes. I will also include what this guy wrote with the link.
    http://news.investors.com/article/604400/201203141851/cbo-obamacare-cost-double-obama-vow.htm. He wrote: “Needs to be stopped.”
    The next one I could not find but title is: CBO exposes Obama’s $2T budget slight of hand. He wrote: “Out of control.”
    And, the last one:http://news.investors.com/article/604572/201203161014/rod-blagojevich-prison-obama.htm. He wrote: “Expect a presidential pardon.”

    I would appreicate it if many of you read these and give me your thoughts. I am probably not even going to respond. I do plan on doing a status update, mostly about my day at the Evangelism Conference and talk about how thankful I am to be part of a church that talks the talk and walks the walk of hope over fear, love over hate, diversity, getting out of our comfort zones and loving our neighbor, being servants, not volunteers, etc.

    I am interested in your feedback though. Thanks!

    • March 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Tnmtngirl, I very quickly looked at the links – the first two are editorials, so I don’t know who wrote them, but once the writer blamed America’s woes on “Big Government” and then went on to quote the Heritage Foundation (!), that was enough. It said all we need to know about his/her ideology.

      The last article was written by the bigot that is Andrew Malcom, a Palin groupie and a pathological liar – http://www.salon.com/2010/11/22/hack_list_28/

      Life’s too short to be reading this stuff, to be honest. If people are inclined to believe this stuff, then they’re unlikely to ever consider supporting PBO. I wouldn’t worry about them.

      PS You weren’t to know Tnmtngirl, but please no more links to Andrew Malcolm! Thanks.

    • 227 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      tnmtngirl, I’m not interested in reading anything from willfully ignorant folks. ObamaCares is not going anywhere. It is constitutional, cost effective and it will be upheld by the courts. Further, more people are seeing its benefits because they are experiencing it on a personal level. I know exactly what the CBO reports are saying which is not what your FB “friend” and this bogus article are claiming. That’s all I need to know.

      I think it would be best if you kept these article links off this site. They are full of RW propaganda and fear-mongering based on lies and nothing else.

    • 228 EDP4BHO
      March 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      I partially read the first 2 articles, and whenever I read something that has an immediate negative tone, I am suspect of any truths therein. I am sure that with research, anyone here and myself can find a flip side to these allegations. As you’ve noted, consider the source. I read a comment in a local freebie Metro with this kind of rhetoric. In fact, I plan to do more reading as we all have to be well-armed to confront all the obstruction up ahead. Already this evening, listening to talk radio, one caller and the host both support PBO, but the caller stated he has been coming across young men who say they may not vote. This election is going to be a hard road when it comes to convincing some AA men that PBO is their best hope. They, IMO, are politically immature and have not glanced at the entire scope of the political scene today, and they, along with too many doubters, have put PBO on an impossible plane to enhance their lives, immediately. The caller and host both offered that if too many sit this one out, we will have hell to pay with rethugs in office.

      • March 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

        Thanks, friends. As I said, I don’t plan on responding in any way except my positive and hope-filled status update–which I just did. I know this guy is narrow-minded and filled with hate and fear and would never even believe anything I shared anyway so I’m not wasting my time. I know he is posting it to “get under my skin”. Won’t give him the satisfaction of acknowledging him. The other good thing about posting that I was at an Evangelism Conference all day lets him think I didn’t even see them. 🙂 That they had “fallen off” my FB page.

        • March 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

          Forgot to add this. During one of our breaks today, I stood in the hallway and talked with our Senior Pastor. (Good strong Dem) He came to our church from Chattanooga–Bob Corker hometown. He has been friends w/Corker for many years. He said he has written him a number of letters in the past year or so…..telling him that he has a great opportunity to be a moderate Republican and really distinguish himself as a leader and statesman in the Senate. Obviously, it hasn’t worked real well. True, Alexander and Corker are not like DeMint, Graham, McCain and some of the other crazies, but it is obvious they don’t have the COURAGE to step out and do the right thing for the country. They still almost always vote with the party line.

  39. 231 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  40. 232 carolyn
    March 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Okay, call me crazy…..but I watched all three videos of his driving through Atlanta, and I cried. I cried for joy, that this man in this time can bring so much joy and pride to people. I thought about how even five years ago that scene would not have been possible. When I get discouraged and mad at racists and pigheaded people, I will replay those videos in my mind, listening to those happy voices and I will be thankful!
    I am so grateful to have lived long enough to see this! Like our President, I am going to believe in the essential goodness of the majority of people.

    • 233 EDP4BHO
      March 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      “replay those videos in my mind, listening to those happy voices and I will be thankful!”

      As will I Carolyn. So we will have another victory and make even more noise, right? 😀

    • 234 defytheodds
      March 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Carolyn, that first video is so funny! And, to think that Obama is a politician that just happens to be the President… And people are so excited to see him. Now the kids in SW ATL will know that you do not have to be an athlete or entertainer to be cool. This one event will make their minds dream bigger dreams. “Yes They Can!”

      Thanks Chips for posting these videos.

    • 235 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      March 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Carolyn, as you eloquently state … “I thought about how even five years ago that scene would not have been possible. ….. I am so grateful to have lived long enough to see this! Like our President, I am going to believe in the essential goodness of the majority of people.”

      He has transformed the spirit of America, profoundly, these past 5 years. For me, the essence of #RoadTraveled is his unbounded empathy for each person. As I’ve watched the video, the combination of the music, Tom Hanks’ voice/narration and the actions of our President the power of his empathy simply overwhelms my emotions.

      Doubt if Tom Hanks will ever see it, but as with Tyler Perry yesterday evening, one of the really cool things about Twitter is that it enables you to thank people who you’ll never meet or otherwise have an opportunity to express your gratitude.


    • 236 nathkatun7
      March 18, 2012 at 1:30 am

      Carolyn, I totally share your sentiments!

  41. 237 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  42. 238 auni
    March 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Sending good thoughts and prayers to Joan and family.

  43. 239 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    911 call: Yelling & gunshot heard in background
    Trayvon Martin case: 911 call: Yelling & gunshot heard in background


    • March 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      @RolandMartin: I am not sure what President Obama has to do with this. Why tweet the President?

    • 248 defytheodds
      March 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      SANFORD, Fla. — Police have released audio 911 tapes in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager allegedly killed by a neighborhood watch captain while walking home from a store.

      In eight chilling recordings, made the night of February 26, listeners can hear the frightened voices of neighbors calling to report screams for help, gunfire and then that someone was dead.

      In perhaps the most disturbing of the recordings, a frightened voice cries out for help and pleads “No! No!” and then continues to wail.

      And for the first time, we hear the voice of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who admitted to police that he shot Martin, who was walking home from a convenience store to his father’s home in the gated community. Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in the shooting.

      If you go to this link you can hear what the police Zimmerman to do before he shot the kid:


      • 249 defytheodds
        March 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        The case has drawn national attention and has outraged many residents of Sanford, a town about 20 miles north of Orlando, particularly in the African-American community.

        I don’t think this case is going to go away anytime soon. Something really bad happened here, and if you listen to the two recording it’s hard for people to understand why the shooter is still walking free. The kid was visiting his father and went to the store to get some candy for his younger brother at halftime of the NBA All Star Game. When he was walking back home, this man approached him and ended up killing him. The police told his parents that their child (age 17) was not armed and had nothing but some candy and can of ice tea in his pocket…. If it was my child, I know how I would feel, and how I would fight until my very last breath for justice…And, I pray for this family and all involved…that one day the truth comes out, much sooner than later..

        • 250 aquagranny911
          March 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

          Besides the issue of racism, the other thing that disturbs me is this culture of “old west gunslingers” which allows some to appoint themselves as keepers of “law & order” with no official standing or training. My understanding is that this Zimmerman creep had no real official capacity in that complex, that he had ‘appointed’ himself as neighborhood watch & that he may have had some special “in” with local police. In other words a wannabe. Such people can be really dangerous because they don’t follow procedure & they don’t follow orders which seems evident here.

          This is a horrible situation which should not only be focused on race but the true idiocy of our gun laws.

    • March 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      please be clear the context of why Roland is tweeting @BarackObama. He’s saying that POTUS personally should step into this FL case ala Skipp Gates…NOT DOJ, but POTUS himself.

      Roland is being all Tavis Smiley and making it the case that POTUS isn’t speaking up, but he NEEDS to.

      He’s calling out people for not covering this story, but notice he is NOT calling out CNN directly and I’m pretty sure CNN has not done much if any coverage at all.

      The focus needs to be on Travyon Matin NOT POTUS!

      • 252 AnitaW
        March 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

        All good points. As tragic as this story is and it is very tragic. Every issue doesn’t rise to the level of POTUS involvement. It’s frustrating that people seem to think it does. There are plenty of crimes happening in every state of the country and why do people leap their local governments and governors and want POTUS to intervene?

      • 253 purpleshoesla
        March 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm


      • 254 yardarm756
        March 18, 2012 at 1:05 am

        The Right Rev. Roland Martin is a fraud. You don’t hunt mice with an elephant gun. He needs to go rub noses with Travesty and Cornie.

        • 255 nathkatun7
          March 18, 2012 at 2:08 am

          Bravo, yardarm! I appreciate the way you use humor to expose fraudulent people who, instead of rolling up their designer suit sleeves to tackle problems, spend time trying to make President Obama the one who should do everything. It isn’t as if the President doesn’t have enough tough problems on his plate to deal with.

        • March 18, 2012 at 3:31 am

          Right you are. What an ass.

  44. March 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Does anyone still have the link to Game Change???

  45. 259 meabloom
    March 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    LOL! Wow, Great Videos!

    Really folks?!?! How could this NOT be a two term president??


    P.S.- Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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