rise and shine

Chicago HQ, photo by Christopher Dilts for Obama for America


Morning everyone, will catch up later today, meanwhile…. chat away.

233 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Carol
    March 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Good morning!

  2. 7 Carol
    March 23, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I’ve just lost my virginity.Blush…My first time…

    • 8 andogriff
      March 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

      I’m sure Ms Chips will reward you handsomely when she gets back!

    • 9 proudmemberofglobalzero
      March 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Congrats Carol. It is a great day for you. Hope you are in love.

      Internet out for 4 days. Just got it back today. I am off work so I have a lot of catching up to do. Just to let everyone know…I spent ONE whole minute yesterday registering voters. I registered FIVE. I think I will spend a few more minutes today doing the same. We are so fired up in Florida…hate on women and hate towards the AA community has rallied everyone I know. I wish I could have gone to the rally yesterday for Trayvon…everyone in my area is talking about it. We have got to get rid of this law and the GOP all over the country. WE need to vote them out for sure.

  3. 18 andogriff
    March 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Carol! Congrats on first!! : ))

  4. 19 Ladyhawke
    March 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Good morning everyone…

  5. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    March 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Carol, congratulations. Who knew TOD could be so…enlightening. This morning the fog was so thick it was like a white cloud outside my window. Clicked here and and a teeny bit of sun came through. By the way, hope you get a special award when Chips comes back.

  6. 24 Suzette
    March 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Good morning all.
    TGIF. I am so tired. It has been one of those weeks and I am looking forward to my weekend.

    • 25 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Rest up this weekend Suzette. Have a happy Friday 🙂

    • 27 Pamela
      March 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I wish I had a weekend coming up….

      • 28 Suzette
        March 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

        You are making me feel bad, but since you have to work, have a peaceful – work – weekend.

        • 29 Pamela
          March 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

          Oh, no, Suzette, thank you but you never need to feel bad for me! I am blessed with more work than I need, work that I love and am very good at, in this time of difficulty for so many others. So, I wistfully say I wish I had a weekend, but I’m doing just fine! 🙂 You rest, take a walkl or work in the garden, or just read the blog! It’s all good!

  7. 30 hopefruit2
    March 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

    HEADLINE: US Outlook Optimism at 8-Year High: Economy

    // The number of Americans saying the U.S. economy is getting better rose in March to the highest level since 2004 as a decline in claims for unemployment benefits offered more evidence of a labor-market recovery. Thirty-four percent of respondents to Bloomberg’s monthly consumer expectations survey said the economy was improving, the largest share since January 2004. The pickup boosted the monthly expectations index to the highest in a year. Figures from the Labor Department today showed jobless claims decreased by 5,000 to 348,000 in the week ended March 17, the fewest since February 2008. //


  8. March 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I wonder who the President will nominate for World Bank today?

    March 23, 2012 at 9:15 am


    • 50 andogriff
      March 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Good morning Sue, good morning everyone!

    • 51 57andfemale
      March 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Who would think we’d be looking for a break in the heat in mid-March? The rain was welcome here in Chicago but it doesn’t seem to have been very much.

    • 54 57andfemale
      March 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

      A friend of mine is a florist by trade but also a college-educated botanist. he said the crabapple tree is the latest tree to bloom, usually around mid-May and it’s blooming now in Chicago.

      No wonder my allergies and asthma are going bonkers.

  10. March 23, 2012 at 9:18 am


    • 56 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

      This is a HUGE surprise. None of the so-called short-listed folks were named…


      • March 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

        Don’t you just LOVE it when PBO blows their idle speculation out of the water??!! HEE!!!!!

        • 58 Ladyhawke
          March 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

          I’m positively giddy.

        • 59 hopefruit2
          March 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

          OMG..words can’t express. It surely took that snarky Mark Knoller by utter surprise. He was busy tweeting GOP talking points about the ACA anniversary and also tweeted some names he thought were on PBO’s World bank short-list. Now that the news is out, he doesn’t know quite what to say, so he tweets some nonsense about the vote for World Bank President taking place in June…

          • 60 Ladyhawke
            March 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

            When I see Mark Knoller sitting in the White House briefing room with his little “Columbo” notepad and pencil it cracks me up. His job is supposed to be reporting the facts but he spends most of his time tweeting snarky comments about PBO and desperately looking for the negative angle to every story. His questions are always dripping with sarcasm. How does he look at himself in the mirror. Pathetic…

          • 61 57andfemale
            March 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

            Maybe if you weren’t such a first-class dick, Mark Knoller, someone who actually knew something might actually talk to you.

      • 62 amk for obama
        March 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

        The man continues to surprise.

      • 65 desertflower
        March 23, 2012 at 9:37 am

        PBO’s “Little Present” to all the “talkers” that thought they could read him like a book! HA! No Nothing’s

      • March 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

        yep punditry is one of the media occupations besides weather, where you can be consistently wrong and you continue to be employed 🙄

      • 70 CEB
        March 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

        What is wrong with reporting what actually happens as oppossed to speculating before the fact and “reporting” it as news? The y look like fools every time, which is most of the time, when they are proven wrong. My undergrad journalism professors would be appalled.

  11. 71 Melanie
    March 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

    President in Rose Garden in 40 mins. (10 am ET) to announce his World Bank nomination— West Wing Report (@WestWingReport) March 23, 2012

  12. March 23, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Here’s some background on the new appointment. HRC is said to have suggested his name:


    • 76 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Cool – thanks meta for the link.

    • 79 nathkatun7
      March 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks for sharing this, meta. Dr. Kim is an excellent pick to head the World Bank! Once again, President Obama demonstrated his maturity and his dedication to excellence. Contrast that with the picks by his predecessor who was more interested in awarding the position to his political cronies.

  13. 80 carolyn
    March 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

    When will the “pundits” learn not to forecast what the president will do!!! Isn’t one definition of insanity doint the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Well…….I think we can categorize the pundits and give their prognostications the respect they deserve:-)

  14. 83 hopefruit2
    March 23, 2012 at 9:31 am

    “Jim Yong Kim” and “World Bank” are now trending on Twitter 🙂

  15. 84 Melanie
    March 23, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Beautiful day, at least in the Northeast, for a Rose Garden announcement.

  16. 85 amk for obama
    March 23, 2012 at 9:33 am

    The street vendors outside the iconic Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City are doing a roaring trade.

    Everything from incense and candles to huge portraits of the Pope are flying off the shelves. Unfortunately for Benedict XVI, they are pictures of his predecessor, John Paul II – a man still held in great affection by Mexicans.

    The Pope’s Mexico visit is part of his inaugural Latin America tour.

    Mexico has the largest Roman Catholic community in this part of the world.

    Inside the cool of the cathedral, the priest compares the street sellers with the moneylenders in the New Testament that Jesus drove from the Temple.

    But critics say that, in these troubled times in Mexico, it is the hierarchy of the Church itself which has failed to live up to the teachings of the Bible.

    Some 50,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 2006 and the Church has been accused of failing to speak out over the fighting.


    ratzi, the nazi is taking down the rc with him.

  17. March 23, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Morning ya’ll. Check out one of Arizona’s Democratic candidates for Jon Kyl’s Senate Seat. Pretty impressive.


    • 96 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Thanks for passing that along, Jackie. Breath of fresh air after Kyl’s bile. I really DO hope that all this taking away of women’s rights and these ridiculous immigration stances, birther bills..etc, will have a tremendous effect on the voting public and make them take a look at just how awful and ugly the Republicans have become…and cause them to vote for Dems this year….even the most conservative people are thinking again whether they can go along with this nonsense being hammered home by these RW lunatics. Yes, even in AZ.

      • March 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        Wow…what a stellar candidate! The R’s are going to have a tough time making him look bad.

      • 98 nathkatun7
        March 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        Well, neighbor, I hope the majority of people in AZ will regain their sanity and elect this extremely sensible man! He should be on the list of people we are ready to work for to ensure that they are elected to Congress.

  18. March 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

    The pundits are already giving their opinions, on what happens WHEN the HCL gets found unconstitutional and bad news for Obama.
    Do they know something we don’t?

    • 105 amk for obama
      March 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

      pundtwits will be pundtwits jovie. What they say spew means jackshit before the sc.

    • 106 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Yup…just like they knew exactly who PBO was going to nominate for World Bank!!!

    • 107 57andfemale
      March 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

      It’s a real fear. This Supreme Court is the most corrupt in U.S. history.

      • March 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

        The SC needs to redeem itself after the 2000 election!

        • 109 57andfemale
          March 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

          Yeah? Citizens United, 2nd amendment meaning individual gun rights. They went where no one has gone before. I’m trying to stay positive but I’ve seen them mangle and abuse the law to fit their ideology. Taking the case at all was a bad sign to me.

          The effort right now from the administration and the DNC to frame ACA is really encouraging. But this should have been going on for the last 3 years and I hope it’s not too late. I would have preferred to go into the SC fight with CW on our side and we’re first tackling it now. Still hopeful, though.

    • 110 Betsy
      March 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

      No they don’t, they just are hoping it will fail, like they’re hoping PBO will fail…it will be more exciting for them, meanwhile they degrade even more what real journalism is and that is hurting our country considerably.

  19. 112 hopefruit2
    March 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

    The President’s Rose Garden announcement will also be televised live on C-SPAN.

  20. 113 hopefruit2
    March 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Here is PBO in Rose Garden!!

  21. 114 Melanie
    March 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Well Twitter is about to explode…”If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon Martin.”

    • 117 lisalovesobama
      March 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

      What? What happened? I missed PBO. Did PBO say something about Trayvon?

    • 118 jacquelineoboomer
      March 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

      President Obama makes all of our hearts “explode” with compassion and love for one another. I’m so proud of him, I could burst.

    • 120 CEB
      March 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

      I was just about to type this quote from the president. A powerful statement in so many ways. At first i was annoyed that the reporter took this occasion to ask the question, but then I thought that it was a good time. The president had the opportunity to respond without getting so caught up in it that states rights argument or be accused of politicizing the tragedy by the GOP.

      He also schooled them on what steps the executive branch could do and is doing about this situation.

      On another note, really like his selection fo the World bank post and that once again, he showed his graciousness by mentioning that his admin. was building on what the previous one had done about HIV/AIDS in developing countries.

    • March 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said.
      This President did it again, he brought tears to my eyes.

  22. March 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Mike Viquiera—msnbc—asks President Obama to comment on the Martin case. He says the right things, as always, expressing sympathy for the parents and expectations that an investigation will lead to the facts and justice, that he cannot wade into the legal matter, being rightly handled by DOJ and local and state law enforcement authorities. Said if he had a son he would look like Trayvon, that all parents should want justice in this matter.

  23. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

    What we need in our country: leadership

    What President Obama said this morning: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

    What we have in our country: the leadership of a compassionate, beautiful man, whom we must get re-elected.


    • March 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

      I am full of pride and love for our POTUS. He gave such a strong and compelling answer, he shut the press right up. They stood there in silence. He spoke from his heart but also with great wisdom and with due attention to protocol. I am IN AWE of this man.

      • 128 Ladyhawke
        March 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

        meta, we are so on the same page. I was about to post a comment saying that I am bursting with pride watching President Obama speak this morning. I too am in awe of this man. He’s just good inside. I have such a powerful personal connection with him that it scares me some time. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have this brilliant and passionate man as my president. He is a remarkable human being.

        • 129 Pamela
          March 23, 2012 at 10:43 am

          Meta, Ladyhawke, we share this deep connection. I feel this man, who is indeed very human, is asking us all to reach for the universal Soul in each of us, to strive to live as the better angels of our nature would have us live. Here on TOD we have found that dimension, are putting it into practice, and taking it out into the world on a daily basis. We needed a leader to speak for this change in an intelligent and truthful manner. We have found him.

          • March 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

            I think we feel so deeply connected to President Obama because he reaches into our hearts, our minds, our souls, our conscience on the issues of deep concern to us in our time. He has this inimitable way of being that is real and genuine, in the best of times and in the worst of times. We listen and absorb and because we are receptive to his humanity, we are moved. He will always be a beacon of hope to me.

    • 131 politicaljunkessa
      March 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Wow. 😥 😥 😥

      The Travon case really took me under. What a beautiful expression by my President. Love him. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

      March 23, 2012 at 10:24 am


      • 133 jacquelineoboomer
        March 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

        Yes, Sue, I almost lost it. All parents can understand how Trayvon’s mother and father must be feeling. And those of us who aren’t African American can have instant empathy for them, because – but for the history of our country and where its racism has mostly been targeted – it could be any of our children, my son included.

    • March 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

      This is the full measure of the man. It would have been easy just to say that it is being investigated and leaving it at that. It could have been easy just to express outrage and anger at what happend and leave it at that. It would have been easy to just say that as President he could not get involved in a local issue.

      Instead, he expressed all of the above in a way that shows his humanity, his connection to others and his ability to tie us all together.

      • 135 vcprezofan2
        March 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        Well said, Japa! We are after all complex beings, AND we have finally found a leader who is the epitome of that complexity.

    March 23, 2012 at 10:23 am


  25. 137 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Excellent choice, Mr. President, to head the World Bank. PBO answered all of the dumb MSM questions and the R lies about the nomination, in advance.

  26. 138 Ladyhawke
    March 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Trayvon Martin case adds new terror for mothers of black sons



    The killing of Trayvon Martin has introduced a new terror for the mothers of black boys to contemplate.

    How, after all, do you prepare your son to face the ordinary citizen, armed, not just with a gun, but also with a sense of entitlement and authority, and an attitude that they have the right to “protect” their world from you?

    With more and more citizens armed, and alienated, the ordinary prejudices that sadly still afflict our society can become deadly. And no one is more at risk in that world than black teenage boys who are the most followed, the most suspected and the most profiled people in American life.
    The Trayvon Martin case is every mother’s nightmare. Sabrina Fulton sent her son from Miami to Sanford to spend time with his dad and never saw him alive again. Not because of a gang or a deadly confrontation with police — but at the hands of a play cop with a real gun.

    We as a society should rethink the laws that made that possible.



  27. March 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

    • 140 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Exactly – I’m glad he said that, because this is EVERYONE’s responsibility, not just the Black President, but the media, the GOP frontrunners, and every American citizen. For instance, when will the media ask Willard Romney to comment about the “stand your ground” law – something that his endorser Jeb Bush supported and signed into law.

  28. 141 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 10:32 am


    What better symbol could there be for Romney, a habitual liar whose shapeshifting belief system is a matter of public record? The man’s an Etch A Sketch.

    I’m not gloating. I hope this doesn’t hurt him too deeply. I’m glad Romney seems to be winning the Republican nomination over the Bible-thumping bully Santorum and the deeply cynical demagogue Gingrich. Romney would be a hapless, prevaricating president — Warren Beatty playing the president in a lame 1970s comedy. But we’re used to that, and a lot of the positions he’s forced to embrace now are worth blithely abandoning. I can tolerate the possibility — remote and getting remoter — of a Romney presidency for the same reason that so many Republicans can’t stand him: He believes in nothing. Which sounds bad, but I’d rather have Romney licking his finger and testing the wind to figure out who he is that day than Santorum wielding the blunt instrument of his changeless, lead-pipe certainties.

    Still, it is a golden gaffe, one that should be savored, one that will be talked about for as long as people discuss political campaigns. But just remember — Etch A Sketch isn’t why Romney will lose this November. He was going to lose anyway.

  29. March 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

    He really wanted to say something. He waited couple of seconds, he knew he’ll get the question. And notice that when he finished, they didn’t even try to ask him anything else. They were stunned.

    “He’s look like Trayvon”. Broke my heart to pieces.

    • 148 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

      It was more than touching and honest. No words for how incredible this man, this fellow human being, is.He gives me hope for humanity.

      • 149 Melanie
        March 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

        I don’t know if he was expecting the question but his eloquence in answering it was astounding. I’m now thinking about how Willard responded when surrounded by a group of Black children…”who let the dogs out woof woof.” I know the circumstances aren’t really the same but part of being President is having grace under pressure. Our President has it in spades.

    • 151 CEB
      March 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

      I think that you are right. In past occasions in front of the press, when he did not want to answer questions, he would leave immediately after making his statement. After, his comments, which had the perfect tone, there was nothing for the jackals to say. “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” ; a world of empathy and pain, for so many reasons, in this one observationm. Then,”we all have some soul-searching to do.” Nothing more needs to be said.

  30. 152 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Nancy Pelosi speaking on the anniversary of the ACA


  31. 153 Ladyhawke
    March 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Does anyone know if the GOP clown car presidential candidates been asked to weigh in on the Trayvon Martin case?

    • 154 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Who gives a shit what they say. I really don’t care about their opinions…about anything. But in answer to your question…I haven’t heard that they have been asked. Nothing wrong with your astute question, Ladyhawke, I’m just SO over their bullshit.

      • 155 hopefruit2
        March 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

        I think their opinions DO matter. A LOT. These are individuals who are running for US President – and could very well end up in the WH pushing the very policies that have led to this tragedy. It was Jeb Bush who endorsed and signed the “Stand Your Ground” bill into law, and he has also endorsed the current GOP frontrunner, Mitt Romney for President in 2012.

        The media should not give Romney a pass for refusing to comment on this case (as he did a couple days ago), and neither should we.

      • 156 jacquelineoboomer
        March 23, 2012 at 10:52 am

        Romney declined to comment, yesterday, I believe. Jeb Bush, I think, also declined to speak about Florida’s Stand Your Ground bull crap law, which he signed.

        We would expect no less from either.

    • 157 edwina3
      March 23, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Allen West weighed in yesterday, calling it a travesty and an outrage. From what I read everyone is being pretty sympathetic.

    • 158 Cha
      March 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I just read that willard avoided The Question about Trayvon Martin.

  32. March 23, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Jesse Jr trying to get third airport for Chi Town-


    About time he did something good. Seriously!

  33. March 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

    If he had a son he would like like trayvon. Laws need to examine in context

  34. March 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Hey family redbird45 is my twitter name this is makesense4tulips

  35. 162 hopefruit2
    March 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Just an early heads up. VP Biden’s campaign speech in FL will be carried live on CSPAN at 12:15PM ET. I’m not sure whether it will be livestreamed by Whitehouse.gov or CNN, but will update as necessary.

  36. 164 collegekay
    March 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I am glad PBO said something about Trayvon. Bravo.

  37. 167 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I know Trayvon’s mother and father would rather have kept him, than offer up his death as a lesson for the rest of the world.

    But each day since that tragedy, we have learned a different lesson from it.

    When we hear President Obama say, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” that’s one lesson – that the leader of the free world could have just as senselessly lost his own son on the streets of Sanford that night, due to unfathomable hatred.

    Then we see Trayvon’s dad say that his son was his hero; that his son saved him from a burning house fire when he was nine; that he was raising his son to be a good human being. And the lesson is there are African-American fathers – which is sometimes forgotten – out there who are just like President Obama, no matter which city or house they live in, trying to raise their children to be good people and good citizens.

    I also applaud Rev. Al, a good son, for not collapsing upon hearing of the death of his precious mother, but – instead – continuing on to Sanford and last night’s rally, because “she would have wanted me to go.”

  38. March 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Bank of America says it has begun a pilot program offering some of its mortgage customers who are facing foreclosure a chance to stay in their homes by becoming renters instead of owners.

    The “Mortgage to Lease’’ program, which was launched this week, will be available to fewer than 1,000 BofA customers selected by the bank in test markets in Arizona, Nevada and New York.

    Participants will transfer their home’s title to the bank, which will then forgive the outstanding mortgage debt. In exchange, they will be able to lease their home for up to three years at or below the rental market rate. The rent will be less than the participants’ current mortgage payments and customers will not have to pay property taxes or homeowners insurance, the bank said.

    “This pilot will help determine whether conversion from homeownership to rental is something our customers, the community and investors will support,’’ Ron Sturzenegger, legacy asset servicing executive of Bank of America, said in a statement.


  39. 171 Ladyhawke
    March 23, 2012 at 10:52 am

    KAREN FINNEY: Consequences of perpetuating black stereotypes


    Yesterday, Karen Finney guest hosted for the Martin Bashir Show. At the end of the show she did the ”CLEAR THE AIR” segment. It was a remarkable and powerful commentary on the dangers of black racial stereotypes. This needs to be spread far and wide. As President Obama said this morning about the Trayvon Martin case, “ALL OF US NEED TO DO SOME SOUL SEARCHING”. Truer words were never spoken.



    • 172 jacquelineoboomer
      March 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

      I was so very impressed by Karen Finney’s hosting of Martin’s show yesterday. I’d like to see her replace some of the others on MSNBC and get her own show. She has found her medium.

      • 173 Ladyhawke
        March 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

        I agree. I thought she was terrific. She speaks with such clarity and insight. She just makes sense.

      • March 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

        I like her too. I laughed tho, and it wasn’t her fault, at the trouble she had connecting with Mike Viquiera on the press bus in Ohio. When she first threw to him, she just got a shot of his lap, and she said—whoops, don’t think that’s the shot Mike wanted us to see—-and everyone started laughing. Then on the next attempt Viquiera was not aware he was on and he was chatting with another reporter about sweater vests, she couldn’t get his attention. But outside of the tech probs, she was great.

      • 176 57andfemale
        March 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

        I’m sorry I missed it!

        She has come a long way. A few years ago she was one of the Democratic pundits who had to say, “they’re really nice guys but…..” and that sort of equivocation for which Democrats are famous.

        That is gone. She is persistent, articulate and on message, with passion and intelligence. She has become one of my favorites.

    • 177 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

      You mean like Geraldo Rivera blaming his death on the fact that Trayvon was wearing a hoodie?

    • March 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      When she spoke of a father who was addressed using the term “boy,” it brought back some of the same memories for me, including the pain. I remember the same thing happening to my dad, with my mom, siblings, and I having to stand by and watch a good husband, father, Christian, hard-worker, good neighbor, a highly intelligent man, and respected deacon in his church be treated this way by men who weren’t good enough to shine his shoes. They couldn’t hold a candle to my dad in any of these areas, but that didn’t matter because he was deemed by them to be inferior, simply because he was black. Although it’s difficult to get any of the so-called Christians on the right to admit it, many of them still feel this way not only about blacks, but poor whites, atheists, gay persons, Muslims, Hispanic persons, and anyone else who doesn’t look like them or think the way they think. If there’s anything that should compel people to vote in huge numbers for PBO in November, this should be a primary motivator. None of the top republicans want to speak about the Trayvon Martin case. This tells me that they want to ignore it and are hoping it goes “away.” Why? Most likely because if they sympathize with him/his family, those on the far right will go nuts, and as Charles Pierce at Esquire has said, they are cowards to the core. Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs had a post the other day showing some of the comments that were being made about Trayvon on the Fox website, and despicable, racist, and bigoted doesn’t even begin to describe them. These Fox commenters reveal the dark, ugly underbelly that lurks in what many on the right call the world’s most “exceptional” nation. This should be a cause for shame, but people like this care only about maintaining power and control, even if it means stepping on, or even eliminating, someone with whom they don’t like or agree with.

  40. 179 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 10:52 am


    I’m speaking, of course, about Social Security and Medicare. Each program is a form of “social insurance” and each serves the same basic function: To protect us from financial shocks that we cannot anticipate or avoid. With Social Security, the shock is reaching retirement without enough income. With Medicare, the shock is high medical bills during old age. During our working years, we pay into these programs by handing over portions of our incomes, in the form of payroll taxes. And we don’t have a choice about it, unless we want to start evading taxes.

    The Affordable Care Act is also a form of social insurance. It, too, seeks to protect us from problems that we cannot anticipate or avoid: Illness or accident before we turn 65. To get that protection, we must contribute towards its cost—by obtaining a qualified health plan on our own or, failing that, paying a fee to the government. The government then uses that fee to finance the provision of health care services for those who couldn’t pay for it on their own. The obligation is, if anything, less onerous than the one for Medicare and Social Security. By law, the government cannot impose criminal penalties on people who fail to meet the mandate. The worst the government can do is withhold future tax refunds.

    Must Read.

    • 180 57andfemale
      March 23, 2012 at 11:12 am

      This is excellent. there was someone on c-span this morning talking about health care. A Republican caller floated the old “only 50% pay federal income tax”. the guest made the point that for every dollar you make, you are paying for SS and Medicare. EVERYONE pays for those benefits.

  41. March 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Electric charging stations have arrived at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. There are four stations up and running, each of which can handle two vehicles at a time.

    They are on the lowest level of Daily Garage B and are reserved for electric vehicles. There’s no fee to use the stations, but you still have to pay the normal rate to get out of the garage.

    The, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates National and Dulles International Airport, opened four charging stations at Dulles last month. Eight stations arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport last year.

    The new stations at National Airport, like the stations at Dulles, have two types of chargers: Level 1, a 120-volt outlet, and Level 2, a 240-volt connector.


    • 183 57andfemale
      March 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I’m going to paraphrase similar news from Chicago: More Volts purchased by the city, with charging stations powered by solar. In the downtown area, I believe.

  42. March 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I just listened to President Obama talking about the Trayvon Martin case.

    Every time this man opens his mouth, he leaves my jaw on my chest, and I am stunned into silence.

    That was a strong, tough and tender statement. Forgive the misplaced preposition, but “Where did this man come from?”

  43. March 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    What? What’s going on? I thought Pres.Obama was going to nominate Larry Summers.

    How long before someone on the left says Jim Yong Kim worked at, visited, walked by, lived near, knew or had lunch with someone at Goldman Sachs?

    • March 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

      There is not 1 day that I am not proud of this man!

      • 191 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        March 23, 2012 at 11:33 am


        • 192 nathkatun7
          March 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

          You know what CTGirl and SUE DUVALL SMITH? I truly share your sentiments. This is why I initially resented people who called us “Obots” as if we had no firm basis for supporting this good man. At age 66, I’ve lived under, and observed, a few presidents. As far as I am concerned, when it comes to courage, intelligence, hard work, grace, passion and love for country, and just simple human decency, President Obama, in my humble opinion, has no equal. And if saying this makes me an Obama robot so be it! I am just so happy to be among people, at the TOD, who exhibit the same qualities as President Obama. Like you, CTGirl, everyday I am proud of my President. In fact I feel honored to have been one of the millions of people who voted to elect him president.

  44. March 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Hello all you O’s!!!! It’s raining here, but still a great getting up day in TODdy town! I’m remain extremely impressed with our President. To paraphrase what he said this morning when asked by a reporter about the Trayvon Martin case :

    “I’m head of the Executive branch and the attorney general reports to me so I have to be careful what I say so it doesn’t impact the investigation. It’s a tragedy and when I think about this boy, it makes me think about my own kids. Every parent in America should understand that a full investigation at the state, local, and federal level is required. We all need to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this could happen and examine our laws. When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.

    My message is to the parents , if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. The parents have every right to expect that all of us as Americans will take this with the seriousness it deserves to get to the bottom of this. ”

    His response was heartfelt and genuine and you could tell that he really felt these parent’s pain.

  45. 194 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Another MUST READ….and another non commitment from Mittens


  46. 195 debbyeOh
    March 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Good morning TOD family! OMG, what a man, i mean a REAL man, our President is! He bought me to tears whit his remarks about Trayvon!

  47. 196 xtine
    March 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

    FLOTUS will replant WH garden on Monday! With 34 kids from IA, PA, NC, & of course DC (Go Bancroft!):

    Three of the states that will send kids to the White House are battlegrounds for President Obama’s re-election effort. Mrs. Obama has invited second graders from Mitchell Elementary School in Ames, Iowa; sixth graders from Stetser Elementary School in Chester, Pennsylvania; and third graders from Sumner Elementary School in Greensboro, North Carolina.


    Members of Girl Scouts of Western New York Troop 60325 from Fairport, New York have also been invited to Monday’s planting, and students from DC’s Harriet Tubman and Bancroft Elementary Schools, longtime partners in the project, will also be on hand. Bancroft students–who have their own school garden that Mrs. Obama has visited–have worked in the Kitchen Garden since it was first planted in 2009. The Tubman kids have also been at a number of garden events; White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford, Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass and Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses have adopted the school through the Chefs Move to Schools program, which marries professional chefs to public schools.


  48. 200 Liberal Librarian
    March 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Call me an Obot. Say I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid. I don’t give a rat’s ass. I admire this man in a way I’ve never admired another President.

    • 210 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

      What would you expect from Murdoch?? He owns that paper 🙂 They ALWAYS try to erase things that don’t fit their narrative……Etch a Sketch Party!

    • 211 amk for obama
      March 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

      These neocon bastids had 8 fucking years to do this “it’s not big deal” thingy and yet failed miserably at it. By that standard alone, they suck.

      • 212 57andfemale
        March 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

        And then to be as un-American as to LIE about the wonderful President who did do it?

        These same bastards who practically arrested anyone who had a whiff of ‘disrespect’ for Bush and called them all ‘traitors’. Who’s the traitor? The PAC that literally lies about what Clinton said, and then the ‘business’ newspaper that lies about that? Beyond despicable.

  49. 213 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

    More info on PBO’s impressive choice to the World Bank.


  50. March 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Our new World Bank nominee is multi-talented! Here he is with his will.i.am and Michael Jackson impressions—–who woulda thunk it?

    • March 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Everyone has to watch this! Not kidding! I am loving this dude!

      • 216 utaustinliberal
        March 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        Hahahahah. Thanks for this Dotster. It was so much fun that I had to tweet it. He’s a doll. 🙂

    • 217 Ladyhawke
      March 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

      OMG, Jim Yong Kim is adorable. That was so much fun to watch. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. Too cute.

    • 218 CEB
      March 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I really enjoy and appreciate the multi-faceted people that this admin. selects to various posts. Dr. Kim is smart, caring, funny, willing the put himself out there to connect (how many college presidents would dance and sing on stage like this?) and he has a sports background ( football, basketball, and a golf game that PBO envies).

  51. 220 Linda
    March 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Geraldo Rivera says:

    “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies,” Rivera said on “Fox & Friends.” “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”

    No mention from Geraldo about the fact that Zimmerman was also wearing a hoodie?

    Why is it that white kids who wear hoodies as much as anyone aren’t being admonished in this regard? How about we tell everybody to stop making assumptions based on attire?

    • 221 Liberal Librarian
      March 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

      I just read that. He’s a toad. But it’s par for the course with those with darker-colored skin. They have to watch everything they do.

    • 222 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Now we’re blaming clothes. No wonder why we still have a race issue in this country.

    • 223 AJ
      March 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Half of me is stunned by such stupidity…the other half is saying, “Hey, it’s Geraldo; what were you expecting?”

    • 224 Dakota
      March 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Open season on minorities, huh Geraldo? Now Blacks and Latinos can’t wear the kind of clothes they want to? Crawl back under your rock Geraldo…

      I am so proud of my President. The thoughfulness and compassion with which speaks never ceases to amaze me. He just about broke my heart today.

    • March 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      So when a woman gets raped, its her clothing choice that’s to blame? Geraldo is a moron. Zimmerman is not some animal in the wild. HE should have moderated his behavior not Trayvon and other minority children.

  52. 226 Jessica
    March 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Trayvon’s name is finally trending because of Pres’ statement. Now we need Justice4Trayvon to trend.

  53. 228 Liberal Librarian
    March 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I want us to beat them so badly that they’ll never again be able to form the words “I want my country back”.

    At Gun Range, Santorum Aims At Target And Is Urged To “Pretend It’s Obama”

  54. March 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Ya know what, I don’t care if idiots try to make hay out of what the POTUS said. First of all, genetics is pretty straight forward, barring some anomaly (albinism), if POTUS and FLOTUS had a son what the hell would he look like? I certainly don’t expect a child of their to look like Santorum’s. So yeah, is they had a son, they’d probably superficially look like a Black child!

    2nd, it was a very measured response. he made sure he mentioned that he is part of the executive branch, it is the DOJ who has direct involvement in the case and he wants to be careful that what he says does not reflect or harm the DOJ investigation in any way.

    The statement was pitch-darn-perfect.

    POTUS is darned if he does and darned if he doesn’t, so it’s way better for him to be on the good foot than not.

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