rise and shine

President Obama greets US soldiers and family members before boarding Air Force One at Osan Air Base outside Seoul on March 27 to leave South Korea



11:00 AM: Michelle Obama participates in the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Centennial Tree Planting Ceremony.

12:00: Michelle Obama meets with the spouses of the military’s senior enlisted leaders.


President Obama covers the microphone as he arrives at the plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit at the Coex Center in Seoul, March 27

…. with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak find their places for the group ‘family photo’ at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit

…. with Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev



The U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement will help to support an estimated 70,000 jobs in the years ahead and increase U.S. GDP by at least $11 billion due to increased exports of goods.

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…. greeting US soldiers and family members before boarding Air Force One at Osan Air Base outside Seoul, March 27



Time: ….. Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton were on the long stretch of a turnpike between Orlando and Miami on March 23 when they heard President Obama’s poignant remark about their boy — that if he had a son, “he’d look like Trayvon.”

They say that was when they realized how far-reaching the impact of his controversial death, and their effort to get to the bottom of it, is. “It felt real warm to know our son’s name had been mentioned by the President of the United States and all over the nation and the world,” Martin says.

“His name is ringing all over the country, all over the nation, all over the world.” Fulton agrees, saying, “It showed us that even President Obama understands we need justice, that he understands our situation.” Adds Martin: “The nation is saying, What if — what if this was my son, what would I do?”

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Charles Pierce: This picture, which ran on the front page of The New York Times this morning, and which accompanied the story about the opening of the arguments in the Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, makes me as sad and despairing about the state of the country as I have been in an awfully long time. There are better places on the Intertoobz than this one to look either for a general overview of what may happen in the Court over the next three days – Ezra Klein’s joint did a masterful job this morning – …. but this picture makes the whole affair ring a little hollow already.

What exactly are these people praying for?

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Have a perfect day Proud!


Morning everyone 😉

278 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 44 symmetry11
    March 27, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Good morning all

  2. 46 Dudette
    March 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Yay Chips!!! Welcome Back, Dear!!

    Excellent selection.
    Love the pics of PBO making fun of the mic gaffe!!

  3. 50 Cheryllou
    March 27, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Good morning

  4. 53 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I see that the NYTimes headline today was about a poll showing how unpopular the Afghanistan war is. Well, DUH…why is this headlines? Obviously, they couldn’t really talk about the ACA – because many people, from ordinary citizens to doctors, showed up at the Supreme Ct yesterday to show their support for ObamaCares, outnumbering the ignorant Teabagger set that the media loves to highlight . I’m guessing the media wasn’t expecting that massive show of support – particularly when they have been pushing those stupid polls claiming that the ACA is unpopular. I truly believe that those polls are designed to elicit a negative response based on the way they’re asked in the first place.

    • 54 collegekay
      March 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

      They never cease to amaze me w/ their crap.

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      March 27, 2012 at 9:07 am

      HF, that’s exactly what their polls are designed for. You can get any answer you want if you word the question the right way. The individual elements of ACA have always been popular, but you can twist a question about the whole bill in such a way that people people say no. It’s a scam. Besides as I said in the last thread, what difference does it make? SCOTUS is deciding on the constitutionality of the issue, not it’s popularity. If decisions went by popularity alone, we wouldn’t have the Citizen’s United ruling and Lily Ledbetter would have gotten justice the first time. The media is out of control on this issue and Trayvon’s murder. They are playing us for fools, as usual.

      • 56 hopefruit2
        March 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

        Very well said Jackie. It’s so disgusting that media tries to get ahead of just about every issue to make our duly elected President look bad. Even the Trayvon Martin case – I now believe is being used in the media as a proxy for President Obama. Notice that since PBO spoke out, the media has changed it’s portrayal of Martin from an innocent kid to a menacing thug. The media has now decided that Trayvon is the enemy because Barack Obama is on his side. It’s so predictable, yet so sad how the media’s compulsive anti-Obama positions feature in just about every thing that is reported.

        • 57 jackiegrumbacher
          March 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

          Yes, HF, but once you get what they’re doing, it doesn’t have the power to hurt you anymore. It’s like deciphering a code. They are so predictable, that they daily destroy their credibility, drip by drip. Our job is to make sure that more people understand the pattern. Once they’re hip to it, they can start laughing at it. I think we should try telling the media that we are on to them and we’re not only laughing at their antics, we’re making sure our friends and neighbors laugh too.

  5. 58 collegekay
    March 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Welcome back Chipsticks. Good morning all and THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to my fundraising thingy. i’ve never had anyone contribute before and since yesterday there have been 7 donations. awesome!

    here is the link if anyone else wants to get it poppin’ : https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/KayKay


    in other news- pbo has such a great sense of humor. that whole mic thing is ridiculous. people are acting like he said something terrible 🙄

  6. 59 JER
    March 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Good Morning and welcome back Chips. So good to have you back.

  7. 60 utaustinliberal
    March 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

    You gotta love PBO. He jokes about the open mic moment and shows once again how ludicrous the MSM is.

    • 61 isonprize
      March 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Hell, they had to do SOMETHING to get some coverage. If it hadn’t been for the “open mic” wink – wink, there would have been no coverage at all. The cynic is me says that the media got played on this one. As thoughtful and as smart as PBO is, I think that he assumes that mics are ALWAYS on.

      Why would he say anything in private that he wouldn’t say in public. He’s just that kind of man. These excuses for journalists want to act like “oon, oooh, we caught him doing something wrong.” or ” we caught him unprepared” PBO is always prepared.

      • 62 desertflower
        March 27, 2012 at 9:02 am

        PBO is always prepared. Exactly right. He’s NOT a gaffe man. One would think that the media would have figured this out already! But no..obviously not the brightest tools in the shed.

        Morning everyone:) Chips! Welcome home! We missed you….We got a little crazy Friday night….nothing bad.yardarm called us hens, and left the party:) Nothing broke. Promise….

      • 64 jackiegrumbacher
        March 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

        Yes, Isonprize. At least now people know he was in South Korea and met with world leaders. Nobody would have known about his otherwise.

      • 65 vcprezofan2
        March 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

        ‘Why would he say anything in private that he wouldn’t say in public. He’s just that kind of man.’

        THERE you go! I don’t believe these ‘journalists’ have ever met a president before who SAYS WHAT HE MEANS, before your face, behind your back, before/behind the mike, and sideways, so it’s understandable (though reprehensible) that they get all aflutter when they think they have a scoop. What IMO is a sad reflection on their lack of ability to ‘grow’ is the fact that after following his presidency for three full years they haven’t yet internalized that fact of his character. President Obama if a man of principles AND a man of his word. A smart journalist – an insightful one at any rate, would have used that mike quote to point out the fact that the President is serious in his intent to lower nuclear stock that he asked Russia to wait until after both country’s elections to refocus more fully on the process.

      • March 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

        Funny how he and Medevev are so embarrassed they seem to be laughing uproariously.

        BTW Chips I was not one of the people who trashed this place while you were gone. I have the utmost respect other people’s property and obeying the rules.

        Besides by the time I got here the door was locked and apparently all the pizza was gone. So I left.

    • 69 Mel
      March 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Well once again PBO showed his brilliance and made Mitt Romney look stupid and also made the
      MSM look ridiculus, but they have nothing on PBO.

  8. 70 Ladyhawke
    March 27, 2012 at 8:53 am


    It has been fascinating to watch the hysteria by the media and the GOP over the “hot mic” manufactured controversy. For me, it’s much ado about nothing. But what is even more fascinating is how badly it seems to be backfiring on Mitt Romney. Boy does he look like a lightweight. I bet before this blows over, Romney will wish he had kept his mouth shut. Because by opening his mouth he has given the DNC an opportunity to educate him on Russia.

    Mitt Romney thinks he is qualified to be the leader of the free world. But his foreign policy chops are “severely” lacking. Try to imagine how Mitt Romney would have handled the trip to the Nuclear Summit in South Korea. How would he have interacted for foreign leaders from around the world? How would he have answered questions from U.S. and international journalists? Would he have engaged and inspired the university students?

    Romney doesn’t know how to fake foreign policy acumen

    By Steve Benen


    The key quote in the clip was Romney arguing, in reference to Russia, “[T]his is without question our number one geopolitical foe, they fight every cause for the world’s worst actors, the idea that [President Obama] has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed.”

    For one thing, Obama didn’t talk about more flexibility for Russia; he talked about more flexibility for himself, urging Russian leaders to be patient until after the election season. There’s a big difference between the two.

    For another, calling Russia the nation’s “number one geopolitical foe” has renewed a debate over whether Romney understands these issues as well as he thinks he does.



    • March 27, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Next thing you know, he will be talking about seeing Putin’s head floating above the horizon. Apparently he doesn’t recognize that PBO has gotten Russia to cooperate on many levels, from nuclear weapons and material safeguards to sanctions against Iran.

      And to call Russia our greatest geopolitical foe displays a massive ignorance. Apparently Romney still thinks the Cold War is raging.

    • 72 jackiegrumbacher
      March 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

      The idea of world leaders trying to interact with Romney makes me laugh. Most of them would wonder at the US’s defective robot technology. Here would be someone who looked human, but couldn’t quite communicate human speech or reactions. While some of them would be stunned at the depths to which this country had sunk,bothers would be laughing behind his back. They would all also feel the danger of having a dumb Bush-like person in charge of the US once again and shudder for the future.

    • 75 anniebella
      March 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

      I sent a email to Wolf Blitzer and I ask him what was it that President Obama said that was so controversy when he was talking to Medvedev? Why is it that the media like you people at CNN like to try to make something out of nothing? What happen to the days when the media reported the news, but they didn’t have to make up the news, stir up controversy. The media has nothing more than second hand tabloid media. Thanks CNN.

    • 76 57andfemale
      March 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

      can we now say it? Out loud?



      And I would like one MSM reporter or pundit to say how dangerous it is to undermine any POTUS when they are conducting international policy. I am sick to death of a special set of rules applied to PBO.

    • 77 miss pat
      March 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Yep, we have to watch out for those communists. We have to practice hiding under our desks again. The world is changing and Romney is being left behind. Geopolitical foe indeed. Is geopolitical a word? Someone help me out please?

  9. 78 proudofobama
    March 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Welcome back, Chips. You’re just in time for my birthday party. The big 60 today! Wow. But I’m grateful and looking forward to a great year. Love our President. He is just amazing.

  10. 109 bjw2
    March 27, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Good morning TODville.
    Chips it’s great to have you back, I’m also glad to see our president is heading back.

  11. 110 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2012 at 8:57 am

    HEADLINE: U.S. Weekly Economic Confidence Breaks Four-Year Ceiling
    Gallup Economic Confidence Index at -17, improved from -21 the prior week

    // PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. economic confidence improved to -17 in the week ending March 25 from -21 the prior week. Economic confidence is now by one point at the highest weekly level Gallup has recorded since it started Daily tracking of confidence in January 2008. //


  12. 112 Sammy67
    March 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Welcome back Chipstick and Good morning TODville.

  13. 113 Ladyhawke
    March 27, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Love you madly Chips. So glad you are back in the saddle. I missed you so much.

  14. 117 vcprezofan2
    March 27, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Chips Chica, with regards to your recent absence I have two heartfelt words to share: Welcome home. Wel-come home. WELCOME HOME!

    I sure hope you accomplished all that you needed to, be it work or rest, or both.

    A VERY Good Morning, everyone else in TODville! Our world is back on its axis, and we are all steadier for it! 😉 😆 😆 😆

    • 118 vcprezofan2
      March 27, 2012 at 9:05 am

      BTW, CC, last night’s lovely cache of pictures was a very fitting ‘I’m home’ shout-out. I got the message loud and clear when I signed in. 😉 THANKS! We. are. seriously. spoiled. but we love you for it! {{CC}}

  15. 119 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

    • March 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

      They are participating in House hearings today. Here is what I’m not happy with—-at all. Protesters are then going to march to the White House. Who is trying to lay this at President Obama’s feet? This is not right and not helpful. This is a legal matter. The pressure should be on the Sanford, Fl. law enforcement authorities, the newly appointed AA police chief and the special prosecutor, to make a decision on this case. An increasing amount of damage is being done to all concerns the longer this drags on.

      • 121 hopefruit2
        March 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

        The Sanford FL law enforcement has already determined that Zimmerman is innocent and they have bungled all the evidence enough at the local and state level to ensure that he is not prosecuted at the local level. Therefore, the case has to go to the DOJ/FBI for further investigation.

        I don’t think they’re protesting President Obama – they are trying to ensure that the DOJ and FBI stay on top of this case. If it’s prosecuted as a hate crime, then it’s no longer a Sanford PD issue.

        But I agree that the Sanford and FL authorities need to be put in jail.

        • March 27, 2012 at 10:01 am

          Well—-they have new people in place in reaction to the inaction of those who were in charge originally. The only thing the fed. authorities can do is bring a hate crime, if that is what is determined, which authorities say is a difficult case to prove. I saw the former Miami police chief interviewed on CNN this a.m. who said that all police orgs. fought against this Stand Your Ground law (license to kill) when it was being proposed because they knew the legal problems it would present. He said that this case has grabbed the headlines but there have been dozens and dozens of killings that have fallen into this Stand Your Ground protection law—–all kinds of road rage incidents etc.—–snap decisions that had tragic fatal results because someone had a gun. And I am still curious and suspicious how this weeks’ old case got pulled into the spotlight. Anti-Obama forces couldn’t have designed a better scenario. They’ve been trying to force this kind of racial unrest since his ’08 campaign.

          • 123 hopefruit2
            March 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

            The Miami Herald police chief is using a red herring. The Stand Your Ground law does not even apply in this case. Even Jeb Bush acknowledged that. Zimmerman’s words about being attacked by Trayvon simply aren’t credible.

        • March 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

          Hell yeah, let’s “clean house!” 😉

          YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
          PRESS ON!

  16. 125 desertflower
    March 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Bye, Newt! What a carnival barker….what a fraud.

    And finally: Gingrich has apparently gotten so desperate that he’s started charging supporters $50 a pop to take a picture with him. Starting last night, he’s told supporters to go online to find their picture, but before they can download it, they must input their credit card info.

    • 126 anniebella
      March 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

      How silly these people must be, who would want a picture with Newt?

      • 127 vcprezofan2
        March 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Oh, Anniebella! Who indeed? 😆 And anyone who would PAY for the experience fits right into the adage ‘A fool and his money are soon parted.’

  17. 128 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2012 at 9:23 am

    As Ohio goes, so goes the nation:

  18. 130 desertflower
    March 27, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I wonder if people realize that we wouldn’t HAVE a deficit issue if these freeloaders paid their FAIR SHARE!!!


  19. March 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

    All I know is, the US Supreme Court is a beautiful building, both inside and out. It reminds me of the ancient Greek Acropolis.
    Then, next door is the Library of Congress, an incredibly beautiful building inside. Our version of the Vatican.
    Do you guys agree?

    • 132 hopefruit2
      March 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Yes, and when the weather is nice (like today) it looks even more picturesque.

    • 133 jackiegrumbacher
      March 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Having lived in DC for 26 years, I would say the whole area around the mall is incredibly beautiful. You can take it all for granted after a while, but if you really look, it’s all awe-inspiring.

  20. 134 Ladyhawke
    March 27, 2012 at 9:31 am


    I just love that video of President Obama explaining his comments about the overblown “hot mic” incident. He really makes the GOP and the jackals look petty and small. The jackals in their glee to carry water for the Republican Party have helped to prove one of the major points PBO was trying to make. There is no seriousness of purpose coming from the Republican Party.


    “The only way I get this stuff done is If I’m consulting with the Pentagon, with Congress, if I’ve got bipartisan support and frankly, THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT IS NOT CONDUCIVE TO THOSE KINDS OF THOUGHTFUL CONSULTATIONS,” Obama told reporters following a meeting with the presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan. “I THINK THE STORIES YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN WRITING OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS IS PRETTY GOOD EVIDENCE OF THAT.”


    Check please……

  21. 140 57andfemale
    March 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Hope this is in the government’s argument this morning:

    Act for the Relief of Sick & Disabled Seamen, July 1798

    … It was a payroll tax that all sailors on private merchant ships had to pay, and in return, they were basically given access to a small public health-care system. But it was, in essence, a regulation against a form of inactivity: You were not allowed to not do something, in this case, pay for sailor’s health insurance.

  22. 142 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I predict that if this show of support continues, the media will lose interest in the ACA hearings 🙂

    • March 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Sadly, I’m sure you’re correct.

    • 144 vcprezofan2
      March 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Yet if it keeps up and the media loses interest, the Supreme Court members will still see that there are citizens who care enough to come out daily and that might influence one or two of the more recalcitrant republican judges. At least, I hope so.

      • March 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        Apparently, the Supreme Court (Thomas, in particular) said that the demonstrations outside mean nothing to him/them – it’s just “noise”. I think they’ve forgotten that they are there to protect the laws and the Constitution – FOR THE PEOPLE whom they serve.

        • 146 vcprezofan2
          March 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

          You know Theo, Thomas might say it means nothing to HIM, but it might remind some of the others WHOM they are serving, particularly if those who can, stay the course. In the case of Thomas he has repeatedly made it clear that he is in the business of serving himself and his ‘lovely’ (meant as snark) wife, so I don’t expect much of anything from him.

          • 147 0388jojothecat
            March 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

            SCROTUM Thomas is a jackass….we all know he does not think for himself and will rubber stamp SCROTUM Scalia anyway.

    • 148 nospin
      March 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      I also see this as a great opportunity for people to educate the folks who are protesting.

  23. 149 desertflower
    March 27, 2012 at 9:35 am


    The next time conservatives open their big mouths on Obama “dividing this country” they might want to look within the ranks on the Right:

    Then read…..by the way, BJ got a nifty new facelift! Looks nice over there…

  24. 150 ctgirl7
    March 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Romney got his butt handed to him over his fake outrage at President Obama’s hot mic 🙂

    Medvedev took this shot at Romney: “I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … to do two things. First, when phrasing their position, one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate. Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s.”


  25. 168 symmetry11
    March 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Chaka Khan ft. Eric Benet, Kelly Price, Luke James & More – Super Life (Trayvon Martin Tribute)

  26. March 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

    What a wonderful environment we have here. Chips, we are so very glad to have you back. You were sorely missed, and as I look at the pictures of our President, I am so filled with love, respect and pride. I just know he has our backs. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  27. 171 57andfemale
    March 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

    thank you, Ms. Chips, for adding Charlie Pierce to the blog roll:


    • 172 57andfemale
      March 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

      By the way, Charlie was GREAT this morning on Stephanie Miller (now on Current TV and on my home TV whenever possible).

  28. March 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Romney, same yesterday, today and tomorrow. This link is from Steve Benen’s blog :


  29. 174 Debz
    March 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Good morning all, mornin’ Chips, happy to have you back.

  30. 175 desertflower
    March 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

    So not only is he a flip flopper on a massive scale, but he doesn’t think that he should tell voters AHEAD OF TIME, how he feels about issues, and how he would govern! Perfect MItt!


    Mr. Romney:
    “One of the things I found in a short campaign against Ted Kennedy was that when I said, for instance, that I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education, that was used to suggest I don’t care about education,” Romney recalled. “So I think it’s important for me to point out that I anticipate that there will be departments and agencies that will either be eliminated or combined with other agencies….So will there be some that get eliminated or combined? The answer is yes, but I’m not going to give you a list right now.”

    Romney’s answer goes a long way to explain why some conservatives have been reluctant to embrace his candidacy. They want a list. They want it to be long, they want it to be detailed, and they want a candidate who is not only willing to provide one but eager to campaign on it…. That’s not Mitt Romney. It never will be.

    • March 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      This is the same guy who implied that the President’s comment about needing space from Russia regarding negotiations on nuclear defense during this crazy election season meant he was hiding some sinister objectives until after the election, right?

  31. 177 amk for obama
    March 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Man, the man has greyed in a short time. Fuck americans. Pahdon my FF.

  32. 184 Betsy
    March 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Welcome back Chips, we all missed you. We are glad you had a safe trip and that you are rested enough to come here and take care of your little chicks who have been busy causing a kerfuffle while you were away 🙂

  33. 185 utaustinliberal
    March 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

    This is how Romney aka Etch-A-Sketch connects with average people. In his new beach mansion in La Jolla, CA the cars will have their own separate elevators. Hahahahahaha….this is too easy.


    • 186 desertflower
      March 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Sorry, UT 🙂 Didn’t see that you had posted this….WTH? Doesn’t EVERYONE have an elevator to bring their car to the floor you happen to be on in your house?????

    • March 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Why can’t he just go off and enjoy his money, instead of trying to destroy the whole world and people’s lives?

  34. March 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

    SEOUL — White House press secretary Jay Carney responded here Tuesday to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s suggestion that Russia is the United States’s “number one geopolitical foe.”

    “It seems a little inaccurate to make that statement about Russia,” Carney told reporters following a briefing on progress made by the Obama administration during the Nuclear Security Summit. “Russia is a country that we have been able to cooperate with on very important issues, even as we disagree with them on others, and that includes missile defense and Syria.”

    Romney made his comments about Russia in response to the hot mic exchange President Barack Obama had with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in which Obama asked for “space” and “flexibility” on issues including missile defense until after the November election. Romney has since assailed those comments as “an alarming and troubling development,” one from which “I don’t think he can recover.”

    Carney suggested that any assessments that put Russia atop a U.S. enemies list don’t reflect recent history as the two countries have come to cooperate on a wide range of issues and al-Qaida has risen as “so clearly the preeminent threat to the United States.”

  35. 192 desertflower
    March 27, 2012 at 10:01 am


    At Mitt Romney’s proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator.

    There’s also a planned outdoor shower and a 3,600-square foot basement — a room with more floor space than the existing home’s entire living quarters.

    Those are just some of the amenities planned for the massive renovation of the Romneys’ home in the tony La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, according to plans on file with the city.

    A project this ambitious comes with another feature you don’t always find with the typical fixer-upper: its own lobbyist, hired by Romney to push the plan through the approval process.

    Work on the project has not yet begun.

    But it may not help Romney — whose wealth has caused him trouble connecting with average folks — to be seen building a split-level, four-vehicle garage that comes with a “car lift” to transport automobiles between floors, according to 2008 schematic plans for the renovation obtained by POLITICO that are on file with the city of San Diego.

    Doesn’t EVERYONE have an elevator for their cars???

    • 193 Debz
      March 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I told you all, he is building this to be his Western White House. he is so sure he will be elected, he wants to be just like Nixon and Regan, yet POTUS isn’t allowed to rent a house for a weekend trip with his family.

      • 194 anniebella
        March 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        Well Debz, that will be the only White House Mitt Romney will be in, because he and Annie won’t make it to the one in D.C.

    • 195 Pamela
      March 27, 2012 at 10:55 am

      “its own lobbyist”, this should raise the hair on the back of the necks of ALL reasonable minded people, everywhere. Just imagine what he would do with lobbyists if he was in the WH. …

      • 196 Debz
        March 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

        I wonder if the msm is going to talk about this or sweep it under the rug. Same with the smack down by the Russian Pres.

  36. March 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

    The Pro lifers are outside the Supreme Court. These people are very aggressive and calls us Democrats, baby killers. So, if you are going up there, proceed with caution.

    • 198 desertflower
      March 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

      But they’d be willing for tens of thousands to die without healthcare. Pathetic hypocrites

    • 199 anniebella
      March 27, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Man I wish I could be there with my sign. And I would tell them that they are killers too, they support the laws which allow a Trayvon Martin to be murder. He was someone’s baby too. The NRA is behind alot of the laws which allow guns to be in the black and poor communities where lots of child are kill. Somebody baby. The Republicans are in bed with the NRA, and they are afraid of the NRA. Guns kills too.

    • 205 57andfemale
      March 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

      The same people have no interest in caring for that baby once it’s born. They are actively working to keep their employer health care and deny the same care to everyone else.

      They are monsters. The most ‘pro life’ thing that can be done is family planning, so the children brought into the world are wanted, loved and provided for.

  37. March 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    SEOUL: The meeting between Prime Minister Yousuf raza Gilani and US President Barack Obama has concluded. During the meeting both sides agreed to cooperate against terrorism and regional peace.
    Obama said the United States would continue to cooperate with Pakistan in all sectors and respected the country’s sovereignty.
    The US President told PM Gilani that he hoped a Pakistan parliamentary review of ties with Washington would be balanced and respect US security needs.
    The US president further said that neither the US nor Pakistan wanted to see terrorists get their hands on nuclear materials.


  38. 209 prettyfoot58
    March 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Goooooood Morning….everyone…GM and welcome back Chips ..you were missed….

    someone suggested to watch Bill Press in the morning on current TV.(i think it was 57Female)….i did not have a whole lot of time to watch this morning….it is a radio format that is broadcasted over TV…like mike and mike on ESPN….

    i will give another listen/watch tomorrow….

    are there other opinions about the program….

    today the SC takes up the issue of the individual mandate…Rachel Maddow did an excellent piece on her program last nite pointing out how the mandate was once a republican point that was introduced as an alternative to the single payer option…

    There have been folks here who have spoken often about the messaging around the ACA…and how there was not enough of a concerted effort to explain the tenets of the bill, esp given the deliberate misinformation and distortion of the bill by the President’s opponents….in addition to the Dems who ran away from the bill…

    Santorum’s attacks on Romney over “RomneyCare” has also help to distort and sour the message…

    i wonder how the mandate would have gone over if it was called “personal responsibility”..

    it is good to see the campaign’s effort to step up their message about the ACA…

    i must say that i do not know how this will all play out…but i do feel that altho it is not stated…that the President has a Plan B…

    Presssssssssssss ON!!!

    • 210 57andfemale
      March 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

      I caught the end of Bill’s show this morning and I was pleased. As I’m doing half-my-work-at-home morning, Stephanie Miller is on my tee vee as well.

      We need to support progressive media. We have to become a presence to counteract the lies and it all can’t be done on twitter. We need a media presence so even if it’s Keith (!), the very good Jennifer Granholm, we have to support them. Cenk is where I draw the line, but I’d rather have a progressive presence in the media than not.

  39. March 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

    WELCOME HOME, Chips!! Hope your trip was a very good one. It’s great to have you back with us.

    Look at all those fabulous photos of our great President. SIGH. If it hadn’t been for you, we would have never known what happened on this important trip. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date on everything.

  40. 214 desertflower
    March 27, 2012 at 10:09 am


    In 2010, Republicans sold voters a bill of goods. Their message was simple: “Send us to Washington and we will focus on creating jobs.” But as soon as the election ended, they have set out to end Medicare as we know it while preserving tax loopholes for oil companies and the richest American. Even worse, they want seniors, college students, and middle class families to pay for their extreme agenda. That is not a jobs plan–that is a recipe for disaster.

    They lied. I’m SHOCKED!

  41. March 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

    President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Harper, and Mexican President Calderon announced the completion of an important joint nuclear security project at the second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea on March 26-27.

    PBO looks very happy!

  42. 220 utaustinliberal
    March 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev slams Romney aka Etch-A-Sketch regarding his crap comments about Russia in response to PBO’s “open mic” moment. Tells him to use his head before opening his mouth and to realize this is 2012 not the mid-70s. Haha. Guess he’s not a fan of the GOP.


  43. 223 andogriff
    March 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

    So glad you are back again, Ms Chips! Thanks for all the great photos and coverage.. and happy birthday, Proud!

    March 27, 2012 at 10:17 am


  45. 229 amk for obama
    March 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

    In that clip with the Medvedev, PBO blamed the stupid american msm for current vile atmosphere. Cue their poutrage today. Fucking assholes all.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:26 am


    • March 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Yes, they pit each side against each other, in a drastic fashion- just for ratings.
      The media is not on anybody’s side, but they are instigators!

      • 232 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        March 27, 2012 at 10:34 am


    • 233 Pamela
      March 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Have to wonder at the expressions of fear, shock and horror on the faces of everyone around PBO and Medvedev…. They are all so worried what this exchange will bring to the world! Well, maybe not so worried…..;)

  46. March 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Some of there storylines, that the media ignores, tweet them to Ben Labolt.
    The media monitors his tweets.
    You follow?

  47. 237 sabreen60
    March 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’m not an early riser (night owl). I’m always late to “rise and shine”. But wow was I glad to see those words. Welcome back Ms. Chips. “A house is not a home” and this didn’t feel like “home” with you gone. You already started to rock and roll and we’re fired up!

  48. 238 desertflower
    March 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Opps! Too late.


    10:21 AM EST
    Romney Backer Kevin McCarthy Warned Romney’s Mansion Would Be Trouble

    Mitt Romney’s $12 million La Jolla teardown has long been a subject of mockery from his opponents this election cycle, but a Politico story revealing the extent of its luxury — a car elevator, its own lobbyist — is again thrusting the story into the news. Romney could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he had just checked in with recent endorser Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) first.

    Back in August when the news of the house first broke, McCarthy warned that it would be trouble, telling a forum audience that quadrupling the size of Romney’s already swanky beach estate was a disastrous political move.

    “He needs to stop staying in hotels and start staying with volunteers at every campaign stop,” McCarthy said at the time. “His job should be to take out the trash every day, and if that bag breaks, he needs to clean it up.”

  49. March 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Aby Huntsman on MSNBC, an expert talking about womens issues??? WTF?

    • March 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Now we know what the Huntsman campaign was all about—-getting his daughter a job!

      • 244 anniebella
        March 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

        dotster3, couldn’t Msnbc give that job to someone who really needed it.

        • 245 anniebella
          March 27, 2012 at 11:12 am

          The Huntsman family have money, it would be like giving Romney millionaire sons a job.

        • March 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

          And could, you know, speak from some position of authority on issues?

          • 248 anniebella
            March 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

            Look say what we want, when push come to shove I do think most of the Hillary supporters who suppose to be disappointed in President Obama, will vote for the President. Even if Hillary have to contact them herself. Hillary sees the bigger picture, she knows putting some radical right wing nut in office would be terrible, terrible for our country.

  50. 249 proudofobama
    March 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Thank you, Chips and all my TOD family for the wonderful birthday wishes. You guys are so brilliant and great. Love hanging with you Obama lovers.

  51. 254 amk for obama
    March 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

    boner !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “Clearly the president is overseas,” Boehner said after a closed meeting of House Republicans. “He’s at a conference and while the president is overseas, I think it’s appropriate that people not be critical of him or of our country.”


  52. March 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

  53. 260 whatisworking
    March 27, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Happy B-Day ProudofObama

    So glad we have this online family to help you celebrate this special day.

    Great video about Health Care law

    You’re Covered: The End of Pre-Existing Conditions


  54. 261 Linda
    March 27, 2012 at 11:09 am

    HOCKESSIN, Del. – In a sign that his campaign is in need of fresh funds, Newt Gingrich on Monday began charging $50 to have a photograph taken with him following a campaign speech to Republican groups here in the northernmost part of the state.


  55. 265 whatisworking
    March 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Health Care Reform :: Helen R. in Philadelphia, PA


  56. 266 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

    My President is just so handsome. David Gregory wishes he had just a teeny tiny bit of those looks…

  57. 267 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Oooohh..this is a must see. Tonight on Lawrence O’Donnell – the Professional Black Friend Joe Oliver. Hope he doesn’t cancel 5 minutes before.

  58. 270 Ladyhawke
    March 27, 2012 at 11:24 am


    Last night Rachel Maddow did an excellent segment on the hypocrisy of the Republican Party objection to the healthcare mandate. With all of the breathless reporting from network and cable tv, it is shocking how much attention IS NOT being paid to the fact that the healthcare mandate was a Republican Party idea until President Obama embraced it. I don’t know, that seems like a very important piece of information that the American people should be made aware of.

    VIDEO: Individual mandate, Republican idea turned Republican scorn


  59. March 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Happy Birthday ProudOfObama Best wishes for a truly lovely day 🙂

    Very nice to have you back Chips, I hope your trip went well. POTUS’ trip certainly seemed successful- 70,000 jobs ain’t small .. he keeps right on punching holes in the obstacles set up by the republicans.

  60. March 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

    9:40 PM: The President arrives Washington, DC
    9:55 PM: The President arrives the White House

  61. March 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Dotser posted this on the last thread and I feel like it needs to be brought over here: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/27/syria-accepts-peace-plan-u-n-official-says/

  62. 275 Dudette
    March 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Usually I get a little uneasy when dudes with guns and all manner of body armor come around. But knowing the gentleman in the 2nd picture in this article is there to protect our First Lady is quite comforting:

  63. 278 proudofobama
    March 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Hey everyone, had to run out to a doctor’s appointment so was off the board for a while. I just want to thank you all again for the wonderful birthday wishes. I’m still dancing to symmetry’s card! You guys are the brightest and best. Love hanging with you Obamalovers!

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