evening all

President Obama at the Associated Press Luncheon in Washington, D.C., April 3


Steve Benen: This was, as advertised, an aggressive, unapologetic condemnation of the Paul Ryan/Mitt Romney budget agenda, and the ideology that led to its creation. Indeed, Obama practically mocked Republicans for having tested their trickle-down philosophy, failing spectacularly, and then becoming even more right wing as a consequence.

….. Of particular interest, though, was Obama’s take, not only on the GOP’s right-wing budget plan, but also on the GOP’s right-wing trajectory in general….the Republican Party in 2012 bears no resemblance to the Republican Party of years past.

… Republican leaders issued some press releases this afternoon, complaining that the president’s remarks were “tired” and “partisan.” None, however, could point to anything Obama got wrong in this speech.

More here


James Downie (Washington Post): “This is not conjecture. I am not exaggerating,” President Obama declared in a speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors Tuesday afternoon. “These are facts.”

Those lines sum up what was best about a strong speech …. The president peppered it with facts…. Compare Obama’s words with Paul Ryan’s budget speech two weeks ago. The moment nonpartisan groups looked at the numbers Ryan and the Heritage Foundation had cooked up, Ryan’s claims collapsed ….the nonpartisan vetting exposed Ryan’s program, to put it in the president’s terms, as “laughable.”

More here


President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talk as they walk up a staircase in the West Wing of the White House, April 3. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Joe Klein (Time): …. here’s what Mitt Romney had to say about immigration on Monday:

“This has always been a priority for the president he chooses to do nothing about,” Romney said. “Let the immigrant community not forget that while he uses this as a political weapon, he has not taken responsibility for fixing the problems we have.”

This is hilarious on several grounds….

More here


Washington Post: A survey from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that most Jewish voters are sticking with President Obama despite concerted efforts from Republicans to woo this voting bloc. Sixty-two percent of Jewish voters would like to see Obama reelected, about the same as at this point in the 2008 campaign. Only 7 percent of those who backed him in 2008 would like to see a Republican win.


LA Times: President Obama will introduce a new restoration of the 1962 courtroom drama “To Kill a Mockingbird” on April 7 on the USA Network.

…. “I’m deeply honored that President Obama will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by introducing it to a national audience,” Harper Lee said in a statement. “I believe it remains the best translation of a book to film ever made, and I’m proud to know that Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch lives on – in a world that needs him now more than ever.”

USA is broadcasting “To Kill a Mockingbird” as part of its “Characters Unite” public-service campaign, a bid to combat discrimination through on-air programming, digital content and events….

Thanks Jovie



Andrew Cohen (The Atlantic): ….. Who wins? It all depends upon Justice Kennedy’s conscience, Chief Justice Roberts’ sense of history, and whatever powers of persuasion the Court’s liberal wing has upon those two conservatives. Me? If I were explaining it to my son, I would say, “The Constitution is what the justices say it is, nothing more and nothing less. But this law is clearly within Congress’ power. And if the Court strikes it down, it will mean that five unelected judges will have blocked a good faith effort by elected officials to fix a problem that everyone acknowledges exists in this country.” If the Roberts Court strikes down this law, in other words, it ought to end any reasonable political debate about the source of “judicial activism” in America.

More here


Liberal Librarian: But Both Parties Are The Same


The Week






9:30 AM: PBO hosts an Easter Prayer Breakfast; VP Biden also delivers remarks.

11:30 AM: Michelle Obama holds a conference call with reporters in the week leading up to the one-year anniversary of Joining Forces.

11:55 AM: PBO signs the STOCK Act; VP Biden also attends.

1:30 PM: Jay Carney briefs the press.

2:00 PM: Michelle Obama will visit the Fisher House located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.




Thank you 4morefor44 😉

379 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    April 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm


      • 3 utaustinliberal
        April 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        Fist Bump Please! ——–> BOOYAH!!!!! <———-

        • 4 Pamela
          April 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm


          • 5 anniebella
            April 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

            Have Mitt and Ann the rock star come up with their version of the fist bump yet? If not, just wait. Romney tries to copy everything POTUS does.

            • 6 theo67
              April 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm

              While not critical, it’s also interesting that everyone in this picture is a person of colour. All male. It’s especially poignant during this Trayvon tragedy when men of colour are under attack. All the men in this picture are all gainfully employed. All upstanding citizens. All just getting on with it. And in the midst of all those facts, this millionaire President reaches out and connects physically with a regular guy. This picture says it all.

            • 7 anniebella
              April 4, 2012 at 2:00 am

              I wouldn’t take a sandwich from that flip flopping liar if I was hungry. Why not be some where at a homeless shelter helping the poor? I forgot Mitt doesn’t care about the poor.

      • 8 4morefor44
        April 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        that photo really stuck with me after first seeing it (probably saw it here first). a custodian, the guy’s gloves and the garbage bags/can right there, and the president of the united states goes over and fist bumps him. really poetic i think. and i noticed the obama campaign is using ths photo in some of their online ads too, so it obivously has struck a chord with others too!

      • 9 lovingandlaughing
        April 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        LOVE this moment so much because I know it was not a photo op, but the real sincere deal that is PBO!

        • 10 HZ
          April 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

          This photo has always given me a beautiful energy of what a wonderful human being our POB is for all of us. He is a thoughtful, kind, graceful, and knows that people want to make a good life in this world. I always remember how he told Sen. John McCain and the world,
          “This is who I am….” remember he was telling us how his mother, grandmother and grandfather sacrified for him in his life. It made the tears just began to flow down my face. Go and watch that speech in Denver again.HZ

    • 11 utaustinliberal
      April 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      I’d like to thank the power of the Mac. *Fist Pumps*

    • 17 Dudette
      April 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Woohoo! UT, UT, UT!! 🙂

  2. April 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Darn….little too late.

  3. 19 Hachikō
    April 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Facts are to conservatives as sunlight is to vampires: “It burns! It burns!”

  4. 21 isonprize
    April 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    oooooh, I’ve seen that look before on POTUS. That’s “GAME FACE” and it’s on!!

    OBAMA BIDEN 2012!!

    • 22 Dudette
      April 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Definitely a keeper! In fact, that’s what I saved it as “Game Face”! That’s my ass-kickin’ President!

      • 23 HZ
        April 4, 2012 at 12:53 am

        Isonprize and Dudette, I love that look. I call it my look of “The Best President Is About To Kick Behinds Now,” because they all have just pissed him off big time.HZ

  5. 30 prettyfoot58
    April 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Greetingssssssssss everyone….

    you can view the President’s speech on Maddow’s website……

    i love this speech…he is so awsome

  6. 31 yardarm756
    April 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    We must stay focused cause the weasel are truly agitated. They’re gonna start wiping their behinds with bare hands and throwing it around. We must not be distracted from voter registration and getting out the vote. #PRESSON

    • 32 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks for that very graphic, specific admonition. We shall remain focused, sir!


    • 33 Dudette
      April 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Yardarm, you sure can turn a phrase — LOL!

      • 34 yardarm756
        April 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        I know but I was trying not to be to graphic, eh?

        • 35 HZ
          April 4, 2012 at 12:57 am

          Hi yardarm756, I need to send you a check. You just gave me the best medicine in the world, ‘laughter’, and I love you for that. What would we do without you, our love? Thanks for keeping our minds and heart on the focal points in this entire situation. HZ

  7. April 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Thought I would share this excerpt of an opinion from an attorney in the insurance field:

    “Fate of Health Care Reform May Hang in Balance as US Supreme Court Readies for Arguments.” The article, published on March 23, discusses the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),

    The US Supreme Court began three days of hearings on the landmark case March 26. Since the PPACA was signed into law, supporters have argued it will ensure healthcare coverage for 30 million Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions, and also help to bring down the nation’s budget deficit. Opponents have countered that the PPACA achieves those goals by way of an individual mandate, requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a financial penalty.

    Mr. Sinder said healthcare is such a large part of the country’s economy that it is likely that the Supreme Court will find that Congress has the authority to tell people to purchase health insurance.

    “Healthcare is 20% of the economy. Every business has to grapple with the coverage decision. And people making the decision not to get coverage affects everyone,” said Mr. Sinder, who also serves as the outside general counsel for the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers.

    The full article can be read at Best’s Insurance News & Analysis (subscription required).

    This reaffirms my belief that the mandate will stand.

  8. 38 ber6964
    April 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    That is the most Awesome Picture of the President ………………Thanks Chips.

  9. 39 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Just got back from voting for our President, Senator Ben Cardin and Rep Chris Van Hollen (district 08) and a bunch of Obama delegates. I live in a very blue area so I didn’t expect to see many folks at the voting site, plus all of the above are uncontested or have very comfortable leads.

    Our President should have this thing wrapped up by this evening.

  10. 48 bjw2
    April 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    For once I have to say, I agree with this Dick!

  11. 61 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm



    Why a website defending government? Because, like many Americans, I am tired of the government bashing that is constantly coming from the political right. For decades conservatives have been demonizing government and not enough has been done to defend it. Ever since Ronald Reagan declared in 1981 that “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem,” Republicans have been waging a political war against this institution. They have been joined in this anti-government crusade by libertarian thinkers, Tea Party activists, right-wing media pundits, and wealthy corporate lobbies. This powerful political coalition blithely ignores anything good about government and conducts a relentless smear campaign against this institution. They constantly play upon the fears and insecurities of average Americans and encourage them to blame all their problems on big bad government.
    This website is a response to this irrational and distorted depiction of government. It makes the case that government – despite its flaws – plays a valuable and indispensable role in promoting the public good. In reality, most government programs are working well and are actually improving the lives of all Americans in innumerable ways.

    This online resource will show that government is not the problem; it is actually the only solution to most of the pressing problems we face as a nation – including infrastructure decay, high unemployment, global warming, and a spiraling health care costs. If we want an America that is prosperous, healthy, secure, well-educated, just, compassionate, and unpolluted, we need a strong, active, and well-funded public sector.



    • 62 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      We need to start with the concept that the government is US. WE THE PEOPLE. Continuing to disembody it into a thing or a foreign object sitting in Washington, DC makes government abstract. PEOPLE actually have come up with ideas and worked together to create what we have today.

      • April 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        Exactly. And that is what POTUS has been saying all along. From all the recent polling I have been studying, people are starting to catch on. That “marvelous” speech he gave today is just the beginning. I predict by the conventions this summer, a lot of folks will be getting on the victory train!

  12. 64 lisalovesobama
    April 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Just got home and clicked immediately on C-span to watch PBO’s kick-ass vid!!!! Hola guys! It’s been a few days. 🙂

  13. 66 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm



    Lakoff argues that we need to promote a very different view of taxes—one that uses a very different kind of metaphor. The metaphor he suggests is that of taxes as “dues”.

    Taxes are our dues — we pay our dues to be Americans and enjoy the benefits of American society. Taxes are what we pay to live in a civilized society that is democratic, offers opportunity, and has a huge infrastructure available to all citizens. This incredible infrastructure has been paid for by previous taxpayers. Roads and highways, the Internet, the broadcast airwaves, our public education system, our power grid — every day we all use this vast infrastructure. Our dues maintain it.2

    It is about being a member, a part of the community. People pay a membership fee to join a gym, the local YMCA, or a club for which they get to use the basketball courts, the swimming pool, and the golf course. They did not pay for these facilities with their own memberships. They were built and paid for by other members, and all the current members maintain them with their dues. It is the same thing with our country — being a member in good standing of a remarkable nation. Americans pay their dues.

    This idea of taxes as dues is not original to Lakoff. It is an idea that has often been expressed, but has not been promoted with the same ferocity or persistence of the taxes-as-affliction metaphor. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once remarked that “Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” And Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. expressed a similar sentiment when he said that “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.”



    • 67 0388jojothecat
      April 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Spot on Ladyhawke. I live in a condominium and were lucky that during the real estate bust, we only had two out of 32 condo owners that were not paying dues. One walked away from his unit and it went to the bank, the other people, I don’t know. They went 1 1/2 yrs without paying. They got to live here with their water paid, insurance on the property was paid – if we had an earthquake or fire they would still have benefited, the outside lights, etc. These people mooched off of us without paying their dues, if people thought of it that way, then maybe they would not mind mandating the purchase of HC.

      • 68 miss pat
        April 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        Some people will mooch off you, My daughter;s condo has trouble paying bills because of moochers. Best thing to do is to take them to court and get them out of the complex. Same with people that refuse to buy health insurance. They will mooch off you if they can.

        • 69 0388jojothecat
          April 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

          Hi miss pat, That’s one thing about this place, we don’t play, we go through all the right procedures to get our money as soon as they stop paying but it still takes about one year. The one couple worked everyday, drove nice cars, they had their kids in daycare, but us they would not pay. It’s a game with them, it’s like “make us pay”.

    • 71 57andfemale
      April 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      LOVE George Lakoff.

      Bookmarked this new site.

  14. 72 vitaminlover
    April 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I love my President Obama, yes I do. Just love President Obama-how about you?

  15. 75 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm



    1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

    Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.

    2. Its first loyalty is to citizens

    While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility, the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers. Commitment to citizens also means journalism should present a representative picture of all constituent groups in society. Ignoring certain citizens has the effect of disenfranchising them. The theory underlying the modern news industry has been the belief that credibility builds a broad and loyal audience, and that economic success follows in turn. In that regard, the business people in a news organization also must nurture–not exploit–their allegiance to the audience ahead of other considerations.


    More principles here ………


    • 76 0388jojothecat
      April 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      This SCOTUS also redefined “Journalism” by ruling that journalist of a news show have NO obligation to present the truth only to report what the station manager/owner TELLS them to report. Scalia was responsible for that opinion to protect his buddy Rupert. Since then all we get is Infotainment and manufactured news.

    • 77 yardarm756
      April 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      When does this happen?(snark)

  16. April 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    9:30 AM: PBO hosts an Easter Prayer Breakfast; VP Biden also delivers remarks.

    11:30 AM: Michelle Obama holds a conference call with reporters in the week leading up to the one-year anniversary of Joining Forces.

    11:55 AM: PBO signs the STOCK Act; VP Biden also attends.

    1:30 PM: Jay Carney briefs the press.

    2:00 PM: Michelle Obama will visit the Fisher House located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

  17. 79 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    RWNJs are gonna rue the day they ever uttered the word “Obamacare.” Ha.

  18. April 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Love that picture. No “Obambi” or “spineless” person in that picture

  19. April 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    That photo is breathtaking.

  20. 82 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Oh great, Governor Martin O’Malley will be on Ed Schultz tonight to talk about President Obama’s speech today.

  21. 86 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Romney projected GOP winner in DC and MD. He had better savor this win – because it might just be his absolute last time winning that area, and most likely the last time for the year that he wins that area.

    • 87 0388jojothecat
      April 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Sick Rick will get the rest of the southern states.

      • 88 miss pat
        April 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Does he need the blah and nigg vote to win the southern states? If so maybe Flip flop will win those states. Or doughboy might. Doesn’t matter, they can fight each other and eat each other up. More fun, more gaffes, more zipper jokes.

    • 89 miss pat
      April 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      In DC? Democratic DC? How many Repub;icans are in DC and Maryland combined? I guess somebody has to win and he spent the most..

  22. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    April 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    That look on the face of our President in the image from today’s AP event reminds me of the face that Osama bin Laden probably was thinking of, right before he knew his time was up.

    If bin Laden knew anything, he must have known that THIS President wasn’t going to let him plan and carry out more atrocities, and that justice would be served after Sept. 11.

    So, when Zippy Willard makes remarks that question the courage of President Obama, let’s remind him of OBL and tell Zippy to ASK HIM.

  23. 91 utaustinliberal
    April 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Gov. Maritn O’Malley of Maryland is on Ed Show right now!

    • 92 donna dem 4 obama
      April 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      And he is telling it like it is!

    • 93 Dudette
      April 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      I feel a tingle going up my leg. 😉

    • 100 hopefruit2
      April 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      I sooo proud of my Gov 🙂 He ALWAYS has our President’s back. No hedging, no equivocating, no subtle digs at PBO, no allowing Repub talking points to slip by, no weak defense of PBO. He’s one of the strongest advocates for the DEM agenda outside of our President.

      • 101 vcprezofan2
        April 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        Yes!! I totally agree that O’Malley does the best PBO support that I’ve seen.

        • 102 theo67
          April 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

          Gov O’Malley knows the GOP are basically stupid and their ideology has no depth and in indefensible, and they are cowards. He calls them out, and he seems to relish exposing their shallowness. His take-down of that Virginia governor was priceless.

          • 103 vcprezofan2
            April 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

            I remember that. 😆 I listen to him, to PBO and VP Biden and realize that I cannot think of one single Republican who ever brings a sensible argument to the public space. I can’t figure out if they know they are talking drivel and do it anyway or if they really think they are making sense when they talk.

  24. 104 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Governor Hotness (O’Malley of Maryland) is on The Ed Show!! 😀

    • 105 Dudette
      April 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Did he just say “The truth can damn well defend herself, but she needs to be stated?” Oh, be still my heart!

      • 106 Ladyhawke
        April 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        Governor O’Malley just said the Rayn Budget was a “JOB KILLER”. Awesome. I love this man. He knows how to stay on message. He never disappoints. He doesn’t play.

        • 107 Liberal Librarian
          April 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

          Don’t for a minute think that PBO and his political team haven’t been hitting the cats of the Democratic Party over the head to band together this summer and fall. This is no joke. This is not a game. The country’s—and the world’s—future rides on November.

  25. 110 4morefor44
    April 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    wow, thanks for the caption, chips! glad you liked it.

  26. 112 Liberal Librarian
    April 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the blog pimping, Chips. 😀

    Just posted this comment over on TPV.

    One of the grandmothers who used to come to my story time when I first started as a children’s librarian came in today. Her grandson is in school now, so he can’t come anymore, but she brings him to the library all the time. We always talk when she comes in. We started talking politics, and I knew she was a Republican, but she is far from doctrinaire. And, hosannah, she’s an Obama Republican! I was giddy for 15 minutes afterwards.

    I think we’re going to see many of the non-lunatic GOP voters pull a straight D ticket this November, just because the Republican Party is no longer conservative, but outright fascist.

  27. April 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    This photo is stunning. That’s what you call “Game-Face”.

    What an awesome speech. The next 6 months will be crazy and the man is ready to go.

    • 114 desertflower
      April 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Stunning. That is one that says” I am so fucking deadly serious don’t even THINK of messing with me! Asshole!” I LOVE this man!!!

      • 115 miss pat
        April 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        That’s the face my late father used on us when we got him pissed. Not a smile just a stern stare.

  28. April 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Hi, everyone! I’m a lurker, but I saw a question in a previous thread about the DNC I wanted to answer. I live in CLT. If anyone is planning to attend the DNC and has questions or needs help, let me know. Here is a website with tons of info about the convention, volunteering and CLT: http://charlottein2012.com/splash/2011_11_1/index.pl I haven’t yet volunteered at OFA-CLT. I do know there is a major canvassing here occuring leading up to the DNC. There are also plans for things like voter registration drives. I’m so excited PBO is coming back to our town! We love having him here! I’m also excited that so many Democrats are coming here as well. I hope some ofyou can make it. Promise we’ll take good care of you. 🙂 Anyway, love reading TOD. Just wanted to give back some of what I’ve gotten from y’all. Thanks and have a great night.

  29. 124 bajanchief
    April 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Good Evening to all. I’m glad President Obama is re-introducing a new restoration of the film “To Kill A Mockingbird”. That remains my favorite book of all time. I’ve reread it so many times and may I suggest to those who may not have read it yet to give it a try if time permits. The character Atticus Finch reminds me of President Obama in how he tries always to see the best in people. Hope you good folks have a great day tomorrow.

  30. 125 Cheryllou
    April 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    CNN just confirmed that President Obama won. Yeeeaaaaaahhhh President Obama won, President Obama won!!! Yeeeeaahhhhhhhh

  31. 136 lamh35
    April 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    did anyone care to listen to Romney’s “response” to POTUS speech today? He gave it on Hannity’s radio show.. I didn’t care to listen, what did he say?

    Also, I’m not watching returns, but I suspect Romney is gonna win it all, so I suspect that in his speech he will do he best anti-Obama speech and try to say something profound or whatever ever. I expect a lot of digs at POTUS that are blatant lies that will NOT be refuted by the village.

    • 137 utaustinliberal
      April 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      He whined about Pres. Obama hampering economic growth, Pres. Obama making America a laughing stock etc. ignoring the fact under Pres. Obama we’ve had 24 months of economic growth. It was complete BS as usual.

      • 138 Eleroy
        April 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        And lifted, no stole all of President Obama’s hope and unity lines!!!

        Which all sounded out of place in a Romney-corporate sponsored speech!!!

        Romney is a very wierd man. Something is seriously wrong. We cannot have this person anywhere near the White House. Not in these times, not now, not ever!!!

  32. 139 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Everytime this guy opens his mouth he inserts a big pair of snakeskin Ferragamos. I’m starting to think he doesn’t really want to win, just go through the motions for a few months, then go back to making scads of money.

    Mitt Romney Rips Volt As GM Announces Surging Fuel-Efficient Car Sales

    • 140 Cha
      April 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Romeny’s so damn dumb..he can etch a wretched sketch all he wants but he is stuck forever in dumbdown mode.

  33. 141 vcprezofan2
    April 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Okay, where do I start? It always seems so overwhelming when you return to this site after having to go take care of whatever! I’ll wander back up to the top to see what happened after PBO’s speech. Try not to say too much before I get back down here, okay? VC

    • 142 mtmarilyn
      April 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      I have been so busy lately i can’t come as often as I use to, so everytime I do get here i don’t know where to start. It such a wonderful site I really miss it. Have fun reading.

      • 143 vcprezofan2
        April 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        Mt, not knowing where to start is a BIG problem for me on this site because I always want to understand every reference! Sometimes when I come in late I end up jumping all over the place trying to follow different strands of thought and then feeling like I imagine someone dropped in a cornfield would. For example, here I am answering you and I haven’t finished reading down the thread, so of course back I go to the spot I was at when I noticed your response. Too bad this kind of back and forth exercise does not do anything for my spare tire fat..

    • April 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      And yikes, that headline! Not nice.

      • 147 hopefruit2
        April 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        I was just about to say as much as I dislike Christie’s attitude and character, making fun of his weight in a professional newspaper headline is unacceptable. “Whale at the wall?” What the hell!

        • 148 Dudette
          April 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

          Although I get and agree with your sentiment, it’s definitely a stretch referring to the Post a “professional newspaper”. They make their bread and butter off of sensationalist and mean headlines.

          • 149 Eleroy
            April 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

            And Chris Christie has had no problem resorting to and using exactly the same type of demeaning and bullying language to attack others.
            So I see no problem giving the fat buffoon a taste of his very own nasty medicine!!!

        • 150 aristac
          April 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

          agreed, that is a horrible thing to say

        • 151 magapie
          April 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm

          You’re right and on the side of the angels of course. But Christie really is an obnoxious, belligerant, bombastic, lying blow-hard. So I might see an exemption for him from the normal rules of decorum………… ;>)

          • 152 EDP4BHO
            April 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

            I dare to agree with you on him. Funny, more pushback for a rethug, though truthful, than if the headline had been one derogatory towards a fine man like PBO. So, hey, I had me the best laugh of my day. Whatever !! And with that I say good night TOD. 😀

        • 153 anniebella
          April 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

          I agree with that hopefruit2.

        • 154 prettyfoot58
          April 4, 2012 at 6:49 am

          Goooooood Morning…Chipsssss and my ToD fam…

          all this talk of Ryan becoming Romney’s running mate…is he more preferable than Christie…..

      • April 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        The comments says it all. . .

      • 156 miss pat
        April 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

        Terrible headline. He was bracing himself. He was tired.

  34. 157 xtine
    April 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    OT, but just had to say. On my commute home, I read The Speech. It was a beaut! Then I went to vote. Walked in and the poor people working the poll station were so lonesome! I guess they have to ask: R or D? D all the way, indeed. Then the lady who took me to the voting booth had the biggest smile: Are you voting R or D?:” I cracked up, D I said. And we shared a a great eye contact moment of giggles! Then I plugged my voting machine card in and she asked, “Please check that your correct ballot is on the screen.” Yep, it said D, and there was POTUS. Who the heck was that “Uncommitted To Any Presidential Candidate”? Anyhoo, Uncommited, you’re right now 91% behind POTUS. Cummings & Van Hollen are so way into the 90s! Yep, that was the best end of my work day. In case anyone wants to have fun w/ results: http://mdimap.us/elections/


  35. April 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    So far in Maryland, the President has 38k votes and the Republicans have a combined 21k.
    And this is supposedly good news for Robney???

  36. April 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm

  37. 168 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    He’s drunk and desparate for attention! That HAS to be where this is coming from!

    Sen. Hatch blasts Obama for ‘judicial activism’ comment

    • April 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      That is because Limpballs called the President a Thug, on SCOTUS comments!

      • 170 Dudette
        April 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        Of course, how could I forget who they get their marching orders from? Thank you Jovie! I’m awake now! 🙂

    • 171 anniebella
      April 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Really do anyone gives a darn what Orrin Hatch says? What did he say when that judge from Montana sent that racists email to his friends about President Obama’s mother. Did he blast that judge? I don’t care to read what Hatch has to say. As far as I am concern they, GOP all are racists

      • 172 jackiegrumbacher
        April 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        Anniebella I agree. Orrin Hatch is a cranky old man who has had not one single useful thing to say in his life. He’s a dot on the landscape.

  38. 173 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Good News: No injuries or fatalies reported in the Dallas tornados (per The Ed Show).

  39. 175 edwina3
    April 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Last night on PBS American Masters they had a great show on Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, it was so wonderful and inspiring,(it’ll probably be available online at PBS or you can catch reruns). Ms. Lee wrote her book in the fifties, before the civil rights movement had really taken off and is credited for changing a lot of hearts and minds.

    • 176 hopefruit2
      April 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Do you remember what the title of the program was? If so I can check my guide for reruns. I would love to see it!!

    • April 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Gregory Peck was one of the first actors I had a crush on after seeing that film way back when. And I love that it’s in black and white.

      • 178 jackiegrumbacher
        April 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        Gregory Peck was one of the most beautiful men in Hollywood with a voice to die for. He is so gorgeous in Roman Holiday it almost hurts your eyes.

  40. 180 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    PBO has 2854 delegates, exceeding the 2778 that he needed to win. And the WI delegates aren’t even counted yet.


    • 181 Dudette
      April 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm


      Now for a chuckle! Click on the Republicans link and look at the list of candidates and their totals. Notice who’s missing. Only Bachmann, Huntsman and Perry are listed as candidates who dropped out. Even TeaNN didn’t think of Mr.9-9-9 as a credible candidate. LOL!

    • 182 xtine
      April 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      I voted! Best giggle so far, many more to come!

  41. 183 criquet
    April 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm


  42. 184 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Well, looky-here! Wisconsin cops actually investigate crimes and arrest suspects. A lesson from which a certain police department in Florida might learn learn a thing or two:

    Police arrest suspect in Wisconsin Planned Parenthood bombing

  43. 185 collegekay
    April 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I’m finally home from the precinct. working on election day has to be the most exhausting thing ever…Now I can watch My PBO smack down Ryan-Romney

  44. 188 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    CRIMINALS!!! The Ed Show is reporting, Ryan and Robme were giving away free subs at that restaurant today. Turns out this is against Wisconsin election law.

    Ha ha ha ha ha! Gaffe after gaffe after gaffe. Damn, these people are idiots!

  45. 195 Bobfr
    April 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm



  46. April 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    These guys over at Fox are just Nuts-


    You gotta read this?

  47. 198 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Rachel Maddow seems increasingly bored and subdued by this GOP primary compared to her initial excitement earlier in the year when she thought that Ron Paul might have had a chance. I can tell that she wants Romney to win so that Santorum can drop out.

  48. 200 yardarm756
    April 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    It hurts my heart when I think about where this country could be if it wasn’t for citizens united and blind hate.(smh).

    • 201 magapie
      April 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      …………..and a “wee bit” of ignorance and bigotry……

    • 202 anniebella
      April 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Amen yardarm756

    • 204 daisydem
      April 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      I am so there with you yardarm; I think of where this country could be without the Republican Party as it exists today..so sad, wish it could be.

      • April 4, 2012 at 3:30 am

        Thanks for your thoughts in that comment, Yardarm756. I think that is why our family here gets so upset and have to come together and lean on each other when it really hits us.

        I know that I work hard, and yet I find myself just breaking down and weeping because I know and see that we could be so far ahead with this great Presisdent and his team, but because of the hate they so many pour out against him daily, it hurts so badly. It is painful for me,however, from POB’s actions, his hard work that he does daily for this country and the world keeps me going. I am sure he get frustrated as well. In fact, he said once in a speech that he does get frustrated. He said that he understands how the American people get frustrated. I believe that it pains his heart so at times, because he works so hard and has such a vision for our country that is so good.

        That hurts like hell to see that he has to put up with this hatred, and evil people who openly have said how they feel about him. But one thing keeps me grounded and willing to PRESSON, and that is his steady moving forward with his focus on the future. His core speaks loudly to me. I see his brilliance from his mother and his father, and I read good sources about how he thinks about helping and really making a difference for the better in this nation. He is so committed to doing a great job, so matter how difficult they go against him.

        That is why I pray for him, meditate on good thoughts for him and for VP Biden as a team, and I do believe in my heart that we will prevail in this. We Will. We Have His Back, and we see his heart for goodness. He is such a brilliant man, but he is not a puffed up man. He is humble in his steps, but bold and brilliant in what he works so hard to accomplish.

        People take him for granted, and that is a BIG mistake on their part. He has Barack H. Obama Sr., Stanley Ann Dunham, both dead serious about their work habits and using their brilliant minds to really think on the difficult things in life. He has a core that is so solid from how he had to navigate through this stained world. That is why I do believe that he will not give in, give up, or give out. He will continue to move with focus, intelligence, compassion, love, and hard work. We need this President for this time, and we will show him by God’s grace granted to each of us that we are willing to work hard to re-elect him on Nov. 6,2012. We Will Win.HZ

  49. 206 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    If these jerks get a dime a federal funding, I want it pulled immediately!!

    Ohio: Xavier to Drop Coverage for Birth Control for Employees

  50. 214 Sharon
    April 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I heard (maybe PBS Newshour) that Romney will be addressing this same group of editorial board members tomorrow. Not sure I want to listen but may have to force myself.

    • 215 Dudette
      April 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Someone should develop a Mystery-Science 3000-like show where robot puppets critique videos of Myth Robme speeches, er gaffe-fests. I’ve even got a title “Myths and Misdemeanors”.

      Do we have any O-bot video producers out there? 😀

  51. 216 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    More coolness from OFA in the form of this email today:

    Today we’re rolling out the official Runway to Win design challenge — and I thought you should be the first to know. It works like this: Creative folks like you come up with a design — or three — you think should be part of the Runway to Win collection in the Obama store and submit those ideas by May 1st, 2012.

    A panel of judges will narrow the field to a group of finalists whose work will be put to a vote by other supporters. The top items will be added to the Runway to Win collection alongside work by designers like Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, and Tracy Reese — and the winners will receive a fully produced version of their item, signed by Anna Wintour.

    By submitting your design, you’re making an important contribution to the campaign. The winning items will not only give folks a fashionable way to show their support for President Obama, they’ll help fund the work of organizers around the country. Learn more about “Runway to Win: A creative way to support the President” — and pass the site on to anyone you think might be interested.

    I’m pretty excited about this, and I’ll tell you why: This campaign is all about finding new ways to let everyone know you’re behind the President — and I can name more than two dozen American fashion designers who volunteered their time and talent because they feel the same way.

    Sound like your kind of thing? Check out our creative brief for more information, then get started



  52. 218 magapie
    April 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Noooo agenda here, just askin’: Is Hillary on record that she will not serve in the second term or has it all been according to “sources” and conjecture? (I should probably know but I don’t.)

    • 219 hopefruit2
      April 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      She said it in a televised interview since early 2011. At the time she also said that she would quit AFTER the 2012 election. It’s unusual for SOS’s to serve more than one term.

      • April 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

        Yeah, very few Cabinet secretaries serve a full eight years. Bush only had one (Elaine Chao), Clinton had four (Reno, Babbit, Riley, Shalala), and I think Reagan only had one.

  53. 221 yardarm756
    April 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Watching Van Jones on The War Room, Current TV. Good stuff indeed. A hell of a lot better than RM.

    • 222 jacquelineoboomer
      April 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      My dumba$$ local cable provider doesn’t carry Current TV, no matter how much I bug them. Grrrr.

    • 226 Kiran
      April 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Heard him today on Thom Hartman. 10 minutes worth listening to here: http://youtu.be/ckggXzM5x3c. His book ‘Rebuild the Dream’ is apparently just coming out today. “I’m the first Obama official to write a book…The point of the book is that…We have to continue to build a movement focused on economic solutions for the vast majority….There are two fights this year and not one. One fight comes to an end in November, which is around the election. But the second fight starts in December–the lame duck Congress that will be meeting about the Bush tax cuts…even while we’re celebrating in the streets Obama’s victory, we could still be stabbed through the ribs on the key question…who is gonna pay to clean up the mess that the financial elites made of our country? Is it going to be the 99% or ….will the 1% have to pony up? That fight happens in December, not November. If we do not have a conscious movement that is clear that we have to re-elect this president at the same time we re-energize an independent movement, we will have a victory in November and a colossal defeat in December.” Thom: “Yeah, given that the Tea Party runs the House of Representatives and they will not have gone away in December…” Wise words of caution, IMHO.

    • 228 hopefruit2
      April 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm


      Is that a Romney event for real ? These folks look like they’re all posing and half smiling. I rarely see people smile at Romney events!

    • 229 Dudette
      April 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Bwahahahahahahahaha!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 230 jacquelineoboomer
      April 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Oh, I love that. But maybe they’re not really a Romney crowd, because some of them are actually smiling. Ha!

  54. 231 Bobfr
    April 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm


  55. 232 pinkbunny92
    April 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Hi chips and TOD community!

    I hope everyone is doing well! I’ve been busy with work and volunteering for OFA 🙂

    Seeing all the MSM and GOP idiots going gaga for Paul Ryan’s budget, I was so angry and frustrated at stupidity of GOP economic philosophy, so had to go into long rant.

    GDP = PrivateConsumption + gross investment + government spending + (exports − imports), or in mathematical terms

    GDP = C + I + G + (X-M)

    If you are in a recession, both consumption (C) and Investment (I) declines, and the ONLY way you can grow your economy is for Government (G) to increase in spending.

    You want Government spending to decrease & the economy to grow? then Private CONSUMPTION & Investment has to go up FULL STOP.

    And when we talk Investment, we don’t talk about stocks or capital gains! Investment means CAPITAL SPENT for SOMETHING, ie large equipment, factories, buildings etc.

    Companies & Government can spend to INVEST in infrastructure or equipments, thus stimulating and growing the economy.

    Private Consumption, means that 99% of your population has to have enough disposable income to buy goods and services, those stimulating and growing the economy.

    If 99% of Americans, don’t make enough income to buy goods & services, our economy will always sputter along.

    You CANNOT rely on only 1% of the economy to purchase and spend money to make up for the gap that the 99% will create, because they are unable to spend or purchase on goods and services.

    So unless the 1% are willing to buy a shitload of Consumer goods, cars, and homes to make up for the possible purchasing power of the 99%, our economy will be in economic roller coaster, and will NEVER GROW robustly!

    So stop being so STUPID and IGNORANT as to think that the only way the economy can grow is to let the rich grow richer. Supply Side economics is all SMOKE & MIRRORS. It’s the worst economic policy ever created and it does NOTHING! Only thing it does is cause the income inequality to go up!

    Tax cuts help only a little, but what it does is CHANGE behavior, it doesn’t GROW the economy. If one states tax rates get lower, all it means is that businesses will move to the state with the lower tax rate, it doesn’t mean the business MAKES MORE or SELLS MORE!

    Tax Cuts is not an economic policy on it’s own. It’s a tool the government can use to CHANGE behavior, ie raising taxes on cigarettes to have people stop smoking, or giving tax credits to buy solar installation, to improve energy efficiency.

    I wish this notion of supply side economics and tax cuts for the wealth & corporations would JUST DIE! It’s nonsense and just shows how IDIOTIC you are, and how little you know about economics.

    We live in a nation with relatively low tax rates, as compared to other Countries, moreover, our tax rates are the LOWEST since Hoover was President!

    Under Ronald Reagan, our tax rates were HIGHER under a Republican President. So STOP yapping about tax cuts, tyranny, and BIG Government. Because you look and sound like a total JACKASS!!!

    • 233 utaustinliberal
      April 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Nice rant.

    • 234 99ts
      April 4, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Thank you pinkbunny – you remind me of all the economics I learned and thought I had forgotten – amazing how it returns when someone quotes a formula. I have been ranting about this in my world for 3 years – good to have it written.

  56. 235 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Just discovered this OFA-affiliated blog that focuses on exposing GOP and Myth Robme’s lies about the President’s record:
    Keeping GOP Honest

    Chips, looks like this might be a good blogroll candidate.

    Here’s the latest entry:

    KeepingGOPHonest: NASA and America’s leading role in space exploration: The choice
    Take a look at the clear difference between the President and Romney when it comes to preserving America as the leader in space exploration.

  57. 237 carolyn
    April 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    The PBS Harper Lee episode is on the program called American Experience. Watched it last night….just excellent. Interesting timing with the re-astered movie and the President’s intro coming out this week. I’d forgotten that the book came out before the civil rights marches….truly an amazing woman….and you will LOVE her 99 year old sister who is still practicing law! Her comments are rich. One particularly interesting factor was the relationship between Nelle Harper Lee (her full name) and Truman Capote. If you see it available, watch it.

  58. April 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  59. 243 magapie
    April 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    P. Eddie Munster (Boy “Genius”) Ryan on blabberin’ crap. What a maggot. Needs to go home and have a $500 bottle of wine and STFU!

  60. April 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Hi all, I tweeted this news yesterday but wanted to let you all also. Another example of PBO Administration looking at all options to addressing US demand for jobs.

    “…Skills Minister Chris Evans, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and US ambassador Jeffrey Bleich yesterday announced a two-pronged strategy to boost the number of skilled American workers migrating to Australia…Mr Bowen said the Department of Immigration would also host, for the first time, a skills expo in Houston, Texas, next month to sell the benefits of temporary migration to Australia…Mr Bleich said US war veterans could benefit from the program” http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/industrial-relations/unions-query-mining-jobs-for-us-workers/story-fn59noo3-1226316895520

    Yes, there will be issue of looking at up-skilling Australia’s own workforce to ensure job security, but there is also the need to address a growing demand for certain skills.

    I’ve read PBOs AP speech and agree, it’s fantastic, love the social darwinism term. Will look at the C-span video a little later.

    Have an enjoyable evening TODers!

  61. 249 geeja
    April 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I wish Mitt was like Pinocchio. This way he would be able to tell when he is lying!

  62. 255 Bobfr
    April 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Dear Chips & TODers,

    We have all marveled, from one speech to the next, since the DNC in 2004 at not just the exceptional quality of content, passion and oratorical skill our President Obama consistently brings to each speech. But, what he achieved in his address to the AP today is in an entirely different category. Today he enunciated as it has never been done, not even by FDR, the extraordinary gap between his vision, our vision of the Promise of America and the totally corrupt and anti-American fascism of the moneyed few, the plutocrats who, if given even one more opportunity, will have every person and resource in America serving them and no other purpose.

    That is how stark the difference is. That is how perilous this ‘tipping point’ is. It is not for conjecture. It is not hyperbole. It is not rhetoric.

    On 6 Nov 2012 a revolution by election will happen. Either a few of the 1 % win or America wins.



  63. 261 carolyn
    April 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    If Mitt’s mouth is open…..he’s lying!

  64. 262 Dudette
    April 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Maryland Gov George O’Malley’s segment on the Ed Show tonight:

    O’malley comes in at 7:28

  65. April 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  66. April 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Chips, you are on fire tonight on twitter!!!!

  67. 266 yardarm756
    April 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I may have done this before but this can’t be put up to often.

    Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense

    Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend,
    Common Sense,who has been with us for many years. No
    one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth
    records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
    He will be remembered as having cultivated such
    valuable lessons as:
    Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the
    early bird gets the worm; Life isn’t always fair;
    and Maybe it was my fault.

    Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial
    policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and
    reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in

    His health began to deteriorate rapidly when
    well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were
    set in place. Reports of a 6 -year-old boy charged
    with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate;
    teens suspended from school for using mouthwash
    after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an
    unruly student, only worsened his condition.

    Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked
    teachers for doing the job that they themselves had
    failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
    It declined even further when schools were required
    to get parental consent to administer Calpol, sun
    lotion or a band-aid to a student; but could not
    inform parents when a student became pregnant and
    wanted to have an abortion.

    Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten
    Commandments became contraband; churches became
    businesses; and criminals received better treatment
    than their victims.

    Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend
    yourself from a burglar in your own home and the
    burglar could sue you for assault.

    Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after
    a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of
    coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and
    was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense
    was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and
    Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter,
    Responsibility; and his sons, Accountability and

    He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My
    Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I’m A Victim.

    Not many attended his funeral because so few
    realized he was gone. If you still remember him,
    pass this on. If not, join the majority and do

    • 267 magapie
      April 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      I GUESS we can debate some or any of this, but “a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.” Is absolute, pure 100% massively funded motherfucking LIES perpetrated by the slimy insurance industry. Elderly Stella Liebeck received horrendous THIRD DEGREE BURNS from super heated coffee. Internal McDonald coporate memos revealed that managament knew they had an unsafe product and were burning the FUCK out of unsupecting consumers but the cost of settling on the cheap was nothing compared to the profit on their misrable coffee. Afte the case they turned the fucking temp down on that swill. http://www.hotcoffeethemovie.com/Default.asp
      Please anyone on this blog that knows what a THIRD DEGREE BURN is please speak up and let us know if you EVER get that from a “steaming cup of coffee”.

      • 268 magapie
        April 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        Furthermore DO NOT get fooled by big business and the insurance industry’s long-lived, massively funded misinformation campaign about “tort reform” which has the singualr goal of DENYING average American’s rights to the civil justice system when they are harmed and loved one’s are killed by negligence and defective products. The alleged effects of litigation from this misinformation campaign on our econony are PURE DISTORTION and have been disproved time and time again. Sorry. I’m P.O’d.

      • April 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        Sorry don’t know the answer to your question, but I can recall years back when coffee from Maccas did not taste right…it tasted like it was nuked in the microwave – very unsafe to drink. It was a cup of boiling steaming liquid.

        • 270 magapie
          April 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm

          No problem, it’s a trauma nurse or doc question….EMT, maybe. A blow torch on your grandma’s privates is basically what happened to poor Stella. The documentary is very good; not like anyone has a ton of time to watch a now old story. But important nonetheless if we wish to have a decent, safe society.

      • 271 theo67
        April 4, 2012 at 12:26 am

        Yes, I learned this truth in business school. I had laughed at this story for so long, and when I read the real horror of her story, I was chastised. She needed skin grafts, her clothes were burned onto her skin… Just horrible. The coffee temperature was several degrees above acceptable, in order to serve up a really hot cup of coffee. The only saving grace was that the coffee didn’t spill on a child. Thanks for setting the record straight.

  68. 272 utaustinliberal
    April 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    So Romney’s speech amounted to : Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, BS. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, BS.

    Paul Ryan’s name is now being heavily floated around as a potential VP nominee pick. Al I have to say is please, please, please, pick Eddie Munster. VP Biden must be itching to have a go at the Paul Ryan smack down merry go round.

  69. 274 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    So Ms. Rachel Maddow criticized our President’s speech today as “harsh.” I don’t get it. This is from someone who had a HUGE problem in 2010 when our President made a speech about BP to the residents who were affected by the oil spill. She felt he wasn’t harsh enough and proceeded to re-enact her own highly confrontational version of what she thought would be far more effective presidential speech than what our President gave at the time.

    Now our President appropriately called out the Republican lies, dirty policies she has a problem with it as being harsh?

    • 275 lisalovesobama
      April 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      there are so many unpleasant things I can say about cow, but I won’t because I’m in too good a mood because of PBO’s speech.

      • 276 hopefruit2
        April 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

        LOL @ “cow.”

      • 277 miss pat
        April 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

        I look at cow’s face and I see harsh. What’s the matter with her? Someone said she was sad election night, hardly wanted to acknowledge that the President won. Will watch her face this November.

      • 278 Smoothscotch
        April 4, 2012 at 2:47 am

        I’m with you on this. I’d like to know where the hell she gets off. Advise him to do this or that bs, if she & all those know it alls knows better and can do better, then I say, run for office. It’s one thing to analyze, based on facts, but entirely different.

    • April 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      “Harsh”? Are you serious????

      • 281 hopefruit2
        April 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        I’m so ticked off I can’t even respond properly. That’s the second person on MSNBC I heard panning the speech as harsh in tone. I guess now that their boy Willard is getting closer to winning the nomination, they want such a close race, that anything that threatens that is condemned…

        • 282 anniebella
          April 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm

          Harsh! No one complain when the GOP clowns gets up there and lie about President Obama. Maybe it was harsh because the President step on their toes. But for whatever reason I didn’t watch Rachel tonight, ain’t I glad I didn’t.

          • 283 anniebella
            April 3, 2012 at 11:18 pm

            Bravo President Obama, the speech was great. And for months we have seen where Romney has had free rain to lie on President Obama, well not anymore. Get ready Mitt.

    • 284 theo67
      April 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      I’m glad I never saw that re-enactment. Just the story that it happened has been enough to raise my blood pressure ever since! Rachel continues to erode her credibility with stupidity like that statement.

    • April 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      I’m not sure she meant “harsh” as criticism. No doubt it was a harsh speech. I don’t think she had a problem with how harsh it was.

      • 286 hopefruit2
        April 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm

        Okay glad you clarified this BWD – because I didn’t actually see the context in which she said it, I just saw it from another fellow TODer on twitter. I know sometimes she tends to rush to judgment where our Prez is concerned. But I will check out the segment for myself to see 🙂

      • 287 japa21
        April 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        Didn’t see it either, but I think she probably used “harsh” in a psositive sense, meaning it was conciliatory or milquetoast. And it was a harsh speech. No doubt about it. He didn’t mince any words.

    • 288 0388jojothecat
      April 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      The co-called journalist are calling harsh because PBO called them out too! I am not surprised they’re calling it harsh.

  70. 291 theo67
    April 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Finally checking in tonight! It’s been a good day. 🙂

  71. 292 Pamela
    April 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I’m here too, with kitty purring in my lap. A little too tired to offer any views, good to be home and here!

  72. 293 Bobfr
    April 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    New CDC Alert ….


  73. 298 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  74. 299 lovingandlaughing
    April 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Wow, that first pic is incredible! I also love the image of PBO and VP Biden walking up the stairs together.

  75. 300 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Anyone seen ChristiMt? I haven’t seen her around in a while, nor have I seen her on Twitter.

  76. 302 Bobfr
    April 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm


    • 303 yardarm756
      April 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Don’t forget what you’re working with. There’s a bunch of people out there that can’t tell you what they had for dinner last night.

      • 304 Bobfr
        April 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm


        But, it’s likely we can get them to think about whether they’d like to eat something other than dirt tomorrow night because the decision they make on 6 Nov 2012 will be way worse than a dirt sandwich on 7 Nov 2012 if they make the incorrect decision, my friend.



        #YesWeMust and you owe it to every person you can know or can reach out to to help them understand their life is on the line.

        • 305 yardarm756
          April 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm

          Sorry Bobfr there are those that would rather eat dirt or swill from a white Mormon than a steak from a black Christian. I guess they have a problem with Christians, eh?

          • 306 Bobfr
            April 4, 2012 at 2:15 am

            Perhaps, but for those so desperate in their fear and despair all I see are those who are most in need of our empathy and diligent efforts to educate – a sentiment my heart tells me our dear President Obama shares.



            Yes We Can … DO More Together

  77. April 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Ok, you have GOT to post this photo,Chips.


  78. 311 Bobfr
    April 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I love THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  79. April 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Mitt Romney’s record: Outsourcing jobs, investing overseas

    Mitt’s has created Jobs?
    No not created jobs stole American jobs from the USA.

    We need to see his tax reports.

  80. 315 lisalovesobama
    April 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    so apparently, according to Lawry, Willard is trying to swiftboat PBO on the issue of religion. He’s saying PBO is pushing a religion of ‘secularism’ aka atheism. what a mofoing asshole. That guy is such a dirty fuck. How can he live with himself? I talked to one of my friends who has no interest in politics but whose parents are staunch repugs (dad was career airforce now businessman, and mom is Korean born and raised, staunch Catholic and wont even tolerate her 25 year old daughter’s watching of Twilight= states it’s the devil’s work. I hate Twilight too but for a different reason.) Her mom just came to stay with her for her b-day, and my friend said as her mom was leaving, she turned to my friend and said: “Don’t vote for Romney, he’s a MORMON!!!!!!!!” hahahahahahahahhahahahahahha!!! So I said to my friend, ” it looks like your mama is shit outta luck because it’s Willard vs. PBO and unless she– as a staunch repug— can stomach going to the polls to vote for PBO, she will either be voting for THAT MORMON or she’ll be staying home.” My friend laughed her ass off and said she can’t wait to see what her mom does. Then I told my friend about Seamus and that clinched it for her. She was so disgusted! She said she’ll be telling her mom, an avid dog lover about that story. It’ll really add to the big negative for my friend’s mother. He’s a mormon and he’s a dog traumatizer??????!!!!!!
    ps- No offense to my friend, but her mom is hilarious and is exactly like those women on GCB. She takes the bible literally and says bad things happen to people cause they are being taught a lesson by God. She told my friend that her toilet stopped working because my friend had missed a couple sundays of church. I’m working on re-programming my friend. The funny thing is that I’ve talked with my friend’s mom on the phone and I like her. She’s cute and funny and (please excuse me for this un-PC comment, but she’s very Asian mother stereotype with a side of Catholic and a side of Conservative.) 🙂

  81. 317 lisalovesobama
    April 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    why the fuck does Ed have Coward on his show. he’s popooing PBO’s speech saying it’s no big thing. PBO needs to run on his record. He says PBO’s speech was antagonistic and back against the wall and that PBO will have to run against the PBO they’d hoped for in 2008. WTF is wrong this mofoing dumbass? 🙄 Fucker.

    • 318 anniebella
      April 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      “F” Coward.

    • 319 hopefruit2
      April 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Coward has been on that trash track since earlier this afternoon on Hardball. Fineman must have scanned some blogs and Twitter and realized that PBO’s base was all fired up by the speech and that must’ve bothered him immensely. Contrast PBO’s enthusiastic DEM base to Romney’s bored and frustrated Repug base, and you can see why the MSM is hazing a major sad. They arrogantly thought that this year would be similar to 2010 not realizing that the congressional elections are very different from the Presidential elections – particularly in the age of PBO.

      • 320 anniebella
        April 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

        Okay you are talking about Howard Fineman. Well we know he is anti-Obama, so what else would we expect of him? I don’t listen to his crap.

    • April 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      Been hanging out with Arianna Huffington. The idea that Pres.Obama will have to run against Candidate Obama first came out of her mouth.

      Personally, I would vote for Pres.Obama than candidate Obama because we’ve seen what Pres.Obama can do and we’ve seen him action PLUS he’s kept the promises that Candidate Obama made. If they want to have that debate, I say let’s do it.

      • 322 theo67
        April 4, 2012 at 12:38 am

        Anyone who thinks that saying that President Obama will have to run on his record is something to be frightened of, doesn’t know what President Obama’s record actually is. He’s accomplished 70% of his promises, he’s actually changed life for the better for millions of Americans – and that’s not even counting the historic stuff like getting Osama, passing health care reform after 100 years, saving the auto industry, getting the bank bailout money back (with interest), passing trade deals, restoring America’s reputation, and much more. Yes, he’ll proudly run on his record. Question is: will Romney?

        • April 4, 2012 at 3:58 am

          And theo67, at least we know that POB has a record to run on. We have seen it, some of us are living from that record, and also have familly and friends who are living from that record.

          What does “My Sources” have? Not a damn thing but his split personality, and hugging up to Tweety. We have a President who is smarter than Fineman, and POB is the “Source.”

          Fineman reminds me of a person who is so jealous of this President that he wants to be a friend one day, and the next day, he acts like he does not even remember what POB has done to clean up this crap that was dropped in his lap. And further more, if Howard has all of these ‘Sources’ why is hell he does not have any good news for the people he is trying to speak to when he is on Tweety, Rachel, LOD, etc. Fineman is full of it and his “Sources” are full of it as well becuase Fineman does not say anything worth listening to when he speaks.

          We can and will PRESSON regardless of your “Sources” and your SOUR commentating Fineman. STHU. We have a very brilliant and fine POTUS to listen to. Go play in the sandbox with Sister Sarah.HZ

    • 324 EricFive
      April 3, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      Ed Schultz is a double agent in my opinion. He famously encouraged Democrats to not vote during the 2010 midterm elections. As for Fineman, he is echoing whatever nonsense the Village is telling him. The MSM generally does not like President Obama’s policy or wonky speeches (they HATE facts). Also the Village is probably pissed b/c Pres. Obama called them out on their false equivilency BS.

      • 325 57andfemale
        April 4, 2012 at 12:06 am

        And “left” pundit who has such deep sources with the Republicans is not “left”.

        Remember, Fineman is the politics editor for HuffPo.

        Tonight in particular, he was doing somersaults to find something negative to say about PBO’s speech today.

    • April 4, 2012 at 12:36 am

      I do agree that PBO should run on his record. He has done more than any president in decades, and while it’s important to go after those crazy Republicans – It’s no less important for someone like PBO to run a positive, proud campaign.

  82. April 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    height=”150″ alt=”Taken 2/29/12 in the Oval Office – Live Long & Prosper! on Twitpic”>

  83. 337 desertflower
    April 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Chips…have you posted this here already??


    Must see…and pass…

  84. 339 57andfemale
    April 4, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I gave Eliot Spitzer a try on Current. When he made some [manufactured] point that PBO has lost the passion of the young vote and this will be a ‘passionless’ election, I turned him off.

    Does he think this meme from 2010 is actually true? Do any of these jackasses actually read polls or watch speeches or see the crowds that come to hear PBO?

    eff Eliot Spitzer.

    • 340 lisalovesobama
      April 4, 2012 at 12:27 am

      Seriously?! That rat faced freak should be holed up in a hovel instead of subjecting us to his disgusting face. He’s lost his fricking mind and whatever dignity and respect people should have for him. He’s not fit to speak of PBO who is happily and faithfully married to a wonderful person. Something’s truly wrong with this society when a freakazoid like that cheating bastard can talk negatively about PBO. who does that shiteater thing the ‘youths’ will be voting for? Mr. CTRL ALT DEL ? No fricking way. Azzhat! :sneer:

      • 341 jacquelineoboomer
        April 4, 2012 at 12:56 am

        You really should do billboards, lisa. Everybody could look up at your takedowns on the big screen, as they drive by on their way to work in the morning, and then give ’em hell all day long. Yeehaw! (And I mean this.) 🙂

        P.S. “freakazoid” = nailed it!

      • April 4, 2012 at 4:11 am

        Well, we will have to show Mr. Spit so real passion. And he is trying to talk about passion. Do not get me started on this person about ‘passionless’ anything. He is not worth the ink that I want to use to tell him a part of my mind that I value so much and I will not give him the energy of my “passionate mind to work my ass off for a great and decent man, President Barack H. Obama.HZ

      • 344 57andfemale
        April 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        We are living down the rabbit hole, that’s fore. Mike Barnicle gets fired from the Boston Globe for serious plagiarism, and gets a gig on MSNBC. It’s maddening.

    • 346 99ts
      April 4, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Notice in the recent republican primaries – the “young vote” was almost non existent based on the exit polls

      They will be there to vote for President Obama.

      • 347 57andfemale
        April 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        What infuriated me was that this alleged progressive didn’t bother to actually find out what the truth is. Is there a little dip in support? Yes, but it is minimal and that’s well before the campaign takes off. Polls for the last three months show growing enthusiam, and the 2008 voters for PBO coming back strong.

        The false equivalency of the comment is what will send me to write Current about my not watching the show in the future. Spitzer actually equated the lack of enthusiasm with Romney to the alleged lack of enthusiasm for PBO. That is unacceptable. This is where the whiny left crosses the line into doing damage. I honestly do not understand why the left can’t get its act together on this stuff. Want to have a respectful discussion on the Afghan policy, fine. But when you equate enthusiasm of PBO and Romney, you’re lazy, lying, dangerous son of a bitch and you don’t get my viewership.

        Still love Bill Press and Stephanie and Jennifer Granholm. More of that kind of progressive TV, thank you.

  85. 348 4morefor44
    April 4, 2012 at 12:08 am

    eliot is an expert on passion though. eliot had so much “passion” for his wife he had start sharing it with prostitutes.
    jealousy is such an ugly emotion.

    • 349 57andfemale
      April 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

      My feelings exactly.

      I did find it amusing that Spitzer has been given a decent set, when Keith looked like a disembodied head against a black backdrop and this was one of Keith’s complaints — production values. I think when you’re taking $10/M a year from a fledgling network, buy your own backdrop and a few lights.

      Loving Stephanie Miller in the a.m. though, and I usually catch some of Bill Press. He’s been fine, too after he stopped licking his wounds that Hillary lost. Still like Jennifer Granholm.

  86. 350 yardarm756
    April 4, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Beddie bye!

  87. 351 amk for obama
    April 4, 2012 at 12:16 am

    A great story

    An 80-year-old US woman with little flying experience has staged an emergency landing in Wisconsin after her pilot husband collapsed and died.


  88. 352 dawna
    April 4, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Hello everyone. Have been following you guys for the last few years and really enjoy all your comments and compassion but being a foreigner there isn’t much I can do but watch and read but there is on CSpan today a very interesting panel discussion with Woodward and Bernstein in which they talk about journalism in the 70’s and how it is today with the decline of good journalism which was really interesting. Bernstein near the end brought up the fact that no one is following where all these hundreds of millions of dollars in superpacs is going and suggested that you could probably find alot of it in the state and local elections.
    Sounds like you guys really have your work cut out for you and hope you realize that those of us outside the USA are praying for you and sending our positive energy your way because we ALL need this man to succeed and we are also extremely jealous because we all wish we had an Obama in our country

    • 353 miss pat
      April 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

      So glad you stopped by. Sometimes I think that the people overseas see more than we do here. They can understand that the President is working for everyone to have a better life.
      I wish the world leaders had a say in the general elections here. Let them choose who they want to work with to help lead the world because thats what leaders do. They not only lead their own countries, they help to lead the entire world.
      When I see the President with world leaders I see how they respect him and wish the people here would show him that kind of respect too. Thank you for helping us pray and we appreciate you. Come back more often and now and again drop us a line.

  89. April 4, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for the warm welcome! Loved reading tonight’s comments. Unfortunately, there is not enough brain bleach to get “Mitt unzipped” out of my head.

    Meta, we have a light rail line that runs along South Blvd. Most of the hotels near interstate 77 are within walking distance of a light rail stop. We also have busses here. Taxis are expensive, but it’s also an option. CATS also runs a van pool that you can use with a group. The city has plans to offer some transportation to and from the events. If you do come, I would look for something near the light rail. You can ride all day on a roundtrip ticket for $3. Most hotels are located near interstate exists. I know the DNC booked hotels near the airport, but there are probably still rooms available below Uptown and near UNCC. I hope this helps. If I can be of any assistance, let me know.

  90. 356 sabreen60
    April 4, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I happened upon this blog. I’m not a lawyer, but I like what I have read so far – especially the comments.


  91. 357 anniebella
    April 4, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I can not think of the name of the show, but it comes on NBC and it’s about helping people lose weight. When does that come on? Because wasn’t FLOTUS suppose to be on the show. The people were suppose to be invited to the White House. Did that come on last night April 3, if not when does it come on? Please say I didn’t miss the show.

    • 358 anniebella
      April 4, 2012 at 1:54 am

      The show is call The Biggest Loser, and FLOTUS was to appear up there Tuesday April 3rd and I missed it, and she supposed to be on the show again April 10th. How the hell did i forget all about this. I guess my memory is not as good as I think it is, because you know I would never miss anything FLOTUS will be appearing on. I am going to have to write April 10th down, NBC at 8pm.

  92. 362 LDS
    April 4, 2012 at 2:07 am

    What a speech! What a stare! What a President!

    Harsh? He is just getting started…….you ain’t seen nothing yet!

    This is not a game……..

  93. 363 geeja
    April 4, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Goodnight all. Thanks again for keeping me sane!

  94. 364 amk for obama
    April 4, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Vote counts in the 3 primaries today – DC / MD / WI

    Obama – 51394 / 275281 / 284866

    mehmney – 3122 / 116922/ 305740

    The mehmentum is mind boggling.

  95. April 4, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I like that serious look on our Beloved President’s face. His expression Is saying lots and lots of things, lol, yeah and he’s just getting started. He’s so Real, and genuinely True to thine own self, and the American People, until really, he just doesn’t understand how the Gop, can be so GREEDY, and SELFISH. 😦

    I also like the picture of him and VP Biden walking up the stairs, niceeeee 🙂

    Okey dokey, gonna go back to bed now, and finish my zzzzzzzzzz’s. Later~~~~~~~

    April 4, 2012 at 5:57 am


  97. April 4, 2012 at 6:18 am

    A media love fest for Robney, this morning. They are tearing apart the Presidents speech and saying how wonderful Robneys speech was last night.

    • April 4, 2012 at 6:22 am

      Not on Current TV. Watch it.

    • 369 amk for obama
      April 4, 2012 at 6:29 am

      He tore them a new one y’day. So it’s the butthurt speaking today.

    • 370 globalcitizenlinda
      April 4, 2012 at 6:35 am

      remember that this is the same MSM that tried to convince us that mccain won ALL the debates and stayed silent once the results came in of ordinary people’s opinion.

      Quest: WHY does the media always try to prop up the mitt the liar ?

      Ans: MSM are in the same previledged group (1%) as the liar. In addition, the ONLY way the MSM can make lots of money from a campaign is if they keep the election close otherwise campaign expenditures go down if PBO is a sure win

    • April 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

      What channels are you watching??

    • 372 anniebella
      April 4, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Jovie, I’ll give you one guess why the media are tearing apart the President speech, because he took them on for trying to portray that this none compromise issue is a two way thing. When the media knows darn well that it’s the Republicans who refuse to compromise. And thing about this Jovie, the media want this to be a close race they don’t want POTUS to blowout Romney. So they are doing all they can to build him up because it suits their purpose. We had a prime example of just how low the media will go for ratings Tuesday morning on the Today show. When they let that you know who co-host their crap of a show.

  98. April 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

    One thing I noticed about Conservatives, they put up an Cogent argument about everything.
    Granted, they lie like mad, but if you put a set of facts in front of them, they will argue that the facts don’t matter, their spin and fear mongering and revision of History, is Rovian Politics.
    Also, The Corporate media continues to be as far Right, as the Republicans have gone. CNN is a good example, totally in the tank for Republicans Facts be damned.

    • April 4, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Oh, and that Ari Fleisher is probably the Best spin Meister I have ever heard. That guy is Trouble.

      • April 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

        He’s a nutjob weasel dick Jovie, don’t worry about him.

      • 376 anniebella
        April 4, 2012 at 8:05 am

        Ari Fleisher isn’t trouble, he’s B.S. Early this morning I came across CNN as I was flipping the channels and against my better judgement I listen to him for a few seconds, I couldn’t take him and his lies , so I turn the tv.

  99. April 4, 2012 at 6:53 am

    The debt ceiling fight from last summer did no one in Washington any favors. Least of all President Obama.

    When Speaker of the House John Boehner declared in a CBS News interview that he had been able to extract 98 percent of what he wanted in the prolonged negotiations over raising the nation’s borrowing level, he wasn’t just declaring a legislative victory. President Obama’s approval had been dragged well into negative territory, and the whole thing had even damaged Obama’s vaunted favorability rating. The affair also brought Congress itself down to record approval lows, but there wasn’t much further to go.

    Fast forward to April of 2012. Improvement in key economic metrics are having a big political impact, drops in the unemployment rate have made splashes in the media and the stock market has recovered to the level it was at before the Great Recession. And independent voters have started seeing a brighter economic picture.


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