rise and shine

President Barack Obama reacts to the crowd before the start of a race during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, April 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Collegekay, is that you on the right?


9:10 AM: PBO departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

11:25 AM: Arrives West Palm Beach, Fla

1:15 PM: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

2:55 PM: Delivers remarks on the economy at Florida Atlantic University

6:00 PM: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

8:05 PM: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

9:20 PM: Departs Hollywood, Florida, en route Joint Base Andrews

11:45 PM: Arrives at the White House



Washington Post: With the general-election campaign beginning to take shape, President Obama holds clear advantages over Mitt Romney on personal attributes and a number of key issues, but remains vulnerable to discontent with the pace of the economic recovery, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Obama has double-digit leads over the likely Republican presidential nominee on who would do a better job of protecting the middle class, addressing women’s issues, handling international affairs and dealing with health care.

On personal traits, the president’s edge is even bigger: He has a better than 2-to-1 advantage as the more friendly and likable of the two, and nearly that margin as “more inspiring.”

Romney faces a huge deficit among female voters, one that more than negates his advantage among men and represents one of the biggest challenges he and his advisers face as they turn toward the November election. Obama’s edge among women gives him a clear lead among all registered voters in a matchup with Romney.

More here



Washington Post: Presidential elections are rarely won and lost on policy. Voters instead tend to choose the person they most want to be president based on who they like. And that feeling is heavily influenced by which of the candidates they believe best understands their hopes and dreams.

Call it the empathy factor. And it matters. A lot.

New national polling done by the Washington Post and ABC News shows that President Obama has a significant edge over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on the empathy question …. Asked which man “better understands the economic problems people in this country are having”, 49 percent of people said Obama while 37 percent named Romney….

A look inside the numbers tells a similar story. Among electorally critical independents, Obama enjoys a 47 percent to 35 percent edge over Romney. Women favor Obama over Romney by 20 points on the empathy question.

More here


From yesterday:


White House photos – more here


Morning everyone 😉

178 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 pugeretto
    April 10, 2012 at 8:39 am


  2. 19 LunarSea
    April 10, 2012 at 8:39 am


  3. 20 LunarSea
    April 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

    darn tiny keys on android…

    congrats pugeretto

  4. 25 LunarSea
    April 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

    about to start my day. have a good one all. Chow

  5. 26 Suzette
    April 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Good morning all.
    It was a beautiful Easter Egg Roll. I enjoyed watching it all.

  6. 27 hopefruit2
    April 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Congratulations pugeretto 🙂

  7. 29 collegekay
    April 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Good morning folks. Yes that’s me lol.

    These are such good numbers for PBO. We must keep it up and not let Rove and Co. buy this election with negative ads.

  8. 30 pugeretto
    April 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Wow, never in a million years will that happen again, thanks , My lucky day for me!!!! I don’t think it really happened.

  9. 31 utaustinliberal
    April 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

  10. 35 utaustinliberal
    April 10, 2012 at 8:48 am

    • 36 L3
      April 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

      That 36% that believes Romney is more consistent in his positions either have not been paying attention, just don’t care or would not say anything positive about PBO, even under threat of death.

      • 37 ChristiMTL
        April 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

        Ok this has to be a joke! 36% think he is more consistent in his positions that the President?. One day he’s for something, the next he’s against, back and forth….he makes me head spin……

      • April 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

        This is why every election starts with Republican at 47%. They can nominate fozee bear and their dumb voters still vote for him.

    • 39 Betsy
      April 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

      That 29% find Romney inspiring just makes me wonder “in what freaking way” are they inspired by Mitt Willard Romney?

  11. 41 Squarepeg
    April 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

    OMG @ PBO doing pushups! That was nice to wake up to this morning.

  12. 42 utaustinliberal
    April 10, 2012 at 8:58 am

  13. 45 rikyrah
    April 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    WHY, oh WHY, is this reply box so small?

    • 46 hopefruit2
      April 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

      I’ve noticed this too. It’s another new WP quirk I suppose. Very annoying!

    • April 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

      I want to know too Rikyrah! WordPress just can’t leave anything alone. This person at their support forum isn’t too happy either:

      re: the new auto-collapsing text box for comments “functionality”.

      It sucks. Not just a little. It sucks a huge giganitic lot. I cannot tell you in words strong enough how much I hate it.

      It hinders any kind of long form response by constantly opening and closing when I change tabs.

      I suggest either giving it a “lock open” option or ditching the function in favor of the manually resizable text boxes of old, but as it is, it simply pisses me off.

    • 50 Cha
      April 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks for asking, rikyrah. I thought it was different!

  14. 51 collegekay
    April 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Lol, Romney is getting killed with these numbers. That’s why Rove is freaking out.

    • 52 hopefruit2
      April 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

      And he’ll freak out even more when he realizes that his $300M ad blitz is not hurting the President and possibly making things worse for Romney.

    • 53 Mel
      April 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Well! the GOP will have a big problem, they have no clue on what are they going to run on? so far they
      have not tolk about how to create a single job.Education health Care. Foreign Policy, Energy, and they keep Bashing
      AA, Hispanics,Women. Children the very poor Seniors and the list goes on and on. In my opinoin the GOP are
      screwd, and the people are paying attention they are NOT apying attention to The MSM because we know
      they are full of CACA. so yes we CAN people let’s keep it positive.

  15. 54 utaustinliberal
    April 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

  16. April 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I so agree with WP in that elections are not won on policy but on likability. The great majority of voters do not follow politics/policy closely and day to day like we peeps but almost always vote for the candidate they like the most, simple as that. And President Obama’s likability numbers have been consistently high—-understandably.

    • 56 0388jojothecat
      April 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

      That’s why PBO and Team Obama (OFA) has millions of volunteers on the ground. They can blitz the teevee with those horrible ads it’s just that people CAN mute them and change channels. I plan to watch a lot of movies heading into the elections because I can’t stand the GOP lies.

      • 57 Mel
        April 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

        The game will be play on the ground just like in 2008 and I think Team Obama (OFA) have game, so no matter
        how many millions Karl Rove spent we will match them with people on the polls.

  17. 58 desertflower
    April 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

    This is my teeny tiny box I’m typing in….good morning family:) Looking at the pics this morning and all I could think of is that they look like they get their batteries recharged around the children…genuine affection for them, that seems to boost them and give them much joy and purpose. Beautiful!And the little ones love them back….a beautiful circle.

  18. 60 utaustinliberal
    April 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    No wonder Scarborough, Paul Ryan, and turd blossom himself Karl Rove are freaking out this morning. Imagine the internal polls being conducted by the GOP. Pres. Obama must be crushing Romney in all arenas. Hahahahahaha.

  19. 66 Hachikō
    April 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Stopping in to wish everyone a happy Tuesday and provide you with an update.

    I spoke to the owner of the doggie boarding place a couple minutes ago. She said Tucker did much better last night. She said he did not bark at all and seems to be acclimating. I’m so relieved. I haven’t been able to sleep well from worry. I’ll take him more food today, but I can’t see him. That breaks my heart.

    I leave the hotel today. Miss Pat is coming to check me out. She’s going with me to Astoria where I’ll be staying with the neighbor who took me and Tucker in last Thursday morning. Miss Pat will get to meet her, and I’ll show her my apartment building. Miss Pat is such an amazing woman. I’ve only known her a few days, but I feel like she’s always been a part of my life. Her children are blessed to call her mother.

    Yesterday, I ordered my moving supplies and started getting quotes for moving and storage. Jesus, it’s expensive to move here. The quotes have been ridiculous. The money everyone has so generously donated needs to cover the cost of moving, rent a car and pay for petrol to get up to Maine, pay off utilities for the old apartment, and leave something over so I can buy food and get around while I’m in Maine, and until I find work. I have no intention of going up there and becoming a burden on LunarSea. She’s extending herself enough as it is.

    Well, that’s it for now. Will check in again later.

    Have a blessed day, everyone!

    • 67 desertflower
      April 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I have a suggestion for Tucker. Maybe you could leave him with an article of clothing or a blanket, anything….that smells like you. A little “woobie” so he can feel like you are near to him.They could take it in there for him….it might make him feel better. And you:) One day at a time…he will know you are near and haven’t left him. Just a thought.

      • 68 Hachikō
        April 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

        LOL. Tucker shreds anything I leave with him from home. He’s shredded so many beds, blankets, pieces of my clothing. I think he gets mad and just goes to town! 🙂 Thank you, DF.

        • 69 desertflower
          April 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

          You’re welcome, love:) Just a thought. I know that “my baby” (giant Great Dane) would be sad without something of mine near her….but she’s not a chewer!

    • 70 whatisworking
      April 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

      So good to hear from you Hachiko

      Glad Tuker is doing well. We are allready to help in any way we can.

      Virtual Hugs.

    • 71 hopefruit2
      April 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Thanks for the update Hachiko – Glad to hear that Tucker seems to be adjusting and that things are moving along for you. You appear to be holding up incredibly well under these circumstances! Bless Ms. Pat and everyone who generously pitched in. I strongly believe that things will work out for you – Maine will give you a change of scene with a renewed and hopeful outlook on life. Once you get there you can focus on finding a job – we’re rooting for ya! 🙂

    • April 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Great to hear Tucker is doing better, Hachikō, it’ll be such a relief for both of you when you get to Maine. There are no words for Miss Pat, she’s an extraordinary woman.

    • 73 ChristiMTL
      April 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

      So good to know that Tucker is feeling better!

    • 74 57andfemale
      April 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Why can’t you see Tucker? I’d completely lose it. I can’t even fathom what you’re going through.

    • 76 pugeretto
      April 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

      I once drove a small Uhaul truck from TX to IL….I am so glad to hear about Tucker, it must be so hard on you, but Tucker is safe & being watched over.

    • 77 sherijr
      April 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

      I’m sorry you’re unable to see Tucker.. but very glad he is adjusting – even if just for a few more days. I agree, Miss Pat is definitely your Good Samaritan- thank YOU to Pat- we all appreciate her, I’m sure.

      Wishing you a very good day Marabout- just a few more hectic days to a brand new start for you and Tucker.. thanks to LunarSea also. You Can do this.. like our First Lady says.. you’re a strong woman who has handled a horrific situation w/ much grace & class~

    • 78 Dakota
      April 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Really good to hear from you Hachiko and very glad Tucker is doing better. Miss Pat and LunarSea are truly earth angels.

  20. April 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Politico reports: “Sen. Marco Rubio has every excuse to stay away from his old South Florida friend Rep. David Rivera. Rivera is facing state and federal inquiries stemming from his conduct in the Florida legislature, while Rubio is seeking to project a squeaky clean image as he faces national scrutiny and tops the prospective GOP vice presidential list.” Despite the obvious drawbacks to maintaining the relationship (a concern Right Turn has learned has been expressed directly to Rubio by advisers and supporters), Rubio refuses to, as he puts it, turn his back on his friend.

    Rivera reminds one of Bebe Rebozo, another Cuban-American from Florida who wound up as a confidante for a national figure. In Rebozo’s case it was Richard Nixon, who suffered by association with the Florida real estate developer’s land deals. (Rebozo was investigated but never charged by Watergate investigators; he did however wind up settling with the IRS over allegedly unreported income.)


    He has baggage!

    • 80 hopefruit2
      April 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Senator Marco Rubio should just stay away – period.

    • April 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Rubio has a lot of blots on that “squeaky clean image”—–a problem with truth, for one, and a long list of Palin style grifter activities, using politics for the perks, for personal financial gain. He had a good ol’ time with that RNC credit card till he was called on it, using it for all kinds of personal/family expenditures.

  21. April 10, 2012 at 9:23 am


  22. 86 desertflower
    April 10, 2012 at 9:24 am


    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran is signaling a possible compromise heading into critical talks with world powers deeply suspicious of its nuclear program, offering to scale back uranium enrichment but not abandon the ability to make nuclear fuel.

    The proposal — floated by the country’s nuclear chief as part of the early parrying in various capitals before negotiations get under way Friday — suggested that sanctions-battered Iran is ready to bargain.

    Wow! A BFD! This and no BOMBING???? Imagine that:)

    • April 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Diplomacy works. I think we all had a feeling those sanctions were squeezing them something fierce.

      • 88 desertflower
        April 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

        I know they are. I work with a teacher that is Iranian and his family still lives there. People are hurting and he’s actually mad at PBO now for hurting the people.I told him that his anger was misplaced. If the power brokers in the Iranian govt cared about their citizens, they would have come to the table by now….just shows who’s really important to the Iranian govt. Nukes won.

  23. April 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

  24. April 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

    FED says Volcker Rule will not effect liquidity.
    As Wall street keeps freaking out over the Volcker Rule!

  25. 100 utaustinliberal
    April 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Hey TOD. Don’t forget, FLOTUS will be on the NBC show The Biggest Loser tonight at 8PM ET/ 7PM CT. On NBC. Don’t miss it!

  26. 102 whatisworking
    April 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Great Article sent to me by Creole Child

    How To Fight Back Against Republicans With These Simple Word Changes


  27. 106 hopefruit2
    April 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Chuck Todd haz a sad!

  28. 107 whatisworking
    April 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Stand Your Ground May Lose Its Legs


  29. 109 whatisworking
    April 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

    What Do Tax Breaks for Millionaires Really Cost? National Women’s Law Center


  30. 110 whatisworking
    April 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Debunking the GOP Propaganda: Only 34% Want Obamacare Repealed By: Jason EasleyMarch 26, 2012


  31. 113 collegekay
    April 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I had a dream about PBO last night. Actually, I dream about him frequently. Does anyone else have this problem? If not, I think I need professional help,lol.

    • 114 hopefruit2
      April 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

      LOL! I dream about him occasionally. I NEVER dreamt about GWB or any other Pres for that matter.

      But as for you ck, you were at the WH for the better part of the day yesterday and actually met him, plus you might be speaking to him on the phone soon – it’s only natural that you would dream about him. PBO is ingrained in America’s psyche. Even among those who claim to be opposed to him. (I’m sure Willard dreams about him at least once a week)

      • 115 JER
        April 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

        Collegekay, I wish I would dream about him. But no such luck. This might blow your mind though. A while back you made an appearance in my dream. You were driving a mini bus. And the destination said, “College Kay.” You waved, made a turn, and headed south. Too much TOD for me?

      • 118 collegekay
        April 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

        True. I NEVER have dreamed about any other Pres. I’m so obsessed with PBO. It’s like I need to know where he is and what he’s doing at all times… which is why I’m thankful for Chips and this site. Lol.

        • 119 anniebella
          April 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

          I haven’t dream about POTUS, but I like to keep up with what he is doing, where he is speaking and listen to him if I can. Like today I had to make sure what time he was going to speak and see if it was going to be carry on WH.gov., C-Span. And I’m the same way with FLOTUS. I’ve got it written down so I don’t forget FLOTUS on Colbert ‘s show tomorrow night, and FLOTUS tonight on the Big Loser. But sorry collegekay, no dreaming of either one just yet. Maybe during the next four years?

    • 120 sherijr
      April 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

      I’ve never dreamt about a President or anyone famous either.. but I did have one dream about President Obama a few years ago.. he ignored me in my dream 😉 but I understood.

    • 121 Pamela
      April 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Yes, Ck, I often see his energy field in my ‘dreams’. I feel dreams are a different level of consciousness, where we are less constricted by the physical, and mental forms we are taught to believe are real. During these times when I perceive PBO in proximity, I am never alone, but always involved in a group whose collective energy is focussed and dynamic, and it is nice to report that whatever it is we are doing, the force is not about any particular or single one of us, rather about what the combined effect of us willingly pooling our energy field is accomplishing. If that makes any sense, I suppose I am describing the non- material essence of TOD. and no doubt others on this planet who are consciously working and praying for the benefit of the greater good. Bless you all, I must get going or I will be late for everything and I have a busy day ahead! Thank you, Chips, as always! Bye!

    • April 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

      First, after the day you had yesterday, it would be strange if you didn’t dream about him. Second, I dream about him even when I’m not sleeping. We’ll go to the doctor together. 🙂

  32. 127 whatisworking
    April 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Meet the Three ALEC Supporting Corporate Giants Who Dare You to Boycott Them


  33. 129 99ts
    April 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I love that the GOP says the war on women does not exist and then the polls say – “Romney faces a huge deficit among female voters”
    All those anti women legislators may wish women didn’t vote – but they do – in their millions.

  34. 131 desertflower
    April 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

    HAHA! http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/09/1081895/-Mitt-Romney-needs-another-question

    Short and sweet. Romney need more than just another question…..

  35. 132 whatisworking
    April 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

    This web page allows you to send email to Proctor and Gamble (the supposed “family” company.)


    The have a category for feedbck titled Corporate Info/ Investor Governance. Give them a piece of your mind.

  36. 137 sherijr
    April 10, 2012 at 9:51 am

    good morning Chips & TOD family ~ a very pleasant Tuesday to all of you 🙂

    Have you all seen how close we are to meeting the goal for Hachiko and Tucker? I’m absolutely thrilled by so many helping hearts… heres the link to the donation page: https://everribbon.com/ribbon/view/5881

    To marabout/Hachiko.. I know you’re on your way to stay w/ a neighbor today & begin getting your packing done.. I wish you all the best for a good/ productive/ positive day and can’t wait to see you & Tucker back together and on the road to a new life start 🙂

    Yesterday I commented about and interaction I had w/ a rightwing “Christian” over donations for their teen suicide prevention… I want to clarify, as I know many folks here are religious. Though I’m not religious myself.. and probably closer to being an athiest than anything.. I was raised by my mom who is religious- in all the good ways- though she was a working mom, she also taught Sunday School for many years when I was growing up.. and she taught w/ love.. she still goes to church every sunday and is involved in several church activities. She is also all inclusive of all human beings. My argument w/ religion is that I’ve seen it since childhood be used as a method to divide and exclude people.. used in politics which I abhor as a power wand to again divide and harm folks… and used to manipulate the least of us to go against what is healthiest for them- via guilt/condemnation etc. My mom was / is a practicer of the teachings of Jesus.. and this is who I learned from that we really are ALL EQUAL. No ifs ands or buts.

    So okay enough of that so early.. I just don’t want to offend anyone here w/ my comments yesterday. 🙂

  37. April 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is looking to overhaul the mortgage servicing industry, arguing that the problem-plagued sector is unaccountable and opaque.

    The CFPB announced Monday that it was mulling rules to reform that industry, which has been hotly criticized because as foreclosures mounted, so too did evidence of shoddy business practices.


  38. 139 whatisworking
    April 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

    My last ALEC story of the day

    BREAKING: Intuit Out of ALEC; Coke, Kraft, Pepsi, too, while Koch Stands Ground


  39. April 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I like that 3 public school employees had the Maryland winning jackpot ticket—–an elementary teacher, a special ed. teacher and an administrator.

  40. 146 Linda
    April 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    TRENTON, N.J. — Independent congressional investigators are raising questions about why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie scrapped the Hudson River rail tunnel project in 2010.

    Christie had said he feared cost overruns when he canceled what was then the largest public works project in the nation.

    According to The New York Times, the Government Accountability Office report found that while Christie said that state transportation officials had revised cost estimates for the tunnel to at least $11 billion and potentially as high as $14 billion, officials hadn’t changed their original estimate for the two years before Christie axed the project. That original estimate stated the project would cost no more than $10 billion.

    Christie also misstated New Jersey’s share of the costs, according to the report. He said the state would pay 70 percent of the project when the report found that New Jersey was paying 14.4 percent.

    Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak told the newspaper the report failed to consider other expenses associated with the tunnel and the fluctuating estimates suggest no one really knew how much the project would cost.

    • April 10, 2012 at 10:42 am

      They were really in a tough spot the first time. The corruption around Corzine was pretty bad and he was not going to step aside to let someone else run. Christie talks trash now but he was running commmercials that coopted the President’s message and voice. Even with all this he barely won.

  41. 149 whatisworking
    April 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

    DavidCare: Making Prescription Drugs Affordable for Seniors

    nice video from WH


  42. 150 whatisworking
    April 10, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Public Opinion Snapshot: What the Public Thinks of Obamacare, by Component


  43. 153 desertflower
    April 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

    As if we needed another reason to see that this law is wrong


    The Trayvon Martin case has gripped the nation, and forced the country to re-examine our gun laws. But the horrible affair has struck me in another way, because of my two tours in Iraq. One fact stands out in my mind: The “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida, which may let George Zimmerman off the hook for the killing of Martin, gives more leeway to shooters than our own military gives to soldiers in war.

  44. 154 sabreen60
    April 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. I love looking at all the pictures.

    My mother died 50 years ago today. I was 13. My sister wants to go to the cemetary. I don’t want to go, but I will. My mother is not in the hole in the ground. Anyway, some things you never get over so I’m just a little sad today. But looking at the pictures of our First Family and the children and reading that Hachiko is doing ok, lifted my spirit.

    Chips you’re amazing. I wish I could come here everyday.

    • 155 sherijr
      April 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

      I’m sorry for your loss sabreen.. I lost a brother many years ago.. but we never forget, stop loving them or missing them.. Be well today and soak in your good memories.

    • April 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

      My heart goes out to you, sabreen60. I share a similar sadness. Do something really nice for yourself today. {{{{hugs}}}}

    • April 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

      I am sorry for your loss and definitely agree about your mother not being in the hole in the ground. We feel the same way about our grandson–angelversary is 4 years tomorrow. Like you, I am going to his grave today with flowers. he is buried at our Veteran’sCemetery and our daughter isn’t here.

    • 158 carla4obama
      April 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Sabreen, I understand how you feel. Do go to the cemetary. If it is a nice day sit at your mom’s grave site, clean up the headstone and have a talk with your sister and mom. Tell your mom about your life (the good stuff), how you still think of her everyday. It is a wonderful feeling. Your mom in not in the hole in the ground true, she is carried in your heart, but sitting there, at her final resting place…well it helps me in ways I can’t begin to describe.

      • 159 sabreen60
        April 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

        Thank you Carla4Obama, Tnmtngirl, meta, sherijr and everyone for your kind and thoughtful words. I will carry them with me.

        I’m out 🙂

    • 160 desertflower
      April 10, 2012 at 10:42 am

      So sorry to hear about your mom…I know what that feels like. I miss mine every single day.

  45. 161 desertflower
    April 10, 2012 at 10:18 am


    when arguments aren’t grounded in truth, this is what happens! Another GOP FAIL.

  46. April 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Preliminary figures suggest that the spring housing market in Massachusetts has gotten off to a good start.

    According to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, the number of single-family homes put under agreement in March was up 38.8 percent compared to the same time last year. It was the 11th straight month of year-over-year gains, and the first time since June 2011 that pending sales have exceeded the 4,000 homes level. Last month, 4,519 single-family homes in Massachusetts were put under agreement, the association said. As for pending condo sales, they were up just over 30 percent on a year-to-year basis.


  47. 166 desertflower
    April 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    This needs to be smacked down. HARD! http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/04/10/461265/gop-economist-deficit/
    George W. Bush’s Social Security privatization guru Charles Blahous — who now works for the Koch-funded Mercatus Center — is out with a new report alleging that the Affordable Care Act adds $340 billion to the deficit. The new math relies on the old “double counting” meme — an argument advanced by Republicans in Congress in the final days of the health care reform debate alleging that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) appropriated the same revenue for extending the solvency of the Medicare trust fund as it did for paying out benefits. The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery explains:

    GOP ECONOMIST?? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

  48. April 10, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Speaking to you from my teeeeeny tiiiiiny comment box…….

    Good morning, TODville!! Great numbers for PBO today. America is paying attention to all the great things PBO and his team have accomplished and realizing that Mittens is a hollow, scary robot-puppet with floating morals, no ideas and zero leadership.

  49. 171 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Wonderful news to wake up to! I’ve always said that PBO’s key advantage is that people simply like him. Despite all the lying and smearing, people simply like him as a person.

    When PBO sets foot in a place, the smiles come out, people have fun, and the Obama stimulus effect is put into motion. When Willard sets foot in a place, babies cry, people frown, and businesses empty out….and his unfavorables rise. LOL!

    I can’t wait to see them on the same stage together. Willard is so toast.

  50. April 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Apparently, Jodi Kantor went to a Bruce Springsteen concert last night. I just had to needle her!

  51. 173 hopefruit2
    April 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

    If you have 8 minutes to spare–this is still immensely moving almost four years later..That scene is the making of an epic backdrop of the next PBO movie.

    • April 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Why did you make me cry again? From “as long as we breathe, we hope”, I was sobbing. That was the most beautiful of nights, that election night in Grant Park—-the most moving, most gratifying in my life. Let’s do it again! (I also watch that vid of the votes coming in often—-Pa., Ohio, N.C., Va.——and all the anchors announcing that Barack Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States! Man oh man! Exhilerating to the max!

      • 175 hopefruit2
        April 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        It made me cry too dotster – that night was just incredible; I don’t have words to describe the emotions it invoked back then and now.

    • April 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Watched every second. One of the most amazing nights of my entire life. I’ll never forget it.

  52. April 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Yes, the numbers look good. Yet the campaign is anything but complacent. They know the Republican nominee is going in with 45% of the vote, no matter what. The only thing that would reduce that number is if two things happen. The first is that the Republican base is so demoralized they don’t vote. The second is that Dem voters ome out in historic numbers.

    Conversely, if the Republican base does get out there and vote and enough Dems figure PBO doesn’t need their votes as he is going to win any way, that 45% goes up, perhaps sufficiently enough to change the results.

    I think it is important that we work on the “be part of history” by casting a vote for PBO and all down ticket Dems. Let’s face it, even if PBO wins but the Dems don’t take back the House and maintain the Senate, nothing will get done for at least 2 years.

    Also, the only way to undo so much that has been done at the state level is by getrting those legislatures back in the hands of Dems. Turnout will be crucial up and down the line.

    Dems have a chance to make the Republicans basically irrelevant for decades if they come out strong this fall.

    Let’s help make that happen. Having the President’s back means more that getting him re-elected. It aslo means giving him a Congress and state legislatures to make good things happen, not just prevent bad things from happening.

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