313 Responses to “west wing week: you’re proof of change”

  1. 1 japa21
    April 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    evening all

  2. April 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Congratulations, Japa! WordPress robbed me again 😦

  3. 9 GGail
    April 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Chipsticks, I’m beginning to feel like I’m on a tour at the Getty and you, the Docent, is pushing me on to the next exhibit…….hufff, huff, huff, I’m having difficulty keeping up with you today. LOL!!!!

  4. 27 nintendowii10
    April 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    We are the change we have been waiting for.

  5. April 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Lawrence Odonell apologized to Mormons?

    What a strange day!

  6. April 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Oh bloody hell:

    North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, according to South Korea’s defence ministry.

    The planned launch has been widely condemned by the international community, which has accused North Korea of trying to develop its military technology.

    Pyongyang says that the rocket will peacefully advance its space programme.

    Japan and South Korea have warned that they will shoot the rocket down if it enters their territory.

    South Korean Defence Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok told reporters that the rocket has been fired at 07:39 local time (22:39 GMT).

    A United States official told the Reuters news agency it was “confirming the rocket launched”.


  7. April 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I spotted a TODer in the West Wing Week video – CollegeKay, you need an agent. Now!!!

  8. 57 lamh35
    April 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Uh huh, and with the NK rocket lauches, the real world trumps stupid…like I said earlier today, there is just not enough oxygen to fuel the minor fires that these non-traversy try to do.

    Rosen-gate is already losing steam, and Romney choice is to talk about Ann or discuss foreign policy, my guess, that’s it for Rosen-gate.

    • 58 nintendowii10
      April 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Mitt has already admitted he’ll sell the US to Israel and allow Bibi to write our foreign policy if he’s Commander in Chief!

  9. April 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Vice President Biden drew a sharp contrast with Mitt Romney over tax policy Thursday, saying the presumptive Republican presidential nominee wanted to “double down on tax cuts for the wealthy” and was “out of step with American values.”

    Biden was speaking in New Hampshire, a battleground state where Romney — the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts — is expected to challenge the president in the fall. This was the fourth in a series of campaign speeches in which Biden has looked to draw distinctions between the candidates’ plans for the economy.


  10. April 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Speaking of North Korea. I was watching MSNBC last night on a (probably illegal) website, and the picture kept switching like this:

    I recorded it after a while so I could check back to see that I hadn’t actually gone mad.

    Kim Jong-un meets Ed Schultz.

    A highly peculiar experience.

    • April 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      😆 that was an odd thing to have happened

    • 62 Grab a Mop Grace
      April 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      The President hasn’t released a statement on the N. Korean missile failure yet, because he had to finish answering another question about his opinion of working vs. stay at home Moms. (Snark, of course. Just goes to show how stupid this whole story has been)

      What a strange day…

      I’m praying that the President continues to be blessed with superhuman composure and wisdom.
      It’s at times like this volatile moment with North Korea, that I am most grateful to have someone in our White House who is so deft in handling these complex matters.

      Obama/Biden 2012

    • 63 hopefruit2
      April 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      It seems like Donkey Jong agrees with Ed’s rant on the GOP.

  11. April 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    The Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project will bring transit service to downtown San Jose and Santa Clara County, relieving highway congestion and giving commuters the option to leave their cars at home.  The extension includes the construction of two new stations, in Milpitas and Berryessa, and the purchase of 40 new passenger rail cars.
    And according to BART, the project will create more than 2,500 construction-related jobs.
    This is a big win for the region – creating thousands of construction-related jobs, spurring millions of dollars in new residential, retail, and commercial development out to Silicon Valley, and reducing congestion and saving gas as more drivers decide to take transit.
    As Administrator Rogoff said, “investing in transit is about putting people back to work on projects like these that will allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money instead of suffering pain at the pump.”


  12. April 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Awwwww—isn’t this nice? Exxon-Mobil CEO made 20% more this last year—–a cool $34.9 mill. And these are the dudes Romney thinks deserve larger tax breaks?’

  13. 67 Ceb
    April 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Evening all
    Just wanted to check in briefly and say hello to Chips and the TOD family. Very busy these days with little time to do more than lurk a bit. Take care everyone and thanks so much for all your contributions. I have grat admiration and tech envy for all of you. Have a wonderful evening/night.

  14. April 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    And just like that, Fox news poll has Robmey ahead.
    Well, that did not take long! Lol!

    • April 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Jovie, I LOVED this line from Fox: “As with every Romney-Obama matchup in the past six months, the race is so tight that it is within the poll’s margin of sampling error”….. a few days after the Washington Post/ ABC News poll put PBO 51-44 ahead.

    • 75 Lorraine
      April 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Did you read the story on this Republican Poll, Jovie? There is not a real poll showing the robot leading the Commander in Chief.

    • 76 amk for obama
      April 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      pox news will crown him the president king, next saturday.

  15. April 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I just saw this on twitter:

    Axelrod to John King (CNN): “She is not our employee, she’s yours.”

    • April 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      David Axelrod suggested Thursday that the Romney campaign jumped on Hilary Rosen’s comments “like a raft in the deep blue sea” as they drown in “their own problems.”

      “It was an unfortunate comment,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “John King USA,” following up on a Wednesday night tweet in which he described Rosen’s remarks — made on CNN — as “inappropriate and offensive.”

      Axelrod reminded King that Rosen is “your employee, not ours.”

      Though some Romney supporters have identified Rosen as an Obama adviser, Axelrod noted that “she works for CNN. CNN, I think, wouldn’t allow her to be an operative for our campaign or the DNC.”

      The president, vice president, first lady and several other top Obama advisers have all distanced themselves from Rosen in the last day, and Axelrod said that though Rosen is an Obama supporter, Team Obama did what was right in speaking out against her. “I think we have an obligation in politics and public life when someone, even friends, say things that are inappropriate to say so. In fact, in certain ways, when your friends say it, there’s more of an obligation to do so,” Axelrod said.

      ….. “I’ve been disappointed on the other side of the aisle just recently when things happened where Governor Romney and others were not willing to stand up and denounce speech that most people would call inappropriate,” he said, in an apparent reference to Rush Limbaugh’s comments on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.

    • 86 Ceb
      April 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Oooo, snap!

  16. 87 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

  17. April 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod suggested Thursday that the Romney campaign jumped on Hilary Rosen’s comments “like a raft in the deep blue sea” as they drown in “their own problems.”

    “It was an unfortunate comment,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “John King USA,” following up on a Wednesday night tweet in which he described Rosen’s remarks — made on CNN — as “inappropriate and offensive.”

    Axelrod reminded King that Rosen is “your employee, not ours.”



  18. April 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Reuters: UN Security Council to meet on North Korea rocket launch, possible response on Friday.

  19. 93 magapie
    April 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    And just think if we had Willard or LeroyNewt or Sick Rantorum or some other refugg imbecile in the White House, they would have bombed that Daewoo crap rocket and started a major war for nothing…

    • 94 nintendowii10
      April 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      We had eight years of that shit with George W. Bush, whom the Republicans want to erase from history!

  20. April 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Okay, I’m ready to spit blood.

    If you can bare to watch this Larry Conners ****wit, from 1:30:


    “So many vacations”? What the ****?!

    And listen to the tone of his report.

    ****ing Teabagger scum.

    • April 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      I’ll pass. If you’re spitting blood I might put my fist through the wall.

    • 99 Tally
      April 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm


      just sayin….. 😀

    • April 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Wow—what _ss! He thought asking about the Obama family’s 100’s of vacations was a pressing issue, a subject that “his viewers” were really consumed by? What a complete Repub jerk!

      • April 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        Wasn’t he just disgusting Dotster? Does anyone know this guy? Did he ever interview GWB? Did he ask him about all his time chillin’ at his ranch? Or does he reserve first-family-living-off-the-taxpayer-vacation questions for the black guy? Scumbag.

        • 107 Blackman
          April 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

          Mo’nin’ Ms. Chip and all TODers

          Oh, yes….Larry, who has been doing St. Louis news for YEARS, is a well known local RW Evangelical and was the local FOX anchor affiliate before coming to KMOV – the local CBS affiliate. Indeed, one KNEW where this was going with the lead in. One could see Connors’ disdain for PBO by his saying that PBO “made his pitch” vs something along the lines of that PBO explained his position. And, when PBO pushed back on Connors and his “viewers” (did you note PBO’s laugh? that, to me, was the “tell” that PBO KNEW what was up with Connors. I mean, REally….a news anchor is gonna hear from more people than the President of the United States???) Connors, clearly showing how he really is, makes more comment outside and away from PBO. Yep…..this IS who he is/they are. This IS Missouri, Ms. Chip where we just had one of our Representatives express her “doubts” about the President’s birth certificate. Hopefully, your blood spitting is over and bp has returned to normal. Don’t miss that vacations and Ann Romney seem to be all they have – which is NOTHIN’. We press on!!

          • April 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

            Thanks for that info Blackman. I’ve seen some disrespectful interviews with PBO in my time, but I think this one beat them all. Connors just dripped with contempt, it was absolutely disgusting. And the vacation thing? As I said, we know the undertone there all too well: lazy black guy living it up at the tax payers’ expense. But you’re completely right, **** ’em all, let’s press on. Thanks Blackman.

    • April 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      WHAT AN ASS. Take about having an axe to grind. And the whole piece opened with his buddies in the studio claiming that the polls are tied? GAG.

    • 127 MB32
      April 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      That guy is such an @ss! He must be a Dittohead…such disrespect but the Pres was actually laughing at him….

    • 128 theo67
      April 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      I watched it. Spitting now. I think the President wanted to spit, too. He looked rightly angry. Is that Larry Conners douche bag aware that Bush took a 1//3 of his presidency as vacation while starting two wars, ignoring a drowning city, destroying the economy and having the worst ever terrorist attack on US soil? They don’t want to go there.

      • April 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

        Oh hell yes. Chips, PLEASE Forgive me. But my pressure is High. I checked it because I felt my heart beating like…oh well. This man is a piece of shit that you do not even want to let fall in your toilet.

        I lived with this kind of scum shit each day growing up in the deep south. I could see my dear uncles in POB’s face and demeanor as he was answering the insulting shit ass questions from this piece of scum. I watched my uncles(highly educated) men have to go through this shit, and I am so old now to have to see it so often now with our dear President. This shit really hurts, if any of you know what I am talking about.

        I apologize to my TOD Family and especially Chips, tonight. I could not take it any more. I had some awful people to deal with today on matters of Mrs. Romney, so I was Not ready for this stack of s…load. I am so sorry, if I have offended anyone here tonight, but I am so sick and tired of thiese scum behinds talking to POB like he is their “boy”, plain and simple. I wanted to throw my computer out of the window, but I cannot afford that. But this shit just gets to me when I see it coming off so boldly and so disrespectful to President Obama.

        I am drinking now, Chips. I know. But you have to do what you have to do, otherwise, my brother would have to come out here and get me out of jail. I am so tired of these s…heads. Oh, I need to stop. I am sorry. But it just pisses me off to a level that I can’t hold it any longer. Forgive me, Chips.HZ

        • 130 theo67
          April 13, 2012 at 1:01 am

          I was just as angry, HZ – Thanks for expressing that anger for all of us. The GOP is all about hate, and their simpleton followers are led by their hate – mostly hate for themselves, but projected out to everyone else.

  21. 131 Linda
    April 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rick Santorum may not be ready to endorse Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. But he and his staff are certainly moving swiftly to clean up potential points of friction between him and the former Massachusetts governor.

    The Santorum campaign’s website has been wiped clean of all content directly critical of the now de-facto Republican nominee.

    A page that declared Romney to be the “proud defender and author of “Obamneycare” has been replaced by an “Access denied” message. The same is true for a post with a video of Romney declaring that his only connection to the Republican Party was his registration.

    Ditto for a page outlining an attack Santorum made against Romney for supporting the Wall Street bailout, another criticizing the former Massachusetts governor for his various flip-flops, yet another attacking Romney for his support of mandates, and a press release that accused Romney of being a Democrat.

    • 132 nintendowii10
      April 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Etch a Sketch Rick and Etch a Sketch Mitt… and to think that Father Rick called out Mitt for his Etch a Sketch remarks!

    • 133 hopefruit2
      April 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Rushing to clean up website – oh please spare us all. The O campaign already has of that archived. Thanks Father Rick !

  22. 134 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    • April 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Ah now, that person just won the internets!!!!

    • April 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      LOL!!! I have a rule about politicians wives but damn, Ann makes it really hard.

      • 137 lisalovesobama
        April 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        oh. you’re a better person than me. I don’t condone publicly going after Mrs. Money for the same reason that happened today: the sympathy factor. But i don’t hesitate in private (as private as this blog can be 🙄 ) to talk about what an addle-pated nincompoop she is and how she’s just as sleazy as her rotten husband. Thinking it’s okay for her asshole husband to spew lies as long as they pray about it. I don’t know what show I was watching last week and some reporter who follows the Willard campaign is writing an e-book series on behind the scenes stuff. He told the host of the show which could only be Martin, Ed or Lawry (can’t remember which) that when Willard was hesitant of telling lies when he was debating St. Rectum and Mankini, Mrs. Money pulled him aside, they prayed on it and then decided that lying was okay. WTF? which God do these toolbags serve?!!!! On what planet do they think God is okay with lying for any reason much less self-serving ones?!!! Look, I believe there is something out there. I’m not religious but I believe in God, you just won’t catch me feeding into organized religion. The kind of God I grew up believing in would never sanction the bullshit Mr and Mrs Money engage in. I mean, I’ve told more than a few doozies but you would never catch me bringing God’s name into it much less saying: “Willard honey, I’ve prayed on it and God says it’s alright to lie and say St. Rectum is an undercover ‘D. E. M. O. C. R.A. T’ and that PBO is a lying Muslim sympathizer with Mau Mau connections.” —— seriously?! These fuckers and by fuckers I mean Willard and Ann, really need to get what they deserve.

        • April 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

          This story about the Romney’s praying on their lying doesn’t surprise me at all because that’s exactly what I imagined they did.

          • 139 lisalovesobama
            April 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

            let me clarify, the word the reporter following the Willard campaign used wasn’t lying it was attacking. Willard was hesitant about **attacking** he other beauty queens but Mrs. Money took him aside and they prayed about it. However, given that most of Willard’s attacks were based on lies, then essentially they prayed to God about it being okay that they lie to get ahead.

      • 142 amk for obama
        April 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        The toonist nailed mehmney.

      • 145 57andfemale
        April 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

        What got me was that Ann Romney made it all about herself today. It never occurred to her or a campaign advisor to pay an ounce of lip service to the women who really struggle. There is something pathologically frightening about the Romneys. They are incapable of acknowledging a world at all different from their privileged experience.

        • 146 magapie
          April 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

          You TOD-ers are so gawdamn uncaring and unfeeling. If you have a couple of cadillacs you NEED a car elevator. THINK ABOUT IT??? Have a little heart, ok!!?

          • 147 COS
            April 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

            I am sure Ann hate that she opened her twitter account today. Most of us just looked at her standing behind her lying husband on the stage. Now folks see her a lot different, since she called attention to herself.

        • April 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

          They are frightening because they do not know a world outside of their own. And no one has expected them to know what the rest of the world goes through. I hope this election opens their eyes.

        • 149 Tally
          April 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

          THIS x INFINITY²

  23. April 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    President Obama’s top economic adviser Gene Sperling got heated in a Tuesday interview on CNBC, when anchor Maria Bartiromo pressed him on the federal budget. The exchange was so explosive that CNBC re-aired the interview on Wednesday — in celebration of holding officials to account and setting the record straight for the public.

    There were just a couple problems: Bartiromo initially elaborated on a false premise, and her subsequent line of questioning treated a GOP political stunt as if it was standard operating procedure on Capitol Hill.

    “How tough has it been operating without a budget?” Bartiromo asked. “This administration has not had a budget in 3,000 days. Why is it that the president puts forth the budget and not even one Democrat bought into it? Was it so reckless in terms of spending that your party actually couldn’t even buy into it?”

    This conflates two different conservative lines of attack, but in doing so gets the budget process backward. Every year by law, the White House issues its own budget, but it is, for all intents and purposes, a detailed list of suggestions — not a legislative package Congress is expected to vote on, as Bartiromo implied. Congress is where actual budgeting happens, and on the Hill, Republicans are fond of attacking Democrats for not passing a budget in three years. It’s a technically accurate, though dubious line of attack — one that may soon be moot. But it’s gridlock on Capitol Hill, not anything proposed by Obama, that has prevented the government from operating on a traditional budget.


    Why are journalists like Bartaromo so emotionally involved? Almost like their life is at stake!

    • 151 EricFive
      April 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      They don’t want their taxes to go up. Anybody remember Gibson during the 2008 Presidential debate on ABC hounding Senator Obama about his plans to raise the capital gains tax. They are biased b/c it really is money out of these “journalists'” pocket.

    • 152 Tally
      April 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      uhm. 3000 days. That’s over EIGHT years.

      MATH FAIL.

    • 153 theo67
      April 13, 2012 at 12:18 am

      3000 days? There are only 1460 days in four years and Pres Obama hasn’t been in office for four years yet. She’s a business reporter? Really? She doesn’t know math!

      The rest of it is a typical GOP stunt.

  24. 155 hopefruit2
    April 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    VP Biden being interviewed on Ed show.

    • 156 COS
      April 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      The best line from VP Biden’ts speech today was when he asked the audience If anyone of them had a Swiss bank account? I loved it.

  25. April 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    The Rocket failed! Sure it did. I bet you it was shot down.

  26. April 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    And now, for your entertainment:

    • 167 Cha
      April 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      I saw two of her shows on abc.com..they showed April 12th ahead of time! LOVELOVELOVE the show! Thanks to TOD for HEADS UP..I wouldn’t even have known about it since I don’t have a tv.

  27. 169 desertflower
    April 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Al Green is singing, “Let’s Stay Together” on the radio now…made me stop and listen…I think I need a PBO sings Al Green fix:)

  28. 175 Betsy
    April 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Nice to see Maxine Waters actually praising PBO. How did that happen?

    • 176 lisalovesobama
      April 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      when he put the squeeze on the taxes for her whig imports. Human hair made in the sweatshops of Vietnam are very expensive to ship dontchya know.

    • 179 nintendowii10
      April 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      At the end of the day, she realizes she won’t benefit from bashing President Obama during a critical election season. She’ll praise him just to get re elected, then get right back to her emoleft poutrage after the election. It’s emoleft nuts like her, Kucinich, and others that we need LESS of in Congress.

    • 181 ChristiMTL
      April 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I know what you mean Betsy, I don’t trust her, I never know what the heck she’s going to say….but she was good though…war on women, you betcha.

    • 183 Tally
      April 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      I drove over to Compton and had a little “chat” with her. 😉

  29. 186 hopefruit2
    April 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Troubled Waters on Ed right now.

  30. 188 auni
    April 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Larry Conners is sickening. I know the Obama’s went to Hawaii at Christmas, but have they taken any other vacations since then. Mrs. Obama and girls on on a ski weekend, and the ladies went to Mt. Rushmore on their way to CA for soime event–but i don’t think the President has been on any great trips has he? I wonder what will happen to those N Korean rocket scientists?

  31. 192 lisalovesobama
    April 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    O/T: Men In Black III coming soon!!!!!!!! Yay!!!! 😆

  32. 197 hopefruit2
    April 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Does anyone remember when our President is scheduled to give his first campaign rally? I read somwehere that it’s in April or May.

  33. 201 hopefruit2
    April 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Is it me or does Ed ask some real ridiculous questions on the cell phone? 🙂 🙂

  34. 203 Betsy
    April 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Love this:

    • 205 desertflower
      April 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Stupid fuckers. Is this what “small govt’ looks like?? This place is a hot mess! I think the DOJ should sweep this place clean.

    • 206 theo67
      April 13, 2012 at 1:12 am

      Well, the people of Arizona just voted for Jan Brewer to be their governor, even after her nonsense of dead bodies in the desert, not answering questions, passing that horrendous immigration law, eliminating critical funding for important initiatives. It’s not like Walker, who campaigned on different stuff. They knew what they were getting – so they now have to live with it. I don’t have a lot of sympathy left for people who don’t vote, or vote for Republicans and then get *shocked* at the consequences. Republicans are now telling us exactly what they stand for, what they’re itching to do and just how far they’re willing to go to enact their draconian agenda. I mean – Rick Santorum was the #2 frontrunner for President! That’s all we have to say about the craziness and apathy of people in the electorate. And the fact that some people on the left can still complain about President Obama, or demand that he jeopardize the election by raising potentially inflammatory issues at this point in time (after he’s accomplished wonders already) – I have little patience.

  35. April 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Ah, it’s been a while:

    • 208 reader4ver
      April 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      This video is an example of why I love this site. Sigh…..What a way to end my day! The Obamas are such a great example of a loving couple. I envy their love, passion and support for each other. Thanks Chipsticks for your hard work and dedication. I end my day reading and laughing at all of your comments. It calms me down after all of the foolishness on the ‘net. Ugh…

    • 209 prettyfoot58
      April 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm


      • 210 anniebella
        April 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        prettyfoot58, you stole my word……The video is BEAUTIFUL. I’m just kidding about you stealing my word. 🙂

        • 211 prettyfoot58
          April 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm


          • 212 Pamela
            April 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm

            I feel so much better after watching this. These people are like 1+1=3. They combine their independent energy, neither one loses their balance, no sacrifice of individuality, and in the blending they become greater than any force on Earth. IMHO.

    • 214 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      April 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you 🙂

      • April 13, 2012 at 12:39 am

        Yes, beautiful Prettyfoot. Thank you so much. Chipsticks. It also helped me to calm my emotions and feel so much of the joy that we all have not been able to really enjoy after working so hard to get him elected. I was looking, listening, and thinking how huge a deal to have accomplished what we all did. We elected a brilliant, caring, loving, compassionate, hardworking, man who happens to be of like none of the 43 men who came before him in this office of President of the United States of America. We Did That!!!!!!

        Then I was thinking how we have never had the wonderful opportunity to really allow it to sink in and really enjoy what we did because of the BIG MESS that he inherited and from the get-go had to jump right in and start putting out fires. We have not had the Real Experience of enjoying our accomplishment. This is a BFD!!!!!!!

        BUT I do believe that We Will Get the Great Opportunity this time to Really Enjoy our Accomplishment when we re-elect him on Nov.6, 2012. This will be our complete happiness. Thanks again, Chipsticks.((((((((( Thank you))))))))))))))HZ

  36. 216 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Just so many questions and so little time ….


  37. April 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Friday Apr. 13, 2012
    Biden will be in Wilmington, Delaware, with no public events scheduled.
    9:50 AM
    Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
    10:05 AM
    Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Tampa, Florida.
    12:15 PM
    Obama arrives in Tampa, Florida.
    12:40 PM
    Obama tours the port of Tampa.
    1:20 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at the port of Tampa.
    2:35 PM
    Obama departs Tampa, Florida, en route Cartagena, Colombia.
    5:45 PM
    Obama arrives in Cartagena, Colombia.
    10:10 PM
    Obama arrives at the base of Castillo, San Felipe de Barajas.
    10:20 PM
    Obama attends a leader’s dinner.

  38. 219 hopefruit2
    April 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      • 221 Ladyhawke
        April 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        David Plouffe coming up on Lawrence O’Donnell. I’m crazy about him. He is always relentlessly on message. And that interview that Axe did with John King was immencely satisfying. I call him the silver tongued devil. He whipped John King all up side the head during that interview. He gave him a bit of truth. It was a thing of beauty. “She’s your employee, not ours”. Priceless.

    • 222 Pamela
      April 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      This is why I expect eventually the truth will come out: to claim he is “only” worth about 250 million is so false…. I am at the very bottom of the 99%, but in view of the kind of money the wealthy control, 250 million is really not so much. Eg: Bill Gates is worth like 38 BILLION or so, Warren Buffet even more. Now, that is a lot of money. Myth’s lies will sink him, before long. I will enjoy watchng it happen. In a compassionate way, of course.

  39. 223 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    • 224 anniebella
      April 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      The sorry ass media won’t say a word about what Foster Freiss said.

      • 225 nintendowii10
        April 12, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        The media wanted the focus to be on what a CNN pundit said about Ann Romney, making it into an all day soundbyte, and it worked, we all fell for it. Instead of all of us having kneejerk reactions, we should have focused on what Foster Freiss said, and why it wasn’t made a bigger issue.

    • 226 theo67
      April 13, 2012 at 1:18 am

      Thanks amk! 🙂

  40. April 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    By Leigh Munsil

    Vice President Joe Biden appeared to be winning over women voters one at a time Thursday, turning on the charm in an unscheduled appearance at The Works Bakery Café in Portsmouth, N.H.

    JoAnn Niedzielski got a hug from Biden, according to a pool report. “I told him that I always wanted to meet him and he said, ‘No woman has ever said that to me,’” she said.

    Biden spent his day campaigning in the Granite State and made a surprise appearance at the café on the way back from his speech at Exeter Town Hall. As he made the rounds, Biden doled out hugs and joked with patrons.

    “He actually greeted everyone,” Niedzielski said. “He sat down with people and hugged children.”

    After the bakery chit-chat, Biden greeted his friend and former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley, reportedly giving her a kiss. When she joked, “that’s enough,” Biden responded: “That’s what all women said to me. It’s like at home.”

    Foley’s daughter said she and her mother are big Biden supporters.

    “She’s his biggest fan,” she said, “and I’m a close second.”

  41. April 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    It was going to happen sooner or later, the Local Journalists are now wise guys, just like the WH press corps!

  42. April 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm

  43. April 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  44. 231 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    April 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I missed the entire kerfuffle today but I’m going to throw in my two cents worth. The wife’s job may carry the Health Insurance benefits. There is often a choice to be made about whether to stay home with a child or go to work to provide the health insurance the family needs. If the husbands job provides both good money AND good benefits, that’s great. In my case hubby works for the money and I work for Healthcare. Even if I had several kids and daycare was more than my wage (not the case, thankfully I just have one). I would still need to work for the healthcare. Which is one more reason I love Obamacare. People like to talk about freedom. Uncoupling healthcare from employment would give so many more women increased flexiblilty and more real choices. If there are those who think that staying home and raising children is the right thing to do, they should be supporting ACA because it makes that choice a possibility for more women. I would think that the bishops would be all in favor of it 😉

    • 232 Tally
      April 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Nailed it.

    • 233 isonprize
      April 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      WoS, you nailed it, but “the Bishops” don’t want anything that would allow women “increased flexiblilty and more real choices”

      That would imply that women actually have needs and desires separate and apart from men. HOW DARE YOU SUGGEST THAT!!

      • 234 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        April 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm

        I don’t really know what the bishops want. But I believe, just from talking to friends and my own experience that a lot of women would like to work from home, start their own business, work part time or take a couple of years to raise their very young children. These are all things that conservative women would mostly agree with. There are so many possibilities, most of which would be appealing to women accross the political spectrum. But very few women are going to take risks like this if it means giving up health insurance and putting their kids health at risk and/or facing the spectre of financial ruin due to a health crisis. I really wish the Democratic side would use this argument because it’s a daily reality for so many.

        • 235 isonprize
          April 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm

          WoS, I totally agree with you. My sarcasm didn’t come across well. I would not consider myself conservative, and I agree with
          “like to work from home, start their own business, work part time or take a couple of years to raise their very young children”

          Since as women, whether we work outside the home or do the work at home that it takes to raise children and “keep” a house, we are usually the ones who raise the children, we NEED flexibility. I don’t think that is a province of conservative women or liberal women.

          • 236 Walking_on_ Sunshine
            April 13, 2012 at 12:15 am

            I knew you were being sarcastic about the bishops isonprise and we are in agreement. I didn’t mean to come across weird. What I meant to say was I don’t care what the bishops think (hah!). I agree too that a lot of women, whatever their politics would like to have these choices. But I’m thinking of how certain religious leaders are always talking the talk of how a woman’s place is in the home but are then against any kind of changes that would actually make that a real possibility. They are so far detached from the real problems/choices that women face. I just think that this is one argument that could be used to reach conservative women or any women really. It’s a choice I wish I had when my child was younger and I really didn’t have a choice at all because we needed the insurance.
            Anyhooo. Goodnight to you. It’s time I hit the sack. I’ve been all evening on the Obama Diary (again). 🙂

    • 237 57andfemale
      April 13, 2012 at 12:07 am


  45. April 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  46. April 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Cory Booker just did something truly heroic:

    • 241 Tally
      April 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      I love this man SO MUCH.

    • 243 COS
      April 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      OMG, Cory is one of my heroes. I am glad that he and the lady are ok. I think he would make a great president just like PBO.

    • 244 Ladyhawke
      April 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Newark Mayor Cory Booker taken to hospital after fire rescue


      NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker was taken to a hospital tonight after a fire broke out at a house next door to his house and he attempted to rescue the occupants, according to a spokeswoman for the mayor.

      The fire occurred at a two-story building 433 Hawthorne Ave. in the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood, shortly before the mayor had arrived home following a television interview on News 12 New Jersey.

      The mayor confirmed on his Twitter account tonight that he suffered from smoke inhalation, saying he was taken to a hospital for treatment.



    • 245 anniebella
      April 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      It’s to bad Mr. Booker isn’t Governor of New Jersey. I’m happy to hear he is okay.

      • 246 Betsy
        April 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

        I heard that Christie’s numbers are up, why???

      • April 13, 2012 at 12:56 am

        It is great news to hear that Mayor Booker is fine as well as his neighbors. He is just a fine young man. I do believe that if he so chooses to run for governor, he would be a great one. I can see him doing great things when he does decide what path he wishes to take after his term as mayor.

        His spirit and energy is so full of compassion, caring, and a decent love for people and how he treats them. I wish him the very best with his career and his life. Another blessing to be able to see along our journey now.HZ

    • 248 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      April 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Glad he and the woman are OK. Can this guy be any more perfect? *swoon*

  47. 249 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

  48. 252 hopefruit2
    April 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    This is another tough life challenge that Miss Ann had to go through. What an incredibly strong woman!

    • 253 isonprize
      April 12, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      HF, This one’s good! I also like the “Ann is a ‘stay-at-which-home’ mom!” That was perfect…

      To be clear, staying home and raising children is no easy task. It is, however, imminently easier when you’ve got boatloads of money and a staff of household help.

  49. 255 COS
    April 12, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I am glad that more members of the Obama team are appearing on the MSNBC shows, like Lawrence, Ed, Rev Al and others. They should use these shows for the duration of ths election like the repugs use fox to get their message out.

  50. April 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    A $7.6 billion program for states most affected by unemployment and the housing crash was slow to start up and has helped too few homeowners since it was launched two years ago, according to an inspector general report released Thursday.

    The federal Hardest Hit Fund, which awarded Florida more than $1 billion, has assisted just 30,640 homeowners nationwide as of the end of December and spent only 3 percent, or $217.4 million, of available funds.

    Thursday’s report from the inspector general of the Troubled Asset Relief Program put much of the blame for the “significant delays” in implementing Hardest Hit on the Treasury Department, which it said lacked a comprehensive plan and didn’t do enough to push mortgage servicers to participate.


    • April 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      TAMPA — Friday afternoon could be busy at Tampa International Airport with President Obama making a stop there on his way to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas and Florida Gov. Rick Scott performing his eighth work day there.

      In his second visit to Florida in three days, Obama will make an appearance Friday afternoon at the Port of Tampa, where he is expected to announce trade initiatives with Latin America, pegged to the summit. The stop is not open to the public.

      On Tuesday, Obama spoke to a crowd of 4,500 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and attended three fundraisers in South Florida.

      Scott will work behind the ticket counter, in the airport’s communications center and as a skycap over the course of his work day.

      The work day is a concept Scott borrowed from another millionaire Florida governor, Bob Graham, a Democrat.

      It’s unlikely Obama, a Democrat, and Scott, a Republican, will meet.

  51. 259 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    • 260 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      April 12, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      This nutjob needs to get back to the bargaining table and do something to feed his starving people instead of playing around with fireworks like a big kid.

      • 261 desertflower
        April 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        My thoughts exactly. His people are starving and destitute, yet they have money for crap like this. Nuts.

  52. 262 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  53. 263 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

  54. 264 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

  55. April 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 4/12/12 5:36 PM
    The Romney campaign just sent out a low-dollar fundraising appeal off Hilary Rosen’s comments, offering up a bumper sticker that says “Moms drive the economy” with a donation of $6, according to an email from a reader. The pitch comes from senior adviser Beth Myers:

    Oh Brother!

    • 267 theo67
      April 13, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Then the Romney campaign will need to answer the mom’s who are being arrested for having miscarriages or abortions, or the many other things that the GOP are doing that affect mothers and other women. They can’t win this.

  56. April 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Barbara Bush went on Fox to talk about the issue of the Day.
    Wait…, Barbara Bush? Really?
    Next, Elanor Roosevelt will be on Chuck Todds show.
    This is silly season!

  57. 269 desertflower
    April 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I’m going to pile on here. http://thinkprogress.org/special/2012/04/12/463716/romney-violence-against-women-2/

    During an “Ask Mitt Anything” forum at the Derry-Salem Elks Club here, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney demurred when an audience member asked him whether he would hold up reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act on the grounds that it kept men from visiting their children.
    “I’m not familiar with the Act,” Romney replied.

    SERIOUSLY????????????????????????????????????????? Do NOT let him live this down or forget he said this!! Not familiar?? WTF, you idiot! Mitt doesn’t have the SLIGHTEST idea about much of anything, if you ask me.

  58. 270 desertflower
    April 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Love this:)

    TPJustice .@CoryBooker can’t run for president since he was born on Krypton.
    39 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  59. 273 desertflower
    April 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Andy’s so damn funny:)

    Charles Manson is denied parole, effectively ending his bid for the GOP presidential nomination: http://t.co/
    — @BorowitzReport via web

  60. 275 carla4obama
    April 13, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Love these tweets:
    Gabe Ortíz ‏ @TUSK81 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    The @CatholicLeague says that only biological parents are real parents. Too bad we can’t ask Jesus how he felt about Joseph. #p2 #tcot
    10h Gabe Ortíz ‏ @TUSK81 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open

    You know who I really admire? First Lady @MichelleObama, for staying poised and classy as the right-wing demonizes her daily. #p2

    When did our first lady ever tweet/have an interview with MSM, bemoaning how she was attacked by the right?! What I will never understand, this Ann thing gets wall to wall coverage, but let the right saw something demeaning to our first lady…silence. Poor Ann….all that money but no class. I was indifferent to her and do plan to leave her out of this election, but when she steps into it she needs to be smacked down.

    • 276 TrumpDog
      April 13, 2012 at 2:42 am

      Yet when the Catholic League made that pot shot against Rosen, did Romney or his Etch a Sketch campaign teach step up and denounce it?

      • 277 anniebella
        April 13, 2012 at 3:29 am

        What did the media have to say about that? Did they talk about what the Catholic League said against Rosen? All day, and day, and day? Did they even mention it. I am pretty sure they didn’t. But you would think that Rosen call Ann Romney a slut, which she didn’t. The media is full of alot of B.S.

  61. 278 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 13, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Science and medicine (along with teaching) are my profession … have waited quite awhile to begin exposing a few fundamental genetic facts that go well beyond ‘social networks’ to just how very close we all are as a species …

    Reality is way more interesting than anything else …


    • 279 4morefor44
      April 13, 2012 at 1:40 am

      thanks for this, bob. the concept of “race” is meaningless. it’s all about where you draw the line in anyone’s family history. people would be amazed how much “mixing” is in their lineage is they look back enough, especially the bigots of the world! it’s not trite to say we’re part one race – the human race. it’s the fact, jack.

      • 280 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        April 13, 2012 at 2:26 am

        Thank you 4morefor44!!

        Hopefully, you will find what I’ve just posted to be of interest.


    • 281 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      April 13, 2012 at 2:22 am

      So, dear TODers, please understand that you, each of you, are inextricably linked, not by iPhones or Internet technology or Twitter or whatever, but GENETICALLY to President Obama, Michelle Obama, and each other – that’s the good news.

      You and I are just as inextrticably linked to Rove, Bush, Ann D Romney, Coulter, GW Bush, Cheney the sharpshooter, OBL, ….. as they are to US.

      Yes, that is reality as disturbing as it might be.

      But, instead of being disturbing, it should be the most liberating, hopeful, essential reality of how we, as a species, finally recognize the true meaning of genetics and evolution.

      ‘We are all in this together’ is not a slogan, it is a biological fact.

      Over the several billions years the universe in which we co-habitate has been in existence, life emerged in a ‘simple’ but profoundly (as in no one has yet come close to understanding, let alone, explicating) way.

      Just reflect on the fact that what is ‘alive’ on this planet EARTH that we inhabit is way, way less than the total mass and energy of our celestial home.

      Life is not trivial, and it is not abundant relative to just this one Earth that we know, let alone to a universe that we have only a smidgen of knowledge.

      Unfortunately, Life is not even close to being as cherished and respected as it should be – witness the incessant, mindless, heartless slaughter of those who have, as each of us do, ONLY ONE LIFE – EVER.

      We, the one creature on this planet that has the capacity of thought, reflection, language and persistence of our ‘thoughts’ and ‘observations,’ MUST step up to the reality that our common emergence, a mere 200 or so thousand years ago, means we are all brothers and sisters, not abstractly, but chemically – as is evident in the DNA in each of the mitochondria in each cell in each of our bodies (LOTS OF EVIDENCE, btw).

      We are truly our brothers and sisters ‘keepers,’ not in a philosophical, or religious, or feel good ‘new age’ meme, or whatever, but in REALITY – as real as your absolute need to breath if you even try to hold your breath for a few seconds.

      Yes, that is how ‘connected’ we are – no matter whether we we love or despise one another.

      So, perhaps it’s time to emulate a person whom has clearly recognized our connectedness – President Obama.

      His strength is his profound empathy, i.e., he gets the reality that a person who may despise him because of his color or his accomplishments or his values, is still a person.

      He realizes that such persons are so disabled by their fear, their bigotry, their impoverished spirit that they are incapable of realizing that they are not just ‘their brother’s keepers’ in an abstract biblical sense, but in the physical reality that the mitochondrial DNA in EVERY CELL in their respective bodies, and his, evolved from the same ancestral MOM.

      FACT. We ALL share a MOM.

      Think about it – it may be what saves our species and enables generations yet to be born to experience the rare experience of LIFE.



      • 282 gloria
        April 13, 2012 at 3:45 am

        Bobfr, please repost this again and again! Thank you

      • 283 jackiegrumbacher
        April 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

        Bob, this is truly brilliant and one of the best posts you ever wrote. The whole world needs to be reminded of this again and again.–we all have one mom, our mitochondrial eve. The idea of one race being better or purer than another is an ugly distortion created to inflate one’s self-importance and justify cruelty to others. If more children actually learned evolution and genetics in school this would be an infinitely better world, which is probably why the right is so anxious to kill education and impose creationism. I would love to see someone depict Eden as a place where all races lived together peacefully. The real original sin was the insidious belief in one’s own superiority. At that, God must truly have been so utterly disgusted that he sent the human race out into the wilderness.

      • 284 pugeretto
        April 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

        “Disabled by their feaar”, that is something for everyone to remember. The ugliness that comes from some people is because they have not been given the opportunity to see otherwise. And fear of the unknown. This President is so wise and sets the example for all of us.

      • 285 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        April 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        Thank you gloria, jackie & pugeretto!

        Feel free to share with anyone you’d like. I’m reluctant to post more than once as not to strain my welcome at TOD 🙂


  62. 286 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 12:52 am

    • 287 anniebella
      April 13, 2012 at 3:21 am

      I thought lying and flip flopping were hurting Mitt Romney. I mean what does the man really stands for, other than winning. He will say anything to win.

      • 288 amk for obama
        April 13, 2012 at 3:56 am

        Yes, the most soulless politician I’ve ever known. nixon is a sanit when compared to this liar.

      • 289 hopefruit2
        April 13, 2012 at 8:22 am

        You are right annie. WaPo is really lamenting the fact that they have very little control on the public’s views of Mitt Romney because the media can no longer help certain candidates to lie with their selective and biased reporting. Everything is out there now and because Romney is so inconsistent in his views, we have archives to show much much he changes on a dime.

        Because of alternative media, and because the general public can now hold reporters accountable in real time, the voters are also more scrutinizing of media reports and don’t simply accept everything that they see on corporate cable news.

    • 290 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2012 at 7:43 am

      No Romney is hurting Romney. Youtube and twitter just remind people why.

    • 291 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Romney’s lies, secretiveness and insincerity are what’s hurting him. When the MSM on cable TV is willing to ignore Romney or even help advance his lies, while over-scrutinizing PBO, voters aren’t putting up with this nonsense. This is not 2000/2004, and we are not going to let this election be determined by corporate media.

  63. 292 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 4:02 am

  64. 293 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 4:05 am

  65. 294 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 5:59 am

  66. 295 collegekay
    April 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

    President Obama is releasing his tax returns today — as far back as the year 2000. The campaign is calling on Romney to do the same.


    • 296 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

      I was just about to post this collegekay 🙂
      Will the MSM take Willard to task for this – or will they try to distract with some other garbage that no one cares about?

      • April 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

        No! The Robney Campaign says they hate the media. I dont know why? They drive his message, day in and day out.
        It’s not even close. Just send an email to the show you want your message, and viola!

        • 298 hopefruit2
          April 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

          Interesting, because Romney was shown just the other day saying how he appreciates the media very much. And even if they did say that, that’s quite laughable, and reminds me of Sarah Palin who constantly criticized the same media, without which she would be a nobody in Wasilla.

      • 299 Ladyhawke
        April 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

        Obamas and Bidens to Release Tax Returns


        Noting that Mitt Romney turned over tax returns for 23 years to the campaign of Senator John McCain when Mr. McCain was considering him as a vice-presidential running mate in 2008, Obama campaign advisers have argued that Mr. Romney should demonstrate the same openness with the public now.

        “Governor Romney has asked Americans to elect him based on his tenure as a corporate buyout specialist,” the Obama campaign’s spokesman, Ben LaBolt, said in a statement, “but he refuses to share his tax returns from that period, which could help answer questions like, ‘Did he exploit loopholes in the tax code by keeping his investments off-shore? Why did he open a Swiss bank account and establish a corporation in Bermuda?’ ”



      • 300 collegekay
        April 13, 2012 at 8:26 am

        I suspect the latter. 🙄

      • 301 TrumpDog
        April 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

        or will they try to distract with some other garbage that no one cares about?

        That one.

  67. April 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Sometimes a chance to meet the president of the United States is as easy as raising hands and asking a direct question.

    Students at Blake High School made the request this week during a classroom visit by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa. She made no promises. But within hours she had arranged passes for a dozen students, Blake’s principal and the students’ teacher.

    They will be at the Port of Tampa today when President Obama stops for a visit on his way to Columbia for the Sixth Summit of the Americas. He is expected to highlight the benefits of trade with Latin America.


  68. 303 pugeretto
    April 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Soooo, Friday the 13th…..hmmmm

  69. 304 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 8:28 am

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