rise and shine



9:50 AM: PBO departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

12:15: Arrives in Tampa, Florida

12:40: Tours the port of Tampa

1:20: Delivers remarks at the port of Tampa

2:35 Departs Tampa en route Cartagena, Colombia

5:45: Arrives in Cartagena, Colombia

10:10: Arrives at the base of Castillo, San Felipe de Barajas

10:20: Attends a leader’s dinner


Friday: On the way to the Summit of the Americas, the President will speak at the Port of Tampa about the importance of U.S. exports to the Americas and the need to deepen trade and investment. He arrives in Cartagena Friday night, and he’ll begin the summit with a dinner that the Colombians are hosting for summit leaders.

Saturday: PBO begins his day with a CEO Summit of the Americas. He will then join the other leaders for an arrival ceremony in the early afternoon. From that, they will go into the plenary session, which will run throughout the afternoon. The leaders will again have a dinner during which they will continue their discussions.

Sunday: In the morning there will be an official photo for the Summit. That will be followed by the leaders’ retreat, which will run throughout the morning and conclude the summit program. The President will then have a multilateral meeting with Caribbean leaders.

In the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral program with President Santos of Colombia that will include a meeting and a working lunch. The two leaders will then hold a joint press conference and will participate in an event at San Pedro Claver Church. In the late afternoon, the President will return to the United States, getting back to Washington late Sunday night.





NYT: Punctuating a week of political assaults on Mitt Romney over taxes, President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. plan to release their own income tax returns on Friday, along with a statement calling on Mr. Romney to do the same, according to an Obama campaign official.

The release of the returns, four days ahead of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax deadline for the public, will set the stage for another week of wrangling over taxes, with the Senate scheduled on Monday evening to take up the White House’s proposed “Buffett Rule” minimum tax for the wealthiest Americans.

…. While Mr. Obama has long acknowledged being in the nation’s high-income echelon, thanks largely to sales of his best-selling books, he and his wife, Michelle, have paid an effective federal tax rate nearly twice that of Mr. Romney and his wife, Ann, according to tax returns released by both couples.

…. Asked Thursday if Mr. Romney had plans to release his returns, an aide said, “I can’t give you any guidance on when they will be released, but I can let you know that in previous years, Mitt Romney has sought an extension.”

More here



ThinkProgress: Mitt Romney has not publicly stated his opinion on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the reauthorization of which Republicans are delaying this year because of added provisions for marginalized communities.

….. In 2008, Romney didn’t even know what VAWA was: During an “Ask Mitt Anything” forum …. he 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.

The answer surprised some women’s rights advocates, since the Violence Against Women Act – which established new federal crimes for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking – has been federal law for more than a dozen years. Former President Bill Clinton signed it in 1994, it was the subject of a high-profile Supreme Court case in 2000 and has been reauthorized twice by Congress. Bush signed the most recent version in 2006.

More here



ThinkProgress: For the first time in history, the United States government has issued an indictment in a case that involves a hate crime based on the victim’s sexual orientation. Defendants David Jason Jenkins and Anthony Ray Jenkins of Kentucky allegedly kidnapped Kevin Pennington, took him into a secluded part of a state park, and beaten until he was nearly dead. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law on October 28, 2009 by President Obama, but this is its first application.

Washington Post: …. The grand jury charged the men with violating a hate crime law that was expanded in 2009 to cover assaults motivated by bias against gays, lesbians and transgender people…

“The indictment marks the first federal case in the nation charging a violation of the sexual orientation section of the Federal Hate Crimes Law,” said a U.S. Department of Justice statement.

“It’s vindicating to see that the years of hard work that went into making sure this law was on the books is now being put into place,” said Michael Cole-Schwartz, a spokesman for the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign, which pushed for the law’s passage.

More here


Romney speaks at the NRA annual convention in St. Louis today – which Willard will turn up?

Mitt Romney: “I purchased a gun when I was a young man, I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.”

Carl Cameron (Fox): “…. when it was later revealed that in fact he’s only been hunting twice he said he meant varmints and rodents – but any sportsman will tell you, that ain’t hunting, that’s pest control.”


The Week


Marking The First Anniversary Of Joining Forces:

… the launch of Joining Forces in the East Room of the White House, April 12, 2010

….. recorded public service announcements for the Joining Forces initiative at Kaufman Studios in Astoria, N.Y., April 18, 2011

…. huddling with military family children at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., July 5, 2011

….. at a Military Family Cookout at the New Hampshire National Guard headquarters in Concord, N.H., July 24, 2011

…. welcoming military families to the White House for for the first viewing of the 2011 holiday decorations

More photos here


Hey, our Colombian Obot is fired up and severely ready to go:

Colombian Silvio Carrasquilla gestures in front of a huge picture of the US presidential family, during an interview at his house in Turbaco, some 60 km from Cartagena. Obama will attend the VI Summit of the Americas, being held in Colombia’s Caribbean resort city of Cartagena.



Morning everyone 😉

272 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Suzette
    April 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Good morning all.

  2. 5 collegekay
    April 13, 2012 at 8:21 am


  3. 9 Suzette
    April 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    First. I now realise, post first and read later and then have some luck on your side (lol).

  4. 10 collegekay
    April 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

    PBO has nothing to hide. What is Mitt Romney hiding?? The media will probably be shilling for him today.

    • 11 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Yup, and we will be holding the media accountable. They are not going to elect Willard to the Presidency with the same shilling and lies that they were engaging in back in the 2000-2008 when Dubbya was running. We the voters will not stand by and watch the corporate media destroy the decent caring and most importantly supremely competent President Obama just so that they can keep their Bush tax cuts and continue business in an unregulated manner. No way, no how.

      • 12 edp4bho
        April 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

        “just so that they can keep their Bush tax cuts and continue business in an unregulated manner. No way, no how.”

        Exactly. And wouldn’t it be just the icing on the cake if we all kept in mind the companies presented here a few days ago noting all that contributed large percents of their donations to rethugs ? I for one can find alternate goods and services. Only problem is, I have a Home Depot card and still need to refinish a bathroom, so I think I will make that purchase my last from that store. Back to my local hardware shop. We can do this.

      • 13 theo67
        April 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

        Here, here!

    • April 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

      And the Obama Camp is trying to push this and the MSM ignores it.
      This Is a problem!

      • 15 anniebella
        April 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

        But the goog old fair minded media didn’t ignore that non-controversy over what Ms. Rosen said about the rich Ann Romney. They went to work as if they were working for the Romney campaign. You think the Koch brothers have bought the media up.

  5. 16 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Good morning Chips, TOD, and congratulations Suzette on #1!

  6. 18 pugeretto
    April 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Happy Friday all! Friday is good. And yo Susette, nice!

  7. April 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

    It’s Friday! Good morning!

  8. 22 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2012 at 8:35 am


    Giving new meaning to ‘constituent services’

    By Steve Benen


    • 23 Suzette
      April 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

      This was a great “constituent service”.

      It made me wonder, how many persons would risk their lives for someone else (especially when that person is not a close family or friend) – some would, but I am sure not many.

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Please tell me that Cory Booker is going to be the next governor. I would so like that great state of NJ, where so many of my beautiful nephews and nieces live, to be Christie free.

    • 26 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Cory Booker is the man. A TRUE public servant. Bless him.

    • 27 0388jojothecat
      April 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr, profiled Cory Booker and John Lewis last month and Cory Booker is a real american hero. It showed how he “lived” in the poor areas of NJ to see how his constituents lived and was able to not only hear their plight but live it. He is the real deal…full of compassion and really wants to serve the public. I would love to see him President one day or even VP to President Elizabeth Warren.

  9. 28 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Both the ladies are hawt, hawt.

    And who you calling sleepy heads ? (vcprez, wake up)

  10. 31 pugeretto
    April 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wonderful, wonderful pictures. I watched Elmo on Independent Lens the other night, and 33 years ago, Sesame Street was pretty popular in my house!

  11. 32 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I see that Miss Ann has opened a Twitter account just so that she can go around taking up the MSM’s attention with her patronizing garbage about “all moms being entitled to choose” to their own paths. I tweeted her that all moms are entitled to choose but many moms don’t have a choice. And she can’t relate to 99% of moms in America.

    I don’t know where that woman got the idea that all of a sudden she is able to speak for and represent the majority of mothers in America when her husband and Party’s policies are making it damn near impossible for the average woman to even have a choice about how many children to have, let alone what career path she takes.

    • 33 Suzette
      April 13, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Thank you for this comment and it is so true.
      This is the message the democrats need to get out.

    • April 13, 2012 at 8:48 am

      The Only reason that Robney has a chance, is because the media has an investment in him winning. They must, can’t you tell?
      They will be checking her twitter account, and msnbc whole building will turn Red, with Breaking news!

    • 35 anniebella
      April 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

      hopefruit2, thank you, thank you, thank you. Ann Romney does not respensent anyone one but her owe rich self.

  12. 36 ber6964
    April 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning Tod, Yippe we’re going on a Trip to Colombia!!!!!!!!

  13. 41 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

    So has the media poutrage runs its course ?

    A great slection of toons, chips.

    • April 13, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Nope! Mika is in love with little Annie!

      • 43 hopefruit2
        April 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

        Yup. She’s their new Sarah Palin. Those media males seem to need a sex outlet for them to get excited about their Republican nomination. They have apparently decided that Ann Romney is it.

        Ewwwww…..on so many levels!

        • 44 0388jojothecat
          April 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

          Don’t let the “Quitter from Wasilla” hear that….she’ll start inserting herself on teevee so no one will forget that the GOP loves her..not that Ann woman.

    • April 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

      The wedding one had me roaring. The face on that elephant? Stupendous!

  14. April 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Rove says,(OMG!), the Obama Campaign will take the low road
    They project about everything, almost to the point it is a Joke!

  15. 52 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

    did the mittbot ever ‘get back’ on the Lily Ledbetter act ?

    sam stein – do your fucking job.

  16. 53 collegekay
    April 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I’m absolutely disgusted by the whole ordeal that happened yesterday with Miss Ann. What makes it even worse is her groupies tweeting me and flooding my mentions with insults about how FL Michelle doesn’t deserve to be respected. Seriously? I told them that they’re hypocrites. What I don’t understand is all the middle and lower class conservatives who defend these people all day when their policies would do nothing for them. Talk about backwards. PBO and Michelle have a lot more class than I do because I’d be cussing folks out by now. LOL

    • 54 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

      The MSM is going to use Ann Romney as a weapon against President Obama. And unlike Sarah Palin who was a candidate, they will be able to get away with the excuse that Ann Romney is the spouse and therefore should be left alone.

      We need to push back on that meme. If the media is going to give Miss. Ann a platform to attack the President and from all angles, they should be prepared that she will be attacked and exposed too -not necessarily by the Obama campaign, but by the general public.

  17. 55 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

  18. 56 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

  19. 57 ourmanflint
    April 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Good morning TOD family, I am off to work , So hard juggling teenagers and work…..

    • 58 Diane
      April 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

      That’s something Ann should know all about right? uh no, considering her ONLY job was her family–Lucky her. For the rest of us–the repubs say “quit yer bitchin”.

  20. April 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Chuck Todd will be conducting his NBC poll this weekend. Any bets the headlines are, Robney closes gap with Women?
    It’s all so predictable!

    • 60 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Of course – but who cares. Let him fix his polls and then bray about how Hilary Rosen-Ann Romney media scuffle led to an erosion of Obama’s base. How Ann Romney is a formidable opponent for President Obama. Wasn’t that the same trick they pulled with the gas prices meme? Fix the polls by oversampling Republicans, then pushing a false narrative about voters being upset with gas prices. Meanwhile, Romney fails to release his taxes, fails to answer questions about how his policies are going to affect women’s physical, mental and economic well-being, and they will ignore of that.

      We’re prepared, and we’re ready. BRING.IT.ON. 🙂

      • April 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

        The point is- they are ignoring our issues with Robney!

        • 62 hopefruit2
          April 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

          They can ignore all they want – WE the voters won’t. As WaPo noted (unhappily), Twitter and Youtube are HURTING Romney. That’s because voters are able to bypass the corporate media’s dishonesty and challenge their lies in real time.

          • 63 collegekay
            April 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

            There it is! Social media has changed the dynamics of politics and Team Obama definitely has the upper hand when it comes to technology.

            GOP is stuck in the dark ages in all aspects. Truthfully, a lot of people don’t watch cable news on a consistent basis.

        • 65 Jewelz
          April 13, 2012 at 9:30 am


          They’re ignoring it now only because the general campaign hasn’t officially started. Just wait till President Obama starts campaigning around the battleground states and hitting Romney on the head daily on all these stuff, the media will have no choice but to cover it. The same thing happened 4 years ago when the media tried everything to protect their backyard barbacue buddy John McCain; and we all know how that turned out for Mr “the fundamentals of the economy are sound”. So, let the media do their damnest to try to protect Willard, it’s not going to work. The avalanche is about to hit him and his media fairy godmothers. By the time the Obama campaign is done dismantling Willard, even Ann Romney would want to pull a ‘Seamus’.

  21. April 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Another multi million dollar buy from Crossroads.
    This time about Coal, it says the SEALS shot Bin Laden overseas, and Lisa Jackson shot us here at Home.
    This is really fucked up. Talk about taking the low Road. Jeesh!

  22. 69 carolyn
    April 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Ann Romney will not hold the interest of the fickle news corps very long. She is boring, and nothing they can do can make her interesting. She is a whiney rich little girl, who never had to work for anything. She’ll be old news in a week. Be glad it happened now, not in October when the heat could carry interest. She’ll get pushback and whine and pout, and like with Willard, people will see what she is. She spouts about “choice” while her husband wants to take it away from other women…..bah, humbug!!!

  23. 70 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 9:09 am
  24. 71 jackiegrumbacher
    April 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

    It’s long past the point of being a joke, Jovie. He’s telegraphing the MO the R’s always use. Do something vile and say the other guy is doing it. So old. So boring. When will people catch on?

  25. 73 Linda
    April 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    PHOENIX–Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed into law on Thursday a controversial bill that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, giving Republicans a win in ongoing national efforts to impose greater restrictions on abortion.

    The measure, which state lawmakers gave a final nod to on Tuesday, would bar healthcare professionals from performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in the case of a medical emergency. Only a small number of these abortions are performed in the state.

    With Brewer’s signature, Arizona joins six other states that have put similar late-term abortion bans in place in the past two years based on hotly debated medical research suggesting that a fetus feels pain starting at 20 weeks of gestation.

    Georgia lawmakers approved a similar bill in March that now awaits the signature of Republican Governor Nathan Deal.

    Late-term abortions will still be allowed in Arizona in situations where continuing a pregnancy risks death or would “create serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.” This is to be determined by a physician’s “good faith clinical judgment.”

    The law also requires a woman to have an ultrasound at least 24 hours prior to having an abortion, instead of the one hour previously mandated under state law.

    State officials are required to create a website that details such items as the risks of the procedure and shows pictures of the fetus in various stages.

    • 74 desertflower
      April 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

      This woman is SUCH an idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly, this place is not only STUPID, it’s corrupt to its core. If this is their idea of “small govt”, they can spare the lies. She has done absolutely NOTHING for the people of AZ. But rest assured…we have a state gun,private prisons,profiling of brown people,high unemployment, awful schools(she cut funding for that too)and houses for cheap because of foreclosures.But hey! Who the hell wants to buy a house in AZ? The place has gone to hell in a handbasket! The state that has nearly every RW lawmaker bought and paid for by ALEC,where the ignorant TP runs wild. The latest issue the insane lawmakers are pushing is to allow guns in public buildings. I won’t be able to SLEEP unless I know THAT will get done!
      Businesses don’t want to locate here to crazyland..wonder why?

      The sandbox that brings you a corrupt and mannerless Gov,Joe Arpiao( please, DOJ..nail his sorry corrupt, vile ass to the wall and make him parade around in his own pink underwear) an Atty General that is in hot water and has been banned by the SEC FOR LIFE,….I could go on and on….hell, the county atty and his crony were just disbarred the other day!

      Really? Their idea of “small govt” surely is baffling! Hope they like the cozy feeling of crawling up every woman’s vagina.Maybe they’ll suffocate in there! Problem solved. This place needs a good housecleaning….Time to save this state from itself. 1800’s anyone???

      • 75 desertflower
        April 13, 2012 at 9:44 am

        Something seems to have been deleted from my comment………we can’t say BFD anymore???

      • 76 a4alice
        April 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

      • 77 jackiegrumbacher
        April 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        DF, what are the chances of replacing Brewer with a Dem when her term is up? Now’s the time for candidates to be making themselves known by attending county meetings and working with the media to be “quoted” on important issues. AZ will not only lose businesses coming into the state, but young people, especially women, and young families. Young women should be very careful where they decide to get their first jobs and build their careers. My advice is to head for states that value women and don’t routinely pass legislation designed to harm them. For example, I would not recommend that any young person settle in PA until every last one of the Republicons is driven out of the state capital.

  26. 78 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I am off to that ‘birthplace of that rev wright following muslin atheist, fascist communist, constitution breaking constitutional lawyer, corporate killing corporatist guy this sunday. I will git that damned burt cert this time for sure.

  27. 90 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Out of the Shadows, ALEC Loses Altitude

    Some good news for a Friday 13: the list of donors withdrawing support from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) continues to grow, with candy-maker Mars joining burger giant Wendy’s, its rival McDonald’s, along with beverage purveyors Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co, plus Kraft, Intuit and the Gates Foundation.


  28. April 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Good Morning everyone. For the last couple of days I have been lurking with not much will to comment. But the events from yesterday has compelled me to react For the last three years, Mrs. Michelle Obama has been disrespected, abused and mistreated by people, particularly on the right, with barely any reporting from the vast media in the Beltway or this country. And suddenly, there is an orgasim of outrage across the airwaves and social media about Mrs. Romney.

    The media has shown its true double standards when it comes to the First couple in the White House. Where was the outrage when Juan Williams compared Mrs. Obama to Stokley Carmichael http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2zYvY3OWss?

    Where was the outrage when Rush Limbaugh rudely discussed Mrs. Obama’s weight? http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2011/02/rush-limbaugh-crtiticizes-first-lady-michelle-obamas-weight-nutritional-campaign.html.

    Where was the outrage when Jim Sensenbrenner said this? http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/12/lawmaker-to-apologize-for-saying-michelle-obama-has-a-big-butt.html

    Just as the media has normalized a whole host of issues, including the birther issue, which we know has never ever happened in this country, where no president has ever been questioned about his citizenery, we’ve seen time and again a mistreatment of the president and his wife. Such comments are treated as the Right just being the Right as if this is OK. No it is not.

    The media chose to inflate this issue and crown Mrs. Romney, and more importantly they are trying to innoculate Mitt Romney for the huge gap he suffers with women. But they forget one thing. No amount of glofifying Mrs. Romney will change the facts. There is ample evidence about the actual policies and steps Republicans have taken and supported by Mitt that hurts women.

    There will come a time in the campaign when Mitt Romney will have to defend those policies. It is not going to go away. From his stance on doing away with Planned Parenthood to Personhood to a whole host of other actions GOP has taken.

    Those are the issues that will be brought into the open. And so I am not worried about that aspect of this whole debate. But what aggravates me is the media’s blatant double standards to President Obama and Mrs. Obama.

    For many of us, this will not be forgotten anytime soon.

    Hope everyone is having a nice Friday and forgive me for my long diatribe.

    • 96 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Africa everything you’ve written is so true about the MSM’s disgusting double standards when it comes to the Obamas vs Romneys. At some point over this weekend, I plan to pen a diary at Old Orange highlighting just this aspect, and will use some of the links you provided here as background material. It’s time the media be called out for their outrageous behavior.

    • 97 desertflower
      April 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

      you were being kind. The list of disrespect of our amazing First Lady could fill a book. TRUTH!

      • 98 jackiegrumbacher
        April 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        And yet, DF and Africa, I will be willing to bet that Michelle Obama will go down in history as one of the best loved first ladies of all time. People will be telling their grand children about what a wonderful lady she was and how much she accomplished and inspired people to do in her White House years. I know I talk about Eleanor Roosevelt a lot because she was a big influence on my childhood, but she too was miserably insulted and made fun of in her time. She was repeatedly called ugly and unattractive and her voice was always mocked. But she changed so many lives and is still beloved by millions of people. I think Michelle Obama will one day top Eleanor Roosevelt as the country’s most influential and loved first lady.

    • 99 daisydem
      April 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

      I love your diatribe africatimes2 …. and I say amen! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.

      • 100 anniebella
        April 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

        africatimes2, Thank you for what you said. I have sent emails to CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, NBC, and I asked them were was to outrage when the right wing have disrespected Mrs. Obama? Where was the media then? I told them you would think that the media was working for the Romney camaign. I also told them despite all the B.S., the hatred, the disrespect, Mrs Obama has had to deal with, she has carry herself with class and dignity.

        • 101 anniebella
          April 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

          I also reminded the media that President Obama and Mrs. Obama, VP Biden and Dr. Biden released their 2011 tax return, when does Mitt and Ann plan to release theirs?

    April 13, 2012 at 9:27 am


  30. 105 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 9:28 am
    • 106 Diane
      April 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Thanks amk–Everytime I scroll by this and see Rick Santorum with his little sweater vest on keeled over I laugh. Can’t stop. I don’t know why this one is so hilarious to me. Maybe because I have wanted to do this to him for his pious attitude and disdain for women.

  31. 107 carolyn
    April 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

    To feel better about the Ann kerfuffle, I wrote several shows at MSNBC: Rachel, Martin, Mika Lawrence and Ed. I thanked those men for being champions of women, and asked them to concentrate on what Willard’s policies would do for the lives of women…..eliminating choices for 99% in health care, reproductive rights, equal pay…..This is the key issue here. She had a choice, 99% of women do not.
    I hope they read emails…..someone in their office does, I know that.
    They need to take this discussion in a policy direction.
    Still, this Ann Romney thing is another “nine-day wonder.” The MSM has tried to prop up Willard, but there’s no “there” there…..and it hasn’t worked. We have social media, the Obama campaign knows social media and its uses…..Ann and Willard have no understanding.
    Rove is working in the Lee Atwater dark ages…..his tactics work with Republicans, but those are a different animal.

  32. 108 Pamela
    April 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Good morning, Chips, and dedicated TODObots! Sunshine in Seattle, this morning at least! Thank you everyone for the concise commentaries, you have helped me catch up pretty well…. Blessings to all, hugs all around. See youse guys later! 😉

  33. April 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Good morning everyone. Great way to start the day with a picture of my third and fourth favorite women in the whole world together.

    I am not going to say anything more about the Rosen-Ann Romney kerfuffle except that, like it or not, we do have to watch what we say because the refs (media) will always call the fouls on our side and never on the other.

    It doesn’t matter if what we say is the truth as long as they can pick out one sound bite that twists the whole thing around. This is specially true at this point in time. The media needs to make this race at least have the appearances of being close, and to do that they have to somehow elevate Mitt, because he can;t do it himself. In fact, the only way to do it is to try to diminish the Dems and PBO. There will be a different kerfuffle each week, whether we like it or not, and we can’t allow ourselves to be distracted by it. Getting our panties in a wad is not going to change the facts.

    Several weeks ago I wrote a comment (the issue was religion at that time) about how the whole MO of the GOP is to create dividison in the Democrats. What we witnessed yesterday, even here, was Democrats, progressives, Obots, emoprogs, all in an intrafamily fight. Was this the right way to react? Did it do the wrong thuing? There were strenuous disagreements between people here who we all know are dedicated progressives and dedicated PBO supporters. That is the ghoaql of the GOP. They have a somewhat fractured party right now. The hope to create issues to bring that party togther while at the same time sowing discord in our ranks.

    None of us are the enemy. Even when soemone on our side questions the President, that does not make that person the enemy. I don’t care if someone for the last three years has been critical of the President but now sees the light. The onkly important thing is that he or she supports him now. I am not going to disparage that support because of ther past. We need all hands on deck. I don’t care oif the person has been a slacker before and becomes one again. Now is when it counts.

    That was part of the intent of the post Chips put up from me a couple days ago. I don’t expect or even want lockstep agreement from all Dems or progressives. That ultimately stagnates a party and is why the GOP, unless wer snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, is going to be given the last rights soon.

    Nuff said.

    • 110 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

      This paragraph is Key:

      // “Several weeks ago I wrote a comment (the issue was religion at that time) about how the whole MO of the GOP is to create dividison in the Democrats. What we witnessed yesterday, even here, was Democrats, progressives, Obots, emoprogs, all in an intrafamily fight. Was this the right way to react? Did it do the wrong thuing? There were strenuous disagreements between people here who we all know are dedicated progressives and dedicated PBO supporters. That is the ghoaql of the GOP. They have a somewhat fractured party right now. The hope to create issues to bring that party togther while at the same time sowing discord in our ranks. ” //

      The more aware PBO supporters can be made out of this – the better prepared we will be to fight off the Rovian tactics that surely will emerge on a weekly basis from hereon.

    • 111 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

      AMEN, JAPA, AMEN!!!! I was going to write something similar until I came across this. You saved me a lot of keystrokes!

      I think I am in the minority when it comes to my reaction to the Rosen-Romney brouhaha yesterday:

      1) I WAS slightly offended by Rosen’s comments and did find them a bit tone-deaf. But she’s just another talking head to me — except for the fact that the comments were ripe for exploitation.

      2) I DEFINITELY don’t see how going in on Ann Romney helps ANYTHING at all. Barraging the Twitter world with anti-Ann Romney comments is so counter-productive to me and gives further ammunition to the right who thrives on anger, fear, division and confusion. And it so doesn’t follow PBO’s lead on the issue, nor Michelle’s.

      In a few short hours, we have gone from rejoicing over a well-earned gender gap to attacking a stay-at-home mom. Yes, she is wealthy. Yes, she has shown she is out of touch with most Americans. Yes, she has injected herself into the race. But damn — talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory! She is who she is, she made her own choices, and PBO’s record can shine on its own without Ann Romney being attacked.

      I am continually amazed and dismayed by how easily people’s buttons are pushed by right-wing propaganda. I’m sure they’re high-fiving themselves. Mission Accomplished.

      • 112 hopefruit2
        April 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

        I don’t people are attacking Ann Romney for being a stay at home mom. In fact, we are not really attacking Ann Romney per se. We are attacking the Romney campaign and the MSM’s cynically ploy of using Ann Romney to deflect attention away from Romney’s disastrous anti-women policies. That’s what most people are objecting to.

        I also think it’s a bit premature to say that the RW mission has been accomplished. As is almost always the case with these reactionary RW antics, the short term news cycle usually appears to be in the GOP favor, but over a period of several weeks, the situation reverses itself in fact usually to an even worse position for the GOP than they were before the event occurred. This MSM manufactured nontroversy will NOT result in women flocking to Romney. It has actually exposed more people to the fact that Ann Romney is an usually privileged individual who cannot possibly understand what the average mother – whether stay-at-home, or working full time – has to go through in a given day.

        • April 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

          As I said yesterday, in a way, this has neutralized Ann Romney as a force, specially the type of force Mitt wanted her to be. I think it is fine Rosen will be on MTP. She has apologized and will be able to state more clearly what she meant. Her main mistatke was emphasizing the “never worked a day in her life” line. Her point could have been made much better without that line, which is what was jumped on. Fortunately, simply because of the Romney’s wealth and lifestyle, the outrage didn’t have much traction. And like I said, the concern here is not the faux outrage per se, but the divisiveness on the left that results.

        • 114 PoliticalJunkessa
          April 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

          People definitely are/were attacking Ann Romney. Come on, let’s be real. I didn’t get a chance to dive into it until last night, but when I read the posts, saw the retweets, etc., there was definitely an element of personal attack on Ann Romney. No need to gloss over it now.

          We KNOW that the MSM is going to distort and deflect. By playing on their field of distortion (aided by Hilary Rosen’s throw-away remark), we give them nothing but satisfaction. In that respect, the RW mission of muddying the waters had definitely been accomplished. Instead of meeting the issue with calm and facts, I saw a lot of “Things Ann Romney Doesn’t Understand,” etc., etc.

          • 115 hopefruit2
            April 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

            I’m not trying to gloss over anything. It goes with the territory that people will make comments (for better or worse) about Ann Romney, since the Romney camp has explicitly injected her into their campaign as a surrogate. It’s also true that much of the comments that people are posting/tweeting about Ms. Romney are accurate in regards to her being unable to relate policy-wise to the average mother (whether or not that mom stays at home or works full-time).

            However, the main issue is that the media has aided and abetted the Romney campaign in deflecting from the fact that the GOP’s policies are disastrous for all but the top 1% of women – and that has been the reason for PBO’s substantial lead among female voters.

            Using Ann Romney to “help” the GOP with female voters was ill-advised, as was the case with Sarah Palin back in 2008. Mitt Romney needs to stop hiding behind his wife (who most women don’t feel a genuine connection with) and speak directly to women voters about how his policies will impact their day to day lives and their futures. That’s the main point.

            • 116 PoliticalJunkessa
              April 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

              Playing on the ground of whether Ann Romney can relate to the average mother or not is not wise, in my opinion. It is irrelevant. It is a tailor-made division which shouldn’t have been raised. Whether one dresses it up in so-called “policy discussions” or not, it still smacks of personal attacks on a particular woman’s choices — and many people’s comments didn’t stop there, not by a long shot. And truth be told — it was Rosen’s slightly cynical throw-away comment that presented the hook to hang this whole ridiculous controversy on.

              We know the media’s game by now — they are loving the ratings generated by this duststorm, I’m sure. However, President Obama’s policies will stand on their own. It is more fruitful to focus on those over and over, and not on Ann Romney personally.

              • 117 hopefruit2
                April 13, 2012 at 11:18 am

                The Romney camp can’t have it both ways: Mitt Romney explicitly said that he was using Ann to “tell him what women are saying” about their needs, policy, etc. So they can’t now turn around and say that she’s irrelevant simply because most people are responding to Ann in a negative ways.

                Again, it goes back to the Romney campaign wanting to have their cake and eat it too. They decided to inject her into the campaign to elevate Romney’s standing among female voters. That was a purely political decision. However, they forgot that her privileged position is problematic because it actually highlights the huge gulf between her as being among the top 1% versus the average female voter (regardless of her decision to stay at home or work full-time). Many of Romney’s policies have serious economic implications for women – and by using an economically privileged individual to “woo” female voters is seen as extraordinarily patronizing and misguided.

                • 118 PoliticalJunkessa
                  April 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

                  And attacking Ann Romney on a personal level isn’t the way to bring light to the issue. Attacking his policies is — and promoting President Obama’s.

                  • 119 hopefruit2
                    April 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

                    No one began this issue by attacking Ann Romney. No one cared who Ann Romney was before Mitt and the MSM started shoving her down people’s throats in lieu of addressing his policies.
                    If Romney and the MSM won’t discuss Romney’s policies, but instead use Ann as a substitute, they leave the voters with no choice but to scrutinize Ms. Romney and criticize her. They can’t push her on the front burner while relegating Romney’s policies to the back burner, and then then tell people she’s off limits. It simply won’t work that way. That’s the reality of politics in this country.

                    • 120 PoliticalJunkessa
                      April 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

                      There definitely is always a choice. Follow PBO’s lead, move past Ann Romney, who is irrelevant, and focus on the policies. “Scrutinizing” Ann Romney is a losing proposition, IMO.

                    • 121 hopefruit2
                      April 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

                      PBO is the President of the United States and because he is not on Twitter posting comments like most of us doesn’t mean he has “moved past Ann Romney.”

                      Whether we like it or not, the MSM and Romney camp have made a calculation that Ann Romney will be extensively utilized as a weapon against the Obama Campaign. Voters are going to scrutizine Mitt and Ann Romney AND his family. It’s par for the course. All Presidential immediate families are subject to scrutiny by the voting public.

                      In President Obama’s case it wasn’t just Michelle who was scrutinized – it was just about everybody he associated with in his adult life, include Rev Wright and Ayers. So much so that he ended up having to give a major speech on race because the media made it their business and voters business to scrutinize Rev Wright. And neither Rev Wright nor Bill Ayers had ANYTHING to do with his campaign, yet the media decided to focus on them.

                      So this double standard where Ann Romney is concerned is very disturbing. She can’t be pushed front and center in a campaign to woo voters, yet be barred from any criticism. That’s not realistic and it’s not even ethical.

                    • 122 PoliticalJunkessa
                      April 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

                      I’m gonna follow PBO’s lead. Ann Romney is irrelevant. To concentrate on her is unfocused, un-disciplined, and divisive. IMHO.

                    • 123 hopefruit2
                      April 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

                      I’m not concentrating on Ann Romney – I’m concentrating on defeating the Romney campaign, of which Ann happens to be a part of.

                    • 124 PoliticalJunkessa
                      April 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

                      OK. Hopefully that’s what many others will decide to do, too. 🙂

        • 125 amk for obama
          April 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

          yup, that particular msm poutrage didn’t even last 24 hours. Compare gopolitico y’day and today. I think people pushing back against them in social media has had an effect on this. As you rightly said above, hf, people now have an easy avenue to call out the media bullshit in real-time.

          I don’t think this has divided the left in anyway. If anything, it has only united them against this crass and dishonest media behavior.

          • April 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

            Agree AMK! Social media gives each of us a voice all the time, anytime. We vote every 4 years, but social media enables us to stay involved and support our vote every day. PBO will win because he has truth and a track record of country first accomplishments on his side. I know I will do my best to support and share his AND our accomplishments with as many people as I can, so they know it too.

  34. 128 lamh35
    April 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

    So yesterday Micheal Smerconish was subbing for Tweety and he had Alan Dershowitz on discussing George Zimmerman affidavit files yesterday by the prosecutor. Dershowitz said it was “unethical and irresponsible” and II was more taken aback by his tone, and how accusatory he was towards this prosecutor based soley on her press conference and I guess the affidavit and it just seems rather inflammatory towards her. It made me wary of even listening to what he said, he said it in such a bitter and rather partisan way too.

    Anyway, Booman was also wondering much the same as I was…how much should I care what Dershowitz says?

    “Any Lawyers Want to Help Me Out?
    by BooMan”

    Okay. I am willing to potentially make an ass out of myself this morning. I noticed during my morning reading that Prof. Alan Dershowitz said that the affidavit filed against George Zimmerman was “irresponsible and unethical” because it was so thin on details and because it was consistent with a self-defense argument. To be honest, i was disappointed that the affidavit didn’t provide any new information, but I am also confused by Dershowitz’s response…

    • 129 lamh35
      April 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

      “Angry” is the right word to use. he seemed angry at Angela Corley based solely on the affidavit??? It made no sense to me that he would seem so angry

    • 131 57andfemale
      April 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Jees. The affidavit will say as little as possible to get the probable cause, which it did. The prosecution will divulge as little as necessary, but I thought I heard the other day that through discovery we will know everything about the case. I find that odd, because usually that kind of discovery applies to non-criminal suits but that may be a state-by-state issue.

      I’m sorry Dershowitz wasn’t sufficiently entertained by the affidavit, which did was it was supposed to do without giving away too much. How does a lawyer not understand that you don’t publish all of the details of your case at the first hearing?

      That being said I too was concerned that no other witnesses were alluded to but I don’t know enough about FL law to know if that was necessary for the probable cause. The impression from lawyers after the charges were filed were that Corey probably had a good deal more evidence in order to bring a 2nd degree murder charge. Corey is a very competent prosecutor.

  35. 132 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

    A great pushback from the left.

    • 133 Diane
      April 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

      As far as I am concerned Komen can suck a big rotten egg! For my friends who walk each year–My answer is NO! I will not donate to Komen for your walk–However, I will donate to planned parenthood for your miles. Please feel free to walk with Komen and raise money for Planned Parenthood. Komen has told me who they are, I am going to believe them and send my breast cancer funds to planned parenthood. **BTW–has anyone else noticed the excessive Komen commercials about the three day walk? I think they know they lost a lot of support.

  36. 134 Linda
    April 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Iowa Republican State Senator Proposes Drug Testing Child Support Recipients

    The proposal came from Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa who said he was pushing the idea on behalf of an unidentified constituent who believed his ex was using child support money for illegal drugs.

    A person paying child support under Chelgren’s proposal could require the recipient to a drug test every six months as long as they pay the costs.

    “We shouldn’t be ducking our head and running away every time there’s a difficult issue coming up,” Chelgren said. However, following open laughter in the Iowa Senate chamber, Chelgren withdrew his amendment.

    • 135 0388jojothecat
      April 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Child Support is for “the child”, so if they want to drug test the children, go ahead. I would think that that someone granted by court order to receive child support than not pass a drug test then to deny those funds would be illegal or unconstitutional.

  37. 136 edwina3
    April 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

  38. April 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

    And Who does David Gregory have on MTP?

    Yup! You guessed it! Hillary Rosen.


    • April 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

      And Michelle Bachman? OMG. The MSM is an arm of the Robney Camp!

    • 145 Linda
      April 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

      She could have said no thanks…

    • 146 Lorraine
      April 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Rosen is probably still upset that Secretary Clinton is not the President. She probably said that stuff on purpose to pin the blame on President Obama. Maybe she is friends with Choi and upset that President Obama is not a supporter of homosexual marriage. Why else would this woman continue to show her face on TV, it only makes the story longer. I don’t trust her one bit. I’m glad she got push back from Democrats. SHUT UP ROSEN!

      • April 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Yes! My sentiments exactly!

        • 148 Lorraine
          April 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

          The problem is there is a real WAR ON WOMEN by Republicans who would like to put women back in the 19th Century. The narrative was working now Rosen has ruined that for the Democratic loving American! Instead of being able to call Republicans on their pathetic record on Women’s Rights, the Democrats will try to be politically correct instead of moral sound.

          • 149 Lorraine
            April 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

            that’s “morally sound” The Democrats are always on the right side of issues concerning Women’s Rights. I’m so upset with Rosen opening her big mouth and giving those lying Republicans an opening.

          • 150 jackiegrumbacher
            April 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

            Rosen hasn’t “ruined” anything. This is a small blip that will be overshadowed by the misogynist legislation that continues to flow out of our state legislatures and by the public stance of GOP reps who continue to say outrageously condescending things about women. I intend to be out on April 28 marching in our state capital and I know there are similar events taking place across the country and in DC. Attend one. Talk to your fellow marchers. Ask them to spread the word to other women about what’s at stake in this election. If anyone brings this silly Rosen subject up as you phone or canvass just tell them that the president and first lady have never been anything but 100 percent supportive and respectful of all moms. Then go on to discuss the Rs refusal to pass the Violence Against Women Act, the specific legislation that has been introduced and passed in state legislatures, the derogatory comments from the GOP. It’s up to us to steer the conversation to the real and important and we will.

        • 152 hopefruit2
          April 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

          Jovie, maybe you could send a tweet to David Gregory telling him that we female voters want know what Mitt Romney’s policies are; Rosen’s opinions about SAHMs are irrelevant to our decisions at the ballot in November.

          • April 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

            Actually, Rosen has no problem with SAHMs, which is why this is a non-issue. And that is why her words were inartful at best. This exposure gives her the opportunity to explain her comments as she really measnt them and to separate the issue of SAHMs from the equation. All she should have said was that Ann Romney never has had to deal with the economic realities that 99% of American women face. She can go on MTP (Gregory is a pain, but he isn’t a tough questioner and won’t challenge her very well) and say, “I have no problem with Ann making the choice to be a SAHM. But she had that choice and could have done either without making a significant sacrifice. Millions of women don’t have that choice at the same level. Millions of women have to work or not feed their families. Millions of women that make the choice of being a SAHM do so but in the process have to give up so many things, not only for themselves but for their families. That type of choice was soemthing Ann didnt have to face. This is not about SAHMs or even Ann Romney’s choice, but rather whether or not Ann can possibly have an idea of what being faced with that choice, or non-choice, means for so many women.”

            This isn something people can relate to and coem out of it saying, Yeah, she’s right. And at the same time, Rosen can go on and talk about how the Republican war against women and their attack on the middle class is going to make things even worse for women in the future.

      • 154 hopefruit2
        April 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

        The focus should not be on ROSEN. She is not running for office. The focus should be on Mitt Romney and how disastrous his policies for women are. I think if we maintain that focus, none of the MSM’s antics will work, regardless of what Rosen does or doesn’t do.

  39. 155 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

    gopolitico – noot rents donor list to raise cash. Why would anyone pay for a list of dirty dozen ?

  40. April 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Good morning, TODville! Happy Friday!

    We had quite a lightening storm last night. I can’t ever remember anything like it happening here before. It was very bright and very loud for about an hour and a half. Here’s a pretty stunning photo of one of those moments:


  41. April 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Have to go out for a bit, but shouldn’t be too long. On the off chance that I’m hit by a meteor, or Yardarm’s speedboat, don’t forget:

    1:20: PBO delivers remarks at the port of Tampa

    See you soon 😉

  42. 161 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

  43. April 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Willard will seek a Nov. 2012 extension … Willard, what are you hiding?

    • 163 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Do you have a link to this information CTGirl? Why November? That’s the same month as the election!

    • 164 amk for obama
      April 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

      What does it mean ? The slimy bastid will release his returns after the elections ?

      • 165 ctgirl7
        April 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

        My thoughts after reading this from the NYT piece:

        “Asked Thursday if Mr. Romney had plans to release his returns, an aide said, “I can’t give you any guidance on when they will be released, but I can let you know that in previous years, Mitt Romney has sought an extension.”

        • 166 amk for obama
          April 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

          wtf does that word-cloud exactly mean ?

        • 168 hopefruit2
          April 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

          That’s not a forthright answer from the aide – yet apparently, that was satisfactory for the NYTIMES, which is more interested in what Rosen’s opinions on SAHMs are, than on issues relevant to Mitt Romney’s current and past financial activities. You think Obama could EVER get away with something like this?

          Again, folks we need to hold the media accountable. Instead of talking about Mitt Romney’s tax returns, which they ought to be talking about, they will instead spend the entire weekend focusing on the nonstory between Rosen and Ann Romney.

    • 170 Linda
      April 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

      What ? OMG….what a dumb move…

    • 171 theo67
      April 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      But, he says President Obama is the one who’s running a stealth election? Romney is a coward, liar and a shady character. What is he hiding!?!

  44. April 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Good morning TOD Family. HOPE you all have a terrifc Friday!

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation. May the President have a safe trip to Florida and Columbia.


  45. April 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Mornin’ TODsters!!! Great getting up day in O-Town again y’all. I so agree with the above tweet about how this working woman thing has been turned into an issue about stay at home vs working women. We all know what this is about, the Romney campaign has decided to exploit a comment made by a Democrat. That’s what’s done in politics. PBO’s campaign knew this and understandably jumped in quickly to try and take the steam out of the whole situation. I don’t think that Rosen said anything wrong, because we all knew what she meant by ‘not working a day in her life’. Only women (men aren’t included in this) who can afford to make a choice in this matter would get upset about any other meaning of what was said. The media of couse, has to parse it beyond what is neccesary for hyperbole requirements.

  46. 175 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2012 at 10:48 am


    Bruce Bartlett on Where The Right Went Wrong – http://vimeo.com/36529531

    Bill Moyers talks with conservative economist Bruce Bartlett, who wrote “the bible” for the Reagan Revolution, worked on domestic policy for the Reagan White House, and served as a top treasury official under the first President Bush. Now he’s a heretic in the conservative circles where he once was a star. Bartlett argues that right-wing tax policies — pushed in part by Grover Norquist and Tea Party activists — are destroying the country’s economic foundation.

    My favorite quote from the interview:

    BILL MOYERS: I just read a summary of a study done at the University of Michigan that over a period of time shows that people have confronted with facts they believe to be true will reject them nonetheless if they offend or undermine their belief system. That their beliefs — our beliefs are more important to us than the facts.

    BRUCE BARTLETT: Oh, I think we need some — instead of talking to economists like me, we need to be talking to psychologists and sociologists to try to get at the root of this problem.

  47. 176 edwina3
    April 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Thank goodness for shiny objects.

  48. 178 mtmarilyn
    April 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. It is a beautiful sunny day here in phoenix. Having a great time at our family reunion and hoping to have a chance to meet up with Desertflower.

    Friday is the 13th is a very lucky day for me. It is my birthday! It’s not very often the 13th of April falls on friday. I love it. it is going to be a great day.

    This whole thing over Hilary Rosen is such a curve from the media to take the attention away from all that the repubs are doing. Looks like the great governor of AZ sign a law yesterday meant for more small government.

    Have a great day!

    • April 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Happy birthday. I am sure Chips will have a great present for you when she comes back. And enjoy your family and hope you get to meet with df. Both are more important than spending time here.

    • 180 Pamela
      April 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Happy Happy Happy Birthday to YOU, mtmarilyn! Sounds like you are in for a fun filled day, hope it stretches all the way across the weekend! 🙂

    • 181 desertflower
      April 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Morning, Mom!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday to you:) Great day to get out and enjoy….ps. the gov is an asshole. Maybe they can all suffocate in the vaginas of the women that they are ruling over with their “small govt”. Makes me wretch. Pregnant BEFORE conception. What a concept. See what poor education hath wrought!

    • April 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day 🙂

    • 183 utaustinliberal
      April 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Happy Birthday Marilyn! Have fun!

    • 184 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

      *~*~*~*~*~HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARILYN!*~*~*~*~*~*

      AND MANY MORE!!!!!

    • April 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy it to its fullest.

    • 186 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Have a great, great bithday, mtmarilyn. Kick up your heels and enjoy every minute. Hope the presents are free flowing.

  49. 187 edwina3
    April 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Funny new hashtag on twitter #coreybookerstories. here’s my contribution:


  50. 188 itgurl_29
    April 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    More St. Ann tongue bathing from the mainstream media today. Including a glowing profile in one of the major papers this morning. This is not going away. Not by a long shot. She’s the new Sarah Palin and our side stepped right into the trap and helped make her a victim. I’m still pissed.

    • April 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

      One person does not equal our side. Rosen does not work for the campaign. The media will try to push Ms Ann and Willard but we need to continue pushing facts and having a strong voice on social media.

    • 190 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

      You are correct itgurl. Ann Romney IS the new Sarah Palin. And I predict that she will meet the same fate as Palin – except faster because she’s not nearly as interesting as Palin.

      • 191 itgurl_29
        April 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

        I hope so. And it’s true, she’s not nearly as interesting as the Quitta from Wasilla. SaraH Palin is a scrappy grifter. Ann Romney hasn’t worked a day in her life and wouldn’t even know how to give and take in a fight. I’m just sick of yet another day being wasted on this crap that could easily have been avoided.

    • 192 Brit
      April 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

      I understand how you feel itgurl_29 about Messina, Axelrod, et al. inserting themselves in this. Hopefully after the Romneys do their interview with Sawyer this will be over.

      • 193 itgurl_29
        April 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

        Diane Sawyer is just a few years older than Ann and does not have children and has spoken eloquently about how her career has been her ‘baby” and she wants to leave behind a life’s work as opposed to a gene pool. I hope she doesn’t back off from her own convictions and let Ann pull that “St. Mommyhood” nonsense. I hope Diane calls Ann out on the fact that she has never in her LIFE, all 62 years, held a job. That’s not about being a SAHM, that’s about being a privileged princesss! Hell, even Queen Elizabeth worked as a mechanic and driver during WWII. So the Queen of England has actually had a job in her life but Ann Romney is apparently too privileged and special to get up and go to work in the morning like 99 percent of human being have done at some point in their lives. Even freakin’ kings and queens.

      • April 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

        How did Messina and Axe insert themselves into this when it was the Romney camp proclaimed that Rosen was a DNC adviser?

        And I would like to remind everyone that the Rock Star Anne Romney meme started a week or so BEFORE Rosen said anything.

        And how is it that we can accuse Romney of being in agreement with the likes of Rush/Right wing when he stays silent on their comments but don’t see that the same could be said for Pres.Obama’s camp if they stayed silent when confronted with comments made by Democratic pundits?

        And how many times has the O team been blasted for not getting out in front of nontroversies like this and allowing them to linger?

    • April 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

      What do you mean by ‘our side stepped right into the trap’? One political side decided to exploit a comment by someone from the other side. The PBO campaign stepped in, as they should have, to temper that exploitation. They have a whole team dedicated to jumping on potential problems immediately, regardless the source. The rest of us, including the media are free to make of it as we will. Some of us will follow the media’s attempt to make this about working vs. stay-at-home moms. Others of us will see it for what it is, and has always been for most women; having the luxury to choose.

    • April 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      This will be over by the middle of next week if not sooner. The President and The First Lady’s response cut the ground from under them.

  51. 201 Pamela
    April 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

    President Obama: “it’s not about me, it’s about YOU!”
    Myth Robney: “it’s not about you, it’s all about ME!”

  52. April 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

    You know, the President has control of the IRS, just order them to Audit Willard.
    That would piss him off!

  53. April 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Take the poll- do you agree with how the State Attorney handled Trayvon case?-


  54. April 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

    President Barack Obama will be stopping by the Port of Tampa Friday afternoon to talk about trade.

    The president plans to put the spotlight on the port in hopes of helping jumpstart the nation’s economy.

    Wade Elliot, the port’s senior director of marketing, said trade with Latin America benefits more than just the Port of Tampa.
    “Over 40 percent of all the export commodities that move out of the port are destined for countries throughout Latin America,” he said. “In fact 3 of our top 5 export trading partners are in Latin America so it’s a big deal.”

    Nearly two dozen countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela, traded nearly three million tons of goods last year.  The number one export was fertilizer.


  55. 215 collegekay
    April 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

    12 years of PBO’s tax returns here: http://www.barackobama.com/tax-returns

    • 216 4morefor44
      April 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

      that is all kinds of awesome! biden’s too.

      tom brokaw, chuck todd, and their cohorts really have their work cut out for them this year propping up the mittbot. PBO is so ready for this!

  56. 217 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

  57. 220 LDS
    April 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Good morning TOD Family. I had this urge to light a candle this morning for POB. I hope everyone will do the same. Whenever he travels far away from his love base, I feel that we need to stop, take a deep breath and reflect on positive, healing protective energy for this soul that is making sacrifices for us.

    Let us not lose focus. Keep our eyes on the prize. POB and MO have spoken and that is sufficient for me. Let the power of their love for each other and their love for others flow from heart to heart all 9,000,000 of us individually and collectively.

    We are not the dark side. We are the light. Let us walk in that light today, this weekend even up until November 20012.
    We are so much better than what they are trying to interject.
    POB has said often enough, “This Is Not A Game”! So I for one refuse to get involve and play their propaganda game.
    Not this time time….too much is at stake.
    Light a candle not just for POB, but for us, U.S. and those in between.

  58. 221 nintendowii10
    April 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Not going to say any more about the kerfuffle from yesterday except that I feel it’s not going to last longer than the weekend. Just visited HuffyFluffy’s page, not even a mention of Ann Romney or Hillary Rosen. In fact, their big headline on their main is about how Pakistan wants us to end drone strikes over their country. Come Monday, there will be some new poutrage that the media will exploit.

    • April 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Yeah, I broke my pledge that I made earlier and won’t do it again. And you are correct, by monday this will be gone. There will always be a new one and we have to realize that. Every little quote that can be taken out of context will be. And we can’t afford to get dragged into the mud, even to the point of fighting amongst ourselves. All it does is cause us to lose focus on what is important. Let’s keep plugging away and focus on what we, each of us, can do to reach our goals and not waste energy on this other crap.

  59. April 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

    The President made 798k in 2011 and paid just over 162k in taxes!

    • April 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

      A 20.5% tax rate, which is actually very hood!

    • 227 Linda
      April 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

      The Buffet proposal/rule is that taxes + charitable deductions add up to at least 30% of income.

      So for The Obama’s it = 42% overall

    • 228 amk for obama
      April 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

      That includes in his presidential salary ? What is his salary anyway ?

      • 229 collegekay
        April 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

        His salary is roughly 400k… he’s still making a lot of money off his books.

      • 230 amk for obama
        April 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

        nyt – Their income declined nearly $1 million from the previous year, when the president was reaping larger amounts from sales of his bestselling books.

        • 231 amk for obama
          April 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

          moar nyt – In the 547 pages of tax documents released by Mr. Romney, he and his wife were expected to pay roughly $6.2 million on $42.5 million of income over 2010 and 2011, with effective tax rates of 13.9 percent in 2010 and an estimated 15.4 percent in 2011.

          Mr. Obama still earned about half his total income from sales of his books in 2011, the White House said in a statement. But that is sharply lower than in 2010, when the Obamas reported adjusted gross income of $1,728,096, and paid $453,770 in federal taxes — an effective tax rate of just over 26 percent.

  60. 235 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Attorney General Eric Holder Addresses National Action Network

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the annual convention of the National Action Network, the civil rights organization founded by Rev. Al Sharpton. He promised a fair and independent review of the Trayvon Martin case, plus legal action if warranted.

    Attorney General Holder also talked about about voter disenfranchisement. He said voting is a right (not a privilege) that must be protected. The claims of in person voter fraud are overblown and misleading.


    • 236 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      I wish Holder would have talked about actions they are taking against states with voter suppression laws. Like maybe a stay on implementation until they can be reviewed in terms of their conflict with existing voting rights acts.

      • April 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

        He has spoken on this issue several times and they have steeped in and looked at a couple and put stays on them. They can only directly do this in those state that are specially provided for in the voting rights acts. I have a hunch that they would prefer to do this closer to the election so that the stay remains in effect through the election. Otherwise, a court challenge to the stay could happen prior to the elections and the legislation could be reinstated. In a normal world, any reasonable court would throw these laws out, but we don’t live in a sane, normal world.

  61. 238 collegekay
    April 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    The ball is in mehmney’s court now. where are those tax returns

  62. 241 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Go Joe.

  63. April 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    David Plouffe on political Capitol on bloomberg Sunday. She will also be talking about Seamus.

  64. 243 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

  65. April 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Ann Robney is Top search on Google! Whatever.
    We are nearing a Moody’s downgrade of Europe, Syria out of control, NK ready to test a Nuke and Iran is going nuts, but/ let’s talk about little orphan Annie! Ugh! What a distraction from taxes!

    • 247 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      So? That was true of Sarah Palin at one time – wasn’t it? We’ve seen this before Jovie – those MSM created sensations quickly fade – at the time when we most need them to!

      • April 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        Not for nothing, as a Democratic Strategists you ate supposed to help the message not Hurt it.
        Thus, Rosen is not a good Surrogate!

        • 249 hopefruit2
          April 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

          Who said Rosen was a surrogate? Did you EVER hear Barack Obama, VP Biden, Axelrod or Messina mention Rosen as a Obama campaign surrogate? Rosen is not Debbie W-S, Valerie Jarrett or some such Obama affiliate. Rosen is a CNN pundit who happens to be a Democrat.

          On the other hand, Mitt Romney explicitly injected his wife as someone who was going to act as a liason between him and the voters on his behalf. Yet the MSM now wants to claim that Ann Romney is suddenly off limits because people are criticizing her?

          Furthermore, Rosen’s comments have nothing to do with the Obama campaign’s messaging on women. The MSM is trying to tie Rosen to the campaign because of their own desperation to bring down Obama’s numbers among women.

          Finally, we shouldn’t be so intimidated by the media that every time someone who happens to be a DEM expresses their opinion, we have to attack them just because the unethical media manufactures a nontroversy.

          Instead we should hold the media accountable, and expose their high level unprofessionalism and bias in dissemination of information and reporting.

  66. 251 Dakota
    April 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Good Morning Family!

    It’s a beautiful day in the Southwest! Let’s keep our eye on the prize and not let this Ann Romney B.S. distract us from the job at hand. Also, to us ladies…don’t let them use it as a wedge to divide us. It’s not about her…it’s about her husband and his war on women. Never let them forget it!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

  67. April 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I am watching local news and the landing of AF-1!

  68. 258 auni
    April 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    As expected Wasilla Sarah is out bleating about the Ann Romney thing. It’s the only type of topic she can discuss. Her experience involves mean high school girl stuff–thrives on that kind of dumb stuff. Read a thing about the road trips the Romney family took. Seems one of the boys said Mitt wouldn’t stop extra times if one of the boys had to use the bathroom, other then scheduled stops. But, if Ann said she needed to stop–zoom, right into the next available stop. Also, the boys were under no circumstances to talk back or show any kind of disrespect to their mom. Not that I think disrespect for one’s mother is good, but Mitt made sure the boys toed the line as far as mom was concerned.

  69. 259 auni
    April 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    That’s my last word on A. Romney–movin’ on.

  70. 260 Linda
    April 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Hilary Rosen @hilaryr

    I deeply apologize again to work-in-home moms, Mrs Romney & the POTUS. Not going on #MTP this weekend. I’m going to be a mom who stays home

  71. April 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    As a backdrop, the President has red Containers stacked on each other.
    Nice look for Trade!

  72. 265 amk for obama
    April 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  73. 268 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm


    This panel was absolutely riveting. Very informative and enlightening. I highly recommend it if you have the time.


    Speakers addressed the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, as well as a recent Tulsa shooting, where three African Americans were shot to death. The group also took audience questions.

    The panel, moderated by NAN General Counsel and Executive Vice President Michael Hardy, included Harvard Law Professors Christi Cunningham and Dr. Charles Ogletree, ACLU Director of the Washington Legislative Office Laura Murphy and Vice President of The Fortune Society Glenn Martin.



  74. 270 LunarSea
    April 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    interesting to see which beast was fed here the last two days. For some it will be a looonnngggg time to election day.

  75. 271 carolyn
    April 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I agree with Japa, Ann has been neutralized as a force the R campaign wanted her to be. What we need to do is encourage and push the media and surrogates to emphasize the long term effects the Romney policies will have on women. Ann is not relevant to this…..in fact she is merely an appendage of Mitt.
    I wrote MSNBC shows this morning requesting their emphasis on Romney’s women policies, and I suggest many more do the same. We must be a positive force. Whatever happened with this silly kerfuffle happened. We had different opinions on it, but if you listened to the President carefully, he set clear parameters for the campaign, and we are now free to call out the right for missteps, and we need to encourage the media to do so. What’s sauce for Ann is sauce for Michelle…..we have to keep them doing what they should do. We changed the entire Planned Parenthood debate and fixed that debacle, we have power. Let’s use it!

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