rise and shine

Washington Post: President Obama raised $53 million last month for his reelection, a substantial increase from the month before.

In February, Obama raised $45 million from 348,000 donors. This month he upped his total by $8 million, and increased his donor pool to 567,000.

…. Ninety-seven percent of donations to Obama’s re-election effort were for $250 or less, the Obama campaign said. The average contribution was $50.78.

As of mid-March the president’s campaign had close to $85 million in cash on hand, according to FEC filings.

More here



President Obama arrives at the White House from a summit with leaders from the Americas in Colombia, early Monday, April 16



Buzzfeed: Former Governor Mitt Romney is already offering top donors access to a special “Presidential Inaugural retreat,” planned on the assumption that he will be elected president this November.

The offer, in a fundraising email circulated by a top Georgia supporter to fellow Republicans and obtained by BuzzFeed, is one of several goodies offered to those who contribute more than $50,000 to the joint fundraising committee known as “Romney Victory”….

Those donors will be named “Founding Members” of Romney Victory and invited to a California retreat with Romney and offered “yet to be determined access at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.”

They will also “have preferred status at the first Presidential Inaugural retreat,” the email says.

More here



A visitor pretends to talk on a phone alongside a wax figure of US President Barack Obama on the opening day of the new Madame Tussauds exhibition in Sydney on April 16


 ET: The rivalry continues! First Lady Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres continued their playful trash talking after their highly publicized push-up contest.

….. Their lighthearted back-and-forth took place via satellite, as the First Lady sat in an audience of 600 military families and their daughters in Jacksonville, Florida while Ellen reached them from her studio in Burbank, California.

…. You can see their entire exchange on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, April 16. Check your local listings.

More here


Morning everyone 😉

252 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    April 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

    good morning TOD!

  2. 11 COS
    April 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Good morning Chips and friends.

  3. 12 Carol
    April 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

    good morning1

  4. 13 nintendowii10
    April 16, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Good morning!

  5. 14 Suzette
    April 16, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Good morning all.
    Congrats on 1st Alycée.

  6. 15 TrumpDog
    April 16, 2012 at 8:22 am

    53 Million? Wow.

  7. 21 Suzette
    April 16, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Thanks very much Chips. I see my favourite PM and President together at last.
    You just made my day.

  8. 22 Ladyhawke
    April 16, 2012 at 8:27 am


    By Steve Benen


    So, if you’re Ann Romney, being a stay-at-home mom counts as “work.” If you’re a low-income mother struggling to get by, being a stay-at-home mom is undignified and doesn’t count as “work.”
    Here are a few questions for the political world to ponder: why should Hilary Rosen’s observation generate a national controversy, while Romney’s policy positions go overlooked? Or put another way, which of the two statements is more insulting to moms? Which of the two is more condescending?

    Why does Romney believe moms with private-equity riches are dignified and should have a choice about working outside the home, while moms who need public assistance lack dignity and should have no choice?

    Or more to the point, why will Romney and Republicans continue to say “all moms are working moms” without the fear that voters will laugh in their face?



    April 16, 2012 at 8:27 am


    April 16, 2012 at 8:30 am


  11. 32 Proud Former White House Intern
    April 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Good morning great people. Wow Mitt is bold. I hope he gives them a nice parting gift when he gets punished in November. I think we should take the high road and send all of his supports sympathy cards. The First Lady once told me that the President’s motto is: “When they go small you go big!”

  12. 36 collegekay
    April 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

    R-Money is an arrogant ass.

    • 37 Proud Former White House Intern
      April 16, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Yes hopefully the beating he has coming to him will humble him.

      • 38 Pamela
        April 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

        It won’t.. He will retreat, then come back in some other monstrous form, hoping no one will remember his non- entity self.

    • 39 itgurl_29
      April 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Talk about measuring the drapes!

      • 40 sabreen60
        April 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        Good afternoon TOD. Chips thanks for the pics and the great articles – as usual.

        itgurl – I’m going to tweet you drapes comment re Romney, if that’s ok?

  13. 41 Ladyhawke
    April 16, 2012 at 8:34 am

    (VIDEO) Kirsten Gillibrand: Romney ‘Hero’ Scott Walker Just Got Rid of Equal Pay for Women


    “It’s Barack Obama whose first bill he ever signed was the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act,” she said on NBC’s Meet The Press. “Mitt Romney? His hero is a governor from Wisconsin who just got rid of the equal pay laws there.”



    • 42 Bill
      April 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

      I really like Senator Gillibrand but was disappointed in the manner she let the nut case, Bachmann push her around. David Gregory was also at fault for allowing it.

      • 43 Ladyhawke
        April 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

        Good point, I didn’t see the entire interview. I agree Senator Gillibrand should not have allowed Michele Bachmann to highjack the interview. But unfortunately, David Gregory is totally useless as a host. It was really troubling to see Michele Bachman listed as a guest. Could it be that Senators Snowe, Murkowski and Bailey-Hutchison were not available? Oh, silly me, they have criticized the GOP about their problems with women voters recently. Never mind.

        • 44 57andfemale
          April 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

          Dem’s should be better prepared, especially with a known shill like David Gregory as host. We get precious little time on the Sunday morning shows and there is no excuse to blow an opportunity like this. Republicans down to precinct captains are better prepared for their turn at the mic than Democratic Senators unless they are just personally better at it. The DNC is not doing its job preparing our spokes people to do proper battle.

  14. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    April 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    I was busy with work and family this weekend

    Great News on the Fundraising! I was looking at Kayla’s fundraising page this morning and wow did we do a phenomenal job here at TOD. She raised in less than 6 days over 3700.00 with 324 donations. Way to go CollegeKay!!! You were a big part of that 53Million.

    Chips, thank you so much for the pictures. You give us a first class seat on our President’s journey’s around the world. Nobody Does It Better Than You!!!

    Have a great Productive O’Day Everyone!!!

    • 46 collegekay
      April 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

      GM donna dem!

      • 47 donna dem 4 obama
        April 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

        GM CK!

      • 48 hopefruit2
        April 16, 2012 at 8:55 am

        Congrats collegekay for being an integral part of PBO’s fundraising efforts! 🙂

        Every time some MSM outlet breathlessly tweets how much $$ Willard has raised I immediately counter with a “well how much of that came from small individual donors?” I’m always met with crickets and no further reporting on that topic.

  15. April 16, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Good morning TODville. Great coverage on the entire trip to Colombia. SO grateful for Chips and her work to keep us all happy and informed.

    This is worth a read on Romney’s relationship with the Hill:

    This Isn’t Going to Work

    It’s short but to the point.

    • 51 donna dem 4 obama
      April 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

      I understand how primaries work but the biggest mistake this man made was his hard right turn to pander to the R-base that never bought his pander in the first place. I have to confess that last fall I was a little afraid of Romney as a candidate because the moderates and independents I was talking to back then really liked him. They thought he was not as polarizing as the others and saw him as a successful businessman who might have been able to turn things around economically.

      The path this core-less nutjob decided to take backfired so hard on him. Instead of showing some independent creds he was worse than Santorum and Gingrich put together. Now that the economy is improving he’s got nothing to stand on because he has alienated the moderates and indies. They can’t stand him.

      Whoever was advising this guy gets a gold star from me. I couldn’t be happier. Those folks who were considering him last Fall now won’t give him a second thought.

      The Republican Hill can line up behind him all they want but it won’t be enough!

      • 52 collegekay
        April 16, 2012 at 8:58 am

        “Those folks who were considering him last Fall now won’t give him a second thought.”

        So the indies and moderates you talked to last fall now don’t like him? That is wonderful.

      • April 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

        Well, as Booman says, we’ve all seen how difficult it’s been for Boehner to try and move to the middle with his tea party mob. I think anybody that scratches the surface on Romney finds him detestable. He’ll probably wind up worse than McCain because as you say, he has nothing to fall back on.

        • April 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

          Office Topic, but relevant considering reference to Boehner. \

          A caller to the Stephanie Miller show this morning said that she now substitutes, “I don’t give a Boehner,” for her old swear words, “I don’t give a f….”

      • 55 57andfemale
        April 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

        Everything Romney has won in his entire life has been through intimidation. He has been an outrageous liar with tons of money to defeat his opponents and the swing voters are persuadable. We have our work cut out for us.

      • 56 theo67
        April 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        The other thing to note is that Mitt’s business acumen should be questioned. He didn’t actually found Bain Capital – it was handed to him by Bain because Bain admired his father. He had to be convinced by Bain to take the job, because Mitt was afraid of failure – or rather, of everyone knowing that he failed. He had to have assurances from Bain that no-one would ever know he had failed, and that his old job would be there waiting for him, with a ready lie that Bain needed him back at Bain Consulting – not that he had failed out of the position. That kind of fear of risk is not a trait you find in a founder of a company, or of a knowledgeable business person.

        In addition, take a look at his time with Staples, which is always being touted as one of his successes”. He initially rejected Staples as a business venture. It took the Staples entrepreneur running additional analyses and garnering other investors, before Mitt signed on. Plus, Mitt wasn’t involved in the operation of the company. He was a non-operating Director. He left before any of the real Staples successes took place. So, he really can’t be credited with any of that.

        The fact is, his reticence to take risks, his anal and endless analysis, and his cowardice at not wanting to be seen as a failure – that points to someone who really should never have succeeded in the natural world of big business. He was coddled and pushed along, but these accounts. And he doesn’t know the first thing about foreign policy – which is even scarier in this dangerous times.

        I got a lot of this from the Vanity Fair article (plus others) that was posted a while back. http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/02/mitt-romney-201202

    • 57 COS
      April 16, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Hey Meta, this portion of Booman’s piece made me laugh.

      “Ever see someone throw a fish on a pier? That’s going to be Mitt Romney. Flip-flip-flopping and gasping for air. The only natural reaction to that is to take a long look at the suffering fish, and then throw it back.”

      • April 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

        I know, right? Beautiful and perfect metaphor!!

        • 59 Debz
          April 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

          I would love to know how a guy who has been unemployed for 7 years, prior to that was a one term governor, is considered an expert on the economy. Other than that, he has shown himself to have no beliefs, and can’t be trusted by the left or the right. So arrogant to assume he will be elected in Nov. The man disgusts me.

      • April 16, 2012 at 9:21 am

        that made me LOL too

      • 61 amk for obama
        April 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

        Really ? I would have taken thst sucker, deep fried it and eaten it with relish.

  16. 62 Ladyhawke
    April 16, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Unite Against “The War On Women”


    A Call To Action To Defend Women’s Rights!

    Help defend women’s rights and pursuit of equality. Join Americans all across the United States on April 28th, 2012, as we come together as one to tell members of Congress in Washington DC and legislators in all 50 states, “Enough is enough!” UniteWomen.org strongly supports diversity and welcomes men and women of all ages without regard to their race, color, creed, political affiliation, disability, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, education or income level, marital status, employment status, or immigrant status. Everyone is invited to join, plan, and rally as we unite to demand that every person be granted equal opportunities, equal rights, and equal representation.

    Marches & Rallies are happening Nationwide on 04.28.12!
    Find your local event by clicking your state on the map below.



    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

      I hope everybody is preparing to go to one of these rallies–we have to demonstrate the power of women and the great giant the GOP has unleashed. Anyone have a catchy idea for a poster?

    • 65 Anna Luc
      April 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Good Morning TODers! I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer, But…

      Anybody know anything about this group? Other than the fact that they want to organize a national rally in — what — a month? Really? It takes much longer to put an effective national rally together. Oh by the way, what is the political objective of such a national demonstration? The About Us page provides a some reasoning, but does not tell me who is organizing this. There are two names on the press releases; that’s it. Until I know who the organizers are and the source of their funding, I am not on board. This could be the Koch brothers or the grifters who organized the Tea Party rallies for all I know. These folk want to collect your story, but can’t tell their own? However, they seem to have a full product line — $25 T-shirts and even dog accessories — ready to go.

      For a national rally I want to see local and national individuals/organizations with a track record on women’s rights leading the charge. Gotta go to work now!

  17. April 16, 2012 at 8:46 am

  18. 67 Cheryllou
    April 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Good morning everyone.

  19. 68 ber6964
    April 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Morning Everyone…..Thanks for the Most Excellant Trip Chips.
    BTW My Bags are Packed for the Next Trip. Where are we going next??
    Love you Chips!!

  20. April 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    As we begin this week, I think we already know what will be happening.

    The MSM, as usual, will be trying to find anything to attach negatively to this President.

    Follow the clues, folks.

    We had, last week, a variety of polls, all of which had the President leading Willard by far outside the margin of error.

    Last month, we had the FOX NEWS poll telling us that the President’s lead with Latinos was 70 – 14%.

    The latest Rasmussen poll had POTUS at 50%. Always with Ras, if the best they could do with the President was 50%, that means to me that the President is actually at 55-57%.

    Then, the latest poll of the Purple Swing States, where not only is the President leading Willard outside of the Margin of Error, but that the internals show the President with an 18% lead among women, while he is even with men.

    That gap with women has been confirmed by other polls.

    Then, WAPO tried some bullshyt about The President winning SINGLE women, but trailing badly among married, while PEW threw shade on that bullshyt showing POTUS trailing married women by 2 points. IN WHAT WORLD is 2 points ‘ trailing badly’. 2 points is the MARGIN OF ERROR, which means he’s even with Willard.

    This is all about MONEY.


    IF the President is within the margin of error with men

    AND leading women by 18%.

    I don’t give a rat’s ass how many voter suppression laws they pass..

    there IS no horserace.

    and, IF therei s no horserace,

    then they can’t get their hands on that Citizens United money.

    Just wanted to remind folks of that this morning.

    • 70 Sharon
      April 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

      They’re all hitting on President Obama’s “anger” over the SS deal. Nothing else. Almost like Jackie Calmes baited him with her question so the media would have an official word from him. I thought he was pretty calm during his answer.

    • 71 Ladyhawke
      April 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Adds The Amish To The Long List Of Voters Harmed By Voter ID


      While many Amish and Mennonite people do not vote, those who do vote tend to vote for Republicans. But Republicans have led the charge across the U.S. to enact voter ID laws in an effort to disenfranchise groups of voters like groups, such as college students, low-income voters, and minorities. PennDOT reports that it has issued about 4,000 nonphoto IDs to Amish people, but there are about 61,000 Amish who live in the state. And it is doubtful more Amish will want to go through the arduous process to get a nonphoto ID simply to vote.

      Ironically, this new hurdle to Amish voters was erected while many Republicans also insist that the Obama Administration is attacking religious freedom through new federal regulations that require employer-provided health insurance plans to cover contraception. It’s difficult to square the GOP’s claims about religious liberty with the impact of voter ID on specific faiths. Pennsylvania’s voter ID law requires certain people of faith to take additional steps simply to exercise their constitutional right to vote.



      • 72 jackiegrumbacher
        April 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        I tell you what else is ironic. The Amish, when they do vote, vote heavily republican, so do elderly white people who they are also disenfranchising like crazy. I hope this voter ID thing blows up in their face.

  21. 74 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. Etch-A-Sketch is offering access to the “Presidential Inaugural Retreat” What is Romney smoking? It’s so laughable. His hubris will be another cause of his downfall. The sheer arrogance. Someone has been inhaling from the wrong end of the bong. 🙄

    • April 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Honestly, I think he’s high. His arrogance and sense of entitlement and privilege is worse than McCain’s.

    • April 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

      You should tweet him and say “Maybe you better ask PBO first considering it’s going to be his inauguaral.” Romney has no clue how badly he’s going to lose.

    • 77 Cha
      April 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Good..that’s just one more thing zombey can wipe off his stupid face when he goes down in a flaming shitlload of LIES. His freaky pants are already on FIRE.

  22. 78 desertflower
    April 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Monday morning chuckle:

    And finally: Mitt Romney is “considering” making a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live after executive producer Lorne Michaels offered it to him. Romney has a public image of being stiff, so the SNL gig would offer a chance to disprove that — or confirm it.

    From TP. Show of hands for “confirm it”!

  23. 80 amk for obama
    April 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Yay, GOBAMA.

    President Obama raised $53 million last month for his reelection, a substantial increase from the month before.

    In February, Obama raised $45 million from 348,000 donors. This month he upped his total by $8 million, and increased his donor pool to 567,000.

    …. Ninety-seven percent of donations to Obama’s re-election effort were for $250 or less, the Obama campaign said. The average contribution was $50.78.

    As of mid-March the president’s campaign had close to $85 million in cash on hand, according to FEC filings.

    • 81 amk for obama
      April 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

      85 million. They should sink 8 million each in 10 swing states on GOTV, field offices and local teevee and radio ads.

    • 82 Marsha
      April 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      But we have got to raise more, if we stand a chance against the Republican Super Pac

  24. 83 collegekay
    April 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I wandered into Tea-bag land and read this about Romney:

    “Romney should go overseas and live with his money and leave us alone. Who is behind his guy? Who are his handlers? I would guess Soros, Buffet, and Gates. Somebody wants him to get the nomination so he could lose to Obama”

    LOL! They hate R-Money..

  25. 88 pugeretto
    April 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Hi everyone, where’s all the Columbian coverage, besides here? Thanks for the coverage/Pics Chips. Recording Ellen today, as usual. One of the more gorgeous pics Alycee!!!

  26. April 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I am always amazed at how some writers twist themselves into pretzels to come up with something—anything!—-in order to throw some cold water on Obama’s recent optimistic re-election poll numbers and prospects. Earlier on Tampa Bay Times website—gone now—-there was a top story on Obama’s problem with white working-class voters—-that again! Usually this is a semi-friendly news site—-but maybe they were forced to come up with some negative something because of the Repub convention there. But I have never seen a group so heavily mused about as working class whites—–even mentioned Tweety’s favorites—–those in western Pa., as if the whole election teetered on this geographic area and these people. And the article used a couple of ridiculous quotes—-from a salesman at Sears and a nurse’s aid—-saying they voted for hope and change and they’re still not rich. Laughable. And the nurse’s aid said she was really annoyed about the “Obama’s splashy Hawaiian vacations” and “Michelle’s coutoure dresses” ——-ridiculous—-and so she’s going to vote for Romney??? And then—–most unbelievable—–after we get 2/3 down into this “big problem” for the Obama campaign, the writer happens to mention that Romney’s favorable polls have dropped from 49% to 29% with this same demographic. So——what was the point again? Sheer desperation on media’s part again to find something negative to say about President Obama, no matter how pointless and stupid.

    • 93 hopefruit2
      April 16, 2012 at 9:37 am


      The sheer ludicrous nature of these “examples” clearly suggest they are PLANTS. These media editorials are making up stories. Period.

      And like you dotster I’m just as amused by how the said “nurse” can be annoyed at “obama’s splashy Hawaiian vacations” and “Michelle’s courtoure dresses” yet be oh-so golly just fine n dandy with Willard’s car elevators, several mansions and offshore accounts! HAHA!

      If you notice the number of online comments on YouTube and everywhere that appear to be in favor of Ron Paul just don’t translate into actual votes? That tells me that it’s the media outlets themselves creating these fake GOP supporters. Or they’ve hired a few people just to go all over the internet impersonating actual supporters. These are not real people.

    • April 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I saw that, and said exactly what you said. Part of Tampa Bay Times Website has News from the Wire, and that is where it was picked up!

    • 95 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Yup. So Romney will never take a vacation, his wife will dress in rags and everyone in America will be as rich as he is. There has got to be some heavy stuff floating in the Florida air to wrap your mind around that much fantasy.

  27. April 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Donny Deutsch just described Ann Romney as a “wonderful, wonderful woman, just extraordinary”. Why is the media pushing this hyperbole? The more I see of her, the more she reveals herself to be as nasty and fake as her lying, heartless husband. That appearance at the NRA might have finished her off for me—-in her sheer dress which was so tight across the boobs that it looked like it hurt—–pandering to the gun nuts whose lobbying efforts are responsible for a huge increase in shooting deaths, causing heartbreak and destroying families across the U.S.

    • 97 hopefruit2
      April 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

      At 63 years old, all botoxed and liposucted, she’s trying to be a “sexy” mama grizzly to send tingles up the legs of the media males and GOP base..

      Hint to Miss Ann: It.Won’t.Work

      • 98 jackiegrumbacher
        April 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

        Nope. And it cracks me up when she presents herself as a “mom.” Her kids are grown. She’s a grandmother. Accept it and age with grace. There’s nothing more pathetic than an older woman trying to act young and sexy. Mature and attractive, yes. But mutton dressed as lamb is just sad.

        • 99 aquagranny911
          April 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

          Your comment made me LOL…I haven’t heard that phrase…”mutton dressed as lamb” in ages. I was at a local community center yesterday & some of us elder grannies were discussing the… if we had the money, would we get work done on our faces or bodies? issue. The consensus was a resounding “NO” We all liked ourselves just the way we are & we enjoy being elders & grannies. The only thing we all wished we had was the energy of a younger person!

    • 100 itgurl_29
      April 16, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Deutsch is a wingnut. He also said the exact same thing about Palin.

    • 101 Bill
      April 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Every time I hear Donny Deutsch I am at a loss to why he has credibility as a pundit.

    • 102 Debz
      April 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Don’t you know dotster, nothing says “MOM” like the NRA convention? 🙂

    • April 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Why do I get the feeling that Ann Romney wouldn’t give Deutsch the time of day?

  28. April 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Can’t wait to see the tape of Romney at Fenway Park today. I think he may be in for a few insults!

  29. 106 desertflower
    April 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

    In my sweet dreams!


    Could Arizona, with its staunchly conservative governor and senators, go blue in the presidential election? President Obama’s campaign thinks it might and is sending workers to campuses and Latino neighborhoods this spring. Analysts show that Arizona is becoming less conservative in national elections, though it might not be ready to vote Democratic. It would be a big change: Arizona has voted for only one Democratic president since Truman.

    I’m gonna work on it! I wish that I could speak Spanish 🙂

    • April 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

      df, I’m in California and so far (because this is such a blue state) we are assigned to Nevada but sometimes I wish we could be helping out in AZ. I would love nothing more than to see you and your citizens given some relief. {{{{hugs}}}}

      • April 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

        They have increased the OFA people here to target the Hispanic Communities and the Reservations. I think if the President wasn’t black we would get all those who hate Romney, but the Republicans I know, though they do not admit it, will not vote for him for that reason. The Democratic Party has greatly improved since last election so I am hopeful.

        • April 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

          OFA has definitely improved on their structure since 2008. HQ really has a phenomenal team. Our state directors are great and some of our strongest regional people are being pulled to other states at this point. The data gathering/analysis is precise and relentless. The outcomes are impressive. I wonder which state has been assigned to you? Glad to hear that there are more boots on the ground. This will gradually accelerate and you will see a HUGE effort unfold.

          • 110 jackiegrumbacher
            April 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

            Yes, we’re just seeing the beginning of the roll out. And they’re working for all Dems, not just the president and that’s at his direct orders.

        • April 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

          ALSO, judging from the events I’ve seen, I think PBO has pretty much sewn up the Native American vote. He’s met all his promises to them so far and made history bringing them into the process.

          • 112 aquagranny911
            April 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

            The problem here is the way polling places have been set up on the Rez. Some people had to make over 100 mile round trip to vote in 2010. This meant using scarce resources for gas & taking kiddos out of school for the day. Also, when church groups set up water & food for the families outside the polling places, Dems got accused by the GOP of “buying votes” Another problem is that many there can’t do mail in balloting because they don’t have a “proper address” which is more voter suppression. The GOP don’t want native peoples voting because they know the voters will go for PBO & Dems.

        • April 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

          They Msy stay Hone if they dont like Robney?
          At the very least, they will not be involved in the Campaign.

      • 114 desertflower
        April 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

        We need LOTS of relief!!! Maybe you could push for that:) We would welcome all the help we could get!!

    • April 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

      In 2008, I remember there was some talk about trying to make a game of it in AZ, but because of McCain’s status there decided not to. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them make a pitch. McCain himself has been pretty outspoken in his disgust of the Republican primaries and his concern about the results of Citizens United and the impact of the Super PACs. Wonder if they may not use McCain in some of PBOs ads out there.

      • 116 Debz
        April 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

        I believe PBO would have won AZ if McCain wasn’t the gop nominee. He got a lot of votes for someone running against the man in his home state.

        • April 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

          I thought so too. I was at a meeting in Phoenix the first week of September in 2008 and was surprised at the number of Obama/Biden signs I saw.

          • 118 desertflower
            April 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

            Well, the Mormon thing should play well here…lots of them. I spoke with someone at OFA in Chicago some months back, and she told me that the internals for AZ actually look better than NV did, at that time. If Hispanics GOTV, and pissed off women….and others, well, we just might be able to do this thing! I would be thrilled:)

        • 120 aquagranny911
          April 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

          It was that whole “favorite son” thing for McCain in 2008. Even some Dems here had respect for McCain until he screwed the pooch by turning severe Right & selecting the dizzy biscuit Palin for VP. McCain has lost a lot of support & credibility here even among the Repubs. We have a big Mormon population & most will go Robme but some will never vote for him like a Mormon neighbor of mine who is uncertain if he will “sit this one out or vote for Obama.” I’m working on him, gently.

    • 121 aquagranny911
      April 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Don’t worry about not speaking Spanish, df. Most Latinos here speak better English than the average Repugnant in AZ. Just listen to our ignorant Gov try to string a few words together to make an actual sentence.

  30. 122 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

    In addition to offering access to his holographic Presidential Inaugural Retreat, Romney is going to Fenway Park today? Doesn’t he realize that voters in MA don’t like him? He left them 47th in job creation. That’s not a wonderful statistic.

    • April 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

      That Crowd is his Drmographic- well to do. Do you know it costs a Family of 4 to g to Fenway, nearly 1k bucks? That is if you sit on top of the Green Monster!

      • 124 Pamela
        April 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

        I venture to say Myth and his crowd get in for free, after all, perks are perks, and last a lifetime for these thieves, yes?

  31. April 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Btw- that Red Hot Chili Peppers concert was yesterday in Cleveland area, packed-


  32. 129 itgurl_29
    April 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Ann Romney: “It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and that was really a defining moment, and I loved

    Please spread this like wildfire, folks.

    • 130 Brit
      April 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Weird answer

    • April 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Yeah, it is quite something to say that creating conflict and lying is a gift. Mrs. Obama would never ever say anything like that.

      • April 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

        Specially since no one was critical of her being a mother.

      • 134 criquet
        April 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

        It is significant because she went crying all over the place (FOX News etc) about how hurt she was and how people should respect “her choice” when in fact she was not hurt at all but saw it as a campaign gift. This is not playing well because everyone is now saying she is as lying and as fake as her husband.
        There is a piece at the Orange site on this. I posted a tweet and reference to it from BWD below.

    • April 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

      To Miss Anne – Huh? I have never heard so much twisted logic.

    • 138 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      What is the matter with this woman? She’s getting all tingly because a tv person, not connected with the Obama campaign, said something she could jump on? Her life must be very dull if this remark was a defining moment. Defining what? That she’s an out-of -touch rich women who lacks graciousness and class. I’m still waiting for her thanks to Michelle Obama.

    • 140 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      April 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm


      @AnnDRomney is as cynical as her husband and, in less than a week, she is fully exposed and did it to herself in the truest of @MittRomney fashion …





      • 141 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        April 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        Moreover, a word to folk who certainly are empathetic, appropriately so, to “non-public family members,” but, as noted by those of us paying attention to @AnnDRomney, including strutting her stuff among a bunch of racist, assault weapon nutjobs on Friday, she is a PUBLIC FIGURE with super-bolded font.

        Don’t be ‘played’ by this multi-millionaire 2012 version of Palin …

        #ItsTheLiesAmerica …. and they are deadly dangerous ….


    • 143 nospin
      April 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      aren’t her kids grown?

      C’mon now. Let.it.go.

  33. April 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

  34. April 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

  35. 147 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2012 at 10:00 am


  36. 150 desertflower
    April 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I found this riveting .http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/04/23/120423fa_fact_lepore?currentPage=all

    BATTLEGROUND AMERICA One nation, under the gun.

    how the NRA has bastardized the intent of the 2nd Amendment

  37. 151 lamh35
    April 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

    A Peek at the Real Romney
    by BooMan

    “advantage online”

    Wow! If there was any doubt that R-Money’s campaign is delusional, it’s that right there.

    The Romney campaign seriously believes it has a bigger online advantage than the OFA??? Really?

    The OFA which revolutionized the way campaigns use social media, viral video and quick action networking???


  38. April 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Disgusting HuffPuff has a photo of PBO with the horribly misleading headline “Obama addresses prostitution charges”. Beyond contempt.

    • 153 collegekay
      April 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

      That is disgusting.

    • 154 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      April 16, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Of course they did. They never miss an opportunity to put PBO in the worst possible light, no matter how much of a stretch it is in reality.

    • 155 anniebella
      April 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      dotster3, What else would we expect from Huff Puff. You can’t expect class, from a owner who don’t know what it means. Do Arianne Huff still own Huff Puff? That kind of headline gets the attention, the so call legit media have learn from the tabloids.

    • 157 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      HuffnPuff ought to know a lot about prostitution. It’s what they do on a daily basis with the Republican party.

  39. April 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Measuring the drapes already.

    Mitt needs Ann to help him do anything and everything.

    • 159 desertflower
      April 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Maybe Ann should be his VP…make as much sense as anyone else he might want to choose.

      • 160 Debz
        April 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

        Mitt needs to stop hiding behind his wife. He looks weak. I remember the uproar over Bill Clinton talking about a “joint Presidency” with Hillary, the difference was Bill and Hillary are both accomplished in their own right. Bill didn’t need to hide behind his wife. Ann knows nothing about the government or political process, what does she bring to the table other than propping up Willard?

      • 163 sherijr
        April 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

        I was just about to write that df and saw your comment! How much you wanna bet they’re seriously looking for a way to make that a possibility.. Ann for VP. Ha! I believe they are both just that arrogant.

    • 164 57andfemale
      April 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Wow, they think the stay at home mom issue is going to change everything, don’t they?

      • 165 anniebella
        April 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        They don’t get it, women didn’t get all upset months ago over weither stay at home Moms work, it was the anti-women policies of the Republicans. Policies which Mitt Romney supports.

        • 166 anniebella
          April 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm

          All of a sudden now we suppose to forget about them wanting to take away birth control, forget about all the invasion of our body with these new abortion restrictions. Didn’t the Republicans block the Violence against women vote in the Senate? This is an attack on women and Ann Romney don’t get it. She is like her husband, they are out of touch with the every day average Americans. Ann and Mitt is from the 1% crowd.

    • 167 Brit
      April 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

      This reveals that Ann likely shaped Mitt’s policies. Someone said a few months ago that she wants Mitt to win more than him, and I am starting to believe it.

    • 169 99ts
      April 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

      If she is an adviser then forget the “leave the wife alone” nonsense – Be interesting to hear of her qualifications for this adviser role. Maybe she chats about unemployment over lunch with her friends.

    • 170 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Last week I didn’t know beans about Ann Romney and wouldn’t have recognized her if I fell over her. This week she has become a dead bore with nothing to recommend her intelligence of her character. She’s going to become like her husband, the more you know, the more you dislike her.

    • 171 Cha
      April 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      I guess they’re Measuring the Drapes! “An Inaugural Retreat”?

    • 172 nospin
      April 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      she and Mitt first started talking about VP’s???


  40. 173 desertflower
    April 16, 2012 at 10:28 am



    ky on Apr 16, 2012 at 10:05 am
    Gay rights activists are planning to challenge the White House’s decision to delay an executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracting and plan to launch a “We Can’t Wait” campaign to urge President Obama to reverse course and issue the directive ahead of the November elections. The effort, which co-opts one of the Obama campaign’s own slogans, will be funded by “Jonathan Lewis, son of billionaire Democratic benefactor Peter Lewis”:

    • 174 Linda
      April 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Huge mistake……this President will not be pushed around

      • 175 desertflower
        April 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

        Just another in the long line of short term thinkers trying to gum up the works for this President. A President that has gotten more done for the LGBT community than I EVER saw! But they didn’t get the glitter shitting pony, so this is what they do? Looks mighty ungrateful to me! How do they think they would fare with a President Romney? Actual assholes.

      • 176 Pamela
        April 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Dear gay rights activists: do you fail to see how good you’ve got it with this President? Don’t be so stupid… It will take more than one term, it will take more than one president…. Sit down and shut up. We will get you there, but you also need to be realistic. Please.

    • 177 Jessica
      April 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Liberals are very short sighted and cut off their legs from under them for weak gains. Executive orders are worthless. The Repubs at least understand the holy grail is the White House and passing things through Congress (which is why they fought so hard to defund Planned Parenthood).

      Why are they protesting the President over a Executive Order when he can get passed through Congress if they vote is beyond me.

    • 178 nospin
      April 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      they learned nothing from the DADT issue. nothing.

  41. 179 desertflower
    April 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    thinkprogress At private fundraiser, Romney reveals he will finance tax breaks for the wealthy w/massive cuts to education + housing thkpr.gs/HXVUzC
    about 1 hour ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    • 180 57andfemale
      April 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

      But the wealthy won’t have a mortgage interest deduction on their SECOND home. What a sacrifice.

    • 184 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      This alone should disqualify him. All of Americans children can get poorer education and low income people can do with government assisted house or FHA, but the rich will get their tax breaks. Pardon me while I puke.

  42. 185 Pamela
    April 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

    And on that note: GOOD MORNING! Rain turning to showers for us today, so what… The grass and the trees love it, so do I! 😉 back later….
    Hugs to you Chips!

    • 186 57andfemale
      April 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

      We finally got some rain in Chicago. My little new adopted 7 year old yorkie does not like thunder! I highly recommend ‘thunder shirt’. Took away about 90% of her anxiety even though I was still up all night making sure she was okay.

    • April 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Rain turned to snow in Wisconsin…..

  43. 188 desertflower
    April 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The reason why you would never find me at a Chil Fil A….http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/04/16/game-of-chikn/

    Why doesn’t the glitter shitter, Jonathan Lewis, go after THESE guys????????????

  44. April 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

  45. April 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

  46. 197 criquet
    April 16, 2012 at 11:13 am

    BWD posted this -it is a must read and should be sent to everyone on Twitter.
    These two (Mitt and Ann Romney ) are really not what is needed in the White House:

  47. 200 sherijr
    April 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Ohhhh the clip of Ellen & FLOTUS is adorable.. aren’t they just the cutest duo? And will be sure & thank JC Penney for their gifts to our military families..

    Also love the news clips with POTUS.. folks around the world know how to respect a great leader.

    • 201 anniebella
      April 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

      I watched Ellen this morning and I really enjoyed it.

      • 202 anniebella
        April 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

        What a joy to see FLOTUS on the Ellen Show.

      • 203 sherijr
        April 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

        Well Ellen is so loveable anyway & FLOTUS is the epitomy (imo) of what every woman can aspire to be.. smart, loving, nurturing- an unmatched internal (&external) beauty. So lucky to have watched them anniebella 🙂

        • 204 anniebella
          April 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

          No one can compare to FLOTUS. Despite how much the media suck up Ann Romney, and try to convince us that she is the greatest, she can’t compare to FLOTUS, she is not even in the same leauge as Mrs. Michelle Obama.

  48. 207 overseasgranny
    April 16, 2012 at 11:28 am

    There was a paper referenced in the orange place and this is fascinating. Abstract – Seven studies using experimental and naturalistic methods reveal that upper-class individuals behave more unethically than lower-class individuals. In studies 1 and 2, upper-class individuals were more likely to break the law while driving, relative to lower-class individuals. In follow-up laboratory studies, upper-class individuals were more likely to exhibit unethical decision-making tendencies (study 3), take valued goods from others (study 4), lie in a negotiation (study 5), cheat to increase their chances of winning a prize (study 6), and endorse unethical behavior at work (study 7) than were lower-class individuals. Mediator and moderator data demonstrated that upper-class individuals’ unethical tendencies are accounted for, in part, by their more favorable attitudes toward greed.


  49. April 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Good morning Chips,

    I thought I would send you a link to a Trinidadian newspaper because they have a group picture from the summit on the cover but the headline of another story took the main headline and it’s not good news. Take a look:


    • 209 hopefruit2
      April 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Geez…The newspaper editing design is terrible! The headline has absolutely nothing to do with the front picture. The headline is is about charges involving the death of a local toddler, but is completely unrelated to the summit.

  50. 210 overseasgranny
    April 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Chips, or anyone in touch with Norbrook. The last two e-mails announcing his diaries have had problems for me. When I click to get to the diary or the comments, the link won’t work and I get an error notice that the server closed without sending any data. Anyone else having the same problem?

    • 211 aquagranny911
      April 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      It’s probably Word Press which has been acting like a cranky baby for weeks. Try going directly to his blog rather than through email notice. I have him book marked & check frequently to see if he has a new post up so I have had no problems. He has two great humor diaries up since Saturday. He has told us that he won’t be able to blog or comment when his job gets busy this summer so I want to get as much of his goodness as possible before he takes his hiatus. Good luck!

      • 212 overseasgranny
        April 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        Hi Aquagranny, I am also sure it is WordPress as I am getting his messages OK. I tried going through the link here and that doesn’t work. Can you please e-mail him on his contact link or put on a comment and tell him I can’t get through and see if he can fix something. I hate to have to drop him as I enjoy his writing so much. Thanks!

        • 213 aquagranny911
          April 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

          Already done Kiddo. I dropped him a comment as soon as I read your post here. If you are having problems others probably are too. Did you try just going directly to your browser & typing in his blog address? Remember that WP rules TOD blog just like they do his & maybe they have blocked the access here for some reason. I’ll come right back with the link I use to his blog. Hang on a sec, okay?

          • 214 aquagranny911
            April 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

            Try this. I hope it works…Norbrooks Blog….


            • 215 overseasgranny
              April 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

              You are so good to try, but, no, still doesn’t work. He can send to me but I am somehow blocked from getting to him any which way. I will wait for Norbrook to solve it. Thank you!

              • 216 aquagranny911
                April 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

                Norbrook thinks it is some problem on your end because no one else seems to have this problem. I tested both my link above and the one here at TOD & got there both times. You could try logging out & rebooting then see if your links will work. Sorry, I can’t be more help but I am glad to be the relay here.

                • 217 overseasgranny
                  April 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

                  Thanks, Aquagranny. The only thing that I have changed is using Adobe Flash instead of Google Chrome Flash, and that change has made using TOD OK now. I can’t imagine anything being that much different between TOD and another WordPress account. Can you ask him to e-mail me at reojan at gmail.com please. It is driving me crazy. I haven’t been able to access the last two.

  51. April 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

  52. April 16, 2012 at 11:47 am

    An article of some interest concerning rising healthcare costs. The rate on increase ahs been slowing down greatly. Just another side effect of ACA, I am suere, and one that won’t be noticed by the public.

  53. 222 Jessica
    April 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I see Hillary Clinton’s pics are circulating. I’m glad everybody had so much fun in Colombia clubbing and partying (except for Barack).

    • 223 proudofobama
      April 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Why was she out partying? Becoming of a SOS? I think all this attention being paid to Hillary is just part of her folks’ campaign to push her for 2016. Makes my blood boil because we have an election to win in 2012 and they are showing disrespect for the President. This is not helpful. And I think Hillary should have the decency to ask her supporters to just stop already and at least wait until after we win in November. Sorry for the rant, but I do not like it at all.

      • April 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        She probably was out partying because her boss gave her the night off. Big deal someone took a picture of her getting her groove on. Has nothing to do with 2012.

    • 225 nospin
      April 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Good. She works hard and deserved a break.

  54. April 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Rec) was on The View and showed a clip of President Obama giving him a shout out at a fundraiser and teasing him about having more twitter followers. Aziz is cute and funny and is getting a lot of mileage out of that Obama appearance, telling hilarious stories about it on Jimmy Fallon also.

  55. April 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    – D.C.’s first streetcar line will be called the “One City” line. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? TBD: http://tbd.ly/J6XsUM

    – Virginia wins $422 loan for tunnel projects in the Norfolk and Portsmouth areas. DOT: http://1.usa.gov/HDLEtQ

  56. April 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  57. April 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Wow! Woodhouse and Labolt are killing it on Twitter!

  58. 231 ber6964
    April 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Mrs Mittens,
    My Birthday is November 6th, Guess What my Birthday President is Going to Be!!!

  59. April 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Philippe Villers was a little boy in 1940, when his family escaped from Paris only hours before the Nazi invasion and immigrated to the United States. From the harrowing flight of a wartime refugee, Villers went on to earn degrees from Harvard and MIT and to cofound Computervision, a former Fortune 500 company that made him rich.

    “This country has been good to me,’’ Villers, 76, said. “I’d like to do my part to give back.’’

    As part of his effort to give back, Villers has made an unusual request to the federal government: Raise my taxes, please.

    Villers is one of a handful of Massachusetts members of a national organization called Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, which supports a 30 percent effective tax rate on million-dollar annual earners under the “Buffett Rule.’’ The Senate will hold a procedural vote on the proposal Monday.

    The US tax code’s top income tax rate is 35 percent but imposes only a 15 percent levy on capital gains on investments, where many affluent Americans earn much of their money. Billionaire Warren Buffett, for whom the rule is named, has complained publicly that he pays an effective tax rate of just 17.4 percent, while his secretary pays 35.8 percent.


    Can you tweet this to Stephanie Cutter?

  60. April 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  61. April 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    TIME’S UP: The EPA is proposing a federal plan to cut air pollution that reduces visibility in national parks (“haze”) in Montana, after the state declined to submit its own regional haze plan in 2006. At the same time the agency is approving a change to the state’s visibility plan, saying the two plans combined will meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. The approval: http://bit.ly/JnXXtL.

  62. 237 PhillyinJA
    April 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Hi all Goodmorning from the Sunny Island from Jamaica. Chips, thank you for posting the picture of my Prime Minister with President Obama. I’m dying for PBO to come to Jamaica I would be first in line at the Airport and at any event he would be speaking.

  63. April 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  64. April 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Well, can you?

  65. April 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I am watching red sox and just saw Robney sitting about third row, halfway down the third base line.
    What an idiot!

  66. 242 anniebella
    April 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Why isn’t Mitt Releasing his taxes? What is he hiding? Something ain’t right here. Mitt Romney is hiding something.

  67. 244 sherijr
    April 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Have you all read this article? By Reuters.. it is imo a total trashing of POTUS’ efforts at the Summit of the Americas. Is this just BS or is it true? I want to send it to the ofa fact check link, but can’t remember what its called.
    Heres the article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/16/us-americas-summit-obama-idUSBRE83F0UD20120416

    Its basically saying that the majority of LA leaders trashed POTUS over Cuba.

    • 245 sherijr
      April 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      I found it- Attack Watch, have emailed them a link to this crappy story.

    • April 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Well, it is true that virtually all of the leaders at the summit disagree with the US and Canada about the relationship with Cuba. I don’t know if they trashed PBO, but they were vocal with their disagreement. I will add that I disagree with the US polict toward Cuba, as well, and am hoping that in his second term, PBO will work to get it changed.

      • 247 sherijr
        April 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        thanks for your reply japa. The entire tone of the article suggests imo that the trip/summit was basically a failure.. when in fact I don’t believe the entire summit was about Cuba.

  68. 248 Grab a Mop Grace
    April 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Hi TOD’rs,
    Dotster wrote something upthread that had me thinking.
    She spoke about a Tampa newspaper spewing about POTUSs difficulty with white, middle class voters. That article even mentioned Tweety and his pre-occupation with “western Pennsylvania” voters.
    You should all know that the Pittsburgh is one the most NON DIVERSE areas of the country.
    It is more “white” than Lancaster County (think Amish country) or even Salt Lake City (think Mormon country).
    Pittsburgh is a great town (born and raised), with that unfortunate distinction.
    Just thought you should know.


    Obama/Biden 2012

  69. 249 Grab a Mop Grace
    April 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    that’s the Pittsburgh “area”

  70. 250 AnitaW
    April 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Ellen and FLOTUS are wonderful together. They are so funny. If I didn’t have to work and had time to watch day time television I would catch Ellen every day. Love her very much.

  71. 251 Linda
    April 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    WASHINGTON — Jim Yong Kim, an American who is president of Dartmouth College, has been chosen to be the next president of the World Bank. His selection Monday extends the U.S. hold on the top job at the 187-nation development agency.

    Kim, a surprise nominee of President Barack Obama, was selected in a vote by the World Bank’s 25-member executive board. He’ll succeed Robert Zoellick, who’s stepping down after a five year term.

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