rise and shine

President Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18 (Pete Souza)

“I just sat in there for a moment and pondered the courage and tenacity that is part of our very recent history but is also part of that long line of folks who sometimes are nameless, oftentimes didn’t make the history books, but who constantly insisted on their dignity, their share of the American dream.”


Detroit Free Press: The good economic news has been stacking up for Michigan.

On Wednesday, the state reported that the unemployment rate fell to 8.5% for March, a level not seen since August 2008 and down 2 percentage points from a year ago. The jobless rate in metro Detroit fell to 9.4%, down 2.3 percentage points from a year ago.

…. And a PNC Bank survey of small companies in Michigan found that 35% plan to hire full-time or part-time employees sometime in the next six months …. worker rolls have increased across various industries, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting 22,000 more workers in southeast Michigan this year than last year.

…. That increase in workers is partly responsible for a first-quarter, 47% increase in housing starts in southeast Michigan when compared with the same three months last year….

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2:20: PBO welcomes the BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide to the White House to honor their 14th championship

4:20: PBO attends a campaign event in DC (closed press)



National Journal: A big lead among women voters is fueling a slight advantage for President Obama in the early phase of his contest with likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a poll published Thursday morning by Quinnipiac University.

In line with other national polls published this week, the new Quinnipiac poll showed Obama with a narrow lead over Romney, in this case, 46 percent to 42 percent. Among women, Obama’s enjoys a yawning lead of 49 to 39 percent….

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ThinkProgress: As part of his attempt to appear more relateable, presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney sat with a handful of regular, working Americans in Pennsylvania today to discuss their plight in the struggling economy. But the Romney campaign may not have vetted the attendees to make sure they were sufficiently anti-tax before giving them access to the candidate and his picnic table full of lemonade and pretzels.

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Charles Pierce: Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The MCLIV


Business Insider: Despite the ground Mitt Romney has gained in recent polls, he will be in the record books for a statistic he would probably rather forget.

Romney is the least likable presidential candidate in 30 years, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. Since Walter Mondale. And he is the first candidate ever that more people view unfavorably than favorably.

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Morning everyone 😉

261 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Suzette
    April 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Good morning TOD and Chips.

  2. 11 gregsgyrl63
    April 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Good morning from Japan.. it’s 900pm Thursday night here.

  3. 13 Suzette
    April 19, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Looking at that picture of the President just reminds me of all the injustice African American has had to put up with over the years. I doubt this road will ever end and it is going to take hearts, minds and souls to continue to persevere.

  4. 15 JER
    April 19, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Good Morning everybody!

  5. 17 LOL
    April 19, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Just to give you guys a heads up…in the coming months the press will be pushing out a bunch of stories about the Prez and working class whites. I know, we’ve been down this road in 08- but this is the American press afterall-People who follow tweets for a living. The honest ones will mention that Romney ain’t no real catch to these folks either- but again, the press is many things and honest ain’t one of em. But I got a kick out of the story in the NYT on working class whites in Ohio and their feelings towards the Prez and Romney. Buried, towards the end of the story, the reporter mentions that 4 out of the 24 people voluteered that they dislike the Prez because of his race. And, as well know, we can easily change our race from day to day /snark. And remember these are people who VOLUNTARILY said his race bothered them, what about those who feel the same but were silent? So because the african american vote, hispanic, young, and educated whites is locked up—-the “REAL” battle will come down to working class whites in western Pennsylvania and south Ohio, the same group that has voted overwhelmingly republican in the past 50 years will now be considered “independent.”

    • 18 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Exactly, Lol. PBO has asked us to work as hard as we did in 2008 because, well, his race hasn’t changed in four years and he didn’t hide it in 2008, and guess what happened in Ohio and PA.

  6. April 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Good morning all. Funny that Mitt would send his campaign bus to circle and follow PBO at his events. Reminds me of Newt saying he would following PBO every where he went until PBO agreed to Lincoln style debates.

    Mitt campaign is a farce. I believe just like the MSM knew the McCain campaign was in shambles, they know about Mitt’s and are going to pretend otherwise.

    I can’t wait for PBO to start campaigning in earnest.

    • 20 LOL
      April 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Once again, the Prez leads and Romney follows. He just knows thats the only way people will give two shits about what he is doing. Hoping some of the shine from the Prez lingers the day after. How pathetic. I am hoping we get some audience numbers, I’m sure once the prez starts doing these huge rallies- Romney will stop following.

      • 21 L3
        April 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

        Right. He will stop because he is not going to want his sparsely attended events to be compared to PBO’s huge rallies.

    • 22 ChristiMTL
      April 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Good morning africa, good morning everyone……

      The pathological liar is creepy and weird…and his campaign reflects that, bunch of pathetic liars like him

      I couldn’t believe it when I read that this morning, his campaign bus circle and follow the President’s events…..yuck!

      If it wasn’t for the corrupt corporate owned media,
      his approval rating would be lower than Bush.

      On another topic, I was soooooo happy to see the picture of Tucker in the water.
      I was so worry about the little guy……..makes me feel good!

    • 23 TrumpDog
      April 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Funny that Mitt would send his campaign bus to circle and follow PBO at his events.

      Creepy. Almost stalkerish.
      Doesn’t EtchASketch have other things to do? Why is he trying to ride the president’s coattails?

    • 24 Debz
      April 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Good morning. Romney’s campaign has to be full of the most childish people ever. I can’t remember any Presidential candidate behave so “un-presidential in my life. The bus following POTUS around, the I’m rubber, your glue nonsense, they stupidity of someone in Willard’s campaign picking out a story from PBO’s book about being given dog meat when he was 6 or 10, and trying to compare that to Willard putting his dog on the car and yesterday’s pics of Romney standing in front of a podium with a sign saying “Obama fails” or something stupid. It is all unbelievable!

    • 26 0388jojothecat
      April 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

      The only thing Robme will prove by following the president is people will clearly see the contrast between a “real leader” and “a follower”. Huge crowds follow PBO while people are probably paid to go see Robme. I noticed in the video of the people talking about raising taxes to help schools, Robme just shook his head in agreement but offered “NO” promises about what HE WOULD DO. The GOP have NO plans other than cut taxes shrink government.

      • 27 Debz
        April 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

        I’m looking forward to when PBO really starts campaigning and has some big rallies. Willard’s little bus will look ridiculous.

    • 28 virginia
      April 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Seems to me like I remember McCain saying he would follow the President around until he got a debate every week or something like that. He ended up getting about 4 debates, and they were a disaster for him. I have no idea why Republicans think trailing this President is going to somehow improve their chances of winning. All it does is point out the stark differences between them and Pres. Obama. That picnic picture, for example, does Romney NO good at all. He is clearly extremely uncomfortable with those people.

  7. 29 collegekay
    April 19, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Wow that is a powerful picture.

    I remember back in 2005 when he spoke at Rosa Parks’ memorial service.

        April 19, 2012 at 8:30 am


      • 32 ChristiMTL
        April 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

        I was wondering what it was……….wow powerful picture!!

      • 33 jackiegrumbacher
        April 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

        This photo should become an iconic image–it’s so powerful. I hope PBO’s team uses it on the campaign.

      • 34 theo67
        April 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

        This photo took my breath away when I saw it. Thanks for posting it, Chipsticks. I wonder if a picture like this gives the racists any pause? They haven’t changed or emerged from their hate-filled haze in all this time. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is making progress, and this spectacular man is now President, sitting where-ever he wants on that bus.

  8. 35 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I think that much of this Quinnipiac poll is GARBAGE. I don’t buy that it’s just among women that Obama is leading – the pollsters and media are setting it up this way to associate Obama with being “liked” by women because he’s cute, and he’s not competent on anything else. We need to challenge them on this false narrative, aggressively, promptly and swiftly.

    Obama has been demonstrably and irrefutably superior to Mitt Romney in several key areas – including job creation, foreign policy, immigration policy, environmental concerns, and not “women’s issues” as the misogynistic & condescending MSM and pollsters put it. If people are opining that Romney is better on jobs, etc, they are either woefully uninformed or, most likely intellectually dishonest.

    Furthermore, all the things I just mentioned like jobs, foreign policy, environmental concerns, etc are just as important to women as they are to men. As PBO said, women are not an interest group – they are more than half of the country’s population. What affects the country affects them, and what affects them affects the country. So when the GOP is trying to frame the narrative as though Obama is only doing well by women because of “fluff” reasons and Romney is surpassing him in other areas, we need to push back hard and immediately.

    • 36 collegekay
      April 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

      That’s my assumption. He may be cute but we support him because he cares about our issues.

      • 37 hopefruit2
        April 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

        The pollsters oversample that demographic whenever they want to push a negative narrative about PBO. That is true of the CBS/NYTimes poll that Knoller is breathlessly tweeting about today.

    • April 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

      It’s old White males that are skewing the Polls!

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

      How come young people, AAs, Hispanics don’t count. He leads among a lot of groups. Every vote counts and it’s our job to get people to the polls.

    • 40 theo67
      April 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

      I heard that little Sam Stein last night saying that “people trust Romney on the economy”. What! Who trusts Romney on the economy? Only a fool would trust a liar on the economy, one who failed dismally at the economy in his state when he was the governor. It’s interesting that the media is pushing that story, as though we don’t have evidence of Romney’s governing record. Plus, his method of leading is to destroy, and leave only a privileged few standing.

      On another note – that newspaper front page up above from the Detroit Free Press is priceless. The picture and caption of the President, and the jobs numbers on the right both dwarf the little Romney lie that the President has failed at keeping his promises. It’s brilliant!

      • 41 hopefruit2
        April 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

        As for lil’ Sammeh of HuffnPuff, he’s a tool!

      • 42 anniebella
        April 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        People trust Romney on the economy, that’s a bold face lie. Even the Republicans who are voting for him don’t trust or like him, they just have one reason why they are backing Romney, they want to defeat President Obama.

      • 43 Cha
        April 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        Who could trust sam stein after him spouting stupid lies like the one with willard being FREAKING TRUSTED ON ANYTHING?!

  9. 45 collegekay
    April 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

    My Con Law Professor told me something I didn’t know-
    People often think Rosa Parks actually sat in the very front of the bus. She didn’t. She was sitting in the front of the back of the bus. This particular time, all the front seats were taken. So whenever a white person got on and all the front seats were gone, the black people were required to give up their seats in the front of the back of the bus.

    Rosa refused to give up her seat for the white person.

    Interesting stuff. I’d love to visit the Ford museum.

    • 46 Linda
      April 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

      What happened was she was in the first row behind the seat with the sign hanging on it that indicated blacks from that row back….the cop came on the bus and put the sign on the seat behind her so that she was now sitting in the whites only section.

    • 51 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Yes, I knew this. When I first learned it, it made the story even more vivid to me. Jim Crow was simply evil.

      • 52 nathkatun7
        April 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        You are right, PJ! Jim Crow was not simply about the separation of races.The Jim crow system, which encompassed more than segregation, was all about maintaining white supremacy. That is why blacks on the bus had to give up seats in previously segregated sections whenever the white only sections were full.The rationale, of course, was that a superior white person should not have to stand while an inferior black person was sitting down.

  10. 53 anniebella
    April 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I just wondering what is POTUS thinking about as he sit in that seat of Rosa Parks. It would be nice for him to take Michelle,Malia and Sasha there. I would love to go there myself.

  11. 54 utaustinliberal
    April 19, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. The picture of PBO sitting in the same bus Rosa Parks sat in is so poignant. We’ve come a long way, yet sadly, we still have a much longer way to go.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:32 am


    • 56 theo67
      April 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

      So true – that picture is more impactful than the President making another speech about race. He’s done that already. Racism in America is what it is and it’s going to take people consistently telling racists that it’s not acceptable. The current toxic environment is because people (mostly the media) denied that racism was even behind the tea party, Limbaugh, the GOP obstruction, etc. They should be ashamed.

  12. 57 collegekay
    April 19, 2012 at 8:32 am


    U.S. jobless claims total 386,000 in latest week

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits totaled 386,000 last week, keeping claims at a four-month high, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday


    • 58 collegekay
      April 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

      dip from last week’s upward revision though

      • 59 L3
        April 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

        The economy is supposed to be in decent shape as long as those numbers remain below 400,000.

      • April 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

        Not good. This is the ONLY number that matters, and it’s not good. I hate this shit.

        • April 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

          Well, then it cones down to vision for the country!

        • 62 hopefruit2
          April 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

          I disagree that this is the only number that matters. If that were true, then Romney would already be way ahead of PBO because the economy is still far from recovery, and most likely won’t be by November. The Republicans are already seen as having obstructed the recovery so they bear a lion’s share of the blame for the weak jobs numbers any past or future rises in jobless claims. This is one of the few times when the incumbent actually gets less blame for a bad economy than the opposition. And it’s also one of the few times when a past President continues to get more blame than the current President who’s been in office for close to four years.

          The GOP made a serious miscalculation when they boldly decided to obstruct the President’s efforts at every opportunity. Now it’s coming back to haunt them and they are reaping what they sow. The jobs numbers will fluctuate between now and November, but ultimately, people see the president as working towards improving the economy, not sitting on his arse playing stupid games. That’s how they see the GOP, and by extension, Mitt Romney who has a serious credibility issue and relies on the media’s assistance in keeping him afloat.

          • April 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

            I have to disagree. The trend matters a lot. If we were still going in the right direction on unemp. then it’s one thing, but if we’re back to gain very few jobs or, god forbid, losing jobs again – then this is all that matters coming election day. Most people are low informed and many are just idiots, as you can see by the fact the someone as awful like Romney get be that close to Barack Obama in the polls.
            And it’s always the economy. We need the Unemp. rate to go below 8% on election day. I’m not saying that we’ll lose if not, but we’ll be in a very tough shape and we should look to reality in the eyes and be ready. We’ll need a massive GOTV operation and we need to stop being so damn nice. That’s my opinion.

            • 64 hopefruit2
              April 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

              //we need to stop being so damn nice//

              LOL! BWD I think you and Axelrod would make a great political couple!

              I agree that unemployment is going to be an issue at election. However, unlike previous elections, in this particular case, I don’t see PBO as bearing the lion’s share of the blame if unemployment is not below 8% for the very reasons I stated above. I doubt independents are going to vote for Romney when they find out that during the “wonder years” while he was busy firing people, he was evading his taxes and hiding millions in offshore accounts? Those things matter and they are highly relevant to people’s views on how candidates manage the economy – which is why John McCain did not select Romney as his VP in 2008.

              The polls will gyrate many times between now and October. Many voters are still not really paying attention to the elections – YET. But that will change by October when definite predictive trends will take form. And while the media can still protect Romney and lie for him, there will come a point at which he has to state his views alongside PBO (e.g., during the debates), and people will see directly what kind of person he is. Although the published polls may say one thing, the GOP and MSM’s behavior suggest that the internals are not good for Romney.

              • 65 miss pat
                April 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

                Hopefruit, completely agree.Trends go up and trends go down. Just keep pressing on and pray. I was in Jamaica a few years ago when a hurricane came in on the Blue Mountain side oof the island and sat there and sat there and just wouldn’t move. Eventually it just left. I tink prayer kept that hurricane behind that mountain. We all should stop spectulating and sgtop follow polls and trends and just press on. And pray.
                The other side is praying too but I think our side trumps theirs because we are the better people. Just look at all of us here. We are God-blessed.

              • 66 theo67
                April 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

                Totally agree, Hopefruit. The Republicans are passing bills that will cause thousands to be laid off and force the unemployment rates up. They’re relying on their premise that Americans are just too stupid to delve into the details, and they’ll just ignore the fact that the GOP is making their lives miserable, and deliberately harming the economy.They’re also counting on people focusing on what they tell them to focus on – like the unemployment rate – and not count the actual things they’ve been engaged in during these three years of recovery, like the nasty bills they’ve passed against women, unions, underprivileged kids. If Americans prove the GOP theories, then they’ll get the bad government that the GOP is promising them.

                The campaign hasn’t even started in earnest. We still have to get through the summer,when unemployment will probably not be looking up – because summers are always hard for unemployment as new graduates enter the workforce. The GOP machine is going to make this as toxic and ugly and demoralizing as we’ve ever seen, because the GOP know that if they lose this election – they’re out for a couple of generations, and never in the form they’ve been cultivating for 40 years. If we measure success by the GOP standards, then we’re in for a very long, very depressing ride through this election.

                A friend of mine said that she’s not paying attention to the nonsense, because she already knows what she needs to know. She’s focusing on telling people what the President has done, what his vision is, educating people about his record, what reality is. The country went through a near-depression inducing economic collapse, and the GOP have not only not lifted a finger to help the recovery – they’ve been actively working against it. It will take time to recover from that situation, and the recovery that’s taken place is astounding! I’m not looking for some arbitrary number to decide whether this President has done a good job. And I’m not ceding the floor to the Republicans if the number is still above 8%, because I know what they’re offering. Absolutely nothing positive. Not for the rich, in the long term, and nothing good for everyone else in the short and long term.

                We have to figure out how to rally ourselves and withstand these onslaughts from the GOP, and we also have to measure success by OUR standards. The GOP don’t know what they’re talking about. If we use their measuring stick, we’re measuring down and out.They value corporations over people. They value prosperity by measuring their own bank accounts,and those of their cohorts. They defend the worst things in society, and applaud letting people die and torture. They take the low road, and love to drag people through the gutter along with them.

                We have a President who rises above that. Who said he wants to remain true to his principles and be the same man when he leaves the White House as when he went in.Who sets an example of goodness for his kids and his countrymen/women that they can be proud of. Who doesn’t play dirty. Who cares for his neighbor. Who’s busted his butt for three years (and more) to make this country better, to focus on progress, to inspire people – even without respect or help or acknowledgement or gratitude from the people he’s been trying to help.

                Sure – this election can be about the economy. It can be about disappointment and a false reality and GOP lies and shallow thinking. Or it can be about the economy that President Obama inherited, that he turned around, that is growing, and that he is optimistically trying to inspire people about with an actual vision for the future. It can also be about this President’s strengths and the fact that he can do more than one thing at a time, unlike the GOP: health care, foreign policy, national security, education, EPA advancements, veterans affairs, science, consumer protections, disaster management, increased trade with old and new partners, the Arab Spring and democracy, nuclear non-proliferation, economic and national stability, fairness, honour – and these are just off the top of my head! We have to stop letting the GOP set the narrative, dictate how we respond to things, and diminish this President’s awesome record and accomplishments. They are the ones who should be ashamed of their record. They are the ones who wished this President would fail and then set about trying to make that happen. They are the ones who have blatantly said, and shown us, where their priorities lie. They’re the ones who offer nothing to America. They’re the ones who have rallied around the worst of society. Why do we let them define us, and define what this election and this presidency is about? It’s not right. We owe this President our best, like he’s given to all of us.

                • 67 sjterrid
                  April 20, 2012 at 1:31 am

                  I love this comment, Theo 67. This is why we support this President so much, we know how much he cares about all the people in this country, and how hard he has worked on getting this country out of the mess he inherited and pass some amazing Legislation to move our country forward. We have to do all that we can to GOTV and inform people the truth about what he’s accomplished.

              • 68 EricFive
                April 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

                I agree with you HF. If we let the MSM demoralize us with rigged polls (like the Gallup poll that used the premise that 2012 will mimick voter turnout in 2010, which is foolish to say the least) we will be of no use to PBO or anybody else for that matter. Making ourselves miserable and spreading negativity don’t seem to be wise uses of our time. When the original polls favored PBO by large margins, the MSM and pollsters went to work changing filters to CREATE polling that was more favorable to Mitt. We have no idea what this race will be decided on. We still don’t know how the Supreme Court will decide the Healthcare law and what impact that decision will have on the race. We have absolutely no control over the jobs numbers and spreading doom and gloom about things over which we have no control seems foolish to me. Should we give up if the jobs numbers don’t reach one’s predetermined magic number? The recovery is still very weak, yet PBO has a clear lead over Mitt in most reputable polls that I have seen. THe race is in its infancy. Most Americans have not seen Mitt give a speech and are not paying too much attention to what he is saying or has said. As I have said many times before Likability is a very important factor in U.S. Presidential elections and if the GOP primaries are any indication, the more voters get to know Mitt the less they like him (that is proven by the “anybody but Mitt syndrome we witnessed as Mitt had to endure challenge after challenge from lightweights like Herman Cain, Bachman, Newt and Santorum). I, for one, have confidence in PBO and his team. I am sure they have a timetable for waging effective attacks on Mitt. In politics, as in life, timing is everything. Has anyone seen anything from Mitts campaign that would indicate competence? Ms. Ann mucked up her moment in the sun and revealed herself to be as hollow as her husband. Mitt fully embracing Paul Ryan’s budget was a blessing to team Obama that will bear fruit, especially during the debates. I would not be surprised to see Mitt become more unglued as the campaign heats up (his constant need to lie to please whatever audience he is speaking in front of is a SERIOUS character defect that is probably hiding some deep seated issues that will be pushed to the forefront as the pressure builds). Trust me, I am no Pollyanna. I am a realist who realizes that it is too early for the kind of negativity I have been witnessing the past few weeks, especially in light of the fact that PBO has advantages (voter enthusiasm, the female vote and likability) that Mitt would LOVE to have.

                • 69 theo67
                  April 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

                  EricFive – you’ve got to speak up more often. Words of wisdom, insight and calm.

                  Personally, I’m interested to see these “deep seated isseus that will be pushed to the forefront as pressure builds”. I think you’re right. He cannot handle pressure, and his aversion to risk is going to drive him over the edge once things get going and he gets more and more pressure from his right wing puppet-masters. President Obama has already been through this wringer once, and he’s borne the onslaught of GOP attacks (crazed attacks) for these past three years while doing the most pressurized job on the planet. Mitt doesn’t know what’s coming. He can have his fun driving his bus in circles right now, planning shallow photo ops and spreading lie after lie, but soon, the rubber’s going to hit the road.

                  I’m also not a pollyanna, and I fully expect the ugliness of the soul-less GOP to come out during this summer campaign. But, I’m steeling myself for a tough fight, and to bear through the dark times ahead. I’m going to save that picture of President Obama in Rosa Parks bus. The President has said before that real strength was shown from those who fought before – who had no secret service protection or even laws to protect them, but they fought anyway. Imagine how tough Rosa Parks had to be to stay seated even when the bus driver was haranguing her before calling the cops. We will hear horrible words. Some may even meet some of these crazed lunatics on the streets. But, nothing we’re going to face really can compare to those who fought before – yet the consequences are no less dire; no less consequential.

            • 70 virginia
              April 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

              There’s no need to be so negative. Those numbers are lagging indicators. They are just beginning to represent the people who were laid off after the holidays. That is most likely the reason the unemployment rate stayed the same last month, and could very well be UP the first week in May. Knowing that, a surge in summer hiring will push the numbers up for the months just prior to the election, September and October, quite possibly below 8% if the current trend continues. The upturn in unemployment after summer, if there is one will most likely take place AFTER the election.

              Also, you cannot ignore the other economic indicators other than jobless claims and the unemployment rate. Things like the trajectory of the stock market, corporations profits–which are soaring (they’ll have to start expanding sometime), 24 MONTHS of job GROWTH (as opposed to the job losses of the last few months of the Bush administration.)

              Also look at the good numbers in states like Michiga–where the President took these pictures. There is a lot of GOOD things going on. DO NOT get caught up in the Media’s negative SPIN.

        • April 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

          No it isn’t. Hiring per month and the unemployment rate matter as well. The fact that claims held steady for a week is not really a bad thing.

          • 72 Debz
            April 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

            I disagree. The only unemployment rate that anyone cares about is their own, do they have a job, does their family have jobs. In all my life I never cared what the unemployment rate was and I don’t know any one else who cares. If you stopped 10 people on the street and asked them what the unemployment rate is they couldn’t answer. The statement, “it’s the economy, stupid” was nothing more that a Clinton campaign bumper sticker slogan thought up by Carville. The media pushed that to help Clinton get elected, now they act as if it is fact. The truth is every one votes based on their own experiences and ideas. Yes we are all concerned about the economy, but we also have never seen such an extremist political party in our lifetimes, not since before the civil war. The gop is anti-women, anti-worker, anti-immigrant, anti-African American, anti-gay. These are issues that affect our basic civil rights and will be much more important in the election than some magic number.

          • 73 nospin
            April 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm

            It is not a bad thing.

  13. 74 L3
    April 19, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I find it deliciously ironic that Williard’s son revealed the Seamus story as a way to show what a take charge, problem solver, man of action his dad is; but, instead it has revealed a cruel cluelessness about how one treats the family pet. It also further confirms how tone-deaf and weird these people are that they not only thought it was fine to do it in the first place but continue to lie on poor Seamus (R.I.P.) saying he liked it when all evidence points to the contrary. If this family was anywhere close to normal they all would have been sworn to secrecy and that story would never have seen the light of day. They all lack any self-awareness and have no idea how they are coming across to the American people they expect to vote for Williard. It’s stunning.

    You have a son welcoming and announcing to the world that his dad has been endorsed by a psychopath, another son, or perhaps it was the same one, who thinks it’s okay to compare the release of his fathers taxes with the release of PBO’s birth certificate, a mother who is as cruel as her husband in regards to Seamus (usually women are thought to be more caring and compassionate). This woman allowed her children to witness this animal abuse, which may be why her son didn’t think about what a terrible insight he was revealing about his father’s character. Ann, in that debacle of an interview, also thought it was perfectly fine to suggest it’s “our turn” to live in the White House. No need for that little thing called an election and no regard for whether the voters agree that it’s their turn. She seems to have disappeared from the campaign trail after that ridiculousness. Even though it was a weak performance by Sawyer, it revealed their hubris, cruelty and breathtaking sense of entitlement and we should be grateful for that. And then you have Williard once again saying something stupid in Pittsburgh, insulting the cookies that were provided for his talk with the voters there. How do you as a guest insult the city’s premiere bakery by saying with a look of disgust on your face, “I don’t know about these cookies. They don’t look like you baked them. They look like they’re from 7/11 bakery or somewhere.” Hey idiot, 7/11 is not a bakery.

    These people need to return to 1% land because they have no idea who the 99% are, how they live or what they need in a president.


    • 75 ChristiMTL
      April 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Yes problem solver, being cruel to an animal….geezzz

      Psychothic behavior.

      They are so creepy,….all of them,..

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Oh, I didn’t know he said such a dumb thing about a Pittsburgh bakery. He really doesn’t know how to talk to real people. Small talk is a skill he never learned and he sounds like a clueless idiot.

    • 77 miss pat
      April 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I learn something new here everyday. L3, thanks for sharing. Didn’t know about the cookie incident. He should have just taken one and d pretend to eat it, stick it in his pocket or something. He has no class. Yet people will vote for him. Some people are hungry right in that town this morning and would love to get some of those cookies. No empathy, no sympathy. So cold and cruel. Folks, please, tell people about these folks. By the way most of us have to shop at 7/11. We have no choice, there are no big fancy organiic supermarkets around us and we couldn’t afford their prices anyway. What a moron.

    • 78 Cha
      April 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      I was wondering how that awful story ever got out, L3. It’s totally ironic how it was from one of the son’s. Poor dog sounds like he had Stockholm Syndrome. Why didn’t the zombeys put their luggage on the top of the car like other travelers?

  14. April 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

    BREAKING NEWSJobless claims fall to 386,000 in the latest week

  15. 84 LDS
    April 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Good morning Chips and family. What a powerful picture! I woke up with this Scripture. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty”. (Zechariah 4:6)

    Which leads me to believe that this is how this election will be won. Here you see a man of great faith connecting with the spirit of a gentle woman while pondering and giving respect to unsung heroes and sheroes. Such a humble man, that is the type of man that God can and will use such a time as this.

    No force is greater than the power of God’s love. It is evident here, Chips and I gratefully, humbly thank you.

  16. 89 Grab a Mop Grace
    April 19, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Mitt Romney is an ass…plain and simple.

    While in Pennsylvania this week, he dissed a donated tray of cookies from a well known and well regarded local bakery.
    Take it from me, this bakery has a reputation for having the most delicious and most beautifully decorated cakes around.
    Locally, they’re calling his insult to their bakes good “CookieGate”…


    • 90 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2012 at 9:02 am


    • 93 LOL
      April 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Gawd…I luv humor. Someone from the story said perhaps he likes cookies sprinkled with diamonds. Say what you will about Bush jr (and you can say a lot) but for all of the money he came from, he always acted (for better or worse) like a regular guy.

    • 94 itgurl_29
      April 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

      He’s as much of a cold out of touch weirdo as POTUS is down to earth and engaging. There will be stories like this every week on the campaign trail and I love it. And it’ll only be amplified as he chooses to follow POTUS around on his bus. How great will it be to get contrasting stories on these candidates in the same town on the same newscast. That’s one reason Willard should really think twice about following POTUS everywhere. His crowds will not only pale in comparison, so will his local news coverage.

      I love it!

    • 95 cindysweatt
      April 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

      It wouldn’t even matter if the cookies came from 7-11 or if they were the day old ones donated from the food bank. Why did he feel the need to judge the cookies? He gives me the creeps! How did he get to the point where he thinks he should look around and judge everything. Where did he even get the idea to run for President? He comes across like the campaign is an inconvenience-just crown him. He is more than out of touch with Americans. This election is the most important election in the history of our country.

      • 96 miss pat
        April 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

        He is really out of touch. I watched his body language at the table with the people and the so called 7/11 cookies and he’s stiff. I think when he scratched his shoulder it was a clue for his handlers to come rescue him. Can’t wait to see him debate the President. The President comes bounding up the stage all energetic and bouncing and Mitt or Willard comes on stiff as a board with his plastic smile and don’t forget the crowd cheering for the President unless they are instructed to stay mute. Whew, can’t wait.

        • 97 MsKitty (@michelec64)
          April 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

          The debates are gonna be JFK vs. Nixon all over again. Visuals count much more than people like to admit, thankfully it’s to our side’s advantage to exploit.

        • 98 Cha
          April 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

          Poor little ol me, Ann, says all we have to do is unzip him.

    • 99 Cha
      April 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      zombey and his severely big stupid dimb mouth.

  17. 100 collegekay
    April 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

    ///….Many economists downplayed the weak March figures, noting that a warmer winter may have led to some earlier hiring in January and February. They have noted that the economy has added an average of 212,000 jobs per month in the January-March quarter, well ahead of last year’s pace.

    //…Lower benefit applications indicate that companies are cutting fewer jobs. And economists note that unemployment benefit applications are at a much lower level than they were last year, which is a hopeful sign that March’s weak numbers were a temporary lull. Economists say they will have a better sense of the trend in hiring when the government issues the April jobs report next month.


  18. April 19, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I just heard on radio, somebody in the WH leaked information that the WH knew about the GSA scandal for months.
    Another leak???

    • 102 Linda
      April 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Well of course…the GAO was investigating….

      • 103 Debz
        April 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

        They new about it because they were the ones investigating. What you are hearing about now, is the result of the investigation.

    • 104 utaustinliberal
      April 19, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Well if they knew about the GSA scandal that means they were on top of the goings on around the administration. That’s a good thing. They were probably conducting an internal investigation and it resulted in the director – what’s her name – being fired/resigned, a couple others facing ethical misconduct charges, some on administrative leave etc. It shows the WH and Pres. Obama aren’t incompetent.

    • April 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

      According to what I read, it was the White House or Justice or something (part of the administration) that started the investigation. IMO, they were trying to correct a problem. Also, the expenditures rose much more significantly under the Bush administration.

    • 106 Ladyhawke
      April 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

      For what it’s worth……

      The wrong line on the GSA controversy

      By Steve Benen (4/17/12)

      What’s more, Politico found that spending on the biannual General Services Administration Western Region Conference “soared nearly 250 percent during the Bush years.” [Update: The Politico report has been corrected to say costs went up 102 percent in Bush’s second term, not 250 percent. That’s still a significant increase, of course.]

      This doesn’t have to be a partisan food fight. The GSA clearly misused tax dollars, and Congress is justified to launch an investigation. But the problem started before Obama took office, and no one can credibly claim that the Obama administration covered up a problem that the Obama administration was responsible for uncovering in the first place.

      Congressional Republicans, you have a legitimate example of a government bureaucracy spending too much money without cause. You’re free to jump up and down about this, and use it as an example of wasteful spending, but alleging a conspiracy without evidence is silly.


      • 107 virginia
        April 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

        There should be more investigations of these GSA type of expenditures during the Bush Administration. Very little of this was investigated, but I can tell you from having been there, the Bushites were living pretty high on the hog. They felt ENTITLED to have the best of everything, and they spent the money to get it.

        Government spending SOARED under Bush, and some of it was profligate spending on excessive PERKS.
        Somebody needs to check it out.

    • April 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Can’t talk about an ongoing investigation until a report with results have been presented.

    • 109 theo67
      April 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

      When Issa was asked if he would extend his investigation to the time of the Bush Administration, he said “we may get to it eventually”. Clearly, this is a witch hunt, not meant to actually make the government more efficient, but to simply embarrass the President.

  19. 110 Bill
    April 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Hopefruit, thank you for informing me what I can or cannot use as a point of comparison. I’ll try to remeber that next time I don’t respond to anything you say. With a very weak ticket against the strongest ticket in my lifetime the Republicans still received 45.7% of the popular vote in 2008. Discount the Republican vote all you wish but unfortunately it is a factor in our elections.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      April 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

      You’re very welcome. And I will repeat again: You cannot use the GOP crowd’s response to Mitt Romney during a GOP debate as an indication for how the country will respond to Mitt Romney in November. Using one poll to spin a narrative about Romney being perceived as better on immigration is misguided.

      • 112 Bill
        April 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

        Why do you make personal ground rule demands while others are trying to have a civil political discourse? You do the same with Jovie who adds nothing but valuable information and insights in a very civil manner. You seem to have a difficult time with anyone who does not accept your opinion. Your method of disagreement adds very little to a civil conversation.

        • 113 hopefruit2
          April 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

          Nice try with the diversion here.

          Refute the point I made in my previous comment which is: You cannot use the GOP crowd’s response to Willard during a GOP debate as an indication of how the country will respond to him on immigration issues!

          • 114 Bill
            April 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

            If 45% of the country is Republican or leaning Republican, 45% of the country favoring the Republican immigration policy, or non-policy, might not be surprising, at least to me. It sems simple to me. That is how I refute your point.

            You did not answer my “diversion”, why do you make demands on how one attempts to make a point on TOD?

            • 115 hopefruit2
              April 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

              45% is not the majority by any means. Otherwise John McCain would President right now. Secondly, what does that have to do with the GOP debates?!? Sarah Palin got a whole lot of applause for her “speeches” and responses at GOP events too.

              • 116 Bill
                April 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

                Who said 45% is a majority? Did you read the explanation of the poll that Jovie posted.? The poll said what it said. If you do not believe the Republican debates reflect how Republicans might think so be it. Rant all you wish at the poll and rant all you wish how people state their points.

                I guess you do not wish to explain why you make demands on how one expresses their point.

                • 117 hopefruit2
                  April 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

                  “If you do not believe the Republican debates reflect how Republicans might think so be it.”

                  I said Republican debates do not reflect how the COUNTRY thinks.

                  Unless you are of the opinion that Republicans are the only voters in the Presidential election, my disagreement with the idea that Romney’s reception at the GOP debates is an indication of his reception in the general election is valid.

                  • 118 Bill
                    April 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

                    The poll said what it said, and 45% of voters in the presidential election are Republicans or lean Republican. Republicans and people leaning Republican are more likely to agree with Willard and/or the Republican side in a poll as well as in the general. If you disagree so be it. This has nothing to do with the general. It is one poll and one issue and nothing else.

                    • 119 hopefruit2
                      April 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

                      I’m done with this topic. No hard feelings, but I’m going to look out my window to see Yardarm’s boat on the horizon, or Hachiko’s good dog Tucker splashing happily in the clear pond up in Maine. Bye and enjoy the rest of your day. 🙂

    • 120 amk for obama
      April 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

      45% dumb voters for rethugs is a given. So what’s your point ?

      • 121 Bill
        April 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

        My point is Hopefruit was surprised that I was not surprised that 45% or so in a poll agreed with Willard on immigration.Your point is exactly my point. Most issues today are going to be close.

        • 122 amk for obama
          April 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

          45% voting for rethugs is not the same as 45% agreeing with whatever mittbot has say on anything,let alone immigration. As a matter of fact, it is the opposite in that many rethugs, if not the majority, hate this coreless cretin. Whether they would or would not vote for him is debatable at this point.

          • 123 Bill
            April 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

            I have one point and only one point to make. For numerous reasons, I am not surprised that in one poll, and we were discussing only one poll, 45% or so prefer Willard’s perceived immigration policy over PBO’s immigration policy. If you are surprised it is fine with me. I was making no other point, but Hopefruit informed me I could not use a moment in a Republican debate to make my point on what Republicans might believe.

            I could care less if anyone is surprised that I was not surprised, but I do resent someone telling me I cannot state my argument in a certain manner.

            • 124 amk for obama
              April 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

              OK, stipulating your point that 45% americans/rethugs agree with mittbot’s immigration policy, what exactly is your point ? That Obama’s / dems’ immigration policy is all wrong ? I am confused.

              • 125 Bill
                April 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

                My point is there was one poll that said 45% or so agreed with Willard on immigration. I simply was not surprised with the results. Can you except that? Hopefruit attacked me as she does others saying I should have been surprised. She said I should not use a Republican debate to make my point. This has nothing to do with the policy. It is about the results of a poll. The disagreement is with Hopefruit and her demands on how one express themselves.

                This is a ridiculous argument. I hope this clears your confusion. I cannot explain my point any clearer.

                • April 19, 2012 at 11:14 am

                  I’m surprised that you’re surprised that I’m surprised at the surprise which is no surprise. Surprised? Sorry I’ve been listening to a lot of Abbott and Costello as of late.

                • 129 amk for obama
                  April 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

                  OK. It was a disagreement about one poll. No big deal.

                • 130 EricFive
                  April 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

                  Do you know what percentage of Hispanics like Mitt’s immigration policy? Since the Hispanic vote is key to the election in many battleground states this is a valid question. I think it is a given that most self-identified Republicans are going to vote for Mitt, just as most self-identified Democrats will vote for PBO. Independents will decide the election as they always have, that is why Mitt is trying to move to the center.

              • 131 miss pat
                April 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

                Truce! By the time the election comes around 10 percent of the 45 percent will be dead. Trust me those one tooth- fat-unlearned hillibillies will not be around to vote. Polls and trends are good for nothing. Just vote. Get off our butts and vote and turn off the television and come on TOD and learn something new every day.

  20. 133 rikyrah
    April 19, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  21. 134 desertflower
    April 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Morning all! Well, another day, another pack of lies….


    Exhibit A: Presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney is warning his donors that Republicans must win back Hispanic voters or face “demographic doom.”

    Exhibit B: House Republicans are pushing policies that disproportionately harm Hispanics.

    This study in contrast leaves Republicans on the horns of an election-year dilemma: As they eagerly seek to rebuild bridges with Hispanics, party leaders are simultaneously pushing bills that would make life harder for members of that same community.

    The Republican-led House advanced legislation Wednesday that aims to prevent parents who immigrated to the country illegally from receiving tax credits for raising children. And that’s inciting the ire of influential Hispanic advocates.

    Even though this is being done in the House,spineless Mitt has already stated what he thought of the Hispanic community.Kris Kobach is ALL you need to know! These guys don’t want someone that will stand up for anyone or anything, they want a flip flopping, spineless nobody that will just rubber stamp their agenda. Mitt’s that man! If this sort of nasty is attached to Romney, he will NEVER get the Hispanic vote….a good thing because they would be voting against their best interests. He will never change, and the Hispanic community needs to know that every single one of these guys would prefer to just kick them out of the country. Problem solved. If they cut off this help or enact policies that will disproportionally hurt them, maybe then, THEY WILL SELF DEPORT! Problem solved (in their minds) They are disgusting.

    • 135 desertflower
      April 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Now add the game plan from “what’s his name”…(I always say PUBIC…Mr. RNC)

      Part of the GOP’s strategy now is to obscure its role in thwarting those reforms.

      “I would also remind Latino and Hispanic voters who are concerned about this particular issue that you have a president that has either lied or is so grossly negligent in following through on his promises when it comes to immigration that he shouldn’t be trusted,” Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus told reporters on a conference call this week. “Obama promised pathway [to citizenship] and DREAM Act … and he delivered nothing. He’s not to be trusted.”

      LIke this was all PBO’s fault!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s the plan….

      • 136 Ladyhawke
        April 19, 2012 at 10:21 am


        Enough with the revisionist history. The hypocrisy of the GOP knows no bounds. As Paul Krugman so aptly said, Mitt Romney and his party have ”CONTEMPT” for the news media and (the voters). Let’s go to the video tape.

        Memo to Jeb Bush: Unfortunately, Republicans Killed DREAM Act in 2010


        “The DREAM vote occurred after the mid-term elections, when members of both parties had a clear opportunity to set aside partisan politics and do the right thing for talented young people who really are Americans in all but paperwork. The DREAM Act would be law today if a few more Republican senators had supported it. Latino voters know it, and they’re tired of the blame game and excuses from the GOP on immigration.”

        Here are the facts on the DREAM Act vote in December 2010:

        In the U.S. House of Representatives, the DREAM Act passed by a 216-198 margin

        House Republicans voted against the DREAM Act by a 160-8 vote margin
        House Democrats voted for the DREAM Act by a 208-38 vote margin
        96% of the votes for DREAM were cast by Democrats
        4% of the votes for DREAM were cast by Republicans

        The DREAM Act also won majority support in the Senate, but it failed to win the 60 votes needed to end the Republican filibuster on the measure and the bill died. The final vote tally was 55-41

        Republican Senators voted against the DREAM Act by a 36-3 vote margin
        Democratic Senators voted for the DREAM Act by a 52-5 margin (with 1 Democratic senator not voting)
        95% of the votes for DREAM were cast by Democrats (including Independents who caucus with the Democrats)
        5% of the votes for DREAM were cast by Republicans
        10 sitting Republican Senators who had voted for some version of the DREAM Act in the past opposed the bill in 2010



      • 140 theo67
        April 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

        The open the door to their own destruction. There is a Dream Act vote on record, showing who stopped that bill from going through. Congress has a role to play in this election, and all those “no” votes are going to come in handy. Does someone have a link to the congressional vote records, so we can tweet the Dream Act vote to Reince Preibus (if he’s on twitter)? I’m also going to look up some news reports from the time.

  22. 141 jackiegrumbacher
    April 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Here’s an idea we’ve been working on in our area to encourage our Latino community to vote in November. Many Hispanic people have told us that election day in the US is a grim exercise with lots of bureaucratic hurdles (this year more than ever) and an overall atmosphere that makes it the equivalent of going to the dentist. In some places, like Puerto Rico, there are parties on election day and parades and an overall atmosphere of celebration. So we’re working on the idea of having a party in the Latino wards for those who vote. Vote and then come celebrate with music, food and games for children. The goal is to make this a tradition, so we will associate voting with celebration and make election day a time to look forward to. The idea is meeting with a lot of very positive feedback with Latino members of our community. We’ve even talked about a pre-election picnic geared to children where families can come, register to vote and enjoy an afternoon with their families (how I would love to borrow little Demo the donkey for that event). Of course, we’re also going to have an intensive effort to register, inform and get out to vote through canvassing and phoning–we’re even hiring an bilingual intern to walk among the Latino wards, registering and getting out the vote. But we thought an “icing on the cake” all day party would make the election more fun and less forbidding. The cost is in finding a party location. Bunches of volunteers have agreed to make food, bring drinks and play games with children. We’ve been fundraising for 18 months to get this to happen and we’re asking all candidates to be sure we get lots of Spanish language handouts. Has anyone tried the voting day party idea before? Does it help? We must, must, must make sure the Latino turnout is high in 2012!

  23. 147 Linda
    April 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I wonder if Mitt eats dog meat when he visits his money in Switzerland ?


  24. April 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I just heard on msnbc that the jobless claims rose. That is a lie! Why is that?

  25. 156 amk for obama
    April 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

  26. 157 amk for obama
    April 19, 2012 at 9:45 am
  27. April 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Good Mornin to my O’s!!! What a great gettin’ up day once again. I’m encoouraged each day about PBO’s rightfully re-election prospects. No gloom and and doom for me. No teeth gnashing, saber rousing, hand-wringing, media mania in the cards, cause we/he got this. I listened to CSPAN’s call-in show, Washington Journal this morning’ The topic was, ‘why are you voting for your candidate?’. They had separate numbers for Mehney and PBO. The good news? The Mehney supporters could only talk about why they didn’t like PBO. Not once did I hear a reason that they were voting FOR him. The PBO callers were knowledgable and just buried the host and the callers with facts of his accomplishments. The host interupted one lady to her where she got her info from. She told him, ‘you can look them up for yourself and see what he’s done’, then she just kept on reading from her long list. I’m doing the woot, woot dance everyday til November.

    • 170 amk for obama
      April 19, 2012 at 9:54 am

      “The host interupted one lady to her where she got her info from.”

      Shows how lazy the pathetic media is.

      • April 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

        that’s one thing that I don’t care for about Washington Journal. The host/ess will not correct, challenge, nor contribute to anything the callers or guests say. Of course he knew where the information came from. He just didn’t want have her continue reading from the list. He wanted to break up her flow of information. By the way, some of the host and hostesses do not mask their political leanings very well.

      • April 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

        OMG, what a hideous question that reveals their bias when presented with factual information.

        cookemom, I know you’re a regular listener to WashJo and I really appreciate your reports back about what people are talking about. It helps us understand the electorate a bit more. Thank you!

        • April 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

          no problem, I flip the channel around in the mornings (including FAUX), just to get a pulse on the day. I must admit that I’ve flung a few house shoes in the early morning. Then I arise to a great gettin’ up day, cause what I hear encourages me. I just have to weed out the bs lies and scare tactics from the ‘Pubs and the Chicken Little (sky is falling) from the Dems. I’m a not to high, not to low kinda gal.

    • 174 theo67
      April 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      This is fantastic news! I gave up listening to those CSPAN call-in shows ages ago. Maybe I should start listening again…

  28. April 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Good morning, TODville. What a fantastic morning round-up. Chips, the photo of PBO sitting in Rosa’s bus completely chokes me up. There he is, all alone, looking out the window – as we’ve seen him so often do in dozens of Pete’s photos – looking out to the horizon of possibility for all of us. Incredibly moving. This is ICONIC.

    Another thing, Chips. Coming here each morning is like walking into the most beautiful room full of windows and light, the most comfortable chairs and couches stocked with gorgeous pillows and ottomans, wondrous photos of our favorite people lining the walls, the hottest and coldest and best refreshments of the hour, and only the sound of PBO’s voice to disturb our conversation. HZ is in charge of music and candle rituals. And yes, there are the mats. Anyway, thanks for always making everyone feel both so comforted and energized. It’s truly amazing.

    • 176 hopefruit2
      April 19, 2012 at 10:04 am


      // Coming here each morning is like walking into the most beautiful room full of windows and light, the most comfortable chairs and couches stocked with gorgeous pillows and ottomans, wondrous photos of our favorite people lining the walls, the hottest and coldest and best refreshments of the hour, and only the sound of PBO’s voice to disturb our conversation. HZ is in charge of music and candle rituals.//

      -Meta, TOD 04/19/12 –

      🙂 🙂 🙂

      • April 19, 2012 at 10:10 am


        hopefruit, this is just such a cozy place for me, I can’t believe we are so lucky to have such smart, warm, honest people to share the news with each day, discovering good and bad, up and down, the best of the best. Yes, I know we sometimes get into scraps, but there is a level of trust here that is important. Every day I learn something new in a safe environment and that is what I value most. So hats off to everyone who make this a very a special place, including all the PBO supporters in all the videos and photos at all the events and moments in the life of the First Family. THIS is the America I love.

    • April 19, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Meta, that’s beyond beeeeeeeautiful!!! Really, what a lovely description – especially the bit about HZ, made me beam! You’re the best.

      • April 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

        Just had to tell ya how much I appreciate you, mate. As the election year heats up, this will be like our boiler room, a psychedelic beehive of thought and action to get our man over the finish line. Buzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    • 183 collegekay
      April 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Such a lovely description, meta. I can totally envision it.

    • 184 theo67
      April 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I know what you mean – so beautifully stated. If only I could win the lottery, and not have to interrupt my TOD viewing to actually do some work! 🙂

  29. 185 desertflower
    April 19, 2012 at 10:01 am


    A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!! Romney didn’t just prey on the sick companies, he went after the healthy ones, and destroyed them from the inside out!

    His formula was simple: Bain would purchase a firm with little money down, then begin extracting huge management fees and paying Romney and his investors enormous dividends.

    The result was that previously profitable companies were now burdened with debt. But much like the Enron boys, Romney’s battery of MBAs fancied themselves the smartest guys in the room. It didn’t matter if a company manufactured bicycles or contact lenses; they were certain they could run it better than anyone else.

    Bain would slash costs, jettison workers, reposition product lines, and merge its new companies with other firms. With luck, they’d be able to dump the firm in a few years for millions more than they’d paid for it.

    But the beauty of Romney’s thesis was that it really didn’t matter if the company succeeded. Because he was yanking out cash early and often, he would profit even if his targets collapsed.

    Which was precisely the fate awaiting Georgetown Steel.

    When Bain purchased the mill, Sanderson says, change was immediate. Equipment upgrades stopped. Maintenance became an afterthought. Managers were replaced by people who knew nothing about steel. The union’s profit-sharing plan was sliced twice in the first year—then whacked altogether.

    “When Bain Capital took over, it seemed like everything was being neglected in our plant,” Sanderson says. “Nothing was being invested in our plant. We didn’t have the necessary time to maintain our equipment. They had people here that didn’t know what they were doing. It was like they were taking money from us and putting it somewhere else.”

    History would prove him correct. While Georgetown was beginning its descent to bankruptcy, Romney was helping himself to the company’s treasury.

    • 186 desertflower
      April 19, 2012 at 10:19 am


      So in January, The Wall Street Journal did its best to piece together Romney’s track record, reviewing 77 investments made under his direction. It turned out that nearly one in three of the companies experienced severe financial trouble. One in five wound up in bankruptcy.

      The more telling figure: Of Romney’s 10 biggest moneymakers, he ultimately destroyed four of them, leaving bankruptcy judges to clean up the mess.

      As Foster sees it, Romney was an early pioneer of gaming the system. It would take another decade before large banks used many of the same principles to detonate the mortgage industry.

      “The great irony is that his entire management experience at Bain Capital is buying companies and loading them up with debt and then looting the balance sheet,” Foster says. “It’s the very model that drove the American economy off the cliff then left other people to manage the wreckage.”

      • 187 desertflower
        April 19, 2012 at 10:24 am


        But if Romney played the friendly politician, kindness wasn’t his specialty at Bain. Rewarding CEOs with huge bonuses, he was generous to ranking executives. Yet he tended to treat those below his pay grade as little more than machinery.

        Romney has claimed to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain and says that providing work for Americans was a primary company goal.

        He cites Domino’s, Sports Authority, and Staples, companies that added jobs after Bain bought in.

        But Bain bought Domino’s just months before Romney left to run the Salt Lake City Olympics, meaning someone else created those jobs. And he didn’t manage Staples or Sports Authority; Bain was a minority investor.

        By Romney’s logic, any large investor—say, the Texas teachers’ pension fund—also creates hundreds of thousands of jobs. The boast is so foolish that his campaign has since backed away from it.

        Even Kaplan admits that private equity firms rarely create jobs. Workers are seen as costs, and costs are the enemy. According to Kosman, Romney was in truth among the most heinous job-killers of them all.

        • 188 hopefruit2
          April 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

          Thanks df – this is a lot of damning material – a treasure trove of info. No wonder the media only wants to talk about skewed polls and Obama eating dog meat as a child!

          • 189 desertflower
            April 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

            It boggles the mind. This is an excellent article that should be required reading for everyone. He boasts about his business expertise….and thinks that the govt should be run as a business, after all, he knows how to do that!! Only HE DOESN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            It’s all about the money. Screw the people. I say if this is his business model, the one he’s running on, HANG THIS AROUND HIS NECK LIKE THE ALBATROSS IT IS!

        • 190 cindysweatt
          April 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

          Thanks DF. I am at work now so I can’t do anything, but I must come up with a way to get this information out far and wide and often. This is why I come here. We need to make sure every American knows exactly who he is.

          • 191 hopefruit2
            April 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

            If you are on Twitter you can tweet the article when you get home. That’s the easiest and fastest way to get out the message 🙂

      • 192 Cha
        April 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        Of course, willard did and that’s what he’s trying to do to our country and President Obama. And, our mission is to send him back to his bain corner to suck on his platinum cookies.

    • 193 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Excellent find, desertflower. The myth of Willard as job creator needs to be exposed early and often. I am confident that it will be as we get further into the campaign. This method of extraction is something that is prevalent in our economy and is why the middle class is suffering while the 1% is not just getting richer, but is getting richer exponentially. It is a way of thought that is not just standard in for-profit enterprises, but also in so-called non-profits like universities and even charities (see Susan Komen Foundation). The obvious disdain of the people who actually do the work is disgusting — it’s just a step above slavery.

      My desire is that by the end of the campaign Willard and his whole greedy philosophy is totally discredited and shamed.

  30. April 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

    In response to the President saying that he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Robney said he will not apologize for his Dads success.
    Got that?
    Then, he said the President likes to attack fellow Americans.

    Got that?

    • 195 0388jojothecat
      April 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

      So what does Robme call what he is doing when he “attacks” the president’s religion? his background? how he grew up? At least Robme said that the president is an american….uh oh…Robme just lost the birther vote.

  31. April 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Or whatever! Lol!

  32. April 19, 2012 at 10:23 am


  33. April 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

    A Vatican investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an umbrella group representing 80 percent of Catholic sisters and nuns in the United States, found serious theological errors in statements by members, widespread dissent on the church’s teaching on sexuality and “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” a church report released Wednesday stated.

    The church appointed Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle to oversee “reform” of the women’s organization.


    War on Nuns!

    • 202 Pamela
      April 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Several Seattle area pastors stood up against Peter Sartain, who was urging Catholics to sign petitions to repeal the marriage equality act. Particularly notable that the pastor of St. James Cathedral was among those who made a stand by refusing to have the petitions available outside the cathedral entrances last weekend.

  34. April 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

    In his video message, President Obama speaks for all Americans who remember the courageous and selfless acts of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. In 2012, Sweden is celebrating the 100thanniversary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, a diplomat who chose not to be indifferent and to rise to a higher moral calling. We remember and revere this courageous man whose efforts saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust. Wallenberg paid with his life for his commitment to basic values. And we all have the obligation to ponder the full measure of Wallenberg’s personal sacrifice and tragedy.


  35. 204 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

    LOL! So he probably expects Willard to lose in November – unless he is planning to primary him in 2016!

    • 205 theo67
      April 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      He knows we’ll still have video of this run for the presidency, right? I’m convinced that is somehow Mitt becomes President (heave forbid), then he’ll certainly be primaried in 2016 by some “real conservative”.

      • 206 EricFive
        April 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        I think the assumption is that PBO will win reelection. That is the reason all of the GOP’s big guns stayed out of the 2012 race. The dirty secret is that GOP voters do not like or trust Mitt (that is why we say the anybody but Mitt syndrome that plagued Mitt during the GOP primaries). The MSM and GOP power brokers wanted the primaries to be over months ago, but the primary voters continued to voice their displeasure with Mitt until there were no other protest candidates to vote for instead of Mitt. This is why I view Mitt as a weak candidate. He cannot move to the center without losing his base, which never trusted him to begin with. Don’t fall for the spin.

        • 207 theo67
          April 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

          What I find interesting is that Santorum is still playing some game with Gingrich right now. It was interesting that one of Santorum’s mailers bashing Romney went out this week to voters, and I haven’t seen a statement from his camp explaining what happened. And the comments about him and Gingrich being in discussions to ensure a real conservative ends up in the White House… very intriguing. Romney shouldn’t celebrate just yet – looks like Santorum and Gingrich aren’t completely convinced it’s “Mitt’s turn” – Rick Perry, too.

          • 208 EricFive
            April 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

            I agree Theo67. I would not be surprised if there is a third party candidate from Mitt’s right flank. The teaparty crowd HATES Mitt and if he continues to fumble as a candidate, fear of a landslide may prompt a protest at the GOP convention and the emergence of a “White Knight” to replace Mitt on the ticket. Mitt’s unpopularity with in the GOP’s right flank is best exemplied by the tepid endorsements he has received from fellow GOP politicians. Would you piss on a guy you thought had a chance in hell of winning the presidency?

    • 209 Cha
      April 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Yeah, he had so much fun being exposed as a simpleton he jumping at the bit to do it all over again.

    • 210 Cha
      April 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      That’s right..I thought of that as I hit “post”. Doesn’t say much for what he thinks mitt’s chances are. But, Perry is such an empty suit except for his fat ego he would have nothing.

  36. 211 amk for obama
    April 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

    • 212 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

      We were so thrilled to hear last night that the DCCC is considering designating PA Congressional District 5 (not mine, but close) as a possible red to blue pickup. Candidates have to pass a lot of fundraising hurdles on their own, but if they achieve that, they can get DCCC funding, plus benefit from major advertising the DCCC will no in Philadelphia. I’m thrilled to see they’re zeroing in the areas we can win to take back the House.

  37. 213 amk for obama
    April 19, 2012 at 10:41 am

    To df above. Great informative posts today. The campaign must recruit you on their fact-check team.

  38. April 19, 2012 at 10:48 am

  39. 219 Ladyhawke
    April 19, 2012 at 10:52 am

    ROMNEY’S COWARDICE AND THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (Try to wrap your brain around this.)

    Violence Against Women Act takes center stage

    By Steve Benen


    In 2004, reporters asked Mitt Romney during his first presidential campaign whether or not he supports the Violence Against Women Act. At the time, he said he wasn’t “familiar” with the law and didn’t have a position.

    This year, Romney is familiar with it, but is afraid to take a firm stand.

    Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Mr. Romney, said in an e-mail, “Gov. Romney supports the Violence Against Women Act and hopes it can be reauthorized without turning it into a political football.” But she declined to specify which version he supported.

    Of course she did. It’s just like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — Romney supports the general idea in principle, but he lacks the courage to show some leadership and give his opinion on actual legislative proposals.



  40. 221 amk for obama
    April 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

  41. 222 amk for obama
    April 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

    • 223 amk for obama
      April 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Rupert Murdoch ran a shadow state within Britain and sought to bully lawmakers into dropping an inquiry into News Corp, according to a new book by crusading MP Tom Watson.

  42. April 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Barbara Walters just told a sweet story on The View. When she was at the WH for an interview last year, at one point Bo Obama joined them. When at first Bo did not show off his hand shaking trick, Walters made a rush to judgment statement and said maybe Bo isn’t very smart. Later he showed off beautifully. So the next day she gets a call from the WH——and she’s thinking —oh no, what’s wrong—–and it’s Michelle Obama who asked if she would please edit out the part where Walters said Bo isn’t very smart. (which she did) Awwwwww—–Michelle was sticking up for Bo. Rightfully. He is much loved in that family.

    • 225 0388jojothecat
      April 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Why would a guest/stranger come to your home and insult your pet? That’s what the Robme’s do. I am glad that barbara wawa edited it out but why would she say it out loud anyway to a pet owners’ face? I can not image meeting anyone’s pet and say, “it’s not very bright” when you wouldn’t say the same about someone’s kid. Have our manners as a people sunk that low?

    • 230 theo67
      April 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      I hope they never invite that woman to the White House again.

    • April 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Kind of makes him wicked smart for not wanting to shake hands with Barbara Walters.

  43. 232 virginia
    April 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Maybe somebody noted this, but another thing that would have helped, besides Romney’s clear discomfort in the picnic picture would have been to have a few cups on the table for the lemonade, some napkins and small bowls or plates for the pretzels or whatever is in the bowl. (Who eats pretzels at a picnic anyway?) Were the “guests” supposed to chug the lemonade straight from the pitcher?

    BTW, they had some pretty touch questions for Romney that didn’t necessary fit into his talking points. All Romney could do was scratch and stroke himself over and over again. I was starting to itch myself. Good thing the clip was pretty short, or he would have broken out in welts.

    More phoniness from the Romney camp.

    • 233 virginia
      April 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Correction: should have said they had some “pretty TOUGH questions for Romney”

      • 234 Cha
        April 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

        They did have tough questions? I guess I got it wrong then about them being vetted before the “classy” grinds.

    • 235 Cha
      April 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      I know, huh? Pretzels and lemonaid? Yech combo..is that some weird homage to Bush? I read the “guests” were screened to make sure they drank the zombey koolaid before said “picnic”.

  44. 236 amk for obama
    April 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

    What a great, practical idea instead of grumbling about rethugs.

    • 237 Linda
      April 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

      I thought id had to be free if they are for voting purposes……..this sounds like a poll tax .

    • April 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      you do not need a state ID to vote in Illinois past the first time you register. you need a photo id the first time, and there are plenty of possibilities – doesn’t need to be a state-issued one either.

  45. 239 sherijr
    April 19, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Good Grief those folks at the table with Romney…. really really need to go speak to Pres Obama.. he is the ONLY one that wants to further education for the kids of this nation. Romney et al can’t wait to get their grubby slimy fingers on education funding and do away entirely w/ public education. where have these people been??

    • April 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Compare and contrast:

    • 242 0388jojothecat
      April 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

      But those same people will vote for a republican and HOPE that their child’s school won’t get more cuts. They’ll continue to vote GOP unitl there are no longer any public schools.

      • 243 sherijr
        April 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

        andthose are the people that I will never understand. That whole video conversation w/Romney was ridiculous, why don’t they know that the entire gop field said more than once during the debates that they’d do away with dep of educ?? This is was ticks me off. When we go knocking on doors, we really need to get that info out.

    • 244 trinisamba
      April 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

      What exactly was his contribution to the conversation……”uhhh….uh huh………uhhh.uhhh…….uh huh” ……………………………….DUH!!!????…………nada, nothing, zero, zilch,nought………………more duh!!!??? Good Grief is right!!!

      • 245 sherijr
        April 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

        yes indeedy.. he wasn’t even involved.. which I think is true of his entire drive for the Presidency.. he won’t be wasting his time w/ the little people and their ‘concerns’.

        • 246 trinisamba
          April 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

          ……………………….let us not even mention the itchy and scratchy show that he put on which could be heard through the mic…………UGH!!!…………….Classless!…………………..LMAO!!!

  46. 247 Ladyhawke
    April 19, 2012 at 11:31 am


    On Tuesday, after President Obama made his remarks about gas prices and oil speculation, Brian Deese (Deputy Director of the National Economic Council) was a guest at the daily briefing. Brian was just terrific. I really learned a lot in a short amount of time. Brian showed his mastery of the topic and he handled the jackals beautifully. One of the jackals was very concerned (parroting GOP talking points) that the announcement was merely campaign optics. Brian’s response was pitch perfect.


    Q Following on Jessica’s question, any expectation that Congress is actually going to take this up?

    MR. DEESE: Well, I certainly — we certainly hope that they will take a serious look at it. I think we’re already seeing a number of statements of support; obviously, most of those are coming from the Democratic side. But I think that there is every reason why they should. And I think it’s a question that we’ll be asking obviously, and it’s an important question, which is, why should we not be taking these steps? Why should we not be putting more cops on the beat, stepping up their game in terms of the IT that they use? These are basic questions, and we hope that we’ll be able to make some progress.

    Q But they likely won’t take it up, so it does appear to be optics in a campaign year, making this push.

    MR. DEESE: Look, I think that — I thought Secretary Geithner said it well this weekend when he said, just because Republicans oppose an issue doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. And I think that the substance of what the President has laid out today is sound. It builds on a clear commitment to increasing oversight in energy markets. And I would certainly hope that in a moment like this where we have acute concern about energy prices and what’s happening in oil futures markets that Congress would be willing to take a serious look at this issue.



    • 248 theo67
      April 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Yeah, since when did the media think it’s ok for Congress not to take something up simply because it’s an election year? Either the country actually has serious problems that need to be fixed or the GOP/Congress are refusing to do anything about the good ideas coming from the White House simply because it’s all about politics in an election year (no matter the need). The GOP can’t just falsely accuse the President of not solving problems, and then say he’s playing politics when he offers them solutions for consideration. That doesn’t make sense, and the media parroting their talking points makes the media derelict and pathetic.

  47. 250 auni
    April 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

    When Romney was in college he lived off campas with his wife and had a small group of Morman couples that they socialized with–no doubt well to do couples. Had to sell stock to keep afloat. By doing it this way he missed an opportunity to broaden his view of society. I think it says as much about him as anything else.

  48. 253 Jessica
    April 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Rubio’s ego is out of control. He already talking about if he does a good job as Vice President. Barf!!

  49. April 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

    That is a great iconic picture of PBO in that bus. Another masterpiece for my Obama collection.

  50. 256 amk for obama
    April 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

  51. April 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Everybody has different opinions, does not make them non supporters of the President.
    Me thinks, you are exhausting yourself disagreeing with People, who doesn’t have the same rosy colored glasses you have.
    This is not College Poli-Sci class, you are not competing with other Students on this site.
    Finally, again, we are all strong supporters here and are allowed to have an opinion. Even bad ones!
    That is all!

    • 258 nospin
      April 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Where exactly did Hopefruit say that someone was a non supporter? She didnt.

      If someone writes an opinion on a blog post, Hopefruit is well within her rights to respond. That is what it is all about.

      Having a bad opinion is fine, however, providing a response addressing that opinion bad or not is also fine.

  52. 259 smilingl8dy
    April 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This is stomach churning piece but must read to understand the REAL Romney! It a picture of what a Romney president might look like: http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-04-18/news/Mitt-Romney-american-parasite/5/

  53. 260 carolyn
    April 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I know this is late…..but didn’t Romney’s mother tell him when food is offered to just “Say Thank you. These look delicious.” Then he doesn’t have to eat them…..he has no social grace or sense whatsoever! You NEVER question a host’s offering!

  54. 261 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks a lot for the photograph of President Obama seated on the Rosa Parks bus! So many emotions

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