rise and shine


Wow, these two charts say so much….



President Obama sent a videotaped message today to the leaders of Sudan and South Sudan, urging them to stop fighting and negotiate a settlement to their dispute:



Thanks Hopefruit


A Wounded Warrior walks out of the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to participate in the sixth annual Soldier Ride, a cycling event to help them restore their physical and emotional well-being, April 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Morning everyone 😉

287 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 9 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

    FIRST 🙂

    Good Morning Chips, TOD, lurkers and everyone 🙂

    • 10 hopefruit2
      April 21, 2012 at 8:29 am


      • 11 pugeretto
        April 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

        ooop? That last picture with the wounded warrior exiting makes me so sad.

        • 12 Obama Grandmama
          April 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

          The last photo with the wounded warrior gives me inspiration. There are always those who have more battles to fight than yourself. I am currently fighting to get back to walking after a total knee replacement. Made some steps without a walker or cane yesterday. Those brave young individuals are role models for all of us.

          • 13 HZ
            April 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

            Hi Obama Grandmama. So good to see that you are up and moving about after your surgery. You are still in my prayer time. I had a similar emotional reaction to that last photo as well. I stopped and cried(yes, I cry a lot) because I thought of all of the days that gentleman gave his all for all of us and still had the courage, strength and love to move through his personal inguries with so much to bear in the process.

            What a thought for all of us to keep in our hearts as we travel through out pains and inguries daily. He gave me courage to see him walk through those doors of the WH with so much hope within his body for the world to see. I take courage from that photo today just as you are taking steps of courage to be able to walk again with ease and comfort.((((((((((( Healing Power be Granted to you, Obama Grandmama))))))))HZ

          • 14 pugeretto
            April 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

            Good wishes for your knee rehab! My neighbor just had one nee done about 2 months ago and she’s doing good now. She walked with 2 poles at first, and walks without anything now. Try to do your exercises to help your knee. I’ll hit 60 this year and both knees feel shot!
            After I posted about being sad, it was one of those posts I wanted to take back because It wasn’t in keeping with a positive attitude, which these brave people need in order to keep themselves & others going.

      • 16 Suzette
        April 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

        Chips, this is beautiful.

        • April 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

          Love it too Suzette, it’s one of the few portraits I’ve seen that really captures him. Such a gifted artist.

          • 18 jacquelineoboomer
            April 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

            Thanks for showing us that portrait, Chips, and good morning. He looks so determined. Love that in a man … er … a President! 🙂

      • 19 hopefruit2
        April 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

        WOW – this is an amazing portrait – thanks Chips. No offense to pugeretto but I think this is even better than the highly coveted first prize. 🙂

        • 20 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          April 21, 2012 at 9:07 am


      • April 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

        So much depth in this portrait – reflects not only the man but the seriousness of the issues he’s had to deal with but also the determination to overcome the immense resistance to him and what he’s offered this country and our world.

      • 22 globalcitizenlinda
        April 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

        I love this portrait!!!

      • 23 CEB
        April 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

        I like this portrayal much better than any of the other attempts, in any medium, that I have seen.

      • 24 PoliticalJunkessa
        April 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

        Lovely portrait. One of the few I’ve seen to get the character and personality through the eyes.

      • April 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

        Wow! This artist nailed it.

      • April 21, 2012 at 11:52 am

        Best portrait of PBO ever. This artist certainly nailed it. Captures his warmth and depth…especially the eyes.

      • 27 Obama Grandmama
        April 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        Currently working in watercolors and pen and ink I call myself an artist as I do sell my work. I am more a hobbiest though as I went this direction after retiring from teaching. I am more like a beginner as compared to this artist. I painted a portrait of Obama for his 2008 election and used it to make postcards while participating in the Postcards for America campaign. At that time I had a problem getting permission to use a photo to paint from. AP photos and others I tried would not give permission. I had to watch a recorded debate and sketch from what I saw. I also could not sell my work. I did donate the original to the Chicago Hdqtrs and sent a postcard to Sasha and Malia through Michelle. Farley was sued by AP for using a four year old photo to make his famous HOPE design. I hoped he would win his case as it is hard for those without influence to take a photo on their own to use, but he lost. I noticed Corbis photos were used so I will see what their permission looks like.

        • 28 jacquelineoboomer
          April 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

          Now, that is exciting, Obama Grandmama! Hope we can see what you develop for 2012! Another artist among us – love it.

          • 29 HZ
            April 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

            Thanks for sharing your comments, jacquelineoboomer. We have so many wonderful and talented people here on this beautiful site. HZ

      • 30 GGail
        April 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        Good west coast morning Chipsticks!
        Good west coast morning TOD family.

        Chipsticks – thank you so very much for finding and sharing this beautiful portrait. The finished product with color will be fantastic!!!

      • 32 achieve
        April 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

        The portrait is beautiful. Like everyone else says, it captures President Obama spot on.

      • 33 prettyfoot58
        April 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        niceeeeee…love this portrait

      • 34 prettyfoot58
        April 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        Love this portrait…his eyes see so much…

        • 35 HZ
          April 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

          This is the best that I have seen. The eyes capture so much about our POTUS. Very gifted artisit. Thanks Chips for sharing this one with us.HZ

  2. 36 pugeretto
    April 21, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Happy Saturday….Earth Day Weekend. I’ll be outside in while, probably all day trying to weed/restore y backyard forest area. Good Day Chips and TODers!

  3. 37 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Chips, I’m so glad you posted the comparison charts of Obama’s individual donations relative to Romneys – thanks so much!!. I posted a comment on the last thread and I’m re-posting it here because it’s VERY relevant to this issue of fundraising:

    // I saw that the NYTimes has another false headline today “Obama Sees Steep Dropoff in Cash From Major Donors.” I didn’t even bother reading the article because I know it’s garbage. And I won’t link it here either. I know the article is BS. Just last year, the same NYTimes put out a hit piece on the President’s fundraising – that time claiming that Obama was in trouble with small individual donors. Now we know that was a ton of hogwash because a few weeks (or days) after article, the Obama camp released their numbers for that quarter, showing not just a a record-breaking haul for that quarter, but a huge increase in NEW small individual donors over and above their already impressive showing from the 2008 campaign.

    The NYTimes to date has not posted ANYTHING negative about Romney’s fundraising -how weak he is in small donors relative to Obama; how the majority of his fundraising (more than 85%) comes from big corporations, rich individual donors. How he is mostly relying on SuperPacs to fuel his campaign based on lies, hate, bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny and duplicity. At a time when the country is still suffering the effects of the greed and abuses of the Bush administration, Republicans in congress, and large corporations and Wall Street, you would think that a presidential candidate relying primarily on those entities to fund his/her campaign would be a huge liability – something to be criticized and condemned, not something to be ignored or praised. Wasn’t that what OWS supposedly about in the first place? So why the utter and noticeable silence coming from the media on Romney’s failure to attract ordinary small donors? And conversely why does the media consider it a “problem” for Obama because much of his fundraising is now coming from small donors – when just a year ago, they were busy braying that his inability to attract small donors would be his “problem?” //

    • April 21, 2012 at 8:36 am

      What they don’t get is the difference between Obama and Romney. Romney desperately needs major donors because few of the “little people” will give anything to him, and he’s not rich enough to self-fund. Obama likes major donors, but he can get nearly a billion from just us regular folks,

      • 39 hopefruit2
        April 21, 2012 at 8:59 am

        That’s exactly my point in this comment. The NYTimes is essentially spinning something that is wholesome and positive as a negative, just to take a disgustingly cheap shot at the President.

        • 40 utaustinliberal
          April 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

          Last year the NYTimes was whining about President Obama having a problem with small donors, then they whined that he had a problem with large donors, then he had a problem with bundlers. The numbers came out and proved them woefully wrong. So I see they are back to playing groundhog day.

    • 44 a4alice
      April 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

      HF, I saw that NYT headline on an RSS feed and was annoyed, but didn’t click on it. As I thought about it, it seemed a good thing that the grassroots was delivering for the president. Who wants someone who’s beholden to a few rich guys. Our president is supported by real people like us–people who think and act, have feelings and, VOTE. And we are the people he cares about. So.. within five minutes, I donated twice to the Obama campaign. Way to go, NYT. Wonder how much of a haul the article brings in, especially among New Yorkers.

    • 46 anniebella
      April 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Maybe the NYTimes is a Romney man.

  4. 48 proudmemberofglobalzero
    April 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Off Topic but really strange. I was reading my hometown paper on line. I wanted to see when the Rangers Tigers game was going to be rescheduled. Front page noted the story of one of the SS agents caught with his pants down. He was a hometown boy with the name of CHENY
    Here is his last picture with his last assignment. Go figure:

  5. April 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Robney will be pisses radar that The President will be golfing at Andrews!
    That alone, would make me put my Golf shoes on and start my swing! Seriously, the RNC thinks they are just running the OBAMA campaign! With the amount of lies, mind games and mocking going on, it’s a belligerent way of running a Campaign.
    Of course, Golf is at the tip of their list!

    It really bothers them, that the President Golfs, and then the Jackals ask Jay about it! Sadly!

    I say, have fun at the golf course, Mr President, I hope you win!

    • 51 hopefruit2
      April 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

      The RNC and their puppet need to stop stalking our President. It’s creepy.

      • April 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

        They are trying to rattle our Team, make them think twice about the Campaign! Major mind games!

        • 53 hopefruit2
          April 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

          They are rattling themselves. They are frantic, frenzied, fearful and desperate. They will NEVER succeed at rattling Team -O. EVER.

          • April 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

            Still- it is what they are doing!

            • 55 hopefruit2
              April 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

              Nope. They aren’t because they CAN’T. They may try, but they are not succeeding.

              • 56 Left-Indie
                April 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

                It’s death by thousand cuts strategy. They will throw any and all negative stories about Obama no matter it’s true or not. If they get caught on one lie or a b.s charge, they just move on the next attack line. They’re also skilled at making Obama pay for what others in his party say (Ms. Rosen). The Dems have an opportunity: Ted Nuggent, and a host of other crazies.

                • 57 hopefruit2
                  April 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

                  The GOP is not “skilled” – they are fully supported and enabled by the MSM which 100% devoted to doing just that – making every and anything about President Obama.

                  • 58 Chi
                    April 22, 2012 at 6:38 am

                    Absolutely spot on Hopefruit…

                    It is amazing how some give the GOP so much credit for their transparently juvenile shenanigans…neglecting to mention that it is only the cover provided by the corrupt and complicit media that enables and fuels the very weak and utterly ridiculous lies they peddle…

                • 59 nospin
                  April 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

                  “They’re also skilled at making Obama pay for what others in his party say (Ms. Rosen)”.

                  aahh no.

                  nobody was buying that BS they were selling. Nobody.

            • April 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

              That’s true. Failing miserably but I agree they are trying to play mind games.

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2012 at 9:08 am

      The press needs to ask Romney directly whether he intends, as president, to chain himself to a desk, never get fresh air and cut out all exercise from his regime.. Really, will he commit to a non-exercise presidency so that he becomes weak and flacid (no puns intended). Every healthy person in the world needs fresh air and exercise and especially so if you have a grinding, demanding job. Or, is that supposed be only white people who deserve exercise. Each day Romney gives me one more compelling reason to despise him.

    • 65 nospin
      April 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      “the RNC thinks they are just running the OBAMA campaign! With the amount of lies, mind games and mocking going on . . .”

      Jovie – clearly the RNC and the Romney camp have never played the dozens. You can’t be coming at President Obama with the weak sauce comments like that.

      Their understanding of “mind games and mocking” is not up to the standards of a Kindergarten not raised with a spoon in their mouth. PO is not paying them or their silly statements any attention. They can’t run with PO’s pack and my President will relegate them back to the front porch where they belong because they cannot hang with the big dogs.

  6. 66 Suzette
    April 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Good morning all.
    I am now finish with laundry and breakfast and can now sit and relax.

    • 67 pugeretto
      April 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Showing off already, I’m still trying to read all this….

    • 68 vcprezofan2
      April 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Grrr Suzette! Now you’ve slightly (very,.. mind you) tapped my guilt button. …Oh well, we need conscientious and responsible members of the family like you so that the family benefits from contrast and diversity. I’m deciding I’m comfortable being the what-not-to-do end of this contrast. Am with you on the relaxing, sister! 😉 😉

  7. 69 Ladyhawke
    April 21, 2012 at 8:52 am


    High-frequency trader Optiver pays $14 million in oil manipulation case


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. regulators claimed their first victory in a four-year old effort to crack down on oil market manipulation on Thursday, announcing a $14 million settlement with high-frequency trading firm Optiver.

    In a ruling that came just two days after U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a renewed campaign against illegal oil trading schemes, the Amsterdam-based company agreed to disgorge $1 million in profits and pay a $13 million civil penalty over allegations it used a rapid-fire tool nicknamed “The Hammer” to influence U.S. oil prices in 2007.

    It was the first case brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in its 2008 effort to curb market malfeasance, launched as prices soared toward a record near $150 a barrel in the middle of that year.

    The case alleged that traders in Optiver’s Chicago office reaped a $1 million profit by engaging in a practice called “banging the close”, in which the firm attempted to move U.S. oil prices by executing a large volume of deals during the final moments of trading.



  8. 72 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

    This is an excellent timeline visual depicting the progress the Obama administration has made to date on LGBT issues. I hope Rachel has seen it before she goes off on one of her superficial rants against President Obama.


    • April 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

      That’s just brilliant Hopefruit, added it to the post – thank you!

    • 74 globalcitizenlinda
      April 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

      rachel is dedicated to her preferred lying rant on LGBT issues and NO AMOUNT OF TRUTH is going to change that!!!!!

      we all know rachel can do research and find facts on other subjects and present them.

      but there is no satisfying her until President Obama deals with EVERYTHING that ails the LGBT community and individual members (up to and including any mis-understandings that occur between any two people in a relationship).

      rachel has the blinders on on LGBT issues and there is no stopping her lies and feeling of slight – so I have given up on her EVER giving President Obama ANY CREDIT on the huge progress made since PBO was sworn in.

      • April 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Perhaps Rachel would be happier with the timeline from the Bush administration that shows all the wonderful stuff he did for the LGBT community. Oh wait….

        • 76 hopefruit2
          April 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm

          Or the projected timeline from the Romney-Ryan administration showing all the wonderful stuff they will do for the LGBT community – like re-instating DADT for instance.

      • 77 theo67
        April 21, 2012 at 11:43 am

        Rachel has a blind spot in this area for sure. I didn’t watch her show last night after seeing people upset on twitter – not sure if she had anything to say about this Liberty University commencement speech, considering what they think and do to gay people. If she doesn’t want to be grateful for what President Obama has done to reverse the damage done to the LGBT community by President Clinton, and what he’s done to advance their cause and raise awareness, then she should at least acknowledge that the alternative to President Obama on gay issues will make all the things she accuses President Obama of doing/not doing a reality (and much worse) under a Romney presidency (heaven forbid).

        • 78 Betsy
          April 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

          Rachel has been great this past week, until Friday. Friday her show was a pissing match about everything she’s been mad about, from the lack of a parade in NYC for the Iraq Vets, to PBO for LGBT rights, etc. Haven’t yet read that she married Susan, now that she can in MA…so don’t know why she’s so mad?

          • 79 theo67
            April 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

            I just don’t like the inconsistency, the partial truth. They have a President who has worked diligently, in very difficult circumstances, to make things better for LGBT. The President has done more than a lot of the ones who appear on TV. And the actual community seems to appreciate those efforts. It’s the ones who make their money on TV who seem upset. That could be said about every “special interest group” – blacks have Cornel, Tavis, the wig lady; Hispanics have Gutierrez; LGBT have Rachel, Dan Choi; Women have the PUMAs who’re still bitter over Hillary. The actual people who have spent years fighting for their causes, putting in the blood, sweat and tears – they appreciate progress. They know that their causes have moved forward by leaps and bounds under this President, after so many years of stagnation. The ones who appear on TV for money are the “Professional Left” that Gibbs talked about, who earn their livings through perpetual disappointment, and will lose money if things are getting solved, because they think they won’t have things to complain about anymore.

      • 80 57andFemale
        April 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        That’s when I lost respect for Rachel. We all have issues that are no. 1 for us but I won’t let my one issue cloud how I view the success of my President unless I think it might impact his chances of reelection. Rachel has done the opposite: she has let her issue become a club to be used against PBO because she has not gotten everything she wanted and gotten it instantly. Using it to hurt PBO instead of acknowledging his immense success. If PBO had gotten himself enbroiled in NYs marriage equality vote it actually would have hurt the bill’s chances of passage. There is no excuse for someone of Rachel’s intelligence to act this recklessly.

      • 81 prettyfoot58
        April 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        i think she is bothered that the President has not said that he is in favor of same sex marriage….although he has shown time and time again that he is not in favor of discriminationary laws based on sexual orientation….

    • 82 nospin
      April 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      This is so timely hopefruit2. (Thanks Chips for posting it).

      She has learned nothing. I can’t watch her. She has no issues making isht up if it matches her agenda.

  9. 83 vcprezofan2
    April 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Was tooling down to say ‘You’re late, Chips’ when I saw that portrait! 😆 😆 I just LOVE it! Chips Chica, you have such a pre-emptive talent for diffusing my acerbity! 😉 😉

    Goooood Morning, Chips & TODville! I was hanging around the POST button again today, then decided to do a quick peek at Twitter, when BAM! Chips slips it in! Oh well, it’s a beautiful Saturday, and I don’t have much time to be on today, and Chips posted a beauty, and life is good, and you’re SICK of my hovering-over-the-button troubles, and even in last place TOD is a terrific hangout, AND LIFE IS GOOD!!! 😆 😆 😆

    • 84 pugeretto
      April 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

      BAM is right!

      • 85 vcprezofan2
        April 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

        Oh YEAH, it brought the biggest smile to my face! I tell you, with PBO around and that purposeful face of his readily visible I ‘don’t need no medicine’. Life is good!

        Congrats on getting in under the wire even with sleepy eyes, Pugeretto! 😉

  10. April 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Sean Spier, RNC Dude, is telling News people that the Republucans will have the best ground game In History.
    You see, they mock us about everything! Everything!

    • 87 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Big mouths, little minds.

    • 88 Left-Indie
      April 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Don’t know much about the RNC, but why isn’t this possible? Ground game takes motivated people (evangelicals, Obama haters, T-baggers, Neo-nazi party, etc) and lots of money. They have both. When I hear Obama has far more offices open in Florida, I’m happy but I’m also thinking that is not a solid advantage. The other side, with their unlimited funds, can stand an army quickly, too. Let’s hope there is more to it.

      • April 21, 2012 at 10:38 am

        It’s not possible, because rove will only use his funds on ads, the RNC has 32 million COH and are 10 million in debt.
        That is how they are starting to build their so called ground game!

      • April 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

        Good point which means we have to work that much harder.

      • 91 Mae who love our CIC
        April 21, 2012 at 11:56 am

        Left Indie, the Obama team is enhancing the ground game that they had in 2008. Florida was won in early voting before the general election. It is the ground game. Personal contact outweighs the blanket of negative ads that lie.

    • 92 Pamela
      April 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

      They mock only themselves.

    • 93 globalcitizenlinda
      April 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

      and this is the same rnc which could not even organize a caucus in many states this year??

      well, let us take them at their word and re-double our efforts to refine our ground game

    • 94 jacquelineoboomer
      April 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Does Spier rhyme with Liar?

  11. 95 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Henry the Eighth’s sister is getting married! Lovely bride.

    April 21, 2012 at 9:10 am


  13. April 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Happy Earth Day TOD Family!

  14. April 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

    If Chris Hayes wants to have a conversation about Climate change, he should have on somebody from the Administration.
    Secretary Chu and Lisa Jackson has been doing great work, under the radar!
    AARPA-E is also doing great work… One such accomplishment, cheap carbon capture coal plant in San Antonio! First ever carbon capture plant being built with a grant from the DOE!
    You think, if Chris really cared, he would mention this, that we are now able to store wind and solar energy, because of Stephen Chu.
    And Lisa Jackson fines big Companies, every day, for clean air act and clean water act violations, and makes them clean it up.

    • 107 hopefruit2
      April 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

      I don’t watch that show. I don’t need to be so frustrated first thing in the morning. If he has a good segment on I will hear about it on Twitter or TOD.

    • 108 Linda
      April 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Why did he wait until Christine Todd Whitman left to say that the courts ruled against her statement that the air was safe.

      His show last week was good….but that is the only one so far that was IMO.

    • 109 utaustinliberal
      April 21, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Exactly. He had on Christine Todd Whitman EPA Admin. under GWB and former horrible GOP Gov. of NJ who was praising Reagan – the ultimate climate change denier – as an environmental savior and bashing Al Gore. Then you had a republican meteorologist who believes climate change is real but still votes GOP climate change deniers into office. The level of cognitive dissonance was hilarious.

  15. 110 prettyfoot58
    April 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Goooooood Morning..Chipsss and the TOD fam….

    In the early days of the President’s administration we were on the brink of another great depression…how close we were…we will never truly understand…just thinking about that…scares me to no end….

    the President was up against the Party of NO and their allies….who used racism….and fear to keep us all divided….

    if not for the tenacity of the President and his democratic allies….the ship would have been lost…

    now we sit back and see what was accomplished….those on the left are upset because the President could not be a miracle worker and get all that they wanted…yet they overlook what he has been able to accomplish…i often wonder who side they are on…

    then there is the other side…the folks who want to bleed our country dry for their own purposes and do not care who suffers because of it…

    one thing that i have learned that when you have a disfunctional gov as we have now…that it takes creativity on the part of the President to get anything done and in addition his call on use to contact our elected representatives…

    i ask my neighbors and friend…to think about where we woould be if the Repubs had not obstructed the President…

    heading out today to my Weight Watchers class…then the Obama 2012 election headquarters to do phone banking….

    i agree with the Vice-President that it will take a phenominal ground game to defeat all the money from the other side…

    i send out emails …tweet….do the fb thing….talk to my neighbors…direct them to this blog…whitehouse.gov….c-span …etc….to give them alternatives to the MSM….

    this is my small contribution…but if i become like that pebble thrown in the lake….my small efforts will have a bigger effect….

    Pressssssssssssssss ON!…

  16. 113 a4alice
    April 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

    hey check this out you guys. I just tweeted this over to Bob – this might also help us to re-elect PBO – Fear of the Koch brothers!


    • 114 hopefruit2
      April 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Indeed alice – another very informative piece! R’ted. Thanks.

    • 115 desertflower
      April 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Good find, alice:) These guys back Romney and will throw tons of money around to try and defeat PBO….they know that Romney will allow them to do whatever they want to with regard to the environment,laws that favor them etc….because Romney has no spine and is one of them….these men are more than dangerous! Everyone needs to see this Greenwald film when it comes out May 8th, and pass it like wildfire.

    • 117 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      April 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you Alice – RT’d for you. Very important to continue to expose these guys. Correlation with the two charts in Chips post, above, is just how stark the issue is – PLUTOCRATS v 99 % of Americans. That’s what’s on the line 6 Nov 2012.


  17. 119 Ceb
    April 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Good morning everyone,

    I have finally joined twitter; playing around on the site trying to figure this out. So far, following PBO, the white house and top tweets.

    I may need a bit of hand-holding and advice because my tech skills are almost non-existent. But I wanted to add to my arsenal in the fight to support the best president ever. I doubt that I will have anything to say that would make anyone want to follow me, but I will add my twitter name to the TOD log once I figure out how to do that.

    Have a great weekend TOD ohana.

    • 120 a4alice
      April 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

      what’s your handle Ceb? mine is @a4alice

      • 121 Ceb
        April 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

        I am not sure. Is the user name the handle? . I went over to the TOD Twitter page from the blog roll to add my info but hesitated because mine looks so different from the others and Inwas not sure if this is want is needed.

        • 122 a4alice
          April 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

          that’s right. so when i log in to my twitter account and they ask me for my user name it’s a4alice. The @ sign is so that when you on twitter you can actually send a tweet to that person I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you on the TOD list 🙂

          • 123 Ceb
            April 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

            Thanks Alice. I went back over and added mine to the list. Going back over to go through the steps to follow the TOD family.

            If I put in the right thing I am elenab07972243.

    • 124 utaustinliberal
      April 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Tell Chipsticks your twitter handle. She will add you to The Obama Diary twitter list. Go to the twitter search button, type in The Obama Diary and then follow the folks on that list.

  18. 133 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Bo poses for a pic this morning during a WH photowalk session 🙂

    • 134 globalcitizenlinda
      April 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

      I have never seen a dog know HOW to strut its stuff like BO!

      BO definitely knows that he is The First Dog and therefore he has to
      – behave accordingly (as First among dogs),
      – expect scrutiny from the paparazzi and the world,
      – not embarrass other dogs in any way, and
      – provide a good example to younger dogs that look up to him.

      BO has his responsibilities down!!

    • 139 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

      😀 King Bo is living the life!

    • 140 CEB
      April 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

      It is amazing that Bo is so calm around strage people and crowds. Is his nature the usual for water dogs?

    • 142 anniebella
      April 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Bo is so precious.

  19. 143 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Priorities USA: Romney has something to hide on taxes

    // The fact that Mitt Romney has declined to release more than one year of tax returns amounts to proof that he’s hiding something politically damaging, the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action argues in a memo set for release this weekend.

    Authored by former White House spokesman and Priorities USA strategist Bill Burton, the document aims to keep the pressure on Romney over his decision to make public only his 2010 and as-yet-uncompleted 2011 returns to the public. Burton outlines why the tax issue is a lose-lose for Romney, arguing that the Republican “could decide to face months of bipartisan criticism for a failure to release his tax returns or he could confirm damaging information including further tax avoidance, new offshore accounts, and an even lower tax rate in previous years.”

    “If there were nothing damaging in his tax returns, Romney would have already released them,” Burton writes in the memo shared with POLITICO. “Instead, Romney appears to have decided that the information in his returns is so problematic that he will endure criticism from the right and left for his refusal to follow a well-established standard of transparency for Presidential candidates.” //


  20. 145 a4alice
    April 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

    well i gotta go catch up on my gardening c u l8r! 🙂

  21. April 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  22. 149 amk for obama
    April 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

  23. April 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Robney just said, I will build that Keystone pipeline if I have to myself.
    First of all, good English. Secondly, pandering to the Koch Brothers- will not win him the Presidency, but it will get his Super PAC more millions.
    You see how he campaigns, indirectly, for Super PAC money? Slick willy! Real skick!

  24. 159 Pamela
    April 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Hello! Good morning! Good bye, for now! Will peek in as openings allow! {{{{{{{{{{Chips}}}}}}}}}. 🙂

  25. April 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

    But Obama’s campaign entered April with $104 million in the bank — more than 10 times the $10.1 million that Romney had. His joint committee had another $37.5 million on hand.

    The president’s reelection campaign spent $15.6 million last month, and his joint committee spent $22 million.


    104 million COH! In 08 after the primary, Senator Obama did not have near that amount of money. So, this is great!

  26. 162 utaustinliberal
    April 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for the OFA LGBT progress list. I’m gonna keep tweeting the heck out of it.

  27. 166 desertflower
    April 21, 2012 at 10:42 am


    Republicans have a Hispanic problem.
    Unless they can find ways to begin convincing the nation’s fastest growing population — Hispanics accounted for half of all the growth of the U.S. population over the last decade — that the GOP is a potential political home for them, they won’t remain a credible national party in 2016, 2020 and beyond.

    And they deserve EVERY BIT of that problem! I hope this puts a nail in their hateful coffin for generations.

  28. 167 lamh35
    April 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Do We Dare Fight Back?

    I can’t understand the mentality of people who worry about the “taint” that comes from standing up for yourself, all while the Obama brand is being subject to a daily river of shit being forced into the media by the Republicans and the Romney campaign.

    Also, too: my inbox is full of mail from an Obama operative assigned specifically to pick and package items for bloggers, and she’s very good. While the Republicans have been tearing themselves apart, Obama’s been building a top-notch, professional campaign.

  29. 168 desertflower
    April 21, 2012 at 10:48 am


    Poster says” When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist.”

    • 170 miss pat
      April 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Pity the bear he slightly missed didn’t turn around and eat him. But the bear wouldn’t want any part of his unwashed behind. Still funking from the 60s when he went to the draft board all stinky. Nasty man.

    • 171 vitaminlover
      April 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Well, the nut case DID say that he would be in jail or dead when Oour Beloved President got re-elected so to jail he goes cause President Obama IS getting re-elected. (smile)

  30. April 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

    The Senate Appropriations Committee allocated nearly the same amount for the 2013 Pentagon budget that President Obama has requested, but there’s one caveat: the panel put nearly $5 billion more in the war budget.

    The committee said Thursday its Defense Department spending will include $93.3 billion in overseas contingency operations (OCO), which funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an increase of $4.9 billion from the Pentagon’s $88.4 billion request.

    With the shift, the committee’s overall $604 billion allocation for the base Pentagon budget and OCO is essentially in line with the Pentagon’s budget request.

    Besides the fact that Levin is nuts, what is wrong with this article? Hint: Iraq War???

  31. 173 desertflower
    April 21, 2012 at 11:09 am


    TEMPE, Ariz. — A former president of the University of Arizona pleaded with Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Friday to support some version of the Dream Act to give “a glimmer of hope” to college students who are not in the United States legally.

    “They’re bright, they can help carry this country forward,” Manuel Pacheco told Romney during a roundtable discussion with Latino business leaders in Tempe. “I think it would be a shame to lose that particular talent that they bring.”

    Romney listened politely, nodding, as Pacheco pushed him to effectively change his strong opposition to the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented college students.

    When Pacheco was done speaking, Romney said: “Thank you! Appreciate that! Thank you.” He then turned to the next participant and did not discuss the matter further.

    Not going to cut it, Mitt.

    • 174 amk for obama
      April 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

      If these latinos think that rethugs give a shite about them, they’re idjits.

      • 175 desertflower
        April 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

        Absolutely. As usual. Republicans think Latinos are stupid (as they think the entire electorate is stupid). They believe this at their peril. ESPECIALLY in AZ where we have had to suffer the fear mongering and hatefulness of SB 1070! Do they REALLY think that they FORGOT this???? Condesending, arrogant liars

    • 176 EDP4BHO
      April 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      “pleaded………. to support some version of the Dream Act to give “a glimmer of hope” to college students who are not in the United States legally.”

      Okay, hello and soon to be gone (chores) TOD, but this person “pleaded” with Bozo (good, I just found my name for the creature) to support something PBO already supports? I am too done with some people. I’m going back to my chores on this bright sunny day, and forget for a while that I live in the dumbest country in the world.

    • 177 nospin
      April 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      “A former president of the University of Arizona pleaded with Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Friday to support some version of the Dream Act to give “a glimmer of hope” to college students who are not in the United States legally. When Pacheco was done speaking, Romney said: “Thank you! Appreciate that! Thank you.” He then turned to the next participant”.

      That was funny as hell. I feel no sympathy for Pacheco. It’s not like he doesn’t know what Romney intends to do. He would be better served GOTV for Dems this fall.

      • 178 desertflower
        April 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        Exactly. They want to keep believing, in spite of the facts. What a fool. Guess he wants to know what the underside of a bus looks like.

  32. 179 desertflower
    April 21, 2012 at 11:19 am


    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a nine-state cap-and-trade market designed to reduce emissions in the utility sector 10% by 2018. A recent independent analysis showed that the program has already created $1.6 billion in economic value and set the stage for $1.1 billion in ratepayer savings through investments in efficiency and renewable energy.
    This latest report shows that states under the RGGI program saw a 20% greater reduction in per-capita carbon emissions than non-RGGI states — all while growing per-capita GDP at double the rate of the rest of the country.


    The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity actually claimed that RGGI would drive rates up in New Jersey by 90%. And New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pulled his state out of the program, calling it a “gimmicky tax.” According to program administrators, proceeds from carbon credit auctions brought $29 million to New Jersey in 2010, leveraging $3 to $4 in benefits for every dollar invested.
    Opponents who claim cap and trade is bad for the economy simply don’t have a leg to stand on.

  33. April 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Well, getting ready to knock on some Doors for our Campaign.
    I hate this, but I do it for the cause and because POTUS needs help!

  34. 186 desertflower
    April 21, 2012 at 11:23 am


    LIVING NEAR A GOOD SCHOOL COSTS MORE THAN $200,000 | According to a new study from the Brookings Institution, “home values are $205,000 higher, on average, in neighborhoods with high-scoring public schools versus schools with low scores.” This pushes up housing costs in areas around good schools by an average of $11,000 per year. The Huffington Post’s Peter Goodman notes that the study “brings home the fact that many people now behind on their mortgages got there not because of stupidity or gluttony, but because of the high cost of satisfying a societal imperative: They wanted to put their children in good schools.”

  35. 187 desertflower
    April 21, 2012 at 11:26 am


    Republicans Advance Proposal To Undermine Obamacare By Penalizing People Who Get Married

  36. 188 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Here we go…

  37. 198 Linda
    April 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Interesting factoid.

    Recessions Since 1950 and Party in WH at Onset

    Jul 1953 – May 1954 Republican
    Aug 1957 – Apr 1958 Republican
    Apr 1960 – Feb 1961 Republican
    Dec 1969 – Nov 1970 Republican
    Nov 1973 – Mar 1975 Republican
    Jan 1980 – July 1980 Democrat
    Jul 1981 – Nov 1982 Republican
    Jul 1990 – Mar 1991 Republican
    Mar 2001 – Nov 2001 Republican
    Dec 2007- Jun 2009 Republican

    There have been 22 recessions since 1900.
    16 have started under Republican leadership, 6 under Democrat leadership

  38. 203 Bill R.
    April 21, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Are there any Catholics from Chicago here? Cardinal Francis George has been turning the Catholic Church into an arm of the GOP and his racism is apparent in this effort. Why should Obama supporters keep giving their money every Sunday to this creep, and to the institution that is opposing everything our President is trying to do, and accusing him of being anti-religion and anti-God?? The Roman Catholic Church simply uses the money they get to fight our President and the cause of social justice in this country. At least in Seattle the parishes there are now refusing to participate in the anti-gay marriage campaign the Catholic Church is spending millions of their money to perpetrate on citizens of the state of Washington. Excuse me, Catholics of Chicago, do you have a conscience? St. Thomas Aquinas said that individual conscience is primary and should be followed over any institutional imperative. There are many AA parishes in Chicago. How do they feel about a racist Archbishop denigrating and promoting hate of President Obama??

    • 204 EDP4BHO
      April 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      I’m still trying to understand how Africans of any stripe could belong to catholicism. The Catholic church was a big proponent of the slave trade, and as it stands today, is still pretty much racist. No black pope yet? Just my 2 cents. Not meant to offend, just awaken.

      • 205 Bill R.
        April 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

        Well, the fact is they do. And the previous Cardinal of Chicago was very strong on social justice and considered a liberal in the Church. All those bishops and cardinals have died or been purged. There are very progressive AA parishes in Chicago, but they have to stand up now and call out Cardinal George on his racism and alignment with the teabagger GOP against our President and against the cause of social justice.

        • 206 Left-Indie
          April 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

          And Southern Baptists and evangelicals are better on race how? And what did this Cardinal says that was racist? All I heard was the usual Obama is “anti-religious freedom” yada, yada. To critize the prez on policy stands is no racism. To attack his person as such is. Did he go there? I’m not Catholic, but just asking.

          • 207 EDP4BHO
            April 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm

            Bill, above, noted his racism. I didn’t have to . It’s apparent by the association with their connection to rethugs. Come on.

          • 208 Chi
            April 22, 2012 at 5:30 am

            I am an active and devout daily mass rosary praying Catholic…

            And yes Left-indie, Cardinal George is virulently racist as are so many in the hierarchy of the Catholic church…

            You Left-Indie seem terribly dismissive of racism and it would appear that you would have us believe that the varying degrees to which those in different denominations are racist somehow absolves them and even trivializes the concerns of those who call attention to its existence in places of worship and those who run them…

            Actually, you Left-Indie seem terribly invested in neutralizing any focus on glaring issues that highlight the general and specific instances of historic mistreatment and disrespect of and racist attacks on President Obama no matter how subtly packaged…

            Actually, you seem very heavily invested in dampening spirits and enthusiasm generally around here…

            Not buying the devils advocate contention…

            So begs the quesion…What’s your game really…?

            • 209 Left-Indie
              April 22, 2012 at 9:29 am

              I take racism charge seriously, Chi. I ran diversity training in earlier life. I take that charge seriously. Politacal disagreements and racism ain’t the same. Every attack on the president ain’t about racism. To paint all that way is a big mistake for a supporter of the president. As for dampening spirits, up and down polls dampen spirits more than anything and you will never catch me talking about one. And you will never catch me talk down an Obama policy. Not a one. You may catch me, however, react to frivolous charges of racism. Throwing it around so much robs it of it’s weight.

        • 210 EDP4BHO
          April 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

          Taking a break from gardening. As I said, not to offend, but the whole Christian church is guilty. And even as I stand a Christian myself, there are the facts of the powers that be. Just as in the established churches of every denomination, Sunday remains the most segregated day of the week. I personally do not see any origins of African culture in the Catholic church. Only lately has it begun to embrace a more diverse culture, wherein your old-time Baptist and Episcopal churches were embraced by AA’s since slavery, and this was out of shear necessity. Hey we are all free to worship however, but I gave my OPINION. No offense meant.

    • April 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      All you need to know about George is where he’s from….when I found out that, it explained everything I needed to know about him.

      And yes, I believe the man’s a racist.

  39. 212 amk for obama
    April 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

  40. 213 amk for obama
    April 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

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

      Mitt Romney won’t release his tax returns, now he won’t release his fundraisers, Romney is hiding alot of things, can someone like that be trusted? I don’t think so.

      • 215 anniebella
        April 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        Romney’s Father released 12 years of his tax returns, why isn’t Mitt more like his father.

        • 216 anniebella
          April 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

          I wonder how Mitt and Ann dancing horse is doing in the contest overseas. Do you guys think the Romneys have a elevator for their horses? Mitt Romney is a arrogant punk ass, he talks of how he is not going to apologize for his success, but a humble man, a man who truly care about people, would say I won’t apologize for being successful, but I will thank God for all his blessings. But not that arrogant punk ass.

  41. 217 amk for obama
    April 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

  42. 218 amk for obama
    April 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  43. 219 amk for obama
    April 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  44. 222 Linda
    April 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    2 hours after Romney announced as commenc. speaker, Liberty Univ facebook flooded w negative remarks.


  45. 223 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    2 of many tweets in my TL targeting those who should castigate Manchin for his disloyalty to the President and the American people ….



  46. 224 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Here are a bunch of WTF photoshopped Obama moments! 🙂 🙂 🙂 ROTFLMAO!


  47. 225 EDP4BHO
    April 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    So I don’t watch Alex the Twit, but just happened to come across it, changing channels, and her little AA commenter and she were a bit too giddy about the fact that Romney (I haven’t found a name for the creature yet) will have eventually out-raised PBO in funds. That our super pacs were not being funded as well. I am so hoping that this election will be able to prove that it is not money but positive messaging and boots on the ground that wins in the end.

  48. 226 amk for obama
    April 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    A BJ post

    The Problem with Obama

    Obama is too black
    Obama is too white
    Obama is not black enough
    Obama’s lack of Washington experience problem
    Obama’s Hispanic problem
    Obama’s Asian problem
    Obama’s Jewish problem
    Obama’s Catholic problem
    Obama’s Black voter problem
    Obama’s White voter problem
    Obama’s elderly problem
    Obama’s women problem
    Obama’s white elderly women voter problem
    Obama’s reliance on young people problem
    Obama’s white collar voter problem
    Obama’s blue collar voter problem
    Obama’s Reverend Wright problem
    Obama’s problem with not being vetted
    Obama’s Muslim perception problem
    Obama’s elitist perception problem
    Obama’s aloofness problem
    Obama’s big state problem
    Obama’s small state problem
    Obama’s problem with the Right
    Obama’s problem with the Left
    Obama’s Hillary Clinton problem
    Obama’s Bill Clinton problem
    Obama’s Ronald Reagan problem
    Obama’s Jesse Jackson problem
    Obama’s Michelle Obama problem
    Obama’s bowling problem
    Obama’s lapel pin problem
    Obama’s problem with Hillary voters
    Obama’s Pledge of Allegiance problem
    Obama’s Populist message problem
    Obama’s problem with speaking against Iraq invasion
    Obama’s 50 State problem
    Obama’s gun problem
    Obama’s abortion problem
    Obama’s Foreign policy problem
    Obama’s Domestic policy problem
    Obama’s surrogate problem
    Obama’s Appalachian problem
    Obama’s Israel problem
    Obama’s Pakistan problem
    Obama’s Iran problem
    Obama’s Cuba problem
    Obama’s Florida problem
    Obama’s popularity problem
    Obama’s problem with living abroad
    Obama’s problem with not traveling abroad
    Obama’s problem with traveling abroad
    Obama’s patriotism problem
    Obama’s endorsement problem
    Obama’s Union problem
    Obama’s Business problem
    Obama’s working class problem
    Obama’s Internet whisper problem
    Obama’s small donor problem
    Obama’s big donor problem
    Obama’s Liberal voting record problem
    Obama’s stadium convention problem
    Obama’s problem with leading McCain in the polls
    Obama’s Bubba Gap problem
    Obama’s arugula problem
    Obama’s orange juice problem
    Obama’s fundraising problem
    Obama’s media attention problem
    Obama’s problem with problems

    • 227 EDP4BHO
      April 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      We could add his “cockiness” problem. And the mother of all is the “teleprompter” problem. Sheesh! It’s a wonder he still stands, all in one piece.

      • 228 amk for obama
        April 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        The best is his orange juice problem. wtf is that ?

          • 230 itgurl_29
            April 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm

            I didn’t even see it when he discussed the “orange juice scandal” with Shuster. So Tweety actually talked about it twice because I saw him discuss it with Fineman. Looks like they were going to try to make it a meme and it flopped.

          • 232 EDP4BHO
            April 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

            And this is exactly why you will never ever read of me giving kudos of any kind to that jackass. I cannot stand Matthews. He is a piece of pure d shit. From then to now. I drink orange juice any time of day. I guess he adheres to his “breakfast of champions” idea with the bowl of cereal, a glass of milk and a little glass of orange juice. You know, real Amerikan-like ? As a matter of fact, I just had some OJ and after my gardening efforts, I could use some more. Mickey fickey the whole lot of ’em !

            • 233 TrumpDog
              April 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

              I drink OJ all day as well. It’s refreshing and very filling. It also has no fat grams (calories can quickly add up though). Still, I love drinking it and had no idea it was a no-no 🙄

        • 234 itgurl_29
          April 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

          Howard Fineman and Chris Matthews said that Sen. Obama would surely lose the Iowa primary because at a diner, he was offered coffee and asked for orange juice instead. Apparently, this was supposed to doom him because real Iowans never ever drink orange juice in the morning. According to Fineman and Matthews, drinking orange juice in the morning is some weird thing only Chicago college professors do and the people in that Iowa diner simply could never imagine drinking orange juice with their breakfast instead of coffee.

          • 235 Suzette
            April 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

            I didn’t hear about this “scandal”, but you must be kidding – orange juice!!
            I can not believe people sit down everyday and make everything this President does their problem. They need to get a life.

          • 238 Cha
            April 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

            I bet young Barack Obama got some Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice on the Island, too, from his Tutu! 🙂 Maybe some Pineapple, also.

            Maybe Senator Obama already had coffee and didn’t want to over do it. Ha!

    • April 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      That is an amazing and oh so true list. I think that’s why the snark phrase “Good news for John McCain” took off. What’s unfathomable to me is it appears that Robme will get the same water carrier treatment. How can an unlikeable, pathological liar get the MSM to almost universally ignore the huge defects of Mitt Robme?

      P.S. Afternoon TOD family. Today is my 59th birthday and am actually feeling a little glum. I told my partner that next year when I turn 60 she’ll have to hide all sharp objects!

      • 240 amk for obama
        April 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        Happy b’day pb. We all wish we don’t age. Have a blast.

        • April 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm

          Thanks, amk. My partner has been buying me little gifts all week and had a few special ones this morning. Tomorrow we go to favorite champagne brunch (replete with hot crab legs, salmon, fresh shrimp,etc.) which has a spectacular view of the ocean

          • 242 globalcitizenlinda
            April 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

            Happy Birthday Pamela! May you have many more years to enjoy life.

            and yes, you are still very young – fitting right into President Obama’s young supporters demographic but we expect you to prove the media wrong and show up to vote

      • 244 desertflower
        April 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        Happy Birthday!! You just haven’t received the CHIPS BIRTHDAY TREATMENT!!! When she finds out, you’ll feel much better:) Age is just a number! And 59 is the new 40..party on, woman! You’re just getting started!

      • 247 Linda
        April 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        Don’t feel glum pamela…..you are closer to getting your Social Security….. I grabbed mine at 62 and still work part time.

        • April 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

          Thank you, dear Linda. Actually birthdays unfazed me until I turned @ 52 and started getting AARP solicitations. Plus, there’s a little “vanity, thy name is woman” going on.

      • 249 nospin
        April 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        Happy Birthday pamelabrown53

      • 251 sherijr
        April 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        Happy Birthday Pamela~ best wishes to you for a lovely day 🙂

      • 254 Dudette
        April 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Happy Birthday PB53!!! I hope you find your out of the glum and get back to the glory! A massage, some fun in the sun, and a nice glass of Pinot could help! 🙂

      • 256 57andFemale
        April 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        Happy birthday!

      • 257 TrumpDog
        April 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        A very happy birthday to you! 🙂

        • April 21, 2012 at 11:29 pm

          Pamelabrown53, enjoy your birthday and relax and have a great time eating the great seafood, sipping on your lovely Sauvignon Blanc and let that pleasuree filled your heart with laughter and fun. Your 59 is a great time, it is the put on your beautiful slick outfit and dance, dance, dance and really ring in the year.

          I will lift up a lovely glass of my favorite white wine for your special day with your partner and dear friends. Have a Great time, Pamelabrown53.HZ

    • 259 jacquelineoboomer
      April 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Obama’s problem? He’s gonna win in a landslide in 2012 and have to put up with all the schmucks who give him a problem.

      I’ll be his problem. I’m a voter!

      Obama-Biden 2012!

      • 260 Don
        April 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

        Short and Sweet, your comment just made my day even better.

        • 261 jacquelineoboomer
          April 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm

          And your response, mine.

          Actually, you may address me as “Tall and Sweet,” unless you were specifically referring to my comment as being “Short and Sweet,” then: thank you. 🙂

    • 262 globalcitizenlinda
      April 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm


      how in the world would you forget to add Obama’s Mustard/Ketchup on Hotdog Problem? Have you already forgotten how in the last election cycle, the media told us that PBO was definetly lossing middle America because he put mustard and/or ketchup on his hotdog?

      • 263 57andFemale
        April 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        And Repubs will vote for a vulture capitalist who avoided Vietnam evangelizing on the Riviera for three years! Hypocrisy thy name is Republican.

  49. 264 amk for obama
    April 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  50. 265 collegekay
    April 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Good afternoon all. Today and tomorrow the White House is hosting the Spring Garden tours. It’s a really nice event. I was volunteering this morning passing out tickets on the National Mall. People are so graceful to have the opportunity to get on the White House grounds. These folks recognize that PBO and the First Family have been extremely adamant in making sure the PEOPLE take advantage of the People’s house.

    If you’re in or around DC make sure to check it out. Tickets are free.

    Also, I noticed whenever I get out amongst the people (and away from my computer and twitter), it kind of takes my mind off the election. It’s a stress reliever lol.
    So please don’t get down about the ups and downs of the campaign. Take a deep breath…

    sidenote: Last night I had a dream that PBO was my professor (????) and the only class I was taking was taught by him. Weird as hell.

  51. 266 hgerhard
    April 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Like everything else, the donations received by political candidates are open to many different interpretations. However, one small detail is never mentioned: a corporation that gives a donation is often just engaging in the game of influence peddling; a working mom or a cash-strapped senior citizen or struggling small business owner who makes a pledge to donate $ 10.00 a month or chip in $ 25.00 as a one-time donation will in all probability vote for the President. And every one of these small donors has a family and/or circle of friends who are also likely to favor the President’s agenda and vote for him. A majority of those $ 3.00 donors are most likely volunteers who not only contribute whatever they can afford but also constitute the heart of a rapidly growing grassroots organization. All in all, I simply don’t see anything negative for the President in this fundraising report.

    • 267 desertflower
      April 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Absolutely:) He has the power of the people behind him…no sad face for me:) Corporations don’t vote. People do!

  52. 268 desertflower
    April 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    These are the kinds of people that give money to Romney. Disgraced former traders.


  53. 275 globalcitizenlinda
    April 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I see that some here are quite incredulous about President Obama’s “Orange juice Scandal” in 2008!

    But to me the MSM promoting the “scandal” on orange juice was just as surprising to me as when they went after PBO for asking for either mustard or ketchup to add to his burger/hotdog!!

    I could not believe the time that was spent on this and how reporters breathlessly predicted that it is going to cause him to loose votes in the Midwest.

    so much garbage journalism, so little time

  54. 280 Dudette
    April 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Tomorrow, Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day.Take some time to appreciate this bountiful earth and do something for her.

    Here’s a great website with some ideas:

    By the way, here’s what our President is doing in honor of Earth Day:

    Earth Day Presidential Proclamation

  55. 281 desertflower
    April 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Food for thought. Why isn’t KKKarl Rove sharing a jail cell with Cheney again?


    You need to know this. A secret cadre of rich people, corporations, and possibly even foreign powers are buying our elections – and we don’t even know who they are. Karl Rove’s Crossroads SuperPACs have raised $123 million since 2010 to use against President Obama and Democrats nationwide. That’s more money than the John McCain campaign spent in the entire 2008 presidential election. But, as the Center for Public Integrity points put – 62% of that money – or $76 million – comes from fewer than 100 completely secret donors. That means a handful of very wealthy and powerful forces are spending big bucks to run ads to build up or destroy American politicians and we’ll never know what sort of string are attached. That money could be coming from oil barons at BP – banksters at Goldman Sachs – or war profiteers at Lockheed Martin. Or – it could be coming from foreign dictators like Mahmoud Ahmadenijad. After all – Republicans have always been good to the Iranians. Reagan sold them weapons in the 1980’s – Dick Cheney sold them material that could be used to build nuclear weapons in the 1990’s – and George W. Bush took out Iran’s biggest enemy – Saddam Hussein – in 2006. So the question – is Karl Rove using Ahmadenijad’s money to destroy Democratic politicians? Or is it just money from American oil and Wall Street oligarchs?

    • 282 globalcitizenlinda
      April 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      I am not a typical advocate for the hackers but this is one area where revealing WHO these secret donors are could help the nation.

      anonymous could just shine some light here – would bring the names of these political cockroaches out to the forefront of the American voter

  56. 283 Ladyhawke
    April 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm


    Let’s clear the air.


    The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision opened floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections, much of which is spent on often misleading and manipulative attack ads. But identifying false claims, unveiling who funds and approves them, and preventing such media manipulation from moving beyond commercial media into public television is imperative to preserving our democracy. The FCC, some local TV stations, and organizations like The Sunlight Foundation, ProPublica, Free Press, FactCheck.org, and the New America Foundation are leading the way. And we’re jumping in, too. This page aims to help by providing you with information, empowerment tools and links to help you make a difference in the cause of campaign integrity and transparency. We’ll keep adding materials and suggesting helpful sites and sources as we come across them. You can help by suggesting your own ideas and possible partners. Let’s clear the air.



  57. 284 Ladyhawke
    April 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    PAC Track

    What and Where are the Super PACs Spending?

    By Al Shaw and Kim Barker, ProPublica. Updated April 21, 2012, 12:00 a.m. EST

    Two federal court rulings in 2010 paved the way for the ascent of “super PACs,” political action committees that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political races, as long as they don’t coordinate with a specific candidate. And so far, they’re spending heavily on the Republican race. This app, part of our long-term investigation into “dark money,” keeps track of where super PACs are spending and raising their cash to influence the presidential race.


  58. 285 Dudette
    April 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    On my way out for a walk with my nephew. We’re going watch the ducks in the pond, maybe toss around a frisbee and chase the puppy around. Is there really anything better to do on a Saturday afternoon? I hope everyone has a splendiforous rest of the day. See ya later!

  59. 286 Ladyhawke
    April 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    It Takes Dark Money to Make Dark Money

    Karl Rove’s dark-money group doles out $2.75 million to an outfit fighting to keep dark money in the dark.


    When Crossroads GPS, the conservative nonprofit started by GOP political gurus Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, isn’t dropping millions of dollars on anti-Obama ads, it’s doling out tens of millions more to like-minded groups. “The ATM of the Right,” Politico recently called Crossroads. Between May 2010 and December 2011, new tax records show, Crossroads gave $4 million to Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform and $500,000 to former Sen. Norm Coleman’s American Action Network, among others.

    But there was another recipient of Crossroads cash that stood out: the Center for Individual Freedom, which snagged $2.75 million. Among political money experts, CFIF is known for its aggressive legal strategy aimed at toppling disclosure laws at the state level. In other words, Crossroads GPS, which doesn’t name its donors, gave millions to another dark-money group whose goals include fighting to keep dark money in the dark.



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