touching lives …..

President Obama (Rolling Stone):

“You generally don’t hear in the press about what goes right, but you do hear it from the people who were impacted by it. I tell you, not a day passes where somewhere, somehow, I don’t hear about something we’ve done that’s really touched somebody directly.

Somebody writes and says, “I’m 25 years old, and because of health care reform, I was able to stay on my parents’ plan and ended up getting a checkup, and it turned out that I had a tumor and it was caught early, and I just want you to know that treatment is going well, and I really think this health care bill saved my life.”

Or you’re in a rope line and somebody says, “I know you’ve been criticized because a lot of folks have had their homes foreclosed on, but your housing program actually helped me stay in my home, and it’s made all the difference in the world.”

There’s an incredible generosity and recognition from people that these are tough times. It reminds you of what an incredible privilege it is to occupy this office. You’re touching people on a day-to-day basis, and sometimes you don’t even know it.

My hair is grayer, and obviously you get dinged up and bruised in this job. But my confidence in the American people is stronger than it was when I came into office, and my determination to do right by them and make sure that every morning, I wake up trying to figure out, “How do I improve their prospects?” That determination burns brighter than it did back in 2008″.

Read the full interview here

Thanks BWD

President Barack Obama stops to view the moon and Venus before boarding Marine One in Boulder, Colo., April 24, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

393 Responses to “touching lives …..”

  1. 1 collegekay
    April 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm


    • 2 Proud Former White House Intern
      April 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Congrats college Kay

      • 4 collegekay
        April 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm

        Thanks Chips! I’ve never seen this one.

      • 5 lisalovesobama
        April 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. sexy. :mrgreen:

      • 6 Dudette
        April 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        Shiver me timbers that’s one fine specimen!

        • April 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

          😆 Hellooooooooo Dudette!

          • 8 Dudette
            April 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm

            Helloooooooooo, Chips-daaahlin’!

            • 9 HZ
              April 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

              Hi Chips. May we have the ‘Official Naughty Mats’ and then for the lesser offenders(I will not name names, but….) have a ‘Smaller Naughty Mat’?

              You know I dressed my long beautiful legs the other day in the ‘special cocoa butter’ that many of us within the family here use , (especially now that it is getting warmer,) and I saw POB on Fallon’s Show, and I knew that I needed the “Official Naughty Mat.’ Just confessing to my family. It is very difficult to try and wrap them around the intellectual topics being discussed by POB sometimes ,so the appropriate and official brand of our cocoa butter need to be applied when these topics are being discussed and presented by POTUS.

              We need to move in a very smooth and intellectual way, if we plan to travel as many miles with these legs as it seems that we just might have to do in this election. Be Ready TOD Family. Just saying.

              I thought that you might need to bring the ‘Official Mats” out early now that Jim Messina has informed us of the kick off of POB’s getting out on the trial on May 5th. With all of the exposure to all of the stop and go townhall meetings, and other events, the legs will certainly need some dressing to keep up with our wonderful POTUS.

              I stocked up on my cocoa butter a few weeks ago, so I am good to go. We just do not want to be caught off guard. The campaign , I believe is really going to heat up in the days to come. Just saying. HZ

              • 10 Dudette
                April 26, 2012 at 1:44 am

                HZ, I’m shocked! I just said the man is fine; while you dear might need to roll pass the naughty mat straight to a big tub of ice! You bad girl! 🙂

      • 11 Hachikō
        April 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        Barack Obama sparkles.

    • 12 Pamela
      April 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Hurray for collegekay!

    • 13 Dudette
      April 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Woohoo! Congrats on first, CK!!

      Hey, forgive me if I missed it, but did you get your call from PBO yet?

  2. 16 Liberal Librarian
    April 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    And this, friends, is why we will win.

    • 17 utaustinliberal
      April 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Hey LL. Just read your new post and let me just say my friend, you are fucking fantastic. Just hands down fucking fantastic! Your way with words just beams truth like a beacon. You back up your writing with facts that dispel rightwing and mainstream media crappola. You call out the media with beautiful strokes on the keyboard. I’m so happy that you’re on our side because you my friend are wonderfully lethal. 🙂

      I sent your article to Jefferson Obama. I’m sure he’ll love it.

  3. 23 Proud Former White House Intern
    April 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I love it.

    • 24 Eleroy
      April 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Rock on President Obama, Rock on great man!!! You Sir, RULE & ROCK and we have your back!!! We stand solidly with you and we will re-elect you come November!!!

      America needs you and we will do everything to make sure we have your steady mind and heart guiding this country to not just greatness, but goodness!!!

      Thank you great man!!!

  4. April 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    This man has a core!

  5. 28 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    #DontDoubleMyRate …

    More in my TL …


  6. 29 Pamela
    April 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Top ten, heading home soon… See you then!

  7. April 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Nice to be near the top and admire CollegeKay, #1 from up close. Now if only I could get this close to the other number one. PBO Sigh!

  8. 31 yardarm756
    April 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Well this thread is starting out better than the last which was XX at the least. It went quite a bit beyond naughty mats I’d say. Bunch o’ raunchy hens. 😆 😆

  9. 42 elo4obama/biden
    April 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    “The road to the WH runs through the barrio.” So says Angela Kelly from American Progress. Someone else reminded us Rubio’s stanze on immigration has been tough, and cuban-americans make up about 10% of the hispanic population. Uhk! So sorry Willard ( Mr. I’d veto te dream act) but Rubio will not help you!

  10. April 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  11. April 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

  12. April 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    President Barack Obama stops to view the moon and Venus before boarding Marine One in Boulder, Colo., April 24, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    • 55 lisalovesobama
      April 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      this is the person I want to vote for. This is the man who should run the country. Can you imagine The Willbot stopping to smell the roses much less looking at the moon and Venus? There’s such a quiet humanity to PBO that goes beyond charm. He’s real. He’s just really real.

      • 56 Ceb
        April 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        His mom taught him to watch and wonder about the stars. PBO said that she used to wake him up so that they could watch the night sky together. This snippet from the RollingStone interview is all anyone needs to know to vote for him which is a vote for us and the future of our country and to some extent, the world’s future. We are so blessed that he is so willing to suffer the slings and arrows to serve.

        • 57 Dudette
          April 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

          Well said, Ceb. This is one of a million reasons why I call him “MY” President!

          • 58 Cathy from MN
            April 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm

            And the sky is always beautiful in my original home state of Colorado! 😉
            So glad the President had a good visit in Boulder, my college town….

      • 59 HZ
        April 26, 2012 at 12:17 am

        Lisa, you have me crying already. “There is such a quiet humanity to PBO ………..”. Thanks Lisa.HZ

    • 60 theo67
      April 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      With everything this man does and deals with every day, he still takes time to observe awesome things in nature. Who is this guy?!

    • 61 cindysweatt
      April 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Great picture. Can’t beat a Colorado blue sky except with President Obama in front of it.

    • 62 LunarSea
      April 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      This is photo of the week on whitehouse.gov -good choice

  13. April 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Hey everyone, Pauline asked me to post this – here you go Pauline!

    • 64 taiping1
      April 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      I love this video: worth posting on twitter and reposting. We are America: diverse, young, old, committed to one another. Shame on us if we let Romney and his cold-hearted party win.

    • 65 theo67
      April 25, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Nice – I love how people get so creative in celebrating President Obama.

    • 66 LunarSea
      April 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Me too. Thanks Pauline. Found myself bouncing to the music.

  14. April 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  15. 68 vitaminlover
    April 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Ho Whaddya Say? Barack Obama ALL THE WAY!!!!

  16. April 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

  17. 72 lisalovesobama
    April 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Tweety’s ‘Let Me Finish’ is one for the record books. Very beautiful. Tweety at his best. Shocking!!!!

  18. 84 Ladyhawke
    April 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Mitt Romney, who while pandering to unemployed voters in Tampa, Florida last year said he was also unemployed. It’s really rich (pardon my pun) that Mitt Romney has the nerve to say President Obama isn’t working. Unbelievable……

    Romney: ‘I’m Also Unemployed’


    • 85 LunarSea
      April 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Didn’t his recently released partial tax return show his income for 2011 as $37M? Not bad for a chronically unemployed amurikan

  19. 86 Dudette
    April 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Well a Happy Hootin’ and hollerin’ Birthday to our favorite sailor-dude, YARDARM!!! 🙂
    Time for a new tat today, eh mate?

    Here’s a little nautical video cuteness for our own nautical cutie! 🙂

  20. 88 carolyn
    April 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Just sayin’ Sense of Style…I know it’s the last thread…..but, no man over 60 should wear jeans. No matter how much he works out, the body changes shape, and jeans do not belong on an old body. My husband was a hunk, but by 60, jeans were not in his wardrobe. In his 20s & 30s he looked great in them….sexy! BUT…..Mittens is TOO old for them.
    President Obama is always just right,stylish, but not faddish. Just delicious.

    • April 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Can’t believe I’m commenting on Willard’s jeans——but I observed the horrible sight—-and I don’t think it’s his age—-I see older guys—including mine—-look great in jeans. Mitt’s jeans are the wrong jeans—–fit him awkwardly—–and he’s wearing them like an old man—-hiked up high, waist cinched too tight. It’s a forced style on him in an attempt to look relatable and younger—-but it failed. Like everything else about him they looked too starched—–I was going to say stiff but decided against it—–unnatural, uncomfortable.

    • 90 japa21
      April 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Excuse me. A lot of men over 60 (of which I am one) wear jeans. We find them comfortable and durable. I really could care less how other people think I look in them.

      • 91 amk for obama
        April 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        no man over 60, running for president, should wear jeans.

        /fix’d. Happy ?

      • 92 aquagranny911
        April 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

        Well dang! My Hubby wears his levis with cute red suspenders. Denim is comfortable, durable & doesn’t let the cactus bite you easily when you are working the “back 40” Once you are over 60 you should be able to wear any dang thing you want.

        We just despise Robme here so we criticize his clothes & that tie & dress shirt does look ridiculous with the jeans for a man his age. I’m sure that’s not the outfit he wears while doing yard work. Oh forgot….doing yard work is Jose’s job at least until ICE find’s him.

  21. April 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    The RNC Wednesday filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Office about President Obama’s official travel, alleging that he is politicking on taxpayer dime.

    White House spokesman Eric Schultz, in a statement: “This week’s travel has been part of the President’s official responsibility to get outside of Washington, DC, hear from students, and discuss stopping interest rates on their loans from doubling in July – just like Friday’s trip to Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia to meet with troops, veterans, and military families is likewise part of the President’s official responsibilities. When there is political travel, we follow all rules and regulations that all other Administrations have followed.”

    They just don’t want him doing that anymore!

  22. April 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    The poor child…..

    Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista take a photo with Raphe Ploski after holding a primary night gathering at the Vintage Motor Club on April 24, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina.

    How many wives has this guy had? 😕

  23. 125 sherijr
    April 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Those words.. the way he notices things like the moon in that photo above.. this is the human being I want making decisions for my country. He doesn’t just live inside his head.. he’s aware of folks who hurt, folks who are in need, folks who get up each day and just strive as he does to give the best they can to their families. I have never doubted him.. and like my 12 yr old son said of President Obama today- ” I bet he’ll always be doing stuff mom.. he’ll always be out there getting things done for people”. Thats right. I’ll never quit on him.

  24. April 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  25. April 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  26. 130 magapie
    April 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    All of us will happily take a razor thin win in November. ONE Electoral College vote! THREE popular votes!! But I really, really, really WANT A HUGE LANDSLIDE. I can’t believe our two party system has deteriorated to the pathetic point where the nominee of the OTHER HALF OF THE SYSTEM is that fucking GD, smary LYING asshole. I mean REALLY? THEY DON’T EVEN ACTUALLY LIKE HIM. Of course when it comes to the country it’s NOT the other half at all. I think it’s more like 20%-25% of ignorant racists, bigots, nuts, etc. that really BELIEVE the lies and of course hate the President for all the obvious reasons. The other 20%-25% are confused, scared and don’t know. I didn’t say “ignorant” becuase many are not ignorant per se. They just DON’T KNOW, don’t care ansd don’t bother to figure it out. They hear so much CRAP and/or are completely tuned out. We just need to get a bunch of those slapped to their sense by November. WE WILL!!

    • 131 magapie
      April 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      So there’s no misunderstanding I KNOW the President is the best president in our lifetimes and will prove out to be one of the greatest in history. I’m not lamenting the lack of a choice!!! I’m sayin’ WHAT THE FUCK has gone so FUBAR with the other party to nominate…..I’ll spare you the string of adjectives and expletives!!!!

    • 132 TheShyLurker
      April 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Tell it!

    • 133 Betsy
      April 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      There was a statistic out there that said 22% of Republicans plan to vote for PBO…I forget when or where I read that, other than on this blog. If that hasn’t changed, it may be better than the razor thin win the GOP/pro Repub. pundits are expecting. I think it will be closer to 55% for PBO. That would actually be a landslide in this political climate.

      • 134 magapie
        April 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

        Thank you Betsy!

      • 135 Liberal Librarian
        April 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        I posted a while back a Barna Group poll that showed 22% of Evangelicals were planning to vote for PBO. Could that be it?

        • 136 LunarSea
          April 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm

          Whatever the polls say, it’s almost guaranteed to be higher. Like all the rest of these polls. And who is the Barna Group in polling? New?

          • 137 Liberal Librarian
            April 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

            Barna Group is a well-established pollster of the Evangelical Right. It knows that demographic inside and out.

            • 138 LunarSea
              April 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

              Thanks. Don’t ever remember hearing about them, but don’t follow what the gelics think much, or at all for that matter.

  27. April 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    The House wants to pass their version of Violence against Womens Act, taking out the Srnates provisions for The Gay Community and illegals!
    As a result, If I hear one more time Rachel say that republicans love Gay people…

    • 140 LunarSea
      April 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      She really does suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome. When she talks about other topics she is coherent and on point, but for some reason, PBO and LGBT and she’s just delusional.

      Poor thing.

  28. April 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Big news: President Obama is holding the first public rallies of the campaign on May 5. Sign up for the chance to join him backstage: http://txt.bo/2y/he749

  29. 143 lisalovesobama
    April 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Okay, I love PBO, but this is the one thing I’m really gonna adamantly disagree with him on. This is just horrendous. Quote from the Rolling Stones piece:

    “I don’t watch a lot of TV news. I don’t watch cable at all. I like The Daily Show, so sometimes if I’m home late at night, I’ll catch snippets of that. I think Jon Stewart’s brilliant. It’s amazing to me the degree to which he’s able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense – for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do.”

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/ready-for-the-fight-rolling-stone-interview-with-barack-obama-20120425#ixzz1t6OVw9qI

    • April 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Ugh! No mention of Stephen Colbert?

    • 146 collegekay
      April 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      LOL I know I Thought the same thing. Jon is sometimey.

    • 148 L3
      April 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Maybe he’s just stroking him to get him back on board. It’s hard for me to believe he doesn’t know how nasty he has become. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    • 149 itgurl_29
      April 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I’ll excuse him for this. I’m sure he doesn’t want the Daily Show enough to know what an angry little prick Stewart’s become. I’ll give him a pass on this. I’m sure if he had regular jobs like us, he’d have time to watch tv and know that Stewart’s a cynical jerk and that Colbert is the real genius over there at Comedy Central.

      • 150 lisalovesobama
        April 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

        amen. amen……. okay. I will retract my PBO love x 9.99999 gazillion, and bump it back up to 10 gazillion.

    • 151 Dudette
      April 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      He’s not catching him on the right nights. It’s okay, he’s a busy man. I tired of Jon Stewart long ago. Colbert is the man!

    • 153 theo67
      April 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Could be that he’s trying to bring Jon Stewart back in from the cold.

    • 157 TheShyLurker
      April 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm



      How the…?

      Why the hell?

      Naw, just…naw.

      I remember that horrendous interview with Jon and the president. I remember Stewart being a confrontational douche. It seemed like he tried to get PBO to apologize for everything that didn’t go his way. Didn’t he call my president ‘dude’ too?

      Except for that bogus march for civility, (geez, where did this emobastard get the seed for that idea from?) I quit him and Colbert by extension – and I really like Colbert too. 😦
      Stephen outshined Stewart at that march. That man is talented. Too bad his boy brought his stock down in my eyes too.

    • 158 amk for obama
      April 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Somebody at WH needs to introduce him to colbear. stew-rat is just that.

    • April 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Maybe he does enjoy Jon Stewart and doesn’t take thing the way some here do. Despite the fact that I disagree sometimes with what Stewart says, I would be happy for him to be completely on board with the President now. I don’t think we can keep throwing people away and cutting people off. I think we need to be happy for every supporter even if they strayed from the ‘true path’ for a while.

  30. 160 xtine
    April 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    One of my in-my-dreams polyandrous husbands (sorry, can’t quite get myself to give them husband #1, 2, etc., titles, cos luv is love, and it’s my dream! :)) , Van Jones gave me a bad case of the giggles this evening on Al’s show. Totally paraphrasing: he can’t hardly watch Williard speak cos he keeps hearing “shuck, shuck, schuck” sound of his the Etch-a-Sketch. Right away those hand-held wooden musical instruments, that have “shuck” sound when shaken, came to mind and how great it would have been to be in that dull audience of his last night & just shake, shake them! The Sound of Willard!

  31. April 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Thursday Apr. 26, 2012
    10:30 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    11:00 AM
    Michelle Obama meets with children of Executive Office employees at the White House’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
    12:30 PM
    Carney briefs the press.
    4:30 PM
    Obama meets with Biden.

    Slow Day!

  32. 167 collegekay
    April 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    ^this face is so epic. I laughed at this smiley for like 10 minutes seriously

  33. April 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I’m saying nothing, nothing at all.

  34. 191 kasai
    April 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ hosts President Obama, clocks best ratings in two years
    Based on educated guess-work, it appears that about 2 million people watched Jimmy Fallon and President Obama slow jam the news on Fallon’s NBC late-night show.

  35. 199 prettyfoot58
    April 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    i finally goit a chance to meet Isonnnn…on Tuesday…at the Obama campaign office..in Philadelphia….in fact on a previous visit we sat at the same table….it was too funny….

    Isonnn…is an organized…informed and dedicated volunteer…she has so much patience and an easy smile…..it was so wonderful to meet you…Isonn….

    on Tuesday…election day….i made 86 calls and altho i only spoke to 8 people….5 of those folks wanted to volunteer…and one person got a ride to the polls…..

    i felt real good about that…..

    Saturday i plan to help man (woman) 🙂 a table for the National Voter Registration day….

    and by the way…The President got over 600, 000 votes in the PA primary ….which is just about the combined totals that Romney and Santorum ….Oooooooooooooooooooooooo Weeeeeeeeeeee…

    Fireddddddddddddddddd UP….READY to Goooooooooo……!!!!!

  36. April 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Carter says he is comfortable with Robney.


    The Obama campaign is trying to paint Robney as a radical conservative, so Carter says he is comfortable with him?


    • April 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      This undermines everything—

      “I’d rather have a Democrat but I would be comfortable. I think Romney has shown in the past, in his previous years as a moderate or progressive, that he was fairly competent as a governor and also running the Olympics,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing in an interview that aired Wednesday. “He’s gone to the extreme right-wing positions on some very important issues in order to get the nomination. What he’ll do in the general election, what he’ll do as president I think is different.”

      • 211 Dudette
        April 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        Get the smuck outta here. He said that for real?!! My word! What the hell?

      • 212 lisalovesobama
        April 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

        Jimmy Carter endorsed Willard?! Really? this guy shows no foresight! The republican party has gone so far right that Eisenhower, Lincoln, Reagan and the first Bush couldn’t be elected. This is not the party of the 80’s. These are real live psychopaths. Even if Willard wanted to serve as a moderate HE WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO!!!! Sit down and shut the fuck up Jimmy!!!! If this is an example of his critical thinking skills, then I’ll be the one to say it: thank god he didn’t get a second term. what an ass. 🙄 Dammit! First Billo-the-Clown, now Jimmy Carter. My presidential shit-list is getting longer and longer. What’s funny and sad is that neither Bushy Boys are on it. Now that’s a crying shame. (the criteria is post presidential fuck-ups, in case you were wondering. Neither Bush has done anything post presidency to piss me off. Can’t say the same for the other two knuckleheads.) 😡

        • April 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

          A campaign ad for sure!

        • 214 Pamela
          April 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

          Sounds like some dementia issues, for real.

        • 215 sherijr
          April 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

          I don’t get this at all. What the hell Jimmy? Even if Romney “tacks back to the center” who cares? He’s a liar! He lies about everything.. and he has offered absolutely nothing as a platform of benefit to anyone in this country other than the uber rich, corporate/oil owners. I’m truly irritated by these words of Carter’s.

        • 216 miss pat
          April 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm

          Jimmy Carter? I thought he had sense, He’s old, maybe he has dementia.

      • 217 COS
        April 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        No offense. Is Carter’s senility setting in. Why would he say some crap like this.

    • 219 hopefruit2
      April 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Carter is trying to ruffle the Teabaggers and the far-right. They absolutely HATE Carter and consider him the symbol of everything that’s wrong with “Liberals” and the Democratic party. So if Carter puts his stamp of approval on Romney, it hurts Romney with his base. That’s like Dubbya saying that he’s “comfortable” with President Obama – that would give Liberal Dems major pause.

      • 220 magapie
        April 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

        He might be Obi Wan trying to supress reppuglian turn out??? Otherwise he needs to CLARIFY HARD AND HEAVY that what he MEANT is the OTHER refugg candidates were certifibly INSANE, DANGEROUS and TOXIC for America. Immediately if not sooner.

      • April 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

        It’s still a campaign ad for the right!

        • 222 hopefruit2
          April 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm

          No it’s not. Jimmy Carter is not an admirable figure in RW circles, so his “endorsement” is problematic. Especially the way he puts hit – A one-term Liberal who is “comfortable” with Willard…not exactly a ringing endorsement from a RW point of view. Carter is considered the anti-Reagan…

  37. April 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    This is Romney’s Press Secretary and this is the best she can do!!! BWWWAHAHAAA!!

  38. 237 hopefruit2
    April 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Mark Knoller haz a sad!

  39. April 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    WASHINGTON–First Lady Michelle Obama is on a fund-raising swing this week, combining a few official stops along the way, as she did in Omaha on Wednesday, where super-investor Warren Buffett joined Mrs. Obama at a reception with the tab ranging from $250 to 10,000 per person.
    In Omaha, Mrs. Obama also keynoted a lunch for Girls Inc., a charity whose board includes Buffetts’ daughter Susie. The Buffetts have a special place in Obama history–and its not just because of the “Buffett Rule,” the nickname for Obama’s push for tax equity.
    Susie Buffett was a very early Barack Obama supporter, starting with his 2004 campaign for Illinois senator.
    The Omaha event was tiered, with a photo, preferred seating and a “greet” from Mrs. Obama available on a sliding donation scale.


  40. 244 amk for obama
    April 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    • 245 LunarSea
      April 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Buffett can’t be the only civic minded millionaire out there can he? After hearing the news of his cancer (yeah I know they say it’s not life threatening) but which billionaires will stand up and be as vocal as he when he’s gone? I certainly wish more would. Maybe some faces from the Millionaires for Taxes group? There are a lot that do great deeds, and they get big props for that, but they are rarely vocal about the fairness of our tax system.

      Oh well, hoping

  41. 246 hopefruit2
    April 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

  42. 249 desertflower
    April 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Mitt’s good friend, Don


    Donald Trump is on a warpath against wind turbines, because they may obstruct the view of his billion-dollar golf resort in Scotland. Protesters greeted Trump today as he asked Scotland to abandon a project to build 11 offshore turbines.
    Trump has encountered controversy on his golf resort from the start, since he bulldozed over environmentally sensitive sand dunes.
    With his resort due to open in July, Trump has only heightened the attacks. In February, while digging up 1,235 acres for his resort, he said wind farms are “destroying” Scotland. In March, he called windmills “disgusting.”

  43. 258 utaustinliberal
    April 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    • 259 LunarSea
      April 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      I can’t wait for the WHCD. Fallon is the guest speaker, no? It’ll be a hoot I bet.

      • April 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        Jimmy Kimmel is the guest speaker. Kim Kardashian is a FOX guest—-perfect. And Lyndsey Lohan is someone’s guest, probably FOX——–looks like the guest list has taken a downturn from even last year’s putrid Trump invite—–even tho the Trump thrashing was delicious.

        • 261 LunarSea
          April 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm

          Sometimes I just watch last years when I’m in the mood for a good laugh. I never tire of it.

          I will never forget the way PBO brought Chump into it. ‘I know just the man to get to the bottom of it. The Trump is in the house’.

          What was so great was the weeks of Trump doing his carnival barker act re the birth cert. And all the media saying PBO wouldn’t dare say anything with Trump in the audience. Afterwards they were all consoling Chump saying PBO was too hard on him. Ha!

          They forgot how he sat Ryan down in the front row and tore his proposal to pieces in no uncertain terms and ever so sweetly. 😆

        • 262 symmetry11
          April 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

          Lohan is going as Greta’s V’s guest.

        • 265 anniebella
          April 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm

          Oh brother Kim Kardashian, is anyone beside me sick of that woman. The only one I want to see is FLOTUS and POTUS. That’s it.

    • April 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      I stayed up and watched the President on Jimmy Fallon last night. It was definitely worth it. Looking forward to the Corrssponent’s dinner Saturday night.

    • 267 anniebella
      April 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Great news to hear.,utaustinliberal.

  44. 269 aristac
    April 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Is there a transcript of the roundtable discussion with the students?

  45. 275 LunarSea
    April 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Evening all. Happy Born Day Yardarm!

    I just have to say that picture of PBO watching the moon and venus. I was doing the same thing at sunset/twilight. It was absolutely gorgeous. That picture doesn’t do it justice. Venus is so large and bright right now and there are just a few lesser stars visible. But the cresent moon with venus has been putting on a fab show for a few nights now. Even before the sun sets. That’s how bright it is.

    If anyone has the chance to see it -do it. There is a reason why PBO took that moment. Unfortunately they are now beyond the trees here at the house and it’s too cold to walk up to the top of the field to watch, me being all lazy and comfortable at the moment. But seriously, take the time, find a spot away from lights and check it out. It’s really a sight to see.

  46. April 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Dalai Lama
    4/25/12 1:47 PM EDT
    On CNN: “I love President Bush … As a human being. Not as a president of America. Sometimes his policy may not be very, very successful. But as a person, as a human being, very nice person. I love him”


    • 278 LunarSea
      April 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      He’s the Dalai Lama, fercrissake. He’s supposed to love everyone! 😆

    • 280 theo67
      April 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Bush – the same guy who picked up several hundred innocent people on the streets of the Middle East and kept them in Gitmo – for many years without their families even knowing where they were? The same guy who couldn’t be bothered to try to end his wars, or make sure the soldiers he sent into battle had proper supplies? I’m sorry – but there is no way to separate Bush’s failed policies from Bush, the man. Anyone who could do what he did is not a “very nice person”.

  47. 281 jacquelineoboomer
    April 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    When I saw that photo, I gulped. I’m thinking it’s more that the moon and Venus are stopping to view President Obama tonight. He’s kind of figuratively a part of the night sky, in my mind, cloaking all of us with his power and spirit. Good day you had, Mr. President! Thank you for caring so much about our country and all of its people. And I know you like ME best, but I won’t tell the others. 🙂

  48. 286 TheShyLurker
    April 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    OT: Tim Thomas & the Boston Bruins were eliminated.

    Karma called him back home. 😀

  49. 293 Liberal Librarian
    April 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Mmmmm, late spring rain in L.A. Smelling it through my open front door. Smells like a summer rain back east.

  50. 304 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Beautiful pic of PBO looking into the evening sky. If we all contemplated our place in the universe more often, I’m sure we wouldn’t have time nor motivation for most of our less than stellar behavior.

    • 305 LunarSea
      April 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      I can’t remember which one said it, but one of our first astronauts into space, on his return said looking out their viewing window at the earth, small, blue, alone but bright in the darkness of space made him realize how precious it was, how needless war was and that we needed to care for it.

      Paraphrasing of course because it was a while ago, but the essence of what he said has stayed with me to this day. And I was little at the time.

      Makes me wonder what great sayings our youth are hearing PBO say today, that will stay with them well into the autumn of their years.

      • 306 PoliticalJunkessa
        April 26, 2012 at 12:07 am

        Beautiful sentiments, LunarSea. I would love to have had that astronaut’s vantage point, but even when I look at pics of the earth from space, I am taken aback by how small it appears. Just a *little* bit of awareness would go a long way.

  51. April 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Thursday Apr. 26, 2012
    10:30 AM
    Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event in New York City.
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    11:00 AM
    Michelle Obama meets with children of Executive Office employees at the White House’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
    12:30 PM
    Carney briefs the press.
    3:00 PM
    Biden meets with Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Dr. Hussain Al-Shahristani of Iraq at the White House.
    4:30 PM
    Obama meets with Biden.
    6:30 PM
    Biden attends an event for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in McLean, Virginia.

    Biden with the fundraisers!

  52. April 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    If Bill Burton was smart, he would hit up all the Hollywood peeps for loot! While he is at Correspondents Dinner!

    Just saying.

    • 309 jacquelineoboomer
      April 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      I don’t think we should have any doubt of the fact Bill Burton’s probably 10 steps ahead of us, walking the walk through Hollywood, just like PBO is 20 steps ahead (I’m thinking Bill’s already hit them up, or they’ve coming volunteering to donate!). The Hollywood Democrats, that is!

  53. 310 lisalovesobama
    April 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    This is the video PBO was talking about on Jimmy Fallon:

  54. 316 lisalovesobama
    April 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm


    • 317 utaustinliberal
      April 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      BWAHAHAHAHA…….. Oh my goodness….I can’t breathe. Key and Peele are hilarious. I follow @ObamaTranslated on Twitter and he’s insane. Flat out F-U-N-N-Y! 😆 😆 😆

    • 318 aquagranny911
      April 26, 2012 at 1:26 am

      My Hubby loved the driving lesson video. He taught all our kiddos to drive because I was too chicken. Our youngest who was totally horrible with the stick shift gave him whip lash. No lie! Our Chiropractor asked Hubby if he had been in a car accident when he went for treatment of a painful back & neck.

  55. 319 amk for obama
    April 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm

  56. April 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden is calling the foreign policy outlined by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shallow, ill-informed and dangerous and says it would return the United States to “the past we have worked so hard to move beyond.”

    President Barack Obama will gladly stack accomplishments such as killing terror mastermind Osama bin Laden against Romney’s rhetoric, Biden said in remarks prepared for delivery at an overtly partisan campaign event on Thursday. The Associated Press obtained excerpts of the speech Wednesday.

    “Americans know that we cannot afford to go back to the future,” Biden said. “Back to a foreign policy that would have America go it alone, shout to the world you’re either with us or against us, lash out first and ask the hard questions later, if at all.”

    The campaign speech at New York University represents a broad defense of Obama’s national security record and an argument that Obama is the tested, trustworthy choice at an uncertain moment in world affairs. As have his recent addresses on the economy, Social Security and other topics, the speech focuses on issues the campaign hopes to highlight as success stories in the head-to-head contest with Romney.


  57. April 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

  58. 323 jacquelineoboomer
    April 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Not sure if this has been shared yet:

    • 324 Cha
      April 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      GOOD! The Stupid was Criminal.

    • 326 isonprize
      April 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

      The Corps said Sgt. Gary Stein will be given an other-than-honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of servicemembers.

      YES!! I read the article looking for this specific information. He can’t understand why those 15 words cost him his 9 year career? Aaaaaw, I’ll play the world’s smallest violin for him. Besides, now he’s got a whole lot of time to sit around and figure it out.

  59. April 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    L O’D’s guest’s book, Do Not Ask The Good We Do (Robert Draper)—-disturbing, to put it mildly—–detailing the Repub mtg. on inauguration day to oppose every single thing President Obama tried to do for the good of the country—–long before Mitch McConnell made his public declaration——never mind the great harm they would do to the country, the complete unpatriotic sense of it—–revenge and re-seizing power were the only goals. And from the snippets I’ve read, I would warn not to read if you want to retain any semblance of idealism in our politics. Krystal Ball is always excellent as a pundit and she noted that the Repub goal also was to make govt. look so completely ineffective that the public would be completely disgusted which has come to pass—–the goal being govt. is bad, get rid of it, strip it to the bare bones—-their long held Grover Norquist goal. Pretty ugly, the whole deal.
    And I cannot stand Jon Stewart—-may even despise at this point—-as he joins FOX in ridiculing Obama’s Fallon appearance—–and then he laments the Obama-Romney matchup—-saying there’s nothing there with either of them. He may have been lamenting the lack of comedy material, but he never passes up an opportunity to downgrade President Obama—-ever.

  60. 337 Dudette
    April 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    An Important Date in UNC’s History
    UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp’s assessment of the President’s comments on affordability and other subjects


  61. 338 Dudette
    April 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    “The university is arguably the most open and freest forum in our society for the civil exchange of ideas,” UI President Sally Mason told the crowd. “To have the president of the United States join us in discussing the issues of our time is a special honor.” Read Mason’s full remarks at:

  62. 339 desertflower
    April 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    A little I Report from a student at UNC after the President’s speech there.


  63. 341 amk for obama
    April 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Does anyone know whether the sc has ruled on AZ’s racist law yet ? I read to my shock that sotomayor of all people was sympathetic to that pos law.

    • 342 desertflower
      April 26, 2012 at 12:03 am

      No, but I did find this interesting little piece. It will not be over anytime soon.

    • April 26, 2012 at 12:11 am

      No decision until the end of June, I believe.

      • 344 amk for obama
        April 26, 2012 at 12:24 am

        Thanks guyz. So what was sotomayor’s point ?

        • 345 desertflower
          April 26, 2012 at 12:39 am

          Not sure. I haven’t seen any actual quotes from her or any statements for that matter…I did see that she seemed to agree with parts of the stupid ass thing. I’m a bit confused by the whole thing. Will wait and see.

          • 346 amk for obama
            April 26, 2012 at 12:51 am

            I just hope she doesn’t give cover for the rethugs on the bench. With Kagan out, we need the four to strike this vile bill down.

        • 347 aquagranny911
          April 26, 2012 at 1:48 am

          I don’t think she was “sympathetic” so much as looking at it from all judicial angles which she was asked to do. I know she was very much for employers being held accountable for exploiting workers (which I know has not been done) but I do believe she stood against the racial profiling as being unconstitutional. I wish I had the resources at my finger tips to explain her position. I read a bunch of stuff back when she was being run through the Congressional wringer. Sorry. I can’t give you any more right now. I’m going to be doing some research because I think this is more smoke & smear like the MSM & GOP love.

  64. 349 desertflower
    April 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Haven’t quite finished this article, but it’s good so far:)


    The myth of ‘The Daddy Party’
    Does the Republican party really foster America’s economic, military, intellectual progress?

    Not only has the GOP lost any claim to objectivity or reality-orientation, the form of masculinity it has come to exemplify is precisely that of an adolescent – or even a pre-adolescent – acting out in response to its failure to mature along the pathway to male adulthood. In the extreme, it has even appeared to break down into mere temper tantrums – as when Congressional Republicans threatened to stop paying our bills in the name of “fiscal responsibility”.

    In-depth coverage of the US presidential election
    This is a rather sweeping claim, so let me flesh it out for you with broad, yet clearly definable examples, three traditionally male-gendered ares where the GOP has massively failed in the past several decades: economics, the military and science. The GOP’s economic failure was staggering – the worst decade of economic performance since the Great Depression, culminating in greatest economic crisis since that same earth-shattering event. The failure was somewhat obscured by the weakness of the Democratic Party in at least two senses – first, the degree to which the Democrats have adopted much of the Republican economic folly as their own, and second, the related failure of the Democrats to articulate a forceful critique of the Republican failure. Yet, even despite this, the failure is unmistakable

  65. April 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

  66. 360 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 12:44 am

    • 361 amk for obama
      April 26, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Look through the Pew Global Attitudes project data on confidence in the US president. In almost every country, you’ll see a dramatic or startling increase in confidence between 2008 and 2011. In Germany and France, George Bush had approval ratings in the low teens in 2008; Barack Obama’s approval has never dropped below 80%. In Japan and Britain the shift is nearly as striking. In Egypt, the corresponding figures are 11% and 35%. Even in Russia itself, they are 22% and 41%. When Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice try to win backing for American positions at the UN, the exceptional popularity of the president they represent in other countries is obviously a factor. Commentators who envision Barack Obama running on his foreign-policy successes in this year’s campaign generally adduce examples like the assassination of Osama bin Laden and the crippling of al-Qaeda. Perhaps these are the examples that figure most clearly in the American voter’s imagination. It would be nice, though, if voters evaluated presidents’ foreign policies on the basis of whether they had won the respect of the world and advanced American interests internationally. The evidence of recent American foreign-policy effectiveness isn’t that we’ve shot a lot of bad guys. It’s that when our UN ambassador calls the Chinese and Russian vetoes of action on Syria “disgusting”, she’s speaking for the overwhelming majority of the world, and they are in the isolated minority.

      • 362 desertflower
        April 26, 2012 at 12:53 am

        we’re on the same page, amk:)

      • 364 Ceb
        April 26, 2012 at 6:13 am

        This is how the American President is supposed to be viewed by the rest of the world. PBO’s foreign policy is in the top 3 of my list of his most awesome accomplishments. Our country is not back but is where it has never been before; finally living up to its ideals. All of this under the leadership of the “skinny Black kid with the funny name.” I am so thankful that I lived to see this day. More importantly, I am thankful that my 82 year old mother and others of her generation, especially those who lived during the worst of the Jim Crow years in the South, are here to see this.

    • 365 desertflower
      April 26, 2012 at 12:52 am

      To further add to what the article says after that….

      When Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice try to win backing for American positions at the UN, the exceptional popularity of the president they represent in other countries is obviously a factor. Commentators who envision Barack Obama running on his foreign-policy successes in this year’s campaign generally adduce examples like the assassination of Osama bin Laden and the crippling of al-Qaeda. Perhaps these are the examples that figure most clearly in the American voter’s imagination. It would be nice, though, if voters evaluated presidents’ foreign policies on the basis of whether they had won the respect of the world and advanced American interests internationally. The evidence of recent American foreign-policy effectiveness isn’t that we’ve shot a lot of bad guys. It’s that when our UN ambassador calls the Chinese and Russian vetoes of action on Syria “disgusting”, she’s speaking for the overwhelming majority of the world, and they are in the isolated minority.

      Susan Rice is phenomenal in her role at the UN. Hillary along side her is the perfect 1-2 punch!

  67. April 26, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Harvard, the wealthiest university on Earth, can no longer afford its journal subscriptions.


  68. April 26, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Videos: Watch asteroid-mining company announcement here

  69. 370 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 1:12 am

    VIDEO: SB 1070 Supporters Break Out The Hate In Front Of The Supreme Court: ‘Go Back To Your Third-World Armpit’


  70. April 26, 2012 at 1:12 am

    First commercial spacecraft to dock with International Space Station to launch May 7. Could replace Shuttle for cargo transport.


  71. 372 taiping1
    April 26, 2012 at 2:32 am

    From Latinos for Obama in 2008

  72. 373 taiping1
    April 26, 2012 at 2:53 am

    From a September 2008 stump speech: note that he has accomplished most of the goals outlined: restored auto industry with more fuel efficient and electric cars; increased wind, solar, biofuel, and energy independence; responsible end to the Iraq war; restore international respect for USA. Unlike the empty rhetoric of GOP then and now (how can they be honest about their real goals), PBO has done what he said he would do. He also said he would need help: in that respect we have been remiss (not TODers, of course)

  73. 374 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 3:36 am

  74. 376 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Justice finally.

  75. 377 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Tens of thousands protest at Norway Breivik trial.

    Around 40,000 people gathered in Oslo on Thursday to sing a popular children’s song ridiculed by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people last July, as a show of protest against the right-wing activist’s anti-immigrant views.

    Thousands more joined in song in towns across the country to sing “Children of the Rainbow”, a song that celebrates the sort of multiculturalism that Breivik said that motivated his killing spree.

    The 33-year-old has denied criminal guilt, insisting his victims were “traitors” who deserved death for embracing multicultural values which, in his view, open Europe to a slow-motion Muslim invasion.


    Fucking rw, racist pos.

  76. April 26, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Ha! The House named 33 conferees to the Highway bill, of which 20 are Republicans.
    That’s fair, right???
    The Senate named 14, 8 democrats and six RepibliScabs!
    They really really want that Keystone Pipeline!

  77. April 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

  78. April 26, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Is everybody still sleeping?
    I just cooked some Beacon & Eggs, I want to know who wants some? Plenty left over! LOL!
    Should I give the rest to my Black Lab?

    • 383 donna dem 4 obama
      April 26, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Good Morning Jovie,

      I’ll take some eggs and toast but you can keep the bacon and don’t give that poor dog that horrible stuff either. Although I am sure he will love it. 😆

  79. 387 LOL
    April 26, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I don’t even watch hockey but I can’t flipping tell you how excited I am that the “Defender of Freedom” Tim Thomas of ” I won’t come to the White House because Obama hates freedom” got his ass handed to him yesterday by……Joel Ward, a black hockey player. Oh Karma, you always show up on time.

  80. April 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Biden to rip Robney Foreign Policy as- you are either with us or against us attitude!
    Big speech today, but it will be ignored by the Media, not to worry!

  81. 391 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

  82. 392 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

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