heads up: president obama speaks at the women’s conference

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President Obama walks towards Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski before speaking at a Women’s Leadership Forum campaign event at the Washington Convention Center, April 27


You can see the speech at C-Span

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  1. 8 collegekay
    April 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm


  2. 9 collegekay
    April 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    From the last thread.

    A video from TPMtv of PBO speaking to college students juxaposed with Mittmentum.

    • 10 collegekay
      April 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      oops wrong video lol

      here it is —

      • April 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        This is hilarious!!! Dude in the grey sweater and girlfriend in back row upper left, are ready to pluck out their eyelids.

      • 12 anniebella
        April 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        Is Mitt Romney going to tell students to ask their parents for 20 thousands dollars to help pay for college. Do this clueless fool even know that some parents barely makes twenty dollars a year. Everyone doesn’t have 100 million dollars overseas for their kids. When Mitt said he didn’t care about the poor, he meant it. And he don’t care about the middle class either. Mitt cares about Mitt, and his rich friends,that’s it.

    • 13 Suzette
      April 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      I hadn’t seen this video as yet CollegeKay, so thanks.

    • April 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      What a beautiful clip. So natural. How mucu love and respect there’s there.

    • 15 anniebella
      April 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      I had to go to Youtube to watch the video. It said the mic caught POTUS and FLOTUS saying “I Love You”, to each other.

  3. 16 vcprezofan2
    April 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Congrats to the top 2 ‘runners’

  4. 17 Suzette
    April 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    It is great to be back around my computer – I was at a seminar the whole day, but I can always count on TOD to keep me intouch with all that I missed.

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      April 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      I know how you feel, Suzette, whenever I go to work all day when I cannot get online I feel cut off from the real action. 😉 Hope your seminar sessions were at least interesting

      • 19 Suzette
        April 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        It was very interesting and informative, thanks for inquiring. We looked at how libraries are contributing to Jamaica’s national development.

  5. 21 collegekay
    April 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Lol, my senator Barb is so tiny. Love her!

    • 22 elo4obama/biden
      April 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      I loved her inro- a tall man, a big man. I think she said of a big counry, but I was too busy thinking about VP Biden’s comment…you know the one. I’m waiting for the SNL skit. 😀 😀 🙂

      Our president (OK I’ll share ) is kinda cute, smart, tough, determined empathetic. Juxposed with Willard, no comparison. Willard must not be allowed anywhere near our WH. There is much work to be done!

  6. 23 Linda
    April 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Now Tweety thinks PBO’s popularity is a negative because of the Rove ad. ” It will work for people in ” Scranton and North Philly “.

    Who give a shit about Scranton…the Mafia capitol of the US .

    I swear he is bi-polar…..

    • April 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      He pounced pretty hard on the Koch brothers and Rove….He is calling them out. He’s stating the obvious when he says who that ad will work for. I didn’t hear him say anything about PBO’s numbers being negative. I may have missed it though. He’s pounding the Romney camp with their trying to fight another war and re-fight the cold war. The good twin is on display tonight. Enjoy it while you can.

    • 25 elo4obama/biden
      April 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Please! As long as Mittspeak continues- nuf said. Let him tell those Philly folks to borrow thousands from their “rich” parents at low interest for new businesses and schoool!

    • April 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Tweety is absolutely obsessed with Scranton—-you would think Scranton held some mystical power. I only know Scranton from The Office—–and Dunder Mifflin. And we sometimes stop to eat lunch at Bob Evans there when we’re on our way from Illinois to visit family in Ct. Tweety might want to take another look around there—-it’s not as white as it used to be—–since he always uses it as the home of the “regular people”, the “hard working” people, the pure white people.

      • 27 Dakota
        April 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        Well, VP Joe is from Scranton…

      • 28 jackiegrumbacher
        April 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        Dotster, this Scranton stuff is pure horse manure. Scanton is a majority Dem city that really loves Joe Biden and voted for PBO in 2008. No stupid ad released in April is going to make them forget everything in their history and vote for Mitt Romney in November. It’s loony to think this way and it’s just someone flapping his gums to take up air time. Not to mention that PA has been suffering under Republican Tom Corbett and the R brand is not faring very well just now.

  7. April 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Good read:

    Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.

    We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

    The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

    When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.

    “Both sides do it” or “There is plenty of blame to go around” are the traditional refuges for an American news media intent on proving its lack of bias, while political scientists prefer generality and neutrality when discussing partisan polarization. Many self-styled bipartisan groups, in their search for common ground, propose solutions that move both sides to the center, a strategy that is simply untenable when one side is so far out of reach.


    • 30 Lovepolitics2008
      April 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I hope every “journalist” in America reads this, and more than once, until it sinks in…

  8. April 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I don’t know how to twit or twat, but Chris mathews just read a tweet put out by woodhouse of the DNc that ripped Boner a new one. It’s on….

  9. 33 57andfemale
    April 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    God I love Charlie Pierce. Here’s the title of his latest post:

    Karl Rove Is a Slithering, Leprous Amphibian from Hell


  10. April 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Ha Ha, The Grinch no longer has secret service protection, but he’s still visiting zoos. Maybe the animals can get together now and make him stop.

  11. 35 Linda
    April 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I am soooooooooooooooooooooo sick of pundit saying that President Obama had no foreign policy experience before he became President.. and that he was only in the Senate 18 months….He was sworn in January of 2005.

    Obama held assignments on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works and Veterans’ Affairs through December 2006.In January 2007, he left the Environment and Public Works committee and took additional assignments with Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.] He also became Chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on European Affairs.] As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He met with Mahmoud Abbas before Abbas became President of the Palestinian National Authority, and gave a speech at the University of Nairobi condemning corruption within the Kenyan governmen.

    He chose his committee assignments with a laser focus on his future.

    • April 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      I think that the office of the presidency is on-the-job training, no matter who steps in to fulfill that duty. Who we vote for is the person who we think has the vision, stamina, smarts, critical thinking, tactical/strategic, world view, compassion, respect, and gonads to get the job done. So in a way, they’re right, he didn’t have the experience, but no one ever does, nor can they. There’s no way to prepare for it, other than to be humble enough to know what you don’t know, and smart enough to surround yourself with people who do.. Ask any of the living ex-presidents. That’s why they belong to such n exclusive club and actually help each other out.

      • 37 vcprezofan2
        April 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

        ‘Who we vote for is the person who we think has the vision, stamina, smarts, critical thinking, tactical/strategic, world view, compassion, respect, and gonads to get the job done’

        Cookemom, did you write this with a straight face? Has PBO’s presidency made you forget 2000 & 2004? 😉 Luckily for us, PBO now epitomizes the qualities listed so the 2012 choice won’t be difficult.

        • April 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

          I wrote it with a very straight face. The horror is that there are living breathing folks who thought the same of Bush and voted accordingly. Heck, you know there were plenty who worshiped the ground $arah walked on, and many thought she was best for the job (others had issue with who PBO was) There will be those who think the same of Mitts. I think we outnumber those people, but we got to get the vote out to make sure our side is the one that gets represented in the end. My point was that no one walks into the presidency with presidential experience, can’t happen. However, some can’t even find the bathroom, once they get there. They can’t live up to the demands of the job and we all suffer.

          • 39 vcprezofan2
            April 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

            I did get your point, CM. ;lol: Sorry, I was only being cheeky just because **I** couldn’t imagine ANYONE in his/her right mind ascribing ‘critical thinking , stamina, or smarts’ to Georgie B.

    • 40 Dakota
      April 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Yes, he’s got plenty of foreign policy experience and even if he didn’t, he’s got Joe Biden, a foreign policy expert. Our President is a brilliant man.

      • 41 jackiegrumbacher
        April 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        Why is this an issue now anyway? He’s president of the United States and has all the foreign policy experience anyone can possibly have. Why should he have to justify this to anyone?

    • April 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      PBO also had a sense of the world that few children growing up ever get. And he had a mother who worked assisting poor women become economically self-supporting. His mother had him studying at 4:00 in the morning before she left for work. He seems to have always been intellectually curious – and compassionate — understanding people in various cultures with a depth of perspective.

      The Greedy, Owned Plutocrats simply have no clue.

  12. 43 elo4obama/biden
    April 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Tweey just said someting I not only agree with, but what I was struggling to articulate while talking to the TV. Mitt is saying he’s going to come up with a foreign policy. One of the talking head guest tried to say he has the same lack of experience as candidate Obama. Tweety responded with the reminder of Senator Obama’s vote against the war in Iraq. He articulaed that Senator Obama had even then w/o the so called experience of foreign policy, he had a curiosiy about the world. A world view,and I suspect he partly became president with a view to enacting his vision honed over many years. Look how long ago he wrote about nuclear prolifiration for goodness sake.

    Mitt has only cared about how foreign policy effects his making money. Tweety said something to that affect too, governorship not with standing. With the world how it is now- complicated with a capital C, we need ideas, not a yes man as Commander n Chief, leading the world. Does Mitt even understand deplomacy, and how important the State department is, or the UN? No!

    • April 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      yes, he also said, he’s an adult and if he had a foreign policy, we’d know it by now. He hasn’t written anything in all these years on anything related to a foreign viewpoint…well there was that car trip to Canada

      • 45 theo67
        April 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        I even heard someone on MSNBC this morning saying that foreign policy has never been a real factor in a presidential campaign! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I guess they’re trying to make us believe that being “leader of the free world” doesn’t mean you need to know anything about the world.

        What surprises me is that Romney and his campaign are trying to convince people that President Obama has abdicated from his responsibility to lead the world, but Romney’s people don’t even know what countries make up the world! Americans should be offended that this Romney character thinks he is qualified to even run for President. I’m sure the rest of the world is offended.

        • 46 jackiegrumbacher
          April 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm

          Theo, Romney and his campaign have nothing and they’re flailing around trying to find some foothold on a steep hill. He has NOTHING to offer on foreign policy, so he’s saying it’s not important (except, of course, for obediently doing whatever Bibi asks). He’s got nothing to offer on the economy that isn’t a bunch of stinky old tripe, so someone will say that ideas on the economy don’t matter and on it will go. Since he’s an expert in nothing, he’ll end up trying to convince people they should vote for him just because he’s Mitt and he deserves it. Remember the line from King Lear, “Nothing can come from nothing.” Well, that’s Mitt.

    • 48 Linda
      April 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Yes…but Barack Obama was not a Senator when the Iraq vote was taken…he was a State Senator who came out against the war….

    • April 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      You know, Willard is on record to help his buddies, by dismantling Unions at the Federal level.
      If I were the Union Peeps, I would start running ads to counter The Kochs.
      Just saying, what are they waiting for, or are they to preoccupied with Wisconsin?

  13. 52 utaustinliberal
    April 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    That was a rousing speech. He called out the GOP monsters: Gov of VA & PA for their horrific anti-women transvaginal probe bills. He touted his accomplishments and he came out fighting. 2012 is going to be one hell of a ride!

    • 53 collegekay
      April 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Game. Set. Match

      And how convenient that this weekend is massive voter registration in VA and PA.

    • 54 theo67
      April 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      I loved this speech, and wished he could have gone on forever. These GOP don’t understand that President Obama has been paying attention to their lies, and like he said, “this campaign is going to be fun – especially with the truth on our side”.

  14. April 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Oh man, where did thiss speech come from? The whole country should have seen it.

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      April 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      BWD, in that speech are the seeds of his campaign. Parts of it will be repeated throughout the summer in campaign stops. People will hear it, even if all have to memorize it and tell everyone we meet.

  15. April 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  16. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    April 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    well I thought my parents are the best in the world but according to mitt the entitled liar, they should also provide me with $ 20,000 to fund my investment. why in the world can’t my poor parents be like those of Jimmy John, who started a business by borrowing $20,000 from his parents,

    why, oh why are my parents real people who live on a small budget with an annual figure much less than $ 20,0000 ????

  17. April 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Coming out into the grocery store parking lot today——great young gal employee rolling out my cart as part of the great service at great Fresh Market——and I spot an Obama bumper sticker and I say, “Obama! Yay!” And she agrees and also cheers, saying “I just love him!” And then she spots another sticker and says “Ooooooh, I love this one too!” It was Dogs Against Romney, and we had a little chat about the kind of ADULT person who could do such a thing to a family pet. We agreed—–something basic is missing with that guy. So all was well, and then leaving I actually came upon a car which had a Joe Walsh!!!!!!!! sticker in back window! What???? Wonder how many takers they had for that sticker—-2? It was some old fart in a black Lexus SUV. I was busy doing my thumbs down and the crazy signal (twirling finger in circles by my head)—–hoping he saw my displeasure in the rear view mirror. A hater, no doubt, not worth my efforts, I decided. And then some gal came up behind me, beeped and stuck her arm out the window with a thumbs up, which I assumed was a reaction to my Obama bumper sticker. Lots of bumper sticker action today, and all’s well that ends well.

    • 67 theo67
      April 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      You’ve got to be careful with those crazy ones. Anyone supporting Joe Walsh certainly qualifies as a person with a few screws loose.

  18. 68 Linda
    April 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Brad Woodhouse ‏ @woodhouseb

    Let’s be clear: John Boehner is the most useless, feckless, weak and failed Speaker of the House perhaps in American history.

    I likey…..

  19. 70 utaustinliberal
    April 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Chris Matthews was pretty good today. He went hard after Romney for his foreign policy idiocy. He went hard after the Koch Bros. for trying to buy the election and painting Pres. Obama as the devil, his Let Me Finish Segment was very good.

    • April 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      agreed, I always welcome the good twin, even though you can tell the bad twin is always trying to make an appearance.

    • April 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I hope Chip posts it. I keep hoping that people like Matthews and others will see that the GOP are in a zone all by itself and have no good intentions for this country. Their hate for PBO is so irrational that they are willing to take the country down. But we will RE-ELECT president Obama.

      He withstood and accomplished great things despite all their underhandedness. This election will be won by the people again.

  20. 74 Ladyhawke
    April 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm


    Tweety just did an interview with Robert Draper the author of “Do Not Ask What Good We Do” about the 112th congress. You could really sense Tweety’s outrage that the Republican Tea Party obstructionists in congress get paid good salaries, get staffs to support them and then decide not to govern. Comprise was a dirty word and gridlock ensued. I share his outrage and the one thing I was wondering about during the interview was did any of them take their oath of office seriously. Apparently not. It was their way or the highway. Taking the oath was just a formality. How do you take that oath and then relinquish your judgment to a Grover Norquist no tax pledge?


    The Speaker administers this oath:

    “I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God” (5 U.S.C. §3331).


  21. 75 ChristiMTL
    April 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Whooaaa someone is bitter. A long statement from McCain,

    U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) Statement on President Obama’s Decision to Politicize Osama bin Laden’s Death

    “He has repeatedly thrown our ally Israel under the bus and jeopardized our shared security interests.

    “He disregarded the advice of his military commanders and pulled all of our troops out of Iraq, and Al-Qaeda is making a comeback there as a result.

    “With a record like that on national security, it is no wonder why President Obama is shamelessly turning the one decision he got right into a pathetic political act of self-congratulation.”

    There’s a lot more….


    Always 2 sets of rules for them.

    • 76 lisalovesobama
      April 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      sigh. what a dumbass? That old husk doesn’t have blood in his veins, just vinegar. 100% vinegar.

      • 77 jackiegrumbacher
        April 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        Who cares what that bitter old man thinks? People in this country do not want to be at war. Leaving Iraq was a very popular move and people can’t wait to draw the troops down in Afghanistan. The only ones with a lust for war are Republicans cause it helps steer big money to their defense contractor friends. They could care less how many US military get killed and certainly have no concern at all for civilian deaths. If McCain thinks endless war is a winning message, he’s even more clueless and senile than he was four years ago.

    • April 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Jealous, bitter old man.

      PBO is what he dreamed of being……

  22. 79 lamh35
    April 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I’m beginning to think that part of the Obama campaign strategy to keep pressing on Romney many statements. I know that the MSM are aware of the strategy turn, but I think another aspect of the strategy is to be so precise in their attacks and leaving no “real” room for R-Money and the R-Money millionaires campaign to maneuever. I think it works. Using Romney’s exact quotes to ring his neck is very effective, because unlike R-Money’s campaigns’ decision to distort and out right lie about what Obama actually said/says, the Obama campaign can point out that R-Money campaign is lying and that Obama did not say that. Can R-Money’s campaign really say the same about their client with all the evidence including video, articles, recording, etc that are available. I think they’ll try, but with ALL the gaffes and downright stupid statements from their candidate I just don’t think they will be able to keep up unless Obama, Biden, Axelrod and Ploufe and ‘nem have unforced errors.

    Citizens United is the only saving grace R-Money has to even the playing field.

    I think that even though the media would do it’s uptmost best to let Romney get away from all the crazy extreme RW BS he spewed due to the primary, but the campaign is so far making it REALLY hard for legitimate MSM to do so by using Romney own words (in the case of Joe Biden on foreign policy) and in the own words of the Romney surrogates.

    Case in point:

    Obama on Ledbetter Act: I Won’t Have To ‘Get Back To You’

    Obama was speaking to the Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon, and told the audience:

    And as long as I’m president, we are going to keep moving forward. You can count on that. You don’t have to take my word on it – you’ve got my signature on it. Because something like standing up for the principle of equal pay for equal work isn’t something I’m going to have to “get back to you on” – it’s the first law I signed.

    Speaking of the Joe Biden speech as an example, it was so effective, even Mark “da dick” Halperin couldn’t fix his mouth to make this one “good for Romney”. Which means something since “da dick’s” lips are firmly plastered on R-Money’s ass.

  23. 80 lisalovesobama
    April 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Michael Steele on Rev Al trying to defend Willard saying that if kids need money they should go ask their parents or go start a business. hahahahahahhahahhahahhahahah!!! What’s good ol’ Michael running for in Willard’s fantasy cabinet?

  24. 84 elo4obama/biden
    April 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Waching Steele try to carry water for pubs, Rove and company. Standing up for this lame “cool” prez clips. It sounds like 2008 updated. It did not work then and will work even less now! We’ve seen PBO “figting for his ideas and agenda to help this economy. Oh, and supposedly this ad will chip away at the younguns!

    Ooooooh Snap! Rev Al playing the lame behind advice from Mitt to borrow from parents. Not sure what Steele is saying…..mumble jumble. Oh he is pissssed. Trying to say the president just started fighing for lowering college prices because of an election. I wish Wolfe or Rev Al had thought to mention expanding studen aid while taking out the middle man banks!

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